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This is a GREAT story about the efforts of a few groups and A BUNCH of hunters in Georgia, with trying to help the hungry.  There is a similar program here in Texas, and I bet in a bunch of other States.  It always boils down to, the various groups that are always denigrated, talked bad about, are "the deporables," "rednecks,"... always seem to be the ones that are actually trying to help people.  You never see the groups with the biggest protest signs, and the most arrogant mouths, ever do much of anything to help their fellow man.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Officer down in our little town
« on: November 03, 2018, 03:24:54 PM »
A really good, decent young Sheriff's Deputy took a frontal blast from a shotgun while trying to apprehend a suspect this past Thursday night.  He shares the same last name as I have, but is not closely related to me.  This is the first officer that I can remember ever taking a hit in our community, in my fifty-eight years.  He was wearing his duty vest, and that saved his life, but many pellets hit him in the head.  He has lost one eye, and may lose the other.  He is in critical but stable condition in Austin.  He is a single Dad with three young girls, and is engaged to get remarried.  It is so sad.  And the POS perp was wanted on sexual assault charges, not what I would think is worthy of trying to kill a Sheriff's Deputy over.  When I grew up, we had an "old West styled" Sheriff, "Sheriff Jim."  If this had happened back then, I would think that somehow, the perp would have "died at the scene."

Our town is not a "Mayberry," but it is a decent small town.  Most of our crime is related to people passing through between Houston and Austin, and Houston and San Antonio.  Things sure have changed.  MM 

I thought that this was interesting.  It covers really basic stuff at first, that y'all may all know already., so the first several minutes are a little boring.  He did explain why case separations happen where they do.  I new that they always happen in that certain area of a case, but I did not know why.
 The two guns that blew were crummy Italian rifles, both blowing with shells from the same box of ammo.  HE thought that THAT was rather suspect right off of the bat, shitty surplus ammo.  He also explained that although these were not robust actions anyway, they still deflected the gases enough to keep the blow up from killing the person firing them.  I am going to see if he has some other pertinent videos on more modern guns.  He has a dry sense of humor.  MM

As I gather from most all previous posts on this board, we all LOVE AND RESPECT our dogs.  I however let my dog, Reeses, down.  During all of this flood debacle of the past year, rebuilding the house etc., I let his heart-worm medicine monthly dose slide for about four months.  I just did not get it done.  At his checkup Friday, he shows a "low-positive" for heart-worms.  I am SO disgusted with myself.  I can try to make excuses, but the bottom line is; I f'ed up, and let him down.  The Vet offered two different treatment options; expensive, and more expensive.  I went for the more expensive one.  I will find the money.  She is a young Vet, just a couple years out of Vet School, so I am sure that she is up to date on the best treatments.  I started him on daily steroids, and antibiotics, and a heart-worm pill to kill the larvae, and then he goes in for the "big shot" in a month.  I think there are a couple more after that.  I think that they are "deep muscle" shots that will cause him pain.  THAT will hurt me as well.  I will find the money.  I owe him that.  Throughout this flood and aftermath, he was the ONLY entity by my side through it all.  He slept by me in the tent; he slept by me in the freezing garage throughout the Winter.  He is a better "person" to me, than most persons are.  I have been so upset since Friday, and he knows I am upset.  So HE is trying to comfort ME.  I feel like such an ass.  The Vet said that since he is a low positive, everything should work out well; he is a strong dog, perfect health otherwise.  He is a Catahoula, so he is rather robust.  Only five years old.  So I am optimistic at least, but it did not have to happen.  The Vet said that with the flood, there is stagnant water everywhere still, and the mosquitoes are EVERYWHERE.  But the blame is all mine.  Do not let this happen to your dog.  Beg, borrow, or do something, to make sure if you are in a high heart-worm area, that you get your dogs their necessary preventative medicines.  MM

This was posted as a "Darwin Award" story.  But I do not think that this story is true; In my almost forty five years of redneck auto repair, I have never heard that you can use a .22 cartridge as a fuse replacement, and I do not have an older vehicle to try it out on.  And if it were possible, I certainly would not put a live round in the fuse holder; only an empty cartridge case.    BUT, the story is funny anyway.  I wonder if the fellows in the story are any kin to Bill Clinton.  MM

[Arkansas Democrat Gazette]:
Two local men were injured when their pickup truck left the road and struck a tree near Cotton Patch on State Highway 38 early Monday. Woodruff County deputy Dovey Snyder reported the accident shortly after midnight Monday. Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc, and Billy Ray Wallis, 38, of Little Rock, were returning to Des Arc after a frog-catching trip. On an overcast Sunday night, Poole 's pickup truck headlights malfunctioned.
The two men concluded that the headlight fuse on the older-model truck had burned out. As a replacement fuse was not available, Wallis noticed that the .22 caliber bullets from his pistol fit perfectly into the fuse box next to the steering-wheel column. Upon inserting the bullet the headlights again began to operate properly, and the two men proceeded on eastbound toward the White River Bridge .
After traveling approximately 20 miles, and just before crossing the river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged and struck Poole in the testicles. The vehicle swerved sharply right, exited the pavement, and struck a tree. Poole suffered only minor cuts and abrasions from the accident but will require extensive surgery to repair the damage to his testicles, which will never operate as intended.
Wallis sustained a broken clavicle and was treated and released. "Thank God we weren't on that bridge when Thurston shot his balls off, or we might be dead," stated Wallis.  "I've been a trooper for 10 years in this part of the world, but this is a first for me. I can't believe that those two would admit how this accident happened," said Snyder.
Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia ( Poole 's wife) asked how many frogs the boys had caught and did anyone get them from the truck? Though Poole and Wallis did not die as a result of their misadventure as normally required by Darwin Award Official Rules, it can be argued that Poole did in fact effectively remove himself from the gene pool.

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend, but a dear, like minded friend of mine here in La Grange was able to.  Here is what she had to say.  I also wonder what the Fake News will say tomorrow.  It appears, that Cruz will get a few votes in Houston. 

Just got home about 20 minutes ago from Houston.    What a rally.   All those people for 1 reason...no, 2.  For Cruz.  And for Trump.   Only 3 people were helped to the door...we saw one in hand-cuffs...but that did not stop any one or anything...no one missed a beat..except for those being shown the door, or an awaiting patrol car.    Just think, 100,000 tried to get tickets, and 16,500+ got in...and 15,000 were outside...security was tight and very polite...from Secret Service, DPS, HPD, Constables, military of several branches...and those on horse back...we were polite to them....and thanked them....ONE big, fat, globby, Hispanic yelling woman, holding a Beto sign after the event..  wanted to know why we were all so stupid... as to go along with Trump.... we just kept walking...she had maybe 5 fans standing by her.....otherwise, I did not see or hear ANY protesters.  We walked to the car about 4 blocks away... Without any problem....police were on duty that far away from the event...some police had Camo on...and big guns...           It was a wonderful evening...hopefully we can do this again...and we can show Trump another big Texas welcome.   Good seats, across the stadium from him......we were with Miranda and Mike Sch****ch.  He is a real character..and was interviewed by NPR, and was seen on several TV news programs, and I saw an Austin TV station, and a Houston TV station.        Lots and lots of news media, from all over the world!  As we left, a man from Germany was giving a talk, for some station....he was speaking Deutsche.

Sounds like it was a rather civilized event, since the UNcivilized hater types were scarce.    Let us ALL hope that we can continue to Make America Great Again.  MM

Are any of y'all aware of "The Battle Of Athens, Tennessee," which happened in 1946.  I was not aware of it until tonight, and I see why it is not taught in today's classrooms.  Someone sent me a short little "movie" on it, which got my attention.  I then looked it up on Wikipedia.  Wiki had a "disclaimer" on the story, about the article's "neutrality."  So I figured, it must be a pro gun event.  The Wiki article is sort of long, but I'll include the link for when you have time.  The first several paragraphs, sort of set up the mindset of the people in that area.  In a nutshell, returning veterans from WWII, found that their County, McMinn County, had been "taken over" by a very corrupt political group.  The Veterans sort of decided, that they needed to do something about it.  The Veterans were mostly battle hardened men, that were not afraid of anything.  It sort of explains the REAL intentions of our very smart Forefathers, and why they came up with The Second Amendment, and why some politicians want to nullify it.  Hint:  The Second Amendment is not about letting people to be able to shoot squirrels and deer.  It is about giving THE PEOPLE, the right to do something about "rat" and "wolf" infestations that get out of hand.  MM

Yes you read that correctly.  It is a rare pistol, less than five hundred were made.  Sort of, side by side 1911's.  The pistol was "an answer to a question that was never asked" though.  It IS an engineering marvel, but completely impractical.  Maybe Rosie O'Donald could conceal one under a "flap."  The slow-mo video is pretty cool, seeing those pairs of bullets fly and hit.  Miculek and his peers are amazing pistoleros, especially with wheel guns.  I love that accent of his.  He needs to be in a James Bond movie, like a CIA operative from New Orleans, assigned to help Bond, and where he takes out six bad guys in a half a second, while Bond is still aiming at one.  MM

What JP said about incorrectly remembering the color of the conman's car, reminded me of a recent conversation with two of my adult kids.  About three weeks ago, we went to an annual Church Festival that most of my family attends every year.  You have to travel down a narrow, dinky FM road for a couple of miles to get there.  While there, my son told me about one year, when he was just a kid, he and my daughter, she's a couple years younger, were riding out to the Festival with my Mother in her truck.  He said that Mother must have gotten distracted, and swerved off the road a little, and took out a mailbox.  A LOUD bang.  He remembered the exact spot, just before the only little bridge on the road.  He said he shouted at Mother that she had just hit a mailbox, and he had almost jumped out of his seat.  Mother said, "Oh, I didn't hit a mailbox, that was just a big rock that flew up under the truck."  We both laughed it off, I had not heard that story before.  Maybe an hour or so later, my daughter arrived with her family at the festival, and I brought up that story.  She looked at me, and then at her brother, and said, "You weren't with us, it was just me and Granny in the truck, you rode with Mom.  I was in the front seat, Granny swerved and hit a mailbox, and I shouted out at Granny after the bang that she hit a mailbox, and Granny said, it was just a rock.  It was right before that little bridge."  My son said, no, he was with her, and Mother in the truck when it happened, and my daughter was POSITIVE, it was only her.  So, one of them is mistaken, and they both swear that their story is correct.  I cannot say that either of them is "lying"; they are both telling the truth as they remember it.  One of them just "miss-remembered."  I do think that the Dr. Ford woman DID go through an "episode" with a boy at a party.  She is just miss-remembering who it was.   MM

I think that they have some merits for some situations.  I was always a rather good rifle and pistol shooter, but I could not hit ANYTHING that was flying, with a shotgun.  I finally put one of those old Trijicon "point sights," with the tritium dot, on a Mossberg 500.  I went with that, because the battery powered dot sights at that time, twenty or more years ago, would ALWAYS have a dead battery at the worst time.  And many of them used batteries that you could not easily find, at that time.  With that setup, I finally got "the grasp" of "leading" the bird, and I started to hit well with it.  I then moved up to a Citori that fit me well, and with that, I was finally able to hit doves somewhat consistently (for dove hunting that is), without a dot.  The article below talks about red dots on hunting rifles for shots under two hundred yards.  It would be ridiculous to put a dot on a Weatherby, but I can see it's utility on a big bore lever gun for say hunting hogs.  The tritium dot in my Trijicon died years ago, and I am sure they do not offer replacements, but from what I have read on the newer battery powered sights, they have increased battery life a hundredfold.  Some even say, you can leave the sight on for over a year.  The reason I have read up on them, is my Son, just acquired a nice Colt AR, and is wondering what to put on it.  I have suggested a compact 2x7, quality glass, and a red dot on a 45 degree mount.  I have watched the videos, where the competition shooters use that set-up, and cant their rifles for the under seventy-five yard shots, and use the dot.  Of course, it takes practice to get your cant consistent.  Anyway, I can see utility in the new, way long battery life, dot sights, top mounted as the primary sight, on certain close range rifle set-ups.  The link of course, is a PAID advertisement, but he puts forth some good points.  MM

As with any video, opinions may vary.  Some people hate them, but many people like them. But in a nutshell, according to the video, the system as designed by Eugene Stoner, worked flawlessly with the ammo it was designed for.  But the Army went with a different powder early on, which changed the cyclic rate and "timing" of the action, which caused a BUNCH of other problems.  Lack of field cleaning kits until late 1967.  Corrosion from the jungle humidity in the chambers, and not being able to clean them.  Any lubricant that was available at base, was Korean War era, designed for semi-auto weapons, not fully auto weapons, and would "burn off."  Soldiers started using motor oil, and many soldiers had their families sending them cleaning kits from the States.  Finally the Army went with chrome lined chambers and bores, which helped a lot.  Original design magazines were steel, and corroded in the jungle, so Eugene Stoner designed the aluminum magazine, stipulating it to be a one use magazine: empty it, drop it, and leave it, like a Garand clip.  But the Army reused them, and they would often malfunction because they were too banged up.  The "forward assist" was mandated because of the corrosion in the chambers, and Stoner said it would cause more problems than it would solve.  When I started using an AR in competition, I was told that the forward assist would only make a stuck case MORE stuck.  The bugs should have been worked out in testing under more adverse conditions, not in the field at the expense of soldiers lives.  But the bugs are now worked out, and the weapon is still viable after fifty years.  MM

Well, I could not figure out how to get the image to print.  You have all seen it before.  It was a photo of Commander Paul Tibbets, standing in front of the Enola Gay, with "Most Confirmed Kills" as a caption.    At some point, I am going to have to get my eight year old Grandson to show me how to do this kind of computer stuff.  And I'll show him how to fix a flat bicycle tire.    MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Embarrassing hunting stories
« on: September 20, 2018, 11:11:30 PM »
Share an embarrassing hunting story.  Surely we all have at least one.  Fortunately, my story did not directly involve me doing the embarrassment.  But it involved kinfolk, so it is embarrassing.  It almost leans towards pitiful though.  I'll change the names to protect the involved.
This incident happened on the evening of the last day of the deer hunting season many, many years ago on our family land.  There were no such things as "doe permits" at that time.  Only bucks were allowed.  I was probably in my early twenties and had gone out with my FAVORITE hunting buddy, my crusty old Dad.  We were each hunting out of our individual blinds, way deep in the wooded area of the property, and I was going to walk by Dad's blind on my way out of the woods after sunset.  He would wait for me, and we'd walk back to the truck together.  Dad would always fuss at me that I hunted longer than he could clearly see.  I had "better glass."  Anyway, I had seen nothing, and went to meet Dad at his blind.  He had also seen nothing.  "Call it a season." It was really getting dark.  We are walking back to our vehicle, parked on the edge of an open field, and we suddenly heard a shot in the neighboring pasture, where some of our kinfolk, or, their son in law, we'll call him "Rufus," hunted.  Rufus had a problem with the bottle, but he only drank when he was awake.  I can't talk, I got a DWI four years ago.  But anyway, Dad said, "That must have been Rufus, Bernard wouldn't be shooting this late.  I hope that Rufus didn't get drunk and shoot himself getting out of his blind."  We got to our vehicle, we were turning it around, and caught the reflectors off of a vehicle way at the end of the large open field, so we drove over to it.  It was cousin in law Rufus's pickup.  So we waited for him.  He soon came walking up, somewhat toasted, and Dad said, "Let's load 'em up."  The drunk Rufus said, "what do you mean."  Dad said, "We HEARD you shoot, what did you get."  Rufus said, "I didn't shoot nothing," and then he busted out crying, just like a little kid.  It was so pitiful.  "Uncle Tiny, I SWEAR it had horns, I SWEAR it did."  Dad said, "You shot a doe, well let's go get it."  "I ain't taking it, please don't tell Bernard."  Dad said, "Well we aren't gonna just leave it."  "Y'all can take it, I don't want it, please don't tell Bernard."  So Dad and I drove out to where Rufus had told us it was in the open field.  We couldn't believe how far the doe was from his blind.  Dad had me step it off, and it was right at 300 good sized steps on open ground.  His shot was remarkable for a drunk.  Right at three hundred yards with a .243, perfect shoulder shot, and it was so dark when he shot.  Perhaps in the open field, he could see a bit longer than we could in the woods.  I think he had a Lyman scope on his rifle.  As I said, it was the last day of the season, early January.  In our area, the deer rut in early to mid November.  We field dressed it, and it had two small fawns in it.  Rufus had followed us and was watching us dress it.  When he saw the fetuses, he started balling some more.  Then he said, "I must have over shot the buck and hit the doe."  Maybe he did, who knows.  But the doe was perfectly hit.  Dad had a little Ford Courier, and we tucked it behind the seat, took it home, and down to the shop for "concealed processing" since we live right on a busy highway, and does WERE illegal. At least Rufus didn't shoot himself, or someone else.    MM


This one saddened me.  I cannot believe the stupidity of some of these companies like Yeti, Dick(Heads) and some others; climbing on anti-sportsman band wagons, when sportsmen are one of their main buyers.  It would be like Budweiser requesting a Federal Law, that men should not be allowed to buy or consume beer.  Or Charmin demanding that a "waiting period" be enforced for buying toilet paper.  Yeti is going to learn, that you can buy decent coolers from other companies, Dick(heads) is going to learn, sportsmen can shop elsewhere.  Nike is going to learn, that there are other companies that make tennis shoes.   And Levi Strauss, is going to learn that Wrangler and other jeans will work just as well.  What is next, Chevrolet announcing that they will only sell pickups to Asian Americans. Idiots.  MM

Someone sent me this link, so I thought I'd pass it along.  Some of these are only for current military, but some are for those that are now out, or so it says.  Please share with any friends or family members that have earned this.  MM

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