Richard Craver

Musings about this world, and the world to come.

Car Audio Conundrums Revisited

Written By: richardwcraver - Feb• 02•16

Awhile back when I was still driving Methuselah I went through a period trying to get Bluetooth working with older technology so I could listen to podcasts during my commute. Ultimately I picked up a used JVC with Bluetooth from a co-worker and things got worked out nicely. With the passing of Methuselah I ended up with Gandalf. (more…)

D.I.Y. Gunsmithing – Part 1

Written By: richardwcraver - Jan• 16•16

At my last post, I had been to the gun show and had picked up a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun. This is in preparation for an upcoming church skeet shoot event, I went to it last year with a borrowed gun and had a blast, if you will pardon the pun. As the barrel is fitted with the Accu-Choke system and I really didn’t know what choke was in it, I picked up a ‘Skeet’ choke on the way home. (more…)

I Went To A Gun Show And Made It Out Very Alive

Written By: richardwcraver - Jan• 09•16

I haven’t been to a gun show in many years. The last time I went to one I was in Boy Scouts and the gun and knife show was in the coliseum adjacent to the fair grounds where a Scout-a-rama was taking place. I bought a leather handle Buck sheath knife that I have had for about 35 years now. I lost interest in such things a few years later in favor of cars and girls, got married, started playing golf, had a child and life got more complicated. (more…)

Annual Computer Freshen Up

Written By: richardwcraver - Dec• 26•15

A few days ago I generated a new security certificate for the website, it is installed and goes live on the 28th. I don’t have anything that needs super secret in transit security, but it’s available, free for non-profit use and I can, so I do it. Plus if we are to believe that the NSA is storing ALL encrypted traffic in the event that they need to decrypt it later, I’m happy to be a very small insignificant thorn in their flesh. (more…)

“…Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics…” – Mark Twain

Written By: richardwcraver - Dec• 19•15

So here’s how it started, I was Twitter surfing. The same as web surfing, except I read a tweet from someone I follow, ended up on their feed and saw a tweet from someone they follow and away I go reading tweets from people I don’t know. Being a life long K.O.O.K. (Keeper Of Odd Knowledge) I often see headlines that make the B.S. detector go off. This particular retweet screamed of gun violence and came from someone who’s handle I will not publish, because I’m not singling her out, and because unfortunately she has been played by the media as have so many others.

The original post came from someone who is alleged to be a TV reporter (more…)

Do You Have Computer Paper?

Written By: richardwcraver - Oct• 29•15

Although I’m coming up on 50, I really don’t think of myself as Old, although my body reminds me every so often. Occasionally you find yourself showing your actual age, such as the case of one of my co-workers recently who grew up in the same time period. (more…)

Feeling Kinda Drained

Written By: richardwcraver - Sep• 29•15

Well, here I sit in the Gander Mountain parking lot, in the rain. I’m not waiting on the doors to open for a great sale, I’m waiting on a tow truck. (more…)

Spandex Cyclists And Canadian Geese

Written By: richardwcraver - Sep• 26•15

Before I get started there will be some that will write me off as a bitter, cynical,  hateful anal orifice; I’m not….really, but the reader is entitled to their wrong opinion.

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…)