Tag Archives: Just Me

Perspective

“Never before have I lived through a storm like the one this night… The sea has a look of indescribable grandeur, especially when the sun falls on it. One feels as if one is dissolved and merged into Nature. Even more than usual, one feels the insignificance of the individual, and it makes one happy.” […]

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New Shooter – Spouse Mandated Training

A long time friend finally got the “go ahead” from the missus to purchase an appropriate handgun for personal protection in the home.  She acknowledged the old .22 LR Derringer won’t cut it. Same ol’ story:  I introduced him to a series of semi-automatics and revolvers.  Discussions concerning shotguns and rifles were brief.  I provided […]

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Operation: TPR USA

One handmade rat constructed out of 1000D Cordura, filled with California calrose rice, will travel all over the USA.  Several folks have already volunteered to take photos of the rat at notable landmarks of their choice. The rat has quite an adventure ahead!  Stay tuned to see more photos of the TPR token traveling all […]

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River City Food Bank’s 9th Annual Empty Bowls

In the Sacramento area, River City Food Bank’s Empty Bowls event is their largest annual fundraiser.  I had the pleasure to attend this evening’s dinner at the Sacramento Convention Center.  According to their press release, “this is the ninth year of Sacramento’s Empty Bowls event.  The original concept of a “simple soup lunch” – recreating […]

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OK Go – Needing/Getting

Flippin’ cool car instrument on a dirt track.

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Leap Day

I’ve heard some folks took this day off work.  Any of you folks partake? I spent the day around the CA east bay for work and managed to catch up with David Whitewolf from Random Nuclear Strikes over some popcorn shrimp and buffalo wing sauce.  Not a bad day. Be advised this post is primarily […]

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Range Day with the Marlin 25MN

Derek takes the Marlin 25MN on a range trip.

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New Shooter – My Dad

The weekend before SHOT Show 2012, I visited my Dad in Arizona.  Met new family, and went shooting at Caswells in Mesa, AZ.  Turned out to be a good facility, so be sure to check them out if you’re in the area. Aside from a shotgun, Dad never shot a pistol.  Though his wife shot […]

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TPR Sightings Page

Just created a new page, “TPR Sightings,” with links and photos of folks with their The Packing Rat gear; we’re all “packing rats” of guns, gear and grub.  Check it out at the tab located above!  Are you a TPR fan?  Get your patch (via PayPal)!  Folks can send MO, or personal checks, but should […]

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Dinner with The Packing Rat

Derek cooks and takes photos.

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The Beltman’s Bullhide Gunbelts

Derek likes the Beltman’s belt. You will, too.

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Half-Loaded Pistols

Derek found an excellent video demonstrating why carrying a firearm with an empty chamber is not favorable.

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The Packing Rats – Where are they now?

If my count is correct, I’ve distributed 26 Packing Rats.  If you don’t know what they are, they’re a souvenir rifle rear rest bag made out of 1000D Cordura, with 1.5″ loop on each side, filled with California Calrose rice, and equipped with a miniature GLOCK 17.  They look like these: I know a few […]

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candle light firearms

Light a Candle to Stop Violence

Have a defensive plan against violence and the tools necessary to carry them out, including, but not limited, to firearms.  Details here, and here.

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No Surrender

Just finished reading Hiroo Onoda’s account of his 30 year war as a Japanese intelligence officer through WWII.  An excellent read! The hardship, determination and will of this Japanese solider is outstanding.  Throughout his account, I often found my palm against my forehead concerning his reason and logic for staying on the Philippine islands for […]

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Leatherman Skeletool CX – Review

The sleek new Leatherman Skeletool CX gets you back to basics… very cool basics. The Skeletool CX has only the most necessary of multi-tool features, because sometimes that’s all you need. With a 154CM stainless steel blade, pliers, bit driver, pocket clip and carabiner/bottle opener, you’re set. Lightweight, low volume, perfect size. The Skeletool CX: […]

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Christmas Themed Parties

Bouncing some ideas around with CS Tactical, I thought it would be cool to run an event called, Silent Night, Hole-ly Dynamite©.  It’d be the Christmas party any gunnie wouldn’t mind being dragged to!

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Ruger LCR .357 Magnum QuickStrips Optimism.

A Reminder on Squib Loads

My impromptu camera narrative could use some work; however, the message is to know your gun and how it operates in all conditions — especially malfunctions.  For this drill, I was left with a blunt object or a throwing weapon.  Plan accordingly for catastrophic failures. Bullet was removed.  Upon inspection, gun wasn’t damaged.  It could […]

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Triple Aught Design – Third St. Sale 2011

Derek visits Triple Aught Design Headquarters in San Francisco, CA for the Dogpatch Third St. Sale. He didn’t buy anything on sale, but he’s OK with that.

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Ahi Tuna

I was thinking about this all day long.

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