Sunday, June 10, 2018

Too soon?

Reportedly the Democrats are furious that President Trump isn't doing more to help Guatemala as they deal with a volcanic eruption with has killed hundreds of that country's citizens. They demanded that he send them aid right away.

President Trump, moved by the news, immediately dispatched ICE to sanctuary cities across America and is preparing to ship the first load of replacement Guatemalans back to that country this week.

And for some reason, the Left is still mad, proving that there's just no pleasing the Left.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Pattern 14 to the range!

Today just struck me as a good day for the range, so I loaded up the Pattern 14 and some old South African .303 ammo and headed out while it was still somewhat not insanely hot. The range wasn't crowded at all, and as usual, 90% of the shooters there on the rifle line had some variant of an AR. Man I remember the day when I was the subject of scorn at a range or two for having an AR back when they weren't common. Now I'm the odd duck again for not having one. Sigh...

But me and the Pattern 14 got down to business, and business was good.

Firing off the mat--I'm still the only one here that does that--the old rifle put almost every round on the 8" steel plate at 100M. The few that missed were completely my fault. This old war horse is still solid and capable. I have to raise the sight leaf and with the aperture in the lowest setting and when I do it hits right on the steel so regularly that it's kinda boring. But it felt good to lie on that mat and pull that stock up into my shoulder, bringing that trigger back slowly until it broke, the report and the recoil being followed a second later by a sharp ringing noise as the steel target downrange rocked. It doesn't get much better than this morning.

After a time, I put the old iron away and broke out the Ruger 10/22 on the .22 steel range, just to work on my offhand shooting, which is still sub-par.
I player over here for half an hour or so then hit the road.

And in an amazing range coincidence, I was unable to find my shooter's earmuffs in my truck when I got there, so I asked to borrow a pair from the range. Well the range stopped issuing loaners this past month but the range officers know me and as a courtesy they popped open their supply cabinet and gave me a pair from their lost and found...and that pair had my initials clearly painted on both muffs! Well I guess I know where those got to. But what are the odds of them reaching into a box of earmuffs and pulling out my own pair, a set that I didn't even know was missing?

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Rabbit season!!

(Duck season...)

Seen in New Orleans last night. Two free-range rabbits, right there.

Someone had a hankering for Hasenpfeffer.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

More guns--Pattern 14 again

I've had this old Pattern 14 for a long time and it's been written about here before.

The Pattern 14 Enfield

I restocked it once, but with an old drill-purpose stock which had been cut through to allow for the demilitarization of the rifle it had originally been on. I didn't like those holes and I didn't care for how the finish come out, but it still looked decent enough and it shot really well out to 200 yards so I kept it. I wanted to get a better stock for it but they'd gotten scarce over the years.

Then Sarco advertised some. The price More than I'd paid for the rifle itself. But I wanted the rifle correct and it was still cheap at today's Pattern 14 prices. So I ordered one.

The fist one they sent me was ridiculous. Soon as I pulled it out of the long, thin back full or styrofoam chips--a pet peeve of mine--I saw that all the metal still on it was corroded badly and the stick had a full-thickness crack running up one side at the mag well. It was useless and beyond repair. But sarco's pretty good on fixing stuff like this (they should be, as often as they do this) and they sent me a replacement stock that was rough but which cleaned up well enough with tung oil once I got all of the cosmoline grease out of it. I spent a week rubbing it down and adding thin coats and it finished up looking pretty good. I purposely left the dings and scrapes in it because the rest of the rifle metal has it's character wear already so it looks appropriate, wood and metal alike, just like any other old rifle that's been maintained but not refinished.

As for it's markings:

ERA, means it was make at the Remington-run shop at the Baldwin Locomotive Works, Eddystone, PA.

Other side: "Not English Make" stamp on the left--a requirement for firearms imported into Britain back then-- and British government property markings. This one definitely went "over there" to help fight the Hun.

All that's left to do now is get it a proper sling, try to find it some correct long-range volley sights, and take it out to shoot it, possibly as soon as this coming week-end.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Gun Pron

It was a nice, restful week-end, one spent prepping for a storm that we thankfully didn't get. But there was range time, and the successful test of two Thompson drums that hadn't worked well before. But after a fair bit of gentile filing and tweaking and internal lubrication, I managed to get both drums running flawlessly with this old gun. It was definitely stress-relieving and the entire range went quiet the first time that I ran an entire 50-round drum without a hiccup or pause. Definitely adds weight to an already-heave gun and you can actually feel that weight shift as the drum cycles. Thr drums were not practical for combat due to the cost, fragility, noise of ammo rattling in them and weight, but how could I own a Thompson that takes drums and not have one?

I didn't get and shooting footage as my old camera phone finally bit the dust last week, but I did get a new phone that appears to take much better shots, so here's something that you gun afficianadoes can salivate over.
And if you want to see to see more like it, the World War Two museum is less than two miles from Lair South here, so get off your butts and come visit the Crescent City! Let me know you're coming and we can make a museum visit happen.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Life here.

Just for those wondering what I do when I'm not at my day job or chasing the dogs around, I have a side-job at a couple of clubs nearby, and this job takes my into contact with some people who, I must confess, I'd likely not have associated with up in West Virginia. Two of them just got flown to London, all expenses paid, to be back-up dancers for this goofy little singer here as he performed live on the Graham Norton show the other night. And while his music and style isn't quite my thing at all, his taste in dancers is definitely above average.

These gals, who come on-stage at 1:10 and go back off around 3:45, are friends of mine, particularly the taller one in the red corset, who is a good friend indeed, not only of me but of Murphy and fact I'll be picking her up from the airport in a few hours. They are two of the reasons that I'm not posting as much as I used to. But can you blame me?

Now go roll some Lynyrd Skynyrd or Hoyt Axton to get that foofy music outta your head.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Still here.

Yep, I'm still here. And so are the furry minions.

Just been busy lately, between my real job and my after-hours gigs. But still here and mostly happy.

Mostly I say, due to my "loyal" K-9 companions who got me again yesterday.

I went out for a nice run, and all during the run I dreamed of coming home to toast an english muffin and spread peanut butter on it. I was envisioning the peanut butter melting into the hot nooks and crannies of the muffin and savoring the taste as I got home and put the muffins in the toaster. But where's the peanut butter? It's not in the cupboard. It's not on the counter, where I recall leaving it the day before...

Leaving it. On the counter...

I found the remains of the plastic jar on the dog beds in the living room just as the muffins popped out of the toaster. Freaking thieves.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dining right...

Started off at a crawfish boil last night...
Finished up with a nice dark gumbo and grilled garlic bread.

Gals, grub and guns...I think I've got everything I need here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Happy Belle

Gratuitous shot of Belle shaking paws with the lovely Cherry.

It's a dog's life, indeed...lucky dog.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Tall Ships!

Long time, no post, I know.

To quote any one of a number of my neighbors: "You see, what had happened was..."

Anyway, last weekend was a long birthday week-end. I had friends collect me up to take me out to celebrate on Friday...and on Saturday...and Sunday...and each night lasted until around zero-dawn-thirty, so by Monday afternoon, I was pretty much glad that birthdays come around just once a year. and it was different groups of friends each time, so each of them only had to stay out and play too late ONE night, but I got all three. And it was also French Quarter Fest, so there was that.

It was fun times though, at least the parts I can recall.

I've also been having major problems with this computer at home, and it's probably ready for a replacement. And since I can't blog from work any more, it severely limits my online presence when I can't get onto the internet or open files without a fight.

But like I said...anyway...

This week-end was the beginning of Fleet Week, and we've got a few Tall Ships and an LHD here for the tourists to see, the USS Kearsarge.

Yesterday I went aboard Kearsarge. I'd have liked to get a better profile shot but she was pressed up against the wharf so close that I couldn't get the distance I needed to shoot her broadside. We all queued up to go aboard, and we got marched into her lower cargo deck to see some vehicles inside--trucks and Humvees--and then we went up to the flight deck to see some heckiflopters and an Osprey, which I was impressed by.

Sea Cobra. AH-1W

Osprey cockpit. All glass.
And heckiflopter controls, which transition to fixed-wing input when the engines pivot forward. Lotta computer help required.

The steamer Natchez passing by...and the Coast Guard made darn sure it didn't get too close to Kearsarge.

But Kearsarge can probably defend herself against excursion boats just fine.
RIM 116 Rolling Airframe Missile launcher Ship has 2.

Phalanx CIWS. Ship has three.

She also has some small arms, and those were out for display on the way out. A Marine was nice enough to ask me if I wanted to handle the M-240B machine gun when I expressed some interest in it, and then he turned his back on me to talk to someone else. Mistake. Big mistake. I immediately disengaged the barrel assembly and pulled it off. He heard the barrel assembly come out and whirled around. All I could do was grin and say: "Hey, I think this broke!"

Hell, I was leaving anyway.

Saw some of the tall ships too.

Then it was dinner and a walk home. Meant to go back out to play after a short nap, but the short nap turned into 12 hours of deep sleep. Guess the work/play regimen is catching up to me.