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Well, what the anti's REFUSE to see in the Second Amendment are:  "the people," "AND BEAR" which means to carry on oneself, and finally, "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED."  All of this crap that ALL of us have to go through to buy, to ship, and to carry a firearm, ARE ALL INFRINGEMENTS in my mind.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Deer disease
« on: Yesterday at 01:08:24 AM »
They were offering free testing options around here, last year for some disease.  I did not hear it mentioned this just past hunting season though.  This being in Central Texas.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Saami pressures
« on: Yesterday at 01:04:57 AM »
Both are rated at 65,000 but the area of the base of a .270, is somewhat less, than the area of the base of a .300 Weatherby.  Area increases significantly as diameter is increases, so the .300 Weatherby has a lot more "volume" of gas pushing against it's base, than the .270, although their pressure ratings are the same.  To make an exaggerated comparison, a road bike bicycle tire holds air at 100 or so PSI, give or take.  A tire on a semi holds air at around 100 PSI.  The tire rubber on a semi truck tire has to be a great deal thicker to contain the same air pressure, as the bicycle tire.  MM

I think that there is some misinformation here.  I had an FFL for twenty-one years, and finally gave it up when the NICS thing started, and I did not want to have to jack around with that.  At least until the NICS thing, when you legally bought a firearm from a licensed dealer, yes, you filled out the form, and your name became associated with the serial number, make, model, and caliber of that particular firearm.  But the Government NEVER got that information.  That information stayed with the FFL Dealer in their Bound Record Book, with the form in an adjacent file.  Let us say that someone bought a firearm legally from a licensed FFL dealer, and the firearm was a Ruger Blackhawk.  If at some point, that very Ruger Blackhawk was used in a crime and found by the LEO, that serial number would be run to Ruger, who would then look in their records as to which distributor it went.  Then that distributor would be contacted, and look it up and tell which dealer it was shipped to, and then that dealer would be contacted, and told to look it up in his Bound Book records, and let the LEO know who bought that Ruger from them, and would have the I.D. number and an address for whomever purchased it.  That is how that worked.  When the NICS thing started, the I.D. of the potential buyer was called in to the Feds, and they would look up if that person could legally own a firearm.  Supposedly, the Feds do not record the firearm make, model, Serial number when you are called in to NICS.  That is a big question, but unless they have changed the law recently, the NICS check only verifies if the purchaser can legally own a firearm, nothing more.  If, the person that bought the Ruger Blackhawk previously mentioned has that gun stolen, and reports it to the LEO agency, THEN the LEO would have a record that that firearm belongs to so and so, and it has been reported stolen.  I buddy of mine had a gun stolen perhaps fifteen years ago, and last year was notified, that his pistol had been picked up in a drug raid.  It was returned to him after it was no longer considered evidence in the raid, and all he had to do was go and sign for it, and show I.D.  Any gun that comes into a pawn shop, is supposed to have it's numbers run with LEO to see if that gun was stolen.  If it had been used in a crime, it would already be with the LEO, unless someone stole it from the LEO agency.  I would think that any dealer that takes in a used gun, would also verify with LEO, if that firearm has been reported stolen.  That is why many dealers take all of your I.D. info if you sell them a used gun.  If it turns up as stolen, they will have to give it to the LEO agency, and they will tell them whom they bought it from.  With concealed carry permits in Texas, unless they have changed the law, if you qualify for the the license with a revolver, then you can only legally carry a revolver, and you can carry any revolver that you legally own.  If you qualify with a semi-auto pistol, then you can legally carry a semi-auto, or a revolver, any of which you own legally.  Who would be dumb enough to go through all of the hoops to get a concealed carry license, and then have an illegal pistol.  They would be locked up instantly.  Unless they have changed the law, there is not a specific firearm that you have to carry, except for the revolver situation.  This being in Texas, and this, unless they have changed the law.  Other States may have far more restrictions, and REQUIRE a serial number on the license itself.  Also, I saw on the Internet, that you can buy a "permit" to carry concealed over the Internet from one state, and because of reciprocity between states on CC licenses, this will allow you to carry in other states.  I called a friend of mine that teaches the CHL course in Texas, and he said that the keyword here, is that it is a "permit," which is different than a "license," and he thinks that it is a scam, and would not trust it.  Back to the FFL Dealer.  When an FFL dealer gives up his license, he "is asked" to send in the Bound Book, and all of his forms that have all of the buyer information.  These go to the ATF, and are filed and stashed away somewhere, and supposedly are never looked at, unless a reverse trace is run on a firearm and it comes up as going to Joe's Guns, who gave up his license in January of 1995, and his records are stored in Warehouse #768, etc., etc.  There is no need for them to tabulate and re-enter all of your data into a database, because they NOW HAVE all of the data in a file in Warehouse 768 or wherever they stash it.  When they had the big purge of Mom and Pop FFL dealers like me and almost every one of my friends, most of us gave up our FFL's, but many of them DID NOT turn in their records, and they were never called about them by the ATF either.    The ATF knew we were all just Mom and Pop dealers buying guns for ourselves, and occasional friends.  We were not "trafficking" in selling guns to bad people.  They just wanted to cut the number of dealers way down, to make it look good for the media.  A buddy of mine kept his FFL through the purge, but then gave up his license a couple of years ago.  He was audited by the ATF.  They intimidated him into giving up his license.  He kept good paperwork, and had maybe three hundred firearms "in his inventory."  They wanted to see and verify EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.  Out of around three hundred guns, he could not find ONE of them; a dinky little used Western Auto single shot .22, that he had in his books, but could not produce it for the team of agents to examine and verify the serial number with his records.  They acted like this was a horrible transgression/law violation, BUT if he would give up his license, they would let it go.  He was scared shitless of going to jail or paying a ten thousand dollar fine, So he gave it up.  They allowed him to make copies of all of his forms, and they took the originals.  He asked them "what about the three hundred firearms I have "in my inventory."  They said, "Those are now your personal firearms, do what you want with them, you are no long a dealer, and do not have to keep any more records." How about that.  He is also a Class III dealer, and they did not ask and did not care one bit about that, and did not check any of those firearms, which he ABSOLUTELY has everything EXACTLY correct.  They didn't question him one bit about those "items."  So, he can still deal with Class III items, and NFA items, but he cannot do the paperwork for me on a Mossberg Shotgun from Bud's Gunshop.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: May be a fool question
« on: February 12, 2019, 08:27:43 PM »
We had a local cafe here, maybe twenty or so years ago, that offered "beefalo" burgers.  I thought it was going to be the next big thing, but I haven't heard about "beefalos" in years.  I guess it went the way of the Emus.  Speaking of emus, about twenty years ago, I was driving out to our place, and saw that the neighbor's herd of cattle were in a TIGHT cluster; all huddled together and all looking at something across the field from them.  I fully expected to see a pack of coyotes are something, but alas, it was ONE emu, that must have escaped from a emu ranch down the road.  Those cattle did not know WHAT IN THE HECK was that thing, and they went into tight huddle mode for protection.  MM

I may have told this story here before, but a number of years ago, my Son was conducting a financial seminar at a Synagogue in Houston.  This was right after some Muslims had shot up a synagogue in Europe I think.  Anyway, my Son carries.  So he arrives at the Synagogue, and he asked the gentleman in charge of the place, if it was permissible for him to carry inside.  The guy looked at him and said, "EVERYONE in this building carries.  You are very welcomed to carry in here as well, in fact, I ENCOURAGE you to do so."  I like that kind of attitude.  A number of months ago, when we had the local Deputy shot, and the hoodlum was loose on foot in town, the word got out rather quick; we are a small town.  Anyway, my Son's Church, Second Baptist had a thing going on that night, and one of my Sons and another fellow, were asked by the the leaders if they were carrying, and if so, to maintain a "perimeter" around the parking lot area, just in case the hoodlum might end up in that area, and try to jack a car from someone leaving the Church.  I like that kind of attitude as well.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Knives as gifts
« on: February 12, 2019, 07:55:55 PM »
On the tradition of giving a coin for a knife, I thought that that was an ancient tradition.  The idea is, you do not "give" a knife, you "sell" a knife, or exchange it for a coin.  A couple Christmas's ago, I decided to disperse some of my knife stash, so ALL gifts to all family members, were various knives and edged weapons from my collection.  Each individual was going to get several.  I started the evening with appropriate music.  Instead of Christmas tunes, I had Guy Clark's "Randall Knife" playing over and over in the background.  None of them had ever heard that tune before.  The first gift to each member, was a ziplock bag full of quarters.  Then I explained the tradition of exchanging a coin or two for an edged weapon.  I dispersed my Grandfather's over 120 year old German straight razor, WITH sharpening hone.  My Dad's completely worn out big Case two-blade folder from just after WWII.  Various NICE bayonets.  A "Keen-Kutter" axe.  Even the females got edged weapons.  Then each Son got one of my Randalls.  The little toddlers got knife Christmas ornaments that I had made with their names and the year on them.  I still have three Randalls for them, but they are going to have to wait until they are young men for those.  With each edged item given, they had to give me a quarter or two back.  They got some really PREMIUM stuff.  And with each item, I explained what and why I had acquired it.  After it was all done, we listened to the song one more time, and everyone had a tear in their eye.  They knew before hand, that our family, being outdoors-men and formerly rural types, depended on "the knife" for everything, and that "the knife" was a very important thing as to who we are, as a family.  My Grandfather's straight razor and my Dad's big Case folder WERE the two biggest treasures.  From stories I have read on here, I gather, that knives are important items to most of you.  MM

So, what type of paint did Juan use, that he put it "in the fire."  Did he use a type of powder coat, or some type of baked on enamel.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Calling it a "Roy"
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:34:31 PM »
Some people just like to hear themselves gripe and complain.  They are often jealous of something that they do not have.  And lots of people like nicknames for things.  I refer to Weatherby's as "Roy's" and as "Bee's," and most people know what I mean when I use those terms.  I have heard the .257 Roberts called a "Bob."  Rifles are called Remmies, Winnies, and Marlies.  When I first started using an AR-15 in NRA Highpower YEAR's ago, everyone called them "Mouse Guns."  I have heard muzzle loaders referred to as smoke poles, front stuffers, and coal burners.  I like your phrase, "There are Bee's and then there are wannabees."  MM

I think that 224King is close to it.  In many of my OLD Gun Digests, European rifles were offered in some Weatherby calibers years ago, but not the American companies at that time.  That could have been a patent or trademark situation.  Those are similar.  Some patents and trademarks are registered Internationally, and some are only registered in one country.  Then I remember when Remington and Winchester started to offer .300 Weatherby's a number of years ago.  I think that Remington did it in their "Classic" series, where they would offer a different "classic" cartridge every year.  Terminator said that they shoot well, BUT I have heard that some say that not all do.  I was in a large gun store once, and a fellow was in their complaining about his Remington in .300 Weatherby not shooting well.  He had had it in several times, and they had done various things to it, to try and tighten up the groups.  Then one of the salesmen told me off to the side, "If you want a Weatherby caliber, you got to buy it in a Weatherby rifle, because Weatherby rifles have the "free-bore" and the other rifles do not.  Weatherby calibers need the free-bore, and Weatherby has that figured out to a science"  I am just the messenger on that statement.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Headlamp Endurance Test
« on: January 30, 2019, 08:15:20 AM »
Thank you Blackbear.  It may be more time and cost effective to just buy the correct new straps.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Headlamp Endurance Test
« on: January 29, 2019, 09:09:08 PM »
Those of you that were on The Nation two to three years ago may remember when I asked for recommendations for a quality headlamp.  Several of y'all kindly made some recommendations for several different models.  I could not make up my mind, so I ordered three different ones, giving two of them to my two Sons.  I cannot remember which models those were, but my Sons have had no problems or issues with either of them with routine use.  I kept the Streamlight Septor for myself.  Well, after the flood, my Streamlight disappeared with several thousand other items in my house, either heaped in piles in my yard, or to several dumpster loads of stuff.  The other day, I was rummaging through stuff in the yard, and low and behold, there was the bright yellow Streamlight.  At this point, a year and a half after the flood, I am expecting NOTHING to be salvageable.  I pushed the on button; nothing happened.  So I opened the battery compartment.  It was FULL of water, so I assumed the batteries had shorted out.  I have found that many of my electrical gadgets, if they had a battery in them, when the battery would short out from the water, it would toast the gadget, like a lot of my musical stuff, AND the electronic lock on my huge Cannon safe.  So, I was not expecting the Streamlight to work.  BUT, I went ahead and dried it out.  I was surprised that the battery container gizmo that held the three AAA batteries, the springs and tabs were NOT corroded at all.  I found three fresh batteries in my battery stash and put them in it, and pushed the button.  BINGO, i had light.  Pushed again, more intense, pushed again, and got the highest intensity; all three light levels functioned.  It worked just like it was supposed to after flood submersion for a day, and then a year and a half outside through countless rains, and freezes.  To my bad eyes, the lens looks a little hazy, or slightly fogged, but that is no big deal.  The elastic straps have lost some of their "spring."  They feel like the waist band on very well worn out underwear, but at least the main light works.  I should spray the straps down to kill any mold, but that might "finish them off."  I think that I can Redneck Engineer some new elastic strap material with some Super Glue or JB Weld to the old straps.  A headlamp is a cheap enough thing to replace, considering I lost so many countless items that I will NEVER be able to replace, but I thought I would at least give a thumbs up for the durability of the Streamlight Septor Headlamp.  I do not have the time or the ability to send a photo to Streamlight, but if any of you know someone with that company, feel free to copy this "testimonial" and share it with them.  A well made, quality product for outdoors type people.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Just Got The Call
« on: January 29, 2019, 08:30:04 PM »
Did Remington bring out the .222 Magnum, thinking that the Government was not going to allow the civilian market to manufacture the 5.56x45/.223.  I remember in those old Remington catalogs way back then, where they had all of the cartridges and their specifications in the last couple of pages.  I would look at the specs every day, lusting after some of them.  The .222 Magnum was SO close in performance to the .223.  MM

If only something could be done about politicians and their subordinates that commit crimes, and the journalists in the media that cover up for them.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Weatherby Vanguard Safari
« on: January 26, 2019, 06:58:16 PM »
Why does Weatherby offer rifles in .375 H&H, and not .375 Weatherby.  I do not see that it would cut into .378 Weatherby sales; anyone that wants the big brother, will go for it.  I have fire formed all of my .375 Weatherby cases from .375 H&H cases, and the H&H rounds still shot well.  I think that it is a versatile round, that you can load down if you want, or load up really nice.  MM

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