Cowboy Blob's Saloon and Shootin Gallery

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

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Spartacus Schmartacus

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Another Fun Short

Monday, October 26, 2015

They're Here

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

My People Call It...


Tuesday, October 13, 2015


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Saturday, October 03, 2015


Visited my friend Chris today, who happens to be a fine gunsmith.  I brought my problem 9-mm AR, new BCG, and a stripped lower with parts kit. Apparently the new bolt carrier group I tried this winter to fix my issues was not designed to be used with the 9-mm hammer!  That's why it was locking up... So all I have to do is drop that BCG in my 9 upper, and put the mag block in any AR lower, trade out the buffer, and VOILA!  Hope it works!

Since I asked Chris to substitute my extra 9-mm hammer for the regular AR hammer in the parts kit, I could conceivably have three 9-mm carbines someday.  One will definitely be a Short-Barreled Rifle, but my first priority is to get ONE working reliably.  The culprit seems to have been the ejector on my Colt mag block being bent a little.  A function test tomorrow will tell me if a little tug with pliers did the trick.

Update:   Ordered a butt stock, buffer, another Colt mag block, and another 9-mm upper so I can have a complete, nearly identical back-up gun for the Arizona Sub-Gun Match next weekend.  Yes, I know I could have bought a couple or three Hi-Point carbines for all that would cost, but I know and appreciate the AR's ergonomics, feel, and looks.

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Cool New Optics!

I haven't been so excited about a new optic since my Vortex PST 1-4x rifle scope.

Yesterday, I scored an Alcon Labs SN60WF in 20.5D power.  After I got the wrapper off, I aimed it downrange.  I dealt with some early focus issues, but once I put my mind to it, I was picking off the characters at the bottom of the chart with confidence.  20/20, Baby!

I've been told the acuity may fluctuate over the next month, but I'm happy to now see the world in High Def instead of through a pane of foggy glass.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Wha Snoo?!

For the first time in a while, I went to a 3-Gun match this weekend, at the Phoenix Rod & Gun Club this time. No video (forgot my phone/camera) and very little to report, no scores yet, Jon shot well... just about every rifle was an AR platform with optics. A SCAR is an AR, right? Oh, yeah, I didn't even shoot....


Even in my worst shape, I've always been willing to brave the heat and shoot a match, but this time, my body got the best of me. During my summer vacation, I noticed a cloudiness in the vision in my right eye, and upon my return, the eye doc confirmed I have a cataract in there. I'm totally worthless with a long gun, because I'm NOT shooting from the left side just to play. If there was a pistol-only match, that would be a different story, but Jon needed this match for practice, so that decided it.

An interesting consequence of showing up was meeting Arturo, a shooting buddy of Jon's and our friend Keith. Turns out he's from Tucson too, and after introductions, he said he recognized me as Cowboy Blob and he lamented my lack of blog output of late. Guilty, as charged! I better get my butt in gear.

On the creative front, JoNean's music videos "Wind Sail" and "Blue" just hit 100 and 1,000 views, respectively, on YouTube this weekend. Jo is so stoked that she promised to needle her brother into the studio to final the audio for "Ball," a lively rock tune Jo (and the band Psyde-FX) crafted with the lyrics I provided. The "Ball" music video is mostly complete, but it's sync'ed to a sketchy camera audio track.

The sword-and-sandal epic shot in my back yard "Spartacus, Schmartacus" is halfway done and should be ready for premiere in November.

I'm starting to see light at the end of the tunnel, and it's not the glare of the Sonoran Desert sun. I'm giving serious thought to moving back to PA, where I'll probably freeze my ass off.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Wind Sail

 Jo and Evalynn used to perform this back in high school, so while I was in town, I asked if they would like to make a music video of it.  Music videos are much quicker to produce than sword and sandal epics, so I wanted a couple under my belt before I wade into "Spartacus Schmartacus."

The ladies usually sound much better than this; I recorded the audio myself, since Jo's brother's home studio was already booked for her other song (my next video).  At least in a studio there's less of a chance of a bug flying into your mouth.

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Friday, July 03, 2015


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