Loose Screw

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Memorial Day has come and gone,  but the spirit of honoring those who put it all on the line for us should remain.


Walther PPK/PPKS

CW at Daily Timewaster asked for opinions on the PPK at his blog.

7+1 .380  (9mm kurtz). I carried one in a backup role for years, with a modified recoil spring, throated and ramped. It worked well.

I prefer the Sig P-365 SAS in that role.  (Most police shootings are 0-7 feet)

10+1 9mm, buy the standard 365 magazines and you get 17+1. I’ve modified it with a longer (non-porting) threaded True Precision barrel. The new 9mm ammunition available has given it a significant improvement over past 9mm ammo.


Not a Documentary



Bullet Points:

** The Value of Propaganda – A research psychologist who previously released a study that demonstrates how Google has the power to sway elections is once again sounding the alarm about the tech giant. Dr. Robert Epstein, a Californian Democrat who has been researching Google’s result manipulation tactics over the past decade, shared his latest findings with the New York Post.

Epstein previously estimated that upwards of six-million votes were shifted to Joe Biden in 2020 due to Google’s manipulated algorithm. The tech giant used its virtual monopoly to elevate links that were positive for Biden while also amplifying negative stories for then-President Trump. Get Out The Vote messaging on Google’s homepage was also targeted toward Democrat voters.

**Snake Space Robot –  At least 83 moons orbit Saturn, and experts believe its most reflective one could harbor life underneath its icy surface. To find out, NASA scientists hope to send a massive serpentine robot to scour Enceladus, both atop its frozen ground—and maybe even within a hidden ocean underneath.

As CBS News highlighted on Monday, researchers and engineers are nearing completion of their Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor (EELS) prototype. The 16-foot-long, 200-pound snakelike bot is capable of traversing both ground and watery environments via “first-of-a-kind rotating propulsion units,” according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. These repeating units could act as tracks, gripping mechanisms, and underwater propellers, depending on the surrounding environment’s needs. The “head” of EELS also includes 3D mapping technology alongside real-time video recording and transmission capabilities to document its extraplanetary adventure.

** Thoughts on 2024 Election Rigging. (PJM) Former deputy national security adviser K. T. McFarland appeared on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo about a week ago. In it, she warned of efforts by the Deep State to tip the scales for the Democrat nominee in 2024 (unless it’s RFK Jr., she might have added).

** California’s Water Shortages – California’s political leaders are obsessed with climate, so why don’t they prepare for droughts or deluges? The atmospheric rivers that are sweeping the parched Golden State should be a cause for relief, but they’ve instead given way to catastrophic floods and enormous water waste. Scientists last fall forecast another warm and dry winter following three of California’s driest years on record. Yet storms this winter have already dropped tens of trillions of gallons of water across the state and more than a dozen feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Alas, little of the storm runoff is getting captured.

** In Delaware – the unconstitutional firearms ban and restriction is in place for now, but the larger question is whether its citizens will roll onto their backs (and pee on their bellies) or not.


Identify the Helicopter




Mt. Athos,  the holy mountain, is home to a number of monasteries, where women are not welcome.

The minimum age at which children can be sent to prison.



History is complex. The period between the First and Second World Wars was one of extreme chaos as ethnic clashes arising from the fall of old empires frequently defied the diplomatic efforts of The Entente and League of Nations. Below is a partial list of the tumultuous and frequently bloody events that set the stage for the most devastating war in modern history:

Events leading to World War II

Revolutions of 1917–1923

The aftermath of World War I 1918–1939

Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War 1918–1925

Province of the Sudetenland 1918–1920

1918–1920 Unrest in Split

The Soviet westward offensive of 1918–1919

Heimosodat 1918–1922

Austro-Slovene conflict in Carinthia 1918–1919

Hungarian–Romanian War 1918–1919

Hungarian–Czechoslovak War 1918–1919

1919 Egyptian Revolution

Christmas Uprising 1919

Irish War of Independence 1919

Comintern World Congresses 1919–1935

Treaty of Versailles 1919

Shandong Problem 1919–1922

Polish-Soviet War 1919–1921

Polish–Czechoslovak War 1919

Polish–Lithuanian War 1919–1920

Silesian Uprisings 1919–1921

Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye 1919

Turkish War of Independence 1919–1923

Venizelos–Tittoni Agreement 1919

Italian Regency of Carnaro 1919–1920

Iraqi Revolt 1920

Treaty of Trianon 1920

Treaty of Rapallo 1920

Little Entente 1920–1938

Treaty of Tartu (Finland–Russia) 1920–1938

Mongolian Revolution of 1921

Soviet Intervention in Mongolia 1921–1924

Franco-Polish Alliance 1921–1940

Polish–Romanian Alliance 1921–1939

Genoa Conference (1922)

Treaty of Rapallo (1922)

March on Rome 1922

Sun–Joffe Manifesto 1923

Corfu incident 1923

Occupation of the Ruhr 1923–1925

Treaty of Lausanne 1923–1924

Mein Kampf 1925

Second Italo-Senussi War 1923–1932

First United Front 1923–1927

Dawes Plan 1924

Treaty of Rome (1924)

Soviet–Japanese Basic Convention 1925

German–Polish customs war 1925–1934

Treaty of Nettuno 1925

Locarno Treaties 1925

Anti-Fengtian War 1925–1926

Treaty of Berlin (1926)

May Coup (Poland) 1926

Northern Expedition 1926–1928

The Nanking incident of 1927

Chinese Civil War 1927–1937

Jinan incident 1928

Huanggutun incident 1928

Italo-Ethiopian Treaty of 1928

Chinese reunification 1928

Lateran Treaty 1928

Central Plains War 1929–1930

Young Plan 1929

Sino-Soviet conflict (1929)

Great Depression 1929

London Naval Treaty 1930

Kumul Rebellion 1931–1934

The Japanese invasion of Manchuria 1931

Pacification of Manchukuo 1931–1942

January 28 incident 1932

Soviet–Japanese border conflicts 1932–1939

Geneva Conference 1932–1934

May 15 incident 1932

Lausanne Conference of 1932

Soviet-Polish Non-Aggression Pact 1932

Soviet–Finnish Non-Aggression Pact 1932

Proclamation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 1932

Defense of the Great Wall 1933

Battle of Rehe 1933

Nazis’ rise to power in Germany in 1933

Reichskonkordat 1933

Tanggu Truce 1933

Italo-Soviet Pact 1933

Inner Mongolian Campaign 1933–1936

Austrian Civil War 1934

Balkan Pact 1934–1940

July Putsch 1934

German–Polish Declaration of non-aggression 1934–1939

Baltic Entente 1934–1939

1934 Montreux Fascist conference

Stresa Front 1935

Franco-Soviet Treaty of Mutual Assistance 1935

Soviet–Czechoslovakia Treaty of Mutual Assistance 1935

He–Umezu Agreement 1935

Anglo-German Naval Agreement 1935

December 9th Movement

Second Italo-Ethiopian War 1935–1936

February 26 incident 1936

The remilitarization of the Rhineland 1936

Soviet-Mongolian alliance 1936

Spanish Civil War 1936–1939

Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936

Italo-German “Axis” Protocol 1936

Anti-Comintern Pact 1936

Suiyuan campaign 1936

Xi’an Incident 1936

Second Sino-Japanese War 1937–1945

USS Panay incident 1937

Anschluss Mar. 1938

1938 Polish ultimatum to Lithuania Mar. 1938

Easter Accords April 1938

May Crisis May 1938

Battle of Lake Khasan July–Aug. 1938

Salonika Agreement July 1938

Bled Agreement Aug. 1938

Undeclared German–Czechoslovak War Sep. 1938

Munich Agreement Sep. 1938

First Vienna Award Nov. 1938

German Occupation of Czechoslovakia Mar. 1939

Hungarian invasion of Carpatho-Ukraine Mar. 1939

German ultimatum to Lithuania Mar. 1939

Slovak–Hungarian War Mar. 1939

The final offensive of the Spanish Civil War Mar.–Apr. 1939

Danzig crisis Mar.–Aug. 1939

British guarantee to Poland Mar. 1939

The Italian invasion of Albania Apr. 1939

Soviet–British–French Moscow negotiations Apr.–Aug. 1939

Pact of Steel May 1939

Battles of Khalkhin Gol May–Sep. 1939

Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact Aug. 1939

40 thoughts on “Loose Screw

  1. So, Delaware… “any pistol with a magazine not part of the pistol grip” is now banned?

    They banned the 1893 Mauser as an “assault weapon” after 130 years?
    How many people were shot with a Broomhandle in Delaware in the last decade, do you suppose… zero? Minus one?

    Blithering idiots.


    1. And the same senseless regulations that are trotted out every time in the name of gun “safety.”

  2. man’s constant state is war, peace is the anomaly. and usually an illusion, since cold war struggles continue behind the scenes until the next shots are fired. sad when you think about it. dead heroes’ struggles are over. their kids are grown now, raising their own kids without a grand father, one that could have inspired and guided them through these perilous times. that breaks my heart.

    1. Read elsewhere that peace is a hypothetical idea that was created because on rare occasions, for a brief time period, no one was fighting with anyone else.

    2. I understand Darwinism to suggest a stable peace is only possible as a stalemate of Mutually Assured Destruction. But wouldn’t it be nice if the size of decision-making units of MAD was as small as family tribes?

      If they aren’t enforcing gun bans then it’s a dead letter, like the registration law in Connecticut in 2014.

  3. Not sure it’s possible to rein in the Political Class who have this concept we work for them. It appears their expanding criminality makes them nearly untouchable…election theft is just one more straw breaking the camel’s back. Their “regulation” of everyday life is getting more stupid and invasive by the day…especially when most of them have no clue on the simple things, like how to put fuel in their car (or plug their beloved EV in for that matter).

    But hey, it gets worse…according to some US Geo Survey expert not only are sea levels rising (completely false) but NYC is now sinking. Like that moron in Congress said about Haiti “tipping over”…“The metropolis is slowly sinking under the weight of its skyscrapers, homes, asphalt and humanity itself.” Of course rising sea levels plus a sinking NYC means faster sink-age. Wonder what AOC will say to that? Will anyone move away in panic?

    Can’t make this stuff up…every generation has their doomsday screecher’s. But my safely stored and seldom used firearm makes me the lunatic.

    1. There are enough New Yorkers moving down here to Florida that it shouldn’t be a problem for long!🙂

      1. I’ve heard that you can’t get a U-Haul to leave NYC. It’s the same in California. Scarcity leads to price gouging.

        1. Nationally property sales are way down, peaked May 2021 and have fallen to 2012 levels as of last month (which saw a 1.2% drop in 30 days). Rural property sales are also down (escapees are not escaping as much..with UHaul overloaded, maybe they can’t).

          Good, means they won’t bring what they wrought there, here. (One taste of that element is your leading comment yesterday about “campers”.)

        2. Price gouging, Larry? Isn’t that a leftist term for what an Austrian school economist would call supply and demand?

          1. No, what we want is centrally planned rate change limits on prices. Then instead of being able to get gasoline during a hurricane because it’s been rationed by a higher price, we can’t get any at all because it will all be sold out at the old price. Then we will all be equally poor. Of course the nomenklatura will still get whatever they want.

            It does seem rather difficult to purge all the communism out of our thinking. All government is communism, it just comes in different strengths depending on how much the population will tolerate that moment.

      2. @LanceinFL- That’s funny…unfortunately true. Waiting for them to blame the “tipping point” on Trump Tower as it’s apparently made of gold. Altho all those hotdog and Falafel carts aren’t light either.

    2. BTW, that’s a long skirmish list…at the hands of the ruling class. Trust their judgement? Not on their sorry lives.

      1. The ruling class tends to sit on the sidelines these days while the little people fight it out at their command. It didn’t work out well for the Romanovs, though.

        1. CCR’s ‘Fortunate Son’ (1969) is playing in my head.

          Some things never change…regardless we should be in an era smooth sailing. Hah!, never happen with these idiots running things…off the proverbial cliff.

          1. War is a racket – Smedley Butler. But then again I really didn’t have to tell you that, did I?

            I’ve owned two PPK/S 380’s and both were reliable right out of the box. Maybe I got lucky? They have a certain elan to them. But I like the SIG 365 much better.

    3. It was that mental deficient from Georgia, Hank Johnson, regarding a planned military buildup on Guam who said: “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”

      1. Guam…Yes…had Haiti on the brain for some reason. Amazing how many galactically stupid people become congress-man/woman/other.

    4. Will the sinkage be enough to overcome the fact that the land is still rising from the removal of the glaciers?

  4. Thanks for the ammo dump. I had a Walter PK380 when they first came out. It was nothing but problems. But this PPK 380 Kurtz looks like something I may have to add to the toolbox. Is the modified recoil spring necessary? He didn’t mention anything about hollow point ammunition so I guess I’ll have to try that out and get back to you. The sig 365 SAS sites are very different. I can kind of see why they made them that way so that you can just bring it to eye level and squeeze the trigger as soon as you see your target lined up with the round tritium site. I would think it would make it perfect for lose shootings between 3 and 7 ft. However I can see how the trips some people up since they’re used to the standard front sight post and rear site aperture. Might have to try this one out too.
    Just just talked to a cousin of mine is hey Wilmington detective but worked narcotics for years. He said he didn’t have the stat right in front of him but to answer Kle’s question he said less than 3%. So point in case. There is shop down there that is full of ar an ak style rifles that they can’t get rid of because they’re residents are not allowed to purchase them. However if you live in a state outside of Delaware say Pennsylvania you have to show proof of residency and then they will allow you to purchase one or as many as you like.

    1. I modified my Glock 21 to fire +P+ .45 ACP since the recoil springs weren’t designed for really hot loads that I prefer. The Walther benefitted from an aftermarket recoil spring too because it was designed to fire low-velocity ball. I had the ramp polished to accept hollow points. They didn’t have honeybadger rounds then (which I like for those lighter calibers), so I don’t know how they’d feed. I traded the PPK some years ago.

      It’s a long drive to Delaware, unfortunately.

        1. If you’re going to shoot .45 ACP +P+, you should consider replacing the stock guide rod and recoil springs. It makes everything smoother.

          1. I’ll look and see if I have any +P or +P+ in stock. If I do, I’ll look into getting a few extra “spares” for my TLE-II.

    2. Agree with riverrider that man is in a constant state of conflict.

      Have a PK380 that originally was a pain in the neck. Part of that was that the disassembly instructions were missing a couple of steps. The other was that it did not feed well. Polishing compound and a Dremel tool took care of the feeding problems.

      Firearms. I am waiting to see if the WA firearms restrictions will be upheld in court. Nothing else to do really, can’t afford to move. Well I could afford to move but the place I would end up with would be less appealing than what I have now. I do make my opinions known to my legislature and do donate to SAF. I am of the opinion that until there are repercussions for the legislatures and governors (you proposed or signed into law something that was clearly unconstitutional so go to jail) that this silliness will continue.

  5. Delaware ban. For those of us who escaped Kalifornia, SOS, DD. Perhaps it will be added to a similar list some day, but I ain’t holding my breath.

    Walther PPK/PPKS. Larry gives good advice. My comment is not advice, just one of my “back in the day” stories from when I had my FFL in what used to be California.

    At one time, dealer cost on surplus Hungarian PA-63’s was $99. They are a PPK knockoff with an aluminum frame, chambered in 9mm Makarov (also 32 and 380). In stock trim, they have two major annoyances–

    1) The magazines do not drop free. You have to pull them out.
    2) The double action trigger pull is horrendous, like 24 lbs.

    I made a hobby out of working them over, fixing the above, and selling them as affordable concealed carry. Must have sold a dozen or so. On the plus side, accuracy with the fixed barrel is excellent, and Hornady makes an FTX round that runs just fine. I still have two guns that I kept for myself.

    A minor caveat. I made clear to each of my customers that these guns were surplus and that the primary feature was that they were cheap. No warranty of any kind.

    1. These days a lot of my pistols have aftermarket barrels. Many are threaded. The 365 SAS benefits from the longer un-ported barrel that protrudes from the frame a bit. Yes, I redid the trigger of my PPK too. Forgot to say that. It took a little work but was a fine shooter. I replaced it with a baby Glock that was an all-around better handgun. I also had a Walther PP in .32. I never shot anyone with it. I traded that one away too.

  6. Chris Baker review:

    My early ’90s Interarms PPK/S: Stainless priced same as blued version. Does not care for Blazer Aluminum case ammunition. Reliable and accurate with all other ammo tested. I preemptively dressed sharp edges to minimize hammer or slide bite.
    I consider the trigger and safety mechanisms as features rather than bugs.

  7. Improving weapons IS kinda a hobby with most of us, isn’t it… :-) Re the proletariat, they do rise up occasionally, usually with negative impact on the ‘ruling’ class.

    1. Yeah… Jersey.

      Knives so small I consider them novelty items are illegal, there.

      Doesn’t really seem to slow the gang war round about Newark, though.


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