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Yes, I flew in the combat zone off the USS Hornet, CVS-12, in 1965-66. We did coastal surveillance and lost one aircraft and crew, probably due to hostile fire. I transitioned to the A-4 Skyhawk in late '66 and made a Med Cruise on the USS Saratoga, CVA-60, flying the A-4 in 1967. I resigned my commission and left the Navy in June of 1968. Needless to say, I lost a lot of outstanding close friends, and exceptional pilots all the way to 1973. It has been said that one of the most dangerous occupations in the world in 1967 was a Navy carrier-based A-4 pilot flying over North Vietnam. In my 7 year career I made 300 carrier landings, 100 at night. I will be watching tonight.
 
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The Water Cooler -- General Discussions / Re: FYI: Ken Burns' The Vietnam War starts Sunday.
« Last post by MRC on September 21, 2017, 06:12:47 PM »
tracker

I was watching the jets flying off carriers last night.  I do not know your age so I was wondering when you served  and if you were there?
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  I am good with what I have seen so far.Tonight's the episode that I was there.1967-1968.
      It haunts me along with i am sure others but still need to watch.Go figure.
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Other Guns / Re: The New Auto Mag Company
« Last post by MRC on September 21, 2017, 05:14:55 PM »
I've had Auto Mags for 20+ years and they really are pretty easy to shoot. With comparable loads, the Auto Mag is easier to shoot well than my 6", 629 Smith.The 357 AMP is the same case as the 44 and is really a nice shooting round.

I had to put the money up front for the Founder's Edition and I talked with the owner a long time before ordering.  He seems like a great guy.  I know several of the guys who have been helping without pay and they assured me everything is alright with the deal.

The owner has been writing checks now for 2 1/2 years without any income, I wish him well.  It is something he has always wanted to do and is not in it for the money.
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Classifieds -- For Buying or Selling / Re: Free to good home. Price lists
« Last post by kevinqjhps on September 21, 2017, 03:39:10 PM »
Got 3 in todays mail.. They will go out i tomorrows mail. Still have a few left.
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For PBS it has, so far, been pretty factual and non bias.
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Other Guns / Re: The New Auto Mag Company
« Last post by tracker on September 21, 2017, 02:49:43 PM »
That is a man's gun as opposed to a gentleman's pistol.
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Other Guns / Re: The New Auto Mag Company
« Last post by MRC on September 21, 2017, 01:37:46 PM »

The Founder's Editions are priced at $3995.00.

The standard 6 1/2" models have a wait list at $3495.00.

Here is a link to their website, click on store for gun and part prices.

   http://www.automag.com/
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Other Guns / Re: The New Auto Mag Company
« Last post by tracker on September 21, 2017, 01:17:26 PM »
Have they priced them yet?
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Other Guns / The New Auto Mag Company
« Last post by MRC on September 21, 2017, 12:42:01 PM »
I never thought this would happen but the New Auto Mags are in production as I type this.

They started production with a "Limited Founder's Edition" which is an Auto Mag with an 8 1/2" VR barrel, polished upper, and wood grips to mimic the gun Dirty Harry used in "Sudden Impact".  The Founder's Edition is limited to 50 guns and is sold out.

A friend of mine who is consulting with the owners forwarded these 'work in process' photos to me.

The gun is the 8 1/2" version and the barrels on the mat are the 6 1/2" style.

Looking Good!
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