Sunday, January 28, 2018

Such A Deal...

...and in fact it was so good of a deal, I have to say it must have been one of the easiest I have ever made and produced a nice profit. A few weeks ago or so, I ordered two pairs of 5.11 Taclite Pro Pants from Optics Planet. They had a decent deal in that almost every pair was about $10.00 and they offer free standard shipping. To make it even better, the particular size I wanted, in black and only in black, gave me another $5.00 off. So instead of paying the usual $49.99, I only paid to pay $34.99. As if that was not good enough, the pants came with a free gift - one that was actually something right on target for me - a 5.11 Singe Pistol Case. So, what did I do but order two pairs of pants in separate orders to assure I got a pistol case with each pair. Too bad I did not order a couple or few more pairs but the discount was only applicable to the exact size I wanted in black - yes I tried green and khaki and neither the $ discount nor the bag came with the ones in my size in other colors - and I only needed two pairs in that color. 

The pistol cases by themselves sell for $29.99 each and that price is shown on both on the 5.11 site and any other website I searched. Today, I got $20.00 each for them. Such a deal but alas that deal is kaput!

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, January 27, 2018

For Once I Am Not The Bidder...

...but am the seller of a gun and the bidding on it is going well! The auction of my Polish WZ48 Trainer that I have up on GunBroker.com has just over a day left before the auction closes and I am only $10 shy of what I paid for it out the door a few years back. While I would like to have seen it increase in value and while I hope that the bids will go higher over the next 21 hours & 7 minutes (as I type) that are remaining in the auction, I will be more than merely content if it sells at the high bid it has right now.

So, despite my Mossberg 44US (marked U.S. Property) not selling by its end of auction today, I may yet wind up with some money in my pocket if and when I attend the next Hessney Rod & Gun auction on February 10th. Of course, I am not giving up on the Mossberg 44 selling and it was automatically relisted at the close of auction for it today.

My other Mossberg MVP LR-T does not yet have any bids either but it has about 42 minutes to go - so who knows. It also will be relisted automatically if there are no bids at the close of is auction today.

Nice to know though, that the Polish WZ48 should sell (so long as the high bidder is legitimate).

All the best,
Glenn B

Chillin and Grillin Today

Grilling today - only hotdogs and the buns; the wife already made potato salad and will heat up some kraut. I already put some garlic/horseraddish pickle spears in a bowl for the brave among us. The even braver will slather their dogs with garlic/horseradish mustard - it is hot. Anyway - it all should be good especially since I started chilling/drinking at 5 minutes to 12 tis afternoon (quite unusual for me but I feel so good I may have to change my ways)!!! I deserve that after working most of the week despite being retired.

All the best,
GB

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Great Deal On Antique Revolver...

...and it was fired only once.


All the best,
Glenn B

A Canadian Gets it Right


All the best,
GB

The Rising Tide Floats All Boats...




...or so they say. Downing Tide Pods though is another thing altogether and I think could well sink you to six feet under. Anyone who is out of his mind enough to eat one of those qualifies A Darwin Award if he dies or for honorable mention if he lives. If he lives, he should also be required to get a free lobotomy. 

All the best,
GB

 

Monday, January 22, 2018

2017 - Not A Bad Year Firearms-Wise

Checked my records, last night, for 2017. It was a good year for my collection. I bought 12 new modern firearms including a pistol, three shotguns and the rest were rifles. I also picked up one antique muzzleloading pistol, six knives and three bayonets (not including the two bayonets that came with two of the above mentioned rifles).

I have already have gotten off to a decent start this year with a more or less modern rifle (1895 Chilean Mauser), two muzzleloading pistols (1 modern in kit form, 1 antique) and a pinfire revolver. As to the pinfire revolver, sadly it was in sad shape and sadder still is the fact I bid on it thinking I was bidding on something else. That was due to a glitch in the brand new video system in auction house. Regardless of that, I took it without complaint to use as a wall-hanger.

Picked up all of the guns and blades at the Hessney Auction Co. in Geneva, NY at several different auctions they held. Their next gun auction is February 10 and the bug is gnawing away at me already. At least I now have three of my other guns up for sale on GunBroker to scrape up enough to be able to bid at the next one. The latest one I added to GunBroker today was my WZ-48 Polish Training Rifle - it has the potential to be a very good deal or someone since it has a starting bid of only $150.00.

All the best,
Glenn B

Yet Another Week Of Work

Yep, going back to work today. Seems I have been working full time, more or less, for about the past month or month and a half. I've been filling I until they find a replacement for someone who quit (or maybe was fired but too proud to say so - who knows). Anyway, I will be working four days this week - taking Tuesday off for a couple of appointments I have on my schedule). Thus the blogging probably will again return to nil or close to it for the rest of this week.

Hopefully I will have the enthusiasm to post at least a few posts during the week but if not then you can bet it is because I am exhausted. It's not that I do anything requiring any great effort at work but getting up at 0530 and out the door by 0610, then walking a bit more than a mile to the train, taking two trains, then walking just under a half mile to work, then sitting on my arse bored to tears until a 15 minute break when I rapidly walk to the luncheonette to gobble down a quick lunch, then back to work for a couple of hours until my real 1/2 hour lunch break when I walk another mile or more just to wake up, then back to work until 415 when I again walk about .9 of a mile to my afternoon train, then taking one train home only to arrive at my village and then walk just over another mile to my home, get home, eat dinner, feed my critters, clean up a bit, watch some TV and pass out until doing it all over again is getting to me. I mean, I am supposed to be retired and loving it - not working through it. If only could hit the top prize in the lottery!

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Pride & Punishment

 
Go figure,
Glenn B

I Must Be Weird Cause I Ain't Thinkin' Bout Trucks!



 
All the best,
GB

Trump On North Korea, China & Russia


All the best (except for commies),
Glenn B

Some Guys Woud Do Anything For A Piece...

...and that makes me wonder just what was the guy, all the way to your left in this photograph, doing to that critter at the time the photo was shot.


All the best,
Glenn B

Thank You Mr. President, You Have Done Much In One Year



President Trump, during his first year in office, has accomplished quite a bit for the betterment of our country, our citizenry and our legal resident aliens. It seems though that the Dems just don't get that those are the entities they are in office to serve as opposed to serving illegal aliens.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Clearing Out My Mossbergs

Just in the event that anyone of my readers is interested, I figured I would post links to a couple of Mossberg rifles I have up for sale at GunBroker.com. I know I am going to regret it if I actually sell the Mossberg 44 U.S.. On the other hand, I will be happy to shave sold off the Mossberg MVP LR-T rifle in 5.56 NATO, it is not my cup of tea as some would say. It is just too small a rifle for my liking (and I have nice wood laminate stocked CZ 527 I am hanging onto in 223).

Nothing mechanically wrong either of the ones I am selling as far as I know. The MVP is good as new, cosmetically and mechanically and I only fired about 75 rounds through it. The 44 U.S. has a few tiny dings in the wood but is excellent mechanically. Both are decent shooters, in fact the 44 U.S. is a tack driver as I recall. The thing is, I need the cash and the room for the guns of auctions to come. I am still hoping to find that Remington Model 8 (or maybe a Model 81) in 35 Remington in very good to better 
shape at a steal of a price for today's market. So out with the old to make room for something else even more desirable.

All the best,
Glenn B

Ungrateful - Gave Her A Fur & She Would Have None Of It

When I got back home, from a trip to upstate NY, earlier this week, I gave my wife a gift I figured she could not do anything but adore - her first fur from me. I mean, I really do mean - what woman (except an animal rights whackadoo) does not love getting a fur! I am not certain but am pretty sure the one I gave to my dearest is one is red fox too - nothing too shabby by any account. Yet, she refuses to wear it and today I found it down in the man-cave basement heaped atop some other junk I had down there.

More behind the curtain, so to speak:

The Plain & Simple Truth About Democrat Polictcians...

 
...and the government shutdown.
 
 
 
All the best,
Glenn B

So The Government is Shutting Down...

..all non-essential operations and thus in essence suspending all non-essential personnel and the left is blaming the right and the right is blaming the left (source). The thing is, based on my several past experiences with this, it will have little if any critical effect on our lives as American citizens unless we are employed in nonessential federal jobs. In fact, with only those operations continuing and personnel deemed as essential still working for us the nation will survive. So why not just shut down the nonessential branches of our government permanently and save us a whole lot of money that we normally pay in taxes. No, I am not joking, I am being quite serious. Why in hell would we need anything in government that is nonessential to the well being of or country. Nonessential equals waste and mismanagement.

Al the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Email Subject: "Too Much or Not Enough?"

This photo was attached to that email:

 
 This was and remains my answer to that question:

"Too Much or Not Enough?" It is no one's business but the owner's business.
 
When someone owns 50 or even 100 pairs of shoes and is not a celebrity with a shoe fetish - does anyone ask? When someone owns 10 or 20 or even many more cars - does anyone ask? When you own 20, 50 or even 100 knives or more - does anyone ask unless you just threatened or killed someone with a knife? When a landlord owns 10 apartment buildings or maybe even 20 - does anyone ask? When a landowner owns 500, a thousand or even more acres of land - does anyone ask? When someone owns 500 books written by anarchists, revolutionaries, communists, criminals or even by terrorists - does anyone ask so long as there is no indication of ill intent? When you own whatever the hell it is that you legally own in great quantity - does anyone ask?
 
Yet - when a law abiding gun owner owns as few as three firearms and or a couple of hundred rounds of ammunition - that person is often said to have an arsenal, a weapons cache, an armory or an overabundance of firearms. The main stream media writes it up to make it appear as if there may hae been evil intent. The social justice warriors of the left immediately attack likewise. Don't think so - well, it recently happened in Houston, TX at a Hyatt Hotel. A man was detained and arrested by police after they found three guns in his room when responding to what essentially was drunk and disorderly at the hotel. 
 
Those three guns were immediately labelled as an arsenal, a frightening find - small arsenal, cache, several guns (since when do 3 of anything amount to several), small stash, by the main stream media and many on social media. He essentially was immediately labelled, by  many in the main stream media, as a potential threat to people's lives. Many Social Justice warriors, in tweets, FB posts, and responses to articles on the subject basically labelled him as an evil doer who was caught in the nick of time! Why - all because he owned guns and brought them into his hotel room instead of leaving them in his car where he feared they might be stolen. 
 
Despite some in the media saying there was an eerie comparison, and chilling echo, between this man and the recent Las Vegas shooter, the fact is the police stated he was not a threat with regard to him possessing those guns in his room. The police flatly stated there was no ill intent on his part. He was simply a drunk that got rowdy at his hotel and the firearms were NOT involved. Again though, I point out that the MSM and the SJWs had already done the damage by reporting fake news or at least making him out to be a seeming threat when he was not a threat at all. Here are some MSM Sources: Source 1, Source 2, Source 3, Source 4 and it went on and on. Even Fox news jumped on the bandwagon stressing that the hotel was hosting a massive New Year's Eve celebration and making it sound ominous but at least reported the police said the man did not have an arsenal (source). Yet, if you listen to the video that accompanies the article, the first two words out of the Fox News reporter's mouth are: "Frightening find" and he describes that find as "a small arsenal"!
 
Then there was this report, of a much more sensible nature. 
The Blaze certainly seems to have set the record straight but my guess is the man's reputation already has been damaged savagely by the above linked reports. Note that The Blaze reported on one fact that every leftist media type, whose reports I read, left out of their reporting: There was an ongoing gun show just blocks away from the Hyatt Hotel that weekend! Instead of reporting the possibility he my have gotten his guns there - or that maybe he had wanted to sell them there - many of those in the MSM essentially implied how this incident very much seemed much like another Las Vegas shooting in the making!
 
The truth is that all manners of gun control legislation are enacted, and every type of imaginable rhetoric to label gun legal owners as threats is spewed forth, all to prevent legal gun owners from owning firearms. Yet, while the law breaker still illegally possesses them, illegally uses them and harms or kills people with them, the result is all too often that they are sentenced to what amounts to a pat on the butt. That is the insanity of the American left - a lack of almost any enthusiasm to punish those who possess, obtain, sell and or use firearms illegally and a failure to prevent evil doers from using them in the first place. Along with that sentiment by the left is another - a vehement hatred for someone who legally exercises the liberty granted to him by the right to keep and bear arms to do just that - keep and bear arms.
 
So yes, the only possible answer to the question is: It is no one's business but the owners business!
 
A hat tip to Marty W for forwarding me that email.
 
All the best,
Glenn B

Global Warming Will Take Place...


Global Warming will take place over at least the northern hemisphere from about March through about August 2018, then it will revert to short term climate change during which the climate of the northern hemisphere will begin to cool from October through February. Essentially the opposite will take place in the southern hemisphere within about the same time frame.

Is the climate changing - in the long run and not merely seasonally? Yes it is changing over the long term just as it has been since earth's beginnings. If you cannot grasp that fact of life - well maybe you fit the meme. Is it a manmade catastrophe - that is doubtful to the extent some are claiming by chanting their doom and gloom mantra. Yet, man (a part of the natural world) may have helped it along much the same as do the sun, trees, all other life forms on the face of the planet, the oceans & all the life forms within and so forth. Get a life and get over it, shit happens. Then learn to tie your own shoelaces.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Hat Tip To Blue Book Of Gun Values

I've been a subscriber to Blue Book Of Gun values for at least two, maybe three, years now. Back in this past October (as best I recall), while I was at a live firearms auction, I tried signing on to their site to find out the values of some guns on which I wanted to bid - ones I had not already researched prior to the auction as I normally do. These just happened to catch my eye while there but that did not mean I wanted to or was about to make impulsive bids on them. Anyway, what happened was a mess. I tried to log on a couple or few times using my regular sign-on ID and password. It would not work. So, even though I was 99% certain I was using the right password, I figured I must have forgotten my password and hit the link to get a new one. According to what showed next, I was supposed to receive an email within 15 minutes giving me a new password. I tried that at east three times. Bottom line is that it did not happen, that is it did not happen for around a week or two when I finally received a few emails each giving me a new password. I was not happy and got in touch with Blue Book and someone there explained they had bene having problems with the system and apologized and assured me all would be well and good from then on. That did not work either.

Just recently, I tried to log-on to Blue Book of Gun Values and this time it happened again. So, I called a number available at Blue Book's contact page. The thing was, that number was solely for sales as far as I could tell and since it was not during normal business hours no one was there to help me. I sent them an email and told them it was happening again. I am pretty certain the same woman who helped me the first time also helped me this time. She again explained there has been a problem, one they thought they had taken care of but evidently did not. She said they are switching to a completely new system and that should solve the problem. She again apologized and then did something I did no expect in today's world but used to happen in times past - she extended my subscription by one year at no charge to me. That was very nice.

So, I tip my hat and give my thanks to the folks at Blue Book Of Gun Values for standing behind their service and keeping the customer happy.

All the best,
Glenn B

It's Long Overdue Someone In Government Does Something...

...about cheats, frauds, criminals and terrorists illegally obtaining U.S. Citizenship and if you guessed that President Donald Trump is the man to be doing it - you are right once again! More at the source.

All the best,
Glenn B

 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Insomnia Sucks...

...especially when combined with muscular aches & pains and more so when Arthur I. Tis is keeping my hips company throughout the night. Somehow that all causes sleep to elude me.

Hope you slept well as I keyed this in, at least some of us should enjoy their nights.

All the best,
Glenn B

Finger Nowhere Near The Trigger???

Seems someone was shot in his own leg when h holstered his pistol. He reportedly was wearing an Alien Gear Shape Shift Holster. While I have zero personal experience with them I can still say that unless there was something badly wrong with the condition of the holster, on the inside (and one would think there would a photo of that at the accompanying link if such had been the case), then the discharge in question was almost assuredly due to debris inside the holster or to a finger on the trigger or some other form of user error. That is unless of course it was that the pistol malfunctioned but then again the guy who was shot has already pretty much negated that last possibility. More at the source.

Under certain circumstances, such as coming up short as to any evidence to prove the holster and/or gun were faulty, I could understand someone giving the person who was shot this advice:

"Man up, admit you were an asshole and that you and you alone were responsible for shooting yourself due to your own negligence. By admitting that to yourself, you may live longer if only because by taking responsibility now, you may wind up being more responsible in the future."

All the best,
Glenn B

I'd Rather Be In Tijuana Eating Barbecued Iguana...

...or so the song goes and it may not be too far fetched to think that Florida's iguanas (an invasive species there) might prefer taking their chances in Tijuana as well.



Barbecues blazing or not, Tijuana may seem like the better alternative to them than Florida where it has been so cold they have been falling out of trees due to what amounts to cold induced stupors. More at the source.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Old Man I Am

But I don't give a shit about your life if you're a snowflake - today in the middle of a snowstorm or on a hot summer's night!
 


There ain't no snowflake that has ever been a lot like me or anyone whom I respect. So, while I maybe liked this song when young, the more I think of it now, the more I can say fuck Neil Young and his liberal hippy agenda. If that makes you scream out that you are melting - fuck you too.

All the best,
Glenn B

It's Hard To Tell...

...but I am going to guess we have had 7 to 8 inches of the white mess so far today. I am guessing there were at least 3 to 4 inches when I first shoveled this morning and another 4 inches when I shoveled again. I finished shoveling just minutes ago before pouring myself a soothing libation only seconds ago. I need the healing elixir for my aching back. It is not aching all that much but enough to make me want to make it stop the aching now instead of it getting worse then trying to ease the aches and relax it later.



Kind of early for one - yes it is but under these circumstances I will allow myself to indulge in a few ounces of Emmet's Irish Crème Liquor, a half cup of coffee and a very generous dollop of Sailor Jerry's Spiced Rum (probably better for me, if not more effective, than an oxycodone). I have had that bottle of rum for maybe two years now and was saving it for something special, then my son came home for Christmas and someone (I suspect him) opened it and someone (or two) drank 2/3 to 3/4 of it while he was here (I suspect he had help from my son-in-law). Anyway, before today, I had one small sip of it just to taste it when I realized it was disappearing way too quickly. I must say, it is delicious and goes nicely in my semi-medicinal back ache curing (I hope) concoction of today. I also must say, I need to get another bottle or three of it, one for drinking and one or two for my emergency/party supplies.

As for my plans to maybe clean some guns today - there will be absolutely no gun cleaning or diddling with guns in any manner now that I have partaken in the nectar of the gods. That is at least not until about 3 or 4 hours after I finish my self-made elixir. Mind you, that may mean not even thinking about guns for the rest of this snow storm (they are calling it a blizzard but I think snow storm more appropriate right now). Just about the only thing I have had to do with guns today was to send my son some information about a website I use that is essentially the Consumers' Reports about firearms: Gun-Tests.com. Excellent site, in my opinion, to find out whether a firearm you want to purchase is a piece of crap or a reliable shooter and a keeper.

I may yet get to one or two other chores around the house today. Sanding a botched plaster job - that my electricians did, a couple or few months ago, to fix a previous job they already had botched is one of them. I may or may not get done but at least I am thinking about doing it and yes, I am The Great Procrastinator (as I have undoubtedly told you before)! I also may think of or stumble across something else to do; hopefully something that does not require too much bending since my back is already aching from shoveling or I may not (probably will be my preference once the booze kicks in). Most certainly, as long as I am still breathing, I will do more shoveling - that just has to get done. They keep saying to expect up to 16" of the white mess and I can tell you - I am not looking forward to another 8 or so inches of it, maybe deeper if it drifts deeper onto my property.

As for other important matters, in our lives here, I can only hope that there is enough oil in my tank to last until my next oil delivery. My oil company promised a fill-up by 6PM yesterday and we are still awaiting it. Oh well, there is enough of the Irish Crème Liquor and rum to make it at least until tomorrow and while it may not keep me warm it maybe will keep me from feeling the frostbite.

All the best,
Glenn B

No Work Today

Yep, no work today because there is apparently too much of the white stuff expected for them to open. No worries here except I am losing a day's pay that I really need right now to help catch up on bills. While that kind of sucks, it is okay by me anyway because I can get some stuff done at home. Let's see, I can pay some of my remaining monthly bills - got most of 'em paid on the 1st but heaven knows enough still  are due. I can also sand down, fill over if needed and paint over a plaster mess the electricians left in a couple of holes when they undid a screw-up one of them did (hell that was months ago - forgot all about it until now). I can also clean some guns, they need their seasonal maintenance. Vacuuming the basement is another chore needs doing. Then there is shoveling that white stuff. I cleared a few inches this morning but it already looks as if my shovel and I were never there today. I'll do it again before too long, keeps me busy and makes it a bit easier once it is all over and  have to shovel for the last time today. The 8 to 16" they expect around here is a bit too much to handle all at once. I maybe could even start to set up my reloading table although I think that better left until a weekend.

Then again, I could sit around on mine arse and do little to nothing all day and believe me that is quite tempting. I think I will do that for an hour or so here on the computer and then get some chores done that need doing. I mean why waste the whole day as I have done too often in the past.

All the best,
GB

Monday, January 1, 2018