Sunday, April 1, 2018

Sunday Morning in the Mountains. Ramblings of an Evil Gun Lover. The cover of Time magazine. Updated Monday 2 April.

Happy Easter!

Can you believe this?

I thought this was a joke, one of those parody Time covers when it started showing up on the internet. But I saw it in the store yesterday, and it's not intended to be a joke.   I'd say it is, though. I don't imagine those little twerps will be telling me how to live anytime soon.

The man below is a firearms instructor.  He made this video to get his point across, and I think he did it pretty well.

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  1. I hope you have a pleasant and blessed Resurrection Day, Harry.

  2. It's pretty nice, Gorges. Beautiful day. I know Easter is important to you, I hope you and the wife enjoy this special day. It was more important than Christmas to my family when I was a child. Still remember all of us dressing up and going to the Grange Hall for sunrise services. My dad , my brothers and I all wore suits, even if we were just tiny kids. My mom and my sister got new dresses for it. Then there would be a big pot luck breakfast on wooden tables behind the Grange Hall. That was a long, long time ago.

  3. I live in Soviet Canukistan where the AK has been banned because it frightens all peoplekind up here I guess. Poor me - I get by with a boutique AR with a match barrel and trigger - I'm sure I will survive somehow. ;)
    What is the value of the AK as a fun gun, Harry? I see the kids burning up that cheap steel cased surplus crap by the crate and having a ball doing it with their SKS's - and it makes me envious...
    Have a happy easter!

    1. Well, G.F., I expect a good AR will cover your six when the chips are down. Shame you can't get yourself an AK though, they are common as dirt down here, and you can get just about any variant you want for a modest price. You can even get a Krinkov if you don't need the folding stock, or you can get a Krink in standard configuration if you pay the ATF a $200.00 "short barreled rifle" fee.

      There's tons and tons of cheap, soft steel cased ammo here. I can get 40 rounds for $9.00 plus tax at the local Walmart. During the 1990's I bought beau coup wooden cases of Czech, Polish and Yugo 7.62X39, in the case, in the can, on stripper clips, brass cased, non-corrosive (they said, anyway) but I am saving all that good ammo for the rematch of the 1861-1865 event if it ever comes. :-)

      The SKS is a wonderful rifle. My nephew was here some years back and cut down a pretty good sized pine tree with an SKS. He was used to his dad's hunting rifles and had a good time with my AK-47 and SKS guns.

      It's pretty nice here today. I am going to get cleaned up and go into town. Have lunch at a cafe I like, then go see if there are any new magazines at the grocery store. Then go walk at the park by the river. Got to take advantage of this kind of weather.

  4. a blessed Pascha to you and yours.

    1. I don't know what that is, exactly. But thanks for the kind thoughts. I hope your day is a good one too.

    2. Learn something new every day. Is that Hebrew?

  5. Happy Easter Harry. You were not boring, and I learned something new. I have heard, multiple times about the spring setting, which never made a lot of sense to me, it just didn't seem logical, but what did I know, I'm willing to believe folks who have been involved with guns and magazines for decades longer then me. Interesting to know that Guns and Ammo had the extra research done, and my suspicion was correct!
    We have a sunny day here in western MI, but it is only 30 and the wind is pretty breezy again today. :( I went out and shoveled some sawdust off the trailer around my half dozen elderberry bushes to mulch them in, but half the load was frozen as we had quite a bit of rain yesterday and it is still in low 20's-high teens at night. As I was shoveling, all I could think of was my grandparents telling about using sawdust to insulate the ice houses in New England all summer long. Don't know how it works in 80 degree August weather in Rhode Island, but it is pretty effective in April in Michigan.
    All our birds are making all kinds of racket, even yesterday in the rain, looking for mates, although it not much farther north of us folks got snow.
    Enjoy your Sunday.

    1. Suz, I think I'd go mad if it was still in the twenties here. It got to 70 this afternoon, before the sun set. If it will just stay that way for awhile, things here will get green again. I can sure see why so many people from up your way retire in Florida. The older you get, the harder those winters there would be to make it through.

      The spring set thing will go on being argued over forever. It's like the difference between .308 Winchester and 7.62X51, it'll just never be defined down to a level where people will disagree. "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin" type of thing!

      Sunday is about over now, but it was nice. I almost always enjoy Sundays. Most peaceful day of the week.

  6. Hey Harry,


    I don't worry about spring set. Never had a problem. I never had a problem with primers getting oil on them. Its so humid with such a high amount of salt in the air here that I just drown the weapon in Rem Lube, ammo and all. No problems. I just let the pistol or rifle drip dry, wipe it down and shove the mag in and hit the slide locking it into battery. Never have a had a failure on ammo (or anything else) I have to lubricate so often that Rem lube is the easiest to use in the spray can. The bane of my existence is rust and corrosion. I employ some oddball methods but it works for me.

    I keep my tools, equipment etc. in a spare bedroom its so bad.

    On the beach. I have seen 'stainless steel handrails' on walkways start to rust in one year. Barbecues down here rust out in no time also so I keep my barbecue stored inside the house. Thank God for refrigerated air conditioning that dries everything out.

    On a final note. I always read your blogs, albeit I may not be in the mindset to respond, or just plain too tired to respond. If you don't hear from me for a spell I am still lurking in the background.

    1. Well, if it works for you, then no problemo! I'm careful of it, as I know WD-40, for instance, will kill primers. I've used it to do that on ammo where I was pulling the bullets, for instance, and wanted to err on the side of caution.

      I know the humidity down on the beach is bad, at least here, though it may be horrific, the air isn't salty.

      I thought maybe you were dead or something. You know how it is, especially with older guys. ;-)

  7. One of the easiest ways to unload a magazine and not touch the bullets, is to use the base of another round. If they're rimmed, use the rims, if they are recessed like the .308, just use the base. Works just fine.

    1. That would work, and you'd certainly have rounds to hand.

  8. Thanks Harry. This was a most informative post for those of who with little knowledge about guns. Glad you are finally getting some nice weather. Our Easter was very nice and the weather was beautiful. I am picking asparagus out of the garden and I got the rest of the garden planted. Spring is great, except for the mosquitoes. Jana

    1. Hey, Jana. Monday morning here now.

      We don't have mosquitos here yet, it hasn't been warm enough, long enough, but we will soon.

      I think spring may finally be here. I had the windows open last night, it was so warm.

      There's always the hope that people who have no previous interest in guns, or experience with them, will acquire the skills and the where with all to use them. I think everybody should be able to protect themselves and their families. That's a belief that's reinforced every time I watch the Atlanta news each morning.

      Glad all is well out there.

  9. Hi Harry :) Happy Easter! Thanks for the AK47 lesson, that was very interesting. I appreciate you making videos for people like me who don't know much about guns and are starting to learn! Good tip about the fingerprints btw. I think it's good that you save Sundays for quiet work and just listening to the birds!

    Oh the know the media Harry, they'll do anything to draw emotion to sell more magazines. I hope this will just fade away like every other protest out there.

    The ferret art is fantastic!

    1. I'll smuggle you up and Ak-47 Rain, no household should be without one! ;-)

      yeah, I liked that ferret dressed up for easter, too. Stef had some wonderful ferret easter paintings, but her whole web page has disappeared from the internet. I don't know what happened to her.

      Those kids really aggravate me. They don't have the sense God gave a dead billy goat, but they think it's ok to dictate how millions of Americans live their lives. Little fascist bastards. They'd have made great Hitler Youth.

    2. "They'd have made great Hitler Youth"...I actually said that about the young Quebecers last know, the 20-somethings who are passionate about a cause they know nothing about. They are nicknamed "Péquistes" because they vote for the Parti Québecois, which is ALWAYS voting to separate from Canada. The whole thing bores me! All these young people who haven't a clue how the real world works. Yet I'm sure their parents are so proud of them.

    3. Hitler youth....that is exactly who they are, only now they are Soros and Obama youth. Same tactics and years of brainwashing in our gov't run schools. History is repeating itself. Now I have to go out and buy more high capacity magazines.

    4. Rain, what those kids need, and the one's up your way, is to have to get out and make a living. They're from a swanky Florida suburb and obviously are clueless about life in the real world. It infuriates me that they have the chutzpah to try to tell adults who have lived out in the world for decades, how they should live. I'd like to wear the little swine out with a good belt or a nice hickory switch. They need an attitude adjustment. Like you say, they don't know squat about anything.

    5. Tewshooz, the libtards really are taking a page out of Hitler's book. It's discouraging but nothing less than I would expect of them, since the left is totally bereft of anything resembling any moral values. I've been picking up a few odds and ends. I remember the last time things got all out of hand was during the reign of William the Bastard and his evil queen. Looks like we might be building up to another wave of insanity.

    6. I used to joke that we need another ice age to thin out the weak-minded...the folks who know how to survive will.

    7. I'm good with that. Darwin had the right idea when he wrote Origin of the Species. Our problem right now is that natural selection is not working, and we are inundated with inferior human beings.

  10. Harry, what really irks me is that you can't criticize these kids. They are the darlings of the left now. The democratic party owns them (useful idiots?). So if you do point out their faults, then the Soros machine kicks in and they will boycott your business. And how about all the big businesses that are more than happy to oblige the little cretins? Reminds me of Sheep running off a cliff, and the bottom line be damned. At this rate, there may not be anybody I can do business with in 5 years.

    Funny thing is, these kids really think they have all this power, and they don't even have the sense to realize they are being manipulated. Everything is scripted for them. Did you notice the girl on the front cover with the shaved head? She's done a few speeches with the Cuban flag on her jacket...but somehow Che Guevarra's little follower has the moral authority to talk to us about the virtues of gun confiscation. Makes me sick. --Troy

    1. Troy, I was just thinking about you the other day, when we were talking about the beneficial aspects of getting out of the U.S. so a person could see how life "really" is. I remember you spent a lot of time in South America in your youth.

      Your point in well taken about all the business slocks running for cover. Remember Lenin said a capitalist will sell you the rope you use to hang him. Nothing seems to have changed since 1918.

      The Bull Dyke in her torn up jeans? She's pretty revolting all the way around, on a number of different levels. I haven't got the slightest respect for these kids, they're the same lame brained ignorant types that we've been seeing doing their dead level best to destroy this country for years now.

  11. I hope you had a great Easter. Were any April Fools jokes played on you?

    I feel quite differently about the gun marches than you do. I'm not for anyone taking guns away, but I do think there needs to be more background checks before they let anyone buy them. Now that's coming from me, someone that's never bought a gun. I don't know, maybe there are more background checks that I'm aware of. I think many that marched weren't entirely against guns. They just don't want them in crazy people's hands. They want more help for those that do suffer with depression.

    I know my sister, and her niece marched. My sister owns a gun. Her and my Brother-in-law have gone to a gun range. She's not entirely against guns. She's also worked with people trying to detox. She knows there are crazy people out there.

    Some issues we face today are do not have black and white answers. They are so complex.

    If guns were to be taken away there would be crazy people running trucks into buildings, or making homemade bombs to put in places they'd want to blow up.

    One person on my facebook feed is pro guns, but unlike you I don't trust him. He was in the military, but he is messed up in the head. He don't see eye to eye with his family, can't keep a girlfriend/wife, and thinks everyone is against him. I could see him shooting a place up just because he snaps.

  12. Alisa, no April fools jokes here. I'm kind of a long way away from anyone who might be so inclined, unless they could figure out a way to do it by mail.

    Those people that marched in the anti-gun circus may well have had good intentions. But they are being manipulated by political entities that don't. A lot like the peasants who supported the Bolshevik Revolution, and then wound up being exterminated when they were no longer "convenient." These folks like your sister and her neice are the modern day Kulacks.

    plural noun: kulaks
    A peasant in Russia wealthy enough to own a farm and hire labor. Emerging after the emancipation of serfs in the 19th century, the kulaks supported the Bolshevik Revolution, but then resisted Stalin's forced collectivization. Millions were arrested, exiled, or killed.

    We already have stringent background checks. But there's no way to check for mental illness in an individual who just walks in with a clean police record.

    In the gun debate, there's a long and sad record of gun owners "compromising" with the anti-gun crowd. Then, the anti's bring up another "condition" and the process repeats itself. Many gun owners in America, and I'm one of them, feel that it's gone as far as it can go, and any further concessions to the Schumerites will be the end.

    There are a lot of crazies out there. And worse, since Georgia closed all of it's state sponsored mental health facilities, there's nowhere to send the one's who don't have insurance, and they wind right back up on the street. I acknowledge that as a problem, but I resent the attempts of the left to link it with 2nd Amendment issues. You notice when someone drives their car up on the sidewalk and kills a bunch of pedestrians, there's no howls to ban cars....

    Some people who had military service in their past have emotional problems as a result. I still have anger management issues, but I haven't shot anyone, even when they give me an outstanding reason to do so.

    But I'd be leary of anything that said "well, if a former military man needs VA counseling or other help because of his problems with this or that, he can't buy a gun." The Dems have tried that, and it would ban a lot of perfectly good people from owning guns, without need.

    I know these are hard times for gun owners, and I appreciate your being so open to the process of discussion when you don't own a gun and don't have a dog in the fight, so to speak.

    I also enjoy your comments, and I like your blog. I haven't been around much for a week or so, but it's been because of family business. I'll be back soon.