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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My favorite scene from one of my favorite movies.



Warning Language

I was talking to CC about aircraft I used to fly, and it brought back some memories. There is some good helicopter flying in this scene from "Apocalypse Now".

We are going into town in a minute, and that's our big event of the day.  Supposed to be some cold weather coming in Thursday, low twenties, but if it really gets here I'm already set up for it.

I am carrying the .45 today, and I have an SKS carbine behind the seat of the Jeep. We are not going to town or coming back through the forest, but these days you just never know.


The "Paratrooper" version of the Chinese SKS holds ten rounds in the magazine, and one in the chamber. It reloads quickly with stripper clips.  Shorter than the regular rifle, in every other respect it's the same gun. I got two of them before Clinton banned the weapons from China.


I had a nightmare last night, that Clinton had somehow reversed the election and the Dims seized power.



20 comments:

  1. I grew up with a strong awareness of the Vietnam War. My father did two tours there 67-68 and 69-70. It was one of the ways of getting your ticket punched for advancement.

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    1. When I went into the Marines in 1971, the leadership, both officers and NCO's, was compromised of Vietnam veterans unless, like me at the time, you were a"boot."

      I think that's why the Marines operated so smoothly and efficiently while I was in , although by the 80's a lot of the " old salts" had retired.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I remember many of those 'old salts' from Vietnam. Many were still active duty when I was in.

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    3. They're dying off now, and I doubt any are still on active duty, but you do still see a lot of Vietnam Vet license plates and bumper stickers and hats up here. Strange to think all that was so long ago.

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  2. Firefigher I used to work with loved 'nam. Did a few tours. He was a gunner on a chopper and was shot down twice. After that he was a tunnel rat. Crazy son of a gun. He said 'nam was open season hunting with no bag limit.

    Those little SKS rifles are underrated. Love mine.

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    1. I knew people like that. They were held in high repute, but everybody was a little leary of them at the same time. They marched to the beat of a different drummer, sure enough.

      The Chinese SKS is a good gun. They used to sell for sixty five dollars when they first came into the country. That's one reason Slick Willy banned them.The Democrats were horrified at the thought of an "everyman's" semiautomatic rifle.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)


      'Funny, William the bastard missed the boat by not banning AR-15's or similar pattern rifles and now they are everywhere.

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    3. They tried to ban them by listing attributes of the rifle and banning those. That's why my Olympic Arms AR-15 has a muzzle brake instead of the bird cage flash suppressor.

      Even Clinton , Feinstein and Reno couldn't get the gun people already had. The thing to remember is to NEVER register a gun no matter what laws Ole Massah passes.

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  3. Stay safe. I would carry also, Did you see that a passer by in Ft Myers helped a deputy who was getting beat. Shot and killed attacker.

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    1. I did see that. Florida has a good "stand your ground"law. A law abiding citizen is authorized by the state to use deadly force in defense of life or property within the parameters of the law. Coming to the aid of a fellow citizen is well within those guidelines.

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  4. I was never crazy about AKs but I'd think an AK with an underfolder stock or a VZ58 with the side folder stock might just be the ticket for the confines of a vehicle. Perhaps even the "pistol" version of the AK. After your last encounter with the Mordocks I think I would definitely want it a bit more accessible than in the back seat. Ceiling racks like the cops have are readily available for small money and they keep the firearm hidden from view. Saw one at Cabelas the other day for 70$

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    1. I don't have any AK 47's with folding stocks alas. I have two with the Choate stocks, two with the standard military furniture. They are all pretty heavy for me now. The little SKS is still light and the short barreled Paratrooper is very handy. I know in the real world that I'm only going to have eleven shots with the SKS as opposed to the twenty-four or there abouts I usually carry in the AK so this is sort of an interim solution. I am toying with the idea of getting a tax stamp for a short barreled rifle and then buying one of the semi-automatic Krinkov's several manufacturers in the States offer. But stamp and rifle will run about twelve hundred if I do that.

      Putting the rifle behind the back seat is just stop gap measure till I can African Engineer something or get something like you recommended.

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  5. I hope your dream is not prophetic.

    I am just disgusted at all the things these idiots, no other word for them, that are protesting and most of them did not vote.

    We are so dry here the dogs kick up dust when they run. I hope I see cloudy, rainy skies soon.

    Thanks. Have a great evening.

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    1. I think it's just unease about all the garbage on the news. The horror! The horror!

      Still no rain here. When I drive the Jeep down the old forest service road it kicks up huge clouds of dust, and when I get to the county road and have to stop, the dust swirls over the Jeep and I'm sitting in a red cloud of it.

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  6. I worked construction a few years back with a Nam vet who was SF. He told me once that he hated General Westmoreland, and on one occasion he almost got up the nerve to punch the guy out over an incident involving his unit. The man is now homeless on the streets of Las Vegas. Very sad.

    I used to have 2 SKS rifles. The first one was really beat up and I sold it after it fired full auto one time to my utter surprise. The second one was a paratrooper and I now wish I had kept it. But I needed the money to pay for an anniversary gift. Such is life. --Troy

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    1. I never heard anyone say anything good about General Westmoreland.

      I had a nice M-1 Carbine in college, but I sold it to get money to take a girl out on a date. I know how it goes.

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    2. That's one expensive date...hope she was worth it!

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  7. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    Notice in that video clip when the Huey was flying low over those really nice head high waves outside of that village. 'Surf or Fight' I would have surfed. 'Screw the mortars and sniper's. Those are primo waves.

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    1. Yeah, I thought you would like the scene with the Huey carrying a surf board on the skids.

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  8. that was the scene that made me join the army. that and they used my name in a scene. i was high at the time so imagine the effect. tossed 1800 bucks worth of dope out the window on the way home and never touched it again. retired in 2010, 29 years...i'm not counting the wicked witch out just yet. the press has doubled down on trump, trying to make something out of nothing at every turn. bastards. we may have to fight our way out of this yet. suits me jus fine. carry on mr. bowdich.

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