Thursday, December 31, 2015

It Is A Good Day... think about how we use our time.

Jim Croce:

Video uploaded by Sean Dolan

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Right Tree In The Right Place...

...Has been a buzzphrase for many years with arborists and foresters who work with trees in urban settings. This photo, (By Xiomara Levsen, Washington Evening Journal, Washington, Iowa; Used with permission.) not only illustrates why choices are important when planting, it also shows why you must re-evaluate trees and their environment periodically. This is a large tree in a small, restricted space. It probably fit this spot when it was planted, but in the years since there has been a new building added, with fill dirt and a retaining wall. That hurt the roots on one side of the tree.

On  the opposite side of the tree we see a roadway. Tree roots do not grow well under gravel or pavement. It appears from the shape of the roots that they may have been severed with a trencher. Anyway, this tree had limited rooting ability on two sides, which made it prone to tipping, and that is what it did. The only clue the tree shows that it was not in perfect health is one dead limb shedding its bark on the side above the roadway.

Anytime you are going to plant a tree it is a good idea to talk to a forester or arborist to discuss suitable choices for your site and situation. As your trees grow it is also a good idea to have them evaluated occasionally for problems that might arise as they mature. In this case, no-one was injured, but there is structural damage to repair, plus the expense of a tree removal. This tree should have been removed when the construction was being done around it, and a small to medium size tree should have been installed as a replacement.

Many Thanks to the Washington Evening Journal for allowing me to republish their photo.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

This week Ruger is auctioning a Mk I Standard Pistol made in 1974. It is a good looking gun, and I bet they are running out of these new-old-stock pistols in their safe. Click Over to Ruger's GunBroker page to read all about it and to place a bid. This fine, rare pistol will sell mid-day, Wednesday, December 30, 2015.  100% of the proceeds of this sale will go to benefit the Light Foundation.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Tuesday Turbo Boost: Earl's Breakdown

This should help you make a final push to end the year in good fashion.

Video by GatorRock788

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Is Posting A YouTube Video Plagiarism?

No. Copying a video and then re-publishing it as your own would be, but that's not what I'm talking about. If you follow the various shooting related blogs you may have seen accusations about someone stealing a YouTube video by posting it on a blog and not providing written attribution. That would be polite, but it certainly isn't necessary. The attribution is built right into a YouTube video, along with several other things that most viewers may not even be aware of. (Click the screen shots to enlarge.)

While your YouTube video is uploading you have several tasks to handle. You need to type in the title as you want viewers to read it, describe your video, add pertinent search words in the hope that people can find your new video, and you select your Availability option. There are other tabs besides the basic info that you should also open.

Most of my videos are Public. You can find them on YouTube and the Internet by searching with words related to the subject of the video. You can make them Unlisted, and they will not be found by searching. If you post it on a blog, others can come back to YouTube from your posting and copy the Embed Code. They can then post it elsewhere. If you want your video to be private, you must select Private.

 Under the Advanced Settings tab you will find your embedding options. I make most of my videos Available Everywhere, and I Allow Embedding. If you don't check that, no-one can post your video on a website or blog.

You also select whether or not you want your new video monetized. If a video is all yours, it will pay you back a few nickels. The old records we post are never monetized because the music is not our creation. YouTube allows much of my antique music, and they have an extensive list of music that you can look up for status. Many of my records are monetized by other parties who hold copyright, and allow it to be published. It is a good way for them to get cheap advertising. I have to monitor those videos, though, because if they change their wishes, I could get Copyright Strikes from YouTube and lose my account. I currently have two old records monetized by copyright holders, and I will take those down before I upload another old record, for my safety's sake.

Now, when you are playing a YouTube video you will see in the lower right the YouTube logo. Click that and it takes you to the YouTube website where you can read all the information provided by the party who uploaded the video. You can click on the channel name and go to that party's YouTube channel.

And here we are at a screen grab of my YouTube channel page.

Anyhow, if you wonder who actually posted the videos you see on the Internet, that is how you check it out.

Not My Victrola: Columbia Disc Number 1!!!!!

Old Phonograph Steve commented on one of our old Climax records, and I checked out his YouTube channel. He is really into the old machines and very early recordings. Here is one that is as rare as they come; "In The Clock Store" from 1901.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Susan Started Christmas Early, Or, How The Schipperke Stole Christmas

 "Who, ME?"

We were packing up last night for a trip into St. Louis, and about eleven o'clock Susan made a repeat run into the back bedroom to box up a cake she had made the day before. Little Skipper had beat her to it by several minutes.  Skipper just recently started table surfing and we haven't quite made all the adjustments to our behavior that are needed. We were more worried about his liver and gallbladder than losing a cake, but he seems just fine today.

The Platter Of Shame!

Susan salvaged what she could of her cake to eat here at home and went right to work on another cake. She made it into bed a little after 1:00 this morning. She says she saw Santa. Her new cake was just as beautiful as the first one. Skipper still can't get the silly grin off his face.

Weekend Steam: Making Wood Across The Pond

This short video shows a really neat belt driven and back-geared wood splitter, and a cross-compound British steam traction engine. There is no description, so that's about all I can tell you.

I did note that this video has been up for just over a month and it has over 15,000 views. I post a video and a month later it has 20 views. Sometimes I wonder why I bother using a tripod. These motion sickness-inducing videos seem to get plenty of looks. Oh Well, or words to that effect.

Video posted by Just Video

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night, Harmony Double Mixed Quartette

Angels We Have Heard Oh High, The Piano Guys

Merry Christmas From The Family, Robert Earl Keene

.22 LR In Stock, MidwayUSA!

The .22 LR drought is pretty much over for us in Southern Illinois, but if you are still hurting for ammo, here is a good product at a good price. MidwayUSA, Federal GameShok.  We have shot quite a bit of this ammo, and it is dependable in our Ruger 10/22's and Mk III's. It is also very consistent for accuracy. Don't wait, as available .22 ammo usually sells out quickly at Midway.

UPDATE, Dec 24: Gone Already. That didn't last long. I hope you all got some.

Built-In Attribution

I spent a lot more time typing than I needed to when I began this blog. I used to carefully credit every video I used that I didn't make myself. YouTube at that time wanted themselves mentioned on any page that used a video from them, and I made sure I did that, too. Then I discovered that at the bottom of every video is the link marked "YouTube." That link takes you to the page on YouTube with that video, with the name of the YouTube channel, and an assortment of other videos by that entity. Click on the name, and it will take you to the YouTube channel of that person.

YouTube has you upload your videos in three different ways. You can make them public, and they can be found by searches, and are free to be embedded on other sites. If you have monetized your video this provides extra income to you via more views by blog and website readers.

You can make your videos unlisted. With this option, your video can't be found on YouTube by searching, but it can still be seen by others when it is posted on websites.  If you post it on a blog, others can click the little YouTube link and then get the embed code, and re-post it on other sites. It is not private!

You can also upload a video as Private, so only you and a designated few can see it. Private videos cannot be embedded on websites and blogs.

Sharing videos is good for the person who posted it, because we all like to see the numbers roll up on the counter. If it is monetized, so much the better!

So, that is why you will see me credit written posts I use, such as Ernie Pyle, and other authors, but not so much on YouTube videos.  The attribution is there already.

Check Susan's Blog, Too

The Mrs. doesn't post as regularly as I do on this blog, but she is also putting up a few songs for the Christmas season, so CLICK to visit MrsTrueBlueSam.

The Bugs Bunny Carrot In The Muzzle Trick

Demolition Ranch is an entertaining and educational YouTube channel, and here is a good one from them. It's a good reminder about keeping your barrel clear.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Silver Bells, Player Piano

Gather the family, and sing along!

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

Interest is high again this week for a special and rare Ruger Firearm. This .44 Magnum Carbine was made in 1985 as one of the commemorative carbines to mark the end of this line after 25 years of production.  Click Here to go to Ruger's Gunbroker page and place your winning bid. 100% of the proceeds of this sale will go to benefit the Light Foundation. This fine, collectible firearm will sell mid-day, Wednesday, December 23, 2015.   $2551

Monday, December 21, 2015

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, The Piano Guys

Christmas, Don't Be Late, Alvin And The Chipmunks

Nights Are Long...

...but the sun will be coming up earlier after tomorrow. This silly little song comes to mind every day while I'm walking the dogs before daybreak. EDIT: Well, actually the sun will begin winter by setting later.

Here's one for you, Merle! The sun peeked through the gap, and then was behind the clouds.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Charlie Brown Christmas Banned In Johnson County Kentucky?

It's hard to believe, but it's true. No mention of what Christmas is really all about can be said in a public school. Here is the offending portion; the point of the play, and the TV special we all love.

We lived in Eastern Kentucky in the 1970's and witnessed the damage that the Great Society programs were doing to families and communities. Government continues to march on.

Holly Jolly Christmas, Burl Ives

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ruger Mk III Magazine Disconnect

Here we are, as promised, changing out the magazine safety on a Mk III for a bushing that lets you drop the hammer with no magazine in the pistol. You gain other benefits from this, and I explain them in the video.  As usual, this is a one-take vid, so you get to see the rough spots. I put a spring clip on the manual safety to keep it in place, and that was a mistake. If it falls off, just put it back. The aggravation of the clip popping loose is worse than replacing the safety when it comes out.  The hammer position is the big bugaboo for folks reassembling one of these, and you get to share the joy with me when I don't realize the hammer is cocked as I try to put the mainspring back in place. Oh Well. You get a better lesson for all that!  Pour a cup of coffee and watch how it goes.

Twelve Days Of Christmas, John Denver And The Muppets

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Bing Crosby

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Winter Wonderland

Three Ships On Christmas Day

Arriving At The Pearly Gates!

Brian Hobbs of Handy Helper Fencing started his installation at Pattie's place today, and it is going to be a beautiful gate! It makes me think of the Pearly Gate pictures you see on century-old marriage certificates. Cement is setting as I post this, and we think the gate will be swinging by Friday evening.

Have You Heard There's A New Star Wars Movie?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Blue Christmas Without You

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

Ruger has another good one this week!  It's a .357 Blackhawk made in 1976, so it has the coveted rollmark, "MADE IN THE 200th YEAR OF AMERICAN LIBERTY." Interest is high, as you would expect. CLICK HERE to read all about it and to place the winning bid. This fine revolver will sell mid-day, Wednesday, December 16, 2016. 100% of the proceeds of this sale will go to benefit the Light Foundation.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee

Not My Victrola: More 1920's Christmas Music From Pax41!

Resurrection Of A Cooked Chainsaw

Bad fuel cooked the cylinder, piston, and ring on our 2002 model 346 XP. Paying for an overhaul was going to be $450, so we brought it home in pieces from the shop. I looked online and found aftermarket parts. The jug and piston set cost $128. The new jug is drilled and tapped for a compression release, so that's ten more dollars. That sure beats $450!

Carol Of The Bells, George Winston

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Here We Come A Wassailling: Choir In A Can

At Least They Aren't From Mars

We knew that armadillos are on the march. We see carcasses on I-64 starting at about Okawville, and from Okawville to Nashville, IL it's normal to see several on a trip. Last year we saw one in Carmi at the Little Wabash bridge. This piece of armadillo hide is from a roadkill that was at the Little Wabash bridge in Edwards County, between Mt. Erie and West Salem. Since then I have learned of one that was killed in Wayne City, and also of numerous roadkills on I-57, almost to Effingham.

Supposedly these critters couldn't make it in Illinois because of the cold winters, but they appear to be well established. They mostly eat insects, but they grub around on the ground and I think they will have an impact on quail and turkey populations. We already have an overabundance of coons, possums and skunks that feed on eggs and young birds, so we sure did not need armadillos.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Meet Slippery Johnson...

...and start saving money when you clean your guns. I've tried many of the  gun oils on the market, and when you study them you will figure out that there is no magical spout in the refinery that spits out gun oil. Gun cleaners and gun oils are basically solvents and oils in varying combinations, and if you know what you want, you can come up with a good combo yourself.  Ballistol, one of the favorite old-time gun cleaner/oils will mix with water for cleaning black powder residue, and will clean your action while leaving a coat of oil. That's easy to figure out. It will clean black powder fouling and mix with water because of alcohol in the mix, and it has hydrocarbon solvents, too, to clean and to thin the oil. Here's all you need to make your own version.

Sea Foam is a mix of alcohol (smells like isopropyl), naphtha, and kerosene. Marvel Mystery Oil is a light oil with oil-of-wintergreen added, which eats corrosion and is a degreaser. It smells good, too. Mix these together and you have a darn good gun cleaner/oil. I add about an ounce of chainsaw bar lube to the mix, because it hangs on to metal really well. I keep a pump oil can in my cleaning kit for shooting this down the barrel, and it makes the bore shine. You can also put it on your barrel cleaning snake for a quick pull-through.  Instead of paying $16 a pint for a name brand cleaner, you will have about $6 or $8 in a quart. You can use any oil you prefer; some folks like 5W-30 synthetic, some like ATF. You can also buy your solvents by the gallon in the paint/varnish department of hardware stores, but then you will have gallons of volatile solvents stored in your garage for the rest of your life.

Keep your mix in an airtight bottle, because the solvents will evaporate if given the chance. Don't use any gun cleaning product or solvent around an ignition source; and don't smoke while cleaning your guns. Beware of oily cloths from cleaning.

Away In A Manger: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

Here's A Nutty Gift That Everyone Will Love!

The Master Nutcracker is made by a little family business in Sarcoxie, MO, and you can find them HERE. I don't see any way to order on the Internet, so you will have to send a check, or call for more information.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Jingle Bell Rock, Bobby Helms

Christmas Gifts For Shooters

The Mk II bushing is a neat little stocking stuffer that will be well appreciated by any Mk III owner. The bushing (Dark Object Above) replaces the magazine safety (Shiny Parts above the bushing), allowing Mk III pistols to fire with the magazine removed, just like the earlier Mk I and Mk II Ruger pistols. It does a couple other things that make it a good accessory. The magazine safety interferes with magazine changes because it makes the magazine reluctant to fall free when you push the latch. You have to grab the magazine and pull it out rather than it falling out. The bushing also prevents a good many feeding malfunctions. The mag safety makes seating magazines an iffy proposition, and it is common to fire your first shot and then the gun goes 'click' on the next shot. This happens because the mag safety offers some resistance to seating a  magazine, and they don't always latch in right. The first shot makes the magazine drop down slightly and then you don't get a fresh cartridge when the slide goes forward. It's all very frustrating, but is easily cured with the Mk II bushing.

One more benefit is that your Mk III is easier to tear down and reassemble after installation of the bushing because you no longer have to slip magazines in and out to make the the hammer fall. There are many videos online that show how to disassemble a Mk III, and we will do one for this blog soon, showing how to install this little device, so have no fear of tearing down a Mk III if you order one of these.

Weak Point In A Ruger Single Action?

This may be it. The little round rod you see is the Hammer Plunger. It has a spring behind it in the hammer, and a relieved area on the side so it remains captured by the little pin you see in the hammer. This plunger pushes forward on the backside of the Cylinder Latch when you draw the hammer back, which lowers the front end of the latch, allowing the cylinder to turn. The Plunger is pushed upward into the hammer as the hammer drops, and then it pops back to the limit of the relieved area against the little pin when it is at rest.  The plunger broke on a Single Six I had in the mid-1970's, and I saw this repeated on a friend's Single Six a year or two later. It was easy to replace by using a drill bit shank cut to length, and then filing the side where the pin rides.

If this breaks in your revolver you cannot operate the action normally. The cylinder latch is not moved when you try to cock the gun, and it is jammed up as the hand tries to rotate the cylinder. I think you could make the gun work by opening the gate, rotating the cylinder so it is unlatched, closing the gate, and then cocking the hammer. The important thing for you to do if this happens is to turn the gun upside down and catch the bottom of the Hammer Plunger. You will need it when you make your new piece so you can make the length right. I haven't had this problem again for over thirty-five years, but I sure have not forgotten it. A prudent person would probably order a few of these plungers just in case one is needed.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas Gifts For Shooters

Here's an inexpensive item that will be liked by anyone with a 10/22 rifle. It's a replacement bolt buffer pin. This pin sits in the end of the action and intercepts the bolt during the firing cycle. The factory pin is solid steel, and it clacks. It also disturbs your follow-through just a bit when the bolt smacks into it. Nylon pins have been popular, but they need replacing after every three or four bricks of ammo, and the ones pictured here are steel on the inside, and polymer on the outside. They should run for a good long time. I picked these up from Midway (#814069) and plan to try them out soon.

The Holly And The Ivy: George Winston

Pound Monday Into Submission

Back To The Old Grind!

Video by Gary Bahre.

Life Is Hard. Life Is Harder When You Have A Bad Mechanic

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christmas Time's A Comin': Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys

Not My Victrola: Pax41's Christmas Collection, 1911-1928

 Song 1 - Trinity Choir - Joy To The World - recorded 7/6/1911 Song 2 - Adrian Schubert's Concert Orchestra - Cathedral Chimes - recorded 10/20/1928 Song 3 - Cathedral Choir - It Came Upon The Midnight Clear - recorded 10/1920 Song 4 - Shannon Quartet - Hark The Herald Angels Sing - recorded 7/30/1926 Song 5 - Trinity Choir - Oh Come All Ye Faithful - recorded 10/6/1911

Christmas Gifts For Shooters: Grip-Master

Hard to believe, but MidwayUSA has dropped this great shooting accessory. I guess folks aren't buying it from their website. I keep one by my computer and use it regularly on both hands. Susan uses it, too, and it not only strengthens your fingers, it is like concentrated dry-fire practice, so it improves your ability to stay on target as you squeeze. These come in several different strengths, and I recommend the Light and Medium for most people. You can do a much longer practice session each time with the Light model, and it is the right one for elderly or partially disabled shooters. You can buy it direct from ProHands, or do a search and pay less than suggested retail elsewhere.

Improve your trigger pull even more!

The Daisy Model 25 is a great tool for practicing trigger squeeze and follow through, and you can shoot it all winter long in your garage or basement. It has a peep sight, so you can dial it in close, and you can see the BB going to the target, which really teaches you proper follow through technique. Just be sure you use a target and backer that does not allow ricochets, wear your eye-pro, and shoot where you won't break a window. You can find these HERE, and probably many other places if you do a search.

I like this design much better than any other BB gun on the market. The Model 25 is accurate, dependable, and you keep it pointed toward the target while cocking/reloading. The lever action models sweep all over the place while you cock them, and that's a problem you don't want on your indoor shooting range.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Bring A Torch....Mannheim Steamroller

Christmas Gift For Loved Ones....

Surviving Dangerous Situations. (Click)

Weekend Steam: Christmas Train, 2013, Portland, Spokane and Seattle

I'm pretty sure we have played this video before, but it's a good one, and it's worth watching again. About those joggers. What kind of guy can go right by a running steam locomotive and not even take a look? Guys are supposed to always look at a locomotive!

Christmas Canon, T-S-O

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Merry Little Christmas, Bing Crosby

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

Ruger is offering another stainless .357 Magnum Service Six; this one from March 1983. It was returned to the factory for unknown reasons, and has been marked as used. It looks good, but of course Ruger has their standard warning in the description. This gun will sell mid-day, Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Click Here to read the description and to place the winning bid. 100% of the proceeds of this sale will go to benefit the Light Foundation.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Tuesday Turbo Boost

Well, as winter moves in on us we need to switch to more indoor activities... Da Yoopers, Bingo Fever.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Get Thee To A Gunsmith!

We went to Carmi today and cleaned up trash at the Carmi Rifle Club. One of the advantages of cleaning up a rifle range is the brass you find. Today I found 19 Winchester .308 brasses, and eight of them hadn't even fired. All of them had light strikes, and were left lying on the ground. I will pull the bullets and reload all of these to 7.62 x 51 pressure for use in the old Ishapore Enfield.

The person who left these will probably never see this post, but if someone can reach him/her, please send him to the nearest gunsmith ASAP. The firearm you are using has a problem. Maybe a dangerous problem! The fired rounds are visibly longer than the unfired, and I suspect that excessive headspace may be the culprit for the light strikes. It's better to nip this problem in the bud than to put up with it, or try to solve it without knowledge of the internals of the firearm you are using. Hands, face, eyes, are all too valuable to risk using a malfunctioning rifle. Please get it fixed!

Stay Sharp!

Back To The Old Grind!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

8th Grade Grads!

Teddy and Sheba have now completed Middle School successfully.  Can they figure acreage, bushels in the bin, and cords of wood?

No, but they will wait at the door for permission to go, go to their mats, wait and recall, and stay. Also, Sit, Down, Leave It, Drop It, Walk, and Halt!  Many Thanks to Ken Fritz and Jagger's Doggy Daycare!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

We need citizens more than ever today with the faith, courage, and steadfastness of our Founding Fathers.

"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789." G. Washington

Great Deal For A S & W .380 Bodyguard!

Rural King has a today-only-Internet special for their pocket 380. I have handled these, and I like them better than the Ruger LCP. One of the big improvements is a slide lock/release. The Smith also has a manual safety, just in case you want that on your pocket gun. I recommend a good pocket holster and leave the safety alone. CLICK HERE to check it out. Shipping is $9.99; I assume that is to a Rural King store that handles firearms.

Not My Victrola: More Mama!

Here's Al Jolson performing That Big Blond Momma. Great, fun lyrics!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Last Rose of Autumn

It's gone now. The temp dropped into the mid twenties a couple nights ago. Honeysuckle leaves are still tight though, and I sprayed a bunch of those today.

Crankin' It Up With Brat The Cat: That Big Blond Mamma Of Mine

The Tennessee Ten made this fun song into a great dance record for Victor on July 23, 1923. This was  a hit for Al Jolson: "She's so big and I'm so small but what do I care? Someone else got cheated, I got more than my share!"

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

Ruger is offering another one of their classic P90 Decocker pistols in .45 ACP this week. This one was built in August 1991, and the P90 appeared in the 1992 Ruger catalog. This auction will end mid-day, November 25, 2015, so Click Here to read the full description and to place a winning bid. 100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit the Light Foundation.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Not My Victrola: A Good Old Ted Lewis Song

Don't let the saxophone get you down; Ted plays his clarinet at the end of this nice dance record.

Posted on YouTube by EdmundusRex

Friday, November 20, 2015

Weekend Steam: Something You Won't See Every Day

Winter E-Postal Match At Sand Castle Scrolls

Danno at SandCastleScrolls has posted the November Mr. Completely e-Postal match, which you can enter until Mr. C posts the target for March, 2016. Read the rules carefully. You only need to fire off ten rounds per target, so you can shoot until you like your score. There are two no-shoot targets, and the Free Parking target looks mighty tempting. You mustn't touch the lines on it, though. I will be measuring all the targets before shooting this one to figure my tactics. Thank You, Danno! It looks like a great contest!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

More Game Camera Action!

The shooting lane behind the barn is showing more activity every day, and I hope that our deer hunting friend scores one of the nice bucks we are seeing. Here's the latest video.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

More Than A Little Tipsy

We have had rain and wind, so I checked the tipping pin oak. Ten days ago it was 5 inches off plumb in 2 feet. Today it is a little over 5 5/8" off plumb in 2 feet. This tree is between 85 and 90 feet tall, and 5/8"  here represents a bit over two feet of movement at the top. This tree's top is now 20 feet off center. What with the root rot and general decline, I am betting this tree is in the pond before Christmas. I hope we have a little warning and can set up a camera for the big event, but it will probably do it in the dead of night or while I am at work.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

Ruger's auction this week is a 20 gauge Red Label Shotgun owned by none other than Bill Ruger!

Collector interest is high on this sale, but it is still worth your time to Click Over and have a look. This gun was used, so it has a few minor scratches, and since it is not new, you don't have to lock it away in your safe. Take it out and shoot this beauty! This fine shotgun will sell mid-day, Wednesday, November 18. 2015. 100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit the Light Foundation.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Buck Number Three

We are now up to three nice bucks that are inhabiting the woods Out Behind The Barn. I was hoping to do a little plinking over the next weekend, but it will be the first part of gun season for deer, so that's out. I am not going to help the road hunters by spooking deer out of the woods.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Let's Start This Work Week By Busting Something!

Back To The Old Grind! vid by Gary Bahre

Brave Dog

Lightning is a sad case. He showed up as a stray in the autumn of 2012, and he was slow to tame. We put a heating pad in a doghouse for him and began putting his meals there, and pretty soon he made that his home, but three years later we still cannot touch him. He walks with us, he comes when we call, but he needs his vaccinations, and we know from the way he coughs that he has heartworms.

We always know when someone drives in because Lightning goes ripping out of his house and across the porch as soon as a car comes off the blacktop. He would make a great squirrel dog because he can follow a squirrel from tree to tree. I even saw him catch one on the ground once.  Last night Lightning was barking loudly, so I went out to see what the problem was, and he was barking at a skunk that was just below the porch.  I went for a rifle, and by the time I was out the door Lightning was halfway across the yard with the skunk out in front of him.  He was staying back twenty feet, but he kept the pressure on.  He drove that skunk across the road without triggering him to spray.  Good Dog! We put extra treats in his bowl.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Game Camera Fun

We are enjoying the pictures we get from the game cameras. We set one to shoot video and this is some of the action we are seeing.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Incredible Tale Of Bravery In Vietnam

I saw this video over on Curmudgeonly and have watched it twice already. I don't do many re-posts from other blogs, but this is so remarkable I want more people to meet these heroes.

Poetry From The Great War: Charles Vildrac


In our place
Fresh troops have come
Sent up the line
As bait for death
Met face to face.

We needed all night to make our escape,
All night and its darkness,
Sweating, frozen, to cross
The martyr forest and its swamp
That shrapnel scourged.

All night in which to crouch,
Then to run like the wind,
Each man picking his moment,
Trusting to nerve and instinct
And his star.

But beyond the last entanglement,
Out of it all, on the firm road,
Met together, with no delays,
In the glow of the first pipes lit,

Then, mates, O lucky winners,
Then what stumbling voluble joy!

That was the joy of shipwrecked men
With hands and knees upon the shore,
Who laugh with an agonized happiness
As they recover their treasure again;

All the treasure of the vast world,
And of memory unplumbed,
And of the thirst that can be quenched,
And even of the pain you feel
In the shoulders since all danger passed.

And the future! Ah, the future!
Now it is smiling, in the dawn:
A future of two long weeks ahead,
In a barn at Neuvilly.

Ah, the appletrees in blossom!
I'll put blossoms into my letters.
I'll go and read in the middle of a field.
I'll go and have a wash in the river.

The man who is marching in front of me
Whistles a song that his neighbour sings
A song that is far away from war:
I hum it too, and savour it.
Yet: to think of those killed yesterday!

But the man who has tripped
Between death's legs and then
Recovers himself and breathes again,
Can only laugh or only weep:
He has not the heart to mourn.

Today's first light makes all too drunk
The man who finds himself alive;
He is weak and is amazed
To be dawdling so along the road.

And if he dreams it is of the bliss
Of taking off his boots to sleep
In a barn at Neuvilly.

Charles Vildrac

Translated from the French by Christopher Middleton.
From: The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry, edited by Jon Silkin, Penguin Books, 1979

Crankin' It Up For Veterans' Day

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Big Tipper

We ought to start a tree tipping pool and see if we can raise the money to pull this big boy out of the pond when it takes its dive. We have been watching it for many years after noticing that muskrat activity had undermined the south side of the root system.

It's big alright. The roots had mushrooms growing on them after rains this year, and the ground is kicking up on the north side.

In 2010 it was off by 2 3/4" in two feet. In recent weeks it has changed to 5" The change is very noticeable from the back porch, and we won't be surprised when it goes. I hope the squirrels survive the drop.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation

This week you have a chance to acquire a classic Service Six revolver made in 1983. Ruger made these from 1971 until 1987, when they were replaced by the GP 100 line. This firearm appears to be in fine condition, and the reason it was returned to the factory is unknown. The price is not out of reason as I post this, so GO LOOK and Place Your Winning Bid! This fine six shot, .357 Magnum revolver will sell mid-day, November 11, 2015. 100% of the proceeds of this sale will go to benefit the Light Foundation.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

HALF A CUP?!?!?!?!

You have to do better that this for Monday Morning!

 Back To The Old Grind!

Not My Victrola: I Drink Mine Black, But It's Still A Great Song!

From way back in 1928 comes You're The Cream In My Coffee, a happy song, and it's great for dancing. We have been busy with yard work all weekend and gave Brat the day off, but he will be back next week.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Window Of Opportunity, Every Fall

This is bush honeysuckle, one of the invasive plants eating the understories of Illinois timber. It is very shade tolerant, and it can get big. It will make your timber impenetrable if you ignore it for several years. It has a great weakness, though. It stays green after frost when all the other plants in a woods have gone dormant and shed their leaves. It also drinks up glyphosate herbicide and dies much more easily than some of the other invasive plants out there.

A 3 gallon backpack sprayer is the only equipment you need to go after this plant, and you will need to re-treat your woods every fall for several years to eradicate it. A mist blower is a more aggressive tool for applying herbicide, and it is well worth the money if you have an advanced bush honeysuckle infection in your woods.

We will be out spraying these plants in our woods the next couple weekends, nipping our problem in the bud. Killing this pest is one of the easier tasks a forest landowner should do, and it is always gratifying to kill unwanted vegetation.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

God Blesses His Beasts

Some folks see miracles; some don't. I do. Today was a wet day and I had plenty of writing to do inside, but I had a call from a landowner who was insistent that she needed help with a timber sale. I usually take down information, and then do a recon later so I can offer good advice. The lady then came to my office so she could show me on a map where her land lies; then she wanted to go right then and have me look. Well, it wasn't raining that hard, and I enjoy walking in the rain, so I went. I made a big circle through her woods and needed to cross a creek, but the bank on the opposite side was too high, so I walked downstream looking for a place I could hop. I found this little girl on her back where she had fallen down the bank. I picked her up and she was still alive, but almost unresponsive. I placed her between the root swells of a big red oak for protection and she was still breathing when I left her. I don't know if she will recover or not, but at least she won't die on her back, and the rain tonight would have finished her off in that streambed. Take your blessings when God hands them to you, and be sure to offer thanks.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Out Behind The Barn This Morning

The camera snapped this photo at 5A this morning, less than 25 yards from the shooting bench in the back of the barn. Now, if he will just show up during legal shooting hours...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

October e-Postal Scores!

We had a total of fifteen targets submitted this month, and Bill's Bullseye Sights made a big showing. I shot with the ghost ring for the first time and am amazed at how well it works. I managed to connect the eyes on two ghosts, and it boosted me to an embarrassingly high score. There was plenty of good shooting by other entrants. Merle managed to touch both a bat and a ghost with one shot from his Browning Hi Power, boosting his score on that target to 100 points.  Bill managed to connect the eyes on one of his ghosts, getting a nice score with the aid of his ghost ring sight.

Class 3; Rimfire Pistol, Iron Sights\ non-magnified red dot

David aka TBS
Ruger Mk III, Bill’s Bullseye Sight
Mk I, Bill’s Bullseye Sight
Susan aka Mrs. True Blue Sam
Mk III, Bushnell Red Dot
S & W 617, iron
Mk I, Bill’s Bullseye Sight
Mk II, Red Dot
Pattie Ann
Mk III, Red Dot
Super Single Six, Iron, .22 Mag

Class 4; Rimfire Pistol, Magnified optical sights

TC Contender,   2x

Class 5; Centerfire Pistol, Iron Sights/Non magnified red dot
Browning Hi-Power 9mm
Colt 1991.45 Auto
S & W M625 .45 Auto
Beretta 92FS 9mm

Class 6: Centerfire pistol, Magnified optical sights

TC Contender 9mm 2x

Class 7; Rimfire Rifle, Iron Sights/Non-magnified red dot
No entries

Class 8; Rimfire Rifle, Magnified optical sights (25 yds)
Marlin 795
25 yd