Cowboy Blob's Saloon and Shootin Gallery

I'm not a real Cowboy, but I play one in the movies.

Friday, July 03, 2015


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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Star Trek: Away Team "Command Vee"

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Get It?


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Toy

Tried Rio Salado's short-range rifle match this weekend. The pistol club leaves their stages up for the afternoon long-gunners. I think they added some targets by the back of the berms or moved some back, but it's usually a quick match, which is really nice as it starts heating up. They had a large turnout, so it wasn't quite so quick, but the dry breeze made the experience pleasant enough. The equipment divisions were Rimfire, Intermediate Centerfire, and Heavy Centerfire and there was representation from each competing in numbers. Jon took the Rimfire Division with his new toy, a super lightweight suppressed .22LR AR on a Cavalry Arms lower. Since I'm averaging only two matches a year now, I was happy to top the bottom third of the pack with my trusty Bushmaster Shorty.


Tuesday, May 05, 2015

What's Cookin?

Ya mean, besides our video "Blue" approaching 800 views?

Well, sadly, I certainly haven't been shooting guns, but I've made up for it by shooting footage for my "Star Trek: Away Team" due at the June First Friday Shorts, "Spartacus Schmartacus" due this Fall, and a short for Syndicated Evangelist called "Unf***er."

To assuage my frustration with learning the guitar (like teaching a pig poetry), I've been writing some songs, lyrics only, for Jo and Friends to craft into real music, some we can make some original music videos and maybe get more than 800 YouTube views!  Our next one will have a whole band behind it and will be much more upbeat than "Blue." That should fill up some of my copious spare time during this summer's road trip, when I'm not making Erin the Binker's next movie, or filling up my memory cards with mediocre photography.   

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Friday, March 06, 2015


How I spent my winter vacation...

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Baby Steps

The Education of Jo Continues 

After two more range sessions were snowed/frozen out, my time back in my home town ran out.  It was time to teach Jo how to disassemble her pistol and use her new cleaning kit.  Meanwhile, I noticed the used holster in the gun case.

Pennsylvania allows open carry in most places and is very happy to issue concealed carry permits to law-abiding citizens.  Jo has never worn this or any other gun, so I asked her to try it on for size and wear it around the house. Jo found a comfortable carry position and some day may even be comfortable enough to carry it loaded.    


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Happy New Year!

 Got warm enough for another range day, so I introduced Jo to some different guns, as well as invited her to try her own for the first time.  The FireStar in 9-mm is a fun little gun, but the recoil spring was to stiff for Jo to manage.
Jo liked the tameness of the .38 Special... especially in a handsome cowboy six-gun.
She brought her own S&W .40 automatic and fired it for the first time! Took a bit to fight the flinch, but eventually started hitting regularly. She fought the recoil spring more than she fought the recoil.
Good thing she brought lots of .40 because the only stuff I brought was premium defense ammo for my carry guns. She enjoyed the SiG P239 quite a bit... it was intrinsically the most accurate firestick she fired today.
Jo really liked the Ruger SP101 she tried this summer, so I sacrificed some carry ammo to warn her what even a light .357 Magnum feels like.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

And Now For Something Completely Different

This summer I treated my friend Jo to a couple of range days.  She took a liking to my 9-mm AR, so I told her this winter, she could try my rifle-caliber ARs too.  She renewed her friendship with the 9AR; I asked her to shoot it until it failed, as I knew it bound to do so from my experience with the AZ Sub-Gun Match.  After it finally failed to eject, I dropped in the new bolt carrier group after splashing some lube on it. It froze up on the second shot!  Perhaps I should have been more generous with the Break Free.  Got to fix it before I go back to AZ so she can shoot it again; I forgot a few boxes of ammo and a firearm in the family cabinet, so another range day is definitely in the cards.

Jo adapted to the Bushmaster .223 barely batting an eyelash.   She really dug the reflex sight and the gentle recoil... not much different from the 9AR.
Jo noticed the considerably greater heft of the DPMS LR-308, but was pleased with the relatively gentle recoil.  That is, compared to a bolt action rifle in the same caliber.  One thing you can't get used to is the concussive effect of that SJC Titan compensator; fortunately, she was standing in the best place to avoid having her teeth rattled by the shock wave.  The petite lady promised to start lifting weights so she can spend more trigger time on the rifles.  I hope I brought enough ammo!

The Ruger 22/45 with the bull barrel is incredibly stable and fun to shoot well.  Good thing I brought lots of .22 LR!  
The Walther P-38 took a lot of getting used to.  Heck, I'm still not used to shooting it and Jo consistently struck low, just as I usually do.  Even so, it's fun to shoot a piece of German engineering that was made in the year we were both born.
I saved the S&W 29 Classic for last for obvious reasons.  Fortunately I brought a good supply of .44 Special instead of subjecting Jo to the punishing .44 Magnum round.  She ended up declining to shoot the beefier magnum rounds I brought, but handled the gentler loads without any trouble.

Hey, we've got another range day to look forward to!   

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Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 AZ Sub-Gun Match

Six stages of gun fun in the sun was the 2014 AZ State Sub-Gun Match. I was encouraged by how my clean 9-mm AR started off until it threw a piece of brass up into the bolt latch channel at the end of our first stage. It was a jam-o-matic after that, so I bummed one of Jon's guns (also uses Colt format magazines) to finish the match. Jon, he with the Magical Kel-Tec Sub2000, proceeded to kick ass in the Semi-auto Division (placing 4th Overall in the match). It was a good time; my swag bag included a pair of Uzi magazines. Maybe I'll have to bring that sometime.

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