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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Obturation, Nov 8, 2019.

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  1. Demi-human

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    You are.:mad:
    Give me your danged ManCard!
    You take your Gaucho 45 and go to the range.
    Shoot till you can hit a playing card with it at seventy yards.
    And you’re not getting it back til you do!:fire:

    When you get back it better be clean, too!:cuss:

    And we’ll have no more of this “Guns don’t interest me like they use to” crap.
    Children in China would be more than happy to have your guns.
    They don’t even have sharp sticks, you know.
    They have to chase down their rice and club it to death...

    Whoa.
    Kind of "Dadded out” there for a minute.
    It’s been hectic here too.:D

    Can your kids shoot yet?;)

    Purpose is a huge driving force. You still have one with firearms. Reimagine it. Learn more, or teach more.:)
     
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    OP,

    FWIW I'm selling some guns I don't need to put towards a Dan Wesson Commander Classic. I'm wrapping up the last sale Tuesday and am probably going to put the money in my retirement account instead as I already have some 1911's, something that was unthinkable not too long ago. It happens to the best of us.
     
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    Well my kids could shoot but i doubt they would be very accurate. The older one is 2 1/2 the other is 6 months old. I guess they could shoot a 380 or something.
    I know, i kind of feel strange that we are here in a golden age of firearms availability and freedom and im complaining.
    Gaucho has been gone for some time now but i have several others and i will report promptly to the range, split 100 playing cards, clean them all to perfection and be home before dark.
     
  4. Demi-human

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    Don’t come home too early or you might miss the good part...
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    At two and six months, I’d say you’ve already enough on your plate!:thumbup:
    Don’t blink, Dad. There’s time for guns.
    Little Bear has his own little Red Rascal now.
    My Mini-Amazon likes her FV/SR.

    Enjoy your satisfaction! Shoot what you’ve got.
    I took up reloading. When they went to bed I went to study and load.

    Don’t let it get you down!:)
     
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    Yep. I'm not feeling down, just don't fall in love with many guns these days - i never said all guns (which would be blasphemy). I still get very excited at the prospect of a trip to the range with some of my favorites and look forward to getting my one new gun per year (wife rule #852). I do load in the evening time and stare at more guns on the interwebz than any normal person ever should. The thrill is not gone, it has migrated to guns outside of the mainstream. I've got a line on a freedom arms 454 with a 10" barrel right now that i discussed in a thread a couple weeks ago, if i dont get that by january ill be ordering a new bfr in 500 jrh. So yeah, my passion us still very much active but if i were to try to get excited over a springfield hellcat or a random ar from whatever maker - just isn't going to do it for me.
    I have about 10 guns on my gotta gotta have it list and unfortunately they are ones that turn up in local gun stores often if ever.i'm really not even bored of my gp100 (my most fired gun), still gets me excited and i've been shooting the snot out of that one for quiet a while.my normal carry gun switches between a glock 20 & 30, i shoot them regularly to stay proficient but it does start to feel more like a chore than a joy. Put my henry in my hands with a big bag of ammo on the table however and i'll be happy as can be. It just hasn't always been that way and i didn't realize it was that bad until today , thats what prompted the original post.
     
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  6. dcloco

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    You are only experiencing a moment in time of picking your head up while remembering what is behind, your current state, and what may lay ahead.

    You are normal....where you are at in the circle of life, who knows....

    KEEP going forward.

    You do have something to do....something you signed up for...unwittingly. Impart your experience, your knowledge, and your inspirations about our wonderful hobby...on others.

    ,,,,,and make sure you spend an hour or two a week for yourself, as time allows.
     
  7. Eddietruett

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    I still have the passion for old S&W Revolvers that I always had and I love nothing better than to go gun shopping at Pawn and Gun Shops. But I have notices slim pickings lately and it does take some of the bling out of a shopping day. I am also very busy with work being in sales and my phone is constantly ringing every day and when I get free time, I just want to get away. Something I've started doing in the last year or so to have a little extra fun with my guns is I have increased my handloading and target shooting. I've started a little thing where I take a gun that I plan on keeping and start working on loads until I'm satisfied that I have the most accurate load possible for a particular gun. I usually work on 2-3 guns at a time and once I decide the range I will shoot it the most, I start working with loads. I do several guns so when I go to the range, I have a little variety. I always take at least one long barrel gun that I plan on shooting at 50-100 yards and at least one short barrel gun that is a 15-25 yard gun. I'm a member of a public outdoor range and there is hardly anyone ever there especially during the week. A couple of hours by myself with no phone ringing is pretty relaxing and also the amazement of how much difference in accuracy there is in a handgun even at 25 yards with different loads. Just a suggestion, but it has worked for me. Even the gun world has been changed by the internet and now the best place to shop for vintage guns is Gunbroker. What a sad place in which we live.
     
  8. WestTexShooter

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    Preach it brother!

    Finally somebody who has been able to verbalize my feelings. And also wonders - How & Why?

    I have some “hi cap” pistols and Rifles but I am often wondering if the reason is because so many anti 2nd Amendment politicians don’t want me to have them?

    My greatest shooting pleasure comes from a GP100, a New model Blackhawk, an Uberti replica and a Remington Army Rep cap & ball.
     
  9. James Fonteneaux

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    Welcome to the initial pangs of middle age. I've got about 9 years on you, my collection past "need" a long time ago. I've been a mechanic all my life, bought the tools that I needed to do the job at hand, have no regrets in having them. I look at most guns the same way, tools to get a job done. Every now and then, though, there's one that moves you. So spend time with it, learn it. The others can be the rake on the shelf. Enjoy mastering one, use it with purpose. Perhaps look into reloading if you don't already, another way to enjoy the hobby. Mostly, spend time with the kids while you can. It's amazing (not a strong enough word) how fast they grow up. While you're worried about 1/2moa in your service rifle, or that extra .5 gn of powder in your last round of reloading, a year will have past. Time moves faster as you age. So take care of the ones you love, that means you too.
     
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    Yes. ;)

    Regards,
    hps
     
  11. Steve S.

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    I came to grips with my firearms “moodiness” many years ago; my solution was to own the entire spectrum - Shiloh Sharps to Wilson Combat Recon, USFA SSA to Les Baer Pll, Winchester 1873 to Winchester M70. No matter my mood in whatever century, I can go to the safe and satiate the need. The immediate material gratification of capitalism - what a great Country.
     
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    If you have twice cheated death in one year: getting to the hospital feeling sick, like a really bad flu, and then learn it was a 100% blocked (chest) Widowmaker artery/heart attack, months later barely having time to jam brakes, swerve onto a shoulder to avoid a head-on collision on a curving 2-lane highway (at night), many people might change their thinking.

    At least you are very honest with yourself about which guns you enjoy, whether resulting from the fact that you easily could have died from something totally unexpected, or not.
     
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    Sounds like you may have hit wisdom. 35 is awfully young for it, but it could happen. God only knows what I might have done had I come upon wisdom so young. Well, good luck with it.

    I suggest a wander through the wonderful world of 19th Century lever guns, by the way ;-)
     
  14. Demi-human

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    Agreed.:)

    Ah. I see. Then you are a human cut from the same cloth as I.
    I can do nothing with a Nine, that I could not also do with a brace of 38 Specials.
    I am not enamored with the HellCat, unless it wears a Dodge emblem.
    Being unique is tough in the firearms world.
    In the end, they are all just firearms. They all shoot a bullet out the end.

    You are not the first to never be targeted by the mainstream marketing and production personnel. Consider it an honor that they just don’t know the real you. You are deeper and more nuanced than the rest of the populace. You can not be easily swayed to give up hard won tribute for a measly two more rounds in a soulless black plastic Wonder Nine.
    You didn’t rush out and get a new pistol because the manufacturer told you where to hold it, in the “grip zone”?! You know, the handle?:)

    I have many ARs. Right now I am saving for 357mag Miroku made Lever action. For variety is the spice of life, and I love flavor!

    My first was a black powder muzzle loading pistol, so from that to revolvers, then autos and ARs, right back around the circle, to leverguns and a longing for a front stuffer with some class.
    Not all new firearms need to be “New”.;)

    500 JRH
    The .500 JRH revolver cartridge, designed by custom revolver builder Jack R. Huntington, was originally created specifically to allow use of a rimmed .50 caliber cartridge in the Freedom Arms Model 83 Revolver. Its case is 1.400 inches in length with a base diameter of .526, and it launches 400- to 510-grain .50 caliber bullets at velocities comparable to the .500 Linebaugh.

    The .500 JRH is basically a shortened .500 S&W Magnum case and can even be reloaded with .500 S&W Magnum dies when adjusted for the difference in case length.

    Huntington Custom offers Freedom Arms and Ruger Super Blackhawk conversions for the .500 JRH, and Magnum Research currently sells .500 JRH cylinders for its .50 AE BFR revolver.

    And I want one of these, too!
    It will pair nicely with my Eagle...

    Maybe your kids will grow up knowing that huge silver revolver Dad always loved. The one that makes stuff explode when you shoot it.

    That is Heartwarming right there...:D
     
  15. Ed Ames

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    It sounds like cap&ball revolvers would be right up your alley. They tend to be large chunks of blued/color case hardened large bore steel (though stainless and brass models exist too). They reward practice and skill in ways that modern guns don’t. The very traits that make them impractical for self defense can make them a fun challenge for recreational shooting.

    With a cap & ball, you are hand-loading every round as you go, and the guns have quirks and glitches that aren’t a matter of quality but the nature of the designs. Success depends a lot more on you, everything from how you load it to how you manage cap fragments after each shot. It’s a more raw sort of shooting.

    And then you get into all the variations.
     
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    Call it what you will (polymer, thermoplastics, elastomers, synthetic fibers) PLASTIC is the new metal.

    Those who were raised shooting with the OLD METAL often find the NEW METAL too strange to accept. At our favorite gun store, looking to buy a .22 for his boy, my brother asked the owner, "What are you doing to me, is this thing plastic?"

    The old man smiled, proud of himself for knowing his customers and said "beats me Mac, we've been taking bets on if it floats ...got some first class estate guns in this month, negotiable, on consignment."

    The boy had asked for an auto, instead he got a Colt Diamondback ...now in his 20s, one of his most prized possessions.
     
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    Dr. Farmer prescribes two cap n ball revolvers, and call me in a year. 20190430_095710.jpg
    Everything went South when smokeless powder was invented.
     
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    Sounds like you need a break from modern day offerings and need to return to your Taurus Gaucho roots! When I was old enough to buy handguns my initial choices were all revolvers, with most of them being single actions. So why don't you travel back in time to the mid to late 1800s and put a bit of old fashioned fun back in your life! Find another single action revolver that makes your day and then track down a lever action rifle to go with it (because we all know that the hunt is sometimes as much fun as finding the treasure)! Try out some black powder offerings, be it revolvers or maybe go long distance with a flintlock Kentucky rifle or build your own Hawken rifle kit!

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    I don't know about your waning interests in guns. It will either return or it won't and that is up to you. If I were in your shoes having my weekends pre-scheduled by my wife would be my biggest concern. Everyone needs some time to what they want. That is also up to you.
     
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    Ah... wonderful...
     
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    You have lots of company. Many of us shoot cowboy action a couple times a month. Visit a match or two and you will feel better about your condition.

    Here’s a link to the list of SASS clubs. Click on your state and neighboring states to find a match near you. If you can get to a state or regional championship match, there will be vendors offering temptations!

    https://www.sassnet.com/clubs/index.php
     
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    CAFFB40E-C9CA-480B-B5CC-CCCDEA0CBCD4.jpeg It leads to addictions like this.
     
  23. Vkt

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    Its normal interests change with age.
    Im not interested in much anymore myself.
    I have a 2 year old like you and it seems like Im buying gun stuff for him now.
     
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    And yes, you will be ruined once you hold a Freedom Arms or BFR.
    It’s hard to go back from quality like that.:D

    Absolutely! Never miss using this as an excuse, er, I mean reason! Especially to buy a higher grade of quality. After all it's for the kids...:thumbup:
     
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    Wow “ruined” at only 35 yoa. That is a sad tale indeed.

    Over the years my interests have change. My inventory of guns are a accumulation rather than a purpose driven collection of guns. A example are my guns I used for Cowboy Action Shooting. The Obama years resulted in job loss and bankruptcy which along with The Ammo Panic greatly impacted my shooting budget and put the brakes on any new gun acquisitions.

    Since 2016 I have been playing catch-up and getting ready for the change in political parties in D.C. so my new acquisitions are a result of my current thinking. In spite of this I am still keeping the guns I already have even though I have not shot some of them in years. I never know when and what my shooting interests will change to.
     
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