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Greetings from the land of 10,000 lakes.
« on: July 17, 2017, 11:14:54 AM »
Hi guys I'm looking forward to gleaning some good information from you all and hopefully I'll have something of value to contribute as well.

I've been reading different air gun blogs for years including many AG posts as I'm quite an enthusiast. I know many of you from your YouTube videos such as Bullfrog and Shooter 1721.  I'm getting to be an old duffer now (59) and I've had several fond relationships with BB and pellet guns since I was a young lad of about 4 or 5.

A little back ground:

I started by shooting my dads bb gun from when he was around 3.  It was 30s vintage Red Rider or perhaps pre-Red Rider.  It was worn just as shiny and smooth as could be with no markings what so ever. 

At about age 6 or 7 I got my first Crossman 760 PumpMaster and by the time I hit age 8 I needed a second one because the first one was just plain worn out.  By age 10 I had scraped $39.99 together and purchased my first real (rifled barreled) pellet gun.  It was a Crossman 1400 PowerMaster.  Man what machine.  It was a .22 and really packed a punch.

Back then (1968) the only place I could get pellets was at Target.  I had my choice of wad cutters that I think were about 14 grains or wad cutters that were about the same weight (they were exactly the same).  Not much of a selection but man did they put the smack down.  At the full 8 pumps it kicked them out at about 300 to 350 fps.  I spent years plinking and killed just about every starling and grackle with in a 2 square mile radius.  Every time I fired that thing 6 or 8 cats would come a running.

I'm getting long on the wind here so I'll expedite a bit.

After that I moved to the powder burners like so many do and had a lot of fun but never lost my childhood romance for the air gun. 
From there I got married raised a family, became an empty nester and started hearing the enticing call of the pellet gun.

I started googling the crap out the latest creations and almost bought a RWS model 46 howitzer (or if memory serves me correctly that was the model).  I quickly forgot all about any springer when I ran into my firs PCP.

I bought a M-Rod 3 or 4 years ago and right up until recently have been tweaking and upgrading with the intent of getting a good accurate (MOA or better) 100 yard hunter out of it.  It was a bit a frustration and quite a trip. 

First I added a heavier spring and all of normal tweaks that don't cost much. Not happy with that accuracy I added a Robert Lane 150 bar regulator.  That helped but not enough power. 

I added a modified valve with a .150 transfer port and that helped but still not enough power.  Then I added lighter hammer and a Don Cothran PowerHouse balanced valve and increased my transfer port to .180.

That was still better but not quite there.  I was leaning toward just getting an FX Impact until I ran into the WAR Flex a few months ago.  I finally broke down and order one from Travis in .30 with the Cobra reg.

There's a lot going on over at WAR right now with Jim taking things over but I hope to have my gun sometime in the next few weeks.

Sorry for the book sometimes I get a little carried away but I don't live on line but I'll try to check in once a week or so.

In any case greetings.



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Re: Greetings from the land of 10,000 lakes.
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 12:20:15 PM »
Welcome aboard. But the truth is, you're just a youngster at 59. There are folks here who have been married that long!

The only question I have, is an easy one to answer. How do you know there are 10,000 lakes? Have you counted them? It is, after all, like asking Newell how many guns he's owned? Even he doesn't know, 'cause he never counted them!
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Re: Greetings from the land of 10,000 lakes.
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2017, 12:46:19 PM »
Thanks for the greet.  I wish I still felt like a youngster. 
That's a bunch of years to be married.  I've only been hitched for 36. 

Yeah, I started counting lakes quite a while ago but finally just gave up and decided to believed what I was told by the folks with nothing better to do.  I've been told there're actually more like 15,000 but many are dry much of the time.  I'll tell you this, you can't go 10 feet without running in to one.

I think could get a gun count I really wanted to.  I have purchased a few in my day but I don't believe I've ever sold one.  In my opinion you can never have too many and I always need 1 more.

Looking forward to meeting Newall.  He should like a good guy.
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Re: Greetings from the land of 10,000 lakes.
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 12:57:30 PM »
Well, if you let me add the two marriages together, I'd have almost 54 years!

I don't own that many at present, and my total is only 6 more than I now own. I found out straight away, that Nitro-piston guns are mostly junque, even though they have a following. The latest one I bought from Travis (now of http://airrifletechnology.com/index.html and once half of http://wickedairrifles.com/index.html), was his own Cobra. It literally is a tack holer! It shoots as good at 75 yards, as most PCPs shoot at 50 yards!

Went out with it this morning, and got the last of the fancy pigeons in the flock I've been narrowing down of late. I posted photos in the hunting gate.

Again, welcome aboard. You will have fun here. Oh! We're not a bunch of policemen here. We don't have to be, because we're all gentlemen like you!
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Re: Greetings from the land of 10,000 lakes.
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 01:14:51 PM »
Well now I do feel like a youth and glad to be so.  I'm sure I'll become wiser for chumming with you all.

I've never owned anything other than a pump or a PCP.  I did shoot a springer one time.  I was on a job one time with a kid from Tennessee and he had a gun that was supposedly for match shooting.  I took a couple of shots with it and my fillings almost came loose.  It could only do a 12" circle at 25 yards, at least when I was squeezing the trigger.   I think is was some kind of a Chinese thing.

I like to smack an occasional pigeon myself but it's been quite some time since I've had the opportunity.

Thanks for the greet.  I usually try my best to act in a civilized manner.  Life's too short to get all bent out of shape anyway.
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Re: Greetings from the land of 10,000 lakes.
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2017, 01:57:06 PM »
Welcome to the Guild, Archshadowman.  Great place to be here. Can't go wrong with the Cobra, good choice. Glad you found us.

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Re: Greetings from the land of 10,000 lakes.
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2017, 02:07:55 PM »
Great to be here.
Thank you.
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Re: Greetings from the land of 10,000 lakes.
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2017, 09:50:16 PM »
Great introduction! Welcome aboard!
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Re: Greetings from the land of 10,000 lakes.
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2017, 09:57:48 PM »
 Super nice to have you here.
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Re: Greetings from the land of 10,000 lakes.
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2017, 08:06:01 PM »
Welcome aboard.  Don't pay too much mind to Alan, he is old and drools a lot.  Besides, Alan, I do so know how many guns I have owned.  One of these days I'll sit down and figure it out.  I don't collect.  I buy and shoot.  Then when I think I want something else, some go on the block, and some don't.  I am not one to buy something and put it in the safe never intending to shoot it.  10 years ago I started out with a cheap $50 Chinese underlever and then went to a Benjamin Trail Nitro, both of which I still have, not because I want to keep them, but because they aren't worth the trouble to sell.  Then I needed more distance and got a Gen 1 Mrod, which I sold after I got my BSA R10, which is for sale to pay for my FX Wildcat in 22.  Someplace in there I bought a Flex 30 cal which is for sale to pay for my Impact in 22 and 30 cal.  I am now drooling for a RAW in 25 cal.  That doesn't cover the 6 or 7 pellet handguns I have.

Been married 48 years.  She is from South Carolina and I am from upstate New York.  Now we are both from Washington. 
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Re: Greetings from the land of 10,000 lakes.
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2017, 03:27:53 AM »
Just two questions Newell. Does you wife still have her southern accent, and has she learned to say, forgetaboutit?
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Re: Greetings from the land of 10,000 lakes.
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2017, 05:55:51 AM »
Wife still has some accent left.  After she talks to her family it is like she never left the South for a few days.
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