Back From The Farm

Was working on the Bobcat on the farm, fixing one of the implements. Didn’t get to fire the Nagant , due to impossibility of finding ammo. That was one of the things I had feared and one of the reasons I  put off buying one. For awhile ammo for it was everywhere, including Wall Mart.     Now, however it is not so easy to come by.   The next big gun show is Dec 2, 3.         So I will have to wait for a bit.  I also got interested home gun smithing. With the direction of  rifling my own barrels. I have no idea where this will end.

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On The Raising of Chickens

Back in April we got 25 baby chicks and brought them home. It’s been a fun ride ever since. 6 of the birds cost full price and the rest cost .25 cents each. We lost one bird to unknown causes. The rest are doing fine. The best advice I received, was to forget the science and have fun raising them. Hell, give them names and spoil them rotten. They are averaging 18 eggs a day now. All for the cost of feed. Scratch grains , cracked corn, and layer crumbles. They go nuts for meal worms.    Egg size varies at first and then it becomes stable. One of the girls is producing an extra large egg, with a double yolk.         Always wash your hands after handling poultry, is advisable, to avoid Salmonella.  Keep the coup area reasonably clean to avoid any problems.  I pressure wash them (coup area) weekly, to keep the area tidy. ( We have an artesian well. ) The  coups are built on flag stones ( recycled ) and in front of the coups are river gravel. It makes cleaning the high traffic areas less of a chore.  Good common sense is the key to success here.       Before I leave this post, Chickens are escape artists. They will exploit any weakness in the perimeter fence. They can fly over fences too, Though they rarely get to far from the feeders.      Have fun, I’m done posting this  AM. Later, Out.

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Chickens Nuggets Movie

Meet the chicken nuggets. The damn birds are always hungry 🙂 25 chickens in a feeding frenzy. Sorry for the rough cut. ISA Browns, 3 Jersey Giants, 3 Silver Laced, 1 Silky, 1 Bantam Rooster, 2 Leghorn hens, 2 Leghorn roosters, 1 unknown fancy rooster. These were little nuggets back in April, Now, they lay 18 eggs a day.                                      (https://youtu.be/LhZf21zIZ28)

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Mosin Nagant 91/30

I finally got a Mosin I like. It has the brightest bore I have seen in a long time. Paid to much for it in my estimation, But it’s mine now. I’ll have to post about it some more after I have had it on the range.  It is a 1939 vintage Tula, looks to be a arsenal refurb.  I picked up the new sling and cleaning kit and oiler bottle from Amazon, along with some snap caps for it. Free manuals can be found here. (http://www.jgsales.com/free-manuals-a-78.html)  I also added a rubber stock extension / recoil pad. It has already had some trigger work, so no worries there. I’ll be looking for some other accessories to add in there near future.                                                                                                                       More Info: ( http://7.62x54r.net/MosinID/MosinM9130S.htm )    ( http://7.62x54r.net/MosinID/MosinMarks01.htm ) ( http://7.62x54r.net/MosinID/MosinMarks04.htm ) ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosin%E2%80%93Nagant ) Cut and paste links into a new browser window.                                                   There is a lot to know about these type rifles. I, of course love the history of it all.

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Checking In

Got some new ideas to try out here.  I decided to stop playing on FaceBook and get serious about something else.  Posted a pic of the mountain howitzer firing earlier this year at a school demo.  The cannon is owned by my brother in law.  And I have been press ganged into being the ordinance sargeant for the piece. It’s tough work by someone has to do it. I got lots more toys to play with now. I hope to post more about them as time goes on.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
M1841 mountain howitzer
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A M1841 12-pounder mountain howitzer at the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Examples of the pack saddles used to carry the barrel are visible in the background.
Type Mountain gun
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 1841–1865?
Used by  USA
Wars American Indian Wars, Mexican–American War, American Civil War
Specifications
Weight 220 pounds (100 kg) (barrel weight only), 500 pounds (227 kg) with carriage

Caliber 12 lb (4.62 in)
Carriage pole trail
Traverse
Effective firing range 1,005 yards (919 m)

The M1841 mountain howitzer was a mountain gun used by the United States Army during the mid-nineteenth century, from 1837 to about 1870. It saw service during the Mexican–American War of 1847-1848, the American Indian Wars, and during the American Civil War, 1861-1865 (primarily in the more rugged western theaters).

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Back From Oblivion

I`m still kicking. Gonna have to post the back story sometime soon. Goes to say I succeeded in trading in the bike for a 4×4 S10 truck and got out of dodge. Nowdays I raise chickens and care for horses on a farm. I use my boomstick as a weed wacker and have bought a Ruger 9mm. Cutting weeds and pruning trees with a 12 guage is some fun doings. My health is still not the best. So I take things one day at a time.

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The Apocalypse Buggout Bike

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12 speed with twist grip shifting, steel frame, steel rims, Kenda K816 Tires, Thorn Resistant tubes, Schwinn cargo rack w/ammo can, Zefal USB Light Set Combo, old school sprung seat (changed to a schwinn quilted padded spring seat), 5 minute Camo paint, cheap combination lock, new race bearings and packing.  Still under $100.00 USD.  I got it for nothing and the only maintenance it has received for the last 5 years, has been air and WD40, Till this April. Now, is when the Kenda tires and tubes came in. It has been a daily ride since last Nov, averaging 16 miles round trip from home to work and back.   Not pictured are the saddle bags with its mountings.

This is a work in  progress. Still to come is Suspension, Electric and Gas Engines, The Buggout Trailer. Maybe even a pop up camper for it.

In other news, I upgraded my apartment for one with a little more space for another 25 bucks a month. I’m still working at the terminal, but as a package handler.  Later, Dragon.

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Ice Road Pennsylvania

Delivering on the Johnstown area hills, where folks don’t plow the roads or their driveways since just after new years. I was out of work by Christmas eve till after new years day.  I’m looking for work now even as I type this one out. I’m still looking for a route or hotshot position. In my spare time I draw out some boat designs and put them through the wringer, trying to prove they are worth building. After the holidays I was one of the last temporary drivers still working after the holiday surge. The money got mighty thin then too. I had a bad asthma attack and made the mistake of going to the E.R. instead of a Med Express. The hospital milked out the occasion, necessitating my signing my self out after 24 hours and getting to a med express, quick like where I was restored to health in 2 hours. The wonders that a shot of steroids and one of antibiotics will do. Add to that a few breathing treatments and some prescriptions, costing just under 500 bucks for the whole shebang. I’m good to go for a few more months till the cold snap is history. The 15601 hospital is westmoreland and it is criminal what they get away with. I advise never letting them near your loved ones unless you don’t care what happens to them. Excella is a name I would avoid for the future. They act like the were trained by the medical staff from Auschwitz. They are that bad. If you are in the 15601 area, go to Latrobe or Monroeville for treatments. Ya been warned.  Med Express good in my book and Excella bad.

I’ll be needing a new bike for when the weather gets warm, as I intend to working out with the bicycle rides. I’m working on a new healthier me. Exercise, vitamins, diet, maybe I can add a few years to my life or at least make the latter years of my life easier. I got to drop this right here and get doing some important stuff, so I’ll see ya’ll, on the water in the spring. Dragon out.

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Happy Holidays

Posting from a new laptop. Still don’t have a 24/7 net connection. In other news, I installed the ATI Tactical Butt stock and fore-end on the Rossi 12. I also installed a true glo front sight. It does make a difference and was well worth the 35 ducats for the stock, and the 14 ducats for the sight assy. I’ll have to add here that I’ll be looking at more of the products from ATI in the future. The stock is a well thought out product. I see a recoil pad in my future though. The overall impression is the length of pull is longer and the gun points well, naturally lining up on target with minimal effort.

I’m still shopping for wheels. Also as the years comes to a close, I’ll be looking for a new job. I’m not too worried in that regards.  I’ll close here, wishing everyone a happy holidays. I’m hoping that your holidays was as happy as mine was. Dragon out.

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In Door Living

Got moved in a cheap ass apartment. Working on the cash flow 6 days a week, 12 hours a day. Don’t need much more than a place to get warm, shower, eat, and sleep at the hours I’m working. Working on getting a small truck or van and of course a 24/7 internet connection. I mostly sleep on the few hours I’m off anyhow. Well, I can report all is good, Now!

I’ll complain about the junkie neighbors in a later post. For now they are keeping real quiet when they hear me on the stairs. I got a rep for throwing folks down the stairs and out the window here. Doesn’t matter that those events happened mostly a decade ago. I earned the rep in my blacksmith days when I had a shorter temper. I also posted a recent target from the range, on my door, with a clover leaf of .45 bullit holes, center mass of a zombie target. They know I pack as well wear Kevlar and carry a back up. So, I anticipate no future problems. Wish Yall Happy holidays. I know these holidays will be good fer me. Later, out here, Dragon sends.

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