Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Latest Updates - (way overdue..... - sorry!)

I have been so busy dealing with the recovery process and complications, I haven't had the time or energy to write much about it. The good news is that the triple bypass open heart surgery was a complete success. I am almost fully recovered from it, and have much more oxygen in my system. I do not get out of breath nearly so easily as before. I felt pretty well, and have even been able to shoot a couple of matches.

Shortly after the heart surgery I developed diverticulitis. That put me back in the hospital three times in extreme pain. I am still having problems with that, but I think progress is being made. I am hoping that surgery will not be needed. I am getting very tired of doctors, surgeons, and hospitals!! It could take another month or so to shake this one off.

A good friend of mine, Larry Davis, and I are flying to Los Angeles early Thursday morning, and then we are driving to Valencia, CAlifornia, to the hotel. The hotel is about twenty minutes by car from Piru, California, where the West Coast Steel Championships will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

It will be possibly the largest steel match of the year, with entries limited to 340. KC Eusebio will be there, along with a lot of other top shooters, so it's not only a good match to shoot, it's also fun to watch the top guys shoot!

My shooting is still a bit rusty due to lack of practice, and lack of matches shot, but I am starting to get back up to speed. I am planning to shoot my High Standard Rimfire Optic pistol with the OKO sight and a barrel of my own design and built in my own shop. I am also going to enter the Rimfire Rifle Optic class with a Ruger 10/22 rifle with a Tactical Solutions barrel, OKO sight, and a prototype all CNC machined ultra-light aluminum stock that I built. Since competition with a rimfire rifle is totally new to me, so far I am faster with the pistol. However, with some practice I think this new race gun stock is going to get me some pretty good speed. I can feel the potential when I shoot it, but I haven't shot it enough to really get it up to speed!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

RECALL OF WINCHESTER 22 LONG RIFLE RIMFIRE AMMUNITION

From Winchester's Website:

PRODUCT WARNING AND RECALL NOTICE

WINCHESTER® 22 Long Rifle RIMFIRE AMMUNITION 

PRODUCT RECALL OF WINCHESTER 22 LONG RIFLE RIMFIRE AMMUNITION 

3/5/2014

Olin Corporation, through its Winchester Division, is recalling two (2) lots of M*22™ 22 Long Rifle 40 Grain Black Copper Plated Round Nose rimfire ammunition.

Symbol Number: S22LRT
Lot Numbers: GD42L and GD52L

Winchester has determined the above lots of 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition may contain double powder charges. Ammunition with double powder charges may subject the shooter or bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury and/or death, or cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable.

DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® M*22™ 22 Long Rifle RIMFIRE AMMUNITION WITH LOT NUMBERS GD42L or GD52L.

The ammunition Lot Number is imprinted (stamped without ink) on the left tuck flap of the 500-round carton as indicated here. The 1000-round intermediate carton does not have a Lot Number.
To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Symbol Number and Lot Number. If it is Symbol Number S22LRT with a Lot Number containing GD42L or GD52L immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester toll-free at 866-423-5224 or visit http://www.winchester.com/Product-Service/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx for free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.
This notice applies only to Symbol Number S22LRT with Lot Numbers GD42L and GD52L. Other Symbol Numbers or Lot Numbers are not subject to this recall.
If you have any questions concerning this 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition recall please call toll-free 866-423-5224, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 Attn: S22LRT Recall), or contact Winchester Customer Support online.

Monday, May 19, 2014

TAGGING GUN OWNERS VEHICLES WARNING



Got this from a shooter in Texas, but it could happen anywhere.

TAGGING GUN OWNERS VEHICLES  WARNING While I was in a Texas gun store today, my car was tagged on the wheel in the ...parking lot. The gangs do this on wheels or bumpers at gun stores, shooting ranges, gun shows etc. Later when you are parked at a restaurant, hotel, or other location that's less well
guarded or under video surveillance, other gang members spot the marker and break into the car for a quick gun grab.

This is so RAMPANT in San Antonio where we were for a National shoot this summer, the Sheriff of Bexar County came out to brief the 400 participants of our competition. Too bad three teams had already been victimized the first day. This is the first I've heard of this in Texas. Please pass this info along to your 2nd amendment list. Daily check your car, truck or motor home for unusual painted dots, marks, check marks or other strange looking symbols that are not normal to your type vehicle. It could prevent you from being a victim of robbery, or even save your life if you catch the thief in the act.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Yep, I'm back, more or less......

It's been an interesting three plus weeks, to say the least! About two or three days agao I finally turned the corner and started to show progress in recovery. I'm still really weak and get itred out easily, but each day of the last three has shown noticeable improvement. I can now walk around a bit, and get in and out of bed unassisted. We went to the surgeon this morning and had the incisions checked over, and everything is healing up well. Thanks to everyone who emailed or commented with best wishes. That meant a lot when I was at the really low points in this adventure.

Mike
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mr Completely is home. Update by Keewee

Mike is home from the hospital, and on the long road to recovery. Right now he is feeling the effects of not getting a quality night's sleep, which could be the medications, or one of the things expected as written below. We will know more after a visit with the surgeon on Monday.
According to the paperwork sent home from the hospital with us, things to expect after bypass surgery, amongst others, could be fatigue, (tiredness), mood swings, or depression. Problems sleeping or loss of appetite.
Full recovery from traditional bypass may take 6-12 weeks or more. It varies from person to person

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Update on Mike's condition.

Mike went back into the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. He was dehydrated from Nausea, had anxiety, and some other issues which had to be addressed. I spoke to him earlier today, and he told me he was feeling very tired. It is good he is being kept in the hospital until he feels better, and the medications are working to make him comfortable.
I look forward to him being back home, I hope it is soon.
Jennifer AKA Keewee

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Important information.

I am posting for Mike, just to let everyone know, that he is in the hospital after undergoing triple bypass surgery.
Mike wants you to know that he hopes to have all the events planned this year, including GBR 2014 up and running.
It will be a long road to recovery, but he will do well.

Jennifer

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Gun Blogger Rendezvous Drops Soldier's Angels

In a previous post I mentioned that Soldier's Angels had agreed to take over management of the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. This was the result of numerous conversations and emails between Soldier's Angels and myself. I agreed to help as I could in the transition, but Soldier's Angels would take over the management and organizing of the Rendezvous.

One of the very first things that must be done is for the contract to be negotiated and signed with the Silver Legacy hotel, so we would have a place to hold the Rendezvous. Normally this should be done in December, as by the end of January the entire meeting room spaces are booked for the entire year. I contacted our guy in Group Sales at the Silver Legacy and told him that things were in transition and that we might be a little slow, but we'd get it done as soon as possible. I emailed and telephoned Soldier's Angels several times regarding the importance of getting this done right away so we wouldn't lose the space. I emailed them again last week, again stressing how important it was to get the contract signed, as there were a lot of other things that also needed to be done before September. The response was "...it seems to appear as the whole burden of the event is being pushed onto SA..." Since we had already agreed that I would sign a contract to transfer ownership of the Rendezvous and all rights to the Rendezvous to Soldier's Angels, I cannot understand how this could have been a surprise to them. They also stated that their staff were not paid enough to take on a project like the Gun Blogger Rendezvous! I'll bet they're paid more that I was for putting on the event for the last eight years...

So, I have now officially terminated the relationship between Soldier's Angels and the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. (Don't worry - Should have some fantastic news on a much better and more efficient organization for the  Rendezvous to join up with to benefit veterans in a few days!)

I took a little time to do some research on Soldier's Angels on the Net. You may want to do the same. It looks to me like the Soldier's Angels of today is a far different organization than it was five or six years ago. One online charity rating website gave them a grade of "D", while another gave them a grade of "D-". If what those site say is true, only 36% of the money collected by Soldier's Angels ever finds its way to the veterans. It is a matter of public record for a 501(c)3 non-profit, and I think their financial form is called a 990. If any of you know how to take a look at their 990 and see if this 36% is true, please let me know and I'll correct this post if it's wrong.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

March 2014 e-Postal Match - "A Little Warped!"

It's time for the 2014 monthly Mr. Completely's e-Postal matches to get underway, so here we go! We're starting out the series with a version of a match from a few years ago but with some slightly different rules. The name of the new match is "A Little Warped", and a look at the target will tell you why! This match is a real challenge as it's relatively easy to do fairly well, but nearly impossible to max the score.

This month we have seven classes, so there's a place for just about everything. It's time to drag out all those handguns that have been unused all Winter and limber 'em up!

TARGET: The same target is used in all classes. The target can be downloaded from here:


It is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.

CLASS ONE: Any rimfire handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights.

CLASS TWO: Any rimfire handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, no magnification.

CLASS THREE: Any centerfire (non-revolver) handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights.

CLASS FOUR: Any centerfire (non-revolver) handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, no magnification.

CLASS FIVE: Any revolver with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights.

CLASS SIX: Any revolver with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, no magnification.

CLASS SEVEN:
Any handgun with more than a 12' barrel, or any rifle, any sights, scopes, laser, whatever.

If you have something interesting to shoot that doesn't quite fit into the above classes, go ahead and enter anyway.

DISTANCE
: 25 feet, or Ten yards, which ever is available at your range.

SHOOTING POSITION: Standing, un-supported, off-hand, one or two hands on gun permitted.

SCORING: In each class you are allowed ten shots at the target. Each  Touching the black counts as a hit. The target has a perfect score of 250. Ties will be decided based on the highest number of hits solidly in the black and not touching the edges.

Mark your score on each target with a legible pen, along with the class and type of gun used. Don't write your name on the target, only the name you want to appear in the results, as your target may get posted on Mr. Completely.

STRATEGY: Are you better off to risk trying for the high score little dots in the corners and risk missing, or should you play it safe and be sure to get the easier ones of lower value?

MULTIPLE ENTRIES: You can enter more than once, in fact, it is encouraged. Shoot everything you own, and everything you can borrow! Take a buddy to the range, get him entered, then borrow his gun and enter that! The only restriction is that you can only enter once for any given gun, in any individual Class. You can shoot the target as many times as you like, and send in the best one.

Different calibers in the same gun count as one gun. For example, .38SPL and .357MAG are considered as one, as would be .44SPL and .44MAG. Different guns of the same caliber and barrel length can be entered.

PRIZES: Nope, it's just for the fun of it and the bragging rights!

SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY: Take a digital photo of, (or scan) your targets, and email the picture, along with:

1. Your score.

2. The name you want used when we post the results.

3. Gun description - Brand, model, semi-auto, revolver, black powder, caliber, barrel length, and type of sights

4. Class: Class One, Two, Three, four, five, six, or seven.

5. Anything interesting or unique about your entry that other shooters might enjoy hearing about.

Email it all to b l o g (at) w h i d b e y (dot) c o m

If you can't scan or send target pictures, send everything else to me in an email, and we'll arrange for either fax or snail mail for the targets.

The rules are subject to revision as needed, should the need arise.

All entries must be received by Midnight on Monday, March 31st. This gives you five full weekends to shoot the match. Results will be posted on Mr. Completely within seven days, or less.

If you have any questions, leave the question in the comments to this post, or send me an email, or both.

Have fun!!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Hitler and Obamacare!

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Gun Blogger Rendezvous - Big News!

For those of you who have attended the Gun Blogger Rendezvous' over the last eight years, you know just how much fun it is. Each year the number of events and activities have increased, and we continue to raise money for Soldier's Angels and Project Valour-IT, a division of Soldier's Angels.

Over the last two years it has become apparent to me that for the Rendezvous to grow to the next level of awesomeness, some changes were in order. In short, the primary limiting factor was me! I just did not have the time and experience in event management and promotion to properly do the job. So, what to do?

I had several conversations with the powers-that-be at Soldier's angels, and we have come to an agreement. I am donating the entire Gun Blogger Rendezvous, and everything that entails, including the name, to Soldier's Angels. Soldier's Angels will be taking the primary leadership role, but I will be staying on in whatever capacity they need to assist in the management changeover. Will they change the name to the Soldier's Angels Gun Blogger Rendezvous, or will it remain as the Gun Blogger Rendezvous? Don't know yet, but either works for me!

Here's some of what has already been decided:

The location, The Silver Legacy in Reno, will stay the same.

The event will be on the first weekend after Labor Day in September, the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th.

We will follow the same basic format as previous years, and the daily activities will probably be about the same.

Stay tuned for more, and the Official Announcement from Soldier's Angels!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

International Steel Shooting Association Update

Things  are moving right along with the new International Steel Shooting Association that I have been putting together over the last couple of years. Our beautiful logo was designed by Robb Allen. The new business cards featuring his artwork are ordered and on the way.



The new association is now formally approved as a Washington State Non-Profit Corporation. Our 501(c)3 Federal Non-Profit  is in the works. Since it's being set up as a non-profit corporation, we can be a conduit for corporate funding to go into educational, youth, safety, and othe rprograms and the donors can deduct it as a charitable expenditure.

We are truly International in nature. Our website is hosted and much of the web setup is in Holland! (Thanks, Wim!) We do not have much up on the site yet beyond the basic template and most of the page links, but more is going up every day. If you want to see the website, have a look at

http://www.internationalsteelshoot.com.

Just keep in mind that we just turned the lights on there, and there's still a lot to be done as to getting the header and the content in place.

Stay tuned, this is going to be big!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

2014 SHOT Show Wrap Up


I finally  arrived home late yesterday afternoon from Las Vegas. The shuttle ride to the airport, the flight to Seattle, and the shuttle ride from Seattle's  airport to Whidbey Island all seemed long, tiring, and best of all, uneventful! It had been a long several days at the SHOT  show,  but it was well worth the trip.  I made some new business contacts, renewed contact with companies that I have dealt with in the past, got a chance to see some new and interesting devices ( not all of which were firearms),  met and visited with some old friends, and met a number of new people too!

 what is the likelihood, you think, of ever seeing me wearing an Olympic medal, let alone a whole bunch of them?  You would think the probability would be somewhere in the negative number region!  However, the radio talk show host Lars Larssen,  was broadcasting his radio show from the SHOT  show  one afternoon, and is broadcast booth, rather than being on the main show floor, was down at the end of a long hallway where most people did not even know that the radio show was going on.  I saw a few people down at the end of the hallway, and being curious, decided to walk down there and see what was going on.  To my surprise,  Lars  was interviewing Gov. Rick Perry  from Texas live!  I did not get a chance to talk to Gov. Perry but listening to the interview was very interesting.  I could not help but to think that I wish there was some way to clone Gov. Perry and bring him to Washington state and let him run the state too!

 The next person for Lars to interview after Gov. Perry was Kim Rhode,  the incredibly talented shotgun shooter.  Kim  has been on the Olympic team several times and has managed to bring home a bunch of Olympic medals. After  the interview was over,  I got a chance to talk to Kim myself.  Kim has been shooting and hunting all of her life, and actually got her start with a shotgun hunting ducks.  I suspect the ducks never had a chance!  After speaking with Kim for a bit, I asked if I could have my picture taken with her, and she said sure, and then hung her Olympic medal medals around my neck for the picture! WOW,  What an honor!  I met a lot of really nice people at the shot show,  but Kim must be one of the nicest of all!

Kim Rhode and I. (WOW)
since I was attending the SHOT Show  as media as well as a member of NSSF,  I had access to the press room. All of the posts that I sent out from the show were done in the press room using the Wi-Fi that they had set up for us there.  A big thanks goes to NISSAN for sponsoring the press room.  I have never paid a lot of attention to Nissan in the past, but their new TITAN series of pickup trucks powered by Cummins diesels and built here in the United States certainly do look nice!


Peter Hoffmann of Caliber Magazine and I in the Press Room.
while I was sitting in the press room drinking a cup of coffee  I struck up a conversation with Peter Hoffmann  of Caliber magazine in Germany.  I was familiar with Caliber magazine from my trips to Holland for the European steel championships.  This picture of Peter and I  is especially cool sense I was able to get the incredibly talented photographer Yamil Sued to take the picture for me. Yamil  Is a fantastic photographer,  specializing in firearms and shooting sports competitions,  and product photography too.  I first met Yamil  quite a few years ago  at the steel world championships  in Piru,  California.  We had a good laugh  when I handed my camera (a basic KODAK)  to Yamil  and ask him with a straight face if he knew how to run a digital camera!  Anyhow,  Peter and I had an enjoyable conversation, and he and I both enjoy picking up older automobiles and fixing them up a bit. Peter and I plan to keep in touch, and maybe, even, we may meet up at the European steel championships in Holland this year.

That pretty much wraps up the SHOT  show coverage for this year, but if I find any other pictures or think of anything interesting I will try to get a post up about it. 




Friday, January 17, 2014

it is 1:30 in the afternoon on the last day of the shot show and it looks like everyone is just about worn out. They say that there is over 12 miles of aisle ways  to travel if you want to see every bit of the show. That assumes, of course, that you never get lost backtrack or go in circles while exploring. For me, I guess, that makes it closer to 25 miles! 

In addition to all of the new products gadgets and gizmos here at the show I also enjoy meeting and visiting with many of the shooters that I only see once or twice a year.  In some ways, the shot show is like a giant extended family reunion.

At one of the booths I ran into Jerry Miculek  and his daughter Lena. it has been fun over the last few years to watch Lena grow up and turned into a world class shooter.

Jerry Miculek, Lena Miculek, and Mr. C.
Maybe if I stand very close to Jerry Ann Lena may be some of the skill will rub off!

For those of you wanting to know what the new Glock 42 looks like, here's a picture of it.



Although I did not get a chance to handle it much, I did pick it up and play with it a little, and it feels quite natural in your hand.  I dry fired to get a couple of times and the trigger is not bad at all.

 I have a bunch more photos and other info but they will be closing the press room in just over an hour from now, so I am going to pack everything up and head down to the show for the last hour or so before they closed the show for the year.

 I got my picture taken with Kim Rhodes, the Olympic champion,  and all of her medals from the Olympics! it has been  a lot of work, but a lot of fun too, here at the show, but I think my feet are definitely going to appreciate me heading home and getting off of them!

 Signing off for now from the shot show, and the next post will probably be originating from Castle Completely.



Thursday, January 16, 2014

SHOT Show - Day 3

it's early afternoon and I am back in the press room at the SHOT show with another large cup of coffee. I've spent most of the morning traveling from booth to booth looking at lots of new goodies and cool things that I can't afford! I stopped by the High Standard pistol booth and talk to them about becoming a dealer. Since I have been using high standard pistols for years in rimfire competition with good results I have no hesitation recommending them to others and if I can be a dealer that can get them a new high standard at a good price that's even better. Most of the booths are very busy but I consider it at the very least good manners to stop by and say hi to all of the companies that are sponsors of the gun blogger rendezvous.

As you may have noticed, often times words that should be capitalized are not. I am dictating this post using Dragon naturally speaking software and a microphone/ headset. Dragon is supposed to be able to know when I have started a sentence and capitalize the first word or, the first letter of the first word, to be more precise. It seems that sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't. With the little tiny keyboard on my netbook editing things with the keyboard often end up making it just worse! I apologize for the inconsistent capitalization, but that's the way it goes!

I still have seen only a large portion of the show but certainly not all of it by a long ways. I am going to pack up the computer for now, and head back out onto the show floor to see what else interesting I can come across. If I see anything really cool and I can get the crowds away long enough to get a picture I'll try to get something up on the blog you all to enjoy. Whether that will be today or in the morning I don't know but we will just have to see what happens..........


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

SHOT SHOW - Day 2 - Post 2

 It was an interesting morning this morning, wandering around the floor of the shot show looking for new exciting and interesting stuff, and taking a picture or so to put up here on the blog. One of the things that I have specifically been looking for was the new Smith and Wesson 9 mm eight shot revolver named the 929. I first heard about this new revolver several weeks ago on Sascha Back's  blog from Germany. If you haven't had a look at Sascha's blog you can find the link over there on the right on the sidebar.  The new 929 looks very nice but I suspect it is way out of my budget. Nonetheless, I'm sure there are shooters out there who can't wait to get their hands on one. It should be an outstanding revolver for steel shooting.

 Also, in the Smith & Wesson booth I ran into Molly Smith and Randi Rogers. both of them now are sponsored shooters for Smith and Wesson.




As I continued to wander around the show, it was amazing to see the large variety of new and interesting guns and accessories of every shape and size you can possibly imagine.  I got a chance to visit with Neil Hogue of Hogue grips fame about using Hogue grips on the new Ruger 10/22  rifle stock that I am developing and hope to soon have in full production. Neil's products have always been a very high quality, and the rubber finger groove grip that we are planning to use is especially comfortable and fits to your hand beautifully.

My next stop was at the FIOCCHI  ammunition booth  To say hi to Jackie and the gang and tell them how much I like their rimfire ammunition and how much I appreciate being sponsored by such a nice company with such good products. Jackie told me that she would be sending me a new contract of sponsorship for next year!  I really like their ammunition, as it seems to be very reliable and runs well in my rimfire race guns.

 I stopped at the Italian firearms group (IFG)  booth and got a chance to visit with Massimo Tanfoglio,  the man behind the Tanfoglio  line of pistols.  Plans are apparently a foot to expand service and distribution of the Tanfoglio  line here in the United States.  I have always liked the guns, but support has been marginal. It sounds like that problem is in the process of being resolved. WOO HOO!!

Mr. Massimo Tanfoglio and I in the IFG Booth.

I stopped and said hello to Charlie Brown at MKS supply.  Charlie is the importer and distributor for a number of different firearms. He also is the head guy behind Hi-Point  firearms.  MKS supply is one of our major sponsors at the gun blogger Rendezvous.

I popped in to the CZ booth (which was really busy)  just to say hi to Angus and Rob.  Angus is the head of the custom shop for CZ. Angus is also not only an outstanding shooter, he is also one of the most interesting and colorful characters you could ever hope to meet!

 Right now I am sitting in the press room, and have just about finished my cup of coffee. My feet are definitely starting to hurt, and I still have two days to go. I suspect tonight is going to be an early to bed tonight to give my feet as much rest as possible!  I have no idea just how many miles I walk through the course of an entire SHOT show, but it's a lot, and almost entirely on concrete.

 In the Glock booth I got a chance to visit a bit with KC Eusebio and he is planning on attending this year's European steel challenge championships in May like he did last year. It is possible that this year Tori Nonaka, who also shoots for Glock, may make the trip too.

 The shot show is an amazing experience, and in some ways it is like a giant family reunion where I get the chance to meet and visit with a large number of very nice people that I only see once or twice a year.

 Well, the coffee cup is just about empty, so it is time to pack it in and get back onto the show floor as there is still two or three hours of show left today.

 I do not know if I will have chance for an additional post today as the press room may be closed. If not, I will try to get another post and some more pictures up tomorrow.

 Stay tuned!


SHOT SHOW Day 2 - Post 1

I didn't get to bed last night until nearly midnight as after the show there were two separate functions I attended. Both were held and very loud and noisy sports bars but were a lot of fun in spite of the noise. This morning I  have almost lost my voice to two the fact that I had to shout most of the night to carry on a conversation. Even so, it was a lot of fun and I ran into a bunch of great people that I only see once or twice a year. Larry from Brownell's was there, Anthony from lucky gunner, a bunch of gun bloggers, Pete Brownell, and more. And that is only a few of the people I was hanging out with last night. I apologize for all of the names that have I have left out.

 Yesterday, after leaving the press room I went down to level I of the SHOT  show and started to visit some of the booths. I was very impressed with the quality and appearance of the competition pistols in the Pardini  booth. Pardini is legendary in Olympic shooting,  and they are now venturing to action pistol models. They have a double stack .45  with an aluminum frame and an incredibly nice trigger. the quality of workmanship appears to be very high.

Another area where they have done a very good job is on the beaver tail cut out. It is very high, and allows you to get a grip very high on the gun to minimize muzzle rise  when shooting a rapidly. I suspect that I will be in contact with these guys after the shot show.

 I am going to finish off my cup of coffee and breakfast rolls, check my email, and then head down one floor to the exhibition halls  and start checking out the rest of the show.

 More later.........

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SHOT SHOW Day 1 - Post 1

Well, 4 AM came very early this morning, but, in spite of everything I am now in the press room at the shot show. I was so tired at the airport in Seattle after the long shuttle bus ride from Whidbey Island that I almost fell asleep waiting for the flight. Fortunately, I woke up about 20 minutes before departure. The flight from Seattle to Las Vegas was on a very new Boeing 737 – 900 ER. The seats were unusually comfortable for as small as they are, and there was even a bit more legroom than you would expect. The shuttle ride from the Las Vegas airport to the hotel took almost 45 minutes, but eventually, I arrived.

 After checking into the hotel, I headed straight to the show. To get here I have to walk through a couple of different hotels and make a number of turns and every year on the first day of the show I get lost at least once! Now that I am here in the press room and I have the netbook running I can check emails and put up a post or so, while drinking coffee! The coffee part is important today!

 Tonight at nine there is a gathering of gun bloggers that I would like to attend. I hope I can stay awake until then!

the show does not close for a couple more hours today, so I am going to check my email, refill my coffee cup, and go wander around the show to see what I can see.

 More later..........


Monday, January 13, 2014

SHOT Show - Here We Go!



Although range day at the SHOT Show was today, I will be leaving Castle Completely before 4:45 am. tomorrow morning for the trip to Las Vegas and this year's SHOT Show.

This is the largest show of it's kind in the world, and Three days is not enough time to see it all. It's total length of all the aisles between the displays is twelve and a half miles! There is a little carpet over much of the concrete floor, but it is still concrete underneath, and your feet start reminding you of that before the first day is over. Tomorrow evening I will be meeting up with some of the gun bloggers after the show closes for the night.

They have Internet access in the Press Room at the show, and I will try to post when I can to tell you how the show is going.

Hopefully tomorrow I will be posting, and watch for a BIG announcement concerning this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous. Big things are in the works!!  SRSLY! (heh.........)

Later!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

2014 Mr. Completely's e-Postal Match Hosts

If you've never tried one of the Mr' Completely e-Postal matches, this is the year to give it a try!

Here's the schedule and list of blogs hosting the matches:

March:  Mr. Completely
April:  Jimmy B, theCUG 
May:  Sand Castle Son at Smallest Conservative
July: Billll of Bill’s Idle Mind  
August:  Merle, the most prolific e-Postal contestant (Hosting at Sand Castle Scrolls and True Blue Sam
November: Danno at Sand Castle Scrolls 

You download the target and rules, shoot the match, take pictures of the target, and email it to the hosting gun blog. Every match will be something different, creative, and fun!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sascha Back's Blog


Karin paying attention, Lucien asleep, Chi Hong Ho with a big smile, and Sascha Back looking like he's up to something! Four of Europe's very best shooters at the 2012 European Steel Championship Awards Ceremony.

Sascha Back is one of Europe's premier competition shooters, specializing in IPSC and Steel shooting, although he can shoot just about anything, I think. Sascha has won numerous European Championships, primarily with revolvers. He has a blog, and he posts both in English and German. When he's

not blogging in English, you can also use Google Translate to read his posts.

I first met Sascha at the European Steel Championships in Holland five or six years ago, and reading his match reports is a fun way to spend a little time! Like most serious competitors/bloggers, there never seems to be enough time to get blog posts written!

Go check it out, say HI, and leave him a comment. Don't worry about commenting in English, his English is probably better than mine! (Probably doesn't take much........)

 http://saschaback.de/blog/?lang=en

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Reinstalling safety on Ruger 10/22 Trigger Group

Brian, AKA Lawson11B on Youtube, has done a video on how to remove and replace the safety on the Ruger 10/22 rifle. If you do it wrong, some of the small parts and a spring may reach low earth orbit, so watch this first to keep that from happening!




Nice job Brian, and thanks for making the video.......

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Turbo Encabulator - The Original

This video is one of my very favorites. To non-engineer/non-Techie folks it may be a bit less funny, but for the rest of you, a "Coffee Spew/Keyboard Protect" mode is recommended before watching!!



There have been several re-do's of this, but the original is still the best. Supposedly, this was totally ad-libbed as a sound check before filming  the actual promo for a new transmission. Whether or not that's true, it's still brilliant!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

November e-Postal Match is Underway at Danno's

Remember the Top Shot show where the challenge was to pop the bottle cap off the bottle by hitting the bottle opener but not hitting the bottle? That was a pretty cool episode. Danno, over at Sand Castle Scrolls, has come up with a version of that challenge for this month's e-Postal match.
 
http://sandcastlescrolls.blogspot.com/2013/11/november-epostal.html


Click the picture of the target or CLICK HERE to get the target and rules.

Have fun and be safe!

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Shootin' Steel in Yakima (Moxee, really....)

the weather was looking a bit iffy, but it looked like there was a couple of windows of opportunity to get back and forth across Snoqualmie Pass so I could get to the steel match in Moxee, which is about 12 miles east of Yakima. this would also be a very good test for the motor in my Honda Civic. You may remember from a previous post that the last time I went to Yakima for a steel match it ended up taking me over 13 hours to get home due to blown radiator hoses and a blown head gasket in the Honda.

Since that time I have rebuilt the top of the engine including installing a different cylinder head. I had only driven it around locally so this would be the first chance to push the engine really hard and see if it would stand up. before departing, I swapped a set of snow tires and wheels onto the Honda since there was a good likelihood of seeing some snow, ice, slush, or other slippery road conditions, particularly on the way back.

I hit the road Friday morning, and the weather conditions looked good. A little bit foggy, a little bit misty, but otherwise good considering the time of year. the roads were bare and dry all the way across the mountain pass and to Yakima. The little Honda ran beautifully, and I pushed it pretty hard at times just to make sure it was going to stand up.

I met up with Larry at the range on Friday afternoon and gave him a hand getting everything set up for Saturday's match. after setup, Larry and I headed back to Yakima for some dinner, and then back to his place in Selah for a good nights sleep.

during the night we had some periods of fairly heavy rain, and once or twice it was hitting the roof hard enough that it woke me up. The next morning the rain had stopped, mostly, and the sky was gray and cloudy. We drove out to the range, got signed in for the match and picked up our score sheets, sorted out our gear, and headed down to Bay One for the Shooters meeting. by 10 AM the clouds were starting to break up but the wind was starting to come up. The weather forecast was for it to improve until approximately 1 PM, and then the wind was going to start blowing fairly hard. The forecast for Snoqualmie Pass was for the weather to steadily get worse through the afternoon with wind, sleet, and wet snow. Yuck!

The match in itself was lots of fun, with Larry and I battling back-and-forth from stage to stage for the whole day. By the end of the match we knew it was close, but neither one of us had any idea who had the fastest score.

As soon as the match was over, I jumped into the Honda and headed home. The sooner I could get across the mountain pass the better it would be, as the weather was clearly going to be terrible later in the day. As I neared the pass and we gained elevation it started raining and then raining and wet snow began to fall. As I neared the summit weather conditions continued to decline, and the gusty winds were blowing me all over the road. As I got even closer to the summit there was perhaps an inch or so of wet snow on the road and snowplow trucks were busy trying to keep the snow off of the road surface. Being on a slippery surface in a light car  with gusty winds blowing you around can be interesting, to say the least! Just past the summit I saw one car that had spun out on the slippery road and had gone backwards into the guardrail. The amount of damage to the car did not appear to be major so I don't think there were any injuries, thank goodness!

10 or 15 miles west of the summit and at a much lower elevation the weather changed from snow to rain and then to no rain at all with dry roads. The rest of the drive home was gusty and windy but dry. When I got back onto Whidbey Island I could see that a fairly significant windstorm had hit the area, as there were trees, tree limbs, and pine and for needles all over the sides of the roads. On the Southern-most part of the island the electricity was still off due to trees blowing over and knocking out the power lines.

I was definitely happy to reach home, and I certainly am glad that I did not try to come across Snoqualmie Pass any later in the day than I did.

It had been a fun weekend, had a good time at the steel match, got a chance to bug Larry as often as possible (!), and got home without any major difficulties. The little Honda had run well all weekend too, so that was a good thing also!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Shooting Wire Article on Indiana Championship

Here's the press release about my trip to the Indiana Steel Championships.


Click to embiggificate

I'm kinda proud of it!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Peter Schouwink - Rest In Peace My Friend

The first time I traveled to Holland for the European Steel Challenge Championships (2009) I didn't quite know what to expect. I was happy to find that shooters are shooters, all over the world, and we are all part of one big family.

That first year I emailed Hans Wigger, the match director, and told him that if there were two other shooters not already on a Rimfire Team, I would like to also enter in the team event. Hans said he would take care of it! When I arrived in Winterswijk, Holland, I was totally surprised to see that I had joined Team Dragonballs, along with Hans Wigger, the Match Director, and Peter Schouwink, the Head Referee! WOW!

 I think we came in 4th that year. Not too bad considering that we were all Seniors, shooting against a bunch of younger shooters in the Team event. Team Dragonballs entered every year through this last Springs ESC13 Championships. In 2010 and 2012 we managed a third place and got a trip to the Awards Ceremony platform for our medals.

Hans Wigger, Peter Schouwink, and myself on the Award Platform receiving our 3rd. place medals for the Rimfire Team Event at the 2012 European Steel Challenge Championships in Winterswijk, Holland.

Over the years I got to know both Peter and Hans, and really enjoyed their company. Peter was smart, funny, and eccentric in a fun way.

Earlier this year I got an email from a friend in Holland that Peter had been diagnosed with a rapidly advancing form of terminal cancer, and that he had only a few months to live. I just got another email, and Peter had died a few weeks ago. I guess it's kind of a good thing that he went quickly, rather than going through a long and painful decline with the same result, but somehow that doesn't make me feel much better right now.

Goodbye, my friend, I will miss you in Winterswijk.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Indiana Steel Challenge Mementos


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Kokomo, Atlanta, and Indy State Championships

So, here I am in the Motel 6 in Kokomo, Indiana! Where??? Yup! The last week has been really interesting, and pretty hectic too. KeeWee and I had dinner with our friend Ray a few days before, and he told me about Priceline.com and their name your own price program. I had seen the poster for the Indiana State Steel Championships, and I thought that would be a fun match if I could figure out a way to get there. Probably see a little nice weather rather than the Western Washington rain, too. I ran the travel dates through the usual internet travel places, and the ticket would cost nearly $800! No way could I afford that. I tried the Priceline website, and put in a few possible travel dates and alternate airports, and I offered $275 for the round ticket. With Priceline you pick the date, but they choose the flight time and promise no more than one stop each way, and no more than a three hour layover between flights. They rejected the $275, but to my surprise they counter-offered $313 round trip to Cincinnati, about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Indianapolis. I contacted the match director, verified the match wasn't full, and bought the ticket! Some more research, and I found that Dollar Rent-a-car had some special pricing much cheaper than anyone else, and I reserved a car.

Wednesday morning early I was on the shuttle to the Seattle airport for my flight. It was a one stop in Salt Lake City, then on to Cincinnati, arriving at 11pm. I picked up the rental car, then headed towards Indy, or more specifically, Tipton, which is about 40 minutes North of Indy. I had located a reasonably priced motel in Tipton, which is only five miles from the range. They  promised to leave a key in the mailbox by the office for me. After some GPS navigational screw-ups, I arrived in Tipton at 3am. There was no key in the mailbox, and the office was locked up and dark. There was a phone next to the office door, but it only connected you to their answering machine. I had seen a police officer in his car, parked a few hundred feet away in a nearby parking lot. I walked over to him and told him the situation. He contacted his dispatch, and they contacted the motel person, and she opened the office. She had written down the arrival time wrong, she said. Actually, I'm sure she just forgot about the key. That's the kind of operation that it looked like. I got signed in and went to the room. It was really bad. Dirty towels, stained furniture, the works. I collapsed on the bed and got a few hours of badly needed sleep. After four hours of sleep, I tossed my gear back into the car, and checked out. The police officer suggested that I travel another 12 miles to Kokomo, as there were lots of motels in all price ranges.

Coming in to Kokomo I saw a Motel 6, and stopped to check it out. I told the manager about my experience, and he handed me a key for the available room and suggested I go check it out and see if it was what I wanted. I did, and it was a little thread-bare, but not bad, and it looked clean and didn't smell bad. It would do just fine!

I slept on and off most of the day on Thursday, recovering a bit from the previous day or so. On Friday I headed out to the range.  I spent Friday afternoon helping them measure out the stage target locations and so forth.  On the way back to the motel I spotted a Texas Roadhouse Restaurant, and had dinner there. The ribs were really good! Back to the motel for a good night's sleep, as I needed to be at the range at 7am on Saturday morning.

On Saturday morning I helped the club crew set everything up. After getting everything in place, all of the range officers and helpers broke into squads and shot the match. I was welcomed into one of the squads. Unfortunately it was chilly and raining pretty hard, making it difficult. It was difficult to shoot at full speed, so I concentrated on shooting reasonably fast and not making any expensive mistakes, and that worked out pretty well. At 1pm we were through shooting, and the regular entry shooters shot the match, while the range officers manned the stages. I spent the afternoon as a range officer helping with running the timer and helping to run one of the stages. Around six everyone was done shooting and we put the targets and stuff back into the storage shed, then went to the club house for pulled pork sandwiches and match results. They have a nice clubhouse, and they had a warm fire going in the fireplace. They had a nice prize table set up, and they gave every entry ten tickets. It was a bucket raffle,so you dropped your tickets in the buckets of items you were interestedin, and then they drew from each bucket to find the winner of that item. It worked well. The last thing I needed was to win a bunch of bullets or something else bulky or heavy that I couldn't bring back on the airplane. I won a speed loader for a S&W 617 10 shot revolver. Now I guess I have to go buy one!

After the raffle we got to the results. There were entries from Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and of course, Washington State. I think there were about 90 entries. When Eric, the Match Director, got to reading the Rimfire Optic class results, he started with third place. There were a lot of good shooters here, so I was hoping to get a little lucky and maybe sneak in with a third. My heart kinda fell when he announced the third place finisher. Then he announced the second place in Rimfire Optic Division, and it was me!! WOO HOO! I was awarded a really nice plaque. I had turned in the second fastest pistol time of the day overall.

After they had gone through all of the gun class categories they went to the special recognition categories such as Ladies, Juniors, Seniors, and Super Seniors. These awards were determined by how shooters finished in their division, so there would be one overall Top Junior, Top, senior, Top Lady, and so on. I was pleasantly surprised to have my name called as Top Super Senior! Double WOO HOO!! When I was awarded the Top Super Senior Plaque I asked him with a straight face if I got hug, but he replied that that was not part of the deal! We had a good laugh over that!

At the Awards Ceremony I got talking to Tom from Wisconsin. Tom shot well, and won some stuff with his revolver. It turns out that Tom was staying at the same motel 6, in the room next to mine! After the match Tom and I went out and had dinner, refreshments, and lots of gun and shooting conversation. A great way to end a really good day! Although Tom is a few years younger than I, he has all the makings of a very fine curmudgeon! Hope we meet up again next year!

It was a long any trying trip to get here, but well worth it. Met some great folks, had some fun, and got in some shooting too! Today I'm just hanging out, as at 4am I leave Kokomo for Cincinnati for my flight home.

Not looking forward to the trip, but it is what it is.......


Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Gun Blogger Rendezvous VIII Pics

I apologize for not getting any posts up about this year's gun blogger rendezvous, which was held in early September.  Between working, shooting, traveling to and from matches, practicing for shooting, reloading, keeping the guns running, working, getting the new International Steel Shooting Association underway, and a ton of other things, I just haven't seem to be able to find the time to do very much blogging. Oh yeah, I also forgot to mention eating sleeping, and keeping the vehicles running!

Well,better late than never! here's the first batch of pictures.


Both the tables  covered with door prizes, and the raffle prizes table, were covered to overflowing! In less than 30 minutes, we sold $3130 worth of raffle tickets!  There were a lot of very cool items in the raffle, but one item that I sure would have liked to win was this beautiful stainless Ruger Blackhawk .357 revolver.  Unfortunately, it was not to be. Oh well, there is always next year!

 On Thursday morning we went out to the Reno Cabela's store for tour. After touring Cabela's, we all headed east to Fernley and the Roop County Cowboy Shooters range.  The Roop County Cowboys were also having a multi-day gathering filled with fun, cowboy outfits, cowboy guns, and lots of shooting!  This year the gun bloggers were invited to come out and join in on the fun on Thursday, which was their side match day. We got a chance to shoot some of their cowboy guns, and even try out some of their side matches. It was a ball!

Here's a couple of pictures of Ray shooting a 5150 rifle at a target for hundred yards away, and hitting it, to!


On Friday, the group went out to the wash to County public shooting range for some more shooting. Jim, the range master, who we have gotten to know over the years, kept a watchful eye over us and all of the other shooters at the range, making sure everyone had a fun and safe time.

looking down the shooting stations at some of the gun bloggers.



After the Friday range day,  we all headed back to the Silver Legacy hotel and casino  for dinner. After dinner in the hospitality room we had a one on one pistol match using a laser firing Ruger semi automatic pistol. For me, shooting a double action semi auto with iron sights in a fairly low light situation is pretty much a perfect formula for mediocrity! I did my best, head of a lot of fun, and only embarrassed myself only once in the match. I tried something that I thought might work, and it didn't.  Congratulations to Daniel, who showed us exactly how it's done!  After the pistol match we enjoyed a pleasant evening of socializing.

We did not want to stay up too late, however, as  Saturday morning we would again be going out to the range for more shooting. The Saturday shooting would be at an adjoining range, where we would be shooting steel targets with pistols as fast as we could go!  I did not take any pictures on Saturday, as I was fairly busy running the match.

I Will try to get more posted, including some more pictures, when I can...........

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