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Monday, May 15, 2023

CETME & a Micro 9

 As it turns out the CEYME runs very well using Winchester 7.62x51 NATO ammo. So I'm not limited to the SA Milsurp stuff. Due to cost I won't be shooting it very much.

Years ago I wanted something a bit smaller than my Kimber UltraCarry 45 for the occasions where something smaller is required. Back then the only appropriate 9mm choices were the Kar PM9 or the Springfield EMP. I prefer single action pistols, but the PM9 was half the price at $650. Yesterday I ran a few rounds through my son's Micro 9 Sig. I could shoot it a lot more accurately than the PM9, the only striker fired pistol I own.  I'll be getting one of those or the Kimber variant sometime this summer.

Sunday, April 23, 2023

At the Range - finally

The Boss is doing a lot better. In a few days she'll be cleared to drive a car again, but not ride her horse. If I get caught up around the house a bit, I'll get a chance to ride again. Looks like I found a different riding partner.

Managed to get to the range and checked out the CETME one more time. It runs like a champ with South African MilSurp NATO ammo, but chokes big time with MagTech 7.62x51. I'll be checking out some other NATO designated ammo in the not too distant future. Still have about 600 rounds of the SA stuff on hand. Years ago I bought 2 cases of the stuff.

Took my grand daughters husband to the range with me. He wanted to try out his new carry pistol. He's ex-military and has a very different notion of pistol accuracy than I do. He shot a tight group at 7 yards and bragged. To me, good shooting is hitting a 4 inch target at 25 yards and beyond. I'm rather iffy at 50 yards these days.

Thursday, March 30, 2023


Due to fluctuating weather and other issues, have not been able to get back to the range. Probably won't have a chance for a few more weeks, unless someone stays with the Boss

The Boss was diagnosed with arthritis and a bulging disc in her neck, that has caused occasional numbness, balance issues and a rare fall. Yesterday morning a surgeon cleared out the joints and replaced the offending disc. It was said that there is no guarantee that she will get better, but she won't get worse. So now I'm the house keeper, cook and live in nurse.

It's been 2 years since we've been riding our 2 horses because of her issues and mine. Lately I've gotten a strong urge to get back in the saddle. The Boss won't be ready until maybe late summer, so for now I need to find a different riding partner.

And then with the commies now running the federal government, I also have the urge to acquire another AR, just because!!

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Range Disappointment

 A few weeks back I left my CETME with a local gunsmith because of inconsistent empty ejections. He said the chamber flutes were full of carbon, which he cleaned. He also said he fired about 30 rounds (ammo that I left)  without a hitch. A couple days ago, at the range I couldn't get through 1 magazine without several of the same failure using the same factory ammo and the same magazine that was at the gunsmith. I think I'll try messing with the bolt gap before taking it back with complaint.

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Been working on a reload recipe for the Ishapore. That's an old Enfield, chambered for 308. After a few rounds the bolt was locked in the closed position. The powder charge was less than maximum. At home, a couple taps with a brass hammer exposed the issue. The case split close to the base, and broke off when the bolt was finally retracted, leaving the rest of the case stuck in the chamber. Gunsmith time.

I have another Enfield in 303 that with the right recipe shoots 1 inch groups at 100 yards. The Enfield bolt locks at the rear so the action is a little springy, and I think the chambers are a little oversized for combat situations. When reloading I need to check for cartridge wall thinning near the base, and neck resize only. Need to do the same for the 308. Should've been doing that already.

Don't have those kinds of issues with the old Mauser based military rifles.

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Brought the lever gun in 454 to try a little experiment. I have 2 loads for the revolver, 240 grain (1800f/s) and 300 grain (1600f/s) bullets. Out of the revolver I can't tell any difference in point of impact at 50 yards. From the rifle at 100 yards, the 300 grain bullet hit about 1-1/2 feet lower than the 240 grain bullet. I didn't expect that much of a difference.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023


 For those that were never taught in school, the now state of Texas was once an independent nation. Since the federal government has obviously abandoned the southern border, maybe Texas should once again be a nation unto itself. They could use what was once federal tax money to do what the federal administration has refused to do.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

This & That

On a personal note, the hip replacement surgery from Oct. 4, is a whole lot better. Closing in on being about how I was before arthritis took hold. Still going to physical therapy weekly, and doing some things at home. I still can't put a sock on my left foot without using a tool, or tie shoe strings.

My CETME was feeling a little sick, after some work, the gunsmith said he ran 30 rounds without a hitch.  I haven't had a chance to verify as yet.

We were starting to make plans to travel to Utah this spring, but that's now on hold.  Within the last year the Boss would occasionally fall down. One time she fell backwards in a store and bounced her head on concrete. Then a couple months ago she was experiencing neck pain. The MRI ordered by a neurologist showed some issues.  Don't know yet, but the trip may be postponed due to surgery.

Turned on the furnace in the 5th wheel trailer the other day. When turning off the propane, I noticed a faint odor of gas. So far I haven't been able to locate the leak.

Recently started the process of getting our end of life papers in order.  All we had were wills, from 40 years ago. I'm now a year older than my father was when he passed. Biting the bullet and getting it done.

Getting very tired of the national news. The federal leadership is extremely weak,  . . .   I'm of the opinion that what they're doing, or not doing, is not due to being inept. I think it's all a plan to turn America into Marxism.


Wednesday, January 4, 2023

The Stupid Party

 Don't know where I heard/read it first, but that person said that the Dems were the evil party and the Reps the stupid party. The recent fiasco in the house has certainly proved the second part. If they keep putzing around, we could easily see a member of the evil party being speaker.