Friday, May 30, 2008

Friday rambles (on and on)

Yesterday, while Nikki was shooting our Taurus .22 revolver, I set about loading up the magazines for our Ruger Mark II. What a chore.

I bought myself one of these little red doohickeys

almost immediately after learning how to shoot because, like Robb, I have very tender thumbs. As you can see over at Sharp as a Marble, they do make some sort of super speedloader device, which would be great but honestly, I'm holding out for something even better. For quite awhile now, and every time I shoot the Mark II, I wish for a trained ammo monkey. Those capuchins have nimble little fingers, don't they? And they are kind of cute...

I would make sure it wore teeny protective eyewear and earmuffs at the range, and maybe a wee vest. The diaper might be a problem, but I bet I could train it to use the litterbox with the cats. And, hey, maybe even clean the litterbox! That would be awesome. Ammo monkey is definitely the way to go.

Anyway - as I was loading up the magazines I remembered I had another that someone had loaned me. I told Nikki and she said, "Oh, okay. Is it in the gun case?"

"No, it's in my purse."

Nikki started laughing. "What?" I asked. "What's funny?"

"You. It's in your purse, " she said, still chuckling.

I grinned at her. "Am I the weirdest girl you know or what?"

"Yeah. You really are," Nikki said. "But I like it." (& to me, this is a huge compliment)

I guess you can tell a lot about a woman by the contents of her purse.

...and now that you're all probably wondering what else I've got stashed away, and because I'm completely bored, here's a list:

Along with the spare Mark II magazine, I've got a Sanrio Chococat wallet, a blue Swiss Army card, 2 pairs of sunglasses, my keys on a compass keychain, a Tide-to-go pen, a ticket stub to the Falun Gong Chinese Spectacular, 3 lipglosses (one regular pinkish color, one raspberry chocolate flavored and the absolutely essential GIANT Dr. Pepper lipsmacker), an old folded up World Tour of Beer list (I keep meaning to check them off as I go), a polka-dotted emery board, some fruity chewing gum, and a lot of polyhedral dice, all pink.

So there you go. All is now revealed.

20 comments:

aepilot_jim said...

Polyhedral dice? Do we see a hint of D&D geekdom peeking there?

Breda said...

I admit my geekiness. =)

kaveman said...

Fruity gum?

Dagnabbit. I had ya pegged for the wintermint type all the way.

My powers are failing. Guess I'll just cry on this big pile of guns.

Breda said...

It's fruity this week, kaveman - Orbit Sangria Fresca, to be specific. Last week I had that new Wrigley's wintergreen that tingles your mouth the longer you chew. That was fun.

Less said...

The wife chimed in about the beer list:

"I'll bet she just 'accidentally' forgets to check them off, so that she can 'sample' again..."

Less said...

You know... Looking at the picture of you with the Bersa, it struck me that, um, well... Let's just say, I think that the capuchin's thumbs might be LARGER than yours!?

Breda said...

Hey now, Less! (& Mrs. Less!) ;)

Weetabix said...

You'll soon be finding stray .380 rounds in the oddest places, too.

tyskkvinna said...

I was rummaging through my camera bag (which goes -everywhere- with me) yesterday and went "OH! So THERE'S where I put those two magazines" (for the 9mm S&W) I had them neatly tucked behind a light metre and a polarising filter.

You are not alone. :-)

(Btw! I'm planning on taking some gun portraits this weekend)

Sevesteen said...

The Ultimate Cliploader that Sharp as a Marble is talking about is fantastic. I can't see the video from here, but I've got one, and it works as advertised--Dump a bunch of bulk ammo in, shake, stick a mag in--you might need to wiggle the mag a bit, but it really does load magazines in about 5 seconds, with no sore thumbs.

phlegmfatale said...

wow - that autoloader thing is really cool!

the pawnbroker said...

stick with the autoloader, breda: them dang capuchins ain't satisfied just loading, and once you let 'em shoot nothing is safe...jtc

HeartOfAWarrior said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmtX6Tj74oU

Gregg said...

My wife has trouble loading her .45 magazines so she bought an UPLULA, which she loves. As long as there's a reasonably hard, flat surface it works like a charm.

Mark said...

Now I've got a mental image of you with a pistol in one hand, a pink D20 in the other shouting "Roll for initiative, douchebag!"

Willorith said...

Breda:
I went back to read the original Nikki post and I found it moving. You are truly a remarkable woman. You are quietly doing an enormous job to promote our life saving sport in the liberal camp. I admire you greatly. You have spurred me to promote the notion of concealed carry to my sisters and my niece. My niece specifically because the steering forces exerted by a woman comfortable with guns will automatically turn away the liberal sort of young men(?) she has been dating.

Arcticelf said...

Lady Brenda,
You need a 3ish inch square of light sheet metal with a hole the size of a Ruger Mk2 mag cut in it. This gives you a nice gripping surface to press the follower down with.

If you email me arcticelf AT gmail DOT com a snail mail address I can send you one.

AE

mattcaron said...

I swear, every single farking .22 magazine rips the crap out of my thumbs. .45? No problem. Revolvers? No problem. .380? Fine. 9mm? Fine. It's just the stupid .22's...

And as far as geekiness, ever play Shadowrun?

mattcaron said...

Actually, me asking questions here is silly, since I will never see any replies.. so, ignore me :-)

Breda said...

matt - haven't played Shadowrun

(and I do reply here. You just have to check back)