Monthly Archives: November 2008

Pictures of Pigs, As Promised

All in the Family

All in the Family

Mama & Papa

Mama & Papa

Piglets!

Piglets!

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New Additions

We added eleven new critters to our homestead.  A boar, a sow, and 9 little pigs.  Pictures to follow.

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Decision to be Made

Okay.  Last week I went to Cabela’s intending to buy a new pistol.  I don’t have a certificate from the Sheriff’s office saying I am not a danger to society, so I couldn’t buy it last week.  But I didn’t know that until the end of the shopping trip.  When I walked in, I knew I wanted a Baby Glock, which is a subcompact 9mm semiautomatic pistol.  I wanted this pistol because I wanted a 9mm (easier to shoot for Gina and the kids as they grow up), I wanted a subcompact (who needs all that bulk), and because Glock makes a good, safe, reliable pistol. Just to be clear, we are looking for a pistol that can be worn around the farm for personal and livestock protection as we are out working, without all the bulk of a rifle.  The most likely targets will be Coyotes, Raccoons, Opossums, and Skunks.  We may someday be interested in carrying concealed, but we aren’t at this point.

I told the salesman what I was looking for, and he recommended I take a look at the Springfield XD-9, which comes as a compact and is a 9mm. The Springfield XD-9 included some features that he liked, such as a visual indicator on the back and top of the pistol that there is a cambered round and a back safety, which requires pressure on the back of the pistol grip as the trigger is pulled.  Otherwise the pistol won’t fire.  Springfield is a US company, but the XD-9 is manufactured in Croatia.

So then another customer comes up and asks me if I have ever held the Smith & Wesson M&P, which also comes as a 9mm compact pistol.  More incredibly minor points to be made, no back safety, but the trigger is easier to pull if you have a gloved hand.  The customer felt like you want the pistol to go bang when you pull the trigger and you don’t want a fancy trigger or a back safety preventing you from a successful firing experience.  Agreed.  Smith & Wesson is a US company that still manufactures their weapons in the US.

While there, we also looked at some really tiny pistols, like a .22-caliber pistol and a .380-caliber.  I didn’t feel like these pistols were as well made as those listed above.

So, anybody out there have any votes or recommendations?

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Grand Announcement

Once again I am behind in making the great announcements and keeping any readers I may have left aware of what is happening in our lives.  I apologize for the delay, but my youngest has been wanting to share something for a couple weeks.  In fact, she shared weeks ago on my wife’s blog and on my son’s blog.

Unfortunately, many people did not initially understand the importance of what Abby was trying to communicate.  So take a moment and consider what she is trying to tell you here.  Remember, she is my youngest.  And we aren’t trying to say anything about size.  And she is almost one year old. So if she isn’t saying anything about how plump she is, she must be saying …

Okay, if you don’t have it yet (or even if you do), Abby is a big sister to a baby that is developing inside Gina.  We hope to all meet Abby’s younger sibling in late June 2009!  Stay tuned for more late updates.

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