Richard Craver

Thoughts, Musings And The Occasional Rant

God Bless The USA

Written By: richardwcraver - Jul• 01•18

Freedom is not free, it’s cost is quite high. Thank you service men and women, past and present; and especially those that paid the highest price for our freedoms.

My Alter Ego

Written By: richardwcraver - Jun• 30•18

This little blog is filled with some of the stuff that rolls around in my head, that occasionally comes out my finger tips. A hobby, an observation and sometimes a rant. One of my hobbies is reloading ammunition, it’s a mostly relaxing activity whether picking up spent brass at the range, cleaning and prepping brass or the actual reloading of ammunition. (more…)

The Tyranny Of The Maintenance Light

Written By: richardwcraver - May• 25•18

I have long ascribed to the notion of the 7,500 mile Maintenance Service with an oil change in between, so I write the reminder sticker on the windshield for 3,750 miles from current. Or if using synthetic oil like myself 5,000 miles. Automakers have been recommending 8,000 and even 10,000 mile intervals at the flogging of the EPA and ‘wastestream’ operators.


Old Sleds

Written By: richardwcraver - May• 11•18

We have a term for cars that are past their useful service life; we call them Old Sleds. Basically it describes a car that gets dragged from shop to shop by it’s owner that never seems to have any money, because naturally the previous shop charged them a bunch of money and didn’t fix their car. So we have had our number picked in the lottery of life to be the superhero to right all wrongs for no real financial compensation.


The Not So Fun Part Of Reloading

Written By: richardwcraver - Apr• 23•18

On my last few range visits someone previous had converted a whole bunch of dollar bills into decibels. There was .223 brass strewn all about. Being the range squirrel I am, I made myself busy picking up brass until my knees screamed ‘Uncle’.


Russian Collusion – Part 3

Written By: richardwcraver - Apr• 10•18

Well I got the high power hammer spring installed and went to the range, along with the correct magazines this time. I was hoping for an uneventful shooting experience. I had two dud rounds out of about 50 rounds shot (Cheap Wolf Military Classic fodder- $3.99/20rds), but other problems persisted.


I’m Breaking Up With Google

Written By: richardwcraver - Mar• 26•18

For over 15 years I have enjoyed my relationship with Google. I mean they have arguably the best Search on the planet. About 10 years ago I got a Gmail address and life was good! Spam went away and I didn’t have to worry about losing mail whenever I got a new computer or updated an existing one. But in the back of my mind I knew if it wasn’t costing me anything, then I was the product.


Russian Collusion – Part 2

Written By: richardwcraver - Mar• 26•18

Components began arriving and assembly began in earnest. All that was left was the stocks. I had decided this rifle would have wood furniture, but at last Friday afternoon UPS showed up with Forest Camo laminates from Boyd’s Gunstocks.


Russian Collusion

Written By: richardwcraver - Mar• 22•18

A few weeks ago I was painting my rifle black. I had such a good time building it in the beginning, and such a good time stripping it, painting and removing excess weight; then Aim Surplus put lowers on sale.


Amazon Will Not Post My Product Review

Written By: richardwcraver - Mar• 15•18

I received a product that shipped with batteries, they were dead on arrival. I asked for replacement batteries, which seems more logical than returning a $12 item for replacement, shipping cost money you know.