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    Brad's BOB

    Looks pretty good. I'd ditch the p38 for a p51 or FRED. *Much* better to use. The only things I'd really add would be more water and an IFAK
  2. Got a new piece of gear? A knife? Gun? Backpack? Thermo nuclear reactor? Post pics here! I'd like to start a new thread for everthing I get, but thats a lot of clutter, on many things I dont plan to review This is primarily a picture thread, but feel free to go into more detail if you want My recent things Service grade SA 1950 M1 Garand, courtesy of the CMP. The metal is nice and clean. Wood is USGI, but very dark. Its cleaned up a bit. ME and TE are both 2. S&W M&P 9mm. Got this in a trade. Seems ok, will make an ok truck gun. Came with an OWB holster and 3 mags
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    Recent acquisition thread

    Well built, pockets are well thought out, doesn't scream gun bag, keeps things kinda dry. Got the gamut for like 60$, so i was already smitten
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    Recent acquisition thread

    Vertx EDC Gamut + I loved the regular gamut, so i went and bought thr bigger brother at full price.
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    Picture a day thread!

    Everyone loves pictures, so lets have a thread where you post 1 pic per day! Can be anything you want, so long as it doesn't violate the sites rules!
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    G19X

    Brown is the new black Basic overview 19 length slide and barrel, 17 length grip 3 mags, 1 17 round mag, and 2 19 round mags No finger grooves, ambi slide release, marksman barrel, nPVD slide, tan frame, glock tritium 3 dot night sights Pretty much a gen 4.5. Only shot 17 rounds, but ran fine for that. Will update this as i go
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    G19X

    north of 7k? Managed to get a malfunction. Was shooting a mix of winchester USA forged (aka garbage) and brass speer lawman. A round of winchester fired, but failed to extract, and the gun tried to feed another round. Not surprised it was with this ammo, but I'm impressed with how long it took to get a malf.
  8. I'm putting money towards an M1 garand from the CMP
  9. I prefer to just cut them up and fry them, nice and hot, though these are noticeably less hot than years past
  10. Apparently a jalapeno plant has decided to appear out of nowhere
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    G19X

    i hit 5k this last weekend. Not a single malfunction, not a single issue. Only things changed on the gun were the sights (i got some ameriglo agents) and I've slightly knocked down the trigger dingus. Not all of the 5k were mine though. I've let about 15 or so people handle and sometimes shoot it. Pretty much everyone has walked away impressed. I know of at least 4 people who bought one after shooting mine. I've also gotten a chance to play with a G45. Its nice, but i still prefer the 19x. If you think the 19x is a bit too expensive, or some other feature is just not for you, the 45 is a great option if you're looking for a commander style Glock I've read a bit and the consensus is that this is just a limited edition, and i really do hope that isn't the case. This is a great handgun, and I think glock would do well with having a permanent higher end line with things like the 19x, and more tricked out versions of the 34, 17L, and perhaps a 19x version of the 46? Or maybe just the 46 in general? Pretty please?
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    Hi yall

    Eh, thats part of small forums, especially ones where you've got convoluted topics like prepping But hey, I'm here!
  13. Funny, one chicken (not sure which) has graced us with eggs. Small, but they're eggs. Weather, temp, etc all can determine if a hen will lay. Once they start, they tend to keep going (for a while), but it took ours a long time to start, even then, i think only one hen is laying
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    G19X

    2500, no issues. I do wany to show a few more things about the gun. It has a recessed crown, so any damage done is less likely to effect accuracy Slide stop is thicker than on previous gens, and engages the slide on both sides. Texture is the same as gen 4 guns, but thanks to the absence of the finger grooves, it feels like I'm able to get a much better hold of the gun The wire and leaf spring are gone. Everything is a coil spring. Coil springs are much more durable The nPVD coating is amazing. That is all. If you want, you can run a gen 4 slide on the 19x, and vice versa, all you need to do is swap the end plates. All the controlls on both guns work, thought the trigger on the 19x framed gun wont be as nice, and the slide will rquire a bit of wiggling to slide on
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    Mossberg 590A1

    Based off the Mossberg 500, the 590A1 has a number of features that were requested by the military, including a metal safety, and trigger group, heavy walled barrel, and bayonet lug. This isn't an upland game gun, with 9 shells of 00 buck (the gun has an 8 round tube, and can hold 1 in the chamber) the thing weighs around 10 pounds, or about 4.5 kilos. Various models exist, and can have different barrel lengths, different stocks and fore ends, different trigger and saftey packs, and different sights. This particular one has the standard polymer furniture, 8+1 capacity, 20" barrel, and ghost ring sights. Like most new pumps, the action is rather stiff, and will require working in, as will the mag tube, filling it up amd letting it sit for a day or two often fixes this. Whichever barrel you get, 20, 18.5, or 14, the barrel will have a cylinder choke, which is to say it is a perfect cylinder. Should you want to thread it for chokes, the barrel is more than thick enough to handle it. The stock is compatible with other Mossberg stocks, so if you don't like what you've got, it's easy to fix. The polymer on the stock is nice and thick, and has a really nice recoil pad, but the stock is LLLLOOOONNNNGGGG. a 14.25" length of pull can make the gun quite the pain to use, many replacement options exist. The shotgun has a 3 inch chamber, so you have a good variety of loads to pick from. It should be noted, depending on the shell length and crimp type, capacity will also be effected. The ghost ring sights are very nice, the rear is adjustable for elevation, and the front can be drifted for windage. You can get tritium front sight blades if you wish. The finish is a nice grey phosphate, the regular 500's and 590's are blued, recievers (aluminum) are anodized. I was only able to run 75 rounds of low brass #8, but aside from action stiffness, the gun ran perfect. As i continue to use this gun, i will update this thread.
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    Mossberg 590A1

    So i shot the A1 some more yesterday, all 2 3/4 inch, no magnum stuff. Shot some dupleks and federal tru ball low recoil, plus some #1 buck flite control, and some birdshot. Cycled the safey probably a hundred times since then, hopefully it holds up.
  17. Didn't do a garden, but do have chickens. No eggs. None. Zip, zilch, zero.
  18. Current EDC G19X in an alien gear, kershaw leek, wallet, phone spare 19 round mag. I still carry a G2X, but its AWOL at the moment I also have this with me on road trips Vertx gamut (i love this bag) Front pocket has 2 33 round mags Pocket above it has a sof-t wide TQ Main pocket flap has a Kershaw leek, tube of TW-25b, and a 19 round mag, foam earplugs, a boo boo kit, and a rite in the rain notepad Cavity has an IFAK set up exactly like the one on my battle belt, but with an extra TQ stufffed in there, an otis 9mm cleaning kit, glock knife, that glock arm brace thing, and a spare change of clothes. I often keep my nikon d3400 in here, along with a 3l camelbak. I'll also usually throw in my nintendo switch. Its charging now, so no pics. Other pocket holds a spare nikon battery and charger, and and SD card case, and a TLR-1hl Side pockes have a 17 round mag each. The right one also has some medical shears, cords for electonics, and 3 fisher space pens. Left one has a black sharpie and a power core There are some elastic pockets on the outside of the side pockets. The right one has a USB solar charger, the left one has a few MRE matchbooks, and a lot of MRE toilet paper. I have a streamlight sidewinder on the right strap It has a lot of ammo with it, mainly because I've ran into some really cool ranges on road trips. The armbrace thing is because sometimes, that nice hotel doesn't turn out to be so nice, so it's nice to get a bit more performance out of my carry gun.
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    G19X

    2k report Hit 2k today. Gun runs. And runs, and runs. Not a single instance of BTF or eratic ejection. The gun passes the test where you shoot a round with no mag in the gun Finish holds up well, though i haven't done that many draws with it yet. Its not as slick as the gen 4 finish, which is nice.the barrel has lost a bit more of its finish compared to my gen 4 G19, but it isn't going to rust due to the type of finish it has. Zero complaints. The trigger isn't as nice as the PPQ, but the glock is much simpler, and more consistent over high round counts without cleaning. Plus i can make stupid things like this now
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    G19X

    Put 920 rounds though it today I mixed up a few hundred rounds of speer frangible, winchester forged, Wolf wpa, 124gr hst and it ate everthing Target was 25 yards out, shot with 147gr speer gold dot
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    G19X

    Its worth trying the 19x, its a G17 frame on a G19 slide, so the gun handles better thanks to the shorter barrel and longer grip. No finger grooves, aggressive texture on the grip, and a really nice barrel help a lot. Size wise, this is in the same relm as the VP9/P30/PPQ, but you get 17 rounds in a standard mag. This is IMHO the pinnacle of glocks. I'm normally not a fan of commander style guns, but the x might just convince me
  22. 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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