Review: Fiocchi .45 ACP was kind enough to provide me with a box of their Fiocchi .45 ACP for the purpose of review. Negotiations went something like this. Want some ammo that you don’t have to pay for?

Me: Um, yeah You’ve got to shoot it and talk about it and link back to us, k?

Me: Twist my arm, why don’t ya?

Well it just so happened that we had 4 shooters* with .45’s at undisclosed location, so I decided to have a little fun with it.

It ran flawlessly in my FNP .45 Tactical, EvylRobot‘s M&P45c, Microcosm Overload’s(yes, he needs a blog of his own. And you may have seen him before at the same undisclosed location) Para, and our guest’s compact Kimber.

We shot this with my Nikon Coolpix P80, Evyl’s Samsung Epic, and Microcosm Overlord’s iPhone 4G. I thought it was fun to have all the different angles.  It’s also the first video review that I’ve posted.  Let me know what you think.  Do you want to see me on video more often?  Never again? is one of several online retailers of drop shipped ammunition.  We all know that.  But did you know that a percentage of every purchase you make through goes to support a pro-freedom organization of your choice in your name?

When you order from, we donate a percentage of your order to your chosen pro-freedom organization, which includes organizations that actively support our military personnel, our 2nd Amendment rights, and our political freedoms.  This donation is done on your behalf and doesn’t cost you a dime.

So go buy some Cheap .45 ammo and support a cause we all believe in.

*3 out of 4 shooters are wearing custom leather.  We’ve got to work on our guest.

Why yes, FCC, they did give me ammo. I mentioned that already.

Edited to embed the right video.  Special sometimes…


Laughing At Wall Street

So this arrived in the mail last Saturday.

Totally unsolicited.  Apparently, I was on of the bloggers chosen to receive an advance copy of Laughing At Wall Street. That’s what the included letter said anyway.

Interesting.  I like free stuff. Unsolicited free stuff is especially great.  (You hear that people who send random bloggers free stuff?) So I took the whole press package over to the in-laws for Sunday lunch.

Now, I don’t read investment books.  I have a couple of 401K’s (prior job and current one), but I haven’t done any investing.  I do accounting for a living and was a banker prior to that, so I have a reasonable grasp on financial dealings but know almost nothing about the stock market.  And it’s certainly not a topic I’ve ever talked about here.

But I figured, what the hell and cracked open the book on Sunday afternoon.  I didn’t put it down again until I had finished it that evening.  I plan to read it again.

I don’t read books like this.  One of my favorite gags to pull on company is to point out the one book on the shelf that I’ve never been able to finish.  The title of that one? Getting Things Done.  I love to read.  I just prefer the escape of fiction. And yet I read this one in a single afternoon.

It’s interesting, entertaining, and informative.  Chris Camillo has a passion for this and it really comes through in his writing.  And he just might have some clue what he’s talking about.  When was the last time some financial adviser had their investment returns published online for all the world to see?

The big scary world stocks and stock options and trading doesn’t seem quite so big and scary anymore.  With some careful planning, I may just dip my toes in. (What caliber for big scary stock market?)  I’ll keep you informed of any progress. First I’ve got to budget aside some money I’m not afraid to lose, but it turns out, I can start smaller than I thought.

Do I recommend it?  This total stock market noob says yes.  If you buy Laughing at Wall Street: How I Beat the Pros at Investing (by Reading Tabloids, Shopping at the Mall, and Connecting on Facebook) and How You Can, Too using that link, I’ll get a bit of a return from Amazon. (Hey, I’m a capitalist.  Help the occupiers hate me even more.)  You can also get it directly from the author’s site linked above.

Dear FCC: I didn’t ask for the book; he sent it.  He didn’t ask for a post; I wrote one.  <insert raspberry here>

Dearly Beloved, We Are Gathered Here Today

For a review and giveaway! But, you have to wait until the end for the giveaway part.

A few weeks ago, I received a comment from a representative of Gun Casket and thought their product looked very interesting. So I asked very nicely if they would provide me one for review purposes. They did even better than that.

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One for me, and one for a lucky reader! The purple one is mine. It is their electronic dual pistol case. And it will hold a pair of M&P Compact pistols

From Gun Casket

But will the 627PC go in?

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Why yes! Even with it’s little buddy, the j-frame.  Just barely.

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It’ll hold a pair of L-Frames

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But the big FN gets the room all to itself. It will not fit with a magazine inserted.

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And it will even go in my backpack. Bring it on, office food thief! What?  You could put things in there other than guns.

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But you don’t want to hear about mine. You want to see what you could win. Hit the jump for more pictures and how you, yes you, could have it for your very own.
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