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Old 06-06-2016, 06:51 PM   #21
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Took the Combat Focus Carbine class (Rob Pincus' outfit) over the weekend. First formal/organized longarm training that I've done other than army rifleman nonsense, and it was a very good weekend. Instructor was Alessandro Padovani, and he was VERY good.

Learned some things, not the least of which is that I'm simply not 40 or even 50 anymore. It was a good class and I definitely enjoyed it, but it didn't change my life or anything. A friend of mine talked me into it; and I have enough respect for him that I paid the money and invested the ammo. My friend is an instructor-instructor; a guy who trains and certifies instructors, yet he was taking this class as a student, which is a big part of why it intrigued me.

It definitely brought to the surface who does and who doesn't use their gear much. I'm used to my gun/sling/holster/mag-carriers, etc, and have actually used them a lot, so the gear aspect of it wasn't bad on me; but there were a couple (even in this advanced class) who you could tell weren't comfortable with theirs. The saying about 'going fast is when the wheels come off' is very true. It was very obvious who'd never worked on fast reloads, rifle-to-pistol transitions, etc. Those couple guys were very good shots, but weren't good at doing things fast and automatically; although they did get better through the day, which is kind of the whole point after all.

Still, enjoyed it a bunch. Wish I'd have taken something like that in my 20's rather than now, crowding 60. I'm not too proud to admit I was hurting when it was over. My wife had asked me to grill some steaks on sunday night, but as tired and dragging as I was, I told her that since I loved her so much, we should really go out to dinner; so to Colton's we went...
 
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:49 PM   #22
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I got 2k of IRS refund headed my way. :-) Probably spend it on a fine, used pair of NVD goggles.
 
Old 06-06-2016, 07:49 PM   #23
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Yesterday, I shot the M92 and the E.German Makarov. Lotta weak band shots with the Makarov, working 7-20yards. Ran the M92 ,sling supported offhand out to 150. Shot 425 rounds.Punched paper,had fun.
 
 
Old 06-06-2016, 08:00 PM   #24
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I posted this this week

 
Old 06-06-2016, 08:07 PM   #25
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Re taking inventory of my field gear and firearms accessories.

See what I can par down, then polished some 5.56 brass thru the tumbler in it's steps to get it reloaded.
 
Old 06-07-2016, 08:08 AM   #26
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Learned some things, not the least of which is that I'm simply not 40 or even 50 anymore. It was a good class and I definitely enjoyed it, but it didn't change my life or anything.
I took a 2 day Tactical Pistol course last year and felt the same way, I did have fun putting 900 rds of .45 down range though.

Yesterday was all about load development of some .32-40 and chronoing the 9mm I built for my wife. This morning is all about cleaning guns.

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Old 06-07-2016, 11:23 AM   #27
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Visited the Rifle Club I was invited too. Fired the three AR-15's, one of the Garand's. a Yugo SKS, and a Yugo Mauser. Of course the host and some guest's had to try everything. 200 yard and 300 yard targets were metal gong type, no problem ringing them with everything. Two of the guy's really lusted after the M-1 to the point where I made it clear that I don't sell guns. (Not quite the case, but none of these were for sale). Still pondering joining.
 
Old 06-07-2016, 11:44 AM   #28
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I DO like my SKS's.....the only Serb/Yugoslavian stuff I have presently is one of my Tokarevs (M57)and my M92...I would love to locate an M59/66 or straight M59(would be my preference of the two)but those who have them in the condition I seek know full well what they have and what they bring to the table.
You run across any of the purpose-adapted "urban sniper/DMR" Yug SKSs? Basically they installed a left side receiver base and the ZRAK scope/mount combo... THOSE are worth running down-almost as hard to score as an old E.German " Karabiner S",a Romanian or an Albanian.
 
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Never have seen the sniper version. I got an advertisement from SOG selling the 59/66's for $425.00. I'm holding on to mine.
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Old 06-07-2016, 03:39 PM   #30
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An old friend of mine from Belgrade had one.handed down from his uncle(ethnic Serb from Zagreb in Croatia). A good guy. Only time I ever ran across the combo myself. From what I could tell,they were put together at unit level in urban settings,necessity being the mother of invention;and not everyone slinging an M76.
 
Old 06-10-2016, 07:54 PM   #31
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Found a mediocre deal on winchester .22lr bulk packs (same place as had the thunderbolts a couple weeks ago), and since it's the one caliber I can't reasonably reload I went ahead and picked up 5k.

Also, after the carbine class I bought better hearing protection. Been using Leight Impact Sports, and they're ok; frankly they're more than ok considering their budget-friendly price point. But after wearing them in full sun in ~90 degree temps all day long, I splurged & ordered some MSA Sordin Supreme Pro-X muffs with the gel-cup option. Stupid expensive, but substantial difference in sound quality and worlds of difference in comfort.
 
Old 06-10-2016, 07:58 PM   #32
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How much of the bad trigger was related to the magazine safety? I remember guys who removed it with beneficial results.
 
Old 06-15-2016, 06:48 PM   #33
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Been planning to stock up on a few more reloading components pre-november, and after this weekend's Orlando nonsense, decided to go ahead & do so, getting it out of the way a little early. Not in a massive way, just 5k primers and 3lbs of titegroup; but it's a nice addition to the reserves. Also replaced the .223 fmj that I used in the carbine class a week or so back, plus a little more.

Also lost another 3 lbs. (The 94-degree heat this week probably helped with that. )

May sound odd in a "prepping" thread, but very related imo - hired a new helper for our business as well. Very sharp young guy & after just three days with us now, I think he'll learn fast and do well. And another good team member is probably a much more beneficial 'prep' than the ammo & components I bought.

Last thing isn't really anything I did; just something lucked into. We've started having the rotary club board meetings at our building, and as I was showing one of the board members who used to be a very avid shooter & fisherman our building, he saw my reloading setup in the back of the warehouse. He had an old lead melting pot about 35-40 lb size (thing's actually still full of lead) and he just gave it to me; so I thought that was pretty cool of him.
 
Old 06-29-2016, 10:28 AM   #34
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Got sworn in as president of the local Rotary Club. I realize that isn't what a lot of people would think of in terms of a 'prep' thing, but imo it's a good thing to be seen as a "known good guy" when possible.

Frankly, in addition to simply being a very good organization that does a lot of good things in the community, being the front man and voice of the group has some personal benefit as well. Being known as the guy who presented donation checks to local charities, scholarship checks to graduating high-school students, organized volunteers to pick up trash along the roads, etc, surely couldn't hurt if I were to someday find myself in a legal or civil pickle.
 
Old 06-29-2016, 11:13 AM   #35
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knew a guy who joined a church while out on bond for coke dealing. He really hammed it up with the members. He caught a bail violation and a NEW case for dealing coke. On sentencing day, he had 200 church members in the court room, and got 4 years. His fellow members of the coke conspiracy, who did NOT violate their bond, got 12 years each. Maybe he also did a lot of snitching?
 
Old 06-29-2016, 11:34 AM   #36
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What a fine upstanding example. POS will be back at it soon as he gets out.
John in AR, that was not directed at you.
Congradulations !

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Old 06-29-2016, 11:49 AM   #37
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Back to the reloading table, in the middle of cranking out 1,200 .38 Spl, 100 9mm, & 175 .32-40's.
 
Old 06-29-2016, 12:42 PM   #38
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knew a guy who joined a church while out on bond for coke dealing. He really hammed it up with the members. He caught a bail violation and a NEW case for dealing coke. On sentencing day, he had 200 church members in the court room...
Old tactic, really. Bill Clinton did similar here in Arkansas for that matter. One of his first steps when running for major office was to join the largest southern baptist church in little rock and join the choir. Church had a TV broadcast of its services on Sunday, and darn if ol' Bill didn't use pics from that TV broadcast (with him looking angelic in the choirloft behind the preacher) to his advantage when campaigning.
 
Old 07-01-2016, 07:08 PM   #39
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Fished the entire week with my Son in Northwest Ontario. Caught hundreds of game fish, saw Bear, Moose, Otter and Beaver. Got slightly hassled at the border, though not over Rifle and Shotgun.
 
Old 07-01-2016, 07:47 PM   #40
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I'm assuming you were hassled by Canadian customs, I get treated very well by US Customs. Match in Great Falls Montana next weekend.
 
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