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  1. Retcop

    Little Videos

    Thanks-always great stuff !
  2. Retcop

    Seeking Advice: Gun Safes

    Thanks for the hi-tech info ! Been many years since I did my research, and it has all seeped out into the ether.
  3. Retcop

    Whoopie! Guess what just came in the mail?

    Illinois' permitting process is totally unconstitutional, imho, especially when you consider the costs to young people maybe starting a family, or the elderly without means. First you need the FOID card you have to wait for, then the CCW application, then "training" and qualification that shall be held on 2 seperate days. Renewal is 10 years on the FOID and 5 on the CCW. It boggles my mind that such draconian measures (at least IL is shall issue) aimed at an enumerated right are allowed to stand in the Federal Courts. NO open carry allowed here even with a CCW. It would be interesting to know how many States you can carry in, without having to go thru ANY permitting system at all, and it can be OC or concealed. You are a citizen (excluding felons, age requirements, etc.) so strap on a sidearm. I'll try and find it. Don't many States require you to still get a CCW permit if you want to OC ? While I greatly prefer carrying concealed, if I could open carry without government involvement, that's what I would do. Except for so many people being brainwashed, or not understanding the original intent of the 2A, I can not figure out how the State or Federal government gets away with requiring their permission for a citizen to exercise a constitutional right, especially involving weapons that are designed for a single person to operate. Then there is no logic they can use that makes the keeping and bearing of any such weapon is not an individual right. Maybe I'm just too dumb to get it.
  4. Retcop

    Well, my baby has graduated high school.

    Congratulations to your daughter, and to you. Enjoy being involved in one of the most exciting periods of her young life. If your experience is anything like mine, even though they are not around home as much, you two will actually become closer. These are the years where Dad starts to become smarter, and his advice is sought more often. This is a fluid dynamic. I saw another increase when the two got their first career jobs too. Enjoy every minute, my friend.
  5. A great friend of mine helped replaced all the choked off galvanized pipe accessible in my basement, with a short run in the crawl space to the kitchen. Putting up the PVC was not too bad, but getting rid of the maze of galvanized was a pain. I had originally asked him if he could help in the crawl space, where the run against the North basement wall kept freezing despite the good heating tape. He showed up with enough pipe to do the whole house. He showed me a trick in the crawl space. He got rid of all the heating tape, and made a ~ 3/8 inch hole in one to the two kitchen HVAC pipes than ran nearest the water pipe. Between the wide open PVC and that hole, never had another freeze, no matter how cold it was. The previous owner had run the water pipes right along the above ground northern crawl space wall for a good 20 feet. I was in a neck brace from one of my neck surgeries...No way I could have done it by myself, without it taking weeks, or screwing up my neck. (and prolly the job) He's retired now from doing HVAC for a phone company for decades, but is a Jack of all trades. He's a good man.
  6. Retcop

    Seeking Advice: Gun Safes

    I'm concerned about the seams created by bolting the box together, in regard to performance in a fire.
  7. Retcop

    Whoopie! Guess what just came in the mail?

    Do you think the Leftist kooks are going to force the Democrat Party to splinter ? Before or after this next election ?
  8. If President Trump is re-elected, imo his DOJ is going to have to devote more time, money and manpower challenging those States that are violating our Civil Rights. Maybe various privately funded constitutional law think tanks and various State's Attorneys can file friends of the Court breifs, and maybe donations will go up to the schols involved so they have the resources to make the best case for the Attorney General. Our State and Federal lawmakers beating the Second Amendment down like a red-headed stepchild has got to stop. Americans have become so used to the 2A being so heavily infringed upon, I think that in their ignorance, the have forgotten how this is supposed to work. A good number of our Founders did not want to add the BOR as the first amendments to the Constitution, concerned that the tyrants would make a mess of enumerated rights, and one could make the argument that those gentlemen were spot on. Especially the Second Amendment, without which none of the others have meaning. Let us pray that even if Mr. Trump loses, he will have appointed enough Federal Judges so that they will help prevent this Republic from descending into a global socialist hell.
  9. Retcop

    Whoopie! Guess what just came in the mail?

    IMHO, the Republican Party has and is doing very little to protect our gun rights, and many gun owners have accepted this unified incrementalism as the norm. Just because the Republicans favor turning up the heat on the pot of water with the frog in it more gradually than the socialists, that analogous frog is still going to end up just as dead in that pot of boiling water. I have never claimed to have all the answers, but not only has a combination of Obama and Trump shown the Democratic party as the true deranged communists who hate America, it has also much more clearly revealed the Republicans as the perpetrators of their own Big Lies, but have proven they were part of the Coup against President Trump, and that the majority of them no longer feel that fighting to maintain American culture and values is worth their effort, and the Party has decided that cooperating with these socialists/communists is also the best alternative for maintaining and growing their ability to generate wealth for themselves, their extended family, their friends, and all the deep pockets they can get into for a little quid pro quo. For a number of years I've been doing my best to alert people, especially gun owners to the imminent danger of continuing to support the Republican Party, based on the false narrative of protecting our gun rights. I fully understand that many gun owners are "satisfied" with the current state of gun laws and restrictions, especially in those States that so graciously permit them to exercise an enumerated and Natural right to keep and bear arms. Looked at objectively, the problem, IMHO, is that the majority of gun owners are comfortable the the philosophy that the exercise of their Second Amendment rights are something the government gives them. Many of us don't even think about the stack of Federal firearm restrictions, let alone the hodgepodge of State and Municipal gun control laws that further infringe upon our rights. We have got to pull our heads out of the sand and realize that the Republicans have no genuine interest in not infringing upon our Second Amendment Rights. To be frank, the younger generations, some even gun owners, who believe the "hardcore gun nuts" are absolutely bad people by not agreeing to more gun control every time there is a sensational multiple murder is committed, especially when the murderer uses a semi automatic pistol or rifle. The people, gun owners or not, have been totally convinced by the Big Lie that America needs more "common sense" gun laws, like eliminating due process with "Red Flag" laws. Ask the Republicans down in Florida how the protected the 2A rights of Floridians, and ask the Republicans in Congress what other "common sense" gun laws they have come to agree with. I am not being facetious when I respectfully ask you to make the case that Republican Party is made up of true believers and true protectors of our 2A rights. How has the RNC protected our 2A rights ? The question should be why is the 2A under constant attack ? Why are these people still in office ? My reality is that with each passing election, they seem more like the socialists in their disrespect and their outright disdain of us and of our 2A rights. Multiple States and Municipalities are at this moment violating the USC with their laws, yet the Republicans do not say a word. The practical application of Haller and Reed are being ignored with codified State Laws in God knows how many States. Republicans will continue to rob us of our rights until we get the courage to challenge them. Otherwise, the only thing they are accomplishing is giving us a little more time. The Republican and Democratic Political Elites are one body, and they are, on the whole, of the same mind.
  10. Retcop

    Seeking Advice: Gun Safes

    I really like my "extra wide" Ft. Knox, and have had zero problems, but also no theft attempts or fires so..... Knox has a video on their site which is what to look for in a safe. Even though they want to sell you theirs, good info is good info. Best thing to do is learn about the specs, and what they mean. If you know any fireman, that are into guns, show him the specs and see what he thinks. Decide how much space you need and buy bigger. It was important to me that the Knox was built in America, including every raw material USA made also. Safes are to slow thieves down. For me it was a great piece of mind, especially when traveling. Both I and the wife worked, kids out of the house, and a house you can barely see part of the roof from the road. He is gonna have a lot of time at my place. A pro is going to get into your safe, but a good one is going to slow him down, which may have him abort. Even my GSD had died, and she was a dang good deterrent when we were not home. As far as fire, it get a bit more complicated, but you need it to be able to withstand a certain temp for a certain amount of time, and hopefully go a good deal above the "minimal specs" in order for the company to claim fire resistance. If you are doing a bunch of research, if you could let me know what you find out about those "assembly required" safes you leggo together at home, I'm sure it would be appreciated. If you are not looking at those, nevermind. Good luck and have fun !
  11. Part of my Grandfather's life was spent as a finish carpenter. Those tools my Dad passed down are some of my most prized possessions. The planes are works of art, imo...
  12. Retcop

    Morel Mushroom question

    I am going to hold you to that update next year. Morels sauteed in a bit of Irish butter are one of life's great simple pleasures, IMO. Been a while since I have been hunting. For some reason, the hills are steeper than when I was first hunting them. What used to be "secret" places on public land are now overrun with morel hunters. I guess the ones hunting for profit don't leave at least one or a few behind to repopulate. Good for you, brother, enjoy the good eating AND the potential profit, and/or making lots of folks happy, especially the old souls who can't get out any more. Bring some of your elderly neighbors a bag of morels after things get going, and watch their faces light up ! .
  13. Retcop

    Gene Simmons On America

    Some of the most patriotic Americans I know are either recent legal immigrants, or the children of legal immigrants. Most know their History better than the average Joe, but more importantly, understand what America represents, and how lucky we are to be citizens of this Republic. It is important to understand the history of immigration in this Nation, and try and educate those who need it, why this on going dumping of millions of immigrants is not a good thing, and this point in our Republic's young life. It is a certainty it will destroy the American culture and values that has taken hundreds of years to develop.
  14. Retcop

    For Sale .308 Custom Rifle

    Good Luck on the sale. That is a sweet rifle.
  15. This world is not our last stop. I look at it as you received a wonderful gift. Not the wrenches, but thinking about your Grandfather. If you haven't already, find out all you can about him. Pray for him. The Lord is truly mysterious.