100 years ago….


The M1911 was adopted by the United States Army.

A good thing.

There may be more modern pistols available, but the 1911 has existed for 100 years….for a reason.

I own 4 examples of the design, and several variations…I carry one nearly every day.

Thank you, Mr. Browning.

Should I call her ” Vera”?

At the gunshow on Sat. I sold one, and bought another….Traded a handgun for FRN’s and then, before they devalued too much farther while I was holding them…., I used them to buy a longgun.  (gotta love a state where FTF purchases are legal)

“She’s a 26” heavy barrelled Savage 112 in .223 with a Timney trigger topped with a Weaver “classic” scope….”

I may well have to call her “Vera”.

Or something.

Claimed accuracy is 1.1″ at 100 yds….Said claim made after I had purchased it, so I have little reason to doubt the man. Said he was selling it to generate cash for Cowboy Action firearms…

The stock needs a bit of work (dents and scratches), but the metal is pristine. The trigger is SWEET!…. Rifling is clean and sharp, and the crown is either recently turned or it has less than a  thousand rounds through it……Bluing is even and has no scratches. The scope is clean and sharp.

Likely the rifle will shoot better than I will be able to.My hands are not as steady as they were when I learned to shoot 25+ years ago.

We shall see.

We’ll give ’em to them anyway

Interesting viewpoint from a Democrat:

The Tea Party Republicans in Washington claim they’re concerned about the budget balance, but it’s a  disguise! It’s not true! It’s a lie! That’s not what they want. They want — they want other people not to be able to have their own opinions. They don’t deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution! But we’ll give them to them anyway.

Interesting how these folks think, innit?


Went to the Nappannee gunshow today. Bought and sold some guns too….But that is another post, for later, when I can take a few pictures for posting…..

Today’s topic is bacon….

A bit of background:

Midwest Chick and I convinced Og and his friend to go with us, as they are serious collectors and this a  show for serious collectors….

Of course, we had promised them that there would be, nearby, an Excellent Breakfast.  And, I think, that he will agree.

So we went to get food before entering the gunshow.

I so love watching someone find their Happy Bacon Moment.  The smiles on their faces were gratifying…..

Bacon! (this was, I believe,  the third trip past the buffet..)

Amish Bacon. Not sure of it is made with real Amish. but it sure tastes GOOD.

I, of course, only ate 0.93 lbs of bacon (as well as some biscuits and gravy and assorted potato bits and such) ’cause I are on a diet…..

Halfway through “Earth Hour”

Yeah, right, like I was gonna bother….

I don’t do symbolic shit.

I actually live it.

And any of you fools who think that one hour of behavior change out of 8,766 does anything (besides increase your level of self- induced smugness) significant needs your ass kicked.

Just on general principles.

In any organization

there is about 10% that actually do something to help or promote or raise funds for that organization. The rest never show when there is work to be done. And 20% of that sub-group complain about the work done.

That was the case this weekend:

At the range which I belong to, there is a barn for storage of targets for the outdoor range. The roof has needed work for YEARS, and this weekend some of the more active members got together to re-roof the thing.

Out of 100 members, 9 showed up. All worked for at least 6 hours, clearing brush and trees, tearing off the old roof, and rebuilding the structure prior to the actual re-roofing.

10.5 hours for some of us. And I found out that I was REALLY out of shape. I still hurt today, even though the work party was on Saturday.

The sad part is that few, if any of the rest of the members will appreciate the work those people put in. And they’ll likely complain about the color of the new roof.  If they do, I hope anyone who worked on the barn doesn’t kneecap them. Even though the kneecapping will be most richly deserved.

But they’ll store their stuff there anyway.

And my thanks to those who worked with me to improve our club.