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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Monthly Weigh-In 01/31/2019 = unchanged at 190 lbs.

Another month with nothing lost and nothing gained.  Still kinda fat.  Still kinda old.  One of those things I can do something about.  The other thing ... well ... the options are more limited.




 Some of the time I be kinda like this ...





... other times I'm said to be too much like this.







Wednesday, January 30, 2019

This morning it was 22 Degrees below Zero at 9:00am in Lake County, Illinois

Keep your pets and husbands indoors.  Prediction is for around 24 degrees below zero tonight.  Weekend forecast is for Anthropogenic Global Warming to reassert dominance over Anthropogenic Global Cooling with temperatures 30 - 40 degree ABOVE zero.  WOOHOO!  Paint yourselves green and dance naked in the streets!




Trump may need a REALLY tall wall.  Maybe ask Pelosi for a global dome of some sort.



Never mind; this alien chick has a green card; a source said that she may work for Elon Musk.





Speaking about shit from outer space, anthropogenic something or another is going to end us WHEN?  Ah, jeez ...







Monday, January 28, 2019

Anthropogenic Arctic Cold predicted to kill all groundhogs hibernating in Lake County, Illinois. County Board declares Groundhog Day to be a day of remembrance; property tax increase to fund rodent repopulation.





In our area at least, snowfall last night and this morning was below predicted amounts; we got a bit over 4'' on top of what we already had on the ground.  We've seen worse storms ... and will again.



From 6:00pm CST, Tue Jan 29 until 12:00pm CST, Thu Jan 31

Action Recommended: Make preparations per the instructions

Issued by: Chicago - IL, US, National Weather Service,

...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 6 PM CST TUESDAY... ...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM TUESDAY TO NOON CST THURSDAY... * WHAT...DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS AND VERY COLD WIND CHILLS EXPECTED. WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS 20 TO 30 BELOW EXPECTED TUESDAY AND AS LOW AS 55 BELOW ZERO EXPECTED TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING. * WHERE...PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST INDIANA AND NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST ILLINOIS. * WHEN...FOR THE WIND CHILL WARNING, FROM 6 PM TUESDAY TO NOON CST THURSDAY. FOR THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING. FOR THE WIND CHILL ADVISORY, FROM 4 AM TO 6 PM CST TUESDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...THE DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS COULD CAUSE FROSTBITE ON EXPOSED SKIN IN AS LITTLE AS 5 MINUTES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND THE WIND WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. FROSTBITE CAN OCCUR QUICKLY AND EVEN HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT COLD AIR AND THE WIND WILL COMBINE TO CREATE LOW WIND CHILLS. FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA CAN OCCUR IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES. &&





Sunday, January 27, 2019

WINTER STORM WARNING UPDATE FOR LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS


Action Recommended: Make preparations per the instructions

Issued by: Chicago - IL, US, National Weather Service,

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST MONDAY... * WHAT...HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW DEVELOPING TONIGHT WITH FREEZING DRIZZLE AND BLOWING SNOW LIKELY AT TIMES MONDAY. SNOW RATES OVERNIGHT INTO EARLY MORNING ARE LIKELY TO EXCEED AN INCH PER HOUR AT TIMES. THIS WILL RESULT IN VERY LOW VISIBILITIES AND RAPID SNOW ACCUMULATIONS INTO THE EARLY MORNING COMMUTE. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 9 INCHES AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF A LIGHT GLAZE EXPECTED. * WHERE...MCHENRY AND LAKE IL COUNTIES. * WHEN...FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST MONDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...TRAVEL COULD BE VERY DIFFICULT. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS WILL IMPACT THE MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE. PATCHY BLOWING SNOW COULD SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE VISIBILITY. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW, SLEET AND ICE WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR THE STATE YOU ARE CALLING FROM CAN BE OBTAINED BY GOING TO WWW.GETTINGAROUNDILLINOIS.COM IN ILLINOIS OR BY CALLING 1 8 0 0 2 6 1 7 6 2 3 IN INDIANA. &&

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Winter Storm Watch for Lake County, Illinois

Action Recommended: Make preparations per the instructions

Issued by: Chicago - IL, US, National Weather Service,

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON... * WHAT...HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 7 INCHES POSSIBLE. * WHERE...LAKE IL AND MCHENRY COUNTIES. * WHEN...FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...TRAVEL COULD BE VERY DIFFICULT. PATCHY BLOWING SNOW COULD SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE VISIBILITY. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS COULD IMPACT THE MORNING OR EVENING COMMUTE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW, SLEET OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS. &&
ZACK NOTE:  OUR BREAK IN THE subzero WEATHER WILL ONLY LAST FOR THE DURATION OF THIS STORM, THEN IT'S BACK TO SOME BOUTS OF DOUBLE-DIGIT NEGATIVITY.



Friday, January 25, 2019

Thank you Al Gore! Those $BILLIONS of our taxes spent on keeping us COLD must be working (or unneeded). Take a bow (you political whore).

It's balmy winter weather here compared to other parts of the CONUS.  Negative 7F this morning.  We had a high today of plus 4F.  We are currently plus 1F.  Negative 8F is forecast for tonight.  Next week we'll see at least a couple of nights of negative 15F or colder.   It is forecast that we will get at least one day next week when it will be warm enough for us to get more damned snow ...





Sir Freaksalot took to the high-ground in order to catch the warmth of the early morning rays.





We replaced our ~18-year-old furnace a couple of years or so ago with a brand new in-kind model.  Our house is not large but it is just big-enough that we do benefit from running the fan 24-hours-a-day, year-around.  The ultra-high MERV filters labor the fan, the heating system, and the cooling system too much for year round use.  As high as I can go for normal use is a MERV 8 filter as shown on the left.  In order to get better heating (and lower the stress on the furnace) when it gets SUPER COLD outside I move to the old fashioned, high air flow, low MERV blue spun fiberglass filters as shown on the right.

Whatever the weather, I change the filter at the end of each month (more often if the feline dander and the green-weather pollen and dust warrant it).





Hang in there.  I saw some signs that better days are coming.  






Sunday, January 13, 2019

Smith and Wesson Model 36 .38 Special Range Session at 5 Star Firearms in Zion, Illinois

Yep, I went into full retro mode and left the original splinter-grips on this 1988 vintage Chief's Special.  I have had it for three-years and just now got around to taking it for a test run.

Yes, the small grips (stocks) do make the revolver more of a challenge to shoot accurately.  These factory original grips are more uncomfortable for shooting than are any copy of Craig Spegel's boot grips that I have ever used (even the ultra bad copies).  This comes as no surprise; I've fired this model many times over the years.  Silly old me bought this one out of a sense nostalgia; S&W still sells this classic model but it now comes with that insufferable lock ...  

Yes, this 20-ounce steel frame revolver should be more recoil friendly than my 15-ounce airweight revolvers ... but it isn't; modern grips on the airweights do attenuate matters.

Yes, with any of my J-frame holsters I could carry this revolver as it is but I probably won't ... I cleaned it up after the range session and put it back in the safe for now.  I'm not looking for another concealed carry option at the moment.

Yes, the single-action trigger on this piece is darn nice, but I didn't use it for any of this session. 

Yes, the long and strong double-action trigger is close to being just as sucky on this lightly used older model as the triggers are on all of the modern J-frames.   It should get a wee-bit lighter and a whole lot smoother with a few years of use (dry and live fire); for now, it is what it is ... I'm not into having lighter springs installed and such ... you might choose otherwise.

Yes, the rudimentary sights (gutter and blade ... sounds very "Chicago" doesn't it?) on this gun are pretty much as shitworthy as those on most of the newer factory no-frills J-Frames ... except these seemed even WORSE.  I was losing sight of the front-sight on some of my Target #2  speed-drills.  I didn't get out the calipers to confirm, but I suspect that the front blade on this gun is 0.1'' wide instead of the 0.13'' wide blade that I believe to be common on modern no frills J-Frames.  





Technical Information
Caliber: 38 Special
Bullet Weight: 125 Grains
Bullet Style: Nyclad Hollow Point
Case Type: Brass

Ballistics Information: 
Muzzle Velocity: 830 fps

Muzzle Energy: 191 ft. lbs.
CLICK HERE FOR A PROFESSIONAL-QUALITY FULL REVIEW OF THIS LOAD

Yes, in the world of the .38 Special non+P carry loads, this load is kinda middlin' ... not on the hot end and most assuredly it is not mild enough to be called a puffpuff.  With the right grips, I have always found this load to be just wonderful.  It has a decent record of performance in police use.  During the days of old it was nicknamed The Chief's Special load ... allegedly for having a recoil that was manageable in the S&W Chief's Special.  (NOTE:  Just for the record, I have never been in law enforcement.)





Target #1
30-rounds total as follows (typical of an Illinois Concealed Carry qualification drill):
10-rounds @ 15-feet (5-yards)
10-rounds @ 21-feet (7-yards)
10-rounds @ 30-feet (10-yards)
21-rounds of the 30-rounds fired during a qualification must land in the numbered scoring area.
Head shots don't count in Illinois qualifications, only body shots landing inside the numbers.
For Target #1 I used a two-handed hold and staged the trigger (slow fire) for each shot.  After each string of live-fire I dry-fired five to ten times on the empties (good practice for me and long-term it may help smooth the action of the revolver).





Target #2
22-Rounds @ 30-feet (10-yards)
Rarely will I have a good day when my durable zone of snubnose suckiness moves out to 40-feet.
Target#1 declared this to be NOT one of those days so I limited my fundamental drills to 30-feet.
(sometimes my durable zone of suckiness can be 21-feet, 15-feet, or near powder burn distance)  
No trigger staging on this target; I went for as much speed as I could safely muster.
Some of the rounds were fired unsupported weak side (left hand only ... no support grip)
Some of the rounds were fired unsupported strong side (right hand only ... no support grip)
I'm glad I didn't bring more ammo; this little gun beat the hell out of my hands.  





For hearing protection at the range, some folks wear muffs and some wear plugs;  I wear both at the same time.  It helps minimize flinching from the noise of whatever I am shooting as well as from the noise of whatever my range-neighbors are shooting (yeah, I'm talking about you, Missus .454 Casull).  Further, this particular shooting range has much better acoustic design / engineering than does the range closer to my domicile.

The only downside to double ear protection is that whenever someone on the range tries to speak to me I need to lift one side of my muffs away from my ear to hear them and then the range safety officer (not knowing that I am also protected with plugs) gets concerned.  I've taken to informing the S.O. beforehand ...





Frequent Flyer Miles!
Not only is this range nice enough to have discount days for those of us on tight budgets, they also offer a premium via punch-cards.  The bottom card is all punched out and I get a free hour of range time ... on any day ... i.e. it does not have to be on Senior Discount Day.


ADDENDUM 01/14/2019
I failed to mention that I have been using range sessions to practice reloading techniques and I also failed to mention that the grips on this Model 36 were very speed-loader / speed-strip friendly.







Saturday, January 5, 2019

I received an email notification that another Machine-gun shoot in Waukegan, Illinois is scheduled for ...

Saturday January 12, 2019, 11AM - 5PM 
at Caliber Gun Range (FKA GTR Sporting Club)
3059 Washington Street
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
847-782-8888

Here is a chance to learn what it is like to lean into a .45 caliber Thompson submachine gun
(or experience it again).


The above is a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT







NOTICE: NO GUNS OR AMMUNTION ARE FOR SALE VIA THIS BLOG. CAVEAT: THIS BLOG CONTAINS (albeit often very childish) ADULT-CONTENT.  DISCLAIMER: Entries at this blog are akin to good old-fashioned campfire chats; 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 long country-miles away from your tastes and your needs. All products, places, and miscellany that I review for this blog are purchased at retail price by me. I do not accept payment, gifts, discounts, freebies, products on loan, demon alcohol, drugs, plea-bargains, probation, parole, Papal Blessings, Presidential Pardons, or sexual favors for doing any review.  TRACKING COOKIES: Google et al stick tracking cookies on everybody. If you are online, you are being spied on; 'nuff said. You may be able to minimize your online footprints 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!


Friday, January 4, 2019

My newest gun has a 650 ROUND MAGAZINE and an ORANGE BUMP STOCK!

It's all mine, baby!  Finally, the gift I always wanted as a kid and never got.  Merry Christmas to Me, from ME!  This is for the basement shooting range.  I love shooting air guns (and every other type of gun in existence, including machine guns).





Heh, some kids in our old neighborhood back then called the shoulder-stock a bump-stock (TV movies had cowboys and soldiers whacking the enemy with the stocks ...)  Some called it a butt-stock.  My guess is that most folks just call it a stock.





When all firearm safety rules are obeyed, a good time follows.