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  1. 22 points
    Conspiracy Theories, Coronavirus, TGO and YOU For as long as I can remember, TGO has never really provided "safe waters" for people who want to preach conspiracy theories and rile-up the masses. There are plenty of places for that sort of thing on the Internet and yes sometimes the conspiracy enthusiasts (or nuts, if you so prefer) are proven right in the end. But since there are so many other places for it and since we feel that the ravings of fringe believers tends to bring down the property value, we prefer that our members engage in discussions based in reality. Lately the moderators have begun removing posts fanning the flames of conspiracy around the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. Generally speaking, I am supportive of their actions. Here's why: Priorities First and foremost, we have a present problem to deal with so let's start by putting our focus there. We have members who are and have been personally affected by COVID-19 and chances are this is just the beginning. If we are going to invest our mental and emotional energies into something, let's invest them in encouraging, supporting and helping our own community. Respect Again, we know that we already have members of TGO affected by this pandemic. So far they (and we) have been fortunate and it's turned out well. That could change. We don't want that to happen, but the statistical projections indicate that by the time the dust settles none of us will have many degrees of separation from someone that died as a result of the virus. I just think maybe it's a little disrespectful to the people currently fighting this virus and eventually to those who lose the battle for us to sit around and imagineer boogeymen behind a virus that science currently says evolved naturally. Stay In Your Lane, Bro Following right in behind the matter of respect is the simple fact that unless you're an educated, degreed, certified ass-kicking virologist, geneticist, research scientist, or have data from a respected source that is... you should probably stay in your lane. Remember the Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020? That happened because social media said there was a shortage of toilet paper. So the people believed it, reacted like scared sheep, and ran right over the edge of the cliff with arms full of Charmin. There's no reason for us to allow the next big social media fear-fest to start with or take root on TGO. We can control what happens here, so our intent is to manage it so that there's at least one place you can visit online that doesn't feel like the lunatics are running the asylum. You're welcome for that. Even if you don't appreciate it right now. And So What If That Conspiracy Theory Is Accurate? The President, love him or hate him, has already said that there are going to be consequences on the other side of this current situation for the way that China mishandled this. Even if they didn't bio-engineer it, their government hid the outbreak from the world until it was busting out of their borders. So far the Prez has done everything he's said he would do... right or wrong... so we can be pretty confident that the US isn't going to just let this slide. So, even if the latest conspiracy theory is accurate... you and I can't do a thing about it. Establishing and maintaining a military to preserve our sovereignty, the strength of our borders, and the security of our interests is the one thing that the government should be doing. It's maybe the only reason the government should exist if you ask some. But they are equipped to do something about it. Not us. Not even Chuck Norris. Let's let the government handle the boogeyman. And if they need our input on that, there will be an appropriate time to tell our elected representatives what we'd like to see done. And I'm sure that our actual scientists will be following up on all credible leads that help them expedite a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19. So if that takes them back to a secret lair somewhere in Communist China where they're having unprotected sex with bats while eating live frogs... so be it. In the meantime, let's stay grounded in reality here. It's scary enough and it requires our full attention.
  2. 20 points
    We finally got good news today. The missus tested negative for CV. She still has has that pesky mid range fever that comes and goes though. The doctor prescribed a ZPAK and something else that I picked up this morning. She already says she is feeling better.
  3. 16 points
    I really thought Obama had taught us to be self sufficient. If you're not prepared I have no sympathy.
  4. 16 points
    There might be a couple laying around here. (Actually, two of these aren't revolvers. It'll take a true gun nut to figure out which two.)
  5. 15 points
    Well hell! If we're gonna turn this into a picture thread, Then hang on to your butts! .22s .44s .45s Modern masterpieces: .22LR, .32H&R and .38 Special A few Colts. .22 & .38 Diamondbacks Trooper Mark III Let's throw in a Ruger! Where are all the wheel guns? Hell, I've got 'em!
  6. 14 points
    Hate to be “that guy” if this doesn’t apply to you, I’m sure it will to someone else...are you out of debt? Do you have 3-6 months worth of expensives saved up in an emergency fund? For most of us, these things should take priority over a new firearm purchase. If you are in good shape then awesome! Buy night vision!
  7. 14 points
    Took delivery of my first Henry rifle today. Had this on my bucket list for awhile. Model H010, cal. 45/70, 19.3" bbl. Be glad when this crazy weather clears, so & can go shooting. Comes with open sights; brass bead front, semi-buckhorn rear, adjustable for windage & elevation.
  8. 14 points
    At the end of the day this is all that matters. It’s sad that it takes a natural disaster, an external threat or a pandemic to make us remember we are one. Politics and politicians are the real viruses.
  9. 13 points
    The world is an awfully small place You might have thought we would have learned that on September 11th. In America, we’ve largely been conditioned to be pandemic voyeurs - maybe noticing as somewhere else suffers. That’s about to change. Look out for yourselves - but check in on that elderly neighbor. Maybe the older couple down the street whose kids have moved away. The single parent who’s just trying to make ends meet. We’re in this together - that has always been - and always will be America’s greatest strength.
  10. 12 points
    I was at Sam's in Hendersonville today, just to see how people were reacting, and actually to pick up a few staples. Here are my Observations... NO TP, Paper towels, a very few boxes of facial tissues. Almost out of bar soaps and liquid soaps. Strangely, I thought, detergents for washing clothes were not gone. Meats seemed to be the hottest item. Little left, but I did pick up a package of steaks. Just to blend in with the crowd you know. Of course canned goods getting low. I actually forgot what I went after while watching people though. Not going back. Speaking of "People," It seemed to me that the crowd was very heavy on older people. Maybe 75%. A few that looked 30/40ish. Almost no really young or children. Take what you will from this. Just what I saw. Now a bit of positivity on my very young neighbors(30ish with 2 kids). The young wife called my wife and asked if they could shop for us, instead of me going out. They knew I did all the shopping and didn't want me to go and risk any exposure. That was so darn nice I just got misty. Really...I did.
  11. 11 points
    Not much else of any public significance right now. My company made some internal adjustments this week to keep people employed and on the front lines fighting this virus and helping save people's lives. Our CEO is giving up 100% of his salary for the next few months and the leadership team that reports to him are giving up hefty portions of their salaries. The rest of us that aren't on the front lines are going to give up between 10-20% of ours for the next few months time to contribute to the war chest to buy PPE and pay wages. My wife and oldest daughter are both nurses, and my daughter is pregnant with her first child. My first grandchild. I can't imagine asking them to go do their jobs and risk their health (and the health of my daughter's baby) for me to sit back and not make some sacrifices as well. Especially if mine means they get paid, get N95 masks, face shields, nitrile gloves, etc. and the patients they're caring for get the care they need. We may yet experience what the Greatest Generation did when they gave up personal property so that the war effort could have the raw materials (rubber, copper, brass, etc.) it needed for victory. For now, me losing some pay but staying employed so that a war of a different type can be fought seems pale in comparison. I have no complaints. I feel terribly for those who aren't as lucky right now and are either sick, know someone close who is, have lost someone, or have lost their job. There but by the grace of God, go I. This may mean little to some of you, but I'm praying for all of you daily now.
  12. 10 points
    As my usual custom of drinking my morning coffee and perusing the news, I looked out my window and noticed this. There were blue birds, blue jays, wrens, cardinals and squirrels and they had no clue nor were they concerned that there is a world wide pandemic. As the whole world is in turmoil among humans, the animal world is continuing on, never for a moment missing a meal. So I though this verse from the Bible was in order. Matthew 6:26 NLT Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are?
  13. 10 points
    What if I set it up as a Benefactor Only forum?
  14. 9 points
    While y'all were hoarding toilet paper and draining the supply chain of affordable ammo again, I picked up this little pup during the first week of the "Safer at Home" response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Sig Sauer P320 XCompact RXP with Sig Romeo 1 Pro Red Dot Sight In all honesty, I ordered it around the first of February and it just took far too long for the retailer to ship it. I naively chose Locked and Loaded out of Pana, Illinois from the retailers that advertise through Gun.Deals due to them having the lowest price available on it. In hindsight I would have paid more just to have not had to wait nearly four weeks, or having had to call my credit card company to start a claim against the retailer for failing to ship it in a reasonable time. Avoid them like the plague. Boy does that phrase take on new meaning in the modern context. But yes, avoid them like you would avoid COVID-19. Anyway, the gun itself is a fine little blaster and the Romeo 1 Pro is a nice piece of kit as well. The original Romeo 1 (non Pro) was pretty frail and fragile as evidenced by Aaron Cowan at Sage Dynamics bieng able to effortlessly break it far earlier in the test than any other red dot had succumbed previously. Watch that video! Aaron's tests of red dot optics has become a go-to for me when researching new gear, so I was initially pretty wary of the Romeo 1 Pro as well. But those concerns seem to perhaps be a little unfounded, as Sig has beefed this model up and given it a heavy aluminum shroud around the glass. What really eased my concerns, though, is that the Romeo 1 Pro has the same mounting footprint as the Leupold Delta Point Pro... which, while it was also pretty weak in Cowan's torture tests... has been chosen as the footprint du jour for one of Holosun's forthcoming releases. And Holosun has been making some really fantastic, very rugged red dot sights lately. Again, go back to Sage Dynamics' videos for his test of the 507C and I think maybe even the 508T at this point. Regardless, the fact that I should be able to swap the Romeo 1 Pro for a Holosun at some point seemed like a winner of an idea in case the Romeo Pro can't handle real life carry and use. Anyway... let's talk about the gun.... I had a regular plain jane P320 Compact shortly after they came to market and just couldn't love it. The grip design felt like a dry bar of soap in my hands. It wasn't particularly ergonomic, lacked material in the places that would have allowed me to get more of a tight grip on it, and had mateiral in places that kept me from getting a firm enough grasp where it counted. I sold that gun fairly quickly. When the dimunitive P365 came out with the new and improved and grippier texture, I was greatly impressed. And when the P320 X-Series came out with the same texture and a recontoured grip design, I was intrigued. It just took me a hot minute to pick one up. First Shooting Impressions... 1st - I liked the trigger, a lot. I put about two solid weeks of dry-fire into the gun before I was finally able to get it to the range. I was lucky to get to my favorite local outdoor shooting spot on a day that the pistol bays were fairly empty and therefore Chinese Virus (tm) free. I spent enough time there to dial-in the dot and then run a few mags for function checking. 2nd - There is no hiding the fact that it's a Sig with the typical higher-than-seems-necessary bore axis. It flips a bit under recoil, but not too badly. 3rd - While the ergos of the X-Series frame are lightyears beyond what the standard P320 has, it can still be better. The grip texture isn't grippy enough and Sig strangely opted to leave smooth the area where your middle finger falls across the front strap beneath the trigger guard. While that may seem smart from a comfort perspective, your middle finger is one of three that most folks apply the most gripping force with. The other two being their thumb and index finger. I'd rather see some grippy texture where the middle finger falls so that I can really get some traction, especially with that high bore axis trying to flop the gun around in my hand when I put striker to primer. To remedy that, I'm expecting another X-Series Compact grip module soon from Chris over at 3 Golf Gunworks in North Carolina. He's putting their "Autumn" texture on the module for me and it should have a lot more grip as a result. Like the photo below, albeit in all black. Anyway, bottom line? Really nice gun. I like a lot of the things about it. The trigger is good, the shape of the grip is good, the red dot optic seems good and has a nice big open window for quick and easy sighting, and it carries very comfortably in a Werkz M6 holster. I stumbled across Jamison's company while searching for IWB light-bearing holsters for the P320 Compact and the Streamlight TLR-7 combo. Not only is it a design similar to some of my other favorites (SAC Zulu, Henry Holsters Spark) but the M6 is one of their Quick Ship models that goes out in the mail in approximately 2-business days. I've added a pair of Pull-the-Dot soft loops that I had on hand since taking this pic. Werkz offers those as an option in their web store, too. It's a shame about the grip texture, but at least grip modules are inexpensive (about $50 for the X-Compact) and there are numerous places to have them worked-over by competent "Stipplers". Or you can try your hand at it yourself with a wood burning tool, a light touch and a steady hand. And you aren't ruining a perfectly good gun since the grip module isn't the serialized part on the P320. I'm looking forward to more range time with it, but right now I think it's a solid choice and a good option for people who just don't want to recognize the fact that the Glock 19 and Glock 45 share the pinnacle of perfection.
  15. 9 points
    Good post, I’ll add that a person’s perspective is formed by the industry they are in. This area and Huntsville are big in aerospace production, automotive, and large stamping. I most recently worked in a company that specialized in large 5 axis machining for airplane manufacturers. There was no work from home jobs really. Sure, in a perfect world, programmers could possibly do their jobs from home, but this isn’t a perfect world, and when parts are created with their programs that don’t pass quality; they often need to inspect the set-up on the shop floor and interface with the operators and set-up people to see what’s wrong, and how to fix it. In machining, working from home is not the answer. Everyone wants a job at a desk. So, they go to College and get a degree. Then they find out their jobs are a dime a dozen and those guys on the shop floor that can both run and program a CNC machine making aircraft, automotive, medical, or gun parts; makes more than them, without a degree. Our company could hire CAD operators and Engineers all day long at low wages for entry level positions but trying to hire machinists is much harder. Kids need to know that everyone isn’t cut out for college. And they don’t need to be saddled with a bunch of student debt for a degree that they don’t need to make very good money. Machinists, Toolmakers, Mold Makers, Electricians, Welders, Electronics techs and repair Techs (along with many others) are all jobs where you can make very good money and don’t need a degree to do it. Problem is, you don’t make that kind of money to start, you have to prove yourself, everyone is not treated equal, and you must be willing to move to where the work is that will bring the kind of money you want.
  16. 9 points
    Hey folks. I've been around TGO since 2013 I think, but I have recently started seriously producing custom leather holsters and I have just officially become a TGO Vendor. I have a small operation and no plans to do this full time, but I love making sturdy, safe, and well designed holsters and hope there may be some demand out here for them. I do not have many blue guns yet (holster making molds) but I will order any blue gun that a customer wants with no extra charge to the customer. I am asking $40-$50 per order right now, not including shipping. All transactions are handled through PayPal and I expect lead times to remain under 2 weeks. I receive payment first, then begin building or ordering the proper mold. Please reach out with any questions or comments. Happy to get more involved in our awesome firearms community! The holsters below are already spoken for, but are some examples of my recent work.
  17. 9 points
    One of 3M’s biggest factories is in China and China is claiming their mask production for themselves. Even Geraldo is pissed. We really, really need to figure out a way to get large-scale manufacturing of even the most mundane, taken for granted goods back into this country.
  18. 9 points
    I got this about 5 years ago from my uncle. He got it sometime in the 40's that's all I know about the history of it. From the S/N I would say it was made sometime in mid 1885. I would say it has about 95%+ of the nickel still on it and the barrel looks great for something this old. I'm asking $600 and that is because the barrel looks better than any one of these I have ever seen. Markings: SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A. PAT'D JAN.24.65 july 11.65 aug.24.69 reissue july.25.71 may 11.80 jan 3.82 Trades Something in .40 S&W not a Glock please but I'm open to other things
  19. 9 points
    There's already evidence that shelter in place may be working in New York City. They've gone from hospitalizations doubling every 2 days to hospitalizations doubling every 4.7 days in less than a week. We're still a long way from the peak there - but that's good news no matter how you look at it.
  20. 9 points
    If I am out of line starting this thread, or if it offends anyone, that is not my intention and I apologize. If it it taken down, I understand. However, with the number of texts and calls I have received since it went public that my wife is positive and we are quarantined offering support and prayers, I thought a spot for members to post requests for prayers for friends and loved ones was in order. No names are required (I don’t want anyone breaking HIPAA laws) just prayer requests. I believe in the power of prayer.
  21. 9 points
  22. 9 points
    Several years ago I made a homemade bullet trap for use with my air rifle in the backyard. I was not making videos at the time. Now that I am, figured I would make one of the trap and share the info.
  23. 8 points
    We have done this a couple of times in the past. Since the increase in traffic at TGO since Covid-19 I thought it was a good time to bring it back. I am donating Qty 10 6 month benefactor memberships. The rules are as follows: 1) you mush have been a member at least 1 month prior to this post 2) you need to have at least 10 posts. Thats it. If you meet these requirements then post in this thread that you want to be included in the drawing. I will keep this open through the weekend. Sunday evening or Monday morning I will take all the names and put them into a randomizer and select 10 users for the membership. The hope is that after your membership is up that you will renew and continue to support this site financially.
  24. 8 points
    Hi all, I’m new to gun ownership, having bought my first 9mm last month. My older kids also pitched in and bought me a shotgun for home defense. I’ve been able to practice with the 9mm a few times, but have still not tried the shotgun. I look forward to learning more about guns in general and also in getting my conceal carry permit in the near future.
  25. 8 points
    Think what you will of Memphis but this kind of thing is why I will never be ashamed to be from there: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/07/us/coronavirus-memphis-n95-mask-repair-trnd/index.html
  26. 8 points
    My wife and I were raised country folks. We have seen virtually no difference in our lives except we'd usually be going to high school baseball games about 4 nights a week. I suppose we were prepared? Living out in the sticks means going to the store is more of an inconvenience than if you live in a city, so we've always had a well stocked pantry and freezers, as well as full gas tanks.
  27. 8 points
    Pre 64 Winchester 70 30-06 - This rarely used rifle manufactured in 1950 is in 90% or better condition with 24" barrel, and Williams site. New Price $1,000. Located in Smithville, Tn. !
  28. 8 points
    Morality aside - it doesn’t matter what Trump says. The economy isn’t going to open back up until this is under control. It’s not like the economy is just some magic machine - it takes people. And if the people get sick and are dying - they’re not going to work. And, it’s a demand shock that our economy can’t really handle regardless. 80% of American GDP is consumer spending. Well, what happens when no one is buying? I get it that Trump is upset that six of his hotels are closed. I get it that the airlines are upset that no one is flying. I get it that the cruise companies (that are largely foreign flagged to bypass labor laws) are upset no one is taking their vacations. But, if I told you that right now you could fly to New York, take a chartered bus across the city, stay in a nice hotel, have dinner in a fancy restaurant, then get on a cruise the next day and spend the next two weeks touring all the ports in Italy - and you can do it for $20/person. Would you do it? That’s the heart of our problem right now. When you can’t sell at any price - it doesn’t matter what the political class says. People aren’t buying. And, they’re not going to change that behavior until this pandemic is under control.
  29. 8 points
  30. 8 points
    I remember drinking from a garden hose!
  31. 8 points
    Gee, all ti took was a world wide pandemic to make them understand they're responsible for their own safety. As for me, I could arm a small army if it came to it. I learned from the Obama years.
  32. 8 points
    I did my part to warn folks.
  33. 8 points
    Irony: A Jewish fellow driving a German car.
  34. 8 points
    I was initially on the “what’s the big deal” train like you. The more I read and the more I listened to folks that actually have years of background in the field of communicable disease and virology, the better my understanding became. Most of the other communicable diseases you’re comparing COVID-19 to are either low morbidity and moderate communicability, or low communicability and moderate morbidly. COVID-19 has a moderate morbidity and moderate (moving into high the more we learn) communicability. That a whole new ballgame by orders of magnitude. All of the other similar illnesses out there combined aren’t sending enough folks to the hospital to outstrip available resources like respirators and oxygen machines like this one is. For example, folks with diabetes generally have a lower immune system strength making them high risk for severe symptoms. Way more than they normally would with normal flu. So this is a big deal. I do agree there’s a lot of media induced panic going on, but it’s not all in everyone’s heads. It is a serious event and folks do need to take the advice of the folks at the CDC and WHO regarding reducing transmission. It isn’t just about us individually not getting sick, it’s also our moral responsibility to do what we can to not get others sick. Others who might not survive it like those of us that are younger or healthier might.
  35. 8 points
    I don't mean this towards anyone here but I have to say it. I feel like we've entered a parallel universe when it comes to the response. My more conservative friends think this is being blown out of proportion by the media. These are the friends that would normally be in favor of self reliance and prepardness. Now they are doing nothing and largely dismissing it. Meanwhile, my liberal friends that years ago made fun of the doomsday preppers, and would largely just depend on the government to save them, are taking this very seriously. They are stocking up on everything(minus ammo of course). I never thought I'd see a pandemic have the opposite impact on being prepared. When it's all said and done I think the thing people will need the most is an emergency fund. This is sadly what most are lacking. I feel bad for all the hospitality and service industry workers. There are a lot of kids paying their rent from tip money that are going to be in a world of hurt soon. Have sympathy for them if nothing else. The economic impact is going to be disastrous. I know you've seen me bitch about our debt deficit for many years. Now that we actually need urgent action it's scary to think how few levers they have left to pull. Rates are already so low and our deficit so high. Imagine them trying to spend their way out if this continues.
  36. 8 points
    I’ve offered to shop for all of my neighbors - all of whom are older. It’s the least I can do - they’re all like grandparents to my kids. Don’t disregard your mental health in all of this. It’s okay to take a step back and step away from stuff like social media, the TV, and even TGO for a bit if you need to. It’s going to be important to protect your sanity in the coming days. Find someone you can reach out to and check in on. Buddy up with someone and check in regularly. If you need someone to chat with check in on here - or shoot me a PM. I’m certain we could get a group of people willing to reach out. For those of faith - pray. Find solace in a community of faith. If you or someone you know gets sick - let us know. We’ll get through this. It’s going to be tough. We’re going to need everyone to do their part. Take heart.
  37. 8 points
    From a first responder standpoint, there are a lot of lessons to be learned here from the emergency management / planning side of things. It's actually surprising to see these issues pop up now, given that this isn't our first rodeo with pandemics. Things like not relying on "just in time" logistics model for mission critical items (such as masks), considering it's obvious even to the layperson that this sort of approach doesn't hold up if there is a sudden surge in demand, a sudden collapse in the supply chain, or in this case, both. It was never meant to. It's in the interest of national security not only to maintain a sufficient stockpile of these items, but also maintain the capability to rapidly ramp up production domestically so that if our main supply route from China is no longer available, we are fully equipped to deal with a pandemic with organic assets, including surges even more significant than what we're seeing with COVID-19. Where we do have domestic production, we find ourselves sorely lacking in the manpower and facilities to meet anything beyond predicted levels of demand. Single points of failure are not uncommon -- 85% of all the worlds IV bags are manufactured in a single facility in Puerto Rico, and severe shortages occurred after Hurricane Maria. There are also additional downstream effects -- prescription drugs that we developed that may have nothing to do with this (ie, blood pressure medication, medication for those with end stage renal disease, etc) are often made in China and India to save money, and we're seeing a shortage in those active ingredients. Healthcare providers will often not simply write you an extra months prescription so you can "shelter in place" / "self quarantine" because they're more worried about you selling your drugs on the street than hardening our ability to deal with unexpected situations (including natural disasters and pandemics). With the flu season being as bad as it has been, a lot of people have already used up their sick days and there is no "national crisis" exception protecting workers from punishment in case of a pandemic on top of that. Companies are telling people they can no longer call out sick, and considering most Americans live paycheck to paycheck they can't afford to anyway. Simultaneously they are not permitted to wear a mask themselves because of dress codes and the companies desire to maintain a professional face to the customer. Coronavirus may not be that deadly to the general population, but experience in Italy has shown that the vulnerable demographics can and will still overwhelm our ability to respond to them, with the result being hospital staffing shortages, delay of routine care that would ordinarily happen in the absence of the pandemic (surgeries, cancer treatments, etc) to repurpose those assets towards expanding ICU capability and staffing. In the end, this means mortality rates that would normally be pretty low because we're able to provide focused care to those who are especially vulnerable are instead significantly higher than they ostensibly should be because we're simply don't have the assets to give everyone that same level of care we're used to when the resources aren't saturated. Some of the anecdotes coming out of there are, conservatively put, unpleasant for both the populace and provider (ie, people arresting in ICU with no interventions made) Social Media is, of course, polarizing as it is with all things. "It's the end of the world", or "it's nothing at all to be concerned with"... and like most things the truth is somewhere in the middle, and depends on your perspective. Losing a loved one can certainly feel like the end of the world, and it's cold comfort to console them with the statistics that it wasn't very likely. The economic repercussions to the global economy stemming from a single person eating a single bat on the other side of the world turns out to be immeasurable and yet to even be fully realized. Our response to this butterfly effect, a tragedy of the commons. Perhaps ameliorated if we were all on the same page, but when have we ever been? The mainstream media is no help, they've long since dropped any veneer of being unbiased and left journalistic integrity by the wayside, sacrificed at the alter of clicks, views and ad revenue so they of course continue to sensationalize everything. I'm not as upset by that I suppose because that's what I've come to expect from them, and I'd prefer too much noise to too little signal, with the recognition that we as citizens should be equipped with the judgement and experience to be able to pick the useful bits out of the din where we can. So in a broader sense, it's not Coronavirus itself, it's what it represents and the illumination it's provided on some serious cracks in our ability to effectively to respond to natural disasters, including pandemics. Upon discovering these issues I can't help but get a sense of incredulousness. Are you kidding me? Many of them are entirely preventable and were simply policy choices. To find out with trillions spent this sort of thing has been going on decades, spanning administrations.... It's common sense to even the layperson, even if just in principle, that this is not the correct approach, and it was only a matter of time until these problems were revealed, if not through corona virus than something else. There are far too many people earning a comfortable GS10 and above salary throughout Government, the CDC, FEMA, DHS for this to be a thing. Yet here we are. We've all heard "when seconds count, police are only minutes away", and I often tell people that despite our best efforts, first responders cannot be everywhere at once and so as a sovereign individual you share at least some of the responsibility for your own well being until help can arrive. Even for those who espouse the state over the individual this is the case to at least some degree, yet the very thought is met with by gawking by those who has come to be utterly dependent on the state. This experience has only reinforced my understanding that the Government, even if well intentioned, is not a monolith acting as a single entity... it's instead a big ship to steer, and getting anything done through the bureaucracy can be a real challenge, with these delays measured in lives. Penny wise and pound foolish, hundreds of millions to tens of billions in expanding and hardening domestic infrastructure for surety sake is significantly cheaper than the hundreds of billions in economic impacts that failing to do so can bring, especially considering deadly pandemics have always been a matter of when, not if. Here's a recent thread from events in Italy: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1237142891077697538.html
  38. 8 points
    So I got tired of waiting on Sig to ship the Romeo Zero to OpticsPlanet and the Holosun HS507K is still not released. To satisfy my impatience, I got a new Shield SMSc off eBay. Same price as Springfield Armory, but no tax and free shipping. About $80 more than the Romeo Zero and only $6 more than the Holosun, shipped. The installation went smoothly. Initially you need to remove the slide (check the weapon is unloaded) to get to the two small screws on the underside that attach the rear sight and optic cover plate. The screws are allen head and use a 3/32” Allen wrench. They are fairly tight, and the socket for the Allen key is fairly shallow so make sure the key is in there straight. Once the optic plate is removed, install the battery into the bottom of the sight with the target sticker to the outside. The sight fits perfectly on top of the slide. The Shield SMSc is marketed towards the Springfield Hellcat. As such, the screws that come with the SMSc are M4-0.7 in size which are what the Hellcat needs. The P365XL needs M3-0.5 sized screws that are 10mm in length. I have read online to use 12mm, but the 10mm seem to work fine. In the photo below, the M4 acrews are on top and the M3 screws are on the bottom. I picked mine up at Home Depot. They are allen cap-head and take a 2.5mm or a 7/64” allen key. The head diameter is a bit smaller than the screws that come with the sight. I will either get some very small washers or different screws in the near future. The instructions are not very detailed that come with the sight. It is a straight forward install, but details like how much to torque the screws are not included. I have not dialed it in, but it does include the correct Allen key, an adjustment gauge, a shim to help with elevation adjustment, and decent instructions. It appears to co-witness well with the Sig front sight. It looks great on the P365XL, not too large. I did need to modify one of my holsters, but the dremel works wonders on Kydex. I have to say the RedDot looks great with the tritium front sight. I do still have my orders in with OpticsPlanet for the Romeo Zero (ships 4/14, supposedly) and Holosun HS507K (no ship date provided). I figured I might as well stay in line. When these do finally ship, if I don’t want to switch, they will likely go up for sale.
  39. 7 points
    This is why I take certain risks with what I keep on my truck.
  40. 7 points
    Logically one can assume that there are people and organizations that I'm going to just call "COVID response personnel" across the strata of Federal, State, and Local governments and various sectors of research science and medical fields that are privvy to more information than the public gets to see. There are things that sound borderline conspiratorial and make a reader start rolling their eyes and scrolling ahead... so that's fine if someone feels that way about what I am going to say next. I do have proof early-on in this thread where I alluded to some things that I couldn't talk about at the time that then about a 7-10 days later were made public. So, maybe a little credibiltiy there? Trump has started to show more transparency lately, and I think it's because we are getting close to the time when a lot of models predict that the situation is about to get really, really REAL. I think this careful management of information and the rate at which it is flowing out to us has been wisely designed to keep the thin veneer of civility stuck onto our society. First, some of the data is so dynamic and changes so rapidly that it looks like chaos when you plot it on a chart. Statisticians need time to process it, modulate and normalize it. If you try to "accept it" in real time, your response to it would be very manic. High today, low tomorrow. Hell, we've seen that with Trump during the daily White House briefings over the past week. I figure he's been getting the daily flood of data and it's had an effect. BUT... back to our Governor: He's an entrepneur and a good businessman. He's a solid Christian. I know because I go to church with him and have had him literally turn around in a service on a Sunday, look me dead in the eye and say, "I don't know why but I really feel like I'm supposed to pray for you. Can I?" He's the real deal when it comes to his faith and I see a lot of folks on social media mock him for it, or they question his sincerity and assume he's a Christian for the sake of show. Not the case. He's also what you'd probably just call an American. From what I've seen, he believes in the Constitution, he believes in the burden of leadership, and he's got experts in various areas advising him. While I'd still love to see some movement toward Constitutional Carry in Tennessee, he's not a single-topic governor and we don't have single-topic problems these days. My gut feeling -- and it's just that... not insider info -- is that he's been determined to walk the delicate balance between dropping the hammer and limiting a lot of civil liberties to control a crisis, and pulling the right levers at the right time, to keep the economy moving in Tennessee while managing down the potential for people to further propagate the virus. I think the "slow walk" toward big brash moves is just him being careful and reluctant to stomp on our freedoms. Take that for what it's worth. Last nugget for those of you who read this far: This isn't from my professional life either so I don't mind sharing. Based on what a surgeon at a very well-regarded local hospital told me yesterday, to my face, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Music City Center turned into a makeshift Coronavirus hospital very soon. Probably one of those things the government is doing behind the scenes that we're not all aware of.
  41. 7 points
    Folks, I’d like to ask that you keep a friend, and former regular poster here, in your prayers. I won’t mention him by name, but his daughter has CF and has been getting sick. Just praying that she is able to remain well enough to stay out of the hospital and away from an increased risk of coming into contact with COVID-19. Thanks.
  42. 7 points
    It isn’t the manufacturing sector that has shut down, it’s the service sector. That’s become such a huge portion of our economy as we have transitioned from a manufacturing economy to a service/consumption market. I don’t have enough sense to throw my in own two cents, but I really do believe that on the back end of this as a country we need to reevaluate what kind of economy we want to be. If this whole thing is bringing anything home to me, it is the inherent risk of our vastly globalized economy and supply chains. Sure, farming out our manufacturing to third world nations has allowed us to fill our homes with a bunch of cheap crap, but at what cost?
  43. 7 points
    Took 79 hours to get my results. (Tested Wednesday at 17:00 and received results today at 0:37) Positive (yea). I am not totally surprised I am positive. My wife was tested Positive back on March 11. I have had even less symptoms than she did. Basically last Wednesday I cut the yard and afterward had that blah feeling you get when you know you are coming down with a cold or a mild flu. My temp was slightly elevated. With the situation of our household, I went in to the Vanderbilt Walk-in to be tested. That took 4.5 hours of waiting during which I slept in the car. By the time they called me, my temp was normal. Since Thursday morning I have felt fine. Such an odd virus that makes some Folks so sick and some barely notice (fingers crossed nothing changes for me). Demographically, I am 50 (51 this coming Saturday ) in decent health. I was treated for Hodgkins Lymphoma back in 2001-2002 but I feel I am fully immune system recovered. I hope your friend is doing well and continues to do well. Remind them to set up their Myhealthatvanderbilt account to get their results.
  44. 7 points
    Who else enjoys a 5" Model 27?
  45. 7 points
    Not really...but not any worse either so I guess it's a plus. Still haven't heard a damn thing about her test results yet which is a PITA but oh well. She still has a mid grade fever that comes and goes. Fees great when it's gone and poopy (her words) when it returns. She is eating and sleeping well so that's a plus. I don't know what she has but she has something for sure. The waiting for an answer is the worst I guess...at least for me.
  46. 7 points
    Follow Mrgunsngear on Facebook or sign up for his email blasts. He’s been posting a bunch of ammo deals of websites with stock. .223/556 has been around $.32 and 9mm has been around $.19
  47. 7 points
    Thanks for justifying that large purchase of Girl Scout Cookies I made recently. And here I thought I had a problem.....
  48. 7 points
    Some of us it did. For others it taught them to suck teet and whine while holding their hand out. We are seeing the results from both play out now.
  49. 7 points
    I don’t consume a lot of traditional media. I can’t remember the last time a TV was on in my house tuned to anything of the sort. But I’ve got friends with terminal degrees in public health and pandemic response who are really worried right now. These are folks who were on the ground in Africa during the Ebola crisis and who worked SARS and H1N1. I’d trust them with my life - and these are folks who are used to parsing everything through the lens of risk. There are a lot of folks on here who are more politically conservative than me. That’s great. I love debating big ideas. But, your media is purposefully misleading you right now. For whatever the reason. You need to take this seriously - if for no other reason than the country is going to get more liberal if you die. And, it’s worth noting that here in Tennessee alone - we’ve lost so much capacity in terms of rural hospitals. Where are you going to go when you need treatment? Even in my 40-49 age bracket - this has 20x the mortality rate of a bad flu year. Take it seriously y’all.
  50. 7 points
    Toilet paper and hand sanitizer seem to be the 2020 version of 22 ammo here.
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