Saturday, November 17, 2012

WHY DO WE PREPARE?

Because hurricanes don't care where you live or how much money you have. And FEMA sucks...

FEMA gave each individual needing assistance 5 bottles of water, and 3 MREs per day...and this was 4 days after hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc on the northeast. Absolute desperation ensued, however, looting and violence was minimal...could have been much, much worse.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Romainian 1969 trainer rifle restoration

I picked up this little Romanian training rifle for less than 100 bucks. Its beat up pretty bad, but the bore is in excellent condition and it's a real tack driver at the range. I'm torn as to what to do with it.
Alot of good collectible guns have been ruined by someone trying to "clean" it up. When someone buys an old gun, especially a military one, they want a little dirt and rust. However, these guns have flooded the country, are plentiful, and don't obviously hold much value as I just bought this one for less than a bill. So a full on restoration should be in order...but one thing is stopping me...the availability of parts.

If I'm going to invest the time in refinishing, reblueing, polishing etc., I'm gonna shoot the crap out of it afterwards for years to come...hard to do when parts wear out and you can't find replacements.

So that said, I'm just gonna do a proper "cleaning" job to remove rust and preserve the rifle as part of my collection.

-These are the problem areas
-Notice the rust around the bolt handle, trigger and trigger guard. It's not heavy but its consistent all over the rifle. I wouldn't say the gun was neglected, just used as a cheap 22. It most likely stayed in the corner of someones house, they would grab it for pest control around the yard, then back in the corner it went.
-more rust again and couple dings in the stock
-yes...there is rust all over this thing
-crappy photo, but the bore is spotless and the crown is in very good shape as well
-look at all the "fuzz" inside of the front sight hood...that's dust...lots of it, again, this baby was no doubt leaned up in somebody's corner for the last 10-15 years.

Now it's very important to remember this: when cleaning up an old weapon for collecting/resale, upon completion, no one should be able to tell that it was touched. So for this little project we're gonna start with a process called electrolysis, stay-tuned for the setup and instructions on how to build your own.



Monday, September 3, 2012

My Son Is Here


My son was born August 30th 2012!

A little early no doubt....5 weeks early. The play by play goes like this:

· 1:45pm, Routine doctor’s/ultrasound appointment. No big deal, just another appointment right? It was revealed that the umbilical cord wasn't providing enough nourishment to our little man. What he was receiving was being distributed to his brain and heart, little if any was making him fat, long, and strong.

· est 2:15, Doctor informs us that we're doing this now! I was like "Ok, like Friday or next week?". She replied..."No, like right now. I need you to get in your car and drive over to the hospital. We already have a bed in pre-op ready, I’ll be grabbing a few things myself and meet you there!"

· est 2:15:30, Wife breaks down into a puddle of jello and tears. My fight or flight kicks in...and dammit it's time to fight!

· 2:30, We arrive at the front door and are ushered back directly to pre-op. When asked if I had a camera, I answered no. I was granted a 20-25 min window to retrieve one as well as our "baby on the way bug-out-bag"

· 2:32, Civic SI is in the wind. All available horses are firmly planted to the ground, hazards turned on, 7,000 rpm shifts, speeds only limited by wind resistance!

· 2:39, Burst in through the front door of our house. Baby bug out bag, CHECK. Camera and extra batteries CHECK. Pillows, extra bra-socks-pajamas, CHECK...then my phone rings....random number...."Hello?"..."Mark?...Where are you?" (Being tactical and specific to mission data...and mainly confused and pumped on adrenaline) I replied "I'm in the living room!"..."We need you here NOW!" the voice said. I checked my watch, it had only been approximately 9 mins, something was wrong, it's go time!

· 2:40, standing in the drive way I decided that the Civic wasn’t fast enough, I went back in and grabbed the keys to the WRX. Ignition on, engine start, CHECK. Traction control off, CHECK. Hazards on, power robbing A/C off, CHECK. Pocket content confirmation...what/wait...no wallet, no flash light, no knife, no ID, no VIP parking pass...just one loaded pistol in a IWB holster that I had forgotten to remove in the house…F&#K IT, IT’S GO TIME.

· 2:41, LAUNCHED, 300hp unleashed on the street, speedlimts were hints, and no passing zones were mere suggestions

· 2:57, slid sideways into a parking spot. Blue smoke rolling out of the hood, smelled like clutch. No time to check for fire. Chirp-Chirp, doors are locked, lets roll.

· 2:58est, the anesthesiologist was at the front door waiting. “Drop your bags and put on this gown, mask, and cap…we got to go now!” she said. I followed her instructions and we sprinted down the hallway. She flashed her badge at an unmarked door and the hallways turned to bleached white tiles…we were in the bowels of the OR department.

· 3:01, she threw her shoulder into another unmarked door (so she wouldn’t compromise her sanitized hands) and I followed. 15-18 people were in the room, fully clad in OR scrubs and wearing full face masks, in the center of the room was my wife on the operating table. “LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED!” I exclaimed as everyone applauded.

I can’t begin to praise our OBGYN enough. This woman had been by our side since January when we found out we were pregnant. She was vigorously cutting her way into my wife’s stomach, and in an attempt to either put me at ease, or show me how bad-ass she really is, occasionally she would twirl her scissors like a cowboy holstering his colt revolver. I reassured my wife everything was ok during the process. Modern medicine and anesthesia is amazing, numb from the chest down, she couldn’t feel a thing. The curtain was there so she couldn’t see most of her guts still attached and laying on tray beside her. Unbelievable I was completely calm, and to reassure myself, I held up my hand to check for shaking, none found, all good.

During the operation on my wife, the doctor, and myself discussed how BMW had recently ruined the M3 by installing unresponsive electric power steering. Then we discussed her recent move to a Honda Fit. We even educated the rest of the room on the difference in gear ratios between a 5 and 6 speed manual transmissions. My wife weighing in that we’ll always be a family whose cars have clutches. Then mid sentence, the doctor stopped and said “Ready…HERE WE GO!”

And just like you peel back couch cushions to look for your keys, she opened up my wife’s midsection with Hulk-like strength and snatched my son from her insides! They laid him on a nearby table for me to see. He was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. It was like looking through a telescope the wrong way into a mirror. He has almost all my features and face structure…a virtual mini-me.

·         3:09 Willie T blessed us with his presence. Planet earth will never be the same again

And that’s how it happened. We weren’t ready…but we were prepared. We were weak, but we fought the good fight and won. We didn’t have the tools or training we needed, but we adapted and overcome. In less than two hours, we were parents. We’re a family now

All we need now is for him to be strong, smart, and healthy. All he needs/wants now…well…is titties.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Where have I been?

Wow...it's been almost 2 and 1/2 months since my last post. I'm sure ya'll think I've been quite lazy...it's the opposite! Since I've been away I've completed the following:

1) Full on axle swap in rear, dana 35 donated to the local community college, in goes a Chrysler 8.25 with rebuilt leafs, new poly bushings, new exhaust, brake lines etc.

2) Its been almost 45 days since I've had any type of nicotine what so ever! Thats right, I quit smoking cold turkey!

3) Bady D and I completed a 30+ mile hike in just under 3 days with minimal equipment.

4) I've taken an AK-47 down to bare metal and sucessfully performed a "cold blue" finish on the weapon.

and now the bomb shell....

5) I'm going to be a father! Our due date is October 4th!

So yea...I've been pretty busy. All of the awesome projects...and I didn't take any pics so I could create posts and write-ups...I'm kicking my self as I type. I promise I'll due better!

Before I wanted to post daily...obviously thats not gonna happen. My goal is to post once a week, most likely on the weekend. I truely appreciate those who have continued to stop by my page, and I'll do my best to continue to post new content. However, with a baby on the way, priorites have changed. But who knows, maybe I'll build a tactical stroller with flashbang lauchers and a panic/silent GPS locater!

Here is a pic from our hike. This was on day 3, the top of dark mountian I believe. Sophie and I taking in the view!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Never Talk To Police

If you only take one tid-bit of knowledge from this website…let it be this. NEVER TALK TO POLICE UNLESS YOU HAVE COUNCIL PRESENT!
We all know the phrase from the Miranda rights, “anything you say can and will be used against you”. But did you know that anything you say in your defense cannot be used to help you! That’s right…it’s called hearsay.
Now don’t misunderstand. I have no problem with law enforcement officers. Many of them are my friends. They have the toughest job on the planet and they absolutely deserve your respect. So, be respective, don’t resist arrest and be compliant…just keep your yap shut if your under arrest and being interrogated.
And yes, I have a BS in Criminal Justice from a major accredited school. But don’t take my word for it. Here is a video from a law professor as well as a police officer…that’s right, a police officer, on why you should keep your trap shut!
Warning: The video is almost 49 mins long...but very entertaining and full of gobs of knowledge. A must see for any american citizen of any age, from any background, especially if you carry and may have to use deadly force.

One of my previous pistol instructors, a retired police officer as well as a pistol instructor for Black Water Inc. had the following happen. We'll call him Joe Law as I don't have his permission to recant his personal story and/or experience.
-On a routine traffic stop, he had to use deadly force. The suspect drew down on him, plenty of witnesses present, dash cam running, broad daylight...clear cut case of self defense. It would have ended in a firm handshake, a couple days leave to chill and get over the stress of just taking another human beings life, and then back to work. But during the post incident interview, he said "I wish i wouldn't have had to shoot the guy".

-What he meant was the suspect gave him no other choice but to use deadly force...this is the standard courts ad juries use to see if deadly force was justified right?!?

-The investigative body took it as Joe Law had a choice as to wether or not to use deadly force. They took it as Joe Law feeling guilty about his decision to shoot. They decided to do a full blown investigation, he was put on paid leave...and for a while...in fear of his job.

-He even told me, as a police officer being interviewed by other police officers that he worked with everyday...if your under investigation...for anything....regardless of if your an officer or citizen...never ever talk to the police!