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For those of us who love to shoot, cold weather can really slow us down. And ammunition can be costly. Reloading your own ammo can help with the cost, but did you know that you can load wax bullets for indoor shooting?
I began reloading myself to reduce shooting costs, using a classic progressive reloading press that my father had in the garage. When I was younger growing up in Pennsylvania, my father and brother taught me how to shoot in our basement, using wax bullets. The problem now is that I didn’t have my father’s recipe; I didn’t even know where to find it. Internet searches gave me bullets of paraffin wax. But paraffin gums up the bore, making clean up a real mess.
One day while talking to a neighbor about reloading, he told me that his father-in-law had reloaded his own ammo. He had inherited the supplies after his father-in-laws death, and offered them to me. In the boxes of supplies was a copy of the 42nd edition of Lyman Reloader’s handbook (copyright 1960.) The book contained an article titled “Wax Bullets” by Charles M. Heard. The article described the formula for wax bullets as well as proper case preparation.
This formula is softer than straight paraffin, and includes grease to keep the barrel lubricated. This is the process that I now use to make my wax bullets.
Wax Bullet Recipe
- 1lb paraffin from a grocery store
- ¼lb beeswax from a crafts store
- 1/8lb water pump grease or lubriplate no. 115 grease
- 1 flat pan or cake pan
- 1 old pot or double boiler to melt the wax
The pan needs to be marked for the wax depth. Mark a ½ inch line from the bottom for .38s, and a 5/8 inch line for .44s and.45s. The bottom of the pan needs to be flat for the wax to be a consistent thickness.
- Heat the paraffin and beeswax in the pot or double boiler over medium heat. Once the wax mixture has melted, add in the grease slowly.
- Stir frequently until the grease has mixed in to keep it from lumping. Take the pot and pour the mix into the pan. The pan should be sitting on a flat level surface. Do not bump or move the pan, this will cause an uneven surface on the mixture.
- When the pan has cooled, flex the bottom and sides to remove the wax sheet.
Preparing the cartridge case
Drill out the flash hole on the case. Use a 3/32 inch bit for .38 caliber cases and a 1/8 inch bit for .44 or .45 caliber cases. This prevents the primer from being pushed and causing a jam. Resize the case. Since the case can only be used for wax, it would be a good idea to mark it.
Loading the cartridge
Set the wax sheet on a hard clean surface. Push the unprimed case into the wax. Seat the primer without using any primer. This is to keep air out of the wax.
This should get you up and shooting even in the coldest months. Simply package these up and place them in your trusty shooting range bag and you’ll be on your way to enjoyable shooting in no time. Always use safety precautions when reloading and happy shooting.
In the current United States Army, there is an important position that frequently gets overlook – this is the Construction Materials and Heavy Construction operator. This job title requires you to know how to use numerous pieces of equipment including graders, tractors, bulldozers, cranes, and more. They also expect you to know how to use a router table, belt sander, and know how to lay drywall. The job includes carrying out construction operations on varying Army Sites just like what would be done in a normal civilian or commercial area.
As you probably know, this is a very dirty job. You will be dealing with tons of earth, and will have to move around gravel and other aggregate rocks that are very demanding to work with. As a United States Constructions Army Materials operator, you will know the best ways of dealing with this earth and using heavy equipment in order to do so. You will gain the knowledge on how to use leveling equipment as well as motorized graders, bulldozer attachments, and self-propelled attachments. It’s all something that takes time to understand, featuring a few weeks of full day training and exercises to get you up to speed.
Your training will include learning how to properly use a long list of different heavy equipment utilities. Training can go on from four to twelve weeks of individual assessment after Basic Combat Training has been successfully completed.
Basic training is a nine week session and is followed by Army Construction Materials and Heavy Equipment operator school. This is where you will learn everything you need to know about handling construction equipment and heavy machinery. You may be required to use a knife belt sander to sharpen steel and the like. You may be have to carry drywall 100 yards up rocky terrain to put in place for a weapons cache area. It’s understanding how to use these power tools and materials to improve upon what was once in its place.
Once you are assigned a command that will be your job placement, you are required to report formally to the site and start work. Working in this type of environment means there are plenty of opportunities for travel, as this is a position that is required all over the world and is definitely in high demand.
So what will you learn in this job position? You will get involved in the missions of combat engineers and become part of a knowledgeable team. You will learn how to use an excavator in order to organize and place material and earth with a crawler or bulldozer. You will also become an expert at using lifts, hoists, cranes and other types of equipment which will maximize your skills for the job. This will make you an important asset to any army base and will make you vital to the entire process.
I’ve said it again and again that I love being a soldier. It’s a fulfilling job and I wouldn’t exchange it for any other job. Even if my work requires that I’m always away from home and that my life is always on the line, I still think it’s the best job in the world. Not everyone has the opportunity to serve his country; and for that I am appreciative of this job.
A Carpenter by Heart
Before I became a soldier, I thought I would be a full time carpenter. It was what interested me when I was growing up; probably because my dad was a carpenter too. If this type of thing can be inherited, I would say that my carpentry skills are in my genes. In fact, a lot of the members of my family know their way with carpentry tools and basic home improvement stuff.
You know what I like most about carpentry? The power tools! Back at home I have a wide collection of power tools like a mechanical saw, power drill, and knife belt sander. All these things make working on any type of project easy and convenient so that I can get a lot of work done quickly. I even have complex tools like an angle grinder and circular saw, which are always needed when finishing difficult tasks.
Which is More Fulfilling?
Sometimes when I’m at the base and I have nothing to do, I think about my unfinished carpentry work at home. I was working on a table when I was called to report back to work, so I was never really able to finish it. If we had power tools here at our base, I probably would have done some carpentry projects here too.
If you’re going to ask me which is more fulfilling, being a soldier or being a carpenter, I would have to say both. Being a soldier is not only my job, it’s my life. As for being a carpenter, it’s also a part of my whole persona.
Are There Other Sides of Me?
Like most people, I have a lot of different sides. In this narration, I am only telling you about my carpenter side, which I am very proud of as not everyone has carpentry skills. I just thought that people would find it interesting that a soldier can have skills and talents on other aspects of life too.
I actually consider myself a multifaceted man. And if you visit my blog often enough, you will find other aspects of me that are just as interesting as being a soldier and a carpenter.
I Miss My Power Tools
Right now, I would only admit to being carpenter during my spare time at home. Sometimes I even dream of my power tools. Just the other night there was a part in my dream when I was cutting a piece of wood with my circular saw. And one time, I was using my Makita angle grinder for finishing a wooden cabinet. I know it’s weird, but it happens to me all the time.
Well, here’s another admission. When I’m home, I miss my base camp and my dreams always included my comrades and my guns. I think it’s only normal for these things to show up in dreams because as they said, the usual things we do are always embedded in our subconscious minds.
That’s all for now. This is your soldier and carpenter signing off temporarily.
Allow me to be candid this time and not simply talk about the hardships of being a soldier. Like normal everyday people, I have normal routines and thoughts too. And like you, little things and little chores can prove to be a concern too.
Let’s start about the most important things in my backpack and you’ll see that we probably have the same stuff. Hygiene accessories are, of course, at the top of the list. So I have towels, soaps, toothbrush and toothpaste there. I am also particularly wary of being exposed to germs, so I have alcohol and hand sanitizers too.
And then there’s the shaving stuff. I have different types of razors, electric razors and manual razors. I did a research online and found some pros and cons of owning several types of razors as there are those that can provide for close shaving and those that are meant for fast and easy operation. So I just decided to have several units with me all the time.
Shaving regularly is very important to me as I’m a hairy guy; so a big space in my backpack is really occupied by shaving accessories. I have shaving creams, after shave solutions and skin toners too.
If you noticed, soldiers are always well groomed and well dressed when we are not into battle. It is for this reason why having a metal polish is important too, and it’s one of the mainstays in my backpack. I looked at aluminum polish reviews on the Internet to find the best products for polishing the metal parts on my shoes, belts, etc. And then I went ahead and bought a metal polish online to bring with me when I’m assigned to different places. Yes, I also use it on my guns; I think that one is obvious.
And I don’t mean to sound self-conscious but I always have my comb in my backpack too. Even if soldiers are short-haired bunch of guys, we still use combs.
I also make it a point that I have a good bottle of cologne or perfume in my backpack all the time. Again, it’s part of one’s daily grooming routine and it just makes me feel good about myself when I smell fresh and clean, especially when I’m facing my comrades and superiors. It makes me look more professional and dignified this way. And you always respect people who look good and smell good too, right?
So there you have it. Those are some of the most important things that I always have in my backpack. Of course I also have shirts, pants, and underwear, but I didn’t include them in the list because these are basic things. What I told you about are mostly accessories that I am quite dependent on. My aim is to give you a glimpse of my own world to see that I’m just a regular guy even if I’m a soldier.
These are trivial things, yes; and I’m sure you’ll agree that we all have trivial things in our backpack that we are quite dependent on. Maybe you can take a look inside your own backpack too in order to see if there are little gadgets and things there that you can’t live without.
Hello all, my name is Chelsea, and when I joined the military, I knew that I wasn’t going to be doing it as a career choice, but instead use it as a learning experience, to serve my country, and use it as a stepping stone into adulthood. When I turned 18, I wasn’t interested in much, and as many people in that position do, I decided to choose enlisting in the Army because it was something that may open up several avenues of employment after, and it would open up a whole new world to my eyes. Because of the wide range of experience that most experience in the military, I knew that eventually something would catch my eye that I could see doing once I was done with the military.
While I was on base one day, I was talking to a friend of mine who had been taking college classes and other various training on their downtime (we pretty much can get training for free while enlisted), and she mentioned that there was a course on medical billing and coding. To be honest, I did not know much about that career field, but I was always pretty good with administrative tasks and didn’t mind the daily office routine that so many hate. Because of that, I decided to start looking into the field to decide if that was something that I would enjoy doing. Now, for those of you who were like me initially wondering “what is medical billing and coding”; you input medical codes for conditions and bill insurance companies. Granted, dealing with insurance companies would probably be a huge nightmare, but otherwise, it seemed like an ok job.
One of the main things I wanted to find out about the medical billing career field was the medical billing and coding salary on an annual basis. Once I discovered how much they made, I decided that it could be a career for me where I could progress up the ladder and eventually make over $50,000 per year. Because of that, I decided to start enrolling in classes and training.
Many of you may wonder what made me choose to go into the medical billing and coding field, and there were various contributing factors: the medical coding and billing salary, it was in a career field that could branch out into other medical areas, and I don’t mind administrative tasks. I guess the main reason I don’t mind the administrative tasks is because I joined the military in an administrative role instead of a combat role. I learned how to be disciplined, time efficient, and do my job in a structured manor, and because of learning that, I knew that I would excel the most in one of those types of roles in my post military career.
For all of those high school kids that aren’t sure which career they want to pursue after graduating, choosing the military, either as a career option, or a stepping stone into the next phase of your life, are good options. You can definitely go to college to “figure things out”, but unfortunately that can be very heavy on your pocketbook, whereas the military is a free option. Yes, depending on what you join as, you may be sent on deployments, or god forbid experience combat, but it can be well worth all of that once you’re service time is completed.
As you can already imagine, the life of a soldier is not that easy. I have been a soldier for many years now and I spend most of my time away from my family. I always miss them when I think about them; and it’s very seldom that I don’t think about my wife and kids.
One thing I’ve noticed with fellow comrades is our fascination with cigars. The troops I’ve been with are more fascinated with cigars than cigarettes. Maybe it’s because of the fact that cigars are technically less harmful than cigarettes as far as nicotine content is concerned. That’s why cigarette smokers have also switched to smoking cigars when they found out about this.
Well, I was never into cigarettes and really started out smoking cigars. So most of the time, I seem like an expert with regards to brands, accessories, and anything cigar-related. And since I’m really a big fan of this type of tobacco product, I actually like talking about the topic.
When we are assigned to different places, we always look for topics to talk about just to pass the time. And when it comes to talking about cigars, I always brag about my collection of cigar stuff. I tell them how I always purchase cigar humidors online along with other accessories like cutters, lighters, etc. as this is the easiest way to shop nowadays. And since I discovered sites like http://bestcigarhumidorguide.com I have more sources of information about the best cigar-related products on the market.
It’s very easy to form friendships with fellow soldiers too since we have the same goals and aspirations in life. We also miss our families when we’re away from them so we also like talking about our wives, children, and even pet dogs and cats. All these things help in easing our minds from the stress of being away from home.
I’m sure you’ve also heard about the relaxing effects of smoking cigars. Note that although these are said to contain less nicotine than cigarettes, there’s still a small amount of said component in this type of tobacco product. And it’s that nicotine that provides smokers with a relaxing sensation that can be soothing especially when a person is tired or stressed out.
Frankly, I also think that the gestures involved in smoking cigars also contribute to the overall relaxing effect of smoking. Repetitive gestures such as puffing cigars and cigarettes can be a sort of therapeutic activity; and according to studies, these can relax the mind and nerves as well.
Even though we are aware of the negative effects of smoking, it seems like this is already a part of our lives as soldiers. The guys I’m with have different smoking habits and there are those who like smoking cigars almost continuously. There are also some of us who only smoke a few pieces of cigars in a day; sometimes we can even go without smoking.
In my opinion, it would be really good if we could quit smoking. Perhaps we can just play cards to pass the time and relax. But until then, it’s comforting to know that we can rely on these luxurious cigars when we are feeling lonely and homesick. And if you have other suggestions on how we can better cope up with these feelings, please let us know.
As a soldier, I spend most of my time away from home. And it’s really perfectly fine with me as I know I am serving my country well. But every once in a while I get lonely and miss people and things from home.
First of all, I miss my family. My wife just gave birth to our first child (it’s a boy, by the way) and I had to leave them. It breaks my heart; but a soldier’s life is dedicated to his country and to his family; and I am willing to sacrifice and experience loneliness once in a while for the benefit of my country and my family.
It helps that I carry a picture of my wife and baby with me all the time. Looking at these photos somehow comforts me; and I also know that they’ll be there when I get back home. So the sacrifices are all worth it. Hey, I even miss my dog Max, as he’s also a part of the family. And one of the family pictures in my wallet includes him too. I’m sure my good buddy misses his daddy. When I get back he’ll surely jump at me and lick my face.
I also miss my friends back home; we have different types of jobs but we all manage to meet when I’m home. As we are all archers, we spend a lot of time shooting arrows at targets. We have this archery club that we go too; and sometimes we go to the safari for our adventures.
And you know what, we are all good archers, I can tell you that. We all hit bull’s eye most of the time because we use sights when target shooting. By looking at bow sight reviews on the Internet, we always manage to get the best units for our needs. One site was particularly helpful when I broke my old sight; I found that http://bestbowsight.net is reviewing different brands and models of sights so I read all of their articles there. I got a Truglo model, just like the one I had before.
Why did I get the same brand and model? Well, even though my old one broke, it was my fault. I had the habit of keeping it attached to my bow even when I pack it; and this is not a good practice. Bow sights ought to be removed from the bow before storing or putting said archery equipment in traveling case. But I didn’t do that. So after many years of doing the same habit, it finally got broken. So I still say it’s tough; that’s why I got the same exact model again. Besides, it makes me hit my target every time I shoot too.
So, those are all the things I miss the most when I am away from home and doing my duties as a soldier. I miss my lovely wife and baby and I’m sure they miss me too. I also miss my best buds and know that they are thinking of me when they have meet ups and gatherings. And I also miss my favorite sport, archery.
I already know what I’m going to do as soon as get back home; spend time with my family first and then go out with my friends. We’d shoot arrows; and I’ll hit bull’s eye again!
I love my country; and this burning love has inspired me to become a soldier. Ever since I was a little boy, I always admired soldiers, especially my dad. There’s just something about them that makes me want to grow up in the same shoes, wearing the same dignified uniform. And that’s what I am today.
As soldiers, we follow orders from our commander; and that includes accepting different types of assignments as they come. In my case, I am often assigned on the base; and we are in charge of security. Our assignments can last for several months; sometimes it can even take a year before we can go home to our families. It’s a fulfilling job but sometimes it can get boring too, especially when there’s nothing to do.
So what do you think soldiers do when they are in camp? I’d like to think that any type of job can be dreary if you don’t know how to entertain yourself. That’s why we always think of something interesting to do when we are tasked to stay on the base.
The Internet is a great help, as you can already imagine as it allows us to keep in touch with our families. It is also a great source of information so we can always expand our knowledge by reading about the latest news and events that are happening all around the world. It is even a convenient way to shop.
Just the other day I bought a cigar cutter online because I like smoking cigars when I’m relaxing. And it arrived pretty fast with the box and content in very good condition. I got mine from Amazon.com; and it’s a guillotine cigar cutter model. I like straight cuts on my cigars as it provides for even burning when I’m smoking it.
One of my fellow soldiers bought a wireless speaker on the Internet too. Listening to music is also one of our past times here; that’s why such a device is useful too. It has Bluetooth functionality so it doesn’t even have wires. It can even connect to several Bluetooth devices so we can play our own music with it. Today’s technology is simply amazing, isn’t it?
We like playing cards with one another too. Although there are now apps that can be downloaded to play different types of games on the computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, playing the traditional set of cards is still more interesting. It allows us guys to talk while we’re playing; and sometimes we even bet on it just for fun. Card games still serve their original purpose when a group of guys are passing time. It’s very relaxing and it enables us to talk about our dreams, situations, and even personal problems. So it’s really very helpful.
As you can see, there are several ways of passing time here on the base; it just takes some patience and a little creativity. As soldiers, we are more concerned about our country’s welfare and not our own personal entertainment; so it’s really not that hard to focus on the real task at hand. It can get lonely at times, yes, but our love for our country and our families inspire us to keep doing our job the best we can.
I am an American soldier. And I’m proud of it.
I am just a new soldier and I never felt like a full-pledged servant of my country until I experienced my first ever military raid. The mission was called because the enemy was holding two of our soldiers as hostages and we just can’t negotiate with them. And so, as nervous as I was, I went with my troop on an overnight military raid for our rescue mission.
We put in a lot of preparation in this as we can’t just go out and attack a military camp and expect victory if we are careless. Aside from basing our moves with the intelligence reports, experts in the field also made plans as to how we are going to carry out our attack.
Needless to say, it was decided that attacking at night would be the best tactic as we will be less visible at night. We can then advance slowly to the enemy line without them realizing it so we can surprise them.
It wasn’t easy, let me tell you that. As we are no longer at our base, we don’t even have the needed supplies and equipment for cooking and preparing our food. Fortunately, we have several portable stoves at our base; and for this mission, we took the Esbit alcohol stove with us. Among our portable cooking burners, this seem to be the best alcohol stove for the purpose as it’s lightweight and compact as well. We didn’t have a hard time carrying it and it served its purpose well by cooking simple meals while we were doing our mission.
Of course, we were fully geared up for the attack too. We were properly attired with bullet proof vests and helmets; and our assault weapons were high-powered too. Even if this was my first time to go on a military raid, I just knew that there’s no way that we can fail in our mission of rescuing our comrades except for carelessness. And that’s why we were really very careful with the execution of our plans.
Just like in the movies, we were able to penetrate our enemy’s camp quietly. We had snipers and military people who were especially tasked with this role; and so we all had to wait our turn. We were trained with signals and codes so that we can communicate with one another even from a distance.
Yes, before the enemy realized that we were already inside their base, we were already all over the place. They panicked, of course, and didn’t know what to do to handle the situation well. At this time, there were already a lot of gun shots being exchanged by both sides of the military and dead bodies were already lying around; but mostly enemy soldiers bear the casualty.
Our soldiers who were held hostage were already rescued by the special team assigned for this task even before the shootout, so they were both saved. It was a relief to see them safe as they have been gone for so long we didn’t even know if they were still alive.
So that’s my story about the first ever military raid that I participated in. It was dangerous and scary, yes, but doing my duty for my country makes it all worthwhile. And I would gladly do it again.
For many kids growing up, a pellet gun is just a simple toy (one that should be played with using caution), but for others it can be the start of something patriotic. Just like other children, I would run around pretending to play Cowboys and Indians with my Red Ryder BB gun, shooting at targets that my parents would set up around the fenced in backyard, but this was just the beginning of what would become a military career for me. This is the story of how a simple toy turned into becoming an Army sergeant.
I was a military kid growing up, and at the age of 12, I decided that I wasn’t going to be a part of the military once I was old enough to make that decision myself. Then, one day, my dad brought home a Red Ryder BB gun and started to teach me how to shoot a pellet gun. At first, it was just a bonding experience between me and my father because he would often be deployed, leaving us little time to spend together. He would come home from deployment and we would religiously take turns shooting the gun in the backyard at targets that he would set up for us. Obviously, he was much better than I was at hitting the targets, but that didn’t take away from me enjoying both shooting the pellet gun, but also getting to spend as much time as possible with my father.
But, as I grew up, I started to actually get really into shooting, and I would often setup my own targets and practice while my father was away. Little by little, I started to get better and better at my accuracy, and as I got better, the more I enjoyed the whole activity both when my dad was home and when he was away. Because of my increased interest, I began looking at other ways I could shoot shoot pellet guns and I found out that there was an academy near where I lived. I asked my mother and father if I could join the academy and luckily they decided that I could. Previously, I had not shown a huge interest in much related to the military and since this was an activity I genuinely found interesting, they decided that it was worth the chance.
While at the academy, I was learning a significant amount about how to shoot the guns and how to read a pellet gun review online to make sure that the gun would be a good fit for me. I found out that I wasn’t using the correct ammo with the gun that I had purchased. From that point on, I would research the air guns and make sure that all of the ammo and accessories worked together so I could be the best that I could at shooting. I became dedicated and strict with myself on my routine with shooting the gun and from that I realized the transformation that had taken place almost by mistake.
Despite my father being gone for months at a time, I learned from him through his dedication and the routine that he would put my family through on a regular basis. Through that routine, and our bonding with the pellet gun, I realized that maybe the military was for me. For the first time, I found something that I enjoyed that was related to the military that linked me and my father. Because of that, when I was 18 years old, I enlisted in the Army to be a part of the infantry unit where I could put my interest in guns to use. Yes the military is more than just shooting, but that joy of shooting is how I ended up realizing that I would follow in my fathers footsteps into the Army.