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Old 06-09-2013, 10:19 PM   #25841
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He still has the gun, so it looks like I'm getting the 1911.

I'm excited. I've heard a lot of good about the 1911R1s.
TWW, i have the Remington R1 Enhanced model. great pistol and very, very accurate. Cane has the R1 and loves it. Fathead and Zombiegirl have one and they love theirs.

the only bad thing about the pistol is the Series 80 style firing system. but then you have just use Series 80 parts if making any changes. as mine works fine and for me, unless there is a problem, i'm not changing anything on mine. the only thing i changed on mine are the grips.

$550 is a very good price. i'd jump like a duck on a june bug for sure! go for it buddy!
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Well, now I'm in a predicament.

For months, I have been wanting a 1911 to use as a carry gun, but have yet to find one within my price range (it has to go through private sale due to me not being 21 quite yet, which severely limits my choices out there) I just found a beautiful stainless Beretta 92FS 9mm for $650 (could probably talk him down some). I'm stuck between guns now.

I plan on eventually having both, but can only get one now.

I can see pros and cons for each of them. Seems like the biggest complaint on the Beretta was the large grips, but I have large hands, so that does not matter. Ammo cost is also a factor, but I plan on reloading so that may not be that big of a deal.

Any suggestions? I could get the Beretta tonight if I want it. I could get the 1911 as soon as I find one within my price range, that's for sale by an individual.

Here's what the Beretta looks like.

TWW, my son has the Taurus equivalent of the Beretta 92FS. Just some minor differences for the most part. Biggest is the Taurus has the safety/decocker on the frame, where the Beretta has it on the slide. (Sorry, minor rabbit trail...)

The 1911 has a fantastic reputation and over a century of good service all over the world. There are tons of after-market parts and options for customizing the 1911. You can make it truly one of a kind with a little effort. It also has a single stack magazine that seriously limits round count.

The Beretta has also been used worldwide as a service weapon for many law enforcement organizations. Lots of options for holsters and other accessories for the Beretta also. Beretta with the double stack magazine has considerably more rounds to work with.

I think my son's is about 18 (+1) rounds with Mec-Gar mags vs 9 (+1) for the 1911 Mec-Gar mags in 9mm.

You won't go wrong either way, I think. Just think your way through your carry strategy before deciding.
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He still has the gun, so it looks like I'm getting the 1911.

I'm excited. I've heard a lot of good about the 1911R1s.
I think the 92FS is a 9mm pistol. I made the assumption you were comparing like calibers, but that may be a bad assumption.

The 1911 comes in several calibers (I know, that's heresy to some here, but still true...) Are you looking at a "true" 45ACP 1911? Or a 9mm alternative?

Also, 1911 comes in a few different barrel lengths. I have it on good authority that Cane has at least 3 1911's that he's willing to shoot. The famous Canebrake 1911 is a 3" barrel if my sometimes leaky noggin is still holding a level. Such a short barrel version may be very concealable. A full size 5" barrel is a bit more of a challenge to conceal, but as Trip points out is possible.

It's hard to throw rocks at over a century of successful use. Enjoy your 1911. Be sure to practice with what you carry!
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Oh my, the good luck just keeps holding for me...

Okay, recently, I discovered that I can use the Sheriff's range for free, as a veteran. Now I just need to request a new DD214, and for convenience sake, take it to the Driver's license bureau to get the little "veteran" notation on my DL (this is accepted form of proof of vet status in LA, as there seems to be no official veteran's ID system outside of the VA benefits ID card (which I lost), and retirees IDs, which I don't rate)

Then... Got a small raise when I shoulda got my ass fired...

And now...
A few months ago, I was talking to a CC instructor, who was trying to get me to sign up for his $125 dollar class (class required in LA for CC permit). I says, "Gee, sure would be nice if the class was waived for vets." He says, "yeah, well it ain't. Vets gotta take the class just like everyone else. I'll give you a discount though, let you take the class for $100."

Sounds great right? Well, since funds are tight, I never signed up for any class.

Then I discover that the going rate in these parts is $100 anyway for the class. Gee, what a discount. Also, other instructors are telling me, "no, vets still have to take it."

Then, I'm doing a little independent research, and discover, that NO I FUGGING DON'T HAVE TO TAKE IT, YA FLAMING ASS HOLES!!!!!!! That comes directly from the permitting agency's website, my DD214 will serve exactly the same as the concealed carry course certificate. I called my cop buddy, and was like, "Dude, why didn't you tell me I didn't have to take the class when I was bitching to you about the cost?", he replied, "Dude, I thought you knew, and you just wanted to show off in front of the newbs!!"

Also, I discovered that it's NOT an extra $150 if you're not a 15 year resident, it's only $50 extra!!!!!!! (they charge extra if you're not a 15 year resident, because they do an individual background check for each state you've lived in, or some BS like that)

So, my permit costs just went from what I thought was going to be around $350, all the way down to $175.

I still think it's total bull **** that I have to pay for a permit to carry concealed (I consider this an infringement of the most vile and evil form, financial), but at least I just discovered that it's much closer to being within my reach than I thought it was. No more open carry or felony carry for me!!! Yippee!

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I'm not sure exactly what was wrong with the primers. Humidity and age just seemed like it could have been the cause. I'm going to have to order a bullet puller now. Oh well, I needed to get one anyways.

Congrats on the powder and primer find. Have fun shooting.
I have been using those hammer bullet pullers (the inertia puller) but came across a Hornady collet puller that I just ordered collets for all of the calibers I have- should be here next week. Today we went around looking for some bullets for the .45/70 that are sized .459" but couldn't find any at all of any size. I have some cast lead that we can use though. Jeeze. if its not one thing its another!


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I seem to come across a lot of good people. i don't understand when some people say they don't like people. I think other people can be very interesting and I enjoy the company of most.

I stop at a particular gas station on my way to work. If you have one of their cups, you can get refills pretty cheap. I often stop there to get a refill of either Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper. Yesterday, I went in, filled my cup and waited at the register. When I went in, I noticed the clerk was cleaning those rolling cooker thingies for the hot dogs and whatever. I waited and waited but she couldn't see I was at the register because of the shelves. So I went up to her and I asked her if she could check me out so I could get to work. She was apologetic and I told her it was okay since she couldn't see I was standing there. So, she rings me up and it's then I realize I forgot to tell her it was a refill. So, I mention it, she gets a look on her face like it's going to be a hassle. So, since it's a small amount of money, I tell her forget it, it's okay and it's no big deal. She apologizes and I brush it off because, really, it was no big deal. So, today I stop in again. Again, she is cleaning the cooker thingie. I fill my cup and go to the register. I noticed she was paying attention to where I was at and she comes to the register, nods at me and tells me to have a good night. I'm confused and I stand there. She nods her head towards the door and tells me to have a good night. I get it, she's giving me the drink for free. I tell her that's not necessary, that yesterday was just a mix up and it's okay. She tells me it is necessary, asks me if i'm headed to work and tells me to have a good night. I don't know about you all, but I meet awesome people every day.
I knew she was a good person as soon as I read this! I didn't think they ever cleaned those things (not that I would eat anything off them anyhow!)

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I rarely meet people I don't like. If I do begin to not like someone, it's after knowing them for a while and getting to know the "real" them, which is sometimes not "good people". But for the most part, people are awesome.
I can dislike a person right off the bat. But usually not.

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Isn't it illegal to hold private poker games with stakes that high?
Oh come on Winds! I don't think C3 needs a mother hen at his age!

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I am fretting about how I'm going to get my wheelchair bound Father to my son's local wedding reception. He can't get in and out of my car anymore and I am having trouble finding wheelchair transportation for him to the reception. My doctor told me I could call a private ambulance service but that would be costly. If I have to do it, I'm going to pay it. I can't exclude my Father for this event in both his life and my son's life.

There is a handicapped bus service that runs all day but it is only for bringing people to and from medical appointments, not social events.
If I were closer I would happily offer to transport him. Around here there are County services that you can call that will transport disables people for a couple of bucks. its very reasonable. Maybe you could put out a Craigslist ad asking if anyone has a wheelchair van that you can borrow, or they would help you transport him in? Or ask around at the facility where he lives?

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Speaking of my doctor, I finally got health insurance again and went to the doctor for a much needed check up. My check up and blood work went very well considering I hadn't had health insurance for 9 months and often didn't take my meds as prescribed due to financial difficulties. I have been seeing the same doctor for about 25 years now and he said to me with a smile on his face, "You always seem to land on your feet, don't you?" He has seen me through a divorce, raising my children, loss of my job, etc. And I won't even mention the parts of my body he's seen!! My doctor is about my age, give or take a year. Our kids are the same ages and we often discuss life. He's been a good confidante.
I have observed that quite often people take prescriptions when they no longer need them. My brother ( who is a doctor) has often said that his patients will never follow his advice to change their lifestyle but they will always take his prescriptions for the same ailment. We recently had this discussion in regards to Gout, where he was incredulous that someone would monitor their body pH and adjust their lifestyle in order to raise their pH (make your body less acidic) overall so that the uric acid levels fall in line. It is rather simple to do and at very little cost. Limiting intake of foods that have high uric acid levels is one of several elements but once you get the average pH of your body to a more alkaline state (more towards 7.2pH) then you can have some of the foods that normally trigger a gout attack in moderation without fear of an attack.

If you have made changes to you lifestyle that might affect the prescriptions you are taking then your doctor should be made aware of this and make adjustments accordingly.

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Is he a vet? If so contact the local veterans organization - - - Around here they will provide transportation by volunteers and some have wheel chair equipped vans - - - Just remember they are volunteers and offer a donation to help with their expenses - - - If he is not a vet you might try contacting them anyway and explain your situation and they would probably be willing for a donation anyway.

You might look into getting a wheel chair equipped van if you need to take care of him as the 4 to5 year old ones in good shape can often be bought very cheaply.
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So yesterday I bring in the mail and I notice I got a letter from my sister. That's strange because we usually text or talk on the phone. I open it and it is a legal form, signed, witnessed, notarized, that I have been assigned her medical Power Of Attorney. Now, usually, one would think to ask someone before you just assign them such a responsibility, wouldn't you? But it's okay, I wouldn't have told her "no" anyway. And I am my Dad's medical POA. There, handwritten on the back of the last form she wrote, "My daughters wouldn't be able to pull the plug on me if the need should ever arise. I know you could." Well, should I be complimented or is she recalling the fights we had as kids? I texted her and said, "If I should ever have to pull the plug on you, I hope your daughters don't fight me tooth and nail." But then, lightheartedly, I added, "I've made an appointment for you to see Dr. Kevorkian next week." I think I'll bury her next to my favorite Boston Terrier in the back yard.
Did she change her will too?

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I think the 92FS is a 9mm pistol. I made the assumption you were comparing like calibers, but that may be a bad assumption.

The 1911 comes in several calibers (I know, that's heresy to some here, but still true...) Are you looking at a "true" 45ACP 1911? Or a 9mm alternative?

Also, 1911 comes in a few different barrel lengths. I have it on good authority that Cane has at least 3 1911's that he's willing to shoot. The famous Canebrake 1911 is a 3" barrel if my sometimes leaky noggin is still holding a level. Such a short barrel version may be very concealable. A full size 5" barrel is a bit more of a challenge to conceal, but as Trip points out is possible.

It's hard to throw rocks at over a century of successful use. Enjoy your 1911. Be sure to practice with what you carry!
the Beretta come in the 92 which is 9mm and the 96 which is the 40 S&W. pretty much the same pistol.

the R1 from Remington currently only comes in the 45 ACP. they did just recently added a Commander sized 1911 to their line-up.

Canes Canebrake pistol is a 3" barreled 1911 IIRC, but i think he's pretty much carrying his Wiley Clapp Commander Colt now.
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the Beretta come in the 92 which is 9mm and the 96 which is the 40 S&W. pretty much the same pistol.
This tells me that they should make a Beretta 100, in .45 ACP and really get it up. I'd be grinning from ear to ear like I just ate a whole damn bottle of viagra.
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This tells me that they should make a Beretta 100, in .45 ACP and really get it up. I'd be grinning from ear to ear like I just ate a whole damn bottle of viagra.
ya know, i wonder why they never did offer the Beretta in 45. the 92 carries 15+1 in 9mm and the 96 carries 12+1 in 40 S&W, so the one in 45 should carry about 10+1?

cool idea Trip.
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I've been wishing they'd build one for years, but I just can't help but wonder how feasible it would be.

The Beretta has a higher bore axis. But so do pretty much all P series Sigs, yet they make a .45...

I really don't know. I can only assume they've thought of it, and smart people who are paid way more than I am, must've rejected the idea for some reason.

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I've been wishing they'd build one for years, but I just can't help but wonder how feasible it would be.

The Beretta has a higher bore axis. But so do pretty much all P series Sigs, yet they make a .45...

I really don't know. I can only assume they've thought of it, and smart people who are paid way more than I am, must've rejected the idea for some reason.
i still think it would be a neat idea. maybe the problem is they would have to beef up the slide in order to use a 45? maybe it has to do with economics that they figure it wouldn't sell well enough against all the other pistols in 45 to be profitable enough to make?
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