Saturday, December 22, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
A large gunshow was in the area this weekend, and as the new Colt was getting familiar with its surroundings, it decided it wanted another magazine. The M1 Carbine said the same thing.
It's amazing how many suppliers of magazines are around. It took over two hours to scan the show floor and find everyone who was selling these essentials. Unfortunately, no one seemed to have original Colt mags except for one vendor and he wasn't selling. He only collects them. While asking around for them, most sellers told me that aftermarket Colt magazines were garbage. That wouldn't surprise me, but I felt the need to have at least one spare magazine. I bought one half-heartedly from the vendor with the lowest price. No sense spending more money on something that may not work well.
Carbine mags were plentiful, I had a choice between USGI surplus or new. This time I was looking for a thirty rounder, so I purchased a new manufacture. Again only buying one just in case it didn't work well, although I've had no problems with the new fifteen rounder. I also needed to find an oiler as I had forgotten to pick one up when I purchased a sling for the Carbine. After finally finding one I believe I overpaid for it. Unless it's a fake, I paid $15 for an International Silver oiler. It looks like it's been refinished though. It wouldn't surprise me if I was ripped off. It was the same vendor who sold me the new magloader that wouldn't load the thirty aught. Anyway, I bought what I needed for accessories.
I had so much fun with the Rampant Colt that I had shot up most of my stash. So I looked around for some different brands of ammo to see how they worked. I'd like to stick with what works best in the gun once I've given each a try. The last show had a paucity of ammo vendors. This one however was well stocked with nearly every round imaginable. I found three different brands of .32 auto for the 1903. I bought one of each. The price ranged from $10.95 to $13.95.
I also bought one box of carbine ammo for $10. I thought they may be reloads, but it appears it's new production. It's from The Hunting Shack.
Hey, wait a minnit! What brand was that blue box of .32???? Dynamit Nobel? You mean Alfred Nobel's company? The man that invented Dynamite? Why yes, I believe that's correct. So in a way...I get to add to Gorebal warmering by using this ammo!!! Ha Ha! I'll bet the False Messiah doesn't know his new award comes from shooters!!!!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Ok, so not everyone is going to get guns or gun related items for Christmas. For those of us who know we're not, we might as well buy them ourselves with all the sales going on. Not under the tree next week is a spotting scope and gun vise/rest. The vise/rest was one of the WalMart wonders. Cheap, but should be able to do the job with aid of a sand bag. The Rugged Exposure spotting scope was purchased at Big 5. The regular price is $229, but it was on sale for $99. It beats binoculars....
Monday, December 03, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Same day as the carbine shoot. Just never got around to posting it.
Here are some targets from my first outing with the Browning Camper. Taken at Bass Pro on their range.
The trigger pull was rather light. It came as a surprise when the gun fired, which I suppose, is as it should be. I don't know what it is, but even on a little no recoil gun, I can't seem to avoid jerking the trigger at times. No other problems except for a couple of stovepipes. I think that was caused by the ammo. I used Federal high velocity 36 grain ammo. The RO said the high velo ammo doesn't have quite enough kick to it to fully eject the spent casing. Next time I'll use something else to test his hypothesis.
Here's the first target. Just a few magazines to get used to the gun. It definitely shoots to the left.
Here's the second one. Just two mags to try to improve my eye. A little off, but the target had a little wobble to it. It kept swinging back and forth slightly. It took awhile for the swinging to stop.
Here's the third one. One mag only to test accuracy.
Here's the last one. Just blasting to see what I can do. Still holding to the left a bit but at least in the same spot.
Verdict: nice gun, either shooting for fun or teaching. Nice easy trigger, no other problems except for the few stovepipes.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Wait! I do have something that shoots the .32 caliber!!
Found at a gun show this weekend. A model 1903 Colt Hammerless. The serial number dates it to 1939. That makes it a Type IV. The finish is almost gone and it's fading to a patina, but there are no major dents, dings, or scratches. The rifling looks good and the wooden grips are in very good condition, just some minor wear marks. $350 plus background check and tax, then right into my pocket and out the door...did I just hear the sound of a liberal's backside puckering????
Monday, November 19, 2007
In honor of National Ammo Day, I purchased 150 rounds of Remington .32 Automatic. I wonder what could have possessed me to buy ammo in a caliber I don't even shoot????
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
I visited a local gun show recently to pick up some things on my needs list. Of course I don't need another gun, but I've developed an interest in the little Colt 1903 Hammerless. Two examples were all I found and they were very overpriced. I guess the sellers think we're too stupid to know the price range for something like that. They were priced significantly higher than what they've been sold for recently on auction sites.
My to buy list consisted of a speed loader for my Smith & Wesson Model 19, stripper clips for my '03 Springfield, a magazine pouch for the Carbine, and more ammo.
The speed loader was easy to find. $10. I didn't see anything for any other price.
I saw the same old display of like new Garands, '17s, '03s, and carbines from previous gun shows. No one was buying. They did have parts however and I asked about stripper clips. The girl behind the table said they had two types, surplus brass for $4 or new stainless for $1. So of course being cheap, I bought the new stainless. After I got home I tried them out. I couldn't get the round to load no matter what I did. I downloaded stripper clip loading instructions from the internet and still couldn't get the rounds on the clip. Perhaps the clips, which are about an inch longer than the brass ones, aren't thirty aught stripper clips after all. The person behind the tables wasn't the owner, just a helper. Maybe one of the more experienced gunnies who visit here can tell me if they're for something else. The clip is marked DWM. No other markings.
Shooting the carbine was fun, and I thought it would be more fun to shoot outdoors if I had a magazine pouch to hold extras. I found one that would hold four fifteen round magazines for $6. Korean vintage surplus. Oh, excuse me, Korean Army surplus. I noticed that afterwards when it didn't look like the pouch would attach to a USGI web belt! Dope! Shoulda been paying attention. Well, the pouch may attach over any belt, so no loss really and they're a darn sight cheaper than USGI pouches.
I had an interesting conversation with an ammo dealer. Turns out they are high volume manufacturers who sell their own and also wholesale and package for other dealers. She says she'll sometimes lose sales because their ammo packaging doesn't look like "factory" ammo, but then the people who passed on her ammo buy from other dealers that she sold her stuff too. Her take is that the range restrictions against "remanufactured" ammo has made people fearful of buying anything that doesn't have a well known name on the box, even though she's the one who made the ammo for the "name" companies. Interesting. I bought four boxes of carbine ammo from her in Remington packaging for $11/50. The cheapest around Parts Unknown is $17/50. Even with parking and entry fees, it's cheaper than local shops and chains. I also bought two more boxes of Mak.
That was basically it. The usual Nazi regalia, beef jerky, and bric a brac were in evidence as well. Not interested in any of it. Saw some Paulbots but they weren't what I expected. I expected college age kids, but these were older adults. I guess he attracts across a spectrum after all. Walked out with what I wanted, so a good day after all.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I was finally able to take out the Inland for a little lead spitting session. Of course because I had missed GBRII, I had no one to help me learn how to sight in my war baby. I'd call her Bella, as she's an Italian loaner, but I'm not the kind of guy who names his guns. Anyway, let's take a look at the targets.
The first target was shot at approximately thirty yards. All shooting was at the local Bass Pro Indoor range and unfortunately the distances weren't well marked off. Thirty yards approximate is the furthest distance. Throughout the shooting session the carbine shot high and to the right. Of course I sat the bull on top of the front sight post and fired from a seated position with the rifle resting on a plastic stand which wasn't weighted, so the rifle constantly shifted on the stand and it also would not stay in the hollow of my shoulder. This happened throughout the shoot. I'm not sure if the buttplate was too slick or my shirt was causing the constant movement or my lousy technique. Whatever the cause, I had to keep reshouldering the rifle after each shot.
This target was thirty shots, fifteen from two different GI surplus magazines. I kept the rounds in the same general area, but not very good grouping. That's my lack of training and shooting experience showing.
The second target was thirty shots from a new manufactured fifteen round magazine. Much tighter pattern and a few of the shots found nearly the same spot. Better shooting, but still not too good. It seems that the surplus magazines magazines may be a partial cause as I didn't change my shooting or targeting technique between mag changes.
The third target was just a session to use up the boxes of rounds. All shooting was done with green box Remington 110 grain 30 carbine ammo. I shot using both the surplus and new magazines. Interesting question for a novice: I can rule out an ammo difference, but does the age of the magazines have an effect on accuracy? I was definitely better with the new magazine. The surplus magazines loaded easier, but I did have a constant glitch with one of them.
The magazine on the left constantly refused to chamber the first round. I could remove the first cartridge and the rest of the mag would chamber and eject. I tried it multiple times and each time it rejected the first round. The magazine on the right never failed to load. There's plainly a difference in the spacing on the magazine lips. It seems the larger distance isn't to the carbine's liking. It did load all the other rounds, just not the first one.
That wasn't the only problem with the gun. Perhaps the length of pull for this carbine is a little short for me. Every time I fired it, my thumbnail grazed my nose. I tried sighting from further back on the stock, but it happened anyway. Perhaps a recoil pad to add some length might help that. Also, I was lead to believe from many people that the carbine had almost no recoil!!! I think they were trying to trick me!!! Now really there wasn't much, but still more than I expected. No regrets in buying it however. It's nice handling gun, and I think when the little one is ready to be introduced into firearms self defense, she will be able to handle this one. Now if only DirtCrashr and I can get together, maybe I can refine my carbine techniques....
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
The Christian Science Monitor ran a story about the rise in donated meat to help feed the poor. Of course this meat didn't come from whacko environmentalists or animal rights freaks or Humans Last!-ers, but from big, bad, Bambi blasting H-U-N-T-E-R-S. Yeah baby! Fudds unite!
Hunters for the Hungry is a loose confederation of state groups throughout the country who, in partnership with hunters, processors, and meal providers, are giving free meat to those in need. The NRA operates a clearinghouse of information for these organizations.
Meat is an essential source for protein and other nutrients that can't effectively be obtained from plant foodstuffs. Of course the usual suspects decry this provisioning for the poor. "'It's great to help others in need, but there are ways to help others that do not involve the recreational killing of animals,' says Andrew Page, director of the United States Humane Society's hunting campaign in Washington, D.C." In other words "Boo Hoo, Americans are getting fed by those we hate and demonize! We can't stand that! We must destroy an American heritage any way we can! Darn those hunters for being on the right side of the issue!"
Too bad for them, but it seems that "Food pantries for the most part welcome the addition of lean, organic meat, says Josh Wilson, national operations director for FHFH." Aww, sure to get the vegans panties in a bunch when they hear Americans want to eat meat! They sure don't like the skeleton look most whacko herbivores sport. And it's free range, organic meat! Another poke in the eye of the plant eaters....
If you're a hunter and would like to participate, check out the NRA's clearinghouse for more information.
Hunters For The Hungry
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Ok, not that kind....
The whiny, crybaby POS from Plains was said to have "faced down Darfur officials," according to the Enemy press AP. Of course, that's what the headline read, and that's what the enemies of freedom wanted you to take away from the story, but the reality in the story shows otherwise.
The AP reports that America's worst president ever "Carter got in a shouting match Wednesday with Sudanese security services who blocked him from a town in Darfur where he was trying to meet with refugees from the ongoing conflict. The 83-year-old Carter walked into this highly volatile pro-Sudanese government town to meet refugees too frightened to attend a scheduled meeting at a nearby compound. He was able to make it to a school where he met with one tribal representative and was preparing to go further into the town when Sudanese security officers stopped him. 'You can't go. It's not on the program!' the local security chief, who only gave his first name as Omar, yelled (ha! ha!, bet that really steamed the thankfully former president) at Carter, who is in Darfur as part of a delegation of respected international figures known as 'The Elders.' (or better known as the self-important, pompous asses) 'We're going to anyway!' an angry Carter retorted (sobbed, most likely) as a crowd began to gather. 'You don't have the power to stop me.' U.N. officials told Carter's entourage the Sudanese state police could bar his way. Carter's traveling companions, billionaire businessman Richard Branson (hey, this punk owes me $ )and Graca Machel, the wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, tried to ease his frustration and his Secret Service detail urged him to get into a car and leave. 'I'll tell President Bashir about this,' Carter said (pouted, with trembly lips), referring to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir."
What a whiny, childish bundle of twigs! Carter didn't face down anyone. He was the one who backed down. He bravely ran away, away! When danger reared its ugly head he bravely turned his tail and fled!!!! Ha! Ha! Wouldn't it have been nice if the Sudanese guards buttstroked his traitorous ass with the back end of an AK when he got mouthy!! Oh so richly deserved. If only people in America would treat this piece of trash the same way.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Far be it from Ah, Shoot! to really care about politics (cough, cough) but has anyone noticed The False Messiah's bumper sticker?
You'd think most American candidates would have a sun rising over America, just who would put what appears to be a moon rising over America?
The False Messiah
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Stumbled across a new blog on OutdoorLife. The Gun Shots. Take a look.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Very busy at Ah, Shoot! Here's a few interesting things that recently made news.
DC Gun Ban
The nasty people at Enemy Press "News" outlet, Reuters, posted some bold lies by those who hate the freedom Americans have to resist tyranny. The story involves the governing cabal who run the fiefdom of Washington DC and their fear that their little dominate might come crashing down along with their unconstitutional ban on guns.
The usual lying suspects get to say their evil piece. "City lawyers have argued the amendment guarantees the right to bear arms only for members of a militia, like today's National Guard, and not for individuals." However, the National Guard didn't exist when the amendment was written, therefore, it does not mean the militia, it means the people at large: you and me and Mother McCree. They know this and they are fearful that the full court will side with the Bush Administration who has determined that "the Second Amendment protects an individuals right to keep and bear arms."
The Washington aristocrats know that this is the true meaning of the Second Amendment. The other writings of the Founders concur with this reading. They know what the amendment means: in the coarsest of language, the Second Amendment acknowledges the right of the people to take up arms against the government if it becomes oppressive. It is not in that state right now, nor does it appear to be that way in the future. Those who would ban guns know that an armed citizenry is what stands in their way of imposing their will on those who would refuse. Those who love tyranny and their public positions cannot become the bewigged aristos they long to be as long as we can force them to obey laws.
This court case may be the last gasp of the gun banners, or it could institute a new era of citizen disarmament. We already know which side the DC government is on, what will the Court do if they decide to take the case?
Whale Shot, Harpooned
No, sorry, Michael Moore is not the subject of this little story by the Enemy Press AP via Yahoo! News. It seems that some members of the Makah Tribe of Indians in Washington state shot a whale with a "machine gun."
The story says there's not much information, but they're sure the gray whale was shot with a .50 caliber machine gun. Considering the press seems to be rather clueless when it comes to guns, a closer reading was needed. Unfortunately, although the headline blares MACHINE GUN, it only mentions a gun once, just a "preliminary report said the whale was shot with a .50-caliber machine gun...." Do they mean a .50 rifle, or a Ma Deuce? Guess we'll never know. It was probably a .50 caliber muzzleloader, or maybe one of these....
All Your Guns Are Belong To Us
Fox News reports on a study showing America has possession of approximately half of the guns in civilian hands worldwide. Hooray! We're number one! The Small Arms Survey whined "'Civilian holdings of weapons worldwide are much larger than we previously believed,' the director of the Geneva-based group, Keith Krause, told reporters." Boo Hoo Hoo! Ol' Keif was probably shaking in his boots when he first read the report. Additionally, it seems there are enough guns in the US to arm nine out of ten people! Hee hee! It probably took gallons of air freshener to clean the air around alleged people like Feinstein and Schumer. Quite a few mops too no doubt.
Monday, September 03, 2007
It seems the number of Americans hunting is in decline, according to the AP. The story appears to be a straightforward account of how hunting is losing its attraction. Of course, as it's the Enemy Press AP, we know that the apparent evenhanded tone is a false front.
The story does accidentally give numbers and a warning for the possible havoc created by the loss of hunting range and the culling of game animals. Not the least is the loss of funding for state wildlife agencies. "Of the 50 state wildlife agencies, most rely on hunting and fishing license fees for the bulk of their revenue, and only a handful receive significant infusions from their state's general fund. 'They're trying to take care of all wildlife and all habitats on a shoestring budget,' said Rachel Brittin of the Washington-based Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies." That, of course, is an unintended consequence that the envirofreaks don't realize. They can crow about the increased numbers of wussified bird watchers, but the truth is that no one contributes more to wildlife conservation than those who hunt and fish. The effete birders and wildlife voyeurs do nothing for the wild, except try to keep the benighted masses they abhor out of it.
Oh, and the AP? Here's evidence of their bias against freedom. "One rift involves hunters disenchanted with the National Rifle Association, which runs major hunting programs and lobbies vigorously against gun control. A Maryland hunter, Ray Schoenke, has formed a new group, the American Hunters and Shooters Association, primarily as a home for hunters who would support some restrictions on gun and ammunition sales." Really? No. It's obvious by the make up of its leadership that the AHSA is run by implacable anti-gunners. They have ties to politicians openly hostile to your right to protect yourself from crime and possible government tyranny. The National Shooting Sports Foundation has more about this sinister organization here. Pretending that a hoax group is defending our constitutional rights when in fact they are trying to suborn them. Good going AP, but you've been exposed again.
Many private organizations are trying to bring hunting back into view as an honorable pursuit. Besides the financial benefit to states, more hunters translates into more shooters who take gun safety courses and more people available to protect their neighbors during disasters. A win-win situation for the country. One problem is the lack of hunting areas. Leave it to government to make buffoons of themselves in this regard.
The Valley Morning Star out of Harlingen Texas posted an editorial earlier this summer about a Park Service plan to thin out a population of elk in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Seems our clever overlords have settled on a peach of an idea to cull the herd "involving the hiring of specialized sharpshooters to conduct elk hunts at night, using night-vision equipment and silencers. That way, the public never has to see — or know — what’s going on. It’s obviously the most expensive, convoluted and politically correct way to get the job done — which is why it’s the option favored by the feds." How incredibly stupid! How foolish and absurd! Yet, the option of allowing hunts to be opened to the public is ignored. Can't expect the government to save hunting. Nor should one.
Ah, Shoot! doesn't hunt and has no desire to, but we do see the danger in falling numbers of those who do. If the public loses interest in this avenue of gun use, it will make it easier for those who hate our gun freedoms to diminish our rights by incrementally taking away our familiarity of firearms and thus easing their path to gun bans. We need to hunt to maintain our rights or we will see them slowly disappear.
Monday, August 27, 2007
As the person responsible for all executive matters, I recently interviewed a possible domestic helper. After all the preliminaries had concluded, the important question had to be asked. "Are you afraid of guns?" The answer was a resounding "Yes! I hate them."
Well, that doesn't bode well for possible acceptance by the executive. Fearing guns around the house is irrational, I've yet to see any gun get up, load itself and then search for a victim. Of course in fairness more questioning was called for. In a bizarre turn of events the interviewee had said they had actually been to a range before and liked the experience!
Now that is bizarre! Shooting was enjoyable, but guns are not? As the search is in its initial phase, this anomaly isn't necessarily disqualifying. However, more research is called for.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Quad-Cities Online reports an Enemy Press AP story about the disappearance of a handgun owned by Elvis. It seems a visitor to Graceland noticed the gun's display case was ajar and the gun was missing.
The story states "A video camera caught a man removing the pistol from the display case around midnight." Now, are we completely sure that the gun didn't talk the man into removing him? Do we have any assurances that said gun isn't prowling the streets just looking for someone to shoot? Is it possible the gun is holding the man hostage? What evil intent does the gun have? We know that the man couldn't be responsible himself for the theft, the gun must have some type of hold over him.
Whenever the pistol is recovered, it would be interesting to hear what ordeal the man had to endure. Surely it was a horrible experience being controlled by a gun....
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Enemy Press Network ABC reports that the FBI recovered a gun from a San Antonio, Texas, collector that purportedly belonged to the lesser Bonaparte.
Apparently the buyer didn't know it was stolen when he purchased it, but learned about it shortly thereafter. Of course knowing it was stolen property, he should have returned it. He tried to sell it instead and was caught by the FBI Art Crime Team. FBI Art Crime Team??? Whaaa? They must be really busy as they still haven't caught the perpetrators of this crime against art.
The French government has demanded the return of Nappy's carbine. Considering they don't seem to have much use for guns, why bother....?
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
I was just minding my own business strolling through the local Bass Pro when I felt something tugging at my sleeve. I turned around to see who it was:
It looked so sad, all restrained by an evil gun lock.
So I did what all good people would do, I freed it.
How special I feel. Special as a New Orleans pimp with my beautiful golden trigger. The gold tooth is extra, but I didn't have the money for it.