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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. It made good sense because it was the Sesqui of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, founded in 1866. So the commemoratives were of some of their most iconic guns since the founding.
  2. They don't encounter dial phones, that's why. One of my grandsons years back came upon a dial phone we still had hooked up in the basement. He was poking at the numbers to try to make a call; he had no idea how it worked.
  3. I collect, in a desultory fashion over the years, classic brass camping and hiking stoves. Most of these are kerosene fueled, but not all, and most of them are of Swedish design and manufacture, but, again, not all. I think I now have about 60 of such stoves. Brands such as Primus, Optimus, and Svea; along with many others. They are often referred to generically as "primus stoves". This folds into an overall hobby of what I would call traditional outdoorsmanship. I use classic stoves and gear on backpacking trips. I was a fanatic Nordic/XC skier for 30 years, and amassed a sort-of collection of traditional Nordic skis, but find these last two seasons that it's at last getting too hard for me; pretty strenuous overall skiing uphill....
  4. Here's a link to the NYTimes obit, taken from the Wikipedia footnote: Hardy Kruger, German-Born Hollywood Star, Is Dead at 93 - The New York Times (nytimes.com) His story is interesting and inspirational in its own way. Full of years at 93; a WWII vet on the other side because the Reich pressed him into service at 16.
  5. I was impressed by Hardy Kruger a long time ago for his performance in Flight of the Phoenix, a great movie and a favorite of mine, in which he plays a central role. That flick was one of the last of those 1960s movies with the big ensemble casts; there were a whole bunch of stars, with Jimmy Stewart at his crankiest in the lead. Kruger was a young mostly-unknown then. So I kept track of him a bit. He was in The Wild Geese, another ensemble movie, with Brits this time. I remember looking him up a year or two back after watching Phoenix for the Nth time, and being pleased to find that he was still alive. The NYTimes had a good obit when he recently died. He had quite a story and life.
  6. Just realized the incident was in Australia, so I figure my comments don't apply. I don't know anything about the laws or rules there, specifically.
  7. I think that an 8-year sentence for negligent homicide is probably fairly normal most places. Fatalities arising from impaired or reckless driving are usually classified as "negligent homicide" under most state laws. The issue wouldn't be with the "justice system". It would be with legislatures, which define crimes and set sentencing ranges. Each state has its own authority in those matters.
  8. Here simply an opinion regarding ammo availability for .44 spl, apart from CAS use. My CAS guns are not .44 spl. I love the .44spl and have a couple of double-action revolvers in .44spl only, plus a magnum that, of course, can shoot special. It's always been tough to find on the shelves. I once lucked into an LGS that had a whole lot of boxes. I bought them two or three at a time (I don't believe in taking all or most of anything in ammo). Every time I came back, most were still there. I asked the guys if anybody but me bought them, and they said 'one other guy'. Eventually they were gone. I'm glad I got the supply, because I have quite a bit-- and I've hardly ever seen any since. I've seen zero for a couple of years now. I've seen more .44 Russian over time than Special. I've always wondered why. There are a lot of .44 mag revolvers out there, and Special is fun to shoot in the magnum revolvers. Like shooting 38s in your 357. But it doesn't seem to work that way.
  9. Often true at first, but then it depends on the quality of the show. Titus Welliver didn't come close to fitting my mental image of Harry Bosch. Until about 10 or 15 minutes into the first episode. Then he was Bosch.
  10. I like city life, myself. In the old days, when they built neighborhoods, they just built houses, sidewalks, and streets. Back when, they didn't think of a neighborhood as a place where people's lives were to be controlled, beyond the laws that apply to all. So, we can do what we please, too, in our old city neighborhood. It can backfire on people when they think they can control so much of their own lives, or that of their neighbors.
  11. The two of us, five children, two sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, twelve grandchildren, two grandsons-in-law, a granddaughter in law, and a great-granddaughter. Adds up to 26. Two granddaughters are expecting, so, God willing, we'll be 28 by August or so. We had three kids by age 22, and our 5th at 28. Six grandkids by 50; so that accounts for it!
  12. A couple of 19-year olds; May 20, 1967. We two are now 26....
  13. I'm sure there are innumerable developments with covenants and HOAs where things go smoothly. But there are a lot of counter-examples. I had a good friend who moved with her husband out of the city into a subdivision complete with cul-de-sac and restrictive covenants. They kept their city house and rented it out. They were back in 3 years. It was all petty stuff. The committee didn't like how she did her roses in front. Her daughter's boyfriend's car was parked more than an hour. The president, who lived next door, criticized everything. One backyard barbeque was too loud one evening. These people were both professionals; good citizens and good neighbors. They were very glad to come back to the city.
  14. Facebook is a proprietary system and you can't get into it if you aren't a member. I'm not. I can see the later download. So links to Facebook have limited use.
  15. I think it's more than that. Historically, with the development of the suburbs in the post-war era, restrictive covenants were touted; they were a selling point. No riff-raff; lawns always mowed, houses beige or gray, no noisy parties, and more. People wanted that. Or thought they did.
  16. I live in an old part of town, leafy streets and such. No rules, no HOAs, no covenants; you can paint your house the color you want, etc. Freedom. It's always been hard for me to understand why people want those rule-ridden suburban developments, but they do. Then they get a slate of officious small-time authoritarians interfering with their daily lives.
  17. I wake up several times per night, but luckily I have no problem falling back to sleep. That wasn't always so when I was still working for a living, though. Now, I don't have much to worry over or think about, so return to sleep has become easy.
  18. But you can get a great dagger with a hilt of a pot metal dragon clutching a glass crystal ball....
  19. Isn't there a comic aspect to the Dortmunder books? I've only read a couple, and long ago. But Parker-- that's another thing entirely!
  20. Surprised that would make a difference. Can a servicemember refuse combat service because of nomenclature? Wasn't Korea a "police action" officially? None of our wars have been "declared" as such for generations. '
  21. I was raised on shotguns, and other than just a few times, I had never shot handguns, until my dad died in 2001 and my brothers and I divided his guns, and I took his S&W Mod. 10 38spl. (He didn't want handguns in the house when he was raising 5 boys, but bought a few in later years.) So I got interested in revolvers and in 2004 saw an Uberti SAA Bisley in .45 Colt in the case at the LGS. It struck me as a real beauty, so I bought it. Research about single-actions soon brought me to SASS. I never had watched Western movies, and only a handful of the TV Westerns of our youth. SASS made me a big Western fan, both the books and the movies. I quit shooting CAS several years ago for various reasons, mostly time constraints and conflicts, but have never lost interest in the firearms (of which I now have many and regularly shoot) and the Western lore.
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