Saturday, July 26, 2014

Not My Victrola: Hot Twenties Play List By Pax41

 Published on Jul 26, 2014
 Song 1 - Billy Hays (Lanin) & His Orchestra - Get Out And Get Under The Moon - vocal by Scrappy Lambert - recorded 5/4/1928
 Song 2 - Goofus Five - Sweetheart Of All My Dreams - recorded 12/13/1928
 Song 3 - Leo Reisman & His Orchestra - We Two - recorded 11/20/1927
 Song 4 - Earl Burtnett & His Biltmore Orchestra - Gotta Feeling For You - vocal by Scrappy Lambert - recorded 5/11/1929
 Song 5 - Vincent Lopez & His Casa Lopez Orchestra - Just Like A Butterfly - vocal by Franklyn Baur - recorded 6/2/1927
 Song 6 - Harry Reser & His Orchestra - Wedding Bells - vocal by Tom Stacks - recorded 3/21/1929
 Song 7 - Seven Hot Air Men - Low Down Rhythm - recorded 5/23/1929

Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekend Steam: Thrilling Steam Development, and Situational Awareness Lesson, All In One!

When you are out there train watching, or whatever, Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around!  You always need to know what is happening around you.  This is U.P. 4014 arriving in Cheyenne to begin its rebuild.  Happy times ahead!

Crankin' It Up, Be Careful, Brat!

Karl Radlach and His Orchestra recorded this nice little Fox-Trot on May 14, 1930.  Brat hopped right up to promenade with this one, so you know it's good!

Mr. Completely's August e-Postal Contest...

...brought to you by famed e-Postal shooter, Merle!  Merle has been the most faithful participant of these contests over the years, and he generally enters with a variety of pistols and revolvers.  Merle doesn't have a blog, so we are posting his contest here and on.  Here's the setup:

Your nine year old grand-daughter runs into the farm house – quite excited. She just saw a fox getting into the hen house and tells you she is going to chase it away. But when she does it turns on her and chases her up a tree. She is screaming her little head off as it snaps at her heels! You grab your pistol and run outside to deal with the situation. The fox is now stumbling toward you and your mind flashes to the rabies epidemic in the next county. You must act fast – and decisively – or else!
You must avoid a head shot to allow for rabies testing, so don’t use that bullseye.
Go here for the target.

Print three of these targets. If you’re like me you MAY not be as good one-handed as you should be. It would be good to know that before the skill is needed.
1.     Take one shot at each of the bullseyes on the target (using both hands) shooting as fast as you safely can, or as fast as your range allows.  Avoid the head, for a total of four shots per target.
2.     Repeat.
OPTIONAL: if you elect to use strong hand only add 5 bonus points to your score. 
3.     Repeat.
OPTIONAL: if you elect to use weak hand only add 10 bonus points to your score.
DISTANCE: 5 to7 yards, since this is a small target.
SHOOTING POSITION: Standing, unsupported.

Iron sights OR optical (includes red dots, scopes or lasers)
CLASS ONE: Any rimfire handgun with iron sights.
CLASS TWO: Any rimfire handgun with optical sights.

: Any centerfire handgun with iron sights.

CLASS FOUR: Any centerfire handgun with optical sights.

CLASS FIVE: Anything else; airguns, crossbow pistols, airsoft, muzzle loaders, etc. Shoot it and send it in.

Shoot as many guns as you can, multiple guns per class are fine (as inspired by Mr. C) but only one entry per gun please. You may find it helps to put up a sighter target to be sure of where you are shooting – the first shot is the most important shot here.

SCORING: Add up the points for each bullseye; any shot touching the next higher rings gets the higher score. Any shot completely outside of the rings scores zero.

Mark each target with:
the name you want used
gun make/model
any comments (or excuses) that apply; It’s OK to get creative, I do! Entertainment is always welcome.

List your score (plus any bonus points) for each target, plus the grand total for all targets.

Make a scan or take a photo of your targets and send to: truebluetravelinman (at) gmail (dot) com (Do the translation.)

Include photos from the range and your gun if you like.

Good luck!!!
There you have it!  It looks like a good contest, and I will be shooting with one hand on targets 2 and 3, because I need the practice.  You can still shoot the July contest through the end of the month.  Click Here or on the July target on the left side of this page.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gun Blogger Rendezvous Is Coming Right Up!

Mr. Completely's annual Rendezvous in Reno will be happening September 4-7 at the Silver Legacy in Reno.  It's always a great time for everyone, and this year will be no exception.  Good times are planned, and there are some great raffle prizes coming.  Take a few minutes to watch the slide show, and then go to to get a registration form.  You do not have to be a blogger to attend, so go, and have the time of your life!

Photo credits: Kevin of The Smallest Minority, Billll of Billll's Idle Mind, and Zeke of Engineering Johnson, plus a few from True Blue Sam.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Silver Bird...

...was a common term in old movies I watched when I was a kid.  I think it was used in Tarzan and other movies that involved primitive people living in deep, dark Africa.  Well, here is a gen-yoo-wine silver bird that refueled across from my office the other day.  It was built in 1959, and makes some very nice exhaust stack music.  I watched it take off, and it used most of the runway, so I think it must have fixed pitch props.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

This week Ruger is auctioning one of their old standards that should be in every shooter's collection. I bought my first Single-Six in 1974, and we currently have one of these stainless beauties at the ready to do battle with snakes and other varmints around the homestead. The one being auctioned this week was built in 1977 (Just missed getting the Bi-Centennial rollmark), and it was returned to the factory by the buyer. This revolver probably won't go much over the current retail price, so this is a good chance to be philanthropic, and to grab a nice gun. It sells mid-day, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Light Foundation.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Tuesday Turbo Boost: Who Lifts You Up?

Al Jolson popularized Alabamy Bound, but other artists recorded it, too.  I'm partial to Jolson, but I'm glad to find the others.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Back To The Old Grind!

Young Leader Pistol Shoot, Carmi, Illinois

What a great day! Temps were in the seventies and humidity was low as we had our safety and rules briefing at the Carmi Rifle Club for the Farm Bureau's annual Young Leader Pistol Shoot.

Early risers had the target stands and plates on the ground, and arranging the stages went smoothly.

We split up into groups and were soon ready to shoot. Here's Valinda shooting her first stage.

Barbecue, baked beans, and coleslaw; it doesn't get any better than this.

If you don't go home with honors, you can still go home with a full stomach!

Many Thanks to the good folks at the Carmi Rifle Club, and the White County Farm Bureau for hosting this great event!

Here is the final stage for one group of shooters.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Not My Victrola: The Best There Ever Was

Al Jolson earned the title of The World's Greatest Entertainer because of his energy, and the way he connected to audiences.  There never will be another like him.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Just Waitin' To Happen...

When will it fall?  That's something we cannot predict, but gravity always wins, and this tree will come down, and it will fall on the house.  That's where the weight is wanting to go.  If you have something like this dead tree in your life, take it down ASAP.  Don't wait for it to make a move, because it will smash your house, and it may kill you.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Target Terminators Visit Southern Illinois

The Target Terminators traveled all the way to Southern Illinois again this year to shoot Sporting Clays, and Gary Bahre opened his engine shed for them, making this a pretty special visit to Little Egypt.

Danno and his Sand Castle Son enjoyed all the intricacies of the 5 HP Falk sideshaft engine,

and we all stood in awe of Gary's restoration of his basket-case IHC Titan. I have some video uploading now, and I will post it below in the morning for you to enjoy.  And....Here it is!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Just Waitn' To Happen; Why Do They Call?

Homeowners call me out to evaluate their problem; in this case, dead limbs over their house, and

hollow stems supporting them.  I advise them to have the tree taken down ASAP before it damages their home, and their response usually is "But I don't want to lose it!"  It's already lost, and they must know that, since they called me to evaluate the problem, but they try to talk me into performing a miracle, which I'm no good at.  It is a regular occurrence, and before I leave I will go over multiple choices for a replacement tree, find the optimum spot for planting, and coach the owners on pushing the new tree along to have shade as quickly as possible. 

I am glad to handle these calls before property is damaged and residents are hurt, but why, oh why, do they argue over the obvious truth?  The best ones are when they ask what they can spray on a dead tree to bring it back, which always brings to mind the advice in a Nineteenth Century volume on our shelf.  It advises that if someone is struck by lightning, to pour water on them.  If they haven't revived in a quarter-hour, you should pour salt water on them.  Well folks, if I'm ever struck by lightning, please pour the salt water on me first, just in case there is anything to that remedy. 

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

Brace yourself before you click over to check out this week's auction.  Collectors are really serious about rare high quality Ruger's, and this one in .280 Remington from 1971 raises the bar.  100% of the proceeds will go to The Light Foundation, and this rare rifle will sell mid-day, Wednesday, July 15, 2014.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Crankin' It Up: Wonderful One, and Underneath The Mellow Moon...

...recorded by Paul Whiteman in January, 1923.  This is another one that we have not played before.  Underneath the Mellow Moon was too good to pass up when there is a full moon rising.  Brat was sure happy to have a little dance music again.