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Winkel

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  1. I wonder if they show up to your windows at night because it's a good food source. With the lights on in the house, I would expect it attracts some bugs. This is an interesting thread. We had a bat living in the louvers of our gable vent in our detached garage. We noticed him last Fall and he came back this Spring. He relocated a couple of weeks ago. I think I'm too noisy for him since the people that lived here before us were older and didn't use that garage much from what I understand. I even put up a bat house hoping to attract more but it's still empty. Maybe next year. If not, I'll move it to the back of my pole barn which is a little farther back in the yard and is usually pretty quiet.
  2. I work in Louisville. If I have to do any Lowe's runs or anything like that, I roll back over to the Indiana side. Stay safe!
  3. Yeah, they're cute but damned destructive. Nice shooting!
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    https issues

    Yes, if I understand what you are asking, I save this site on my 'favorites' bar. Lately, when I click on it, I get an error message and am not directed to the site. I type it into the search bar, get to the site, log in and then resave it to my favorites bar. It still doesn't work. Is that what you're talking about?
  5. I interviewed at the cooperage for Brown Foreman in Louisville a few years back. It was pretty cool to see them make the barrels. It was pretty much like that but the charring operation was a little more automated.
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    Good Morning!

    Good morning from southern Indiana. Man, it feels good not typing Illinois!
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    Hey towtruck

    Happy Birthday TT!
  8. Oh yeah, I'd get rid of those pit bulls as soon as I could.
  9. That does sound like a good day!
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    Hey GLShooter

    Happy Birthday Shooter!
  11. I have wrapped a barrel in an old leather belt before and lightly clamped it in a bench vise to change a flash hider. Do this at your own risk and just don't crank it down. I doubt you'd hurt it but be careful with this.
  12. I don't shoot a lot, but I do shoot often. We live in the country on a dead end road and I've got my steel targets set up in the back yard. There are just fields behind us. I can step out on our covered deck and shoot a few rounds, even when it's raining. My neighbors all shoot too, or at the very least, don't object to me shooting. I've spoken with all of them about it. I do have a couple of neighbors that work nights so I won't shoot before mid afternoon on the weekends. One of our neighbors has been in the area since 1988 and he said there's never been a problem. Ours isn't a high risk area either. I don't store a lot of ammo, but I am getting low enough that I may have to curtail my shooting until I can find a little 9mm.
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    Good Morning!

    Good morning all, from southern Indiana! Drinking coffee and watching Andy Griffith.
  14. I'll trade you some ammo cans for some 9mm ammo! I shoot a couple of times per week so I'll be running a little low in another month.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.....
  19. 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.
  21. And again, one more reason I'm glad I left the state.
  22. 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.....
  23. 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!
  24. 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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