She works two jobs to keep her kids fed, clothed, and sheltered, serving at Denny’s while working a second shift at a local nursing home when she isn’t waiting tables. On top of that, she’s back at school, working to get her degree.
Already stretched incredibly thin, the mom was devastated when her car got towed just ahead of the Christmas holidays.
For single mom Trisha Murphy, the holidays looked like they were going to be particularly stressful this year. Then, she got a miracle delivered in the form of a kind stranger sitting at one of her tables at work.
Already stretched incredibly thin, the mom was devastated when her car got towed just ahead of the Christmas holidays.
The $735 bill for the tow wiped her out, leaving her short on funds and desperately searching for a way to make Christmas happen for her kids after all.
When she walked into her shift at Denny’s one day, her heart sank. Already contemplating what other jobs she could work to raise the money she needed for presents, the sparsely populated restaurant floor gave her little hope that she’d be walking away with much that day at all.
“I racked my brain,” she said, “as to how I was going to pull this off.”
Knowing she had a job to do, she bit her tongue and put a smile on her face.
One of her few customers, she wrote later, was a table of three men. They weren’t overly well-dressed, and looked a bit grungy; while she was polite and friendly, she expected them to be “average” tippers.
The conversation eventually turned to the upcoming holiday.
Murphy tried not to be a Grinch but admitted that she was only invested in the holiday for her children. As much as she worked at it, she couldn’t hide her stress from her voice as she talked about how things were going to go this year.
One of the men joked that he was Santa—and although Murphy initially thought he may have been trying to get friendly, she realized his true motives when the bill came.
Normally, Denny’s customers bring their receipts up to the hostess stand to check out, but the man was adamant that Murphy be the one to cash him out.
Confused, she went to close out the bill—then broke down when she realized that he’d tipped her $500.
“Merry Christmas, my dear,” he told her on his way out.
“I don’t know this man’s name, but I hope he realizes that he literally saved Christmas for my children … Yesterday was the day I met Santa!”
She couldn’t believe what her eyes were seeing when she read the bill. As it sank in, she realized—the man hadn’t been joking about being Santa at all as far as she was concerned. Her holiday had been saved—and it was all thanks to him.
Julia Steel is back with a Marlin Model 1894 in .44 Magnum, a girl’s best friend.
The Marlin 1894 was first introduced with a 24″ barrel and was available in a variety of pistol calibers like the .25-20 Win, .32-20 Win, .38-40, and .44-40.
The list of available calibers has only increased over time as the lever-action rifle’s popularity has continued for well over a century. Today variants of the 1894 can still be purchased in 18.5, 20, and 22 inch barrels often chambered in .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum among many other calibers.
See why this classic lever action cowboy, or cowgirl, rifle is still turning heads after more than 100 years with the video below.
The most unlikely action franchise in years continues next May.
Few would have thought the 2014 mid-budget action thriller John Wick would not only contain some of the best fight sequences in years or one of the all-time best Keanu Reeves performances, but that it would be the first entry in what’s fast becoming one of the hottest franchises out there.
John Wick: Chapter 2 could have phoned it in but instead honored and expanded on the original’s legacy, retaining its penchant for brutal, believable action while adding to the overall mythology of what now has to be one of the most intriguing fictional universes out there. It also left a hell of a gate open for John Wick 3 and, well, guess what’s coming out almost exactly one year from now?
Details are still thin, but the movie is filming as we speak, with Reeves involved alongside Ian McShane, Common, Laurence Fishburne, and Ruby Rose reprising their roles from the earlier movies. Popular Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada has also joined the cast, and you’ve gotta imagine there’ll be some other wild big names added before this movie comes out.
Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, was a breakout hit when it premiered in 2009. A huge breakout: a movie with a $24 million budget earning $102 million is nothing to sneeze at.
The movie’s reviews and box office put screenwriters Rhett Rees and Paul Wernick on Hollywood’s map, and that’s why they got the nod to write Deadpool and Deadpool 2. The next big sequel on their plate, Vulture reports, is Zombieland 2.
So, the pair has serious sequel-making clout, and Zombieland—like Deadpool—seems ideally suited for a followup.
The original had a little bit of everything: action, comedy, lots of zombie smashing. It didn’t hurt that it also had Emma Stone, who reportedly is returning along with Harrelson and Eisenberg.
Speaking to Vulture, Wernick noted that the movie turns ten in 2019. While he said he didn’t know an appropriate gift for a tenth anniversary, “it may be a Zombieland 2.”
Despite sounding coy, Wernick did say the “hope is that we’re shooting that thing early 2019 for an October of ’19 release,”
Then he added the news about the original cast coming back as if it was an afterthought… although there was no specific mention of Bill Murray, who had a drop-dead hilarious cameo as himself.
The nice thing is killing zombies is an evergreen horror trope. Fans can’t get enough of that, hence the popularity of The Walking Dead.
We’re pretty sure they’ll happily come back to watch Emma Stone smashing undead skulls again.
With the 2019 ZR1, the Chevrolet Corvette has ascended to the ranks of the genuinely fire-breathing super-sports cars, joining the rarefied likes of the McLaren P1 and the Lamborghini Aventador.
Chief engineer Tadge Juechter showed us a photo of the car’s blue-tinted breath as proof.
But its fire-breathing case is equally strong in the metaphorical sense as well, because the bellowing 755-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter small block V8 beast is now the loudest car sold in America, according to the engineers who worked on it.
The ZR1’s gut-shaking rumble, combined with its race-spec carbon fiber aerodynamic bits and shockingly fat Michelin tires project an aura of seriousness that is difficult to match in a street legal vehicle. Maybe the Viper was as intimidating, but even that wasn’t as fast as the new ZR1.
The ZR1 is so fast that it made the Z06 Corvettes on hand look slow by comparison. As it might well, with its 110-horsepower advantage over them. But still, the Z06 is seriously fast in its own right, so it is surprising to see it so comprehensively beaten.
Here’s why. The ZR1 has a bigger 2.56-liter supercharger with an updated, more efficient design that moves more air into the engine. It also has a big black carbon fiber wing bolted through massive braces directly to the frame and looking for all the world like Batman’s own Bat-boomarang.
There’s another one too, invisible beneath its front bumper to balance the rear wing. They combine to produce 950 lbs. of traction-enhancing downforce at speed without increasing drag compared to the Z06.
That means a track-proven two-way average top speed of 212 mph. The car went faster than that on one pass, as will the production cars depending on any wind or slope of the road.
But the ZR1 is electronically limited to 215 mph because that’s Michelin’s certification for the Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that are pretty much racing slicks for the street. The tires are actually the exact same ones as on the Z06, with only half-inch wider front wheels making a small change to their behavior.
Chevy wisely upgraded the ZR1’s Brembo brakes, with the six-piston front calipers squeezing the biggest brake pads I’ve ever seen on the 15.5 inch carbon ceramic rotors. The rotors are made by a new process that improves their ability to conduct heat away, resulting in a 150-degree reduction in brake temperatures.
These brakes not only withstood the ZR1’s ferocity on the race track, but they also are utterly docile on the street, with none of the squealing, grinding or propensity to be grabby at low speeds that we saw on the Ferrari 488 Pista.
The ZR1 blasts to 60 mph in 2.85 seconds and rips the quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds at 134 mph. On the undulating circuit at Road Atlanta, we hit a top speed of 159 mph before having to brake for a chicane at the end of the track’s back straight.
The top-of-the-line Corvette feels absolutely mighty prowling the track. The V8’s rumbling sound track serves to encourage delinquency, but the sticky Michelins and an engine management computer programmed to reduce torque output in the lower gears help keep the ZR1 pointed in the intended direction while the driver is stoking coal onto its fire as furiously as possible.
The 950 pounds of aerodynamic assistance is also noticeable, most obviously in Road Atlanta’s terrifying downhill turn 15 onto the front straight and on the courage-checking turn one up the hill at the opposite end of the same straight.
The grip provided by the wings and tires is incredible, and it instills tremendous confidence that the car will never betray the driver. This could make it easy to get in over your head, but some aspects of the ZR1’s power deliver prove to be self-limiting.
Run wide over a curb at the corner exit and hammer the throttle and the LT5 small block spins the rear tires, so the car won’t accelerate until the rubber is back on the proper asphalt and not skimming along the concrete exit apron.
Acceleration is more explosive with the 8-speed automatic transmission thanks to its extra gear, lower ratios and the torque-multiplying effect of the torque converter. The 7-speed manual transmission is a blessed throwback to times when drivers had to drive, even if the automatic-equipped car is faster on both road courses like Road Atlanta and at the drag strip.
The automatic’s programming proved spot on while driving in Track mode on the race track and in both Sport and Touring on the road, so the steering wheel-mounted shift paddles proved truly redundant. The classic planetary automatic transmission is an area where General Motors is world class, and the transmission’s performance in this application is perfectly executed, as it greases fast, smooth shifts in all situations.
Foreign car snobs will insist, against all evidence, that dual-clutch automated manual transmissions are better. They aren’t, even if famous YouTube car-reviewing personalities say otherwise (Looking at you Doug DeMuro😉).
The manual is still more fun. With seven forward speeds, the shifter’s gates get pretty crowded, so shifts are best made deliberately to minimize instances of aiming for one gear and hitting other one by accident. The ZR1 has rev matching for downshifts, which traditionalists can deactivate, if they want to go slower.
Another concession to customer requests in addition to the automatic transmission is the ZR1’s available convertible top ($4,000). The convertible’s 204 mph top speed is reduced from that of the coupe, with the top up. How fast will it go with the top down? “We don’t know,” Juechter replied. None of the company’s engineers were interested in performing that particular test.
One might expect, reasonably, that such a high-strung racetrack thoroughbred as the ZR1 would be pretty challenging to live with on the street. Remember how hot and stiff and difficult the Viper was? But that isn’t the case here.
As with the Z06, the ZR1 is as utterly docile in street driving as your mom’s Accord. The throttle meters smoothly in response to pressure on the gas pedal, with no ridiculous on/off light switch reactions that some manufacturers think are appropriate for sporty cars.
That raucous exhaust that earns the America’s Loudest title when driven flat out on the track, automatically hushes its voice when driving more gently thanks to a patented variable flow device that bypasses the car’s mufflers at full throttle and progressively applies more muffling as the driver eases off the gas.
The aforementioned Brembo carbon ceramic brakes reveal their true nature only in the on-track effectiveness, not by their street-going sound or response to pedal pressure.
All that delicate carbon fiber aerodynamic bodywork? Chevy guards its welfare with a phalanx of parking cameras that provide both close-up views of curbs and an overall birds-eye view of the car’s position to help drivers keep the carbon fiber in one piece while parking at Target.
The ginormous Michelins do generate substantial noise at highway speed even on smooth pavement, so be prepared for a tiresome drone when traveling in the ZR1.
Otherwise, life inside the ZR1 is comfortable. The car’s seats are far cushier than the wanna-be race seats typically installed in such stratospheric performance cars. Where those machines’ seats seem to have been sourced from The Pit of Despair, the ZR1’s are day-long comfortable.
Their corresponding lack of lateral support for holding the driver in place during the ZR1’s 1.25-G cornering on the race track was a source of complaint from colleagues who evidently failed to employ the Corvette’s intended driver restraint. Like all Corvettes the ZR1 has a racheting seat belt mechanism.
These are normally used to cinch child safety seats into place, but in a Corvette, you slide the seat back, pull the seat belt all the way to engage the racheting lock, and then slide the seat forward until you’re squeezed as effectively into the seat as Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner when he won the Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach last week.
The Testor’s model glue aroma that has permeated Corvettes since time immemorial is now blessedly absent, eliminating that subconscious cue that has previously undermined the car’s stake on claims of prestige.
The ZR1 is already in production and they’ve begun to reach customers. You know where your Chevy dealer is, get over there. Just stay clear of the car’s fire-breathing tailpipes. They are literally 800 degrees.
Back in July we reported that the Civilian Marksmanship Programme was in line to receive 10,000 newly surplused M1911A1 pistols in 2018. With the United States Senate passing the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on the 18th November the bill will now be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
For collectors, 1911 fans and the shooting community a couple of sections of the NDAA are important. First, Section 348‘Repurposing and Reuse if Surplus Army Firearms’, this states that in an effort to minimise storage costs all firearms “no longer actively issued for military service” currently held at the Defense Distribution Depot in Anniston, Alabama are to be repurposed or reused. How will the surplus small arms be repurposed? According to Section 348 they’ll be used in “the reforging of new firearms or their components” or melted down to make “force protection barriers and security bollards.”
But the good news is there are some important exceptions to the dirrective with “M–1 Garand, caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols, caliber .22 rimfire rifles” all being exempt from destruction. According to Section 1091 of the NDAA some of these weapons are destined to be transferred to the CMP.
Section 1091 calls for the “Transfer of Surplus Firearms To Corporation For the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety”. While the NDAA does not stipulate the transfer of any of the Army’s remaining surplus Garands, it explicitly mandates the transfer of at least 8,000, but no “more than 10,000 surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols” during the 2018 fiscal year through to 2020.
At the same time the 2018 NDAA also repeals the 2016 pistol transfer pilot program. The Civilian Marskmanship Program are ready and waiting for the surplus 1911’s. On the 11th October, the CMP’s Chief Operating Officer Mark Johnson gave an update:
We are waiting patiently and quietly to see how the NDAA 2018 turns out. All prescribed steps have been taken by CMP to fulfill the mandated requirements for receipt of the 1911s from the United States Army. CMP is in a constant state of readiness. The CMP has no further information at this time.
With the passage of the bill and its imminent signing into law it looks like thousands of surplus 1911s will finally become available on the civilian market. But just when is unknown as the transferred pistols will need to be inspected, graded, test-fired and inventoried before they can be offered for sale.
Update: The CMP has clear regulations about how they sell their guns. You will need to file paperwork with them in order to be eligible. Instructions on buying guns from the CMP can be found HERE.
Meet the Chiappa M6 X-Caliber 12 gauge survival shotgun, the only survival rifle you’ll ever need. It’s not quite as compact as the Henry AR7, but it’s pretty close and the versatility of the M6 far outshines the competition.
The rifle was originally designed to fire a 12 gauge shell and a .22lr, but with the X-Caliber adapter set the M6 can fire up to 12 different calibers including .380 , 9 mm , .357Mag/.38SP , .40 S & W, .44 Mag, .45 ACP , .410/.45colt, and 20 gauge.
The entire system is made of steel except for a foam insert in the butt stock to reduce weight. By pressing a single lever, the M6 can be folded at a hinge point to a compact 18″ that can easily fit in most backpacks. It features and optical fiber front sight with an adjustable rear sight.
There’s plenty of rails for any scopes, lights, or bipods that can be attached at your convenience. With an MSRP under $800 you can’t beat this apocalypse gun.
Take a closer look at the M6 X-Caliber in the video below.
When you’re a police officer you never know what kinds of calls you’re going to get. And you never know when one of those calls will change your life forever. After 13-year-old Cameron Simmons made a distressed call to the Sumter Police Department, Officer Gaetano Acerra went to check in on him.When he started talking to Cameron, the boy told him that his mom was yelling at him for playing his older brother’s video games and he wanted to run away from home, but Officer Acerra sensed there was more going on.
That’s when Cameron took the police officer into his bedroom. Officer Acerra couldn’t believe what he found.The room was completely empty. There was no bed, no dresser – Cameron’s clothes were just thrown in a trash bag on the floor.Acerra learned that Cameron’s mom had fallen on hard times after making an unexpected move from Texas to South Carolina to care for a sick relative.Acerra talked to the boy and convinced him not to run away, but little did Cameron know that the officer was planning something much greater.