Latest Rimfire is a .17wsm..

actually the result of a purchase from Rick’s estate of a T/C Encore with a .243 barrel which led to the purchase of a .17wsm barrel from MGM, arrived about two weeks ago but I’ve not made it to the range with it yet. A 23″ heavy taper barrel, if it shoots as well as most I’ve seen it will be a treat.

It’s pretty easy on the eyes as well, I’ve mounted a Weaver V24 with ballistic reticle on it so should be able to use the rounds long range capability easily.

Fortunate decisions…

Spending time this week with an old friend from Our early FAA days in Georgia, her husband passed about 4 years ago and she and the Wife had reconnected so we’re visiting. I went to work for the FAA in 1976, the drums were beating within PATCO (the controllers union) for better equipment, higher pay, unfortunately hot heads prevailed and in ’81 most went out on strike. I did not and spent the next couple of years in temporary duty status. Her husband did strike and the consequences cost them dearly, losing a home and most of their property while raising three kids, I knew it had to have been hard. On top of all of this her husband began suffering symptoms related to Agent Orange exposure from his time in Vietnam. Eventually the VA in Ga. got him classified correctly and their assistance helped them greatly. You seldom know where your choices will take you but I look back now at a couple of fateful decisions that had huge implications for Our future and Thank God for his Goodness towards us.

The Trust is just the beginning…

Wow do they ever make this process complicated, especially for something even the BATFE says is pretty unnecessary, just having the Trust set up is pretty simple but talking  with the Dealer there’s a lot more to be done..

For a retired LEO and former Federal Employee who like has pretty big electronic file/files in the belly of the beast so to speak, finger prints in duplicate etc. Like they’ve not got 20  or more sets already on file. LOL


Delays in the Trust..

Attorney called and he has had a tough week in court and it will be the end of next week before its done, not really a problem. Rain has set in for a few days, Church responsibilities continue to increase, ah well, just because you buy toys doesn’t mean you have time to play with them. Picked up a bit of an odd one this week, FN 5.7 pistol, a firearm I was very much against back when I was a Police Officer. With some loads it will defeat most common Body Armor, not something most Cops want widely distributed , truth is the Keltec PMR-30 with some loads is right there with it. Another Nut Job shot up his School in Texas, we need Mental Healthcare not Gun Control, this one used Daddy’s Shotgun and .38 revolver. Where the heck was Daddy?

Long journey began…

Started the process to form a Trust and purchase two Suppressors, such a complicated process to purchase what in many supposedly more Civil societies considered a item of courtesy. Here in the US it has been demonized by ignorant Hollywood and even more ignorant Politicians. Even the BATFE its self has said they should be deregulated, at most requiring no more than the NICS check used for Firearms. Ignorance has become a staple product of our society however and so this presently takes a year or more to slowly make its way through Bureaucracy. Not to mention un-necessary expense.

Recent additions…

Talk about extremes, a Taurus PT-22 Poly, I was at the Pawn shop when a gentleman was talking trade with them on this one but had to leave, later saw it sitting there. His wife had put less than 40 rounds through it and didn’t care for it so he traded it on a revolver. I got it for just over 1/2 price.

A young man who works there had a Alexander Arms 6.5 Grendel upper with 24″ Shilen barrel, he’d been trying to sell it for a while, I got it for 1/3 of what the equivalent model sells for now. Actually less than the barrel alone sells for from Shilen. Now those are extremes, lol.



The Wife and I were eating lunch at Cracker Barrel yesterday and three Wildlife Officers were sitting at the table next to us, two young officers and a middle aged Lieutenant. They were discussing various things and as we finished up and were leaving I asked how the Turkey Season was going and they replied it seemed to be a good season so far. The Lt. asked if I’d hunted any and I told him, nope hadn’t been and had no idea when I’d go again since my hunting Partner had passed away back in September. He expressed condolences and then said, you know he’d want you to find someone else to hunt with don’t you. This was Rick’s time of the year, he was never so happy as when he was calling Turkeys and he was good at it, usually tagging out within the first week or so then he’d start taking Kids and other new hunters out and call for them or teach them to call. Standing around one of our favorite haunts (Haw River Gun and Pawn) we were telling stories of past hunts, several of the folks had hunted Turkeys with Rick. Great memories.

Site secured…

A phone call to Go Daddy and a flip of a switch and its secure.

Now on to more pleasant things, taking another to view Rick’s estate resulted in the purchase of  a very nice T/C Encore in ,243 and that precipitated the ordering of a barrel for it from Match Grade Machine in .17wsm.  Seems that’s the surest way to get an accurate rifle in that caliber.

A very nice bit of lumber on this T/C which as most of you know is always a bonus with me. I also picked up a Remington 597M in .22wmr that I was already familiar with, it and one I owned years ago are good shooters and both have shown a preference for Federal 50 gr hp’s.

That’s 16 of Rick’s firearms now in my accumulation, need to stay away from those guns, while at Mace Sports yesterday I spied a CZ Drake in 12 ga. with some decent wood (the Drake is CZ’s entry level O/U with few frills but a reputation for being a solid shotgun at a reasonable price. The wood again, it came home with me, I’ll post a photo or two soon. So I’m back to rimfires and have another O/U that I intend to make a real effort at putting to use this time, only time will tell.

Site not Secure?

Hogwash…this started popping up 4 or 5 days ago, I contacted GoDaddy who hosts this  site and they tell me I need to buy a security certificate that is now required..hmmm. Okay  $119 and it will clear that “site not secure” for two years…well for me at least its still there, I’m up to my eyeballs in Alligators tomorrow but if its still there Wednesday me and GoDaddy are having a talk.

.17 WSM

Several years ago I purchased a Savage HB stainless B-Mag, never attained anything accuracy wise I was happy with, tried all the tricks others promoted to fix its many ills but nothing really helped. Eventually ended up with a CZ 527 Varmint in .17Hornet and. the B-Mag was traded away. Yesterday I purchased a as NIB T/C Encore blue and Walnut in .243 Win. and last night ordered a Match Grade Machine Co. .17WSM barrel for it. I’m already a fan of the .243 and from what I’ve read the MGM .17 WSM shoots very well. As a pleasant aside on MGM, about 30 mins. after I placed the online order a young man from the company called me to confirm the order as I’d managed to order two scope mount bases, his call saved me $40. I’m thinking I’m going to like dealing with them.