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  1. 11 hours ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

    Never been in that situation myself, but for the record I have carried a 3" lever lock switchblade on my person for over thirty years.  I also have two other smaller knives that are always in my pockets.  You never know when you might want to open an envelope, trim a string, dress up a fingernail, or whittle a twig.


    I had a friend name of Gibbs, and I taught him to "never go anywhere without a knife".


    I'm visiting family in LA, CA.  Traveled here by Amtrack and was advised no guns or knives allowed.  This is the first time in about 40 years I haven't carried a gun and over 50 years I haven't carried a pocket knife.  The second night on the train I saw a guy fiddling with a package of something near the coffee pot holding a folding knife with about a 4 to 5" serrated blade.  An Amtrack employee was standing right next to him and didn't say a thing.  I guess I could have brought my CCW and pocket knife.  No checks or scans anywhere along the way that I saw.


    So far I think I've seen every LA stereotype except needles on the street and the hot model types walking designer dogs.  The funniest was the shirtless muscle builder walking his dog that stopped next to a glass door to check out his reflection and flex his muscles.  Homeless really are EVERYWHERE.  Been here for 4 days and have only seen one Police car.  I'm just hoping I don't have any reason to regret following the rules.


    Sorry about the sidetrack to the thread.



  2. On 8/13/2021 at 8:35 AM, Safecracker Solon 69206L said:

    Come join us for our monthly cowboy shoot at the World Shooting and Recreational Center at Sparta Il. 5 stages. Sign up starts at 9 lead flies at 10. After the match, you can check out the Grand American trap event going on with many vendors

    Hope to see you there. 


    Did you forget to mention the date?

  3. 4 hours ago, Three Foot Johnson said:

    Boom mounted hydraulic shears are used in every recycling yard around. Some are big enough to pick up and go to town on a complete CAT crawler, no prior disassembly required. :blink: 

    Where this piece came from, who knows - maybe a mobile crane or somesuch. Even my little New Holland L555 skid steer uses four 65 pound counterweights if I have something heavy to move - 260 pounds. Iron, not lead though.




    :o:o  Wow!!  Like Godzilla playing with the cross town bus.


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  4. 26 minutes ago, Three Foot Johnson said:

    Best description would be a heavy equipment repair and salvage yard. These chunks are a sheared up counterweight.


    Wow.  I have SOOOO many questions.  But, just a couple.  What needs 2000# of counterweight?  What did they use to "shear" it into pieces?

    That's a huge chunk of lead.  I think I need to step up my search for scrap lead.



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  5. I'm surprised and disappointed that no one has asked, yet, where the lead came from.

    So, now I'm asking:  "Where'd you get the lead and what did it come out of?"  I'm really curious who or what uses such big chunks of lead.



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  6. 14 hours ago, bgavin said:

    Mine is shared with two of my wife's girl friends and our plumber.
    Date of conception was around Valentine's Day.
    Must have been a coincidence... as my ol' Da didn't have a romantic bone in his body.


    It would appear that he did have at least one.  :lol:



  7. I read in another article about this stash that the guys attorney was claiming all the weapons were non-functional.   If that's true then it seems all that stuff, with the exception of the ammo, is just a bunch of really cool looking scrap metal.  I'd love to have some scrap metal in the shape of a Stg. 44 or a Panther tank.




  8. 10 hours ago, Warden Callaway said:

    What happens to all the guns you already own?  What about guns owned by other members of the same household?  Would a cap & ball pistol be considered a firearm?  Would a cap & ball pistol with a conversion cylinder be a firearm? 


    1 - You must dispose of them in some manner.  Sell them, gift them to you kids, cousins or wife.

    2 - They aren't your property.  No problem*.  * They may have to be locked up so you do not have access to them.  Don't get caught with one on your belt or in your hand or you are in possession of a firearm.  Makes no difference who it belongs to.

    3 - Muzzle loaders are not considered "firearms" in some states.  In MO a muzzle loader is not a firearm.  I believe in CA a muzzle loader is a firearm.

    3A - Once it becomes a cartridge using firearm it is a no-go for felons.  


    A felon (in MO) can still hunt with a rifle, pistol or shotgun as long as he uses a muzzle loader.



  9. 17 hours ago, The Original Lumpy Gritz said:

    Read the instructions that come with the lock.  :huh:



    :blink::blink:  Geez, the safe's 30 years old.  I don't even remember getting instructions beyond how to open the lock.  If I did I don't remember saving them.  If I did I have no idea where I put them.  :lol:




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  10. 5 hours ago, Happy Jack, SASS #20451 said:

    Get a mechanical lock safe !!!   Set combo to something you can remember like:    38-24-36  :D 


    How do you do that?  I didn't know I could change the combo from the original setting.



  11. Update on Alibi's safe crisis.  He got in.  Seems like it was a low battery issue.  I think he's feeling a little silly, but it only cost him the price of a battery, or two.  He says he's gonna have the combination tattooed on his wife's behind.  :blink:  "Bend over, honey.  I need to get into the safe."  :lol:



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  12. Good choice and good luck.  I'm a big fan of Beretta O/U's.  Sorry I don't have one for sale.  Do you have an idea what model you're looking for?


      Since they shoot Skeet, Trap and Sporting Clays they may eventually want a shotgun dedicated for each.  Skeet guns and Trap guns are set up differently and I imagine Sporting Clays guns are also different from the Skeet and Trap models.  I would hope their coach has already discussed this in a least some small detail.


    What is the model they are currently using?  Skeet, Trap, Sporting Clays or Field (Hunting) model?  If it's a Skeet gun you may want to buy a Trap gun or vice versa.   On a skeet field it's pretty easy, if not ideal, to share a gun when they shoot together.  On a trap field is it much more awkward to share a gun and probably will not be allowed except during practice with a very understanding squad.


    A "dedicated" Trap or Skeet model might also give them the chance to find out if a model dedicated to one sport or the other helps or hinders their scores.


    If they are showing a preference towards concentrating on one event or the other it might make the decision for the new gun easier.  I shoot both Trap and Skeet and have a different gun for each (Beretta O/Us).  I don't shoot Sporting Clays mainly because it is so much more expensive than either Trap or Skeet.  Neither of those are exactly inexpensive anymore, either.


    Good on you and them for getting into the shotgun sports.  I wish I had had that chance at a younger age.  I didn't step on to a real skeet or trap field until I got to college.





  13. Bit of trivia.  If that flag looks a little odd, count the stripes.  Fifteen.  Fifteen states, fifteen stars, fifteen stripes.  I believe it went back to 13 stripes for the original 13 states when the 16th state was added.


    Thus ends my knowledge of flag trivia.

  14. 1 hour ago, Phantom, SASS #54973 said:

    So...I'm wondering. When you say you're ready to shoot, you want...no one in front of you at the loading table? One person? Three people?


    I just don't want to have to stand in line behind 2 or three people holding my guns while another 2 people occupy the Loading table.  It just seems silly. I'll just continue spotting, or whatever.  I guess I'd say if I'm standing holding my guns while 2 other folks are actually using the loading table I'm ok.  Standing behind someone else, who is also holding his guns, waiting seems excessive.  It's not that imperative to me to shoot RIGHT NOW to stand and wait carrying guns and ammo.  If I wanted to just stand around holding guns and gear I could do that at home.


    1 hour ago, Phantom, SASS #54973 said:

    Compelling reason: Freedom to go to the loading table and shoot when you feel like it. Not being told by others what to do and when to do it...from a practical sense, posses generally work into a rhythm anyway and that rhythm is decided by each shooter. 


    While that may be compelling for you, it's not for me.  I guess shooting in a regular order has never made me feel like I was being ordered about by anyone.  I'm guessing you haven't spent a lot of time in the military.  Or you spent all your time in the military telling other people what to do and when to do it.   :lol:


    1 hour ago, Phantom, SASS #54973 said:


    People think that with "Shoot in order" that posse duties are better taken care of. That's not true. I've seen folks bail quickly when they realize that the person that shoots in front of them is already at the loading table...or when that person is using the bathroom...and the loading table is empty.


    I thought "Cowboys" were independent folks...perhaps I'm wrong.


    I thought "Cowboys" were easy going folks.  Perhaps I'm the one that's wrong.  Although, I don't think independence and easy going are mutually exclusive.


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  15. 4 hours ago, Phantom, SASS #54973 said:

    I'm still waiting for a compelling reason for shooting in order to be explained.




    I'm still waiting for a compelling reason for shoot when you want to be explained.  :D


    I know I'm in the minority, but I like a designated shooting order.  Just my preference.  Almost all the matches I've been to have a designated order chosen, pretty much, by the shooters themselves.  The one "Shoot when you want" match I recall shooting, it seemed like when I was ready to shoot and started walking up to the loading table 2 or 3 (or 4) other people would wander up in front of me.  By the end of the match I just waited until somebody would yell my name and tell me it was my turn to shoot and shot last.


    With a designated order I know when Buckshot Bob heads up to the loading table I need to start looking for somebody to take over from me as spotter, or ULT, etc so I can grab my gear and work my way to the LT.


    You asked for preference and that's mine.


    Now, if you force me to "shoot when ready" or in alphabetical order, or first, or last I'll do it.  I won't just take my guns and go home.  It won't hurt my feelings any.  I came to shoot, not complain about shooting order.



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  16. 16 minutes ago, Warden Callaway said:

    For smoke and flame,  Black Angus McPherson. 




    Thanks Warden.  Is it ok for me to "like" a post that features me?  :D


    FYI, Warden Calloway is the man responsible for recording and editing all the videos from the Owl Creek Raiders.  Work that is appreciated by everybody.



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  17. 12 minutes ago, Phantom, SASS #54973 said:



    I take it you never went to EOT in California...




    You are correct.  Way above my pay grade.  I take it you are saying I am incorrect.  Could be, but the idea of no cash or expensive prizes was presented to me as one of the main principles involved when SASS was formalized to prevent it becoming like the shooting sports the Wild Bunch was trying to escape.  Could be I was misinformed.  :)


    Artemus, the number of clean shooters has nothing to do with the matter.  MY feeling is it should be done by lottery or raffle and not by who shoots fastest.  Your shoot, your rules.  I just disagree.  You say a clean shoot should be a special thing?  But only if you're fast?

  18. 6 minutes ago, Dusty Boddems said:


    Angus . Just wow! 

    Once upon a time winners could win something nice and meaningful and not be ridiculed.   In SASS! 

    Im reminded of that old saying” son you would gripe if you was hung with a new rope” 


    No ridicule meant at all towards winners of anything.  Their game their rules.  The OP appeared to be asking for feedback.  I gave mine.  No insult meant.  I just strongly disagree with the method chosen to award the gun and I told him.  I can't be the only one that disagrees with it.  I may be the only one to voice that opinion.  We can't all be popular.


    YOU'RE GOING TO HANG ME?!?  Heck, yeah, I'll be giving anyone involved in the attempt an earful right up to the point I become oxygen deficient. :P

    New rope?  Yeah, but I happen to know you bought it at the Dollar Store, ya cheap polecat.



  19. On 7/20/2021 at 11:16 PM, Artemus Von Schutze said:

     we will be awarding one engraved '97 for the top clean shooter! 



    The more I think about this the less I like it.  One of the basic premises in SASS was the "No monetary prizes"  Granted, a shotgun is not a monetary prize, but awarding it to the top clean/male/female/redheaded/baptist/whatever shooter flies in the face of the intent, if not the letter, of that rule.  What next?  How about a rifle to the top male and female shooters?  A pair of pistols to the top Gunfighter?  Heck, maybe someday we will start awarding a Cadillac to the top overall shooter.  Soon Bubba Sharpshooter has won more shotguns, rifles and pistols than he knows what to do with.  How about giving him cash next time to save him the trouble of selling the guns he wins?  A guy might could make a living at this.  Enter the professional shooter bending and breaking any rule he can get by with to win.  Don't worry about all those Uberti, Colt, Winchester, Hodgdon pins on his hat.  Pins aren't logos.  The Wonder Bread and M&M patches on the back of his shirt are ok, they're not gun related anyway.  Well, the ball cap does have the Winchester cowboy on it so I guess it's cowboy enough.  Skeletonized holsters?  Sure, why not?  It's close to a Brigerton(?) rig.


    I'll stop now.  I'm getting way too worked up about a match I won't be attending anyway.


    I love this game because it's played by people that just like the sport.  Another thread asks "What ran you away from the game?"  This might do it.


    Want to give away a gun or a Cadillac?  Go right ahead, but make it a lottery or a raffle.  Don't give it as a trophy.


    Personally, if all the "free" guns went away from the sport I wouldn't miss them.  They just increase the cost of matches anyway and I'd be happier if I could save a couple bucks on an entry fee.


    I     don't      like    it     At        All


    Rant over,


  20. 1 hour ago, Sarge said:

    No.  The Sam Browne strap that when over your shoulder and secured the front of the gunbelt to the opposite side back of the gun belt.  We called them suicide straps, because in a fight, the bad guys would grab onto 


    We didn't use those.  The belts came with them, but they were the first thing pitched when we were issued our gear.  I seem to recall department pictures of motorcycle cops from the '50's(?) that wore them, but I never saw anyone use them when I was there.  We went to security holsters with heavy duty belts and underbelts a few years after I started.


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  21. 20 hours ago, Sarge said:

      Do you remember the suicide straps that went with the cross draw flap holsters?


    That doesn't ring a bell.  We didn't use cross draws, tho.  Are you talking about the strap that went across the middle of the holster with a snap that "secured" the holster to the belt?  If not, I've got no clue.



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