GoodBye Florida

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I have been in Florida 3.5 weeks out of the last month. 4 Different cities working and or attending an aviation festival.

Today I get to go back home to New Hampshire. I have gone home for a few days during last month. But most of the time, I have been in Jacksonville, Orlando, Lakeland or Tampa.  Today is the last day I am a contractor.  I start a new full time job on Monday. Doing the same exact thing I do now. Except I am an employee for a different company.

People think It is great to work for yourself.  It’s not.  Here’s an example. June 2013 I was scheduled to work 22 days.  I get paid by the day.  June 1, a large customer cancels three weeks of work at the last minute for the company I contracted to.  I ended up working 6 days out of 22.  I actually turned down work that month because I thought I was fully booked.  There was no way to budget when you pay can vary from 3 days to 22 days in a month.  You just always have keep money in the bank in case, there are cancellations.

Also, I have had no sick days in 4 years.  Now I have been sick. Hell, I have been really sick for the last 2 weeks. I have not missed a day of work in 4 years. I couldn’t afford to.  Vacations happened at the last minute when work was canceled or around Christmas or July 4 week.

Next week I start a new job and the first week I am working out of my house. Which means I am being paid for doing nothing.  This is the first time in 4 years, that I have not been upset when I was not working. If I was not working, I was not getting paid. Next week will be a good week.

Gun of the Week #20: Bulgarian Ak-47

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My Ak-74 on a bench at my gun club.

Every week I feature a gun from my collection. This week it is a Bulgarian Ak-74 that was assembled by Tennessee Guns Incorporated( TGI). I think have changed their name to Waffen Works since I bought this gun.  I bought his gun 18 months ago from Classic Arms for the bargain price of $500 including shipping.  This was before Sandy Hook and the dramatic increases in gun prices..  It is my favorite AK out of the 3 AK’s that I own.   I own a Romanian WASR, and a Bulgarian SAR3( In .223) . The picture above shows it with a Russian Surplus Bakelite 45 round magazine that i got from AimSurplus. With the .545x.39 round this is very little kickback when firing a round. Unlike my AK-47.You can see all the previous gun of the week posts here.

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My AK collection. Top AK-47, Middle Ak-74, Bottom Sar-3

History
The AK-74 (Russian: Автомат Калашникова образца 1974 года or “Kalashnikov automatic rifle model 1974”) is an assault rifle developed in the early 1970s in the Soviet Union as the replacement for the earlier AKM (itself a refined version of the AK-47). It uses a smaller intermediate cartridge, the 5.45×39mm, replacing the 7.62×39mm chambering of earlier Kalashnikov-pattern weapons.

The rifle first saw service with Soviet forces engaged in the 1979 Afghanistan conflict.[Presently, the rifle continues to be used by the majority of countries of the former USSR. Additionally, licensed copies were produced in Bulgaria (AK-74 and AKS-74U), the former East Germany (MPi-AK-74N, MPi-AKS-74N, MPi-AKS-74NK) and Romania (PA md. 86) besides former Soviet republics and eastern European countries, Mongolia, North Korean Special Forces, and Vietnamese People’s Naval infantry use AK-74s.The rifle was originally developed, in 1974, by Russian designer Mikhail Kalashnikov.

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Ak-74 and the now banned russian surplus 5.45

The AK-74 is an adaptation of the 7.62×39mm AKM assault rifle and features several important design improvements.These modifications were primarily the result of converting the rifle to the intermediate-caliber 5.45×39mm cartridge, in fact, some early models are reported to have been converted AKMs, re-barreled to 5.45×39mm.[ The result is a more accurate and reliable rifle than the AKM.The AK-74 and AKM share an approximate 50% parts commonality (interchangeable most often are pins, springs and screws).

 

University stops students from handing out Constitution

Freddy’s Note:  My son has decided that that a college education is not required for what he wants to do in life. And when I read stories like this, I can understand why.  I am guessing that  information about Liberal causes can be given out at this University but not the US Constitution.  I would suggest that any students currently attending this foolish University switch to a college that is not run by morons.

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Students forbidden from Giving out free copies of U.S. Constitution at Univeristy


Re-blogged from Daily Caller

Two students are suing the University of Hawaii for violating their First Amendment rights after administrator prevented them from distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution — demonstrating a frightening lack of knowledge about the very legal document they were attempting to censor.

Students Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at UH-Hilo, were prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution at a recruitment event in January. A week later, they were again informed by a censorship-minded administrator that their First Amendment-protected activities were in violation of school policy.

The students were told that they could only distribute literature from within UH-Hilo’s “free speech zone,” a small, muddy, frequently-flooded area on the edge of campus.

Administrators further clarified their level of respect for students’ free speech rights, making comments like, “This isn’t really the ’60s anymore,” and “people can’t really protest like that anymore,” according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

The First Amendment has not been modified since the 1960s, however, and robustly protects the rights of students at public universities to hold non-disruptive protests, speak their mind and distribute literature.

Administrators also maintained that university policy took precedent over Constitutional rights, according to the complaint.

“It’s not about your rights in this case, it’s about the University policy that you can’t approach people,” said Ellen Kusano, director of Student Affairs, according to the complaint.

Greg Lukianoff, president of FIRE, could not immediately be reached for comment, but wrote in a statement that UH’s action were “absolutely unacceptable.”

He also noted that this was the second recent instance of a college censoring the distribution of copies of the Constitution. A similar thing happened at Modesto Junior College in California, where student Robert Van Tuinen successfully sued MJC for violating his rights.

Burch and Vizzone’s lawsuit is being handled by Davis Wright Tremaine, the same law firm that represented Van Tuinen. The suit asks for injunctive relief, and for the university to pay the students’ attorney fees.

 

 

14 Thousand Views Reached

First post published on Nov 8 2013

First post published on Nov 8 2013

I would like to thank everyone who reads this site.  We just reached 14,000 views since this blog was started in November 2013.  My job keeps be busy and I sometimes can’t post as often as I like.  I hope to change that now I am moving to a new job next week.

Thanks to everyone who has commented or emailed on posts or just read some of my posts.

 

Freddy

Gun of the Week #19 : H&R 1895 .32 Short Top Break Pistol

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Freddy’s Note:
I am back after two weeks being away. Every week I feature a gun from my collection. This week it is a H&R 1895 .32 short Top Break Pistol.  I have a fondness for these old revolvers. I own 4 different .32 caliber revolvers.  It is hard to find .32 short ammo for these guns. I think I paid $100 for this gun at a gun show.  it is in great shape for such an old gun You can see all the previous gun of the week posts here.

The original H&R firm was in business for over a century from 1871 to 1986.

Frank Wesson started a firearms manufacturing firm in 1859, sharing an early patent with Nathan Harrington. Wesson produced two trigger rifles and spur trigger pistols and pocket rifles/shotguns popular for short length holster models such as the discontinued topper compact pocket shotguns. He started a brief partnership in 1871 with his nephew Gilbert Henderson Harrington, as Wesson & Harrington, until Harrington bought him out in 1874.

In 1875 Harrington and another former Wesson employee, William Augustus Richardson, formed the new Harrington & Richardson Company. In 1888 the firm was incorporated as The Harrington & Richardson Arms Company. Their original capital investment was $75,000. Harrington was president, Richardson was treasurer, and George F. Brooks was secretary. After the deaths of Harrington and Richardson in 1897, Brooks became the manager and the company was held by heirs Edwin C. Harrington and Mary A. Richardson.

In 1894 the company opened a new facility on Park Avenue in Worcester, Massachusetts. The factory was expanded again after a few years. The firearms produced through this time to 1911 carry extreme value as original antiquities. Original rifles and shotguns from these dates are scarce because of their limited production and discontinued parts.

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This particular model is the Top-Break Auto Ejecting it was made in .32 S&W or .38 S&W cal., 5 (.38 cal.) or 6 shot cylinder, hard rubber grip panels with floral design, 3¼ in. barrel, modified American Double Action mechanism and frame, nickel finish, First Variation marked on top of barrel with company name and address only and two guide rods for ejector (1885-1886), Second Variation patent date 10-4-87 marked on top of barrel along with company name and address, extractor does not have extra guide rods (1887-1889). Mfg. 1885-1889.

It is a nice little gun. I wish I had more .32 short to use in it and several of the other H&R guns that I own.

Some punk tried to steal one of my cars last night….

car_thief1Someone tried to steal one of my cars last night.  My wife surprised the criminal  in our driveway.  It was really pouring heavy rain last night.  Not the best time to steal a small convertible car.

My wife was going out to her car and there was someone in my little car.  The man in a black hoodie got out of the car and ran up the street.  My wife came back inside and yelled to me.

My son and I grabbed a few guns and went after the punk.  He must have had a partner up up the street in a car. Because we searched the neighbor for a while and couldn’t find anyone

I put the antique car in the garage turned on all the exterior floodlights and we waited to see if they came back.  Unfortunately, the punk did not.  My son was carrying a Beretta and his Colt 1911 and I had my Beretta 92fs and my UZI.

There is a security light out in the driveway that I will be fixing today. I live in a Stand your Ground, and Home is your Castle state. If the guy comes back, he may not get to chance to leave my property again. We will be ready and prepared.

UPDATE:

I was reading the Nashua Telegraph Website today and saw this report. Which was posted shortly after we chased away the car thief.

NASHUA | SHOTS FIRED | CALLER BELIEVES SHOTS MAY HAVE COME FROM BLUE ACURA SEDAN. USE CAUTION IN AREA. | SNHEA1

We were driving around this area looking for the car thief.  I wonder if the Blue Acura had the car thief and his partner in it? Well they may have been armed.  Well, I had my UZI that I built and documented on this web site.  Plus 3 other hand guns between us, I think we could have outgunned them if they had confronted us.

If you love old WarBirds, Visit Warbird Adventures in Kissimmee Florida

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I know that most of my posts are complaining about something, So I am taking a break from complaining to talking about a great time we had recently during the Florida trip. During my recent trip to Florida, I visited WarBird Adventures in Kissimmee Florida. They are located at the  just 10 minutes from Disney World at Kissimmee Gateway Airport 233 N. Hoagland Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34741, USA.  http://www.warbirdadventures.com.  The people here are very friendly and a nice group of people.

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They normally have 2 of their fleet of Texans ready to fly. More in the busy season.

At WarBird Adventures you get to fly in the premier Flighter-Trainer of WWII, the North American T-6 Texan. You are teamed with a pilot/instructor who will let you fly the aircraft.  If you want fly straight  no problem. If you want to do “Gentleman’s Aerobatics, that’s fine too.  You do not have to be a pilot. But If you are a pilot, like my associate, you will control the airplane 90% of the time, and my friend did aerobatics in this plane. They can record your flight in video. They have 3 cameras in the plane. They sell the DVD for $60 for a 60 minute flight. They can also take still photos like the one underneath this line.

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Upside down

While you are there you might see their P-51 Mustang “Precious Metal”  which will represent Florida at the National Championship Air Races in Nevada.

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The P-51 Mustang named “Precious Metal”

Inside the Museum

Inside the Museum

While you are at WarBird Adventures check out their Kissimmee Air Museum. Partial list of the aircraft in the museum are below:

  • Boeing N2S-5 “Stearman”
  • Boeing PT-17 “Kaydet” Project
  • Cassutt III
  • Cessna L-19 “Bird Dog”
  • Fouga “Magister” CM.170
  • Grumman S2-F “Tracker”
  • Hiller OH-23 “Raven”
  • Molt Taylor “Aerocar”
  • PZL TS-11 “Iskra”

Prices:
The museum is $10. But if you ride a plane, they don’t charge you for the museum.

Texan rides range from $250 for a 10 minute flight to $740 for a 60 minute flight.  This is actual time flying. from take off to landing. They do not charge for taxiing or warming up the aircraft.

If you are in Florida, and have the cash, stop by for a Once in Lifetime experience.