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Sisco

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  1. Sisco

    Boats

    Rebuilt the cabin of a sailboat that was blown off it’s crib, so I have some experience. My shooting buddy has rebuilt a fiberglass boat that was capsized in a Pacific storm, and had the cabin above hull level sheared off and he will be helping me.
  2. Sisco

    Boats

    Vented and tested to extreme temps-not an issue especially on a lake where the average temperature in the middle is 44F in July. http://atlinc.com/marine.html
  3. Sisco

    Boats

    Fish nooks and browns, coho and LakeTrout on the Great Lakes. Got the center console Parker to run around the Gulf of Mexico but brought it up to the Great Lakes to get used to it and enjoy the summer. I was out about 15 miles the last week of May when I smelled gas. Opened the inspection port and found gas pooled on TOP of the gas tank! Immediately shut all electronics down and grabbed the fire extinguisher and made sure everyone had a life jacket on. Then I throttled back, which seemed to stop the gas leak and slowly made my way back to shore. It turned out to be a crack in the gas tank. I got the boat out the next day, took the fuel sensor unit out, which has about a 1 1/4” wide hole in the tank, and siphoned all 90 gallons of fuel out into containers, my truck, and the wife’s SUV. It is going to be a bear of a repair. I looked at those flexible fuel tanks as a fix since they can be folded and inserted inside existing fuel tanks, but this one has two baffles that are almost unreachable to remove unless I take the center console off to cut a hole, and if I do that I might as well replace it with another hard tank. So no boating this summer, but a lot of fiberglas and boat repair to do. I really like the boat otherwise I would just sell it for salvage and put that beautiful engine on another boat. But this is one project I am going to learn a lot on. Already have.
  4. I don’t throw the word “hero” around lightly, but if I’m going to use it, I’d use it for a guy like Woody Williams. He was a hero to his family, supporting them when his dad, a West Virginia farmer, passed away. He was a hero to his country, a Marine flamethrower who volunteered to clear enemy pillboxes during the Battle of Iwo Jima to protect American tanks. And he was a hero to his community, a relentless advocate for Gold Star Families who knew from experience the cost of war before he joined but answered the call nevertheless. Woody passed away this morning in the VA hospital bearing his name – the last remaining World War II Medal of Honor recipient, and a hero to us all. Now I share this first and foremost to honor Woody and the incredible life he’s lived. But I also share it because it’s a reminder that World War II vets – the folks who answered the free world’s call at its greatest hour of need – are becoming fewer and farther between. If there’s a World War II veteran in your life, give them a call. Thank them for their service. And remember that heroism – like it did for Woody – can come in all different shapes and sizes. Thanks for everything, Woody. Rest easy. -Joseph Biden
  5. "The Night Jimi Hendrix Died." by Patrick K. When I went to work the night Jimi Hendrix died. I heard it via AFVN radio while on Post. We were not supposed to have a radio on Post but, everyone did. I heard that News flash and then got a call that I was next in-line for a test fire. The jeep and LT. pulled up to my Post and climbed the ladder up into the tower. Okay, I prepared my M-60 (safety OFF) and started a 400 round continuous burst into a rice paddy dirt-rise between paddies. I spelled my name (Patrick) only stopping to dot the 'i' and cross the 't' in my name. The Lt. was fuming, screaming at me and threatening LBJ (Long Binh Jail) for me if I didn't fire according to the rules of short bursts while test firing. The concept is to give the barrel a chance to cool slightly and not impede the barrel's accuracy through overheating. Sorry Lt., I am going to finish what I started. After 250 rounds fired, the barrel started to glow *Red* and the projectiles were traveling unplanned trajectories. Left-Right-Down-Up...accuracy lost and the K-9 Handler ran to hide under my tower. I lit up the whole area. The Lt. left my tower threatening Jail all the way down the ladder to his jeep & crew. Nothing happened the next day but, the Officers left me alone after that unnerving display of insubordination. After all-what could they do to me? Send me to Vietnam? HA! So much for the night Jimi died. The rest of the night was silent as silent as a War zone could be. Rest in Peace, Jimi. Patrick K. Specialty: 1968: Security Police & Combat Security Police Safeside.
  6. Army Ranger Captain Kris Kristofferson Country music legend and Army vet Kris Kristofferson has a list of accomplishments so long, it might be faster to list off things he hasn't done. He was an Army brat and brother to a naval aviator, so it was only natural that Kristofferson would find himself in the military. But his life both before and after the military has been more than interesting -- it's downright legendary. In his younger years, Kristofferson was an accomplished athlete, skilled at rugby and American football. He also was a Golden Gloves amateur boxer. Pretty much anything that required giving or taking a beating, he was up to it. For anyone who might be thinking he was a dumb young jock-turned country star, think again. Kristofferson studied literature at California's Pomona College, where he became a Rhodes Scholar. He carried on his literature studies at Oxford's Merton College, where he continued boxing. Upon graduating from college, he joined the U.S. Army. Joining the Army in 1960, Kristofferson earned his Ranger tab before becoming a helicopter pilot, which was critical in getting his country music career off the ground (more on that later). He would reach the rank of captain during his service. In the meantime, he was making music and formed his own band while stationed in Germany. Kristofferson was offered the prestigious position of teaching literature at West Point in 1965, but turned it down and left the Army. It was a move that caused his family, full of veterans, to disown him. His first wife divorced him four years later, which is some prime country music songwriting fodder. It was finally time for Kristofferson to focus on music. He moved to Nashville, where he worked as a janitor and flew helicopters for oil rigs. He also worked in construction and fought forest fires in Alaska, anything he could do to keep focused on the music. It also was good experience from which to draw country music inspiration. As he turned 30 years old, he was still moonlighting as a janitor in Nashville recording studios, strategically dropping demo tapes onto desks and hoping they would get into the hands of some of the biggest names in country music. ... also at Johnny Cash's house. By now, we know Kristofferson learned to fly helicopters in the Army and ran into financial trouble while trying to make it in country music. In a big gamble, he stole a helicopter, flew to Cash's house and landed on the Man in Black's front lawn. In retrospect, Kristofferson admits he's lucky Cash didn't try to shoot him down with a shotgun. Instead, the icon listened to his demo for "Sunday Morning Coming Down." Cash liked it so much, he recorded it, and Kristofferson took the first step toward becoming a country music legend. Now "lifted from obscurity" (as Kristofferson puts it), he wrote some of his biggest hits, including "Vietnam Blues," "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and "Me and Bobby McGee." Later, he would form The Highwaymen, a country music supergroup comprised of himself, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. There are few country music stars that Kristofferson hasn't worked with or influenced during his career, even to this day. His music fame led him to the silver screen, where he appeared in 119 roles, including the "Blade" trilogy, the third remake of "A Star Is Born" and the History Channel miniseries "Texas Rising." Kristofferson was inducted into the songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1985 and has earned more than 48 different BMI Country and Pop awards. In 2004, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the Veteran of the Year Award at the American Veteran Awards in 2011, with fellow country legend and vet Willie Nelson presenting the honor.
  7. They would want you to barbecue. They would want you to go to the beach. They would want you to pop your feet up open a cold one and watch your kids play. They would want you to rock out to some live music. They would want you to camp. They would want you to watch a parade. They would want you to have a picnic in the park. They would want you to go on a bike ride. They would want you to go fishing. They would want you to laugh. They would want you to sing. They would want you to be with friends. They would want you to bake a pie They would want you to be with family. They would want you to fly our flag. They would want you to be free. "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men that died. Rather we should thank God such Men lived." -General George S. Patton
  8. At 20, 30, or 50? Maybe. At 73, not a chance.
  9. Probably my AR10 T carbine. 13 pounds loaded.w scope. 9.2 unloaded no scope
  10. That is the deal. For every fire fight your culmative chances of survival drop quickly. Got 1,000 rounds? Chances are before you use half of it, you won't be needing it any more.
  11. Yeah that is where I am at. Probably grab my AR10 and have my 300 Blk across my back with a can on. Find a hole and make my stand.
  12. Gotta check out that SA Hi Power. I also want a 10mm SA XD long slide. Maybe I can get a two fer deal.
  13. Thanks I will pass that on to him.
  14. My son has a GTI, but hasn’t started the ad on horsepower stuff yet. I have no doubt it is coming though.
  15. Sisco

    Grilling

    Halfway done
  16. Sisco

    Grilling

    Early morning tomorrow. Smoking a Pork shoulder for Mothers Day.
  17. I blundered into mine when Surgeon Rifles was closing the AR10T “B” models out for $1299 through CDNN otherwise I would not have done it. You made yourself a sweet looking rifle. Look forward to range reports. I am left handed also but I guess I am just used to the exhaust gas blast.
  18. A short cut might have been to-find a used AR10T carbine on gun broker as a staring point for your build. Probably would not been as fun though. Good write up. Below are the AR10 T carbine specs. I really like mine. Unfortunately no longer made, I believe. Specs: Model: AR-10(T) Carbine with Free Float Handguard in Black Caliber: .308/7.62mm NATO Barrel: 16″ Stainless Steel Barrel Rifling Twist: RH 1:11.25″ Muzzle Device: Flash Suppressor Front Sight Base: Gas Block with Picatinny Rail Upper Receiver: Forged Flat Top Receiver with Picatinny Rail and Forward Assist Trigger: Two Stage National Match Overall Length: 37.5″ Weight: 8.6 lbs Accuracy: 1 MOA
  19. CEOs are always ambitious, sometimes it works out sometimes it doesn’t.
  20. Really? I read an article in the Minneapolis Star business section a number of years ago about Polaris expansion plans that included the Ukraine. Guess they decided not to. Thanks for the update.
  21. Polaris has a Ukraine division, but you would know better then I
  22. Turns out Hoss fought on Pork Chop Hill God Bless Korean War Hero Bobby Blocker: Bobby Dan Davis Blocker was born in De Kalb, Bowie County, Texas. Blocker was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He had basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana and served as an infantry sergeant in F Company, 2nd Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division in Korea, from December 1951 to August 1952. On the TV show “Bonanza,” Bobby changed his name to Dan Blocker played the large but affable Eric “Hoss” Cartwright. At 6’4” and 320 pounds, and by all accounts “the most likable cast member” on the show, Blocker fit the part perfectly. But less than a decade before the show debuted on NBC, some North Korean soldiers near Hill 223 were watching a very different man. They saw 1st Sgt. Blocker, who was defending the area along with other members of the “Thunderbirds” of the famed 45th Infantry Division. Blocker was always a big, soft-hearted guy. He was a star football player in his native Texas during his college years. After finishing a master’s degree in drama in 1950, he was drafted into the Army and was fighting in Korea the next year. He was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. Blocker landed at Inchon and was on the front lines by Christmas Day, 1951. Blocker and his men took positions in Chorwon, in what is today North Korea. They were manning the Jamestown Line as the war settled into a virtual stalemate of taking and retaking hills, static fortifications and trenches along the line. For 209 days, Blocker and the 179th Infantry Regiment were in heavy fighting, and during that time, he was wounded in action while coming to the rescue of his fellow soldiers -- something good ol’ Hoss Cartwright might do. Between December 1951 and June 1952, the 179th and 180th Infantry Regiments fought over Pork Chop Hill, a key piece of terrain that was critical to holding Old Baldy, which overlooked the entire area. By summer 1952, the fighting heated up, along with the weather. The 179th was taken off the line in July 1952, and Blocker finally was sent to the hospital to recover from his wounds. His unit went into reserves and by August of that year he was headed home with a Purple Heart. After returning to the U.S., acting wasn’t the first job he considered going into, but moving to Los Angeles was part of his plan. He pursued a doctorate at UCLA, and one day, acting found him. While standing in a phone booth, dressed like the big Texan he was, he was “discovered” by people looking to cast television westerns, which were wildly popular at the time. The newly minted actor was cast in a slew of western shows, including small parts on episodes of “Gunsmoke” and and “Colt .45.” His biggest break came when he was cast to play the regular role of Hoss Cartwright on “Bonanza.” “Hoss” is a nickname for both the character, and a general term for big, friendly guys in the rural areas of the Rocky Mountains. Since “Bonanza” took place in an area near Lake Tahoe, the moniker was perfect for a man of Blocker’s size. Blocker, 43, suddenly died of a pulmonary embolism after gallbladder surgery in May 1972. He was on the show for 13 of its 14 seasons.
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