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Walkers & Dragoons / Re: Walker
« on: September 02, 2020, 07:54:07 AM »
Are you going to have the new cylinder cut for the 45 BPM?


Sunset Riders / Re: Sunset Riders Roll Call
« on: September 02, 2020, 04:03:12 AM »
Great idea. Too bad we have to have such a thread but let us not forget those who blaze the trail for us.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Covid-19...how are you faring?
« on: July 08, 2020, 06:13:17 PM »
I didn't realize you sharpened cutting tools for a living Kevin. My Great Uncle did the same thing. He had a mobile service, from the back of a box van. He made a damn good living too. He bought me my first sharpening stone when I was about 16, and taught me how to use it. I miss Uncle Rex.

Yes, been at it full time for eleven years. It is my 6th career!  Pop taught me the basics with a carborundum whet stones when I was 6. Been honing my skills ever since then. Laid off from construction in 08 and Herself says go sharpen. Haven’t looked back!  I cater to chefs and home cooks and leave restaurants for the services. I also have a couple of Kosher shops that I handle.

Stated on bench stones but decided I wanted something different. Rigged up a set of wheels and been hitting it hard ever since.

Here is a photograph of my rig.

BC (before corona) we averaged 40+ events a month. Since the quarantine, 6-8 a month. But, at least we have that. Some businesses have closed, never to reopen. For those business owners, I feel sorry.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Covid-19...how are you faring?
« on: July 08, 2020, 05:15:38 PM »
So, it is now July 8th. We have been idle for nearly 4 months. Life goes on. We are fixing up the house to put it back on the market. The garden (first one in two years) is doing better than we expected. Dogs are healthy as is Herself and I.

One unexpected pleasure is that customers are coming to the house!  I never thought that would happen!  I am rethinking retirement plans. It used to be, I will retire a day or  two after I die. Now, I can actually see it happening prior to death.

Heck, I have even started a discussion with Herself about cutting back on the scheduled events in 2021!!


Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Re: Charleville
« on: July 08, 2020, 05:02:43 PM »
That's awesome Strawhat!

I've always wanted a Charleville because of it's tie to the Revolution. Someday I'll get one. I like that yours has age on it too. Looks more like an original.

Where do you live?  It could be available for the right trade.! 


Conversions / Re: navy arms co 1851
« on: July 07, 2020, 04:26:28 PM »
...All Italian guns exported since 1945 have a date code...

No, they don’t.

The earliest Uberti’s will be stamped with a script G U on the right side of the barrel. It stands for Gregorelli and Uberti. There may or may not be a date code on the early ones.

If the OP has a G&U, it may be worth a bit more than a later made Uberti based on condition and if it is a rare variation. Otherwise, convert it if you want to. Before I would mess with barrel liners or hbwc for mediocre accuracy, I would convert it to 41 Colt with the internal lubed bullet.


Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Charleville
« on: July 07, 2020, 04:17:12 PM »
Digging through the pile and found this old Charleville. Got it before (?) the bicentennial. Imported by Navy Arms and made by Miroku. I used it a bit and retired it. It accounted for several deer even though smooth h bored.

A good friend of mine and I hunted together. He had a Brown Bess. Charleville several pounds lighter. And the swivels did not hurt either.


Suggestion Box / Re: Suggestion
« on: July 07, 2020, 04:06:41 PM »
Upper left hand corner of the page.

I haven’t seen that for ages. You stole it from me.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Covid-19...how are you faring?
« on: May 05, 2020, 10:28:40 AM »
May 5, 2020

We are in the seventh week under a stay at home order. The Governor has said small businesses “could” reopen on the 12th. I am in conference with my venues to see what will be required. One has stated “figure June 1st...maybe”.

I look forward to getting back full time but I have learned I could make it on retirement if I needed to.

We (Herself and I) have both been sick, we don’t believe it was THE virus but it sure as hell was’t the flu.

Hope all of you are well and doing well.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Covid-19...how are you faring?
« on: April 24, 2020, 06:57:57 AM »
That's right Kevin.    As I mentioned elswhere....  I'm not supposed to be working but as long as liquor stores, drug dealers, and murderers are allowed to to work legally I'm going to continue to support myself too.   I don't give shit what our little Governor says.     I haven't missed a minute of work.    I'm not covered by the Federal Aid package so I can't stay home and get paid.

Even though I could be considered “essential”, the venues in which I work have asked me to stay out until the house arrest order is lifted. So, instead of coming to your neighborhood to sharpen for you, my customers now have to come to me. My territory is 7 counties and at least 3 states. Some folks are dropping things off. Others are shipping but business is down. Without looking at our ledger, i am guessing we are down 90%.

But, others are completely shut down and have nothing put aside. While we did not specifically plan for this, we did have a plan and thankful for it.

Best of luck Mike, and others.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Covid-19...how are you faring?
« on: April 23, 2020, 09:34:14 AM »
Corvid 19 FUN FACT!

In Colorado, the liquor stores, pot joints and abortion clinics are all open but the subjects in that state can’t congregate in a Church!


Good for you!


ps. I sent you a pm on this or another forum. No idea which one. Best way to reach me is email.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Covid-19...how are you faring?
« on: April 21, 2020, 07:21:41 PM »
What worries me is they open too soon and then shut down again. A lot of small business owners are teetering now. That would crush them!


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Covid-19...how are you faring?
« on: April 20, 2020, 06:32:33 PM »
As of yesterday, Orthodox Easter, it has been 5 weeks since I had to shut down my business. They were talking about easing house arrest starting 1 May, maybe?  We are doing okay. I am painting the house inside. Finished 3 rooms and  have 3 rooms and two stairways to go. Weeding flower beds when I can. It will be nice when folks start coming back to the business. It WAS on track tobe the best year in the last 10. We will see how it finishes.

Thanks for listening to me bitch.


NEW MEMBER CHECK-IN / Re: Another from Northern California
« on: April 09, 2020, 05:39:20 AM »
A hearty Buckeye welcome from NE Ohio!


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