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I was a gun-blogger once, and not quite as grey..

 There being a virtually new readership since those early days of 2003, I'm going to yank some of my older stuff up from the archives, where most of you, this being a blog after all, don't go rooting around looking for things.  The archives are for Googlers, really.

Some posts have been lost to the mists of time and server crashes, but this is one of the first ones I put up after we moved from blogspot to our current domain and hosting service.

Thus spake I, nearly a decade ago, and you can see the display room in the Auld Castle - which frankly was a better venue for that than the current Castle:

Below you can read the tale of Max, my M1910 Maxim Gun. What I left out of the original tale is that along the way, Max lost his shield. Max and I were surfing eBay one day and saw one. Max got very excited, and since people (and guns) who need shields are really pretty rare, the market is actually somewhat depressed, there being more shields than guns lacking them. So, Max made me bid. We won it, cheap. A naked Max.

After it arrived, I learned something new about Max - info he had hidden from me, lest I decide to *not* get him his new shield. B*st*rd commonists actually made guns without shields, and so there were *two* different pins. And the pin on Max's chassis wasn't the correct one. Max assures me that his Finn gunners did it - because like many of us soldiers, the shield was heavy, made the gun position harder to camouflage, and, well, it was heavy, wheels or no wheels. So they ditched it. Max, waxing nostalgic for his shield, suckered me. Arrggghhh!!!

Okay. What to do? What to do? Using the milling/drilling/lathing machine Wonder Wife (TM) v3.x got me...


I made him one, of course.


Using an original pin borrowed from Good Guy (TM) Bob Naess of Black River Militaria, I made a new one out of stainless steel. Simpler, to be sure, less polished, and I needed help - but I made one. It fit nicely. Max was very pleased. So was I.


So there ends the story of how Max Got His Shield Back (Apologies to Stella).



 John, over the years, you have been a good friend to many of us. Times are changing and I won't say for the better. I'll put it this way, I first went online in what we call the Internet in early 2000 using 56K modem. But in many way this World, has not changed and you are one of them. I know you have seen more changes, than you would like. To close up, Thank you, for your past service but also to your present service to our Nation's Veterans.

You dodge that twister, Grey Gun Blogger...?
In the beginning....
Thanks for the flashbacks ot an era I had missed.