And Winter is Coming…

Thus, a slightly off-topic excursion into the joys of firewood and fireplaces. When I bought my place just this past spring, one of the first major things I had done was to get a fireplace insert installed. I had one in a previous house and loved it, and I chose the same model, the Regency I2400. (No blower; unless you’re heating a large open-plan house, you probably don’t need it.) A local chimney sweep, highly recommended, did all the work including removal of the gas logs that were there (anyone need a set of working LP gas logs? free for […]

Firearms Friday: Ammunition Trends

From Mr Farnam, some interesting notes on major-caliber ammunition: In talking with friends in the domestic ammunition manufacturing business today, I learned: Overall demand is slow right now, at least among first-tier manufacturers. Much has been stockpiled over the past decade, both in the public and private sectors. Many garages and basements are filled to the rafters! [LtCol P note: Neither I, nor MDL, nor the Krampus, can confirm or deny.] In any event, here is what I’ve been told: In rifle calibers, everything is slow except for 300Blk! Demand for  300Blk (mostly supersonic) is still very high, despite the […]

Weapons Wednesday: Securing Guns in Autos

Thirty photos of gun storage solutions in cars, trucks and motorbikes. Some silly but amusing, most are workable, a few are very clever indeed. I like the second one, but since I have a stick shift it’s a non-starter. The third one is intriguing, since I have a pick-up. Number 19 might be a winner–

Details From the Mohammed Cartoon Shooting

Details are coming out on the attack at the Mohammed cartoon event. We now know more about the fanatics who did it– a cradle heathen and an angry convert, no surprises there, dog-bites-man and all that. But the details about the police officer and the brief action are of great interest to all of us: – A “traffic” cop with his service weapon, not a SWAT guy with an M4 – A handgun vs two “assault rifles” – One man vs two in body armor In other words, while most people would call this cop out-gunned, he clearly wasn’t. He […]

Farnam: “Self-Reliant?”

Since a large swath of the eastern U.S. is getting another round of meteorological boarhoggery, Mr Farnam’s latest quip is particularly timely: “Self-Reliant” or “Cell-Phone-Reliant?” Last November, a NY man froze to death while remaining in his stranded car for twelve hours, patiently waiting for help that never arrived. From his marooned vehicle nearly buried in snow, disabled when struck from the rear by a snowplow, the man repeatedly called 911 and was repeatedly ordered to stay put and repeatedly assured that help was on its way and would be at his location soon. It was all a lie! Help […]

Snow-Day Saturday: Gear Reviews

We’re getting a good dump of snow here in Mosby’s Confederacy, might be as much as nine inches when it’s all done tonight. I, for one, love it. I’ve been out on the skis once already, straight out from the front door, and will go out again later. In the meantime, here are a couple of pieces of gear that I own and are of interest to the prepper/citizen-soldier. Astro Mini cell phone portable charger: This is a slick little thing that was recommended to me back in the fall (summer?). It has lived up to its billing and more. […]

Gun-Day Monday: Got Green-Tip? UPDATED

Might want to do an inventory and see how much M855 you have, and then place an order or two. THEY are at it again. NRA reports: It isn’t even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control. First, it was a major change to what activities constitute regulated “manufacturing” of firearms. Next, BATFE reversed a less than year old position on firing a shouldered “pistol.” Now, BATFE has released a “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, […]

Gun-Day Sunday: DOE! A Deer, a Fe-male Deer…

Taken yesterday morning in the bitter cold, in Clarke County, Virginia, not far from the Shenandoah River. Range was about 75 yards, broadside. I hit her a few inches back, so she ran about 50 yards before she dropped, flopped, rolled over, kicked, and died. The 150-grain .308 Remington Core-Lokt does the deed. And the Scout Rifle is simply a pleasure to shoot. Who else wants to share trophy pics? Send ’em in!

Opening Day of Virginia’s Rifle Season, 2014

Success, at last. Biggest deer I’ve shot so far. Location: Clarke County, Virginia; range: 50 yards; target angle: broadside; weapon: Steyr Scout .308; ammunition: 150 gr Remington Core-Lokt. Inside spread: 16 inches; main beams 22 inches; longest tines: 9 inches; bases: 5 inches.  

Gun-Day Sunday: “Rifle Skills”

From Mr Farnam… Observations of a Boer (South African of Dutch descent) Commando during the initial days of the Battle of Ladysmith (and the ensuing prolonged siege) during the Second Anglo-Boer War in early November of 1899. From a book entitled “Commando, a Boer Journal of the Boer War,” authored by Deneys Reitz. This book was presented to me by a good friend from South Africa, now an eminently successful American citizen: “Both sides were maintaining a vigorous short-range rifle contest, in which the (English) soldiers were being badly worsted, for they were up against real old-fashioned Free State Boers […]