A New Gun Safe for Christmas

I guess my woman got tired of me talking about biometrics and gun safes and how cool the mix of the two is. She gave me an early Christmas present. She found a nice gun safe reviews website which helped he do some research before taking the plunge. 

It’s awesome. I love it and I am very thankful that she was paying attention to what I wanted and not out looking for something she thinks I need or should have.

Anyway, back to the gun safe. It’s very cool and the biometric scanner works better than I assumed it would. It’s pretty cool. I want to put this type of lock on all of my stuff. It makes the concept of keys annoying, though I guess keys are a great backup. I still would like to just use my thumb to open all my locks. 

That’s it for now. I hope everyone has a nice holiday season. 

Advancement is Natural

I was watching Pawn Stars last night (yeah, I know) and a customer brought in an old 1800’s repeating rifle. At its time, it was such a huge leap in firearms design, that it basically made any rifle before it useless (in a head-to-head type environment). It really got me thinking about weapons design and advancement.

The repeating loader mechanism that was on that rifle was actually first made for a pistol by Smith & Wesson. But, that pistol was a dog. No one was interested. When the design was added to a rifle though, it became a massive improvement in contemporary design. Having the ability to shoot a round and then reload within seconds as opposed to minutes was definitely a force multiplier.

The next step after that would have been automatic reloading, or a semi-automatic type weapon. I actually think this is a smaller jump then the jump of the previous line, like the repeating loader rifle. However, it was a natural progression.

I also find it interesting how some design advancements are so misunderstood. Take fully-automatic weapons as an example. So many people assume that a weapon like the M-60 is an offensive beast of death and destruction, while in reality it is mostly a defensive gun. Automatic beasts like the M-60 were made to stop larger numbers of soldiers from “zerging” smaller forces. If the smaller group had a automatic  gun, they could cut down soldiers as they attempted to swarm them. Like the repeating loader, this was a huge advancement.

I am not totally sure where I am headed with this post, but I just think it’s interesting to see how design evolves. We have seen a lot of advancement over the last 150 years. I am curious to see what happens over the next 15.

I have a smaller Barska biometric safe, but these look awesome. I can’t get enough of this quick access stuff. It makes old safes look like old dial phone booth phones. I think I am going to check around a little than “pull the trigger” on of of these bad boys if all looks well.

I Want a 3D Printer

The time they are a’ changing. I really want a decent 3D printer. I see some lower end attempts at mass market models out there, and there are loads on Kickstarter which appear decent entry level models, but I want something with a bit more power. I guess they are good for getting the basics under your belt before you go an gung ho, so maybe I’ll give one a try. 

They are definitely the future. The Internet + 3D printers = the end of the traditional brick and mortar store. Sure there might be certain places that survive, and food services like restaurants will always be needed, especially for social reasons, but if I can print a new mug whenever I break one, or I can print a new pistol when I feel like it, why would I head to a Walmart? 

OK, so what if I need something that I cannot print. Hello! FedEx + the Internet. Again, some places will survive due to the fact that you may need (or want) something A.S.A.P., or some people may just prefer going and buying something face-to-face, but they will be the outliers in my opinion. 

Gotta love tech.