Friday, July 19, 2019

Friday Favorites

She says...

Happy Friday! Today we are linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci with our Friday Favorites. Hope y’all are having a great week. We had a good week and were relieved that Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry was not as bad as forecasted, at least for us. There were areas of our state that were impacted by the storm surge and some flooding. We are keeping our neighbors in our thoughts and prayers. 

My first Friday Favorite is near and dear to my heart. Our dog, Spot is definitely a favorite and so is this artwork we found in the French Quarter. Our daughter, Kelsey "spotted" it in a gift shop and we just had to bring it home. Notice the resemblance? 

I spend most of my workday on a computer and a lot of free time looking at a screen. So the next favorite I’m sharing is a pair of blue light readers I found on Amazon. These make a huge difference on my eye strain and with the blue glare. 

Lastly, our daughter came home Monday night from her trip abroad and came back bearing gifts for everyone. One of the things she shared was some delicious Cadbury candy. What a treat for my sweet tooth! Ha!

He says...

My Friday Favorites are related to hunting and guns. If you find these topics offensive, you probably want to pass on reading my post, this week.

Ladies....if your significant other is a hunter and you're a good better half, you may want to share this with them. If you're a great better half, you can start making your Christmas List....but, only if the lesser half is still on the good list! These will be some of my fav's that most duck and deer hunters would probably agree are some pretty good favs. I'm going on a weapons theme this week with a pair of my favorite long guns.

For the shotgun, my go-to for waterfowl hunting is the Beretta A400 Xtreme Unico. The model I own is in the Max 5 camo with the patented "kick-off" system and a 28" barrel. The gun cycles on the "Blink" gas operating system with rotating bolt. That just means it cycles shells really fast and smooth. The synthetic stock and aluminum receiver make this a very lightweight shotgun that swings fast and easily on passing blue rockets! The gun is a 12 gauge, chambered to allow 2-3/4" through 3-1/2" ammo without any adjustments. It cycles low brass and magnum loads, flawlessly. The kick-off system is built into the butt stock and acts like a shock absorber...actually, two of reduce recoil - and it works! The shotgun comes with adjustment shims which allow you to adjust the length-of-pull, comb height and cast. Here is a good article on just what all of that means to those that don't know. Getting the proper fit makes all the difference in the world when it comes to bringing down the birds consistently and effectively. I run some of the factory chokes with it as well as some Kicks High Flyer Chokes that are really great aftermarket add-ons. In a nutshell, this shotgun is a lightweight, fast swinging, easy on the shoulder gun with very low recoil and muzzle jump. Beretta offers other variations of the A400 with regard to color, barrel length and without the kick-off system...but, why not have the kick-off? By far, this is the smoothest shooting shotgun I have ever shot. Be warned, this shotgun is a bit pricey. Personally, I feel it is worth every penny! Here is a look at my A400 with a strap full of blue-winged teal.

In the rifle department, my go-to for medium to big game is a bolt action rifle I have had since the early '90's. It is a Weatherby Vanguard in what they termed the "WeatherGuard" since it was offered with a lightweight, synthetic stock. Although this rifle can be chambered in a number of different calibers, my choice was the 7mm Remington Magnum. The current WeatherGuard models are slightly different than mine in that the new ones have inserts on the pistol grip and forend whereas mine has the traditional checkering. My two-stage trigger has been worked to a 3.5 lbs. pull....a far cry from the factory, lawyer-proof trigger pull. I'll admit, it's not a gun you want to take to the range and shoot a box of shells through. It certainly packs a punch on both ends. But, when you squeeze the trigger on a wild game animal, you tend to never notice recoil! Weatherby has always been a brand synonymous with quality and fine workmanship. Although much more affordable than the Mark V counterparts, I don't feel they cut any corners on the quality and craftsmanship with this one. As for optics, I'm a firm believer that a person should not skimp on glass. After all, a rifle is only as good as the scope that is on it. Having said that, there are people that will tell you your scope should cost twice as much as your weapon. I'm not one of those guys. The scope I have on this gun is a Nikon Prostaff 3x9 x 50 mm. The Nikon Prostaff series is a mid-level scope that is a great compromise of price and quality. For the average hunter, the Prostate glass offers good clarity. Save your money for the really expensive're going to be looking through them much more than your rifle scope! Here is a view of this rifle and scope overlooking a calm morning in the South Louisiana marsh.

Just a shout of thanks to all of those that asked about us during the Barry "event." There are a lot of people thankful for the ridge of high pressure over us which kept the rainfall amounts much less than what they were forecasted. Have a great weekend!


  1. I love this idea of having both of you share from your points of view. I much prefer your favs over Troy's. But his photo on the marsh is spectacular.

    Also love the art from the French Quarter. That is a good, if accidental, likeness of your darling pup. I miss my pups so much. Someday might like to have a little one again.

    1. Thank you! We spent a long weekend in the French Quarter and will be posting about our adventure really soon. Our Spot is 11 and loves to come along with us no matter what we are doing. (I think it keeps him young.) Ha!