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Landing lights were the same diameter as a standard headlamp, but deeper as they were closer to parabolic.   This gave them very long but narrow range.  I had to add some notches to get them to fit in the little alignment cutouts as the notches are different on aircraft vs. automotive lights.  Plug was a bit different so I soldered some heavy gauge on the back of the landing lights to just fit the existing lights.  That allowed me to put the regular high beams back in for annual inspections.

Then I had to figure out what the maximum current the system could supply to them (after realizing they pulled 30-40 amps each). Bottom line was I could only run the landing lights and radio but not the AC unit at the same time. 

Reflective signs at a mile lit up.

Without looking the '69 had the hi beams in the grill right? Could you use the floor pressure switch for on/off or did you have to rig up a toggle or something?
I was decent shade tree mechanic back in the day but not as good as some of my buddies. For my current car, a Genesis, you need a special tool just to get to the oil drain plug. The last repair I completed was replacing the mass air flow filter on my 09 Shelby. It was a PITA.
Shipwreck, sorry for hijacking your thread but stuff like this is very interesting to me.

That be BRIGHT!

(But not nearly as bright as the aircraft landing lights I put in my 1969 Mustang :) for high beams. )

Just curious but how did you rig that?

DCD327: Just going by what the manager of my LGS told me and I trust his knowledge on these type of things. I do know that the second generation PMR 30's have a non fluted barrel. Mine is non fluted. I know starting in '11 or '12 Kel Tec began replacing the Generation 1 barrels free of charge. Don't know if they still do but I would guess probably so. No FFL needed for a barrel swap.
I've had five Kel Tec's in the last eight years but never had to deal with their customer service. Their PLR 16 was a jamomatic but I sold it with full disclosure to a young man that begged me to sell it to him.

The first edition of PMR 30 (2010 through 2014) were pretty ammo sensitive and had keyhole issues. Mine is a 2nd edition 2015 manufacture. Kel Tec provides a in box warning about what ammo manufactures to avoid but I've run everything through it from Armscor to Winchester w/o a hiccup. I fitted mine with a IProtec light and Burris Fastfire III red dot. When I go with friends to the range it's the most requested firearm to bring along. It's a fire breather and one loud SOB. Accurate too.

 I understand that rim fire hammers need that extra oomph but the LCR .22 mag was a little to heavy for this old dude to get any decent follow up shots. I do have the PMR and CMR 30 which are great shooters. Fire breathers for sure and dead accurate.

I like innovative firearms, revolvers and the .22 magnum round but this one.....I don't know. Would like to shoot it though.

General Gun Discussion / Re: At the indoor range today
« on: January 09, 2019, 11:16:07 PM »
Very cool.

It takes a while to get used to shooting at that dark range. But now I prefer it. I like shooting rifles outside. But when it comes to shooting handguns, I prefer to shoot there.
And it was actually cool inside. Did the hot brass dance when I caught a spent .380 case down the back of my shirt.

General Gun Discussion / At the indoor range today
« on: January 09, 2019, 09:48:41 PM »
Wife and I went to the local indoor range today. Wife hadn't shot her Bersa .380 in a few months and I also brought along three .38 SP revolvers including my EDC Colt Detective Special and my Hi Power.
As Ship and a couple of others on this forum can attest too this range has no ambient light but more than enough artificial light to shoot out to the fifty foot limit. I shot my Colt first and had real trouble lining up the front blade. Was all over place at twenty feet. Not much better with with my 3" LCRx. Wife say's I would probably do better if I took off my sunglasses. :icon_redface: Prescription Ray Bans. Took them off and put on my regular specs. Much better.
Wife puts a magazine down range.

Went home popped a beer and took a nap.


Bianchi/Safariland leather has always been my preference with DeSantis being a close second. Being old school a thumb break retention strap is a must on any holster I buy. Looking through the Craft web site I see a few that peak my interest and meet my basic criteria. Leather, thumb break with a slightly forward cant and their prices seem pretty competitive with Bianchi and DeSantis.
Picking up a new Shield .380 and will need a new holster so I'll be making a decision soon enough.

What would have been a "fair" firearm?  12ga. w/00 or slugs? .45ACP/.44 Mag/.357 Mag or something similar? How about a deer rifle in .243 or 30.06?
I have no empathy for juvenile criminals. None. These punks were old enough to know better and I bet this wasn't their first rodeo. You reap what you sow.

Gun News & Laws / I don't always agree with Judge A. Napalitono
« on: January 05, 2019, 04:33:07 PM »
But I'll make an exception here:
Most of the mass killings by guns in the United States in recent years — Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino and Orlando — took place in venues where local or state law prohibited carrying guns, even by those lawfully licensed to do so. The government cheerfully calls these venues “gun-free zones.” They should be called killing zones.
After a while, these events cease to shock; but they should not cease to cause us to re-examine what the government has done to us.
We know from reason, human nature, and history that the right to defend yourself is a natural instinct that is an extension of the right to self-preservation, which is itself derived from the right to live. Life is the great gift from the Creator, and we have a duty to exercise our freedoms to preserve life until its natural expiration. But the lives we strive to preserve should not be those actively engaged in killing innocent life.

The Framers recognized this when they ratified the Second Amendment, which the Supreme Court recently held was written to codify — and thus, prevent the government from infringing on — the pre-political right to own and use modern-day weapons for self-defense or to repel tyrants.

The term “pre-political” derives from the language of the Second Amendment, which protects “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” The constitutional reference of “the” right to keep and bear arms makes clear that the Framers recognized that the right pre-existed the government because it stems from our humanity. That’s why pre-political rights are known as fundamental or natural rights.

Because the right to use modern weaponry for the defense of life, liberty and property are natural, we should not need a government permission slip before exercising it, any more than we need one to exercise other natural rights, such as speech, press, assembly, travel and privacy.

Yet since the Progressive era 100 years ago — ushered in by Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson and enabled by nearly every president since — the government has taken the position that it can care for us better than we can care for ourselves. So it has severely curtailed our rights and left us reliant on the government itself for protection.

The modern-day massacres are proof beyond a doubt that the government cannot protect us.

In the Orlando tragedy, for example, the man who killed 49 and wounded 53 used a handgun and a rifle. The handgun accepted magazines containing 17 bullets, and the rifle accepted magazines containing 30 bullets. The killer, using both weapons, fired more than 250 times that Sunday morning. That means he reloaded his weapons about a dozen times. Each time he reloaded, he stopped shooting, as it is impossible for any person to shoot and reload simultaneously.

The modern-day massacres are proof beyond a doubt that the government cannot protect us.

We know from forensics that the killer was a poor shot. We can deduce from that knowledge that he was a slow reloader. One learns to shoot first and reload later. It is likely that it took between three and seven seconds each time he reloaded the handgun and longer with the rifle. In those time periods, any trained person carrying a handgun in that Orlando nightclub could have wounded or killed him — and stopped the slaughter.

Don’t expect to hear that argument from the gun control crowd in the government. It is the same crowd that has given us the killing zones. It is the same crowd that does not trust you to protect yourself.

Hillary Clinton called the rifle the Orlando killer carried a “weapon of war.” It is not. It is the same rifle that her Secret Service detail carries. Many of her acolytes have called it an assault rifle. It is not. It fires one round for each trigger pull. True assault rifles — not those that the politicians have renamed assault rifles because they have a collapsible stock and a bayonet holder (I know this sounds ridiculous, but it's true) — fire numerous rounds per trigger pull. They have been outlawed on U.S. soil since 1934.

What do we have here?

We have a government here that is heedless of its obligation to protect our freedoms. We have a government that, in its lust to have us reliant upon it, has created areas in the U.S. where innocent folks living their lives in freedom are made defenseless prey to monsters — as vulnerable as fish in a barrel. And we have mass killings of defenseless innocents — over and over and over again.

We have a government here that is heedless of its obligation to protect our freedoms. We have a government that, in its lust to have us reliant upon it, has created areas in the U.S. where innocent folks living their lives in freedom are made defenseless prey to monsters — as vulnerable as fish in a barrel. And we have mass killings of defenseless innocents — over and over and over again.

How dumb are these politicians who want to remove the right to self-defense? There are thousands of crazies in the U.S. who are filled with hate — whether motivated by politics, self-loathing, religion or fear. If they want to kill, they will find a way to do so. The only way to stop them is by superior firepower. Disarming their law-abiding victims not only violates the natural law and the Constitution but also is contrary to all reason.

All these mass killings have the same ending: The killer stops only when he is killed. But that requires someone else with a gun to be there. Shouldn’t that be sooner rather than later?

Adapted from Judge Andrew Napolitano’s monologue on Fox Nation’s “Liberty File.”

General Gun Discussion / Re: Any planned 2019 purchases?
« on: January 05, 2019, 04:11:27 PM »
I've been trying to make myself decide for a while between the Sig MPX and CZ Scorpion for a Pistol Caliber Carbine for competition (and fun).
Now that Sig bought our a "competition ready" MPX PCC, I've decided to jump on it.
Soon as I find one for a decent price, I'll take it.
Have a CZ Scorpion EVO3 S1 and a Freedom Ordnance FX 9 AR 15 Carbine that takes Glock magazines. I paid right at $1500 for both and they are great shooters. Wouldn't mind having a SIG MPX but can't justify the $1700 - $2000 price tag. Right now I'm looking at both a CMMG MK4 Banshee and a Extar 9 but will probably hold off on that until later this year.
My first priority this year is another .380. Haven't decided which one but I'll figure it out pretty quick.

Off Topic Discussion (NON FIREARM RELATED) / Re: Watch out for the chair!
« on: January 04, 2019, 04:09:11 PM »
Looks like a loud mouth jerk getting what he deserved.

Things a little slow at work today Ship?  :icon_wink:

Off Topic Discussion (NON FIREARM RELATED) / Re: Happy New Year!!
« on: January 01, 2019, 01:26:46 PM »
Had a good time last night but paying for it this morning. :th_KO:  Hope it's a good year for everyone.

I grew out of that one night about 40 years ago.  (And I've hated pitchers of beer and large mushroom and sausage pizzas ever since)
Aggie football, post game party after the big win and new years eve is a dangerous (and fun) combo.

Off Topic Discussion (NON FIREARM RELATED) / Re: Happy New Year!!
« on: January 01, 2019, 09:49:10 AM »
Had a good time last night but paying for it this morning. :th_KO:  Hope it's a good year for everyone.

Handguns and Revolvers / Re: ..AIM offer..
« on: December 28, 2018, 07:03:29 PM »
That's about $100 less than most on line retailers. Even if you consider shipping and transfer fees that's a decent deal. They don't interest me but I see their sold out at AIM so they must be of interest to others.
If I buy another 9 mm it will be another carbine AR 15 pistol type or if I'm lucky another Hi Power.

Ammunition / Re: 9mm vs 9mm Luger
« on: December 27, 2018, 12:19:33 AM »
9 mm Parabellum, 9 mm Luger and the 9 x 19 mm are different names for the same cartridge. What you were sold will run just fine in the firearms you have listed.
The 9 x 18 Makarov, 9 mm Kurz (.380 ACP) and 9 x 23 Largo are different rounds. 

Off Topic Discussion (NON FIREARM RELATED) / Merry Christmas to All
« on: December 24, 2018, 11:23:18 AM »
Eat, drink and make merry.

 “Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.” ―Eric Sevareid

Handguns and Revolvers / Re: ..AIM email adverts :..
« on: December 21, 2018, 06:12:10 PM »
I've had pretty good luck buying surplus firearms from AIM  and if that Model 83 was C&R eligible I'd have to seriously consider that as I am in the market for a .380 since I sold my Beretta 84 double stack with the feather light trigger last month.
I rented the new model S&W M&P .380 and was impressed. Nice trigger, fairly light at 18 ounces, decent accuracy and very moderate recoil. Not the D/A S/A that I usually prefer but I have a couple other handguns with internal hammers that I'm pretty accurate with. Will make a decision soon.

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