Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Goodbye Ol' Remus

I discovered Ol' Remus in 2008 and checked in for his unique and fascinating weekly outlook on life, past and present, ever since. Thank you sir for the time and effort you put in to entertain us, and maybe even get us to think some too. You will be missed.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tribes Redo

Today I have released a revised edition of my third novel TRIBES. The book has been re-edited and has some storyline changes too. If you already own it on Kindle you can get a copy of the new version free. Just log on to your Amazon account, look under "Digital Downloads" and you should be able to update your copy to the new version. Thanks!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

People with guns collection # 76

AMERICAN KIDS AND GUNS - Jillian Szymonifka, age 12, and her dad Mike. She is a member of the Island Lake Junior Rifle Club. - Carteret, New Jersey U.S.A DECEMBER 1999

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gone shooting

I went to the range first thing this morning, but only stayed a short while. Last month I bought a 1965 vintage Colt Lightweight Commander (45 ACP) and I wanted to give it a quick test drive.

I didn't bring much ammo with me. As I said, I didn't want to stay very long, just long enough to see if this old Colt had any major issues.

I put a 50 round box of Winchester ball (230gr) ammunition thru it without a problem. I then tried some Federal "Hi-Shok" 230gr hollowpoints in it and experienced 2 FTF malfunctions (out of 20). The Federal stopped about halfway in but with a gentle push on the slide it fed the rest of the way. The recoil spring seemed strong enough so it's probably the feed ramp that is at issue. I've had older Colts like this before with the same problem. Since this was made before hollowpoint bullets became popular I really can't blame the gun.

I've had several old Colts that acted the same way, including a 1953 Government Model that I have carried for years. If the profile of the bullet is too flat they just won't feed without modifying the feed ramp. My '53 will load hollowpoints with a more rounded bullet design like the Remington Golden Saber. I expect this Commander will act the same.

Accuracy seemed average for what it is. The stock Colt sights aren't the easiest to hit with. This Commander recoiled more than I anticipated though. I been using steel frame 1911s for years. I wasn't used to this much snap.

This is a nice little Colt but I haven't decided if I'm going to carry it or not. If I was going to carry it regularly I would have to put better sights on it and correct the feeding issue, modifications that would destroy the collector's value of this pistol.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

People with guns collection # 75

DISABLED ARE ABLE SHOOTERS - Cincinnati, Ohio: Despite the loss of an arm and leg in the war, Charles Girard is an expert marksman and a crack member of the Disabled American Veterans National Headquarters Pistol Team. Girard is a DAV national service officer. The team has won numerous honors in local and national competition. 10/3/50

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Tour of duty

I just finished another stint of jury duty. Supposedly the entire selection process is completely random, but when your name comes up three times in ten years you have to wonder, especially when many of your fellow jurors had similar stories. I know people that have lived here their whole lives without ever being called. The only good news is that here in my county jury duty is two weeks while in most of Kentucky it is a month. In one county I believe it's actually six months. Well, I can stop worrying about it for a while, by law they can't hook me again for at least two years.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014