Skip to comments.The Hobbit Hole XXXVIII - There and Back Again!
Posted on 09/23/2009 6:19:16 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
Welcome to The Hobbit Hole!
The problem is that some folks might just realize that they can finish all of each day’s work in about 3 hours. It might make them start wondering just what it is they do for the other four hours at school each day. ;o)
Heh... no, because for a lot of folks being locked up at home with their kid all day is enough reminder why they send ‘em to school.
True, for some, but for others, they might start realizing how ‘freeing’ it really is.
Eleven hours on the table and out in a day!
If I was on the table that long I’d be out in a box.
Major Hobbit rumor
Bilbo Baggins — Erryn Arkin, a 27 year old Australian actor is listed on imdb as Bilbo (rumored).
LOL! I felt like hell last night, but tonight I’m feeling MUCH better!
Looks like we will have to, imdb now lists it for 2012 release (probably December).
Yes and also a second story on the same subject. I added both to the Hobbit Hole topic.
Just in case y’all were wonderin’ how long we’ve been at this...Luke turns 10 today.
Well, congratulations to him. Time flies...
10 years old - double digit age; well, he’ll be driving soon. :-) Doesn’t seem that long ago, but I guess it was. Tell Luke Happy Birthday from OB and LSA
Nice lookin’ bow PE. Very nice indeed. What are the specs?
The two particulars I recall are 52# draw at 28” and it’s cut for southpaw operation.
That’s a good all around weight, plenty heavy for hunting and flat trajectory on the 3-D ranges. I’m thinking it’s a right handed bow; sometimes naming conventions are obtuse. Holding the bow in the left hand and drawing the string with your right hand yields a ‘right hand draw’ bow. A 28” draw length is considered the standard drawlength for an adult bow. That is a nice looking bow.
It actually is set up to hold with the right and draw with the left.
Indeed, you are correct. I need to look twice and post once.
That’s an attractive bow!!
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Dang, Goggie’s got BIG feets!!
Also to put things into perspective...I think I arrived in Washington on the 12th of February. Four years ago. Four years. Just...dang.
FOUR years ago? Wow!
I was really looking for a tiny .380 for use as a backup/alternate carry. But they are all straight-blowback handguns, and I've tried enough of them to know that they are vey uncomfortable for me to shoot. If I dread shooting it on the range, the results would be even worse out on the street.
So I decided if I was going to go small, I'd go tiny, but get something that I could use with confidence. And there was this barely-used Beretta whispering "take me". I bought it yesterday, and went back today to try it on the range, along with my Sig P229. This time I had enough trigger time (without hypothermia) to test eight different brands of ammo in each, so while I didn't set any accuracy records, I did learn which each one preferred.
I was a bit surprised that this Beretta is marked "made in USA", but then again, it could not be imported into this country under GCA68. Since Beretta makes the US M9 here, it probably wasn't much to make the major components here, and just import the small parts from Italy.
Without actually holding it, it's hard to tell how tiny it is, or how hard it is to get a grip on the slide serrations to put a round into the chamber. So instead, Beretta invented a tip-up barrel that you load with one round after inserting the loaded magazine.
Also, because the barrel is exposed, there is no way to put a recoil spring over it. And the frame underneath is is very shallow, and is filled by the slide. Where exactly did Beretta put the recoil spring?
There's a "recoil arm" on each side that is spring-loaded, and catches a small cutout in the bottom of the slide. When gas pressure forces the empty case back (there is no extractor, the empty is just blown out of the barrel) the recoil arms pivot, providing both a rearward and downward spring pressure. This spring pressure is pretty stiff, more so than if just a single spring had to work horizontally. Another reason why the slide is so hard, even for me, to retract while cocking the hammer at the same time.
Despite all of this, recoil is quite mild, along the lines of the more massive Sig P229. As far as accuracy goes, I was able to keep all the rounds on the paper (and mostly in the black) at the standard gun-fighting range of 7 yards. I didn't press my luck at a longer range.
Aside from a spare magazine, I bought a DeSantis "nemesis" pocket holster. This is definitely a pocket pistol, and needs a holster to keep it positioned while preventing print-through.
The holster is semi-sticky, while still allowing a bit of movement if needed. I'm also getting another model that's even stickier, to see which works better. I can see reasons behind both. The gun itself is double-action, but the thumb latch on the rear of the slide is a safety, and not a decocker. It will lock the weapon in either single or double action mode. I'm not a fan of this, so I'll be using this in DA mode for the first shot. This is not one handgun I'd carry "cocked and locked", and would have preferred it DAO. Still, I like it, but I need to spend lots more time with it, just like the others.
So I started out despairing of finding any sort of .380 holdout that I would be satisfied with, and wound up with a little gem that will do everything I ask of it, and is fun and pleasant to shoot, too. My aunt's Beretta Jaguar remains a fine "kit gun", but this little C21A is still the perfect nerd's pocket protector.
That’s about right... wow...
*tap, tap, tap*
Start the Race already!
Potholes? The race was stopped because of potholes? What? Was Mayor Funky a consultant on the NASCAR track?
I hope your day wasn’t totally ruined, but it doesn’t sound like it was a really sucessful raceday.
They had to stop the race twice to patch holes in the asphalt. Well one hole that got bigger the second time around.
The race just finished....Junior came in second. Woo Hoo!! They didn’t have a 30-car pileup like on I-70.
Nice logo on that car; was the Glock 45 car there?
No kidding - heard there were two major, series wrecks, one had 50 cars and the other about 40. Sheesh. Glad it was a long way from the road to the range.
Dunno...Toyota is having a car design contest here: http://www.sponsafier.com/#/gallery
I haven’t looked at all of them.
Nice Beretta, you planning on shooting Std velocity or full bore Stingers etal?
Gunshop/range had a lot of tire kicking going on. They had just bought a large collection of Smith and Wessons, numbers that I can recal include 14, 15, 18, 27, 28, 29, 36, 37, 38, and full set of stainless ones as well. No flat out bargains but a long time since I’ve seen that many for sale at one shop for a reasonable amount of money. Head scratching time, again.
I get the greatest reliability in the Beretta with any brand of 40gr HV bullets, so that's what I'll stay with. No Remingtons, I haven't found an autoloading handgun yet that likes Remingtons.
It sounds like someone has a real treasure trove of Smiths. You don't see those particular model numbers very often now, except for some of the modern repros Smith is turning out.
I'm still looking for a S&W Model 63 with 2-inch barrel. Although less so, now that I have the Beretta as a pocket warmer.
I guess I'm a traditionalist when it comes to Smith and Wesson. The new ones are probably fine weapons, but tend to look too funky and high-tech (and therefore bulkier). Eight-shot .357s, ten-shot .22s, rails and funny grip styles just don't seem natural.
And that's just talking revolvers. The old ones look classic, but a bit too minimalist and spindly to me. I guess I grew up, Smith-wise, on products from the 1960s to 80s. I don't have much of an opinion of their autoloaders one way or another, except for the Model 41. One of the guys in college had one, and it was just beautiful.
Yeah...when I came out here, my oldest niece was a few weeks old. Now, she’s over four, a little chatterbox who is learning her letters and numbers, and she has two younger sisters.
For that matter...remember the brother who was at Entmoot? He’s married and they’re expecting *their* first. Very cool...but it still throws me for a loop sometimes. I hear “Sunrise, Sunset” playing in my head once in awhile....
Wow, so that’s, what, three brothers who are into the reproduction phase?
Yep. Frightening, huh? And I currently have four nieces and a nephew, plus the one on the way. We’re gonna take over the world....
any of 'em say, "ooo! ooo! pick me!!!"...?
There were a couple that will receive another look next time we’re at the range/gunshop. Mostly suffered from sensory overload, hopefully some of them will have been adopted by then.
I didn’t realize ‘Bilbo’ had married!! Congrats to them!
LOL! That’s hilarious! Must be grasscloth.
Heh, better y'all than some other families I could think of.
Hey, since I’m recuperatin...
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