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May 02, 2013

A Strange Diversion on the Path to Firearms Perfection

By David E. Petzal

It’s well known that human progress doesn’t move in a straight line. It goes off on tangents, strange, ill-thought-out detours that are invariably proved to be worthless. For example, we currently have the wind farm, where brigades of enormous propellers are erected at colossal expense to generate a feeble amount of electricity and require costly repairs before they have even begun to pay for themselves.

In rifles, a strange detour was the belief by custom gunbuilders in the late 1970s and early 1980s that the best way to bed an action in a synthetic stock was to glue the sumbitch in permanently. Synthetic stocks for hunting rifles were a novelty then, and it seemed to make sense: You got a perfect, unmoving, permanent bond between the stock and the action which would result in superior and unchanging accuracy.

I owned, I think, six or so rifles built on this principle, and as I recall, they shot well but not sensationally. But there was a fatal flaw. If you ever required access to the trigger, you were out of luck. That rifle was not going to come apart. Since the need for diddling with the trigger is very real, I was uneasy, and broke them all loose.

Here, in case you have one of these rifles, is how you do it:
First, make sure the thing is unloaded. Now, remove the bolt, the scope, and the action screws. Then put the rifle in a freezer for twelve hours or pick a night when the temperature goes down below 10 degrees and leave it out overnight.

When the rifle is frozen through and through, hold it forward of the action with one hand and with the other, smack the underside of the barrel, hard, with a rubber mallet. The action should pop free clean as a whistle. You may have to smack it a second time, but that should do it.

After I broke my six rifles free, I compared their accuracy with how they had shot when they were permanently bedded, and there was not a living bit of difference. Not an iota.

Would that the wind farms were as easy to eradicate.

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from Dcast wrote 50 weeks 19 min ago

DP, Expect to be receiving your walking papers soon from the Bonnier Corporation for speaking the truth on the beloved green energy also known as "Wind Energy"! I expect a few articles by your fellow F&S counterparts detesting you and calling for your public lynching. I'm glad I got to read your articles while they lasted!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

I had a nasty backcountry horse wreck in the 80s that broke my Springfield's stock in two (see the photo of the interesting patch job in my photo that thankfully I never had the opportunity to test!). My dad and I restocked it with a nice piece of wood picked up from Les Bauska's shop in Kalispell, MT. As was the practice in those days, I proceeded to glass bed it and followed all the procedures in the kit, putting the no stick gookum on the action before seating it in the liquid fiberglass. Well, that didn't work so hot for some reason. The action has been frozen on the stock since then. Thanks for the tip, David. Now I'll finally be able to separate the stock from action.

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from Michigan Gunner wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Wind Farms. They never pay for themselves. If it weren't for Gov't money, they wouldn't build them!

MG

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from CCMJS wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Wind farms - LOL. Somebodys making money but not much power.

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from greg440 wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

DP, I am awed at your ability, to create a corollary between two equally stupid, but hugely unequal, bad policies! I hope you realize how dangerous your writing is. You have countless faithful readers who are pitiful curmudgeons like yourself, vigorously nodding their feeble heads with unbridled empathy, somebody could break their neck! But alas, our generation is not appreciated, so wtf, keep it up.

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from Tim Platt wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Wind farms and electric cars... you'd have to drive an electric car for 15 years before the savings on gas would pay for the price difference. GM came out this week to call for greater action by the US government to fight climate change, I guess they are having trouble selling those Volts. Maybe they can get a government mandate. Wonder what happens if you hit a GM executive in the head with a rubber hammer when it is 10 degrees? So little time, so many experiments to conduct.

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from buckhunter wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

But Dave, if we can save just one amp, the wind farm will be worth it.

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from Ol Krusty wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Have you been watching Smokey and the Bandit?

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from O Garcia wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

the best application of wind power was, and still is, the simplest: sailing ships. but, with the exception of the schooners still fishing the Chesapeake and Newfoundland and other places in the East Coast, they went out of commercial use long ago, because, well, they stop working when the wind dies.

as for gunstocks, I wonder what we will write about:

-the Savage Accu-stock
-the A.I. plastic "chassis" stock
-the various aluminum "chassis" stocks replacing the plastic
-the recoil reduction stock
-all those MIL-STD-1913 rails (do you really need a place to clamp a night vision optic to?)

in the future.

Heck, what will we write about the AR craze a generation from now?

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from coachsjike wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

i would love to hit some of our WONDERFUL leaders in the head with a frozen rubber mallet!

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from deadeyedick wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Wind farms........ what's next, fart tanks ? Smacking those rifles is the same way to get a stock loose after bedding with accra -glas. If you smack a GM bigshot in the head with a mallet you would not harm anything because his brain is in another part of his anatomy. We need a FLINSTONE VEHICLE, you know, where you put your feet thru the floor and run like hell. Tone up your leg muscles for your next elk hunt too.

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from kudukid wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Imagine someone from napolitano's DHS coming upon that scene abusing your rifles. You would immediately go on their no-fly list for obvious lunacy.
Your firearms would be confiscated and the public would be declared safe once more.
obummer would take all credit and liken it to killing ben laden.

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from fox4 wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Speaking of fart tanks... left out side to freeze then smack with a rubber mallet... does that work to dislodge in-laws as well?

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from hermit crab wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Not sure how all of you can bash wind energy or electric cars when fossil fuels are HIGHLY subsidized by Big Brother. I'm not necessarily in favor of wind energy, just in favor a fair fight. When gasoline costs $10-15/gallon once all subsidies are removed, the alternatives become a lot more appealing.

Also, don't forget that people are willing to pay significantly more for energy coming from those more renewable sources. And lest you think they're crazy, let me remind you that a lot of you wouldn't think twice about spending a grand or two on a rifle that won't shoot any better than a new Ruger American rifle.

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from kudukid wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

hermit crab:

That fossil fuels are "highly subsidized" or even moderately subsidized by our taxes is a left-wing myth. If you have actual evidence, feel free to enlighten us.
Please give us the actual wording of the bill and it's House and/or Senate number.

There are some subsidies that go to some of the smaller oil companies for exploration.

That wind and solar technologies and construction are highly subsidized by the current radical left-wing administration is a matter of record - a record of picking failures! Can you spell SOLYNDRA? Can you spell FISKER?

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from Tim Platt wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Fossil fuels are highly taxed, and oil and gas companies are treated no differently than other industries who all get sweetheart deals to stay in the US and keep America working. Green energy is highly subsidized and highly ineffective, now that's a fact.

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from Hoski wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Awww Hermit, don't go bursting their bubble, of course the subsidies are a left wing myth...or one could look here:www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0CFYQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.taxpayer.net%2Flibrary%2Farticle%2Fsubsidy-gusher-taxpayers-stuck-with-massive-subsidies-while-oil-and-gas-pro&ei=dQWEUevyHvHG0gGam4GoCw&usg=AFQjCNHPOIO8IhQHOFUYQttj35iSoXhY0Q&bvm=bv.45960087,d.dmQ&cad=rja
Strange how the rest of the industrialized world seems to have figured out a way to make renewables profitable.

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from hermit crab wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

In addition, if we actually had energy independence, what about the indirect costs? Would we really need to be fighting those two wars we had in Iraq? A lot of our oil has come from the middle east, and that region has cost us a lot of money. I'm not about to try to put a price tag on those things. What's the price tag for all the people who have died and been injured in military activities that wouldn't be necessary had we not had such a strong presence there? Then again, I suppose reducing the military will lower the number employed both in and in support of the military, so maybe you'd prefer that we maintain policies inflating our need for them?

What kind of price would you assign to mercury in so many of our waterways due to burning coal, making the fish unsafe to consume? How about the likely decrease in IQ and mental function in our children due to this and other pollutants?

What about the costs of treating asthma and other respiratory problems that we have and have had that are attributed to burning coal other fossil fuels? You could estimate based on medical costs and loss of productivity.

How about the potential hunting and fishing locations that have been destroyed due to these activities? Care to put a price tag on that?

Not everything can (or should) be measured in dollars and cents. Again, an even playing field is all I want. Personally, I'd be willing to pay a lot more on my electric bill if it meant having those things eliminated.

Mr. Petzal, as I've mentioned before, I'd highly encourage you to stick with what you know - Guns and Hunting. There's a reason you're not employed as a writer on the topics of environmental ethics, policy, and science. You may fancy yourself a curmudgeon, but to those with more experience in those fields, it certainly comes off as ignorant. Then again, you've got to play to your audience...

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from kudukid wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

Can any of the obama brown nosers here spell SOLYNDRA? FISKER?
Apparently not.

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from Carl Huber wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

If your rifle is stuck together and your freezer is full. Just buy a can of Pipe Freeze by CRC. It costs about $30 and is used to freeze water pipes when you can't shut down the whole system. The spray comes out at minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit and doesn't harm most surfaces.

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from hermit crab wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

I just told you that I disagree with our current system of government subsidies for all types of energy companies including wind. How can that be construed to be evidence that I'm somehow in favor of these sort of programs, or voted for Obama?

I despise the radicalization that's going on in politics on both sides of the aisle - and you assuming I'm an "obama brown noser" is a prime example of that.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

Might you all be reminded that oil is a global commodity and if the price is right, all the U.S. produced oil will go on foreign markets just like that from Ragland. No such thing as "energy independence" unless the gummint freezes exports, price controls, etc.

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from hermit crab wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

WAM:
Could you not also say then that "there is no way to achieve energy independence using a global commodity, such as oil"?

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from Buckshott00 wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

*rolls eyes* yeah because coal, nuke, and natural gas plants which require big government subsidies to build and maintain, are such better options than wind turbines.
I bet multibillion dollar corporations like Siemens and GE just dumps millions into design development and manufacture because they can turn a profit by on Gov't subsidies. Somehow power plants just magically appear perfectly developed without any need for improvement since the beginning of creation. I mean it's not like they developed to be more efficient and cleaner over decades...
I'll let all you armchair engineers figure out how to build implement and support the infrastructure for some new clean, cheap renewable energy.

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from Constant Gardener wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Once again Petzal trolls people who understand externalities. Once again, people who understand externalities allow themselves to be trolled.

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from Hoski wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Yes WAM, oil is a global commodity...but then again the largest producer is that well known cabal called OPEC. Remember what their main goal is?

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from elmer f. wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

i have never been a fan of synthetic stocks. they are uglier than sin, and feel cheap in my hands. i understand that a GOOD one can improve a rifles accuracy, and warp the rifle less when the weather changes from 100+ @ 3% humidity to -15 @ 75% humidity. they make a lot of sense in some circumstances, but i still do not like them. i would much rather have a laminate stocked rile if i were to break away from a nice walnut stock. as far as a rifle glued to the stock. that sounds like a hair brained idea at best. i wonder if the people who did that glued the hoods of their cars shut, so the hood would not fly open at freeway speeds.

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from FirstBubba wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Once again, the argument devolves from "Green Energy" to OPEC.

Let's get something straight!
YES! Oil CAN be sold (traded?) on the global (international?) market.
NO! Oil DOES NOT have to be sold/traded on the global/international market!
Domestic producers have the option of selling to domestic buyers. At this point, the GLOBAL market determines crude prices, foreign OR domestic!

That said, without Gov't mandates, wind/solar energy would not be sold.
It's inconsistent and not dependable and can cause grid surges at inopportune times. Fossil fuel plants can't be "idled back" to accommodate surges, therefore, can't be taken offline.

Wind/solar is bankrupting Germany, Spain, France, the UK and working on the US economy.

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from Hoski wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

"At this point, the GLOBAL market determines crude prices, foreign OR domestic!"

And we're right back to exactly what OPEC's main priority is...which is setting the price.

Geez, it takes a special kind of stupid to not realize the contradiction in the above statement.

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from FirstBubba wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Correction:

OPEC doesn't SET crude prices. OPEC merely "manipulates" prices by flooding or limiting the supply. Global "demand" determines price.
With new drilling techniques and "fracking", the U.S. now has the ability to control (manipulate!) the market in the same manner OPEC has in the past.
Why?
Because our reserves are greater than OPEC's, but Obama won't release the drilling permits. A few yes, but no where near what could be.

Back to "Green Energy". That car company is "Fiskar"!
The U.S. gave 'em millions.
Fiskar invested it in Europe!
No U.S. jobs!
No cars!
Money gone!
Over 35 "Green Energy" (wind & solar!) have taken Gov't subsidies and then gone "belly up"!

Would you continue to employ a "broker" who picked THAT many losers?

BTW! Those 35+ companies have cost U.S. taxpayers "billions" of dollars with absolutely NOTHING to show, except more debt!

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from jhjimbo wrote 47 weeks 17 hours ago

Wall Street futures and options trading markets have more influence on USA oil prices than OPEC. This is more so now that the % of imported crude from OPEC is falling. When the BRIC Countries economies pick up the USA can easily be outbid on the World market.
On the Keystone pipeline to get Canadian oil to the Gulf Coast, WM has it right. When the oil hits the coast it is sold to the highest bidder, not necessarily the USA.
The construction jobs of the pipeline are only temporary,

Green Energy Company development is like a black hole you just throw money down. The number released the other day was a square foot of the Solyndra facility cost $1000.00
Did not Companies like H-P and Microsoft start in garages??

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from FirstBubba wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Correction:

OPEC doesn't SET crude prices. OPEC merely "manipulates" prices by flooding or limiting the supply. Global "demand" determines price.
With new drilling techniques and "fracking", the U.S. now has the ability to control (manipulate!) the market in the same manner OPEC has in the past.
Why?
Because our reserves are greater than OPEC's, but Obama won't release the drilling permits. A few yes, but no where near what could be.

Back to "Green Energy". That car company is "Fiskar"!
The U.S. gave 'em millions.
Fiskar invested it in Europe!
No U.S. jobs!
No cars!
Money gone!
Over 35 "Green Energy" (wind & solar!) have taken Gov't subsidies and then gone "belly up"!

Would you continue to employ a "broker" who picked THAT many losers?

BTW! Those 35+ companies have cost U.S. taxpayers "billions" of dollars with absolutely NOTHING to show, except more debt!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

Might you all be reminded that oil is a global commodity and if the price is right, all the U.S. produced oil will go on foreign markets just like that from Ragland. No such thing as "energy independence" unless the gummint freezes exports, price controls, etc.

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from deadeyedick wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Wind farms........ what's next, fart tanks ? Smacking those rifles is the same way to get a stock loose after bedding with accra -glas. If you smack a GM bigshot in the head with a mallet you would not harm anything because his brain is in another part of his anatomy. We need a FLINSTONE VEHICLE, you know, where you put your feet thru the floor and run like hell. Tone up your leg muscles for your next elk hunt too.

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from coachsjike wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

i would love to hit some of our WONDERFUL leaders in the head with a frozen rubber mallet!

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from hermit crab wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Not sure how all of you can bash wind energy or electric cars when fossil fuels are HIGHLY subsidized by Big Brother. I'm not necessarily in favor of wind energy, just in favor a fair fight. When gasoline costs $10-15/gallon once all subsidies are removed, the alternatives become a lot more appealing.

Also, don't forget that people are willing to pay significantly more for energy coming from those more renewable sources. And lest you think they're crazy, let me remind you that a lot of you wouldn't think twice about spending a grand or two on a rifle that won't shoot any better than a new Ruger American rifle.

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from Tim Platt wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Fossil fuels are highly taxed, and oil and gas companies are treated no differently than other industries who all get sweetheart deals to stay in the US and keep America working. Green energy is highly subsidized and highly ineffective, now that's a fact.

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from buckhunter wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

But Dave, if we can save just one amp, the wind farm will be worth it.

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from kudukid wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

hermit crab:

That fossil fuels are "highly subsidized" or even moderately subsidized by our taxes is a left-wing myth. If you have actual evidence, feel free to enlighten us.
Please give us the actual wording of the bill and it's House and/or Senate number.

There are some subsidies that go to some of the smaller oil companies for exploration.

That wind and solar technologies and construction are highly subsidized by the current radical left-wing administration is a matter of record - a record of picking failures! Can you spell SOLYNDRA? Can you spell FISKER?

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from Hoski wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Awww Hermit, don't go bursting their bubble, of course the subsidies are a left wing myth...or one could look here:www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0CFYQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.taxpayer.net%2Flibrary%2Farticle%2Fsubsidy-gusher-taxpayers-stuck-with-massive-subsidies-while-oil-and-gas-pro&ei=dQWEUevyHvHG0gGam4GoCw&usg=AFQjCNHPOIO8IhQHOFUYQttj35iSoXhY0Q&bvm=bv.45960087,d.dmQ&cad=rja
Strange how the rest of the industrialized world seems to have figured out a way to make renewables profitable.

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from Dcast wrote 50 weeks 19 min ago

DP, Expect to be receiving your walking papers soon from the Bonnier Corporation for speaking the truth on the beloved green energy also known as "Wind Energy"! I expect a few articles by your fellow F&S counterparts detesting you and calling for your public lynching. I'm glad I got to read your articles while they lasted!

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from CCMJS wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Wind farms - LOL. Somebodys making money but not much power.

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from fox4 wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Speaking of fart tanks... left out side to freeze then smack with a rubber mallet... does that work to dislodge in-laws as well?

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from hermit crab wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

I just told you that I disagree with our current system of government subsidies for all types of energy companies including wind. How can that be construed to be evidence that I'm somehow in favor of these sort of programs, or voted for Obama?

I despise the radicalization that's going on in politics on both sides of the aisle - and you assuming I'm an "obama brown noser" is a prime example of that.

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from Buckshott00 wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

*rolls eyes* yeah because coal, nuke, and natural gas plants which require big government subsidies to build and maintain, are such better options than wind turbines.
I bet multibillion dollar corporations like Siemens and GE just dumps millions into design development and manufacture because they can turn a profit by on Gov't subsidies. Somehow power plants just magically appear perfectly developed without any need for improvement since the beginning of creation. I mean it's not like they developed to be more efficient and cleaner over decades...
I'll let all you armchair engineers figure out how to build implement and support the infrastructure for some new clean, cheap renewable energy.

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from greg440 wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

DP, I am awed at your ability, to create a corollary between two equally stupid, but hugely unequal, bad policies! I hope you realize how dangerous your writing is. You have countless faithful readers who are pitiful curmudgeons like yourself, vigorously nodding their feeble heads with unbridled empathy, somebody could break their neck! But alas, our generation is not appreciated, so wtf, keep it up.

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from Tim Platt wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Wind farms and electric cars... you'd have to drive an electric car for 15 years before the savings on gas would pay for the price difference. GM came out this week to call for greater action by the US government to fight climate change, I guess they are having trouble selling those Volts. Maybe they can get a government mandate. Wonder what happens if you hit a GM executive in the head with a rubber hammer when it is 10 degrees? So little time, so many experiments to conduct.

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from elmer f. wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

i have never been a fan of synthetic stocks. they are uglier than sin, and feel cheap in my hands. i understand that a GOOD one can improve a rifles accuracy, and warp the rifle less when the weather changes from 100+ @ 3% humidity to -15 @ 75% humidity. they make a lot of sense in some circumstances, but i still do not like them. i would much rather have a laminate stocked rile if i were to break away from a nice walnut stock. as far as a rifle glued to the stock. that sounds like a hair brained idea at best. i wonder if the people who did that glued the hoods of their cars shut, so the hood would not fly open at freeway speeds.

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from kudukid wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Imagine someone from napolitano's DHS coming upon that scene abusing your rifles. You would immediately go on their no-fly list for obvious lunacy.
Your firearms would be confiscated and the public would be declared safe once more.
obummer would take all credit and liken it to killing ben laden.

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from FirstBubba wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Once again, the argument devolves from "Green Energy" to OPEC.

Let's get something straight!
YES! Oil CAN be sold (traded?) on the global (international?) market.
NO! Oil DOES NOT have to be sold/traded on the global/international market!
Domestic producers have the option of selling to domestic buyers. At this point, the GLOBAL market determines crude prices, foreign OR domestic!

That said, without Gov't mandates, wind/solar energy would not be sold.
It's inconsistent and not dependable and can cause grid surges at inopportune times. Fossil fuel plants can't be "idled back" to accommodate surges, therefore, can't be taken offline.

Wind/solar is bankrupting Germany, Spain, France, the UK and working on the US economy.

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from O Garcia wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

the best application of wind power was, and still is, the simplest: sailing ships. but, with the exception of the schooners still fishing the Chesapeake and Newfoundland and other places in the East Coast, they went out of commercial use long ago, because, well, they stop working when the wind dies.

as for gunstocks, I wonder what we will write about:

-the Savage Accu-stock
-the A.I. plastic "chassis" stock
-the various aluminum "chassis" stocks replacing the plastic
-the recoil reduction stock
-all those MIL-STD-1913 rails (do you really need a place to clamp a night vision optic to?)

in the future.

Heck, what will we write about the AR craze a generation from now?

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from Hoski wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Yes WAM, oil is a global commodity...but then again the largest producer is that well known cabal called OPEC. Remember what their main goal is?

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from Hoski wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

"At this point, the GLOBAL market determines crude prices, foreign OR domestic!"

And we're right back to exactly what OPEC's main priority is...which is setting the price.

Geez, it takes a special kind of stupid to not realize the contradiction in the above statement.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

I had a nasty backcountry horse wreck in the 80s that broke my Springfield's stock in two (see the photo of the interesting patch job in my photo that thankfully I never had the opportunity to test!). My dad and I restocked it with a nice piece of wood picked up from Les Bauska's shop in Kalispell, MT. As was the practice in those days, I proceeded to glass bed it and followed all the procedures in the kit, putting the no stick gookum on the action before seating it in the liquid fiberglass. Well, that didn't work so hot for some reason. The action has been frozen on the stock since then. Thanks for the tip, David. Now I'll finally be able to separate the stock from action.

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from Carl Huber wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

If your rifle is stuck together and your freezer is full. Just buy a can of Pipe Freeze by CRC. It costs about $30 and is used to freeze water pipes when you can't shut down the whole system. The spray comes out at minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit and doesn't harm most surfaces.

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from jhjimbo wrote 47 weeks 17 hours ago

Wall Street futures and options trading markets have more influence on USA oil prices than OPEC. This is more so now that the % of imported crude from OPEC is falling. When the BRIC Countries economies pick up the USA can easily be outbid on the World market.
On the Keystone pipeline to get Canadian oil to the Gulf Coast, WM has it right. When the oil hits the coast it is sold to the highest bidder, not necessarily the USA.
The construction jobs of the pipeline are only temporary,

Green Energy Company development is like a black hole you just throw money down. The number released the other day was a square foot of the Solyndra facility cost $1000.00
Did not Companies like H-P and Microsoft start in garages??

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from Michigan Gunner wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Wind Farms. They never pay for themselves. If it weren't for Gov't money, they wouldn't build them!

MG

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from Constant Gardener wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

Once again Petzal trolls people who understand externalities. Once again, people who understand externalities allow themselves to be trolled.

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from hermit crab wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

WAM:
Could you not also say then that "there is no way to achieve energy independence using a global commodity, such as oil"?

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from Ol Krusty wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Have you been watching Smokey and the Bandit?

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from kudukid wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago

Can any of the obama brown nosers here spell SOLYNDRA? FISKER?
Apparently not.

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from hermit crab wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

In addition, if we actually had energy independence, what about the indirect costs? Would we really need to be fighting those two wars we had in Iraq? A lot of our oil has come from the middle east, and that region has cost us a lot of money. I'm not about to try to put a price tag on those things. What's the price tag for all the people who have died and been injured in military activities that wouldn't be necessary had we not had such a strong presence there? Then again, I suppose reducing the military will lower the number employed both in and in support of the military, so maybe you'd prefer that we maintain policies inflating our need for them?

What kind of price would you assign to mercury in so many of our waterways due to burning coal, making the fish unsafe to consume? How about the likely decrease in IQ and mental function in our children due to this and other pollutants?

What about the costs of treating asthma and other respiratory problems that we have and have had that are attributed to burning coal other fossil fuels? You could estimate based on medical costs and loss of productivity.

How about the potential hunting and fishing locations that have been destroyed due to these activities? Care to put a price tag on that?

Not everything can (or should) be measured in dollars and cents. Again, an even playing field is all I want. Personally, I'd be willing to pay a lot more on my electric bill if it meant having those things eliminated.

Mr. Petzal, as I've mentioned before, I'd highly encourage you to stick with what you know - Guns and Hunting. There's a reason you're not employed as a writer on the topics of environmental ethics, policy, and science. You may fancy yourself a curmudgeon, but to those with more experience in those fields, it certainly comes off as ignorant. Then again, you've got to play to your audience...

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