Sunday, December 16, 2018

Remington Model 31 - Test Fire

At long last, Brendan and I test fired the Remington Model 31, 16 gauge, pump action shotgun that I bought back in August 2017 (anyway I am 99.9% certain this was the first time I fired it). Yes, as I have said time & time again - I am The Great Procrastinator. The nice things about test firing it today were that both Brendan and I got to fire it together, it fired flawlessly and the shots were all right on target at 25 yards thanks to its full choke barrel. In all we put about 35 rounds of Federal Game Load 16 gauge, 2 3/4", high brass shells through her.



The only area of concern to me, and that was and remains a slight concern, is that we could only get two shells to fit into the mag tube. My guess is that is not an indication of a problem but rather that this particular gun was used for waterfowl hunting and someone placed a plug into the mag tube to comply with hunting regulations. I'll check that once I get around to a complete disassembly after I get home from visiting Brendan here in Arkansas.

I must say, it was a pleasure to shoot. I currently own three Remington pump action shotguns (I also own a Remington Model 14 pump action rifle). The other two pump shotguns are an 870 and a model 29 - both of which are in 12 gauge. While I have not yet fired the model 29, I have shot the 870 thousands & thousands of times. What a difference in the recoil between the 16 gauge model 31 and the 12 gauge 870; all I can say about it is that it is nice for my aging shoulders.

We also had fun shooting my Henry Lever in 22 MAG, my Ruger Redhawk in 44 MAG, my Ruger New Single Six Convertible (we used the 22 MAG cylinder today), my Glock 26,  Brendan's Beretta 93A1, Brendan's Glock 43 and Brendan's Bulgarian AK-47. As far as I am concerned there is no better time to be had than a father & son (or daughter) enjoying each others' company and shooting is a fine way to do that!

By the way, I suppose I should mention, my Remington 31 was manufactured in December 1947 thus making it 71 years old this month. Who knows, maybe today - December 15th - was the day it came off of the assembly line back in 47!

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, December 14, 2018

My Son Is Enjoying My Company...

..here in Arkansas - isn't it obvious!


Of course, he was just goofing around - I think.

As for me, except for enjoying his company when he gets home from work, I have been doing very little. I've hit a few antique / second-hand stores but that's been about it. The weather has not been very cooperative for outdoor activities like outdoor ranges - it's been wet and cold mostly so far. I must say though, I've been to only four such stores and have picked up some things at three of them. One place was just way too classy and expensive for me. The others more my style - high end white trash.

A couple of days ago I picked up some grips for old round butt, Colt revolvers (in the box) and my Star Trek Tracer gun at one place; and a Christmas stocking & an ornament at another. I think that the total I spent between both places was just under $15.00. Today, I stopped at two more places further away from his apartment and while I got nothing t one store, I think I got two excellent bargains at the other. One is a duck knick-knack, nothing great but a nice deal at $5.00.


The other is a leather bomber style jacket. It is in almost new excellent condition. They were asking $40. I got it fort $27.50.
I guess that makes me a well dressed happy duck hunter.

 All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Has Anyone Within The Justice Department Been Late...

...in answering subpoenas or other requests asking for damning evidence on President Donald Trump or on any of his current or former associates? I think not but am not sure and thus I ask the question.

Well, there is another reason I ask - because it seems that time after time the FBI and Justice Department are almost always late or simply do not supply requested or subpoenaed information when it is relative to investigations of Hillary Clinton, missing emails, election tampering by the dems, Uranium One and so on. It makes me wonder just how much influence the Russians have within our federal government agencies and how deeply are Clinton and her Democrat allies under the covers snuggling with the Ruskies! 
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fbi-misses-deadline-to-provide-docs-to-judiciary-committee-probing-whistleblower-raid
 
All the best,

Glenn B

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Bought A Piece In AR

I picked up a gun today that I have admired since childhood. I have not seen one of them since the late sixties or early seventies when I owned my first one. The gun I am talking about is a Rayline Star Trek Rapid Fire Tracer Gun. I got a used one in VG to FINE condition that seems to work; although, I do not have any of the discs it uses for ammo to test it. Those discs are available but man are they ever expensive.

I'll settle for having the gun without the discs if only because the guns alone are being offered on eBay for $40 or more in used condition! Not a bad deal at all considering I paid all of $2.00 plus tax for it today. This is what they looked like new, that is if this is not a pic of a counterfeit, and I must say it looks like the real McCoy:


Another nice thing about the one I picked up is that it was made in the USA. Yep, I am that old that many things were still made in this country.

All the best,
Glenn B



 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Inevitable Thing About Civilaztion...

...is that there will be war - at least as long as civilization exists. In fact, I often wonder which came first the chicken or the egg civilization or war. It may have been war that forced mankind to become civilized but even if that is wrong, the fact is that civilization and war go hand in hand and it seems as if one cannot exist without the other.

My guess is that sooner or later it will be war that ends, or comes close to ending, civilization and not civilization that puts a peaceable end to war. I believe WWIII is closing in on us and that may be the one to do it. If you doubt any of that, all you need to do is look back through history - there has been one war after another, often one going on at the same time as many others and with each era that comes and goes war becomes more destructive than ever before. We are not only on the verge of being able to destroy civilization but have far surpassed that ability and now may be able to take out most life on the planet as well.

While warfare may be a necessary part of civilization, we really need to find some way to reprioritize how we look at war & warfare and other ways to resolve conflicts in an effort to assure such widespread destruction will never take place. We need to do that quickly because the clock is ticking toward the commencement of the next world war and that one could be the last one, the one that ends civilization at least as we know it. If you think that implausible, then I presume you have not kept up on world news over the past several years. I keep up with the news only on what I suppose one would call an intermediate level; yet, even I have seen the signs - unless we do something drastic - another world war is inevitable. Just in case you have missed the signs that I have been seeing, here is some light reading for you, albeit a bunch of it:


https://www.foxnews.com/world/china-building-on-new-reef-in-south-china-sea-satellite-photos-show

https://www.foxnews.com/world/china-eyes-antarctica-access-with-first-permanent-airfield

https://www.oann.com/nato-orders-russia-to-comply-with-nuclear-treaty-over-fear-u-s-will-withdraw/

https://www.oann.com/putin-says-russia-will-be-forced-to-respond-if-u-s-exits-arms-treaty/

https://www.foxnews.com/world/ukraine-bars-entry-of-russian-males-16-to-60-amid-naval-conflict

https://www.foxnews.com/world/ukraine-president-asks-nato-to-deploy-ships-amid-sea-clash-with-russia

https://www.foxnews.com/world/russia-sends-troops-and-missiles-into-libya-in-bid-to-enforce-stranglehold-on-the-west

https://video.foxnews.com/v/5969017986001/?#sp=show-clips

https://video.foxnews.com/v/5970438673001/#sp=show-clips

https://video.foxnews.com/v/5972693695001/

https://video.foxnews.com/v/5968407569001/?#sp=show-clips

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/north-korean-mystery-weapons-test-creates-possibility-of-military-confrontation-with-us

https://www.foxnews.com/world/north-korea-boasts-new-ultramodern-tactical-weapon-as-kim-supervises-test

https://www.foxnews.com/world/north-korean-defector-on-kim-jong-uns-lies-surviving-torture-and-double-amputation-without-anesthesia-and-how-president-trump-changed-his-life

https://video.foxnews.com/v/5940981375001/?#sp=show-clips

https://www.oann.com/pm-suggests-serbia-could-intervene-if-kosovo-sets-up-full-army/

https://www.foxnews.com/world/hamas-hits-building-in-israel-threatens-rocket-attacks

https://www.foxnews.com/world/isis-claims-responsibility-for-bomb-attack-in-afghanistan

https://www.foxnews.com/world/foiled-iranian-bomb-plots-in-europe-raises-intelligence-concerns-in-us-spotlights-israel-intelligence-sharing

https://video.foxnews.com/v/5851075537001/

https://www.foxnews.com/world/iran-threatens-us-with-warning-that-its-ballistic-missiles-can-now-hit-any-ship-from-400-miles

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pompeo-says-iran-tested-ballistic-missile-in-violation-of-un-resolution
 
https://www.foxnews.com/world/iranian-leader-calls-on-muslim-to-unite-against-the-u-s

All the best,
Glenn B
 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Never Having Owned A Firearm Made By FN...

...I have had almost zero interest in them. I suppose maybe for that reason alone I never before today heard much about them as to how well or badly they are manufactured. Today I was watching a video on YouTube that was totally unrelated to FN pistols and after watching it clicked on a video about some guy shooting through trees. In that video, the guy who made it showed an FNX Tactical
pistol with pretty squishy grips and said to make sure to watch his initial video about that; so I did just that.

In fact, I watched his initial video about a problem he had discovered with his FNX Tactical pistol's grips and then watched a follow-up video as well. 

I have to mention, these videos are just over three years old and I suppose FN had a lot of time to address the problem of the squishy grips. Yet, the videos almost assure that I'd never buy be extremely hesitant before buying one of their pistols because I think it was piss poor quality control for the factory to have allowed a pistol, like the one he showed in the first video, out into the market. Then again, I find it amazing that the second FNX tactical pistol he showed in the second video allegedly was FN's solution to the problem.





Just in case you are more interested in watching him shooting a tree, you can watch this one:
 


All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, December 3, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Another Good Reason To Ignore The Pleas Of Beggars...

...is that no good deed goes unpunished. That axiom was all too true in the case of a woman, a passenger in a car in Baltimore, who decided to give some money to another woman who apparently was begging. She rolled down her window to give the other woman some money and a man approached the car and tried to steal her purse. In he altercation, the man reportedly stabbed her in the chest killing her. More at the source.

Predators are opportunistic folks and if you give them the opportunity, they will strike. My advice, when you find yourself in a similar situation, ignore the beggars pleas for cash and get away from them as quickly as possible while remaining aware of them and others around you. Of course, another thing comes to mind - be prepared to defend yourselves too.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Maybe I Should Buy Things On Layaway At Walmart!

Someone paid off the amounts due on all of the items being held on layaway at the Walmart located in Uniondale, NY! He or she spent nearly $50,000.00 to do so. More at the source. Maybe Santa Claus does exist.

Yep, I have shopped there before but never bought anything there on layaway. It's not my go to Walmart and I do not go to Walmart all that often. I also don't shop using layaway plans. In fact, about the only things I have ever bought on something even remotely similar to layaway were my house when I got a mortgage on it and my kids' college educations. Too bad, all that was paid off years ago - that is too bad if any of you were thinking of taking care of them for me.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tax More & Spend More & Tax More...

...to spend even more, it seemingly never ends and is the mantra of just about every government in the world. Well, that is it never ends until there is a revolution - like this one maybe. Seems the people of France have apparently decided they have had enough. Now if only they have the balls to stick with their convictions for say a few months or more, they may actually get something accomplished along the lines of reigning in their government's taxing and spending.

All the best,
Glenn  B

George H. W. Bush - In-Memoriam

I just checked the news a few minutes ago; it was the first time I did so today. I must say that the headline bummed me out substantially.

President George H.W. Bush passed last night at the age of 94. More at the source.

I thought him a decent president, better than most within my lifetime and liked him quite a bit in that role. He seemed to be a compassionate man of faith and integrity who truly loved the United States of America. My condolences to his family, loved ones, associates and all Americans who mourn his passing.
Next Wednesday has been designated as a national day of mourning. More here.


All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, November 30, 2018

A Duffle Bag Full Of Cash...

...was not found outside of a bank in Westchester County, NY. Instead, a suspicious duffle bag found outside of a Wells Fargo bank reportedly was found to contain the remains one Deshawn Cortez-Seaborne who allegedly had been stabbed.

Someone's dreams of being the next found a bag of cash millionaire came crashing down with that find! More at the source.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sending Off A Handgun Is Getting Expensive

It used to be, even in this semi-communista type of a tyrannical armpit called NY, that I could sell a handgun to someone out of state and it was not all that much of an expense to ship it and to do it legally. All that has changed over the years. Now to sell any of my handguns, to an out of state entity, I have to ship it not only to an FFL on their end but have to go through one on my end who is also a registered NY State Dealer in Firearms (or whatever NY calls it). Right there that is about a minimum charge of $30 on my end to go through a dealer, then $10 to get it off of my pistol license at the county PD, then UPS overnight air to wherever it is going (and that can be cost prohibitive for either the seller or the buyer depending on who pays for shipping) and then there is the fee at the buyer's and for his FFL (usually paid by the buyer).

Of course, that all also applies to sending someone a handgun as a gift. I was thinking of sending my son a pistol but I figure to send him  $400 pistol, as a gift and thus have me taking care of the FFL fees, the licensing fee on my end, the shipping and all, it would cost me an additional $125 plus and that, of course, is over and above the cost of the handgun. That is crazy but so to is the rabid manner in which the minds of anti-RKBA politicians work.

NY has made it more and more difficult to not only to purchase a handgun but to sell one as well. You would think that they almost want to keep them here and that would make you wonder why since NY is, overall, such a gun-unfriendly state. My guess would be that once they legislate a law calling for seizure of all handguns, and believe me that day is coming sooner or later in this leftist haven of a state, they figure they will be able to scoop them all up and thus remove them from the hands of the people.

When it comes to gun rights and liberties - NY SUCKS.

All the best,
Glenn B