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  1. 14 hours ago, clangerman said:

    when your a single mum sleeping in your clothes to keep warm eating your children’s leftovers to survive while you sit in the dark terrified to put a light on in case your partner has found you the last thing I begrudge them is a piercing 

    To an extent I don't begrudge it either. What I do begrudge is when a single mother appears on TV, squealing about "Benefit Cuts" whilst having at least 10 piercings on her face and ears, undoubtedly paid for by Joe Soap the taxpayer one way or another, and at the same time rendering her virtually unemployable.

  2. The government should never have been so stupid as to dish out out the extra £20 at a time when everyone was spending less due to lockdown. Stunt politics at it's very worst IMO.

    It was always inevitable that when it came time to withdraw it the leftie media would be all over it, calling it a benefit cut and wheeling out an endless succession of single mothers, all claiming to be in dire financial straits. 


  3. Products such as Teague titanium etc have rendered Mullers pretty pointless as their main USP was their weight advantage and that's disappeared. Teagues don't split either, not even in Berettas, so consequently there's no worthwhile market for them and therefore no one wants to distribute them.

    I honestly can't remember the last time I saw a Muller choke in a gun.

  4. If you're looking at used  690s check the ejector type. Newer ones have conventional ejectors with normal reliability whereas older ones have the selectable extract/eject type and sooner or later they always give trouble unless you service them regularly. 

  5. On 27/09/2021 at 08:52, Ayrshireshooter said:

    despite this I see double with a ghost gun whenever I try and struggle to be aware of the gun/bead in my periferal vision.

    It's entirely normal to see double when an object such as a gun barrel (or a finger) is close to the eyes, but it's not normal to try to be aware of the gun/bead in your peripheral vision. Your eyes will always "see" the gun as it's a 3' chunk of steel right out in front - so stop trying to see the gun and soon your brain will sort it out so that you become aware of the gun and where it's pointing without it interfering with your view of the target.

    The point is that it's mistake to assume the gun is in your peripheral vision because it isn't, and since vision happens in the brain - eyes are just optical transducers - objects that are not the subject of focus are only partially visible unless you refocus on them. That holds true whether in the full or peripheral field of view. Peripheral vision is there to detect and assess movement, central vision provides colour and detail data for the brain to process.

  6. From my own experience and that of both my son and brother in law, you get very good treatment from a main dealer, plus things like extended warranty, nav upgrades and a fully prepped and valeted car. My son was only one buying finance but in all our cases the pricing was just as good as typical internet listings and the cars had all been supplied new and serviced by the selling dealer. The main dealers were Mazda, Volvo and Nissan so I can't comment on the likes of Ford etc.

  7. If the business model is similar to the likes of Evans Halshaw they'll apply little to no mark up on the vehicle and derive their profits from selling the finance package. If that's the case they make it obvious that they do not like cash buyers and if you don't want finance you'll get better treated at a main dealer.

  8. The old chestnut of "It should shoot where you look" is just another shotgun myth that won't die. A shotgun, as opposed to a rifle, shoots where you point it and to be able to point it well the rib should be below the line of sight and within reason, it doesn't matter by how much as the brain can compensate. Lots of sporting shooters use trap guns for that exact reason and similarly, Guerinis are becoming ever more popular as they are higher in the stock than Beretta or Miroku sporters.

    Watch some top sporting shooters in action and see where their eye is relative to the rib. Virtually all are pointing the gun exactly the same way as they would point with a finger, in other words with the line of sight above the rib (or finger). 


  9. I can't help but wonder what will happen a few years down the road when 80 or 90% of the cars are electric and we've killed off all the fossil fuel powered generation and we get a day like yesterday. For those who missed it there was little or no wind anywhere in the country, hence the wind turbines generating what the eco warriors etc. claim to be endless free energy, were unable to produce any electricity at all. Luckily we still have some coal and gas powered generation capability which was started up to save the day, albeit at a cost of over £20 million to the National Grid in startup and balancing costs.


  10. And then there's the E10 petrol cock up by the EU who we assume are about 10,000 times smarter than the loony greens. The 10% Bio fuel component is mostly refined from palm oil, the cultivation of which is responsible for the devastation of one of the world's greatest rainforests and home to everyone's favourite primate the orangutan.

  11. Perhaps we should stop talking about NI as if it's a special fund used to pay for things like social care. In reality it's just tax and it goes into the same piggy bank as all the myriad other ways the government uses to pick our pockets.


  12. 1 hour ago, udderlyoffroad said:

    Frankly, if the entire country switched to EVs tomorrow, range wouldn't be a concern for 95% of drivers.  That's not to say there aren't other problems, of course, but I find this range anxiety strange when you look at actual numbers of miles driven by the average car. 

    I think you mean 95% of journeys rather than drivers and FWIW I agree, but I stand by my comments in earlier threads that the 2030 ban is unachievable and will slip to at least 2040.

    I've no idea how many households have to park on the street or in designated parking areas but it's a lot and charging points on street lights at 50 yard intervals is no solution.

    Last week, Mrs W and I drove to visit our new granddaughter. There is no charging facility within miles of where they live and they have no on property parking. The round trip, including diversions due to the current craze for road closures and roadworks, was over 250 miles. I've sent Boris a text asking him to explain how or when it's possible to make the trip in a Nissan Leaf but he hasn't answered yet.

  13. 1 hour ago, oowee said:

    Unfortunately there are many deny'ers and home scientists qualified in jack carp that will be unable to accept global warming. Fortunately the recent IPCC report has comprehensive international support. 

    Just in case that's aimed at me let me assure you that I only refer to reports, material and books written by genuine scientists who, unlike the talking heads on TV etc., do not receive enormous bursaries to fuel the propaganda initiated by the IPCC. In fact, some of those scientists have resigned in disgust from the IPCC owing to the unscientific methods, misuse and misinterpretation of data and extremist rhetoric used to instil panic in otherwise sensible people like David Attenborough and presumably yourself.

    The IPCC charter categorically states that their function is to examine and report on anthropomorphic climate change. Which means caused by human activity. CO2 is the only candidate as they dare not mention overpopulation and they're barred from considering earlier warming periods in recorded history which were much hotter than any of their predictions for the 21st century and obviously weren't caused by CO2 emissions from industry.

    China, a member of the UN security council, has just announced they're starting work on 28 new coal fired power stations. America is boosting coal and oil production, Germany has announced their CO2 emissions are set to increase, so the dumb idiots of XR are protesting in the wrong places. Quite frankly, despite Attenborough's pronouncements, there's nothing we can do, either in this country or the EU, to make any substantive difference to world emissions of CO2. China's emissions increase by more every 18 months than our overall total and we simply cannot afford the £trillions needed to fund Boris' pointless mad charge for Nett Zero. The Global Warming Policy Forum reported recently that so called "Green taxes" already account for over 40% of household energy bills. That's for things like solar panel installations and buy back of surplus energy produced from them, heat pump grants, electric car subsidies and so on. Just imagine how much tax we'll be having to pay in 20 years.

    And example of how things are done under the bonkers Nett Zero wheeze: If every diesel or petrol car in the UK was replace with an electric version (EV), over their lifetime they would avoid 324 million tonnes of CO2, which has a market value of £15.7billion. However, the taxpayer would have to fork out £82.1billion in EV subsidies alone – not to mention additional costs, such as funding hundreds of thousands of EV charging points.”

    Do you see how it pans out?

  14. The reason Nett Zero is an impossible goal which will only serve to bankrupt the country and send our civilisation backwards about 200 years was neatly shown - by accident - on Sunday's Countryfile. They wheeled up a bright eyed bushy tailed "scientist" to assess Adam Henson's carbon footprint. He estimated how much CO2 would be sequestered (they love that word...) by the farm's production and then how much CO2 would be emitted in order to calculate an overall annual figure. What he totally failed to allow for is that virtually all the CO2 sequestered by the crops and in the soil would be released back into the atmosphere within a year or less and for some organisms within days or weeks.

    The fact is there is no sound, repeatable peer reviewed science that can prove the greenhouse gas effect even exists. Even now, despite BBC reporters spouting nonsense about carbon dioxide settling like a blanket over the planet, CO2 is still one of the trace gases at 0.04% of the atmosphere. And let's not forget that far from being a pollutant, CO2 is as fundamental as oxygen to all life on Earth both animal and plant. Without CO2 Earth would be lifeless planet.

    There are now numerous books that explain all this in clear logical terms and totally refuting the utterly biased IPCC's agenda which seeks only to prove it's all the fault of the 1st world nations.

  15. On 17/08/2021 at 20:04, Vince Green said:

    The extended warranties these places sell are usually not worth the paper they are written on. So many get out clauses.

    Have you considered buying through a main agent? its often no dearer. We (my partner and I) both drive Hondas now, her a jazz and me a CRV. The level of service we get from Honda is remarkable, and so cheap

    Having driven Mercedes for years they can go and fly a kite as far as I am concerned now 

    I agree. Manufacturer approved used cars sell for the same money and you get goodies like map updates and extended warranty.

  16. Whilst they probably fit the same they won't handle the same as  the fixed choke barrels are noticeably lighter than the standard m/c ones. I recently asked Ivan Reid of Teague Precision if the f/c barrels could be retro fitted with thinwall chokes. He said most can but not all, so opening out would be the safe option.

    Personally I like the comb height on CGs but it's not hard to find places who could take some wood off for you.


  17. 22 hours ago, London Best said:

    They certainly removed some when I re-applied at 70. But I did not apply online.

    You're no longer automatically allowed to drive a 17.5 ton van on a car licence once you pass 70. Like most of the government's pettifogging driving rules it makes no sense to me either.

  18. 2 hours ago, oldypigeonpopper said:

    there's no question that a best English or high end O/U is nice to own but a £100 Baikal can do just as well

    I take your point, but having owned a Baikal I can't quite agree. They may be rugged and reliable and fine for rough shooting etc., but Baikals just aren't good enough for serious clay shooting. I fully accept that a decent mid range sporter is all the gun anyone really needs and for sure the law of diminishing returns applies to shotguns as much as anything else, but the budget guns just don't perform as well as the next level up in cost.

  19. 3 hours ago, stu64 said:

    I've only seen 2 being used, a friend of mine bought one but got rid- couldn't stand the recoil. I saw him shooting it and declined having a go with it. the other was a guy at a farm clay shoot- again the recoil was punishing.

    The game version is very light for a 12 and therefore thumpy recoil is a given. I gather the sporter is heavier but it still begs the question... Why?

    I'm no Beretta fanboy but I'd take a Silver Pig over an 828 Benelli every time.

  20. I've only seen one at a clay shoot and that was on trial. Basically the 828U answers a question no one asked.

    Change simply for the sake of change usually doesn't work out well in the gun making business.

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