Actually, we had more difficulty up here with Nate than we did with Irma. Not county wide. The power wasn't out for very long with Nate, and there wasn't as much damage with the trees coming down.
Our problems were more associated with very heavy rainfall right on top of us. The mountains are a strange environment in a lot of ways, and the weather is certainly one of them. It can rain like Hades , and then you come to a point where it just stops. Literally. Drive your car down the road, the rain will be thundering down, the windshield wipers laboring away on max, and just like snapping your fingers, there's no rain. We got hit with a much heavier downpour for about three hours during the storm than they did at the foot of the mountain. I have no idea why but it probably had to do with the air currents moving the heavy bands of rain.
Because I built my house on a mountainside (only an idiot would build right on the pinnacle of the mountain with the winds we get here), there wasn't any flat place to build at all. Everything we built, we had to cut out of the mountainside with a bulldozer. So, the rain comes roaring down the steep slopes of the mountain right onto my buildings down slope. I divert the rain with ditches that funnels it away from the buildings.
My pump house is actually built back into the mountainside. It's under one of the parking pads. It has cinder block walls and a gravel floor. If the water gets backed up on the parking pad, it can soak down under the ground and seep into that tunnel where the pump equipment is. This time around, in the middle of the night, one of the ditches critical to keeping the water off that parking pad got plugged up, and water got into the pump house. We keep a sump pump in there, and it's no big deal as long as you catch it before it floods. I check it periodically with a flashlight when we have heavy rain, and I caught it this time, but it's aggravating.
Just to be clear, I have a well with a submersible pump out in the forest. This is not what I'm talking about. I mean the water pressure tank, the gauges, the filters, and all that when I say "pump house."
The picture above was taken right by my well and it's housing. If you look just to the left of the center of the picture, you can see a whitish shape. That's the well. The well and the pump house are about 200 feet apart, connected by underground electric lines and water pipes.
Anyway, I guess this wasn't as bad a storm as Irma but it required a lot more action on my part. I sure hope we have seen the last of these hurricane remnants for this season. The storm brought in masses of wet gulf air. Our humidity has been over 90% since it came through, and with temps in the high eighties, going outside gets pretty miserable.
A good deal on Beretta pistols:
Addendum: Wednesday afternoon: Commander Zero pointed out that these Beretta 92S pistols have a heel magazine release rather than the side release more common today. Being a Walther P-38 aficionado , that doesn't bother me but it might be an issue with other shooters. Here's a link to a good review on the Beretta 92S.
The Beretta 92 in all it's incarnations is a good weapon. This is a very good price on them, even without the free magazine. Again, if you don't have an FFL you have to go through your FFL dealer to get these, because SOG is a wholesaler. A C&R (curio and relic license) won't work on these guns, has to be a full fledged dealer FFL.
Just hit the news stands. This is a good issue. For one thing, the "shoot or not to shoot" issue has bothered me since I ran into those four black louts in Chattanooga. I'm glad I didn't shoot them, since I am not in jail right now. But I am still furious that I had to listen to their abuse and watch their posturing without doing anything about it. Sometimes you just have to bite your lip and refuse to be provoked, but it doesn't feel good. I thought this article made a lot of sense.
There's also a great segment on military surplus ammunition. I liked it even if I didn't agree with everything the author wrote. When will you ever agree with anyone else on a shooting topic, 100%?
I have been storing and using military surplus ammo since 1986. Off the top of my head, I've cached away and fired some of the following:
- Portuguese 8mm Mauser. Steel cased, non-corrosive. It worked ok in some of my rifles, but not in others. The problem was that it was produced for machine guns, and had "harder" primers. This is a strange solution to a problem I don't quite understand, but apparently some countries put "harder" primers in machine gun ammo than they did in rifle ammo. I read an explanation of this once, that it was to prevent slam fires in the automatic weapons, but that doesn't really make any sense to me. Maybe someone out there understands the mechanics of that better than I do.
- Australian 7.62X51. Super ammo. Brass cased, non-corrosive, some packed in bandoleers and some in cellophane wrappers in the can. This ammo was boxer primed so it was reloadable.
- Ecuadorian 7.62X51. Steel cased, corrosive. Dirty ammo, but it all fired.
- Venezuelan 7.62X51. Brass cased, reloadable, great ammo.
- Turkish 8mm Mauser: Brass cased, corrosive, very hot. Came in wooden cases, with steel spam cans, holding bandoleers on stripper clips. Some folks say it is too hot, but I have fired hundreds of rounds out of my different mausers and never had a problem. You get some neck cracks, but it's not reloadable.
- Estonian .223. Brass cased, reloadable, good ammo, no problems. In bandoleers, in the can.
- Austrian and German 8X56R. Production dates 1936-1939. Brass cased, non reloadable, corrosive. Never had any problems with it.
- Indian 7.62X51. This is one of the rare cases where there was a problem with the ammo, but it wasn't in firing it. First, a lot of it came into the country in cellophane packs, in the can. That ammo was fine. Then a second lot came in packed loose, and that lot was "recalled" by the wholesalers. The bullets weren't crimped correctly and they were loose in the round. I used an inertial bullet puller to pull the bullets and threw the brass away , as it was Berdan primed. It had been sold so cheap I still made out.
- Russian 7.62X54. I've bought cases and cases of this. Some of it was brass cased on stripper clips, some of it was packed in 20 round boxes in the case. Russia made several different versions of the 7.62X54, and I've fired just about all of them out of my Moisin Nagants. I don't fire surplus in my SVT-40's because they are a nightmare to field strip, and any surplus Eastern Block ammo is bound to be corrosive and non-reloadable. I did get a full can of American 7.62X54 that was an overrun from a contract for the Afghanistan Army, and it was good. Brass cased and reloadable.
- Yugoslavian 7.62X54. Lots of this. Some on stripper clips, some in 20 round packs. Yugoslavian ammo is very good, regardless of whether it's virtually new or is 1953 production (I've got both).
- Polish 8mm Mauser. Post war production, steel cased, not reloadable, corrosive. Good stuff.
- Bulgarian 7.62X25 Tok. This is another of those weird deals where they made the ammo with a "hard" primer for submachine guns and a "normal" primer for pistols. I fire it out of two CZ-52 pistols I own, and it works fine. Comes in a can, in string tied packages. Brass cased, corrosive, never had a problem with it.
- 7.62X39. I've got Russian , Polish and Yugoslavian surplus. The Yugo is the best, but it all shoots fine.
The point of all this is that I've got a lot of experience shooting surplus ammo, and I have found it to be good stuff overall. Like anything, you can get a "lemon" but I've been pretty fortunate there. The only real problem I ever had was a case of 6.5X55 Swedish Mauser that had some corrosion on the brass cases. I just sanded it off with a wire brush on a Dremel tool.