Saturday, September 21, 2019

Range Day Today With It's Ups & Downs

By Tuesday or Wednesday of this week it was turning out to be just another week pretty much full of drudgery & boredom for me here in the Texarkana area. Had it not been for me going to Sam's Club (once my membership expires they probably can kiss my arse goodbye), running a few other errands and going in to see a doc, I would have been pretty much apartment bound all week watching Star Trek Enterprise on Netflix.

Then, when Brendan got in touch with me to tell me he was going to buy a Remington Model 700, in 308 WIN, for hunting this year, I told him if he wanted it he cold have my still new in the box Savage 111 Long Range Hunter. He hemmed and hawed only a little and said that might not be too shabby.

So, I started to get things in order for a trip to see him over in Benton, AR and to bring along the Savage 111 LRH. I also started a thread on Texas Gun Talk, a local to TX gun forum, to see what others thought about the Savage 111 LRH in 300 Winchester Magnum. Some thought it a good idea, others thought it too much gun. With the thought of it maybe being too much gun, I decided to bring along a few others in 3 additional calibers: 30-30 WIN, 308 WIN, and 35 REM. I spent a good deal of Thursday night and Friday morning into the afternoon cleaning guns, mounting a scope, getting ammo ready and so on and that was much better than being bored to tears in Texarkana (not that it is necessarily a boring town, just I have not gotten to really know anyone or the town itself yet).

On Friday afternoon I headed over to his place in Benton, got there late around 645PM or so. I had planned to leave earlier to make it to him by 4 or 5 at the latest but had to make a run to the post office before it closed. On my way there I remembered that I had some Jarlsberg and Cheddar cheeses in my fridge for him and of course, in my frenzied rush to get to the post office before closing, and then to finally shove off to his place, with getting all my guns and ammo together (well almost all of my ammo as you will see), I had left them behind. Back to my apartment to get the cheeses and out the door by 445 or a bit later. Once I got to Benton, we went out to get some burgers at red Robin. They have surprisingly greasy and very tasty burgers - both things to my liking. They also have some very strong mixed drinks of which I only had one. They also have a very cute and oerky waitress that Brendan seems to like - who knows. After the eats, back to his place and more drinking was to be done of Laird's Applejack, Some Knappogue Castle 16 year old single malt Irish whiskey, some 12 year old  Redbreast Irish whiskey, a shot of some liquor that was somewhat like Yeagermeister, and a few Bitburger Pilsners. We woke up late on Saturday morning, had some strong coffee, ate a bit of breakfast, I went to Home Depot to get some packing boxes out of which to make targets and we finally got off to a pretty late start. What the heck though - we went to the range to have some shooty goodness kind of fun.

We drove about 63 miles of so from his place to Pigeon Roost Range i he in his car and me in mine. I sat in his parking lot for 10 minutes waiting for him to come down to his car only to find out he had been right behind me as I went to my car and he had already left. Damn. I wound up turning off the highway, onto the dirt road to the range, maybe a couple of hundred feet behind him. Either he drove pretty slowly or I drove too fast but I am not telling. 

It was nice and sunny ad not too hot when we got there. not humid either. The best thing was that we had the range to ourselves. We got to business setting up targets, sorting ammo and getting otherwise ready to shoot.  I handed him the Savage 111 LRH and he liked the heft of it. Then I showed him the ammo next to a 308 WIN round and a 30-06 round. Both he and I were impressed - the 300 WIN MAG is huge compared even to a 30-06 round. I think maybe he was a little hesitant to take the first shot but he did and he then loaded up another and fired again, he liked it. In fact, he liked the Savage LRH in 300 WIN MAG very much. He only took a few shots with it, because there are no sights and no glass on it, just to check out the recoil. I did not bother mounting a scope to it because Savage said they are sending a replacement stock due to a problem of the bolt hitting the cheek-piece when trying to remove the bolt and necessitating removal of the adjustable cheek piece to get the bolt out. When I get that, I will probably pick up a Vortex crossfire scope for it or maybe something a little better from the same company.

He also tried out the Savage Axis XP. We fired several rounds through it and planned to fire a lot more since I had an abundance of 308 BUT then the glass went kerflooey. One of the internal pieces of glass near the eyepiece turned around sideways. So much for cheap scopes that come packaged on a rifle. Of course, bouncing around in a van moving from NY to AR and then in another moving it from AR to TX could have had something to do with it. A new scope needed, probably also Vortex something or other this next time around. Anyway, he liked the recoil of the 308 as well as that of the 300 WIN MAG. I think he was impressed that the much larger round had about the same kick as did the 308.

On Thursday evening, while getting ready for the trip, I had mounted a cheap BSA scope on my Remington 141, slide action rifle in 35 REM. It was set to be parallax free at 100 yards - not something I usually go for in a scope, I prefer one parralax free at 25 yards or less with an adjustable adjustable objective lens. I picked up that scope somewhere I cannot recall - maybe in a combined lot of items at one of the Hessney auctions I attended and had it on hand so made use of it. Luckily, I had the 141 sighted in at the range, at 25 yards, after only 6 shots after merely having slapped on the scope and having tightened the screws. He liked that rifle too; although, the scope was pure junk. I told him if he wanted it, he could get a better piece of glass for it and he could have the 141 since he needs a hunting rifle for this season. He was undecided. We wound up only firing only 12 rounds total through the Remington 141 and I had wanted both him and me to shoot more rounds out of it but we only had one box of 35 REM being I had mistakenly grabbed an extra box of 308 in my hurry to get going to head his way Friday afternoon and I left the second box of 35 REM on a table in my living room (remember I said I had taken almost all of my ammo). We used the other eight rounds in my Marlin 336.

When we shot the remaining 8 rounds of 35 REM ammo through my Marlin 336 we found it was off maybe 4 inches to the left; both for him and for me. I need to sight that one in again when I bring the right ammo. Seems it must have lost lost zero sometime during my move from NY to AR to TX. Oh well - next time I hit the range with it, I will make sure to have enough ammo to sight it in. Things were getting a bit frustrating what with a scope going bust and without enough 35 REM so I decided to steer things elsewhere because it was getting obvious Brendan wanted to head home.

It was a lot nicer of a day than the last time we got together there maybe a few weeks ago. Back then the temp was in the high 90s to maybe over 100 and it was humid as all hell and had us soaked from sweat - one of those days where if you are not wearing a cap, the sweat just keeps running into your eyes while firing. No we did not have caps. Today though, I am guessing it was around 87 at most and nowhere nearly as humid as the day of our last range trip. So, since we were not sweating buckets, he readily took me up on my offer of a box of 100 rounds of 9mm FMJ and got in some practice with his Glock 43. I too the time to shoot several rounds through my Beretta 950BS in 22 short.Disappointingly, I discovered that the Triple-K magazine I bought for it, at a gun show last week, was assembled incorrectly and that prevented it from being loaded with more than one round. There is an obvious manufacture flaw on one side that I had not noticed when taking it out of the package. I am hopeful Triple-K will make good on it despite me having thrown out the clam-shell packaging. Time and a phone call will tell. We also both fired several mags worth of ammo out of my Glock 30.

After we were done shooting the pistols, out of ammo for either of the rifles in 35 REM and unable to aim the Savage Axis in 308 because the scope went belly up, I brightened up Brendan when I told him I had the pièce de résistance yet to come - my Marlin 36 in 30-30 Winchester (and that I had three boxes of ammo for it). No glass on this old timer - just the original iron sights. We both shot it at 25 yards first. Each of us shot a bit to the left of center with group sizes I am conservatively estimating to have been at about 1.5 to 2 inches. Then I moved the target to 50 yards and we tried again. I am guesstimating the group sizes to have been about 3.5 to 4.5 inches across at most, which I am thinking equals minute of pie plate at 100 yards. It also shot a bit more to the left. I think drifting the front sight a bit to the left will help there, that is if it can be drifted. He was very impressed with that Marlin 36 not only because it was a nice shooter but because it still has a good deal of its original case color. I should mention that two rounds did not go bang, I was firing 150 grain Winchester Power Point ammo out of the second box of it and both rounds that did not fire came from that box. It looked like light hits or hard primers. None of the rounds in the other box of 150 grain ammo failed to fire nor did any from a box of 170 grain Winchester power point fail to fire. My guess is the primers but again, time (and other brands of ammo) will tell.

I would have tried the Marlin 36 at 100 yards but as we were firing it at 50 yards, two other guys showed up to shoot. There had been no one else there while we were shooting and the new arrivals helped us make the decision it was time to leave. We have been to that range before and all I can say is each time we shot there - me by myself once and me with him at least two other times - while others were using that range at the same time - we wound up seeing people loading standing well behind the firing line and wound up with guns pointing at us and on at least two of those occasions they were loaded. Going to a public range where there are no range officers can be a scary experience. Sometimes I point out safety violations to others, at other times we just pack our gear and leave the range because sometimes you can just feel that whatever you say will be taken with an attitude of who the heck are you to be telling me anything by the offending party. Today, even though the two guys who showed up looked nice and competent enough, we just did not want to take a chance and we called it a day. For all we knew, they (my guess is a father and son) could have been the safest shooters around besides us but we had shot enough and decided to head to Bubba Brews on route 70 near Bonnerdale for some eats.

We had a couple of appetizers and  a a couple of drinks and called it a day. I truly sucks eggs having to go our separate ways and to have to wait as Roy Rogers used to say "Until we meet again" but that's the way it is, at least for now. I am hoping we can get together in a couple oif weeks either for shooting or maybe for some fishing. Next weekend is out, Brendan already has something planned with his buddies - so maybe I'll get a TX hunting & fishing license and head out to wet a line by myself.

By the way, after a nice day shooting, when I asked him if he wanted one of the rifles for hunting season this year, he told me he might use his shotgun but really liked the Savage 111 LRH. If he wants it, he can have it but he will have to buy the glass for it. Same as for any of them that need a scope, I figure giving him a rifle is generous enough. If he does not want any of them, all the better for me.  
All the best,
Glenn B

PS: I will proof read this later. Sorry no pics today.

Friday, September 20, 2019

I Can Understand Walmart Not Wanting Open Carry But Not The Rest Of It

I recently wrote to Walmart to protest that they have cut back on ammunition sales by eliminating calibers such 223 / 5.56 NATO and 7.62x39mm. That is a knee jerk reaction to the problem of mass shootings. In fact, it is no solution to the problem as those bullets do not fire themselves and others can easily be used in their place to kill. I can understand them not wanting people to open carry in their stores and agree with the reasons they do not want such to take place. More on their reasoning, which I find mostly to be much the same as the balderdash that is spewed by leftist anti-gunners can be seen in the text of an email they sent to me. That email was in reply to my email of protest to them about ceasing sales of certain ammunition (and I am sure they sent the same email to tens of thousands of gun owners who also complained, if not more): 

"Question Reference # 190905-046243


Company Feedback and Questions
Response By Email (09/06/2019 02:54 PM)
Hello Glenn,
We have reviewed your email and want you to know that we have shared it with the appropriate team.

We know these decisions will inconvenience some of our customers, and we hope they will understand. As a company, we experienced two horrific events in one week, and we will never be the same. Our remaining assortment will be even more focused on the needs of hunting and sport shooting enthusiasts. It will include long barrel deer rifles and shotguns, much of the ammunition they require, as well as hunting and sporting accessories and apparel. We believe these actions will reduce our market share of ammunition from around 20% to a range of approximately 6 to 9%. We believe it will likely drift toward the lower end of that range, over time, given the combination of these changes.

As it relates to safety in our stores, there have been multiple incidents since El Paso where individuals attempting to make a statement and test our response have entered our stores carrying weapons in a way that frightened or concerned our associates and customers. We have also had well-intentioned customers acting lawfully that have inadvertently caused a store to be evacuated and local law enforcement to be called to respond. These incidents are concerning and we would like to avoid them, so we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores or Sam’s Clubs in states where “open carry” is permitted – unless they are authorized law enforcement officers.

We believe the opportunity for someone to misinterpret a situation, even in open carry states, could lead to tragic results. We hope that everyone will understand the circumstances that led to this new policy and will respect the concerns of their fellow shoppers and our associates. As it relates to concealed carry by customers with permits, there is no change to our policy or approach. This morning, we briefed your leadership team on how to communicate this change in policy to customers when needed, and they will be sharing that with you very soon. We will treat law-abiding customers with respect, and we will have a very non-confrontational approach. Our priority is your safety. We will be providing new signage to help communicate this policy in the coming weeks.

As an additional step, we commit we will work alongside other retailers to make the overall industry safer, including sharing our best practices. For example, we are exploring ways to share the technical specifications and compliance controls for our proprietary firearms sales technology platform. This system navigates the tens of millions of possible combinations of federal, state and local laws, regulations and licensing requirements that come into effect based on where the firearm is being sold and who is purchasing it. We hope that providing this information, free of charge, will help more retailers sell firearms in a responsible, compliant manner.

Finally, we encourage our nation’s leaders to move forward and strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger. We do not sell military-style rifles, and we believe the reauthorization of the Assault Weapons ban should be debated to determine its effectiveness. We must also do more, as a country, to understand the root causes that lead to this type of violent behavior. Today, I’m sending letters to the White House and the Congressional leadership that call for action on these common sense measures. As we’ve seen before, these horrific events occur and then the spotlight fades. We should not allow that to happen. Congress and the administration should act. Given our decades of experience selling firearms, we are also offering to serve as a resource in the national debate on responsible gun sales.

We have a long heritage as a company of serving responsible hunters and sportsmen and women, and we’re going to continue doing so. Our founder, Sam Walton, was an avid outdoorsman who had a passion for quail hunting, and we’re headquartered in a state known for its duck hunting and deer hunting. My family raised bird dogs when I was growing up in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and I’m a gun owner myself. We understand that heritage, our deeply rooted place in America and our influence as the world’s largest retailer. And we understand the responsibility that comes with it. We want what’s best for our customers, our associates and our communities. In a complex situation lacking a simple solution, we are trying to take constructive steps to reduce the risk that events like these will happen again. The status quo is unacceptable.

Thank you for contacting walmart where we are always happy to help!"

There you have it, plain as day under a cloudless sky, Walmart (or walmart as they wrote it in the last line) is marching with the libturds on this one with a barely veiled outright call for an assault weapons ban. Not one mention of doing anything that would really help solve the problem but instead hopping on the band wagon with the left by eliminating open carry and certain ammo sales. Yes, they said that the root causes of these tragedies should be examined but that will never happen in today's political climate and meanwhile what are they doing but what the left wants them to do. Essentially they gave not a word to mention legislated mental health care improvements (we already know must of these killers are out of their minds), no mention of ceasing use of medications that cause urges to kill (we already know many of the killers had mental issues and were taking anti-depression and other drugs that often cause mood swings to violence, not any mention of institutionalizing the crazies who are running rampant and free in our society, zero to say about mandatory harsher jail terms or executions for those who kill - nope just blame it on the guns & the ammo as usual. While I can understand them not wanting people to open carry in their stores, the rest of it is the same old leftist anti-gun twaddle. It is pitiful.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Gun Show Blues

I took my trip Friday over to the Dallas area, more specifically to Addison, TX to my hotel, then to Mesquite to attend the Mesquite Rodeo Gun Show on Saturday, and finally a stop at Costco on my way home. The Hampton Inn at Addison was a surprise. It had very small room (I heard the desk clerk explaining to someone the reason being it is a very old property). Most Hampton Inns have generously sized rooms but this one's while small were sufficient. I just wish they had had enough room for an armchair. Anyway, it was clean, the A/C worked well, my room was on the shadier and quieter side of the hotel and the staff was excellent - especially the desk clerk on check-in and (the same clerk) on checkout. What made her probably the best among any hotel desk clerks with whom I have ever dealt, besides her charming personality, was that she owns a Colt Python inherited from her dad which she intends to keep and which she evidently cherishes. That wound up becoming a topic of conversation after she saw me on the guest computer while I was viewing the Hessney auction site for their upcoming Early Gun & Military Auction this coming weekend.

While at the hotel, I went literally down the block (maybe two at most) to the Londoner - a local pub. To say their selection of beers/ales and booze was impressive would be an understatement. The service was also excellent. About the only thing that was mediocre was the Steak & Mushroom Pie I had for dinner. Don't get me wrong - there was nothing bad at all about it and I guess it would rate a low end good - it was just not up to snuff with the rest of what was offered there and could have been a lot better. Being I expected mashed with the meal and not the fries they served it with might have colored my view and effected my taste. Anyway, I had a good time there and left a generous and well deserved tip for the bartenders.

Om Saturday, I had my free breakfast at the hotel, had another excellent and pleasant conversation with the front desk clerk and was on my way to the gun show. It took maybe a half hour at most to get there. I had chosen the Hampton Inn in Addison because I was paying with points and they charged only 18K points while closer Hilton hotels were charging as many as anywhere from 24K to 30K for a one night stay. The one right at the venue was charging 30K and I'd much rather conserve my points than waste them because of a mere 24 mile drive.

When I got to the parking lot, I threw what I call a NY Sling In A Minute onto my WASR 10. Basically, that was just some poly chord I had purchased at Homer's Despot Home Depot just for that purpose - a sling for my rifles & shotguns when selling them at gun shows. I wound up selling it at 83% of my asking price which was exactly at the lowest I would accept for it. I had one guy offer me my asking price who pulled a wad of cash out of his pocket as if he could not pay quickly enough while his pal who was already holding two AKs stood next to him. As soon as I said I wanted to fill out a bill of sale, he said he needed to hit the ATM. He never came back but a dealer at the tale we were in front of told me to come back to seem him if it did not sell. He offered quite a bit less than my low-ball price but we met exactly in the middle and I got the minimum I had been after.

Next up, I went out to y car ad grabbed my Mossberg 185 K-A 20 gauge bolt actio gun. I walked around until my stomach protested and left for lunch with the Mossberg still tagging along. When I got back to the show venue, I also took out the Winchester 290 I also wanted to sell and decided to sling one over each shoulder. It's normally what I would do - that is to carry two of them when selling more than one at a show - but my one shoulder had been acting up earlier in the day having been visited by Arthur I. Tis for a spell. After lunch though, I felt all the better and slung both of them over my shoulders with my In A NY Minute slings.

I sold the Winchester to a dealer maybe 20 feet from the entrance within a half minute of walking back into the show. I got the same percentage for it, of my asking price, as I did for the WASR 10. That was also my low-ball acceptable price. I walked around for a couple of few more hours before one old geezer yes even older than me) asked to see the shotgun. He liked it even though he grumbled about this or that and how long it would take him to sell it, he mentioned about a year. He made me an offer of only 56% of what I was asking for it and I just said no thanks and walked away. He prefaced that offer by saying he was sure I'd never accept it. he was right but that made me think he'd go up some if I danced with him. I said thanks but no thanks and walked away. Maybe ten minutes later, I went back and asked if he'd give me X-amount, which was about 67% of my asking price. He looked it over and did so all the while trying to make it seem like I was getting a good deal. In fact, I got a good deal making a small profit over and above the price I paid for the shotgun, shipping it and to the FFL to do the transfer. I had asked a lot more for it than I had been willing to accept and thus made out on the deal to my satisfaction.

Three down, one more to go but I decided against selling the Hopkins & Allen 16 gauge single that was still in my trunk out in the parking lot. I moseyed (note the use of that word instead of walked or sauntered now that I am living in TX) around the sow for another hour or two looking at this that and the other guns and things that caught my eye. I was tempted, very tempted to make an offer on either of two Remington Model 81 rifles, both in 300 Savage, that the same dealer had for sale but decided to hold off and continue my already years long search for either a nice Model 8 or 81 in 35 REM. I gotta say, damn they are getting more and more expensive as my search continues so the temptation was strong within me.

The only things I bought at the show were two show themed T-shirts - one for me the other for Brendan, two Magpul MOE magazines for my AK and a Triple-K brand magazine, in 22 Short, for a Beretta 950 Minx. I am hoping it will work in my Beretta 950 BS and that it will feed ammo reliably. A range trip or two should let me know. Shortly after buying those things, I headed out the door to my car and off to Costco. I dropped about 3 bills there to stock up on some things for a month or so and to pick up some things Brendan wanted. Of curse, they did not have the things I or Brendan wanted most - I guess because they sell some different brands regionally - but I made due. I am figuring on making the 150 mile or so drive to Costco once a month or so and doing so will be so much the easier in the future because of what a clerk there told me about Total Wine having several stores in the Dallas area. Now, none were within 20 miles or so of that particular Costco and I was not about to drive 20 miles there in the opposite direction of home and then back again to visit one but I will plan for a stop at one on y next trip. If they stock Kirschwasser and Obstwasser in the brand I used to get at their store in NY, I will be a happy man.

All in all an excellent trip - I can't wait for the next gun show I attend thereabouts. So why did I call this post the Gun Show Blues - no reason except sooner or later I am almost sure to have seller's remorse over selling the WASR 10 which was my first AK.

All the best,
Glenn B

If We Nuked Yemen Would Iran Behave Itself?

My guess is that nuking Yemen would not be a tactical mistake if some country decided to nuke that country in response the recent drone attacks on Saudi Oil Fields. Houthi forces, established and working out of Yemen, have claimed responsibility for the attacks which have resulted in Saudi Arabia shutting down 1/2 of its oil production! More at the source.

Losing 1/2 of the oil produced by Saudi Arabia is going to have widely resounding consequences around the world, especially if it lasts any prolonged amount of time. Being that the Iranian backed Houthis have promised more attacks, my guess is the results will be long lasting. One way to put an end to it all would be a swift and devastating attack on the Houthi strongholds within Yemen  - maybe with tactical nuclear weapons. Not many would mourn the loss of the Houthis and any collateral damage will only make for political ammo because in truth there are not many in the world who even have a clue where Yemen is located let alone give a damn about its people. All that is even more likely true especially when the world's oil supply is at risk.

Mind you, lesser things have started world wars. I do not mean a nuclear attack on Yemen when I say that. I do mean a shortage of resources such as is going to be caused by the loss of oil in what would otherwise have been available had the Iranian backed Houthis not attacked the Saudi oil fields. It may also cause a worldwide economic collapses which almost certainly would have the planet on the brink of another world war. 

My guess is that a country thinking strategically, tactically and diplomatically could come to an agreement with other nations around the world that would result in a unanimous decision to destroy the Houthis with overwhelming force. Truthfully, I believe almost no one would give a damn about the destruction of this terrorist group once and for all other than to ultimately agree it was the right decision (expected oil prices of as high as $100 per barrel and the resultant price increases in everything from butter to arse wipes, if this goes long term, will help that decision to look very good). My guess also is also that Iran will have learned a valuable lesson. If not they could be targeted next and that is exactly why I'd be willing to bet they would learn the intended lesson. They almost certainly would, as a result of such an attack, drastically better their behavior on the world stage. 

Iran claims they were not behind this attack (source) but that claim is extremely doubtful as the Houthis long have been supported by Iran regarding their terrorist activities. Regardless, the Houthis have already claimed responsibility and maybe they well deserve whatever comes there way - be it the wrath of God in the form of plague and pestilence or the wrath of Man in the form of utter nuclear destruction.

All the best,
Glenn B

Damn, I Can't Find My Wallet Anywhere

I've looked everywhere for it but it is nowhere to be found. I've been scratching my head all morning wondering where it could be and hoping I did not leave it in my other car.

The Brewster County Sheriff's Office, working with the U.S. Border Patrol, in Texas seized a vehicle loaded 1,127 pounds of bales of marijuana in Texas but did not find the driver as he had apparently fled. Chances are they may find him soon enough though - he left behind his wallet. More at the source.

Of course, it could be someone else's wallet but my guess is that whomever it belongs to is going to be getting a visit from the local constabulary real soon.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, September 13, 2019

Gonna Take a Little Bit of a Road Trip Today

I'm heading over Dallas way today, more precisely to Mesquite, Texas (Dallas County) to do a little shopping today. I normally don't drive around 170 miles each way to do my grocery shopping but am about to do it today so I can go to Costco. I've been a Costco member for many years, my original membership was with them when they were called Price Club back in the early 1980s when I lived in CA. There are no Costcos near me, I think I'll be going to the one that is the closest to me, and while I belong to Sam's Club and there is one where I live now - it does not come close to Costco as far as quality of the items they sell, as far as I am concerned. In other words, I think that Sam's Club sucks so much as to warrant me taking a monthly drive over to Costco to fill my Corolla with as much groceries and supplies as I can. 

Now, that's not the only reason I chose today for my first trip to Costco. The other allure of this trip is that there is a gun show in Mesquite (the one in Dallas County, there are at least two in TX) tomorrow and Sunday. It's a decent sized one too, 450 tables. Not the biggest I've been to by a long-shot but pretty big and bigger than most I had the chance to attend in NY. So this makes the trip and my reason for making it all that much the better. It only makes sense to plan additional activities on such a trip. I mean, I'd have to be nuts to drive all that way just to go to a Costco - right! Then again, as much as I dislike Sam's Club - maybe it's not nutty at all. It's not like I'll give up my Sam's Club membership though, they have groceries and things I need for the apartment - some are pretty good - and they are local. It's just that Costco is so much better in my estimation and worth a drive once every month or so and of course the gun show gives me another reason to burn the gas.

While there, I am going to try to sell some guns to make up the funds I used to purchase several others recently. I am lugging along my: Romanian WASR 10, Hopkins & Allen 16 gauge single, Mossberg 185 K-A 20 gauge and Winchester 290 semi-auto in 22 S, L & LR. No way I can walk around the show with 4 guns slung over my aging shoulders so it will be two at a time until one or the other (or both) sell and then to my car to retrieve the others. I checked Gunbroker for recent sales of WASR 10s and was surprised to see what used ones are selling for - way above Blue Book of Gun Values estimates. So, I am going to ask a nice round number for it and am fairly confident it will sell and that I'll get around what I am asking if not the actual price I put on it. The others will not bring in as much in total as the WASR 10 alone but should bring in grocery money for Costco, that is if they sell. If they do not sell today, I'll probably throw em up for sale on Gunbroker.

I'll be getting to see a bit more of my newly adopted home state today and tomorrow. Who knows, I may make a few stops along the way, no rush to get to my hotel (using points there and points are a good thing). I'll be staying in Addison, about 20 or 25 miles from the convention center for the gun show. The reason for that being that the hotel at the convention center charges almost double the amount of points I'll be using than where I am staying; in fact every other hotel from the same chain charges more points than this place. It has received excellent reviews so I imagine its just luck I got it at this rate as opposed to it being a dump and them offering a low rate because of that. Anyway, it's a Hilton, so I am pretty sure it is not a dump; for some reason you can almost always find one with a much lower rate not too far from others with high rates.

I guess that's it for now, gotta get the car loaded up and hit the road, stop for breakfast (yeah, I know, it's almost 11AM but such is retired life), hit the road again and be on my way. I've got some of Texas to see today!

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Did A Bit Of Editing My Blogger Profile Today

I got an email today from Mark H saying my profile location needed to be changed to TX, he also welcomed me to TX. It did not specify which profile so, I guessed he meant the one attached to this blog. Anyway, I updated it to show TX as my location, added some favorite movies and music and such. A hat tip to Mark H, thanks.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

18 Years Ago Today - Some People Did Something

Let us never forget what was the "something" they did - they attacked the United States of America and killed thousands of our people in a sneak attack more heinous than any before it. Let us never forget who were the "some people" who did it (and make no mistake of it) - they were  Islamic Extremists who wanted to destroy us. That is a plain and simple truth - they are the some people that did something - something very horrible - and they were and remain our enemy. Most importantly let us never forget those of us who fell - that last is truly the most important of all. Also remember forever that there were those of us who came together as one America to fight evil and there were those of us who tried and continue to try to distort the reality of what happened.

Remember, never forget. If you are prone to prayer then pray for the souls of all those who lost their lives. If you are not one who prays then keep them in your thoughts. Live your lives as if their lives mattered - each and every one of them regardless of race, color, creed, ethnic background, sex (M, F or H[hermaphrodite]), political leaning, what color uniform they wore, what job they held,their nationality or their citizenship - they were all victims of these evil barbarians. Live as free Americans who love and honor this country, our Constitution and those of us who fell on 9/11. That my friends will be the right thing to do for your children to see the truth about this great nation and for them to learn how to be real Americans.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, September 9, 2019

Let's Go Cannibal & Save The Planet

An arsehat professor in Sweden seemingly has hypothesized that to save the planet from the dreaded Climate Change, food shortages and other such calamities we should consider becoming cannibals. When asked if he would try it, is reported reply was: “I feel somewhat hesitant but to not appear overly conservative … I’d have to say … I’d be open to at least tasting it.” More at the source.

To not appear "overly conservative" he'd taste it! This is the left of today - living, breathing, existing (and now eating) in their never ending quest of not appearing conservative no matter where it leads them or what the cost. As far as I am concerned, this guy needs to be put in a padded room and given some crayons - a very big box of them to keep him occupied for the next 40 or 50 years. 

I wonder, from just exactly where does he think this meat will be coming. Are we to eat our recently deceased, or to seek volunteers to give up body parts, maybe have hunt- a-human seasons, or are we going to open up a whole new industry to produce delicacies made from ranched human beings!  Will he name his cookbook To Serve Man!

Now, while I've eaten at the Y many times in my life, not once have I ever swallowed a chunk of human flesh nor do I intend to ever do so. People sometimes wonder and then ask me why I have so many guns and I sometimes reply - tongue in cheek - to be prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse.  That answer doesn't seem so far fetched now.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, September 8, 2019

First Impressions & Range Report - Century Arms AK and Starg Arms AR

I headed up to Benton, AR Friday afternoon and got there soon after Brendan arrived home from work.  We stayed in at his place and had dinner and some beers together but not too many. This morning (Saturday) we got up not too early and not too late, had a nice breakfast of bacon (oven roasted) and eggs with some excellent coffee and then headed off to a range about 60 miles west of his place. We each drove our own cars because I wanted to leave from there to head back to TX after shooting.

He got there a few minutes before me because I made a stop at Homer's Despot Home Depot to pick up a few boxes to make target stands. They are fairly cheap and can be good to use for one or more trips to the range. Brendan brought along his Remington 870 with rifled barrel, a S&W Model 10, his Beretta Model 21A, and I think that was it. I hauled my Browning Model 81 BLR Lightweight, an old dilapidated Remington 22 rifle, and two of my recent acquisitions that need to be test fired at the range for their first shots the - Century Arms C39V2 - MOE Magpul furniture, model number: RI2399-N, with milled receiver - and the Stag Arms 15 ORC with Magpul furniture.

While Brendan was shooting blasting away with his 870, I decided to take out the AK first. I loaded up with a 30 round mag and took aim at the Shoot-N-See target I had slapped onto one of the HD boxes. It was either on the sixth or seventh round that I somehow started to bump fire (no you do not need a bump-fire stock to shoot in bump-fire mode) and the rounds  went up in a line above the stick-on target center. After that, I fired the other 20 rounds at the berm. A little bit later, after marking off my shots on the target, I fired another 30 rounds at it and managed not to shoot any in bump-fire mode. I don't know how I did it the first time because when I tried to do so purposefully later, I could only get maybe 4 to 6 rounds to go off two at a time. Oh well, practice may make perfect. Brendan also took some shots with it.

Shots marked black were first 10, white lined 30 rounds.
Anyway, the above is the target I was shooting which was set up at 50 yards. I am happy enough with the result being it was the first time I fired the thing and considering it is an AK and they are not known for great inherent accuracy. My first impressions of this AK, totally made here in the US of A by Century Arms, is that I was highly impressed. First of all, it looked good and the fit and finish were tight and nice respectfully. Secondly, it took both the Magpul magazine that came with it and some old com-bloc mil-surp maazines (I think Romanian) and fed from them flawlessly. Third, it went bang every time. Fourth, it extracted and ejected every casing without a hitch.  Fifth, it was more than accurate enough for my purposes and I will probably do better with it if using brass cased ammo; I was firing steel cased Wolf Military Classic HP rounds out of it. I don't recall how many grains and am too tired right now to go get the ammo can out of my trunk to check.

The CA AK, and I think all of them they make nowadays come with two nice features. One is a scope mount rail on the left side of the gun and the other is a notched safety lever that allows for the bolt to be locked back in place. That safety lever was a bit of a brute to move, it was pretty stiff but my guess is that will certainly loosen up a bit with use. There were only two real negatives about this rifle and one of them is an issue inherent to AKs of all ilks. The damn barrel gets so hot as to make the fore-end difficult to impossible to hold after shooting a bunch of rounds rapid fire. I put 30 slow fire through it, followed by 60 or 90 more rounds rapid fire and I started to wish I had thought of putting on one of my leather works gloves beforehand. The other negative is the position of the side mounted sight mount rail and that may or may not be easily overcome. What happened was I  could not load the lower mag of the two my son had clamped together - both with the follower end up. The clamps kept the mags so close to one another that the right side of the outer and higher mag kept hitting the mounting rail and you could not get the lower mag into the mag well.  Now I am guessing that clamps that kept the mags a bit further apart would solve the problem but have no clue if available. Also, clamping them together with the open ends opposite to one another would also solve the issue and would not require special sized clamps that put more space between the mag bodies.

Lest I forget to mention it, there was something totally unexpected about the AK and that was the extremely smooth, not too heavy or too light and consistent trigger pull. I have got to hand it to the engineers who drew up the specs for this rifle and then put it together. It is nice right out of the box.

After that Brendan and I took some shots with the Browning BLR. Brendan's first shot just dropped the hammer and went click. There was no indentation on the primer. I am guessing he had not pulled the lever all the way up because after I told him to do that, his next two shots went off okay. That was it for him, two shots because it slammed into his cheek bone. I have a video of him shooting it and will show it to him because his cheek weld was all wrong. He seemingly tilted his head down to meet the stock instead of bringing the stock to meet his cheek and he had the upper edge of the stock pressed firmly right under his right cheekbone - ouch! I fired it after him and was dismayed to see it shot every shot to the left by a few inches. It had not done that before if I recall correctly. It was not only me either, Brendan's two shots were about equidistant to the left. A little tinkering with the rear sight should get that fixed. I fired maybe 12 rounds out of it altogether. Then I decided to put it away because I was antsy to shoot my Stag Arms AR15.

Before I move onto the AR though, allow me to mention that Brendan had brought along a loading device for the AK mags, it's called the Lula Loader & Unloader by MagLula and is made for a variety of weapons. I have to say it is the best thing since medicinal papers (arse wipes). It made loading the 30 round mags very easy if not much or maybe even not any faster than I could have done by hand but easier on the thumb. It is an excellent device and I will be getting a couple for myself. If they make one for AR mags I'll get a couple of them too. With a bit of practice it probably would make loading the mags much quicker with it than without this device.

Now, finally getting to the Stag Arms AR, I had slapped the sights on the AR last night and shame on me - I played with the windage adjustment. First I fired off one, or was it two, 30 round mags rapid fire at the berm just to make sure it fired okay. Then I fired 30 rounds at a target slow fire and it wound up putting every shot in an okay group, nothing special, but all to the left by several inches. I adjusted the rear sight, fired it, adjusted it again and had it just about centered by the time I decided to take a break for my finger. 

Overall the Stag Arms AR was nice but there was a bit of a disappointment and it had nothing to do with where the first volleys of rounds went (as  said that was due to me screwing with the windage adjustment). While it fed, fired, extracted and ejected every round - firing them started to become a pain in the trigger finger after only 30 or 40 rounds. The trigger is deplorable in my estimation, one of the worst I have ever pulled and I think much akin to a NY trigger on an NYPD Glock.  First off - it is too heavy. Second - there is a lot of trigger creep and the trigger travel feels gritty. Third, it made for a sore finger after maybe 90 rounds total. One thing I liked about the trigger was the trigger reset, it clicked and sprang back forcefully into reset position and after the mag went dry it did not reset. Everything else on the AR - the mag release, bolt, bolt release, safety all worked just fine but damn that trigger. I guess you get what you pay for and this was not a very expensive AR. I have to say - the difference between ts trigger and that of the Century Arms were miles apart; that AK trigger was smooth as silk.

As for the mags, those I used in the AR were all Magpul PMAG, GEN M2, 3o round magazines. They all worked flawlessly.

While I was shooing the AR, Brendan was firing his Beretta 21A and the S&W Model 10. He was having fun but later complained that the Beretta had been firing inches low. Had he let me know that at the range and asked, I would have taken some shots to see if it was him or the pistol. My guess is user error but there is no telling for sure until I take some shots with it. Of course, it could be as he suspected that it had to do with the ammo he was using with was something by CCI. Time will tell and get it worked out.

We both also test fired an old really beat up Remington Model 552 Speedmaster. I won this one at a shooting competition where I came in second place by an RCH. It had been donated to the Long Island Gun Club as a sort of a goofball prize for that competition by a club member who had had the high bid on it on As he put it, he knew it was a mistake to bid on it as soon as he had placed his bid. The front sight is missing, it has some surface rust, the foregrip is a bit loose, the receiver (aluminum I think) is badly scratched and has the name Tab scratched into it. Yet, it fed and fired everything Brendan put through it, maybe 6-10 rounds at most. I then loaded it with 15 rounds and it fed, fired, extracted and ejected all but the last round which wound up wedged in the elevator (I am guessing the real name is either the carrier or action bar - one of them likely feeds the round up from the tube into the receiver). That took quite a bit of diddling to remove and as I kept trying to pry it out with the screwdriver on my Victorinox Huntsman, my favorite Swiss Army Knife. I kept waiting to dent the primer and for it to go pop. Luckily it did not and I was able to get it out after several tries and a few minutes. Anyway, it works okay enough for me to consider refinishing it and slapping a front sight onto it and then sending it back to the other LIGC member who donated it for that competition in which I won it. Then again, if it comes out nice enough, I may just send him a photo and keep it!

We spent a couple hours or so at the range and even though we wanted to shoot more, we wanted even more to get out of the heat. It was pretty oppressive at around 97 degrees Fahrenheit with a very high humidity. So we skedaddled When we left, instead of me going straight back to TX, we decided to go to the Bubba Brews on Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs. There was another Bubba brews much closer and as I was about to pass to, I threw on my directional and turned into it instead and Brendan followed suit. I told him I did not want to get to the other one and then find no parking in their lot. I had also decided that it was too far out of my way to go there then turn around to go back to TX. Even though the one on the lake has much better food, he agreed and we ate at that one closer to the range. 

We also split a couple of appetizers and each had a drink while we talked about the range and observed the colorful characters in Bubba's. It was packed, mostly with members of the Swamp Riders MC. As we were finishing up, one of them bought the entire bar (a lot of folks were in there and a lot of Harleys in the lot) a round. That was much appreciated even if one more than each of us had wanted to imbibe but it was the better course of public relations, so to speak, to accept it. After that, we soon each headed our separate ways, Brendan east and me west - until we meet again. Regardless of spending our time at the range in a virtual sauna, it was an excellent day doing what we both love to do and doing it in each other's company.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, September 6, 2019

That's One Heck Of A Sardine...

...but just go ahead and try to fit it in a can! Oh wait a minute, that's a trout and a big one at that!

A man in MO caught what turned out to be the state record Brown Trout at 40 lbs 6 oz. That destroyed the previous state record for MO that was held for only seven months by another man who had caught a 34 lb. 10 oz. Brown Trout back in February of this year. More at the source.

I would imagine that guy, from back in February, must be highly disappointed but then records were meant to be broken and he had his 15 minutes of fame so to speak. The world record Brown Trout, a species native to Europe, was caught by Otwin Kandolf in New Zealand, it weighed in at an official 42 lbs. 1 oz (source).

Me, I'd be happy to catch one big enough to throw in the pan. My son's first trout was impressive for a youngster though. He caught one while wading in the pool under Taughannock Falls in NY state many years ago. While he thought he had hooked a fish, I was sure it was caught on the bottom and took the bent over pole to get the hook loose. As I grabbed hold, the line started to strip off of the reel super fast with a high pitched whir of the drag and I knew he had hooked a good one. Probably only weighed in at about 2.5 or 3 pounds, maybe 4 at most, but it was pretty impressive first for a pre-teenaged kid who had never fished for trout before and was doing it the way he saw it done on some cable sports fishing channel maybe it was ESPN. I think he told me ESPN but anyway that is why he had waded out to about hip or waist deep. He was also using my favorite spinning lure, it's yellow with red spots - one my uncle had used many years before when we had tried to catch a trout in the same pool when I was a teen. We were not so lucky but over the years I kept buying that same lure hoping sooner or later it would work on a big one and there it was with me and my son and a catch that will last in memory for a lifetime.

By the way, amazingly enough, some huge Brown Trout have been caught in AR. Now that may not be amazing to you but I would never have pictured as warm a state as AR as being a trout haven. Yes, someone told me about it last year in the comments to one of my other blog posts but I had forgotten all about it. Read more about it today when looking upon info on the world record brownie. The northern rivers supposedly hold and abundance of them and some huge ones at that. I may have to get myself an AR non-resident license (now that I moved to TX) and visit Brendan more often.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Chick-Fil-A: I've Never Eaten At One But...

...I think it's high time that the next time I see one while looking for a lunch, I will stop at one and have a meal. I have heard a bunch of good things about them over the years, for example this most recent one:

All the best,
Glenn B

I Guess I Am Now Officially Considered A Terrorist...

... and so are many of you my dear readers - that is at least in the eyes of some arsehat politicians and bureaucrats in San Fransicko. 

"The San Francisco Board of Supervisors I Guess I Am Now Officially Considered A Terrorist...has passed a resolution declaring the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization” and urged the federal government to do the same – the latest escalation in the heated rhetoric from Democrats regarding the NRA in the wake of several deadly mass shootings." More at the source.

I am not surprised that the same political hacks - who have allowed San Francisco to become overrun by bums and junkies, have allowed for tent cities and trash including human excrement to be dumped in the streets, and have otherwise allowed their once great city to decay at an abominable rate - have done this. How else are they going to cover up for their own failings except to blame all the problems of their city and I guess this country on the NRA (their favorite target it seems). The only thing that surprises me in all this is that they thought it up before the abhorrent libturd politicians in Albany, NY came up with it.

I wonder when the round-ups of law abiding, loyal American NRA members will commence! Be careful out there if you've got NRA stickers or decals on your car or if you perch an NRA cap on your head or a have an NRA patch on your jacket - a political move like this is bound to embolden and stir up the crazies on the left.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, September 2, 2019

Coming Soon To A Court Near You

The intolerant left is the same from one end of the earth to the other in as much as they cannot stand anything with which, or anyone with whom, they disagree. They almost always take a tantrum of sorts when they are unable to control others and then turn to government intervention over just about anything in attempts to quell the lifestyles of folks which are not the same as their own. 

The perfect example is the vegan in Australia who reportedly took her neighbors to the Supreme Court to try to get them to stop cooking on the barbie, stop smoking and stop plaiyg ball all while in their own yard. More at the source.

Apparently, it's all about her and her  trying impose leftist looney ideals on others. That my friends is the way of the libturd.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Another White Racist Cop Stops A Black Person...

...based on race - at least that is what some probably believe even though it obviously was not the case.

A woman reportedly: went into a convenience store to try to get some freebies using the badge and gun of her police officer friend who had just loaned them to her for that purpose. A Gwinnet (County?), GA Police officer noticed the woman, unfamiliar to him, was wearing a badge and gun and getting freebies. He subsequently pulled over her car and questioned whether or not she was an officer. She allegedly immediately drew the race card and shoved it in his face by in essence saying she was being stopped because she was black. She was arrested and later released on bond. The friend who had loaned her the badge and gun was immediately put under investigation by her department; she quit the same day. More here.

Imagine had that bitch woman made a move that looked to the officer like she was going for the gun and he then fatally shot her. BLM, ANTIFA, Al Sharpton, all the race baiting libturd leftist politicians & bureaucrats and probably just about half of all Americans would be screaming for the officers head and he would be going through hell. 

Yes, everyone has their prejudices but not everyone is a racist and not all white police officers are racists, in fact the great majority of them are not racists. This though definitely was a racist incident in my opinion but as I see it, the only obvious racist in this instance was the bitch woman wearing the badge impersonating an officer and then pulling out the race card as soon as she got caught. 

I have to add, it always amazes me that in many departments and in many communities it is routine for an officer to accept gratuities on a regular recurring basis. I was once offered a free refill of a Big Gulp at 7-Eleven in my first months as a Border Patrol Agent. I turned it down and I questioned the other agent with me who had accepted it. He then explained that, at that time, 7-Eleven was offering free refills to anyone.  I wound up feeling like a horse's ass. Regardless of how I felt in that incident, I never once took a gratuity from anyone throughout my 32 plus year LE career except at sanctioned events like Christmas parties where we were allowed, by regulation, to partake of free food and drink up to a certain dollar value and so long as it was being offered to all participants. 

That some make taking gratuities a daily routine, even if sanctioned by their department or agency, has always bothered me. The possibility of an LE officer later showing favoritism to the gift giver or committing some other impropriety or merely allowing for others to perceive a hint of impropriety based on those gratuities does not bode well for that officer, that department or for law enforcement in general. It also is disturbing, to me, because many in LE seem to believe they are entitled to such gratuities because they somehow believe, by way of their LE job, that they in general deserve and are entitled to more than the rest of the community. As you can see in this instance, that attitude evidently was so instilled in the mind of the officer (who loaned her friend her badge and gun so the friend could also be able to get gratuities) that she applied it to her friend as being deserving of like treatment. 

I recall reading a passage, I think in a Joseph Wambaugh book - maybe The Choir Boys, or The Glitter Dome or another one or two of his books I read - about a rookie cop asked his senior partner why he would not accept even a cup of coffee as a gratuity. The older cop tells the novice that a free cup of coffee leads to another gratuity and that to another and eventually you wind up in jail for taking bribes. He pointed out a telephone booth (a thing of the past to youngsters today) and essentially said "See that phone booth over there, after a week of me, a black cop, being in jail, you'd be able to slide that up my ass without lube.  (Mind you that is what I remember and I read that about 39 years ago so allow me some leeway if I don't remember it just right.) Anyway, it was that thought about the phone booth - and what would have happened to me in jail that would have allowed it to fit so easily - that kept me honest throughout career in LE. If I ever have the chance, I'd like to thank Joseph Wambaugh in person for that gem and thus for keeping me on the straight and narrow all for those years.

All the best,
Glenn B

Imagine That This POS...

 ...and illegal alien (no not illegal immigrant, not undocumented migrant, not anything but a reportedly 5x deported illegal alien, and a definite piece of shit in my estimation) instead had been a legal gun owning U.S. Citizen, who was a life member of the NRA, in the same exact courts for the same exact crime. You probably safely can bet he would have been found guilty on all counts and put away for life if not executed. crime. Yet, as an illegal alien repeat offender, he was found guiltless and my bet is it was all due to leftist California libturds and politics. Don't know what I am talking about, well an appeals court in California overturned the single charge of which the killer of Kate Steinle was convicted. More at the source

Now what is going to happen to him? Will he be retried? Maybe and maybe not. If not retried - will he be released. Isn't California one of those so called sanctuary states (if not San Fransicko certainly is a sanctuary city) and doesn't that mean CA authorities will refuse to turn this POS over to Immigration & Customs Enforcement for federal charges he faces and for eventual deportation! Much of this country has become a third world shithole - full of the scum of Mexico, Central and South America and elsewhere - because of libturd insanity.

All the best,
Glenn B

What A Difference A Day, Three Beers...

...a bacon cheeseburger and a cute young waitress can make. In other words, I am feeling much improved since last night after the cheeseburger/beer, waitress therapy. Nope, the issues are not resolved but I do feel much better in general and figure that the problems will be worked out sooner or later.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Feeling Totally Miserable...

...due to a personal issue that took place today. In fact, I probably am dejected more than I have ever felt before in my lifetime. I've never have wanted to have a drink so much at any other time in my life than I do right now. Yet the four bottles I have on hand remain corked and will remain so throughout the night. No matter how much I'd like to get sloshed right now, I am pretty sure it would accomplish nothing in making things better. Maybe I'll have a snort tomorrow evening but for now, I'll just feel crappy and live with it.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, August 23, 2019

Justice Involved Person!

How ridiculous can Californians, especially those in San Fransicko Francisco, get? They reportedly have changed the term "Convicted Felon" to "Justice Involved Person" (source) when they could have done justice by leaving it as convicted felon. After all, being called a convicted felon is the perfect definition for a person who has been convicted of a felony (and who subsequently has not been exonerated).

Of course, San Fransisco politicians could have renamed them as it says in the meme above; I am sure many citizens would agree with that sentiment. 

Seriously though, the problem with calling a convicted felon a "Justice Involved Person" is that use of the term in such a manner seemingly pays absolutely no heed to any distinction between convicted felons and anyone else who has in any way shape or form been involved with the course of justice in this country. Have you ever been to traffic court to fight a ticket? Win or lose your case, you were involved with the justice system and therefore could easily be classified as a Justice Involved Person. Same goes for anything to do in civil court, criminal court or even merely something to do with a violation where you never even appeared in court; all of them involve you having been involved with our system of justice. Come to think of it, Justice Involved Person would necessarily include every law enforcement officer, court official (like judges, bailiffs, stenographers, etc...), corrections officer, witnesses, complainants and on down the line - anyone who has at all been involved in our system of justice. 

The truly sad thing about this is now some other city or state may try to come up with something even more outlandish (NY comes to mind) since it seems, at least to me, one libturd berg or state tries to outdo the other on a perpetual basis in their quest to become the Libturd Utopia of the Looney Universe (LULU - and remember you read descriptive name and that acronym first here at Ballseyes Boomers).

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Bubble Brain Blues - I Got Em (Updated- No I Do Not Have An Aneurysm!)




A few months back I had a couple incidents of losing my balance, did not think much of it since I have neuropathy from radiation treatments back when I had throat cancer. Then I started to have some vision problems, I was seeing white flashes of light but only when on my using my laptop. I had at first thought it was from the laptop but after it happening several times I realized it was my eyes. Then I started to get infrequent headaches, again something I have had before and I figured or should say hoped they were from me getting and achy and stiff neck at times also due to radiation treatments from way back when. Thing was these were different, more like ones I had in 2016 when I was diagnosed as having had cerebral ischemia that being in the form of a transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini-stroke) and as having cerebral infarction (necrotic brain tissue due to a stroke) - both things considered minor at the time - just pain the the arse stuff (or should I say pain in the neck & head).

When I drove down to AR in June, I saw what amounts to visions - no not like demons or gods - of auras colored around the edges floating in my field of view; this with both eyes open, or one or the other closed or even when both were closed. This concerned me but it all went away and I figured maybe it was due to the stress of getting separated, leaving other family behind, selling the house, moving to AR and on and on. Thing is it all came back maybe weeks or a month later except for the balance loss. Headaches were and remain much worse this time around.

I went to see a family or general practitioner (henceforth 'the doc'). He sent me to an eye doctor and to get a CT scan of the brain. He also called in for an additional amount of my BP med to increase the dosage for me BUT I found out later that he gave prescription for a different medication in amount of 40 pills (when I had told him only to use mail order if it was 90 pills - three month supply). Never explained or discussed any of that with me about the new drug, what dose to take, whether or not to discontinue either of my other BP meds or anything about it.

Well, I got the CT scan last Monday at local hospital. On Tuesday I went to the eye doc. Eye doc said I have blood vessel damage in back of each eye most likely due to very high blood pressure over the long term or to BP spike over the long term. He also said that my high BP is the probable cause of my vision problems and my headaches. On Friday, I called 'the doc' to ask what were the results of my CT scan. His nurse calls me back after business hours to tell me they suspect I have a aneurysm and need to get another test, a CTA Scan, BUT they have to call my health insurer to see if they will pay. I told her no preauthorization is needed and she said they were not seeking preauthorization just if my plan would pay for it. I told her my symptoms were worse and I asked her about the BP med prescription and asked what to do to avoid making things worse. She told me to avoid any strenuous activity that would raise my blood pressure. I wanted to ask under what circumstances if any I would need to go to an ER. Somehow the call ended without further info. I guess because it was later Friday afternoon. Life went on and my headaches that started on Friday evening blossomed into a winner over this weekend and continues somewhat lessened as I type on late Tuesday night. Wow a five day headache!

Yesterday, I called 'the doc's' office and left a message, at about 0906, for the nurse asking if the CTA scan had been approved by my insurer. She called me back at about 1018 and told me yes it was okayed and that she had made an appointment for me to have the scan done. I had to wonder when she was going to call had I not made my inquiry. The test was scheduled for 1330 and she told me to be there at 1300.

I got there a few minutes early. I checked in, the receptionist for outpatient had my name illegibly scribbled on a sheet of lined paper; she had to ask me to spell it for her so she could write it on that same sheet legibly.  Then she sent me to a waiting area. After about five or ten minutes a woman called my name, then she asked my for the order from 'the doc's' office because they had failed to send it. I explained to her they told me 'the doc' or his nurse had arranged for everything, she said that is usually the case but they had not sent the order and she would have to call them. Maybe another ten or 15 minutes at most went by and another woman called me inside to register me. Then off to wait for the test another five or ten minutes. Then the test which the tech told me she had to redo because something had been positioned wrong and she only scanned the very top of my head (with radiation I must say I did not need), the first time around! Then it was finally done.

Today, I called 'the doc's' office and again left a message for his nurse asking for the test results and such. She called me back about an hour and a half later to tell me the diagnosis. Here is how things went from there:

The aneurysm was been verified. Doc had his nurse call me, but only after I made my inquiry, to tell me it is an aneurysm and to say that he had consulted with a cardiologist. The nurse said the consensus between 'the doc' and the cardiologist was to do nothing. Then the nurse told me 'the doc' wanted to know what was the ophthalmologist's solution to all this (remember 'the doc' sent me  for a CT scan and to and to see this particular ophthalmologist, in fact 'the doc' made the appointment for me and then, a week after that, he made an appointment for the CTA Scan, because I have been having bad headaches and vision problems and a couple of episodes of losing my balance). Why did he not call the ophthalmologist if the eye doc had not called 'the doc' with the results of the eye exam!

I should mention, in today's call, the nurse told me nothing about my BP or about my request for a BP med prescription that, in an earlier call, I had told her he seemingly got wrong last time I saw him. Nor did she ask if my symptoms had worsened since I last left info on that in my earlier message for the doc. Somehow the call was over before I could ask more. Odd now that I think of it, and it only  now crossed my mind, nothing was said by the nurse of my prior cerebral ischemia or cerebral infarction in the results of either of the recent scans - did they miss that, I mean I don't think evidence of those things just disappear! 

So what was my reaction to her call? Bing-bing-bing, whooping siren sounds, loud whistles - all going off after the nurse said what she said 'the doc' had told her to tell me and also since she did not mention my BP or ask if my symptoms had worsened since she spoke to me last Friday! Those bells, sirens and whistles were also going off because apparently, 'the doc' never got word back from the eye doc and never bothered to call him to ask about my visit there and for his findings. The eye doc had told me, I have broken blood vessels at back of both eyes most likely due to very high blood pressure over a long term or very high BP Spikes over the long term and that is probably also causing the headaches and vision issues. Why 'the doc' did not call the eye doc to get his diagnosis and why 'the doc' consulted with a cardiologist instead of a neurosurgeon is beyond me. As I mentioned, I have some experience with headaches of this nature wherein I was diagnosed as having cerebral infarction caused by cerebral ischemia, that was back in 2016. I had to see either a neurologist or neurosurgeon back then - not a cardiologist.

What to do? I consulted with and RN at Blue Cross FEP. I gave all of my symptoms to the RN and told him about the recent visits for medical attention for these issues. He told me a neurosurgeon is the type of doctor to consult with about an aneurysm of the brain, and made it clear to me that a cardiologist was not the doctor to consult about an aneurysm in the brain which seems to agree with my care back in 2016. He also said, I can consult a general practitioner type or a cardiologist about my high BP. Tomorrow, I'm going to make an appointment to see a neurosurgeon as soon as possible and to also see a cardiologist. Oh how I wish I was in NY to do all this - medical care and practitioners there are much more abundant than here.

Meanwhile, my current headache has been ongoing since Friday evening - a new record for me and it's not like I routinely have had headaches throughout my life but it is seemingly becoming a routine as of late.

I also need to see a lawyer ASAP to have my will changed, someone who should not be named is the main beneficiary of that and of my life insurance. Damn, I am The Great Procrastinator - we've been separated for over two months and still have not done those two very important things. I really want to leave all my money equally split between my son and my grandson (my daughter's son - and I hope she understands that is a good thing), and all of my guns, ammo and personal belongings to my son to do with as he see fit.

I kinda, sort of, more or less feel like the WW(ofthe)W when she said: "I'm melting - melting. Oh what a world, what a world...".

This sucks but I hope to get through it. Just in case I do not, allow me to say: My life's been extraordinary so far, at least in good part thanks to my readers here and of course due to all my friends and mostly due to my family. I hopefully will keep you informed.

All the best,
Glenn B

PS: If anyone is wondering why I wrote this here on my blog, it is a record of the goings on with my medical care for the lawyers should something go wrong and is a record for the lawyers as to what is my last will and testament. And yes, I am definitely still of sound mind.