October 10, 2006

Oh, I got to shoot at targets, too

Here is proof - (yes, that is me)

I have created a gallery of photos from our Reno trip - I'll be adding a lot of pics to the gallery as I find time to download the pictures from both cameras and crop them, etc. Please feel free to visit the gallery and comment.

Posted by Beth at 07:25 AM

March 23, 2006


It looks like the Kansas legislature is going to override our evil Democrat Governor's veto of the Concealed Carry law. The Kansas Senate overrode it last night. It looks like the House has enough votes to override it today. It's so about time we had the right to apply for a concealed carry license. Stupid governor, who I will not mention because she just creeps me out, thinks that we will have more gun crime - but as you all know, it's not the people with legal guns that cause the problem.

Posted by Beth at 07:05 AM

February 11, 2006

I love Saturdays like this

Today, we had a very Red-State kinda day.

First, we stopped at Horse Country, our local feedstore/tack shop to get some Purina Equine Senior Horse Chow and some nice pine bedding for the horses. Then we drove over to the Ft. Leavenworth stable to muck out our horses' stalls. It was snowing, and when I took Petey and Willie out to the paddock so we could clean up after them, they snorted and rolled in the snow and mud. Lovely - they are a mess now!

Then we decided to go to Waffle House for a very late breakfast, well, maybe more of a lunch (I made some coffee this morning, early, but didn't feel like cooking breakfast).

After that, we drove up to St. Joseph, Missouri and joined an indoor shooting range. A year long membership is all of $20 a person, plus $9 a day of shooting. And of course, we stayed to do some shooting.

I have only shot a handgun once before, and I really want to learn, so John taught me how to load and shoot an Ingles Hipower 9mm.

When we first got there, it was really cold, so I kept my coat on until the room warmed up.
SWWBO Loading the Inglis Hi-Power

At first I was pretty nervous, I have some problems with getting used to the recoil, and my aim can definitely use improvement. It's so much easier to aim with a rifle!

SWWBO shooting the Inglis Hi-Power - note the ejecting casing.

But in the end, I did manage to hit the target every time, just not in the center :)

But I think that I'd still damage an intruder pretty seriously!

SWWBO makes her day!

Update - Mr. Completely linked to me here.

I have turned off trackbacks, but if anyone links to me, let me know, and I'll put the link in the post!

You can read John's side of the story here.

Posted by Beth at 06:22 PM

February 09, 2006

I thought I was buying a sofa table

We have a local store tha sells stuff from Mexico and the Southwest. We have purchased several furniture items and lots of cool other types of things from them.

I have wanted a sofa table for years, but just never got around to buying one. I drove over to the Mexican store and the owners gave me a really good deal on one, so I brought it home.

It was not in the house for 24 hours before it looked like this:

I was going to put something non-military/weapon on it, but John beat me to it.

Posted by Beth at 06:24 AM

August 22, 2004

Ban Guns ...

and you end up with a Serial Hammer Killer.

The Brits better hurry up and ban hammers!

Posted by Beth at 05:50 AM

April 23, 2004

I am stunned!

For the first time ever, John is giving up a piece of our collection. He is auctioning off this awesome training practice round for the GAU-8 Avenger cannon:


John has been collecting for many years, and has never, ever given up any of his artifacts for love or money. This is a first!

And it is all for Spirit of America.


Posted by Beth at 07:31 AM

January 01, 2004

Airport Rangers in Houston

Eye On The Left has a great post on how the Houston Airport is increasing security.

They are allowing folks with horses (who have gone thru security checks) to ride on trails around the perimeter of the airport. These good people must have cell phones with them and are added eyes to report suspicious activity around the airfield.

Willy, for one, would love to volunteer to do ride around the Kansas City International Airport. He loves sticking his nose into other people's business.

As a frequent flyer, I think this concept should be instituted at many airports surrounded by woods and fields. There is a definite threat that some asshat could shoot down a plane taking off or landing, and this kind of activity can only help to deter those terrorists.

Posted by Beth at 07:16 AM

November 12, 2003

some people are really annoying

My husband, John, as most readers know, is an avid collector of Militaria. We have many old guns, ordnance and other paraphernalia in our home.

Yesterday, on Veteran's Day, he spent many hours putting World War I displays together and posting them on his blog, Argghhh!!!

A GFW (Gun-Fearing-Wussy) emailed John about the guns and said this:

"But quite aside from the frightening overdose of obvious over-compensation and excess hostility displayed in your "collection" and your "writing" I simply cannot believe you openly display a GUN IN YOUR KITCHEN, RIGHT ABOVE ALCOHOL!!!! How irresponsible is that? ANYONE can gain access to that gun and hurt someone! If you have children, you should be reported to Child Welfare!"

John has answered this ass hat in a much more moderate way than I intend to do here.

Mothers and fathers, avert your children's eyes. My more gentle readers, do not go further, for I may shock you.

1. John is not overcompensating for anything. His sexual equipment compares favorably with most porn stars.

2. I have read through everything John wrote yesterday, and I just don't see the hostility in his writing. By the way, John is an excellent writer, and his collection is an excellent collection. John is a retired Army officer, with over 20 years service to the country. He taught military history at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, and used much of his collection for demonstrations for students. He has a Collector's license - for antiques and curio's - which is what we have.

3. As for Child 'Welfare' being notified, well, there is no sin in owning a gun, and no law as yet displaying one in a private home, at least not in this state. You might be surprised to learn that our town's high school has a rifle team. Our son is 18 years old, and even when he was younger, he has been around guns for most of his life, and guess what, he graduated from High School with an A average. John has taught him to respect guns and that they are not playthings.

4. I wonder if I was to examine your house, what things I might see that I found offensive - and if I did - would I report you to Child "Welfare" (these days it is called Child Protective Services, and it is anything but that!)?
Nope, not unless I saw an abused child, or a neglected one.

And I would know - because once upon a time I was a Child Abuse Investigator, and you know what, our home does not qualify, even if we did have tiny ones around.

I can't stand ignorant, biased people like this guy, Eric. Just pisses me off

Posted by Beth at 06:58 PM

November 11, 2003

One more cool thing

Argghhh!!! The Home of one of Jonah's Military Guysİ: Okay, one last entry for Veteran's Day - and the most important.

read it.

Posted by Beth at 09:04 PM

World War I stuff

John of Argghhh!!! has put up some pictures of my favorite parts of our collection. I especially love the more mundane things that a soldier would carry with him, like foot powder. and prayer books.

Go look at all his posts for today, there are lots of neat, interesting tidbits on militaria from the First World War.

Oh, and I bought him the Vickers - it's my favorite!

Posted by Beth at 08:45 PM

Someone is keeping track

Operation Self Defense is keeping track of all newsreports of guns used in self defense. They link to the actual news items on the web.
One drawback to this, though, is that eventually some of those links disappear. It would be nice if they documented them as well as linked to them.

Posted by Beth at 06:37 AM

October 20, 2003

Well, shit

What is it about this month? First Rachel Lucas wants to take a blogging break, and now,
Kim du Toit is going to cut back. Who is gonna be next? Acidman? Misha? Frank J, Big Arm Woman?

Or is this just a changing of the guard that seems to be taking place?

Curiouser and curiouser.

Posted by Beth at 09:22 PM

October 06, 2003

Seems like in England, where citizens may own no handguns - only criminals are armed.

Britain is proving that we are correct - Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Gun crime spreads 'like a cancer' across Britain - yup, take away our guns, only the bad guys have them.

Posted by Beth at 05:13 AM

September 28, 2003


John is now on Movable Type (hurray - the crowds cheer). He spent most of the weekend doing this, so please, please go and see it now! And that is an order.
His new URL is http://www.thedonovan.com.
There are some new pictures today - my favorite is our Bullet Board which is hanging in our living room. It is a lot bigger than it looks in the picture - about 5 feet wide and 3 1/2 feet high.
We have rather a rather eclectic decorating scheme.

Posted by Beth at 01:13 PM