Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hawkins 50 Cal

I saw a Cabela's Hawkins Black Powder kit rifle for sale on in my area. The price was right so I arranged to have a look see. This rifle kit is complete in the box with the little parts still being sealed in the plastic bags. I like some of the BP rifles so it is now mine. I see that the current offering from Cabela's is a Tradition kit but this one is of Italian decent. One could tell it was Italian even without the paperwork from the faint aroma of olive oil and sun dried tomatoes!

Now there are decisions to be made. Wonder how olive oil would due as a preservative? I think that I will stick with a hard satin finish on the stock so it will be Minwax Antique Oil.

What to do with the barrel....bluing, browning, gun-kote? The rifle would have to go to someone (gunsmith etc) for bluing or gun-kote. I like the idea of browning the barrel but it is a pain to do with either available method. One method requires a very humid area to work in for a day or so. This is difficult in Tucson. I guess that I could let the family know that the downstairs bathroom won't be available for a couple of days! I am sure that would go over well.

The other requires heat prior to applying. This also sounds like a pain. It is possible to de-grease it and just let it set around until you have the proper patina and then oil it. This would only take a few months.

I have had a few suggestions already such as pink furniture and barrel with a Hello Kitty stuck on the patch box or perhaps camouflage. These suggestions were met in the same manner as presented, with laughter. We shall see what is decided.

I am going to start taking pictures of the before, during and after so that they can be posted later on. Fun times ahead!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams - RIP

So funny, so quick and sometimes not so PC!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why Stop at Regulation?

FEC chairman warns book publishers at risk of regulation at heated meeting

"Goodman for months has been warning that some in the FEC are keen to start regulating the media, despite a longstanding congressional ban on doing so."

Why not go all the way and show your true colors FEC? Let's have a good old fashion book burning and get rid of those nasty books you don't agree with. There is a lot of company where the FEC is trying to take us but none of it is good. Anyone bring the hot dogs and marshmallows?

Friday, May 30, 2014

Squirrel 1; Hunter 1

He Got Shot In The Buttock

We continue the squirrel saga. The squirrel got the better of this one even in death. Best watch out for those tricky squirrels...
Bounce on over to the link for the rest of the story.
This one even has my favorite color - red plaid!

I will give this a one Flaming Squirrel rating!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Holy Exploding Methane, Supercow!

Flatulent cows start fire at German dairy farm - police
"One cow was treated for burns, a police spokesman added."

That's is called medium rare in Texas! I guess that this farmer never herd of the udderly fantastic methane collector depicted here. Yes, this is actually a real contraption for the collection of bovine methane. Looks like this one is ready pop and needs to be changed or vented or whatever. How would, Methane Expeller, sound on your resume? Well, back to our story.

We found our ace reporter, Milky (can you say Twin Pines?),

who was on the scene in a mooo-ment and was fortunate enough to get a nice photo of one of the cows out standing in its field. What a blast! The cow was supposedly named Crepitating Clara by the farmer. Paul Boomer and Lord Windesmear also attested to the unusual cow capabilities as they happened to be in the area after performing in one of the international contests, The Battle at Thunderblow, which is sponsored by Trillblow Records. They were both very interested in the cow's diet and seemed unconcerned with the possible flammable side effects.
Milky was able to interview the farmer, Fanny Flatulence, who seemed very excited to meet us.
She keeps the cows on a strict diet of beans and habanero peppers. She claims that it keeps the cows udders warm in the winter for easier milking. "Don't even think about using this milk to quench that spicy food you just ate!" she laughingly exclaimed. The blast is blamed on the replacement of a defective exhaust gas fan with a new unit that was not explosion-proof.

(I must admit that this was lost to the draft file for a while so it is a bit tardy.)

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Fast & Furious

No, not the cars.

Gun from botched 'Fast and Furious' operation turns up after Mexican resort shootout
"Fast and Furious was a 2006-2011 ATF operation in which the agency allowed hundreds of guns to be sold to Mexican drug traffickers in hopes the weapons would lead them to cartel leaders."

Why do news sources, including Fox, repeat the government propaganda? This wasn't a botched sting operation. The intent of tracking guns to the cartel was cover story for the actual intent. There was no path forward to track anything so what do you think the actual reason for the program was? I do not for a minute believe that the agents involved were stupid enough to not realize that the plan was absent a way to capture any bad guys and retrieve the guns.

Many believe that the operation was to develop misinformation leading to the suppression of 2nd Amendment rights. The people that spouted this rational were first labeled a tin hat folks. The tin foil boys are looking pretty sane compared to the government responses.

How were they going to track anything? Follow the trail of dead people? Damned callused way to get out your propaganda. The only agents harassed were the whistle blowers. The ones that kept their mouths shut were moved and promoted. These actions well define that it was authorized from higher up the food chain. Shameful.

Let me fix that headline for you.....
Gun From Government's Exposed Deadly 'Fast and Furious' Propaganda Operation Turns Up After Mexican Resort Shootout.

Color Run

Daughter #1 flew back in to visit for the holidays. While making her plans, she asked if I would go to a 5K color run with her. I replied that would be great but that I would walk not run. My old knees wouldn't like that running stuff. The run was a "fun run" out at the fairgrounds to raise money for the Special Olympics. We had a great time. It did seem odd being at the fairgrounds for something other than a gun show! I am practicing at coming up to speed for the technology available in the 20th century so here is a selfie after the 5K. 

(Yes, I do understand how the century relates to the actual date. It is supposed to be a joke. Laughing would be appropriate now.) The bandanna did not keep all of the powder out of my mouth as I had orange on my teeth. Fun times for a good cause!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.

Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. - Mark Twain

Forest Service Declares War on RV & Campers During Hunter Season - Updated


It would appear that there was enough public outcry that the FS decided that they needed to "clarify" their position. Game & Fish believes that the confusion has been resolved.

The letter from Regional Forester Cal Joyner dated November 26 to Arizona Game and Fish Director Larry Voyles regarding AZGFD's concerns

A release by Coconino National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart and Kaibab National Forest Supervisor Mike Williams on the Forest Service website dated December 9;

A letter dated December 9 from Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to Senator John McCain, addressing the senator’s concerns

I can't say that my opinion of the two departments has changed. The FS just got called out on their publication and decided to backtrack.

Original Post

Forest Service Camping - 72 Hour Rule

Warning to Arizona hunters camping on the Coconino, Kaibab and
Prescott National Forests

On August 16, 2013, the Coconino National Forest issued a press release entitled “Parking trailers in forests prohibited during hunting season.” The press release is specific to the Coconino, Kaibab, and Prescott National Forests, and is directed exclusively at hunters and recreationists who leave their trailers and/or motor homes unattended on the forest for more than 72 hours. These sportsmen may be subject to enforcement action, including citations or impoundment of vehicles, trailers and/or motor homes. The release specifically states,

If trailers are left unattended for more than 72 hours, the Forest Service considers them abandoned property and may remove them from the forest. Violators can also be cited for this action.

See the whole article from AZ Game & Fish, link above, who are very opposed to this tactic along with the Sheriff's Departments.

You know where this is heading since most of the Forest Service is a 9-5 operation. You leave the trailer prior to daybreak to hunt and don't return until after sundown. Do this 3 days running, the FS comes by about midday for three days and then steals your camp claiming is was abandoned. Notice that they included impoundment of vehicles.

This is actually very anti-hunting. It must really chap their hides that some of the people come out a couple of days before season to grab a decent place to put the RV, return to town and then come back to camp for the hunt season. They are still legal within the 14 day limit. I imagine some candy-a**ed people have complained because they did not get there first. I don't have an RV and I could care less if the people with them do this. I have been known to go a couple of days early with my tent to do just the same. I am surprised that the FS hasn't included tents and vehicles the same way. If you are going to be a thief then you might as well go all the way. This has nothing to do with preservation but everything to do with revenue enhancement and restrictive control.

See the AZ G&F site for the contact information of the various FS employees so that you may vent your displeasure. The FS don't want you out there shooting, hunting or any other multiple use activity. They would love to get rid of the ranchers too. Only tree huggers allowed but you have to form a ring without touching the tree as a bit of bark may become dislodged. Don't step on the grass and quit breathing out that CO2!

Perhaps I am just lucky, but I have yet to meet a Game & Fish Officer who was anything but polite. Most have been willing to talk about good places to hunt or what the fish are hitting on. I am not new to this as I have been hunting, hiking, camping, four wheeling and backpacking for almost 50 years (yes, I am getting kind of old) and have met dozens of G&F Officers

On the other hand I am probably unlucky in that I have yet to meet a FS employee who wasn't an unfriendly bureaucrat with inflated opinions of their importance.  I am biased by my experiences and think that the FS has become run by a bunch of tree hugging, anti-ranching, anti-hunting, anti-camping college grads with inflated opinions of themselves and their mission to keep the unwashed masses out of "their" forests.  Feel free to disagree.