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  1. Why would I need to buy guns or ammunition? Isn't everything going to be alright as soon as the "libs" take over the gub'mint?
  2. Oh, boy! I can just see Beetle telling Sarge that napping is now recommended, and Sarge having a conniption fit! Seriously, in certain scenarios, sleep deprivation can really cut efficiency. Over fifty years ago, I was a maintenance team chief on major strategic weapon systems. Our dispatches often wound up taking 20+ hours bed-to-bed. Not only that, but our dispatches cycled around the clock...the first day started about 0700, the second day 1600, the third day 2100, followed on the fourth day by the rest of the 2100 dispatch, crew rest and two days off (unless you had to report to the section for a training class, or there was a base-wide alert exercise!). Your diurnal cycle was thrown completely off! There were times when you would fall into bed...and just lay there staring at the ceiling! There were times when out at a site when you had to wait on a 3-hour automatic calibration cycle, that I would lay down on the steel floor of the equipment room, rest my head on an electrical cable and doze off. We would alternate doing this, or possibly doze in the truck, with someone awake at all times. I am sure that the lack of sleep must have contributed to mistakes or at least inefficient operations, which fortunately did NOT cause any major malfunctions during my tour of duty, at the particular base. I also know that even when a "normal" sleep cycle happens, concentrated work over about 14 hours is counter-productive, as you wind up wasting time and energy correcting more mistakes that could have been avoided with proper rest!
  3. Jack, What's with "100 hr. & annual inspections"? That '73 has a scope on it. Does it also have wings and a powerplant? Sent you a PM. Stay well and safe!
  4. What system does the Pressuretrace use to detect pressure? I have used the Oehler M43PBL system, but haven't had a range to use it recently. Besides which, I hate having to cement the strain gages to the barrels of my guns, as, first of all, the chemicals have to be ordered fresh, and it messes up the bluing. Have you done any tests with Hodgdon's Universal in .44-40? Thanks for the above data. Stay well and safe!
  5. Although I haven't shot it for a while (due to the balance putting a strain on my back), I shot a Navy Arms (Uberti) M1860 Henry, chambered in .44-40, for over 3,000 rounds with a load consisting of a 213.5 gr. bullet ahead of 8.0 gr. Hodgdon's Universal, periodically measuring the headspace. I found NO CHANGE in the headspace. Muzzle velocity measured around 1230 ft/sec. As CC stated, the toggle link system is fairly tough, if you don't abuse it. Repeated shooting of WHV ammo or similar might stretch a brass frame receiver, but I would have to subject the metal to some metallurgical tests to determine if there might have been the wrong choice in the bronze or gunmetal alloy, compared with Uberti-made guns.
  6. For over a week I've been getting emails purportedly from computer anti-virus outfits (3 of them) telling me that my anti-virus software subscriptions had expired. Problem is, I haven't used any one of the outfits with the same name for years. There is no "unsubscribe" thing to click on. I've contacted a computer consulting outfit and my ISP, and both of them tell me there isn't much they or I can do except keep the messages going to my Junk folder and then clear that out. The problem is the stuff keeps coming in about every three minutes or so, and it also triggers a "beep" that is annoying. Anybody out there got any ideas? I'd really like to be able to send a e-virus back down the line to them, but I don't guess that's possible.
  7. As they used to say in Chicago (maybe still do...haven't been there in years!), "Vote early, vote often!" Also, "Wait for the cemetery vote to come in!"
  8. From what I've heard of her and what I see, including some interviews, I'd say she'd do to ride the river with!
  9. A looong time ago, in what seems like a galaxy (as a matter of fact, it was a Ford Galaxy station wagon...but I digress), I had purchased an original Winchester '73. On taking it down for cleaning, I found the knuckle of one toggle link was cracked. This I found out was not an uncommon problem with the '73's. It was due to asymmetrical force on the toggle due to the way the loading port was cut...IIRC! What to do? As it happened, Val Forgett at Navy Arms had just started importing replicas of the '73, probably made by Uberti. As I was writing an article on the '73, I contacted Val and asked if he possibly had a toggle link assembly, which I would be glad to pay for. Instead, he sent me a pair. When I went to install them, I found they wouldn't quite fit without forcing the lever closed. The interference was between the rear half of one of the links and the cut in the rear of the bolt. I don't recall exactly what I used, but I think it was a combination of files and stones, carefully rounding the rear surface of the link or links until the action worked with just a little "feel". I think MB's suggestion is the way to go. Just take it slow. Do one toggle link at a time. Best of luck! Stay well and safe!
  10. I've used four threads at the quarters to keep my officer's hat cord from coming off. As Allie said, use "buttons, carpets and crafts" thread. Of course, if you really want to keep the band and the hat on, drive a 60d spike through the front!
  11. Hmmm... that backs me from Leo into Cancer and my wife from Cancer into Gemini. It has been said that personalities may be influenced by a person's sign, but I don't follow the horrorscopes published in the newspapers anyhow.
  12. The Pattern 1860/1863 cavalry holsters that were made for the M1860 Colt's and New Model (1858) Remington revolvers with 8" barrels turned out to handle the Colt's SAA. With the possible exception of barrel length, the patterns for a Colt's SAA holster will take the earlier guns just fine.
  13. Naw... a C-47! The only airplane that will outlive the B-52! "Tho' nations fall, And men retire, and jets grow obsolete, The gooney bird flies on and on at 11,000 ft." - Oscar Brand
  14. I do NOT have a repro toggle-link action rifle, so I don't know which has what, but the original M1873 Winchesters had a firing pin retractor that physically retracts the pin until the lever is fully closed. That should prevent slamfires before the round is fully seated. Hope neither shooter was injured. Stay safe and stay well, Pards!
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