Careful or the Goose will fly!

So I’m perusing the liquor store yesterday purchasing some vodka for the bar and since I don’t drink much vodka I am trying to think what my wife would prefer. I remembered she had just finished a bottle of 360 Vodka and enjoyed it quite a bit. I’m not sure if the spirit was what she liked or if it was the bottle, but anyway, she liked it. After I grabbed a bottle of the 360, I spotted Smirnoff Silver on sale so I stuck it in the shopping basket to keep the 360 company. I figured I would see if there was anything top shelf to grab for her, but all I could find of Grey Goose was the flavored crap. Just a note, if you are making a drink start with plain old vodka and flavor it yourself. I’ve yet to find a flavored vodka I could stand. Back to the story, I knew she had some Grey Goose at the house and yet I could not find it anywhere on the shelves or end caps. I kept thinking they must be out so I went to the register and paid for the two bottles. After I had paid I noticed up high on the shelf behind the cashier was the Grey Goose. That didn’t quite compute for me because the Ketel One and the Chopin were still there on the main aisle. I asked the cashier why and he said if they put the Grey Goose out it will sprout wings and fly. They have more shoplifting of Grey Goose than anything else in the store. This store is in a nice location and is not in an area anyone can walk to from their house or apartment, they would have to drive or take public transportation to get to the store. It just doesn’t compute to me how someone would be shoplifting and more than that, shoplifting one particular brand of top shelf vodka. Anyway, if you’re looking for the Goose and cannot find it, it may be behind the cashier and now you know why. ;)

Primator Double Bock

The other day when I picked up the Primator Premium I also grabbed a Primator Double Bock. I could not recall ever having a doppelbock from the Czech Republic so of course I had to bring this puppy home. The flavor was excellent with a nice low chocolate character coupled with deep caramel which masked the 10.5% ABV lurking beneath. Tread lightly with this one since it is a 16.9 oz bottle it is quite a bit more of the juice than you’d find in an 11.2 or 12 oz bottle normally associated with a bottled doppelbock. The brewery is calling it a porter and I guess I can see why. It did have a bit more chocolate than most doppels and some Baltic porters are made with lager yeast, but in the end this to me was a doppelbock which might be why they named it Double Bock for the US market. I’d suggest this one, it’s pretty tasty!

Reap What You Sow

Two thieves broke into a home in Yadkin County last summer and stole firearms which they traded for drugs. These two individuals are facing 27 felony counts and are being held under no bond. The news articles did not mention if the firearms had been recovered and returned to their owner, but I do believe these men got what they deserved and I hope they will get a long time in prison to think about how stupid their actions were. I somehow doubt these are the only crimes committed by the dynamic duo, but at least they are now off the street even if that street is more of a country road.

Primator Czech Pils

In the local store I happened upon a Primator Premium Lager from Pivovar Náchod in the Czech Republic. When I first opened the 5% ABV beer I was floored by the aroma coming out of the glass. I have an interesting quirk in my aromatic perceptive abilities. Saaz hops to me have a mercaptan aromatic when the aroma is first being released from the beer with the carbonic acid of the carbonation. I have learned if that aroma lessens then it is Saaz hops, and if it is strong the beer is skunked. In this case the aroma was hops and it was ridiculous, but it lessened by the time the head fell back. If there was any particular issue with this beer it was head retention. The flavor was decidedly bitter with a nice malty aspect. At first I was thinking too bitter, but in time I found it quite refreshing. By the time I had almost drained the glass I could detect just a hint of diacetyl in the flavor. I was enamored enough by this beer to suggest it should be included as an example in the Bohemian Pilsner style guidelines. I doubt it will be included in the cut, but if you are looking for a good example of the style, this is one to seek out.

Why Gun Buy Back Programs Are Dumb!

Winston-Salem in their infinite wisdom held a gun buy back day. I’m not sure exactly why anyone finds these programs to be worth the time and effort involved. Sure you are getting guns which are not being used out of people’s homes, but are you really getting even one single gun off the street? The answer should not surprise you since it is NO! Most of the firearms are old, broken, or forgotten and while many criminals would use whatever they can get their hands on, these firearms in the closet are not a threat to society. Occasionally someone will bring in a relic which actually has some outstanding value, but that is the rare case. I see several guns on the tables with missing parts and pieces which would render them inoperable. I suspect the vast majority of those selling the firearms knew they were worthless and brought them in for a payday. I guess if your goal for the day was to use up all the funds you had allotted for the event then it could be deemed a success, but if you did nothing to ultimately curb crime then it is a miserable failure and a waste of time. Maybe they can have another one soon, that would tell all the criminals the police are at the Fairgrounds and so they can have a field day because of the increased response time and lack of police presence elsewhere in the city.

Save the money you would spend on programs such as this and use it to prosecute the criminals. A gun on the street would never hurt anyone, it takes a criminal to make it a weapon used in a crime.

Django Firearms

Happened to watch Django Unchained last night and noticed more Henry rifles than I had seen in a movie ever before. Only one problem, the Henry is 1860 and the movie was set in 1858. Oh well, why bother with the minor details. Lots of cool reproduction firearms in the movie. Probably some Pietta firearms, especially the 1858 Remington. I kinda doubt a gun which debuted in 1858 would have been in someone’s hand the same year, but stranger things have happened. Anyway, I enjoyed the movie even if many of the firearms in it did not exist in 1858.

Knife Ban Dianne?

It’s certainly a little early for this type of commentary, but I really don’t feel like waiting.

Yesterday a student reportedly stabbed twenty-two people in a Pennsylvania school using kitchen knives as his weapon for the attack. I keep scouring the news for Sen. Dianne Feinstein calling for a knife ban, but she hasn’t said a peep. I would have thought the 80-year-old crow would have at least proven consistent in her ban mentality, but I guess she’s just not concerned about kitchen knives and they mayhem potential they provide.

Being serious, what this event sadly demonstrates is a person bent on doing harm will use whatever they have available to attack others.

A Few Simple Rules

I’ve seen a couple of posts on various forums regarding unsafe conditions while cleaning firearms. Let’s briefly go over the gun safety rules:

  • ALWAYS keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
  • ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire
  • ALWAYS keep the firearm unloaded until ready to use

I know we have done this before, but let’s go over it again. The safe direction is going to be one AWAY from your body and in a direction in which no one would be harmed if the firearm was discharged. If you are on a second floor you may need to think about this. Straight down may not be a safe direction. Up is never truly a safe direction because a bullet which goes up will eventually come down and you may bring the ceiling down on your head. So if I have the firearm away from my body and in a safe direction if there was somehow a miracle discharge no person would be harmed.

Now I’ve mastered the safe direction let’s master keeping that finger off the trigger. It’s pretty simple, finger on the trigger only when necessary, finger off the trigger the rest of the time. If I have my finger off the trigger and the firearm in my hand it is not going to fire unless it has a major malfunction, but I already mastered the safe direction so no person was harmed by the miracle discharge.

Since I’ve completely understood a safe direction and my finger is off the trigger if I keep the firearm unloaded until I need to use or potentially use it the gun will not be able to fire a bullet because there are no cartridges in the gun. So if someone broke the first two rules the unloaded firearm would keep them from breaking a third.

Too many times people say, “I thought the gun was unloaded,” and the reality was it was still loaded with one in the chamber. You need to clear the firearm completely with the muzzle in a safe direction and your finger off the trigger. Guns do not go off spontaneously. The primer has to be struck on the cartridge and generally that means the trigger was contacted or if the firearm has a hammer it was struck or pulled back and released. Follow the rules, practice them over and over, and you will never have an accident.


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