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There are many pages of posts on many subjects, and only a few show on this main page. Search for the subjects that you are interested in.

Topics covered in here tend toward Gadgetry, Weapons, Books, Tools, and a lot of other things that have captured my interest.

Please note the "Linked From Here" tab on the results, which lists search results from sites I have linked to in my posts.

The Concealed Carry Resource

The experts at The United States Concealed Carry Association are here to provide you the information needed to be a responsible and educated armed citizen. Learn about your 2nd Amendment gun rights, view concealed carry reciprocity maps, find trusted instructors, and stay informed on the latest concealed carry laws.

Everything from hardware and legalities to techniques and meatspace problems are covered in one of their forums. If you carry now or plan on doing so in the future, this site is the place to begin, and mayn end, your search for information.

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The Youtube Machinist

mrpete222  has his own youtube channel, and is posting how-to videos for budding machinists

Cartridge Headstamp Gallery\

The AFTE Headstamp Gallery take a little of the mystery out of cartridge indentification.

Album: Letters
Headstamps with alpha characters
Date: 07/24/2007 Size: 25 items (362 items total) Views: 33883
Album: Numbers
Headstamps with numeric characters
Date: 10/19/2005 Size: 38 items Views: 26134
Album: Symbols
Headstamps with symbols
Date: 10/12/2005 Size: 15 items Views: 15559
Album: Arabic Characters
Headstamps with Arabic characters
Date: 05/23/2009 Size: 6 items Views: 7477
Album: Rimfire
Rimfire Headstamps
Date: 01/26/2005 Size: 51 items Views: 49140
Album: Primer Stamps
Date: 12/07/2005 Size: 14 items Views: 11179
Album: Unknowns
Date: 05/16/2009 Size: 5 items Views: 8036
Album: Ammo Boxes
Date: 06/24/2007 Size: 24 items Views: 12028
Album: New
Headstamps not yet moved to correct album
Date: 05/30/2009 Size: 97 items Views: 51863

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M9 Bayonets

M9 Bayonet

M9 Bayonet.  On this website you will find the most complete history and description of the M9 Bayonet that you will find anywhere. The history starts with the development of the M9 Bayonet by Qual-A-Tec which later formed the company Phrobis III.  Phrobis III was formed to interacted with Buck to make the first M9 Bayonets. Buck manufactured M9 bayonets with both Phrobis M9 Bayonet and Buck M9 Bayonet markings for several years. Over time, Buck managed to get control over the supply of the M9 Bayonet in the United States until Lan-Cay underbid Buck in a key military contract. Lastly, in the 1990s the US Military offered for bid a new contract that was split between Lan-Cay and Ontario Knife Works.

These facts and many more are included throughout this website. The information here has been compiled from numerous "experts" and noted collectors who have aided with the development of the content of this website.  This is being shared here as the M9 Bayonet is one of the post popular AR15 parts and accessories sold and available as a military surplus item but yet bayonet identification and M9 bayonet history is often confused. We hope that this website is already the ultimate M9 Bayonet resource on the web and that the tools are here to allow everybody to share their photos, questions, and knowledge.

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Sh*t My Kids Ruined!

Sh*tMyKidsRuined is a photo gallery of oopsies, accidents and disasters involving kids and things.

"Sh*tMyKidsRuined was born one morning in early March when my younger son spilled a quart of black paint on our dining room rug. The covered paint can was out for a project I’d planned for the 2 hours my boys were about to spend in pre-school. Leaving it within his reach was a regrettable parenting mistake if ever there were one!  I alley-ooped, and the little guy slam-dunked it.
SMKR’s mission is comic relief, commiseration and birth control; this is not about blame.  If you’re a parent I hope you identify and laugh, and feel just a little bit better that others go through it, too. And if you’re child-free, I hope you enjoy laughing at the miserable, unfortunate things some of our kids have done, and cherish being free from this particular brand of crap. Anyone here to laugh is welcome.

With sincere thanks,  Julie Haas Brophy

PS – The only unwelcome visitors are those who are here to be mean or judgmental or offer a parenting critique. This is not the place for you."

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The Unblinking Eye

This Unblinking Eye site has a lot of excellent photos and information on older handguns from the Remington Rolling Block to the Sauer 38H, and has serial number information on some of the models that I have not been able to find anywhere else. Colts, Mabs, Walthers, Remingtons, Slavias, Simsons, Stars and Bergmanns are a few makes covered in the main articles, and below are links to some of the other articles.
Cleaning & Lubricating Pistols
The Whitney “Beals Patent” Pocket Revolver
The Baby Hammerless Revolver
The DRS Schouboe Pistol
The Grant Hammond Automatic Pistol
The 1907 Dreyse
The Model 1908 Bayard
The 1908 Steyr Pieper Pistol
The Browning Model 1910 and the Bufalo
The Model 1911 Melior
A Bootlegger’s Gun: The Stosel,
an Eibar or Ruby-type Pistol

The Nueva Alkar 6.35mm
The Tanque Auto Pistol
The Haenel Schmeisser Pistol
The Zehna Pistol
Two Czech .25s (The CZ45 and the DUO)
The Bernardelli VP and Baby Pistols
The Western Arms Corporation of Los Angeles
The PAF Junior
The Rossi Princess Revolver
CZ 52 Competition Firing Pin
Colt Detective Special
High Standard Sentinel
High Standard Double-Nine
Little Ace
The Mini Revolver
The Smith & Wesson Escort
Field-Stripping the Erma KGP 68A
The Kel-Tec PF-9
The Kel-Tec P-32
Defensive Revolvers for Concealed Carry
Holsters for Concealed Carry
The SIG P238 and the Colt Mustang
Glock Grip Modification
The Thompson-La Garde Report

Toss in a few related articles like these

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The Survival Mom
The Survival Mom, in her own words:

Deep inside every mom is a Survival Mom whose passion for her family drives her to make the best of the present and prepare for the future.  I share that passion along with a long-standing, slightly crazed fascination with natural disasters, survival stories and preparing for the unknown.  This drives my husband, the Paranoid Dad, crazy.

I write and teach others about the importance of preparedness and being proactive and share ideas I’ve tried, successes as well as failures.

If you’ve been stashing away a few groceries every week or researching how to make a solar powered generator, you’re not alone!  I hope you’ll find reassurance and practical help here on my blog.  Our concerns for the present and future can be channeled into actions that will help provide for and protect our families while still enjoying the heck out of life!

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MT Traffic Incidents Service

The MT Traffic Incidents Service website has a map that displays the approximate location of recent crash and other incidents as reported by the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP).

Click on a map marker for more information about an incident, or see the table below the map. The default view includes current incidents—those not yet closed by the Montana Highway Patrol.

Use the Search Incidents feature to search for closed and current traffic incidents that occurred within the last 10 days. A general search using only dates will return more complete results.

Note: MHP records for an incident may not include a mappable location. Those incidents will be listed in the table below the map, but will not be displayed on the map.

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World Bayonets

In their words:
The heart of the worldbayonets site is the Bayonet Identification Guide. It contains detailed descriptions and over 1,600 photographs of more than 250 bayonets; plus more than 50 frogs and related items. Bayonets are indexed by country and by length, as well as some type-specific pages. I also include a bibliography of the bayonet and firearms reference books in my reference library, a listing of my published articles, and an online library of bayonet-related reference materials.

Over 2,000 pages of information and buy/sell/wanted lists!

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For Cartridge Collectors is the official web site of the International Ammunition Association and is probably the best resource on the webfor Cartridge collectors and accumulators. The site is filled with cartridge-related information and links

The IAA was founded over 50 years ago to serve cartridge collectors and professionals in the areas of ammunition research and forensics.The members include men and women with academic backgrounds or full time expertise in ballistics, forensics, metallurgy, chemistry, and manufacturing disciplines.  Many are current or former military or law enforcement professionals. Members also include historians and hobbyists interested in the evolution of ammunition, and the amazing variety of ingenious designs that have been tried.  Some are international experts, and others are just beginning hobbyists who enjoy collecting cartridges.

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Hannu's Free Boat Plans

Hannu's Boatyard -- Free Boat Plans is a page full of plans for four foot to sixteen foot boats and many tips & how-to articles. These are well thought out designs, with a lot of technical detail.

This is an 18' canoe built from a single sheet of plywood:

One Sheet Boats

One Sheet Boat Theory

One and a Half Sheet Boats

Slightly Larger Boats

Extremely small boats

Materials, Methods and Accessories

Wood as Boatbuilding Material

Building Projects


The site comes with a disclaimer:

You must understand, that boatbuilding can be dangerous:
-You may get a wood splinter in the finger.
-Several tools are sharp.
-Epoxy may be allergenic and definitely is very messy.
-All possible chemicals may be harmful in one way or another.
-Fibers of glass itch Your fingers and throat.
-Anything else may be dangerous as well.

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Lever Gun Luvers

LevergunLuvers is a fairly small site, with 828 members and 118769 posts in 12132 topics, but it does have some good discussion forums and some helpful links.

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M4Carbine is frequented by industry professionals that know how to make the AR run like a champ. Its purpose is to provide a forum to share professional and technical information to the shooting community. The forum is open to military, law enforcement, and recreational shooters. It is a busy site with over 61,000 threads, : 773,000 post and 33,000members. There are general forum topics as well as AR-specific.

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iFixit's self-repair manifesto

Ifixit: Fixing the world, one piece of hardware at a time, fighting the credo of "replaced, instead of repaired. Pitched, instead of patched. Forgotten, instead of fixed."

"Things break. You drop your iPod, trip over your Mac's power cord, or your display wears out. Wear and tear is normal, but throwing away almost-functional devices shouldn't be. Our goal is to provide you with everything you need to fix things yourself. You can fix it. We make it easy.

We help thousands of people repair their devices every day. Every time you fix something, you help the planet by keeping hardware out of landfills."

 Free Repair Manuals We make it easy for you to fix things yourself with our online step-by-step repair guides, troubleshooting tips, and thriving community of repair technicians who want to help. Or, check out our teardowns — sneak-peeks inside the latest new gadgets.

Fix the Planet Repair is recycling! The best way to keep electronics out of landfills is to keep them working longer. Toxic electronic waste is a global problem that we are working to solve. Self repair saves you money and helps the environment!

Help us teach repair What if everyone had access to a free repair manual for everything they owned? That's our mission. Share your knowledge and help us fix the world.

We sell parts We fund our mission of helping people fix things by selling useful service parts and tools.

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Be a Rasterbator!

The Rasterbator creates huge, rasterized images from any picture. Upload an image, print the resulting multi-page pdf file and assemble the pages into extremely cool looking poster up to 20 meters in size.

Rasterbating, sometimes known as tiled printing, is a feature of many computer programs that enables them to print images larger than a standard page. The program overlays a grid on the printed image in which each cell (or tile) is the size of a printed page and then prints each tile. A person can then arrange the tiles to reconstruct the full image.

The Rasturbator site allows you to upload an image, process it, download it as a PDF file, print it out, and then paste the pages together to make a larger image. You may also download the program -- it is free.

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The Ruger Collectors' Association

The RCA, co-founded in 1975 by the late Stephen K. Vogel (Bill Ruger's son-in-law) and John R. Hansen, Jr.,  is an independent organization of Ruger collectors, not affiliated with or sponsored by Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. The association is dedicated to the study and preservation of Ruger firearms and memorabilia while promoting camaraderie and fellowship among those interested in collecting and exchanging information about these firearms.

It is the 2nd oldest NRA affiliated collectors' organization.

The RCA publishes a quarterly journal, known as The Ruger Collectors' Journal, and regularly displays at the NRA and other major shows. From time to time special issues of Ruger firearms have been produced for and purchased by the RCA, and offered exclusively to its members.

There are forums where the experts gather to answer questions about Ruger products and these should be the first places information seekers should head.

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Colt22: The Colt Woodsman Page

Bob Rayburn literally wrote the book on the Woodsman. His site is the best I have found for parts, information and exploded views for these great old pistols. My Dad owned one and I have owned several. There is no modern handgun that can match these for aesthetics and performance.

Woodsman Guide
Woodsman FAQ
Featured Woodsman
Updated 11 March 2010
My Personal Collection
The Guest Collection
Woodsman Parts
Items for Sale
Items Wanted
Colt Collectors Assoc.
Gun Links

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Wayne Driscoll Miniature Firearms

This 1/4 scale CETME rifle won NRA silver medal # 72 at the National rifle Association Annual Meetings on May 16, 2010!!! 
This is one of the neatest miniatures I have ever seen!  It is a fully functional 1/4 scale CETME rifle made at the Spanish government arsenal in Spain.  The CETME rifle was developed by the Spanish arsenal to be their front line battle rifle.  It was in .308 caliber.  H & K later developed the select fire HK G3 and the semi-automatic HK-91 from this rifle.  100% fully functional, it comes complete with the original case and 17 rounds of machined brass dummy ammunition.  You can load the magazine and it will feed, chamber, extract, and eject.  This is a select fire weapon and the selector and safety both work. 

Price:  $4,000.00

Wayne Driscoll Miniature Firearms specializes in buying and selling museum quality rifles, pistols, shotguns, cannons, knives, and related items. Their website is loaded with lovely things I can't afford to buy, but at least I can drool over the MANY pictures.

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Gun Digest

Gun Digest, the most reliable firearms reference for the last 65 years, has a website worth visiting. Much of the site hypes their offerings that you can buy, but there is a lot of free information in the form of articles and downloads scattered around. You can sign up for newsletters too.

In a bit of late-breaking news, you can now get the first 65 years of Gun Digest in a 3-DVD set. Every page of every issue is there, and the current price is $60.00.

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The Online Books Page

The Online Books Page now has over 800,000 books listed. It is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.
Major parts of the site include:
The site can be searched for authors, titles and subjects. For a sampling, the search for "Montana" pops up this list of available titles.

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Montana Bear Management Updates

Montana bear management news from The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Foundation lists all the grizzly/black bear incidents and solutions around our region, complete with photos.

The foundation is a philanthropic organization providing private support for preserving and enhancing Montanas natural, cultural and recreational resources. They use the funds they raise and distributions from their endowments to support projects in the state of Montana. Grizzly bear management is their top project.

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Sniper Country: Updated Post

Sniper Country is the place to go for any information on the practice or history of sniping and accurate long range shooting. There are many pertinent articles, links and forums.

It is dedicated to the advancement, education and history of the military and law enforcement sniper. It is not a site for the immature or the politically militant.  It supports the PROPER use of snipers within the law enforcement community and will always champion their use within the armed services.  A trained sniper has the ability to SAVE more lives than he will ever take in the course of his legally assigned duties.

  Civilians have always been welcome on this site because they feel that part of the message it presents needs to go to them.  Snipers have long been misunderstood, vilified and even placed into the realm of myth.  The Hollywood edition of the long-range marksman is seldom accurate and often based in a supposed evil nature or heroics bordering on mythology.

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LittleMachineShop: Parts, Tools & Accessories has brought together all the tools, accessories, and replacement parts a bench top machinist needs. The site focuses on replacement parts and accessories for 7x10, 7x12, and 7x14 Lathes; Mini Mills; and Micro Mills.

They stock every part for the mini lathes, mini mills, and micro mills from, ToolsNow (Cummins), Grizzly, Harbor Freight, Homier, and Micro-Mark. Go ahead: break any part on your machine. They have a replacement. The Replacement Parts by Model page makes it easy to find the part you need and even have the parts diagram if you don't know the name of the part.

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