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Larsen E. Pettifogger, SASS #32933

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  1. With just me at home I gave up cooking a long time ago. As soon as I walk into several local eateries they bring me my food. I never take home "leftovers" as after a month in the frig it is called garbage. I have gone to a couple of small local places for take out just to help them out and make sure they make it throught the next few weeks. I have gone to the store during "senior" hours and gotten a few TV dinners to add to the canned goods. Unfortunately between the Dinty Moore, Oreos and Nilla waffers I am gaining back some weight.
  2. My dad was an alcoholic. His surgery was caused by Corona.
  3. I have been retired since 2005 and live alone. My normal routine is to go to movies, eat out every day and shoot.The movies are closed and the restaurants closed or limited to takeout. I have not cooked for at least ten years and keep no food in the house. I try to shoot Trap two, three, sometimes four times a week. Now that I cannot go to movies, cannot eat out every day and cannot shoot I am saving a LOT of money. During the crisis I did have to dip into my strategic reserve of Dinty Moore beef stew, Progresso soups and Mac and Cheese.
  4. Went out this morning (Monday) about 9:30 am and the Winter Range crew has done wonders. While the awards ceremony is going on Sunday everyone that is not involved in the ceremony is out on the range taking down the props. After 29 years takedown has become methodical as everything has to be cleared out as another match has the ranges reserved beginning Tuesday morning. First photo, several groups take down the props. Following right behind them other crews pick up the props and targets and takes them to the storage yard, photo 2. Within hours the range is empty, photo 3. Winter Range has six large metal shipping containers and the props "go in there", photo 4. That's Nine Toe Joe the esteemed WR rangemaster. He has to know where everything is so after a summer of planning, and when the weather cools down around October, the props will be taken out and refurbished or re-purposed to reflect the theme for WR 2021. Two or three new props are built each year so everything looks fresh from year to year. Tuesday night the Winter Range board takes the Rangers out for dinner and drinks at a local restaurant. There is also a drawing and every Ranger seems to win a prize! In case anyone has not figured it out being on the board was one of the highlights of my shooting career. I miss it but Winter Range is in good hands. I can't wait to see what they do next year.
  5. I was privileged to be on the Winter Range Board for many years. Over the past three years a bunch of us have retired and several of us have not shot much the past couple of years. We decided to have a Winter Range retired board member posse with a dozen or so old board members. Great seeing part of what is an extended family. The new board has 21 members and, as usual, has done a tremendous job on this year's match. The board is backed up by dozens of Rangers that volunteer their time to set-up and take down the match (Ben Avery is a public shooting range so everything that is Winter Range has to be set up and taken down in just a few days) and to keep everything neat, tidy and functioning during the match. I use to write the Chronicle Article about the match but that now belongs to a new board member and he will be writing a detailed report on the match in the coming weeks. In the meantime here are a few quick shots from this morning. First, one row of the vendor area. More vendors at Winter Range than any other cowboy match anywhere in the world. This year's theme was the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. Next a couple of shots of the engines from the famous photograph. The engines look just like the real thing and the detail in them cannot be seen in these photos but they were magnificent. (They were nose to nose like the photo but spread out a few feet for the loading/unloading tables.) The Grand Hotel. If you look in the upper right hand part of the building there is a sundial. It is angled to tell the correct time. Finally, just the train water tank showing the attention to detail on something that is behind the main props. Notice the counter weights and water depth gauge!
  6. Here are a few items I may bring to the swap meet. Let me know if anyone wants to take a look and I will make sure to pack them. Otherwise guns and the press are HEAVY and some might get left behind. 1. Pair of Pietta 1861 round barrel navies. Barrels shortened to 6” to make them easier to draw and handle. Have Treso nipples. $350.00 pr. 2. NIB Uberti 1860 Army antique finish. Arbor fitted to barrel and hand spring replaced with Ruger plunger and spring. $275.00 3. NIB Pietta Spiller and Burr. 36 revolver. $225.00 4. IAC Model 97 with large front bead and Wild Bodie Tom six shot magazine kit. Used in two WB matches several years ago. $450.00. 5. Model 96 Swedish Mauser. $350.00 6. Japanese Type “I” rifle made by Beretta for Japanese in late 1930s. $300.00 7. Ruger .44 Mag carbine. I looked for years to find one of these with the Williams receiver sight built in as part of the receiver. Had it for 30 years and have never fired it. $650.00 8. Pedersoli Lightning .44-40 rifle with 20” octagon barrel and factory pistol grip. $850.00 9. Pedersoli Lightning .357 with 20” octagon barrel. $800.00 10. Uberti Lightning. Unusual configuration. It is a 26” barrel Carbine! (Long thin barrel with a carbine butt stock) .45 Colt. Shot once about ten years ago. $800.00 11. Texan 12 gauge reloader. Model 11-A with original instruction manual. Old American made loader made out of cast iron and steel. $75.00. Mounted on a $30.00 maple bread board so it can be moved around.
  7. Phantom at the Winter Range Speed Raking side match.
  8. Several years ago it became apparent that with shooter numbers pushing 800 trying to get vendors and sponsors to donate 800 prizes was impractical. So Winter Range (WR) decided to purchase gifts for the shooters. Over the last few years if you attended one or more WR's you will have collected a lot of shooter equipment. Going through my closet I came up with the following: A rifle case A shotgun case A pair of pistol rugs A pair of dust covers A shooter bag A drink cooler A brass bag, and A tool kit These gifts are purchased and not donated and in some years, if a pair of an item is given out, 1600 purchased. I wonder what WR will give out this year?
  9. They started in June of 2008 and spanned several issues. There were a series of articles on Pietta and Uberti. For some reason most are not in the index so you have to scroll through each edition. The first one starts on page 38 of the June, 2008 issue.
  10. My dad's birthday was December 7. He went to the Navy recruiting office the next day, December 8. He was 17.
  11. Here is one of my Lightning pushers. This one is made from a .30-30 and some aluminum rod. Fits in a cartridge loop.
  12. I have been trying to get more information but the Match Director for the WB match is out of town.  Basically the WB side matches are not in the schedule because the WB shooters decided a few years ago that only people signed up for the WB match should be able to shoot the WB side matches.  So, the side matches have basically become an ad hoc affair.  Depending on how tired people are they hold the side matches on Monday, Tuesday, or both after the match shooting for the day has ended.  They use props and targets that we do not include in the regular side matches and decide what they want to shoot themselves.  Since only WB shooters can shoot the WB side matches the shooters just spread the word among themselves.  This year there are 133 shooters signed up for the WB match which is the most that have ever shot the WB match anywhere in the world.

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      Back 40 #23910 L

      Thanks Larsen, I greatly appreciate your response.

  13. 1. You need to slowly cock the hammer and see when the bolt comes up. It should pop up at the lead-in notch. If it is early or late or mushy you need to describe the problem better. 2. Take a LITTLE material off the lower finger on the hand/pawl. It only takes a stroke or two with a sharp file to make the difference.
  14. I could tell you, but if I did I would be banned from the wire.🤔
  15. Hole where detent is fitted. ({Punch in hole to show where it is.) Detent, spring, and set-screw. To me the easier loading and unloading more than offsets any perceived benefits of the reverse spin. Unless I am installing s short stroke I leave them in.
  16. There is virtually zero market for BP shotshells, especially 20 gauge shells. Even in SASS, which is one of the few places BP shotshells are used, there are VERY few people using 20 gauge BP shells. You say you need 6 to 10 boxes. That is going to run around $120.00 to $200.00. If you buy a Lee loader for $45.00 and then load 10 boxes you will be money ahead. Here is one source that advertises them and had some in the past. I don't know if they have any in stock. http://www.ows-ammo.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=125
  17. They have a reverse pawl to help align the chambers with the loading gate. To get this alignment correct it has a spring loaded detent that engages the ratchet teeth. Cock the hammer and look in the hammer channel and you can see the set screw that holds in the spring and detent. If you remove the detent in many cases the reverse pawl will work. In some cases it may require a little more work for it to allow the cylinder to turn fully backwards. Two reasons are typically given for removing the detent. First, if you have a high primer sometimes you can back it up far enough to clear the jam. Key word, sometimes. Checking for high primers is not something people should be doing while firing or at the loading table. It should be done at home as part of your ammo inspection. The second reason is that it might help with a reload. For the past several years reloads on-the-clock have become more and more rare at SASS matches, especially matches above the club level. Even with the reverse feature a lot of people screw up the reload anyway because they don't practice reloads. So, for 99.9% of shooters the reverse spin is of little or no value.
  18. Kind of irrelevant with a 60 power factor.
  19. Can't see anything. Asking me to sign in to something I know nothing about.
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