Monday, August 21, 2017

Will Trump's Announcement Eclipse All Else Tonight

Today's expected solar eclipse may be the big news of the day so far but something tells me that President Trumps scheduled announcement for tonight on his new strategy for the war in Afghanistan will eclipse new reports about the eclipse. More at the source. Something also tells me that no matter what is the sum and substance of his announcement, the Mud Slinging Media, others on the left, RINOs and the Never Trump types of Republicans will vehemently disagree with it.

All the best,
Glenn B

Jerry Lewis

What a sad night it was for me last night when I learned of the death of Jerry Lewis, more at the source. He made me laugh many times when I was a youngster. He was slso the champion of Jerry's Kids, those American childten with muscular dystrophy for whon he headlined an annual fundraiser for 45 years. He was 91 and had one heck of a good run bring laughter and hope to many. He will be missed.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Maybe There Really Is No God...

...or maybe it's just that the devil is winning -if it has really has come to this being for real:


All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, August 18, 2017

Some Folks Will Wonder What BLA Stands For...

...and others will immediately understand the meaning of this photo, especially old timers who know BLA is not an acronym.



All the best,
Glenn B

Must Be One Heck Of A Good Shot

A Spanish police officer has been credited with fatally shooting 4 of 5 terrorists in a confrontation between police and Islamic scum in Cambrils, Spain in the second of two terrorist attacks to rock Spain yesterday. More at the source. Of course, it may later be discovered through ballistic testing that his or her count was lower (or higher) but right now he or she is the hero of the day.

If indeed he or she got 4 out of 5, I have to say I admire his or her fortitude and tactical shooting abilities very much. I also have to wonder what were his or her brother officers doing at the time or if he or she was the only one on the scenne.

Edited to add: The Daily Mail from the UK is teporting the he as a she and has said it was a policewoman who shot the terrorists, thus all the he or she shit above.

See:  https://www.google.com/amp/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4800282/amp/PICTURED-Moroccan-man-rented-Barcelona-van.html

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I Was Reminiscing About Firearms I Have Owned...

...and recalled one that looked cool and that I would have like a lot more than I did had it not jammed as often as it did. That was the Charter Arms Explorer Pistol. I would not mind owning one now despite the jamamatic propensities of this particular pistol especially since now I would be more likely to attempt to fix the problem than I was back then. Back then, mind you, was in my Border Patrol days in CA in the early 1980s and I was just starting to earnestly involve myself in the world of firearms. Had I known better back then, a change of ammo might have done the trick or maybe a light polishing of the feed ramps.

Anyway, all that was so long ago that I pretty just about had forgotten that I ever had owned one. That was until just very recently coming across a pic that reminded me of the one I owned (mine had an 8" barrel if I remember rightly). Anyway, as I recall, I offloaded it and bought something else because it truly was a jamamatic.

Photo by: Kevin W. Kelly, June 16, 2016. Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Charter_Arms_Explorer_II_pistol.png
 
 The Explorer II was chambered in 22LR. It was available with 4, 6 and 8 inch interchangeable barrels. In essence it was a pistol version of Charter Arms AR7 Explorer rifle. Why it jammed as often as it did is a mystery to me but not a problem that was particular to me alone. Many other owners lambasted Charter Arms for the jamming problems they experienced with it. Regardless, I'd love to have one now and then see if I could get it to function well. Sadly, as long as I live in NY State, that will not happen unless NY repeals or changes the NY S.A.F.E. Act. Under that law, this pistol is considered an assault weapon - yes you read thaw right it is considered an assault weapon! Why? Because it is semi-auto and it can accept a magazine other than in the pistol grip. How fucking ridiculous is that but such is NY with its wannabe tyrannical politicians who run rampant on the rights and liberties of the law abiding citizenry while pampering the criminals.

All the best,
Glenn B

Pretty Cool Move By An Armed Grandpa...

...who was not about to let a 16 year old thug turn him into victim. I like virtually everything the old-timer did except for one thing. Had that POS bad guy bent down in front of me to retrieve his gun, I probably would have shot him again, this time dead center mass. There would be no way that I'd let him pick it up and again give him the opportunity to shoot me. His going for the gun was more than good enough as probable cause to believe he posed an imminent threat to the old-timer's life and thus more than enough just cause to shoot him again.

I can understand why the old guy did not shoot him again, as he said he was trying to save the kids life, but that was, in my opinion, an error in judgment on his part that could have just as easily wound up in him losing his own life. Luckily the kid picked it up and ran instead of turning and shooting the old-timer!



More at the source.

All the best,
Glenn B

Once Upon A Time New Yorkers Were Sensible...

...and if you do not believe me then go to the page at this link and scroll down to the paragraph that begins with this:

"The Oct. 27, 1895, Utica Tribune’s “Women of Today” column encouraged female cyclists never to ride alone, but if they must, to arm themselves..."

Can you imagine a police chief, anywhere in NY saying something like that today!

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lost A Good Friend Last Week

 
Kevin Burke hoping for a winner in the 8th
 at Belmont Park, as I recall in 1983 or 1984. 
Whether he won that day or not, he forever
will be a Trifecta Winner in my in my heart:
He had a good family, was a good friend to many &
had a good sense of humor with that wonderful laugh.
I will remember him forever until my forever is no more.

There Is No Such Thing As Utopia

 
Sure looks to be Utopian - doesn't it! Well, there is no such place as Utopia and no such state of being as Utopian. If you don't believe me look under the cover.

Overheard In A Bar

 
All the best,
Glenn B

Being High & Mighty Doesn't Mean You Always Get It Right Because...


...sometimes your head is stuck so high up in the clouds you just don't have a clue.

All the best,
GB

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Who Said Guns Are Only For Killing!

Here is a news flash for ya, they are useful for other things too, see:
 

All the best,
Glenn B

The Trump Slump - Firearms & Ammo Sales Plummeting But Why?

Firearms and ammunition manufacturers are gnashing their teeth in agony because of falling revenues due to fewer sales with regard to guns & ammo ever since Donald Trump was elected to the presidency. They are calling it The Trump Slump as per this source. While I believe it is happening, and understand how it is happening; however, I simply do not understand why it is happening because it is an illogical phenomenon.

Well, maybe I do understand since people do not necessarily make logical decisions when faced with bad times nor even when faced with good times. In fact they often do the reverse of what would benefit them the most based upon emotions during both good and bad times. Despite it being easy to figure out logically - people often tend to do otherwise.

When supply is high  products are normally less expensive, thus that is the time to buy and stockpile for your future. Sure, you will want to enjoy some of what you buy then, that is just a normal thing to do, the if you have it enjoy it and flaunt it mentality. Yet, if you are smart you also will buy enough to put some away for a rainy day. You don't have to be wealthy to stockpile, you just need to buy what you can buy, of whatever it is being sold that you need or will need and logic dictates you do that when things are in abundance and at low prices. If you do not do that then, when times are bad and supplies are low and thus prices are high, what you are likely to do is to start panic buying and paying too much for what you should have already had in store. and that will make the problem even worse.

I don’t know about anyone else in the good old 'US of A' but I have continued doing my part, without any slumping, to support firearms, ammunition and related industries since Donald Trump was elected. Heck, I did likewise when Obama was in office but at a slower pace than I did before he was elected and slower than what I plan to do now that he is out of office. That is not due as much as to who is in office or not but to supply and demand no matter who or what the cause and to what I need for current use and for my stockpile. 
 
Somehow now though, despite what logic dictates, we have what they are calling The Trump Slump with firearms and ammunition sales. I don't understand why - now that ammo prices have already fallen dramatically and firearms prices seem to be falling somewhat - anyone would stop buying them. Now is the time to buy as the prices are lower and the future is the time to keep buying if prices keep going lower.
 
Sure, as I said above, I bought ammo and firearms when Obummer Obama was president but I did not do much panic buying, if any, as did many American gun owners. In fact, I think I was buying at a slower rate then than I am buying them now but yes I did keep buying because that was prudent in the event someone like Clinton would have followed Obama and made things much worse. Yet, my buying was more affected by supply, cost and my cash at hand than it was by a panic that things would get worse. So, I just bought at a slowed pace because firearms, and especially ammo, were much more expensive but I believed still needed to get my supply as usual. While I simply could not afford as much then, I kept on buying and stockpiling as much as I could afford. Now that prices are less, I see absolutely no reason to stop stockpiling but I do see that as an incentive to increase my rate of purchases, all again depending on cash at hand.  
 
So, as I see it, there definitely is no reason to slow down now that a better and much more RKBA friendly president is in the White House, especially now that prices have dropped. So why the so called Trump Slump! I am guessing it is merely because of panic buying, by idiots, coming to an end. To have bought more guns and ammo than as ever you did before just because Obama was in office is one of the things that caused prices to go sky high and supply to drop. Now, to slow down in your firearms & ammo related purchases 
because the political climate is pro-RKBA under Trump and your panic has subsided, leaving you all giggly and light headed with joy ,is not only illogical - it is lunacy.
 
Now is the time to start buying and stockpiling as much as you can while prices are lower and if they keep going lower you should just keep buying and stockpiling. The reason for that is that if Trump winds up out on in the cold in 2020 and an arsehat like Joe Biden (or worse) gets in to the White House - you can bet panic buying will commence anew. As panic buying again commences, prices will rise and supplies will fall. As it continues, under a butthead like a Biden, just as in Obama's 8 years in office prices will rise more and more as supply dwindles to less and less and we will be in the same or worse condition than when Obama was in office. 
 
Buying more now than during the 8 preceding years is my plan. Since Election Day in November, up through and including this past Saturday August 12, or in just a few days over 9 months, I have made quite a good number of purchases of firearms, ammo, accessories and supplies and spent a goodly amount in doing so. If you are curious as to what I think is a goodly amount to have spent toward those purchases, let me just say it was enough to buy 10 firearms a few thousand rounds of ammunition and a decent handful or three of accessories and supplies. Telling you that I spent over 5k for those purchases might get me in big trouble with my wife so, I am not going to tell you that. 
 
Now, to appease my wife, in the event that she somehow found out that I actually spent over 5K on guns & ammo, I would have to point out to her that it would not have been like I had not sold at least a few to several guns and a decent amount of ammo to help fund my habit those purchases. In addition, before begrudging me those purchases, she would have to consider that I also came into enough extra loot for one nice rifle (which paid for the Marlin 1895GBL I just bought). Beyond that there is the $100 rebate on the Marlin that I will get if I remember to mail in the rebate form which I have just about totally forgotten to do in the last two weeks!
Maybe telling her all that would appease her a bit. If it did not then I would just need to explain to her that I merely have been doing my part to help support firearms related industries, our economy in general and to support our president by putting to sleep the rumor of The Trump Slump.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I'm Just Sayin' - God Bless Robert E. Lee...

...because if the words in this song ring true, then we should be thankful to Lee for at least that much as the song claims he did to end the Civil War.



A hat tip to BBB (my son) for texting me and telling me to check  out this song.

All the best,
Glenn B

What's My Line - They Almost Guessed It



All the best,
Glenn B

"Houston, we've had a problem"

 
All the best,
GB

16 Gauge Shells & No Gun To Shoot Them - Resolved

Somewhere among my ammo cache are 9 rounds of 16 gauge shotgun shells. I definitely don't remember exactly when or where I got them. If I had to guess, I'd say I got them at a Hessney auction years ago and that they were included in a lot of something else I purchased but that would only be a guess and I truly have no clue from where or when they came to be mine. Thus, I also most definitely cannot say why I got them because I did not own a shotgun in that gauge whenever it was that I acquired them. You will notice that I just said I did not own a shotgun in that gauge - or in other words used the past tense in that regard.

Yesterday, I attended my 12th Hessney auction (either Rod & Gun auctions or Early - Modern Gun & Military auctions). I have been going to them since 2012, at first once per year (although I may have missed 2013 as I cannot find a receipt from then) and then later to multiple of their auctions per year. Last year I attended five of them and so far this year I have been to four of them. That all said, I imagine that by now you have guessed, that as of yesterday's auction, I now own a Remington Model 31 in 16 gauge. I suppose I always knew I'd get some use out of those 16 gauge shells sooner or later!
 

My Remington Model 31 - click on image to enlarge.
The Model 31 is a pump action shotgun. It was manufactured between 1931 and 1949; so mine is a pretty old fella just like me; although thankfully, I am many years its junior. As I understand it, the discontinuance of the 31 caused a lot of consternation among Remington enthusiasts back in the day as it was and remains considered one of the best pump action shotguns ever produced (more on that point here). In 1961, the by then discontinued Model 31 was in essence replaced by the Remington Model 870 which was in part based on the 31. Its manufacture was supposed to be less expensive than would have been resurrecting the Model 31.

Now, I am very familiar with the 870, I have owned at least four or has it been five of them and can say it is an excellent shotgun as far as shooting it and maintenance of it goes. I just watched a video on YouTube, relative to the disassembly and re-assembly of the Model 31, and will say that the process with the 31 is much more complicated than with the 870. The simplicity of taking down and putting back together the 870 is most certainly one of the reasons, and there are many others, that have made the Remington 870 the bestselling shotgun in history. (Remington 870 sales surpassed the 10 million mark way back in 2009.) Nonetheless, the 31 is touted as one of the all-time best pump action shotguns because of the quality that went into its production. I hope that mine proves that point to me.
 
While some hold the Winchester Model 12 as the pinnacle of workhorse pump action shotguns, others say that the Remington Model 31 is by far the better made and smoother operating of the two. Me, I think the reputation of most Winchester firearms are overblown and that they are thus overpriced. As for the price of my newly acquired Remington Model 31, let me just say that I got it at what I think was a very good price. Why I think it was a very good price is twofold: 1) It was below the prices in both 2017 Standard Catalog of Firearms and the current online listing in the Blue Book of Gun values for a gun in its condition. 2) Back on June 21, 1932, it (the standard variation) had a recommended retail price of $47.90. In today's money (and we all know the bang for the buck is less today), I paid less than three times that old-time MSRP for it. That my friends was a pretty good deal considering it seems to be in excellent mechanical condition and that it has at least 80% to 85% of the metal finish remaining with only two small freckles of rust on the bottom of the barrel (no other rust anywhere) and only has very few and very small minor dings on the wood.
 
 
I cannot wait to get a chance to shoot it but since I am going to be working all week I most likely will not get a chance to bring it to the range at least until next weekend. Since the closest range open to the public, that allows one to shoot shotgun shells containing shot as opposed to ball or slugs, is about an hour's drive from my house, I might not get a chance to go next weekend either. One can hope though and that is when I am hoping to go test one of my latest acquisitions. Yes, I said one of my latest acquisitions but just as I would not tell you the exact price for which I got the model 31, I am not about to tell you about the other gun I acquired either. That will be done at a later date for reasons of a personal nature and I'll explain all that when I do tell you about the other one I got yesterday. The thing is, it probably will be several months before I blab about that one.
 
So, I am now the owner of yet another gun older than me, my particular Remington Model 31 has a date code of XSS which signifies manufacture in December 1947 and thus will be 70 years old later this year. (As a side note, when looking at the barrel I saw it has a matching serial number to that on the receiver meaning it likely is all original - another plus.) Why have I been buying some older guns lately? I guess in part because it is a way to make myself feel younger than I am by surrounding myself with things older than me and from a time when America was greater in many, albeit not all, regards than it is today. It’s also, at least in part, that they don't make em today the way they used to back then. 
 
All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Childhood Memory

If you remember hearing this, then you know we need more of the like today:


Hat tip to Richie M.

All the best,
GB

Monday, August 7, 2017

This Could Be The Sale For Wirecutter

Sportsmansguide has a military surplus sale going on for the next few days, ending on August 13. I have no clue as to whether or not the prices are good but if they are good on these two linked items then this could well be the sale for Wirecutter over at Knuckledraggin My Life Away:
 
Italian Military Barbed Wire:
 
Key Features
  • Italian military issue
  • Heavy gauge double strand wire
  • 4-point barbs every 5 inches
  • Galvanized for long life
  • 250 yards, 60 lbs.
  • New condition
 British Military Surplus Wire Cutters, Like New:

Key Features
  • British military issue
  • Made in United Kingdom
  • Metal folding handles
  • Compact 10 x 3" folded
Of course, if any of you are feeling generous, you may want to buy him a gift!

All the best,
Glenn B

Kids and Guns

 
All the best,
GB

Not Me



There is no way I'd try to milk that OR ITS HUMAN EQUIVALENT.

All the best,
GB

People Wonder Why I Like Tortoises & Turtles So Much

 

Not wondering any more are ya!

By the way, that is either a Yellowfoot or Redfoot Tortoise also known as a chick magnet. Live and learn.

All the best,
GB

Border Alert

 
The way it should be.
 
All the best,
Glenn B
 
 

John Was Suddently All Thumbs

 


All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Dogs' Life Spans Explained

 
 
 
All the best,
GB

Who Gives A Damn

So Aaron Carter has outed himself as a bisexual. More at the source. I have to not only wonder who gives a damn but also who would even give a shit to him for that shared knowledge. I would bet Ben Franklin would not have even given him a half penny for those thoughts.

As for me, first of all, I had to read the article just to learn he is in the entertainment business and is a singer of some sort. Other than that I had never heard of him before, so what is the big deal and why did that deserve being in a big news item over at Fox News (or any other media outlet). I am guessing it is all a publicity thing and that the publicity will do some sort of good for his singing career because maybe his abilities (or inabilities) were not doing it for him.

All the best,
Glenn B

RIP

The U.S. Army has identified two soldiers killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on Wednesday as:
 
Sergeant Jonathon Michael Hunter, 23 years old
 
Specialist Christopher Michael Harris, 25 years old

What a waste of two of our finest young men. I am beginning to think maybe we should just nuke Afghanistan and be over with it; then go for Iran and Iraq as well. It would be a good warning to the frigging North Koreans, the Chinese, the Russians and the rest of the world.

It could almost make one say Fuck Islam that Islam is not a religion of peace nor even a religion.

All the best,
Glenn B
 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Their Not Watching...

...but it is almost certain that they're watching!

Yikes!
 
All the bet,
Glenn B


 

Too Big or Too Much - No Way

All the best,
GB

Oh Those Evil Tomatoes...

...may yet be the undoing of one particular aspect of law enforcement's war against drugs or at least turn into a financial boom for one family and an expensive bust (financial and legal wise) for one police department. Back in 2012, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office reportedly raided the family home the Harte family, the adults in which were reportedly avid tomato growers. It seems that sometime back in 2011, their family van had been observed by police while in a hydroponics store's parking lot. After a seemingly subsequent brief and shoddy (not shotty as it says at the source)investigation, the Sheriff's office obtained a warrant to search for marijuana and raided the Harte's home as part of Operation Constant Gardener. 

That operation evidently begins many of its investigative cases by surveilling the parking lots of hydroponics stores and taking down license plates of those who visit the store. The sheriff's officers apparently had been so confident they would find the illicit drug that they reportedly had scheduled a news conference about this particular raid prior to it taking place. What they found though was a hydroponic garden of tomatoes and not even one tiny bit of the marijuana that they had been so certain they would find.

The Hartes sued for violation of their rights - and if the Hartes are innocent asit seems then who can blame them, except maybe someone working for the government, the government which stands to lose lots of money! Their lawsuit was thrown out of court in 2015 and that decision stated that the officers were immune from prosecution. That all changed in late July of 2017 when there was some relief for the Hartes. A three judge panel (I am guessing a federal appeals court) ruled that their rights were indeed violated and that their lawsuit may proceed. They are seeking 7 million in damages. More at the source.

I was in LE for 32 years and have to say that the initial surveillance was okay under the law. You see someone go into a hydroponics store and come out with what is commonly used to grow marijuana and that is enough to initiate an initial investigation. To me though, this case seemed to go downhill from there (mind you I am basing this completely on the assumed veracity of the article) and less than sufficient investigative work was possibly performed. That may have led to rights violations. I cannot convict the cops without knowing their side and a court of law is the place to convict them (not my blog) and am anxious to hear the outcome of the lawsuit. Just like anyone else, they are innocent until proven guilty. Yet, if the facts in that article are correct without any mitigating factors in favor of the Sheriff's department, then I think they are going to pay big time and possibly have to review and change their investigative tactics.

A hat tip to Peter Q for the link.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, August 4, 2017

Far Away Up In The Hills...

... is where I have been since Monday. I took a trip to see my brothers-in-law in upstate NY. Had a nice time and while I had time to blog I did not bother since the one whose place it is does not have Internet access; blogging on my phone is a veritable pain in the arse.


To make a long story short, I went fishing twice and caught nothing but relaxation, we took a drive up to Ausable Chasm where we went on the 4 mile hike through and above the chasm, I took a 3.5 mile hike yesterday through Lassellsville State Forest to scope it out for hunting (decided I probably will look elsewhere), got crocked at least one night - Monday, had a couple another night - Tuesday, then abstained Wednesday and Thursday. Ate some great eats every day. Excellent company throughout. All in all, an excellent trip. Hope to do it again soon.


More blogging later this weekend.


All the best,
Glenn B