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Once you pass Ellensburg on I90, to the south, there is a complex of white barns. It used to have plastic banners in Japanese and Korean that seemed to change pretty frequently on the ends of the barns; I planned on stopping while en route to Boomershoot this year to get pictures, but the banners were gone. Always wanted a translation.

Yesterday, I noticed that they had been replaced with digital sign boards, but I didn’t notice until I was past the exit, so I couldn’t get pictures. There’s a lot of Japanese going by on the signs, though.

90% of the timothy grown around Ellensburg is exported to Japan for race horses and dairy cattle. I read this was due to a good hay salesman convincing Japanese farmers that greener is better, and of course his timothy was the greenest.

Along the same lines, I was reading a thread that asked if the IJN was a peer, superior, or inferior to the USN in WW2. Apparently, the IJN was a near peer or peer at the start of the war, but couldn’t keep up after Midway. One thing mentioned a couple times was the IJN modeled itself on the British Royal Navy, to the extent that they had bricks fired in Britain imported to build the schools in which to train sailors and officers.

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Written by Ry Jones

24 August 2014 at 13:23

Posted in Hobbies

LE6920

Joe’s new shooter picked up his LE6920 today. He’s thrilled, I’m thrilled he’s thrilled, here’s to a convert.

Written by Ry Jones

29 July 2014 at 23:46

Posted in Shooting Stuff

Best laid plans, and so on

I had planned to attend a wedding reception this afternoon in Portland, but a co-worker’s wife had a medical emergency Friday afternoon and all plans for weekend coverage were set aside. She’s out of the hospital now, but it would have been nice to make it to Portland. Hopefully I can make amends later in the year.

TGIK has been looking for an AR15, so we went to the local shops to look-see some. The plan was to find something carbine shaped he liked and buy it. The first store wouldn’t sell him a gun until they explored every option in depth. I’ve never seen someone work harder to befuddle a newbie and not sell a rifle. The second store started pushing that whatever-of-the day using great tactics like “a few months ago, this was a $2500 rifle!” Yeah buddy, every rifle was $2500 a few months ago. Credibility shot, no rifle was purchased.

I stayed in the back at both stores. I agreed with everything the first store had to say, but not quite how they said it. I did appreciate that they didn’t hard sell the store brand and try to get him into the most expensive 3 gun rifle they had, and I suggested once he figures out what he wants, he buy it there. The second store has a wider selection at the low end, and if I was looking for the 20th rifle to toss on the rack, I wouldn’t mind picking up a couple $600 rifles there. Just don’t start with the line about how much it was work a while ago. Ammo and mags were in evidence at both, but at prices that aren’t quite where I’m ready to jump in.

Written by Ry Jones

21 June 2014 at 18:36

Posted in Life, Shooting Stuff

2&4, 3

When you see this type of button lock, the default combination is 2&4 at the same time, then 3. This has proved true for “secure” doors in the Federal building as well as every demo gun safe I’ve played with in a store. I bought a gun safe with one of these locks, and following the instructions and being very careful ended up with a lock that had a combination of 2&4, 3. Never buy something with this style of lock.

Written by Ry Jones

13 March 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies

Give it away

Take this and make a million: EZ bake rifles. Sell clones of the Remington 700 action made in parts that slap into a jig, heat in the oven, and braze together.

80% lowers without a milling machine.

Written by Ry Jones

6 March 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies, RKBA

End of an era

Minivan of Justice Mark The Second rolled away on a flatbed this morning. Truly, a van more sinned against that sinning.

Written by Ry Jones

16 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies, Humor, Offroading

Perception of color by sex

Interesting. Men use fewer, larger buckets to describe colors. I think this may be generally true, but I suspect my background in painting houses has rendered me more aware of colors, even though I have evidence that my color mapping isn’t generally correct. A couple people have said “you call that blue?” when I say something is behind the blue whatever.

Bright colors taste metallic, anyway.

Written by Ry Jones

1 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies

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