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  1. I've had a ccw for 40+ years, but before I got it, I carried a charged, uncapped Black Powder revolver under the seat of my car. I kept a capper in the glove box. No, it was not real fast to grab and cap, but it was certainly doable for a developing situation and I was glad to have it.
  2. I've never had any problem separating the SS pins. I just dump into a rotating separator and give a few turns.
  3. Larson, my heart goes out to you on this very sad occasion. We lost our little lifelong friend a few years back. My wife was working in the garden, weeding. She reached in to pull a weed and Mandy, our little Min Poodle raced in to take the strike of the Rattlesnake that would have certainly hit my wife. Mandy died in her arms while we race to town tying to find help. We have new K9 friends now, and they are just as loving. They pick me up when I am down and are always glad to see me and just be my friend. They are without doubt one of the Joys of my life. It will take a while to deal with the pain, but please get yourself another K9 companion. Don't try to replace the one you lost... let it be your new friend. Snakebite
  4. Our club just had it's 25th annual match. For most of the past 25 yrs our Cowboy club was by far the largest group at the shooting facility upon which our range is built. That changed a few years ago, and now the IPSC club is the Big Dog. They have many new faces on their range (most of them don't have any wrinkles) and are still expanding. We have been bringing in new shooters, not at the rate we use to, but they are still drifting in (most of them have wrinkles). I think that Ike's post was pretty accurate as to Why. The one thing that I noticed at our most current annual event was the absence of a good number of shooters from a particular area, and a marked increase of shooters new to us from a different area. As more and more clubs suffer the ravages of time, I see many of the folks that truly enjoy the game reaching out to areas that are somewhat new to them. I fully expect to see our club attendance grow, not so much from new members to the game, but from old members coming from other areas looking for that last Water Hole. We have a Superb club, with a range far above what most clubs can offer and we have a tremendous pool of talented folks that jump at the chance to improve our range. I expect to see this increase in seasoned shooters turning up at our club to enjoy the game.
  5. This is all very interesting, but it is a very one sided discussion. The starring and ogling goes both ways. I finally got tired of it and started wearing pants under my Chaps. Snakebite
  6. I guess that it is all relative. For me, it is the Old Game and the New Game. At our club it's still the Early Days.
  7. 35-37 gn will do nicely. use a wad that will come up to just below the crimp, fill it with shot and crimp it. it don't make a Tinkers damn how much shot.. Few BP loads will do a better job for this game. I prefer Green Hulls, but AA will work fine. Don't be afraid to adjust the charge a bit in order to get the wad to line up. This is not Rocket Science. Snakebite
  8. Well I for one meant no insult. Just having fun. I would hope that most folks would see the humor.
  9. I have a rare 1894 Marlin. It left the factory sometime after 1879. I'll post photos when I can find film for my camera.
  10. I keep a extra 2 shell shotgun clipon in my cart to add a couple more on stages that have 8 shotgun, just in case I need them. It's quicker for me to pull them from a shell holder than getting them off a table. However, it is ok to stage ammo on the clock.
  11. It's been a longtime since I've thought about the Woodpecker. WA6CKJ
  12. Lt Gatewood. EOT 2001
  13. Bernie, the Fort Miller match is in Clovis, Ca. It is Bigger and Better than Ever. Third Weekend in April. If yer still getting around you owe it yourself to make a run at it. Snakebite
  14. There is even a sample of bull$#!tium. One of the more common elements.
  15. I've seen several reference to "...before the next gun is cocked"... that is NOT the case... it is before the next gun is fired. If you were shooting the shotgun and put it down with a empty hull in it, then pulled a pistol and cocked it.... you could still clear that hull from the shotgun if you can do it without taking a step...i.e. moving with the pistol cocked. Same for a rifle or any other scenario... when shooting from the same position this can happen easily...……… if detected. As to the situation at hand. I do understand the rules that cover this situation, and I agree with many that it is confusing. IMO the easiest and best way to correct the situation was rejected long ago. That suggestion was to have all guns cleared on the stage.... like they do in most shooting sports. Since it takes too long to clear single action revolvers, I would suggest a modification to that, and just have all Long Guns cleared on the stage, then move to the ULT and clear the handguns. Any appropriate penalties would be applied at the time. I have always been in the camp that says an empty hull or case presents no safety hazard to anyone, but that is jmo. I also have some mixed feelings about the way things are handled when a shooter is called back to empty his gun or fire one more round. It has led to many T.O.s failing to help the shooter for fear of making a mistake. Not sure what is best... I called a shooter back at the State match a couple years ago when I only counted 9 shots instead of 10. He came back, and I was wrong.... he still finished the stage with a great time... but decided to take the reshoot. He screwed up the reshoot. He would have been the overall winner if he had not taken that reshoot. I've always felt bad about that..... Again, sorry Coyote Carson. Snakebite
  16. Lord God protect little Linclon and give his family strength.
  17. I am in the camp of "Yes" on the Short-Stroke. Personally I prefer the "Standard" Short-Stroke (3rd Gen type) over the Super Short Stroke. I do use some aftermarket springs in some spots, but also use stock springs that have been dressed. Some after market springs were just too weak for my taste. You should keep in mind that most Short-Stroke kits will indeed just drop in, however, if you want them to perform their best they will usually need some fine tuning to avoid timing issues. Some of the best guns out there have been Short-Stroked by the Cut, Bend and Weld method, and then finely tuned. I used to do it that way myself, but now I prefer to use aftermarket parts and keep all of the stock parts so that the gun can be put back to it's normal configuration quickly and easily if need be. The Custom work is great, but if you have a problem from a out of battery discharge or some other reason, expect to send it off for proper repair. If you were not able to do the initial cut, bend, weld work yourself, it is doubtful that you will be able to get it back into shape without professional assistance. Also, I do NOT like the Aluminum Carrier/lifter at all. JMO Snakebite
  18. It is just ridiculous to ask somebody to wait that long to get their gun/s back. I waited a year to get some specialty work done on a vintage Winchester by a man mentioned in a previous post. He was the Tops in the field, but he told me up front that it would be as least that long and he didn't have me send the gun until he was ready for it. It was work that I didn't feel qualified to do myself. I believe that the long waits have been one of the reasons that many have taken up the reins and learned to do some of their own work. The cost is not usually more than the work is worth, IMO. Of course some Big Name smiths do get a pretty penny for their work and do have long wait times. In many cases a lesser know Smith might well be worth giving a try. A good deal of the most common and basic work needed on the guns used in our game is doable by the Layman. Most of it is little more than disassembly and minor fitting of replacing parts. There is a lot of "How to" material available on line. Moving up the ladder into custom modifications requires a bit more finesse and experience and of course some of the work, especially machining and such require the services of a professional level person. I found a man that I like. Texas has 146,873 Gunsmiths, +/- , he is one of them. Many of the really good Smiths have the same problem, turn around time. Also... a good number of the talented Smiths are just getting OLD. They have health issues and end up falling behind in the work that they take in. It is difficult for some of them to admit that it is either time to stop or limit the amount of work that they take in. Snakebite
  19. I've loaded a good deal of Black MZ on my Dillion 650. The first thing that I do is to beat the hell out of new unopened jar, then I pour the powder into a large bowl and stir it very well with a wooden stick and make sure that there are no clumps. works fine for me. At $10/jar it's hard to beat, and works very well. Don't leave it in the powder measure when you are done, and push a nylon brush down the powder drop. Blow off the top of the shell plate then go to dinner. Snakebite
  20. Hummm. Loooong article. I just try to keep my powder dry, primers fully seated, and springs strong enough to give a good strike. End of story.
  21. Yeah, use what you have. This is not Rocket Science.
  22. I have the original pair of NRV that my good friend Wes Flowers short stroked for me many years ago. They were the prototype of the short stroked New Vaqueros and had many hours of hands on fitting and tuning. They are great guns and have withstood the test of time. In all of the many years since they were done I've never found any short stroked vaqueros that I felt were better, until I received the guns that Boomstick Jay did. They are truly excellent. Snakebite
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