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    Another 18-24 inches of snow forecasted today for my neck of the woods. I soldiered in the 15 miles to work in my trusty 4WD Tacoma, but MAN do other people suck driving in the snow. Makes me wonder how many of them are actually prepared in case they end up heading for the tooleys! No actual info here, just a rant. Cabin fever and winter to fatigue is starting to set in. That is all.
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    Ruger Mini-14 in a folding stock in .223 caliber, comes with 4 mags Rifle is in excellent plus condition, near mint. $1,200 in Canadian funds. SOLD
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    made seafood cocktail sauce for cod my favorite other than crappie or sun perch 1 cup ketchup 1 tablespoon grated horseradish more if you like 1 tablespoon Worcester sauce more if you like
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    Went to a gun show today & managed to get a few excellent deals. Got 1 lb of universal & 1 lb of Nunber 9 powder for $25 total. Average price for powder is $40-45 per pound plus taxes in my area. Got Allen vanes for arrows 5 pkgs for $5 Each pkg contains 12 vanes. Got a NcStar mini 14 side scope mount new for $5 Got 2 Lee lube sizing kits new 308 & 311 for $20 each. Retail average $45 plus taxes. It was a great day at the show, with bargains. Blessings indeed.
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    Nothing to be sorry for snake. I had been looking for a used Rock Island just to play with and learn how to smith them. My neighbor has a gun & pawn shop, called one Sunday afternoon and told me he had found one. It had a red cast to the exterior but the insides looked pretty good so I brought it home. Took it apart, cleaned it and put it back together. The gun cleaned up really well, obviously low round count just not the best taken care of. I replaced all of the springs and put an arched mainspring housing on it. Next was to break out my old and falling apart "HALLOCK'S .45 AUTO HANDBOOK" and tore it down again and followed through the book. After this trip through it, it has a 3 1/2~4 pound trigger that breaks cleanly. It makes nice piles of expended brass 3' at my 4 o'clock. With my home rolled 250g wide meplat cast bullet @ +800 fps, will stack'em in the black at 25 yards just as long as I am willing to reload magazines. I've only got a couple thousand rounds though it but it has had (so far) zero malfunctions. I have come to believe that a 1911 doesn't need bells and whistles, just someone willing to take the time and do the work to make the individual parts do what John Moses designed them to do. BF
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    I watched the movie, and read the book. Wanted to see what the difference was between what the political pimps were saying and what really happened from those who were actually there. Made me sick to my stomach, that the pettiness extended so far down the line, that the protectors were so looked down upon.
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    I've been thinking about this a lot lately & I feel a armoured vehicle is one of the worse survival item to have for SHTF. My thoughts, you need deep pockets to own one. You will be fortunate, if you can get 20 plus miles to the gallon. Finding fuel in a SHTF secenario will be dire indeed. So let's hear it, what's the worse survival gear / item just not worth having.
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    I had a shallow well next to my house that I used to water my lawn, the pump quit working last summer and I've yet to replace it. I was thinking that if SHTF happens and we are without power, it would be nice to have an old time hand pump like we had on the farm to access the water. I've checked with Harbor Freight and other sites but nothing resembling the old manual pump that we had to prime has shown up. Any ideas on this?????
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    I have posted on this but a revisit as I am looking off road pouch . Swiss Army champ I got to have a saw file and magnifier on my knife. pocket sharpening steel compass couple BIC lighters Pak-lite 9volt light test tubes of aspirin benadryl immodium claritin small made up first aid kit triple antibiotic foil packets lip balm band aids dental floss roll of electrical tape etc tiny sewing kit has a needle threader Ben's 100% DEET stainless 3X4 mirror Whistle made mine from steel banding strap waterproof match container with matches needles fish hooks large bandanna head net emergency space blanket single packs coffee tea other drink mixes hard candy salt & pepper packets velcroed to the outside hank of 550 paracord gloves ( leather) mini binocs clipped on a couple of carabiners one has a water bottle stainless My key chain/s all about the same has a thumb size LED light P38 can opener Swiss Army classic flash drive with encoded info keep a sling pack has food quart of extra water and cup fencing pliers saw hatchet crescent wrench mini block & tackle folding stove trioxane fuel tabs. Too many times you can get stuck out on a broken tractor or vehicle and have to hoof it back or get on a roll and a drink and a snack will tide you over most people do not consider a water fountain store or spigot are not more than a few minutes away and that is very telling of their survival preps now and then I deal with cattle and horses heavy equipment. Recently a friends tractor locked up and went into a barbed wire fence cut him up a bit a few years ago another friend was attacked by a heifer looking out for her calf and there are always stray dogs chances of coming up on a rabid animals so I stay armed and try to keep my mobile phone charged up and I keep a usb cable with a battery bank backup. Any vehicle should be a mobile office and camp site if needed blanket pillow food water I keep a 12 volt cooler and a small ice chest a bit of money just in case the power is out I can pay for my coffee with cash
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    fairly easy but complicated LOL sometimes if you want a lower weight load you add a seal and if you need more add different thicknesses of cork, card or filler wads one or more overshot cards and overshot cards are different thicknesses 2 seals or less even trim your hull but thats a bit of a bother one or the other to get your wad column to the right height sometimes the powder takes up more space and you got to play musical seals and filler wads all the data is a bit more flexible but you can pick up free load information from ballistic products and you can even ask questions to them and they are professionals
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    Snake, the United Stats has a war driven economy and the REALLY BIG money understands that fact and are using small parts of that really big money to buy support and create a need for weapons and weapon systems. Project overruns are built into the system. The lawmakers get rich by approving the overruns. The war machine MUST have conflict somewhere to create demand for their product. Simple solution, create law that FORBIDS our representation from accepting ANY funding beyond their salary and donations from THEIR CERTIFIED CONSTITUANTS. The only problem with that is that hell will have glaciers before that would ever pass. BF
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    Rolled 250rds of 357 magnum last night. It was the last of the 158 grain projectiles I had on hand.
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    Jewish Comedian Do you remember the old-time Jewish comedians of Vaudeville days - Shecky Green, Red Buttons, Totie Fields, Milton Berle, Henny Youngman, Myron Cohen and others? You may have only heard of them, but don't we all miss their kind of humor? Not a single swear word in their comic routines: * A car hit an elderly Jewish man The paramedic says, "Are you comfortable?" The man says, "I make a good living." * I just got back from a pleasure trip. I took my mother-in-law to the airport. * I've been in love with the same woman for 49 years. If my wife finds out, she'll kill me! * What are three words a woman never wants to hear when she's making love? "Honey, I'm home." * Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won't be reporting it. The thief spends less than my wife did. * We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops. * My wife and I went to a hotel where we got a waterbed. My wife calls it the Dead Sea ... * My wife and I revisited the hotel where we spent our wedding night. This time I was the one who stayed in the bathroom and cried. * My Wife was at the beauty shop for two hours. That was only for the estimate. * She got a mudpack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off. * The Doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn't pay his bill, so the doctor gave him another six months. * The Doctor called Mrs. Cohen saying, "Mrs. Cohen, your check came back." Mrs. Cohen replied, "So did my arthritis!" * Doctor: "You'll live to be 60!" Patient: "I AM 60!" Doctor: "See! What did I tell you?" * A doctor held a stethoscope up to a man's chest. The man asks, "Doc, how do I stand?" The doctor says, "That's what puzzles me!" * Patient: "I have a ringing in my ears." Doctor: "Don't answer!" * A drunk was in front of a judge. The judge says, "You've been brought here for drinking." The drunk says, "Okay, let's get started." * Why do Jewish divorces cost so much? They're worth it. * Why do Jewish men die before their wives? They want to. *The Harvard School of Medicine did a study of why Jewish women like Chinese food so much. The study revealed that the reason for this is because Won Ton spelled backward is Not Now. *There is a big controversy on the Jewish view of when life begins. In Jewish tradition, the fetus is not considered viable until it graduates from law school. Q : Why don't Jewish mothers drink? A : Alcohol interferes with their suffering. Q : Have you seen the newest Jewish-American-Princess horror movie? A : It's called, "Debbie Does Dishes." Q : Why do Jewish mothers make great parole officers? A : They never let anyone finish a sentence. Q : What's a Jewish American Princess's favorite position? A : Facing Bloomingdale's. A man called his mother in Florida . "Mom, how are you?" Not too good," said the mother. "I've been very weak. " The son said, "Why are you so weak?" She said, "Because I haven't eaten in 38 days." The son said, "That's terrible. Why haven't you eaten in 38 days?" The mother answered, "Because, I didn't want my mouth to be full in case you should call." A Jewish man said that when he was growing up, they always had two choices for dinner - Take it or leave it. A Jewish boy comes home from school and tells his mother he has a part in the play. She asks, "What part is it?" The boy says, "I play the part of the Jewish husband." The mother scowls and says, "Go back and tell the teacher you want a speaking part." Q : Where does a Jewish husband hide money from his wife? A : Under the vacuum cleaner. Q : How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb? A : (Sigh) "Don't bother. I'll sit in the dark. I don't want to be a nuisance to anybody." A Jewish mother gives her son a blue shirt and a brown shirt for his birthday. On the next visit, he wears the brown one. The mother says, "What's the matter already? Didn't you like the blue one?" Did you hear about the bum who walked up to a Jewish mother on the street and said, "Lady I haven't eaten in three days." "Force yourself," she replied. Q : What's the difference between a Rottweiler and a Jewish mother? A : Eventually, the Rottweiler lets go. Q : Why are Jewish Men circumcised? A : Because Jewish women don't like anything that isn't 20% off.
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    Drew, I keep an inventory sheet for powder and primer, it helps reduce the "OH CRAP! I've got 20,000 Large pistol primers but NO LP magnum!" days. So counting takes about 10 seconds. BF
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    LOL@Sig220 My daughter-in-law totes a 220 in her purse, She's named it Madea. Love my Sig's, 228 & 226, always wanted a 220 but funds and availability were never at the same time. Yeah, I know, I could have ordered one when funds were available but with the desire for instant gratification, something else always won out. Nice pieces Drew! BF
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    How to go to Heaven from Ireland I was testing children in my Dublin Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven. I asked them, 'If I sold my house and my car, had a big jumble sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?' 'NO!' the children answered. 'If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the garden, and kept everything tidy, would that get me into heaven?' Again, the answer was 'No!' By now I was starting to smile. ' Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave sweeties to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get me into heaven?' Again, they all answered 'No!'. ; I was just bursting with pride for them. I continued, ' Then how can I get into heaven?' A six year-old boy shouted out: " YUV GOTTA BE FUKN' DEAD.........."
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    I'm right here with you. I haven't counted my powder types, but I bet it's close to 20. I don't really stray too far from what works. I like IMR 4198 for its versatility in small cases like .222 and .223, and it works well in large straight-walled cartridges like .45-70. IMR-4064 for .30-'06, .308, .270. Bullseye for 9mm and .45, with a tip of the hat to 231 or Titegroup for the same. Unique for .38, .357, .44 Mag, .45 Colt.
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    I have a pretty substantial BOB/GHB in my truck, but if I'm heading out the door in the wife's Subaru with family in tow, I usually grab my Condor pistol bag that has (what I consider) the bare essentials: -Sig P320 Compact 9mm, with Streamlight TLR-1 and three spare mags - two with Sig Elite V-crown 124 grn JHP, and one with 115-grain Winchester ball ammo, kydex holster and mag pouch -two Bic lighters -Clip-on Suunto compass -small first-generation Leatherman -Streamlight Polytac flashlight and a couple spare CR123A batteries -pistol lanyard -two MRE entrees -zip-lock bag with toilet paper for use after the MREs -small tube of hand sanitizer -small tube of Advil, a couple band-aids and triple antibiotic -RATS Tourniquet -small folding HK knife I did a write-up a couple years ago on the bag; it's evolved a bit since then. http://www.shtfblog.com/build-a-grab-n-go-pistol-bag-for-less-than-500/ All our automobiles have either sleeping bags or wool disaster blankets and a few bottles of water in them. I also carry on my person at all times a Benchmade Mini-Griptilian folder, a Streamlight Microstream or Fenix LD02, and a Magpul Tejas gunbelt.
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    I can't help it, I'm new here and still catching up on what's here already. I am going to be a "4" on your scale. I have, on numerous occasions, gone to the range just to empty some brass to have something to reload. BF
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    Joking aside, I have 35 different powders on hand. I enjoy load development. If I had to, I could make do with 3 with out any problem: Greendot, 4064 and either unique or 2400 (preference toward 2400 but not by much). BF
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    14" of snow according to my yardstick as of 8:30 pm EST...
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    I lived in Seattle and some how I think the general population thought that-anal-SAX and driving had something in common because they would be right on your bumper. after all of 18 months I escaped the socialist gestapo otherwise called to populace and boogied on back to Texas PDQ . I did not care for Oregon cities either once you get out of the main frame people are better but not anywhere as friendly as Texas IMHO.
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    just watched it...i had no idea that not only did they attack the diplomatic outpost with ambassador stevens in it but they also attacked the cia annex that a rescue attempt came from...it was truly a CF event for sure and for certain.
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    An Indian Doctor can't find a job in a Hospital in US so he opens a clinic and puts a sign outside 'GET TREATMENT FOR $20 - IF NOT CURED GET BACK $100 A American lawyer thinks this is a great opportunity to earn $100 and goes to the clinic... *Lawyer* : "I have lost my sense of taste" *Indian doctor* : "Nurse, bring medicine from box no. 22 and put 3 drops in patient's mouth" *Lawyer* : "Ugh..this is kerosene" *Indian doctor* : "Congrats, your sense of taste is restored. Give me $20" The annoyed lawyer goes back after a few days to recover his money... *Lawyer* : "I have lost my memory. I cannot remember anything" *Indian doctor* : "Nurse, bring medicine from box no. 22 and put 3 drops in his mouth" *Lawyer (annoyed)* : "This is kerosene. You gave this to me last time for restoring my taste" *Indian doctor* : "Congrats. You got your memory back. Give me $20" The fuming lawyer pays him, and then comes back a week later determined to get back $100. *Lawyer* : "My eyesight has become very weak I can't see at all " *Indian doctor* : "Well, I don't have any medicine for that, so take this $100" *Lawyer (staring at the note)* : "But this is $20, not $100" *Indian doctor* : "Congrats, your eyesight is restored. Give me $20" *You can't beat the doctor* !!!!! Don't know who wrote this.. Hats off to him......
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    They did a great job of depicting what happened without any hint of political blame. I wasn't sure how they were going to do that but they succeeded. BF
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    Lee makes a sizing die for cast lead bullets if you already have a press if not here is a link to a kit http://leeprecision.com/bullet-casting/lube-and-sizing-kit/ you need to know what "SIZE" for your barrel / bore size for a common caliber there is a range sometimes a smaller or larger shoots tighter groups once you find that diameter that is all you need to use for that arm.
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    There's been an influx of Glock firearms in the gun stores in my area lately. In some stores the retail price has droped by as much as $70 per firearm. A G19 did catch my attention, as well as some G17's in coyote brown & flat dark earth coloured glocks. Now if Glock would make a G20 in coyote brown, I'd be all over it, saying please take my money.
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    I have a few storage boxes I like Pelican brand water proof and see through. I also like Coghlan's accessories found in Academy and dicks sporting goods stores. Pak-lite ultra 9 volt LED 1,200 hrs soft light 80 hours high setting glow in the dark head. Streemlight nano ( both are chosen for their battery style as after an "event" these will probably still be found in smoke detectors and packs of hearing aid batteries that can be adapted and recharged slowly) 2 double ended dental picks Fromm straight razor with pack of blades simple box cutter w/ box of blades individually wrapped alcohol pads. Styptic pencil Poy-San mentholated nasal inhaler diamond nail file pocket diamond knife sharpening steel Nail clippers plastic comb bent flat metal strap whistle (home made) spare Swiss army knife toothpick & tweezers hair pins paper clips mini stainless mutit-ool Coghlan's waterproof match box w/ matches sewing needles Brim fish hooks needle threader un-waxed dental floss Red cross dental pain reliever salt packets I also have a MTM survivor waterproof box for my first aid kit it also good to have a magic marker in it. Although a snake bite is not effective and do not use the scalpel in a snake bit incident BUT it is a scalpel the suction cups are useful to raise a boil or infected thorn splinter it is also good to have a syringe irrigator like from a dentist can be found on ebay. I have Mercurochrome iodine antibiotic ointment salt powdered sulfur and carbolic acid salve in todays world of infectious diseases and microbes if one fails to work try another. Clove oil I place in tooth picks help with sore throat and minor cough and tooth or gum pain as does salt. There are plenty of nooks and crannies and travel size OTC meds like benedryl aspirin claritin Tums Tylenol Advil etc etc space if not used is wasted IMHO. You can never have enough of anything a major wound even if you can control infection takes days or weeks to heal and needs to be covered enough to prevent excess germs and dirt sweat etc from further intrusion into the wound area pollen has a yeast factor and does feed infection people also carry staph and strep irrigation with salt water or sulfur dusting may give you time for your body to defend itself. from the infection. some wounds that do not bleed excessively need to be lightly covered not BOUND many severe wounds gashes and deep lacerations need a firm enough bandage to slow the bleeding but not act as a tourniquet and it needs to be wide a thin strap or bandage can stop blood killing the skin even muscle, it is a balancing act. for as long as can be seek medical attention if your on your own research and know your options have a first aid kit and know simple things like placing some gauze on top of the injury and wrapping / tightening / tying at the wound make the pressure directed at the injured area a wrap is equal pressure . tourniquets need to be loosened IF NO MEDICAL staff is AVAILABLE loose is an objective term in the politically correct and AMA B.S. your never suppose to remove them only a knowledgeable medical person should BUT WHAT IF YOUR miles away days out or TEOTWAWKI ? well bleeding to death is not as bad as other ways to go but many people have survived in remote areas using some common sense and no doctor but I ain't a doctor but have managed to survive deep punctures foreign objects hematomas concussions and some cracked bones burns road rash roll over crashes and an ex wife so I think I have a valid opinion albeit lathered in hard experience and dumb luck. There were not always cell phones there are areas where miles of uninhabited regions still exist or in the middle of a city where no one wants to get involved. Back in the day you had a couple of ways or getting attention smoke as fire gets attention firing 3 shots in succession let your horse go back if you couldn't and or handle it on the spot rest and try to get back. life flight was not common or not as organized with all the nifty equipment to find lost or injured people and where may make it problematic. remember to keep your powder medications and BOB dry or else you can loose a lot to damage and not even know it.
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    lots more horses than moose, too. :-) lots more chickens and domestic turkeys, and waterfowl than wild ones, most likely, too. Walking around during daylight hours, if shtf, will get you shot, just for the hell of it by some, as a precaution by others. Small game aint worth the risk. At best, it's something to trap/snare, and best service your lines at night, showing no light. A passive IR monocular is sub $200, shows you animals and people. and a kid's airsoft NVD goggle is about $100, and will suffice to show you where you are walking. Luminous sights for the AR run about $100 http://shop.opticsplanet.com/trijicon-night-sight-sets-for-ar15-m16-cp25.html?_iv_code=TJ-AP-ColtCP25-CP25O&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=plusbox-beta&gclid=Cj0KEQiAzZHEBRD0ivi9_pDzgYMBEiQAtvxt-FiwovDtJv2Wmgm96KEIm_SVDBU4zWlFSTN_UbAJCb4aApOk8P8HAQ it's dark half of the time, and if you can't see or aim, you're helpless.
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    I did not know where to put this but here is as good as any. There are no bad calibers there are no intrinsically accurate calibers it is not the caliber that matters it is the overall design of the bullet length X width X weight X tail design if any of those fail to meet aerodynamic laws it it is going to fail at certain distances and under certain circumstances . To light for its caliber and it will be blown all over the place and have no long range accuracy to heavy nose or tail and this feeds into length nose design OR as a example consider the 150 grn flat base 30-30 compared to a 150 grain 308 or 30-06 in a boat tail hollow point, they are the same caliber but drastically different. I have heard all my life "brush gun" just what the hell does that mean ? so our boys in Vietnam were using the wrong rifle as jungle is intense brush . You want a "brush gun" a Ma Duce is the ticket IMO. these words and phrases are selling points your average hunter finds a spot that has a clear field of view and anyone that fires at something he cannot identify is a moron so "BRUSH" obscures the target if your shooting through limbs no matter what caliber or bullet design they all have the potential to fail to reach the target as they will deflect or come apart or just miss a vital organ and your critter is off like a shot or may not have seen deer just look around and run a bit and stop they are creatures with individual personalities we can guess what they may do but I have witnessed some crazy critter action. I never like to miss out on giving a Bible example and here is one the Ark design was tested as given in the scriptures and worked. Just as that design we know from actual shooting and tests that certain attributes like over bore 270 winchester is over bore and so what I have fired many that will punch one hole so you wast a bit of powder 243 is over bore but again these are words and means nothing about the inherent accuracy of the round. had the 6.5 Swede not had a great bullet design I very much doubt people would still be trying to duplicate it under new spiffy names. And the old gunsmiths knew that bullet design made or broke accuracy. Today the most used 30 cal rifle bullet is a 150 grain and guess what it is probably the most versatile but not the best for a bolt rifle looking up the original / first bullet designed for 30-06 was made by bean counters to save money that is where your 150 +- came from the weight that did all things well was 170 - 180 but bean counters look at money not other aspects and it did do the job ===== I will continue my assault on misnomers ater.
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    I ran 1911s - specifically a Colt 1991 I'd hot rodded a bit with Wilson internals, a King's trigger, and Trijicon sights. I, too, prefer the arched mainspring housing, so I installed one of those with a lanyard staple, and a wide-spur GI hammer. It shot great; I came out first in my IDPA class first time I took it through a local match. But then I found Sig P220s and I never looked back. Oh, hey, look - that one on the top is cocked & locked.
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    I am to a point where I could not miss a 8 inch plate at 25 yards if I tried so reloading is when I get brass and it looks as good as new I load it. can it and stock it back .
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    No worries, BF! I look at range brass, as one nickel lying there, so, I scoop up all MY brass each time I empty it! I like redundancy and reloading my brass gives me that capability of always having a supply in hand for whatever opportunity or "contingency", that alaways seems to arise.
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    I am so sorry, looks like a factory original no custom or specialty parts LOL Just in case someone needs it here is a disassembly video for a pocket rocket. pocket rocket fall down go boom
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    Today I was late but I did plant my potatoes about 10 and for those that are not knowledgeable about potatoes keep them in a dark place until they sprout from the eyes one tater will sprout 3 + eyes cut the tater so a good chunk is with the sprouted eye and plant about 3 inches deep. they can be grown in a LARGE cardboard box 50 pound feed sacks a stack of LARGE tractor tires in piles of loosen dirt etc you know when they are TATERS when the plant on top dies then dig them up if you like "new potatoes you can dig lightly around and pull them up in a month or so. next I added in lima beans to fill in where the ones I planted a couple weeks ago did not grow probably due to old seed I keep all my seed in a container in the refrigerator or freezer. transplanted some of my yellow squash last week and they are doing well. Today I planted some yard long green beans. I plant for a couple of reasons to have fresh and what is most expensive or unobtainable locally mostly I like Heirloom varieties a few are hybrid but they were bred for disease resistance not resistance to chemicals look up GMO seeds of destruction video on youtube for more information. I raise my own garlic and multiplying onions and most always cayenne peppers I may do some Jalapeños this year as I like Armadillo eggs this is a recipe take a cut chicken breast about 4 to 6 pieces can be had from one breast take a lice of jalapeño slice up to a half deseeded remove stem & cap and wrap t with the chicken then wrap all that with a slice of bacon pin with a toothpick and bake grill or slow cook in a cast iron pan until chicken is well done. some people put inside the jalapeño cream cheese or some other cheese and I have marinaded my chicken in cheap Italian dressing I like to make mine like poppers bite size they go well with avocado or ranch dressing even bar-b-q sauce make plenty s they go fast my spread is spanish rice pinto beans and armadillo eggs with a banana pudding fruit cobbler w/ ice cram or flan as a desert. The okra is doing well and I have 2 more spots to fill and contemplating what but I think it will be mustard greens and kale might split one and do some collards. Horse radish is invasive LOL had it in a couple of tractor tires stacked and it grew through plastic sign board and sprouted on the side I pulled that one up and planted it near the ones in the tire and it is growing and the area I pulled has another sprout I love horse radish with ham I mix it fresh grated with mayonnaise to taste and white pepper lemon juice a tad and smear it on liberally ! the other root plant I raise is a 15 gallon bucket of ginger I love the scent of crushed ginger leaves I will split it this year into 30 gallon pots and can't wait till I can make fresh ginger ale. grape along the fence are sprouting leaves blackberry plants are looking good lots of buds on the branches and I pray my figs do better last year was a dud berries did not do well or grapes about half of the previous years output. Lemon bushes are kicking lots of blooms so by September November ought to have a couple dozen. I need to replace the key lime that died I think I will get a few. Here is my real issue I have a couple of pomegranate trees both are 6 to 7 foot tall and a nd this year will be 3 years so by my reckoning they should leap this year I am just wondering when I will get my first fruit ? I have given up on peaches as the squirrels raid them before they ripen little b@stards but unless something drastic happens I will have plenty of tree rat meat as I need it. the ground litter of my yard is mostly acorn hulls and pine straw blown in from across the street with oak leaves. I also raise Agave because it is one wicked plant spines are like a syringe needle and aloe vera 2 types one smooth the other variegated spines on it edge aloe can be drunk used as a poultice or dabbed on a rash or burn or sunburn very soothing. It is a very passive garden it takes little time as it is raised bed or large pots easy to take a chair and do a few a week weeding and checking for invading insects mold or any other manifestation trying to kill my garden off. my recipe for buckets is drill holes 1/4 to 3/8 inch in the bottom about a dozen or more and put a few bricks then 4 to 6 inches of plain dirt then I fill to half rabbit crap then fill with planters soil and a tad rabbit droppings. my cages are made from 2X4 inch fence or 4x4 concrete wire 3 to 5 foot I buy scrap or damaged rolls from where ever I can find it. and my insecticide of choice is Sevin dust or liquid I dust or spray fresh unplanted ground to rid existing insects after a few days I plant I try not to use insecticide unless I see a insidious invasion plants can be eaten to nothing even if treated as poison takes time and as the bugs are feasting others come and dine and before the poison kills them they have killed the plant and it takes a season to get one crop so what you loose is crop and some regions you only have one season and the question is do you have more seed for next year or can you last until next year and some years are a bust in the best of times 2 things you need is 24D and Sevin dust and or liquid neem oil if you have trees that can be invaded by web worms or fungus etc. I also like a balance fertilizer a hand full around in a 3 foot circle ear grape vine or tree is a kick start do it again in a month or so. these items will be in short or NO supply in a bad time I also keep plenty of kale collard mustard beets etc for the greens and taters most people do not recognize them as food and that is a benefit to a stealth garden and you can make plots on your route or secondary location. this may be the novel I never intended to write but there it is.
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    I somewhere forgot about this topic but I love 1894 C in 357 and the old Ruger Vaquero I think the new ones are a shadow of the old model. The stronger Ruger old model can handle the stout rifle loaded rounds many others will not. I see these as useful in a home / property defense but face it any decent bottle neck center fire cartridge has more power and range. I love the carbine pistol caliber combination I accept that all of the ones I can think up have less than 200 yard and some 100 yard limits in many areas that is not a problem as there are enough woods that a hundred yard shot is about the limit anyways. Past 100 yards bullet drop is a factor that can be overcome but it really exercises the old bean when having to calculate on the fly at longer ranges as long as a person can hit an index card at that range constantly it's a good shooter. There are no magic calibers but there is knowledge and using it to keep yourself within range of your objective. or knowing your out of range. The proper aiming point most game can be taken the only exclusions are the large dangerous game of course there are always exceptions many moons ago a NYPD officer killed a polar bear who attacked a woman who somehow ended up in the enclosure he did this by putting his 38 special service revolver in the bears ear and pulling the trigger. I personally know a man that hunted puma with a 38 S&W and dogs. The real limit is good quality ammo and no matter what brand make sure it functions and is accurate in all of the weapons you have for that caliber. having other brands is self defeating as different ammo will shoot differently so you accuracy will suffer especially with different bullet weights so once you find an accurate brand bullet weight and type stick with it and when you can buy all one case lot as generally speaking t will have the least shot to shot difference in velocity the more consistent the more accurate. and brand does not seem to be a factor even name brand companies can produce a poor consistency ammo in some calibers and yet excel with other calibers they make.
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    Not sure I put a lot of faith in the "Global Warming" premise as much as just the earths natural changes; however, the creek I learned to swim in 60 years ago now runs about 10-12 inches. Since matter can neither be created nor destroyed, I've often wondered about the changes that have caused the decrease. BF
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    Actually, I was liking the joke, not the Patel comment, though I suppose that's applicable too!
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    I think / hope to shed some light on this subject my problem is I am a novice / work related need to know stuff I know it is a fact that radiation is dangerous even extremely deadly problem is scientists want to cloak it in ambiguity or make it so the lay person is not able to fully or partially get a handle on the information or find good sources of empirical data. Many years ago I dealt with isotopes and other sources and I can say that many times it is treated rather cavalierly IMO.
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    Building a knife has always been on my to-do list...keep us updated!
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    Friggin' Glock. How American - whine until you win. http://tacticalcache.com/glock-protests-u-s-army-choice-of-sig-sauer-xm17-m17-9mm-mhs-modular/
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    In case anyone missed it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7i5ZV-uK84