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    Official OCC 2018 Christmas Contest

    Congratz to the winners and I hope everyone had a safe and festive holiday season.
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    Official OCC 2018 Christmas Contest

    I forgot all about it and then remembered as I was going to bed tonight.... 11:55pm Good luck to everyone and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Holiday Season
  3. I'm not sure why this started happening, but now my internet explorer always starts upon bootup. I'm assuming something with one of their recent unknown updates that I despise. I've gone into msconfig and the startup items and IE is not in there. What may be causing it? I do NOT use Edge
  4. First off, the purpose of this thread is just to discuss different types of firearms or rifles or the collecting of such things as well as preferences for sports shooting or target shooting. I have zero intention of this turning into a crap storm of people crying about guns. So please leave your political standpoint out of this. With that said, I worked armed security for many years and carried what I considered a fairly nice handgun. It was an H&K USP 40 cal. Along with that we carried AR-15s with Trijicon scopes. We had a lot of fun shooting these and even turn them into small competitions when we have our training days. Aside from that, I've been shooting a gun since I had my first Daisy BB gun when I was 10 years old. No aluminum can was safe. Now, with the things going on in the world as they are, and a few incidences in my local area and neighborhood with a certain neighbor who has invited a few individuals who I would rather not see in my neighborhood, I have gotten permission from the war department to finally get myself a handgun, even though I've had my concealed carry since 2007. Yes, I know, it's 11 years late. I am very much leaning on getting the same gun I carried for seven and a half years, but when I was at the local gun range a couple weeks ago, I decided to give to other pistols or run on the Range and I was very impressed with them. One was a Sig P226 MK25, and the other was a Beretta PX4 Storm. Both were 9 mm. I thought the Sig shot a lot better and I had a much tighter pattern, but it's also four hundred bucks more than the Beretta. So I'm having a hard time deciding between my comfort and my wallet. Now all's I'm waiting for is my new concealed carry card along with the permit to purchase. So, anyone else here enjoy their range time, and what do you got for toys?
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    Firearms - Any Sport Shooting or Collectors Here?

    That depends on which ammunition you are using. You take the cheap ball ammo and use that at the range for practice, and for self defense and Home Defense you reload and use hollow points. They hit what you are aiming at and then they stop there. And once every 6 months or so you fire off the hollow points that have been sitting in the gun and reload your mag with new hollow points just to keep fresh ammo in there
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    Firearms - Any Sport Shooting or Collectors Here?

    Yes... I much prefer to see a hammer. Our H&K's had the decocker lever, but no safety. It was called a Variant 3. We carried one in the chamber and half cocked all the time...lol (yeah, I know that sounds weird) The Sig P226 has a similar decocker that I thought worked nicely I used the range's H&K USP 9mm for my requal 2 weeks ago. I thought it shot the same as the .40 I carried, and possibly even better. A little less snap and I get 2 more rounds as well. Ammo is cheaper and easier to find, so I've already decided I'm going with a 9mm regardless.
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    Firearms - Any Sport Shooting or Collectors Here?

    I've shot a few Glocks in the past and I wasn't too impressed with them to be honest. I know a lot of people swear by the 17s and 19s, but they're just not for me. On top of that, I've always thought they were ugly. Oddly enough, I think the PX4 Storm is also rather ugly but it shot pretty nice. I had a hard time trying to adapt to the grip on it though. I'm pretty used to my blocky shaped pistols like the H&K in the Sig. The Beretta was a little swoopy and comfortable but in a weird way. I think I would have to shoot it a lot more to get used to it. But to be honest, I'm finding the Sig I like as well as H & K's on that gunbroker.com website for under 500 so that is cool.
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    Firearms - Any Sport Shooting or Collectors Here?

    I don't blame you for not listing off all your toys for a reason like that. However, I do like hearing people's opinions on different manufacturers or calibers or what is your favorite type to shoot or what you've maybe had good luck with or bad luck with Etc
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    Firearms - Any Sport Shooting or Collectors Here?

    We are basically getting these for safety reasons on top of the fact I kind of like going to the range anyway. Our neighbor down the street has something going on in his garage and we have many individuals on a daily basis at will park in front of my house and walk all the way down to his garage and come back out within 5 minutes and leave. The local police department hasn't done anything even though they have been called multiple times about this. A friend of mine who is on the police force came right out and told me that is the recipe for a drug house. They parked down the street and walk to not draw attention to the house. My daughter has noticed this as well and she's starting to get a little leery of even walking home after school when she sees these cars parked in front of our house. We literally live one block from an elementary school. These people's park in front of our house and then sit and look around, and you got to wonder what's going through their head. To top that off, we had an incident a couple months ago where we had one of the automated phone calls from the local dispatch. It didn't give any details other than there was police activity in our area, and we needed to make sure all doors and windows were locked and go downstairs into the basement to a safe space and we would receive a phone call when everything was taken care of. I called dispatch back right away and got a real person and they did verify that it was a real threat but they could not give details. Needless to say, I felt pretty stupid sitting in my basement with my family holding a hammer in one hand and a bat in the other. That's when my wife looked at me and gave me the nod and she says we are getting a handgun. The sad thing is, when all was said and done that night, it was some guy that had beat up his ex-girlfriend and had then barricaded himself in the house. So the police knew that he was not out and about in the neighborhood doing anything and they knew exactly where he was. So in my eyes, there was absolutely no need to panic everybody. Aside from that drama, I'm looking forward to getting my card in the mail ASAP, and then going back up to the range and test firing a few more before I make a decision. The cool thing is, I found Black Market eBay. It's a website called gunbroker.com. I can pretty much shot for the stuff that I see in the gun store, but it is half the price. And my local pawn shop does FFL transfers for 30 bucks. My wife is also interested in getting something that will never leave the house so I may end up purchasing 2 anyway. I have bigger hands and I absolutely hate shooting tiny single stack guns. But she has small hands and they fit her perfectly so basically we will be looking for a his and hers set.
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    Surveillance Systems - Need Some Pointers

    I actually had that picture posted on my Facebook the other day.....lol Sadly, it's pretty tempting.
  11. So... This is the lowdown... We bought our house in March of 2014. It's an odd type of neighborhood where there are houses only on one side of the street. Our house faces the back of the house that's a street up, etc... About a year ago, some people moved into the house 3 down from us. Since they moved in, I've noticed that the traffic on our street has been like an airport. An obnoxious amount of cars/people stop and go rather quickly from that new neighbors house. The thing I am NOT liking is the fact that multiple cars stop in front of my house, and then a passenger will get out and walk down to that neighbors house on foot. As they walk, they are texting and stopping and then going, etc... I was in my driveway watching one day and the lady stopped completely and wouldn't proceed until I was gone, although I watched her from the kitchen window. Then they walk into that neighbors garage and are back out and into the waiting car within 5 minutes or less. Many times it's the same crackhead looking lady, but she arrives in different cars. I currently have 7 different license plates as well as descriptions of drivers, etc... Then... I started calling the local police last spring to report suspicious activity. I tell them what's going on, give them plates, etc... They do confirm that it sounds very suspicious as to what they are doing because if these people were "friends", they would just pull into their driveway or in front of the house. By the time dispatch sends a squad, the people are long gone. This has happened 7-8 times now. I did have a guy I used to work with that's a cop now call me back and neither confirm nor deny (hint hint) that they know who lives there, or neither confirm nor deny that they are familiar with several license plates I have provided. He would also neither confirm nor deny that they used to live in a certain house downtown that had a "mysterious" kitchen fire a little over a year ago and the house had to be torn down... but that's all he could say. My parents were over one day and my mom noticed the neighbor and knew exactly who he was because he is apparently banned from several stores in town including hers due to excessive shoplifting and other things... But even with all the phone calls to the police, they've basically done nothing... Today... I came home from work and as I'm driving up the street, the silver Malibu is in front of my house AGAIN and the bald neighbor guy was in the passenger seat along with the driver. As I drove by slowly, they both glared at me and the neighbor got out and the silver Malibu took off and the neighbor guy walked up the street back to his house. He has a bad hip or knee and has to use a cane. Now... why didn't the nice driver drop him off at his own driveway? As he walked up the street, he kept looking back at me as I was on my phone. I kept an eye on him all the way up his driveway. My 10-year-old daughter gets home before we do from work my 35 minutes... so she was alone in the house. She knows something is going on with the neighbor as well. She always asks why they park in front of our house and not their own, etc... So.... Because of all this, I'm looking for something simple to use as far as surveillance equipment. I don't want to hardware the entire house and have 50 cameras or anything. Basically something I could put in the Windows and plug in (not battery operated) inside the house with maybe 4 cameras that feed wirelessly into a central box or something along that line. Has anyone here used something like this or had luck with them?
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    [WTB] RX 470 4Gb or?

    Did you ever find anything?
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    Official OCC 2017 Christmas Contest

    Got my new GTX 1070 video card today. I can't wait to get my computer redone this weekend with the new video card inside. Thank you OCC and all its members for what you do here. The experience and knowledge here on this message board and website are unmatched
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    Surveillance Systems - Need Some Pointers

    I forgot to add that I live in Minnesota, and a lot of times during the winter with wind chill, it gets down to 20 and 30 below zero outside. So I need a camera that can withstand those temperatures
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    Surveillance Systems - Need Some Pointers

    I did end up buying 4 Brinks Home Security stickers to put on my doors....lol
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    Surveillance Systems - Need Some Pointers

    Believe it or not, I live in a small town of 16,000 people. We have the occasional small crimes here, but usually nothing too huge. I'm not too worried if I'm home because I have a few small toys that'll deal with asshats. It's when we're not here I don't like. This guy is just plain shifty. I've been in touch with a few friends on the force and expressed my concerns again. I do know and understand that they can't really discuss police business. My assumption is that this idiot is small time and they are looking for bigger fish. I really don't even care if he's doing whatever he is doing. I just don't want it in front of my damn house.... We are also 1 block from an elementary school too, so you'd think that the police would be upping their game a little bit. Aside from that, some of the "pro" places want north of 2 grand for a system... Apparently they missed the part where I told them I don't want some monthly plan and the cloud thing, because as both places went into detail. monthly plans came up as well as cloud. Both salespeople were baffled when I had to reiterate to them I am just looking for 3-4 cameras that feed wirelessly to some central device that has a connection to send me notifications to my phone. I don't need the 5 alarm foghorn on the house and an army of ninjas waiting in the trees to attack.... just a deterrant for the most part. Guilty people don't like being watched. On top of all this, there have been package thefts increasing in my town in the last few years as well as break-ins... So a visible camera may help deter that as well. On a side note, I used to work with a guy that had bought FAKE cameras and put them outside his house because neighborhood kids were screwing with his cars and lawn decorations, etc... He said that immediately stopped once he had them up.... The ultimate psych-out...lol
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    Surveillance Systems - Need Some Pointers

    Thank you for the responses thus far. We may even look into the more professional installer type places like ADT or Brinks. We just have to see what is in our area and available to us. Needless to say, my wife was not too happy when she got home from work and had heard what happened when I was coming home from work today. The plus side of having a simple system, is that if we move, we can take it with us. We have been considering moving for a little while now, but we have to wait to see where my wife's new degree will take us when she finishes school. Until then, I guess I just need something for a little peace of mind. The thing that really irritates me about this, is the fact that I have called it in numerous times about the suspicious activity, and the police talk to me for a little while to calm me down and then they do nothing. Sure I will see a squad car drive by once or twice in the next 20 minutes, but it is far too late since the suspicious people are already gone. It's hard to explain, but if you saw this neighbor guy in person, I don't think you would trust him either. He just has that look about him. On top of that, the people that stopped in front of my house to go all the way down to his house and come back, have an extremely Shady look about them as well. I'm not usually a paranoid person, but these people in the last year have really made me question that. It's just something about them that I do not like whatsoever. And it ticks me off that all the police will do is tell me to continue calling and if I notice anything suspicious. Isn't that why I've called you several times already about the same type of situation?
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    Official OCC 2017 Christmas Contest

    I can't wait to get my 1070 either.... Should be a nice upgrade from my R9 390
  19. So.... I try to do my best as a helpful person to both friends and strangers, especially if I've had experience or have knowledge with whatever they seem to need help with. A few days ago a lady on my Facebook "For Sale, etc" group posted that she was looking for a decent gaming PC for her son. Their house was robbed and his good laptop was one of the bigger things stolen. She came right out and said that she is a single mom and only has $600-ish bucks to spend. I won't ever claim to be a PC "technician" nor do I have a degree of any kind , but I know enough to be dangerous. What I will admit that I'm good at is research and finding Bang For The Buck deals on things, so I asked her a few questions regarding her needs. First, the term "gaming PC" is a wide spread term and can be anything from playing solitaire to the most heavily graphics intensive stuff out there, so I asked her what games her son intended to play because that would be a big factor on how to stay within her budget. She said he likes some shooter type games like COD and a few others. I then asked what she all had for Monitors, speakers, mice, keyboards, etc... Apparently, she is covered in all that so basically the entire budget could be then spend on the tower itself. I suggested online searches first so she could have plenty of things to compare and NOT have to deal with the in-person salesman type seller who may talk up his 10 year old boat anchor and possibly scam her. I broke it down for her how to be able to Google Processors and other parts, read reviews and check to see when they were released as well as looking up current sale prices on ebay, and then gave her a few specs to stay within. I suggested her getting a few year old Dell or HP type tower that had the available slot for a good PCI Express video card and be able to upgrade the PSU if needed depending on the card. These would also likely already have an operating system on them as well so that would be another $100 she wouldn't have to spend. I researched a few on ebay and Craigslist and found 4-5 good competitors well within her budget and one slightly above, but worth the extra $50 if she couldn't negotiate the price down. This is where it gets interesting and infuriating.... The typical responses to her post of people trying to unload their junk and the idiots who cannot read and start suggesting systems $800 and more. One guy got very vulgar because she had to remind him of her $600 budget a couple times and he basically called her an idiot for even asking if she didn't want responses... Seriously? Then.... out of nowhere swoops in this hoity toity "IT Professional" of 5 years telling her all she will need and TOTALLY blows the budget out of the water and proceedes to get technical with her about what he does for a living and these other "clowns" don't know what they are talking about, etc... I responded to him about staying in her budget and he basically waved me off because he is an.... "IT PROFESSIONAL" and this is what he does for a living. Wait... what did that have to do with a budget again? This asshat was in complete salesman mode and was volunteering to even assemble it for her, etc... Then SHE chimes in and reminds him of her budget, so he fires back with a slightly cheaper system, but still in the $1100 range...hahahahaha He argued with her for a while about how NEW is better than stuff that's a few years old, etc... How again does that keep her in budget? Lets just say it turned into a back/forth between the "IT PROFESSIONAL" and the "Clowns" on who knew more, etc.... Then the post had disappeared altogether. Apparently she got sick of it and deleted it, but then I got a personal message from her about what I had been proposing. She thanked me again for being the only polite person to chime in and actually READ what she had requested and not go through and belittle everyone else. She messaged a few sellers on the craigslist ones I found that were already done. Waiting for their responses. Depending on that, the next would be the second option of a few year old Dell or HP that can be upgraded to do the job. On top of all this, she added me as a friend on FB and is a management level Job Recruiter in my area... Good friend to have if the need arises. I guess I just can't wrap my head around snooty uppity people with "titles" who always have to use that title as an argument or a way to prove they are right. Those titles are usually just a piece of paper.....
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    Why Can't People Just Keep It Simple?

    I was surprised how fast that post turned into a sheetshow. All because some titled person wanted to pound his chest a little...lol. I hope she find something good for her kid.
  21. On my vacation coming up, I'm going to be redoing my PC. The Windows 10 I have was the free upgrade version they had from 7, 8, and 8.1 a couple years ago, although I did download the ISO Image right from Microsoft and did a fresh install of it (not upgraded from 7), and then used my Windows 7 key to activate it. Silly question.... When I redo it next week, Will my Windows 7 key still activate Windows 10 or will it throw a mild tantrum?
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    Windows 10 FREE Upgrade Version Reinstall

    I held off because I won a new video card in the christmas contest. Once I get it, I'll reinstall everything new
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    Official OCC 2017 Christmas Contest

    WOW! I won exactly what the War Department told me NO on 2 months ago! Bwahahaha! Nvidia GTX1070! Thanks to Bosco, bp9801 and everyone who works so hard to put this together and to keep this site/forum the best on the net. Without the knowledge and input here, I'd be lost. Merry Christmas to all and a fanfriggintastic New Year!
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    Official OCC 2017 Christmas Contest

    Congratz to the winners! I hope you all had a fun and safe Christmas!
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