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#1 Post by OldCoastie » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:36 pm

Been a gun owner most of my life. I am a member of some other firearms forums, and getting really tired of the political rhetoric. Found this club to be a breath of fresh air.
But about myself. I was raised around firearms. First formal firearms training was in the Boy Scouts, back in the 50's (NRA Instructors). My foster parents were gun owners and we used to shoot occasionally. Joined the Coast Guard in 1965. Got training with the 45. 1911 and M1. After boot camp worked in an armory for 6 months. We had everything from 22s to 81mm mortars. Helped train recruits at the range. Went off to Fire Control Technicians School (that's Gun Fire Control, radars, computers, and gunsights) to learn about the really big stuff. Then got sent off to a ship. Meanwhile bought my first firearm, a Colt Frontier Scout 22. Nice little pistol. Also bought a Savage model 24, Over under 410/22. This was in CA

The ship I was sent to was in NY so I sold the colt. Kept the Savage. Long guns were legal in NY. Worked in the weapons department on the ship. In the Coast Guard, no matter what you specialty is, everyone cross trains, so when I wasn't working on the Fire Control System I was helping the Gunnersmates with small arms (and the 5 inch as well). We had just transition from M1s to M16s.

After several years got transferred to the Security Force on CG Base NY, on Governors Island. They sent us off for more firearms training. However, ironically, the only time we were armed was when we went to Manhattan to escort bank personnel (there was a bank on the Island) when they were carrying HUGE amounts of Cash, or when escorting a prisoner. Got out in 1969, Re-enlisted in 1973 (the economy sucked back then) During that time picked up a RG24 22 cal. with a six inch barrel (same model gun that was used to shoot Reagan) A real piece of Sh** gun but it was cheap. Turned it into the local PD when I moved to upstate NY briefly. Never liked it much anyway. Could barely hit a barn with it. Along the way became an Officer.

Anyway I won't go into my whole career but also along the way picked up a Savage model 170 in 30-30 (a pump action) and a Colt Combat Commander. Wife didn't like that Colt. It gave her nightmares (we had two small Kids) so I sold it to a cop. Also a model 60 22. And my Father in law gave me a really old Finish Military rifle. I couldn't get ammo for it so I sold it to someone who said they could load their own. Also, I had always admired the Winchester Mod 94 so bought one in 30-30.

Well time moves on I'm not getting any younger and my legs aren't what they used to be so I don't hunt anymore. About 5 years ago sold all the rifles to an FFL. Kids are all grown up and married so I bought a 1911 Govt model which I shoot occasionally, and in a rare piece of luck happened across a Smith and Wesson Combat Masterpiece in 22, made circa 1951 or 2 (verified my S&W) . That is by far the most accurate handgun I have ever owned or shot. 1/2 inch at 50 yds from a bench rest (I can't shoot that accurate!) I also have a Ruger 10/22 target. Nice very accurate target rifle. I get to the range once or twice a month. I am basically a target shooter. Back in the day I was expert in pistol and rifle, and could shoot right or left handed. Still do occassionally. Not expert anymore, but good enough to hit what I'm aiming at.

So why did I join LGC forum? Many years ago I was a faithful NRA member. Got NRA training, went to NRA ranges. That all changed when they went political. Dropped my membership in the mid 80's. Didn't want my hard earned cash going into any politicians pocket. They went from bad to worst. Oddly enough when I was living in Virginia and stationed at CG HQ, the NRA HQ was a stones throw from my house. Never went there though.

As someone here said in one of the threads, the safety and proficiency training they do is really good and very important, but I can't abide their politics.

Happy to find there are others who feel the way I do.

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#2 Post by senorgrand » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:40 pm

Wow...great intro.

Post pics of that Smith when you get a chance!
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#3 Post by K9s » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:42 pm

Welcome! Where did you hear about LGC?

I think a lot of us wish the NRA would just stick to training and ranges. When they went full crazy in the 80s, it was a bit of a shock.
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#4 Post by lurker » Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:20 pm

:welcome:
we seem lately to be getting a lot of refugees from the lunatic fringe. i think that's a good thing.
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#5 Post by OldCoastie » Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:12 pm

Post pics of that Smith when you get a chance!
Reminds me of the old joke about the guy who posted a personal ad looking for a girlfriend, that said must have boat, Send picture of boat!

I was searching for "liberal gun forums" I figured that would be better than the all inclusive "gun forums"

I forgot to add it is a K-22. And I said 50 yds. I should have said 50 feet. It is in excellent condition (the previous owner must not have fired it much) The grips are not the original grips, they have a different serial number inside them, but they are the same type of grips that came with this gun. Otherwise it's all original.
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#6 Post by senorgrand » Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:34 pm

I love Smiths. I have three and looking at my fourth. My 617 is super sweet as well.
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#7 Post by lurker » Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:48 pm

yeah, that 50 yard thing had me like "do not challenge OC to a duel"
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#8 Post by YankeeTarheel » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:19 pm

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Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:48 pm
yeah, that 50 yard thing had me like "do not challenge OC to a duel"
This! Lurch! :beer2:

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#9 Post by OldCoastie » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:54 pm

Thanks to all. Hope to read some good discussions

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#10 Post by CDFingers » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:09 pm

Classic Smith pic! Welcome from northern California--Butte County to be specific, where we have too many people so you can't open carry, but not enough people to influence anything beyond philanthropic beers.

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#11 Post by sikacz » Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:28 am

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#12 Post by highdesert » Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:13 am

:welcome: Your K-22 is a beauty.
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#13 Post by OldCoastie » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:25 pm

Thanks. That K-22 is a real sweet shooter and in really good (Even excellent ) condition. The previous owners must not have shot it much. The grips are not the original but identical to the original grips, so somewhere in it's life someone swapped grips.

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#14 Post by OldCoastie » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:30 pm

Butte County to be specific: ! OMG that's where Paradise is. Hope you weren't affected by the fires. I was stationed in the Bay area (Alameda) in 65-66, and Vallejo (navy schools), and then again in 81-84 at Yerba Buena Island (USCG Base San Francisco) I got around California a lot. Lived in Novato. Really liked CA.

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#15 Post by OldCoastie » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:33 pm

My nephew did a tour with the CG.
well even though he got out he will always be Coast Guard family

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#16 Post by CDFingers » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:32 pm

OldCoastie wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:30 pm
Butte County to be specific: ! OMG that's where Paradise is. Hope you weren't affected by the fires. I was stationed in the Bay area (Alameda) in 65-66, and Vallejo (navy schools), and then again in 81-84 at Yerba Buena Island (USCG Base San Francisco) I got around California a lot. Lived in Novato. Really liked CA.
I'm in Chico, so Paradise is literally right up the hill from me. Our town remains swollen with over 10,000 new residents, refugees from the fire. Very gnarly time. They're just beginning rebuilding things and opening businesses.

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#17 Post by featureless » Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:50 pm

:welcome:

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#18 Post by If1hitU » Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:08 pm

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