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Kathryn
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Just perused the "Wall of Shame"....
My goodness, there seems to be a small number of disreputable characters about. I am fortunate never to have encountered such, and I am much reassured to see that the moderators here actually moderate.
This is often not the case. Well done guys.
This is a really nice forum with good people (serious gun people usually are!) and reading the Wall has made me feel very secure in the knowledge that ratbags will not prosper here.
There are never very many women in "gunny places" (more's the pity) although my local gun clubs have a fair number; it has been really nice to be treated in such a gentlemanly way by the guys here.

xoxo.

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ummm on behalf of all the staff and most likely most the users :wink: thanks !

not just any cretin makes the wall of shame ( just so you know ) in fact i believe we've had one or two who seemingly tried to get a place on there and i'm glad to state that they were disappointed , instead we just turned their names pink
aye , it's true we've few members of the female persuasion , on reloading boards in general this seems to hold true , the few we have also usually arent the umm windbags us fellows are ( how's that for a switch :P ) ie; they usually dont post alot [shrugz]
i have to agree that in my humble opinion this is one of the better such boards i've found on the web , it was that way when i wandered in and since i was drafted i hope that i manage to help keep it that way , glad you enjoy it miss kathryn !
and thankfully i rarely get to use a couple smileys/emoticons such as
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Great to have you with us Kathryn. Have been awed by your expertise and experience--you go girl.

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You can kick my arse on the range any day!

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Awww... Thanks guys...and Knobster, is that an invitation...:lol:

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Hey Kat,
Welcome from across the ditch :)

This is really a great forum, and i dont just say it as i was recruited to be a mod either.
The info and the blokes/girls here are first rate.

Mick

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Why is it that the better half of this "hive of scum and villainy" is quieter than the men? We do seem to be more verbose and long winded than the few ladies posting here

Anyway you nailed it, this is the best handloading site bar none. I for one am glad you keep posting and adding to the knowledgebase here. I'm also thankful the mods keep the flaming and rancor turned OFF!

I'll also join you in commending the mods and admins here for keeping this place honest honest,fun and fair.

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We try Katheryn, welcome. :)

Spammers are generally a worse aggravation than jerks or rip-off artists are, we do try to keep all of them in check. :(

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OOOO.... That's the second time I have seen that "hive of scum and villainy" quote recently. It's a buzz to join the hive! (Sorry... I have this laterally-thinking brain that puns incessantly!)...

xo

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Kathryn, That brain is why you fit in so well, & why we like 'ya.

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So far, I am liking y'all too. This is what a forum SHOULD be!

xo

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Kathryn wrote: So far, I am liking y'all too. This is what a forum SHOULD be!

xo

I am new to this forum and I agree. Just wish I could get my wife interested in actually "enjoying" shooting. I got her trained at Front Sight last year on a 4 day intensive handgun protection course, and she has a carry permit - though she doesn't carry. She goes to the range with me to practice - but will only shoot "her" gun (the XD9 sub compact that I bought her). I'd like to get her to try my .22's - pistol and rifle - but she isn't interested. Says she sees the need to know how to use the gun and the need for practice, but doesn't enjoy shooting!

Oh well - maybe with time. Our 10 and 11 year old grandsons like to shoot "grandma's gun" as well as my Ruger Mark II and 10/22 take-down. I have challenged them to try some of my bigger calibers - the younger tried a low brass 16 gauge shotgun, and the older recently shot my new Rossi M92 in 45 colt (one shot only). They like to plink and help me clean the guns at the range, but apparently don't like the recoil. Perhaps when they get a little older.

Nice to see women in the sport... :thumbs:

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Lots of female shooters here in NZ. I love teaching them (I was a qualified instructor; rating lapse at the moment); they are easy to teach because they Listen, where many guys don't as they seem to assume that being male, they are born knowing how to shoot, which of course just is not so!
I do get a kick out of taking someone through from being half afraid of the gun to being competent, safe and fast, and getting that smile on their face every time the gun makes a loud noise!...

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Spent some time in Wellington helping BNZ with a problem.  Weekend rolled around and the folks there took us for a trip to Wine country and then to a black sand beach where an observant NZ'er saw me slobbering over the fish in the surf and lent me a surf casting rod.  As I bent to cut some bait his Wife offered to help and the guy said Gorsh Woman can't ya see he's got the nack?  Can't make the accent appear, darn it.  Hysterical moment.  I cast out, retrieved in, caught biggest fish of the day.  Didn't know your not supposed to get too close to water, you sink in that sand but I extricated myself and my fish,  gutted it and added it to their substantial stash.  All to the cheers of my fellow Bankers.  Great time. 

Oh.  When I landed at Auckland (strange airport) I got separated from my group and missed my flight to Wellington.    So getting rebooked and stuff the lady says, yells actually, He's from MEMPHIS.  I was immediately swarmed by females asking about Elvis and treated like a King myself, turned a real problem into a great experience.  Nice folks down there, you represent them well.  

I still have a hard time with the possum fur, tho.  Perhaps you could elaborate?  I was told excessive wearing would make me want to hang upside down but since the salesman was not laughing, I was not completely sure he was joking. 

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12, Since that possum is hanging upside down, down under, wouldn't that mean that as a Northern Hemisphere guy your orientation would be about right? :sofa: RD

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Kat,
I agree totaly. I am fortunate enough to be instructing Boy Scouts on Saturdays. We have Venture Scouts which is open to both boys & girls. So its a real treat to see the girls ALWAYS out shoot the boys. Even those girls who are very apprenhensive at first come around by noon time and then they realy take off!

Get your creds updated and get back in the game, we need lots of female instructors you gals bring in a fresh perspective for all shooters, but I have asked around and most ladies prefer a female instructor.

Schofield Kid



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Heh... yes NZ is a friendly place, taken by and large.
You get used to the accent. I was born in the UK, and came here at 16 years old back in 1959, so have "gone native" somewhat.. :-)
As for getting my ratings back, that would entail my getting a handgun licence again, and that is beyond my means now. I am retired and have only a small state pension on which to live. I am trying to supplement it by making stuff for people, doing light engineering jobs and gun-smithing (I do a fair bit for a large local dealer). To facilitate the latter activity I am working on getting my "E" and "F" endorsements on my licence which allows me to be in possession of weapons that normally have to be registered to one individual, and are not registered to me. All handguns and military style rifles are in this category as well as full auto and other restricted firearms. The endorsement for pistols is the expensive one to keep as it involves a lot of shooting and I cannot afford that any more. The instructor certification is issued by the National pistol association and they won't, as far as I know, restore my instructor's and range officer's certification without my holding that "B" endorsement for pistols.
I am happy, of course, to help anyone that needs it, but without the certification I cannot officially qualify people to shoot handguns from the holster, or indeed train other instructors as I used to do. Bloody bureaucracy is annoying at times! I do help people with rifle shooting and shotgun skills from time to time, as that can all be done on a basic "A" class firearms licence. The NZ laws are not as bad as they could be (better than OZ!) but still a right royal pain in the butt, and of course do nothing to prevent the misuse of guns by those so inclined, just like laws in any other place.
Life is interesting though. A friend who has lots of motorcycles (he races classics) has offered to put a CBR600 in my custody to fool around with..... I think I will take him up on it. I had to sell my last bike (a mint Suzuli Katana) about 10 years ago (medical expenses that the state system doesn't cover) and I haven't been able to buy another one since then. Bikes are cool... nearly as good as guns...
At the moment I am saving up to buy the steel to make the safe that will enable me to get my "E" endorsement back, and to get that "F" as well. It always comes down to money in the end it seems... LOL.

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Morning/evening Kathryn, guess your spring is beginning. Winter sneaking up on us in the states. Do you weld or going to bolt your safe together? Have heard of folks lining inside and out with thick gypsum wallboard as a fire retardant. Had to quit welding since having a defib stuck in my chest. Mighty aggravating as I enjoy putting things together. Oh well, so is life. PM inbound to you.

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I have to weld it, as that is what the law requires. I certainly don't have equipment to fold 6mm steel plate!
I do have MIG TIG and MMA welders, and will Stick weld the safe. I did the last one I made that way. The hardest bit is the lock work in the door; it's fiddly to get right but again, having done it before I know how to go about it. Needless to say if you take my time into account it's not an economical proposition, but my time is 'free' (to me at least!) so I am saving myself over $700 over buying a commercial safe.

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Kathryn;

Was just wondering how the safe building project is going. If it hasn't started yet, you might check with some decent locksmiths because every once in a while they'll get in a used commercial safe. Frequently those items sell for pennies on the dollar. Or pence on the pound in your case I'd suppose.

A CBR600 at your age? That'd be near as bad as me, age 67, riding a Ducati 848EVO! Oh, wait, I do ride the Duc. And, I'm a retired locksmith, and fiddle with guns a bit too. If you have questions concerning the lockworks, feel free to PM.

900F

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Hi CB.... Yes the safe is progressing, although I have been delayed by other things and also by the fact that my 6mm steel plate was not flat as supplied. This is complicated construction, but I have it sorted now. I have the locking bold mechanism all done and the 6 lever lock installed so that's all OK.

Re. the bike; yes, I guess it's unusual for someone of my years to ride a "crotch rocket", but I do enjoy it. I will ride until I can't get my leg over the bike any more! Glad you enjoy your Ducati, they are good bikes.
Ride safe brother... :)

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Kathryn, That was my progression, I finally sold my R100/7 5 years ago, when I could no longer swing a leg over it.
That was the first time since 1957 I did not have a M/C.
Still look, but that is as far as it goes, the sciatica is even making walking a hard time.
I wish you well, I know about you women, I have been beaten down by the "Fairer Sex"
since the 4th grade when the little, knobby kneed, 4 eyed girl started beating up on me at the spelling bees.
The last time I qualified for my CHL, I managed a 245, though it was pretty decent, sure enough, the only female in the class shot a 249!
The beatings never stop!

;

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Aww Drinks, that's sad about the sciatica. I have had that and I know how painful it can be. Happily it seems to be more or less in remission right now; I have learned how not to aggravate it!

As a one-time registered instructor, I have taught many people to shoot, and I have to say that the girls were always easier to teach (better attitude!) and often turned out to be very good shots. Apparently we do have a very slight natural edge for eye-hand coordination, and that is a help with shooting.
You don't seem TOO unhappy about your little knobby-kneed four-eyed rival... lol...
Hope you sciatica doesn't get any worse...

xo

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"Thunkin" mighty seriously about selling our 50 Chevy panel wagon and getting a nice trike. That way "mama" and I could "tool" about a bit and still get bugs in our teeth---that is the way you can recognize a happy biker--by the number of bugs in his teeth--lol.

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-6 wrote: "Thunkin" mighty seriously about selling our 50 Chevy panel wagon and getting a nice trike. That way "mama" and I could "tool" about a bit and still get bugs in our teeth---that is the way you can recognize a happy biker--by the number of bugs in his teeth--lol.Don't sell the wagon!!  Easy to get going after an EMP.  Do look at a CanAm Spyder if two wheels is a problem (as it is for me on this ball bearing gravel road.  Selling the Triumph, too heavy to pick up when it goes down.)

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Those Spyders are cool... but modern helmets cover the face, so bugs on the teeth are a thing of the past... :)

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Not in this state, helmets are optional, I see buggy faces all the time. (But not for me or my pillion. No helmet, no ride.)

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Ah right... helmets are compulsory in NZ, although I wore one even before they were made mandatory. Dust and bugs in the eyes are not conducive to good control... :wink:

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Kathryn wrote: Ah right... dust and bugs in the eyes are not conducive to good control... :wink:
Hummingbirds down the throat neither!

I was one foot from hitting a flying (more like gliding) turkey at 60mph once on a Gpz550!
Not sure I coulda kept the shiny side up, but glad not to find out.

I did, somehow, manage to remain in an upright, seated position after colliding with a whitetail deer a couple years ago though (same Kawasaki). 
Mom was upset when she found out!

Nice that you spell Kathryn properly!  :thumbs:

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A rhinoceros beetle in the throat at 60 mph will get your attention, so will a tarantula killer down the collar , picture doing the rumba and a samba while rocking and rolling at 60 mph.
The beatle is as large as a big thumb and the tarantula killer is a wasp about 2-2 1/2" inches long.

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drinks wrote: A rhinoceros beetle in the throat at 60 mph will get your attention, so will a tarantula killer down the collar , picture doing the rumba and a samba while rocking and rolling at 60 mph.
The beatle is as large as a big thumb and the tarantula killer is a wasp about 2-2 1/2" inches long.

I've done that dance...

Hornets in the helmet!

:dancing:

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LOL... yeah... back in the 60s I hit a seagull on the motorway. I was doing about 70 at the time and it damned near took me off the back of the bike. It hit me in the chest rather thane the head, so I managed to hang on to the bars and somehow stayed upright. Bit of a fluke I think.... close one!

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I have been an NRA instructor for 30 some years and gave found that women are much easier to teach because they listen and ask questions.

Most 18-25 yo men are "experts" on trucks, guns and women! Being experts they have no need to be taught. Ya gotta love 'em. The great thing is that after age 25 most of the younger experts do follow Mark Twain's dictum and suddenly "get smarter."

Be Well,

Doc :wink:

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Welcome to the HLB!

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Some how this new member got attached to another thread years old.
Could a mod move it to the proper place?


Welcome Doc. nice to see you join the group.

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CB99F----You have a little way to go, rode a CBR600 F3 in American Samoa for the six years I was there and then I was 69 years old then, and that was 6 years ago, I am now retired after 4 years in Ebeye in the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, (no bike there too much blown sand on the road), and am back in Oregon I did buy a CBR F4 and rode it for a year and gave it to my stepson for his birthday and purchased a brand new Ducati 848EVO, so now at 75, you need to catch up!
Kathryn, I ran away from home when I was 16 left my folks in California, did the South Pacific Islands and ended up in Australia on my 17th birthday, stayed there for 2 1/2 years!! Similar travel stories!! I am very impressed with your resume!!


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