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Re: re: smokeless load for trapdoor

Posted by Pete Nelson on Saturday, 12 February 2011, at 11:58 a.m., in response to Re: re: smokeless load for trapdoor, posted by steven gabrielli on Saturday, 12 February 2011, at 9:28 a.m.

Hi Steven,

I guess we all have our days, don't we. I am sure that a year in Iraq (and not for a vacation at the beach on the Persian Gulf either) does have a rather profound effect - - not necessarily one for the better either. I have a neighbor who had his "vacation" in Afghanistan and doesn't like to discuss it.

Yes, that is one criticism often made of Spence's book, but I know that his philosophy on a topic as critically important as firearm safety was:

YA TELL 'EM WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO TELL 'EM...... then YA TELL 'EM...... and then YA TELL 'EM WHAT YOU JUST TOLD 'EM!

I found myself photocopying quite a few of his tables and whole pages (and I told Pat that I did all of that...she thought it was great and considered it a form of sincere flattery), even to cutting-and-pasting some of the pages. Then I would have them laminated in clear plastic and put them into a narrow 8-1/2" x 11" three-ring binder for easy reference.

The amount and quality of effort which Spence and Pat put into their research and documentation is the same sort of labor-of-love which motivated the late Frank Mallory to create and maintain the Springfield Research Service. They both loved and respected the Springfield "TRAPDOOR" (what Spence lovingly referred to as "THE OLD WARRIOR"), and I have certainly found that feeling to be quite contagious. Spence's attention to the slightest detail is lmost mind-boggling (even his point about the importance of somehow indelibly marking the head of the cartridge case to indicate that the flash hole had indeed been drilled open (from the factory 0.086" diameter to his recommended Frankford Arsenal 0.096" diameter). The first thing I did was buy a nice new Starrett spring-loaded center punch and made a locating jig. After punching, I fill the indentation in with a small red paint-pen and then carefully wipe off the excess. And that drilling and punching operation is the very first thing I do [given my legendary record for "Senior" forgetfullness, I do the punching BEFORE I SEAT THE PRIMER (LOL)].

Regards,

PETE


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