Autumn

Autumn

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Wee Hours

Sleep wasn't in the cards for me last night, nor this morning. Strange how that works. I climbed from my nice warm bed and roamed the house, skimmed the interwebs, drank milk. Didn't help. So I went out to the garage and begin to sort ammunition.

I have one corner of our garage dedicated to old and fairly new ammo cans, not quite as large a pile as in years past. I've relocated quite a bit of it...for obvious reasons. Over time my home stash had spread out and had become a pain in my path. I began to sort and clean and re-stack. The owls kept me company, their hoots soothing, as I worked. It was peaceful. 



During my labors of organizing this disarray imagine my surprise when I come upon a cardboard box filled with over a thousand rounds of 5.56. A wonderful gift of treasure I'd completely forgotten. I stood there like a statue for several seconds, and could not for the life of me remember when and how I'd acquired this unexpected extra thousand or so rounds.

Then, I find a plastic bag and pulled it from the stack and find inside about fifteen boxes of defense shotgun loads...double and single ought buckshot. I'd forgotten it, and again, have no idea how I acquired it. Thank goodness I had a couple of empty ammo cans.

I lost sleep but at least I'm richer for the experience.

Have a great day. Think I'll make another pot of coffee. 

Stephen

31 comments:

  1. Hah! - duck hunting...? :)

    Tried keeping an inventory of the stock at home... or wherever?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dani, I'm a fairly good wing shot, but duck hunting with buckshot is difficult at best, and impossible for most people. This ammunition is for defense purposes only...thank you, my nice friend.

      Delete
  2. I love re-discovering useful things that had been forgotten, like a $20 bill in a jacket pocket. But that much ammo ... now that's a wonderful thing.

    As an aside, my morning post is titled similarly to yours; wasn't deliberate, as I wrote it before reading anyone else's.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Indeed it was wonderful. Caught me by surprise. About the post titles...great minds and all, no sweat. Thanks, my friend.

      Delete
  3. You did enough sleeping a few weeks ago when you got hurt. Been there. lack of, more then once this week. The other day all I did was sleep, caught up with me.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I did, somewhat. I found it hard to sleep in the hospital. Thanks, my friend.

      Delete
  4. Stephen, if I'd found that much ammo, I think it might have made me sleep better. But still, I've done the sleepless thing far too much the last couple of years, so you have my sympathies.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Matt. Wish the find had helped with my sleep, but alas, not to be. It was a difficult night and this morning and afternoon I have several obligations. I leave soon to get my granddaughter. Then, a long afternoon of parks, and dinner. I shall be weary to say the least, very soon.

      Delete
  5. We can sleep all we want when we're done living. I would have lost some sleep to gain 1,000 rounds of 5.56.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Trust me, in twenty years or so, sleep will become very precious....my gain of ammo was sweet...must have found, with the shotshells, an extra 1,500 or so extra rounds. I still half a pile to explore...

      Delete
  6. Thanks for finding my ammo can I swing by and pick it up :P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are welcome, mmasee, come on down and get it...I'll keep it safe.

      Delete
  7. bahhahahah to mmasse - good one buddy!

    dear sweet one - i hope you get some rest tonight - sleep is so important! and what an awesome find! congrats!

    your friend,
    kymber

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks...tell your nice husband I'm working on plans for a shipment next late winter or early spring...does he have a preference in grapefruit? White or pink?

      Delete
    2. pink please - you are AWESOME!!!!

      got a surprise coming your way in the mail soon!!

      Delete
    3. Pink it will be, my friend...all I need do is sneak the fruit through customs. Awesome, shucks, not me, just a friend. Thanks.

      Delete
    4. just an awesome friend - and you have been since day one. we will never forget that, dear sweet one!

      Delete
    5. Like I said, Aw, shucks Mame. And ditto right back at 'ya...

      Delete
  8. Its neat that you have owls where you live. Are you out in the country at all? I hear you about sleep not coming either.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yes, my friend, we have owls up the bung here...little ones, big ones, you name it. No, I live in a quiet heavily wooded area of the city on the river next to a wildlife preserve. It's beautiful and at any given time of day I'm likely to find wildlife such as raccoons, possums, and other critters on my back deck. Squirrels by the hundreds. The owls here hoot most of the night along with the whippoorwills nightly song now that's it's Spring. I wish I did live out in the country, but I'll settle for what I have and thank God for it. Thank you, Groundhog.

      Delete
  9. What brand AR do you like or recommend? I'm taking a straw poll?

    ReplyDelete
  10. If I had to choose, a Colt. I once owned a nice custom Colt HBAR (heavy barrel) and she shot like a dream...truthfully though, a standard Bushmaster is as good as any, other than the custom really pricey brands. I also like my AR's simple. All the fancy added gadgets are window dressing. Scopes are fine but break, lights are nice but require batteries which die when one most needs them, don't become dependent on gewgaws...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's good advice, there. I have a Bushmaster and the only jam I have had in thousands of rounds was ammunition related. Optics and lights are good, but have a backup. Co-witness the BUIS and have a handheld light handy. I'm glad I learned on iron sights first, then put on an optic.

      Delete
    2. Just curious. I run a DPMS and always hear everyone carry on about the "Tier 1" guns like BCM, but to be honest I've run hundreds through mine with very few problems. I do use an EOTech, with magpul backups,and love it. I just wonder where the difference really comes when you pay that much for an AR. Tolerances, materials? Mine has all the same components and steel types. I've added a few goodies, but nothing crazy. Just wondering...

      Delete
  11. Forget counting sheep. Sort ammo. You're a wise man. Hope you get caught up on your rest.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Brigid, I did catch up later the next day...felt like a zombie by then but sleep came quickly. I've often found myself cleaning firearms or sorting ammo during the late hours. Take care, Sweet Lady.

      Delete
  12. I find ammo every now and then that I had forgot about but only maybe 50 or 100 rounds. Nice score.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It happens. I found a case of 9x19 behind the jack in my truck a couple of years ago...Thanks, Bubba.

      Delete
  13. Not as related to your post, but my hubby's birthday is Tuesday and he asked for a .22. I don't know much about these things and don't want to be taken advantage of when I walk in a store so any tips on what to be wary of, what's good, etc.?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If he wants a rifle, may I suggest a 'Ruger 10/22.' If you have a local Wal-Mart that sells firearms you can get one there for just a bit over two hundred dollars. Any good local gun store will have them for a bit more. A case of .22's (ammunition) will cost about eighteen dollars. Yell if you need more help.

      Delete
  14. This is the second time in a week I heard of someone finding ammo. Fun!!!! Hope you get some rest.

    ReplyDelete