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― Frank Herbert

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday


The big thunderstorms have passed through.  Yesterday we got about 3 inches of rain in twenty minutes. It's hard to be sure exactly because when the rain comes down that hard the gauge isn't entirely accurate. Supposedly more thunderstorms are coming through this afternoon.

I have been trying to identify an old Grundig radio that belonged to my father.  He died two years ago, and my mom still sends me things from his shop from time to time.  He always liked to sit outside on the deck at night and listen to his shortwave. You could see all the lights of the Sacramento valley twinkling down below from the deck, and some of the nights were lit up by the moon in a way I've never seen anywhere else. At any rate, there's no model number on this radio and the printed letters are all worn away.  Works fine, I just can't download a service manual because I don't know what I have.

The cicadas are going full bore day and night.  They all chirp in unison at night and the noise is tremendous. My brother came to visit once in the summer and told me he didn't know how I could stand it.  You just get used to the noise and don't even hear it after a while. In winter it's completely silent up here, but in summer the forest is noisy. There are noises that come out of the woods I still can't identify after all these years.

I'm trying to decide if I want to run over to the little lake and walk today.  If I do, I'll wait til evening so the tourists have all gone back to the city.

Sometimes I don't go anywhere on Sunday.  I can go up to the shop, and sit on the apartment porch. The view from up there is really nice, and it's cool because there's a big poplar tree that shades the whole building.  The little apartment over the shop has a full bath and kitchen.  I've got telephone and satellite tv service out there, and my Kindle will pick up the signal from the main house.  I don't go out there much anymore but when the kids were home I could get some quiet time by going out to the apartment.

As I was looking through old pictures, I found this one.  That's an HK G3.  Although I am really interested in historical weapons from 1890-1945,  I do have some practical semi-automatic rifles. I hardly ever shoot them, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.



This is an STG-58.  It's the German version of the SLR.   Years ago, I worked part time in the general store here, at the gun counter.  The fellow who managed the gun department was going to the Shot Show. I told him that if he saw anything he couldn't live without, to get me one too.  When he came back, he had this STG-58. I only had to pay wholesale price as an employee.  That got me interested in the Self Loading Rifle. I eventually bought an Imbel SLR and a British L1A1 as well.  Strangely, other than to test fire the guns for functioning, I've never fired them.  I just don't enjoy shooting semi-auto rifles like I do the old military bolt action rifles.

Well, what to do today?


20 comments:

  1. Harry - i am not trying to be sappy or anything but i love it when you share pictures of you, and of your mountain. oh and the weapons too - teehee! that lake is beautiful...so serene. i would walk to your lake every day. we love walking down to the river - it's the same walk every, single day - but everyday it is like we are seeing it for the first time. i love the sound of the cicadas...i really love it when all of the spring peepers are out all night saying "meep-meep-meep". sometimes tho, i wish they would learn another word. "meep-meep-meep" gets to be a little much after 4 straight hours - bahahhahahah! naw, i do really love the sounds on our land. i hope that you have a really nice sunday. hopefully someone can help you identify your dad's radio.

    your friend,
    kymber

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  2. Kymber, you know, I always appreciate your nice comments. When you put something on a blog, consciously or otherwise you are doing it to share with people. It's a positive feeling to know that something you wrote was interesting to another person.

    You could walk to the lake through the forest. There's an old forest service road that goes right through the woods from my house over to where the park is. There's also a big waterfall halfway between the house and the park where you can stop and rest a bit, and cool off.

    I may take a picture of the radio and post it, but it's so old I doubt anyone will recognize it. The radio is analog, has no digital controls at all.

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    1. thanks buddy! that's how i feel too...if you are bothering to post it, it means that you want to share it. and it always feels nice when strangers, who are thousand of miles away, become friends. and you get to learn about them through blog posts, as well as their comments on other people's blogs. i am finding this whole blog thing a very positive experience. and oh my goodness - the stuff i have learned!!!

      oh - you need to take pics of the waterfall - i love waterfalls. i know that there are some in our area - we just haven't found them yet!

      and yes - a pic of the radio would help. i am sure that Stephen or Duke would be able to help identify it.

      thanks for always being so kind and positive. it is becoming a very rare thing to find true and proper gentlemen...i know a few...and you are one!

      your friend,
      kymber

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    2. I have a doctors appointment (local, thank God) today but this evening I will take a picture and post it.

      I have some good pictures of the waterfall, I'll put them on. It's not far from the house and the dogs and I go down there, Fall is best, when the leaves are changing and it's cool.

      It never hurts to treat people decently. Some people are not good people and I avoid them, but the average person will be nice enough if they are treated correctly. Other than hanging out at cafe's or gas stations drinking coffee I don't actually come into contact with people other than on the net, very much.

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  3. Go ahead and post the photo of the radio with as much info as you have. There are at least two experts

    The silicon greybeard

    And

    Every blade of grass

    Blogs, both of which can be found on Stephen's blog list. Besides the gun aspect, both are radio experts and probably can help you out if you ask.

    And both have great blogs to boot.

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    1. awesome Matt! i am sure that they will be able to help identify the radio!

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    2. what Matt said...and try and scan Ebay. Just search for Grundig. I own a couple too. Love 'em.

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    3. Thanks for the idea, Matt. I'm very much interested in listening to Shortwave and a good blog that deals with the subject is well worth knowing about.

      Grundig is good gear. Sony used to make some nice shortwave sets too, the yachtsman series I think they were called, but I think Sony is out of the field now. Shortwave is being replaced by the internet in most developed countries, at least as far as the big national news broadcasts go.

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    4. Well both those guys cover a lot of ground on various subjects not just radio stuff.... just so you aren't disappointed.

      If they can't help and Stephen's idea of looking it up on ebay, then I have another couple of sources to share. Just let me know.

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    5. meant to say ... "and Stephen's idea of looking it up on ebay doesn't pan out"....

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  4. Mauser, P38, HK, and an STG.....a thoroughly Teutonic posting today. I'd love to have a genuine HK, if thats what that is in the pic. Years ago (late 1980's) I had an HK93 in .223. Wish Id kept it. I bought a couple PTR-91 rifles a few years back and theyre almost as good as a real HK....but the beautiful thing was that at one point mags were only ninety-seven cents each. I bought hundreds.

    I know you don't wanna sell any of your guns, but if you ever wanna turn that HK into a bunch of M4's, let me know.

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    1. CZ, it's a real HK. I should replace the black furniture with green. Sportsmans Guide sells the complete green set for not a lot. It's been on my list of things to do (for a few years.)

      I also have a Cetme, which is a nice shooting rifle. Some people say you can use G3 mags (I bought about 30 alloy and 20 steel back when you mentioned), but I have never tried. I got original Cetme mags which are different in appearance.

      I didn't make the connection when I did the posting ,but you are right. All of those are German weapons. The Mauser 98 and the Walther P38 are my favorites.

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    2. I bought a dozen of those green furniture sets. About 1/4 of them cracked at the wrist of the stock after less than 100 rounds. I suspect that they were brittle (theyre around 30-40 years old) and/or the recoil buffers in them may have been past their prime and the recoil beat the stock up. My point being, if you buy the green stocks, buy several of them instead of just one.

      Great source for spare parts and hard-to-find accessories: http://www.robertrtg.com/g3.html (where the green stock set is currently eight bucks)

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    3. Well, that's not good news. There isn't anything wrong with the black furniture on my HK, it just doesn't look as good as the green stuff. But then, if I bought a bunch of the green, that doesn't mean I'd have to throw away the black. I could keep it in reserve. I never heard of that outfit you sent the link to, but I'll sure check it out. I'm always after new sources of parts.

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    4. Something to keep in mind, because the Germans have switched to the G36 relatively recently there are tons of G3 parts and mags on the market as the Germans dump the G3. However, once that transition is history, that supply of surplus G3 parts will be *gone*. My point being, we are already on the downhill side of this surplus G3 boom....things are drying up. Whatever youre going to get, get em now because prices will be going up quite soon as the suprlus stuff disappears. Especially magazines.

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    5. it does seem like the good old days are over in the surplus area. I've been reading stories indicating that now Germany has signed that U.N. treaty on surplus arms and ammo they are grinding up hundreds of new in the box P-38's (P-1), and magazines. South Korea has thousands of M1 carbines and Garands that Hillary pulled the import license on when she got the State Department, and it looks like they are now planning on cutting those up.

      It's true, you have to get what you want, when you see it. Tomorrow may be too late. I look at .303 British ammo as an example. I bought 10 wooden cases of it (Pakistani made) in the 1980's, it was common as dirt. Now you can't find it for love or money.

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    6. Obama sign an EO back in April banning alot of this stuff. Since the Senate wouldn't approve it, he just went around them.

      http://www.survivalblog.com/cgi-bin/mt5/mt-search.cgi?search=United+Nations+Arms+Trade+Treaty&IncludeBlogs=2&limit=20

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    7. Actually, he MAY have done this. I can't find the EO number.

      The articles that reference this point to each other as sources, so upon further looking, I can't find the EO number.

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  5. Hey, I'm the chap who was interested in your old solar-power system, and yeah, for what it's worth, put a picture of that old Grundig up and I'll see if I can track down a model number and see if we can come up with some sort of online manual. I'm so glad I rediscovered your blog. Another thing...I think you're the first person to alert me to AR-type rifles at Wal-Mart, which surprised me, but sure enough, they were there when I checked, and despite the post Sandy Hook events, and shortages of arms and ammo at the local retail places, I noticed today that our local Wally World had something like twelve or fifteen AR-type carbines out in the cabinet, ALL of which had either collapsible M4-type stocks or look-alike versions of same, and all had the 16" barrels one would expect to see on the M4-geries as well.

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    1. Walmart showed more moral courage than a lot of the big stores. I had a "Dick's Sporting Goods" credit card, and I sent it back to them and told them I was never buying from them again after they turned craven. They sent me some B.S. letter about being "sensitive" and I threw it in the trash. They rolled over for the Left, and that's all there is to say about it. But Walmart has been good about keeping the flow going.

      I'll take a picture this evening and post it. My dad used the radio so much that all the bronze colored printing on it has worn off, and I just had to experiment to see what did what. It's an old radio because it has that sliding analog scale you used to see 30 years back.

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