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Real Jet Engine Powered A-10 Warthog Airstrike!

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 :mrgreen:

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Anniverseries – Two Of ‘Em Today

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 :D

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 :shock: ?!?!?!

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Extreme Motorcycle Riding In Public

funny bike photos - It's Fun To Ride To The Y.M.C.A.!
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Don’t even get near me on the freeway on that thing :shock: !!!

At least I know it’s not Buck or Glenn – they’ve got way too much common sense :mrgreen:

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How Marines Fix The X-Box Red Ring of Death


Marines Fix Red Ring Of Death – Watch more Game Trailers

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 :wink:

Hat tip to Theo Spark from whom I shamelessly stole this clip :mrgreen:

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You Cut – Tell Congress What You Think About Cutting Spending!

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.

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High Performance R/C Helicopter Aerobatics

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 8) ?

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 :)

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C&R Guns – Not Just Bolt Action Rifles

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:

Q: What is a firearm curio or relic?

Firearm curios or relics include firearms which have special value to collectors because they possess some qualities not ordinarily associated with firearms intended for sporting use or as offensive or defensive weapons. To be recognized as curios or relics, firearms must fall within one of the following categories:

1. Have been manufactured at least 50 years prior to the current date, but not including replicas thereof; or
2. Be certified by the curator of a municipal, State, or Federal museum which exhibits firearms to be curios or relics of museum interest; or
3. Derive a substantial part of their monetary value from the fact that they are novel, rare, bizarre, or from the fact of their association with some historical figure, period, or event.

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 :wink: ?

C&R submachine gun - M3 Grease Gun

C&R submachine gun - M3 Grease Gun

C&R submachine gun - M3 Grease Gun

C&R submachine gun - M3 Grease Gun

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 :wink:

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 :wink:

Here’s the actual copy from the ad on subguns.com:

Got a really nice Guide Lamp M3 grease gun. Runs perfect. Will come with one mag and mag loader.

Email me for any questions.

Gun will transfer out on a tax free form 3 to your dealer and price will include shipping.

Thanks,

JD
Midland Arms
989-708-9593

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 :mrgreen:

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Picture(s) A Day(s) – 19 To 23 October 2010

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 :)

19 October 2010 - 0649 hours - Leaving for work before sunrise

19 October 2010 - 0649 hours - Leaving for work before sunrise

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 :P

20 October 2010 - 0748 hours - Another beautiful morning in Las Vegas

20 October 2010 - 0748 hours - Another beautiful morning in Las Vegas

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.

20 October 2010 - 0751 hours - Yep, more rain a couple of miles from home on the way to work

20 October 2010 - 0751 hours - Yep, more rain a couple of miles from home on the way to work

Rain on the roads here makes ‘em slicker than…  Well, I’m sure you can think of something :wink:

20 October 2010 - 0913 hours - Sometimes you do get rainbows at work :wink:

20 October 2010 - 0913 hours - Sometimes you do get rainbows at work :wink:

There’s times at work when I really like having a window seat 8)

22 October 2010 - 0953 hours - Still more rain in Las Vegas

22 October 2010 - 0953 hours - Still more rain in Las Vegas

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 :)

22 October 2010 - More cool guns at Infinite Arms / New Frontier Armory

22 October 2010 - More cool guns at Infinite Arms / New Frontier Armory :D

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 :D

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…

22 October 2010 - Glock 36 at Infinite Arms / New Frontier Armory

22 October 2010 - Glock 36 at Infinite Arms / New Frontier Armory

22 October 2010 - Glock 17 at Infinite Arms / New Frontier Armory

22 October 2010 - Glock 17 at Infinite Arms / New Frontier Armory

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 :)

22 October 2010 - Steyr HS 50 rifle at Infinite Arms / New Frontier Armory

22 October 2010 - Steyr HS 50 rifle at Infinite Arms / New Frontier Armory

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.

23 October 2010 - Monster Hunter Vendetta on the shelf at my local bookstore!!!

23 October 2010 - Monster Hunter Vendetta on the shelf at my local bookstore!!!

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 :mrgreen:

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Picture(s) A Day – 18 October 2010 – Pics From Around Las Vegas

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 :)

18 October 2010 - Cool car on my lunch break

18 October 2010 - Cool car on my lunch break

I don’t see as many classic cars around Vegas as I did back in San Diego.  This one was pretty cool 8)

18 October 2010 - I wouldn't want to drive this one on the freeway at night :shock:

18 October 2010 - I wouldn't want to drive this one on the freeway at night :shock:

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.

18 October 2010 - A pink elephant on the Las Vegas Strip

18 October 2010 - A pink elephant on the Las Vegas Strip

Just a bit of classic Vegas :)

18 October 2010 - I wonder what a KC-135 was doing at McCarren :wink:

18 October 2010 - I wonder what a KC-135 was doing at McCarren :wink:

Now, just how would a KC-135 end up so close to so many Las Vegas attractions :P ???

18 October 2010 - Southwest Airlines terminal across the airport

18 October 2010 - Southwest Airlines terminal across the airport

Here’s a picture for my friends at Southwest Airlines :wink:

18 October 2010 - A different view of the Strip

18 October 2010 - A different view of the Strip

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.

18 October 2010 - I want to know what it is and where I can get one!

18 October 2010 - I want to know what it is and where I can get one!

This thing just looks like fun :D

18 October 2010 - Five helicopters with their rotors turning

18 October 2010 - Five helicopters with their rotors turning

There were five helicopters with their rotors turning at this tour company.  The economy is down, but these guys are still paying the bills.

18 October 2010 - The JANET terminal - Your gateway to a whole different world 8)

18 October 2010 - The JANET terminal - Your gateway to a whole different world 8)

JANET – Just Another Non Existent Terminal – I’ll leave you to guess where and who they fly :wink:

18 October 2010 - Southwest Airlines on landing at McCarran

18 October 2010 - Southwest Airlines on landing at McCarran

Southwest is my favorite airline :D  Low prices, good attitude, and lots of great destinations 8)

18 October 2010 - Luxor Las Vegas

18 October 2010 - Luxor Las Vegas

Avid fans of CSI Crime Scene Investigation on CBS will recognize this parking lot from an episode last season.

18 October 2010 - Is it just me or does this guy look like Jack Nicholson?

18 October 2010 - Is it just me or does this guy look like Jack Nicholson?

I couldn’t help but take this picture – the resemblance was striking!

18 October 2010 - 1932 Ford hot rod by my dentist office

18 October 2010 - 1932 Ford hot rod by my dentist office

18 October 2010 - 1932 Ford hot rod by my dentist office

18 October 2010 - 1932 Ford hot rod by my dentist office

18 October 2010 - 1932 Ford hot rod by my dentist office

18 October 2010 - 1932 Ford hot rod by my dentist office

18 October 2010 - 1932 Ford hot rod by my dentist office

18 October 2010 - 1932 Ford hot rod by my dentist office

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 :)

18 October 2010 - Down on the Strip on a Monday night

18 October 2010 - Down on the Strip on a Monday night

18 October 2010 - Panorama - Margaritaville Las Vegas

18 October 2010 - Panorama - Margaritaville Las Vegas

18 October 2010 - Caesers Palace

18 October 2010 - Caesers Palace

18 October 2010 - Pirate ship at Treasure Island

18 October 2010 - Pirate ship at Treasure Island

18 October 2010 - Panorama - World's largest gift shop on the Las Vegas Strip

18 October 2010 - Panorama - World's largest gift shop on the Las Vegas Strip

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 :wink:

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 :mrgreen:

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