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Handguns and Revolvers / Ruger LCP II .22 LR
« on: January 02, 2020, 02:55:29 PM »

Cars, Trucks, Bikes, Atvs / Re: Tire sensor
« on: December 16, 2019, 09:34:51 PM »
About a week after buying a new car for my wife she hit a curb & the TPMS light has been on ever since. We put 150,000 + miles on it with black tape over the light. Someone failed to yield & totaled it 2 months ago. I was shocked to discover the other guy actually had insurance! Maybe that's being enforced now or I just got lucky. Meanwhile my wife is still hitting curbs in her new Mazda.

General Gun Discussion / Re: Back Up Gun (BUG)
« on: December 16, 2019, 09:21:52 PM »
I don't always carry a BUG. But when I do, I prefer my Beretta Pico.

SIG P210 Target. Would love to have one but it's not something I absolutely need. They run about $1,450 so it's not on my short list.

Handguns and Revolvers / Re: SIG P365
« on: November 02, 2019, 05:01:47 PM »
Aside from probably a slightly better trigger, the P365 has nothing to offer over my old Keltec P-11

And my mags are cheaper  :th_thicon_idea:

Oh yeah, the 12 round mags are flush fit.

I had forgotten about the P-11 & that it's DAO. I prefer DAO so I never got a P365 or Hellcat. I'll look around for a P-11 locally.

General Gun Discussion / Re: 5rds 38Spl +P vs 8rds 32ACP?
« on: October 20, 2019, 09:58:36 PM »
Maybe use the Beretta Tomcat as a backup gun. Sometimes I carry a Beretta Pico as my BUG to my .38. 

General Gun Discussion / Re: Bullets whizzing over your head
« on: September 05, 2019, 07:00:53 AM »
I've never been under-fire. I think I heard bullets over my head a few years ago. From a rough area of town, maybe 1/2 miles away I heard "pop pop pop" 6 times & a few seconds later I heard 6 warbly sounding whistles over my head which I think were tumbling bullets. This was about 2:00 am & I've heard it before but not the bullets.

General Gun Discussion / This Gun Is Older Than Me
« on: July 05, 2019, 12:31:07 AM »
I remember when these Colts came out. Seriously my nephew inherited this last year. 

Cars, Trucks, Bikes, Atvs / Re: Two Wheels!
« on: July 04, 2019, 04:51:33 PM »

online roll dice.  Thanks, I'll bookmark that sight. 

Handguns and Revolvers / Re: Let's see a pic of your nightstand gun!
« on: June 05, 2019, 06:36:34 PM »
    I finally got the techie thing figured out, here's my pic.

Cars, Trucks, Bikes, Atvs / Re: Two Wheels!
« on: June 01, 2019, 01:27:11 PM »
I tried putting a pic here. Clicked on "Attachments and other options" Nothing. Clicked on "Insert image" & "hyperlink & it gave me characters that don't post. Symbols & letters. I have a pic, just can't get it from my computer to this page. I'm about as techie as Fred Flintstone. Changing my avatar was easy, that's my bike.

Cars, Trucks, Bikes, Atvs / Re: Two Wheels!
« on: May 11, 2019, 03:21:15 PM »
Just got a new bike. Honda NC700XE. New leftover with zero miles for a good price. I think they're clearing these out to make room for the new NC750XE. First impressions; MUCH easier for me to roll this around. Much more nimble handling & better low-end torque. Comfortable ergonomics. It's only about 20 pounds lighter than my Suzuki but the center of gravity is lower. It feels 100 pounds lighter. Gas tank is under the seat & the cylinders are laid down almost horizontally. Like Hickock45 says "Life is good!" It would be better if it would stop raining! 

Cars, Trucks, Bikes, Atvs / Re: Two Wheels!
« on: May 07, 2019, 10:47:33 AM »
I mowed enough lawns to buy a minibike when I was a kid & I rode the snot out of it until I was old enough to earn $1.25 an hour & bought a used 1973 Honda SL100. Still riding 46 years later. Current bike is a 2007 Suzuki DL650 I bought new but seriously thinking about replacing it. At 62 I'm noticing how top-heavy it is getting it in & out of the garage & around 2 vehicles. And how expensive it is to drop it. $104 for a broken off starter button. Broken levers, turn signals, mirrors, dented tank, etc. I didn't notice it at 50. I notice it now at 62. I'm looking at smaller bikes, mid-size cruisers or the Honda NC700/750X which has a lower center of gravity. I've seen older, smaller guys riding Gold Wings or 800 pound cruisers so I think it's more about center of gravity than weight. My DL650 is like riding a freakin' giraffe.

Politics, Gripes, Complaints / Re: Way too go Dallas
« on: April 13, 2019, 12:02:18 AM »
In Nov '99 an illegal alien entered east bound I-30 from Fort Worth about 90 mph at night & knocked a black Honda sedan straight across the highway which I hit broadside. 2 witnesses followed the illegal alien all the way to Glenn Heights, sometimes @ 110 mph. They said 4 guys got out, looked at the car & stumbled in the house like they were drunk. Honda was totaled, my car got $3,000 of damage. Witnesses told the cops, who came out a few days later. He confessed to everything. Court date was set in Fort Worth. I showed up & the 2 witnesses did too. Private investigator said the guy was an illegal alien, had no insurance, no driver's license, no registration & just bought the car from a guy who wanted proof of insurance & was given a fake business card. Spoke no English. Judge said "Don't do it again, you're free to go." He walked out laughing & I felt like knocking his teeth out. And the judge's.

General Gun Discussion / Re: Hearing Protection.
« on: March 27, 2019, 12:34:48 PM »
My closet gun range is indoors & I quit going on weekends after I retired. I wore ear plugs & earmuffs but 20-30 minutes was all I could stand. Felt like I was inside a bass drum with an ape pounding on it. Best time is Monday morning. 2-3 lanes used instead of 24 & that's when I go now. Plus no 30 minute wait. I had some decent earmuffs but the plastic headband broke in half. Also I was tired of trying to read lips when the rangemaster spoke to me. Got Howard Leight Impact Pro electric earmuffs. I could hear the rangemaster but these were louder. I stuffed more plastic foam into the ear cups, helped a little. Got gel ear pads, helped a little. Glued the ear pads on, helped a little more but these still aren't as quit as my cheap passive muffs. So it's Monday mornings only or drive 45 + minutes to an outdoor range.

Cars, Trucks, Bikes, Atvs / Re: Micro Trucks.
« on: March 24, 2019, 09:41:30 AM »
I always liked micro vehicles. Probably comes from wanting a go kart so badly in my youth. I miss mini trucks, if they still made them I'd buy one. I borrowed my Dad's 1992 Dodge Ram 50 once & it was a blast to drive. Handled like a sports car & torquey enough to spin the tires but got 30 mpg. He paid a whopping $8,300 for it. Today's trucks are basically big sedans without trunk lids.

Handguns and Revolvers / Re: What handgun is next on your list?
« on: March 24, 2019, 09:24:55 AM »
I hadn't planned on buying a new gun anytime soon & I just finished telling my wife I had all the guns I wanted. Then I went to Academy for ammo. Saw the new Taurus TX22, held it & bought it. The most comfortable grip I've tried. Great trigger. 5 pounds, short & crisp. Feels like 4 pounds. Short reset. Vey accurate & fun to shoot. Decent sights but for target shooting I like a thin blade in a narrow notch. 16 round magazine, striker fired & mine's very reliable. Maybe I got lucky. A new Taurus with no problems. I know some bad magazines got out & Taurus is replacing them. Also a magazine loading tool didn't come with these pistols but soon will. It needs one if you have wide fingertips.

General Gun Discussion / Re: Any planned 2019 purchases?
« on: March 17, 2019, 02:28:56 PM »
I hadn't planned on buying a new gun this year but I just did. Went to Academy for ammo, saw the new Taurus TX22 & took a look. The most comfortable pistol I've ever picked up. Perfect grip. Excellent trigger & accurate too. 16 round magazine, striker fired. Front sight needs to be a little higher, it shot a little high. Rear sight is adjustable but mine's bottomed out, not quite enough. Also seriously needs a magazine loader but Taurus is supposed to start making those soon & including them in the box. Some Youtube guys say these eat up Walmart bulk ammo, I haven't tried the cheap stuff yet. Fun gun at a great price & cheap to shoot, 22 LR. Yeah it's a Taurus but they put some thought into this pistol.

Handguns and Revolvers / Re: S&W M&P .380 EZ
« on: March 10, 2019, 06:34:51 AM »
I plan on renting one next time my wife comes with me to the range. Might be perfect for her. Most 380 pistols are snappy because either they're tiny & light or they're blowback design. This 380 is neither. The closest competitor I see is maybe the Ruger LC380 which is based on the old LCR 9mm, with that trigger some didn't like. It's also a little smaller than the S&W EZ 380. My wife lost interest in shooting & maybe because my guns are suited for me, not her. Something like this may change that. My wife hated shooting my Beretta Pico 380. Didn't even finish the magazine. The grip is even too small for her tiny hands. Time to buy her a gun she will enjoy shooting. The EZ comes with or without a manual safety. >Update: Prepper Gun Shop has these for $299.99.

General Gun Discussion / Gun Shopping Tool
« on: March 10, 2019, 06:09:10 AM »
Most have probably seen this, if not here it is. Filter for whatever handgun you're looking for & get specs & info on it. Some include user reviews.

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