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  1. I was sound asleep (maybe I could get a job at the FBI; they were asleep on 9/11 too). Wife had gotten job in new city and went on ahead of me, I was still in my hometown packing to move. Got woken up by phone call from her telling me to turn on the TV. TV was packed... Got on the computer, news sites were all slammed and dialup ISP was going slow as fuck (small town, rural Alaska prior to them getting cable modems) so I couldn't see anything. Finally found a site that would load. Not very interesting all in all. My brother's story was slightly more interesting than that. He was at NASA Langley doing engineering at the time and when they went to Threatcon Charlie, he decided to un-ass the base before they went to Delta and all of the traffic on and off was stopped. Another relative worked for one of Alaska's senators, and saw the smoke pouring out of the Pentagon on his way in to work. He pulled over and called the office, asked if there was any point to coming in? Nope, boss is "elsewhere" right now, go home.
  2. netpackrat

    US Palm comng back!

    They are OK grips, but that's insane.
  3. netpackrat

    US Palm comng back!

    I have a couple of their grips and they are okay, but I like Hogues better these days. Are you telling me people are paying that much for them?
  4. netpackrat

    US Palm comng back!

    One what, their shitty mags?
  5. He was banned by one of the participants in this thread, in fact.
  6. Honestly, this place is a lot less of a cesspool than it used to be, now that the traffic has dropped off.
  7. Assuming each of the ad buttons on the right of the screen still represents a paying advertiser, plus all of y'all that keep sending him money, I'm sure he's still turning a profit, and now with less admin headaches due to less users/traffic. Of course, that assumes all of those ad buttons actually represents a still paying forum sponsor and that he didn't just leave them up to present the illusion of an active forum with satisfied customers (sponsors) to any other potential sponsors. I once bought a business membership at another forum, that had seen a downturn kind of like this one has. I figured there were still enough core members left to make it worthwhile, but it netted me exactly zero sales. And the owner left my ad up and didn't downgrade me once the time I had paid for was up... I had to tell him to remove the ad and return my status to that of a normal member.
  8. If the "magic" happens in the tower, that makes sense.
  9. But what Mike D. has to do to protect himself and his patents, is a completely different thing from what Joe Random Gunsmith like Evl would have to concern himself with, when combining commercially available parts. About the only thing Mossberg could really do to keep people from using their products in a way they don't approve of is to not sell them to anyone in the first place. With Mike they have an agreement that spells out exactly each party's obligations, so it's apples vs. oranges.
  10. At some point you have to consider the source, and whether you want to get your info from a gun publication that also does marijuana reviews: http://www.recoilweb.com/guns-weed-and-states-rights-137696.html High times at the range, indeed. Not to mention it wasn't that long ago they were editorializing against civilian ownership of military style firearms.
  11. Not gonna be of the Kalashnikov lineage = designed from the start to be a shotgun. 🤣
  12. Because Mossberg is going to make their own semi auto that takes those magazines, so why bother hacking up an irreplaceable Saiga?
  13. Part of the reason those guys can blow away the average gunsmith, is the average gunsmith is trying to make a living at it, and can't afford to play perfection games. But I'm sure you know that!
  14. Dremels don't ruin guns, people ruin guns. It is no different from any other tool; it can be used for good, or it can be used for evil.
  15. Nobody said anything about a .338 Lapua build until you brought it up. You don't build a rifle (or usually anything else) to save money. You build a rifle to get the rifle you want. If an accurized ought six is what floats his boat, then so be it. I would take the same action and have a .35 Whelen built on it, because that's MY idea of a great custom rifle. The fact that I could BUY a factory built Remmy in Whelen is largely irrelevant... Besides getting exactly the barrel quality and contour desired, the twist can be specified, so the resulting rifle will be optimized for the actual intended bullet weight, not whatever compromise twist rate the factory would have chosen. Muzzle threading can also be specified, whereas often a factory barrel won't have sufficient meat for threads. And even though Remington barrels and assembly have generally resulted in accurate rifles over the years, no production rifle built to a price point is ever going to be able to equal one that is the result of a good gunsmith's personal attention, using a barrel from Hart, Shilen, etc. Also lately Remington has not always been doing so good as they used to quality wise. Having a custom rifle built on an older action may actually be less of a crapshoot than buying a new factory Remington in the desired caliber. Edit to add: Be careful who you take it to.
  16. Maybe build it in something cool like .35 Whelen or .338-06.
  17. About time. It's been a pretty good week at SCOTUS so far. http://www.wtae.com/article/supreme-court-justice-kennedy-announces-retirement/21968669
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    Kennedy Retirement

    I read she died like a year ago, but her interns have been carting her around ala Weekend At Bernie's...
  19. I don't know if I would blame Facebook for having killed forums, but fuck them anyway.
  20. On my Model 7 300 Blackout build, I first tried PTG bottom metal for AICS magazines, and I could not get it to feed at all. But that issue may have been specific to the Blackout round. I ended up with the factory Remington parts, which at least worked. If you are going for aftermarket bottom metal for detachable magazines, your stock will most likely have to be custom inletted to fit it. Get a decent trigger if you don't already have one. I used a Timney which I have been happy with. Also, have your muzzle threaded 5/8-24 in case you decide to get a can later. That is the most common thread size for a .30 caliber can.
  21. Gift certificate to Cabela's or archery shop local to her?
  22. Usually people put the maglite body on the other end....
  23. Saw this and thought of you.
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    Vid for GunFun

    Another video showing how it is supposed to work. The owner/captain of this vessel is a good friend of mine: Asked him once about knowing where to find fish... He said, "You can follow the crowd, but the crowd is wrong. And even if the crowd is right, then you have to share with the crowd." Seemed to have applicability beyond fishing.