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Introduce Yourself / Re: RaySendero saying howdy
« on: December 06, 2017, 11:02:10 AM »
Welcome aboard, Ray

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General Gun Discussion / Dry Fire System
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:55:07 AM »

Iíve been using my DryFire shooting simulator for a few weeks now and I guess it is about time I voiced some opinion.  THIS IS NOT A VIDEO GAME, and if you use it for one you will miss an opportunity to significantly enhance your shotgun skills.  You will get out of this technology what you put into it because the basis of the system is scientific, not entertainment.   But, on the other hand, itís a ton of fun.
The system is made up of a stand-alone simulator, you the shooter (and others), software that you download onto your Windows PC, your gun(s), a laser/camera device that goes down the barrel of your gun and a choice of two methods to fire the laser.  One is mechanical (a push button), the other is an acoustic pick-up.  Both are magnetically attached to your shotgun, both have plus and minus attributes.
You need a flat wall about ten feet wide in a room with space enough to stand about 9-10 feet away.  Iíve got mine in a garage and it works great.  A nice scenic mural is great for ambience, but the flat wall is all you really need.
Okay, down to the nuts and bolts of this thing.  DryFire projects a clay pigeon transiting across the wall and you shoot at it with the laser.  Simple?  Not quite.  When you fire the laser you also take a picture of the action and the software calculates if the location of the laser beam and the target at the instant of firing are in proximity enough to destroy the target.  However, several hours before that decision is made you are going to have to provide a lot of vital information and the accuracy of that data is what makes this such a valuable tool.  If your measurements are exact, if you really pattern your shotgun, if you exactly align the laser, if you enter the specifics of you ammunition, weather and wind conditions, you can know with certainty that the shot you just took is in fact a duplicate of what you would have experienced at the range or in the field. 
But now comes the best part.  DryFire isnít only going to tell you if you hit the target or not, but where your shot cloud was in relation to the bird.  Itís the feedback that gives you the opportunity to learn and correct.  You get an instantaneous indication as well.  If you break the bird it goes away, if you miss it keep on flying.  You can cuss and fuss just like you do on the  range.
If you have any specific questions donít hesitate to ask me.  DryFire has a ton of videos available on their site and on U-Tube that put out a lot of information.  If you are near the Rio Grande Valley and would like to see the system in action, give me a call and come on over!

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Off Topic Discussion (NON FIREARM RELATED) / Re: Sucks getting old
« on: November 02, 2017, 09:48:48 PM »
Calm down, kids.  The first 70 are the roughest, after that it gets easier.  For years they told me I had cataracts but they kept giving me new Rx's.  Finally a couple years ago they took the cataracts out and put in lenses and I can see 20-20.  Need cheaters for reading, that's all.  I can't hear crap because of years of unprotected shooting, but that has its advantages too.  Enjoy it while you got it, whatever "it" is.

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I finally got my 25 posts which allows me to list stuff for sale and I haven't got anything left but some left over scopes from when I changed everything over to Vortex.  Meanwhile, after a summer of no rain, when I should be out at the lease getting ready for the deer opener, the caliche roads have turned to muck and mire.  What's a guy to do?

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Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello
« on: October 07, 2017, 11:36:34 AM »
Hi Mike - welcome from the Rio Grande Valley.

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Optics, Lights, Lasers, Holsters & Accessories / Re: DryFire USA
« on: October 07, 2017, 11:33:06 AM »
Well they ship quick, its on the truck.  Had I not opted for an additional 20 GA laser, the system would have been $995.  Off and running.

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Optics, Lights, Lasers, Holsters & Accessories / Re: DryFire USA
« on: October 05, 2017, 09:34:06 AM »
They are having a sale so I'll order a minimal system this week.  I have to find a cheap laptop to run it first, but I'll post my progress.

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Optics, Lights, Lasers, Holsters & Accessories / Re: DryFire USA
« on: October 04, 2017, 04:24:15 PM »
I have no problem with justifying the $$.  I know what it costs me to shoot a round of trap and I know that if it was convenient, I'd probably go out to the club every afternoon and bust a few.  Add on to that the time/expense just going out to the club, annual dues, wear and tear on the guns, cleaning, etc., its a deal in my estimation.  I'm in my 80th year now and living down here in the Rio Grande Valley means if you want to shoot during the summer months you're going to do it in 100+ degrees.  I'm going to try it out and we'll see how it works out.

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Optics, Lights, Lasers, Holsters & Accessories / DryFire USA
« on: October 02, 2017, 10:43:21 AM »
Its a laser shooting simulator system.  Just wondered if anybody has seen or used it and what their opinion is. 

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Might as well go dove hunting until zero hour hits.

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Introduce Yourself / Re: New to forum from Frisco
« on: September 16, 2017, 10:31:48 AM »
A welcome from the Rio Grande Valley.

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General Gun Discussion / Re: What was your last gun you bought?
« on: September 14, 2017, 06:31:00 PM »
As you know, gun makers make guns to fit John Smith.  John is 5'9.5" tall, weighs 165 lbs., has 32" arms and a medium neck.  Well, I'm not John Smith and never have been and you probably aren't either.  I'm 6'2", weigh 175, have 35" arms and a long neck.  An off the rack shotgun just doesn't fit me.  Well today I picked up my new TriStar TT-15 double trap gun with adjustable everything.  The length of pull, comb rise, cast on/off, rib and attitude are all movable and it come with two allen wrenches and a bag full of shims and spaces to get you a gun that comes up to your shoulder right every time.  The amazing thing is that this gun sells for roughly $1,100.  Comparable models with similar features go for a lot more bucks than that.  So I'm still reading through the brochure on how, and it what order, to make these fittings.  I already own one TriStar o/u (see posting above) and I've been thoroughly impressed with the bang to buck ration of these guns.  I'll let you know how this experiment works out.  Realize it is a pig in the poke, shot in the dark (pun intended) sort of deal, but at that price I had to try it.

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Rifles & Shotguns / Re: Save the life of my old partner
« on: September 14, 2017, 09:05:50 AM »
Many thanks for the tips.  We don't have a wide selection of gunsmiths in the RGV and certainly no old world artisans who can mill and temper a new part, but I do have a friend who has been rebuilding shotguns for most of his life that is pretty savvy on all things that go bang.  I'll pass these clues along to him and hope that one thread leads to another and we will come up with a solid source. 

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Rifles & Shotguns / Save the life of my old partner
« on: September 13, 2017, 07:17:15 PM »
My B.C. Muroku/Charles Daley o/u got sick during the opening day of dove season.  Gunsmith says that the lower barrel cocking arm is broken.  He has checked his primary old part suppliers with no luck.  Had this gun for a lot of years and although I'm not adverse to retiring it, I'd hoped to do it in perfect working condition.  Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

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Defensive Tactics / Re: Dry fire practice. Do you do it?
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:45:49 AM »
I remember an old instructor from "the school" saying, "when it feels natural, you're starting to become a shooter."  Dry fire seems a part of that drill, but I'll admit that I don't do it enough. 

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General Gun Discussion / Re: What was your last gun you bought?
« on: September 11, 2017, 10:04:21 AM »
Picture might not be great, but the gun is!

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Off Topic Discussion (NON FIREARM RELATED) / Re: FEMA
« on: September 05, 2017, 10:49:47 AM »
You know, I've spent about 35 years in government/military service and I can say with some certainty that contingency planning is not one of their strong suits.  But, as someone said, when you've got a situation that has to be dealt with and the resources aren't available you do what you gotta do.  I don't begrudge those guys the extra $$ one bit.  They'll be away from their families for an extended period of time and momma is going to be left at home to deal with all sorts of horrors.  If she gets new furniture out of the deal maybe it will make up for some of the anguish. 

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I can't say it is an everyday occurrence........lol    Whatever made you think of that?

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If they made a movie of my life I'd have to assume the entire entertainment industry was completely out of material.  So how about an animated feature?  Wylie Coyote, maybe?......lol

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Handguns and Revolvers / Re: The OFFICIAL Ruger Thread!
« on: September 04, 2017, 10:56:10 AM »
I've got to put in a plug for the Ruger No. 1.  I'm sort of a purist when it comes to rifles.  They need to be pretty and they need to be functional to the limit.  The old falling block action still has a role in modern sporting guns and it does that function flawlessly.  I own one presently, a 25-06 and I've previously owned a 6MM Remington and a .243.  You hunt a little differently when you only  have one round immediately available but I consider that a plus.  Yes, I've passed up shots that I might have tried if I had a repeater, but I don't regret it.  They're fine guns!

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