Okay, kinda limited stuff going on so just a day in the life of Abraham. It was a crappy day the other day so I went to the gun club. I like crappy days because there aren’t a whole lot of people there so I’m able to do my own thing. When there are lots of people at the club you have to wait for everyone to get synced before you can do your thing. You know everyone sets their targets at the same time, walks back to the table at the same time, shoot, make safe, gun on table, back to targets. It’s way too robotic for me and I don’t do well with rules or structure.
So there I was at the 25 yard pistol range.I wanted to use up some old 38+P that has been banging around in my pockets for a while and in my Model 60. I also wanted to try out some Corbon 38+P before carrying it everyday. I’ve heard that the Corbon is a good self-defense load. It should be, I think I paid like 20 or 25 bucks for 25 rounds!! DO NOT EVER LOAD YOUR EVERYDAY CARRY WEAPON WITH AMMO THAT YOU HAVE NOT TRIED OUT!! What’s nice about being there when no one else is, is that I can get up close to the target and shoot from three yards, five yards, seven yards and the table too. I can shoot at different angles also. I also wanted to try out a couple kinds of .22 subsonic ammo that I had to see if it made little enough noise to shoot in my neighborhood or along the powerlines. It’s still noisy, but more of a pop than a crack.
Next I went over to the 50 yard range and used the Saiga with the reddot and with the iron sights. It’s tough to shoot at 50 yards without optics. I can see the target, but I’m basically aiming at the top, bottom, middle or corners of the target. My eyes are only so good. Always fun to use the Saiga. Living in Massachusetts I’m limited to ten round mags, but that’s ok by me. If I’m ever in the situation where I need a 30 round mag, my first instinct will be to go the other way. I can’t say enough good things about the Saiga. It’s not a tackdriver, but it is rugged, rugged, rugged and battle proven. You can bury it in mud and it will shoot the mud right out of the barrel and out of the ejection port. It also has very little recoil and shoots a very popular cartridge. No problem hitting the paper every time at 50 yards. Stop your laughing!
Like most people, one of my first jay-oh-bees was as a dishwasher/busboy. Everyone should spend some time working in a restaurant or as a housekeeper (I did that too.). It gives you an appreciation of things and how to treat everyone as equals no matter their station in life. Anyways, I’m a 13 year old kid, riding my bike to work, working until 11 or 12 at night and riding my bike home. Hahahaha, imagine kids today doing that!?!?!?! So on my first day of work, my boss says to me, ‘I don’t care if you come in late. I don’t care if you leave early. I don’t care if you are mean to customers. But always, always, always make sure that there is a frosted mug for me.’ This restaurant has been open for more than 30 years. That’s a long time for a restaurant. I drove by the other day.
Get outside everyday!! This is a great time of year because there is so much coming to life.
Here is a mushroom called Hen of the Woods. I don’t eat mushrooms except in hot n’ sour soup.
Here is some more wild edible called fiddleheads. You ever eat these? I’m not a big fan of these either, but I guess that just means that I wasn’t hungry enough, aya.
You can see there are probably 100 of them in this single picture. They’re baby ferns. You scrape the fuzz off of them and prepare them like asparagus, but don’t take my word for it. Get your own field guides and do the research for yourself.
Here is some burdock. Burdock is one of the most medicinal plants going. It’s a biennial. Eat the root or the young leaves.
You can even see one of the old seedpods laying there. When you or your dog comes home with these things stuck to you or it, you know there is something edible nearby. Get a fieldguide and read up on burdock.
Then we have some real yummies coming up too. I hope you know what these are.
I also saw some wild morels. This is a pic from Google Images, but this is what they looked like. I didn’t have my camera with me at the time. This is a beautiful picture though. Morels are so distinctive that when you seem them you know it.
I went back two days later with my camera to take a picture and some other SOB got to them before me so they were gone. Morels are some of the most prized wild food going, but don’t take my word for it. Get your own field guides and do the research for yourself.
So the big lesson today –
- Practice what you preach. Don’t count on anything that you haven’t used or practiced with. Once again, it’s great to plan what you may carry, but have you actually tired it? Crap is heavy.
- Get a bunch of field guides, at least three or four. Read them, peruse them and study them. You will be amazed at what you begin to recognize when You Get Outside Everyday. Seriously, you’ll look at a book and be like, ‘wow, I know I’ve seen that’ and next time out you’ll be saying to yourself, ‘hey there it is acorns, pine needles, blackberry or burdock.’