Monday, April 6, 2020

A COVID-19 Epiphany

All this panic over what - it's just another way to die out of the many ways that were already before us. If it took just one of us or takes a million or kills of the whole human race - what's the difference! We all die sooner or later - it's just a matter of when and how.
All this panic over what? It's just another way to die out of the many ways that were already before us. If it took just one of us, takes a million or kills off the whole human race - what's the difference! We all die sooner or later - it's just a matter of when and how. 

So why are you so afraid? Sooner or later you're going to die. In the meanwhile, live your life to its fullest and die a fulfilled person - don't live a politician's or bureaucrat's idea of how your life should be lived and die a servant to tyranny!

All the best,
Glenn B
All this panic over what - it's just another way to die out of the many ways that were already before us. If it took just one of us or takes a million or kills of the whole human race - what's the difference! We all die sooner or later - it's just a matter of when and how.All this panic over what - it's just another way to die out of the many ways that were already before us. If it took just one of us or takes a million or kills of the whole human race - what's the difference! We all die sooner or later - it's just a matter of when and how.
All this panic over what - it's just another way to die out of the many ways that were already before us. If it took just one of us or takes a million or kills of the whole human race - what's the difference! We all die sooner or later - it's just a matter of when and how.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Next Chapter: CCRKBA WELCOMES NEW GUN OWNERS: ‘BE SAFE, BE INFOR...

Zack is always spot on:



The Next Chapter: CCRKBA WELCOMES NEW GUN OWNERS: ‘BE SAFE, BE INFOR...: BELLEVUE, WA – Legions of Americans have rushed to gun stores to purchase firearms and ammunition for the first time in their lives i...



All the best,

GB

NOW They Want Us To Wear Masks!!!

NOW the CDC wants us all to wear masks to cover our noses and mouths to prevent the spread of COVID-19! This pisses me off bigtime!

What gets me is the arsehat politicians, bureaucrats and medical experts (medical personnel including many, many, many doctors) told us that wearing masks was only, I repeat only, a good idea for medical and first responder personnel. Those fuckers wanted the masks only for themselves (then many medical personnel were reported to be stealing them) and in their short sighted selfishness they often stated that if not for them no one would get medical attention thus the reason they needed them. While that may be true once a virus spread throughout the population, I say it was bullshit at the time they said they were the only ones who masks would help. Had the virus not spread as much as it did as rapidly as it did - then it would have been likely we would not have needed all of that medical attention in the first place. Wearing masks may well have prevented the spread - not so much that it would prevent you from catching it but that it would prevent those who had it from spreading it. In fact now they are actually demanding, in some places, that is that everyone wear one.
The thing is, and this has been known for years but practiced usually only by Asian cultures, that wearing a mask helps to prevent you from spreading an airborne contagion if you have it in your respiratory system. You talk, cough, sneeze and whatever comes out of you gets stuck in the mask you are wearing. So, had people been told to wear these all along, the infection rate likely would have been cut dramatically. Now - that it is all over the country and ravaging large urban areas where folks are crammed together (NYC population as of 2018 was estimated to be: 8,398,748 - source) they want everybody to wear them but its kind of late for that or I think. 


Anyway, where the heck are people supposed to get them? They are now saying use bandanas, paper towels, t-shirts - the next thing you know they will tell you to wear a plastic bag over your head. These fools really need to be booted out of power once this is under control and I mean as in a purge of at least 90% if not more of them. Yet, you can bet - once this is over they will be pounding their chests telling you what great things they did and between poundings they will be pointing their fingers trying to blame the other guy for screwing up. Sadly - we probably will accept it as status quo as we go back to work wearing the inevitable I Survived The Corona Virus 2020 or some other stupid shit. 

Stay healthy,
Glenn B

Monday, March 30, 2020

So I Had To Go To Walmart Last Night...

...to pick up some medical stuff I needed right away. Anyway, when I get to Walmart, some guy - standing outside and whom I heard was talking to another guy about tractors - rushes over to me and gets right in my face 💀 his face less than a foot from mine 💀 (I took a fighting stance and almost belted him I really thought he was about to hit me or something along those lines the way he rushed at me) and he blurts out that the store is closing in 9 minutes and I have to get all my purchases to the register before then. Here I have been, trying to be the good citizen, keeping a 6 foot or more distance between myself and others, interacting with people as little as possible, staying home with few exceptions other than taking out Skye for her walks and this asshole is getting right in my face, with a moronic look on his, while giving me the Walmart the store is closing spiel. I complained to the greeter inside, probably to at least some avail because the guy was still at the door outside when I left and I noticed he told a guy walking toward the store that they were closing but did it from a good distance that time. If I come down with Corona, he is going to be the number suspect on my list for having given it to me and number one on my shit list!😡 

Seriously, being I am 64, that crap was a bit concerning. Mind you, only a bit, but the truth is that people have been doing some irresponsible things and others some plain full out crazy and potentially virus spreading shit on purpose. Yesterday, I heard a news report on the radio about an Amazon delivery guy in CA who spit into his hand and then wiped it all over a package he was delivering. The homeowner realized the package was wet and checked his security camera only to see what I just described. Amazon reportedly fired the guy (source). A woman was arrested in PA for alleged terrorist threats after coughing on food in a supermarket, she also reportedly tried to steal a twelve-pack of beer (source). The management there said they had to destroy $35,000.00 worth of food because of her actions. I have heard rumors that some younger folks are hoping to pass the virus onto older folks to kill off the generation or at least that that will be the result of the pandemic! My guess is there are many more examples of things like these being perpetrated by nut-jobs. If shit like this keeps up and the virus keeps spreading - I think someone out there is going to kill, or at least beat senseless, someone they think is a potential and purposeful imminent threat as a vector for passing the virus onto them. I am surprised it has not happened already with the current panic.

Me, I think I will just stay home even though this does not seem anywhere as bad as the flu but when it comes to the flu at least I had the quad-polyvalent inoculation. There aint a thing to prevent COVID-19 except maybe social distancing, handwashing, sanitizers and so forth. I wonder if getting sloshed at home helps. Whatever - just stay healthy.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Latest Boomers

As I indicated yesterday, I haven't had much that I've wanted to blog about lately. COVID-19, the weather, politics, other comings and goings - all blah lately. Now, being cooped up due to a shelter in place order, things are even more boring. What to do to alleviate that, at least for part of the day yesterday, was for me to go to the Hessney online Early Gun & Military Auction. So that's what I did and I wound up killing time on a Saturday afternoon online watching and bidding in the auction for several hours. I also lent a hand toward the eventual decimation of my bank account. What can I say but that I am a gun nut  a firearms fan boy  addicted to buying & owning firearms  a gun auction junky a serious firearms enthusiast (yep, that's the one). So I bid on several and wound up with the high bids on a few and on a coupple of other lots as well.

I limited my bidding to yesterday to only firearms that were eligible to be sent to me directly by virtue of my Curios & Relics Collector's (C&R) federal firearms license (FFL). That was because it saves me money per each gun I purchase online that otherwise would have to go through a dealer, with a dealer's FFL; and they are not cheap - they usually charge around $25.00 or more nearby to where I live. Since I had the high bids on four guns yesterday restricting my bids to C&R guns saved me $100.00. I did have some bids on guns that were not C&R eligible but made those bids early on last week. The bids were on the low side and had I wound up with any of them being the high bids, I would have done alright - despite the $25.00 FFL fee for each that would have been required - by keeping my bids very low on those guns. No luck with that. Anyway, I think I got (or will get once delivered) some pretty nice additions to my collection:

The first one in order of how I bid on them was an Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works Model I.J. Target Sealed 8 Second Model  D.A. Revolver, 8 Shot, in .22 LR, with a 6” Barrel and Walnut Grips. 


It looks to be in VG to EXC condition but, as with all of these, time and an inspection by me will tell. They do not usually give a condition description for any of the items in the auction unless they are listed as "unfired in the box" (meaning new for all practical purposes) or as "as new" (meaning as good s new and usually spot on but sometimes not very accurate) or there is a major flaw like a cracked stock or parts are missing and so on. Even things like cracked stocks sometimes get overlooked. I usually send Joe Hessney, the auctioneer, an inquiry to ask about the guns in which I have an interest and did it this time but for whatever reason did not get a reply (and this is the only time I have not received one although once I missed one he left in a voice mail instead of email). Joe usually gives me a very good description of each one I inquire about but this time I was bidding almost in the blind. I say almost because they do have photographs of each item up for bids but sometimes the pictures leave a lot to be desired. 

The next was a H & R Model “22 Special” .22 LR D.A. Revolver, with a 6” barrel. Other than the serial number, that's all the description that was given so I had to depend on the pictures of it to determine if I'd bid and how high I'd go.
 
 I liked this one a lot. It does not appear to be in quite as good condition as the Iver Johnson but still at least in VG condition. What I particularly like is that it is a break top revolver. I always wanted a H&R Model 999 and they had one up for bids in this auction, it looked okay and I bid on it but it went for exactly double what I bid on this one. Why they go for so much more than this model is a mystery to me. Another thing I like about this one is that according to the Blue Book of Gun Values, this the second variation that was only manufactured between 1928 and 1930. So it is evidently at least 90 years old this year. There is just something about old guns of bygone eras that makes them appealing to me. Of course, I buy modern firearms too as I'm not an old gun snob, I just like them and like being able to have them shipped to me directly on my C&R.

The next was an Ortgies pistol in 32 ACP manufactued by Deutsche Werke. It is the roughest looking of all four that I had high bids on but still looked to be in decent shape. Anyhow, a little rough here and there is okay, it's going to be a shooter not a collectible.


I've already got one of these so, the plan is maybe to give this to my son. It might wind up being a gift or maybe just a long term loan. The Ortgies is a fairly simple steel firearm except for the grips  and it's loads of fun to shoot. I just wish that 32 ACP was as inexpensive as 9mm.

The last gun in the group is an Iver Johnson Double Action Top Break Revolver .32 Cal., 3” barrel, with nickel finish - as they described it. As far as I can make out, it is a Third Model Iver Johnson Safety Automatic Hammer and my guess is that the caliber is .32 S&W. Again, time and my inspection will tell - I pretty much got it for a song even though my singing voice is always off key.



What concerns me more than anything on this one is that to me, one grip looks to be black and the other possibly brown. That could just be the light but to me the right grip looks brown. If that's the case, the search will be on for a replacement grip. Regardless, it looks to be in VG condition for a nickel plated revolver manufactured from 1909 through 1941.

I also got in what I think was a very good bid on a very nice looking (at least on the one side they pictured) bayonet for my Mauser Chileno Modelo 1895. The rifle came with a bayonet but it was not correct to the rifle and was for a Mauser Argentino. The one from yesterday's auction is the correct one and may be the parade version.

At $62.15 (including bid and buyer's premium) this was a good deal for a bayonet in this good a shape with the correct scabbard and frog (the leather attachment that holds the scabbard). Only a good deal though if the other side looks as good.
Finally, I also had the high bid on what was listed as "5- High capacity SKS magazines". I have never seen SKS magazines that look like these. All the hi-cap mags for SKS rifles that I have seen have a large extension at the front top except for mags used by the Norinco Paratrooper SKS but that rifle uses AK-47 magazines not these. So it's a bit of a mystery as to what they will fit but if they fit and function in my SKS I will be happily amazed. To me though, they look more like AR mags. Not saying that's what they are just that they look more like them.

I gambled that $33.90 for all five would be a good investment. Again, time will tell.
So, I had an good afternoon yesterday as far as I am concerned. I will be even more comfortable saying that if after I receive everything I find them all is as good a condition as I think they appear to be.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, March 28, 2020

I Am Still Alive & Kicking...

...but just not blogging a lot. I am sick, not from Corona Virus but of everything to do with COVID-19 and the reporting or lack of reporting about it. Bowie County, TX supposedly put a shelter in place order into effect at 11:59 last night, I found out by way of a very brief conversation I had with someone at my local city hall. The folks at my city hall were two lazy, lackadaisical or incompetent, I suppose, to give us a heads up that it was about to be implemented and the woman to whom I spoke was clueless as to any of the restrictions and said I'd have to contact the county for more info. I would not even have known to call city hall to inquire had I not gone to get a haircut yesterday and the hair cutting place across the street from my apartment had a closed for the duration of the shelter in place order sign in their front window. I wonder how they found out because they closed many hours before it went into effect. Oh well, life goes on, I hope.

Anyway, what is there to blog about? I could blog about poltics and how the hopeful nominee of the dem party - Joe Biden - appears to be brain dead or at least well on his way to a serious case of dementia or something like it. Have you seen and of his interviews or speeches lately. It is pretty sad to see him in such shape but sadder still that a major political party would even consider him to run for the highest office in the land. Then again, I suppose they could be hoping he gets in and his vice president will become president after the massive stroke (or whatever other form of death) he suffers soon after being elected. Of course, they just may decide to can him before they pick a nominee and then go with Andrew Cuomo (it really is not that far fetched of an idea especially when you think all they'd be left with is that commie Bernie if Biden is out).

I could also blog about - what - let's see:n the weather, the ammo buying panic of Spring 2020, the stock market (from which I have sold off all my stock and where I have made about an 18% profit over the past 6 months or so too bad I did not have tens of thousands invested), the soon to arrive Zombie Apocalypse (yes it is coming with one type of zombie or another and my guess is they will be the type Bob Hope mentioned in Ghost Breakers). The thing is, I am sick of it all - except maybe the Zombie Apocalypse.

So instead of further blogging, I am going to sign onto Hessney.com to go to their online only Early Gun & Military Auction (it was supposed to be a live auction last week but because of restrictions placed in NY State, they had to make it online only and changed it to today). I have several bids in already and the bidding starts closing  at noon (EST) so I want to check and see how my bids are faring now and maybe do a bit more pricing research to see if I want to go any higher on any of them.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

I Learned My Lesson The Last Two Ammo Panic Runs

We've got another run - a panic run on ammo! Lucky for me is that I learned my lesson the first two times. This time around I saw it coming. All I had to see were the morons buying toilet paper by the ream. The stock market tanking was just the extra nudge I needed to start buying the ammo I needed or wanted or figured I might need should ammo dry up.

    A Good Ammo Pre-Panic Buy With More Coming. I ordered just before the panic set in and got everything I wanted/needed with a case of Winchester Super X 35 REM & 500 rounds of CCI 22 Short still to be shipped.
 I got rid of a lot of ammo before leaving NY last June and when I say a lot, I mean tens of thousands of rounds, probably around 15-20K. I only left there with the ammo that fit into the amount of ammo cans that would fit on the floor in the back of a full sized cargo van. While it was quite a bit, it was much less than what I had in my inventory prior to that. Had I been arrested in NY for anything and my home searched I would have made national news on libturd media outlets for the arsenal in my basement (well, what the libturds call an arsenal anyway). Mind you, it was all legal, I did not live in New York City where there is/was a 200 round limit on the amount of ammo you can/could have in your home (some sort of a fire department regulation, restriction or law). Go figure but those shameless libs back there will screw you over for 201 rounds. 

I have digressed so let me get back to the point: I was down a lot of ammo so when I got to Texas so I started replacing I soon after I got here. I have been buying it steadily ever since. By March 10, 2020 I had replaced about 4,500 rounds of it, excluding about 1,500 rounds I used up at the range since getting here. So the net of replacement ammo equaled about 3,000 rounds more or less; I was in no particular hurry.

Then the Novel Corona Virus situation befell us. Folks started going crazy. They wiped the toilet paper right off the shelves. Bottled water washed away like someone had breached a damn. N-95 dust masks (and any other dust masks) blew away like dust in the wind! Gas mask filters are as impossible to find as a friendly face in a mustard gas cloud. I had placed an order for replacement of old dated masks that I had been meaning to place for months but as you are aware - I am THE Great Procrastinator. I placed my order with this crap only a little bit in mind because I never anticipated this mess; although, I guess it is what pushed me to order them. I have not received them yet, my order was placed on February 9th for a few filters, the company that makes them said they had them in stock at the time! Then the big all out mass buying binge: eggs, bacon, meat, orange juice, baby diapers, hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, aloe gel (you can make hand sanitizer with alcohol and aloe gel) and whatever else were all selling like tomorrow had been cancelled. 

I figured with the market plummeting after the Saudi & Russian oil spat, and with promises of COVID-19 decimating us and our economy, and with folks already going totally bonkers and panic buying everything - ammo panic buying would not be far behind. I knew what was coming immediately but also looked ahead beyond the next few months to November and the presidential election. You can bet that even if the current panic abates soon, another may very well take place not all that far in advance of the election. Then again, the current one may not abide by experts' projections as to how long the Corona Virus crisis keeps going. If what the democrats wanted to add to the Senate bill is any indication of how much they are really willing or unwilling to address the COVID-19 issue then I expect it will go on for a very long time even if the virus dies out on its own. That's because they seem to be trying to assure the economy tanks by their absolutely ridiculous hoped for inclusions in the bill to combat the virus and protect our economy. The whole mess was and remains insanity, it truly is TEOTWAWKI to some degree because life will never be quite the same after this mess.

So what to do, I put a few grand into the stock market and increased my shares of VSTO (Vista Outdoors that owns Federal Ammunition and such). I had made a small profit already since first funding the account in August and I've made a tidy profit already from what I just added recently. 

Then I placed my first ammo order - shame on me but it was for some 38 Special ammo by Remington (not Federal but far not their stock is doing well nonetheless). I ordered 250 rounds of tat 38 ammo. Then I placed additional ammo orders March 14, 16, 22 & 24 for another 3,200 rounds, of various calibers, with a grand total of 3,450 ordered since March 10th. I got all of that ammo from a single online dealer, at an 8% discount less than their normal prices and all with free shipping! In fact most of the ammo I have bought since moving out of NY, and a lot before I left NY, has come from the same dealer. My go to dealer for all that ammo ordered this month, and a lot ordered since August 2019, was Target Sports USA where I have a Prime membership. (I do not get anything for the plug, I give it because I like them and am quite satisfied with their prices, selection, delivery time, customer service and their ethics.) I have to hand it to them - as opposed to a dealer like Cheaper Than Dirt that raised prices astronomically (in my opinion) on at least some ammo for this current panic buying spree and who seemingly treat their customers like dirt - the folks at Target Sports USA evidently did not raise their prices, kept offering free shipping on ammo bought by the case for anyone and kept offering their 8% discount with free shipping on any sized ammo order for Prime members. 

Most of the ammo I ordered since March 10th has been delivered already and I expect another delivery of it tomorrow. That leaves my last two orders (made yesterday and today) undelivered, heck not even shipped yet, but with the explosion of ammunition sales over the past two weeks that was not to be unexpected by this time and I will patiently await those two final orders. I also store bought 60 rounds of certain rifle ammo at Wally World where I normally do not shop for ammo but they had it cheap and now is not time to quibble with the fact their ammo sale regulations suck. The fact is, I was rather surprised the ammo I bought yesterday and today (online and at Walmart) was still in stock but there it was at their regular pricing both at Target Sports USA and Walmart.

I probably will not be buying any more ammo for quite a while since I do not think this panic buying will go away soon and I believe prices will remain prohibitively overinflated, not only from dealers but from their suppliers; so even an ethical dealer like Target Sports USA may have to raise prices if their suppliers do so first. If prices go back down, so be it, I can commence buying, at a slower rate, anything I feel needs to be added to my inventory. If the panic buying remains ongoing for months or maybe longer, it will not bother me, I am set for a good long time and even will be able to enjoy going to the range and shooting quite a bit with certain calibers. 

Yep, I learned my lesson last time, that lesson being: recognize the signs, watch for them, when the signs first appear start to buy what I need or want, if things start to worsen make sure I get whatever I may need in the as best I can afford and do it fast enough before it runs out or becomes prohibitively priced. Add to that the facts that: I am withdrawing all of my initial investment from the stock market, I will pay for the ammo with some of that money and put the rest into my bank account, and I am still able to leave behind all of my profit from the stock to see where it goes. That way I cannot lose any of my initial investment, at least not in the stock market, and you can imagine I am a happy shootist. Now if only I live though this Novel Corona Virus mess to shoot it all and spend it all.

Stay safe and healthy all, I am trying to do the same.

All the best,
Glenn B


Monday, March 23, 2020

COVID-19, Stay In Place Orders & My Routine

The more I think of it, the more I realize little has changed for me due to COVID-19 and due to the statewide stay in place restrictions. Other than me washing my hands a bit more, using a bit more hand sanitizer or alcohol now and then as a follow-up to washing (I have tortoises and almost always use alcohol to wipe down my hands after handling them), not being able to go out to eat & have a beer now and again, and picking my nose less - life is much the same. 

In other words, I am doing just about what I normally do regardless of what is going on out there. I wake up after a usually crappy night's sleep, get freshened up a bit, take the dog out, come home and make and eat breakfast & feed the mongrel, watch some TV or diddle on the Internet or both, throw the dishes into the dishwasher or do some by hand, maybe vacuum whatever, maybe do some laundry, go out for another walk with the dog or early to the dog park, go to any appointments I have or stay at home and diddle on the internet or do something gun related, have lunch at home and give the pooch a snack, take the dog out for a late afternoon walk and or go to the dog park (read some of a book while there or read the news online on my phone or talk to anyone who is there and lately that has been almost no one and some folks will not even come close enough to talk), on the way home I go to do any shopping I need to do, go back home and make dinner for me and the mutt, maybe have a drink, diddle around doing something or futz around on the Internet or watch some TV, take out the dog for a walk awhile after she has eaten, watch more TV or diddle around doing something, take out the dog for the last time, take a shower sometime in the evening or just before I hit the hay, and then go to bed. 

Other than going out with the dog and going shopping or to some sort of appointment I - normally might sometimes go to the range, go out to an estate sale or make the rounds of some pawn shops or antique/second-hand stores, maybe even go out to eat and have a beer (cannot do that now). Now and again, I'll go to visit my son in AR or him come to see me, or I'll go to a gun show, or take a drive to Costco about 2.5 hours away (but I combine that with a gun show and a trip to Total Wine - which I also probably cannot do now). I can still go to the outdoor range and have been doing that now and then and plan to go fishing and or hunting once it stops raining every frigging day but one for the last week and a half.

Not much has changed in my routine. What about you and your routine?

All the best,
Glenn B

y routine.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Some Texas Wildflowers I've Seen Locally

Don't know what any of them are called but they are nice to look at. Most are pretty small. I come across them when out for walks with Skye (my mongrel).






A one of a kind find for me, still in bloom a week or more after I took this shot on the back lot of my apartment complex



These looked like tiny pitcher plants but I'll be damned if I could get them into better focus.



Odd looking small flowers.


All the best,
Glenn B

See, I Am Not The Only One To Worry About Decisions, Decisions...

...Decisions!


 
All the best,
Glenn B

COVID-19 - Now For The Pooches?

The first dog diagnossed with COVID-19 has passed on to the dog park in the sky. So, did the pooch die of COVID-19, of other natural causes, or was it possibly killed by it's owner and maybe even eaten. We may never know since the owner refused to allow authorities to do an autopsy. More at the source.

All the best,
Glenn B

No Toilet Paper On The Shelves...

These guys got the last of it after beating a 90 year old woman senseless. 


All the best,
Glenn B

The End


All the best,
Glenn B

Locked Down

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All the best,
Glenn B