Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Maples; I Gotta Keep Saying It...

...Don't let one grow within 100 feet of your house. This one was solid, but had bad branch angles.

And while we are on the subject of trees and targets...

Take down the decadent old tree before you build a new house. The damaged gutter is a cheap lesson compared to what it could have been.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Honored American Veterans Afield

This week Ruger is offering you the opportunity to buy an early production New Model Blackhawk in .357 Magnum, from February, 1974. Click Here, or on the photo to read all about it and to place your bid. This fine magnum revolver will sell mid-day, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit Honored American Veterans Afield.

$500, Someone got a bargain!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Not My Victrola: The Little Ford Rambled Right Along

Henry Ford said that every Ford joke sold a Model T.

Sighting In With Inches, Minutes, Clicks

 I had to do more editing than I like with this video because of walking out and back to change targets, but both of these rifles sighted in well. The 10/22 is a 1985 model that I bought used down at Larry's Gun Shop in McLeansboro many years ago. It came with the walnut Sporter stock and a Tasco scope. It now has the stock off of Pattie's rifle, because we put an aftermarket adjustable length stock on hers. The trigger group in this old rifle is from Susan's Magnum Research 1722 (Copy of Ruger's 10/22)  because we put her trigger group from the Sporter in the new rifle. That trigger is one of Ruger's all metal assemblies with the addition of some Volquartsen parts. The trigger pull on that one is just over 2 pounds. The trigger that came in the Magnum Research rifle is a polymer frame Ruger trigger group, and the pull is 3 pounds. I need to change the trigger return spring to make it more to our liking. The scope is a Redfield Battlezone TAC 22 from Midway, because they are on sale right now. The Red Dot is a Sightmark that we picked up from Amazon, and we are going to try that on steel plates on Pistol League nights. It should work well on 'possums and racoons, too. The adjustment clicks seemed to be right on the money on both of these scopes, and that is always a good thing to see when you are working with a new scope.

Crankin' It Up With Brat And Bart: Battleship Connecticut March by Arthur Pryor's Band

Bart came along and started bumping the tripod, so I put him up on the Brunswick, too. This was the only record I pulled out of a drawer this morning, and it is a good one. The Battleship Connecticut was part of the Great White Fleet that was part of Teddy Roosevelt's U.S. Navy. It had two big triple expansion engines, two screws, and a top speed of 18 knots.

Mr. Completely e-Postal Reminder!!!!!!!!!

This is the final weekend in July, so print your targets, head to the range, and start pokin' holes. Click the pic for the link to Billll's rules and the pdf link.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Our Country Is Infested With Monsters

This passage from The Grapes Of Wrath* came to mind last week, the memory awoken by the news about Planned Parenthood: From Chapter 15, somewhere along Route 66. "The big cars on the highway. Languid, heat-raddled ladies, small nucleuses about whom revolve a thousand accouterments: creams, ointments to grease themselves, coloring matter in phials-black, pink, red, white, green, silver-to change the color of hair, eyes, lips, nails, brows, lashes, lids. Oils, seeds, and pills to make the bowels move. A bag of bottles, syringes, pills, powders, fluids, jellies to make their sexual intercourse safe, odorless, and unproductive. And this apart from clothes. What a hell of a nuisance!"

In just a few decades children went from being an undesirable nuisance to a non-viable tissue mass to be torn out of its mother, to a commodity to be parted out and sold as if it was livestock.  Has our nation lost its fear of God and His judgment? "You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother's womb." Psalm 139, verse 13.

*The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck, copyright 1939, renewed 1966 by John Steinbeck.

I'm A Sucker For Old Barns....

...Here's a good one I saw recently.

Those ventilators look a bit Steam Punkish, don't they?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dad Never Saw True Grit

Ten years ago today Dad got out of intensive care eight days after having a lung removed. It was a tough week, with several crises, but he was feeling good the day he moved to a room at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. He even got out of bed and walked a short distance. He realized then that life was going to be difficult with one lung. I told him that John Wayne made True Grit after he had a lung out, and Dad said he'd never seen True Grit. I told him I would get a copy for him.

Dad was looking good, and I needed to get back to work, so I headed back to Southern Illinois on the 23rd. I shot down to St. Louis, over the bridge, and stopped at Fairview Heights to shop at Best Buy. I found a DVD of True Grit and hit the road again. Just a few miles down the road, Susan called me and gave me the bad news. It was this little guy's fifth birthday.

That makes it easy for me to remember one birthday. Well, Isaac, Grandpa didn't mean to die on your birthday. I will have to get another copy of True Grit and watch it with Isaac one of these days.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Honored American Veterans Afield

This Ruger Mk II, made in 1999 is proving popular with the collectors. It is a limited edition made for Lipseys, and returned to Ruger by a distributor. It has target sights, a  4" bull barrel, and thick rosewood laminated grips.

This is a great gun for a collector, or for someone who wants a special gun to pack on hikes and wood-walks. 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit Honored American Veterans Afield, and it will sell at 4:51 or later, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Click Here to read the full description and to place your bid.


Monday, July 20, 2015

What Did You Learn At Vacation Bible School And Church Camp?

It's hard to recall all that I learned. I saw a kid nearly killed by a baseball to the throat, but he came out of it OK. I really liked Onward Christian Soldiers and other songs we sang. Teachers get all flustered when someone asks "What's a womb?" and those were farm women! Man's primary purpose is to glorify God. That's the big one. and if a kid goes to Sunday School, VBS, and other church activities, that soaks in. What happens in other cultures? That's a hard lesson that you need to learn. I was visiting with a friend who knows about such things, so I asked him,"How many of the mosques in this country are preaching Jihad?" He gave me a look that made me realize that I had asked a very dumb question. "All Of Them! 100%! That's what imams do" You hear that there are good muslims, and that must be true, but you have to understand that every muslim who attends a mosque is instructed to wage jihad against you. You! When you hear muslim leaders say "Death To America" that means you, your family, your friends, your government. It is not a quaint or funny expression. They want You dead. Here is what kids learn when they go to muslim summer camp, from the UK Daily Mail. You don't have to look for motives; this is what the religious leaders teach the followers of the religion of peace.  (Photos cropped, from the UK Daily Mail)

Click on the Religion Of Peace website link on the sidebar every week and catch up on what muslims are doing around the world. Right now there is a ramadan scoresheet with a tally of the mayhem that has transpired during their holy month. It started out with a bang, with beheadings by det cord, and wound up with the masacre in Chattanooga. The news hacks and the government are not going to inform you, so you must go out and seek this information yourself. Hard times are ahead. Educate yourself.

And Heaven Help You if an imam suspects you are a homosexual.

Boonville Antique Steam And Gas Engine Club's Summer Show, July 24-26, 2015

 TheBoonville club is hosting its 52'nd year this summer and fall.  It is always a good time in a shady grove, and next weekend the weather is going to be perfect! Weather hacks are calling for highs in the mid-80's, so pack up the old station wagon and head for southern Indiana. Here are some videos we shot during previous visits.

Tuesday Turbo Boost

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Go All Industrial This Week

Back To The Old Grind!

Action At The Young Leader Youth Shoot, Carmi Rifle Club, July 18, 2015

The weather forecast hurt our turnout yesterday. They were calling for it to be beastly hot, and it was warm, but we had a great breeze throughout our event and we didn't suffer at all. We still had twenty four shooters, a great catered meal (Barbecue!), and plenty of good shooting to watch while you waited your turn. Margie Holmes won the raffle for a new Browning Buckmark pistol, and her husband Fred won the twenty-five yard bulleye event, taking home a brick of Winchester ammo. Way To Go! Here's a little of the action, courtesy of Dawn, Jay, and Trevor, who ran the camera when I was too busy to shoot it.

Here are the Holmes's with their prizes.

And if you don't have five magazines for shooting steel, don't worry about that; someone will top you off! Pistol League is every Thursday night at 6P. Come and shoot with us!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I Think I'm OK

He didn't call my name.

 Cultural Ref

First Aid Class Sponsored By The Carmi Rifle Club, July 21, 2015....

...And It's FREE!  It's been ten years since I have had a first aid course, and the one before that was 1975. You better believe that we are going! You should too, if you live close to Carmi, Illinois.

Free First Aid/Gunshot Wound Training In Carmi, IL, 7/21
I've put together a First Aid Training evening in Carmi for the 21st. It is being co-sponsored by the White County Farm Bureau.
It will be very informal but, should have a lot of usable information.
It is Being presented by a couple of local first responders.
I would recommend anyone that spends much time around guns and gun ranges to take this class...also, good for the preppers!
Please RSVP so we can have enough cookies!
No Charge...
More info below...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Crankin' It Up With Brat The Cat: A Good Man Is Hard To Find

A Good Man Is Hard To Find by TrueBlueSam

Steel Shoot At Carmi, Saturday, July 18, 2015

From the White County Farm Bureau website:

The Young Leader Committee of the White County Farm Bureau is pleased to sponsor the 5th Annual Young Leader Pistol Shoot.  The event will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Carmi Rifle Club in Carmi, IL.

The event will include two age classes… an adult class, and a youth class for shooters aged 16 years and younger.  Minimum age for shooters is 12 years old.  Any shooter age 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  

Each shooter will be put in a drawing for a Browning Buck Mark .22 target pistol. The top shooter in each class will receive an additional 5 chances in the drawing; the 2nd place shooter in each class will receive an additional 3 chances; and the 3rd place shooter in each class will receive one additional chance.  

This steel target competition will consist of 5 stations, 5 relays, with 5 targets at each station (minimum of 125 shots).  Each round will be electronically timed.  

After lunch, participants will test their aim in a marksmanship competition, with distance being the deciding factor, not speed.  

Event registration and practice shooting begins at 8:30 a.m., with competition set to begin at 9:00 a.m.  

Registration will be $25 per shooter if registered before July 1.  After July 1, registration will be $35 per person.  Registration includes lunch.  

Shooters will need to furnish their own guns, ammunition, hearing protection, and eye protection. 

Only .22 caliber pistols are allowed to be used in this competition.  In order to have ammunition ready while competing, it is recommended you bring multiple clips for your gun.  Ammunition will be available for sale at cost.

A portion of the proceeds for the 5th Annual Young Leader Pistol Shoot will be used to support the Young Leader Collegiate Scholarship program.

Read the entire flier for this event HERE.

Registration form HERE.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Honored American Veterans Afield

You have a chance this week to acquire a Super Blackhawk revolver made in 1976. Interest is strong, but not ourtageous, so go take a look and place a bid on this one. 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit Honored American Veterans Afield, and the hammer will fall mid-day, Wednesday, July 15, 2015.