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Murgatroy last won the day on September 10 2016

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  1. Nice. I am having a really hard time with the new Honda NM4. I want one so bad I can't see straight. It has plenty of room for touring when properly equipped and would be more comfortable than my chopped up Sporty. But I love my Sporty. You guys in Tennessee are too far away for me to ride with.
  2. So after four full days we are going well. We have had to ban all existence of chew toys, such as pig ear or pig hide chew strips, bully sticks and the like. Bandit has a bit of possession issues when it comes to those items. It is my fault though. Since she was a puppy we would 'play,' and I would take them away from her and make her 'flee' to earn them. As such she tends to hide them, as part of the game is that I will take them straight from her mouth in a show of dominance. This has created an issue with the puppy, as the puppy thinks they are general use, and Bandit still thinks they are 'fight to earn.' As such we have eliminated their use in the house. Kong toys, rope toys, bones and training treats are all fine with no sign on aggression. Bandit is very vocal in her play, with short barks and growls. She will pounce like a cat and dance when she wants to play. When playing tug-of-war, she will growl like a mad dog when you go nose to nose with her. This is all show, and I have instilled this in her, as it makes her appear mean, when anyone that knows her knows she is a baby. Brigand is not quite understanding of Bandit's play methods, but she will participate in three way tug-of-war and chase. I do have to participate in tug-of-war at this time due to how aggressive we play. There is a lot of neck snapping and I will physically lift Bandit off the floor or swing her from side to side. She returns in kind. As she more than triples Brigand's weight, I am the intermediary so both sides can play to their level and content. Feeding has become fine with no food aggression. Save for the cat. He wants his food first, and now. Right now. We have brought an old wire kennel in and set it up in the kitchen, we keep the door open and Brigand understands it is her space, she sleeps and eats there, but we keep her free 90% of the time, unless we leave the house. Bandit was crate trained until the age of one. She will enter the crate even now with no hesitation, but again, it stays open nearly all the time. She is grasping 'sit.' She understands the bells mean 'go outside,' though she has yet to learn to ring them. Bandit will ring them for her. She is not an unintelligent dog, but Bandit does hold the superior intellect. To the point I am even surprised. There is the bell ringing for instance, Bandit will ring the bell for Brigand, and there is behavior etiquette. If Brigand bites or jumps, and is told 'no' more than once, Bandit will dominate her. Bandit is more than happy to show off her tricks in an attempt to show Brigand how to behave, as in training for 'sit.' Brigand has grasped 'fetch' with a gusto, and we have balls and frisbees outside. She enjoys this a lot, and unlike Bandit, will give the ball or frisbee back without being prompted. The 'Girls' as they have become known work in tandem. We have a tandem lead for their collars to go to a single leash. They accept this and have not caused any issues on walks. They go outside in tandem, and come inside in tandem. She is a more patient dog than Bandit. I do believe this comes down to her more normal intellect. She will sit and wait for her command and look at you quizzically until shown what do do. Bandit however will intuitively discern what you desire and go from there. It is an interesting change. The cat is not highly impressed. We have not suffered any outright violence, and we are now at the point of indifference. Bandit is quick to offer a reassuring lick when required, as they are very close. Brigand is fascinated with Bongo, and when he does choose to be on her level, she wants nothing more than to give him kisses and discover more about him. The couch is also no longer fit for more than one human at a time. Both dogs have made it their home and will cuddle to either side of the single 'two leg' that can find space on it. This is especially amusing during naps. Overall, we are doing great and I think things look great for the future. Though I am interested to see how our 'violent' tug-of-war sessions evolve when Brigand outweighs Bandit by twenty pounds.
  3. The man never really got the credit he deserved, but Rock and Roll would not exist without him. Sad story, and a hell of a talented man.
  4. Three and a half years ago I met up with a member here on the board and took a puppy home. My daughter was was turning seven and the puppy was meant to be her gift. Bandit was one of the best things that ever happened to our family. I have shared several pictures of her here on the board and the progress of her life. In short she is a spoiled, highly intelligent black lab. Bandit has been trained by vocal and hand signals. She understand basic commands such as sit and stay. Advanced commands such as come to 'here,' go to 'there,' 'jump' and 'up(beg.)' The obvious, 'speak' and 'paw.' She is also bell trained, catches frisbees, fetches, and the like. She sleeps in the bed and her best friend is a cat. I think I counted something like twenty commands she understands, in addition to general desires. Overall, she is a damn good dog. I cannot for the life of me imagine what it would be like without her. So late last year I changed careers, and became a service plumber, as opposed to a Dispatch Manager for the same plumbing company. It was one of the best things I have ever done. Yesterday I got a call to go to a local pet supply chain Feeders Supply. In the process of diagnosing the issue, I was granted access to the Humane Society's onsite kennel/adoption center. Directly in my eyes when I enter, I met a black lab pup. 4 months old. Her first day at this shelter. One day out from being spayed. She had a white chin and a white star on her chest, just like bandit does. I texted the wife immediately. The puppy was on a medical hold, as her file hadn't been updated for her rabies shot. I asked for a hold, and a phone call, and woke up early this morning to take Bandit to meet the puppy. Ensuring that they would both mesh was of utmost importance for both. I got the call this morning en route to the shelter that the medical for the puppy had come in, and she was ready for adoption. I was twenty minutes away. The shelter and the pet supply store were both more than accommodating, allowing us the use of leashes, collars and tethers (which we did purchase at the end,) to see how the two would get along. Bandit is a 70lb lab, and the puppy is approximately 15 to 20lbs. Look at those paws, she will be huge. She came home, and she knew, even yesterday after I spent over and hour with her, and she remembered me this morning, she had a home. Her name is Brigand. And with some work and effort, she and Bandit will be one hell of a dangerous duo.
  5. The ARX didn't even exist on my radar before tonight, but now, I can't live without one.
  6. He looks to have a little Lab in him. After Bandit, I will not have another dog that isn't at least part Lab. I am not hung up on purebred or anything like that, but Bandit has been hands down one of the most easily trainable dogs I have ever met. The wife wants a Golden, and I hear they are great too, but I don't know, Bandit and the Lab has made a very firm home in my heart.
  7. Additionally if the FSB was an inch forward of where it was intended and the gas tube was laying on the barrel, wouldn't the handguards have fallen off, as the front retainer is held in place by the FSB?
  8. I carry a light as part of my job, and it is rough on lights. Space is not an issue, toughness is. At the suggestion of some coworkers I grabbed a light from Walmart, an Ozark Trail aluminum light, 350 lumen. It was less than $20. In the last month it has been dropped, hit, dropped and slammed and still works, without a hitch. I suggest it highly. It fits in the door pocket on my van, and I know where it is. I think it runs on 4 AA and it hasn't needed new batteries in a month. Now, take this as it is. I am a professional that uses the light on a daily basis. Not a go bag hope it works in a year kinda guy. The only complaint I have is that it has a high/low setting. One click high, second click low, third click off. I never use the low setting, so I am bad at turning it on, seeing what I need, then clicking it again and sticking it in my pocket on low. Then I grab it and click it once to see, and it is off. Training issue I suppose. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Generic-20195-Ozark-Trail-Flashlight-350-Lumens/49840409
  9. Airsoft guns are affordable and a very realistic analog. $100 vs $400 for a training/real gun.
  10. I want one. Because Natalia. I also carry a Bali Song. Because Natalia.
  11. Many moons ago I went to Coal Creek Armory to buy a Glock. After standing at the counter for twenty minutes and being ignored, I drove down the road to Gander Mountain and paid $100 more for it. I got stellar customer service and the counter jockey spent nearly an hour with me letting me go back and forth with the 17 and 19, trying on holsters etc. I know I paid too much, but the service at the time was worth it. I didn't go back to CCA for several years, they had been sold by then. I understand at least twice more since then. I have bought a handful of guns from Gander, but only when the price was comparable, it was what I 'had to have' at the time, or they were the only one who had it in stock. They sure are proud of their stock though. After Academy opened, I don't know how they stayed in business. Many years later and a little farther north, believe it or not, but on ammo, Cabela's beats Academy most of the time. It is a nice predicament to have.
  12. I carry Winchester Ranger T Series RA9TA 127gr +P+ 9x19mm LEO Only Marked in my Glock 19. Sentimental reasons among others. I call them 'Bruce Bullets.' Bruce was an officer in Jackson Mississippi. We were close friends. That was his issue ammo for his Glock 17. He would hook me up with a box every time we would get together. The way I look at it, if they were good enough to be issued for LEO carry, they are good enough for my carry. My Glock likes them, I am accurate with them. Bruce was killed while on duty a couple years back, so I carry them in memory of him, and if I ever need them, I like to think I will have a little extra help. I am down to my last box, well, technically, two magazines.
  13. I daily drive a `13 V6 Mustang, 305BHP. That is enough for a daily driver. I am really keen on the new V8 `18 Mustangs though. I am waiting to see the ratings on those. I get a kick out of the HP wars. I owned an `87 Pontiac Trans Am GTA. It might have had like 200BHP, at most. I am too lazy to look it up. But it was the top of the line car in it's age. Modern V6's put it to shame, but they are snubbed because they aren't a V8. I have been a proponent for a while (and on here as well) about square turbo engines. But let me tell you, displacement is not the answer anymore. However, a square, turbo V8 in a domestic RWD 'Pony' care would make my knees weak. There is nothing that has the sound of a V8 sucking it's air fuel mixture through a carb. However that isn't the world we live in today. An odd fire V8 still sounds good, but fuel injection killed it. If you want to buy a car for sound, that is one thing. I bought my V6 Mustang on the basis of $24k for a 300BHP car that gets 30MPG on the highway was un-freaking-believable when I was a young lad lusting over Countach's and Grand Nationals posted on the wall. Although there is a part of me that gets very aroused at the idea of a 700+ BHP FACTORY, turnkey car, with a warranty. However, it is not my wallet.
  14. Those are Galils (or clones) on the table, he is holding a Sig 550. The Barret is the closest in the foreground, that does indeed look like a integrally suppressed Sterling behind him, and the gun closest to the camera appears to be a Barrett. I can't tell what is just above the Barrett.
  15. Chaos only thinks she is fast. She has embarrassed much higher HP cars though.

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