Friday, July 17, 2015

It's going to be very hot.

We have had a couple of days here, since the big storm, with low temperatures and low humidity.

According to the weather forecasters, that's over. Should be almost 95 degrees by noon and  the humidity level will be in the high eighties.

I planned to walk down to the water fall with a thermos of coffee early. The dogs could swim and I'd just enjoy being out.

But when I went outside, it was already hotter than I expected. I knew there was no way I could get down to the falls, spend any time there, and get back before it was going to be in the "too hard" category.

So, I'm staying in for now.  The shop, the apartment and the main house are all a comfortable 73 degrees with 52 percent humidity.

I've had a few questions from individuals looking to purchase their first guns.  Can't say I blame them, these days. But I'm not sure I'm the right guy to ask.  I'm pretty much rooted in the early nineties gun wise, in that I haven't bought many pistols since then. I'm really an M1911 man, given that was the pistol I carried in my Marine Corps career. Today it's pretty heavy and the recoil is a lot to handle, so I often carry another pistol.

The Beretta 92 is a good weapon, as is the Brazilian version, the Taurus 92.  9 mm, plenty of rounds in the double stack magazine, will feed hollow points ok,  A person with small hands can hold it comfortably, there's not much recoil.

Plenty of Beretta 92 pistols in pawn shops and police trade in's available in the $300 range wholesale.

A good gun for concealed carry in hot climates, or for a woman's purse, is the Walther PPK.

This little weapon is light, and small.  Mine is chambered in .380 ACP.  Mine doesn't feed hollow points reliably, (it is, after all, a 1930's design) but with ball it's perfectly reliable.

There are many, many other choices. All the Kahr's and plastic Springfields and the like someone else will have to address, as I don't own any.

Collapse, the 2013 movie.

I got my DVD of  the Collapse movie.  I was surprised.  Most movies about post collapse scenarios are very dark.  The absolute epitome of this genre is The Road, by Cormick McCarthy. If you can watch that movie and then get a good nights sleep, you are an exceptional being.

This move is not that way at all.  First, it has a generally upbeat tone.  There are "bad" people out there, but they aren't running the show. Most of the characters are normal people, basically good, and despite the times they stay that way.  The movie has a Christian theme, but it's not so overwhelming that it gets aggravating.  People who have prepared are shown as normal people who took a few steps to cover themselves in a crunch. Not as wild eyed fanatics.

The actors are all clearly amateurs, but they aren't that bad. Sometimes they try a little too hard, but they are acceptable overall in term of keeping the credibility of the movie going.  When I finished watching it, I had a good feeling.  I'm trying to remember another post collapse movie where I felt that way, and I can't. 

The bad news, is I don't know where you can find a copy.  Before I quit dealing with ebay and amazon,  amazon had none available, either through amazon itself or affiliated sellers. Ebay had one guy who said he had six copies, but it turned out he didn't have any. He apparently went somewhere and bought one to sell me, and I got it late, but I got it.   Maybe you can get one through an inter-library loan, but I doubt it.

There is some marginal violence in it, nothing gross or horrifying. Not like the cannibals in The Road eating people.  The Road is probably a pretty accurate synopsis of what would happen in a civilization down scenario but Collapse has some good points and some value.  It's about two young boys, and family. I think it would be a good family show but parents have to decide that for themselves.

The Islamists can turn up anywhere.  Even some places that would surprise you. (warning:language)


  1. Hey Harry.


    Not sure that I saw the Collapse movie???

    I will attempt to find it.

    I would say a total collapse may be more like 'The Road" however after studying the Collapse and civil war in Yugoslavia, Argentina, Libya along with what I saw in Africa. A collapse in our country may not be as bad as 'The Road'.

    Now on the other hand. There were supplies airlifted to the above mentioned regions, most of which came from our country. If something catastrophic happened to our country. I doubt we would get much, if any help. If we fall. The entire worlds economy falls (of all global, modern nations)

    The Rover comes to mind in that situation. Some law and order run by government troops in more urban area's. Vertual anarchy in rural areas.

    'It all gets back to the premise of taking care of one's self, family and community if possible' (on a side note. If I lived near a large moslim region. I would bug the hell out. That being said, inner city ghetto's and other rat holes filled with radicals comes to mind. There are plenty of them in this country and being white is a liability. In many regions, and cultural enclaves of diversity "being white now is a death sentence"

    I have more access to data on newer pistols even though I prefer older pistols, albeit I do like some Glocks, Springfield XD's are highly recommended. I like the XD's because of some of the 1911 styled safeties that Glock does not have.

    The current crop of new cop guns come to mind. Smith and Wesson Shield's and a few other of the cop issue crowd. Some fairly nice and very effective. I still have to go back to 1911 styled safties.

    I wish they would install backstrap safeties and thumb safeties on most of the newer guns. Holstering a Glock and injecting a .45 round into my foot would not be a pleasant experience. I also abhor stock 10 pound trigger pulls. Anything with a long double action trigger is not for me.

    Give me a 4-5 pound 1911 trigger or in case of a Glock. I would install a fancy 3 to 4 pound after market trigger, but then again. That Glock becomes a 'Toe Puncher"

    That's when I always start looking back at Springfield XD's. The refinements of a Glock and the handling of a 1911.

    (I stress refinements. The 1911 is the most wonderful pistol ever made, except the Damn Thing is like carryin' around a cinderblock) Those thinking of getting a full size, all steel 1911 should go to a big box store. Buy a cinderblock (for five dollars)and carry it around all day for the full 1911 experience)

    1. I read Handguns and Guns and Ammo, but I only give the articles on new guns a cursory scan over. I think I've pretty much got what I'll need now, and I have more faith in the older guns. I know there are pistols out there that are lighter and as reliable, I just haven't purchased any. You seem to know a lot more about the new stuff than I do. If you want to do a guest post let me know and I'll enable you to get on and write and post. You're welcome to do that if you want to, as the newer weapons are a bit out of my area of expertise.

      There's no doubt "The Road" is more realistic, but it was nice to have a movie that you didn't feel all bummed out at the end of. My wife won't watch ANY movies that don't end happily, and I'm not like that but even I can use some good news once in awhile.

      The Rover was a great show,and I thought the plot line was pretty plausible. I bought a copy of it to keep.

    2. Hey Harry,


      I am honored that you would let me do a guest post. I will write up something I guess on not what handgun is best, etc, etc, but on what will work for the individual shooter,
      I am tired of articles that deal with what gun is best, or a manufactuer pimping their latest model in a gun magazine.

      In my opinion the individual shooter needs to carry the gun that is comfortable with that person. If that shooter is comfortable with only a .22 long rifle caliber pistol. Then that shooter will spend more time shooting at the range and be more comfortable and confident and with a enough practice, that shooter will be deadly accurate with that .22.

      I am big fan of .22's by the way. Get a .22 injected into the rib cage and it will bounce around all over the place causing massage damage. I once saw an animal killed by a Ruger 10-22. The round went into the rib cage and came out 18 inches later outside the front leg.

    3. You can write about anything you want to, CC. I can either set up the blog so you can access it as an author, or you can send me a word processor file as an attachment, or you can just write your post as an email and I will do a cut and paste. If you have pictures and want them inserted in a specific point, just send the pictures as attachments. Then in the text of your post put and I'll put them in.

  2. The Walther is a great gun but commands a hefty price these days. A decent alternative to the Walther is the Bersa Thunder 380. They are made in Argentina by people that used to work for Beretta. Decent quality and they can be had for under 300$ new. I have been real happy with mine. Very accurate as are all fixed barrel handguns based on the Walther design. Both the 1911 and the 92 are large frame guns and I think most people buying their first handguns would tend to shy away from them. Nothing wrong with them but they are big and heavy. That is why the polymer framed pistols are so popular today. I bought a hardly used S&W Sigma SW9VE for 230$ and I love it .The newer version of that gun the S&W M&P as well as the compact single stack version they call the Shield have had great reviews. The pricing is not too awful on them either. The Sig Sauer P-250 is also a reasonably priced entry level polymer gun and it can be configured with multiple frame and grip sizes. A lot of the cold war era eastern block 9x18mm caliber surplus handguns can also be had quite reasonably these days. Of course a revolver is always a good alternative especially for those less tactically minded that don't want to have to think of racking slides and flipping safety levers. The Taurus and Charter Arms brands are reasonably priced and decent first time buyer guns.

    1. I have heard of the Bersa and it gets good reviews. Argentina has turned out some great guns, I have an Argentinian Colt M1911, a Balistar Molina, and one of my carry guns is an Argentinian Browning High Power that I cleaned up a little, did a little tune up on, and I love it.

      I have two Sigmas, the SW9 and the SW9C, these are the early guns, that S&W made before Glock sued them and forced them to make some design changes. I have never fired them, I bought them more because of the very limited production numbers than anything else. The magazines were hellish to come by and I found a few for each gun but I paid premium prices, as it was the middle of William the Bastards gun ban. I still keep my eye out these days for extra mags for these guns, but rarely see them.

      I don't have a Sig P-250 but I have two P226 pistols (the early guns, produced in "West Germany" and they are outstanding. Sig has a very good reputation.

      Southern Ohio Guns is carrying a lot of different Polish and Yugoslavian pistols in different chamberings right now, I would indeed look those over if money was tight. The hard thing is you have to find an FFL holder to order it for you, and then they will pay wholesale and jack the price up a lot to you. Unless they are personal friends. A C&R won't get most of these guns as they are not on the C&R list.

      I have always liked Taurus and have several of their semi-auto and revolver handguns. I don't know Charter arms so well, I have a vague recollection of having one and I gave it to my brother, so it must have been ok as I would not have given him junk.

  3. The thought of owning a gun is growing larger in the back of my mind. I think the wife will be cool to the idea, but will see. My biggest fear in our small town, is a radical nut case driving his car into the local co-op which is loaded with fertilizer, or the local fuel distributor who has diesel fuel and some other oils, but not gasoline. We have some propane around the wider area.

    1. Every household should have one. One of these dark nights, it's almost inevitable that some creature is going to come through your window. Who knows what they'll be after. Obama is busily letting crack heads out of jail, and they'll go back to doing what they always did to get money for dope. There are so many criminals now that almost everybody has a brush with them sooner or later.

  4. Mr. Silvious mentioned them, but for first timers and for many of the women in my life, a .38 snubby is just right and won't scare them away. Not too complicated, always reliable. S&W even makes them in a featherweight nowadays.

    When you get used to them, move on up to an auto.

    I really love my compacts, the Ruger LC9 pro and the Kahr CM 9, the trigger is incredible! --Troy

    1. I have a .38 snub nose. It's usually under the front seat of my vehicle as a back up. I know there are some very good light weights out there, hammerless and with a hammer, and you're right , they should do nicely for a woman.

      I don't know either of those pistols, Troy. I have an SP-100 with the long barrel, a few of the ruger 22 pistols they make in such a variety of configurations, some Vaqueros, a couple of Super Blackhawks, but the two you mention I'm not familiar with. However,like CC your recommendation is good with me.

    2. I have the SP101 with a 3 inch barrel, which is the Ruger version of a J frame S&W in stainless and 357. Real solid gun and very manageable for smaller folks and ladies. It does bark hard with full power loads so I download my ammo to 38 spl pressure for practice. Can't go wrong with a Ruger. I'd love to find a Ruger PC9 carbine.

    3. We have in common the Super Blackhawk in .357. A very nice piece. having trouble finding a good holster to fit it though. --T

    4. I like my SP100 very much. It's brushed chrome finish, beautiful composite grips, and the long barrel gives good accuracy. I keep it loaded with .38 special ordinarily.

      I have seen the PC9 carbine in gun stores, particularly one just across the border in North Carolina. There's this little town that used to be a cigarette smuggling hub for the whole eastern seaboard. The feds, having nothing better to do than suppress the trade in tax free cigarettes, shut the town down. There's an abandoned post office, and abandoned gas station, and the woods are closing in now. However, just outside that town is a massive country store, a general store in every sense of the word. They sell everything you need to live way out there. Their gun counter often has unusual weapons that have been traded in, and I am pretty sure that's where I saw the PC-9.

      The very first pistol I ever owned , bought for myself, I got when I was a sophomore at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Down on Central Avenue, about six blocks from campus, was an excellent hole in the wall gun store. They had a used one I could afford. In those days, it was permissible to keep firearms in your dorm room. The second flooor of Alvarado Hall was exclusviely reserved for Marine and Navy reservists, and the place was an arsenal. I kept that Ruger for three years (it was the flat top version, now rare) but sold it when I graduated from UNM and could only take with me what would fit in my Ford Pinto, as I left for MCB Quanticio and The Basic School. I also sold a pristine Springfield 1903 made in 1917. That was before I really became a collector.

      You can probably find an Uncle Mikes rig that will fit the gun if you don't mind nylon, Troy. Otherwise, I think Sportsman's Guide has a leather holster that will fit the weapon, but it isn't cheap.

  5. Hi there Harry,

    Sorry to hear the weather is not being kind. The heat is bad enough, but add humidity and it is usually unbearable. Hope the temperatures become more comfortable for you soon.

    Our stupid government are tightening up our gun laws again, making it even harder to own firearms. I feel for our son who will probably miss out on inheriting his father's firearms because of these new laws. Even hubby is having trouble purchasing rifles with a licence, they are questioning why he needs to buy more. He just wants to add to his collection. He is a very responsible gun owner...A dictatorship is what our country is turning into!

    The lizards are hibernating, like we are at this time of year. When the weather starts to warm up they will reappear again.

    Have a great weekend and stay cool,


    1. Tania, our weather has been very strange indeed for the last three years now. You just never know what it's going to do next. I can handle cold, but heat is another matter. My ferrets can't deal with heat either. This morning ,(the sun is just coming up) there's a heavy mist on the top of the mountain, and it's already warm out there. I was thinking of going up to the lake to let the dogs swim. Don't know if I will or not, it's Saturday and the place I go to let them get to the water is near an off road motorcycle trail. That could cause problems.

      It always strikes me a strange that Australia has such stringent gun laws. Maybe it's all the movies like Crocodile Dundee and Galipoli, things like that, but we Americans have this vision of Australians being people like you and your husband. People who take care of themselves and are responsible individuals. The kind of people who are too practical to get all snarled up in leftist philosophy and socialism. But it seems like there are hivists everywhere, and they seem to get what laws they want passed, implemented everywhere. Right now we are all watching a video of a top "planned parenthood" executive, secretly videotaped bragging about how when they kill babies they are careful not to "crush" the organs so they can sell the tissues for profit. Every country has it's nightmarish denizens, straight out of a science fiction movie, like that. I hope your son gets to have his dad's guns. Personally, if our government tries anything like that I am just going to ignore them.

      I hate that the lizards are hibernating. When you post pictures of the lizards I always send your link to my daughter, and she enjoys the pictures and tells me all about the lizards. She's big into animal rescue and exotic lizards are something that show up at her place until they can be nursed back to health, and a home found for them. Or, if they are too messed up, usually from neglect in a pet store , she just keeps them.

      I told her I would take care of her silkie chickens when she needed a home for three of them. But I am not doing any snakes! I will take lizards that need a temporary home though, I'm not repulsed by lizards.

      Hope all is well over there. As always I enjoyed your new post on your blog. If I could just pick up my compound here and set it down out there where you live, you would have a new neighbor. I'd have to build an underground bunker first though, for my guns and ammo and reloading gear!

  6. I got a new gun today for my wife, it's the opposite of a snubby - it's a 1970's-era 6-inch Model 19 Smith in .357 magnum. She's a fan of the .357 but not in a small gun. It's kinda big, but it's an N-frame and that's good. Because it's the House Gun now, and a big gun absorbs recoil and reduces flinch way better than a small light one...
    I hate small light guns that feel like I'm catching fastballs and line-drives bare-handed. But that's just me. I tried the small Ruger and Khar, and in my big hands they squirm around too much and I keep having to re-grip them, making followup shots time-consuming and inaccurate. I also like my SigP245, that's as small as I'll go.

    1. I don't own too many small guns, myself. I have two of the Walther PPK pistols. I have two Beretta Bobcats in .22 LR, and two Taurus PT25 semi-autos in .25. I've got a couple of snub nosed .357, one S&W and one Taurus. That's all I can think of just now. The Model 19 is a nice revolver, and should make a really good housegun. I am sitting in my study and there's a Smith and Wesson "Highway Patrolman" sitting on a small table within arms reach.

      Small guns are handy for "hideaways" and putting in unlikely places around the house or in an automobile, but I'm not a big fan of small weapons for all around use either.

  7. I would have bought a Highway Patrolman if only one had been in the shop! :-)
    I keep wanting to like small guns, but when I shoot them it's like wanting to like...a certain cheese. When I'm sooo hungry it looks good, but...bleh!

  8. The Highway Patrolman is a nice piece. The same time I got it, I got a K22 in 22LR, sweet little revolver and cheap to shoot at the time.

    Small guns have a place in life. They're great backups. The Israeli Mossad uses the Beretta Bobcat in certain situations and that's all the endorsement I need. Like you, I'm not really interested in them much beyond the practical aspects.

    1. I suppose it all comes from the tacticool element so in vogue today. So many think that if they don't have a 40 cal with 32 rounds in their pocket they are defenseless. There is a trend lately to go for more powerful calibers in smaller frame handguns. To me it is just not worth it. If you want a bigger caliber then it should be in an appropriate size handgun. A Walther size gun in anything more than a .380 just gets too snappy to manage. Especially in a light weight polymer frame. It used to be a that a 32 acp was considered reasonable for self defense. Now a .380 is considered puny and more often than not the guy behind the gun sales counter will try to talk you out of it and in to a 9mm. Whenever they get going on that one I ask them if they are willing to stand in front of it while I pull the trigger. They usually change their tune quite fast.

    2. The .380, loaded with hollow points, is a compromise. Sometimes, you just can't carry a full sized handgun. If I can get away with wearing a vest, I carry a 9mm or a .45. If I can't, I carry the little Walther PPK in a pigskin "inside the belt" holster.

      I saw a sign once that said a .22 in your pocket is worth more than the .45 at home. The point was well taken, since it doesn't do you any good to own the most superlative handgun on the market if it's so heavy and bulky you can't carry it.

      My Walthers are loaded with ball when I carry them. I'd rather have hollow points, but I haven't found a hollow point .380 that will feed every time, and it's essential that they do feed 100% of the time in a self defense situation. I have polished the feed ramp in one of the guns, and haven't found that to be the solution. After all, the Walther PPK is a design that was being produced decades before hollow points became practical.

      Everything is a compromise, these days.