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It's been a spell
« on: December 10, 2021, 08:56:43 pm »
Hey Fellas. 
It's been a spell.  I'm posting here to let you guys and galls know that I am back on WTA... In no official capacity though my title suggests otherwise. 
I'll be acting as a regular member unless otherwise needed by the active Staff. 

Much has changed for me since I last posted.  I've evacuated myself from the Gun Industry altogether and no longer even do any consulting of any sort.  I no longer participate in Armed American Radio, though I do have a standing invite to do so whenever I wish.  But I don't have a need to... and being out of the industry as I am, I don't have the inside baseball that I once did.  In fact, a couple years ago I got involved with a gun project that was progressing nicely and COVID 19 put a delay on it.  And just as we started getting back into the swing of things... Springfield Armory released their SA-35 pistol and pulled the run out from under us.  We were going to bring to market a MK-IV High Power with some custom changes to advance the pistol into a more modern era with only a couple other changes.  And our price target was to be retailing at $1199 per gun.  So... Springfield won hands down and the only items they are missing off our roster was going to be a Beaver Tail and some front strap checkering.  A MK-V version was going to have a frame rail for weapon lights... and later variants with an extended threaded barrel and suppressor sights and perhaps a cut out for an optic on top.
Oh well.  We were saddened, of course.  But it is what it is.
So I was working with Triumph Motorcycles, BMW Motorrad, and Ducati North America... and now I'm working with Harley Davidson and the South Carolina Motorcycle Safety Task Force. 
Last June I almost died of a skull fracture and TBI... I got my front tire caught in a gully and I was catapulted some 15 feet head first into a pile of rocks at about 35 miles per hour.
 But I survived thanks to the helmet there in my profile pic actually.  It was SHATTERED, with the shell broken into three pieces and the visor and peak and camera flying into pieces as well.  Camera got replaced and the memory card was still good... so all is well.  Still have the headaches though.  And other artifacts from the TBI. 
So that was fun.  Up till that moment. I had a great time in the Mojave desert on prototype adventure bikes...
 
So here I am.  Again.  Older.  Wiser.  More broken. 
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    Re: It's been a spell
    « Reply #1 on: December 10, 2021, 08:59:53 pm »
    Oh... On my hip at the moment is a Glock Model 45, and near me is a 1911, and a Peacemaker clone - The Hand of God from 3:10 to Yuma.  And numerous edged weapons. 
    I might be out of the Industry but I wont be caught out of sorts!
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    Re: It's been a spell
    « Reply #2 on: December 10, 2021, 10:31:58 pm »
    I remember when that happened.  Didn't realize you cracked your skull though. 
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    « Reply #3 on: December 10, 2021, 10:35:02 pm »
    Yup. I went in and an did some imaging... And it showed a fracture.
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    « Reply #4 on: December 12, 2021, 03:19:17 pm »
    Yipe! Glad you're still around to tell the tale, George.

    And it sounds like I would've thoroughly enjoyed a Mk-V. *sigh* C'est la vie.

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    « Reply #5 on: December 13, 2021, 12:53:21 pm »
    Good to hear from you.  I would've loved to see that hi-power evolution too.  And I think the price point you set was spot on, and the sales prices for the SA-35 on Gunbroker seem to support an $1100 P-35 iteration.

    Sorry to hear about your accident.  I hope you aren't suffering any serious long-term effects from TBI.  I know that can linger for some patients.

    Looking forward to your input and thoughts around here!
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    « Reply #6 on: December 13, 2021, 01:25:31 pm »
    Glad you're back among us here at WTA.  Sorry to hear about your misfortune(s) both on the road and in the gun industry.  I agree that your Mk IV High Power would have been an instant hit.  Frankly, it still might be.  A lot depends on how SA handles this new pistol and whatever initial problems arise.  A few of us have been of the opinion that either the SA custom shop or independent gun smiths could really make good use of a basic, well made P 35 clone. 

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    Re: It's been a spell
    « Reply #7 on: December 13, 2021, 02:19:57 pm »
    The Ogre has returned!!!!

    Glad you're back, and REALLY glad you're recovering from that accident.

    I agree with what's been said above re: the BHP Mk IV.  Hopefully that's in a holding pattern, because from what I've seen, the SA-35 looks to have some serious long-term reliability and durability issues.
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    Re: It's been a spell
    « Reply #8 on: December 13, 2021, 04:56:23 pm »
    It's entirely possible that the flaws in Springfield's offering would boost interest in what your group were designing. Don't completely throw in the towel on it.

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    « Reply #9 on: December 13, 2021, 09:05:14 pm »
    Glad to see you back, though my own time is mostly lurking these days with everything going on (1.5 year old little girl is running things these days). I would say some people would still be interested in that idea, especially the railed/optic version.


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    « Reply #10 on: December 15, 2021, 10:49:02 am »
    It's entirely possible that the flaws in Springfield's offering would boost interest in what your group were designing. Don't completely throw in the towel on it.
    Flaws coming from simple QC issues or a material issue is pretty much covered under Springer's Lifetime Warranty.  So there is little chance of that coming about.  Naw.  Not worth it to continue.
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    « Reply #11 on: December 15, 2021, 06:24:07 pm »
    Good to hear from you, George. I too have been out for a long time here. I actually took a step away from the gun community (well, okay, I only ever came here  :rotfl ) for a bit and got into motorcycles. I think I just cracked my 2nd year of motorcycling and I must admit that it is the most fun I have ever had. Never could get into drinking, smoking, gambling, or clubbing, but it seems motorcycling brings out something very very special in my heart, which is funny due to how cautious I typically am. I was fortunate to "get the first one out of the way" and suffer just a little bit of road rash and since that little mishap some time ago, I have continued on without any damage to my sense of adventure  :cool .

    I also got to meet up with coelacanth at the beginning of this year and see Arizona for the first time, which was lovely.

    I agree with the sentiments regarding your Browning High Power clone. I would have gladly paid extra for peace of mind instead of save money.

    I still carry Grant's P228 everyday and one of these days I will get a Sig M11, just because I love the platform so much.

    One of the best things about motorcycling that I have found over shooting is that you can ride everyday without much hassle. Shooting is not something that can be as easily incorporated into daily life as riding  :cool . Both are still cool and a unique, fun, and valuable skillset to have, but it is something I have noticed.

    Hope you all are doing well and I wish y'all a Merry Christmas.
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    « Reply #12 on: December 15, 2021, 07:26:33 pm »
    Good to hear from you, George. I too have been out for a long time here. I actually took a step away from the gun community (well, okay, I only ever came here  :rotfl ) for a bit and got into motorcycles. I think I just cracked my 2nd year of motorcycling and I must admit that it is the most fun I have ever had. Never could get into drinking, smoking, gambling, or clubbing, but it seems motorcycling brings out something very very special in my heart, which is funny due to how cautious I typically am. I was fortunate to "get the first one out of the way" and suffer just a little bit of road rash and since that little mishap some time ago, I have continued on without any damage to my sense of adventure  :cool .

    I also got to meet up with coelacanth at the beginning of this year and see Arizona for the first time, which was lovely.

    I agree with the sentiments regarding your Browning High Power clone. I would have gladly paid extra for peace of mind instead of save money.

    I still carry Grant's P228 everyday and one of these days I will get a Sig M11, just because I love the platform so much.

    One of the best things about motorcycling that I have found over shooting is that you can ride everyday without much hassle. Shooting is not something that can be as easily incorporated into daily life as riding  :cool . Both are still cool and a unique, fun, and valuable skillset to have, but it is something I have noticed.

    Hope you all are doing well and I wish y'all a Merry Christmas.
    I’ve found myself carrying my P228 or HK USP9C more and more these days. Besides the P365 when I need to go small. I started back on those platforms more on a whim but have been appreciating them more and more. Will probably send both to the Sig Armorer to have him work his magic on them. The P220 he did has a very good DA trigger now.


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    « Reply #13 on: December 15, 2021, 07:33:58 pm »
    Nice to hear from the Ogre again. I hope the TBI doesn't cause too much long term harm. Most things that are fun tend to have risks of injury.

    I am nursing a hairline fracture of my right radius. I assume BJJ caused it, but I have no clue when it happened. My forearm just ached and would sometimes shoot a sharp pain down my hand. I finally went to the doctor after it didn't go away for a week or two.
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    « Reply #14 on: December 15, 2021, 10:37:18 pm »
    To be honest, the TBI has kicked my ass.
    Shorter on Temper, and more sensitive to sounds and light.
    Headlights in my rearview mirror seem to be four times brighter and it feels like a hostile encroachment when someone drives behind me.
    After the accident, I became dyslexic again... Something I grew out of in my teens. It came back, hard for some time.
    And still bothers me some... But not as bad now.
    I also get really sharp with people in conversations... When I don't mean to be offensive. Luckily, I'm married to a goddess who understands what's going on.
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    « Reply #15 on: January 03, 2022, 10:04:54 pm »
    Glad to see you again, I've also got a bike now. need to fix it a bit...
    I've also gone a little bit extra on the shotgun. I now own three riotguns and have a SBS on the way, as well as tooling to do the forcing cone lengthening and bore lapping.
    because i have a problem.
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    « Reply #16 on: January 07, 2022, 03:58:40 pm »
    Expensive hobbies have always been a problem .  .  .   :cool
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    « Reply #17 on: January 08, 2022, 07:24:46 pm »
    Expensive hobbies have always been a problem .  .  .   :cool
    it's a hobby for now.
    I'm hoping to give Vang a run for their money eventually.
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    « Reply #18 on: January 11, 2022, 04:40:17 pm »
    Yeah, owning anything by Hans Vang is the definition of an expensive hobby .  .  .   :cool
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    « Reply #19 on: January 11, 2022, 09:36:03 pm »
    Yeah, owning anything by Hans Vang is the definition of an expensive hobby .  .  .   :cool
    Vang's barrel jobs are where 99% of the good stuff is. that's only a $200 hit, well worth it IMO.
    if I do the "full job" i'd want to offer more then Vang at a better price. for $800 you get what? a mag tube extension, stainless mag follower, rail, ghost rings, barrel job, cerakote and safety?
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    « Reply #20 on: January 13, 2022, 02:26:21 am »
    Yeah, sounds about right.  I haven't priced his stuff lately because I just can't afford it at this point.  Back when he was local it was a little better but even then I wasn't able to make it work.  If I was a high volume shooter I probably would have figured out a way to make it happen but I wasn't so I made do with what I had. 
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    « Reply #21 on: January 14, 2022, 01:25:08 am »
    Mag extension, fancy follower... Order that from Brownells.
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    « Reply #22 on: January 15, 2022, 12:02:14 am »
    Yup, definitely.  At one time the Vang shop was on the cutting edge of shotgun modifications and the price break on getting everything done in one shop at one time made it an attractive proposition - especially if you could just drop the gun off and go pick it up when they called and said it was ready.  As the years went by they got so busy things were backlogged, then the prices increased and finally they moved to a bigger operation so dropping the gun off wasn't an option.   
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    « Reply #23 on: January 17, 2022, 08:09:39 pm »
    I see FN just announced they’re bringing back the high power.
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    « Reply #24 on: January 18, 2022, 06:15:16 pm »
    I see FN just announced they’re bringing back the high power.

    The timing seems suspect  :hmm .
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