Blogging to you from the Northeastern Badlands of The County of Lake, in the state currently known as Fatmanistan, DEEP DEEP DEEP DEEP DEEP inside the heartland of the Banana Republic formerly known as the USA, WELCOME TO THE NEXT CHAPTER! WARNING! ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ARE ADDICTIVE; EXCESSIVE USE MAY LEAD TO MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS, REDUCED JOB PRODUCTIVITY, INSOMNIA, SOCIAL ALIENATION, GENITAL ULCERS, BLINDNESS, POLITICAL EROTICISM, AND / OR DEVIANT FUNAMBULISM. NOTICE: NO GUNS OR AMMUNITION ARE FOR SALE VIA THIS BLOG. (No, I will not trade my Colt Python for some lubricious adventures with your trophy wife and a future first-round draft pick.) CAVEAT: This blog is not suitable for viewing while at work, while inside a public library, while inside any public or private school, or while inside any public or private restroom. Do not view this blog while driving a motor vehicle or while piloting an aircraft. Viewing this blog may be illegal inside the EU, NYC, Chicago, Seattle, and other parts of the Third World. THIS BLOG CONTAINS (albeit often very childish) ADULT-CONTENT. DISCLAIMER: This blog is a hobby, it is not a livelihood. Even though much of what I blog about relates to firearms collecting and recreational shooting, I am not an expert (by any measure) on any facet of guns, shooting, hunting, or personal defense. Entries at this blog are akin to good old-fashioned campfire chats or post hunt bourbon-fueled barroom-bluster; I offer no opinion on what you should or should not purchase, or what you should be using or doing. What does or does not work for me could be rugged-country-miles away from your tastes and your needs. All products, places, and miscellany that I review for this blog are purchased / rented / leased at retail price by me. I do not accept payment, gifts, discounts, freebies, products on loan, distilled spirits, recreational pharmaceuticals, plea-bargains, probation, parole, Papal Blessings, Presidential Pardons, or sexual favors for doing any review or blog post. TRACKING COOKIES: Google et al stick tracking cookies on everybody. If you are online, you are being spied on via one method or another, for one reason or another; 'nuff said. You may be able to minimize your online DNA residue by using Tor and Duck Duck Go. Vive la liberté! Vive all y'all! Ante omnia armari. To each of you, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Accidental selfie, age 69


My reflection in the mirror was unintentionally shot from across the living room; above is a small portion cropped and greatly enlarged from a photo that I was going to delete.  The distortions capture (for me) the way that I've been feeling physically and mentally; all washed-out but not yet all washed-up.

Once upon a long-long-long time ago "69" implied a wonderfully novel, mutually enjoyable sex act between consenting young partners.  Needless to say, the novelty of attaining the age of 69 has not measured up to the aforementioned joyful standard.  Do I yearn to return to the days that I lived during 1969?  Nah, the world was just as messed up then as it it is now; sometimes I believe the shit of today is just a damned replay.  We've been there, done that, over and over again.  

Ad Astra!  With each new morning it's time to move on.



Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Freak the cat chose to use the opening paragraph of Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ for this 07/13/2021 update.

“It’s true! Yes, i have been ill, very ill. But why do you say that I have lost control of my mind, why do you say that I am mad? Can you not see that I have full control of my mind? Is it not clear that I am not mad? Indeed, the illness only made my mind, my feelings, my senses stronger, more powerful. My sense of hearing especially became more powerful. I could hear sounds I had never heard before. I heard sounds from heaven; and I heard sounds from hell!” 

Live it, my blind old friend.  Live every moment of it.  The world is yours.

How long has it been since his catastrophic illness set in?  Maybe around 17-weeks or so.  I never imagined he would make it this far.  Each morning is a prayer answered.


"Meow to all y'all"

"Now, chop me some ham!"


Saturday, June 26, 2021

John Olsen (LZHS Class of 1970) passed away December 2, 2020

June 23, 1952 - December 2, 2020

Rest in peace.

John lived in the Manor subdivision on Pine Tree Row.  We were fishing buddies until our high school days when cars and girls and other social distractions set it. This old photo is from June of 1965. John (the one on the left; I'm the bespectacled geek holding the bass) and I were very close to being the same age (very near to being 13-years-old at the time of the photo).  He was an all around great guy and he loved the outdoors.  I doubt that anyone who knew him could ever say a bad thing about John.  He was a very special human being. 

Yesterday I ran across the above link by chance.  I found it to be very sad news.

Knowing John during those early years is a treasure that I will keep for the remainder of my days.

My condolences to his family. 


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Colt Combat Commander back at the 5 Star Firearms shooting range in Zion, Illinois 06/07/2021

56-rounds fired at 21-feet (7-yards; 6.4-meters)
A mixed grab of 8-magazines were used.
2 x 7-round U.S. military surplus mags (new in-wrapper rejects)
2 x 7-round Tripp Cobra mags
3 x 7-round Ed Brown mags
1 x 7-round Wilson Combat mag

 This old Colt loves ball ammo and it churned through everything with aplomb as expected.

Each mag was charged with 6 x S&B 230-grain FMJ cartridges and topped with 1 x round of VERY sooty burning Taiwan 230-grain military surplus FMJ (likely made in the USA under contract back in the day).

The primers on the Taiwan loads do not appear to be any harder than the primers used by S&B.

The S&B powder does burn MUCH cleaner than does the powder of the Taiwan military surplus ammo.  Smoke from the Taiwan ammo was noticeable but it was light and not any challenge for the modern air handling system of this shooting range.  Cleaning the pistol was only a bit messier than usual and nothing that I can complain about. 

I'm down to my last 50-round box of S&B FMJ; after it is gone I'll be into my domestic inventory (Winchester, Federal, etc).  In order to stretch out my limited inventory of domestic .45 ACP ball ammo, hereafter I'll be charging each of the 7-round range mags with 1 x Taiwan ball, 2 x domestic ball, 1 x Taiwan ball, 2 x domestic ball, then topped off with 1 x Taiwan ball (in other words, 3-rounds of Taiwan ball per mag mixed in with 4-rounds of domestic ball, spaced out to minimize any possible hint of nuisance range smoke).

I really like this old Colt.  It is my favorite knock-about .45 ACP shooter.  It is gun full of fun. 

Thank you to 5 Star Firearms for the great shooting range and all of the other gunslinging goodness.

"My advice to you is to get yourself a gun and learn how to use it.”

Support YOUR local shooting range!  You may live to be glad that you did.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day Tribute 2021 to Joe Ziel and John Luttrell, both Lake Zurich High School alum.


It went up just before midnight with a full spotlight.
It will come back down at midnight tonight.



Two genuinely nice guys who were also genuinely tough guys when they needed to be.  
Both were taken from us far too soon.
It was a small high school in a small town; we all knew each other.
Forever remembered.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

The 10mm Colt Delta Elite goes shooting at 5 Star Firearms in Zion, Illinois 05/28/2021

It's been many years since I last fired this pistol.

Target #1

40 x 175 grain Winchester Silvertips

5 x 8-round mags (no +1 in chamber) 

(4 x MecGar mags and 1 x Colt mag)

2 x 8 round mags @ 15-ft

2 x 8 round mags @ 21-ft

1 x 8 round mag @ 30-ft

Target #2

50 x 180 grain Federal American Eagle FMJ 

6 x 8-round mags (2 were +1 in chamber)

(mix of Colt and MecGar mags)

2 x 8 round mags @ 15-ft (both were +1 round in chamber)

2 x 8 round mags @ 21-ft

2 x 8 round mags @ 30-ft

90-rounds total for the session

No jams 

I can't recall ever having a jam with this pistol but my total round-count with it isn't astromomical; 220-rounds of the Silvertips and 150-rounds of the American Eagle FMJ for a grand total of 370-rounds.  I have a few 20-round boxes of 10mm Winchester Black Talons but I have no mental or written record of having ever fired a single round of that particular load.

My accuracy and consistency for this session could have been better, could have been worse. All in all it was as much fun as this achy cranky 69-year-old man can have without getting all stoked up on cigars, bourbon, and Viagra.

I have 660-rounds 780-rounds of 10mm Winchester Silvertips and only 50-rounds of the American Eagle FMJ left on the raft.  When I get that total down to around 100-rounds I'll put this gun up for sale via consignment at the LGS and include all the mags (a total of 10 mags; all are 8-round, 6 of them are Colt and 4 of them are MecGar (I never did try any 9-round mags)) and the leftover ammo as perks.  It is great pistol in a great caliber but it's not essential at this point in my life.  It will be my range fun-gun for a while in order to conserve my inventory of preferred "goto" calibers.

What is the history of the 10mm?  What currently is happening with the 10mm? What does the future hold for this load?  CLICK HERE to find out.

Thank you to 5 Star Firearms for the great shooting range and all of the other gunslinging goodness.

"My advice to you is to get yourself a gun and learn how to use it.”

Support YOUR local shooting range!  You may live to be glad that you did.


This Blog's most viewed posts during the past week

This Blog's most viewed posts during the past month

This Blog's most viewed posts during the past year

This Blog's Most Popular Posts of All Time

Be they Republican, Democrat, third party, fourth party or beyond, make each candidate earn it. Vote NO MORE GUN LAWS!

'We the Politicians of the United States, in Order to avoid a more perfect Union, manipulate Justice, destroy domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common offense, promote general Warfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our Progeny, do blaspheme and eviscerate this Constitution of the United States of America." ("Zack," circa 1966 -1970)
Please consider RECURRING UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS of ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL POLITICIANS (including but not limited to school records, acquaintances, employment history, Social Media, financial, drug, and psychiatric screenings). Please consider TERM LIMITS; political power corrupts.