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  1. Reliable 30 rnd. mags= necessity. Sometimes carbine mags are more finnicky than AR mags, and the inconsistencies in non-military guns doesn't help matters. I can personally recommend any of the GM carbines and Winchesters, but the latter are getting awfully hard to find. I personally favor the adjustable ramp over the earlier aperature as well, but I s'pose that can more or less be a matter of personal preference. You get a bit more precise zero, but the ranges marked on the sight are for this little gun, well... academic. More abstract, really. Shooting the carbine over 200 yards requires previous experience with mortars and other things similairly high-angle.

  2. You know, i just realized something. I haven't shot an IDPA match in almost a year. Guess I won't miss my membership after all.

    A good friend of mine almost convinved me to shoot that match with him this year, but I didn't. Saved myself both money and headaches, even though it meant a missed opportunity to go home and see friends. I've enjoyed playing with different disciplines and piddling about with different guns this year- I think I'll hang with that. IDPA did teach me something, though- I check out clubs pretty thoroughly before I shoot at them these days.

  3. Yesterday I had a "discussion" with an individual who strongly asserted the the 1911 was unsafe because the thumb safety did nothing but block the trigger bow and prevent the slide from moving. I tried to explain that the thumb safety phisically prevented movement of the sear in addition to keeping the slide locked. I was then informed that this was only on series 80 guns (WTF?) and that the thumb safety had nothing to do with the sear, and it was heavily implicated that due to my relative youth I had no idea what I was talking about. I know how the sear-disconnector-trigger-hammer-series 80 safety parts group works, but I've never thought about how the thumb safety works other than when engaged it blocks the movement of one of these components. So, two questions:

    1. Was I not right, or does the notch in the safety block the hammer?

    2. Where can I find that STI animation program where you can see how the parts physically engage in a Mac format?

  4. Wow- since we're going to scope He-man and tactical iron since the military does it, does that mean I can use scopes for DCM?

    Irons are a challenge. It's hard and not everyone can do it- that's the point. Glass takes a good part of the challenge out. I'm all for allowing it as a seperate class, division or whatever in addition to an iron-sighted equivalent. Getting rid of Irons, though, is getting a bit "common man" -ish, as Col. Cooper might say.

  5. I actually did this once. I mistakenly left a carry mag in the drop pocket in my vest, then accidentally yanked it out instead of a reload-retained mag when I ran dry later (illegal, long stage). Imagine my suprise when I was suddenly shooting 230 gr. GDHps instead of 200 gr LSWC. Nobody tried to give me a procedural until after the match- someone happened to remember it after scores were posted and I won. Irritating.

  6. Looks like a neat time. A buddy of mine mentioned this to me just after he got back from being downrange, but it turns out it takes real money to get out there...

    As for the launching an AD out into the wild blue to land who knows where, take a walk through Hatcher's Notebook. It seems the Army investigated the issue of how much damage a bullet fired vertically would cause on impact some time ago.

  7. I used to 3G with a carbine. The matches we had locally were all CQB-100 yds. so range wasn't an issue; the breaking point was cycling time. The M1 cycles soooo much slower than the AR it isn't funny. I didn't realize how bad it was until my wife took pictures of me shooting prone from over my shoulder. She had one that showed the last spent case almost three feet away from the gun as it was just about to lock back up.

    In addition, most mag catches are tight and mags really have to be licked pretty good to seat. And I'm not sure it makes major unless you're at one of "those" clubs that calls any .30 rifle major.

  8. I chalk this up to the urbanization or feminization of man.


    Oh, for cryin' out loud, get a grip, guys. Babies aren't found behind cabbages or dropped gently by a stork. If you can shoot and process a deer, you can deal with a bit of childbirth. It's Life. Hell, on some occasions men find themselves in a situation to heroically help deliver their wives' babies... then feel an immense amount of pride in their participation and that they had what it took to do it. A true, decent man would do this when called upon.

    +1, again.

    A few months ago we went camping with a couple from MD. Wife is a friend of my wife- good, sensible, open-minded Jewish girl. Not pro-gun, but open to discussion. All around good kid. Husband... prominent Baltimore family, folks paid for private high school, UMD. Useless in the woods. Shocked that I was (gasp!) carrying knife, tomahawk and even a gun in the middle of nowhere- with extra ammunition! And I, being the knuckle-dragging savage that I am, slept with it within arm's reach! Shocked I spent most of the days getting wood, practicing fire-building, cooking, sharpening knives and tomahawks dulled from the day's work, hiking afield to find water and (gasp!) bathing in a river. He finally tried to man-up and section out a few mid-sized bits of deadfall I brought in. Wife was amazed that I knew how to do all these things. Being a WNC mountain boy, I was amazed the husband hadn't learned these things by the time he was ten. Husband was irritated. My wife was...proud.

    The sad thing is that the husband's type is the future of urban America. It hasn't always been so, however. His dad- an awesome guy, BTW- spent a few years working cattle in Idaho after he finished Harvard. Even the elites of his day recognizes that a young man needed both a strong spine and constitution to succeed in the world, not an elitist attitude and soft hands.

  9. Duggan's Law of Scholarly Research

    The most valuable quotation will be the one for which you cannot determine the source.

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAGH! This is actually true far to often. Why did you have to post all these right now, with the fall semester only two weeks away!!!! Especially since I just found out I have two classes of ninth graders!!! :wacko:

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