Friday, December 15, 2017

Are they all dead at Southern Ohio Guns? Guy Sajer was right.



Southern Ohio Guns: Where are they?




I have been trying to call Southern Ohio Guns most of the afternoon. I wanted to place an order for a case of the 7.62 ammo for the Model 1895 Nagant pistol. I have two of the pistols but only about 100 rounds of ammo for them, and I'm never going to try to reload this round.  It's the very weird one with the bullet way up inside the case.

But when I call them, I have to listen to their recording go on and on, then it says it will transfer me to the next sales rep, then it puts me on hold and that's it. Nobody ever picks up.  Southern Ohio Guns is really about the last of the great surplus houses from the old days, maybe they are going under too and the janitor is supposed to answer the phone....

Guy Sajer was right:




I've been on exercises in two countries that were frozen hells.  One was "Bold Guard, Northern Wedding " in Norway, back in the mid seventies. The other was "Team Spirit", in Korea, in the late seventies.

Both of them were miserable, no bones about it.

But Sajer fought on the Eastern Front, in WW2.  His is the best book I've read about it, and I've read a lot of them that were very good.

One of the things you get from the book, even if you have never been out of the states, is how hard it is to do the simplest things in the cold.  Everything takes longer, is more difficult, there are more problems associated with any action.

That's what it's been like here since this snow storm.  We haven't had weather anything like "deadly cold", at worst it's been in the mid teens. But it hardly warms up above freezing, and when it does it's only a few hours just before sunset , which is now about 5:30.

Getting in and out of here has been tough. You get out, and one stretch is just mushy, but when you come back it's frozen solid. Or you start down, and where you had no trouble yesterday, you start sliding today. It's all well and good if you live where the sun shines, the stuff has melted. But most of us here live where the mountains block the sun part of the day.  The sun NEVER shines on my jeep trail, because it follows a ravine on the mountainside.

Everything that normally has to be done, still has to be done. It just takes longer and you are much more worn out when you finish.

I still like winter better than summer, but I could do without the snow.

Got a new book:



"There's always the ten percent who don't get the word."  That's a Marine Corps saying for those who just aren't in the picture. The civilian equivalent is "he's a day late and a dollar short."  I am that way in one respect.  People tell me things that are happening, and I just don't believe because what they are telling me is too bizarre. Then it turns out they were right.

Some examples:

"The government is monitoring all your email, blogs, texts, and telephone calls." I laughed at this idea right up until Snowden proved it was true and the government said "well, yeah, so what?"

"George Soros is financing a One World Order agenda."  I explained to my friends why this was unlikely and it turned out to be God's Truth.

I could go on, unfortunately, but you get the drift.  If you have been reading the news lately, you know things have gotten outright frightening. One of the big wheels associated with the so called "special investigation" of President Trump turns out to be a Trump hater who sent hundreds of emails demeaning the President and saying he had to be "gotten rid of." Another of them was married to a woman who worked for the company which paid the X-British MI6 guy to dummy up the notorious "dossier" on the President.  Another was a rabid Clinton supporter who helped Commey white wash Clinton.  And on, and on, AND ON.

A friend sent me this book.  I read it, and I liked it very much.  For the first time I know of, someone came up with an idea as to how Americans could fight back, individually, and published the game plan. Granted, this was some time back, but the book is so relevant to our times it's eerie.



A lot of friends had previously recommended the book to me, but for one reason or the other I just never got a copy.  Now I regret that.   

It's not that the story or the characters are that great , it's the conceptualization of our current environment, of how things are, that is so compelling.  For me, that's what made the book terribly interesting.

You can probably get it from your library, through inter-library temp loan, unless it's gone the way of "The Turner Diaries" and is now banned.....


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46 comments:

  1. It's very true Harry, cold makes everything take longer. I can only speak as a mountain mamma though :) One small example is dog care. We take the dogs out 4 times a day for their business and some playtime. We don't have a full fence around the house so we have to go out with them using leashes. Just the time it takes to put all the snow gear on and shovel adds to the time. We feel so fortunate in the summer when we just have to slip our rubber boots on! I guess you get used to it, but it does wear on me each year as I get older. A slippy jeep trail must be scary to drive on.

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    1. Rain, we have Rufus, the ancient Pomeranian my daughter rescued and brought down to us from Cincinnati. He is a sweet old guy, and he loves my wife. He's really old though and had pneumonia before he came down here. So go go out he has to have his little coat and his booties. Getting Rufus ready to go out takes longer than getting myself ready.😕

      I had to shovel a lot of snow and ice this time around,because the stuff just isn't melting. It still looks like the arctic out there tonight.

      The really unnerving thing is that a snow in December was so heavy. If it's like this now, what will January and February be like?😞

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    2. I sympathize! It's a deep freeze here and I'm really not looking forward to January and February! Jack is like Rufus...he needs his coat and booties on. But even the huskies were hopping around this morning, too cold for them too!

      Ice is dangerous...I hope you're careful when you walk on it. I don't leave the house without the cleats on my boots from November to April.

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    3. Rain, it's almost ten on Saturday morning, and it's still in the teens. I don't have any boots with cleats, but I am going to get some. This ice being on the ground all around the buildings, for so long, has been dangerous. My concern is that if I go out at night to check the buildings, and I fall and can't get up, that's it for me. I carry a radio linking me to the house, but experience has shown me that my wife often won't hear the radio inside if she's asleep.

      Rufus didn't even want to go out this morning, I had to carry him out, and once he was finished he raced back to the house faster than I could walk!

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    4. Lol at Rufus! They are smart alright!

      The cleats I have are called Ice Traxx, they are a Canadian Tire store brand made of rubber with pins on the bottom, and I just put them on my regular winter rain boots. They were pretty cheap, about $15, cheap as in inexpensive, but cheap as in quality too, I buy a new pair every year. I couldn't walk around without them.

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    5. Rain, I am going to see if I can find those Ice Trad on Amazon. Unlike you, I would rarely need them so they would last longer. Cheap is good. It's like the Russians say. "The best is the enemy of good enough."

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    6. I think they are a good investment Harry, always good to have on hand for ice storms too. We get those often. This is the type I have: https://i.stack.imgur.com/j9tVn.png
      Like I said, they are okay, but they don't last me the winter since I use them daily. But the price is right!!!

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    7. a man told me to sprinkle epsom salt as it gives traction, so i put some down with the ice melter.

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    8. Rain, if they work for you, that's good enough! You aren't going to climb the Himalayan's and neither am I. ;-)

      I always try to buy good, durable gear but I'm not at all name band conscious. Usually I do ok with my less expensive gear, and if once in awhile it doesn't work out, and I have to buy something higher up the totem pole, that's just the way the cookie crunches.

      Thanks for the URL, it will help me find what I need on Amazon.

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    9. Deb, your comment was caught in my spam filter, along with two others. Just found them Tonight. I have no idea why they were in there.
      I have heard of using Epson salts. Never really used salt much until this latest episode but I am going to start keeping some bags of the stuff in the barn now.

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  2. Thank you for the Matthew bracken book idea, my library hasn’t ever heard of him (Phoenix....) but I can buy a kindle version from amazon for $4.99. Happy melting!

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    1. Hilogene, here you can get on the computer at the library, and it lets you look for any book in the holdings of some thirty libraries. If one of them has the book, they will temp loan it to you through your local library. I get a lot of books that way. There is nothing wrong with Kindle, though. The book is not politically correct, so maybe libraries try not to make it available. That's a common form of censorship here unfortunately.

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  3. https://www.dsarms.com/p-13856-fal-l1a1-inch-pattern-20-round-magazine-used-condition.aspx

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    1. Riverside, thanks for the heads up. You fixed me up with enough so that I don't have to worry , but then again, magazines are like ammo, you can never really have enough.

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  4. You've read "Unintended Consequences", right?

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    1. No I haven't. When you mentioned it, I recognized the name but couldn't place the book. I looked it up on Wiki, and immediately recognized the cover because it is rather lurid and I remembered seeing it. Reading the Wiki article, I thought I should order it, but then the last part of the article said "The book was listed by The New York Times' Sunday Book Review as one of the most sought after out-of-print books of 2013" So I may have to work at running a copy down. I will check Kindle and see if I can get a digital copy, but I have noticed that a lot of the politically oriented books I want to read somehow seem not to make it to the digitization process.

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    2. Harry, I have a bunch of Matthew Bracken stuff in a mix of paperback and kindle. Your welcome to borrow it all.

      I also have a hard copy of Unintended Consequences your welcome to borrow.

      I don't need them back in any particular time. Whenever your done would work. Shoot me an email with your shipping address if you want to borrow them.

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    3. TOR, that's really decent of you to offer to go through the trouble and expense of loaning me your materials, and I appreciate it. I can get the first few books I want to read through our inter-library loan program, which is free, so I will get those and read them first. If there are some I can't get, I will touch base with you through email and borrow them from you if you have them. Again, thanks for the offer. It's much appreciated.

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  5. Go online and place order with OhioGun. I don't mess with phone orders anymore as online is faster and less hassle. Use PayPal when I can and free encrypted email at safe-mail.net. You have more snow than we do, although we are colder at night. Hope we don't have another dry winter....we need snow.

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    1. Tewshooz, the problem is, Southern Ohio Guns had a web page with the shopping cart and all, but they won't tell you what the shipping is going to be until you have actually placed your order. Since I am looking for a case, with two spam cans full of ammo, I want to know what the whole package is going to cost me before I buy it. Southern Ohio Guns ships UPS, and I am thinking that the last time I ordered a case of ammo from them it was almost $40.00 to ship it. So I need to be careful ,it may be that in the end I am better off buying commercial production rather than surplus. It's only worth buying surplus ammo if it's a lot cheaper than commercial.

      We still have snow and ice all over the ground up here. Supposedly, rain is coming in early next week and that will get rid of it til next time. I sure hope so.

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    2. You can place your order into your shopping cart and give them all you information, but I bet they have a final click to OK the order and that will show the shipping. If you don't do the final click, the order will not go thru. Lots of web sites will do that.

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    3. I take back what I said about Ohio Guns and their website. I put some ammo into their shopping cart when I saw where they said their website cannot calculate shipping charges until after an order is placed. That is a bunch of BS. Who puts up with that? I would not shop with them and would also email them about it. They probably don't care, but it would make me feel better.

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    4. I don't know why they do that? Who would place an order for something very heavy without knowing what the shipping would cost. Ten or so boxes doesn't worry me, but a full case, that's a whole different ball game. ��

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    5. Tewshooz, my email to Southern Ohio Guns is being kicked back as undeliverable. Looks bad for SOG.

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  6. My old fire Captain fought with the Marines in Korea. He said he was never warm and thought he'd never be warm ever again. That's from a guy who spent his life in northern NH.

    I had -14 this morning. Already had to use a heater to thaw plumbing in the basement. I've just got to last until the end of the year, then we are heading south until it feels warm.

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    1. Korea was pretty horrific in the dead of winter. We were living in a tent city, I can't imagine what it must have been like for the grunts, sleeping in little shelter half tents. You couldn't dig a hole in the ground, it was frozen like cement, so I don't even know how they put up their tents. We had GP tents, and we used gas torches to melt the ground enough to drive in the stakes. I don't have a lot of good memories of Korea, even though I was there in the summer too. Back then, the whole place smelled like feces because they put it all over the fields.

      Nowhere near that cold here, thank God. It's 19 above outside , almost 9:30 on Saturday morning here now. I'm pretty much rooted here, I envy you going South to the balmy blue waters and sandy beaches.

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  7. The German soldiers are not forgotten in their crusade against Russia. It is the reason WWII games such as "Squad Leader" and "Panzer Blitz" were and still are, so popular.

    I read Max Bracken's "Piss Christ? Piss Koran" a while ago, and it was a very good read. Not the smoothest writing style, but the message gets through. You can find it here: http://gatesofvienna.net/2016/06/piss-christ-piss-koran-part-one/

    And cold just sucks. I, being an extreme exotherm (all my friends snuggle up to me when they are cold) can handle most of it, but I am doomed once I get my hands and feet cold. It takes really hot soaking water to restore core temp. My normal winter wear is two t-shirts (in order to keep my chest warm (asthma as kid, lungs suck)) and whatever else is appropriate for the conditions.

    Stay warm. Drink some nice hot toddys to keep up your health.

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    1. Living in Europe, and spending considerable time in Germany, I got to talk to some of the old veterans who fought on the Eastern Front in the war. Those were always fascinating conversations, especially once they realized I didn't have any "they were all Nazi's" preconceptions.

      I haven't read that book, or even heard of it. I intend to try to read his other books, now that I know I liked the first one. Thanks for the link.

      I can handle cold, in and of itself. What is harder is the extra work it creates, and the way it makes simple things like just getting out to the hard surface road into major evolutions. It also drains the energy out of you, so that at the end of the day, I've been going to bed by eight and sleeping all night. I'm just plain tuckered out and I don't bounce back so quickly as I once did.

      I'm staying inside today. We don't need anything from town, so no reason to stir.

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  8. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I read Bracken's lastest book that takes place in Morocco. Its about rescuing 'white' girls that were kidnapped by Muslim slavers from a Catholic Girls School on the Irish Coast.

    This latest book was his best work yet.

    Islam is so wonderful. Makes me wonder how they actually made it out of the 7th Century. I saw some video footage earlier this year of a older man. I guess its the grandfather using a bamboo stick to direct a pack of women around the house. The man was 'hearding' the women as if they were goats.

    One a side note, I was looking at property in rural New Mexico were the land is dirt cheap compared to Texas. I found a real adobe house outside of Socorro New Mexico. The adobe walls were one to three feet thick. A traditional adobe structure. The views were scenic with only farmers and horse properties nearby. I like the Gulf Coast but I keep a wandering eye.

    If I was much, much younger I would leave the country on a sailboat like the character in Bracken's Castigo Cay book.

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    1. I know Socorro well, or at least ,I know it as it was 1971-1974. It was between Albuquerque and Las Cruces, in some of the most wind and sun blasted real estate in New Mexico. Beautiful scenery, very few people. They had water problems then but I don't know about now. I think there are a lot of worse places to live than Socorro in a nice, cool adobe house.

      I read Castigo Cay, and even for me, there was a lot of brutality in that book. I think it set me back a little. I'm not squeamish, I just found it a bit of "a downer" in that respect.

      Maybe the new one you mentioned would be good to read. I'll give it a try, why not?

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captiancrunch)


      The latest book by Matt Bracken is just as squeamish as the previous book, but and I stress but. 'Reading about how some of the SAS's retiree's working with retired IRA member's to get their own back from Muslim slavers is worth the read.

      The future is the past....

      As Western Society crumbles the same 7th Century demons will spread into Southern Europe. In future America it wont be American Indian tribes fighting each other as it was in the past before the white man came. It will Americans fighting each other.
      A few empires will re-awaken like a Russia controlled by a Czar. China will retreat back into itself as it has done in its 'hermit kingdom' past. There will be other notable changes too as the democracy experiment phases out like the decline of the Soviet Empire.

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    3. Seems like I can get Bracken's stuff through our local interlibrary loan program, so I will ask to have them shipped in. If I don't like them, I don't have to finish them. Most people who have talked about them seem to think that at least the next two volumes in the "Enemies Foreign and Domestic" series are books I should read. I'm planning on getting the one you recommended as well. After all, it isn't costing me anything to get them through the library so why not?

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  9. Morning Harry, I checked the comments and didn't see this particular recommendation, so I'd like to recommend all of the anthology of 'Enemies'. I agree with your assessment of the story and the characters (meh...), but the scenario(s) are riveting to me. I find Bracken to be a pretty straight shooter (if you'll pardon the pun).

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    1. That pretty well sums up how I feel about the book. The actual story was ok, but the way Bracken created on paper exactly what we are experiencing today was very compelling. I do plan on reading the other books, and whatever else I can find he has out there. He's a former Navy SEAL according to the book I got, which certainly adds to his credibility.

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  10. I'm remembering what it's like to work outside when it's cold. Was doing stuff outside all day the other day, and my fingers got cold and stiff! It's the first time in 35 years I was working outside at 40*, and it slowed me down a bit.

    Get the other two "Enemies" books by Bracken. They continue the story and expand on it. I generally re-read them once a year, but missed this year's fall read because of the move.

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    1. Dr. Jim, I imagine that working outside there is a big change alright. Wait til it gets down in the single digits.��

      I plan on getting the other books. I'm told they aren't as good as the first but I have lots of time on my hands.

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    2. The other two books go into character development. I like the last one the best!

      I worked outside quite a bit back in Illinois, but that was 35 years ago!

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    3. You and I are in the same boat, I could handle this cold weather better myself 35 years ago. Now, it's more of a struggle.

      Most people are saying the next two books are worth reading so I am going to give them a try. I can get them free through our library inter-library loan system.

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  11. I have all 3 books in the trilogy. I don't think I paid for them. I have them on Kindle. Been some time since I read them, may have to go back and reread.

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    1. Rob, I don't buy many hard back books anymore, and the one's I do are reference books. I do buy a good many Kindle books, because they don't take up space. Also, it's cheaper. ;-)

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  12. We were scheduled to leave for vacation in Florida last Saturday, but didn't get out until this past Monday due to the snow. Spent Saturday shoveling (and dashing for cover every time I heard a *CRACK...CRASH* as a tree or branch fell from the weight of the snow). Sunday was more fun as DH manned the chainsaw and I carried the logs and branches of the tree that fell over the fence onto the neighbor's deck. Fortunately, the only damage was to our fence, and is fairly easily fixed. We were surprised when we arrived home yesterday to find that there is still snow on the ground. There is still a lot of cleanup to do: a big oak branch covers most of the side yard, and two trees we'd planted for privacy screening fell across the garden area. The bad news is that now the neighbors can stare at us from their deck if they choose. The good news is that, come spring, I plant tomatoes in the section that was normally reserved for lettuce.

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    1. Chipmunk, a young woman went walking in the snow down in Atlanta, and a branch fell on her, and now she's paralyzed from the waist down. The whole city is shocked, no one can remember that happening before.

      We had another power outage today (Sunday) but it was only for a couple of hours, so M and I just sat around by the fireplace and drank hot chocolate.

      I'm sorry you had to mess with a fallen tree when you were all set for a vacation, and it is really bad luck you were delayed from leaving by the storm. That particular storm didn't do anyone any good that I can see.

      Well, I like tomatoes better than lettuce, so I guess that worked out ok. ;-)

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  13. Harry, did you find some l1a1 mags yet?
    $20 at DSA
    https://dsarms.com/p-13856-fal-l1a1-inch-pattern-20-round-magazine-used-condition.aspx

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  14. S.C. it's good to hear from you. Hope all is going well for you and the family. Yes, Riverrider had some magazines above and beyond his own requirements and was kind enough to make some available to me. I am surprised DSA has any, but I expect they are always looking for new sources. I will go take a look at those, you never know when another opportunity will come along, if ever. Thanks for passing the word.

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  15. Harry,
    Have you read any of Kurt Schlichter's (of Townhall.com) work yet? "Red State" and "Indian Country" are superb, set in a dis-United States of America.

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    1. I haven't, in fact I don't think I ever heard of him until just recently, but I will surely see if I can find those books, they sound pretty interesting.

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