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  1. The .357 was good, and until the advent of reliable 9mm double stack pistols and very good performing hollow points, it dominated the rest. Most police organizations started transitioning in the 80's and 90's from six shooter revolvers to 15 round SA pistols about that time. The caliber wars continue to this day, going from 9mm to .40 seemed a great idea at the time, it being more controllable and less damaging (to the guns) than the 10mm. After a good decade though the FBI and other agencies are switching back to 9mm for several reasons, including very good performing 9mm ammo, more easily controlled firearms (recoil affecting follow on shots), and reduced cost for both ammo and firearms. Fact of the matter is, whether you have a 9mm expanding to .67 caliber, or a .45 expanding to .80 caliber, like as not it might just take several shots to stop the bad guy, and if he's running with a pack of feral humans like so many seem to do now in our urban areas, being ready to place multiple solid and accurate hits on each of several bad guys may be needed. The earlier comment about the gunfight at the O.K. Corral was amusing, but I suspect Earp and any other serious pistolero of the times would have taken a few minutes out of their busy schedule to familiarize themselves with the guns, before going armed with them. It's interesting to speculate where firearm and cartridge development could have gone with modern metallurgy and smokeless powder back in the 1870's. A Colt SAA in .357 with a mdl 92 in same caliber makes a pretty good fighting and game getting set up. Good stuff to ponder of a shot or two of single malt. Stay safe, SC
  2. Technological advances reduce the amount of time it takes to do some chores, but it also allows you to chose to use that increased free time to do things, or to sit around and not do things. It's like we say: a gun doesn't kill people, and a spoon doesn't make you fat. There was nothing good about the good old days other than we were younger and didn't know better. I like my modern medicine, dentistry, cars, household gadgets, progressive reloading presses, radio and TV, internet, aircraft, etc. SC
  3. It's CAS using 1920's guns: 1911's, Thompsons, etc, and period clothing.
  4. My ex tried it because of the slightly smaller size of the gun, but that was the real weakness, the gun is smaller and lighter and so it seemed to have even more felt recoil. I can see that for a full sized person it might be okay to use, but you compromise ammunition availability, etc. SC
  5. I recently switched back to using 6.8 gr Unique to drive a 250 gr .454 LRNFP bullet at around 730 f/s from my Colts. I did a load test for accuracy using that bullet and WW231, Trail Boss, TiteGroup, Bullseye and Unique. Unique gave me the best groups from all three of my Colt's. Its clean enough to let me fire a few hundred rounds in any pistol before I get antsy about a dirty gun. Then I clean it. Brass goes in a tumbler so it doesn't matter if it gets sooty or not. My mdl 92's will eat anything I feed them and keep on running, so for my purposes Unique is the powder of choice. I have gone full circle to the powder I started loading .45 Colt in back in 1976! SC
  6. Sounds like you're looking for work on MSNBC. The evidence showed he was NOT GUILTY on every count. To say that he should be found guilty anyway and then locked up for life when innocent, just to keep him from getting an inflated ego is about the sickest comment I've heard since the jury decided. Do you also think we should beat children to teach them to behave? Please do us all a favor and do your best to avoid jury duty for the rest of your life. You can't be trusted to follow the law and the facts. SC
  7. I just smile and say "You're welcome, it was my honor." and move on. Whether they mean it or not is not for me to decide, it may just be a reflex like saying "Bless You" after a sneeze, but politeness demands politeness. SC
  8. His twitter and Facebook activity is what exposed him to many folks, and brought him directly in touch with them, unfiltered. His problems were not from his postings, but from a large amount of people in both parties and in industry who were frankly afraid and dismayed that this neophyte politician was succeeding where they perpetually fail. Biden ran on normality and no mean tweets, and see what that got us. DeSantis of Florida will make a good follow on to Trump after 4 more, hopefully giving us 12 years of entrenched good leadership, and making some of what Trump did into laws not easily overturned by EO's.
  9. When the pupil is ready the master will appear.
  10. Well, hopefully things will not turn into a riot, and the jurors will not be doxed. The kid is already having counseling for PTSD, he's been through a hell of a lot. I'm concerned about those piles of bricks that showed up, but hopefully the 500 National Guard troops will help. Interesting days ahead! SC I hope so.
  11. Went with the 13 Pro-Max last month for two reasons - the bigger phone is easier on my hands (less cramping), and the camera is sierra hotel so I don't need to carry my big gear unless I'm setting out to do a specific shoot. SC
  12. Oh boy - yeah got some of those myself. Tools have a specific place for each and they go there at the end of the day, or when I'm transitioning from one stage of the project to another. Shop floor gets vacuumed at end of each day working out there. Parts of the shop are for reloading, parts for general purpose, parts for wood working only. Won't walk out the door without phone and house keys. Won't leave the property without wallet, phone, keys, knife, gun, 1-2 spare magazines. Shirts are always buttons on the right, and sorted by dark to light colors. Likewise trousers. I want to be able to bring a set of trousers over to the shirts and see which works. Shirts on the left, trousers on the right side of the closet. Kitchen knives are washed and dried after use, then into the block with edge to the right, as I grab with my right hand. Glasses mouth down, cups mouth up. All pots, pans and skillets on the right side, all baking goods and equipment on the left side of Kitchen. No dishwasher - we do it all by hand and no dirty dishes left for morning. In the freezer - Beef top shelf, chicken and pork second shelf, veg and stock to the bottom. Each gun is stored in the safe with one magazine (if appropriate), all other magazines are in nylon carriers and stored with the ammo. All guns are put away clean. Every gun is inspected and cleaned, or at least wiped down before putting away. My beautiful bride has her own habits, and a few I've adopted from her. We never tried to change each others habits, they're part of what makes us who we are. SC
  13. The funny brown one is a Glock, the pretty blue steel and wood grips one is my Colt 1911, both in 9mm. BTW - the 1911 with it's slow twist barrel is really happier with light weight bullets, such as the 100 gr FMJ at 1100 f/s. Second picture. It won't shoot 147 gr bullets worth a damn though.
  14. Looks like a LEFAUCHEUX pin-fire gun, or very similar. Has the Mauser-like grip, and break top thing going, and looks a lot like others made by that outfit in France circa 1865. SC
  15. I suspect that when you're setting out to do things involving explosives and such, asking folks for information about whether something is doable, not just once, but safely and repeatably, might not be a bad default position. If it turns out to be an easy and common practice then you get useful information right away. If no one knows or the data is conflicted you get to decide if you want to blaze that trail. We always tell folks to get one or several reloading manuals, and always double check data published on the web - I suspect in other aspects of reloading such an attitude is worth maintaining. Just my speculations though . . . . .
  16. In 9mm? I've been using Titegroup mostly, for 145 gr plated and even for some 100 gr loads (for steel), lately was going to try some 135 plated using Bullseye. Is there any available load data for Blue Dot and 9mm lead or plated ammo? SC
  17. That's why I'm sorta on hiatus . . . that and still recovering from COVID, so I'm on O2 and don't want to be near fire! Ordered a brick of primers from Midway in October, just got refunded after them going walkabout in Spokane Wa. around Oct 18th! Keeping my eye out though - need to develop a load for 9mm 135 gr tapered conical for play, probably using Bullseye. I already loaded some 1000 .45 per my new recipe, and had some 1500 of the old .452 that the rifle is fine with. Ah well, someday we will be back to living in the land of plenty . . . . SC
  18. I understand that full well. When I switched from Rugers to Colts a few years back I did a major reloading exercise to find the most accurate Colt .45 load for those pistols. I used new Starline brass, Desperado .454 dia bullets (see previous about throat diameters), and loads using Trail Boss, Unique, Bullseye, WW231 and Titegroup. Those were all I had, so that was my choices. I built ladders (.2 gr charge increments) from least to near-max powder charge and tested everything in all three guns at 20 yds over sandbags. Several of them I abandoned before even getting past half of maximum load as they were just not grouping, but more like shotgun patterns. The loads with Unique showed the best behavior, and by 6.8 grs I had a load that shot as good as I could hope for at a measured 730 f/s. Going hotter didn't seem to improve anything, so I stuck with that loading and so far it's been the best. My old loads with the Rugers were using Trail Boss and .452 bullets, at around 600 f/s. This kind of load development can be fun, but frankly it can also get pretty tedious, as I recently discovered trying to build match ammo for my 5.56, using 68 gr and 77 gr bullets.
  19. Not sure if this will help, but I used pure lead round balls (.485 or so) from my local black powder gun shop, and then measured all 3 of my Colt cylinders by pushing through from back to front using a wooden rod and hammer. This would also work to find barrel inner measurements if you want, although you'll want to go in from the muzzle. All my Colt cylinders measure .454 +/- .0005 or there about, so I switched to using .454 lead bullets vice .452 like I always used in my Rugers. Accuracy was improved to 1 hole cloverleaf groups at 20 yds using Unique at around 730 f/s. These are 250 gr RNFP from Desperado Bullets. https://cowboybullets.3dcartstores.com/45-cal-250-grain_p_26.html No idea what the barrel diameter is, but that didn't seem to matter since I couldn't hold more accurately if I had to! All of them have the forcing cone cut to 11 degrees to eliminate most leading, and that really works as seen at cleanup time after a few hundred rounds. I suspect that as long as the forcing cone is co-axial and smooth, it should not perturb accuracy much, and may help. Hope this helps . . . . SC
  20. My dad at Ft Huachuca, Az, circa 1952. Also, my eldest son just before his first Iraq deployment.
  21. I reload only .45 Colt and 5.56 match ammo for competition (although I just started doing 9mm until enough reliable bulk ammo is available) so I can keep it fairly simple. I removed the progressive head from (on the left of the table top) the RCBS to single stage load my 5.56 match ammo in this shot. I've reloaded a bunch of stuff in the past, now though I keep it simple. SC
  22. Depends on what you like. I had flat triggers on several pistols in the past and found it to be fine. I've tried it on some of my newer tactical Tupperware and ended up getting my finger pinched between trigger and guard. I've pretty much gone back to or stayed with curved triggers in the last two years. Lot of my shooting friends all have them in their modern pistols and rifles though and they love it - obviously YMMV.
  23. Most swords seem to hover around 1 Kg, 2-2.5 lbs. That seems to be the best balance between effective size and weight for striking. Some of course are lighter, particularly point swords like the rapier, but then again some of the two handed swords went heavy for impact. My Viking era sword, my 17th century rapier, and my 1935 Wilkinson Artillery sabre all weight within 4 oz of each other. All are real steel, not wall hangers. I'd still prefer to carry a firearm, but there is something to be said for not running out of ammo . . . . <edit> P.S. - it should be noted that a quality sword will cost similar to a quality firearm.
  24. I've been driving a RAM 2500 Crew Cab with 8 foot bed since 2015, wouldn't own a truck with a shorter bed, and the crew cab is pretty handy when you take a few friends along, or just want to throw a few things in the back and be able to lock them in (unlike a bed, even with a cover). The rear seats fold up, and then have a drop down deck to provide a smooth flat deck in the rear, as well as hidden storage beneath the floor mats. There is no room behind the rear seats though, they're secured to the back bulkhead. Only complaint I have about this rig is that since it's 4WD, and rigged for towing as well, it rides high, and as my missus and I get a bit older we're finding the climb to get more tedious. Sooner or later we'll trade for a lower seat height but that's still a few years off. SC
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