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  1. 11 points
    I think that most of us realize commemorative firearms aren’t the instant collectible that some people feel they are. In fact, often times the commemorative firearms sell for less than the non-commemorative counterparts – if there is one. Not always true, but if you choose wisely you can end up with a fancy shooter, or a gun that actually does appreciate faster than its non-commemorative counterparts. I crossed the line from being just a purchaser and user of firearms to being a collector in the early part of last year. I came to that realization when I found myself buying guns that I just liked, but had little to no intention of ever shooting, and I’ve been making up for lost time ever since. My first commemorative was purchased solely as a shooter and because the price was more than right. It was a Texas Wagon Train / Texas Sesquicentennial commemorative – a 5” N-frame in .44-40. I like N-frames, especially those with 5” barrels and like calibers that start with a “4”. I got this gun for a song and it was the gun only, no nifty presentation case. It had terrific stocks on it, which I promptly removed and replaced with a Hogue wooden monogrip. I did shoot it some, but it ultimately ended up back in the safe. When I made the transition to collector, I reinstalled the presentation stocks and found the correct case on the Internet. Even piecing it together like that I’m in it for about half of the current going rate. Here it is… My next commemorative purchase was a PASP Model 19-4 – not because I had any affiliation with the PASP (except for a handful of speeding tickets), but because the price was better than I could find on a 4” non-commemorative 19-4. I could keep it as a shooter or as a bargain collectible. Here it is… Somewhere along the way I became enamored with the Heritage series of guns. I purchased several of the Lew Horton Heritage Series, but then found one that was made for Sports South. It did not come in the correct PC aluminum case – instead, it was shipped in a presentation case meant for another firearm – a 1988 Model 629-1 Iditarod Commemorative. I started doing some research on that issue and found that while the case, and even the barrel, said that 1000 of these guns were made, in actuality, the bank failed before the entire thousand gun contract was completed. In fact only 545 of these were made. I endeavored to find a gun only to go with the case that serendipitously came to me. When it rains it pours – I didn’t find a lone gun sans case, I found two consecutively numbered guns that came with everything – cases, boxes, docs, tools, everything. Again they were at a price about equivalent to what you would pay for a regular 629-1. So now I have two complete commemoratives and one extra presentation case. The next commemorative came as a result of me exploring a major auction company. In my perusal of various on-line “for sale” and auction sites I had come across an Elmer Keith 29-3 commemorative. This was one of the regular issue ones with the wooden stocks and it was “spendy” – not outrageously so, considering the embellishments and who it honored. I was sorely tempted. A little further on in the listings I came across another Keith commemorative from the same vendor, only this was one of the Deluxe Additions (the first 100 of the 2500 made that had increased gold embellishments plus real, pre-ban, elephant ivory stocks. Pretty much as the SCSW IV states, they wanted double the amount they were asking for the standard edition. That was too rich for my blood. So I was looking through the catalog of the major upcoming auction and they actually had three Elmer Keith editions – two standards and one deluxe sandwiched between the two. Somebody at that auction company goofed as they all had the same auction estimates. I put in an absentee bid at $100 over the high estimate for the deluxe version. I was watching the auction streaming on my computer. The first standard version came up and got hammered at $100 over high estimate. At that point I figured I was toast – somebody out there had to realize that the deluxe version was worth considerably more than the standard that had just fetched a good price. The deluxe version came up and stalled and then got hammered at the high estimate – which meant that I had won it for $100 less than the standard version. I was ecstatic. Full disclaimer, this was the gun only and did not have the original presentation case with it – it had gone missing in the intervening 35 years. Not to worry, I found a woodworker who specializes in presentation cases – at more than fair prices. We went back and forth on wood types, lining colors, descriptive plaques etc and he is currently in the process of building a fantastically figured, French-fitted, walnut presentation case with a proper descriptive brass plate on the lid. Even with the auction buyer’s premium, the next day air shipping and the bespoke presentation case, I am into this gun for less than half its value. Here is the gun, a 4” Model 29-3, .44 Magnum (as is befitting of the father of the .44 Magnum. I’ll feature the gun and case in a future thread, once I receive the case – if anyone is in need of a presentation case I would be more than happy to put you in touch with this fellow. This brings us to the current week (w/o 8/30). Frustrated by missing a two gun lot at the large auction company’s August sale, I was looking for something to buy. Much searching brought me to a S&W 150th Anniversary Commemorative Model 29-8, .44 Magnum (1852 – 2002). Like the Elmer Keith gun, this one had gold embellishment, including portraits of Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson on the side plate. It was equipped with smooth Herrett (now out of business) stocks and came in a clear-topped, French-fitted presentation case. The funds for that gun are currently at the mercy of the USPS. Here is the seller’s picture of the gun and case… The acquisition of the 150th anniversary gun triggered a desire to acquire the previous anniversary issue, the issue for their 125th anniversary. I had passed on opportunities to purchase this gun many time is the past when I was shopping for “shooters”. Who wanted a .45 Colt with a short cylinder? The Model 25-3, while chambered for .45 Colt used a cylinder with the same length dimension as the .45 ACP Model 25-2. This meant that a lot of traditional, cast 250 grain bullet loads would be too long for the cylinder, unless crimped over the front driving band, rather than, properly, in the crimp groove. Now it was destined to be a safe queen and a complement to the 150th anniversary gun. I went in search of a candidate. Found one, but missed it because I was trying to leverage a better deal. Found another and got it for an even better price. I make this sound like these are out there everywhere – such is not the case. Yes you can find them aplenty, but at exorbitant cost. The really neat thing – and it was totally happenstance, neither the seller nor I realized it (he still doesn’t) at the time of the transaction – is the serial number, First, it is the only time that I have ever seen a non-numeric or alphabetic character used in a serial number – the serial prefix for these guns is “S&W” followed by four numeric characters (these were appx four years before Smith went to their current three alpha / four numeric serial format). This gun was the twelfth gun made of the run of 9,948 standard editions (there were 50 Deluxe Editions and 2 Custom Deluxe Editions). These came with a presentation case that also held a commemorative coin and a book by Roy Jinks – the company historian, called 125 years with Smith and Wesson. The gun has custom gold-filled roll marks but not the fancy gold embellishments found on the Keith gun or the 150th anniversary gun. Here is the seller’s picture of the gun and case. Funds for this one were mailed this morning. I will be applying for a Multiple Purchase Exemption for the Keith gun and the two anniversary guns. Given the times we’re living in, I have no idea how long that will take, but if I do it within the OGAM framework, it would be mid-December before I had them all. If you have managed to make it through this entire magnum opus, kudos to you. I hope you came away with an appreciation and better understanding of commemorative guns. Adios, Pizza Bob
  2. 10 points
    Gleninjersey FINALLY purchased a shotgun. Mossberg 590.
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  4. 7 points
    I'm sure I'll be disappointed, but I'm hoping there will be some decorum and people will not start celebrating a woman's death. Sure, it is an opportunity to balance the court with another constitutionalist, but let's try to be respectful.
  5. 7 points
    This isn’t quite accurate, but it is a rough interpretation of the data. .223/5.56 rounds tend to lose velocity faster and break up into smaller pieces after passing through common US building materials. Whereas handgun and buckshot/slugs tend to retain much of their mass and velocity after passing through the same barriers. As such, wounds from smaller, lighter and slower tend to be more survivable than those from bigger, heavier, and faster; ergo - AR rounds are considered a “safer” choice than shotgun or pistol rounds CONUS for use while FISHing. Realistically, a round from any firearm chambered in a defensive round has the potential to kill someone after passing through modern US construction materials. The AR rounds just tend to lose some of their “lethality” faster.
  6. 7 points
    The officer is wrong: https://www.njsp.org/firearms/transport-hollowpoint.shtml "Provided certain conditions are met, a sportsman may transport and use hollow point ammunition. There are no restrictions preventing a sportsman from keeping such ammunition at his home. N.J.S.A 2C:39-3f(1) limits the possession of hollow nose ammunition. However, there is a general exception that allows for the purchase of this ammunition but restricts the possession of it to specified locations. This exception provides that: (2) Nothing is sub section f (1) shall be construed to prevent a person from keeping such ammunition at his dwelling, premises or other land owned or possessed by him, or from carrying such ammunition from the place of purchase to said dwelling or land . . . [N.J.S.A 26:39-3g (2)]. Thus a person may purchase this ammunition and keep it within the confines of his property. Sub section f (1) further exempts from the prohibited possession of hollow nose ammunition "persons engaged in activities pursuant to N.J.S.A 2C:39-6f. . . ." N.J.S.A 26:39-3f. (1). Activities contained in N.J.S.A 26:39-6f. can be broken down as follows: A member of a rifle or pistol club organized under rules of the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and which filed its charter with the State Police; A person engaged in hunting or target practice with a firearm legal for hunting in this State; A person going directly to a target range, and; A person going directly to an authorized place for "practice, match, target, trap or skeet shooting exhibitions." As with other ammunition and firearms, a sportsman would have to comply with the provisions of N.J.S.A 2C:39-6f and g when transporting hollow nose ammunition to a target range. The ammunition should be stored in a closed and fastened container or locked in the trunk of the motor vehicle in which it is being transported. The course of travel should be as direct as possible when going to and leaving from the target range with "only such deviations as are reasonably necessary under the circumstances." N.J.S.A 2C:39-6g."
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  9. 6 points
    It would seem, the OP did not come here for a solution, but as an opportunity to whine about pinned stocks. Get over it, work the problem, move on. Oh, and also vote for the party that supports 2A.
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    Some street art in Brooklyn
  12. 6 points
    that holds true for many forms of gov't but not in a functioning republic. Her last 20yrs on the bench she was a terribly biased, jaded, tool of the left, and legislated from the bench
  13. 6 points
    Well. People die everyday. You have a limited time here. Life is not eternal unless you’re God. At that note. Good timing rbg. Trump 2020
  14. 6 points
    NJ License to Retail Firearms is now in hand!!!
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    Before there was such a thing as “action pistol” if you wanted to compete with a handgun “Bullseye” was the only game in town. It was also known as NRA Conventional Pistol and there were several formats depending on whether it was contested with one gun (NRA900) or three guns (NRA2700). There were three strings of fire: Slow fire – 10 rounds fired in ten minutes or less / Timed fire – two 5 round strings each fired in 20 seconds per string or less / Rapid fire – two 5 round strings fired in 10 seconds per string or less. This was repeated three times with each gun for a total of 270 rounds fired and a possible perfect score of 2700. The match was contested using three guns, a rimfire gun, a centerfire gun and a .45 caliber gun. I have been using the past tense, but Bullseye is still contested today. There are several clubs here in NJ that compete – but it has nowhere near the popularity of the action pistol games (USPSA. IDPA, ICORE and static and knock-down steel). Since the 60’s the guns used to compete in Bullseye matches are typically semi-automatic. My father shot in a rimfire Bullseye league and this was the gun he used… A Hi-Standard Model 102 Today, even though High Standard is no longer in business (after going through several iterations) their guns are still popular. The S&W Models 41 and 46 are the cream of this crop – although there are a number of high-end European guns that could compete in this segment. New shooters just getting into the game may opt for Ruger Mark target models or its competitors. The centerfire portion may be contested with a S&W Model 52 or Walther GSP, but most competitors just shoot their accurized 1911’s for both the Centerfire and .45 portion of the match. However, back in the day, this game was contested with revolvers. This shooting is all one-handed, off-hand, standing up. Revolvers would have all been used in the single action mode. A typical Bullseye battery of the 1950’s would consist of a S&W Model K-22 for the rimfire stage. A S&W K-32 or K-38 for the centerfire stage and a S&W .45 Hand Ejector Target, Model of 1950 for the .45 stage. Quite by accident, I have managed to assemble such a battery. It started with the acquisition of a K-22 at a local auction. That was followed by the acquisition of the Model of 1950 from a private individual in the Pacific NW – I found that gun in the classifieds of a forum from that area. Once I had these two I realized I had 2/3’s of a Vintage Bullseye Battery, so I intentionally sought out the last gun and in addition to searching for this particular model, I also wanted it manufactured in my birth year. I was successful in finding one on one of the large Internet auction sites. So here is my Vintage Bullseye Battery… Left to right: .45 Hand Ejector Target, Model of 1950. This is an N-frame gun with a 6.5” light (tapered) barrel. Bullseye shooters of the time complained that the light barrel did not hold as well as a heavier barrel. There complaints resulted in the heavy barrel Model of 1955, although the 1950 Model was produced through 1961. The entire production of the 1950 model – from 1950 to 1961 was fewer than 2800 units. This gun was manufactured in 1952. When model numbers were assigned in 1957-58 the .45 1950 became the Model 26 and the HB 1955 became the Model 25. Next is the K-38 Masterpiece, which became the vaunted Model 14. It has a 6” barrel. This one, according to the original owner, was sent back to S&W and had the front sight undercut. This gun also is a great example of Smith’s bright blue finish (as opposed to the standard blue exhibited on the following gun). This gun was manufactured in 1951. The third gun is a K-22 Masterpiece. The Masterpiece guns had ribs on the barrels and they varied in dimension so that the weights of the centerfire and rimfire guns could be matched. There was another K-22 of the time called the Outdoorsman that didn’t sport the target rib. This is also 6” barrel with the original Patridge front sight. This gun was manufactured in 1950. All three of the above guns are equipped with target stocks equipped with a flared base and a thumb-shelf that aided the one-handed grip. The grip on the .45 is rather unusual because it is a Fitz grip and is contemporary with the gun. Fitz was a well-known and popular grip manufacturer of the time. But they were known for their synthetic grips – read that “plastic”. To find a set of wooden ones is unusual. Further research revealed they made some rather interesting wooden target grips. I have seen pictures of grips with a basket-weave pattern carved in them. Adios, Pizza Bob
  17. 6 points
    @Smokin .50 - No! Sorry, you can't copy & paste that. Goodness, that's not a proper article! It's full of "remembered" data and too much personal commentary. But, I agree the "seeds" of an article are there. I'm not sure what good it will do, but you want an article and think it can be of use... dammit, I'll give you an article! (LOL) You've certainly asked enough times, and I've felt bad that I didn't comply. (To be fair though, life threw a LOT of difficult personal situations at me the last couple of years...). I'll set aside some time this week to re-crunch the numbers. Then I'll edit it up, put a title on it, add a nice visual or 2 with captions, and I'll send it to you by the end of next week. Hang tight....
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  20. 5 points
    I agree. All of mine are 20rd with the exception of a few 15rd and one 5rd from when I was a subject of NJ. The 20rd mags just look right.
  21. 5 points
    After 20+ years seniority as Yankees Season ticket holder, I painfully canceled my tickets and closed my account (lost all the perks that came with it, kids running the bases, play catch in the outfield etc). I watch sports to forget and escape from all the nonsense going on and my problems for 2-3 hours. Alas, even in baseball politics are front and center spammed all over our face. I don't want to enrichen the pockets of these spoiled brats who don't know any civics or how our country works. No one kneels to the flag and I don't care who you are! If we want the teams to be serious people need to stop watching or hurt them with their pockets. Thank you and God Bless!
  22. 5 points
    This means that the hammer is not cocked back. You should be able to use the takedown pins to open it up. Despite what the NFAC head guy says, AR15s are not known for slam firing :P It should still always be pointed in a safe direction, however.
  23. 5 points
    There’s a little back story behind this gumbo... I can’t believe this was 40 years ago, but starting when I was a young man of about 14, I spent my summers working on the Mississippi river, aboard the towboats, pushing barges full of petrochemical products up and down the lower river. I started off as a deckhand, and after a while, I sat for my ‘tankermans’ license. I was in charge of loading liquid cargo, like gasoline, toluene, and other petrochemicals into barges. I think I was about 16. Later, when I turned 18, I sat for my inland pilots license exam. I worked as a relief pilot on and off for a few years, mostly holidays and summers, while I was in college. While I was working aboard the M/V Dixie Power, there was an old Cajun cook aboard the boat. He was from the bayous of south Louisiana. For the life of me, I can’t remember his name, (hell, I don’t think I could pronounce it), but he used to make this gumbo for the crew about once a week. I loved it..and he taught me how to make it. While he didn’t teach me ALL his gumbo secrets, he taught me enough to be dangerous. So, in the spirit of that old Cajun, let’s make a gumbo!!! Just like most all Cajun cooking, first, you make a roux. Not just any roux, for a proper gumbo, you want a nice, chocolate colored roux. The best way to do this, so you’re not stirring it forever, is in the oven. It’s a (mostly) hands off process. Heat your oven to 350°. Take 2 cups of AP flour, and 1.5 cups vegetable oil, and whisk them together until smooth in your cast iron skillet. Stick this in the oven, and give it a good stir every 20 mins or so. Should take 2 to 2 1/2 hours, but the result will be a nice, chocolate brown roux. Time consuming, but you pretty well can’t screw it up using this method. While the roux is doing its thing in the oven, it’s time to get chopping the veggies for the holy trinity, another gumbo essential. About 4-5 stalks of celery. 2 large yellow onions 2 large bell peppers. Chop em up, and sauté them with a little oil (or bacon fat if you’re felling froggy). Cook the veggies until the onions are translucent. Toss in some chopped garlic, a tablespoon or so, or more if you’re so inclined. When the roux is done, add it, and the holy trinity into a large stock pot. Cook them a bit together until they are nicely combined. Add 4 quarts of stock. I usually make my own seafood or chicken stock. I didn’t have enough homemade stock, so I used 2 quarts of homemade shrimp stock, and 2 quarts of store bought chicken stock. Let this simmer for awhile, add some Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning to taste, and now, you have a good base for a pot of gumbo. By definition, gumbo is an amalgamation of different things. Sometimes it’s made to clean out the refrigerator, or the freezer. Sometimes it’s made with the catch of the day, from a from a fishing trip, or fresh kill from a duck hunting trip. I was chatting with @Bighungry618 the other day about it...and I think he put it best. “Gumbo has no rules”. A gumbo is anything you want it to be. Well, mine, has some ‘guidelines’. I never add okra to a roux based gumbo...because that’s the way I was taught. That doesn’t mean you can’t...I just don’t. On that note, I DO like an okra gumbo though..... For this gumbo, I’m throwing in a bunch of chicken wings, and about 2 lbs of cooked smoked sausage (before Big Hungry loses his mind...I would NORMALLY use andouille sausage, but Mrs Tex said it was too spicy for her). So, smoked sausage it is. Gotta keep the boss lady happy. I also had a couple of smoked turkey legs in the freezer Mrs Tex was after me to use. I cut that meat off the bone and tossed that in there too. That’ll add a touch of nice, smoky flavor to this little batch of loveliness. After it simmers for an hour or so, when the chicken wings are nice and tender, it’s ready to add seafood. I added 2 lbs of shrimp, and about a pound of jumbo lump crab meat (since my local fish monger didn’t have any crawfish). You can add anything you like. Oysters, scallops, fish...you do you. You can turn off the heat at this point...the shrimp will cook in the pot and turn nice and pink. Serve it in a large bowl, with a scoop of white rice in the middle. Top it with a little green onion, or chopped parsley (or both!!). If you like, a little gumbo fil’e powder (which is dried sassafras). Maybe a little Crystal hot sauce, or another dash of Cajun seasoning. Don’t forget some warm French bread, for sopping up the bottom of the bowl! You’re gonna wanna, that’s for sure!! Good eats, y’all!
  24. 5 points
    I would drop dead with a heart attack if my wife ever gave me a gun! The closest I ever came to that was a $50 gift card for Cabelas!
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    Ok, ok, had to take some over to the neighbor. I had a bit of a change in plans. The wife did not want me to make the entire packer, so I ended up cutting off the flat. Roughly 5 lbs trimmed. I trimmed it at 7pm. Rub is light layer of mustard as a binder. Maple BBQ rub and kosher salt with course ground black pepper Wrapped in saran wrap, went to bed later. Got up at 3:55, fired up the pellet smoker at 225, waited until the temp stabilized. Added my smoke tube. Using applewood pellets. Brisket went on at 4:15. I know others do it by feel, I'm not that confident, so I stuck my temp probe in. At 6:15 I spritzed with apple cider vinegar. At 8, I also spritzed. At 8:30 it hit 160. Wrapped in butcher paper. About 1pm it was still stalled at 171 so I turned up the temp to 250. At 1:20 PM, it was 178, now I'm worried. Lol. I turned it back down to 225. At 2:15, it came off hitting 203. I put into a cooler, still wrapped with temp probe still in for rest. At 4:30, it was at 160. I put in oven at 163 to hold temp until 6pm chow. At 6, I carved. Moist, tasty, juicy! Wonderful. Great bark, nice smoke ring. As good of a flat as one can expect!. The foil is simply because I had already put it away. Wife and I ate, I also gave the neighbors some too. I took back out of fridge for picture.
  27. 5 points
    You've made a lot of assumptions about what a flat tax implies. You can do much like Trump did with deductions and define a significant standard deduction, and just have that with a flat tax. Yeah you don't make much, then 10% may hurt, but 10% also isn't large and thus the deduction is more likely to cancel out your tax burden the less money you make. For grins, lets just say that it is the same as 2019 and we leave out the head of household math and ignore kids and dependents. We'll go with the single renter for now. So, $12,200. Lets say you have a flat tax of 18%. Someone making $100,000 a year would pay $5,800 in taxes. Anyone making $67,777 or less would pay nothing or get money back. Theoretically someone making $10 million a year would owe $1,787,800. But for that to be true, you would not have to differentiate between capital gains and income. The problem with a flat tax isn't dealing with the low income people fairly. Most flat tax proposals deal with it one way or another. Either via a deductible, refundable deductible/credit, or by exempting the first X dollars of income. It's that the task of making a simple income tax system is not possible. It either needs to be complex or touch non-income taxes rather thoroughly. An example. Poof, capital gains is income. OK. I'm rich. I just form a holding company, own THAT, and it owns the stocks and investments. It can sell without me realizing a capital gain. Now you have to make it complex, or extend the flat tax idea to businesses. It actually much easier to keep it form being regressive than something like a VAT. VAT is how most "free" healthcare is paid for. Warren buffet may make a bajillion times more than his poor secretary he always talks about but he's never just going to buy enough shit to make a 17% vat place a meaningful tax burden on him relative to a family of four making $52k a year. Which leads to the thing lots of people like ignoring (or just not realizing), which is capital gains is basically VAT, but only for certain things. Most discussions of tax reform are naive because they ignore the fact that you are talking about how to fund a government, Which essentially means you are talking about changing how that government works. We've gotten to a place that is overly complex and messed up. Most people seem to think something needs ot be changed. what I can guarantee is nothing that happens will be simple. It can't be unless your government is simple. And frankly we expect too much off it for a simple system to work. Do you expect roads and a military? Yeah you already passed simple. However, we are at a point where shit has just been glued on that continuing to do so means that broad swath of citizens are put in financial peril every time someone wants more tax revenue. There is a good bit of hostility towards social programs because the anti-pattern we have seen is that poor people have a problem. Everyone is sympathetic to it, then a bunch of millionaires decide that the middle class needs to pay for it. And even if you have a good idea better than the last one, we never seem to dismantle the old money pit to try a new better idea. The middle class has been dealt with in bad faith for decades upon decades. Saying we will fix it by having the millionaires tax the millionaires is just stupid naivete. We've been down that road. They will jsut see it as an opportunity to manipulate voters by threatening that the other guy will take the new thing away and will make a program and shift the cost of it to the middle class. Then you have people who are like fuck it, I'll keep my money, the rich and poor can go die in a fire. Some others are also naive and believe that if they just make the tax say 20%, the goverment will get their fiscal shit together and deal honestly with the middle class.
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    @USRifle30Cal OK, hang-on while I cry some more..... Here's what I posted today on my Facebook page: 9-11 isn't just "another day" for me. Armed with my M1 Garand & several en-bloc clips of .30-06, I sat in my backyard looking for crop-dusters because several were still unaccounted for. Several central Jersey airstrips are within a few minutes flight time of my house and could easily be the source of the next phase of the attack. I was praying to NOT find any as I scanned the eerily quiet sky adjacent to the mouth of the Raritan Bay within sight of the WTC. The Cops pulled-up & asked what I was doing, so I told them. They told me to "SHOOT FIRST & then call it in on a LANDLINE since the government SHUT-DOWN CELL SERVICE"! There were no crop-dusters armed with poisonous gas / nerve agents headed for NYC! My unrecorded effort seems a distant memory today... I lost wedding clients working at Carr Futures in the WTC. They met, fell in love, got married (I was their Photog) and picked-up their wedding proofs. She was pregnant. They found her DNA at Fresh Kills landfill in Staten island, never found his. Both families came to my studio to make parent albums. Not a dry eye in the studio! As we cried together, I told them I'd make TWO bridal-size albums since (2) small parents albums were on the contract, and the extra expense was on the house. Today I'm reliving the joy & sadness of that encounter. This year more than usual. I have no more tears left. God Bless the souls of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Resta & their unborn child! I'm taking a Facebook break today. I'm OUT... From today's CNJFO Facebook page: "ALL AVAILABLE BOATS! ALL AVAILABLE BOATS!! THIS IS COAST GUARD GROUP NEW YORK VHF-16! REPORT TO LOWER MANHATTAN FOR EVACUATION!" A simple VHF Channel 16 radio transmission on the official "emergency channel" so designated by the USCG. For those that don't know, it's probably the only direct communication means between our government and its' population. If it could float, IT RESPONDED! Not since the evacuation of Dunkirk in WW2 has a response been so overwhelming. Dunkirk took 3 DAYS to clear the beach of 300K Troops. On 9-11 these men & women took 500K+ off Manhattan in only 9 HOURS! Here's their story. On the 19th anniversary of this tragedy, we choose to remember the GOOD in people.
  30. 5 points
    I can't bring myself to tell my story after reading Nick's (again--I've read it before). Hugs Nick! ~R
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    My transfer business has tripled since several dealers around me have stopped transfers altogether. I can only assume that they were overwhelmed by the volume, fed up with newbees, or afraid of the covid. Maybe all of the above. So, I have hired one full time employee and two part timers to take care of the extra work.
  34. 5 points
    If you look at the broken nature of the FID/permit process... and the really ancient technology they're using for that... I wouldn't be surprised if this data is, in fact, very difficult to pull and aggregate. That's why it clearly says in the VERY TINY, VERY PALE print: The information in this report is based upon data from NJTrace, submitted by arresting agencies. It is preliminary and subject to further analysis. So, that's ONE of the problems. In a sense, they're just throwing spaghetti against the wall and then trying to weave a political "narrative" around it. Many months back when they first came up with the gun trace data - I did a little very "quick & dirty" comparative analysis based on population statistics (as per the most recent census). For instance, if memory serves me correctly, at the time, Newark comprised only a few percent of the state's population, yet its residents were, shall we say, "outperforming themselves" by generating more than 9 percent of the state's gun traces in the particular quarterly report I looked at (so 3x more than you would have expected). If you then looked at actual crime stats - not just gun traces but shootings as per the regular crime data also shared on the NJSP website - you saw a very similar disproportionate scenario (so the gun trace and gun crime data does seem to correlate closely). Further, and I'm going on memory here, but a handful of our worst cities - Newark, Paterson, Trenton, etc. - were I think about 15 percent of the state's population at the time, but were generating more than 50 percent of the gun crime!!! A quick glance at the July report on the webpage now shows something similar - Newark and their brethren bad boy cities are once again - outperforming themselves! (BTW, if you broke it down by neighborhoods, as John Lott does, you'd probably see that one or more bad 'hoods in Newark and other cities are waaaaaaay outperforming their population numbers). The only reason I point this out... is because the Guvna not only promoted this report to show that "other states" were providing the guns (there's a lot of logical fallacies there, too), but he also promoted a theory in all of his speeches that these reports revealed an equally shared "state-wide gun violence epidemic". Yet, when you start crunching numbers against population, you quickly see the OPPOSITE is true... that gun crime in NJ (as it is in other places) is, in fact, a highly localized problem that requires local solutions/programs. The whole report is CRAP IMO. It is the worst travesty of "statistical crime analysis" that I could ever imagine. For instance, they list the "make" of the gun used and Smith & Wesson tops the list. Well, duh... it's also one of the most popular/prolific manufacturers in the country and has been for a loooong time. (It would be like saying, "OMG, Hondas are involved in a LOT of car accidents!!" So what? They are also one of the most common cars on American roads. Therefore, it means NOTHING-NADA-ZILCH). It's just an attempt - and a weak one at that - to smear the gun manufacturers. All of these reports are garbage - meant to promote narratives that are either irrelevant or outright lies. Ugh, I've personally wanted to do a video on this for awhile, but got caught up with caretaking, then grieving, then handling estate matters, etc. You know, LIFE! But yeah, even the bare bones data they do provide can be easily ripped to shreds! The problem is... now that the state administration has thoroughly infiltrated Rutgers (their criminology program was once a fine source of crime data), you'll never again get any meaningful crime statistics coming out of the state university. No one will be counting: How many were ex-felons when they committed the gun crime? How many were ex-felons still on parole? How many weren't ex-felons, but had a rap sheet of misdemeanors? How many had their guns illegally? etc., etc. The Bureau of Justice Statistic does some of that at the Fed level, but you'll never again get it at the state-level in NJ. It's just too biased at Rutgers now - they are owned by the administration. It's going to be a very one-sided tale everyone will be handed from this point forward.
  35. 5 points
    Mossberg 500 or 590 some like remington 870s but personally I like the tang safety of the mossberg better.
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    The new system will give him a Verification Failed Pop Up response if he enters any wrong info. like transposing your FID number or wrong date of birth, ect. Everything has to be in order or the system won't accept the entry. I can't say for sure on the SS number because in 13 years I have never entered into the system, but as I said earlier, I spoke with the Head Supervisor at the NICs unit and they don;t even check SS numbers unless it's needed to help ID someone with very common info like a John Smith for example, and even then it's only used as a secondary check - relax - have a nice drink - If you get some funky reply from your FFL "Dick" call me and I'll have my ATF agent look into it for you.............
  39. 5 points
    What the fuck is taylor ham? She some new Pop star on the radio? Welcome to the forum!
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  47. 4 points
    Always, thought the M1A could do great work with just a reddot the more i thought about it from watching Blackhawk Down. You can research but Shughart used an M14 with Aimpoint red dot for aerial sniping... Always wanted to get mine 'scoped' up and never did, till a mount came up - thsnks @Dave Archibald.... Well all mounted up, blue loctite, bore sight zero with laser to 50 yards.... After this weekends two wheel trip to VT.. will get to the range a d see what she can do.... minute of man at 200 would be ideal
  48. 4 points
    Beer. It's not just for breakfast anymore. Yueng and Ling.
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    Not the upcoming one. The 1861 to 1865 war between the states. I found this video showing the daily occupation areas. Thought I'd share it.
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