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    Chris Martin

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  1. I am interested in the Masterclass membership in exchange for a donation to the forum. How can we proceed, sir ? 



      I just need your full name and e-mail address.  Thank you,


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      Great, I’ll send the information to masterclass. Let me know if there are any issues. Thank you.

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  3. Edit: Content removed after consideration of the implications. Instead, please watch this Ted Talk about Covid-19:
  4. Not true! This threat applies to diabetics, anyone with high blood pressure, anyone immune compromised such as transplant patients or those on chemotherapy for cancer. And everyone can be affected if our hospitals run out of supplies and equipment. Edit: some comments removed so as to not upset anyone.
  5. I am on the Covid-19 Preparedness Committee at our local hospital, and I've lost track of how many meetings we have had. On Friday, we had a retired physician from the CDC come and speak with us. She has decades of experience, and she was intimately involved with dealing with Ebola and SARS. She mentioned something I had not thought of, and it helped explain the draconian methods being used in our country. They are trying to eliminate the threat of Covid-19 so we aren't having to deal with it year after year like the flu. They are trying to eradicate this disease from our country, and it is looking that is still possible. The reports coming out of Italy are terrifying. They are running out of supplies and equipment. The doctors there are being faced with horrific ethical dilemmas. 1/20 people with Covid-19 need a ventilator, and the people are having to spend 2-4 weeks on the vent. They are running out of ventilators but not patients. People are being sent home to die. Because a lot of our supplies come from China, we are faced with the real possibility of running out of supplies like gowns, masks, gloves, etc. Right now we have a limited number of N-95 masks which prevent the passage of this virus. And we may have to face the possibility of shutting down our OR for elective cases. We are also trying to figure out how to get more negative pressure rooms to handle the potential influx of Covid-19+ patients. We are trying to figure out how to isolate these patients from everyone else and still be able to care for critically ill patients without Covid. Our hospital has only one ICU so we are looking at using either our Emergency Department or our OR's recovery room as a non-Covid ICU. Plant Ops is looking at knocking holes in the wall or replacing windows in the ICU rooms without negative pressure to install fans to make them negative pressure. Our operating rooms have positive pressure ventilation so we are trying to figure out how to address that. We are also having discussions on how we are going to handle a situation when/if we run out of ventilators. It's an ethical nightmare for us. And we are also having to deal with the situation of what to do if our doctors, nurses and support staff become ill. There are two surgeons here. I am one of them. What happens if we both get sick? Our CDC guest lecturer told us we may just have to work while we are sick and do our best not to infect people. Doesn't that sound like fun? While people are being inconvenienced with the potential of missing a match, please try to put your frustration into perspective. We are dealing with a real threat that has disastrous implications.
  6. There are many myths and misinformation being circulated regarding COVID-19. Please visit these sites for accurate and credible information: For the latest updates on COVID-19, please visit: · Iowa Department of Public Health - https://idph.iowa.gov/ · Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/ Johns Hopkins University- https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 - good site for current #s around the world · World Health Organization (WHO) - https://www.who.int/
  7. I wouldn't get in the habit of putting magazines in pouches if they aren't full. I learned that mistake the hard way once.
  8. Troupe, Thank you for taking the time to post this...very helpful. I am somewhat familiar with Clark Custom. Years ago a guy I shot with asked me to do some trigger work on his Clark Custom 1911. It was one of the nicest built 1911s I had ever seen, and I ended up not doing anything to it. Everything was perfect on the gun so I put it back together and gave the guy his gun back. After reading all the feedback on this thread, I think I'm going to see about getting the breech welded up. Thank you to everyone that helped me through this. Chris
  9. I appreciate this advice. Even though I'd never sell this 1911 because it is my first one, I don't like the idea of the plug coming loose. With tig welding, I'm not sure how the gunsmith is going smooth everything out. And I don't want him changing the hood to breech dimension. I have been struggling with this decision. If the gun didn't have sentimental value to me, I'd do this. This gun has put a lot of trophies on the wall (with some help from me), and I really want to keep it as original as possible. Plus this gun runs really well and I'm superstitious.
  10. They offered to reimburse me for the repairs. I have not done this, but when I do, I will likely go with Clark Custom to have the breech drilled out and have them install a hardened steel plug. Initially I was told they could not make the repair. Then a couple of weeks later, I received an e-mail from Justin Clark indicating that he believed he could get it repair. He said he would have to see it first which I think is reasonable. The other option is to have it micro-tig welded. Option three is to send the gun back to Les Baer to have another slide fit to the gun. The gun I built is going to get left alone. I spent 16 days with Bob Marvel building that gun over a course of 5 months. It's not going anywhere. I'm not letting anyone touch that pistol. The damage is minor so I think I will just live with it for now.
  11. Winchester has finally made right on their promise to take the primers back and reimburse me. After a 4+ month ordeal of numerous e-mails and phone calls, they sent me a check in November. I greatly appreciate those that helped me through this process. Chris
  12. You would be horrified to learn how difficult it can be to stop an arterial bleed without the right equipment. A boresnake is really bad idea.
  13. I agree with this. The erosion I saw happened on one day with two pistols. One of the pistols was one I had just finished building, and I have photos of the build. I am certain of the cause. Regardless of what Winchester is claiming, the primers they sold me caused this problem. I have used this round for over 15 years with multiple 1911s. The only problems I have had in the distant past were with my Les Baer. The pistol I built on a Nighthawk Custom platform had erosion after 43 rounds. The load I'm using is 4.6 grains of WST, OAL 1.25", .470 crimp and a 230g RN Zero bullet. Depending on the temperature, it makes 168,000 - 173,000 power factor. I doubt I'm having pressure issues with this load. The only variable I have not taken into consideration is using mixed brass. However, I have used other Winchester primers from a different lot without any problems.
  14. Thank you. I have been in contact with Winchester, and the lot number of my primers was not on their list (so they say). They are still agreeable to take them back.
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