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Saturday, August 30, 2014


Today did not go as planned. There is always something around here that needs attention though!

So after some rubbing we get this:

A Ruger 3 Screw Super Blackhawk and a Puma knife. This has been in the family for at least 40 years. 

That's better! 



Friday, August 29, 2014

I Have an Unexpected Friend Tonight

So on the front porch we run across this lump of something.

Aside from the spec house tolerances I thought perhaps it was one of these. 

This is a Hummingbird nest. So light and small they are usually held in place with stolen spider web threads. 

After getting the Surefire out and putting on some glasses *sigh* it is a bird. I hope it enjoys its stay tonight. 

Tomorrow I am on the road. Going to go for some recoil therapy.

Yeah, I'm taking the honking camera with me. Maybe it will get used =)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AR Handguards

So since I can't keep well enough alone on the beater M4 I have decided to replace the hand guards with some Magpul happiness. So I can hang a light on the front of it of course. 

So how do ya get the craptacular original ones off? Seems like depressing the Delta ring should do it but the upper was fully assembled on this kit. 

Any suggestions? 


Monday, August 25, 2014

A Great Bit of History!

It was close by this weekend, but I did not make it there. Other history was being made. The Shot Tower.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Paint Removal?

Anybody have any ideas on safely removing some paint applied to the front sight of the Python? I don't want to start digging on the thing. 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Look What Showed Up Today...

Timing is everything. 

Guess I can watch it and see if I did this right =)

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Horse Snake is Here!

Sorry, I meant the Colt Python. I have shot others and listened to all the praise lauded on this storied revolver. 

So one night a couple of weeks ago one is on auction and about to close. I call a friend and he says "looks good don't go over X dollars." I realize that the guy whips out hardware that amazes me when I actually get to shoot with him and I should have run away then. 

We watch the auction and I ended up at X + 180 dollars. After some delays (USPS sucks and why are you sending this hardware in this method anyway.) I end up with this today. 

 4" barrel Colt Python. To me in really good shape and my friend sent the short version of the Colt Revolver Shop Manual for checking timing. The one thing that has to go is this:

The craptacular aftermarket grips. We try these repos. 

They suck out loud and off key. Some fitting will be needed to get them where they need to be if that is possible at all. I rummage around and find these:

I have no idea where they came from or why they are here. I do not have the correct hardware to attach them to the revolver and the right side grip has some damage. Sigh.... This revolver needs the correct grips for such a storied handgun. Anybody got grips with the gold medallions for a Colt I frame?

Shoot it tomorrow and a joke for ya. There are only certain people I can talk to on a Friday night and tell them "I'm rubbing my Python" and they don't think I'm a sick perverted person! Thanks for talking tonight my friends and for the advise.

So why do these objects attract people? Or me specifically? There are many modern firearms that have advantages over this Python. They are lighter, cheaper, and have more capacity than this revolver. Easier to drive too I might add.  Much like the 50 year old cars here. 

Still. It is a siren song I cannot ignore. The cars just as the Firearms are machines. I do appreciate the skill and talent in creating these relics as opposed to hitting "play" on the CNC machines. 

This is why I find all the background noise about "my gun vs. this gun" so much noise.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I Missed the Fiddler's Convention

It was last week. I doubt these guys were there. 

There is another close to there this weekend. Can't make that one either. I used to go decades ago. Hey, you have to learn how to flatfoot from someone right? I want to see if they still do the greased pig contest. I doubt it.

There used to be a nightclub in Galax that ended the night with all the lights going on and they played this:

Its long gone. I miss that. 



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Holster Wear

Carry Handguns get beat up. They are by definition NOT safe queens. I have observed Handguns in Concealed Carry Handgun Classes that were stunning. I gently try to tell people that the really valuable Firearm they brought is just that. On the other hand, they do get beat up. Even if you do not fire it, the simple act of carrying will beat one up. 

I prefer a pretty much disposable one for that duty. 

It will go bang when I need it to and that is all that matters for such things. 

I Will Hate It.

When this dies. A Denon DT-400 radio that serves as my computer audio system. There is another speaker to the right of this one. 

Over 25 years this thing has been covered in awesome sauce. Still working and quite frankly I'm impressed! 


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Laserlyte Plinking Cans.

I finally got around to playing with these things. I loaded the training cartridge in my Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm and set these things out. The videos are my true first runs with them for better or worse and to make it more interesting I switched to a course of night fire with the Crimson Trace Lightguard only and the transition to the Trijicon night sights, the first time I have ever shot with both low light tools. 

First, day fire:

I have to rack the Pistol to fire multiple shots so I practice the tap rack malfunction drill. I might need to remove a follower on a mag instead of hitting the empty well. 

Then night fire:

That was humbling. Yeah I know I'm probably holding it wrong too. 

Impressions? They are fun and demanding targets. The fact I can actually practice night fire is an added bonus! 

FTC disclaimer. I paid for everything here so pound sand, OK?


Someone asked. I was about 7 yards away and the camera was much closer to the cans. FYI. Some say the cans do not work in bright light. So far I have not seen that. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I Ordered Out Tonight!

Greek food for some M1 Garands. In SPAM cans no less. 

These things are not gonna feed themselves ya know! 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Oh Crap!

So while tending to the 1966 Mustang we note this:

This is bad. Although the car was carefully prepped and painted with epoxy primer and a finish coat back in *cough* 1989, as with icebergs usually the visible rust is only a small portion of whats really there. On top of that, the cowl area is the weakest link in the body for these rides. This area has already been sleeved for fresh air intake repair back in 1988 to prevent water leaks into the interior. A total cowl replacement is tedious, expensive, and requires more skills than I have. 

Sigh. More information about this less than stellar design is here.  

I will deal with almost anything else on one of these. This is bad and will not get better. As with so many things back then this was "good enough" for then, but not now. 

At least it is garaged, I have some time. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

This is Coming Here!

And I blame this guy =) That is my story and I am sticking with it. A Colt Python in royal blue with a 4" barrel. The grips are not correct, but hopefully that will be rectified shortly after the revolver gets here. The Python has been called the "Lamborghini" of revolvers. Too expensive to manufacture now. We shall see. 

 NFO, you need to shoot this thing! 

More info.