i guess introductions are in order

So Better Half and I wandered back to Knoxville this past weekend, her for work stuff and me to hang out with some friends.  While there, I got to handle something I never thought I would see in person, much less touch: 

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That is a positively beautiful 12 gauge / 12 gauge / .30-30 WCF Drillings made for Charles Daly by J.P. Sauer and Sons, before Sig joined the game, and let me tell you, if I had the money, I would.  I have no idea what I would use it for, but the engraving on the side is lovely, and, damnit, it is a drillings.  Amusingly enough, Dragon Leatherworks also has another Drillings on the wall from “The Three Barrel Gun Company of West Virginia”; I honestly did not know drillings were made in the States. 

Also this weekend, we proved that my Trollsin is not Boomershoot-able, in its current condition: 

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The grids and black dot are 1”, and this was at 100 yards.  3MOA just is not going to cut it, and I honestly do not know if cutting and crowning the barrel would make a blessed bit of difference.  The Limbsaver Deresonator I shoved on the barrel might or might not have helped with the barrel whip that pencil-barreled Mosins tend to suffer from, but even that is a guess at this point, and I am not sure I want to or can spend the money to make this thing capable of reliable 1MOA fire.  But darned if it is not good for a giggle. 

Now, if I could find an affordable Finnish Mosin, and preferably one with a removable front sight (do any Finns even have that?), we might be talking, but, even then, I am not sure my shoulder would tolerate three days of shooting 7.62x54R. 

Sadly, I do not think I came away with any useful high-speed video from this weekend, but I need to go through it more-carefully on my desktop before I make any final determinations. 

All that said, you may have noticed that “walls of the city” also managed to pick up a new author this weekend – fuzzyKBP.  I will let him decide what he wants to share with you all – and he may end up sharing more than you care to learn – but his credentials include “computer nut”, “gun nut”, and, well, “nut”.  He is currently prepping to take himself and his 6mm BR rifle to Boomershoot, and figured that if he was going to sit down and document the process, he might as well share the information with the world.  Apparently I am willing to let darned near anyone have an account here, and here we are. 

So give him a warm welcome and brace for… something. 

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… 

for sale: 2008 pre-production mustang bullitt

Own a piece of history!

In 1968, Steve McQueen charged across the screen in the critically acclaimed movie “Bullitt“, which featured one of the best car chase scenes in all of Hollywood’s history.  However, one of the biggest characters in the movie never had any speaking lines – a 1968 390 V8 Ford Mustang GT Fastback painted in, of course, hunter green.

40 years later, Ford released the 2008 Bullitt Edition Mustang GT, but before that, they wanted to ensure people would be interested in purchasing such a thing.  So they built a series of about 20 pre-production vehicles to use at the LA Auto Show, in publicity photos, and one lucky vehicle even got to reproduce some of the iconic chase scene.  The pre-production cars are mechanically and functionally identical to the final production run of Bullitts (which, in turn, are identical to Mustang GTs… only better), but they’re a pretty select crowd indeed.

I bought this car from a Mazda dealership up around Chicago towards the end of 2009, and they apparently got it from an auto auction clearinghouse; apparently no one really knew what they had.  Since then, I have performed all the required maintenance, changed its oil every ~3000 miles, and moderately upgraded its appearance and performance.  Please note that all modifications listed below are easily reversible in about two hours, total, should you choose to do so.

The Bullitt is mechanically and functionally sound, I have all of the maintenance documentation and paperwork for it, and it is a total blast to drive.  So why am I selling this awesome car, if there’s nothing mechanically or aesthetically wrong with it?  Simple:  it does not have four wheel drive, clearance to get over much more than a speed bump, or space to hold a lot more than carry-on luggage – it *is*, after all, a Mustang.  We’re moving soon, and I think it is time for something a little more…  functional.  That decision is your gain, though.

Asking Price:  $19,000 OBO (and if you are a regular reader/commenter, I am sure we can work something out)

Included Mustang Options:
– 4.6L V8 engine.
– In-dash factory navigation with integrated, satellite-ready 6-CD changer.
– HID headlights.
– Footwell illumination.

Bullitt Features:
– Dark Highland Green Paint.
– Completely debadged from the factory.
– Custom-tuned exhaust (from the factory) built to emulate the 1968 Fastback.
– 3.5 inch chrome exhaust tips.
– Aluminum Bullitt wheels.
– Different engine programming increases horsepower to 315hp.
– 3.73:1 gears.
– Front strut brace.
– Ford Racing suspension.
– 6500RPM redline
– 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds.
– Tremec 5-speed manual transmission.
– Cold air intake.
– Satin aluminum bezels and gear shifter.
– “Bullitt”-labeled sill plates
– GT-500-inspired leather steering wheel and leather seats.
– Machine-turned aluminum dash.
– Tire repair / inflation kit.

The good:
– One of approximately 22 pre-production 2008 Bullitts, serial number 1PP10.
– One of only 7000 2008 Bullitts.
DG Custom Auto paint-matched louvers installed.
– New(ish) (15,000 miles on them) Pirelli PZero Nero All Season tires.
– Llumar 30% tint on side, quarter, and rear windows.
American Muscle LED 3rd Brake Light installed (still have the original equipment).
JLT Oil Separator installed for the past 2 years / 30,000 miles (still have the original equipment).
R2C Bullitt High Performance Air Filter installed and cleaned every other oil change.
– Custom serial number dash plate.
Silver Horse Racing lower grill inserts installed.
– I have the no-drill internal trunk release kit, but have not installed it yet.
– Wired for an almost-no-visible-wire Escort radar detector installation.
– All weather floor mats with integrated deadpedal (in the car since day 1).
Fender Gripper trunk mat (in the car since day 1).
– Air conditioning recently recharged/serviced.
– Religious and documented maintenance and oil changes.
– Documented fuel logs since day 1.

The bad:
– In May of 2010, the Bullitt was in an accident that necessitated the replacement of basically everything on the front-left side of the car: fender, bumper, wheel, tire, suspension, hood, etc.  The repairs were professionally completed by the Collision Center at Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville on Parkside Drive (a USAA-authorized repair center), and you cannot tell it ever happened.
– The car has been my daily driver, and has minor wear to the left bolster of the driver’s seat, some minor scratches around the driver’s door handle, and a few minor chips on the leading edge of the hood and bumper; I have tried to photograph and document all of this (additional photos on request).
– 70,000+ miles (this will increase the longer the listing is up).

No warranty is implied or stated on this vehicle. The car is NOT on a “salvaged title”; the title is clear and I own it outright.  I have attempted to represent it in the most honest and factual way possible.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

NO TRADES PLEASE; the replacement vehicle has already been purchased.  Willing to consider partial payment in firearms, ammunition, or precious metals.  Willing to work with shippers, at your cost.  The car is, of course, in Raleigh, NC.

Feel free to email me directly at “linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net” if you are interested.

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i do love some urban decay

My friends at Tennessee Tactical Airsoft of Knoxville are in the midst of cleaning out the warehouse soon to be their indoor CQB arena (incidentally, this building was originally constructed by Camel Manufacturing Company, which provided the US Military with tents and associated canvas products way back right after World War 1 and on until today), and they let me come over and take a few pictures.  I promised them some useful pictures for their site, and I will get there eventually, but first I thought I would put up the fun ones. 

The lighting was just about perfect; this might have been the one time I wish there were more dust in the air: 

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Not sure I trust it: 

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These old sinks are simply awesome.  Thankfully, they plan on saving it and restoring it to be a fountain in the middle of their “town square”: 

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Going down? 

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So, yeah, real pictures coming soon.  Enjoy. 

knoxville elections

As a reminder to folks, Knox County’s early election started on the 17th and will run through until the 27th (1100-1900 M-F, 1100-1700 Saturday, closed Sunday), and then again 29OCT through 01NOV (1000-2000). I think I want the full “election day experience” this time around, but I am wavering on just getting it done and over with.

Not sure what the hours are going to be for voting locations on 06NOV, so you are on your own for those.

The Knox County Election Commission was kind enough to put up a sample ballot, which actually reminded me of something rather important: due to his cosponsorship of SOPA, I will NOT be voting for current Senator Bob Corker this time around. So for whom will I be voting?

For President of the (mostly) United States of America: Gary Johnson.

If you do not have a reason to vote against Our Glorious President Barack Hussein Obama, you have not been paying attention for these past four years, and if you do not have a reason to vote against Romney, you have not paid attention to his own words and his record as Governor of Massachusetts (a state whose name I can never spell accurately on the first try). Virgil Goode fails on wanting to not only save Social Security but keep it running indefinitely, opposing homosexual marriages and civil unions (including supporting the Amendment banning them), being adamantly pro-life, supporting the PATRIOT Act, supporting a Constitutional Amendment banning flag-burning, and various other details. Jill Stein fails for being a bugfraking nuts greenie, and for being so historically tone-deaf as to propose something called the “Green New Deal” (because the last one was so great). Rocky Anderson supports “universal” health care, has bought into the cult of anthropomorphic global warming, thinks you can balance the budget through “fair taxation” (methinks he has no clue what that word means), and so forth. And while Merlin Miller has an awesome first name, I cannot bring myself to pull the lever for someone who says “white Americans need their own political party to fight this discrimination” (plus he incorrectly refers to America as a “democracy”).

On the other hand, I can vote for competitive, not-government-run healthcare, balancing the budget through slashing the crap out of spending and auditing the Federal Reserve, taking a serious look at how Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security run and cutting them if we have to (and we probably do), abolishing the IRS, enacting a Fair Tax (note the capitalizations), getting rid of the PATRIOT Act, defending our Constitutionally-protected rights, and so forth. I am not sure about yanking our troops entirely out of Afghanistan right now (announced, scheduled withdrawals from hot combat zones almost never end well for the people in reverse), and I could use some more fleshing-out on his proposed plans for illegal immigration, but with Gary Johnson, I am at least voting for something, rather than against something.

I can live with that.

For United States Senate: Dr. Shaun Crowell.

Senator Corker is right out due to his support for SOPA. The ’90s called Mark Clayton; they want his website back (also, he is Big Government enough to think that it is Congress’ job to “make jobs”, he is pro-life, and his entire campaign pretty much boils down to “I hate Bob Corker”). Kermit Steck sounded superficially appealing until I ran head-first into the Constitution Party of Tennessee’s platform of God, pro-life, God, abolish the Electoral College, God, opposing homosexual marriage, and God (though I do give them credit for wanting to repeal the NFA, getting rid of fiat currency, and a few other details). Martin Pleasant further substantiates the hypothesis that the only thing the Green Party can produce is bugfraking nuts. David “None of the Above” Gatchell is tremendously appealing, simply because he is running only to get NOTA added to our ballot. And James Higdon, Michael Joseph Long, and Troy Stephen Scoggin do not appear to have cared enough about the election to put together webpages, so I cannot say as though I care to vote for them.

Dr. Crowell says he supports laissez-faire economics, downsizing the government (though he is a bit hand-wavy as to how), and repealing the 2011 NDAA, PATRIOT Act, and Obamacare. His religiosity shines through, but that seems unavoidable here in Tennessee, and at least it does not come across as “God tells me to…”

For the Representative of the Second District of Tennessee: Hell if I know.

Currently-sitting Representative Jimmy Duncan has been in that seat since 1988; it is well past time to get rid of him and move on, especially since he thinks/thought it would be a grand idea to amend the Constitution to outlaw homosexual marriages and flag burning, fund the Cash for Clunkers idiocy, regulate tobacco as a drug, and a few other odds and sods. He has some good points, and some bad points, but I am generally disinclined to vote for incumbents regardless. Unfortunately, that does not leave many options. Brandon Stewart started great with reducing Congresscritters’ salaries and endorsing term limits, and then it all went to crap by him supporting the “fairness” doctrine, the Occupy morons, and higher taxes. Norris Dryer does not appear to have bothered with his own webpage, so I can only assume he is happy to ride on the Green Party’s nutty coattails. For a Democrat, Troy Goodale is not so bad, but he endorses Our Glorious President, thinks governmental gridlock is bad, and blames “Big Money” for our government’s / society’s ills. Which leaves us with Greg Samples, who comes across as Ron-Paul-light, with all of the associated looniness.

Gotta love Morton’s Forks.

When it comes to your local and state representatives in your respective districts, the homework is left to you. In any case, though, vote for the person you believe will best do the job to the best of his ability; the only surefire way to “throw away your vote” is to vote for someone because someone else tells you that only they have a chance to win – that is circular reasoning at its very worst.

And would you look at that… when the chips are down, I will be voting party line, all the way across the board – Independent. I guess I need to point at this post the next time some moron or liberal on Twitter (but I repeat myself) tries to pigeon-hole me as a Republican or conservative…

i guess this is a case where babble can be good

A fellow Knoxville blogger has gotten a gig at a parenting blogging site, and examined the benefits and dangers of keeping firearms in the house, complete with a helping handful of statistics from yours truly – statistics that are, I would point out, properly cited and sourced. In any case, I am not one to tell another person that they should or should not do something, but if you are considering purchasing firearms (and thus keeping them under your roof), please give his post a read.