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  1. What could happen?


    1 - The cap fires just like it's supposed to.  "Yee Haa"


    2- The cap does not fire the first time it is hit, but fires fine the second, or third, time.  (1st hammer fall seated the cap more firmly on the nipple so it would fire on the second strike)   "Darn it"  "Well, OK then"


    3 - The cap is so loose it falls off when the pistol is pointed up.  "whoops"


    4 - The caps are so loose that when the first shot is fired the rest of the caps fall off.  "Well, poop"


    5 - The cap fires and splits so it falls off into the action messing up the works.  (This sometimes happens with a well fitting cap, too.  Sometimes stuff just happens)  "Well, double poop!"


    6 - No matter how many times you try to fire the cap it won't go off.  Sometimes bad caps happen.  "What did I do to deserve this?"


    7 - The cap pops but the powder charge does not ignite.  "Dang the luck"


    The worst that can happen is failure to fire and you lose the cap.


    Welcome to the BP game.  It's a blast even when caps don't work like they are supposed to.




    P.S.  Make sure you are not using your thumb when you push the cap onto the nipple.  Use a piece of wood dowel or deer antler.  NOT metal.  The worst that can happen if you use your thumb can seriously ruin your day and has been documented with some really ugly pictures.

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  2. 4 hours ago, Johnny Meadows,SASS#28485L said:

    Stoegers are not inertia triggers and he is talking about his Dad's single trigger Stoeger.



    Thanks.   I know he was talking about a Stoeger, but, I don't own a Stoeger and I didn't know if they were inertia triggers or not.


    So, I'm out on this one.  Good luck with the shotgun, Burl.



  3. 19 hours ago, Garrison Joe, SASS #60708 said:

    Take off butt stock and examine the wood or the receiver parts next to the hammer for anything that has recently developed to become a block of the right hammer path.  Splinters off the wood where it fits to receiver, a metal burr, dirty action, etc.  Then fix that.


    Single trigger guns need the first hammer to fall to switch the trigger over to the second hammer.   That is why the left fails.  Now you have to find why the right side fails. 


    I would second the ridiculously bad customer service you would probably receive if you contact Stoeger for service on a 5 year old gun.  


    If this is beyond your skills, seek out a good shotgun smith.    Lassiter in Ohio might be willing to take a look.


    good luck, GJ


    Single trigger shotguns with INERTIA triggers need the recoil from the first barrel FIRING to set the second hammer to fall when the trigger is pulled again.  Mechanical triggers just need you to pull the trigger a second time for the second barrel to fire.  That's why you'll find most competition .410 shotguns equipped with mechanical triggers.  The .410 doesn't generate enough recoil to reliably reset the trigger for the second shot.  You can dry fire mechanical triggers for two shots.  You'll only get one "click" dry firing an inertial trigger unless you bump the buttstock before the second trigger pull.


    As stated above, you need to figure out why the first barrel does not fire.



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  4. 5 hours ago, Jailhouse Jim, SASS #13104 said:

    Australian Shepard has been my favorite with an Aussie Border Collie cross as second choice.  Loyal, protective, smart, athletic, energetic, and funny.  All the things I'm not. :D


    +1  Had an Aussie a few years back and now have an Aussie Border Collie mix.  We also had a Collie way back when the kids were small.  Also a great dog, but had heat problems in the summer so we had to keep him shaved in the summer.


    I'm not a fan of Pitbulls.  They're great if they are yours.  Very, I would say overly, protective.  We fostered one for a friend a number of years back and she was great with our family and animals.  We had a couple instances when she lit out after a wandering stray dog and once when she lit out after a young neighbor who wandered onto our property.  No provocation in either case that I could see beyond stepping off the road onto our 3 acre lot.  I witnessed both events and, quite frankly, they scared me.   After the incident with the neighbor she had to go.  In the presence of their owner they can be fine.  On their own I rarely find them to be friendly.  And I can get along with darn near any dog.


    Mutts have also been good for me.



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  5. Thanks for the info.  When it gets closer to my time to head out there I'll do a little deeper dive to see what club is closest to where in LA I am staying and try to find the time to stop by.



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  6. I might could be in the Los Angeles area in Mid-August and was wondering what CAS clubs would be close by, should I get the time to stop by and visit.  Travel plans are not yet set in stone, but I may be in the area on the weekends of the 14-15 and 21-22.  Likely arriving on the 14th and leaving on the 22nd.  Which, I guess, means I'd be looking for a match to visit on the 15th or 21st.


    I won't be traveling with guns (which is going to feel really weird), but hope I might get the chance to say "Howdy" to a couple of you California Cowboys and watch ya'll shoot a bit.




    Black Angus McPherson

  7. If it's going to be jelly my preference is Blackberry. 


    Otherwise my favorite "PB& ___" sandwich is a Fluffer Nutter.  Peanut Butter and Marshmallow fluff.


    I tried the PB & banana thing.  I had to.  It is said to be Elvis' favorite.  I'm not a fan.  Of the sandwich, that is.  Elvis is The King.  :D



  8. The first gun I ever owned was a Japanese 6.5 mm Arisaka rifle.  My parents bought it at a garage sale for $8 and gave it to me for Christmas.  It was "broken" and wouldn't shoot.  The safety was stuck on and the bolt handle was halfway between up and down.  A friend of the family was a "gun guy" and when I showed him the rifle he whacked the bolt handle with the palm of his hand a couple times knocking it into the down position.   The safety was then easily turned off and TADA! the gun worked fine.  My mom was not pleased.  :lol:   The rifle was almost as tall as me.  The Friend of family loaded up some 6.5 Jap ammo for me and took me to the range.  The rifle kicked like a mule and couldn't hit the side of a barn unless you were standing inside with the doors closed.  But, it was FUN.


    The first gun I ever bought was a 20 ga. Remington 870 Wingmaster.  It cost me $100 from Target(?) and my dad had to buy it for me.

    Great shotgun, but long gone in a trade for something I needed more.


    Sweet memories.



  9. Kinda like an old folks home - lots of depends.  At what point did you put your hands into your pockets?  I must assume at least one was out of the pocket when you knocked on the door.  If both in pockets I'd have to wonder why he unlocked the door without first asking you to remove your hands from your pockets.  If you put your hand(s) into your pocket(s) when he started to open the door that could set off some red flags to him.  What, exactly, did you do when you felt the sneeze coming on and where was he in his action of unlocking and opening the door?  You were there, after hours, asking him to unlock and open the closed business asking him to believe you weren't there with bad intent.   Nothing against you or what you did.   I WASN'T  there, so I can't know all the facts or what he was thinking.


    Generally speaking, cops aren't taught to draw on a person just because he has his hands in his pockets.  But in this day of cops being ambushed and killed just for being cops it's a good idea to be on your guard.  My good friend was murdered by a guy that just walked up to his patrol car and started shooting.  I know lots of cops that will draw a gun (not being obvious) when someone walks up to them  while they are stopped in their car somewhere, just in case things go south in a hurry.  If not needed, it can be reholstered and no one is the wiser.  If needed, it's out and ready.


    I've known other guys that drew their pistols when a pickup with a couple guys pulled onto the almost empty lot where they were talking with friends at 0230 hrs.  They got out of the truck and started to approach the group when one of the guys in the group made it known he was armed and it would probably be a good idea for the interlopers to leave.  Luckily they did.  No one had a gun pointed at them and everyone went home safe.


    On the other hand, UB may be right.  He may just be an idiot.


    Anybody that waits until shots are being fired to draw his weapon is a  fool and/or not paying enough attention.


    Better to have and not need, than to need and not have.


    Just an alternative opinion.



  10. I must confess my ignorance.  I wouldn't know a Warrant Officer if I hit one in the crosswalk.  Corporal, Sgt., Capt., Lt. Col. I got.  I have no idea what the insignia is for a WO.   1 or 5.


    Don't even try explaining all the Navy stuff, Boatswain, Machinist Mate, etc., etc.  :wacko:



  11. Duelist, Frontiersman and Gunfighter REQUIRE you to cock and shoot the pistol using only one hand.  Frontiersman also requires the use of Cap and Ball pistols.  Gunfighter allows you to hold a loaded pistol in each hand at one time alternating shots from each pistol.  In GF you MAY shoot with one pistol out at a time, but you must still cock and shoot using only one hand.


    In any other shooting category you can hold the pistol in two hands cocking with the support hand and pulling the trigger with the strong hand.  


    If I erred citing the above I'm sure someone will come along and correct me.  :D


    AND, Welcome to the game.  You're going to have a blast.



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  12. I've never been rich, but I've never been dirt poor.  I've known folks that had to resort to thievery to feed the family.  Literally living paycheck to paycheck, the dad, once, stole a couple bags of groceries out of the back of a car when he was laid off work for a couple weeks.  They had some weird meals for a few days, but at least they had food.


    All in all I suppose I've been blessed.  Maybe not living large, but living none the less.



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  13. 13 hours ago, CaffineFiend said:

    DAMNATION!  Forgot to tell y'all that I expect my SASS name to be Joeronimo Caffiend!


    Happy Trails!


    I love the alias.


    5 hours ago, Tequila Shooter said:

    You may have a small issue with the shotgun.


    Shotgun Gauges
     - Side-by-side, single shot, and lever action shotguns must be centerfire of at least 20 gauge and no larger the 10 gauge.
    - Slide action shotguns must be centerfire of at least 16 gauge and no larger than 12 gauge.
     - Side-by-side, single shot, and lever action centerfire shotguns in .410 caliber and 28 or 32 gauge are allowed within the Buckaroo Category only.

    SHB PAGE 38

    Otherwise that’s a nice brace of guns you managed to get.  PM me when you get a chance IRT upcoming match.



    TS, I suspect he's planning on using the 12 ga. Model '87 for a CAS gun, not the .410 Henry.  ;)



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  14. 3 hours ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

    By the way, all sales of aluminum foil via Amazon are canceled and if you try and order it Amazon notifies the government that you should be in a watch list. 

    Scary stuff, Man!



    That's why I buy mine at Wal-Mart and pay cash.  With my mask on they can't ID me on the store video.  Plus I park two blocks away so the parking lot cameras can't see my license plate.  :D


    Anonymous  McYoudontknowme



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  15. 28 minutes ago, Alpo said:



    I never heard of him, so I looked it up. He's a gospel singer that died a couple years ago. He's a football player in West Virginia. He's a businessman. None of those three people seem to make any sense when combined with "free golf ball".


    If he was a pro golfer that kept slicing them into the crowd, then it would make sense.


    Alpo, you're thinking too hard.  He's just some poor schmuck that lost a golf ball that was found by somebody else.  Like you putting "Free golf ball courtesy of Alpo" on all your golf balls.  You lost it, I found it.  Free to me.  Thanks Alpo.  :D



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  16. 2 hours ago, bgavin said:

    I loved the movie.. never had a desire for a mule-kicker... just not fun for me.
    My neighbor traded off his 454 Casull for a 460.. and it beat him to death shooting it.
    No thanks... no fun there, either.


    Mule-kicker?  Looking at the cartridge you might think so, but it's not.  I was surprised at how soft the recoil is on my Sharps.  Although I admit I'm not loading it up to take down a charging buffalo.  My granddad's Full choke Model 12 kicks a lot harder.



  17. OK.  It seems the "Army of the United States" only exists(existed) during times of war.  Why the distinction?  Why not just call it the "Army" instead of RA or AUS?  Does any other service hop thru any similar semantic hoops?  Is there a "Regular Navy" and a "Navy of the United States"?  Air Force?  Marines?  Coast Guard?  If not, why not?


    Three page essay on my desk by Friday.


    And you guys thought answering this was going to be easy.  :D



  18. A couple posts discussing rank got me wondering:  What is the difference between the "Regular Army" and the "Army of the United States"? 

    I understand the temporary ranks.  (I think)  But I don't understand the above.


    If you are in the "Regular Army" are you also automatically part of the "Army of the United States"?

    If you are in the "Army of the United States" are you automatically in the "Regular Army"?

    Can you be in one without being in the other?

    How did the differentiation of the two come about and for what purpose?

    Does a "Regular Army" Colonel out rank an "Army of the United States" Colonel?

    To me it sounds like a solution in search of a problem, or an unnecessary distinction.  



    Feeling Alpo confused and wondering if I'm going to just feel stupid when I learn the answer



  19. 48 minutes ago, Three Foot Johnson said:

    Retired rancher, and nobody to pass it down to, so whenever there's an opportunity to sell a small piece of it to someone, I will. This is mostly capital gains tax from the sale of 130 acres of bare unimproved farm land/grazing property last fall over on the south side of the place. No power, no telephone, no road even, just a right-of-way. Sad to see it go, but I'm in my 66th year, and the place is just a liability now that it's not a working farm/ranch anymore. :mellow:


    I sure hope you kept enough to have a rifle/pistol range out your back door.  That's another one of my dreams.


    Farmland around here keeps getting sold and turned into subdivisions.  :(  Kids and grandkids don't want to farm so the land is split up for kids to build on or sell.  This was country-lite when we moved here.  Nearest house was 200 yards and there were only 3 houses on our little .25 mile road.  Nearest store was 10 miles.   Four new houses on our road with closest ~40 yards now.   Waaaay too many new houses have sprung up between home and "town" for my liking.  A new road just went in not far from here about 2 weeks ago for another subdivision.  Still better than city living, I guess.





  20. 20 hours ago, Three Foot Johnson said:

    Got mine this morning, but I owe over $31,000.00 taxes four weeks from now, so I guess I'll just send it back. :mellow:


    :o:o  Wow!  Good on you!  That's more than I made last year.  I once had asperations of making enough money to owe that much money.  :D



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