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Old March 8, 2016, 03:39 PM   #1961
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Hello everybody, I've been bending your ears for a while so I guess I should step up to the mike. Name's Doug, been living in the DC suburbs for my whole life - we're actually not that badly outnumbered around here. My folks came down from Western Pennsylvania to work for WW II. Dad was an engineer, deer & duck hunter, gun nut, reloader, church usher and a sane and sober citizen who always tried to lend a hand, and I follow his example.
I'll soon be 70 and I think my hunting days are pretty much behind me, but I killed my first deer at 17 and hunted Africa twice in my 50s. I did collecting pretty hard in the 80s and 90s - I did feel the romance of it but I also had a sense of where it was heading. I would bid on some of the best stuff in the high dollar auctions, wait a few years and send it back to the same place - got to be like a broken slot machine, although I did get swindled once, by a real pro, I understand. I had Confederate guns, a US trials pistol - I shudder to think of it sometimes. I finally sent it all back in to go to Africa, and I don't regret it a bit.
Mostly it's been reloading. I don't think I've ever owned a gun I intended to shoot that I didn't tool up for, and I'm still at it.
I've probably sounded off too freely at times - it's tough not to get obsessed when you're retired - but I'll try to be more circumspect in the future.

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