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  Calisthenic park
Posted by: David - 06-15-2019, 03:37 PM - Forum: DIY - Replies (1)

My son and I built a calisthenic park in our backyard based off this YT video.  Starting our workouts today!

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  SEP for another year+
Posted by: David - 06-14-2019, 01:59 PM - Forum: Forum News, Introductions and How-To Information - Replies (4)

I have renewed the board for another year.  I'd like to thank everyone that has built this board into what it is;  a treasure trove of information and good friends. 

Here's looking to another year of chatting Smile

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  My Range
Posted by: mac66 - 06-14-2019, 12:18 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (17)

Most of you know that I have some hunting property in northern Michigan.

 I set up a small range on it.  I just added the orange knock down Champion targets to it. I can go back 50 yards.  I also have a food plot.  I can move the steel targets to a stand in the food plot where I can shoot out to 170 yards.

The left side is for center fire, the right side is for 22s. The round plates are from shootingtargets7.com as are two of the three silhouettes and the plate on the center fire side.

In case you're interested the first three centerfire targets as from left to right... 3/8", the last one is 5/8". The 3/8" can handle up to 30-06 and the 5/8" can handle up to 50 BMG at 100 yards. Both will also handle 12ga slug/buck. The rimfire side plates are 3/16" which can handle all rimfires and up to 380s.

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Right side...

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Close up of the 22 side...
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I've since ordered some bowling pin shaped steel targets for the center fire side and a another set (one of each) of Champion knock downs for the 22 side.  Like most other things, it is a work in progress.

Being painted.... Haven't decided whether to hang them or put them on hinges to fall over when hit. They actually come with carriage bolt for the bottom that holds them up to use as a knock over. Bowling pins are 1/4" which can handle up to 45 acp.

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Posted by: David - 06-14-2019, 02:19 AM - Forum: Shelter - Replies (6)

On your main home, what kind of roof do you have?  How old? 

We had our roof replaced about 3 years ago give-or-take.  Three dimensional shingles with a secondary barrier.  Pretty much a lifetime shingle.  The secondary barrier is in the advent of wind damage to the roof during a storm to keep water out.  Our roofs in Florida get beat on pretty hard by the sun of course.  We all have ridge vents to help rid the attic of heat.  The attic still gets blazing hot but it does help a bit.

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  Sipik sk68 - gift package
Posted by: bdcochran - 06-12-2019, 09:28 PM - Forum: Lighting - Replies (2)

14 lights came in.  Part of my gifting/family prep plan.  Have a number of nieces/nephews and my sister lives a mile away.  Everyone has a car and some place that he or she lives.  Most of them would never buy a pocket knife, a leatherman tool or a flashlight. 

So, here is the individual package cost - under $6!  zip lock baggie, 4 aa batteries in a RC plastic battery holder, and the light.  If the flashlight does not get hot, the average time life of an AA battery in a Sipik sk68 is about 1.5 hours.  So, the package might get someone through the night - and it is a waterproof package.

In the past - referencing three nieces who are graduating college in the east.  One year, it was restored pink Swiss Army knives.  Last year, it was Cold Steel folders.  I pointed out to mom that the girls would be going to parties, cutting cheese and making sandwiches, etc.  Not a word about self defense!

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Posted by: bmyers - 06-12-2019, 01:23 PM - Forum: Gardening & Homesteading - Replies (4)

Who has what chainsaw? I'm trying to decide on what to get and I'm bouncing back and forth between Stihl and Husqvarna.

I'm leaning towards the Husqvarna 18 inch Rancher model 440 or the 20 inch Rancher 450. I think that size will be big enough to do most of the cutting we need completed without being to big.

Dad has a 16 inch Stihl model, so looking for one just a little larger to handle some of the bigger stuff. 

Open to suggestions because any purchase still has to go through the finance committee.

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  spare parts and modern orders
Posted by: bdcochran - 06-11-2019, 04:17 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (1)

I just had a month off between formal classes.  The time was devoted to:

1.  obtaining and copying manuals that I did not have for everything from battery chargers to power tools.

Very painful because it was and has been brought home to me, time and again, that products go out of production and companies do not keep manuals on products that they make.  I also learned that I had forgotten how to handle/clean/repair/use/apply some of the items that I had stored.

2. ordering parts. 

Just because a company has a glossy sales catalog doesn't mean that it has the products on hand.  I ordered a new take down recurve bow from Lancaster Archery in or about January or February.  Today, I received an email that the stuff was being shipped - 4 months later!

The parts market has changed dramatically in my lifetime.

1.  Last week, I returned a router to Spectrum.  Well, there is no parking for staff or customers in Santa Monica.  I went to a different location located near a class I was taking.  The store doors opened at 10 am.  I was there and number 16 in line!
2.  When I wanted long brass screws to replace in door hardware, not even Home Depot had them and I ordered them from the manufacturer in Boston, MA.
3.  I replaced the in line fuel filter in my Avalon last week.  My dealer doesn't carry them in stock.  The stocking warehouse is in New Jersey.  I searched on line months ago and bought one.
4.  Last year, I needed the inner tie rod replaced on my car.  If I wanted to go to the dealer (sigh) it would have cost a fortune.  Even my garage guy would have wanted the car for a day.  So, I had a traveling mechanic come and do the job at the house.  I don't have the tooling or the expertise to do it myself.

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  Doing more work
Posted by: bmyers - 06-08-2019, 08:53 PM - Forum: Gardening & Homesteading - Replies (3)

Went out today and did more clean up work. Dad and I cleared more area and we dug up a few trees and pushed them out of the way.




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  topo and other maps
Posted by: bdcochran - 06-05-2019, 01:36 AM - Forum: Resources and reviews - Replies (1)

I still have my government topo maps from 30 years ago.

Sadly, I am so urban and aged that bugging out is not an option and the topo maps are essentially useless.

Nonetheless, I went on this site today. mytopo.com.  This website is way more responsive than the USGS people.

You can put in your home address.  Then tell how large you want a map to be, and how much detail.  It would save a lot of aggravation trying to figure out how to download the free US maps on line or get large copies that you cannot do on your home printer.

When shtf and your gps is not working, you might want to have a map on hand.

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  Changed course on suppressor host
Posted by: Ronin.45 - 06-04-2019, 04:51 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (6)

I showed my suppressor host build in a previous thread, but have made some significant changes recently. 

The Aimpoint T-1 is back on my SBR and I picked up a Holosun 507c to try out the slideride lifestyle. It'll take some testing before I'd trust a slide mounted dot for defense, but we'll see how it holds up. Along with the optic swap, I went with a Zev slide with RMR cut, a Faxon threaded barrel, and a Dawson Ice magwell. These are all upgrades from the previous setup and look pretty nice too.

Original setup
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New setup
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