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Roger Rapid

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About Roger Rapid

  • Birthday 09/10/1940

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    Atascadero, CA
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    CAS, gunsmithing, stockmaking, bluegrass music, luthierie

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    PRVC at Lazy Arrow (Deputy and TG) - Chorro Valley Regulators (director of marketing & vendor relations) - 5 Dogs Creek - Kings River Regulators

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  1. Roger Rapid

    Medical emergency planning

    Very important topic, and good that your brought it up. At our range (PRVC) we have a defibrillator, first aid kit, and stretcher out and at the ready. We go through emergency procedures as the first topic of every posse meeting (before the match). Our address is posted on the sheriff's office wall so that anyone who calls 911 has address at hand. We talk about needing two folks to drive to front gate (one to lead in CalFire, other to lead in ambulance), we ask for show of hands for who is EMT trained (usually we have two or three), and we talk about where BandAids are for minor cuts and bruises. Thank goodness the BandAids are all we've needed so far - and hope it stays that way. RR PS: We're fortunate to have two members who are full time EMTs and usually bring their radios so they can connect directly with services.
  2. Roger Rapid

    Leather Maker for Chaps in Texas?

    Ditto on Mad Dog McCoy. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadDogLeatherworks. He's down in Medina. RR
  3. Roger Rapid

    When is brass too old to reload

    Dutch Wheeler - shooting a pretty smooth Pedersoli Lightning, in 45LC (smokeless) RR
  4. Roger Rapid

    When is brass too old to reload

    I've been reusing my brass (mostly Starline) for about 6 or 7 years - typically three matches a month - and am just at the point where cracked cases are getting too frequent (at least one or two a match). Most frustrating when in a rifle because the difficult ejection disturbs my progress. So for about four or five months I've been loading new brass for my rifle loads - where ejection is an issue - and the old brass for pistols. But keeping them separate at the unloading table, and doing double cleaning of the separate batches has become a pain so I bit the bullet - so to speak - bought a bunch of new brass, and am now pitching all the old brass. Interesting point John Boy brought up about brass losing color as indication of change in metallurgy. I've been wet tumbling and using Strat-O-Sheen - and change in metallurgy could very well be part of the problem. RR
  5. Roger Rapid

    An unexpected recommendation with regards to a reproduction Lighting

    Thanks U.K. Uriah... No plans at the moment to do a document on the AWA Lightning - I was repairing one for a friend several months back but didn't have time for photos, and I don't own one. Someday, I hope... Yes, one for the Colt would be super, but I don't think enough folks are using them for CAS to warrant the effort. We'll see... RR
  6. Roger Rapid

    An unexpected recommendation with regards to a reproduction Lighting

    That article comparing Taurus, AWA, and Uberti was written in 2006, and, as previously mentioned, Taurus no longer makes the "ThunderBolt" Lightning, and AWA is out of business. The article also misses a bunch of stuff, such as the little thumb safety on the Taurus hammer "not causing a problem" (which it does). While seemingly similar on the outside, the Taurus, Uberti, and Pedersoli Lightnings are VERY different on the inside. Of the three, the Taurus is the closest reproduction - from a mechanical and internals standpoint - to the original 1884 Colt Lightning (including little details like the sliding dust cover). The Uberti is the most safety-laden of the three, and the Pedersoli is the most beautifully machined (IMHO) of all. The Taurus slam-fires out of the box, the Uberti can slam fire with a very simple modification, and the Pedersoli is very trick to get it to slam fire (not that I recommend slam firing). From a fit and finish standpoint -IMHO - the Taurus is poor and the Uberti and Pederesoli are neck and neck depending on model. They can all be made to run very slick, but the Taurus will end up the sloppy-ist of the three when slicked because of the general poor fit of parts. Yes, the Taurus might have had the best "out-of-box" experience but that's only because it's the sloppy-ist fit to begin with. The Pedersoli's are typically very tight when brand new, but can be made to work amazingly smooth and quick. I think many of you Lightning owners know that I have prepared a fully-illustrated 25-page document on disassembling/reassembling/slicking the Pedersoli Lightning. I also now have a similar document for the Uberti Lightning, and by December (or so) I'll have one for the Taurus Lightning. If you'd like a copy (free) please email me: roger(at)siminoff.net.
  7. Roger Rapid

    Good Luck to Roxy West! Moving On.

    Roxy West - we'll all miss you. You've been an amazing and efficient help to us with great attention to detail. Gonna miss you big time. RR
  8. Roger Rapid

    Blood lead level

    Chase Ramsay... Might be good to double check with your doctor about "39 to 42 being good." I've interviewed three hemotologists (blood specialists) who all agreed that anything above 10mg/dl is not safe. My doctor wants me under 8mg/dl. A retired neurologist friend said that while he is not sure of the low threshold number, he knows that anything above 20mg/dl poses a severe permanent neurological threat (and he has had patients with neurological problems and BLL above 20mg/dl). The U.S. Deportment of Health and Human Services considers anything above 10m,g/cl to be "dangerous." The Health and Human Services Agency of the State of California states that "an adult in the United States who does not work with lead typically should have a BLL less than 2mg/dl." OSHA is the only agency who has a broader threshold. They say that "workers who have been removed from lead exposure can return to work when their BLL falls below 40mg/dl". RR
  9. Roger Rapid

    Blood lead level

    There are several posts on the SASSnet on causes of increased BLL, and how to control it. If you keep back issues of the Cowboy Chronicle, I wrote a detailed article for March 2017 issue that describes causes and solutions. (If you don't have a copy of that issue, I prepared a separate white paper from that article and am happy to share it - just PM me with your email addr.) Getting BLL under 10mg/dl is important if you cherish a healthy life. Cilantro works, but Spirulina - especially the Hawaiian variety - works much better. My BLL was 18mg/dl before taking a teaspoon of Spirulina every day - now it's 10mg/dl, and I shoot four to five matches a month. There are five shooters in our club (CVR) who had raised BLL - one at 22mg/dl - and went on Spirulina and now they are ALL at reduced levels. Being careful of not touching food or water-bottle mouths with your hand while shooting is VERY important - touch wrappers only. Washing hands with D-Lead soap or using D-Lead wipes after shooting is very important. The highest exposure to lead particulate is when shooting, especially when TO-ing and standing in a cloud of lead particulate for extended periods. Wearing a dust mask would be very helpful, but not really "cowboy dress." Two years ago, for a period of six months (between blood tests), I pulled my bandana up over my mouth and nose while shooting, and did the same when running the clock. That appeared to make the biggest difference in a noticeable drop in my BLL. I still wear my bandana from time to time and none of the other shooters every razz's me about it. I'm happier being healthy. Don't treat it lightly - increased BLL can be a real problem. RR
  10. Roger Rapid

    Last Call - SASS Western Regional - Aug 8-12

    I've been asked by several folks if there is a "Who's Coming" list. Yes, there is. Go to our web site - www.chorrovalleyregulators.com - click on blue "Click Here to Register Today" tab, and look down the page to "WHO'S COMING..." link. There is also a link to the Costume Contest Rules, info about our ROI and ROII classes, and info about participating in our Last Chance Saloon. Come out and shoot with us! RR
  11. Roger Rapid

    Last Call - SASS Western Regional - Aug 8-12

    Excited you cowpokes are coming! Yul - we got an owner of one of your amazing carts who's looking forward to shaking your hand! ...RR
  12. Cowboy and Cowgirls... If you are planning on saddling up and making your way to the 24th Annual Chorro Valley ShootOut / 2018 SASS Western Regional, August 8-12 (San Luis Obispo, CA) our last call for on-line Registration is August 2, 2018! We have another action-packed match in store for you on a fantastic range, with incredible weather (just 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean), followed by CVR's highly-touted 5-Star Dinner. It's a match you don't want to miss. You can go on-line to easily process your camping and shooter Registration at: www.chorrovalleyregulators.com Our schedule of events is also posted there. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to PM me. We look forward to having you shoot with us! Roger Rapid
  13. Roger Rapid

    Lightening Problem

    I don't know who made the AWA Lightnings, but the bolt block in the Uberti, Taurus, and Pedersoli bolt blocks are all different and not interchangeable with each other without modifications. RR
  14. Roger Rapid

    SASS Western Regional - Welcome event

    Dear Cowpokes… Hope you’re loading up and getting ready for the 24th Annual Chorro Valley ShootOut / 2018 SASS Western Regional August 8-12 at the Chorro Valley Regulators' range in San Luis Obispo, CA - just four weeks away! If this is your first time to CVR and to the SASS Western Regional, we’d like to invite you to our First Timer’s Welcome on Wednesday night, Aug 8th, at 6:00 PM at our Sheriff’s office. We’d like to say “hello”, introduce you to our range and staff, and make you welcome. A light meal will be provided. If this is your first time with us and you DO plan to attend the First Timer's Welcome, please PM or email me -roger[at]siminoff.net - so that we have a headcount. And… if you have not registered, this is the time - especially if you have a “posse-with” request. Registrations and trailer-site reservations can be done easily and quickly with our on-line registration system - you’ll find it at: www.chorrovalleyregulators.com and click on the blue CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY! button. In the meantime, if you have any questions about this great match, please don’t hesitate to email or PM me - or just post 'em here: Hope to see you in August! Roger Rapid
  15. Roger Rapid

    Pedersoli lightning

    2 Barrels Bob... On it's way to your email - enjoy! RR

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