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Old 06-24-2020, 08:30 AM   #141
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Got the Banshee in and put a Sparc-AR, CMC trigger, short-throw ambi safety and magpul B.A.D. lever on it; all of which I had laying around. I have an MRO that I bought used and was going to use on it, but it has battery-life issues, only lasting a few hundred hours instead of the thousands it should. I may see if trijicon will warranty repair it even though I bought it used.

But really like the stupid thing so far. The brace is their 'micro' brace, which is just too short for me & my sons, so plan to put a normal length buffer tube on it to give it another inch or so of 'pull' length. But even with all that, still am impressed with it. The radial-delay blowback does reduce recoil, so it's about the same as the much heavier Camp-9 carbine even though it's a whole lot smaller & lighter.

This was before adding the BAD lever, trigger & safety. Just put the red dot, wml light & flashcan on it and function-tested it before taking it on our short Houston trip a week or so ago:


Only thing I've bought specifically for it is the mag carrier in the pic. All the other crap was just laying around, either from previous guns or picked up on sale in the past. The Sparc-AR used to be on my .22 rifle, the flashcan is from the 9mm AR pistol I sold, the WML used to be on my main AR but had been replaced with a brighter one, etc.

I may pick up a couple of the glock 24-round magazines; haven't decided yet. I don't really like the long 33-rounders, but would be nice to have more than the 15 rounds of the G19 magazines.
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Old 06-25-2020, 12:51 PM   #142
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John you might want to check into the Magpul 21 or 27 round Glock magazines.
 
Old 06-26-2020, 09:44 AM   #143
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I went ahead & ordered some glock 24 rounders. I've had good luck with the two magpul 12-rd magazines I have for the 26, but for this gun I like the idea of 24-round capacity more than the 21 or 27 rounds of the extended magpuls. The 21's are kind of close to the 15's and the 27's are close to the 33's in length, where the 24 is exactly in the middle between them. May just be an ocd thing, but I like the idea.

Hoping to get "My Country, Tis of Thee" recorded at the musical targets this weekend if weather cooperates, since July 4th is only a week away. I looked into The Star Spangled Banner, but disregarding the fact that I don't have enough range note-wise on my target to do it correctly anyway, it's also more than a hundred notes in length. So it would take four reloads with normal magazines or two reloads even if using drums (and the drums do not lend themselves to fast reloads).

I looked at Chris Cheng's musical target videos, but he splices & edits them to get rid of reloads (and potentially mistakes as well). I confess up front that I don't always get it right on the first take, but I'd rather just re-do the whole thing than edit things out after the fact. My Country Tis of Thee is only (iirc) something like 40-45 notes, so either a single drum or one reload will get through it. So for my preferred, simple record-and-post approach without editing, this other (shorter) one will suffice.
 
 
Old 06-26-2020, 12:05 PM   #144
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I can agree about size. Wish Magpul had come out with a 25rd one like the UZI magazines were for my carbine.
Two split a 50rd box perfectly and extras were more handy on person than the 33rd ones.
 
Old 06-29-2020, 09:28 PM   #145
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Well it was just pissing down raining here today so obviously the range was out. My wife and I took a 3 hour round trip drive to pick up bullets for myself & a friend. Picked up 17 buckets (1,000 each) of bullets in .38, .44 & .45. That should keep me going for a while, unless we have a zombie apocalypse!
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Old 07-14-2020, 11:55 AM   #146
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Got a call from one of my brothers this past week that made me think about how angry & bitchy I've been since we got my wife's diagnosis. He's nearly 71, and was talking about how good life was going and having just gotten a raise to $12.50 per hour at his security guard job. Made me re-think how much better I have it than some folks do, see things a little differently, and be a little more grateful about life in general. Regardless, mostly a good week; partly due to simply readjusting my mental vantage point.

Swapped out the micro-brace on the Banshee to a normal-length one, as the micro was just too short for oaf use. If the Law Tactical folding adapter ever gets plentiful in stock again, I may use one of those and put the micro back on it. The Law folding adapter adds something like 1.3" to stock/brace length, and would be just about right size-wise in this case and make the gun foldable and extremely compact at the same time. It would also free up the normal-length brace currently on the Banshee, to be used on another gun I'd like one on. But right now the Law folders are running around $250, and I'm just not paying that.

Got rid of four of the six cats that we'd been sheltering in our upstairs garage. Only two left now; sibling kittens, one of which we're going to keep and the other one going to my wife's mother, after we get them fixed in a couple weeks. Nice having to only deal with feeding, watering, and litterbox issues of two kittens, rather than four kittens and two adult cats. I'm not a fan of 'inside' pets, but we started sheltering the momma cat shortly before she gave birth in April. The sixth cat was her mother's current cat, that we kept up there for a while before taking it in to get fixed as well. We've had them up there ever since taking in the pregnant momma cat three months or so ago. I didn't really like it, but my wife loved it and whatever makes her smile is my primary driving motivation nowadays.

Sold an AR carbine to one of our employees yesterday; a ~15-year-old A2 version that I probably only put a few hundred rounds through in all that time. Bought it shortly after the 94-04 AWB ended strictly as a spare, never did use it for anything much, and now don't feel like messing with the fixed carrying handle versions anymore. Guy's been with us for nearly 11 years, so sold him the gun, three 30-rd Pmags, magazine carrier and 400 rounds of PMC Bronze 223A, for $10. Felt really good, knowing it'll actually do someone some good instead of just sitting unused in my locker until I die. Dug out the old magpul "art of the carbine" dvd's last night and brought them to him this morning.

I'm actually enjoying this paring-down of guns that I've been doing lately. I've bought one (the 9mm Banshee), but have sold several others and will sell another one around the end of the month. I have one more AR that I'm looking at getting rid of; an A3 (removable carry handle) with a Sparc-AR on it; that one of my brothers has spoken for. But even if that doesn't go through, even after buying the Banshee I'm still down by three or four compared to the beginning of the year. Have several more that I'll likely get rid of as well, but not really worrying about them too much at this point. We have a cruise scheduled for October (replacing an April one that got cancelled), and am currently fixating on getting home stuff done now as much as I can; especially yard stuff. Spent a lot of last weekend spraying insect killer and picking up rocks. Every time I grade any part of the yard to smooth it out, it's like kicking an anthill - rocks from grapefruit size to basketball size pop up like ants swarming out of a mound, and I'm seemingly constantly picking up rocks. Good exercise, but I'm about done fighting it. If I can get it just semi-done, I'm going to consider it done & call it good.

And if we manage to get our business sold any time soon, we're seriously contemplating a long, relaxing transatlantic cruise in the spring if my wife is still up to it. A lot of ships get re-tasked seasonally, going from the gulf of mexico & caribbean area over to europe in the spring, to serve for mediterranean cruising in the summer; so you can catch one on this re-positioning voyage with 12-14 days at sea with no stops, and she prefers days at sea over days in port like cozumel or such. And since that kind of one-way cruise (you have to fly back home) isn't as popular, you can book a 12-15 day cruise for around the price of a normal 5-6 day one. Have to be careful to not get way ahead of ourselves on planning & daydreaming about it; if we don't sell the business before than I don't know if we can swing that much time away all at once.

But for several days now, I've been feeling like Bill Murray at the end of Scrooged or Groundhog Day, finally "getting it"; and it's been an overall happier week than I've had in two years. Perspective and attitude are all-encompassing, so have good ones.
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Old 07-14-2020, 05:33 PM   #147
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Nothing very exciting. Loaded up the boat and Dog and hit the river for some Fishing, but do to the huge amount of rain all the dam gates were open and impossible to anchor. I went Island hopping instead doing some plinking with the Ruger SR22, CZ P09, and TX22. The TX is fast becoming my favorite plinking gun. I took my Wife shopping and had to eat fast food as the sit down places are still chancy. Culver's wasn't THAT bad. I did check the big box Stock and Field. They have some S&W M&P's, Beretta's, and SIg's for sale which they didn't have two weeks ago. Ammunition for them and anything else is gone with the exception of .22 Blazer and Golden Bullet. I bought a couple thousand of each that I did not need but you never know. I went out twice to run through some OK magazines. Both the 20 and 30 rounders performed fine. I got rained out both times. Stay healthy everyone. It looks like it's going to get worse before it get's better. My Daughter the CRNA say's she'll probably retire on the overtime.
 
Old 07-15-2020, 01:27 AM   #148
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My wife decided that on Monday we were going to replace the back lower deck on the house that is now 15 years old and has seen better days. Unfortunately it pissed down rain for an hour before my wife, I and my brother and sister in law started pulling it up. Ripping up 50 dry 12' boards is not much of a problem, ripping up 50 wet boards is not something that I want to repeat real soon. We had the new deck laid by 8 PM and to say the least I was sore in places that I haven't felt in years. But it looks real nice.

Today is Wednesday so its the weekly old retired guys group range day & lunch!
 
Old 07-15-2020, 07:23 AM   #149
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...and to say the least I was sore in places that I haven't felt in years.
I went through a minor version of that last night. Over the last week I've been picking up rocks in the not quite 2-acre area around the house to get them out of the way of the mower. Some of them I pitched over the pasture fence if it was a wooded area across the fence (still our property) where a mower or bush hog is never going to go, but most of them I would pile up around whatever tree was nearest, so I could come back later with the front end loader & remove them completely. I got home at a decent time last night, so last night became the 'later' I was dreading, and I picked them all up & moved them. I can scoop gravel or dirt with the front end loader, but haven't figured a way to scoop up piles of rocks like that, so I just parked close & hand-tossed them all in. It was a lot of rocks; three front-end loader bucketfuls loaded up and dumped into a remote pile last night (I took these pics to send to our sons, just to show them the old man's still got it):

Load 1:


Yes, that's a house window leaning against a tree in the background. It's one that my wife salvaged out of the old house that was on the property before we burned & buried it. Seemed silly to me (and still does), but again it makes her smile and doesn't cost anything so I'm just going with it.

Loads 2 & 3:



That pinto quarter-horse in the background is Sonny. He didn't even offer to help...

I didn't get quite all of them picked up; there's probably another half-bucket or bucket load left, but that was as full as I dared load the last load, and didn't feel like doing a fourth one last night. Rocks suck, but it feels good to have them gone from the yard.

Even with the box blade on the back for ballast, that heavy a load in the bucket took so much weight off the back wheels that I had to switch to 4WD because the rear tires couldn't grab enough. I don't know how a box blade that cuts into the ground 2" deep at most, digs up rocks that big, but it always does so I think I may just be done fighting it. Think I'm gonna just smooth things out as best I can with the ratchet rake (the yellow tooth bar on the loader) and live with it as it is at that point. Gathering rocks could honestly a full time job around here if you keep disturbing the ground.
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Old 07-15-2020, 07:37 AM   #150
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you could build yourself a nice fire pit and stone benches with those rocks....
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Old 07-15-2020, 09:55 AM   #151
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Fire pit, benches, and hernia as well...

If I did that every day, I'd look like Pat McNamara; but I'm still not going to.


You should see the big rock stack at the edge of the pasture & woods, rocks pulled out when we cleared out for the walkout basement. Some of them probably weigh more than my truck. My tractor wouldn't come close to moving them, and even the big backhoe had to drag some of them down the hill rather than pick them up.
 
Old 07-16-2020, 08:19 AM   #152
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When looking more into the Law Tactical folding adapter, I came across one I wasn't familiar with; the Sylvan Arms version. It was less expensive than the Law Tactical and also in stock, so gave in to whim and ordered one for the Banshee, for a couple reasons. Even fully extended, the micro-brace it came with was too short for oaf use, so I initially replaced with with a standard-length SBA3 brace. Works better, but means I now have an expensive but useless Micro SBA on hand.

In addition to its primary function of making the brace fold, the folding adapter has two more aspects that I like. It adds 1.3" to oal brace or stock length, so I can put the micro sba3 back on it and free up the full size SBA3 for use on another gun. Also, to bridge that 1.3" gap the folding adapter uses a bolt extension that adds ~2oz to the overall bcg weight, which should also be a good thing. CMMG sells 'tuning' weights of 1oz, 2oz, and 3.4oz specifically for the Banshee to slightly slow down bcg speed and even further reduce recoil, and this should mimic that add-on.

Would have preferred the Law Tactical version over the Sylvan mainly for cosmetic reasons, but the Law is out of stock most everywhere and is over $300 the few places it is in stock. The Sylvan was in stock and $149 at MAS Defense. Hope it works as it should.
 
Old 07-20-2020, 08:44 AM   #153
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...We have a cruise scheduled for October (replacing an April one that got cancelled)...
And now the CDC has (again) extended the nationwide no-sail order, so my terminally-ill wife has (again) had that rug pulled out from under her. The October cruise was scheduled to board the last day or two of September, and with this second extension of the previous extension of the March ban, that's been cancelled as well.

Casinos are open, Universal Studios is open, restaurants are open, Disney World is open, and commercial airlines are flying at unrestricted capacity with less than half of passengers wearing masks

(Airline policies 'require' masks, but once the plane takes off it gets watered down to 'recommending' them. American Airlines instructions to flight attendants:
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"If the customer chooses not to comply for other reasons, please encourage them to comply, but do not escalate further,” American told flight attendants in a message on Friday that it provided to Reuters.
Those are all okay. Walmart is allowed to run at a capacity of 1 person per 200 square feet of floor space, but cruise ships (with an average of 350-450 square feet of space per passenger and huge open-air decks to boot) are "too crowded".

Pissin me off.

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Old 07-22-2020, 10:07 AM   #154
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Got my fingerprint cards done for the Form-1 suppressor build. It's been several weeks waiting, but since I had to wait until this week to get fingerprints done for renewing our company's alarm license, I just waited and did them all together instead of making two trips.
 
Old 07-22-2020, 10:59 AM   #155
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LEOSA Qualification scheduled for 8/12, hopefully won't be cancelled. I'm debating using my CZ P-01 or CZ 97b. I loaded up all the new OKAY magazines and emptied a bunch of my old ones. I'm glad I'm somewhat of a 5.56 MM/.223 hoarder, none to be found locally. Got a head's up from a Gun Department Manager that he should be re-stocked with all the popular brands by 8/5. I've been trimming the front Trees, a job I thought would take a couple of hours. That was two day's ago. We're still sticking to no contact with anyone outside the Family and mask everywhere. Stay Healthy everyone.
 
Old 07-22-2020, 11:29 AM   #156
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My leosa qual date is next week, but it'll just have to expire. The sheriff is extremely busy (good guy; it was his dept where I got fingerprints done), so it'll be a while before it gets renewed. Still have the 'enhanced' state chl, so not sweating it.
 
Old 07-22-2020, 10:18 PM   #157
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My week firearms wise sucked.
Had two of my primary firearms go down.
One a Glock 17 seems to have been caused by a previous owner getting all over excited polishing the locking block. So a brand new OEM one is on the way. I'm at least the 3rd owner by my best guess that and whatever rounds fired before during and after the shinola treatment.

Second and it's my fault for not deadlining this thing sooner until I get the right part or part's ordered. Apparently the dedicated ,.22lr upper receiver unit was smacking the retaining pin for the recoil buffer bad enough to damage the lip on the buffer tube. That caused a nice semicircular divot to form and letting the pin pop up tying up the gun after I put the regular 5.56NATO upper back on. So now I got a damaged buffer tube to repair and eventually replace. .22lr upper deadlined until a whole complete rifle is built. No more swapping uppers around.
 
Old 07-23-2020, 09:56 AM   #158
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The Sylvan folding adapter came in yesterday, so put it on the Banshee last night & swapped back to the original micro-brace that originally came on it. Much better seeming, but haven't tested it yet; hopefully this weekend.

Brother coming over this weekend to buy one of my AR's, and is bringing a friend who may or may not buy something(s) as well. Sounds blasphemous, but actually am enjoying this paring down of unused gun stuff. My wife is surprisingly ambivalent about it; not really caring too much either way. I thought she'd be more excited about it, but it makes sense - our 'long term' has been redefined for us, out of our control, and there's a certain amount of "que sera, sera" to life nowadays.


edit - also, the MRO came back from Trijicon yesterday. They said it was an "electronic malfunction" causing short battery life; new batteries would only last 1-2 months on setting #4, instead of the years they should have. According to their repair department, they did a complete rebuild on it - the only things not replace being the housing and lenses. That's great warranty service for a several-year-old red dot that I bought used at less than half price.
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Old 07-24-2020, 08:34 AM   #159
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When I hit 55, I realized that my life and my interests were going to change once I retired at 60. I decided then I was going to re-evaluate my hobbies at 60, and get rid of things I rarely or never used. In the first 5 years I have managed to get rid of 12 guns, this still leaves me and my wife more than enough to compete with in multiple disciplines.
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Old 07-24-2020, 10:15 AM   #160
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Repaired the AR-15 haven't test fired it though. Looks like next Tuesday. Waiting for locking block from Midway USA I hope their ship time is quicker than stated.
 
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