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There are many pages of posts on many subjects, and only a few show on this main page. Search for the subjects that you are interested in.

Topics covered in here tend toward Gadgetry, Weapons, Books, Tools, and a lot of other things that have captured my interest.

Please note the "Linked From Here" tab on the results, which lists search results from sites I have linked to in my posts.

Primitive Skills


paleotechnics:(n) ancient arts and technologies

This site offers books, tools, videos, and some free downloads, all related to developing primitive skills.

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My Style of Craftsmanship!

Epic Kludges sums up the focus of this site, a world of "how NOT to do it" posts & pix.


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The Internet's Most Important Organization

These are the people that come to your defense when the copyright Nazis from the music or movie industry accuse you of illegal downloading, or the multi-national legal eagles demand that you take down a picture of Mickey Mouse from your web site because they don't recognize Fair Use, or the government tries to limit what information you can access. This is the first line of defense against net censorship, and the biggest advocate of free speech on the net.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is an international non-profit advocacy and legal organization based in the United States with the stated purpose of being dedicated to preserving the right to freedom of speech, such as protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, in the context of the digital technology age (see also digital rights). Its stated main goal is to educate the press, policymakers and the general public about civil liberties issues related to technology; and to act as a defender of those liberties. The EFF is supported by donations and is based in San Francisco, California, with staff members in Washington, D.C. They are also accredited observers at the World Intellectual Property Organization.

EFF has taken action in several ways; it provides or funds legal defense in court, defends individuals and new technologies from the chilling effects of what it considers baseless or misdirected legal threats, provides guidance to the government and courts, organizes political action and mass mailings, supports some new technologies which it believes preserve personal freedoms, maintains a database and web sites of related news and information, monitors and challenges potential legislation that it believes would infringe on personal liberties and fair use, and solicits a list of what it considers patent abuses with intentions to defeat those that it considers without merit.

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An Explanation and Apology

I'm sorry, but those of you get get these posts via email may NOT see the exact same thing when they visit this blog. WYSIWYG be darned, I have no clue how a post will look until it is officially posted. Sometimes it takes a half dozen or more tries before what goes on line resembles what its preview looked like.

Unfortunately, the email is automated. I can't pick and chose what is sent out.

And you may get the same post several times with different titles. This is strictly my fault, and caused by my fickleness.

Mea Culpa!

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80/20: The Life-Size Erector Set

The 80/20 rule: 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts. 80/20 provides modular framing systems that can adjust to fit any industry and application. From heavy to light-duty, 80/20 modular framing will provide you with a secure and OSHA approved result.

Its modular design is fantastic. It allows prototyping of fixtures, stands, bases and many other items we need to build for in-house use or bring to market very quickly. The number of accessories available is mind boggling. They have wheels, handles, latches, panels, leveling feet, linear slides, hinges and many more components. You can build some pretty slick items and it all just bolts together with a few simple hand tools. The finished product looks very professional, as all of the individual components are designed to work together.

Choose from Out Of The Box Solutions, order the free design program, or get one of the catalogs.

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MicroRAX is the Erector Set for serious projects. It is a light weight mini T-Slot building kit.

MicroRAX works like larger structural framing with slots running down the length. Joining plates engage nuts that fit into the slots allowing for placement along the length of the profile. You can make just about any configuration imaginable. Made from high-strength precision extruded aluminum, MicroRAX is much stronger than plastic building systems or thin punched sheet metal.

MicroRAX fills the gap between large, heavy steel or aluminum structural systems and toy building systems. Professionals can make smaller structures with the integrity they are familiar with. While advanced hobbyists can build more permanent projects that will stay together.

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Rules of Thumb

Rules of Thumb was put up by the author of Never Trust a Calm Dog.

In his words:
A rule of thumb turns information you have into information you need.
The goal of this website is to gather every rule of thumb on earth into one gargantuan, easily searchable online reference database that will be accessible from anywhere in the world and continue to grow forever.

In this website, you have at your fingertips all the best rules of thumb he's col­lected plus everything voted into the Main Collection by online contributors. Each rule is followed by a source, or rumored source, or the name of the first person who sent it to him.

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ShowTime Pro-gun Reality Show

Showtime’s new six-part reality series, Lock ‘N Load, lets gun owners speak for themselves for a change. The series, which debuts Wednesday night, focuses on a Colorado gun shop where everyone from gun nuts to gun-totin’ grandmas comes by to reload.

The series doesn’t take a stand on gun ownership. It simply lets the store’s more colorful customers make their own cases, all egged on by “gunslinger” Josh T. Ryan.

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Weatherby Rifles Forum

The Weatherby Rifles Forum is a place for the discussion of anything Weatherby, including sub-forums for buying, selling and trading and off-topic discussions.

I note that Roy would have been 99 years old this month if he had hung around, and the company he founded has been around for over 64 years.

To quote the Weatherby company site itself:
The history of Weatherby began in the mid-1940s when a young cartridge "wildcatter" named Roy Weatherby set out to change the world of firearm performance. Contrary to then-popular thinking (heavy bullets pushed at slow speeds), Roy believed that lightweight bullets traveling at super high speeds provided the best combination for one-shot kills. Based upon that philosophy, he spent the next decade developing the high-powered Weatherby Magnum cartridges for which the company is known today (.224, .240, .257, .270, 7mm, .300, .30-378, .340, .338-378, .375, .378, .416 and .460).

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Auction Sites for the Rest Of Us, & the BATF

All three of these sites have been used by friends of mine with good results. All of them have a massive amount of merchandise listed and are an excellent place to check for a rare or bargain firearm or outdoor-related items.

Keep in mind that buying and selling firearms online is perfectly legal, but the transaction must run through a federally licensed dealer. More on that below the links. Here is a link to the BATF FAQ if you want more information on Firearm rules and regulations.


May a nonlicensee ship a firearm through the U. S. Postal Service?

A nonlicensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of his or her own state or to a licensee in any state. Handguns are not mailable. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. A nonlicensee may not transfer any firearm to a nonlicensed resident of another state. The Postal Service recommends that longguns be sent by registered mail and that no marking of any kind which would indicate the nature of the contents be placed on the outside of any parcel containing firearms.
May a nonlicensee ship a firearm by carrier?
A nonlicensee may ship a firearm by carrier to a resident of his or her own state or to a licensee in any state. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. In addition, Federal law requires that the carrier be notified that the shipment contains a firearm and prohibits common or contract carriers from requiring or causing any label to be placed on any package indicating that it contains a firearm. [18 U. S. C. 922(a)( 2)( A) and 922( e), 27 CFR 178.31]
So, if you are not a licensee (an FFL-holder), you can send a handgun via common carrier, not the U.S. mail, and the recipient must be an FFL holder. If you are an FFL-holder, you can, with the filing of a Form 1508 ("Statement by Shipper of Firearms") with your local post office, send a handgun through the mails. This Form must be filed for each individual shipment.

May a nonlicensee ship firearms interstate for his or her use in hunting or other lawful activity?
Yes. A person may ship a firearm to himself or herself in care of another person in the state where he or she intends to hunt or engage in any other lawful activity. The package should be addressed to the owner. Persons other than the owner should not open the package and take possession of the firearm.

Sigh. I remember when you could order firearms through Ward's or Sear's or other catalogs and have them delivered to your door with no paperwork or hassle. In those days the federal idiots were not as involved in the every-day life of the citizens and the crime rate was FAR lower.

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Club Littlegun

Club Littlegun is an oddball firearms site in Belgium, and has some great photos and info on one-of-a-kind pistols and other weapons. The photo above is from their Curios & Antiques page. They claim to have over 22,500 firearm photos. Browsing is fun.

Here is a sampling. The photos link to more extensive & detailed sets for each weapon.

Key flintlock

Alarm lock

Le petit protector

Ladle or ink pot gun

Lighter gun

Revolvers used by The Confederacy during the Civil war.

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Rock Island Arms

Rock Island Auction Company is "The Nation's Leading Auction House for Firearms, Edged Weapons, & Military Artifacts." It is the Christie's or Sotheby's of firearm auctions, with 21 million dollars in sales so far this year. Even their catalogs are beautiful and collectible -- and cost $75 when new.

Here are some sample photos from their latest catalog:

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