Thursday, December 27, 2012

Needs vs. Rights

Robert Avrech wrote an article after the LA riots. The article has been reposted.

Jew Without a Gun

Read it!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Gun Control

Not a short read but very much worth your time.

An opinion on gun control

While your there, check out some of Larry Correia books. If you haven't read the Monster Hunter International series, you are missing out on some great reads. The other novels are also fun.

Friday, October 19, 2012

H&R 999 Sportsman

I neglected to mention that while I was at the September gun show a Harrington and Richardson Sportsman was spotted. I like these 9 shot top break 22 revolvers.


I couldn't bring it home right away as it was just transferred in to the dealer. Turns out that it could be delivered to me about a week and a half later. Works for me. This has a better trigger pull than the other small HR 22 I have.



 I believe the little one was dubbed, "The definition of a bad trigger." It is still pretty accurate after you compensate for the trigger.

I Get Tired of Being Beat Up

I was at Pima Pistol this last Sunday as it is time to sight in some of the rifles that have had scope changes. I have a muzzle load deer hunt in mid November and an Elk hunt in early December. It was mentioned previously that scopes had been shifted around. There was a bit of time in gathering all the stuff for 3 calibers but I still made it to the range in the mid-morning. The target was set up at 25 yards on the 100 yard rifle range. The plan was to get all three rifles set about a half inch low at 25 and then move out to the 100 yard line for final adjustments. I have typically always shot from sand bags.

The 50 cal muzzle loader was fun, slow but fun. I like the new Leupold UltimateSlam 3-9x40mm with the Sabot Ballistics Reticle.

The 30-06 was nice. That is first time it has had a decent scope on it. The previous optic was a Bushnell Sportview 3x9. This is really an entry level scope but has been fog free for about 20 years. The Rem 700 has always shot well but now it was clear and easier. I had taken the scope from the 300 Win Mag, which was an older Leupold Vari-X II 4x12 Adjustable Objective, and sent it to the factory for the CDS dial to be installed on elevation prior to going on the Remington.

The Ruger 77 RS in 300 Win Mag has always been less than pleasurable to shoot from a bench. What an understatement! This thing beats you up. It will bruise you through a Past recoil pad. I had picked up a new Leupold VX-3 4.5x14x40mm CDS. Nice scope.The session started with 150 gr bullets as I have a bunch of them and they don't kick as bad. This is all relative as it still is not pleasant. After dragging the pattern over to the correct spot, I switched to the Barnes 165 gr TTSX. The 165 gr is what I have picked for elk this year so the CDS dail is tuned to it. I was a starting to flinch and decided to quit for the day.

I am going this weekend to finalize at 100 yard but .........enough is enough. Hopefully, one of these Lead Sled Plus units will make sighting in more enjoyable. I went over to the Sportsmans Warehouse and bought one.
Anyone have good/bad experiences with these? I will post back up my thoughts after the range trip.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

I Actually Won Something!

The Masonic lodge located in Payson, Sy Harrison Lodge No. 70, held a fundraising raffle with three weapons as prizes. The weapons were a CZ Mallard O/U 12ga shotgun, a Remington 1911 R1, and a Henry Big Boy 44Mag. First place had pick of the weapons, second place had next choice, and third place got the remaining weapon. I had purchased a raffle ticket at one of the state events. My thanks to the Brothers of the Payson Lodge for organizing the raffle and getting out there selling tickets.

I received a call Wednesday that I was the third ticket drawn but did not know what I would receive yet as the other two had not made their choices. A call came Friday that I had won the Henry! Being the patient person that I am, I jumped in the vehicle Saturday and drove to the Old Town Pawn Shop in Payson to pick up my loot. The winners needed to go to the pawn shop, with their winning ticket, to fill out the paper work.

Sweet! I was actually hoping for the Henry but figured that others did too. Now I will have dust off my Tombstone Stetson, western boots, and dress up like a cowboy! Since I don't have a horse, perhaps my wife can find a couple of coconut shell to make clopping noises while I prance around the backyard!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

BAG Day 2012

Update - I was at the gun show this last weekend and what did I find? That Bernardelli Model 80 in 22LR. The price was right and it is now mine. My wife queried, "Isn't that the one I liked?" Sure is sweetie!

I was roaming the gun show yesterday. What else is more important on BAG Day? I enjoy roaming around and looking at all the goodies.What did I spy but an old Bernardelli Model 80 in quite good shape. I used to have one of these in 22LR but I traded it off for Ruger Single Six Convertible in stainless. I wish I had kept the Bernardelli. That Single Six never shot 22 mags worth a darn. It was OK with the LRs but that was it. I hardly used it as I had actually bought it for the 22 mag.

I later found out that it was also not a good trade for another reason. My wife really liked it and she shot it well. I traded off that Single Six for a Walther P22. A couple of years ago, I purchased an Old Model Single Six Convertible from one of my lodge brothers. This one shot both the LR and mag quite nicely. Too bad the New Model couldn't match it. So the Bernardelli became another one of those I regretted selling.

Now back to the gun show. The Bernardelli I was looking at was a .380 caliber. That model was produced in 22LR, .32 and .380. I don't think they ever bothered with a .25. I liked it, I bought it, so there! I am curious to get this one to the range and see if it shoots as well as the 22 did. The fixed barrel on these tends to make them pretty accurate. Looks like this.
I am still looking for the same in a 22 that is in good shape. I had seen another about a year or two ago in .32 and was interested. It was not in as good of shape and the vendor thought is was worth $400. I offered $200 and was informed that was the price and that they weren't budging. I wished them a nice day and suggested that they would have that pistol for some time. I saw them about a year ago again and was still there. I again offer $200 but was given the same line. I laughed and continued on. I saw it about six months ago and it was still tagged at $400. The vendor asked if was still interested. I reminded them that I had made offers twice and they surely remember what I offered. They said they had more into it than that. Your poor bargaining choice does not mean that I become your "sucker of the day". We will see if it still around in another year or so. The usual question can then be asked, "Aren't you tired of toting that around yet?"

Monday, July 09, 2012

Fishing at Parker and Crescent

My darlin' wife and I went fishing on July 1st at Parker Canyon Lake. The fishing was average, meaning that we caught a bunch of sunfish and kept a few of the larger ones. I always get a two pole stamp so that I can throw some bait in deeper water while playing with the sunfish. I ended up with one Rainbow Trout about 14" long fishing that way.

It was overcast and a bit cooler than normal making for a very enjoyable day. It had started to sprinkle about 1 PM and then commenced to rain a bit harder. We took the boat closer to the landing in case it got bad and proceeded to fish some more. There had been no thunder or lightning so we put on rain gear and continued fishing until............there was one large thunderclap directly overhead. We didn't hear any sizzle so figured it was atmospheric.

I must say that I have never seen my wife pull up the front anchor with such enthusiasm while very firmly and loudly proclaiming it was time to go! We motored over to the launch only to have it quit raining and clear up. That was fine as we had spent more time than originally planned so decided we would call it a day.

Daughter #2 was camping with her Marine (not aquatic - armed services) boyfriend and his family over the weekend in the mountains. She said it was camping but I never really considered an RV as camping. They went to Crescent Lake to fish and there was nary a nibble. I never bother fishing Crescent as it is very shallow and sometimes there is a full fish kill during the winter due to lack of oxygen. I checked and there had not been a fish kill this last winter. They probably were not holding their mouths correctly while fishing. They should have gone the extra three miles to Big Lake.

We were aware of their skunked status so we paused prior to cleaning our fish. We took a picture of trout and sent it along with a text message that said, "This is a trout." We wouldn't dream of rubbing it in....much! Hahahaha!

The baked trout and a few fried sunfish made a perfect dinner for two.

BTW, I need some Marine jokes that don't involve a monkey at the bar (already heard that one) or foul language.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Hell Freezes Over and a Pig Flies!

From the Arizona Daily Star: Our View: Obama's claim of executive privilege falls flat
"But in this case, it doesn't matter what motivates the Republicans. The documents must be released."

I had thought that when Executive Priveledge was claimed for "Fast & Furious" that this seemed like a bad idea. It has seemed that the DOJ's intent was to try to bury this story for some time. Silly questions go through your head like is this a legitimate use of Executive Priveledge, how does this keep it quiet, and what am I missing in the big picture?

I would imagine that it was thought to bury this in lawsuits until after the elections. It would appear that this move has brought about greater attention and may even go so far as to get the alphabet news to talk about what the government did here.

I never expected this article out of our local fish wrap as it has always been very strongly liberal to the point of being Leftist. Local refer to it as the Red Star instead of the Daily Star.


Now for those of you who don't know where to go for this fine shirt - click the link.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Atheist for President?

A majority of Americans say they'd vote for an atheist for President.
Would you vote for an avowed atheist for prez? I will raise a fuss here and say that I have my doubts that I would but I might. For discussions sake let's go further.

Is the oath of office binding when an atheist swears to uphold the Constitution? What would he be swearing to? The Presidential oath does allow one to say "affirm" instead of "swear". The exact reasons for this are not clear. Some believe this may be the case as some Christians take not swearing as literal in all ways, such as the Quakers. Some presidents have not used the bible for the oath. John Q. Adams took the oath on a book of law and Teddy Roosevelt used no book. Many of our current politicians could take a thousand oaths on a stack of good books without anything good coming of it. The book and Constitution mean nothing to them. It carries the same weight as their promises. At least you can still truthfully call them hypocrites.

Can an atheist follow moral law? I would suggest that an atheist can subscribe to moral law but for different reasons. A religious man may believe that moral law is a sacred or divine teaching while a man without religion may feel that "doing good" is beneficial. Some would suggest that when an atheist is following moral law that it is nothing more than a whim to be abandoned at will. I would propose that if a man has been upstanding his entire life that he he will attempt to continue do so for whatever his reasons may be.

It would seems that I have made more of a case for the defense of the atheist as the President or at least have not made any valid disqualifying points. I know some atheists that I would give my house key to and some so called Christians that I don't trust at all. The people that I distrust the most are politicians. It seems to be a prerequisite to cheat, wrong, and defraud anyone in your path. The louder a politician "avows" something, the more my senses tells me to follow the money. There are a few exceptions in the group of politicians but most are not trustworthy.

It would appear that my distrust is based more on the fervency of the claim than the subject.

A quote from one the movies I like seems appropriate.
Ten Bears: "It's sad that governments are chiefed by the double-tongues."






Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Collecting Relics

I must be a sucker for old things. Last year I bought a Springfield 1842 musket from a friend of a friend for $80. It probably wasn't even worth that much but it was still neat. It was sporterized and in poor shape. The modifications look to have taken place quite some time ago if the patina is any indication. The barrel is in poor shape so I will need to find out if I can ream out that .69 bore. Suggestions would be welcome. It appears that if I get the barrel smooth again along with a replacement nipple that I would be able to actually shoot this one as the rest of the weapon works.

Last week I just purchased a Czeck vZ 52 and a Russian Mosin Nagant 1942. Both of these are in good shape. The 52 looks quite clean while the Mosin looks like a servicable unit. These I picked up from a friend's son who needed some cash. I have no particular use for either but it seemed like a good deal so there you go!

I need to get to the range now as I need to sight in the new scope (2 CDS dials to work with) on my 300 Win Mag, sight in the modified VariX IIc (new CDS installed) on the 30-06, try out the Mosin, and see where the 52 shoots.

The 52 has two magazines and a fine old leather holster.  I wonder if the 7.62x25 is considered minor or major for a bowling pin shoot?

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Color Blind

John Derbyshire worked for the National Review until he was fired for writing the following:
  • Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally.
  • Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods.
  • If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date (neglect of that one got me the closest I have ever gotten to death by gunshot).
  • Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks.
  • If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible.
  • Do not settle in a district or municipality run by black politicians.
  • Before voting for a black politician, scrutinize his/her character much more carefully than you would a white.
  • Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway.
  • If accosted by a strange black in the street, smile and say something polite but keep moving.
It was a poor idea, at best, for a writer to put this out. Can you say, “Career decision?” There are some very small glimmers of truths in the statements above but it need not be applied to just one group. I think that it is best to follow Primeval Papa’s rules.
  • Avoid concentrations of people not all known to you personally, period. It could be a zombie horde and you would normally not be carrying enough ammunition.
  • Stay out of any neighborhood where you stand out like a sore thumb. A stranger is bait regardless of color in some neighborhoods. Even though you may have adequate ammunition, baiting is illegal in most states.
  • If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with any specialty group. Shriners are probably OK but watch out for water balloons and clowns.
  • Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of single minded people unless you are part of that single minded group.
  • If you are at some public event at which people suddenly swell, leave as quickly as possible. Sudden swelling can be a sign of disease and it might be contagious.
  • Do not settle in a district or municipality run by politicians. They are the bane of your existence.
  • Before voting for any politician, scrutinize his/her character much more carefully than you would a normal person.
  • Do not act the Good Samaritan to anyone in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway. This is a standard setup for robbery or worse.
  • If accosted by a stranger in the street, smile and say something polite but keep moving. I have never met anyone on the street who wanted to talk to me just to chat for a while.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Outstanding Honors

Congrats to daughter #1 for getting the Outstanding Honors Student award for the junior class of her college! She gets the award pencil.


They gave me a different pencil.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Fobus Holster

I have a Fobus SG21 paddle holster up for cheap if anyone is interested. This one is for the SIG220/225/226/228/229/245
WitnessP/PS
S&W 3913/3913TSW/4013/5906/6906/3919/CS9

I had picked it up for a friend but he doesn't like the Fobus.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Big Game Outfitters

I does appear that I will be using a guide for my elk hunt. I had given some advise from my last disastrous outing. I will recap my lessons learned with responses in green.
  • Don't ever, ever, ever bother with a guide unless someone you know has used him. The rest falls under truth in advertising - not! This should not be a problem as I personally know some people who have used this guide. He comes highly recommended.
  • Try the stalk when game is seen. It is better to get busted trying than to not try. I am still kicking myself for not trying. 6x5 antlers would look good next to the 5x4. Here me three times.
  • I hate Suzuki Samurais.
No worries. This guide promised that there would be no Samurais. He said that they only use 4 wheel drive Smart Cars and sent me a photo! I am pretty sure he was teasing me.
     
  • I did see some country I haven't been in before. I know where I want to be the first couple days of the hunting season if I can get drawn for 6A again. Different area so this does not apply. 7E looked like this the last time I was there.

  • Bifocal glasses are a poor choice when trying to hike in the dark with a flashlight. You pretty much have to keep your head down to be able to see over the lower lens. Get another pair of glasses without the bifocal. I used to have a regular pair but neglected to do so with the last pair. It's not like your going to be reading much. You can take them off if you can't see the map well enough. Oh Yeah, time to order some glasses.

  • I really like my Big Buddy heater with a 20 pound bottle as it lasted 5 days. I won't need it as I will be staying an a travel trailer with all the amenities of home!
Weeeee Doggies, I think that I recognize that house. I used to live in it or one just like it!
  • Cut morons like this loose earlier. You can't get your money back anyways, so why make yourself miserable because you paid for it. Here me three times.

  • Just because your paying someone doesn't mean that they actually know more than you do. A long conversation has taken place and I do not think this is a concern.

  • Repeat this to yourself as necessary.
All kidding aside, I look forward to this trip as being fun and successful.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Optics

Since "I've drawn again", I decided that it was time for another scope. Scopes were shifted around when I had been drawn for a black powder hunt a couple of years ago and picked up a second BP rifle. Fellow does need a backup. I took the Leopold 2x7 off my wife's Ranger Youth .243 and an old Redfield Wideview 4X off of my Dad's old Savage 340 30-30. The 2x7 went on the the new magnum class BP rifle and the 4X went on the older BP rifle.
I picked up a new Leupold VX3 4.5x14 for the 300 Win Mag that has the CDS adjustment and ordered a couple of the custom dials. One is tailored to the Barnes TTSX 165 gr 3150fps (elk/large game) and the other to the Barnes 130 gr TTSX 3500fps (dear/antelope).


I will move the old VariX IIc 4x12 to the 30-06 after it gets sent in to Leupold. The old VariX II can be modified to take the CDS adjustment on the elevation only. I think that I will set the new ring up for a 150 gr round. I would say that I have some range time coming up.


The 06 had Bushnell Sportview 3x9 that works but is just not as clear. That old Bushnell should probably go on the 30-30. Even though it isn't the best of scopes, it does retain the charge and works. I really don't have much use for the 30-30 but it shoots well. It was Dad's Michigan deer hunting rifle.


Now I need to do something with the .243. My better half has informed me that she will no longer go hunting. She was using it for deer. Fibromyalgia takes its toll. I am thinking that a full size stock should go on it and set it up as a varmint rifle.  Both Winchester and Ram-Line make a synthetic that will fit. A V-Max 58 gr pushing 3900fps ought to make a fun shooter. Now for that next scope!

Friday, April 13, 2012

I've Been Drawn Again!

(Sung to the tune of "On the Road Again")

I've been drawn again,
Just can't wait to go out huntin' again.
The life I love is hunting big game with my guns
And I can't wait to go out huntin' again.

I've been drawn again,
Huntin' elk places that I've never been.
Seein' things that I may never see again
And I can't wait to go and hunt elk again.

Go hunt elk again,
Like a ghost we go slide around the grass and trees
We're the quiet type,
Insisting the wind be blowin' in our face.

And our way
is huntin' elk again.
And I can't wait to go and hunt elk again
The life I love is hunting big game with my guns
And I can't wait to go and hunt elk again.
I've been drawn again,

And I can't wait to go and hunt elk again.
And I can't wait to go and hunt elk again.

OK - you get the idea that I really do like to hunt or as Kevin would say, "Take your weapon for a walk." I have been drawn for general BULL elk season in unit 7E.

I will be diligent to make this a better hunt that this one. Now back to happy thoughts.
I've been drawn again!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Crap Tea

Need something to chase down that crap sandwich you were handed? No problem have some crap tea!
It's only $200 for a cup of tea. It probably costs you less than that crap sandwich did.

I can hear the Jellystone bears now, "Hey Booboo, let's paint ourselves black and white. We can plant some tea and be millionaires!"

I really don't care which bear crapped in the field. You are welcome to all you want but I think I will pass.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Animal rights group says drone shot down

They showed up to stop a live pigeon shoot and claim that as soon as they lauched everyone started to leave. Further information shows:
  • It was a fundraising sporting clays shoot - not a live pigeon shoot.
  • People were leaving because the fundraiser was over.
  • It does appear that the drone could have been shot down but the video is too vague - probably bogus.
If the shooters did take it out - Hahahahahahaha! Good shooting!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Could This be your Next Hunting Vehicle?

Now that the gun rack is in, he is prepared. It is not likely that you could drive it anywhere but to the park to go chipmunk hunting as they have very little ground clearance. I don't know what else will fit inside. Don't forget the mileage limitation. Are there any recharging stations where you go to hunt? Maybe I could use one to go to DM or Tucson Trap & Skeet. Never mind all of those are outside of the electric range.
Perhaps I should make a Volt my next vehicle? Hahahahahahaha! Not a chance. How about one of these?
Now you're talking my language.

Monday, February 20, 2012

NHRA

Time for the NHRA Nationals at Firebird! I will post more pictures later but this one needed to get up. This is on the spoiler of BME's top fuel dragster.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Safety Share

We will have a safety share at the start of many meetings. My safety share for today is that today is Valentine's Day. If you haven't gotten anything for your sweetie yet that it is not too late. Valentine gifts are a good way to ensure health and well being! Don't believe me, just don't do anything and wait for the results.


Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Best Bang for the Buck

I am finally breaking down and seriously considering an AR15. I have heard that you should stick to the ABCs (Armalite, Bushmaster, Colt) and skip the rest of the brands. There must only be a zillion choices. I would like to stick to mil spec so that I could put that Beowulf upper on later or whatever. I don't have an immediate use for a 5.56 so would be happy with a 9mm for plinking. I don't have an immediate use for the .50 either but pig or wooly mammoth hunting does come to mind.  I might even go for 7.62x39 as then I could share ammo with my Yugo.

Assume that money is an object to be considered as apposed to the last post. I am open to suggestions.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

My 5 Most Wanted - Today

I believe that Robb started it and I picked it up at Kevin's so here we go!I could go for either of these. Top is a Kentucky Long Rifle flintlock in 36 cal and the lower is a Sprinfield 1863 percussion in 58 cal. Both are rifled and yes I would shoot them regardless of collector status. Like they were never shot before anyways.


Next up would be an AA-12 and don't forget a large supply of the combat frag 12 rounds to keep zombie hordes in line.




I would like a Beowulf 50. Why, because it is a 50 and has a great name. Is any further reason needed?




How about a SABR with all three uppers, of course.









And last but not least the Calico M110.





Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Springfield XDm

A friend asked if I could store an XDm 9mm in my safe for a while. Apparently his stepson had an "accidental" discharge and Mom is pissed angry. I readily agreed but warned him that it comes with a fee. I will take it to the range and shoot it as I had never shot one of the XDs before..

I must be one of the few people in the shooting world that is not impressed. Reliable - yes but......
I shot a variety of ammo and mixed it up in the stack. It all went bang every time. I was set up at about 50 feet  so the distance was not extreme by any means. A consistent pattern was never found. It wasn't the usual correctable issue of being high right or low left (finger placement, heeling, etc) I was just scattered around the center at about a five inch radius. The weapons were switched to see if it was just me. The EAA was fine along with the SBH. I went back to the XD to more scattered shooting. An ammo change didn't make any difference.

I must say that I could shoot the PF9 better if I really took my time. I have difficulty with the PF9 due to its small size and horrendous trigger pull/length. There is an armalaser on my PF9. At 50 feet, the dot looks like a fly trying to find a place to land while pulling the trigger. Kevin refers to this type weapon as a "get off me gun" and I agree. Don't bother taking it to a shoot unless you just want to amuse the bystanders and keep the manufacturers of ammo components in business.

I found the XDm to be no more than another "get off me gun" and not as concealable as some others.

The only prescription is more cowbell !!!

"Demonstrators calling for the recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker learned there really is such a thing as too much cowbell."
Wouldn't you love to be in the courtroom for this one?

Monday, January 09, 2012

Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop arrested in Wis.

Arresting officer Bunny Foo Foo said that "I went Bop-Bop-Bop in a Zopitty and got Mr. Doo-Doo into the Beezow or was that hoosegow?"

So he legally changed his name to this moniker. I wonder what he went by as a nickname?