Folks, I’ve been taking pictures and stuff, but I’ve also been both busy and tired so I hope you’ll excuse the slow pace of posting :wink: I figure a few of you out there might just like this video. These A-10 Warthogs are radio controlled scale models and while the guns don’t shoot, the engines are real, honest to goodness, no kidding jet engines
We’ve gotten past Wednesday, so click on the video, kick back, relax, and enjoy the show
I hadn’t realized it until I saw something on Facebook, but today’s the anniversary of the first flight of the P-51 Mustang :) After I read that, I looked at the date and noticed that it was six years ago today that I said adios to San Diego and moved to Las Vegas
I’ve always been a fan of the P-51 and I’m still happy for so many reasons that I moved to Las Vegas, but could someone please tell me where all that time has gone to ?!?!?!
Don’t even get near me on the freeway on that thing !!!
At least I know it’s not Buck or Glenn – they’ve got way too much common sense
I think the Marines have the right idea about combining guns and video games :D To tell the truth, I’ve been spoiled really. After doing the real thing, video games never measure up for me. Flight simulators, racing games, and gambling all have lost their appeal. With flying and driving, it’s a whole different world when there’s no reset button. When you “lose” money on the computer, you don’t really lose a thing. I’ve gotta tell ya, that reset button is nowhere to be found in your wallet :P If you like video games, more power to you. If not, get out and enjoy some recoil, gun smoke, and G-forces :) Just be careful out there at the range, in the desert, and on the roads – your mistakes in the real world can affect others too
Hat tip to Theo Spark from whom I shamelessly stole this clip
Do you think Congress spends too much money? Would you like to have a more direct voice when it comes to cutting spending? Republican Whip Eric Cantor has come out with a program called You Cut. You can vote via text message on specific ideas via text message and you can also send in your own ideas on how to cut spending. My suggestion (probably the first of many) was to consolidate federal law enforcement. Did you know that the Department of Education has their own SWAT team and recently purchased 14″ barrel shotguns? Why can’t the FBI do this work?
I personally recommend everyone go there and send in your suggestions. Have at it. But don’t stop there. Keep your Representatives’ and Senators’ feet to the fire. Send emails and letters. Don’t stay silent. Let your voice be heard.
Before you ask, no it’s not fake :wink: The pilot is Alan Szabo Jr. and he lives here in Las Vegas. This is what he does for a living :) Lucky guy, huh ?
Now, just try to imagine controlling something like this. That helicopter is too fast for me to even keep up :shock: For more insane videos of Alan, check out his YouTube page. If you like this or any of his other videos, make sure to leave a comment and click the “thumbs up” button and let him know what you think
When I talk about Curio and Relic guns and getting a C&R license, lots of people think it’s only about old bolt action rifles and revolvers. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. From the BATFE website’s C&R FAQ page, we read:
Reading the rules (very generalized above), you can see that the field of what can be a curio and relic firearm is rather wide. Did you know that there are curio and relic machine guns ?
Here’s an example of a Curio and Relic qualified machine gun. This is an M3 “Grease Gun” from WWII. Some of these were in use all the way up until Vietnam and they are still in use with other countries today. The M3 was made to be simple and inexpensive and it’s mostly made out of stamped metal. There wasn’t a whole lot of machining that went into this sub gun. It fires .45 ACP ammo just like the Thompson submachine gun which packs quite a punch! I’ve seen M3′s fired, but never fired one myself. I have a feeling that might change in the not so distant future
This M3 is curio and relic eligible which means it’s a real, 100% historic, government surplus firearm. There are reproductions on the market that look and work just like it and which are transferable between civilians. Those aren’t C&R eligible. The difference when a gun like this is C&R eligible really comes down to collectiblity and if you’re a C&R licensee it comes down to cutting a step and some cost out of the acquisition process. Being collectible means it’s going to be more expensive. This gun is currently for sale with an asking price of $13,000. Yes, it’s a lot of money but remember these guns are only going to become more rare and the demand is only going to go up. If you’re a C&R licensee, you still have to fill out the paperwork and send in your $200 for your tax stamp, but you can have the gun shipped directly to you from outside your state rather than having to have it transferred through a dealer in your state. That saves time and money. Of course, check with your own legal counsel before taking any of my advice on something like this
Here’s the actual copy from the ad on subguns.com:
So there you have it. If you like machine guns, a C&R license is still a good idea for you – especially at $30 for 3 years
Special thanks go out to JD from Midland Arms for the use of his photos in this post
Folks, it’s been a very long week full of all sorts of overtime. I managed to get some decent pictures, I just didn’t have the energy to get ‘em posted. Well, I’m still tired as all get out but I’ve got enough get up and go to put ‘em up today
Having to leave early for the dentist has its benefits and its drawbacks. The benefit is getting the heck out of work. The drawback is that overtime is only paid for hours actually worked. We had to work two hours of overtime on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I put in three hours on Tuesday to get two hours work paid at overtime rates. Rather than work from 0800 to 2030, I showed up at 0700 which is way too early in my book to be functional
I’m still not used to seeing clouds. Oh, sure I’ll get used to it again later in the year, but right now it’s just a nice change of pace to see ‘em.
Rain on the roads here makes ‘em slicker than… Well, I’m sure you can think of something
There’s times at work when I really like having a window seat
Another band of rain moved through a couple hours after we saw the rainbow. I was lucky enough to get rained on when I went outside on my break just a short while later. Yes, I really do enjoy being rained on – especially now that I live in the desert. You don’t get the opportunity often and the smell of the wet earth, creosote, and sage is simply intoxicating
I headed on over to Infinite Arms / New Frontier Armory after work on Friday because it’s comforting to hang out with friends :) OK, so they have some really cool guns there, too :wink: Three cool ones were conveniently displayed and I took full advantage of the photographic opportunity
From top to bottom we have a Chinese SKS, a Romanian PSL, and an Ithaca semi-automatic 10 gauge shotgun. Yeah, I’m drooling over all three of ‘em. Thankfully, I already have a PSL and I enjoy shooting it immensely. Out of the other two, it’s a tough call as to which I’d rather own. The SKS is a damn good rifle in a commonly available caliber. It’s 7.62×39 just like most AK-47s and it’s pretty reliable from what I’ve heard. The Ithaca on the other hand is raw power made tangible. The 10 gauge is much more powerful than the 12 gauge and this being a semi-auto, well, it’s just downright impressive when you think of how much lead you can put downrange in a hurry. The downside is that 10 gauge ammo is expensive and not all that common. Unfortunately, I don’t have the money for either one right now. But it is nice to dream…
Glock pistols are known and renowned for their reliability. They’re also a bit bigger in the grip than what I’m really used to. I wanted to check out the Glock 36 which is a .45 subcompact with a single stack magazine. I found that comfort wise, it didn’t do that much for me. Your mileage may vary. Really though, I’d rather have a Glock 17 with a standard 17 round magazine full of 9mm than I would a Glock 36 with six rounds of .45 ACP.
Speaking of the Glock 17, I got a pic of one of those as well 8) This is the Generation 4 Glock 17 with the rough texture frame for better traction on your hand, interchangeable backstraps on the grip for different size hands, and a reversible safety for left handed shooters. Cool stuff
Another item that would be nice to have is this beautiful .50 BMG rifle :D Yep, it’s one of the big bore guns that California won’t allow anymore. If you want to shoot targets at really long range, this is one of the guns you’d go to. Be forewarned, ammo is not cheap. Expect to pay anywhere between $2.00 and $10.00 per round depending on who made it and who’s selling it.
Last but not least, I stopped by the bookstore to pick up a copy of Hong Kong by Stephen Coonts. It’s one that I haven’t read yet but that was referenced in a couple of Mr. Coonts’ other books that came after that I had received as gifts. I started reading this author back in grade school when Dad handed me Flight of the Intruder. I’m only a few pages into it now, but it seems like another great novel so far.
The other book I picked up is the one you see above – Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia. I read his first book, Monster Hunter International earlier this year and I was hooked. Later, I got the Electronic Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book and finally I have the printed version. The storyline of the Monster Hunter series (with Monster Hunter Alpha coming in 2011) follows a cast of characters who hunt monsters and cash in on government bounties through the Perpetual Unearthly Forces Fund which was set up by Teddy Roosevelt. In the MHI world, werewolves, vampires, and anything else out of a horror movie is real. So are orcs, faeries, pixies, and anything else you can think of. The characters are great and the stories are engaging. Both books are highly recommended
That’s it for now. Have a great Sunday and I’ll catch y’all later
I know I haven’t posted too much lately, so I figured I’d get some pictures yesterday while I was out and about yesterday
I don’t see as many classic cars around Vegas as I did back in San Diego. This one was pretty cool
I don’t care if this Smart car has marker lights, I don’t want to drive it on the freeway at night. It would blend right in.
Just a bit of classic Vegas
Now, just how would a KC-135 end up so close to so many Las Vegas attractions ???
Here’s a picture for my friends at Southwest Airlines
Here’s a view of the Strip that most tourists never see. This was taken from the same place as the pics of the KC-135 and SWA terminal.
This thing just looks like fun
There were five helicopters with their rotors turning at this tour company. The economy is down, but these guys are still paying the bills.
JANET – Just Another Non Existent Terminal – I’ll leave you to guess where and who they fly
Southwest is my favorite airline :D Low prices, good attitude, and lots of great destinations
Avid fans of CSI Crime Scene Investigation on CBS will recognize this parking lot from an episode last season.
I couldn’t help but take this picture – the resemblance was striking!
My actual reason for being down in the southern part of the valley was a dentist appointment wherein I had more Novocaine than I can recall. I’ll spare you the details. At least I got to see a cool car
To get decent pictures, especially at night, you need to take a lot of pictures :) I’d say I had to take 20 to 30 pictures just to get what you see here. You’re going to get camera shake in most of ‘em, so it’s best to take as many as you can and hope for the best
That’s it for now – I just worked an 11 hour day and I have 10 more hours to go tomorrow. Have a great Wednesday
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