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February 10, 2005

A moment of Firearms Zen

...to get you focused. The Castle's DP28, more of which can be found here. Beth just identified the magazine as a "round, bullet-thingy." Sometimes the technical vocabulary side of firearms is, well, more than Beth wishes to waste brain cells on...

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On to the winners of the caption contests!

For the Chinook: SangerM!


"Betcha 20 bucks I can get that a**hole to piss in his pants."

"Yer on."

Sanger can keep playing - but he can't win anymore, for a while, anyway. That's twice now. (note to self, check logs for ballot-stuffing)

For the Bulldozer: Jack of Random Fate!

Uh, Sir, I know the order in the President's speech was to "push back the tide", but wasn't that really just a metaphor?

Sir?????

Winners get mugs with the picture and their caption on it. Which means, Jack - I'll need a snail-mail address. Sanger - ya wanna wait until you make the move?

Comments on A moment of Firearms Zen
Boquisucio briefed on February 10, 2005 08:48 AM

Bullet Thingy...

I know, my wife wisely observes that I have permanently committed way to many brain cells to useless things. For arcane things my brain is like a trap, but when it comes to making a milk-run, it behaves more like a sieve.

AFSister briefed on February 10, 2005 09:05 AM

Well, it does look like a round bullet-thingy! Beth might be more interested in proper vernacular if it came in coral and was trimmed in hand-crocheted lace instead of that boring gunmetal gray. I know I would....

John of Argghhh! briefed on February 10, 2005 09:17 AM

You don't know Beth that well... she *likes* the guns. She's the one who made me get 'em outta the closet and put 'em on the walls.

She bought the Vickers as a Christmas present *before* we were married. And the Maxim for the next year... which was after we were married.

She'll go to a gun show and point stuff out to me.

She just doesn't want to get all that into the vernacular. And she's not really a lacy doily type, either... though she *is* artsy.

But you are correct - she doesn't like the newer firearms because they are that dull phosphate finish. Give her brass (like Gatling guns!) any day of the week!

AFSister briefed on February 10, 2005 09:22 AM

See. Shiny brass over gunmetal grey.

Actually, I knew she had to like the guns, or else they wouldn't be so prominately displayed in The Castle. I'm jest funnin' ya.

Beth briefed on February 10, 2005 10:36 AM

well, it is a bullet thingie. We have all kinds of different bullet thingies, I just can't keep track of their official names!

John of Argghhh! briefed on February 10, 2005 10:50 AM

Oh, come now, sweetie!

We have clips - which feed magazines.

We have magazines, which feed weapons.

And we have belts, which also feed weapons.

That's all! That 'thingy,' since it feeds a weapon, is a magazine!

You really can do this - I don't expect you to be able to tell at a glance the difference between, say, a M1911A1 and TT33 magazine, but I do expect the Mistress of Castle Argghhh! to tell the difference between a clip, a magazine, and a belt!

Barb briefed on February 10, 2005 12:34 PM

Since when is Thingy not a technical term?

Actually - this was an opportunity for me to learn, John. Just that last comment helped me to upgrade my knowledge level to "Knows enough to be dangerous"...

Beth briefed on February 10, 2005 12:52 PM

When you learn the difference between a Quarter Horse, a Warmblood and a Fox Trotter, I'll worry about learning about bullet thingies.

Or, when you learn the difference between Water glass, cathedral glass and glue chip glass and Opal glass - we'll talk (-:

AFSister briefed on February 10, 2005 01:12 PM

Touche, Beth!

John of Argghhh! briefed on February 10, 2005 01:21 PM

Cathedral glass: transparent glass of a single color.

Water Glass: - too easy. The glass that looks like water done via texturing, prolly by floating it on mercury or something like that.


Glue chip glass: Where ya put glue on cathedral glass to achieve some sort of 3d-ey effect or somesuch.


Opal glass: Ya really mean opalescent, right? The generally opaque, swirly stuff with more'n one color?

As for the horses - Quarter Horses are kewl horses for kewl people, the other two are ridden by snobs who wouldn't be caught dead on a Quarter...

Pplllppptttt!

Beth briefed on February 10, 2005 01:25 PM

I see you can use Google, sweetie!

John of Argghhh! briefed on February 10, 2005 01:29 PM

Moi? I really *did* know water and opal off the top of my head. The other two did require a little, well, research.

Neffi briefed on February 10, 2005 02:43 PM

"round bullet-thingy"??? Oh COME ON- anyone can see it's more of a flattish bullet-thingy...

AFSister briefed on February 10, 2005 03:12 PM

I was thinking it looked kind of like a Altoids case, only bigger, and with mints which leave a different sort of taste in your mouth.

Jack briefed on February 10, 2005 04:31 PM

Uhhh, *that* off the cuff entry won? Well, I certainly wasn't expecting THAT...

John, you should have snail mail addresses that I sent you during the last Spirit of America fund drive, but I'll send you my US mail drop by email. Don't want you subjecting the mug to the mercies of the French postal service, especially since they just rescinded the 35 hour a week law here!!!

Justthisguy briefed on February 10, 2005 06:14 PM

John: Shame on you! I thought everybody knew that water glass is sodium silicate. (in water solution)

AFSister briefed on February 10, 2005 09:45 PM

Jack-
Check the poll results. It was a landslide! Off the cuff or not, it's a keeper. And now you'll have a mug to prove it!

J.M. Heinrichs briefed on February 10, 2005 11:33 PM

"Thingy" is not a proper technical term; in its place, one should use the approved "doohickey" or "whatchamacallit".

Cheers
JMH

AFSister briefed on February 11, 2005 07:40 AM

What about a "habersack"? Although, from what I understand, that's a real thingie.

John of Argghhh! briefed on February 11, 2005 08:31 AM

That would be 'haversack' - which is a backpack.

AFSister briefed on February 11, 2005 10:02 AM

Yeah, one of those...thingies.

*puts on dunce cap and marches sullenly to the corner*

Maybe I should dye my hair blonde after all.

J.M. Heinrichs briefed on February 11, 2005 11:05 PM

Er, "haversack" is a "breadbag". A "valise" is a backpack.

Cheers
JMH