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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CrossHairs, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    It's taken me a while to get round to this, so here goes!

    I'm an implant from the UK, and come from a small town on the south coast that some of you may have heard of called Southampton. We have the dubious honour of being the place that the Titanic was launched from. We sailed away from that port when the family went off to Australia in the early seventies. My father ended up working for Quantas for a while.

    After that, we shifted to Rhodesia (as it was then) and both my parents joined the Rhodesian Air Force (my father is ex Royal Air Force and my youngest sister is a current serving member of her majesties armed forces). It was here that I discovered air rifles, and guns in general. We went back to the UK, much to my dismay, in '83...and any hopes of persuing a passion for firearms was quickly dashed.

    I did end up working for the defense industry for a while, and stayed on civvy street despite trying to get into the Navy at one point(I did love sailing, and ended up racing dingies and 30 footers for about 5 years) not long after getting back into the UK (long story, but you had to have been back in the country two years prior to applying).

    I had the pleasure of designing the electronics and writing the code(I 'was' an electronics engineer for a while) for an automated gun barrel measuring system for use by the Royal Air Force as well as the Army. We nearly got a contract to fit out the Bradley Armoured Fighting vehicle with the same system, but I recall that there was some scandal about DOD procurements that killed that deal.

    Anyways, got to visit the Picatiny Arsenal in Ledgewood on the back of that, although they could not show me anything interesting...Oh Well!

    Nowadays, I am an Oregon resident and 'very' happy with the transition. I decided to rekindle my love of shooting recently and started out with a Ruger 10/22, then another, then a SIG P226, then a Savage 12 VLP in .223......then the TCGC and now reloading, in...oh! Three months I think :)

    This place is fantastic, the beer is awesome, and I get to persue some of the things I love (skiing, biking, drinking beer, shooting.....not necessarily all at the same time, or all in that order)

    Maybe I'll see you on the range...I'm that guy with the Savage wondering if it's the 'load' or my shooting that caused the flyer that turned my .4" group into a 1" disaster....

    Happy Shooting!
     
  2. chiefchip

    chiefchip Rainier, Oregon Member

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    Welcome to NWFA
     
  3. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    OI!

    Welcome.

    You an MU fan?
     
  4. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    My wife lived in Eastbourne for several years and attended the University of Sussex. To make a long story short, we met on a blind date when she was back here visiting her family in the U.S.; visiting on Holiday from University. I visited her there for a few weeks back in about 1977 after we had become engaged and she was living over there and before she moved back to the States; (it was a long distance romance!). :)

    Loved England with all of it's history, but sad to see what it has become these days.
     
  5. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    Good heavens no! Hate to admit it, but I could care less about footy, always preferred the real mans sport of Rugby.....only really pay attention to football (ours, not yours) when England are in the world cup...and thta's usually short lived...!
     
  6. jmh119

    jmh119 Hillsboro, Oregon Member

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    welcome!
     
  7. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    Going back to the UK at 18 having lived away from it all those years..I really struggled with it....the early 80's was not a good time. I made the most of it, and it took me way longer to get out than it should (I got caught up in the whole 'career' thing I guess). Went back to visit family a few years ago.....not doing that again unless I absolutely have to!
     
  8. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    If you do get a yearning for a taste of home, I do have a tin of Spotted Dick that I could give to you. My wife bought it as a joke for me as I couldn't believe there was food with that name. I have NOT tried it, on my wife's advice. :laugh:
     
  9. willseeker

    willseeker N. Portland. Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Crosshairs.
    My wifes family is from over there. I'll try not to hold it against you. :laugh:
    Seriously, good guys and threads here! Again, Welcome!
     
  10. TonsOfOregonBrass

    TonsOfOregonBrass Sandy, OR Active Member

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    Welcome aboard. I know you have been lurking for a little bit.
     
  11. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    What! Not tried it...dude, that stuff is awesome.....my American girlfriend was 'really' suspicious of the tinned 'dick' and a few othe treats, but believe me, it's just a spnge cake with raisins in it. Get some Devon custard to go with it and your set! Now, she's the one who goes to the Brit stores to buy it (although it's also available in FM)
     
  12. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    A While!

    And thanks for the brass....500 rounds are prepped and ready for a loading session with my buddy.....he thinks he has a zombie problem in his yard :)
     
  13. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    Thanks.....down here I get little abuse, but my Canadian buddies now that's a different story.....must be something to do with still having the Queen on their currency!
     
  14. willseeker

    willseeker N. Portland. Well-Known Member

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    I know what you mean, my wife is still a Canadian citizen.

    It's OK though, Canada's not a country anyway.
     
  15. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Haaah! There's a Brit store in Lake Oswego where my wife goes when she needs a fix of Brit stuff! Usually buys some biscuits, ( cookies to us yanks).
     
  16. SquackDaddy

    SquackDaddy Marion County Member

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    How's that 10/22 bolt I sold to you working out, Crosshairs?
     
  17. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    Sitting in a box waiting till I get round to doing something with it :) gotta few things to order for my #1 10/22, and then the 'hand me downs' will get pushed to the re-build.
     
  18. SquackDaddy

    SquackDaddy Marion County Member

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    I know how that goes. One of these days I will go thru my boxes of stuff...maybe I'll fine enough to make a whole new rifle...or two! :laugh: :bluelaugh:
     
  19. Molonlabe

    Molonlabe Tualatin, Oregon New Member

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    Welcome to NWFF!
     
  20. rusobr2

    rusobr2 prineville,or Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    welcome to the NWF forum,and enjoy-
    steven