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  1. 35 points
    Hi folks. I want to take a quick moment to thank everyone who has signed up so far. Things will be changing rapidly, for some time to come yet. There are a lot of new features that I will be bringing online. One of the cornerstones of the new site is the ongoing incentive system that I intend to put in place. No one wants to see ads, but we need the ads to survive. So, I am going to run this place more like a radio station than a website. In every spot where an ad gets placed, there will regularly be a banner displayed that if clicked on, gets the first one to click a prize. We intend to build a war chest of all manner of prizes, great and small, and we will disburse these prizes on a regular basis. These prizes will be used to improve participation on features of the site where we want more traffic. They will be used as incentives to help encourage better posting manners and as rewards for those who go out of their way to help others. They will be given away for the hell of it. The prizes will start fairly small, but as the site grows and gets more profitable, the prizes and their frequency will get better. I'll pledge to you now that to commemorate TBS's first month in operation, we will draw the name, from a pool of registered users who have participated regularly over that month, to win a new Glock pistol. I mean to do things a bit differently here than we have done in the past. I hope you will all continue to be a part of this new site and watch our progress.
  2. 29 points
    My grandson and I were in a nice restaurant for breakfast. I see an old man come in and sit down a few seats down the counter from us. His clothing looks very worn, as did he. He didn't appear to be having a good day. He looked sad and often held his face in his hands. He was wearing a tattered "Navy' ball cap. I over heard him tell the waitress that he had only been in a couple times in the past and wanted his eggs cooked a certain way. Eggs, toast, and Grits. Simple and cheap. When the waitress stopped by to see how we were doing, I asked her to put his meal on our check. He finished eating before we did, and tried to pay for his meal. She told him someone else had already taken care of it. Finally a smile from the tired looking old man. I hope the rest of his day went well.
  3. 29 points
    Folks, this is proving to be a damned difficult evening for me, but if there is a bright spot in site, it is you folks. Thank you all so much. Here is to new beginnings.
  4. 25 points
    My son graduating from the police academy! Pretty epic for me!
  5. 25 points
    A number of people asked me if I would allow people who had been previously banned on GT to register here. My answer is of course yes. This is a new site and a new start. I hope that we can put our differences aside. I've been doing this a long time. Over the years, I realize my skin has gotten thinner and I've gotten jaded. Like I said above, this is a new site and a new start. I am going to try to change the ways I do things somewhat. This site will have posting rules and they will be enforced, but I am going to make a real effort to check my temper at the door and treat people more in a manner in which I would want to be treated. How y'all act with me will obviously have a direct bearing on this as well, so DON'T PISS ME OFF!!!:supergrin:
  6. 24 points
    Hello. I don't want this site used to bash GT. This includes discussions of who got banned and why posts. We have a new start here, folks. Can we just look fondly back on the good times and move forward creating some new ones? The people on GT are our people. So are the mods and the new admin. I am not going to preside over a state of low-level warfare between the sites. I am not going to have one used to tear at the other. I've asked several times now. I am not going to budge on this and I ask you all to respect my wishes on this matter. It might surprise some of you a good deal to hear that I have a bit of a temper. I made many mistakes on GT over the years and most of them had to do with my difficulty dealing with anger and frustration. I am making a concerted effort to not allow this shortcoming to interfere with my administration of this site. There have to be some ground rules though and for better or worse, I am the guy who sets them & enforces them. I DO NOT want GT, its members, its moderators or its new admin to be the butt of anyone's jokes or insults here. I do not want to have to keep repeating this. Thanks. Eric
  7. 21 points
    I already had a strange pet, some 15 years ago. One night I needed something out of my garage, walked in and heard some unusual noise. Looked around and saw this tiny field mouse sitting in my wrench box starring at me while I was starring at him. They usually run away first thing but somehow he would just sit there and wait. When I tried to get much closer with my hand though, he made a run. Obviously I didn't want to deal with damaged stuff in my garage and made a trip to a local store for a trap. I came back with a life trap, put cheese in it, next day... no mouse in the trap. Second day? Still no mouse. 3rd day? You guessed it. So I though, what would I fall for, and came up with a piece of milk chocolate. Put that inside the trap, placed it right on the socket box and left. I wasn't expecting to be successful, let alone the same night, but when I had to go into my garage just some 30 minutes later to grab something, this little candy junkie was sitting inside the trap, the chocolate was gone, and he once again was starring at me. Now what? It was in the middle of winter, frozen ground and all. There was no point letting him out somewhere in the woods. Without a nest and source for food he would have died soon. I'm not the guy who kills animals (not counting insects) so I brought him inside. Not sure what to do, I turned an old aquarium into a terrarium with some saw dust, wood chunks and so on. Long story short, this little bugger turned out to be my most loved pet. I could call him by his name and he would come running towards me, crawling up my legs. I even managed to potty train him. He showed up when he need to pee and was shaking a little. Put him into a sink and he did his thing. Every single time he was outside his terrarium. They usually last about 3 years in the wilderness but he made it well past 5 years. He was allowed to run free in the house most of the time. Still have a bunch of photos. Needless to say, he turned into cookie monster just like me.
  8. 21 points
    You gotta wonder how many folks have passed that we don't know about. I'd like to make a toast... To the unknowns :beer:
  9. 20 points
    Guys, I want to make something very clear. Although things have taken a regrettable path for me on GT, I put a lot of my life into the place and I do not want the new site I have built used to bash the old one. Guys please do not bash GT, it’s mods or it’s members here. I am asking nicely, ok?
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  11. 19 points
    Bought it Monday. 2018 Camaro SS 1LE. I’m going to add rock flaps tint the windows and call it done.
  12. 19 points
    He's a 50 something right leaning Libertarian (aren't most of us). Always supported the 2nd as an absolute right but never had any interest in firearms. But yesterday he was hit square in the face with a hard dose of reality. While just trying to go to work a klan of masked antifa terrorist ninjas with some new and creative way to be pissed off about something or other felt entitled to swarmed his car...because reasons. He lost a rear view mirror in the process...because reasons. When he called to ask my suggestion I said a Glock 19 as well as something less lethal. I figured he'd lose interest before actually making the purchase. I'm pleasantly surprised to report that he in now the proud owner of the G19...and a Colt M-4...a few kinds of pepper spray...and a **** ton of mags and ammo. He also signed up for 2 training classes and started the CCW process. I'll make a Texan out of him yet. 😀😀
  13. 19 points
    Wow! I was extremely surprised to see the PM from Eric letting me know that I was the lucky winner. Holy smokes, I never win anything. Thank you Eric for providing all of us here at TBS the opportunity to take home a new G19. It was very generous of you. It will be cool to see what the future giveaways will be. I am truly honored to be the first to win.
  14. 18 points
    I'm alive. Just spent the last 24 hours with a wonderfully witty, funny, charming, and beautiful woman. We couldn't believe how much we agreed on pretty much every subject. We had a great time together and have made plans to do a bunch of hiking, fishing, and shooting when the weather allows. We're going to dinner with my brother and his wife Sunday and I've already met her family. We've known each other for three years and she said she's always liked me, but had no idea why we hadn't gotten together until now. I'm just very thankful that we did finally find each other and am looking forward to spending more time with her.
  15. 18 points
    My grandson joined the Marines right after high school. He started as an aircraft (choppers) mechanic. They soon put him into Expediting where he excelled. Then he was asked to join the MCESG program. His first assignment was Bratislava Slovakia. Cool place. Only a few Marines at that detachment. He enjoyed the Austrian Alps and lots of time in the city. Next he was sent to Islamabad Pakistan. Lots of other Marines there and other Embassies and Consulates. No going out on the town there, but played lots of sports with people from the other countries. He took a trip to Africa and climbed Mt Kilimanjaro. Toured around Europe. His last assignment was Georgetown Guyana in South America. 3rd world country. Only a few Marines there. No one to run around with as they were always working, sleeping, or training. Home now after 5 plus years. Applying to the State Troopers and taking college courses. All while building a cabin just up the road from me, his Grandpa. So glad he is home. He is a fine young man.
  16. 18 points
    "Here is Mattos’ response: After surviving three wars, a gunshot wound, a near fatal drowning, a failed parachute, Taliban ambushes, ISIS snipers, mortars, mine-fields, suicide bombers and laying down my life for the cause of freedom while fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with my brother Arabs, Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Animists, and Atheists, I have now returned home to the USA where a CNN host has labeled me as a radicalized right wing terrorist simply because of my gender and the color of my skin. I represent just one of the hundreds of thousands of conservative white men who have fought to preserve freedom in this great Nation and in other nations. My forefathers are the 3% who founded this Republic against the might of the British Army. It was white Conservative men who died by the tens of thousands after charging into our southern states to free our black brothers from the slavery imposed on them by the Liberal left. We were the ones who acknowledged that women have a right to vote. We held the line in WWI and charged the beaches of Normandy in WWII. We have fought for freedom and liberty for generations and we continue to do so today alongside all of our brothers and sisters regardless of their race or religion. In the early 1930s, Hitler said the same thing about the Jews that Don Lemon of CNN just said about white men. This is the true face of the Democratic Party. First they enslaved and killed blacks, and now they use them to spew hatred and lies against the very people who have fought for generations to free them and uplift them. Remember that when you go to vote. One final thought: To make a point, I have referred to myself as a “white male” in the previous sentences multiple times, but I must make it clear that I identify as simply “American,” not as “white” or “male” or “Republican.” Although blatantly racist and hateful, do not let Don Lemon’s ignorant words drive you into viewing yourself only by your race and religion. Identity politics does not lead to freedom. It only leads to hatred and division and an “us vs. them” mentality. If CNN does not fire Don Lemon immediately, it only goes to show that they are truly the “enemy of the people.” — Ephraim Mattos, Former US Navy SEAL" https://nashvillepublicity.prezly.com/former-us-navy-seal-ephraim-mattos-responds-to-cnns-don-lemon#
  17. 18 points
    Okie. A true gentleman and friend to all.
  18. 17 points
    I met a girl at the park. Sparks flew between us instantly, she fell at my feet and I made mad love to her. I thought to myself, "These tasers are really worth the money!"
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  20. 17 points
    I built GT and I am still an admin there. You are entitled to your opinions, but in this case at least, I think your opinion is based on ignorance and maybe a bit of misogyny. I’m not going to waste my time explaining the administration of a site like GT, but you are way off base. I will say that far more men than women proportionally use thread complaints abusively. This is not a gender issue. That is simply where you decided to drag the topic and I do not agree. I would like to see more women involved in the shooting sports, in firearms ownership for defensive reasons and on sites like this. This site, and GT for that matter, are not boys’ clubs. They are places where reasonable adults, both men and women, can hang out and chat about common interests. Women are welcome here, same as men. I realize your comments were directed at the situation on GT, but you posted them here and I don’t want anyone to think that they reflect the views of this site.
  21. 17 points
    Another couple of icons from the Bad Old Days.
  22. 17 points
    I was just sitting here looking at the new site and I got to thinking about conversations I had with Sharon, about starting a new site. I asked her more than once to come and be an admin on the new site, when I got it built. GT is the poorer for having lost her, but TBS never felt her presence. That makes me very sad. Why don't use this thread to post the names and memories of our online friends who have passed, that will never get an opportunity to kick the tires on the new site. You are sorely missed, Sharon. I wish you were here.:sharon::sharon::sharon::sharon::sharon:
  23. 17 points
    I don't want to drag one site's problems onto another site. I believe that what I said is self-explanatory. All are welcome here, unless or until they make themselves unwelcome. I hope that doesn't happen much. I would truly love to recapture that golden time from GT's past, when everyone just got along. I think it was a Tuesday.:supergrin:
  24. 16 points
    IDK, My only thought was she got arrested for prostitution and they go off if they get further than 7 inches apart.
  25. 16 points
    Glad to be a new member here...
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  29. 16 points
    I've got a hell of a lot on my plate right now. I was hoping to put off the dealing with the TOS can of worms, until I was able to deal with some of the many other issues demanding my attention right now. I am not going to host a site where people shoot the breeze about recreational drug use. I had hoped that it wouldn't be necessary to point out something this obvious. You folks know me. I didn't have a personality and sensibilities transplant, in the last few days. If I need to formalize the site's posting rules, I'll do so. I want things to be more laid back here, with more personal freedoms. That only works though if people take responsibility for their actions and use some self-restraint when they post. I'll have a TOS up by the end of the weekend. Sites like this need structure and I launced this one without much structure in place. That is on me. I'll get that rectified and we can move forward. FWIW, I am working on the modifications to the software that will do the selective bad word filter and some of the other features I have mentioned. These things are a priority for me and I hope to get them up and running soon. I think you guys will like them.
  30. 16 points
    I have a bunch, but this one seems to find its way into my range bag more regularly than the others: [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tIMG_0305.JPG Views:\t2 Size:\t164.1 KB ID:\t2098","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"2098","data-size":"full"}[/ATTACH][ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tIMG_0306.JPG Views:\t2 Size:\t162.7 KB ID:\t2099","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"2099","data-size":"full"}[/ATTACH] A model 19, the original 19. :wiggle: These are the only pics I can find of her. She's dirty and she has fingerprints all over her, but she still looks sharp. This is after putting a few hundred downrange.
  31. 16 points
    Hello boys and girls.
  32. 15 points
    This forum is really a fantastic place. Welcome. If you are new, say hi!
  33. 15 points
    I was at a pawn shop today and found an HS 2000 9mm for $200. The pistol is in great shape. Right beside the HS 2000 was a Springfield XD 9mm that was virtually identical, except for its markings. They were asking $499 for it. I pointed out to the clerk that they were the same pistol and was greeted with polite incredulity. They had had the HS 2000 on display since last April and had originally started it for $300. I was happy enough to pick it up for $200. You can never have too many inexpensive 9mm autos lying around.
  34. 15 points
    I try to conduct my interactions on the internet the same way I do in real life - treat others the same way I would want to be treated.
  35. 15 points
    Starting threads about random stuff just so you can mention that you have a girlfriend.
  36. 15 points
    Good Lord, this is gonna be a ****-storm of epic proportions. Trump could nominate a black, female, albino, latino, transgendered reincarnation of Stalin, and the left would go crazy.
  37. 15 points
    She arrived today. A very beautiful, possibly never fired model 10-7 snub nose with a round butt. It is pristine. This gun has never seen a holster. I am very pleased with it. I have been looking locally for one for many years with no luck, so I turned to Gunbroker. I’m a GB newb, but this particular purchase turned out to be a very easy and painless transaction. Well, enough talk. Here she is: This gun is beckoning to be loaded with some Nyclad HP’s. I really regret shooting off the last of my stash years ago. I would have held onto them had I known they would be discontinued shortly thereafter.
  38. 15 points
    Happy Birthday to me. tom.
  39. 15 points
    A windshield is about 25 times bigger than a rear view mirror for a reason. I try not to look back.
  40. 15 points
    It's just after 1 am and I just got home. Spotted him just before dark and put a stalk on him. He boogied. My son retreated and took another angle on him. I was watching from across the swamp and hanging where I was in case he flushed back my way. I had good shooting lanes. I could see the bull, but not my son. I saw the bull lunge, and then I heard that magic sound. The 'whack' of a broadhead slamming into him. Saw the bull run 60-70 yards through scattered trees. Keeping an eye on him. There was an opening ahead. He didn't make it. Went down in the trees. My son got up on him and he stood up, but Jason drilled him again in the sweet spot. Staggered, and DOWN. Hit 3 times out of 4 shots. Lungs and liver. We were able to rig ropes and a block, and get him to the road in 2 pieces. No packing. He's a big boy. I will post more later, including pics. Beer will flow tomorrow. We'll be eating good this winter.
  41. 15 points
    Life is a fragile thing that we take for granted. No one expects to die today, while we realize we won't live forever. Friday I went in to the heart clinic for a routine arteriogram, no big deal, have had a few in the past. The procedure was uneventful and routine, returned to recovery to do the lie flat on my back thing for a few hours. When the time had elapsed, they got me up to walk so they could release me to go home. When I got back to my room, the nurse came in for a last check of the site, and all hell broke loose.... The femoral artery had decided to let loose from the puncture site, and I had rapidly developed a football size hematoma in my thigh. Rapid reinsertion of iv, bp cuff, a SWAT team of nurses franticly working over me. My daughter, a former EMT looked at the site and had a look of horror on her face. I laughed and scolded her, you know better than to have a look like that on your face when you are looking at a patient; but the look told me volumes. The nurses were great, angels all of them. As a cop and EMT of several decades experience, what they were saying, and more importantly what they were not saying, told me this was a SERIOUS event unfolding. I never lost consciousness, not my composure. I was talking and cutting up with the nurses during the entire event. My heart rate got down to 39, bp 50/00, and I nearly went into shock. By the grace of God and the skill of the nurses, I'm at home typing this today. If it had happened as my son was driving me home, I'd have died before he could have gotten me to a medical facility. They say I lost 30-40% of my blood volume.. Life is short and every day a gift. Don't squander it.
  42. 15 points
    My wife just helped me pick her out. It's my first .45, not counting the one I carried over the box. She's a gem, and the gun's pretty nice, too! Sent from my phone using Tapatalk
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  44. 15 points
    GT has been a fantastic place for a lot of people. You did that and that truth will never go away.
  45. 15 points
    Me after a hunt the other day. I could not at least show off my grandson. He likes riding on that mower
  46. 15 points
    Long time listener, first time poster [ATTACH=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","title":"tbo.gif","data-attachmentid":168}[/ATTACH] I'm from MN, or as many call it, God's country (reference to all the wonderful outdoors to enjoy and explore). I enjoy humor, humans, and humanity. Mixed in with that of course are guns, gear, and good conversation. :wavie:
  47. 15 points
    This is day one. Give it a little time. Bugs will get ground out and some really cool technology will come online. There will be plenty of opportunities to call each other **** face. :)
  48. 15 points
    My family owed Eric's family a blood debt. When the Powells came to rape the horses and ride off on the women in my little village, my ancestors promised to one day follow them on the internet when it is invented. I am now released from my bondage by being here. I also get magic beans and a goat that generates cash at a truck stop glory hole.
  49. 15 points
    Howdy! Still the same ol' me!
  50. 15 points
    Where all the white women at?
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