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  1. On the NJ.com site, you can usually click on a subscriber-only link and the instant it opens do a quick ’select all’ and ‘copy’, before the subscriber only warning comes up. Then you can paste the text into Word or another app to read, generally with the formatting a little screwed up. Or so I’ve heard.
  2. Of course it may sit at anchor off of Long Beach for 4 months before they get around to unloading the ship.
  3. I did, 10 minutes of it anyway, around 4 am when it was as close to totality as it was going to get. Pretty cool.
  4. Morris Aero Club, at KMMU
  5. Not an Amazon problem, but since I don't think I've complained about it here yet... About a month ago my flying club needed a rebuilt engine for our club Skyhawk. We found what we needed at an engine shop in Illinois. they shipped it out using the Fedex service for big stuff. Fedex lost our engine. I whined about this on one of the pilot boards, and learned of a similar case where UPS lost an engine for a repair shop a couple of years ago, and UPS lost another one for an individual about the same time ours disappeared. That one was re-located and its' journey continued, until it was on the last-mile truck for delivery, when it disappeared again! These don't just fall behind the seat of the truck and get overlooked; they're wooden crates in the 400 to 700 lb range. They require a forklift in order to get lost. One would immediately think theft, but no...Fedex found our engine after a couple of days and it arrived safely. The one UPS lost a couple of years ago took two weeks to turn up, but it did. The one lost twice this year turned up at a UPS depot in Phoenix after it was last seen out for delivery on the last-mile truck. That one took a full month to arrive, but it eventually did. We're all still shaking our heads at the incompetence.
  6. I suspect the rounds expended were already in the guns when they paid cash for them on some poorly-lit street corner. It didn't look like those idiots had been paying for range time and burning up practice ammo.
  7. I'll address part of the concern; LiveATC.net, for live and previously recorded aircraft conversations with the various control facilities. The other one is the incredible amount of detailed tracking info for aircraft now available online; that has really increased since the ADS-B (unfunded) mandate the government forced on many aircraft a few years ago. That would take more time to explain. Both technologies have good and bad points; ADS-B makes a lot of flight data available to the public, which is creepy, but it also puts real-time traffic and slightly delayed weather information in the cockpit of even the most humble, old, single engine bug masher. Which is good. LiveATC isn't a government program at all. Any facility in the national ATC network records and stores all radio transmissions. But those aren't publicly available. However, the transmissions themselves can be listened to by anyone, so LiveATC is a volunteer program where folks living near airports connect a receiver to their home computer and upload the transmissions to LiveATC. If a facility is being monitored by a volunteer, you can listen in live to the frequency from your computer, or call up transmissions recorded previously. That gets a little macabre if a pilot is on frequency in an accident scenario, and anyone can listen in to the final moments of the flight. But it's also a useful site, for training students to follow the rapid-fire instructions given by ATC, for playing back what actually transpired if the FAA accuses you as pilot of violating an instruction, or because sometimes it's just fun to listen to how intense the radio traffic gets at major airports. LiveATC is here: https://www.liveatc.net If you want to listen to the Newark tower (just one of over a dozen frequencies at Newark, they've also got ground, departure, arrival, and clearance delivery frequencies that can get equally busy), you can click 'listen' at this link: LiveATC Newark frequencies It should be especially fun the day before Thanksgiving. JFK even more so.
  8. They did as recently as a year ago. By appointment, I think about $50
  9. Sad indeed. I'd been waiting for details since the first news of the crash yesterday. Fischer owned a flight school at Essex County Airport, though I don't think I'd ever met him. de Vries was his student, working on his commercial rating. I'd watched his launch on Blue Origin, as I happened to be channel surfing at the time and stumbled across the rocket on the pad with the countdown at T-15 seconds or so. It was pretty cool to watch. No news yet on what caused the crash. Weather shouldn't have been a factor, Sussex County airport was reporting winds of 3 KTs, visibility 10 miles+, ceiling 12,000'+ at the time of the crash. That's about as good as it gets. The airport is sleepy enough that there is no LiveATC recording of their frequency, but unless they were doing pattern work they wouldn't have been talking to them anyway. Update: the Flightaware data, reported once a minute or more, shows them droning along at 6200' and about 100KTs. Routine flight out from Essex. Course data in the last three minutes of flight indicate approx 45 degree clearing turns to the right, then to the left. In the last minute of the recording, the altitude is still unchanged, but the airspeed was reporting 48 KTs. So it looks like they were practicing a stall, or practicing or inadvertently entered a spin. Either of which these guys could have easily recovered from, they had much more altitude then needed. So I'm thinking a mechanical problem prevented recovery. FlightAware data FlightAware track log Not for nothing, it's creepy how much of this data is tracked and in the public domain.
  10. Good idea. After completing all that work on the gun, he'll need to confirm the point of impact hasn't changed.
  11. At our house in the suburbs our record was 32 does crossing our lawn, from the woodlot to the woodlot on the other side. I took this photo on another day when 23 had assembled on the side lawn (not quite all made it into the photo) These are maybe 40' from the house. It's not a big side lawn. We're in a no-hunting town, of course. More typically we have 10 or 12 does that never leave the cul-de-sac. For the last month or so, we've also had one nice 4 pt (western count) buck and two spike bucks chasing them around.
  12. They do, they just don't vote Republican after they're dead. Funny how that works.
  13. It really depends on the intended use. If you shoot a lot in a session, 2" guns quickly become less fun, and it's a lot harder to shoot them well. But if you are somewhere you can carry concealed, you aren't going to want too long of a barrel. Hunters like longer barrels because you can generally coax more velocity out of the round. Target shooters like longer barrels, to a point, because the extra sight radius makes it possible to aim more precisely if shooting open sights...but weight is more of a consideration in a long match. Outside of those use cases, balance and aesthetics, which are more personal preference, come into play.
  14. I did an easy one today—beef jerky. I started with 3 lbs of trimmed top round, sliced cross-grain to about 3/16” then left overnight in the fridge coated in a commercial seasoning mix and cure. I usually just mix up a marinade and skip the cure entirely. This morning I smoked it for 3 hours over hickory and apple wood. Several racks worth, I just piled it onto one for the photo. Very tasty!
  15. Go after them for the damages! That's inexcusable.
  16. Yeah, I know I just posted this in the Joe Biden thread...but I'm kinda proud of this one and thought I'd give it a wider audience! Let Go, Brandon!
  17. That looks like excellent protection, though for local range trips I just use soft cases. If you ever travel by air with the guns, that hard case looks like an great choice.
  18. I don't think the receipts are that important. If you bought it here, they have all the details already. If you brought it with you in a move, inherited it, or bought it face-to-face back when it didn't have to go through an FFL, it's still legal, though admittedly harder to prove (but that burden should be on the state).
  19. I load a lot of light .38 loads for police revolver matches. You named a bunch of excellent powders, but I've been slowly converting my target loads (.38, 9, .45) to use WST powder. It burns so cleanly, especially compared to Bullseye, and it meters with amazing consistency. I've gone years without having to adjust the powder setting on the Dillon. It just stays within 0.1, seemingly forever. My load data is consistent with that shown here: https://www.bullseyeforum.net/t9231-wst-38-loads-for-hg-50-bullet and I crimp with a little less than 1/8" of the wadcutter exposed. There isn't a crimp groove, but with such light loads it doesn't matter. I like Hornady, Zero, and a few other bullets, but I use almost exclusively the 148 gr wadcutters from CNJ casting. Lower cost, great quality, very fast shipping, and they are always in stock. I favor CCI primers, but will use Winchester, and to be honest I'm not sure if I can tell the difference. Federals are great, but harder to find, and since I don't have a problem with light strikes (a problem that can sometimes be solved with the 'softer' Federal primers) I don't bother looking for them. I've read that magnum primers increase the variability of velocity--you'll see it in the standard deviation when you chrono a bunch of rounds. I've not tested that myself, I just avoid magnum primers for target rounds. It's not like the fast powders are hard to ignite. I use Starline brass, all from the same lot, for matches. I'm on about the 7th reload of this batch, and I expect to keep using it for a good while yet. I use mixed brass for practice, and it does pretty well also. I do get some loads that bulge at the bottom of the seated wadcutters, and so can't fit into a match chamber but they almost always fit in another revolver, so they get used. These loads will consistently group under 3" from a sandbag rest at 25 yards. I suspect they'd do better if I worked on my sandbag technique and put a scope on the gun.
  20. Yes, he had three chances to break the accident chain; don't point the gun at someone, don't cock it, and don't pull the trigger. It sounds like the armorer and perhaps others on the set also had opportunities to break the chain. Multiple failures here.
  21. I guess his finger pulled the trigger.
  22. This is tragic. I never made it to one, but always wanted to attend. I can't find any word on why the shoot this month was the last one. The event remained insanely popular.
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