Things Don’t Always Go As Planned

Things don’t always go according to plan. Not the small things and not the big things. As a young man I had plans to be a writer, to own a bar in the tropics and to live above the bar or on a boat (or both). Fiction, poetry and a little drunken debauchery on the side would fill an expectedly short time on planet Earth, after all, the brightest stars burn out the fastest, right?

That was the plan baby…

What actually happened was falling in love with a Wonderful Woman whose family situation was…complicated…and not at all conducive to the life of an island bar bum and writer. What’s more is the three little ones she was solely responsible for broke my heart too. There was no way I could look into those trusting and hopeful little faces and not fall in love with them as well. Faces that needed help before they became hard and uncaring; before they became statistics on the news.

Dreams change.

Savings, formerly earmarked to buy the bar, went instead to a decent place for them to live. A writing career (paid for by tending bar) was traded for something that paid the bills a little more reliably and work that didn’t involve vampire hours. The typewriter grew a covering of dust and eventually a place in the back of a closet. A planned free and easy life replaced with worries of where to get money for school clothes and Christmas gifts, braces, college…

Fast forward thirty plus years.

I am still madly in love with Wonderful Wife. I watch her sometimes when she is sleeping or watching TV or cleaning the house or whatever amazed that I could have been that blessed to have a woman like that put up with me for this long. I see my little ones, now grown, with little ones of their own, and I can’t help but thank God for them. They, along with Wonderful Wife, have been the color on the canvass of my life. My heart breaks (in the good way) looking into the little faces of my grand kids. Faces just as filled with hope and wonder, hope and trust as their parents’ faces so long ago. Seeing those little faces…I smile…my soul and my heart smile.

My plans changed…

My dreams changed…

..and I am a richer man for it. I am truly blessed.

Thank you Lord.

 

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An Observation

Have you noticed that the people who are most up in arms about the way the federal government handled the children of (so called) asylum seekers are the same people who are constantly clamoring for the same federal government to be given ever more control of our lives?

These are, in general, the same folks who tell us we don’t need firearms to defend ourselves to keep the government in check. They tell us only the police can be trusted with firearms. Yet these are also the same folks whining, complaining, protesting and rioting when those very same police do something they don’t like.

You can’t have it both ways folks!

If you want to make yourself a ward of the state you can’t complain when your new masters don’t act the way you want them to. If you want control over how your lives will be administered you can’t give that control of your life over to the state…

Take care and God bless.

Some New Toys

I have to admit that as of late I have not been very good about saving money. I have been very good about buying myself some new toys…

Iver Johnson in .32 Smith & Wesson

I have always been fascinated by the Iver Johnson revolvers. They were so far ahead of their time in so many ways. Drop safe transfer bar firing pin? Yup, about 70 years before Bill Ruger. Trigger safety? About 80 years before Gaston Glock. Wonderful Wife inherited one from her dad that was non-functional. It was, in fact, found while fishing in a roadside pond. The serial numbers had been removed as had the sights. He called it his Bonnie and Clyde gun. I picked up the little brother (.32 vs .38 Smith & Wesson) that is in a lot better condition than his although missing quite the same level of history.

I will be reloading .32 S&W and will have ammo to take it out and give it a try soon.

A pair of Webleys

The barrel on my Grandfather’s Mark II Webley was damaged a while back (link). I found another Mark II on Gunbroker and paid way too much for what will likely become a parts donor. But that old Webley has some serious sentimental value and the parts from this one will make it whole again.

A Pair of 36s

I mentioned already on the blog that I had purchased a Smith & Wesson Model 36 with a 3″ barrel. She has some holster wear but is otherwise in fine shape. I love shooting this little gun and may decide to carry it on occasion (if I can find the right holster).

.44 caliber (replica) 1851 Navy

How could I resist? It was 25% off. It was able to be shipped directly to my door. and it makes a huge cloud of smoke whenever I shoot it.

This is a replica of the 1851 Navy by Pietta and is such a blast to shoot that I couldn’t pass it up. It was such a cool deal that I took care of a couple of birthday presents at the same time I ordered mine!

Other than the Model 36, none of these are guns I would use for self-defense unless I absolutely had to. None have any real investment value. None will put food on the table. They are, essentially, toys (for use at the range) and that is all. I probably shouldn’t have spent the money on them but I really wanted them. All but one were pretty decent deals and there is more to life than what you need. Sometimes it is nice to get something you just want…

Take care and God bless.

Inspiration

I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

-Luke 12:8-10

Jesus Christ is my Lord and savior. I give myself to Him and will serve Him to the best of my abilities.

Amen

How To Reduce The Risk Of Getting Shot

I came across a post on a site I am unfamiliar with “Anti Media” one ways to avoid becoming a “gun violence” statistic and it actually made some good points (link).

For example, the number one recommendation was to not commit suicide. While this is someone trite it is still true. Most gun related deaths in the US, about 63%, are from suicide. Now, will banning firearms prevent suicide?

No.

I had a relative in the house for a while who was at risk for suicide. I was particularly careful with my firearms during that time frame. During one conversation with her I tried to get her to turn over a knife she had in her purse. She looked at me for a minute and then explained all the different things within the house that she could use to kill herself; kitchen knives, medications, household chemicals, the pool, ropes, cable, chains, taking a dive off the roof, the motorcycle in the garage, etc. She told me those were just the ones she could think of and there were probably more…

Other top suggestions included:

  • Don’t join a gang
  • Don’t deal in illegal drugs
  • Avoid dangerous people like criminals and abusive people

One of my personal favorites was to avoid gun free zones since nearly all mass shootings have occurred in gun free zones…

Just something to think about.

Take care and God bless.

 

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others: Anti-Gun Priest’s Armed Security

Michael Pfleger is outspoken in his opposition private ownership of firearms. He has been arrested (though not charged) for blocking the entrance to a gun store as part of an anti-gun protest. He was also recorded publicly calling for the owner of the store to be “snuffed” out, although he claims he thought the term meant to pull out as in they would pull the owner out of his hole…

Although the senior priest of St. Sabina’s Roman Catholic Church in Chicago denies having an armed security detail. Most would beg to differ. In fact one of the men associated with Mr. Pfleger was arrested, outside of St. Sabina’s, when police spotted him holding a firearm. It seems that although he is a licensed security guard, Mr. Henry Eugene Hale, does not have a valid Firearms Owners ID (FOID) which is required in Illinois. He was later released on $150 bail (!) after the local precinct’s phones were inundated with calls from parishioners…

Which all goes to show, once again that:

Gun control is not about guns. It is about control. Control over those that don’t share the same opinion as the “more equal animals” on the farm.

Take care and God bless.

Gun Shop Observations: SIG P365 and Ruger PC Carbine

Heading home from a meeting on the other side of town I stopped off for a bite to eat and also took a few extra minutes to browse at one of the local gun stores. I generally just go and drool over the Colt Snake guns they have in a special cabinet at the end of the counter. Guns I would love to have but never will unless Wonderful Wife wins me the lottery.

SIG SAUER P365

Further down the counter another customer was looking at the new P365 from SIG. Given that I am already pretty investing in both the Glock 42 and Glock 43 and the fact that I have pretty much transitioned into carrying either the LCR or the Airweight I was interested in this new choice but not overly so. Nevertheless, it was already out so I decided to go ahead and give it a feel as well.

Wow!

First, this thing is tiny. To be honest it is far more comparable in size and feel to the Glock 42 than the 43. It really does feel more like a little .380 than a 9mm, especially a 9mm with ten rounds on tap.

Second, SIG has done a great job of making this little guy feel really good in the hand (your results may vary). The shape of the backstrap especially the palm swell and the cutouts below the trigger and at the top of the backstrap really help. Between the texture and shape of the grip it feels small but also feels like it would be really easy to control recoil.

The trigger feels just about the same as the P320 (which most people like) so as long as the recoil is not too extreme this should be a fantastic shooter. I would love to get one out to the range sometime soon.

The only concern I would have is that the texture that adds to the sense of control might be a bit of a challenge when carrying concealed. It could catch on clothing and rub uncomfortably on any exposed skin.

All I can say is if you are in the market for a small concealed carry semi, the P365 should be on your short list.

Ruger PC Carbine

This is one of the recently released firearms that I have been most excited about. I love the idea of a pistol caliber carbine from a preparedness perspective. I also like the idea of being able to practice with a less expensive round. The fact that Ruger released this as a take-down model that could be configured to take Glock magazines was a double plus bonus. So, to say that I was excited to handle one in the gun store was a bit of an understatement.

Wow!

This little sucker is heavy. I never realized that this is a seven pound rifle (6.8 actually) before being loaded up with ammo or any extra spacers in the stock. My Ruger American Ranch Rifle in 7.62×39 weighs in at only a few ounces more than that with the scope and sling!

The extra weight means the recoil from this little rifle should be pretty minimal but when I think of a pistol caliber carbine I think of something a good bit lighter and handier. The rifle is well balanced with most of the weight towards the rear of the little rifle but still…

The fellow who was looking at the P365 walked up as I was handling the PC Carbine. The look on his face when I handed it to him probably mirrored mine when I picked it up. His immediate comment was “Wow, that’s a lot heavier than I thought it would be.” Which is exactly what I said.

To be honest, although they are not semi-autos, this makes the Ruger 77/357 (5.5 lbs) and Henry Big Boy Steel Carbine (6.5 lbs) look a whole lot more attractive. They are a little more expensive than the PC Carbine and shoot more expensive (.38/.357) ammo but they are a lot lighter and are consistent with the calibers I am currently carrying.

Conclusions

Bottom line, gun store fondling does not translate into real world shootability. I would still like to get the Ruger PC Carbine out on the range and after handling it I would like to get a P365 out on the range as well. The PC Carbine dropped down from “I really want one” to “maybe” on by firearm wish list. The P365 jumped up to a “cautious maybe” from a “nah, don’t really need it.”

Take care and God bless!