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  1. I'm thinking that using the chamber flags that prevent a round from being in the chamber(s) and prevents the action from locking closed might be the best all around solution, even when casing the long guns.
  2. Is there any SASS or range rule that says a scabbarded or cased shotgun has to be action open? When we arrive at the range the guns are all actions closed, when we take them out of the case we open the actions. Why would be need to have a shotgun open if it is in a case on a cart? I take my cased/sleeved rifle and shotgun to the LT and case/sleve them before leaving the ULT. Is there some rule somewhere? SC . . . just helping the cause!
  3. For years I used a wagon as a gun cart, and both the rifle and the shotgun were carried horizontally. They are kept cased in a soft canvas sock, which I slip off at the Loading table, and back on at unloading. That keeps dirt and dust off them while rolling the cart around in sandy and dry areas, and keeps the gun muzzles protected from any dirt and debris. When I remove the cover from the shotgun I break the action open and lay it on the loading table. I would always park the wagon facing into a berm or wall, so that there was no possible way for a person to walk behind the cart, just as a secondary way of keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. I have never been comfortable with muzzle up in a cart where I have to look at the muzzles! I've since bought a Rugged Gear cart, and I'm considering mounting my sleeved guns similar to the picture you posted. Shadow Catcher
  4. A word of advice - don't tell family that yo have them for a while. I had a great aunt who kept it secret for 6 months. I asked her why she didn't tell them and she said "Are you kidding - I've already had to change my will 3 times!". SC
  5. Have both the Browning 1911-22, and the S&W Victory. The Browning is a fun gun, the S&W is extremely accurate and reliable. I just took the red dot of the Victory and went back to iron sights - these eyes just don't like those dots! SC
  6. Because I like it. If I cared for one moment about power factor and recoil I'd find some Colt's in 32-20 and make mouse fart loads. It's a game, that's how I like to play it. YMMV, Shadow Catcher
  7. Think that's bad, even Colt does it on their web site. Whatever were they thinking! I use a .454 sized 250 gr LRNFP over Unique for around 730 f/s. This produces excellent accuracy and did not require me to file the front sight for elevation, they hit to point of aim. When I shot Rugers I used 250 gr LRNFP sized to .452, over Trail Boss, running around 625 f/s. That too grouped well and to point of aim for the Rugers. When I switched from Rugers to Colt I wondered why my ammo was so inaccurate, and thought to slug the chambers using some black powder .458 lead balls. Sure enough, they all measured.454. Desperado Cowboy Bullets.
  8. Note, these are 50 round boxes, not 20 like some folks manufacture. https://www.sgammo.com/product/federal-ammo-sale/50-round-box-9mm-luger-federal-hst-147-grain-hollow-point-le-ammo-p9hst2
  9. While I'm not a jello junkie, I do think that some of the modern loads in 147 gr work adequatly even from a 3 inch barrel.
  10. Back when I used to reload the 9mm I used Bullseye for higher velocities at lower pressures. These days ammo is cheap enough by the case (as low as $179) that it's not worth the minor savings by reloading jacketed ammo, and lead is not much better. You can get better accuracy if you tailor your loads to your specific gun barrel though. I use the Federal HST 147 gr loading for carry, and train with Federal or CCI 147 gr FMJ's. Besides being the most accurate duty load in my 9mm 1911 and Glock G43, it's a comfortable round at 1000 f/s. It shoots very well in the G34 as well. For competition use many are using 147 gr loads at around 900 - 925 f/s, much softer shooting and adequate power to ring the steel, while being match grade accurate. Best of luck if you do get to reloading it! Shadow Catcher
  11. My experience with the AR, or rather the M-16, was boot camp in 1973. Never bothered to own one since, until getting ready to retire a few years ago. Then I bought a FN-AR15 in A4 configuration, 20" bbl. I wanted the removable hand-guard so that I could mount a scope for load development but retain the iron sights for most of the time. I'm probably going to use this for Appleseed KD and NRA high Power matches. The barrel is free floated using the Rock Island inner tube. Of course way leads to way, so then I had to build a carbine version, with the short bbl and red dot sight. That's more useful in the house and for close quarters. I have no illusions about playing door kicker though. Then a dedicated lower for my NC .22 top end! That's my Appleseed gun and probably for some steel plate matches.
  12. To change the windage you either drift the rear sight in the same direction you want the bullets to move, or you use a file to open up the rear sight notch, taking off metal only on the side you want the bullets to move to. If you want the POI to move right, remove metal on the inside right of the sight. Elevation can be corrected by changing the front sight, to raise POI remove some of the height of the front sight, to lower it use a taller front sight. A pelacement sight should cost around $11, and a competent gunsmith should be able to stake it in for $20-$30. Most 1911's are fairly good at shooting straight, so if it's a significant amount you need to move I'd reassess your grip first. Shadow Catcher
  13. Howdy Capt. I've converted all my magazines to 7 round mags recently, trying various brands to see which I liked best for shooting grip and reliability. So far my favorite by price is the Pierce for $11, for shooting comfort is the HYVE +1, and for concealment is the Taran Tactical +1. My HYVE is in black. I've seen the MagGuts advertised, but haven't tried them yet. All these have been tested for several hundred rounds with my Fed HST 147 carry load, reliably. I also carry a spare mag, for the same reasons. It's a great little pistol, no doubt about it! Ride Safe, Shadow Catcher
  14. I've carried 1911's, both Government and Officers framed, Browning Hi-Powers, Walther PPk's, Kahr K-9's, and currently the Glock G-43. For the G-43 (which I agree is a mite small in the grip) I added Pierce +1 mag base plates (same size as the stock finger extension) and now the HYVE +1 grip. These give me more control, allowing the full hand to grip the gun. +1 and +2 base plate replacements require an increased strength mag spring, but make the gun easier to grip. My grip size is Large according to the glove makers sizing, around 9 inches circumference around the knuckles. Having just recently handled the new Glock G43X and G48 I can say I like the grip for comfort, but at that point you start getting into G19 size. There are a number of Sig pistols now competing for the EDC role, being compact and comfortable to carry and shoot. Likewise Springfield Armory has some great 1911 pattern pistols smaller then the Gov't model. I'm in the process of assembling a 9mm CCO, a commander slide on the Officers Model frame. Similar guns are available from Dan Wesson and Fusion Arms. The Glock 42 in .380 is a sweet shooting little pistol, as is the Browning 1911-.380. The best idea (and already mentioned) is to go to a good rental range and try a variety of them in the ammo load you'll likely carry, to be able to get a good idea of fit and recoil and follow up, etc. Holsters, belts and mag carriers will be available for most anything made these days, so it's more about finding one you like and dressing to match. The good news is, even if the one you settle on turns out to not be as good in the long run as you'd have hoped, we are allowed to trade them in or sell them and get others! Tell him best of luck! Shadow Catcher
  15. I've been using this one. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/skyview/id404990064 Also, if you have a tripod and camera with a wide angle lens, you might try some night time photography of the milky way. Set you camera wide open (widest aperture) and (divide 500 by your focal length) seconds exposure=> 500/Focal length =time. Using a 24mm on a 35mm at 20 seconds I get this:
  16. Hi pard, 'fraid not, more a member of the Auld Alliance. Lived on and off in the UK for years, love the ares near Glen Coe and Skye, and have driven and seen a lot of Scotland. Alas, I've not seen this castle ruin, but it's worth looking for the next time. Stay well, Shadow Catcher
  17. Been there a number of times - it's a bonnie loch!
  18. I'd cast a magic spell to heal the holes . . .
  19. Facebook is a mixed blessing. It's been good for me as it allows me to contact family and some real friends that are scattered to the four winds. It's been bad because the world is full of keyboard Commando's and Meme-warriors who just say things that they'd never have the courage or lack of wits to do in person. It's been fascinating as it has allowed me to separate some wheat from chaff, especially in this last election cycle. All things considered I think I'll probably eliminate it from my life, or do a significant paring down of who and what, in the near term future. My wife has a simpler approach, she has a few family and friends, very few - and dozens of antiques, pretty pictures cats, and all kinds of girly stuff whizzing by. Politics are deleted at light speed, and most other controversial issues as well. I lack the self control to do that so I'll probably just nuke the whole thing soon . . . . SC
  20. He's done two of my Colt's and the third will be going to him in a few weeks. A great gentleman, and the only one who I will send my Colts to. SC
  21. It's not so much that they're going away, but rather being dropped for the more profitable and better selling Indian line of bikes, which are made by the same company. I like the looks of the Indian bikes better myself. SC
  22. Through several folks I've had access to a few already, and will try more before I buy. Thanks for the input. SC
  23. Current wait time is upwards of 9 months, and the fees are at least $200 over cost of can. I'm waiting - I'd like one for my .22's, and perhaps a 5.56 and 9mm can each in the future - I am willing to wait now that we have a more benign administration in place. SC
  24. Hey Badger - I've been using the Poly coated bullets from Missouri Bullets, since the indoor range I also frequent will allow them, when they will NOT allow exposed lead otherwise. They give me the same velocity and accuracy as the plain lead ones, but are much cleaner in the gun! I've got the better part of 1000 uncoated lead that I'm ready to part with cheaply, or trade, as I intend to shoot nothing but these for p[ractice and competition. I also like not touching the lead when I reload. If you want to see and try some in .45 (250 LRNFP) let me know - I can give you some to fiddle with! SC http://missouribullet.com/details.php?prodId=246&category=20&secondary=14&keywords=
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