Thursday, October 28, 2010


Always on the prowl for new fun toys, my son & I attended a local firearm/blade/militaria auction last Saturday morning. This was the first for this particular auction house; we were (selfishly) hoping that the “newness” of the organization would mean lower than usual prices.

It did.

All kinds of good stuff there: pre ‘64 94s, Lugers, 1911s, a broomhandle Mauser, old Remington and S&W pistols, and many shooters as well as the collectibles.

There were a few handguns of interest to us, but nothing that we needed to take home. The lad captured a slick 10-22, SS, Mannlicher stock, w/4x32 scope, in LNIB condition. I won’t embarrass him by giving the cost, let’s just say the price was less than half of what these go for on GunBroker.

And the ammo. The auction house had apparently bought out the inventory from a retiring store owner; prices on most everything was about 40-50 cents on the dollar.
We stocked up. I just wish I had brought a wheelbarrow full of cash- there was no way I could buy everything I wanted, so I picked the most desired lots & called it good.


My personal score was an Ek fighting knife. I have a modest assembly of cutlery, but could never bring myself to get that spendy to fill the hole in my collection.
Hole filled, (sorta) cheap:

6.75” blade, 12.75 OAL, made in Richmond, Va.

Then I saw another knife for which I have no use. When the price stalled just silly low, I bought it.

Kinda cool- one of the ’80s vintage Benchmade knives, an (old) model 150 Bushmaster.

We made it most of the way through the auction, but by that time the two wallets full of Benjamins were empty.

Good day though…

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Paper T(r)ail

I think the political mania is beginning to make me ill.

Here's a cat.

Monday, October 25, 2010

They Hate Our Guts

The inspired Mr. P.J. O'Rourke gives us this- go read.

"This is not an election on November 2. This is a restraining order."


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Oh, No!

I found something on the interwebs that's WRONG!

There goes my confidence in the hive mind- the Borg is RIGHT OUT!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Two Americas: 1st example

If only the "progressive" types could learn to leave us alone...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I Seen the Elephant...

Well, not quite.

Working on the dump truck this afternoon, I see C.C. (our cat) haulin' ass across the yard & by where I was working- a good 138 mph if I calculated correctly.

OK, the cat's a little loony sometimes, but he was haulin'. I got up to go get some duct tape & tinfoil from the house (necessary tools when working on old trucks), & as I look up into the side yard, I see

Da Bear.*

Folks that have been here at the ranch will recognize that the distance between the garage & the house, & the side yard by the barn (where he/she was) to the house are about the same. I stopped short in the driveway, & Da Bear halted.

We stared at each other- neither moved, except for me saying "Oh Shit" (I'm pretty sure I capitalized it).

That little .22 I always carry all of a sudden felt wicked puny.

I eyeballed the house quickly & realized the sun room porch door was open. I gave a whistle & a holler & hauled my own butt onto the porch & into the house. "Find the camera" thinks I, in typical blogger thought. "No dumbass, get the shotgun first"- oh yeah. Slipped in two slugs in front of the three 3/0 buck already in there, then grabbed the camera, & began to look for the beast.

Alas, I guess the whistle & holler did the trick, 'cause he had disappeared hisself into the woods.

Did get the adrenaline pumping though...

* Full disclosure- that's a borrowed web pic, close as I could find to his approximate size, in similar surroundings.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

NOT a Good Thing

to receive a letter from the State Revenue Reclamation Office.

Who knew there was an "Interest & Dividends" tax in NH?

Err, not me, for one...