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  • This Guy Turns His Backyard into an Epic Underground Bunker

    11/24/2015 7:47:14 AM PST · by w1n1 · 10 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 11/24/2015 | D Breteau
    This British inventor Colin Furze built an underground "Apocalyptic Bunker" in his backyard. He built this in 34 days, the bunker main area which is similar to a studio with a flat screen tv, bed, portable potty, kitchen with a sink and microwave. This bunker is more of a man cave but the idea is entertaining. Have a look here.
  • Need help identifying Objet d'Art

    11/23/2015 9:09:53 PM PST · by Disambiguator · 35 replies
    11/23/2015 | n/a
    Someone gave us this fat ceramic horse and suggested we could sell it on eBay and retire. Well, okay, maybe make a few hundred bucks. As far as I can tell, it's a copy of the style of horse made by a Scandinavian artist named Stig Lindberg. It could be an original, but there are no markings to indicate that. It could also be from the Bling Dynasty, judging by the garish paint job.
  • Double Barreled 1911 Pistol Quad Rapid Fire

    11/23/2015 11:55:53 AM PST · by w1n1 · 19 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 11/23/2015 | J Miculek
    Jerry Miculek demonstrates rapid firing a pair of quad double barrel 1911 .45 ACP by Arsenal Firearms. Jerry fires off 20 rounds in less than 1.5 seconds. Here's an excerpt from what Jerry was saying while shooting the quad 1911. It's the original- Twiceshooter guys. 45ACP or it might be a 90ACP 2 of 'em both together, uh, maybe not. [chuckles] It's the original double-stack, as you can see, you put two single-stack mags in it, uh, the trigger works both hammers, so either side that you grab it it's gonna shoot, so; you've got a lotta horsepower here, you've...
  • Man Crawled for 4 Days after Breaking Legs while Elk Hunting

    11/23/2015 9:41:55 AM PST · by w1n1 · 54 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/23/2015 | R Anthony
    Before you read this story I would like to put emphasis on a couple of points. First and foremost, if you go hunting (especially in a remote area) always go with a partner. If something happens to you, the chances of getting out of trouble increase by having a buddy go with you. I would never go hunting alone, it's just too darn dangerous. Secondly, if you do hunt alone, always take a satellite phone, or a GPS locator with you. If you are hurt and cannot get back to civilization, at least you can let someone know exactly where...
  • 3 Deer Tactics once thought was Strange

    11/19/2015 12:18:26 PM PST · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/19/2015 | N Krebbs
    RattlingWhen they were first introduced to the national hunting community, these novel methods for bringing in bucks were considered unconventional at best, and harebrained schemes by most. Now deer hunters everywhere use these tried-and-true tactics. We take a look back in our archives to when these trusty standbys were still considered downright bizarre. The brush-country hunters of Texas and New Mexico were crashing antlers together for decades before the trend caught fire in the rest of whitetail country. Although native hunters likely developed the technique, legend has it that an old market hunter accidentally discovered the phenomenon: "He was coming...
  • Should 22 Mag be the Choice as a Defensive Caliber?

    11/19/2015 9:14:35 AM PST · by w1n1 · 118 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 11/19/2015 | Oleg Volk
    When 30 carbine was introduced during WW2, many called it inadequate. It became massively popular, and not just with the rear echelon troops. Far from the sheer power of the 30-06, it was more useful to a radio operator, a cook, or a typist. Likewise, 22WMR is nowhere near the power of 223Rem (already deemed inadequate by many), yet its ballistic cousins 5.7x28 and 4.6x30 are well regarded for certain niche uses. Until recently, 22WMR was mostly used in hunting guns, the occasional exception like Grendel carbine aside. But consider it in the Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) format: lightweight, accurate,...
  • CA Tule Elk Hunt

    11/19/2015 8:11:46 AM PST · by w1n1 · 5 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/19/2015 | C Cocoles
    Here's a clip from WildTV Hunter Troy and Jack Link of Jack Links Beef Jerky, They're in northern California hunting down this monster Tule elk. Key takeaways from the Link boys is that thinking ahead and waiting for the right moment to pull the trigger, patience and precision was the key for a successful hunt. See the video here.
  • GUN REVIEW: Century Arms C39v2 – The American AK

    11/18/2015 1:49:32 PM PST · by w1n1 · 23 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 11/18/2015 | Tatiana Whitlock
    A well-made, accurate and good-looking AK-47 that is 100 percent made in the USA with no imported parts actually exists. Century Arms introduced the C39v2, 7.62x39mm semiautomatic rifle in 2014, and it continues to exceed our expectations. After receiving quite a bit of user feedback from the original C39, Century Arms made some intelligent changes and upgrades, resulting in the C39v2, which has set it apart from other AKs on the market. Even AK purists are having a hard time finding fault with their latest C39 variant. While elegant isn't a term usually associated with an AK-47, the C39v2 earns...
  • Duck Hunting Tips: 6 Old Tricks that Still Work

    11/17/2015 8:25:38 AM PST · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/17/2015 | D Howlet
    Waterfowlers have proven to be some of the most resourceful of all sportsmen throughout history, with their combined approach of calling, decoying, and plain old woodsmanship. Here are six old-school tips worth remembering as you prepare to hit the water for ducks and geese this fall. Add motion - Before motion decoys, hunters used jerk strings and pumped their legs in the water to send ripples through their spread. Another great trick is to mount an electric trolling motor to your blind or on a wood frame painted to blend in, set it near your spread, and let the propeller...
  • Why I am Not a Doomsday Prepper

    11/13/2015 2:05:45 PM PST · by w1n1 · 72 replies
    AK Sports Journal ^ | 11/13/2015 | A Aylar
    My first real exposure to the world of prepping came in 2008, when I became a new father and we moved to San Francisco, an earthquake zone. A lot of people in the Bay Area keep stockpiles of food and water on-hand for when The Big One hits, and since my wife was super nervous about earthquakes and I'm a former Boy Scout, we picked up a few cases of MREs and a water barrel. Later, I added double-barreled coach gun for defensive purposes, making it my first time to live with a gun in the house since I left...
  • Build Your Own Antler Trap to Collect Sheds

    11/12/2015 9:13:42 AM PST · by w1n1 · 27 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/12/2015 | C Buckner
    If you want to find deer sheds but don't have time to search, build your own antler trap. There are many benefits to walking through the woods and searching for deer sheds. You can get a better lay of your land, you can see where the deer were most recently moving, and shed hunting is a great way to introduce hunting to a youngster. But for many hunters there is just not always enough time to get in the woods and hunt sheds. But with just a few dollars and a little bit of time you can build an antler...
  • The New M1 Pistol-The Advisor

    11/12/2015 8:15:36 AM PST · by w1n1 · 60 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 11/12/2015 | D Breteau
    Inland Manufacturing has just announced their new and fascinating pistol. It's an M1, it's a carbine and it's a pistol, but we will have to wait until March 2016 to have one of our very own. The new "Advisor," Inland's M1 pistol, features many of the same characteristics of their original carbines and is modeled after the modified M1 carbines that were a popular conversion made by US Military advisors during the Vietnam Era. These "Military Advisors" found that the compact and reliable M1 carbine could be made even more suitable for their specific missions by cutting the barrels down...
  • Preppers: Time to Ditch the Iron Sights-only Builds

    11/10/2015 11:04:57 AM PST · by w1n1 · 77 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 11/10/2015 | Bilj
    There's this thread on Reddit that stated: For as long as I've had my AR, I've kept it equipped with iron sights only, on the theory that I didn't want to rely on a battery-operated sight. That's still true, but I'm rethinking my original choices and considering a scope or fiber optic sight. So, my question is two-fold: Would you recommend iron sights, some form of fiber optic sight, a scope of whatever type, or a combination?For scopes or fiber optic sights, what model do you recommend that performs well between 100 and 300 yards and won't break the bank?Good...
  • 30 Point Whitetail - Doe!

    11/10/2015 7:55:37 AM PST · by w1n1 · 41 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/10/2015 | R Chastain
    Everyone loves to champion those 10 plus pointers, phenominally they say one in 4,500 doe have antlers. But, this one hunter bagged a 30 point and that buck is a doe! Rest of the story here.
  • The House Still Stands: Hardy’s of Alnwick

    11/09/2015 8:55:37 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    A Continuous Lean ^ | 11/9/15 | Al James
    The House Still Stands: Hardy’s of Alnwick Nov 9th, 2015 | Categories: Al James, England, Fishing | by Al James Hardy “The Perfect” It’s steelhead and salmon season out West from Northern California up to B.C. and Alaska. The trout gear has been stashed in the closet until next May and we’re breaking out the heavy duty rods and reels in search of finicky anadromous fish. While modern, freight train-stopping disc drags are popular, (Hatch, Nautilus, Tibor, Abel, Ross) many two-hand enthusiasts prefer to outfit their spey rods with a simple click and pawl Hardy reel. This mechanism doesn’t offer...
  • Old Hymns and Memories

    11/09/2015 2:57:05 PM PST · by Revski · 5 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 11-9-2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    This video redone with some memories, has 4 - hymns, Rock of Ages, Nothing But the Blood, Nearer My God to Thee and Till We Meet At Jesus Feet. These hymns are covered by myself, with my mandolin. It's a none fact that we pass from this world soon enough so this is why I keep redoing some videos so when watch be love ones after we pass I will give them my best . Thanks a million for watching.
  • Rut Stands: Three Different Strategies to take Go Time Bucks

    11/06/2015 10:57:10 AM PST · by w1n1 · 4 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/6.2015 | M Melotik
    The mystical, magical whitetail rut. It's what many of us wait feverishly to experience all year long—anticipation that builds into both blessing and curse. Especially when it comes to smart stand selection at go time. Obsess over most anything for a good length of time and, eventually, you can experience near-absolute clarity of thought. Seconds later, you can be trapped in a wicked tailspin of second-guessing. This is the dark side of our obsessive behavior. To help ensure your focus (and success) during the fast-approaching rut, we've tapped a trio of die hard whitetail fanatics, guys who seem to have...
  • Am I the Only One Never Heard of a 'HOBO NICKEL' Before?

    11/06/2015 9:17:28 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 06 October 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Certainly no lack of historical curiosity in my noggin, but this one's new on me. Hard to imagine how I missed it, because it's a delightful folk art form to be sure- pure Americana. Due to the relative cheapness, softness, portability, and (adequate) thickness for sculpturing, the US 5-cent coin proved perfect for carving into highly-creative works that can be carried around in your pocket. Alterations of coins hadoccurred in Europe, S. Africa, and the US in the 18th and 19th century -in cruder forms- but introduction of the 'Buffalo' nickel in 1913 broughtabout a surge in popularity of...
  • Top 10 Blades of 2015

    11/04/2015 1:20:54 PM PST · by w1n1 · 26 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 11/4/2015 | D Breteau
    What's your top blade for every day carry to just having one for the sake of it. Here's a partial list - Warcraft Tanto Why we love this blade - Wield this thing once and you may never let go. The weight and balance alone immediately lets the user know they are handling a profound tool. A true blade of blades. Style Tanto Overall Length 12 3/4 inches Blade length 7.5 inches Blade material Steel U.S. CPM 3-V High Carbon Blade thickness 5 mm Blade width 1.5 inches Handle material G10 Glass epoxy Overall weight 13 ounces Features Diamond like...
  • Winchester Deer Specific Hunting Bullet

    11/03/2015 11:02:04 AM PST · by w1n1 · 24 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/3/2015 | R Chastain
    When it comes to deer hunting bullets, expansion is usually the name of the game. Some of the most widely-used hunting bullets were designed 50 and 60 years ago, when deer hunting was much less prevalent than it is now (simply because we didn't have very many deer). These days, deer hunters as a group wield the most sway with major manufacturers of rifle ammo. We buy the most ammo and demand performance from it. If it fails, we tell everyone about it and buy someone else's product. Enter Winchester's R&D department and a new approach to a hunting bullet....
  • Any idea how to find Novell objects after a migration to a Microsoft AD environment?

    10/29/2015 3:15:37 PM PDT · by MeganC · 16 replies
    Megan Winkler ^ | 10.29.2015 | Self/Vanity
    I'm asking the FR tech folks for some help! We inherited a Novell network and we migrated it to a Microsoft Active Directory network and we're realizing there are some lingering Novell objects around the network. We paid for Microsoft to look at the problems we were having and that's what their guy said. Does anyone know of any way to find Novell objects that might be luring around a MS network? I have no clue how to do this and would really appreciate your help. And no, starting over is not really an option for us. Thank you!!
  • Elk Field Dressing Gut Bag Accident

    10/28/2015 10:43:53 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 25 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 10/28/2015 | C Cocoles
    This video highlights a hunter not being careful while dressing this bull elk. Tip is, always guide the blade with your fingers so as to push the gut bag away, and make sure that the knife point isn't close to the bag. Anyone have this problem or accident before? Watch the video here.
  • 3D printing Make Plasma Railgun

    10/26/2015 7:49:57 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 7 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 10/26/2015 | D Breteau
    A Real Railgun Made By 3D Printing Fires 560 MPH Plasma ProjectilesIf you think the image above looks frightening, youre right. The crazy contraption pictured in the image is the first portable railgun, a futuristic projectile launcher associated most commonly with the military or NASA. The man in the image above isnt in the military, and hes not a NASA engineer. Instead, hes a civilian who used some engineering smarts, some widely available parts and a 3D printer to create a functioning weapon that can fire graphite, aluminum, tungsten and even plasma projectiles at speeds of more than 560...
  • A Deer Hunt

    10/26/2015 6:48:26 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | Walt Hampton
    She was a big old doe, with that long head and thick, squared-up body; she conducted herself with a caution and attention not seen in the younger deer. She was alone with no trailing fawns; they had been weaned and were off seeking their own way, and she was only concerned with the white oak acorns at her feet. Hidden in a pile of brush, just an odd-shaped stump, nothing to worry about here, I watched her, had been watching her, as she had first appeared and while she worked the thicket, first out of range, now closer, now close...
  • Funky, Folding Portable 'Suitcase' Motorcycles:

    10/24/2015 3:41:49 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 24 October 2015 | reaganite Republican
    I find most all vehicles interesting somehow -historically, artistically, or the technology- but was always more of a 'car guy' than into bikes. I've ridden a little but never actually owned a street bike of any sort. So forgive me if I'm out-of-it but I never even heard of the 1981-83 'HondaMotocompo' portable motorcycle until last week, just stumbled across it on the net. Seems to have quite a following, andthe dandy lil' 50cc scooter-ish thing was meant to be ordered along with new cars (in Japan) too, where it could be purchased as an option- it fit neatly...
  • Snake Hunting 101

    10/23/2015 1:51:43 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 33 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 10/23/2015 | Tim Hovey
    Ive always been fascinated with snakes. I will admit that as a youth they absolutely terrified me. While I ran around catching lots of lizards and frogs, whenever I bumped into a snake, I did less catching and more running. As I got older and learned more about them, I began actually seeking snakes out in the hopes of seeing them up close and capturing them. Id carefully handle the nonvenomous ones, take a few photos and then release them. I did get bit a handful of times, but for the most part the encounters were interesting and educational. Every...
  • .22 Gatling Gun Made From Scratch

    10/21/2015 12:38:50 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 54 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 10/21/2015 | D Breteau
    Alex Smyth created this .22 Steam punk Gatling gun from scratch with aluminum/steel skeleton with 7 rotating barrels. The whole gun is sheath in real copper with 1300 hand rib-bets in it. Built off of a Ruger 1022 to keep it legal. Also has an area at the top for the simulated steam from the ice and water. The chimney and electric motor that drives the rotary barrel which has nothing to do with the firing mechanism to be in compliance with the law. Installed a rotary trigger fed by a .22 magazine from the bottom, total gun weighs 60...
  • Ideal Scopes for Deer Hunting

    10/20/2015 1:50:25 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 52 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 10/20/2015 | C Cocoles
    There are a multitude of Choices for Rifle Scopes for Hunting White-Tailed Deer When is the last time you saw a deer rifle without a scope on it? I am betting it has been quite a few deer seasons ago. I think it has been 1970 since I saw a deer rifle in the woods using only open sights. I remember this because it was my first deer rifle, a Winchester Model 94 in 30-30. I bought the rifle at J.C. Penney for $66. I killed my first buck with that rifle at a whopping range of 20 yards....
  • What is Spooking this Herd of Deer?

    10/18/2015 10:14:06 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 32 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 10/18/2015 | C Cocoles
    This video shot of a herd of deer near a fence line getting spooked by something. See the video here.
  • 3800 Yard Long Range Shot

    10/16/2015 12:41:36 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 26 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 10/16/2015 | C Cocoles
    This video highlights Jim Spinella and the HCR team hitting a 36″ plate from an extreme distance of 3800 yards (2.16 miles). The shot was made with the Hill Country Rifle Extreme Long Range Carry Weight 375 CheyTac at the FTW Ranch in Texas. This rifle weighs 12.5 pounds without the scope. This shot is said to be a world record. Go here to view the video.
  • Before Your First Black Powder Hunt

    10/15/2015 7:27:38 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 10/15/2015 | Mike Nesbitt
    Hunting with muzzleloaders is popular enough that most states have special or separate seasons for hunters using them. The rules for those seasons vary, so if you are setting up a hunt, even near home, do a little homework to see which guns, calibers, sights and styles of ignition are favored during those times. In my home state of Washington, the ignition must be exposed, which means an in-line rifle that has an enclosed percussion nipple and cap are not allowed. Also, Washington does not allow scopes on muzzleloaders when used during the muzzleloading seasons. Scoped muzzleloaders can only be...
  • About the AH-64: Specs (vanity)

    10/15/2015 3:57:44 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 21 replies
    AeroWeb ^ | Last Update: March 9, 2015. | Joakim Kasper Oestergaard Balle
    The AH-64A/D Apache and AH-64E Block III Apache Longbow (renamed Guardian) are four-blade twin-engine attack helicopters manufactured by Boeing. The Apache was originally developed by Hughes Helicopters in the 1970s (first flight on September 30, 1975), however, the company was acquired by McDonnell Douglas in 1984. In 1997, McDonnell Douglas merged with Boeing. The latest variant, the AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter (originally designated AH-64D Block III), is powered by two General Electric T700-GE-701D turboshaft engines with 1,994 shp each. The AH-64D/E models are based on the original AH-64A, which was deployed in 1984 and first used in combat in 1989...
  • At Auction | 1920s Brough Superiors (the "Rolls-Royce of motorcycles")

    10/10/2015 4:17:48 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    A Continuous Lean ^ | 10/8/15 | Jared Paul Stern
    At Auction | 1920s Brough Superiors Oct 8th, 2015 | Categories: Jared Paul Stern, Motorcycles | by Jared Paul Stern It is a miracle that all this docile strength waits behind one tiny lever for the pleasure of my hand, T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) wrote of his Brough Superior in the 1920s. Built by hand in Nottingham, England from 19191940, the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles became an instant legend thanks to the likes of Lawrence, who owned eight of them. Extremely fast, exclusive and expensive, no two of the custom-built bikes were exactly alike. At its Stafford, UK sale...

    09/28/2015 2:20:24 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 16 replies
    GunsAmerica ^ | SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 | S.H. BLANNELBERRY
    We love the Can Cannon! Heck, everyone loves the Can Cannon. Were on record as saying its the best fun-gun ever! So, we were incredibly perturbed to learn that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently issued a letter on the Can Cannon saying that when it is affixed to a rifle receiver it is considered a (SBR) or short barrel rifle and when place on a pistol it becomes an (AOW) Any Other Weapon. Now, by itself, the Can Cannon is not a firearm or a controlled item. But the minute it is put on a rifle...

    09/28/2015 2:13:23 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 9 replies
    GunsAmerica ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 | JON HODOWAY
    hes a Flamethrower! Some of you will get the reference. Some of you wont, and thats okay (the rest of us forgive you). Perhaps you should crank up the volume and watch the video at the bottom of this page to ensure that youre well rounded, culturally. Freon and BBs. Why isn't Umarex making one of these old classics? Freon and BBs. Why isnt Umarex making one of these old classics? When I started this review, I knew it would be fun. Ive had this feeling before. In the late 70s and early 80s there was a product advertised in...
  • The Advantages of Hunting with Muzzleloaders

    09/23/2015 7:16:54 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 13 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 9/23/2015 | Mike Nesbitt
    Believe it or not, there are some real advantages to hunting with muzzleloading rifles and smoothbores. Those advantages are not found in the ballistics or the rapidity of follow-up shots; the real advantages are found in making a good shot from the beginning and knowing that the hunter will be reticent to take a shot until a good hit can be expected. Those can be real advantages. There are more areas open to hunting this way as well. Im making this statement in a very general sense, but many areas, sometime entire states, are closed to hunting with high-powered rifles....
  • Chiappa's Little Badger Survival Rifle

    09/21/2015 7:54:49 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 41 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 9/21/2015 | Frank Jardim
    I first encountered the Chiappa Little Badger single-shot, I pegged it as a survival rifle. It comes in basic black, either in 22LR or 22WMR, both of which are fine for small game. With an overall length of 31 inches, it is already small, but it also folds over and onto itself, creating an extremely compact triangle about 16.5 inches tall and 8 inches across the base. It weighs less than 3 pounds, making it only slightly heavier than large center-fire pistols. The Little Badgers overall design principal is minimalistic. The Chiappa engineers gave the little gun everything it needs...
  • Selecting the Best Optics

    09/16/2015 1:07:26 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 15 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 9/16/2015 | Tom Claycomb III
    We can all boast life lessons that have taught us certain principles. For me, the optics lesson happened years ago. Ed Sweet, the host of Kid Outdoors, and I would take a lot of kids bear hunting. Id write articles about the hunts and hed film them for his show. On one of our first hunts we saw 10 bears in two afternoons. Only once did I spot the bear before anyone else. Thats because my partners had good glass. I had an average pair of binoculars and have realized over the years that I had been missing a lot...
  • Is the Republican Party looking a gift horse in the mouth?

    09/15/2015 6:52:38 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 46 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | September 15, 2015 | Corky Boyd
    The Republican Party is facing a crisis. It has a candidate who is likely to win the nomination and could very well win the Presidential election. Yet they are doing their very best to see a repeat of the past two presidential cycles nominating uninspiring candidates who have no chance of winning. The RNC would rather have a Democratic president, rather than support a reformer who would change the corrupt political structure of Washington. And they ignore the will of the people who are desperate to see that change happen.... Donald Trump has caught the imagination of not only...
  • Size Matters The World Of Miniature Firearms

    09/15/2015 7:40:08 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 21 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 9/15/2015 | Frank Jardim
    Miniatures hold a fascination for everyone. Perhaps it is something rooted in the happy memories of our childhood toys. As we mature and grow in sophistication we begin to appreciate the huge amount of skill required to make things small. The craftsmen who create miniature firearms and ammunition do it for the challenge and the artistic satisfaction. Only a handful of master miniature makers have ever been able to make a living doing it. For most hobby builders, there is virtually no financial incentive. This work is labor intensive and generally each piece is unique. Since medieval times, journeyman artisans...
  • The Magnum Lite .22WMR

    09/14/2015 9:41:48 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 19 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 9/14/2015 | Oleg Volk
    The creation of an accurate .22 Magnum autoloader has long been plagued by cycling challenges caused by the cartridge shape and construction. The long, skinny case has a lot of surface area and resists extraction. Extracting it while the gas pressure is high runs the risk of blowing out the thin case head typical of rimfire ammunition. Balancing these conflicting requirements was a huge technical challenge to overcome until the Magnum Lite. Magnum Research calls the action gas-assisted blowback, but it is not. Gas assistance uses a muzzle booster to move the whole barrel (as on a Maxim machine...
  • Have Spear will Travel

    09/09/2015 8:22:20 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 5 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 9/9/2015 | Chris Cocoles
    Shes so comfortable if not at home in the water now, its hard to believe Valentine Thomas once almost drowned in it. Of course, that was a half a lifetime ago, when this spearfishing maven from London via Canada was vacationing seaside with her family in the south of France. Just 14, Thomas got caught in an undertow not far from the shore, but far enough for a harrowing few seconds. I was caught by the underwater currents. The current had suddenly changed and I remember sticking my head up and there was nobody in the water,...
  • Eve Online: Wanderers

    09/07/2015 7:53:54 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sep 5, 2015 | zaqq (EVE player)
    A stunning new player-made video highlighting the visual beauty and wonder of this immense, sprawling and player-driven universe. Be sure to watch full screen and in HD 1080P. What many EVE players themselves overlook is just how visually compelling EVE is. All you have to do is stop and take a look around. All the while dodging incoming fire, that is. Heh. Just kidding. Or maybe not.
  • Now THIS is Cool (If You're an Airplane Geek)... JET-Powered, RC 1/15th scale Airbus A380!

    09/01/2015 8:51:42 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 01 September 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Jet-powered, RC 1/15th scale Airbus A380! I wonder how much he spent on this thing... This radio-controlled Airbus A380-800 super-jumbo replica -built by German enthusiasts- has got to be the coolest RC model I've ever seen. I remember when I was a kid, being wowed by my uncle's impressive RC collection, including multi-engine stuff and 'copters... but JETS? News to me! And this one looks, sounds, and even moves at a pace that comes across as 'the real thing' easily on video... the jet roar is more than a little bit cool! The plane is marked in Singapore Airlines...
  • JAIL HILLARY'S bowling scorecard - 247 (should Trump have bowling fundraiser?)

    08/29/2015 4:10:13 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 3 replies
    tinypic ^ | 8-29-15 | dfu
    During open bowling, I have used Obama Sucks and other attacks on the community organizer from Kenya. But lately, it is time to go after Hillary. When you bowl, have some extra fun and put up a name to insult her or cause a conversation. I may have changed a guy's mind yesterday after he commented on the name and I educated him. On another note, it might be interesting for Trump to have "bowling night" fundraiser across the country and give a live speech broadcast at bowling alleys across the country. Then some bowling with Hillary pins. If the...
  • Announcing the 2015-16 Yahoo! Football Pick'em Fantasy League

    08/26/2015 12:54:27 PM PDT · by texas booster · 17 replies
    Yahoo! Fantasy Sports ^ | Aug 26 2015 | Texas Booster
    For about the 12th year, one of Free Republic's members is pleased to create a Yahoo! Pick'em Fantasy Football league. The league rules are simple: ** Pick the winners of each game ** Assign a confidence value to each game ** Post messages to each other on the message board that include bad puns ** Donate generously to Free Republic at the end of the season in the name of the top point earner That's about it. No drafting, no cash outlay except to Free Republic, and LOTS of Monday morning quarterbacking. It is a wonderful time waster that really...
  • Silencerco - The Doom of Boom

    08/25/2015 10:18:57 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 8/25/2015 | Troy Taysom
    Guns have been around in one form or another for 800 years. Much has changed, but the firearms industry cannot be accused of being on the leading edge of technology. The 1911 handgun is still widely used and adored, as is the AR-15. The 1911 by its name alone tells you that it has passed the century mark, and the AR-15 is more than 50 years old. These are just two examples of the antiquated technology employed by most firearms industry manufacturers; but not all of them. THE BEGINNINGWhat happens when a newcomer to the industry combines tradition with cutting-edge...
  • Is Rowing Only for the Rich? A Henley Winner Weighs In.

    08/14/2015 11:13:13 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies
    A Continuous Lean ^ | 8/14/15 | Jared Paul Stern
    Is Rowing Only for the Rich? A Henley Winner Weighs In. Aug 14th, 2015 | Categories: Jared Paul Stern, Sports | by Jared Paul Stern Our recent report on the Henley Royal Regatta sparked a serious debate about class and style. One commenters position that people should know their place in regards to attending and dressing for such high-end events struck a chord in particular. Which led us to wonder whether Henley and its ilk are really the bastions of unrepentant snobbery that some make them out to be. Many seem to be of the opinion that rowing is only...
  • Obama Hater Stole Vibrator From Orland Lover's Lane: (Illinois)

    08/10/2015 8:19:23 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    Orland Park Patch ^ | Aug 6, 2015 | Joseph Hosey
    Obama Hater Stole Vibrator From Orland Lover's Lane: Cops The Harvey man shoved the vibrator down his pants and left the store, police said. By Joseph Hosey (Patch Staff) August 6, 2015 An Obama-hating Harvey man shoved a vibrator down his pants and slipped outside the Orland Park Lovers Lane, but didnt get far before he was caught by the cops, police said. An employee of the 159th Street sex shop reportedly tipped the law to a man walking around the store with a vibrator stuffed down his pants. The cops arrived just in time to find 44-year-old Christopher Hucko...
  • Getting K9 Hunters Back In Shape

    08/06/2015 6:44:46 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 4 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 8/6/2015 | S Haugen
    I sat back inquisitively, watching in amazement as Howard Meyer of Chipewa Kennels and dog trainer, handled his dogs with utmost patience. Cmon, Violet, get in, get in here, Meyer encouraged in a soft voice. Sure enough, Violet waded into the water and got into the canoe on her own. As Meyer began paddling across the small river, two other adult dogs followed, swimming by his side. Two pups, eight-month-old brothers, hesitated at first, but their anticipation mounted the further away Meyer and the other dogs got. Cmon, hop in Cmon, Meyer kept enticing the pups in his calm...