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jgradyc last won the day on December 12 2016

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About jgradyc

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  • Gender
    Male
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    Nashville, TN
  • Interests
    Running, cycling, general exercise, reading
  • Occupation
    Author, ghost writer, futurist and professional speaker

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    Yes
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  • Carry Weapon #1
    Taurus G2 Millennium
  • Carry Weapon #2
    Kel Tec P3AT w/Armalaser

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  1. jgradyc

    ZEV made a new kind of Glock

    Is it just me or is that a really ugly grip on the ZEV?
  2. I laughed when I read the survey. Do you carry a gun in your car? If so, is it loaded? If so, is it locked? Do you wear a Fitbit... etc. I suggest a follow-up question. 5. If you don't carry in your car loaded and unlocked, does your Fitbit, Nike Sports Watch, or Apple Watch indicate that you can run faster than 1,000 feet per second?
  3. jgradyc

    Flashlights

    I bought two Coast FL74 LED headlamps for $19.95 at Home Depot over the holidays. They use 3 AAA batteries and go from flood to zoom tight beam. Outstanding headlamps for the money. The low mode is great for working under a dash or sink where a bright light would blind you. Medium is good for hiking. High is good for night running or even night cycling. I don't know if you can still order them on the Home Depot website, but I'd highly recommend them if you like headlamps. I tested five headlamps for our Hood to Coast running relay team last summer with two models costing $45. These Coast lights wing hands down and they are easier to operate. I previously posted about how much I like the 18650 battery BLF A6 flashlight. I have 4 BLF A6 that I ordered from Banggood for about $19.95 each on sale. I posted over at BudgetLightForum and asked if there was anything better that the BLF A6 at its price point (normally $25-$30). They said no... and these guys are total flashlight geeks. What I like most is that it has a firefly mode... a very low output that's great for moving around in the bedroom without waking up my wife. The turbo mode is amazingly bright. I bought four A6 over the years. I've had one tailcap failure, but otherwise they all are still working. Caveat: I don't drop flashlights or mount them on firearms so I can't comment on their reliability in those circumstances. My keychain lights are the Astrolux 01 and the ThruNite Ti3, both are 1 AAA but both will take rechargeable 10440 3.7v batteries. That roughly doubles the brightness. EDITED The BLF A6 is currently $21.95 and that includes a Samsung 18650 battery. Do not buy the 5A tint. It is yellow and noticeably weaker. I prefer the 1A tint. https://www.banggood.com/BLF-A6-XPL-1600LM-74modes-EDC-LED-Flashlight-INR18650-30Q-Battery-p-1088818.html?rmmds=search&ID=518106&cur_warehouse=CN
  4. jgradyc

    Well New Years is only a couple days away!!

    I never set New Year Resolutions, but every year in December, I do a "How Goes It" review of the year. It's mostly a review of my running. I list successes, failures, injuries and current status of injuries, lessons learned, and goals for the New Year. The Lessons Learned is always the longest. I never set resolutions, per se... just goals.
  5. I hope they're still in stock at your Home Depots. By the way, Home Depot also had a display for what appears to be an identical light, but it's only 1 for $19.95. Home Depot also had a display for Copper Fit socks. I'm leery of the copper doing anything beneficial, but they were 3 pairs for $9.95 so I bought them. They are surprisingly warm, especially for a no-show anklet sock. I'm a runner so I wear these no-show socks in the winter and my feet often get cold. These socks help. Maybe there is something to this "copper" thing. EDITED: Besides, what is Christmas without getting a pair of socks?
  6. Home Depot has a 2-pack of Coast FL74 tri-color headlamps for $19.95. These are awesome headlamps, especially for the price. I ran a 199-mile team relay in August and I was in charge of recommending headlamps for the team for running at night. I tested 7 different headlamps, but these Coast headlamps are better and cheaper than anything I tested, including two $40 headlamps. They are very bright with a low, medium, and high mode. The beam is a full flood that can be twisted down to a spot. It has a red and green LED on each side that put out barely enough light to walk at night once your eyes adjust. The red mode is good for walking around the house at night without turning on the lights and waking everyone up. It uses three AAA batteries. It has a claimed 435 lumens, but I disregard lumens since they can be so wildly exaggerated. Instead, I use my "dog or deer" test. At what distance does the light put out enough illumination to tell the difference between a dog and a deer? My best LED flashlight is good for about 140 yards. The Coast in spot beam is good for about 100 yards. My other headlamps are in the 50 to 70-yard range. I bought them at the Bellevue Home Depot in West Nashville out of one of those Christmas Special bins.
  7. jgradyc

    The Whiskey and Spirits Thread

    I don't care for Bulleit, but then, others like it. I think there are better choices in that price range.
  8. jgradyc

    Rural King

    I went to RK in Clarksville on a Saturday and the gun counter was super busy. I had to wait a while to pick up my order, but the staff was polite and professional. That was about a year ago so personnel may have turned over.
  9. jgradyc

    Anyone tried the new Taurus G2C?

    It looks to be nearly identical to my Taurus Millenium G2. I'm wondering if there is enough difference to warrant an upgrade to the G2C.
  10. jgradyc

    Any sightings of big cats in Cheatham County?

    My cat is probably smart enough to avoid a confrontation with a big cat, but my little dog is too dumb. I'll have to keep a closer eye on her when we go for our morning and evening walks.
  11. I live on Old Hickory Blvd between Ashland City and Joelton. Last night, my wife saw the shadow of something big moving behind our house. Big in this case means the size of a medium to large dog. She said it didn't move like a deer or a dog. This morning, when I walked the dog, our old cat went outside and sniffed the bushes along the woods a long time and then marked them himself. He doesn't normally mark bushes that far away from the house. When coyotes have been around, the cat usually smells them and won't even leave the deck the next morning... smart cat! Have there been any sightings of big cats in this area?
  12. jgradyc

    Shades of "One Second After" (book)

    Based on reading this thread, I checked The Final Day in audiobook today. I'm in Chapter 2 and so far, it's boring and moving pretty slow.
  13. jgradyc

    Would You Prefer Your Hockey Puck in .357 or .45 ?

    I just did some research. A 1/2" steel ball weighs 129gr and can be shot at 240fps. That's 17ft-lbs of force. Not much compared to a 22LR at 40gr at 900fps for 72ft-lbs of force, but the slingshot would be a pretty serious deterrent. Imagine stepping into a classroom and getting hit with 15-20 steel hex nuts moving at 240fps. One headshot would probably incapacitate the shooter. As a kid, I could shoot a slingshot 3-4 times in a few seconds. Schools could keep the slingshots in a lockbox to only be used in a shooter event. Kids could attend a training session once a semester. I'll admit this isn't a great idea, but it is lightyears better than hockey pucks. Heck, half the kids today can't even throw a baseball.
  14. jgradyc

    Would You Prefer Your Hockey Puck in .357 or .45 ?

    When I first heard about the hockey puck defense, I thought it was a hoax. After reading about it, I wondered if they were going to advocate an active opposition, why not use something inexpensive and easier to deliver to target. My first thought was a slingshot with steel or lead balls. Then, I realized why a school board would NEVER vote to use slingshots... you could actually hurt someone with a slingshot!

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