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― Frank Herbert

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cold August Night. and more Yugoslavian Underfolders just arrived.



It's cold enough tonight that I could build a fire in the fireplace, and not overheat the house.  Feels like mid October out there, even without the strong breeze that's blowing.  We had thundershowers last night, then it cleared up and today was cool with dry air. I suppose the big storm that hit New England may have had something to do with it.

Things are in pretty good shape around here.  I've gotten some of the more onerous tasks finished in the last few days. Tomorrow, I plan to take the dogs up to the big lake. There's a place where they can swim and roam around in the woods without us being bothered by anyone. If it's still cool I'll build myself a small fire and sit by that while they swim and explore .  Nice walk in from where we will leave the truck, but it's worth it for the privacy.  When I go up to the lake or out in the woods I don't want to run into some guy in walking shorts and sandals with his cocker spaniel tagging along.

Classic Arms has some new underfolders in. They are Yugoslavian, which have a very good reputation. I don't own an AK-47 underfolder.  Haven't bought a gun in a while, maybe I'm due.

On the one hand, I don't need anymore. On the other,  I'm still alive and still enjoy shooting, so there's no harm in my spending a little money on the hobby from time to time.





  

16 comments:

  1. I like AK's. A Yugo underfolder is next on my list.

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    1. The underfolders are nice. I don't have one but I'm considering it. The Yugoslavian guns have a very good reputation for durability and reliability, so I suppose they are worth a few extra dollars. Classic Arms gets some good Eastern block equipment. Costs a bit more than other outfits like J&G but a good company none the less.

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  2. We're also experiencing a strange, dry winter. In July we only had 19mm rain and none so far this month. Winter is normally the rainy season so under average rain is not good!

    El Nino? Climate change? Global warming? Whatever, farmers are most concerned...

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    1. Dani, it's early morning now, just about eight a.m. Pretty chilly outside. I don't remember a summer with these cold days in a good long while. The last time it was cold in summer was when my daughter was about six, and she's 28 now. I don't know what's causing it either. We've had so much rain the corn crop has been reduced significantly.

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  3. I don't like to bump into others but our patch is on a footpath so little chance of avoiding people. I've planted a hedge to screen them put in a couple of years. What type of dog have you got - I grew up with spaniels!

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    1. My dogs are mixed breed. They were all dumped off in the national forest and came to live here because it's the nearest human habitation to the forest boundaries. Right now I have a big Labrador mix and a hound. Good dogs. We had cocker spaniels when I was a kid. Loving dogs but of little use other than as pets. The dogs I have up here are primarily working dogs and a big part of my security plans.

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    2. We'll get some dogs when the girls are a bit older and understand animals boundaries as I think they make a good deterant To kkeep potential thieves away. We had springers but not as guard dogs or gun dogs just pets.

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    3. It's wise not to get dogs til the children are ready. Even a good dog will snap if aggravated beyond restraint, and the kind of dogs I keep could easily hurt someone. I depend on my dogs for warning of intruders. I live on a mountain top, surrounded by heavy forest with dense underbrush. Only one way in or out, and I have that well provided for in terms of knowing when I have visitors on the way up the mountain. The dogs are important, though, because I also get animal visitors, such as bears, and they aren't deterred at all by the forest. They can come from any point on the compass. As a last resort, my dogs will fight an intruder. There was a memorable encounter between the dogs we had at the time, and a bear, on our front porch one night many years ago when I was off at work far away, and only my wife and two tiny kids were home. You just can't beat a good dog for outside security work.

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  4. Hey Harry,
    Like you, I would rather be out in the woods in the middle of nature and not see a soul. I love listening to the bugs, and critters out in the woods. Maybe a little fishing, and a nice fire to warm up too. Hubby brings his telescope out and we watch the stars and planets. Your dogs must love going up there with you and swimming out in the lake.

    What does a Yugo Underfolder run price wise? I've never really priced them.

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    1. Sandy,
      I really like it up here. Today has been just great, the first I've taken off since I started a frenzy of outdoor work on the place this week, trying to take advantage of the good weather.

      Now is really a bad time to be buying AK rifles, because the ridiculous ban Obama implemented on some Russian goods includes the AK 47 and parts there of. The underfolders are the hardest to find, and the Yugos the most desirable of those. Reading the Classic Arms email, they didn't state and price and that means they are changing it day by day depending on sales. Before Obama started wielding his little pen again, one of these rifles would probably have been in the $700 range, plus hiring an FFL holder to receive it and transfer it to you, which usually runs $20 to $50.00, plus overnight shipping via UPS or FEDEX to the dealer, so they aren't cheap.

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  5. Harry its cool here this am, really nice. We so enjoy living out away from the city. The drives through farm country is relaxing. Things are changing here with harvest time peeking its head around the corner. The wheat harvest is under way, sweet corn is too. The big corn harvest and canning is just starting this weekend. Now those green fields will soon turn brown, and then black when the ground is turned over. The other night when it was drizzling I thought of snow, that is never a good thing to think about.

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  6. Rob, our county cannery just opened this week. The county spent $130,000 upgrading it and people who have been going have been very pleased. At last the County Commissioner spent some tax money on something practical, instead of building himself a palace at the golf course, and spending our money on a "doggy park."

    I worry about this winter. If summer is so mild, maybe we will have another winter like last year. All that sub zero weather, and ice and snow, nearly finished me off. We just aren't set up for such low temperatures over an extended period of time here.

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  7. Harry, I am prepping for this coming winter to be just as cold, and snowy here in MN.

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    1. Well, I guess I am too. I have filled my propane tanks, so that if this winter is a repeat, I won't wind up being cheated by the propane company again. Part of what I spent the first part of this week doing was picking up a cord of seasoned oak at the wood cutters and stacking it here at the house. I plan to put bales of hay around my pump house in case this winter is that bad. But I sure hope it isn't.

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  8. Are these items rather like, or maybe identical to the Century Arms Yugo M70AB (I think) models imported awhile back? Because I sho'ly love the one I bought from a guy walking around at a gun show about three years ago. KB

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    1. Hey, KB. I don't really know the answer to that. My understanding is that the parts kits come in and are rebuilt using American receivers and enough American parts to keep the ATF off your back. I don't know the exact particulars between these and Century's though.

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