I expect that everybody who is a former Marine, everybody who likes guns, and everybody who just likes good, all around stand up guys knows that R. Lee Ermey died last week.
He was known as "The Gunny" which is Marine Speak for Gunnery Sergeant. Gunny Ermey started acting in small roles after he retired, did shows like Miami Vice as a guest, and was in "Full Metal Jacket." Then in the 1990's he did a series of really outstanding shows for the History Channel, mostly on old weapons and equipment. He was widely admired by people like me, and hated by people from the Hollywood elite. Eventually, they kept him from working anymore, but he devoted himself to helping outfits that helped veterans, and he was a ferverent gun collector and motorcyle devotee. He died of pneumonia. One of the quotes you hear that the man said fairly often was "All in all, it's been a pretty good ride."
If you are an insomniac, or just a "night person", you'll have heard that Art Bell passed away last week as well. I listened to "Coast to Coast" many a long, quiet hour late at night. The show came on here around one a.m. and usually went to about 4 a.m. Bell transmitted his program from his own compound out in the Nevada desert. As he said himself, he had some of the most intelligent, brightest people you would ever want to meet call in, and some of the craziest, as well. His subjects covered a wide spectrum, from the paranormal to unidentified flying objects, and beyond. Art stepped down a few years ago, and the new honcho changed the style a bit. He had a great program.
I ordered a UmaRex MP-40 yesterday. Supposed to be here Monday. Shoots pellets, tops out at around 500 fps muzzle velocity. Fires full auto, 52 round magazine. Uses gas cartridges. I am going to have some fun with it, and maybe it will join my arsenal of "non-lethal" gadgets in the Jeep when I get bored with it.
The gun below is what I actually wanted, but you have to get an ATF permit and pay for a tax stamp to own one in this country (no such B.S. in Germany, where it's made) so I had to "settle" since an original MP-40 is way above my pay grade.
So, I got this: I can have some fun with it. It's an all metal gun, as close to the original as they could make it and it still be legal and gas powered.
And since I have actually ordered one, I have to post this video again!
Course, it ain't the real thing, but "you don't always get what you want, but sometimes, you just may find, you get what you need." Remember that old song?
These folks have the real McCoy.
The Liberal Mind Set:
Things up here.
M and I drove to a department store in a county to the West of us, and did some shopping. Then we went to Murphy, North Carolina and visited the scratch and dent grocery store. Among other things, we bought 14 large bottles of olive oil for $2.00 a bottle. We use a lot of that cooking, trying to stave off heart attacks, etc. Also got good prices on cheese, canned vegetables, coffee, and the like. We save enough to justify the drive.
The last couple of days have been perfect. Warm, windy, and dry but not cold. More cold air coming in tonight though, we have another freeze warning out. Still, everything is turning green now, and it is starting to look like spring outside.
Other than that, not a lot going on here.
A new ASG came in the mail. They've mad the magazine bigger, in terms of the dimensions. The post lady had to roll it up to fit in the mail box. Some good articles, haven't had a chance to read all of them yet.