Promised photos…

Since most of us are visually stimulated, a couple of photos of Rick’s rifles I now have.

His Sako Quad in .22wmr, I’ve also purchased a .17m2 barrel for it.

It has the Burris Quad scope made for the interchangeable barrels on the Quad, I’ve never used one of those and it may not stay.

Next is a CZ 452 FS in .22lr I didn’t even know he owned.

The dark stain hides some very nice grain on this one, a DIP trigger guard and some other add ons may be in its future. As someone said every time I handle or shoot these I’ll be thinking of my Friend Ricky and all the good times we had hunting and traveling the State checking out gun shops.

A couple of Rick’s rifles…

have found a new home, a Sako Quad Hunter (couple of dings in the stock) with nice wood that I hope I can repair, all in all a nice rifle in .22wmr (a favorite), at worst a good remembrance of my Hunting Partner at best a excellent and good looking rifle and a remembrance.

The other is a NIB 2009 CZ 452 FS in .22lr with some darker than average wood and better than average grain, it’s going to be one of those rifles that needs bright sunlight to really show its stuff, or prehaps refinishing.

Photo’s to follow when I get a chance.

Family Christmas…

My Wife’s family Christmas gathering was yesterday, we always have a great time there, wonderful Children are growing up into Godly and talented young Adults, Adults who continue to be good Christian examples to their Children. Much reminiscing about those who have gone on before us, sadness for their loss to us but Joy in that we know they wait for us in God. Not much gift giving (the sisters give small tokens) but a tremendous amount of sharing of Love and Joy for the Season. I always enjoy this gathering. Oh and the food, wow the food.

Its been a long time…

For many years the Wife has only done a little decorating at Christmas, we spend Christmas eve and day with our Son’s family and she just didn’t see the point of putting up a tree. Since she retired the end of May she’s been doing a lot of “put off” things around the house. Coming home from a errand the other day I find a tree up for the first time in a long time, it looks nice, nothing really fancy but a cute little tree.

Nothing fancy but I like it, Merry Christmas.

Hanging of the Greens…

Wonderful service at Church last night for our Hanging of the Greens, from Cherub Choir to our Soloist and Praise team some beautifully wonder filled music. The program certainly set the tone for the coming Season of Celebrating the Coming of Jesus to Earth,  it also for me sets the tone for a Season of Giving, planning for special gifts for our Manna  Market clients above and beyond the basic food stuffs we provide monthly. Years ago I learned that giving is so much more satisfying than receiving, God has more than amply supplied my needs.

A Black Friday deal for me…

Usually Black Friday is a day for us Guys to go and hide while the Women folk go out and  do battle for the elusive “Bargain”, this year my LGS’s online ad actually had something that grabbed my attention rather than generating a yawn. S&W is rumored to have made these for some overseas Law Enforcement Agency, I really have no idea but they’ve never appeared in S&W’s online product summaries while the .357 version has. I shudder to think of firing one of these with full bore .357 ammunition, I one owned a Charter Arms Police Bulldog which weighted 21 oz. vs the 13-14 ozs. of these, it made my 4 inch S&W .44 mag seem tame. That said, in the heat of battle so to speak most would never notice the recoil if they’ve spent any time with the gun at all. My intent is to use the 130gr FMJ non plus P .38 loads for practice and then carry with Speer’s 135gr Gold Dot +P .38 Special. Point of impact should be close within 15 yards and that’s the likely extreme range one of these is going to be used. Back in the day we practiced with Wadcutters and carried full power on duty and that practice worked well for those who put in significant practice. The revolver is known as the 360J, a Scandium framed, stainless barrel and blackened stainless cylinder revolver, its hairy chested .357 counterpart is the 360SC or 360PD and they have Titanium cylinders and weight about .5 ounce to 1 ounce less. These are obviously made to carry much and shoot with fun power loads little but practice will prove very helpful in controlling them. Pictures for those who have to have ’em.

Okay for the “bargain” part of this story, these were marked down to $329 and S&W has a $50 rebate on these and several other handguns, so with taxes and all I’m going to end up with $303 in it, now that’s a Bargain. Insert large ear to ear smiley face.

Thankful for all God’s Blessings

Another year of Blessings from the Lord, we have so many things to be thankful for, Family and Friends, food and shelter,  health and material blessings. Losses of Friends presence in our lives but Joy knowing they’ve gone on to a better place where we will join them in God’s time.

I wish each of you the Happiness and Blessings of the Thanksgiving season.

VIR again…

Another long range Saturday at VIR with Ken Barfield’s LR Shooting class, a very good group including a husband and wife with the wife saying she didn’t know that she could do this. She did great and by the end of the day was walking around with a huge grin on her face. Quite windy most of the afternoon which made things a lot more interesting..

Ken attempting to make ’em understand ranging and using the charts.

Not everyone was intent on learning….

On the 500/800 yard firing line, a couple of those leaning trees actually came down while we were shooting, kinda breezy.