Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Pair, Two, Double, or a Couple

Good things come in groups of two.  Some are identical matches like Reece's Cups (which are favorites of mine).  How can you go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter, right?

Another pair of items that compliment each other and are almost always seen together and is a very common adult beverage that's very popular here in my area.  

In one of my last posts, I discussed what type of gun does most firearms enthusiasts look for specifically when they go to a gun show or their favorite sporting goods store.  K. Erickson commented and said that he didn't look for any particular model, but if it is handguns, he would want two of each.  This got me to thinking about some of my handguns that I have in my safe.

So, starting this blog has given me an excuse to take some pictures with my wife's new digital camera and show of some of the handguns I like so much that one of each wasn't enough.  I hope you enjoy these.  I know the writing and the pictures aren't up to the quality that you will find over at one of my favorite blogs Home on the Range, but I've been thinking about this post for a while.

In this picture, you'll see a couple of my favorites. Both are Smith & Wesson .41 Rem mag revolvers.  The one on top is 657 with target hammer and trigger.  I had Bob Mernickle to make the leather cross-draw holster for me about six years ago.  The holster is great, however, the spare tire around my waist has slightly expanded in the past six years causing the cross-draw ride too comfortably on the belt.

The revolver on the bottom is the Mountain Gun version of the 657.  I have a Mernickle high ride strong side leather holster for it.  I have used this fine revolver as my concealed carry piece many times.  I know it only holds six rounds, has many snag points to catch on clothing, and is bright and shiny, but there is something about a person intending to do me or my family severe bodily harm staring at the business ens of a big 'ole wheel gun that might encourage them to tuck tail and run home.

The next brace of pistols that I have are Springfield Armory XDm's.  I bought the first one, a used .40, and I liked the features and how it shot so well, that I went to Whittaker's and traded of a HK USP in 9mm for a new XDm in 9mm.  Now, some of you say, "what, are you nuttier than a squirrel turd for getting rid of that HK?"  Well, I tell ya, I thought that at first too.  But, after I compared the features of the two pistols, considered that it isn't recommended to fire cast lead through the HK, and the fact that the mag and parts for an HK are nearly double the price of an XDm, I decided to make the trade.  I will tell you that the XDm trigger straight out of the box is far superior to the HK trigger.  I also feel that the grip size and geometry on the XDm makes it a much easier pistol to control and fire accurately.  The grip on the HK is better than the Glock in my opinion, but the XDm has 'em both beat.

When I find a handgun that I like, I want to buy up and try as many calibers or versions that they have out there.  I liked the .41 S&W revolvers because they're just not common.  I like to have something that is a little different from what is out there.  There are a blue million .357's and .44 mags in the market.  But for almost every 10 of each of those caliber revolver that you see in a gun show or shop, you might find only one or two .41's.

The XDm's are gaining in popularity, especially now that a .45 ACP version is hitting the market.  But again, compare them to the amount of Glocks and even ole' man 1911.  I liked the .40 for concealed carry, but I found that to get super tight and consistent groups with cast lead, I had to light load it down to almost a 9mm.  So I decided to just go ahead and get a 9mm that I can try to do my target shooting with.

This post wouldn't be complete without one more tie-in to my title and keeping with the theme of pairs and doubles.  LL posted a picture from one of her past Halloween parties (I assume) over at Chromed Curses.  

So I thought it would be fitting to keep with the theme to show you one last pair that most been just can't seem to ignore.
Thanks LL for providing the cleavage for this post!
Can you believe that she has considered having those things lifted!  If she did, I don't think she would be able to breathe.  It looks like two bald men bumping heads!!  :-)

Blue Steel

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My wife has had some surgery.  She has been having some issues for a while and had surgery yesterday  that will correct those issues.  We had to be at the hospital at 5:30 yesterday morning.  She was taken to pre-op at 8:15, surgery started at about 9:30, finished about 11:00, and was in a room by 1:30.  She is recuperating very well and will go home this afternoon.  She has had a shower, put on some clothes and is putting on some makeup. This will definitely make her feel better after laying around all day and night.

 I am not doing quite as well.  I'm still wearing the same clothes after 24 + hours, and I haven't washed or bathed anything except for my hands, face and hair since.  Ihad to sleep on a chair that converts out into a cot.  A steel bar in the chair frame was breaking my back all night, and now I feel like I need to be in a hospital bed.  I believe the chair/bed/cot combination is some sort of device that can be used along with water-boarding to get to-secret info out of terrorists!

I guess this isn't about my comfort though, right?

I have some pictures that I plan to post in another entry later on today.  It will be pertaining to shooting and gun porn will be a plenty.  I wanted to post it earlier this week, but schedule and a brief hospital stint has caused me to postpone.  

As for today, I'm going to continue taking care of my wife and enjoying our beautiful view from the hospital room.  What do you think they will charge us for a room with a view like this?
Room 202
Come back later for a gun friendly post.
Blue Steel

Friday, October 22, 2010

Moby Dick and Winchester

Do you remember reading about the Captain Ahab and his relentless obsession for the search of an enigmatic whale?

Rick over at Bullet Points is going to a gun show this weekend.  I almost always go to the local gun shows when they have them.  In fact, I used to go to gun shows so much that I ran into more friends and family there than I ever did at family reunions.  Rick mentions that he doesn't have anything in particular that he is going for, but he going to go prepared.  Now I know that we have a common trait.  That is going to a gun show with no intended purpose, but, just in case he sees his "white whale," he will be ready to bring it home.

Recently, I have gone to gun shows with no intentions of ever buying anything.  I have very specific interests when it comes to guns.  I don't usually settle, and I am never satisfied.  This must be a regressive trait that I have inherited from my granddad.  He was the same way.  He has owned, shot, sold or traded more guns than I can count.  

His white whale was a pre 64 model 70 Winchester rifle in .270 that he bought new just for the purpose of a mule deer and elk hunt in Wyoming that he went on back in the early 60's.  He came home telling his buddies the story of how he shot a mule deer off of a mountain ledge that was 600 yards across a valley from the mountain that he was hunting on.  I'm sure there was a little exaggeration in that story, but it got his buddies attention.  This story also got him some offers to buy that mule deer killin' .270.  My granddad was a great capitalist, and any time he had a chance to make some profit, he would take it.  This is how he let one of the best made rifles in America get away.  He was always on the search for that rifle, which he had a gunsmith to attach a little silver plate on the bottom of the buttstock with his initials JBF engraved on.

This got me to thinking, "What are the guns that I am always on the lookout for?"  Well, that's an easy answer.  I am a simple man with simple tastes.  Here is the short list of what I would buy and bring home if I saw for sale at a reasonable price, no matter what!

1. Model 12 Winchester -12 gauge, 30" full choke barrel, and a solid rib.  This describes the gun that my favorite great uncle always hunted with.  That old model 12 killed more squirrels and turkeys in Kentucky than you could pile in a wagon.

2. 788 Remington in .223 - I have owned just about every caliber 788 except for .30-.30 or .44 mag, but I never had a chance to own one in the .223.

                           3. Model 58 Smith  &Wesson - I want the old school 58, not a new one with the big ugly zit on the side plate.  (If somebody knows a big wheel at S&W, please convince them to stop putting that goofy-ass safety lock crap on their fine handguns)

And of coarse, I am especially on the look-out for that model 70 with the silver plate on the butt with the initials JBF engraved on it.  I have a home for it in my safe.

Tell me, what is your white whale of guns?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Five Days

Five days since my last post.  I was afraid that I wouldn't be very consistent in the beginning.  My schedule is pretty unpredictable and sometimes I have more stuff going on than I need to.  That keeps me from taking the time just stop and write something, though I have made a few brief posts on a couple of other blogs.

I changed my job back in August.  My last job-site was 8 miles from my house.  Now, with my new position, I am driving 60 miles each way.  That has really stretched my work day out quite a bit.  Since my move, I have been looking for a new house closer to my job.  I want to try to split the driving distance equally for my wife and for me.  This puts our potential home options close to a resort area, so you can guess what the property values/prices are like.  Everything that we like is priced higher than a cat's ass.  The stuff in our price range isn't fit to live in.  Things aren't progressing quite like I expected.  I guess with people buying houses that they couldn't afford in the first place means that they are still wanting to recoup some of their property value, even though very few people can afford them.  A realtor told me that the people that do have the money for these high dollar homes aren't spending any money because of this awesome economic recovery that we're going through.  With no real home buying options out there now, I have been working around the house trying to get it ready to put on the market.  It's tough trying to decide what the right amount of work is necessary to get a house fixed up to the point that when people look at it that they see potential.  I'm afraid that I'll put more money in it than I can ever get back out of it.

I'm sleepy.  I'm headed of to bed for some rest.  Maybe I can get a regular posting schedule worked out.  Please don't give up on me yet!

Blue Steel

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Just in case you didn't have anything to do on Thursdays...

Saturday's the best day to give birth... but Thursday is the best to have sex.

Stereotype or Reality

I had to sit in the local walk-in clinic lobby today, waiting to see a doctor.  As I was waiting, a young woman came in and sat down in front of me.  I doubt that she was 20 years old and she already had 4 kids ranging in age from 6 months to 6 years.  She told a lady acquaintance sitting with her that the kids had lice.  She also told her friend that the husband/boyfriend/baby daddy was looking for a job and trying to get his GED, that they were living with his grandma, that they didn’t have any money, any gasoline, or any money for medicine.  The girl didn’t have any idea how the kids got lice, but she had an encyclopedic knowledge of the difference between Staffordshire Terriers and the American Pit Bull dog. 

I’m certainly not an elitist.  I’m not trying to judge anyone based on their unfortunate situation.  But, don’t you think that if this young lady had made better decisions in her life (and still has time to) that she might not be living the white trash lifestyle.  Am I stereotyping these people, or are they the literal type that we think of when we hear the term?

I’m sure glad that I made good choices early in life, or I could’ve wound up in the exact situation.
Blue Steel

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Adventure

This is my first attempt at writing a blog.  I have been an avid reader and dedicated follower of several blogs for more than a year.  So, with overwhelming apprehension, I decided to start my own personal blog site.  This is unusual for me for several reasons:

1. I don't feel like I have anything interesting to put into a blog.
2. I HATE sharing information about myself to anyone except the most intimate of people in my life.
3. I'm not sure that I will have the time to dedicate to writing a blog on a regular basis.

Now, for the reasons for starting my blog.  I love to read about people around the world who share common interests, ideas, and hobbies that I have.  Some examples are:

1. Politics - CONSERVATIVE ('nuff said).
2. Avid interest of handguns, rifles, and shotguns (Lifetime member of NRA).
3. Self-sufficient, independent, and capable and I enjoy reading about others with the same characteristics developing friendships and lasting relationships through the blogosphere.

I may be getting a bit long-winded in this first post, so I'll stop here for now.  I hope that readers will find something here interesting enough to visit and respond regularly.

I couldn't make my first blog post and have an interest about firearms without a gun pic.  Here is a pic (not the actual pic, traded the .44 off long ago for a Remington 788 in .22-250) of my first handgun, a good 'ole Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 mag that was the old style without the transfer bar safety.  Pretty good pistol for a 15 year old to start out with, huh?

Blue Steel