Friday, July 31, 2020

So I'm driving down the road and a golf ball
hits the front of our car breaking the car's
logo in half. Nice net.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

"For a Few Dollars More" playing at Borden Cinema.
12 out of 10 Gold Watches.

Assolutamente fantastico!

Monday, July 27, 2020

I am down to my last tablespoons and I was
going to try and do without topping for a while, but
my son and his grandma had this delivered today!

Life is buttery good.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Here are some items representing the Single Action
Shooting Society, or SASS for short. On the left is a pin
that is given when you join SASS. In the middle is a
challenge coin that I bought some years ago and on the right
is another pin, or actually a tie tack that I used as a pin.

I have not been a member of the organization for some time
as it got to be more than I could afford, but I still promote
SASS. I promote just about anything that keeps the Spirit of
the Old West alive. The Single Action Shooting Society
for the most part does that.

If you are interested in learning about
SASS, I have them linked on the "Favorite
Places to Visit" part of my site here.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

From my visit to the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage
in 2012. This is a mail stage coach built in 1855 and used in the
gold country of Northern California.

My post today celebrates the 
Annual National Day of the Cowboy!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

William Frederick Cody
"Buffalo Bill"
February 26, 1846 - January 19, 1917

This Buffalo Bill toy figure (the likeness is uncanny) was made
by Diversified Specialists out of Houston Texas in 1994. I do not
believe that Diversified is around anymore. I found a price
online: 8 to 10 dollars. Hoo-ray!

This was a Christmas gift from a LONG time ago.
I hung it up for fun.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Just kind of discovered this today.
I don't know what kind of succulent this is,
but I like it's bloom. It looks like a little tree.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

~ Random Around the Ranch Photo of the Day ~

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Yeah, I have a small VHS movie collection from back
in the day. This is probably about a third of them. I have
a VHS player that is not hooked up because it only plays
back in black and white for some reason. Oh well.

We payed $500 for our first Mitsubishi VHS player.
The remote control was not cordless and programming
the thing to record something was a chore. There was
no onscreen programming. It was all done with
little buttons and switches.

But I loved that player.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

This is another national Rifle Association pin from
long ago. I never really used this one as it is a little
larger than other ones that I have. Just a little big.

But I like it.

The back of the pin. Like many others.
Made in America which is good.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

It is Knife Day again here at El Rancho De La Tex.
This is a knife that is very special to me. My beloved
brother-in-law gave it to me a long long time ago.

I don't know much about it.

From what I have read, it was issued as a survival/dive
knife to members of the United States Navy. Some even
say the SEALS have used it. But "they" claim a lot of items
are used by SEAL teams.

I have read that these knives are being "reproduced" and
the quality of those reproduction knives is not good. I am
pretty sure that this is not one of those, but
I cannot know for sure.

I really don't know anything else about this knife
other then it is special to me because of 
where it came from. 

Friday, July 10, 2020

It has been pretty dang hot around here.
This guy likes it.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

This is the last step of making the Becker BK14 mine.
In July of 2016 I bought these 2 little dice beads at the Indian
Store that my son and I love to visit. I thought they might look
good on the lanyard I was planning to put on
my Becker BK7 knife.

Well, I put them on the lanyard but at the time my heart was just
not into it (things get like that sometimes) so the results were
lackluster (understatement) at best and the lanyard was useless.
But there the beads have remained until... These are those beads on the new lanyard I put on my BK14.
It is a lousy picture but I wanted to show a closeup of the diamond
knot that I tied. The diamond knot is the easiest knot to tie on a
lanyard they say. Not for me it wasn't. But I got it done and
I think it turned out pretty decent

Here is my BK14 before starting this process...

...and here is the finished product. I really love the results and I am sorry
I waited so long to modify it. It slices much easier without the powder
coating. And the patina... Patinas sometimes remind me of color case
hardening. Color case hardening can make me weak in the knees.

The only thing I would have done different is to use black paracord.
I thought I HAD black paracord, but when I looked for it... none.
None until right after I finished that knot that is. THEN I found it.
Green is good.

On to the next adventure!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Continuing on...
The next step in making the Becker BK14 truly mine was
to force a patina on it. The patina will help protect the carbon
steel from rusting..... a little. A patina can be done pattern wise
fancy or simple. I like simple. It was really messy so I didn't
get pictures of it being done.

All I did was wrap the knife in a paper towel soaked with
vinegar for about 15 minutes. And here it is. I really like
the way it turned out. I mean, I REALLY like the way it turned out.

I put the grip panels back on and it is almost mine. Of course
the more this knife is used, the darker that patina will
become. I can't wait to see how purdy it gets.

The next and final step? I am going to add a lanyard of some kind.
Stay tuned!

Monday, July 6, 2020


~ Rest in Peace ~

Ennio Morricone, 11/10/28 - 07/06/20

Charlie Daniels, 10/28/36 - 07/06/20


Sunday, July 5, 2020

As I wrote a few days ago, this is the Ka-Bar Becker BK14 knife
that I decided to modify in an effort to really make it mine.
Here it is as it looked in 2015. Today I am going to remove that
black powder coating. That coating is there to protect the 1095
Cro-Van carbon steel from rusting. But is also makes the knife
more difficult to use for things like food prep. So, today it's gone.

To strip the coating I am using this Jasco Premium Paint & Epoxy
remover. I searched the internet to see what others used to do this
and this product seems to work really well. Gotta be careful though,
this stuff seems REALLY toxic. I am using heavy duty gloves.

This is the knife soaking in the Jasco. I am using a tin foil pan.
The knife looks like it is FRYING. Must be working. I am letting
it sit for fifteen minutes.

Well, after some scraping with a putty knife, a box opener blade and
a little elbow grease, this is all that is left of the coating.

And here is the result. I think it turned out great so far. It was actually dang
easy to do. I am beginning to be sorry that I waited for so long to do this.

The next step will be forcing a patina on the knife. A patina will help
a little to prevent this carbon steel blade from rusting. Stay tuned!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

~ Happy Birthday America 2020! ~