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Black Angus McPherson

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  1. It took 12 1/2 minutes to answer my big question. Knowing it was primer fired, and seeing the location of the primer, I was wanting to know how they could be sure the primer was properly aligned with the firing pin. Turns out it is a simple, obvious, answer I was just missing. Angus
  2. Yep, good stuff. If I have the ingredients for the old coffee cake recipe I'm going to try that one today. Angus
  3. I'm not real experienced as a baker. I'm not too good at improvising baked goods. If I don't have proper directions I'm lost.
  4. OK, I can do that. Not sure where the recipe came from, but it was written in my grandmother's hand writing. Amish Cinnamon Bread - Makes 2 Loaves No kneading. Just mix it up and bake Batter: 1 Cup butter - softened 2 Cups sugar 2 Eggs 2 Cups Buttermilk (2 Cups milk + 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice) 4 Cups Flour 2 teaspoons Baking Soda Cinnamon/Sugar Mix: 2/3 Cup Sugar 2 teaspoons Cinnamon Mix in separate bowl Directions: Cream together Butter, 2 Cups Sugar and Eggs Add Buttermilk, Flour and Baking Soda Put half of the batter, or less, into greased loaf pans (1/4 in each) Sprinkle 3/4 of the Cinnamon mix on top of the batter in the two pans. Add remaining batter to pans. Sprinkle remaining Cinnamon mix on top and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes (Mine took a lot longer for some reason) Test with toothpick. Cool 20 minutes before removing from pan. FWIW, on one loaf I swirled/mixed the Cinnamon mix in the bottom half of the batter before adding the second half. On the other loaf I just spread the mix on top of the bottom half of the batter. When done you couldn't really see the Cinnamon mix in the first loaf, but on the second (where I actually followed the directions) you could see where the mix had kind of mixed itself up in the bread while it baked. Both tasted great, but I think I'll stick with the original instructions in the future. It's not bread dough like I expected. This pours out of the mixing bowl. Maybe I should have added more flour? Enjoy, Angus
  5. That one is pretty similar to the one I have. The main difference is mine calls for "White Sugar" instead of Brown Sugar. Plus a couple of other minor differences. Angus
  6. I've been trying to work my way thru some old boxes of recipes I inherited, to see which ones I like and which to get rid of/give away. Last night was "Amish Cinnamon Bread". Pretty good. Several of the recipes only list ingredients without any baking directions. One is "War Cake". I'm really curious about which war. I haven't tried that one, yet. Obviously from back in the day when people actually knew how to cook and didn't need directions. Next week is "Cherry Delight" and "Coffee Cake". The plan is to take the ones I've tried and like and put them all in one box. Shouldn't take me more than six or seven years. Angus
  7. Peoples is stupid. I've had more than one person tell me that the police should not be allowed to shoot at anyone until after they had been shot at. I'm not giving anyone a free shot at me. Another person was bitching that I had no reason to pull my pistol just because her son had pointed a gun at me. "It's just a gun! Are you afraid of a little gun? What kind of cop are you?" And then there's all the "Why don't you just shoot it out of his hand?" folks. The stupid is incredibly strong in some people. Angus
  8. OK. I can work with that. By that definition my Grandparents and Parents were all "Politically Correct" although only one of them lived long enough to possibly ever hear the term in its current usage. I'd have never thought to apply that term to any of them. I guess that makes me "Politically Correct", too. Come to think of it, most of my friends are "Politically Correct". But if I ever tell THEM that they'll likely bust my lip. Thanks. Now that I've said that I feel the need to go wash my mouth out with soap. Angus p.s. I think I'll still just call myself polite, or considerate. I don't think I could stand calling myself politically correct. I don't give a rat's behind about offending "members of particular groups" beyond avoiding the use of foul words. p.p.s. I don't mind banter or splitting hairs, but I'm done here. Some of these hairs would take more time and bandwidth than I care to take to keep splitting them.
  9. Wow! For that price I'd buy 'em even tho I don't need them if they fit me. Angus
  10. That pretty much sums up my opinion. I wouldn't use it in front of my mom. I don't consider it polite conversation. I think it shows a lack of respect to use such language in front of people you don't know well. It is definitely rude if you already know the other party does not like such language. Although, I must admit, I have my bad moments with strangers and a pretty foul mouth around close friends. (I am not proud of that) It costs nothing to be polite and avoid language known to be offensive to people. I am not talking about being PC. I have been known to suffer from lalokezia (Emotional discharge by uttering indecent or filthy words) but I try to avoid it around women, children or other polite company. Angus
  11. Actually, we used to fill out two evaluations. The first was for the presenting organization. Usually the Police Academy. The second was for our PD. Neither, from me, was positive. I think most of the people in the class blasted it. At least the guys I knew that were there. I believe the evaluation I turned in to my PD included the phrase "worst training I have ever been forced to attend". My chief showed my Lt. the evaluation and asked him "What's up with Angus?" My Lt. told him if he didn't want to know my opinion he shouldn't have asked for it. Angus
  12. Many years ago, during some required "diversity" training, the activist instructor started out with "If you are a Police Officer you are a racist. If you are a white Police Officer you are a dangerous racist." I don't recall what else he said, I'd stopped listening. I was used to being insulted regularly on the job. I saw no need to listen while being insulted under the guise of "training". What an incredible waste of time. Angus
  13. I did, but I have no idea what "YINZ" means. Angus
  14. Drive them thru the doors and windows of any stores they want to loot. Quicker and easier than a baseball bat or brick. Angus
  15. Thanks. For some ridiculous reason that show periodically pops into my mind. I can remember some of the theme song, Imogene Coca and the "oooh! oooh!" guy playing a caveman (but not his name). However, I have not been able to recall the name of the show. Again, thanks for killing that tiny bug in my brain that would occasionally get hung up on trying to think of the name of this silly show. Angus
  16. No win situation for the cops, and she likely knew it. If they had, instead, tried to restrain her I suspect she would have made it necessary to use 4-6-10 cops to do it. We all know how that plays for the camera. Meanwhile it's hard to watch your back or your partner's back. Soooo many domestic disturbances to back this up. Anyone who has tried to restrain or handcuff an unwilling person while trying not to hurt them knows it is highly unlikely it can be done alone. The person will have to first be subdued to acquiesce to the officer's request to be handcuffed. Additional help, a nightstick, TASER, mace and/or fists will likely be needed. Simple and obvious solution that so terribly few seem to recognize is: If you don't fight with the cops you won't get hit/TASED/maced. Angus
  17. Now you've got me wondering where I first heard that the Glock slide stop was not a slide release. I honestly don't recall ever reading the Glock owner's manual. Shame on me, I guess. I DID once go thru a Glock Armorer's course for Police Dept.'s and I seem to recall hearing the "not a slide release" in the class. I'm not sure if I even still have the handouts from the class to check them. I'm pretty sure that any Glock based training I've had mentioned the slide stop was not a slide release. Maybe it was one of those "Everybody knows that" facts that is wrong. Usually the training to use the slingshot on Glocks was accompanied by a "look how flimsy the slide stop is made" comment. Angus
  18. I think the "pull and release" or "slingshot" started with the Glock pistols. I'd never heard of it before the Glocks came out and they said the slide stop was NOT to be used as a slide release. Nor had I ever noticed anyone using the "slingshot" method on a pistol before the Glock. I've never known anyone, before, that had any problem with wear by using the slide stop as a slide release. I was actually taught to use the slide lock as a slide release before the Glocks arrived on the scene. FWIW I use the lever as a slide release on all my pistols that have one, except for the Glock. On a tangent, I was watching footage of the Bianchi Cup last night and I noticed that none of the shooters I saw ever had their pistol go into slide lock. They'd shoot their six (or whatever) rounds, drop the empty mag into the bag at their feet, load another mag and holster the pistol. I assume they must overload the first mag by one round so there is always a round in the chamber. Is that correct, or am I missing something? It seems odd doing that in a competition. Especially since their muzzle control did not seem to be the best while conducting those reloads with a loaded gun. It's possible that those space guns have the slide lock removed or disabled for some reason and I just didn't notice them rack the slide before holstering. Angus
  19. Interesting how many of those I used to watch from the '50's thru the '80's and how few I give a darn about after ~2000. I only noticed three after 2000 that I ever thought were worth my time. Angus
  20. I don't drink, but I've perused the topics on Whiskey vs. Bourbon and I've been wondering: Many people put ice in their glass when they drink Whiskey and/or Bourbon, but why haven't I ever heard of anyone keeping their Whiskey or Bourbon in a refrigerator? I also understand some wines are to be chilled and some are not. I don't understand that either. Angus
  21. If it was designed by Jerry Miculek it's probably designed with 3-gun in mind. I don't think JM shoots either Trap or Skeet.
  22. Interesting. That must be a California thing. Lots of PD's around here seem to prefer unmarked cars for traffic enforcement. Easier to hide. Me? I never hid. If I had to run radar I'd sit right out in the open where everyone could see me. I figured if they weren't paying enough attention to see me and slow down they deserved a ticket. I always thought my job was to slow people down and not to see how many tickets I could write. Angus
  23. They could share if they are shooting skeet on the same squad. There's no way to share a gun when shooting trap, except during practice with a very patient squad. FWIW, I started shooting with a Remington 1100 and I loved it. There is some merit in the fact semi-auto's suck up some recoil. I tried a Benelli and a Beretta semi-auto during a "Manufacturer's day" at a local range several years back and I couldn't shoot either for beans. So, if possible, let your kids try some different guns to see which they shoot well and which they do not. Kinda like a new CAS shooter. Angus
  24. I'm a big fan of Beretta O/U guns. A couple things to keep in mind. Skeet requires you to shoot doubles (two targets in the air at the same time) and Trap generally has three events, 16 yard, Handicap (the better you shoot, the farther back from the trap house you have to stand) and doubles. Because of the doubles you will very rarely see a skeet shooter using a pump action shotgun, nor will you see a trap shooter using a pump for the doubles event. Also, if you think you, or they, will want to reload, a semi-auto will throw the empties all over the field and most skeet/trap fields have a policy of "if it hits the ground, it's ours". Especially during a match. As already mentioned, "skeet" and "trap" guns tend to be set up differently and most shooters will have a different gun for each. Skeet generally requires an open choke ("Skeet" or "Cylinder") as distances are roughly 18 to 20 yards. Trap usually requires tighter chokes (Modified or Full) for targets that will be shot at roughly 30+ yards. Sporting Clays is best shot with a changeable choke so you can shoot an open choke on some stages and full choke on other stages. I like the Beretta O/U's for trap because I can set it up to shoot Modified in one barrel and Full in the other for doubles. Mod. on the first shot and Full on the second because the bird will be further out. Plus, I can shoot Mod. in the 16 yard event and Full for Handicap. I shoot a Beretta 686 O/U for skeet because I really like Beretta O/U's and I have it set up with tubes so I can shoot all four events (12 ga., 20 ga., 28 ga. and .410) with the same gun and same sight picture. That's something else you might think about if they get serious about skeet. I don't shoot Sporting Clays, but the guys I know that do all use an O/U so they can pick the choke they need for a given stage. One shot might be close and the second much further out. A big factor in my choice of a college was that they had a Skeet and Trap club. I'd never shot on a regular skeet/trap field before and I loved it. I hope your kids do, too. Angus
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