Geocaching on the Road

I am still traveling across country, and am en route from Ohio to New Mexico.  With the below zero temperatures, I won’t do much geocaching over the next few days.  However, on the first leg of this trip, I did some geocaching through the south.  As it turns out, plenty of rest areas have geocaches available.

We hit one in Florida at a rest area.  This one made a crack about not spending the night alone, and we found it near a paper box filled with escort ads (very clever).

…and another in Georgia (though the photo for this one was blurry).  I have now located geocaches in Illinois, New Mexico, Kansas, Georgia and Florida (5 states).

I am looking forward to geocaching into the new year.

In fact, while I’m thinking of it, here are a few of my resolutions for this year:

  1.  Find at least 24 more geocaches, in at least four more states.
  2.  Shoot in 3 CMP Matches
  3.  Fix Scout Rifle
  4.  Install Trigger in Ruger 10-22
  5.  Reload 1000 rounds of ammunition
  6.  Shoot at Socorro Range 12x
  7.  Camp 4x
  8.  Sight in AR-15s
  9.  Sight in .270
  10.  Shoot in one match

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of my faithful followers!

This Christmas has been great, and I got some neat loot.  My parents picked up a Primary Arms AR-15 2.5x CQB Scope, which looks really cool.  I want to set it up on one of my AR-15s, and the hardest thing is picking out which one.  I will probably go with the most compact.  I’ll let you know and give it a good range test when I get back to Socorro.

They also picked up some .223, some .22 and another .50 cal ammo can, which you can never have too many ammo cans.  Thank you!!!!

Looking forward into the next year, I need to spend more time shooting.  I did not shoot as much this past year, and it also marks the first year where I purchased no firearms since… I can’t even remember how long ago.

This year, I do vow to shoot more and reload more.  I have most of my ammunition organized at this point, so it’s time to get the presses running again.

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Shooting Event

On Friday, nearly 20 students accompained me to the shooting range in Socorro.  They were of mixed experience levels, so I had a good time showing folks how to shoot.   We started off with five experienced shooters who brought their own guns, and then we divided up the rest of the students to teach safety and gun handling.  After everyone was comfortable handling the guns, we traded off so that everyone was given a chance to try everything they wanted to try.

I brought my M1 Garand, one of my AR-15s, a Marlin 60, a Thompson Center Contender rifle with a .22 barrel, a Ruger Mark III, my Colt Police Positive, a Mossberg 500, and a Russian .410.  The other folks brought similar things- plety of .22s and AR-15s in particular.

I did have two issues:  one with the M1 and one with the Police Positive.  The M1 has a tendency to not extract, leaving a case stuck in the chamber.   I spent Saturday evening tapping the bolt with a mallet and then disassebling and cleaning the gun.  The Police Positive cylinder was not locking, so I will have to look into that one as well.

Most importantly, everyone had a great time and everyone was safe.  Any round of ammunition shot by a new shooter is an investment towards the future of shooting sports.

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American Rifleman: December, 2017

I just finished reading the December issue of American Rifleman and there were several articles I found interesting.

My favorite article was “Cold War Warriors:  The Men & Guns of Special Forces Berlin”, by James Stejskal.  This article discussed some of the Special Forces folks that were stationed in Cold War Germany.  While the article discussed the guns used by these folks, the neat part of the story was reading about the real-life intelligence missions.

As usual, I also appreciated “I Have This Old Gun…”, by Garry James, which features a US Model 1803 Rifle, and discusses the specifics of this particular gun.  This is certainly my favorite regular column in American Rifleman.

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Stejskal, James.  “Cold War Warriors: The Men & Guns of Special Forces Berlin.”  American Rifleman, Dec. 2017, pp. 54-59, 78-80.

James, Garry.  “I Have This Old Gun…”,  American Rifleman, Dec. 2017, pp. 88.

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Reloading Shed Clean Up

I spent yesterday afternoon cleaning up my reloading shed.  I have been piling other things in the shed, and it was time to start cleaning some of it up.

I also had a roll of insulation that I hung up on a few of the walls.  Eventually, I will insulate and drywall the entire shed.  It will be a while before I can do all of that, but it was a good first step to take the insulation roll from the floor and put it on the walls, freeing up some floor space.

I tossed an old vibratory tumbler made by Franklin Arsenal. It was a piece of junk and rattled itself apart.  That’s the second tumbler that I’ve worn out over the years, as I had a Hornady that met the same fate.  Either way, it was taking up valuable real estate in my shed.

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Writing Project

I am in the process of cleaning up an old writing project (NaNoWriMo 2015).  Currently, the story is titled, The Incident at Denver, and is about a group of students traveling to a conference when a nuclear war begins.  They are on the road between Albuquerque and Denver, and end up taking shelter in an abandoned gas station for the remainder of the fall.

I envision this book as the first of a series.  The first book is about the confusion and lack of information about the attack.  The students must prioritize what is needed to survive and figure out a series of problems to try to survive the upcoming Colorado winter in the mountains.

The idea behind this story, and the takeaway for all of us prepper-types is to learn that our most important tool for survival is the human mind.  Thinking is the only thing that can save us, not a stockpile of stuff.  They have some important supplies, but the most important factor for them is thinking through problems, and relying on their own minds for survival.

Unlike animals, which have survival instincts, man must rely on his ability to think to survive, even in everyday life.  Also, while animals have no choice but to follow instinct, humans must choose to do so.

I will post information on this story as I publish it on Amazon.  I intend to start the second book during NaNoWriMo 2017.

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Air Rifle Practice: 10/16/17

I had another opportunity to shoot this evening, but just for a few minutes again.  I’m not typically in Socorro on Monday nights, but this evening, I was able to get two targets worth of prone position shooting in before returning to work.

I did not do spectacularly, considering I was using a scoped air rifle in the prone position, but it was good to get some pellets out on the paper.  I have updated my shooting scores page.

I also had a chat with Jim and perhaps I will make a few more recoil buffers for my Camp Carbine, just because that part wears out.

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