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Everything Else / Re: A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
« Last post by M1911A1 on March 03, 2019, 07:19:32 PM »
Nicely put.
Thanks for posting it, Chuck!
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Gary Slider - FYI. / Re: SD. . . OK. . . AR. . . Corp of Engineers Updates
« Last post by LEJoe on March 03, 2019, 05:44:30 PM »
Very interesting report Gary, thanks!
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Everything Else / A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
« Last post by NorCalChuck on March 03, 2019, 04:59:36 PM »
Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.
-Marian Anderson, singer (27 Feb 1897-1993)

Carl Jung writes about the “shadow” that lurks in each human psyche. Jung says the shadow is each person’s sense of his or her “creature inferiority, the thing he most wants to deny.” Jung goes on to say that the person wants to get away from the sense of his troubling inferiority; he wants “to jump over his own shadow.” Of course the easiest way, the most efficient way for the frightened person, is “by looking for everything dark, inferior, and culpable in others.” In short, most of us, instead of facing the fear within us, project our fear on “an outside object.” The objects, outsiders usually, different from us, bigger noses, those who speak gibberish and dress absurdly are, to slake our fear, “combated, punished, and exterminated “as the alien out there.”

Again, we hunt the scapegoat, go outside of ourselves, eagerly bonding with those of our kind, instead trying to deal with “the inner problem” of both the individual and the group to which a person aligns himself or herself. Perhaps now would be a good time to reflect a moment on Auschwitz or, for that matter, a Nuremburg rally in the late thirties. Under the precise goose-stepping and the panoply of seemingly innumerable Nazi flags and the stirring music -- the intoxication ritual of it all -- lay hidden “the shadow”.

Jung says that humankind “wants a statue and a destiny that is impossible: he wants an earth that is not an earth but a heaven.” And of course the appalling cost “for this kind of fantastic ambition is to make the earth an ever more eager graveyard that it naturally is.”

Jung, blunter than either Freud or Rank, states unequivocally and uncompromisingly that “the principal and indeed the only thing that is wrong with the world is man.” The gods always favor our side, don’t they?

Bruce Floyd, Florence, South Carolina
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Everything Else / Re: An Old Friend Came Home Today
« Last post by NorCalChuck on March 03, 2019, 04:56:54 PM »
Perhaps he will do the right thing . . . . .
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Everything Else / Re: An Old Friend Came Home Today
« Last post by Taurian on March 03, 2019, 01:32:38 PM »
Funny you should post about the S&W 686. I am currently in negociations with a new employee for his 686. It's like new in the box. It has the wood grips and is just beautiful. He wants $400.00 for it.    8)
Considering the price of a new one, I would jump on it.  My shooting companion recently bought a Browning over and under 20-gauge shotgun from our gun club. It was a sale gun from a recently widowed woman. He paid $400 for it and found out (from Browning) that it is worth $2300. Her deceased husband is probably rolling over in his grave.

Git it while the gittin's good.
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Everything Else / Re: An Old Friend Came Home Today
« Last post by Taurian on March 03, 2019, 01:26:47 PM »
As I was reading, I was hoping that it was the exact, same gun.
Sad that it wasn't, but it's a joyful story anyway.

That would have been a really neat trick. This one is cleaning up well, though. There was probably enough carbon build-up to date it.
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Everything Else / Re: An Old Friend Came Home Today
« Last post by LEJoe on March 03, 2019, 12:47:17 PM »
Funny you should post about the S&W 686. I am currently in negociations with a new employee for his 686. It's like new in the box. It has the wood grips and is just beautiful. He wants $400.00 for it.    8)
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Everything Else / Re: An Old Friend Came Home Today
« Last post by M1911A1 on March 03, 2019, 11:54:46 AM »
As I was reading, I was hoping that it was the exact, same gun.
Sad that it wasn't, but it's a joyful story anyway.
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Everything Else / An Old Friend Came Home Today
« Last post by Taurian on March 03, 2019, 09:02:29 AM »
Some of you know that I was a LEO at one time; a Deputy Sheriff to be exact.

When I first started with the department I was allowed to carry a Colt MKIV Government Model 1911. I carried it up to the time that I could not carry it, and that was when the department demanded that I carry something different than a 1911 carried in Condition 1.  A Sig-Sauer P220 was my choice. It remained my choice until the department issued their choice; the Smith & Wesson 686 revolver.  I immediately took a liking to it (even though it was a revolver and a step back in my mind) and it to a competent armorer to smooth the action a bit (until it was like glass, actually). I qualified with it, competed in Police Bullseye Matches, and it became my constant companion - on and off duty.

When I left the department I also had to leave my 686; I knw that some luck new deputy was going to get an outstanding duty revolver.  I always wanted another one, but the Ruger GP100 became my choice of .357 magnum revolvers along with the Ruger SP101 because of their "Ruger Rugged" appeal.

Well, today at the range, a number of range guns came up for sale. Among those was a S&W 686 4.2" barrel just like the one that I had.  The price was amazing and the 686 was in excellent shape despite it having who knows how many rounds through it.  However, very few people are shooting revolvers and after a quick check of the 686 it was deemed worthy of ownership.

The buildup of carbon on the face of the cylinder took some elbow grease, a chemically-treated carbon removal pad, and a bronze brush to remove, as did the carbon buildup around the forcing cone ( I am still working on that).

Lockup is tight, the trigger is smooth, and the flash gap measures under 0.002-inch, and that is something amazing with a range gun because you never know what ammunition is being forced down the barrel; to whit, some folks hand load their "special recipes" and shoot it in a range gun before they stuff it in their own gun. In other words , "If it blows up a range gun, I won't use it in mine."

The original Smith & Wesson rubber finger-grooved grip is on it and I see no reason to change that.

Barrel rifling is in excellent shape, and that's a big plus.

A bit of polishing compound to take out some scratches and this bad boy will be ready for duty.

Its been 29 years since I carried that first Smith & Wesson 686. It feels good to have an old friend back home.
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Everything Else / Re: Traveling Again
« Last post by flyover on March 03, 2019, 07:22:37 AM »
Prayers for your sister, pop pop.

Your grand kids will have something special to remember their grandpa by.
I know I sure do.
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