Friday, September 4, 2015

Gary Bahre Has Made Another Basket Case Run!

Old Bessye spoke yesterday for the first time in about ninety years! We feel kinda like this!

It has been a long difficult journey for Gary from this collection of broken, rusty parts, to this:

This is Gary's photo after he had it ready to try. He primed it, rolled it over, and it ran out the priming fuel; twice! Gary still has lots of finishing up to do, but the old girl is breathing again.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

e-Postal Target Two-Fer

I'm going to hold off on posting scores for August until after the holiday weekend, so everybody gets to shoot both the August...

...and September contests!

Both of these contests are made for good scores, so have at it and have a good time. Also consider this: The bullseye on the ram target is 3" diameter. At 25 feet, that is 36 minutes of angle. A practiced pistol shooter should be able to hit eights on a good number of the shots. The sweet spots on the September targets are about 1" by 2", or 12 by 24 minutes to make the four 20 spots. Hickok 45 in his videos has his 24" gong out at 80 yards and regularly hits it, even with snubnosed pistols. That is a 30 minute of angle shot. It would be a breeze with a rifle. With a pistol you have to pay extra attention to sight picture, trigger squeeze, and Kentucky windage, but it is entirely doable for someone who knows how to shoot.

Consider the August target again. The rings are 1, 2, and 3 inches in diameter. That is 12, 24, and 36 minutes of angle at 25 feet. We all need to shoot targets like this regularly to see problems in our shooting technique and to become better shots. We all need the practice, so print those targets and go shoot this weekend!

Click the targets for the links to the rules and the pdf's.

.22 LR In Stock... Natchez Shooters Supply. We have had excellent accuracy from the Federal Game Shok and the CCI Standard Velocity. We like Velocitors for using on varmints through a rifle. If you study chronograph information on the blogs, you will see that Velocitors do not give you any advantage from a short barrel. You need to use those rounds in a rifle to make the extra expense worthwhile.

AND, Midway has the Federal Game Shok cartridges at a good price, too.

Illinois residents need to have an account with their FOID on file for online ammunition sales. Natchez wants Illinois residents to call in ammo orders. I don't know the ordering policy for Midway, but you do have to set it up with your FOID in advance.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Steam, and More! Old Threshers Begins Thursday, September 3, 2015!

There is lots more about Old Threshers than steam engines; like Dancing Girls at the Saloon...

and the blacksmith shop in the North Village. Old Threshers starts September 3 and runs through Labor Day.

Georgetown Loop # 12

Big 'uns! And Little ones, too!

Old Threshers goes on through Labor Day, so pack up the babies and hit the road for Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

Gun Blogger Rendezvous X Reports

Kevin at Smallest Minority

Billll  at Billll's Idle Mind, and Part II


Not Claswitz and Part II

and last, but certainly not least is the report on, by Lucky Gunner.

Check back over the next few weeks at the Gun Bloggers site, because more photos and video will be posted, along with plans for GBR XI in 2016.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Gary Bahre's 8 HP Vertical Bessemer Update

Gary has had several interruptions this year that kept him out of his engine shop, but work has resumed on the Bessemer that Susan and I collected near Blaine, Kentucky nearly forty years ago. I am still amazed that we loaded this thing into the back of the American Motors station wagon by ourselves, and even more amazed that we were able to drag it all the way to Southern Illinois in 1980. This project is a real capstone for Gary's engine collection. It's extremely rare, and the rebuild had several difficult challenges. He will be belting Bessy up to one of his engines soon to break her in before he actually fires up.

This engine ran a sorghum press during its short working career, and I think the owner should have stuck to using a mule. The water jacket is broken from freezing, and the rod was broken, probably from a lack of lubrication. The drip oiler had to be kept topped up and dripping well for the rod, and I bet it went dry several times before the rod hammered itself to death. Great Work, Gary!

Video courtesy of Gary Bahre

You can read about the restoration process and see more photos on This Smokstak Thread.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

Jump on this one! Ruger built their improve Red Label Shotgun for just over one year, so there won't  be many chances to get one of these. This is a 12 Gauge gun, and you can read all about it HERE. This gun will sell mid-day, September 2, 2015. 100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit the Light Foundation.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Not My Victrola: Waitin' For The Evening Mail

We haven't listened to a good old Al Jolson song for a long time, and this is a good one.

Mr. Completely's September 2015 e-Postal: Exponential Windage And Elevation

Expect to have high scores this month! You can shoot from any position so long as your hands support your firearm, and you can really show off your finest marksmanship skills. The rules are printed on the target: Shoot at 25’ with pistol, 25 yards with rifle; any position. Hands, not a rest, must support the firearm. (Your hands can be supported by a rest; you can shoot with a sling from prone.) Fire ten shots. Double your points for scoring in two 20 sections; Double again for scoring in three 20 sections. Double again for scoring in four 20 sections. Double your score for hitting two X’s. Double again for three X’s. Double again for four X’s. SHOOT THE MOON option! Hit all four X’s with only four shots on the paper, get 12,800 points. (Total Possible points with ten shots)

If you fire all ten shots, you can get your X- doubles on 1, 2, 3, or 4 X's, but if you want to Shoot the Moon you must hit all X's. An X can be used for a 20 double, but a 20 without the X is not an X double. Touch a line and you get the larger score. Print the PDF HERE.  

Shoot Merle's target, too, while these two matches overlap. I will split the entries into classes based on your firearm and sight info. I plan to include non-magnified red-dots with iron sights.

Send photos or scans of your targets to: truebluetravelinman (at) gmail (dot) com.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Weekend Steam: Romania


From the heritage series this is a concise movie about one of the almost gone jobs in Eastern Europe: manual loading mocanita wagon. In Romania the person performing this job is called "tapinar". 
Today the wagons are loaded mechanical and this manual activity is almost gone. The only place still to find this old tradition is the CFF Viseu de Sus forestry narrow gauge line in Maramures, Romania.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Crankin' It Up With Brat The Cat

Here's a real knee-slapper (Not Really) from May, 1914. I think this song is based on a very old joke, or maybe this song is old enough that the old joke is based on it.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Summer Is Winding Down

Ironweed, goldenrod and boneset are in full bloom and the bees are working hard to put away honey for winter. Fall honey is strong and dark because of goldenrod, and beekeepers don't rob it. That's good, because the bees need it. These boneset flowers have a very delicate fragrance, and I think the honey from them would be good if it wasn't mixed with goldenrod. This photo makes me sad because of the wings on this little working girl. She is just about worn out, and won't live to see next spring. (Click the photo to enlarge.)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ruger's Auctions (Yes, Two This Week) To Benefit The Light Foundation and Honored American Veterans Afield

Ruger is pulling out all the stops this week with TWO auctions for two worthy causes. Click Ruger's photos for the details, and to have a go against the collectors! Both of these fine firearms will sell mid-day, Wednesday, August 26, 2015.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Weekend Steam: Three Hundred Twenty Plows In The Ground!

There's probably a song in this somewhere, if you have the talent to write something as catchy as 99 Bottles! The American Threshermen put on quite a show with the Case Expo and they plowed this field in one pass with a whole bunch of Case tractors. If you tire of the internal combustion models, just scoot the slider over to eight minutes for steam action. Two 110's, an 80, and a 60.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

1918 Case 20-40; A Tale Of Woe, And Of Triumph!

Last Friday we took off for Pinckneyville and had a very productive few hours looking, photographing, visiting with friends, and shooting video. This beautiful Case from 1918 stood out among the machines we saw moving about the grounds, and we got some great pics.

I just learned today that when they fired this old girl on Saturday, the crankshaft broke. That is a catastrophe if you have a machine from 1918, but People's Good! And Cell Phones! The owners got on the phone, and within an hour they tracked down a crankshaft in Canada that they could purchase. This tractor will be torn down and be reborn in the months ahead.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Was This A Gag?

Twenty years ago this informational piece came across my desk, and it stuck. I have always wondered if U.S. Forest Service personnel actually tried this method of disposal. I guess it would be handy if you had old explosives you needed to use, or it would be good for making the low man on the totem pole remove shoes off a five day old carcass. I bet that was good for a laugh.

(Click on images to enlarge them.)

That reminds me of a story a friend told me about practicing with explosives while he was in the Army. He and a buddy were busting boulders by packing explosives on top, with a mud cap, when they wondered if the boulders would break with a charge underneath. That technique launched a boulder out of sight. They had invented the Potato Gun, but never got credit for it!

I am also reminded of this old news video from 1970. If you are going to try this method, don't call me; but I would like to see your pictures.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Could It Be....

...DIESEL? That's what it looks like to me now that we've had a closer look, and I found an intact example on SMOKSTAK. (See second picture in the SMOKSTAK post.)

Here's what it looks like up close.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Honored American Veterans Afield

This week we have another good one for average folks! Ruger is selling a P90, .45 ACP pistol with manual safety that was made in 1990, and is new, in the box in Ruger's vault. This fine pistol is not attracting the collector crowd, so you have a chance for a good deal, and can do a good deed. This fine Ruger comes with two 7 round magazines, high visibility white dot sights (rear is adjustable for windage), a magazine loading tool, ambidextrous safety levers, and ambidextrous magazine latch. Don't let this deal pass you by! Click Here to place your bid. 100% of the proceeds of this sale will go to benefit Honored American Veterans Afield. This great Ruger will sell mid-day, Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

$456! Someone got a great deal!