Locations of Stone Circles and Henges in the UK & Ireland

Some areas were apparently more holy than others…


Is the 1911 Design outdated?

I would say no, but I want to hear your opinion.


Washington State says YES – more taxes

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  1. In my opinion the 1911 is a timeless design and will likely be around be around when we’re forgotten. I used to have several. Damn that unstable canoe.

    • I agree. Once upon a time, I also owned several: in the original caliber, as well as 10 mm (the design is great for a heavy slug). I barely made it to shore when the canoe overturned; so embarrassed; shouldn’t drink and paddle.

        • LL, mine are at the bottom of Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced Ponderay). The chart says 1170 feet. I am afraid they are gone forever, I asked the Navy guys at the sonar research lab but they couldn’t help.

          • We need to use a submersible with little grasping claws. Patterned after Pistol Bete Buttguy’s little rat hands.

  2. I lived in Washington State for 18 years. The career politicians and entrenched civil service folks have always hated no state income tax. They use “fees” to make up for it.

    • As to 1911, I’ve owned a clone (Star in 9mm) and it worked well. Also owned a Makarov I liked. Otherwise, the semis that have passed through my hands disappointed me. Revolvers never have. At my level of commitment I need something that goes “bang” when I pull the trigger. My Bulldog has never failed.

  3. Henges: old fashioned pubs for bawdy get- togethers resulting in height jinx, nakedness, and some sort of sacrificial ritual. Not much has changed then.

    • Wasn’t that a Top Gear BBC episode? Then again, most of them were pretty much all about some level of jinx, height or otherwise.

  4. I guess Friday and Saturday nights were pretty boring, I am of the opinion of Jules, Pubs and you had to bring your BYOR, (Bring your own Rocks).

  5. The Gospel According to St. John Moses of Browning, as translated from the original ancient manuscripts by Fr. Frog, begins thusly:

    1. In the beginning was the 1911, and the 1911 was THE pistol, and it was good.

    You may find the remainder of the sacred text engrossed here:


  6. The 1911 is cool and venerable, but c’mon man it’s outdated. (and I have several despite that)
    Field strip, clean and reassemble a modern polymer frame striker-fired pistol, then do it with a 1911.
    If you can be honest vs nostalgic, that exercise ought to make the point.
    Modern manufacturing and design has improved the recoil-operated pistol over the 1911 design…

    And if that exercise doesn’t make the point to you, then load up a stock low-end 1911 (ie one that costs about what a Glock, or M&P etc costs) with a mixture of ball, HP, and semi-wadcutters and see how that goes. *Not* with your high-end, custom hand-fitted 1911. Then pick one of the modern polymer pistols and do it.

    1911s are cool, I get it and I like them, but don’t diss a hundred years of manufacturing and design improvements either!

      • The Colt 1911 has gone through precious few changes in all that time. It’s been a go-to for over a hundred years and even in this modern era.

        I’ve carried a number of handguns in the course of work – Sigs, Glocks, Colts, and so forth and each has it’s charm. Though I prefer .45 ACP as a pistol cartridge, I city carry (licensed in all US States and Territories) the Sig SAS 365. The availability of different loads and bullets for 9 mm has expanded. I recall the old Super Vel, which was my preferred 9mm cartridge at one point. But we’re a thousand miles from those days.

  7. As a tool the 1911 is just as effective and efficient as it was the day JMB was kind enough to conceive it for us. Fashions get out dated.

    • I’ll add that it just so happens that just yesterday I used a brace and bit to install a few eyebolts instead of the Makita.

  8. For the last half-century or so I have been very partial to the 1911 in .45 ACP.
    When the chips are down, a good 1911 will serve you well.
    The Colt in the picture appears to have well-executed, sensible work.

  9. Washington State: I am willing to bet that all of that “fee” money never makes it over to the East side of the state.

    1911s: They still work well, I say it is a timeless design, the Mona Lisa of semi automatic pistols.

    Henges: I was fascinated by the things when I was stationed in England. Took a lot of effort to dig the ditch and probably even more to shape and move the stones.

      • If you ask anyone from the West side they will agree with you; there is no East side to WA, it ends at the Cascades. Everybody over on the right (correct) side of the state wants to become our own state and stay the heck away from the human granola bars over on the left side of the state.

  10. Forget the 1911, I just learned something REALLY important.
    Didja know that some person called Yehudi Mercado wrote this great “What If” comicbook where Thor is “half-Black, half Puerto Rican” Miles Morales? Huh, huh, didja? Soooo kewl! (Miles Morales was originally Brown Spiderman, but now he’s Thor!)

    Miles-Thor has a blond-dyed fade with a lightning bolt shaved in, wears Asgardian Air Jordans and speaks in rap! His hammer done be covered in graffiti and Asgard (which looks like the Bronx) be his hood en shit. Admire the sheer poetry of Mercado:
    Of all the five realms, Asgard is his ‘hood.
    For miles you can see he’s just that good.
    The rainbow bridge takes him on his quest,
    The Bifrost Line goes north, south, east n’ west.
    From Jormungandr to the Wrecking Crew,
    He stuck Gullinbursti in the Asgard Zoo.
    But he’s low-key when he wants to be,
    Name on marquees like his uncle Loki.”

    I am not making this up.
    Mystery-meat Thor or Winona Thor (with CGI muscles)? Your choice. (No, you can’t have Chris Hemsworth Thor. You WILL love Black-caricacture Thor or 85-lb middle aged woman Thor.) Hilariously, Yehudi Mercado is being pilloried by the Left.

  11. The 1911 was the coin of the realm for it’s day, but it was conceived for a specific purpose to time and place. (Pre WW1 and the dust-up in the Philippines) Time marches on. But still, it’s a must-have in the tool-box.

  12. My first hands-on introduction to the 1911 was at Small Arms Repair School in 1977. I have been a die hard fan ever since. It appeals to me for many reasons, not the least of which is that you can detail disassemble it with a rusty nail, with the possible exceptions of the magazine catch and grip screws. Sometime in my mid-40’s, I discovered much to my chargin that I had become wrinkly enough to get hammer bite from an issue 1911A1. So now I have to wear a shooting glove or apply some duct tape to the web of my hand.

    That said, for a decade now my first line side arm has been a factory re-man SIG 220. It has these advantages over (all steel) issue 1911’s:
    1) Double action first shot.
    2) Hammer de-cock.
    3) Field strip is far simpler.
    4) Aluminum frame.
    5) Beavertail grip.

    The problem with all of the above is that I become attached to these fine guns. Having some coin of the realm from a few scopes sold, and it recently being my birthday, I bought one of these:


    My first ever plastic fantastic tupperware pistol. I like it. Fits my hand (better than any Glock) and shoots to point of aim. It is a tool. Drop it on the concrete floor? Well, shucky darn. Try not to do it again.

  13. The 1911 works at least as well as it did when it was new. Revolvers work fine too, and they are even older.

    Is the 1911 the be-all and end-all, absolute best possible handgun? Nah, I doubt it. But it’s still more than sufficient for anything 99% of people will ever need it for. I mean, if I ever need a handgun for real, it isn’t going to be the weapon’s inefficiency making my performance less effective, rather it will be vice versa. I know that’s not the case for some of you here, but I expect it’s the case for most people.


  14. m1911? idk. it’ll be the last gun i ever sell. yet, if i were going into combat again i would choose another as a backup to my rifle. one with higher capacity, no safety/condition one safe. i literally cut my teeth on a 1911 slide. mom has a picture somewhere of me doing that while my dad cleaned his at ft. stewart.

  15. There are two types of shooters for 1911’s: Those who leave the thumb on top of the safety, and those who don’t.
    If you shoot high thumb style (Col. Cooper), DO NOT get a 1911 that has the beavertail. The beavertail changes where your hand sits relative to the thumb safety, and consequently changes the shape of your palm. Now your palm isn’t touching the backstrap and grip safety well enough to function the safety and handle recoil. It now touches at two spots, thumb web and very bottom of hand. Air gap between them. Gun moves a lot. The normal response is to have a gunsmith add lots of checkering in an attempt to keep the gun from squirming all over, and learn new ways to grip the gun, and have the grip safety disabled so the gun will fire when the trigger is pulled.

    Cooper fanbois bitch about the grip safety being added by Army demand, and wish JMB hadn’t had to add it. They are wrong, the gun had the grip safety FIRST. The Army demanded that a thumb safety be added after accepting the gun, and then formulated a carry policy that eliminated the utility of that safety. Bureaucrats…

    If you look at the Army Test guns, no thumb safeties will be seen.

    With the advent of the firing pin safety that Colt added in the 80 series, the thumb safety becomes redundant for most people.

    • There is a lot of muscle memory that goes into shooting a familiar handgun. The ‘cocking lever’ that some put into a 1911 was something that I could not get used to. What is wrong with carrying it cocked and locked? I could descend at this point into personal experiences but what you wrote (above) is absolutely correct.

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