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About billt

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  1. Politics aside, Turkey makes some nice guns. I believe all of the Weatherby O/U's are Turkish made. As are many others. They have some of the finest manufacturing centers in the world. And they have some very talented people as well. Not everyone who builds guns in Turkey has oily skin and smells.
  2. $330.00 for an all steel .45 ACP pistol is outstanding in today's market. The Tisas Regent Hi-Power clone is every bit as impressive. Tisas is going to give Armscor, (Rock Island Armory), a run for their money in the low cost 1911 market, that's for sure.
  3. Frog Lube is nothing but mint scented, rebranded roller coaster track lubricant. It is bio degradable so as not to contaminate the ground under the tracks at amusement parks. I do not and will not use anything bio degradable on my firearms. Bio degradable means it starts to decompose as soon as you apply it. Which is the reason guns stored with this crap over any length of time will gum up and lock up. It's much the same with wheel flange grease the railroads use. They do not want to contaminate the ground along the right of way. So it is bio degradable as well. The railroads who use it claim it completely breaks down within 60 days after being exposed to the elements. Frog Lube, Fireclean, (which is nothing but Canola Oil), will do much the same. Frog Lube had everyone B.S'd for a while. With all of their ridiculous, time consuming application methods, requiring using hair dryers, along with all of their other nonsense. Slowly but surely people are seeing this worthless crap for what it is. My guns receive nothing but petroleum based lubricants. I'll put organic oil in my salad..... Not on my weapons.
  4. I couldn't agree more. Or much the same as Marlin did with the original Golden Model 39-A lever action, forged steel and Walnut .22. The gun became too expensive to produce as a cataloged model. So it was relegated to a custom manufactured gun with a 4 digit price tag. They are not going to sell many of them at that price. But the customers who are buying them are going to get the same, or perhaps even better quality then before the gun was discontinued. This "new" Python is nowhere near the same quality of the old models. It is little more than a cosmetic facsimile of what the original was.... At a very high price.
  5. Here is the thing. Remakes are usually always disappointing. And most NEVER live up to the quality and performance of the original. I don't care what type of gun, or who the manufacturer is. The reasons are really quite simple. You have to look at WHY the original was discontinued in the first place. In most all cases it was due to the cost of manufacturing them. The original Colt Python was so desirable, because it's lockwork was hand fit by people who were all but of gunsmith level talent. Colt could no longer charge what was required at the time, in order to turn a profit by keeping it on the market. So, like many original firearms, it was discontinued. Then, like clockwork, once discontinued the value of the originals began to skyrocket. Colt saw this and immediately wanted to capitalize on it. So the first thing they looked to accomplish is how to make them, and still turn a profit on them. They then redesigned the lockwork to be simpler, faster, easier, and above all, cheaper, to produce. And in the process eliminate all the hand fitting that made the gun so desirable in the first place. This is NOT a Colt Python. It is a redesigned facsimile to look like a Colt Python. And there are obviously problems with it. Reports are coming in left and right about the gun locking up, cylinders not turning, or else going out of time. And in general not operating correctly. Hickok .45 has confirmed this. As have others. Colt would have done their customers a much better service by doing what they did with the Single Action Army, and what Marlin did with the Original Marlin Golden 39-A. Make it a special order gun, and price it to match the same quality level it had before they discontinued it. But instead they chose to cheapen the gun up enough for mass production. By changing it's design in order to make it profitable enough to warrant mass production in the first place. Much like Browning did with the "new" Auto V. It is nothing like the original. It has an Aluminum receiver, and operates totally differently than the original did. No parts interchange between the 2..... Only the name. And it still costs a ton. This "new" Python is no different. I'm not saying it was wrong for Colt to do this. It makes complete sense from a marketing standpoint. Just as it does for Browning to reintroduce the Auto V. But it's not the same gun, and it never will be the same gun. But it will satisfy a market for these guns that has developed. And at the same time, most likely increase the value of the originals...... Assuming they ever get the thing to work correctly.
  6. This prepped brass has some of the best seating primer pockets I've ever worked with. They seat with just the right tension.
  7. Mine are sitting in several filled orange 5 gallon Home Depot buckets. I try to get the encouragement to prep them. But so far I just order more that already are. Someday, maybe. Someday.
  8. The problem is when you add this all up. When you buy fully prepped brass it's ready to load. Take it out of the box and run it through the Dillon. I remove the resizing die and replace it with a decapping die that assures the flash hole is clear of any obstructions before I seat the primer. Compared to prepping once fired brass, it's a boatload of work for not much money saved. I don't care how you do it. You have to resize and deprime. Then you have to trim to length. Then you have to swage out the primer pocket. Then you have to tumble to clean and polish, as well as remove all of the resizing lubricant from the case, and the inside of the neck. You also have to chamfer the inside and outside of the case neck. No matter how you look at it, that's a lot of work. For the little amount more for fully prepped brass, it's not worth the time and effort to do it yourself. I realize that even after I bought all of the fancy tools to make it go faster. It still doesn't go as fast as from the box, right into the press.
  9. I have zero vested interest in MS Brass. I'm simply passing along a good company that offers good brass at a fair price. If you can find better cheaper, go for it. If not, then pay more. Either way it makes no difference to me.
  10. billt

    Ruger Wrangler

    As is the crossbolt "safety" they started putting on all the new Marlin lever guns. Just plain lawyer dumb.
  11. If my 1911 cup had not runnith over, I would take a shot on one of these. The plastic grips would be the first to go.
  12. I have a Beretta / Wilson Combat Brigadier Model 92 that is Gallatin marked. It was expensive, and is a great shooting / handling weapon. I'm not sure where the standard Beretta 92's are made.
  13. I found these 2. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Standard-RIG-VERTICAL-DOUBLE-Dual-Shoulder-Holster-BERETTA-92FS-USA-/200600249788 https://www.craftholsters.com/double-vertical-roto-shoulder-holster
  14. I think this is where the James Bond guitar music kicks in.

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