Friday, December 13, 2013

Look what followed me home....

You see, yesterday I was wandering through my local gun shop/range and I saw this in the consignment display case. I'd been looking for a nice Colt M1917 off and on for a bit now and this one got my interest. 

There's no lanyard loop on the butt and no hole for one either. There's no U. S. Gov't Property markings on it. Either on the bottom of the barrel or the bottom of the butt.  It has acceptance markings on it though. An RAC on the right side of the frame and on the front of the cylinder.

(I apologize for the crappy pic. Someday I'll by a real camera, pinkie swears)

Anyway, that's the RAC on the frame. Same as on my Webley Mk V.

Also, it's not marked M1917 on it.

It's marked COLT DA .45

All of which has me thinking it's a 1917 produced for the civilian market by Colt, and then acquired by the Royal Army for WW1 or WW2.  According to the serial number, it was made in 1918, so possible.

Anyway, since it's nearly 100 years old, I took it down to the guys and Jackson Armory to make sure it's safe too shoot. Turns out, it used to have the lanyard loop and US Prop markings on the butt. Someone had filed them off and filled the hole in. They'd also filed off the US. Property mark on the bottom of the barrel too. I guess someone was freaked out by the markings and didn't want to get in whatever imagined trouble they thought.  Trust me, they didn't do the value of the gun any favors.

Good news/Bad news.

Good news first. It's shootable, the barrel is good. Locks up tight.

Odd news. It's not an M1917.  If you look closely at how the barrel and the frame meet, you'll notice the barrel is straight and doesn't bell out.  It's a model 1909, chambered in .45LC. Even older and slightly more rare. The RAC stands for Renaldo A. Carr, the initials of the inspector.  Along with the FB, which were the initials of Col. Frank Baker, the Army Inspector of Ordnance.  The serial number puts it in the initial contract of 6000 ordered by the War Department to fill the gap between the old service revolver and the new 1911. So, made in 1909 or '10.  There were a total of 19503 made for the U.S. Army. This one probably went to the Manila Ordnance Dep't in the Philippines and then spent the next 100 years wandering it's way back to me. 

The gun store had it mis-identified as a 1917 when it was actually a 1909 and thus priced it a little low for what it actually was.  Which brings me to, H'Ray Me!

Bad news. I now have ANOTHER caliber I have to buy.

Anyway, look what followed me home, a Colt New Service Revolver, model of 1909.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Okay, just finished Christmas cards.  Still waiting on current addresses from Old_NFO, Christina_LMT, The Nerds (but they don't read this blog). So, I've got that going for me.

Monday, November 18, 2013

New collection addition....

I actually bought this like a couple of months ago, but one thing and another and work and I'm just getting it home today.  They guy I bought it from swore up and down it was chambered in .30-06, and then said it was made in 1903.  Which didn't add up to me.

The serial number checks for a 1903 birthday, so.... confusion.  So, when I was able to pick it up from my FFL, I took one look at it and took it to my gunsmith to have a chamber cast made to find out what caliber it actually was.

Yes, I checked the barrel. It's marked .30US.  Yeah, see, back then they were in the midst of changing nomenclature on how they denoted ammo. So, while we all know and love the .30-30 and .30-06 and .30-40Krag, back then they were called things like .30WCF and .30Army and .30Gov't and .30US.

Oh and just to throw a little more confusion in the mix, in 1903 there was the precursor to the .30-06 called the .30-03 of all things.  The .30-06 was basically a cut down case length on the .30-03.

Yes, I'm incredibly oversimplifying it.  You want to learn, go read a book people!

So, chamber mold seemed to be the smart thing to do.

Anyway.  I'm pretty sure the guy didn't know what he had.  Considering the three holes on the side of the receiver aren't just cut willy nilly like he thought.  They were the saddle ring hole and two holes tapped for a Lyman sight system.  Score!

So, here she is. A Winchester 1895 born in 1903, chambered in .30-40Krag

The ad for Colt is just there because I was so excited to finally be taking pics, I forgot to move it.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Today is Veteran's day.

Whether you call it Veteran's Day, Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, etc. Whatever you choose to call it. Today is the day we honor those who have chosen to serve their country.  I've heard many who've served say that those who haven't can not understand what those who have, have done, I don't know about that.  I do know that all of us who have served share a brotherhood.  We may disparage one service or another, there are jokes out there about each service that I swear go back to when Og and Gog were slinging rocks at each other across the cave. But we all share that brotherhood. 

I want to thank my brothers and sisters in arms for their service and sacrifice.

They've all given some, and some have given all.

US Army, Blackhawk helicopter crew chief
'85 - '88

Gather 'round...

everybody! We've got a cure for what ails ya!  Why, this little bottle I hold in my hand (for external use only) will guarantee cure the following, or DOUBLE your money back! It'll cure Acid Reflux Disease, Acne, Allergies, Antisocial Personality Disorder, ADHD/ADD, Altitude Sickness, Alzheimer's Disease, Andropause, Anorexia, Arthritis, Aspergers Syndrome, Asthma, Autism, Back Pain, Bad Breath, Baldness, Bed wetting, Bladder Cancer , Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Breast Cancer, Cancer cancer! Why, this little bottle is probably the most important bottle you'll ever buy! I wouldn't lie to you folks! It'll cure memory loss, canker soars, Depression, diarrhea, burns, Gout, even Hemorrhoids! No infectious disease known to man is immune to my patented (pending) oil!  This oil, extracted from common southwestern rattle snakes, yes, I said snakes, my friend. This little bottle of snake oil.....

Right, you get the idea.  It's snake oil. And nobody out there in their right mind believes in snake oil cures.

So, why do so many people believe that big government or even bigger government will cure everything?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The end of an era...

It's the end of the era of the Jeep.  That Jeep served me well and faithfully for many years and aside from tires and batteries, she never let me down.  But the new job sort of necessitated a truck and that's what I found.  A nice one owner '07 F-150 with a tool box and a bed extender.  I'm happy with it but it will take some getting used to driving something that big.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

You know that Carbine I mentioned the other day....

This ain't it.

Went to the gun show today.  Just one of the monthly ones. Nothing special.  Went in looking specifically for M1 Carbines.  There were exactly 3 there. there were 3 others but I don't count Plainfield or Universals as M1Carbines. Yeah, you can call me whatever name you want now.  Any, around the second time through, (yes, it was that small of a show) I found this.

Finish hex receiver Mosin - Nagant. 5 digit serial number.  Has the correct sling according to the seller.  He threw in a slew of stripper clips too.

I can stop any time. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

I almost walked out with 2 instead of 1.

This is my new addition.  While I was at the FFL, I noticed an M1 Carbine up on the wall, Inland receiver and barrel, mix master for the other parts, type 3 barrel band and flat bolt, serial number puts it solidly in the '44-'45 time frame.  They had a price that was a touch too high, I countered and I'm just waiting to here if they'll bite. So there may be new pics soon.  Anyway, this is my new (to me)SMLE No. 4 Mk 1. Born  in '44.  Dragon shaped slippers for scale.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Always remember.

Today is an anniversary. It's an anniversary for 2 events. The one that everyone is focusing on happened 12 years ago and exceeded Pearl Harbor in its death toll. The other was 1 year ago today and only 4 lost their lives. 

I don't think the number of lives lost is important to remember. 

What I think is important to remember is how each administration handled the events. 

G. Bush gave 2 of the best speeches an American president ever has and committed us to catching and punishing those responsible and those who aided them. The administration in office during the event last year spent the time after, lying, hiding, misdirecting, looking for scape goats, and hampering any attempts at justice. 

Make of that what you will.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Followup to the last post.

So, as a follow up to the last post. This pic shows the Enfield P14 from the last post's pic and the Eddystone M1917 (top).  Yes Virginia, the 17 is a direct descendant of the P14.  The interesting thing about this system is the cock on close rather than cocking on extraction with the bolt.  So, you're fighting the spring tension in the system to close the bolt.  I'm trying to think of the reasons why for either system.

Anyway, the 17 does fill a gap in my collection.  Yes, I understand that the 17 was really a stop gap rifle as the Krag-Jorgenson was phased out and they couldn't field enough M1903's to equip the AEF as it went off to fight WW1.  But it is the rifle Sgt. York was carrying on the day he earned the MoH. Heck, the P14 was created because the Brits were desperate for long arms to fight the war and anything they could get was used.

Which reminds me. I need to find a nice shootable example of the Lee-Enfield SMLE.  It's interesting to the nerd in me that the MLE was adopted in 1895 through the SMLE which was the standard long arm of the RA into the 50's and 60's while the US Army went from the .30-40 Krag-Jorgenson, the M1903, M1917, M1903a3, M1Garand and finally to the M14 in the same period. What do you think that says?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Just a note...

I HAVE AMMO FOR THEM ALL!!!! Not zombie apocalypse amounts for all of them, but enough to go to the range and shoot a couple of rounds.  Wanna take a stab at what calibers these are?

Friday, August 23, 2013

A tale of two....


As you are well aware, I'm not one to do product reviews.  That being said, here's one. Warning, lots of pics. For me, anyways.

For a long time now I've been living on those 10 dollar blister pack folding knives for EDC.  I figured it was time to 1) Stop doing that, and 3) Look at getting an assisted opening one for EDC.  Being the cheap pilot that I am, I didn't want to spend 5 bajillion dollars on something that was going to get used, abused and possibly lost.  So, after hunting around and talking to a couple of people I picked out 2 knives for my initial foray into the Pocket Knife arena.

The Kershaw Cryo and the CRKT K.I.S.S. ASSist.

Both knives  were available for under $50. Both approximately the same length folded as well as blade length.  Each used a different assist method.  The Kershaw with it's flipper and the CRKT using their patented Fire Safe (tm) system.  I've carried both for only a couple of days each now and I wanted to get my initial reactions down.  First off, neither knife came in a blister pack, so you didn't need a knife to open the knife. If you know what I mean.   The Kershaw had a standard blade while the CRKT had a tanto style blade.

Out of the box, the CRKT disappointed me with it's relatively poor initial edge.  While the Kershaw was, out of the factory, sharpened nicely enough to shave the hair off my arm.  I suppose any knife sharpener at a gun show could improve the edge on the CRKT, but I'm just one of those guys that likes things to be right out of the box. Point to Kershaw. Other than that, I much prefer the tanto blade style.  It's held up better to the uses I put knives to over any other cut.

Other things.  In the above pics, you'll notice the CRKT has a much longer pocket clip than the Kershaw.  In fact the Kershaw's clip was small enough that I sometimes had problems trying to catch the clip on the pocket edge and the Kershaw also sometimes wouldn't slide on easily.  But neither knife felt like it was too loose or would accidentally work out of the pocket.  And it may be that the Kershaw clip just needs to be worked in a bit more. But point to CRKT on the clip length.  But, the clip on the CRKT can only be mounted in the one spot, so if you're left handed or like to keep your knife on your off side, then you'll be fumbling with the knife to get it spun around to open.  The Kershaw, on the other hand has 4 positions that the clip can be mounted to.  Meaning, tip up or tip down, strong side or off side, the knife can be clipped such that you can one handed draw and open the knife without any fumbling to get it into position.  Point to Kershaw and that ties the knives up in the clip department.

Both use assisted opening mechanisms.  Of the two.  I have to give it to Kershaw's system.  Much easier to use than the CRKT, never failed to go all the way open and locked, no matter how I tried to soft flip it. Very simple. Place your finger on the stud, press down and it's open and locked.  The system on the CRKT on the other hand took me a minute to get used to and a bit of practice to get down to the point of muscle memory. It's a two step process to open. You press down on the stud with your thumb and then press outward to open the knife. And I found if you soft press it outward, it sometimes wouldn't fully open and lock.  That's a biggie with me.  I want a folder to positively open and lock when I open it. Speaking of, the locking mechanisms for the two knives.  The Kershaw uses a frame lock and the CRKT uses a stud lock.  Both are solid and about on par for getting unlocked.  But I'm giving this to Kershaw. You need less fine motor movement to disengage the Kershaw lock than the CRKT's. I tried to take close ups of the locking mechanisms, the pics are a bit fuzzy, but here they are anyway.

You can see in the top pic, the upper right is the stud that you have to press down and push out to open and to the left of the brass colored pivot is the lock. If you use my thumb in the lower right as reference you can see how small that unlock stud is.  Verses the Kershaw where you just have to sweep the frame lock out of the way.

Neither knife is especially uncomfortable in the pocket.  Not too heavy, not too wide to sit on.  Although as you can sort of see, the CRKT is much thinner. 

In fact the CRKT with clip was no wider than the Kershaw without. But again, I haven't run into that as an issue carrying either.  I suppose if I have a day where I'm driving 5 or 10 hours, but we'll see when that happens. 

Other things, the Kershaw blade folds down into the frame with the entire blade covered.  The CRKT when closed only has a guard that covers the edge on the outer half of the blade. The paranoid lizard part of my brain kept looking at the knife and saying, "you're gonna cut your hand open every time you open that fool thing!" Style wise, I do prefer the CRKT over the Kershaw.

Overall, I've been leaning towards the Kershaw for what I'll grab off the dresser when I get dressed in the morning.  But again, I've only been carrying either for a couple of days each.  We'll see what long term sees, I guess.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The first step.

Is admitting you have a problem.

Hi, my name is Jim and I'm an addict.  I can't help myself.  It is beyond my control.  I am a oldguncollectoraholic.  I see old guns and I just can't stop myself from getting them at reasonable or better prices.  Today, I went down to Jackson Armory to pick up my Martini Henry I had some work done on and walked out with this as well.


It's a Smith Corona WW2 vintage M1903A3.  Original stock, but otherwise a good arsenal example.  Gauged at less than a 1.5 on the muzzle and throat. So, in general, a good shooter.  Which is what I have been looking for.  Honest.  No really! I've been looking for an 03 or 03a3.  No, I'm not lying. I was.  I swear.  Fine, don't believe me.

Anyway, I've found a oldguncollectorsaholics anonymous group.  We meet every Tuesday afternoon at Jackson Armory.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

I can neither...

Confirm nor deny that the following pic may or may not be a representation or not of the Savage rifle that may or may not have been mentioned or not in the last post

or not....


Friday, July 26, 2013

The things you find when you're not looking...

So, I'm driving through $SmallTown Nebraska today. Don't ask.. okay, you can ask, but I'm not explaining why.  And right smack dab on my route south is a gun and pawn shop.  "Kismet?", thinks I. So, I stop and skip on in. I'm still trying to find ammo for my Springfield Trapdoor and I'm having an extraordinary lack of luck in that department.

Other than on guy in North Dakota who's convinced that ALL .45-70Gov is low pressure. Because, you know, it's a hunting round.

Yeah, I'm still trying to figure that one out too.

Not wanting to blow a 135 year old gun up in my face, I told the guy he was flat wrong.  I think those were my exact words too.  That felt sort of good and liberating.  Ya'know?

Anyway, so I saunter up to the ammo case below a rack of consignment guns in the pawn shop and the owner (I assume) greeted me and asked if he could help.  Told him I was looking for ammo. He asked, .22? And we both had a little chuckle over that one.  Then I told him I was actually looking for .45-70Gov for a trapdoor.  He said the only .45-70 he has was a box of extreme and he pointed down to the bottom shelf.

Low and behold, what is sitting under it, but this.

Now, the box is slightly yellowed like it's been on the shelf for a while and I couldn't remember how rare or common or easy or hard to find 7.65 Argentine is. So, after a couple of quick calls to a couple of my guys...

Yes, I have guys, thanks Lawdog and NFO, to see if anyone we knew had anything to use this, I bought it on principle.

So, I've got a box of 7.65 Argentine. Possibly rare, possibly not. possibly old, possibly not.  Anyone need it? I'll trade you straight up round for round for .45-70Gov. I think Remington make a low pressure black powder safe round in .405gr.

Oh, and I bought the Savage 1899A lever action rifle made in 1911 from the gun rack above it too.  Did I forget to mention that?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Tyranny Alert

Via Tam:

This is what a police states looks like folks.  On the day when we in this country are supposed to be celebrating our freedom FROM tyranny we have those who would subjugate us doing their best to do just that. 

We need to mobilize the gun owning public and make this go viral.  We may be beyond the point where shining the light of day upon this kind of action will kill it, but we are never beyond the point of fighting against this.

Happy United States Independence Day

I hope you all have a great 4th of July. For those of you who can, be careful with the fireworks.

And please, while you all are going about your day today, seeing friends, cooking out, whatever, take a moment and remember those who have served in our armed forces.  They have made, make, and will ensure that this day's celebrations remain possible. Also, please say a prayer for all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our country and our way of life.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day...


(or should it be Happy Fathers Day?)

Remember the old axiom.  Fathers don't care about fair, Fathers only care about quiet. So, go give your dad some of that today.

Sunday, May 26, 2013


There is a level of comfort and bliss associated with a bag of Cheetos and a good book on a sunday evening.

Friday, May 24, 2013

For Memorial Day

I thought I'd share this awesome rendition.  Just remember, Memorial Day isn't national bbq day.

Madison Rising - The Star Spangled Banner

Friday, May 10, 2013

Because they've done it every time before

While the Benghazi hearing are going on and being studiously ignored by the MSM, I have to wonder. 

What is this regime trying to sneak behind our backs while we're distracted?

They've operated this way every time that any sort of scandal has popped up.  They aren't gonna suddenly change their stripes, snakes don't do that.  So what are they up to?

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Just one thing to say about all this.

I've notice that non-radical Muslims are quick to point out that these Muslim terrorists do not represent the vast majority of Muslims in the world.  Their words.


Well, they are Muslims and they sure as hell wont listen to non-Muslims, so how about you "vast majority" of peaceful Muslims police up your own backyard.

Oh boy, will I get hate mail now.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Oh Frantabulous Joy! Buy a Gun (BAG) day post (Pic heavy post)

Happy BAG day everyone! We're ignoring what today is in other regards.

Anyway, For my BAG day purchase I actually bought something last week hoping that it would be delivered today.  AND IT WAS! Delivered direct to your humble author's doorstep.  Meet my new baby. 

That, my friends, is a Martini Henry produced by Enfield in 1878.  Specifically a MkII chambered in the ever popular 577/.450.  It's not a Khyber Pass copy as they're referred to, it was built in Jolly Ol' back during its hey day of colonialism.  It is marked as N.S. NEP, meaning it was shipped to Nepal for use in "Native Service".  It's showing really well for 135 years young.  The butt stock split at some point and was repaired with putty.  There isn't a spot on the wood that doesn't have at least a ding or two.  But the rifling is good and you can still see "W" shape to it.  I'd put the bluing at 80%, which was better than I expected actually.  Function checking looks like the trigger and action are good with the ramp locking up and down well.

Here are some more pics of the markings on the metal bits.

I can now scratch this off my bucket list of guns.  I may never shoot her, I may shoot her a bit. I don't know.  Considering ammo for this is more expensive than feeding my Barrett, and more scarce than Hen's teeth, a bit may be all I can afford. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Have you ever....

Been at the grocery store, wandering up and down the aisles, seen something and said to yourself, "Hmm, haven't had that in a while. Might be nice to try some again."?

This is how I end up with bags of succotash in my freezer and cans of Spam® and Corned Beef Hash in my pantry.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

a couple of random thoughts on the state of our society.

So, I'm standing in line at the checkout counter at my local grocery store and I glance at the impulse rack. At the top is adult gummi vitamins.  And I'm left wondering why. 

Have we sunk that low that we can't, as adults, suck it up and take simple vitamins without lacing them with a spoonful of sugar?  I mean, I can understand children's gummi vitamins.  It's hard enough to explain to a little kid that "because it's good for you" is a valid reason to take something.  But seriously, if we're at the point that we have to do that for supposed adults, maybe it's time to rethink how we're raising people.


I've been hearing a lot of talk from the once and current swamp that is our nation's capital about Immigration reform.  They're talking of this reform. 

Now, I thought that if you were going about reforming some system, there was something broken with the system.  But the only thing that I can see that is broken is the government's willingness to enforce it.  The system was not and is not broke.  The system works absolutely as it should.  Which leaves me wondering what they're trying to cover up by calling it reform.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

All is not lost.....

In the coming zombie apocalypse. I may have found a suitable substitute for the loss of the Hostess Twinkie.

Of course, there will have to be extensive testing involving lab mice and fluffy bunnies and other things with kind eyes.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Thinking again.

It can be a bad thing.

I haven't blogged much in the last months, and I've avoided politics like the plague it is. But I've decided to say this.

You may like it or not, agree with it or not. I've gone past caring.

I've looked at my politics, I've looked at the parties we have, I've looked at the Republican Party and it's current leadership. I've decided that the GOP is no longer a party that I can stomach anymore. The Republican Party is pretty much dead to conservatives. It's time to let that party fade into the irrelevance it seems to so want and create a new party that understands its constituents and what they want.

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