Saturday, December 31, 2005
Friday, December 30, 2005
I Think Banedad Tipped Me to This
Yesterday Was Little Sister's Birthday
I'm sure she's happy I didn't go through all the trouble Basil did. Maybe next year....
Last Gun Pr0n of the Year
The smudge on the underlug is not an imperfection or wear spot; it's a reflection of the camera in the bright blue finish. I think I've got four or five boxes of .357 that must be close to 10 years old. I've shot thousands of rounds of 9-mm, 40 S&W, and .45 ACP in that time...I need to make time for a Beefy Revo range day.
How Can I Get Anything Done?
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Fun from Xmas Past: 2001
Jon and I brought along our Benjamin Sheridan .20 cal. fun guns and laid waste to dozens of plastic grunts and a tank or two.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Monday, December 26, 2005
Gave Jon lots of help working on his Christmas single malt scotch and Irish whiskey (oh, yeah, I'm off the Wagon until after New Years). Slept great! Whisked back to Tucson in the hands of the Goddess of Acceleration to find two sleepy weasels with an empty food dish.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
My Christmas Present
Ruger Vaquero/Bisley in .44 Magnum.
I tried to give you all a hint with the Cowboy Gun post...only the little Uberti enabled me to reach the hammer one-handed, a feature of the Bisley hammer style. The Ruger is the same caliber as my Winchester, a desired situation for Cowboys. And I wanted to buy another one just like it, a dead give-away for a Cowboy gun.
Now I gotta spring for some new leather.
Jeep: Bouncy and Fun
Friday, December 23, 2005
Merry Christmas, Y'all
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Mystery Gun Update
2. It's in a caliber I already own.
3. I have at least one firearm of this make, but not this model.
4. I went back to the show to see if I could find one exactly like it. Fortunately for my finances, I was unsuccessful.
Good guesses so far:
Uberti 1890 Police in .357
S&W .357 revolver
Any more guesses?
Where in the WORLD do you people find those sub-$400 SiGs?????
Monday, December 19, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
BoG is Back! Long Live BoG!
Jon and I were also walking, talking Springfield Armory commercials. When we finished up early, I caught up with some regulars who were ogling my SOCOM-16 earlier and let them know I had a few magazines I was willing to let them unload through the muzzle. Jon offered up his full-size M1A for comparison and some Eugene Stoner acolytes may soon convert to an "elegant weapon of a more civilized age," if Santa Claus has anything to say about it.
Believe me, I am not a gun snob. There were lots of shooters new to the league's 3-Gun practice match and I almost hugged the guy who brought a Ruger Mini-14 (not pictured...this is a Maxi-14 :). I did squeak out a "Pity the Fool!" comment, but it was refreshing to see that not everybody is slavishly devoted to the AR format. Does that mean I'm going to leave my Bushie Shorty at home on 1st Sunday matches? Lot on your knife!
Today was young Piter's first 3-Gun match. He has done 1st Sunday matches with us before, but juggling multiple potentially loaded weapons on a hot range was a new challenge. Jon RO'd for him and gave him a stern critique for his habit of crossing himself with a loaded firearm on the draw; the evidence here will be retained for educational and rehabilitary counseling.
He actually horsed the big Para .45 around rather well and really impressed me with his mad REM870 skillz. Damn...if only I got to do this shit back when I was 17....
The Cactus League Course of Fire Committee accepted all of my Xmas Shooting Gallery stages I'd submitted last week. It was fun watching all the contortions at "Just Around the Corner." I might be sporting some bruises tomorrow for a sloppy body/stock weld today.
The Bag o' Rejected Toys was a heavy-duty bag filled with extension cord...very substantial! Jon puts on his combat face as he charges the table where his riotgun was staged. That half of the bay held the "stiffer" Texas Star of the two the league owns, and Jon was ready with high-brass #5s with which to engage it (last match, it totally kicked his ass). I had no trouble with low-brass #6s, but I aim.
A good time was had by all! Now for January...
Friday, December 16, 2005
A Racist Post
Personally, I'd sit down with Donovan for a bowl of fajita soup and a beer. We might not have much in common other than a love for football, but he seems like a fine human being and he does not deserve to be labeled a "mediocre player" or less of a black man. He's an injured future Hall-of-Famer on a mediocre team. Why is running so important to being a black man? Sounds racist to me.
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Thursday, December 15, 2005
Phlegm me tell you something...
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Five Weird Habits
What do I know from weird? I'm an asocial hermit who has had only one roommate in twenty years. How can I tell other people don't microwave corn and water in a cup, then stir in instant mashed potatoes? Maybe others buy movies on DVD, but don't watch them just in case a friend on a rare visit wants to watch a movie. I am a man most in need of a garage sale, but ya know someday I will want to get on that Nordic-Trac and do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise.
Update: Okay...I use my washing machine as a dirty clothes hamper and the floor in front of the dryer to stockpile my clean clothes. My two chests of drawers contain clothing I might not wear for 6 months. There...hope you feel better.
Only took two naps today and ate some real food. Some bland, but real food. Got a coupla containers of chili in the freezer that are waiting for me to get all the way better. That and spicy Italian sandwich fixins that I'll roll up in a tortilla. I better pound some water now.
Cowboy Action Shooting
Single Action Shooting Society
Lotsa link to follow at the latter.
Cowboy Gun Pr0n
The gunbelt and right-side holster I bought from a leather shop in South Korea. It fits my pistols perfectly, though the cartridge loops are funky. .44 is very tight and .38 just falls in to the rim. The crossdraw holster is from Dillon.
The rifle is Winchester 94 AE in .44.
The shiny Blackhawk in .38/.357 was a Christmas present from Lil Bro. The blue one is engraved "Made in the 200th Year of American Liberty," not very fancily. The slender one is a Cimmaron, made by Uberti, and chambered for .38 S&W or .38 Special. It doesn't have the transfer-bar safety that the Rugers have, but CAS guns start the stage with the hammer down on an empty chamber anyway. The feature I like most is the reduced size that allows me to draw back the hammer without moving out of my shooting grip.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
For the first time since I retired almost 4 years ago, I've caught a cold. So much for my hermit lifestyle keeping me isolated from cold germs; I should have worn rubber gloves to the gun show and wiped down the new toy with alcohol when I brought it home. Yeah, that wouldn't have raised any eyebrows. Woke up with a scratchy throat and runny nose. Had a Cloroseptic cough drop and a cup of tea for breakfast. Leftover tuna loaf for lunch, which came up shortly afterwards. For dinner, improvised chicken soup (ramyon chicken flavor packet boiled in water with boneless chicken breast pieces, a spoonful of peas and a handful of frozen french fries. Ate the broth, mostly. I hope there was some chicken fat in the mix, because I think that's what makes chicken soup so good for colds.
I threw a saucepan full of water on the stove and started boiling...ought to add some humidity to the house. I hold my head over it and breathe in the mist...it's really cleared up the rattle in my chest.
Image stolen from the Happy Carpenter, where I'll have to return. He looks like my kinda blogger.
The Magnificent Brides for Samurai Brothers
Seven things to do before I die:
1. Save a Life right before.
2. Win the Supersitition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun, Super Senior Division.
3. See my niece get married.
4. Graduate Film School.
5. Make a hit movie.
6. Retire on the proceeds of my hit movie.
7. Meet some lady I can stand who can stand me.
Seven things I cannot do:
1. Drive 55.
2. Do a forward somersault off a diving board.
3. Picture Michael Moore without a red laser dot on his forehead.
4. Flirt very well.
5. Clean a litterbox without gagging.
6. Sing in public.
7. Resolve to send this to seven other bloggers.
Seven things that attract me to Blogging:
1. Gives a hermit a chance to communicate.
2. Better than watching Katie Couric.
3. Milblogs and Gunblogs.
4. It's free! Thanks, Blogger!
5. Warm fuzzies from Sitemeter.
6. DaGoddess, Risawn, Kit, FL Cracker, Sondra, Mauser*Girl, Pam, AFSister, etc.
Seven things I say most often:
1. "Range is going hot! Does the shooter understand the course of fire? You may take a sight picture with an unloaded weapon. Load and make ready. If the shooter's ready, nod your head. Standby...."
2. "Open and show clear. Hammer down. Holster it. Range is safe!"
3. "Hello? Sorry, I'm not interested."
4. "Hi, Ed, This is [Blob]. I'm calling to check on the status of my .45. My home number is...." *
5. "While I'm calling in artillery, could you get me a cup of coffee?"
6. "Ve vill make zem do ze Schpandau Ballet."
* Update: Speak of the Devil! Ed informed me that I can pick up BoG this weekend. I actually got through on my third try over two weeks (he was out of state for personal reasons).
Seven books (or series) that I love (not in order):
1. Lord of the Rings (Tolkien)
2. River of the Dancing Gods (Chalker)
3. The Corps/Brotherhood of War (Griffin)
4. Chanur series (Cherryh)
5. Thomas Covenant (Donaldson)
6. The Motie books (Niven/Pournelle)
7. The Jack Ryan books (Clancy)
Seven movies I watch over and over again:
1. Band of Brothers
2. Henry V
3. Saving Private Ryan
5. The Princess Bride
6. The 13th Warrior
7. Sergeant York/To Hell and Back (these two I don't own, but I watch them every Memorial Day weekend on cable)
Seven suckers I want to infect:
1. Big Sis
2. Lil Bro
3. Lil Sis
5. My Kommunist Kousin
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Last One of the Year
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Merry Christmas, to Me, A Contest For You
1. I paid $385 for a new firearm, tax included.
2. It's in a caliber I already own.
3. I have at least one firearm of this make, but not this model.
Update: 4. I went back to the show today to see if I could find one exactly like it. Chaos, you may have one more guess.
By the way, here's the URL for the gun anime source page.
Friday, December 09, 2005
The Titular Green Beret
Rest in Peace, General.
And as for the books: Brain Jell-o. I can slurp through one in a night or two. Not very filling, but the taste keeps coming back for more.
h/t to Blackfive
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Yule Shoot Great!
Stage 1: Rabid Reindeer and Hell's Elves
Starting position: Seated in Sleigh A, loaded pistol in holster, hands on steering wheel; Bag of Rejected Toys on back of sleigh. (Riotgun, loaded with safety on, staged on table)
At start signal, engage T1 through T4 from inside the sleigh and T5 and T6 from outside the sleigh on the way to Table B. Place Bag of Rejected Toys on Table B before engaging Texas Star and P1 through P6.
At start signal, with pistol engage T1 through T4 from inside the sleigh and T5 and T6 from outside the sleigh. Place Bag of Rejected Toys on Table B and ground unloaded pistol. With riotgun, engage Texas Star and P1 through P6.
Stage 2: Feel Their Presents
Starting position: Standing facing downrange at Xmas Sahuaro A, ornament in off hand, strong hand tucked in weakside armpit. Empty pistol in closed and latched guncase, first magazine in closed and latched ammo can. (Unloaded carbine staged on table)
At start signal, hang ornament on XS, and retrieve pistol and first magazine from guncase and ammo can, respectively, under the XS. Engage P1 and T1 (clamshell) through T8 from Table B and T9 through T14 through Barrel C.
At start signal, hang ornament on XS, and retrieve pistol and first magazine from guncase and ammo can, respectively, under the XS. Carry unopened rifle ammo ammo can to table. Engage P1 and T1 (clamshell) through T8 from Table B. Ground unloaded pistol, open rifle ammo can and load and engage with carbine T9 through T14 through Barrel C and T15 through T18 over the barrel.
Stage 3: Collector Plates
Starting position: Seated at Table A, loaded pistol in holster, eating utensil in each hand touching rock on the plate. (Riotgun, loaded with safety on, staged on table)
At start signal, engage plate rack (P1 through P6) and T1 through T8. Proceed to Box B and engage Texas Star and P7 through P10.
At start signal, engage plate rack (P1 through P6) and T1 through T8. Ground unloaded pistol on table. Proceed to Box B with riotgun and engage Texas Star and P7 through P10.
Stage 4: Just Around the Corner
Starting position: Standing at Table A, loaded pistol in holster, hands on Xs.
At start signal, draw and engage targets T1 through T5 from Table A, T6 through T10 from Box B around left edge of barricade and from Box C around right edge of barricade T11 through T15.
At start signal, draw pistol and engage targets T1 through T5 from Table A, T6 through T10 from Box B around left edge of barricade and from Box C around right edge of barricade T11 through T15. Ground unloaded pistol and engage same Table A targets with one headshot each, and Box targets with two shots each with carbine.