Richard Craver

Musings about this world, and the world to come.

Sam Arrived

Written By: richardwcraver - Sep• 16•15

Wow! It’s been a month, time flies when you’re having fun or not. Sam arrived, my local FFL handled the transfer and the next day I cleaned it and put a hundred rounds down the pipe, all without incident.

Apparently Sam was not a carry gun, but rather stayed in the safe all the time. He had the musty smell of old papers and mildew, though not a spec of rust or mildew was found. I did a complete cleaning from the slide to the grip, disassembled the magazines and made them spotless with just a light coat of CLP to prevent rust and hopefully not attract too much dust. All the action parts where cleaned with mineral spirits, dried with compressed air, sprayed with WD40 and blown dry, then the contact points given just a smear of CLP with the bottle straw.

Some folks absolutely balk at WD40 on guns as it is not a ‘proper’ lubricant, and that argument has merit; it’s a poor lubricant, but very good ‘water dispersant’. It dries and leaves just enough film to prevent rust and other oxidation; and the odor dissipates quickly. CLP on the other hand is a very good lubricant and is used sparingly.

Sam is a carry gun, not a range gun. The Double Action Only trigger can be coaxed into firing very accurately with patience. But as a defensive carry I like that it is heavy and deliberate.

I still have my eye on a Sig SP2022 DA/SA though.

Waiting On Sam (the Sig), And Gun Buying Myths

Written By: richardwcraver - Aug• 16•15

After many months of browsing the manufacturer sites and auction sites, I finally parted with some $$’s for a quality used firearm, a Sig P250.  Even then it is a price, features, value compromise as all things come down to. I think I will call this one Sam, it is one of the poor man’s Sigs; if I ever have funds to buy a classic P226 variant I’ll reserve the name Sigmund for it.

I got the notion of naming guns from The Yankee Marshall‘s YouTube channel (Adult Humor Alert), he has a Glock named Gary. Gary is an independent, rebellious polymer troublemaker. (more…)

Does Quality Work Mean Anything Anymore?

Written By: richardwcraver - Aug• 10•15

Decades ago, I suppose I was a pre-teen because I remember listening to my Dad and not rolling my eyes, my Dad was talking to me about work ethic. I remember him telling me, “Whatever kind of work you do in life, do a good job. It doesn’t matter if your are a plane pilot or a dig digger, give the man an honest days work for an honest day’s pay. If you are a ditch digger, dig the man the nicest straightest ditch you can.” (more…)

Nasty Cars

Written By: richardwcraver - Jul• 16•15

I admit I don’t keep a spotless vehicle. Even in High School when others were washing, waxing, vacuuming and applying Armor-All and Westley’s Tire Gloss; if my car didn’t have bird droppings on it and the white letters were reasonably clean I was OK.  But some of the cars that come through the doors of the shops I’ve worked at… nasty.

Why is it that on a hot day some comes in with floorboards full to seat level, cola spilled in the console and become panicked that lighter socket is loose in the console? All the stuff has to be emptied out of the console, the cola syrup glued console cover has to be pried off carefully, because God forbid you crack it; then the lighter outlet is reattached, gooey parts re-installed and the driver warned about pulling straight out when removing their cell charger cord to prevent recurrence. They leave thinking, “Don’t they think I know how to use a charger cord?” “Why did they charge me $50 to tighten that doo-hickey? Meanwhile the tech is still in the back scrubbing goo from his hands, really wishing for a hot soapy shower.

Methuselah Is Gone But Gandalf Has Taken His Place

Written By: richardwcraver - May• 24•15

A few weeks ago I wrote about my old Accord being struck down in the prime of life at 519,380 miles. Sigh…. I wanted to see how long that car would remain viable transportation. I mused that I considered it a girl because a young lady that was a customer at the shop I used to work at drove it for many years, but I was considering naming it Methuselah. Methuselah was the oldest man recorded in the Bible, 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died. – Genesis 5:27 But alas it was not to be. (more…)

Life Is Like ….

Written By: richardwcraver - May• 04•15

Since God formed the dust of the earth into the body of Adam and breathed life into him, mankind has pondered the meaning of it all. The great philosopher …. ahem ….Forrest Gump stated that, “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Recently I overheard a conversation at work that basically related to how the sum of our experiences is what makes us what we are at any given point in time. One of the guys said that “Life is like a game of Solitaire, the moves you are presented with are reflected by the moves you’ve made previously. An interesting thought to ponder, and it holds some merit. (more…)

Why Did You Leave So Soon?

Written By: richardwcraver - Apr• 29•15

You belonged to someone else when we first met. The two of you shared many long hours traveling and seeing the world. At first I only knew you from afar, but as time carried on we got to know each other more intimately. Then the two of you split. It had been a long happy relationship with few problems, but ultimately it was time. Then you and I got together. (more…)

Cars Are Expensive Because People Want Them That Way

Written By: richardwcraver - Apr• 09•15

I will start by saying I like technology. I like computer gizmos, remote connectivity, portable electronics and the like. I just despise the cost of said technology. I am rarely an early adopter of anything, because bleeding edge is just that….bleeding…. cash. (more…)

Follow-up – Self Inflicted Bite To The Butt

Written By: richardwcraver - Mar• 29•15

When I last posted I thought I had ‘fixed’ my alternator whine in my homegrown Bluetooth setup, and I did at the cost of battery charging.  About that time one of my co-workers took delivery of a new Sony (Bleckkkk – I’ll never buy Sony again.) radio for his wife’s Honda Pilot. The previous owner had replaced the excellent factory radio with a JVC with no CD player. He says, “Who would buy a radio without a CD player?” I raised my hand. “Me. Mine has an SD card reader.” And an agreement of intent for me to buy the old radio was established. (more…)

Self Inflicted Bite To The Butt – Part 4

Written By: richardwcraver - Feb• 16•15

The next morning was especially cold and the windshield was covered in heavy frost. So I cranked the car, it sounded a bit sluggish. The battery is a few months old, but it is pretty cold. I set the defroster to high and turned on the rear window defroster, went back inside to caffeinate a few more minutes while the defroster did it’s thing. (more…)