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Picture(s) A Day(s) – 28 and 29 May 2010

It’s been a helluva couple of weeks.  Saturday was my first day off after 12 straight days at work.  Now, I know it’s nothing compared to what the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces do on a regular basis but I’m still not used to it.

So what have I been doing in the time since I left work on Friday?  Well, you’ll be surprised to know I just had to stop by New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms :P  Yeah, I needed my gun fix and had to ask a few questions :)

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Regent 1911-A1 .45 ACP pistol

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Regent 1911-A1 .45 ACP pistol

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Regent 1911-A1 .45 ACP pistol

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Regent 1911-A1 .45 ACP pistol

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Springfield Armory 1911 .45 pistol

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Springfield Armory 1911 .45 pistol

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Springfield Armory 1911 .45 pistol

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Springfield Armory 1911 .45 pistol

I’ve always liked 1911 pistols, but they’ve always seemed out of my price range.  These aren’t quite so bad :)

The other problem I thought I had was the fact that I have small hands.  The last ones I handled were different from the G.I. versions above in that they had thicker grips and a beaver tail safety which made it impossible for me to operate the safety with one hand.  The problem with this is that the 1911 is a single action pistol which means it has to be cocked – the hammer has to be back – in order for it to be fired.  The proper way to carry a 1911 is with the safety on and the hammer cocked.  Taking that safety off is a big deal :wink:  The Regent and Springfield Armory guns were no problem :)

One of the reasons I’m so attracted to the .45 caliber these days is that here in Nevada it’s fairly darn easy to legally purchase suppressors.  Yes, those are also known as silencers :mrgreen:  All normal .45 ammo is subsonic so there’s no miniature sonic boom or sonic crack from the round as it goes downrange which means that .45 suppressors are pretty darn quiet with virtually any ammunition out there.  There’s just something incredibly cool about firing such a powerful handgun and having it be so quiet.  Click here to see the difference on video.

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - FN FS2000 rifle

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - FN FS2000 rifle

Something you don’t see very often is the FN FS2000 rifle.  It’s a bullpup design with the action in the back which makes it much shorter than a normal rifle.  It’s chambered for 5.56mm – the same as most AR-15 rifles – and takes AR-15 / M-16 magazines as well.  The spent shell casings are ejected out the front and all controls are ambidextrous so it’s friendly to left handed shooters.  I like it and think it’s really rather comfortable, but I’ll spend my $2000 on something else :)

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Draco 7.62x39 AK based handgun

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Draco 7.62x39 AK based handgun

I’ve actually seen a Draco pistol shot and it’s FREAKING LOUD :shock: !!!  Basically what you’re looking at is a semi-auto AK-47 with no stock and a very short barrel.  In my non-expert opinion, it’s a cool gun but doesn’t have all that many real uses.  Scratch that – it would make a nice car gun to ward off carjackers and other threats to life in the small confines of a vehicle due to its small size.  You just have to be willing to deal with hearing aids after actually using it in a small space.

28 May 2010 - USAF F-15E Strike Eagle heading out from Nellis AFB

28 May 2010 - USAF F-15E Strike Eagle heading out from Nellis AFB

Being so near Nellis AFB, it’s no surprise that New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms sees its fair share of jets overhead.  More than that, it’s a very friendly shop to the military and several of the employees and even the owner of New Frontier Armory are active duty military.  Yet another reason I’m happy to support this fine establishment :)

28 May 2010 - Police activity at my apartment complex

28 May 2010 - Police activity at my apartment complex

Finally arriving home last night, I found the scene above in my apartment parking lot.  I didn’t get close at all, but from what I could hear it sounded like a domestic dispute had caused all the ruckus.  I have to say that this is the first time I’ve seen anything like this here.  It’s normally a really nice place.

That was Friday.  Today wasn’t all that exciting, but I still managed to get a couple pictures :wink:

28 May 2010 - Mango infused rum at Lee's Discount Liquor - Yum :D !!!

Now that’s something I can appreciate :D  I love rum and I love mangoes.  Put ‘em together like that and you’ve got a winning combination!  I stopped by Lee’s Discount Liquor for something else but I always take a good look around while I’m there.  Being a Parrothead most people think I drink a whole lot more than I actually do.  I really don’t drink very much these days, but I can still appreciate a good drink :)

28 May 2010 - Prairie dogs at Exotic Pets - only $150 each!

28 May 2010 - Prairie dogs at Exotic Pets - only $150 each!

28 May 2010 - Amazon tree boa at Exotic Pets

28 May 2010 - Amazon tree boa at Exotic Pets

My other stop for the day was at Exotic Pets – Ziva needed some dinner and that’s my go to source for frozen mice.  She’s up to adult mice now but it still only costs about $1.00 a week to feed her :)

28 May 2010 - Mead AKA honey wine - Yet another tasty treat from Lee's Discount Liquor

28 May 2010 - Mead AKA honey wine - Yet another tasty treat from Lee's Discount Liquor

Last but not least is a pic of my reason for going to Lee’s Discount Liquor – Mead :D

If you’ve never tried mead, I highly recommend it :)  It’s basically wine that was made with diluted honey instead of fruit juice.  It can be dry or sweet and there are many variations just as you’d find with any other wine, but it has a unique flavor that I really enjoy 8)  At $11.00 a bottle it’s also pretty affordable – at least that’s what I pay for this brand at Lee’s.

That’s it for now – gotta get some rest and be ready for the reloading clinic I’ll be attending tomorrow morning :wink:

Have a great Sunday :mrgreen:

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2 comments to Picture(s) A Day(s) – 28 and 29 May 2010

  • Kath

    $150 for a prairie dog?!!?? What the . . . I thought they were like squirrels, running all over the place! Holy mud. (Yes, you know I’m avoiding the while Ziva issue.)

    Well, I know — or I thought I knew, based on my VAST alcoholic experiences (stop laughing)– that rum comes in every flavor of the rainbow, but that stuff looks pretty good!

    • Yes, prairie dogs are plentiful in many parts of the nation. Some ranchers will gladly invite shooters onto their lands to take care of them – their burrows can cause serious harm to livestock. But some other people are willing to pay for them as pets.

      Mango rum does, look tasty :wink: But how about the mead?

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