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Old September 5th, 2016, 06:24 AM   #16
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Two of my uncles were out shooting one day, then packed up to leave. A coyote appeared, so one of the uncles broke out his 7mm Magnum to dispatch the coyote. He braced himself on the hood of the brand new Dodge pickup truck (not his truck), carefully aimed, then shot a hole through the fender. The coyote decided it was a good time to make a hasty exit, while the two uncles were exchanging angry words about the hole in the brand new pickup.

Stuff happens. Be grateful your M1 Garand was in a CMP hard case.

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Old September 5th, 2016, 06:24 AM   #17
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Forgetful moments happen ....

Still, that's nowhere near as embarrassing as buying a Mini-14 and then trying to convince everyone how accurate it is.

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Old September 5th, 2016, 06:30 AM   #18
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That`s why you carry it in a hard case :) Bet the rifle was just fine.

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Old September 5th, 2016, 06:02 PM   #19
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I know of somebody that left their rifle leaning against the car, back in the the 70's and took off leaving the rifle in the parking lot, for the next guy to find.
He tells the story of being too busy with getting the kids in the car, and realizing only later after he got home that the gun was gone. Fast forward to two weeks ago, he brought it up again, when he seen another 1903 Springfield at a show as he was checking its serial number.

After a gunshow once I thought I left a newly purchased rifle on the porch one night, and I woke up at 3am and ran out to the porch in a panic, and not finding it, well long story short, I found the rifle next to one of the gun safes an hour later. I was sure I left it outside. I got to the point were I was thinking about asking all of the neighbors before they went work if they seen anybody on my porch that night.

I have bought some stuff before, and then later (maybe 5 to 7 years) re-found it, and I was surprised that I had two Colt AR uppers, without a recollection of were or when I bought them. I still think I got them at a pawn store parking lot from somebody needing cash as I recall doing that once but I don't remember what I bought I know it was not a gun.... I do go to 25 to 30 gunshows a year, and there are some times I do lose track of what I have bought.

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Old September 5th, 2016, 06:37 PM   #20
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I've given myself a couple sick in the stomach moments. Loading out for a day trip checking a trap line on sno-go I left a mini 14 on the hood of my truck early in the morning. Thankfully it was still there late in the evening when I returned but that trip was awful with that feeling of loss eating at me all day. Jumbled up on a new crew, new truck for the day and I was the driver. Foreman was giving me the layout on the way to the job. Hit the rail road tracks on a divided highway and a 24' extension ladder ejected off the rack, slid itself fully extended and twirled down both lanes in front of traffic. No one hit it and it ended up in the break down lane. It happens!

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Old September 6th, 2016, 09:26 AM   #21
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Least it was in the case!

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Old September 6th, 2016, 10:21 AM   #22
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I went to Lowes to return something on my way home from the range. In between grabbing what I needed from the trunk and making sure I had my receipt, I walked all the way to the entrance before I realized I had left my trunk wide open... with my rifle, ammo, and all my gear in plain view. My rifle was in its case, but I can imagine the panic it would have caused if it was out of the case with a loaded magazine inserted in it, not to mention my bandolier with all kinds of goodies on it.

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Old September 6th, 2016, 11:20 AM   #23
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My late father-in-law took the families assembled Marimba in his El Camino to a church about three miles from home. Marimbas are not overly sturdy with a bunch of thin metal tubes & polished wood work on a set of casters. One of the kids was going to play on Sunday morning. Problem was when he got to the church, no Marimba. He went driving back toward home and there it was upright, off on the side of the road. He re-loaded it and went to the church. It was not till years later that he told the family what happened. Not a scratch on it.
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Old September 27th, 2016, 08:06 AM   #24
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We were returning from an MX race in 1979 with my CR 250 on a bumper mount behind my friends car driving North on Deerfoort trail in Calgary which is a 60 mph freeway. Suddenly a van comes a long side of us with a very excited Asian man waving at us frantically. I turned around to look and no motorcycle. We stopped quickly and when I went back the bikes wheels had come out of the bumper rack but remained attached on top of it and about 2 inches of the left handlebar had been ground away. In the excitement it never occurred to me that grinding away all that metal would leave the remaining bar very hot. When I grabbed it to pick it up I got a very nice burn on the inside of my left hand. There really was no hurry at that point. Being no stranger to replacing handlebars on that bike I had it fixed that evening.

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Old September 27th, 2016, 08:41 AM   #25
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A friend (Bob) and I flew to Mobile to drive a 24' straight truck towing a trailer that had a pickup truck strapped to it, all going back to central Florida. We were helping a friend who had a bad traffic accident during the first haul of moving his family's belongings back to Florida. My friend Bob was driving and we were doing probably 65 MPH as we began down a long hill. His eyes go real big and he was saying, "No, no, no". He slowed and I felt a small bump and Bob steered to the shoulder and stopped. He went running to the back and everything looked normal except there were three other vehicles that had stopped behind us. Bob explained that he had looked out his side mirror and saw the trailer with pickup truck had broken free from us and was half way into the adjacent (uphill lane). Fortunately there was no on coming traffic. According to the witnesses in the cars, as we slowed the trailer moved right and re-attached to the hitch on the straight truck. I was a little doubtful but that was everyone's story and there it was back on the ball but not latched. We double checked everything and the hitch lock/latch was loose so we adjusted it. And people say miracles don't happen.

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Old September 27th, 2016, 11:53 AM   #26
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Once after coming back from the CMP North Store I unloaded a 1903a3 stock out of the vehicle and put it up on the roof rack while I loaded my arms up with other goodies to take them into the house and absentmindedly left the stock on top of the vehicle. Shortly after that my wife left to run and errand. The stock slid off the roof once she was out on the main road and another unsuspecting person going in the opposite direction ran over it.
By the time I found it was unusable except for a donor of pieces of straight grained walnut. Could not be mad at anyone but myself.

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Old September 27th, 2016, 12:08 PM   #27
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this is like listening to the jerry springer show

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Old September 27th, 2016, 01:26 PM   #28
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Funniest thing I ever saw, coming back from a day at the lake in AZ. Guy in front of us was towing a boat, and one of the right side wheels came off the trailer, passed the trailer and the car, went EXACTLY down the center lane, passed a bunch of cars coming and going, until there was a turn in the road and a bridge going over the river, wheel hit the curb, and bounced over the rails and into the water. I wish I had a video of that!

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Old September 27th, 2016, 02:25 PM   #29
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it happens.reminds me of an old deceased buddy of mine.towing his mastercraaft ski boat to tennessee to ski.had no dust cover on 1 wheel for awhile.told him he wouldn't make it outa fla.he made itt from west palm to ft pierce fla. boat spent their vacation in tow lot.complete new axle assembly needed.

same fathead 6 cyl maverick.freeze plug leakingbehind manifolds.told him change all he could get his hands on.i had to recharge the a/c 3 times because he would not listen.finally,after spending 3 weekends tearing the manifolds off,he listened to me.i always use brass plugs

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Old September 28th, 2016, 06:45 AM   #30
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it happens.reminds me of an old deceased buddy of mine.towing his mastercraaft ski boat to tennessee to ski...


POLACK,

Is this a Halloween story? That would be pretty scary to see!




(sorry, it just had to point that out - I will now self-ban for being a grammar Nazi)

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