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Friday, September 30, 2016

S-4

As far as I know, I am caught up on emails.  If I owe you one , let me know.  Some of the emails I sent out last week using Philip Nolan did not get to the intended recipients. I don't know why, because one of those that didn't make it was to my mother, and I certainly have her email address correct.

The best email address to use for me is philipnolan1953@gmail.com.

Sportsmans Guide is having another free shipping promotion.

I ordered 5 boxes of 7.5X54 French for my MAS 36.  This ammo isn't hot enough to cycle my 49/56.






I also ordered two boxes of Remington .357 hollow points.   Most of the revolvers I have stashed around the house are .357, like this big Taurus.



Taurus is a good manufacturer. I know a lot of people talk them down as cheap guns, but I certainly haven't found that to be the case.





I finished the order up with 5 boxes of 16 gauge buckshot for the Browning. I don't have a lot of ammunition for that shotgun so I am picking it up here and there.



Awhile back, I mentioned using bear spray as a non-lethal deterrent for Goblins. Several people spoke of using wasp and hornet spray as a cheaper substitute.  I know a great many people do that here in North Georgia, as bear spray costs $36.00 or so and the Hornet spray is about $3.00.  It has the same range and I imagine it would do the same job.

In the newest edition of Guns and Ammo, somebody wrote a letter to the editor, and said there was some print on hornet spray cans that says "it is a violation of federal law to use this product in other than the prescribed manner, blah , blah."  Apparently I missed a letter to the editor in a previous magazine that discussed the subject.  To be honest, I am not going to worry overly much about that. I keep bear spray, but if I had hornet spray, and the occasion called for it, I'd use it.  


the newest edition has a Ruger 22LR pistol on the cover.




Thought for the Day:







33 comments:

  1. I've got several cans of the wasp and hornet spray left over from when we had a garage infestation.

    I was amazed at how far that stuff sprayed!

    Sure would be a shame if I accidentally misused it "in a manner not consistent with the labeling"!

    I mean, it's not that expensive, but I just hate to waste things......

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    1. I think if I used hornet spray here to disable someone breaking into my house, nothing would be said by law enforcement. This isn't the kind of place where there is much sympathy for criminals. I googled "hornet spray" and got a lot of articles, first arguing one way and then another. I guess it just depends on how much a person wants to wiggle the loose tooth. Kind of a judgement call. I carry the bear spray because it's got such a good range. I have no doubt that if I read all the packaging there's something in there that says you can only use it on bears, etc .etc.

      But , after Chattanooga, I feel like I need something I can use before the bad guys cross the line that justifies deadly force. I bought this pistol that fires tear gas paint balls, it's not a toy, but it cost more than a real pistol. It's also very heavy. After I got over the first flush of being so enraged, I realized that it didn't do the job of a can of bear spray and cost a huge amount more. I have passed it on to a family member for keeping in their home since. My bear spray is in whatever vehicle I am driving. I hate to waste anything , too. ;-)

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  2. they changed the formula in hornet spray a couple years ago. its less effective on hornets and nearly useless on people unless you score a direct shot to the eyes. got some blown back in my eyes this summer, not pleasant, but not incapacitating either. additionally, if you use it and it blinds or otherwise maims a bad guy, you'll get sued at least, maybe prosecuted for "man-trapping". there is legal precedent. some pepper spray has the added bonus of colorants to id the perp too. as said before don't scrimp on your life.

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    1. riverrider, I guess if someone sued me in federal court they might win, but if they tried it around here they'd be up the creek without a paddle. I don't really know how that works. I've been to small claims court but that's about it.

      I think probably in a city swarming with shysters and ambulance chasers it would be problematic. I use the bear spray because I have faith in it, and I can afford it. But lots of folks up here can't, this is not an affluent community unless you are talking about the people who move in here from Florida, that's a whole different thing.

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  3. I love my Taurus's they feel right to my hand. Not all guns feel right. Hard to explain and grips are not the solution. I need to look at that buckshot and slugs good price on them.

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    1. The odd thing about slugs, is you use rifled slugs in smooth bore, and non rifled slugs in a rifled barrel. I am almost sure I will mix that up some day, I wonder if it will screw up the shotgun barrel. For some reason, I have a mental block on how that goes a lot of the time.

      I carry a Taurus 92, I've had it for many, many years and really like it. It's a little nicked and scratched from hitting things while it's being carried in a shoulder holster, so it's no museum quality gun but it always fires when I pull the trigger.

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  4. Interesting story - 'COunter Assault' was one of the first big-brand bear sprays. The marketing used to feature a picture of a guy with his head torn open buy a bear. That guy was the guy who developed CA. I met him one day and we got to talking. The early cans of CA had the word 'BEAR' crossed out on the cas in magic marker. I asked him about this and apparently the feds said he could not market the product as bear spray until he had done studies to show it would not permanently damage the bears. BUT..to market it as people repellent, for use against muggers an whatnot, there was no requirement to prove it was safe on humans. Go figure.

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    1. If somebody was marketing people repellent I'd buy some. Bear Spray has such a good range on it, and I figure if it will stop a bear it will discourage one or more Goblins and give me time to exit the area without gunplay and the resultant stigma of having gunned down a group of innocent black youth on their way to prayer meeting.

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  5. I always enjoy your posts, you cover such a range of topics...and the Capt Pickard picture is the best!

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    1. There are a lot of those, this one just happened to fit the bill, but they are all pretty funny.

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  6. Would you use a Tarus as a carry gun? I personally have not found then to be reliable enoug to use as a carry gun.

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    1. I actually have. I use a Taurus 92 and a Miami Classic rig from Galco a lot of the time. I've had that pistols for a great many years and it's reliable. I will say that guns are a lot like cars. You buy one and it's fine, another guy buys the exact same model and has problems. In general, Taurus has a good reputation for mid range, working guns. The "car rule" applies to guns though, you can find folks who are adamant supporters of manufacturer X, and others who are dedicated to denigration of the same brand. I guess it's just what suits you on a personal level, based on your own experiences.

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  7. I noticed empty spaces at WM's ammo locker today in passing I didn't note what was out

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    1. Here we have just about everything available at reasonable prices but .22LR. That's for sale , but not at prices I can justify.

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  8. did not get an email. Check out Kymber pepper spray.

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    1. You mean Kimber the gun manufacturer, or Kymber from Canada? I need to go by her place and see what she's up to, now that I think of it.

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    2. I had no idea they made mace type weapons. I only own one Kimber, a Custom II, because they are so expensive. I will look up their pepper spray, as Kimber is virtually a synonym for high quality.

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    3. I bought several of those a few years ago. I gave one to my son, one to my wife, and kept one.

      Thank God we haven't had to use them, but I liked the idea that it used a pyro charge to blast the spray out way beyond "bad breath range".

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    4. Check out Ebay, too. I can't afford a Kimber, either.

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    5. teehee. you wouldn't believe the number of times i've been asked if i was named after a gun...but i wasn't. i was named after a race horse. sending lots of love Harry!

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    6. Dr. Jim, you bought the Kimber mace things? And you felt like you got your moneys worth? I am thinking something like that for the purse or pocket, with the bear spray in the vehicle, would be a good thing to have.

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    7. Tewshooz, I got my Kimber when I worked part time at the gun counter in the general store. This guy from Atlanta bought it, then came back and traded it back to me the next weekend because it was too heavy. I bought it from the store for half retail as it was "used" at that point. It's a super nice weapon, and I used to carry it a lot when still carried the M1911 but now it's just too damned heavy for me.

      The thing is, I also have an Auto Ordnance M1911 that cost a third as much. It shoots just fine, and I figure with the .45 if I am shooting at a person it will be at 20 feet or under. So it doesn't matter how nice the gun is I shoot the miscreant with, the bullet and the effect will be the same. I do have some pistols I have never fired at all, like a stainless steel m1911 from the Colt Custom Shop. I don't know if I should even consider them weapons since I will never fire them. But the Kimber is in between, really nice but not a wall hanger or safe queen.

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    8. Well Kymber, it would have made sense for you to be named after the pistol. You and the pistol are both highly desirable, much sought after, and something a man can brag about. If old J had to choose between the gun and the girl, he'd take the girl. What greater compliment can a fellow pay to a lady?

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    9. 'tis true sweet friend...but you figure at the age of 45 one of my dear friends would have thought to buy me a "kimber" for a birthday or xmas by now??? i guess i have sucky friends - bahahahah! and please know that you are accounted for in that group!!!!

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    10. The ones I have predate the pistol shaped ones.

      They seem very well made of good quality plastic.

      We've never had to use them, but for the money, I thought it was a very convenient way to get two shots of pepper spray out to the distance where the threat level is a bit less than having the goblin right on top of you.

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    11. Kymber, wait til I am dead and my son will run you a truckload of weapons and ammo up there. ;-)

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  9. Love the last poster of the beast. You know anybody who has .327 mag ammo at a good price? JUGM got her dad's .327 now and her kegs are almost dry.

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    1. Senior, you mean the .327 magnum that Federal and Ruger came out with in '07? I've never even seen a gun chambered for that, to tell the truth. No ammo for it around here, it's like .44 special, I imagine you have to order it. American Eagle, Speer, and Federal produce it. I just checked on line with Sportsman's Guide and they have the American Eagle only, at $25.00 for a box of 50 rounds. They are having a free shipping thing , I think it ends this week though.

      If they have it, then just about anybody who sells ammo on line may have it.

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  10. The wasp spray is interesting in theory. I always wonder how likely you would be to use it as a deterrent, unless you actually trained yourself to do so (like you might with other types of weapons). Otherwise, I can't help but wonder if you might freeze and not think to go grab the wasp spray?

    You asked about what my hubby thought about the 24 hour race. He's a pretty laid back person and doesn't worry about much of anything. So he's fine with it. He's going to bring the boys out to walk with me for some of it (I will be walking more than I run). It's a one mile loop that you do as much as you can, so you will pass by an aid booth every single mile - no danger of dehydrating this time! :-)

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    1. Well, I'm sure that might be a problem if a person didn't have a proactive and situationally aware mindset. In my case, I was so angered by the run in with the BLM types in Chattanooga that I'm sure the first thing I will reach for in the car if anything like that happens again is the bear spray. That won't keep me from having my pistol cocked and locked, as well. But it will preclude my having to sit there and listen to four trashy punks call me names and then ride away laughing.

      Surprise effects different people different ways. My son has trained in martial arts for many years, but when some hop head came at him in the dark not long ago and tried to mug him, he let the guy get too close. His sister lit the interloper up and that was that. I told my son that surprise is normal in a human, and that next time he will react faster because it won't be a first time event.

      Remember when that crazy guy was running around your place at night and your husband wasn't home? That's where something like bear spray might come in handy if you have any reservations about killing somebody. In my case, I lost any such inhibitions a long time ago, when I was a young man. However, I don't want to go to prison or be the next George Zimmerman, so I plan to use the bear spray before it gets to that point.

      I guess I worry excessively about my wife and kids. I know they must get tired of me saying "but what if this happens."

      I'm glad you are running on a track, but my God, won't that be boring beyond words? Is it lit up at night? I hope they have some police protection visible, so no idiots try to grab women off the track.

      I live by the code "if something bad can happen, then it probably will." That sounds like overkill but it has saved my bacon from time to time. Be really careful..... I wouldn't want the booger man to get you before I get the seeds! ;-)

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  11. I have a lot of experience with 3 Taurus revolvers. One is a .22lr that can't eject spent rounds with any consistency. It is at best annoying as a plinker. One is a j frame air weight .38 that is as good or better than it's S&W peers. One is a Model 66 6" (roughly k frame with a normal weight barrel) .357 that has a wonderful trigger and is a damn tack driver. Dinner plate at 50 meters was easy. Can't speak for their auto's but I have had at least decent luck with their wheel guns.

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    1. I have several of the Taurus 92 and 96 pistols, and they work fine. I don't have any of the newer, plastic fantastic guns so don't know anything about them.

      I have a couple of the revolvers and they work fine with commercial or my own reloads.

      Glad to see you again. I thought you were dead. :-)

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