Blogging to you from the Northeastern Badlands of Lake County, Illinois 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, LACK OF SLEEP, SOCIAL ALIENATION, BIRTH DEFECTS, BLINDNESS, SEXUAL IMPOTENCY, 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, Chicago, 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! I appreciate it!
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.

'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)

Make them earn it.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ted Kennedy

“Money can’t buy life.” (Last words of
Bob Marley)

Each of us gauges the world using our own personal units of measure. On January 6, 2009 my uncle,
Otha Logan Zachary, died. Just over seven months later, on August 25, 2009, Ted Kennedy died. Age wise they were a few years apart, both were in their 70s and both had been diagnosed at roughly the same time with the same form of deadly brain cancer, malignant glioma.

My Uncle and Ted Kennedy were at the opposite poles of the financial world. I’ll assume Ted Kennedy had the best health insurance that money could buy while I know my uncle did not. Ted Kennedy had the financial resources and clout needed to compensate for any health insurance shortcomings while my uncle did not. I’ll assume the best medical minds in the world were eager to treat Ted Kennedy and for my uncle I will assume those same experts were not available. If we knew for sure that both men had cancer in the same stage, we might be able to assume that the unlimited resources available to Ted Kennedy bought him over seven months of life that were unavailable to my uncle. As for the true portions of gravel and grain, I suppose it would only be significant if Ted Kennedy’s resources bought him a cure that was not available for my uncle and others. That cure wasn’t to be. If miracles truly happen, they come from a higher authority. Miracles are the only things left that are not for sale to our politicians. “Money can’t buy life.” Indeed.

Otha Logan Zachary, you are not forgotten. Rest in peace and say “Hi” to Ted for us if he is up there.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

2009 Late Summer Hiatus

Summer is winding down and I have many more projects left to do than I have summer-days left to complete them. In order to provide opportunity for my feeble mind to focus and the time for my feeble body to recover from the exertion, I will be going medieval for a while and leaving my computer off except to pay bills.

I will be taking a break from writing and reading blogs until September 1, 2009 (give or take a few days or so). It will be hard for me to resist peeking in on the endless talents of the blogosphere, but pressing obligations beckon. The blog comment moderation will be left on due to spam; any comments posted won’t be approved until I can get back online.

Thank you all for blessing me with visits. I wish you all health and prosperity and look forward to seeing you again soon.



Blogroll notes August 9, 2009

Whenever I happen to run across a blog site that has my blog listed, I reciprocate by adding them to the sidebar list here. If I have missed anyone, please drop me an email and I will take corrective measures. Conversely, twice I have had people tell me to remove their site links from the sidebar list of this site, and there was one objection to my linking to a post at yet another site. If I have you linked and you are uncomfortable with it for any reason at all, please let me know and I will remove the link.

Recent reciprocal blogroll additions:

Mongo from over at Mal-fits has a talent for introspective prose and photography. He is a big tough looking gunslinger with a heart of gold; he is not above helping out those in need. There is much to see at his site.

9x19dan from over at The Rewst is a God-loving, prior-service Infantryman from the Great Plains who is now comfortably living the engineer life in Alabama. He is fond of most four-legged critters, a couple of two-legged critters, the pursuit of prowess in vegetative-growth, culinary distractions, peaceful time & things that go Bang.

M.D. Creekmore from over at is a practicing prepper with many good ideas. A few years a go he got sick of being another rat in the rat race-so he left, bought two acres of land off the grid for $2,000 and set up a 26-foot travel trailer. For power, he uses a small generator, three solar panels, and two 40-gallon propane tanks. As a teenager, he studied Shotokan Karate and earned his black belt in three years. He is a certified gunsmith and first-aid CPR instructor.

Thank you to all for the links and to all who visit here.


Home security lighting

That’s another amateur home-electrician project out of the way. Four stylish new security light-fixtures have replaced the cheap ratty old coach lights on the front and back of the house, one on the porch, one on each side of the garage door, and one by the patio. Trying to find something that did not detract from the looks of the house was a pain, but I think the new fixtures are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. They produce enough light to act as a crime deterrent while accenting the house and the landscape, but not enough light to irritate the neighbors. Each of the new fixtures can be set to light from dusk-to-dawn via a photocell or light via a motion detector. For now, everything in the front of the house is set for dusk-to-dawn while the rear is set for motion detection. Now I won’t need to remember to turn the outside lights off and on manually. For the past decade, our house was the only one on the street that would leave exterior lights on all night long. Since July 1 of this year, when police arrested residents of a neighboring house for burglarizing cars in the darkness, EVERY HOUSE is lighting up.

My guess is that there are no failsafe crime-prevention methods; the best we can settle for is to be vigilant and invest in deterrence.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Snubnews .38 part 003

Back on May 18 of this year,
Average Joe did a great job reviewing a Ruger LCR range rental (click here). Average Joe has quite an archive of great reviews and photos; it is a site well worth visiting often.

Michael de Bethencourt discusses speedloaders
here and here (including a video of blogger JayG speedloading), and he reviews the Clipdraw here. Whenever I use a double action revolver at the range, I always use speedloaders. I’m not being overly critical when I say that I suck using speedloaders; I need to practice the steps exactly as Michael has outlined.

In a July 21, 2009 Gun Digest article, Massad Ayoob discusses
the tactics of pocket carry (click here).

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Smith & Wesson Model 442 Airweight Centennial

Shown above with a Matt Del Fatti PH3 holster, the S&W 442 Centennial Airweight is a light and easy pocket carry.

Why would any snubslinger buy two revolvers of the same make and model? Well, I purchased the older of these two as soon as S&W came out with the 442 Centennial sometime in the early 1990s (I’m too lazy tonight to dig through my files to find the exact purchase date. EDIT: It was November of 1993). Over the years I hammered the little revolver hard and often with many rounds of standard pressure and +P ammunition. Even though it exhibited no symptoms, I was worried that I was wearing it out. Since it was one of my favorite guns of all time, I decided to buy another as a spare while they were still available without that infernal internal lock
(NOTE: S&W is once again selling the 442 WITHOUT the lock).

At a nominal 15 ounces, the 442 is as light as I care to go with any .38 Special revolver. Yes, I have fired the super-light S&W models and they do not bring me sentient bliss. When the cartridges in the cylinder have the bullets shake loose from their cases because of recoil, my unprofessional opinion is that the handgun is far too light for the load.

For the 442, my preferred non +P summertime defense load is the standard pressure Federal P38M 125 grain Nyclad hollowpoint. If the bad guys are wearing winter clothing the .38 Special may need more of the punch provided by any of the major name brand +P 158-grain lead semi-wadcutter hollowpoints. I find the 442 very manageable with +P loads but I will not say that they are a great pleasure for me to shoot. In order not to aggravate the aches of age, when the season calls for +P ammo I usually start pocketing the heavier S&W 640.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Snub Training survey 01

Everyday a sizeable number of gun lovers flatter this humble blog site with a visit. I’ll assume a goodly number of those visitors legally carry concealed handguns, and that at least a few of those choose to pack some form of snub nose revolver.
Michael Bethencourt of the Snub Training blog is doing a survey; he would like to know what your snub choice is (please click here to participate).


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