Thursday, December 27, 2007
If I bought the APP for the MacBook Pro directly from Apple, the cost would be $349 plus PA's 6% sales tax. My employer has an agreement with Apple so that I can get a discount roughly equivalent to an educational discount, but even that would be $307 plus tax.
In contrast, LA Computer Company sells the same APP for $235, plus about $9 shipping.
I placed my order from LACC on 12/21/07 and it arrived this morning via FedEx Ground. And no worries that the deal is too good to be true, as I was able to register it on Apple's website with no problems.
The Firesight works really well. It was overcast but the red fiber optic front sight showed up very well. It has a soft glow that makes it more visible than a plain bead.
I ran two kinds of ammo through the gun. First, a couple boxes of Wolf Gold (Prvi Partizan) 150 grain JSP to zero it. Then some Remington 170 grain JSP to verify the zero, because it's my go-to load. I think the Remingtons feed a little more smoothly. Anyway, when I did my part, the rifle will put them all in the 10 ring of an SR-1 target at 100 yards.
One change I made was to remove the Eagle Shooter's Stock Pack shown in the pics. It includes a cheek pad which made getting a proper cheek weld. (I may put it on my FAL if I scope that rifle.)
What a darn fine rifle this Marlin is.
A 10/22 is a viable home defense weapon, if not the ideal one.
Keep it simple, don't go crazy accessorizing it if you're going to use it for HD. (Adding accessories can come later once you get something better suited for HD.) There are a few accessories that could be beneficial:
1. A clamp-on weapon light. Most HD situations occur at night and target ID is paramount.
2. Williams Firesight front sight. It's a fiber optic bead that captures ambient light and makes it much more visible. I would avoid a scope or even an inexpensive red dot sight for a defensive gun. A scope's magnification reduces your field of view and slows target acquisition. A cheap red dot make break, the battery may die, or you may forget to turn it on in a SD situation. A peep rear sight coupled with a Firesight bead up front will give you fast target acquisition but good precision as well.
3. RELIABLE 25 round mags. Generally, Ruger 10 rounders are the most reliable but Butler Creek Hot Lips and Steel Lips mags can be very reliable. You'll need to try them in your rifle. Don't rely on any mags until you've put a hundred rounds through them, though.
For SD ammo, avoid the cheap bulk pack stuff. It's often not reliable enough in either functioning the weapon and will have a greater number of duds. My first choice for .22 LR SD ammo would be CCI Mini Mag SOLIDS. .22 LR has marginal penetration so I wouldn't use hollow points. CCI Mini Mag ammo is very high quality. I've shot a lot of it, never had a malfunction in various semiauto .22s, and never had one that was a dud. Mini Mags are more expensive than the bulk packs, so use the latter for practice.
Monday, December 24, 2007
"When I am president, I will build a fence," Thompson declared. Amnesty and illegal immigration, he said, are not healthy for the U.S. or Mexico. "We need to be a nation of high fences and wide gates."
When someone asked about what the government could do about AK-47s and the Westroads Mall shooting, Thompson said that assault weapons are not the problem, it is the people using them inappropriately; and it is not the government's place to remove guns from rightful citizens.
"Look at those church shootings," he said, in reference to the Colorado Springs, Colo., shootings that killed five and wounded five on Dec. 9. "That armed volunteer saved countless lives."
Thompson added, "My idea of gun control is a good, steady aim."
Friday, December 21, 2007
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Saturday, December 15, 2007
Before commencing the install, I fired up OnyX and had it run all the maintenance scripts and clean out the various caches on the box. Only after that finished and the machine rebooted did I pop in the Leopard disc. To be on the safe side, I made backups of my Address Book, Firefox bookmarks, and my iCal database. Yesterday I did a full backup of my data to a Firewire drive. I'm doing an "Archive and Install," rather than an upgrade. This option makes copies the old OS to an archive folder, then installs the new OS. Should anything go wrong this should mean an easier restoration to Tiger.
I started the Leopard install at 19:22. I'll post a follow up after it's done.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
"Castle Doctrine" legislation, House Bill 641, introduced by State Representative Steven Cappelli (R-83), will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, December 11 at 10:00 a.m. in Room G50 of the Irvis Office Building.
This critical legislation will ensure that law-abiding Pennsylvanians have the ability to defend themselves and their loved ones from violent attack without fear of criminal prosecution or civil action.
Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee and strongly encourage him or her to protect our right to self-defense by supporting and voting for HB 641!
Members of the House Judiciary Committee:
State Representative Thomas R. Caltagirone (D-127), Chairman
State Representative Daylin Leach (D-149), Secretary
State Representative Kathy Manderino (D-194)
State Representative John E. Pallone (D-54)
State Representative Don Walko (D-20)
State Representative Ron Marsico (R-105), Chairman
State Representative Lisa Bennington (D-21)
State Representative Dan Frankel (D-23)
State Representative Harold James (D-186)
State Representative Deberah Kula (D-52)
State Representative Bryan R. Lentz (D-161)
State Representative Joseph A. Petrarca (D-55)
State Representative Sean M. Ramaley (D-16)
State Representative Greg Vitali (D-166)
State Representative Chelsa Wagner (D-22)
State Representative Jesse White (D-46)
State Representative Jewell Williams (D-197)
State Representative Tom C. Creighton (R-37)
State Representative Craig A. Dally (R-138)
State Representative John R. Evans (R-5)
State Representative Will Gabig (R-199)
State Representative Glen R. Grell (R-87)
State Representative Kate Harper (R-61)
State Representative Beverly Mackereth (R-196)
State Representative Carl W. Mantz (R-187)
State Representative Bernie O'Neill (R-29)
State Representative Tina Pickett (R-110)
State Representative Todd Rock (R-90)
State Representative Katie True (R-41)
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