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Old 07-15-2017, 03:35 PM   #41
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That was opening bid, it will go higher. Do I hear 600.00?
CMP Garand's, which both mine are, have beginning bid's of $1150.00 up to utterly ridiculous. There are rumors of returns to CMP from various places. Maybe so, maybe not.
 
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:51 PM   #42
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It's only monday, but a good week so far. Got our final itinerary in the mail today and leave next Monday. Flights from little rock to houston, houston to frankfurt germany, and then frankfurt to vienna austria.

A day & a half there, then a river cruise down the Danube from vienna to melk/durenstein, to bratislava slovakia, to budapest hungary. A couple days in budapest and then fly back home.

Nine days in all, including travel time. An unfortunate amount of airplane time involved, but still - next week is gonna be cool...
 
Old 07-18-2017, 01:02 PM   #43
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John, as long as your in the neighborhood, could you swing by CZ and pick me up a CZ in .45ACP? I'll send you a check for it. Thanks. (Just hold the check until September or October, OK?)
 
 
Old 07-18-2017, 04:48 PM   #44
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Yeah.... probably not.

I'm hoping to find some not-too-expensive native watches along the way; one from each country would be ideal, although not necessarily practical. I'm somewhat of a semi-reformed watchaholic, and think it would be seriously neat to have a watch bought first-hand in the various countries, even if they're not fancy or expensive watches.
 
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Have a good trip. Expect to see some pictures when you get back. Maybe you'll find out if the saying "Runs like a Swiss Watch" is accurate.
 
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Have a good trip. Expect to see some pictures when you get back. Maybe you'll find out if the saying "Runs like a Swiss Watch" is accurate.
Oh I have swiss watches (and have had more in the past), both auto and battery-run. I'm hoping to find some oddball, locally-made ones. Not a big market segment (that I've seen at least) for slovakian or hungarian watches, but we'll see...
 
Old 07-20-2017, 10:27 AM   #47
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Terry, a Garand in decent shape up in Canada will cost you now about $1,600.00 Cdn. You think your prices suck.......................
 
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Last month I exchanged $200.00 U.S. for $270.00 CDN, so with the exchange rate $1600.00 CDN is not that far off the going M-1 Garand price in the U.S., at least according to Gun Broker Auctions. That said, these auctions are interesting, but I wouldn't personally base my collections prices on them. You can see a lot of feeding frenzy and really outlandish bids for some pretty ho-hum firearms. For example, do you really want a rusted up, beat to crap SKS for $1200.00 because it's a Veteran's bring back?
 
Old 08-15-2017, 09:16 AM   #49
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Still waiting on the Mystic-X paperwork... It's been at my local dealer since last September 21st; I know this because I went in and checked it out & fondled it on September 22.

So (never mind the time involved going from the mfr (Liberty) to my dealer), it's been sitting at my local dealer for 323 days now.

Schmucks.
 
Old 08-15-2017, 11:19 AM   #50
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That's why I'm waiting to see how the "hearing Safety Bill" does. A year for paperwork? No government agency is THAT slow.
 
Old 08-15-2017, 01:03 PM   #51
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...A year for paperwork? No government agency is THAT slow.
Unfortunately, yes; they are.

This is my fourth suppressor (which makes it all the stupider that it takes this long), and the first three ran 14 months, four months, and ten months.


Fact is, ONLY a government agency can be that slow on a continual basis. If it were a private business taking a year to process a 10- or 12-page, $200 form, for a customer who had been processed multiple times already, they'd be out of business in no time. Only a govt agency can be that bad at something and continue to exist.
 
Old 08-24-2017, 01:28 PM   #52
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Got good news from the UAMS cancer center yesterday at my eight-month post-operation checkup. Nothing new happening where they removed the tumor in December, no malignancies or re-growths or anything else; so all done. Still have some nerve damage - my ear and part of my neck still don't 'feel' things properly - but he says that the fact that it's still tingling after all this time means it's still trying to heal. Ever had a tingle like when your foot goes to sleep? My ear and neck have been doing that for eight months now. But small price to pay to have the cancer doc say that we're all done. No need to go back ever, unless I feel something that doesn't seem right sometime in the future; but as it stands, we're done with that chapter now.

Partly in celebration and partly in anticipation of the stupid Mystic-X (that's at day ~332 now), I had a gun shop order me a Nordic Components .22LR upper. I have the Ciener adapter which is pretty good, but the twist rate on my 223 and 5.56 uppers are all 1:9 and 1:8, so the 1:16 of the Nordic upper will be a better match for most normal-weight .22 rimfire bullets. Fact is, buying this new upper will actually be a money saver after just two or three thousand rounds of shooting. (And I'm making sure to tell my wife that...) Plus the gunshop owes us some money, so the out-of-pocket will be substantially less than it normally would.



Probably won't bother with BUIS on it, at least not at first. Likely will just slap one of the red dots on it and call it good. Should be here in a week or so; hopefully the Mystic-X will be too.
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Old 08-24-2017, 03:04 PM   #53
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I'm glad to hear your good health news, John. Must be quite a relief to you and your family. On your "someday" silencer, that's just absurd. As a retired "Fed", it's shameful for a government agency to take that long for what should be handled in less than ninety day's. This week I found a GI ammo can filled with Remington GB's that I thought was empty. About 1500 more .22's to shoot up.
 
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The wait may be God's or karma's way of keeping me in check and focused on higher priorities. We're finally on the edge of pouring our basement walls, and once I have the new suppressor it may be a distraction. It's my fourth one, but should be by far the most versatile and so frankly the most fun of all of them.

We're hoping to pour the walls next week and then they'll have to set for a couple days before removing the forms, so with any luck that weekend will be free from construction responsibilities and (finally) have some time for playing. I plan to run a BUNCH of rounds thru it early on, probably most of them thru the 10-22 and .22 upper, plus some subsonics thru the blackout just for grins. This new version of the Mystic-X is rated all the way up to .300 WinMag (still the same 8" x 1 3/8" dimensions), and I want to see how hot I can get it with rimfire stuff. Plan to leave a lot of brass in my wake...
 
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Well, the shot was clean.
 
Old 08-31-2017, 07:38 PM   #56
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Got the PAPR cartridge thing sorted out a few days ago and have some on hand now for next time I'm dealing with poisonous sprays.

Today, received the nordic components .22lr AR upper and put a sparc-ar on it that I had laying around not doing anything, and put it on the lower from my secondary AR carbine. Has the same cmc trigger and short-throw ambi safety as my primary carbine, and surprisingly has pretty much the same weight & balance as well. (Primary carbine is a lightweight midwest industries). Haven't tried it out yet; hopefully this weekend. But it seems very well made, and the 1:16 twist should make it more suited to using normal 22lr stuff tha the ciener kit in the 1:9 ar barrel.

Hoping it works as well as all the reviews I've read. If so, it'll get a lot of rounds put thru it and will pay for itself before the end of the year.
 
Old 09-05-2017, 02:17 PM   #57
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So far, this week's looking nice. Finally got the Mystic-X paperwork back and picked it up today from the local shop where it's spent the last 344 days. Haven't put any rounds thru it or even mounted it on anything yet, and probably won't until day after tomorrow.

Reason for "day after tomorrow" is that tomorrow, we have a crew and pumper truck scheduled to pour our basement walls, and that's likely to run into the evening getting it finished out. Assuming it actually happens, it'll be a very good week.
 
Old 09-10-2017, 06:18 AM   #58
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Been busy downsizing. Traded my Mustang an old truck for a 2017 F150. Did not need two things to never drive. Just more garage space taken up. Now the work begins outfitting it like I want. Have to decide on what graphics to put on. Need to learn all that voice operated krap that I did not need! Pushed one button an changed the dash display an could not get it to change back, had to get FordPerfect to change it back. Old dinosaur, thats me!
To keep this in gun talk, there is a nice spot in the arm rest for a extra commander and my 9mm carbine has a nice spot under the back seat.

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Old 09-10-2017, 07:53 AM   #59
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Good to hear John, I've got 2 .22 conversion kits for my AR. One is a Tactical Solutions dedicated upper, worked great when the springs were new. Once they seen 5,000+ rds downrange it was another story and I haven't been able to get replacement spings so I bought a CMMG (Echo) conversion kit that is still humming after about 4,000 rds. Both kits work great with Black Dog magazines
 
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Good and Bad. I received the CZ97 that I've wanting and it's the same fine pistol as the 75, just in .45. Magazine button was impossible to depress with a full magazine, but after two magazines fired it is now fine. I am worried about my South Carolina Ocean Front home owning Daughter. Too stubborn to leave, her and her Husband are going to tough out the storm. I can only wait and pray. It's no shack, $800,00 and a $40,000.00 boat dock. But nothing I know of stands up to 120 MPH winds.
 
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