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Monday, February 28, 2011

You don't see this every day!

First thunderstorm of the season rolling through now and spotted this on the front door:

 I think Winter is pretty much done here!

How to spend Summer Vacation!

Just got confirmation on this for June! Requirements for vacation are: "Pistol, holster, three high capacity (15rds) magazines or six low capacity (7-8 rds), magazine holders, belt, clear wraparound ballistic eye protection, ear protection, rain gear, weapons cleaning kit, clothing appropriate for climate and conditions and a water bottle or other hydration system.  Knee and elbow pads are strongly recommended. 1200 rounds of ammunition."

I am going to the evil Blackwater Unicorns and Rainbows USA Training facility in North Carolina! 

Yea! So although some wonder about "IT guys" wandering around and I DO resemble that remark from the queen of snark I humbly present my interpretation of the requirements:

Pistol, check!

Colt Combat Commander in .45ACP.

Holster, check! El Paso saddlery and leather OWB.

Six low capacity magazines with holders, got ya covered!

Everything else except for "hydration system" I have covered. Hmm... OK first thought:

Well, it was a thought, but not really portable.

Well, I have until June to complete my shopping list!

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Hard to believe but this blog is officially one year old today. I have met some really nice people! 303 posts and counting! Thanks to everyone that has stopped by to check on my ramblings on one thing or another!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

QOTD- Basic Pistol Class

So today I had 18 students for Basic Pistol class. New shooters including three juveniles with parents! Yes! Perhaps there is hope for the future! 

So while I am collecting the tuition this comes up. I am dressed so:

So a man and woman ask if a check is OK. I say sure. The woman whips out a checkbook and starts writing a check. The man looks over and asks her: "Are you really going to write a Hello Kitty check to the guy with the big gun on his hip?"

Hello Kitty check:

I respond that its OK, there are Hello Kitty AR's out there!

Great class and I am honored to serve in this manner. Congratulations are in order for my 18 first time shooters that shot a .22 semi, a .38 revolver, and 9mm semi!

Gotta go, CCH class starts tomorrow at nine.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ok, I had to!

I have lurked around on Tam's 1911 post along with others on the matter. I must agree, it is something to behold!

So I had to throw some more fat on the fire. Behold my first demotivational poster:

As far as Glocks go I got one last year and I love it! I have never had a failure and it requires so little maintenance! Here it is:

It works great! I don't understand what all of the fuss is about, can't we all just get along? Think of the children! 

NFO takes all of this to a higher level. I concur with his assessment. I don't care what you have and/or carry but please do not make all of the responsible legal gun owners look stupid! I also agree with Breda from NFO's post. 

So, where does this leave us? I really do not know. If the only experience you have with handguns is running around with whatever is currently available on the PS3 or Xbox, get a clue.

Whatever you say about them they are simply mechanical objects, each with competing design constraints and goals. ALL OF THEM!

FEDERAL Ammunion Recall

Federal is recalling .45ACP ammunition across several brands. Link to Federal info here. So here is another reason to keep factory ammo in the original box!

Monday, February 14, 2011

NC State Bill 34 Castle Doctrine

Link is here. Looks like a long overdue modification to our "Modified Castle Doctrine" already in place. It would also make my life easier as an Carry Concealed Handgun instructor! If you are in NC go rattle the state legislation critters!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Retro Addendum.. The Firestone Air Chief!

Several people have noted the Firestone Air Chief 4-A-30. One really kicked my butt to get it to work. One offered some good advise.

Some may think it is a sad commentary on my life to be sitting at home on a Saturday night pondering this. I think not.

I do still have some noise coming from it that I need to troubleshoot, but I proudly present new voices from a 64 year old mouth piece:

And once again I can only imagine my grandparents and their children around the definition of the home entertainment center back in the day. And yes it is again WSM in Nashville TN on the same tuned pushbutton.  

Sorry about the lighting, but as it is AM radio coming from a state over, the unit is really sensitive to rheostat dimming and fluorescent ballasts.

The one thing I can say however is that the audio output is impressive. It can easily fill my house with sound. 

The other thing is yes, again it brought a tear to my eye as I never heard it when my grandparents were alive. I wish they could hear it again and I think that the bluegrass and country music still coming from the Grand Ol Opry would feel familiar to them still now.

Friday, February 11, 2011


I'm back! Sorry about that. Many know that I teach part time in addition to the "day job". I do this two nights a week and the first quarter of the semester is filled with paperwork, getting the pace and rhythm of the classes down (they are different depending on the students), drop/add, and all of the miscellaneous stuff to get down to a working groove for the remainder of the class.

After reading about Christina and Phlegmmy back in school in addition to their day jobs, I consider it an honor and privilege to teach. For people working and in school I say well done! It will pay off in the long run I assure you!   

On top of all that, the "day job" has had some interesting things going on as well.

And then I do have to catch up on the mail:

And then of course I did have to get up close and personal with what came out of the red box (not the one at the quickie mart silly).

Here is the Winchesterburg 500 Super X Pump shotgun out of the box:

Works like it should and although not the sporting type of shotgun it will do what I need it to do. There is an 870 Wingmaster around if I care enough to send the very best!

More importantly it allows me to retire this:

One of my very good friends allowed me to "borrow" this. It did not work reliably at first, but after a new magazine spring and removal of the plug ( a sawed off broomstick), cleaning  and lubrication this thing shot like new!

It is a JC Higgins Model 20 Pump Shotgun. Yep, Sears, Roebuck and Company on the barrel. Over 50 years old and still is a working definition of a "Boomstick".

So off to the range tomorrow for more fun!