Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Here's some shaky, sometimes blurry video of some vintage cars making lots of noise. (Still getting use to the oddities of using a dSLR for video... and blanked on bringing a tripod...)


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Off to the races!

Vintage weekend at Road America. Very cool cars, and just as cool to be able to explore my wife's old stomping grounds. Great way to spend a birthday!
Some more potato pics, but tons (literally thousands. And I use that word correctly) of pictures on the 'real' camera to convert and dump on some sort of online sharing deal after we get home.
Timber Rattlers game tomorrow.
Tacticool at its finest.

Can't get any closer than this to live race cars!

Friday, July 18, 2014


Potato pic... but there will be real ones when I get home and edit the raws.

Down in Elkhart Lake, WI for the Vintage Race at Road America because tomorrow is my birthday and I like old cars.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Game 2

So far another close one. Last night we won (just barely), right now we're down by one...


Sounds like I'd get along with the Swedes pretty well.  I like the sounds of a mid-day coffee break.


ALL the beef. Somehow I just crammed a quarter of a cow in the two freezers. I suggest investing in charcoal if you're looking for stocks...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Army Pistols

Lots of talk about the Army (once again) not being happy with the ol' M9. Pretty legitimate reasons in my mind, but I don't think a caliber change is going to fix the issue.  A new pistol (with a rail... and a smaller grip... and not stupid backwards safeties or DA/SA... etc.) is needed, but also people need to realize that FMJ out of a pistol is going to always suck.

The overall challenge is finding something that all the new hip plastic pistols do (high capacity, lightweight, modular grip size would be nice...) that isn't a plastic frame (my vote would be a Sig P226 SAO in all honesty... even though they're not that light.)  I know how GIs treat M9s, and a plastic frame is not going to last long.  I doubt that'll happen though, probably just end up with some .40S&W Glock and go through it all again next time we go to war again.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Inside Coffee

Ever wondered what it looks like inside an espresso machine when it's doing it's thing?

Now you know.  And it's pretty cool.


Little reminder - the newest Monster Hunter Book is out!

I got the eARC a few months back, and let me tell you, this is possibly the best MHI book yet.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Cheap Steel

TacStrike recently had an inventory reduction sale (actually it's still going!) and part of that includes some of their Flat Rate Shipping targets.  One of the downsides of steel targets is that they're heavy, and weight equals higher shipping.  TacStrike decided to work the system, and developed a set of targets that fit in a couple sizes of the USPS Flat Rate shipping boxes to make it easier to get your hands on some durable targets.  These also have a bracket on the back to hang them from a standard steel garden fence post.

I snagged a SFRT, which showed up a couple days ago.  It's a pretty substantial little guy, 8.5"x5.5", and is a good little challenge at 100 yards.  I never seem to remember that black is not the best color with how wooded the berm is at the range I tend to shoot at...

Once they got done mowing, I set up at the 100 yard line and got to work. It seemed like a good day to get back to basics, and I have been itching to try out the RRA two-stage trigger I dropped in my A2.  On a side note, this is still probably my favorite setup for good relaxed shooting.

As I mentioned, at 100 yards, the small target is a bit of a challenge, but aim small, miss small.  The little thing doesn't as much 'ring' like you'd expect from a steel target, but when you do hit it, you get a good solid 'smack.'  55gr FMJ pretty much disintegrates, with minimal dimpling, so long as you're not too close to the edge.

(I may have gotten the wrong fence post...)

You will knock out some chunks if you're on the edge though.

Like I said earlier, the .223 rounds just about completely splatter, but 9mm leaves little lead flowers.

Next time I just need to remember some cheap spray paint in an easier to see color, but other than that, these are well worth the price, and it's a great time to pick some up.

Good day for the range...

And range maintenance I guess. Guess I'll donate some blood while I wait and be thankful they started on the lane I want to shoot at!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ruger "Budget" Nine

New Ruger 9E

Like the Trigger Jerk says, almost an upgraded version of the SR9 (no gaudy loaded chamber indicator or adjustable sights, etc) for a good chunk of change less ($100 less to be precise.)  The frame looks just about identical, and it would make sense to use the same magazines.  Mostly just some changes to the slide machining process to save some time and money.  Smart move on Ruger's part I think, should make for a great entry wonder-nine.


I've been tossed on the night shifts, and it may or may not be sucking my soul out slowly through my eyeballs.  I've attempted to kick-start some brain functions with some Army approved chemical concoctions-

-but I don't think the mix is the same state-side as it is over there.  At least it tastes pretty decent.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Because it kind of is for me.  Put up with a few overnight shifts, and reward yourself with beer, good food, and live music (from our wedding band/her bonus parents) on the patio at a bar just out of town.

Also nobody rocks a mandolin lime Jonathan. Nobody.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


Nothing sucks the life out of you quite like a few nights of graveyard shifts.  That and I don't think these New Balance boots I got are ever going to break in, so I'm a little cranky.  Just need to suck it up and order some Danners...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


I totally married her for the tickets... I swear! It's not summer until you hit up a Northwoods League game, care of Manda's employer.

You might be a Veteran if...

Slight language warning...

*I can neither confirm nor deny I have done any of the things in this video.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

New Hat for the Truck

Tonneau covers have come a long ways since '06 I guess. The Velcro was coming unstitched on the old one and there was a good amount of water in the bed after being parked all of AT. The new one (Lund) seems to have a better seal, and a much easier tension system going for it, and a better shape overall than the old Truxedo cover that came on it.