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Friday, January 31, 2014

My Favorite Game.

In fact, it is the only PC based game I have left here. 

Here is a trailer for it.

The game was not really a game. Here is more info. Any game I get and it comes with a 2 inch thick manual? Its not HALO! 

Hey NFO! Does this look anywhere close to the office?

It is a big time sink if you allow it. I have not played it in years.



Thursday, January 30, 2014

Boosting the Signal

My friend is asking for help to find the killers of his friends son. If you can help please do so. 

Master Sargent B and and I go back for a couple of years. We both stared down the Sloth from hell.

I hope the perpetrators are caught and brought to justice.   

Sunday, January 26, 2014

First World Problem

So I turn the 1971 Mustang over today in preparation for a car show at work Thursday. On the plus side, the Holley electric choke seems to be working for once. "Mary" has always been cold natured and a choke that works is a blessing!

On the other hand it seems that working these controls is less than optimal now. 

That is a stock photo from the Interwebz. My controls still have the felt covering the levers. I could not get full heat to the floor vents. Sigh.... A vacuum motor is stuck or dry rotted. Of course, THIS motor is not readily accessible. 

Number 7 on the hit parade up there! 

No matter. If that is all I can complain about on this ride, I am blessed. I know everything about this car from this date:

I will fix it! 


Friday, January 24, 2014

If You Can Help!

I would truly appreciate it. I personally know several women that have been through this. Breast Cancer. Chemo.  Double Mastectomy. Reconstruction. 

The fund raising event is here. I don't ask for much here. When I do I ask for very little. If you can give 5 bucks I would really be grateful. The person that is running this is retired LEO and a fellow instructor. Yes, he is in direct competition with me for students, but he and I do not care when it comes to these matters. 

I will be there to be a gopher, admin, run around, anything needed. I owe the Women that I know that went through this at least this much. They are both special to me and both live far away from here. This is the least I can do for them as they both enrich my life now. They by any definition should be dead now yet they are not!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Taking this to the range soon!

According to the new thingy over at Colt's Website, this was made in 1953. I do not have a Historian letter on it. Yet. I hope to shoot it this weekend. I have had it for a year and have not done so!  AAR to follow. Even with my feeble shooting skills!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

M-65 Field Jacket

Back in the day I was a Civil Air Patrol Cadet. We dressed out in pretty much the same as the military. It is getting cold here tonight and I think the accuguessers are saying the high here tomorrow will be 32F.

Last year my Mother dug this out and gave it to me. 

It appears to be an M-1965 field jacket made in 1972 based on the contract number above. It still fits even though its been around since the *cough* mid 70's. I have looked around on the Interwebz and it seems prudent to NOT wear this jacket tomorrow 

So be it. It's a safe queen jacket. Never thought I would have one of those.   

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Classroom Upgrade!

The classroom at Elite Training Academy (warning! autoplay video with audio there) has been upgraded with a big honking TV. This makes things much more interesting and engaging for students IMHO.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Door Hinges Old School

A PSA for ya. If you buy a old car and when you open the door it drops down you have a problem. Back in the day door hinges worked on steel pins in bronze bushings. If you got to the point where the bronze wore out and had steel on steel,  this would not go well over time. I have gotten to this point on the 1971 Mustang. I have the repair parts but it pains me to ask for help. The door is really heavy and I can't do what needs to be done here. 

I could replace the lower hinge with a cheap knockoff or throw 500 bucks at a NOS (New Old Stock) one. Or have the worn hole in the hinge here welded up, drilled and throw this in. 

Make no mistake, the door is really heavy! I know. 

I will not complain too hard. I'll take care of it. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The New Bodyguard .380

Take a look!

Anybody see what's different? No laser. Looks like S&W gave up on the Insight integral laser. I am on my third one, so I assume I am not alone with problems with the laser. Dropped the price point to be more competitive as well.  

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Oh yeah! I forgot!

There is a Colt Official Police here in .38 Special. I'll see if I can find it and post on it =). 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

AAR- The Colt Police Positive Special

The .32-20 cartridge has been tersely dismissed by Edward Matunas in his book American Ammunition and Ballistics with this statement. "Because it is too big for small game and too small for big game, the .32-20 is left in a useless limbo." 

Ok, but I have a blues song about the cartridge from 1936. So there Mr. Matunas! 

h/t to my friend over at the blog "By Other Means" for that!

The .32-20 cartridge (also known as the .32 Winchester Center Fire or WCF) was introduced in 1882 as a black powder load for small game, varmints, and deer. 

The Colt Police Positive double action revolver holds the record for DA production for the blue dome with over 750,000 thousand made from 1908 until about 1977 with a short interruption in the mid 70's. 

Colt hailed the revolver in its 1908 catalog as "the most compact and the lightest revolver ever produced to take this powerful ammunition (they were talking about it chambered in the .38 SPL).

This revolver was also chambered in the .32-20 and .32 New Police. Six different barrel lengths in .38 SPL from 1 1/4 to 6" were available. Since 1947, these are as D-frame revolvers.

The US Treasury Department in 1952 contracted for 400 of these known as the Border Patrol. I doubt I will run across one of them! If you see one marked as such, let me know=) !

So here we go!

Tam talks about the historian letters from Smith and Wesson and Colt. She also talks about dead ponies. This one is not and has a historian letter. 


So I never fired it until today. All of us at the range took a stab at it. 7, 10, 15 yards. Minimal sight picture for those of us spoiled with Novacks, fiber optics, etc. but respectable IMHO.


My friend Old NFO had a great post on checking Colt revolver timing. This thing locks up tight! Everything works as it should! 

I am glad to have this 103 year old pony here. Again, I wish it could talk! 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

It seems that old wheel guns have stepped up here. I do not have ones as storied as Murphys Law, View from the porch, nor Old NFO

I do have this though! I have not fired it and will do so tomorrow. Full report then!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Had a short conversation with someone at work today. He really does not know me nor how long I have been there. He said he was 54 and thought I was much older and getting ready for retirement. The FIRST thing I though of was this:

No I did not whip out a phaser, and I am younger than him!  Sadder for him I did not even know his name. Sadder for me he knew mine.


According2Robyn: MRE Review: Menu 22, Sloppy Joe

One of the best MRE Reviews EVAR!  (NSFW language)

According2Robyn: MRE Review: Menu 22, Sloppy Joe: After last month's MRE review, some of you wrote in to ask why a science/nerd blog is reviewing military rations. Allow me to answer ...

Saturday, January 4, 2014

So After a Bit on the Book Of Face

I find the tears of hippies fun. In honor of the really good conversation on FB tonight I offer this little radio . I assume that the fact that this radio consumes more power than what is currently powering the house they will find objectionable. Perhaps want it banned. No matter. I powered it up tonight in honor of the "scientists" for global warming stranded and now the USCG is going to attempt a rescue after several failed attempts.

Irony. I do love it! 


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Any Leather Care Experts out Here?

This Christmas I received a thoughtful gift! A lineman test set from back in the day. Before I go further I need to know how to take care of the leather on it. Looks like this:

Neatsfoot oil? Saddle soap? Any suggestions for this piece of history? I know the Retrotechnologist can help with the internals, but first things first! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


That's what I get for turning on the TV! Productivity for today is through! A marathon: