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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by CombatArmsUSAF, Aug 14, 2008.

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  1. ashtxsniper

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    Nagels is overpriced on everything. Go to the Powderhorn or Drury's for better prices. Also there is at least one gun show a month in San Antonio.
     
  2. AirForceShooter

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    There used to be a really cool name for the combat arms guys. I know.
    The Army and Marine guys really do love us. Even if we build swimming pools.
    Why do you think we bring in Buff strikes? The pool, the pool.
    And if you ever hear of a guy in a weather squadron don't ask him about a forecast. He doesn't have a clue.

    Yeah, I have Master Jump Wings and the damn USAF won't let me wear a CIB even though the Army awarded me one.

    AFS
     
  3. Rokyudai

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    Welcome (soon) to San Antonio!

    I would definitely recommend Dury's. I have bought over $5,000 worth of goods there. The service is friendly and knowledgeable. They also have a decent selection of firearms and supplies. Not that you will need one...they have about 4 smiths working there. They did a great job on my 1911.

    I can't recommend Nagels. I have also had bad customer service experiences and prices are yikes.

    As for IDPA, USPSA, 3 gun etc...you may look into a local range called Bullethole. I'm a member there. You can't beat the price of membership and a just a good bunch of folks.

    http://www.bullethole.com/

    I believe one of the owner's is a member here though can't remember her handle.
     
  4. Gottahaveone

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    THAT brought back so many memories that it made my head hurt :p
    I did basic in Mar 1979, then LE and Bullis, then 3 more months for K-9 before I got shipped off to Guam........
     
  5. sacp81170a

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    Aha! A puppy pusher! Arf arf, baby! When we did the GLCM OSAP exercise in '88 with the 10th Special Forces guys out of Bad Tolz, they didn't know we had a dog handler in the field with us. Too bad for them. It don't matter how stealthy you are, you ain't gonna beat the dog and his nose. :evil:
     
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    I was at Lackland in 74 for a tech school (2 weeks) and again for NCO Academy in 80. Enjoyed both stays even though they were TDY and short lived. Retired in 84.
     
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  8. macadore

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    Welcome to San Antonio. My uncle went through Lackland during WWII and my son went through a few years ago. My son said the M16’s he trained on there were single shots. One shot, clear the jam, on shot, clear the jam. Must be a new design.

    San Antonio is the most military friendly place I have ever been. We sincerely appreciate military personnel and what they do. We have a long summer and no winter. We also have a lot of inexpensive entertainment. Downtown is interesting and so are the Missions. The people here love to party and will celebrate anything. Port Aransas is three hours away and Galveston is four hours. The water at Port Aransas is cleaner but there is more to do in Galveston. Mexico is three hours away. I realize there are some people that do not like Mexico, but I have always enjoyed it.

    I use Nagel’s for my gunsmithing, but they can be arrogant. Nagle’s occasionally has a deal on new stuff, but not often. I buy my new stuff from Sportsman’s’ Warehouse. There is a large Cabela’s between San Antonio and Austin, and a Bass Pro in San Antonio. I also shoot at The Bulletthole. It is not far from Lackland. They will do ffl transfers and class 3 as well. The people there are really nice. The gun shows here are pretty lame.

    I like your signature lines.
     
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  9. Realbigo

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    Yes, it certainly is
     
  10. csmkersh

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    CombatarmsUSAF, I think you'll like your duty here. You may get a chance at the same training Charlie Petty received there 20 plus years back.

    I avoid Nagel's. As already mentioned, they can be arrogant. What hasn't been mentioned is they are also over-priced. Dury's on the South-side or Don's on the North are where I do business. Laurie, at Don's, is a very knowledgeable person. Don is a gunsmith and bull shipper. Bass Pro just north of Loop 1604 has a gun room (don't let the prices scare you) and regular gun department in the sporting goods section.

    If you live near Lackland, The Bullet Hole will be the closest civilian range to you. I don't know what Lackland's policies are for off duty personnel and range access. Camp Bullis has a military range but a long drive from Lackland compared to The Bullet Hole.

     
  11. SFvet

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    Yes sir - why not Minot freezin's the reason LOL
    I was there about the same time man haha 91 SFG
     
  12. sacp81170a

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    Hey, at least you weren't at F.E. Burn 'em. My old OPS Superintendent, SMSgt Ron Johnson had all his notepads stamped with the SAC armored fist logo, complete with the olive branches, lightning bolts, and a pair of *ahem* "family jewels" hanging from its grasp. The motto beneath read: "To err is human, to forgive is not SAC policy." :D

    All this talk about Camp Bullis makes me want to run out and jump in a patch of prickly pears and then roll around on a fire ant hill... NOT!!! ;)
     
  13. SFvet

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    LOL ya man I have heard that FE was about as bad as Mindrot :neener:
     
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    We were there '72-'74. Exchange rate was 13 Lira to the dollar.

    In the spring of 74 the Turks invaded Greek Cyprus. I have to give them credit, at the time they got some senior NCO's to act as witnesses and gathered all the Greek NATO staff members , packed their goods and arranged transport back to Greece with no harm to them or their possessions.

    I enjoyed the tour. Wild boar hunting in the mountains was good, and dove shooting was excellent(if I could gotten away with it the balcony of my apartment would have been a perfect blind) The doves there were much larger than ours. Duck and goose hunting was good at a lake about 90 miles NE of Izmir. I have never seen so many birds as there.

    Relations seemed to cool a bit after the Cyprus invasion and some friends who stayed an extra year were later regretting the extension. I understand it has changed quite a bit in the 35 years since I was there, nevertheless I would like to return to see how things have changed.
     
  15. CombatArmsUSAF

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    I have looked into some of the hunting around here, but that got squashed right away. The local police chief wanted $100 for a "PERMIT" per trip and then $25 a bird or $50 for a hog.

    I do honestly believe that we would have enjoyed it more here, had we been allowed to live on the local economy. We haven't been allowed to live off base here for years. In a few years, I might consider coming back to Izmir on an unaccompanied tour. Different area and a completely different experience than here at Incirlik. Adana is like the armpit of Turkey.

    Once again, Thanks to all of those that posted, whether it pertains to my original post or not. I have had a good time chatting with you guys and gals.
     
  16. ColinthePilot

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    I actually just PCSed out of Randolph. I know Nagels Guns on San Pedro Ave is a pretty nice shop. Prices are halfway decent from what I remember, even though I only bought 1 gun there. I know the Bracken range and Bexar Community Shooting Range are both good places, but they're on the opposite side of town from you. I know about a place over there near Lackland called the Bullet Hole but I never got over there to check it out.
     
  17. TexKettering

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    I've heard good things about Dury's but I can't stand going to Nagel's.

    Outrageous prices, cramped store, and horrible attitudes from employees. Too snobbish for me.
     
  18. TexKettering

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    Bullet Hole is also a good place to do FFL transfers if you buy online/out of state. $20 flat rate fee.
     
  19. Nate C.

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    Welcome to God's Country. Santone is a good place to be. Enjoy!
     
  20. Duke Junior

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    I was stationed there at Fort Sam for 2 years.
    You are a lucky man.Great town,great people,lots to do.
    Enjoy.You're in Texas.
     
  21. jkingrph

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    Back in my day hogs were vermin and they welcomed our hunting them. We had a local Turkish citizen, acutally from Malta who was our "guide, coordinater" , handling location hiring beaters & dogs. for driven hunts. My first trip back into those mountains was rough for a flatlander from Louisiana.

    We hunted doves near graineries just outside town. We would pull up, get out into field and start shooting, no problems.

    The wife and I would go camping with another family, usually picking a spot on a uninhabited beach on Friday afternoons and be alone until late Sat when the Turk beachgoers arrived and never had any problems, but that was years ago.

    Izimir was the only place we lived where we would feel safe walking across town, taking back streets, very late at night. I never heard of any crime, and only saw one instance where a Turkish man had snatched a Turkish womans purse and she was chasing him. This was the morning we returned to the USA.

    We had made friends with an antique merchat, a nice university educated very formal young man. He learned of my interest in firearms and hid one away in his shop to show me on my next trip down to the old marketplace. It was some kind of early snaphance(sp) with a lot of silver and gold wire inlays as well as mother of pearl. He said it was to be his retirement and this gentleman was only in his early '30's so he had something of very high value there.

    I hope you got to visit the Topki museum in Istanbul , or can stop by on your way back to the states. It is well worth the visit and has quite a few interesting firearms on display. That , the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, and the covered bazare are all very interesting.
     
  22. Mr Kablammo

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    Okey dokey, as an USAF brat, former resident of Santone, and current resident of Austin, TX I have to jump in. Here are some other good clubs to become involved with for CenTex shooting competitions.

    www.alsppc.org www.asscsa.com www.texassteelcompetition.com www.alpha-mike-shooters.cjb.net www.sagunclub.com

    Also, Randolph Air Force Base has a trap and skeet club. Unfortunately I have never shot there as after 9/11 I am too afrighted to go on base with a trunk full of shotguns. The staff at RAFB have assured me that it is 'no problem' to go on base to shoot trap. But no-way am I going to risk my freedom on the say-so of a voice on the phone.

    Welcome to Texas, friend. I am sure that you, like many others, will find the sense to call this great state home after retirement.
     
  23. Wakal

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    I am stationed at Lackland right now, and am an active 3-gun and IPSC competitor. I also have a FFL and a range at my house. Damn, I love Texas :)

    I just got here from Ankara (where I lived on the economy ;) ) a year ago. Let me know if you need anything!


    Alex
     
  24. Acera

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    Less than a month until dove season. Find your map and you will see that you are close to Hondo and Ulvalde. You ought to be able to find a lot of cheap trips for birds. The weather is still good enough to grab a couple of six packs and float the Frio. Shopping is a couple hours away down HWY 90 in Ciudad Acuna, just across the River from Del Rio. (too bad you are married, there are some other special things there also :) )



    Good Luck, and Welcome to Texas.
     
  25. CombatArmsUSAF

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    LMAO Thanks again for everyone who's responded. It sounds like I have alot to look forward to.
     
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