Remington M887 NitroMag – for sale

So, the crazy social media gurus have decided that it’s a bad thing to try to sell your guns on their websites. Cowards!

They can’t tell me what to do on my own blog though. Eat that!

My very first shotgun was this Remington M887 NitroMag 12 gauge. I knew little about what I was doing, and was quite attracted to the polymer coatings, since I was planning on joining my father-in-law pheasant hunting, and wanted to try duck hunting eventually. This model seemed to offer me the corrosion resistance I wanted, and it appeared to be in the Remington family of successful shotguns. It was also much lower priced than the famed 870 pump gun. So I took the plunge! Shot it my first qual season and first pheasant hunt. Little success, but I’m sure it was the shooter.

Fast forward a few years and I have an 870 Express, and am hoping to graduate to a semi-auto Beretta or Benelli soon. So, this little used shotgun just sits. I’m not a fan of just building up my arsenal. Everything should have a purpose. I’d rather this shotgun be replaced with an 870 in 20 gauge, for the kids and wife to enjoy more.


  • $200

  • 12 gauge
  • fiber optic front sight
  • polymer coated for corrosion resistance
  • up to 3 1/2″ shells!

Enjoy these photos below!


Loved this week’s theme! I knew my time on the LA freeways would give me a several great opportunities. Nothing but distinctive cars on the LA freeways.

Panning Smart Car

FujiFilm XT-1, XF 18-55mm, 18mm, f/22, 1/38, ISO 200

I almost got caught taking this series. My mom was driving and super worried that the driver would see me. She didn’t end up seeing me, but it was close. :-)


Now you see me, now you don’t

In light of my recent post about being prepared, I want to take the idea of being prepared for unlikely situations and run with it.

Nearly every person focused on being prepared for emergency situations, has acquired gear that can almost always be described as military-like. We get our camo pants and shirts. We get vests as ammo carriers, or more, armor/plate carriers, in military camo patterns. We Cerakote our firearms in the latest and greatest camo patterns. We set up our Bug-Out-Bags (BOBs) in military equipped, camo patterned backpacks. Others get their standard issue 5.11 pants and khaki shirts. We even sometimes drift our wardrobe to emulate this as well.

Guess what peeps, you’re the target the dirtbags are gonna single out. Why? Because you’ve spent the last few months or years telling your community that you’re the dude who’s prepared and ready. And the dirtbags are gonna want your stuff.

This was introduced to me with one simple concept I cannot remember where I first heard. The Gray Man.

What is the Gray Man? Well, he or she is the kind of person NOT bringing attention to themselves. Not making themselves a target. Blending in. The first article I link to below is probably my favorite explanation. If you read nothing else, read that article! Coming to some of these conclusions were actually a little hard for me. A coworker espouses some of these principles quite well, trying to keep a lower profile than I tend to. I’m not sure if he’s embraced this actual concept, or he’s just wise enough to get it. Either way, I still have much to learn.

Now don’t get me wrong, some of this gear is necessary and should be slowly acquired, preferably from Mil-Surplus stores. They can be some of the most affordable places, if you shop, and don’t just grab a huge supply of stuff you’re not looking for today. Self control folks!

However, much of this gear can be picked up to meet the same need, but not make you as much of a target. I’ve found several very well written articles that cover these ideas much better than I can, and there’s no need for me to since they’ve done such a nice job.

There’s plenty of diverse opinions out there on this issue. Honestly, the best learning can and does come from looking at the various opinions. I’ve learned more picking out the little golden nuggets of consistency and allowing myself to understand the differences of opinion. At the end of this post, I’ll embed a pretty good video that I’d vouch for from much of what I’ve learned.

Featured Image Credit: “Crowds”, by Jeremy Brooks.

Are you prepared?

As y’all know, I’m a firearms enthusiast. What you might not know is that I’m also a fan of being prepared. Something about my time in the Boy Scouts did this to me. I’m no crazy prepper, by any means. However, I am open to the notions of being prepared for disasters, power outages, earthquakes, etc. Katrina happened. Tsunamis have wiped out portions of normal society for periods of time. These are real life examples.

Will society completely dissolve and throw us back to homesteading and trading at the local farmer’s market. No, I do not think so. Do borders and governments change, yes. I’m rambling a bit, probably the lasting effects of the chemo brain, or whatever.

However, consider that some of the principles of homesteading, urban farming, etc. are of great value, whether or not society falls apart. What happens if you learn a little about taking care of your family better with homegrown food, but nothing goes wrong? You eat better! And you learn a new skill in the process. Trust me, if we’re out of touch with the greater society for more than a few months, you are not going to just learn over night to plant sustaining crops to live on. Start learning now.

Preparation isn’t just about food either. There are actual principles to be learned. Self-defense can’t be acquired over night either. You should already be acquiring the basic survival firearms. A pistol, a shotgun, a modern sporting rifle, and a “deer” rifle. These are all very personal and private decisions. No matter the path of buying these guns you choose, do it legally. I live in Kalifornia, what I consider behind enemy lines. Yet, I can and do possess all of these weapons. We have crazy waiting periods, and limits on how many rounds our magazines can have, but you have to work with what you got. I have do have some recommendations, however. Let go of your past ideas, to be best prepared. I’ve chosen calibers that I believe are more common and even likely to be “battlefield pickups”.

  • Handgun (9mm)
    • I recommend a striker-fired modern polymer-based handgun…
      • Glock, Smith&Wesson M&P, etc.
  • Shotgun (12 gauge)
    • A pump gun will be most affordable.
      • Remington 870 or Mossberg 500
  • MSR (.223/5.56)
    • This is often referred to as an AR-15.
      • Some of the most affordable rifles are made by Smith&Wesson, labeled M&P-15. Just get one assembled, in case your state has limits.
  • Deer Rifle (.308 or .30-06)
    • Hit a store like Big-5, Wal-Mart, etc, and get a basic all-in-one set up.
      • I picked up a Savage .30-06, with an included entry level scope. It shoots well, and I’m confident with it out to 300 yards. It was an affordable rifle from Big-5.

This is a large topic to cover. I really just want to get you interested in the notion of being prepared. When you hit the grocery store, grab an extra can of soup or something else that you normally get, even if it has a shelf life. Get in the habit of having more than just what you need this week, and start rotating the older to the front, etc. This can be done slowly and only gently effect your budget. As you build your basic collection of firearms, GET TRAINING! Your local gun store is the best place to start asking about local classes.

I really am not qualified to instruct on these subjects. But I can point you to a couple resources that have fed my mind quite well.

I have a follow up article I’m preparing, that I believe will pair well.

Fujifilm XT-1, 35mm (reversed), f/1.4, 1/42, 1600 ISO


For decades a subsection of the firearms industry has poo-poo’d the notion that a dependable, long lasting handgun can’t be made from any plastic. I’m not going to debate their ignorance here. :-)

I however, love my striker-fired Smith and Wesson M&P pistols. Since the frame is plastic, it made complete sense to me that I’d capture a legit macro photograph of the logo from my 9mm M&P Shield. Enjoy!

Fujifilm XT-1, 35mm (reversed), f/1.4, 1/42, 1600 ISO

Fujifilm XT-1, 35mm (reversed), f/1.4, 1/42, 1600 ISO