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Saturday, November 30, 2013

I Really Wish Colt Would Figure it Out!

So I just got off the phone with a student of mine shopping for a more concealable option than her Glock 26. I don't hear this often: "You are awesome!" I'll take it! Its not about the money its about giving people the freedom to take back what is theirs. They just need to see it.

So tomorrow out to the range to let the former (current) student test drive some stuff. It got me thinking. 

I went shopping today. For a pistol. Colt's? Nowhere to be found except on the used counter.

I know Colt has released the .380 Mustang Pocketlite again. I wish they would do the same for the Mustang Plus II. I hear people today saying "Colt? Who's that?" I have to say I understand where they are coming from. Hell I have Firearms older than them (sigh). There is over a hundred years of small Colt's in the picture above and yet it matters for nothing in the mind of today's consumers.

Hey Colt! Wake up or you will become another side note. Sad really. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

My Brain Scares Me Sometimes!

So working with some Molle gear and some Maxpedition Tacties today for a gift and it looked like this:

 Oh, the lights? A case of 100W incandescent and a case of 60W. The powers that be are making these hard to get

Anyway, while I'm doing this, my brain immedatly thought of this video:

Yep, my brain works in mysterious ways! 


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Well, Science, I guess!

It appears I can no longer adjust my stereo to my preferences. Nope! You have to stick a microphone in your room in SIX places and let the receiver do its thing. Well I'll play.

The first thing I noticed was the old Boston Acoustics in the back of the room spoke up with authority. In fact too much so. I'm used to having the sound stage up front, not totally immersed it the sound!

Here is the BA hanging in the entry to the kitchen.


Here is the back of it from the kitchen.

Here is one of the front channel sub woofers and main speaker.

So after doing all of this I must say I cannot fault the computer. What used to take skill and knowledge was simply reduced to an algorithm. The thing will even show you it's work.

 I totally agree with the curve 20Hz to 20KHz. for the rear channels. Left side is the open space in the kitchen, the right is jammed into a bookshelf in a corner. The thing boosted the bass on the left side and suppressed it on the right. It seems all the stuff I work on is trying to put me out of a job! 

Contrary To Popular Wisdom

I can operate one of these:

The resulting leftovers look like this:

What made it even better were the spices my friend Brigid sent. Thanks! 

So now to take a look at this. Been a long time since a gun post. Here is a SA 1911. It seems to have a failure to eject. 


I honestly have a LOT to be thankful for. Thanks to everyone that called, texted, and emailed me today. It means much! 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Thanksgiving Tradition

I have for 2 decades or so been alone for this holiday. No matter. In fact I enjoy it. I started watching MST3K oh, back then during the Holiday. Here is one of my favorite shorts.

I will let the "extension of my manhood car" pass, LOL! 


Some assembly required!

A Christmas gift in the works for Mr. Curmudgeon. More items on the way, but here is what we have for now. My goal is to have a SHTF one day "gotta go now bag".

More "stuff" is on the way. Many thanks to my friends in Texas that gave me the idea (AND video) for this. 

So anyone else have ideas for a one day bug out bag?


Monday, November 25, 2013

There is an APP for that!

Ok, this is flat out cool if it actually works. The new fire alarm at work? Yep there is an app for that!

It would beat running to an Annunciation panel to see whats happening!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Loud noises

From an expensive noise maker! New fire alarm coming on line!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Thanks Lucas, Uh FoMoCo!

So returning home from the range last night after CCH class, I pull on the trusty headlamp switch on the 1994 Mustang. I get headlights but no dash lights.  It should have dawned on me if the dash lights were not running, the parking light circuit was dead. That includes the tail lights and side markers. Yep! They were out too. 

So after consulting the Lucas prince of darkness fuse chart I get to it. 

Some research showed this is a common problem for the SN95 Mustang. Hmm... So after hearing some 20 year old plastic break we get to this:

I think I have found the problem! And yeah that wire just hanging up there above the connector to the headlight switch came out of it! The LED is the after market alarm indicator. 

It must be a big problem if the local auto parts store keeps this in stock!

Yeah, I know I'm using crimp connectors instead of soldering the connections. Its a well protected place with little vibration. I'm cool with this for my daily beater! I have already transferred the mounting bracket to the new switch and pigtail. Of course the wire colors don't match up so its going to be by location on the connector. 

Sigh... I really can't complain too hard for a 20 year old car coming up on 218K and has been totaled once though. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Any Graphic Designers Out Here?

I need some help! Willing to pay you if you can help me and create printed marketing materials for my new NRA Personal Protection in the Home class. Shoot me an e-mail and lets talk!



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cover me!

I'm going in!

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Airshow Update

After observing a lot less activity in the sky Saturday and observing better weather for Sunday I passed on the airshow The local Sunday newspaper told the story that although the "Warbirds would be there but we tried to make a more interactive experience......". I went to the range. 

Since Murphys Law asked, here is a Douglas A-26 Invader. The Spirit of North Carolina no less. Does my heart proud!

It has always been here for the show. A wonderful aircraft!

A Corsair? I don't think there was one here this year. I do have a pic of one on the hangar deck of the USS Yorktown down at Patriots Point though around here somewhere. 


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Airshow Update

I heard a lot less radial engines at the house this year and noted a general lack of noise coming from the airport today. The skies were overcast and cloudy but they are forecasting better conditions tomorrow. 

In the meantime, from a previous show here are some pics of a B-25J "Briefing Time":

Hey look! Non politically correct nose art to boot:

 More about this aircraft here.

Friday, November 8, 2013

I Understand

Running a small aircraft in less than favorable conditions and your life and your best friend's is on the line I understand. The fact that the endeavor is not mandatory even more so. Taking to the air or sea there are many things that will try to kill you even if you think you have thought of everything.

No matter. Although I'm saddened, it did force me to get the guest bathroom back into full service and pick the place up a bit for a four legged thief! 

I do have this luxurious accommodation I prepared however.

I await the first frost here and will take this for a test drive tonight. 



So Murphy and his human were going to fly down for some shooting and a really good airshow. We were going to hook up with Bob I had an itinerary of stuff for the weekend. BBQ? Check!  Menu variety? Check and check

Shooty goodness? Check! My home range no less. I got the call this morning. Crosswinds have him and Murph grounded. Asked how long to drive it. I told him and I agree with him. 14 hours on the road round trip is a bit tough with a dog on the mend no less. 

Sigh... I guess I will save the dog treats for later and we will try again!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Uh, no

The happy CFL's provided by my power coop did not live up to this claim. I will now dispose of a hazardous material. Sigh....

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Unless some weather goes bad I am going to have guests this weekend. A furry four legged one and his human! I will keep you posted. We are going to shoot something but sadly no rifles at interesting distances. 

Updates later!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

I need to check this out!

From the USS Laffey (DD_724) Association president today:

ALL Hands:

Here is a link to watch the new video exhibit in MT 53.
This is also accompanied by lights blinking off and on and the floor has vibrators hooked up.
When the gun fires or planes crash onboard or alongside the floor vibrates. It is quite loud and very well done.
I watched this with Lee Hunt who was in the handling room below the mount during the battle.
He told me afterward that it was SUPER and IT WAS AS CLOSE TO REAL AS YOU CAN GET!!!
So, if a man that was THERE says that, it must really be a great exhibit.

I need to go this Spring and check this out. I am proud to be a member of the Laffey Association.