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  1. From an NRA publication: Q. Can you safely shoot a .45 Auto Rim cartridge in a revolver chambered for a .45 Colt? A buddy of mine gave me some the cartridges, but I don’t have a gun in .45 Auto Rim. I do have a .45 Colt, though, and it looks like it should work. A. I would not encourage anyone to attempt to fire a .45 Auto Rim cartridge in a cylinder chambered for .45 Colt. Aside from differences in the dimensions of the cartridge case, the Auto Rim round has a significantly thicker rim, approximately 0.090" versus approximately 0.060". This could certainly cause headspace and functioning problems. If the revolver in question is supplied with a separate cylinder specifically for the Auto Rim cartridge, there should be no problem. A number of firearm manufacturers have over the years offered .45 revolvers with dual cylinders, one for .45 Auto Rim or .45 ACP cartridges and one for .45 Colt. -Reid Coffield Originally published September, 2006
  2. Couple of things. The load you mentioned is the starting load for the bullet/powder combination. Be careful going with less powder as the 45 Colt case is large and you may experience inconsistent ignition. The new style hammer on the Ubertis is not a problem if you are not competing. There have been reports that the safety can make shooting fast a problem. The parts most often mentioned as breaking are the trigger/bolt spring and the hand spring.
  3. You could try contacting El Paso and see if they will do up a new belt for you and take back the first one. They did that for me, a while ago now, and sent me a new belt.
  4. At a local match, why not? I doubt the rule would be relaxed at the state/regional level. As an aside, the 1911 pistol that Bill Holden used in some scenes in The Wild Bunch movie was a 9 mm Star. You should pose the question on the Wild Bunch site as well.
  5. I use one as a main match sg. It will take some getting used to; loading it, there are a couple of ways, and getting used to its idiosyncrasies. For example, the main spring is on the top of the carrier inside the frame. If it comes loose there will be failure to fire (I found that out the hard way). Have to keep the screw tight. If you have a 1911 then you can use it for Wild Bunch. There are some You Tube videos on using them and, I think, Long Hunter did some a while back. As far as gunsmithing and parts goes, there are a number of names around. Parts used to be had from PISCO Gunsmithing, but I haven't bought anything from them in a while. Apart from that, since Norincos are no longer imported, there can be difficulty in acquiring parts for them. Smiths are Outlaw Gambler, Squibber and Cody Conagher, among others. BTW, $300 is a great price. Good luck with it.
  6. From today's Outdoor Wire: Products That Simply…Work I’m writing this feature on a notebook computer with a faulty battery. It shuts down unless it’s plugged in to an outlet. Without the AC, it starts, runs, then suddenly goes blank screen. Saves.nothing. Fine for browsing and quick tasks, not so good for my writing style. Unless I’m writing hard news on a tight deadline, inspiration comes in fits and starts. When I’m stuck, I walk away. When I re-focus, I resume. If I do that here, I’m recreating Groundhog Day. Today, I’m not concerned about coming back to a blank screen because the computer, a rechargeable flashlight (more on it below) and my cellphone are all charging off the same battery. Apparently, the notebook has been operating -as it was designed -from this single battery for the past three days. No, that’s not a typo. I’m running off a 583Wh portable power station from SkyIntelligent. Alternative power always fascinates me. The kind of alternative power that keeps your home functioning when your primary power fails or keep my “devices of convenience and comfort” working when I am actually off-grid. The RV, for example, has shore power (just plug it in) for campgrounds, a generator to keep everything (including the very important heat/air and hot water heater) working off-grid, and solar power sufficient to run low voltage lighting and fans while keeping the primary batteries charged if we’re really boondocking it. But there’s nothing to keep the “devices of convenience and comfort” functioning when we’re truly off-grid other than the generator. The generator uses propane. The propane tank isn’t infinite. Ergo, my interest in alternative power- especially if it’s sources to run the notebook, charge the phones, power the wi-fi card, and charge camera batteries. It keeps my office functioning. The Portable Power Station as shown here is running the notebook computer, recharging my phone, charging my flashlight battery. As you can see from the power indicators, it’s capable of doing all that for at least another 15 hours. That’s after having (accidentally) powered the at-rest notebook for three days. Since this is the smallest and least expensive of the Sky Intelligent units ($499.99 MSRP) I’m thinking it’s a pretty cost-effective solution to intentional off-grid travel or unexpected power interruptions. It can be charged four ways: 100W solar panel in 5-8 hours (not included), AC outlet or USBC PD in 5-6 hours, or via a (supplied) car charger in 7-8 hours. I charged the test unit overnight, and haven’t recharged it yet, despite having charged my phone, my watch, my flashlight, three Sony camera batteries and a pair of Surefire 123A lithium batteries. It’s performed as-advertised. According to the manufacturer, the unit is capable of recharging a mobile phone up to 48 times, a 500Wh laptop 8 times, a GoPro7 100 times, or a 1500W drone 10 times. In case you’re wondering, it also says it’s capable of running a 250W pellet grill for 1.8 hours, a 60W fridge for 10, a 75W TV for 6 hours, or a C-PAP/A-PAP for at least 11 hours. This 14.7-pound powerhouse uses a “pure-sine” inverter. That means a steady 12 volts -until the battery totally fails. Good news if you’re running mini fridges, freezers or C-PAP machines. Haven’t tried those -yet- but have no reason to doubt the claim. Everything else has been exactly as spec’d. The power station’s information panel isn’t tough to interpret. No menu scrolling, info “trees” or guesswork. Power input, battery usage, state of charge and time remaining on the battery are all right there. If you’re interested in getting one of these, here’s a tip that will save you some cash. Amazon currently has them listed at $399.99 -direct from Sky Intelligent. And before you start telling me that my test unit is from Shell, not sky intelligent, they’re a Shell licensee. And..there’s also a set of LEDs on the backside of the unit. Useful for general lighting or set to flash in a traffic warning mode- not a bad idea in case of a nighttime breakdown.
  7. Mentioned in the article; fanning hammer.
  8. From Defense News: "This problem occurs when the clutch, which connects the propeller’s rotor gear box to its engine, slips. That causes the Osprey to transfer the power load to the other engine almost instantaneously so the aircraft can keep from crashing. The original gear box’s clutch then reengages, the power load transfers back in a span of milliseconds and the large transfer of torque causes the Osprey to lurch,...". The Marines opted for training the crews to deal with the issue. The Air Force has grounded them, for the time being.
  9. Maybe he thinks the Ukrainians will run out of ammo shooting at them. Iranians tried that against the Iraqis in the '80s.
  10. Available on line at Bass Pro/Cabelas, Winchester 12 ga low recoil 980 fps shells. $129.99 per case plus tax, if any. No shipping charges. https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/winchester-aa-low-recoil-low-noise-target-loads-shotshells
  11. We used some in training officers on the use of revolvers as Intelligence was authorized use of snub nosed 38s. Large models of Colts and S&Ws.
  12. Buffalo Arms (buffaloarms.com) has them under Reloading Supplies/Reloadable Brass Cases and Hulls/39-40 caliber. Only Silhouette cases. Another site is ammunitionartifacts.com, which lists 40 82 cases as available.
  13. Just to give you an example of the differences in Colts and prices, one web site has a 3rd Gen SAA, 45 Colt caliber, 7 1/2 " bbl, listed as excellent for $2,700. Close up views show turn lines on the cylinder and slight corrosion on the hammer. A similar Colt SAA on consignment in a local store, that I visited yesterday, looked almost brand new for $1,995. You have to look around.
  14. "...money, money, money it's a rich man's world... They're never going away. Hologram concert, ABBA Voyage.
  15. It looks like his web site, jamesguns.com isn't active. Last I heard he could be reached through Legendary Guns, 5130 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015 PH 602-242-1195.
  16. Tallboy, 1: Colts have always been more expensive relative to clones and have shot up in price in the past 3 or so years. My last Colt, new production, bought in 2018 at a retail store, was $1,800. A similar one, blued, 7 1/2 ", 45 Colt would probably be in the $2,300-$2,500 in a retail store, if you can find one. 2: I look at the gunsinternational site, which has lists of all types of firearms and breaks out Colts SAAs by generation. Most of the pistols listed are old stock, either new or used, but once in a while they list new production. Prices vary by caliber, bbl length, ornamentation, etc. Prices are not being "boosted". They are what they are. Sometimes there can be deals, but it's whatever the market will bear. That being said, prices are high. 3: There are differences of opinion on web sites regarding Colts, whether on price, quality, and in relation to other SAA types. USFA SAAs have a good reputation for quality of production and many (mostly owners) prefer them to Colts, even if the current prices for them are close to the prices for Colts. There are others (mostly Colt owners) who disagree. I have specimens from both companies. Both are well made, but again, it depends on who you ask. The comments on 3rd Gen Colts not being "real Colts" stem primarily from the fact that production methods changed after the 2nd Generation models so that the newer models are not the "traditional" pistol. The 3rd or, as some refer to them, 4th generation Colts still look essentially the same as the previous generations, and unless you are a collector or spend some time researching differences, are for all intents and purposes the same. I wouldn't pay too much attention to the comments, especially the heated ones. There are Colts to be had in the $2,000-$2,500 range that are in good shape. There are always going to be folks who will tell you they bought their latest one for $1,500-$1,800. It can be done, but it is increasingly harder to do. In the end, whether it's a Colt, USFA, Uberti, Standard Manufacturing or Pietta the cost is what it's worth to you. Good luck with the search; it's part of the fun for some folks.
  17. Don't go through NJ. If you get stopped you will have problems. Same goes for NYC, if you're planning to drive through there.
  18. I felt badly missing it. There's next year to look forward to.
  19. The early '66s imported by Navy Arms years ago had lever locks, but that was discontinued over the years. UniqueTek sells a lever lock, which is supposed to reduce the chance of an OOB ignition.
  20. I wonder if all the armed troops have ammunition in their magazines?
  21. Look up George Baylor if you have Facebook. He has written many articles on Cowboy Action Shooting. He has done testing of black powder and substitutes for CAS. He doesn't frequent the SASS wires. Looks like La Sombra just beat me out.
  22. The 4473 form stays with the dealer until they retire or close up the store. The forms are then sent to local law enforcement for storage, at least in NJ. Nothing is ever destroyed, unless by accident. Nothing is ever deleted from any date base. It may not be viewed in an active mode, but it is all archived.
  23. I didn't know they made any. Does the shotgun have ejectors or extractors? You can only use shotguns that have extractors.
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