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Bighanded last won the day on May 5 2020

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  1. yep, I owe some pics...gotta dig out a different computer where I've got some pics and I think I still have a video where I strapped a gopro to the front of a Lionel for a ride-around.
  2. the wife has this same model and she has really enjoyed it over the past couple years....it had an issue last year..Prusa paid shipping both ways and it was surprisingly fast on the turn around given they are over in Czech. so far most of her work has basically been from pre-existing Thingi-verse files...she has done some minor modifications on some. she also has a much more expensive unit that is a different tech "SLA" which basically dips the object in a bath of liquid...detail is higher on those prints and active venting is needed cause it really puts out the fumes. but most of her fun stuff is just using the Prusa. We have a room, what was originally a living room, dedicated to what we called the "winter wonderland" it started as a Lionel layout..which quickly reduced the train track to allow for the wife to put more and more and more buildings and scenary. she has a huge working carnival area, and throughout the layout, everything works, lights, etc. I used to use a different roadbed to have some moving cars in a section. we have completely torn down the previous layout which was our second upgrade in the past 10 years...this one is much more complicated, including Lionel's EasyTrack roadways for operating cars and street cars and the single railway that will be left on here will be much more complicated in disapearing into tunnels, doing an under the platform turn around and back out in the open..so multi-layer mountain/tunnel deal is making my boardwork a lot more involved. I have even built 2 box frames for small town where I have people figures walking on sidewalks....that took small robotics for gears, pullies, magnets etc and a good bit of trial and error and pulse train controller etc to get it all to work. I am on a tangent, but the point is, she uses the Prusa to build parts, walls, drive-in movie theater speaker boxes, etc. and yes, the drive-in actually has a working movie screen..took an old portable DVD movie unit that the kids used to carry on road trips, buried the base under the landscape so only the screen is above the ground. Remote switch to turn it on and it repeat plays the scene from "The Explorers" where the kids are flying their spaceship around the movie screen. She has the 3d print of that ship which was created from the Thunder Road carnival ride so it will be suspended in the rebuild on a twirl motor so it flies around the movie area as a salute to the movie. it's a winter weather project for us, so the room is dark and a lot of benchwork is pending before we replace all the buildings...that won't happen now until Fall kicks back in.
  3. Bighanded

    Firearms

    good to know. 22lr is about the only range fun we've been having here. I'm sitting on about 5k so i've not been shopping for that either. my 9 and 45 supplies are considered at healthy levels, if it was about waiting out this latest panic...ie maybe another year of hybernating, but if the politics drives the market to the ground, then I regret not having twice my existing inventory...but suspect most folks would say that. 556 and 762 , even 12ga buck n slugs were also part of my heavy stock up for days such as these, so I'm grateful to the "me of the past" for having made sure that the green cans were packed full and deep. Right now, the rare trip I make to any store that "used to" sell ammo, is more about curiosity when I walk down those isles.
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    ammo still non-existent around here. I've not really been looking, but getting reports from friends and family. I did stop at the larger local gun shop yesterday at lunch as I needed to update my hunting permit...getting ready to deal with some pesky coyotes. anyway..they were looking good on their inventory of actual firearms..long guns and pistols..plenty to choose from and prices were only mildly inflated..more on the more desireable, but not what I'd call panic/gouging. ammo however is still completely out..my bud there tells me that there isn't a particular day and they do get it direct from mfg so it just comes in as it comes. I'm sitting on plenty so I'm not looking to spend money in that direction, but it's always interesting to see where things are during this mess. the wife breaks out in a sweat, squeezes my hand and tugs me towards the exit when I tend to pause at the gun cases. I still have a mild hankerin for maybe another larger capacity handgun...like a second Sig M17. I own one, but it has been transferred into the Flux Defense brace platform, which is fantastic, but the idea of a mag compatible sidearm..the Sig M18, not getting quite as good a review as the longer barrel 17..anyway...nothing needed, but I'll look forward to the days that I hope will return, when I can get back to enjoying the hobby more. for now, hybernation is the rule. Only real exception was helping my god-daughter prepare for her CWP..we dumped 150rds of Blazer brass 9mm down range couple weekends back and that's been all the shooting we've done here. Those were $8.99 - $10.99 per box when I actually bought them. Replacement cost would be about $35/box now I guess? Thankfully there's plenty more in my closet, cause I'm not in the mood to toss those level of $ at some gunbroker opportunist seller.
  5. nuttin fancy like you big boys...fortunately I've not had reason to pull the big chain saw out yet this spring... i'm sure coming summer storms will drop some stuff, but for now, this past weekend was just limb saw work..had gotten tired of the poor performance of my 4 stroke "Craftsman" weedeater with it's limb saw after a couple years. when I have time and want to get work done, I don't want to spend it messing with the tool. so I ran to the farmers exchange and upgrade a bit to the Echo PAS system. it's a small unit I know, but I was wanting something lighter for the weed eating anyway and figured I'd give their limb saw a try. you have to go slow, but it does get the job done. I think I cut somewhere between 60 and 80 branches, and fell about 30 sapplings (4" and less) unit ran strong...made it easy..it was picking up all that cut that was the work (grin).
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    I actually have a bud that comes darn close to that funny video.
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    Firearms

    yeah..saw that in the news...good for Montana and a few others. won't keep the feds away but at least when they come to call , you won't be also dealing with your local LEO... I'm looking at these old guns you guys have...so very very great to see them, and I'm wondering what my great grandkids might be posting 100 years down the road with some of the treasures we've bought in recent times.. We marvel at dbl barrel, double trigger systems a century back, they'll be trying to imagine how a 30rd magazine fed rifle was used.
  8. I went too many years with cheap chinese made tools via Home Depot/Lowes...having stepped up a few notches to the top end lines of Echo, I basically just say I wish i had done it long ago, and my only regret now is that these tools can go harder and longer than this old man.... did a ton of spring cleaning this past Saturday...man was I sore! but couple of Alieve and a slower Sunday and I'm ready to go out and play some more...love having decent tools!
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    Weather

    beautiful country though.. Montana... I 'm sure you love it up that way....here in the Carolinas, the "hill" in our neighborhood is actually the "speed bump" out on the street.
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    Weather

    good grief!!.. I'm already into my 3rd cut on the yard this past week...beautiful 70s temps..pool has warmed to 73 just from the sun.. I'll crank the heater this week to slowly bring it up to a nice 88 degrees..the grandkids are begging me to go swimming. wife has been on the pond last 4 days in a row and caught no less than a half dozen bass each evening. all our seasonal flowers are planted front of house and around the pool and I wore myself out saturday with my Echo limb saw and brush cutter rigs...thank God I have my old blue 300 ..pulled I think 11 big bundles of cut limbs and 3" sapplings back to the burn pile. point is..Springtime is here in the sunny South..can't imagine still dealing with bleak gray skies and snow...
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    Firearms

    kid definitely got lucky !! 98% of my inventory lives in the green cans with good seal gaskets..most of it is boxed as it came from the store..ie 50rds, etc. some is still in the bulk platic bag 1k rds loose, but even that goes into a can. oldest ammo I have on hand would go back to about 1996 and I wouldn't be afraid to pull the trigger on any of it. my inventory lives in the house with me, so no dramatic fluctuation in temps/humidity.
  12. my old 300 saw duty over the Easter weekend...pulling the small wagon with tent, fire pit wood, chairs, tables, etc to setup the "camp out" that good Friday that my twin grandaughters and their cousins wanted as part of their 8th birthday. my oldest grandson had his dad bring his ATV over and that gave us another rig for everyone to enjoy some trail fun out back. other than that, the bike has seen a little saddle time most every day this past week, just cause.
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    media always stirs things up...they want viewers hanging on every word, anxious to sit through the next commercial break. The media likes the "school yard fight" spectical thing...and they are complicit in much of the violence. Politicians are right in there with sending signals that it's ok to behave badly.but in the end, yeah, it's actually sad that the characters that these rioters choose as their poster-child to justify the violence, are not exactly the best role-models. The idea that guys like Floyde should be where we spend lives, destroy business, terrorize the streets, etc... I am fairly involved with my local LEO. Trained under some of their best, weekly meals with others, etc. I can tell you, we have some good folks and we have some that need to choose a different career.
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    I gave an informal "class" for my god-daughter Saturday....went over all the laws and topics that the CWP instructor will cover, provided her the state.gov and other links...talked through scenarios in and outside home personal defense, etc. then we did some range time out back. She has a new Springfield 9mm that will be her carry gun and she needed time on it..manual of arms, getting on target, etc...I walked her through shooting the qual for CWP in our state and then also had her do some multi-target simple drills against 4 different targets/positions. And I loaded a surprise snap cap in various places in her mags so she'd have to experience and resolve a FTF situation. she did well, was pushing in anticipation of recoil, but when I got her to pay attention to that, her hits came right up where they should be..proud of her and glad one more of "my kids" will be better prepared in these ugly days. cost me a couple hundred rounds of precious Blazer brass...but no question it was worth it to me....those boxes were originally purchased at $10.99 I believe, mighta been less than that, but not more. replacement cost would be stupid...so I'm not going to bother to even consider restocking that little bit we spent. but yeah, checking the news this morning...the mainstream is finding every shooting/stabbing, etc it can dig up...the narrative continues to build towards new ban laws..and so the market will stay in panic. I can only do what I can do... I anticipated times like these, stocked up for it, am able to do things like yesterday's training for a loved one...and now will just try and ride it out.
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    Firearms

    yep...the rifles cycle them just fine and I can even shoot without cans on my head if I want to. As for accuracy at distance..not a noticeable difference..bottom line, short rifles, small rounds, it's what it is...which is a ton of fun inside 50yards.
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