I see that some folks are stopping by every now and then and heck, I haven't written anything in months so I thought I better throw something up here before the site gets taken down for inactivity!
Life is busy, as usual. Married life is wonderful and I am challenged every day being involved in the maintenance and upkeep of a 10 year old girl! She really keeps us on our toes.
Book-wise, lots of Kindle books lately when I get a chance.
Firearm-wise, not much new to report other than I am tracking down some moonclips for a Colt New Service in .45 ACP that I hope to take to the range one of these weekends! The Colt was handed down from our Grandfather and it originally belonged to his father. It is in great shape and I really need to put a few rounds through it. I will post some pictures of it soon - it is in fantastic shape, parkerized, and the right-hand side plate was ground down when it was sold as surplus.
I know that Dillon has the moonclips, just need to hop on their site and order up a dozen or so and one of their moonclip tools!
Ok - that is enough for now. I sincerely hope that all my friends out there are doing well!
Great story in the Spokesman Review about a 65 year old gal holding an intruder at gunpoint using a pistol she hasn’t shot in 30 years.
Glad it turned out ok and that the Police Chief is a sensible man:
“Having a firearm in your home for personal protection, I guess we got to see the value of that last night,” said Police Chief Frank Straub.
“In this case, this guy was at least half her age and twice her size,” he said. (Lt. Dean Sprague)
Junior Deputy Sandra Mize needs to head out to the range too!
Took the day off Monday. Swung past one of the local Wally Worlds and they actually had Tula 5.56 at normal prices. The rub was that you could only buy 3 boxes. The clerk told me that I could come back after 1 and pick up 3 more as there was another person coming on shift. The vague possibility of maybe getting 3 boxes of steel cased Tula was not enough to get me back there.
However, I went to the other Wally World (yes, there are two) later in the afternoon to pick up a couple of other things and in the ammo case there, they had Tula 9mm for $10.95/50 and 45 ACP for $15.95/50, limit of 3 boxes total, so, I picked up 3 more. Yes, it is steel cased but I have never had any issues with it.
Later in the afternoon, I got an email notification that some ammo I ordered online from Cabela’s was in so I stopped to pick up 250 rounds of Czech manufactured Herter brass-cased 45 ACP and 250 rounds of the same in 38 special. Not a bad haul for one day.
While at Cabela’s I saw that they had quite a few (7 or 8) AR’s on hand – they are packaging them with optics now – you can’t buy one of the ‘cheap’ ones without some kind of scope or red dot on it. Cheap being $900 for the rifle and anywhere from $200 - $600 for the optic/scope. They also had a full shelf of Glocks in FDE (19’s, 22’s, 34’s, etc) and a full shelf of S&W M&P 9mm pistols. I have heard good things about those M&P’s but I have quite a bit invested in Glocks of various sizes and a bushel basket of mags and other accouterments so I am going to stick with those for now. They are the Crescent Wrenches of my collection. They aren’t pretty but they always work.
Speaking of pretty – saw one of the Cabela’s Turnbull 1911’s – damn that was a beautiful work of art! It was displayed next to a Zombie-fied Remington R1 (green and black, seriously) and a tarted up Sig 1911 SXRTPWDRTZQ or some-such. That Turnbull was something to behold and put those other 1911’s to shame. I was able to handle it and admire the workmanship, sighed and gave it back to the clerk. 20 minutes later it was gone which is a good thing as I was contemplating….
Ok – that is the report from out here! Hope everyone is doing well out there.
Well, my run of luck at Cabela’s continues. Stopped by there over the weekend and while waiting with my number to look over something else, saw a guy looking over a new Ruger 10/22 take down. My eyes lit up and just about everyone else who was close by got a sweaty look on their face and rushed to get a number from the Serving Customer # so-and-so dispenser. Luckily, I only had to wait 45 minutes for my # to get called and I asked the guy “so, can I look at one of the take down Rugers?”. He said that the one the guy was looking at was a special order that he had put in a few months ago but he would take a look. My level of excitement deflated somewhat at that, figuring there were probably about 4,000 people ahead of me on any Ruger 10/22 wait list.
He tried the computer and it wasn’t working right and then he said he would take a look in back (thank you thank you thank you!) and after 10 minutes, here he comes with the short, squat Ruger box! They had got a pallet of them in and had not had time to bring them out for display. I got lucky, being at the right place at the right time - I have one on lay-away now.
As I did the law-away paper work, I saw 4 or 5 more Rugers come out of the back room at customer request.
Also – saw about 4 or 5 guys buy AR’s of one sort or the other while I was there. They had quite a few out for sale which was surprising. Prices were still a little inflated, but getting lower.
Gun rights people always talk about the “Fuds” – those are the guys who only use rifles and side-by-sides for hunting and don’t give a flip about black rifles or pistols of any kind and the stereotype is that they would gladly toss AR owners under the gun control bus. Well, I actually observed a proto-typical Fud buy an evil black rifle. He was outfitted in a red and black plaid shirt, high-water jeans, Browning-style field boots, suspenders and seriously, a hat with ear flaps. Only thing missing was his hunting vest.
He looked at and proceeded to purchase a DPMS 308 outfitted with a tactical scope of some kind. It took him about 30 seconds to make up his mind on the purchase. Later on, I saw him with his AR-10 in his shopping cart and a new rifle case and a pile of other stuff. Good for him.
With my good fortune and steady run of luck at Cabela’s, I did stop at the convenience store on the way home and bought a PowerBall ticket too….heck, you never know.
Hope all is well out there.
Mom and Gramps are almost home after a wonderful trip to revisit Saipan. He hasn’t been there since 1945 where he flew 37 missions in a B-29 bomber in the 878th Squadron, 499th Bomb Group. They were treated like royalty all the way there and back by the pilots and staff of United Airlines, got to spend some time in Hawaii and see the Flight Museum there and enjoy the warm weather. I will write more about this as I come to grips with the overwhelming emotion this trip fills me with.
Here are a couple of great stories posted in the local news websites out there about his trip:
Saipan Tribune: Two WWII Veterans Honored During Saipan Visit
Marianas Variety: WWII B-29 Co-pilot LeRoy Florence visits Saipan (a bit of error in the story – Gramps sold AIRPLANES not Air Conditioning! He will get a kick out of that)
Hard to believe that I am the only dude in the area that is buying shotgun primers – went back to Cabela’s this weekend and was surprised to see that they still had a few thousand 209 primers for sale. Of course, I picked up another brick of 1000 to add to the my supplies.
The biggest surprise were the Glock 17’s and S&W M&P 9 mm’s they had in stock and available at normal prices. I am still on the lookout for a Ruger 10/22 Takedown but those are hard to find right now. One of those and the slick AGP folding stock would be a great little packing rifle, even better if it was the threaded barrel model.
It is starting to feel like things are loosening up but then I take a gander at GunBot.net and look at what is available ammo-wise and it is all fairly depressing. Glad I have what I have, but could always use more.
I hit the jackpot over the weekend. Stopped in at Cabela’s to get a first-hand look at how things are looking in the ammo and firearm sales area. Lots of shotguns, lots of deer rifles, no AR’s, no 22’s other than a pink chipmunk and an AR-7. They had quite a few pistols as long as you wanted a .40 or a surplus Glock 45 – no 9 mm pistols at all. It was rather depressing.
I wandered over to the reloading area and holy smokes, they had 209 shotgun primers. I grabbed a couple of bricks of those and also picked up the last bottle of International Clays. Bird in the hand and all that. As I wandered the store, a couple of guys saw what I was carrying and quickly scurried off to get some themselves.
Must just be living right.
We need something like Midway USA or Brownell’s out here on the West Coast. I am getting a little frustrated at waking up at 6 in the morning only to see that Midway sent me an “in stock” notification for some item at 3 in the morning Pacific Time!
I reckon those places are running 24/7 right now so I am not too ticked off. We did it to ourselves and only have that person in the mirror to blame for the yahoos we sent to Washington. We were sold a bill of goods by modern-day snake oil salesmen and con men.
There are maybe one or two out of the whole bunch who…Scratch that, there isn’t a single one of them that isn’t in it for the power or the ego trip.
Bolt Carrier Groups??!!! Has DHS or the FBI or the Department of Agriculture secretly sent out a procurement request for every single available BCG in the country? Sure seems like it. The few extras I have are now locked away in a secret, biometrically accessed vault somewhere deep in the Cascade Mountain Range!
This whole updating once a month thing is pretty lame and I apologize.
Lots going on out here – we are busy ‘girding our loins’ as just about anyone who is paying attention is also doing the same. Putting stuff by, stocking up, being fairly frugal in most all areas.
Sold one of the trucks shown above – the red and white Ford. It went to a young guy at Fort Lewis who had been looking for a 1976 Ford for quite a while. He was pretty damn excited to buy the truck and didn’t even dicker on the price. I was sad to see it go, but glad that it is going to someone who has the time to fix it up and restore it as it should be. Next on the block is the red IH shown up top – need to do a few minor things and get it sold too. I have passed the age and time in my life where I have time to work on project trucks.
The money from the Ford and the IH are going into a pot to get something more ‘wash and wear’ – ideally an early to mid 1990’s Ford Crew 4x4 with manual transmission, manual windows, etc. Still hemming and hawing on the gas vs diesel thing, there are pros and cons either way.
My little Saturn commuter shot craps a couple of weeks ago too! It has needed a $1500 head gasket change for over a year and was still drivable for my 3 mile commute and running errands around town. I didn’t want to drop $1500 into a $500 car so I pushed it as far as it would go. It will be sold soon as well with the $ going in to the truck pot.
So, with no wheels, I have been taking the bus to work the past few weeks. Not too bad of an experience and not too many odd ‘bus people’ – you know what I am talking about – unless I am the odd one!
I hope everyone is doing well out there. I stop by every now and then when I get a chance to see what everyone is up and yes, there is definitely an air of anxiousness out there. Keep your powder dry, keep stocking up and turning those bucks in to tangibles, get your garden starts going. Take care.
Happy Birthday John Moses Browning! You were a genius and possibly an alien from another planet with crazy engineering and design skills!
I have always wondered how you came up with the designs for the 1903 and 1908 pistols – pure genius or mad scientist – take your pick – maybe some of both!
Thank God you did though.
A good reminder from Brigid over at Home on the Range – please give blood whenever you can, especially if you have type O as it is the most universal and all recipients can accept type O.
Unfortunately, I am one of those that can’t donate blood anymore due to the medications I take. Her story about her dad donating his time and energy to volunteer is inspirational and, as always with Brigid’s writing, you should click over there and read.
And please take a moment to say a prayer for her brother who is battling cancer.
Echoing the sickening “Never let a crisis go to waste” statement, the Obama administration has titled the full White House report detailing Zero’s Executive Orders “Now is the Time”.
Make sure you go read the whole thing because what the press and most pundits are talking about and the list of 23 items that I have seen posted elsewhere are fleshed out in this PDF. Banning assault weapons, mags over 10 rounds, bulk ammo purchase ‘registration’, requiring NICS checks on private sales, canceling/reworking the Curio and Relic provisions, etc etc etc are covered in more detail in the PDF.
I imagine Zero hopes that a weakened, brow-beaten Congress will get all wobbly at the knees and fold when it comes to Feinstein’s bill and other legislation but I have no doubt that he will follow Clinton and others if he ‘needs’ to ban imports, ‘assault’ weapons, and ammo purchases, restrict magazine capacity, etc with an executive order.
Call and email your representatives, local, state and federal. Join the NRA, the GOA – get involved. This isn’t going to be like 1994.