Friday, August 15, 2014

Publishing milestone


Yesterday my first book Joshua reached a publishing milestone - 10,000 copies sold!

9525 - Kindle
437 - Paperback
37 - Nook
1 - Smashwords

To celebrate, I am offering the Kindle version for free. This offer is only good today and tomorrow (8/15 - 8/16) - just click on the link at right. I also want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone that helped make this possible!

Monday, July 28, 2014

New pistol!

Recently I got a good deal on this used Sig Sauer P566 pistol. I need to get it to the range soon!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Apocalyptic Reminder


Because of a storm that tore through I just went 18 hours without electricity. That's good though; you need to be reminded occasionally that the world is going to suck after the lights go out.

Friday, July 25, 2014

75 years ago today!


On this day in 1939 my Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum shipped from the factory to Sutcliffe Sporting Goods in Louisville, KY. The gun shipped exactly as you see it now although the original grips are long gone. With more research I recently discovered that my revolver was one of a two gun shipment. Both handguns were identical and had consecutive registration numbers. Somewhere out there (maybe) is a twin to this one!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gone shooting

I went shooting early this AM. The temperature was 70 and the sky partially overcast, nearly a perfect day for the range! I have several items on my gun "to do" list and today it was my Remington 870's turn. I have had it a while and needed to see how it shoots and functions. I wasn't really too concerned with function. I have owned a half dozen Model 870 shotguns over the years and have yet to own a bad one. I was more concerned with the stock. It has a factory issue folding metal stock and I didn't know how unpleasant it was going to be to shoot heavy loads through it.

I arrived right as they opened with my Remington and 40 rounds of various self-defense loads, mostly 00 Buckshot. I had some regular Winchester and some Remington LE "Reduced Recoil" rounds. I also fired a box of 1 oz. Brenneke slugs through it too. As I'm sure you could guess the reduced recoil loads were the least punishing, followed by the Winchester, and finally the Brenneke slugs were the harshest. None of them, not even the slugs, were too bad though. The metal butt plate didn't even leave a mark on me. I had thought I might have to switch to a regular synthetic stock but I have no issues with this folding unit.

The Remington shot straight and functioned flawlessly, you can't ask for more than that. The sights were especially good. This shotgun was built by Scattergun Technologies (the original one in Nashville TN) and was equipped with their tall front sight and ghost ring rear. It's a good set-up that makes it lot easier to get consistent hits. I liked the sights a lot and can see why they are so popular. This one is definitely a "keeper."

Sunday, July 06, 2014

People with guns collection # 72


PRESIDENT TRUMAN RECEIVES GERMAN PISTOL -- SPRINGFIELD, MO.: President Truman waves a silver-plated German Luger that was given to him by Dr. Junior Mills, a Springfield dentist and former artillery captain, when the Presidential train stopped in that city, July 5. Someone in the crowd at the station asked the President if the weapon is for use at the convention. "Oh, no, not necessarily," the President replied. "I can use it in the campaign." 7/6/48

Sunday, June 22, 2014

People with guns collection # 71


NEVEH YAAKOV, PALESTINE: A 12-year-old Jewish boy teaches a girl of elementary school age the mechanics of operating a Sten gun. The lad is an expert with the weapon. Children living in this Jewish agricultural settlement learn, in addition to reading and writing, defense measures against Arab attack. Telephoto by staff correspondent David S. Boyer. 6-25-48

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day


Another Memorial Day is here. Let's stop to consider those that gave everything so we could be free.