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Messages - Shootshellz

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Well, for starters, forcing the officers to be disciplined only by a panel made up of civilians appointed by the mayor (both with an axe to grind against the police). Then allowing any transfers within the department to be made for any reason management sees fit instead of good cause (read: punishing those who are opposed to the 'party line' or to favor a boot-licker). Plus promoting out of order to meet 'goals' (in other words, reverse discrimination). Those are a few examples that come to mind. There is a very old mantra in police work: 'all you have to do is answer the radio'. If you want a police department that is demoralized, punished for pro-active police work, and whose officers can't wait to either quit, transfer to another department or retire then take away their union representation, period, end of story. By the way, police officers, like everybody else, have the right to free association. Just as you have the right to join a church, bowling league, or the Elks.

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Politics, Gripes, Complaints / Re: Proof of Russian Collusion?
« on: March 04, 2018, 02:03:28 AM »
How, exactly, could the Russians influence any elections in the USA? All voting districts are independent from one another (even within the same state). And why does the media ignore the PROVEN election meddling that the Obozo administration committed against Israel (read: ca$h for Netanyahu's opponent)?

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 The police guild (union) I belonged to in a VERY blue major metropolitan city was the ONLY thing that kept the police from being totally neutered. Liberals HATE the police and will do anything to limit their effectiveness. 364 days out of the year their attitude is 'FU*K the pigs! SCREW the PO-LICE' until the one day of the year when their fat azzes are in a jam they then scream: 'HEEELLLP! POLICE! HEEEEELLLP!' So no, unions have NOT outlived their usefulness, IMHO.

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Off Topic Discussion (NON FIREARM RELATED) / Re: ..sunday's rain..
« on: February 25, 2018, 11:14:05 PM »
Here in western Washington state it is news when it is not raining. Had to chuckle at you Texans but don't take it personally. We don't tan; we rust. Oh well, that is why we are the Evergreen State and rain keeps the air clean. P.S. How do you tell a native Washingtonian? They automatically turn on their windshield wipers before leaving the garage.

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Rifles & Shotguns / Re: Shotgun training
« on: February 13, 2018, 11:36:03 PM »
All is good, amigo. IMHO it is a 'practical and realistic' issue when any innocent is injured with any type of projectile fired by you no matter what your situation (ask your lawyer if you don't believe me). I have always believed Murphy was an optimist and what can go wrong will go wrong (at the worst possible moment). You do what you are comfortable with and I will do the same. Cheers!

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Rifles & Shotguns / Re: Shotgun training
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:15:02 PM »
If a 00 pellet strikes an eye it does not have to have much energy at all to do significant damage. And as a retired LEO I can assure you I went on many dispatched calls where a neighbor thought something suspicious was going on in the neighborhood and the homeowner had no clue the police were called until I knocked on their door. Go on a few 'ride alongs' with your local police department. You will be amazed what you learn.

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Rifles & Shotguns / Re: Shotgun training
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:16:48 PM »
IMHO over-penetration should always be a concern no matter where one lives. Who knows if a stray pellet could strike some innocent person outside your home? This includes police officers who may have been dispatched to your home without your knowledge. There is no calling back a shotgun pellet that has left your barrel. No need for rounds that over-penetrate when so many other effective loads are available.

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Rifles & Shotguns / Re: Shotgun training
« on: February 12, 2018, 10:10:19 PM »
IMHO 00 buckshot is not applicable to home defense purposes as it readily penetrates sheetrock at close range. #1 or #4 buckshot is the ticket inside a residence.

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Yup; some company probably will pick them up. And then they will milk them for all they are worth and ruin the product like the current owners. Just like Daimler did to Chrysler. Welcome to the new economic business model.

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Rifles & Shotguns / Re: Shotgun training
« on: February 11, 2018, 02:26:42 AM »
No slithering critters where I live (except for possums) but I thing shotgun training is great. Many believe that pointing a shotgun loaded with defensive ammo (read: non bird shot) in the general direction of a target is all that is required. Actually, it is easy to miss at close range with a shotgun shooting defensive ammo (I have seen it happen). Don't forget learning to shoot both from the shoulder and the hip (by placing the side of the buttstock against your hip and using footwork to guide you to the target). Find some low recoil defensive loads for training; your shoulder will thank you.

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Ammunition / Re: Ammo prices dropping?
« on: February 11, 2018, 02:08:34 AM »
IMHO it is not about passing laws but appointing conservative judges; especially Supreme Court justices. Presidents and politicians come and go after a few years but federal judges are appointed for life. P.S. One man's 'hoarding' is another man's 'stocking up'. Depends upon whose ox is being gored.

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Optics, Lights, Lasers, Holsters & Accessories / Re: gun belt/heavy gun
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:36:09 AM »
Anyone living in the Dallas area have any experience with the leather belts made by D.M. Bullard in Azle? I will be visiting the area next month and thought I would stop by his shop.

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Handguns and Revolvers / Re: Why the trend to striker fired pistols?
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:27:32 AM »
Does one still have to take a class to obtain a Texas CCW permit? I was amazed that was the case in Texas. Here in Washington you go through a background check, pay the fee and your permit is mailed to you (we are a 'shall issue' state with no training requirement). Back to the subject; I enjoy shooting my Walther Creed with a pre-cocked (external) hammer. Best of both worlds, IMHO. P.S. Many years ago in the academy we were taught to eject a dud round immediately and never futz with attempting to re-strike same, no matter what style of pistol.

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Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:11:11 AM »
If you liked Snoqualmie pass you would love the North Cascades pass (not opened until the mid 1970's). Called 'America's Alps'. Can't stay in Texas for more than a week or so; 'dry heat' or 'wet heat' is still HEAT to me and I hate hot weather. I will take the rain any day; plus it keep the air clear and the mountains green. Whatever trips your trigger; a difference of opinion is what makes a horse race. P.S. The sugar soda tax is only within Seattle city limits, not the entire state.

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Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello
« on: February 09, 2018, 06:37:00 PM »
Then you need to visit Washington to increase your 'being impressed' statistics!

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Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello
« on: February 08, 2018, 11:26:45 PM »
Glad you liked Mt. Rainier. I hate to admit it, but after living 55+ years in Washington state I have never visited same. Kind of like a Texan never visiting the Alamo (I have been there). I will be driving to Dallas in mid-March and am hoping for an arctic front moving in while I am there. When you decide you visit again give me a shout; lots to see and do in this corner of the USA.

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Introduce Yourself / Hello
« on: February 07, 2018, 09:26:54 PM »
Retired LEO here from western WA state (Seattle area). Been to Texas and will visit in the future. Friendly folks and good (but different) food. One issue: I am very uncomfortable when the temperature is above 75 degrees (one of the reasons I live in Washington). Greetings from the Evergreen State!

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I take the less fancy route and place mine in plastic Sterilite pencil boxes available at Wal-Mart. They are translucent and have a snap-on lid with a rear hinge. They were priced at 25 cents each on clearance after school began. They also are handy to transport magazines to the range.

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Optics, Lights, Lasers, Holsters & Accessories / Re: Preferance
« on: February 07, 2018, 08:59:23 PM »
Leather, hands down. IMHO plastic holsters 'print' like crazy underneath clothing.

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Optics, Lights, Lasers, Holsters & Accessories / Re: Range Bag
« on: February 07, 2018, 08:57:44 PM »
I keep my shotgun stuff in a plastic tool box. Not fancy but it works. Light and rustproof (a must for us from Washington State).

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