Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Diggn' Holes, and Settin' Poles!

WELL.....getting ready to do so. It's been raining here the last few days, so hopefully the ground is soft.

We have the Technology.....

And besides the QuikCrete mix we have the 4x4 posts, and the ground rods. Other grounding and bonding hardware, and some 4 gauge solid copper wire, are out of the picture.....

So as soon as the weather cooperates, I'll be digging a couple of holes for the permanent antennas.

But seeing as we went shooting two weeks ago, and the guns hadn't been cleaned, we took some time today to attend to that chore. I didn't snap any pix when we were doing the wife's revolver, as I was in Instructor Mode, but I took a couple of my incredibly filthy Kimber on the bench.....

All the supplies were on-hand, and it only took me about an hour to completely scrub the slide, barrel, and all the other fiddly bits.

All nice and clean, and ready for reassembly.

So how did we do at the family range? meh.....not very well. The small holes are from the wife's 357 and my 45 at 25 yards. We're both terribly out of practice, and used to shooting at more typical "Home Defense Distances", on the order of 10 yards.

The BIG holes are from 100 yards with my slug gun. Not too bad for a standing unsupported position with some wind blowing. This gun will do ~1" groups shooting from a rest at 100 yards, and if I would have properly used the sling on the gun, I would have done much better. BUT...not having shot the gun in over two years, I'd say I could still put meat on the table if required.


  1. Before I lost all my firearms in a terrible boating accident I exclusively used Slipstream.
    When my youngest was in Afghanistan kept him supplied. Soon everyone in his unit was using it.

    I've used Hoppe's #9 since for ever for cleaning as did my father before me.

    1. I've got half-a-dozen different lubes and greases, but for solvent, it's good old Hoppe's "No. 9 Nitro Solvent"!

  2. Be careful with the posthole digger, because Newton always gets the last word.
    From Wallace and Gromit "A Grand Day Out."

    A day that involves the range is almost always a good day.

    I may have to buy a small boat to transport firearms.

    1. Hah! I remember when I was 5 or 6 years old "helping" my Dad and one of his buddies install the fence at the house I grew up in. We had 2~3 feet of topsoil in most places, so the post hole auger they rented went through it like butter. BUT...on the South run, where the yard dipped down for drainage to the street, there was maybe 10"~12" of top soil, and then several feet of "blue clay". My Dad's friend was running the auger on the first hole, went down about a foot, and then the auger bit into the clay, and flipped him right off the handles!

      He was OK, but it took them TWO DAYS to dig that string of holes by hand because the auger couldn't cut it when it hit clay.

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    1. Yeah, got a few days of rain, and then DIG HOLES!!!!!


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