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Roger Rapid

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  • Birthday 09/10/1940

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    PRVC at Lazy Arrow (Deputy and TG) - Chorro Valley Regulators - 5 Dogs Creek - Kings River Regulators

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    Atascadero, CA
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    CAS, gunsmithing, stockmaking, bluegrass music, luthierie

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  1. Capt Bill Burt... Yes, a BLL of 36mcg/dl (micrograms per deciliter) is high and as I pointed out earlier, the acceptable levels vary with organization and age groups. The California Dept of Health considers anything higher than 5mcg/dl in children to be dangerous. For adults, the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services considers anything above 10mcg/dl to be dangerous. By comparison OSHA allows workers who have been removed from lead exposure to return to work when their BLL falls below 40mcg/dl. The tricky thing here is defining precisely what the "dangerous" levels do, and doctors and neurologists I have spoken to offer a pretty varied response from gastro-intestinal problems (diarrhea, nausea, constipation, abdominal pain), to central nervous system problems (hearing loss, reduced attention span, fatigue, hysteria, seizures, etc.). None of the several professionals I have spoke to agree on any one or two specific ailments and this is somewhat troubling, making it difficult to know if the "P" you got that day came from raised BLL or from the bad pancakes you had that morning. RR
  2. I run a Pedersoli Lightning in .45LC and love it. I have the 20" carbine version also but prefer the longer 26" hex barrel for stability. Because I'm into Lightnings, I also have a Taurus Thunderbolt and Uberti Lightning, and as others have said, the Pedersoli is a far better, more reliable, and easier to shoot rifle than the other models (the Taurus being the worst). From the outside, they all look similar but their inner workings are different. It's been my experience that a capable shooter can run a Lightning as fast as a lever gun. Try one, you'll like it! RR
  3. Hi Ruby Rain... And we're excited to have you with us for the first time!! I see that you're registered - you do not need camping reservation. We just need to know that you are camping with us - and we know that now. As Jailhouse Jim suggests, we're on a huge ranch, but, of course, we only occupy a small portion of it. Camping is first come, first serve and the campground can host about 175 rigs. We camp on a well-mowed field and Ruthless Rodg, our campground host, will help you get settled when you come in. The campground is immediately adjacent to the range. When you arrive in the campground, you can do a water fill, or if you're close enough you can park your trailer and daisy chain to the water supply (but do bring a "Y" valve so you can split off from the water line). We're going to have a ton of fun and we're glad you'll be part of it! See ya in a few weeks. Roger Rapid
  4. I'm glad to see this post floating up for comment again. Controlling blood-lead levels (BLL) is very important, and as many folks have pointed out, the actual acceptable BLL is a moving target from 5 to 40 depending on who is stating the numbers and what the age of the individual is. In my original comment to this post (Dec 11, 2018) I mentioned that I knew of several folks who take Spirulina (specifically the Hawaiian version) and have reduced their BLL. While the word "several" is vague, I have been monitoring them more closely for another study I am doing, and now know of 14 folks I shoot with ALL of who have reduced their BLL to under 10 just from taking Spirulina, and three of these shooters had BLLs in excess of 20! Yes, a lot of lead particular is in the air when you open a dry tumbler, but the greatest density of lead particulate that we readily breathe is in a 4' to 5' sphere around your face when you are shooting. Below is a photo of the brim of one of my hats - the darkish area is lead and the red swab I am holding is a lead test kit that instantly turned bright red (indication of lead). The brim of our hat is only a short distance from our nose. And, as most have mentioned, the situation worsens for folks who run the clock for several shooters at a time. There's a free white paper you can read on our web site - www.PRVCatLazyArrow.com - under "Documents/Papers" if you are interested in learning more about BLL. Breathe safely... RR
  5. Ditto on all this. Very fun to visit other clubs, and we love having visitors come to us. Griff.. if you take a little drive from Texas to us here in California (errrr) we have donuts and coffee in the morning, and Ruthless Rose typically makes brownies to celebrate our member's birthdays after lunch. RR .
  6. This is great news indeed. Shootin' Bordertown at the Livery is just too good to have it go away. Phew. RR
  7. Snakebite - you're great at not tooting your own horn, so I'll toot it for you. I love the creativity you exhibit in the scenarios you and your team create at the annual shootout at Fort Miller put on by your Kings River Regulators club. A real mix of everything; shooters that move, targets that move, mine cars that move shooters, gates and doors to shoot open, pouring drinks, and a few stand-and-delivers. An excellent mix of challenges and fun that provides the shooter an incredible shooting experience and a very global way to compete. My hat's off to you, sir! RR
  8. T-Bone SASS: As you pointed out, concrete walls are great space savers. But, as has been commented on, they are a lot louder (which might affect neighbors more than shooters already wearing ear protection). Regardless, it is important to point out that concrete walls are significantly louder, so a lot has to do with where your range is. I was RSO at a local target range today and we were talking about a concrete block wall that runs down the left side of the range (see photo). To Phantom's point about direct hits, some of the club's shooters have tried to go after our local California Fence Lizards over the years, and in addition to getting some gas from the RSOs on duty, their rounds have punctured* the wall. Hard to see in the photo, but there are about 30 dark spots that are holes in the wall. I have no idea of the calibers, and none of the rounds went completely through the wall. I don't think our fellow cowboy shooters would be as reckless, but... (Sorry I don't have better photo of wall but it was just by chance that I took the photo today.) *I'm not sure the rounds actually "punctured" the wall, but they shattered the concrete and made a hole. RR
  9. OLG, I'll try, but I don't think we've been diligent enough to remember that. If we did, we probably would have been able to narrow down the blame. thx! .RR
  10. Thanks all... GJ: Great tips - thanks. OLG: I will post some pix, but has to wait until next time I'm at range. We have several types of shotgun targets, I'll post photos of all. ...RR
  11. I don't think I've ever been to a match where folks don't flinch from shotgun ricochets. And, for those of us who run the clock, I think its in our DNA to hold a hand in front of our face at the shotgun bays. We're looking for ways to reduce shotgun splatter at PRVC and I'm anxious to learn what you have done to reduce or solve the problem, including but not limited to such things as: lateral angle of targets, vertical angle of targets, using wadding or haybales in from of targets, distance to targets, different types of steel (AR500, etc), removing lead residue from face of targets, and so on... And, I guess, more specifically, what do you think is causing the shotgun ricochets? Thx... RR
  12. Phantom... You're not being a jerk at all. And we agree on the question of why anyone would argue to give the shooter a P for this call.. ...RR
  13. Your call was good Bushy! I heard the input from others at the match about a "P" and glad you stood your ground! RR
  14. And... using properly fitted screwdrivers will go a long way towards reducing slot wear. RR
  15. At the SASS Western Regional (CVR) and at the Lazy Arrow ShootOut (PRVC) the first round is free, and it is $2.00 for each additional round. While many matches record only the fastest scores, we record the time for each round the shooter does. More often than not, they like to review how they've done, and, if they see continuously-improved scores, it temps them to go again. RR
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