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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Fog

 


It's just after nine, and very foggy outside.  Wet, too, with water dripping out of the trees. It's cooler, about 72, which is a pleasant change. I don't have anything in particular planned for this morning, just staying inside and doing a little reading, in all probability.  Later in the day I will go into town, to the post office, if I can get out.

We had quite a storm yesterday afternoon.  It came out of nowhere.  One minute everything was quiet, the next there was thunder and very strong wind. Lots of trees down.  The power went out, and stayed out for eight hours. I switched over to the generator early on, because I figured the lines must have trees down across them. Called the EMC on my trusty line powered phone right after the storm, but they weren't much help. The dispatcher said the power would be back on "soon" but he had no idea what "soon" might translate into in terms of time. It's significant that I know the EMC power outage reporting number by heart.


I walked down the Jeep trail cleaning debris out of the path. When I got to the old gravel service road at the foot of the mountain, there was a lot of minor stuff like branches all over the place, so I slowly trundled along throwing it off to the side.

But when I got to the paved county road, there was a massive tree down all the way across both lanes. I went back to the house and called the country road shed. They said there were trees down everywhere and they would "get to it" when they could.   There was a time when I would have gone down there, and others would have shown up, and we would have cleared the road ourselves. But I'm older now, and there are no younger people left out in this part of the county. The people who do live out here are all seniors, and short of some dire need we aren't going out in the heat and try to clear big blowdowns. You'd need one truck for the wood and one for the old people dead of heart attacks and heat stroke.



   The new Military Surplus magazine came.  This one had some articles on converting old military weapons for use as modern defensive arms.

I was surprised to see that.  The process of messing around with a classic firearm destroys it's collecting value. It used to be called "sporterizing" and is not looked on with favor among the collector crowd.

When you have an old , classic weapon there's a feeling that you have an obligation to preserve it. When you check out, your collection will be broken up and the components will go to others, who hopefully will preserve them and pass them on in their turn.

I don't do any sporterizing, though I do restoration work on old guns. When I do that, I make a huge effort to maintain their authenticity and historical accuracy.





The new American Survival Guide came as well.

This one is largely concerned with water related events like floods. I'm not much interested in that, since I live on a mountain top. If  I have to worry about floods, I'll need an ark and not a rubber raft.

Still, there was a good article on gardening, and another on water purification.  I notice American Survival Guide is leaning more and more towards bugging out, and less towards sheltering in place.

Still, it's a good magazine and even if I don't get some spectacular new bit of information out of every issue, I enjoy it.

They finally listened to the barrage of complaints from subscribers and now the magazine is protected in the mail by a plastic sleeve. Somebody up there at the publishers showed some intelligence and initiative.

Well, I guess I'll make another pot of coffee. Got up early and have already finished one off. Now I have to decide if I am going to shave before I go into town, assuming the road is cleared by then. I don't think so.  I don't have to impress anyone.





22 comments:

  1. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I don't sporterize rifles either.

    Most sporterized rifles look 'basterdized" The only sporterized rifle I have seen that looks remotely decent and functional is the Mosin Nagant with the Archangel Stock and 10 round detachable magazines. I have two collectable Hex receiver Monsin's, but if I stumble upon an ugly round receiver Mosin made during the war years. I would consider the Archangel package and as I understand it. The rifle can be returned back to original condition within minutes by replacing the plastic stock etc.

    knives.....

    I may purchase two Glock knives. $30.00 each. Harry I don't recall you talking about knives on your blog. I am not a big knife guy, but knives are needed. I have some expensive, heavy knives and I am swapping those out with the lightweight Glock knives that are made in Austria and are damn near indestructible.

    Check out the Glock knife torture tests on youtube.

    Damn things can be made into spears too. I hear the Glock knives can be used as a bayonets on the Steyr rifles (I wonder if they can be rigged up as bayonets on other rifles)

    Carrying heavy gear is a real issue for me with a back issue and arthritus. I have to 'lighten the load' anyway I can on the bugout bags or anything else if I am forced to be on foot. I have a large K-bar Becker knife that weighs twice as much as a Glock knife and I'm gonna have to part with it and the large Gerber knife too. I will hold onto the big knives now, but I will put one of the Glock knives through my own little torture test and report back to you guys on how they hold up (maybe I can take the Glock knife surfing in South Africa with me when I surf J-Bay. I can see the headlines 'Texan Bites Shark in South Africa"

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    1. I have a couple of Kabars that I bought at the PX and carried in the field. I have the aviators survival knife I was issued in 1977. The Navy is still issuing the same knife today. I have a big buck sheath knife that I carried in Lebanon. I also have twelve Kabar knockoffs that I bought from Budds, for trading. I don't plan on bugging out, I have invested a lot of money and thirty years of my life in this retreat in the mountains. If I have to take to the road at my age, I wouldn't last long and where would I go? If it isn't safe here, I can't think where it would be. So thinks like equipment for living in the field are not forefront in my mind.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I love those older K-bars. Those older scarred knives show experience. I

      I wish I could go back in time back when I was active duty a long time ago and buy up gear, K-bar knives, etc, etc.

      Harry' what if you have to bug out for a forest fire? I don't mean raise alarm or disturb you or anything, but we like you, your blog and your ferrets.
      We don't want anyone getting barbecued!

      We need you around, hell' you could come down here to South Texas and raise a Confederate Flag in my front yard 'To hell with my neighbors. Harry's in Town and taking charge!

      If a bunch of bad guys run you out. Have a place to go so you can come back later and kick their asses off of your property if need be.

      Everyone needs a plan B, even a plan C' would be nice.

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    3. Nothing is 100 percent. I'll just have to take my chances if things become untenable here, but I would not give much for our chances on the road.

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  2. Sounds like you get stuck where you are due to the weather. Good you are prepared and hoping other seniors in the area are also thinking along those lines.

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    1. Inger, in summer storms close the road, and in winter snow and ice do. I was stuck up on the mountain for two weeks one winter after a bad ice storm. There are few people living in this part of the county. Those that do are elderly for the most part. They tend to live from social security check to social security check which leaves little for a rainy day. Most of the wives don't get a social security check because the people here believed it was not possible for a woman to work outside the home and still be a good wife and mother. These are religious people who practice what they preach. On the one hand, that is at least part of the reason so many elderly couples live here. They marry for life. But the system discriminates against women who don't hold down a job outside the home.

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  3. Thanks for the magazine rack update. I saw that the new American Frontiersman new for July 2015 was released, I just noticed, they still publish bi-annually (I think).

    Think I'll check out the new ASG - our area can be prone to flooding, Some major dams upriver and if they let go all at once, we'd have some issues, no doubt about it.

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    1. I always look at American Frontiersman and Backwoods, but because they are largely concerned with 1840's or earlier living, and my funds are limited, I don't buy them. I wish I could afford to though as they would be fun to read and you never know what you will pick up that might be useful down the road.

      A lot of people have been getting killed in floods this year. I don't remember so many being killed in summer flash floods before.

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  4. It is getting harder to find decent "authentic" parts to restore some of the old guns. I am finishing up a couple of Number III mk1* s from 1916... I had bought one as a parts gun for the other, but then the history of the second one made me decide to restore it too. (BSA made, but 2nd military district of Australia marked...Post Gallipoli replacement??)
    That said, I am kinda looking for a pre sporterized 03A3, or model 1917 to build something on. I refuse to ruin one, but if it is pre ruined then what is the harm? My late dear old dad had a really nice sportered 03, that he built in the 50s, but that one went to my bro, I kept the CMP one.... It is a fascinating hobby though.

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    1. I get parts from Sarco, Springfield Sporters, Numerich, North Ridge, and I used to get some from eBay but I don't deal with them anymore.

      Pawn shops are a good place to look for sporterized military weapons. I keep an eye open when I'm browsing in a pawn shop . I will restore a gun as a shooter if I don't have to rebuild the whole thing. I am doing that with a Japanese type 99 right now. It requires extensive work but had a nice unground Mum which justifies the additional expense and effort.

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    2. I have a type 99 in the queue. I inherited it from my Uncle who was on occupation duty at the end of the war . The mum has been ground, and it is missing the sight wings and cleaning rod. Otherwise, just beat up from 70 years of storage. No one knows for sure if he brought it home with him (my dad would have known but he died 2 months before my uncle did...) Does not really matter I suppose, it still came from him.
      There was a pretty good post on "Lagniappes Lair" a couple weeks ago about making 7.7 "Jap" rounds starting with 30.06 cases in case you reload. Researching the markings on it was illuminating. Mine was made by ToyoKyogo, currently a maker of parts for Japanese cars, and evidently Toyoda (Toyota now) also made them.

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    3. I was lucky and bought one hundred 7.7 Japanese cases from Graf and Sons a few years back when they imported a special run. I also have about sixty once fired Privi Partisan cases, Boxer primed.

      Repro sight wings are available. I need a new bolt casing, monopod, and rear sight.

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  5. When I first moved out here the power would go down and power company would not believe me. Almost all my neighbors were seasonal. Since I was the only call on the whole line they insisted the problem must be on my end. They got to be so insulting that my wife went from not sure about putting in our own power to "how soon can we order the parts."

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    1. Strange how power companies tend to try to pull that nonsense. They tried that line on me when I first moved up here years ago. The problem for me now is that this entire quadrant of the county is sparsely populated and no one"important" lives out here. So we are the lowest priority in the county and they don't really care if our power comes back up in a reasonable time or not.

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  6. How long did it take your power to come back on? We did not get that storm. Sometimes it seems like we're in the same weather pattern though.

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  7. It was out for about eight hours. Makes me appreciate my generator. I think that this was a thunderstorm, and not really a big storm, but it sure gave my county a beating.

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  8. Stay Safe.... power was out near us a few days ago for almost a day. Lucky the storm missed us (rain no damage), but a couple of towns over had a F1 visit for awhile, no deaths.

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    1. I'm glad the storm passed you by, Rob. A tornado could pretty well wipe me out up here, but though we've had some in the county over the years, none have ever been near me.

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  9. We are up high too but my county roads go under. Mostly I can find an alternate route but sometimes not. Lots of flooding this year, now less rain but strange temperatures so lots of fog in the morning and then hotter in the afternoon. We've only had trees cross the entire road a few times, sometimes the locals pull it aside and sometimes the county comes out. I keep looking at those magazines too but just can't seem to pay $10 for one. I don't know if the library carries them, I should check.

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    1. Kathy, the last three years here in the Smoky Mountains have been disconcerting. We started this year with a colder than average winter. Then a very dry, baking Spring. Now summer is very wet and humid. The thunderstorms we usually have, but not as violent and not with such ferocious winds and lightning.

      The magazines are very expensive. I buy them because reading is one of my recreational activities, and I like guns and preparedness magazines. I keep them for my reference libary. But just to read and throw away, they wouldn't be cost effective at ten dollars a pop. I think you may be able to get the issues through your library, but I am not sure. I hope so, since every once in awhile there is a really useful, actionable information article. Ballistic magazine had a superb article on animal medications for human use in their premier issue, it had a chart in it that was worth it's weight in gold.

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  10. I have only a couple of old military bolt guns, (I didn't want to hog them up :^) Mainly gleaned from two distinct periods, very late 1980's when the surplus market lit up - Swede 38 6.5x55 short rifle and Spanish FR-8 in 7.62NATO. Later on picked up a trio of Swiss K31 7.5x55 carbines, two with walnut stocks. Not sure if adding a scope to one of these makes it sporterized - no drilling / tapping or permanent, just replaced the rear sight blade assembly with a scout scope to improve the fantastic accuracy they display.

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    1. Anon, the eighties were good times for collecting the old bolt guns. I was a kid in the 50's, which is generally conceded to have been the Golden Era for collectors, but the 80's weren't bad. I have several of the Swedes, both long and short. I didn't buy the FR-8 when it hit the market, because at the time there was a rumor that old Model 1916 receiver it was built on (8mm mauser chambering) was not safe with the higher pressure .308 loading. That turned out to be another outhouse rumor with no foundation, but I had missed the boat. I soon learned not to pay attention to rumors about guns, and only to listen to magazine articles by reputable publishers, or to people I personally knew who had first hand accounts of some issue. Most of the warnings on the internet in those days about a certain gun or load were of the "I knew this guy, who had a friend, who dated a girl, who had a cousin, who worked with a fellow who had a buddy who told him he heard......."

      Any time you modify a collectible from it's original configuration it's considered to be "sporterized" but I can't see any issue with doing that if you can put the gun back into it's "as issued" shape in a few moments. Drilling and tapping would be a bad thing. However, the collecting world is changing as the old guys die off and younger ones start up. For instance, in the 80's a collector wouldn't have touched a gun with import marks, or one that had been refinished. But now people don't seem to care at all about either of those things. I guess as the supply of original "as issued" guns dried up, compromises had to be made. I myself have some guns that have been refinished , i.e. the Russian "capture guns" Mauser K98 rifles.

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