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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?

                                                                                         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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August 19th, 2019
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July 12th, 2019
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giacomo leopardi

A SE STESSO

Or poserai per sempre,
Stanco mio cor. Perì l’inganno estremo,
Ch’eterno io mi credei. Perì. Ben sento,
In noi di cari inganni,
Non che la speme, il desiderio è spento.
Posa per sempre. Assai
Palpitasti. Non val cosa nessuna
I moti tuoi, nè di sospiri è degna
La terra. Amaro e noia
La vita, altro mai nulla; e fango è il mondo
T’acqueta omai. Dispera
L’ultima volta. Al gener nostro il fato
Non donò che il morire. Omai disprezza
Te, la natura, il brutto
Poter che, ascoso, a comun danno impera
E l’infinita vanità del tutto.

TO HIMSELF

Now will you rest forever,
My worn out heart. Perished the last deceit
I thought eternal. Perished. Well I feel
In us the prized deceptions,
Nothing but ash, desire played out.
Rest forever. You have
Trembled enough. Nothing is worth
Thy beats, nor of thy sighs
The earth is worthy. Bitter and dull
Is life, and nought else ever. All is mud.
Rest now. Despair
One last time. Fate, to our kind,
Gives nought but death. Now despise
Yourself, and nature, and the ugly
Power that softly bids our shared ruin,
And the infinite vanity of everything.


Giacomo Leopardi (1798–1837) by A. Ferrazzi, 1820

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July 9th, 2019
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July 1st, 2019
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SIG P210 · MONDAY, JULY 1, 2019

My name is Michael Zeleny. I have created this page to assist my study and express my appreciation of the SIG P210, the best autopistol ever issued in military and police service.

Often mischaracterized as the most expensive and most accurate sidearm ever adopted in military service, the pistol developed by Max Mülleron the basis of a 1935 patent by Charles Petter at the Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft at Neuhausen am Rheinfall in the canton of Schaffhausen in Switzerland, was introduced by SIG in 1947 as the Selbstladepistole 47/8, and adopted in 1949 by the Swiss Kriegstechnische Abteilung des Eidgenössischen Militärdepartements (Technical Department of the Confederated Department of Defense) and the Danish Forsvarets Krigsmateriel Forvaltning (War Materials Administration, abbreviated as FKF) and Haerens Tekniske Korps (Army Technical Corps, abbreviated as HTK) as the m/49, their official issue handguns. In fact, their accuracy was at least equaled, and their cost far exceeded, by their Parabellum predecessors in the Swiss military service, from M1900, the first autopistol to be adopted by a major military force, exquisitely handcrafted in Germany by the Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken Aktien-Gesellschaft (DWM), to the simplified and reinforced P1906/29, its final descendant designed and manufactured until 1947 by the Swiss government weapons factory, Waffenfabrik Bern (W+F). The most notable and unprecedented characteristic of the Neuhausen Pistole was its quality of fit. 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 previously 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 John Moses Browning in 1923, by Charles Petter in 1934, and by Max Müller in 1949, enabled SIG to achieve unprecedented modularity of their P49 pistol.

SIG P49 pistols were put through a series of stringent inspections by the Swiss Army. The Confederated Arms Inspection Board (Eidgenössische Waffenkontrolle or WK) follows up on all production phases of the pistol while it is in the factory. Upon the completion of each handgun at SIG, it was subjected to a proof test of two high pressure proof rounds followed by a functioning test of standard issue PP41 ammunition. The sights were then regulated, and the pistols were tested for accuracy in a machine rest. They were fired at a distance of 50 meters (54.5 yards). Each gun had to print an 8-shot group within a rectangle 5½ inches high by 4 inches wide. In most cases guns grouped well within the rectangle. Notably, the 50 meter test targets delivered by SIG with its early commercial P210 pistols, featured groups with a spread less than 50mm, with ten rounds individually hand-loaded in the chamber fired from a machine rest.

The Swiss Army also tested the guns after their factory tests were completed. This test comprised a function firing of each pistol with 8 rounds of issue ammunition. Then 10% of the production run was tested for accuracy. The inspectors randomly selected ten pistols from each lot, first firing them at individual targets, then firing all of them from the same machine rest into the same target. A representative target seen below, shows all 80 rounds clustering well within the 5½" x 4" rectangle. After this test, 5% of the guns were function fired with parts, including barrels and slides, interchanged from each other.


Reproduced from Fritz Häusler, Schweizer Faustfeuerwaffen / Armes de poing suisses / Swiss Handguns, Verlag Fritz Häusler, 1975

Similar standards of modularity are commonplace today, notably in SIG’s next pistol design, the simplified, aluminum alloy-framed double action pistol topped with a welded sheet metal slide, adopted by KTA as the P75 to succeed the P210 in the Swiss military service, and all the more so in the Glock 17 and 26 that succeeded the P75 in 2011. However, none of these handguns combine it with the remarkable bullseye match-grade accuracy of the P210.

Lastly, to answer a frequently asked question, as a historian and collector, I focus my interest on the original Neuhausen pistols, manufactured between 1947 and 2006. My review of their German successors made by SIG Sauer in Eckenförde since 2010 can be found here. I have little experience, and much less interest in the American P210A manufactured in Exeter since 2016, following a 2014 German ban on exports by SIG Sauer, following their unlawful delivery of 65,000 pistols to the Colombian police force via the US Department of Defense, with a fraudulent end use certificate. In a nutshell, I choose not to do business with convicted felons like Michael Lüke and Ron Cohen.

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