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Got some sobering news today...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by thefitzvh, Aug 23, 2005.

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  1. thefitzvh

    thefitzvh Member

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    Gun related: I get to play with some cool toys soon!

    I haven't been on here for quite a while. Between college, and my band, I've been super busy. But some people on here are very close friends of mine, and I call you all brothers and sisters...

    I'm being called up from the IRR to active duty. I go to Ft Benning GA for predeployment training (gotta re-sharpen those infantry skills...), then I go to Iraq. My orders specify Kelley hill on benning, so I assume i'll be with the 3ID or one of the attached guard units.

    Now, i'm not in any way pissed about this... just nervous about the timing. I've been out for a while now, and i'm a little out of shape (that ended today tho. i'm on a strict PT program until i report) In addition, my band is doing well, and it's a shame to leave them.

    My bandmates are heartbroken, and they've decided to put the band on hold rather than hire a replacement. I'm very touched by that. They placed a very very nice message on the site... (www.motleycrued.com/main/)

    Anyways, I'm gonna clean my collection and pack it all away safely... tips would be appreciated on the proper way to store guns for long periods.

    I hope to have time to post here again before I deploy, but if not, y'all can email me at thefitzvh@msn.com

    Thanks for always being around, fellas...

    James
     
  2. Sleeping Dog

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    RIG - Rust Inhibiting Grease. A little bit goes a long way, it'll protect the metal finish through long-term storage. Maybe a little in the bore as well, just be sure to clean it out before you fire it again.

    If you have a gun safe, a goldenrod heater or even a low-power appliance light bulb will keep the humidity from attacking. Or rent storage space over in Indio.

    If you're going for a year, that's not all that long in terms of firearms storage. It's a long time to be away from the world. Best of luck.

    RIG will also keep guitar strings from rusting :D

    Regards.
     
  3. CajunBass

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    Godspeed my friend I've never met.

    Stay low, and look unimportant.
     
  4. 1911 guy

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    You ARE my brother!

    Anyone who willingly serves is my brother or sister in the profession of arms.
    Go with our best wishes and prayers for your safe return. Cut one, we all bleed.
     
  5. ArmyCop

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    May God be with you. I went through Benning for predeployment back in 03. Spent a little time in Kuwait supposing to get acclimated to high temps. Was in Kuwait Spring of 03 then Summer and Fall in Baghdad.
    Get a camel back\pack water thingie, you'll need it. We were never told how long we'd be there. Many guessed (hoped) it'd be 6 to 9 months. I had to come home for surgery after 9 months over there - the rest of my unit stayed about 7 more months.
    Now I'm hearing Army wanting to change \ set time before rotation to 2 years.
     
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    Irr ?
     
  7. rms/pa

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    Inactive Ready Reserve

    if one reads the enlistment papers carefully
    you will see that you have signed for a 6 year obligation regardless of the lenghth of your active duty.

    this means you can do your active duty time, go home start your life again ..... and they have till
    the end of your 6 to call you back if they want you.

    you can get all the verbal promises you want to listen to about the lenghth of your enlistment. but the papers will be for 6 years.


    rms/pa
     
  8. CAS700850

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    Sleeping Dog,

    Best wishes. Come home safe, and soon (I hope).

    On the gun storage front, I'd recommend a very trusted friend or relative to care for teh stash while you're gone. We've had a rash of break-ins at the homes of deployed reservists. Hate to think you'd be in Iraq only to learn your collection is now on the streets.
     
  9. 1911 guy

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    I got hosed!

    My IRR was 8 years! Oh well, thing of the past, now.
     
  10. Old Fuff

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    thefitzvh:

    The best way to pack guns for long-term storage is to do what the military services and firearms companies do.

    Go to (www.brownells.com) and you can purchase vapor inhibitor (VIP) materials in the form of wrap or treated bags. Lightly oil the guns (grease is unnecessary) and then seal the bags, or use a regular zip-lock bag with the gun wrapped in paper wrap. They will be secured against rusting for up to 5 years, as the vapor inside the bag protects any and all steel parts, inside and out. When you need to use the gun again simply open the bag and remove it.
     
  11. RRTX

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    Don't feel bad man, I got called up a few weeks ago and have to report on Sept 5th. I've gotten quite a bit of info on it now so feel free to email or PM me on here and I'll try to help you out with any questions. My report date may change now though since I broke my ankle yesterday while out jogging.
     
  12. waterhouse

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    You guys be safe and come home in one piece.
     
  13. mattk

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    3rd ID? Maybe they are sending you to 3rd Brigade 3rd ID. The rest of 3rd ID is at Ft. Stewart. 3rd Brigade is at Benning because it used to be the 197th Inf Brigade(Sep) but when the 24ID went to Desert Storm they needed a 3rd brigade and the ANG roundout brigade failed miserable at their predeployment training so the 197th became 3rd brigade 24ID. Then a few years later the 24ID became the 3rd ID.

    There's some recent and still very confusing unit history for ya.
    3rd ID musem at Stewart has some cool stuff brought back from Iraq in the first go around.
     
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    God's Speed
     
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    Stay Safe. Remember, body armor GOOD!!
     
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    come home safe thefitz

    i dont know u and we have never talked to one another befor, BUT i highly respect any man or women serving are country in the armed forces. i hope u come home safe and soon. i have a friend over in baghdad hes with the 256th louisiana his sector is over by the baghdad airport. just figured id let ya know if u ever come across him. hes a good guy. take care man and may god keep you safe.
     
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    Fitz my man, God be with you. You carry the prayers and wishes for your safety from a lot of folks. Thank you for going in Harm's Way for us. If you get the chance, drop in and let us know how you are doing.
     
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    Fitz,

    Goodluck. Godspeed. Come home safe.

    And thank you.

    --Jim
     
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    God go with you. You, too, RRTX. You have my respect and prayers.
     
  20. Black Majik

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    Good luck and stay safe. :)
     
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    Good luck and godspeed!

    I just got back in April myself. Post your address or email it to me and I will send you something interesting.
     
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    God be with you, stay safe, and effective!

    Bob
     
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    God be with you both. Know that we are proud of you and a little bit of many of us goes with you.
     
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    Good luck, keep your head down (seriously, truck armor only goes so high) and come back safe and soon.
     
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    Or, you can read what you sign.

    Either way, good luck friend. See you soon.
     
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