Lots of progress

I had a busy weekend. I was going to watch the Arizona vs Washington State football game but chose to work on my crucible project instead. Good choice, I was productive and didn’t have to watch the Wildcats choke. Again. I need to make a set of tongs and a skimmer and I’m good to go to start making ingots out of hard drives.

Not all the work was on my project – I actually fixed the grater for the wife. She’d been bugging me for a while to fix it and my daughter reminded me of it today when she was grating potatoes for breakfast.


So, this past weekend I went to Tucson Iron, looking for some well casing. Success! I found some 8″ ID 1/8th inch well casing! Now I can make my crucible! From there I went to Industrial Metal Supply for a steel disk for the base. I bought a 1/4 inch 10″ diameter disc, but after I brought it home, it may be too much. I also have an 1/8th inch 10″ disc that I’ll probably use. I’ll be putting up pictures and the process on a page in the next day or so. Stoked!

Today I also received my order from Sarco. Woo-hoo! Three 1903 Enfield drill barrels that were purchased for their .30 caliber bores to make barrels for my PPS-43 project, as well as for my 7.62×25-based AK. I also got a couple more hammer springs and three 1911 mag catch springs to use in AK trigger groups as the disconnector spring. Happy day!

What a weekend!

We were supposed to go up to Guadalupe Friday night, but the wife unit got out of work late and was really cranky so we delayed it until the following morning. Like a dolt though, I couldn’t sleep and didn’t get to sleep until 12:30PM! Doh!

We got up a 6:15AM and were actually on the road by 7:15AM. I was duly impressed. Got to Glendale by 9:15AM – doesn’t get any better than that – we parked right up next to the entrance we were so early! No parking fee but that was made up when we paid for the entrance – $16 each for me and Vicki, kids get in free for another year and a half. Well Done

We ended up splitting up inside, with the kids orbiting us, moving between us. Vicki is on the hunt for a 1911, we need to save up money for her. I had a list of stuff, but what I really wanted, the reloading stuff, wasn’t there. I ended up getting some AK parts (recoil springs, disconnector springs, one hammer spring,), and a 25rnd 10/22 magazine. Sofia found a new dog leash for Jack – its pretty nice. Vicki got another 12-pack of mini crossbow bolts,  medical kit bag we need to fill, and a pair of personal stun guns she wants to give to my sisters. Didn’t find a whole lot else, so our next stop was Randall’s,  a firearms place in Glendale.

Randall’s – really nice guys, know their stuff, and were polite to my little girl (Sofia went in with me). What’s not to like? I got the powder I wanted (AA-7) and large rifle primers, right off the shelf. Cheaper than on-line and NO hazmat fee. I WILL go back.

We had heard about the prepper and military surplus in Mesa on Main Street, so we decided we’d go look. Nothing. Nada. I’ll have to look up on the web, we were so sure that at the one AZ prepper’s convention that we’d seen lots of cards with Main Street addresses. Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

On the way back we stopped by the Native New Yorker on Broadway in Tempe, saw the first half of the Arizona vs Cal game. Towards the end of the 1st half the game was interrupted with ‘pay your bill’ message so we could only hear it. We left. At least on the radio in the Jeep and at the in-laws the game wasn’t interrupted. We relaxed there for the rest of the day, Vicki too her mom to the store, but that’s about it. We got up this morning and had breakfast before loading up and coming home. It was nice to sleep in!

I FINALLY fixed Marisol’s little storage box for her Monster High dolls. She’s never bugged me, just patiently waited. I love that kid. Anyway, now I can move on to my other projects without feeling guilty.Uncertain

To end the day, we broke out the hand-held crossbows. What a riot! They are so much fun! Even the girls loved playing with them – we WILL be doing this more often. As competitive as they are, this should get good!