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Thursday, May 23, 2019

My tech discipline is in need of reconditioning

Finally, I got around to backing up the drive on my 2011 vintage MacBook Pro.  My last backup was on 12/31/2018 ... kind of a New Year thing I guess.  I had to put a new battery in the MacBook myself in mid January of this year (Apple throws owners of old devices to the curb).  As soon as I get a firm word on when Apple will no longer send software updates I'll buy a new one.

I suppose I should consider going back to making triplicate backups on separate storage devices with one of them stored offsite ... but I dunno ...  sometimes it is hard to muster the energy to keep up with everything ... if I don't do it I may someday wish I had ... if I go to the extremes and wind up never needing it I may someday wonder why I bothered.

I was schooled to avoid living a life full of "shoulda coulda woulda" regrets ...  I guess it is better to have the backups and not need them than to kick myself for being a lazy old bastard that knew better ...






Thursday, May 16, 2019

Painted the front sight and replaced the yoke screw on my old Smith & Wesson 442-0 (AKA 442 no-dash)

There has been just a perceptible bit of in-and-out play in the yoke for some time.  A new yoke screw made things tight as new.




My tired old eyes need some help; the black-blade front-sight and the black-gutter rear-sight slows me down.  Photo above is after two coats of flat white paint as a base and one coat of red paint.  That's better but kinda "meh."


My eyes found it more agreeable after two additional coats of red.  

Each serration on the blade needed to be cleaned with alcohol before painting.  I hate detail work but there wasn't any choice.  Holster-time, body-slime, and range-grime will be determine how durable this proves to be.





Monday, May 6, 2019

Earth Day +14, 2019; Got maybe half of the flowers out of the flats and either into pots or the ground.

Pulled the center bricks from a few sections of the driveway border and got the flowers in.


We'll see how well they grow in.  I tried this a few years ago and was "meh" about the results.  For this attempt I changed to a lighter colored brick for framing the flowers.  So far I like it ...






Saturday, May 4, 2019

The explosion sounded like it could have been somewhere down the street but it turned out to be around five miles northeast of us. Wow!

CLICK HERE for the story.

I never would have guessed the noise that I heard was from that far away.  

EDIT:  My nephew worked there and is okay; he was on his way to his shift when it blew.



Thursday, May 2, 2019

Colt Combat Commander .45 ACP Range Session #3 was on 04/29/2019


The last time I had this pistol to the range was in August of last year.  Yeah ... I know ... I'm a Fudd ...

Glocks and glockalike designs pretty much rule the market of what cops / agents carry off-duty or undercover nowadays.  I've mentioned before about the above handgun being part of a cop's estate sale (via a local gun store in case you are rabidly concerned about "legal transfer in Illinois").  Once upon a time in America, even with those minimalist sights, handguns like this were top selections for serious business.  This pistol is no less than what it once was but nowadays the lighter weight handguns that have better sights and hold more rounds of ammo are standard issue for law enforcement, on duty and off duty.   What do "most" citizens prefer for concealed carry?  Hell, I won't pretend to know what "most" people do.  I will safely guess that at least a small percentage would choose something akin to the this heavy old Colt.  Would they be better served with something else?  I have no opinion on that;  I'm very "pro choice."  What other people have inside their pants is none of my business.   It would not surprise me to someday learn that pistols like this became common for concealed carry inside states that passed those silly laws regarding magazine capacity.





 I mentioned in an earlier post about some SQUIBS during this range session.  That was an ammo issue, not a handgun mechanical malfunction.  

This range session was a continuation of my functional shake down of this old pistol.  There are six of the seven-round-capacity magazines and one ten-round-capacity (extended) magazine in the above case / kit.  These are the magazines that I have segregated for use with this particular handgun.  Only three of the seven-round-capacity magazines have previously been "proven" with this handgun.  To a large degree, this range session was to prove the function of the unused mags and re-prove the others.  Most of you already know that a semi-auto without a magazine is, at best, just a clumsy-to-use single-shot.  A bad magazine can turn a mechanically sound pistol into something as functionally worthless as having boobs on a snake, so I tend to be quite persnickety ...  any mag involved in a misfeed gets marked ... if it receives a third mark it is retired to the "recreational range bag" ... mags that get too frustrating for fun-time use are mercilessly flattened with a hammer.

This session was with FMJ ball ammunition ... if a magazine cannot reliably feed ball ammo I have no confidence in it ever being reliable with self-defense hollowpoint ammunition.  My next shakedown phase will be a range session using only my preferred .45 ACP hollowpoint ammunition.   If the handgun and those magazines pass that phase, then this pistol (with those mags) will be declared suitable for carry / travel.





Target #1 set at 30-feet, 20-rounds fired (3 x 7-round mags minus a potential squib round)
Aw jeez, I was expecting to shoot better than that.  I planned on shooting the first target at 30-feet then working on my 45-feet suckiness with the second target; no sense in sticking with that plan.






Target #2, again at 30-feet, turned out just a wee bit better.
31 rounds fired (3 x 7-round magazines + 1 x 10-round magazine)


51-rounds total fired this session.
Still no reliability issues with this old handgun.
All magazines proved reliable during this visit.  Next time will be with all hollowpoints.





Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Monthly Weigh-in 04/30/2019 = UNCHANGED at 185-lbs

Egads, I almost forgot to log this month's weigh-in.  I've been consistently weighing in a couple of pounds under 185 but never could score any better than that this month.  The log sheet will stay at 185.  This is where I could easily lose interest in dieting because I don't have any physical discomfort.  Losing weight was motivate by pain, not by vanity.  The belt is now comfortably on the middle notch, a spot that has rarely been used without contributing to intermittent agony.   The jeans are Lee Wranglers and ride pretty much where I prefer.  Most of the blubber that I need to lose is above the belt line.  I've returned pretty much to tucking in my shirt ... untucked shirts hide both guns and blubber ... I've had to rethink some of my attire for IWB carry.

My eating is still under control and the warmer weather has me working more outside.  I was hoping to be at 180 by now ... I'm optimistic that I'll have it by the end of May.  We shall see ...



.45 ACP SQUIB on the range 04/29/2019

Unless my memory has misfiled something, I never before experienced a SQUIB with a .45 ACP when using "factory-new" ammunition (as opposed to "factory reloads" from some of the reputable major players ... forget about the experiences with the abominable cottage-industry-kitchen-table-reloads sold by some ranges).  During this particular range session it happened to me twice, on consecutive rounds of ammo.   Each time it happened I noticed the difference in recoil and noise and stopped to examine the pistol.  Each examination found that the action had failed to cycle (spent case was still in the chamber) but (fortunately) the bullet had cleared the muzzle, i.e. it was not lodged in the barrel.  After suffering this twice, I decided not to trust the final round in the magazine that came from the last of the same box of ammo; I asked the range safety officer to dispose of it for me.

I decided not to reveal the manufacturer / brand of the subject ammo in this blog post because this lot of ammo is no less than ten-years-old and the open box that the rounds came from was not stored under the best conditions.   I have 100-rounds left of this lot ... twenty-five-rounds each in two open boxes on the shelf and one full box of fifty-rounds.  I also have two full boxes of fifty rounds each of this brand from a different lot.  I intend on using all of them before anything else that I have in inventory, albeit with an extra critical eye and ear.






Saturday, April 27, 2019

Earth Day +5, year 2019; snowing again in Northeastern Lake County, Il; to save the world I headed on over to Mary's Greenhouse in Gurnee.

Today is the opening day for the 2019 growing season at Mary's Greenhouse.  I am on a mission;  the only way to save the world is via FLOWER POWER! (My formative years were during the 1950's and 1960's.) 





Mary is prudently keeping most of the flowers inside for now; the flowers that are currently outside will likely be under glass by this evening.





I grabbed three flats of petunias and 'dragons, paid my bill, loaded up the pre-Y2K van and headed back on home.




Some of those flowers will be planted inside a few squares of the driveway border while the balance will be on the flower-wall and tabletops.





The 'dragons are not amused.   A hard freeze is likely tonight.
(all flowers are currently quartered inside the cozy garage)