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  1. No need to physically modify the front sight to test it. Just take a little more sight when you test fire. If that consistently corrects the low trajectory with your chosen load(s), then get out your file. I suggest doing it at the range and working slowly, a very little at a time, with testing.
  2. I never would have though of that. I just tried it - works great. Thanks for the tip.
  3. '73 buttstocks can be pretty hard to detach sometimes. They tend to stick pretty hard, especially if humidity is very high. Usually, if you put the barrel or receiver in a padded vise, and give the stock a hard yank, it will free up. Trying to wiggle it free usually doesn't work very well.
  4. Let's hope the Georgia numbers keep improving. But I am concerned that we will see sharp Spikes in New infection numbers after a couple weeks of re-opening in many states. What's interesting is that in my community, it is really obvious that way more people are wearing masks after the re-opening than before. Without the government making decisions for them, more people are owning the responsibility. As for the CDC, the mask reversal is just the tip of the iceberg. When they started mixing politics with medicine, they began to sacrifice credibility in both areas. Unfortunately, in advising Trump, I think they've cost him some credibility too. I do realize the difference between real-time responsibility and Monday morning quarterbacking, but the CDC advise on basic things like masks or treatment meds has wavered almost daily from the start of this. The daily messaging reversals have confused the public beyond recovery, IMHO.
  5. Sounds good, but after reading Warden Calloway's post, it doesn't sound like precautions were followed by very many, if at all. If that's how matches are being run, then I'll probably choose to sit it out a bit longer, at least until we know what's going to happen on the COVID front, a couple weeks into this re-opening.
  6. I guess you know by now that you didn't need to loosen those two mainspring screws just to remove the buttstock. Keep in mind that the mainspring drives the hammer fall and affects trigger pull, as mentioned by others, but adding spring tension on the hammer also adds resistence and reduces speed when levering. With over tension, you will usually feel a noticeable increase in levering effort, when the firing pin extension slides back and begins to cock the hammer. You are looking for the sweet spot -- enough tension to dependably actuate the firing pin through the mass of the firing pin extension, as needed to pop primers, v. having acceptably low levering force. Be sure to test fire and fine tune the spring tension before using it in a match to be sure it reliably detonates the primers you are using.
  7. I went to college with a kid who had two functional right thumbs - - and one heck of a solid grip.
  8. The "orange peel" wrinkles occur because the built up film is thick and conditions are warm enough to dry the surface before the inside of the film. It also can occur if you prematurely recoat a finish layer before it dries properly. All you can do is strip it and start over, or dry it thoroughly, then wet sand it, slowly working down through the different sandpaper grits. Either way takes a lot if time. It happens a lot if you get impatient in building French Polish layers on guitars and other instruments. Orange Peel is a famous way to totally ruin an otherwise perfectly good day. For a really high gloss, bulid the finish fairly thickly. Dry the finish thoroughly, then take some Dupont #7 (or equiv) auto polishing abrasive and fairly firmly dry rub the surface with a soft rag. Keep rubbing until the intense shine comes through. Work slowly. Overdo the rubbing and you'll be back all the way to where you started. If you want a matte finish, rub the surface with powdered rottenstone on a damp or oiled felt pad, until you have what you want.
  9. We agree on a lot of points, especially on good vascular health being important. My zinc levels have always been quite high, probably due to welding exposure. But it certainly hasn't ever saved me from an annual cold virus. I'm more a believer in vaccines and antibodies. You being into fitness, try my 70th birthday challenge, last November. With enthusiastic support from my two neighbors, one of whom is an ER doctor: In one hour (actually 70 min.) 70 push-ups, 70 pull ups, 70 sit ups in any order or set combination. Carry 70 pounds up and back down 70 stadium stairs 35 times (70 one way trips) Swim 70 Olympic (short pool 25 yd) laps. (+-1 mile) Bicycle 70 open road kilometers. It took me 10-1/2 hours to do, then 10-1/2 days to recover, except my hip still hurts badly. But it was a lot of fun. Don't try to do it without working up to it.
  10. Yeah, certainly there are lots of other things to consider. We all have needs, hobbies, jobs, businesses, and family/friend needs that pull us into less safe zones. We have to find a comfort level, considering our own health conditions/needs and the needs of those we care about. That's true, I believe, of just about everything that we do. I'll open my gate to go out and buy what I need (or want) or to assist friends or family, but while I'm out there, I will practice careful management of whom I get close to, for how long, noting how protected they appear, and be real careful what I touch. I'll wear an N-95 mask and gloves in any uncertain environment, and wash my hands and use hand sanitizer frequently. I learned good sterile technique working in virology labs during college +-50 years ago (doing post-grad research on Hantavirus, and wearing yellow suits ). I plan to use that knowledge. If I participate in designing CAS shoots for our club (likely), I'll do what I can to provide reasonable precautions and safe environments to each shooter. I thought the OP article had some value toward that end. I am personally lucky to have a couple good sized ranches to work and move around on. I might make different decisions and take on more risk if I was confined to a smaller home/yard, or apartment. Frankly, (admittedly a bit to the side of topic) my biggest worry right now isn't COVID. It is the politicizing of COVID with respect to the upcoming elections. The national bankruptcy and Socialism-Communism that the Democrats seem to be trying to crowd us into next November will abruptly and materially change all of our lives. If they get their way, everything we have and enjoy will become restricted or redistributed. I'm praying that Trump makes correct decisions on managing COVID, which I feel will be the crux of the November crossroads election. I'm also praying that somebody actively attacks all the election/ voter fraud that I'm envisioning occurring. Without my individual liberty and right to choose, I just couldn't feel like, a whole person.
  11. Let's hope that is not correct. The COVID virus symptoms and etiology are much worse than the flu or common cold. I don't relish an image of myself lying sedated on a bed hooked up to a respirator, with tubes hanging out of me running gunk from my lungs into a bucket. And I know pretty much for sure that if I never leave my ranch, and don't have any guests inside the gate, I will never be exposed, except via the wind. Somewhere in between lies what works for me and the safety of my family, which I take as my most serious responsibility. Being in good shape is certainly one of the few things we can say is ALWAYS the right thing to do. But it, alone, isn't a shield against an infective virus. The virus is looking at the cellular level for places to attach itself. Those attachment opportunities aren't reduced by having a stronger vascular system. They are reduced by avoiding close personal contacts, according to the article in the OP. Diabetes, Heart Disease, CHF, older age, obesity are all factors that make it easier for the virus to kill people, once infected, but the virus has killed many who did not have those predisposing conditions. You will probably fare better for having good cardiac and other health, but the virus is killing, not just infecting, low numbers of active military people who are maintained in very good physical condition. So it is a good plan, but it isn't 100% protection. The bottom line is that if we maintain good general health, properly manage what adverse health conditions we do have, and practice the kinds of personal safety noted in the OP article, it will produce our best chances of surviving the pandemic and not unknowingly spreading it to others whom we know or do not know. As for me, I'm keeping my gates locked for the next month or so, until we know what "re-opening" really brings.
  12. Another easy way to get to a matte finish is to rub out the final FULLY CURED finish with a moistened felt pad and a small amount of powdered rottenstone, available from Brownells. Work slowly and you can get any degree of desired shine or matte.
  13. I'm sure the guy in the pic just figured it was long 'nuff to shoot straight and not too long for a scabbard.
  14. Daily death rates in almost all California counties continued to increase up until the first phase of reopening. Gov. Nuisance has not yet really opened up very many businesses. But we won't know the Post-reopener death numbers for a couple weeks yet, post-incubation. It could be very good or very bad. Nobody knows as yet.
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