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A Modest Bleg II

Here I am, in year FOUR of renting a room, having lost my home due to income reduction, as a result of illness resulting in my going on disability.

I know, everyone has their difficulties.  🙂

I still have boxes of STUFF that need unpacking, because I have even less real estate than my 740 sq.ft. home.

And it occurred to me that as I obviously didn’t have the NEED for this stuff during the past four years, perhaps a good idea would be to SELL IT!

CREATE MORE SPACE AND MAKE A FEW DUCATS.  What’s wrong with that?

What’s wrong (or more correctly, difficult) is which method of sale? 

There are so many from which to choose – OfferUp, Etsy, EBay, Backpage, the blogosphere, ad infinitum ad nauseum!

Some local (requiring meeting in person or delivery), some national (requiring shipping, etc.)  And some of the STUFF may have legal restrictions placed upon it by EBay, fire and police, etc. (reloading materials, ‘firearms-related’ stuff…)

NONE ARE FIREARMS!  (Jus’ sayin’)

So, what do you guys recommend?  Some local, some shipped, depending on the particulars?

I’ve been told I cannot use my WordPress blog to sell stuff as it’s against their policy?  And EBay is weird about what they will allow that is firearms-related:  holsters yes, primers no.

Ideas, suggestions?

I’ve some left-handed holsters, reloading components and parts (brass polisher, primer tubes – Dillon etc. – no press), gun cases, pistol stocks, (maybe) some ammo.  Once I inventory the specifics, I’ll send a comprehensive list to a couple local folks who previously expressed interest (because fair is fair), then post the remaining stuff wherever.

And put a link or links here, if permitted.

Thank you in advance.

He Has A Pen And A Phone!

Remember?

(from Wirecutter, in part)

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”)

Hi Kenny,

I have been a long time viewer of your site and I would like to get the word out on President Obama’s July 22nd 2016 Executive Order Applicability of the ITAR Registration Requirement to Firearms Manufacturers and Gunsmiths.
This order will do nothing for the safety of our country and all it is going to do is force a small Gunsmithing Business’s like myself to either close their doors or raise prices 50% to cover the cost which will drive our customers away and I will end up having to close my doors. I have spent the last 5 years putting all my spare money and time building my business now I might be forced to close it. This executive order must be stopped it is infringing on our 2nd Amendment rights. Below are the links to the Executive Order and the break down of them. I hope you are willing to post this on your site you have a lot of traffic and this word needs to get out so this can be stopped. Thank you for your time.

http://pmddtc.state.gov/compliance/Applicability%20of%20the%20ITAR%20Registration%20Requirement%20to%20Firearms%20Manufacturers%20(Publish).pdf

https://blog.princelaw.com/2016/07/25/ddtc-issues-guidance-on-itar-registration/

This information was sent to me via email – the address indicates a gun shop owner, but because the email was unsigned I’m not going to name the sender.

*****

Me and Dennis were discussing this when I visited with him last week. Once again, it’s an underhanded move to restrict our Rights guaranteed us under the US Constitution and as such is a direct violation by entering into a treaty that violates or compromises our Rights.
This will, among other things, eliminate home builds and any modifications that require any machining by a shop unless they can pay the exorbitant fees to register. Also, check out the part about automated reloading – while one section says reloading anything under a 50 caliber is permissible, another says that automated reloading will be affected.
This is going to drive a huge number of gunshops and self employed gunsmiths out of business due to the fees and regulations required by this Executive Order.

Funny.  I remember reading somewhere long ago that Executive Orders were only to regulate folks in the executive purview, as in federal employees(?) (e.g. Truman ordering the military to desegregate with all deliberate speed) The fact this clown  The President continues act all monarchical by waving his sceptre (or his pen) speaks volumes.

Boolits. Now in 3-D! Why?

Here’s why:

Michael Crumling, a 25-year-old machinist from Pennsylvania in the United States, has developed a round designed specifically to be fired from 3D printed guns. His ammunition uses a thicker steel shell with a lead bullet inserted an inch inside, deep enough that the shell can contain the explosion of the round’s gunpowder instead of transferring that force to the plastic body or barrel of the gun. Crumling says that allows a home-printed firearm made from even the cheapest materials to be fired again and again without cracking or deformation. And while his design isn’t easily replicated because the rounds must be individually machined for now, it may represent another step towards durable, practical, printed guns-even semi-automatic ones.

Finally, a reason to like technology!

I’m certain there are others!

h/t Alphecca

“Police Your Brass, And Move Off The Line!”

I fondly remember Col. Cooper telling the story of the grunts in the movie theater, watching some movie wherein a woman produces a semiautomatic and fills some guy with lead.  A guy in the crowd yells, “Okay Lady, police your brass and move off the line!”, to the knowing roar of the crowd.

Policing brass.  The curse of the responsible (and green) shooter.  Many times over the years for me, it meant bending over in the desert picking dusty brass out of the dirt, cactus and gravel, and putting it back into the boxes from whence it came.  Or a Ziplock, or a plastic grocery bag.  Or a jeans pocket.  To be sorted and cleaned later.  Maybe.

I’m disabled.  I’ve a fused right hip (amongst other infirmities).  This makes policing brass problematic at best.  But, when I can, I do it.

Unlike so many others who lay waste to the desert with non-biodegradable target materials and spent brass!

Now comes…

Ammo-Up

Reportedly works well on concrete, desert floors not-so-much…

(That big blue plastic tarp drop cloth still looks pretty good, huh?  🙂 )

h/t New Jovian Thunderbolt

FTC – Ammo Up give me nothing!

HOW MANY ANGELS can dance on the head of a pin, again?

angelsThe esteemed David Hardy reports to us on the tweaking (twerking?) of the New York State SAFE Act…

Federal judge upholds NY SAFE Act, strikes part of magazine limit

Posted by David Hardy · 31 December 2013 05:20 PM

Story here. He upheld the ban on magazines holding more than ten rounds, but struck down the provision banning putting more than seven rounds in one of them.

…and how many angels, again?

Who said better to be tried by twelve than carried by six?

(for St. Valentine’s Day*) The Millionaire – a remake (kinda)

marvin millerWhen I was growing up, there was a television show called The Millionaire.  In the show, personal representative of millionaire J. Beresford Tipton (Michael Anthony) doled out one million dollars to a worthy nobody every week.  Of course, the plot revolved around how this windfall affected their life.  At the time, one million dollars was a lot of money.  The only caveat was the recipient was to agree never to reveal the source of their new wealth.  I suspect the IRS wasn’t involved in this agreement.  🙂

Today is St. Valentine’s Day*, a day I loathe, as I’m alone.  Obviously, if there was someone in my life, celebrating it would be terrific.  But alas…

I was preparing dinner last night, when the doorbell rang.  It was the UPS guy.  He presented me with a small, heavy package.  I hurriedly opened it and discovered a surprise!

NO, it wasn’t one million dollars, but rather a serious amount of ammunition in the calibers I own and shoot!  Accompanying the ammo was a note.  Obviously someone reads this blog, read I am ‘ammo poor’ and took it upon themself to send me a gift of reloads!  How cool is THAT?

I don’t know how soon I’ll be able to go shooting, again, but it’s nice knowing people whom I’ve never met are kind enough to send me gifts.  I’m quite moved and humbled.  And now more sufficiently armed.

And as I’ve no way to thank them personally, I’m posting about it.  And, I’ll never reveal the source.  Part of my agreement.

You never saw a happier worthy nobody!

*I’ve asked this before – WHY is it just Valentine’s Day, unless one references the massacre?  It’s not Patrick’s Day?

Safety First means NO unwanted EXPLOSION in the firearm

Weerd Beard brings it, yet again!

When your gun maker tells you not to shoot +P ammo DON’T SHOOT +P AMMO!!

I’ve never actually blown up any firearms (not for lack of trying in my ignorant youth!)  Sometimes we sacrifice safety for excessive pressures a big-ass fireball, thinking it will bring that knock down stopping power we all crave from our hand cannons.

Besides, all that powder burning outside the barrel has to add velocity, right?

What A TOOL!

John Farrier @ Neatorama gives us a glimpse of times past.  Not exactly the power meter of IPSC, say what? – Guffaw

Can You Guess the Purpose of This Tool?

mysterious tool

What’s it for? Continue reading to find out.

This tool, known as an eprouvette, was used to test the strength of gunpowder. The user loaded gunpowder and fired. The explosive force pushed the gauge out. The further it moved, the stronger the gunpowder.

Link | Photo: National Firearms Museum

h/t Neatorama

Reloading On The Cheap

TinCan Assassin writes of his recent adventure in reloading.  Being an admittedly frugal fellow, he labels himself a cheapskate.

I’m not certain I would agree, as he gives of himself almost daily, and has been a great supported of this blogger!  Regardless, he showed us a link of which I was previously unaware:  The Handloading Calculator.

You should go and visit him @ Nine Pound Sledgehammer

What a nice tool to have!  (Even though there’s no place to factor in labor costs.)

Sadly, my Dillion XL 650 was stolen when the vault was, so there’s no reloading in my immediate future…

But, maybe one day…Thanks, TCA!

Bianchi Speed-Strip Update

A few days back I posted regarding the decomposition of my Bianchi Speed Strip after at least 20 years of dutiful service.

This was a comment on the quality of the product (excellent!) and not intended to be a bleg.

HOWEVER, a couple of fine folks took it upon themselves to send me some spare equipment they were not using.

Living on disability as I do, I’m not made of money.  I had anticipated shilling out a few dollars for the item (they are reasonably inexpensive) + shipping.  But these folks came through in a pinch, without my asking.

THANK YOU!

I’m hoping this new gear will last at least a few more years.  This Internet friendship thing just might catch on! – Guffaw

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