Tuesday, March 3, 2015

But Wait, There's More!

This winter there is always more.
Tonight this is being erased by a cold rain.  Tomorrow we will have sleet, and then new snow, followed by temps flirting with Zero.  The good news is that groundhogs may be hunted legally until the end of March. (In Illinois) The bad news is they are hiding out in their tunnels after having done their dirty work.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Honored American Veterans Afield

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=469049846




Ruger is offering a Super Blackhawk from 1977 this week.  This .44 Magnum revolver features a wide, lowered hammer spur, adjustable rear sight, unfluted cylinder, and a 7 1/2" barrel.  100% of the proceeds from this auction will go to benefit Honored American Veterans Afield. CLICK HERE to read all about it and to place your bid.  This fine .44 will sell mid-day, Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Not My Victrola

Here's an old favorite of mine; Georgette.  I know this song from an Edison disc long ago, but this copy is new to me.  It's a dance record performed by Ted Lewis and his band.  I wish they at least did the vocal chorus, but it is still a great old record.


Shared on YouTube by RPMMan Toledo Ohio.

Do A Good Deed For FFA!

Culver's has posted a YouTube video to benefit FFA, and they will donate $1.00 for every view it gets, up to $50,000!  You can be a Good-Deed-Doer, just by clicking the Play button!


Susan and I have worked with FFA teachers and students for many years, and we can tell you that FFA is worthy of your support. FFA teachers prepare kids to go out and be successful in the world, so take a minute and watch this video.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekend....

Mexicans, Mausers, Machine Guns, a Howitzer, even! Plus Indians with Winchesters, James Brown, Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, and Steam!


You can click this video over to YouTube and find the entire movie, all the way back from 1969.

Crankin' It Up With Our Old Buddy Brat

Art Gillham, The Whispering Pianist performed this delightful number on October 24, 1925. Brat heartily approves!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Mr. Completely e-Postal Matches For 2015 Have Begun!

Click Over to Mr. Completely's blog to download your target for March, 2015.  Read the rules, formulate your strategy, and pack your range bag!  This match could easily throw you into negative scores, so you will have to control your breathing, knuckle down and squeeeeeeze those shots off.

This contest favors small calibers.  Any hits on the lines score as negative points, so you might want to spend some time shooting sighters before you shoot for score.

Many Thanks, Mike, for posting this and continuing the tradition.

2015 Mr. Completely e-Postal Schedule:
March: Mr. Completely
April: Conservative UAW Guy
May: Smallest Conservative
June: Engineering Johnson
July: Billll's Idle Mind
August: Merle (On True Blue Sam)
September: True Blue Sam
October: Mrs. True Blue Sam
November: Sand Castle Scrolls

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Here's Some Very Interesting Info, Courtesy Of Ralfy...

It's a good thing for me that I don't live down the road from a distillery. I think I would be filling the cellar.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Honored American Veterans Afield

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=467659507




Ruger's auction this week is an over-under shotgun made in 1987.  It was sold and then returned to the factory. Take a look at the photos on Ruger's website and you will see that this shotgun has some very nicely figured wood. 100% of the proceeds of this auction will benefit Honored American Veterans Afield.  This beautiful shotgun will sell mid-day, Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

$1225

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Still Standing...





The old chimney is still standing, but I don't know how.  I figured the snow, ice, and wind we just had should have dislodged the remaining bricks propping it up, but today it is still there.  Merle had predicted it would fall in January, so No Souvenir Brick for you, Merle! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Winter Won't Last Forever

February is supposed to thaw a little every day, but that's not happening this year. Last year we didn't have a January thaw, and I've never heard of that happening before. But, the end is in sight!  Our friend Gary will be hosting his crank-up in March, and the thought of it is helping to drive away our winter doldrums. This year he will have the 5 HP Falk and this 9 HP Economy running, and we plan to shoot some new video.  We are anxious to see the overhauled Bessemer cylinder/piston assembly. It's hard to believe now that we dragged all this iron with us from Eastern Kentucky.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance


http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=466548753





Ruger's auction this week is a good one. It's a Number 3 Carbine in .45-70, made early in the first year of production; 1973.  The barrel is not drilled and tapped for scope mounts as later production guns were, and the butt plate is aluminum.  The butt plate was soon changed to plastic.  100% of the proceeds will go to benefit the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, and you can place your bid HERE. This fine, rare rifle will sell mid-day, Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
$3154

Monday, February 16, 2015

How Tough Is Your Red Dot SIght?

We have had trouble again with one of our red dot sights.  The Bushnell TRS-25 that was on Susan's Mk III shot loose inside, and it has been replaced with a Bushnell Trophy red dot. We had this TruGlo red dot sight on the .45 Hi-Point, and while it seems to hold a zero OK on a .22 rifle, the recoil from the .45 knocked the elevation setting off.


Susan and I were ringing her gong; her with her 10-22, and me with the Hi-Point. You will see that I miss at 10 seconds, pause, and then miss again at 14 seconds, putting a hole in the strap just above the gong.


 I checked the sights and the red dot was down on the post instead of on top. I shot again with the dot at 29 seconds for another miss, and then shot with the iron sights at 34 seconds, for a hit. The TruGlo has been retired from the Hi-Point, but it did check out OK on a .22 rifle, so I guess the .45 recoil is just a bit too much for this sight.

...And now you know why the first part of this video (KaBong-Ka-Bong-KaBong) ended so abruptly.

Tuesday Turbo Boost

The postmen had Monday off, so everybody should get twice the mail Tuesday...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Quick Turnaround

Round trips for firewood are easy with the RTV.  We loaded a cart behind the tractor for years, and then unloaded by hand before splitting and stacking.  Now, when wood needs to be split, we take it out of the bed to the splitter without needing to bend over and lift. The wood all will be stacked after we are done hauling it from our timber.

Hot Tip For Cold Weather Gear

Check out this little piece of wildland firefighter gear if you have to be out in the cold weather we are having right now.  I wear mine whenever I'm out in the woods, and it keeps me toasty.






You can get your very own from Ben Meadows. It's good for fire or frost, and you can keep it with you in your coat pocket for those cold days.