Turning A Page – Out With the Old, In With the New

by Zach Billings on February 28, 2012

Dead Subaru STiMany things have ramped up and changed in life of late; far too much to sum up in a single post that can entertain a reader, so here I will only focus on the material… Specifically cars.

The last time I wrote about my Subaru STi, things were looking up. My new motor was in and I was optimistic. I had written an article about it more recently but just couldn’t summon the will to finish it for posting. My transmission failed and the car sat helpless by my driveway for two months, before I finally had the transmission professionally rebuilt for $3500. New syncros, new bearings, new bell housing (which is what had failed), tighter shifter bushings, and even brand, shiny, new JDM 5th and 6th gears with a shorter ratio. Things went well for a while and the transmission felt great. I was formulating plans for the order in which I would tackle the car’s other issues (largely cosmetic), and how long it would take me to save the money… when… [click to continue…]

Star Wars Episode 1 3D – The Midnight Premier

by Zach Billings on February 15, 2012

Star Wars Episode 1 3DJuice boxes, carrots, stuffed animals, and Star Wars. That pretty well sums up my childhood. I am blessed to have grown up in a house where my dad appreciated the classics from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, to Lawrence of Arabia, to the original Star Wars trilogy. Obviously the first two didn’t come until I was 10 or so, but the first time I saw Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was in 1996, at the age of 5 years old. I was hooked. [click to continue…]

Massachusetts Firearm Licensing

by Zach Billings on February 7, 2012

Massachusetts Gun LawsAs if Massachusetts didn’t already make it a huge pain in everyone’s ass to own firearms, things have just become more complicated for me… I recently called the Massachusetts Firearms School (where I took my Firearm Safety Course) to get some advice on what to write on my Class A-LTC application. I wanted to know what to write under the field regarding my reason for application. In MA you have to be careful what you write here if you want an unrestricted license to enable concealed carry of a pistol. When I told the instructor on the phone that I lived in Framingham however, he replied with “Uh oh…” [click to continue…]

Bug Out Bag – The Start

by Zach Billings on January 26, 2012

Leapers UTG RangerIf you keep up with my blog at all, you surely know that I subscribe to a mentality of being prepared for anything and everything I can be, regardless of how unlikely, and that my level of preparedness is limited only by my financial means. Finally, months after I decided to begin building one, I finally purchased a bag with which to begin my Bug Out Bag. As I add contents to my BOB over the next 4-6 months I will post new articles outlining the items I have added. [click to continue…]

Picking Out The One

by Zach Billings on January 11, 2012

After numerous outings to my shooting range NH, over the last few months, I’ve been giving more and more thought to what pistol I will choose for concealed carry when I get my Class A LTC. Now I’m getting ready to submit my application, and my co-workers – who I shoot with at MFL – and I have decided the time has come to make a decision. [click to continue…]

The Big Shoot – 31 Guns, 3600 Rounds, $3331

by Zach Billings on December 28, 2011

AK-74U Krinkov Muzzle FlashMost everyone who knows me, knows that I have but three passions in life that can be easily defined. Cars, currency, and firearms. My most recent outing to Manchester Firing Line ran rather heavily in the currency and firearm departments… [click to continue…]

The Gun Totin’ Liberals Do Thanksgiving

by Zach Billings on November 25, 2011

Gun Filled Family Photo

The Merion Family and the Billings Boys

If you keep up with my blog you are no doubt aware that I am an avid firearm enthusiast and soon-to-be owner. What you might not know is that I come from a family that is quite the opposite. When I was young I had to fight a year long battle with my mother just for a paintball gun. A few years later I looked for more realism in airsoft guns and it took another year of battling, with a long and very slow ramp up before I could enlarge my arsenal. Finally, now, after over a decade of real effort, I have finally brought air rifles into the house at the age of 20. The rest of my family shares my mothers viewpoint but without having been exposed to my habits for years. As you might image, it can become a lightly heated topic around the holidays. [click to continue…]

The Nissan Leaf – First Drive

by Zach Billings on October 24, 2011

Nissan Leaf MassachusettsFriday, October 21st, was the grand opening of Milford Nissan. I was in attendance primarily to film with the Canon 5DMkII and Stedicam that we have at work. Also in attendance was a new Nissan Leaf from corporate, which was there for prospective customers and local business owners to try out. After five hours of filming with our 8lb video rig, I disappeared on a much-needed break and took the Leaf for a spin. [click to continue…]

What Your Car Says About You

by Zach Billings on October 20, 2011

Disclaimer: This article is intended to be humorous. The opinions and views portrayed are not necessarily my own and, frankly, should be viewed as offensive. This is for your entertainment only.

Being rather extreme about my opinions of cars and people, I have come to notice that a surprising number of the stereotypes formed about people, based on their cars, are true. Even for the ones that aren’t true, here’s what you need to know. You’re the only one who doesn’t think you’re a tree hugging hippie in your Prius! Most of the stereotypes people hold, based around what someone drives, seem to be held fairly unanimously by anyone who A) Has an opinion at all, and B) Doesn’t also drive the car in question. Here I will, using a combination of facts, opinions, and observations, explain what you are based on your car. [click to continue…]

Manchester Firing LineAbout a week ago, my good friend Andrew turned 23. A week prior to his birthday, our friend and mentor, Tim, and I decided to come up with a surprise birthday event of some kind for Andrew. We decided right off the bat to do it the week after his birthday so he wouldn’t realize what was what it was for, but we were stuck on what to do. Tim suggested hosting a party at his rather nice house, to which Andrew could bring any and all friend he wanted. I thought the idea sounded good, but it wasn’t personal enough and I also didn’t know how many friends Andrew could get out to western MA for a party. After 15 minutes brain storming, firearms popped into my mind. Andrew, Tim, and I have been talking a great deal about firearms lately because we are all planning on taking the required classes and applying for a firearms license soon. I suggested that we take Andrew shooting at Manchester Firing Line. [click to continue…]