Random thoughts from flyover country

Sunday, June 23

More updates - health and work

On March 6th I passed the one year anniversary of my prostate surgery and am still doing well and cancer-free. Back in January, I got tired of my increasingly sedentary lifestyle which my work seemed to encourage. An eleven hour shift controlling access to a secure facility doesn't do much other than develop powerful muscles that allow you to sit for long hours without tiring. I started climbing stairs on my breaks. As of this week I'm climbing 13 stories twice in the  morning and walking back down. I walk down 20 stories twice in the afternoon. I'm not on the shape I want yet, but I'm  getting there.

Also, we had another round of qualifications, and I scored 100% again. Not bad for an old fat man with a revolver.


It Used To Be Such A Nice Little Rifle...

Several years ago, I got a .223 Rem/5.56X45mm NATO Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle for Christmas. It has served nicely as a truck gun, coyote swatter, and critter getter equipped with an old Weaver 2.5 rifle scope. It hasn't been able to compete with my brother's Colt HBAR in shooting tiny groups on the range, but it has fed and fired everything I've stuffed in the magazine, including dinged and dented ammo that my brother's HBAR tore up. The only thing the Mini-14 didn't do was look like an evil assault weapon.

Well, that's changed...

I replaced the wooden stock with an ATI Strikeforce stock that adjusts for length of pull and folds. I put all four rails from the package on the forend and mounted a red dot reflex sight on the top rail. Now, I'll just wait for Senator Dianne Feinkenstein's head to explode since the stock Ruger Mini-14 wasn't on her AWB list.