Pistol Report

December 12, 2006

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The air pistol I order last week arrived today. I setup a little target drop and pellet trap in the living room (that's right, I'm a single guy) and went through probably 100 rounds. The gun (which is a Gamo pt-80) isn't bad, but there are several things that I don't really like about it. Specifically:

  • The trigger pull is VERY heavy. I don't have a way to measure it, but I almost have to struggle with it a little bit to fire. This means that I have to put so much force behind it that it's incredibly hard to keep a precise aim.
  • The gun can fire with either double action or single action, but there is no difference in the trigger pull. The heavy trigger pull is understandable when using it for double action, but when you already have the hammer cocked, the single action should require a very light pull to fire. (If you don't know what the difference is between double and single action this Wikipedia article explains it well.)
  • The CO2 cartridges loose "umph" quickly. The specs say that you can get 30-60 shots out of one C02 cartridge. The first 30 seem fairly consistent, but after that, it seems to loose power quickly. If the trigger pull wasn't already such a problem this would introduce another error into the accuracy equation.
  • Since the C02 cartridge only gets about 30 full power shots, there is a lot of waste for the remainder.

So, all in all, not really what I was looking for. I'm going to see if I can send this one back and purchase a Daisy 747instead. That's more than I wanted to spend, but unless I come across something else, I think that's about the price point I'm looking at to get a more target shooting oriented air pistol.


Photo Books

December 10, 2006

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Another find from Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools is Blurb for printing photo books. I haven't used the service yet, but it sounds like Mr. Kelly has tried most of the players in the game and like Blurb the best. You can check out the full review here. It's so very cool that the technology of book printing has moved to the point where basically anyone can afford to have a one off copy or low runs of their personal book publised. I really need to find time to put one of these together.


Bionics

December 03, 2006

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We have had cyborgs among us for a long time (think pacemakers) and some bionics where thought can be used to control an external instrument. It's amazing to see how far the tech has come. Still a long way to go, but it's yet another case of what used to be science fiction finding it's way into our worlds. Here's to human creativity and invention.


Pistol Purchase

November 29, 2006

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Recently, I've been wanting to try my hand at pistol target shooting. After having gone out to a shooting range to shoot a couple Glocks, I began looking at .22 caliber pistols. The Glocks were fun, but a huge overkill for just shooting at paper targets. I had pretty much decided on going with a Buck Mark FLD based on reviews of the gun, but at around $400 for the gun, I was having trouble justifying it. I continued doing research and came across some articles that suggested that beginners start with a airgun. This hadn't occurred to me. I've shot a few pellet/BB guns in the past, but they were all on the low end. They weren't particularly powerful and the Umph behind each shot varied a fair amount which had a huge negative effect on the accuracy. After looking around it quickly became obvious that there are lots of quality choices out there now that seem like they will fit my needs. Based on some online reviews, I put in an order today for a Gamo PT-80. Initial benefits that I can think of now include:

  • Way lower cost for the initial gun purchase
  • Lower cost to operate
  • No background check required
  • I can setup a short target range in my garage
  • I'll shoot with it a lot more because I don't have to go to a range thanks to the item above

Fun Video: Stop Motion Piano And Drums

November 28, 2006

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Crafty use of video editing: Stop Motion Piano And Drums.


Not a good year for the Tide

November 18, 2006

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I was really hoping the Tide would pull out a win against Auburn. Fumbling the ball three times is just a little too much to recover from. Looking forward to next season at this point.


Cold medicine

November 18, 2006

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I've been kinda running myself into the ground with work the past few weeks for work. My average time for hitting the sack has probably been about 2:30 in the morning. No big deal except for the fact that after a few weeks of that I generally get so run down that I get a little sick. True to form, I've caught a little bit of a head cold. Usually, I just suffer through it till it goes away but tonight I'm going to try an old remedy. A few glasses of Scotch. So far, so good.


Juggling

November 17, 2006

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Some day, I'm going to teach myself how to juggle. I don't think I'll ever get quite to this level though.


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