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My New Hobby

30 Jun

A few weeks ago I got a Gopro Hero 3+ camera for my birthday. Since then I have been playing with it in a bunch of different ways. I put a mount on the dashboard of my truck and filmed my drive to work and I put another on the windshield of my motorcycle for capturing some rides. Then I took the big leap and took the camera under water. For me this was a big deal because I am especially paranoid about electronics in water. But with the confidence from a little internet research and the assurance that the GoPro came with a waterproof case good to well past where I was using it I did it.

Underwater filming may be my new favorite use for this camera. My first videos were just at a local lake with me putting the camera on the end of a 5ft telescopic monopod and catching great glimpses of weeds and such. But this past weekend we took a little road trip out to the small town of Poulsbo, WA and there before me I saw a big dock with tons of empty slips. I waltzed down to the dock and put my camera on the end of the same monopod to see what I could catch on the camera. When I reviewed the footage I was surprised to see I saw a bunch of fish right underneath the dock.

So below are a few short videos I put together, frankly at this point I suck at video editing but I am learning. Most of my experience with video editing was in a video edit lab in HS 10yrs ago so editing on my iPad is a whole new world (but a heck of a lot quicker).

 

Jumping RC Car off Deck

 

 

Fish under dock

 

 

Interesting car math

10 May

I bought my 2002 Chevy Blazer in May of 2006 before I started a job requiring me to drive from Reno- Las Vegas on a weekly basis ( on company gas). At that time it had just over 55k miles

On January 1st 2013 it had 182,845miles

Right now it has 189,021 mi

Using the average of the 47.87 miles driven each day this year on Jan 1st 2014 it should have 200,319 not bad for an American made car.

Now right now I really am lusting after something newer. But this set of wheels is paid off and reliable. So until that changes it’s my baby.

I’m guessing between the economy and the advancements in technology and reliability we see a lot more 200k cars on the road than ever before.

What does this mean? Probably nothing but I found it interesting.

Oh yea and I’m aware that 200k miles is just getting warmed up for you honda civic owners.

 

I’m glad nobody saw my face during this

22 Mar

Gun geek moment of the day: while reading a facebook post from a gun shop down in Portland I see a gun with the model M&P 10 referenced. I immediately assume that smith and Wesson decided to make 10mm version of their popular M&P pistol. I then get sad to find out that instead it is a reference to the AR-10 so it’s a cool rifle chambered in .308win. Neat but not particularly interesting to me right now.

 

What ammo sales guys do when they are out of ammo?

22 Mar

Got these videos in an email today from the fine folks at www.ammoforsale.com 

All three of the videos had me laughing very hard at work and I had to show them off to a few of the other guys that were around today.

Each video makes a case for why that caliber is the greatest caliber in the world.

 

WHY 9mm is the greatest http://www.ammoforsale.com/9mm-ammo-for-sale#video

 

WHY .40S&W is the Greatest http://www.ammoforsale.com/.40-s-w-ammo-for-sale#video

 

WHY .45acp is the Greatest http://www.ammoforsale.com/.45-acp-ammo-for-sale#video

 

Watch the videos and then go off and argue why your choice is the best.

 

 

 

 

A Review of How I Spent My Sunday- Washington Hunters Education Class

18 Mar

I grew up camping, hiking and fishing. Mostly through Scouting but my father made sure that I had a fishing pole in my hand by about the time I could walk. However one aspect of the outdoors that I had surprising little exposure to was hunting. This is for a variety of reasons but mostly it was just about not having any adults in my life whom hunted. Then about 5yrs ago I was invited to go hunting with a few buddies of mine. It was a pretty simple task, I packed up my Mosin M44 (the only center fire rifle I owned) bought some cheap Walmart camo and hit the road with them. I learned a lot that weekend, mostly that I am not by nature a quite person. Its amazing how easy it is to make a lot of noise when nothing around you is making noise. I also learned that the ability to nail a 100 yd paper target from a bench really has very little to do with shooting with your rifle resting on a half-rotted stump while your leaning in between two other tree’s.

So in short I knew almost nothing about hunting other than what was legally required. I knew my gun safety from years of shooting but I kept looking at hunting as a shooting sport which it is not. I knew my hunting rules/regs but that was more out of a sense of not wanting to lose my license or gear.

Then a little over 2yrs ago I moved to Washington and become fast friends with a man that is essentially my wife’s grandfather. He is a great guy whom I spend a lot of time with at the trap range, he and I see eye to eye on pretty much everything and I have learned a lot about a lot of things from him. To say that he hunts is an understatement. The proper way to put it would be that he has an unbroken track record of something like 35yrs of continuously having a hunting license and has hunted everything from moose in Alaska to pests around the property. But mostly he is a deer and elk hunter. Logic would have it that if I want to learn how to hunt, this would be a damn good source to learn from. Only one problem, in Washington I need to attend a hunters ED class to buy my license. Again this should of been simple spend a weekend in a class take the test and be done with it. Well except for the fact that the vast majority of my work hours come on weekends. So last year I decided to take the online Hunters-ed course, that WA state offers. Frankly it was VERY boring. Each of the slides has a minimum timer on it and the timers are LOOONG so you end up reading each slide and answering the questions and then having a few minutes to do anything else before you can click, NEXT. Because of this and because I got bored with it for a while since about 1/2 of the online course is identifying parts of a firearm and firearms safety I plugged away at that online course here and there but never just busted it out until last December.

After the online course you are required to do a 4hr field skills evaluation, essentially the practical test of what you learned. No problem, except for that WA state has way too few of those classes so they fill up FAST. Its very difficult to get into one and about 90% of them happen on Saturday’s which normally means losing a days pay to take the class.

But I got lucky I found one class that was offered on a Sunday (my day off), it happened to be about 75miles away from my house but that’s ok it was worth the drive. An added bonus was that it was hosted at a Boy Scout camp. For me there is something special about spending time at a Scout camp. Many of my best memories were formed at camps like that.

So this morning I drove out to Camp Pigott Boy Scout camp and attended the field course. The first half of the course is a 2hr review of the printed material mostly centered on basic firearms safety and basic hunting rules/regs. Actually a very good fundamental firearms safety course in itself. Then we moved out into the field where each student is handed a firearm, you properly show how to load/unload the gun and how to maintain proper muzzle control. You then take the gun and group up with 2 other people and 2 instructors. The 5 of you walk around a trail course of decoys set up as animals. As you come to each animal you have to determine if they are safe, legal, and ethical to shoot. I liked the fact that there was a big variety of setups. We practiced everything from how to cross a fence with a firearm to how to get in and out of a boat with the firearm. We even spent some time talking about animal ID and shot placement.

Overall the class was informative and I regret stalling to long to take it. I will definitely be sending my future children to it even just for the fact that it is one of the best firearms safety classes I have seen in a long time. It was informative and had a lot of actual gun handing, we did fire 3 rounds each from a .22lr rifle where you had to show basic order of operations and how to load and unload. I was pretty happy with myself putting all 3 rounds into the same hole but then again I was using a scoped .22lr at 20yds so it wasn’t exactly a sniper shot.

I want to give a big thank you to the 15 instructors of the course, all of whom where volunteers they did a great job at running a really well organized class with very few hiccups over the course of the day.

Also I wanted to add 2 unrelated notes, first all the guns we handed where Mossberg brand rifles and shotguns fitted with bright orange  stocks. It was very interesting to see how different people react to different guns. Because the students in the class ranged from an old man who has hunted for many years but not in WA and never took a hunters ed course to an 8yr old girl who looked like she weighed about the same as the Mossberg 930 I selected to carry around. Many of the students where not “gun people” but ended up asking a lot of good questions about the guns that they were holding, my thought is that this could turn into some really good marketing for Mossberg since they are the ones offering this 5 gun set specifically for Hunters-ed classes.

Secondly, after talking with a lot of the other students MANY of us had driven quite a distance because this really is the only Sunday class offered within quite a good geographic area. I will be bringing this up with the guy that runs Hunters Ed at my local range and see if we can get a Sunday Class scheduled since this one seemed to be very successful.

 

Because you asked

07 Mar

A while back when I did my initial review of my Bushmaster Carbon 15 somebody asked if it took standard carbine rails.

I assumed it did but about 8 weeks ago sent an email to bushmaster just to ask. Yesterday I got my response.

We apologize for the lengthy delay in our response. As you can imagine, we have been inundated with emails and orders.

Standard hand guards that mount using the hand guard cap, and delta ring assembly will work fine with the Carbon 15. Yes, you will need carbine length.

 

My Weekend in Review

06 Feb

My usual 3 day weekend was reduced to 2 days because I picked up an extra shift. This proved to be worthwhile because it allowed me to earn some extra money while also catching up on a few podcasts because when your working on SuperBowl Sunday not much is happening outdoors.

Monday, the Mrs. and I spent the day running a ton of errands and doing some shopping. We even hit the new thrift store outlet that recently opened where everything is sold by weight. Thus the only place where graphite shafted golf clubs are cheaper than a rolling backpack. However the highlight of the day was when we were making a quick run to walmart to return an item and ended up find not one, but SIX boxes of .223FMJ on the shelf. So we swooped them up as quickly as a hawk picks up a mouse. Seems like our policy of always walking past the gun counter is starting to pay off. But its still frustrating that I can’t regularly keep any sort of supply up.

 

Today we decided to go the whole day without spending any money. So we cleaned the garage and caught up on all of the projects at home that we have been putting off. We also ran a bunch of chicken breast and some Carne-asada through the meat grinder to make ground beef and ground chicken. We used the ground beef tonight for some mighty yummy taco’s and dirty rice. Now we are sitting here catching up on TV. But that was interrupted by the scheduler in work asking for me to work extra next weekend too. So it looks like next weekend will be a short one as well.

 

Time to heap some praise on a friend.

20 Dec

Ambulance Driver who is one of the bloggers that inspired me to blog has set the stage for a reasonable discussion on the future of gun rights. He is in a pretty special position being a big blogger with large numbers of both pro and anti gun readers.

Go check it out

 

Movie Review Red Dawn (2012)

25 Nov

Last night after my wife got off work we decided to go catch a movie. Essentially our options were sparkly vampires or Red Dawn. While I am a fan of the original Red Dawn from the 80’s I knew that this movie had been delayed a bunch of times and that the enemy had been changed from Chinese to North Korean for political reasons.

The combination of 1. Being a remake and 2. Being a movie that has been delayed for several years set my expectations were set pretty low. While this movie did suffer from some of the standard issues of this genre such as everybody being able to run every gun they happen to find and nobody ever missing a long range rifle shot, overall the movie was believable other than the whole idea of North Korea invading overnight.

Additionally this movie was set in Washington and had a few clips of local celebrities in it, which I enjoyed a lot. I would actually have to say that for me this movie was more enjoyable than the original Red Dawn. Part of this may just have been better film making but overall this just felt more polished.

Finally the opening scene of the movie heavily features both President Obama and Joe Biden, given that this movie had been delayed several years, when it was first made it was probably safe to assume he would still be in office. However I am wondering if there was an alternate opening shot in the case that Obama lost the 2012 election.

Overall 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Shameless free plug for York Arms

23 Nov

Many of you already have had very positive relations with York Arms. Well I just wanted to praise them for doing something that few shops are wiling to do. They suggested I don’t use their service.

I originally heard about York from JayG who has a personal connection with them, on his recommendation I emailed them about some custom parts for my new AR mostly related to the fact that I am left handed. The two things I was looking for was a left handed .300blk upper and a left handed safety.

On the safety I was told, no problem we could get on that once we play catch up for a little bit (especially since they just got hit with a a mess of hurricane.)

On the upper however they said that they are not tooled up for that yet and referred me to Stag Arms. The fact that they didn’t just say “screw off that’s not what we do” means a lot to me.

I can assure you that when it comes time to order parts for my upper since it looks like I will be building it myself I will make sure to order what I can from York. Everybody online seems to agree these guys rock and the response I got today certainly confirmed that.

If you looking for something that they have you can do a lot worse than them.