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  1. 14 hours ago, DocWard said:


    With all due respect to Col. Cooper and other "experts," I will add that the PCC, like the AR platform, gives additional advantages as well. Possibly the most important for many is having less recoil than a shotgun for smaller framed or more frail shooters. If that small frail shooter is being confronted by multiple home invaders, yet disables themselves with their first shot fired from a 12 gauge, all is for naught. While not as easy to adjust as an AR, the Ruger PCC can be adjusted to fit smaller shooters via spacers at the rear of the stock. Accuracy is always going to be better with a long gun than a handgun. Four points of contact-shoulder, cheek, two hands-spread out over the length of the firearm, pulling it into the shoulder, along with a longer sight radius (assuming no red dot) makes it much more accurate than a pistol at arms length. It is also less fatiguing, and easier to go into the low ready.


    So, I'm with you @Pat Riot, SASS #13748 and I will respectfully disagree as well. Considering her size, I would prefer Mrs. Doc opt for my Ruger PC9 over a shotgun any day of the week, regardless of the "experts."


    Well said. I agree with you and Pat. I think the 9mm PCC has several advantages over a shotgun, especially for smaller framed or otherwise recoil-sensitive shooters. While I will likely stick to my shotgun and Glock 19 for interior home defense applications, the PCC is an option that shouldn't be so quickly discounted. Maybe I'll have to find one for Little Red... 


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  2. My dedicated home defense shotgun is a Maverick 88, with the pistol grip and adjustable stock. I have it set up with Esstac shotgun cards and a single point sling. (still need to add a decent light) So far it seems like a nice, solid pump gun, and the price was definitely right.

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  3. 7 hours ago, Go West said:

    The same outfits that brought you the largest hoaxes in recent history were quick to get their misinformation out before any facts were known. The usual suspects are clamoring for something to be done, even if it's wrong. It's so urgent, we must act so we can pass something before anyone realizes what the consequences might be. In the meantime, we have a perfect distraction from the failures of the current administration. In fact, if this turns out, Joe's approval rating could bounce up to 30% and the Lamestream Media could once again be trusted. 


    I've had similar thoughts. I'm expected to believe that the same government and media outlets that have lied for the past 2+ years about almost everything, are now telling me the truth about this particular incident? 



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  4. SASS is still probably my most obscure hobby. Most of my other ones are pretty normal. 


    I’ve had some passive interest in miniature wargaming over the years (Warhammer 40k, mostly, although Battletech has recently piqued my interest) but just started dipping my toe into a game called Gaslands, which is sort of Mad Max themed and uses modified Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars as game pieces. I haven’t even played a game yet- modifying the cars is too much fun. 


    I’ve also been playing with 3D printing for the past 2 years, which has been fun, rewarding, and sometimes frustrating. 


    My nieces and nephews all recently expressed an interest in trying Dungeons and Dragons. I played a few years ago with some friends, so now I’m the Dungeonmaster when the kids want to play. That’s been a riot so far. 

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  5. Snap caps arrived today, and they fit great. Unfortunately, it looks like this gun has a weak or broken trigger return spring, so I'll have to figure that out now.




    They also fit this Bulldog copy, which does have a functioning trigger return spring! 




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  6. 5 hours ago, Ezra Hawthorne said:

    I want a medieval crossbow, but it's difficult to find them for sale. Most of the options online are either purely decorative and the ones intended for use are plain wood and stainless steel jumbles that look like they were assembled in a garage being sold for hundreds. Something like this would be cool to own:



    I'd like something like that too. I really like the look of that one.

  7. I almost always carry concealed. Either OWB in a Safariland ALS holster,or IWB in a basic Kydex holster. Nothing at all against open carry or those who feel comfortable doing it regularly, I just don't like feeling exposed and want to retain the element of surprise. 


    When I do open carry, it's usually while hiking or camping.

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  8. 19 hours ago, H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619 said:


    Only a fool is 100% sure of anything, but if that's NOT a .38 S&W, I'd be shocked.

    As to if it is safe for use with smokeless powder, that's a valid question.   You can't go wrong using black powder, but many of these top breaks DID transition from the black to smokeless eras with the manufacturers modifying them to make them stronger.   If it was made before 1900, I'd say black only.  If it was made after 1900, I'd say smokeless MAYBE, but maybe not.   

    One way to check is to take off the grips.  If it's got a coil spring under there, it's likely smokeless safe.    Driftwood is more knowledgeable on this than I am, and he knows other ways to check on some specific makes/models.   Hopefully he'll chime in.  Take anything I say with a cautious interpretation.   


    I'll have to pull the grips tonight and take a look. I'll probably end up going with black powder regardless, because I've got a couple other old pocket pistols that I suspect are the same caliber, but which I know aren't smokeless capable.


    I ordered some snap caps and will report back when I get a chance to try them.

  9. 10 minutes ago, H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619 said:

    I'd say there's a 99% chance that it's a .38 S&W.   Easiest way to check is drop a cartridge into it.  If it fits, it's .38 S&W, if it doesn't, it's something else.  The S&W round has unique dimensions, and it'll only fit in a chamber sized for it.

    On the other hand, a .38 Special will "fit" but it'll be too long.  So will a .38 Long Colt with the same problem.  .38 Short Colt will fit, but I'd not try to chamber one until the S&W round has been proven to NOT fit.  But as far as I know, H&R didn't chamber them for any .38 other than the S&W round.

    Got a pic of the H&R gun?



    Thank you! That helps. I'll have to find some .38 S&W rounds or snap caps to try it with. I'm assuming, given it's age, it would be blackpowder only, right?


    Here's the gun:




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  10. What's the best way to determine whether an old revolver is .38 S&W, when no caliber markings are present? I've got an old H&R breaktop without any caliber markings on it, but which I was told was a .38 when I bought it years ago.

  11. 13 hours ago, Diamond Jake said:

    Typical monthly shoot outfits I've worn.  Super cheap: my wife made the shirts, and the pants are canvas cargo pants that I removed the extra pockets and replaced the belt loops with suspenders.  The most expensive thing would have been the hat, but my brother in law made it for me when he worked at Rand's Hats in Montana.


    The blue "Lawman" outfit is what I'd wear at a big match



    Lawman 3.jpg


    The canvas pants look great! Great idea. I'll have to try that.

  12. I remember the excitement I felt when I bought my Uberti SAA clones. They were stock (still are, except for the springs), and to borrow a phrase, there were many like them, but they were mine. I am happy when any fellow shooter gets a new gun, no matter how common or unique, because I assume they get that same feeling I did (and which I still get when I get a new gun). 

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  13. 12 hours ago, Branchwater Jack SASS #88854 said:


    A lot of these things like rule changes and new categories start at the club level.


    Ideas are good! Don't let this one slip away. Bring it up with your club and see if it gains any traction or changes behaviors.  Sounds like a good experiment.



    I remember shooting at a club that each year gave out an award for best dressed buck skinner.


    Each year, the same guy, the only guy, won that award. It never really got anyone else dressing the part, but he at least won an award each year.


    Good observation. I'll take that a step further and suggest it really starts on an individual level. I don't dress to the standard of B-Western and Classic Cowboy, (I keep things fairly simple but above the minimum standard) but I appreciate those who do - it makes the game more colorful. That being said, I don't have a  problem with those who are happy competing while dressed at or near the minimum standard, and I don't believe we need a new minimum standard. I've not personally noticed a trend in shooters not "dressing cowboy", except for visitors/guests or folks who are just getting started and are still putting everything together. 


    To those who are bemoaning a perceived decline in costuming, I would ask, what are you doing to encourage your fellow shooters to up their costume game? Are you setting an example that makes people want to emulate you? Have you elevated your costume to the next level? I believe in being an ambassador for the sport - are we being ambassadors for good costuming to others WITHIN the sport?


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  14. 58 minutes ago, Yul Lose said:

    My wife says to ignore him but it’s become increasingly difficult to do so because of the in my face theatrics. He comes over every Tuesday afternoon to go through our garbage searching for cans, bottles and other recyclables. He does not have trash collection service at his house because he is to cheap and prides himself in not generating garbage. Makes a big deal out of bringing over a garbage bag or 2 per year of how little garbage he generates, ugh. I’ve decided that I’ll lock the shop up on Tuesday afternoons from now on and see if that helps.


    I did have a conversation with my daughter, not the step daughter a few minutes ago and she says that since they’re going on the Yellowstone trip too that they’ll be happy to accompany me on my sightseeing trips without the clown.



    Locking the shop is a good idea. If I were you I'd probably put a lock on the garbage cans, too! Tell him it's to keep scavengers out.


    My Father in Law is a PITA, in a different way than your son in law is. I work from home, and have taken to closing the door of my office and pretending to be on a conference call whenever he's over during work hours (a couple times a week).

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  15. I left FB shortly after getting married, so 4 years now. I haven't missed it a bit. Instagram was fun for a while but I abandoned that early last year.


    Gab and Telegram are much more useful for me at this point. I'd still like to find a non-Zuckerberg owned alternative for Instagram, though,

  16. I say go for it, if your wife likes it! I almost always wear some kind of belt knife to matches. One of these, usually, along with my screw knife. 




    The smallest of them is definitely the one I wear most often, although I’ll still wear the big Bowie occasionally. 

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  17. 1 hour ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

    I have actually considered a Godin solid body Radiator. I may pick one up later.


    An old college roommate had a Godin, and it was a great sounding/playing guitar. Same roommate played a Gibson acoustic.


    Sadly, I can't help much - I have no experience with Zager. My acoustics are a Seagull and a Taylor. The Seagull is comfortable like a well worn pair of shoes, but I think the Taylor has the slimmer, more electric-like neck. Both sound great.

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