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Quiz: What is This? February 27, 2009

Posted by Lipstick in Ducks.


Update:  Joan guessed it, so here is the whole thing:



1. Sobek - February 27, 2009

A dragon’s testicle?

2. Sobek - February 27, 2009

LauraW’s hump after hump-shining-day at the YWCA?

3. daveintexas - February 27, 2009

The condom my asshole college roomate left on my car antenna in 1977.

4. Russ from Winterset - February 27, 2009

The giant space armadillo that Godzilla has to fight in his next movie?

5. Lipstick - February 27, 2009

Keep guessing.

6. skinbad - February 27, 2009

I, for one, would never use the words “condom my asshole” in any sort of proximity. But we’re a pretty understanding bunch, Dave.

Russ–M1 carbine, Mini 14, or SKS? Inquiring minds with not enough cash who might be getting a little freaked out want to know . . .

Looks like a giant shuttlecock to me.

7. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere - February 27, 2009

The Museum of Glass In Tacoma.

8. Joan of Argghh! - February 27, 2009

Sydney Opera House?

I actually think, Dragon’s Testicle is much more interesting.

9. Lipstick - February 27, 2009

Joan is correct!

10. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere - February 27, 2009

Nope. The glass goes the wrong way. A planetarium.

11. Cathy - February 27, 2009

Great game, Lipstick.

12. xbradtc - February 27, 2009

Mini-14. No question.

13. Lipstick - February 27, 2009

Thanks Cathy.

14. Lipstick - February 27, 2009

Brad, what is a mini-14?

15. daveintexas - February 27, 2009

I had no idea the designer of the Sydney Opera House went to the same school as I did.

And walked by my car on Sunday mornings.

16. Pupster - February 27, 2009

Lipstick, the Ruger Mini-14 .


17. Lipstick - February 27, 2009

College roommate who left a present for you Dave?

18. Pupster - February 27, 2009


It’s on Pupster’s wish list too.



19. Pupster - February 27, 2009


20. Mrs. Peel - February 27, 2009


I would never have guessed that, but it’s obvious once you know. Good job, Joan. And thanks, LS.

21. Pupster - February 27, 2009

I’ve got two comments in the spam bucket, both link to Ruger’s Mini-14 web page.

WordPress no like apparently.

22. Pupster - February 27, 2009
23. daveintexas - February 27, 2009
24. Lipstick - February 27, 2009

Heh, all the gun guys, quick with the answers.


25. Vmaximus - February 27, 2009

Have any of you noticed this about the Ruger? It seems to me to have a extraordinarily long lock time. Is that just me or has any one else notices it? Sorry to be off topic but I am a Hostage

26. Mrs. Peel - February 27, 2009

I just got my annual retirement fund participant statement.


Thanks, Democrats.

27. Wickedpinto - February 27, 2009

I knew what that was in the first pic. Believe it or not.

28. Wickedpinto - February 27, 2009

I think I asked before, but I don’t know if we got an answer. . . .

Do we know if there is a nearby rifle range to the casa de Cathy, in which Michael is sometimes allowed to sleep when Julio is out of town “on business?”

Would be cool as shit to fire off some of the classic rifles some of you guys have talked about, I’m much more comfortable with handling a rifle than I am a pistol. Must be a penis thing.

Then again, letting others Eff your Zero has to be irritating as all shit.

29. Vmaximus - February 27, 2009

If you make it to Fl anytime, I have 15 rifles you can play with. From .22 to .338 Wheatherby magnum. Including .223 7.62 x 39 .308 30-06. and lastly 47-70.
That will put a bruise on your shoulder! Browning high wall with a steel butt.

30. Wickedpinto - February 28, 2009

I meant the IBMMP max.

If you can find the time, you can make it too, they already opened the invites to the Hostages.

31. Russ from Winterset - February 28, 2009


If you want a “bullet hose” that sends a lot of lead downrange at the lowest cost per round, and you’re not as concerned with accuracy as with firepower, go with the SKS. The SKS is definitely “idiot proof” (hell DiT has one!), and it’ll go bang every time you pull the trigger, but it was never meant to be a “sniper rifle”.

If you want a well handling rifle with historical background, go with the M1 carbine. Modern replicas of the M1 carbine can be had for less than an original one, but stay away from the Universal carbine. Not all of the parts interchange, and some of those guns are known for cracking frames and other important parts.

If you want a rifle that’s accurate but also able to send a lot of lead downrange in a short time period and occasionally have the need to take shots out to 300 yards or so, go with the Mini 14. I’m a big fan of the Mini 14, especially in stainless. It can be costly, but Ruger made them especially hardy, so the cost at least gets you a great gun.

You should also consider the .357 lever action rifle. The Rossi/Puma copy of the old Winchester 1892 is a good one, and EMF and others make versions of the old ’92 as well. Winchester chambered the 94 in .357 magnum, but since Winchester stopped making lever guns they’ve become pricy collectibles so you’ve got to consider that. Marlin made some lever guns in .357 as well, and they’re quality boomsticks. Getting an original Winchester 92 is going to be expensive as hell, so don’t bother unless you want one as a collector’s item (if so, you should still get one of the repros to use as a blaster and hang the original 92 on the wall as a collectible).

If you want something with more “oomph” in the same package, look for a lever gun in .44 magnum, but the .357 magnum gives you the option to shoot .38 special at a significant cost savings. The .44 mag has more stopping power, but you’ll pay upwards of $.20 a round more than you would for the .357 magnum. If you’re going to use it primarily for hunting, the .44 mag would be a good choice, but .357 mag is a good performer on 2-legged game at the right ranges.

The 10 round tubular magazine on most .357 lever guns gives you quite a bit of firepower, and the loading gate on these guns allows you to load fairly quickly with some practice. The Mini 14 is a good choice too (probably the best of the whole lot on technical terms), but if you want a good self defense gun (for within 150 yards or so) that’s unique, look at a lever action. If you’re going to be shooting in an area where overpenetration into the living spaces of others could be a factor, then maybe the M1 carbine could be considered a better choice than the Mini 14. M1 carbine ammo used to be a lot cheaper because of the availability of cheap surplus ammo, but sadly, those days are gone now.

Gunblogger Chris the Anarchangel (geezer knows who this guy is, I think) once recommended a lever gun as a “lawsuit-proof” self defense gun. His logic was that if you go in front of a jury after shooting some goblin with an “evil black rifle” like an AR15, you might be seen as a gun nut who was just itching to shoot someone; however, if you shoot said goblin with a lever action rifle, a jury that’s seen their share of Western movies might just see the recipient of your lead as a man “who needed killin”, as the old saying goes.

Short summary of my answer: “It depends”.

32. Russ from Winterset - February 28, 2009

Wait a minute……we’re letting Hostages come to the IBMMP?

33. Wickedpinto - February 28, 2009

Only if cathy can stomach us.

34. Mrs. Peel - February 28, 2009

Oh yeah, is someone going to let me shoot their Kimber? After all the raving y’all have done, I want to shoot one myself.

Plus, I still haven’t gotten a handgun for myself. I am considering a S&W .38 revolver (with a frame appropriate for my tiny, weak girl fingers). But I’ve never shot one. Is anyone bringing one I can try out? I’ll save an extra portion of Snickerdoodles for you.

Speaking of cookies, what is the head count? Looks like I am going to have to make at least a triple batch.

btw, WP, I’m also more comfortable with a rifle than a pistol. I’m pretty sure I don’t have a penis, though.

35. Cathy - February 28, 2009

this place is 5 miles away.

And Mrs. Peel — Yes you’ll get to hold and shoot my Kimber, if you want. Or Dave’s. Or Michael’s.

36. Michael - February 28, 2009

Speaking of cookies, what is the head count?

Off the top of my head, confirmed attendees are as follows:

Daughter Eddiebear
Patty Ann (Sunday appearance)
Somebody with Bandit (?)
Mrs. Peel
Mrs. Geoff
Dave in Texas

Am I missing anyone?

37. skinbad - February 28, 2009

Thanks Russ. Good points. I kind of feel the need for something I can quickly change magazines on, so I hadn’t considered a lever. I have an old lever rifle, but the ammo is rare and expensive (.348). ARs are unrealistic in the current skinbad economic climate. I think I would really like the Mini 14, but I’m seeing SKSs for about half what the Ruger would cost. Any difference between Yugo, Chinese, whatever on the SKS? Still need to get the Mrs. a handgun as well.

I can’t make it this year, Michael, but thanks for the invitation (Cathy as well).

38. Wickedpinto - February 28, 2009

can’t you load a tube mag, while firing?

Like, you got 7 in the tube, you fire three, and there is a lull, you can get get those 3 back in the tube, without having to clear, or limit yourself to a single shot?

39. Wickedpinto - February 28, 2009

I’ll save an extra portion of Snickerdoodles for you.

Looks like she’s gonna be shooting michaels kimber, cuz the great truffle travesty of aught 8, indicates that michael will stab a child in the face for sweets.

40. Wickedpinto - February 28, 2009

No matter what, I’m gonna be less happy in 2010, cuz I don’t get to tell stories about the “aught” years anymore.

41. Russ from Winterset - March 1, 2009

As far as the SKS goes, I think the Russian and Yugoslavian ones are the highest quality (milled receivers versus stamped steel), but the Chinese guns have acceptable quality. All of them have chromed bores, which inhibits corrosion. The SKS, like the AK47, was designed to be used by illiterate potato farmers, and only requires minimal maintenance to keep it humming along.

Skinny, I think I remember you saying that you’ve got a .348 Winchester, but let me say again that your lever action rifle makes me jealous. That’s one of the most collectible modern Winchesters out there, and you’d be a fool to shoot it. My wife’s old boss at the State has one that he inherited from an uncle, and he’s got it displayed prominently on the wall of his “man room”.

Wicked, “topping off” a tubular magazine can be done at any time. The loading gate is spring loaded, so there’s no lock to disengage there or anything else. Just push the cartridges into the gate & give ’em a shove up the tube and you’re golden. With a little practice, I can load all ten rounds into my Rossi in less than 10 seconds. Of course, that’s with loose rounds hanging in a pouch on my belt; taking the rounds out of a leather cartridge belt while you’re loading would definitely add time to the process.

42. daveintexas - March 1, 2009

Mrs. Peel, I have a couple of Taurus .38s I can bring; both are 2″ snubs, one is a standard frame, the other lightweight. You can compare and see which you prefer.

And you are welcome to shoot my Kimber ifn ya want to.

43. Mrs. Peel - March 1, 2009

ooh, thanks Dave.

I had horrible nightmares all last night. A man was chasing me, and he didn’t exactly want to say “how d’ye’do,” if you get my drift. Just as he caught me, the dream would shift and the chase would start all over again, sometimes in the same place and sometimes someplace completely different. I kept running past people I knew and screaming for help, but they couldn’t or wouldn’t help. At one point, I had lost the guy, so I doubled back to hide somewhere until he passed, only to run right into him. Whereupon the dream shifted and I was running again. Until I finally managed to wake up, probably around 5, and tossed and turned, half-awake, until it was time for church.

See, this is why I stay up late instead of going to bed.

Anyway, gotta spend all day on homework. Catch y’all on the flip side.

44. Wickedpinto - March 3, 2009

“how d’ye’do,”

Or as us awkward northerners say, “What’s your situation.”

BTW, have we established a watch schedule over the sweets so that Michael doesn’t hog all of them like he did last time?

Bonus, whoever guards the sweets, gets to hold cathy’s kimber. . . . or at least that’s my suggestion.

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