I have been going around to all my favorite surplus dealer's web pages, looking for anything I might want to pick up. There was a time in the 1980's when you could find something you wanted at every dealers (by perusing the advertisements in their flyers) and I never had enough disposable income to get everything I wanted to buy.
No more. Samco Global Arms just went broke. Navy Arms no longer carries surplus, seems like Italian produced old West guns for the Cowboy Shooting folks is their main interest now. Southern Ohio Guns has nothing to offer. AIM has some Mosin Nagant Model 1891/30 rifles available at horrific prices. Century International just hawks their own AK-47 rifles, their web page is so boring I almost never go there anymore. Empire Arms gets in some good merchandise, if you are prepared to give up your first born child in payment for it.
Classic Firearms just got in the "last" shipment of Finnish Mosin Nagants. I own three and I'm happy with that. I bought mine twenty years ago for about $60.00 each (granted, money bought a lot more back then.) If you have been looking for a Finn you can check out what Classic Arms has left at this link.
I continue to be bemused by the media shrieking about the Russians. They aren't doing anything with these overflights of U.S. naval vessels they weren't doing back in the early 80's when I was on the Sixth Fleet NATO staff (COMSTRIKFORSOUTH). Bears and Bisons used to overfly the carrier battle group all the time. They were usually escorted in by our fighters, and it was all a carefully orchestrated minuet where everybody was on track with what was going on. Same thing with the Russian Bears flying up around Alaska. No big whoop. But now the news agencies wring their hands and talk about "provocations."
The only thing I can think of about this constant brouhaha over the Russians, is that the current administration is trying to deflect people's attention away from how bad things are getting in this country. It's an old trick that has been around at least since classical Greek times and probably a lot longer. I doubt it will work though, since almost no one watches the news anymore. The Russians are doing a pretty good job on the Islamic terrorist organizations, while we sit back and let them carry the load. While they are fighting radical Islam, we are satisfied with desultory bombing and criticizing the Russians for doing what we lack the moral courage to do. Strange times. I guess the Old Guard will continue beating the drums against the Russians until the Iranians give some splinter group a nuclear weapon and they set it off in D.C. It will be a little late then to recognize who our real enemies are, but history has it's own momentum.
I have been trying to stay detached from the machinations of the Republican National Committee. I have watched their representatives on the news, telling us how having toadies and stooges appointed by the cabal at Party Headquarters pick the Republican nominee rather than heeding the popular vote is "good." Remember 1984 and "new speak?" Orwell knew what was coming.
The whole thing has confirmed my earlier decision, made more than a year ago, to scrap my membership in the Party. I will call myself a Libertarian from now on, and vote for whomever I think will do best. I've always voted for the party candidates in the past, be it local or state or national elections, but no more.
I feel detached from all of it. Somewhere along the way, I've lost my passion for politics. I think Drudge is right, there's really no difference between the two parties. They wheel and deal, and they care about themselves and their class.
As for the "Great Unwashed", which means the rest of us. It's a case of Mind over Matter. They don't mind and we don't matter.
I am going to shoot some today. Just pistols. I'm not ready yet for the recoil of my bolt guns. I could shoot a .223, but I think I had better hold off on rifles for awhile. I can manage the 9mm but I don't think trying to blast away with a .45 or .44 would be really smart. I am not into pain.
My brothers are house boating on Lake Shasta this week. I didn't make the trip out, it was in the too hard category. I wish I could have. We are all getting on and it would have been nice to see them. Maybe next year.
And that's about it from the top of the mountain this Sunday morning.