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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. Or you can buy the 12'x20' Cabelas Alaknak, with wood stove. Probably excess to your needs, though!


    We've Winter camped with one of these for 15 years with kids and grandkids; we XC ski out the front door. Two bunk cots and a few  more cots and we sleep 8. Warm and cozy all the time!



  2. The best thing that ever happens to the firearms industry is the perceived 'hostility' of national administrations. 


    In the wake of the 2016 election, there was a 'Trump slump' in the industry, as folks lost their cyclical fear of firearms restrictions.


    Then with Covid, civil unrest, and political worries, in 2020 the biggest buying spree ever started. With the Biden election, the demand will only continue and increase.


    When I think about it, my guess is that without organized anti-gun political movements in the last 50 years, there would probably have been far fewer firearms in private ownership than there are now, perhaps by the tens of millions.


    When it was taken for granted, nobody cared about it, gun ownership was matter-of-fact, people didn't buy so many guns and saw no need to do so.


    So now is a good time to ramp up capacity.



  3. If I have an established factory, working at full capacity because of high demand, then the decision to expand facilities is purely a personal one based upon my ambitions, my assessment of the costs and risks, how the future looks, etc. Beyond that it has nothing to do with what other people would like to see me do.


    If somebody says, why don't you build another factory to satisfy my wishes?, ...that would be low on my list....

  4. We did a lot of travel around the mountain West for several years using Forest Service campgrounds. They range from large to small and they are all over the place.


    You can get easy-set up Coleman 5-6 person tents for very little; $100 range. Nowaday, when I tent camp, maybe once or twice a year, I always use a cot. Two cots (standard size, not large) will fit into such a tent, and make for comfortable sleep and rising; necessary now!

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  5. 1 hour ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

    Do you really need a weather station to tell you it is (or has been ) snowing?  :rolleyes:


    Good question. After all, you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

  6. 3 hours ago, Cold Lake Kid, SASS # 51474 said:

    I kinda like the "Used/Lived-in/Rode Hard and Put Away Wet" look my ownself.

    I've even been thinking about adding a bullet hole in the crown!!


    I've got a good hat, German-made Mayser, black, that has a hole in the crown. I tossed a hiking pole with a steel tip into the back seat a couple of years back, and naturally it hit the hat that was on one of the seats, and punched a hole. Getting that sort of thing repaired is nigh impossible, it seems, so I have taken to wearing it in all conditions and don't worry anymore about keeping it pristine.


    But now I'm going to tell people it's a bullet hole!


    As for my silver grey Stetson, it's a dressy fedora, not a cowboy hat, so I want it looking good...

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  7. Take my fur felt Stetson broad-brimmed fedora. It's silver grey. Bought it three years ago at the last true hat store in Seattle, just before it went out of business. There seem to be no more men's hat stores.


    I take pretty good care of it, but with the light color it's getting smudged, now to the point where it's starting to become noticeable.


    How do I clean it? The local dry cleaner I've used for years won't touch good hats. The hattery, as I said, is no more. I don't know if there's a real hat shop north of San Francisco.


    Figure the cowboys here can help! I don't want to attempt it in ignorance; it's a great hat. I haven't had such a light-colored hat before.

  8. A small LGS here has happily taken my check, once for a certain revolver, and once for a rifle. On the other hand, both were ordered and the first checks were down payments. So if they hadn't been good, they'd have known it before the final purchase.....


    I'm finding in general that checks are sort of fading away. Local places that always took them no longer do, especially restaurants.

  9. I don't live in California, and the only time I did was for a year as a freshman at Cal in Berkeley in 1966-67. The politics nowadays are too bad, but California used to regularly produce both Dem and GOP governors and senators until recent years.


    I live in Washington, in the Puget Sound area, extremely beautiful, but when all is said and done, I think that California is the most beautiful single state in the United States. My late uncle had a ranch in the hills in Sonoma, in the Russian River country. Redwoods in the draws, oaks and California buckeyes in the uplands. Rugged and spectacular. 

    The East Bay; oaks in the draws, grasslands above.


    Walk around old Pasadena and see the bouganvilla climbing the stuccoed houses....paradise.


    The gold country in the Sierra foothills from Colona to Jackson; the Central Valley-- the richest farmland in the nation.


    I never tire of San Francisco; I still get there every few years. Unlike many cities, the old SF still exists alongside the new. When I go, I go back into the past. Tadich for lunch, walk Chinatown, a drink at the Fairmont, a cocktail at the Top of the Mark, dinner at Alioto's....


    In so many cities, Seattle included, the past is gone. In SF, it's never left, even though the new is everywhere. Lefty O'Doul's has closed, though, as has Spenger's in Berkeley alas....


    Anyway, I love it there. But I'll still live here....

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  10. 9 hours ago, bgavin said:

    On the plane back from Dallas, LBJ ordered his people to confiscate all of JFK's papers and documents.
    They got there just a bit too late... JFK's admin already removed those papers to an undisclosed location.


    The great thing is, that when the contemporary conspiracy theories peter out, the hoariest of them all is still there to fall back on!

  11. Almost as bad were the first few criticisms I read in the day after pointing out that Amen had nothing to do with gender, it mean 'so be it'. or 'truly' ...in Latin...

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