Swiss Auto Ejecting Revolvers

I think these are the coolest revolvers I have ever seen. They automatically eject spent cases and can be reloaded by inserting rounds on the other side.

God bless

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What Did You Prep This Week (Month)?

Walk With God

I bought a new Bible, mine disappeared in the flood. It survived the flood itself but I can’t find it anywhere. It may have been accidentally tossed out or, most likely, it is packed away somewhere and will show up when we finish rebuilding and move back downstairs. To be honest, I do most of my reading electronically but sometimes it helps to have a real book in your hands. On top of that it is a study Bible with plenty of notes to help me understand and focus on learning. I also purchased a study guide for the book of Job. Given many of the circumstances I thought it would be good to understand this particular book of the Bible a little better.

Finished another round of praying for my neighbors having prayed for 100 of my closest neighbors by name. Attended church and lead Sunday school except when I was sick on Sunday.

Self Defense/Hunting

I purchased a 50 rubber bullets an the associated cartridge cases. Loaded with primers but no powder these are safe to shoot indoors (except for the fumes) and won’t damage walls and such. If they work OK, I might set up a range somewhere in the house (that is well ventilated).

Found a deal on 350 rounds of .38 Special ammunition. It was on sale for less than most ball ammo but it is loaded with semi-jacketed hollow points so it could actually double as self-defense ammunition if need be.

I also picked up 100 rounds of .22 LR, 20 rounds of .308 hunting ammunition.

I picked up the latest edition of the Hornady reloading handbook. There is a lot more data on 300 Blackout in this one and as I start to reload this caliber that will be very helpful.

I made it out to the range time for Wonderful Wife, my mom and son for some much needed practice.

And, yes, I bought another gun. I have been wanting a Ruger American Rimfire chambered in .22 Long Rifle for quite a while and came across a smokin’ deal. It does not have the threaded barrel I was hoping to get but I am willing to trade thta for $100 off any day. I think I will take it to the range at least once before I add a scope to it. Just to see how I do with open sights. I did go ahead and pick up the weaver mounts and scope rings as I am definitely planning on mounting a scope on this little guy. It will probably be the rimfire version of the Vortex Crossfire II that I have on the .308 and 7.62×39 versions of this gun.

Supplies/Gear

During a recent trip to the northeast I discovered my work backpack and travel kit were was missing quite a few items. I ordered the items online from Amazon and they were waiting for me when I returned home so I am now resupplied!

As part of a monthly subscription Wonderful Wife gave me for Christmas I now have a RATS tourniquet to add to my EDC bag…once I learn to use it properly. The subscription also included a nice little neck knife that sits flat against my chest and can be either a supplement for my daily carry or a replacement in restricted areas.

Security

I usually group this kind of thing in Supplies/Gear or Self Defense but I think in some cases this deserves its own section. We are replacing all the door knobs and hardware downstairs that was lost in the flood. So, Wonderful Wife has seen this as an opportunity to update the look of the house and we are replacing them all through the house. Since we are replacing things anyway I decided to take the opportunity to make a few upgrades. I have already replaced the lock on the front door replacing it with a new WiFi enabled model with a keypad. I also replaced the standard knob on my office door with a key lock.

While I understand there are potential risks associated with door locks that are connected to WiFi there are also a number of advantages that I think are worth the risk. With the (re)construction going on in the house I can unlock doors remotely or even set up limited access codes for contractors. I can also check and make sure that the doors are locked even if I am away from the house. If someone forgets to lock a door I can do so remotely. The new lock has a chime on it alerting me if the door is opened and an alarm if someone is trying to break it. I made sure to buy one that is compatible with the new alarm system I am looking into purchasing as soon as the (re)construction is finished. At that point, the alerts will go to the company monitoring the alarm as well as my phone.

I keep a lot of stuff in my office that little fingers shouldn’t get into. Reloading equipment and supplies, firearms, ammunition, knives, and all sorts of other gear and of which could be hazardous for little ones who get in. Up until now, I relied on keeping a close eye on my grand kids when they were over and a “childproof” door knob cover to keep them safe. As they get older, more independent and more numerous I decided to go ahead and put a key lock on my office door to help ensure their safety and my peace of mind.

Finances

Our money has been going into home repairs and the savings is going down…

Fitness/Health

This is the area I am failing in the most. My diet is abysmal and I have not been exercising at all for quite some time. I NEED TO FOCUS ON THIS!

I am not sure of the correct category but as I have aged I have noticed my eyesight beginning to fail (again). Given our family history of cataracts and glaucoma it was well past time for an eye exam. While there are some early signs of cataracts it is too early to do anything about them. I have another appointment in six months to check the rate of growth.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

Take care and God Bless

Broken…

While traveling on business this week I overheard snippets of conversation between two of the flight attendants. Basically, one of them was engaged to a young man and her family didn’t approve of the relationship. Some of the family had been, based on the girls perception, downright rude about it. Though I tried to ignore the conversation (I was trying to catch some sleep) one comment stood out in my mind. I can’t recall the specific words the second flight attendant used but it was something along the lines of:

“See, that’s why I can’t stand Christians, they are so hypocritical.”

I hear this so very often. Never directly but I still hear it nonetheless and you know what. It is true.

Many Christians are hypocritical. Many are liars, cheats, drunks, sex addicts, drug addicts, and cheaters. Some are abusive. Some are stupid, arrogant and close minded. Christians are all of these things and many, many more. I openly admit it. In fact, I have been and will be guilty of all sorts of sins as well as a blinding assortment of human frailties and failures. If we were perfect we wouldn’t need Christ.

To be a Christian three things have to happen.

First, there has to be a recognition that we are imperfect and flawed.

Then, there has to be a realization that, no matter how hard we try, we can’t fix all those shortcomings and flaws.

Next, there has to be an acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice to atone (pay the price) for those failings.

Finally, there has to be an honest repentance for those failings.

Most folks these days associate the word repentance with feelings like regret or remorse but from a Biblical perspective it means to “turn away” from sin and towards God. Which means we, as Christians, should always be striving against temptation and to improve ourselves in every way possible, to become as Christlike as we can be. Not because we are commanded to but because if we have truly turned away from sin (repented) we would want to.

Understand, none of us will achieve that perfection in this life. As I said, we want to…but while the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak.

So, next time you see that guy with the fish symbol on his car driving like an idiot in traffic and acting a fool understand that this is exactly why he needs the Grace that is represented by that symbol. Then maybe ask yourself, have I fallen short of the measure in some way? Am I imperfect? Are there things I need forgiveness for? Because if you do, I have some good news for you.

God Bless

Otherwise Occupied

I have been otherwise occupied of late and my attention has been focused on real life and not on the blog. Some may not have noticed since I already had quite a few things queued up and scheduled to be posted but for those of you who did I thought I ought to let you know everything is OK (just busy) and tell you that I am sorry.

God bless

2018 Preparedness Assessment (Part 4: Death)

“Wait? What? I thought the point of being prepared was to avoid death!”

-Anonymous

The one disaster that is guaranteed to happen to each and every one of us is that we will die…as will our loved ones.

Yes, that is depressing…but it is a cold, hard fact and since the probability of death is 100% I am planning and preparing for it. In fact, I am preparing for it in three different ways. First, I want to ensure that my passing will be as little of a burden, financially and logistically, on those I leave behind as possible. Second, I want to make sure that I “get right” with all the people around me. Finally, I want to make sure I am “right” with God.

1 – Finances and Logistics

I want to make sure that those I leave behind are able to focus on each other and not on funeral arrangements and the thousand bits administrivia that go with such a loss. To that end I have created a file with a statement from each of our financial accounts along with any needed login IDs and passwords. Each of my children and one of my son in laws know where this is stored and two of them know where the keys to it are. A backup copy of just the account information is kept on my desk (no passwords or IDs in that one!). To make sure my grand children have a little leg up in life we have started a savings plan for each of them and have scheduled regular deposits in their accounts. We also make additional deposits when we can. There are also life insurance policies on both myself and Wonderful Wife to help financially.

We also have some things still on our “to do” list. First and foremost is a will to make sure that our “stuff” is divided ahead of time. It is amazing how often families are torn apart fighting over silly little keepsakes after a family member passes away.  Next on our list is to choose and purchase a burial plan. That way our funeral expenses will be covered. I have seen the pressure some funeral home employees can put on the survivors to purchase all sorts of elaborate and expensive stuff. Nothing sells flowers and fancy caskets like the guilt these folks can lay on folks already struggling with a loss. It’s disgusting and my family will not have to deal with it. My body will be dead and a pine box is no worse a container to bury it in than a fancy gold and silk lined casket that costs more than my car…

2 – “Getting Right” With Loved Ones

To paraphrase an old country song, will they know how much I loved them if tomorrow never comes? Never leave anything unsaid that needs to be said. Never leave anyone guessing about how you felt towards them. Period.

No one leaves the house without a hug and an I love you. Period.

Being prepared for this is the cheapest and most rewarding prep of all. That doesn’t always mean it is easy but it is simple.

3 – “Getting Right” With God

As most anyone who has read this blog knows, I am a Christian (seriously, just look at the title!). As such, I believe that the end of this mortal life is just the beginning of an eternal afterlife and that certain choices we make during our lives here on Earth determine the nature of that afterlife. We can choose to accept the gift of salvation and live eternally in His presence, or, choose permanent separation from God and godly things.

I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross in payment for my sins and, on the third day, rose from the grave and ascended into heaven. He made this sacrifice for any who chose to accept it. It is presented freely as a gift, a gift of forgiveness, of Grace. I have chosen to accept the gift of Grace, the undeserved forgiveness of our sins. Although I am made perfect in His sight (made clean) I am far from perfect. That’s kind of the point. I finally realized that I couldn’t be as good as I should be or as perfect as I should be. I realized I was a sinner and, finally, accepted his Grace instead. That’s not an excuse to give up resisting temptation and sin. In fact, by accepting it I commit strive even harder to be more like Him…every…single…day.

To me, this is the ultimate and most important bit of preparedness.

God bless

Range Report: Old Ladies…

In celebration of what would have been my grandfather’s 92nd birthday, we made it out to the range a few days ago. That’s the same day Wonderful Wife unloaded her logic bomb on me (link). We had a chance to do a couple of really cool things; shoot my grandfather’s Webley MKII and help my mom test a few revolvers. One of those was significantly more successful than the other.

My mom hasn’t been to the range in a while and was very nervous, hanging back and not getting too close to the firing line. She turned down the opportunity to shoot her father’s Webley. She even had to step out to the lobby for a bit to regain her calm. Definitely not a good sign.

It took her a while but eventually she decided she was ready to try her hand at shooting a revolver. I was a little concerned about what her reaction woud be and how she would handle it and started her out with a Ruger LCR in .22 Long Rifle. I showed her how to operate the button to release the cylinder, eject the rounds and reload it. The results were mixed. She was able to load and unload it easily and her accuracy was terrible.

The big problem, as I suspected it would be, was working the cylinder release. Ruger revolvers have a small button that must be depressed in order to release the cylinder. She had a lot of trouble with the small button. After about forty rounds of .22 LR I had her try and work the cylinder release on the Taurus 85. Although it takes more pressure to slide the release forward on the Taurus the release is much bigger and it was easier for her to operate.

Unfortunately, she was still very nervous and refused to try the .38 Special. I left it alone and she burned through another forty rounds or so of .22 Long Rifle. We had plans to meet the rest of the family for lunch so time was running short and I made one last attempt to see if she would try a center fire revolver. She reluctantly agreed.

I started her with a single shot in the Ruger SP101. I chose the SP101 because it is the heaviest revolver I have, other than the Webley, so it should have the lightest recoil. It took her a few minutes to work up the courage but she finally took the shot…

…and she was fine with it.

Next I loaded a single round in the Taurus 85 and let her have a go. No problem there either. She had time to burn through a few cylinders of .38 Special before we had to leave for lunch.

The bottom line?

She has no problem working the cylinder release mechanism and has no issue with the recoil. She loves the Taurus. She is not a very good shot anyway and a snubbie doesn’t improve that situation. Now that we know that this will be her new firearm of choice I’ll have to stock up on even more .38 Special so she can practice.

The primary purpose of this trip to the range was for my mom and my son to have a chance to shoot my grandfather’s Webley in celebration of his birthday. That didn’t go all that well.

The Webley is a Mark II that has been cut down to shoot .45 ACP. The issue is thet the pressure of the .45 ACP cartridge exceeds what this old gun was designed to handle. Continuing to shoot full power .45 ACP in this revolver will eventually result in a catastrophic failure. To avoid the destruction of the Webley (not to mention the hand of whoever might be holding it at the time) I have developed a light load to protect both. Unfortunately, I either made a mistake in my loading or the recipe was a little too light. In either case the result was a squib load…

I was able to shoot a full six rounds through the Webley but my son only managed a single round…

That shouldn’t be there…

Now I get to remove the failed round from the barrel. I will also be pulling all the other rounds that I made apart and testing them to see if I made a mistake or if the recipe is wrong.

From The Mouths Of Babes

Well in this case the use of the word “babe” could get me branded a sexist and all sorts of other nasty “ists.” It could also get me divorced except the babe in question is Wonderful Wife…

On a recent trip to the range I was trying to provide some instruction for Wonderful Wife on the proper grip and stance for shooting her handgun (in this case her Smith & Wesson Shield). She listened for a bit and then then politely ignored everything I had just shown her. Instead of working on grip, stance and a smooth trigger press she would grab the gun (one handed) and blast away at the target, reload and do the same thing over. A little later I noticed she added a variation. She would have my son start the man-sized silhouette target moving towards her and then repeat her previous grab the gun and empty the magazine, rinse and repeat. Her stance reminded me of the old-school cop training videos. She was holding the gun one handed and arm extended straight in front of her. She was standing bladed to the “attacker.”

Most definitely, not Wonderful Wife but similar gun handling

I was a little busy with my mom so I didn’t press the issue. The look on Wonderful Wife’s face told me it would be a waste of time but that rarely stops me. Later we had a chance to talk it over and she laid out her reasoning, point blank (so to speak). To paraphrase, this is what she told me:

I need to know how to operate the gun. I need to be able to draw it and hit an attacker quickly. I’ll never remember the proper stance, grip, etc. if I’m being attacked.

I wanted to argue and explain to her that if you practice the proper grip, presentation, aiming, etc. it would become second nature. It would be an automatic response and as natural as what she was doing…

Fortunately, common sense or maybe the stomach virus I was dealing with kept my mouth shut long enough for my brain to actually process what she has said.

She was right. Wonderful Wife likes to shoot but it isn’t on her top ten things to do every weekend list. It is, at best, a two or three time a year kind of thing only. She will not put in the time to get “trained and practiced up” the way conventional self-defense theory would suggest (demand) she should. Some would criticize or even say, “we’ll if she’s not serious about self-defense she shouldn’t have or carry a gun.”

I call bull poop.

Literally thousands of American citizens use firearms to successfully defend themselves and their loved ones every year. Almost none of them have what the experts would consider “proper” training, grip, stance, trigger press, etc…

What they can do is operate their firearm, get it into the fight and hit an attacking target. That’s it, no tactical reloads, transitions between handgun and long gun, or other tacticool gunkhana.

Am I saying no one should train past the very basics?

Nope. In a life and death situation I want every edge I canget and so do a lot of other folks. I also enjoy training with a firearm.

It is OK that some folks, who don’t want to spend the time and dollars to become gun-fighting blackbelts, just learn what is absolutely needed.

God bless