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  1. This is kind of off-subject I guess and I hope the moderator can overlook it just once. It ties in with the impresssion you made in that young Marine's life. I will be retired from the Corps 12 years in Dec. I now work a job that I hate but am thankful to have nonetheless. But it is such a demoralizing let down after being a Gunnery Sergeant of Marines. I watched this last war on T.V. on pins and needles. I don't desire to ever be in combat again but I wanted to be there with my beloved Marines at the same time. It occurred to me that some of the young Marines I once led are now the Gunny's and even Sgt Majors now. I have caught myself wondering if I was a good leader and if I set a example or made a positive impression on those Marines. I received the following from one of my Marine's from Desert Storm and I can't tell you how good this made me feel. "I will never forget the day right before the shooting started. You informed the section how "actual combat" was going to be. Although our time in the same unit was short lived for me. I have always viewed your professionalism as a role model for myself. I am an old timer in my career. Today I still try to deliver information in the fashion you did in the desert. Your leadership traits are to this day un-rivaled. I have seen many leaders in life but I still take que's from you. I hope I have used these lessons properly. Always wanted to tell ya how I felt. In my eyes the the true leaders did not wear brass. Officers were preoccupied with the politics of that world. So now ya know, your leadership had a lasting impact on my life. Was glad to serve with you Gunny. Thanks for posting that platoon pic. I had to copy that and use it as wallpaper. Hope to run into you again on a social level"
  2. This confirms two things I've always said. Bad behavior isn't necessarily passed on or genetic and being a father isn't about blood. You obviously have made a positive impact on this young Marine's life and should be proud. I would say it's a safe bet that you probably saved his life in the long run. And in all likelyhood, between you and the Marine Corps, he'll end up being a father like you instead of the one he was born with. As a retired GySgt I'd like to express my personal thank you for sending the Marine Corps a quality individual to start with. It makes it a lot easier. A lot of time in bootcamp that used to be spent teaching Infantry basics is now spent teaching young men and women morals and values that they should have got at home. Semper Fi!
  3. Welcome! I'm a converted Jedi myself.
  4. It's not a "Pre" ban. The MAK-90 stamped on it is the tip off. The 90 means it was imported after 1990 and it came with a thumbhole stock. That being said, it's still well worth $400. Buy it! The MAK 90 is one of the very best production guns ever made and they aren't imported anymore. This is mine and I paid $400 for it also.
  5. Afraid not. I have a friend that I go shooting with once in awhile at his kinfolks farm down in Pinckneyville but no regular place. The Caseyville Gun Club relocated to Mascoutah. That would be worth it except I hear that they not only charge $200 a year for membership but also a monthly dues to help them with their legal fees while fighting Mascoutah and Scott AFB to stay open there. Can't see that kind of money for two firing points where I have to wait my turn to shoot 200 yards. That's why I sold my M1903A1, M-1 and M1A a few years ago. Nowhere to shoot them in this socialist state.
  6. The SKS shares much in common with the M-14. The are both very good weapons that weren't in service very long before being replaced with something more compact. The M-14 however, refuses to go away. Even though it was taken out of general service it has remained in use in one fashion or another. There was a big rush to get them into the hands of Designated Marksman in both the Army and Marines over in the sand box. The SKS did manage to remain in service with the Chinese until a few years ago and I think the North Koreans might still use them. The SKS is a very good carbine and has managed to develope a cult status in the Southern States especially. It has replaced the venerable 30-30 lever action as the number one brush gun for deer. Why? because the 7.62x39 has ballistics comparable to the 30-30 and you could buy 3 SKS's for the price of one lever action for awhile. It's a good dependable weapon.
  7. I'm not new to the Forums but for some reason just noticed the Illinois section. Live in Okawville which is about 45 miles east by southeast of St Louis, Mo.
  8. First off, I apologize for the picture containing weapons other than the AK but I had to have a friends wife take them for me and I need a picture of the M1911 for another forum I belong to. I like my weapons simple but practical and made of Iron & Wood. Below is my MAK-90 with a Tapco Folding Stock and Tapco 30rd Mag. I have a pistol grip on it from UTG but plan to swap it for one from Hogue soon. The pistol is a Rock Island Armory G.I. M1911A1 and the knife is a Camillus USMC Fighting Knife (Not K-Bar Brand).
  9. First off, I apologize for the picture containing weapons other than the AK but I had to have a friends wife take them for me and I need a picture of the M1911 for another forum I belong to. I like my weapons simple but practical and made of Iron & Wood. Below is my MAK-90 with a Tapco Folding Stock and Tapco 30rd Mag. I have a pistol grip on it from UTG but plan to swap it for one from Hogue soon. The pistol is a Rock Island Armory G.I. M1911A1 and the knife is a Camillus USMC Fighting Knife (Not K-Bar Brand).
  10. Centerfire Systems Arms has the complete stock set for $12.99 Centerfire Systems Romanian Pistol Grip Set
  11. Which caliber you go with depends on what all you want the weapon for. The 5.45 is cheaper but the 7.62x39 is a better "All Around" round. The SKS in 7.62x39 has pretty much replaced the 30/30 lever action as a brush deer gun in some areas. Why? Because the SKS could be had for under $100 not long ago and the 7.62x39mm Soviet Round gives near identical ballistics to a 30/30. The 5.45 is not suitable for hunting medium sized game such as deer but is a devastating Man Killer. It's performance is more like the 5.56mm Nato round. But, if you need a weapon for the "breakdown of civilization" scenario, I'd say the 7.62x39 would be the better choice. It will take care of 2-legged varmits and put venison on the table. If all you need is a weapon that can cheaply punch paper targets or tin cans but still take care of threats, the 5.45 is a better choice.
  12. I would say in this situation NO. You can offer him money for the AK instead. If He won't sell, there are plenty of other AK's for sale. The Remington may be old and you may seldom fire it but it is a much higher quality weapon and I have to believe that you would eventually regret the trade. The Remington is probably a good candidate to pass-on to your children someday also. Ask yourself this, which will be the more valuable collectors piece down the road? If not a collectors piece, I agree that it will be more valuable to you down the line in the fact that your Father gave it to you. My Dad is a WWII Marine and will probably be passing away soon. He has a old Japanese Arisaka that he brought home from the war. They are crude variants of a Mauser and only Norma still makes ammo for it. But it's mine when He passes and I'll never part with it because it was His.
  13. I didn't see this covered anywhere else so I not sure if anybody has mentioned it. Evidently, at the 2010 Shot Show, Coonan Arms announced the return of the Coonan M-1911 in .357MAG. Here is the link to their website but it isn't for sale quite yet. I always wanted a Coonan. Coonan Arms
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