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  1. 2 hours ago, SGT_Schultz said:


    For old and/or frail people

    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.

  2. 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.   

  3. 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 Healthhttps://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/

  4. 7 hours ago, troupe said:

    I can vouch for Jim Milks on the welding. 




    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.



  5. 10 hours ago, ltdmstr said:

    I'd go with the TiG welding vs a plug in the breech face.  The weld will be permanent and your slide will be one piece.  With the plug, there's always a chance it will come loose or cause other problems.  Also, with the weld, I don't think you'd have any problem selling it if you decide to.  With the plug, most people aren't going to want to go anywhere near it.


    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.


    9 hours ago, Ming the Merciless said:

    If Winchester is going to reimburse you for the repairs, I would send it to Les Baer and have them put on a new slide.  Their repair turn around time is very good.


    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.

  6. 11 hours ago, louu said:

    Glad they finally took care of you. Did you get the slide fixed, If so what option did you go with?


    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.

  7. On 10/4/2019 at 9:19 PM, Dranoel said:


    I'd want to find the source of the problem, not a fix for the symptoms.


    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.

  8. On 9/27/2019 at 11:30 AM, Sparky said:

    Hey Chris,

    It was good to hear from you the other day.  I know you are a Doctor and I would appreciate any advise you can

    give me (anyone else here reading these posts).  I do not touch the banana or granola bars I eat at the range.

    I wash hands, if I can't then I wipe them with a D-Lead wipe.  And I do not sweep up brass.  I do run the clock

    too much, but since I am no longer shooting indoors, that will stop.  My lead was 33.5 in Feb.   Stopped shooting

    indoors and did things my Dr suggested I do.  Had it checked again in Aug and it had dropped to 24.9.  Going to

    keep up with the stuff I am doing (no indoor, wear gloves when reloading, using coated bullets, using a mask

    when dumping my tumbled brass, changing shoes even from outdoor shooting and cleaning my hands with

    D-Lead wipes).  Will have my yearly physical in March with blood work and hoping for the lead lever to go down again.

    On a side note a Shooting Buddy of mine who is 76 (I'm 70) got his lead level checked and his results were 16.

    He sweeps up the brass in the indoor range we shoot at?  Another BE member who may be a Doctor said that the

    drop I had was no bad as lead leaves our system slowly.





    I am sending you a PM.


  9. Every few years the American College of Surgeons comes out with a SESAP program for surgeons.  This stands for Self Education Self-Assessment Program, and it an intensive course covering a multitude of topics encountered by a General Surgeon.


    The topic of tourniquets came up.  This is from the American College of Surgeons:


    The purpose of the tourniquet is to stop arterial inflow and prevent ongoing hemorrhage. Inappropriately applied, tourniquets may actually increase bleeding due to inadequate arterial occlusion and increased venous congestion. A concern with the use of tourniquets is nerve and muscle injury. Appropriate application and removal of tourniquets is not associated with muscle and nerve damage but does reduce deaths from bleeding. The principles of the proper application of tourniquets include the following:

    ·         Only use tourniquets for potentially life-threatening extremity bleeding.

    ·         Set the tourniquet at the lowest possible pressure needed to effectively stop hemorrhage.

    ·         Place the tourniquet as close to the wound as possible.

    ·         Keep meticulous tourniquet time, because tourniquet time should be minimized, ideally not exceeding 2 hours.

    ·         Use side-by-side or wide tourniquets to minimize tissue damage and for large wounds.

    Once at the hospital, the tourniquet should be released only in a controlled setting such as an operating room.

    Tourniquet use is not associated with increased limb loss.


  10. If you need to reach Winchester about any problems with gun damage, primer issues, etc., this is the name and number nobody at Winchster will tell you:




    618.258.2738 (Direct Line)


    It took me three weeks to get this intel.  They dodged me.  Didn't return calls.  Played dumb.  Excuse after another.  It was quite irritating but persistence paid off.

  11. 2008 S&W Winter Nationals.


    I shot a stage.  As the SO and I headed to the right to score targets, people on my squad started pasting targets from the left before I could see my hits.  I was told I had 5 misses on three targets.  I never saw all the targets before they were pasted.  The targets were close, and I won the accuracy title in 2007.  I was shooting Master Class in CDP at the time, and I've never had 5 mikes on a stage.  I got screwed over.  It pissed me off so bad, I packed up my gear and left.  I've never been back.

  12. 18 hours ago, shred said:

    FWIW, they now have a home-test for the low-risk people where you basically crap in a box and ship that to a lab to be tested.  Comes back negative, you can skip the scope for a while-- know there is a fairly large false-positive rate though.



    Here is a link to more information: https://www.cologuardtest.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9qj8l__u4wIVS77ACh3sHwAoEAAYASAAEgLI5_D_BwE


    The false positive issue isn't a big deal as long as you follow up with a colonoscopy.  The problem I have with this test are the false negatives.  What should you do if your cologuard test is negative?  Is it really negative?


    The gold standard is a colonoscopy.  I don't trust the at home test.

  13. 3 minutes ago, SteelCityShooter said:

    If I were in the market for a new Dillon, I think I'd wait before buying a 750.  Any new product is going to have teething problems and I wouldn't want to be a Beta tester for the 750.  The XL650 is a known quantity with its strengths and minor weaknesses well established so you know what you are getting.   The 750 has yet to prove itself.


    My thoughts exactly.  I called Dillon yesterday.  They told me they still have some 650s in stock, but I am not sure I am going to go that route given the problems I've had with the 650 in the past.  I actually like the 550 priming system.  It's finicky, but I can work with that.  The 650 priming system used to send me into a fit of rage.  I know guys here like it just fine, but my experience wasn't that.

  14. On 1/22/2017 at 6:18 AM, narwhal said:

    I was wondering how people deal with a really poor match result?  


    I just got destroyed two weekends ago by a CDP Sharpshooter.  I used to shoot in the CDP Division as a Master, and I usually won.  Then I took a 9 year sabbatical after I went to an egregiously dangerous major match.  That match was so disturbing to me that I took a step back.  There was also a thread on this forum that was started about ten years ago about a guy that injured his hand very badly while reloading.  I don't recall there ever being a consensus as to what or how it happened.  Since I am a Surgeon and my hands are very important to me, I didn't touch my reloading machine for a decade.


     I decided to get back into shooting a few months ago.  I suck right now.  I suck really bad.  I miss targets, my flinch is back, I have brain farts, etc.  The rules have changed.  The scoring system has changed.  There are some obstacles I need to deal with.


    For me a bad match result is not as demoralizing because I know what I am capable of, and more importantly, I know what I need to do to get there.  There was a thread on this forum that  I remember following about what you would do if you could no longer be competitive.  That thread has haunted me because as I get older I worry that I may have peaked.  Now I can look forward to competing in the Senior Citizen category in a few years!  I'll just work to be the fastest geezer at the range!


    People are either fighters or they are quitters. My attitude is you haven't failed until you have given up.

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