Christov Tenn YouTube Channel

Way back before Google bought YouTube, I had a You Tube account.  Today, while monkeying around there, I was able to recover my account.  Here it is:

ChristovTenn Channel

I think at the time I was still blogging at Yahoo.  That seems like a long time ago.

Since about September of last year, 2018, I’ve been thinking through a theory of human social interaction and considering how best to present it.  Maybe a couple of YouTube whiteboard talks.  Dunno yet.

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YouTube Gun Vloggers

Back when I was working for the state, one of my friends at work tried to get me to watch a shave-headed, arrogant sounding jack-genius talking about what needed to happen to rid our country of our nation’s first moslem-communist president.  While in a very unfocused and general way I tended to agree with some of the speaker’s stated opinions, I:

  1. Thought the guy was idiotically espousing actions that were unjustifiable given actual conditions and also clearly illegal.
  2. Didn’t have the patience to make a commitment to listening to the wackadoodle long enough to really “get” his core message.
  3. For several years paid no attention whatsoever to YouTube again r/t anything either controversial or mundane that wasn’t about folding kayaks.

Within the last year or so, though, I’ve spent more time target shooting and have dusted off some of the weapons I’ve had for decades.  Shooting the guns means I’ve got to clean them and some of them I hadn’t cleaned in decades.  Also was interested in researching handguns for self-defense and concealed carry.  You guessed it, I was able to find disassembly and reassembly instructions on every firearm I own and most of the ones I’d like to own on YouTube, as well as countless firearm reviews.  User forums specific to particular manufacturers have been helpful as well, in researching various pistols, rifles, and shotguns.

YouTube Wackadoodles

Many, many YouTubers fall into the category of unintentionally and comedically stupid, diagnosably sick of mind, or incompletely educated about whatever subject they’ve identified as their vlogging niche.

Intelligent YouTube Gun Guys

On the less disordered end of the spectrum, there’re a few YouTubers who, while they’ve got some quirks, generally provide real information of use to the interested viewer.

Silverado Shooting Academy

The Secret to Mastering the Handgun

I’m not sure why I didn’t post a link to this video when I first published this blog entry, but I’m correcting that omission today (3/10/2019).  The Obi-Wan Kenobi guy who narrates most of the instructional material is really good.  I’ve incorporated a lot of what he teaches into my shooting and my accuracy has improved markedly.  At the end of the video, there’s a presentation about how to interest girls in shooting that is worth watching, as well.

Hickok 45

One of the least disordered You Tube gun vloggers is an older guy who reports he’s a Middle Tennessee resident and has a video on just about every firearm offered for sale on Armslist.com, Hickok 45.  What is it about people whose measured intelligence is likely greater than one standard deviation above the mean that makes them so entertaining?  Who would have guessed the old gun-guy rides a bike?  Here’re the videos to prove it.

Paul Harrell

Another of the much brighter than average gun-vloggers whose videos I enjoy watching is Paul Harrell.  He’s a middle-aged ex-military guy whose speaking voice is a lot like that of Mark Hamill.  Compare this Luke Skywalker attempt to reason with Jabba the Hutt (begins at about the 3:04 mark) in this video to Harrell’s video diction in any of his own videos.

One of the things I liked about Paul Harrell’s videos immediately was the deadpan way he delivers routine statements like, “We’re at the range today, so please excuse the noise you hear in the background,” or when he describes to composition of a type of target he uses to test the effectiveness of ammunition and firearms.  I recognized his style of delivery as similar that which I, in a previous vocational incarnation, used when uttering a particular phrase, explaining from a manual, or administering an assessment’s stimulus query for the hundredth time.

There are three or four other YouTube gun guys whose videos I sometimes watch, but not many.  If you’ve got a little spare time, an interest in shooting and firearms, as well as a broadband connection to the Internet, check out the YouTube channels linked above.

If you were paying attention, you may have noticed two Star Wars references in this post.

Nanking FN Browning M1900

Here are a few pictures of the subject-line referenced antique which I mentioned in my previous post. I used them for an Armslist.com classified ad.  Because I didn’t get any offers I was willing to accept, and because I got a Christmas bonus sufficiently large I didn’t money from the item’s sale to purchase a 9mm pistol for every day carry, I pulled the ad and kept the counterfeited pistol.  Here are the photos:

Chinese-M1900-Disassembled

Chinese M1900 Leftside Disassembled

Chinese-M1900-Right-Side

Chinese-M1900-Leftside

Chinese-M1900-Barrel-Markings

And here are a few photos of the Nanking Browning alongside my FNS-9c.  As noted elsewhere on the Internet, this isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison.  However, both are striker-fired pistols designed for concealed carry.  The ersatz FNH pistol is designed for .32 caliber and the modern polymer FN pistol for 9mm. The former has a single-stack magazine with a capacity of about nine, if memory serves, and the latter a double-stack magazine that holds 12 rounds.

FN-Side-by-Side

FNS-9-c-Ersatz-FN-M1900

FN-Backview-Comparison

FN-Frontview-Comparison

Pistols for Everyday Use

It’s true, and you probably already knew this – I like firearms and have enjoyed plinking since I was kid.  Following my Astra Constable debacle, I’ve acquired yet another Walther PP “clone” – a FEG PA63 in .380 caliber, a Glock 42, and an FNS-9c.  Additionally, I’ve also discovered what I thought was my FN Browning M1900 is actually an “Asian” or Chinese copy possibly manufactured in the 1920s or 1930s in a warlord’s armory.

High Standard Supermatic Flite-King

With weighted barrel, this .22 LR pistol is a joy to shoot – close to zero recoil and not much report.

High-Standard-Flite-King

Walther PPK & Kel-Tec P32

These are two pistols I’ve carried at various times.  The P32 is great for bicycling and kayaking but was defective upon purchase and required warranty work.  Since the factory repairs, it’s been 100 percent reliable.  The Walther I have been keeping locked away now that I’ve got other, less irreplaceable options.

Walther-PPK-&-Kel-Tec-P32

FEG PA63 .380

I traded an older pistol that looked like it’d spent 50 years at the bottom of a well after having exhumed from a roadside ditch.  The PA63 is an accurate pistol and reliably cycles even antique ammunition.  As a bonus, it fits in a couple of my PPK holsters and I have a lot of .380 ammunition.

PA63-Leftside

PA63-Rightside

Glock 42

I traded, at considerable loss, my Astra Constable toward this Glock 42 back in June of last year.  The Glock malfunctions every round using the lower power, antique Peters and the modern PPU ammunition, however the antique Western Ammunition Service ammo induces no malfunctions.  The Glock also reliably cycles Buffalo Bore +P ammunition, which is what I keep in the magazine.

Glock-42-w-Antique-&-Modern-Ammo

FNS-9c, Anniversary Edition

Caution-Lady, my wife, picked out a ring with a lot of small diamonds in it to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.  What I wanted was a Walther P99 in 9×19, but I was unable to locate one at a price I was willing to pay around the same time as I bought my wife her new ring.  What I did find, and it felt like a kind of consolation prize, was a used FNS-9c.  After I bought it, I learned that FNH America has issued a voluntary recall on the FNS series.  I ordered Theis EZ-Clip holster for 9c and sent it back to the factory for service.  The holster arrived a couple of days before the pistol was returned.  Here are a couple of pictures of the weapon holstered – the first is all Pinteresty-looking.  Yes, the staged image is my attempt at a joke.  The second’s just a picture.

FNS-9c-&-Theis-Holster-Devotional-Image

FNS-9c-&Theis-EZ-Clip-Closeup

About the FNS-9c – it’s the only semi-automatic pistol I own that’s not malfunctioned due to cheap practice ammo or operator error.  I’ve fired close to 500 rounds of mixed quality inexpensive range ammunition and 41 rounds of good quality self-defense ammunition.  While it is not as aesthetically pleasing as a Walther P99c, the FNS-9c is a pistol I shoot accurately with confidence in its reliability.  I’m glad I’ve got it.

FNS-9c-17-Magazine

Still Here

I’m still here at Lovely Stepford, Tennessee, and have been busy with life and work since my last post.  I’ve got some photos from various pursuits and things to write about, but haven’t made a commitment to organize my thoughts for purpose of written communication.  Hope you are all well.

2018 Indiana Tour de Corn

For the first time in two years, I was able to return to Indiana during the July 4 holiday, and it was great to be back.  This time, I only took a few short, 30-40 mile rides, but they were my longest rides of the year.  I took a lot of pictures.  Got my son’s bike properly fitted for him by Mike O’Neal at his Greenway 500 bike shop, got new stem there for my Orbea, and a Dirtway 500 jersey for my son.  My son and I  took two fairly short rides together, one of them on the Cardinal Greenway trail.  My rides were over chip and seal farm roads and incorporated the Cardinal Greenway, two of them were to Muncie where I stopped both times for a second breakfast at the McGalliard Chic-Fil-A.  Super courteous service even for sweaty, slightly overweight, middle-aged cyclists in lycra – I highly recommend this franchise if you’re riding through Muncie.

Indiana’s rural beauty was a daily joy to behold and be about in.  We enjoyed spending the week with my wife’s family and the kids all seemed to play well together.  We stayed out late and watched fireworks in a neighboring town.  I’ll post some photos, generally in the order in which they were taken.  Possibly some commentary about them, as well.

Modikoso-at-the-Farm

Orbea-at-the-Farm

Orbea & Modikoso in their temporary home.

Chip-&-Seal-Country-Road

Here is an example of a chip and seal road in fairly good repair.

East-Indiana-Farm-Country-Vista

Fence with wildflowers bordering what looks like a hay field.

Tim-Kelley-Memorial-Shelter

A trailside shelter erected w/in the past two years near Blountville.

Cardinal-Greenway-Map

Trail map near the shelter in the previous picture.

Muncie-Mystery-Quonset-Quompound

Mystery Quonset hut compound/factory at the intersection of Cardinal Greenway trail and Brady Street, Muncie.  Reminds me for some reason of that Mel Gibson film, “Forever Young.”  Makes me want to engage in urban anthropological archaeology when I encounter buildings like this.

Second-Breakfast-Muncie-Chic-Fil-A

Second breakfast – some kind of egg-scramble bowl with hashbrown bits (in box) and Powerade – at the McGalliard Chic-fil-A near the Cardinal Greenway trail.  Since my previous visit, a convenient sidewalk’s been paved from the trail to nearby businesses.

Muncie-Rusty-Rail-Bridge

White-River-from-Trail

Trailside-Warning

Don’t say you weren’t warned

Trailside-Art

Orbea juxtaposed w bike sculpture.

Road-Grime

Grime.  Left leg looked just as dirty, but I thought the right sufficiently illustrative.

Three-Trees

Did I mention it was hot during the week of 4 July?  As I sat resting after taking the snapshot of my filthy leg, I for some reason found comfort gazing at these trees.

Early-Morning-Road

Early on the morning of July 4, I set out by a different route.

Small-Corn-Crossroads

July-4-Flag-House

I rode through a small town of about two hundred inhabitants.

July-4-Tree-+-House-+-No-Person

July-4-Vacant-Church-Building

July-4-House-Patriotic-Display

Distant-Windmills

Windmill

Some windmills along the route.  Closer to Losantville, I got chased by a pit-bull terrier but came to no harm and enjoyed a pleasant conversation the dog’s owner.

July-4-Losantville-Breakfast-Stop-1

July-4-Losantville-Breakfast-Stop-2

After getting a little bit lost, I eventually found my way to Losantville where I ate a second breakfast of egg, sausage, cheese croissant at the Phillips 66 gas station at the intersection of 35 & 36.  Later that night,  my family and I attended a firework’s display presented by a patriotic veterans’ association.

July-4-Firework-1

July-4-Firework-2

Next day, in the afternoon, we took the kids to see The Incredibles 2 at the small cinema on the courthouse square about 30 minutes from the farm.

County-Seet-Movie-Theater

County-Seat-Buildings

County-Courthouse

County-Seat-Red-Entrance

Rode out around Prairie Creek Reservoir and stopped here at Harris Chapel Church of the Nazarene to snack, sip Gatorade, and snap this picture.  The building’s got a water spigot around back that I’ve used in the past when I’ve run low on water.

Harris-Chapel-Naz-Sign

Lovely-Home\

This is my favorite house near Prairie Creek Reservoir.

Later, I took pictures around the farm buildings while my father-in-law showed the kids the grain bins, gave them tractor rides.  The dads (me included) and my father-in-law got the sweep auger out of one of the bins using home-built jig fit to the old Ford tractor’s bucket and some chains.

Grain-Bin-Ceiling

July-4-Barn-Rooflines

July-4-View-from-the-Barn

July-4-Farmer-With-Work-Chains

That’s my father-in-law carrying the chains for the tractor bucket jig.  He is a man who knows his work.

White-River-Trailside-Muncie

That’s the Orbea alongside the White River at Muncie

Cardinal-Greenway-Muncie-Station

Former train station at Muncie, now a Welcome Center or something of the sort associated with the Cardinal Greenway Trail.  That fat blob reflected in the leftmost window is me.

cgbikefest.com-poster

As of this writing, there’s still time for you to participate in this activity.  http://www.cgbikefest.com

Muncie-Neighborhood

This year, I for the most part resisted the impulse to photograph interesting homes along the trail.  I decided to respect the privacy of those who have no choice but to share frequently up-close views of their residential property with trail users.  This view’s not a close-up, though.  Remembe that movie, A Christmas Story?  It’s set in Muncie during the 1950s – these houses remind me of the neighborhoods in that film.

Here are a few pictures of graffiti from part of the Cardinal Greenway Trail as you enter (or leave) Muncie.

Muncie-Trailside-Wall-Graffito-1

Muncie-Trailside-Fence-Graffito

Muncie-Trailside-Fence-Flowers

Muncie-Trailside-Graffito-2

The flower in the image below reminds me of some of the graffiti I saw a few years ago under a freeway or other bridge while paddling downstream from Daleville to Anderson on the White River.

Muncie-Trailside-Graffito-3

And this devilish, voo-doo image

Muncie-Trailside-Graffito-4

On the way home to Tennessee, I saw an odd message on the back of an 18-wheeler’s trailer.  Drive like a boss as opposed to, say, a minion?  the unemployed? a musician?  I’m sure it makes sense to its target audience.

Drive-Like-A-Boss

 

 

 

 

Astra Constable Parts!

New-Ejector-Slide-Stop-Parts-Huzzah

My family and I got in late yesterday afternoon from the annual 4th of July visit at the farm.  The crops – soybeans and field corn – look really good this year.  The post office yesterday delivered our held mail and in the bundle I was delighted to find…? That’s right, the TWO ejector/slide-stop parts I ordered from that excellent fellow, Mike McClellan, at M & M Gunsmithing of Hazel Green, Alabama.  I got two because one might not be enough.  Various threads on several gun-owners’ discussion boards indicate this part has been known to break.  My own experience indicates replacements are not easy to come by.

Here are a couple of pictures, front and back, of the broken part:

Broken-Ejector-Stop-Front-View

Broken Ejector Slide Stop Back View