Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Gun Zone now has a blog.

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As of today Dean Speir, Rob Firriolo, and other dignitaries are blogging here.

Cool!
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Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Wide Wild World of Gun Blogs

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Steve from the world famous firearmblog has an article published over at GunsAmerica online magazine, The State of the Gun Blogosphere. The world of gun blogs is growing daily; sites like the firearmblog have professional qualities and contain leading industry information. Many of the top gun bloggers Steve highlights in his article are tireless, talented writers; many are also extraordinarily talented photographers. The past, present, and future of gun information is online. IMHO, blogs and ezines will likely soon take over the bulk of the journalistic aspects of the gun world from the monthly print periodicals. The world moves on.
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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Possibly the world’s worst case of beer goggles ever


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Police arrested a drunken Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania man for allegedly trying to revive a road kill opossum. Click here for the AP story.
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Wilsonblog; great writing, great old guns, great old-time photos

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He’s moving his archives from here over to here. His site is well worth a daily visit.
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Marlin Model 75C

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The side of the rifle barrel reads:
Marlin Firearms Co.
North Haven, Ct. USA
Model 75C .22LR

The Marlin Model 75C is a brush gun, a carbine version of the Marlin Model 60; it holds 13-rounds of .22 long rifle in the tubular magazine.

It has been a good long time since this rifle has potted a big red squirrel. Times change, we all will pass on and the memories of days afield will die with us. Today many gray haired kids chewed over memories that had a bit of a sorrowful aftertaste. According to the AP, Marlin Firearms is closing its Connecticut plant with a loss of 265 American jobs. Perhaps it is not as dire as it sounds; the AP story does say that Marlin Firearms is moving manufacturing to a yet unmanned state.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ruger New Model Blackhawk .41 Magnum

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4 5/8’’ barrel

This 1981 vintage Ruger New Model Blackhawk revolver has seen much use. The firing pin transfer bar looks like it may be getting just a tad thin; if it breaks, the revolver will not fire so I’ll probably soon be sending it out for some preventive healthcare. Other than that it has held up very well, it is an old friend and one reason why my .45 Vaquero has never been my field gun. I owned this revolver for some time before I purchased the Vaquero; on the very rare occasions when it seemed advisable to pack along a single-action large-bore blaster, out of habit the .41 Magnum came along. When shooting the hot hunting class loads, my accuracy is better with this revolver than with the Vaquero.

Around 18-years ago, I was dead-set on using the Blackhawk for taking a black bear via an outfitter but a surprise delivery of divorce papers caused me to restructure my budget to below the poverty level. I canceled the hunt and lost my deposits. Subsequently I lost the house, the savings, and a few years of wages. Back in those days, I was audacious (to a fault according to the divorce papers), well practiced with the Blackhawk, and in good physical shape. Today it would be irresponsible for me to try such an adventure; hunters owe it to the outfitter, and to the game, to show up in top form. I figure it would take me no less than 2-years to tune up my revolver shooting skills and harden my physical condition to the minimum levels needed for a successful bear hunt. There is enough discretionary cash in the piggy bank to pull off this old dream but I doubt that I now have the dedication needed to prepare; the desire for a revolver bear hunt just isn’t inside me anymore.

Ballistic tables show overlap in some of the commercially available hunting class loads for the .41 Magnum, .44 Magnum, and .45 Colt; the .44 Magnum offers the most choices and is the benchmark on the upper end of power for the three. Heavy loads for the .45 Colt often eclipse the heavy loads available for the .41 Magnum. Your taste may differ but of the three, my shooting eye prefers the .41 Magnum.

The only commercial “light” load that I remember ever being available for the .41 Magnum was Remington’s 210 gr. lead semi-wadcutter, which launched at around 960 fps. There are only about 120 rounds of them left on my rack; had I known they would be discontinued I would have rafted a great number more of them.
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

A tough cabbie, shot five times in the head and neck with a .22 revolver, subdues his punk assailant and holds him until cops arrive.

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March 16, 2010
By FRANK ABDERHOLDEN fabderholden@stmedianetwork.com

"He's a strong guy. God gave him the strength. Maybe he was mad because he doesn't like (people) hitting other people," said Maria Foster, wife of the cab driver who was shot five times in the face and neck.

The cabbie, Patrick Foster, 44, not only survived, but captured the gunman and held him down until police arrived.

"It was terrible," said Maria, 46, who is originally from Honduras, of the early Saturday incident in a Zion residential area. "He called me at 3:20 in the morning. 'Maria, I got shot,'" she said he told her. "After he called police he called me twice," she said at a press conference at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville on Monday.

Trauma surgeon Dr. William Watson said Patrick Foster, 44, was operated on by three surgeons and was sedated and on a breathing machine. He said Foster was in stable, but critical condition in the intensive care unit.

"I do expect him to be able to survive these injuries," Watson said. "He is a very strong, healthy man. I think he is very lucky," he said.

"He was conscious when he arrived," Watson continued, "He will be in the hospital for some time."

Watson said Foster had five wounds, but he couldn't say exactly how many times he was shot because of bullets fragmenting and the possibility of exit wounds. He also had a head injury.

"I do commend him for what he did. I am amazed at what he was able to do with these injuries," said Watson, describing how one bullet that entered his neck must have made it hard for Foster to breath.

Foster lives with Maria and his two children in Park City and has three children from a previous marriage. He had worked for 10 years as a truck driver for Sysco Corp., a marketing and food distribution company in Des Plaines. He was laid off his job six months ago.

Maria said she didn't like the idea that he was going to drive a cab, but he wanted to "because he said he can't just sit here." But he had assured her that if he was nice to people they would be nice to him. "He was trying to bring some extra money to the family," she said of her husband of 14 years.

"I was worried about it," she said, because in Honduras driving a cab is very dangerous. He had been working for less than two months when he announced that he was thinking of buying a cab. "We'll be divorced if you buy a cab," she said and he backed down.

Darryel Garner, 38, of Waukegan, the man accused of shooting Foster early Saturday, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. He is scheduled to appear April 6 for a preliminary hearing and is being held in lieu of $750,000 bond.

According to Zion Deputy Police Chief Wayne Brooks, Garner told police Detective Jay Labonne that he called Metro cab in Waukegan for a ride into Zion. Garner admitted shooting Foster several times, Brooks said, intending to rob him because he was unemployed and depressed.

Police responded to the 3100 block of Lebanon for a reported shooting. They found Foster on top of Garner holding him down on the ground next to the bright yellow minivan taxi. Then they found Foster was shot in the left and right side of his neck and near the center and back portion of his neck. He was also shot in the lower lip/jaw area and the upper middle portion of his back, which the surgeon said was his lower neck.

Police said that after being shot Foster jumped into the back seat of the cab and physically struggled with Garner. Police recovered a small .22-caliber, five-shot revolver in the rear seat area of the cab. The revolver contained five empty shell casings. The cab had a bullet hole in the windshield.

Maria Foster said she told God she forgave the man who did this because "you are the one who will judge him. My husband will forgive him, too," she said. The Fosters are members of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Wadsworth, and Patrick belonged to a Bible study group there.

Maria Foster said neighbors, church members, her sister and cousins have all been helping her cope with the situation. "My family and I want to thank God for taking care of my husband and keeping him alive and we want to thank the doctors and the hospital staff. They did an amazing job for him," she said.

She said she had recently signed up the family for Medicaid when he lost his health insurance after being laid off.

"He has a lot of friends in church. He likes to help people," she said. "I want to see him awake," she said at the news conference, "I worry."
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Friday, March 19, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Leprechaun killed by Gallatin Tennessee cops

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Click here for details

EDIT:  The Leprechaun was a fake.  It was Santa wearing a disguise.  Click here for more details. 
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Congress is making erstwhile Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich look like the most honest man ever to practice politics.

Everything is for sale; everyone is gaining or losing something for their healthcare reform bill vote. There are solicitations, overt threats, covert threats, overt offers, and covert offers. When Blago did it, it was criminal. When Congress does it, it is politics.

Who needs reality TV? This is AMERICA! “Welcome to Hell! Wanna buy a whore? We gots ‘em in all the best self-serve flavors, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.”

This shit is great, the most fun I have ever had watching our government in action.

“Up or down vote”
“Reconciliation”
“Slaughter House Rule”
“Deem and Pass”
“The Republicans used it so we can too!”
“…but … but… we didn’t use it for the big things… ”

This is how our system works, just like a high school civics class experiencing steroid rage; it is raw, in your face, and ever full of legal and ethical fog. History is in the making, and we all are living it. The question is whether we can survive it.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Oooooh… nice… warm…

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Spring fever has me by the throat; patio-surfing season cannot get here soon enough. The weather here is so great that today that I spent some time outside getting a few of the flowerbeds ready. It will take a while to get all of the beds set the way they should be. Mother Nature so far seems agreeable with the idea of an early start to the growing season. It is hard to believe all of that snow is gone already. Of course, Mother Nature can be fickle.

Dad used to advise that planting flowers (in this area) before Mother’s Day was iffy, up until then there is always the chance of a killing freeze. If I can get all of the beds prepared by April 15th, I may chance planting a few of the smaller beds early if the weather is willing.
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Census 2010 Question Number 1

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Okey dokey, the 2010 Census form arrived today. Let me be a good citizen and get this important piece of government business out of the way.

“How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010?”

CRAP! Today is only March 15th; if I answer this question today I am guilty of falsifying information since I cannot possibly know in advance how many people will be living here on April 1st. Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001 makes it a crime to: 1) knowingly and willfully; 2) make any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; 3) in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the United States.

Jeez, I guess I better put this off for a while.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Alaskan woman killed by wolves.

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CLICK here for details.

EDIT:  CLICK here for more details.


There is always a chance that I am wrong, but it is my belief that the large, wild carnivores of our world see us as nothing more than potential threats or potential meals. I’ve long heard it said that nature is beautiful but ever unforgiving.
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How goes that federal, state, and local government anti-smoking Jihad?

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Treasuries see a drop in revenue from tobacco taxes. CLICK here for details.

They cannot say that they were not warned.
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

.38 Super update 3/9/2010

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Ammoman.com has had Federal American Eagle .38 Super 130 Grain FMJ (AE38S1) available for a while now; be advised, it may all be gone by tomorrow. In all of the years I have been buying from Ammoman.com, this is the first batch of .38 Super I can ever remember seeing there. The brown ammo supply truck just today dropped off 1,000 rounds of it on my doorstep, so I am good for another year. This will be my first sampling of the Federal .38 Super ammo. I have primarily been using Fiocchi and MagTech with favorable results; both brands are reliable and surprisingly clean (no smoke or soot).

I’ve had the Colt Series 80 .38 Super for almost a year now; I am not disappointed; it has been a joy to shoot, the latest range trip was yesterday. NOTE: I switched to Wilson Combat mags right off the bat. I just don’t have much faith in the Colt mags anymore, although I will admit to buying a couple of them for spares.
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

My Great Great Grandmother’s headstone

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Campground Cemetery; Glenmary, Tennessee (Scott County).
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Genealogical research can be maddening. I am thankful for the hard work and dedication of a distant relative, genealogist Dorothy Young Campbell (Photo taken by Joyce Amos Morgan).
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The depiction on the headstone is interesting. According to my maternal Grandmother, my Great Great Grandmother was an Indian who feared “white people.” I’ve heard a DNA analysis can provide some clues to my family history; I just need to get around to arranging for it.
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Old Ruger Vaquero .45 Colt

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4 5/8’’ barrel
Chambered for the .45 Colt (known to some as the .45 Long Colt)

A Ruger Vaquero revolver made between the years of 1993 - 2005, often called an “old Vaquero,” is slightly larger than a Colt Single Action Army revolver. “Old Vaquero” revolvers were built to safely handle the higher pressure .45 Colt hunting ammunition (such as the loads from Buffalo Bore); the cylinder walls are thicker than are those of the Colts and clones.  A “new Vaquero” revolver produced from 2005 to the present has dimensions closer to that of the Colt Single Action Army revolver and is NOT for use with the hot hunting loads.

Unlike the Colt style single action revolvers which must be carried with the hammer down on an empty chamber, the “old” and “new” Vaquero revolvers are safe to carry with all six cylinder-chambers loaded; Ruger single action revolvers have a transfer bar firing pin system designed to make them “drop safe.” Some veteran six-gunners still only load Ruger Vaquero and Ruger Blackhawk revolvers with five cartridges; old safety habits run deep.

My great dreams and expectations sometimes never bear fruit; I have had no great outdoor adventures with this gun at my side, it never served as a kit gun of any sort, nor has it ever been a hunting companion. It is 1994 vintage, an “old Vaquero” purchased new, and has since seen a good deal of use, all of which has been at indoor ranges. It is what I shoot when I want to do something different. Over the years, quite a number of folks have asked me to take them out and let them shoot this “cowboy gun.” I also bring the Vaquero along when someone asks to shoot this derringer. Even with standard pressure cartridges, firing the .45 Colt is a moving experience.

Nowadays many folks are asking about using a single action revolver for self-defense. For personal defense, would I choose this revolver above all other available handguns? No. For personal defense, would I use this revolver if nothing else were available? Yes.  IMHO, there are obvious reasons why the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies moved from single action revolvers to double action revolvers and then on to high-capacity semi-autos. Still, if someone wants to carry a cowboy gun for personal defense that is his or her business, not mine. Heck, some folks participating in Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS) via the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) events look to be very proficient shooters. More power to them.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Redistribution of poverty

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My 2009 tax forms are now complete. As usual, my tax guru says that there will be no refund for me. As usual, I get to write the IRS a big fat-ass check on top of the money already withheld, which is substantially more than I paid the prior year. No, I am not rich; the government has all but mandated that I never will be. The best I can hope for is to maintain self-sufficiency, which is challenging to do when the local, state, and federal governments are hell bent on taxing us into a penury class. I suppose it will be easier for them to pass sweeping social reforms when we all are impecunious.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

Redistribution of weight

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It probably has been over two decades since my weight crept over the 200 lbs. mark. My peak weight was 240 lbs., but mostly I drift between 210-225 lbs.; currently I weigh 210, which still is arguably 50 lbs. too heavy. I’m not overly tall so the extra weight does not fit my frame; people rudely stare when I march past them on the beach while wearing my man-thong and open-carry holster with the long barrel .44 magnum.

I quit drinking soft drinks, I quit drinking beer and booze, I quit eating ice cream, chocolate, pastries, and junk food, but the bathroom scale seems stuck. My short, puny doctor laid it all out straight for me last year; he said my main problem is that I am not active enough and that the excess fat is killing me. Damn.

In case you think that the above is a preamble to a bold declaration of my new life replete with discipline and exercise, you can forget about it. Doc said the fat is killing me, not the inactivity. Therefore, I’m making a considerably charitable public offer to donate my surfeit fat for transplantation into needy, underfed, skinny folks; all I ask is payment for the cost of my liposuction.

You all know where to reach me.

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