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OldVet replied to the thread One of those days....
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Quote Originally Posted by chuck View Post
Sorry to hear, but in my area of Palm Beach County Fl. we can get dependent military ID cards renewed at the Marine Reserve center on a walk in basis. Last time we used the service it took about 20 minutes........
It used to but stopped, as did the reserve unit on Gun Club Rd. I had mine done there, but when we tried to get my wife's done, she got an email saying the appointment was canx'd with no explanation, and Rapid does not offer appointments there anymore. "

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" So let me get this straight . . . some of you think highly intelligent aliens in spacecraft beyond our comprehension would fly thousands of lightyears to draw graffiti in a wheat field and then sneak away. If they're so intelligent, why don't they just grow wheat fields back at their place?

And good luck mapping out the minefield. Never heard of "crop" rotation? "

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OldVet replied to the thread The Batmobile.
" I think it's magical that a beep goes off when I forget to turn off my turn signal. The hard part is ignoring the beep. "

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OldVet created the thread One of those days....
" The Boss needed her military ID renewed because her Medicare is kicking in. The closest place is an AF base 1-1/2 drive away.

The base used to be Johnny on the spot taking care of retirees, but now you have to make an appointment online, go there and get processed, and THEN come back a few days later to pick up the card. Not very convenient if you don't live outside the gate. And to make it all the better, the online appointment system doesn't work...

A friend told me the Reserve unit will take walk-ins, so we drive there only to find out they are closed on Thursday! Grrrrrr. So we go to the base ID office, but it's fruitless.

Next option is another hour drive to Orlando NAS. Walk in and are told 1-1/2 to 2 hour wait. Fine... Twenty minutes later we walk out with the new ID in hand. Bless the USN!

Now it's nearly past lunch time, I've had one cup of coffee and NO breakfast. My mood was entering new territory. So I bought a new bumper sticker.

Attachment 23881

Yep, it's been one of those days. "

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" I say let them try. They'll have to cross many miles of the most barren, God-forsaken territory known to man, not to mention much of it is contaminated from all the atomic testing done there years ago (You can see the test site on G-Earth SW of the base). I'll bet a couple of hours after entering they will be making a U-Turn and going home.

The "joke" will be on them, at least those who survive. "

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OldVet replied to the thread Where To Retire.
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Quote Originally Posted by Ghost1958 View Post
If you absolutely pro 2a as written, come to Ky.

Nice land to be had here, no gun permits at all needed. Cops mostly stay in the towns and ignore the rural areas , which is most of the state lol.

Land of fast women and Purdy horses.lol.
You forgot the bourbon. "

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OldVet replied to the thread Colin Kaepernick's Nike commercial is nominated for an Emmy Award.
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Quote Originally Posted by Sporadic View Post
Buying a certain brand to indicate you identify with a particular group or boycotting a certain brand to indicate you identify with a particular group ... are resulting behavior succumbing to social manipulation.

An independent thinker would buy shoes based on fit, durability, and price.
That takes Nike right out of the picture. "

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OldVet replied to the thread Something for you reloaders to kick around..
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Quote Originally Posted by BMcPhe44 View Post
Did you crimp the bullets? I use to reload a 45 Long Colt Ruger using W296 powder up to 44 mag velocities. Took it rat hunting one day and had the dreaded low decibel pop. Removed the cylinder and pour the powder out and the bullet was about half-way dow the barrel. The primer created enough pressure to move the un-crimped 230 grain bullet into the barrel. Come to find out that was a not un-common problem with that powder. It did it again with another round out of the same batch except it was a delayed ignition. pop-bang. I have never had it happen on a rifle round so perhaps the small rifle primers don't create enough pressure to eject the bullet if they are crimped, or even un-crimped I guess. If the bullet did not eject from the case I would guess the sound would be somewhat muted.

It sounds like you reload single stage from your description. I reload from a single and measure every round. The cartridges are in rows of five and it would be easy to skip over a row as you move the powder from the scale to the case. I also check powder levels in all of the cases with a flashlight. I have not missed yet but it is something I have worried about. I will be even more diligent in the future after reading of your mishap. Thanks for posting about it.
I don't crimp rifle rounds, never found the need to do so. Most bullets don't have the cannelure anyhow. And yes, still use a single-stage press. I'm still stumped on how I missed putting powder in five rounds. I do much what you do, put powder in however many rounds I'm loading, anywhere from 5-50, check each with a light for equal powder levels and then stuff the bullets. But it went wrong with this load, for sure. These loads are right up to the neck, so low/missing powder should have been blatantly obvious--should have been! "

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OldVet replied to the thread Something for you reloaders to kick around..
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Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
Huh.

I don't recall a fired primer (without powder) ever being completely silent. Strange.

It's a good example for understanding why serious, competition-type reloaders weigh their rounds after loading. Anything beyond slight variation gets investigated. Haven't ever reloaded seriously, other than a few "test" batches while learning the extreme basics from an old hand.

All's well that ends well, though. Glad the mystery's solved.
I know that a primer fired in an empty .45 case is very loud! In this rifle, it was no different than dropping the hammer on an empty chamber. I guess I need new glasses. "

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OldVet replied to the thread Something for you reloaders to kick around..
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Quote Originally Posted by John W in SC View Post
I'm not a reloader, so please excuse a stoopid question: Have you pulled a bullet to see if there was powder in the case? Checked for signs the primer had ignited? Signs the primer ignited but the powder didn't?

If the cartridge doesn't go bang with good firing pin strikes, it seems to me its either a primer issue or a powder issue.

John W in SC
John W wins a shot of my bourbon and a Christmas card!

With egg on my face, I admit there was no powder in the five suspect rounds. I have no idea how that happened--having never done something so dumb before--but at least the mystery is resolved.

I inertia hammered the first round open and was astounded no powder fell out. Other than turning the base of the bullet black, there was indication the primer had fired. There was no audible "pop" when the hammer fell and the bullets did not appear to have budged from where I seated them.

I feel better now. Well, not really. Now I have to figure out how I screwed up so badly. "

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OldVet replied to the thread Lucas Botkin (T-Rex Arms) Spot On With His Suppressor Video.
" Good presentation, although my attention disorder prevented me from listening to all of it. "

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OldVet replied to the thread MagnetoSpeed Sporter Chrongraph?.
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Quote Originally Posted by nedrgr21 View Post
cool, should eliminate the 'damn I shot my chrono' affliction many have succumbed to.
That was my thinking, although one could certainly hit this one if blade alignment isn't carefully checked. It does need to run closely aligned to the bore to operate, which took me ten shots to figure out! "

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OldVet replied to the thread I Tried to Have Myself Deported Today.......
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Quote Originally Posted by The Badger View Post
Does the forum offer an ignore feature for those who over use the ellipses, abuse satire and corrupt ironing?

If so someone pls point me to it.
You'll need to look on Facebook. "

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OldVet replied to the thread Political MEME & Joke Thread.
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Quote Originally Posted by SatCong View Post
Silly people, don't you know bartenders know everything? "

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" If they deport you to Cuba, they take you only as far as Little Havana in Miami. "

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OldVet replied to the thread I Tried to Have Myself Deported Today.......
" I'm the "friend" who asked when he was coming to Florida. I just needed to know how long I had to pack a bag and leave. And Hammer, you're too late to buy the lot next door. He who hesitates has to live in Boca Raton. "

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OldVet replied to the thread Something for you reloaders to kick around..
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Quote Originally Posted by DogWalksWithMe View Post
I agree it does not make sense.

And even though the above is the only mention of loading the magazine, you must have done so more than once... Were all five misfires in the same mag load with no interruptions? And no reseat of the magazine? Even if so, it still does not make sense if each round went into battery...

Gonna have to take it to the range again for more testing.
I had 10 rounds in a mag, fired five fine, then had three misfires in a row. Pulled the mag and checked the last two rounds, reseated it had those last two misfired. Loaded my last 5 rounds in the same mag and all fired. Tried to reshoot two of the misfires but no luck.

I just cleaned the rifle, and there was nothing to indicate anything that may have caused a problem. No gunk in the bolt or firing pin, no brass shavings, etc. All the other 450s fired as did the Win primers I tried. "

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OldVet replied to the thread Something for you reloaders to kick around..
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Quote Originally Posted by John W in SC View Post
I'm not a reloader, so please excuse a stoopid question: Have you pulled a bullet to see if there was powder in the case? Checked for signs the primer had ignited? Signs the primer ignited but the powder didn't?

If the cartridge doesn't go bang with good firing pin strikes, it seems to me its either a primer issue or a powder issue.

John W in SC
I haven't broken the cartridges down yet, but I will do so later. Even with no powder, the primers would pop, and there is no way in hades I could miss powder in 5 cases in a row. I eyeball each row of cases to inspect powder levels. I get the bad primer thoughts, but I don't get five in a row. Dumbfounding. "

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OldVet replied to the thread Something for you reloaders to kick around..
" Yes, the Mongoose, but I can't find any indication of gun problem. Mechanically, the gun seems sound. Fired the first 90 450 primers fine, then five duds, then fired last five fine. I've been using primarily CCI primers all along with all guns including the Goose. Even the #41s which are designed for ARs worked fine (larger cup/anvil gap), as did the BR ones. The gun probably has 500 rounds through it, but I don't keep track of that. These were solid strikes that failed, double strikes on two.

It's a head scratcher. "

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OldVet created the thread Something for you reloaders to kick around..
" I took a mix of rounds to the range today. Some were low-powder fireformers, others were with my hotter powders, both using CCI 450 primers.

Here's what happened. All was fine and dandy until I got to the last 20 rounds--450 primers firing BL-C(2) powder.

Round #11, pulled the trigger--click. WTH? Ejected a still-loaded round. Pulled the trigger again--click. Being a slow learner, I ejected that loaded round and tried a third time--with the same result.

All three misfired primers had solid firing pin strikes, and I mean good ones. So I'm thinking firing pin problem?

Pulled the BCG and firing pin, and other than the typical soot, there was nothing wrong with the firing pin. Pulled it all back together and loaded the next round in the magazine. Click. The next one, Click. Both with solid strikes.

Repeat strikes on two of the faulty rounds do nothing.

I uniform the flash holes and primer pockets on all my cases, hand prime them and feel that the primers are below flush, so high primers are not the case.

I haven't had a bad primer since 1976 when I had two from the same pack. And I can actually understand five random duds in a bad batch of primers, but five in a row and all go bang after that?

I'm going to give the rifle a good cleaning just to eliminate that, and break down those 5 rounds and pop the primers out for inspection. Don't know what else to do. I don't think a call to CCI is warranted yet, but if any more fail, I certainly will.

At this point I have 5 rounds left, so I load them in the magazine and all five go bang as normal. "

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OldVet replied to the thread MagnetoSpeed Sporter Chrongraph?.
" I tried out my Sporter today and find out quickly that sensor distance from bore is critical to performance. I started with the thicker spacer to avoid shooting the sensor tip off, but 10 shots gave no readings. Switching to the thin spacer and all ran fine. I did get one Velocity reading that seemed way out of line with expectations, like 300 fps higher than the rest, and threw the SD and ES way off.

Other than my erroneous set up and that one reading, all went well, and I got some encouraging numbers from my Mongoose loads. 3000+ fps 70-grain loads is nothing to sneeze at. "

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OldVet replied to the thread The Random Thought political thread.
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Quote Originally Posted by Hammer1270 View Post
Oh man! Tropical storm Barry is coming to Mississippi,, I know it’s gonna be a tough one just from its name
Meh, big blowhard peeing into the wind... "

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OldVet replied to the thread The Random Thought political thread.
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Quote Originally Posted by jeanlouise View Post
AOC often blocks people who criticize her or openly disagree with her. One of the female commentators (can't remember her name right now) on One America News said she was blocked by AOC for disagreeing with her.
Then she should file a suit in federal court, using this decision as her reasoning. "

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Quote Originally Posted by Tzadik View Post
The special session did accomplish one thing though. It pushed me to purchase my rifle much sooner than I had originally planned.
You say that like it's a bad thing. What's that old saying? A gun in the hand is worth two in the store? "

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Quote Originally Posted by jeanlouise View Post
LOL...then go get a drink at the Club. Spoken like a true AF retiree (get the job done with as little physical discomfort as possible).
I never got a drink at the club. Many drinks maybe. They did turn the lights off on me a couple times at Grissom. "

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" "Can I finish? Can I finish!"

He's finally finished. RIP Ross. "

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" It's fine and wonderful to get 300+ thousand to sign up for anything, but to get that number to actually assemble in that God-forsaken part of the country is another thing entirely. They're gonna wish someone had brought a water truck with them.

I sense a lot of big talk and little action. It's not like they can assemble at the Alien "N" and dash 100 yards across the ground to the base. It is a loooong way away. "

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" Best of luck, boys. You're gonna need it. "

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" If that Russian group plays Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida, I'm pushing the Defcon On1 button. "

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OldVet replied to the thread Reason to never allow a traffic-stop search..
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Quote Originally Posted by Siam View Post
Drugs should be legalized and that would take care of most of the prison population.
Right! Add robbery and murder to that and we could just about clean them out... "

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OldVet replied to the thread Reason to never allow a traffic-stop search..
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Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
Isn't it normal and customary to vacate every single similar arrest such a person ever had a hand in? Since there's a good bet all similar cases are tainted in the same way.

Unless there's a severe underlying crime associated with someone who got "nabbed" by this guy, where the only real reason he/she is stuck behind bars or stuck with the blemish on the record is the likely planting of evidence, I'd think it's worth vacating every such case and record. And if the DA wants to go after those people again, it can track down appropriate evidence this time around. One case at a time.
In this officer's case, they have already begun dropping charges and releasing people from prison. Well over 100 already. "

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Quote Originally Posted by TRX View Post
Guess what organizations lobby for mandatory sentencing guidelines?

Did you ever notice how many crimes that used to be misdemeanors are now felonies? The prisons sell inmate labor for profit; they're always hurting for moderately-educated, non-violent, middle-class inmates in the 25-45 age group.

Who uses inmate labor? Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, MacDonalds, Victoria's Secret, AT&T, Dell, Mary Kay, Starbucks, UPS, Motorola, Johnson&Johnson, Costco, Microsoft, PepsiCo... some of them don't do it now, but they didn't change until after it became a media liability.

Prisoners! Even cheaper than illegals! And legal too! Such a deal!
I've never seen a barista wearing prison orange before. "

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" I don't know why they didn't put a few 1/2 inch holes below the waterline and say, "What sub?"

Or stuff a potato up the exhaust and wait. "

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" Florida cop arrested for planting drugs during traffic-stop searches. I'm glad that got this one. Bury him under the jail.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...cid=spartanntp "

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" He should have carried 39+1. "

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Quote Originally Posted by JoJoGunn View Post
They feel that it is their Liberal civic duty to bash the President in an effort to make folks believe all the things that are being said about him and how he got to the White House. Clearly they don't understand our election process where there are winners and losers in politics, just like the sport they play. It's a real simple concept that has failed to convince some people.
I agree. Apparently the Liberals stole the Conservative playbook used during the Obama era. Different players, different coaches--same old game.

As long as our society and its politics are Liberal-versus-Conservative based, it will remain ineffective and play tit for tat until something drastic takes place. "

July 10th, 2019, 07:46 AM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet replied to the thread Detroit Afrofuture Concert Charges White People Twice as Much as People of "Color" For Tickets!.
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Quote Originally Posted by Siam View Post
I would have paid tons of money to see her in concert.
Would have been worth every penny. "

July 9th, 2019, 08:34 AM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet replied to the thread Detroit Afrofuture Concert Charges White People Twice as Much as People of "Color" For Tickets!.
" Only good concert I ever attended was Tina Turner's. That woman knew how to rock a crowd! The others I always left . . . Meh. "

July 9th, 2019, 08:02 AM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet replied to the thread Detroit Afrofuture Concert Charges White People Twice as Much as People of "Color" For Tickets!.
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Quote Originally Posted by Hammer1270 View Post
Ok,,, Your new Avatar just made me LMAO!!
A selfie. "

July 8th, 2019, 08:08 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread It's Christmas in July!.
" I get that from being forced to endure the Hallmark Channel's Christmas in July series...

For all you hopefuls out there--
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And those of another persuasion--
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Better early than never. "

July 1st, 2019, 07:09 AM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Parkland HS shooting collects 2 more..
" Following an Internal Affairs investigation, two more deputies have been fired for their failure to act during the shooting.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/2-...cid=spartanntp

Whether one feels LEOs should or should not be forced to charge into the gunfire is moot. This SO is saying do it or risk your job. "

June 26th, 2019, 12:10 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread MagnetoSpeed Sporter Chrongraph?.
" Load work ups for my 6mm Mongoose have me looking into chronographs, something I've never used before. The MagnetoSpeed Sport chrony caught my eye, not only because of the price, but that it is barrel mounted and doesn't require setting up in front of the firing line. If I'm going to use ballistic tables, it helps to have an accurate bullet velocity (Duh!). It is also very compact, easily fitting into the day backpack I use for a range bag.

Reviews I've read are good, although I noted one reviewer said it would change the POI but not group size. That's not a real concern for me as I wouldn't be using it at ranges beyond 100 yards.

Anyone use one or have insight as to their accuracy?

https://magnetospeed.com/collections...ospeed-sporter "

June 26th, 2019, 09:26 AM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Scopes....
" I'm looking into replacing the old 4X scope I'm using on my Mongoose AR with something of a higher power. I have limitations: the longest range available is 200 yards, hiking 100 yards on these knees is a pain (Hoping to get them replaced in Nov.), and I'm a cheapskate.

Because the Mongoose is essentially a paper-punching range toy only, I'm looking at something in the 4x12 or 4x16 range. It doesn't need to be anything fancy, just useable. BDCs don't make me all giddy, giant "tactical" knobs don't interest me, and a 3x9 Bushnell has always done the job out to 300+ yards for me.

I've looked into Vortex, Primary Arms, Nikon, and a few others. I seriously doubt I'll invest more than $300, so don't say, "Get this $2000 scope!"

So what suggestions/experiences might some of you have in that range that may serve my purposes? "

June 11th, 2019, 01:37 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Parkland school shooting deputy arrested..
" The "did nothing" deputy is charged with 11 counts--so far. First the sheriff got the boot, now they're going after the LEOs.

"Prosecutors say the Florida deputy who failed to confront a gunman during last year's Parkland massacre has been arrested on 11 charges."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fl...cid=spartanntp "

June 4th, 2019, 03:03 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread When NFL men were really men....
" Green Bay Packer star Bart Starr has passed. Few NFL players today have the grit and character of the great players like Bart Starr. RIP, Bart.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl...cid=spartanntp "

May 26th, 2019, 12:28 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread RIP Grumpy Cat.
" Grumpy has moved on to the big cat box in the sky.

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https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-...inity_20190517 "

May 17th, 2019, 09:12 AM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Jim Fowler passes..
" Who, you say?

If you don't Jim, you never watched Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. And if you didn't you don't know what you missed.

Jim was the cohost of the wildlife program and saved poor old Marlin Perkins' butt when Perkins tried to capture an anaconda that, in turn, captured him! Marlin left all the animal encounters to Jim after that.

Later in life, he appeared often on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, often putting Johnny on the spot with various animals.

RIP, Jim. You and Marlin are both missed. "

May 10th, 2019, 07:22 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread About time!.
" It seems the Army has selected a new dress uniform--or found a long-lost surplus of WWII leftovers. Either way, I like it better than the Ringling Barnum & Bailey ringmaster uniforms they have now.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/05/u...s-uniform.html

As for the Air Force, it can stick with the stolen Greyhound bus-driver uniforms it's always had. "

May 6th, 2019, 11:53 AM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread If you can't find a USPS drop box....
" ...this may be the reason why. Nearly all of the outside drop boxes have been removed around here because of this crime. Fortunately, these two were caught.

https://www.wpbf.com/article/young-c...p-box/27229412 "

April 22nd, 2019, 05:12 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread I'm all for stopping criminals....
" ...but this dad took a huge risk in stopping a car thief. The dad's kid was in the car!

https://www.wpbf.com/article/pbso-fa...nside/27225381 "

April 22nd, 2019, 05:09 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread A good idea for you "Preppers".
" Ran across this on YT. I wonder if empty bourbon bottles will work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxI1Tn7Cng4 "

April 18th, 2019, 12:46 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Florida Man . . . Again.
" You'd almost think Florida would be Amazon country by now. Anther Florida Man bites the dust.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...inity_20190414

No, JL, it wasn't me. "

April 14th, 2019, 11:02 AM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Last Doolittle Raider passes..
" The Doolittle Raiders are reunited at last. The last survivor, Lt. Col. Richard Cole has rejoined his squadron at the ripe old age of 103. May the squadron have a smooth flight forever. Their kind is one of a kind.

Having met the man once long ago, along with one of the Band of Brothers Easy Company members, it was a day I shall not forget. "

April 9th, 2019, 06:01 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Doesn't know when to quit..
" The infamous and suspended Broward County Sheriff Israel just doesn't know when to throw in the towel after judge dismisses his lawsuit against suspension.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/sh...cid=spartanntp

Judge basically said the governor played by state rules. "

April 5th, 2019, 11:36 AM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Is NASCAR Dead?.
" If not dead, it sure seems to be dying on the vine. I don't watch it like I used to, but I pop in and out and notice how the cameras avoid showing the stands, and when they do--they are far, far from being full. The attendance at the race in TX today was, well, miserable.

There is a cornucopia of reasons it is failing. The expense, the "Stages," the orchestrated yellow flags, turning its nose up at its roots, etc. NASCAR needs to give up entertaining and get back to racing. Smaller tracks are exciting, dirt tracks would be better. "

March 31st, 2019, 07:34 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Maybe JL has a point.....
" about "Florida Man."

It seems there is some truth to the legend.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...cid=spartanntp

The competition is tough to make the "Breaking News." "

March 22nd, 2019, 03:38 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread FYI - High Noon holsters.
" If you've been sitting on the fence about a High Noon holster, they are having a 30% off for March Madness sale. It was enough to get me to finally order a hard-to-find holster for my 4566. "

March 20th, 2019, 05:16 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Lifestyles of the rich & famous.
" In case you haven't left your cave for a few days, here's a link to the latest national crisis.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...cid=spartanntp

I am not surprised one iota by this. In fact, I always assumed the rich an famous did this kind of thing. Did anyone think those kids were that smart?

What I do find amazing is that federal government agencies are spending time and money investigating how the elite manage to get their babies into top-tier colleges and universities. I guess they ran out of bigger fish to fry. "

March 14th, 2019, 02:50 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Youtube/internet brake fix....
" Long story short, I noticed my wife's Kia brake pedal had gotten spongy and would sink to the floor under pressure. Master cylinder bypassing, right?

Wrong. New one didn't help a bit. No leaks. Bleeding, etc., nothing changed.

So I did some internet searching on the issue and ran across several posts with similar undiagnosed cause, which turned out to be the ABS control module. A quick check showed a new module was $1300 for the part! That ain't happening. Found a few "used" ones for under $200, but that's a crap shoot if you get a good one.

So I ran across a few forums and one guy with the identical problem, haven changed the master cylinder, had calipers replaced, and the ABS module, and still had the problem. So the "advisor" on the forum suggested finding a sandy road, driving about 25-30 mph and locking up the brakes several times and see if that doesn't clear it. Well, the guy with the problem never came back with a response.

So this morning I drove the Kia out to a sandy road and slammed on the brakes 8-10 times to activate the ABS. It made several warning lights pop on and off in the process, but lo and behold, it fixed the spongy, sinking brake pedal. The ABS pump is very noisy in a Kia, by the way. Definitely know when it activates.

Apparently the solenoid valves in the ABS module can get hung up or air in them and cause mushy brake pedals. So if your brake pedal seems to have gotten a bit mushy or sinking under sustained pressure, before rushing to the brake shop, find a sandy or gravel road and lock the brakes a few times and see if that helps. "

March 12th, 2019, 02:53 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread "The Sandlot" returns.
" The Sandlot movie is returning to TV as a series, with all the original cast. Anyone who didn't enjoy the movie, well, I just don't know. It was pretty much my life on film. And I'm still with my Wendy Peppercorn.

The article doesn't say which network will carry it, but this guy is going to be looking for it.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbi...-together.html "

March 4th, 2019, 08:13 AM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Shooting at West Palm Beach VA hospital.
" News is just breaking so not much detail to report. Guy goes nuts at the VA hospital and shoots two in ER, one a doctor who tried to stop him, both survived.

https://www.wpbf.com/article/shootin...enter/26561338

So much for a law forbidding firearms on VA property. Guy should go to jail for that... "

February 27th, 2019, 10:02 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread The Goose gets an upgrade..
" Well, the AR lower receiver did anyhow. I installed a LaRue MBT-2S trigger. It's supposed to be a "two-stage" trigger, but I don't see any difference. But for sure, it is lighter and a cleaner break than the OEM mil-spec trigger. It's supposed to break at 4.5 pounds, but I can judge that with only my finger.

I'm no gunsmith, but it took all of thirty minutes to swap it out, and much of that was my cleaning the receiver nooks and crannies, lubing the sear points and pins, etc. While I haven't made it back to the range yet, the functional tests showed it to be a big improvement.

If anyone is interested in an inexpensive AR upgrade and can't drop $200-300 for a match trigger, LaRue has them on sale for about $95 shipped. It comes complete with new pins and a heavier hammer spring (6 lb?) for those who prefer a bit heavier trigger. "

February 23rd, 2019, 02:27 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Woe is me!.
" An old Air Force buddy living in MN sent me an email complaining about nine inches of snow in seven hours.

Me being me, I replied:
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Eighty-four degrees, balmy breezes, sound of surf in the background. Been here for hours...

Sometimes people hate me. I have no idea why that girl was standing in my margarita. "

February 21st, 2019, 03:17 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Reloading note to self(s)....
" An inertia bullet puller will destroy the fragile plastic tips on expensive bullets. Trust me!

Stuff a piece of firm foam rubber or something into the bottom to protect the tip if you have to pull bullets. "

February 21st, 2019, 11:33 AM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread The Mongoose is just broken..
" I've had the Goose out to the range a couple times now. The first trip was primarily to fireform cases with lighter loads I was forewarned may not cycle the action. They didn't.

For the second trip, I loaded some "working" loads as well as some more fireforming loads with boosted powder loads. Still none of the fire-forming loads cycled--either not ejecting the empty case or not picking up the next round when it did eject. To make matter worse, none of the working loads cycled either. Halfway through the session, I gave up in frustration. All this happened with three different magazines. It is, IMO, short-stroking.

Chambering was fine when it fed by hand. I'm using my 5.56 Armalite lower and BCG that work 100% with the .5.56 upper. Shouldn't be an issue there.

I emailed the fellow who made produced the barrel, told him what it was doing, and asked for suggestion. He said my fireforming loads are still too light, but the working loads should have cycled. He asked a few questions and made a few suggestion. Everything checked out. He then asked me to measure the gas port size.

I dug through drill bits and whatnot, looking for something to measure the hole. I informed him a pin punch measuring .089 wanted to enter the port but would not. He said it seemed undersized slightly (He doesn't make the gas ports, only reams the chamber and cuts/threads the blanks), and for a 22" rifle-length barrel, it need to be .091-.093. He said to try a 3/16 (.093) drill bit to enlarge the hole. My research into AR gas port sizes seemed to agree.

He also said if that didn't resolve the issue to ship the upper to him and he'd get it working at no charge. He also emailed some loads for my bullets his ballistics program spit out, which are close to what I have loaded.

I'm hoping to get back to the range either Monday or Thursday to see if this resolves the issue. Fingers crossed. "

February 16th, 2019, 09:58 AM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Be forewarned, AZ members.
" Staunch anti-gun supporter and former American Mark Kelly has announced he will run for AZ senate race. With "Grab the Guns" Gabby at his side, he will pull a lot of heart strings and emotional votes in their cause.

Best defense is a good offense!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...cid=spartanntp "

February 12th, 2019, 09:32 AM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Confess something personal defense related....
" They claim confession is good for the soul. Well, although some have claimed I don't have one, here goes.

I've never been one for continued SD training. First off, I don't like people looking over my shoulder to evaluate me. Never have. Two, I never had the money and/or time to partake in advanced firearm training outside of the meager training the military provided. While I haven't exactly poo-pooed advanced/continued training, I haven't particularly endorsed it either.

As things go, I took an opportunity to meet up with a forum member from another forum who was coming to a nearby range to have an "informal discussion of self defense." My primary goal was simply to meet the guy, and anything else was just gravy. The informal discussion turned into a class on point shooting and discussions for which I was totally unprepared. And by unprepared, I mean I brought my Glock 30, a couple of full mags, and a box of reloads, as well as my 6906 and a couple of loaded mags.

Long story short, I took a class on point shooting for as long as my ammo lasted (which ironically matched how long my back and knees lasted) and had my eyes opened wide on the effectiveness of point shooting and close-up self defense. I could have gone to my back up gun, but my back and knees were shot, so I pulled up a chair and played mental sponge for the rest of the impromptu sessions. I found my forum member to be an excellent instructor whose teachings came from experience, not a preestablished lesson plan. He explained his reasoning for everything he presented. No "because I say so" instructions. All logic, reasoning, and forethought.

I'm sure many of us cannot afford the time and money it takes to enroll in continued firearm training, and that's okay. But for those who can manage to come up with the money and time but have been sitting on the fence about it, OV says it will be worth that time and money. It's good stuff.

So what would you fellow forum members care to confess to, as far as personal defense goes? "

February 8th, 2019, 11:59 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Think the lion-killing jogger is bad?.
" Idaho woman trying to break up a dog fight discovers it's a dog-mountain lion fight the hard way.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/id...cid=spartanntp

When you've got a lion by the tail--Don't turn loose! "

February 6th, 2019, 04:36 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread The Mongoose is broken in--sort of..
" I finally made it out to fireform my newly made 6mm Mongoose cases. What a PITA! As I was warned, the low load of 27 grains of H335 did not have enough oomph to cycle the AR action even once. Each round had to be cycled by hand. To add to that, the case catcher I tried would stuff a case in the action as I cycled them. I used a case catcher because I didn't want to chase my handmade cases across the shooting line and have people step on them. Need to work on that case catcher.

I'm using my Armalite AR lower and the trigger is NOT much for precision work, and I didn't expect much in that area either. I slapped on an old Bushnell Sportview 4X scope I had lying around and went for it. As expected, I chased holes in the target with the sights for a while, but I didn't care as the purpose of the session was fireforming cases, not accuracy or sighting in. I did end up getting marginally respectable groups at the end. The marginal part can mostly be blamed on me.

I really hate the collapsible stock on the lower. Somewhere down the road I plan on building a lower with an A1 stock and installing a good trigger. The milspec one will never work to the extent I want with the Mongoose.

.223 case on top, (badly) formed Mongoose case before fireforming in center, Fireformed Mongoose on bottom.
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Hard to tell much difference with the lousy pics, but the Mongoose is slightly shorter but wider in case width and the shoulder is changed from 30 to 40 degrees.

I didn't post any target pics because they weren't worthy of any bragging rights and Tangle would have eaten my lunch! It's going to be a long process in getting this rifle to where I want, but I've got nothing but time on my hands. And with that, tomorrow I'll start working on some real loads. Hopefully they'll cycle the danged action! "

February 4th, 2019, 04:23 PM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite

OldVet created the thread Stone's arrest....
" I've let the media hoopla run its course and pondered the event of Stone's arrest for a couple days now.

Just who did the FBI think they were arresting, some violent cartel leader from Columbia? Some deep, dark inner Miami gang lord? No...turn out it was just some old guy that probably has too much money and influence.

So FBI SWAT appears with cameras rolling, heavily armed and geared up for a firefight. What happened to knocking on the door and informing said individual they have a warrant for his arrest and to kindly come with them.

It is apparent to me the fears of the jacked-booted federal law enforcement agencies have come to fruition. If any of you think there can't be a raid on your house at o'dark-thirty to arrest you and seize all of your "weapons," you might want to ponder this recent event a bit also.

Dominoes. We're all dominoes all lined up, waiting for the first one to be tipped over. "

January 27th, 2019, 10:05 AM   0 Comment(s)   Favourite