03 Jan

Happy New Year 2013

Steven K. Ledin,

Best wishes for a great new year to you all!

Santa brought me a new windscreen for my Kawasaki. My Shirley got an ivory crucifix I made her, and a watch.

I finished a shadow box for friends John and Emerald from one of the three guns they found in a junkyard. I gave Roy Jinks, the Smith & Wesson historian, pictures and the specifics,  and he authenticated on S&W letterhead that the gun is a New Model Number Three Target, in caliber .450 Revolver. It was born in 1903 and shipped to a gun shop in Birmingham, England for sale.

 I used cedar and period square nails to attach the laminated documents, and I made the .450 Revolver cases from .45 Colt brass. The holes in the back of the board were shot into my basement bullet trap by the exact cases on display under the gun.

After removing about a 1/4" of brass with a belt sander, I used my excellent  Lyman Universal Case Trimmer to cut cases to .450 Revolver length specifications. which were .69. The heads were 250 gr RNL from Winchester .45 Colt Cowboy loads that I removed from their loaded cases with my Hornady Kinetic Bullet Puller.

Binocular tests spring up constantly. Here i'm comparing some of my favorite glasses. Burris, Bushnell Elite, Nikons, OPMOD, L-3, and others not shown.

My father came into town from Arkansas for the holidays. I thought one of my Browning Airstar 200 electric-cocking airguns would be a lot of fun for him, with a lot less effort not having to cock the gun. I gave him some quick instruction on this unique airgun outside my office after I gave him the nickel tour and before we went to lunch. Another great time at the Italian Kitchen. The gun was sighted in at the same distance he shoots at home: 41 feet. Beeman Silver Stings and H&N Match shot to the same point of impact, so he could choose according to his target.





Of course, the food is still decadent around our place. In the last couple weeks we had beercan thyme chicken, Reuben sandwiches, garlic junk pizza, cornish hens, venison and mushroom stroganoff, and gallons of beans and ham.



Venison and mushroom stroganoff





















About Steven K. Ledin

Steve has never not known guns. Before motorcycles, money, or girls, they have always been part of his life. He was tenured as General Manager of one of the country’s largest gun stores and ranges, a buyer in a big box sporting goods store, and is currently OpticsPlanet’s Director of Product Intelligence. He was a US Navy gunners mate, and is an NRA certified instructor in ten categories, as well as an Illinois CCW instructor. He shoots competitively and has hunted from Alaska to Africa. He thoroughly loves life with his beloved wife, Shirley, and their three wildish dogs Tinker, TranRek (pronounced “Train Wreck”), and Crash Almighty. He is a stubborn stage 4 cancer survivor not yet ready to cash in his chips.

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