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Dusty Devil Dale

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  1. Tempting, but I'd have to leave all my credit cards and wallet at home or I'd come home with a bright new XL750 and who knows what else! There are just some things that we know we may never do.
  2. They've sent me a number of replacement parts for free too, ---but how "free" is it, really, if the next customer is subsidizing the cost with fake added shipping charges? Shipping charges ought to be for shipping -- not just a hidden add-on to offset other business costs. Would the warranty look so great if the added charges were honestly labeled as: "Extra charge to subsidize our warranty costs"? $ 19.80 for stuffing 10 thin aluminum tubes into a brown padded envelope that actually ships for $2.12 (based on postal stamp on envelope) was pretty over-the-top. Next time they send me a "free" warranty part (like a 35 cent 3-D- printed plastic Indexer ring, or a 12 cent depriming pin, or one dollar plastic cam), I'll just figure they really charged me $19.80-$2.12 =$17.68 for it. Such a deal! There is no such thing as a "free" lunch. But this is like ordering a hamburger at McD's and having a hidden "cooking charge" added onto the bill at the register.
  3. Sounds pretty extreme. I was making my own snap caps for my '73 about a year ago. I simply loaded a round with everything except a primer, planning to fill in the primer pocket with silicone. After loading it, I proceeded to the bench grinder to grind off a section of the case head so the extractor wouldn't catch and remove the round in repetitive firing. I forgot I had a powder load (3.3 gn of Titegroup) in the case. During grinding the round heated up and discharged in my bare hand. I never found the case or bullet in my messy shop. I was startled, but I received no burns and no injuries at all! Lesson learned! Regarding your description, my bet is the heavy brass rod jammed the case back hard enough against the inertia of the F.P. Extension to depress the firing pin spring and allow the F.P. to protrude and hit the primer. The primer should reveal clues to what struck it, if it can be found.
  4. Have others experienced exorbitant seeming shipping rates from Dillon? Seven months ago I ordered 10 primer pick up tubes. They came in a padded envelope weighing < 4 oz. Shipping was $19.80. Today I ordered two powder check dies @ $95 each. They can't weigh more than a half pound each. Shipping is $23. That seems waaaay high for shipping small items from Scottsdale AZ to central CA. They don't specify who their standard shipper is. Just askin.
  5. Have you seen the tomatoes used for commercially preparing catchup? Here in the San Joaquin Valley we see them by the truckload. They're small, solid and very green-- weeks short of ripeness. They are machine picked and so must be picked when green and quite firm. Lots of artificial red coloring and long pressure cooking makes them look like what we expect to see in the bottle. I've never had home-made catchup, but I bet it's much tastier and sweeter, being made from fully ripe tomato fruit. The above recipe that uses apples definitely looks worth a try. Being very alkaline, a quick caution about Botulism is in order for those preparing their own.
  6. Think murder simulator training. Simulators are used in many kinds of training to develop semi-instinctive reaction to serious situations. So what is surprising that video games would train people to use violent solutions to problems?
  7. A long time ago, the bank I was using built a new branch right next door to where I worked. They'd been open just a couple days when I went in to deposit a paycheck. On the floor, out in front of one teller station, a couple guys were working on what resembled an enormous heating or AC duct. I was about the only customer in the bank so I walked over to see what they were working on. It was the opening to a large 3'x4' chute, connected to a stainless steel slide. They told me there was one under the rug at each teller station. I asked the teller what it was for and she explained in a holdup or other threatening situation she could press a button and the person outside her service window would fall into the hole and be delivered down the slide into a concrete vault at the bottom, to await police arrival. I instinctively looked down and kicked at the edge of the rug. Sure enough I was standing on a trap door. I never forgot that. I've always wondered if that was just a local innovation or if other banks have the same kind of thing.
  8. It's already started. I drove past two LGSs today. Both had lines out front and full parking lots. What's it mean to us? That much longer before primers, brass and powder get caught up to demand.
  9. I think a lot of us probably had a B of A account during our early school years. Every Monday they had us bring in our envelope with whatever small deposit we had. Somebody took them all to the bank and did the deposits. I think that program was nationwide. I never withdrew my money and interest. Did you? Ive always wondered how much did the bank make off of that?
  10. It appears #19 may be the only numbered measure that did not fail. The kids did everything right. Just about everybody else dropped the ball.
  11. Surely not intended against LEOs in general. But yes it is bashing time against those who take the salary, authority and benefits, but then fail to serve and protect as sworn. I'm sure there are a lot of LEOs nationwide who are gut wrenching over this event like many of us. And they are upset about the needless deaths and lack of proper police intervention--not just about what effect it will have on the general police image.
  12. Most man-made dams/reservoirs have driftwood deposited around the top of their "bathtub ring". If you know a fisherman, ask them to keep an eye for something.
  13. That rhetoric all sounds good, but "armchair quarterback" or not, the plain fact is that THE POLICE DIDN'T DO THEIR JOB, regardless of whether or not parents interfered. Instead they focused on safer jobs, like crowd control and questionable evacuations of other safely locked-down classrooms. All that was needed was one officer with the cajones to ignore the errant direction and take the obvious action that they knew was needed. Its really hard to believe the bureaucratic line/lie that they thought the active shooter wasn't any longer actively shooting and was barracaded. For goodness sake, the gunfire was still going on and horribly audible to everyone. Even diverting the shooter's attention would likely have saved lives inside the classroom. But they're trying to rationalize doing nothing of consequence and their lying isn't helping anything. And I believe that the scruitny and vocal criticism does help, if it assures that what happened in Uvalde doesn't become the standard, ineffective police protocol. The same kind of thing occurred in Florida and elsewhere. Either we have dependable police protection of school kids or we don't. As you know, police work is supposed to be more than just public relations and arresting criminals after the fact. If it had occurred on a mobile school bus, I could understand the confusion and indecision. But in a classroom with a set structure and position, the inaction and lack of any pre-response planning was inexcusable. I would liken their inaction to a search-rescue unit waiting until a climber falls before taking any action to secure them, or a fire crew waiting for the screams to stop before engaging a structure fire. That is simply not the public's expectation --- or the job description. The "protect" word is a verb-- it has to mean more than watch and wait.
  14. My wife and I took an "hour of silence" today in reverence for the kids and teachers, but also to let it sink in how long the period of police non-response lasted while they listened to gunfire and kids screaming. It felt like forever! Regardless of what bureaucratic orders were given, I could never have stood around and waited like that. The classroom had windows. They could at least have drawn his attention/ fire away from the kids or breached the wall with a vehicle to give the kids some means of escape --and with police cover fire. The story about police being busy evacuating kids from other classrooms is a bogus smoke screen. They had the guy bottled up. To move to any other classroom he had to reveal himself. The police just picked a legitimate looking but safer job to do. It is pretty obvious that whatever the causation may be, our society has raised a number of unpredictable animals with no concept of the value of life -- or of God for that matter. We can't see or predict in advance who they are, so trying to enforcibly deal with their warped mental health is going to run aground of their Constitutional rights and will proove impossible. That leaves direct crime scene intervention as the only real-world way to protect the public from them. The police have to be courageously willing to directly intervene and not just wait and watch and settle for arresting criminals after the fact.
  15. They boxed themselves in-- first bragging about their "sub-4-minute arrival on scene", but then the story gradually came out about the hour wait before they did anything more than stand around and listen to the screams, 911 calls and gunfire. Then to claim they could not be sure where the shooter was located --- with 100+ rounds fired???? I'm afraid that is just a very hard to believe lie. The classrooms had windows that officers should have been looking and firing through. And I have trouble believing they had no door breach ammo and had to wait for a janitor to bring a key. I understand that It's much easier to be a Monday morning quarterback, but all of what happened just defies common sense and public trust. Something was very wrong in Uvalde.
  16. Order replacement screws and have them on hand before you begin working the old and stuck ones, so if they snap off the gun wont be disabled during the replacement parts shipping time. Meanwhile, repetitively apply penetrating lube and fire the gun enough to get the frame warm.
  17. Have you thought about snake aversion Training for yourself?
  18. No question. They'd have had to shoot me in the back on camera to stop me. It really looks like 19 officers stayed in a safe place for 45 minutes while kids and teachers were getting murdered and pleading for help on 911. So seeing this, will you call 911 or reach for your home protection weapon (or both) if your home is ever threatened? ----And they act like they don't understand peoples' defensiveness of 2A.
  19. By now, (2 days later) why can't the authorities figure out what actually happened there? They had boo-coo oficers present within minutes and a bunch of eye witnesses. Why all the story discrepancies? It's begun to appear as a cover-up of some kind. Looking past the agency smoke screen and media hype, one should maybe ask if there is/was drug cartel involvement. It closely resembles the kinds of things the drug cartels do in Mexico to terrorize communities and suppress police response. So was Ramos under cartel control? Where did the 18 year-old get the money to buy two expensive new rifles that his parents and grandparents knew nothing about? The failures in both local law enforcement actions and public information dissemination sure make one wonder. Is anybody else wondering? Maybe the stories will level out soon-- or maybe not.
  20. We often get deer, even big bucks, climbing our 8 stairs to forage on my wife's bird feeders.
  21. Wood sculpture, Lutherie (guitars), Jewelry making/engraving and Insect collecting, to name just 4 or 5.20220526_110219.heic20220526_110219.heic
  22. That clean shop puts you out of my league! V. nice work, BTW.
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