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  1. The walther PPQ is a polymer framed, striker fired handgun chambered in 9mm, .40s&w, and .45acp. The one i have is chambered in 9mm The handgun is pretty standard fare, a 4" bbl, polygonal rifling, 15 round capacity, and weighs 23oz unloaded. You have a picatinny rail on the dust cover so you can mount pretty much whatever you want On the m2 models, you have a standard push button magazine release, this can be reversed if you are left handed. The slide release is fuly ambidextrous. The slide has forward slide serrations, and the serrations in general work very well. The sights are plastic white 3 dot sights, fortunately replacing them couldn't be simpler. Instead of being dovetailed in, the rear sight sits in a channel, and is secured by a grooved detent that interfaces with a flat sided screw. This means you can remove the rear sight in seconds, and adjusting windage is super easy. The front sight is wedged in by a small set screw, most aftermarket sights use a glock style screw and post Shooting this gun i find is a treat. The trigger is amazing, and its what sold me on this gun after shooting only 4 rounds. It's nice and crisp, much like a high end 2 stage trigger. The reset is extremely short, and if you aren't careful, you might be able to bump fire the gun. Some people find the PPQ to have more felt recoil than say, a Glock 19, but in my case, I've found the opposite to be true. The gun comes with 2 backstraps to aid in fit Accuracy is very good, unfortunately i cant find any of my targets, so the test one will have to suffice for now. It's extremely easy to get these types of groups Reliability has been good, I've put 3,000 rounds through the gun, and have only had 1 malfunction. I had shot about 250 rounds of speer lawman 147gr, and was partially through a magazine when i had a failure to feed. The fired round ejected fine, but the next round in the mag was not picked up. Running the action remedied the failure, and have not had it happen again, despite going so far as to mix various brands of brass and steel case together. I lean towards an ammo issue. The finish is very tough, and has held up well to the heat, humidity, sweat, and holster wear I've put it through Overall, the PPQ is a very good gun, while it lacks the pure simplicity of say, a glock, it makes up for it IMHO with some much appreciated creature comforts. Aftermarket isn't huge, but holsters are no problem, and walther is in my experience more than willing tosend you replacement parts. It's not a gun I'd reccomend to someone with no experience, but if you can handle it, the gun won't be the limiting factor. Cost is around 500-600 USD, depending on where you buy.
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    Mossberg 590A1

    Got the gun back today. The part is still the parkerized version, and they replaced all the same stuff they did last time, and test fired it 6 times. The repair list has different nomenclature than the list from the last repair, probably the same parts though. Safety feels like it did before it broke. Hopefully it holds up.
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    Mossberg 590A1

    i found a tamper proof bit set on amazon, we'll see how that works out before i do anything i might regret. If that doesn't pan out, I'll just dremel the safety button off, back out the screw with some pliers and get a bunch of replacement parts off numrich.
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    Mossberg 590A1

    Haven't gotten my gun back yet, but i took a look at my shockwave and 835,. The part that is breaking on the 590a1 is phosphated, while the same part on the other guns are silver-y. They haven't broken yet, so that specific part might be the way to go as far as replacing it myself.
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    Large survival knife, or smaller knife and axe?

    I'd go with a machete plus a smaller fixed blade. And a small folder. But I'd totally rock my BMF
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    Medications during a SHTF.

    Have a small fridge set up with batteries and solar for my insulin as well. Door is locked, the fridge and batteries are kept off the ground, but are still secured to the floor to try and prevent floodwater or wind from destroying it It'd be nice to have a root cellar or well thats got cold water, but neither is a good option for me down here.
  7. Y'all lived in Canada for awhile, correct? If so, do you still know any friends and family over there? If thats the case, I'd move there. As for what it would take to get me to move... Dramatic rise in crime (violent crime in particular), extreme inflation, extreme taxes, less and less job opportunities. The standard stuff. It's also real nice to be able to own and do things without having to deal with the gov't treating me worse than actual criminals.
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    Mossberg 590A1

    Not my picture, but its good enough. It breaks again I'm going full bubba with my dremel
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    Mossberg 590A1

    True. Numrich has the parts... I'll give it one more go. The safety has held up well on my shockwave, so maybe it was a bad batch. Have any good suggestions on what tools to use on these screws? These are way to soft to use a regular screwdriver
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    Mossberg 590A1

    The screw that holds all the safety compinents together is a one way screw, or whatever it's called. So they aren't sending out anything other than RMA's The safety on my shockwave has held up well, so maybe they had a bad batch. We'll see.
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    Mossberg 590A1

    Deja vu. I'm really not happy about this. Maybe 50 rounds, all low recoil.
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    Highrise rescue backpack

    Not sure i want a breaking system on climbing equipment😬
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    Picture a day thread!

    Evenin' time
  14. Since this is pretty much an ad hoc Texas history thread, how about this surprise find? In Texas, we have 2 "huge" flea markets, Canton, and Round Top. Canton is considered, or at least was, to be the biggest, but the recent trip I went on kinda proved the opposite. Anyways, since Canton was kind of a bust, we went on a little bit of sight seeing on our way back. This took us to Crocket Texas, where we saw this old building. Its the Mary Allen seminary, and was the first Texas school for African American women. A (slightly) more detailed history can be found here. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Allen_Seminary There was writing on all the steps, most seemed to be class markings (ie, class of 59) unfortunately all my pics were crappy, and I couldn't make out the dates even looking right at the steps. It's in rough shape, but apparently whoever owns it is planing on restoring it, so hopefully that happens. As a history nut, it makes me both really happy and sad that these places exist. Happy that I can just catch this this piece of history out of the corner of my eye, and learn something i had never known about, but also sad that it's in its current condition, and will likely never get any better. I really wish I had gotten a better picture.
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    Mossberg shockwave

    I suppose you could, especially if you got it threaded for chokes. Soon as i get my brace, its off to the trap range to horrify the guys with perrazis and krieghoffs
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