Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My New M6

I got my new (to me) M6 from my local sporting good store yesterday, and got a chance to take a good look at it this afternoon after work, and to put a few rounds through it...


It came in a little bag which has been ZS-ified


It takes down into 2 pieces, and is put together using a little steel cotter pin...


It holds 2 rounds in the barrels (one 22lr and one .410) and nineteen rounds in the storage chamber in the stock (fifteen 22lr and four .410)...


This picture shows the hammer in the upper position, which will allow the hammer to fall on the 22lr round...


This picture shows the hammer in the middle (safe) position, which prevents the hammer from falling on either round...the knob protruding from the top of the hammer twists to the left, which prevents the hammer from moving from the safe position by accident or jarring...


This picture shows the hammer in the lower position, which will allow the hammer to fall on the .410 round...


Two videos of me and my new M6:



Assembly and Loading





Firing and Reloading

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Communicating in the Zombocalypse

When the dead walk the Earth, hungry for our tasty brains, you may run into other survivors who do not speak English. If this is the case, clear communication will be imperative if misunderstandings and violence are to be avoided. To that end we have developed the following pictographic visual aid:



You can download the above in PDF format for laminating at the following url:

Link to PDF file

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Tahawus

Ben and I went south to pick up my new boat today, and stopped off on the way home to explore Tahawus a bit in advance of a ZSNY camping trip next Spring...


Huge Blast furnace, circa 1850...


Abandoned building as you start heading into the town that emptied out when the factory closed...


I don't know what was up with this guy, but I locked the car doors as Ben and I drove by...


There are scores of houses deep in the woods...


Some of the houses have fallen down to some extent...


Creepy basement with drum sounds and dramatic cross and roots...


Another cool house deep in the woods...


This house is down by the Hudson River, and there are some other houses on the far side of the river...


Ben wandered off for a while as I was taking a nap...I found him a few hours later in the old hospital, hanging out with this guy...


Cool string of empty houses along the road in to Tahawus...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

ZSNY 1st Officers' Meeting

A bunch of Zombie Squad (ZS) members that live in NY got together to form a NY chapter of ZS, and to get things started held a raffle which raised $700 dollars to help fund the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York and one their great local programs, "Save the Day"...

The picture below shows 3 of the officers of the newly formed ZS-007 (or ZSNY as we like to call it) presenting the big check to the ARC representative...

To become and remain an active chapter in ZS, we need to have a couple of charity events each year, some open meetings/gatherings, and some officers' meetings to discuss chapter business...we had our 1st officers' meeting...

Friday afternoon, I got out of work, spent the rest of the afternoon with Ben, and then headed south around dinnertime...I had to drive down and grab some stuff for Derek in Troy, and pick up Kevin; then we headed to Derek's cabin...we got there after midnight (despite the fact that Derek drove at relativistic speeds, blue-shifting from time to time)...I set up my Hennessy Hammock, and was somewhat cold through a brilliant and clear night in the woods...



We got up the next morning, enjoyed some eggs and truly spectacular thick-sliced slab bacon from an Amish farm up north of me...


This is the gear that I brought along for the weekend, minus the larger sized Kifaru Pod, which held my HH and fleece blankets to sleep in...


There was a woodstove and running water in the cabin, but one of the other officers and I eschewed the cushy life in favor of sleeping out...that being said, the heat and space and light inside the cabin made it nice for meeting and hanging out...


Here's my sleeping setup, HH without the fly (the moon and stars were gorgeous both nights, so I didn't bother setting up the rain-fly, and 2 microfleece blankets...I also sleep on a cut-down ridgerest sleeping pad (more to help keep the hammock spread than anything else, although it does help keeping me warm)...I like to have the tarp underneath so that when I emerge from the slot in the bottom of the hammock, I can avoid landing on yuck in my bare feet...


After some high-quality hanging out, we headed over to a local quarry (turned redneck range) to do some shooting (it's my belief that every ZS meeting/get-together should include some gunplay)...I mostly stuck to my SKS, but also shot some of the other rifles and shotguns, including taking my first crack at a Mosin Nagant, which was a blast!


Kevin volunteered to get shot with my new flare gun using the pepper rounds that I purchased along with the flares...the gas-mask and blue gloves were partly to protect himself from the pepper round, and partly to amuse the rest of us...the measures worked in both capacities, although the pepper rounds were a disappointment...I had hoped that the round would bring him to his knees, penetrate the mask, scourge his eyes, close his throat, and leave him a puking pile of unhappiness for hours, but no luck...they would be more suited to tactical seasoning of cheap steaks...

I honestly was just looking for a good shot of Melissa firing her 22lr from the rubble, but...you know...I got busted by the guys and (it looks from this picture now that I look at it) by her...so, yeah, it's certainly possible that I'm a bit of a pig...sorry...although to be perfectly fair I've never claimed to be anything else...


video

The video above shows Derek firing the Mosin Nagant, a bolt-action rifle, in a pretty good approximation of rapid fire, considering that he was able to maintain aim as well...


There was also some skeet shooting done while we out at the RR, although the unstable nature of the rubble pile the thrower was on had a tendency to keep you on your toes...I stole a bunch of shooting clays, and used them as stationary targets for my SKS, breaking some at 50 & 75 & 100 yards, and a few at about 120 yards...


Once we got back from the range, it was time for the serious business of the weekend to begin...we got our shit together for the meeting (which means some pens and papers and lots of booze...and a couple of edged weapons)...

Rick has the coolest micro-computer, and the cell-adapter for it allowed us to venture online as needed during the meeting...we looked at calendars, planned future events, set some ZSNY policy, and stopped the meeting only when the table was too cluttered with bottles to continue (we adjourned for the night, and finished up the next morning)...

It was an awesome 1st meeting, we're going to be a great ZS chapter, we'll do some cool charity events, we have a bunch of fun ZS-tastic outings planned for the near-future, and I look forward to all of it with the other officers of ZS-007 (ZSNY)...

Jamie

Monday, August 11, 2008

NNY08SCT

Despite scary weather predictions, 8 brave souls braved the wilds of Northern New York to come up to Little Green Pond for the 1st Annual Northern New York Summer Camping Trip...we got really lucky with the weather, almost no rain while everyone was at camp, and we had a super time!



Everyone arrived on Friday afternoon, and setup camp...as seems to be the rule when ZSers get together, we had much more food and booze than was needed ("It's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it"...if it's true for the zombocalypse, than it's probably true for camping trips in the summertime, when the living is easy)...


We had everything from hardcore 4-season tents to sleeping tarp setups to hammocks, which was nice (as was the case with the rest of the gear that we all brought along) for an ongoing show-and-tell throughout the weekend...


With Outoforder2day's new stove and duster coat and hat, there was definitely a little MORGAN in him...


After everyone got set up, we wandered around a bit, checking out gear and beer and pretending no fear (about the scary clouds on the horizon...which didn't end up drowning us)...


Lord Osis and Deschain, the Canadian contingent, were the last to arrive...on foot no less...we soon found out that they had taken a wrong turn not to far from camp, and had gotten Lord Osis's Miata (BOV of choice in the smooth-road-pocaylpse)...we made our way out, and in true ZS fashion got it un-high-centered in no time at all...well...less than 3 hours anyway...


There were some storm clouds in the distance that threatened, but didn't deliver, a deluge, but the downed birch trees in the pond looked cool to me, and made me think of bleached bones, picked clean by fish...


Famine and Outoforder2day made some dutch-oven pizza...sorta...but the dutch-oven cooking got better during the course of the weekend, which is, after all, one of the things we do these weekends for...live-fire practice with our stuff...


After dinner, we started in to drinking, lots of bourbon and scotch and a few sips of Bad Medicine and some yummy mead and some raunchy (yet strangely popular) coffee flavored brandy and some moonshine and some Rhum and some vodka and some beer and some cigars...


Add all of the above to a chilly evening and some earlier exertions (camp setup and digging out the Miata) and comfy campchairs and a warmly flickering campfire, and you can understand the campin' coma that all of us fell into shortly after dark...


Famine isn't as scary/sociopathic as this picture would seem to indicate, but try to take his spork and he'll cut out your spleen...with the spoon end...


I woke up the next morning, from a blissful and comfy sleep in my Hennessy Hammock, and found the camp strangely quiet at a bit before 7am...the blue thing that you can see hanging from the tree to the right is my Katadyn Base Camp water filter...I hate pumping water filters, and this thing eliminates that whole step in the process, weighs almost nothing, and doesn't take up much space...yay!


It was a pretty morning, which promised good things ahead, although it was a chilly start to the day...


I went in to the pond to get some water for tea, and it felt dramatically warmer than the air...


Despite our best efforts the night before, there was still plenty of booze left over for the second night (although we did need to resupply our beer cooler)...


This cooler has a handy table that worked great except when I flipped the lid over and sent bottles flying all over the campsite...


Once everyone was up, we had a war council, and planned out the rest of the day...getting from one side of the car-eating bog to the other was the first order of business, and we had some people walk alongside the cars, ready to provide a push if/when needed...a trip to the range (such as it is) was the next stop...


It's not much of a range, but the hours are great, I almost never have to deal with crowds, and it's free...we set up a bunch of zombie targets at a distance for rifles...


...and a few more for shotguns...with a few shotgun shells for tricky-shooting...closer up...


We started off with a safety talk, and set up the firing lines, and gun "tables"...some fun was had with all sorts of firearms and loads, from the super-silent Aguila Super Colibri rounds to 12G buckshot to M1 Garand...


Everyone had a chance to try out all of the guns (we had more guns than people on this trip)...


I had fun shooting and sharing my new (to me ) SKS with the assembled multitude...sure, you can fire it with the bayonet folded in, but why would you want to?


Famine and some others took a crack at firing my project-gun, a 20G single-shot break-action shotgun that I chopped down to 18.25 inches and painted fluorescent orange...it's a silly gun, but I have had fun playing with it...and it still goes bang...and I'm not likely to lose it if I drop it in the grass at the range...


We took a pause in the middle of the range-visit to conduct a scientific test of emergency rations...we tried Mainstay, MayDay, Datrex, and SOS...we all evaluated each bar on taste and how thirsty it made us and how long it would take us to get sick of it...the clear winner was the SOS bar, and the MayDay bar was the loser...


I did the traditional run-around picture at the redneck range, having had a great time shooting a variety of firearms without incident or injury...


On the way home, we stopped off at Donnelly's Ice Cream for a cone of superb ice-cream with the best view in the Adirondacks...


We got back in the hottest part of the day, and a bunch of us went swimming and swinging off of the rope swing that our campsite offered brave souls (which we all were, although I was brave first)...everyone got out without picking up any of the redonkulously long leeches that we saw later in the evening, and it was a great way to cool off and prove that Ivory Soap still floats in a lake (and is a fun way to get unstinky after a sweaty range-trip)...



For supper that night, we field-tested some Wornick Squad Trays, the cornbread stuffing and the pork ribs in BBQ sauce...they went very well together, and although none of us would like to live off of them in the long term, they are a fine option for feeding groups of hungry people reasonably good food that is easy to afford/store/prepare...the 8 of us finished off 18 servings of each, and still had room for booze aplenty later in the evening...


There was a beautiful sunset on Saturday night, with no serious threats of rain or even much wind, so we just sat around and enjoyed each other's company until dark, when it was time for the movies to begin...


I have a power inverter that I got from Amazon.com that runs off of my car, that is capable of powering a TV/DVD player for hours without consuming almost any gas (we watched 4 hours of zombie movies on Saturday night, and my gas tank indicator went down much less than a 16th of a tank), and it eliminates the hassles one sometimes has to deal with when running a generator...noise, shelter from the rain, moving the thing...all taken care of because my Element becomes the generator...

We watched "Shaun of the Dead" first, followed by, "Special Dead"...both are hilarious movies made better by good company and goodly amounts of liquor...


Outoforder2day may or may not be asleep in this picture, as the night wore on, it became an increasingly thin line for us all...the important thing is that he never dropped his drink...


Deschain and Lord Osis watched and probably enjoyed the movies, although they, and everyone else looked at me with some degree of horror as "Special Dead" began...


Sunday morning was mostly spent cleaning up camp, lingering over breakfast, and enjoying the last few hours of what had been a truly great camping trip with a super group of people...no duds in the lot...Festus Hagen brought down some dishes to wash, and ended up washing everything, himself included in the pond...

I had a great time, and can't wait for the next NNY camping trip this winter...the winter trip is hard and tough, and the summer trip is the payoff for the severe cold that we braved this last February...the 2 trips balance each other very nicely, and I honestly can't say which I prefer, but having to choose from between these 2 great outings definitely means that I'm already in the high country...thanks everyone for coming, and helping, and for making this such a great weekend...I hope that you all had as much fun as I did!

Jamie - nfa