The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Dammit, how the hell did October sneak up on me so fast? LabRat and I were giving a pretty serious look at getting one of those IBMs, since we inherited a Rock-Ola a while back. There's no way you can get two geeks like us to resist anything as nerdy as a gun mullet, with a business machine in front, and rockin' out in the back.
It says Oct 2008 doesn't it? Not Oct 2007. At least for the IBMs. Looks like the next batch doesn't come online until January.
BY GOD YOU'RE RIGHT!!!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!
I can still scrape up the money (and the forms) and get one!!!
If y'all will excuse me a few minutes, I'll be over with the pre-schoolers trying to learn the difference between a 7 and an 8 again.
...and maybe filling out the paperwork I put off. I take it this means you're not going to get rid of those magazines, Kevin? ;)
Won't your tags be due next October too? And for that matter won't there also be another gunblogger get-together?
Yes, but I have a YEAR to save up!
And I won't have to buy an audio receiver next September!
In re: IBMeraphim - have you been reading SM Stirling/David Drake Raj Whitehall series?
Only about a dozen times. Some people read Lord of the Rings annually. I read The General. Congratulations on being the first to get the reference!
Oh yes, The General needs a regular re-reading.
Note to Kevin: read ALL the numbers next time....
That section sticks in my mind for some reason...
And is it just me, or does David Drake have some kind of fixation on Belisarius? (Between the General, the Belsarius collaboration with Eric Flint (quite worth of a read if you liked the General et al) and the Slammers Story that I can't remember the name of that's a redressed Nika riot...)
Yes he does. He's fascinated by the Romans in general, and their greatest General specifically. However, The General was written by Stirling from an outline written by Drake. I don't know how much of a collaboration the Belisarius collection actually is.
The Belisarius series is the same deal - outline by Drake, words by Flint. It's a fairly common deal these days - well-known writer does the outline, new author writes, and well-known author polishes. Both names on the cover, a new career gets a leg up, and the well-known writer gets some more royalties.
I'll admit to liking Flint for his writing, but the Belisarius series is well worth the read. If you don't mind reading an ebook, the first couple are available via Baen's Free Library (possibly all but the last 2, given Flint's role in the creation of the Library).
I like my National Postal Meter, but IBM's are cool too. So far that I've been able to gather from reading Larry Ruth's War Baby!, history of the M1 Carbine, the all-around best of the bunch were the Underwoods. They made barrels with the lowest rejection rate and shared among all the other "2nd-Wave" makers (those after Inland and Winchester), and receivers that needed the least extra work.
I read somewhere that lots of people want Winchesters because of the name and because Winchester invented the M1 Carbine, but that they're not considered one of the better M1 makers.
True or not true?
I got sidetracked with some other guns and missed the Underwoods, so my M1 buying will have to come next year.
True I think, the Winchester branding has succeeded in driving up pricing while they were only as good as most of the other carbines. Aside: IMO if Winchester had built an AR15 they could have made mad-money hand over fist and saved the lever-guns.
I like 'em but some people have a pretty low combat-opinion of carbines, and standing there at the 50-yard line rapid-firing one during our carbine match I could see the point, especially with an 8th-round FTF I had to clear. In combat I'd much rather be firing way-back from the 200-yard line with a heavier, do-more, projectile.
I got a Inland and I would LOVE to get a rockola.