Notes for Monday – March 06, 2017

March 6th was the birthday of Leroy Gordon “Gordo” Cooper Jr., (1927) in Shawnee Oklahoma. This U.S. Air Force pilot and astronaut, who was aboard Mercury 9 and Gemini 5, had his exploits well documented in Tom Wolfe’s book The Right Stuff, and in the well-done film of the same name. Cooper died at age 77 from heart failure at his home in Ventura, California, on October 4, 2004. Coincidentally, this is also the birthday of Valentina Tereshkova (born 1937), a Soviet cosmonaut and the first woman in space (aboard Vostok 6). She was born in Maslennikovo, USSR.

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Kel-Tec SU-16B, by Pat Cascio

This isn’t my first Kel-Tec SU-16B rifle; I bought one around 2003 or 2004, if memory serves me correctly. What caught my attention back then was that it didn’t look like other so-called “assault rifles”. It was compact, lightweight, and shot the .223/5.56 caliber round. However, I had nothing but problems with that particular sample. The empty brass would stick in the chamber after firing, and quite often loaded rounds wouldn’t fit the chamber either. The gun was sent back to Kel-Tec, and several weeks later I got the gun back. I was told that the chamber reamer was worn out and the chamber wasn’t cut deep enough. Whatever! However, the gun still wouldn’t function 100%, so I got rid of it. Some time ago, I spied a used but like-new Kel-Tec SU-16B at my local gun shop. The price was way more than “right”, and I got it and took it home for a good cleaning and lubrication and, of course, a very close inspection. The SU-16B weighs a mere five pounds empty, which is nice. It has a 16-inch medium/heavy barrel profile, with an overall length of a bit more than 37 inches, but that isn’t the whole … Continue reading

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Recipe of the Week: Is There Any More of That Chicken? by J.M.

This simple, inexpensive meal will leave your guests asking, “Is there any more of that chicken?”. The result is a moist, fall-off-the bone chicken thigh wrapped in a crisp sweet and tangy skin. Note that hormones and antibiotics spoil this recipe, so shop for quality chicken. Ingredients: 6-8 plump chicken thighs 1-2 large cloves of garlic, minced Fresh ground mild chili or black pepper ½ cup olive oil ¼ cup Balsamic or apple cider vinegar ½ cup honey 1-2 tsp Balsamic or apple cider vinegar ½ cup molasses Directions: Preheat oven or covered grill to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place cooling rack on baking sheet. Place thighs skin side up on rack. This allows the grease to drip and accumulate. For the first baste, combine in a small bowl the minced garlic, pepper, olive oil and 1/4 cup of vinegar; this makes enough to baste the chicken two times. Brush on chicken and place sheet in oven. Bake for 45 minutes, basting another time or two to keep the skin moist. For the second baste, combine the honey and a splash (about 1-2 tsp) of additional vinegar to thin in a bowl and brush on. Bake for another 45 minutes, basting … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Solid Fuel Stoves

Hugh, Our home is located in NW Wyoming, at an elevation of just under 6,000 feet. We have operated both a coal stove (Hitzer Model 30-95 EZ-Flo Hopper Stove) and a wood burner (Blaze King Princess Catalytic Model) for a number of years. The wood stove is on the lowest level of our three-story log home, while the coal stove provides emergency heat for our storage/pantry building. Over the years, we have learned a great many tips and techniques for using solid fuel heaters. The most important step in installing and using one of these stoves is to get the advice and help of a qualified chimney and stove installer. After hiring a couple of “experts” who had no idea what they were doing, we were fortunate to contact one of the best outfits in NW Wyoming. He corrected the glaring and dangerous mistakes of the bumblers and installed both of our stoves. He used Selkirk “Ultra-Temp” stainless steel insulated pipe with a rating of 2,100 degrees on the exterior sections and double wall chimney pipe for the interior location. To deal with draft issues, he installed “Vacu-Stack” chimney caps. And, since there are very few “chimney sweeps” in our … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

China Vows To Refrain From “Mega Economic Stimulus” As ‘Two Sessions’ Begins – H.L. o o o Boomer Parents and their Millennial Kids: Study Regarding Care and Finances o o o 6 Steps Toward a More Sane Economic Policy o o o Gold Drops On Stronger Dollar And Higher Equity Prices o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

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Odds ‘n Sods:

North Korea launched four ballistic missiles – C.L. o o o HERE IS THE PROOF! Obama Wiretapping on President Trump o o o SurvivalBlog reader NSD sent in the link to Dr, Viera who has an extensive set of writings on the militia. This is worth a look. o o o Podcast: George Zimmerman And Don West. I can certainly understand no one liking Zimmerman much; but the man who successfully defended him in court is probably worth hearing. – T.J. o o o Another campus, another speaker, another riot – H.L.

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Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“I want to make it clear that if you are just wanting to bolt on a bunch of stuff to a rifle because of the perceived ‘cool’ factor, or you are wanting to collect all the likes on the latest social media app–cool, rock on. If tactical dress up is you game-dude go play to your heart’s content. However, you cannot do that, and at the same time trick yourself into believing that you are preparing for serious self-defense. In my experience, and mine only, I have been much more satisfied shooting a basic gun properly, after going to learn from top notch instructors, than I had been in the past, with cooler gadgets and little knowledge and no formal training. On many occasions I have sold guns to fund a trip to a class, and to date I have not had a single regret about any of those sales. In other words: Instead of spending so much money on hardware, we should instead make it a priority to invest in ourselves, an investment that brings highly desirable returns.” – Nate Osborne, writing in the P&S blog

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