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Old 12-11-2010, 12:38 AM   #11
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Warning: Shameless FTF Endorsement Ahead - WOC let me just say that you and I are very lucky to have found this forum. I am a member of 2 other forums but only cruise through those for amusement. For real honest non mall ninja stuff, I check here. I am also relatively new to this world and this place has been the best by far in real world help and honest to goodness great people. I have the additional benefit of being in a major metropolitan area with alot of resources for learning. I would suggest that you not only use this great place for the resource it is but also make sure to use your local resources as best you can. Drive up and see Jo for help or make his lazy posterior drive to see you Bottom line is don't give up as this is a very rewarding passion.
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Winds, you add a great deal to this forum. Everybody starts at zero. We all did and you're doing just fine.

Ask questions, send PM's and always be yourself. Your experience will grow naturally and after a while your knowledge will surprise you.
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Warning: Shameless FTF Endorsement Ahead - WOC let me just say that you and I are very lucky to have found this forum. I am a member of 2 other forums but only cruise through those for amusement. For real honest non mall ninja stuff, I check here. I am also relatively new to this world and this place has been the best by far in real world help and honest to goodness great people. I have the additional benefit of being in a major metropolitan area with alot of resources for learning. I would suggest that you not only use this great place for the resource it is but also make sure to use your local resources as best you can. Drive up and see Jo for help or make his lazy posterior drive to see you Bottom line is don't give up as this is a very rewarding passion.
I wouldn't make Joe drive down here. He's a very busy man and anyway he works at the gun range we're going to be shooting at. All I've found around me so far is a very small gun range associated with the gun shop I bought my gun at and I'm always the only one there when I go and another range that is only open to the public the last Sunday of every month. I have driven to the town Joe lives in several times as I have a girlfriend who lives there. It's a nice, peaceful, scenic drive.

"Winds, you add a great deal to this forum. Everybody starts at zero. We all did and you're doing just fine."

Very true. I'm just coming into this about 40 years later than many here. Roadblocks in learning....aka old dog, new tricks - The Club House
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Winds, I know what you mean. I learn best by having someone far more patient than I taking me by my little hand and saying "This is how this works. Start by...". I haven't seen any but I hear the Jerry Kunhausen videos are Very informative and helpful. I'm planning to buy a couple in the near future.
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Wind slow down a bit, take a deep breath. Your not expected to know all, seem honest with wanting to learn just take it step by step. Your not new to this world and expect there are many things it took you time to understand. This is another one of those. Trying to get up to full speed with people that have been doing this all there life in a few months is a fruitless effort.

Best I can suggest is get some professional training with your firearm, enjoy the expereince and don't expect to understand it all right now. I still consider myself a novice at best as there is always more to learn.
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I guess my frustration today is I wanna run with the big dogs but I'm just a pup and I want 30 years experience in a year.
If you can figure out a way to do that and bottle it, let me know cause I want to buy a CASE of it!

As far as "running with the big dogs", my question would be: to what end? Is your goal to be able to strip a gun down to it's bare frame and reassemble it just for fun? Or just to be able to discuss theory and participate in "shop talk" type conversations? Are you mechanically inclined at all? At what level would you want to be at had you put in that 30 years of gaining experience?

You have to learn to walk before you can run - right? I'm still a student at the school of hard knocks myself. My fear is by the time I learn how to run, I'll have forgotten how to walk!
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Or be too stove up to walk like a lot of the rest of us.
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If you can figure out a way to do that and bottle it, let me know cause I want to buy a CASE of it!

As far as "running with the big dogs", my question would be: to what end? Is your goal to be able to strip a gun down to it's bare frame and reassemble it just for fun? Or just to be able to discuss theory and participate in "shop talk" type conversations? Are you mechanically inclined at all? At what level would you want to be at had you put in that 30 years of gaining experience?

You have to learn to walk before you can run - right? I'm still a student at the school of hard knocks myself. My fear is by the time I learn how to run, I'll have forgotten how to walk!
Actually, I am quite mechanically enclined. In my younger years I used to change the oil in my car, I've put in a starter. I can troubleshoot, repair, maintain and replace parts in any analyzer here in the lab where I work and I actually enjoy doing that. And after I replace, repair or maintian these analyzers, I can calibrate them to be sure they're working properly. Yes, I'd say Im pretty mechanically inclined, to say the least. I'd like to be able to be familiar enough with my gun to take it apart and put it back together. I don't think it's difficult and I'm sure, if shown, I would be able to do it easily. Yes, I'd love to talk shop here and know some theory. I'll get there. You're right, HP, I just need to give myself time. There is a instructor at the small range I go to who will give private instruction. I'm just gonna have to suck it up and quit being cheap and pay the money to get some confidence and some foundation in which to build.
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To me the quest for knowledge is life long. I have been shooting for almost 35 years, reloading for most of that time, casting bullets for nearly 30 years, have been to the FBI firearms instructor course, 4 different manufacturers armorer's courses, shot competitively since 1979 and I still have to ask questions anf look stuff up. Trust me, the "big dogs" are often times full of hot air. When one thinks he knows it all, he is undoubtedly a fool.

Keep up the quest. The information you seek is out there.
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