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About ranger99

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    Nearly North of the Valley of the Sun

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    Fly-fishing, hunting, general shooting, martial arts (mostly weapons-oriented these days), sports.

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    in the field of aviation

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  1. I don't know how many exactly. At least 150 or so right now, excluding kitchen cutlery. I don't consider myself a collector, but I just like knives; more than guns if I had to be honest about it. It helps that most are cheaper than most guns. Most are basic utility-type folder knives, with a healthy smattering of fixed blade hunter styles thrown in. Right now I'm on a Bowie knife kick (again), so I've been looking around for something really special. You know, something with a Damascus steel blade, a bone or really nice wood handle with a brass guard. My EDC right now is a Kershaw Blur which is just a really good basic knife for carrying around with me day-to-day.
  2. Nice! Why a bee, btw? Must be some kind of significance if the knife-makers keep putting them on these knives . . .
  3. Kal-bi. That's barbecued Korean beef ribs, with my homemade marinade. Or Prime rib. Or Cast iron fried chicken. Or marinated char-grilled ribeyes.
  4. Isn't that Billy in the back left? And which one is supposed to be Pat?
  5. A couple new beauties I just picked up from a LGS. the steel for both is real Toledo steel from Spain. Both knives were created locally here in AZ. Bolsters are nickel/silver. The handle scales for the fixed blade are made from cow's horn, while the scales for the laguoile below are made from olivewood. I bought the laguoile because of the intricate work on the spine of the laguoile. And the bee (I think that's what it is) that functions as the lock.
  6. Interesting responses so far. What I find most curious is the statements concerning the quality of the steel in the blades. Unless they've changed their steel, I've consistently found the steel in Swiss Army knives to be of very good quality. They can be sharpened to a very fine edge and they will hold that edge pretty well. In fact, one of the first deer I ever dressed out was with my first Swiss Army knife (Victorinox), which kept its edge through the whole business, in spite of my clumsy first-time-doing-that mistakes. The rest of the tools I find serviceable; they'll do the job they were intended for most of the time, but it's pretty obvious that they were never intended to be anything more than useful in a pinch. Except the scissors. The scissors are really surprisingly not only of great quality, but I seem to find uses for them almost every other day. But maybe Swiss Army knives aren't built the way they used to be. I haven't bought one in nearly 15 years. So maybe things have changed. I'm no longer a fan of their watches. Or at least their customer service concerning watches. Which is to say that they don't have any customer service when it comes to their watches.
  7. Fight like a sunofabitch, and then fight some more.
  8. Agreed, putting rounds on target is a lot more important. As I understood it, the test was simply to prove whether or not the 9mm +P was really as powerful a round as the .357 magnum. I posted the video because this myth has been stated to me several times at various ranges, as well as in a couple threads on two different forums. I even came to believe it to some extent, especially as it pertains to snub-nosed revolvers, so I was very surprised that Mr. Harrell found that even from a short-barrel, the .357 magnum was significantly more powerful.
  9. Um, actually he proves the exact opposite of that. He proves the .357 magnum round is a much more effective round than the 9mm.
  10. So here's the deal: in the recent past, I've been hearing about how 9mm is just as effective a round as .357 magnum, at the range, from various Youtube 'experts,' as well as magazine articles, and even on this forum. And when I say 'effective,' I mean energy delivered to target and damage created by bullets. This never made much sense to me, as it's pretty easy to eyeball a 9mm cartridge vs. a .357 magnum cartridge, or disassemble one and see the difference in powder charges. But the 9mm fans will poo-poo away these differences, usually saying something along the lines of "there's so much gas leakage at the forcing cone of a revolver that it cancels any advantage the .357 magnum has in greater powder charge." Or that all testing of .357 magnums to achieve the velocities stated are done with 8-inch barreled guns, and that if 4- or 2-inch barreled revolvers were used no .357 magnum round would be faster than a typical 9mm round.Well, Mr. Paul Harrell, which many of us are familiar with, finally did a test of this myth, and the myth is finally busted. Enjoyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2t...em-subs_digestAnd the best part about all of this is that my sense of reality has been proven correct.
  11. When I lived back in STL, from about mid-fall to early summer I could get away with wearing some kind of jacket or a flannel-type shirt, which made concealing almost anything pretty easy. Which is probably why I carried a full-size/commander-sized 1911 in a OWB holster about half the year or more back then. Now that I'm living/roasting in the Valley of the Sun, I've found that I've had to make some significant adjustments as to how I carry any sidearm. In the summer (mid-May to October 1st) I pretty much carry a Shield IWB, deep concealment holster. It's not a perfect solution and I'd rather carry a larger more powerful weapon, but I simply can't adequately conceal anything bigger wearing the light clothing I'm forced to wear around here when it's a constant 110+ degrees. In the cooler months (we don't really have any kind of regular winter around here) I'll wear some kind of jacket as often as possible, mostly so I can go back to carrying one of my 1911s (what can I say, I just like 1911s). But sometimes winter doesn't really happen in PHX, and jackets aren't really an option. I have found that a light sweatshirt or sweater is sometimes an option, allowing me to still carry a commander-sized 1911 in an IWB holster, usually at or near the appendix position (12:30 to 2:30). For myself, I've found it's just a bit easier to conceal my usual carry gun at a position just forward of my hip. Especially if I have to bend at the waist for some reason. It is necessary to find a really comfortable holster though. Otherwise you have the holster as well as parts of the gun digging into parts of you that a person normally can't discuss in mixed company. Also I feel I have to use a high-quality holster designed for appendix carry, as I'm already anxious enough about having the muzzle of my weapon pointed at the family jewels. I refuse to increase my unease by using a cheaply made, uncomfortable holster. YMMV, of course.
  12. I've owned .40 S&W caliber guns since the first S&W 4003 hit my LGS back in STL over 26 years ago. Some I didn't like, some I did. Right now I have a Beretta PX$ Storm and a SIG P229 in .40 S&W, and like them both a lot. Somehow they both seem to impart a lot less felt recoil to me than the last two or three .40s I had. I can shoot both as fast and as accurately as I can my Glock 19, they have about the same capacity, and I feel more confident sending 180 grain slugs at a bad guy than I do 124 grainers. Of course, how I feel about it isn't scientific at all, but I also know that confidence is as important as anything else when it comes to putting rounds on target in a hurry. None of that means I don't have a place in my carry rotation for 9mm or .45 auto for that matter. But for myself, I'd rather carry 13 rds of .40 than just 8 rounds of .45 auto, and I don't think I'll miss the extra 3 rounds of the less-powerful 9mms. But that's just me.
  13. Yeah, that was a possibility in my mind. The fact that Thick Guy didn't seem interested in the whole thing told me the event wasn't planned. Or probably wasn't. Otherwise he also probably would've been moving in my direction. It was an odd incident, in that Tall Guy's pals weren't apparently aware of his intentions. Usually, in my experience, if Tall Guy wanted to try to mug me or whatever, his buddies would've been part of the plan, and would've moved into some kind of support position. Since they didn't do anything like that, I'm inclined to believe Tall Guy wanted to bum a smoke or beg for some change; basically a non-threatening motive. But the way and the speed at which he moved to intercept me, the look on his face, etc., told me he was about to do something stupid. Fortunately for everyone, he retreated. otherwise, he was about to get a face full of pepper spray.
  14. I'm looking forward to the replies to this thread, because I find that most of the time all anyone says is, "maintain a high-level of situational awareness." But rarely does anyone go into any specifics about the techniques/mechanics of how to do that. A few things I try to do include: I do a visual scan of my surroundings about every 20 seconds. This is pretty easy for me, as I've been a pilot for nearly a dozen years now, and doing visual scans of the airspace around me as well as my instruments is pretty much instinctive at this point. However, to explain: I break up my field of view into four quadrants, basically four horizontal rectangles (two on the left/two on the right) and quickly scan first the center of a quadrant then each of the corners of a quadrant, before returning to the center of my FOV, looking for anything that's not supposed to be there; like another airplane, a helicopter, a hot air balloon, etc. Then I scan the next quadrant and so on, each time returning my attention to the center of my FOV. Each quadrant scan takes about 2-3 seconds. So in a crowded room/area filled with faces, I'm looking for anything that stands out. Most of the faces should be smiling, or bored, or looking for something/someone, etc. Some eye contact is likely, but normal eye contact lasts about 1-2 seconds, then they should slide away. Unusual would be angry, scared, or focused right on me. Those faces are going to get my attention immediately. If possible, I examine the faces of those inside before entering a building. A few months ago as I was entering my bank, I noticed that there was a couple just a few feet inside the lobby, gesturing violently in the direction of one of the employees. I did a quick face check of the tellers I could see through the glass doors; their faces were showing concern, but not fear. And they were going about their business for the most part. I entered the doors and found that the couple was upset about how long it was taking to get their new bank cards. In other words, a non-critical issue. But even so, I gave them a wide berth as I entered and was aware of their presence until they left the building. I even mentally noted while conversing with the teller that they left in a late '90s dark green minivan with dark tinted windows. When walking through a parking lot/parking structure, I walk down the middle of the lanes, to give me as much space as possible from the ends of parked vehicles. The idea is to give me as much time and room to react to a potential attack as possible. As a pilot, I'm used to doing what's called a "pre-flight check," which is a walk around the aircraft to look it over for obvious problems before getting in and starting the engines. I do one for the car as well. Mostly this started as a check for a flat tire, fluid leaks, problem objects lodged behind a wheel, etc. However, now I'm also checking for homeless people in my camper shell (happened once), broken glass bottles placed behind a tire (twice), and kids hiding on the passenger side of my truck (playing hide-and-seek, I think). It takes about thirty seconds or less depending on how much I can scan as I walk up to the truck. So what this might look like in the real world is something like this: A couple weeks ago I decided that I needed to get gas and a coffee at the local convenience store on the way to work one night. There was only one other car parked at the pumps, but no one was near it. I pulled into one of the pumps nearest the front of the store, so that their surveillance cameras would be filming me, my truck and the immediate area around my truck while I was there. I scanned the area in front of the store as I put the truck in park. I noted the three young men and at least two bikes propped against the wall, two standing (the one on the left facing to the right, the other facing me) and one sitting (facing to the left) on the curb about thirty feet to the left of the doors. I noted that the one standing facing me was probably taller than me, but not over six foot, with longer than shoulder-length dark, dirty-looking hair, and average build, Caucasian. The one sitting was much smaller than him, wearing a red or orange-ish skull cap. The one on the left was shorter but thicker than the tall one, probably Hispanic, with long dark hair. There were no other people in front of the store. I saw that the clerk inside was helping one person and that they were apparently having a friendly conversation (smiles). I made sure that my passenger door was locked as I opened the door. About 6 seconds elapsed since I put the truck in Park. The clerk took no note of my arrival. The tallest young man (henceforth, "Tall Guy") looked right at me as I exited the truck. I went over to the pump and put my card in the slot. I faced towards the front of the store as I answered the many questions of the gas pump, allowing me to keep tabs on the group in front of the store. I looked through the windows of the truck and campershell a couple times, but I was the only person getting gas at the moment; the fuel islands were empty except for the car with no one near it. I started pumping gas. I locked the truck with the key fob and headed across the parking lot towards the store to get my coffee. Tall Guy immediately started heading towards the doors, taking a path to intercept me before I got to the front of the store. I scanned his hands which were both visible and empty. I scanned his buddies, who were still where they were when I arrived, having a conversation. Thick Guy looked in our direction, but went back to his conversation with Sitting Guy. Tall Guy approaching me put his left hand in his pocket, looking right at me. I stopped when Tall Guy was almost completely blocking Thick Guy and Sitting Guy's view of me and put the thumb of my left hand under the edge of my shirt, right hand slid up to the front of my thigh just below the edge of my shirt. I politely but firmly asked him, "what can I do for you?" in a loud voice. The clerk looked in my direction and noticed the young man opposite me. I squared up to him, still more than 15 feet away, and made it plainly obvious through my body language and verbal tone I wasn't interested in silliness. At this point, the clerk asked through the open door, "everything okay out there?" Tall Guy glanced in his direction, but came right back to me. Thick Guy and Sitting Guy were now looking in our direction, but I didn't see any anger/hatred/other violent emotions on their faces. Tall Guy looked me over for about 3 seconds, turned on his heel, and walked back over to his buddies. I went inside and got my coffee. I noted that the store was empty except for me, the clerk and his conversation buddy. The clerk asked me what that was about, to which I responded, "I don't really know," but I kept part of my attention on the three young men outside. They were talking, but no one seemed overtly angry/agitated. As I left the store to get in my truck and leave, I purposely walked straight out from the doors, keeping a large space between me and my new friends, cutting back towards the front of my truck when there was at least 30 feet between us. Basically I walked a large arc to use the continuous angle to keep them in my peripheral vision the entire walk to the truck. Then I scanned the truck, though I hadn't noticed anyone near it while I was in the store. I put the pump back, got my receipt, facing the front of the store the whole time. I got in the truck, started it and pulled away, keeping my three amigos in sight, and pulled out the driveway opposite their position. I know, it's a boring story. Nothing happened. And it's very likely that kid just wanted to try to bum a smoke from me or something equally trivial. I just wanted to use an experience that I recently had to illustrate some of the things I do to "maintain a high-level of situational awareness." Anyway, like I said, I look forward to reading what other techniques I might learn from the rest of you.
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