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The coolest Submachinegun ever.

Yeah, I guess this would be a surprise post from someone who is “anti-gun”, but you might be surprised at how much some of us know about guns.

Anyway, my personal vote is for the MAT-49 which comes from Manufacture Nationale d’Armes de Tulle (MAT) armoury for use by the French Army and the fact that it was first produced in 1949.  Forgotten arms has a great video on the MAT-49.

The reason I like the gun is that it is one of the more unusual guns out there in that the magazine well folds up to the body. There are only two guns I know that do this the Hotchkiss Universal and the MAT-49: both of which were in competition to be France’s submachinegun in the post-war period. That said it has connections to Vietnam and Algeria.

Although, I would be less inclined to want one for reenacting Vietnam. The French were using other countries weapons: especially early in the war. An M1 Carbine works just as well. An M1 carbine can also be used for Algeria, but the MAT-49 was standard issue for the French military by that time. Although, the gun was being used by French Paratroops: especially at Dien Bien Phu.

Let’s toss in that the MAT-49 retooled for the Tokarev round was used by the Vietnamese (as were 9mm versions).

Still, this gun is expensive as heck in the US, while one can pick up a deact/neutralisé MAT49 no problems! And the deact is a fraction of the price of the parts kits I’ve seen for sale in the US. There are few options for replicas in the states since I’ve seen movie prop resin versions sell out at a 4 figure price! Relics UK sells a wooden version which works for prop or display use.

The problem is that the action is what makes this gun so interesting. Toss in its popularity among collectors (these things are really pricey if you want one that WORKS!). They were designed for full-auto, so I’m not sure how easy it would be to make a semi-auto version.

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I’m putting this here as a guide to the missing pieces for the upper.

I’m surprised Denix hasn’t made one yet. I’m pretty sure they would sell. Especially since deacts aren’t legal in the US. And Deacts are getting harder to get in Europe.

I know I’m not alone in my interest in this weapon since doing a search on the MAT-49 will turn up a lot of material. Maybe we are just a small community out there.

BTW, if you have a parts kit that is missing pieces, the best place to get them is naturabuy.fr. Unfortunately, it takes knowledge of French to be able to buy there. Also, the people with the best prices usually don’t ship outside France.

Some vocabulary if you want to try shopping there:
Guidon=front sight
Oeilleton=rear sight
ressort=spring
verrou de crosse=stock locking pin
Carte bleu=Visa (the best way to pay outside of France). And yes, there is a difference between Visa and MC in France.

Just one person!

I believe in the six degrees of separation since I’ve seen it too many times in my life. Latest example is I was criticising an actor and found out his mother was an acquaintance!

OK, I’ve always been outspoken

But this isn’t a scholarly journal or something I want to make money from. It’s a platform for me to get ideas out there.

I am happy if someone sees something here and uses it for good.

I think the world sucks. I am not sure how to make it better (recycling isn’t working for me–my house feels like Alice’s Church). Altruism is hard.

But I hope that if someone sees someting which is useful and makes a better world then all this shit has been worth it.

Nest Hello is up and running!

OK, you like a challenge if you are reading this. And installing the Nest Hello Doorbell is definitely a challenge, but worth it in the end.  I found the real issues were more with the doorbell than the doorbell system.

Nest people: please come up with a way to set this up using a wired connection. The Bluetooth version had too many problems.  I was able to set this up, but there were far too many headaches associated with wireless in a highly congested frequency band.

But it was worth it in the end.

I can see events. So, if someone were to be a porch pirate, or worse, I wouldn’t have to scroll through hours of footage to find it. The segments would be highlighted. I also signed up to have my video stored for 10 days in “the cloud”.

Personally, I find that CCTV is far more of a crime deterrent than a firearm. Toss in how many people have been killed by CCTV as opposed to family members killed with a gun.

Two high profile crimes were solved through CCTV in my neighbourhood. I can name a lot more where the CCTV being backed up to a remote location foiled criminals (including bent cops).

So, keep your gun. I would rather have big brother watching out for me.

Data Mining Background Checks

redact SSDIAren’t worth shit.

I’ve seen too many glaring errors in them with one really amazing one on Spokeo, where someone who has been dead since 1982 is listed as being 95 years old! Even the legit reports show that I lived at 232 K street SW, Washington, DC.

I am a real fucking badass if that is true (or black as the reports also say I am).

The problem in the US is that too many people believe that industry can police itself, which is a load of libertarian horseshit. That is the equivalent of foxes being in charge of henhouses. Self-regulation my arse!

Or maybe you really trust Facebook!

But nothing is being done about enacting serious data protection laws even with the Google, Facebook, etc. data scandals.

So, beware of bullshit.
redact- Spokeo - www.spokeo.com
And don’t believe those online background checks since 232 K st SW was the address of the person who stole my identity back in 1995. That has made its way on to my data sheet despite many years of trying to get that wiped off my record.

My reports have been yanked from the internet since I was so disgusted by how WRONG they were and not being able to fix it. I don’t trust those online background checks since I have seen too much WRONG information.

After all, the dead seem to live in the world of data mining.

BTW, note the disclaimer at the bottom of the Spokeo report. It’s sort of like they are admitting their reports aren’t accurate.

The Secret Museum of Bermuda

SIMG_7417ome of the things in Masterworks Bermuda’s storage room are the signs for the H.A. & E Smith and Triminghams. There is at least one other lost stores sign. They are the original items.

Anyway, I’ve seen a couple of articles about how you can still buy things from these closed stores. It’s done by going to places like Etsy, eBay, Poshmark, etc. that sell used or secondhand items. Although I have found more than one new with tags items, such as the huge Bermuda shorts in a previous post.Triminghams Bag
The wildest item I have seen so far is this Triminghams bag which is for sale on eBay UK!

I have to agree with the reviewer on Trip Advisor that:

Many old, great stores on Front Street like Trimingham’s and H.A. & E. Smith are gone and replaced by banks, re-insurance firms, and tee-shirt shops. Yesteryear was much nicer.

I liked it better when there weren’t traffic jams too!

But you can still do some shopping online and find the Triminghams handbags.

And even a shopping bag to put it in!

I know where that is!

They are at the Coral Beach and Tennis Club on Elbow Beach.
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I know this not only from the fact that it’s a popular location for beach weddings, but I am really familiar with Elbow Beach (and most of the beaches on that part of the island).

I could tell where they were from the background. Here’s a slightly different view which backs up my statement.DSCF1155

TABS_pink_front_open_groom_2000xI would recommend it for a great place to get married. Some people go for the unfinished church in St. George, which is interesting since there are signs warning people that the church is unsafe…

Anyway, the site for the Bermuda Weddings where I saw the pic is http://www.bermuda-wedding.com/bubbling-with-happiness/.

Oh, and TABS will customise your shorts with “Groom” and “Best Man” (or “Lucky You”) for the perfect wedding night! (Cost #20)

Point Finger Road.

Not sure why this hasn’t made it to the net yet, but I am now fixing that.

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