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Old 02-14-2017, 02:53 PM   #1
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Perishable skill.

I've got the Grandpa syndrome!
Year after year I held to the principal of 100 rounds a day out of my primary, and at least 100 rounds a week out of my secondary. Then the Grandchildren intervened! Okay, 100 rounds a week out of my primary and 100 rounds a month out of my secondary.

The first problem that showed up dealt with my secondary sidearm. Went from rock solid to quivering like a prom queen on the big night. Okay, front sight in a fight and I could still maintain black circle numbers on the 25 yard target.

Then things got a bit more strained, Thing 2's other half went on even more Tours, and time on the range once again shrunk. So now a dog passing razor blades could hold my secondary sidearm steadier than I could, but the probability of a fatal hit dropped to 15 yards. Yet I still didn't notice a performance impact on my primary. No problem! I'll live with that.

Yet as time wore on a couple of Grandsons entered the picture, add on Thing 2's other half did another couple of tours, Now I'm expending 100 rounds a month out of my primary, and a couple 100 rounds a year out of my secondary. Sketchy at 15 yards with a secondary, and I'm challenged to shoot the required score at the 1K range with my primary.

Do I honestly need to meet Military min specs in the Grandpa Billet? Or has the time come to let go of the hard earned past?
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I'd say, just challenge yourself to be the best you can be.

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Old 02-14-2017, 05:25 PM   #3
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I now have a grand daughter living with us on the weekends when she's not in school who wants to learn basic rifle and pistol craft.

Her intention is to go into the the USMC officer's program.

Looks like I'm going to need to put in a bit more range time.
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Old 02-21-2017, 02:22 PM   #4
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I now have a grand daughter living with us on the weekends when she's not in school who wants to learn basic rifle and pistol craft.

Her intention is to go into the the USMC officer's program.

Looks like I'm going to need to put in a bit more range time.
Sounds like a good problem to have. It'll be a bit longer before Thing 2 allows me to play at the range with her children. Thing 3's just turned 6 months, he has a long time before he can play. Don't know if I'll have enough left to make it challenging for him by that time?
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Sounds like a good problem to have. It'll be a bit longer before Thing 2 allows me to play at the range with her children. Thing 3's just turned 6 months, he has a long time before he can play. Don't know if I'll have enough left to make it challenging for him by that time?
That's funny... I went to a 1rst grade school program this evening. 3 of the participants were labeled: Thing 1, Thing 2 and Thing 3.

My own grand thing performed "A Mud Puddle Jumped On Me".
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That's funny... I went to a 1rst grade school program this evening. 3 of the participants were labeled: Thing 1, Thing 2 and Thing 3.

My own grand thing performed "A Mud Puddle Jumped On Me".
And they say we learned everything we needed in life in Kindergarten!

How much more ambiguous can we be than quoting Dr. Seuss on the internet?

Yet somehow, the message comes through loud & clear to those that are living that lifestyle. Good Luck Brother, keep on doing what you're doing no matter how much guff the Things give you.
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Yet somehow, the message comes through loud & clear to those that are living that lifestyle. Good Luck Brother, keep on doing what you're doing no matter how much guff the Things give you.
Indeed.
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Very cute Gramps. Kinda puts things in perspective doesn't it?
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Old 02-22-2017, 03:25 AM   #9
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Great pic Walt.

BTW, for those who may be wondering, Thing 1 and Thing 2 are characters in The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. My two kids still answer to those nicknames.
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wow you must spend a lot on ammo
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Old 03-09-2017, 05:42 AM   #11
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most of us do.
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Old 03-09-2017, 05:44 AM   #12
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but you need to define "a lot"- what seems a lot to some isn't to others- and we reload too- that cuts down on costs
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I've gave up on bull's eye shooting a couple of decades back. Today I'm happy if I can maintain center of thorax hits at 15 yards full mag in 10 seconds.
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wow you must spend a lot on ammo
This is why, in Genesis, we're told to "be fruitful and multiply." This is the earliest biblical reference to progressive presses.
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This is why, in Genesis, we're told to "be fruitful and multiply." This is the earliest biblical reference to progressive presses.
I don't think that's quite what the Holy Bible meant......
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This is why, in Genesis, we're told to "be fruitful and multiply." This is the earliest biblical reference to progressive presses.
Truly it is written.

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