New sight for my Remington Model 25

Got a great deal on a couple NOS(New Old Stock) Williams 5D rear peep rifle sights. This project is the adapting of one of them to a rifle it wasn’t designed for. 
The sight I got is a #141, made for a Remington 14 or 141, which are basically, 99% the same exact receiver shape as the Model 25, just a tad bigger.

The rights top piece has a curve under it to fit the top and back of the receivers, the side mount plate a clearance cut out to clear the swell on the grip frame behind the receiver.. And all of it fits the 25 almost flawlessly.

I just had to pick an exact position, figuring for receiver clearance at lowest setting(wanted it to Not sit on top of it at the lowest setting for protection from excessive recoil vibration(never mind the thing being bolted to the receiver lol) ) I also set it so that just off the lowest setting was in line with where I had the buck horn set… Which was dead on at 15 to 20 yards, probably my minimum/standard range or close to it.. I also made sure to get it level with the receiver top to get the aperture vertical so I don’t look through it at an angle.

Pick spot, Having a spare receiver for fitting things sure is handy!

Scribe guide lines on the gun,

Sharpen my blunted center punch(boy howdy that lathe is handy!)

Punch hole(little off center but who cares when you making up where it goes, as you go to begin withπŸ˜‰ )

Couldn’t find exactly the right drill, so I went a touch bigger, and did a test on some 1095 bar I have.

Perfect! (Hole is only .007″ bigger)

To get the second hole in the right place, I drilled lightly through the sight base hole, at full screw hole dia, then used that divot to center the right drill. I still missed by a few thou, but the play in hole size and screw diameters on the mount made it fine…πŸ˜€

Anyway, it’s on there and looks great, if I do say so myself! 


( man that pic was a total PITA to take! Your eye will automatically center the post in the sight, but the camera won’t! Paaaaiiin to get it all aligned and the focus right, then not move it when you tap the screen to take it. Oi. Lol )
Just need to find time to get to the range and sight it in. Hopefully less than the year that went by the last time I wanted to shoot it!

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Finally got me a Tilley!

​Got me a long time want late last month; a Tilley hat! I’ve wanted one of theirs for probably a decade! Maybe longer. 

I could just never justify the cost… Over $80 for a hat was just a bit much. Ironically, even after I got my Stetson several years ago, and that was $150, I still couldn’t go $80 for a hat! 

Maybe cause it was cloth, and not a more premium material(the Stetson for instance is a felt made from buffalo fur!) I Dunno. 

All I do know is that my trusty ball cap hasn’t been cutting it in the sun this yeare. Especially since I seem more sensitive to the sun since last year,  and am burning this year.(got a pretty good sun burn on the rafting trip last month- a first for me, I’ve never sun burnt before in my life). 

I knew I needed a wide brim hat, but cooler and lighter than the Stetson.(it’s jet black and Hot) 
l also I knew I wanted air flow(mesh in the crown).

AND I also had recently seen the Tilley display at our Sportsmans Warehouse.  πŸ˜Ž

Had a choice there between a LTM6 Airflow with the narrow mesh in the crown, and this one, the LTM8 Airflow with the full mesh crown, both in my size(sort of; it was a bit looser than I’m used to, but the next size down seemed like I’d be too snug). 

Hate, or at least really disliked the stampede/tie down strings so they went away into the hidden pocket fast, and then away completely. Honestly, I figured might never need them, since I put fancy stampede strings on my Stetson after I got it, and 4 years later had never used them, and converted them to a hat band. That was 3.5 years ago! 

Now, since I’ve had it, I’ve almost lost the Tilley from my head twice in high winds! But then again, those winds would have almost taken the Stetson too, so my chances are still pretty good to not need the wind cord.

But, anyway;

 it’s so Extremely cool and light out in the sun! As far as heat goes, it is warm yes like any hat is warmer than a bare head, but compared to other hats it is about average in still air. But in any moving air? Man, that mesh is great! It cools you fast and easy, even more so than it would be without the hat since with it your shaded too!  

After I got used to it, and how it sits, and this type of fit(I was a little self conscious of it, could feel it a lot from that alone at first), it now disapears when I wear it, so might weight I can’t feel it at all! πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŠπŸŽ©

Me wearing it on a particularly hot dat here a couple weeks ago(upper 90Fs!) I was Hot, but a lot less so than the Stetson would be, and cooler, more protected than the ball cap. I was deffinetally sold at this point. πŸ‘

We’ve not only had extreme hot weather in the last month(100F ambient, and 120F in the sun at times) but also abslute drenching endless pouring rain. While I’ve not had it soaked from hours out in the rain yet, I have had it Wet, and I gotta say it takes the rain in stride right along with the heat!

Its quickly become my favorite hat, and I’m wearimy it daily! 

Even as a good light shade for relaxing. 😁😎✌

It has some bonuses (some uniquely Tilley) too;

First off, I want to mention, these are made in Canada. Not exactly made in USA, but still domestically made in the brand’s country, instead of over seas(read as Asian) contracting. Granted Asia makes some good products, and I generally couldn’t care less where things are made, but its still nice to see things Not contracted out, regardless of where to! 

Now, some other features, some things you get with a Tilley; 

Guarenteed for life not to wear out. If it ever wears out, they replace it.

Insured against loss(for any reason, all perils!) for 2 years from original purchase, giving 50% off the price of a replacement! 

A layer of foam in the crown ensures that the hat floats!

Certified UPF 50+ , the maximum ratting given. 

Hidden pocket in the crown.

(Following picture blatantly stolen from


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Rafting gear casualty.

I’ll have several gear posts from this trip, and unfortunately this one is for damaged stuff…

BUT, amazingly,  only one item suffered on the trip!

Somehow after half way through day 3, Friday, I lost the rotating bezel marker ring out of my Citizen Eco-Drive Diver. :o:(

I had used the timer function of that ring mid day, as a friend started through some unseen rapids around a bend ( to track how long to wait before going after him if we didnt hear from him in a set time span) but since he radioed back well under that time span, I never had to check the timing…

And while I checked the time a lot for the rest of that day, I was so busy/active that I  didn’t notice when the ring disappeared… Just noticed it was gone when I bedded down for the night.

Just before I’d used it and knew it was there, we’d just hiked the 2nd half of the portage, a 1/4 mile of tight steep winding rocky gorge, where I made three trips through total…  I probably clicked it on some rocks, and if it was already loose from previous use/abuse (not like this watch has led a cushy life so far!) it’s understandable that it could be loosened more and come out later in the day.

You can see in The pic where it half laps the rotating bezel ring and the crystal. Thankfully it’s not All of what holds the crystal in! ;)  And thus I’m still wearing the watch, as is, Every day. 😆

The model is discontinued,  but I’ll still contact Citizen and see if I can buy one. If not, I’ll go to the lathe and see if I can make one. 😆

Jason, my old friend(who passed away last fall) who gave me the watch would be proud I think… I’m wearing it and using it just like he did, not babying it!  (Miss you my friend!)


Categories: Adventures, Damages, EDC, Outdoors, Watches

Tangle Lakes, Delta River rafting, part 1.

Just a few teaser views from a trip I  took last week. 4 days, 15th to the 18th, our church did a fishing/floating/fellowshiping raft trip through about 30 miles of tbe lower Tangle Lakes and Delta River.

4AM Sunrise against the ridge we were camped opposite of on Friday morning.


Looking into the same sunrise, as the sun started to clear the orher ridge, almost due north.


A daylight view looking north, along our upcoming route, from that camp;


Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Outdoors, sunset, weather and seasons

Need help finding a new friend.

As a future replacement for an old friend.


My USA hat that my sister brought me as a gift the last time I saw her, when she and our other sister visited in 2002.  Its kinda like Indiana Jones’ hat, it’s been with me through countless adventures and just miraculously survives everything. 😎

Am looking for a replacement, not for now, but for when it eventually does get too much damage to continue going out with me.

The spikes didn’t come on it… that was an addition from a dear friend, 13 or 14 years ago, from a set of 4 or 6 he had on his hat.

Any help appreciated,  I’d love an Exact copy/twin replacement if I can find one. ☺😎

It’s a somewhat flat bill,  open fit, but not quite trucker style,  a heavy fabric, sort of a twill, or maybe canvas, Velcro closure.

Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Clothes, EDC, New Gear, Outdoors, Sentimental, Theory/Thoughts

Long time no see, right?

Been Super busy with a new job the last three weeks, no online time at all..


Had to work Memorial day;


Memorial day after work, for a few bottles opened and fire pit starting;


Other edcs lately





At work;


Lots of painting at work, most of my gear has at least one spatter or smear on it…


Got a few new items lately, including this solar battery backup a buddy got me for my birthday. Works good… actually takes a slow charge off of solar, in a day in the sun it came up 2 out of 5 bars… but no further. But at least the solar does help noticeable, would actually make plugged in charge faster. Unlike the one I got last year that never added any on solar in a week..


Categories: Daily-cary-log, EDC, EDC/MT use, New Gear

Summertime In Alaska

They say that Alaska only has two seasons… Winter and Road construction. 😆;)

Looks like winter has officially ended!


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EDC update for mid May 2016

For work all last week,  and probably for this week too.


Notice my Expedition edition Field Notes is pretty worn these days! But it’s still holding together great. Which is good, since it’s only half filled!πŸ˜‰


And, wedding usher carry. I wrangled people for a friend at his wedding Saturday.


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