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About dawgdoc

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  1. Today at the range my wife did a lot better. I told her to grip it like someone was trying to take the gun. There were two jams that I think are magazine related. I had previously marked one of the two magazines that seem to have more problems, and today, there were two instances in which the last round got stuck bullet facing the sky in the partially closed slide. When I called, Smith and Wesson, they have heard of similar problems, and are sending a new magazine. I suspect that the spring has marginal tension on the last round, and sometimes it can't push it up fast enough as the slide closes. Makes me wonder how prevalent the problem is; they didn't even ask for the serial number of the gun, and don't want me to send back the old magazine.
  2. I agree that as written above, it looks like the law gives an exemption to enhanced permit holders about school property. If it doesn't, then it is going to confuse a lot of people. Right now, the only major differences between the benefits of the two permits looks like the ability to carry openly and how long they are valid. An average person, reading the above law, could reasonably think that one of the "enhancements" is getting to carry more places. I'm going by a plain English reading of the law. If it is a mistake, then they need to clarify before someone carries on some college greenway and think they are OK.
  3. I second the suggestion of using an outdoor antenna and connecting it using the existing coaxial in the house. I originally had an antenna in the attic, but I moved it outside (attached on the lowest part of the eave that I can reach with a ladder). The coaxial from the antenna goes through the soffit, into my attic, and then down the wall to the outdoor cable distribution box. I can get nearly the same reception in any room in the house (some degradation with the furthest runs of cable). I could have just ran the cable down the side of the house, but for a little more effort, I was able to mostly hide the cable. Fishing the cable with my wife tested our relationship though. I live south of Chattanooga, so most of the broadcast antennas are in the same general direction, but two stations have their antennas further away than the others. A difference of just 5 degrees affects the reception from these stations; so I used tvfool.com and a compass to aim precisely at these towers. The other stations are closer and come in clear just pointing in the general direction. When I tried to use individual indoor antennas, I would get some interference with the close stations, and sometimes no signal at all on the farther stations.
  4. We have been dry firing and then I rack the slide while she continues to hold it. Not the same as real recoil, but it helps her to see how much force is needed to keep the gun where it needs to be. She weighs 100 pounds (after two kids) and is of Filipino descent, and she is small even compared to her relatives. My 13- year old son is getting close to her height.
  5. We bought it new without trying one. The only time I can get it to jam is when I tried to make some low power hand loads (but haven't had that problem with loads in the mid to upper range of the reload data), and when I deliberately weakly held the gun one handed (but that was actually failure to fire because the grip safety was not engaged). I could watch her get multiple problems on one magazine, then I would load the same ammo in the same magazine and shoot the entire mag with no problem. After our last range session, I came back with two boxes of the cheapest ammo I could buy to see if it would jam on me. I had one failure to feed on the last round in one mag with Monarch ammo. When I look at her grip, her hand is too thin to push up tight against the beavertail. By that I mean I have a bunch of flesh that squishes up against the beavertail, but she has a little bit of space visible at the top. I think that lack of meat jammed up high is part of the problem, but she can't grip any higher. If she wore a glove, it would fill the space and make it tighter, I think.
  6. We got one for my wife. She is very petite, and she has had multiple failures (failure to eject and stovepipes). We think the combination of her small hand and the grip safety lead to inadvertent limp wristing. I posted on another site, and someone mentioned the same problem with small shooters with their rental guns. My wife has not had the same type of jams with an LCP, an LC9, or a full size 1911 9mm. I suspect the EZ springs that make it so easy to rack contribute to her problem. We have been practicing her grip at home, but haven't shot it again since possibly identifying the problem. It seemed like an excellent gun, but I think she would have less problems without the grip safety.
  7. The Stampede had cursory bag checks, no metal detectors, and signs that used to be considered legal postings when I went last year. Dollywood had bag and stroller checks when I last went, but that was 2 years ago. At either place, a determined person could have brought multiple weapons, even a bomb, with just a little planning.
  8. Went to Ice! this weekend (way overpriced) After leaving, I saw the large (3 ft long) sign on the brick wall that used to comply with the posting requirements. I think the sign is visible on Google street view, but you cannot read it. Even though it was large, I had to get right in front of it to read it because the whole thing was dark without good contrast. It was also not obvious that it was a posting when approaching from a direction opposite the sign. Until I read it, I thought it was one of those plaques commerating the history of the location. There were no new signs on the actual building itself, and there was no obvious security screening. An off-duty LEO asked about carrying, and some type of security guy told him he could as long as he was concealed. I suspect that non-LEO would not get the same response.
  9. I think wildlife officials in many states do not want to admit to the possibility of big cats because as soon as they admit a population exists, then the Endangered Species Act comes into play. It doesn't just protects the animals; it requires protection of their habitat. Large cats have large ranges, so an acknowledged breeding population would give them huge headaches. It is much easier to deny for as long as possible, then blame confirmed sightings on cats just passing through from some other known population. In Georgia, for years the DNR would basically say you were mistaken, a liar, or crazy if you reported a cougar of any color. Then a guy shot one, and they had to acknowledge the far-ranging lone cats. They also charged him under the Endangered Species Act even though he said he was in fear of his life. Maybe it was a message to future hunters to shoot, shovel, and shut up.
  10. My son's allergist merged (or was otherwise acquired) by Galen Medical Group in Chattanooga. They have put up signs inside the offices stating that guns are not allowed on their property (8x10 paper with a gunbuster and wording to that effect). They are not legally-compliant postings, and they use the same sign at one of their Georgia locations. At the Georgia office, you don't actually see the sign until you are leaving, which seems dumb. My wife had previously called the Georgia office about the sign (which was posted very recently), and then I wrote to the Galen Medical Group after I saw a sign at their Chattanooga (Gunbarrel Road) location. I sent (what I think) is an articulate letter informing them that although they have the right to prohibit guns, it offends people like me without actually increasing the overall security. Today, I received an actual letter in the mail from the administrator, Charles Lathram. The summary is that they are not trying to be political or deny anyone's rights, and they implemented the policy after someone left a loaded firearm in one of their restrooms, and then it was found by an adolescent. The kid notified a staff member, which is probably why I did not hear about it in the news. He did not give any other details. I guess they are acting a little gun shy now. Based on the letter, I assume that all other Galen locations nominally prohibit guns, but I cannot be sure. At the allergy clinic, they are not legal postings as of now, but the sentiment is clear.
  11. I was confused which side of the River Darryl and the others were relative to Rick. I know which side they were supposed to be on to make sense (the walker side), but it looked like they were on the same bank that Rick would have been on. They need a map like the Lord of the Rings and Song of Ice and Fire novels. Probably someone on the internet has tried to map out the main locations. I know that they have to film where they can, but it was a little confusing how they filmed it.
  12. I forgot to add, all dogs with arthritis should be on a glucosamine supplement and an omega fatty acid supplement. The specific brand of glucosamine I would use would be Cosequin or Dasuquin because the manufacturer uses quality control methods equal to a drug manufacturer. The fish oil-based omega fatty acid supplements have the most research validating their use. With both supplements, it takes 6 to 8 weeks to see an effect. If arthritis is severe, then we add a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medication (many different brands). With long-term use, the liver and kidneys need to be monitored. There are several other supplements which each act on a different part of the inflammatory pathway. There are other pain medications that can be used. Also, acupuncture can help many dogs.
  13. Is the cost estimate for Vetsulin, which is a veterinary-specific insulin? It is also a 40 Unit insulin rather than a 100 Unit insulin. So if it is a 10 ml bottle of Vetsulin, then a dog getting 18 Units twice a day would go through that bottle really quickly (11 days). If it is a 100 Unit per ml human insulin, there are more choices, but they may not work as well. The two types of human insulin I have used are both NPH insulin. The two brands are Humulin N and Novolin N, the latter being the cheaper option at Wal-Mart. In general, in an average diabetic dog, Vetsulin tends to work better in both terms of potency and duration of action. Occasionally a dog can take Vetsulin once a day, but the majority of patients take it twice a day. I have never seen a dog take NPH insulin once a day and be controlled. Some dogs can do fine to adequate on the NPH insulin, but I would only use those if cost created a decision of any treatment vs. no treatment. Dogs get the type of diabetes that requires insulin, so diet and weight loss helps control the blood sugar, but they generally always require insulin. Other things to consider are that the starting dose is not necessarily the dose that the dog will be on for life. We usually start low and work up to the final dose using glucose curve to guide the dose change. Also, other causes of inflammation, such as dental disease or urinary tract infections, will affect the ability to control diabetes. One last thing--all diabetic dogs get cataracts eventually, no matter how well the diabetes is controlled.
  14. Just a FYI, peas and vegetables may not be as good as we used to think. This is literally a new thing just this month: http://www.aaha.org/blog/NewStat/post/2018/07/13/280457/FDA-warning-Dont-eat-those-peas!.aspx
  15. For anyone who stopped watching, they essentially rebooted the series this season. New location (Texas), a time jump, many new characters, and getting rid of old characters. And somewhere they acquired actual military weapons.

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