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Waxahachie Kid #17017 L

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  1. Obviously the first wish would be that we actually see real evidence of the "24/7/365" manufacture of reloading components, and also ammunition. All I have heard, so far, is talk. The shelves, around here, are as empty as traitor-joe's head. Second: A muzzleloading double-barrel shot-gun, with screw-in chokes. They made a few, back in the day, but I can't find any made today. Third: A straight grip model 1886 lever-action rifle, with octagonal barrel, made by someone other than chiappa. Pedersoli, and Uberti make one with a pistol grip, but I prefer a straight grip. Fourth: That Uberti would correct their design of the Schofield, and other top-break revolvers, so we could actually shoot black-powder in them. Well, you can shoot black-powder in them now, but they seize up after one or two cylinders of firing. If you are going to make a clone, then make a clone, with authentic designs. Fifth: That they made a "Colt" Lightning, slide-action rifle, in .38 w.c.f. caliber. Sixth: That Uberti would re-introduce their model 1876 Centennial, with a 20 inch barrel, in addition to the standard 28 inch barrel. The 20 inch barrel was once available. Seven: A reproduction of a Merwin & Hulbert revolver. To the manufacturers, I say, where there is a will, there is a way. We have more clones available today, than ever before. I started shooting clones, and blackpowder reproductions, in 1965. We have come a very long way, since those days. We never thought we would see a Rogers & Spencer, or a Starr, or a LeMat reproduction, or a Spencer, or a trapdoor, or a Schofield. Yep...if it was easy, anyone could do it. I won't hold my breath on this holiday wish. I will stop at seven wishes. I am sure others have their own holiday wish lists, that they would like to see. Oh...wish lists emphasize the word "wish". I am very painfully aware of the fact that there are excuses for certain things not being made, or not being made anymore. Wishing doesn't mean expecting to have it happen. It is a wish list. But....who knows...maybe someone is reading/listening, and that could start someone thinking. Stranger things have happened. W.K.
  2. My spouse bought a little plastic hair trimmer, that you put a double-edged razor blade in, and you comb your hair with it, and it trims your hair. You can reverse the blade, in the device, for trimming sideburns. She still has it, and still uses it on me, once in a while. I do try not to make her mad before she uses it on me.
  3. If asked that question, by my bank...I plan to say, "I am buying a nuclear weapon from Afghanistan, that traitor joe left behind, and it came over the border at Del Rio".
  4. It is the same answer that I got when I asked when is it time to retire. The answer is:...."you will know, when it is time". They were right. There came a time when I just knew.
  5. Well...after all, it was not exclusively war, and endless numbers of Europeans, that defeated the American Indians. It was also that they got used to, and needed, the more modern technology, that the Europeans could provide, that they did not have, and did not know how to make. Metal knives, pots, pans, axes, alcohol, firearms, etc. We all seek a better, easier, more comfortable way. The path of least resistance. Plus, we get older, and it is not as much fun to "rough it". At some of our ages, just living, day to day, is "roughing it". As one guy said...he has gotten so old, that he pulled a muscle, in his sleep, the other night. Now...he is scared to take a nap!!!
  6. "Bloke" is not something we hear, in these parts. I did look up the word, to make sure it was what I thought it may be. I have only heard it at the movies or on television, or whatever it is you call it. Calling someone a name, that you are not sure of the meaning, could get you in trouble around here...quicker than a cat can lick his be-hind.
  7. Today's country sounds more like the rock and roll I used to listened to, back in the day. When you try to appeal to everyone, you end up pleasing no one. Country music is still alive and well, it just takes a little effort to find it nowadays. Seems like a lot of country fans are switching over to bluegrass. I guess they just don't understand the new country music sound. Well...join the club.
  8. My Dad was a World War II combat veteran of the Pacific Theater. He was drafted in 1942, into the Army. He was sent to the west coast for basic training, and for advanced amphibious landings. He said it was a long ride from Texas to Washington/Oregon, by way of a troop transport train. He was in the 96th Amphibious Infantry Division. He was in company H, which was the heavy weapons company...such as 81mm mortars, heavy Browning machine guns, light air-cooled machine gun, and the like. They made landings, and fought, on Leyte, in 1944; and on Okinawa, in 1945. He told me, they hit the beach on Okinawa, and had a lot of mixed signals. It was April 1st, or April Fool's Day, and also it was Easter Sunday, as well! He said they landed on the beach, and got no enemy resistance, which was not a good sign. Infantrymen are very superstitious, it seems. They notice things that are out of the ordinary, or things that are a paradox...or so he told me. They all look for an edge to survive. They believe in luck, chance, and happenstance. He said after all the Navy shelling, and the Navy planes bombing and strafing the beach, and beyond, he thought nothing would have survived that...but...when they waded ashore, they were met on the beach by some civilians. He only received a skinned nose, during all of the combat he was in...when he had to run, and slide into a fox hole, as they were being shelled by the Japanese artillery. I asked him once, if he ever thought they would lose the war. He said no, none of them ever thought we would lose the war. He said they just thought it would take a while. Every single World War II veteran, I have asked, said the same thing. They never thought they would lose the war. After Okinawa was taken, Dad's division was then shipped to another island to begin refitting, for the invasion of the main Japanese islands. The officers told them that the Army expected at least one million casualties, initially. He told me he knew he would not make it home alive, after hearing this news. Later, they were told that the United States had a secret weapon, but were told no other details. Rumors, he said, were flying. They dropped the two atomic bombs, and the soldiers, that had enough points, sailed for home on transport ships. Dad lived to be 92. Rest in peace all you veterans. You stepped forward, when others stepped back. You left your family, and all you knew, for the unknown, and to serve and protect strangers. You did it for low pay, and had hardship, and pain, on every level. Some of you gave everything you had, or will ever have. A mere "thank you" is never enough. Those politicians, and others, that abandon and leave behind our service men and women, in harm's way....may they be tried and convicted for treason, and murder.
  9. I am thinking Pedersoli only makes their trapdoor rifles, and carbines, in .45-70 Government. At least the ones I have looked at, both in person, and on-line, have all been in .45-70. Cimarron did offer an Italian clone Sharps "McNelly" carbine, a few years back, in both .45-70, and .50-70. I think Cimarron still offers the Sharps "McNelly" carbine in .45-70. My Two Bits. W.K.
  10. Some additional things, from what I experienced: You will be permanently changed. You give up trying to explain what you did, and saw. No one back home can understand. You just had to be there. We were either bored, or terrified. You fought for yourself, and for those around you...not for the flag, the country, or mom's apple pie. No matter your age, when you enlisted...you were old when you were discharged. The passing of time does not heal all wounds. You get hardened to things, and things may not get to you as easily as they once did...or as one vet explained it to me..."when you are in hell, a lighted match is no big deal". That may be right. After I was discharged, I was called "the iceman", by family and friends, for my seeming lack of outward emotion. I am sure each veteran has his/her own thoughts, and experiences...and what they came away with...good and bad. My experiences won't be yours, and yours won't be mine. One thing I am very glad about. Today's veterans are welcomed home, greeted with joy, and shown respect. Those things skipped our generation.
  11. I enlisted in 1970. If I served with any felons, I was unaware of it. I didn't ask. I didn't care. However, being where I was, I really did not give a flip if they had been felons, or not. As long as they were Americans, I did not care what their background, or skin color, or criminal history, was. Back then, I did hear tales of folks being given the choice of going into the military, or going to jail. I never knew if that was a fact, or not. But, in the military, at that time, one may believe a lot of things (a shot with a square needle, in the left "crotch", for instance.). After a little while in basic training, no matter how bizarre a story you hear, you will wonder if it could possibly be true. You come out changed, after 14 weeks of basic training. After being in country, I am still not afraid of anything I can see. I guess that is one of the more tame, side effects, that will last me the rest of my life.
  12. Great news! I am hoping/praying that Colt accepts our Governor Abbott's invitation to move to Texas. Sam Colt loved the Texas Rangers, and they should come on down, and set up shop...where they truly belong.
  13. Austin... A tiny swimming pool of idiocy blue, in a sea of common-sense countryfied red. Part of the problem is the 48,000 student population at the University of Texas. Traffic is pretty heavy, and brutal. I hope you have GPS in your vehicle. Get on-line, and see what is going on there, and where to go. There's: bar-b-que, Tex-Mex food, honky-tonks, boot scootin', the capital building, Barton Springs, the bats under the bridge, and more. Visiting Austin is like dying. Once is enough. Once you are done with Austin, head for Fredericksburg.
  14. Depending on what Ruger comes out with...I may be calling them other names.
  15. It's out there, but you will pay out the kazoo for it, right now...if you can find it. You can reload it, but the brass, and primers, are scarce, and expensive. The reloading dies are available...on-line, anyway. Not sure about powder, will depend on where you are, and if it is in stock. It is not a rare cartridge, usually...thanks to C.A.S., just right now components are hard to come by, for reloading...not only in this caliber, but a lot of the calibers, and gauges. Next year we will continue to flush the toilet of the marxist-socialists-leftists, politicians, and things should be better.
  16. Everybody I have ever talked to, personally, hates DST. Since most people dislike it....then Lincoln was wrong....it is not a government: of the people, by the people, and for the people. I have to think that it is there to allow executives, and C.E.O.'s, to have longer daylight hours, in order to play golf longer.
  17. CRS...yep....and I am so old now, I pulled a muscle while sleeping. Heck...now I am scared to take a nap!!!
  18. Next month, if all goes as planned, we should see what Ruger has to offer, in their first release of the "Marlin". I am thinking the first batch won't be one/style/model I would buy, so the waiting, for me, will continue. But at least the one coming out in December will reveal a few things, about what we can expect, on down the line. Such as: Any aluminum used? Wood to metal fit? What will be machined, and what will be the injection molding? A cross-bolt safety, or a safety on the tang? Or....just a half-cock safety? No...that would displease the lawyers. Two-piece firing pin, or one piece? What type of wood? Any choice of wood? Any stupid warning on the barrel? Rookies don't heed it, and veterans don't need it. What internal/external changes, if any, from the older J.M. Marlins? For some of us, the recent experiences with the Remington Marlin are not easily forgotten, and there is a concern there. While Ruger isn't Remington, still...we wonder, and hope for the best. Time will reveal.
  19. The shipping, and the haz-mat fee, and the tax, have (so far) made me decide to not order on-line. The prices are bad enough at the local-yokel gun shop, or gun show...on the rare event that they have any in stock, that is. I have not reached the point, yet, that I am willing to pay the high price for on-line primers, but...by the same token, who knows what I might do, a month, or months, or a year, from now.
  20. Like as not, he has that expression, because, back in those days, you had to be still for a while, as a photograph was being taken. He may have come to a point that he needed to move...for a variety of reasons. Besides, most of us can say the pictures, on our drivers' license, looks like the worst photograph ever taken of us.
  21. I did not see any info on this, in this post, but what kind of shotgun are you using? By that, I mean is it a modern shotgun, or an old one with perhaps damascus barrels? I ask that, because I have an old Parker with damascus barrels, and asking that question is always on my mind. I presume it is a modern shotgun, and doesn't have damascus barrels, but then again, I just do not know. IF anyone is using a shotgun with damascus barrels, never, ever, never, put a star crimp on the shells you will use. Roll crimp, or better yet, no crimp, for older shotguns with damascus barrels. This may be a needless warning, since you, like as not, have a modern shotgun, but when shotguns, and black powder are spoken in the same sentence, then that does raise a red flag.
  22. What are you doing? Painting? I feel a forth ode coming on. It's too cold, where you are, to paint, or...lay brick, for that matter.
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