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    Vet's home infected

    My dad took an old friend to the VA hospital in Des Moines a couple of weeks ago. He was in rough shape. It was a 90 minute drive there, after Dad got him out of bed and dressed for the trip. After waiting for about three hours, they sent my dad home saying that his friend wouldn't be coming with him. Later that night, my dad got the call that he was exposed. Dad's 88, Mom's 90. They had to self-quarantine for two weeks which passed yesterday without either one of them getting sick, thank God. Dad's buddy died Saturday of COVID-19. I guess my parents really dodged a bullet there. A hospital is about the last place I'd want to be right now.
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    For those who hunt coyotes with .300 AAC

    I'm by no means an expert on this but I would think .223 with a 55 grain hollow point would make a nice little entrance hole and would most likely not make it out the back side. I have a load that shoots well out of my 16" Faxon pencil profile, 1:8 twist, mid length barrel. It's a Sierra 55 grain BTHP over 25.0 grains of H335. If you hand load, it's been a good one for me. Of course, every barrel is different. Personally, I'd stick with .223.
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    Hey alpo

    Happy Birthday Buddy!
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    Pent-up Anger

    It's not chili if it doesn't have beans.....
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    One upside for me to being stuck at home.

    Flesh, At the risk of sounding condescending, I'm proud of you. I think it's awesome when someone takes the initiative to learn something new. Fortunately, we're still working. I work for a company that makes surgical instruments. We are beginning to see some pretty serious 'softening' of incoming orders since most surgeries are being delayed or pushed back. We've got enough back orders to carry us for a couple more weeks but there are some questions beyond that about whether or not we'll be working until all of this settled back down. I'm thankful I can go to work right now. If/when we get sent home for too many out sick, or orders being lower than we've ever seen, I will probably begin some training modules on our ERP system.
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    Heavy heart

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers sent.
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    Illinois Bans..........

    And again, one more reason I'm glad I left the state.
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    Striker Fired with a Safety??

    All good points, John. My usual carry and 99% of my shooting is done with a DA/SA gun. I shoot about three times a week since I have my steel targets set up in my back yard and have a nice covered deck from which to shoot. I handle and manipulate my guns often but never under a high stress situation. One day, I need to get into some competitive shooting to work on those skills. The most stress I've encountered involving firearms has been the one hundred or so skunks I've shot over the past ten years. And no, I'm not exaggerating on this number. If you're on foot and you miss one, they will charge you. I've witnessed first hand, the inability to function properly while trying to keep your distance and safely dispatch one of these little nuisances. It's gotten easier over the years but it's absolutely amazing how that little variance can induce enough stress to make it difficult to swap magazines. I love my DA/SA 9mms for carry, and am pretty familiar with their handling and manipulation, but they can be a little thick for good concealment in light Summer clothing. This will be my first striker fired gun so I'm approaching it with some caution. When I do get one, it will become my primary practice gun for my regular shooting drills. I'll incorporate some practical handling as well since it just makes sense. I appreciate all the thoughts and feedback here. It gives me something to think about. Now, if CZ would just make a P-07 in a single stack subcompact.....
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    I'm going crazy trying to find it...

    Oh Brother, I feel your pain. I've misplaced one small wrench 1/4"-5/16" out of my kit of small wrenches. I was cleaning and regreasing our bathroom exhaust fans last weekend and needed THAT wrench. I remember 'kitting' it with a couple of other tools when I was installing soft close drawer slides in our last house and now I can't find the damned thing. AND we've since moved to another house so there's no telling where it is. The problem with something like that is that it's tiny so it could be hiding anywhere. Those small wrenches are handy when you need them. I hate to buy a new set for one wrench but...... Good luck!
  10. To pick out just one of items on your list, flashlights and batteries, for my high drain often used flashlights, I use Duracells. For those that are staged and not often used, I use Energizer Ultimate Lithiums. I've lost too damned many flashlights to Duracell batteries. I still think they are the best, but not for long term storage. I keep the Lithiums in my safe though. Don't want the kids getting their grubby little hands on them!
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    Striker Fired with a Safety??

    I like the DA/SA pistols as a general rule. To be honest, I'm a CZ fanboy and have five of their DA/SA 9mms in full size and compact. I just want something a little smaller that will carry better when I'm wearing light clothing in the summer. If the P-series guns from CZ came in a single stack, I'd be looking seriously at one of those, but I want something a little thinner. I understand the potential drawbacks of the striker/safety platform but am willing to take that chance. Some of you may consider that irresponsible or just plain stupid, but I've been giving it a lot of thought. Like at least one other person here suggested, when I get more comfortable with the gun, I could also carry it with the safety off. I know it can be considered a liability to 'mix platforms', especially under a high stress situation but it's something I'll have to train for. I think I'm going to pull the trigger on a Shield soon. Most of the reviews are favorable.
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    Striker Fired with a Safety??

    Yes the Shield has a safety. I'm really leaning towards that one. I think I saw it on Bud's last week for $279.
  13. A nephew of mine was visiting a few weeks back. He has a S&W Shield PC in 9mm that shoots much better than I expected from such a small gun. I was rocking my 50 yard silhouette about 4 out of 5 shots with it, off hand. I'm not a big striker fired fan, but I did like that it had a safety and found it fairly intuitive to manipulate it when shooting. Does anyone else make a sub-compact striker fired 9mm with a safety? It's just personal preference but I am seriously considering one of these (but not a Performance Center version) for my next handgun purchase.
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    PSA 9mm Pistol

    Agreed. It will be interesting to see it's effect on that market. Assuming it does have some interchangeability with the Glock aftermarket, it's going to be jumping into the scene at a decent advantage. Even though I'm not a striker fire fan, I'll be following this one closely.
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    Staging An AR ForHD

    "a chopped 18" Browning Citori" Man Greg, I like the way you roll. That's a nice gun on which to break out the ole hacksaw !