Saturday, July 23, 2016

Self Defense Firerms

Brigid has one of her outstanding posts up on self defense. I’ve sent the URL to several female relatives urging them to read it.

For much of my adult life my nickname has been “Tank”. A large tank. Haven’t worried too much about physical attacks but have twice faced loaded firearms pointed in my direction by malefactors. Now, age 72 and slowed by age, the intimidation factor is probably diminished.

What I’ve carried for years is a .44 Special Charter Arms Bulldog. Not everyone’s choice and maybe not a good choice. Some of my reasons.

1.  Safety. You can open and close the cylinder with the hammer down. No worries about an accidental misfire lowering the hammer on a live round. Charter Arms builds them with a bar under the hammer that doesn’t move until  the hammer is cocked. No worries about it firing if dropped.

2.  Stopping power. Yes, it is not a magnum but it will stop any predator found North America, especially two legged.

3.  Reliability. 100% over 20 years and hundreds of rounds fired.

4.  Accuracy. Far better than my skills. Watched my sister put five rounds into a junk refrigerator (at one of ‘those’ ranges) at over 50 yards.

5.  Intended purpose. I am not paid to be a gunfighter. Close range self defense as I’m retreating.

As you can see in the photos a gunsmith added a “peep” sight. I have macular degeneration in my right eye. I can still focus on the front sight/target and the peep helps me align the piece.

In my younger years I was above average with a rifle (best shot in my Army Basic Training Company). With a hand gun, on my very best day, mediocre. The Bulldog fits my skill level. I’ve had the opportunity to shoot other handguns. A son has several. I like his Springfield XP .45 and a Makarov he has.  Enjoyed them, especially the Makarov, but will stay with what I have.

Something all of us can agree on. Having something is better than nothing. Knowing how to use what you have is better than learning how to use it as the s^*t is hitting the fan.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Reading the Shillary Tea Leafs

Obama’s third term?  Embrace Sander’s supporters?

When my blood pressure gets too low, I click on leftists sites. Works nearly every time. All this speculation about what Shillary will do as POTUS (God forbid that happens!!!!)

I have their answer, but they won’t like it. She will fuck over them all.

When has she ever kept her word? Honored a pledge? She and Billy are for sale to the highest bidder. Why does anyone think that will change?

Supposedly she and the Obamas are blood enemies. Think she won’t use her power to go after them? Payback will be a bitch when the bitch of all bitches has control.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Condition White

Young lad, tweener, riding a bicycle down the sidewalk with earbuds in place, and presumably listening to music. Cars pulling out of driveways (commercial area) and he oblivious to anything not in front of him.

Hope the young fool lives long enough to grow up.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Collins Foundation B-17

July 16, 2016 at the Longmont, CO airport. In addition to the B-17, they had a B-25, a B-24, and a two seat P-51. They were selling rides at $400+ and had so many takers only the B-17 became available before my knees and the heat sent me on my way.
Didn't go inside the B-17. I don't do lines, and this 72 year old body doesn't fold into spaces designed to accommodate fit young men.

I'm just putting up the pictures without comments. Enjoy or skip at your pleasure.

Not my first choice for footwear on concrete.

There were some interesting vendors.

This author, Kenny Kemp, moderates a Facebook Page about the WWII Pacific Theater.

 The foundation makes the bulk of their income from selling rides so being able to see the other aircraft can be hit or miss. Admission is reasonable.

 Many Civil Air Patrol cadets were present passing out water and helping in any way they could. Fine organization. One grandson joined but dropped out when he hit 6'11" and realized he couldn't be an Air Force pilot. The brat now plans to become a Marine Corps officer.

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My first time using dropbox - hope it works.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Home Defense (Warning: Low Humor)

From an email sent by a friend.

California Self Defense
A liberal friend in California asked me what I thought he might need in order
To defend his home and family from home invasion.
I suggested a 9mm, a couple of clips, and a box of shells

A few days later he sent me this picture and asked me how to make it all work.
He voted for Obama...twice.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Old NFO has a post up about Texas shade.

My space at work.  Other employees with dark cars resent my using that space. Since I come to work much earlier than anyone else, boo fucking hoo. Note the step van keeps my vehicle in the shade until noon or thereabouts.

Worked today for the the other driver on my route. He is good people and I’m happy to help him out. Something about his three dogs and a vet. Guess he had to see a man about a dog. (Yeah, yeah, low humor. Get over it).

Rare Wyoming sight.

Beautiful morning around Gurnsey, WY.

With the cloud cover it was around 73 in Kimball, NE. Turned off the A/C and drove with the window down enjoying the fresh air.

Back to Old NFO. He and friends recently made a trip to Chattanooga, TN. A list of friends.

Somehow I keep visualizing an advertisement with R. Lee Emery delivering the final line, “Someone picked the wrong vehicle to carjack”.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Railroads - Completely Non Political Post (I Promise)

Seeking relief, if only for a while, from the current depressing news, the following put a smile on my face and brought back pleasant memories.

My late father was a Section Foreman for the old Denver & Rio Grande Railroad for ten years during my early childhood. The constant cutbacks in personnel and seven moves in those ten years lead him to leap at the chance to get back into ranching and horses.

It was fun to be a kid along the tracks doing things few other kids ever had a chance to do.

Somewhere around 1952 my parents took a trip to the San Luis Valley  area. A that time the line over Cumbers Pass was a working line for the D&RG. As we climbed the pass in our car, we saw two steam locomotives nose to nose on the tracks. One had derailed the front guide wheels and the crews were attempting to pull it back on the tracks. All they had to work with was a large rope they had around a tree above the derailed engine. Each time the other engine would back up, the derailed wheels would almost go back on the tracks. Then the rope would break.

We watched for close to an hour. They would tie the broken ends together and try again. Same result. Finally the rope was too short for them to use so we drove on. My father was enjoying himself immensely. Someone else in the shit instead of him. I’m sure it took a lot of restraint on his part not to climb down and offer his advice. Maybe the steep snow covered incline and wearing cowboy boots was a factor.

The Cumbers and Toltec is the only one still operating with coal. The more well known Durango to Silverton is steam but diesel fired. The Georgetown Loop operates both steam and diesel. They also use Shay type locomotives.

In addition to the Cumbers and Toltec, a train runs from Alamosa over LaVeta Pass to Walsenburg using 50’s vintage diesels and passenger cars. They occasionally run steam engines when they can keep them repaired.

A diner train runs through the Royal Gorge from Canyon City to Salida and back on the mothballed Tennessee Pass route.  

There are others. If you are a rail buff you can make a great vacation around them.

Still not sated? Visit the model railroad museum on your way to the Union Pacific Museum in Cheyenne.

Hope you enjoyed this little diversion. I know I enjoyed putting it together.

On my bucket list is to ride the Amtrak California Zephyr from Denver to Emeryville. I only want to do it when I can afford a sleeping cabin. I'm way to old to sleep in a seat, even if it reclines.