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NEW MEMBER CHECK-IN / Re: Glad to be aboard! THANKS!!
« on: April 02, 2017, 05:02:06 AM »
Hello and welcome from west Michigan!

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General Discussion / Re: The Great, Great Brasser Debate
« on: January 11, 2017, 02:55:36 PM »
Again, not to cruise too far off topic, there's a Bass Pro on 94 in Indiana at exit 19 and another that I know of in Bolingbrook Illinois. Never been past the one in Gurnee, and I've never stopped at the one in Bolingbrook, just driven past it on my way home from the Schaumburg Carmax and Manheim Arena Auction. Being from Michigan, any gun I buy has to be shipped to my FFL guy.
I stop at the Cabela's in Indiana at I 94 and 41 quite often, exit 2 I think.

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General Discussion / Re: Woe is Us !!!
« on: January 11, 2017, 02:14:11 AM »

“Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it."

"Are you saying we shouldn't hope?"

"I'm saying we should remove the carrot and walk forward with our eyes open!

― Margaret Weis

Did she just call me a draft horse? I think I'm offended.

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General Discussion / Re: The Great, Great Brasser Debate
« on: January 11, 2017, 02:07:46 AM »
Thanks guys. Not to sing a tale of woe, or to take this thread too far off-topic, I'm just now recovering from knee revision surgery (look that up on Wikipedia) performed on Dec. 9. I wore the left replacement knee out, which was installed in 2002. Right knee was done in 2008. I'm 63 now, so I wasn't very old when I had them replaced, not to mention my age when I started having trouble with them (45). I visit the pain clinic every ten weeks for cervical and lumbar epidural injections, which has been working well for me and beats the crap out of spine surgery. Degenerative joint disease isn't a barrel of laughs.
I stay in pretty good shape, I've weighed 190 for 20 years, and given that I have a leaking aortic valve (remember the drug Viox?) I'm in pretty good physical condition. Yeah, I know, it sucks to be me some days. But being retired is fricking awesome!
But I enjoy going to Cabela's, Dick's, Dunham's and MC Sporting Goods to see what's new in the gun display cases (Bass Pro Shops gets a visit whenever I drive to Chicago).Sometimes one of the bp guns calls my name and says, "Dave, buy me", and sometimes one of them gets added to the collection.
And I keep a 1911 for home defense. It's not a barbeque gun by any means, but it'll get the job done, even if it's going to hurt my wrists when I pull the trigger.
My brasser is still my favorite gun to look at. And even though I don't post very often, I enjoy reading the threads here. Tons of great info and lots of interesting conversations.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

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General Discussion / Re: So, I'm thinking...(Part 1)
« on: January 10, 2017, 12:24:48 PM »
My preference would be a Colt, but I'm sure you'll enjoy the conversion no matter which one you choose.

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General Discussion / Re: The Great, Great Brasser Debate
« on: January 10, 2017, 12:20:49 PM »

Both of my wrists have been fused and any kind of shock to either wrist is extremely painful. Like finger-in-a-light-socket painful, or slam-your-hand-in-a-car-door painful. The kind of pain that you think, yeah, I don't wanna do that again anytime soon.
Could I shoot smaller caliber stuff? Probably. But I really like black powder pistols so I buy the ones I like. Look at the time I save in not needing to clean them.
That said, I wouldn't mind buying a cartridge conversion cylinder for my Walker. You know, just in case I was in the mood to shove my finger in a light socket. 😁
For now, I'll just live vicariously through your adventures.

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General Discussion / Re: The Great, Great Brasser Debate
« on: January 06, 2017, 01:15:10 PM »
I really like the look of my brass Pietta 1851. I don't shoot (go ahead, have fun with that. I don't mind.) but I like to buy a pistol every now and then when one catches my eye. Personally, I think the brassers make better display pistols than their steel-frame counterparts. But that's just my opinion.
Like I said, I don't shoot 'em, so the brass-vs-steel frame strength concerns aren't a big deal to me.

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Welcome Wagon / Re: Hello the fire
« on: March 12, 2016, 06:02:57 AM »
Major, hello from West Michigan.

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Walkers & Dragoons / Re: Website update
« on: February 29, 2016, 04:21:33 PM »
Nice!

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Walkers & Dragoons / Re: When will Sam shoot his Walker?
« on: February 18, 2016, 02:03:45 PM »
FLD, you have my sincerest sympathies.    ^j).     (7+".              Mark

Thanks. And to think I've got a new 1911-22 on the way to my dealer as we speak that's being added to the collection. Ortho surgeon just gave me the word about needing complete wrist fusion to replace the partial fusions I had done 10 years ago
Anyway, it's pretty cool that M. D. Stafford got the shoot his Walker.  (@+

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Walkers & Dragoons / Re: When will Sam shoot his Walker?
« on: February 17, 2016, 02:41:25 PM »
Okay Gang, I shot my Walker yesterday. I love it.

Well, you got me beat. I haven't shot any kind of firearm in 35 years. I guess I'm a collector. :))
Congrats on shooting your Walker!

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Welcome Wagon / Re: Hello To All
« on: January 30, 2016, 08:51:47 AM »
Welcome from West Michigan.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: How do you earn a living?
« on: January 19, 2016, 09:19:53 AM »
Machine operator for a west Michigan furniture company for 30 years. Before that I worked out of a toolbox after a college education in automotive technology.
Along the way, my wife and I owned a few aircraft, one of which was a 1949 Navion. My home airfield was frequented by 3 A&P/IA guys. All good guys to deal with, all old-school, and all were more than happy to sign off on supervised work that was performed correctly. Notice I said "supervised" and "correctly". I had to replace the prop bladder during an annual and when I finished the A&P told me how great it looked, safety-wired and everything. Then he told me to do it again with .040 safety wire instead of .032 wire.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 19 Wonderful Years
« on: January 19, 2016, 09:02:55 AM »
Congratulations! 31 years for my wife and me.

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Welcome Wagon / Re: When does it stop
« on: January 19, 2016, 08:58:34 AM »
Welcome. It stops when you croak, or when you get old enough for your kids to put you in a rest home and send your firearms to the local cops because they've been drinking the democratic party koolaid.

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