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General Non-Firearms Discussion / Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
« Last post by Raptor on Today at 12:48:27 pm »
Holy CRAP!  I'd heard about this years ago, but figured it was either a scam to bilk naïve railfans or else well-intentioned but wouldn't ever go anywhere.  But it's legit and they're actually doing it!  And they appear to be succeeding.

Long story short, a bunch of die-hard railfans have formed a trust and are building a life-size replica of a Pennsylvania Railroad T1-Class duplex steam locomotive.

R & R / Re: More random internet weirdness.
« Last post by stephendutton on Today at 10:20:34 am »
I'm really not sure there is anything I can add to this other than   :shrug

Army bomb squad technicians were sent to a hospital after a man arrived in casualty with a WWII anti-tank shell lodged into his rectum.

Medics called for specialist support after the man presented in the Accident and Emergency unit of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester when he could not remove the 57mm shell.

The military collector claimed he armour-piercing munition was from his private arsenal. He told medics the 80-year-old explosive device became lodged after he tripped and fell awkwardly.

A source told The Sun: 'The guy said he found the shell when he was having a clear out of his stuff.

'He said he put it on the floor then he slipped and fell on it — and it went up his a***.

'He was in a considerable amount of pain. I think he collected military memorabilia.'

Police were called to the hospital as were the Army bomb squad.

A second source told The Sun: 'It was a solid shot round. It was a chunky, pointed lump of lead designed to rip through a tank’s armour.

'It was basically an inert lump of metal, so there was no risk to life — at least not to anyone else’s.'

A hospital spokesperson confirmed 'relevant safety protocols' were followed and there were no risks to staff, patients or visitors.

The MoD added they sent the bomb squad following a request from local police.

That's right he 'fell' on it. Sure.
I just hope no-one ever pulls this guy's finger.

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Gunsmithing and Weapon Repair / Re: Rebluing
« Last post by booksmart on December 01, 2021, 08:46:22 am »
Nice work, and my condolences to you and yours on your loss.
Gunsmithing and Weapon Repair / Re: Rebluing
« Last post by TINCANBANDIT on December 01, 2021, 08:27:14 am »
Another refinishing project, this one a Winchester model 97

One thing I learned is that the finish on these old guns is not as smooth as people believe them to be. Bluing does hide some of that. Anyway, this gun belonged to a family member who passed away, I was asked to refinish it for whomever was going to inherit the gun. It is a 12 gauge, take-down made in 1926

The before and after pictures

The blog posts
Handguns / Re: SA 35
« Last post by Chief45 on November 30, 2021, 10:26:49 am »
noticed that Brownell's had a Tech Talk video up on youtube about the SA35 yesterday.   they did not appear to have any major concerns.   so,   YMMV

Handguns / Re: SA 35
« Last post by sqlbullet on November 30, 2021, 09:49:25 am »
You are not wrong, but in fairness to BHSpringSolutions they said right at the outset their purpose was to determine parts compatibility and the viability of the platform for a high end custom build.  That is their business, so it makes sense that is the lens through which they see the world.

IMHO, all you really need to know about this gun from the BH review is this:  It will require work if you want to bet your life on this gun.  If you want a safe-queen/range toy that looks nice and checks the P-35 box in your collection, this is a fine option.
R & R / Re: The Great Big Thread of Jokes
« Last post by booksmart on November 30, 2021, 08:41:10 am »
Handguns / Re: SA 35
« Last post by RetroGrouch on November 30, 2021, 12:14:57 am »
I’ve gotta say, the reviewer found issues with the gun, but instead of contacting the manufacturer, they started replacing parts with their own.  As soon as they did that, the rest of the review kind of got tainted.  Good info on the non-standard BHP parts SA used, but they replaced the fire control with an SFS setup, which really changes a lot.  Ditto for the barrel.  I don’t have that big a problem with sights or sight cuts being proprietary, as that has been common on a lot of firearms.  The extractor issues are good to know, what I want to see in a longer term review.

So I think I want to wait until a more neutral party I trust does a review on one they keep stock.  Or I find one for a decent price new and see for my self.

I don’t have a problem with things being built to a price point, it’s how capitalism works.  And then people start businesses to “fix” what the factory produced, for those of us who care.
Handguns / Re: SA 35
« Last post by Kaso on November 29, 2021, 07:32:01 pm »
If the thinking is to occupy a niche just below what the market for FN's is and making up the difference on volume it may work for them.  It isn't that they can't produce a top notch product its just that they don't feel the need to in so many cases.   :facepalm
Exactly this. And it is a real shame. They could have priced them at $1000, instead of $700, invested two bills into making it an out of the box, ready to go combat-ready pistol, AND pocketed the remaining Benjamin. Had they gone this route, I would have picked one up for on duty belt carry.  But not if it is half assed.
Handguns / Re: SA 35
« Last post by coelacanth on November 29, 2021, 05:29:36 pm »
All good points.  While I agree that BHSS has a dog in the fight, being able to back up what you say with hard data helps allay the concerns they have a thumb on the scale.  SA has always been a producer that markets products to a "price point ".  Nothing I've seen or heard about the SA 35 changes my perception about that in any way.  That said, those of us who have been around since Colt was producing 1911's for the commercial market are well acquainted with that practice.  SA is not the first to do it nor will they be the last. 

It seems they have bet on their customer base going all in for a pistol that still needs work instead of producing a top notch pistol and charging what its worth.  If the thinking is to occupy a niche just below what the market for FN's is and making up the difference on volume it may work for them.  It isn't that they can't produce a top notch product its just that they don't feel the need to in so many cases.   :facepalm

An awful lot of today's shooters have grown up without ever having fired a Browning Hi Power and if the SA 35 turns out to be just another heavy, old school turd in need of polishing they won't give it a second look. It will join the rest of the also rans that SA has become famous for producing over the years.
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