That moment where you realize you might be an idiot!

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  1. twofewscrews

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    For a bit of fun,

    So, I recently bought a Maverick 88 as my first shotgun. I took her home, read the manual, racked her a couple times and went to bed. Over the next week I looked at the manual a few times over and then took her to the range. To my horror I found she only accepted two round instead of five. I searched the internet for how to fix what and what to replace parts with. I posted on this very forum and got an answer. A wooden dowel is used to plug the magazine tube for bird hunting. Removed the dowel.

    Today I was trying to figure out if the tang safety on the Mossberg 500 makes it harder to disassemble then the Maverick 88 which has a cross bolt safety. I went to Mossberg's site and downloaded a 500 manual for the schematics and then I reread my 88 manual. I found this line on the fourth page of the 88 manual:

    Note: to comply with U.S. migratory birds, six shot models are shipped with a wooden dowel inserted into the magazine tube which limits magazine capacity to two (2) shells.

    Either I didn't read the manual as thoroughly as I should have or I think I am a better reader then I really am. It was at that moment that I realized I might be an idiot. Either way, next time I get a new firearm, I'm not only going to read the manual, I'm going to copy it word for word so I don't miss anything.

    Thanks to all the people who refrained from telling me to just read the manual.
    Remember, there are no dumb questions, but there are dumb answers.
     
  2. edwardware

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    Heresy!

    You should begin by completely disassembling it, rolls pins to detents, then RTFM.
     
  3. Tommygunn

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    ..... and putting it back together. Extra points for each leftover part!!!!:evil:
     
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    Yeah but when I RTM, I find I have to skip the first 10 pages of safety nanny warnings before you get to any of the meat of it. And, then I sometimes find out that it is not as detailed as I need to figure out where to put the left over parts. Not implying I would disassemble and then RTM to figure out why I can't put it back together, Ok, well, maybe I have done this once or twice.

    Remember experience is that thing you get, just moments after you needed it.

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  5. .308 Norma

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    Yep, and not to be a wise guy, but it sounds like you'll need to read the "manual" (the hunting regulations) before using your new shotgun for "bird hunting" as well. A "plug" is required for some types of bird hunting, like migratory waterfowl hunting, but it's not required for all types of bird hunting. Here in Idaho, a "plug" is not required in your shotgun for pheasant, sharp tail, mountain grouse or chucker hunting.:)
    For that matter, we're allowed to hunt mountain grouse with .22s or air rifles/pistols here, and I've legally killed a good many of them by using the big game rifle I was carrying at the time to "clip" their heads off. However, talk about feeling like an "idiot" - shoot a little low, catching a ruffed grouse in the chest with a 30-06.:eek: There won't be enough "bird" left to take back to camp.:oops:
     
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  6. NorthBorder

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    Read the manual? Isn't that kinda like asking directions?
     
  7. edwardware

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    I disassembled my Marlin M60, including the action group, on the picnic table at 19yo.

    It DID function later. . . but it was a close thing all afternoon.
     
  8. Skeptic13

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    I have two comments (OK one comment and one question):
    1. I think if you can limit being an idiot to once a day your are ahead of the game.
    2. You actual read the manual?
     
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    Being of french canadian descent I always allow myself 5 mistakes a day!

    That being said, admiting to those said mistakes is automatic revocation of your man card.:D
     
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  10. Dunross

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    That moment where you realize you might be an idiot!

    If this only happens once a day for me I consider it a win.
     
  11. Armored farmer

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    I once called the appliance repair guy after exhausting my abilities to get the oven to come on.

    The repair guy synced the clock and delayed timer (a pushbutton)....charged me $50 service call.:fire::fire::fire::cuss::cuss:
     
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  12. Speedo66

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    "When all else fails....." (read the manual).

    Good thing you weren't looking for the wooden plug.
     
  13. Riomouse911

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    Most of us have been there with you... many have been there multiple times. I count myself as belonging in the second group. o_O

    Stay safe.
     
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    Been there. Done that. It is called learning from experience instead of the written word. It makes things more interesting although annoying.
     
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    Been there, done that. Got the t-shirt and still didn't RTFM! :rofl: I recall taking apart my 1897 at the kitchen table one night to change a couple springs. Three hours and a lot of cursing later, I had it back together. And don't even get me started on replacing the mag spring in my Model 12! Probably shoulda read a schematic or some instructions... "we don't need no stinking manual"... but I did!

    That's sorta like shooting a squirrel or rabbit with a 30-30... you better be a damn good shot or you're gonna have mess! Ask me how I know....

    Mac
     
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  16. WheelGunMan

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    Lesson's learned...I'll bet everyone has an "egg on my face" story to tell.
     
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    Are there prongs on that wooden plug? 110v or 220v? And why does a rifle need a plug?

    Remember the piezo electric BP rifle? cVA Electra.
     
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    My problem is never having the dang plug when I need one. I’m guilty of going to the hardware store a few times when away from home for a hunt. Now I keep 2 or 3 in the vehicle at all times. I hate to admit it but they occasionally put some interesting information in those manuals.
     
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    Imagine the level of tacticuloidiocy HK must have felt after distributing these...
     
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  20. Insignificant bill

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    Men don't read manuals so this stuff happens
     
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  21. Speedo66

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    "Our guns are so foolproof you can even put the ammo in backwards and they'll still work".
     
  22. Speedo66

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    Who has partially assembled an Ikea product because it seemed so simple, only to have to take it apart when the next step didn't work?

    Where's that freaken instruction sheet!!!
     
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    I'm guessing the proof reader wasn't a firearm person.
     
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    There's a story about it online - they say the brochures were quickly composed and rushed for what I think was SHOT Show (?).
     
  25. GunnyUSMC

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    I have never made a mistake in my life. o_O Well, I’ve been divorced twice and may have forgotten some thing that have happened in the past.
     
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