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  1. I didn’t see this mentioned, did you check the bill for a change in the kw/hr billing rate or surcharges from prior months to see how much if any of your total increase may be due to raised rates opposed? Or you rule that out seeing just increased useage? That’s a crazy full house! surprised you’d ever find the time to be on the forum.
  2. Welcome back! Hope to hear that lots of positive distractions gets you back to where you want to be
  3. ^^^ Sorry about your situation. Pretty much Gun show sounds like your best route. It will give best return on time for money with little more effort than running them to some one what to sell. Like grayfox said, you need to do your homework in pretty much every scenario unless 50 cents on the dollar is ok. Usually those wanting to sell in one lot are either unrealistic or have to be willing to accept greatly reduced value. While many are curious to know what you have in the hopes of finding a gem or some undervalued items, selling anything online is 90% about pictures and curated wording. Huge time suck for what are typically bargain hunters. Exception being things that are rare or in demand, but expect to be asked to sell separately. Good luck
  4. Under or overclocking of barrels is unfortunately not unusual in modern manufacturing. It can be addressed by a warranty, but like I said earlier, Smith does not seem to address it if it still goes bang. But Ruger will. My Single 10 was overclocked and they got it pretty much dead on. Best to avoid them if you are buying at a retail store to avoid the hassle. Online you take your chances. I personally will not buy a revolver online anymore. The build quality just isnt there.
  5. You'll see the SP/P10X vs 686 be at the top of everyone list, subject to individual preferences. The Ruger crowd will talk about how overbuilt and more durable it is overemphasizing ceased up locks on Smiths. The Smith guys will taught smoother actions and feel. End of the day both are good and the detractors have their own reasons for how they see it. I'm sure you plan to get hands on. But dont go in with a preconceived notion based on the interwebs or opinions. First thing I'd say is pick your barrel length based on which you find balances well for you and preferences. IMO barrel length / lug design. Then find the comparable models in that length to see what you think. Both will shoot great, no worries on longevity or accuracy. With regard to S&W. The old timers who bought them when they were pre-lock arent wrong. Any older smith is better than a modern, lock or no. But I personally wouldn't pay the extra premium for the bragging rights of a pre-locker over an older post lock. The lock can easily be removed and blocked. The main downside with modern S&W wheel guns is their build quality is all over the place and they no longer support them to the factory spec. Overclocked barrels and asymmetric forcing cone (or out of spec) gaps happen now more than they use to. They are most likely to tell you to pound sand versus fix it, even with pics of feeler gauges in the gaps. So inspecting long and close is required with them. Ruger has superior CS from my limited experience. I even had one of their gunsmiths call me! I've shot them back to back in my preferred 4" length. I ended up keeping the 686-7. My own subjective reasons, but the main thing was I simply shot it better than the Ruger.
  6. Absolutely your prerogative. I would offer there is potentially a bias at work based on personal relationships or familiarity which is choosing to ignore a single objective fact in this, or rather excuse it. I have made no secret of the fact I think the media is about pushing agenda, so I'm one of the last people taking things as rote from the media. Throwing out the Editorial content, one is left with events and wording. If you are holding out that they have purposely changed the words and misquoting, yes, that would matter. But its also possible they did not. Focusing on events. Really only one needs to be considered: A The women was handed a loaded gun with it having been thru multiple employee hands at the point she picked it up. This required a particular environment to allow that chain of events to occur. Especially in a professional environment. I appreciate that folks can be genial, talk the talk, but execution is all that matters at the end of the day. They did not execute as events clearly show. The gun did not do this. This was a process / people failure. In my mind those in charge shoulder higher responsibility for ensuring competent staff who follow procedure at all times if they were not directly involved.
  7. Those were some pretty remarkable comments made by the ‘training director’. Subverting responsibility, and treating the like is just one of those things that happen beyond their control. He doesn’t seem to understand it’s a refection of his attitude and poor practices. Two key item he said compared to what we all know we’d do: WSMV4 asked Allen if it is the responsibility of the employees to check the gun before handing it the customer. “Sometimes yet, but sometimes it happens before the employees can stop them,” Allen said. The right answer: Yes. Always yes “when you deal with deadly force tools in your hands a lot, unfortunately every now and then something like that happens,” Allen said. “We are just trying to minimize this happening ever again.” How about: Prevent this happening ever again. When you resign yourself to safety is just a nice thing to have if you have time to be bothered to remember and that personal responsibility is beyond your control…you get what you get. Got to hand it to this guy for having the nards to be quoted saying, well…guns…sh@t happens, what the hell do you expect me to do about it.
  8. If that’s true, then first order of business would need to get them out to a gun range to get them right. as participants, not targets…in case that wasn’t clear
  9. For those that prefer unadulterated: https://le.fbi.gov/informational-tools/nics-denial-notifications-for-law-enforcement https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/675/text
  10. Totally agree on the USP ergonomics from the make it like a brick era. The HK45 / P30 solve the grip ergo, too bad they didn’t carry that over to the Hk45C. Even with the short release lever swapped on the P30, Its just a but too long.
  11. I am not sure if you may be exaggerating a bit to make a point or justify passing, or if its simply that some real tools previously owned some of the guns mentioned. But my smallish representative sample of HK's dont do what you're claiming to have run into. P30S, HK45CT, and USP45 Expert. The P30 has exactly zero movement on its right release. The HK45 has just under half a millimeter. And nothing on the Expert. The right release is what comes off when removing the slide. If you dont seat it all the way, it can wobble on the shaft and result in some play. I did see one genius on the HK forum complaining about it being "too tight" and sanded down the splines, and then complained about it being loose. I can imagine there could be production variance that could be excessive, but in most cases I think its fair to say the problem is a person who thinks they know how to work on guns but may not be the case. Wouldn't be too surprised by some just not pushing them on all the way just because they think its far enough or leaving it a looser will make it easier to strip. Either way, I put mine all the way on, and they dont wobble, flop, or move around. My only complaint is they tend to make the left side (being right handed) release levers too darn long so they can get ridden, and trigger reset is long. Grays has a great short reset kit, and their factory match hammer and spring combo tend to interchange and give a basis for a very nice trigger (expect for P30). The P30 out of the box took a bit of trigger work, more than others. All worth it in the end, great running pistols. The USP Expert is a tack driver out of the box,
  12. Damn, tough crowd! lol Luck is maybe a strong word that understates the work to just get it in the zip code 4.4 miles down range. I’d say it’s more fair to say you need the breaks in your favor after you hit the trigger for your wind call parameters to still be valid over such a long flight time. Seeing the dispersion of the 69 shots would probably be meaningful. Looking at the scope base and barrel relative, here is a thought…. What was the altitude of the bullet at apogee? With an incoming angle of 48 degrees, just over 3 miles relative to shooter?? Hows that factor against ground level winds versus whatever is going on at altitude, birds, thermals?
  13. This happened in CA around the time I left, on the heels of their AWB along with a host of other unconstitutional new gun restrictions. They all sucked. I was exempt but it and the other things were a tipping point for me. While ammo bgc had the bonus of giving the gun grabbers what they wanted, one of the main drivers was downplayed. It was about TAX. Most volume shooters bought out of state sales and the state wanted the missing revenue and the Wayfair ruling wasn’t in effect in most states. A couple years prior, DOJ also changed tax collection requiring dealers to collect on out of state firearms including shipping or accessories when shipped together.
  14. Outside what folks have already listed, I would say consider a Mazda CX series. Their interiors tend for same price point tend to be nicer and have more tech. Will say considering what you're coming from, those things are worlds apart meant for different demographics. I'd bet sitting in and driving a CRV would immediately tell you quite a bit. Was for me when I we were buying something for the wife. Talked her into a Passport and she was very happy about it, no looking back. There is a magnitude of different in a relatively small amount moving up a size but out of land yacht territory. Much larger cabin, better ride comfort, features, and no romper room interior. I would say mid size SUV is your sweet spot. Rides like an adults car without the low end price point concessions. If price is your primary criterion, than none of that probably matters. Take what you can get that is in decent shape


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