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  1. 27 points
    Two weeks ago tomorrow I got a call from a medical worker that is also a family friend that informed me that two employees at an imaging company where I had an MRI performed had active Covid-19 cases. The place that did the imaging was pretty dirty and when they sent me in to the dressing room there were two gowns on the floor and one on the dressing chair from previous patients. I asked her about that and she picked them up and put them in an open hamper. On the way into the dressing room I noticed that the bedding on the MRI table looked like it still had imprints from the previous patient. I asked the tech about it and she rearranged the bedding, I should have walked out then but I wanted to find out about my back pain. This was on June 25th. Well on Sunday before I got the call I shot a match up at Norco with no issues felt fine and we all did our social distancing stuff. Well after I got the call the next Tuesday I called the Match Director and let him know that I had been exposed. I didn’t become ill until that Thursday morning. Body aches chills, fever etc. I lost my sense of smell and the only thing that I could smell was a constant sweet, sick smell not to far away from smelling like Balistol. Friday I drove down to the hospital and had the nose swab done at the drive through testing kiosk. Friday night, Saturday and Sunday I was really suffering from body aches and my temperature had only gotten up to 100.5. Sunday afternoon I got an email from the hospital that they had lost my swab and I needed to be retested. My wife drove me down to the hospital on Monday afternoon and we both got tested in the ER because they had shut down the drive through testing. Well the ER was a mess. Every patient that came in was having their pulse checked and their oxygen content checked using the same finger clamp that everyone else did, none of the chairs were being cleaned between patients, etc... After waiting 3 hours and still not being tested a young ER doctor came out and questioned me about my symptoms. One of the ones that tipped him off was the sense of smell thing and then when he looked at a rash that I had on the back of my left arm, shoulder, neck and lower back that looks very similar to ring worm he confirmed it. I had already did a video visit with my personal doctor and he insisted that I get tested. Anyway they do another swab on the other nostril and test my wife and we’re free to go. They don’t prescribe anything. Tell me to drink lots of liquids and take Tylenol and use the altimeter to check my oxygen level 3 or 4 times a day and monitor my fever. I got an email that evening telling me that I had tested positive for covid-19, my wife was negative according to her email. The next day, last Tuesday I was feeling pretty good and my appetite was returning which was good because I hadn’t felt like eating anything since Friday. The county health nurse called and we kind of got into it because she said that I was confined to my house and I told her that I had a shop that I spent a lot of time in and she told me that unless it was attached to my house that I couldn’t go out there. I told her that it was 75 feet away and since I was the only one that goes in it that I would be spending a lot of time in my shop. She then wanted my cell phone number as a contact number and I told her that I’d rather she call my home phone number instead and she insisted on my cell phone number. Well little did she know the cellular phone does not work down in the holler where I live and I rarely take it with me when I go anywhere. I was tied to a pager, cell phone or two-way radio for many years and really detest being tied to them now. Turns out according to a neighbor that works for the county they use your cell phone to track whether you’re staying home or not, good to know. My temperature has been normal since last Thursday and I’ve had no other symptoms and according to them I’m free to get out on Thursday the 16th. One of the county nurses came by today and took my temp and asked me a few questions and told me that I didn’t have to be retested. My wife got retested this morning. She’s been going to the office everyday and since she is an essential employee and the only one in the office it’s not a problem. I spent quite a little time out in the shop today and being able to smell the shop smells was a good thing. Yes I was part of the high risk group beings I have limited lung capacity and past breathing issues. Never during my illness did I feel that my lungs had been weakened or compromised. I think one of the things that helped me in my recovery is my wife loads me up with lots of supplement like lysine, vitamin c, reshi, Black elderberry and a bunch of others.
  2. 24 points
    I’ve wanted to do this for a LONG time. So, I finally walled in an 11’ X 11’ room, put in a security door with a digital lock and loaded it with all my firearms. I’ll do a lot of filming for JED iTV in this room with the main wall of my CAS gear behind me. Figured y’all might enjoy a look at this... *Not responsible for damage to keyboards caused by drooling.
  3. 23 points
    I hate masks... That said, I'm not going to stop shooting because I have to wear a stoopid mask. This whole crazy polarized positions on mask wearing is silly. Having the two extremes...the crazed mask wearers accusing the non-mask wearers as "Murderers"...the crazed non-mask wearers accusing all mask wearers as being "Sheep"...geeeze...let it be! If you feel that you need to wear a mask, wear it! If you feel you don't...then don't. A lastly, respect each other's decisions... Phantom
  4. 23 points
    Obviously, more information is required to make the correct call in the OP situation. @JohnWesleyHardin, please provide: Shooter’s category and S.A.S.S. badge number. Height, width, & weight of the targets. Height, width, weight, age, & gender identity of the shooter. Height, width, weight, age, & gender identity of the timer operator. Target distance from the shooter, as well as spacing between targets. Model, barrel length, gauge, and choke of the shotgun used. Factory or reloaded ammunition? Powder, wad, shot size, hull, & fps specifications. Date, time of day (GMT), and location coordinates. Weather conditions.
  5. 20 points
    Ya do a good job. I hope everyone that appreciates your work will post a good word for you. And I hope those that don't post also think highly of you. That way, you should know that many appreciate your Wire efforts. I think they need to double your pay..... ..........Widder
  6. 19 points
    That's a BIG No-No!! Spotters are NOT required to remember the shot(s) / target(s) missed. If one sez so-n-so target and the others say something else, both of them could be right and the shooter should be happy that they didn't get more misses. Shooter should NEVER argue...keep it up and you'll get a MDQ. Shooter may ask the TO if they would ask the spotters to discuss...and then stay out of it. Poll the spotters after their discussion (which usually centers around a spotter seeing or not seeing an edger. But PLEASE DO NOT THINK or DEMAND that all spotters agree on what they saw!!!! Phantom
  7. 18 points
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  9. 18 points
    I'll take a different approach. Frankly, we don't know what's going to work and what isn't. I'd rather encourage local clubs to (so long as reasonable safety rules are enforced) relax or suspend various rules or make changes and test things out. The grassroots is the biggest laboratory for change.
  10. 17 points
    One of my side gigs is teaching Nevada CCW classes. Most civilian self defense shootings take place at less than three yards and are completed with less than three rounds being discharged. So on the surface - a single action revolver seems like a fair choice. But... A SA revolver has a number of drawbacks. It is a very bulky firearm for its limited capacity (5 or 6 rounds maximum {in any chambering worthy of self defense carry}). Unless practiced - it is far more challenging to operate one handed than most handguns (remember, that less than three yards number - your off hand may be busy creating distance or pushing away your attacker). There is not a huge availability of quality concealment rigs for the SA revolver. Reloads (tho realistically not going to happen too often in civilian shootings) are a pain - slow to clear brass and no speedloaders for SA revolvers. Lastly, why? Your concealed carry firearm is a survival TOOL - not a fad or fashion statement. Carry and become capable with the best possible tools available to you. We carry firearms to allow us and our loved ones the opportunity to make it home at the end of the day in basically the same condition as we began the day. And it is not a given - it is not guaranteed; it is only the opportunity. So understanding that we could do everything right and still lose - why on earth would you begin by handicapping yourself when it comes to the survival of yourself and loved ones? I really doubt you would be pleased if your house was on fire and the fire department showed up with a horse drawn cart, brass water tank and a bucket brigade; especially if their reasoning was, "this method worked perfectly well 100 years ago; so we were nostalgic and left the modern fire truck and hydrant hookup at the station" Or if your child was going into surgery and the anesthesiologist informed you that he prefers old school methods - so your little girl gets a rag to bite down on and a shot of whiskey. So if 150 year old archaic methods would be unacceptable for fighting your house fire or performing surgery on your child - why would you voluntarily do so in your self defense carry?
  11. 17 points
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  12. 17 points
    After an endless wait of about 7 or 8 weeks, I got my letter from Smith and Wesson today. My 44 Hand Ejector Third Model is bona fide! It left the factory on July 1, 1940, one of six in a shipment to a store in Albuquerque New Mexico. The records indicate that this revolver was shipped with a 4 inch barrel, nickel finish, and with checkered walnut Magna silver medallion square butt grips. So it appears to be all original, with the original serial numbered grips on it. I'm a happy camper!
  13. 17 points
    TO goofed, two shots, two shotgun targets down. Reshoot should have been given after that mess up.
  14. 17 points
    I'm going to steal a post and show you some comments from a shooter who was there "at the beginning", and is just tired of hearing all the kvetching. "Ugh. for all the "speed haters", it was a speed game back then as well, people tended not to moan about that, because they were moaning about getting in, out, on, off, down, around, carrying and throwing stuff, small steel, distances, all their misses, etc. ... I was there and actually started and ran a match back when we did that "wonderful stuff" as a rule everywhere and guess what? Just as many people moaning about what it could be if we'd just do this or that. Lastly, you might consider how your current match directors feel about your disdain for how we shoot the game currently. It didn't get this way by chance. *stepping away from the rant box...*" I have to agree with his sentiments. I haven't seen or heard one constructive comment about what folks think needs to be changed, that isn't already being done. Except to moan..."it ain't like what is was"... maybe that's because people wanted change and they didn't like "the way it was". You want distant targets? Small targets? Different types of stages? Write the matches at your club. Tell us the feedback after a year of doing it. Did your club grow, or numbers dwindle? You want a one pistol category? Make one at your club. You want a rimfire category? Make one at your club. Want to try something different? Do it at your club, see if it floats. You want more attendance at your club's matches? Make up some flyers and put them up in your local gun stores, bulletin boards, wherever! (That's how I found CAS). Too many categories, offer less categories at your club. (We had one club president that wouldn't honor "Silver Senior", lumping that into the "Senior" category... until he turned 65... then Silver Senior was allowed). You want old Double Action Revolvers? Do it at your club. Do you have a big turnout for matches with DA's? Let us know. At the club level you are wide open to experiment. Stop beating the drum everytime someone asks about a rifle or a revolver, telling them they need to get this or that whizbang "go fast" thing to be "competitive". To be competitive they need to be shooting. Everything else will come with time. Often, we are our own worst enemy. Telling somebody they need to buy Rugers with a "Jimmy Spurs" action job and short-stroke doesn't help bring in a fellow on a budget that has to squeeze each penny 'til it screams. Stop telling folks that they need to "be in costume". I hate the phrase "historically correct" when applied to SASS. We ain't a re-enactment. You want to be that way, more power to you. But a new shooter is fine in jeans, long-sleeve shirt, and some non-athletic shoes and maybe a not-ball cap hat. (My first CAS purchase was a palm straw hat with a wide brim after the skin doc carved off pieces of my face.) On social media I see posts all the time from folks asking if their Henry Big Boy .45 is legal for SASS. Simple question? Not when there are 60 replies telling him to sell the danged thing and get a Uberti '73. You'd be hard pressed to find an answer that says "Yes, bring it. You're near my range, come on out and I'll show you the ropes". You want more shooters? Act like it.
  15. 17 points
    Lots of ideas... Just like the other posts. But I thought this was about "untouchables"? Here are a few: No baseball caps No Shady Bradys Uhhhh....oh, no tee shirts. There ya go! Phantom
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  19. 16 points
    95° yesterday, lots of weeds to kill, things need painting, road needs grading, trees need cutting, pond need fillin, but I don’t care. John Denver said it best. Hey it’s good to be back home again
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  23. 15 points
    If you encounter a unit you can’t identify, fire one round over their heads so it won’t hit anyone. If the response is a fusillade of rapid, precise rifle fire, they’re British. If the response is a s**tstorm of machine-gun fire, they’re German. If they throw down their arms and surrender, they’re Italian. And if nothing happens for five minutes and then your position is obliterated by support artillery or an airstrike, they’re American.
  24. 15 points
    The police recently arrested a man selling "secret formula" tablets he claimed gave eternal youth. When going through their files they noticed it was the fifth time he was caught for committing this same criminal medical fraud. He had earlier been arrested in 1794, 1856, 1928 and 1983....
  25. 15 points
    and if your position is pelted with beer bottles and vile abusive language they are Australians.
  26. 15 points
    Some... Interesting ... Comments here. Try these times initially: First shot pistol starting with hands at shoulder height: Under 1.2 sec. with a transition to first shot second pistol in about the same time. First shot rifle from same start position: About 1.5 sec. Shotgun starting in same position: first shot 97 under 2 sec. Pretty much the same for sxs. Do all four in around 5 sec. These are rough times but a good starting point. Do NOT listen to folks that say to focus on accuracy and speed will come. It's actually the exact opposite. Phantom
  27. 15 points
    A lawyer boarded an airplane in New Orleans with a box of frozen crabs and asked a blonde flight attendant to take care of them for him. She took the box and promised to put it in the crew's refrigerator. He advised her that he was holding her personally responsible for them staying frozen, mentioning in a very haughty manner that he was a lawyer, and proceeded to rant at her about what would happen if she let them thaw out. Needless to say, she was annoyed by his behavior. Shortly before landing in New York, she used the intercom to announce to the entire cabin, "Would the lawyer who gave me the crabs in New Orleans please raise your hand?" Not one hand went up, so she took them home and ate them. Two lessons here: 1. Lawyers aren't as smart as they think they are. 2. Blondes aren't as dumb as most folk think.
  28. 15 points
    We are all teachers. Every word we say or say not, every thing we do, or do not, is heard by someone and seen by someone, and from these, observations are made, and lessons, drawn. I was obliged to perform my best friend's funeral -- no warning, no preparation, just stand and deliver, and I did. After the final words were spoken, after I leaned heavily on my dear friend's bronze box and watched saltwater spatter run off the shining, waxed surface, the fire chief stepped up and shook my hand and spoke his thanks. He also dealt me a good dose of humility. "You might not remember me," he said, "I'm Heath Beal." I remembered Heathie Beal, a little kid on a bicycle that just admired the hell out of the fire department and all that we did. He continued, "I became a fireman and a paramedic, because of what I saw in you." That brought me to a full stop. What I'd done, meant something to him -- meant enough to him that it became the star by which he steered his career. Well, it's happened again. Twice. An old friend's daughter is twenty now. I remember her as a coltish twelve year old, all long legs and giggle, and now in her sock feet she looks me in the eye. She was thrilled when my first book made print, she rejoiced when my second hit the market, and she couldn't wait for the third book to arrive, because she knew that her Uncle Linn had done it again. Now she too is a published author; her book made the electronic media. Her brother is a few years older than she. He, too, is a fireman and he, too, runs squad, and he too has written and been published. Hers is in the female detective genre, I have yet to read it -- supposed to hit market next month -- his will be out in November, and is written out of his background under the lights-and-siren. Our young watch all that we do, and our young take inspiration from those actions worthy of emulation. I find this a most sobering dose of humility!
  29. 14 points
    My buddy, Damascus Jon did it again. Idaho State Champion Frontier Cartridge champion and the OVERALL match winner - shooting Black Powder. (and there is never a question about his loads) This young man is a fantastic representative for our game. At only 23 years old (4th of July baby - Happy Birthday, Jon) - this young mans SASS/ CAS resume is already greatly accomplished and grows with every match. He is polite, well spoken and humble. And I am proud to know him and more so to call him my friend. Couple of personal notes for Jon, First - Scorpion says hi. Second - Your mom is awesome and so proud of you - she asked me to post this. Third - shave that thing on your face - it looks like a squirrel is attacking you. Fourth - Never forget where you came from - I'm older and grayer than I was a few years ago - but I know people and we still have access to trashcans. Proud of you, my friend.
  30. 14 points
    My thoughts... No older than 70 years of age; No. I know many in their 70s who are mentally fit. Let the voters decide. Must provide a physicians report of mental capacity and physical health status and pass both; See note above. Served in the military; No. There are many good people who haven’t served. Military service is only part of what makes a good leader. Attended a College or University and received a degree; No. There are small business owners, skilled tradesmen, and others without a degree who would be better than many with a sheepskin. Held a professional job as a career; Too vague. What does this mean? Served in a governing position such as City Council, Mayor, Governor, etc.; This is part of what I look for, but is not a prerequisite. Member of the Senate, Congress, Court System, etc. No. Randy Boyd nearly became governor of TN, and would have been great. Never served in the legislature.
  31. 14 points
    There is none. I tell spotters to tell me what they saw. If they say, it was a miss, it was a miss. Shooters should address any questions to the TO. Sometimes, the shooters says I had an edge hit and says where it was. If I see the nick, I'll get the spotters together and show them. Whatever the majority says, goes. If the shooter harasses the spotters, it's a Match Disqualification.
  32. 14 points
    the color of the sun and his eyes were green..... I just got an hour long phone call from Stud. I haven't heard from him in a coon's age, and it was sure good to get some catching up done. Must be close to three ears since we had a palaver and was sure fine to just remember old times. Before I forget, he wanted me to tell Rowdy Yates, Hardpan Curmudgeon, Lumpy Grits, Allie Mo, Doc Shapiro and a whole herd more of you "howdy", and he misses you all. There were a few dozen more, but I didn't write them all down. Just know that he thinks about a lot of you folks. He's near blind but still has his hair and is doing much better physically. Blackwater, you'll hear from him shortly about a trip our here to visit. Well, that and just plain old whittle and spit. Man, it was sure fine to hear from him. I have lots of friends in this old world, and he's one of the best.
  33. 14 points
    Yes. I’m not sold on the effectiveness of masks, but if my wearing one makes some of our more at risk pards feel better about going to a match I would do it.
  34. 14 points
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    My wife just received an email that her second test that she had done today is negative.
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    John Bell tried to rob Latino Cellular, but an employee at the store refused to open the register and walked out along with the customers — and then locked the door, trapping Bell inside, the video shows. Store employee Katrina Leon kept a cool head when Bell ordered her to open the cash register and calmly told him, "No," the video shows. “As soon as he entered and he just pointed the gun at at me, and I knew instantly I’m getting robbed again, but this time I didn’t open the cash register,” Leon told ABC News. “ I just locked him in, because when you lock the door outside, from the inside you can’t open it, so I knew he wasn’t going to be able to open it.” The windows and door had bars on them, essentially caging Bell with no means of egress. Bell attempted to get out by pumping four shots at the door’s lock, which withstood the barrage. After slamming himself against the door in an apparent attempt to force it open, Bell resorted to prayer in the hope of getting away, Houston police said Wednesday on their YouTube channel. "Please! Please! Please!" Bell pleaded, hands clasped and dropping to his knees. "I'm sorry, please! Help, please!” Bell’s prayers went unanswered, and police arrived shortly after and arrested him without incident.
  38. 14 points
    There is no such thing as a "Black National Anthem" this is just something to placate the politically correct, cancel culture liberals. This is the United States of America, we do not discriminate by race color or creed. I find the notion of a black national anthem extremely racist and I will never stand if it is played, no matter where I happen to be. Like Rye Miles said, "I'm sick of this crap" It's time to stop bowing down to these liberal snowflakes and BLM activists and stand up for our Republic and "One Nation Under God".
  39. 13 points
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    For almost four years, the stages I've written for our club have had a story or some reason to start a gunfight. I like to keep them short and try to include a little humor. Like this: Yesterday, my wife asked me, “Is it just me or is the cat getting fatter?” Apparently, “No, it’s just you” wasn’t the right answer. That’s what started the gunfight. Indicate ready by saying, "It's just you."
  41. 13 points
    No, not the same way Tania did. Not a chance. Unity, support, and respect doesn't spread hate and division.
  42. 13 points
    I drove into a BP to get a bottled water and as I drove up, I noticed these 2 police watching a woman who was smoking while pumping her gas.. I saw her and thought, is this lady stupid, crazy, or both, especially with the police standing RIGHT there! But anyway, I minded my own business and went inside and got my drink. As I was paying for my drink, I heard someone screaming!! Like I’m talkin' violent death screams! I looked outside and I saw that this woman's arm was on fire!! She was swinging her arm, running around going nuts!! When I got outside, the police had the woman on the ground and they were putting the fire out!! Then they put handcuffs on her and threw her in the squad car.. I was thinking, arrested? Shouldn’t she be in an ambulance, not a squad car?? And being concerned, I asked the police what they were arresting her for.. He looked at me, dead serious, and said, "WAVING A FIRE ARM”!!
  43. 13 points
    Uno and I took some AR training at the local range yesterday. I was delighted to see a number of couples, especially more mature couples, training together. Some of them brought their children or grandchildren for training as well. It was refreshing to see that if things ever get nasty in our little corner of the world, a number of us will be able to hold our own.
  44. 13 points
    I bought a specialty cookbook for kidney disease patients. So I was planning on some hamburgers tonight but they’re not the best thing for Carol. There’s a recipe in the book for, God help me, a veggie burger. I’ve had vegan burgers before. Never enjoyed one. But I dove in to this. White beans, onion, garlic, thyme, pepperoncini, flour, egg, ground pepper. Rinsed and drained the Northern beans, mixed it all and made patties, fried em in a little olive oil about 5 minutes per side. Slapped em on some Ball Park hamburger buns with mustard and lettuce. I forced a smile and bit in. The thing tasted pretty dang good! I was amazed. Carol really liked it too. Full disclosure: I did pair it with a scratch built Margarita. But I think it would be fine with a Coke. Perhaps this ole dog can learn a few new tricks!
  45. 13 points
    Gearing up to retire; down at our Cape house, getting things ready. This caught me unawares. For a moment, thought I was at the Lazy Bob ranch. LL
  46. 13 points
    I'm mostly with Charlie on this. Never get passed by the states. I'd much rather see term limits on Congress.
  47. 13 points
    Privilege. ( one view )
  48. 13 points
    I'd speculate that very few of these people died of the virus. They may have died with the virus but I'm skeptical given the level of fraud surrounding the reporting.
  49. 13 points
    Hold a Black Lives Matter demonstration at the range with six shooting stages. Dare the sheriff to cite bust the demonstrators.
  50. 12 points
    This is an economic move!! Germany hasn't paid its part of the NATO funding. They don't contribute to funding like they should, nor do they contribute proportionally to troop numbers. The previous person holding the office refused to even ask for Germany's fair contribution and failed to even speak up for NATO at all!!
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