wts: two airsoft rifles

Well, after living here a year, I have come to the conclusion that I do not have the time and money to make a two-hour round-trip to play at a somewhat miniaturized airsoft field and pay a rather inflated price to do so.  So, rather than allow my airsoft rifles to continue to take up space in my attic, I am hoping to find them a new home where they will actually be used. 

First up, we have a lightly modified KWA KM16-SR12.  This particular model is not being made any more, but I found it to be quite effective out on the field.  It comes with everything you see in the pictures below – a 3800 mAh 9.6V NIMH battery (which lasts a positively absurd amount of time), a high-capacity magazine, a mid-capacity magazine, and two rail covers.  Over the time I owned it, I had to replace the gear box with an upgraded version, and upgraded the springs while we had the case open. The end result is ~440fps at the muzzle with .25g BBs, and certainly accurate enough to fill a DMR role. 

Asking $250 OBO for the lot.  SOLD.

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Next up is a bone-stock Echo 1 / Robinson Armaments XCR.  This is the all-metal version, rather than the polymer one that has come out later, so it will definitely take a licking and keep on ticking.  Comes with everything you see – a high capacity magazine, two mid-capacity magazines, and the 1600 mAh 9.6V NIMH PEQ2 battery (installed in the PEQ2 box in the pictures).  I used it for maybe three games, and it barely has any wear on it at all (mostly around the rear sling point).  I do not recall its exact FPS, but it was north of 350, and it worked quite well in the time I used it. 

Also asking $250 OBO for the lot.  SOLD.

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Buy both and I will throw in a bag of 5000 .25g BBs. 

Face-to-face is obviously preferred, but I can ship too, on your dime.  If it will make you feel better about the purchase, the funds from this will be rolled into something from these fine gentlemen.  Feel free to ping me if you have any questions. 

12 hours left on the defender

If you were hoping to get a pretty awesome truck at a pretty decent price, you have 12 more hours to hop on the eBay auction for my 1985 / 1995 Land Rover Defender 90

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You know you want it. Hell, I want it, if it were not for the fact that we were already over-budget on it.  But I am sure it will serve someone in good stead for a number of years to come. 

‘walls of the city’ patches

Remember that awesome new logo Oleg Volk dreamed up and I somehow managed to cobble together? 

Remember how I promised I would make up patches of that logo

Remember how the shipment was on its way

And remember how fundraisers, moves, job hunts, and busted-ass vehicles got in the way of me actually selling the bloody things? 

Well, ok, you might have missed that last item, but not the repercussions of it.  Anywise, most of the above items have been taken care of or at least handled in such a way that they are not immediate, pressing problems, so we can get on to the good stuff. 

The patches are now for sale. 

Here’s the brief rundown: the patches measure 3” by 3.9”, are stitched using black, maroon, and white thread on a blue twill background, have fully-merrowed edges, and all of them come with velcro hook backing.  If you like, you can also order a piece of velcro loop material, cut to the exact same dimensions/shape as the patch, so you can sew it onto whatever you plan on sticking the patch to. 

To give you some idea of scale: 

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Yes, I know the Rifleman patch doesn’t really fit on the sporran (a Maxpedition Monkey Combat Admin Pouch, for those interested) arranged like that, but it gives you some idea of how big the “walls of the city” patch is. 

Patches are $5.00 each, including shipping. 

Patches with loop material are $5.50 each, including shipping. 

If you want (a) patch(es), PayPal me the appropriate funds at “linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net” with the shipping address you would like them sent to.  As of this post, I have about 67 with hook material and 55 without on-hand, and they will be first-come, first-serve.  Have at it, folks (just be aware that my shipping department is comprised of two destructive Russian Blues; it may take them a few days to get shipments out).  

[Update]  I still have Russian Origami t-shirts in XL in stock.  If you want one, and order a patch, I will sell you a shirt at a discount price of $10.  Include a request and appropriate funds in your payment.  [/Update]

knoxville home for sale

Not sure if any of my readers would be interested, but if anyone is looking for a contemporary, 3000+ square-foot, 4 bedroom / 2.5 bathroom, two-floor-plus-finished-basement house on half an acre that recently had its kitchen, living room, dining room, powder room, and master bathroom completely renovated from the floor panels up and that is very convenient to West Knoxville shopping, let me know. 

I might have a lead on one… 

gunauction.com does not understand the internet

Yesterday, I received this email, twice, with the subject of “we want your blog – http://wallsofthecity.net”: 

Dear [Linoge],

My name is David Smith and I work for GunAuction.com. Your website, http://wallsofthecity.net has sparked our interest. Recently we have realized that we are in need of high ranking blogs about guns. Our company is working to build a blog network that will be seen by millions. With gun rights under attack, we want to create an effective network for letting the public know about current legislation, and new gun products. We’ve started some blogs from scratch, but as you know, it will be months before they develop a following. With the work you’ve already done, we would like to acquire your blog so that we can release our content quickly and effectively. In order to maintain your page rank and not alienate your reader base, our intention would be to keep the content of what you have – just use your blog as a base to release even more gun related material.

If you are willing to utilize our content or even sell us your blog, please let me know. Depending on your ranking and quality of blog we would be willing to compensate you accordingly.

David Smith
GunAuction.com
Phone: #530-831-0236
Support: #877-486-2828
[email protected]

Interestingly, this email came to my “normal” address, rather than the one typically associated with this site, and addressed me by my carbon name.  After some brief thought, I responded with: 

I cannot even begin to describe how unethical your request is, and how insulting it is.  I have filed both of the identical emails you sent me as spam, and will do so with anything further you send me.  Do not contact me again. 

This evening, I received this email, with the subject of “Clarification and Follow-Up”: 

Dear [Linoge],

Thank you for your response to our proposal. GunAuction.com respects the major contributions that the gun bloggers have and continue to make to Gun Culture 2.0, bringing important new viewpoints and an entire new generation into the broader gun community. Your efforts have allowed the gun community to step beyond “preaching to the choir”.

We support your hard work and we want to help it have even more impact. With the tools below, including our content writers and content exchange with our online gun magazine GunNews, we think we can help your blog grow and you can help our online presence grow at the same time.

We are working on offering more options to bloggers and are open to suggestions. We’ve already identified some options (below) that may work for you. Call me and let’s talk about what works for YOU. 

•           Banner Ads or Text Links
-                      We offer this option as a per click program. (I.e., a fee paid for each click-through to GunAuction.com) but are willing to discuss annual lump sums in special cases. We will provide both artwork and guidance on setting the text or art up so you will be compensated.

•           Content Sharing
-           We provide, at no cost, relevant gun content for your blog, helping both parties build ranking. You would retain editorial control – any financial agreement would need to be individually arranged. This also includes mutual content sharing as an option, where we would exchange articles with you.

•           Recruiting Partnership
-           We provide a steady income stream for recruiting new users to gunauction.com

•           Purchase of blog
-           We leave all previous content the same including URL and use our in-house content writers to build readership and online visibility. (Our content writers would post on it daily). Depending on the agreement, you would continue as a contributor.

If this interests you, give me a call. I will also be at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous with the GunAuction bowling ball mortar, leading the Frosty Beverage Initiative in the evenings. If you can’t attend GBR or we’re not able to meet in person, know that I am grateful for your efforts in helping to protect our gun rights. Please contact me through email or phone!

David Smith
GunAuction.com
Office: 530-831-0236
Support: 877-486-2828
[email protected]

My response was: 

Y’know, what with me being on hiatus and all, I was not going to post about this, but I think you just convinced me to.  I guess my readers will owe you for that. 

As promised, this email has been categorized as spam.  Eventually, Google will start catching on. 

Do not contact me again. 

Lest you think my reaction was extreme, I shared the first email with some of my fellow webloggers, whose responses ranged from laughing at it, to profanity and indignation.  To a person, no one seemed impressed with GunAuction.com or Mr. David Smith. 

As Sean Sorrentino pointed out to me after the first email, GunAuction.com is the corporation providing the online registration for Gun Blogger Rendezvous

Allow me to be perfectly clear.  I will go out of my way to not do business with GunAuction.com in the future, which should not be hard, considering I had never even heard of them before now.  This site is not for sale; I will torch all of the content and simply keep the domain name registered until the entropic death of the universe before I sell it.  “Buying” a site, leaving the existing content, and then injecting your own on top of it is unethical; if both parties agree to it, they can knock themselves out, but it is damned misleading. 

If David had lead with “Hey, can we put a banner on your site?” I probably would have bit-bucketed it and never given it a second thought.  If David had comprehended the phrase, “Do not contact me again,” I probably would not have written this post.  As it is, though, GunAuction.com can kiss my hairy white ass. 

still for sale: 2008 pre-production mustang bullitt

Remember that Pre-Production Mustang Bullitt I have for sale?  It is still for sale, it is still awesome, and its asking price is down to $20,000 or best offer.  Its mileage just went past 67,000, but aside from that, nothing much else has changed.  This car needs to be gone out of my driveway by the end of the month, so make whatever offer you feel like you can back; I am willing to entertain anything. 

mustang bullitts – a future classic

If you are having difficulty deciding whether or not to jump on the pre-production 2008 Mustang Bullitt I have for sale here, allow me to present to you the hypothesis that the 2008 Bullitts will be “classics” for the next generation

If, like me, you do not like giving the notoriously anti-rights Gawker Media any pageviews, here are the high points: 

What I like most about this Bullitt is that it’s kind of a stealth fighter. The chrome, the spoiler, and the badges are all gone, and the wheels are black. It’s sinister, and it’s so understated it almost feels like something a detective like Frank Bullitt would drive.

[…]

If you’re going to get a 2005-2009 Mustang, this is one of the ones you really want.

[…]

More than that, they represent what it’s like to get a special edition right. Ford could have easily painted these cars green and called it a day, but they actually put thought into both of them, making them worth the extra premium. The Bullitt Mustangs don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk.

And as The Truth About Cars* once wrote: 

In fact, the Bullitt is what the GT should have been from day one. The sounds it makes are intoxicating… Ford has crafted a very special Mustang that feels fantastic, mile after thundering mile.

I can disagree with nothing either author wrote. 

Now, take all of that, and add to it the fact that the car I am selling is one of a tremendously select few – those used for publicity photos, car shows, and so forth, before the mainline Bullitts were even produced – and you have something tremendously awesome indeed (despite the notion that I appear to have offended the Bullitt Gods by, y’know, daring to drive and fiddle with the thing a bit). 

(* – Fret not; the only affiliation that site and The Truth About Guns have at this point is the same backstabbing, yellow-journalistic lowlife founded both.  He apparently abandoned / got kicked out of TTAC, and one can only hope he will be doing the same with TTAG in the near future.)