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3 years 51 weeks ago, 9:13 AM

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For me it was a few people!
My Grandad taught me all about Rifles and shotguns from about the time I was old enough to hold one!
My Father In-Law introduced me to Handguns about seven years ago, he was a great teacher........I had no idea how complex handgun shooting could be!
A couple of friends of mine in Law Enforcement have taught me some tactics with both Rifles and handguns!

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3 years 51 weeks ago, 10:10 AM

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My Dad taught me about shooting a rifle (iron sighted).
My Mother was my first teacher with handguns, then my friend Tommy Shackleford, then a lot of personal trial and error.
My Dad was a great shot with a shotgun, but a lousy teacher, because he had zero patience with me. A dove would fly, he'd knock it down (invariably), then say, "See - that's all there is to it.". He'd hand the gun to me, another dove would fly, I'd miss it (almost always), he'd get mad & cuss (a lot), then tell me I'd never learn a damn thing because I wouldn't pay attention. The most he ever told me was to just shoot where they were gonna be. I've never been worth a damn with a shotgun, very possibly because of the mental block he created.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. (Mark Twain).
3 years 51 weeks ago, 10:14 AM

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Shakleford

The Tommy Shackleford (sp?) I mentioned above was from Burkburnett, TX. We worked together at CIBA-GEIGY, and used to go shooting together as often as we could. This was in in 1970's. I lost touch with him years ago. Could he have been any kin to you?

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. (Mark Twain).
3 years 51 weeks ago, 10:31 AM

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No ecaman

I got Shakleford from the TV series King Of The Hill. It was the character Dale Gribbles Alias, Rusty Shakleford.

"Two flags fly above my land that really sum up how I feel. One is the colors that fly high and proud the red the white the blue.The other ones got a rattlesnake with a simple statement made, Don’t Tread On Me is what it says"
3 years 51 weeks ago, 10:23 AM

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Taught myself,

with my grandfather's winne model 1892 back when I was about 10 or so. My Grandfather was quite the sportsman but he died long before I was born, none of the rest of my family was into guns with the exception of one uncle who was into black powder, we went shooting occasionally when I was in town. In all fairness, I would have to credit the Coast Guard for teaching me how to shoot properly.

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3 years 51 weeks ago, 10:26 AM

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Dad- bb gun at age five taught me about making every shot count by the time I was six I was shotting pine cones off the neighbors trees.
Uncle- Taught me about handguns and how to properly hold one AFTER shooting the .357mag and catching the hammer on the top off my head! (Still have the scar! LOL)
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3 years 51 weeks ago, 11:15 AM

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I am self taught as in when I got my .410 I fixed it and went to shooting it,but I also got more confidence to shoot more from Greasypaws and Runawaygun. I dont get to shoot often anymore with the stuff I am doing now but I try to squeeze a round or 2 off here and there. Anyways I want to thank Greasypaws and Runs.

3 years 50 weeks ago, 12:07 PM

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My late & Great Brother in Law Larry Oglesby. Fantastic outdoors man & super gun nut.
Was more my big brother than Brother in Law. Many Many hours & many, many, many, many thousands of round in all calibers. Those times are my most prized memories.

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 3:08 PM

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I've been thinking about this one. I don't know. I remember my older brother and dad propping me up against the pickup, helping me hold Grandpa's double barrell 12 to my shoulder and shooting two shots. After that, I just grabbed a gun when I wanted one. I did some 4H shooting, picked up some safety training. That's about it.

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 3:54 PM

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Pop had a 1911 when we were kids.. He would always take it along on weekends when we visited the Grandparents farm.. So guess combination of Dad, and Grandpa.. Got my first 22 (best Christmas gift ever) in 58 at age 10.. That following summer when i turned 11 i got to buy long rifle ammo.. I could only shoot short before that. Thinking you can get to be a pretty good shot with 22 shorts and little green army men.. That was the game if you guys remember.. You and a buddy would both take like 20 or 30 LGAG (little green Army guys) ..

Fun stuff... Think i might have to go buy some..

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 4:22 PM

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My Dad, taught me to shoot. It was a Marlin, tubler Magazine feed, bolt action, with a beed front site and buckhorn rear site. My first recolections, probbly, me standing on the seat of our 1947 Ford. Dad would tell me to line up the sites, then line them up on the target,(Coors Can) and squeeze the trigger, don't pull it, but squeeze it. I don't know how old I was, but can remember standing in the seat, the rifle out the window, and telling Dad, I'm gonna shoot him (cotton tail rabbit) in the EYE! When I brought the rabbit back to the car, I had to inspect the bullet hole!!! Hit um in the eye!!!
Shotgun??? don't remember, but my alcoholic uncle Wade, let me shoot his 12ga. single shot, brake over. goose gun, that damn barrell was long!! I fired it and wanted more!
Pistol?? don't remember that one eather. Probbely pre teen, because my Grand Father always carried His Smith & Wesson. any place he went. Grand Dad was an old Cow Boy from Texas.
He told about the bar room shoot out he was in!!! He was 14 years old @ the time!
I think it would have to be His 38 Special.
My mother and her Siblings talked about Dad letting the kids shoot the pistol in the corner of the bedroom, YES IN THE HOUSE!!! ERA. 1932/35ish??
Shit, now days if you fart too loud the neighbor call the cops!!
Ok. I've writt'n annother book!! Shut UP Lyle

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 5:04 PM

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Good story, Lyle

Your grandpa would have been a great guy to know. I would have loved meeting and talking with him.

My wife's uncle Bill was pretty much like that. He had guns all over his house, several in each room, and all of them loaded. He was by far the best shot I've ever known, and mostly self taught. He could hit anything he wanted with any gun he owned, since he knew them so well, and knew the trajectory with his hand loaded ammo. When I knew him back in the 1970's he told me that he hadn't shot factory ammo in so long he couldn't really remember when he bought the last. He shot only lead bullets that he had cast himself. Just about every time I'd go down to Mesa, AZ where he lived, he'd gather up a few guns, and off we'd go - out in the desert where you could do whatever you wanted.

I'd better stop - I could write a good part of a book about Bill.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. (Mark Twain).
3 years 50 weeks ago, 4:22 AM

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I taught myself shooting at pop/beer cans with a BB gun.....Then I joined the Army at 17........they taught me some,then they found out I was from Kentucky and they wanted me to teach them some Kentucky windage.........then when I got my Ranger indoctrination,I got a lot
of practice.....and honed a few more skills.Kentucky boys shoot good because we usually have to even off hillsides......flat ground is unusual.......lol

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 11:57 AM

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been shooting

since i was young,probably 6 or so,BB guns,.177 cal pellet gun(still have that),my Dad and i were always shooting or hunting something it seemed.Got a .410 single shot shotgun and a Marlin clip fed .22 for my 11th birthday,my parents thought nothing about me grabbing the .22 and going 2 blocks down into the woods and hunting/shooting all day long.

Then i entered the Marines,qualified sharpshooter in boot camp,expert twice after,they liked that and made me a coach,then an NCOIC of the range and i taught 100s of boots how to shoot,then they decided to have me teach at several different ranges,LAAWs,shotgun,grenades,quick kill courses,all this was fun stuff.

Then i got out and got into PPC,Pins,and trap/skeet competitions.Along the way i have read a ton of books,Bill Jordan,Elmer Keith,Fairborn and applegate,Currently i am training from Rob Pincus DVD series on defensive handguns.Long winded answer i know.

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 12:42 PM

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Lucky i think you might have left two names out of your list..First off, like the VVMC we have the PPC and pin shooting in common as well.. Not surprised, but amazed at how much our lives have paralleled each others, so guessing since you read those you also read Col Coopers books as well.. Also guessing you read and miss Skeeter Skeleton..

I never got a chance to meet any of those guys, but at a pin shoot down in Tucson..(for those of you who never did it shooting bowling pins is a hoot, and was real popular back in the mid 80's) i talked to a guy who had met Keith, Jordan, and Skeleton at a gun show somewhere in Colorado.. He said the neat thing was that none of them could hear, and when they were talking they all had to yell, and "cup" thier ears, while other people were laughing and covering thiers..

On the bowling pins.. did you use the CCI 185 gr flying ashtray.. That was the standard, but expensive to shoot...least for me..

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 4:48 PM

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yep Greg

col.Cooper was the best,yep to skeeter as well,there is one guy i'm thinking of that i really liked to read articles from,damned if i can remember his name,i do know that his son now writes for the same magazine,going off my foggy memory,and i don't have much time for the Wikipedia know it all.Maybe BOB remembers him.

I shot pin with a .44 magnum Dan Wesson 6.5 ported barrel w/cmore red dot,That was truly a blast,the pins would fly straight back 10 ft.Flames shot straight up out of the ports 2 ft.and flames would shoot out between the forcing cone and cylinder a foot each side with each shot.The best i did was 12th place out of about 120 shooters,but i put on a show with those flames!As a matter of fact one time i shot great in warm ups,couldn't hit shit in competition,found out later my dot sight mount had come loose,hello blue locktite!Anyway if you had to reload you were gonna be to slow,so i didn't have time to watch the pretty flame show myself.Got a big piece of humble pie for that.

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 12:45 PM

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Hey Greg az

Hows it goin? Also hows Gary?

3 years 50 weeks ago, 12:49 PM

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howdy guys

Nitris, cool man cave you got going. Very nice.

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 12:59 PM

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Good afternoon

Vaquero.

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 1:01 PM

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Hey hamp

Hows it goin?

3 years 50 weeks ago, 1:17 PM

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Doing well snake,

just waiting patiently for some more rifles to show up.

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 1:22 PM

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Hamp

Thats good. Patience is a virtue.

3 years 50 weeks ago, 1:24 PM

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snake, virtue or

not IT REALLY REALLY SUCKS WAITING!!!

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 1:35 PM

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Hamp

Im a good example of patience lol,your holding me Sig till I turn 21 and I am being extremely patient. I will wait patiently but I am also excited to. Dont worry pal we will get through this.

3 years 50 weeks ago, 1:51 PM

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Good point snake,

the thing is that one rifle should be here by now. The guy that I bought it from sat around for a week and a half not bothering to tell me that he had not recieved a copy of my FFL guy's licence, so I call him yesterday wondering where in the hell my rifle is, "oh, I can't ship it until I get the FFL" he says....Huh?.....holy shit batman, don't ya think that if you haven't recieved the FFL after a day or two you might want to drop me a line to see whats wrong? I will goddamn gaurantee you that he would be calling and emailing if he had not recieved payment......I will hop off of my soap box now...LOL!

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 1:03 PM

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Howdy your own self.. how ya doing guy.. you back home yet or still doing the "beav" thing.. Check out the pic Hamp put up for Bigg'n .. had me rolling on the floor..

Snake, he's not doing as well as we'd like, scary weak, and thier putting in a pacemaker in the morning. Were a little less pleased about progress than we were yesterday.. I had mentioned to Vaq that i was being a bit more optimistic than factual, but hoping he would improve more than he has, so bottom line is prayers are appreciated..

Larry.. Sorry i haven't been able to get back to you on the peoples valley info you requested, to be honest were just trying to keep the marbles on the table, soon as things settle down i will send you a long pm about who is renting and local prices etc..

Bauer, back at ya on the pm..

Guys will see you all later.. I have to make a run to the store...

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 1:07 PM

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Greg az

You all have me prayers,god be with ya all.

3 years 50 weeks ago, 1:09 PM

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still baeavering

Looks like at least 6 more weeks.Take care bud. Hope to catch you on later.

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 11:12 AM

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the MARINES taught me and still are! i hav yet to master the handgun but thats soon to come. actually.. im on the rifle range all next week. since i found this sight i been stoked to get back to shooting!

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