Category Archives: Misfires & Squibs

101 Uses For Ammocan

The online surplus website Old Grouch’s Surplus  sent out an email with a neat list of ideas if you are like me and have more of these than you know what to currently do with.

1- Make a portable wood stove
2- Lockable center console for your Jeep or UTV
3- Tool Box
4- Waterproof storage in your boat
5-Computer case
6- Pistol Storage
7- Field Toilet (line with a plastic bag to dispose of, don’t ruin your can!)
8- Waterproof and airtight seed storage
9- Flammable storage (paint cans, sprays)
10- Cache
11- Waterproof document storage
12- Seat around the campsite
13- Nut and bolt storage in the garage
14- Waterproof first aid kit
15- Ham Radio go-box
16- Foot Stool
17- Live trap, rigging the lid like a deadfall
18- Spare gun parts storage
19- Parts washer you can shut and store the fluid in
20- Store pistols
21- Store spare parts for guns, machines etc
22- Store fire starting equipment dry and safe
23- Planter
24- Faraday cage
25- Store and sort fired brass
26- Store gunpowder
27- Store magazines
28- Make a lockbox for your game cameras to keep the them secure
29- Store tire chains
30- Store emergency supplies in your car
31- Make custom motorcycle saddlebags
32- Oil drop pan
33- Store oils and grease in the car or truck to avoid leaks
34- Mount speakers inside in your Jeep
35- Make a Geocache
36- Store chain to keep it from getting everything dirty
37- Store receipts in your car until you can file them
38- Fill with chain or concrete to make weights for tractor or mower
39- Cigar humidor
40- Solar power system with battery inside and panel on top
41- Urn for a veterans ashes
42- Storage for kids toys
43- Storage for paint, markers and art supplies
44- Hide the stuff you don’t want your wife to find in an ammo box mixed with all the boxes of ammo
45- Store family pictures
46- Make a radio with speakers mounted in it
47- Transport power tools and batteries to jobsites dry and secure
48- Lunch box
49- Waterproof case for electronic game calls
50- Mailbox
51- Mount on trailer to hold straps, tarps & chains when not in use
52- Dog bowl when camping- store food in the can and open to serve
53- Mount to spare tire rack on a Jeep or SUV for extra storage space
54- Nesting box for chickens
55- Gun cleaning supply storage
56- Full with sand to use as exercise weights
57- Add foam padding for transporting sensitive electronics
58- ATV gear storage- mount to the racks for Waterproof storage for straps, emergency supplies, etc
59- Quench tank for blacksmiths
60- Battery box for deep cycle batteries
61- Camp food storage to keep critters big and small out
62- Ice chest, line the sides with Styrofoam for insulation
63- Soak your feet after a long day on the trail
64- Pack grab and go survival kits in them and give them as gifts
65- Bolt under the hood of a Jeep to store tools that won’t get stolen when you run topless
66- Store plumbing and electrical fittings at home or in a service truck
67- Store loose change
68- Mount one on your tractor to hold tools and one to hold chains and pins
69- Mount electric fence charger inside to protect from weather and damage
70- Boot scraper
71- Keep shoe polish and gear stored airtight
72- Stack like Legos to make furniture like chairs and benches
73- Ballot box
74- Essential oil storage
75- Shadow box with one side replaced with glass
76- Store poker chips & cards
77- Herb garden mounted on the wall
78- Store coffee and supplies on camping trips
79- Birdhouse
80- Giant emergency candle case that shuts for storage
81- Gift box for groomsmen
82- Store liquor bottles camping
83- Ash can for fireplace or wood stove
84- Knife storage
85- Keep spare computer cables, phone chargers stored neatly.
86- Mount as toolbox under truck flat bed or utility bed
87- Store pet grooming supplies
88- Keep pesticides and weed killers locked where kids and pets can’t get them
89- Keep weed trimmer string organized instead of all over the place
90- Wheel chock
91- Hunting Scent Storage
92- Cash box
93- After hours drop box for keys, money etc
94- Rocket stove
95- Case for Rasberry Pi projects
96- Hidden storage up under desk
97- Flotation device (when empty, don’t try this full of ammo!)
98- Keep your welding rods dry
99- Wash basin
100- Burn Box for documents
101- Keep your ammo in, of course!

Marcus Luttrell "Applauds" obama's Gun Laws

Marcus Luttrell, famous Navy SEAL, budding hollywood star ,noted Constitutional scholar and now liberal gun banners new best friend has recently  sounded off about obama’s new executive action  gun laws.  When asked about it, he responded to the reporter that “I applaud Obama for trying to do something” 

http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2016/01/09/exp-luttrell-on-gun-laws.cnn

http://controversialtimes.com/politics/lone-survivor-marcus-luttrell-on-background-checks-why-is-that-a-problem-video/?utm_source=LRD

When asked about it by the CNN reporter  he uttered.

“Let me put this out to you, man. I applaud him [Obama] for trying to do something, alright.”

 

Something has to be done. I mean, I think that should be said, too. Everybody takes jabs at him but he’s trying to do something. I get that,” Luttrell argued. “And I’m not 100 percent on this, but didn’t they open up that if you get a psych eval and the doc thinks you’re crazy he can turn you over to the feds?”

“I don’t know if that’s internet lure or that’s part and parcel of this. Because my understanding and I’ve read it,” Smerconish said. “What he’s trying to do is identify who is a hobbyist at gun sales and to make people subject to background checks. That’s the bottom line. It seems pretty modest, frankly.”

“Yeah. I don’t see, why is that a problem? I mean, people get driver’s licenses and — I don’t think that’s an issue. In 2016, I don’t think that that’s a problem,” Luttrell said.

“Marcus, they may yank you off that NRA ad, if they hear you say that,” Smerconish interjected.

“To have people with — with psychological problems have a background check before they can buy a weapon? I don’t think the NRA would pull me off that one,” Luttrell said. “If they do, then I need to be pulled off it because… you can’t give a weapon to someone who has mental issues, right.”

After giving these statements  among the obviously backlash, he tried damage control  that seems more designed to protect his desire for a hollywood career or future run for political office than it does anything else.
“Guess over night a two min interview hit full spin so let me square this away so you will know exactly what I mean… This is gonna be fun
The mistake was made when they put a title on me, I’m not a conservative I’m not a liberal I’m a WAR fighter ( Ret/old/ busted)which means I look for the best way to get the job done even if the plan is shit and all the guys don’t agree.
I support the 2nd amendment and always will. Do I think someone who is mentally unstable should have a back ground check before buying a weapon yes. If someone has a distorted sense of reality and can’t tell what’s right from wrong and they have a criminal background they shouldn’t have a gun. We have terrorist living in our neighborhoods NOW. (That’s another topic) mass shootings, kids killing kids etc. something needs to be done, but it will have to be done together one man can’t fix it. I do not support an executive order, this needs to be a collective decision between the lawmakers of this country. Violence is the act of people,the gun is just the means. If it’s not guns it will always be something else bombs probably it’s happen before, Mr. President I think you know some of those people.
Do I support or agree w/ the pres No but will I back him up, ALWAYS. I’m an American. If you have Senator or a Congressman in front of your name we expect you to act as a Statesmen not someone a year removed from high school. In case you haven’t heard the American People have no faith in your abilities right now .. No faith do you really understand what that means ?!?? Learn to work together to get shit done. Hey If you need to take the negative attention off yourselves and put it on me go ahead I can take that as well. I know I’m not a politician I don’t know what I’m talking about well news flash being a politician is not suppose to be a career .. Most of you have no idea what’s really going on out here and we know that.
Conservative checklist: God first, keep wife happy, from the country, drive a jacked up truck, I do carry a gun, say yes ma’am, hunt,fish, drink some whiskey every now and again chase the wife around the house like a teenager, then church on Sunday. I’m not an extreme conservative, but I live my life w/ conservative values. I am not a liberal but I do like the opera ( joke) but I understand and believe in some of their principals. I’m for what ever keeps this country pushing forward so that my kids can hopefully have what we have, that means making the hard play if you truly care about where this country is going than to make sacrifices on her behalf is necessary. funny how and 18 year old kid will jump on a grenade to save the idea of this country, but our leadership skips out on simple votes. ( think about it) also PTSD is not a green light for murder. I’m sick of hearing that if you served in the military you must have a mental problem. First off there is probably some truth to that we are all a little crazy and that’s ok (another joke) BUT we have a lot of our guys being Bitches! you were a soldier that means you can handle more than the average person never forget that. Having served shows people how strong you are not how weak. This is my opinion, good or bad it’s mine. God Bless”
Indeed Marcus. You are NOT a conservative. Nor are you a real supporter of the 2nd amendment.  In reading this semi coherent mess posted on his official facebook profile the next day,Marcus wants us all to know he will back the president up, ALWAYS .  While applauding the EO  and telling us he will  back obama. But he does make a point of letting us know he would rather congress be involved and make those EO laws, not just one man..   I find it interesting that a man who would have us believe he is a proud gun owner, supports the EO while being oblivious to that fact he will be one of the first people to lose his right due to the new mental health aspects. He has long talked about his problems with PTSD , his issues and even told some dubious stories about himself.
Marcus clearly loves the limelight and is in front of cameras giving his opinion often. I found it odd from the start that he was so happy and eager for Marky Mark to portray him in the Lone Survivor movie.  Marky Mark of course being one of the most rabid anti-gun and Anti-NRA  kook actors in hollywood.   I can assure you I would not let a man with the exact opposite values as mine, play me in a movie about my life.
Marcus uses the old fall back attempt of using the armor  of him being a vet and SEAL to limit any blow back about his most ignorant comments about the RKBA while outing himself for what he really is and what he thinks.  While at the same time tries to deflect blame for his own words to congress in a rambling mess.   It sticks in my craw that a man who has built much of his post military fame and fortune off of the gun culture has said such idiotic things.
Recently Luttrell has made some videos for the NRA.  I have called and written to the NRA and demanded them trashed for ever and the NRA I am part of, to cut all ties with this man.

 

Cinema Of The Gun THE WILD BUNCH

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I love a good shoot out movie. I have always loved them and very few are as iconic and legendary as The Wild Bunch. It was, at one time the most graphic and intense shoot out on screen.  It  was controversial at the time and a lot of people complained about it as being ultra violent.  It is certainly  violent but it has a lot more going on than just a great gun fight at the end.  It is one of my all time favorite gunfight/western movies and not just because of the guns.

If you have not seen it, i will be talking about a few plot points and spoiling the ending here so be warned on that.  Anyone who has not seen it needs to do so as fast as possible because you have been missing out,

The Wild Bunch is mainly about a gang of aging  outlaws and gunfighters after the turn of the century. The movies starts with them robbing a bank to get enough money for possible retirement but it turns out to be an ambush where almost all of them are killed. They then take refuge into Mexico where they realize their days of living like they had been, are about over and they are a dying breed.  They get mixed in with some Mexican revolution Hi-jinks while a former partner now working for the rail road who they stole from in the past  is trying to hunt them down,  they steal 1903 rifles from the US Army for the Mexicans to use, in return for gold payment from the Mexican general ravaging the countryside.

After they steal the guns they do  let one of their gang members keep a case of the rifles for his poor villager friends and family to defend against same Mex general.  He is found out, and is taken by the Mexican army and tortured while the rest of the gang goes on with the gold since there is nothing they can do.

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After building guilt for abandoning their friend, they decided to go take him back from the Mexican General and his men, though they really know it is going to be their end in a blaze of glory. And that is exactly what happens after their pal is killed by the Mexican army after they demand his return and  the leader guns down the General. They do kill about 1/4 the population of Mexico before being killed themselves.

The ending shoot out is intense and hyper violent with  very graphic for the time, blood splattering from the gun shot wounds.  it is a really great pay off, but there is some great stuff in the middle.

The movie has always really resonated with me in a few ways with some powerful themes and moments.

THE WILD BUNCH, from left: Ernest Borgnine, William Holden, 1969
THE WILD BUNCH, from left: Ernest Borgnine, William Holden, 1969

One of the things that appealed to me is the friendship between the gang members, Especially the leader and his right hand man.  They stick by each other and defend each other from the other members of the gang during tense arguments. His friend never questions his leadership and is loyal to the end. Indeed even his last word is the name of his friend Pike’s name as he dies. Still concerned about his friend even at the end.

At one point in the middle of the film, the leader, Pike, tells his pal why he limps. He was shot in the leg by the jealous husband of the only woman he ever loved. He was caught by the husband with her and was hit in the leg and the woman killed. Pike was not able to kill the man, and it has haunted him ever since.

The outlaws relationship with women in the film is interesting as well. As above, PIke is shown to be very tender toward his dead lover. At another point, they have arrived at the home town of the mexican member of their gang to find out his sweet heart has ran off with the corrupt Mexican General. Later when they meet the General he confronts his one time love and sees her laughing at him in the General’s lap.  In a rage he stands and screams “Puuuuttttaaa” and shoots her in the chest with his 1911 killing her.    At the end of the film, in the final climactic battle Pike turns his back to a Mexican prostitute and is shot in the back by her. He turn to her and exclaims “bitch”! and guns her down.   This comes after minutes earlier, he paid a poor young beautiful mexican prostitute with a young child more money than she expected after being with her. Then deciding to go out in a blaze of glory.

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After the final fight, the village square is full of the dead ad wounded. PIke still has his hand wrapped around the Machine gun he had been mowing down Mexican bandits with even in death.  His old partner who had been reluctantly  hunting him for the rail road to avoid spending his like in jail comes across his old friend.   He looks down and sees his old friends Colt 45 revolver still in its holster unfired.

pike's gun

Throughout the movie, Pike and the rest of the gang had been using the new, at the time, Colt 1911 Automatic pistol, caliber 45 ACP.  The revolver was the sidearm Pike had spent the most time with. No doubt it was his baby and well loved it was from a time before his 1911 came along and with it more modern guns obviously signifying the end of their era. Pike had still carried his older Colt because he loved it and was not willing to forget it or the memories of his prime it no doubt reminded him of.  Pike and the boys all used 1911s for the entire movie. But PIke still always had his Colt Peacemaker on his hip.  This is where it  was when the outlaws who had outlived their age came to their end.  Never even fired.

The times had moved on and changed without the outlaws changing with it.  They refused to adapt into a new world they did not like. Pike still held onto his old shooter and died with it on.

His old best friend and partner comes across his body and removes the Colt and takes it with him.  He stays in Mexico with the last survivor of the old gang and goes to fight in the revolution trying to preserve or hold onto the old days the best he can while he can, with Pike’s relic from a past age.

The Wild Bunch is a great movie but it is not just a great gun fight with great old actors. William Holden plays the outlaw leader, Pike and does it so well, you really see the pain and regret in his eye and the seriousness and resolve as he leads his last friends and gang to their last suicidal glory filled fire fight.

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