Thursday, May 31, 2018

I Think Maybe I'd Stop Driving...

...if I had the same luck as a Canadian man who, about a decade ago, reportedly had a piece of rebar pierce his car's windshield, then his back seat and then go into his trunk. So, what is so bad about his luck? Well, history has kind of repeated itself but this time it was not a piece of rebar - it was an axe. Evidently an axe came flying through his windshield and struck him in the face causing a number of injuries but he is alive and not that badly injured considering...he could have been killed.

Right now, no one (except maybe the guy who threw it if that is what happened) including the injured man knows what happened or from where the axe came and wound up going through his windshield. It seems that a passerby saw the man's truck on the side of the road - he had somehow managed to pull off of the roadway -  and went to help. When she tapped on the window, Mr. Peddle woke up behind the wheel and saw his blood and the axe but reportedly cannot remember a thing about how it happened. More here and here.

You might think he is pretty luck not to have been injured by the rebar and not to have been killed by the axe but I am a believer in the old adage third time pays for all. Thus, I think it's time for him to give up driving and maybe live up to his namesake and sell his car. After all, the third time could be the clincher.

All the best,
Glenn B

I Feel Old In Oh So Many Ways



All the best,
Glenn B

Gun Control Logic

 
Ain't it the truth!
 
All the best,
Glenn B

I May Have Missed the Royal Wedding...

...but I sure hope I don't miss the Royal Divorce or however it ends!


All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, May 28, 2018

Light Blogging This Week

I am going to be busy this week so blogging is likely going to be on the light side. I will get in what I can for your reading amusement.

Later 4 U,
Glenn B

No Clowning Around

A Little Caesar's Pizza place employee reportedly was closing the shop for the night and after exiting the building allegedly was attacked with a post and then with scissors both wielded by 
someone wearing what has been reported as a clown mask. The employee reportedly was able to draw his firearm and shoot his alleged assailant killing him. No charges have been filed against the pizza place worker (and let's hope that stays the case). More at the link below, including a photo of the so called clown mask and folks let me just say it looked more like a demon than a clown to me, see more at the source.

All the best,
Glenn B

Spent A Little Time At The Range Today...

...since I figured that exercising my liberties relative to our rights under the 2nd Amendment would be a good way to honor those who have fallen protecting those rights & liberties.

You have heard it before, I am The Great Procrastinator  but I did not wait all that long before firing the Glock 21 I got earlier this month. In other words, I finally got around to shooting it for the first time today. Darn it though, I forgot to buy extra mags for it and remembered that only today when loading mags at home prior to getting to the range. Anyway, I ordered two extra mags for it today from GunMagWarehouse.com. Had a good experience with them for some mags I purchased for my Glock 30 couple or so months ago. They had a decent price and shipping was pretty decent to. Wish I could have afforded at least two more but they will be bought sooner or later - especially now that I know the G21 is a shooter and thus a keeper.

As for my range trip, I only shot at the 7, 5 and 3 yard lines but that was enough to convince me that this Glock 21 is inherently more accurate than many folks skill levels, including my own, would be when shooting with it. Besides its accuracy, I basically wanted to see if it functioned properly and it fed, fired, extracted and ejected without a hitch. Granted, I only fired about 150 rounds through it but that was enough for today and sufficient to convince me it's a keeper. The elderly gentleman (yes even elderly compared to me and I am ancient) who sold it to me told me he had fired only 50 rounds through it and I believe him. Besides being very clean when I bought it from him, it had some of the copper colored lube on the slide that Glock pistols come with from the factory; then today, there was the fact that it was very difficult to load that last tenth round (NY mag restriction is 10 rounds) into each of the two mags I have for it and that was when using the Glock loading tool. These two mags obviously have not been loaded many times before today. I am pretty sure though, they will be getting loaded with at least a bit more frequency now that I have reason to like my G21.

My targets at the above mentioned ranges are pictured below.

 
 

Sadly, I don't shoot as good as I once did but my shooting with the G21 was none too shabby.

I also shot the Glock 30 again today. Put about 100 rounds through it and shot much the same with it as I did on my last shoot. I like it a lot and it shoots just fine but I am still getting malfunctions whereby a round does not load properly (usually the last round or next to last one) and had an instance today of the slide locking open with a round still in the mag. The mag was not partially fed, so the slide did not get stuck on the cartridge. Thus, I have no clue how or why the slide locked open. I have to look the gun over once again and also need to mark the mags and pay closer attention to determine if it is happening with one or more mags that may be faulty. The mags are my main culprits but of course, it could be shooter error too. Yet, since this did not happen with the G21 - I am guessing it is due to one or more of the mags. It's happening with much less frequency now but still two malfunctions out of around a hundred rounds fired are too many. and that requires more checking to see what is causing the problem.

All in all though, I had a good time at the range and once again, I am a happy shootist!

All the best,
Glenn B

Young American On Memorial Day

Nope, he does not yet understand about Memorial Day, probably will not for at least a few to several years really understand, but he is learning. His dad had him out and about today carrying  our flag.


 
Of course, he was also having fun.

 
All the best,
GB

Lest We Forget...

...take some time today to think about, to remember, to honor and memorialize America's fallen military personnel who fell in battle for our great nation. After all, the great nation of which I speak is our country and our country is made up of us - it is us and we are it - and without their sacrifice it would be a very different land in which we live.

Allow me to somberly wish you a Happy Memorial Day but give me a moment before you scold me to tell me today is not a day to be happy. Should you wish anyone a Happy Memorial Day today, be solemn in mood, as I am, when you do so. Bear in mind, as do I, that while today is a day to remember and honor those of our military who fell honorably in battle - it is also a day on which we can give them thanks and be truly but respectfully happy that we live in the greatest nation on earth because of them and their sacrifice. Never forget though that it is only through their sacrifice that we are what we are and live as we live today.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, May 27, 2018

I've Been Sitting Here...

...at my desk, downloading firearms manuals from the Internet. Been at it for well over two hours now, some download in the wink of an eye but others are taking up to a couple of minutes or longer - thankfully though most don't take that long. My source for them is a list of PDF files that someone got off of Steve's page 7B (his firearms manuals page). At the current time (as I write this blogpost)  - you no longer can access those files by going to Steve's Pages. Luckily someone else downloaded them and linked to them or somehow just linked to them and his links are still active through a backdoor to the files at Steve's Page 7B. The site I am downloading them from is to be found here. Hmm, maybe I should spell out the link just in case:

http://www.biggerhammer.net/manuals/stevespages.com/pdf/.

So far, I have downloaded 128 files and I am only into the Bs - up to the many Browning firearms that are on the list. While there are plenty of files left to download from the link at that page - sadly it only gets you as far as a few J.C. Higgins guns. Now, if you go to that site and click on manuals you (or at least I) cannot download any of the files and he has many more listed there much like on the original Steve's Page 7B. Why they will not download is beyond me but a pop-up appears asking for user name and password and inputting the user name and password they tell you to use does not work (as I said, at least for me). So I am left with potentially being able to download A through some of J and am still at it. Heck, once I quit tonight, I'll probably be at it tomorrow for at least another few to several hours. These files definitely are worth the time and effort to download.

All the best,
Glenn B

 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

My Colt Detective Special...


...is indeed a first issue judging by the date, December 5, 1932, that Colt told me it shipped from the factory. Heck, my mother, may she rest in peace, was not quite yet 8 years old on that date but would turn 8 on Christmas day that year. In other words, it was a pretty long time ago when this gun made its first public appearance.


Click photo to enlarge.

According to the authentication letter I received from Colt, my Detective Special was shipped to a gentleman by the name of Simon Atlas in Washington, DC on that date. I will admit, I was a little disappointed but not because I ever really expected it to come back as having been originally owned by Elliot Ness; it's just that one can hope. Man oh man, Elliot Ness as the first owner - now that would have been excellent news. As it stands now though, I am happy to know it is a first issue and am left curiously wondering just who exactly was Simon Atlas.

Of course, I initiated Google and other searches for Simon Atlas - seeking anyone with that name from around that era (the Dirty Thirties) in the DC area. The only thing that came back that in any way possibly may be related to the original owner of the gun was that there is a Jewish organization called Simon Atlas AZA#126 that was founded in Washington, DC in 1930 - right name - right era. I have sent them an inquiry via a Facebook message asking for some historical information on their namesake. I also found recent references to Simon "Si" Atlas in relation to Maccabi USA. I sent them an inquiry and asked that they forward my inquiry to Mr. Atlas, in the hope that maybe the original owner of my Colt DS was a relative of his; he is also from the area around DC. I am simply curious to find out just who was Simon Atlas - the original owner of this Colt Detective Special.

Other than that, maybe I should frame the letter to keep it safe and looking good in the event I ever want to sell the revolver.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Common Sense Gun Laws - CBS Actually Posted This...

...on their website and I am absolutely amazed that a main stream media network allowed this. Why was I amazed - well you read it and see for yourself. All I will say is that it is not the typical rabidly anti-gun rhetoric of the leftists nor something you would think that a left leaning media outlet would allow to be spread by their own organization.

All the best,
Glenn B

Ribs - Barbecued & Broken

Picked up a rack of BBQ'd ribs at Costco two days ago. Had some last night - man are they delicious. Pretty plain, maybe a bit of spice but not overpowering. Going to have a few more later today.

Hopefully eating ribs will help mend my ribs. I am pretty certain, like 99.9% sure, that at least one of mine is broken. Have not been to the doc for it but I have broken ribs before and am very sure one is busted now - painful movement with snapping noises coming from one rib bone depending on what I am doing. Taking a deep breath or coughing is very painful. Tender to the touch. Wake up in middle of the night in pain when I roll over and other such stuff.

I had wanted to see my regular yesterday doc but she is on vacation. So, I went to see a doc yesterday at an urgent care center. When I told them not to scan my ID because I have been victim of ID theft a few times, the manager came out and she told me they could not see me if my ID was not scanned as per their policy. Been going there for years, never scanned my ID before to my knowledge. Told em I would go elsewhere. Fuck em. I will find another place if it does not start feeling better sooner than later or if gets any worse.

You will note I did not say how it happened. All I will say is make sure to depress the safety bar on the lawn mower handle before pulling hard on the cord to start it. Never before knew a lawn mower could jump a few feet.

All the best,
Glenn B

GRABAGUN.com

I ordered a 5 round mag for my CZ527 from www.GRABAGUN.com last week on the 16th of the month and it arrived yesterday. Considering that they had the lowest cost, with shipping, of anyone I could find who had that magazine in stock that was excellent. The only possible drawback was that the mag was shipped in a bubble wrap type envelope and the plastic package for the mag was crushed right where the follower sticks out of the mag body. Does not look damaged and hoping it is not - will give it a test later today once I am done with garden chores.

Those chores by the way are a bit tougher with what I figure is at least one broken rib.

All the best,
Glenn B

White Trash Dons A Suit

When you think of white trash you may think of the south or midwest but few people probably think of NY state. Believe me, NY has its fair share of them. Take for example the case of the 30 year old son who has been fighting  eviction from his parents home. He just lost his case in court but reportedly vows to appeal; more at the source. Despite his wearing a suit in court, I don't think you can't get much trashier than refusing to grow up and leave your parents home.

All the best,
Glenn B

Unexpected Gun Control - Inflation...

...is shooting down my ability to buy guns or a least the guns I want as often as I would like. I would have thought that the law of supply and demand would have meant that the prices of guns would have dropped under President Trump as ammo has done. Yet, that seems not to be the case, in fact from what I have seen, while ammo prices have dropped markedly now that Obama is out of office and less folks seem to be panic buy (thus increasing availability of ammo) at least some gun prices have gone up.

Take for example a pistol I bought on Halloween 2016, just over 1.5 years ago. The price was $369.99 plus $9.99 for shipping or $379.98 total. I had been considering giving it to my son and transferring it to his FFL when I drove down there. Did not happen as NY State gun laws are so convoluted I am not certain if that would be legal or not. I would have shipped it but since UPS requires next da air for handguns, the cost of shipping and transfer fees making that idea ridiculous: shipping at approximately $107; FFL in NY $50; county PD to remove from license $10; FFL in AR $25 for a total of $192!

So, I thought of buying him one or at least giving him a new one minus what 'he' would have had to pay for shipping and transfer fees (cause I sure was not about to pay for that) of the one I already own. Anyway, the cost of a new Rock Island Armory 'Rock Standard FS -  45ACP M1911-A1 FS Tac - 51431' (their nomenclature for the pistol) from the exact same place where I got it, for $369.99 plus $9.99 shipping, is now selling it for $479.99 plus that same $9.99 shipping charge or a total of $489.98. Wow that is a $110 increase or about 22% more in price! While shipping fees seem not to have been affected by inflation - the gun price has skyrocketed. Of course, I realize that dealers change their prices now and then and that another dealer might have a much better price. So, I took a look over at https://gun.deals; more specifically at this page: https://gun.deals/search/apachesolr_search/Rock%20Island%20Armory%2051431.

The lowest price shown, at various gun dealers, was one for $419.99 but that was a bit deceiving. When I went to the site with that price, they were offered at that price  but only if you bought two. If you bought just one, the price went up by $10 to $429.99. Now that did not seem all that bad until I saw that shipping to my area would be an additional $30.96 for a new total of $460.95. That's a $80.97 raise in price. Still better than the current price at the place I originally got mine but also still much more expensive than the one I got just over a year and a half ago.

While I cannot say, and do not believe for a moment, that this is happening with all guns - I have noticed a similar phenomenon with some other firearms as well. Prices just seem to be going up, up and away. That's got me wondering - is it just the few guns I have wanted lately that seem to be going up in price? I checked on the prices of another gun I had bought recently. The current lowest price I could find, using that same website, for a Marlin 1895 GBL was $599.90. I picked one up for $513.97 back in July 2017 - a mere 10 months ago. I don't know what you think but I think a price increase of $85.93 in less than a year, for a $514 item, is pretty friggin high being it is an almost 17% increase. My pension has certainly not increased anywhere nearly as much, in total, in the 6.5 years I have been retired.


Oh well, I suppose it is a good reason to keep working part time in retirement since you can rest assured I will not allow it to stop me from exercising my RKBA.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Obveeuslie You Done Not Past Spelling & Grammer Klass...

...so no congrations fer yu.
 

Do people really fuck up that badly with basic English; if so, are they the same ones who will become our future politicians.  Heaven help us - PLEASE!

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Link To Happiness...

...for manly men. Go to this link to view 63 Years of Playboy Calendar Models from 1954 through 2016. Yes, that supposedly means that you can view every Playboy calendar model - I'll kinda say it again - every one of them.

http://myplaymates.club/1954

A hat tip and my everlasting thanks to Herr Rich M for that link. To him I say: Das ist sehr gut, mein Freund! Danke.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Watching Out For Motorcyclists

 I have seen a lot of signs like the one above on the side of country roads, or on stickers and decals, stuck to other vehicles or in bar room windows and so on. Yet, I have never seen a biker post a sign saying watch for cars or for kids crossing or for anything else on the road other than their bikes. To tell the truth - I am sick of them.

When I drive my car along a street, road or highway: I do not look out for bikes or bikers in particular. I look for every damned thing on the road including semi-trucks, box trucks, flatbeds, commuter buses, school buses, railroad crossings, SUVs, large cars midsized cars, small cars, Asshole err Smart Cars,  motorcycles, trikes, deer, bears, box turtles, pedestrians, bicyclists, potholes, uneven pavement, ice patches, puddles and so on. I prefer to try to see all hazards so as not to hit, or otherwise conflict with, any of them. 

I am sick and tired of bikers demanding I watch out for them - especially the ones who drive like arsehats by driving 3 or more abreast; those doing wheelies on an interstate highway or any roadway; the ones who race on public roadways on their rice burners, those driving down a quiet residential street at 60 mph; the ones who weave dangerously in an out of traffic or ride the lane marker between lanes in heavy traffic or ride on the shoulder of the road to pass traffic and so on. You know the type, don't you: The ones who think they own the road and who do not look out for anything yet who want us to look out for them - the same ones who are against helmet laws. They need to grow up and start obeying the traffic laws, wearing helmets and driving responsibly. If they did so then we would not have to look out for their sorry asses as much as they demand we do if only because they would be easier to spot when driving lawfully and respectfully.

As for the ones who obey such laws - you guys are a whole lot easier to spot and less likely to wind up in an accident caused by you or by the other guy.

Me, I am just going to keep looking out for everything.

That is all,
Glenn B

Charity Fraud Detection


All the best,
Glenn  B

Dah - Use The 'Other' Door


All the best,
Glenn B

The True Racist Trump Caught In Action


All the best,
Glenn B

Something You Don't See Too Often Nowadays

 
 

A man with an afro.

All the best,
GB

#METOO - Ha-ha-ha-ha, hearty ha-ha!



Going to be a classic.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, May 17, 2018

They May Be Dummies But...

...the folks who sell dummy rounds certainly are not - certainly not when they are charging up to $70.99 per box of 50 9mm dummy rounds (price source). Dummy rounds are inert rounds without  primers and lacking any gunpowder so they cannot be fired. Thus, they can be used in several different types of firearm training scenarios such as malfunction drills, one handed loading drills, testing shooters to see if they are anticipating recoil and so on. If you are not familiar with dummy rounds, and are a shooter, you are missing out on using an invaluable training aid.

As I noted above though, they are not inexpensive. A typical box of 9mm practice ammo can be had for around $11.00 plus or minus a dollar or two. Yet, dummy rounds - that lack any gunpowder and do not have primers and are essentially a bullet in an off colored empty shell casing, or are a solid piece of plastic, or are a more complex Snap Cap with plastic and brass body and an internal spring mechanism to absorb the impact of the firing pin - are way more expensive that actual live rounds. I suppose it somewhat has to do with supply and demand and I know that they are not very high in demand. When you consider that the price I quoted above for a box of 50 9mm dummy rounds means they are selling for almost $1.42 for a round it is no wonder that more folks do not purchase them. The thing is, you can use them over and over again to a certain extent before they break or otherwise become unusable and as I said they are an excellent training aid.

From left to right: metal dummy rounds, plastic ones
and snap caps which are probably the most expensive.
I recommend them for anyone who dry fires. My thought is that having them in the chamber helps prevent the firing pin spring (on semi autos) to overextend as the firing pin hits something stopping its forward travel as would happen when striking a primer. I also highly recommend them to anyone who wants to practice malfunction drills.

These metal dummy rounds never had anything resembling a
primer to stop the forward movement of the firing pin and just
take a good look at them. There is an indentation well beyond
where the base of the primer would have been seated proving
that a firing pin will go well beyond where it was meant to stop.
Randomly loading one or maybe even three of them into a magazine along with your live rounds (when shooting at a range) is one of the best ways to practice live fire malfunction drills. For instance, say you randomly load a 15 round magazine with 12 live rounds and three dummy rounds (just mix up the proper caliber rounds and load them as you pick them up without looking at them but first make sure there are no rounds of other calibers within reach). You do so with as many magazines that you have available. Then begin to fire at your target. The gun goes bang, bang, click. You have just simulated a failure to fire - what do you do to correct that? If that gun is the only gun you have, you tap, rack and reengage. Note I did not say you tap, rack and fire. While you may need to fire, you need to assess before pulling that trigger again.


Okay, you need to fire - so you pull the trigger. The gun either goes bang, bang, bang with a click sooner or later if there is another dummy round remaining in the mag or it just goes click. If it just goes click, you have obviously loaded one dummy round right after another and again have simulated a failure to fire and possible a failure to feed due to a magazine malfunction by which the mag is not feeding ammo into the chamber. What do you do? Nope, you do not tap, rack and reengage. You strip the magazine out of the gun (hopefully you have another loaded mag), rack and lock the slide open as you tilt the pistol up to assure and look to assure it does not have a round stuck in the chamber or the action, shove a new mag into the mag well, slingshot the slide and reengage as you assess. Of course, you fire if necessary. Dummy rounds are perfect for this type of drill. Of course you can also use spent shell casings and there is a good chance they will not feed properly and thus cause a failure to feed instead of a failure to fire. They sometimes get stuck and do not go into the chamber but this often results in the same type of clearing drill as the two I just mentioned.

Although I use both dummy rounds and spent shell casings in malfunction drills, there is a very important thing to consider before using spent shell casings in certain types of training. Spent shell casings are the same color as live ammo, so I do not use them while dry firing. It's too easy to mix them up and mistakenly load a live round. It is a good idea never to have any live ammo anywhere near you while dry firing and even more so when using spent shell casings because it is just too easy to confuse the two. Another reason I prefer to use dummy rounds is that they can help diagnose things a shooter is doing wrong when firing whereas spent shell casings may not if they do not properly feed.

Even the best of instructors cannot always tell why a shooter is missing the mark - it is truly difficult to tell sometimes what action it is that the shooter is taking that is making his shots go anywhere but center of target and that is often because the recoil comes on so quickly and does not allow one to clearly see what the shooter is doing wrong. With dummy rounds though, the problem often become obvious. Take for example a shooter who is anticipating recoil and is pushing forward and downward with the shooting hand(s) just before firing. An eagle eyed instructor may catch it or may not when live ammo is being fired. If on the other hand you have a couple to few dummy rounds loaded in with the shooter's live ammo you are in for a good show. As the shooter is firing and the gun goes bang, bang, bang, bang then click something quite remarkable often happens. The gun dips very noticeably on that shot that went click. That is because there is no recoil to obliterate the dip by almost immediately pulling the pistol back up. Not only does the instructor now clearly see the problem but so too does the shooter. It is an eye opener and a big step in correcting the problem. This works as well with faults such as jerking the trigger, palming (pivoting the muzzle of the handgun upwards before a shot) and so on. You can train with dummy rounds in semi-auto pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns. There are dummy rounds available in many different calibers, especially in the most popular ones.

When using dummy rounds, even when you think your firearm is completely loaded with only dummy rounds, never assume that the gun is not actually loaded wit a live round. Follow the rules of firearms safety and treat it with the same respect that you do a gun that is loaded with live rounds. In other words don't become a dummy just because you think you are loaded with dummies. Playing with it like a toy and or pointing a gun loaded with dummy rounds at an improper target could lead to you killing someone if a live round somehow gets mixed in. One other thing you want to assure when using dummy rounds is that you completely unload them from your guns after using them and then separate them from any live ammo you will be loading for carry. It would not be a good thing to wind up in a self-defense situation only to have to tap, rack and reengage because you somehow mixed a dummy round in with your live ammo for carry purposes. Anyway, as I said, they make an invaluable training aid and if you do not have any for certain types of training drills, I strongly recommend you pick some up and start using them. I also strongly recommend that you get your first experience using dummy rounds during training given to you by a certified firearms instructor  but I know some folks do not follow such advice and will take it upon themselves to train themselves. So, bear in mind that if you are for some reason going to do it yourself, at the very least - do some additional research into the proper application and use of dummy rounds in training scenarios before actually beginning to train with them.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

It Wasn't A Python In His Pants...

...no matter what he thought about his masculinity.

A man in South Carolina was recently arrested for indecent exposure after he reportedly got naked on the side of a road in plain view of motorists. Allegedly, he claimed to police that snakes in his pants had been biting him. Who woulda thunk it but police supposedly believed he was intoxicated at the time and said there were no evident snakebites! More at the source.

Thankfully, I have never been that smashed.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, May 14, 2018

Hitler Reincarnate In Jerusalem

Yes that title refers to President Donald Trump, about whom a commentator at CNN reportedly said:

“This man is even worse than the Nazis,”

...and who reportedly said:

 “President Trump is literally—and I say this without any exaggeration or embellishment—he is literally Adolf Hitler reincarnated.” (source)

Funny isn't it how the reason for President Trump being in Israel is to open the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. A Nazi, the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler, I think not.

All the best,
Glenn B

 

Great Advice To Survive A Knife Attack



This really is some good advice on how to survive a knife attack if you actually have the opportunity to do it. Of course, if you are armed, you could always draw your weapon while fleeing - just in case the other guy starts to catch up on you.

A hat tip an my thanks to Mike G for that one.

All the best,
Glenn B

Is It Allergy Season Yet


All the best,
Glenn B

One Never Can Be Certain How One Will React...

...to any given situation but I hope I would react this way in such a situation:


All the best,
Glenn B

On Which Side Are You

 
God help us.
 
All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Surprisingly There Were Two Good & Honest Answers

Usually when you see college students being interviewed about anyone with a conservative viewpoint versus someone with a liberal view, you get answers like most of those in the below video - all leaning far to the left. Surprisingly though, two students  - who seem to be obvious liberals - gave answers that readily admitted they could not fathom why Obama received a Nobel Peace Prize and one even thought Trump may as well get one too.


All the best,
Glenn B

From A Useless Mother F'er...

...as our president - to a man who doesn't let other countries screw with America.


All the best,
Glenn B

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Some flowers for all you mothers out there, enjoy your special day.



All the best,
Glenn B

Whatever Happened To Steve's Pages

Every now and then, when I was in dire need of a firearms manual and could not find one just about anywhere, I would look to Steve's Pages and very often there was exactly what I had been seeking. Should have gone there first I guess. Well, I recently tried to look up a manual or two on Steve's Page 7B. First off I was unable to open any of the files once there. Kept getting some error message indicating that the owner of the site was possibly blocking traffic to it (that turned out to be correct). Secondly, I learned that Steve had passed away. Sadly, we in the firearms community have lost a good man. Damn, based on a copyright notice on the page saying that the info was copyrighted by Chris Hayes in 2015, I am guessing Steve either passed around then or became incapacitated in someway to be unable to run the site and passed later but that is guesswork on my part.

What to do? I contacted Chris Hayes and he sent me a fairly long email about why he site was down. He has that info posted on the main page here. Then he went on to say he might turn it into a members only site. He also said he may start charging an annual membership fee of $10-$20. I could live with that. It seems that some progress may have been made in that now when I try to enter any of the pages, I get a pop up asking for a user name and password, I also get informed that is not secure. I looked around as much as I could on the site but see no way to register for it. I a guessing that is coming soon since the added pop up asking for user info is there now.

I wish Chris Hayes all the luck in the world with getting the site going again, it is an invaluable resource to us all.

All the best,
Glenn B

Foxy Lady

A woman in China reportedly went to a pet shop to buy a pet dog Japanese Spitz. After months of caring for it, somethings about its appearance started to change as it grew and its behavior seemed odd to her. Turned out she had purchased a white fox! She is donating it to a local zoo. More at the source.

All the best,
Glenn B

I've Been A Bit Lax...

...when it comes to firearms maintenance. I cleaned a handful of my handguns this afternoon and realized that three of them had not been cleaned after their last trip to the range with me. Then tonight, or should I say last night into early this morning,  I cleaned another several of them. A few of them also had not been cleaned since their last range trip and I could not remember when I last shot a couple of them. Egads that is terrible. My guess, in my defense, is that I last shot at least a few of them, on the weekends, when I was essentially working full time this winter for three months. While I should have cleaned them right after the range, I must have figured then that I had better things to do with what little time I had on my weekends and neglected them. No excuse is a good one when it comes to not cleaning them after shooting them. Let's face it - a happy gun is a clean gun and I want to keep my guns happy.

I have several more that need cleaning and once I am done with them it will be time to start on the long guns, both rifles and shotguns. That may take me until midweek to complete, if not longer. I am in the groove though when it comes to getting this job done if only because the aroma of hopes has infused my house and I am loving it.

All the best,
Glenn B 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hey Leftist Lib Loons - Riddle Me This

A man I know very well (don't know any better than I know this man) - an Endowment Life Member of the National Rifle Association, a member of at least two other pro-gun organizations, has a hunting license and has killed animals for their meat and trophies, owns scores of guns, including a so called semi-automatic assault rifle, has thousands of rounds of ammunition, owns a crossbow and a couple of compound bows (all with arrows) has all sorts of firearms accessories, owns camo clothing and other related gun and hunting gear, has taught his children and others to shoot - hasn't gone out and shot up a no-gun zone. He has never shot any innocent person nor has he ever illegally shot a bad guy in self-defense. As a matter of fact he has not: robbed a bank, mugged anyone, knifed anyone, committed arson, nor committed any other violent crime.

I just do not understand how a person with all that so called evil firepower around him, and the ever so evil influence of the NRA in his life, has not lost it and gone berserk like the lib whackos who have shot up schools, churches, nightclubs, an outdoor concert and the like. Is it because, unlike them, he is supporter of the Constitution and a responsible rights loving citizen with a libertarian & conservative lean and belongs an organization that espouses responsible firearms ownership! 

There are millions out there just like the man I just mentioned and mind you - not one single mass murderer has been like that patriotic, rights loving, responsible, NRA member of a gun owner - not a single one. So tell me - why is it that he has not committed a mass murder or other heinous crimes and why is it you hate us - the NRA & its members and gun owners in general - so much!

All the best,
Glenn B

Grandfather Arrested For Playing Good Guys and Bad Guys With Grandson

No not really, no granddads were arrested yet for that as far as I know but just recently an autistic 5th grader was arrested for reportedly "firing" an imaginary rifle in the classroom. Supposedly his teacher felt threatened and reported it. Police responded, handcuffed the child, and held him in custody for hours. The county attorney thinks criminal charges can be avoided. More at the source. He also reportedly said this:

"We want to get them turned around and on the right path,"

I wonder what path is that - the one to being subservient to a tyrannical government is my bet. I seem to remember playing with imaginary and toy guns as a child - learning to soot real guns at summer camp and growing up to be just fine, at least as far as being responsible with guns goes. So too my daughter and my son. If that had been my child, locked up like that for playing with an imaginary gun in class, I am fairly certain that a civil suit, against the teacher, the school, the police and the county attorney could not be avoided.

Now back to the old granddad getting busted. I am wondering when it will happen but I am expecting that someday in the not too distant future - maybe in six months or at most a year or two from now - I will be arrested and my grandson will be placed in protective custody because some snowflake (used to call them pussies) will make a complaint that they will have seen us playing cops & robbers or cowboys & aliens (more commonly call cowboys & Indians back in the day) with toy guns or because we are having a water gun fight or maybe for merely pointing our fingers at one another and saying bang-bang. It is coming believe me - it may not be me and my grandson - but some poor old granddad will be arrested for something along those lines - mark my words!

It may even get so bad that singing this in school gets your child locked up:



Such is the current version of the Bizarro World in which we live!

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Voere Stock Is Finally Refinished

As I posted on May 5th here, I started to strip the stock of my Voere 22 rifle on or about May 2nd. It took two days to get off as much of the old finish as I could remove. On the third day I sanded it to glassy smoothness. Then on the fourth day, I stained it and applied the first coat of Formby's Tung Oil. Since then I have applied 5 more coats of Tung Oil - only one oat per day because they recommend waiting 12 hours before applying the next coat. I think it came out pretty nice and is a big improvement over what it originally looked like.

Here is how it looked when I got it:

Looks pretty nice but looks can be deceiving especially
when you get to see only one side of any given thing.

Flipping to the other side of the coin, so to speak, gave you this ghastly view.

I bought it at auction and did not mind that it had the finish damage.  I figured that the stock was plain and uncheckered so refinishing it would be easy. The metal finish was and remains in virtually pristine condition. What really was the attraction to me of this rifle was that I was almost certain it fired from an open bolt; turned out I was right. That apparently is also an attraction to many others who would likely be willing to pay quite a bit more for it than what I bid on it. Not selling it though, at least not right now, especially now that it looks as nice as it does today.

Here is what the stock looked like this evening, after it had about 6 coats of Formby's Tung Oil over the MinWax cherry stain I applied.

It may actually be a little lighter than that but not by much. The slightly
bluish-gray highlighted areas on the stock are the reflection of the evening sky.

Tonight, I put it back together. Praise the guys and gals on Mt. Olympus - none of them played any tricks on me by hiding any of the parts; although, the Ziploc bag they were in somehow got a hole in it! This is what it looks like put back together.


I wish I had better indoor lighting for these shots but this was the best I could
do with what I have available. The shots of just the stock were taken outside.

Now, while it may not be a professional quality job, I think I did pretty good for an amateur. I need to get it to the range, the next time the Long Island Gun Club meets, to show it off and to shoot it some more. In between now and then, and afterwards, it is going into a gun sock to help assure it does not get scratched.

By the way, I had thought this was a Voere Model 2005 but am not so sure now. It is my understanding that the model 2005 was so marked with that model number. This one does not show 2005 nor any model number anywhere that I have found. Yet, it certainly looks exactly like the Model 2005s I have seen in photographs. Not many of them were imported into this country before importation of them was banned by ATF because they fired from an open bolt; they were, to the best of my knowledge only imported in 1986. Supposedly, almost all of those imported were converted to full auto before the 1986 ban on newly manufactured and or converted full auto guns. I have read that: it has been estimated only about 300-500 of them, in unconverted semi-automatic condition, are thought to exist. This could be one of them! It was a nice find with very little interest at the auction and I got it for a pretty low bid; I have seen NEF Pardner shotguns sell for more. Am I a happy firearms aficionado - who owns a Voere - yes I  most certainly am.

All the best,
Glenn B

As One Boomer Departs Another Joins My Collection

I just took a pistol off of my license a few days ago because I donated it to a local gun club for a raffle. That was my Taurus PT140 G2 Millennium; the pistol Taurus sent to me to replace my recalled Taurus PT145 Millennium Pro. They gave a convoluted story as to why it would be illegal to send me a pistol in 45 caliber and thus as to why they sent me that piece of unmitigated crap in 40 caliber. I had sent in my PT145 three years ago this coming August. I only got the replacement PT140 in February or March 2016 even though my local dealer received it in January from Taurus (and therein is another story).

When I realized it was a pistol in 40 S&W and not 45 ACP, I was in disbelief. Several letters and or emails and phone calls back and forth to Taurus and I was furious. They gave me every convoluted reason under the sun as to why they replaced a pistol in 45 ACP with one in 40 S&W. and I think the final one was something about the 45 being illegal in NY State because it came with both 10 & 12 round mags; they refused to remove the 12 round mag from the box and just send the 10 round mag!

As it turned out, I put it in the safe and there it has sat except for me to take picture when I tried to sell it. I had decided to sell the PT-140 (I do not like the 40 S&W caliber) and never even consider purchasing another Taurus for as long as I live - screw Taurus. well, the PT140 has sat in he gun safe since I got it -  unfired, as new, in the box withal accessories and papers. I have tried to sell it at least a few if not several times but no one wanted a compact pistol in 40 S&W- especially not a Taurus. When I realized I could not sell it, even for about $50 to $75 less than its retail value, I decided to give it away for the raffle.

Did you notice, I removed the serial numbers - please, no one tell BATFE!
Just in case you don't get sarcasm, I only smudged them off with Photoshop.
 
Yesterday, I got a new to me pistol in 45 ACP. It's a Glock 21- Gen 4 only slightly used. The seller said only 50 rounds had been fired through it and after looking it over I have no reason to doubt him; it looks pristine. It came with 2 magazines, all other accessories and papers. Add to that: the seller was a fine old gentleman, his aide (the seller was quite elderly and needed some help getting around) very pleasant, and the gun store staff very courteous and very professional, and the deal could not have been smoother.

Even though I had to drive four one way trips of 40 miles each  and an additional 2 mile roundtrip - 40 miles in heavy traffic to meet the seller and have his local dealer do the FFL transaction; 40 miles return to home to drop off the Glock 26 I was wearing; 1 mile to county PD to get a purchase document; 1 mile back home to pick up and strap on my Glock 26 (no, you cannot bring a pistol into my county police department's headquarters); another 40 miles back to the FFL, through super heavy rush hour traffic, to give him the purchase document and go through the NICS check and pick up the pistol (thank goodness there was not a delay on the NICS check); and finally another 40 miles to get home again - I am happy with it so far for the price at which I got it.

As for the Glock 21, I will need to strip it down completely to examine it and give it a cleaning and then head to the range with it either tomorrow or Sunday.

I'll let you know what more I think of it once I shoot it.

All the best,
Glenn B

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Senator John McCain - Former Hero and Current...

...unmitigated piece of shit in my opinion. As a matter of fact, everything I am about to say in this piece (except for those things with a given source) are my opinion.

For several years now I have marveled at how it is that the people of the state of Arizona kept on reelecting this bum. Let's face it, he is a super- RINO among RINOs. He is essentially a supporter of illegal aliens (criminals breaking our immigration laws) and thus supports (directly or indirectly) what essentially amounts to the invasion of our nation by illegal aliens that has been ongoing for decades. Recently he told Joseph Biden that he should not drop out of politics (source) - foul mothed blabber mouth ultra progressive Joe Biden being told to stay in politics by a man claiming to be a Republican! Imagine Joe Biden running for the presidency in our next presidential election and winning - our country, our constitution and our rights would be doomed. McCain reportedly has also recently stated, in his book, that he is sorry he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate over Joseph Lieberman (same source as above). Palin a fairly staunch conservative and what the republican party and the nation need and the other an unapologetic hawkish progressive.

Now, I do not care for a moment tat McCain does not want President Trump at his funeral (source). I can understand why he is snubbing him. President Trump is a blabbermouth himself and never should have said what he said about John McCain being less of a hero because of having been a prisoner of war. What Trump said was not only disgraceful but was offensive to all of our military who have suffered, especially those who were POWs. That is not the issue though today. What is the issue is that McCain is a RINO - he seemingly does not espouse any of the conservative ideals that once were the pillars of the Republican party and he has supported criminals invading our great nation by way of illegal border crossings, in my understanding. He is also off the wall when it comes to vindictive retaliation as I see it.

For example, John McCain seemingly colluded (is that the right word to describe it or would conspiring be better) with former agents of a foreign government:

"Christopher Steele instructed Sir Andrew Wood – a former British ambassador to Russia – to approach McCain about the existence of the dossier while Wood and McCain were both attending a security conference in Canada.

McCain later received hard copies of the dossier from Fusion GPS, and relayed a copy to the FBI, Fox News reported."

He says he would do it again too even though he has admitted that he had no clue as to whether or not any of the allegations in the Steele dossier were true before he gave them to James Comey, then director of the FBI. More at the source. To me it sounds merely like he was seeking revenge on Trump and thus was the perfect patsy onto which our enemies could unload that seemingly bogus and unsubstantiated dossier. 

So, in essence, what he did was passed along unsubstantiated 
allegations that he apparently got via colluding (is that the right word to describe it or would conspiring be better) to try to bring down Donald Trump. I think that besides being a RINO and a progressive one at that, the man is a vindictive piece of shit who would stoop to noting to bring down someone he dislikes.

So, what is at issue here is that Americans need to wake up, at least those who are not committed to any political party and those who are either libertarians or conservatives and not ever again vote in turncoats like John McCain. And note, I do not and would not ever do what Trump did by belittling McCain's was service especially his experience as a POW. I can only honor him for that. The thing is though, I cannot honor him for running as a Republican and then becoming a dyed in the wool turncoat RINO who is supportive of an unmitigated progressive like Joseph Biden remaining in politics nor can I honor him for making such disparaging remarks about a true patriot such as Sarah Palin, nor for how he handled the Steele dossier, nor for his support of illegal aliens.

I suppose now that I have said all of this, I can - as John McCain reportedly put it - go to hell (source). Well Senator McCain, chances are you will be there before me but if I somehow get there before you, I'll reserve a nice hot spot for you. 

All the best,
Glenn B

If All Goes Well Today...

...I should have a new boomer in my possession by late this afternoon. Any delays and I probably will have it tomorrow. I am hoping though I can meet the seller at 130 this afternoon, get the FFL & NICS stuff done quickly, get back to my county PD to get a purchase document and then make it back to the gun store to pick it up before they close at 7PM. I'd like to have it to shoot at the range either tomorrow or on Saturday or Sunday.

I suppose this means I have to sell another gun or three - maybe even 4 or 5 of them - from my collection to make up for this one and the last three I purchased. Oh well, such is how  the cylinder 
revolves (even though the one today is a semi-auto). More on the gun later.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

It's A Nice Day For Gardening & Bird Watching...

...around here and if I had a neighbor worth watching I'd be outside gardening. Actually, I did get some gardening done today and put birdseed in the feeders too.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Last Cast Remembered



Have you ever actually caught a fish on what you said would be your very last cast at any fishing spot? It certainly does not happen very often. What is more likely to happen is you decide to cast a few more times and make them your last casts, then do it again and again until you give up in frustration. Getting you away from that spot is akin to pulling hen's teeth, or to catching  a world record, but sooner or later you call it quits.

My son once begged me for five more casts, and that was only after having already cast his last five casts before the five new last casts for which he asked that final time. I was getting antsy wanting to get on the road because we had a long drive ahead of us. So, when his pole bent, and he leaned back so it bent to just about the breaking point, I swore he was caught on a rock. The pole was not bouncing up and down at all like if there was a fish on the other end of the line and I was convinced but he insisted he had a fish. I took the pole from him expecting to have to break the line and telling him he was stuck on a rock. I was ready to break the line and lose the lure but he again swore it was a fish as he was handing the rod to me. Suddenly, the reel screamed as line ran out just after I had grabbed hold of the rod and given it a little tug. Damn, it was a fish and on his last cast!

I was amazed and I handed him back the pole quickly. A few minutes later - after a fierce but determined battle - not only did he have the fish, a nice sized brown trout, he also had a big smile on his face and he was standing tall and proud. The trout went right back into the water and swam away looking okay. At first Brendan seemed dismayed to be letting it go but as I told him then - we were letting it go so we or someone else could catch it again another day. He agreed that was exactly what we should do and that day a true a sportsman was born. I wonder to this day if someone else ever had the same thrill of catching that very same trout. Maybe someday, Brendan and his son will catch a lunker there.


Thank goodness I had remembered I had a Kodak disposable camera (no camera phones then) in my pocket before we let that nice brown trout go, especially since it was his first. I wish I had taken some shots of him wading out into that cold water. When I had asked where he learned to fish like that, he said from watching fishing shows on television. Brendan was about 10 or 11 as best I can recall although it could have been a bit earlier in his years than that. 

Many years before that day, my uncle took me there and introduced me to that secret fishing hole, a pool under a waterfall in upstate NY. He told me we would catch a big brown trout there with a certain spinner - a Panther Martin yellow spinner with red spots it was. Sadly he no longer remembers doing so but such is the cost of living into your 80s.

Anyway, it probably was back when I was 15 or so that he took me there but me and my uncle never caught anything there. Over all the years in-between me being about 15 through 46 or so, I never fished there by myself and I never had much luck with that kind of lure either. Somehow though, the memory of that special fishing hole kept its place in the depths of my psyche as did my habit of buying that same lure over and over again despite not catching much with it. Somehow too, the dream of catching a nice trout at that exact fishing hole with that exact lure never faded away either.




Sometime along the way the Fates must have smiled upon us and reserved that day for us - me and my son. They also evidently reserved that fish for Brendan and his smile for me so I could feel the joy Brendan was feeling at that precise moment. And yes, we used a new lure but it was the exact same kind as it had been so many years before. Wish my uncle had been there with us then but damn I was lucky to be with my son.

Brendan has moved out of state and while we still fish together, it is not often but just now and then when we get a chance. When I was down in Arkansas visiting Brendan in March of this year, we canoed and fished the Caddo river together with two of his buddies. Once again, only one of us (us meaning me & Brendan) caught a fish, a single smallmouth bass. Yep, it was on the very same kind of lure and this time it was me who caught it. It too went right back in the water.

Life does not get much better unless of course you are both catching fish but isn't that why they call it fishing instead of catching. Brendan will be up this way in June and I am hoping he will spare the time for us to go out on the ocean on a party boat to fish for whatever is running at the time. That would be excellent whether or not we catch anything but I hope to see that smile on his face again when he reels in a big one.

All the best,
Glenn B