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Old 01-26-2015, 06:29 PM   #11
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I also own several handguns but I'm not into them. I bought them many years ago when several friends and I used to go to indoor shooting ranges. But I do carry a concealed hand gun (illegally) as I own a small business.
My "current" and "active" hobbies are astronomy (I have a backyard observatory), been at that for 15 yrs, cycling- about 25 yrs, and just recently got into n-scale model railroading. I also love to hike.
"illegally" lol, did you mean legally? If not erase that post, lol, god forbid you ever have to use it your defense attorney is going to have a stroke if this thread comes up as evidence you knowingly committing a felony that lead to the illegal use of deadly force... better safe than sorry..

I collect firearms and i have built and had many custom built for me, its a big part of my life, I shoot 500-700 rounds a week!!!
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Old 01-26-2015, 07:22 PM   #12
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I live in UK and am grateful we don't have guns here (for general use with the public). The violent crimes, e.g. with knives seem largely to involve teenagers, e.g. gangs etc.

My hobbies are gardening, frequenting an online spiritually based chat room (have many friends there and I like to use my comedic skills there too....I used to do stand up comedy). One of my favourite activities (not ongoing since it depends on opportunity) is to make something of what people throw out, e.g. in skips. I love adapting and changing an item, extending its life, recycling it as something else.


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Old 01-26-2015, 07:22 PM   #13
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I also own several handguns but I'm not into them. I bought them many years ago when several friends and I used to go to indoor shooting ranges. But I do carry a concealed hand gun (illegally) as I own a small business.
My "current" and "active" hobbies are astronomy (I have a backyard observatory), been at that for 15 yrs, cycling- about 25 yrs, and just recently got into n-scale model railroading. I also love to hike.
In common with a lot of my countrymen and women I don't really understand this obsession that America has with guns but each to his own.

You have to have a licence to posses a gun legally in the UK and it isn't very easy to get said licence but then, we don't have a history of dangerous wild animals or hair removing Red Indians prowling round our back yards.

Just one question. I know that carrying a concealed weapon is an offence in the US but what constitutes "concealed"? If it was in your handbag or your pocket would it count as concealed? Or would you have to have it strapped to your chest under your shirt or in a hollowed-out book to qualify?(Ok, I've watched far too much television)
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Old 01-26-2015, 07:24 PM   #14
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I live in UK and am grateful we don't have guns here (for general use with the public). The violent crimes, e.g. with knives seem largely to involve teenagers, e.g. gangs etc.

My hobbies are gardening, frequenting an online spiritually based chat room (have many friends there and I like to use my comedic skills there too....I used to do stand up comedy). One of my favourite activities (not ongoing since it depends on opportunity) is to make something of what people throw out, e.g. in skips. I love adapting and changing an item, extending its life, recycling it as something else.
Mine too!

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:13 PM   #15
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In common with a lot of my countrymen and women I don't really understand this obsession that America has with guns but each to his own.

You have to have a licence to posses a gun legally in the UK and it isn't very easy to get said licence but then, we don't have a history of dangerous wild animals or hair removing Red Indians prowling round our back yards.

Just one question. I know that carrying a concealed weapon is an offence in the US but what constitutes "concealed"? If it was in your handbag or your pocket would it count as concealed? Or would you have to have it strapped to your chest under your shirt or in a hollowed-out book to qualify?(Ok, I've watched far too much television)
Concealed means not in plain sight, I can carry concealed in CT, MA, and RI {and some other states that allow anyone with a ccw in any of the 50 to carry in their state}, and you can not "open" carry in all 50 states, that is only a select few...

I like guns because I hunt with them, grew up with them, and feel more comfortable knowing I have it if I need to protect myself, obviously the chances of that are 1 in 10000 BUT its good to know its there if I need it, there are some crazies out there, and no matter how nice your neighborhood is you are not immune, I have a power gate to get in my drive, alerts, video cameras down the drive around the house, a nice alarm system, etc, but the 1911 chambered in 400 corbon with in arms reach is what makes me feel safe.
I was never so concerned with "home protection" UNTIL what happened a stones throw away in Cheshire a few years back {locals will know that story, I am sure google will have tons of articles too}, crime isn't just in the city, I moved my family to a nice area with good schools and low crime, but you never know.
Now I will grant that if NO ONE had a gun, I wouldn't need one, I enjoy hunting with my bow just as much as my rifles, but since that will not happen in my life time in the US, I will hold onto mine..

PS-easy with the "red indian" and "scalping" comments, that could be pretty offensive to some... I do have coyotes up to 60lbs in my back yard and I have caught a good sized mountain lion on my tree cam a few times, also we had a bear {I never seen it or evidence of it, but some others took pictures and got chased into their homes...}
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Old 01-27-2015, 04:30 PM   #16
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PS-easy with the "red indian" and "scalping" comments, that could be pretty offensive to some... I do have coyotes up to 60lbs in my back yard and I have caught a good sized mountain lion on my tree cam a few times, also we had a bear {I never seen it or evidence of it, but some others took pictures and got chased into their homes...}[/QUOTE]Oh dear, I'm sorry. Didn't mean to offend anyone. I was thinking more in terms of John Wayne than real life Native Americans.

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Old 01-27-2015, 04:40 PM   #17
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Oh dear, I'm sorry. Didn't mean to offend anyone. I was thinking more in terms of John Wayne than real life Native Americans.

Apologies all round

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I am not indian and if you joke about irish/italians my skin is thick enough to laugh with you {besides I will probably either be eating or drinking when you tell the joke :) }, but in the US we are chaperoned by the pc police, lol.
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Old 01-27-2015, 04:58 PM   #18
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I live in UK and am grateful we don't have guns here (for general use with the public). The violent crimes, e.g. with knives seem largely to involve teenagers, e.g. gangs etc.

My hobbies are gardening, frequenting an online spiritually based chat room (have many friends there and I like to use my comedic skills there too....I used to do stand up comedy). One of my favourite activities (not ongoing since it depends on opportunity) is to make something of what people throw out, e.g. in skips. I love adapting and changing an item, extending its life, recycling it as something else.

Umm, "skip-diving" is technically theft in the UK, Creative. The contents still belong to the person who put them there until the skip owner collects it. Then they become his.


Mind you, I was glad when people took stuff out of the skip I had when I was renovating , because I hadn't ordered a big enough one.
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Old 01-27-2015, 05:49 PM   #19
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Umm, "skip-diving" is technically theft in the UK, Creative. The contents still belong to the person who put them there until the skip owner collects it. Then they become his.


Mind you, I was glad when people took stuff out of the skip I had when I was renovating , because I hadn't ordered a big enough one.

Its illegal in some places here too, but I think its one of them laws they don't prosecute much for, lol. When I throw something good away I always put it aside the trash with a sign on it that reads "free". Last spring my wife cleaned her craft room and got a new table, her old table wasn't very old and looked brand new, and it had 4 chairs with it that we never had the furniture company even assemble, they were new in their boxes, so I put the table out to the road with a sign that said "free" and before I could bring the chairs there was someone looking at it, so I called them down the driveway and asked if they wanted the chairs too, they did.. I ended up delivering it to their house because they were calling someone to come and pick it up {they had a small car}, but they were young and the table it was replacing needed replacing, so I felt good it went to a good home.
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Old 01-27-2015, 07:20 PM   #20
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Umm, "skip-diving" is technically theft in the UK, Creative. The contents still belong to the person who put them there until the skip owner collects it. Then they become his.


Mind you, I was glad when people took stuff out of the skip I had when I was renovating , because I hadn't ordered a big enough one.
Yes I know about that ridiculous law. I tend not to obey rules I do not respect. If someone is throwing something out, e.g. it is now in the skip (to be carted away soon) why would they still want to regard it as in their possession? I am supposed to knock on their door and say "do you want this piece of wood back or can I be allowed to keep it?" The skip owner, i.e. the council just dumps the stuff...not as if it goes to a shop or private safe somewhere. The rule is a farce!
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