Friday, September 30, 2011

HAve iSomething, Love to shoot?

Well then, Watch HERE for the big news. Something is coming that serious shooters that have iThings will want. I'll even update here with a live link once it actually launches. Sorry, can't say more at this moment in time.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sick Sux

Felt drained Tuesday afternoon and have been pretty much in bed since. Finally felt up to maybe eating something and watching a movie this afternoon. May very well end up missing a trip to the range Saturday if things do not seriously improve.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dead Six IS ALIVE!!!

Larry Corriea and Mike Kupari Have written a military thriller that came out of their collaborative effort back on The High Road. It is a thriller that is written with two opposing characters perspectives. These two roll off of each other with an ease of two brothers locked in the back of a station wagon on a cross country trip year after year. (Damn that brings back bad memories!) They manage to seamlessly weave the story yet make it so you know it is in fact two perspectives and still keep the story on track and interesting. misbeHaven and I ordered multiple copies so we would have extra's to loan out to people to get them hooked. (First one is free, the rest will cost you)
Speaking of free ones first, you can read the first few chapters of his books for free to get a feel for how good they are.

We already have copies or Larry's earlier books from the MHI series and the Gimnoir Chronicles series. You can get them through Amazon or if you want autographed copies, through Uncle Hugo's.

Do yourself a favor, get this book, then get his older books because you will be hooked.

Besides, Larry is a really fun guy as well as a gun toter and NY Freakin Times Best Selling Author. This would be the man himself after signing one of the very limited numbers of his self published version of MHI. Back before he was picked up by Baen.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

More Fires

So, the VFD is working a fire 3.5 Miles NNE of us. Already mutual aid tones have gone out and Texas Forest Service is en-route. Winds are SSW at an AVG of 1MPH so at least it is calm. They are reporting a Barn on fire along with a large grass fire. We'll see how this plays out.

UPDATE: TFS Airboss is on scene and has air tanker and helicopter inbound. He is also directing ground forces to where he can see things they can't. He sounds optimistic.

Go Ahead, I Double Dog Dare You

So, AD is the evil genius behind the Kilted to Kick Cancer fundraising campaign. He has started a little think on FaceBook that the person to makes the largest donation in the next 24 hours, gets a personalized autographed copy of his book. I already made our donation, I dare anyone to top it!

Go to his page, click on either the Livestrong or Prostate Cancer Foundation link on the left and then leave him a comment with name, amount and confirmation number.

Go ahead, I dare you!

Fire Danger

So we are under another red flag warning for the fire danger based on a frontal passage. Luckily for us the fire danger in our area has been downgraded from (/Monstertruck Announcer) EXTREME (/Monstertruck Announcer) to (/Stoner) Very High (/Stoner). I sure am glad they are not pushing a color code system too much for this. If they did, I think we would have moved from Cherry Red to Burnt Orange. We all know that is not a cool color in this neck of the woods. As it is, we are averaging 8MPH winds with mid to upper 20's gusts in the trees. Along with a humidity in the low 30's! Yikes!! That is not good juju.
So, we sit and watch and wait. Hoping someone doesn't pull a bonehead and light up a burn barrel or decide to grille today and torch half the county. That doesn't mean that we won't have one of the multitude of dead and or dieing trees fall on a power line and spark up a blaze back where no one notices for a while.
Damn, I can't wait for a seriously good soaking rain.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Welcome a new blogger

Madison over at Life of an Aggie has recently started blogging. She is also heavily involved in the Student for Concealed Carry on Campus in Texas. So, wander on over and say "Howdy"!

The new Calf is here! The new Calf is here!

So this is our newest calf. 3/4 black Angus, 1/4 Longhorn. I have named him Veal. We shall see but my plan is to fill the freezer with him next spring. That discussion is still ongoing and likely will continue till that time.

Seen at Lunch

A Peace Officer carrying:
A) a 1911
B) in Stainless hand engraved w/ hand engraved grips (Sunday Gun)
C) carried in hand tooled leather duty rig.

Granted this departments official uniform consists of Cowboy Boots, Pressed Jeans, White Stetson and Pressed white Shirt with Silver Start Badge. Fortunately, there was no riot nearby so he was able to enjoy his lunch peacefully. Which is why I didn't get pictures. I really didn't want to interrupt.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Today's other visitors

Well, in addition to Mz Napolitano being here, we had two F-18's stop in for lunch. They just took of and I managed to get them on video for the formation takeoff. Still would rather a formation takeoff of radials but this was still pretty cool.

DHS Visit

Please to make note of the tail number of the Coastie Gulfstream that just landed. That would be tail number 01 as in DHS1 as in Janet Napolitano arriving in College Station.

Asshat Attorneys

These folks give ambulance chasers a bad name. Just the audacity of them already jumping to setup to sue the race organizers or anyone else they can to try and get money because you or they feel you deserve it regardless of the facts really chaps my hide.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Layer of Editorial Oversight

I am sure the copy writer just pulled a stock image of a helicopter to paste with this story. They could of at least pulled an American Military Helicopter. I can't get a clear image blown up of this but it looks vaguely like an Aussie logo. Not really sure but it is most definitely not an American Coast Guard Helicopter.

One Crashes, Another Takes Flight

While tragedy struck in Reno with the crash of P-51 Galloping Ghost, The Millie G was taking flight from Easterwoood Field. Almost same time, at least by local times. It is tragic whenever one of these fantastic machines crashes. However, it is equally or even more so exciting when one of them takes flight. I have been on hand for countless warbird takeoffs and flights, one for it's first flight after restoration (P-38 Scatterbrain Kid II). Each and every time it sends chills up my spine to see a piece of history take to the air. Art has a fantastic post up explaining that if you need an explanation, you wouldn't understand.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tragedy in Reno

The details of the tragedy are starting to trickle out. I have a dear friend on the flight line crewing for one of the racers who saw the crash and fortunately he and the crew of folks form central Texas are OK. My thoughts and prayers are with all teh folks out there and back here at home effected by the tragedy.

This makes me think of "Acceptable Risk" I have a post of rambling thoughts rolling around but not right now.

I have no doubt that an actual investigation, as opposed to the Monday morning quarterbacking sensationalism that is already going on, will show this to be a tragic accident. I also have no doubt that Jimmy Leeward did everything he could for as long as he could to minimize the damage caused at terminal risk to himself.

Again, I pray for all those directly and indirectly effected and hope and pray for recovery of all those injured, peace for the few killed and sanity for those who had to witness this.

Long term Fire Danger

Take a GOOD look. This tree was in the fire zone of the Dyer Mill Fire. 3+ months ago!!! Last Friday the VFD got called out because the tree was smoking and a new fire had started. Turns out the tree has been smoldering internally for the past 3 months. All it took was a small increase in wind and a broken branch as a way for the fire to get out and another fire was started. We are all going to have to keep a close eye out for some time to make sure none of the trees involved in the latest fires catch back up as weather conditions change.
Stay Safe People!

Latest Random Aircraft Sighting

This absolute beauty came in yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, I was seriously occupied so I wasn't able to get out there as it was coming in or running.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Post Fire words of wisdom

So, just to let you know, Hank Flemming (Master Gunsmith in Austin TX) has made an offer to those burned out by the fire to bring in replacement guns at what amounts to cost for him.

This combined with pictures from a friend who has a stack of burnt barrels and actions in the back of his truck leads me to a big cautionary word of advice.

DO NOT SHOOT a gun that has been through a fire. Take it to a competent gunsmith and have it checked out. If they say don't shoot it, it is totaled and needs to be destroyed never to be shot again. You r life isn't worth risking on a burned gun. Heat from the fire does good and bad things to metal. Fortunately. there is a good understanding of what effect which temperatures and times have to what metals. Unfortunately, there is no way to measure what temperatures for what times your gun was subject to in the fire. That means the heat treat on the material is compromised.

Just a helpful hint from your uncle Geek.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fire Watch Too close to home

So, I came home sick today. Coughing up crap. Was at home in bed asleep with the cat laying on me when the house started shaking and noise from the airboss flying circles around the fire. Next up was hearing the sirens and seeing the smoke right outside the house. It doesn't help that the smoke and soot in the air added to my having trouble breathing. So, In looking outside and listening to the radio, the fire was 3/4 mile to our west. I called misbeHaven and told her to drop everything and roll my way and started our load out plan. I called our neighbors to let them know what was happening. Emptied the document pack out of the safe and loaded meds in that BOB. Then pulled the cats travel crates and their BOB. Loaded the docs, meds and a few boxes of family pictures in the truck and then settled in for a breathing break and to try and settle the cats. By then the SEAT's (Single Engine Air Tankers) had arrived. I talked about them couple months ago when the Dyer Mill Fire was raging.
Sorry, no dramatic pictures of the flames above the trees or the smoke column, I was too busy trying to get the essentials loaded and ready to roll. Next in following the SEAT's were the HeliTankers.
The two heilcopters started making quick drops on the flame front and knocked it out very quickly. Fortunately, there is a small lake that is not completely dry right on the south edge of the fire. If needed, the Gibbons Creek Power Plant lake is just a couple miles away and the Navasota river is 5 miles out. Once the fire was knocked down to hot spots, the helicopters took off for the Walker County fire that has been going on and off for a couple months. The fire was so close, the fire Boss was making orbit outside our house and the helicopters and SEATs were turning over our house to get back to the fire.

Lessons Learned, one hole in our evac plan was the flat tires on the horse trailer. I had the absolute essentials loaded out in just a few minutes even slowed down. Adrenaline is a wonderfull thing. I am still trying to come down off it. That's why I am typing. Can't unwind enough to relax just yet. Besides, the VFD is still out there fighting hot spots. Once misbeHaven got home, we loaded some clothes and a few other valuables and sat back and looked and thought, "Damn we have a bunch of crap!" Anyway, stuff is still loaded, the cats are unloaded but weird-ed out. I am coughing up crap still and took a couple hits off the rescue inhaler so that has me a little wired too. Need to rest and unwind.

Next is to pull wheels off horse trailer to wag into town and get new shoes on it so we can evac the horse too. As it was, misbeHaven called one of her grad students who lives close and has horses to see about getting her and her trailer over for Twilight. So that is where we sit. Loaded, anxious and ready for some serious rain to happen.
Safe for now.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Buy gun parts for a good cause

In case you have been living under a rock, a major chunk of Bastrop County in Texas burned to the ground. One of the houses that burned belonged to Virgil & Shari Tripp of Tripp research and STI fame. Their shop survived but the house is gone.

My suggestion is that you go buy a part from them. Keep them so busy they don't have time to think about their house burning down. Besides, haven't you been looking for an excuse to buy a bulletproof 1911 mag?

Just to ad, While John Moses Browning designed the 1911, Virgil Tripp designed the 2011 bringing this gun into the next century. Literally. He has done quite a bit of studying of the design and created the logical extension of JMB's work. I am fortunate enough to have not only an STI but a Tripp research 2011 and am proud to have it and know the man who designed and built it. Those who live in Texas should know the extended Tripp family as Alice Tripp is the TSRA lobbyist. As well, go to ANY USPSA/IPSC match in the world and you will masses of his design either in Tripp Research, STI or SV manufacture built by them or by a custom gunsmith on the original Tripp designed frame and slide.

UPDATE: Thanks much to Uncle and HSOI and JayG and No Lawyers Only Guns and Money.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

So much for High Dollar Rifles

Got to watch a Sig556 disassemble itself on the line at class today. 25 rounds into the morning and the bolt handle took a flight along with an op rod failure as well. Not a pretty sight. Student had a back up gun and continued class with that without further problem.
Had a very good class that picked up concepts well and shot very well. Scenarios in the "house" went interesting as usual. Had a number of the usual responses and a lively discussion afterwards ab0ut justifiable use of force.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Bastrop Complex Fire Happy Ending kinda

So, I have gotten word of something that will likely not make the front page news but warms my heart.

One of the horse stables in the Bastrop Complex Fire got evacuated. While they managed to get the horses out, the tack had to be left behind in the limited time available. Some of this was quite expensive including some very high end saddles ($10Kish). the tack was secured in a concrete walled tack room that survived the fire, unlike the barn and other structures in the area. When owners returned to scope out the damage once it was deemed safe, they found that the tack room had been broken into and emptied.

(/siderage)I think the persons responsible for this should be tied to a tree in the path of the fire and left to burn in it. After the horror and damage caused by the fire, to find out you have also been targeted by looters is the ultimate insult.(/siderage)

Well, one of the owners found listings on Ebay for items stolen from the barn. Calls to Ebay and the sellers information was then parsed by folks at a local high tech firm who contacted the local ISP and then passed on to the APD leading to the arrest of the perps and recovery of the stolen items. All within about 9 hours or so of the discovery. While it is still a hassle for the owners, there were people who cared enough to put out the work to make this happen. I am willing to bet that those involved with the hunt and recovery were pissed off by the act that these pieces of shit perpetrated.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Call your Congressman...

... and tell to vote against H.B. 2061. This ain't Hell has the story of Congress' latest move to diminish the honor of our military by presenting all civil servants killed in the "line of duty" with a flag.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

How STUPID do you have to be

to burn trash while there is not only a burn ban but half the state is on fire?

While Bastrop county is on fire and is now the largest fire in Texas, it is just one of many. There is a fire in Leon county that has most of the Brazos Valley choking. I am contemplating sending the Mrs away because her asthma and the soot and smoke do not mix well. Smoke was so think yesterday on the drive home that we had to slow down as if the fire was right there on the roadway. There is a fire out of control along the Montgomery/Grimes/Waller county line. Call just went out for all available tankers and brush trucks in the area to report to the command post in Todd Mission for the morning attack. Followed five minutes later by a dispatch of SO and FD to an illegal burn outside Navasota!!! What kind of a moron would even contemplate doing such a thing?