Tuesday, May 1, 2012


I spent a few minutes last night searching through an old drive, looking through all the various projects I've done for work over the years. Luck decided to play a part, and I located the original video mentioned in yesterday's post.

The next problem I was facing had to do with YouTube's limit on video length. When I recorded this about 4-5 years ago, they wouldn't allow an upload longer than 10 minutes - which was why it was hosted on a now-defunct site. Luck strikes again, though: at some point, YouTube removed that restriction.

So I'm pleased to announce that I've been able to get it uploaded and hosted on YouTube. The quality isn't as nice as I'd like, but hopefully it might be helpful to any P99 owners out there who want to go a bit beyond field-stripping.

You can find it here, or just click the GT Videos button on the left.


It seems that LiveVideo.com has left the building - I've read they had problems with copyrighted content appearing too often.. I don't normally click on the video link on a regular basis, so I've no idea how long the site has been down.

So... it's likely my vid on cleaning the P99 is no more, as I lost the original footage somewhere along the way a couple of years ago. If anyone out there has it downloaded, drop me a line. It was longer than YouTube will allow, but I could split it into two parts if I had to.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Can you hear the cannons, Nancy?

Saturday, April 17, 2010


After the altercation, Officer James Mandarino charged the motorist with DUI and Resisting Arrest (the charges were later dropped.) Imagine how this case would have ended up if the patrol car had not been recording video.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


I've not a fan of Bill O'Reilly. I'm not going to waste time listing the reasons why. But on Thursday night he did an interview with the founder of Oath Keepers, and in the process stated that swearing to uphold the Bill of Rights is "extreme".

In previous posts, I've often written critically of a situation involving police officers. On other sites, I've been labeled a troll, a cop hater, a cop lover, a liberal, and a closet Obama supporter. So let's clear something up:

My grandfathers were WWII vets. My father is a vet. My stepfather was a vet. My favorite uncle was a cop, who was shot in the line of duty (and thankfully, survived and went on to have a great life with his future family). I am not anti-military or anti-cop. What I am is someone who despises people who are entrusted with protecting American citizens, and abuse that power through either ineptitude or advancing/protecting their own self-interests.

In case you aren't familiar with Oathkeepers, here's a description from their website:
Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, peace officers, fire-fighters, and veterans who swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic … and meant it. We won’t “just follow orders.”
Oath Keepers deserves respect, not a condescending brush-off from Bill O'Reilly. They are the best of the good guys, taking a public stand and saying "We will do what we swore to do." The men and women of Oath Keepers will not trample the rights of their fellow citizens, merely because a superior orders them to. They will use their own morals, their intelligence, and their love of their country's Constitution to protect the rights of everyone. Their views are not "extremist"; they are the epitome of professionalism and personal honor.

After the illegal confiscations in New Orleans after Katrina, several good laws were passed to protect 2A rights from being disregarded in the future. Bill O'Reilly believes this is extreme. One wonders how he would feel if he was told that during a state of emergency, he would not be allowed to broadcast his views. I doubt he would support the same "part time" validity of the First Amendment.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


My upgrade kit arrived in the mail this afternoon, along with some spare parts I'd ordered. So armed with an allen wrench and a clamp, I installed it just after I got home tonight. The process is very simple and took no longer than 20 minutes. The instructions are easy to understand. If you'd like a video step-by-step, stop by Ultimate Reloader and you'll find what you're looking for.

The only part that is tricky is removing the spent primer tube, but it's not exactly a trick - it's just a step you need to do carefully. Hornady includes a small tool to assist in the process, to keep the tube from being crushed during removal. It's very easy to remove the tube, just be sure to do it the right way.

There are a couple of modifications beyond the ejection. The trench that the retention spring moves through (near station #1) has new bevels around the edges. I suspect this is to help the spring rotate more freely. There's also a new bolt for attaching the shell plate to the hub. It uses an allen wrench instead of a standard wrench for removal - conveniently, one is included in the bag. I don't know the reason for this change, but it does look nicer.

The shell plates have been sent to Hornady for the machining, and I hope they'll be arriving next week... I can't wait to try it out.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Ever since the Presidential election and the subsequent "Buy Before They Ban" shopping started, gun owners have been buying ammo faster than retailers can restock it. The highest I've seen someone charging for 9mm was $35 for a 100rd box. This wasn't high-end defensive ammo... no, this was the same budget ammo that "normally" sells for around $22/box.

Those of us that reload our own ammo think paying $22 for a box of WWB is incredibly amusing, by the way. But I digress.

Along with the fear of future bans, there's always talk of the increasing price of ammo. This is reportedly due to one or more factors: the war, China's manufacturing, EPA regulations, increased orders by law enforcement, price gouging retailers, global warming, the economy, the price of oil, sunspots, etc. It's often said that whatever your reasons for buying 10 more cases of 9mm - the sooner, the better - as prices never go down.

I was reading The Firearm Blog and came upon this picture. It's an advertisement from a gun magazine, in 1959. Note the price of 9mm: $9.50 for a hundred rounds.

In 2010 dollars, that comes to $70.99.

It kind of deflates that "ammo prices never go down" argument.