Monday, May 30, 2016

Finally, A Little Recreation!

We spent most of the weekend mowing, cutting brush, pruning, hauling brush, and moving wood, but we did take time today to shoot the May e-Postal and do a little plinking behind the barn. One of the neighbors stopped by and we discovered that she had never shot a pistol.  We fixed that in short order.

Ishapore Enfield On Steel

Sunday, May 29, 2016

If You Are Able, Pay Your Respects

Bill Whittle On The End Of World War II

This video by Bill Whittle is making the rounds of blogs and Facebook since the remarks by the President in Hiroshima.  I first saw it again on Sondrakistan, and it is worth your time to go there and follow the links that accompany that post.  The bomb wasn't evil; it ended evil perpetrated by the Japanese Empire.  Japan did not surrender after the first bomb, and the military establishment was planning to murder Hirohito for deciding to surrender.  Untold lives were saved by the bombs and the heroes who delivered them.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Loading A Civil War Era Musket

This is an informative, brief video demonstrating the process of loading a musket, something that has fascinated me most of my life.  There is  a command and precise set of moves for every step.  They skip the method of checking for an empty boar, which is "Spring Rammer!"  You draw the rammer, flip it around and lower it down the bore.  You bring it down with force at the end of the stroke, and it will bounce in an unloaded musket.  The rammer will not bounce off of a load.

The load used in these weapons was 60 grains of powder, which sounds anemic in these days of magnumizing muzzleloaders, but it did the job.  I have shot and hunted with a repro Enfield in .58 caliber, and shot Minies in it.  I bumped the load up to 70 grains, and it shot well.  You don't want to push a Minie too hard, or you will blow out the skirt when it leaves the muzzle.  These weapons make a very effective deer hunting rifle, even if they are a bit long for carrying in the woods.

Close Call

Flipped on the kitchen lights and left the room for five to ten minutes, came back and smelled something hot. Flipped the light switch because it was dark, and nothing came on.  Whoa, those lights were on when I left the room.

Smoke residue deposited on the cover over the ballast, and where the ballast was spewing.  It was too hot to handle.  This fixture is just a few years old, and had been fine the day before.  If I had left this light on and left home, I know that I would have come home to a pile of rubble.  Now I suspect every little curly-cue fluorescent light with a ballast in the base is a fire hazard, too.  I know they get hot.  We have been switching to LED lights, and I wonder what they will do as they age.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

It's OK To Look, Isn't It?

We pass this little Studebaker Lark 2 door regularly and I always give it a look.  The six cylinder version would get 20 mpg around town.  It's pre-seatbelt, and if it smells salt on the road the front fenders rot out at an early age.  The AM radio plays songs like Mrs. Robinson and Both Sides Now, if I remember correctly.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Soft Maples, 100 Feet

This is a normal call after storms.  A lady called and asked me if she should have her maple tree trimmed.  This silver maple has been topped twice in the past.  One of the multiple tops snapped off and speared the roof of her bedroom.

Looking over the mobile home at the tree you can see a bit of the blue tarp that is keeping the weather out until repairs are made.

It has multiple stems starting at about 8 feet, and then more multiples at about 15 feet, making for a heavy top on a stem that probably has rot in the center.  Silver maples are time bombs.  You know what I told her.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The USA Shooting Team

Ruger® has a beauty for us to bid on again this week.  It is an early P85™ from 1990.  The only work this pistol has done is to pose for pictures with the publicist when this model came out.  It has been residing in the company safe ever since.  There is a good chance you might buy this one worth the money, so CLICK over and place your bid.  This pistol will sell mid-day, Wednesday, May 25, 2016.  100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit the USA Shooting Team.  $615

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tuesday Torque: 600 HP Snow Engine

These engines were built 100 years ago, and I saw some of them in use in Eastern Kentucky during the 1970's.  I am sure they are all gone now.  This one is 600 HP, and you can see it at the Coolspring Museum.  There is an 1100 HP Snow engine featured in the current Gas Engine Magazine, and it will be running in Michigan in a few years.

Professional Grade Poop Scooper!

Policing the dog yard is a daily activity, and we have been looking for better tools for this necessary task.  One scooper we bought used tines for scooping, but it is flimsy and dropped a couple of poorly welded tines in the first couple weeks.  While preparing to repair the scoop my eyes fell on a trusty old fire rake, and EUREKA! It could function as a poop scooper, and it was sturdy enough for fire fighting.

You can spend $85 bucks for a new one that is built for a century of use, or you can buy a knockoff (with plastic hardware) that I think would be stout enough for the dog yard. Here is one I found on Amazon that should do the trick.  If you need to do industrial grade poop scooping, here is a good looking one.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Oh, The Humanity! Taco Shortage Hits Fairfield!

Bring burritos with you if you visit!

Steam Powered Machine Shop, Parts 9 & 10

Parenting Is Hard,

...and so is growing up.  It is a real joy to see kids growing up well and going down a path that will lead to a happy, productive life.  Dan and Brenda Butler's son Chris is a hard working, energetic young man, and a joy to watch from afar.

You all know Dan from his blog Sand Castle Scrolls, and Chris from The Smallest Conservative.
Chris, you make my heart soar like a hawk! Congratulations!

Dan and Chris visited Southern Illinois a couple years ago with the Rio Salado Target Terminators.

He Brought It On Himself

Our little nightmare faced the judge and made a good deal for himself yesterday (CLICK).  Susan, Pat, and I are all glad that we will not have to sit in the courtroom and testify.  I look at this as a golden opportunity for Eric Hall to read tons of book, take a multitude of classes, and to come out of Menard a changed man.  Had he stood trial and been found guilty he would have faced up to thirty years for the Home Invasion charge, so he is getting one heck of a discount.

Take your home and self defense seriously!  Criminals go everywhere, especially good neighborhoods; that's where the goods are!  Take a class, read books by Massad Ayoob, read the gun blogs, buy and practice with guns for home and personal defense.  Keep those guns in a safe when you are not using them.  Keep your phone on your body, and plan for defending your home with your family.

Again, Many Thanks to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, Illinois State Police, and the McLeansboro Police Department for rushing into the fray.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Check Back Tomorrow Night

We went to Pistol League at Carmi tonight and had a great time.  No pictures, just lots of shooting.  Pattie shot well.  Walked the dogs and going to bed.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The USA Shooting Team

Ruger® is offering a special edition Kittery Trading Post 50th Anniversary 10/22® Carbine.  Collector/Philanthropist interest is high, but go read all about it and maybe place a bid.  It's for a good cause.  This fine, collectible Ruger® rifle will sell mid-day, May 18, 2016.  Click Here to bid.