"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." ~~Thomas Jefferson

"Who will protect us from those who protect us?"

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. ~ Thomas Jefferson

"None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free." ~~Goethe

17 November 2020



My first Smith and Wesson firearm.  A model 19 with a compensated 3" barrel.

Designed with concealed carry in mind.  6 rounds in a slim cylinder.  Front night sight.  Comes from the Performance Center at Smith & Wesson.  The trigger seems simply amazing.  

I've had this less than a week and have not been to the range with it yet.  Like I have said before, I'll probably wait until it gets cold outside or is raining lightly.  We have a very nice range at our local county park, but there are a lot of people out there who are obviously new to firearms and they scare the crap out of me.  :)  They don't seem to go out in the cold and wet...  


Stay safe.


16 November 2020

Today's mail...


A package from Midway...  Free shipping.  LOL.  :)




I think this might be my favorite Goldfinch photo.  In my back yard earlier today.  


15 November 2020

Old Fashioned...


Proof Syrup for Old Fashioned cocktail.  

1/2 oz Proof Syrup, 2 oz Whiskey.  Ice.  Stir.

Good stuff.  Will try it with Buffalo Trace Bourbon soon...

Happy Sunday.

07 November 2020

It's Saturday...

Handgun ammo

Rifle Ammo

A little bit of .25ACP and .32ACP on the shelf.  A little .40 S&W, a bit of .44 Mag.  A few boxes of .454 Casull.  That's it.  Some .22 LR.  And a "2 boxes per customer per day" limit on all handgun ammo and on .223/5.56 ammo.

On the rifle side...  No .223 or 5.56, of course.  All of this is large caliber stuff.  A lot of '06 and .300 WinMag.  Anyone shoot .300 WinMag besides me?  LOL.  They have what they call "reduced recoil" .300 WinMag.  $59.95 per box of 20.  Not happening.  I reload it.

Went online to look, just for shits and giggles.  Nothing available, of course.  Not sure what the good folks at Natchez are doing with no ammo to ship.  Apparently Cheaper than Dirt survived after their price gouging during the Obama Administration.  Why anyone would give those fuckers the time of day is beyond me.  

Anyway, it's going to be interesting for a while... ;)

Went out to the range and shot a few rounds through the Tomcat.  For such a small pistol, it works pretty well.  The grip is great and the recoil is low.  Had a couple of flyers in the first few rounds, then settled in.  Sights are pretty basic.  Rear is adjustable for windage (dovetail requiring hammer and punch or sight tool to move).  It's really a short range defensive handgun.  Inside of the proverbial "7 yards" I think you'd have to try to miss...  Point and shoot.  Practice.  7 + 1...  Fun.  

Field stripped.  No tools required.

Ready to rock.

Well, they've called the election for Biden.  My friends on the Left can't even accept victory with grace.  Haters gonna hate, I guess.  I can't find the energy to hate.  I was born when Eisenhower was in his second term.  I have lived through 13 Presidents, I have voted in 13 Presidential elections.  The Republic will survive.  Leftists are shallow folks with very little humility and an overdose of hubris.  The festivities today seem to be centering around the fact that Kamala Harris is the "first" black female VP.  You know, things of substance...  :)  Optics are everything to a group of folks who have nothing of substance to offer.  Every American who loves the Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights, should be thanking President Trump for his SCOTUS selections.  They may be all we have to get us through until the Liberal/Progressive insanity subsides.  




05 November 2020

Been a heck of a few days...

I told my cousin, who is an ardent Harris - Biden supporter, that they need to just call the election for Biden so that the Republicans can start acting the same way that the Democrats have been acting since election night of 2016.  I think there are enough skeletons in 'Ol Dementia Joe's closet to keep us entertained until Nancy gets her legislation passed to allow the Congress to remove a sitting President when they believe he (or she) has medical issues that may inhibit his (or her) ability to do his (or her) job.  LOL.  Because I still say that Harris is the intended candidate.  Biden is the vehicle.  But if Nancy is successful, any President could be a target of congress...  Likely Unconstitutional, anyway, and the SCOTUS is unlikely to make decisions based on emotion anymore. 

Perhaps we could get a freshman Republican congresscritter to say on national television "We're gonna impeach that Mother Fucker" immediately after the congresscritters are sworn in on the 2nd (3rd?).  But then I think to myself, Republicans aren't usually that classless.., so, no...

Anyway, as of this moment there is still a possibility that President Trump will be reelected.  The Republicans have retained the Senate.  As far as I know not a single Republican Congressman lost a seat to a challenger.  Iowa got rid of Democrat Congresswoman "Absent Abby Finkenauer" and replaced her with Republican Ashley Hinson.  Ashley is a nice lady and will be good at representing my district.  Steve King's district stayed overwhelmingly red, even with a huge influx of coastal money in support of the Democrat contender.  (Steve is gone, a victim of  his own unapologetic views and a Democratic effort to make him out to be something that he isn't).

There is plenty of concern about the validity of some of the ballots.  No surprises there.  It will be an interesting couple of days.

Next topic.  If you would have told me 2 days ago that I would ever buy a .32ACP pocket pistol I would have laughed and called you crazy and then I would have laughed some more, possibly peeing my pants.

I seriously use to laugh when I'd go into Mills Fleet Farm and see .32ACP on the shelf.


There's this.  I saw it on Ernie's fb page and messaged him to tell him it's "cute".  Then I watched a couple of videos on it.  Beretta 3032 Tomcat Inox.  Whoa.  Fairly highly regarded as a pocket pistol for self defense.  It has a flip up barrel so you never have to rack the slide if you don't want to.  7 + 1 capacity.  I messaged Ernie to ask if ammo was readily available for it.  He said "yes".  Which simply meant that he had some.  Like everything else, mostly no one has any.  LOL.

So I called the shop to ask a couple more questions.  Sean answered the phone.  "Oh, hi Paul... hold on a minute, Ernie is having me set a gun aside for you".   Hmmm...  And that is how it goes.  Plus he set aside 300 rounds of ammo.  "I didn't know how much you'd want".  :)  And a "free" tee shirt, which I was planning to buy anyway...


Ernie is in Marion, Iowa (You may have heard about the "derecho" that hit them a few weeks back.  Whoa!), about 60 miles from me.  He is a good guy and my "go to" gun guy.  He treats me good.  He offers training.  Every gun he sells has a "CVO Lifetime Guarantee".  That is on his dime.  He is a true independent businessman.  He is involved in his community.  He cares about his community.  He employs people from his community.  He gives back to his community.  We need more businessmen like Ernie.

I shared this picture of the pistol with one of my brothers and 2 of my sons, as well as an old Army buddy..  Their response?  I shit you not...  All of them said "Cute".

That's all I have for now.  Cute.