Guns








Here's Bre with her brand new Glock 43 loading and shooting it for the very first time. Love the dance at the end.




Here's how you relax on a Friday night--because one can never have too much ammunition.



Here's the oldest girl having fun with the Smith & Wesson Model 19.



And here's Bre handling one of my 9mm firearms for the first time. She liked it okay, but both of the girls, as well as my wife, are wheelgun ladies.





Here is Bethany with the Model 19. Very comfortable, relaxed and confident. On our way to her getting her CHL.




.223/5.56mm is not one of my favorite rounds, and certainly not to reload. However, now that I've found a very consistent and accurate load for my Mini-14 (never known for accuracy) and a source for some 62grain hollow-point boat tails. . . there will be lots of reloading for this caliber in the near future.



SIL has a 40 S&W and likes to shoot so we decided it was time to get a mold, sizer and dies and begin reloading for him. Spent a day doing load development and then several weeks later, we went and tried them all out.






Found a winner in the 40 S&W load development adventure. Comfortable to shoot, no feed or ejection jams and very consistent accuracy.





Cleaning, prepping and sizing shotgun hulls for reloading.



Loading 45ACP 200 SWC loads for the range--one of my favorite rounds to shoot.



I discovered Hi-Tek bullet coating at the beginning of the year. It's slightly more labor intensive than simple tumble-lubing, but the payoffs and benefits far outweigh any "hassle factor" that might be involved. No smoke, incredibly clean bore, incredible ballistics, no sticky or greasy fingers while reloading due to excess or tacky lube on the bullets. Here are some 175 gr TC bullets fresh from their third coating of Hi-Tek after final baking and a water quench.



My wife and our oldest with a few of the shooting irons.



My newest acquisition--Walther PK380. I was a bit dubious about this gun, even as I was buying it. I have no issues with a .380--I've seen the caliber in action when it counted the absolute most and it passed the test. Easily. But this gun seemed a bit light and it has a few oddities about it. It took me less than two boxes of ammo to get one-hundred percent comfortable with this gun. It's now part of the daily carry family. Very easy to operate gun, very comfortable to shoot and it is very accurate for the caliber.




Meet the Three Little Pigs, also known as The Triplets. On top is the Model 29 (.44 Magnum), in the middle is the Model 686 (.357 Magnum) and on the bottom is the Model 17 (.22LR). All three of these shoot like a dream.



"They" say you can't get high-velocity accuracy with lead (cast) bullets. WRONG. They also say you can't get high-velocity with lead bullets without leading. WRONG. I cast these bullets (.310 200gr RN water-quenched wheelweight with a dash of extra tin) myself and loaded them in front of 41.0 grains of IMR 4350 ignited by a CCI large rifle primer. This is a three-shot group fired at 100 yards.


Headspace is critical for accuracy and reliability when handloading. A fellow member at Cast Boolits posted this. Even though I've been reloading on my own for well over three decades, I printed this out and posted it in my reloading shop.



One of my ALL-TIME favorite guns. My beloved AMT Harballer Longslide 45ACP. She's a tack-driver, even as rough and "unpolished" as she is. Sometime in the next year, I want to take this gun to Advanced Gun Works and have their guru-of-gun-guru armorers polish her out, do a little customization and then do a two-tone parkerized finish--leaving the polished stainless steel as-is, but parkerizing the rest.


My home away from home and it's just fifteen yards from my back door. My beloved reloading shop. Here I do my casting, gunsmithing, gun-cleaning and my bulk reloading and my handloading. The shop is insulated, wired for telephone, has Verizon FIOS cable, air-conditioned, etc etc. I can spend hours in here and never notice what time it is.




This is the "red" bench with MEC and Lee presses. I get along with the MEC 650, but I don't do a lot of shotgun shooting. I have the press because I'm adamant about being able to reload for every caliber of firearm we own (except for .22's)

Next to the MEC is the Lee Classic Turret. Lee's QC has slipped considerably since the Obama Panic of 2008/2009 and I'm only lukewarm about this press. It has rave reviews, but I only give it about three and a half stars. I'm still debating about putting the Lee Classic Cast single stage next to it because I'm still ticked off at Lee's "who gives a crap" attitude about QC, but every Classic Cast press I've played with or loaded on at friends' houses has been unbelievable.

Will probably break down and add one to the bench.

That single stage Challenger press has been on the bench since 1988 and I've lost count of how many rounds it's loaded. When I get the Classic Cast in, the Challenger will be relegated to lighter duty such as de-priming, sizing my cast bullets and installing gas checks, etc.

The Pro1000 is an interesting device. I bought it in late 1987 when I was getting into IPSC rather hard and heavy. I've loaded over 100,000 rounds on it, and cussed it at least 10,000 times. But for the $99 dollars I spent on it, I got more than my money's worth. Would I buy another one? Hell no.

On the other side of the shop, I have my big upright air compressor and another long bench. I'm building my "blue" bench over there which will consist of a Dillon Square Deal B configured for 9mm, a Dillon 550 and a Dillon 650 with caliber conversions for .38 Special and .45ACP.



This is my homebuilt rifle cleaning rest. I can't remember where I first saw something like it, but it was on the internet somewhere. One weekend I picked up some birch, a large wood clamp, some felt and short wood screws. In the shop I have an assortment of woodworking tools including table saw, miter saw, etc. A few hours later, *voila* my rifle rest.

In the rest is my cherished Savage 110B 30-06. It's cherished for a number of reasons, chiefly among them is that its consistent accuracy is eery--made even moreso by the fact that it has an old Japanese Tasco 3x9 scope on it. Over the years I've been sorely tempted to replace that Tasco with a Weaver or Nikon, but when you have a rifle that will shoot MOA at 200 meters as it sits, you'd be a complete idiot to mess with that.

Another reason it is cherished is that I bought it off of a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet who was running out of money his last two quarters of school back in 1991. Unlike so many of the zoomies, this young man did not come from money or even a middle-class family. He grew up like I did. I gave him a fair price for the rifle and he sent me an invitation to his graduation.


Same rifle rest but with my Winchester 94 that I paid $94 for on my birthday in 1992. The rifle had less than ten rounds fired through it at the time I bought it. I cast up 170 grain flat-nose bullets and push them with a mouseload of 10 grains of Unique for some of the most fun plinking type shooting you'll ever do with a centerfire rifle.


These are some old, as in 70's vintage, swaged bullets my dad gave to me which were made by a company called Taurus--no relation to the firearms company in Miami. These are .429 for .44 Special/Magnum loads. Very soft lead but incredibly accurate out of a .44 Special. Loaded and shot one box, keeping the other box just as vintage collectibles.

Here are but just a few of my "raw" cast bullets (or boolits, as we call them at Cast Boolits) pre-sizing and pre-lube. There's something very satisfying about being able to run your hands through hundreds upon hundreds of bullets with the knowledge that at any time, you can cast up even more.



This was a Christmas present from my supervisor and partner back in the law enforcement days. Talk about your tack drivers. . .  Ruger MK II with a 10 5/8" bull barrel. LOVE this gun.


Birthday present from my wife back in 2000. A local gun store was going out of business when the owner decided to retire and liquidate. My wife found this gun, two new HKS speedloaders, a cleaning kit, two boxes of large pistol primers and four boxes of factory .44 Magnum ammo for $350. Only thing I love more than this gun is my wife.