Monday, January 15, 2007

Blog Stuff: The View From The Arms Room.

One of the reasons for this blog is to put some manner of discipline in my otherwise wildly-disordered personal life. I have successfully (thus far) made it a point to post something, anything, at least once a day, no matter how swamped I get at work, no matter how lethargic I feel at home, unless I'm actually out of town or something. As a bonus, hopefully I'll be able to look back in a couple of years and glean something publication-worthy out of the better stuff. I really think that five or ten years down the road, there will be a better (or at least wildly different) America around us, and there will be as much interest in these times as there was for the late Sixties after all was said and done.

The other blog is a bigger challenge, as it's meant to be informative and educational. The first ten posts or so were easy, as most of them were simply copied from older posts here, cleaned up, edited, and amplified with some new material. Now I'm faced with having to write them from scratch. I'm hoping to set aside a special time every week where I can write up a new entry for The Arms Room. At that rate, I've got about a year's worth of material in C&R rifles alone, so it's just a matter of buckling down and doing it now that the retail holiday madness is past. Look forward to a piece on my Springfield M1903 Mark I this week, as well as a re-write/expansion of the Gewehr 88 essay, covering the Gew.88/05 modifications.


GunGeek said...

Let me just say thanks for your Arms Room postings. My experience with military surplus weapons came when I was very young. I bought an 8mm Yugoslavian Mauser and "sporterized" it myself. Okay, so mostly I just made the stock more civilian. I shot it some and even took it out hunting for one trip (never got a shot), and then I sold it when I needed the money as poor young people frequently do.

Now I have a 7.35mm Carcano that my father-in-law gave me that his stepfather gave him that had already been civilized before he got it. I'd really like to get something that hasn't been messed with and treat it with some love and respect.

I've got no idea what to get, and your articles have been extremely informative and helpful. Perhaps they've been too helpful, because I might have already made up my mind and gotten something by now if your writings hadn't been so fascinating and really served to bring the history of the weapons to lfe.

Thanks again. You are appreciated.

Rabbit said...

I know it's no longer a pristine example of a classic military arm, but I'd be curious to have an update on your Turk Mauser in .300 Whisper. I always enjoyed re-reading about that project and have wondered what became of it.


phlegmfatale said...

You know, I could cut-and-paste some of that first paragraph for my own blog. I blog daily as a way to channel some creative energy in spite of my disregard for organization.

As for the detail-rich posts you intend to do, just break them into discrete, quantifiable units and the task won't seem so enormous.