Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year !

There were probably many, many times this year when
I may have.....

Disturbed You,
Troubled You,
Pestered You,
Irritated You,
Bugged You,
or got on your Nerves!!

So today, I just wanted to tell you....

Suck it up Cupcake!!

Cause there AIN'T NO CHANGES Planned for 2011!!

Thanks, Jeff, the most hated barber in our Fishin' Club!


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Magnum Shooters Supply - Update

PRO EARS Pro Slim Gold Hearing Protectors
As I've mentioned previously, I'm busy as a beaver getting Magnum Shooters Supply up and running. Yesterday afternoon I signed a dealer contract to handle the Pro Ears line of hearing protectors. I've used a number of different hearing protectors over the years, and most of them failed. A few years ago I bought a pair of Pro Ears Dimension Plus ears, and they've been excellent. I am really hard on equipment, so anything that stands up in my hands has to be exceptional. The only thing that ever failed was the headband broke, and that was after many years of hard use, and a lot of airline travel and abuse thrown in.

When I decided to open up Magnum Shooters Supply, I decided to only handle products that I personally knew to be of good quality, regardless of price. After all, there are tons of places willing to sell you the latest and cheapest. It's funny how you usually regret buying the cheap stuff, though. Someone once said that you only regret buying a quality product on the day you buy it, but when you buy a cheap product, you regret the purchase for as long as you own it. In fact, it often works out that if you add up the cost of all the cheap ones you bought, you probably could have bought the good one in the first place, and saved some money by doing so.

The Pro Ears Gold series of hearing protectors use some pretty fancy electronics, a combination of analog and digital circuits, to do what seems almost impossible, block the loud noises, while letting conversation level sound be heard.

Here's how it works:

 By the way, for you Gun Bloggers, if you would like to get a pair to try out, and then post a blog review of them, drop me an email and I'll put you in touch with the right folks at Pro Ears. After you've tried them out and posted your review, you can purchase them from Pro Ears at a very friendly discount and keep your test and evaluation set for your very own.

You can find all the spec's for the most popular models of Pro Ears Hearing Protectors at my new store, Magnum Shooters Supply. the store will be open for business on January 2nd., or maybe a little before, but feel free to go have a look around.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas !

Merry Christmas 
to all!

Now, turn off your computer and go spend some time with your family, Wife, kids, significant other, POOSSLQ, dog, cat, rabbit, hamster, gun collection, reloading press, whatever. 

Better still, go spend some time with all of them.........

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mr. C. to Import OKO Red Dot Sights for USA

Blogging has been light lately, and there's a very good reason! Until the contract was signed I couldn't make any announcements of what was going on in the background, but today I got confirmation that the contract has been signed, and we can proceed.

I actually have TWO big announcements.

First, my business, MagAero Systems, has been awarded the exclusive importation and distribution rights for the United States for the full line of OKO Red Dot Reflex sights and accessories. The OKO sights are manufactured in the Czech Republic by S.G.B. Praha.

The OKO sights are a very high quality sight with a lot of similarities to the C-More. There are a number of different mounts and mount possibilities available from OKO, including a Weaver mount version, a dovetail mount version, and a specialty mount version. The OKO uses the more common (and less expensive) 2032 battery, and gets excellent battery life. The eleven brightness settings can easily be selected, even while wearing gloves.  The built in notch and post backup sight is also a nice feature. I have used both in competition and both are very good sights, but I prefer the OKO.

Second Announcement:

Right after the first of the year I will be turning on the lights in my new Internet Store, Magnum Shooters Supply. Magnum Shooters Supply will be the first retail outlet for the OKO sights, mounts, and accessories. We will also sell the James Austin Moon Clip Server, some of the custom parts I manufacture, Pro Ears hearing protectors, and a lot more. I plan to be adding new products regularly. The store is pretty basic so far, but if you want to have a look around,  check it out.

So that explains a bit as to why I haven't been blogging much lately!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jeff Foxworthy on Living in Washington

Yep, Jeff nails it on this one. I'm guilty on every one, I think!

"If you live in Washington"
  1. If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you live in Washington.
  2. If you've worn shorts, sandals and a parka at the same time, you live in Washington.
  3. If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number, you live in Washington.
  4. If you measure distance in hours, you live in Washington.
  5. If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in Washington.
  6. If you have switched from 'heat' to 'A/C' and back again in the same day, you live in Washington.
  7. If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Central, Southern or Eastern Washington.
  8. If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over 2 layers of clothes or under a raincoat, you live in Washington.
  9. If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow and ice, you live in Washington.
  10. If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction, you live in Washington.
  11. If you feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash, you live in Washington.
  12. If you know more than 10 ways to order coffee, you live in Washington.
  13. If you know more people who own boats than air conditioners, you live in Washington.
  14. If you stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal, you live in Washington.
  15. If you consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain, you live in Washington.
  16. If you can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best, and Tullys, you live in Washington.
  17. If you know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon, you live in Washington.
  18. If you know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup , Abiqua, Issaquah, Snoqualamie, Wenatchee , Spokane , Umpqua, Yakima and Willamette, you live in Washington.
  19. If you consider swimming an indoor sport, you live in Washington.
  20. If you can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food, you live in Washington.
  21. If you never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho, you live in Washington.
  22. If you have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain, you live in Washington.
  23. If you think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists, you live in Washington.
  24. If you buy new sunglasses every year because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time, you live in Washington.
  25. If you actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your Washington friends, you live or have lived in Washington.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mr. C. Joins Pro Staff

 Generally speaking, I don't usually drop entire press releases into the blog as a post, but in this case I am making an exception. It's pretty rare (unheard of?) that I get to be the subject of a press release, so this one is kinda special! 

The partying, celebrating, and carrying on will be well underway this evening, even until maybe 8:30 or 9pm., when It's my bed time.......

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE announces the launch of their ‘Pro Staff” program and “My GunLocker”

SEATTLE, WA (December 14, 2010), the authoritative community for gun enthusiasts to share, discuss, review and compare guns, is excited to announce the launch of their GunUp Pro Staff program and the release “My GunLocker.”

"My GunLocker" allows enthusiasts to favorite guns they like and share their collection with their friends. The total worth of the guns they favorite will also be calculated using our real time gun pricing tool, GUestimate, to give our users a sense of what their collection is worth. “We feel that this is a huge benefit to our users and we are pleased to provide them this great tool to solve a problem so many gun owners face,” says Dan Hall, CEO of 

GunUp is also announcing the launch of their GunUp Pro Staff through their sponsorship of Steel Challenge shooter, Mike Gallion (bio).

“Besides promoting GunUp at competitive Shooting events, our Pro Staff will also be contributing to the Question and Answer section on our website which will launch on December 20th,” says Dan Hall, CEO of ”One of our goals at GunUp is to support the growth of shooting sports, our Pro Staff program allows us to do just that while providing new shooters access to community and industry recognized experts. Every week our Pro Staff members will answer selected questions from our users on competitive shooting and the industry as a whole.”

Mike Galllion is a perennial World and European Steel Challenge Champion in his division, a veteran blogger (author of the Mr. Completely Gun Blog), and organizer of the Gun Blogger Rendezvous.

"When I heard about, I knew it was going to be something special, they're a great bunch of folks, and Gunup is definitely going to provide a lot of fun and useful things for shooters of all skill levels, from those just getting started through the experienced veterans.” Mike Gallion adds, “I am proud to be chosen to represent as a competitive shooter!"
“We are excited to announce Mike as the first member of the GunUp ‘Pro Staff’”, says Dan Hall, CEO of “Not only is Mike a terrific competitor and all around great guy, he also embodies many of the values that are important to our organization. He has a great enthusiasm for the sport and is consistently seeking opportunities to teach new shooters and invite them to competitive shooting events. Mike also has given a lot of his own time, energy, and money to the online gun community as the organizer of the annual Gun Blogger Rendezvous. We felt he was a natural fit to launch our Pro-Staff.”

Learn more about Mike at and register today to start asking questions to GunUp Pro Staff.

About GunUp, Inc.:
GunUp, Inc., located in Seattle, Washington, was founded in 2010 by Dan Hall, a combat veteran and firearms enthusiast. Working with a team of like-minded, internet savvy technicians and programmers, they created the only online firearms community where new and experienced gun owners can access current product information, gun prices, and access subject matter experts in the firearms industry. now has advertising opportunities available, providing companies with a low-cost, effective avenue to reach tens of thousands of firearms enthusiasts.

For Advertising inquires please contact:

Media inquiries please contact:
Laura Burgess
Laura Burgess Marketing


Monday, December 13, 2010

Kitsap Steel Match/Mud & Rain Festival

As I've been a bit under the weather for the last five or six weeks, I haven't been getting in any shooting, so I was wondering just how rusty I was going to be when I got over to the Kitsap steel match.  KeeWee, seeing that the weather forecast called for a lot of rain, decided to stay home and stay dry. Probably wise! The two ferry boat rides and the drive over to the KRRC range was uneventful, but gray and rainy most of the way. Fortunately the ferries were close to being on schedule, and I arrived just before the shooter's meeting got underway.

The regular monthly KRRC steel matches are six stages long, with some Steel Challenge layouts, some similar to Steel Challenge, and usually a couple of  John's special "Creative/Evil" stages. Imagine four round plates, each partially overlapping the 18" x 24" stop plate. Since everything is really close together you have to shoot it fast, but a miss may well hit the stop plate, adding three seconds penalty for any of the four plates you hadn't hit yet! Actually, it was a fun stage to shoot. The temptation is to shoot it as fast as you can go, trying to shave off that extra few tenths of a second. There's a good lesson here for new steel shooters, though. You are always better off to slow down just a little and shoot it without any penalties since slowing down a little on a very fast stage will cost you very little in overall time. However, letting it all hang out for that super fast time and ending up taking some penalties is the exact opposite of what you want! In short, don't take high risks when the benefit is small.

By the time we got underway, the rain had increased a bit, and it steadily rained harder and harder as the day went on. The weather guys say that this is a "Pineapple Express" rain storm, which is why it was really raining, but not all that cold. Fortunately there was no wind, or the wind chill would have made it miserable. There was some shelter at each stage, so we could stay out of the rain most of the time. By the end of the day we were soaked to the skin, though.

It really felt great to get back out and do some shooting. Most of the regular gang was there, and I hadn't seen most of them for a couple of months, so that was good, too. Considering the time of year and the weather, we had a pretty good turnout, with 32 entries. I saw Brian there, from Liberty News blog, but didn't get a chance to visit as we were in different squads.

After the match some of us usually go get some lunch and socialize a bit, but since I was soaked and starting to get cold, and it would soon be getting dark, I opted to get  on the road headed home and try to get in as much of the drive as possible before dark. I expected some parts of the drive to be "White Knuckle" anyway due to the rain, and they definitely were all of that! It takes me about 3 hours to get home from KRRC under normal conditions, and I figured the weather was going to add a bit to that. It took me only an extra half hour, and that wasn't bad considering the conditions. I was glad to be home, but it had been a fun day!

If you are interested in who was there or the scores, KRRC has the results posted here.

Thanks to John D. for putting on the match, and keeping steel shooting growing i n Western Washington.

Great Job, John, we really appreciate your work, even if it did rain!

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Sunday, December 05, 2010

e-Postal matches extended a bit - but hurry!

From the True Blue Sam blog:
Manfred is extending the deadline for the November Mr. Completely e-Postal contest until December 12, and Cheaper Than Dirt is extending the season long Zombie Shoot until December 6.  If you haven't entered these contests already, or have another gun you would like to enter, print out the targets and head to the range.  Both of these contests give you a chance to win a $50 gift certificate, generously donated by Cheaper Than Dirt, so you may win more than bragging rights.  Everyone who enters is a winner in these contests, because you will have the satisfaction of shooting with other enthusiasts, and getting in some much needed practice.  
NOTE: I wanted to get this notice posted before time ran out on the matches, but I've been so dang busy with several things going on all at once  that I wasn't getting the post done. Fortunately True Blue Sam over at his blog of the same name put up a post that said it all exactly like it needed to be, so I shamelessly "borrowed" it from True Blue Sam and posted it. Blog courtesy requires putting up a link crediting the source, which in this case is the True Blue Sam blog, so the above paragraph came from the True Blue Sam blog. If you aren't dropping by True Blue Sam's blog every so often, you really should check it out. It's one of my daily reads.


Thursday, December 02, 2010

Help Me Make it To My Flight ...... ahem!

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