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Thursday, December 31, 2015

How many people shot during 2015 near where you live?

According to the interactive map located HERE, during 2015, 4 people were shot within a 5-mile radius of my domicile during the past year, 2 fatal and non-fatal. The closest shooting was 3.22 miles away.

This 400-pound dude was allegedly one of the offenders.  He allegedly murdered his estranged wife and had the Lake County Major Crimes Task Farce (not a typo) chasing ghosts all over northern Illinois.  Many hours after the task farce members went home, King Kong turned himself in at the police station a mile down the street from where I live, at the time when my wife and I drove by the station on the way home from dinner.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Colt Combat Commander Grail Gun



My favorite local gun store came across this via an estate transaction.  It belonged to a cop.  The finish and overall general condition are not bad at all.

The serial number begins with 80BS2 which makes it a factory blue steel gun somewhere around 1982 vintage; that is a few years before when some Colt Commanders were made from stainless steel; if the serial number contained SC instead of BS that would designate a factory satin chrome (satin electroless nickel) finish.  A fair guess is that this gun was chromed / nickeled in the aftermarket; yes, it is possible that it was sent back to Colt for refinishing.  Wherever it was done, it has been with this pistol for a while and still looks pretty darn nice.

Syd has a an interesting story about Colt Combat Commanders with the 80BS serial number prefix.

IMHO the trigger on this pistol is very sweet.    It feels very pre-series 80.

Yep, I just had to have it.  It should make a good shooter.  This completes my lust for "all things 1911."  I did the paperwork and paid for it today; I will pick it up on Monday after satisfying the requisite Illinois waiting period (plus an extra day or so just for the heck of it).



Monday, December 21, 2015

May your Christmas be as happy as can be


For many folks, the season from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day can be a very rough time.  If possible, please hang some thoughts and prayers on your tree for those burdened with broken hearts and empty chairs.


Winter Solstice 2015


Today is the day.   "Shortest day of the year!" my father would always exclaim with faux optimism on the morning of each December Solstice, all the while glaring at the stark realities in his soul that mirrored tenfold the frigid world outside his window.  "From here on out, the days get longer and brighter.  Shortest day of the year!"


Sunday, December 20, 2015

... and then kind old Santa smiled and asked the politicians, "WTF kind of Christmas Gifts do you want Santa to help you douchebags steal for yourselves this year?"


Here are some of the goodies that OUR elected officials shamelessly awarded themselves.

Feel free to enlighten me as to how (or why) both (or either) of the two major political parties can be considered righteous when it comes to stuff like this.

I remain convinced that BOTH major parties are self-serving white-collar criminal empires.



My Country My Ass

Thursday, December 10, 2015

New Year Resolution 2016-A0001 is to go to the shooting range at least once a month


My goal for the new year is to go to the shooting range no less than once a month.  Yeah, I know that is not often enough to qualify me as a big-time gunslinger, but the hard fact is that I am only a recreational shooter.  My skill level is a bit better than what is needed to shoot a concealed-carry qualifying score with any handgun that I carry, but I am certainly not good enough to be taking home any trophies. Will I ever try IDPA?  Maybe someday, but I don't have any burning desire to jump in anytime soon; I assuredly don't need any supplemental drama in my life.


For a while during 2015 I went to the range once a week, which turned out to be too often; I suffered from burnout and lost my enthusiasm for shooting.  It is best that I set a light shooting schedule for this coming year and pace myself.


I've already purchased enough range time to go once a month during the new year; my 2016 calendar has the morning of the third Tuesday of each month tagged for being at the range.  I am all set provided that the Good Lord is willing and the creek doesn't rise. I did not renew my annual membership at the range;  I have no need for the club's high-end perks; besides, the $449 membership fee only includes 10-hours of shooting.  It is far cheaper for me to buy range time via the punch-cards or simply pay each time that I go.  It is a nice range but it would be a stretch to say that it is a bargain.




Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Smith & Wesson Model 36 Chief's Special


I always wanted a S&W Model 36, but very few people that have them are willing to give them up;  finding one in good condition at a fair price has been a long term challenge.  Smith & Wesson does offer the Model 36 as a "classic," but it comes with that insufferable frame lock.

This Model 36 (vintage maybe around 1988 or so) recently turned up at Schranks Smoke'n Gun in Waukegan, so I filled out the adoption papers and took the little Chief home after the requisite Illinois waiting period.


The pocket holster is a left hand Del Fatti PH3 horsehide natural finish.  This revolver will keep the original grips; for the most part I prefer the rubber boot style grips on my J Frame revolvers but I find pocket carry to be difficult with them.


The Federal .38 Special Nyclad 125 grain standard pressure load is not a wimpy puff puff cartridge;  when fired from my alloy frame revolvers the load sometimes can be a wee bit punishing to my arthritic hands.  When using that load in a steel frame snubby (as is the Model 36), recoil usually feels just fine and dandy.

Merry Christmas to me!