Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TALO - Limited SAA Offering

It seems that TALO distributers will soon be offering a limited run of Colt SAA revolvers.  Not many details are knon at this time.  According to The Firearm Blog.
According to information posted on Talo’s website, Colt’s Manufacturing made a limited run of SAA revolvers for the company. This specific one is limited to 50 guns and will be heading out to the wholesalers shortly.
 The gun is finished in royal blue and has wooden stocks. This SAA has a 5.5″ barrel. No pricing information was provided by Talo. Since this revolver is a limited run that was likely made by the Colt Custom Shop, I would expect them to retail for more than the standard SAA guns. Standard Colt SAA revolvers chambered for the .357 Magnum and .45 Colt start at $1,799.
It's a nice looking gun, as all Colt SAA revolvers are.

 The .32-20 is one of Belle's favorite calibers.   Her go-to revolver is an old Colt Police Positive in that caliber.  While this new offering is interesting, it's not interesting enough to drop MSRP on the debit card.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Bill Whittle - Surprise.

Who Had The Permit?

Reading about the horrific nonsense that happened in Charlottsville, VA this weekend, I'm struck by several questions.  First and foremost, who had the permit to hold a rally in a public park?

In every event I've ever seen in a public venue, a permit is required.  It puts the authorities on notice that something is going to happen, and requires the event organizers to do certain things.  But, that permit allows them to be there.  Peacefully.  Lawfully.

Reading the New York Times article from this morning, it appears that the white nationalists had the permit.  As execrable as their message might have been, it appears that they had the permit to hold the rally, and that's what free speech is all about.

Those other groups that showed up, did so unlawfully.  Or, at least I doubt that they had a permit. So, why were they there?  Simply to cause trouble?  From all appearances, that's what happened.

And, what city bureaucrat let two groups with competing messages show up in the same park at the same time?
As the white nationalists massed in the park, Ms. Caine-Conley and other members of the clergy locked arms in the street. Behind them were hundreds of protesters, including black-clad, helmet-wearing members of the far left known as antifa.
Sound like a recipe for disaster, doesn't it?  And, that's just exactly what happened.   In the final analysis, what happened is that the City let two hate groups converge at the same place in the same time.

Of course, now the police are being blamed.

It's interesting to note that almost everywhere Anrtifa shows up, there is violence.  Example, Seattle.  Fascism is facism wherever it rears its ugly head, and if you are trying to shut down free speech, you're a fascist.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Red Beans

We've talked about red beans before, but today, that's lunch.  Yeah, I know it's August outside, but I've been jones-ing for a big pot of red beans, so last night before bedtime, Belle washed two pounds of good Camellia red beans, added spices, water, and sausage and turned on the slow cooker.

This morning I awoke to the kitchen smelling like heaven.

In another hour, we'll put on a pot of rice, and mix cornbread for the oven.

Red beans and rice with cornbread.  It's what's for lunch.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Peacemakers First Match

The Cross Branded Peacemakers shot their first match today under cloudy skies, and a threat of rain.    It was a simple Nevada Eight match on our four-lane range, and it worked well.  We shot Men, Ladies, and Youth.

Youth.  1st, Little Cajun.  2nd, Misty Blue  3rd Akarate Zach

Ladies.  1st, Cookie.  2nd, Blue Eyed Belle.  3rd Squirrel Girl
This was Cookie's first ever match.  She shot well, well enough to come out on top.  She told me that if she thought that she was going to win, she'd have dressed better.

Men's.  1st place, Big Bill.  2nd place Major D.  3rd place Cajun Greg.
This was Big Bill's first ever match.  It became obvious that he's been practicing with his laser.

All in all, a very good day.  Shooting at the church is not something that everyone gets to do, but here at the Peacemakers, we get to shoot at the church.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Little Fat Boy Kim

I notice that the little fat boy from the North, Kim, is back in the news.  Making threats, acting like the spoiled brat that he is.  Suffering from a severe case of overactive hyper-stupidity disorder.  I mean, c'mon, he can't even keep the lights on.

There is no sense bombing them back to the pre-industrial age.  That's about where they are right now.

It would be best to ignore the little pissant, and send back-channel messages to his generals.  If little Kimmie meets and untimely demise, we'll see what we can do to help with lights and indoor plumbing. That would be much better than what they have now.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Like A Hero

Someone at Wal-Mart put a back-to-school display on the gun rack.

Twitter is , predictably, freaking out.

Hunting season opens next month, and for many of the schools around here, the beginning of squirrel season is an out-of-school holiday.


In the Cowboy Fast Draw community, there are two main types of timers.  Timers are important because that's where we get out scores, and basically, both timers systems work the same way.  They start a clock and stop it when the bullet hits the target.    We get a time, down to the thousandth of a second.

Quick Draw Electronics, out of Montana is one manufacturer of timing systems.  For several years, he made a timer that he called the Shooting Sports Timer II, and he still supports that timer.

It's a great timer system, and a lot of clubs use it.  It is easily configured into a multi-timer setup that can run a standard six-lane range.  Basically, you slave one timer against another.  It works well,   The company has redesigned the system and he is in [re-production of the new system, which is causing quite a buzz in the Fast Draw community.  Simpler, cleaner, less expensive,  I hope he gets the bugs worked out, because it looks like a nice set up.

The other system of timers currently on the market is the system marketed by the association.  They call it the Gunslinger timer and it works as advertised.  You slave one timer (or a group of timers) to the master timer, and you can run a multi-lane range.

Both systems work as advertised and both systems will run a match.  They have different features, different strengths and weaknesses, and two solid camps or supporters.  The discussion around the tables at a match are not unlike the caliber discussions around a hunting camp.

When Belle and I set up the club at the church, we knew we'd need timers and spent a lot of time trying to decide which to go with.   We finally made a decision and wrote a check.  The timers should ship next week.  And, no, I'm not going to endorse one system over the other.  They both have drawbacks.  I'd really like to combine the two and make a system with no drawbacks, but electronically that doesn't seem to work.   I've tried.

We made the decision that seems to be best for our purposes, and we'll live with it.  I did put a bug in the ear of an electronics tinker-er and hopefully he'll have a great idea that will upgrade the system we chose, but we'll have to wait and see about that.

In the meantime, these two systems are the state-of-the-art in Cowboy Fast Draw systems.   As the old men used to say, "You pay your money and you take your chances."

Jumbled Weather

This is the weirdest August I can remember.  So far, rain every day, the current surface map is a jumbled mess.

There is nothing we can do about it.  But, it provides challenges in dealing with it.  Normally, August is hot, dry, and sunny.  So far, this August has been hot, humid, cloudy and moist.  The grass is growing like crazy and the air is like walking into a hot, wet blanket.

It is what it is, and we have to deal with it.    This weather pattern, like others, will change eventually, but until then, I give thanks to Willis Carrier, the inventor of modern air conditioning.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017


Casting about for a Wednesday post, I figured I'd highlight my Model 38.  It is a hump-back, a vestige of an earlier time, and one of my favorites.  It's my everyday carry pocket revolver.

Some have said, from a purely logical, rational perspective that it is less than optimal to carry a small revolver.  With only five shots, I'd me much better served by one of the wondernines (and, I include there the various .380s, which are simply short 9mms).

But, in the final analysis, I'm probably less than optimal in lots of things, and the J-frame revolver has been a trusted friend for  about three decades, even if I've only had this one for six years.