Thursday, February 22, 2018

Spring already? Curio and Relic. Concealed Carry Permit.


This what a normal February looks like in the North Georgia Mountains.  But not this year. After weeks of extreme cold, now it's up in the seventies and very humid.  In one day, I went from heaters to dehumidifiers.  The picture above was from 2007, looking through my old pictures every February looks similar, until now.


This is February, 2008.  We used to go to Tybee Island in February, because you could get a nice place to stay and you had the beach to yourself.  NOBODY was there.  But I just got off a Tybee web pages (Spankey's Bar and Grill) and there are people strolling on the beach and surfing.

I'm not sure if the climate is changing, but the weather sure is.





When I finish here, I'm going to take Percy out for a romp in the meadow. He will have to wear his leash and harness, which he doesn't like, but if he takes off for the woods I can't move fast enough to catch him anymore. He'll be glad to get out after having been cooped up during most of the winter.



This picture was taken in 2012.  The grey ferret is Chloe, and the white one is Jasmine. They were really old when I got them, over ten years old.  They belonged to a young couple who lived on a farm. The bank foreclosed on them, and the young people had to move to a city to work, but the apartment wouldn't accept pets. So they came to live with us. We had eight ferrets then. They mostly slept, but they were sweet natured, like little old ladies who put up with the younger ferrets with great grace. They have both passed on now, and they are up on the side of the mountain, in a corner of the meadow. It's a nice spot and all of our animal family members rest there eventually. Wouldn't mind it myself, come to think of it.



Right now, everything is brown and barren. But if the weather stays like this, the mountains will be all green and lush in a few weeks. I like every season here. Winter might be cold, and summer might be hot and humid, but they all have good things about them.


I suppose I'm in a nostalgic mood today.  My wife and I replaced the passenger side front window in the Cherokee this morning, and I enjoy doing little projects where we can work together. I have a little bit of caulking to do on one of the buildings this afternoon, but overall we have things under control.  Sat out on the porch last night and smoked my pipe, haven't done that in a long time because it's been too cold. 


Today's Cartoon:



  OAN:  These guys are murder.  Quite literally.  They've made huge inroads in the Southeast under Obama's benign reign.  This segment just aired.

 

 Thought for the Day:




Curio and Relic License:


I just renewed my Curio and Relic License.  The one above is generic, of course.  A C&R isn't as useful as it used to be.  When there were lots of big surplus firearm wholesalers, they put out wonderful catalogs, and you had to have an FFL to get them.  C&R was good enough.  Southern Ohio Guns put out a 16 page illustrated newspaper type flyer every month in "the good old days." I have every issue from about 1988 til they quit a few years back.  You can order C&R firearms directly, without going through a gun store, because you are cleared to do so by ATF.

You have to keep a bound book, i.e. a list of firearms you buy or sell using the license. That's not that tough, you can buy a bound book for a few bucks and just fill in the blanks.

Now, with few affordable surplus guns and almost no big wholesalers left, I guess I just keep renewing for old times sake.


concealed carry permit:


top: old style license.  bottom: new license


Transmitting from the mountain:  Concealed carry guns





 




32 comments:

  1. -sigh- What a contrast. Just was at one of those "Blinded by their Virtue" ladies, who has decided to go to her first march. The @ march for our lives gathering, in Washington DC, end of March.

    Do you think that that Virtuous Lady looked at Wikipedia page on background on this "march"? Doubt it. If I pointed to it, would she listen? I'd just raise a shit storm, on her lovely, quiet, peaceful, beautiful stuff site. Not from her, but from others.

    Bahhhh-humbug....

    Thank you for a place to rant!

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    1. Strange how people will get involved in something that they know nothing about. It's a "sheeple" reflex, just go with the flock.

      No sense in getting engaged in a shouting match with someone who doesn't want to have their cherished preconceptions challenged.

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  2. I'm with you. I like every season. The bad parts of each season make you appreciate the good of the others more. If the weather was nice all the time one would take it for granted..........

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    1. taminator, there are always good things and bad things, as you say, when it comes to the seasons. Summer here is brutally hot and humid, but it's so nice at the lake, and the evenings with the lightning bugs flitting around in the woods are really beautiful. Winter can be brutal, and a lot of work to keep the buildings warm and the pipes thawed. But I sure do like to sit in by the fire while the snow falls outside, like Badger in his den. It's all good.

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  3. It just snowed here in Nebraska over night. We've had 2 ice storms earlier this week. It's supposed to snow again on Saturday. I could have spring now. :)

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    1. I saw your state was on the Weather Channel this morning. You folks are really getting pounded by cold weather, and we are breaking records. It was 80 degrees in middle Georgia today, in Feb!

      Another big cold front is coming across the country by this weekend, the ATL news is saying temps will be more "seasonal" which means cold!

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    2. This weekend was nice. We didn't wear any coats. Then yesterday it rained all day, and today it snowed once again.

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    3. tonight we are expecting sleet or rain mixed with snow. I thought winter was over, but I guess not.

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  4. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    A cold front pushed through last night. Cold and rainy here in South Texas. It was a pacific front so it was not as bad as an artic front.

    I hope I never see snow again.

    I want hot, humid, subtropical weather pattern with coconut's washing up on the beaches during the summer. I want to dodge tourists on the beach as I am hauling ass down the beach trying not to get stuck in deep sand. Tourists are expendable, vunerable and combustible:) A joke I got from a tv show on the old mini-aircraft carriers that were used in WW2 (CVE's) I got the acronym mixed up, CVE (combustible, venerable and expendable)
    Gotta give Navy credit for making nicknames for everything. Every boat had a nickname. When I see the name for a ship now, USS (whatever) I try and come up with a nickname derived from the ship's name.
    The USS Ford I'm sure has already been christened with a nickname. The Ford has no urinals onboard. Only flush toilet's so I wonder if Ford and no urinals got mixed together somehow in some kind of bizzare name only a Boatswain's Mate could come up while drunk in a Norfolk bar:)


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    1. It's been up in the high seventies here on the mountain this week, and humid as hades. No coconuts, though.

      That's bizarre about the Ford. Not surprised though, Gerald Ford was notorious for bad luck and odd happenings, so a ship named after him would doubtless be odd too!

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  5. Just saw SOG has a deal on Nagant Revolver ammo and thought remembered you were looking for some a while back.
    Don't know how much truth there is to it, but I seem to remember reading somewhere that one of the reasons the US chose the Beretta M9 had to do with the Italians giving us a favorable price on lease on our base in Sigonela.

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    1. I finally got 20 boxes from SOG, after some confusion where they didn't answer their phones. I need another 30 to fill up an ammo can with just the Nagant pistol ammo, so I will touch base with them and get me some. Thanks for letting me know it was in stock.

      I never heard that before about Sig, but it's a big base and it wouldn't surprise me. I always heard that the Sig folks would not agree to build a factory in the U.S. and the Italian Beretta crew was willing to do so, but that's just internet scuttlebutt, might or might not be true.

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  6. Harry, I love all the seasons as well. Spring is my favorite minus the tornadoes. I love every thing blooming, and all the new critters being born.

    Those ferrets are adorable. I totally understand putting them on leashes to go outside. Beans has to be put on a leash because the little guy will take off after wildlife....and he's just to fast.

    I tried to play your video, it didn't work.

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    1. Sandy, these videos only play on my Kindle sometimes, they play on my computer (windows 8.1), but lots of people tell me they don't work on their computers. I am using an old program that came with this computer, and I don't actually know how to make a video any other way. I'll ask my son next time I see him if there is some program I could buy that will work with this computer and that everyone can play the video with.

      It's going to be 80 degrees here today. That's a new record and almost 20 degrees above average.

      Ferrets are a lot of fun. When I get my video camera I will try to use it to post a video of the ferrets "war dancing". You have to see them dancing to really believe it!

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  7. do you have a pistol recommendation for a 70 year old female with bursitis?

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    1. I don't know what bursitis is, so about all I can say is most older people, who have joint problems or muscle pain, use a revolver because you don't have to rack the slide.
      There are lots of light weight small caliber revolvers made by S&W for women.

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    2. A local gun shop has a weekly radio show here, & the owner has said the SIG P230 is excellent for older folks, or anone else with trouble racking a slide. He says he can push it back with his pinkie finger. I'm thinking about getting one for Ma--she bought a Rugler LCR in 9mm for just that reason.
      No offense, but I prefer TN's permit. TN doesn't issue concealed-carry permits, just handgun carry permits. The holder decides. I generally carry concealed, but if it gets too warm for my jacket, I like knowing I can't be busted just 'cause I'm openly carrying.
      I'm a Cruffler, too, and you're right--the pickings are getting slim, or at least more so.
      --Tennessee Budd

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    3. We work it this way. Anyone without a felony conviction (or a misdemeanor involving beating up your wife, etc)can do open carry without a permit. But to carry concealed, you have to have a permit to do so.

      TN has a good castle laws, stand your ground laws, and concealed carry laws. We have a reciprocal agreement with Tennessee and I always carry when I go over there. After the riot in Hamilton Place mall this week, I expect a lot of other people will start carrying when they go shopping there.

      I don't know the P230 very well but I don't see how you could go far wrong with a Sig. They are the BMW of guns.

      We have open carry here, too. I see lots of people carrying in hip holsters up here, it's not a big deal to anybody but I usually carry concealed because I don't want come crazy miscreant knowing I'm armed if the fewmets hit the windmill. Also, I don't want some brain dead half way back from Florida giving me a ration of crap about it at the drug store or somewhere. I know what I think, I don't care what they think, so I don't want to interact with them.

      It's sad, really. It used to be such a good hobby, and you didn't have to be rich to follow it. Now, I've got mine, but younger people just can't afford to collect the old guns. I wish I could think of some way that times are better now than they were twenty or thirty years ago, but I can't.

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  8. I so enjoyed the video Harry. You share such good info. I hope your kids have a safe move. I know you are thrilled to have them closer to you. Question-what kind of weapon would you recommend for a 63 year old woman to carry? Also, what type holster would be the best? Jana

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    1. Thanks, Jana. I try to find interesting things that might be useful to people.

      So far the move has gone ok except that they got caught in really bad weather, very heavy rain, going back to Cincinnati from Nashville this past week and the trip took 12 hours!

      My wife carries a small Smith and Wesson in her purse, it's a .357 snubby loaded with .38 special ammo. It's one of the light weights, specially designed for women. That might be a good one.

      I think it would be a good idea to just carry it loose in your purse. Women's physiology and fashion don't really lend themselves to "inside the belt" holsters or shoulder holsters, although if a lady wanted to use those she could.

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    2. FWIW, I recently picked up a nice Taurus 85UL in 38SPL used for 250$.
      https://www.taurususa.com/product-details.cfm?id=317&category=Revolver
      They are no longer made but can often be found for around that price. Not as nice a trigger as an old S&W model 36, but close enough for the price. My wife really likes it as she can get a good grip on it with her small hands. At 20 ft she can put holes in a six inch circle with it.

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    3. Thanks Harry. I have a SW 38 revolver. I feel comfortable with it. I just didn't know if it would be a good defensive weapon. I recently found some concealed carry purses. I guess that gives me a good excuse to get a new purse. Jana

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    4. M.Silvius, I have always liked Taurus weapons. I have some of their revolvers, and several of their pistols. Good guns, and the price is much better than the competition in most cases. Nothing wrong with the .38 special, either. Even in my .357 revolvers, I usually shoot .38 Special, so much less stress on the wrists.

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    5. Jana, I know they make concealed carry purses. They tend to be expensive though. My wife has a purse with three compartments, the middle one is big and most of her stuff goes in there. The two outer ones are smaller, so her cell goes in one and her revolver in the other. That way, there's no getting tangled up with other junk.

      The .38 special is a good round. That was the standard police round in the 1950's. You can get personal defense ammo for that chambering which enhances the stopping power.

      There might be some other women who read the blog and carry, and if so I'd be interested in their comments on the subject!

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  9. Your ferrets are so sweet looking. It's good to be nostalgic sometimes I think, makes us appreciate what we have. :) I cannot wait for the mountain to turn green! I love those photos you included! I really love that quote by Edward Abbey. I agree with that wholeheartedly. There is so much joy to being free from the chains that society puts on us...to be out in nature and enjoy the simple things in life. :)

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    1. Rain, they are nice little creatures. Having ferrets definitely makes life more joyful!

      The more people around you, the more of your energy goes into social interaction and the less left for you to live.
      I like the internet, in that I can have friends and enjoy conversing with them, but I still have my solitude to enjoy as well.

      Edward Abbey was a strange guy. I have read almost all his non fiction books now, and for the most part I agree with him, but he was definitely an anarchist at heart, and born into the wrong century. I admire him, though, for his ruggedness and his dogged determination to preserve nature and not get sidetracked by political correctness.

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    2. You are so right about how our energy goes into social interaction...for me, I'm a very sensitive soul, and my energy is DRAINED from even one encounter with someone. I really prefer being a hermit. And yes, the internet is wonderful when you meet good people. You can choose when to interact and honestly, my Blogger friends are sweeter and much more fun to be friends with than any of my "real life" friends ever were, you included my friend. :)

      Funny you mention anarchist. I was a teenager in the 1980's and "punk rock" was all the rage. I loved the idea of anarchy that was associated with that music genre. Though it was depicted as rebellion against authority in the music I listened to. But the idea isn't so bad in theory...maybe I'm idealizing it as "live and let live". Of course, most of the population isn't intelligent enough to live that way and it would end up a war zone.

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    3. I read a book about a soldier who was fighting in Iraq, and it had a lot of content about punk rock and other alternative music styles. He named a lot of bands and particular songs I had never heard of. I bet you would know them, though!

      I think that the reason blog people are easier to be comfortable around, is that people you share some views and other similar aspects of life with are drawn to your blog. I notice most of the people who visit yours are nice folks who enjoy your art and your narratives about living in the woods,and the dogs, life in general. Opposites don't attract in blogging, seems to me.

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  10. Enjoyed the pics, Harry. We went from some very spring-like weather back to winter. Not quite subzero, but single digits and the wind that would turn the waterers into an icy mess that we'd have to chip ice to let the critters get water. Rumor for more snow this weekend, of course, since I have to travel down the mountain.

    But I do have some seedlings started and hopefully will take care of the 'itch' (garden, that is) ;-)

    Glad all is well!
    ~hobo

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    1. Hobo, it's good to hear from you. I'm glad all is well. We are enjoying balmy weather here, up into the seventies and it is February! This is unheard of. Every day I turn on the evening news in Atlanta and they are saying we have broken another record.

      Be careful in that snow. Driving in the mountains in snow is no fun at all, especially when you have to!

      I hope your seedlings turn out ok, and you can get your garden going full tilt when the spring gets there to stay,.

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  11. NH does not require a permit to carry concealed anymore.

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    1. I admire that. It shows an intelligent thought process at work. The only problem is that if you cross into another state, as I do almost every week, you can't have a reciprocal agreement with them! :-(

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