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  2. I don't think earmuff will help us to full protection while hunting or shooting. I think we need to use a electronic hearing protection while shooting or hunting. Earmuff will block all the sounds that is not good for hunting, we need to hear the sounds of approaching the animal. If we are a shooter then need to conversation with others that is why earmuff is not a good fit. Please see the following websites and get more information. https://www.bigearinc.com/products/best-ear-protection-for-shooting https://www.miamiherald.com/article208523829.html
  3. I have a Rossi copy of a 92 Winchester. With 38 target loads, it’s like shooting a BB gun for big guys. With full power 357s, you know you’re shooting a real rifle.
  4. Welcome to TGO Tom. Thank you for your service Sir. At 65 I'm a certified senior and was a dry-land sailor way back when. If you post your query about the Charter Arms .44 in the "handguns section" below you'll probably get more input. But I had/have a Charter Arms Bulldog in .44 spl I purchased around 1987. The trigger never smoothed out as more quality revolvers like S&W, Colt, and Ruger seem to do, but it was reliable as can be, shot straighter than I do and I literally "shot it to death"! They tend to wear out vs wearing in, but I thoroughly enjoyed shooting my handloads in it. It fell apart around 3 thousand rounds. I carried it with a set of hip grips and a Tyler T-piece. It was great for a low profile carry situation and I admit I was firmly in the "Big Bore" camp in the early '90s. I have no knowledge of current production Charter revolvers. Again, Welcome to TGO.
  5. I shot mine for the first time today. There is something about a lever action, and this one takes care of my immediate desires. A .357mag would be practical, since I've got handguns in the same caliber.
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  7. I know the .45/70 is a real cannon. However, I made up some light loads using XMP 5744 powder and the standard 405-gr bullet. Recoil was mild and accuracy was really good. BTW, I have a Savage 99 in .303 Savage. That should qualify for the Cowboy Action shoots. Hope you do well.
  8. For sale Gen 5 Glock 17. $500. Like new condition. Carried some but it’s a safe queen now. Comes with all of the original magazines and stuff that comes from factory. Comes with Ameriglo Dave Spaulding CAP night sights. Not sure of the actual round count but it is close to 500 rounds. Just selling to fund another project. Gun is cross listed on another site as well. Thanks.
  9. Much good here. And lots to think on as to how we relate to people everywhere. One situation that causes me to think a lot is the "street sellers...the paper vendors...to the outright beggers." I see so many that say they are in need of help and this is the way they live day to day. The only thing they can do. Really? Personally, except in rare instances, I believe if you can stand on a street corner or in an intersection for 8 hours a day, you are able to do work of some sort. If you can have cigarettes and cell phones while doing this...I question your motives, if not your character. I've heard said that some of these are God's Angels in disguise, testing how we respond. True or not, how we handle this is telling of our spirit. I'm weak, I know that. I don't always stop or slow down to ask or to give money. I use my questionable judgement to decide who I should give to. My decision. My very small attempt to help. My failure? Is this wrong? Am I passing judgement on someone simply because of the superficial things I see? Probably yes in both cases. In true faith and love, we are called to help...everyone. But I fear that I, and others around us, have become so jaded in our own little worlds that we become an arbiter of judgement. Not helpers and healers of men. I have failed in this. I admit it. I have failed in much in this world, and it weighs upon me. I miss the old country church I went to as a child. Life was simpler then...more black and white, good and evil...faith was a constant, a power in our lives. For many reasons, we have strayed from it. So have I. My vague, rambling commentary may have some nuggets of truth. You decide.
  10. I've got a pistol I put together a few years back. I used to shoot it but I've moved on from it and it just sits in my safe. I'm selling some guns to cover the cost of my new AR. This has a complete PSA pistol lower with sig brace. Seekins keymod rail,Bushnell red dot with a Noveske KX5 on it. I'm asking 550.00
  11. Hello fellow shooters. Thank you for accepting me into TGO. I am 75-years old, a disabled veteran, and use a battery powered scooter for mobility. My dear wife JoAnne and I like to shoot, but now our shooting in limited mostly to an indoor range with the exception of an occasional visit to a friend's place who lives in the country side. At my age I have given many of our firearms away to sons and a few grandsons but JoAnne and I have kept enough to "sustain" us. Besides shooting one of my other interests is amateur radio. I am an extra-class license holder, WY3H. JoAnne and I took the CCW class through the Bradley County Sheriff's Dept. At the range, she shot a perfect 100, I shot a 98. Now I do have a question. Has anyone had experience with the Charter Arms .44 Special? I'd love you hear from you if you h ave. Thank you all, keep your powder dry and shoot straight.
  12. Oh, niiiiice. The Ruger No.1 is a gorgeous rifle.
  13. My old Ruger no. 1 in 45-70 might be the last rifle I’d let go of.
  14. Okay, I’ve gotten some time to come up for air. I’ve reread everything here and will offer a few thoughts. Upfront, there will certainly be folks who disagree with me. Take these thoughts for what they are, and maybe use them to process your own church’s response. It sounds like you’ve got a good engaged leadership. First, this is absolutely Kingdom work. Scripture is concerned with three types of people over and over again - the sojourner, the widow, and the orphan. You might argue that a young drug addict doesn’t fall into any of these categories. But, he’s clearly an “other” who society has little use for. Jesus would see this young man and engage with him. This young man is Jesus’s kind of person. Second, working with folks like this is a long effort. It’s dirty. It’s personal. It can be life changing - for the people doing the work as well as the person being helped. When you decide to help - it will change the way that you see things. Things are rarely as simple as we like to try to see them. And working with folks with needs like these will change the way you see things. We’re a small church (150 on a good Sunday) and have worked regularly with 3 or 4 folks who’ve struggled with addiction and homelessness for years now - literally 8 years in a couple of the cases. There are rarely any clean breaks. We work towards that - but there are definitely systemic issues that make it tough. Be prepared for the long haul. Third, there are going to be some people who will be quite vocal in opposing working with this young man. The way I think about this is sort of like this - if this is Kingdom work - it’s very much at the border of the Kingdom. We’ve built our comfortable suburban churches to be at what we see as the center of the Kingdom. So, we rarely have to get our hands dirty if we don’t want to - and a lot of us don’t want to - so we’re really uncomfortable with it when we experience it. Think of a person who’s only ever bought meat neatly shrink wrapped at the grocery store suddenly having to slaughter their own meat. Many really aren’t going to like it. —- File this next part under the thoughts of a church of Christ guy who is deeply skeptical of some of the ways we’ve organized our churches today. What I’m about to say is likely to offend a lot of folks. Feel free to skip ahead. I’m deeply skeptical of the “security teams” that we’re organizing in a lot of our churches. We’ve organized these suburban churches that give us these curated experiences that make us feel good about our personal relationships with Jesus. But, do we see the Gospel in our churches? if we’re not careful - the illusion of security in our churches can become idolatrous. I think we really need to struggle with this more than we do. To go back to my Kingdom language from earlier, I think we see ourselves as being close to the center of the Kingdom. But, I reality we’ve created these cloistered, walled off churches and don’t realize that we’re way more isolated than we think we are. Jesus referred to folks like this as whitewashed tombs once upon a time - and I think It’s probably worth holding up mirror every now and then and taking a good hard look. The irony of it is, we don’t realize it - but we’re not fully experiencing the Kingdom either. There’s a rich seven course meal waiting, but we’ve convinced ourselves that the stale sandwiches we’re eating are as good as it gets. This young man is isolated in ways that are public. But, what we don’t realize is that a lot of us experience isolation in ways that are just as debilitating - but we suffer in private. One of the things that we’ve lost in the modern Western church is that historically there was no idea of personal salvation. Redemption and salvation was delivered through community. I’d offer for though that by leaving our comfort and heading to the borders of the Kingdom, we might find that salvation comes to us all. Happy to discuss this further out of this thread. —- Back to this young man, I’d offer some pragmatic thoughts. 1. Let your safety team operate as sort of “congregational concierges.” I think we see shootings and want to see the outsider as an opposition force. But, in the Kingdom, everyone is welcome. This young man may in fact go to the front of the line at the proverbial wedding banquet. We need people on these teams who default to being welcome and generous. 2. This young man may not be in a place where he’s ready to accept help. He may not know that he needs help. But, if we figure that God brings people though our doors for a reason - then we need to see him and invite him into the Kingdom. 3. But, it’s okay to set some ground rules. Sort of a framework like - we’re happy to help - but you can’t be high at services. You cannot ask members for money. Appoint a point of contact (maybe a deacon) and funnel through that person. 4. Think about other resources in your congregation who might be able to help. For instance, you might have folks who would never volunteer for a “safety team” - but who work in other helpful spaces. In our church, we have nurses, a mental health resource, people who work in non profits in housing, and social workers. The value that they bring to the table is infinite. And, it’s great to see them use their professional talents for the Kingdom. 5. Consider outside help. We put something in place a while back where we basically subsidize counseling for our members. Specifically, any member of our church can go to counseling for $5 per session - which basically rounds to free. We pay $70 as a church to make up the difference. I see both the bills and the uptake in our church - and from a pastoral perspective, this is probably the best money we spend in a given year. You’re in middle Tennessee - so I could put you in touch with resources that could set something like this up. 6. Scaffold your help. This is a long effort and there is some fatigue that can go along with it. Have that point person or persons - but check in regularly and have your elders keep up with what’s going on. 7. Work towards reconciliation. This young man needs healing - and his family needs to be a part of it. He and they may not be ready for it - but it’s worth looping back on. 8. Know that the Holy Spirit certainly plays the long game and will work in ways that we cannot even fathom if we’ll just make room for it to happen. That was a long answer to your question - but know you’re doing Kingdom work. Certainly my prayers are with you. Happy to talk further if it’s helpful.
  15. I’ve been getting a hankering for a lever action in 45-70 myself these days. I’m pretty sure it’s a sign of advancing age. I’m ok with that.
  16. Check GunPro.com sales today. An 1894 in 45-70 for under 600. Looks cool.
  17. I like it! I really like it! Needs to be on my safe door. lol
  18. I sort of like it. lol But that's an old man of low taste for ya'.
  19. great answers to everything! as to keeping my distance i am, everything new i hear about it is from my other uncle and i will be honest thinking back in the past and remembering how he treated his kids ( 3 all grown now two are daughters) he would "play" as he called it with them by punching them hard in the stomach and other stuff that would cause them pain and from what my other uncle has said he used to also say stuff that if you knew the guy like i do would think now after this that it all makes sense and i am hope they do get more perverts out of this if that is what he is doing but i also hope he gets what he deserves
  20. What is your budget? The market is currently soft for the best lever rifle made...the 99 Savage.
  21. The most desirable to me would be a Winchester Model 94 made before 1980. I had one a few years ago in 30-30, but sold it because I really didn’t care for the caliber. A .357Mag would be nice. If I was buying something made today, I guess it would be a Henry. If you just want a range toy at a low cost, take a look at the Mossberg 464. In centerfire its only available in 30-30, but its under $400. Or under $300 in a .22.
  22. Must say, these Henrys sure look good:
  23. They're definitely less common than estate sales or pawn shops with guns (and generally less obvious, you might have to ask) but they do exist. Now, the $25 .22 or $20 shotgun is something I can't say I've ever bumped into. Sure would love to though!
  24. The August meeting of the TN/GA/AL Suarez Int training group will be held on Saturday Aug 17th! We will be covering pistol skills AND Rifle skills primarily in the "urban distance envelope" which typically means 50 yards and closer which is short range for rifles and long range for pistols..... Instructor: Randy Harris Subject : Short Range Rifle and Long Range Pistol Date : Saturday Aug 17 Time: 9AM-3PM CENTRAL TIME Location: The usual place- Phillips/Edwards Farm 763 County Rd 332 Pisgah Alabama (about 35 minutes SW of Chattanooga) Price : $80 PAY BY CASH OR CHECK AT CLASS. (If you bring a new person with you I'll give you each a $20 discount) What you need to bring: Pistol (revolvers are welcome too), at least 2 spare pistol magazines (or speedloaders if you plan to party like it is 1899) and at least 150 rounds of pistol ammo..... Rifle, at least 1 spare rifle mag and at least 100 rounds. Pistol caliber carbines are welcome too ! So all you guys with arm braced Glocks and Scorpions and 9mm ARs this would be perfect for that. Hope to see you on the 17th!
  25. People always say this, but I have never been to one that has guns. I have seen a couple advertised, but they clearly were gun sales with some househod crap on the lawn. I am still waiting to run into the $25 .22 Or $20 shotgun like I always hear about at one.
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