Archive for September, 2009

Uncle vs Homeowners Assoc

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2009 by Jay

I just got the phone with My Uncle. He lives in Pflugerville, which is a little Northwest of Austin. He owns  his own home, paying the mortgage, etc. With that said, he also has to be a member of a Homeowners Association.

Anyway, he called to tell me this.

 He has a tall tree thats near the side of his house. The problem is, the tree is dead. It’s losing bark left and right, the center of the tree is dead, and it has no leaves. However, the tree has this nice lean to it, which means when it finally falls over, its going right into his living room. So, he called a landscaping company to come and remove it. Somehow the Homeowners Assoc got wind of it, and told him he can’t have it removed until they call in a tree specialist (whatever it is that ends in -ologist and deals with trees) to declare it dead.

Here is the messed up part. He has to pay for the tree specialist. If the tree falls into his house, he has to pay for any damage done to his house, plus pay to have the tree removed. If he removes the tree without having it declared dead, the Homeowners Assoc will mostly likely file a lien against his house and have it foreclosed, plus he would have to pay a hefty fine.

All I can say, is holy shit. Now I remember why I hate Austin (sorry Hsoi).

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Update to Delimma + more

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2009 by Jay

I said I would update my allowance for Delimma, which is now up to $460.

Also, anyone have any thoughts on the Browning Hi-Power? How much do they go used for? I haven’t had much luck searching…

Speaking of searches…

Here are some of the more interesting search terms that have led people to here:

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can i get my chl when i have a public intoxication charge

can you buy firearms on sunday in texas

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with firearms brand loyalty

 

Hope those people searching here found their answers….

Delimma

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2009 by Jay

As I posted yesterday, I’m in something of a pickle.

Here is said pickle.

I would like a new pistol. However, said pistol would be my overall use and abuse gun. Now, it doesn’t have to be brand new. I’d gladly accept a mil-surp, LE trade in, etc.

What I mean by “use and abuse gun”, this will be generic carry everywhere pistol. When I’m out at my grandfather’s ranch, in the car travel, etc. Something I can really get some use out of. Yes, I do have my USP, but with the extended barrel, and mags at $70 a pop, it’s too hard and expensive to carry concealed.

Here are some options I’m looking at:

1. Sig P–6 trade ins – Obviously Sigs are rockin’ pistols. Parts, mags, etc are still easy to come by, as well as there is a variety of 9mm Luger rounds out there. Only problems for me, is 8+1 is a pretty low ammo count, considering it’s a pretty big pistol, and it’s 9mm.

2. Makarovs – Maks have received an excellent reputation, though they aren’t without the occasional lemon. Easily concealable, so forth and so on. Problems for me:  9mm Mak is less powerful than the 9mm Luger round, parts can be hard to come by, not a lot of variety (i.e. JHP) for 9mm Mak, and I don’t see a lot of Maks for sale. If I do, they are Soviets and have a price tag of $450+.

3. Walther P.38/P1 – History speaks for itself here. Need I say more? Problems for me: Some can’t feed JHP rounds, no one makes a good Conceal Carry holster for it, and I have read it can be picky on FMJ ammo too.

4. Tokarev – I probably wouldn’t get a Soviet TT-33, but a Romanian TTC or the Yugoslavian model. Simplified Browning design, parts are easy to order for, mags are dirt cheap, and can easily defeat Class II body armor. Problems for me: Not a lot of variety of ammo (i.e. no JHP), sacrifices a wee little too much stopping power for penetration for me, no one makes a good conceal carry holster for it.

Now, that being said, I realize that there is a possibility I’ve forgotten about another pistol and really should consider it.

That being said, here are my criteria. I have $445 to spend MAX (this may change, wait for an update on this tomorrow afternoon) including taxes. I am going to the San Antonio SAXET Gun show on Sunday, so I will be able to haggle. Unfortunately, no mouse guns. I would like it to be fairly easy to conceal. I could conceal carry Dad’s Govt 1911 fairly easily without any problems, to give you an idea of what I mean by fairly easy.

So, I reach out to you, for your help in my decision. Please leave me a comment or shoot me an email.

Cabela’s in Buda

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28, 2009 by Jay

As I posted earlier, the Girl treated me to a stop at Cabela’s.

This is the first time I’ve ever been there, so I must say, it was impressive. I tried to get a couple pics, but my camera was dead. Needless to say, I will be back to take pics.

The store is beautiful, of which it’s beauty is too hard for me and my vocabulary to describe. It’s a semi-2 story, meaning that the front 2/3rds of the store is open, and the back 1/3rd is covered by the 2nd story.

All of the male customer assistance people were not only very helpful, but very knowledgeable too. The only times I ran into issues was with the young college age chicks. About the only thing they seemed to be good for was standing there looking hot in tight jeans and half unbuttoned shirts, directing people to what section they needed (hunting, camping, etc). Any section specific help I needed (i.e. where is the pistol ammo?), they would refer me to a male worker, who would then help me.

Anyway, a majority of the outdoor stuff they had was overpriced. For instance, a regular size bottle of Coleman’s propane for their stoves was $2.75 more than Academy or Wally World. Their firearms, especially their pistols, were overpriced as well. I saw 2 LE trade in Glock 17s for $525 a piece! Springfield XDs were priced at $150 over what I could get as advertised at local dealers.

Now, on to what everyone is waiting for…..pistol ammo selection!

9mm Luger, .40 S&W, and .45 auto were available in both JHP, FMJ, and Personal Defence ammo.

.25 auto, .32 auto, 7.62×25 Tokarev, 9mm Makarov, and .50 AE were available in FMJ only.

.357 Sig and 10 mm auto was available in JHP only.

However, you had to do some hunting to find everything. They had 2 dedicated shelf units for pistol ammo, but that wasn’t their entire selection. They also had several smaller shelves randomly placed at the end of the dedicated shelves. When I looked through the dedicated shelves, I couldn’t find any 9mm Luger FMJ. However, I found a shelf full of S&B 9mm Luger FMJ at the end of the black powder stuff.

No matter how much hunting I did, I couldn’t find ANY .380 ammo whatsoever.

While I was looking through the pistol ammo, the Girl said she’d give me $25 to spend on whatever I wanted. Seeing this rare opportunity to buy without guilt, I splurged and got a box of high end personal defence ammo. I bought Winchester Supreme Elite .40S&W 180 Gr. JHP Bonded PDX1. A box of 20 was $22.99 before taxes! Anyone have any experience with that kind/brand of ammo? I went with Winchester cause I’ve always had excellent luck with it, so I figured their high end personal defence stuff would be perfect for me.

Overall, I hope to go back again one day and get pictures. It was neat to go through and look around.

I’m in something of a dilemma too, which I will graciously be asking for help on. It’s past my bed time, so I’ll save that for tomorrow.

Freedom!

Posted in Note to Self on September 27, 2009 by Jay

I’m back at teh apartment. All went well. They aren’t anti-gun, but they aren’t pro-gun either. They don’t see the need for them to own a gun, but they aren’t going to stop other people from exercising their RKBA. Because of that, I was told they don’t allow firearms in their house or on their property. So, I had to move my car, since it was parked in their driveway. I parked on the curb, which is city property, and is where I could legally carry. However, I ended up getting a parking ticket, for parking too close to an intersection. Fine? $35.

As Bob S. has asked here (“Why do you carry…”) and here (“Why do you carry…Part 2”), as a non-CHL permit holder, I carried because I was going into the unknown. This is the first time I’ve been to Abilene, this is the first time I’ve ever driven that way, so I had no idea what I was going to run into. Google Maps doesn’t exactly have an “avoid the Ghetto” or “avoid high crime areas” option, so I had no idea what part of the towns I drove we were going to be in. For all I knew, I was going to be driving through areas like the Fifth Ward in Houston. So, as I have car insurance, health insurance, and renters insurance, my USP was my insurance against the unknown.

Anywho, because the Girl said I was a good boy, we went to Cabela’s in Buda. I’ve heard a lot about it, but have never gone personally. All I can say, is wow.  More on this later, as it deserves a post of its own.

So, I’m going to spend the rest of the night catching up on my blog readings and decompressing from the trip.

Gone

Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2009 by Jay

Adios Amigos!

I’m leaving for Abilene with the Girl. Thanks to the great state of Texas, I’ve got my USP and 2 spare mags (for a total of 48 rounds) strapped in my car for the ride as well. 

I’ll be back some time on Sunday. So, needless to say, no blogging or emailing from me until Sunday.

Thanks to Dan and Bob S. for their tips!

Oh, and I found my 1908 VP. It had buried itself in the cushions of the couch.

Do’h

Posted in Uncategorized on September 24, 2009 by Jay

Meeting the Girl’s parents this weekend for the first time. I found out they are strict anti-gun. Any advice?

Also, I can’t find my 1908 VP. Thats the 2nd time this month I’ve lost it. I know it’s somewhere in the apartment, I just don’t know where. It’s got a full mag, but not one in the chamber. It normally disappears once a month, so I might just get it lo-jacked. :P