Monday, January 26, 2015

Blog Shoot

Thanks to Kevin for setting up the annual Blog Shoot and Wind Tunnel Firearms Test!
I showed up late at the Elsy Range in beautiful Casa Grande as it is still dark at 7 AM. There is enough difficulty getting through all my PT exercises and getting to work on time much less doing it on the weekend. Besides, it should be warmer later in the morning. I am only really motivated for early morning events like hunting, fishing, and the occasional steel shoot.
I arrived on site to see target stands being blown over and the cheerful clapping sound of the flapping targets caught up in the range fence. One did not have to worry whether the wind was going to blow or not as it seemed to be a steady wind about 10 to 15 mph with gusts that had to be in the 25 mph category.
The range was actually pretty busy with a bunch of hardy souls busily blaming the wind for the world's ills. Most of my time was spent with my hands in my pockets watching others shoot. This was fine as it was by my choice. Sometimes I would move into the sunlight to try to catch a few rays of warmth.
It is hard to not laugh when you watch someone go downrange to set a target back up, pile some small rock on the target base, admire their handy-work, get back on line, the range goes hot and the wind gusts up to blow the target over.
One shooter had the right idea. They brought some cloth bags with them and filled them with sand/rock at the range. These were heavy enough to serve as adequate target stand ballast. The wind, not to be outdone, really gusted up and ripped the target right off the stand. The target stand stands alone.
I finally did get around to shooting the EAA and Single Six prior to leaving but never did shoot a couple of rifles that were left safely out of the wind in my vehicle. Everyone seemed to be in a good mood regardless and it was nice to meet a couple of new people. It was a great morning!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Diet of Nope - Part III

I haven't kept up the rapid weight loss over the Holidays but I did continue to lose weight. Woohoo! I'm down 80 pounds. 30 more to go and then I will see if my target weight was correct. A document of diet foods that I like/dislike has been started and I will share this later. As with most thing, some items taste fine and other are beyond description but I will try. Often the items purchased are best described by the picture below.

Where Did Everybody Go?

I went out to the Crossroads of the West show on Jan. 3rd at the fairgrounds. Where were the vendors? It was a dismal show from my standpoint as the floor was probably about 60% occupied with a lot of the Ma & Pa tables being absent. I like to peruse the small vendor tables as that is where I get see some of the more interesting items and oddities. I really have no interest in looking a three vendor tables full of new Taurus weapons. That might just be me since I would not buy another Taurus anything.

My interest would fall more to seeing another S&W top break, H&R top break, Bernardelli Model 80, or many other items that are not in production anymore.

I am interested in a 410 derringer but Bond Arms derringers must be gold plated according to their pricing.  The only real interest here is to take it dove hunting and see if I can pick off one or two that come close by for bragging rights. "Heck, I don't even need a shotgun to get my limit. All I need is a derringer". I would carry it as a backup bug occasionally but $500 for a two shot?

The previous show in Tucson at the Expo Center was also pretty poor. Guess that I will have to head up to the next one that is held in Phoenix at the fairgrounds to get to a larger venue. Sounds like a road trip. Phx gunshow in the day and over to Bass Pro for some gator tail later!

Monday, January 05, 2015

I Like Christmas, I Like Cookies Too!

I found a great tree for Christmas!

We set it up, took a picture, sent it to our daughter and announced that we were cutting back this year. With both daughters being gone, it just wasn’t the same and I wasn’t in the mood. We took down the cute little tree, put it upstairs and proceeded to decorate. Here is my obligatory picture of decorated antlers.

I had a fun time this Christmas. Daughter #1 made it home to visit and that is always a pleasure. My wife and I tend to buy our own items for the other to present. She got a nice ring and I bought a gun safe. The safe was a screaming deal as one of my co-workers won it in a raffle and had no use for it.

We picked daughter #1 at the airport on Christmas Eve. I had special presents for everyone to open prior to going to service that evening. I informed them that I had contacted the church and they were in agreement for us to join in with their band for a number or two. They both viewed me with those skeptical glances that tell me that they know me too well.

My wife received a couple of slide whistles so that she could match the key of the songs. I believe that the wiener dog was her favorite.

Our daughter got the kazoo and tambourine. She is very talented at both but that is no surprise to me as she has always been able to walk and chew gum at the same time.

I could switch from the jaws harp to the spoons at a moment’s notice. The spoons were good but I think that the jaws harp was defective. I could not make any noise but some irritating twang come out of it

We played around, practiced and laughed a lot. When it came time to leave, I noticed that they did not seem to have their instruments with them. They refused to take them with them! I was sorely disappointed and tried to convince them that the church was depending on us but this was to no avail. The last song at service was very lively and our daughter leaned over and commented that she should have brought the tambourine.

I received some great presents but will not post any pictures of underwear or socks. Daughter #2 and son-in-law #1 got me a very nice replica knife along with a bowl. Let me know if you can translate.

They are currently in Okinawa and come up with some interesting items.

Daughter #1 got me a big candy cane while at Disney.

My wife got me a masonic square and compasses that folds to expose a dagger.

Santa brought me some gun oil made out of Liberal Tears – Now With Bacon! I don’t know how I could add anything more than what is on the bottle.
No not the bottle of Cholulu, the other one. Perhaps that is what makes their eyes tear.

It was a fantastic Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
Not Christian? See if there is something below that fits the holiday season for you.
Happy (pick one)!

Bodhi Day - Buddhist; 8 December – Day of Enlightenment

Festivus - Fictional; December 23

Hogswatch - Discworld; 25 December

HumanLight - Atheist; December 23 - celebration of "a Humanist's vision of a good future."

Hanukkah - Judaism; starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.

Kwanzaa - Fictional; Created by Maulana Karenga - A fake "African" holiday contrived in 1966. He was a prominent black nationalist during the 1960s, when his organization was involved in various violent operations. He was sent to prison in 1971, after he and some of his pals tortured two women with a soldering iron and a vise, among other things. He emerged from prison in 1974 and he got himself installed as the chairman of the Department of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach. CSULB wasn't the only American university that got the racial willies during the 1970s and set up a tin-pot black-studies department, but CSULB was the only one that hired a chairman who was a violent felon.

Pancha Ganapati - Hinduism; 21–25 December – modern five-day festival in honor of Lord Ganesha.

Yalda - Paganism; 21 December – The turning point, Winter Solstice.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The New Barbarism

Bill Whittle rides again!

Diet of Nope, Part II

My weight loss has become inherently obvious even to the most casual observer. I am 70 pounds down now. People ask the same question, “Are you hungry?” Well, it is a diet by definition so I do expect to be hungry before the next meal hits or I would not be losing weight.

The next beauty of a question is asking if you can eat a particular item and then proceed down a grocery list of similar items. You would think that after the third desert item asked that you could anticipate the answer. I have learned that saying no is not a good answer and you must answer in generalities to try to keep this session tolerable.

·         Can you have Twinkies? No, no sweets.

·         Can you have pie? No, I just answered that.

·         Can you have potatoes? No, no starches.

·         Can you have pasta? No, I just answered that.

·         Can you have bread? No, no white flour.

·         Can you have whole wheat bread? No, by law it only has to be 50% whole wheat to be able to do the advertising. It is half white flour.

·         Can you eat meat? Yes, any kind.

·         Can you eat fish? Isn’t that meat?

·         Can you eat vegetables? Most, but not all.

·         What about carrots? No, they are high in sugar.

·         Can you eat fruit? Some. Only blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries for this stage of the diet.

·         What about apples? No, because of the sugar. Didn’t I just answer this?


What has actually surprised me is that after a line of questioning like this, I have been adamantly and at length informed by a couple of people that, “Well, there is no way in h$ll that I would go on a diet like that! There is no way I would give up …(fill in the blank)... because that is my favorite food!” This is usually stated in a confrontational manner as if I was recruiting. You started this conversation so don’t complain at me if you don’t like the answers I provide. I don’t normally respond as I really don’t give a rat’s patoot what you do or eat. This type of response is always from a person who needs this program or any program much worse than I do. I swear that if any of the buttons popped on that shirt, it would be traveling about 3,000 fps and would probably kill you or at least put your eye out!

I asked one individual, after listening to his lengthy rant, if he had guilty or jealous feelings about being overweight since it seems like you are very unhappy with my answers and successful weight loss. He doesn’t talk to me much anymore. Imagine that?

The 7th was the last of my deer season. I am disappointed as I could not grow antlers on anything this year. However, it is so nice to have that 70 pounds off when out in the field! I plan to take another 40 pounds off and then see if I am where I want to be.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Almost a Darwin Award Candidate

RTFM: Man Loses Fingers When Gun Explodes Due To Using Wrong Powder

I have never seen a manual on a black powder rifle that did not warn against loading smokeless powder in Big Print. This sounds like one of those moment with these magic words, "Hold my beer and watch this."

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Top Breaks

Many years ago I had my first opportunity to shoot an H&R 999 Sportsman 22 LR 9 shot top break and I was hooked. 
 I thought that being able to drop all nine empties in one motion was just the cat’s meow and it was quite accurate. The money and opportunity to purchase one never seemed to coincide until a few years ago. I finally saw one at one of the gun shows that was in really good shape, negotiated, and purchased it. I was pleased to see that there is a speed loader available for it! 
You must realize that one cannot own just one top break as they are just too much fun. My next find was another H&R 22 but a short barrel 7 shot that had the definition of a bad trigger.
None of the smaller (read Saturday night special) H&Rs from this time period had smooth actions. I believe that any weapon that did not exhibit a gritty long irregular pull was rejected and sent back to manufacturing for further rasping and sand imbedding. It is still fun to shoot. This one usually just gets loaded with 22 shorts. There is a definite lag between the shot and target impact at twenty yards!
Still not having enough, I ran across an H&R 5 shot .32 S&W.
It is not the 32 long so the ballistics are anything but impressive. Standard load is an 85 gr. Bullet with a muzzle velocity of 600 FPS. I would suggest that you could load up a little bit but would advise against in these older guns. Some of the earlier H&R 32s used black powder cartridges and should not be fired with smokeless. I figure that you could use one of these to stun those pesky chipmunks assuming that they don’t see the bullet coming and move out of the way. I just thought that there was lag from shot to target with a 22 short (about 1000 fps) until I shot this one. You could swear that one could fire and then run downrange to catch the bullet. It only seems that way as the fastest sprinter can only achieve about 28 MPH or 41 FPS. Brass is still made by Starline so there is no need to pay the ridiculous prices for Winchester factory ammo.
I also found an H&A (Hopkins & Allen) in 32. I probably did not need two 32 S&W revolvers but the price was too good to pass. These are not as well constructed as the H&R.
 You might ask, "Why two 32s?" I may well respond with another question, "Who do you think you are, my wife?"  

Well, I already have the dies and you never know when the chipmunk zombie apocalypse is going to hit.
  The future is not clear so it is unknown what will be the next top break but I am pretty sure it won’t be another 32!