Checking In

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Captioned photo: INS Drakon


It’s Summer

I spent most of yesterday pulling one set of grandsons around Roosevelt Lake (AZ) on a blaster tube. (right) I have three sets of grandsons and one set of granddaughters. They all like to be hauled around behind the boat with Grandpa, who is doing wild maneuvers and trying to pitch them off.  I did the same thing with my daughters when they were little. I’ve always had boats. There was also waterskiing, etc. We do beach BBQs and boat picnics, so there’s food, splashing, and fun. Grandsons and granddaughters must also be taught to shoot, cut for sign and learn basic knots. Unfortunately, my daughters didn’t marry woodsmen, so that craft and those skills fell to me to teach. I don’t mind teaching them. They are the foundation for self-reliance. Two is one, and one is none, etc. The temperatures in the Arizona lowlands are tempered by the water, and in the highlands where the mine is located, it never gets above the 80s. They also like riding ATVs and dirt bikes without city rules dictating this and that.

I also enjoy hammock time. Now that the boys and their parents have gone home and there is some breathing time between visits, I am reading the latest Jack Carr book, Red Sky Mourning. I’m plugging a book that doesn’t need my touting. He sells a lot of them, and this is the seventh in the Terminal List series. In this story, the Red Chinese are just being Red Chinese. They can’t help themselves. Carr takes shots at the corrupt Biden regime, at a Nancy Pelosi-style politician, and at the Swamp. Carr hints that there is still some good left in the corrupt American federal government while not sparing the evil FBI. He’s an optimist.

For those of you who asked, I still ride my Ducati Diavel (the She-Devil). I cling to the freedom that motorcycle riding imparts. I don’t ride in the snow or bad weather, so a window is available. I’ve been working on my ’07 Toyota FJ (significantly modified for trail use), and it’s on the road and frightening the swells who come up from the Phoenix Valley in their 40-foot motorhomes, towing another’ 36-foot toy hauler. I still don’t have a Ferret (British Army armored car) and may never have one, but I keep my eyes open for something in my price range. I already have enough toys and don’t NEED an armored car – depending on how you define ‘need.’


Bullet Points:

** Turns out that every step of the way, Fauci was protecting himself and his colleagues from exposure to the fact that they helped finance the development of the COVID-19 virus and authorized its projects to be done in a Chinese lab riddled with incompetency and safety issues. He did not want to take the heat for the deaths of millions of people worldwide and the countless ruination of the lives of many more millions.

** Russian Spy Trawlers arrive off Israel – (h/t Claudio) Israel’s latest submarine, INS Drakon, will be on sea trials following its construction in Kiel, Germany. This is a particularly vulnerable time when she may be subject to intelligence-gathering efforts by other countries. Two Russian spy ships, the Sibiryakov and the Wassili Tatischtschew, have arrived on the scene. The Russian surface fleet (as we’ve seen in the Ukraine War) has disappointed the Russian navy, but they put far more effort into their submarine fleet than they do into the wave riders (targets).

** You may not know that I visit Hawaii almost yearly during the Triple Crown of Surfing (December) on Oahu. I’m a big fan of competitive surfing and follow the sport. Tamayo Perry (goofy foot) became a surfing legend and, in later years, a lifeguard on the North Shore. He was recently killed in a shark attack while surfing. His charisma and skills also landed him roles in the 2002 hit Blue Crush, Lost, the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Hawaii Five-0. He’s an approachable guy, and I’ve spoken with him many times over the years. That’s the thing about surfing. Everyone in the sport seems to be very cool. They all sit out there together (legends and wannabes) and wait for the right wave. There’s an etiquette and precedence; unless you’ve been there, you may not understand. Tamayo “went Hollywood,” but it didn’t go to his head…much. RIP – he died doing what he loved.

** “Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people trying to be important.” – T. S. Elliot

** China has many problems that the West can’t appreciate. My answer to that statement is, ‘good.’ RFA (h/t Claudio) on the decrease in Chinese marriages. In China, the son marries a woman and moves her in with his parents, where she works as a slave for them in their dotage. Many Chinese women (in demand because the one-child policy led to aborted females) find that their value exceeds that of a free maid.

** Assange – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to plead guilty this week to violating U.S. espionage law, in a deal that could end his imprisonment in Britain and allow him to return home to Australia. U.S. prosecutors filed criminal paperwork against Assange, 52, that is typically a preliminary step before a plea deal. In the agreement, prosecutors will look for a 62-month sentence – the same amount of time Assange has served in a high-security prison in London while fighting extradition to the U.S.  (Mail)


Some Police Officers have Ex-Wife Issues.


Ten Years

I’ve owned, carried, and shot my S&W 460V for a decade. (Hickok45 review) As some of you know, I favor large-frame revolvers for daily carry in the wilderness. They’ll kill anything in North America. With the right ammunition, the S&W 460 will rival rifle velocities, and you can go for penetration (grizzly bears and buffalo) or high expansion, which is simply wicked. The longer barrels give you more velocity but are more cumbersome for a daily carry (tanker chest holster rig).

Some of you asked if five rounds are sufficient for anti-personnel use. It may depend on how well you shoot. I don’t view this as the ultimate in combat pistols—it’s apples and oranges. However, if pushed situationally, it would make a mess of whoever got in the way of a bullet headed down range. I favor the Hornady 200-grain flex tip. (gel tests) The wound channels are significant.


Identify the Armor



Identify the Aircraft




Two Photos to work from



Parting Shot



40 thoughts on “Checking In

  1. Identify the Armor:
    1. Panzerkampfwagen 35-S 739(f)
    Identify the Aircraft:
    2. Arkhangelsky Ar-2
    3. Yak-28U Maestro
    4. MiG-23PD
    5. North American XA2J-1 Super Savage

    1. The only dispute between HogsbreathSS and Surly is with #2 and it is an Arkhangelsky AR-2, BUT they appear very much the same as the Tupolev SB because the AR-2 is a refinement of the Tupolev SB. The fuselage appearance is nearly identical.

  2. No idea what the freight cost to USA would be but you could buy a Ferret Mk2 in Australia about 15 years back for $18 000.

    Our army sold them off in the 1970’s. There is a Facebook group of owners in Australia with sales etc if you decide you “need” one.

    1. They’re sold in the US at different pricing structures depending on how ‘proud’ the owners are of them. To be fair, some are better restored than others, and some are sold with spare transmissions, engines, etc. I’m not burning to buy one at the moment, so I can wait for a deal.

  3. 1. What’s “need” got to do with it?
    2. So, you’re saying that Chinese men are in the process of becoming as miserable as Western men. Good.
    3. “To ride, shoot straight, and speak the truth-
    This was the ancient law of youth.
    Old times are past, old days done;
    But the law runs true,
    O little son!”

    — Charles T. Davis

    1. X2 #3..but they need to be taught…BY dad or an adult male in their lives, otherwise we get soyboy’s with skinny jeans and man-buns (which are not warrior topknots)

  4. I got married in 76. My wife had two boys, 5 and 6. Moved to Ft. Hancock, Texas. They learned how to “cut sign” in the sand hills and up on the rim. I still do it every day living in the country and so do they. I have used it in a potential home invasion/ trespass case. It is a good habit. could save your life. Everybody leaves “sign”. Some ” old ways” never go out of style.

    1. I grew up with horses, dogs, and chores. If pheasants wandered into the pasture, they were shot (in or out of season) and eaten. I fished a lot, too, and as with any skill set, when you do it, you get better at it. My grandchildren are all living in the city and are denied (by location) the opportunities to learn by doing. I try and make up for it when they visit in the summer.

  5. Russian Spy Trawlers arrive off Israel- Maybe they can fix the Dock to Nowhere while they’re on site. Geez…if this isn’t a bad harbinger projection of what may come I don’t know what it is. Biden et al are allowing this crap…correction, “making” it happen.
    Day at the Lake- Good on you…it’s important (like I have to say it out loud). Officiated a rancher wedding Saturday, at the Recption at the South Ranch I was chatting with a cattle vet from upstate Wyoming (as typical DrMrsPaulM knew of him and had mutual professional friends). He looks at me, points to the small boys (dressed in their finest) playing over by the barn…in the dirt…having a blast. Says, “That’s what they need…kids need more dirt and to be allowed free reign to explore.” Said, “Dad said that all the time…35 years ago.”

    There are far more farmer/rancher/country families out there than we are led to believe by the Lefty’s who talk more than anyone else in order to control perceptions.
    Parting shot…glad I had my sunglasses on…at my desk…inside. But yeah, ugly is what evil causes.

    1. Mud is good for boys to play in. If you are a boy and find a mud puddle in the summer, the first thing you’ll do is look for pollywogs. Taking them home and watching them turn into frogs provides a sense of wonder you won’t get elsewhere. I was a poor kid. During elementary school, we’d collect pop bottles that people threw into the grass roadside, and we’d turn them in for the deposit for pocket money. Maybe kids still do that? All of the lawn and yard jobs that kids do now are handled by illegal aliens.

      1. We made our own “fun” by exploring, learned a pile of things not otherwise known (that we carry with us even in our older years)…and got a lot of Vit-D in the process. Now they shoot 52 “vax’s” into kids.

        1. The only things better than little boys playing in the dirt are little boys playing with dogs. I grew up almotstthe same, but on the edge of a small/medium size city. We were one of the first houses built in the area, and I had LOTS of dirt to play in. We explored, built “forts” from scrap wood and cardboard, sneaked into cornfields to pick our own sweet corn (Dad knew the farm family), got chased by dogs and pigs ( ! ) a few times, and went “fishing” in the little creek “On the other side of the highway”, which we were extremely careful to cross. I learned about rocks, insects, plants, and trees by examining them, and reading about them in our World Book Encyclopedias. “City Kids” rarely get to do these things, and it shows. I’m of the firm belief that things really stick to you when you learn them at certain ages.
          The kids “out here” still get to do that stuff, and that gives them an advantage in many things.

          1. You described a good portion of my childhood…add this: building your first go-kart, launching ti down hill only to realized you forgot the brake. Direct learning is a powerful teacher to mold little minds.

  6. Tamayo Perry- Dying while doing what you love is not a bad way to go. RIP indeed.

    Day at the lake. Looks like a lot of fun was had. What a great way to build good memories.

    Smith&Wesson .460. Nice pistol. While I enjoy shooting my friend’s .500 and my son’s .454 Casull the only .460 I ever shot had a custom grip and was very uncomfortable to shoot, twisted my wrist on every shot. Might need to scrounge one up with just factory grips and try again.

    Parting Shot- And now the search for the eye bleach.

  7. Ah, woodsmanship. Never really got to do that, but I do know how to properly set up a camp, set up a fire pit and other things like that. Sigh, bygone days and lost opportunities.

    Glad you are doing that for your family. Scouting used to be where you’d learn that, but that’s been a bad dead end for over 30 years and only gotten worse.

    As to the Ferret, it will come if you truly need it. Though an uparmored military truck might do it and be more comfortable.

    1. My growing-up years were somewhat unconventional, but during the summers of 9th/10th grade, I herded sheep out of a sheep camp on the mountain for pay. The owner’s son would strip the food supplies of anything good before they got to me, but I made do. In the 11th and 12th grade summers, I lifeguarded for pay. In my first year of college, I pulled cows out of the quicksand on the Green River (CO) all summer. I was a Boy Scout, but my troop wasn’t the best, which means that the scoutmaster wasn’t ‘present’, but he was a dairyman and was always tired. He’d been a gunner in a B-24 over Germany during WW2 and suffered from PTSD, but I didn’t understand it at the time. None of that prepared me for a professional life, but it did give me a grounding that helped me in ways I couldn’t imagine at the time. I had a remarkable career, Beans. I’m still working on stuff that most people wouldn’t believe if I told them. A lot of that came from camping out all summer, and sitting on the lifeguard chair – occasionally taking prompt action.

  8. Some of you asked if five rounds are sufficient for anti-personnel use.
    Every case is different. With my eyesight and mobility, anything beyond personal defense is highly unlikely. 5 rounds of .44 Special is adequate. Cowboy loads for practice, Glaser safety rounds for carry. If I miss the perp, I don’t want stray rounds bouncing around.

    1. Are five rounds enough? Reports are that most felons and groups of same flee when fired upon, even if armed.
      But in the woods? Seriously? how many bears do you expect to attack at once? :)

        1. And activists in cities attack in groups…in the road…because they believe they are untouchable. 10 rounds might be required in that situation.

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