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Announcements and Introductions / Re: Newbie intro
« Last post by coelacanth on Today at 06:21:49 pm »
Glad you stopped by and introduced yourself.  Always nice to get acquainted with the neighbors.   :cool
Announcements and Introductions / Re: Newbie intro
« Last post by OldGnome on Today at 01:54:01 pm »
New member here from Florida. I found WTA because I'm an admin on another forum owned by Vertical Scope (see the copyright link at the very bottom of the page) and I was perusing their list of forums, so... here I am.

I have been around guns my whole life. Took my first hunter safety course in 1969. Retook it in 2005 because my daughter was taking it and I couldn't find my cert.

I own primarily Glock handguns and carry a 43X daily.
General Firearms Discussion / Re: Effects of the ban on Russian ammo
« Last post by coelacanth on September 09, 2021, 10:45:04 am »
Interesting info from a perspective many don't have.  It will shake out over the next year or so - just as it always does - and we will see if congress has any appetite for it going into next year's election cycle.  A stifling regulatory environment leads to high prices and an inconsistent supply of what millions of people consider essential goods.  That, in turn, creates the unregulated black market to supply what cannot be obtained by more conventional means. 

Once people get the idea that the government is going to criminalize all commerce related to a constitutionally protected right, that black market will blossom and begin to thrive.  Ammunition is heavy and hard to transport but if smuggling it becomes profitable one can imagine that experienced smugglers will find a way to supply it. 
General Firearms Discussion / Re: Effects of the ban on Russian ammo
« Last post by FBMG on September 08, 2021, 04:27:28 pm »
Look, we all know that once a ban like this is in place they never go away, regardless of what the directive/edict from the Emporer says. That said, we are small-time by comparison to the big dogs, and we have more than 800 MILLION rounds approved on form 6's. Seeing this coming down the pipeline, we have used our contacts to line up contacts with 7 other factories around Europe, and one in South America to replace that supply line.

And we used the sudden drop in price from the Russians to get better pricing from those countries. The Ruskies dropped their prices because flat out, they were afraid we would walk away from their supply line when this happened. Instead, we maxed out the production they can supply to fill as much of those Form 6's allocation as possible. But we have inked deals with 3 of the 8 other factories.

Will it hurt, yeah. Who do you blame? Actually, other than the obvious, we can all blame the importers and wholesalers for sitting on the supply to drag out distribution slowly over the next few years to maximize the income from Russian ammo. But others are going to swoop in to fill that vacuum. Our rep In Europe is at a big arms show right now in Warsaw talking to them to do exactly that this whole week. Luckily the Mesko explosion yesterday was at the anti-tank rocket side and not the small arms ammo production side!
General Non-Firearms Discussion / Re: a poet laureate for our age . . .
« Last post by wyatt on September 07, 2021, 03:44:02 am »
General Non-Firearms Discussion / a poet laureate for our age . . .
« Last post by coelacanth on September 05, 2021, 05:59:28 pm »
Much to good not to share.  Enjoy at your leisure.   :coffee
General Firearms Discussion / Re: Effects of the ban on Russian ammo
« Last post by coelacanth on September 04, 2021, 02:52:57 pm »
The strategy first became government policy back during a previous administration under the name Operation Chokepoint.  Obviously they have that experience to build on and expand in all the ways familiar to lawyers, accountants, bureaucrats and petty tyrants in law enforcement uniforms. 

The current situation poses some significant challenges but not insurmountable ones.   :coffee
R & R / Re: The Great Big Thread of Jokes
« Last post by coelacanth on September 01, 2021, 12:36:57 am »
 :facepalm .  .  .   :cool

R & R / Re: The Great Big Thread of Jokes
« Last post by aikorob on August 31, 2021, 06:50:04 pm »
A man was taking his pregnant (with twins) wife to the hospital when he got into a bad car accident. Upon regaining consciousness, he finds his brother, a relentless practical joker, sitting bedside.
He asks his brother how his wife is & his brother says,
"Don't worry, everyone is fine. In fact, you have a healthy son & daughter too...but the hospital was in a real hurry with the birth certificates and I had to name the kids, because you and your wife were both unconscious."
"Oh no," thought the husband, "what has he done now?"
"Well, what did you name them?" he asks. His brother says, "I named the little girl Denise."
The husband says, "Why that's a very pretty name! What did you come up with for my son?"

The other day, I went horseback riding. Everything was going fine until the horse starts bouncing out of control. I tried with all my might to hang on, but was thrown off. Just when things could not possibly get worse, my foot gets caught in the stirrup. When this happened, I fell head first to the ground. My head continued to bounce harder as the horse did not stop or even slow down. Just as I was giving up hope and losing consciousness, the pizza store assistant manager came and unplugged it.

A guy walks into a bar and sits down. He starts dialing a telephone...on his hand and talking into his hand. The bar tender walks over and tells him that this is a very tough neighborhood and he doesn't need any trouble here. The guy says, "You don't understand; I'm very hi-tech. I had a phone installed in my hand because I was tired of carrying the cellular." The bar tender says, "Prove it." The guy dials up a number and 'hands' his hand to the bar tender. The bartender talks into the hand and carries on a conversation. "That's incredible", says the bartender ... "I would never believe it!" "Yeah", said the guy, "I'm really very hi-tech. I can keep in touch with my broker, my wife, you name it! By the way, where is the men's room?" The bar tender directs him to the men's room. The guy goes in and doesn't come out for the longest time.
Fearing the worst given the tough neighborhood, the bar tender goes into the men's room. There is the guy... he is spread-eagle on the wall...his pants are pulled down and he has a roll of toilet paper up his butt.
"Oh my god", said the bar tender,
"Did they rob you? How much did they get?"
The guy turns and says: "No, no,... I'm just waiting for a fax!"
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