Wednesday, 8 January 2014

08:21 – The blast of frigid weather is fading. The high today is to be a few degrees above freezing, and by Sunday the high is to be 59F (15C).

I’m still making up solutions and filling bottles. Yesterday, among others, I made up two liters of Lugol’s iodine solution, enough for 66 more 30 mL bottles. Just out of curiosity I checked our records. I’d made up six liters of Lugol’s on 20 March 2013, another four liters on 16 September, and another two liters on 19 November, for a total of 14 liters in the last 10 months, or about 460 kits’ worth.

We’re out of chemical sets for the biology and forensic kits, so my top priority for today is to bottle the 10 or so chemicals that we need in stock to make up a couple dozen more chemical sets for each of those.


11:11 – I saw this in the paper yesterday and wondered if the nationals would pick it up: North Carolina sheriff swaps Bonnie and Clyde-era ‘Tommy Guns’ for new arms

FoxNews appears to be confused. This is our local sheriff, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, not South Carolina as FoxNews seems to believe.The two guns in question are 1928 Thompson SMGs, as indicated by the vertical front grip and the Cutt’s Compensator at the muzzle. I’ve shot the 1928, 1928A1, and M1A1 Thompsons a fair amount and put a couple magazines through a 1921 Thompson. They’re fun to shoot, but the fact that the top of the buttstock is below the axis of the barrel means the muzzle climbs when they’re shot full auto, much like the AK47. Trading two of these relics for 88 Bushmasters is a very good deal for the Sheriff’s department and our local taxpayers.