Tuesday, February 26, 2019

26 Years Ago Today - Have You Forgotten...

...or do you remember the attack on the World Trade Center that killed 6 and wounded 1,042 innnocents. On that day,  a truck loaded with explosives, was driven into the garage of the north tower (1 WTC as I recall) and detonated by Muslim terrorists. Their goal was to topple the building and cause the second tower to be struck and collapse. The building withstood the blast. More at the source.

Give a moment today to remember those who were lost.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, February 25, 2019

If The Shoe Fits - Wear It...

... but if it suddenly seems way too small, you may want to get your foot out if it quickly, there might be something in it. Luckily for one woman, the snake that was inside her shoe was nonvenomous.

More at the source.

Hat tip to Mike G.

All the best,
 Glenn B

Not Over My Backyard

A Long Island, NY man shot down a drone either flying near or over his property. If elsewhere he might stand a chance, since the drone evidently had a camera and was snooping,  of not being prosecuted for a crime but this is NY. More at the source.

Al the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Anyone Using Gab.ai?

Gab.ai is another social media site suggested to me to replace Facebook. Anyone using it, who can invite me inside? I'd like to join but need an invite code.

Glenn B

Anyone Out There On MeWe?

A while back, someone among my readers or another blogger on my link list, told me (or posted about) a new social media website that supposedly would be better than Facebook for privacy and such. I joined and then almost immediately forgot all about it. Recently, I remembered I had signed up many months ago but I'll be damned if I could remember the sites name. So, for weeks now, I've been trying to recall the name of the website but it had been eluding detection by my little gray cells.

Then, a few days back, I received an invitation from someone on that site inviting me to link up on that site. The site is MeWe. I reset my password today and accepted the invitation. 

It all leaves me wondering, are any of my readers also using that social media site and if so:

How do you like it?

If you want, send me an invitation to join up with you; I am signed up as Glenn B.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, February 10, 2019

This Says It All...

...and yet they voted her into office! 

God damn, I guess that means there already is a village of idiots and she is their leader. We are truly in trouble; how is it we let this happen!!!

All the best,
Glenn B

I've Got To Show This To My Local Gin Mill Owner

While I was away for a gun auction this weekend, I stopped in a tavern by the name of Tavern (that's all I saw on the sign outside) in Penn Yan, NY. After a drink, I grabbed a bar menu figuring to get some decent eats in my belly and that is when I saw what might be one of the best menu items I have ever seen for the hungry drunk.

Could be the greatest menu item ever. No, not the Phiily Cheese Steak!

No, I did not order it, I was not hungry enough and did not want to waste any part of those delectable goodies. I will say this though: The next time I am in Penn Yan, NY - I will stop there again and I will make sure I am hungry enough to order it. The only thing I might ask for different than what is in that mess would be Mac & Cheese instead of macaroni salad.

As it stands now though, I need to show that menu offering to the owner of my local gin mill. They offer a really good variety of food already but nothing as appealing as this would be to someone with my lack of taste.

All the best,
Glenn B

One Followed Me Home, The Other Is Awaiting My Return

What better to do on a bitter cold February day than spend it inside a nice warm auction house filled to standing room only for a gun auction. Yeah, I know you can think of plenty of better things but let me tell you it was not a bad way at all to spend my day yesterday. As a matter of fact, I drove to Geneva, NY on Friday for the auction preview. The drive was actually pleasant for a change - zero traffic jams even going through the Bronx in NYC!

I did the preview then headed to my motel in Penn Yan, NY about 21 miles from the auction house. I had gotten the best rate there using Hilton Honors Points; in Geneva they were asking almost double the points of the Hampton Inn in Penn Yan. I suppose that could be because, in my opinion, the heating system at the Hampton Inn at Penn Yan sucks - way too hot for an hour or two and then way too cold for the rest of the night. I should have learned when I went there the first time, this was my second stay at said motel and probably my last in the winter. Anyway, let me proceed to the auction.

Since I had checked in and gotten my bidder's number on Friday afternoon - then inspected the guns, on which I wanted to bid, during the preview - I had little reason to get to the auction house early on Saturday. I arrived around 0930 after a leisurely breakfast at my motel and a scenic drive through the countryside on the way back to Geneva. Even made a stop at a drugstore to refill a prescription for a blood pressure medication I had forgotten at home. 

Well, when I arrived the place was  mobbed with mostly grumpy old me from the looks of them; although, there was a decent smattering of younger & middle-aged men and a decent amount of younger to middle aged women (many more women than there would have been a decade or two ago). I meandered here, there & everywhere within the confines of the auction house and did more looking at guns. One or three more, maybe five or six, caught my eye and I planned to look them all over but had to do something more important interrupted me after looking at a couple or few. I  answered the call of nature then went back to the main room of the auction house. Somehow it slipped my mind that I needed to look at two more pistols on which I wanted to bid and  I wound up looking at some items in the back room and at what knives & ammo they were offering, I just never got to remembering to look at those two other pistols.

The bidding in the back room - where they auction off reloading equipment & supplies, some firearms accessories, archery equipment, and odd lots of fishing and shooting items - was already under way when I got the the auction house. No matter to me, I was interested in only one thing back there - a locking pistol attache style case. Wound up I missed my chance because bidding on it was coincidental to bidding on a gun on which I wanted to bid and a man has to know his priorities - which for me was bidding on the gun. 

The bidding up front started maybe around 10 or 1030 with a snowmobile they had up as the first item, then a couple of bear traps (one vintage one going for around $800), some taxidermy mounts and an item or two more - then the guns. I had not planned to bid on anything until the 44th item on the list a Savage 111 FCNS Hunter rifle in 30-06. Thing is it had already taken it off of my list because the online bidding (which runs prior to the live bidding and ceases at 0800 on the day of the live auction) had already gone above my high bid. I starting bidding on item 61, a Huglu SXS shotgun, never had a chance as it went for way more than I was willing to pay.

I probably had about  30 guns in all that I had picked out on which I planned to bid. At least 5 or 6 of them started out with opening bids right at or above how high I was willing to go, so I declined on them.  Some others I did not get the chance to bid on because thy started at close to what I would offer as my high bid and another bidder beat me to the bid I would have made. Others that I did bid on went anywhere from one bid higher to way too many dollars higher than I was willing to go. All typical for an auction. 

I did have the high bids on two items - one I had intended to bid on (depending on condition) when I did my review of the catalog while still at home and another that caught my eye while I was at the auction house for the preview. The one I had been planning to bid on was a Remington 141 Gamemaster in 35 REM. 

The Remington 141 I picked up at the Hessney Auction.

When I came across it, I picked it up to give it a visual inspection and feel its lines. Then I checked it to see how the action operated. It was as impressive looking as a pretty young lass on a fine sunny fall day and it moved as smoothly as Chinese silk would move against her skin. I fell in love on the spot. It was not like it was an I have to have it kind of a thing but I knew for sure I would be placing bids up to my predetermined high bid amount. 

I wound up with the high bid at the exact high bid price that I had planned on not going over. The thing is, this time I did not figure in the 10% buyers premium or tax as I usually do for my high bid price - so I paid 10% more (plus tax) than I normally would have; I just I liked it that much. My estimation is it is worth every penny and probably $100 to $125 more than the total I paid. Of course, that will all depend on whether it is a shooter or not but it seems everything is in working order so I am optimistic.

The other gun was one I had not planned on placing any bids being it was a pistol. I did not think I'd be bidding on any handguns. That being because should I have the high bid on any, it would require a trip to my local county PD to get a purchase document, another trip back to the auction house to pick up the handgun(s) after that and another trip to the PD to have it put on my license. Since they are having another auction in March, I figured what the heck, I will go to that one to pick up any handguns on which I may have had the high bid at this auction. So I bid on a few of them but only had the high bid on this one.
This High Standard Double Nine was offered "as new".

It's a High Standard Double Nine, 9 shot, nickel plated revolver in 22 S, 22 L & 22 LR. As far as i could tell it is the pre-1971 version. It indeed looks to be "as new" as does the box it was in. It also looks so much like the cowboy cap-guns I used to play with as a kid it was an instant hit with me. The thing on this one is I took a big chance bidding on it since it was one of the two pistols I forgot to look over before the bidding commenced. These guns are all sold as is/where is and if you don't look them over before bidding you may be in for a nasty surprise when you have the high bid, pay for them and only then find some damage. Luckily for me, I bid without examining it and it seems to be okay. I looked it over when picking up the Remington 141 and I was not disappointed - it looks "as new". In fact, it looks to be unfired to have been fired very little if at all. Besides that, the box is in VG to EXC shape. I may just clean it and put it in a display because it is that nice of a gun! Then again, whom am I kidding; of course, I will shoot it; I am more the shootist than the collector although I am a bit of that too.

After all was paid for and over, I headed right home. Had a nice drive up there with no traffic and the drive home was likewise. Quite unusual for a trip that has any part of it going through any portion of NYC. All in all an excellent trip and I picked up some really nice guns.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, February 7, 2019

My Son Just Turned 45...

...and no, I do not mean 45 years old. Heck, he isn't even 30 yet. What I do mean is: He just got his first pistol in 45 AUTO (45 ACP). We have always fooled around saying 'the Glock 45 mitt der long slide' spoofing the scene from The Terminator in which Arnold Schwarzenegger asked for "...45 long slide with laser sighting...". 

Well, this past Saturday, I stopped off at my local FFL and left my Glock 21 there to be shipped to Brendan in AR. His FFL received it yesterday and he picked it up before yesterday was over; I am guessing right after he got off of work. 

Now granted, a Glock 21 is not the Glock 45 mitt der long slide and the one I sent to Brendan does not have laser sighting. The one that does have a long slide is a Glock 41 which has a longer slide because it is a competition pistol and that longer slide, with its longer sight radius and added weight up front, is beneficial to the competition shooter. Still though, the Glock 21 has a longer slide than do my Glock 26, my two Glock 30s, the Glock 17 I sold last year, the Glock 19 I was issued when in LE, or Brendan's Glock 43. So, his newly acquired Glock 21 does - kind of, sort of, almost - have what you could call a long slide and that's not much of a stretch. I mean just compare them - it's pretty long. The Glock slide lengths of the pistols Brendan and I have or have had as compared to the Glock 41, with the true Long Slide, are listed here in order of decreasing slide length:

41 = 8.31"
21 = 7.60"
17 = 7.32"
19 = 6.85"
30 = 6.77
26 = 6.26"
43 = 6.06"

Long Slide or not - he wants to shoot it as soon as he can and was getting ready to order a case of ammo for it until he saw the prices. Those prices are rather long too - so to speak - at least as compared to the price of the 9mm ammo he shoots in his other pistols. Normally, I'd buy him a case to start him off but not this time. You see, I told him he had to pay me for the Glock 21 and all I wanted was what it cost to ship it to him through my FFL (have to ship outbound through an FFL here in NY - at least in my county). That was $80. Then I thought better of it and told him to keep the money and use it to buy ammo, so that should help him shorten the ammo cost burden at least a little bit. 

Not a long slide but not bad for free, even if the ammo is fairly expensive.
Speaking of ammo and shooting it, I sent him all the mags I could fit into the box, which means he now has 4 magazines for it. I am sending another two in just a bit. Right after I complete this blog entry, I will be heading out to the post office with a box containing another two Glock 21 magazines and some other goodies for him.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, February 3, 2019

An Extremely Painful Execution Would Be Way Too Merciful...

...for scum who wind up convicted of crimes like the acts reported in this article about a group of suspects who were arrested for allegedly planning to kidnap, sexually abuse and then kill a child. Not only were they arrested in relation to that alleged conspiracy but at least some of them were charged with other violations including sexual crimes against children.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Locker Room at The Golf Club

Several men are in the locker room of a golf club.  A cellular phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk.  Everyone else in the room stops to listen.

MAN:  "Hello"

WOMAN: "Hi Honey, it's me.  Are you at the club?"

MAN: "Yes."

WOMAN: "I'm at the shops now and found this beautiful leather coat It's only $2,000; is it OK if I buy it?"

MAN:  "Sure, go ahead if you like it that much."

WOMAN:  "I also stopped by the Lexus dealership and saw the new models.  I saw one I really liked."

MAN:  "How much?"

WOMAN: "$90,000"

MAN:  "OK, but for that price I want it with all the options."

WOMAN:  "Great! Oh, and one more thing... I was just talking to Janie and
found out that the house I wanted last year is back on the market. They're
asking $980,000 for it."

MAN:  "Well, then go ahead and make an offer of $900,000  They'll probably
take it.  If not, we can go the extra eighty-thousand if it's what you
really want."

WOMAN: "OK. I'll see you later! I love you so much!"

MAN:  "Bye! I love you, too."

The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are staring at him in astonishment, mouths wide open.

He turns and asks: "Anyone know whose phone this is?"

Hat tip to Jim S. for this one.

All the best,
Glenn B