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December 31st, 2025
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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?

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                                                                      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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July 30th, 2018
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tokarev tt-33 pistol disassembly


1. Remove the magazine. Draw back the slide to eject any cartridge in the chamber. Using the back edge of the bottom plate of the magazine as a tool, pull back hard on the slide stop retainer clip (DD) until it releases. Then push the slide stop (Y) through from right to left.
2. Draw the slide off the front of the frame slowly. As soon as the recoil spring is exposed, hold it up against the barrel to prevent it from bending out of the slide. While holding the recoil spring in place, grasp the recoil sprig guide (AA) and push it toward the muzzle, while lifting it free of the barrel lug.
3. The barrel bushing (JJ) can now be turned 180 degrees and then lifted free of the slide. The barrel (II) can now be pulled out the front of the slide. This method of "take down" will be found much simpler than the one usually recommended for the take down of similar Browning type pistols.
4. The grips on these weapon are held on with a latch arrangement. Holding the gun as shown a T-shaped piece of steel can be seen. Reach in with a screw driver and push the T-shaped piece toward the rear of the gun grip. The left-hand grip can now be removed by pushing against the inside surface. Do not attempt to pry  the grip from  the outside-the plastic is a very low grade and will chip along the edges.
5. The hardest section on this gun to disassemble is the hammer group, but after removing the hammer spring retainer pin (N), the other pins may be removed easily. To reassemble, replace all parts but the hammer spring. Using a screw driver or tool shown in the insert, depress the spring (I) deep enough to allow the pin (N) to hold it. Then tap the pin all the way through.
6. The firing pin and magazine catch are retained by split pins. These split pins (HH) and (W) can be removed with the aid of the tool shown. This tool forces the pin to close up so that it may be pushed out easily. If an attempt is made to drive the pins out with a flat-end punch, they may be broken or badly deformed.

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sig p49 testing
John Moses Browning’s 1923 U.S. Patent 1618510, realized by Dieudonné Saive in 1935 as the Browning P-35, dispensed with a hand detachable barrel bushing employed in his M1911 pistol, in favor of an integral slide. The Browning P-35, as well as the contemporaneous FB wz. 35 Vis, employed a barrel bushing staked or screwed into the slide. (The Inglis HiPower variant, used by the Canadian military, featured a replaceable bushing, but its replacement was relegated to the overhaul depots, not to be undertaken at the unit level.)

The next advance in refining the Browning tilting barrel action, made in 1934 by the Swiss designer Charles Petter, and embodied in the French military Modèle 1935 pistol manufactured by the Société Alsacienne des Constructions Mécaniques (SACM), dispensed with a barrel bushing altogether, to machine the slide in a single piece with a differentially bored front opening. Petter also imitated the 1930 Soviet Tokarev innovation of containing the hammer and its lockwork in a single assembly removable by hand for cleaning and maintenance. Notwithstanding Fedor Tokarev’s prior art, Petter received patents protecting these features in France (FR 782914), Switzerland (CH 185452), and the United States (U.S. Patent 2,139,203).

In 1937 Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG) licensed the Petter patent to serve as the basis for their entry in the competition for the new Swiss military service pistol, meant to replace the Waffenfabrik Bern (W+F) Pistole 06/29, the final iteration of the Model 1900 Luger adopted in that year by the Kriegstechnische Abteilung (KTA), the War Technical Department of the Swiss Army, as the First semiautomatic pistol in military service. The ensuing semiautomatic handgun, adopted by KTA as Pistole 49, realized the culmination of Browning’s tilting barrel short recoil design. Max Müller, who headed SIG’s pistol design program, replaced the Browning-style swinging links used by Petter with a novel locking method using a kidney-shaped cutout in the barrel lug located under the chamber, protected by a 1949 patent CH 270873. Whereas Petter’s slide construction allowed for reduced clearances that limited the range of lateral muzzle play of the barrel throughout the recoil cycle, Müller’s novel barrel lug construction restricted the reciprocal travel of its breech end to the coaxial vertical plane.

All major assemblies of previous service sidearms had been hand-fitted to each other. Two venerable gunmakers, Heinrich Krieghoff Waffenfabrik (HK) in Germany and W+F in Switzerland, had attempted, and failed, to reduce the manufacturing tolerances of major components of their Luger variants to the point that made them interchange without fitting. The aggregate improvements to the M1911 short recoil, tilting barrel action made by Browning in 1923, by Petter in 1934, and by Müller in 1949, enabled SIG to achieve unprecedented modularity of their P49 pistol, as witnessed in this account of its testing published by Fritz Häusler:



Die Kontrolle sämtlicher Armeewaffen unterteilt sich in einen Werkbeschuss der SIG und in die Abnahmekontrolle durch die Eidgenössische Waffenkontrolle (W K). Vorerst wird jede Waffe mit zwei Ueberdruckpatronen geprüft. Dann erfolgt der Funktionsbeschuss und das Einschiessen mit Treffpunktregulierung. Die Präzision wird geprüft durch Schiessen eines Trefferbildes von acht Schuss ab Maschine auf Distanz 50 wobei acht Treffer in einem Rechteck von 140 mm Höhe und 100 mm Breite zur Bedingung gestellt sind. In den meisten Fällen befinden sich alle acht Schüsse in einem kleinen Teil des genannten Rechtecks. Soweit wird der sogenannte Werkbeschuss von Funktionären der SIG selbst ausgeführt. Uebertragen auf die Praxis eine entspricht die Forderung für das Einschiessen einer Treffpunktlage von 10 cm über dem Zielpunkt bezogen auf die Distanz 50 m.

Die eigentliche Abnahmekontrolle wird durch einen Fachkontrolleur der Eidgenössischen Waffenkontrolle (W + K) vorgenommen. Dabei unterliegt jede Pistole einem nochmaligen Funktionsbeschuss von acht Normalpatronen, mit zehn Prozent aller Waffen wird die Präzision und Treffpunktlage überprüft durch Schiessen eines achtschüssigen Trefferbildes (Einzelschussbilder und Summenschussbilder). Bild 96 zeigt ein Summenschussbild für zehn Waffen zu acht Schuss. Die 80 Schüsse liegen weit innerhalb des Rechtecks von 140 mm Höhe und 100 mm Breite. Im weiteren erfolgt eine Austauschprobe mit fünf Prozent der zu prüfenden Waffen, indem deren Waffenbestandteile beliebig vertauscht werden und mit acht Schuss jede auf diese Weise zusammengesetzte Waffe auf ihre Funktionssicherheit überprüft wird. Bei der abschliessenden Fachkontrolle werden alle Waffen und deren Teile, insbesondere die Läufe, nochmals sorgfältig überprüft und stichprobenweise die Bestandteile einer Härtekontrolle unterzogen. Alle Kontrollergebnisse werden nach monatlichen Abnahmelosen in einem Protokoll zusammengefasst. Abschliessend erfolgt auf Anweisung der Eidgenössischen Waffenkontrolle (W + K) die Ablieferung der Pistolen an die verschiedenen Eidgenössischen Zeughäuser, von wo bewaffnenden Armeeangehorigen bedient werden. Mit Recht verdienen die auf diese eise geprüften Waffen das Vertrauen ihrer nachmaligen Besitzer.
Le contrôle de tous les pistolets militaires comprend un essai au tir à l’usine de la SIG et le contrôle de réception par le Contrôle fédéral des armes (W+K). Pour commencer, chaque arme est essayée avec 2 cartouches renforcées. Puis vient l’essai de fonctionnement au tir, et le tir de réglage du point d’impact. La précision est contrôlée par le tir sur machine d’un diagramme 8 coups à la distance de 50 m, les 8 touchés devant se trouver dans un rectangle de 140 mm de haut et 100 mm de large. Dans la plupart des cas, les touchés sont groupés dans une petite partie de ce rectangle. Jusque là, le tir dit d’usine est exécuté par les fonctionnaires de la SIG eux-mêmes. Transposée dans la pratique, la condition pour le tir de réglage correspond à une position du point moyen d’impact de 10 cm au-dessus du point de mire, rapportée à la distance de 50 m.

Le contrôle de réception proprement dit est effectué par un spécialiste du Contrôle fédéral des armes Chaque pistolet est alors soumis à un nouvel essai de fonctionnement avec 8 cartouches normales. Ensuite, on vérifie la précision et la position des points d’impact par le tir d’un diagramme de 8 coups avec 10 % des armes (diagrammes individuels et diagrammes de groupe). La figure 96 montre le diagramme d’un groupe de 10 armes à 8 coups chacune. Les 80 touchés sont groupés bien à l’intérieur du rectangle de 140 mm de haut et 100 mm de large. Vient alors l’épreuve d’interchangeabilité avec 5% des armes à réceptionner : leurs pièces sont échangées arbitrairement, et les pistolets ainsi remontés sont essayés au fonctionnement avec 8 coups. Enfin, lors du contrôle technique final, toutes les armes et leurs pièces, en particulier leurs canons, sont encore une fois soigneusement vérifiées, et la dureté des pièces contrôlée par sondages. Tous les résultats du contrôle sont collationnés par lots mensuels dans un procès-verbal. Les pistolets sont alors livrés selon les instructions du Contrôle fédéral procèdent aux remises à la troupe. C’est à bon droit des armes différents arsenaux fédéraux, qui que les armes qui ont subi ces épreuves méritent la confiance de leurs possesseurs.
SIG pistols are put through a series of stringent inspections by the Army. The Confederated Arms Inspection Board follows up on all production phases of the pistol while it is in the factory. When each weapon is completed at SIG, it is subjected to a proof test of 2 high pressure proof rounds followed by a functioning test of standard issue ammunition. The sights are then regulated. The pistols are then tested for accuracy in a machine rest. They are fired at a distance of 50 meters (54.5 yards). Each gun must print an 8-shot group within a rectangle 5½ inches high by 4 inches wide. In most cases guns group well within the rectangle.

The Army also tests the guns after the SIG-in-factory tests are complete. This test comprises a functioning test of each pistol with 8 rounds of issue ammunition. Then 10% of the production run is tested for accuracy. Then the guns are retested for accuracy in a most unusual way. The inspectors take 10 guns and shoot them from a machine rest all into the same target after first firing them at individual targets. Illustration 96 shows a target made by firing 10 pistols into the same paper in the same machine rest. As can be seen the 80 rounds all fell well into the 5½" x 4" rectangle.

After this test 5% of the guns are function fired with parts interchanged from each other. This also includes interchanging barrels from one gun to another. This test is conducted to make sure that the quality and interchangeability of parts is assured.
— Fritz Häusler, Schweizer Faustfeuerwaffen / Armes de poing suisses / Swiss Handguns, Verlag Fritz Häusler, 1975, pp. 76-77, 113, and 135

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