Sunday, March 11, 2018

(updated Monday, 12 March) Rain, low clouds. Home Alone. Sig P226 mags.

It's been raining since yesterday.  Not hard, but constant.  Last night the mist was so heavy I couldn't see from the main house out to the barn.  The dogs don't like this kind of weather, so every few hours I had to get up and try to get them to quit barking.  I buy "day old" bags of rolls from Walmart for this express purpose. Get up, give them a couple of rolls, that settles them down.  Nights like last night, where they can't see but hear noises in the woods, or smell something, tend to not be very good for getting a lot of sleep. I don't want to yell at them though, because then they won't bark when I want them too.

Today, Sunday, I need to go into town for a few things. Not fun in this weather, and the aggravating thing is I went into town yesterday, but I didn't take the shopping list off the refrigerator door so I didn't get everything. My wife has been gone for two weeks now, helping the kids with their move, but she may be home this coming weekend. I sincerely hope so. Taking care of everything by myself is not fun.  Went to the library in town yesterday, and the women who worked there were all shocked that I came in alone. M and I always go to town together, I think that this is the first time I ever went to library to get some books and she wasn't along. I don't let M drive anymore, she had so many wrecks USAA was going to cancel our insurance, the only thing that saved us was that I had been a member since 1971 and she had since 1982.  So I do the driving.

Two weeks ago, I took her to Chattanooga, and my son met us there and took her on to Nashville. We had lunch at the Golden Corral off Gun Barrel Road before they headed off.  The next day, I saw my Confederate Flag bumper sticker was gone. At first, I thought somebody tore it off while we were at the restaurant, then I had second thoughts. I asked M and she said she took it off because I wouldn't, and she was afraid to be in Chattanooga or Nashville with the sticker on there. She said she wasn't afraid of black people, but she was afraid I might revert back to "Evil Harry" and shoot somebody if I lost my temper.  If I were going to do that, I would have done it before.  But, I don't want her to be all stressed out.  So I am going to buy a magnetic Confederate flag sticker, that we can have on the Jeep here in the mountains, but take off when we go into an urban setting where the Morelocks hold sway.  It seems a good compromise. I still have my "non-lethal" implements of defense in the Jeep, anyway.

I found a place that makes just what I want, but I couldn't see any way to order on line. So I emailed them and asked how to obtain their product. Probably they will give me a retail distributor to work with. I hope so.

Military Magnetic Stickers

The link above has lots of similar items.

Addendum: Monday 12 March:


From: Rick Stokes - Ideaman, inc.
Sent: ‎Monday‎, ‎March‎ ‎12‎, ‎2018 ‎08‎:‎35
To: Harry Flashman

Hello Harry,
Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately our magnets are produced for indoor use only. We do work with another domestic magnet company, Magnet America, that produces larger format flat magnets for use on cars and trucks. Their website is I am sure they can help you with your search.
Good luck,

Interesting Magazine Article on Amazon/Costco and survival kits.

Here's a video based on an article from a Business magazine.  There's also a link to the original print magazine beneath it.

Business Insider print article on Amazon/Costco emergency supplies.


This woman is really brave, and really smart.  She better watch her six, though.

If you have a Sig P226, this might be a good deal. I have to call them Monday and find out if these are "aftermarket" , or "used" mags. "Used" might be ok, aftermarket, depends on who made them.

The price on the weapons is good, but you have to buy through a dealer if you don't have a Federal Firearms License. Curio and Relic will not cut the mustard on these.  When Southern Ohio Guns does sell pistols, etc that are C&R eligible, you see a little "C&R OK" logo next to the picture of the pistol.

Sometimes C&R can be a little strange. For instance, a P-38 pistol made before or during WW2 is C&R eligible. But the exact same pistol made after 1956, when they went back into production for the new Bundeswehr, is not.

If you want to buy a gun from Southen Ohio Guns, and you don't have a license, you go to your dealer. He will usually handle the transaction for you, and ask a modest fee.

For the twenty years I worked for the Gas and Oil company, my boss had an FFL and he would order the guns for me and handle the paperwork for free. It was one of many fringe benefits, but the job was still brutal. If I hadn't had a family, I would never have stuck with it.

Addendum: Monday 12 March: Follow up with Southern Ohio Guns:

Re: please pass to Lisa in sales.
Sales Representative
Today, 11:10 AM

Yes, these are trade in factory mags

On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 11:05 AM, HF wrote:


I got the email with the Sig P226 magazines for $13.00.    Are those L.E. trade ins?  I would like to buy a few if they are original Sig production mags.

Well, I have to get ready to go to town.  I usually like to stay home on Sunday, but prior planning prevents poor performance. Should have taken the grocery list.

Thought for the Day:

Ruminations from the Island in the Sky


  1. Didn't take the List with you. Show me one person, to whom, this has not happened!

    1. My wife always gets the list. My function in shopping is to push the buggy, and lift the heavy bags of feed and such, load them in the Jeep, and unload them at home. She takes care of everything else.

  2. Hope wife comes home soon.

    Hope you will tell her, exactly how much, she was missed.


    1. We all have cell phones,so I have been keeping in touch. My son and daughter have "smart phones", my wife and I just have little phones that are good for making calls and that's about it. She knows I miss her, because I complain about having to do her chores. ;-)

    2. Take a picture of the list with your cell phone.

      It keeps me from forgetting the list.....

    3. I do have a camera on my cell phone, but I have never figured out how to use it... :-(

  3. I picked up a spare aftermarket mag for my SIG P-6 on Ebay and it seems to function with no issues. The original West German ones were going for over 70$ if you could find one. Don't know if those P-220 ones will fit my P-6. Need to figure that out. I've been itching for one of those Zastava M88A for a while as the price is real good.
    One of the nice things about owning cheap guns is you don't get to concerned if you ding them up or they get a touch of rust. It wont really affect the value so long as function is not affected. Heck a couple of my guns acquired a nice brown patina long before they became mine. I rather like them like that. Same reason I drive older cars.

    1. After market magazines work pretty well , especially if they are Meggar, the outfit that makes a lot of the magazines for the big companies anyway. I have some pre-ban USA Mags, which will work in some of my guns, but not in others of the exact same type. I have never figured that out. I numbered them to the guns they work with using an electric pencil. Promag is still out there, I think, and I had pretty good luck with them. If these are original Sig mags I think I will buy about 10 of them, as I have two Sig pistols P226 and one can never really have enough mags.

      I just hate it when I find rust because it means my storage techniques were not adequate to deal with the environment here. This really is a tough place to live climate wise, for equipment and machinery as well as people.

      I like the older guns, too. Seems strange to think a lot of them were in action half a century before I was born, and will be going strong long after I'm history.

  4. south africa will go the way of zimbabwe and sink back into the primordial ooze and stay there.
    when those who understand biology and farming are gone the cycle of starvation, disease, and war will once more be the order of the day.
    rapery, torture and witchcraft will abound.

    1. They're already burning albino Africans alive because they think they are witches. South Africa will probably go down the toilet, just like Rhodesia did. As you say, when those with the skills and know how to run a country are gone, then it's back to tribalism and living in mud huts with cow crap floors. But I guess they'll be comfortable living in their "traditional" ways. Sculpting their hair coiffure out of cow crap should probably go by the way though, as it causes a lot of eye infection.s

  5. Im going to guess that the Sig mags are military contract, since the Sig 9mm was one of the authorized 9mms other than the Beretta.

    I had a Sig for a while. Nice gun but I always hated the decocking lever....I kept mixing it up with the slide release. Awkward that.

    Yay, videoblog!

    1. They might be. I always buy from a saleswoman named Lisa at SOG, I emailed her to ask about the mags. I hope they are original Sig Mags, or Meggar.

      I like decocking a pistol with a lever, but then I'm a great fan of the Walther P-38 so I'm more accustomed to it .

      I'm pissed off they didn't invite me to the Oscars. You think it's my political leanings? ;-)

  6. Always good to read your posts, Harry. The dog and I have been 'flying solo' this last week as the wife got 'homesick', and went back to SoCal for a week. So, I've been walking the dog, keeping the house clean, and cooking for myself.

    Thanks for the article on hoe survival/prepper food has gone mainstream. I've found Mountain House to be very high quality, tasy stuff. I bought a "six month" supply of food from a "patriot place", and was surprised that none of the entrees have any meat. They're all Textured Vegtable Protein (soy), with various "meat flavors". I sampled one and it was OK, but nothing like the Mountain House stuff. I'm sure it would keep you alive, and I guess if we're reduced to eating our 'prepper food', we can save the Mountain House products for special occasions.

    I have a P226, but all I ever bought for it were genuine Sig magazines. I seem to remember reading something about the P226 being picky about what magazines it worked best with. It's a beautiful pistol, fits my hand perfectly, and is veru accurate. Problem is that all my training has been with a 1911, and I have a hrad time adjusting to the DA/SA trigger on the Sig.

    I agree about the dogs. Just about the time I'd get her trained not to bark, we'd have a situation where we'd need her to bark!

    1. Does your wife have family there? My family is all in Oregon now, and I think about going out to visit, but I never do it.

      I think the person who wrote the article has a point. When there are so many natural disasters, year after year, it makes sense to stock up on long term storage food, so when the fewmets hit the windmill you aren't out there standing in line for a bag of potato chips and a bottle of water. I don't know if it's just my memory or what, but it doesn't seem to me that it used to be every single year there were catastrophic floods, or massive hurricane, or earthquakes, or something similar. Might just be I don't remember.

      The P226 is very tightly engineered, and it doesn't tolerate magazine issues. Most of my mags are law enforcement trade in's, or off the shelf Sig production.

      I like the M1911 too, but it's too damned heavy and the kick is hard on arthritic wrists, the Sig in 9mm is a lot easier to use, so I have basically switched over to that.

      My dogs are my friends, but they are also my employees. I need them to raise hell if Juan Valdez and his merry band of housebreakers are coming up the trail. So I can't go out there and shout "bad dog, shut up!" at them every time they go off in the middle of the night. Giving them a bread roll seems to distract them and keep them quiet. At least for awhile.....

    2. Her oldest son still lives there, along with her deceased brother's wife (I loved her brother. Really cool guy, Army vet, Boeing retired, and stunned us all when he passed away suddenly), and all her friends. She was born in Iowa, moved to Long Beach at 6 years old, then moved back to Iowa a couple of years later, and then back to Long Beach for most of her life. She's a "city gal", and still gets clobbered with a bit of Midwestern Culture Shock from time to time.

    3. She's still got a lot of connections to Long Beach. I was there on the U.S.S. Bainbridge (DLGN-25) in the summer of 1972, that's where they disembarked us after a reserve training session. It was nice place back then, probably still is.

      She's got the best of both worlds now. She can live a nice rural existence in Colorado, then go visit when the desire to be in California gets overwhelming. I know my mom still goes back to California to visit friends at "Sun City", even though she lives in Oregon now.

    4. You wouldn't recognize it. The naval base was closed in 1997, and ALL the facilities destroyed. They had one of the best dry docks on the West coast, built to hold WWII Battleships, and it could easily hold a Nimitz-class carrier.

      They filled it in, and it's part of the Hanjin container terminal.

      The "Navy Mole" is still there, and the Sea Launch "Homeport" is all the way out at the end of it.

      Everything else associated with the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, except for the street names on Terminal Island, has been wiped from the face of the Earth.

      Very sad, as they were consistently rated the highest for quality, never ran over budget, and finished ahead of schedule.

      Downtown Long Beach has been all gentrified now, and all the saloons and tattoo parlors are gone, replaced by coffee shops, craft breweries, and night clubs. The place really hops during the weeks the Grand Prix is held there.

      She's getting more and more at home here, and we're able to afford her trips back, so that's helping her adjust.

      I make friends very easily, and she's the shy type, although after we started going out her friends noticed she started coming out of her shell. Still, she grew up with these people, they're her best friends and good people, and I totally understand how she feels. I felt the same thing 35 years ago when I left Illinois for Kalifornia, BUT....that was 35 years ago, and pulling up stakes was a lot easier.

      We couldn't have done this move without her logistics support. I "talked her into it", and she made it happen.

      On time, on budget, and adult supervised. I can't thank her enough.

    5. I'm really sorry to hear that Long Beach has changed so much. I hadn't been there in 44 years so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

      It takes two to make a move like that, and everybody has to go along with the plan. That's why my wife and I are still looking at some kind of arrangement that would suit both of us. It may work out ok as the kids are in Nashville now, only four hours away, and they got a townhouse with a spare bedroom and bath. M can go over there and stay when she wants to, and stay here when she wants to, and have the best of both worlds. I am sure they have fancy grocery stores and shops in Nashville. ;-)

      You two did a heck of a job on that move. I was staggered by the amount of work, time and effort it took.

    6. Much of it was for the better, as parts of the waterfront in Long Beach were pretty crummy areas. 90% the tattoo parlors, hole-in-the-wall taverns, and cheap hotels serving the Working Girls were closed, bought-out, or otherwise shut down, and new buildings went in to the worst areas of the waterfront. There's still VERY bad areas in Long Beach, like North Long Beach up towards Compton, and other areas are still "don't go there even during daylight", but much of the city has been cleaned up.

      Losing the LBNSY was really bad, but TPTB in SoCal just don't want any heavy industry or "messy, dirty stuff" in the area.

      Before the Iowa was towed down to the L.A. Harbor, she had her hull scrubbed down to clean any marine growth. When she got down to L.A., they made her sit outside the breakwater while the hull was scrubbed again to ensure it was clean enough to make the greenies happy.

      Good to hear the kids have a nice place. As these your children that were living in the nice community that had all the moorlocks move in? I seem to remember the young woman was a bit scared at living there.

      I've done two major, cross-country moves in my life; the first to Kalifornia in 1982, and now to Colorado in 2017. The first I did by myself, with a couple of buddies to help load the U-Haul box van I rented. I drove the van, and another buddy drove my little Fiat X1/9 and followed me. I only had my bedroom stuff, tools, and all my books.

      This last time it was an entire household.

      Never again! When I'm gone, just scatter my ashes in the mountains.

    7. Sounds like Hotel Street in Pearl Harbor. Seedy but fine for a nights liberty.

      Yeah, G and E had enough of the colorful native residents, the gun fire in the parking lot, flashing blue lights at night, and residents being attacked in the parking lot by morelocks. I was worried about them being there. And, it was such a nice, safe place three years ago. That's all the time it took to totally destroy that section of Cincinnati, thanks to the stupidity and naivety of the city government.

      I understand about not making a major move again. My sentiments are the same.

  7. Harry-we are having beautiful spring weather in Texas. My peach and plum trees are blooming! So glad to hear that your children got moved to Tennessee. It sure is nice that your wife is able to spend time with them and get them all settled in, but I know you miss her and her help around your place. Hopefully, she will be home in a few days. Jana

    1. Jana, it's cold and windy here today. My flags are standing straight out from the flag pole, and when I took Rufus out to the meadow for a bathroom break, the wind caught him and nearly bowled him over down slope.

      Tennessee is a nice state, and it's safe as long as you stay out of the cities. Where the kids are living now is really nice.

      We can see a lot more of them now that they are only four hours away. Cincinnati was an 8 to 12 hour drive, depending on the weather, traffic on 75, and if you were driving at night or in the day.

      I do miss M, I asked her today on the phone when she was coming home, and she thought maybe this weekend but wasn't sure. She's just about got things wrapped up in Nashville, and I finished setting up the kid's internet, telephone, tv bundle with the only service provider that works that area today. They live a good ways out of the city in the country. That was my advice, after the debacle that happened when they lived right in Cincinnati, and even if they have to drive longer to work and back, I think it's better.

      Good to hear from you Jana, I'm glad all is going well out there in Texas. Sure do like that state, and it's people.

  8. I don't know how you do it living so far from a store. I've forgotten 3 things here, 4 things there a few times this weekend. It's not just me, Travis does that too.

    I have back up of soups, beans, cans of this and that. Our deep freezer is stocked. What I always seem to need is fresh fruits and veggies. Mica tends to snack on nuts and seeds a lot.

  9. Well, my wife makes the list, and she always gets it off the refrigerator door when we go to town. It IS a long drive in and back, so it's infuriating when I don't get what I'm supposed to. She isn't going to be back this weekend, maybe next weekend. :-(

    It sounds to me like you have a good store laid back against unexpected events. I keep dried fruit and vegetables, so that I still have something to fall back on if we can't get new supplies. Dried fruit is really good, once you get used to it. Vegetables not so much so, but once they are rehydrated they are not so bad.

  10. Hi Harry :) Hope your wife is home soon, safe and sound. I'm glad you kids moved, that situation sounds awful where they were. I lived in an area like that when I was in Montreal. I was a bit too naive about the area but I got out quickly after a big scare. I know how much work you're doing on your own. When Alex had his insomnia, I was doing all of the chores here by myself and it was tough...and I don't even have land and all the critters you do! Oh, I hear the rooster again. :)

    When we buy our place, we'll be moving provinces. I don't think we can afford to pay movers, but Alex and I have decided that anything that is valuable to us will fit into one truck that we'll rent on our own. The cost of paying movers vs. replacing things isn't worth the cost of a moving company. We don't have old furniture except one old stereo his grandma gave him. Even our appliances are all used, so it'll mostly be our personal items, kitchen stuff and we'll rebuild from there. We have to downsize big time anyway, we just have too much stuff! The spring cleaning the last few weeks really opened our eyes to all the clutter!

    1. The logistics of moving from one city to another are really tough. When the kids moved up to Cincinnati, they had given away most of their furniture in Jacksonville, Florida so they didn't have much. But once they got to Cincinnati they bought nice things, so then they had to move them this time around. Neither of them need to be lifting couches in and out of a van, so they hired a moving company, and still wound up driving a rented truck down to Nashville full of their important things they didn't want to risk with the movers. I know how that works, since my wife and I lost a lot of stuff moving back to the States from Italy, including some of my photo albums that I really valued.

      It's good if you can simplify the move by either giving away or discarding things you don't really need enough to justify the expense of a moving company. If I ever wanted to leave the mountain top, the logistical aspects of making the move would be the greatest challenge I had to deal with.

    2. It's definitely going to be a challenge! But lots of our stuff is already second hand and we have a good local bazaar we can give to, they sell stuff very cheap for those in need...actually that's where we got a lot of the clutter lol...we're just hoping that the appliances hold out for another year so we don't have to replace them, then leave them behind. That's awful about losing things in moves, that has happened to me in the past and I've always moved myself since then. We are hoping the Pavlov and Stella's "dad" will pay us back, so to speak, by helping us out when the time comes. He definitely needs to return the favour! :)

    3. Moves are traumatic, but they get done and then your situation is almost always better than it was. I have been watching Dr. Jim as he made his move from Long Beach, Ca to Colorado, and it was a horrific amount of time, effort, expense, and stress. But now he is putting the finishing touches on his new place, and is very happy.

      You two will be the same way, it will be tough, but in the end you'll be in a place you like better.

      I buy a lot of things from Thrift Shops. Especially the Humane Society and Veterans Association Thrift shops in the North Georgia counties. I get good things I can use at a very modest price, and I feel like I am helping out the animals, and the good people who take care of them, as well as Veterans.

      I wouldn't count on that guy. I don't trust that particular bunch any further than I can throw them in a hurricane. ;-)

    4. Ha! Part of me thinks there will be excuses above excuses when we ask for help from him. But that's okay. I prefer not to rely on anyone but myself and Alex. We already have a plan in case we just have each other for the whole process. I know it'll be tough, but Harry, I'm so looking forward to having our own land and home! :)

  11. It does make a big difference, at least to me. Since I don't work anymore, being retired, I have no boss. I don't owe anybody money, so the way I see it, I don't have to doff my cap to anyone. It's a good feeling. Owning your own place will make you and Alex independent . Nobody can show up at your door and demand access anymore, unless they have a warrant!

    1. Let's hope there will be no reason for warrants lol! :)

    2. They can always get a warrant, Rain. They don't need a reason. Maybe it's different up there in Canada. That would be nice, if it were.