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  1. 9 points
    For five years in a row, my daughter's high school gymnastics team has won Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) State Championship in Gymnastics, and my daughter has been on three of those teams. Allison and her team mates are in Baton Rouge this weekend to try to win another State tournament. The boys compete today, and the girls compete tomorrow. Wish them luck and say a quick prayer that all athletes stay safe. Caddo Magnet girls are going for their 6th State Championship, and Allison is going for a sweep of four championships for her high school career. Not bad for a young lady that started on the team her freshman year with a broken leg. Let's all cheer for Caddo Magnet High. Hopefully, tomorrow night, I can add another trophy pic to this lineup.
  2. 6 points
    Well, we didn’t get first. St Joseph Academy, out of Baton Rouge, won first overall. We won second place. Our girls, however, have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. They scored the highest scored they’ve ever scored at a state tournament. The St. Joseph girls just couldn’t be beat. Their girls, especially their lower level girls, were just too good. My daughter has had an awesome run in gymnastics career. I’m sad, and glad, to see it end. It’s time to move on to the next stage of her life though. She starts college this fall, working towards a degree in animal science at Louisiana Tech University. Then, in four years, she’ll move to Baton Rouge and get her veterinarian degree. Thank you you guys for all the prayers, support, and well wishes for Allison. Her life is about to get harder, so I’m sure I’ll be asking for more in the future.
  3. 4 points
    Apple, the little Jeep that could, got a workout today. I made a skidding attachment for it and used the Jeep to bring some logs down the mountain. I fell five trees and have three more to cut once these are out of the way. I managed to get three trees down into my landing before my landing plugged up and I ran out of room. My septic system and tank are right behind the log pile in the pics and I am not going to driver over my tank to get more logs in so I stopped. My skidder winch on the back worked great. I used my 12k front winch to pull the logs around in the woods to get them where I could hook the Jeep to them. A had to drag a couple about 60 feet with the winch before the Jeep could get to them. The first log I pulled down was a bit much and it gave the Jeep a workout. I pulled the front wheels off the ground at one point and buried all fours wheels at another point but I got it into the landing. I cut the rest of the big logs shorter so I was not in danger of hurting my little Jeep. I stripped the Jeep down because I was tangled in brush and low trees all day. I got some new brush rakes on the sides but nothing got broken. Too much fun..... I towed Apple up there with My Blazer just in case I broke it I had a ride home...I will have to cut and split all that wood up then bring the Jeep back up and get the other two logs down and work on the next three trees. The wife came and helped me drag cable and chain and we are both wiped out after all that. Snaking around in the woods and turning that Jeep around without power steering is a workout all by itself.
  4. 4 points
    Common sense is timeless. I do have a problem with number 7. Is Logic the same thing as common sense? 1 - Eleven teens die each day because of texting while driving. Maybe it's time to raise the age of Smart Phone ownership to 21. 2 - If gun control laws actually worked, Chicago would be Mayberry, USA. 3 - The Second Amendment makes more women equal than the entire feminist movement. 4 - Legal gun owners have 300 million guns and probably a trillion rounds of ammo. Seriously, folks, if we were the problem, you'd know it. 5 - When JFK was killed, nobody blamed the rifle. 6 - The NRA murders 0 people and receives $0 in government funds. Planned Parenthood kills 350,000 babies every year and receives $500,000,000 in tax dollars annually. 7 - I have no problem with vigorous background checks when it comes to firearms. While we're at it, let's do the same when it comes to immigration, Voter I.D and Candidates running for office. 8 - You don't need a smoke detector; that's what the fire department is for. Now...if you think that sounds stupid, you know how I feel when you say I don't need a gun. 9 - Folks keep talking about another Civil War. One side knows how to shoot and probably has a trillion rounds. The other side has crying closets and is confused about which bathroom to use. Now tell me, how do you think that's going to end? Footnote: Common sense is sound practical judgment concerning everyday matters, or a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge that is shared by nearly all people. The first type of common sense, good sense, can be described as "the knack for seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done." The second type is sometimes described as folk wisdom, "signifying unreflective knowledge not reliant on specialized training or deliberative thought." The two types are intertwined, as the person who has common sense is in touch with common-sense ideas, which emerge from the lived experiences of those commonsensical enough to perceive them.
  5. 4 points
    A while back I purchased a used Primary Arms 3x Compact Prism Scope from a member over at arfcom. Received little if used at all optic and box. No foam insert or the little allen/torx wrench. I tried to deal with it but my OCD would not have it, therefore, in the Industry section of the forum, specifically with the Primary Arms section, I posted the following (Feb. 2019): "I recently purchased a "like new" (imo) gen 2 acss 3x prism scope (300blk) from a member here. Very nice but did not include the foam or the wrench. Due to my being an attempted recovering OCD-type, I would like to purchase those 2 items if you have any sitting around on a bench, etc. Thanks. What can I say? " Today I had an IM over there regarding a reply (i didn't know there had been a reply). The IM and reply was from MR. Marshall Lerner, CEO of Primary Arms. "Sorry I missed this when you posted. If you still need it email me and I will send it at no charge!" I was taken aback. Mr. Lerner requested my address. We exchanged emails. I then get another email from a PA employee assigned the task. Very nice and letting me know it's on its way. They also included some complimentary: "I included a few stickers and some extra flip covers for you just in case." They are known for their speedy shipping and great customer service. But my goodness. I just had to share this with ya'll. Just another reason why I'm a Primary Arms fanboy.
  6. 4 points
    I dont even know what to say. I have been out in AZ in the Army Senior Leaders Course and very busy. Things are finally winding down and I got an email about this today. I can remember getting into it with Jeff several times early on when I showed up. Nothing serious but just didn’t see eye to eye on much. Over the years we found much common ground. Jeff was one of the best people I knew about keeping subjects separate. He could be in a knock down drag out in one thread and use as happy go lucky in the next. I PM with him often and even spoke with him on the phone a few times. Funny how we all have a picture in our mind of what other members look like, while I dont ever remember seeing a picture of him here, I did picture him very much like the photos in the news reports. He was often a calm and reasoning voice in very passionate threads. He was one of the people that if I got down in the area I would have gone out of my way to meet him. The staff knows much of what happens behind the scenes and other members will not know the effort he put into this place. I pray that he and his wife are at peace in a better place. It sounds as if they may have passed in there sleep and hopefully with little pain. I hope by now the family has finished grieving and begun healing. Jeff will be missed greatly. This is a great little corner of the internet but we are not as complete as we were with Jeff. Jeff your wit, humor, and reason will be missed greatly by all that knew you. Fair skies and tail winds my brother.
  7. 4 points
    G, You have a new job in life and that is to soar with the Angels. Do it well and Do It With Gods Speed. As for the rest of us you are not gone, you just went home. So do us all a favor will you? Guide us so that when the time comes we all come home too.
  8. 4 points
    Why are guns violent when we don't call any other object as such.? We don't say alcohol violence, we say DUI or driving under the influence kills. This puts the blame on the driver not the object. We don't say knife violence, we say stabbed, attacked, or cut with a knife. This too puts the blame on the person not the object. Drugs don't kill, it's drug abuse that kills. Again the person abuses the object. We never say food kills, but overeating can kill. Yup, the action of the eater is the cause again. We don't say cars kill, we say reckless driving or speeding kills...and yet again we are not blaming the object. Cigarettes don't kill....smoking them does...you guessed it..the person is at fault. Sex doesn't hurt anyone but the act of rape does...again the person is to blame. Cell phones can't kill you but using one while doing something else just might kill you. In all the examples above society reaches out to educate the user of the object's potential to harm you if you use it irresponsibly....all but one...the gun. Why do so many blame the gun and not the car, the knife, sex, the cell phone, etc? It's because there are people trying to take our rights away and they are using terms to vilify the object not the act. This use of terms like gun violence has taken a hold just like assault weapon and so many other terms have.
  9. 3 points
    Brand new, with lower 1/3 co-witness mount. I am happy, never thought the guy would accept the offer. He had listed it at $399 so I shot him an offer I thought he would refuse. Glad the other one I made an offer on didnt accept or I would have been in a world of shat!
  10. 3 points
    “The rights of conscience, of bearing arms, of changing the government, are declared to be inherent in the people.” Fisher Ames
  11. 3 points
    As many of you know the 224 Valkyrie made its debut shortly before SHOT in 2017. It was touted as long range offering shooting up to the 90/95 grain area. It is a shortened 6.8 SPC case with a volume that holds about one grain of water more than a 223. Due to this shortening it can shoot the big bullets at magazine length. All well and good for punching paper as nice high BC bullets are a plus for that endeavor. Unfortunately the downside of this is that the aforementioned case volume hobbles it somewhat in the speed department. Federal came out with the ammunition after doing a lot of work prior to release bringing out the 90 SMK loadings all the way down to 55’s. The first bullets for the paper guys and the second for the warm targets like PD’s and coyotes. They have fleshed out the range between the two with various offerings in multiple weights. On introduction the advertising started out not as a trickle but as a full blown roaring torrent. Several guns in the hands of the “experts” were circulating and everyone was waxing ecstatic over the long range performance. Most had a twist rate of 1:7 even though for years those of us wanting to shoot a 90 in a 223 bore had always opted for a 1:6.5 minimum. My assumption is the thought pattern was that enough speed was on tap to make the slower twist rate work. Like many ragged edge attempts at bullet stabilization sometimes chicken and sometimes feathers thanks to the vagaries of barrel variation and environmental factors. It became apparent that the 6.5 twist was a better deal and many manufactures started making them. Along with the twist issue the 90 SMK that Federal used is currently undergoing a redesign in an attempt to get better results though that is still in progress AFAIK. I obtained a barrel last year and quite literally had to delay testing as I was involved with testing other products. Mine is a 24” 1:7 twist BHW 3 land polygon. It was mounted up on an AERO upper and a forearm from Chandler Hardwoods was called to duty. The gas block is an adjustable unit from Tactical Ammunition that I am now using on my builds thanks to the pricing and the small size that actually fits under these skinny forearms. The BCG is a Young Manufacturing set up with the enhanced bolt that I had input on and got to Beta test. The scope choice was my old Leupold 24X target version. Why 1:7? At the time the 1: 6.5 was not getting any production play plus I wanted to shoot it warts and all from the get go. The current offerings are still mostly 1:7’s if my Google review is correct. I reviewed everything I could prior to getting this one going and with my interests being a bit varied I knew going in I would probably not shoot many 90’s with the 80’s being my heaviest pills. I also realized that if this one took off the industry would respond with newer slicker bullets to stuff in it and this assumption has proven to be correct. I knew that when I have a 224 I want a rifle that will shoot the 50-70’s well and with the intent of the manufacturers with this one I want the ability to shoot the big boys even though I have other choices for that task. The lower used was my usual designated for testing with the Giselle High Sped Match trigger, a basic A2 stock and a few Magpul and Wilson enhanced operating surfaces. I use this one because I get to work with the same feeling in take up and release every time. I shoot this on everything from .17 up to .45 when I can though I’m not averse to using the others that happen to be available from Timney or BTE. Enough abbreviated history and on to the rubber meeting the tarmac. A shot of the test bed in question below. This is as barebones as you can get and the $$’s spent are on the low end and didn’t break the bank thanks to acquiring stuff over the years. I rarely shoot factory ammunition in any of my rifles due to the fact that 75% are wildcats and I am basically set up to save quite a bit through my handloading endeavors. As this was a new whiz bang offering from the industry I went ahead and ordered up 100 rounds of the most basic ammunition that Federal is producing. These were the 75 grain FMJ American Eagle offering. Price was one concern as many people don’t feel the need to dump a lot of coin on making holes in paper. The plus side also was that I would acquire a nice batch of brass along the way. Speaking of brass, Starline started producing Valkyrie brass from the get go and I had several discussions with their chief ballistician as it came online. I had them send me a small bag to test for longevity in comparison to the Federal offering. I prepared for the range trip by grabbing the factory ammunition and loaded up fifty pieces of the Starline. For my handloads I used 50’s, 55’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The factory being 75’s made it a nice stair step test though I will fill in the blank with some 65’s down the road. Powders ranged from TAC, CFE 223, Big Game and RL17. All rounds were loaded per book recommended COL’s for the initial trial. I chose to shoot three shot groups for this time as I wanted numbers and a general feel for what the cartridge would do. If it shoots three well then there is a good chance it will do well for more. If it doesn’t handle three then it might be due to shooter error but a quick revisit will usually clear the fog on that. I had just put the scope on the upper so my first stop was at the 50 yard line at my club. I spent ten minutes getting it all ready to go as I waited for the line to be clear. I dropped one of the 75’s in the tube and pulled the trigger and found I was ½” low and ½” right. I spun the turret four increments clockwise and put the rifle back in the case and moved to the 100 yard line. It is pretty normal to go from one upper to the next with these scopes and be within 2” of center but the 50 yard shot to verify is something that I can’t break myself of. Once I got set up at 100 yards with my target down range and the rests set up I dialed in the LabRadar and prepared for a pleasant day. It is April so I wanted to get in on one of our spring days. First shot fired was at 87 degrees and the last shot fired was at 93. It wouldn’t be a day on the range for me if I wasn’t hitting some in the 90’s. As I had some factory ammunition to try I used it for sight in and my first group work. Initially I shot fifteen rounds for getting close to my dots and to see just how honest the factory claimed numbers were. Remember this is a polygon barrel and routinely they run a bit fast. Claimed per Federal was an even 3000. The LR said that they were being modest, at least for this rifle, and I managed a first batch of 3098. The velocity was a nice pleasant surprise to say the least that I smiled at. I shot another ten rounds at the end of the day at 93 degrees and found an increase in velocity to 3106. Eight FPS is not much different but at that point the tube had a few rounds down it and this may well have contributed to the minor variation. Fastest shot was 3140 and the slowest was 3076. Standard deviation for the batch hovered right on 17 and that is not bad at all for factory fodder in my experience. Now speed is one thing but groups are definitive as we all know. Being factory ammunition and FMJ to boot I was not holding out for bug holes and I was not to be proven wrong there. Five groups shot a 1.278 average with none getting below an MOA although a 1.109 was getting scary close. Target evaluation was mostly vertical so that tells me it wants to shoot but needs just a hair more on the gas pedal. Being factory it is what it is so I’ll have to live with it. This is all twenty five rounds for this offering. I might note that I did see some extractor and ejector markings on this brass with primers starting to flatten out about like a good stout commercial load usually shows. As it was Federal brass I expected it to be a bit soft and I was not disappointed in that expectation. As you can see not overly impressive and not a wallet size group you would drag out at the water cooler. I’m quite familiar with factory ammunition not being stellar but I also know that it is not a 1:1 correlation in how good they are going to shoot with some reloading bench TLC. One thing to remember this chamber was optimized, so they say, to shoot the long heavy bullets so the throat is very long to accommodate them. That in turn leaves the little short pills wanting on occasion. Bullet choice, profile, comes in to play here as some will tolerate a huge jump and others not so much. Generally across the board the .223’s will jump whereas the 6 MM’s tend to be a bit more problematic. I figured in a few hours I’d know. Starting light with the Sierra 50 Spitzer (HV) I had loaded up three levels of CFE 223 and settled in for some work. No wind, yet, with no mirage and things were looking good after my second big coffee of the morning. I know coffee is bad but after twenty plus years of playing nurse and working long hours I think I have more caffeine in me than hemoglobin. The first three looked decent and actually hit my aiming point which is unusual as I avoid that when possible. The next looked good and the last few started to give me hope. At home I was pleased with this first effort. The CFE behaved as I expected in the velocity department putting the 50’s out at 3730 with no signs of pressure. This powder while viewed as “dirty” by some really puts out the velocities in all these 6.8 based cases I’ve been shooting. Interestingly on this one the speed was 197 FPS faster than projected in the manuals. I’ve worked with it enough in various cases that I was satisfied I wasn’t pushing anything to the maximum. The edges of the primers were still nice and rounded and not a single mark was noted on the case heads. The Starline brass appeares to be handling the pressures nicely. I had adjusted the gas to be slightly on the low side to aid in case longevity and accuracy. Throughout the day I found that the brass was shaking off that 55,000 PSI with aplomb. Here’s my first effort at pushing the little pills on this one. The first two groups were identical and the last was a tad better. If I could get a talented guy to shot these I suspect it would be eye opening. I moved up to the 55’s next using the Sierra Game King HP’s. It looks flat nasty and would be a great fur bullet. This is the only bullet I shot with two powders. I shot both TAC and CFE 223. The CFE was the only five shot handload I shot for the day and it shows great promise. It was loafing along at 3503 with nice round primers. This one could easily take another 0.5 and I believe might even shoot a bit better. I’m sure I’ll find out in the very near future. It did on the plus side exceed the projected speed by a very nice 179 FPS staying with the trend of CFE performance. The three in one hole dead center on the dot gives me hope for the load and the shooter. TAC is an interesting powder in the .223 bores. It is never uber-fast but it seems to always have some potential with a bit of a tweak. In my rifle I had a projected speed of 3300 and the clock showed 3324 for my top combination. The faster this one went the bigger the groups but I feel it might be worth playing with too. I only saw a spread of 68 FPS over the 0.6 grain increase. Oddly enough the middle powder shot 1 FPS lower than the first batch so I do want to see what that’s all about. I’ll just show what the CFE did and the best of the TAC groups. The TAC shot an average of exactly 1.00 inch..LOL Inching up in weight to a 60 grain Sierra Varminter I found that the velocities were holding and true to form this barrel like all my polys likes it hot , hotter and hottest. Once again I defaulted to CFE but the length is only 2.140 per the book. Long jump here for this one but it shook it off and endeavored to persevere. The first three didn’t inspire me too much but then I don’t sweat the early returns and I’ll decide once all the votes are in. Being hugely vertical I had a hunch that things would improve shortly. Not to be denied the CFE got on the stick and showed me a modest increase of only 38 FPS over the book on this one hitting 3188. It still has some left on the table and I’ll be pursuing this one as the 60 is an excellent warm target performer. Here’s is a sterling example of what happens per the text book as we pour more on in many cases. I could have covered the last with a dime but feeding these rifles leaves me without a lot of coinage. Either of the two last groups would make me happy on PD’s and I’m not so sure if the steerage wasn’t as fault on number two. Three group aggregate of 0.864 is not bad at all. I now moved up into the realm of specialty bullets that I don’t normally play with. The new Nosler RDF has been out for a while but I had never tried them. The BC on the 70 moves up to 0.416 and that is respectable provided one can put the velocity behind it. It will not match the 168 SMK in 308 that runs a 0.468 but a shorter TOF will make a huge difference as this round leaves that good old boy at the gate. I do know I swallowed a bit hard when I paid the ticket on these but I had a fellow out in Virginia urging me to give the RDF a try. See that’s where my dimes went!! I rarely shoot anything above a 65 in the 22’s but these 6.8 variants allow me to get my toe over that line a bit. Powder choice was Big Game for these pills. I don’t use a bunch of it but it does get rave reviews in the 17’s and I happened to have some on the shelf. I figured in for a penny in for a pound with a new bullet and a different powder what the heck did I have to lose? The first three looked A-OK to me and I figured I might have a good go to round if things panned out. The LabRadar crept up nicely and I was smiling a bit as my 0.6 grain off book MAX was already within five FPS of the book top. I ended up 50 FPS over the book value and I attribute this to the rifling once again. No pressure signs were noted and the 70 at 3137 is no slouch with that BC working for it. The three group aggregate on this was a 0.614 that I find acceptable in most guns with the top sped pushing in to 0.540 I would not hesitate to take this one after PD’s or even into an F-Class foray. Final testing for the day of my home rolled was the Sierra 80 SMK that boasts a BC of 0.471. This one pushed hard is a favored bullet for the 600 yard line in DCM Hi Power in the 1:7 twist. I decided to try RL 17 as I had done well with it in some 6X6.8 and LBC loadings but results were inconclusive to say the least. The wind had come up in after the previous batch and I suddenly had gusts hitting 25 MPH on my hands to deal with. Dispersion was inconsistent and the swirl was a bit problematic. The speed was there but the use of so much real estate on target was not something to bring joy and accolades from the surrounding shooters. By far the worst performer with an aggregate of 1.666 it is capable of much more. Of the three groups shot only one was even close to acceptable and it barely so. I have another 40 of these pills on the shelf and I am going to wring this bullet out on the next trip if only to prove to myself I can get it to run well. I will probably load longer than the book 2.260 if I have room but I just have to know what’s cooking here. I can say that on the last three shots at 3060 I saw very slight markings on the head from the ejector that lends me to believe that a different powder is certainly in order here. The primers overall looked like the factory 75 Federals so I believe that’s all she wrote for the RL 17 on this one. I may try some 19 if research shows it is applicable. The one good group out of three that resulted in tossing these down range that is a tiny tiny little glimmer off on the horizon. Time will tell. So there we have it for my first trip out and about with the 224 Valkyrie. Speeds were up over the book across the board in every aspect. Accuracy was pretty good. If I exclude the 80’s, cheating you know, the average group size was 0.810 over thirteen groups. Adding in the disastrous 80’s for sixteen groups I still averaged 0.970. Factory 75 FMJ averaged 1.28 for five groups and when added in to the others an aggregate average of 21 groups was 1.045. Just slightly less than one MOA for such a wide dispersion of weights and loads did make me feel hopeful that this will turn into a PD worthy gun. The 80’s are definitely an issue and as I mentioned they will get some serious attention. I happen to have a box of 90’s also and I might toss a few of those down range. The 77 grain Nosler CC’s will also be tried as I have a grundle of those and they are dirt cheap to boot with a good BC. This one was long but I’ve been promising a shakedown evaluation for a long time. I can say that I believe the Starline brass is well made and I’ll let them know this week about my assessment after one more firing on it. I have not run the numbers to compare this with a hot 556 NATO load but I knew that in the light bullets there is not much difference. I suspect that up until 69/70 that I can get as much out of the old standby and I will make up a comparison chart down the road on that issue. Greg PS: As an afterthought on my range trip that day I had thrown in my 458 SOCOM wearing a 2X7 Vortex and a bag of ammunition. The range has steel at 200 yards that goes from 20” to 8”. I started big as I had the rifle sighted for 50 yards and put two dead center on the big one using a 325 FTX loaded stoutly but not maxed out. I moved down in size as I went along. Twenty five rounds down range with the last ten being on the eight inch plate and I was smiling like a big dog. I had just run all twenty five with some being pretty quick on the follow up shots with zero misses. There were some nice shiny splotches on the steel clustered around the middle that told me I was more than adequate for a deer or elk given the chance. .
  12. 3 points
    She don’t need no damn shoes!!! I’ll post a few more of her drawings soon. I think y’all are going to be amazed. (At least I am). Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and prayers. Update coming up reeeel soon.
  13. 3 points
    This one is going in my wallet, because it was hard earned. Hahaha! 50-yards, prone off a bipod. Ruger 10/22 with FJ Pedersen polygonal barrel & Vortex Diamondback 4x24 FFP.
  14. 3 points
    In other words they become Democrats
  15. 3 points
    Look closer next time. The lipstick gives 'em away.
  16. 3 points
    Bring it on! Hell, there are days (weeks....months) when all I have are random thoughts. You'll fit right in.
  17. 3 points
    Thanks. Yeah, I didn't want to see this tradition end. I check on the birthdays every day anyway doesn't take much for me to post the good mornings in "G's" remembrance.
  18. 3 points
  19. 3 points
    Welcome Kirk and Hobo. The board is one of the friendlies on the Internet. Many guys have experience that has cost them years of time and thousands of dollars in expense yet like Spice it flows freely. Every one has something to contribute and the beginners that come in slowly hop in and start to flourish if they so choose. I've learned a great deal here and pitch in when I can if I grasp the subject matter, and sometimes not grasp it, so grab a cup of coffee and prepare to enjoy. Greg
  20. 2 points
    It likely wouldn't be worth your time or money to have the muzzle threaded for a brake. As Towtruck mentioned, the lower is best suited for use on a dedicated .22LR upper. Don't take it personally, but if it were *me*, I would either just sell the rifle or keep it for other purposes, and buy or build myself a rifle which fits all of my wants/needs from the start. Right now, anything AR is pretty cheap. Piece together your dream gun, and do yourself this favor: Keep it simple. Remember, ounces add up to pounds. The more you add to a rifle, the more your shoulders are going to realize it. This can be an issue unless it's simply going to be a to and from the bench gun. For example, you mentioned wanting to add a scope, a red dot on a 45 mount, and a freefloat railed handguard to a rifle already equipped with a heavy barrel. Before you know it, you're going to be lugging around a 15lb. rifle. Something that you'll see tends to happen often is, people will toss every device conceivable onto their rifle - Lights, lasers, bipods, scopes, red dots, back-up iron sights, vertical grips, etc. - and they soon come to realize much of it is dead weight, and off it comes. Again, this is what *I* would do. Nix the idea of a red dot on the 45 mount, figure out what your primary intended purpose for a rifle will be, and whether or not the magnification is truly important or not. If it is, I would likely begin by looking into an optic with variable magnification range from 1-4, 1-6, or 1-8, depending on the distances I most likely plan to shoot at, sit it in a cantilever quick detach mount, and pair that with a throw lever on the magnification ring for fast adjustment between settings. If magnification is something I could sacrifice, then I would likely opt for an Aimpoint Comp M3, M4, M5, T1/T2, Trijicon MRO, or something along those lines. Many people like to pair red dots with magnifiers, but again, the weight adds up quick. I would also couple either option with a good set of backup iron sights. They're rather small, unobtrusive, can fit nicely under a scope, and are nice to have in case of optics failure of any kind. One thing I must disagree with Joel on is the co-witness. 1/3 co-witness creates a 'chin weld' rather than a 'cheek weld', whereas absolute co-witness will allow your dot to fall directly in line with your iron sights. If you use a pair of folding BUIS (think low-profile gas block under a freefloat handguard and picatinny mounted folding front sight), then it allows for that perfect cheek weld, as well as an unobstructed view. In essence, the sky is the limit, the world is your oyster, etc. Determine what your intended uses of the rifle will be first. Will it be benchrest shooting? Plinking at targets? Home/property defense? Varmint rig? Hunting? SHTF? All of the above? Once you have that, then buy/build based off of your criteria.
  21. 2 points
    They were misdiagnosed as having "flu" and likely given instructions to self medicate with OTC products. Hep A causes the liver to malfunction acutely, almost every OTC flu treatment contains acetaminophin, which is the active ingredient in tylenol. Tylenol is hard on the liver in its' own right. So hard in fact that overdosing in a healthy person will cause acute liver failure. So it is reasonable to surmise that even a regular dose taken by a person who is suffering with reduced liver function due to Hep A could produce liver failure. I have said it already in this thread, the doc who diagnosed "flu" screwed up. The screw up likely rises to the level of malpractice. An ambulance chaser would already have the chart from their visits and be looking into them for a malpractice lawsuit if everyone weren't already dead. If they weren't tested for flu at the doctor's office before being diagnosed it would be a slam dunk case.
  22. 2 points
    It's not bait. This guy has been on top of the anti 2A assault for years. Basically Bloomburg is flooding Indy businesses with No Guns Allowed signs. Under that state's law, the sign constitutes legal notice trespass if you go in armed anyway. Most NRA members from other states won't know this and may end up in jail. I'm just trying to keep you guys from rooming at the Crossbar Hotel! Terry
  23. 2 points
    That's good! This country needs more noyds.
  24. 2 points
    I know I am a day late and a dollar short but thank you for doing this. To be quite honest, I have been kind of down in the dumps about it. I haven't been checking in. I did a few days right after he died and there was no "Good morning". I just quickly scrolled through and kept on going. Decided today to check back. Happy to see his idea to continue. I think he would be very happy. NEXT MAN UP!!
  25. 2 points
    Wish I could just post the video. You'll have to go to the page to play the video. http://www.theamericanmirror.com/8-year-old-aoc-look-alike-riffs-as-congresswoman-i-use-social-media-so-im-a-socialist/?fbclid=IwAR3n6egEkojvJGNccXAs4gvYXm389qtFarictTfKBb1eWxHzyty1eiQw30U 8-year-old AOC look-alike riffs as congresswoman: ‘I use social media, so I’m a socialist’ “Like, I’m Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aka AOC, and I want to talk about, like, climate change because, like, there’s no doubt cow farts are making the climate change. And, like, in July the climate was 96 degrees and in February the climate was 36 degrees,” the youngster said. “OMG, that’s a huge change in the climate in only …,” she continued, pausing to count her fingers, “four months. “Like, at this rate, the world is going to end in exactly 12 years, and like, I’m only 29 years old now, so the world will be over when I’m only …,” Martinez paused again to count fingers, “37 years old.” The mini AOC also addressed geopolitics and immigration, poking fun at the representative from New York’s loose grasp with the facts. “Like, I also want to talk about socialism because socialism is so amazing,” the actress said. “Socialism is actually short for social media, did you know that?