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Monday, October 27, 2014

Just Rambling On.




I sometimes use paintings to show people what the mountains look like.  I'm not a good photographer, and my photographic equipment is marginal.  Besides, I really like mountain art. I'm no artist, I find the paintings on the web.  But once in awhile I get a decent picture. This was a sunrise, taken from a "saddle" in the mountains near the house. That's a place on the ridge line where a narrow section lets you see on both sides from the same vantage point.


Recently a friend asked me if I had any AR-15 type rifles.  I'm a collector of the old military bolt guns, but I do have some modern weapons. I've concentrated on the L1A1 and the M14 there, but I have a couple of AR's.


This is a pretty standard version of the AR-15. 


This is a Colt SP-1.  It was the forerunner of the M4 Carbine.  It's light, and easy to carry. When I'm working in the woods near the house, I usually keep this on a sling.  I could carry one of my Enfields, Mausers, etc out there , but what happens is I get to working and wander away from the gun. The old military guns are way too heavy to carry slung around your shoulder on a hot, hellish day under the canopy.


My wife bought me the shirt I'm wearing in this old picture. It says "Does not play well with others."
For any non-Americans who might be passing by, that's from the old school report cards kids used to get, so she's taking a gentle jab at my personality.  She's not much of a mixer, either though, so our solitude up here suits us both.


This is a good time of year for sitting out with a fire in the evenings. I have been doing that for a good many years, One nice thing about living in the woods with no people to take into consideration,  you can pretty much do what you want to, when you want to.


A good thing about the cold weather coming, is that it means it's shoulder holster time again. I can wear a vest up here year round, as many older men do so I don't stick out in a crowd. But I'd rather just wear a light jacket.  As you can see, I'm a big fan of the Miami Classic rig. I doubt many people remember Miami Vice, but it was an early 1980's crime show. This particular rig was made for the main character of the show by Galco, and it really caught on. Above are a Browning High Power, a Beretta 92 Onyx, a Sig P226, and a Kimber Custom II.


I think I've put this picture on the blog before, but it does illustrate one of my favorite shotguns. That's a Mossberg, of the same type issued to USN vessels for shore party use, among other things. You can't beat a good shotgun for those times when you might need to get up close and personal.



After I finish here, I'm going over to one of the small lakes in the county to do a bit of walking. They have a one mile trail around this lake, and I can get there in about 15 minutes if I cut through the mountains on one of the old forest service roads.  After that, I just don't know. I'll probably take a nap this afternoon, and then we'll see what else there is to do.  Being retired is a tough job, but somebody has to do it!

39 comments:

  1. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I would not mind having an old Colt SP-1.

    I prefer AR's with 18 inch uppers. I think they are superior to 16 inch uppers on most of the civilian market AR's and vastly superior to the 12 or 14 barrels or the military currently uses.
    The SBR's (short barrel rifles) are only good for house clearing and urban games.

    Its interesting that the gas piston driven AR market is in decline. Many people are realizing that 'gas impingement' is less maintenance. John Stoner designed that rifle platform for 'gas impingement' in the first place.
    (on a side note, the original AR, was 7.62*51 mm and not 5.56 mm)

    I'm thinking about getting out of the M1A platform and going to a 7.62*51 (.308) I don't know yet, I'm just toying with the idea.

    The shotgun I am looking at is the 10 shot Mossberg 930 (Jerry Micalilk model) check out the Youtube video's. Yeah' I know its a gas powered semi-auto and not as reliable as a pump, but it would be really, really fun to skeet shoot with it. As fast as I can pull the trigger, those two and half inchers would be spat out.

    Oh' yeah Harry. I need one of them "Does not play well with others t-shirts"
    I gotta find one online. I remember those report cards and I spent many an hour in the principals office and being suspended, etc. My parents were good parents but I was the black sheep, malcontent, non-follower that was the last one picked for team sports etc.
    Its ironic that I run the neighborhood watch program on my street and have been involved in (and started) many projects on my street. I have crossed paths and ran afoul with many meth addicts and small time drug dealers on my street.
    We have ran all of them off thanks in part to getting the police involved and by the dramatically increased property values in the area (that and keeping guns nearby helps too)
    By the way, I did all this three to five years ago and crime was really, really bad around here and no one burned down my house and I'm still alive.

    Yeah' Harry, I may have done some dangerous and fool hardy stuff, but good men need to stand up to criminals and tyrants, less they be destroyed by the criminals and tyrants.
    (I just made that one up, heard a line like it somewhere before and created my own version)

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    1. Hey Harry,

      (captiancrunch)

      I was trying to say that I am looking at a .308 AR platform and getting out of the M1A platform.

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    2. Why leave the M14 type rifle? I like it a lot better than the AR-15. I have a Polytech M14S and a Springfield M1A. Both sweet guns.

      When I went into the Marine Corps the M14 was issued to us at OCS but it was second line by then, the M16A1 was standard issue. Never really liked it that much.

      Be careful with that neighborhood watch stuff. You don't want to be the next one Jesse and Al are down there shrieking about in the streets.

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    3. Harry,

      If I could have back just one semi auto it would be my old M14! It was a pleasure to shoot and apart from my SMLE Enfields was my most accurate rifle by far (My Lithgow SLR was not even close, a good rifle with a 50cent sight we used to say, peep sights for 100 & 300 metres only). Sadly all are "prohibited" now.

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    4. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I have not made up my mind yet on if I want to get out of the M1A platform.
      I did see a Smith Enterprises modified M1A for about $2000 or so that looked real interesting. That one would be real tempting. I have a newer M1A that has most USGI parts but alas not forged receiver and no TRW bolt.

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  2. Hi. One of my blog readers recommended that I add you to my blog list. Just a head's up. http://sixbearsinthewoods.blogspot.com/

    Thanks.

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    1. I know your blog. You are into boats, even building your own. I have enjoyed reading it.

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    2. Yep, that's me and some of what I do. Glad you've been by. Wish I'd known about your blog sooner.

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  3. I think you may need some more guns...evil grin. yes those who are retired and sit around are crazy. As for me I have been shining my boots for my meeting tonight. My uniform is clean and ready to go. Stay safe my friend.

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    1. CAP would be a good retired guy interest. I wish our squadron hadn't folded up, but the Air Force killed us when they took the T-141 away from us. Can't do much without an airplane.

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  4. I bet there is a lot to photograph there. You could ask for a good camera for Christmas, and take on a new hobby. If it doesn't interest you, than so be it.

    I love your shirt that your wife bought. It's funny!

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    1. She has a good sense of humor. It's one of the things that attracted me to her. I do need a good camera. It's a strange thing, I will spend on gun related gear and not feel guilty, but somehow a camera seems an extravagance. Yet, I'd probably get more use out of it than I do out of some of my gun gear.

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  5. Love the shoulder rigs. Don Johnson would approve.

    And M-1A forever!!!

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    1. I really liked that show. When I got my first Miami Classic rig I knew I was on to a good thing.

      I trained on the M14. I've got a Polytech M14s, and a Springfield M1A. I really like the M14. I shot the Polytech at the NRA High Power Matches at Riverbend down near Atlanta when I wanted to buy a DCM M1 Garand. That was one of the requirements then, even for veterans.

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  6. That place is a shutterbug's dream come true. You truly have so much beauty to soak up every day. Love the shirt and Colt man! Yut Hardcharger!

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    1. Stackz, it really is beautiful up here. I live right near some nice creeks and waterfalls, and just have to go up the back of my property some, above the buildings, to get a nice view of the mountains.

      My wife has a good sense of humor and I had a bunch of those shirts that said different things. Alas, they are pretty worn out now. Got the Colt at a nearby general store in the mid 80's.

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  7. Harry,

    You have a beautiful view up where your at. Love the mountains and your place.

    Love me some AR's......Nice selection of guns my friend.

    Enjoy your walk in the woods and by the lake.

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    1. It's nice up here, and Fall is the best season although the place looks nice covered in snow, Sandy. I like the M14 best, but I know most people like the AR rifles. I suppose in my case there is a certain nostalgia involved.

      I need a little canoe I could paddle around. Been looking for one but no luck so far. Or maybe a little sailboat like a sunfish.

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  8. You seem to have some very nice lakes nearby....do you fish them at all?

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    1. Hey, Zero.

      No, I don't fish. There are trout in the stream along the bottom of the mountain, and my brothers caught some nice ones there when they came to visit a few years back. There are bass in the little lake, and the big lake in the county has catfish, bass, brim, and carp. I have fishing gear in my supplies but never really got into it. My brother in Oregon goes way out in the ocean in his boat and fishes. He wants me to come out there and go fishing but I told him hell no, I'm not going out on the blue water in anything smaller than an LST. And an LPH would be better.

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  9. I do remember Miami Vice very well. I think I am probably older than you! Daddy loved to build a fire in the evening on cool days. That was back in the 1950s when we lived on ten acres. When he moved into Memphis in 1964, he built a huge building on his small lot and built a "barn." He put in a cast iron stove and would just sit in from of the stove.

    When we lived on ten acres, we actually had a barn where we had chickens and he had a shop and a storage area. So, "going to the barn" was an expression we all just carried with us to the city. My children loved to go sit with Pepaw in the city "barn" when he started a fire. They grew up in the city, so Daddy was a very different type person that they knew at all.

    His "barn" in the city was a huge building, wide enough for five cars, but doors for only two. The cars had plenty of space around them, not like most two-car garages. The other part had a workshop with a large area in front of the enclosed workshop. That is were he built the fire.

    "Doesn't play well with others." Well, that depends on who I am required to play with. I went back to my 50th class reunion in Memphis this weekend. The seniors have changed into Seniors! But, from reading their little bios they wrote, I can tell which ones I could not play well with. (bad sentence)

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    1. I meant he called the building a "barn." There was no intent to deceive.

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    2. Linda, I know what you mean. My "barn" would not meet the common vision of a red , Amish looking structure. I define it by the function it serves.

      I graduate from High School in June of 1971, so you are marginally older than me but we belong to the same "era." Pre cordless phone, cell phone, fax, computer, etc.

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  10. Ahhh, to be able to take a hike during the mid morning on a crisp fall day. On a whim, at that. Good for you!

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    1. It's a good time of the year. Especially with the leaves coming down, so the floor of the forest is all carpeted in red and gold. Being retired means living by whim, you're choice of words is apt. It has been a change for me, since prior to retirement I lived by a schedule.

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  11. That building behind you in the first photo looks great. Is that a half greenhouse shed type thing?
    You've got more guns than I've got chisels!

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    1. It was originally constructed so we could bring my wife's hanging baskets and plants inside when it started getting cold. But after we got chickens, they destroyed most of her landscaping and gardening efforts, and now we primarily use it as a tool shed. Kind of a shame. Someone , I think may it was Dani, suggested building my wife a wired in area under the trees where she can have her plants and flowers, so I plan to do that this Spring. I will have to put a wire roof over it though because chickens fly a lot better than most people expect.

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  12. I'll bet MOST of the women our age remember Sonny Crockett. I even asked my Mom to get him for me for Christmas! Jan in NWGA

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    1. Anon, I expect you are right about that. The men watched that show for the guns, the shoot outs, and the beautiful women. I think the lady viewers did find Sonny to be an attractive "bad boy" character. I saw a picture of Don Johnson here recently, the years have not been kind to him. On the other hand, the same is true of myself so I'm casting no stones. ;-)

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  13. According to the pictures....Harry, ya got it made!

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    1. Good to hear from you, Scooney. You doing any flying these days? There are two or three fellows that come by here who are young enough to still be in the cockpit. I saw some video on the Nails and Cement blog of the instrument panel on the authors aircraft. Didn't recognize much, it all looked like a video game. Langniappes Lair is an aviation enthusiast blog and he has some good photos from his hops around West Virginia.

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  14. Say, thinking of the SIG-Sauer P226 you have pictured, what you think of it? I acquired one a little over a week ago at our local Evil Loophole Gun Show for a decent price, built in 1990, blued over black anodized frame, moderate holster wear and period checkered plastic grips-internally I see very little wear and the barrel looks great inside. I think I've found a treasure, but is there anything I need to watch out for with these? Good points, bad points? Just curious and thought you'd know-thanks in advance. KB

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    1. KB, that's a good acquisition. The Sig P226 is one of those products that gave Swiss and German engineering the reputation for excellence that it has had all my life, and before. That's the gun that really beat out the Beretta M92 for the U.S. military contract to replace the M1911. You probably knew that, but I'm always a bit surprised they went with the Beretta in the end on the basis of a slightly lower cost per unit. You won't be sorry you got the Sig. It takes a little getting used to, it's big for a 9mm, but there's a reason some of our special operations units opted for it and special purchased them.

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  15. I love having fires. We have a pit my husband welded up and keep it on the courtyard but also up by the woods too. The neighbors all come around and bring food and drinks, the kids run and play like kids are supposed to . Lots of fun.

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    1. I think there's something deep in the human psyche that relishes a fire. My brothe, at his place in the Sierra Nevadas, built a fire pit that looks like some prehistoric temples. The fire ring is huge hunks of granite, and there is a circle of logs to sit on. It seats about 30 people. Then around that, there's a cirlce of stacked firewood. He has a big hunting camp up there once a year and it's almost tribal when those guys get together.

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  16. I just got the Mossberg like that one, and I've been thinking about shoulder carry too - with a Sig or a Commander. We're in the foothills not the mountains - but it's close enough to smell. Miami Vice was a night we'd spend watching TV together, the music and the action-editing were revolutionary for the time - oh to be young again! :-)

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    1. It's been a long time back, hasn't it. I think the first season came out when I was on Okinawa, in the 1979-1980 time frame, and there were five years of it. It was a great show.

      The Mossberg is a good shotgun and I like that model .I have two. I was working in at the gun counter in a general store on weekends back then. Two of the guns were traded in and I bought them. I never got any pay from the job, I took all my earnings in guns , ammo and accessories!

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  17. The SP-1 has an old school cool to it. You should mount a 3x Colt scope on it a la The Survivalist.

    The Miami Classic is spendy but probably the best shoulder holster on the market.

    Funny that you mention it but in Germany the only decent channel we got on TV was Axe, a Brit channel. The big headlining show they had was Miami Vice.

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    1. I may have to put a scope on it. My eyes are getting pretty marginal in terms of shooting.

      I tried other shoulder holsters, but the Miami Classic was the most comfortable and efficient, so I standardized on it except for my little pig skin in the belt holster for my PPK, and a few Uncle Mikes that are still laying around but I never actually use.

      I still watch Miami Vice when I see it on the Direct TV schedule every once in awhile. It looks kind of dated, I suppose, with the huge cell phones and all, but it's still fun.

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