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  1. I, too have been doing a lot of hiking lately. I have a dedicated pack I set up just for day hikes, and in it, in addition to water and lunch, I keep: A small first-aid kit A battery-based charger for my phone A multitool Small flashlight Pen Compass Deep Woods Off towelettes Butt wipes and some TP/paper towels Face Wipes Small pair of binoculars Lighter/fire starter I usually download a trail map of wherever I am going I’ll pack a disposable poncho if the weather looks “iffy” I also carry a pocket knife in my pocket, and my phone. Reading glasses and sun glasses Kimber pepper blaster (my pack has a specific pocket for a handgun, but this is NJ) If it’s rocky and uneven (like the Sourland mountains) I’ll bring a trekking pole (I’m 63 and have some back problems). This may sound like a lot, but it all fits in a very small backpack. And doesn’t weigh much at all. I used to carry more (space blanket, “survival gear”, etc.) but for most of the hiking I do in NJ if I just keep walking, I’ll get to civilization. Used to do a lot of backpacking, so I am pretty conscious of excess weight. And the most important thing – good boots! If you are looking to expand your horizons, I recommend “AMC’s best day hikes in NJ”, available on Amazon. You can also download the Alltrails app to your phone. The app uses your phone’s GPS, so you can actually find your way if you somehow get off the trail. Have some fun and get off the couch!
  2. Somebody started a thread about guns...
  3. I've been fluke fishing Barnegat Bay with Hobie pedal kayak (a buddy if mine has 2). If you are a fisherman these things are great! The only downside is that when the water is really shallow, you need to kick up the rudder, and if it's windy they are hard to keep on track. Other than that they are great! Expensive, but great.
  4. Just FYI for those that don't know - most masks don't depend upon actual mechanical filtration (pore size smaller than the virus). The middle layer (on a real, medical-grade mask) is statically charged. This charge attracts particles that are small enough to get through the outer layer, and is why fit is so important; if you're sucking air in through the sides the static layer cannot do its job. Most of the masks available to us are more to protect others. And yes, I do wear a mask when I am out shopping or near others. If I am hiking I'll wear a bandanna around my neck, and bring it up to cover my nose and mouth when passing others on the trail. It's not that big a deal. I have lost my father-in-law, a friend, and one of my wife's friends to this so far. It's very real. Don't be a putz. Wear a mask.
  5. If all of you self-rightous keyboard commandos got half as upset and militant about your 2A rights as you do about wearing a damn mask this state would be a very different place.
  6. So, a lot of people in the black powder community build their own rifles and pistols. Is this now illegal?
  7. If you are on a small lot with a well, also remember that the new septic system has to be at least 75 feet from the well. When I sold my previous house we needed to install a new system, and because the lot was long but not very wide, this was a real headache.
  8. Cleaned all my guns. Again. Cleaned out the kitchen pantry, painted it, and organized it. Took all the laundry off the treadmill and set that up again. Cleaned and organized the shop. Learning how to make bread. Picked up my guitar after a long hiatus. You know how they say you never really forget? That's B.S. I sound like a noob again. I also work part-time from home (marketing, writing, editing), and that's still happening, so there's that.
  9. Arthur C. Clark fans will recognize Hanlon's Razor here: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
  10. I've got some .22 LR I'll trade for some hand sanitizer...
  11. FYI - 2 parts rubbing alcohol + 1 part aloe vera gel = hand sanitizer. CVS out of rubbing alcohol? Use Vodka.
  12. Where do you guys live? I was in Flemington ShopRite today and all the shelves were filled (plenty of TP!) and it was just like any other Saturday.
  13. Just use the old gypsy recipe for soup: First, you steal a chicken...
  14. I'm thinking of starting a freeze-dried pork roll company. You can re-hydrate it in a crock pot. Who's in?
  15. BTW - the real test will be when they have to ship it back. I have had manufacturers give me a run-around about shipping it back to NJ.
  16. When asked what's in the box (at UPS) I always say machine parts.
  17. Checked it out last night as I was in the area. 3 people were there around 5:00; all were shooting centerfire. The extended "awnings" are not attached to the main structure, and are obviously there to keep shots from going over the berm. They have 6 stations. You will need hearing protection in the parking lot; it's very close to the firing line. And - there is a dumpster there! Benches and seating are all block and concrete, so bring something soft. Harbor Freight has moving blankets for $3.99. Two of them and you're good to go. If everyone who uses it will just keep it nice this is a great addition.
  18. I recently picked up an older early 1970's vintage Winchester Model 270 .22 pump that came equipped with a Weaver V22 scope. The cap for the windage turret is missing. I thought it would be easy to replace but am finding otherwise; they are few and far between. Just wondering if anyone has any spares kicking around in a parts drawer they would like to part with. Thanks!
  19. I know it's not our "job", but does it make sense to see if we can get some volunteers together once a month to "maintain" it and keep it nice? Kinda like the groups that volunteer to keep a certain stretch of highway clean. We get a nice place to shoot, and it's good PR for us. Probably need to do it on a weekday, as it probably gets pretty crowded on the weekends.
  20. Has anyone taken any of the handgun training classes at TTC in Flemington? One of my resolutions for the year is to improve my handgun proficiency, and the classes here look pretty good (at least on their web site).
  21. I've head that from other people too. Maybe I was just lucky. Anyway, they are gone now and they sold most of their store fixtures to Skip's Outdoors in Stockton.
  22. "As a three armed conflict Marine veteran" I've never seen a three armed Marine. Must make him 50% more formidable than the standard two armed variety. Pictures or it doesn't count.
  23. Interesting - I never had any problem with them. Purchased quite a few guns from them. They would even match sale prices from other shops if I brought in the ad.
  24. https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/restaurants/six-ways-to-cook-iguana-6392248
  25. Air rifles are one of my "things", so I have quite a few. I collect mostly older models, but also hunt small game with one. My current favorite for hunting is a Benjamin Trail NP XL in .22. (~ $200). Benjamin is now made by Crosman. The NP stands for "Nitro Piston", which means it uses a compressed gas piston instead of a spring. Less vibration, and no loss of power when it's cold outside. Be careful when selecting - many of the newer high power air guns have an integrated suppressor, and that's illegal in NJ. Gamo also makes a decent air rifle, although they can be "plasticky". Both Gamo and Benjamin are available from Cabela's in Hamburg. If you decide to scope it, make sure you purchase a scope designed for air rifles. The 2 direction recoil of a spring air rifle will make short work of a standard .22 scope. CO2 guns are fun, bit cannot achieve the same power as a good spring-air rifle. They are also next to useless when it gets cold outside. PCPs are also nice, but you will make a significant investment in both the gun and a pump. For casual plinking a single shot spring air is the way to go. Good luck and let us know what you end up with.
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