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HIC LOCUS EST UBI MORS GAUDET SUCCURRERE VITAE
Welcome to the online journal of larvatus. Stable texts are open to the general public. Squibs and sallies, schemes and stratagems, jaunts and taunts, are restricted to friends. Please note that locked texts subject to third party copyright are provided to my friends under the doctrine of fair use, subject to implied consent by all their readers to abstain from redistribution. Reciprocal friendship shall be extended to all sane, sound, and disinterested personae. Comments and critique are always welcome. Marriage proposals and death threats shall be entertained in the order received.
    The House Rules are few and lax. All anonymous comments are initially screened. They shall be revealed or answered at your host’s discretion. All signed comments are initially presumed welcome, until and unless they cause an affront to your host. Thereupon their author shall become banned from further contributions to this journal. Otherwise, anything goes.
                        SAY WHAT?

                                                                                         ÇA ?
                                                                      Tristan Corbière


A treatise? You don’t say! I haven’t treated squat!
A study? Slothful wretch, my culture fetid rot.
A volume? Random heap, sheets stacked in disarray.
Good copy? Not with me enmired in the fray.

A poem? Not today, my lyre is being cleaned.
A book? Of fusty tomes far better to be weaned.
A song? Would that it were, my ear is made of tin.
Fun pastime? Sordid den, dire boredom dwells within.

A cadence? Rhythmic flow is broken by dull grind.
A product? I divide what others multiplied.
A story? Handicapped, my lame and laggard Muse.
Clear proof? My mind is fraught by grief and lit by booze.

High fashion? Wealth and style inform nowhere my dress.
Grandstanding or grand mal? My spasms fail to impress.
Evicted from the hall, I lurk behind the stage,
In transit, poised to choose: a joy house or a cage.

Too old? But to retire, my tenure won’t suffice.
Too young? My hectic life will rid me of this vice.
A sage, a slob, an ace, a master, and a clown,
A stud without a flock, a king without a crown.

THIS is without pretense, and yet a blatant pose.
It’s life and nothing but, confessed in deathless prose.
A masterpiece? Could be, I never made one yet!
A farce? A waste? A bomb? Decide and place your bet!

I bet… and I shall sign herewith my humble name;
My child shall overcome each tainted libel claim.
Through chance it will prevail, its fate a stroke of luck
Art knows me not at all — and I don’t give a fuck.

                      — traduced by MZ, 6 September 2005


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for the anonymous troll
Over sixteen twenty years online, I have received a broad spectrum of threats and pitches, and entertained a commensurate range of slurs and plaudits. This experience has crystallized two iron laws of online communications.

The first law is a corollary of Occam’s razor. No matter what you are promised or threatened on the Internet, the most you will get out of it is oral ministrations. In other words, there is no downside in moving virtual bluster to realspace. Yonder puffed-out sock puppet is as unlikely to escalate its verbiage to physical damage, as the heiress of an African potentate, to bestow her commission upon Americans paying their facilitation fees. By contrast, that virtual fellatrix yearning to reward your eloquence with expert suction may well come through as promised, especially if you overlook minor discrepancies ranging from mien to gender.

The second law of Internet intercourse is a corollary of the first. Only a clueless newbie responds personally to an anonymous troll. To illustrate its application, whenever one of the latter kind feels the urge to share its thoughts about anything but one of the former, it should take them instead to someone who can relate to its bogus persona. It makes no difference whether a figment of this sort touts itself as a public intellectual in mufti, or poses as a skank that services barnyard livestock for spare change. In the immortal words of Jack Nicholson, sell crazy someplace else, we’re all stocked up here.

A final notice to the insistent incognito. When you surpass words in punishing my excesses, make sure that your hostile deeds leave me unfit to retaliate. My reckoning will define the remainder of your life. It’s happened to your betters before. Don’t let it happen to you.

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For auction: 1984 4" .45 ACP double action Korriphila HSP701 serial number 023.

In a simpler time, an armorer with an order for personal weapons measured his man and his man’s pocket-book and straightforwardly hammered and clanged out the requisites. Everything was just about one-at-a-time anyway. Even the complication of gunpowder didn’t change that for centuries. Indeed, 150 short years ago, that was how it was and therefore all those splendid cased pistols, Pennsyltucky rifles and long fowlers. Here lately, however, anything really personal in a handgun — if it was to be up-to-date — meant the conversion, alteration and/or embellishment of some factory arm. That may be changing, and colleague Jeff Cooper rather likes the idea.
    He certainly likes the Korriphila pistol, otherwise called HSP-701, as gotten up by Edgar Budischowsky in Heidelberg, West Germany. The Korriphila is a made-to-measure self-loading handgun built without regard to cost to be, to the limits of its maker’s talents, as good as it can be. According to Cooper’s report of the two samples he tried — unfortunately neither made to Cooper measurements or requirements — the Korriphila is pretty good. But first the options thus far known:
    1. Choice of eight calibers, 45 ACP and 10mm down to 9mm Ultra.
    2. Four- or six-in. barrel length.
    3. Single-action only; double-action only; or selective for both.
    4. Finish of choice — black or white.
    5. Control levers, trigger, and the like sized to order, and placed (in the case of slide-stop and magazine release) where wished.
    6. A normal list of sight and shape (square trigger guard? hook trigger guard?) options.
All except 38 Special and 9mm Ultra have Budischowsky’s single-roller-delay blowback action. The barrel is rigid; the sights adjustable; the magazine a single-column affair.
    “These pistols were each a pleasure,” Cooper said. “The pulls were clean and sharp, the feel fine, the sights just right. In a 35-ounce gun, of course, the recoil was light.” Cooper has long felt eight shots upon command, as in the Model 1911 Colt, are enough and has no problem with the Korriphila’s magazine capacity. (His exact words were: “If one cannot solve his immediate problem with six or eight well-placed shots, it is doubtful that he can solve it with 10 or 12.) But he does think the gun a tad bulky. Cooper thinks nearly all the service pistols in the world are a little bulky, matter of fact, but has hopes that this design effort may one day provide all the gun he wants and less — that is, if enough cash customers bespeak Korriphilas, and enough of those want slimness with their quality, perhaps it will happen.
    Yes, the HSP-701 is expensive. It is not anything like a shotgun one might order in London, which is a comparable undertaking. To get right to it: At this writing, a customer in the U.S. will pay $2000.00 for his Korriphila pistol. (He will talk, we’re told, to International Gun Co., P.O. Box 35551, Tucson, AZ 85740.)
    Among the Budischowsky design’s real — if invisible — charms is the idea of it. There is no way Korriphila was meant for the military or for the police — it’s for individuals. That’s refreshing.
— Ken Warner, Gun Digest 1986, p. 173

In view of the continuous complaints we get about the sale price of the Steyr Scout, we now offer a proper response. It seems that Herr Budischowsky of Eislingen, Germany, is now offering what he considers to be the pistol to end all pistols. This is the “Korriphila Model HSP 701” and its retail price in Germany is 15,900 Deutsch Marks. (Last we heard there were about 1.7 DM to a US dollar.) This, of course, is in its deluxe version in solid Damascus steel. Its less ornamental brother in plain blued steel is way down at DM 8,000. Basically it is a 9mm crunchenticker, but it may be offered in the future in a major caliber. I do not know if Herr Budischowsky is taking orders at this time, but you might check with him at the SHOT Show.
Jeff Cooper’s Commentaries, Vol. 6, No. 10, September, 1998

KORRIPHILA

Korriphila-Präzisionsmechanik GmbH, Ulm/Donau, Germany.

This precision-engineering business is best known in gunmaking circles for handguns designed by Edgar Budischowsky. These were originally distributed exclusively by Waffen-Frankonia of Würzburg, but the current products are promoted by Intertex-Korriphila of Eislingen.

TP-70 Apart from double-action lockwork and exemplary quality, this was a conventional blowback design with a slide-mounted safety catch. It was sold in the USA in the 1970s as the “Budischowsky”, honoring its designer.

HSP-701 (1982 to date) An interesting delayed-blowback pattern, this relies on a separate breechblock within the slide and a transverse roller. When the gun fires, the roller has dropped into a recess in the frame and prevents the breechblock from moving back until an operating finger on the slide raises the roller out of its seat. Only about 30 guns are being made annually, confined to 9mm Parabellum (nine-round magazine) and 45 ACP (seven rounds), although 7.65mm Parabellum, 9mm Police, 9mm Steyr, 38 Special and 10mm Norma options have all been offered in the past. The guns have 4- or 5-inch barrels and weigh about 39-42 oz depending on their features. A few single-action examples have also been made.
  • Odin’s Eye This is a fascinating deluxe version of the basic HSP-701, differing from the standard pattern in the material of the frame and slide. It is the only automatic pistol ever to have been made in hand-forged damascus steel. The guns are fantastically expensive, but truly “one-of-a-kind”, as the patterning on the metalwork is unique to each particular component.
— Ian Hogg & John Walter, Pistols of the World, 2004, p. 194

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