Saturday, May 14, 2011

I cAN BareLy bReatH I,m LaUGhhhhing SO hArD!!!


Goat Screwing POS got what he had coming to him.

So let me see...
Osama: "Hate the West, but you gotta love the porn!"
Al zarqawi: "Maybe we can issue a fatwah making it Halal."


Build Your Own Shooting Bench

How to build a shooting bench!
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The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
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Here is a great homemade shooting bench. The High Road Senior Member Mike Jackmin put this fantastic shooting bench together, and graciously posted the process with plenty of pictures.

Shooting Bench made by The High Road member Mike Jackmin
Picture by Mike Jackmin

Homemade Shooting Bench

Best Regards,
Albert “Afghanus” Rasch
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
Albert Rasch In Afghanistan

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Did Anyone Else Lose Comments on Their Posts?

Chinese AK47, The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles, Albert A Rasch
Looks like I lost a handful of comments during this "Maintenance" that blogger performed...

Of course I can't complain, what can I expect for nothing!


5/14: Some links got garbled up too! Everyone needs to check the links as time permits. I'll be bouncing from blog to blog today, and if I find a link that's messed up, I'll leave you a comment. Albert

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Michael Lee and StickBow Archery Traditional Bows

 Custom Handmade Bows at a Great Price
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Michael Lee and Stickbow Archery
Workingman's Bows, at a Working Man's Price!

Fellow archery enthusiasts! Here is a new bowyer I have had the pleasure of meeting, (through the ether that is the internet and email,) though I must say, the circumstances of our initial introduction were less than auspicious. None the less, I am pleased to introduce him to The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles family of readers!

StickBow Archery's Michael Lee has been building bows for seven years, and commercially for three years, and has established an enviable reputation for building quality bows at a very fair price. You won't find fancy exotic tips, or thirty coats of hand-rubbed oil finish on his bows. What you will find is a reasonably finished bow that is made for work and is light, responsive, and fast!

Michael will be sending several bows to me so that I can review them. I'm really looking forward to shooting them, and reporting the results here on TROC. If his eBay feedback is indicative of the quality and value of his bows, I feel confident I'll be very pleased, as will you.

Let's get started!

The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles: Michael, tell us how you got in the business.

Michael Lee: Well I kind of got into it in a round about fashion. I had been making bows for myself for almost ten years, when I met Dave Ruff, the owner of Siegeworks Creations. Dave gave me the opportunity to apprentice with him. Dave's a real nice guy and helped me get a start.

TROC: That's only half the story...

ML: Ummm, the rest of it is kinda rough. Dave got into a bind with some personnel issues. The truth is that he let a couple of bows slip past him and the people that he owed them to weren't too happy about it. I was still an apprentice and wasn't ready to shoulder the whole thing. I couldn't yet tiller the recurve bows really effectively, (I was too slow still!) and the best I could do was rough out the shelves or grind out to the lines. Then Dave busted his collar bone riding and shooting the horsebows he was working on, and that really put us behind. I did the best I could, and I really did learn a lot, but it wasn't pretty.

TROC: Go on, this is just getting interesting!

ML: Well we made good on 99 percent of our bows. Like anything built by hand, there were going to be a couple of things that might have gotten by us, but Dave was always willing to do the right thing and get it fixed. But his timetable revolved around the shows he was involved with, and sometimes repairs took a back seat. Again 99 percent of them got out ASAP, but there was always the one that came back to haunt us.

TROC: Michael, as I mentioned to you when I emailed you, I was digging deep into this. I learned of a few instances where Dave over promised and under delivered. That would piss anyone off! In the end though I believe he got squared up with almost everyone correct?

ML: Yes sir, he did. Except for a couple of bows that he is still working on. But the strain and aggravation got to him.

TROC: I can imagine it did. I checked the forums like Bowsite/Leatherwall and TradGang and found quite a few unsubstantiated accusations. But in the end, I found that only three bows were owed. In one case I spoke with the gentleman and between his secretary and my questions, it was ascertained that he had never been charged for the bow. He apologized for the oversight and his new bow is on its way. I have assurances from Dave that the other two are being built and will be delivered when they are done. The people in these tight knit communities are too quick to take each other's word. They should be ashamed of themselves. I wrote another piece on it here.

ML: I had no idea you had gone that far to check. But then he offered to sell me everything for a price I could afford. I felt I was taking advantage of him, but it was either that or I would be out a job too! I took him up on it and here I am, a bowyer!

TROC: As far as I can tell, you are pretty much are building a very similar line of bows. Tell me about them

ML: Well I was lucky enough to get all the forms for the bows he used to build, like your American Longbow. I do not build horsebows, those are a difficult to build and to be truthful, I do not like to build them, so I am staying away from them. I changed the SideWinder around - modified the tips somewhat so they would not be as rough on the servings on the strings and changed the limb taper slightly making the bow a true 200+ FPS bow. That wasn't easy, but now it really hits like a tiger and (has) the manners of a kitten. I mainly offer take down bows to 56" which is probably my most popular bow, the Asian styled line I call the Rebellions and the popular, tried and true longbows like yours. We are working on a 60's style recurve and of course the wood stick bows which are very popular with reenactors, the bushcraft crowd, and people just getting started in archery that don't want to spend a ton of money on a compound bow.

TROC: Now your selling on eBay! Why eBay?

ML: I am trying to build a business doing something I love, and with those bigmouths at the sites you mentioned were dragging me into the mess they created; then my online sales stopped dead in their tracks. Sir, I do this for an income too. I thought Ebay was a great way to get a good reputation in real time, you get the real time feedback of quality, service, communication, speedy deliveries, and you might not believe this, there are some cool people there!

TROC: Interestingly enough I found a thread on one of the forums exhorting people to buy your arrows, and then leave poor feedback. I would be happy to forward you a screen shot of the same.

ML: Thank you for the offer, but I saw it and sent it straight to eBay.

TROC: Nice! Those bullies and miscreants will get what's coming to them sooner or later. I've said it before and I will say it again: Our great Nation is doomed if that is how we are going to act. The anonymity of the internet lets anyone say anything they want with little fear of any reprecussions.

But Ok, enough of that! You've got some great bows but I want to know what are some new ideas you're exploring?

ML: A classic 1960 - 1970 type recurve and the Rebellion series. The Rebellion is the off shoot of the old Sidewinder but the tips have been addressed and the limb tapers different. Its a smooth bow, fast and light. Best of all its a good looking bow. I have sold a few on Ebay with great feedback on them, as well as some of my takedowns. Then there are my all new Hand Cannons. They're one handed crossbows built along medieval lines, with draws up to 80lbs. They great fun!

Hand Cannons... I want one!

TROC: Come on kid, don't hold back on me, I know what else you're cooking up, and I want you to tell my readers about it.

ML: You're going to drag it out of me aren't you?

TROC: Yeah, pretty much...

ML: It's a survival bow that I think will really take off with the bushcraft crowd. I'm building it with the same emphasis on quality and value that I am building my reputation on. You'll have to wait a bit on that because I am still refining the idea with each one I build.

TROC: Michael, I look forward to  giving it a go, and seeing your interpretation on a survival/bush bow!

ML: I'll send you one whenever you want!

TROC: Michael, thanks again for spending a little time with me here at the Chronicles. I'm looking forward to reviewing your bows, and wish you much success in your endeavours!

ML: Thank you Albert. I appreciate the opportunity.

Folks, I am certain that you'll find Michael Lee's bows a quality bow at a very fair price. If you are considering trying traditional bow, you cannot do better in my opinion than a Michael Lee StickBow model. They are a well priced, finished adequately, and good shooters.

You can contact Mike through:
or through his blog:
Michael Lee's Stickbow Archery

Best Regards,
Albert A Rasch
Member: Shindand Tent Club
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...

The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles, Albert A Rasch, Hunting in Florida

Albert Rasch,HunterThough he spends most of his time writing and keeping the world safe for democracy, Albert was actually a student of biology. Really. But after a stint as a lab tech performing repetitious and mind-numbing processes that a trained capuchin monkey could do better, he never returned to the field. Rather he became a bartender. As he once said, "Hell, I was feeding mice all sorts of concoctions. At the club I did the same thing; except I got paid a lot better, and the rats where bigger." He has followed the science of QDM for many years, and fancies himself an aficionado. If you have any questions, or just want to get more information, reach him via TheRaschOutdoorChronicles(at)MSN(dot)com.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cork Graham and The Bamboo Chest

Cork Graham has asked me to let you all know that his book The Bamboo Chest is now available at Kindle!

Here are a few comments on his impressive work:

You get your money's worth in this book! I had to read it more than two times to get all that was delivered. UnixWizard

It is only a few days before the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. If there were ever a book to read about the meaning of that event from a more than just analytical point of view, this book is it! FrogMan221

I purchased one book from Amazon and then another from the author's website so that I could get a personally signed copy, it's that good! I am not attracted to books about Vietnam, but after this book was recommended to me by a friend who served there in the military and later as a civilian contractor, I couldn't put it down. The book was finished in two days! For an eighteen year old, who was barely out of high school, to survive this type of experience without any prior military training makes the story almost incredible. Sara W

Like these very positive and enthusiastic notes, there are dozens more reviews, remarks, and comments recommending The Bamboo Chest.

Now that it's on Kindle, it's easier than ever to get it

Now here are the links for our friends in the UK and Europe:

For our friends in Britain, here is the UK Amazon link. As you may know, BAMBOO CHEST did really well there also:

Und für die Freunde in Deutschland: This here is the German Amazon!

More on Cork Graham:
Best Regards,
Albert A Rasch
Member: Qalat City Tent Club
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...

The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Coming Up on the Chronicles!


I've had a productive week!

I have several new, (and I mean new, as in I am the only one following!) blogs for a long overdue rodeo.

Not only that, but I have had the pleasure of meeting a young man that is studying to be a gunsmith, and we have the exclusive and always entertaining opportunity to interview him here on the Chronicles! On top of that, we also have a new Bowyer who has been interviewed for your reading pleasure.

All in all it's been gratifying to find a little time to get back to a some blogging. Even out here I've managed to make some contacts, research some new things, and communicate new and exciting things with you!

Albert “Afghanus” Rasch
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles™
Extreme Wild Boar Hunting in Florida!

Whitetail Woods: Look before you Scratch

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The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
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Folks, It is getting to be that time of year again. We will all be heading out... well Y'all will be heading out into the lovely meadows and deep woods to enjoy nature as it blooms into a new year.

My good friend Rick over at Whitetail Woods has a great post on ticks, deer ticks in particular, which carry Lyme Disease.

In his post,Look before you Scratch, Rick reminds of the dangers of Lyme disease, but has several ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from ticks, chiggers, mites and assorted and sundry biting nastys!

Take a moment and visit Rick, you won't be disappointed! (And it may save you a lot of suffering!)

Best Regards,
Albert “Afghanus” Rasch
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
Albert Rasch In Afghanistan