19 November 2021

Emergency Rations -Survival Tabs!

Good morning!

This notice is going out to all of you that ordered Survival Tabs last time and a few other folks. It will also go out via Gab, Facebook and text to a few. I usually don't take orders again this soon but as I mentioned before, prices will be going up very soon so I thought I'd try to get one more order in before that happens. Some of you just ordered a few last time so I thought now that you've had time try the Tabs, you might want to add some more to your stores. Ordering information is at the bottom of this message.

 As I mentioned before, and it should be obvious now, food shortages are imminent and our supply train is being derailed. Survival Tabs are lightweight, compact, very inexpensive and can keep you alive and healthy for long periods of time, maybe even indefinitely. 

The following is from the last email to refresh your memory and for the new folks...

"I have personally used and sold Survival Tabs now for probably 12-15 years. They are nutritious, long-lasting and compact. The average person only needs 12 tablets per day to provide all the nutrition necessary to get by with no other supplement except water! I'VE DONE IT! 180 tablets in a bottle provides you with 15 days worth of food for only 28 bucks!! You literally cannot grow your own food this cheap and you can put a year's supply for one person in a small suitcase. They are invaluable for trips, camping, hiking, emergencies or long-term storage. They come in 4 delicious flavors; chocolate, strawberry, butterscotch and vanilla malt and have a shelf-life of 10+ years!

 During these turbulent times, the average price on Amazon is $44.95.
I am offering this potentially life-saving product for just $32 a bottle INCLUDING SHIPPING! However, to get the free shipping, you'll need to buy at least 5 bottles. I'm doing this for friends, family and students because I feel a sense of urgency. This company has not raised its prices for a very long time but they are expecting a 10-20% increase soon, (Edit: they have only gone up $4.00 a bottle since I originally wrote this) possibly by 1st of the year so I don't know right now how long I will be able to do this."

If any of you have any questions or concerns about this or any other preparedness issue, PLEASE don't hesitate to give me a holler! I will help as much as I can. You can message me on Gab or Facebook for payment information and my phone number will be provided to those that receive this via email or text. 

Because I am offering these tablets at such a low price, I will not accept credit cards or PayPal this time because of the fees. Here's how you can pay...

* Venmo: my username is Desertscout1.

* Zelle with this email address... 76Paragon at gmail dot com 

* Postal money order to:

Cope Reynolds
650 N. Penrod Rd #554
Show Low, AZ 85901

* If you are local, of course I will accept cash.

I plan to make this order on November 29th (March 19, 2024) so I will need to have money in hand no later than that day.

In Liberty,
Cope Reynolds

05 November 2021

Everyone Gets Cut...

The two most important lessons that I learned during knife training is that, one,  everyone gets cut in a knife fight and two, I don't want anything to with a man with a knife!

I took this from a private FB group I'm in so will obviously leave the names and pictures out but the excellent, overall, takeaway message is in the following text...
I had a friend and page follower share his knife fight story. He was assaulted by a pair of brothers in a parking lot. The knife attacker was 13 years old, and the older brother was throwing landscaping rocks at his head. I'll relay it in his words and then give some personal takeaways that I think are worth mentioning.

Background: Chris is a security guard at a tech company, and was off duty at a sandwich shop on his way to visit his girlfriend. His gun and OC spray were left in the car. He only had his CRKT Hissatsu folder.

 His relevant knife training was US Army combatives and Shivworks and Shivworks Alumni ECQC.

Chris: "
Got knifed in a parking lot by a 13 year old.  His brother cracked me in the head 7 or 8 times with large landscaping rocks.  (this was) 2 weeks ago.  Was going in to a supermarket to get food for work and visit the girlfriend that works there.  

Kid got mad that I got in his way parking my truck.  Took cops 3 hours to show to the scene.  I was already in the trauma unit by then.  

Knife boy was bleeding out on the sidewalk.  A car pulled up and they put him in it.  Gun and OC spray were in a backpack in the truck.  I do unarmed security at **** and can't carry anything in uniform, except a knife.  Used a CRKT Hissatsu folder to defend myself.

Nicked an artery too.  Rescue was getting lunch in the supermarket.   Told them, "Wish you could of waited a little.  Wanted to bust out my CAT TQ and med gear.  Test my training and finally get to use the shit."  Lol

Definitely going to go back to having a small nine in a cargo pocket holster after this.  Working at **** has got me complacent and soft, compared to the security work I did before.

The fight started less than 5 feet in front of me with knife out on the side of his leg.  

I pulled mine, but didn't deploy it.  Showed it to him and said, "Kid, I got one too.  You sure you want to do this?"

He came in slashing...

His brother was nearby.  He would hit me in the face with large landscaping rocks, while his brother tried to stab me.

Think the hand got cut blocking his knife.  Didn't know I was cut till the fight was over.

I stayed out of his range and went for chest and face when I had openings.  Too short to hit him in the stomach.  Hissatsu was awesome for stabs.  Little effort and went in to the target areas easily.

Rock kid...I left alone.  Focused on the knife.  I grabbed the rock thrower by the neck and pushed him away once.  In hindsight, I should of used the knife on him too.  I was going to bury it in him, but it flashed in my mind that it wouldn't be justified. 

He quit after I stabbed him in the chest.  After the stab he screamed to his brother, "I'm bleeding out.  Hit that motherfucker with rocks."

Can you believe an American 13 year old would say some shit like that?

I can't believe I got hurt like that from a kid.  Been doing armed security for 15 years.  Worst injury I've ever gotten was a bloody nose.

Main thing people need to know is knife fights suck.  They look ugly, most of the training out there for them is bullshit and all parties involved are going to end up cut.

This is my 5th fight that involved a knife.  Most of the other ones were work related.  Armor and cut gloves made those easier.

My girlfriend said I had a look of disbelief that a kid would fight me.  

When we fought, everything slowed down for me.  I was pretty calm and was looking for openings.  I didn't even feel the rocks.  

I did get target fixated and wasn't paying attention to his knife hand.  Luckily, I did a good job staying out of his range.  I didn't slash much.  Just stab, retreat, stab, retreat.

Because it was a knife, it didn't make the news and was a low priority for the police.

Might of been a good thing I wasn't strapped.  It would of made national news and I'm sure I would of been portrayed negatively for their anti 2A agenda."

My takeaways:
-When it's least expected, you're elected.
-Preemptive knife access saves precious time in fight.
-Sometimes showing your tools and willingness to fight will dissuade an attack. Sometimes not. 
-Point driven knife work is superior to slashing knife work
-If you carry a knife, know how to access it and have target zones on your adversary. 
-The old adage of 'in a knife fight, everyone gets cut' seems to have held true.
-His comment on national media optics may very well be true. We need to really think about what tools we are using, even if they are all lethal options. 
-Prior exposure to relevant and adequately stressful training stimuli make it easier to keep your composure in the moment. 
-Have you thought about having to defend yourself against a young teenager? You better think about it. 
-A gun in your car won't save you in the parking lot.
-Have some basic trauma gear in your vehicle and know how to use it.
-The police won't magically materialize to solve your problem for you.
-No one is coming. It's up to you.

02 September 2021

Upcoming Food Shortages... Again!

Many of you are students of mine and you are keenly aware of what's going on in this country right now and you know I have never steered you wrong or misled you. This is serious. Along with a myriad of other things, it appears that a food shortage is inevitable in the near future. In fact, we're beginning to see it already. Go to your local Walmart, Safeway, Von's or any other grocery store and take careful note of how well the shelves are stocked. They're not. Look at how many things are in short supply right now. Oddly enough, even pet foods in many places. Its not real serious yet but it is definitely noticeable. If you have not already begun to stick back a good supply of food and other supplies, you are most certainly behind the curve but here's a great way to get caught up without breaking the bank!

I have personally used and sold Survival Tabs now for probably 12-15 years. They are nutritious, long-lasting and extremely compact. The average person only needs 12 tablets per day to provide all the nutrition necessary to get by with no other supplement except water! I'VE DONE IT! 180 tablets in a bottle provides you with 15 days worth of food for only 28 bucks! You literally cannot grow your own food this cheap and you can put a year's supply for one person in a small suitcase. 

As I said above, I have been using these things for a long time. Simply put, they work! No, they don't really fill your tummy but drink plenty of water with them and you'll be fine. I hope you understand that we're talk about survival here, not feasting. Survival Tabs alone provide all the nutrition you need. While it is certainly possible to live off of Survival Tabs alone for extended periods of time, that is not my intention. I plan to supplement my food storage with them. There are a few ways to do that. You can either get up and have a good breakfast and start your day with a full tummy and eat Tabs for the rest of the day or eat Tabs during the day and go to bed with a full tummy or eat small portions of food at regular meal times and add a couple of Tabs to make sure you're taking in adequate nutrition.

This is not a gimmick, Survival Tabs have been around since the 60's. Go to www.survivaltabs.com and read the history of them. Why haven't you seen ads all over the place for them? Easy. They don't need to. I bought over $4000 worth of them last month alone and I'm just one person. They are invaluable for trips, camping, hiking, hunting, emergencies or long-term storage. My wife and I keep them in every glove box and backpack and she carries some in her purse. NEVER GET STRANDED AND BE HUNGRY! In order to keep your strength and energy up, you must have nutrition.
They come in 4 delicious flavors and have a shelf-life of 10+ years. The website actually says 25 years! The flavors are malt, chocolate, strawberry and butterscotch. 

If you buy directly from the manufacturer,  Survival Tabs cost $32.50 per bottle plus shipping. During these turbulent times, the average price on Amazon is $44.95.
I am prepared to offer this potentially life-saving product for $28 a bottle INCLUDING SHIPPING! However, to get the free shipping, you'll need to buy at least 5 bottles. I'm doing this for friends, family and students because I feel a sense of urgency. I'm actually making very little on them. I'm doing this because I want to. This company has not raised its prices for a very long time but, like everything else, they are expecting a 10-20% increase by the first of the year or sooner that's why I'm going to try and get in one more order in during November.

If any of you have any questions or concerns about this or any other preparedness issue, PLEASE don't hesitate to give me a holler! I will help as much as I can. You can email me at: swshooter1@hotmail dot com or call or text 928-693-7482. You can also find me on Telegram or Gab at @Desertscout1.

Because I am offering these tablets at such a low price, I will not accept credit cards or PayPay this time because of the fees so call, email or text and I'll provide Venmo or Zelle info.

Or mail postal money order to:

Cope Reynolds
650 N. Penrod Rd #554
Show Low, AZ 85901

If you are local, of course I will accept cash.

I plan to make this order on November 22nd so I will need to have money in hand no later than November 19th.


In Liberty,
Cope R.

24 March 2021

The Boulder Shooting

So a guy walks into a grocery store and shoots and kills 10 people in a state that has over 400,000 CCW holders, reciprocity with 33 states and virtually unfettered open carry. It's hard to believe that not one person had a gun... or maybe they did and were unwilling to use it.

Granted, all the information about this tragedy is not in yet but there are still some undeniable truths and some mighty suspicious coincidences surrounding this shooting so I'm going to bounce around here a little bit and talk about a few different issues. I have written about much of this before. I think its time to revisit it...

First off, Ahmed Al Alawi Alissa is a Syrian-born Muslim, not a white Trump supporter as was first reported by some wild-eyed, mainstream media newscaster. The motive here should be self-evident. Or was there a motive? Could it be that this was a carefully crafted false-flag to help push extreme anti-gun measures through Congress? Does it not seem odd to anyone that in this very city, an "assault weapon" ban which had been in place since 2018, was ruled illegal and unenforceable barely a week ago? A ban that prohibited the very rifle that this shooter used. 

Another interesting thing I saw in one of the many frantic, almost incoherent news articles was the college student who said she saw, from across the street in her apartment, and I quote, "I saw the gunman himself holding a semi-automatic rifle". Really? You expect me to believe that this student was knowledgeable enough about firearms that she could distinguish a semi-auto rifle from a single-shot shotgun from across the street? Perhaps 100, even 200 feet away? Maybe she could but it sounds a whole lot more to me like a contrived war on the tools of freedom. 

As I have said before on similar occasions, the moment that this man let his radical ideologies take over and Satan took control of his actions, he became the Beast. He became the evil that many pretend doesn't exist and should have been stopped by someone that accepts the fact that it does. Unfortunately, it seems that there was no one present that had the willingness to confront the Beast and he murdered until he was apprehended.

Which brings us to another point that I have made before and will make again. As far as I'm concerned, this is non-negotiable...

Be aware folks! Pay attention to what goes around you...EVERYTHING! Not just the guy in the hoodie. Women, kids, store owners, the cop on the corner... wait, the cop? Yeah, the cop. In the last 15 years, we have seen soldiers, sailors, security guards and yes, even police officers perpetrate mass shootings on citizens in this country. No one gets a pass my friends. Does this make you paranoid? No, I said pay attention to everything, not fear everything. Being ultra aware of your surroundings simply helps put you ahead of the game. With a little luck and a watchful eye, it may help you to maybe have the upper hand, allowing you to decide what course of action you need to take instead of the Beast deciding for you!

People need to try to come to grips with the fact that we live in an increasingly violent world. Violence thrives on fear and weakness. Violence MUST be met with violence if we are to survive! As distasteful as this may seem to some, it is a cold, hard fact of the society that we live in today. Therefore, we MUST be armed, trained, prepared and willing at all times to confront the Beast when he knocks on our door. By this, I mean that all good and decent people MUST be armed at all times! ALL TIMES! We do not have the luxury of being able to choose the time when an attack will befall us or our loved ones. It is imperative that we not only train and carry a weapon with us every waking moment of our adult lives, we must also work on developing the mindset that will allow us to perform an act that goes against everything that good and decent people have been taught from childhood -- we must face the reality of being forced to injure or kill another human being. We need to understand that it is justifiable, both by man's law and by God's law, to perform this act in defense of ourselves or others. We absolutely must, MUST be prepared to meet the Beast while we are eating dinner, watching a movie, at work, even while we sleep! The Beast will not rest and so must we not rest in our vigilance against it!

When we accept these principles of survival, we can more comfortably and confidently go about our daily lives. It is the world that we live in, like it or not. Making the sheep understand this ancient and everlasting principle of survival is another issue.

This principle became carved in stone the day that Cain murdered Abel and it holds true today.

Lastly, the bleeding heart liberals are already using this tragedy, as they have before, to push a ton of hell down on us in the form of the most draconian gun legislation this country has ever seen. This will be another battle, a battle for freedom and liberty, that we must be prepared to fight with every fiber of our moral being. Our rights WILL be taken away from us, or more correctly, we will give them away if we do not put everything we have into the upcoming battle for them! What about the rights of those killed by the evil guns you ask? Well, what about them? What if just one sheepdog could have been there to confront the wolf? What if "gun-free" zones didn't exist? What if, after the shooting started at the night club or the theater or the school; a single, trained, determined citizen stepped forward and shot the Beast in the face and prevented any further killing? Well, I'll tell you what if. It would still be the gun's fault for the injuries caused prior to the sheepdog killing the wolf. Sadly, that is just the society that we live in today.

BUT, just because what we do may be socially unacceptable, just because we may get in trouble for confronting the Beast doesn't mean that we should do anything differently. Not one thing. Our lives, our loved one's lives and even a complete stranger's life is still worth saving. It's still OK to shoot the bastard in the face to save a life; liability and other consequences be damned!

Now let's go just a little deeper...

I strongly suggested being armed and trained earlier. I don't mean armed with only a 5-shot revolver or a 6-shot, sub-compact, semi-auto mouse gun. I mean a fighting gun of a caliber that will increase your chances of stopping one or more attackers most rickey-tick. Nothing smaller than 9mm. In days gone by, most of us could feel fairly comfortable with those little guns. Those days are gone. We face a demonstrably different criminal element today. One that often travels in packs instead of singly. One that is often on drugs that may affect the effectiveness of our bullets. One that is wholly dedicated to their purpose and does not fear death. An adversary that has nothing to lose is possibly the most dangerous of all. 

If you are often out and about, maybe a distance from your home, consider carrying a carbine in your vehicle along with first aid supplies. Not just bandaids and Neoporin either. Have the supplies and the training to stop major bleeding. At a minimum, compressed gauze, an Israeli or "H" bandage, tourniquet and a hemostatic agent like QuikClot or WoundSeal. And of course, your ever-present "Get Home Bag"!

How many of you will heed this advice? Not many. But hopefully some of you will. As they say, the life you save may be your own.

07 February 2021

Airgun Wars

Ammo prices have gone to infinity and beyond! That is, IF you can find it. Even a lot of the not-so-popular calibers are becoming virtually non-existent. A great many shooters are also concerned about an uncertain future and are sitting on their ammo and saving it for self-defense purposes. Recreational shooting and training have gone WAY down. Most of us simply cannot afford it. So what do we do?

We have limited options available in order to address this problem. 1. We can give up shooting completely, saving what little ammo we have for important stuff like hunting and civil wars.
2. We can cut WAY back, only shooting a few rounds out of a few of our guns to try and keep tuned up and have a little fun.
3. Do more dry-practice, maybe in conjunction with the above options.
4. Shoot more rimfire... oops, scratch that too.
5. Get a good quality airgun while you still can, lots of accessories and ammo for it and then go have a ball for just pennies!

Let's take a deeper look at #5. Many people still look at airguns as toys, insufficient to keep our egos stoked. I can assure that they are not. Aside from the obvious safety concerns that must be addressed when using ANY type of tool that expels projectiles at a high rate of speed out of the business end, modern airguns are accurate, powerful, affordable, easy to maintain and cheap to feed. For the purposes of this article, let's talk specifically about air rifles. Starting at the very, very bottom, you can get a decent plinker for 30 or 40 bucks. Depending on what kind of performance you're looking for and what kind of money you want to spend, you can go all the way up to several thousand dollars and everything in between.

You can get airguns that look like your favorite AK or AR-15 and a number of other models. You can also get them in several calibers. The most popular for the recreational shooter are .177 and .22 and, to a lesser degree, .20 caliber but did you know that air rifles are also available in big-kid calibers? Yep, .257, . 30, .357,  .44 and even .50 caliber! These are pricey but some of them are even capable of cleanly taking big game. Did you know that Lewis and Clark had an air rifle on their famous expedition? Yes sir, a .46 caliber Girandoni. Girandoni air rifles go all the way back to the late 1500's.

So let's speed up the clock and get back to the 21st century... 
I'm not going to list every model and action type out there but I will mention a few of the most common to give you some things to think about should you decide to jump onboard the airgun band wagon.

* Some of you are familiar with the cheapest ones. We called them Red Ryders when we were kids. Remember? They had the cocking lever that is part of the trigger guard and vaguely resembles a real, lever-action Winchester rifle. Those are spring operated and pretty anemic but great for having fun with the kids and teaching them gun safety and they're very inexpensive. They shoot .177 caliber BB's only, as far as I know.

* The next is the pump-up style with a lever under the barrel for adding compressed air. That's what I grew up on. It was a .22 caliber Benjamin although I don't remember the model number. This type can be pumped to variable pressures depending on how many times you pump it. Usually 3 times is the minimum to help ensure that a pellet doesn't get stuck in the bore and 10 pumps was usually considered maximum. I was raised on a ranch in NM and my dad used to pay me a bounty for certain pesky critters so I was out hunting all the time. I contribute much of my marksmanship and woodscraft skills to that old Benjamin and my early bounty hunting days.

*  You can also get those that derive their power from little CO2 cartridges. I don't care for those at all so I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about them. There are also a few others that I'm not going to talk about simply because they're not as popular.

* And then there's the break-barrel actions. Yeah, these are my favorite nowadays!  To add air for the next shot, simply hold the stock in one hand and reach up and grab the barrel towards the muzzle and try to break the gun in half. The barrel hinges right at the chamber and bends down to the shape of an inverted "V". When it snaps into position and there's no longer any tension on it, put a pellet or BB into the chamber and close the barrel. The one I have, automatically engages the safety when you load it. 

The remainder of the article will be about break-barrel guns. There are literally hundreds of different models of break-barrel guns. Some are quite affordable, others will require refinancing your house. Crosman, Benjamin, Beeman, RWS and Gamo are some of the oldest names in airguns. SIG Sauer, Ruger and a few others have more recently entered the airgun arena. Ruger makes a damned fine example of a break-barrel air rifle. Most of these guns are quite accurate, some of them stunningly so. Velocities can range anywhere from maybe 700 fps to well over 1200 fps, depending on caliber and the type of projectile being used. These guns are more than capable of humanely taking small varmints and game animals. They have airgun competitions and you will be amazed at how remarkably accurate some of these guns are! Practical range of the air rifle, again, depends on the gun and the type and style of ammo being used. 10 yards is mentioned a lot in ads and videos and whatnot so I assume that's kind of a standard in the industry but 20 yards seems much more realistic to me. Its not even too awfully hard to hit a pop can pretty regularly out to 50 yards or more with many of these guns.  

Now then, I want to talk about one gun in particular. It is the Beeman Silver Kodiak X2, Model 10774.There are other guns similar to this one but this one is mine and I like it a lot. I bought it primarily for a SHTF small game gun. This little jewel comes with a scope and two barrels, a .22 caliber barrel and a .177 barrel and it only takes maybe a minute to change them out. With BB's and alloy pellets of the .177 persuasion, you can expect at least 1200 fps. Alloy .22 pellets are more like 950. Lead pellets run about a grand in .177 and 830 fps with the .22. The receiver is satin nickel plated and the stock is synthetic which makes it fairly weather resistant. It has no open sights but the 4x32 Beeman scope does a great job. Depending on where you get it, it will probably run you between $125 and $150.

 It's not a stone cold, long-range killer but it's more than accurate and powerful enough to take bunnies, grouse, squirrels, etc., out to at least 20 yards. In fact, this one is plenty accurate enough to make reliable head shots at that range. Beeman says that accuracy will improve substantially after a few hundred rounds and I doubt if I have much more than a hundred through mine.
I haven't spent much time on the range with this one yet but I have done some preliminary testing with it. Here's what I found out...

On paper, it did pretty well considering it has not had the requisite number of break-in shots run through it. Using the .22 barrel and Gamo Match lead pellets from a fairly steady rest, it put 7 out of 8 shots in 1.5 inches. The first shot out of a clean barrel was dead center and 2" high, out of the group. 3 of the last 4 shots were in less than .75". What I gathered from this is that it might be prudent to put 4 or 5 rounds through a clean barrel before expecting your gun's best accuracy. I supplied a picture of the target below and 2 of the fired pellets compared to an unfired one. The target was stapled to an old plastic trash can because its what I had handy at the time. The pellets you see passed through both sides of the trash can and then into a plywood wall. The dents in the plywood were between 1/8 and 3/16" deep.

The next thing I did was shoot a full can of root beer, also at 20 yards. The pellet easily went through both sides and hit the wall. Interestingly, the can split from top to to bottom on ENTRY side, only making a small hole on the exit side. Picture supplied below.

The final event was to see if I could hit a quart bottle filled with colored water at 50 yards. There was just a little bit of dry grass out there so I sat an old oil filter on the ground and then put the quart bottle on top of that to get above the grass. I didn't realize that the round dropped that much so it took me a couple shots to get it on the target. It was roughly 6" below point of aim. I heard the first 2 shots hit something but the bottle didnt fall over and it wasn't leaking so I walked out there to see what was going on. What I found was that I had hit the oil filter twice, less than .75" apart (picture supplied) which further led me to believe that a clean barrel is not my friend. The next shot was on the bottle but surprisingly, only put a dent in it but did not penetrate. The heavy plastic and the pressure of the water inside was a little more than the pellet could overcome.

So, there you have it! As far as I'm concerned, this gun or one like it, is a winner, not only for survival/preparedness purposes but for cheap recreational shooting and hunting as well.

What did all of this have to do with Airgun Wars? Well, nothing really but hopefully I piqued your interest enough to get you to read it!

03 February 2021

Ruger PC-9 Review

So... the Ruger PC-9. I promised a review of it so here it is.

Let me just start by saying again that I absolutely adore this little gun! It's well balanced, accurate, reliable, the controls are handy and the breakdown feature is solid and simple. It breaks down in the blink of an eye and fits easily in a large briefcase, range bag, gym bag or small suitcase. Reassemble in 5 seconds and you're ready to rock and roll. It comes with 2 magazine wells, one for Ruger mags and one for Glock mags. I love the fact that it shares magazines and ammo with my 9mm Glocks and there's just something very sexy about pistol-caliber carbines!
So why did I get it to begin with? Well, I wanted a handy, short reasonably accurate long gun as a constant companion for my EDC. It's basically an urban fighting rifle. If I go to the woods or the civil war breaks out, I'll probably grab something with a little more horsepower but a 115 grain bullet at over 1600 fps is nothing to sneeze at.

It's just a tad heavier than you might expect for a little 9mm carbine but that's because its built like a fricking tank. VERY rugged little gun! No comparison to something like the Kel-Tec Sub 2000 which is kind of a pathetic excuse for a real gun. I suppose they're OK for recreational use but they are definitely not fighting carbines. When you pick up the Kel-Tec, it kinda makes you wonder why the muzzle is not painted orange.

How does the PC-9 shoot? Well... well, very well. I haven't really put it through its paces yet but I've shot it enough to know that it is going to be one of my forever guns. The trigger could stand a little attention but it's really not bad for a Ruger. I wasn't looking for a match-grade trigger on a 9mm self-defense carbine anyway.

Preliminary accuracy tests are impressive and I plan to do more with it when I get time. I had probably put maybe 200 rounds through it and had the iron sights (rugged, easy to see aperture sights) dialed in pretty well when I decided that I wanted to put some glass on it. I had an extra 3x Nikon compact scope laying around so I stuck it on top of the little Ruger. My first trip out to the woods with it was enlightening, to say the least! 

My bench was a rickety little plastic table and the ammo was Remington 115 grain FMJ so I didn't really expect to set the world on fire but I was actually more than impressed with the results! After goofing around with it a little, I decided to see if I could make something that resembled a group with it at 50 yards. After a few sight-in shots, I shot a 3-shot group that strung vertically a little more than I like but was still only about 1⅛". So when I saw that it might actually be a shooter, I put a little more effort into it and the second group measured just ⅝"! Granted, that was only at 50 yards but that indicated that it had the potential of shooting about and inch and quarter out at 100 yards. I don't know about you but I can live with that kind of accuracy out of this type of a weapon!

Downsides? Well, not many really besides what I already mentioned. I guess the biggest thing is the spring on magazine catch needed to be a little stiffer. Even though the button is marginally protected, it's not at all hard to bump it and have a speed-unload. I remedied that most rikky-tik by finding a similar sized, slightly heavier spring, thinning it down slightly on one end and replacing the original. It takes a just little more effort to release the mag now.

These little darlin's are difficult to impossible to find now and I have no idea what they would cost if you found one but they were quite reasonable when I got mine.

They also make this gun in .40S&W and I desperately want one!

31 January 2021

Nearing the End...

One of my final posts before I left FB. 

This was posted yesterday, 30 January 2021, by the daughter of some friends of ours. I know these good people. I can literally see their house out my kitchen  window. Since I can see lots of houses out my kitchen window and I know most of the people in them, I won't be identifying these people when I say that. I don't know that they would want their names all over FB. 

This means that I probably know some of the people that turned this man away. Luckily, angels were watching over and guiding this man. I am appalled and disgusted that any of my neighbors would do that! Until now, I was pretty sure that I could trust everyone around here and depend on them during hard times. Now, I'm not so sure. Could these people not have at least made a phone call for him or called 911? Could they not provide him with a blanket and a granola bar as they turned him away? I am way more than disgusted at these people. I'm going to post this far and wide and I hope it gets back to these bad Samaritans!

Nearing The Beginning Of The End!

It’s bitter cold in Vernon Arizona. Last night it was about 20 degrees at 10 pm. There’s almost a foot of snow on the ground near my parents home, and their home was quiet, silenced in a dark spread out wilderness, a typical night. A few homes scattered within the miles of the area had dim lights shining at that hour.

My mother was sitting on her bed when she just happened to look up and seen a man in the window pass by. Shocked she hollered for my Father and said “Xxxxx, there’s a man outside the door”. My father stepped out into the cold where an older man nearing his seventies was standing in their carport. My father asked “Can I help you?” The man said “Where Am I?” My father said you’re in Vernon Arizona, what's going on? The man was half frozen, shivering, with frost all over his face and looking for a place to just lay down.

He was very tired and delirious with no bearing of his location. My father asked him what happened, are you lost, where’s your home, where’s your family? The man asked if my father had a phone charger and my father handed him his cell phone and said no, but you can use my phone. The man was extremely Humble, and thankful and thanked him as he stood in the freezing cold trying to remember numbers. The man told how he had been up on the mountain looking for wood and had gotten stuck and had spent hours trying to dig out, when he decided to walk out for help. While using his phone for GPS and directions his phone went dead after walking a great distance. He told how he knocked on a few Doors, Our Neighbor’s Doors and was told to leave, that he was not welcome and to leave their property. 

It was very clear that he was in desperate need of warmth and help, completely at the point of laying down somewhere, which is a normal human reaction after being so cold and tired after so many hours. 

Miracles happen everyday. Had my Mother not seen him, they could have found him dead the next morning. I cannot express the seriousness of the situation. He had knocked on several doors! His footprints were spread through acres of land.

Thank goodness, My father gathered him up and told him he was taking Him home. He started the truck, loaded him inside, and headed to Concho Valley several miles away with the man all the time thanking him and it was a humbling moment for all involved.  When they arrived at his Home in Concho Valley his wife was in the front yard overwhelmed with worry and once reunited they both thanked my Father over and Over. My father, the humble man that he is,  turned to him and said “No Sir... Thank you!”

It was clearly my fathers honor to assist this man.

Do you know who your neighbors are?
Is it Nearing the Beginning of the End?

The end of human Compassion? Of Decency and Good Will?

I cannot image the overwhelming feeling of vacancy that must have been felt as time and time again this freezing older man was told “No, we won’t help you”...

Leaving him to literally fight the elements that without a single door knock left could have ended His life. But he didn't knock, he had given up at that point and was headed for any kind of shelter to lay down very diluted and let down. 

Are we such bitter souls that making a call to the Sheriff or providing any kind of compassion has become unreasonable? I am stricken with amazement at the footprints found leading him to my family’s Home in Vernon. To think that a human being was left to die in the cold for no reason by so many. It opens your eyes!


I am eternally thankful for the way us kids were raised! That we were taught to love one another and to stretch out our hands to those in need. I'm thankful for the lessons that are still being taught to us by actions and not just words.

04 January 2021

Our Upside-down World..

One of my friends posted this in response to an article and comment I made earlier this morning and you talk about nailing it! I don't know if she copied it from somewhere else or not and I don't care. It is the God's honest truth and I had to share it with you!

"Today I woke up and as I had my morning coffee, I realized that everything is about to change.
No matter how I vote, no matter what I say, something evil has invaded our nation, and our lives are never going to be the same.
I have been confused by the hostility of family and friends.
I look at people I have known all my life--so hate-filled that they agree with opinions they would never express as their own. I think that I may well have entered the Twilight Zone.
You can't justify this insanity. We have become a nation that has lost its collective mind!

If a dude pretends to be a woman, you are required to pretend with him.

Somehow it’s un-American for the census to count how many Americans are in America.

Russians influencing our elections are bad, but illegals voting in our elections are good.

It was cool for Joe Biden to "blackmail" the President of Ukraine, but it’s an impeachable offense if Donald Trump inquires about it.

People who have never owned slaves should pay slavery reparations to people who have never been slaves.

People who have never been to college should pay the debts of college students who took out huge loans for their degrees.

Immigrants with tuberculosis and polio are welcome, but you’d better be able to prove your dog is vaccinated.

Irish doctors and German engineers who want to immigrate to the US must go through a rigorous vetting process, but any illiterate
gang-bangers who jump the southern fence are welcome.

$5 billion for border security is too expensive, but $1.5 trillion for “free” health care is not.

If you cheat to get into college you go to prison, but if you cheat to get into the country you go to college for free.

People who say there is no such thing as gender are demanding a female President.

We see other countries going Socialist and collapsing, but it seems like a great plan to us.

Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, and other people are not held responsible for what they are doing right now.

Criminals are caught-and-released to hurt more people, but stopping them is bad because it's a violation of THEIR rights.

And pointing out all this hypocrisy somehow makes us "racists"?!

Nothing makes sense anymore, no values, no morals, no civility and people are dying of a Chinese virus, but it is racist to refer to it as Chinese, even though it began in China.

We are clearly living in an upside down world where right is wrong and wrong is right, where moral is immoral and immoral is moral, where good is evil and evil is good, where killing murderers is wrong, but killing innocent babies is right.

Wake up America, the great unsinkable ship, Titanic America, has hit an iceberg, is taking on water and is sinking fast. The choice is yours to make. What will it be? Time is short, make your choice wisely!

This has so much truth to it that seeing it all pulled together is frightening"