Apparently Google has its knickers all in a twist over those cunts in the Eu and some shite about cookies. Frankly if they are biscuits then I will eat them, if you are concerned about this then fuck off somewhere else and read something else.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Well its christmas or very nearly

I did take the 7x57 down to Cirencester for testing and new mounts are needed. It was a fairly eventful day though I got to fire a 9x63 Mauser and a Blaser double in .375 H&H. The Blaser proved the most eventful and the recoil whilst manageable was lively!
Steve though was caught out slightly, you may recall Steve who shoots with me regularly and he uses a single trigger shotgun and that means he can use finger tip control which is something that you shouldn't do with a double trigger gun.
 Feeding these;
Out of this:

 And forgetting about the recoil led to this;
Needless to say after we mopped the contents of Steves forehead from the lens we carried on, and into the pub and apparently overnight too. Steve was superglued back together eventually in hospital. Well today has gone fairly well, we had Christmas here today to make up for the fact that I am working tomorrow right through to Sunday. Its money, my first Christmas worked in 25 years since leaving the army and possibly the last one I will work.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Rescuing the 7x57

After the disaster that was the Parker Hale 7x57 out on the hill with a poorly shimmed scope mount I have decided to give it another go and also have a crack with the Ruger 77 next Saturday when we visit the range. Its a good opportunity to try some African Calibre rifles and also rezero the ones I need to check before I start stalking the new ground straight after Christmas.
Yesterday the shoot went fairly well, I managed a bird and the dogs efforts earned me a brace hence Steve's Christmas dinner is secure. Anyway I will update as to the rifles performance and leave you with a Candid shot of Bruce and Myself with the dogs at the end of the first drive;
My new SLR T shirt arrived yesterday whilst I was out, its in aid of Hols for Heroes and thanks to Taff on Arrsse we are starting to look rather smart again!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Martina Hill Wo ist er denn

Yes German girls certainly seemed to be a bit shameless!

Friday, 6 December 2013

Nelson Mandela Alco Pops (+playlist)

Let us not forget the great mans contribution

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Scotland 2013

The last day on the Hill, The Ghillie, Doc and I and the rain was so heavy we could hardly see out of the window of the land rover. The Ghillie spots 3 Roe Does on the cull list and doc bags two with a .243 Blaser and I get one with a .308 Parker Hale Mauser. The moderators were especially effective, Doc using a T8 and I had a B&T sporter compact fitted.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

sent to me today, not only amazing as the act of a truly lazy man but also a true genius and a Boss in waiting!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

New rifle?

Ok, maybe not new, a 20 year old at least Ruger 77 made before Ruger went to the bolt mounted safety this one has a shotgun style safety;
 The rifle has a couple of minor marks on the stock but nothing that wont clean up if I was that way inclined. It doesn't have a great scope, a Leupold M8 6X42 of the same vintage. I don't think looking down the bore its seen much action and I am almost reluctant to have it screw cut for moderating!

 All in all not a bad little and very pointable .308 which will suit nicely for a stalking starter rifle.
I may just have the patch of ground to try it out on soon, as for that 7x57, the scope mount bases weren't aligned properly, I will look at a single piece mount for that instead.

Friday, 15 November 2013


Exceedingly happy to count myself a member of this club!

Now if I said what he said I'd be castigated as a racist
Let alone if I used half of the phrases used by the taxi driver of Asian origin interviewed by the BBC, complaining about "them coming over here, kids out of control, dirty, ruining our community etc. I had to chuckle, the boot is firmly on the other foot and now they are getting a taste of what we put up with over the last 30 or 40 years of unfettered immigration.
Now I'm not condoning violence but if all immigrants were sent to Belfast for 3 years until they proved ability to support themselves then perhaps we would have less of a problem?
It has merit and has worked previously hasn't it? I wonder if Blunkett actually knows what race he is allegedly from?

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Remembrance Sunday at the cenotaph
1hour 36 and Bambibasher is in there!
Proudly led by his 72 year old former RSM!

The Cat Who Slaps Gators

Yes I am back, I will be here more often now I have sussed out how to fix the T Lady's computer!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Ping Pong Knife

I'm sure this could be filed under "don't try this at home kids!" but I suspect the bloke walking past at the end didn't realise what a close call he had!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Go on get away you waste of space

Or as my client aptly put it yesterday, getting out of Dodge before the sheriff arrives. I would like to say its been fun but it hasn't, the money was good, excellent even, the overtime welcome, the company car (although not my choice) was nice too however I cant be arsed to work with wankers who are so far up their own arses they have started to believe their own propaganda.
So its with a nod to the poor souls staying and a thank you to those who have helped me whilst
I have battled against the utter idiocy and incompetence of those sent to challenge my existence.
As I am leaving the world of staff employment and going back to work for myself again I am happy to say to those I leave behind;

"If there is anything that you want from me or would like me to do before I go, you can"
 Now that feels better, normal service will be resumed after my week stalking in Scotland where hopefully the most difficult choice will be 7x57 or .308!

Monday, 30 September 2013

BBQ season, a little late even with an Indian summer?

I share the office corridor with these folks but it seems my idea for an aquatic BBQ didn't work out;

A distinct lack of parental supervision

Some of us shouldn't be allowed out shopping without a responsible adult;

Needless to say some of us wont be going back to a certain shop in Sheffield in a hurry!
Maybe by Christmas they will have forgotten?

Friday, 27 September 2013

For the old and Bold,

For those of us who remember, a real mans rifle!

Today I have finished the first of my last 4 weeks at work with my current employers. I have no problem with most people even those who do little more than balls the job up. Recently we have been enjoying the attentions of seagull management, you know the sort, brought in to sort out a mess yet just make a big noise and leave an even bigger mess to be cleaned up afterwards.
Well I cracked, a company that had apparently been chasing me for an interview for 4 months caught up with me and offered me a job.
So its back to contracting and being smart with my books again. At least it means less weekends at work, more shooting and more gun buying!
Hopefully win win.
I thought I would close out this week with a little pinching of published cartoons;

I am left wondering after watching Blackout on Ch4 if solar power is capable of running a house if the main grid goes down, would you notice and is any extra work needed to make it happen?

Answers on a postcard please. Sod it email will do!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Monday, 16 September 2013

Shopping in Lidl

The Midland Game Fair

The (allegedly) much respected Midland Game Fair has just passed us by. Its the  30th birthday of the never cancelled show at Weston Park near Telford. The park itself is nice but unfortunately its closeness to the M54 seems to attract a lot of the 5 fingered discount mob.
The usual suspect were there this year bar the usual ones who having fallen out on previous years have sworn never to darken their doors again. I'm happy with that, takings are as per usual down on previous years which is apparently to be expected but as some traders decide to sell at the only two events they do stock at prices so low that I could buy from them and still make a profit and wonder why the public stays well away from them for the rest of the year when their prices are sky high.
The usual oddjobs abounded;
I had my usual game of playing spot the "most inappropriately dressed fair visitor" but this year was sufficiently busy enough to be restricted to some limited perving at the usual batch of cute puppies being exposed to the public (usually far too young) and some happy faces despite the weather.
Ghost Rifle put in an appearance, unfortunately as per usual visitors land at just the busiest moment when the Tea lady is getting excited about selling her wares.
Sunday was the wettest and least busy of the days and despite the strict instructions not to drive in front of the stands just about everybody did. I drove in on sunday morning just in time to pull two caterers vans out of the mud (who said I didn't need a 4wd pick up?) and face the idiot trader from down the road.
Many years ago I was asked if I sold a Halti lead which worked by forming two loops which sat over the dogs head. I said I hadn't but had they considered using a slip lead making a large loop over the dogs head and twisting it to make a second loop. This second loop would fit over the dogs nose and have the same effect. They already owned a few slip leads and went away happy, neither of us had thought of it at that time. The lead they wanted actually had a stitched loop so it couldn't revert to a simple slip lead when the dog ceased to pull. This was in my opinion pretty poor and the dog wouldn't get the positive learning effects of the removal of the nose loop.

Over the last 6 or 7 years we have sold many 6 foot leads from our shop all down to this very simple improvement. We have for at least 3 years had a simple advert saying "does your dog pull? Have you tried the figure 8?"
So last feb at the shooting show one of the traders started to market a figure 8 lead and it turns out its the original "Halti style" with the sewn in loop. They have had all these years to steal an idea which we thought was pants ie the original lead and now they claim to have trademarked it and demanded we take down our advertising and stop selling anything named the figure 8.
Oddly enough the Tea Lady felt threatened by the pikeyish appearance of the roll up smoking toerag and asked for my opinion. Needless to say when he put in an appearance on the sunday claiming the same trademark rights I challenged him to prove it and when he couldn't I told him to fuck off!
Now as an uncouth ex serviceman use of such language isn't outside of my experience and I usually try and reserve it for a special occasion. Trust me this was one of them. I now await our next meeting with glee.
By the way for anyone interested the case of Victoria Beckham versus Peterborough Football Club Commonly called the posh proved that trademarking words or phrases in common usage is worthless. The figure of eight in ropes has been around longer than I have and a quick google search reveals something like 31 million responses just for figure of 8 dog leads. I feel secure that I will be selling these for a few years yet!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

read it and weep

Its not often I abrogate responsibility for humour but here I can do no more than let you read this thread, don't ask why I found it!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Georgina Burnett

yes another quality piece of kit in the BBC weather girl stakes, I have to admit she gives Rachel Mackley a run for her money and I wouldn't mind tag teaming the pair but hey ho being as old as I am that's all in my dreams.
Anyway, work sucks but you all know that, the bank holiday looms and I need to visit the poults, drop off some feeders and thin out the foxes followed by a bit of a BBQ and then a zeroing session and maybe a stalk or 2.
I can hardly wait.
Kiwi sent me this, I know its possibly old but there are a few on here that may appreciate it;
Anyway those of you in the dark continent keep your heads down, its a year and a half before I can visit, Scotland is booked for this October along with a possible repeat visit in the new year for a small group of friends.
I suspect that with 3 days off I will be spending a bit of time working for a private job, one needs to fund the addiction to firearms doesn't one.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

So you have a flat tyre on your wheelbarrow so what do you do?

You improvise adapt and overcome!

This weekend I will mainly be

Running a scurry in the field behind John Bradshaws mini game fair, bring along your dogs, prizes for serious gun dogs as well as family pets.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Yorkshire (now you know why they like themselves so much)

Subject: When God Created Yorkshire

God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day.

He inquired, "Where have you been?"
God smiled deeply and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've made."

Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?"

"It's a planet," replied God, and I've put life on it.

I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a place to test Balance."

"Balance?" inquired Michael, "I'm still confused."

God explained, pointing to different parts of Earth.

"For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor.

Over here I've placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people. Balance in all things."

God continued pointing to different countries.

"This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."

The Archangel , impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land area and said, "What's that one?"

"That's Yorkshire , the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, and plains. The people from Yorkshire are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to travel the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, carriers of peace, and producers of good things"

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, "But what about balance, God? You said there would be balance."

God smiled, "Right next to Yorkshire is Lancashire .. Wait till you see the idiots I put there!"

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Of Ragley Hall, hot weather and the CLA

Now I am not naive enough to believe that for one moment the CLA gives two hoots about the traders who spend many thousands of pounds for some sheep shit ridden hard as concrete pitch in a farmers field, nor am I naive enough to think that unlike the French who protest in style they would take any notice of the traders who spent £150 to hire the CLA preferred electronic card machines for the weekend only to find that the network fell over on Friday morning resulting in hundreds of thousands of lost sales.
I suspect that they don't care about £29 tickets putting off punters, £2.50 ice creams, £2 bottles of water and £8 burgers all at the shergar burger end of the spectrum making folk decide that perhaps it wasn't worth coming again.
Yes folks the annual red cords weekend out that is known as the CLA game fair rolled into Ragley Hall near Evesham and promptly exposed the CLA as greedy money grabbing gits and the punters as tight arsed Brummies. I'll give you the fact that the welsh pikeys also made an appearance fortunately we looked too expensive for them but none the less the weekend was pretty grim. If traders keep price cutting to that extent then they will cease to exist.
The silly price cutting is something we just don't engage in and yet our sales for the weekend were on par with every other trader, about a third less than Blenheim. Lets hope that next year is better.

The stand took us about 5 hours to build over 2 days, it was too hot to erect and too hot to work in!
Friday morning was ridiculously hot for Warwickshire and the crowds stayed firmly away!
We did get a brief chance to see the big house whilst searching for the non existant water supply!
Yes he is wearing tweed in 30 degree heat, mad dogs and Englishmen

Saturday dawned cooler but this was taken at 7 am, the same place at 1300 on the friday would have seen the same amount of people, sad really. Ragley wont be on our list in a hurry.
Saturdays crowd appeared more interesting but still not a patch on Blenheim.

At least legs were on display
Returning home in this heat means at least the 7x57 can have another and hopefully final coat of paint baked onto it in this heat!

Saturday, 13 July 2013

I know its been a while

I have been busy and I mean really busy, I spent the last 2 years mainly working part time at game keeping and gun dealing with some day job thrown in. I rather enjoyed it although the lack of funds wasn't much fun so it was with regret that I had to go back to a full time job working as a contractor. I suppose I am lucky to have had those 2 years in which to have the freedom to work when I wanted but sadly it was mainly the poxy London Olympics which put a dent in my day job plans. I wonder how many others were inconvenienced by wanker Coes sports day?
Anyway I have kept my hand in, been shooting a fair bit, joined a syndicate as a member and taken on teaching deer stalking to the game keeper. I have also renewed my dealers license and been busy buying in second hand Spanish Boxlocks to sell on. Occasionally the odd gem turns up and I also managed to bag another 7x57 by Parker Hale. A little external TLC and its ready for the Hill. I will zero it this weekend time permitting and it should be a good little rifle for the Scottish week in October.
 I luckily bagged an ex demo Swarovski 6x42 for this, it will be a keeper scope, if the rifle doesn't cut the mustard accuracy wise I will keep it and rebarrel it for a pet project.
 Kristoffs restoration of the stock really seems to have paid off, it looks really nice, another coat of paint for the barrel and a few coats of \BLO for the stock.
 On return from the Kent County Show today we noticed how warm it was in the garden!
 The trip home via Steve's House revealed a Barnes TSX with a case from his 9.3 x 63. A nice round, bullet and rifle. The bullet was recovered from his back stop and the case is for my sporting collection. I like Steve!
Today again at Detling we were privileged to witness both a Spitfire and Hurricane, truly great aircraft with great engine sounds. I couldn't get the phone out in time for the Hurricane sadly.
Now I have just started 9 days leave and I am looking forward to packing the trailer for a week at Ragley hall in preparation for and taking part in the CLA Game Fair! Looking forward to seeing you there, do pop in and put the kettle on. I don't think I will have much time as the Tea Lady will be cracking the whip!

Monday, 8 July 2013


My wife walked in on an argument between me and our Son.

When he ran out of the room crying, I turned to the wife and said, "I wish I'd used a condom now."

Horrified, she said, "What? You wish our son had never been born?"

"No," I replied. "I've got his girlfriend pregnant."

I know, I know, I will start posting again soon!

Friday, 14 June 2013

Thousands of them sir

According to the local press thousands of former Light Infantrymen descended upon Shrewsbury to celebrate their service. Ahem, well it may not quite have been thousands but we certainly celebrated, the Red Rooster was out of the cage!
On the way to Shrewsbury I received a call asking if i would look at a pistol found in a loft, I cleaned and stripped the little blighter and it appears to be an English Bulldog, a pocket revolver from about 1880 ish and in .44 Belgian Bulldog so obsolete and section 58 (2) meaning anyone can buy this. Cleaning it up at the moment but its too late to make this months auction at Holts. I may take offers though!

The grips were in excellent condition, the original nickel plating long gone but the surface rust came away easily and apart from the brass vice steel machine screw in the cylinder crane its all original.
 Work has been its usual hectic self not allowing much time to tackle dog training or gun restoration but we are plugging away and I have set myself a target to achieve each evening. That may mean the end of that pesky fox which insists on teasing my dogs almost every evening!
I also should be back out on the farm tackling the foxes before the poults arrive. Chin up I will keep you updated.
As a passing note, I found this in my email in box last night, whats good for the goose etc;
The RSPB's hypocrisy
The RSPB has today published information relating to its use of egg oiling, nest destruction and the culling of birds. This is in response to a Freedom of Information Act request made by the Countryside Alliance.
In his blog the RSPB's Martin Harper admits that in 2011/12 the charity obtained licences from Natural England to kill three adult lesser black-backed gulls and destroy 76 large gull nests and also killed 292 carrion crows and 11 magpies under open general licences.
The charity also said it oiled, to prevent hatching, 73 greylag goose eggs and more than 25 Canada goose eggs and destroyed 195 barnacle goose eggs.
We have also found out, through the Freedom of Information Act request, that the charity obtained a licence in 2011 to destroy the eggs of black swans.
In recent weeks the RSPB has used highly emotive language to criticise the granting of licences by Natural England to destroy the nests of buzzards and manage gull populations. Now, however, we find out that the Society has been carrying out exactly the same sort of activities for its own purposes.
The RSPB's use of the licensing system seems to be perfectly legitimate and justified but looks extraordinarily hypocritical in light of its recent comments about other licence applications.
If the licence system is correct when used by the RSPB, then it must also be correct when used by other applicants.
Barney White-Spunner"
Is that clear enough for you?

Friday, 3 May 2013

Sunny weather, Bank Holidays, guns and weather girls

So its warm and sunny, I had spent a day on a training course with the all day hangover from hell, Lennie didnt say that came with the hotel room and I am sat in the beer garden of a hotel chain in Chingford, home of the aging Gilfs. So up pops email mail from Mr FM including 2 pics from his recent spring break
With a Blue Wildebeast

 With a Piggy and 3 helpers, the piggy is the prone one
 Big mistake was to leave behind the national reserve of homebrew cider, it would have made for a cheaper stay;
 On the subject of eye candy there are few finer sights first thing in the morning than waking up to a lovely weather girl. Sadly Local BBC for Chingford could only offer this;
 When I really wanted the goddes of all milfs, Carol Kirkwood who if she doesnt have her own website certainly should get one!
 I have to admit to feeling cheated by the all you can eat breakfast when I asked for two of everything and they skipped the hash browns;
 The next day they managed to get the hash browns but forget the sausages, I ask you what sort of kitchen are they running?;
 Still on return from a day spent in design review meetings in central London and the delivery fairy has brought me finally from the auctions, two Spanish 12 bore side by side non ejector boxlocks and a Parker Hale 7x57 Mauser. So not a completely wasted week then!
So a long weekend ahead, started drinking the homebrew apple and pear cider already and I'm looking forward to spending some time with the dogs. Oh and of course I passed the course!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Stagging on

Its been a shit couple of weeks, chaos at work, chaos at large in the world but at least one thing is certain, friends will always need you even if its for a comforting word.
Still forging ahead my holiday is booked, a trip up to Scotland for the start of this years Hind cull, a boys event well worth the wait.
Heres a pic or three to get your tastebuds warmed up;
 The Rigby on the Hill
 The days takings
The Blaser

Monday, 8 April 2013

Farewell Maggie

A true leader, a person who stood up for what was right regardless of the consequences!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Mausers everywhere

A trip to Yorkshire yesterday to drop Alex (Minime) off at University and I managed to grab the last two Portugese Mausers in Henry Kranks in Leeds. Now they are a shop best phoned in advance and visited in person. Sadly SBW missed my trip and put in an order a little too late. However I am now the proud owner of 1 Portugese Mauser in 6.5 x 58, 2 of the shortened rebarrelled models in 8mm and an Argentinian 7.65 x 53.
Here they are for comparisom. I will likely sporter the lower 8mm Mauser once I have had some fun, I rather fancy a 7.62 bullet in a 6.5 x 55 case so it will still be a Mauser but an oddball one;
 You can see the difference in Barrel Lengths between the original 6.5 from 1904 and the later 1930's 7.92 x 57 models;
 Its an interesting bolt thats for sure;
Well at least it keeps me off the streets and I am not posting offensive comments on twitter!

The sporter? yes the Argy and the Portugese will get restocked hopefully this year!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Taxes for the hard of thinking

With thanks to Nick on FB;

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to £100...
If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this...

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay £1.
The sixth would pay £3.
The seventh would pay £7..
The eighth would pay £12.
The ninth would pay £18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay £59.

So, that's what they decided to do..

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball.

"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by £20". Drinks for the ten men would now cost just £80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes.

So the first four men were unaffected.

They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men?
The paying customers?

How could they divide the £20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

They realised that £20 divided by six is £3.33. But if they
subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).

The sixth now paid £2 instead of £3 (33% saving).

The seventh now paid £5 instead of £7 (28% saving).
The eighth now paid £9 instead of £12 (25% saving).

The ninth now paid £14 instead of £18 (22% saving).

The tenth now paid £49 instead of £59 (16% saving).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got a pound out of the £20 saving," declared the sixth man.

He pointed to the tenth man,"but he got £10!"

"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a pound too. It's unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!"

"That's true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get £10 back, when I got only £2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "we didn't get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works.

The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction.

Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore.

In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Hear the Tiger Roar

Alex and I got up at stupid o clock and drove to Bovington in Dorset. We went to hear the tiger roar, Tiger Tank Mark 1 Number 13 the first captured in WW2 was restored enough for a public display and I was asked to support the Hols for Heroes stand in the entrance hall.
We arrived as early as possible, the 157 mile drive flew by and we were the first in the car park, we helped set up and then wandered around the halls before the public arrived, what a great opportunity;
 Outside we saw some tanks moving around
 Both old and new ones
 Some quite rare ones
 Of course the halls are packed with examples
 Alex has a go on the PIAT simulator
 King Tiger, my what a feck off big gun!

 A Vickers?
 A WW1 Whippet
 A Ferret Mk5 with Swingfire