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2 weeks, 3 days ago 17
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Well it’s summer and that means I’m home with my family until the end of September!!!  It also means I’m deep into working on my other love, shooting.  I’m a serious target shooter and I really enjoy guns, even cleaning them.  Since we are only a couple of days away from our Independance Day Celebration!  Since our forefathers were able to gain our freedom because they could defend themselves from the Red Coats, it’s even more prescient that we keep our Second Amendment rights!  O.K so these are my present 9mm handguns and why I own them.

 

TOP – The CZ P-07   This mid-size CZ semi-automatic pistol is my bedside gun,  Equipped with a Olight Valkerie light with a whopping 120o Lumens would both light up and blind any intruder.  A scenario I pray I never have to face, but one I’m ready for, if it ever happened! The CZ P-07 can hold 15 cartridges.  It’s a seriously good gun!

 

 

ABOVE – Baretta M9A3  I’m a sucker for Baretta’s and their precise smooth action!  The M9A3 is Barettas’ latest offering.  It was entered in the military trials for the U.S. Army’s new battle handgun.  The panel not only did not choose it, but they didn’t even consider it!  Knowing what I know about our government, it’s probably a badge of courage!  The Sig Sauer P320 is fine gun, but in my opinion it can’t hold a candle to the M9A3, and that’s why I traded it for the M9A3!

 

 

ABOVE – Sig Sauer P-226 Tac Ops    Speaking of Sigs, this is the one the Navy Seals, Coast Guard, NCIS, and many top Operators choose and still choose, even when they have to buy their own!  This Tac Ops model has the Short Reset Trigger and comes with 4 – 20 round magazines.  Its a real “go to war” gun, proven for many years of field use.  Extremely reliable and as accurate as you’re capable of shooting it!

 

 

ABOVE – Citadel 1911 – 9mm   Not so expensive guns turn a lot of people off, not me.  I own two that have turned out to be exceptional inspite of not being highly regarded brands or costing a fortune. The Citadel is a classic 1911 made of real steel, heavy and it really absorbs the 9mm recoil.  Outfitted with after-market Hogue grips, which I love and have them on a number of my pistols.  This gun is accurate and has a sweet three pound trigger.

 

BELOW –  the Canik TPSA   Another bargain priced gun that is worth far more than you pay is the Canik.  Made in Turkey by a major arms manufacturer.  It is one of best made of all my handguns, It is my only Striker Fired pistol and has a great trigger, and is very accurate. This is a real fine gun!

 

 

BELOW – Baretta M9A1 Compact (INOX)   I wanted a slightly smaller Baretta and the INOX (Stainless) was just the gun.  The same great atributes of all 92F versions, it is smooth as silk and very acurate aand more concealable.

 

 

BELOW – CZ – SP-01  Shadow 2   I love CZ pistols, I have three and gave my teasuerd CZ-75 B to my son Wes, because I treasue him more and wanted him to have a real quality 9mm!  This Shadow 2 is a real competition pistol with a 4.89 barrel and 17+1 mags.  This gun has a 3 pound ultra smooth single action trigger. It i gthe best handgun I’ve ever fired.

 

 

BELOW – CZ 75B  SP-01   My latest addition is the CZ 75 B SP-01.  I just sent to to Cajun GunWorks for a complete Pro Package trigger and internal tuning job.  I’m really looking forward  to wringing it out, after all, it’s a CZ!

 

 

BELOW – S&W Shield  This fairly small 9mm is my car gun and concealed carry in cooler weather when it can be hidden. It is well made and serves it’s purpose.  I replaced the factory sights with Tru-Glo for work in low light.

 

 

BELOW – Kimber Micro .380  This is a beautifuly made and smooth operating very small concealed gun.  When Sherelene is not carrying it I use if for deep concealment.

 

 

Well, for you guys and gals that are enjoying the shooting sport, hope this was enjoyable for you, now I’ve got to get to the range and punch some targets!

 

Oh, in case you were wondering, why no Glocks?  I think Glocks are good guns, I even had a Glock 23 early on, but it just was not my thing, so, no Glocks!

 

Blessings,

 

the “armed” pilgrim

 

7 yards – 9 shots in 4 seconds, combat style shooting.  Some day I would like ot be considered a good “shooter” in two ways!

CZ-75 B Shaldow 2

 

 

All images:   FUJIFILM X-T2 – XF 50mm f 2 @ f 8

 

IMPORTANT VIEWPOINT:  I’m one of millions of Americans that enjoy owning and practicing shooting guns.  I have no desire to ever shoot another human being or any animals for that matter.   I want to always be prepared to protect my family, but would be thrilled if the only thing I ever shot was targets and steel!

 

 

 

3 weeks, 4 days ago 9
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As I move into the last years of a long career and look back, I have come to one main conclusio;  it was the people!  As a photographer I have worked with a tons of groups, lectured for groups of from 3 to 600, and one of the very best groups I’ve ever had the honor and pleasure of working with was BIOCOMM  (Bio Communications) the oldest and most pretgious gathering of scientific, medical and specialized photographers in the world.  I would be petrified to try and teach this group anything technical!  They are, perhaps, the most knowledgeable technical group I’ve ever known!  They’re also the most wonderful folks you could ever spend time with!  In the photo above if you can find me (white shirt and navy blazer, tallest head in the front row, to the left).  Left of me is Bill Durrence (green shirt and straw hat on his knee), sounds like a Stepehn Foster song tittle!!! ;-).  Bill was a long time Nikon NPS Rep and Nikon School teacher (22 years) who left Nikon just before I joined them.  Bill went on to work for Blue Pixel, the company that took over running the Nikon Digital School under contract, for Nikon).  I knew Bill for many years before he left Nikon and he joined me on a number of Great American Photography Weekends.

 

When I became the Southern U.S. NPS Rep Bill immediately called me and said you have to ask Bill (Pekala) to assign you to the BioComm group, you’ll love them!  Bill Pekala did and I had 11 fantastic years of joining them for their annual meeting in great locations and running a one day workshop and field session for them,  it was one of the highlights of my year, each and every year!  I did miss one year recovering from Colon Cancer surgery!

 

I was thilled when I was invited back to speak for them in Savannah, Ga this past Friday.  It was extra special becasue Bill Durrence returned and we had a blast sharing and visiting with such great old friends!  I had dinnerThursday night with Bill and his beautiful wife Barbara and we had a lot of fun talking about the “Glory Days”!

 

I have been incredibly blessed to know wonderful people like this group, the countless, (actually over 7,000 photo students), and countless other photographers, friends like Jack Graham, Jim Haverstock, Jim Begley, Carl Turner, Dr. Chalres Stanley, Bill Durrence and I better stop now because the list would a very very long indeed!!!!

 

The point is, no matter how many good or great images I’ve ever made, the people are the real treasure I take away from a nearly 50 year long career!  Thanks guys, I really enjoyed my annual Bio Comm fix!!!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

1 month, 1 week ago 2
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We met with our group of 12 students this morning and drove over to Sprague WA to shoot the old trucks at Dave’s Truck Rescue.   This has become a favorite annual event to kick off the Palouse workshop week.  It was bright and sunny, a pleasant day but not the best light for the old trucks, but we enjoyed them anyway!   Here are some of my favorites!

 

 

 

….and a couple of color for color sake shots!

 

 

…and you can’t say “no cigar” on this one!

 

 

All images with Fujifilm XH-1 and the Fujifilm 18-135 lens.

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

1 month, 2 weeks ago 2
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While looking of color for color sake shots nigh Newport Harbor I found this boat formerly called the Evie, I’m guessing things went badly and now it’s sorta the Evil!!!

 

So, here is some of the color Found!

 

 

 

It was great pretending I was Jay Maisel for a day!!!!

 

Out last stop was the temperate rain forest in Ecola State Park.  The Jurassic Park of the Oregon Coast!

 

 

All in all a great week with a great group of folks!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim