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  1. Did the forum change how twitter links get posted? (If so thank you!)

    I'm used to links to tweets showing up as embedded twitter links that get loaded directly from twitter. (Or not, if I am someplace where twitter is blocked.) For the last couple of days, I've seen a whole bunch of twitter reposts (from different people) that instead show up as screencaps of...
  2. Boston-area metal finishing shops for hard-coat anodizing?

    People have been talking about 80% lowers a lot lately, but the question that comes to my mind after that is "What do you do about finishing it?" There are lots of metal finishing shops in eastern Mass. (many of which specifically advertise mil-spec hard-coat anodizing) and even more that I...
  3. "Advanced Gunsmithing", W.F. Vickery, January 1940 (free pdf download)

    I found out about it here: http://www.machinistblog.com/download-advanced-gunsmithing-book-pdf/ ...and the direct link is here: http://sailontario.com/downloads/AdvancedGunsmithing.pdf It's obviously dated, and the pdf quality isn't perfect, but it's still pretty interesting reading...
  4. CNIC vs. the SKS

    So, here's my problem: I'm kinda lazy. I don't mine corrosive ammo per se (for instance it's the only 7.62x54 I've ever shot), but cleaning it out of a gas gun is more work. On the other hand, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and just got handed a mildly imposing quantity of...
  5. Military Ranges, Civilian Use of (USC)

    Did everybody know about this except me, or is it as obscure as I think it is? http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/10/usc_sec_10_00004309----000-.html That says, essentially, that subject to reasonable restrictions you may use government-funded ranges, and if it's on a base you can't...
  6. "Unfired" -- shoot it, sell it, or something else?

    I've got a Mossberg M44US. (40's vintage .22 training rifle.) I don't think it's ever been fired. If I keep it, it's darn well going to get fired. I've never really understood the "unfired" mystique, but I know some people care a lot, and I'm not completely against selling this one as a...
  7. Mass. Senate primary: is there anyone to vote *for*?

    I've read the anti-Capuano threads, the anti-Coakley threads, the anti-Khazei threads, and the anti-Pagliuca threads. Party-wise, I'm unenrolled, so I have an otherwise-unused primary vote that I can give one of them. Any suggestions? If GOAL has ratings posted for any of them, I'd love...
  8. Pistol EIC Matches in New England?

    Pistol EIC matches have always been harder to find than rifle, but there seem to be fewer and fewer. Anyone know of any coming up? For some reason the "upcoming matches" as listed by the CMP is always sparse, and has nothing for this year, but judging from past years I tentatively expect...
  9. Mossberg M44 (GI) mag dissassembly: how?

    Hi, all. In one of my less-wise moments I bought some Mossberg M44 magazines from the CMP to go with my M44US. They've got 60 years of gummy crud on them and desperately need a good cleaning, but I am completely baffled as to how they come apart. Anyone? It looks just like this one (out of...
  10. Manufacture date of SIG mags?

    I've probably read several hundred threads here and elsewhere about figuring out when Glock mags were manufactured, but not a single one about SIG mags. Anyone? They don't seem to be date-coded, but I'm sure there have been some kind of manufacturing changes over the last 20+ years... I'm...
  11. Low-Capacity AR Magazines

    I used to think Massachusetts was about as bad as it gets, but I was wrong. I'd like to shoot Service Rifle in a place where I can't even bring my pre-ban 20-round mags, so I need some reliable ten-round (or smaller) magazines that are the same size as GI 20's. Any suggestions? The options...
  12. Vihta Vuori sources?

    Anyone know where to get VV powders around eastern Mass.? It sounds like a lot of people love them to death, but I've never seen them on the shelf anywhere. I do know where to get it mail-order (all the usual suspects carry it, and if I wanted a bunch it barely costs more than buying Reloader...
  13. LL Bean, Freeport

    I was just visiting the LL Bean mothership in Freeport, and the old "Hunting and Fishing" department is now in its own building just west of (but connected to) the main retail store. It's also open 24/7, and it all feels very new. Unlike the rather cramped setup that the hunting section in...
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