Saturday, September 26, 2015

This Is the Dawning of the Ageless Aquarium...

I'm still not sure how I'm going to be dealing with this. Right now I'm crying around my Ruger SR9c 9mm in a SafePacker. When I start wearing real clothes again, I'll be using one of the Blocker 24XD cross draws, which seems like the best holster option at this point.

I haven't started working with long guns yet, so I've decided to haul out one of my "survivalist" set-ups, an S&W 629 in a custom Survival Sheath System shoulder holster set-up. It's actually an experimental system that owner Robert Humelbaugh invented, then didn't (to my knowledge) go forward with. On the off side of the holster there are roll up elastic bands for ammunition, I think 12-15, per roll up, I also have 2 speed loaders racked up as well. The function of this set-up is if I hear things go bump in the night I have a piece and lots of spare ammo that I can put on and have with me. My concept was that it's a LOT of firepower that conceals under a light jacket. The overall original idea was the the .44 shoulder system would combine with a traditionally belt mounted polymer striker-fired semi auto. The 9mm, let's say Glock to make it easy, would provide the immediate gunfight response; the advantage of the .44 Magnum would be its ammo versatility from self-defense to big game. An example would be to keep the .44 loaded with hot load FMJ reloads, which will penetrate like crazy. I once loaded up some penetrators for a friend of mine…we were both awed at the results. I make a joke about shooting through a train, but these would come pretty close.

To me the idea still has some validity. If I couldn't G.O.O.D with a handgun and a rifle, I'd rather have 2 handguns than a handgun and a garden rake. If one of those handguns was, in effect, a short rifle, so much the better. My fighting would be done with the primary, but if I needed to take a long shot, a shot against a pretty hefty animal  or an attempt to punch through cover, I'd go to the secondary. A scoped Ruger .44 Magnum Blackhawk certainly wouldn't be my first choice for self-defense, but it would be a handy thing to have around for other duties. A shoulder rig would make the weight palatable.

Tomorrow I'll get out a 9mm AR pistol, a single point sling and a bunch of spare magazines. This might be a good time to get the back-of-the-passenger seat carrier designed and made up! Plus I gotta get ready to redirect my inner energies toward harmony, peace and understanding as tomorrow's lunar red moon eclipse begins. If that doesn't work, I'm going to sacrifice a bunny and send the entire world into a pre-Apocraphal tailspin. I guess either kinda works,

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why not combine the features of both guns into one with. A 10 mm such as the Glick G-40.
Limiting yourself to a revolver is just so" last century".
Tom Bogan
Laconia NH

_DonWorsham_ said...

Sounds like the meds have finally kicked in. I would wait till your body adjusts to the medication before handling powerful toys that might shoot your eye out.

May rehab be one of the highest points in your life.

Rastus said...

Yeah. What Don said...that's good advice.

Michael Bane said...

I am being 'way careful on this shooting/rehab thing. I pushed myself too hard yesterday, skipped all the drugs, and went outside to shoot for a while because, hey, that's what I do. . By 6PM I was in friggin' agony. By 8PM I thought I was going to have to go back to the hospital. I rode it out, but even rats learn their lessons.

Color me stupid. Ask Worsham, who knows me personally and is one of the few people on earth who's ever talked me into changing my mind about a big issue (he was right, period;I was wrong, period).

This is gonna be a long haul…

mb


Rastus said...

I didn't want to say anything, but friends I know with similar have had to go 6 months to get out of real pain. Not too long after the surgery they are all bubbly about feeling good...then at 2 months I call and a bud who was on top of the world earlier is sitting at home drenched in sweat from pain slugging beer to get some relief.

The good thing is that the pain did go away and he is better than he was. Long haul...indeed. Hope yours is shorter and easier than most.

Michael Bane said...

I gotta believe its the long haul…press on regardless…

the drugs scare the hell out of me, though…

mb

JohninMd.(HELP?!??) said...

I'm still waiting to hear about the thrice -- weekly podcasts.... Don't blame me, YOU said it! Keep the brain cookin', you can burn off the atrophy later, when the pain is manageable. As the proud owner of two bum knees, and a govt retiree's healthcare, I'm still envying the range out the back door. Take time to heal, Mike.

clark myers said...

As you say long, long haul.

Everybody knows road work on a bicycle is much more effective than a stationary bike with rollers in the middle. Free weights Rippetoe style are good. Two joint exercises with heavy weights are efficient and free weights give quicker results than machines because like roadwork the body works extra to stabilize everything.

I don't doubt you could once jump on a road bike, clip into the pedals ride around the block and come back, jump the bike onto rollers and ride no hands then jump the bike off rollers and ride around the block again.

Don't do it.

Split heavy weight routines work for the young with a single day of active rest for a given muscle group. As people age recovery takes much much longer. The reduced effect from machines - hack machine squats instead of Rippetoe style- slows results but speeds recovery time. Use machines.

I'd have thought the Tavor in 9X19 - with the really cute RATWorx suppressor would pretty much supersede the 9x19 pistol on an AR platform? 9X19 is always good for lost brass. The AR pistol is nice for cheaper shooting and the AR pistol is a useful compromise for the short barreled rifle but the Tavor is better and the suppressor is so cute. What say you?

Mr. Suarez after action reports describe more in class failures among older RMR sights. Any thoughts or anything to add beyond have buis?

MarkV said...

Micheal, Having supported my wife through her recovery I can tell you PT is a must! Listen to your therapist and do what they tell you. You'll have a better recovery if you do. Its like training for a marathon follow the program and you will succeed. Hoping all the best for your recovery?

Michael Bane said...

I have been lucky to train for several marathons and ultras and long tris...my mantra was "follow the plan." I will follow the plan. Today was my first full day of work...writing on Bill Wilson's book he blackmailed me into writing. It's pretty good, BTW. Abt halfway through the day an idea struck me for an Internet project...Marshal loves it.

The big scary thing is nighttime. I've always been a light sleeper/insomnia person. Now the pain comes at night. And right behind it the depression. It's 3am and I figure if I can hold on for a while longer it'll be dawn.

I figure out how to deal with this...

Mb

TanklessPro said...

Michael, I agree with the idea on the drugs. The times I have been prescribed them after surgery, I avoided taking them unless absolutely needing them.
I also agree on the PT. Its better to do it more often and light, than heavy and what the PT says.
Our prayers to you for a speedy recovery.

savage99 said...

I tape your Shooting Gallery program and just watched the one on Poland and Night & Fog.
Is there a way I can get a copy of the poem you quoted ?
Thanks,
Bob Merritt
bobscayuse@gmail.com