I want this.

Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle

I don’t need it, but I want one. Big 5 has them for $819…. add 8% and $30-35 to the state and I’d be looking at $900 to $920 out the door and it would still have a barrel 2″ too short and a very expensive mag setup.

Not quite a true “Scout Rifle” but close.  From “The Steyr Scout Rifle Page

By the definition of the Scout Rifle Conferences held under the auspices of Jeff Cooper the scout rifle has been defined as a general purpose rifle suitable for taking targets of up to 400 kg (880 pounds) at ranges to the limit of the shooters visibility (nominally 300 meters) that meets the following criteria:

Weight-sighted and slung: 3 kilograms (6.6 lb). This has been set as the ideal weight but the maximum has been stated as being 3.5 kg (7.7 pounds ).
Length: 1 meter (39 inches)
Nominal barrel length: .48 meter (19 inches)
Sighting system: Typically a forward and low mounted (ahead of the action opening) long eye relief telescope of between 2x and 3x. Reserve iron sights desirable but not necessary.  Iron sights of the ghost ring type, without a scope, also qualify, as does a low powered conventional position scope.
Action: Magazine fed bolt action. Detachable box magazine and/or stripper clip charging is desirable but not necessary.
Sling: Fast loop-up type, i.e. Ching or CW style.
Caliber: Nominally .308 Winchester (7.62 x 51 mm). Calibers such as 7 mm – 08 Remington (7 x 51 mm) or .243 Winchester (6 x 51 mm) being considered for frail individuals or where “military” calibers are proscribed.
Built-in bipod: Desirable but not mandatory.
Accuracy: Should be capable of shooting into 2 minutes of angle or less (4″) at 200 yards/meters (3 shot groups).

Well I have a couple of spare Yugo M.24/47’s and LOTS of surplus 8×57 ammo. As well as reloading dies and bullet molds for them.

Depending on the shape of the crown, I could pay to have the barrel shortened a half inch or so but it would not be critical.

Then install a XS sight Systems, Inc. scope mount for $60

and get a Leupold Scout Scope for it ($299).

Being a oddball length receiver, pretty much means that I can’t get a Glass Stock for it so I’d get a Boyds stock for it ($100)

So far I’d be about $460 – $500 into (adding shipping costs).

I could bed it myself (sort of) and the scope base is also a “User installable item” but I would want it refinished.  Either Parkerized ($) or painted (cheap, tacky and functional.  $20 for paint).

So there it is, I could do it, but I’d be into a “P-Scout” $550 – $700+ at best.

Or I could sell a couple of Yugo 24/47s and maybe a Spanish FR-8 and just buy the damn Ruger, oops… I forgot to add the price of the scope to the Ruger.  $920 + $300 = $1,220

Dang, that makes the P-Scout look better and better.

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Range trip #21 (maybe 22, but lets call it 21)

I met a retired co-worker and his girl friend at the range yesterday during lunch.  I shot my Pro Carry and the Smith 642 with a brief side trip to the SA XD.  I also shot a clip or two from RS’s Kimber CDP.  Cute, small and pretty light for 45acp.  However, I’ll stick to my Pro Carry, I shoot it better.

The reason for the trip was simple, RS’s girl friend needed/wanted to shoot at least once before renewing her CCW.

It was due in about two months and she had not shot since getting it in the first place 2 years ago.  That’s all sorts of wrong.

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And they try and call this a “Recovery”?

Try this.

If you like topline numbers, you’ll like the June jobs report, issued a day early because of the Independence Day headline. The US economy added 223,000 jobs in June, a respectable if unspectacular level of job growth that outpaces population growth, and the U-3 jobless rate dropped to 5.3%. It’s when one looks past the topline numbers that the problems emerge — chief among them the fact that almost twice as many people left the workforce as found jobs:

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, retail trade, financial activities, and in transportation and warehousing.


The civilian labor force declined by 432,000 in June, following an increase of similar magnitude in May. The labor force participation rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 62.6 percent in June. The employment-population ratio, at 59.3 percent, was essentially unchanged in June and has shown little movement thus far this year.

The new workforce participation rate is the lowest in the US since 1977. The reason that the U-3 measure dropped to 5.3% is because of the exodus from the workforce. On top of that, the BLS revised its job-growth estimates in April and May by a combined 60,000, making the entire spring look less robust than first thought — and it wasn’t that robust in the first place. The U-6 rate, considered a more complete look at unemployment, did fall to 10.5%, the lowest since July 2008.

Just for a start.  Read the whole article and then read the official report.

Just for giggles


From August 2015.

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A “Tolerant Leftist”

George Takei calls Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas a “clown in blackface”.

It’s a good thing George is not a white*, straight Republican.  If he was he would be considered a little hate filled pustule on the ass of humanity, and publicly destroyed/scorned.

But since he is a Leftist-Gay, he will get a pass.

*Actually I rather doubt that his race enters into this.

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Answer: Pretty damn stupid.

Question:  How stupid do you have to be to NOT understand that this is a bad idea.

HONG KONG — A 20-year-old woman who suffered severe burns in an explosion at a water park in Taiwan died on Monday, a hospital official said.

She was the first fatality from the blast on Saturday in New Taipei City that left hundreds of people injured, with more than 200 still in intensive care on Monday, according to the Taiwanese Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Investigators say they believe that colored powder sprayed over a crowd at an event ignited, setting off a fireball that burned 499 people. The total number of injured was revised from the more than 500 reported on Sunday because of double counting, according to the ministry.

The colored powder in question?

The event organizers said on their Facebook page that they used a mixture of cornstarch and food coloring to make the powder. They prepared as much as three tons of it, which may have been ignited by a cigarette, lighting, sound equipment or another electrical device, the Central News Agency of Taiwan quoted the deputy mayor of New Taipei, Hou Yu-ih, as saying.

I think I was 7 or maybe 8 the first time I heard about Grain Elevator, or Silo, explosions.  I think I immediately tried to blow up a half-cup of flour by sticking a lit match in it.  What can I say, I was 7 or 8 years old (I don’t think I made my first batch of black powder until I was 13 or 14), I think Dad explained to me that the flour needed to be suspended in the air for it to explode.

The comment @ 10:59AM, June 29th at Althouse on this “Event” is worth reading, if only because I immediately tried to think of a safe way to test it (on a stump, in the woods in winter came to mind).


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That actually explains a lot.

Pope Francis may or may not chew on coca leaves – the raw ingredient that is used to make cocaine – during an upcoming trip to Bolivia. But the Argentinian pontiff is definitely keeping all of his options open.

I had hopes for this one.  I’m not sure why, but I did.

No longer.

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At last a .Gov official I agree with.

CDC Official Calls Obama Worst President, Amateur, Marxist After Influx of Illegal Alien Minors

The CDC records obtained by JW this week include email exchanges between agency officials directly involved in the activation of the EOC to handle the health threats created by the influx of illegal alien minors last summer. In an email dated June 9, 2014, CDC Logistics Management Specialist George Roark wrote to CDC Public Health Advisor William Adams that “no country in the world would allow” the influx. Adams replies that “in ten years or less, they’ll all be voting…Commander’s intent…” Roark fires back by describing Obama as “the worst pres we have ever had…he truly is ‘the amateur’ but a Marxist too.”

It’s hard to argue with that.

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On my way home from work today.

A Mountain Lion ran across the road 50 – 60 yards in front of me.

In broad daylight, dark brown fur and a tail that looked 2/3’s as long as the rest of the cat.  It came off the hill from my right, crossed the road and went down into the brush at the the top of the draw to my left (allowing that the road was the top of the draw, and not 1/8th to 1/10th of the way up the ENTIRE draw/canyon).

I pulled over as soon as I could, grabbed my cell phone* (camera) hopped out of the car, then crossed the road and backtracked a ways, hoping to get a photo or at least another glimpse of it.  Alas it was not to be, the brush was much too thick.  However I did spot one doe moving away, pretty quickly, from the vicinity of the lions entrance into the brush (+ – 20 yards or so).

That was my excitement for the day.  I’ve never seen a Mountain Lion in the wild before.  Pretty much all the other large (and some small) mammals of the West (except for some/most of the Mustelids) but never a lion until now.

*My gun was on me, thank you very much, and as I looked for the kitty my hand was on the grip.  As I type this it’s now on a table a foot and a half behind my back, I don’t even have to turn around to grab it.  Where’s yours?

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The bridge is in sight, updated.

I stopped and took some photos with the Nikon on the way home yesterday.

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The bridge is in sight.

The Bridge is outDanger!  Will Robinson, Danger.  The photo is a composite of a crappy (that is another post) batch of cell phone photos and hardly worth spending your bandwidth on.  If you are on Dial up* you might not want to click on it.

If however you do, and you look close in the upper reaches of the canyon you can see the OLD Bridge just starting to show.  This photo was taken 11 days ago and the bridge is almost completely out from end to end now.

I’m pretty sure that the last time the reservoir was this low was back in 1992 and ’94


It looks like we are almost back to 1994 levels and with all of summer and most of fall (looking over the data I get the impression that October/November are the lowest months in a year) to go, I’m not sure we will equal 1992 but 1994 is toast.

Hell, in the last two months it’s dropped 20′Last 2 months

From 857.84′ to 838.87′ (well 18.97 feet.  That’s close enough for .Government work)

Just quickly looking over the data, the lowest I find in 1992 was October 1st @ 721.15′ and in 1994 it bottomed out at 829.33′ on October 18th.

Yesterday it was 9.5′ higher.  Currently it seems to be dropping about 4 and a half inches a day.

I need to dig up our Nikon and see if I can get some good photos of the bridge.

*I pity you.

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