Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Wide Open Spaces Of The Gun Shows Of Arkansas...

...that I have visited astound me. 

Brendan has been to several gun shows here in Arkansas since he moved a few months over two years ago and I've been to at least 4 or 5 of them since my first visit not long afterwards. Of course, he's been to more than me since he's been living here full time. Most of the ones one I have attended, the first in Hot Springs and the latest one yesterday in Little Rock, have had what I can only call piss poor attendance. One in Conway that Brendan and I went to together earlier this year, or maybe it was last year, had fairly decent amount of people there but even that palled to gun shows I've been to in NY.

At first I was wondering why gun show attendance would be so low in a state that is much more friendly to the RKBA than is a state like NY and I must admit I was befuddled. I asked the promoter at the Hot Springs show why there were so few people walking around looking at and buying guns & ammo and he told me because it was Sunday; he also said that the place had been swarming with people on Saturday and that is the norm for shows in AR. I call balderdash on that if only because I think I attended all the other shows on Saturdays. Of course, his idea of swarming may have been that a few hundred more folks was a swarm. The truth is that each gun show I have gone to here in AT, with the possible exception of the one in Conway, never seemed to have more than 75-100 people in the venues at any given time. I think 100 would be a stretch but maybe it got that high; in fact, it often seemed to me they'd have been lucky if there were 50 people in them at any given time.

Yesterday's Little Rock Gun Show was a good example. It was a fairly large hall and I am going to guesstimate that maybe there were 250 to 300 tables; and I know the venue has one room that can accommodate 300 tables and another room that can accommodate 100 tables and this was the larger of the two rooms. Not a big show but one big enough to draw a fairly large crowd throughout most of the day like gun show of similar sizes that I've been to in various parts of NY state. Such shows in NY as those at: Albany, Middletown, Saratoga (I think this one is no more), Yonkers (extinct, killed off by anti-gunners), White Plains (also extinct) and a couple small shows on Long Island were packed; the one in Albany I last went to was truly like being inside a Japanese subway car. Those shows were often so packed as to make it very difficult to walk up and down the aisles or to get close enough to a table to really see anything. The show yesterday in Little Rock probably never had much more than 75-100 potential customers inside at any given time, while I was there. Maybe they had more at opening time (which I missed by about an hour) or at closing and I left an hour before that.

So why was the show not packed for at least most of the day; even if there were 100 people in there at any given time, that is just one person for every three tables. Man it was slow.  So, I got to wondering why, once again, why do the gun shows in AR seemingly have such poor attendance. There are only two things that struck me as the possible cause. First is that maybe the selection of guns offered sucks. I looked around quite a bit and have to say, while not as wide a variety as I would have hope to see, there was a decent amount of diversity (yes I can be politically correct) of the gun lover's kind. I am guessing you know what might be the other possible major cause. If you are guessing it is the prices for the guns & ammo; well then, you hit the nail on the head or at least I think that's it.

Here are some of the I remember seeing:

Kel-Tec PMR-30 pistols with an asking price of $650.00 plus tax (and the particular dealer selling them told a customer the state sales tax was 10% although when I looked it up later, sales tax for Little Rock, AR is 9%). So, price plus a bullshitter of a dealer and yes he was a bullshitter as far as I am concerned. He had a certain pistol for sale which I looked over, a Beretta 1934. The finish was less than 40% in my estimation as that is what I believe is a very conservative estimate. As soon as I picked it up to look it over, he was on me like white on rice giving me his spiel. He told me how rare of a pistol it was, saying only 23,000 had been produced and how it was a fine shooter. Then he told me it was an excellent deal but I certainly thought it was more like highway robbery at an inflated price for its condition and considering that more than one million of them had been manufactured. There were many other way overpriced guns, in my opinion, at his tables and each time I stopped there to look something over it was like he was jumping on my back to try to make a sale. I think maybe that was a good clue as to how little business he was doing.

Then there was a Winchester Model 12 at another dealer's table. It was a 20 gauge in at best 80% but probably much closer to 70% finish condition. They were asking $700. Now the 20 gauge in this model is quite desirable and demands a premium over a 12 gauge but still, the going price for one of these, in better condition than this one, is usually closer to $500. 

Another gun I looked over closely was a Llama small frame pistol in 22 LR. It in essence looks like a Colt 1911, some have a rib others do not. They had had four of them, two in 22LR, one in 32 ACP and one in 380 Auto. They were asking $475 for the two in 22 LR. I had to bite my tongue to keep from blurting out how ridiculous was that price and from laughing out-loud. I mean really now - at 100% condition the highest value in a reputable firearm pricing guide is shown as 325. These were maybe 95% at the very best bringing the value down to $200 according to the same reference. That is one hell of a difference.

As you may know from my past blog posts, I've been known to pick up a bolt action shotgun now and then. So, when I saw a Mossberg 183T in 410 bore, I was thinking I might like to make a purchase. That was until I looked at the price tag - a whopping $300! In 100% condition it might sell for the recommended $175 that is shown in one of my reference guides. his one was maybe 85-90% as I saw it and they were asking $300. In my mind it was a $100 to $125 gun at most and that is somewhat higher than what the reference guide says. Now, I'll admit, one of these shotguns recently sold for $175 on GunBroker; the thing is that one looked to be in about 98% condition - a lot nicer than the one I saw at the gun show and remember the one at the show had a $300 price tag).

I also saw several average, at best, Mosin Nagant Model 91/30s for sale with asking prices of between $450 and $500. Nothing even mentioned on the tag as to whether or not they had matching numbers and once I saw the prices I just dropped em like hot potatoes. There was also a so called Mosin Nagant sniper rifle being offered at $800; now that is right at asking prices at other places where I have seen them being sold but I think this one was faked. It looked as if the original bolt handle has been taken off, then a hole drilled into the bolt and a bent bolt secured in that hole. For some reason, I do not think that is how they made the bent bolt handled bolts for these rifles in Russia back in the day.

There was also the Ruger Mini 14 with a price tag of $900. Yes you read that right and it was a used beaten up clunker with an early serial number prefix of 183 and nothing special about it.
Table after table, dealer after dealer, the prices were outrageous in my estimation. Of course though, there were some decent deals to be had if you looked but they were apparently few and far between from what I saw. 


Ammo, I think, was another thing that went along the same lines, it was mostly overpriced but maybe not as badly as were the guns. None of the ammo dealers seemed to be doing brisk sales as far as I could tell. I saw Blazer 22 LR ammo at one dealer (not the one pictured here) with a price of $5.00 per 50 round box. Even Cabela's sells the same sized boxes for $2.99 (source). That ain't cheap for this stuff but it isn't bad compared to the $5.00 per box that was to be had at one table at this gun show. 

Granted, I suppose anyone could have tried to haggle on the prices but what would that have accomplished on a gun for which a seller was asking more than double the book value of a used gun or was about 35 to 40% more than the going gun store price for a new gun. What would likely happen is that the dealer would come down in  price and an uninformed buyer would think he was getting a good deal while he was actually being hosed.

Remember, in addition to high prices, each customer had to pay $10 to get in at the door, or $12 for so called VIP tickets if bought online. VIP evidently meant no waiting. Me, I did it on the cheap; I paid $8 because I copied a discount ticket from the promoter's website and showed it to the cashier. I did not wait longer than showing her that, paying my money, getting my hand stamped and walking inside - all of maybe 30 to 45 seconds.

I almost wish I would have gone back today, to see if any of the pricing came down for the second day or if attendance was any better, but I decided to stay at my son's place with him to kill the day. Then again, no I really don't wish that, not even almost, because  I did not need to be disgusted for a second day by seeing those prices. I am guessing that very few if any, who attended the show yesterday, went back again today for much the same reason.

As to why gun shows in NY are attended more, well I think its not so much that the prices are good, they suck too yet I think are nowhere nearly as high as comparable to those here in AR, but that in NY people are grabbing guns as fast as they can before King Cuomo outright bans them all. In NY prices can be high and people still flock to the shows. As for AR flocking to a gun show is an oxymoron. My solution to the low attendance at the AR guns show which I have visited is for the dealers down this way to bring their prices down to competitive levels since it is not like their state government is hoping to ban anything. If they did that, I am willing to bet that attendance and sales would skyrocket.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, July 18, 2019

First It Was Pseudoephedrine, Now It's Wasp Spray

Meth chemists have been stirring up a hornets nest law enforcement scrutiny, in West Virginia, with their use of wasp spray as one of the ingredients they have used to make their product; it's been killing users.

 "We're seeing this here on the streets in Boone County," Sutphin told Charleston's WCHS-TV. "People are making a synthetic type methamphetamine out of wasp spray.""

Reportedly, 30 cans of wasp spray were sold in one day in Boone County, WV. More at the source. Being summer though, I wonder if that is above average for sales in an entire county and I wonder who is keeling track and why. Wasp spray was formulated to destroy vermin and I imagine some might say that is exactly what it has done in the deaths of people using meth tainted with it.

If this trend continues, my guess is that by next summer, you will have to supply ID to purchase the bug killer, cans of it will be smaller and you will be limited as to how many you can purchase as it was with pseudoephedrine, what next!. 

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Texas Bound

I'll be heading to the Texarkana area tomorrow hoping that an apartment I have been waiting to come up vacant is to my liking. Texarkana is certainly not number on on the hit [parade for places where I'd like to live in TX but it is only about 1.5 hours from where my son lives and would be not too far and not to close, so to speak. If I do take the apartment, once I am settled in there, I will start looking for a house.  Buying a house may have to wait until this divorce thing is over and I know how much money I will have as income but I can look at some in the meantime.

I may stay over that way a couple or few days. Anyone know a good, not chain type, restaurant. Home cooking, general American style eats, is what I hope to find. A great place for breakfast would also be nice to know about.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, July 13, 2019


I ordered one of these online earlier in the week. Stock photo but it looks exactly the same. It is the Century Arms C39V2 - MOE, model number: RI2399-N, with milled receiver. It is 100% made in the US of A.

It shipped on the 10th and was delivered on the 11th, same day I got the email notifying me it had shipped. That was quick. I picked it up at a local pawn shop - R&J Pawn And Loan - that handled the transfer for me. Met the owners, husband & wife team, there were extremely nice folks and they only charged $20.00 for the transfer.

Looked it over and it looked good to go. Hope to bring it to the range tomorrow.

There I had been thinking I'd buy myself a nice AR as soon as I got out of NY and I went for this instead; so, the AR has been put on hold for awhile. This will be the last gun I buy until I sell at least a few others and then I'll get an AK.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Ultimate Progressive - Destroying The Status Quo Of The Progressives

If you discussed politics right after the last major federal primaries and through the last federal general election in November 2018, you probably did some talking about NY's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who was elected to the House of Representatives. Since then she has become almost daily news for her outspoken demeanor on just about every political from so call Climate Change (aka: Global Warming) to her quest to oust several incumbent democrats from her own party because she apparently believes them to be less than progressive enough. She is a ballsy bitch so to speak and has been relentless in her opposition to President Trump and seemingly so toward anyone with who she has an ideological disagreement such as House Speak Nancy Pelosi of her own party. Right now she is leading the charge against incumbent democrats in an effort to have them ousted and replaced by those more in line with her own views (source) and thus she is gaining power as she steamrolls her once upon a time allies. Where to from there if she is successful - maybe the White House itself. Think that last is not possible - you are thinking just like those who thought she did not stand a chance of winning the democrat primary let alone the election.

She is backed by another ideologue, Saikat Chakrabarti, whom she supposedly chose to be her chief of staff; although, I have often wondered if he was he who chose her to manipulate to his own ends. His philosophy of advancing progressiveness, echoes or maybe guides her's, and is evidenced here: 

"It’s all part of a broader strategy to deploy inside-out organizing, Chakrabarti said. Staying connected to the progressive movement — and the public eye — through attention-grabbing demonstrations and social media is part of gaining policy leverage.
In other words: Don’t expect them to back down.

“When you shoot for big stuff, you stay true to the movement, you fight unapologetically on the inside, that is a very, very powerful way to pass the radical solutions that are necessary to face the radical problems that you have,” he said." (Source.)

His major political success seemingly has been the election of Ocasio-Cortez and the ousting of the incumbent democrat she faced down in the primaries. He has a lot of progressive goals and his puppet Ocasio-Cortez is riding high on his agenda. That is not to say it is also her own agenda as well but I think one can safely bet, with a record like Chakrabarti's, he is fanning those flames of ultra progressiveness within her. 

They are the dynamic duo of the progressive movement. While many laughed, still laugh at Ocasio-GuevaraCortez and think her a fool, I think they are individually both dangerous and much more so when aligned with one another. She is the type of leader the current crop of leftist loons find not only as acceptable but as an outstanding specimen of progressive political correctness despite her apparently being fairly clueless when it comes to fact versus fantasy on many current issues and events as well as on historical ones. When you think about it - that has been the hallmark of nearly every tyrant who has ever lived from petty ones all the way up through and including the most heinous and vicious. Her type scares me and should scare you. Mind you, being scared is good, it keeps you on your toes and more likely to act than being comfortably wrapped up in the status quo. Bear in mind the reasons to be concerned is that should she be successful in ousting long time democrat whackadoos from her own party then the next will be those on the other side of the aisle and if she becomes powerful enough the Constitution may follow. Who knows what would follow!

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Damn, That's A Lot Of Noise...

...and it sounds nice in a really a patriotic way, a perfect way to enjoy Independence Day's night is it! I have not heard as many pops, bangs, whizzes, crackling and loud explosions on the 4th, nor have I seen as many colorful rockets up in the sky even before full dark, in NY 15 years or more. Arkansas is a freer state than NY will be on its best day if only because this is the way the 4th of July, our Independence Day, should be celebrated!

All the best,
Glenn B

Hope You Are Having A Happy Independence Day...

...ours has been excellent so far. 

Brendan and I drove out to Pigeon Roost Range and had a blast. We were lucky because while it rained a bit along the route, it stopped by the time we got there. We were also lucky when we got there because there was only one other shooter on the line and he was safety conscious and a genial type.

We brought along a decent variety of hardware. Brendan hauled along his Bulgarian AK with a few typical 30 round mags and both a 75 round drum mag & a 100 round drum mag. He also brought his Mosin Nagant M44 and his Beretta M9A3 with silencer. I grabbed my Schmidt Rubin 1911 rifle (unfired sine I bought it), two Glock 30s, Remington R1 1911 and Rock Island Armory 1911 A1 FS pistols.

My first impression of shooting the Schmidt Rubin 1911 was the relatively light kick. I liked that and so did my aging bones, especially my right shoulder. It shot high at 50 yards, maybe 4 to 6 inches and did not group all that well for the first 20 rounds shooting PPU 174 grain soft points. The first set of shots I took was at a 6" Shoot-N-C target at 50 yards. I did not hit it once and forgot to mark off the other shots already on the already well used target that we found at the range (yeah, we forgot to bring a stapler so had to use what paper was already on the available backers) so I had no idea where I had hit. 

Then I switched over to a clean piece of cardboard with two circles painted on it of about 10-12" diameter each that I found lying behind the firing line. I impaled it on the frame of a shot up lawn sign that also was at the range. At least shooting at that cardboard target let me know where I was hitting - high and a bit left. Probably the same place Brendan had also hit for the eight or so shots he took when shooting at the Shoot-N-C on the used backer.

Next time around, I decided to give the Shoot-N-C target another try but went downrange but marked off most of the holes in the backer before taking another shot. Funny, I needn't have bothered with doing that, that time around. I don't know what I did right, maybe we just had fouled the barrel enough with the first twenty or so rounds and that helped because I shot this four shot group next, all shooting was done sitting at the bench elbows supported on the bench. Of course, I was aiming about 4-6" or so low this time since it had been shooting high before and that got it pretty closer to center elevation wise. I am thinking maybe if I use some different ammo, I may get it right on the money when holding dead on as far as elevation goes. As for the improvement in my windage, it wasn't shooting to the left any longer and I am none to sure what I must have changed to accomplish that. I figure it had been user error on that for the first few volleys and that maybe I was just concentrating a bit more and inadvertently corrected whatever I did wrong in the first place.

This 6" Birchwood Casey Shoot-N-C Target was pasted
onto a well shot up paper target we found at the range,
this was my best group of four shots including the flyer.

As for the Mosin Nagant, which Brendan had not shot since buying it, we did not have the same luck at improving the group size. Oddly enough all of the groups were also going high and left but the best was a group that fit in an oval about 6" wide by 4" high. Another thing was that while the bolt closed easily enough, it took an awful lot of effort to get it turned up all the way to the point where you could pull it back. After checking it later, I think the fact that there is glazed on dry Cosmoline on a lot of the parts of the bolt may be the cause. A good soaking in a solvent and a good brushing down of all the parts when wet is probably going to help with that.

Of course, there was some shooting where aiming did not matter and I kind of screwed up there. I don't know why I didn't think of it but the thought of shooting Brendan's Bulgarian AK with the drum mags never crossed my mind; heck I didn't even shoot it with the conventional 30 round mags. I had a lot of fun anyway just watching Brendan shoot it, his Mosin Nagant and his Beretta. Of course I had hands on fun shooting my 45s, the SR1911 rifle and his M44 flamethrower. I suppose though it would have been a lot more fun shooting the AK too - hopefully there is always next time. Anyway, as I said, Brendan had some fun shooting it and aiming did not matter much the way he was shooting it.

You just need to watch that short video to realize 
the extra fun  I missed out on. Next time, I will 
make darned sure to shoot a drum-load or three.

 We were probably at the range about an hour when the other guy there left. Shortly after he left, a group of four other shooter showed up, two guys and two gals. They were okay, all seemed pretty safety aware and that was good. We shot for another hour or so and I am pretty sure that without saying it to one another we both were feeling like it might be time to get some eats cause neither one of us had anything but coffee for breakfast. 

At about that point another shooter showed up. We shot awhile longer, maybe 15 or 30 minutes and in that time we realized this guy was a bit of a dickhead when it came to range safety. So, we kept an eye on him. He sat there at his bench, at least twice when the group of four other shooters went to check and fix their targets. Each time, there was a magazine in his AR and the action was closed. When he started shooting later without changing mags it became obvious the gun was loaded when the others were down range. At least he did not touch it then, but we decided no more going downrange.

By that time, two more guys showed up and they were worse than the guy keeping the loaded Ar on the bench with other shooters downrange. First of all, both walked onto the range without ears on while not knowing if the range was hot or not. They were less than safe as to where they pointed their rifles. While one fiddled with his guns on the bench, while the oter four shooters were again downrange, the other went back to the parking lot and came back with a modern legal version of what was essentially a sawed shotgun. He passed my son pointing ait at him. The only thing going for him at that point was he did not have his hands on the gun so his finger was nowhere near the trigger. Yet, it was sitting atop something else he was carrying so then again that was another unsafe act with a gun right there - zero hand control of it.

We did not wait for the two latest arsehats to start shooting and decided to leave immediately. So, we packed up and got our arse to the car. On the way back toward benton, we had hoped to stop at Bubba Brew's Sports Pub & Grill in Bonnerville, AR. As Brendan had guessed, it was closed for the 4th. The thing was, we had passed another of what I am guess is a chain - Bubba Brews - On Lake Hamilton - on the way to the range earlier in the day. I gave them a call and they were open. We an a truy delicious meal there starting off with an appetizer of oysters of the Rocky Mountain variety. First time for Brendan and he liked em. In fact, while a bit too salty they were delicious.

Some tasty tidbits.
For a main course Brendan has fried clam strips and I had their 14 hour Smoked Brisket. We each sampled a bit of the other's main course. Brendan's was excellent but I have to say, Brendan was right when he said that my smoked brisket was the best he ever tasted; I thought the same of it as compared to any I had ever eaten as well. Damn it was wet (fatty), pulled apart with the fork (I asked for a knife then wondered why I had bothered) and extremely delicious. That meal and no traffic of which to speak for the ride back to Brendan's place were the perfect ending to an outstanding Independence Day outing.

As I said, hope yours went as well as ours.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, July 1, 2019

Blondes - Sometimes You Have To Wonder, Are They Really... dumb as the stereotype! 

A woman, reported to be a a "fashion branding student", reportedly had a few drinks while donning her new bathing suit. The report goes on to say that after a trip to answer the call of nature, she could not understand why her nether regions were continually being exposed. So, she contacted the swimwear company to complain about it and sent them a photo of her in the ill fitting suit. 

The reply was precious, here is part of it: “I have had a look at the picture you sent and believe you are wearing the swimsuit upside down..."  More here at the source.

I wonder, is she a natural blonde?

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

I Changed The Clock... my car today while driving west somewhere in Kentucky. I'm well on my way to Benton, AR, my temporary stomping ground until I get an apartment either in TN (yes I can spell Tennessee) or TX. Every other time I've visited Brendan in Benton, I kept NY time on the dashboard clock and depended on my phone for local time. This time is a bit different as I am not returning to my residence in NY since the sale of our the house closed yesterday.

Odd feeling it all is; I had thought once I had left NY, we would be separated legally by mutual agreement and I'd not be going back soon. That all potentially changed when divorce papers wete served on me. So, I may have to go back for court and or to hire an attorney. Hopefully we can still resolve it more or less amicably by way of a mutual agreement. 

As for the clock, I am not changing it back, it will stay on central time and if I go back to NY, I will use my phone to tell time there.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, June 24, 2019

Whatever Happed To...

...Pokemon Go? I have not heard of a single Pokemon Go player being mowed down by a dump truck or walking off of a cliff in years or so it seems. Has the craze died and been replaced by something else. I imagine that Trump Derangement syndrome could have something to do with Pokemon Go accidents falling out of favor with the media since they devote so much time and space to Trump bashing. Just wondering about it since I was reminded of PG while looking over another blog this morning.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, June 22, 2019

You Can't Take It With You...

...or should I say I can't take them with me! I gave away two of my beloved tortoises today and also gave away two last or earlier this week. The two I gave away then were Russian Tortoises which I have had for about 5 years; then went to a good guy Gideon H. I liked them a lot and will miss them but know Gideon will take excellent care of them over the long haul. Of the two I gave away today, one was a Redfoot Tortoise and the other a Hermann's Tortoise. The Redfoot I got from a good friend Harry F. a couple or few years ago, the Hermann's was hatched here in my house, the offspring of a female Hermann's I have had for possibly 15 to 2o years now and the sire was one of her first offspring or in other words both the stepbrother and father of the little guy I gave away today. That one given away today was two years and some months old. I had had an unrelated male that I had been breeding to the female but he disappeared out of my backyard maybe 5 or 6 years years ago, either stolen or wound up as racoon or hawk food and the older male I have now was the offspring of the original male and female I had. The ones I gave away today went to Harry F; he too I am certain will take excellent care of them.

I am left with only three tortoises of the seven I had as of late and I have a bit of grief over that. The remaining are my female Hermann's, my older male Hermann's ad my older Redfoot that I recall I got via an Internet dealer back in 2008. Thus I have had it for 11 years now (how time flies even relative to a tortoise's life). You may not think so but you do become attached to tortoises somewhat. I never named mine, always a disappointment to those who ask me what are their names, but I have become somewhat bonded to them. While not nearly as responsive as a dog they are highly responsive to their keepers as far as it goes for reptiles. Hopefully they will like their new home wherever we wind up.

All the best,
Glenn B

It'S Been A Busy & Torturous Week

I've been getting ready for my move down south and that means getting ready for the house closing on Tuesday. It also means that I was working on the separation agreement for me and my wife but that was all to naught because now she has filed for divorce. Talk about being disheartened, there I was thinking we had quite the fair agreement but you should see what her lawyer is demanding. I figure, if I do not contest it, I will be trying to live on maybe 35% of the current income from my pension, I may qualify for WIC if that becomes my income. 

Among other things, if I understood correctly: we would have to split our assets supposedly in an equitable manner, I would have to purchase her health insurance totally on my dime, if she has medical bills unpaid by insurance then I would be responsible for them (and I am guessing that such potentially could wipe me out for life), I would have to splitting my income with her, I would also be required to maintain life insurance with her as the ONLY beneficiary (so in essence screw our children because I had already told her I would be switching it over to them instead of her), and life insurance policy I have now would increase by probably 25 to 50% in cost to me when I hit 65. (And you probably thought federal employee benefits were excellent and while somne are wonderful - it is certainly not so for FEGLI life insurance! Which by the way, I was about to change in 2011 to a private company's policy not long before my retirement - I had three or four policies from which I was about to choose - but was then diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer. Oh well, I was stuck with what I had back then.)

After receiving the divorce paperwork, I offered my wife a substantial percentage more of the net proceeds from the sale of the house than she would otherwise have been getting but have received no reply from her nor from her lawyer. Well, that is except a text from the wife saying that her lawyer expects me to call her and expects me to supply tax and other documents - apparently to help them with their case. No reply by tomorrow on my offer and I will have to cancel the offer and hire an attorney myself. This could have gone so smoothly but to that all I can says is: 'Alas poor Yorick (in my case 'alas poor good, merry, happy, sad, difficult and even bad married times')! I knew him, dear readers.' 

Or maybe I should say it it all, as the great Bard said it centuries ago, and you can think of Yorick as me, or as any man, in a marriage that has died:

"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your
gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment,
that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one
now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen?
Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let
her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must
come; make her laugh at that. "

Well anyway: All of this amazes me for some reason but you would think that after 32 years of dealing with attorneys throughout my career, and 33 years plus of being married to the same woman, I suppose I should have expected it. The funny thing is that what gets me the most is that the lawyer, for whatever reason, will not contact me directly and my wife will not give me the lawyer's email address so I can contact her in writing. I did send a text but got no reply. So, I tried to find out from my wife if the number she gave me for her attorney is a cell phone but as with other inquiries I have made of her, she has not replied. Go figure.

What looked as if it was going to be an amenable separation leading to divorce has turned into what promises to be only the first episode of a lifelong nightmare.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, June 10, 2019

On Starting Out Being Alone Again

Dinner - First Full Day In The House Alone - is a Genoa salami,provolone and feta cheese sandwich on French peasant bread with Italian dressing and a bottle of Ommegang's Three Philosophers ale. With a diet like this, I may not live long when single but I will enjoy myself.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Proof That Even Mice Get Married

All the best,
Glenn B

When The Heck Is Heterosexual Pride Month...

...or White History Month, or whatever celebration there is just for men. Someone please let me know.

Glenn B

Bang Bang, We Shot Each Other Down

At least not one of us that I know about!

All the best,
Glenn B

Two Pictures Say it All

All the best,
Glenn B

Okay - So It Seems Like Forever...

...,since I last posted anything on the blog. In truth, it's been a week. I was down in AR for the last week, brought more things down to my storage locker and to my son's place. Darned storage locker is full side to side but has some room going up, that is it would if the bottom boxes were not already collapsing under the weight of those higher up. I have more stuff but not all that much and it will get squeezed in there on my next trip to AR. That one is likely to nbe my last trip out of NY; then comes the wait for an apartment in either TX or TN. I am not about to live in AR on half my pension and have to pay state income tax - thus TX or TN. Right now, I am banking on the Texarkana, TX area for an apartment because it is closer to brendan in benton, AR bt if I buy a house with some land, it may be in TN because the land is less expensive there (and it is greener there too). of course, it is also about an hour and a half to two hours further from benton (at least where I would buy) but that would be okay I suppose.

More blogging later.

All the best,

Sunday, June 2, 2019

CSA General Smith's Surrender - Not The End Of The Story

On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House. That is the name of town where surrender took  place - the actual surrender did not take place inside a court building but in the parlor of the Wilmer McLean home. (Source.

While that surrender is often considered to be the end to the American Civil War, it was not until almost 8 weeks later, on June 2, 1865, that the last full general of the Confederate States of America - General Edmund Kirby Smith - surrendered to Union Forces at Galveston, TX. Up until that time, Smith and the forces under his command continued to resist the Union Army. He fled to Mexico immediately after his surrender but later swore an oath of allegiance to the United States to receive amnesty. (Source.) Some consider Smith's surrender to be the actual end to the Civil War but there is a bit more to the story.

There was at least one field general left in the Confederacy who had not yet surrendered.  "In 1861 Stand Watie, a Cherokee {aka: De Gata Ga (Cherokee: “Stand Firm”)}, had raised and commanded the first volunteer Cherokee regiment—the Cherokee Mounted Rifles—mustered into the Confederate Army." (Source.) He was later promoted to Brigadier General and placed in charge of the First Indian Brigade. He surrendered with his forces on June 23, 1865. "Stand Watie was the last Confederate general to surrender his command." (Source.)

Now mind you, that quote said that Stand Watie was the last CSA General to surrender; yet, even his surrender was not the final surrender of CSA forces. There was still a Confederate ship in the fight. That ship had been purchased by CSA forces in Liverpool England in 1864 and renamed the CSS Shenandoah under the command of Captain James I. Wadell. After the above surrenders, the Shenandoah continued on its mission to destroy New England whaling ships. During that campaign in which the Shendandoah destroyed several Union ships, Wadell was informed of the surrender of the Confederacy. He decided to return to Liverpool where he surrendered. 

"The last Confederate surrender occurred on November 6, 1865, when the Shenandoah arrived in Liverpool. The only Confederate vessel to circumnavigate the globe was surrendered by letter to the British prime minister, Lord John Russell." (Source.)

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

NY Sinking It's Claws Into Me Just As I Am Preparing To Leave

The closing on our house should take place anytime from June 10th to the end of June. After that, I'll be free of this socialist, anti-gun, whackadoo libterd of a state - or so I had thought. Then when I took a look at my mail today, those hopes while not shattered kind of sank somewhat - I got a jury duty notice. I have not received a jury duty notice in about 20 years. I know that because I am sure the last one I got was before 9/11  and am pretty sure it was at least a couple of years before then. Why in hell they had to send me one now boggles my mind. With my luck, we will close and they will want me to come in for a jury panel right before or after that. If after, they will have a hard time getting me there because once we close I am fleeing this shit-bird (thank you for the term Mr. Leahy) state to be a resident no more. If they do somehow manage to sink there hooks into me, I will have no place to stay so I hope they will put me up in a motel or drop me from the juror service rolls.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day - Remember & Honor Them In Your Own Way

if there is a heaven and from there you chance to look down
you'll see we earthbound this holiday with nary a frown
but if you watch closely enough you'll be certain to see
shed tears as we give thanks to you who passed on bravely
while keeping this land free from enemies of all sorts
fighting our wars protecting our people, skies, lands & ports
We remember you each of us on this your very special day
and we remember the sacrifices made and honor you today
for without your sacrifices our land would no longer be free
and we we owe it all to the brave fallen of the U.S. Military

Friday, May 24, 2019

Let's Spend The Night (Our Life) Together

When given a choice:


 All the best,
Glenn B

Memorial Day - Remember Them - Honor Them

When celebrating the long Memorial Day weekend at the beach, in the country, in your backyard for a BBQ, going shopping online or in the stores looking for sales or wherever and however - try not to forget the real reason for this holiday. 

Memorial Day is a day to honor those in our military service who died honorably fighting in war. It's purpose is not to honor veterans (we have Veterans' Day for that) nor was it initially to honor those in the military who died while serving but not while defending (as in combat) our great nation - the United States of America. Times and the holiday have changed, though I think sadly, and honoring all those who died in our military service - not just those who perished honorably in combat - is what it has evolved to today. Hopefully the emphasis is still placed on remembering and honoring they who fell in combat for the rest of us. 

We Shall Keep the Faith

by Moina Michael, November 1918

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died. 

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

More info on memorial Day at these links:

All the best,
Glenn B 

Damn - The Things We Find In The House

This morning, when I finally crawled out of bed, I found a box of 400 rounds of 5.56 NATO ammo on my coffee table in the basement. Went upstairs to ask my son why he bought that here in NY and he told me he found it in his old room. I'd thought he had cleared it all out. 

Then, early this afternoon, my brothers-in-law & my son moved some stuff out of my garage to take to the BIL's house upstate. I was quite surprised to see  a boxed spam can of Tul Ammo 7.62x39 rounds laying there on the garage floor after they were done. I was pretty sure I had brought virtually all of my ammo - minus a few boxes of this or that - down to my son's place in AR last month.

Just more space I need in my Corolla on my next trip to AR next week or so. I don't mind though, I'd rather need the room for it than not have the ammo.

My son also found a 1/10 oz gold coin I gave him several years ago. Happy he found that and it did not wind up forgotten here for the new owners.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Found A Nice Deal On AR Mags & 5.56 NATO Ammo Today...

...pretty much thanks to Wirecutter and his blogpost:

P-mags – Get ’em while they’re hot

The thing is, I did not get the deal he posted about. I tried ordering ten (1) of the MAG571 PMAGs about which he blogged and at first all was going well, my order needed one more click and I would have had ten (1) 30 round MAG571 PMAGs for $79.99 with free shipping. That is all was well until my connection to Palmetto State Armory went down. When I logged back in a few minutes later - no matter what I did the promotion code did not work. I cleared my browser cache and tried again - no good; I ran CCleaner and cleared the browser cache and tried once more - no good. I used another browser - still no good. I called Palmetto State Armory, the guy in online customer service told me that I could order them at $12.30 each plus shipping, complete that order, call back customer service and they would refund the amount of the discount to my charge card. I said thanks and goodbye, was about to hang up and he said wait a minute; said he just ran the promotion code and it was not coming up so it must have expired. My guess, it expired and that is why I lost my connection when first making the order. Then I figured, let me try on my phone - still did not work - so I guessed he was right and the code had expired.

I looked around the site for similar offers on other PMAGs. Then I found this one (in case the link expires it was $199.99 shipped for ten (1) of the same PMAGs plus a 420 round ammo can of Federal 5.56x45mm, 55 grain, XM193LC1AC1 ammo). Now, I don't know what you think but I think that to be an even better deal. Lowest price I could find on was $137.10 including shipping from Classic Arms (as I key this in). Most other places were considerably higher for the ammo and all other dealers I checked were much higher for the magazines at around a minimum of $12.00 each.

So, at $199.99 - with free shipping - for both, I got a great deal. Had them sent down to my son in AR. Of course, when I move down south to either AR, TN or TX, I'll have to make an AR one of my first purchases and try out those mags and ammo before he gets to them.

If you want either deal, look for those PMAGs and try the code PMAG - it may yet work but you need to order a minimum of ten for that deal. Someone on Kenny's site said it is an on again / off again thing. Otherwise, if you want the ammo and the mags, click this link

While I did not get the same deal that Wirecutter posted about, it's thanks to him I visited PSA in the first place and then found the other deal I did get. A hat tip and my thanks to him.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, May 20, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019

A Picture Is Worth 600K Followers

One of the best pro-gun videos I have seen if only because she seems to have come unexpectedly on the scene, did so at the most unlikely of places (Kent State University) and quickly turned into one the best pro-gun advocates ever.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, May 17, 2019

Bill Dah-Blah-Zee-Oh Has Announced His Candidacy For The Presidency

"New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday morning that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, saying President Trump "must be stopped."

De Blasio is the 23rd Democrat to officially announce a bid for the White House and the second this week following Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s announcement on Tuesday." Source.

 You know, if this utter asshole candidate winds up elected president, or if any one of the current democrats running this time around are elected, we will be well beyond the point at which we should have become revolutionaries. 

So, do not worry about who is in the running - do not even consider another candidate from the Republican party or any other party. My advice, vote only for the reelection of the current president - Donald Trump. Should he choose not to run then vote for whomever he recommends. Seriously - I urge you to vote only for his reelection or for the candidate he recommends. If not, we are lost because if we split our votes, the libturds are sure to win and to destroy the good old US of A. 

Don't forget how guys like me fucked up by voting for Ross Perot and then lived life under a Clinton for 8 years; and bear in mind, as bad as was he, he probably was better for America than any candidate the Dems now have in the running! Just try to imagine living under the administration of any of the leftist loonies running this time around and be afraid, very afraid, one of them could win if we split our votes.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Seeking Beretta 950BS Minx - 22 Short - Magazines

I am in the market for a magazine or two for my Beretta 950BS in 22 Short, also known as the Beretta Minx. I am only looking for magazines manufactured by Beretta - no after market mags. If anyone knows of a source, please let me know.

Glenn B

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Beretta 950BS In 22 Short - First Impressions

Yesterday, I got to shoot the Beretta 950BS Minx in 22 short, that my son bought me as a gift and that will officially become mine once I relocate to AR as a resident. 

We went to an indoor range. I only fired about 21 shots out of it but that was enough to get a decent first impression of it. As I expected, based on my experience with a few Beretta 950BS Jetfire models in 25ACP, I had kind of, sort of, more or less figured this would be much the same as far as how well it functioned. 

I was on the money and at least for the few rounds I shot through it, it functioned flawlessly, it pointed well, it sights are usable but very small, it hits where you aim and hits where you point shoot at least at close range (I was firing at 7 yards). My groups were somewhat smaller than the size of my fist while firing at a moderate pace and trying to use the sights to the size of my open hand while point shooting rapidly. The amount of room in the magazine, front to back, when it was loaded was amazing. It looked like it would fit 22LR rounds in it. The 22 short is certainly a tiny round but even with all that room the rounds fed reliably each time, the little pistol went bang each time and the blow-back design extracted & ejected the spent casing each time. I was shooting CCI 22 shorts. Nice little gun for which I will have to find another magazine or three and hopefully all will be OEM since the aftermarket brand(s) seem to be abysmal as to reliability to feed. The thing is the OEM mags seem to be very difficult to come by. 

I wish they had chambered these in 22LR as I do not like the Beretta M21A anywhere nearly as much as the 950B S.
Anyway, I like this little gun and most assuredly will have fun with it.

All the best,
Glenn B

Magical Guns

All the best,
Glenn B

I'm Coming Out But Not From The Closet

I am a straight white agnostic male and I stand with the USA, I support those who want to enjoy the liberty to: gather & speak freely, print the truth, be religious or not so long as they do no harm to others because of their beliefs, belong to a political party so long as it does not seek to overthrow our legally acting government or disregard our Constitution, I tolerate those who choose to live a different lifestyle than my own even though I may not accept their lifestyle as normal (yes tolerating and acceptance are different), I think they who mutilate their bodies to become that which they are not are mentally ill and support assisting their seeking & obtaining mental health care and hope they do so, I believe you are what you are by way of nature and that no matter how hard you try you cannot become something other than male or female or hermaphrodite (transgender is nothing more than denial of reality) and it is about time people become realistic fairly sane adults, I believe most recreational drugs should be legalized but if you have a problem with drugs or an addiction to them then the problem is yours and it is not the government's responsibility and certainly not mine to help you, I decry they whose first act on a country’s soil is a criminal act, I despise politicians who legislate laws to infringe on the rights of citizens and legal residents while they support an invasion of our country by illegal aliens and who look to give benefits to criminals of all sorts at the expense of the law abiding tax paying citizen & legal resident aliens of our nation, I believe one needs to earn a living not get handouts (of what the government takes from the taxpayer) if physically able to do so, I believe in the right to work but also that you need to pay attention in school and strive to do your best to achieve a good education and ultimately land a decent job, I believe that a person who by way of honest work achieves more is the one who deserves more of a reward for that performance, I believe in being charitable to those truly in need but cannot tolerate freeloaders or think they are entitled to what is mine or yours, I am not a Democrat nor a Republic nor am I a Liberal nor a Conservative but rather tend toward Libertarian ideals, I believe the law should apply to every every citizen and legal resident alien equally, I believe the rights of the citizens and legal resident aliens of our nation apply to all of them equally, I do not believe illegal aliens should enjoy those rights equally as do citizens nor that they should enjoy the protection of our laws equally as they obviously hold little or no allegiance to our nation or Constitution, I truly believe that while government is necessary it is all too often the problem and it needs to be reigned in severely, I believe that government officials who routinely violate the rights of the citizenry or otherwise violate the Constitution should be removed from office and swiftly prosecuted under the law and banned from further government service, I believe government servants are just that - servants of the people - both in the military and civil service, I believe politicians are our servants and not our masters and that they need to be reminded of it and sternly so if necessary, I believe in 2-4 year long (at most) two term limits for all politicians, I believe in liberty and true justice for all, I believe the Constitution of the United States of America to be the most perfect legal document ever written subsequent to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, I have sworn to uphold & defend the Constitution (as written - not as interpreted by the whims of the times) against all enemies foreign and domestic and just because I have retired does not mean I have forgotten or abandoned that oath or my responsibility to it, I am a free man or at least intend to live as one.

What about you?

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, May 10, 2019

Another Blog Added To The Blogroll

This one,, added under


Sadly, my little gray cells cannot recall if I have met this blogger before, possibly at a bloggershoot in NH, but her name does sound familiar to me.

All the best,

Getting A Small Taste Of Freer Living In AR

Yesterday, I stopped by Academy Sports and picked up a Glock magazine for the Glock 21 I had sent to my son, via his FFL, some months back. The Glock 21 is in 45 ACP and comes with 13 or 10 round magazines. Of course, being I got that pistol in NY, I could only legally purchase it with 10 round mags. My son has been looking for a good deal on the 13 round mags ever since and the lowest price he found them for was at a gun show for $30. I had thought it was too bad he did not get them at that price. Yep, they can be had less expensively online for the mag itself but then there is that thing called a shipping fee and of course you have to wait for them. Not much of a difference, with shipping added, if any. Thus not worth the cost with shipping when you consider the wait.

I stopped by Academy Sports in Benton yesterday and saw them for $3o each. They had two but I only got one. Happy that is all I got. 

 Today we went to Arkansas Armory, a range in North Little Rock, and had some fun shooting my pistols in 45 ACP (2 Glock 30s, a RIA 1911 and a Remington R1 1911) and Brendan's Beretta M9A3 wearing its Silencer Co. can and also the Beretta 950BS Minx in 22 Short he bought me for a gift (still his until I establish residency here). While I only had 200 rounds of 45 ACP, that I picked up at Academy Sports along the way to the range, it was enough for a good time betwixt father & son and it sure beat going to a range in NY because there was no way we'd be shooting a gun with a silencer on it up there legally.

After that, we stopped in Wildman Arms, a gun store I had been wanting to visit over the last few times I was here but never got around to before. Brendan had told me they were quite expensive; so, imagine my surprise when I saw they had two 13 round Glock 21 magazines for $24.99 each. I bought them both. Brendan then reminded me that Academy Sports has a price match policy and said they may refund me $5.00 on the one I bought from them if I show them the receipt from Wildman Arms. I'll give it a try.

An intelligent rule for sure.
Anyway, as for those Glock 21 mags, the price was right but is not the important thing; what is important is that I was able to walk into a gun store and buy magazines with a round capacity of more than 10 rounds. As a matter of fact, I probably could have bought a pistol on my one day old AR driver's license but I prefer to wait until actually having been here long enough to establish bona fide residency. That, to the best of my knowledge, is 90 days based on what they told me in the county clerks office after their DMV folks said to check with the clerk. 

In fact, even though I got the AR driver's license, I am still a resident of NY and will be such until at least the sale of our house closes and I move out of NY permanently - hopefully by mid-June. I got the AR license just to start things going and to provide proof of my move to the county gendarmerie in NY when I inform them I am turning in my pistol license because I have moved to AR. I don't know why I or anyone should need to bother once moved out of NY but my bet is they will want some proof. Anyway, I will be happy to give it to them once relocated to, and breathing the air of, a freer state.

By the way, as you may have guessed, someone was mighty happy to get three 13 round mags for his Glock 21.Maybe we'll use them on our next visit to the range.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Leftist, Racist, Sexist, Pedophle POS (just my opinion)

All the best,
Glenn B

It's Gotta Be FM

Fucking magic, that's what did it.

All the best,
Glenn B

Esatblishing Residency

Today, I took my first official step at becoming an Arkansan (or is that Arkansaurian or Arkansite). 

Whatever, that I will learn the correct nomenclature for my residency and in about 90 days after the sale of my house closes in NY, I will become a resident of Arkansas. Then I am going to go gun crazy, as in buying new stuff - not becoming a psycho killer or anything like that! Hell, I may need to buy a pickup truck too but that will take awhile (and a job that suits me  - not just one that pays a salary but one I actually like). 

As for NY - FUAC.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

I Set A Personal Record Today

I took a little drive today (actually yesterday as it is after midnight as I write this). The record I set was the distance I drove in one day - 907 miles. It may not be a lot for someone else but damn, it beat my longest previous drive by about 125 -150 miles or so. Had it not been pretty late when I hit that mark, I would have driven for another hour or two but being 11PM I figured I had best grab a motel room for the night. My last record setting drive, as best I can recall, was about 750 to 775 miles and that was back in 1983 when I was a sprite young lad of 28. Maybe I drove a bit more than that later on but not as best I remember. I certainly never drove over 900 miles in one day before.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, May 6, 2019

Riddle Me This Batman...

...the dems want Trump impeached for obstruction of justice; so why is it they do not want to prosecute, in some way shape or form, Special Counsel Mueller. He reportedly knew that President Trump had been exonerated of anything to do with conspiring (collusion as they called it) with the Russians and supposedly knew it a year or so before closing the investigation. So, did Mueller obstruct justice being done by holding off on making public that determination for about a year. After all justice being done does not necessarily mean charging and convicting someone of a crime - it means being just and thus would also mean determining someone was not guilty as charged or even suspected instead of carrying on your investigation while the person still believes you are investigating him of the original charge. Of course, that could drive anyone nuts, especially when the person being investigated knew with certainty that he had not conspired, colluded, assisted or anything like that; yet, the government makes it appear as if he is still the target of that investigation!

Now with that said, think of a charge of entrapment against Mueller if President Trump is indeed impeached. President Trump would never have been pressured into saying half of the things he said, about it being a witch hunt and that the investigation should be toned down or that the investigation was this or that or asking for help in getting it over with, had Mueller spoken up sooner about him being innocent and no longer a suspect in that regard. Thus, if impeached, the government by way of Mueller continuing to make it appear as if an investigation against President Trump was ongoing, one that should have ceased and been announced in a timely fashion as completed with a finding of no criminal acts by the president, quite possibly trapped the president by way of making him think they were conspiring to frame him and thus making him speak out against the witch hunt et al. If they use anything he said, at least after the first year of the investigation, to impeach him - it is fruit of the poisonous tree and Mueller needs to be prosecuted himself - in my opinion.

All the best,
Glenn B