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| July 31, 2019

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Michigan is looking more like gator-country; loose alligator attacks Tuscola County man

by Alysia Burgio
DAYTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – “I heard this hissing sound and I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, and I thought maybe it was a possum I was going to walk up on.”

Derrick Fells says that sound was actually coming from an alligator.

Fells has about 17 and a half acres in Tuscola County’s Dayton Township and on Saturday, ended up stumbling upon an alligator while catching minnows on his property.

“There was a 6-foot alligator sunbathing and when I spooked the alligator, it turned on me to come toward me. I pulled my pistol out and I shot it. That paralyzed him and then I immediately called 911,” Fells stated.


The Tuscola County Sheriff’s office says the gator belonged to a neighbor.

While investigating, deputies found the property has several wild animals including emus, tortoises, rattle snakes and two additional alligators.

Somehow, one of the gators escaped its enclosure.

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Police: Man shot while trying to force his way into Bridgman home

Police in Bridgman are investigating a shooting that sent one person to the hospital.

It happened around midnight Tuesday on Evergreen Drive just west of Weko Beach.

Police say the shooting appears to be the result of a domestic situation. They say a 33-year-old Bridgman man was trying to force his way into the home. Police say the man’s wife was in the home.

At one point during the confrontation the homeowner was punched in the head and a gun they were holding discharged, hitting the man who was trying to force his way into the home, say police.

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The entire article may be viewed here: WSBT

Stamford man shoots himself while looking for phantom burglar

By John Nickerson
STAMFORD — A city man has been charged with reckless endangerment after shooting his hand and sending a bullet into an adjacent apartment early Tuesday morning, police said.

Sgt. Robert Shawinsky said police were dispatched at 4:30 a.m. to an apartment building on Hoyt Street near Stamford Police Headquarters for a report of a man who shot himself.

When police arrived, they found blood in the apartment. The gunshot victim, Steven Belske, told police he thought he heard a noise inside his apartment and got up to investigate.

As he was walking out of his bedroom loading his Rock Island Armory, 1911 .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, the gun accidentally fired, striking him in his left index and middle finger, he told police.

Belske was taken to Stamford Hospital with what police said appeared to be superficial wounds. Shawinsky said there was no mention in the report of anyone else in the apartment.

Police found the firearm on the floor of the bedroom and determined that a slug from the pistol went through a wall and into the adjacent apartment. Officers found the bullet on the floor inside a hallway closet and no one else was reported injured in the incident, Shawinsky said.

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The entire article may be viewed here: Middletown Press

A mixed bag today, Delta Whiskies and Whiskettes. An ex-gator and two idiots, with none in the wind. I hope gator-guy at least got to keep the tail meat- batter dipped and deep fried with a squeeze of lemon and a splash of hot sauce is pretty dammed good.

I have seen an American general and his officers, without pay, and almost without clothes, living on roots and drinking water; and all for LIBERTY! What chance have we against such men! — young British officer to Colonel Watson describing the American militia rebels in Georgetown, SC [Source: ‘Marion, The Life of Gen. Francis Marion’ by M. L. Weems, Ch.18]

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“I have seen an American general and his officers, without pay, and almost without clothes, living on roots and drinking water; and all for LIBERTY! What chance have we against such men!”

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.

Nice antiques. Can they shoot? 🙂


They probably work well. From the condition of the cylinders, I doubt they were fired much at all, if ever.

I bought a pair of replica Colt Dragoon revolvers. They were packed in thick axle grease. One was still charged, but uncapped. I was able to get a set of caps on the loaded one, and fired it clear. Oiled it up to prevent rust, and took them home to detail clean.

One was as advertised, a Spaghetti gun. (Italian repro).

Lo and behold, the other, was a real Colt third model Dragoon in decent if somewhat worn condition. (Not a particularly valuable specimen, according to an appraiser, but still serviceable.) Which explains why the caps didn’t fit properly. Colt! Bonus! I was able to order online some replacement cones, so it now accepts standard caps. I shoot it on appropriate holidays, with real BP of course. BOOM.


They would definitely shoot. I rehabbed an original Colt 1860 Army for a friend. Put in a modified mainspring and new percussion nipples (cones). He shot it at our next cowboy shoot.

The pistolas in the photo are Colt 1861 Navy percussion revolvers. They are likely worth several hundred thousand dollars.


The pistols look like 1860 Army colts … navy had octagonal barrel in smaller caliber.


Look closely at the cylinder. No “step” of the .44 caliber guns.

The 61 was a .36 with the rammer type and round barrel of the 60.


11B is correct. If it doesn’t have the rebated cylinder it is not an 1860 Army. The 1851 Navy is the Colt with the octagonal barrel. Those of us who were Civil War re-enactors know our period pistolas. Wild Bill Hickock carried a pair of Colt 1861 Navies.


I must also add that I have the book from which the above photo was taken. The depicted cased pair of 1861 Navies was presented to a Kansas frontiersman in 1867. The photo of them is in R.L. Wilson’s “Colt, An American Legend,” at page 112. All Navies were in .36 caliber. (I thought this photo looked familiar when I first saw it.)

5th/77th FA

Gator tail AND a new pair of boots. Life is good!

OK Ladies, don’t fight or struggle, shoot the son of a bitch, center mass, 3 rounds, followed up by one to the brain bucket.

Dumbass don’t deserve to own a sample of the works of the Saintly John Moses Browning (Howitzer be his name). I’ll give the 1911 a good home and someone who knows how to use it. The noise ol’ boy heard was the pop of his head going up his a$$.

“Can they shoot?” Not sure but, they can prolly be fired. Presentation pieces that they are, prolly never been fired. Somebody did a fine job of keeping all of that together for the last, what 160 years give or take? I could find a home for those also.

The Swamp Fox. Lots of places down here named for Francis Marion. My Scots and my Irish ancestors in the Carolinas fought with him.

“We Pledge our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor.” How many would do that today?


The self-shooter demonstrates something I have said for decades.

The safe gun is the loaded gun.
= You know the thing will go boom, so you will handle it as such. Leave it loaded.
= It is very easy to jam a weapon trying to load it while half asleep, in the dark, under stress, so leave it loaded.
= The vast majority of unwanted “accidental” shots occur at loading or unloading. Amplify this with “half asleep, in the dark, under stress” and it just gets worse, so leave it loaded.

You are better off securing/teaching your spouse/roommate/kids before hand, than screwing around with the action of a firearm under stress. If you absolutely can’t do that, put the loaded gun in the limited-access safe.

The above may be heresy to the “learn-ed gun-gurus”, but it is absolutely based on reality.

Jeff LPH 3, 63-66

The guy that shot himself in the fingers was fingered by his own 1911 slug. Not too hard to finger that one out.


Okay …. “The Fickle Finger of Fate” award goes to Jeff LPH 3, 63-66.

Thanks Jeff!


That one went to the NSA. These two go to:

1. Pentagon

and the

2. US Army

Jeff LPH 3, 63-66

Thank’s rgr1480, I’m Honored.