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    • reboot says:

      So, I think that vid will cover the reactions of about 70% of the population of the US. IE, WTF?

    • Ray Davies says:

      RD, you are One Sick Puppy. None of us will ever again watch Star Trek the same way. That’s almost as bad as killing Kenny.

  1. notamobster says:

    Killing in the name of…

    An Oakland man has been found guilty of first-degree murder for shooting and killing his friend during an alcohol and cocaine-fueled argument over the existence of God.

    33-year-old Douglas Yim was also found guilty Tuesday of assault with a firearm and mayhem for shooting a second friend in his living room two years ago.

    Yim killed 25-year-old Dzuy Duhn Phan after a night of partying and playing video games. Another friend, Paul Park, testified the two men had engaged in a heated discussion about God.

    Yim became enraged and grabbed his gun after Phan asked Yim where God was when Yimโ€™s father died of a stroke several years earlier.

  2. reboot says:

    Course in survival and the walking dead. Starts in October. Free, from Irvine. Get some: https://www.canvas.net/courses/the-walking-dead
    See you there, we’ll laugh at the stoopid.

  3. Locke n Load says:

    ever drive across Kansas on US400?
    might want to swing thru this hiccup of a town.
    its quite a show from the road ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/11212

    • Greg B says:

      Ha
      And I thought I was the only person who read that book.

    • reboot says:

      Did they ever FIX the roads in kans-ass? I hated them everytime I visited kin down there.

      • Locke n Load says:

        If by fix you mean remove most of the shoulder and elevate the pavement while never widening the roads? Yes.
        Great stretches of interstate. Regular 2 lanes are still lacking anywhere near enough passing lanes or speed limit signs. Basically you do 70mph until a sign pops up saying “35mph zone ahead” and you slam on the brakes to get down to legal in about, oh, 1/4 mile. That isn’t the worst part of course. Rural Kansans drive like they have a week to get wherever they’re going until you move to pass. Then all of a sudden its a race against the geriatric AJ Foyt

        • reboot says:

          Otay Locke, you don’t unnerstand rural aliens.
          Them highways are DANGEROUS, that’s why they drive slow.
          On the other hand, they do 70 or more on the rural rock roads and never think about it.
          Not suprised the kans-ass roads haven’t changed in the last 40 years. Always hated crossing that state line.

          • Greg B says:

            What’s worse is being in say, Lawrence just before the university starts back up.
            Some of the worst driving I have EVER seen. And I’ve been in Hell-A for the last 28 years, so that’s saying something.

            • Locke n Load says:

              lived in Lawrence for a few years.. have to concur ๐Ÿ™‚
              boy how i miss that Yello Sub tho

            • Greg B says:

              addendum:
              LnL, how right you are about Yello Sub.
              Dammit, just remembering about a month ago when I was at my brothers place. First thing when I got to town was pick up a pastrami rueben. Oh Dear God those things are good.

            • Locke n Load says:

              still staffed with hippies? i ran a couple of those during my KU days,lol. shoulda seen my Boulder Co store..seated 120, served beer… employee poker marathons til 4am.
              great times ๐Ÿ™‚

              i’d about kill for a Green Turkey bout now

  4. Bman says:

    I can’t wait for MadBrad’s movie tonight. I have a hunch of what it is, and if I’m right, you are all in for a real treat. Grab some beer, or Sake’ if you prefer. As for me, I will be having Pabst.

  5. reboot says:

    Ice Cream Magic. For sale on tv only, of course.
    We tried choco syrup and cream. Used crushed ice, and well, shook my ass off. The video produces slush in 5 minutes? BS. WE got a slurry at best. Not enuf heat transfer to make ice cream. Don’t let yer kids down buying this. Tastes great, hell yeah, real cream. LOL.
    I’m gonna find a Mexican ice cream maker called Manual and teach the daughter how we learned to make it at Grandma’s house.

  6. jacksonsdad says:

    This came to mind this morning….

    Now we see what happens when you “aim first”… then aim some more… then smoke a few leaves… then play a few rounds… then commence to aiming again only to claim shortly thereafter that you never intended to fire in the first place (but even if you did it would only produce a flesh wound).

    btw… Mitt’s ‘shot’ was spot-on and true.

  7. Jim22 says:

    I Never Would Have Thought Of Coming Through The Windshield

    russian traffic stop

    • reboot says:

      Hmm, Russian, suspected drunk driver, or ran a stop sign?

    • notamobster says:

      Jim – That wouldn’t work here. Windshields are structural in the U.S. They are required to be made from tempered, laminated glass. You’d break your legs and roll off like a deer, having broken the window but not breached the cockpit. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Locke n Load says:

        damn good point Nota. I’m so used to safety glass that my first impression was this was a stunt practice from a Jackie Chan flick ๐Ÿ™‚
        Windows are actually 2 sheets welded together with a clear glue/laminate and baked. Safety glass is amazing stuff. i took a rock at 80 mph kicked straight at me and all it left was a pinhole with crackled glass. Had it been that Iron Curtain sub-grade crap I might have had a 1/2 pebble embedded in my skull.

  8. Locke n Load says:

    $72 for a truck to go from baltimore to delaware on I95 in maryland, about 50 miles. thats 2 bridges.
    ya’ll can starve and go naked for all i care, this rig has just made its last trip to this northeast hellhole. you folks are out of your f**king minds.
    same trip is $10 for a car!

    • reboot says:

      You were a Jayhawk? What years?
      Who the hell want’s to go to jersey anyway? That jersey shore crap is for the tards.

      • Locke n Load says:

        I was a Jahyhawk? Huh? hmm, oh yheah, rock chalk baby!
        Yeah, um, the years are a bit fuzzy. I transferred in the year of the Championship (87?) but left (for Boulder) and returned so I’m honestly not sure when I graduated. Spent so much time whacked on organic funstuffs that I sort of lost track of time. I uh, well, I didn’t really belong in college as I had NO idea what the hell the edumacation was for. To this day I ridicule my major as a license to endanger. I only went to make my grandfather happy.. Never used the degree after I left. Went straight into the markets.
        I THINK i left around 90-91ish.
        Beats the hell out of me.
        We self employed folks almost NEVER make resumes and folks rarely ask.

        • reboot says:

          Ah, in the late 70’s, early 80’s we used to make fun of the jayhawks driving north each year on their annual pilgrimage to Lincoln to get their asses kicked by the Big Red. Hehehe, football at it’s finest.
          Parents owned a cafe in the path and they would all show up happy and excited early in the morning going north, and drunk and pissed off after the game on the way south.
          We were nice, they tipped well. They got good food. Things were simpler then, weren’t they?

          • Locke n Load says:

            Our football team was horrendous. We’d sit on the hillside with kegs of beer and watch the ‘huskers beat us 54-10. Rolling the empty keg down the hill at the opposing fans made the experience more..I dunno, palatable. Imagine how good it felt to kick Okiehoma’s ass in the Championship after getting raped on the gridiron 71-10.
            Sweet payback it was ๐Ÿ™‚

            • reboot says:

              Nah, dude you got payback when we hired that calipornia coach and sank the team for damn near a decade with slack 10 airball. My homey’s might be back and national material finally. We’ll see. There was a couple of years the Jayhawks rocked. It’s all good fun.
              Okiehoma, them used to be wars among the fans, LOL!!

      • Locke n Load says:

        Yeah. And fuck Jersey. But Maryland is absolutely hell on earth around Baltimore. Sure, NJ has some decimated nieghborhoods but Maryland..good lord. They’re so broke the Guv raised the bridge tolls to cover expenses. Biden’s home socialist state don’t ya know. Bigger more crooked ‘tards are hard to find.

  9. Locke n Load says:

    Oh, and speaking of organic funstuffs..
    I’m starting a 2-3 week juice ‘fast’ Monday so if I vanish or type gibberish, cut me some slack. This is going to take at least a week to break the caffeine and carb monkeys and I can’t be held liable for nonsensical rants ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • reboot says:

      You trying to give yourself diabetes or something?

      • Locke n Load says:

        Yup. Thats the goal. Type 2 or bust!
        actually, wanna drop another 25 and get the bod ready for heavier workouts and less carbs. I’m a white flour junkie and driving for weeks makes it damned hard to eat right. Creatine and veggies should jump start the immune system and allow me to keep the muscle weight.
        or something like that.
        wtf do I know, I’m just an amateur .
        For the record, I’m eliminating all processed carbs, all sugars, and replacing it with natural high density minerals, vitamins, and proteins. We’ll see.
        Ought to be a painful experience for a week or so

        • reboot says:

          Good luck with that. I try to minimize the amount of crap I intake, and number one on that list is carbs. I’ve figgered out, I am carnivore, I cannot live on veggies and fruit alone.

        • reboot says:

          Do you know what a favorite punishment that is still on the Navy roster at Captains Mast is? 2 days bread and water in the brig. No matter how much you eat and drink, yer belly tears you up. Then you getta deal with the shyts. ๐Ÿ™‚ yummy

  10. BaconNeggs says:

    9-11

    Lest we forget!

    That day, I had never heard of Islamic Jihad or Al Queda, but its been a hell of a journey over the past 12 years. The worst part is to open the door and to discover our own Western government cuddling up in bed with these Islamic MOFOs.

    I saved this article at the link ( a really interesting site) many years ago and its still up, chock full of background information about the mind of those Islamic pschos who would murder so many innocent men women and children on 9-11.

    http://brainmind.com/AmericaAttacked.html

    I shall never forget.

    • reboot says:

      I am still humanely tolerant. After that, I’ll punch yer throat or cut it.
      I used to live next to a mosque, here in the little spittle island of Guam.
      I used to kick them off our property, report them to the polici, and generally make them follow the rules. Homey in the long robe who owned the place used to stare at me while smoking something sitting on a propane bottle when I was working on the car. I used to stare back. He never had the balls to approach me. FOCK HIM.
      Not one of the POS I kicked off our property had the balls after I produced a cell phone for the polici.
      Double negative.
      They were lucky they didn’t produce a public speaker and music, I would have went fucking Nebraskan on them.
      I was being nice.

  11. Locke n Load says:

    TN, if you live anywhere near Rogersville or Bristol, you got yourself a piece of heaven.
    Forgot how beautiful this place was..

  12. fubar says:

    http://www.jonesday.com/new-affordable-care-act-notice-to-employees-must-be-provided-by-october-1-2013/

    if you are an employer and gross receipts are more than 500K
    you must inform in writing your employee’s access to the obamacare
    exchange markets by Oct 1,2013. $100/day fines for non-compliance.

    “All employers covered by the FLSA must provide a notice of coverage options to their employees. In general, the FLSA covers employers that have at least $500,000 in annual dollar volume of businessโ€”based on its gross receipts from sales over a 12-month periodโ€”and that engage in, or produce goods for, interstate commerce.”

  13. BrunDawg says:

    Chicago is still sorting out the details of the new gun laws.
    According to Chicago Sun-Times reporter Fran Spielman:
    “But the NRAโ€™s legislative liaison Todd Vandermyde is pushing for further changes to lift the Chicago ban on laser sights and bullet-piercing ammunition and require trigger-locks, only in homes in which residents under 14 are present.”

    Does anyone know where I can pick up some bullet-piercing ammunition?

  14. Jim22 says:

    I am bummed. Today, while listening to Outlaw Country on XM I smiled. There was Ray Wylie Hubbard singing ‘Choctaw Bingo’.

    It’s a droning, monotonous song but it has Attitude.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCbO2GI_nno

    It was written by Larry McMurtry’s son. Towards the end of the song there’s a part that says something like, “Put them kids in the backseat with a little bit of vodka in their cherry cola…”.

    Well, it looks like the PC police have gotten to Hubbard. He has replace the word ‘Vodka’ with ‘Vinegar’.

    They’re everywhere.

    Can’t even find Outlaw music on the outlaw station.

    • Uke says:

      The irony, it burns.

    • Ray Davies says:

      Used to be Slo gin and 7 Up

    • Locke n Load says:

      Choctaw Bingo is a musical tour of US75 and 69 thru Okiehoma. The McDonalds he mentions is getting gutted right now…
      I’m gonna have to listen and see if theyh play a modified version next time. Considering what Hank 3 gets away with its hard to believe they’re getting too may artists to accept modified recording rules.
      Devil Went Down to Georgia comes to mind…

  15. Locke n Load says:

    Day 4 of liquid diet update: wow, this SUCKS. I want a 32oz steak NOW DAMNIT.
    that is all

    • reboot says:

      Skirt steak, rubbed with sea salt and pepper, a nice baked or simmered tater with sour cream n butter substitute, and pictsweet corn. That’s heaven for this boy. Gonna be dinner for tomorrow.
      I pan fry my skirt steak for that “old” flavor as a kid.
      The red taters are lowest in calories. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I would really like a no’shyt Omaha steak, but I’m on the wrong side of the world. Oh well.
      I will continue to ramp up the torture until you get me a damn good tamale stuffing recipe.

      BT.

      • Locke n Load says:

        i hate you

        • notamobster says:

          I had a delicious home made chicken stir-fry, in a concentrated chicken and vegetable stock base, over fried noodles. Mmmm.

          I like juice with my meals, not for them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Ray Davies says:

            Sorry guys,
            Iowa CORN FED beef (or pork) and our cream&sugar sweet corn, topped off with Rhubarb/strawberry pie with Blue Bunny Ice cream.

        • sortahwitte says:

          Look at my icon. That’s charcoaled ribs, baked sweet potato, fresh corn on the cob, fried okra out of the garden, salad with home grown tomatoes, and a tall glass of southern sweet tea. Let me know when you’re stopping by and I’ll have it ready. No kidding.
          It will be our secret.

  16. FlatEarther says:

    Look what the tea party did to Colorado!!!!!

    Biblical” rains trigger flooding that kills 3 in Colo.

  17. fubar says:

    speaking of food:

    anyone else take notice to this?

    “Getting food from the farm to our fork eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S.
    land, and swallows 80 percent of all freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40 percent of food in the
    United States today goes uneaten. This not only means that Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165
    billion each year, but also that the uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills as the single largest component of U.S.
    municipal solid waste where it accounts for a large portion of U.S. methane emissions.”

    http://www.nrdc.org/food/files/wasted-food-ip.pdf

    and this:
    “Michelle Obama-inspired menu choices require hungry children be served no more than โ€œthree-quarters of a cup of vegetablesโ€ โ€“ not a half cup, not a whole cup, but three-quarters of a cup. Then, if those three-quarters of a cup of vegetables are something the children donโ€™t like, which is the case three-quarters of the time, complaints follow, veggies are scraped into the garbage disposal, and kids spend the rest of the day with an empty stomach trying to concentrate on schoolwork….

    In fact, so much food was discarded that a waste study involving three different schools showed that huge amounts of food including fruit, vegetables, and milk ended up in the trash bin.”

    Read more at http://theblacksphere.net/2013/07/michelle-obamas-three-quarters-of-a-cup-of-frustration/#gWHj7LjUFe783trC.99

  18. Z says:

    http://twitchy.com/2013/09/13/its-a-snap-7-eleven-now-marketing-pizza-with-food-stamp-logo-photos/

    Seems like there is a lot of talk of what kids can be allowed to eat at school, and not a lot of talk of what can be purchased with food stamps.

  19. TN-Cat says:

    Just watched Mccain on Greta. Not sure why but with the wife off to the armpit of the earth and my son out with friends, I was bored. “We have to arm the terrorists in Syria”? Fuck you! Retire you old fart. Time to leave the country to those that still possess a a brain cell you old skid mark..

  20. Jim22 says:

    And the people went along with the database because it was cool.

    fingerprint scanning

    Hat tip to Wirecutter

    • Uke says:

      Gubmint has had my prints for years already, courtesy of military service, sooooo… I’m not sure that this one bothers me personally. ๐Ÿ˜›

      • R.D. Walker says:

        Me too. And in Iowa for my CCW.

        They probably aren’t digitized and put in a national database, however.

        Furthermore, you have no ability to deny access to your phone if your only password is a fingerprint. Your fingerprints are not knowledge, not secret and not subject to the 5th Amendment protections against incriminating yourself. Your fingerprint isn’t a password, it is just a physical characteristic.

        • Uke says:

          For the most part, I’m of the belief that a fingerprint is little more than a part of ones identity, anyway. Like their face or name.

          I really don’t see anything too malicious going on. If someone disagrees, feel free to enlighten me.

          • R.D. Walker says:

            You are correct but it is a testimony to my distrust of the Lois Lerner infected Central Bureaucracy that I don’t feel like giving it up easily anyway.

            • notamobster says:

              Uke and I have DNA on file with the FBI. RD may not, due to his being older and all… ๐Ÿ™‚

            • R.D. Walker says:

              Yeah, I don’t think they did anything like that in my day… you know, the days of muskets and grape shot…

      • reboot says:

        Yep, ’bout 30 years now and dna to boot. If I can lock my iphone with it? It’s worth it, LOL.
        Are they gonna use it for criminals? That might make it too handy.
        We’ve had several morons, including cops, busted stealing IPADS. One LT. had it in her back seat of her squad car. Tards I tell yah!

  21. Jim22 says:

    For fathers of teenage daughters:

    shotgunshell

  22. FlatEarther says:

    I’m not sure if this is true or not, but it rally is funny.

    http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/peta-crashes-biker-gathering-not-to-be-missed/27275

  23. Ray Davies says:

    Went to the gun show in Cedar Rapids today and AR-15s are coming down to something reasonable. Lots of guns available and not too pricey, ammo (especially .22LR) is still expensive. Damn, I’m glad I reload, wish I could do it with rim fire.

    • Greg B says:

      Save those empty .22 shells. For making jackets for .223.

    • reboot says:

      Found a guy that needed cash this weekend here on the island after he sold his 45. Picked up 450 rounds of American Eagle 230grain FMJ for 200 bux. I giggled like a 10 year old girl when I drove away from that transaction.
      I’m negotiating with another guy for a Taurus Judge right now. I’m hoping it’s stainless and waiting the answer. It was a good weekend!
      .22LR really pisses me off. I remember a penny a round. Goshdammit. We’d go out an blow a brick away on a weekend trip. IE, 500 rounds in nothing time. Damn it was fun.

    • reboot says:

      Found another dude selling a stainless Taurus Judge today. 500 plus 100 rounds of sometin. Looks like this is gonna be a real goddamn good weekend for homey.
      Ain’t told momma yet, gonna give it a couple of days, LOL. :).
      Mebbe I need to go find some lottery tickets. If a M-1A shows up I’m gonna be ascared.

      • Ray Davies says:

        Just take one out and bring two in. Most wives never notice the difference. Mine never did. I want a M1-A, bad. Hope to hell you reload, a .45 gan go through ammo real fast. You’re going to need at least 20 mags.

        • Greg B says:

          Since I got the old lady into shooting, she doesn’t mind.
          As long as it comes out of the side machine work I do.

        • reboot says:

          Reloading in Guam is a PITA. Get it shipped in from the US bulk. I don’t shoot a lot so it’s not bad. Wifey is the banker, I gotta slip 500 past her, AND score a 60″ tv this month. I’m pushing the envelope……. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Locke n Load says:

            Look into Abes of Maine. If they ship to Guam you’ll find some amazing deals. I scored my 60″ plasma 3d smart tv for about 1/3 of any store and 50% less than anywhere else online.
            Hands down the best picture I’ve ever seen and the 3d is midblowingly good if you get the active 3d, not passive. Plasma is generally Active 3d if I’m not wrong.. they also last as long as the new LED and have MUCH better contrast ratios. 10,000,000:1 black:white if I recall. No motion blur, no screen effects, and clear from every angle even with light shining on it. Yeah, heavier, but so what? You don’t live in Tijuana, your walls can handle 60lbs

            • reboot says:

              Interesting. I’ve got a 7 year old Bravia XBR. The stuff coming out today is finally better than it. I’m not going to buy a XBR 4k though, I got a kid now. I’ll take a look. I’ll let you know when the next box get’s mailed. In about a week.

            • Locke n Load says:

              Bravia’s are nice I suppose, for LCD. But the refresh rate BLOWS and you get artifacts.
              Samsung makes better stuff for less money IMHO. My 2 yr old plasma crushes any numbers on even the newer LCDs.
              Go see them for yourself. Seeing is the only way to pick em

            • reboot says:

              I’m comparing the Aquos to the Samsung to the Bravias now. I haven’t watched a new LCD to see if I would have refresh issues or artifacts.
              What do you watch to generate them? I’ve never seen them. I’ll check out the plasmas also. I didn’t have that in the mix, and sure as shyt no 3d tv.

            • notamobster says:

              I recently bought a 55″ LG. 120hz Trumotion. I like it.

      • Jim22 says:

        I used to want an M1A. Back when I was shooting high-power rifle at the Army range. All I had was an M1 Garand. The guys with M1A’s out shot me all the time.

        I thought it was my inferior gun. I have since learned to not blame the tools if you do inferior work.

        The M1A is a bit lighter and a bit handier. The short-barrel SoComs look wrong to me. The barrel is too short but has a flash hider. I suppose I’d rather have an extra 3-4 inches of rifled barrel than that flash hider.

        But the good thing about M1A’s is that they are expensive.

        • R.D. Walker says:

          Here is mine in Montana elk hunting.

          Click to enlarge.
          107-0753_IMG

          • Locke n Load says:

            And that Leopold scope..damn I want that. Clearest scope I’ve ever looked thru

            • R.D. Walker says:

              It is a nice scope. I spent as much for it and the mounts as I did for the match grade rifle. That said, that isn’t the Leopold in the photo. That is a Springfield scope. It was a disappointment, actually. It prompted the major upgrade. With the Leopold, I will see you before you see me for sure.

          • reboot says:

            Damn nice rifle! Jealous here. If I had blow money? It’d be a Soccom2. I don’t have that so I gotta pick what’s smart. A smith model 19 combat, my 1911, a mossberg 500 defender, and here’s the Judge lining up.

        • sortahwitte says:

          My M1A is very opinionated. Some ammo is very accurate and some only good. Right now I’m shooting some Aussie NATO rounds that work extremely well. My original wood stock didn’t fit my right hand real well. I’m shooting with a Vietnam era fiberglass one now. In my closet is a wood stock straight from the highlands, still has the original sling. The red dirt has stained the wood, even where the barrel was bedded. It even has the cutout for the selector switch for the M-2. A good friend sent it to me. He was trying to send all the pieces home to different friends. The stock was all that got through. He was fortunate he wasn’t rotated home to Leavenworth.

          • reboot says:

            It’s one of the things I have issues with euro rifles. Looked at a FN FAL 308 HK 91 wanna be’s and the stock was made for a midget. I couldn’t even get a site picture out of it. Nice gun, and only 700. Didn’t know if I could re-stock it so I passed.

            • Locke n Load says:

              Call me a goof, but I like my SKS just fine. its no M1A but then it didn’t cost a grand either. Cabelas finds them by the trainload, sells ’em for under $300

          • reboot says:

            Locke, had me first SKS in ’91 when they were first imported. 80 bux. Got tired of waiting for the conversion kit to give it a magazine and sold it. It was the old illegal one with the fixed bayonet.
            HK-91s were selling for ~700. Dayum what a new world.

      • Locke n Load says:

        I’m obviously no great judge of handguns having been a mediocre (at best!) shot most of the times I’ve practiced. That said, I put 50 downrange with this (except it had a chrome barrel) and scored all but 5 in the center from 30 when I went for my CHL
        http://www.impactguns.com/product.aspx?zpid=34272
        I don’t need a name, I just want reliability and performance. Anybody want to tell me why I shouldn’t add this to the collection? Besides the fact that its a 9mm?

        • reboot says:

          Hmm, it’s a 9mm? ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks like another Beretta 93F knockoff. If you like large frame 9’s, it’s up to you. I can’t stand them.

  24. notamobster says:

    Some of us bought up .22 LR (2,250 rounds at a time), back when you could do so for $100. Might even have 10,000+ rounds of Remington Golden Bullet (high-velocity brass-jacketed hollow points).

    I have a few (550 rd) boxes of Federal 22. They suck. One in 20 fails to fire.

    • Jim22 says:

      I have never had trouble with Federal .22 ammo.

      I’m curious. Why do you prefer hollow points?

    • reboot says:

      I don’t remember issues with Federal, but haven’t blown the hell out of 22’s in many years. Mebbe they went to shyt also.

  25. notamobster says:

    I don’t have a preference on hollow tips, but I tried the ‘golden bullet’ and don’t have the failure to fire issues I’ve had with others. Also, the brass jacket seems to keep the barrel cleaner.