Cowboy Blob's Saloon and Shootin Gallery

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

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

You Geeks Know What I'm Sayin

Thumpers



Oh, ya might want to turn the sound down/off if you're watching this at work.

Had a good turnout, but we hit the stages at their thinnest; so much so that we had a spare body to video shooters on only two stages. Jon is happy about that after the fact; he eschewed the kneepad for You Know Squat, then dropped to a knee anyway. The results were six penalties that will add 30 seconds to his stage time...I snuck a pic for posterity after the stage was taped.

Update: Results were posted! Jim just squeaked ahead of me near the bottom of the 17 carbine entries. We were the only two shooting .308 Heavy Metal. Jon placed third using his muy fast Bushmaster .223.

I was second out of five Limited (Pump) Riotgunners. Jon had the second best time of nine Auto gunners in one stage, but his Squat stage dropped him to second worst.

It turned out that there were many more multi-gunners than normal; I recognized most of the extras as Superstition 3-Gun regulars. I guess they are practicing for the Big Match like we are.

Note to Lisa the Biker Chick

Honda 750 < Ford F-150

No matter what the numbers look like....

Get well soon.

Don't Try This at Home, Kids!

BOG 2 Lives!

And she's a beauty! My second Box of Gun is now theoretically a functioning firearm...without the help of a gunsmith! [Knock on wood.] She's still got to spend some time at the eye doctor before she goes debutante...and I want to keep her under wraps until her city cousin is ready to sashay down the catwalk alongside.

Perhaps keep an eye on AR15.com for a sneak peek.

"Thumper Junior" aside, I've never assigned a gender or pet name to a firearm before, but this one's definitely a female. She's been spending my money like nobody's business. I sure hope when she puts out, it's been worth it.

Well, she better put out!

Yeah, Ladies, I'm a pig.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Got Change for a Five?

I wanna get one of the lil blue ones.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Heh

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Friday, January 26, 2007

My Upper's Here!

Uh...no, not that one. BOG 2: Electric Bugaloo's barreled upper arrived today! Gee, you'd think that after my DPMS package of miscellaneous parts required a signature, I might have expected to see Mister Big Brown on my porch waiting for my signature after plopping down a pricey package and ringing my doorbell. Nope, he was practically back in his truck already -- and I was actively waiting for him (turns out The Truck has loud, squeaky brakes).

Wow, that "10 to 12 weeks to shipping" the company quoted me was, happily, not very accurate. The only downer to this scenario is that I won't have a finished rifle until my other shipment arrives. Sure, I could scavenge a few parts off my other AR platforms to get this one into action quickly...but I'm in no hurry. I'm shooting Thumper Junior (SOCOM-16) this weekend (and for every match until the Superstition 3-Gun in March).

But after then...my shooting buddy Jon just happened to catch the Build an AR Bug(aloo) independently of myself (yeah, right), but instead of building a lower from scratch, he picked one out at the factory and ordered an upper -- from the same company where I ordered mine! It should be interesting to see how similar our projects turn out. Good Gun Blog material!

I suspect this summer's match schedule will feature prominently my BOG 2 and his fancy pants city cousin in several venues.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Washington's Birthday Match & Clinic

115th Annual
Washington's Birthday Match & Clinic

Sponsored by the
Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association

17-18-Feb-07

Team slots still open!

We're the Only Ones Sneaky Enough

Goose Creek police officer arrested in burglary

A 44-year-old Goose Creek [South Carolina] police officer was arrested and charged with burglary Wednesday, authorities said.

A State Law Enforcement Division investigation requested by the Goose Creek Police Department resulted in the 8 a.m. arrest of Sgt. William Ellis, according to a SLED news release.

Ellis, of Goose Creek, was booked into the Berkeley County Detention Center. He is charged with burglary in the second degree with intent to commit larceny and official misconduct.

Ellis is accused in a warrant of entering a Subway restaurant in Goose Creek around 2:50 a.m. Dec. 29 and breaking into a safe and cash register. The intruder was captured on video surveillance.

Source.

I have it from another source that "he was identified from the video within one day... because when the genius committed the crime, he was on duty... and wearing his police uniform."

Ya Know She Was Thinkin' It

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

January 3-Gun Practice Match

Here are the stages as submitted to the Course of Fire Committee. I really "mailed it in" naming the stages, didn't I?

Pistol:
Starting position: Normal Ready behind Table A or Table C. Loaded pistol in holster.

On start signal, engage T1 - T5 from behind Table A, T6 through T10 from behind Line B and T11 through T15 from behind Table C. Paper requires two hits to neutralize.

Rifle/Pistol: Starting position Normal Ready or Port Arms behind Table A or Table C. Loaded pistol in holster; shooter may stage loaded rifle at opposite table before starting.

On start signal, engage with either pistol or rifle T1 - T5 from behind Table A, T6 through T10 from behind Line B, and T11 through T17 from behind Table C. Ground unloaded or safed firearms on table as necessary. Paper requires two hits to neutralize.




Pistol: Starting position: seated behind Table A, hands on knees. Loaded pistol in holster.

On start signal, engage P1 through P6 and T1 and T2 from behind Table A, T3 through T7 through Barrel B, and T8 through T10 from Barricade/Box C. Paper requires two hits to neutralize. All steel must fall.

Rifle/Pistol: Starting position: seated behind Table A, hands on knees. Loaded pistol in holster, loaded rifle grounded safely on table.

On start signal, with pistol engage P1 through P6 and T1 and T2 from behind Table A. Ground unloaded or safed pistol on table and with rifle engage T3 through T7 through Barrel B, and T8 through T10 and P7 through P11 from Barricade/Box C. Paper requires two hits to neutralize. All steel must fall.




Pistol: Starting position: Normal Ready behind table.

On start signal, engage T1 through T3 from left side of table below tabletop level, P1 through P9 from over the table, and T4 and T5 from right side of table below tabletop level. Paper requires two hits to neutralize, all steel must fall.

Shotgun/Pistol: Starting position SG at Port Arms behind Table A, loaded pistol in holster.

On start signal engage P1 through P9 with shotgun. Ground empty/safed SG on table; with pistol engage T1 through T3 from left side of table below tabletop level, and T4 and T5 from right side of table below tabletop level. Paper requires two hits to neutralize, all steel must fall.



Pistol: Starting Position: Box A Hands above shoulders.

On start signal, engage P1 through P8 from Box A and P9 through P16 from Table B. All steel must fall.

Shotgun/Pistol: Starting Position: Box A Hands above shoulders. Loaded Shotgun grounded on Table B.

On start signal, engage P1 through P8 from Box A. Ground unloaded or safed pistol on table and with shotgun, engage P9 through P16 from Table B. All steel must fall.



Pistol or Rifle: Starting position: Normal Ready/Port Arms

On start signal, engage T1 through T5. Paper requires two hits to neutralize.

Glad That Stuff's Gone

The snow is gone; it's 60F on the porch.

I'm still keeping the beard until April, though.

I Suck at Mail Order

I should have just bought the carbine-stuff....

But I don't want the carbine stuff!

Looks like the free butt stock is going in the spare parts pile...rather than send the DPMS parts back, I ordered a full A2 stock as part of another order I was going to make anyway.

So...maybe I'll save it all for BOG 3....

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Hanging it Up

Badass

Cool story.

H/t to Kit

SCREW UPS

Not really expecting to see a change to the "out for delivery" status for my package, I surfed over to the UPS tracking site.

"Receiver not available for signature?!?!?!"

I've been HOME all freaking day!!!

The best I can figure is that Big Brown came by during my short noontime nap and meekly rapped on my front door. I have a very loud doorbell; I cannot believe it would ever fail to wake me.


Monday, January 22, 2007

Swiss Army Gun Stuff

I ought to be getting the final pieces to BOG 2: Electric Bugaloo's lower half in the mail tomorrow. The upper will, of course, take a lot more time. The upper will be a flat-top, so I'm torn over with what to adorn the rails and flattop. I've already got a Holosight and a few other siting options available, but I'm torn over what to stick to this beastie. Stop me before I get this far.

Heh

O Solo Mio!
I don't know the words
I've paddled for hours
In ponds of turds.

The Dirty Jobs guy paddling a rowboat on a pond of poo on the Discovery Channel.

Sure is Purty, Though

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Lil Bro: "As the female displays her readiness to mate by flashing her four-ways, the male mounts her from behind. My trusted assistant Jim will collect transmission fluid samples for further study at the Mutual of Omaha laboratories."


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Oh, no! Not my mesquite tree again!!!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Winter is for Other People

Spent a whole month up under the Poconos this winter -- and I had to come back to Tucson to see snow! Figured I'd be able to see some up on Mt. Lemmon or the Rincons this weekend after yesterday's sleet. Who'd'a thunk I'd see snow in my yard before I ever saw it up on the mountains?

Geez, it's still coming down. Good thing I'm just sitting at home watching football, slurping rum and coke, and thanking the heavens that I don't need to drive in this.

And how am I supposed to clear out all those weeds when they have snow on them!?

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Friday, January 19, 2007

Friday Fertography

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Cool Droppings!

One of the reasons my late night Space Opus production has fallen off to nothing is that I've learned the paradrop features in the game Steel Panthers: MBT (not pictured, heh). The game usually has a very detailed order of battle available from almost every country with a military (and even some non-government forces), but I was distressed to find that my North/South Korean War would have to be played sans ROK paratroops. I'd already scored a Minor Victory with my NK airborne light infantry against a southern target; when I try to return the favor, I'm limited to vanilla ROK rifle companies stuffed into C-118 transports. C'mon, guys! I know the ROK has a Marine Corps! I might have to see if there's a game forum somewhere to see why none of SK's special forces made it into the game.

FWIW, my ROK grunts won a 2:1 Draw last night. Lots of landing casualties don't help when some of your troopers land in the middle of the enemy's armored response force!

Tonight: Indonesian paratroops and commandos try to recapture their Highlands from the filthy Australian invaders!
 
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