Living out in the forest, you expect to hear night noises. There are some I've been hearing for years, that I can't identify. I'm sure an ornithologist or a person who studies animals could identify the sounds. They are just "night noises" to me. Some of them, I know. Owls hooting to each other, wild hogs snuffling, coyotes and the red wolves, I'm familiar with.
But a couple of nights ago, I heard one that has me really flummoxed. I went outside to take the readings on the propane tanks. I'd forgotten to do it before dark, so I took a light and went out to the tanks. They are inside the tree line to keep them shaded in summer.
There was an ear splitting noise, so loud that I hardly believe any animal could have made it. It sounded like someone with a clarinet, hitting one bad note, amplified many times. It seemed to originate just inside the treeline across the meadow. There was an element of tearing metal in it, too. Instantly, the two outdoor dogs started howling and the chickens , who were up in the trees, began to cluck their "alarm song."
Never have figured out how they do it, but a flock of chickens, when frightened, can all cluck in unison, and the same note. They start at the same time, and they stop at the same time. If someone else told me that I'd wink and nod, but it's true.
I didn't see anything out of the ordinary, and I didn't hear it again. I mention it because it happened. From time to time, you have strange experiences living out here. Doubtless they all have perfectly rational explanations but it still lifts the hair on your arms up with the goose bumps.
On a more mundane level, I'm looking for 7.5 French MAS ammo, specifically for military surplus ammo.
I want it for my MAS 49/56. A friend sent me some components of the MAS 49/56 recently, which reminded me I had it.
Some were imported into the country back in the early 90's. They are usually associated with the French Foreign Legion, for which they were standard issue in the 50's and 60's. Everything in the picture came with the rifle (mine has a slightly different colored stock), and I paid about $200 for it at the time.
These guns won't shoot low pressure Privi, so you have to find the military surplus or reload your own. I'd like to pick up some of the military surplus , though I do load for this weapon.
I know lots of people buy from different suppliers than I do, so if anyone has seen any of this for sale, please let me know. I'm in the market.
I have plenty of the commercial production, but I shoot it in the MAS 36. No gas system in that gun, so it isn't picky.
Got a couple of new catalogs. Good stuff. I made some small purchases from both, essentially to keep on their mailing list.
It has been a bit of a trying week. My wife had problems at the hospital Monday. We had a good scare because she had some kind of very negative reaction to the anesthesia. She's ok now, but we are rethinking any elective treatment that requires "going under" anymore.
We've made a concerted effort to get our stores replenished. Part of that was because we needed to, and part of it was because getting out with our lists and going to the different places ( six different counties and two other states) was fun and helped us get to feeling "normal" again.
It's nice to do day trips, because you can be home again at night, but you still got to see places you haven't been to in awhile, places that are different. Home is where a person feels the most secure, the most at ease. But it helps to leave sometimes, so you appreciate it better when you get back.
Things are going well overall. Still haven't decided what video camera to buy, but I have narrowed it down some and look forward to being able to show people more of the mountains.
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