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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.

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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The Box of Truth

The purpose of the Box O' Truth is to test the penetration of various rounds in various media.

There is only one way to know how much a certain round penetrates. You must shoot it into a medium and see for a fact.

That is what this specialist site does. From windshields (in both directions) to books to car doors and padlocks and in calibers from .22 to .45-70, they have tested penetration and bullet performance.

There are also tests of tactical lioghts and other self-defense related products.

The site is not updated regularly, but what is posted is interesting.

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Double Guns and Other Guns

Double Barreled Shotguns, Side by Side Shotgun, SxS GameGuns

DoubleGunShop: Specializing in - Double Guns (SxS Shotguns), Double Rifles, Drillings & Combination Guns
Double Guns - or double barreled shotguns are typically acquired for hunting, sport shooting & gun collecting. These two barreled shotguns can be either Side by Side (SxS) or Over and Under (O&U). American, European & British SxS shotguns or gameguns are very popular with field hunters and gun collectors, while O&U shotguns are used mostly by target shooters.
Double Rifles- Double Rifles can be either “side by side” (SxS) or “Over and Under” (O&U). Large bore double rifles are typically used for hunting dangerous big game and for sport shooting competitions. These competitions simulate big game hunting. SxS and O&U Double Rifles are fun to shoot and are very collectable.
Drillings - The Drilling is a European hunting gun with Three barrels. Typical Drillings have 2 Shotgun Barrels over a Rifle Barrel. However, Drillings have been made in many configurations (rifle & shotgun) and caliber’s. Drilling guns are typically used for mixed bag hunting.
Combination Guns - Combination Guns feature two barrels typically in an over & Under configuration. (Side by Side Combination guns are called “Cape Guns”) The barrels are always one rifle and one shotgun. These over and under guns are very versatile and typically used for European type mixed bag hunting..

Double Gun BBS - Q & A Open Forum

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HARC-MCRRS: All about British Smallbore Rifles

HARC-MCRRS: The Historic Arms Resource Centre Miniature-Calibre Rifle Research Site for classic British & Commonwealth small-bore training and target rifles, with a good selection of relevant examples from other Nations. In this case, Small Bore refers to the .22 rimfire and this is the best site I have found for Lee/Enfield/Martini/etc. Heavily illustrated, there are a lot of pertinent links, excerpts and articles. There is a Google search link for this site that makes the information easily accessible.

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 GunBlast is a web-zine (online magazine) for firearm aficionados, written, photographed, and maintained by Greg, Jeff and Boge Quinn, three brothers from Tennessee. It is down to earth, mildly redneck, very independent and quite refreshing in this age of praising the products of advertisers.

Reviews, previews & video reviews of various guns seem to be well done. There are a ton of related site links and ads, and the site averages around 17,000 visitors a day.

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