While things and work around the place are progressing, I am somewhat constrained. The right knee is having a extended duration flare-up of tendonitis at the inner-knee location where the tendon adjoins the fibula – or whatever. Hurtz. It makes it difficult to Operate Tactically and do my usual Ninja-riffic Tacti-O-Rama Flying-Gunstrike Fu, with three holsters.
Instead I am back to a brace, ice, ibuprofen, and a tactical-wobble that works as a hobble. I’m not running away from trouble if it rears its shaggy awful head because I just can’t. I might shuffle. Or duck. Or crawl – no that hurts too. And all of it puts me to mind of ALL the Gun-Fu theatrics that I can’t hope to begin to emulate. So the Mind becomes the weapon, instead of an inanimate object imbued with juju, mojo, and a significance outside its own envelope.
Go forth and keep your magazines loaded.
New with the Gunblogger Rendezvous is sponsorship from Crossroads of the West Gun Shows! Yay!
And besides that there’s another gun, from Osage County Guns – a new sponsor to the Rendezvous. Who are contributing a SIG Sauer 1911-22 that will look a lot like this:
Yay! ANOTHER pistol for our fundraising raffle for Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA)!
And as if that were not enough, Dillon Precision is donating a couple of their Border Shift ammo bags.
But wait, there’s more!
A Burris AR-F3 red-dot sight for the AR-15 – that will fit on any Picatinny rail!
Gunblogger Rendezvous Eeks, IX, #9… It’s amazing and surprisingly delightful to me that we’ve almost hit double digits. I’m looking forward to this very much. I sent-in my/our registration and I’m fumbling through my small accumulation of firearms to chose a neat piece or two to take-with. Hopefully something “new” like the brace of Smellies, or perhaps another visit to the same-old? I’m looking forward to the steel.
UPDATE from the Smallest Minority!
For our Sunday morning event at Gun Blogger Rendezvous IX, it looks like we’ll be doing digital shoot-house training at MiScenarios Indoor Shooting Range.
He needs at least ten shooters @ $15 each. That won’t be a problem, I think. I’m definitely in.
Time’s running out, make your hotel reservations and get your registration in soon!
Silver Legacy Group Rate Code: GBLOG14 You must phone 1-800-687-7733 to get the special room rate.
Came across this interesting and certainly preiswert ammo at the Kaufhaus Der Kapitalismus last Sunday while out gathering a few things in the 100-degree heat. Seems like it would be fine blasting fodder in the NATO Ishapore. My buddy who had The Ishapore apart and re-parked said it might a few fouling shots to clear the chamber of crud…so this would be in keeping with that. At first I thought the “ZQ” designation was some kind of Zombie-appeal, but it turns out that it’s just foreign. MKE = Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi, (of Kurumu, Turkey)…
However the Interwebz chattering-class reports are varied. Some say that this Turkish FMJBT stuff is very good, other reports suggest it’s loaded hot. Interestingly on the box is the claim, “lot tested to assure less than one minute of angle at 100 meters.”
The Ishapore Arsenal actually uses very good steel and the No. 1 Mk III* was re-designed for the Nato 7.62 round – it’s not a conversion from the .303’s already in existence, so I shouldn’t be too worried… And I have another one in .303 that I’ll bring along to the Rendezvous for comparison purposes.
Sometime between dreams and waking I decided that Today was Day-1 for me. We had some errands to run and a Periodontal visit for my wife. So I hitched up the P245 and asked if the gun made my butt look fat, and she said, “What gun?” – and then off we went. At the ultimate hardware store I picked up some bunting for 4th of July, along with some bumpers for the base of the umbrella stands and a door-damper, then at another downtown shop some jalapeño flavored olive-oil, and finally down the street at the army surplus-shop a Gadsdan flag and a 7.62 ammo can. People smiled and dogs were well behaved. Old people stepped into the street and cars stopped to let them pass. No fights broke out and everything was without incident. Then off to Home Depot for MOAR tanbark! Six bags full, and some insect-spray… When my wife was done I picked her up, and we stopped on the way home at the grocery store to grab some milk and pork chops, and a couple steaks. Guns themselves don’t cause anything untoward to happen.
Being a bit under the weather is a fine time to do some reading – between naps and old-people stuff – and so far have finished Bobbi’s I Work On A Starship and then went on to Jim’s The Grey Man: Vignettes (Volume 1) and after that (yesterday) finished Marko’s Terms of Enlistment before getting into Bill’s humongous tome, Lightning Fall: A Novel of Disaster – really all very well and seriously done works.
Bobbie get’s props for Space Nazis (!) and the very early years of Star-flight (had me going back to The Old Negro Space Program, almost) in such a detailed technical way that even the door-latched close with a realistic clang that even The USOS Seaview never had. I’m glad to say I have met two out of four of the writers, and hope to meet the rest sometime in a gun-fun situation.
Jim get’s props for being and knowing Real Americans as it were – and the Heart of Texas, plus some double-good take-down scenes as his Gray Man yarn goes from the dusty back-country to the high seas to political with romance and sniper-work thrown in for good measure, “Sling UP!”
Marko‘s works takes us through two military services, and then off-planet away from a dystopian soylent-green scenario to the siege of a space-colony under duress by alien weather-makers…
And Bill is quintessentially Bill – and good at it, weaving together multiple character POV’s, both good-guys and bad-guys and greasy politicians and people in-between, in a Tale of Destruction, as the US sags and collapses under the weight of a terrorist EMP attack. Only *I* have to get over the Beretta Tomcat, but/since he’s worked it well into the plot – and also I’m only on page 139.
Saw a copy of “Recoil” (Issue 10) on a newsstand up here and bought it for fun. It’s non-existent among the PC flatlander-BayAryans in Googleopolis, and rather a fun read. Monster Gun-Truck outfitting! Yaargh! Fixer AK! Toss the High Point! Celebrity Shmooze (Rob Leatham)! and Dirtbike Bug-Out! Yay Dirtbike Bug-out! I’m a big fan of that and had my XR650L kitted for “earthquake travel.” Also Ian Harrison is a swell bloke with whom I have met and dined and shot-with (Gunblogger Rendezvous!), so seeing him on a DR650 (being a short guy) was a splendid reminiscence back to the Suzuki Press intro ride at Bass Lake that I attended as an “off-road journalist” (for *Cough-SF-Bike*), way-way back in the mid 90’s…
So OK, it’s cool with me, and I liked the approach to Project CheapBore – the fixer-12guage – I should try that since I’m on a fixed income now and don’t have a scatter-gun of the home defense type.