Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Always Putt-Putt-Puttering Around

Our friend Gary keeps finding fascinating old iron.  This is his latest; a Lockwood-Ash marine engine.  These were popular in the days before outboard motors came along, and they are still popular in Louisiana.

I doubt that Gary will be taking this down the Mississippi, but the Kaskaskia would be smooth sailing, without any barge traffic. A neat feature of these old 2-stroke engines is that they are reversible. The timer sits up front, and has a lever for the operator to use in adjusting the timing, and for changing the direction the engine runs.

OK, OK, But How Much Did He Steal?

This is a self-writing joke: Bazillion admitted he burglarized a building in Dahlgren.

Engine Crank-Ups

Engine show season may be over until Spring, but engine collectors are a hardy bunch and they have their own private little shows during the off season.  This video (by Rob Gill) is from Rob and Bob Gill's Crank-Up last week.  They had a lot of wheels turning, good food, and good times for their engine friends.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance

Take a DEEP breath before you check out this auction; and you will have to put on your big-boy pants before you up the bid.  This Ruger No. 1 Varminter is attracting collectors with deep pockets, leaving us little people in the dust.  But, it's still worth a look.  100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, and the hammer falls mid-day, Wednesday, December 17, 2014.


Monday, December 15, 2014

A Little Visit With The Mailbox Engine

We all piled in the family car today and visited our friend Gary Bahre at his engine shed so we could see first-hand his progress on the 8 HP Bessemer.  We shot several pics, and just a little video.  The cylinder  is out for surgery, and it now has a sleeve installed.  The intake and exhaust ports have to be cut, and the rings have to be fitted, then it will come back to Gary.  He has his parts assembled to build a new rod, and that will be happening soon.  Stay Tuned!  It will run again!

Tuesday Turbo Boost

Thursday, December 11, 2014

November e-Postal Scores Are Up At Danno's Blog!

Danno, the November  host for the Mr. Completely e-Postal contest has posted the scores, and my Mrs. is one of the big winners!  Danno and his son still need to shoot their targets, so he is extending the contest until we restart the Postals next spring.  Click Here to see the scores, and if you haven't entered, Click Here to print your target and read the rules. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Crankin' It Up With Our Old Buddy Brat

Hoodoo Man is a great dance record from May, 1924.  Brat has been in the doldrums of late, and hasn't danced for us in many weeks.  This record got his attention and he marched back and forth half a dozen times.  The record ended, and I discovered that I hadn't pushed the Record button.  Oh Well.  I changed the needle and cranked up again, and the second time I played this record he acted like the Looney Tunes Singing Frog.  Trust me, he liked this one, and you will, too.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Skies Of 1914

We grew up with images and stories of Great War dogfights and fighter pilots, but in 1914 the airplane was still in its infancy. The Germans flew the Taube until 1916, mostly for reconnaissance missions.  It used wing warping rather than hinged control surfaces, but it had a 6 cylinder, 120 HP Mercedes up front.  Its maximum speed was only 62.5 mph, and of course it did not have an electric starter like this reproduction airplane has.

I was first exposed to the Taube in an old Geographic magazine from the Great War era, and it is a picture that sticks in your mind with its bird-like wings. Robert Service even mentioned it in the afterword to his book Rhymes Of A Red Cross Man.

Once more within the sky's deep sapphire hollow
I sight a swimming Taube, a fairy thing;
I watch the angry shell flame flash and follow
In feather puffs that flick a tilted wing;
And then it fades, with shrapnel mirror's flashing;
The flashes bloom to blossoms lily gold;
The batteries are rancorously crashing,
And life is just as full as it can hold.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance

This week's Ruger is a spiffy Stainless SP101® in.38 Special that would go great in your waistband, or in someone's Christmas stocking.  The price isn't going too wild, so CLICK OVER to Ruger's Gunbroker page and have a look.

100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance.  The hammer falls mid-day, Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

$855!!! This gun is still in Ruger's catalog, and the suggested retail price is $659, so you could probably buy one of these new for under $600, plus sales tax.  The purchaser of this auction item also has to pay the Pittman-Robertson tax, which is based on the distributor price when the gun was built. Well, People's Good. 

Tuesday Turbo Boost

Friday, December 5, 2014

.22 LR IN STOCK!... Natchez Shooters Supply(CLICK).  It is Standard Velocity, $3.91/50.  With shipping it will be around $57.00 per brick. Don't delay.  We bought a couple of bricks last month, and it is tight shooting ammo.

Weekend Steam: North Pole Express!

The Midwest Central sold out five weekends in less than three days, but you can still go and watch the trains run.  This weekend and two more.  Click over to Midwest Central to check the schedule.

One thing this world could use a few more of is tripods....

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Crankin' It Up With Our Old Buddy Brat

LiveryStable Blues is a lot of fun with the horse laughs thrown in, and the wear on this disc shows that the original owners really liked it. 

Livery Stable Blues by TrueBlueSam

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Presents For The Rifleman In Your Life!

These steel targets will look familiar to anyone who has attended an Appleseed Clinic.

They are an all steel version of the AQT (Army Qualification Target) that you shoot to qualify for a Rifleman Patch.  The silhouettes are slightly smaller than the black portion of the paper targets, and if you can hit them at 25 meters (82 feet), using your sling from prone, sitting, and standing, you should be able to score 210 or higher at your next Appleseed.

The target has simulated 400, 300, 200, and 100 meter silhouettes, plus the 1" square.

You can call the number, or e-mail to order.  You can also click over to the Facebook Page to see more photos, including the full-size target, which can be shot at 100 to 400 yards with .308.  Check it out if you have a place where you can shoot a quarter mile.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Nice Fairbanks...

I was looking back through photos, and found some raw video from Pinckneyville that hadn't been used.  This video was shot in 2011, and it's a pretty good engine, with lots of parts exposed.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance

This week Ruger is donating one of their classic Stainless Single Six Convertibles.  The Single Six always feels good riding on your hip when you are out and about on the farm or ranch, and the .22 Magnum cylinder can handle just about any varmint you run into, short of a bear.  This one was built in 1988, and was returned to the factory for unknown reasons.  Click Over to Ruger's GunBroker page to read all about it and place a bid.  100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, and the gun will sell mid-day, Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Tuesday Turbo Boost

A little something to help you shake off all that overeating you probably did; and I'm not quite ready for Christmas music yet. Barnum and Bailey's 'Favorite.'