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Gun News & Laws / Why I carry a Gun, Or Grandpa's Advice!
« on: April 16, 2019, 02:58:35 PM »
I pulled this off my brother's Facebook page that he posted the other day. I thought it was pretty good read, and thought all of you might enjoy it......

Why Carry a Gun?
My old Grandpa said to me, 'Son, there comes a time in every man's life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps and usually it's when he becomes too old to take a whoopin'.'
I don't carry a gun to kill people; I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
I don't carry a gun because I'm evil; I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the World.
I don't carry a gun because I hate the government; I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
I don't carry a gun because I'm angry; I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone; I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
I don't carry a gun to make me feel like a man; I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.
I don't carry a gun because I feel inadequate; I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.
I don't carry a gun because I love it; I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.
Police protection is an oxymoron: Free citizens must protect themselves because police do not protect you from crime; they just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.
Personally, I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to take a whoopin'!

In 1911, Turkey established gun control:
∑ From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control:
∑ From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1938 Germany established gun control:
. From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935:
. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956:
. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964:
∑ From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970:
∑ From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

56 million defenseless people were rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control.

You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
*Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect ONLY the law-abiding citizens.
With guns, we are 'citizens'; without them, we are 'subjects'.
During WW II, the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
Gun owners in the USA are the largest armed forces in the World!
If you value your freedom, please spread this anti-gun control message to all of your friends.
The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense.
The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either.
∑ I'm a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment! If you are too, please forward this. If you're not a believer, please reconsider the true facts. This is history; and if we do not want history to repeat itself, we must wake up.

Handguns and Revolvers / The Alien Pistol!
« on: April 14, 2019, 08:00:53 PM »
The Alien pistol. It looks rather interesting. Definitely different.

Politics, Gripes, Complaints / Slavery Reparations......
« on: April 13, 2019, 08:12:17 PM »
Talk about some stupid crap! So people that have never known slavery, just because their ancestors might have been slaves, think they are owed reparations? None of my family has ever owned a slave that I'm aware of, but I guess since I'm a white middle-class American, that makes me responsible to make amends for what slave owners did long before I was ever even born.

I'm sick to death of hearing this crap.

Sometimes there are things we want to talk about, or discuss that may not really fit into a specific section of topics, or might be not enough for it's own dedicated thread, Ya know, useless bits of information!

I'll start it off. Yesterday, I bought a new coffee-maker to replace my old one. I bought my old one at Walmart about sixteen years ago, for less than $15 IIRC. I think I got my money's worth out of it! The new one was also bought at Walmart, for about $11. It's that Walmart brand, Mainstays. A 12 cup version. I made a batch of tea last night in it, and it showed me just how slow the old one had gotten!

The wife and I went to Dollar Tree yesterday afternoon, and we bough some flower bulbs and flower seeds, that I planted yesterday for her.

I have done this thread on several different forums over the years, and it's always been kind of fun.

Just talking about just anything that comes up. Wives, cars, jobs, guns, music, funny6 jokes or things we do, or use to do on Friday night.

For many years, I worked third shift or nights and many times it meant working the weekends. When I was married, it wasn't that big a deal, but when I was not, sometimes it was huge drag! The current wife and I use to love to go out to eat on Friday evening, and then head over to our favorite club in town, have a few beers, listen to the band playing and dance the two-step!

Gun News & Laws / Kamala Harris on Guns........
« on: April 12, 2019, 04:14:03 AM »
I'll just leave this here, and let all of you read it, and then come to your own conclusions.

On another forum there was a similar thread, and it was pretty popular, and I got lots of ideas for dinner just reading many of the posts!

Tonight we had leftovers from last night. The wife made some killer salsbury steaks from scratch, cooking them in the crock pot. along with some homemade mashed potatoes, corn and some fresh rolls from the local bakery. The gravy had plenty of onions and mushrooms in it, and I ate WAY more than I should have! But it was so good.  :th_thicon_idea:

In this day and age, and being an older person now, I do hold certain opinions about guns, or particular guns. Some of them may even be biased, based upon my own experiences and background with guns, and some may not even be very popular, but they are mine to have.

I do like 1911's, and have owned more than a few over the years, and still find them to be one of the most attractive pistol platforms ever designed. Now one thing I don't abide by, are lights and lasers hanging off a rail underneath a 1911! Nope! Nada! Zip! Ain't happening on any 1911 I own. John Browning would be turning over in his grave if he saw that!

I sort of like Glocks, in the sense they are a very well designed and well functioning pistol platform. What I do take exception to, is the "Perfection" label attributed to them, as if they were the only functioning brand ever made in a polymer design. I really take exception to Glock fanboys. Please, don't get me started on them. They are almost as bad, if not worse than the 1911 fanboys.

I'm gotten to the point that I'm sick to death of hearing, or seeing "Tactical" attached to just about anything. People, it's been beat to death! And unless you are in the military in combat, it's just a selling point to get you to buy a product. Pretty much like the "Zombie" fad several years ago. I hope that one has finally died off. (pun intended!)

James Yeager! What a maroon and doofus. One of the worst representatives of the gun community. That guy should go off in the desert, find a cave and become a monk and a vow of silence. That would be the only way he would be able to represent the gun community in a positive way.

People saying they "built" an AR. Seriously? Nope. You assembled a bunch of parts and now you have an AR! It's like a Lego set for grown-up men! Seriously! With all the YouTube videos out there, a ten year old kid could assemble an AR. Seriously! Don't get me wrong, I even own a couple of AR's and I do like them and have owned a few for over twenty five years. But I know what an AR is, and I fully understand what it takes to assemble one. It's really not rocket science. Seriously.

I like Taurus handguns. I really do. I even own a couple and even plan on buying more in the future. I'm tired of them getting a bad rap because of few bad apples.

Okay, time for my blood pressure medicine.  :wave1:

Cars, Trucks, Bikes, Atvs / New Jeep Gladiator......
« on: April 10, 2019, 12:18:26 AM »

So what does every one think of Jeep bringing back a truck to their line-up? Myself, I always liked the Jeep trucks, especially the older Gladiator J10's.

Does anyone think they are a viable alternative to the other brands of trucks, or just a fad, or niche vehicle?


I got a kick out of reading this article! I have in my past professional career dealt with just about every one of these problem employees to some degree. Many of them, I would fire to set an example of what exactly I was not going to tolerate from my employees. Fire a few of the worst offenders, and usually the others, the middle of the road fence sitters, fall right into line!

Rifles & Shotguns / The Myth of Breaking In A new Barrel!
« on: April 09, 2019, 11:14:17 PM »
This happens to show up quite frequently over the years. Do I need to "break in" the barrel of my new rifle?

I'd like to pass along some of my thoughts on this. Gun manufacturers have gotten better at machining and rifling barrels, using much better tooling and machines for the process of rifling barrels. One of the main reasons for "breaking in" a barrel had to do with the smoothness of the bore, and it's tendency to copper. or powder foul when fired. During the process of "breaking in" the barrel, firing a couple of shots and then cleaning, then repeating that process several times, was in essence a way of smoothing the bore so it didn't foul as fast, or more shots could be fired before fouling occurred, and then affecting the accuracy.

Most after-market barrels are already polished before the consumer gets the barrel. Gun manufacturers are using much better procedures, and tooling to make the bores much smoother than those in the past. So does "breaking in" a barrel help? IMO, in these current times with modern rifles, I suspect it doesn't accomplish anything that is going to result in greater accuracy of the rifle. Does it hurt? I would have to say no, it doesn't.

Personally, I think this is something that dates back to many years ago, and at one time, back  years ago, it probably did serve a useful purpose. Today? Not so much anymore.

  So who are the best all time guitarists of all time? Any genre counts.

Here are my top listings in no specific order.

1. Eric Clapton.
2. Jerry Reed.
3. Roy Clark.
4. Jimmy Page.
5. James Burton.
6. Eddie Van Halen.
7. Joe Walsh.
8. Chet Atkins.
9. Glen Campbell.
10. Duane Allman.
11. B.B. King.
12. Vince Gill.
13. Stevie Ray Vaughan.
14. Jimmie Vaughan.
15. Jimi Hendrix.
16. Derek Trucks.
17. Scotty Moore.
18. Buddy Guy.
19. Bo Diddley.
20. Glenn Frey.

Defensive Tactics / Accuracy: Combat or Target?
« on: April 07, 2019, 09:24:54 PM »
What are everybodyís thoughts on combat accuracy vs target shooting. What level accuracy versus speed of shooting is acceptable in a self defense scenario?

General Survival Discussion / K.I.S.S.! Or How To Survive!
« on: April 07, 2019, 09:22:58 PM »
K.I.S.S. stands for Keep It Simple Stupid! this is my philosophy to my approach in most matters of life, but also one i strive for in self defense and personal protection. also kind of goes along with another older philosophy of, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

for the most part, i try to steer away from the latest, greatest and newest things on the market. i like to see something on the market before jumping on the boat. personally i'd like to see if the boat sinks or floats before paying my money for the ride! also i'm an older guy, and for me change does sometimes come slowly. but i also look to see if something meets the virtues that someone extols on an item, and to see if it bears it out and becomes proven to perform. my money is hard-earned and i feel i need to spend it wisely. that, and i have to judge whether something new does the job better than what i already have and if the investment will serve my needs.

but for the most part i try and adhere to keeping things as simplistic and basic as possible. i go for what does the job i need something for, and steer away from extra features or gadgets that serve no purpose for my own needs or situations that i might need an item for.

i try and apply this to my needs of self defense and personal protection. using what works in the most simple of manners. less is more, is a mantra i have adhered to as well. sometimes things you don't necessarily need are more of a liability than an asset.

i will not mentions specific brands of anything, since it's up to the individual to decide if an item or brand serves their specific needs. and everyone has different requirements and under different circumstances than mine. so what works well for my specific and unique circumstances, may be a poor choice or option for others. so for me to recommend specific items, or brands would be a huge disservice to others, since i know nothing of their unique circumstances in life or their needs or wants.

i am partial to things that perform as designed, and are proven by not just manufacturer claims, or advertising, but by people in the real world, who actually use them. i try to balance need, quality, and price in my buying decisions of such items. i will not spend $1000 for a shotgun, or $300 for a flashlight, when a $300 shotgun, or a $50 flashlight will do just as good a job i need it for, without spending needless money for the sake of spending money for bragging rights. but i won't begrudge someone who does, simply because their needs may be much different than mine, and they may need the higher cost items than i do for their unique or specific requirements. everyone needs to do their own personal and honest assessments of their needs based upon what meets their own requirements for self defense or personal protection.

i also base my buying decisions and use something only after it meets my own proven standards to place my trust in an item, that i might need in a life or death situation. anything i buy new or used is put through it's paces by me personally. i never assume, just because it has a name brand and has a stellar reputation that it's going to perform at 110% level of performance. any manufacturer can make an item with a defect, or fault, and the time to find out any problems is during you own practice or testing, not when the $*** is flying to find out it has a problem. that could be a good way to get hurt or killed, or others as well. never assume anything. know for a fact that what you decide to use to defend yourself is proven beyond a doubt before relying upon it. this applies to guns, ammo, holsters, flashlights, ect., ect. test them out first in practice and under conditions as best that meed what the item would be called upon to be used for. know something works. never take anything for granted a your life, or your loved ones may depend upon the choices you make. the time to find problems and to correct them is during practice and testing, not when things have gone horribly wrong.

these are simply my person thoughts and opinions on such things. YMMV! :)

lets look at this in practical, and realistic manner. what type of pistol to carry? well, that is a very subjective question, and will be based upon the individual, and their own unique factors as to what is the best choice in pistols for carry purposes.

so, i'm not even going to focus on specific pistols or brands, but more in generalities that would apply to the majority of most people who carry.

now sometimes, what i see on various forums, this one as well, and many others over the years, is that sometimes, people tend to overthink, or try to make thinks more complex than they really need to be. this also concerns accessories that are associated with the pistol carry, like the holster, the ammo, and spare mags, or speedloaders, if it's a revolver.

so lets look at what is needed. first of all, a pistol of your choice! DUH! :D then a holster or case of some sort to carry the pistol, and then of course, ammo. what i tend to see is that people tend to focus too much on matters that IMO really don't matter a hill of beans for a carry pistol, that is carried for SD. how much accuracy do you really need? IMO, not that much, since most encounters of an attack where a LAC used their carry firearm in self defense, the average distance according to most statistics, is usually under twenty feet. so, being realistic, really how much accuracy is really needed? and from my own personal experiences and observances of owning a shooting many different pistols for more than forty years, most out of the box pistols are way more accurate than the people who own and shoot them. people many times tend to focus on sights too much as well. in a violent encounter, is the attacker going to allow you to take careful aim with the sights? some how, i think not. so don't make sights a big issue and learn to just shoot the pistol more by instinct, because in such an encounter, that is what you will need to rely upon. K.I.S.S. is my mantra! i like to think to keep things as simple as possible when it comes to a carry pistol. my main criteria, are how well it fits my hand and how reliable the pistol is. those two factors being met, i can work around most anything else. size will be a determining factor for most of us. so bear that in mind as well.

ammo. is another big thing that some get hung up on. don't. try out various ammo of a JHP type, and find what feeds reliably in your pistol. i concentrate on reliability more than any other factor. how well a particular ammo expands, or how far it penetrates, or how accurate are irrelevant to me. why? because if the pistol won't feed the ammo, those factors mean nothing. nada. zip. zero! even FMJ "ball" ammo that feeds reliably is superior to the best, or most expensive SD ammo on the market that won't in your pistol. reliability are what i stress people focus on with their ammo choices. most modern SD ammo from the major manufacturers, are going to perform pretty close to one another for the most part. focus on reliability. another question that pops up quite a bit when it comes to ammo. what ammo is the best for my pistol? gee, the ammo that feeds and works every time in your pistol.:rolleyes: what works in my pistols, and is my best choice, could be a very poor choice for your pistol. buy some ammo and try it out is the best answer i can give that question. go to the range and spend some time shooting your pistol and learn it. get comfortable with it. another one concerning accuracy again. i generally use about an 8" diameter at about 10 yards as my testing procedures for a carry pistol. if i can keep the entire magazine of ammo within that 8" circle at 10 yards, i call it acceptable as far as accuracy of what i feel is needed. again, i will stress, that most pistols out of the box, are going to for the most part, more accurate than the person who buys it, and shoots it.

holsters. whooooo....where to start! buy and try is my best advice. i generally go through at least two holsters per pistol, finding what works best for my purposes. so all others can do is really make suggestions as to what brands to look at that might work well for the person.

CHL - Concealed Handgun License / Open Carry, Vs. Concealed Carry!
« on: April 07, 2019, 09:06:26 PM »
Open carry vs. concealed carry, or both or either.

Just wanted to get an idea, of what most prefer and why, but in no way is this a condemnation of one over the other, or that one is necessarily better or worse than the other.

situational awareness.
exactly what is SA?
how important is this?
when should we practice it?
how do we practice it?

I think many people may have heard the term, situational awareness, but not fully understood exactly what it meant. it's basically paying very close attention to everything and everyone around you. looking for possible, or potential threats to you or others around you. this isn't about being paranoid, but cautious and being alert to your surroundings. this applies to everyone, regardless of whether they carry a firearm or not. it's about being vigilant that maybe you could possibly avoid a violent encounter with an attacker or at least be better prepared for an attack.

another suspicion I have is that some who do carry, may do so with a false sense of security. thinking that carrying is like some magical shield that will keep them safe, so therefor may not practice SA as they should. just because a person carries, does not make them immune to being attacked, and either not being in position to defend themselves, or having their weapon taken from them and stolen, or even used against them. read up on this for your education, it has happened before and could even happen to you.

we should exercise SA every time we are in public IMO. your brain is the best defense item you carry, besides your gut instincts. God gave you these, in order that you could defend yourself from attack. since God gave you these valuable tools, use them, or learn to use them. pay attention at all times to what and who is around you. be observant. look for things that seem wrong, or out of place. don't look in one direction, but scan your surrounding environment for possible threats.

this isn't about being paranoid. this is about being aware, and being prepared. the better prepared, the earlier the warning you have, the better your odds are at surviving a violent encounter IMO.

Gun News & Laws / Is The 2nd Amendmet Obsolete?
« on: April 07, 2019, 08:45:14 PM »
Liberals love to chant "The second is outdated" they usually say things like
"The British were still trying to invade!" Yes, but invading armies are still a thing.
"Semi automatic weapons didn't exist back then" Yes they did, and the founding fathers knew about them.
But back then many people were self sufficent, now 80.7 percent of the U.S. population lived in urban areas as of the 2010 Census. Urban areas are easier to control. Back then pretty much everyone owned a gun. Now only about 43 percent of U.S. households had at least one gun in possession and falling fast. Back then times were hard. As the saying goes: "Bad times make good men, Good times make bad men." This is the reason why we are taught that all difficult things are bad. This will make us weak and easy to control. As you can see the government will take over anyways the way we're headed.

Politics, Gripes, Complaints / Neighbors!
« on: April 07, 2019, 04:29:15 PM »
Not me of course! But just something I found on another forum that I thought would be interesting to discuss. Just for the fun of it of course!

So for the most part my business is my business and your business is your business. For instance I bought a house and my neighbor across the street has lots of cars in his front yard and is always working on them. Shortly after moving in he approached me about all the cars in front of his house, my response was I bought my house and you bought yours, what you do at your house is your business, btw, nice 4x4ís.

I have ANOTHER neighbor down the street, about a month ago the local PD visited his house, politely removed his front door shortly after blowing up his couch with a distractive device. They have been quiet ever since but now random cars are parking in front of my house and people walk squirm down to this other neighbors house.

Iím just looking for opinions here, how active would you be in one way or another making it known you donít approve. BTW my neighborhood is older, well established with some colorful neighbors but this is the only problem neighbor. My opinion is that the neighborhood should know whatís going on, the police should know whatís going on and the neighbor should know that the neighborhood and the police know whatís going on.

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