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The Far Side Is Back

Are you old like me and remember these things called newspapers? If you do , you may recall they had cartoons in them. One of those cartoons from the 1980s was called The Far Side. It was the best to ever run in any fishwrap ever. If you have never heard of it you are missing out. If you like our sense of humor here and you liked Kevin’s ( AKA, Hognose) then it’s a pretty good bet you will like The Far Side.

The creator of that cartoon strip, that was more like an anthology as there was no day to day story line, has put up a website and started publishing them online. Why is that a big deal? Because Gary Larson has never put his work online. Gary Larson did not want his work shared on line. Gary is very serious about no one other than Gary Larson using or sharing his work. Which is why you won’t be seeing me giving you any screen shots or cartoons I “right clicked, saved as”. Gary don’t play around.

If you remember it , take a look again, he updates it every day. If you never heard of it, go check it out. Give it a bit because the jokes are exactly like the title says.


Wilson Combat Vickers Duty 1911 Magazines

I bought a few more of the Wilson Combat Vickers 1911 mags a couple of weeks ago. I love Wilson Combat magazines and the Vickers mags are even nicer.

You may recall I reviewed them about a year ago and loved them. The time between then and now has just made me like them even more. These really are the cream of the crop for 1911 mags. The price is… still not attractive at close to 60 bucks in some places but when you can catch them sold on a little discount I would snatch a couple up. I liked them so much I bought two more. No doubt I will get more. I’ve spent the morning putting a few hundred rounds through the two new ones in 2 different guns to make sure everything is as it should be.

First the Colt Commander which I carry the most in the summer.

And the full sized railed Colt gov model I use for training and winter carry.

It was a good time to shoot up my carry ammo and replace with new ammo of the same make. The Barnes solid copper hollow points 185gr +P loads and the Corbon load which is exactly the same thing are what I use

I know they are pricey but they are worth it.

Colt New Service Fitz Special

A rare treat. Above is a real Fitz special. The gun is a Colt New Service Fritz Special. One of only 21 made and maybe the first one made dating back to 1930.

John Henry Fitz Gerald was a Colt employee that had a lot of impact on the shooting world. A champion pistol shot, he also developed the Colt Police Silhouette Target and did a lot of work to develop pistol training for police and the military. He was one of the first to promote shooting with two hands with a pistol. Several noted personalities of the gun world in his day were users of the Fitz special. Col. Charles Askins being one of them. We will talk more about Charlie Askins next week.

Applegate himself carried a New Service Fitz Special with ivory handles that was even engraved with “TO REX FROM FITZ.” Askins called his .45 Colt New Service Fitz Special “The grandest defense gun I have ever had.” The Fitz Special would go on to become a popular after-market conversion for many gunsmiths.