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    Don reacted to Tank in Stadium reconstruction and development detailed   
    As someone who has to drive a distance to attend a game, I don’t like that the parking lot is going away.
    I also don’t like that it’s going to be severely crowded there, too - 5000+ apartments plus >1000 hotel rooms & office space brings a choking amount of cars into the neighborhood. 
     
    Id like to know what their plans are for traffic and parking. I have no interest in taking an Uber to the stadium.
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    Don got a reaction from T.G. in What have you watched recently? (Please use the hide function for spoilers or plot lines)   
    Just watched that tonight too. TBH the writing did not seem very good.
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    Don reacted to Tank in Guns   
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    Don got a reaction from Junkballer in Guns   
    My dad was a musician in the Air Force back in the Vietnam era. They would play gigs several days a week pretty much everywhere up and down the west coast. Some were on-post (formal events, welcome back stuff, retirement parties, etc...), some off-post sort of public relations stuff. They did an off-post gig up in Alaska once (don’t remember where exactly), but it was basically a towny bar. He said everyone was carrying HEAVY revolvers on their hip. After the gig he hung out for awhile and asked about it. The locals told him basically everyone carried a 44 mag, as it was the only revolver caliber readily available that had a good chance of stopping a bear.
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    Don reacted to ten ocho recon scout in Guns   
    Yeah, sounds about right.
    I was up in the arctic once, in a place thats crawling with polar bears. (Thats what I went up to see). Same thing there. Everyone had these huge rifles everywhere you went.
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    Don got a reaction from ten ocho recon scout in Guns   
    My dad was a musician in the Air Force back in the Vietnam era. They would play gigs several days a week pretty much everywhere up and down the west coast. Some were on-post (formal events, welcome back stuff, retirement parties, etc...), some off-post sort of public relations stuff. They did an off-post gig up in Alaska once (don’t remember where exactly), but it was basically a towny bar. He said everyone was carrying HEAVY revolvers on their hip. After the gig he hung out for awhile and asked about it. The locals told him basically everyone carried a 44 mag, as it was the only revolver caliber readily available that had a good chance of stopping a bear.
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    Don got a reaction from ten ocho recon scout in Guns   
    It’s not about where these days. There are plenty of places to buy a gun under normal circumstances. It’s just a straight supply and demand issue right now. Plenty of gun retailers out there, and plenty of gun buyers out there, just no guns.
     
    Edit: I also imagine there are things available on the private/secondary market (probably at a premium), but I’m not really sure how that transaction process works in CA.
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    Don got a reaction from Jason in Guns   
    Federal Firearms License. Basically someone/an entity legally allowed to sell guns to the public. Usually a gun retailer (i.e. your local Bass Pro or some smaller gun store). In some smaller communities out here, you’ll find other people that have them as well. For instance, a friend of mine from college owns a boat dealership in a pretty rural area, but he has a FFL just to help with transfers (they charge a fee, and there aren’t a ton of other places with a FFL within 75 miles).
    Anyhow, the idea is that if you were to buy a weapon (say online) from a private individual, they would send that weapon to a FFL holder in your state, after which you could go to the FFL holder, fill out some paper work, pay a transfer fee, then take the weapon.
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    Don reacted to Jason in Guns   
    It’s just more expensive and you have to wait 10 days to pick it up.
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    Don got a reaction from Jason in Guns   
    It’s not about where these days. There are plenty of places to buy a gun under normal circumstances. It’s just a straight supply and demand issue right now. Plenty of gun retailers out there, and plenty of gun buyers out there, just no guns.
     
    Edit: I also imagine there are things available on the private/secondary market (probably at a premium), but I’m not really sure how that transaction process works in CA.
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    Don got a reaction from ten ocho recon scout in Guns   
    Do you owe him money?
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    Don got a reaction from ten ocho recon scout in Guns   
    If there is a range master there, just follow all of their instructions to the freaking letter. One of the things I love about Missouri is that they have state run ranges that are super cheap, but also well maintained and run by very good state park employee range masters. $6 to shoot as long as you want and absolutely zero bullshit tolerated.
    All that said, what are you planning on firing?
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    Don got a reaction from Jason in Guns   
    I’ve always been uncomfortable with Glocks. They’ve just never seemed to fit my hand right. The general pistol vs revolver decision is more complex. Revolvers by nature are more reliable and are more likely to be available in bear stopping calibers. Both of those are good things in an outdoorsy type adventure. That said, a lot of pistols tend to be better in terms of overall safety features and mag capacity. Considering all of that, I know there are some revolvers out there chambered for .357 with an eight round capacity. Could be a nice compromise. Plus you could fire .38 special out of it at the range and maybe save a bit on ammo.
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    Don got a reaction from Jason in Guns   
    Probably best to start with a .22 to get comfortable. Rounds are cheap (if you can find them), kick is really minimal, and you can buy a reliable .22 revolver for like under $150 or a reasonably good pistol for $200-ish. It’ll help you get used to firing a weapon without dealing with too much kick, and is a perfectly good personal protection weapon.
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    Don got a reaction from Blarg in Guns   
    Probably best to start with a .22 to get comfortable. Rounds are cheap (if you can find them), kick is really minimal, and you can buy a reliable .22 revolver for like under $150 or a reasonably good pistol for $200-ish. It’ll help you get used to firing a weapon without dealing with too much kick, and is a perfectly good personal protection weapon.
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    Don reacted to Blarg in Guns   
    Shooting bears with pistols pretty much pisses them off more than anything else unless you are going large caliber hot loads like .44 Magnum. A Glock 9mm wouldn't be the weapon of choice since the impact strength barely stops people unless you hit the in the right place. You're going to have spend a lot of time and money at the range to fire three rapid shots and still hit paper at 15 feet away. 
    Unlike people, bears don't think about their own safety, you're a little bitch that hurt them so they are going to shred you like pulled pork instead of stop and think about how much that bullet to their thigh hurts. Think NFL lineman on crack and you just shot them with a bb gun. To stop him you have to hit him in the eye while he is charging. Good luck with that. 
    So unless you want to up your caliber, I'd pass on the whole shoot the bear plan and think of whether you are going to be better of surviving a jump off a cliff. Probably your best defense is multiple people. A lone hiker is lunch, two or more is more work than it's worth. Unless it's a Grizzly, then it's a buffet. 
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    Don got a reaction from Blarg in Guns   
    Yeah, definitely a good idea to go and handle a few before you buy. And tons of people like Glocks for good reason. They just never felt right for me in particular. As to the mag thing, I totally get the desire for more capacity. But as my dad used to say, if you’re ever in a situation with a pistol where you need to reload you likely have some bigger problems and may be using the wrong weapon to begin with.
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    Don reacted to gotbeer in Guns   
    Yeah, that's one thing that I have to do is go to a Bass Pro and actually handle some of these guns.  I've never shot a Glock before, so that's good info to know.  Also I'll look into the 357.  I'm still just worried about what happens after those 8 rounds are gone.  With a glock/magazine, it's just eject, and put another 10+- shots out.  
    and talking about the range.  Anyone use those dryfire laser bullets?  it doesn't substitute recoil and such.  But how is it for accuracy, getting a general feel for the gun?
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    Don got a reaction from Blarg in Guns   
    Do you owe him money?
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    Don got a reaction from T.G. in Guns   
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    Don got a reaction from Taylor in Guns   
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    Don got a reaction from Jason in Guns   
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    Don got a reaction from Vegas Halo Fan in Guns   
    If there is a range master there, just follow all of their instructions to the freaking letter. One of the things I love about Missouri is that they have state run ranges that are super cheap, but also well maintained and run by very good state park employee range masters. $6 to shoot as long as you want and absolutely zero bullshit tolerated.
    All that said, what are you planning on firing?
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    Don reacted to Blarg in Guns   
    Rule 1) A gun is never unloaded 
    Rule 2) Don't point a gun at what you don't want to shoot. (this is double important around your junk) 
    Rule 3) Don't shoot at anything you don't want to kill. 
    Now that you understand the rules, try not to shoot the instructors junk. 
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    Don got a reaction from Taylor in What have you learned from movies?   
    I thought that was just a thing for everyone IRL.
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