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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 

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


WHY .40S&W is the Greatest


WHY .45acp is the Greatest


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.


Weight Watchers Week 16 Update

23 Jan

This update is pretty short and sweet, my wife and I went on vacation to an amazing German town surrounded by great food and even better beer. We decided to live a little and the friends we were with enjoyed stopping at every restaurant and bar as we wandered through town. So we ate a LOT. But since I have 5 days until my next weight watchers meeting I plan to buckle down get back to my normal routine and still end up loosing at least a little bit of weight.


A message of Thanksgiving

22 Nov

For me holidays are always a little understated because I work the majority of them. Don’t get me wrong I love my family but being that my wife works today I mine as well get some inflated holiday pay as well.

However the point of this post is to be thankful for all that I have and all the good in my life. While there is always areas of stress I can finally say that I am at a really good point in my life. Both my wife and I have steady income and we are happy and healthy. My parents and extended family are all in good health and driving each other nuts like they should.

On a lighter note I am thankful for you my readers. Each day a very sizable number of you come and read my brain droppings. Some of you have even started to click through my banner to do your amazon shopping. To all of you I am thankful. There are many blogs out there most better than mine and you keep coming back.



Sharing other peoples hobbies

23 Oct

Earlier this week one of my buddies in work invited me up to help him unload 1800lbs of grapes from his truck and run them through his crusher/ destemer. Of course this was really just a big excuse to see his custom brew house/ winery that he has build on the back of his house and see how the process works.

So last night my wife and I drove up to his house and watched it work. He and one of this friends each year drive over to eastern Washington and get a pickup load of grapes and then run them through the crusher for this years wine. I had never seen the process so it was a new experience for me. Quite possibly the best part of it was taking a little glass of the unfiltered juice as it came out of the crusher. Frankly I could crush about 25lbs of grapes and just end up with a big bucket of the best grape juice I have ever had and be happy.

I figured I would share a few pictures for all of you. I however didn’t get a picture of the grape juice that this all made.

My buddy takes all his hobbies very seriously so that’s why we he has the commercial quality crusher and all of his fermenters and everything looks like something right out of a small winery. In fact while we were at dinner after all the crushing he was doing the math on how much sulfates to add when he got home.


The grapes come in 25lb boxes so 1800lbs was plenty enough for this 1/2 ton truck









This is a view down into the crusher/ destemer









This is the grapes in the crusher


A great shootie weekend

19 Sep

So this weekend was pretty gun heavy, Sunday I shot sporting clays. Yet again it has been proven that I SUCK at sporting clays. Frankly its pretty aggravating. I have a terrible problem ambushing the clay and miss a lot of shots simply by not swinging through the target. This is especially annoying to me because when I shoot trap I actually do pretty well. Sporting clays honestly is 10-15 times harder for me. Hopefully more practice will get me where I would like to be.

Monday we went to the county fair which is really an experience all to itself, we had a great time ate a bunch of wonderful artery clogging foods and only came home with one new kitchen gadget. It dawned on me that with the number of places selling quality leather belts there, it would have been nice to see a custom holster maker.

Tuesday we went to the range with some of my wifes family. It was a blast my wife got to shoot a bunch of guns she has never shot and decided what she wanted for a defensive gun, and I got to shoot a bunch of guns I have not shot either. One of the guns that was brought was a custom Dan Wesson .44mag with a 6in barrel. It was fun with .44spl rounds not so much with the 310grain hand loads that the owner uses to hunt elk with.

My Ruger Mark II is still giving me fits and refusing to go into battery consistently. I don’t believe its a cleaning issue since I scrubbed the hell out of it before this range trip but I am trying to avoid a trip to the gun smith, any suggestions from all of you would be helpful. Like most semi-auto .22’s it runs best with CCI mini-mags but its still good for 1-2 jams per magazine almost always a failure to go fully into battery.

I did try some of the CCI quiet-22lr’s I knew they wouldn’t cycle the semi-auto guns and that was fine but was very surprised at how quiet they are. Frankly a box of those and a .22lr revolver could be pretty fun, especially for new or young shooters. I am now on the lookout for one.

If I came away with one thing from this range trip its that I need a big bore revolver, I have been looking at .357’s for a while and am now even starting to consider .44mag I had a lot of fun with that Dan Wesson but know that there is budget issue there.



Lets step up the KTKC

12 Sep

Ok guys and dolls Ambulance Driver has the standings posted for KTKC looks like we can all step it up a little bit but we are on our way. I would like to remind everyone that ALL yes 100% of my Amazon proceeds this month are going to Livestrong. So if you are going to get something off Amazon this month, go click that banner first. Right now its not getting used by many of you so I wanted to get the word out.  Heck if you choose to use my banner link to buy something off Amazon but choose to make your donation to another blogger that’s ok with me.


Make sure to tune in.

19 Jul

Tonight’s Squirrel report looks to be a good one and rather full of discussion topics.

Make sure to tune in at 9pm Eastern for another exciting episode

details and topics here


Quick vacation report.

05 Jul

Observation 1: while on vacation and lounging in the pool my first thought was. WOW there is no nanny state pool lift. I must blog about this. Unfortunately I never snapped a picture.

Observation 2: I grew up camping with scouts and most all of our camping involved a hike in and a hike out. I must be getting old because I’m beginning to really like camping in the 27ft motorhome my mother in law has. Somewhere between the microwave and the fridge full of cold beer I fell in love.

Observation 3: While at the RV park I made sure to take a close look at just about every rig there. The most striking thing was that no matter if it was the 500k custom class A built on the Volvo semi chassis and white leather interior or the beat up old pop up tent trailer everybody uses the same 4in hose to drain your toilet into the sewer. It’s a good way to stay humble I guess.

Observation 4: The economy must have improved since last year. Because last year when I got off work at 10pm we were the only neighbors doing fireworks. However this year when I wake up for work at 3am. I am pretty sure that my neighborhood saw more explosive use than the Yankees used in the actual revolutionary war. Needless to say I didn’t sleep well.


Wrong but effective?

27 Jun

In the past several months my attraction to trap shooting has gone up exponentially.  I now shoot trap 2x a month at one of my local clubs and my scores are improving. I feel like I have found a sport that I enjoy and have some level of success at, also its one of the more affordable shooting sports so it plays nicely with my budget.

Generally I go with my wifes grandfather, we go shoot some holes in the air while breaking a few clays and we head home. While we have become friendly with a number of the guys at the club we often kinda keep to ourselves when we are on the firing line since both of us still view ourselves as somewhat new to the sport.

Then last night we get assigned to a trap station with just us two and two guys who told us they had never shot a round of trap before. No problem we briefly explained the rules and made sure they were good on gun safety and we walked up to the line. As luck would have it this game I was having a particularly crappy round and scored a 15. I did notice that one of the new guys was holding his shotgun in a way that I can’t even explain but involved his support elbow at a rather unnatural angle and it almost looked like he was shrugging his support shoulder up while shooting. I was going to point this out to him but at that point decided not to.

The next round the same two guys were on our squad again so this time I decided to pay more attention to his hold, still goofy as all get out. But then I noticed something else. He shot a 19. While 19/25 isn’t competition level good its respectable. This made me think that if it works go with it. Often times I hear some of the true “gun gamers” get very specific about the one right way to do something. However I tend to be of the mindset that as long as you are SAFE, however you get the scores you need works. While it is true that the 19/25 might have been a fluke or that he might hit a wall where his bad habbit prevents him from improving beyond that range I am new enough that I didn”t feel qualified to comment on either of those.

On a side note I did make a note to them that they might benefit from a trip to the patterning board to find out where they are really shooting, neither of them had ever heard of a patterning board but where open to the idea, (unfortunately at that range the patterning board is in the members only area and I couldn’t take them there since they were not members yet)

Feel free to leave a comment explaining while I was wrong