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.

Weekend Steam: A Fascinating Look At Industry In Cuba

I wish there was a description with this little video, but we just have to look and wonder.  Look out for all those exposed gears.  That is a Corliss valve system on the cylinder.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

How The Years Pile Up: A Gas Engine Oddysey

More than thirty-five years ago I spotted a flywheel in a damaged shed on Buck's Branch, just upstream from Martin, Kentucky.  I bought that engine (2400 lbs. of engine!), and with the help of my buddy Reed, I moved it to Emma, where we lived at the time.  We moved it to Illinois in 1980, and it has spent the years since waiting to be put back in running condition.  Work, family, and other activities have kept me from finishing the job, but we have kept it dry and out of the weather all these years.  Our friend Gary Bahre has taken it on as a project, and today it ran for the first time in fifty years or probably more.  Zeke and I poured a new rod bearing when he was just a little tyke, and we had the valves ground a quarter of a century ago.  Gary took it home on Saturday, and on Thursday, July 10, 2014, he had it running.  Here are some photos, and his video.

This engine was built in 1920, and powered a bur mill in Eastern Kentucky. It was built with a Webster magneto with ignitor, which was replaced at some time with a blacksmith built mount for a Wico magneto and sparkplug. Gary has used the rustic appearing mount with one of his Wico mags to get the old girl going. Gary will be showing this engine at Pinckneyville along with the 5 HP Falk engine that he recently restored. Danno, the Sand Castle Son, and the other members of the Rio Salado Target Terminators will get to see the Economy and other engines run next week when they have their private viewing of Gary Bahre's engine collection, at a super-secret location in the Southern-Illinois.

Photo and video credit: Gary Bahre

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Fun; A Visit To Ann's Day Lily Farm!

We had a very enjoyable evening last Saturday at Ann's Day Lily Farm, just north of the non-existent settlement of Cornerville, Illinois, which is west and south of Walpole, Illinois, which is still barely there.  Susan shopped, Ann dug, Mike loaded, and I took a couple hundred photos.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

Here's your chance to acquire a brand new P85 Decocker in 9mm.  This pistol was built in 1990, and is still brand new; being stored in Ruger's vault.  Click Over to Ruger's GunBroker page to read all about it and to place your bid.  100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to the Light Foundation.  The hammer falls mid-day, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.


Don't Lose Your Head! Hinge Those Leaners To Prevent Barber Chairs

 Beat those head-busting barberchair blues by using a bore-cut to make a hinge when you are cutting those leaners!  A vertical bore-cut leaves plenty of back strap to hold your tree, and if the hinge should crush, your saw won't be trapped.  Make your hinge thicker than normal for insurance on leaners.