“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Raining.

It's been raining since yesterday afternoon and is supposed to continue to do so through Thursday. Sometimes it comes down pretty hard, but for the most part it's a "soaking" rain.


The next isue of Shotgun New's Be Ready magazine is supposed to be out.   I say "supposed to be" because I haven't been able to find one in town. Either they all got sold out as soon as they hit the stands, or they haven't gotten up here yet. I'm inclined to believe the former, in which case I'll have to order it and pay shipping on the magazine.

There's another really good magazine that just came out.  It's called Ballistic, and is classified as a "shooting and survival magazine."  The magazine is another of those very high end publications becoming popular today.  Costs $10.00, is oversized and printed on the best quality paper.


The gun articles were ok but nothing spectacular. The survival articles included an excellent write up of using veterinarian antibiotics for people. There was a very good chart that listed the antibiotic, what it was used for, and the "pet" version by name.  That alone was worth ten dollars.

22 comments:

  1. It's a long drive to a place that carries decent magazines. The bookstore where I usually pick them off the rack is over 100 miles away. That's one reason I enjoy your magazine reviews. It gives me an idea what to look for when I do get to town.

    Hope to launch a boat between rainstorms today and drag a line though the water.

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  2. It's about 120 to Chattanooga for us, which is the closest place with a real bookstore and magazine rack. However, the drive to our town is only about 28 miles round trip. The problem is that all the shooting and survivalist magazines sell out right away. I hope the weather lets up enough for you to get out on the water. I am staying inside out of the tempest.

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  3. The 'light fighter' on the cover got my attention. I was hoping there would be an article on battle loads, whats really necessary, etc. Not for me, but some people need it in print or by a 'reliable' source before they actually understand it.
    Enjoy the rain while you can.

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    1. I enjoy print magazines, especially the one's that are such high quality and have good, well researched articles. Survivalist magazines are both a source of entertainment and education for me.

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  4. Oh my it's been rainy and cloudy in Nebraska. I want some sunshine!

    Ballistic sounds like a cool name for a magazine like that. I always like magazines that have good quality paper. That means they are serious about the subject at hand.

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    1. Alissa, since I keep my magazines religiously, and have a spread sheet index that shows what issue of what magazine had an article that caught my eye as particularly useful, I feel like they are worth the money. I have started taking some, like "Recoil" as digital publications but the ones I really like, such as "Off Grid" I continue to read as paper magazines. Magazines about guns and survivalist topics used to be written on the cheapest news pulp available, it turned yellow as it aged. But not that shooting and survivalist issues have become so main stream, the demographics of the target market have changed. It's no longer old guys , but the 20-30 age group. So the magazine are better quality as that's a more affluent buyer they're after. You're quite right, the additional cost of the magazine is an indication that more care is taken with the production.

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  5. They've been predicting thunder storms here for two weeks, but we've had barely a drop.

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    1. We've had rolling thunder and rain, but no damage. I hear in Texas houses floated away with whole families inside. Hope we don't get that kind of weather.

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  6. The one magazine that holds my interest these days is Rifles Handloader Magazine.
    https://www.riflemagazine.com/home/index.cfm
    Learn something new in each issue.

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    1. I've been buying Handloader intermittently for many years. I don't subscribe because I don't care anything about Wildcat cartridges, or what cartridge you can load for hunting elephants, stuff like that. But sometimes they have articles I do like, for instance there was one on 32-20 loads not long ago and I have a Single Action Army Colt (clone, it's Italian) chambered in that. I also like the adds, but not enough to buy all the issues. I don't do bullet casting or things like that. It's a good magazine, and if I wasn't already buying so many I would probably pick it up regularly just for the hell of it.

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  7. What is rain? We have not seen it in 30 days...so dry here water just runs off I am afraid when it does come it will be too much too fast and we will have lots of flash flooding...

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    1. I'm surprised all this rain we are having didn't float on over your way. Seems like you usually get our weather within 24 hours of it getting here. We got lots of rain, the ground is soaked and I have trees down right next to the house.

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    2. We finally did get some rain overnight that you guys had got. But it was not enough. 31 straight days of no rain will take a while to overcome.

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    3. Glock Mon,

      I thought we were in for a wet summer. The Weather Channel said so. But now the ground here is dry and cracked, and the foliage is starting to wilt. I hope we are not going back into drought!

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  8. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    My internet was out for a few days. No flood damage here.

    Lots of really bad stuff happening up along the 'Blanco river' and in other low lying areas.

    This is serious 'El Nino' Payback for 8 years of drought in Texas.

    We got it all.

    Floods, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, earthquakes, mudslides, waterspouts, I think I covered all the natural disasters except for Tsunami's. We ain't had a Tsunami yet (I'd have the surf that one)

    We also have 'Okies; and Mexicans coming across the border (that's a disaster onto itself)
    The thought just popped into my head that a good article to put in one of them fancy magazines is how to be a refugee.

    No seriously. How many millions of refugee's existed in the 20th century alone. Millions in Europe in both world wars fleeing all sides of the conflicts. That's a survival trait onto itself.
    I know there are some decent (and more than decent articles sometimes in those magazines) but most of us will be non-combatants running from battles or uprooted from our homes due to flooding, wildfires or some other life threatening menace (like what's happening in Texas right now)

    I don't mean to sound sarcastic but instead of 'Battle ready loadout" a guide on what to have in a firefight article in a magazine, Model "A" bug out from Oklahoma to California (a guide on what to pack in a dustbowl sandstorm) would be more practical.
    A real survivor is someone who can avoid being shot at, loses few belongings and can 'find greener pastures' survive, rebuild and once again thrive somewhere else.

    I'm not saying that staying to protect your land is a bad idea or rebuilding after some kind of disaster. All I'm saying is, if Nazi's take over your country or if your entire neighborhood is underwater after a hurricane (and stays underwater after a hurricane, like during Katrina) It may be time to pack it in and move somewhere else.

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    1. There frequently are magazine articles about bugging out long term, but they don't use the term refugee because that's become odious to a lot of people. I've said lots of times that unless a forest fire burns me out of here, I'm not going on the road. Looking at all the migrants trying to move into move civilized countries, I can sure see why they aren't welcome. I did see this one guy on Al Jazerra. He was from Bangladesh, and was trying to get into Burma. He was crying and waving his arms around, saying he had nothing in Bangladesh, his family was starving, boo hoo. Then he bummed the reporters cell phone to call his mom back in Bangladesh on her cell phone. What the hell, they don't have money for a bowl of rice but mom's got a cell phone?

      Going on the road would suck.

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    2. Hey Harry.

      (captaincrunch)

      You have a very valid point about how hard it would be to a refugee of some sort.

      I think though many in this country may face that fact and coming up with a game plan for a long term refugee bug out would be prudent.

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    3. CC, only a big forest fire will ever blast me out of here.

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  9. No rain here but I kind of wish it would - I put in some seeds yesterday and it would be good for growing purposes.

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    1. You ought to get some later in the week. That storm from Texas is supposed to pass up the east coast. Hope it just waters your garden and doesn't flood anything. Apparently the storm was so bad in Texas that whole families washed away down the river in their houses.

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  10. Harry,

    The weatherman stated our rain should stop next Tuesday giving us sometime to dry out here. We've had over 2 weeks straight with pouring rain and storms. Lots of flooding, I just wish we could share this rain with areas desperately needing it.

    Thanks for the info. on the magazines, I'll let my husband know.

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    1. Weather is looking rough out there for tomorrow (Saturday). I hope it doesn't negatively impact on you.

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