Monday, February 20, 2012

The Ten Box Challenge and a give away

When I met my wife six years ago I had no concern about space. I owned a four bedroom house, with a 18x30 foot two story barn, on half an acre of land. Lots of room for one person and his possessions. Then I met Pelenaka. She had three children and a much smaller house and a really tiny piece of land. I moved my lifes accumulations into a 8x16 storage space and a rickety 11x16 foot single story garage. To say the least I liquidated alot of my stuff then. Much of what I kept was buried in a inaccessable jumble. I still have alot of stuff. Some of which I haven't had access to for 5+ years. While I like alot of this stuff, I haven't missed alot of it either. In my house I had a whole room devoted to guns, fishing poles, and related tools and accessories. On top of that I had/have a refference library that many firearms historians would envy. Most of my things are stored in that rickety garage. A garage that sits under a very old silver maple tree, that has seen it's best days pass. So, I find myself in a situation. Any value that is stored  as stuff in that garage is at risk of being wiped out. All it takes is one strong gust of wind or a sudden ice storm to wipe out alot of value. Not missing some of this stuff the past 5 years, I've decided to get rid of most of it. Cash it out! Get rid of it. Put the proceeds into something more useful.

My goal is to have my personal possessions fit into ten boxes. Not the families stuff, just my stuff. My tool box will be a box as will the gun safe. At the end even a few of the guns may leave.  It's time to simplify. Simplify to have more access to the things I want to keep. Simplify to generate funds for something that's more important to me. I've managed to stash enough cash away for a small down payment on a piece of land. Every cent added gets me closer to a place to hunt, camp and cut firewood.  The country boy has been trapped in the city for over 5 years and needs a place he can detox.

While most of this stuff will go directly to ebay or gunbroker, some of it will be offered up here first. So keep an eye out. I will even be giving some stuff away.

And that my friends brings me to the second part of this post. Several years ago Pelenaka pulled a paperback copy of Dolly Freeds "Possum Living" from the discard pile at a local library. we already have a copy. This one has had it's cover torn off of it. It's a reading copy, nothing more. In one week I will randomly pick a name and it will be on it's way to that person. Shoot me a comment saying you're interested and you're entered. Next week we'll draw, I'll anounce the winner who will then send me thier shipping info through comments, and it will be on it's way.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Check out this blog

I just stumbled accross this blog. I've only had a chance to check out the first two pages. So far from what I see, many of my readers will enjoy it too.


Friday, February 10, 2012

32 Kit gun step one

It was never my intention to swap out grips on my 32 Hand Ejector. However today I stopped in at a consignment shop a couple towns over and found this nice set of Herrett grips. Really they were meant to go on a post 1953 Chiefs special or 22 Kit Gun. For $6.00 I took a chance. They fit pretty nice. There is a small gap at the backstrap where the newer guns is longer than mine. I can live with that seeing it's only a 32 that barely recoils. Other than that I only need to dimple the back of the right stock where it sits high because of one of the sideplate screws. The next modification will be an adjustable rear sight. I'm thinking a Wondersight because it won't require any permanant modifications to the gun. Also because it has a vintage cool look to it. Which wouldn't matter at all if it wouldn't do the job.

I also managed to pick up a really nice vintage 22 caliber cartridge belt for another $6.00 while I was there. It almost fits me even, which is rare for old time stuff. Our forefathers were usually much smaller than the current generation. I can make a small extender from another old belt if I use it. The main reason I bought it was to use it as a pattern to make a similar one for 32 caliber cartridges. Most of the belts I've seen had sewn cartridge loops, which is beyond my abilities. This one however is only sewn on the end loops. All the loops in between are woven into the belt itself. I may even try to eliminate a few of the end loops in order to stretch these out to 32 caliber. Though I will probably just leave it alone and use it as a pattern for a new one. I may just also try my hand at a home made flap holster while I'm at it.