OPEN THREAD 20200309

Basically, all legal free speech is allowed. We will assist the authorities in dealing with illegal speech. You are each other’s moderators. Have fun. And don’t forget to MAGA at nuclear levels.

After going through the elements, we now enjoy a sequence of RANDOM somewhat pseudo-random topics that will be thrown out for investigation and commentary on each open thread. At some point, in a way something like composite numbers, I will accidentally hit a second occurrence of one of them – that’s just normal.

Have fun!

Citizen U

(a.k.a. W on the OTHER site)

Day 124 – the bolt-action rifle

15 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD 20200309

  1. To save y’all from rummaging around, the wikipoo article is here:

    First one was 1824, in Germany.

    One thing to remember here is that machining a bolt-action rifle from solid metal is well within the abilities of an average home machinist. The whole “gun control” thing is a total farce if TPTB didn’t start by making it easier and more popular to graduate with a 4-year degree in left-handed ethnic basketweaving than get a certificate in metalwork (and start work before you get it).

    Heck, John Moses Browning (PBUH) invented most modern firearms in the home shop of his mansion in Ogden, Utah [which, BTW, was sold in 2011 for about $350K — ]. Some of his most famous creations — the M1911 pistol, the Browning A-5 semi-automatic shotgun, and the Browning .50 caliber machine gun — were initially test-fired down a hallway in his basement.

    I am personally convinced that a large factor in his amazing productivity was that he could get so much done on Friday and Saturday nights because he was untempted by the fabled Ogden nightlife.

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  2. Obviously, I improperly closed my italics tag and I wanted to see if it would run into another comment. At least there’s that much containment…..

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  3. Historically, WWII was the last conflict where bolt-action rifles were the norm (the American Civil War still used muzzle-loaders). Afterward, they were frequently used in specialty cases (e.g. sniper rifles; large bore rifles or shotguns). Even during WWII, bolt-action Springfield ’03’s were being replaced by Garand M1 semiautomatics.

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  4. A man escapes from a prison where he’s been locked up for 15 years. He breaks into a house to look for money and guns.

    Inside, he finds a young couple in bed. He orders the guy out of bed and ties him to a chair.

    While tying the homeowner’s wife to the bed, the convict gets on top of her, kisses her neck, then gets up and goes into the bathroom.

    While he’s in there, the husband whispers over to his wife: “Listen, this guy is an escaped convict. Look at his clothes! He’s probably spent a lot of time in jail and hasn’t seen a woman in years. I saw how he kissed your neck. If he wants sex, don’t resist, don’t complain….do whatever he tells you.

    Satisfy him no matter how much he nauseates you. This guy is obviously very dangerous. If he gets angry, he’ll kill us both. Be strong, honey. I love you!”

    His wife responds: “He wasn’t kissing my neck. He was whispering in my ear. He told me that he’s gay, thinks you’re cute, and asked if we had any Vaseline. I told him it was in the bathroom. Be strong, honey. I love you, too!”

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  5. A young man from Texas moves to California and goes to one of those big “everything under one roof” stores looking for a job. The manager asked, “Do you have any sales experience?”

    The kid said, “Sure, I was a salesman back home in San Antonio.”

    The boss liked the kid so he gave him the job. “You start tomorrow. I’ll come down after we close and see how you did.”

    His first day on the job was rough but he got through it. After the store was locked up the boss came down to see how things went.

    “How many sales did you make today?”

    The young man replied without hesitating, “One.”

    “Just one? Our sales people average 20 or 30 sales a day! How much was the sale for?”


    “What the hell did you sell?!?”

    “First I sold him a bag of #8 fish hooks, then I sold him a bag of #1 fish hooks, then I sold him a set of lures. I then sold him a new fishing rod. After I asked where he was going fishing and he told me he was going to the coast, I told him he would be best off with a boat, so I brought him over to the sea craft department and sold him that 24′ twin engine Yamaha. He was doubtful that his Silverado could manage it, so I took him down to automotive and got set him up with the 4×4 F350.”

    “A guy came in here to buy some fish hooks and you sold him a boat and a truck?”

    “No sir, he came here to buy a box of tampons for his wife and I said, ‘Well, your weekend’s shot, you might as well go fishing!”

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  6. Husband: My wife is missing. She went to rescue people from the flood yesterday and has not come home …

    Sergeant at Police Station: What is her height?

    Husband: Gee, I’m not sure. A little over five-feet tall.

    Sergeant: Weight?

    Husband: Don’t know. Not slim, not really fat.

    Sergeant: Color of eyes?

    Husband: Sort of brown I think. Never really noticed.

    Sergeant: Color of hair?

    Husband: Changes a couple times a year. Maybe dark brown now. I can’t remember.

    Sergeant: What was she wearing?

    Husband: Could have been pants, or maybe a skirt or shorts. I don’t know exactly.

    Sergeant: What kind of car did she go in?

    Husband: She went in my Jeep.

    Sergeant: What kind of Jeep was it?

    Husband: (sobbing) It’s a 2010 Rubicon with Sprintex Supercharger with Intercooler, DiabloSport T-1000 Trinity Programmer, Teraflex Falcon 3.3 Shocks ,1350 RE Reel Drive Shafts, Method 105 Bead Locks, Toyo 37″ X 13.5″ Tires, Custom Olympic Off Road Front Bumper, Olympic Off Road Smuggler Rear Bumper with tire carrier, Seward Radius 4s LED Light, Seward 12″ LED Light bar, 50″ LED Light bar with, sPod LED switch pod with Boost gage,, Rigid LED Lights, 15# Power Tank, Rock Hard Cage, Rock Hard Under Armor, Posion Spyder Sliders, Posion Spyder Crusher Fenders, Posion Spyder Evap Armor, Posion Spyder Extreme Duty Trans-Mount Cross Member, Bushwacker rear armor, 5.13 Gears, Magnum 44 Front Axle, Off Road Evolution “C” Gussets, Cobra 75 CB Radio, Warn 10K on Front and 8K Winch on Rear, Bartact Seat Covers, Delta Quad Bar Xenon Headlamps,Tantrum LED Offroad Rock Lights, Teraflex HD Tie Rod, Teraflex Falcon Steering Stabilizer, Teraflex Alpine Long Control Arms Front & Rear, Teraflex 4″ springs, Teraflex JK Performance Slotted Big Rotor Kit, TeraFlex Monster HD Forged Front Adjustable Trackbar, Teraflex Front & Rear Brake Line Kit, Teraflex Bump Stops Front & Rear, Surprise Straps, Hothead Headliner, Teraflex D-44 Diff Covers, Wild Boar Grille, Rigid Ridge Hood, Drake Hood Latch’s & a Tuffy Security Drawer……(At this point, the sobbing has turned into a full cry.)

    Sergeant: Don’t worry buddy. We’ll find your Jeep.

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  7. Just shutting down links — this doesn’t count —

    I went to visit my uncle in prison, and I managed to lock my keys in the car.

    I said to one of the guards “Is there anyone in there who can get them out for me?” he said “leave it with me” 10 minutes later he comes out with Reggie cuffed to his arm, I say to Reggie “can you help me out?” He says “No problem”, he kneels down, picks up a brick and throws it through my fucking window.

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