Great story in the Spokesman Review about a 65 year old gal holding an intruder at gunpoint using a pistol she hasn’t shot in 30 years.
Glad it turned out ok and that the Police Chief is a sensible man:
“Having a firearm in your home for personal protection, I guess we got to see the value of that last night,” said Police Chief Frank Straub.
“In this case, this guy was at least half her age and twice her size,” he said. (Lt. Dean Sprague)
Junior Deputy Sandra Mize needs to head out to the range too!
Took the day off Monday. Swung past one of the local Wally Worlds and they actually had Tula 5.56 at normal prices. The rub was that you could only buy 3 boxes. The clerk told me that I could come back after 1 and pick up 3 more as there was another person coming on shift. The vague possibility of maybe getting 3 boxes of steel cased Tula was not enough to get me back there.
However, I went to the other Wally World (yes, there are two) later in the afternoon to pick up a couple of other things and in the ammo case there, they had Tula 9mm for $10.95/50 and 45 ACP for $15.95/50, limit of 3 boxes total, so, I picked up 3 more. Yes, it is steel cased but I have never had any issues with it.
Later in the afternoon, I got an email notification that some ammo I ordered online from Cabela’s was in so I stopped to pick up 250 rounds of Czech manufactured Herter brass-cased 45 ACP and 250 rounds of the same in 38 special. Not a bad haul for one day.
While at Cabela’s I saw that they had quite a few (7 or 8) AR’s on hand – they are packaging them with optics now – you can’t buy one of the ‘cheap’ ones without some kind of scope or red dot on it. Cheap being $900 for the rifle and anywhere from $200 - $600 for the optic/scope. They also had a full shelf of Glocks in FDE (19’s, 22’s, 34’s, etc) and a full shelf of S&W M&P 9mm pistols. I have heard good things about those M&P’s but I have quite a bit invested in Glocks of various sizes and a bushel basket of mags and other accouterments so I am going to stick with those for now. They are the Crescent Wrenches of my collection. They aren’t pretty but they always work.
Speaking of pretty – saw one of the Cabela’s Turnbull 1911’s – damn that was a beautiful work of art! It was displayed next to a Zombie-fied Remington R1 (green and black, seriously) and a tarted up Sig 1911 SXRTPWDRTZQ or some-such. That Turnbull was something to behold and put those other 1911’s to shame. I was able to handle it and admire the workmanship, sighed and gave it back to the clerk. 20 minutes later it was gone which is a good thing as I was contemplating….
Ok – that is the report from out here! Hope everyone is doing well out there.
Well, my run of luck at Cabela’s continues. Stopped by there over the weekend and while waiting with my number to look over something else, saw a guy looking over a new Ruger 10/22 take down. My eyes lit up and just about everyone else who was close by got a sweaty look on their face and rushed to get a number from the Serving Customer # so-and-so dispenser. Luckily, I only had to wait 45 minutes for my # to get called and I asked the guy “so, can I look at one of the take down Rugers?”. He said that the one the guy was looking at was a special order that he had put in a few months ago but he would take a look. My level of excitement deflated somewhat at that, figuring there were probably about 4,000 people ahead of me on any Ruger 10/22 wait list.
He tried the computer and it wasn’t working right and then he said he would take a look in back (thank you thank you thank you!) and after 10 minutes, here he comes with the short, squat Ruger box! They had got a pallet of them in and had not had time to bring them out for display. I got lucky, being at the right place at the right time - I have one on lay-away now.
As I did the law-away paper work, I saw 4 or 5 more Rugers come out of the back room at customer request.
Also – saw about 4 or 5 guys buy AR’s of one sort or the other while I was there. They had quite a few out for sale which was surprising. Prices were still a little inflated, but getting lower.
Gun rights people always talk about the “Fuds” – those are the guys who only use rifles and side-by-sides for hunting and don’t give a flip about black rifles or pistols of any kind and the stereotype is that they would gladly toss AR owners under the gun control bus. Well, I actually observed a proto-typical Fud buy an evil black rifle. He was outfitted in a red and black plaid shirt, high-water jeans, Browning-style field boots, suspenders and seriously, a hat with ear flaps. Only thing missing was his hunting vest.
He looked at and proceeded to purchase a DPMS 308 outfitted with a tactical scope of some kind. It took him about 30 seconds to make up his mind on the purchase. Later on, I saw him with his AR-10 in his shopping cart and a new rifle case and a pile of other stuff. Good for him.
With my good fortune and steady run of luck at Cabela’s, I did stop at the convenience store on the way home and bought a PowerBall ticket too….heck, you never know.
Hope all is well out there.
Mom and Gramps are almost home after a wonderful trip to revisit Saipan. He hasn’t been there since 1945 where he flew 37 missions in a B-29 bomber in the 878th Squadron, 499th Bomb Group. They were treated like royalty all the way there and back by the pilots and staff of United Airlines, got to spend some time in Hawaii and see the Flight Museum there and enjoy the warm weather. I will write more about this as I come to grips with the overwhelming emotion this trip fills me with.
Here are a couple of great stories posted in the local news websites out there about his trip:
Saipan Tribune: Two WWII Veterans Honored During Saipan Visit
Marianas Variety: WWII B-29 Co-pilot LeRoy Florence visits Saipan (a bit of error in the story – Gramps sold AIRPLANES not Air Conditioning! He will get a kick out of that)
Hard to believe that I am the only dude in the area that is buying shotgun primers – went back to Cabela’s this weekend and was surprised to see that they still had a few thousand 209 primers for sale. Of course, I picked up another brick of 1000 to add to the my supplies.
The biggest surprise were the Glock 17’s and S&W M&P 9 mm’s they had in stock and available at normal prices. I am still on the lookout for a Ruger 10/22 Takedown but those are hard to find right now. One of those and the slick AGP folding stock would be a great little packing rifle, even better if it was the threaded barrel model.
It is starting to feel like things are loosening up but then I take a gander at GunBot.net and look at what is available ammo-wise and it is all fairly depressing. Glad I have what I have, but could always use more.
I hit the jackpot over the weekend. Stopped in at Cabela’s to get a first-hand look at how things are looking in the ammo and firearm sales area. Lots of shotguns, lots of deer rifles, no AR’s, no 22’s other than a pink chipmunk and an AR-7. They had quite a few pistols as long as you wanted a .40 or a surplus Glock 45 – no 9 mm pistols at all. It was rather depressing.
I wandered over to the reloading area and holy smokes, they had 209 shotgun primers. I grabbed a couple of bricks of those and also picked up the last bottle of International Clays. Bird in the hand and all that. As I wandered the store, a couple of guys saw what I was carrying and quickly scurried off to get some themselves.
Must just be living right.
We need something like Midway USA or Brownell’s out here on the West Coast. I am getting a little frustrated at waking up at 6 in the morning only to see that Midway sent me an “in stock” notification for some item at 3 in the morning Pacific Time!
I reckon those places are running 24/7 right now so I am not too ticked off. We did it to ourselves and only have that person in the mirror to blame for the yahoos we sent to Washington. We were sold a bill of goods by modern-day snake oil salesmen and con men.
There are maybe one or two out of the whole bunch who…Scratch that, there isn’t a single one of them that isn’t in it for the power or the ego trip.
Bolt Carrier Groups??!!! Has DHS or the FBI or the Department of Agriculture secretly sent out a procurement request for every single available BCG in the country? Sure seems like it. The few extras I have are now locked away in a secret, biometrically accessed vault somewhere deep in the Cascade Mountain Range!
This whole updating once a month thing is pretty lame and I apologize.
Lots going on out here – we are busy ‘girding our loins’ as just about anyone who is paying attention is also doing the same. Putting stuff by, stocking up, being fairly frugal in most all areas.
Sold one of the trucks shown above – the red and white Ford. It went to a young guy at Fort Lewis who had been looking for a 1976 Ford for quite a while. He was pretty damn excited to buy the truck and didn’t even dicker on the price. I was sad to see it go, but glad that it is going to someone who has the time to fix it up and restore it as it should be. Next on the block is the red IH shown up top – need to do a few minor things and get it sold too. I have passed the age and time in my life where I have time to work on project trucks.
The money from the Ford and the IH are going into a pot to get something more ‘wash and wear’ – ideally an early to mid 1990’s Ford Crew 4x4 with manual transmission, manual windows, etc. Still hemming and hawing on the gas vs diesel thing, there are pros and cons either way.
My little Saturn commuter shot craps a couple of weeks ago too! It has needed a $1500 head gasket change for over a year and was still drivable for my 3 mile commute and running errands around town. I didn’t want to drop $1500 into a $500 car so I pushed it as far as it would go. It will be sold soon as well with the $ going in to the truck pot.
So, with no wheels, I have been taking the bus to work the past few weeks. Not too bad of an experience and not too many odd ‘bus people’ – you know what I am talking about – unless I am the odd one!
I hope everyone is doing well out there. I stop by every now and then when I get a chance to see what everyone is up and yes, there is definitely an air of anxiousness out there. Keep your powder dry, keep stocking up and turning those bucks in to tangibles, get your garden starts going. Take care.
Happy Birthday John Moses Browning! You were a genius and possibly an alien from another planet with crazy engineering and design skills!
I have always wondered how you came up with the designs for the 1903 and 1908 pistols – pure genius or mad scientist – take your pick – maybe some of both!
Thank God you did though.
A good reminder from Brigid over at Home on the Range – please give blood whenever you can, especially if you have type O as it is the most universal and all recipients can accept type O.
Unfortunately, I am one of those that can’t donate blood anymore due to the medications I take. Her story about her dad donating his time and energy to volunteer is inspirational and, as always with Brigid’s writing, you should click over there and read.
And please take a moment to say a prayer for her brother who is battling cancer.
Echoing the sickening “Never let a crisis go to waste” statement, the Obama administration has titled the full White House report detailing Zero’s Executive Orders “Now is the Time”.
Make sure you go read the whole thing because what the press and most pundits are talking about and the list of 23 items that I have seen posted elsewhere are fleshed out in this PDF. Banning assault weapons, mags over 10 rounds, bulk ammo purchase ‘registration’, requiring NICS checks on private sales, canceling/reworking the Curio and Relic provisions, etc etc etc are covered in more detail in the PDF.
I imagine Zero hopes that a weakened, brow-beaten Congress will get all wobbly at the knees and fold when it comes to Feinstein’s bill and other legislation but I have no doubt that he will follow Clinton and others if he ‘needs’ to ban imports, ‘assault’ weapons, and ammo purchases, restrict magazine capacity, etc with an executive order.
Call and email your representatives, local, state and federal. Join the NRA, the GOA – get involved. This isn’t going to be like 1994.
Did a fairly comprehensive, top-to-bottom inventory of the ammo I have on hand over the past couple of weekends. I am looking pretty good in most areas and of course, I will always wish I had more, especially if things get bad, or worse. The prices on some of the most popular cartridges have me rethinking my storage and I may need to get a lockable safe if the shortage continues and the prices continue to rise!!
I think I have mentioned this before, and I was reminded again last weekend as I saw prices on some of the ammo I had stored away – why the heck didn’t I buy more 45 ACP and 9mm when it was $7.99 and $5.99 per 50 back when I could? Hindsight is 20-20. I really, really hope we don’t look back fondly at the days when you could purchase a case of .223 for $1000.
I did something this morning that I have never done before though – I bought a case of ammo in a caliber I don’t shoot, just because it was available and affordable. I was surprised it was available as it is a popular cartridge and I have some friends that shoot that caliber so I will keep it on hand in case it becomes necessary to distribute. I do have a box of surplus mags for that caliber too – should have bought something to use them with long ago when it could be had for $399 all day long, not the $1200 - $1500 they are going for right now!
Super crazy prices haven’t hit reloading components yet, as far as I can tell, so stock up on that stuff too before the EPA makes it all illegal. Pay cash.
I hereby offer my services to any and all media outlets – radio, TV, internet, print, carrier pigeon, smoke signal, telegraph etc – as an adviser/consultant when it comes to firearms and firearm technology. The pure ignorance on display by all levels is truly stupendous in nature and is not helping at all.
Life is full of challenges – we face them every day, large and small.
In the 6th grade, I was awarded the Optimist Student of the Year. I remember dressing up for the award breakfast, sitting at the main table at the head of the room and receiving my award certificate. The memories from ~36 years ago are a little hazy now but what struck me the most was how big the room was and how important I felt sitting at the front table. There was a gal from our school who also won the award but the memory of who that was has slipped away.
You may know the punch line to this story already, but bear with me as I am in a rambling mood.
Getting that award and being recognized as an Optimist Student of t Year really had a huge impact on me. Throughout my life, there have been many things that could have knocked me down, heck, the SHOULD have knocked me down - I don’t know if I just wasn’t paying close enough attention to what was going on or if it was just my nature to keep on keeping on, a smile on my face and lots of hope in my heart that things would work out.
I think it really kicked in the previous summer, between my 5th and 6th grade, when I went to scout camp as a 10 year old. I wrote about this long ago on here but that moment, when Dad took me aside and talked to me about perseverance and sticking to the task at hand really sunk in, After that summer, there wasn’t much that I put my mind to that I didn’t accomplish. Yes, I needed a swift kick from Mom or Dad quite often, but I never gave up and I always tried to have a positive attitude.
Getting that award cemented in my brain that having a positive attitude was a good way to go about life. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right? Quotes from Teddy Roosevelt on this subject are on the walls in my office, a great piece of calligraphy done by Mom hangs on my wall at home – “There is only one success in life – to live your life your own way”. There are the photos that inspire me - the pictures of my Mom as a young mother – 21 years old with a brand new baby, her whole world has changed. There are pictures of my grandfather, a young man in the Army Air Corps – flying a B29 bomber half-way around the world, never knowing if he will make it back safely from the missions he flew to see his young daughter and his wife. The memory of my dad heading to work as a police officer, never knowing if that night would be the night that he didn’t come home. There is the memory of my father so many years ago giving me the gift of quiet determination. These totems of perseverance and optimism are a huge part of my life and I think about them every day.
At the end of this week, I will have reached the 5 year anniversary of my cancer surgery. Hard to believe it has been that long but it has. On Friday I go for the last of my every 6 month scans to make sure that everything is clear and healthy. This anniversary has prompted me down this road of remembrance and insight so thanks for reading my ramblings this far!
Man - I was scared shitless when I found out I had cancer! But you know what? I tried to never, ever show it.
Why not? Because I was the Greenwood Elementary 6th Grade Optimist Student of the year, that is why, damnit! I didn’t ever want to think that things would end up bad and that the cancer would spread to my liver or my lungs or to my brain. I kept a positive attitude for my friends and my family and for myself. Heck, I was only going to be in the hospital for a few days, how bad could it be?
I was blessed with a great surgeon, I was blessed with friends who came by to see me and check in on me, I was blessed with a great family and a brother who went out of his way to help me; I was blessed with the love of a woman who next year will become my wife. I was blessed with the gift of optimism that I got from my mom and dad.
It wasn’t until many, many, many years later that I realized that being the Optimist Student of the Year had absolutely nothing, zilch, nada, nothing to do with being optimistic – the award is based on being a good student, a good citizen and a leader. In fact, I will admit that it wasn’t until fairly recently that I put two and two together finally and figured that the Optimists are similar in scope and purpose to the Rotary or the Lion’s Club. My whole life of optimism was based on the misunderstanding of an 11 year old 6th grade student version of me in Mrs. Childress’ class! It really wasn’t that I was the most optimistic student in the class!
Yes, I can laugh at myself now and man-oh-man, I do deserve it!! I am not too bright but I sure am positive!! LOL!
So, whether it was just dumb ignorance of the situation or pure optimism that got me through life to this point – I don’t know. I like to think that things will work out (and they have and are) and that is frustrating to some but from my perspective on things, having been through what I have been through – it really has been worth it to have misunderstood the purpose of that award so many years ago!
I will say though, that the Optimists have a great Creed that had I seen it years ago, it would have been right up there next to Teddy’s quotes and the pictures of my family and friends that have inspired me over the years. Here it is:
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
Thanks for reading and take care. If I don’t get back on here before Christmas, I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!!
Stay positive! (and stock up!! Don’t forget that I am an old Boy Scout too – Be Prepared!!!)
Have been away from the blog for a while and I feel guilty! I hope everyone is doing ok there – I need to make the rounds to check in!!
I did learn a valuable lesson last week. When donating your change jar to a 4th grader to take to school as a donation, make sure all the loose .22 and .45 ACP rounds are taken out. Luckily, she didn’t get expelled or sent to re-education camp!!