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  1. 8 minutes ago, Chucktshoes said:

    If you’re into heavy music, these cats are phenomenal.  
     

     

    Good Stuff. Those guys are out of Kentucky.

     

    Have you heard Whitechapel? They are from Knoxville. This is probably the most rotated song of their on XM radio. Warning. The video is not tame... The story in it fits the song name, but not the lyrics in my opinion.

     

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  2. 14 minutes ago, Garufa said:

    Sounds about right.  There were tons of shows in the '90's at World's Fair Park on the field there.  I was at a lot of them.  Great place for concerts.  Like most other outstanding places for outdoor concerts, the City screwed that up as well.

    Yeah I loved it as well. I wondered if they still did those. About the only thing Knoxville had going for it about concerts. With the entertainment tax they levied, they ran off a lot of good concerts from stopping there. Lollapalooza even did their thing in Newport to avoid that.

    I did get to see a lot of stuff in the 90's.  AC/DC, KISS, Ozzy, Blues Traveler, and Type O Negative (opened for Ozzy and at Griffons (maybe) on the strip), Even saw No Doubt because an underage kid I knew wanted to go and his parent's wanted him to be chaperoned. He even bought my ticket. Even went to the Bombay Bicycle Club a bunch to see tribute bands. 

    Of course now I am in the Tricities and there is nothing,,, ever, Well that I would listen to. Had to drive to NC just to take my daughter to see KISS last year. I think they killed it when they blocked White Zombie and Marilyn Manson from playing here in the 90's after scheduling it and selling tickets. Trumped up some weird statute because it was "devil music". 


  3. 1 hour ago, Garufa said:

    I saw them 25 years later.  😝

    World's Fair Park in Knoxville? 1996 would have been about right. I can't remember the festival that it was but they were the headliner. IIRC, they played a 45 minute rendition of Tied to the Whipping Post as the encore. Going in I was only a mild fan.... leaving I realized how much those guys kick a$$. Just talented musicians that love what they do. 

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  4. Funny DENSO has been in Maryville for years (looked it up, since 1988). How hard would it have been to see that they suck up a lot of the manufacturing labor force? Also, their wages should not have been a total secret. This is sorta like someone needing people with the same skill set as Eastman in the Tricities moving in. They need to come in with some kind of angle to get an edge. Mediocre pay and benefits wont cut it. $17 an hour pay sounds OK until you see the "including benefits" . Makes me wonder what the actual per hour was. Never had one of their guns, but I know they come in to the low end of cost. Gives them less to work with unless they can keep sales volume up. Anyway, was kind of hoping to see this happen. The more gun manufactures we have in the state, the more our politicians will be apt to vote in ways that keep them in business. 


  5. My only question is what is beyond those trees? Especially when you get into rifle, you have a lot farther to think about. You have to always take into account the people who might wander onto your land, intentional or not, in the line of fire as you set up to shoot. People pop up in the worst places and at the worst times. Of course something as simple as a earthen berm helps with that if you can get equipment there. If not, you could always look into building a backstop out of logs to help mitigate the risk some. 

    I am jealous too. I have just enough land to shoot.. If I was not surrounded on all 4 sides by houses. Enjoy it. 


  6. 52 minutes ago, Chucktshoes said:

    Aftermarket upgrades to vehicles like engine or suspension mods result in near zero ROI when you go to sell the vehicle. If you’re handy with a wrench it’s almost always a better idea to return the vehicle to stock and sell the parts to someone who is actually looking for them. 

    Met a lot of people who don't understand that. Looked at a cheap car once where the guy wanted to slap $1500 extra on a $3000 car because of the stereo he had installed. 

    In fact sometimes, I would pay LESS for something with 'upgrades' because I have no idea if they were installed right or maybe in order to cover up issues.Kinda like the guys used to use diamond plate to cover all the rust on jeeps. 

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  7. 1 minute ago, A.J. Holst said:

    Eliminate millions of units through case for clunkers or in this case, major disruption of supply stream, and we have a similar situation.

     

    That Cash for Clunkers always pissed me off. Not because they gave people cash, but because the "clunkers" has to  be rendered inoperable by something like putting liquid glass in the engine and running it a few minutes to destroy the engine. Then they had to be crushed. Lots and lots of good spare parts went down the tube. Now try finding a decent size junk yard with a large stock of anything in the last 20 years is a wild goose chase. 

    On top of that a lot of the "clunkers" that ended up coming in were not the low gas mileage units they wanted off the road. Or they were running just enough to get on the lot instead of to the scrap yard. Basically the program did little except to give the car industry sales and feed the steel scrap to China. 

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  8. I buckled a while back on a great deal on a DPMS 16" barreled .308. Really wanted 18" minimum, so I may have to swap it out later

    Your looks nice. I did not feel like trying to navigate the AR-10 compatibility maze and build one.


  9. 3 hours ago, peejman said:

    Exactly. A used car a couple a couple years old costs nearly the same as a new car these days. If you're at the point of making payments anyway, may as well get a new one. 

    Same thing happened when we got my wife's 2012 Prius. One out of warranty and 3 years old was only $2k less than brand new. Plus we could pick what we wanted on the new one. Made no sense to not go new. Rates were lower on new too. 


  10. Happened to be in the Wal-Mart on Brown's Mill in Johnson City today. Had a good stock of 30.06, some .308, and even some 30-30 in the case. There was some .270, 7mm Mag, .300 Win Mag, and a few other less popular calibers too.

    No price breaks, but some of these are not on the shelf every day anymore. 

    Just FYI though. Federal is running a $5 a box on some ammo (max 2) right now. 

    Promotion #: R1036

    https://www.federalpremium.com/promotions.html

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  11. 15 minutes ago, crake said:

    I'd love to meet the man one day. He's always in a great mood. I'm sure he has some wise things to say about life too, if someone had the chance to sit down and chat with him. 

    I imagine him having a 2 liter Mountain Dew and a serving bowl of sugar for breakfast every morning to have that much energy. lol He seems like a big kid at heart just getting to do something he loves, 

    If I could consistently shoot 10% as good as him I would be estatic. 

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  12. 2 minutes ago, GlockSpock said:

    I’ll have to go through boxes to find something to put up though. If someone wants it more than me, they can have it. 

    Tread carefully.. see my above comment...

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  13. 7 minutes ago, seez52 said:

    If they will fit in a Post office flat rate box I'll pay the shipping and your time!

    Not to sound jaded, but this account joined an hour ago and is offering $500 in bullets free.......

    @GlockSpock

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  14. 6 minutes ago, Mseals22 said:

    Well, It depends on the material and the post processing methods. You could make them out of ABS pretty cheap and they would be strong and fairly flexible. You could make them out of nylon too if you were really so inclined but nylon us expensive and painful. Best method may be to manufacture from ABS then further fuse the layers with heat or a solvent like acitone. Magpul has manufacturing capabilities of course to pump put tons of mags so they're always gonna be cheaper. I couldnt compete in price for one-offs. Now if I dedicated several printers to non-stop mag production then maybe I could get them down to 10~15 bucks a piece or so.  I'll go home and slice the model and estimate print time this evening. I would say its gonna be hard to have them stand-up to a Pmag from a durability stabd point. If you wanted to really qualify that I could print a couple and then take them to the materials lab at UT and have some colleagues do mechanical deformation tests compared to Pmags to really let people know what they're getting. 

    No, I know that small production levels will not compete with the large scale processes and that materials are totally different. This is more of an intellectual spur of the moment question. I would not spend a lot of time on it unless you want to try it out on your own. Some reasons that sprang to mind to cause me to ask are

    Potential mag shortage - if it got as bad as ammo, then some people might want mags and not care for the higher cost or about long term durability. An AR-15 with no mag is a slow single shot.  So demand might cause printed mags to be viable. 

    Customized items - Some people may be building a emerald green AR-15 for themselves and want a mag to match, even if it is really only for display purposes when not using it. Or a group wants some thing similar for everyone. 

    Replacement parts - Maybe you have a cracked mag body but the follower, spring, and baseplate are good, Might be feasible to print a body and then just load it up with the guts if you don't want to toss it ot try to track down one online.

    Like I said more an intellectual exercise. 

     

     


  15. Just now, Capbyrd said:

    Exactly that.  But that I can print at home. 

     

    Spent a few minutes looking. Looks like most designers went with a generic block to be used on a range of gun types. 

    Times like this is when I really wish I had a 3d scanner to run over items. 

     

    This might be something that could be modified though. Thicken the base and turn the posts into holes. 

     

    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3011475

     


  16. 1 hour ago, Capbyrd said:

    That's not what I'm talking about.  That's the spade grip he printed.  And that screw is for fastening it to the receiver extension tube.  I'm talking about the black thing underneath the receiver in the white. 

     

    Take a look at the second pic in his original post about the spade grip. It is the same thing covering the trigger guard as is under the lower in the pic you referred to.

     

    Are you looking for something like this?

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1016339811

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  17. 41 minutes ago, Ronald_55 said:

    I am not sure that is a jig. has a post at the bottom. I thiink it is meant to mount on a tripod or such to have a swivel point. My guess is tgat the trigger opening would be machined out later so you could use it. Or left that way if you were just displaying it. Jusy my WAG.

    Wait I missed the thumb paddles... Do they work in some way???


  18. 10 minutes ago, Capbyrd said:

     

    Not the receiver, the jig it is sitting in.  I've been looking for a lower receiver bench block and haven't run across one yet.  Only thing I've found is a lower receiver engraving jig.  It holds the receiver still but it isn't set up for punching pins in and out.  I don't think I'm good enough with Tinkercad to design my own yet so I really don't want to have to try but if I don't find something soon, I'm going to have to. 

     

    I am not sure that is a jig. has a post at the bottom. I thiink it is meant to mount on a tripod or such to have a swivel point. My guess is tgat the trigger opening would be machined out later so you could use it. Or left that way if you were just displaying it. Jusy my WAG.

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  19. 23 minutes ago, E4 No More said:

    I wonder how our forefathers ever got by before firearm trainers came into being?

    Yes, that was sarcasm. 

    Back then if you were too stupid to fight your way out of a wet paper bag you died early.... not now. Plus there was a much larger family level firearms training. Your Dad, or Mom, taught you to shoot because it meant one more person to hunt for the meat that they needed to survive. Now, that is not to say those people were trained like a soldier, but they knew which end of the gun went boom and to not point it at things they did not want to kill. 


  20. 7 minutes ago, Randall53 said:

    Thanks Dave. This was the meat of my conversation with the representative. You get caught in a situation that you can’t avoid and rioters are blocking vehicles, beating the glass out and dragging innocent people out of their vehicles To beat and kick them causing bodily harm. There are countless videos of this all over the internet. For instance 

     

    I am confused... Are the guys in that video pulling them from the car not wearing Police labeled gear? I know this is just an example, but is it not the reverse of the situation? Though some context as to why this particular car was swarmed, windows smashed, and tires slashed would need to be in place to know what went on. 

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