There’s never a good time to spend lots of money. There are, however, better times to spend money. For example, buying a buttload of AR mags two days after the Sandy Hook episode would be the ‘not a good time’ to spend the money, three weeks before the event would have been the ‘better’ time.
So, when something like this crosses your plate, who wouldn’t think “Hmmm…”:
Yeah. Me too. Trouble is, money is a scarce resource. What isn’t a scarce resource is other people who wanted to jump on board….so, I grabbed a couple other guys and we all kicked in to split a bunch of these. Personally, I’m an aluminum magazine kinda guy…I know lotsa folks like the Magpuls but I prefer the aluminum mags. But, Im also a guy who appreciates greenbacks, so these mags are mostly an investment for the next time there’s another buying panic. (And there will be another, you can pretty much be certain of that.) So these will go sit on a shelf until the next panic and if there isn’t a next panic I’ll certainly have no problem keepin’ em for our own use.
Pearl Harbor Day is an interesting day. (Although not nearly as interesting as the actual Pearl harbor day itself.) Like many important historical events there’s always that little nagging doubt, that whispered conspiracy theory, that odd story, attached to it.
The biggest question about the attack on Pearl harbor is, naturally enough, did the US know it was coming and did they let it happen to give casus belli for the US to enter the war. Certainly, the entry into WW2, more than anything else, is what took the US out of the economic troubles from the Great Depression….certainly more so than any FDR-orchestrated make-work scams. I suppose when you’re facing a stubborn economic malaise, the prospect of a wartime economic boom can look pretty tempting.
Anyway….Pearl Harbor is probably the classic example of being caught off-guard an unprepared for catastrophe. I suspect the US kind of overcompensated a bit in the Red Scare years of he fifties, but I guess you can sort of expect that. (Come to think of it, a somewhat similar incident would be the Yom Kippur War back in ’73 when Israel got caught napping and came close to disaster.)
So, to me, the moral of the story here on Pearl harbor Day is – keep your eyes open and your ear to the ground. If it looks, sounds, feels, and quacks like a duck…it’s probably a duck.
Someone joked to me in a text message “Wake up. Canadian troops are pouring over the border. We’re going to war over round bacon!”. I told them that I already saw that episode of “The
Left West Wing”..they had no idea what I was talking about. So, I found a YouTube clip that conveniently takes all the Canadian invasion parts of that episode and strings them together:
My favorite part is the dialog about 2:50 regarding what the Mounties are armed with versus what the American hunters are armed with. As I’ve said before, Canada is a country made entirely of Nerf. Oh, sure….eventually some Canuckstanian will chime in with something about how some Canadian sniper made this awesome shot so we aren’t all just caricatures of Bob-n-Doug-McKenzie. Perhaps…but those are the Canadians that need to become Americans where achievements like that are respected and not thought of as something to be embarrassed about. I’m reminded of the joke about why you don’t need to put a lid on a Canadian lobsterpot….if one lobster tries to get out, the others will drag him back in.
Canuckistan is actually only a couple hundred miles from here. About three hours of driving and youre in the land of round bacon and annoying French-speakers. I’ve only been to Canada twice. Once on purpose, and once by accident when I made a wrong turn in Glacier Park. All in all, its a nice looking country that will make a lovely territory or possession some day.
If you missed it the first two times, its back for round three.
I bought three last time and they’re pretty much just what I need for my generator.
Thanks as always to Laura for the heads-up.
Its behind a cut because its autostart……….
Went to the range the other day to make sure that the zero on one of the rifles was where it was supposed to be. Packed up, got to the range, unpacked, and….no ear protection. I’m not shooting a .308 while standing around with the filters from a couple Marlboros jammed into my ears. Figured I’ll just make another trip in a day or two.
Went to the range today and remembered the hearing protection. Set up my target, got a tape measure and measured 30 meters (actually, I measured 33 yards), set the aperature to ’2′ and fired two rounds. Boom, boom…two holes pretty much dead center.
Well, I guess we’re good to go, then. Shortest successful range trip ever.
What i really need to do is set up a checklist of gear to take to the range so that next time i dont forget anything. Once, many years ago, i got to the range, unpacked all my gear, and realized Id forgotten the guns. You dont make that mistake five times, lemme tell ya!
I really think I should start saving early in the year in anticipation of the
Black Friday Friday Of Color sales. I suppose a section of people might say “Zero, you’re missing the point of Thanksgiving. Today you should be posting about how thankful you are for everything you have!”.
First of all, Im not missing the point of Thanksgiving; you’re missing the point of preparedness. If theres an opportunity to save money and acquire necessary gear, then I don’t care if it falls on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or VoodooMan Day. I’m not about holidays, I’m about preparedness.
Secondly, I’m thankful for what I have. Part of that thankfulness means taking steps to preserve it, protect it, and use it wisely…hence taking advantage of these sales.
Thirdly, I’m an adult. I can cook. If I really want a turkey and mashed potatoes, I can go to the grocery, pick ‘em up and cook ‘em whenever I want. So..I don’t need a special day set aside for it.
However, I hope that those of you who do get into the holiday scene have a good time and enjoy yourselves.
Now…back to Friday Of Color. A few highlights that have hit my mailbox:
Stag Arms Black Friday Sale.
Augason Farms 34-50% off.
Old Grouch Surplus
I very much like this: Military Canvas Air Freshener – Who doesnt love the smell of surplus????
You know those guys that keep a little notebook in the glovebox of their vehicle and jot down every oil change, filter replacement, radiator change, track all the mileage, etc, etc.? Well, Im not one of those guys. I want to be, but Im not. (And, by the by, thats definitely the kind of guy Id want to buy a used car from.)
Since I just can’t seem to muster that sort of discipline, I have to rely on technology to do the heavy lifting for me. To that end I purchased this cool little hour meter (Hardline Products HR-8063-2 Hour Meter with Log Book) offa Amazon to mount on my new generator. The MetalsPimp has it installed on his generators and it seemed like a good idea. It tracks run time so I can, ideally, know when the proper amount of hours have passed for the various required maintenance schedules (filter, oil, etc.)
Because, I tell ya, after dropping the coin to buy this thing I am not going to treat it like the average person treats their lawnmower.
So, when you have a generator you gotta have generator fuel. That just follows, right? Turns out that while the manual says the Honda EU2000 will run using gasoline that does not contain more than 10% ethanol, when you try to store that ethanol-laced gasoline for the long-term it apparently undergoes some changes that are decidedly unhealthy for the generator. Or, at least, this is what Im parsing from my studies on the interwebz.
So, being winter in Montana, finding non-ethanol gas can be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, the MetalsPimp has a sports car that he babies like it was the last of the v-8 interceptors or something and thus knows where all the ‘good’ gas is.
So, I headed out of town and as it turns out you cannot get non-ethanol gas in any of the lower grades. You want the good stuff, you pay for the good stuff. This might have been the only time in my life where I purposely selected the SuperPremiumDeluxe grade at the pump. They price it like it too.
But, now I have the fuel (somewhat) safely socked away. I think I’ll definitely look at getting one of those tri-fuel conversions and try running this thing on LP because thats gotta be cheaper than the expensive grades of fuel. Of course, I only have to use the expensive grade of fuel if I want to store it. For immediate use the lower grade would be fine, but when was the last time you had a disaster that required you to use a generator AND the gas stations weren’t shut down?
Augason Farms has the One Month Kit at 35% off…Normally $225, now $146.89 for a two-day sale. The last couple times I’ve mentioned these sales I’ve had people leave comments that it took a few weeks for their orders to arrive from Augason Farms. Mine showed up, I believe, ten days later. Your mileage may vary.
The first rule of Gun Club is…If you shoot off the ammo, you gotta reload the ammo.
I’ve been sitting on those .30 cal. 150 gr. FMJ bullets for so long that I cant replace them for what I paid two years ago. I think they were seven cents each. Firsts, not pulls.
I know some people get disappointed when The Walking Dead isnt an hour of wall-to-wall zombie slaying but if I wanted that I’d just go to YouTube and watch the cinematics for Resident Evil games. I think these last two character-development episodes were awesome. There appears to be some genuine acting going on.