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Big DAQ Little DAQ

Big DAQ Little DAQ

A Pairing of Quackenbush Airguns might sound silly, as it suggests a similar gastronomical pairing such as wine and cheese, or eggs and bacon. But perhaps it’s not so silly after all. In this case I have paired a .58 caliber Quackenbush Pistol with my latest airgun purchase, a .58 Quackenbush Outlaw Short Rifle. It made sense because I’ve started casting my own lead bullets and roundball for .58 caliber (actually .575 cal).

Big DAQ Little DAQ
Big DAQ Little DAQ

Big Bore Airgun Bullet Casting

I recently got the bug to cast my own big bore airgun ammo and bullets. I had been sitting on the fence for a couple months, and dodged the urge to buy a melter, lead, bullet or boolit molds, .45 and .58 lead round ball molds, sizers, etc. But I fell off that fence in a moment of weakness, and ordered the whole mess up.

Primary reason for getting into big bore airgun bullet casting is that it is difficult to find big bore ammo in sizes such as .45 or .58. When you do find big bore ammo you have few options to choose from, and it generally is cost prohibitive. Read that if you may as Expensive to shoot your big bore airguns.

Big Bore Airgun Ammo Bullet Casting Equipment:

  • Lee Pro 4 20lb bottom pour lead melting pot or furnace
  • Lee .58 caliber lead round ball mold
  • 30 lbs of soft lead
  • Lee ladle
  • Marvelux flux

As usual more to come…

Airgun Forum

I am seriously strung out on my airguns. Part of that addiction to airguns no doubt comes from visiting the various airgun forums on the web. The old ones such as the Yellow continue to get visitors and posters on a regular basis, and others such as Gateway to Airguns, have paved the way of a community that is mostly like minded, and serious about their airgun habit.

GTA is one that gives back to the community by having airgun meets, and gatherings, and holds fund raisers for some of it’s members going through a hard place. GTA is a huge forum, that has monthly raffles to raise money to keep the forum hosting paid for, and to keep up with new features and maintenance. It’s a wonderful community that is tightly monitored, and moderated. The moderation can in some cases squelch interesting and dynamic dialog between members.

One topic that is to some folks overly moderated is the subject of the airgun silencer, also known as a moderator, Lead Dust Collector, or LDC etc. Fear of reprisal from the government of course has stifled free speech on the GTA and other Forums. This is no doubt to the unclear language that the government uses to determine the legality of such devices on airguns. Fear takes over and you are not allowed to even say the unmentionable word.

Other Airgun Forum sites are a lot more open to discussion and do not get the level of moderation that the largest forums do. As is often true, folks get tired of the same old posts and posters some forums have, but primarily it is the squelching of free speech, and over moderation that makes people leave for greener fields.

A forum is a community. It is a living, breathing family. Check out the various airgun forums out there and enjoy! And if you are kicked off another site, then fear not, there’s others who will take you with open arms.

Archer Air Rifles got hacked

Woke up one day to find Archer Air Rifles hacked. Evidently a bad bot was able to figure out an admin login and password, and then went about installing a bunch of backdoors that allowed complete access to all files.

One backdoor was an email spam set up where Archer Air Rifles was set up to send many thousands of emails. This got us blacklisted for a while, and finally required taking the site down, erasing all related files, and starting from scratch. This is why the site looks decidedly unfinished. One day, one page at a time.

Archer Air Rifles got hacked, and I wasted a lot of time getting it fixed. Bah. Off with the heads of those who create those bots.

WordPress is notorious for getting hacked. My advice is to make your usernames, and passwords extremely complex and long, and to keep WordPress and all plugins and themes up-to-date, and to use security plugins such as Wordfence or Simple Firewall, etc.