2) The Zombinator aka Franken1911 project is pretty much a done deal. I got the sights done like I wanted, albeit it left the finish on the slide pretty rough. Solved that with a bit of sandpaper a can of adhesion promoter and some khaki flavored krylon. Got the aftermarket rail added and screwed to the dust cover and jerry-rigged a flashlight that will light up a hillside 100yds away enough you could make out the horses walking around. So it'll work quite well at 40ft which is the full length of the house. Something to be said for a cheap 120 lumen flashlight. Its still a rough looking pistol but then again it'll function which is what its supposed to do. I'll take mildly pretty and hard-use over beautiful and fragile any day. It isn't being submitted to compete in any beauty contests.
And last but not least 3) The elections, never ever underestimate the stupidity of your fellow man. It has been said before but bears repeating now more than ever: "Be kind, Be courteous, and have a plan to kill everyone you meet." Screw it. Especially when you hear some moron pontificate on how wonderful it is living in this;