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Dusty Devil Dale

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  1. I've been professionally hand engraving jewelry for nearly 30 years and it naturally carried over to engraving some guns brought to me, usually newer guns brought by new owners. With hesitation, I completed the work as people requested. But none of my own guns are engraved. Why? It is very difficult to design a piece of artwork that has what is called 'mystery of effect' that persists through time. Often a design looks very appealing early on, but as months go by, the newness and appeal wear off, unless there is some personal attachment to the design. It is really hard to embellish the looks of a finely made firearm beyond the appeal of its original fit and finish. (Upgrading the wood is usually an exception). The Brittish mastered the art of very fine gun engraving on fine guns by Purdy, Holland and Holland, and others, many decades ago. But those guns' value supports that quality of hand work. Few engravers will spend that kind of time for $1,500 on an $800 gun. Laser engraving is a much cheaper substitute and it has its legitimate place, but it usually looks like ---well-- laser engraving. As with music, computer perfection is not a substitute for artistic character. Engraving an owner's name is a sure way to reduce the value of any future sale, unless the owner is Ulyses S. Grant or George Custer. Phrases like "Don't Tread on Me" or "Semper fi" or "Give me liberty or give me death" are different. They have broader appeal, even with passage of time. My advice to anyone contemplating a gun engraving job is to PAUSE and LOOK first. Once it is done, it is permanent. You have to like it after looking at it thousands of times. It is very hard to do artwork that can satisfy that. Appeal isn't just about precision. It is much easier to reduce gun value by engraving than it is to increase value, regardless of the artwork's cost.
  2. Unfortunately, the U.S. and State governments aren't the only ones monitoring us now. Keyboards are pretty public now.
  3. For my home protection, I took the advice shared here in the Saloon a couple years ago. I picked up a couple more cats at the shelter and bought an extra laser pointer for my wife. Anyone breaching our front door is going to find a red dot on center mass, shortly followed by lots of claws. Go ahead-- Bring it!
  4. I will pass on describing what I have or don't have available or where they may or may not be kept. This is the Internet, after all. The world can see what is written here.
  5. It's all a part of the dumb-down trend. The day is fast coming when very few appliances or tools will work properly out of the box, and fixing them will require this month's new digital skills that you havent yet learned. Out-repair will cost more than buying a new one. You will only need to spend 100% of your time learning new software nuances, instead of quickly fixing stuff in your shop and going fishing. We are already to the point where finding a young man or woman who knows how to do something--anything beyond a phone or computer keyboard is a rarity. A big solar coronal mass ejection someday will wipe our civilization out-- literally.
  6. News reports the Marine Corps is unable to procure woodland pattern camouflage uniforms due to a manufacturer supply problem projected to last until fall, 2024. That sure seems to me like a national security issue to be solved by a temporary Federal takeover of production lines, like they did for Covid masks, etc. It sure is hard to understand the decisions being made nowadays.
  7. Now, Now, Now -- Be careful folks. You don't want to be the ones spreading "disinformation" according to the Biden WH. Remember, old Joey has been like a brother to "Benji" and always "has his back" LOL !
  8. I agree with you. As a kid, I had several German Shepherds and they are very tightly bonded to their particular humans. They will sacrifice themselves to protect. But if too many people are involved in managing them, they can become confused. I am wondering how many different handlers Commander has and if he ever is taken for a walk by HIS people?
  9. I carry epipens almost daily, due to severe bee sting allergy. They have a relatively short effective shelf life (12-18 months, minus prior store shelf life) if not properly refridgerated. So the replacement cost is there eventually whether or not you share your supply, which I have done a number of times. So a more salient question is whether or not you are worried about needing it yourself after giving it away and before replenishing. For me, that is a life or death decision and the $ cost question pales by comparison.
  10. Shortly after after Iran has a functional nuke, Israel will be toast. I'm sure Israel leadership and military know and believe that. They've pleaded with the U.S. and U.N. to help them block any Iranian nuke development, but to no avail. The Chinese dominated UN will not take a police action against any "Axis of Evil" powers and the Biden Admin just financed the next phase of Iran's nuke development ( that is after Hillary sold them the Uranium). So don't be surprised if Israel turns some middle eastern centers into glass in the days ahead. And don't follow the rush to condemn them if they do, looking at their options, which are darned few now. It is literally eat or be eaten, and their allies turn out to be either inept or disingenuous.
  11. I have no Cottonmouth experience, but I've encountered some really crabby Copperheads that were real quick to attack with little provocation. I have shot a few fair sized rattlesnakes (40+" class) w .22 long rifle snake shot. At close range < 8', It devastated them. Head was all but gone. But there's nothing like a .410 or bigger shotgun. Flat blade shovels are OK, but ONLY IF VERY SHARP (mine almost never are.) AND if you're agile enough to get back without falling over backwards when a snake comes directly after you, They can come at you way faster than you expect. You'll almost never kill them with a single shovel chop, so don't expect to. Best is not to mess with them, if they're not around a dwelling or campsite. With antivenom costing $3,000-$11,000 per vial, depending on your location, and total treatment costs exceeding $100,000, it is clearly a good practice to give them space when you can.
  12. I worry they might be able to control all of us, if they are allowed to follow the road they are on. History repeats itself, and Marxism always has been a ruthless murderer of dissident individuals. They just sent a Putin dissident to be bear food in Siberia.
  13. I used to (15+ years ago) buy Duracell batteries for my many flashlights and other battery appliances. I bought them from local hardware stores or drug stores and they always worked well, lasted well and had no obvious problems. A flashlight would last me all night, hiking or working. Then, about 10 or so years ago, I began to buy them at COSTCO in much cheaper bulk packages. It looked to be a good deal. But WAIT! "Made in China" should have signaled me to be cautious. But I put them into my many lights and appliances, just as I had always done. These included expensive tachometers, wood moisture meters, temperature instrumentation, Cameras, and other tools that are expensive to replace. The Duracells did not last very long, which actually ended up to be a blessing. Thankfully, I now have to open the battery compartments much sooner than usual to replace the cells. I very often find tell-tale white (acid) powder and blue galvanic corrosion that if left unnoticed for a time will slowly destroy the expensive appliances' battery harness. The Duracell external cases are now very fast-corroding, seemingly regardless of humidity or other environmental conditions. And I am lucky to get a half-hour of use before the flashlight starts dimming. So, I'm frustrated and looking. Short of converting everything to Lithium batteries, do any of you have any good reports to share about ordinary batteries? Is there a good quality dry cell battery brand out there any more? I'm looking for a source of all sizes of dry cell batteries that are of similar quality to what we used to buy.
  14. IMO, the hybrid technology is much more versatile for people travelling more than a small mileage radius. TESLA is getting a lot of criticism over their EVs not achieving the advertised mileage. I suspect the things Alpo mentioned are the reason. I would love to be able to fuel up my cars right in my own garage, but only if my lifestyle only included short trips. Unfortunately, the short trip lifestyle doesn't match with my needs. Off Topic but related --electric tooling: Next year, it will be illegal to sell or buy a new gasoline powered lawn mower, leaf blower, chainsaw, etc., in CA. I need to do heavy logging, so I gave in and bought a battery powered saw to give them a try. (It is my 13th chainsaw -- I do a lot of logging and fire fuel clearing work) I normally use gas-powered saws: Stihl 390 with a 28" bar, 490 with 36" bar, 660 with a 46" bar or 860 with a 56" bar, all using chisel tooth chains. The largest battery model currently available has a 26" bar, so I was limited right off the starting block. I tested the saw yesterday, limbing and bucking a +- 33" dbh previously felled Jeffrey Pine about 140' in length. Limbing went ok, but much slower than with a bigger, heavier, higher RPM gas saw. It took three batteries to limb the fallen tree (about 30 large 12-16" limbs and many more small branches). Normally, I walk the top of the log, reaching down and cutting limbs with longer saw bars -- i.e., not having to bend over. The shorter bar necessitated bending over and finally dismounting the log and having to climb through branches and snakes on the ground to do the remaining limbing work. Log bucking to length was a different story. 2/3 of the way through the first bucking cut, using a fresh (4th) battery, the battery became exhausted. While I paused to change batteries, the log predictably settled and impinged the saw. The fresh (5th) battery did not supply sufficient energy/torque to restart the impinged chain, and the high torquing effort exhausted the battery after a few minutes of trying. I hiked out to get a gas-powered saw to free the saw and finish the work. Net conclusion: The $550 electric saw and FIVE batteries ($140 apiece) could not do the work that a gas-powered saw can do on a pint of fossil fuel. Electric saws definitely have a place and are even impressive in lighter home maintenance and some commercial tree work. They're lighter and less maintenance intensive and they can get a lot of light work accomplished with less effort. But , their current development is insufficient for constant heavier work. The electric tooling is not yet up to the work requirements of commercial or heavy logging. I can't carry enough batteries and wedges in the field to keep them operating for a day. And their lower RPM and slower cutting rate is a major production handicap. I guess I'll be driving my gas-powered pickups to Reno or Kingman for future gas-powered saw purchases.
  15. Possibly, but I suspect a more likely outcome is to see distance travel being greatly reduced. After all, gradually limiting our ability to travel and escape their ultimate One World Government control was the central theme of UN Agenda 21, which is the core of the current progressivism and climate hysteria.
  16. No. It takes only a few minutes to type and cross a blood sample, so the hospital would do that first. But that is not saying mistakes don't get made. quite a few people handle donated blood, so there is opportunity for human error in labeling, etc.
  17. There are penalties assessed for various rule violations occurring before the beep, for example(s): 1) moving from the loading table to the staging location with a closed long gun with a chambered round. 2) Dropping a gun off the loading table. 3) Leaving the loading area with loaded pistols before being called to the stage. 4) Dry firing at the loading table. 5) Sweeping a loading table officer or other person with an empty or loaded firearm. You are correct that these are safety related, but they nevertheless are penalties incurred before the beep. But the Failure to Engage section makes no mention of when infractions occur with respect to the beep. When a shooter is on the stage or firing line, as defined, I would assume that all rules and conventions apply. And I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on whether or not there is competitive advantage afforded by skipping a part of the stage instruction. My experience has been that those who commonly skip over the start lines argue there is no advantage. Those who follow the stage instructions believe skipping the start lines is taking unfair advantage. We re unlikely to settle it here. The fact that folks so very strongly resist being required to say the lines suggests they do see an advantage of some kind. For my part, I will continue requiring shooters to comply with the stage instructions, including making a reasonable effort to say a line at least similar or equivalent to the start lines in the instruction. But with that said, I often write stages requiring very simple one or two word starting lines. Lots of people adlib the lines and have fun doing it. That isn't what I was referring to in my original statement. Somebody invented creative starting lines for some reason. It appears those reasons are lost now on many here.
  18. Thank you for clarifying. I was in fact mixing the two sections in memory. Are you in agreement that the start lines are non-shooting "stage instructions" or required "non-shooting procedures"? SHB p11: Failure to Engage A “failure to engage” penalty occurs when a competitor willfully or intentionally disregards the stage instructions in order to obtain a competitive advantage and is not assessed simply because a competitor “makes a mistake.” A “failure to engage” applies only to non-shooting situations such as refusing to rope a steer, throw a stick of dynamite, or otherwise make an attempt to complete any other non-shooting procedure written within the stage instructions. In such case, a 30-second “failure to engage” penalty is assessed in addition to any penalties for misses, procedurals, or minor safety infractions.
  19. Look at the front under Spirit of the Game.
  20. Capt, Pls remember that the top ranks of our matches are sometimes separated by fractions of seconds. Interrupting one person's focus to say a reasonable start line (like your first two examples) v. not requiring it of others seems to me to be a differential time factor at that level of competition; particularly in a sport where focus and rapidly remembering a course of fire on top of transitioning plans is such a big part of the competition. Like you, I never have seen a SOG penalty of any kind assessed, so there is obviously a lot of flex, as there needs to be. But following the stage instructions seems like an easy thing to expect --otherwise, let's just write all the stages to require "ready" as the start line. Easy enough.
  21. No. Don't overplay or put words into my mouth. . Any reasonable attempt at the line, or creative approximation is OK and welcome with any T.O. I've ever known. Creative approximations to the lines are common and many are pretty entertaining. But saying "shooter ready" at every stage in every match is not OK. That gives you an easier path through the matches than the other shooters who are expected to follow ALL of the stage instructions. Again, I didn't write the rules, but I do associate very closely with friends who were original SASS Rules Committee members. My pause/coach approach was their recommendation, andhwhat I've watched them repeatedly do. It was also the advice given in response to questions aaked at my latest ROII course. Again, change the rule if it's important to you, but let's require the same things of all shooters and not play favorites by allowing corner cutting.
  22. I agree that the line signifies when ready, but there are reasons why the rule authors didnt simply be nonspecific or use "ready" for every stage, as in other shooting sports. And there must have been a reason why they made failure to make an effort to say the line a major (30 sec) violation. I wasn't there so I won't represent myself as all-knowing, but the original Rules Committee appears to have been looking for more than simply informing the TO that we are ready. The T.O. (and all other responsible match officials) are expected to assure that the SASS rules are followed by everybody, so shooters have a level playing field. My pausing/coaching, as I described, is a pretty inoffensive way to make the point, without any penalties. Alternatively, as a T.O. I would need to assign a SOG violation, per the explicit rules. If we don't like those circumstances we should change the rules as written, but apply the same standards to EVERYONE. It's about fair play, not T.O. chest pounding or being a hard a$$. No need to take offense. If you simply say the lines properly and follow the other stage instructions, there won't be any conflicts warranting either of us leaving, and the two of us should get along just fine. Looking forward to it!
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