Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Different, Smokier, Tastier Direction

So to anyone that still reads this thing, it is obvious that I do not post much. Frankly I dont have the passion to post regularly and often do not have the time either.

There is however one thing I do still tend to get excited enough to share with other people, BBQ.

Last fall I got me a Weber Smoky Mountain smoker and I have to say it is probably one of the best purchases I have ever made. Since my purchase, I have done several pork butts, a few racks of pork ribs, a turkey (my only failure so far) and two briskets.

Tonight I will be starting another pork butt, this one is the biggest I have ever done and I will document it here. Also in the plan for the next few weeks/months are smoked chicken drumsticks, a smoked leg of lamb, a bacon explosion roll, smoked salmon fillets and more. Since I really enjoy both making and showing off these kinds of things, I will start doing so here.

I will not be removing any of my older posts but I may be changing the title and/or the URL of this blog. I also think that I will find that this helps me want to post more often about shooting related stuff as well.

So as I said, tonight I will be starting a pork butt, this one is huge, just under 12lbs. I was able to get it on sale a while back and it came out of the freezer yesterday to thaw.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

I'll go start the grill

Someone else bring some beer.


I am just imagining them wrapped in bacon and slow cooked over some apple wood.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

FBI Makes a dynamic entry into a house with a chainsaw.

So, yet another raid on the wrong house. Yet another family terrorized. Only this one is different:
“I just happened to glance over and saw this huge chainsaw ripping down the side of my door,” she explains. “And I was freaking out. I didn’t know what was going on.” Within moments, the chainsaw had cut through most of her door, and someone on the FBI’s arrest team kicked the rest of it in.
Ya, that is right... They cut out the center of her door with a chainsaw!!!

Apparently someone thought that the best way to make a dynamic entry was to rev a chainsaw for a minute or so while they cut through the door.

Now I don't know a whole lot about door construction or chainsaw use but I have used a chainsaw a few times in my life. they are loud and they take a bit of time to cut through things.

Also, I have watched my fair share of horror films and I know that chainsaws through doors always end very badly for the people inside... I can tell you this much, I would have had an immediate fear that my life and the lives of my family were in danger and would have felt totally justified at shooting straight through the door at the person attacking my house and family with a chainsaw.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Lay-Away At The Local Gun Shop Is A Bad Thing

Ok well maybe not... In about 2 more weeks, this will be at my house:
From SR-22

Yes, that is a shiny new SR-22 pistol!

Read more about it here:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Remember, Aim For The Head

This was sent to me from a co-worker.

It is a .mp3 file, it is safe for work just watch your volume.

Download here: FargoEAS

Pure awesome! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Only a few weeks before my last post, I had just started a new job with a major IT company. I am happy to report that I am still at that job, still very happy with that job and still (amazingly) considered a new guy!!! The job has been very demanding, that is why I have not posted in a while. I aim to fix that. I will be posting the rest of the Lucky Gunner Blogger Shoot Photos here soon. I promise! Oh and apparently blogger has a new way of embedding photos, so the new posts will be different looking than the old ones.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lucky Gunner Memorial Day Blogger Shoot 2011 - Part II

So, woke up the next morning and headed down to the hotel lobby for a meeting and safety briefing. Also they were giving us the address and directions to the range then. They didn't want it to be widely published too far before hand in an attempt to keep the general public out. Additionally they gave us a goodie bag that had a book, the yellow shirts we would have to wear in order to get our free ammo and some other gun related stuff.

After a nice cup of coffee, it was time to go to the range. It was about a ten mile drive out into the countryside and then, suddenly on the side of the road a giant sign with a clover on it. A quick right turn and up a hill and there we were, gunny heaven.

The first sight that my eyes beheld:

That is right, a M3 Stuart tank!!! There were actually two of them, both in working order and seemingly ready to take on the Nazi war machine. That is until you look really close and see that the person on the radio is in full German dress. Amazingly this would not be the most odd thing I would see that day.

Next, my already saucer sized eyes were able to feast on:

That is right, not one... not two... but four 12lb howitzers!!! All being fired by full teams in Civil War garb.

Notice in the above picture, he is aiming the gun by looking down the top of the barrel.

The younger looking fellow in the light blue pants is holding lanyards which they attach to the gun in order to fire it. As you will see in the photos below, you fire this thing by pulling on the lanyard, just like some far more modern field artillery pieces used by the military of today.

Ok look! They have found a volunteer... Really these guys were doing this for charity, a $25 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project and you could fire a ball.


Now, by this point, the cannon above is still actually rolling backwards. I would guess it rolled 8 to 10 feet backwards after firing live ammo. And did I mention LOUD!!! I can only imagine how loud it must have been to the men firing it in the days before hearing protection, though I guess after the first shot everything is kinda just a ringing noise anyways.

Sebastian over at Snowflakes In Hell has a nice video of himself firing one of these beasts.

Here they are resetting it for another shot:

And some more guys in various dress talking it up:

Now, I finally turned around and beheld the range that was laid out before me...

Disney land for gun nuts!!!

I followed the smoke off to my left and saw that someone had already set something on fire down range.

I still had no idea just how amazing the day that was before me would be... I had already witnessed two amazing pieces of war waging machinery from two very different and far apart conflicts in our nation's history, the rest of the day would be similar with me experiencing things that spanned well over 150 years of history... Stay tuned for more.

Lucky Gunner Memorial Day Blogger Shoot 2011

A couple of weeks ago, I had the extreme good fortune to get to go to an invitation only shooting event in a small town outside of Knoxville, TN, the Memorial Day Blogger shoot.

I had an inkling of an idea that it was going to be a ton of fun but I really was not prepared for just how amazing it truly was. Over the next few weeks I will be posting most of the 800+ pictures I took over the three day weekend. I will make every effort to 1) correctly identify the guns in each picture and 2)correctly identify and link to the other bloggers that are in the photos. If for some reason I post a picture and get a name wrong or dont include one, let me know and I will make sure that information gets updated.

My drive to the Knoxville area was not all that eventful, my brand new GPS decided that I needed a tour of Southwestern North Carolina as apparently it was a 12 mile shorter drive than taking the interstate would have been. The down side was that it added over a hour to my trip because it involved 2 lane roads through the middle of small towns between 4 and 6 pm.

The first few photos are of the pre-event meetup that we did at a local pizza place. I got there a bit late so many of the people had cleared out by that time.

Here in the first photo is just a shot of the crowd that was left after I finished eating.

Here in the two photos above we have Gene Hoffman, Chairman of the Calguns Foundation (parent of the calguns forum) talking with one of the reps from KRISS.

Here we have one of the guys (left) talking with a group of us blogger types.

The beer was flowing by this time and all we were doing was standing around shooting the breeze so I put the camera down for the night after that.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Week 5

Week 5 at my new job and I am still basically a new guy. It is incredible being trained by the people that literally wrote the book on how various parts of Windows work.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Life happens

Once again, life happened and kept me from posting very much. Since my last post I have gone from living paycheck to paycheck to starting an amazing career with a major IT company.

What this means to this blog is that I will have a much greater amount of free time and money to go shooting with. I am hoping to be able to get to the range at least a couple of times a month and will try to get posts here at least a couple of times per week.

Unfortunately due to me starting this new job recently and having to move to a new city, I will not be able to attend the NRA show this year in Pittsburgh. That said, I am fully planning on getting out to Reno for the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. Additionally I am expecting to get out to several other blogger meetups and other shooting events this year.

Stick around, things are about to get a bit more lively here!

Friday, January 28, 2011

25 Years Ago Today...

I wrote this 2 years back, the message is still the same.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Quantum machine built

I want my food replicator dammit!

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Owner of stolen car held liable for crash after theft.


Apparently being stupid enough to leave your keys in the car is now something that can get you sued.
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