Sunday, July 10, 2016

They do still exist

Caught these two traveling in convoy down the highway during our trip. Grew up with one in the family. Complete with the rear and middle seats facing each other.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

NASA Visit

As I was leaving for the day a NASA T-38 was making touch and go's and finally landed. I managed to get my camera out in time for the landing. Showboat!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

T-6 Texan2 flyby

Experimenting making an animated GIF of a collection of pictures from a couple of Air Force T2's that were shooting touch and go's.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

K Frames and NICS checks and Transfers, Oh MY!

Well, the latest addition to the GunGeeks stable is a S&W K-17 .22LR double action revolver. While it is not a K-22 Combat Masterpiece, it will do as a very nice addition to the collection. It goes well with my K-19 .357 Magnum.
After a few rounds to sight it in, I shot a target that I'll scan at some other date. 30 rnds at 25 yds off of a bag on the bench. Less than 1" vertical with an interesting horizontal spread that is all me. Gun shoots tight and when I found it, based on the underside of the top strap where the cylinder gap is, it could not have had more than a box shot through it. Did I mention it was in the used counter at a decently discounted price? A new set of Jerry Miculek grips for the K-17 are inbound as it needs to match the K-19.

And now for the rant in Gun Geek Rants. Why in the hell could I not carry it out of the shop after I bought it? For a moment, let's ignore that I have a Texas LTC Instructors rating and have to get FBI fingerprint based background checks every other year and that the Texas LTC qualifies to wave the NICS check when purchasing a firearm.

John Q Public (Citizen of the Great State of Texas) walks into a gun store in Bugscuffle Texas and finds a gun that he likes. He informs the countermonkey of this and they agree on a price which he pays. He fills out an ATF Form 4473 and the countermonkey goes to his phone and calls the NICS hotline and gets an approval for the sale. John Q. walks out the door, proudly carrying his newly purchased firearm. At the same time, his cousin, John P. Public Jr. (Citizen of Big Sky Country) walks into a gun store in Podunk Montana. Sees the same gun model and genetics being what they are goes "OOOooooooOOOooooo." The local countermonkey negotiates a price with John P. and after some haggling, they come to terms. John P. fills out a 4473 of his own, Podunk countermonkey calls NICS and gets a proceed message and John P. walks out the door with his new purchase. Then proceeds to call his cousin to brag about his new gun. With me so far? Here's where it gets difficult. Now, if John Q. is on vacation visiting his cousin John P. and walks into the Podunk GunWerks with his cousin and sees a gun he likes he can most certainly buy it. BUT, he doesn't fill out a 4473, the local countermonkey doesn't call THE EXACT SAME NICS HOTLINE THAT THE TEXAS COUNTERMONKEY DOES AND GET THE EXACT SAME PROCEED, and he doesn't get to take the gun with him. Instead, John Q. pays not only for the gun, but also shipping and gives the Podunk gun store contact information for his local gun store back in Bugscuffle, Texas. The Podunk, MT Gun Store then confirms the validity of the Bugscuffle, TX gun stores FFL and then packs up the gun that John Q. just paid for and ships it to the dealer in Bugscuffle, TX. Now, when John Q. has finished his vacation, he wanders into his local FFL there in Bugscuffle, TX and sees his new gun again, this time with his name already on the package with a  PAID sticker on it. He then fills out an ATF 4473 and the countermonkey there in Bugscuffle, TX CALLS THE SAME DAMN NICS HOTLINE THAT THE DEALER IN PODUNK, MT WOULD HAVE CALLED AND GETS THE SAME PROCEED RESPONSE. John Q. then pays his local store there in Bugscuffle for their trouble (transfer fee) and walks out the door with his new gun. That he purchased over a week ago. In another state.

So answer me this, with the current reporting requirements and check requirements that everyone goes through the same 4473 and NICS check from the same FBI office no matter where they are, Why the hell does the transfer have to happen by common carrier to the other state and other local FFL before John Q can get his new gun? There is no local notification of the Sheriff of Bugscuffle County Texas just as there is no local notification of the Sheriff of Podunk County Montana. Only difference is that the paper 4473 with John Q.'s name and the Serial Number of the gun are located in the back room of the FFL in Bugscuffle and not in the cellar of the FFL in Podunk. If the gun is stolen of used in a crime and some LOE does a trace on it, the manufacturer, the distributor get trace requests that send them to the FFL in MT and they get an answer. Or now, the FFL in MT responds with the information on the FFL in TX who then gets a trace request and digs up the file and responds with the information. There is no difference except the soil on which the buyer is standing.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Daisy Daisy..........

That would be a 1963 Daisy Model 107. Only 1 year younger than me. An excellent addition to the collection here at Casa K-. There's another addition but that will be its own post as I am going to go off on the NICS check and interstate transfer laws. For now, I just need some time when the weather isn't something resembling the surface of the sun and when I am feeling halfway human to take this outside and do some shooting. Not like I can shoot this into my Airsoft trap at the end of the hall. I could probably make something that would work but that would require energy that I just don't have this weekend.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Small Town Festivals

So while we were on vacation, there was a Clancy Days complete with parade. After poking around at all the vendors, buying a radio (Another Post) and a Yard Moose (Another Post), we settled in for the parade. I love small town parades.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Serious Shooters

One way to tell that the shooter in whose house you are staying is serious about it.
When they have a ballistic table on the side of the stock. With both elevation and wind-age for two very different loads. Of .22LR! One standard load and one is CCI Quiet. That right there is a Gopher Gitter. That whole "aim small miss small" thing takes on a whole new meaning when you are trying to shoot Gophers. Smaller than Prairie Dogs but not quite as skittish. You can usually get within 50-100 yards of them but have to be accurate doing it. I managed to bag 6 on the folks place with my 10/22 while we were up there. Went with a family friend out to a ranch on the other side of the valley and in the course of an hour shot another 50 or so. That field was unusable for livestock and horses because there were so many gopher holes in the pasture.

Friday, June 17, 2016

2016:The Vacationing

3946 Miles were driven. (in four days!)
Too many dollars were spent. (we budgeted for the trip but found things ...)
Many smiles were shared. (with family and friends.)
A new radio was purchased. (new to me but older than me!)
Lots of ammo was expended. (a  50 cal ammo cans worth and then some.).
A new (To me) gun was purchased. (purchased but not in my possession yet.)
Many meals were shared. (and it rained every time I grilled!)
A few pounds were gained. (we won't talk about that.)
Much stress was relieved. (the computer was ignored more than I have on ANY prior vacation.)
Much wildlife was watched. (and captured on film.)
A small town festival was attended. (Clancy Day!)
And a parade was watched. (marching band had maybe a dozen kids.)

More posts to follow with pictures, vintage radios, new guns, whacked gophers and maybe if y'all are very nice maybe a picture of our new yard moose (not pictured above, that's a bull elk taken from the kitchen window of the folks house). Definitely some rants in there about traffic and vehicle issues as well as the outdatedness of the Interstate Firearms Transfer laws.

Of all that mileage, we were just outside of 50 miles from home before we ran into the only car crash of the trip. Rollover on I-45 that was already in the cleanup stages when we finally got up to it. The passenger cab of the car looked fairly intact so we are hoping that the occupants were protected by seatbelts and airbags.

I'm back!

In more ways than one. We are back form vacation and I am back to this blog. Been too long and I have a few gun geekery posts up my sleeve.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Todays Visitors

So just a few minutes ago we had guests in the yard. We've seen them down the road from us but never have we seen them on our property much less in the yard.
Way too cool that we have road runners here now. They left and disappeared into the trees in the cemetery. With any luck they are nesting in there.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desecration of Tolken

It has been a long time since I wanted to just get up and walk out on a  movie. I tried today but suffered through because I wanted to see how well they did Smaug. Well they did a pretty good job with the dragon but the rest of the movie just sucked. Peter Jackson owes me money and three hours of my life back. While The Hobbit: An Unexpected Letdown was bad enough, this was even worse. There will be no multiple Oscar nods for this pile of dreck. Yes we get it, your CGI skilzz are mad but the story line sukz and no amount of CGI wizardry can fix that. This was a movie loosely based on characters created by JRR Tolken. Save your money for something worthwhile.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Medal

 So many years ago when my Dad passed away, Mom helped me put together a shadow box centered around his flag from the burial. I added all the wings he has worn, his Dogtag, a fruit salad off one of his uniforms and three shell casings (one from each volley at the funeral).
I also ended up with boxes of stuff from his office at the house and have been going through them slowly ever since. I found his DD214 and figured out the fruit salad I have is old and is missing a number of his awards. Not to mention it has the wrong wings, Senior Pilot wings instead of his Command Pilots Wings so that will have to be updated.

But then yesterday I found this in a box,
and added it to the shadow box. That would be his Distinguished Flying Cross. What is missing from this medal is the Oak Leaf Cluster to signify that he was awarded this twice. It goes well with the first medal on the second line of his fruit salad, the Air Medal with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters.Needless to say it was a bit difficult to go through the whole process of pulling down, opening and updating the box.

I am now going on a mission to build an accurate fruit salad to match his DD214 and have all the appropriate bits to display. He deserves nothing less.

So, if anyone can help me, I am trying to identify  the award "DUCE" anybody have an idea?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Random Auto Sighting

So at lunch time yesterday, this was sitting in the parking area for the General Aviation terminal.

So this would be a Tesla Type S in the wild. Interesting looking car. Dash was difficult to see but of course all glass display both for the driver and the center console. Would be nice to see it with the new owner here so maybe I could get a look inside.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Something Old, Something New

This one goes out to Larry Corriea and Mike Kupari. I originally read the "Welcome Back Mr Nightcrawler" thread on The High Road and was one of the many there who told them to take it down, clean it up and publish it. I enjoyed it so much I spend stoopid amounts of time doing a cut and paste edit of the thread into a readable storyline and saved that.

Anyway, unfortunately, I was shooting IPSC Limited back in the late 90's so my limited STI/SV gun is without ubertacticool light rail. I guess I could drill and tap the frame and bolt a light rail on it if I had the motivation, but I don't. So the combination is not quite perfect but closer than most people might suspect. Also way back mumblecough years ago, I shot NRA conventional pistol. For that I had my 1911 and a S&W K19-6. I had been looking for a model 29 and a K-22 to add to my collection of Smith wheelguns for a couple decades at least. Basically I am in no hurry and was just waiting for the right gun to find me.

So imagine my delight when not only did a really nice 629 find my attention, but It was Mike Kupari's 629. As in the gun Mr Nightcrawlers carries in his stories. Well, it made its way to me yesterday. so the above picture could only be more accurate if I managed to get Larry to sell me one of his STI's. Like that would happen.

Now, the trigger on my K frame is a Smith Performance Center trigger and is very nice. misbeHaven's King Cobra has a Colt Custom Shop trigger that is even nicer, however, even she agrees, the trigger on the 629 is as good or better than her Colt.

Can't wait to take this little guy out and get some trigger time in.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Programmed Expendability

Man I hate modern appliances. This morning started with a fire in the washing machine. I have heard of and even worked a dryer fire but this was a new one on me. Anyway, I tore into teh machine to see what was going on and it was in the drum mechanism bearings. Spent way too much time on line chasing an appliance repair shop that was actually a shop. I didn't want a home service that would mean taking another day off work to wait for them to come out and determine they had to get parts so I had to take another day of for them to repair it. Been there before with the TV. Since it was under warranty and they would not let you bring it in we had to do the home schedule thing. I hate that more than modern appliances.
Anyway, Sears sucks as well. After 9 rings they finally picked up and put me on hold. 19:47 later I hung up. Tried calling back and after 16 rings, I hung up. Screw them if they don't want my money.

Next was research into the actual model Samsung washer and what other people had to say about them. Did you know they had a class action suit filed against them a couple years ago? Neither did I. How about a recall? Neither did I. Turns out hte off balance thing is a known issue and they even have sites where you can order the replacement parts if you know what you need. Looking into the matter further and into teh machine further the parts alone were more than half the cost of the dryer. OK screw that.

Started researching new dryers, you know, consumer reports as well as customer driven review sites. Needless to say there are no washers out there below $1400 that have universally good reviews. So now we have ended up buying a new dryer. Being that we are a few months shy of 6 years I decided to get a hose kit as well as a few other things while we were out spending money we really don't need to be spending.

Now on to fixing the disposal and the dish washer. Yup, I'm in need of repair. HA!