Category Archives: Personal History

Stories, opinions, observations of a personal nature.

Winter Sets In

These honkers didn’t seem to mind at all that the lake had turned solid over night here at ATOTT Headquarters.  They simply decided to take a little stroll on the ice.  Next day they headed for a little open water … Continue reading

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A Chronograph Chronicle

One of the great things about the digital electronic age is that most shooting/reloading bugs can afford to have a chronograph. There are some good reasons for measuring the velocity of a fired round. For one thing, it is just … Continue reading

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Catalog Time

No sooner have we dealt with Christmas and New Year’s Day than we start to get a bit of stimulation in the mail – new seed catalogs! There is no better antidote for the dark winter blahs than pages and … Continue reading

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A Day at the Range with Ole Krag

His name was Ole Herman Johannes Krag, and his dates, b. 1837, d. 1916, are well-documented and reliable.  He entered the military at age 17 and was later assigned to work at the Royal Arms Factory in Kongsberg, Norway, at … Continue reading

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Summer Moves Along

Now might be the time to start worrying about whether you are going to get summer’s projects finished before summer is.  Lots of hot weather and a fair amount of rain have passed by Tale of Two Thirties headquarters.  On … Continue reading

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The .410 Shotgun, An American Tradition

“Roy, go get the little four-ten.”  When I was a boy, these words, uttered by my dad, were always music to my ears.   They meant that there was some excitement afoot.  Perhaps a rabbit hunkered down under a tuft of … Continue reading

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The Daisy Red Ryder Carbine, Then, and Now

Breathes there a kid so disinterested, who never to herself has said, Shooting really looks like fun, I wish I had a BB gun.”  (1) The western comic strip,  Red Ryder, was drawn by Fred Harman and appeared in 1938.  … Continue reading

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Springtime Again!

Another hard winter is receding and the ice is gone from the bay here at Tale of Two Thirties Headquarters.  Robins are hopping around the yard and chasing each other in the trees.  We have a pair of nesting geese … Continue reading

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Shooting Grandma’s Pistol

There were many so-called “pocket pistols” available in the days when Grandma carried hers in her apron pocket. This arose from the desire of the general population to have some means of self defense that would be smaller and more … Continue reading

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Share What You Know

Many years ago I bought a new Mossberg Model 640K “Chuckster”.   You would need to be of a certain age to remember this model, so I will explain that the 640K was a clip-fed, bolt action rifle chambered for the … Continue reading

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