I know I’m going to catch a ton of flak for saying this, but it feels like I’m getting rather old. I’m up to 34 years on the clock now! Yeah, I know that’s still young in the eyes of many of my friends, but it still feels like a long time to me. Looking back, some things seem like they happened just yesterday and then I realize it was 10, 15, and even 20 years ago.
Rather than dwell on the negative aspects of all of this, I figured it would be better to look back on just the last year and pick out a few of the good times :) Yep, it’s time for a bit of a photographic look back
I try to get to cool events when I can. I wasn’t about to miss the opening of the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
While heading out on my own is fun, I much prefer to have friends along
It wasn’t until this year that I finally got my hands on automatic weaponry, but it was worth the wait! Here’s a big THANK YOU to Adam at Infinite Arms and everyone in Nevada Shooters and Vegas Shooters for some great times and for making me feel so welcome :thumb: I’d always wanted to shoot a real Tommy gun and I got my chance a few months ago. Great fun!
I can’t tell y’all enough how glad I am that I brought Glenn and Kath on board
Airshows are even better when you’ve got photographic airplane nuts as friends
I still have times when I miss San Diego’s weather and beaches, but I really do love living in Las Vegas
My trip to Utah was a real highlight of the year :) Seeing Kyleigh, Cindy, Doyle, Cindy, and all the rest of the family was a really good time. The rest of the trip was wonderful, but good people made the destinations icing on the cake
Oh yeah, I somehow found time to go shooting in and amongst all the rest of everything else :P I’ve known Uly for a while now, but I met Lisa at one of the Nevada Shooters’ shoots in the desert. Quality people are who I’ve found at desert shoots and at the Clark County Shooting Park for the most part.
Let’s not forget storm chasing in the desert! Yes, I love a good thunderstorm and the night this was taken looked like something out of a movie with the veils of rain and bolts of lightning in an absolutely black night.
Cindy’s birthday present from last year is something I really cherish :) Knowing my favorite shirt and one of my favorite pastimes, she gave me one of the most useful and coolest gifts I’ve ever received
Another wonderful addition to my experiences in firearms has been a rather quiet one. Suppressors!!! Yep, that’s a Silencerco 45Osprey on the end of an FN FNP-45 pistol in the picture :) The Osprey is one of the most advanced and quietest suppressors on the market today and something I wouldn’t have had the chance to try out if it weren’t for my move to Nevada and the generosity of my friends
Yet another sight you don’t get in San Diego – Gotta love the sunsets here in Vegas
San Diego has a more conservative population than many places in California, but you won’t find this size of crowd at a Tea Party rally in the formerly Golden State
My PSL may be up for sale, but it’s not due to a lack of fun factor. In a sea of AR-15s and AK-47s, the PSL stands out with the long barrel, fat magazine, unique stock, and side mounted scope. It certainly looks lethal and this is one machine that lives up to appearances
Driving up to Mt. Charleston doesn’t take too long and it’s something I enjoy doing year round. I really enjoy seeing snow as it’s something I really never had the chance to play around in back in San Diego. Beach, yes. Snow, no. Mountains in the summer are something I’m used to. This looks like something from a painting to my eye
I can’t help but throw in a Buffett reference here and this is the one I’ve thought of every year since it was released. “Trip Around the Sun” really hits how I feel this year and the video is almost as good as the song :) The lyrics can be found over at Margaritaville.com
That’s all for this post, but it’s nowhere near the end for me or my blog :wink: Have a wonderful December First everyone
Saturday was a very fun day :) I managed to have the chance to shoot machine guns and suppressors twice in one month :D This time it was Vegas Shooters who got together, but I’ll tell you both they and Nevada Shooters know how to have a good time
I don’t know who was responsible for placing this snow man at the turn off to the shooting site but whoever they are, they got a smile out of me :) I must confess that I’m still a bit surprised the snow man wasn’t blown up with an exploding target. Maybe next time…
Machine guns are not cheap to feed as a rule, but they’re easier if you can get surplus ammo for them :) This Browning made quite a bit of noise! Yes, those shell casings all came from this one gun.
By no means are the machine guns the only reason we head out to the desert! These two .308 rifles are a lot of fun to shoot at much longer ranges than you’ll see us going for with the AR-15s, AK-47s, and submachine guns
As I said in my last post, I’ve decided to sell my PSL to raise funds for an AR-15. It’s not that I don’t love this gun because I really do! The PSL is sleek, sexy, and rather intimidating and I like all of that. But I’ve decided to get the AR-15 for the reasons that it’s about as cheap to feed as the PSL is with surplus ammo, I can quickly convert the AR from 5.56mm to .22 LR for inexpensive practice, and the AR is much lighter and more portable. On top of that, magazines for the AR can be had for much less cost than PSL magazines and I can get ammo for the AR-15 at Wal Mart, Bass Pro, or just about anywhere. The PSL’s 7.62x54R rounds can be had in plenty of places, but unless you know where to get surplus ammo (and that’s assuming it’s available), you’ll pay about $.75 to $1.00 per round.
One of the guys brought out this bowling ball mortar and it’s a real hoot! Not even using close to maximum powder charges, the balls were landing about350 yards away and getting quite a bit of altitude
You didn’t think I was going to leave you without some scenic panoramas, did you? No, it was much too beautiful for me to leave these out of this post :wink: It sure does get dark quickly this time of year, but at least we’re not baking on the rocks
Last, but definitely not least we have something I’ve been promising for the longest time – VIDEO :D Yes, I’m in this one with some pretty interesting firearms :wink: I really can’t thank everyone enough for making Saturday a truly spectacular and fun time
Stay safe and have a blast, everyone
I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but I wasn’t really in a mood or in financial shape to do much shopping on Black Friday. Rather than go out and deal with crowds in the normal stores, I stayed home for most of the morning before heading over to Infinite Arms / New Frontier Armory to say hi to all the people there and to discuss a few things with Adam. Vegas Shooters had a shoot in the desert scheduled for that day, so I wanted to check a few things before the big day.
This is a new item to IA/NFA and it looks like a pretty good little .380 for concealed carry. The DB380 from Diamondback Firearms looks and feels somewhat like a micro Glock. While it doesn’t have a Glock style safety in the trigger or any other manual safety, the DB380 does have a firing pin drop safety and a long five pound trigger pull. Just remember that if you pull the trigger, it’s going to go bang if there’s a round in the chamber. All guns are always loaded, right ?
If you’ve heard rumors that I might be going over to the dark side, well, they’re true. At least when it comes to rifles :) Yep, I’m going to get an “Evil Black Rifle” as some people refer to the AR-15. I’ve chosen the PlumCrazy in the middle here. I really have given this quite a bit of thought and the Century C-15 Sporter on the bottom was a contender. In the end factors including price, weight, an adjustable stock, and the options opened by the flat top upper on the PlumCrazy won out
I can remember the time shortly after the 2008 election when you couldn’t touch an AR-15 in a store and most of what was out there sold for $1,500 at a minimum. Happily, times have changed as you can see above :) Click on the pic for full size and you’ll be able to read the signs on the wall with all the info on the guns
That’s it for this post, but I’ll be back soon! Have fun everyone
Well, as I said my plans for Thanksgiving dinner with Cindy’s sister Missy fell through. Thankfully, I have a place to go that’s got a few good memories associated with it – Margaritaville
It’s been quite a few years now since Cindy and I first dined at Margaritaville. The place had only been open for about three days when we showed up mere hours before my flight back to San Diego. The “Cheeseburger in Paradise” was outstanding. Of course, liberal helpings of Heinz 57 on the meat and the fries didn’t hurt anything
That same cheeseburger has been my regular fare at this establishment on my many visits, but it’s not the only thing I order. I’ll tell you right now that the volcano nachos are second to none and the portion size of those is enough to feed several hungry men!
Still, while the volcano nachos may be huge and delicious they’re only a small part of the menu. Sadly, the conch fritters have faded into memory but that which remains on the list of standard selections is sure to be delicious. And that includes Thanksgiving dinner
In the time I’ve lived in Las Vegas, I’ve had the chance to savor this meal on several occasions. Once was with Cindy when her family had decided to observe the feast on a different day for practical reasons. Another time was with my brother while he was in town. No matter what the circumstances, the food was simply delightful. I’m happy to report that tonight was no exception
I’m not normally a fan of squash, but I was tempted to ask for seconds on the soup. I’d never heard of fried leeks before, but they were much better than anything I’d expected as well. The turkey was succulent, the vegetables sublime, and the cranberry sauce had the flavor of cinnamon and other spices which made it different from what I’m used to, but very, very good. I’m not used to garlic in my mashed potatoes, but it worked out beautifully as did the apple in the sourdough dressing. Dessert was one of my favorites – pumpkin pie – and it didn’t disappoint either. While you may think a mango margarita is unusual as an accompaniment to Thanksgiving turkey, I found it refreshing and complimentary. You might just want to try it sometime
I have to say that the service was absolutely top notch with my server, Tracy, exuding good cheer while expertly keeping track of my orders as well as many around me. My 20% locals discount card came in handy and allowed me to leave a more generous tip than I’d otherwise be able to. Tracy wasn’t the only person to liven up my night, either. I received many texts, emails, and blog comments wishing me a happy Thanksgiving as well as phone calls from family and friends. Even total strangers got into the act when the lady beside me turned and told me that she couldn’t go through the night without wishing me all the best on this holiday
After dinner it was time to go peruse the wares in the retail shop. Jimmy sure does know how to tie his songs and stories into his products and there was much to drool over down in the “smuggler’s hold” even if I could afford but a fraction of the merchandise. I did purchase several of the decals you see above – one for myself and a couple more for my friends. I also picked up a very nice T-shirt which is sure to be less confrontational than my normal attire (there’s times when I actually want that) as well as a two CD set of Jimmy’s solo acoustic encores at his shows.
Well, that’s it for Thanksgiving 2010. I’ve had some better in the past and some that were worse – such is life. Overall I’d say it was an exceptionally good day. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Kath, Glenn, Buck, KC, and all the rest of my readers a very happy Thanksgiving :) I hope yours is even better than mine. I would also like to say thanks for my family, friends, and all the men and women who serve this great nation and sacrifice their time, blood, sweat, tears, and sometimes even their lives so that you and I can have a Thanksgiving dinner in peace and safety. Indeed, while I may not be thrilled with everything happening in the world, there’s still very much to be thankful for
Happy Thanksgiving everyone
Well, it’s not what I’d originally planned for Thanksgiving dinner, but plans sometimes fall through. I’d planned to have dinner at Cindy’s sister’s house. Unfortunately everyone in Missy’s family is really under the weather. Therefore, it looks like I’ll have Thanksgiving dinner at Margaritaville :) I’ve eaten there on Thanksgiving before and the food is excellent
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone
If you’re even half as pissed off by the current TSA line of BS “security theater” as I am, you should definitely go buy the perfect T-shirt with which to express your disgust. Oleg Volk’s satirical TSA checkpoint design is being added to T-shirts and will be available via Life Liberty, Etc. These are the same people I got my Shooter Jack shirt from. It’s under $20 and it’s a much better investment than many things I can think of :) The estimated in-stock date is sometime in early December so this would make a wonderful Christmas present
Yep, it sure looks like the TSA pulled a Wile E. Coyote on themselves. Again. Sadly, it appears they don’t have the capacity to actually learn from their mistakes.
Thankfully, some of the Congressional staff are a bit more intelligent:
I only hope some of that intelligence transfers over to the people who actually hold elected office. Sadly I know of no recorded instance of intelligence transmission by osmosis. One can hope and pray, right?
I’m going to put the rest of this post below the fold. If you’re a “sensitive” reader, you probably shouldn’t go there
It’s not often that I copy an entire article from anywhere. I felt this merited such action due to the importance of the subject matter and I didn’t feel like I was stealing as it has been requested that this receive wide distribution. This blog ain’t that big, but it’s the best means of mass communication I’ve got.
Is this the nation you want to live in? If not, are you willing to do anything to change it? If so, what do you like about it? I’m not asking anyone to damage property, harm other people, or even march in the streets here. All I want you to do is think this over and let those who have the power to make changes know what you’re thinking. Contact your Senators and Representatives. Write the President. Yes, do it all even if you think they’ll disregard your opinions out of hand. At least you know you’ve done what you can and they know your position on the matter.
I found this over at the Northeast Intelligence Network.
Am I surprised by this? Y’all know me too well to think I would be. Disgusted yes, but not shocked. Not even mildly surprised.
While this would surely not withstand a challenge based on the First Amendment you should remember that there has to be someone to make that challenge. Someone must first be violated. Living in Vegas, I’ve been known to make a few bets. I’d be willing to bet it will happen.
Am I on a government watch list? I really would be shocked to find out that I’m not. It’s not like I hide my opinions.
I’d just ask one thing of the people who make and maintain those lists. Please go back and read the Constitution. Re-read the history of the United States. Think about what you’re doing. These pleas may fall on deaf ears, but at least I have the courtesy to ask.
One last thing before I go. To all those out there who complained about President Bush’s wire tapping and all of that, where the F**K are you these days? If that was so bad, how is this not worse?
I can’t vouch for the authenticity of this story, but I’d ask all of my readers to consider something. Do you doubt that the current government is capable of doing such a thing? Would it surprise you if they did? Finally, how does it make you feel if you answered yes to either of the last two questions knowing that you’re still in the United States of America?
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