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Good news not so good news

Well the glasses did the trick, the front sight is now in crisp focus all the time, the target at 25 feet is in good enough focus that I can put the sights on the bottom of the bulls eye and be on it. I have always known that pistol shooting was a fairly perishable skill. After 1200 rounds through the CZ Shadow2 I feel that I have that gun getting back under control and the group size and placement keeps getting better. Now last night I got out Old Faithful, my Nighthawk Custom Dominator for the first time in a long while and gave it a go. I have always just gelled with this gun, I put the shots where I wanted them while shooting IDPA 95% of the time. Now I seem to be struggle it with trigger control and probably grip as well. I can get hits in the center, but man I have to work for them.

The upper right and lower left are the Shadow2, the rest are the Dominator. I am just pulling them low and to the right which for a lefty means a combination of Trigger and anticipation.

I think it might be time for a pistol school or two. Anyone know of a good school in the Mid Atlantic that won’t start off with “this is then end the bullets come out of” type of instruction. I think I need to clean up my finger placement on the trigger and my grip. But I am not adverse to learning new things and trying out new stuff.

Older Eyes

Well most of my shooting in the last few years has been Using scoped rifles. So I did not realize just how badly the progressive lenses on my glasses would impact my pistol shooting. As I have been easing myself back into heavy pistol shooting I have run into the glasses problem. For the most part I was just having problems seeing the sights while shooting outdoors. I then started shooting indoors more as winter hit, and that brought another problem, which was dimly lit / poorly lit indoor ranges. I finally was at my new favorite local range which is fairly well lit and I put up more lights which are magnetic

This finally let me realize that it was not the light but my glasses that were giving me the blurry sight picture so tilting my head back to look out of the bottom of my glasses where the sights were in sharp focus really tightened up my groups but did nothing for my neck. After my range time on Monday I went to the optometrist and got a single focus prescription with a Focal Distance of 26 inches and my moderate distance prescription. So anything past 60 feet will probably be pretty blurry, but in action shooting you are putting the sight picture on the target so having the target in crisp focus is not really a big deal. We will see what comes out of the new glasses.


Went to the Nations Gun Show in Virginia yesterday. Usually when you go to the opening evening of the Virginia gun show you might have a three to five minute wait in line. Not Yesterday…. We got there a few minutes before three PM which was when it opened. We finally got in the door at 3:45… I would hate to be waiting in that line today. The Gun Show vendors are making out, because people were buying while we were there. Took home a bunch of standard capacity mags and some parts for my .300 Black Out upper which is done now, and waiting to be shot…

Watching VA.

As I cast my view across the river to the south and watch the 2A going ons in Virginia, I am greatly encouraged to see Citizens in VA are not taking the latest Democrat overreach lying down like they do here in the People’s Republic of Maryland. They have always had a much more active 2A community in the VCDL than Maryland has ever been able to muster even with the Maryland Shall Issue group. As of yesterday they have 101 of their counties and localities having past Sanctuary resolutions. Of course the newly elected Totalitarian Democrats are fuming about the sleeping giant that their overreach has awakened. Suddenly we find that Sanctuaries are only good if they are sheltering illegal aliens and not Citizens rights. Funny how that works. It remains to be seen if the Democrats will back down and not file their gun bills in January. It also remains to be seen if the Citizens of VA will retract their consent to be governed.

that the I am slowly try and get into a rhythm of regular posting before trying to see how the blogging community shares things today.

Bye Felicia…

Finally decided that I am done with Facebook so now it is time to start this blogging thing back up. So tired of the toxicity and censorship that is part and parcel over on Facecock. So back to writing here where I can post what I want and not have two Fucks to give about the liberal crybabies on Facecock.

50 trips round the Sun

Well through some benign act of benevolence I seem to have made it to 50, or as the kids call it “Fiddy” this past June.

Seeing how it has been a while since I have done something truly stupid I though “hey hold my beer” and went out and purchased an electric skateboard, or as the kids call it an eBoard…  I ordered it in May knowing that there would be a lead time in shipping.  I had hoped that it would be here in time for my 50th B Day but that was not to be.

It finally arrived on Tuesday the 7th.

Can I Haz???

Of course the cat saw a new box and wanted his due…

None too patient is the kitty.

So upon opening the box expecting the cat to get in the box I find that I don’t actually get to have the first ride on my new board.

Mine Bi**h, Back off

Of course it then started pouring down rain so my first ride was a bit delayed.  I got a short ride Wednesday and then a longer ride today.

And yes apparently it is fast enough to do something stupid on, which was one of my top requirements, and this is just in expert mode.  There are two more modes, Pro and Hyper which I have not even looked at yet as I am still trying to figure out how to ride a board again after 33 years.  And yes I have fallen off of it already at low speed.  ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) and bounced right back up with narry a scratch.  Yes it’s fun and no you can’t ride it…

I’m Back, maybe.

Well in my efforts to shed my Facebook account I felt that it was time to revive the old blog.  So Here goes, and maybe I will keep it up.  No promises but I will try.

So in 2017 I got the Datsun into fighting trim and as the last post noted it did not go well, but here is what it looked like.  There are some big changes coming in the rear end of the car to make it stronger and more reliable so I can figure out how to go faster in it…

New Aero all complete

So my buddy Mike and I made Aero and drove the car till we broke it and then fixed it and broke it again and again and again…

Mike heading around the course

Mike heading up the hill

So thats what it look like today in the driveway and on course.  All the changes this year are going to be under the skin…

The carnage…

Last year was a rough year for the old Datsun race car.  We got 9 runs in out of something around 70 something possible runs.  The rest we broke the car during practice starts at every pro solo except for the Finally in Lincoln Nebraska.  Where we got in 7 runs before the output shaft of the Diff decided it was time to retire.  I put a new one in but we did not run again in the pro solo finally deciding instead to run it in the regular nationals finally and hopefully get in 6 runs and at least complete one national event for the year…

Toledo Ohio

Toledo Ohio

Then we got home and fixed everything only to repeat in Oscoda Michigan this time we blew up the diff instead of the Universal joint followed by the transmission output shaft which is what we blew up in Toledo.

Oscoda, MI

Then we got to Lincoln Nebraska and blew up a diff output shaft again just like in Oscoda.


Lincoln. NB

The car looked like this most of this year, here it is assuming the position in Lincoln Nebraska.

Lincoln NB

Changes are afoot for this year since last year was such a disaster.   More to come.

Car update…

Since Borepatch nudged my comment section asking for an update on my Racecar and its stumbling after 5K RPM I figured I would post up.  So I was able to get the 240Z running again just in time for Solo Nationals in September.  Well I made an appointment with my tuner Peter Florance since the car felt a little sluggish and thats not the way to go to Nationals…

Upon the first Dyno pull we were a bit dismayed to see that there were only 112 ponies running to the rear wheels.  So 58 ponies seem to have fled the corral.  We changed the plugs on the Dyno as well as trying a whole bunch of other things, eventually we were able to coax 132 ponies which was a bit of a disappointment but a whole lot better than where we started that day.  Peter figured that we had a cylinder down, so when I got the car back to the house we did a compression check and sure enough the number 4 cylinder was only at 120 PSI where the rest were some where around 165.  So #4 had left the building.

I headed to Nationals with a sick motor with the intent to just have fun.


Fun was had…


I even ended up with a co-driver when his BSP BMW M3 grenades its clutch plate and none of the other single driver cars would let him come play.  I warned him that I had a Volvo motor and it was really down on power but he still wanted a ride, can you blame him after driving 1500 miles…

So after Nationals it was time to get the motor rebuilt.  So it was pulled and when we took the head off the #4 cylinder wall was pretty scored.  I had decided that this motor would be built to the BSP rules.  So nothing was left undone, overbored the cylinders 1mm which was the maximum allowed, new dished pistons.  I got 4 sets of factory springs so I could measure them with a spring gauge and get 12 springs that were at the upper limits of the factory spring rates.  Lash pads were done and the valve timing was adjusted for optimal performance.  I just got the motor back a few weeks ago and it looks like this now.

Rebuilt Motor - 1

My good friend Mike came over and 4 hours later this was the end result…

BackINtheCar - 1

So now I am doing a few things that my tuner suggested as far as the intake is concerned and will do the first start on Wednesday or Thursday and then off to the tuner after 30 minutes to an hour of break in at moderate RPMs…  Hopefully I will see 180HP…


Anyway maybe it is time to start blogging again now that I have stopped using FaceCock.