Gun Thread: Need Photography Help Edition!

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Howdy, Y'all! Welcome to the wondrously fabulous Gun Thread! As always, I want to thank all of our regulars for being here week in and week out, and also offer a bigly Gun Thread welcome to any newcomers who may be joining us tonight. Howdy and thank you for stopping by! I hope you find our wacky conversation on the subject of guns 'n shooting both enjoyable and informative. You are always welcome to lurk in the shadows of shame, but I'd like to invite you to jump into the conversation, say howdy, and tell us what kind of shooting you like to do!

Welp, your ol' pal Weasel is in the depths of hell, work-wise, so I haven't been able to even think about shooting (not really), much less do any shooting (really). At some point I'm going to need to get down to the farm so I at least don't forget where it is. Hopefully things will lighten up after January and I can skedoodle on down there. In the meantime, Gun Thread must go on!

Note: I'm a little behind on my email correspondence, so please forgive me if I haven't responded to something you've sent!

With that, let's get to the gun stuff below, shall we?

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Halp!

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Because WeaselCares, I picked up a photography light box to improve my pictures here on the ol' GT, but instead, it seems to have made things no bueno. I'm using a reasonably decent small Canon digital camera which I know takes good pictures, but as you can see, the results in the light box suck. I have tried turning the LED lights up and down (inside the box) but something ain't right.

Any of you photography people out there have any suggestions on making these not look like shit? I suspect I need to do something camera-setting-wise.

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Our pal blake has been to the gun store and the range!

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Well, I lasted all of 31 days, couldn't take it any longer, and headed to the nearest gun shop here in AZ to see what they had to offer. I was in luck, they had guns galore in stock! In fact, they had guns on the wall that would have put the owners in jail for a long while, had they been on display in CA! Yeah, plenty of short barrel carbines, evil black rifles with the shoulder thingy that goes up, detachable magazines capable of firing a zillion bullets per trigger pull, etc. The shop was everything CA politicians have nightmares about.

I'd had a hankering for a 1911 style pistol chambered for 9 mm, but, a bit shorter barrel than my Kimber. As luck would have it the store had a dandy 1911 with a 4.25" barrel built by a company out of Turkey, Girsan, which is considered a "budget friendly" firearm.

I asked if the store would accept a trade, specifically, a Lee Enfield, Mark IV. (before anyone has a conniption, the Lee-Enfield was a jamomatic for me. No matter what I tried, rim jams were a constant problem.)

In the end, the trade covered most of the cost of the new pistol, but, I added a few bucks to the final purchase price buying a spare magazine, some practice ammo and some defensive ammo.

Gun purchase note: I did fill out the 4473, but, no background check. AZ CCW permit, baby!

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I have to admit, after putting up with the gun buying nonsense of CA these last couple of decades, it was nice to walk in, look at a gun, say, "I'll take it" and walk out an hour later. (it took a while to get the appraisal done on the Mark IV)

So, my new purchase and I headed to the local range, to see if the gun would go Bang! when I pulled the trigger. I got to the range, took the gun apart, wiped it down and oiled it with some Otis CLP, put it back together, and proceeded to run some ammo through it. And, by golly, the gun shoots quite well. (sorry, no target pics, but, it appears the gun shoots pretty much dead center, though a bit low. How much was the gun and how much was me, no idea.) I'd add, reassembly after take down was a bit of a headache. Getting the slide lock to engage the barrel link pin was a bit tricky.

I had two hiccups, both with the factory original magazine. On the last round, the gun stove-piped, twice. However, this wasn't an issue with the non factory mag. I would also mention the magazines I have for the gun are functional, and that it. The lack of basepad makes magazine insertion problematic. No worries, though, because I ordered some stainless magazines for the gun from Sig.

After shooting some paper, I moved down to the steel portion of the range and, sitting casually on the tailgate of my truck, put a few rounds downrange at some plates and the plate rack, I'll be darned if I didn't connect and, I estimate I was shooting roughly 20 yards at the time.

After that, it was time to get out my full size Kimber, and see how I did with it. I'm pleased to report I scored, at 18 yards, paced it off, on 7 of the first 8 shots shooting steel, Made my day, it did.

I ran a few mags through the Kimber, called it a day and headed home.

I'd like to also note the Girsan comes with a standard 3 dot setup, which I plan to get rid of. I'll switch it out to a fiber front sight and standard black rear sight. My thinking is: Handguns are all about the front sight. Lining up 3 dots for targets, great. Lining up three dots for defensive purposes, not so great.

So far, I like the Girsan, but, I've only run 50 rounds through it. Fit and finish are okay, price is good, to soon to make a call about reliability.

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Great report and nice looking pistol, Blake! Congratulations!

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Next up, our pal Jesse (no longer) in DC

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Went out with SiD to our local range to burn some powder on what is becoming our Friday date night.
She shot well indeed, but she can render her own range report....

I took my Ruger 10/22, which I had not shot in a while. This was fairly close range like 30 feet. I just wanted to sight it in. The target is 50 rounds of Norma Tac 22, and I never shoot this well. I shot 1 box and quit for the day. I have 2 magazines, so one group is 20 rounds, ( 2 x 10) and the other was 30. All fliers are on me. I had brought this to the MOME in case someone wanted to shoot it, but had no takers. It was another great day at the range.

Nice shooting, amigo! Is there really ever a bad day at the range?

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Next up our pal JerseyDevilRider needs some help with a rifle identification and sourcing a part.

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I need some help. I ended up acquiring a .22. Can't tell the the brand. I took it to the range with the old ammo. Jammed about 20% of the time. Tried new ammo and ended up less than 10% jams. So I stripped it down. The guy it came from never did and he had it for years. Just for varmits. I probably fired it more in a day than he did the whole time. Anyway, I bent the firing pin spring on reassembly. I could blame the old spring but I must share in the credit. I ordered a set from KIDD but none of them fit. Can you recommend a place and help me figure out the model and size of the spring? I attached some pictures, including one that show the dirt from one pass on the bolt/chamber.

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So how about it? Anyone recognize the make and model? How about a supplier for the firing pin? I recommended Gun Parts/Numerich, but figure there must be some other sources out there.

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From time to time I get it into my head that I really need an antique flintlock. So far, I have managed to resist the urge, but it's probably only a matter of time.

Here's a guy explaining the loading and firing process. A little on the slow side, but looks like fun, huh?

Can't find one for sale you like? Just build one!

Built one and fired it? Now it's time to clean, lube and otherwise maintain it!

I know we have a lot of black powder shooters here, like our pal JTB for instance. Anyone else?

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With winter here we cannot always make it to the range and in the past, I have harped on the value of dry-fire practice drills at home.

Q: Weasel, will you please shut your piehole about dry fire practice?
A: OK. Sure. No problemo. Here's Jerry Miculek running his piehole about it!

If you're not going to listen to me, listen to Jer!

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Magazine Loaders
Loading magazines has never been something that bothered me much. I suppose I always figured loading was part of shooting. I do know it's something a lot of shooters don't particularly like to do, and that's why we have the speed loader. Here's one for the AR-15 platform from RSS Speed Loaders

Here's a helpful video on how this gizmo works:

So how about it? Do you load magazines before you head to the range or after you get there? What's your opinion on this product; great idea or just another thing to take up space?

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Stabby Things

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Here's a fun little bear fighter, an original Blackjack A.W.A.C. knife. A.W.A.C. stands for All Weather All Conditions, and it's one hell of a solid unit. A bought this example many years ago, and it's still unused in the box. Something happened to the Blackjack Knife Co., and this model is no longer produced, but there are still knives being produced under the Blackjack name. Warning! More lousy photos!

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I get the sense the original maker is no longer involved and the line was purchased by someone else. Anyone know what the story is with the company?

Here's a seemingly useful resource for the knife laws in your state.

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Cigar of the Week

This feature will be back soon - I'm compiling the list of cigar stores and small volume rollers, and I'd like to have a few more. So if you're sourcing your cigars from a local shop you recommend, please send me a link!

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Gun Basics 101

Interested in buying a gun? Here's what you need to know about buying different state.

And here is a refresher on wat is needed ID-wise.

Link-O-Rama

I'm really very seriously not kidding around anymore. Buy Ammo
AmmoSeek - online ammo search tool
GunBot - online ammo search tool
SG Ammo
Palmetto State Armory
Georgia Arms
AmmoMan
Target Sports USA
Bud's Gun Shop

***Mail Bag***

This week, WTM brings the gun funny!

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That's it for this week - have you been to the range?

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Comments

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1 Boom?

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 07:00 PM (U2p+3)

2 Locked and loaded!

Posted by: Norman Spiny at January 16, 2022 07:00 PM (1jXXF)

3 But it's nice

Posted by: Skip at January 16, 2022 07:01 PM (2JoB8)

4 ......and beaten by the nurse........*sob*

Posted by: Norman Spiny at January 16, 2022 07:01 PM (1jXXF)

5 Remember, kids, only you can prevent accidental discharges fires!

Posted by: Alec "Smokey Bear" Baldwin at January 16, 2022 07:01 PM (a3Q+t)

6 I love 1911s. This is cruel.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 07:01 PM (U2p+3)

7 Hey oh
Pew pew pew!

Posted by: 10 Gallon Hat at January 16, 2022 07:03 PM (apMNK)

8 quick draw mcgraw

loses again

Posted by: BifBewalski @ (IJES/) - at January 16, 2022 07:04 PM (IJES/)

9 Weasel, you probably don't want light coming from underneath your photographic subject.

Try positioning two light sources at 45 degrees vertically, one on each side. You may want to use some diffusion on them.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at January 16, 2022 07:04 PM (a3Q+t)

10 I'm gonna say that the light box problem is diffused, directionless light ... if you want to bring up surface detail & such, you need directed, point-source light which can be adjusted for position and angle until you have both nice contrasty surface detail and a lack of reflected hot-spots.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 16, 2022 07:05 PM (9CuDT)

11 Evening everyone!! Congrats on the new purchase Blake. I hope it serves you well.

Posted by: Scuba_Dude at January 16, 2022 07:05 PM (mcfjc)

12 Sunday, already! And I didn't even go a-shootin'!

Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 07:06 PM (a8b7P)

13 Whoo.

Behold, my food thread comment has become willow!

Shoot!

Posted by: mindful webworker - rootin' tootin' boot-scootin' shootin' at January 16, 2022 07:06 PM (hhV2L)

14 It's not so much the light intensity as the angle. Play with the angles.

Posted by: f'd at January 16, 2022 07:07 PM (vrz2I)

15 Listening eagerly for photo advice. I too bought a light box, to take pictures of knives I wanted to sell, and it didn't help a thing, except it made my crappy, crappy pictures brighter.

Posted by: Splunge at January 16, 2022 07:07 PM (PQ4Fz)

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g'early evenin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 16, 2022 07:07 PM (DUIap)

17 The dog made me LOL. But I am one shooter, my teen girl likes to shoot, my husband can shoot, and I own more guns than I have shooters in the house now. I gotta learn my M1 before I buy another.

Posted by: Catherine at January 16, 2022 07:07 PM (ZSsrh)

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Wow! Gas is $5.00/gal in SF.

Welp, you a-holes for this. Hope you enjoy it!

Posted by: naturalfake at January 16, 2022 07:07 PM (5NkmN)

19 I love 1911s.
Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 07:01 PM


Further evidence of your incredible pulchritude and perspicuity, and most especially of your sterling character.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at January 16, 2022 07:08 PM (a3Q+t)

20 Sent the compact 1911 a1 back for repairs. Along with last round failure to eject, the firing pin stop plate started coming out allowing the firing pin to drop onto the table.

Cant wait to get it back and try again.

Thanks Weasel for the thread. Sorry you have been too busy to enjoy some firinh line activities. Hopefully soon eh?

Posted by: 10 Gallon Hat at January 16, 2022 07:08 PM (apMNK)

21 Regarding knives, and All Weather All Condition, there is a modern alloy, LC200N, that is claimed to be utterly impervious to rust by definition. I got Mrs Splunge a Spyderco in that alloy, and it is holding up perfectly, but we do live in a desert.

Posted by: Splunge at January 16, 2022 07:08 PM (PQ4Fz)

22 *ahem*

You a-holes voted for this.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 16, 2022 07:09 PM (5NkmN)

23 Hello, Weasel and horde! Weasel, for gun pictures, I try using natural sunlight as much as possible. Partly sunny days seem to work best for me, but a lot depends on how sunlight comes through your windows or onto your preferred photographic spot.
I forgot who was asking about .303 British ammo last week and a couple of weeks ago, but SG Ammo has Prvi Partisan .303 ammo in stock in both bulk (200 rounds) and individual boxes (20 rounds, I think) as of this afternoon.

Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 07:10 PM (NacE+)

24 Photographing dark objects against a light background is always difficult. Can take quite a bit of aperture/exposure fiddling.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at January 16, 2022 07:10 PM (a87kG)

25 12 Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 07:06 PM

Howdy Red!! I have not been shootin since the MoMe.
Going to rectify that this week when I go to the indoor range. Have not shot my Sig since October either.

Posted by: Scuba_Dude at January 16, 2022 07:11 PM (mcfjc)

26 23 I forgot who was asking about .303 British ammo last week and a couple of weeks ago, but SG Ammo has Prvi Partisan .303 ammo in stock in both bulk (200 rounds) and individual boxes (20 rounds, I think) as of this afternoon.
Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 07:10 PM (NacE+)


Ooh, now do 264 Win Mag, which seems to have vanished from the face of the earth.

Posted by: Splunge at January 16, 2022 07:11 PM (PQ4Fz)

27 Weasel, I got some decent photos of leatherwork I used to do using a plastic tub on its side. Light through it is diffused and even. These days I'm sure there are more options given the cam industry.

Posted by: dartist at January 16, 2022 07:12 PM (+ya+t)

28 Try a grey or beige background in your lightbox. White can confuse the meter. 18% grey cards are a photo accessory.

Posted by: klaftern at January 16, 2022 07:12 PM (taPSh)

29 Angles.. hmmm.. the LEDs are directly over the pistol so maybe that's it!! I'll mess around with that. Thanks!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:12 PM (0IeYL)

30 or maybe 2 light sources ... as Duncanthrax suggests. well placed that could reduce shadows where not wanted.
I think diffusion is part of the problem, but I guess try diffusers over the spot lights it if direct lighting is too harsh.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 16, 2022 07:13 PM (9CuDT)

31 RI Red, email for you in the am.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 07:13 PM (nbpZs)

32 Get that flintlock! I got a T/C Hawken .50 cal back in 1978 and have had a lot of fun with it. Pennsylvania has had a flintlock-only deer season since the '70s so the rifle has seen some practical use.

Posted by: Cosda at January 16, 2022 07:13 PM (vNvV2)

33 Meanwhile, the photos I took were with a Samsung Galaxy S21+, indirect natural lighting and some overhead LED lights.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 07:14 PM (5pTK/)

34 Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 07:10 PM (NacE+)
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Absolutely natural light is preferable, but I'm usually doing this at the last minute, hence the box!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:14 PM (0IeYL)

35 Posted by: klaftern at January 16, 2022 07:12 PM (taPSh)
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Good suggestion, thank you!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:15 PM (yIjGq)

36 Duncanthrax,
Your 1911 was just amazing to shoot. What a privilege. Thank you.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 07:15 PM (U2p+3)

37 Thanks again for the thread, weasel!

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 07:16 PM (5pTK/)

38 Scored one pound of IMR 4895, on line. Sixty bucks with shipping (hazmat). Don't know why. Don't have the primers.

Posted by: Javems at January 16, 2022 07:16 PM (AmoqO)

39 UpLula for reloading. Fast reliable no nonsense. Can even use it lying prone huddling behind cover.
Or so I imagine.

Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 07:16 PM (a8b7P)

40
The youtuber Project Farm just put up a new video today comparing CLP's.

https://youtu.be/fibRewlndLg

Posted by: Soothsayer's Untrue But Accurate Tales at January 16, 2022 07:16 PM (q+RdX)

41 Is the light box one of those that is lit from below? Usually those are only used for transparencies and slides, things like that.

The main issue with the photos is the light is too flat. Needs to be put to one side or another to bring out the detail.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at January 16, 2022 07:16 PM (m0zqP)

42 Birthday coming up. A big one. Want a 1911 .45 full size. Already have a SiG 220. Entertaining suggestions.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 16, 2022 07:17 PM (BFigT)

43 Birthday coming up. A big one. Want a 1911 .45 full size. Already have a SiG 220. Entertaining suggestions.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 16, 2022 07:17 PM (BFigT)
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Kimber Custom II.

I admit to being biased, though.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 07:18 PM (5pTK/)

44 Shot the Henry .357 16" barrel lever gun last week. The action is slicker than snot but it shot ~4-5 inches low out of the box. Had to move the rear sight up 3 notches to get it close to the bullseye. 5 shot groups at 25 yards are about the size of my thumbnail, and that's with buckhorn sights and 65 year old eyes.


At first I thought it was me so I had the gun range guy take a few shots with it and he was shooting to the same POI. Got the rifle rest out and locked it in and started shooting. That's when we had to move the rear sight up 3 notches to get it close.


Bought a skinner sight and put it on yesterday and am taking it out again tomorrow to see what I can do. Got a feeling that I am shooting .38 Special +P in it instead of .357 magnum and that may be making a difference. Can't find .357 magnum anywhere near me.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at January 16, 2022 07:18 PM (bVYXr)

45 Weasel, I may have the twin to that Springfield GI model 1911.
Don't worry - it doesn't like to be photographed either.

Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 07:18 PM (a8b7P)

46 IIRC,
Eromero had a lovely pistol that suited me as well.

Gosh, it would be nice to Live in a free state where I could purchase said tools without such red tape.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 07:18 PM (U2p+3)

47 There are a several flintlock kits out there. The cheapest is probably Traditions. Some give them a bad rap because they are inexpensive and not overly fancy. I have several and they have all been fine shooters. Years ago CVA sidelocks got the same crap but their barrels were excellent. Kibler (not the elves) has a great reputation.

Kits can be anything from basically screw it together to function with most of the inletting already done, to a barrel, a lock, brass fixtures, and a chunck of good wood. The last type requires tools and knowledge to make even though the parts are top notch.

A cheap alternative might be to find an old used CVA or Traditions flintlock and get a drop in replacement lock for it. (Check for availability.)

Posted by: JTB at January 16, 2022 07:18 PM (7EjX1)

48 Posted by: BeckoningChasm at January 16, 2022 07:16 PM (m0zqP)
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Makes sense. It's lit from the top with reflecty stuff on the sides.

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:18 PM (0IeYL)

49 The gun buyer sniffing dog caught me unawares last week. PSA had a daily deal for a Taurus GX4 for $299! Played with one at a gun show last month but they wanted list price at $450. Felt good in the hand and good trigger, but didn't need it in the collection for that price. Snagged it for $299 though! Damn you PSA......

Posted by: Norman Spiny at January 16, 2022 07:20 PM (1jXXF)

50 Outdoor lighting will be a narrow yellow source and a broad bluish source. Get two lights with different directions, sizes, intensities and temperatures (2700F and 5000F bulbs for example).

Posted by: BourbonChicken at January 16, 2022 07:20 PM (ybIRR)

51 nurse!!!

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 07:20 PM (nbpZs)

52 Thanks for the KY rifle videos. My son really wants one. I'll send them to him.

Posted by: Javems at January 16, 2022 07:21 PM (AmoqO)

53 Image advice: Backlighting bad. Key directional light from one side, maybe a small fill or bounce card from the other. You want to pick up the texture and detail. I would lose the lightbox.

Posted by: mot at January 16, 2022 07:22 PM (FmeBQ)

54 20yr lurker here but figured its time to comment . I moved from Chgo burbs to 17 acres just east of Nashville. I have my own gun range here . More to come Howdy all !

Posted by: Big Alfredo at January 16, 2022 07:22 PM (qcFy1)

55 RI Red, email for you in the am.
Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 07:13 PM (nbpZs)

Ok, Ben!
Just not too early. As you know, I need a lot of beauty rest.

Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 07:22 PM (a8b7P)

56 Photon Kentucky Windage.

Posted by: klaftern at January 16, 2022 07:22 PM (taPSh)

57 Posted by: Big Alfredo at January 16, 2022 07:22 PM (qcFy1)
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Howdy and welcome!!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:22 PM (0IeYL)

58 @48 It may be that the light is too evenly distributed. It seems to be coming from all directions, and it kind of cancels itself out in terms of showing details.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at January 16, 2022 07:22 PM (m0zqP)

59 46 Gosh, it would be nice to Live in a free state where I could purchase said tools without such red tape.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 07:18 PM

I know what you mean. I probably think about it twice a day or so.

I remember one time I met a friend of mine at a Cabela's in PA. She came in, saw a Sig that she wanted to check out. Salesman took it out let her handle it. Afterwards she gave it back to him and said "I'll take it". Half hour later she was walking out the door with it.

I was sooooooo jealous.

Posted by: Scuba_Dude at January 16, 2022 07:22 PM (mcfjc)

60 Hiya weasel!

Thank you for the thread. Even though it makes me wistful of things I cannot procure.

Oh well.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 07:23 PM (U2p+3)

61 42 Birthday coming up. A big one. Want a 1911 .45 full size. Already have a SiG 220. Entertaining suggestions.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 16, 2022 07:17 PM (BFigT)

If money is no object, Colt M45A1. The base Colt 1911 in .45 ACP starts around $850-$900.

Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 07:24 PM (NacE+)

62 No range trip this week and actually a good thing because the weather is pretty nasty.
I finally got to shoot the brand new Rossi Gallery gun last weekend. Only got to it at the very end of our session so maybe put 30 rounds through it.
Came and put it away. Took it out yesterday to take a look and the screws on the formed were a little loose again. Is there something I can use to keep this from happening?

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at January 16, 2022 07:24 PM (Y+l9t)

63 Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 07:23 PM (U2p+3)
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Howdy nurse!!!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:24 PM (0IeYL)

64 Weasel, the lighting cure is called a "snoot". Tube which covers the front of the flash head, directing light to the subject on a more focused basis than the diffuse light of the lightbox.

You can make your own, just line a toilet paper tube with white printer paper, trimmed. Then a bit of blue tape (so as not to mar the flash unit), affix the tube and make sure it's properly oriented. You'll either need a wireless trigger, *or* a light-activated trigger, which will fire in sympathy with your lightbox's strobes. Keep using the lightbox, but this'll put contrasty illumination on the subject and it's rollmarks or engraving. Experiment with distance and angle, and you'll soon find a solution. Oh, and this isn't a job for a Monster Strobe. Go small and go (relatively) weak. Won't take a blinding flash of the sun to get it done.

Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at January 16, 2022 07:24 PM (QzJWU)

65 I try to get pictures especially if to be posted in sunlight

Posted by: Skip at January 16, 2022 07:25 PM (2JoB8)

66 Hiya Ben Had!
How are you, lovely lady?

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 07:25 PM (U2p+3)

67 Came and put it away. Took it out yesterday to take a look and the screws on the formed were a little loose again. Is there something I can use to keep this from happening?
Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at January 16, 2022 07:24 PM (Y+l9t)
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Loctite Blue if you need to take it apart again and Loctite Red if you wish the screws to be in place permanently.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 07:25 PM (5pTK/)

68 Forend

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at January 16, 2022 07:25 PM (Y+l9t)

69 Sounds like I'm going back to using the kitchen counter as a background!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:26 PM (yIjGq)

70 possibly heresy, but I'm gonna say that my favorite 1911's are all stock Colt or clone, built to GI tolerances - never accurized or modded in any way. well, okay, the Combat Commander has aftermarket sights installed, back in the day I had the front sight fall off from firing ... Milletts were all the stuff back in the 80's, and more importantly they had huge posts for staking in place.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 16, 2022 07:26 PM (9CuDT)

71 54 20yr lurker here but figured its time to comment . I moved from Chgo burbs to 17 acres just east of Nashville. I have my own gun range here . More to come Howdy all !
Posted by: Big Alfredo at January 16, 2022 07:22 PM (qcFy1)

Welcome to America

Posted by: ironmoron at January 16, 2022 07:27 PM (1lWdK)

72 Nice score, Blake!
It reminds me that I need to get back to handguns more.

Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 07:28 PM (a8b7P)

73 welcome then, Big Alfredo, and congratulations on the move !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 16, 2022 07:29 PM (9CuDT)

74 nurse, not to gunk up Weasel's gun thread but you and a few others were supposed to have mail on Friday. Looks like Tuesday now.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 07:29 PM (nbpZs)

75 Even with the lightbox darkness, easy to see a GI model of Springfield 1911. They haven't made those for a while, right? I got a used example of the next step up, the Mil-Spec. It's been perfect.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 07:29 PM (OTzUX)

76 Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at January 16, 2022 07:24 PM (Y+l9t)
Loc-Tite or a similar adhesive, if you're OK w/ doing the work yourself. Assumes that removing the screw isn't necessary for cleaning or maintenance, of course. The need for it isn't a good sign in my book.

Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 07:30 PM (NacE+)

77 Afterwards she gave it back to him and said "I'll take it". Half hour later she was walking out the door with it.

I was sooooooo jealous.
Posted by: Scuba_Dude at January 16, 2022 07:22 PM (mcfjc)

So, Scoobs, you are telling us the PA people are slow? Come to a Free State, as the nurse reminds us.

Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 07:31 PM (a8b7P)

78 Bought a skinner sight and put it on yesterday and am taking it out again tomorrow to see what I can do. Got a feeling that I am shooting .38 Special +P in it instead of .357 magnum and that may be making a difference. Can't find .357 magnum anywhere near me.

Posted by: Mister Scott

If you are shooting .38 Special +P instead of .357 magnum, that is a big difference in velocity and so at a given bullet weight, it will affect your POI significantly. In addition, magnums use slower powder than the pistol powder in a .38 Special so they gain more velocity over barrel length that any regular .38 SPC load would.

My guess is that the sights were regulated from the factory for .357 magnum with a 158 gr. semi wadcutter or round nose bullet.

Posted by: whig at January 16, 2022 07:31 PM (dCGWj)

79 I remember the CalGuns forums used to have a whole thread about photographing small objects, obviously to help gunnies taking pics of their gunzz. Not sure it's still there.

I've done OK with just a workbench light, and flash.

Weasel featured my Colt King Cobra snub on an early gub thread. Not knowing what I'm doing, and with no special gear, I did OK. I actually lernt myself up on photography waaay back, but that interest atrophied and dain bramage seems to have fogged my grasp of the basics. Like much else, would need a thorough review to get serious at it again.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 07:32 PM (OTzUX)

80 Weasel's links to muzzleloading videos are good. Probably the best I've found on YT are by Mike Beliveau. His YT channel is under 'duelist1954'. He covers all levels of assembly, shooting, and maintaining for black powder guns.

On YT, the Townsends channel has an episode 'Flintlock Rifle Breakdown and Cleaning'. The reenactor shows how a flintlock would be completely cleaned and maintained on the frontier. It is excellent.

I've probably mentioned this before but the best video I know of for building a flintlock from scratch, circa 1760s, is 'Colonial Gunsmith' on YT. It's about an hour long but is fascinating. It was made in the 1960s for Colonial Williamsburg. If the narrator's voice sounds familiar (and if you are old enough) it is David Brinkley. I had it on VHS tape, which I wore out, now I have the DVD. But the YT copy is free.

Posted by: JTB at January 16, 2022 07:32 PM (7EjX1)

81 @scuba-thanks. After 500 or so rounds, I'll know whether or not the new gun is reliable.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 07:32 PM (5pTK/)

82 Wife says to keep that dang dog away from me!

Posted by: Oddbob at January 16, 2022 07:32 PM (nfrXX)

83 The pictures of my pieces that have been posted here were all taken with my phone. Samsung Galaxy S10+.

Back drop is usually my living room table.

I have been pleased with the results.

Posted by: Scuba_Dude at January 16, 2022 07:33 PM (mcfjc)

84 Addendum. I see descriptions of two kinds of lightboxes here. Primarily, folks are referencing the "slide-illumination" type, which shines light through a white plastic slab, so you can clearly see 35mm slides (or X rays in a larger scale), when laid atop.

Otherwise, a "lightbox" is a semi-closed fixture, circular or box shaped, either wholly made from diffuser material (such as white fabric) that the lights shine through to create a shadowless area, or a white-reflective interior rigid structure, with penetrations for lighting sources from various angles. Both will result in flat, featureless images. You need a "keylight"/"sidelight" arrangement, with about 20% diffuse light as the weakest lighting source, just to even out demarkations between light and dark, highlight and shadow.

This is where my actual schooling in school "focused". Three years of Occupational Photography, back in Ye Olde Filme Era.

Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at January 16, 2022 07:33 PM (QzJWU)

85
My guess is that the sights were regulated from the factory for .357 magnum with a 158 gr. semi wadcutter or round nose bullet.
Posted by: whig at January 16, 2022 07:31 PM (dCGWj)
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Agreed.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 07:33 PM (5pTK/)

86 @Weasel

A light box might be too "flat". Try 2 or three light sources bounced off the ceiling. Move one around to make it dominant. I think you want a tad bit of shadow.

Posted by: Iron Mike Golf at January 16, 2022 07:34 PM (8C7+r)

87 Weasel,
Photography problems: the white background is causing the dark subject to be underexposed. Try a less reflective background.

Posted by: boynsea at January 16, 2022 07:36 PM (sshap)

88 Howdy Weasel! Thanks as always for the excellent thread.


I got outside today to shoot my first ever reloads. 15 rounds of 45ACP through my 1911. I didn't blow up the gun, blow off my hand or face, every round went boom, and every round cycled through the gun correctly. Calling that a win.


Many thanks to Hogmartin, who emailed me this week that Brownells had primers for 45ACP. I instantly bought a pack of 1,000. I believe their stock lasted less than an hour.

Posted by: Muad'dib at January 16, 2022 07:36 PM (ikXZL)

89 Sharon,
Most screw heads are a bit soft nowadays on modern firearms so if you do use threadlocking compound, apply lightly and do not use anything that requires heat for removal.

If the screw is used to dismount the action for cleaning, I would suggest something like a dab of grease on the threads instead or a bit of clear nail polish (after cleaning the screw thread of course). On a gallery rifle, you shouldn't need much to keep the screw from backing out.

Posted by: whig at January 16, 2022 07:37 PM (dCGWj)

90 77 So, Scoobs, you are telling us the PA people are slow? Come to a Free State, as the nurse reminds us.
Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 07:31 PM

I would never say that about the people in PA. At least they respect 2A Rights better than the Commie State I live in.

And I will be visiting TX or FL this year. LOL

Posted by: Scuba_Dude at January 16, 2022 07:37 PM (mcfjc)

91
Birthday coming up. A big one. Want a 1911 .45 full size. Already have a SiG 220. Entertaining suggestions.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 16, 2022 07:17 PM


Rock Island Armory; from their "GI" series

under $500 for the standard, plain up to $850-ish for fancy / tacticool

you will not regret owning a Rock Island 1911

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 16, 2022 07:37 PM (DUIap)

92 Like the black powder video too

Posted by: Skip at January 16, 2022 07:37 PM (2JoB8)

93 Dark object on a white background. This confuses your metering so the gun is underexposed. Does your camera have a spot metering mode ? Otherwise you need to experiment and override to increase the exposure.

Posted by: Next2Nothing at January 16, 2022 07:37 PM (tA1/w)

94 42 Birthday coming up. A big one. Want a 1911 .45 full size. Already have a SiG 220. Entertaining suggestions.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 16, 2022 07:17 PM (BFigT)

Colts are beautiful. Not cheap.

Posted by: Javems at January 16, 2022 07:37 PM (AmoqO)

95 under $500 for the standard, plain up to $850-ish for fancy / tacticool

you will not regret owning a Rock Island 1911
Posted by: AltonJackson at January 16, 2022 07:37 PM (DUIap)
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Rock Island is the 1911 gateway drug.

At least, that's what a friend tells me.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 07:39 PM (5pTK/)

96 JerseyDevilRider's mystery .22 looks like a Marlin model 60. Check Brownell's for parts.

Posted by: a.moron at January 16, 2022 07:39 PM (F6Xpw)

97 I have a Rock Island 1911.

I love it.

I want more.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 07:40 PM (U2p+3)

98 sock_rat_eez, I too am a very boring gun nut. No mods or even additions to anything I own, everything "stock" (including the near-century old Russian rifles).

I've been waiting for the 1911 trigger to smooth up through use, always preferring the "shoot more!" approach to gun issues. It's not great, and pretty funny next to the serious competition 1911 triggers I've tried on guns other guys have at matches. But I still prefer to modify, or fix, the shooter, vs. the gun.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 07:41 PM (OTzUX)

99 Posted by: Next2Nothing at January 16, 2022 07:37 PM (tA1/w)
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I'm sure it's something along those lines, and I need to experiment some more starting more than 30 minutes before posting time! Thanks!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:41 PM (0IeYL)

100 I have no range report because there are no hogs (bad thing) but there are no hogs (Good thing)

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 07:41 PM (nbpZs)

101 Posted by: Next2Nothing at January 16, 2022 07:37 PM (tA1/w)
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And welcome to the Gun Thread!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:42 PM (0IeYL)

102 70 possibly heresy, but I'm gonna say that my favorite 1911's are all stock Colt or clone, built to GI tolerances -

Sock, my favorite gun is a Colt LW Commander that my dad gave me as a commissioning present nearly 50 years ago. Always shot well with the factory sights, but a few years ago I replaced them with Trijicons as a concession to age. Still my favorite iron. Sentimental favorite as well.

Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at January 16, 2022 07:42 PM (dVlo/)

103 Howdy Sis!

Posted by: Muad'dib at January 16, 2022 07:42 PM (ikXZL)

104 Want a 1911 .45 full size. Already have a SiG 220. Entertaining suggestions.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 16, 2022 07:17 PM (BFigT)

The heart wants what the heart wants, but you owe it to your self to put a 220 Legion in your hand before you decide

Posted by: ironmoron at January 16, 2022 07:43 PM (1lWdK)

105
I have no range report because there are no hogs (bad thing) but there are no hogs (Good thing)

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 07:41 PM


the hogs absconded with the hominy!!!

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 16, 2022 07:43 PM (DUIap)

106 The issue with the photos seems to be the auto-metering.

Ideally you'd want to expose for the gun - not the background. This means the background paper should photograph as pure white (or close to it) in your final images. However, since the camera sensor is "dumb" (and doesn't know what the primary subject is in your frame), it sees the white background as being too bright and then stops down the aperture or speeds up the shutter to compensate. There are spot-metering options to avoid this, but that gets into some advanced controls.

Try to use the camera's MANUAL settings and override the auto-settings. This means you may need to overexpose the image (only based on the camera's metering), but the gun should come out looking sexy, while the backgrounds is closer to a pure white.

Use the inverse focal-length rule to avoid blurred images... if using a 50mm lens, stay about 1/50 shutter speed. If using a 100mm lens, stay about 1/100, etc. etc. And play with your aperture to get that exposure up... don't be afraid to open it up to f/5.6, f/4, f/2.8, or more!

Remember - it's digital. You can always delete the pictures you don't like.

Posted by: Ken Kanniff at January 16, 2022 07:43 PM (+X1lH)

107 87 Weasel,
Photography problems: the white background is causing the dark subject to be underexposed. Try a less reflective background.
Posted by: boynsea at January 16, 2022 07:36 PM (sshap)
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Seems to be the consensus. Thank you!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:43 PM (0IeYL)

108 I just walked in from church and was eating some fruitcake......this strange dog just walked up and sniffed my crotch. Dang. It's like he wants me to buy....something.

Posted by: Eromero at January 16, 2022 07:44 PM (0OP+5)

109 Correction: Stay above... not stay about.

Posted by: Ken Kanniff at January 16, 2022 07:44 PM (+X1lH)

110 well, if enough people agree, then it's not heresy after all !

thanks, hordelings !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 16, 2022 07:45 PM (9CuDT)

111 Posted by: Ken Kanniff at January 16, 2022 07:43 PM (+X1lH)
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Howdy Ken, thanks and welcome to the Gun Thread!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:45 PM (0IeYL)

112 Maud'dib, Hello my Brother, How is Benny?

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 07:45 PM (nbpZs)

113 Dang. It's like he wants me to buy....something.
Posted by: Eromero at January 16, 2022 07:44 PM (0OP+5)

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or, little Timmy is in the well, again.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 07:45 PM (5pTK/)

114 Inherited old Herters bullet press. Can't get Herters case holders for cartridges I shoot. Made a case-holder adapter on the lathe. Can now use RCBS case holders in the Herters press. Time to reload.

Posted by: Igotnothing at January 16, 2022 07:45 PM (xf2hT)

115 Greetings Horde, Weasel!

Thicc Boi online!

Posted by: Thicc Boi at January 16, 2022 07:45 PM (zThcc)

116 Muad'dib, welcome to the world of reloading. It will likely become a major aspect within the hobby.

Of course when the supply situation returns to normal, that will help. Yesterday at a match there was a consensus - in each case just people's impression and recollection - that this panic is worse than 2013 (the last major reloading component - and ammo - panic).

Oh - and I have a maple syrup question for you.

(now there's a good example of AOSHQ comment exchanges ....)

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 07:46 PM (OTzUX)

117 Colts are beautiful. Not cheap.
Posted by: Javems at January 16, 2022 07:37 PM (AmoqO)
Agreed. You're paying that collector premium up front because, for whatever reason, "Colt" means something when it comes to reselling your gun. That's why people will offer $1,000 today for the Detective Special I bought new in 1994 for $250.

Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 07:46 PM (NacE+)

118 88 ... Muad'dib,

Congrats on the success of your first reloads and getting some primers. The first doesn't surprise me. The primers, given the market, did. It was smart to get the 1,000.

Posted by: JTB at January 16, 2022 07:46 PM (7EjX1)

119
and wow, that's gotta be about the specialest 1911 ever, VanOwen !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 16, 2022 07:47 PM (9CuDT)

120 Posted by: Muad'dib at January 16, 2022 07:36 PM (ikXZL)
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Howdy and thank you!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:47 PM (0IeYL)

121 There are bad days at the range. However, a bad day shooting is better than a good day doing most other things.

Posted by: Insomniac - Outlaw. Hoarder. Wrecker. at January 16, 2022 07:47 PM (II3Gr)

122 Nothing pew pew to report this week - life and stuff.

Thanks Weasel for the thread once again!

Posted by: Tonypete at January 16, 2022 07:47 PM (mD/uy)

123 AltonJackson , I left you a solution to that at the end of the food thread.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 07:47 PM (nbpZs)

124 Ideally you'd want to expose for the gun


which is the hard way of asking for tit pics

Posted by: confederatefifth at January 16, 2022 07:47 PM (K3ZCc)

125 106 Remember - it's digital. You can always delete the pictures you don't like.
Posted by: Ken Kanniff at January 16, 2022 07:43 PM

That is the great thing about digital. You see the image immediately and make the necessary adjustments. Film was shoot and then wait until the film gets developed and then notice it was out of focus, to dark, to bright or anything else that makes a crappy picture.

Posted by: Scuba_Dude at January 16, 2022 07:48 PM (mcfjc)

126 Thanks for the welcome rhomboid. I'm enjoying it a lot more now that I can actually make things. I'd be happy to answer any maple syrup questions, assuming I have the answers.

Posted by: Muad'dib at January 16, 2022 07:48 PM (ikXZL)

127 Posted by: Thicc Boi at January 16, 2022 07:45 PM (zThcc)
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Howdy TB!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:49 PM (0IeYL)

128 I have a UpLULA for my 9mm. Works great.

Posted by: Ronster at January 16, 2022 07:49 PM (wCVx7)

129
I left you a solution to that at the end of the food thread.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 07:47 PM


I saw that, Ben Had, thank you

being the creature of habit I am, I haven't ventured out to any other stores. May have the opportunity to hit the Mexican grocer this week

it's just odd that walmart has been out

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 16, 2022 07:50 PM (DUIap)

130 I have to look at my Nikon F2 again - I think there was an easy way to tell the meter to disregard the light (or dark) from the bordering areas of the viewed area for shots (SWIDT) such as these.

I wonder where that manual is. . . .

Posted by: Tonypete at January 16, 2022 07:50 PM (mD/uy)

131 No range time but shot a handgun match. Usual, informal local variety. Though about half the guys are more serious overall, they travel for regional competitions, do Front Site training. This is where I get to see/handle all the fancy race guns or just guns modified for competition.

Mix of paper and steel, *some* movement and complication, which I prefer, though not much. Did fine, considering. XD9 (5 inch) worked flawlessly as always, and when I focused on trigger pull (straight back) and maintaining firm grip, bingo.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 07:51 PM (OTzUX)

132 91 ... "Rock Island Armory; from their "GI" series
under $500 for the standard"

Another vote for the Rock Island GI 1911. It has been accurate and reliable. And the price won't make you cry. (Much)

Although I probably shoot more 45acp out of my Ruger convertible Blackhawk 45 Colt/45acp.

Posted by: JTB at January 16, 2022 07:51 PM (7EjX1)

133
I wonder where that manual is. . . .

Posted by: Tonypete at January 16, 2022 07:50 PM


on-line?

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 16, 2022 07:51 PM (DUIap)

134
I wonder where that manual is. . . .
Posted by: Tonypete at January 16, 2022 07:50 PM (mD/uy)
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You kept the manual? Whatever you do, don't read it!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:51 PM (0IeYL)

135 Gun thread! I'm without my iPad so it's hard to read and type. Going to read the content tomorrow!

Posted by: Ladyl at January 16, 2022 07:51 PM (+4oV5)

136 ScubaDude, that's why back in the day there were Polaroid backs for many pro cameras ... closest approximation to realtime check on the setup ... then bracket, and overshoot 3x or more anyway.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 16, 2022 07:51 PM (9CuDT)

137 AJ - that's true, I could search for it but the original one is like Mom's cookbooks - full of notes and comments.

Posted by: Tonypete at January 16, 2022 07:52 PM (mD/uy)

138 Posted by: Ladyl at January 16, 2022 07:51 PM (+4oV5)
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Howdy Ladyl!!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:52 PM (0IeYL)

139 119 Sock, Absolutely!

It's going to one of my grandsons when it's time. The oldest is in the USMC Delayed Entry Program and will be heading to PI once he graduates high school this summer, so it will probably be him. But not quite yet.

Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at January 16, 2022 07:53 PM (dVlo/)

140 While in NJ and asked to see a shotgun off the shelf. You need a gun purchasing ID card to touch the gun. So glad I live in a Southern state.

Posted by: 4thewin at January 16, 2022 07:53 PM (EHOZp)

141 Mix of paper and steel, *some* movement and complication, which I prefer, though not much. Did fine, considering. XD9 (5 inch) worked flawlessly as always, and when I focused on trigger pull (straight back) and maintaining firm grip, bingo.
Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 07:51 PM (OTzUX)
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sounds like a great time. I've yet to plug into the local shooting scene, though I did buy a 1 year membership to the local outdoor range.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 07:54 PM (5pTK/)

142 Weasel! Horde! I may be drooling over all the 1911s...

Had date night at the range Friday after several weeks of no shooting. I had been in an all day meeting so I was ready to shoot. I put about 50 rounds through my P365. I'm slowly improving, all but 1 shot on paper this time. I noticed when I switched from my 10 rd mag to the 12 rd that I started missing high instead of low. I got a couple shots in the center circle, I'm proud of that.

I also shot the .22 S&W revolver, both single action and double action. I'm a bit all over the place shooting it double action, but can get a pretty nice grouping single action.

Finally I shot 12 rounds with Jesse's S&W model 28 "Highway Patrolman" (appropriate because there were some LEOs practicing while we were there). It's incredibly accurate even in my grubby hands and fun, fun, fun to shoot. Not to mention really pretty...

Posted by: screaming in digital at January 16, 2022 07:54 PM (kTRt4)

143 OT but watching a "Science Channel" hour long documentary as to why the supply chain and inflation problems are not the government's fault (FJB). Pandemic, just in time, and market forces are to blame. It's just too complicated to not be controlled.

Posted by: Javems at January 16, 2022 07:54 PM (AmoqO)

144 Whoever gave the heads up about the .308 garands at CMP thanks! I got mine ordered this week!

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at January 16, 2022 07:54 PM (t3/qz)

145 Howdy Weasel!!!

Posted by: Ladyl at January 16, 2022 07:54 PM (+4oV5)

146 Posted by: 4thewin at January 16, 2022 07:53 PM (EHOZp)
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That's for sure. Howdy and welcome!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:54 PM (0IeYL)

147 Muad'dib - maple syrup question.

Back when I first discovered real maple syrup, probably the late 80s, in New England and Quebec, I learned quickly that I preferred Grade B, for the depth of flavor. It was not always easy to find, even back then.

But now it's been years since I've seen Grade B in a store (CA, but I used to see it at Trader Joe's and other places, was always my choice).

Has the nomenclature changed, or all the B goes to industry now, or something else? Should I still be able to find B?

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 07:55 PM (OTzUX)

148 While in NJ and asked to see a shotgun off the shelf. You need a gun purchasing ID card to touch the gun. So glad I live in a Southern state.
Posted by: 4thewin

I can't imagine the paperwork needed for a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range.

Posted by: Tonypete at January 16, 2022 07:55 PM (mD/uy)

149 While in NJ and asked to see a shotgun off the shelf. You need a gun purchasing ID card to touch the gun. So glad I live in a Southern state.
Posted by: 4thewin at January 16, 2022 07:53 PM (EHOZp)
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It is hard to believe there are states worse than CA when it comes to guns.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 07:56 PM (5pTK/)

150 that's even more awesome, Van Owen !

Dad would about burst with pride at starting a Family Tradition like that !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 16, 2022 07:56 PM (9CuDT)

151 Posted by: screaming in digital at January 16, 2022 07:54 PM (kTRt4)
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Hey there!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:56 PM (0IeYL)

152 {{{Ben Had}}}

Just sent you an email

Posted by: Ladyl at January 16, 2022 07:57 PM (+4oV5)

153 Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at January 16, 2022 07:54 PM (t3/qz)
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Congratulations, Cat Ass! You're going to love it.

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:57 PM (0IeYL)

154 {{{Ladyl}}}
How can you function without an iPad?

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar (hOUT3) ~ Lie back and think of the sweet graft! ~ at January 16, 2022 07:57 PM (hOUT3)

155 Nice gun post, Weasel. Thanks for everything you put into it.

I'm now in Month 6 of my quest to obtain a CCW in gun-friendly CA. I've stalled at Step One, which is getting my carry gun registered with the state.

As abominable as it is to notify CA that I own a gun, the gun that you're licensed to carry must be registered. So okay, here's my application and my $19.

So far as I can tell, despite the passage of six long months all the state apparatchiks have managed to do is cash my check. Otherwise, nothing.

Gaaaaaaah!

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at January 16, 2022 07:58 PM (VxC1e)

156 P.S. Jesse is currently swearing at Pixy and can't post but wants to say "Thanks" to Weasel for posting his target and report from a few weeks ago!

Posted by: screaming in digital at January 16, 2022 07:58 PM (kTRt4)

157 Hey Weasel!

Yes, the issue is that you're taking a picture of a very dark object with a very bright background.

Shooting black-finished firearms is tricky because you want to bring out the detail but also too much and you get glare.

If you remember my PA-63 "mystery pistol" (sadly now lost in a swift-running stream), I had to do two different shots with different lighting - one to highlight the the slide stamps and one to give the full scope of the thing.

And yes, take lots of exposures in different ways. Digital photography is great for tinkering around until you get it right. A colleague of mine did sports photography - actual in-game stuff - and they basically shot every way they could, constantly changing the settings to get that one perfect image for the front page.

Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January 16, 2022 07:58 PM (llXky)

158 late to the fray= talking to the wife bbl

McGyver, over

Posted by: McGyver at January 16, 2022 07:58 PM (Iw46i)

159 Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at January 16, 2022 07:58 PM (VxC1e)
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Happy to do it!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 07:59 PM (0IeYL)

160 144 ... "Whoever gave the heads up about the .308 garands at CMP thanks! I got mine ordered this week!"

You're welcome, Cat. Glad it helped.

Posted by: JTB at January 16, 2022 07:59 PM (7EjX1)

161 talking to the wife bbl

McGyver, over
Posted by: M


he has a barrel wife, is that the same as an office wife?

Posted by: confederatefifth at January 16, 2022 07:59 PM (K3ZCc)

162 Quick photo answer: You've got too much contrast, put the 1911 on a darker (but not black) background, that will help the camera brighten up the gun.

Photographing dark thinks (like black cats) is hard, cameras like to flatten all the dark shades. You can try adding some direct spot-lights to try to get some light to bounce and show off the curves, but you'll often have to go to manual exposure settings to keep the auto-exposure from getting confused.

Posted by: Socratease at January 16, 2022 07:59 PM (oqnjT)

163 Right up at the top of my www.svandyke.com website I have The 30 Second Photography Lecture and The Small Object Photography Tutorial, both of which have been very popular and should help you out.

Posted by: KCSteve at January 16, 2022 08:00 PM (bxAlI)

164 I received an email from a commenter here at AoS about their child being part of a skeet shooting tournament for school students. How wonderful is that.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 08:00 PM (nbpZs)

165 Heh.

"America's Team"

*Sam Kinison laugh*

Posted by: Sharkman at January 16, 2022 08:00 PM (8gxrg)

166 blake one of my local gun nut acquaintances actually is back from your area of AZ (I think), after being CA refugees there - not sure exactly what happened, whether his spouse forced this issue, or what. Think they were there 2-3 years.

I should be rattling his cage to get him to come out to my range on a duty day for some free shooting. If I do I'll axe him about shootin' matches in your area, he should know.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 08:00 PM (OTzUX)

167
Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January 16, 2022 07:58 PM (llXky)
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Howdy, AHL! Thanks!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:01 PM (0IeYL)

168 156 Posted by: screaming in digital at January 16, 2022 07:58 PM (kTRt4)

Yeah, I was cursing Pixy last week when I was trying to post something about ammo I saw. Kept saying that I was posting spam. Annoying as hell.

Posted by: Scuba_Dude at January 16, 2022 08:01 PM (mcfjc)

169 Hello Weasel!!
Thanks for posting my pics. Although the range was short, I NEVER shoot that well.
Pixie is peeing in my wheaties tonight, so keeping it short...

Posted by: jesse in dc at January 16, 2022 08:02 PM (kTRt4)

170 Posted by: Socratease at January 16, 2022 07:59 PM (oqnjT)
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Thanks!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:02 PM (0IeYL)

171 I should be rattling his cage to get him to come out to my range on a duty day for some free shooting. If I do I'll axe him about shootin' matches in your area, he should know.
Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 08:00 PM (OTzUX)
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Cool beans, thanks.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 08:02 PM (5pTK/)

172 Agreed. You're paying that collector premium up front because, for whatever reason, "Colt" means something when it comes to reselling your gun. That's why people will offer $1,000 today for the Detective Special I bought new in 1994 for $250.

Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 07:46 PM (NacE+)
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Colts are highly collectible because they are well-made and have a wonderful and unique finish.

Just as important - every Colt can be traced by the factory. They are one of the few producers that have not lost their production records, so if you buy a "old, beater" Colt, you can send away and get the full info on it - when it was made, who it was shipped to.

That's catnip for collectors. They are all about the provenance.

Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January 16, 2022 08:02 PM (llXky)

173 Posted by: Muad'dib

You might find Reloading for Handgunners 2nd Edition by Patrick Sweeney good for introducing different cartridges and problems in reloading. His Big Book of the 45 is also very good for that caliber and worth seeking out if not still in print.

Another tip, see if you can buy some small pistol primer 45 ACP cases. 45 ACP brass is normally large pistol primer but the creation of non-lead styphnate primers for police/etc required only small pistol primers size. Most of these will be Speer or Federal headstamped cases and it allows you to reload either small or large pistol primers as you have supply. Just make sure to segregate the cases.

Posted by: whig at January 16, 2022 08:02 PM (dCGWj)

174 The funny thing is that when SOB Jr. got commissioned, instead of a 1911 he wanted an H&K USP. I shook my head, bit my tongue, and got it for him.

Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at January 16, 2022 08:03 PM (dVlo/)

175 Cicero, you're behind the Orange Curtain, pretty sure. Howz the county-level part of the CCW torture? Sheriff is still good on that, right? Maybe not like that female sheriff a few years back, who was fantastic, but still simulating a "shall issue" situation?

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 08:03 PM (OTzUX)

176 Posted by: KCSteve at January 16, 2022 08:00 PM (bxAlI)
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Will check it out, thank you!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:03 PM (0IeYL)

177 Posted by: jesse in dc at January 16, 2022 08:02 PM (kTRt4)
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Thanks for sending it in!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:04 PM (0IeYL)

178 The funny thing is that when SOB Jr. got commissioned, instead of a 1911 he wanted an H&K USP. I shook my head, bit my tongue, and got it for him.

Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at January 16, 2022 08:03 PM (dVlo/)
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He's not wrong.

Go ahead, hate on me.

Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January 16, 2022 08:04 PM (llXky)

179 Test delurking post since Pixy seems to be giving people problems tonight.

Posted by: Arch Stanton at January 16, 2022 08:05 PM (2wn8p)

180 Colts are highly collectible because they are well-made and have a wonderful and unique finish.

Just as important - every Colt can be traced by the factory. They are one of the few producers that have not lost their production records, so if you buy a "old, beater" Colt, you can send away and get the full info on it - when it was made, who it was shipped to.

That's catnip for collectors. They are all about the provenance.

Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January 16, 2022 08:02 PM (llXky)

Plus a lot of people toted them around.

Posted by: Javems at January 16, 2022 08:05 PM (AmoqO)

181 Maud'dib,
I'd be more than happy to test your .45 reloads.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 08:05 PM (U2p+3)

182 By the way, ran into another CA refugee a couple of weeks ago. Former LEO who worked with the San Diego sheriff. I mentioned the sheriff had ignored a ruling from the court about issuing CCW. The guy said he'd worked with that particular sheriff and, well, dislike is understating just what the guy thought about that sheriff.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 08:06 PM (5pTK/)

183 That's catnip for collectors. They are all about the provenance.

Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January 16, 2022 08:02 PM (llXky)
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I've done that for a few of the guns I own, and I'll try and remember to feature one next week.

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:07 PM (0IeYL)

184 whig I think the creation of small primer 45ACP brass is a crime against humanity that should be subject to an international tribunal.

OK, maybe not that bad. But even after many rounds of "sorting" out the small primer brass (that I pick up, haven't shot any small primer 45 in years), I *still* get some in my main brass supply. Now forced to quickly eyeball every headstamp before it goes into the shellholder.

My time-study shows this adds 3 total minutes to the time required to load 50 rounds.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 08:07 PM (OTzUX)

185 175 Cicero, you're behind the Orange Curtain, pretty sure. Howz the county-level part of the CCW torture? Sheriff is still good on that, right? Maybe not like that female sheriff a few years back, who was fantastic, but still simulating a "shall issue" situation?

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 08:03 PM (OTzUX)

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My address is actually in SB County. The current SB County sheriff is very pro-CCW, so if I can just get past the hurdle of the CA DOJ and its total indifference (or more likely, antipathy) to serving gun owners, I should be able to complete the process without undue complication.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at January 16, 2022 08:07 PM (VxC1e)

186 >
Has the nomenclature changed, or all the B goes to industry now, or something else? Should I still be able to find B?
Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 07:55


You hit it on the head. The USDA changed nomenclature in 2014. Here is an article about it: https://tinyurl.com/2p8usme4






Posted by: Muad'dib at January 16, 2022 08:07 PM (ikXZL)

187 Plus a lot of people toted them around.

Posted by: Javems at January 16, 2022 08:05 PM (AmoqO)
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Sure, but Smiths were produced in even greater numbers on the civilian/police side.

But Smith can't tell you when your pistol was born and who bought it. Colt can. Not long ago I saw a Colt Commander in 9mm Steyr go for an obscene amount of money (north of 2 grand) because it was near-mint, and the sale included the Colt factory authentication.

Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January 16, 2022 08:08 PM (llXky)

188 Go ahead, hate on me.
Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January

I wouldn't do that
Will you stop on the Glock hate then?

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 08:08 PM (U2p+3)

189 Dang. It's like he wants me to buy....something.
Posted by: Eromero at January 16, 2022 07:44 PM


* smiles *

Posted by: Gaston at January 16, 2022 08:08 PM (a3Q+t)

190 Dang. It's like he wants me to buy....something.
Posted by: Eromero at January 16, 2022 07:44 PM


Good dog!

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar (hOUT3) ~ Lie back and think of the sweet graft! ~ at January 16, 2022 08:09 PM (hOUT3)

191 Simplest thing would probably be a dark background to flatten out the contrast curve across the image. Otherwise, post processing should be able to pull out the details if you're handy with contrast/brightness/dynamic rang controls.

Posted by: F2000 at January 16, 2022 08:10 PM (PWcd9)

192 My address is actually in SB County. The current SB County sheriff is very pro-CCW, so if I can just get past the hurdle of the CA DOJ and its total indifference (or more likely, antipathy) to serving gun owners, I should be able to complete the process without undue complication.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at January 16, 2022 08:07 PM (VxC1e)
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so that's why Needles is getting away with being a 2A sanctuary city. (at least, I think Needles CA is San Bernadino County)

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 08:10 PM (5pTK/)

193 blake!

How's life amongst free people?

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 08:10 PM (U2p+3)

194 And in case anyone is shaking their head about Colt producing 9mm Steyr pistols, apparently it was a brief attempt to penetrate the Italian civilian handgun market. At the time Italy had a law that civilians could only own handguns in "non-military" calibers and by then, no military used 9mm Steyr.

The project failed, Colt didn't make many of the pistols, so they're doubly valued because of the scarcity. The sale actually said it was the "Holy Grail of Colt Collectors" and the bidding reflected that.

Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January 16, 2022 08:10 PM (llXky)

195 Hi Nurse!

It's been a breath of fresh air, to be honest.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 08:11 PM (5pTK/)

196 Posted by: F2000 at January 16, 2022 08:10 PM (PWcd9)
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I'll try a different background, for sure. Thanks! And welcome!!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:12 PM (0IeYL)

197 The sale actually said it was the "Holy Grail of Colt Collectors" and the bidding reflected that.
Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January 16, 2022 08:10 PM (llXky)
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I would think the Colt Monitor would be the "Holy Grail of Colt Collectors."

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 08:12 PM (5pTK/)

198 I'd love to go to a gun show. In a free state. See a pistol. Love it. Give the person cash money. Take it home.


Xoxo

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 08:12 PM (U2p+3)

199 I wouldn't do that
Will you stop on the Glock hate then?

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 08:08 PM (U2p+3)
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That's like asking me to root for the University of Michigan. Not. Gonna. Happen.

Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January 16, 2022 08:12 PM (llXky)

200 Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January 16, 2022 08:02 PM (llXky)
AHL, I knew about the Colt letters for their guns, but I didn't know they are one of the few who didn't lose/destroy their records, or that it made THAT much of a difference for the collecting world.

Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 08:13 PM (NacE+)

201 I think I have asked this before. As a resident of NYC, if I were in Texas and had a hankering to get an AR-15, would I be able to walk into a gun store and purchase one?

I would not bring it back to NYC but look to keep it in Texas. Or maybe Florida!

Posted by: Scuba_Dude at January 16, 2022 08:13 PM (mcfjc)

202 he has a barrel wife, is that the same as an office wife?
Posted by: confederatefifth at January 16, 2022 07:59 PM


In The Barrel, *you* are the wife.

Posted by: The Barrel at January 16, 2022 08:13 PM (a3Q+t)

203 Weasel I feel your pain on decent lighting. They say natural light is best but sometimes mother nature doesn't want to cooperate.

Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at January 16, 2022 08:13 PM (nxdel)

204 Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 08:13 PM (NacE+)
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Yep, I have a few for Colts and S&W revolvers.

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:14 PM (0IeYL)

205 I would think the Colt Monitor would be the "Holy Grail of Colt Collectors."

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 08:12 PM (5pTK/)
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Yes, there are other pieces, but it was an effective way to hype what was otherwise a white elephant.

Funny thing: 9mm Steyr is easier to find than .32 H&R Magnum right now. Weird.

Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January 16, 2022 08:14 PM (llXky)

206 303 British Ammo.
I have about 450 rounds of mostly Greek HXP. I will count accurately for a serious buyer.
I want 1 dollar per round. I sold my last Enfield and want this to go to a good home.
Trades possible, I like 22 rifles a lot..
Weasel has my contact info...

Posted by: jesse in dc at January 16, 2022 08:15 PM (kTRt4)

207
Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at January 16, 2022 08:13 PM (nxdel)
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Yeah! I usually go outside and use a white cutting board as a background but that's not always convenient.

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:15 PM (0IeYL)

208 Has the nomenclature changed, or all the B goes to industry now, or something else? Should I still be able to find B?
Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 07:55 PM (OTzUX)


Can't contribute anything worthwhile to the gun discussion but I can help with this. Grades changed a while back. Link below has comparison between the two. Think you want Grade A Dark.

https://tinyurl.com/ywbx2s8e

Doesn't help you much but we just drive across town and see Herb. He sells us the dark stuff, knows we like it. He's older than me (and I'm somewhat north of 60) but he still out there every winter running lines and boiling.

Posted by: moon_over_vermont at January 16, 2022 08:16 PM (SvIdH)

209 AHL, I knew about the Colt letters for their guns, but I didn't know they are one of the few who didn't lose/destroy their records, or that it made THAT much of a difference for the collecting world.

Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 08:13 PM (NacE+)
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It's a big deal. I mean if you buy a Police Positive from a pawn shop, you may have an actual service pistol and can look up what department it was sold to.

That's huge for people into that sort of thing. Serial number range only gets you so far.

Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January 16, 2022 08:16 PM (llXky)

210 As my brother was dying he made sure that I got what guns he had left. He had made a black powder rifle from a kit. I gave it to a young man whose Father and Grandfather have hunted forever. That gun will have another 60 years of service.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 08:17 PM (nbpZs)

211 203 Weasel I feel your pain on decent lighting. They say natural light is best but sometimes mother nature doesn't want to cooperate.
Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at January 16, 2022 08:13 PM (nxdel)

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It would cost $60 to $100 but I'd bet that a couple of small softbox lights would go a long way to fixing the lighting issues.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at January 16, 2022 08:17 PM (VxC1e)

212 I'd love to go to a gun show. In a free state. See a pistol. Love it. Give the person cash money. Take it home.
Xoxo
Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 08:12 PM


xoxo you, too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMhaehb5AnE

Posted by: Texas at January 16, 2022 08:17 PM (a3Q+t)

213
It would cost $60 to $100 but I'd bet that a couple of small softbox lights would go a long way to fixing the lighting issues.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at January 16, 2022 08:17 PM (VxC1e)
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If I understand correctly, that's what I used. I do have a bunch of video lights so I can experiment with those, too.

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:18 PM (0IeYL)

214 Let's try desktop posting instead of iPad posting. Range-wise, haven't been out in a while but hoping for next weekend. I need to sight in the Swampfox Sentinel I just put on my P365XL and maybe get to shoot the EP9 that I bought due to the recommendations of everyone here.

Reloading, just loaded up some more 9mm today and have some 45 brass drying in the food dehydrator for future loading.

Posted by: Arch Stanton at January 16, 2022 08:19 PM (2VTt6)

215 And I will be visiting TX or FL this year. LOL
Posted by: Scuba_Dude

Florida requires three day wait. Even for long guns. Carry permit exclusions apply as usual.

There is a loophole for long guns - a hunting license which you can buy on line the day before your purchase.

Posted by: Phuk Ho Le at January 16, 2022 08:19 PM (/F3cb)

216 Posted by: Arch Stanton at January 16, 2022 08:19 PM (2VTt6)
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Howdy and welcome!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:20 PM (0IeYL)

217 For the record, I hate that Colts accrue value like that. Yeah, it's neat if you bought a Python or King Cobra or something in the 90s, but only way you can benefit from their insane prices is by getting rid of it.

And looking at vintage .32s, Colt costs at least twice as much for the same condition.

Posted by: Former Gun Owner A.H. Lloyd at January 16, 2022 08:20 PM (llXky)

218 Well, time to wander.

Thanks for posting my stuff, weasel.

Take care and everyone stay cocked and locked!

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 08:21 PM (5pTK/)

219 I think I have asked this before. As a resident of NYC, if I were in Texas and had a hankering to get an AR-15, would I be able to walk into a gun store and purchase one?

I would not bring it back to NYC but look to keep it in Texas. Or maybe Florida!
Posted by: S



no

Posted by: confederatefifth at January 16, 2022 08:22 PM (K3ZCc)

220 Take care and everyone stay cocked and locked!
Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 08:21 PM (5pTK/)

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*fistbump*

Posted by: Alec Baldwin at January 16, 2022 08:22 PM (VxC1e)

221 Firearms related.

Rapper Wavy Navy Pooh Killed in Miami Shooting

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Not Wavy Navy Pooh!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter 2022 at January 16, 2022 08:23 PM (FVME7)

222 Just stopping in to say hi. Grandkids have the covid.
Ugh.
Yey gubs!

Posted by: Diogenes at January 16, 2022 08:23 PM (axyOa)

223 I would think the Colt Monitor would be the "Holy Grail of Colt Collectors."
Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 08:12 PM (5pTK/)
Blake, there are a lot of "holy grail" collector Colts.
- Colt Paterson (first Colt revolver)
- Colt Walker (first US military revolver)
- Colt Single Action Army (US Cavalry guns, gunfighter guns w/ provenance)
- Colt 1911 (low serial number US military guns, low SN commercial guns w/ "fire blue" finish)
- Colt Thompson submachine guns (1921 production run)
- Colt Python (first year of production guns)
I'm sure I've missed a bunch with just this quick list.

Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 08:23 PM (NacE+)

224 Thing about buying guns is you know when you walk out the door and see that canoe on your truck there's disaster ahead. CBD, you have mail.

Posted by: Eromero at January 16, 2022 08:24 PM (0OP+5)

225 Posted by: Texas at January 16, 2022 08:17 PM (a3Q+t)


I lived in Dallas from 1968-1984. I graduated from high school there. I loved Texas.

Bite me.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 08:24 PM (U2p+3)

226 Range report: After a 2 week hiatus, decided to bring out the .22LR AR (no point in wasting the pricey stuff). Zeroed at 100 yards with my Nikon 1x4 and the results were satisfactory.

For the pistol, still banging away with the 92FS. ESS was out of stock for my preferred target but I didn't do too bad otherwise, especially considering my break.

Posted by: Thicc Boi at January 16, 2022 08:24 PM (zThcc)

227 Rapper Wavy Navy Pooh Killed in Miami Shooting

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Not Wavy Navy Pooh!
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter 2022 at January 16, 2022 08:23 PM (FVME7)

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Speaking for the entire Pooh Clan, we are shocked and dismayed.

Posted by: Winnie D. Pooh at January 16, 2022 08:25 PM (VxC1e)

228 184 whig I think the creation of small primer 45ACP brass is a crime against humanity that should be subject to an international tribunal.

OK, maybe not that bad. But even after many rounds of "sorting" out the small primer brass (that I pick up, haven't shot any small primer 45 in years), I *still* get some in my main brass supply. Now forced to quickly eyeball every headstamp before it goes into the shellholder.

My time-study shows this adds 3 total minutes to the time required to load 50 rounds.

Posted by: rhomboid

FWIW, .357 Magnum brass used to require large pistol primers, and now does not.

The non-lead primers have more brisance than lead styphnate primers do and thus require a smaller size to avoid spiking pressures and powders used in 45 ACP are happy with small or large pistol primers.

The ammo with non-lead primers usually are sold to law enforcement as practice ammo.

Posted by: whig at January 16, 2022 08:25 PM (dCGWj)

229 Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 08:21 PM (5pTK/)
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'nite, blake!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:26 PM (0IeYL)

230 I had a Traditions Kentucky Rifle that I loved shooting years ago. Ended up hocking it to pay child support along with a garage full of tools during very bad times in 2013.

Had a Traditions Pennsylvania Rifle that was stolen from my storage shed last year here in So Cal before I ever had a chance to fire it.

Once I move to NE FL next month for good, I'm going to set aside 5 grand for muzzleloader and pistol purchases and also bury a very heavy gun safe under my little house.

Posted by: Sharkman at January 16, 2022 08:26 PM (8gxrg)

231 I forgot who was asking about .303 British ammo last week and a couple of weeks ago, but SG Ammo has Prvi Partisan .303 ammo in stock in both bulk (200 rounds) and individual boxes (20 rounds, I think) as of this afternoon.
Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 07:10 PM (NacE+)


IMHO Privi Partisan is probably the best .303 to be found. It shoots like the old cordite rounds, and is very pleasant and accurate.

Posted by: Kindltot at January 16, 2022 08:28 PM (ZMraq)

232 is the M1a SOCOM 16 7.62 good in ny?

Posted by: confederatefifth at January 16, 2022 08:30 PM (K3ZCc)

233 Well, going to call it a night.

Weasel, as always a great informative thread. Good luck with the lighting!!!!

Night all !!

Posted by: Scuba_Dude at January 16, 2022 08:31 PM (mcfjc)

234 230 I had a Traditions Kentucky Rifle that I loved shooting years ago. Ended up hocking it to pay child support along with a garage full of tools during very bad times in 2013.
Had a Traditions Pennsylvania Rifle that was stolen from my storage shed last year here in So Cal before I ever had a chance to fire it.
Once I move to NE FL next month for good, I'm going to set aside 5 grand for muzzleloader and pistol purchases and also bury a very heavy gun safe under my little house.

Posted by: Sharkman at January 16, 2022 08:26 PM (8gxrg)
Better water proof that safe pretty good.

Posted by: Eromero at January 16, 2022 08:31 PM (0OP+5)

235 Posted by: Scuba_Dude at January 16, 2022 08:31 PM (mcfjc)
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nite, Scoob! Thanks!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:31 PM (0IeYL)

236 Scuba_Dude, We had an FFL in PA back in the eighties and nineties. We could sell to people from adjoining states as long as we also satisfied any state laws from those states. It was a paperwork nightmare. So unless something has changed a New Yorker propably can't by a gun on Texas or Florida.

Posted by: Cosda at January 16, 2022 08:32 PM (qwb1g)

237 Alll-righty then Howdy Horde! I'm back in exile in VA, the wife is safe in MT, and I've a new Mead brewing in the closet. Went to the Gub Show in Hampton yesterday. Lot of stuff I've already got, things I want are too pricey I want a honest to guh trench gun, but they are north of $8K for one in real good condition. Oh, well got some stuff for my new hobby, reloading. thats pricey too. BTW, anyone want a set of Lee 300BLK dies? I bought one here in VA and got one for XMas. Also some 308 headspace gauges.

McGyver, Over

Posted by: McGyver at January 16, 2022 08:32 PM (Iw46i)

238 Gonna go all maudlin here. My Uncle was a master gunsmith and a progenitor to the fancy hunt and stay places. He had a rifle/ skeet range and would be making antelope jerky in another room in the shop.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 08:32 PM (nbpZs)

239 Take care and everyone stay cocked and locked!
Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (5pTK/)) at January 16, 2022 08:21 PM (5pTK/)

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*fistbump*
Posted by: Alec Baldwin at January 16, 2022 08:22 PM


I think your problem, Alec, is all cock and no lock.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at January 16, 2022 08:33 PM (a3Q+t)

240 Ed L - Muchas gracias! I was looking for .303 British. I jumped on it like a hobo on a ham sammich.

Posted by: butch at January 16, 2022 08:34 PM (cHvOo)

241 Anyone ever use cold gun blue on small stainless screws or parts? I want to dress up some teeeeeeeensy watch movement screws and wonder how good the cold blue works.

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:34 PM (0IeYL)

242 Went the range yesterday. Packed to the gills. Hadn't been in a couple of months so I felt like Deadpool in the scene where he is packing up all of his guns into the duffel bag to go get his girlfriend from the bad guy. I didn't know what I wanted to shoot so I brought everything. ( okay not everything but a lot) . Had a great time but today I felt the consequences of having to clean more guns than I wanted.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at January 16, 2022 08:34 PM (RJMSR)

243 I think your problem, Alec, is all cock and no lock.
Posted by: Duncanthrax at January 16, 2022 08:33 PM (a3Q+t)

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Hilaria says Alec's problem is that he goes off half-cocked.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at January 16, 2022 08:35 PM (VxC1e)

244 The original hack for light-boxes was to buy a large white lampshade, cut a hole for your camera lens, and place your spotlights outside of it.
Another dodge is to use a piece of black (or whatever) colored cardboard to drink up light from one side to set up contrasts.

You know how they have those reflecting panels to shoot models on the beach because of the high contrast light? Well you might want the high contrast, so this is the opposite.

Posted by: Kindltot at January 16, 2022 08:35 PM (ZMraq)

245 Hilaria says Alec's problem is that he goes off half-cocked.


doesn't she have nine kids or something?

Posted by: confederatefifth at January 16, 2022 08:37 PM (K3ZCc)

246 For those of you with Milsurp rifles (or other equipment), or perhaps thinking of such (Anna Puma and a .303 Ross, perhaps), here's a good site, in case you're not aware of it:

https://www.milsurps.com/

Posted by: Duncanthrax at January 16, 2022 08:37 PM (a3Q+t)

247 doesn't she have nine kids or something?
Posted by: confederatefifth at January 16, 2022 08:37 PM (K3ZCc)

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No. She has nine keeeds.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at January 16, 2022 08:37 PM (VxC1e)

248 The bent spring .22 looks to be a Marlin Model 60.

Posted by: Rick at January 16, 2022 08:37 PM (JFUUm)

249 Posted by: butch at January 16, 2022 08:34 PM (cHvOo)
You're welcome, butch.

Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 08:37 PM (NacE+)

250 Muad'dib and moon_over_vermont, thanks! All my maple syrup questions, answered ..... in the gun thread.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 08:37 PM (OTzUX)

251 You know how they have those reflecting panels to shoot models on the beach because of the high contrast light? Well you might want the high contrast, so this is the opposite.
Posted by: Kindltot at January 16, 2022 08:35 PM (ZMraq)
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That's the problem! I didn't have any beach models!!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:38 PM (0IeYL)

252 there is something about her having nine kids and fat shaming others that had kids and did not return to super model shape within a day as she did

there are a bunch of mothers saying she has been faking pregnancy and using surrogates.

Posted by: confederatefifth at January 16, 2022 08:39 PM (K3ZCc)

253 That's the problem! I didn't have any beach models!!
Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:38 PM (0IeYL)

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I knew the Horde would get to the bottom of this!

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at January 16, 2022 08:39 PM (VxC1e)

254 250 Muad'dib and moon_over_vermont, thanks! All my maple syrup questions, answered ..... in the gun thread.
Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 08:37 PM (OTzUX)
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Maple syrup is celebrated on the Gun Thread!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:40 PM (0IeYL)

255 Muad'dib and moon_over_vermont, thanks! All my maple syrup questions, answered ..... in the gun thread.
Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 08:37 PM


It's not like you could ask them on the Food Thread, given the certain of the proprietor's peccadillos.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at January 16, 2022 08:40 PM (a3Q+t)

256 Better water proof that safe pretty good.

Posted by: Eromero



Gonna do that and stack canoes on top, just to be extra careful.

Posted by: Sharkman at January 16, 2022 08:41 PM (8gxrg)

257 Ben Had, sounds great (both the specialty gunsmithing, and the jerky). Only time I recall having antelope, was in a spicy stew. This was in Angola, in the bush.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 08:42 PM (OTzUX)

258 That's the problem! I didn't have any beach models!!
Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:38 PM


It's seasonal, you know.

Posted by: The residents of The WAHFUAUVSM at January 16, 2022 08:42 PM (a3Q+t)

259
It's seasonal, you know.
Posted by: The residents of The WAHFUAUVSM at January 16, 2022 08:42 PM (a3Q+t)
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Sadly true!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:43 PM (0IeYL)

260 Duncananthrax, funny - actually I hadn't even thought of that. But was working out during the food thread, and I've been lying in wait to ambush Muad'dib with my maple syrup question for a while, so first time I see him - wham.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 08:43 PM (OTzUX)

261 Weasel - Inbound e-mail for Jesse in DC's .303 British ammo.

Posted by: butch at January 16, 2022 08:44 PM (cHvOo)

262 I keep the small-primer 45ACP brass I find, segregate and store it. For the contingency of not having large primers, some day. Though I'm hoping the supply situation will smooth out before such a thing happens, and I'm fortunate to be well set for components (entirely a result of learning from the 2013 panic, and "never again").

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 08:45 PM (OTzUX)

263 Odd tweet from a handgun shooting competition...
https://twitter.com/Blankzilla/status/
1419655297111666688

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at January 16, 2022 08:46 PM (UHVv4)

264 Since we have bleedover from th food thread I was willowed and will post this from that thread-

My eggs are very popular.
Posted by: Rosasharn at January 16, 2022 07:02

I will bet, never tried bacon bits but we sure will now. Sometimes use paprika, it seems to be for visual appeal, but really does add a flavor.

My grt grandmother, Flossie, used to pickle boiled eggs in beet juice, nice purple result. Don't recall if she deviled them, maybe, seems like it was an Easter thing. Memoriess o good family food heritage...
Posted by: Farmer at January 16, 2022 07:

Posted by: Farmer at January 16, 2022 08:46 PM (55Qr6)

265 Posted by: butch at January 16, 2022 08:44 PM (cHvOo)
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Ok

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:46 PM (0IeYL)

266 Duncanthrax,
You dunked on me!

*bows head*
*shuffles away in shame*

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 08:46 PM (U2p+3)

267 Muad dib, there is nothing like baking your own ammo for the first time and having it discharge successfully down range.
I think the patron saint of reloaders is St. Pauli Girl. You always remember your first time.

Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 08:47 PM (a8b7P)

268 Weasel - Inbound e-mail for Jesse in DC's .303 British ammo.
Posted by: butch
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Hi butch, I am Jesse's wife, please feel free to email me if you wish (email in nic).

Posted by: screaming in digital at January 16, 2022 08:47 PM (kTRt4)

269 Maple rules!
Sous-vide drools!

Posted by: andycanuck (UHVv4) at January 16, 2022 08:47 PM (UHVv4)

270 Posted by: screaming in digital at January 16, 2022 08:47 PM (kTRt4)
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SiD is a WIFE!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:49 PM (0IeYL)

271 rhomboid., my uncle built guns and my dad built racing boats.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 08:49 PM (nbpZs)

272 45ACP is a good caliber to start with on reloading. Low pressure round, straight-walled case, lots of bullet options. That and 38 special would be my recos for first caliber to load. Just naturally big soft safety margins built in to any normal pressure loading.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 08:50 PM (OTzUX)

273 Muad dib, there is nothing like baking your own ammo for the first time and having it discharge successfully down range.
I think the patron saint of reloaders is St. Pauli Girl. You always remember your first time.
Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 08:47 PM (a8b7P)
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I work with a woman whose sister was one of the SPGs

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:50 PM (0IeYL)

274 While your 'terrible pic!' is underexposed it is often possible to rescue such photos in a photo editor that has a 'levels adjustment' command. (Photoshop,GIMP,etc)
The levels command will show a histogram of all the pixels in the photo. In your pic you will see two distinct blobs: the left group is a bunch of dark grey pixels making up the gun, while on the right is another group that is the light grey pixels making up the background.
Below this are three(3) sliders that represent: Black(Left), Grey(Middle) and White(Right). Move the right slider to the left under the blob for your background - this will turn the background white. Move the middle slider to the left towards the other blob this will lighten the gun image - if you move too far then while it gets lighter it will also look washed out.
When you experiment with exposure your goal should be to get that blob that represents your gun to be wider and more in the middle of the histogram. Many cameras have an option to show you this histogram.
Google 'levels' for a better online explanation of this.

Posted by: Next2Nothing at January 16, 2022 08:51 PM (tA1/w)

275 262 I keep the small-primer 45ACP brass I find, segregate and store it. For the contingency of not having large primers, some day. Though I'm hoping the supply situation will smooth out before such a thing happens, and I'm fortunate to be well set for components (entirely a result of learning from the 2013 panic, and "never again").

Posted by: rhomboid

At some point, lead styphnate primers are probably going to be banned. Fiocchi used to sell lead free primers to reloaders but I haven't seen any on the shelves in awhile. Right now, Ft. Smith brand primers (probably imported) via Fedarms is selling lead free, berdan, and boxer primers but only in 5000k lots. See Fedarm dot com and look for primers.

Posted by: whig at January 16, 2022 08:51 PM (dCGWj)

276 Posted by: Next2Nothing at January 16, 2022 08:51 PM (tA1/w)
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I'll check that out. Thank you!!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:51 PM (0IeYL)

277 A couple of weeks back shotgun reloaders were looking for primers.

Try natchezss dot com.
5000 limit.

Posted by: Phuk Ho Le at January 16, 2022 08:53 PM (/F3cb)

278 Duncanthrax,
You dunked on me!

*bows head*
*shuffles away in shame*
Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 08:46 PM


It was intended as a recruiting pitch, or now that I know, an invitation to come home.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at January 16, 2022 08:53 PM (a3Q+t)

279 whig I recall the Fiocchi lead-free offerings. No comment on future bans. Much of life now consists of ignoring, working around where possible, or otherwise circumventing bans and new rules. And the institutions proclaiming all these limitations on the populace have very low credibility (and this pre-dates March 2020).

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 08:54 PM (OTzUX)

280 So true about that being a terrible first pic, but I love 1911s!

Posted by: Draki at January 16, 2022 08:56 PM (TGFWQ)

281 Anyhoo,
My town being what it is.

If I carry concealed, someone presents a clear and immediate danger to me, I draw and protect myself...

He's neutralized.

Open carry is legal in WA state.
How does anyone prove how I was carrying?
Perhaps I had my corset carry as my top. Wouldn't be the most revealing thing downtown.

Or my thigh carry. How do you prove my skirt wasn't that short.
I'm tired of following the rules. People who wish to hurt me don't. Why should I.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 08:56 PM (U2p+3)

282 Posted by: Draki at January 16, 2022 08:56 PM (TGFWQ)
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Me too!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:56 PM (0IeYL)

283 Agreed, rhomboid, as to 45 and 38 being great low pressure rounds to start out with reloading. The only caveat, of course, is they have so much damn capacity that a double or triple overcharge is possible.
So, good lesson is to be precise and use the same procedures every time and to check each load visually. Every time.

Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 08:58 PM (a8b7P)

284 279 whig I recall the Fiocchi lead-free offerings. No comment on future bans. Much of life now consists of ignoring, working around where possible, or otherwise circumventing bans and new rules. And the institutions proclaiming all these limitations on the populace have very low credibility (and this pre-dates March 2020).

Posted by: rhomboid

No argument here.

Posted by: whig at January 16, 2022 08:59 PM (dCGWj)

285
"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."

-- Robert A. Heinlein

Posted by: Duncanthrax at January 16, 2022 08:59 PM (a3Q+t)

286 So, good lesson is to be precise and use the same procedures every time and to check each load visually. Every time.
Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 08:58 PM (a8b7P)
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Absolutely.

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 08:59 PM (0IeYL)

287 And... off to bed I was up at 0330, so should sleep real good tonite! ThanX! all and Weasel, you can contact my wife at thekitchenwitchblog@gmail.com for photo help. she takes pictures of stuff that don't move so... And I'll prolly be contacting you re reloading

Later all, McGyver, Out

Posted by: McGyver at January 16, 2022 09:00 PM (Iw46i)

288 Huh, never knew about the AWAC, reminds me of my seal pup. Great thread tonight with all the 1911 content it's like we don't even need cigars tonight.

Posted by: Draki at January 16, 2022 09:00 PM (TGFWQ)

289 Guns!

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards (Logan Tiberius 2012-2021) at January 16, 2022 09:02 PM (eeRB6)

290 283 RI Red,

Bullseye is typically the powder that can cause problems in double or triple loading but there are others and you are absolutely right that sloppy reloading practices are generally to blame.

Posted by: whig at January 16, 2022 09:02 PM (dCGWj)

291 I own two full size M1911s, both Springfield Armory: a GI like Weasel's and a Mil Spec (white dot sights, larger ejection port). The GI was my first pistol. Lurve'em both. I seem to be better with the crappy GI sights than with the white dots.

Posted by: butch at January 16, 2022 09:02 PM (cHvOo)

292 Posted by: Draki at January 16, 2022 09:00 PM (TGFWQ)
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I tried to smoke one earlier in the cold rain, but just couldn't enjoy it for some reason!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:02 PM (0IeYL)

293 Weasel, sorry you missed the claiming date for the 27 mill lottery ticket I bought in your name.!

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 09:02 PM (nbpZs)

294 I own two full size M1911s, both Springfield Armory: a GI like Weasel's and a Mil Spec (white dot sights, larger ejection port). The GI was my first pistol. Lurve'em both. I seem to be better with the crappy GI sights than with the white dots.
Posted by: butch at January 16, 2022 09:02 PM (cHvOo)

Yeah, I've got the springfield armory in a .45. It's so nice. I think I like the weight of it because it doesn't even feel like it has a kick to me.

Posted by: Draki at January 16, 2022 09:04 PM (TGFWQ)

295 Range time was IDPA yesterday. Did ok, had some procedural calls, one of which pissed me off because it was issued because I loaded 10 rounds...which was supposed to be division capacity. Oh no, nonono....you are supposed to load 11 rounds in your first magazine. Fucking years going to these matches and this is the FIRST time someone mentioned this fucking rule. But I digress....

Did ok, didn't miss any targets, didn't hit an hostages. Wasn't the fastest or the slowest.

Used my Springfield Armory XD9. It may not be the 'one handgun I'd keep' but it might just be my favorite. And I shoot it pretty well. Even with sun in my eyes.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards (Logan Tiberius 2012-2021) at January 16, 2022 09:04 PM (eeRB6)

296 293 Weasel, sorry you missed the claiming date for the 27 mill lottery ticket I bought in your name.!
Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 09:02 PM (nbpZs)
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Dang it!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:04 PM (0IeYL)

297 I tried to smoke one earlier in the cold rain, but just couldn't enjoy it for some reason!
Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:02 PM (0IeYL)

Now if you only had snow then it'd be perfect!

Posted by: Draki at January 16, 2022 09:05 PM (TGFWQ)

298 Yeah, Whig. I really like reloading rifle cartridges because, for the most part, an over charge will immediately result in a messy bench.
That fine flaked bullseye could just fill up a pistol case.
I wonder if the original black powder loads filled up a lot more space.

Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 09:06 PM (a8b7P)

299
Now if you only had snow then it'd be perfect!
Posted by: Draki at January 16, 2022 09:05 PM (TGFWQ)
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It snowed all afternoon and turned to rain. Less than ideal conditions!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:07 PM (0IeYL)

300 yeah, I remember outdoor smoking in snow as being kind of nice, if not too windy ... so quiet & peaceful.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 16, 2022 09:08 PM (9CuDT)

301 So the Bezos Post has this story about this CRAZY woman elected to a schoolboard in WA; https://tinyurl.com/yapapend

Why is she crazy? Well, she caries a gun. Later in the story they mention how someone snuck onto her property and stole her dog.

But, you know, who would ever need a gun?

Posted by: 18-1 at January 16, 2022 09:09 PM (ESjRY)

302 I tried to smoke one earlier in the cold rain, but just couldn't enjoy it for some reason!

No Snowmageddon yet?

Posted by: Notorious BFD at January 16, 2022 09:09 PM (Xrfse)

303 Evening.

Posted by: Robert at January 16, 2022 09:10 PM (RK6eo)

304 Why would someone want to steal a dog?

Posted by: Robert at January 16, 2022 09:10 PM (5Eb8h)

305 Anxiously awaiting the "Storm of the Century" here. Heh.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at January 16, 2022 09:11 PM (Xrfse)

306 283 ... "45 and 38 being great low pressure rounds to start out with reloading. The only caveat, of course, is they have so much damn capacity that a double or triple overcharge is possible.
So, good lesson is to be precise and use the same procedures every time and to check each load visually. Every time."

Yep! I am confident enough these days to charge cases in batches of fifty, especially straight wall cases. I still do a check on the powder level with a flashlight but that just takes a few seconds.

One way to avoid a double charge is to seat the bullet right after charging the case. Which I often do. I am never in a hurry while reloading and don't use a progressive press, so taking a little extra time makes for added safety. After loading tens of thousands of rounds I've never had a double charge or squib load with that process.

Posted by: JTB at January 16, 2022 09:12 PM (7EjX1)

307 Why would someone want to steal a dog?
Posted by: Robert at January 16, 2022 09:10 PM (5Eb8h)

Happens around here a lot for some reason. Puppies especially, and labradoodles.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards (Logan Tiberius 2012-2021) at January 16, 2022 09:13 PM (eeRB6)

308 Or my thigh carry. How do you prove my skirt wasn't that short.
Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 08:56 PM (U2p+3)

Im having a hard time visualizing this. Please send pics.

Posted by: Robert at January 16, 2022 09:13 PM (dHb7H)

309 It snowed all afternoon and turned to rain. Less than ideal conditions!
Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:07 PM (0IeYL)

Booo!!! But valu-rite can fix it!

Posted by: Draki at January 16, 2022 09:13 PM (TGFWQ)

310 298 Yeah, Whig. I really like reloading rifle cartridges because, for the most part, an over charge will immediately result in a messy bench.
That fine flaked bullseye could just fill up a pistol case.
I wonder if the original black powder loads filled up a lot more space.

Posted by: RI Red

Black powder reloading is easy as you load to case capacity then seat the bullet. Keep some smokeless Trail Boss on hand for old firearms that is much the same way.

I generally reload handguns with a turret press but have an RCBS powder checker die installed (I don't prime or size on press). Rifles, I generally find more accurate loads to occupy most of the capacity of the case.

Posted by: whig at January 16, 2022 09:13 PM (dCGWj)

311 Posted by: Robert at January 16, 2022 09:10 PM (5Eb8h)
Purebreds can go for crazy/stupid amounts of money compared to your mutt from the pound. Especially if the breed is a popular one.

Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 09:15 PM (NacE+)

312 Okay, I can kind of understand stealing puppies, especially if they're pure bred.

Or maybe someone just wants to be surrounded by *good widdle boys* all the time.

Posted by: Robert at January 16, 2022 09:15 PM (d3u0D)

313 lol, that bezos post story is delicious !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 16, 2022 09:15 PM (9CuDT)

314 Why would someone want to steal a dog?
Posted by: Robert at January 16, 2022 09:10 PM (5Eb8h)


Multiculturalism!
All meat based diets are equal!

Posted by: Barky Owebama at January 16, 2022 09:16 PM (hOUT3)

315 Help gub threaders.

This week gub stuff I put a silencing buffer in my AR pistol. Also got a QD ring and single point sling for the EP9. sra blaster got that for me for my birthday but after our last outing to the range she has laid claim to it.

Also went to the range with Hrothgar to zero the Mossberg Scout. Maybe that story will appear on these pages!

Posted by: blaster at January 16, 2022 09:16 PM (mbFEM)

316 Why would someone want to steal a dog?
Posted by: Robert at January 16, 2022 09:10 PM (5Eb8h)

Happens around here a lot for some reason. Puppies especially, and labradoodles.
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards (Logan Tiberius 2012-2021) at January 16, 2022 09:13 PM (eeRB6)

Seconded, crazy weirdos and think they do it for resale in california too

Posted by: Draki at January 16, 2022 09:16 PM (TGFWQ)

317 JTB, I prefer a single stage for just that reason. Every stage the product of one action.
I don't reload to make it a production line - factory ammo can do it much better than I.
Sure, it's slower. But I'm only 29. Got lots of time left. To enjoy my craft.

Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 09:17 PM (a8b7P)

318 Howdy Weasel. Great thread again! Thanks muchly. Some nice range work on display.

Was at the range this afternoon, picking up my tempo for combat shooting. Slow fire is reliable enough, but firing off 4 rounds in 3 seconds from low ready, my fundamentals fray. Need more practice BEFORE I go to the range. Especially in locking in the upper body and with fire control. Funny how a person "fails" at a higher and higher level, repeating many of the same "faults." Oh well, at least I know them like old friends.

I've learned that 30 minutes can be a real work-out for these kinds of drills. Wears out an old guy. Also cuts down on my range bills. ;-)

Posted by: SecondCityLurker at January 16, 2022 09:17 PM (MEbkQ)

319 Why would someone want to steal a dog?

The story hints that the local leftists are after her and perhaps that's related - they tie it to people shooting at her political signs but either way, it seems a pretty good reason to be packing.

Posted by: 18-1 at January 16, 2022 09:17 PM (ESjRY)

320 The rifle reloads that can get you into trouble generally are when you use fast shotgun powders for reduced pressure cast bullet loads.

Those can be overcharged with powder easily.

Posted by: whig at January 16, 2022 09:17 PM (dCGWj)

321 Visual check on powder level in every single round seems to me fundamental in reloading. But I live in the turret press world (configured as single-stage for 30-06 loading), so there may be other verities (and equipment) for the progressive press users (I think there are).

Good lighting is very helpful, for lots of reasons. There are set-ups with LED lights right inside the press itself, but I find a movable bright bench light works fine.

One overcharge-proofing step for beginners, at least with revolver rounds, would be use of Trail Boss powder. Ain't no double charges with that.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 09:19 PM (OTzUX)

322 Posted by: SecondCityLurker at January 16, 2022 09:17 PM (MEbkQ)
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Thank you!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:19 PM (0IeYL)

323 okay, bedtime at Chateau D'Eez; g'night everyone, and thanks as always, Weasel !
say hi to them cute lil' dogs from Unca Sock !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 16, 2022 09:21 PM (9CuDT)

324 Rain and sleet, but heading out to wok the dog.

Posted by: Barry O at January 16, 2022 09:21 PM (snngm)

325 Dark as they were, loved the 1911 pics, Weasel. I harbor a place of lust for everyone I see. The redheads of the gun world ...

Posted by: SecondCityLurker at January 16, 2022 09:21 PM (MEbkQ)

326 9:20 Thank You time!

Thank You! I really appreciate you all being here and participating. Big thanks for the photography tips!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:21 PM (0IeYL)

327 Oh, the story also goes at length to present Mrs Sova as some crazy person worried about extremist government for no reason.

Meanwhile other stories in the Bezos Post:

Garland hasn't arrested Trump...yet!
We need to string up those rayciss Oath Keepers!
Mandating vaccines - why Tony Fauci should get to needle rape everyone.

Posted by: 18-1 at January 16, 2022 09:21 PM (ESjRY)

328 Rain and sleet, but heading out to wok the dog.
Posted by: Barry O at January 16, 2022 09:21 PM (snngm)


Snort!

Posted by: Diogenes at January 16, 2022 09:22 PM (axyOa)

329 317... "Sure, it's slower. But I'm only 29. Got lots of time left. To enjoy my craft."

That made me smile. One of my favorite lines is I'm not trying to be the fastest hand loader, just the oldest. :-)

That goes along with "I may be slow, but I got direction."

Posted by: JTB at January 16, 2022 09:23 PM (7EjX1)

330 Good lighting is very helpful, for lots of reasons.
Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 09:19 PM


Seems to be a theme tonight.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at January 16, 2022 09:23 PM (a3Q+t)

331 rhomboid,

RCBS has a powder checker die that is manually set and observed that works pretty well. Both RCBS and Hornady among others have powder cop dies for progressives that actually lock the press if either no powder or overcharge situations exist.

Posted by: whig at January 16, 2022 09:24 PM (dCGWj)

332 Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 16, 2022 09:21 PM (9CuDT)
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nite sock! Will do! We're currently negotiating whether or not they will go outside to pee in the wet slushy snow.

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:25 PM (0IeYL)

333 The snow and ice has crimped my cigar smoking style. I need a smoking lounge at home.

Posted by: USNtakim deplorable still. at January 16, 2022 09:26 PM (0OmEj)

334 Weasel,
Thanks for another wonderful thread. Best to you and the family. Stay dry. That is one damn cold rain falling here at the moment.

Posted by: JTB at January 16, 2022 09:26 PM (7EjX1)

335 Early to the thank yous but thanks weasel and other commenters for making the gun thread consistently excellent.

Posted by: whig at January 16, 2022 09:26 PM (dCGWj)

336 I find I am getting much better at actually seeing slow-moving bullets arcing down range - .45 and subsonic .22. It also helps with catching the trace of rifle rounds going way down range. Something about trajectories and Newton and math. But not on this blog.

Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 09:28 PM (a8b7P)

337 Weasel, thanks for everything you do. The 1911 discussions tonight got me to look over my 1911 collection. I'll start work on a gun thread submission featuring a vintage 1911 that I hope to submit in the next few weeks. See everyone next week!

Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 09:29 PM (NacE+)

338 Duncanthrax

You know I love you, right.

Can't wait till October.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 09:30 PM (U2p+3)

339 Posted by: JTB at January 16, 2022 09:26 PM (7EjX1)
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Thank you, JTB. Same to you and the missus!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:30 PM (0IeYL)

340 That Amish man at the top story on WZs must have gotten a lot of sun with the barn raisings.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at January 16, 2022 09:30 PM (dNqv+)

341 Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 09:29 PM (NacE+)
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My pleasure! Thank you!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:30 PM (0IeYL)

342 1911 COLLECTION?!?

*breathes*

LazyMessenger has a box of 1911s. I love them all. But he has one in particular.....

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 09:31 PM (U2p+3)

343 233 The snow and ice has crimped my cigar smoking style. I need a smoking lounge at home.

USNtakim, we've been using a medium sized propane Mr Heater in my friend's garage. Works better than I would have thought. Though he has no cars in the space and that helps.

Posted by: SecondCityLurker at January 16, 2022 09:31 PM (MEbkQ)

344 Posted by: whig at January 16, 2022 09:26 PM (dCGWj)
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Thank you whig, and thank you for being part of it!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:31 PM (0IeYL)

345 Yep whig I'd heard tell of such things over the years, but for me it's always an instant direct visual check on powder level, before bullet is seated. After a few rounds you get to know what the proper level looks like (some small variation between brass headstamps due to thickness variation, but easy to factor that it).

For years I weighed the charge every 10th round, anyway, as well as a random 2 or 3 others, in a 50-round run. After getting the Lee Auto-Drum, I found it so consistent and reliable that now I only randomly weigh 3 or 4 rounds per 50. Of course all are visually checked, any apparent anomalies = weighing charge.

30-06 totally different, single stage process, with 4064 I was throwing 50 charges then checking/correcting about every 4th or 5th one, all visually checked of course. With TAC, it may be a bit easier, stuff meters like sand, so, very consistent powder throws likely. We'll see.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 09:31 PM (OTzUX)

346 "Those can be overcharged with powder easily."

That can be a real problem.

Posted by: Hunter at January 16, 2022 09:33 PM (vrz2I)

347 Weasel, Thank you-informative and entertaining as always.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 09:33 PM (nbpZs)

348 Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 09:33 PM (nbpZs)
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Thank you for being here, my friend.

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:35 PM (0IeYL)

349 Well, time to wind down. Upstairs pipes still frozen from sub zero last week, blizzard coming to northern NH tomorrow. Gosh, I love it up here!
And it is a free country. If my hands weren't frozen I'd be outside shooting' sh*t!
Thanks, weasel, as always.

Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 09:36 PM (a8b7P)

350 Posted by: RI Red at January 16, 2022 09:36 PM (a8b7P)
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Appreciate your being here each week, amigo!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:37 PM (0IeYL)

351 Weasel, adding my thanks here. No weather excuse here (duh), but also no cigar de jour for this gun thread. Just way the day worked out - and I only burn 'em in the afternoon. But will probably do it tomorrow, and then it'll be an Oliva Serie V Melanio, the little No. 4 petite corona.

Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 09:37 PM (OTzUX)

352 Need a place to smoke?

Under the Weather MyPod 1 Person Pop-up Weather Pod. Or one for 2. Put a space heater in and you're good to go.

Only half serious. These seem like a gimmick to me. Sold under cover of COVID "personal bubbles" or some such shit.

YMMV.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 16, 2022 09:38 PM (BFigT)

353 Posted by: nurse ratched at January 16, 2022 09:31 PM (U2p+3)
Collection is right, nurse. I've got my bookends to a century of history: an M1911 delivered in 1912 to Springfield Armory, and a decommissioned M45A1 delivered to the USMC circa 2014. Got a lot of holes in the middle, though.

Posted by: Ed L at January 16, 2022 09:38 PM (NacE+)

354 Posted by: rhomboid at January 16, 2022 09:37 PM (OTzUX)
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My pleasure! Enjoy the cigar!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:38 PM (0IeYL)

355 Weasel, my sun raises and sets with you my dear friend.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 09:40 PM (nbpZs)

356 Neighbor just gifted me with a contraband Romeo y Julieta seegar, but I'll have to study the metal tube and get back to y'all with it's nomenclature. Via his trip to his native Colombia, so it's likely authentic, and not a typical Mexico Tourista El Fako.

Any Gun Thread featuring a 1911 is a Bestest Gun Thread. The 1911 does so many things right, and so few things even mildly resembling "wrong", it came close to perfection, more than a hundred years past.

I'll check out of the thread here, and make a brief visit to the ONT, but then it'll be right to the snoozer. That 0330 alarm is gonna be a bitch.

Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at January 16, 2022 09:41 PM (QzJWU)

357 Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 16, 2022 09:38 PM (BFigT)
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I have a perfectly good covered front porch, but for some reason was trying to huddle under the back eave. I'm kind of stupid sometimes.

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:41 PM (0IeYL)

358 Posted by: Jim at January 16, 2022 09:41 PM (QzJWU)
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Enjoy it, brother!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:42 PM (0IeYL)

359 Posted by: Ben Had at January 16, 2022 09:40 PM (nbpZs)
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{{{BH}}}

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:43 PM (0IeYL)

360 I'm kind of stupid sometimes.

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:41 PM (0IeYL)

Let's swap Food Thread and Gun Thread and see how stupid both of us really are.

It would approach the ignorance singularity.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 16, 2022 09:48 PM (Q9lwr)

361 357 Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 16, 2022 09:38 PM (BFigT)
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I have a perfectly good covered front porch, but for some reason was trying to huddle under the back eave. I'm kind of stupid sometimes.
Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:41 PM (0IeYL)
Yeah but on the front porch you have to wear pants. Good night all. Time for nyquilt.

Posted by: Eromero at January 16, 2022 09:48 PM (0OP+5)

362 > I have a perfectly good covered front porch, but for some reason was trying to huddle under the back eave. I'm kind of stupid sometimes.

I hear you. I don't have anyplace that's warm when the weather's lousy. The garage is not insulated and today it was all of 28 degrees in there. Not fun. My wife suggested one of those little Amish buildings.... I'm seriously considering it.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at January 16, 2022 09:48 PM (BFigT)

363
It would approach the ignorance singularity.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 16, 2022 09:48 PM (Q9lwr)
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Ha!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:49 PM (0IeYL)

364 Posted by: Eromero at January 16, 2022 09:48 PM (0OP+5)
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Good point!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:50 PM (0IeYL)

365 It would approach the ignorance singularity.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 16, 2022 09:48 PM (Q9lwr)
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Ha!
Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:49 PM (0IeYL)


Whatever you do, don't cross the streams!

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar ~ Lay back and think of the sweet graft! ~ at January 16, 2022 09:51 PM (hOUT3)

366 And Weasel, as usual, thanks for the gun thread. Always fascinating and educational!

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar ~ Lay back and think of the sweet graft! ~ at January 16, 2022 09:52 PM (hOUT3)

367 Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar ~ Lay back and think of the sweet graft! ~ at January 16, 2022 09:52 PM (hOUT3)
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Thank you! Happy to have you here and glad you're enjoying it!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:53 PM (0IeYL)

368 La la-la la-la.

*drums fingers*

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:55 PM (0IeYL)

369 Looks like I missed a thread winner evening.

Posted by: Braenyard at January 16, 2022 09:55 PM (U9XSa)

370 *stacking chairs*

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:56 PM (0IeYL)

371 Posted by: Braenyard at January 16, 2022 09:55 PM (U9XSa)
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Still have 3 minutes!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:57 PM (0IeYL)

372 Lighting from light boxes tends to be very diffused. Whenever I photograph items in a lightbox like this, unless it has a lot of reflective surfaces, I use a use a light ring attached to my camera lens which provides a little bit of directional light to help bring up surface detail. The other thing to do is to make sure you are shooting in RAW format not JPEG that way you can properly edit the photo in programs like lightroom and photoshop which will give you a lot more tools and options to bring the detail in an item out, even if the lighting in an image is a bit average.

Posted by: Matt at January 16, 2022 09:58 PM (+fE+j)

373 I have one of those personality types that needs some sort of "unicorn" to be searching for, whether its a guitar or a gun or something else. I'm currently loving the reviews for the new Springfield Armory SA-35. Its Springfield's new/improved take on the Browning Hi-power. Its a "unicorn" because it seems as if nobody at all has it available for purchase!

Posted by: Crusader at January 16, 2022 09:59 PM (Cjcf6)

374 Posted by: Matt at January 16, 2022 09:58 PM (+fE+j)
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Great suggestion, Matt. Thanks! I definitely need to work on it some more!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 09:59 PM (0IeYL)

375 It would approach the ignorance singularity.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 16, 2022 09:48 PM


Bah. It wouldn't even register on the picoKohn scale, much less the milliKohn one.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at January 16, 2022 10:00 PM (a3Q+t)

376

Ze ONT, she iss NOOD!

Posted by: Zettai at January 16, 2022 10:02 PM (fVT3+)

377 ONT is up! Enjoy the rest of your evening and have a great week. Hope to see you here again next Sunday!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 10:02 PM (0IeYL)

378 We don't like to get our paws wet, boss, in case you haven't noticed.

Posted by: WD & FSJ at January 16, 2022 10:02 PM (a3Q+t)

379 The poor photo of the gun is caused because your background is too light. To pull out the black revolver detail place in on a darker background.

Regarding Kentucky flintlocks I have always wanted to order a flintlock from the Williamsburg VA gunsmith shop, but now that I can afford one the wait is probably longer than my remaining life on earth.
http://gunshop.20m.com/Prices.html

Posted by: John at January 16, 2022 10:08 PM (1FTXV)

380 Photographing dark gun on light surface:
Plan A: crank up the light in your light box to max; increase f-stop on camera to 9 or 11; adjust the ISO setting to get a good exposure of the weapon---rather than the light surface of the background---start at 100 and systematically work your way up, as needed; if you can shrink the walls of the light box so that they are closer to the subject, do it; examine your results; if they're good, you win; if not, on to plan B.
Plan B: Make your own light box; You can use the sun or a 5500 K LED light source; Get a piece or two of white foam core from a crafting store or, possibly, Wal-Mart; construct a three sided structure, and place it on top of another piece of white foam core (think three walls and a floor); place the light where the fourth wall should be; place weapon in "the room"; repeat photo procedure from. Plan A; how'd you do?; still not good? Grrrrrrr....; Plan C...
Plan C: contact me via my client "contact me" form, and we'll figure out how/when to walk you through this challenge.

Posted by: lssmithphotography at January 16, 2022 10:12 PM (t10CA)

381 Posted by: lssmithphotography at January 16, 2022 10:12 PM (t10CA)
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Thank you!

Posted by: Weasel at January 16, 2022 10:19 PM (0IeYL)

382 Just my 2 cents worth on the photo question. Dark objects on light backgrounds can be tricky. I'd put the guns on something like a grey T-shirt or maybe something like blue jeans or a mid toned towel. As someone else noted earlier, the bright white of the background can confuse the metering/exposure of the camera. Most cameras have an auto exposure lock (AEL). If your camera has a spot metering mode, I'd do a spot meter on the gun itself, lock the exposure with the AEL button, then frame up the shot. Also, putting the light at an angle will help. Straight on light reduces any shadows that may result from surface detail, making the picture look flat and uninteresting.

Posted by: EddieRock at January 16, 2022 10:56 PM (SXDs6)

383 I quickly scanned the comments, and I see a lot of talk about light. Let me add my two cents.

Photographing matte black objects is difficult - for a good image, you are not photographing the item, but the shadows. You need a directional light. Bright stand light adjust angle and brightness and play around.
Meter on the gun (I almost always use center spot metering as a starting point - the automatic crap is great 95% of the time but the other 5% it really sucks.)

Also, rub the gun with kriol (the oil that creeps!) to get some highlights and not that seafoam crap.

Posted by: Gentlemen, this is junta manifest at January 16, 2022 11:16 PM (wFO/v)

384 Oh yeah, I watched those video from last week.
It looks like the best oils can give a 10% decrease in required torque (but the number of samples was low, and the deviation high, so even that is probably bull.)

My father taught me that I can get 20% increase in torque on the wrench just by proper use of curse words.

Posted by: Gentlemen, this is junta manifest at January 16, 2022 11:22 PM (wFO/v)

385 Posted by: EddieRoc

I swear I posted my comment before I saw yours, but I agree! I had the tab open a while before I responded.
I almost said the same thing and only saw your comment after I posted.

Posted by: Gentlemen, this is junta manifest at January 16, 2022 11:24 PM (wFO/v)

386 Your broken .22 rifle is some variation of the Marlin Model 60. New recoil springs are in stock at MCARBO.COM for ten bucks. Once cleaned and lubed, that rifle should turn out to be one of the most reliable and fun .22s ever made.

Posted by: Silverbear at January 17, 2022 08:04 AM (7Tpvl)

387 Marlin model 60 on the mystery gun.

Posted by: Calcular at January 17, 2022 11:18 AM (+OZQ3)

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