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Posted by marshallluton on 31 January 2012 - 08:27 AM
I look forward to meeting more of you and to serving all of you.
Your brother in Christ,
Marshall Luton (and all of the TDSA staff)
Posted by Wormydog1724 on 30 April 2012 - 08:44 PM
"Ladies and Gentlemen...
I give you... (drumroll)
2012 3 Gun Nation Hometown Semi-Pro's!!!!
(possible porn music with a phat beat)
His trigger finger is faster than lightening, His shirts are tighter than Jesse Tischauser's pants, He uses Pro Grip like hand lotion.. He is..
MIKE "ARMAGEDDON" CHAMBERS!!!
The Man with the guns other men want and women want to be with, He has jokes and commentary that rival the best ESPN 8 "The Ocho" sportscasters, with the draw of an 80 year old lady.. The Man, The Moth, The Lecsion...
JAKE "GAME CHANGER" BURKI!!!!
He's the brains of the bunch, He shoots Heavy Metal and your regional WWII Division SME, He pumps a shotgun faster than your mom did last night... Get loud for...
AUSTIN "IRONMAN" TULLOH!!!
Ask them anything, And they'll answer anything. They might even lend you some "SEMI-PRO MOJOTM"..."
This has been:
Posted by Wall on 17 December 2012 - 09:47 PM
don't blame them? They had absolutely $0 more invested in their inventory when they they decided to almost triple the price.
It's nuts that CTD has pmags for $29.97 and M855 for $659.59 now. I paid ~$11 to my door not too long ago for pmags. I don't blame them for raising prices when demand is up and supply is low, but that's a little extreme. It's not so much the pricing that I hate but the way they fuel the fire. They're always using marketing to hype up things and create panic buying that exceeds what's warranted.
I sold out of mags today with full knowledge that my suppliers were out of stock & I wouldn't be getting more anytime soon (other than what I already have on order). I saw people raising prices when the panic buying started. I didn't even consider it, I knew I'd sleep better if I didn't screw the people I started this store for.
Posted by Jared Carpenter on 06 February 2013 - 08:06 PM
When you prefer buying gun related items over home/apartment furnishings.....I currently have no curtains in my room and had a small patio set as dining room table..until I replaced it with my reloading bench.
Posted by dennishoddy on 29 March 2013 - 09:58 PM
The US Congress has designated March 30 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" in rememberance of March 30, 1973, the day all military personnel were ordered to depart from Vietnam.
I just got back from a get-together at the American Legion to remember this day, even though it was a day earlier.
I lost a BIL to small arms fire, two cousins, and a few friends were WIA.
Made it back safely, myself, picked up in a rice paddy in a huey, and transported home.
Life was tough afterward because the media portrayed the veterans as baby killers, in film and print. There were no unit deployments. One person, one deployment. No flags, or celebrations when coming home. Hiding the fact you were a veteran was the norm.
Job discrimination was rampant if the employers found out you were a VV, so, you lied about your military service.
The war itself was one of the hardest fought wars in history. VV spent more time in battle than any combat force in history.
There were few POW camps on either side. The only POW's were high value assests that were held for political reasons.
The captured and wounded were executed. Fight to the death, or die anyway. Anybody remember there were only 501 POW's released after the war? The rest have never been accounted for.
Just a few stats from a blog:
The average infantryman in the South Pacific during WWII saw about 40 days of combat in FOUR years. The average infantryman in Vietnam saw about 240 days of combat in ONE year. People would always look at me funny or make an unbelievable type smile when I told them these figures. I was also surprised by these figures. I saw approximately 100 days of combat, but I was not an infantryman. These figures became very clear when I started my research in order to write a book.
The most famous march in WWII was General Patton third (3rd) Army Division during the Battle of the Bugle. Patton’s army marched 100 miles in 48 hours, two days, to relieve the besieged American troops at Bastogne. Because of the mobility provided by Huey helicopters used in Vietnam, Patton‘s army would have been there in less than an hour and then on to another battle within hours. The soldiers in Vietnam were asked to secure an area three times that of soldiers in WWII.
I also believe the craziness in which Hollywood portrays the Vietnam Soldiers did not help. Therefore the American public did not see Vietnam combat soldiers in the same light compared to WWII soldiers. The American public saw Vietnam soldiers smoking pot, dancing, acting crazy, or fighting with their fellow soldiers.
In WWII, Hollywood showed soldier’s leaving home while kissing their mothers and girlfriends goodbye. Fathers quoting, “Give them hell son.” This was all great. Some of the worst fighting was on the island of Iwo Jima. The island was secure in 21 days.
Heavy bombers during WWII would fly missions lasting for hours but would only be exposed to hostile fire for about twenty (20) minutes. In Vietnam Huey gunships and Huey Cobras helicopters would be under enemy fire for hours in a day almost every day.
One in every ten (10) Americans who served in Vietnam was a casualty. The percent of KIA is similar to other wars. But because of the nature of the fighting in Vietnam, amputations or crippling wounds were “300 percent higher” than in WWII.
A few more statics:
Vietnam War Statistics
9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era (5 August 1965-7 May 1975)
8,744,000 personnel were on active duty during the war (5 August 1964-28
3,403,100 (including 514,300 offshore) personnel served in the SE Asia
Theater (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, flight crews based in Thailand and sailors
in adjacent South China Sea waters).
2,594,000 personnel served within the borders of South Vietnam
( I January 1965 - 28 March 1973)
Another 50,000 men served in Vietnam between 1960 and 1964
Of the 2.6 million, between 1 and 1.6 million (40-60%) either fought in
combat, provided close combat support or were at least fairly regularly
exposed to enemy attack.
7,484 women served in Vietnam, of whom 6,250 or 83.5% were nurses.
Peak troop strength in Vietnam was 543,482, on 30 April 1969.
Hostile deaths: 47,359
Non-hostile deaths: 10,797
Total: 58,156 (including men formerly classified as MIA and Mayaguez casualties).
Highest state death rate: West Virginia--84.1. (The national average death rate for males in 1970 was 58.9 per 100,000).
WIA: 303,704 - 153,329 required hospitalization, 50,375 who did not.
Severely disabled: 75,000, 23,214 were classified 100% disabled. 5,283 lost
limbs, 1,081 sustained multiple amputations. Amputation or crippling wounds to the lower extremities were 300% higher than in WWII and 70% higher than in Korea. Multiple amputations occurred at the rate of 18.4% compared to 5.7% in WWII.
POW: 766, of whom 114 died in captivity.
Draftees vs. volunteers: 25% (648,500) of total forces in country were draftees. (66% of U.S. armed forces members were drafted during WWII)
Draftees accounted for 30.4% (17,725) of combat deaths in Vietnam.
Reservists KIA: 5,977
National Guard: 6,140 served; 101 died.
88.4% of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian, 10.6%
(275,000) were black, 1.0% belonged to other races
86.3% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (including Hispanics)
12.5% (7,241) were black.
1.2% belonged to other races
170,000 Hispanics served in Vietnam; 3,070 (5.2%) of whom died there.
86.8% of the men who were KIA were Caucasian
12.1% (5,711) were black; 1.1% belonged to other races.
14.6% (1,530) of non-combat deaths were black
34% of blacks who enlisted volunteered for the combat arms.
Overall, blacks suffered 12.5% of the deaths in Vietnam when the percentage
of blacks of military age was 13.5% of the population.
76% of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working
75% had family incomes above the poverty level
23% had fathers with professional, managerial, or technical occupations.
79% of the men who served in 'Nam had a high school education or better.
63% of Korean vets had completed high school upon separation from the service)
Winning & Losing:
82% of veterans who saw heavy combat strongly believe the war was lost because of a lack of political will. Nearly 75% of the general public (in 1993) agrees with that.
Age & Honorable Service:
The average age of the G.I. in 'Nam was 19 (26 for WWII) 97% of Vietnam era vets were honorably discharged.
Pride in Service:
91% of veterans of actual combat and 90% of those who saw heavy combat are proud to have served their country. 66% of Viet vets say they would serve again, if called upon. 87% of the public now holds Viet vets in high esteem.
Helicopter crew deaths accounted for 10% of ALL Vietnam deaths. Helicopter losses during Lam Son 719 (a mere two months) accounted for 10% of all helicopter losses from 1961-1975.
Women Who Died In Vietnam:
* 2nd Lt. Carol Ann Elizabeth Drazba
* 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Ann Jones
Lt. Drazba and Lt. Jones were assigned to the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon. They died in a helicopter crash near Saigon, February 18, 1966. Drazba was from Dunmore, PA, Jones from Allendale, SC. Both were 22 years old.
* Capt. Eleanor Grace Alexander
* 1st Lt. Hedwig Diane Orlowski
Capt. Alexander of Westwood, NJ, and Lt. Orlowski of Detroit, MI, died November 30, 1967. Alexander, stationed at the 85th Evac., and Orlowski, stationed at the 67th Evac. in Qui Nhon, had been sent to a hospital in Pleiku to help out during a push. With them when their plane crashed on the return trip to Qui Nhon were two other nurses, Jerome E. Olmstead of Clintonville, WI, and Kenneth R. Shoemaker, Jr. of Owensboro, KY. Alexander was 27, Orlowski 23. Both were posthumously awarded Bronze Stars.
* 2nd Lt. Pamela Dorothy Donovan
Lt. Donovan, from Allston, MA, became seriously ill and died on July 8, 1968. She was assigned to the 85th Evac. in Qui Nhon. She was 26 years old.
* 1st Lt. Sharon Ann Lane
Lt. Lane died from shrapnel wounds when the 312th Evac. at Chu Lai was hit by rockets on June 8, 1969. From Canton, OH, she was a month short of her 26th birthday. She was posthumously awarded the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm and the Bronze Star for Heroism. In 1970, the recovery room at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, where Lt. Lane had been assigned before going to Viet Nam, was dedicated in her honor. In 1973, Aultman Hospital in Canton, OH, where Lane had attended nursing school, erected a bronze statue of Lane. The names of 110 local servicemen killed in Vietnam are on the base of the statue.
* Lt. Col. Annie Ruth Graham, Chief Nurse at 91st Evac. Hospital, Tuy Hoa
Lt. Col. Graham, from Efland, NC, suffered a stroke in August 14, 1968 and was evacuated to Japan where she died four days later. A veteran of both World War II and Korea, she was 52.
U.S. Air Force
* Capt. Mary Therese Klinker
Capt. Klinker, a flight nurse assigned to Clark Air Base in the Philippines, was on the C-5A Galaxy which crashed on April 4 outside Saigon while evacuating Vietnamese orphans. This is known as the Operation Babylift crash. From Lafayette, IN, she was 27. She was posthumously awarded the Airman's Medal for Heroism and the Meritorious Service Medal.
To my Brothers and Sisters that served........WELCOME HOME!
Posted by Rustyzx9 on 29 April 2012 - 07:28 PM
I had a couple of .223 rounds that seemd to have bad primers? The primers seemed to be getting sturck hard but were not setting the subject rounds off, there were 5-6 throughout the match. I was visibily frustrated so the semi-pros advised me that I wasn't pulling the trigger hard enough thus causing the apparent light strikes. I pulled the trigger as hard as I could in the stages that followed with seemingly better results. Thanks semi-pros!!!
Posted by B.S. DuBois on 26 January 2012 - 03:45 PM
Posted by Feegee Matlock on 18 April 2013 - 07:22 AM
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Posted by Chambers on 19 December 2012 - 09:29 PM
You can count on a lot of support behind closing the "gun show loophole," restricting magazine capacities and flash hiders, but Mr. Obama and the lot of them will have their work cut out for them. The NRA is the most powerful special interest group.
I love the shooting community, but it's the most terribly paranoid group of people. Everyone needs to calm down.
Posted by Jake Burki on 17 December 2012 - 07:49 PM
Posted by jeffhughes on 09 April 2013 - 11:52 AM
Some of you guys know my 12 y/o son John. For the last six months he has competed in USPSA, ProAm, Steel Challenge, or IDPA on a near weekly basis. Training with the guys at USSA and shooting matches almost every weekend has been good for him in all aspects of his life.
Last night he had his first baseball game of the season and we saw this first hand.
He ended up as batter up in the last inning, 2 outs, 1 run down, 2 runners on base. When his buddy struck out, I went to the fence and looked him in the eye and quietly said "shooter ready?", he nodded yes.
He approached the plate, swung at the first pitch, and connected(a charlie, not an alpha). He got to first, both his teammates scored, and we had one happy team(and one very happy boy).
There is no doubt in my mind he would have choked without his competition shooting experience.
Fun ride home...
Posted by mike cyrwus on 06 March 2013 - 06:44 AM
Just want to post a few things from my perspective; I dont have a schedule, I dont have a secretary I can work around, or vacation days, or get paid if Im not at work, working. About the only thing that vaguely resembles a perk is to shoot the match for free. When I get to shoot, which is still about less than 50% of the matches that I help put on.
I want to help put on a good match, make it safe, and then get the fuck home so I can remember what my family looks like. When Im wasting MY OWN paper, printing out score sheets the night before the match at 3am because I forgot about it, I will tell you how much I give a shit if the scores are posted withing 24 hours.
As it stands now, our volunteer score compiler and calculator (who just so happened to write a database pgm to do the scores, on his own time) is probably feeling enough heat from last weeks nice little conversation on this website (which was so fun), about who to send the scores to, and when, -that I fully expect him (and dont blame him) to pass on doing this for us (okcgc 3gun) in the future. Matter of fact, hes a good guy and doesnt need any of this.. Im guessing that youre guessing correctly on when I will most likely get them done if I am to do them in the future.
Whether this post is here because of the previous conversation last week, or just a general" thought provoking question" is irrelevant in my opinion, because these are my "general" thoughts on if I am, or were, sometime involved on putting a match, or not putting on a match.
Whats even better now is that since kurt is now on purgatorial "mod review" , Im going to be the only idiot who's going to look at this website, and all the koom-ba-ya polls and ball-scratching-behind-the-computer "suggestions" some folks will come up with.
I want questions or suggestions like, "hey, can we maybe have some support side shotgun shots, or some intermediate range rifle, or maybe we can use this target, or check out this one stage I saw at this match"; instead, its " are the scores done?", and "they should be out within 24 hours, because it should be run like a business???"
A good shooter knows when he has a good match. and until we give away prize mangos or ar-15's for order of finish, the scores will be up and available when it pleases those whose responsibility it is to do so.
so dont cut up the golden goose, or youll get the horns.
Posted by Matt Rigsby on 01 January 2013 - 07:36 AM
Posted by Jesse Tischauser on 20 December 2012 - 06:33 PM