Thursday, September 29, 2016

Scored Some 22 Short

Despite my somewhat poor experience at Gander Mountain in Palm Gardens I decided to go back yet a third time. The reason for my return there was to buy some more 22 Short ammo. They had plenty on my first two visits and while I had picked up two boxes of  it, I figured it wasn't a bad idea to get some more. 


When I got there they had only five boxes, of 100 round each, left on the shelves. I took them all and now have a total of seven boxes or 700 rounds. I was lucky too because it was on sale for about a buck per box less than the marked price.

So why buy 22 Short when I don't own any firearms specifically chambered just for it? Well, I do own at least two rifles chambered in 22 rimfire that will take 22 Short, Long and Long Rifle, so I may shoot some of it through them. Even though that is unlikely I still wanted the ammo. It has been so hard to get that it may make a good trading commodity or make me a small profit if I decide to sell it. Even if it reappears in abundance on store shelves, I can always shoot it through those rifles.

All the best,
Glenn B


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

No Way To Do Business...

...or at least that is my opinion of how Gander Mountain has been doing business relative to my recent dealings there.

I called Gander Mountain in Middletown, NY today. I called twice and was on the phone, waiting for someone to pick up, for over two minutes on each call. No one answered the phone. I called again and was surprised that someone answered on the third ring in the firearms department. He did not know if they had the new Ruger Mark IV pistol in stock and seemed surprised there was such a pistol.

I also have been to Gander Mountain in Palm Gardens, FL, twice this week, while on vacation. The displays in the firearms section leave much to be desired with many slots on the shelves being left bare. Some items that were in stock in that store, as per their website, were not on the shelves. When I looked for a certain set of shooting mufffs they were not to be found. I tried getting some help but as I approached some of the sales clerks, they walked away when they saw me coming. Others were ready to help but did not seem to know what was in stock or the prices of what they had and too many things did not display a price. 



Anyway, I had limited time to spend there and had to leave but ordered the ear muffs online before departing. I received an email about 2 hours later saying that my order was ready to be picked up in the same store where they had not been on the shelves, but had been bare, where they belonged.

In addition, ammo was often found to be piled up haphadzardly with diferent calibers mixed together in the same display in boxes that looked like one another. For instance a display of Remington Core-Lokt ammo had three or four different calibers all piled together without regard to stacking them by caliber. I have seen similar haphazard shelving of ammo in other GM stores. Gander Mountain ammo prices are also pretty high in my opinion.

There also was a good side but it did not outweigh the bad as far as I an concerned. I will say that those of the staff who were helpful were indeed very professional and helpful. One sales floor ckerk was very helpful and so were the ckeckout clerks. The barmaid was very nice too. Yes, I stopped in the bar for one quick drink hoping they would fill my online order before I had to leave. And yes the GM in Palm Gardens is the only GM with a bar and restaurant, at least as per Beth the barmaid.

I have to wonder though, how does Gander Mountain stay in business!

All the best,
Glenn B 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Surprise Free Lunch

What would you do if you ordered takeout food and found $5,000 in the box instead of your chicken wings? A woman in San Jose (CA?) got that exact surprise lunch and she called the restaurant trying to return the money. After waiting a day for a reply that did not come she called a media outlet that was able to get the restaurant's manager to arrange for return of the cash. So, what did she get for her honesty and integrity  - free pizza for a year from the restaurant! Luckily, her own boss gave her a week of paid vacation. (Source.)

Had it been me in that situation, I would have told the manager at Dominoes to go screw himself had he given me a reward of a year's free pizza. First of all, their pizza is terrible, secondly she ordered wings so why not a year of free wings but more importantly why did he not give her at least the traditional 10 to 15% of the returned cash as her reward. That would have been the right thing to do and then offer her the pizza and wings as an additional bonus. 

Should it happen to me, I would have to think long and hard about returning 5K. I have been pretty honest in that regard throughout my adult life and while it would be difficut to decide to keep it, it would go a long way toward the deposit on a replacement car for my destroyed Toyota and I would be sorely tempted to keep it. Bottom line, probably would not keep it and then would wind up cursing out the manager when he offered free pizza. Ammo though might be another thing all together


All the best,
Glenn B

Have You Ever Enjoyed A Vodka On The Rocks In A Gun Store?

I did that yesterday at the Gander Mountain store in Palm Gardens, FL. I sure did not go thrre expecting to find a bar but while there decided to stop in their restaurant to grab a diet soda because I wsd parched. When I looked inside I was astonished to see there was a full service bar and a mighty nice looking one at that.


Apparently my timing was perfect, for a change, because they had just opened. I ordered a vodka on two rocks with a club soda on the side. Enjoyed it immensely while chatting with Beth, the very nice barmaid. She told me the place is usually a bit slow on week nights but packed on Friday and Saturdays. A surprising find inside a gun store but there because the or an owner of Gander Mountain lives clise by a d that us what the owner wanted. Gander Mountain has moved up a few notches in my estimation.

All the best, 
Glenn B

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Revolutionary Ruger - Their New Pistol May Be Just That

All too many times, I have set my sights on buying certain new guns and then never got the particular guns I for which I had yearned.  I've had a lot of different excuses as to why I didn't follow through with a purchase. For example, I've always wanted a Remington Model 8 in 35 REM. Never got one simply because they were hard to find and by the time I found a decent one the price was sky high and I couldn't spend that much. Another reason is I lost interest in something I had wanted. That sometimes happened because I saw reports giving a specific gun a poor grade. I have also lost interest in some simply because I am The Great Procrastinator and over time my desire waned. Of course, I have bought a decent amount of guns in my time and sometimes buying a gun or guns has negatively effected my timing and made it next to impossible for me to get something else I wanted badly. For instance, a good deal on one of my dream guns once presented itself to me within days of me attending a firearms auction at which I had bought a few guns, ammo and accessories. The timing for that chance to get that particular dream gun was terrible because I was broke because of my auction purchases.

Now you may be wondering what that has to do with a revolutionary Ruger firearm and I am going to tell you directly. Ruger has just announced its production of a  new handgun the Ruger MK IV Pistol and yes it is revolutionary at least as far as I am concerned. It has a one button takedown device to facilitate disassembly. While any Ruger Mark I, II or III pistol owner can tell you they are excellent guns and loads of fun to shoot, they can also tell you they can be a royal pain to take apart and put back together for a good cleaning. If this new one is as much of a snap to diassemble and assemble, as Ruger claims, I see them flying off of the shelves with great speed and I foresee one flying my way.

I love my Ruger Mark II pistol but have to admit it can be troublesome when it comes to regular maintenance. After over 25 years of owning it, I still have to resort to the manual or my own how to videos to do what amounts to a field strip for cleaning it. While the new Mark IV looks pretty much just like my Mark II, it has major design changes in that it can be disassembled by pushing in the recessed button at the back of the frame and then lifting off the receiver and sliding out the bolt. Ruger makes it sound positively easy. I want one, I want one, I want one and hint of all hints my birthday is coming up. While I will be broke due to my current trip to Florida and probably will not get one for a birthday gift, I will have to treat myself nonetheless. That is okay by me and I am confident I will be getting one as soon as funds allow. By the way, did I tell you I have some guns and things for sale at GunBroker.com.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Obama - The Absolutely Opaque President

Fuck him and fuck Clinton (Hillary) they are the ultimate in covert sacks of shit. Oba is also that much of a coward as to have to have used a pseudonym yo email Hillary Clinton. And fuck yhe FBI director that did not charge her. Read about why I think so here.

All the best but not to them,
Glenn B

Once Again The NIC Supports The Muslims...

...over the interests of Americans. He has vetoed a bill, that had bipartisan support, that would have allowed Americans to sue Saudi Arabia over 9/11 (source).

Will President Obama, also known as the nincompoop in charge, ever admit he is pro-Islam and anti-American? It does not really matter since his deeds evidently say it louder than his words ever could say it.

All the best,
GB

Friday, September 23, 2016

Florida...

...is hot. NY was just cooling down to some nice Fall weather and I come here today where it is eighty something degrees at 1140pm and humid as all hell. I suppose that means it is cocktail weather

All the best,
GB

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Florida Bound

Leaving for FL tomorrow, early. Visiting my uncle. Clothes packed, guns and ammo packed, what more could I need besides my meds (like BP med, thyroid med and gout med - nothing psycho related - they are packed too) and my ticket. Ready to rock and roll and have an excellent time. Plan to teach a prospect how to shoot and she may teach me how to fish! Happy times seem imminent.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, September 19, 2016

Much More Than An off Duty Cop...

...is a better way to describe Jason Falconer, the man who reportedly shot the knife wielding attacker in the St. Cloud, MN mall last Saturday, than the way the media has described him. For some reason, the main stream media only reports him as an off duty officer. They apparently have totally ignored, that while he is indeed a retired police chief and remains a part-time officer, he is also the owner of a firearms training facility that trains civilians in concealed carry, is a USPSA Shooter,  3-Gunner, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. (Source.)

I wonder why they did not report all that.
 
All the best,
Glenn B

A Real Crime Stopper...

...or at least something that decreases it.




Hat tip to Tara N.

All the best,
Glenn B

Yes - I Will!


I read that and laughed so hard it hurt.

Hat tip to Peter G.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thank God He Was One of The Stupid Ones...

...because the bombs that he is suspected of planting that did explode caused minimal injuries and the others he is suspected of planting did not explode. He must have gotten a D minus (at best) in bomb-making 101.

Besides being an evidently inept bomber or at least suspected bomber, when confronted by police he reportedly tried to shoot it out with them and they can thank god he was not a better shot. He did however reportedly manage to hit one officer but the officer can be thankful to himself for remembering to wear his body armor and maybe also to God for guiding that bullet into that armor. Another officer was wounded by glass when the suspect shot at officers in a patrol car. The politicians and bureaucrats are all doing their best to pat each other on their backs and to assure that no one gives any indication there is any link to any terrorist group or to Islam in the best manner of political correctness. (Source.)

The suspect was only wounded, reportedly shot in the arm and leg and as far as I feel about that I can only hope he develops a terrible incurable infection and perishes after a long pain ordeal with it. Of course, if he survives this, maybe he will wind up in a nice cozy cell with a very well endowed guy named Bruce (or Bubba) for the next 75 years.

Earlier today, I heard it reported that the bartender who called police did not do so merely to report a man sleeping in the bar's doorway but because he thought the guy was the bombing suspect whose photo had been made public by then. Now those reports seem to have changed to the police being the ones who ID'd the guy and the bartender, in essence, merely calling about a bum on his doorstep.

All the best,
Glenn B
 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Missouri - One of the Good Ones

Missouri has added itself to the list of states that do not require a concealed carry permit (source). I keep hoping beyond any reasonable hope that NY State will do likewise.

All the best,
GB

Is It Friday Already?

TGIF as they say. I am playing hooky from work today but with valid excuses. I have to see a couple of docs as follow-up to my ER visit to the hospital because of my recent car accident. Went to see an ophthalmologist on Tuesday and as soon as he realized it was going through no-fault auto insurance (which is the law in NY State) he refused to see me. He gave me about 6 different lies excuses as to why I lost a day's pay taking off to see him but his last was probably he truth - he did not want to get involved in litigation. There likely will not be any litigation since the other guy involved in the accident claimed full responsibility for the accident and I imagine is insurance company will make a settlement that is enough for me for a very sizable down payment on a new Corolla. Time will tell and if not then a lawyer hired by me will tell but I think they will pay me enough to keep me happy. Anyway, now I am seeing not only my regular doc today but also another ophthalmologist. The thing about that is the timing of the visits is whacky. I should be seeing the eye doctor first, then my regular doc with his results. I am seeing them the other way around, only way I could get the appointments. As for that other eye doc not seeing me, I think I will send him a bill for my lost wages and maybe take him to small claims court if he does not want to pay. So much for his not wanting litigation.

The good news for me about today though, other than it being a day off of work and its being Friday, is what I will be doing tonight. Tonight Brendan, Zack, Pat (two of his buds) and I will be going to see the Charlie Daniels Band along with whatever group is backing them up. We saw the CDB last year and they were excellent; that concert made me wonder why I was never a bigger fan of Charlie Daniels!

Tomorrow is another story, I have about a 200 mile drive just to pick up my license plates and personal effects from my wrecked car. So far, Brendan is slated to come with me which means we can have some fun after we do that. We'll probably bring some guns and stop at Han's place for shooting goodness and after that for some alcohol containing beverage for the night. Having to drive bac home the very next day will be a bummer but we both have to work on Monday. Still, we can squeeze some good fun into the day tomorrow.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Quite Possibly True


All the best,
Glenn B

So True

 
All the best,
Glenn B

Pistol License Renewal - Pleasant and Fast But Very Concerning

I received a letter in the mail from my local County Police Department last week about my pistol license needing to be renewed. There was a two sided form, mostly already filled out on which I had to fill in a couple of items of missing info,, check that my pistols were listed correctly and answer several questions, yes or no. The very first question was of great concern to me because it asked if I had taken ANY prescription drugs in the past five (5) years. On my original application they specifically asked about prescription narcotics but nothing about other prescription medications. They are getting extremely nosy relative to personal medical records especially in light of the fact that NY considers pistol license information to be public record unless the licensee has filed to have his license info withheld from the public. I did that a year or three ago when they gave us the option and can only hope they got it right and never release my license info along with those newly required medical questions & answers to the public. I guess it is about time to send off another several letters to elected county and state officials to complain about this latest invasion of privacy that should have nothing at all to do with the issuance or denial of a pistol license.

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Edited to ad: There was also a new requirement in the paperwork that probably should concern any licensee, at least in my county since I am unaware if this is state wide, and that is that they mandate you put down in which area your pistols are stored in our home and how they are secured with options of a safe, a locked container or other (and you fill in what is the other method). I have to wonder if anyone who did not opt out of having their license info available as a public record now has the concern that someone can request their license info and see where and how their weapons are stored. If that is now part of public record, the state has just potentially given burglars or home invaders the whereabouts of a licensees' weapons and the method of their storage. I can hear one crook talking to another.

Dirtbag 1: "Hey Tony, we be going to dis guy's house to be gettin us some guns."

Dirtbag 2: Forgedaboudit Jaquann, he got dem in his safe upstairs. Let's go to Elmer J. Fudd's place cause he only got dem in a locked cabinet in da basement".

End of edited add on.
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As for the actual renewal process, I had to write up all the prescription drugs I had taken over the course of the last five years and id that for as many as I could remember. Then stopped by a Citibank, where a nice young lady notarized my list for me as required. Thankfully she did it gratis and was very pleasant about it. When I got to the county police headquarters, I was amazed to find there was not even a single person ahead of me. I was taken immediately by a very nice, courteous and professional lady officer and after about 10 minutes, at most maybe a dozen and that included some chat time, I had my renewed pistol license in hand and was on my way home. The process was nothing like the initial application which took a few to several visits to the license division and a couple to few months to process. All in all, a very pleasant experience except for having to divulge all that medical information.

So, I am good for another 5 years. Hopefully by then, folks in NY and the country as a whole, will have realized it is not the guns that are the problem and the whole licensing thing will be a moot point. Of course, if Clinton survives her maladies and is somehow elected to the presidency, all will go in the exact opposite direction and I may never again be issued a pistol license. Vote Trump, vote for America!

All the best,
Glenn B