Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Old Photos

One of my hobbies is collecting old photographs. I like all types of photography but particularly photos of people and especially those that show my favorite historical era, the 1920s through the 1960s. I've already been sharing some of those photos on this blog with my People With Guns category but I have decided to expand a bit and show some of my favorite photos of people without guns.

I thought that I would start this new feature with a pretty girl, can't go wrong there, everybody likes a pretty girl. How about this stereotypical 1920s beauty? I can just see some guy wanting to get a photo of his pretty girl and his new car together, the two most important things in his life. Extra bonus points for anyone that can identify this car for me.

Friday, November 26, 2010

CHAPTER FOUR

The fourth chapter of my book is now posted. As usual if you have comments you can leave them here.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all

It is my wish that all Americans have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Today is a day to be thankful and everything else should be put aside for that. We as Americans have a lot to still be thankful for. Thankful for the blessings in our own lives and that we are blessed to live in the greatest and freest nation in the history of the world. So have a great day!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Rifle!

This is my new rifle that I alluded to in yesterday's post. It's a MSAR (E4) chambered in .223/5.56. I've wanted a bullpup rifle for a while now. I have been thinking about buying one of these for years but it wasn't until more recently with the "E4" model (accepts M16/AR-15 magazines) that I seriously started looking for one. Already owning mags for it and not having to go out and spend an extra $200-300 on more was the tipping point for me. I have read the good and the bad about these rifles on the net but when I found this particular gun at a good price I decided to take a chance on it. My plan is for this to be used as a shorter range defense rifle, from 0-200 yards. I believe it has several desirable qualities that help it in that role. It's lighter than my AR-15 carbine and despite having an 18-inch barrel (compared to the AR-15 at 16.5) is considerably shorter too. It is a very handy little rifle and with the optical sight I intend to install should be very effective for the intended purpose. I want to put a C-more or micro Aimpoint on this one to keep the profile and weight down. I won't be spending any more on it until I am happy with its performance. Right now I have an old Tasco red dot on it and when I'm completely satisfied with the rifle's reliability then and only then will I spend any extra $$$$$ on the gun. Range report coming up, hopefully soon!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

AR Update

Lately I have been spending some money improving my "Bush & Wesson" AR-15 so I thought it was time for an update. Originally I had planned to mount a red dot sight on this rifle, probably a C-more, EOTech or Aimpoint. But recently I purchased another 5.56 (a separate post coming up soon) and decided to put the red dot on it and mount a scope to this AR-15. I really didn't want to spend too much on the scope or mount, eventually I went with a Millett DMS along with a LaRue Tactical scope mount and rings. I purchased the scope when it was on sale at Midway so the mount actually cost more than the scope. This was my first purchase from LaRue and I am very impressed with the material and craftsmanship of their product. Even if I decide to upgrade my scope I don't think I will ever need to change the mount. The Millet scope is also quite nice and is a good buy at the price. If you are wondering it is made in China and that's the reason they can keep the cost down, I have no doubt an American made scope of this quality would easily be double (maybe triple) the price. The scope is a 1-4x variable power with a very practical illuminated "donut - dot" reticle. It also has clear glass with little distortion and good eye relief. It's a little heavy for the size but overall a quality scope at a decent price. Everything that I read about them on the net said they were rugged and a good value, and that is my initial impression too, but only time will tell. I do need to get it to the range this year to zero it in and see how it actually performs.

I probably won't do much more to this rifle, I might upgrade the trigger, the stock S&W is okay but there is definitely room for improvement. I was also thinking of changing to a standard fixed stock. This adjustable one I don't ever use except fully extended and it has a rattle that is already starting to bother me. I never really intended to put too much money into this project and I believe that I am quickly reaching that point. But I've decided to put a few hundred more rounds through it before making anymore changes, if I make them at all.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Movie Guns

Jason over at Jason's BLOG had a post about Rossi's new pistol the Ranch Hand. I wanted this type of gun bad after seeing Zombieland but quickly lost interest when I found that they cost in the $1000+ price range. This new one made by Rossi has a suggested retail under $500 and can probably be had for $100 less than that. At that price I might have to look into a .38/357 version next year although I freely admit I have no practical use for it at all!

His post also got me thinking about guns that I purchased after seeing one in the movies. There have been plenty of movie guns over the years that I would have liked to have but there were only two that I had to have. I purchased my first Smith & Wesson N frame (a Model 25) because it had a remarkable resemblance to Dirty Harry's big .44 (Model 29). The only other gun I ever bought because of a movie was the Beretta 92 pistol. I purchased one in the early 1990s after seeing Bruce Willis with them in the Diehard movies. I went through a Beretta "phase" in the early and mid 90s and those films (and to a lesser degree Mel in the Lethal Weapon films) really fueled the desire. I had at least one of every model from the 92S through the 92FS. Eventually I lost interest in the caliber and the pistol but I can say they were all great guns!

Did you ever buy a gun because (or partly because) of a movie? If so you might be a gun nut...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Something a little different

This time instead of a chapter from my novel I am posting a short story that I have written. I actually started this after my book. It is just shy of 9000 words (19 pages) and it's a science fiction piece, definitely more good humored than my novel. Hope you enjoy it. Don't worry my book will resume in a couple of weeks.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

People with guns collection # 31

Since this ending week saw both Veterans Day and the 235th Anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps this photo seemed quite appropriate. Great shot of some tough WWII Marines with their Springfield rifles, and at least one that appears to be enjoying the wonderful aroma of something, coffee maybe? Hopefully...

Friday, November 05, 2010

No more Queens

All of my "Safe Queens" are now gone. Early this year I decided to redo my gun collection a bit, with more emphasis on shooting tools rather than collectible guns that I also shoot (which was a large portion of my collection). I had several guns that I owned for years and maybe shot once or twice, I also had a couple that were never shot at all. Most were Smith & Wesson revolvers that were in nice shape and I just couldn't bring myself to use. I started back in the summer by selling a 3 ½ Inch S&W .357 Magnum "Pre Model 27" made in 1954. The gun was in super condition and in the original box. I had owned it over five years and never once could bring myself to shoot it. It had to go. Several more have gone since then including the only two K frame .38s that I owned and hardly used. Now I have received my final consignment check for the last of them that were sold at auction a few weeks ago, including another nice N frame that I had also managed to never getting around to using in the nearly three years that I owned it. I can't say that I am out of the collectible game completely, there are a couple that I have been looking for and if I find them at a good price I would probably buy them, but that's about it. From now on I will concentrating more on the tools that I need and that includes a couple of rifles that I've been wanting a while now. I will be using that money on those rifles and some optics that I need too.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Okay Republicans, your move

If you have read wilsonblog for any length of time you have noticed that political posts are few and far between. In fact this will probably be the last for quite some time. There is of course a very good reason for that. I hate politics. As a general rule I hate politicians too, especially career politicians. How can you trust anyone that would want to be in congress their entire life? Why else would they be staying except for their own love for money and power? They are the antithesis to everything that our nation was founded on and how our political system was designed to work. A good example from my own state would be Representative William Natcher, a man that served in the House of Representatives for 41 years and died in office. I don't know I thing about Mr. Natcher personally, he very well could have been an honorable man who loved serving his country without a single self-serving motive, and for the sake of this argument let's assume that's true. It still doesn't matter. No one needs to be in congress for that long. But all of my talk is pointless as career politicians are here to stay. The problem can't be fixed except at a national level and I don't see either party doing a thing about it in my lifetime. In an ideal world politicians would serve a few terms and then go back to a regular job, they wouldn't keep running and "serve" their entire lives. Or maybe angry voters would just throw them out. Neither is going to happen, most Americans are too complacent (the ones that vote at all) and most politicians are too selfish.

What was I saying? Oh yes, I hate politics and career politicians. Unfortunately keeping an eye on both is a necessary evil. I have a lot more interesting ways of spending my time but I know if didn't expend some of my energy on politics I would soon find my wallet empty. If some of the worst leftwing nutjobs had total power I would probably end up in a concentration camp re-education center somewhere.

What was this post about again? Oh yes…

The Republicans now have control of the House of Representatives and while they are not in control of the Senate nothing is going to happen without their approval. So what do I expect from the GOP? What do I expect for my vote? Not much really, I don't believe my expectations are actually that high. First, I expect them to stop spending money that we don't have. That doesn't seem too hard, does it? No entitlements, no military appropriations, no pet pork projects without paying for them NOW, not later. Yes a balanced budget is a good place to start. What else would I like to see? Well doing serious damage to that abomination called national healthcare would be nice. Maybe the funding could be cut or it could in some other way be castrated. That would be very nice. How about some tax cuts, especially for people that actually pay taxes and small businesses, you know the backbone of this nation. Extending the Bush tax cuts would be good gesture to start the coming session. But what we need most is any good idea to help businesses grow and get this economy moving again, and it needs to be done now.

What I don't want is excuses, I don't want to hear about how they're not in total control and can't get it done. Maybe the President will veto your efforts but make him veto it. Put him on record as being against tax cuts, against a balanced budget, against the will of the average American voter that just destroyed his party's political power. And don't get too friendly with the other side. Here is a little clue to those delusional Republicans out there, Democrats don't like you, they never did and they never will. And even if you agree with them they still won't like you, in fact they'll despise you for it. Stop trying to be friends, you're never going to be friends with them unless you become like them. If you can get your opponents to come with you great, otherwise go it alone. Don't go into your social agenda right now either, you don't have the political power or the time. All of your immediate efforts should be concentrated on our nation's economic problems, we have a bomb that is about to go off and we need all your hard work to defuse it.

This is the Republicans last chance with me. I've been voting (R) my whole life and it was the very rare exception that I ever voted (D). I cast my very first vote for Ronald Reagan in 1984 and I was proud to do it. But Reagan is dead and the Grand Old Party is only ghost of it's former self. Over the ensuing years it has become harder and harder to vote Republican, many times my vote only being the "lesser of two evils." This time the GOP better come up with some good ideas and do their best to get them enacted. The Republicans had better ram those ideas through or at the very least show this President for the leftwing radical that he is. Talk is cheap and I'm tired of it, the time for talk is over. If you don't make some serious changes this time I am taking my ball and going home. If my only other choice is "democrat-lite" I would rather not vote at all.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

DEMOCRAT APOCALYPSE!

I have wanted to type that headline for a long while now. Ever since they stood there with their smug smiling faces on TV telling us what a great new day it was in America. Now the United States was suddenly a place worth living, a place you could now be proud to call home. It was the day that they finally bullied and blackmailed and bought their wonderful healthcare bill into becoming law, and all paid for with our dollars! Thousands of pages that no one even bothered to read, and why should they have to, we could find out what was in it after it passed.

Yesterday was great, it was a good start. I wished that we could have taken the Senate but this is going to be a long fight and it won't be won overnight. The very fact that people like Harry Reid and Barney Frank can get re-elected shows that there are a lot of stupid voters out there and this will not be a quick or easy fight.

My immediate concern is for the next couple of months, there are a lot of angry politicians that will be out of job and/or power in the new year. The question for right now is what kind of damage are they going to try to do before they go?

After that is the concern for the Republicans, are they going to run with this opportunity or fumble the ball yet again? If they do screw it up once more it might be the other side making big advances in two more years...

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

It's Here! It's Here! It's Here!

Yes that day we have all been waiting for is finally here. It's election day! So get out there and vote the bums out! You know the ones that I am talking about, the politicians that think the only thing that "the people" are good for are squeezing money out of for their grand utopian schemes and personal pork projects. Otherwise we should just sit and be quiet because there is no way we could know what's good for us. They know better. Well it's time for our "betters" to be run out on a rail, and today is the day!

Monday, November 01, 2010