Gargoyle on the Salisbury Cathedral – England



You became tolerant of their degeneracy, only for them to become intolerant of your values. You pretended they were your equal only for them to tell you that they were your superior.

There is no greater myth than the proposition of an amicable coexistence between opposing cultures. You can either conform to those who are wielding power or you can take power back.

You can’t serve God and mammon. You have to choose one or the other. Tolerance for evil is not a winning strategy.  That’s the sermonette.



Seeing the “I would’ve stood up to the Nazis” crowd spend two years demanding forced vaccinations and camps for the unvaccinated and then with literally no time gap immediately moving on to demonizing anything Russian (including the language) because of what’s happening in Ukraine is proof that we really are surrounded by unprincipled unthinking unfeeling jellyfish who float along on waves of propaganda, and identify as woke. They still haven’t figured out which restroom to use.



Moving On

I was trying to work out where most of the people who follow this blog would fit in if they were in Napoleon’s Grand Army – cavalry, definitely, but which? Yeah — hussars.


Spotted in a Parking Lot

It’s an appropriate paint scheme for your Mustang. Should it be stolen, the police wouldn’t have much difficulty spotting it.

If it was a P-47 it wouldn’t be in a handicapped space…


Identify the Tank


Photo of the Day

East German Makarov on the left and Chinese Makarov on the right.




  1. Tolerance – as II Corinthians asks: For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness?
    Woke – from Ephesians: So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

    • Wasn’t it called a Wirblewind (Whirlwind)? German spelling may be off
      Built on a Panzer IV chassis as Klaus said, maybe quad 20s?

  2. My daughter-in-law carries a Russian Makarov. One of the few semi-automatics I like.

  3. As long as it is not in my face and it is between consenting adults I can be pretty tolerant. Any deviation from that then all bets are off.

    Great paint job on the Mustang but could not find the significance of WP 62.

    Never owned a Makarov but do like them. Good durable pistols that will still function fine after you use it as a hammer.

    • Reminds of the Motorola walkie-talkies the LAPD used to carry. They siad it would not only stop a bullet, but you could use it to beat the perp over the head if your firearm malfunctioned….

      • LAPD called them “rovers” while the rest of the planet used the smaller, lighter, and more efficient pac-sets, also built by Motorola.

        • Used to say “can’t outrun Motorola”, now it’s “can’t outrun phones and DNA”. While you could bean someone with your phone and it won’t have much of an affect, the data is more a deterrent. Funny how things morph as tech advances.

  4. Cuirassier, definitely. Heavy horse, heavy armor, hack and crush, don’t give a damn, fight until way past tired, sleep in their camp.

    Definitely. Hate lace on sleeves and around neck. And I only have a semi-Selleck mustache because I hate turned-in hairs under the nose.

      • At least. Or at least 50 years too late, as the modern rifles aren’t really built for close quarter combat like the Garand and Springfield are. Seriously, butt-stroking someone with your M4gery isn’t nearly as dangerous to them as butt-stroking with a battle-rifle.

        Though the new heavy 6.8mm built on a 7.62×51 with really high chamber pressures might be useful. I mean, the breech designed to hold over 80,000psi has to be heavy enough to bash some skulls in when it finally blows up…

  5. Makarov. Very decent little pistols for the price back in the day. Being all steel, very durable and comfortable to shoot. Brown Bear ball ammo could be had for about $5/box of 50.

    I got into the FEG PA-63’s, sort of the poor man’s Hungarian made copy of a PPK, but with an aluminum frame. Lighter weight and easy to conceal, but after two mags or so, the web of my hand gets tired of the recoil. One downside is the horrendous double action trigger pull. Original hammer spring is rated at 16 lbs.! Fortunately, Wolff springs still sells 9 lb. replacements, along with stronger recoil springs to go with. Swapping both out is easy. The other downside is that the empty mags don’t drop free. Correction requires a bit of fine tuning/needle filing the engagement between the magazine follower tab and the internal slide lock.

    Both of these designs have fixed barrels so are deadly accurate. For a defensive load, I run Hornady 95 gr FTX Critical Defense.

    • I kind of regret not picking up that East German Makarov for $180 20+ years ago. Just because, not for any practical reasons.

        • And some 1903s, and some M1 Garands, and some M1917s… Dammit.

          Even some Krag-Jorgensens. Maybe a Lee Navy or two (yes, I know someone who bought a surplus Lee Navy.)

          Come to think of it, the BM-59 (Italian M-14, but it actually worked) was cheap for a while. So were Caranos, and I know a few old deer hunters who loved their Italian beauties. And K-98s… Spanish Mausers. Even the Garbage Rods.


  6. My East German Makarov, now at the bottom of a nearby lake, was picked up several years back for around $200 including a spare magazine and an issue holster all in excellent condition. Great little gun. I also had a CZ 83, the civilian version of the CZ 82. Most were chambered in .380 with a small number in .32acp. Some, like mine, were chambered in 9mm Makarov and had polygonal rifling, a surprisingly accurate pistol. Sadly it was in the same canoe accident as my Mak.
    +1 to Dr Jim’s comment on the M1 carbines. I should have bought at least three.

    • The old Universal M-1 Carbine wasn’t nearly as good as the military M-1’s and M-2’s but they were not expensive and you could get spare parts for a song on Shotgun news when you needed them.

  7. Wirblewind Flakpanzer, one of a number of tools in the futile struggle to stop those damned Allied fighter jockeys from strafing your tank lines. It’s a pretty good use of a spare Panzer IV hull, and a good-looking tank in its own right.

    • Edit to add: Use of this tank against American infantry is as effective as it is satisfying, but it is also a good way to make sure your surrender won’t be recognized.

      • FLAK guns were particularly effective against infantry. When you mount them on armor, the point defense characteristics make them difficult to take without armor. And yeah, afterward, they’re not going to take you to get a warm meal and a bunk.

  8. Position in Napoleon’s army:

    I expect I’m more of the fat, drunk, officer appointed through nepotism.


    • There were enough of those – even at Waterloo, where you figure the French would have worked out the kinks.

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