Line of Sight

The goal of Wild in the Heart is to be a place of everything from gun talk to deer camp stories. I hope you enjoy this blog and find some useful information or at least a good read.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" ~ Philippians 4:6

"I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me" ~ Philippians 4:13

Monday, September 16, 2013

What do I need to know about buying a new Firearm?

Recently I was asked by two people I know about certain things pertaining to buying a new Firearm. And I got to thinking about how hard it can be even with so much information out there to filter it down into what exactly you’re looking for. So I decided to take a few moments and write a summary of a few things that might help in your contemplation.
So let me start just by saying that by no means is this the way you have to do this and it is entirely my own opinion. This is what I use when considering adding a new member to my collection.
So let us begin. I have 5 criteria that I use to when making a choice. 1) Accuracy 2) Part Availability 3) Caliber Choices 4) Feel in the Hand 5) Customization. Most everything you consider about a Gun can come under these 5 labels.

1)      When you are looking consider the guns inherent accuracy. Most all Guns manufacturers especially the larger ones have information on fixed firing. This is done by taking the weapon and firing it from a fixed vise so that it gives Human Error free results.  This is helpful because it tells you that with the proper technique and amount of skill that this weapon is capable of a certain level of accuracy. However it doesn't matter if it is the a Junker from a yard sale or a custom built gun over $10,000 the operator will always be a weak point in any weak points of a weapon.

2)      Part Availability is a very large part of making a choice when I am looking for a new addition. You don’t want to get a gun that you can't get repaired if the unthinkable happens and any of you who go hunting or to the range a lot you know what I am talking about. The ability to find parts is very important. The 2nd part of this is part attainability, doesn’t do you much good either if the parts are out there but you can’t get them for 2 years and yes that does happen.

3)      Caliber choice this is going to be the longest of the sections because there are a lot of things to consider. So we will save this for the full post about this. But I will say this that there has always seemed at least to me anyway that there is a strong correlation between caliber size and game size. Smaller Game you want to use a smaller caliber, larger game use a larger caliber. Makes sense don’t it!

4)      Feel in the hand to me is the most important part when buying and only part of this that can’t be done by talking. In my own shopping experiences the only way I will put money down is if I hold it, feel it, shoulder it, grip it all my in my very own wittle hands. This is why we have Gun stores so put your kids on the leash and go bug a salesmen.

5)      This has a different meaning to just about everyone. And is more than likely in the top 10 things people get in heated discussion over about guns. Customization has a lot of different meanings but my own definition is what can be done to make it shoot better. There are triggers, barrels, bedding, lapping, accurizing, crowning, porting, compensating, and the list goes on and on and on. But it’s all about personal preference and taste. It’s kind of like your choice of Sweet treats everyone has their favorites but they are all still sweets.

These are the 5 that I use when I am choosing a new weapon. By no means is this the only way of doing it. This just happens to be my way.  So in the following posts I will expound on what I have summarized here so keep it on this same PhillBilly channel for next weeks episode.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Firm steps that stumble but not Fall

We all have battles that we fight daily. We all struggles that we must stare in the eye and over come. Demons plague us with their lies of fear and self destruction; whispering that we are failing or we are going to fail. Well they are wrong you have a force on your side that it more powerful and full of grace and mercy than anything you can imagine. God is watching over and protecting you all you need to do is reach out for him. That’s all, just reach out he is there waiting for you to open your hand and he will take you and pull you near him. When you grab onto him you find a peace and a comfort that you have never known and a strength that is so massive there is nothing you feel like you can’t do. So if you struggling with a battle and you just can’t defeat it reach out for him he’s there waiting. If you are fighting and you have already reached out just keep reaching out and keep holding onto him. Seek him daily in his Word and Prayer. Praise him and give him glory and seek him and you will be rewarded with peace of mind and spirit. You will have the strength to defeat your advisory and overcome the battle that you have been fighting.
If you have been fighting your battle for a while and your slip up and fall back or repeat something you’re trying to stop. Don’t quit. You haven’t failed you. You haven’t washed away everything you have accomplished you are not back at square one. As long as you keep walking the way you know is the path to the betterment of yourself and His Kingdom then you’ve not failed.  You only fail when you give up and you quit. You can only loose what you have accomplished when you turn around and walk the opposite way; back down the path you came. You simply go to the Lord and have time with him in His Word and Prayer. Then you pick up where you are and keep moving.  You are not at the beginning again you are as far as you have come as it says in Psalms 37:23,24
23 The Lord makes firm the steps 
of the one who delights in him;
24 Though he may stumble, he will not fall, 
for the Lord holds him up with his hand.

Seek the Lord daily in His Word and Prayer.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Little Moments of Stillness

Over the past week I have been thinking about a lot of things in my life, going through them, and praying about them. All of which culminated into a point where I had a moment this morning of complete stillness and silent. In that moment what I felt was a sense of finality. There are times in our lives where God speaks to us and tells us like the little children we are that we ought not to be playing with these things and to move on from them before we get hurt. And like stubborn children we ignore him and continue to play with them. Well I had one of those still moments this morning. In that moment I felt exactly what he had been trying to tell me all along. In this place there isn’t anything for me. I am not going to succeed here. I am only going to aid in the succession of others and there is a better place for me. Yes, I have to take a moment now and fall back a little bit and regroup, but in the future there will be more out there. There will be a better place that can aid in my future and push me through to the other side.  I will stand on the shoulders of my God. He will see me through to the other side. He is my refuge and strength guiding me through the dark times in my life always. He is always leading me and giving me the strength to do the things I need to and to make the difference in what I believe.  “I lift my eyes up, my help comes from the lord” this is my current call to worship. So let the Lord talk to you and give you guidance. If he is telling you to do something, maybe you should listen. You might find that it won’t look like it will be better, but trust in him and he will see you through.