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Things that make you go 'D'Oh'

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  1. OrangeCat

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    So I got a new to me AR about two weeks ago and have been having some trouble with the selector switch, chalk that up to me being a decade out of practice.

    Or so I thought as spend a few hours playing with it and it occurs to me that the ejection port seems weird too... shouldn't that be on the other side? And the light goes on! I have a left handed AR!

    I have no idea how I missed that and frankly I have kinda figured out how to operate the selector with my thumb and trigger finger and the ejection seems to go pretty directly to the left so.

    o_O

    But in the spirit of making me feel less of an idiot, who wants to share some of your stories of daring doofus?
     
  2. hemiram

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    Don't feel bad, I had a gun, an Astra A75 for about a year before I figured out it had a decocker.
     
  3. Demi-human

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    Is it a Stag? How much was it?
    I have wanted a mirrored brace of 1911s for some time. Perhaps a mirrored AR pair would be more affordable...:D

    Doofus stuff? Hmm. Well, I have a Valkyrie...
    How much bandwidth have you got?...;)
     
  4. 792mauser

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    Put 2 rounds of 9mm through a buddies 40S&W Beretta 96....

    Trusted the seller that the ammunition was 8 Mauser. It wasn't. It was 7mm Mauser and rattled down the bore for about 2 or 3 rounds.

    Bought a C-96 holster stock eons ago and sold it later for a bit of profit a couple of years later. Never could afford a C-96. Then....maybe 2 months after I sold the stock I find a shootable and affordable C-96.
     
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    I shoot righty but the way a Lefty AR is set up is actually more intuitive to me, and I learned on one thanks to Uncle Sam. Idk why I prefer the lefty config tbh.
     
  6. OrangeCat

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    It is I paid about 750 for it probably a bit high but
    1) not a buyer's market currently
    2) I was looking for something that would replicate an a2 and aside from ejecting the wrong way it's pretty satisfactory.

    It actually isn't that weird to me I might add ambi safety to the list of things to update but so far so good.
     
  7. OrangeCat

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    Ooff that's rough a stocked Mauser or Luger are on the short list of things to get if I win the lottery.
     
  8. Demi-human

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    Brass tastes good?:)

    I have set down to help a few new shooters. Me facing them, as it felt right. Facing their face instead of their back.
    Then they asked if I was left handed. (Yes, but not really. I had it beat out of me.)

    The wonderful part of the AR is, as you have illustrated, that it is ambidextrous even without the “Ambi-parts”.
     
  9. daniel craig

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    I find the brass to not get in my face much.
     
  10. Demi-human

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    Deflector arrays, even before Star Wars...;)
     
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    I always have thought Colt 1873 single action armies were made for left handed folks. Go figure.
     
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    You don’t even have to ambi-catch it. You can switch it out for a plain old left-sided (righty) selector Switch. If I were nearby, I’d trade you one.
     
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    I've ordered magazines for guns I didn't own... Not realizing it.
    Luckily they were a great deal and I sold them quick for what I paid- not too painful.

    One time I had saved up a bunch of scrap sheet metal I was planning to shoot. On my way to my shooting spot I got a flat tire, took all the sheet metal out of my trunk to get the spare and forgot it all on the side of the road, d'oh!
     
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    I spray painted a black Parkerized Mossberg shotgun to see what it would look like thinking I could just remove the paint with Acetone. It has a lovely green hue to it now. o_O
     
  15. Armored farmer

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    Shooting at a coyote from the combine platform. D'oh,
    I got him though....
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  16. OrangeCat

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    One of those remember the bore is lower than your sights moments?
     
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    I was shooting at a blackbird in the top of a pine tree in the backyard with a .22 rifle with a scope. The bird was probably ten feet higher than the power line that crossed between us. No problem. Bang...zap!.. I shot the power line down! No way! I finally realized there was also a thin wire clothes line right in front of me, that I could not see at all through the scope. I clipped the clothesline, which made the bullet veer down enough to then hit the power line! The bird flew away.
     
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  18. Demi-human

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    Funny you should mention that...:)

    I have two inexpensive front bags, Birchwood Casey I believe. Cheap, light, effective.

    Sighting in an AR, I couldn’t get everything all lined up on the sled. The magazine hit the table, up high enough in the front wouldn’t reach the back. Now the stock was stuck in the rear holder.
    I switched to the bags. That wasn’t ideal either. So between a jacket, a box, a wood log and the bags, I thought I could finally get one through the chronograph.

    Upon pulling the trigger the chronograph decided to fall over, as a million tiny beads exploded out of the rear rest I was using as the front support. They flew up and ricocheted off the metal soffit ceiling with a piercing scream of angry and rained down onto me in celebration of their release. Most of them obliging to rest in the back of my shirt and travel to my boxers.
    As the blue and grey beads that did not make a break into fashion came to rest all about the table and patio, I removed the mag and racked the cartridge out of the chamber. I sat and took in the carnage.

    As I was getting the rifle set level, I completely missed that the barrel was ever so close to the ears of the bag. When I set into it my weight nestled the muzzle brake gently into the bag, aligning it into the material of the top.
    As I fired, the bullet tore down the top of the ear, shredding it and pitching slightly down and left. When the brake discovered the beads wanted to play it blasted them in every direction but down. The bullet, disgusted that it started a party it could not attend, veered towards the chronograph to commiserate, striking it in the face and pushing it over. Unpersuaded, the chronograph refused to die and remains in service, having been promoted to Chief Ballistics Officer.

    Well, having successfully “put one through the chrono” and having “enough” I decided to call it a day, 7:45 am. I swept up the beads and studied the bag.
    There were two holes very near where the split was.
    I wonder if that was why the first shot hit the dirt behind the chronograph...

    Yup. I did it twice. Evidently, they take two to go down...;)

    I have two front rests because they come as a clipped together set, and if you blow one up, you have to buy both to get another rear.:D

    Wow, I’m glad it wasn’t my 450 Bushmaster!
     
  19. 230RN
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    I've told this before, but it would fit in with this thread again.

    Trying to rebarrel a 6.5mm Carcano with a view toward converting it to .357. Why? 'Cause, that's why. I discovered the bolt face matched the .357/38 rim and what else can you do with a Carcano that would not shoot.

    Anyhow, I wrenched on that barrel and wrenched and wrenched, and it would not come out. And in those days I had a few muscles. I tried cutting relief cuts in it, no joy. In desperation and an attempt to kill all variables, I tried turning it the other way, figuring that might break the grip the receiver had on the barrel.

    Voila ! It was a left hand thread and the barrel came out slick as snot.

    And there's your D'OH !

    I therefore composed this bit of poesy and hung it on the wall above my workbench:

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    Breathes there the man with soul so dead,

    Who never to himself has said,

    After wrenching and twisting and turning red,

    Damn it to hell, that's a left hand thread!

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    With a tip of my MAGA hat to Sir Walter Scott.

    Terry, 230RN

    NOTE: The project turned out OK in terms of making it shoot ,357s, but I could not figure out how to fit a magazine to it and I lost interest in it.

    REF:
    https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poem/breathes-there-man/ (Click "DISMISS" to go to the poem.)
     
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    .44 sbh, 240mbc swc backed by 24.5gr h110.....nestled snugly, and deeply into an old sock full of rice, right at the front of the cylinder. third shot blew rice everywhere.....
     
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    Two cronys about 10 minutes apart. Just the time it took to change them and settle into the bench again. Then AH HA BARREL LOWER THAN SCOPE!:oops::rofl:
     
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    Bought a Beretta .25 Jetfire for $150 from a LGS a few months ago. I had heard the the only Italian-made ones were the pre-68 versions, but wasn't thinking of that when I saw this one. When I got it home, I read about the model, and was reminded of that. I suddenly noticed that my gun had no safety lever and, sure enough, it read "Made in Italy" on the other side. I found that a pleasant surprise, as I would have preferred the Italian anyway. I was surprised I got it for that price.

    I bought what I thought was a lever-action .22 at a gun show back in the eighties once, only to find out it was a falling-block single-shot, with a fake magazine tube. No biggie; I only paid $30 for it (Stevens Model 89.) I still have it.
     
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  23. LoonWulf
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    Ive got aiming tape on my chrono uprights, helps keep me from shooting the body of the chrono, and outs rhe bullets over it the same place each time....

    Shot my Magnetospeed bayo with my gp100, not 100% sure how i did it, but add me to the "I shot my chrono" crew....and mine was attached
     
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  24. 4570Tom

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    Quite a few years ago I packed up to go and do some shooting. Don't remember how many I brought, but the primary one was a bolt action 270 that I hadn't shot in awhile. Took it out of the safe, ran a dry patch through it, and put it in the soft case for transport. Put some ammo, muffs, and some targets in a daypack and I was ready to go. In that era, much of my shooting was done on a the family woodlot. Old logging road was how it was accessed. Needed a vehicle with clearance to get there, and my Dodge Spirit didn't qualify. So I hoofed it in, carrying guns and gear, which included climbing a not-insignificant hill. Eventually got there, unpacked my stuff, and discovered that I had left the bolt for the 270 sitting on the bench at home. Sigh...
     
  25. OrangeCat

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    Everyone shooting their Chrono is doing a great job of reinforcing the idea that I don't really need one lol
     
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