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  1. Wouldn't want to put my pet in the hold of the aircraft. I know of a couple of instances where the pressurization has failed in the forward hold; the owners got a freeze-dried pet at the end of the flight. It's also loud and dark and thoroughly frightening. There have also been instances of the ramp apes putting live animals in the unpressurized hold. 

    I'd take my pets via surface transport if at all possible. Or leave them with a trusted friend.  

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  2. 13 minutes ago, hobot said:

    AMERICA - F**K YEAH!!!


    For a formal breakfast, there should be three reloads, be it revolver speed-loaders or a pistol's three magazines, to the left.  For a traditional 'Murican breakfast, the handgun must be a Colt Single Action Army in .45 LC, although, in more Progressive climes, a Colt 1911A1 may be substituted. 

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  3. 10 hours ago, F_L said:

    Yes, we have a harness. She can be pretty good on a leash but there are a lot of things that flip her crazy switch. A deer, squirrel, scary old guy walking his dog. She can go nuts. She's only 40 lbs but hits the end of a short leash like a freight train. 

    Have you tried a prong collar?  Used correctly, a high quality (Herm Sprenger) prong collar is safer than a choke chain collar. I've got a hard-headed Husky/ GDS mix, and the prong collar is just a gentle reminder to her when she needs it.  With her thick ruff and powerful neck, she can hardly feel a choke collar's pop. 


    1 hour ago, Liquid said:

    Trigger question:

    I've currently got my AR-15 in a long gun set up: no accessories, just a bi-pod and far too large of a scope (Vortex Strike Eagle 6-24 X 56 in MOA). I'm old and have shit eye sight... 

    Long distance shooting is really hard!

    Optics matter, a lot to me - now! My days of not spending real $$ on glass are officially over!

    My S&W M&P 15 OEM trigger is complete dog shit and is fucking up our shots. I need a good 2 stage trigger to drop in. 

    Any recommendations other than Geissele and CMC?


    Been hearing VERY good things about the Timney Drop In Trigger, but it's a single stage. Meownself, I prefer the Geisselle SSA-E, chiefly because a trigger snob buddy got me hooked early on. For the short range bangers, that ALG ACT is a very good trigger for about 80 bucks.   

    The other thing you should be looking at is ammo.  I've become a devote of the 77gr Match King load that the military calls the M262 for the longer game.  However, you'll need a 1:8 or preferably a 1:7 twist barrel to stabilize the heavier bullet.


  5. 2 hours ago, eric1207 said:

    I love my local Ace Hardware.  They seem to have everything, including a reasonable selection of lumber, in their modest size store. They have far more floor help than any big box store, and they're very hardware knowledgeable.  Most importantly its close, with all manner of stainless fasteners for when don't have what I need to finish a project. 

    Yup.  I throw business at our Ace every chance I get.  They've earned it - having saved my over-ample butt many times with the odd hardware no-one else has.  Year ago, they stayed open with Hurricane Irma only hours away, when Home Despot and Lows had already packed it in. Earlier that day, I got my stick of 1" EMT that I made into the ground stakes that kept my Thistle in the same county.    That type of community dedication keeps me going back to Ace, Publix and Waffle House. 

    And their prices aren't half bad. Walking out with my precious weirdo bolts, I spied a Buck 119 Camp Knife I've been wanting for decades - same price as Amazon.  "Wrap that bad boy up."  

    And every Christmas, the center of the store transforms to Christmas Towne. With a super-scale steam locomotive pulling Santa's Train chugging and whistling around about 10 feet up.   

  6. 1 hour ago, Mike in Seattle said:

    There are three kinds of machinists.

    , ones who have done something similar, 

    , ones who are -going -to



    , and the bastiges that lie about it.

    I refuse to believe anyone could be that stupid.

    'cept me.  ;)


  7. 1 hour ago, IStream said:

    It's impressive that they let you go that far without stripping or breaking. Not Chinesium. 

    Oh, they broke, alright. The first one felt a lot like the wrench caming over.  The second was a sickening snap.  Then the even more sickening aw-shit realization. 

    Fortunately, the screws were in a clamping type arrangement, so I had access to both ends of the bolts.  A little penetrating oil, a standard right-hand drill bit, a careful centering starter punch, then the press of the drill bit against the end of the bolt, and each bolt's remnants backed themselves out of the threads.  Whew. Except for the trip to Harbor Fright for the proper sized drill bits, it was done in less time than it took to type up.

    Then it was finding replacements for the abused bolts. The intrawebz quoted me $5.50 a bolt - before shipping and tax.  God love 'em, Ace Hardware had the same exact weirdo bolt in stock for 55 centavos. 

    If I get my weekend chores done, I might get out to the mancave and finish the installation - having only lost a week.  And a significant portion of my dignity. 


  8. 5 hours ago, boomer said:

    It's worth reviewing Clint Smith videos a few times, to hammer home what he's trying to teach.

    Yep.  The old man has a lot to share.  Happy Meal!

    I've got to point out that the self-defense community now largely considers the shotgun to be a niche weapon, a niche PDWs and PCCs are making even smaller.   

    My ol' hoss Mossy slider is now relegated to the dark corner of the safe. But... it's still in the safe: you just never know.   

  9. 2 hours ago, Rasputin22 said:

    Looks like that guy ran into a couple of doorknobs backstage courtesy of security.

    There's of video of Security taking the foo' to the back of the band shell and beating the crap out of him.  That's Entertainment!

    And I don't think his arm is meant to bend that way.

  10. 1 hour ago, Point Break said:



    Is that what the maroon that attacked Dave Chappelle tried to use?

    Some serious, professional stupidity going on there.  Edit: Yup - the attacker was/ is an aspiring Rapper.  And, wholly carp, the Holly Bowl's security sure didn't improve his stage presence.  

    Isaiah Lee

  11. 2 minutes ago, Pertinacious Tom said:

    I picked up an extra generator this year and AC is a big reason but we survived without AC after Charlie and could do it again. It helps to have a spring fed pond and a stilt house with deep shade underneath.

    The extra isn't for me. I have rental houses across the creek that both have a well and a sump pump on the septic system. So, no water and no shitter even if you can raid a nearby swimming pool to fill the toilet tank. Lots of houses in this part of the world have wells and some have sump pumps and are basically not habitable without power, even if you can deal with the heat.

    And, as nolatom points out, it's likely to be late August heat, the very worst kind. The overnight lows are above 80. There's no wind until a thunderstorm is blowing your blue tarps off the roof.

    I'm looking for a 120v/ 240v 50a+ portable generator.  Unfortunately, most of the ones I've looked at divide the power into a 30a single phase plug as well as other outlets.  Frustrating. 

    Of course, the man cave has a separate mini-split A/C unit - could you that as a cool off station. 

    Luck, man. 

  12. 5 hours ago, Jules said:

    The only hurricane that hit us after we moved here is Irma. 

    Ya, Irma.  That beyatch greeted us three weeks after we completed the move here to Rancho de la Foxtrot.  The wifey was NOT AMUSED.

    Everything I owned - all my tools - were somewhere in 200 incorrectly labeled cardboard boxes.  Fortunately, several neighbors took this Lotus Eater from LA LA Land under their wings; providing desperately needed advice, tools and PLYWOOD. Charlotte and I finished our preps, including the new plywood shutters, about 5 hours before the Cat 3 'cane whizzed by. Thankfully for us on the East Coast, she petulantly didn't make the expected right turn (NO! - Your OTHER Right!!!) and came up Western Florida.  

    Winds gusted to 100 mph near here. My flat-thumb engineering held and we just lost a panel or two from our screen room. All in all a pretty good dress rehearsal. 

    Six days without power was no picnic - but, I restored an ancient generator the prior owners abandoned, and we had partial power. No A/C though -- NOT AMUSED I tells yah.  But we did have HOT showers. (What a luxury!)

    Now, we have a Miami Dade steel roof and Hurricane windows. 

  13. 1 hour ago, silent bob said:

    I got a few of these flying around mi casa!  Heard strange honking flying aboot!  They’re really freaking out the gulls and osprey!  

    The damn bustards are endemic in the States.  I've seen a couple down here in Middling Floriduh. Never with a shotgun in my hands. 

    When we lived in St. Loo, the cutest girl in my store got attached by a flock of those ill-eagle immigrants. Nasty, cranky bastards.   

  14. 24 minutes ago, chinabald said:

    Wow how did I get that wrong. It is in fact a Beretta. It’s a second generation for the A300 model taking some features from the A400 including a recoil reduction system. 
    I shoot sporting clays for fun and I am in a Trap league. The gun is a hunting gun but I haven’t hunted in a dozen years.

    Although I shoot trap and clays with a guy who is a staff hunter for a waterfowl gear company, so all I need to do is ask and I will be knee deep in geese. 

    Sheet, dude, we all do it.  I was on an international podcast for a couple of minutes and I did the clip/ magazine faux-pas, and took shiite from several countries. 

    How's that recoil reduction thingie working?  I once did four rounds of Cowboy Trap in a row (using our competition guns - 18' barrel/ no choke/ metal buttpad/ full house loads) and I think I rattled something loose between the ears.  Those shock absorbers look mighty nice.    

  15. Dooood, thanks so much for the education. Never even dreamed these things existed - amazing tech.  I don't get seasick, but it's an issue with the lord and master; and therefore - being able to own a boat. 

    Can the flywheel be safely spun up underway, when in the shit? 

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  16. 5 hours ago, fastyacht said:

    The hottest market for stablizers is 26 to 40 feet. Seakeeper gyroscopes. The big boats need fins (Niad, Humphree, CMC etc).

    Wholly Carp!  Never heard of them - and they're much lighter than I'd expect - and they work?  Sonsovabritch!  But you better up your alternator's game. 

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