Nothing is hard about it, and thousands of us do just that regularly. My point was the gun is just a tool for performing a task, no different than our bikes, or a hammer. The number of motor vehicle deaths each year is almost identical to the number of gun deaths in the US, yet nobody is screaming to ban motor vehicles now are they? And plenty of innocent people are killed by other drivers every year, and vehicles have even been used in recent years in attacks on large crowds. I get your point, but you can't fix a problem with human behavior by making the tools they use to commit those acts unavailable, they'll simply choose another tool for the job and carry on. Human beings have been killing each other since we were huddled in caves smacking rocks together to light a fire, and they'll most likely continue to do so as long as there are human beings in the universe.
As an avid gun owner, and target shooter, I get it, I really do. And I'm all for stricter background checks and laws as they apply to gun purchases and ownership. The problem is, we already have a lot of that stuff on the books, and it's not always enforced as we already know from recent events. If we don't have enough people to police and enforce what we already have on the books, adding even more laws and regulations potentially means that even more things will fall through the cracks. Honestly, one of the biggest issues is the state of mental healthcare in the US.
Why does one need a 6" travel, $10,000 wonderbike to go ride? Surely a Walmart special would get the job done just as well, right? The AR is robust, dependable, accurate platform to start with. You can also get them chambered in various calibers, so yes, they can make a good hunting rifle, and most states limit you to a 5 round magazine for hunting. Lots of people go out and target shoot and practice marksmanship on a regular basis as a hobby, no different than we ride our bikes. Putting a five shot group into the ten ring at longer ranges is nowhere near as easy as the movies leads people to believe. Shooting when done responsibly is a very enjoyable way to relax, as you need to be relaxed for good accuracy. And just for the record, I enjoy shooting my air guns just as much as anything I own.
Our laws are similar actually. The vast majority of civilian owned AR variants in the US are 18" or longer barrels. Anything less than an 18" barrel is considered a SBR (short barreled rifle), and requires a $200 tax stamp from the ATF, and also cannot be transported across state lines without a prior application, and approval form from said ATF.
That's excellent news! I'm in western NC, not too far from places like Pisgah, so it would definitely get some good test miles. I'll keep an eye out for the demo program. Thanks!
I'll look into that one as well. Currently, I'm a big fan of WTB V series saddles, most comfortable I've tried so far.
Drew, I'm in western NC. And, yes, I'm fine with spending a good sum on a saddle that suits me for sure. Thanks for the heads up on the upcoming demo program.
I'd love to try one of those saddles, but at that price, and knowing my history with saddles, it's a gamble I'm not willing to take. Saddle manufacturers should have a demo program where you pay for the saddle up front, ride it for a month then send it back for a large percentage of your money back if it doesn't agree with your backside. I tend to prefer a saddle that from the side has a nice dip or pocket when you sit most of the time as well, and that one looks relatively flat.
Or, catch a sale at your local hardware store, and buy a pancake compressor for $100 that has many other uses around the house. I don't doubt it's a well built, handy product, but it's a tough sell at that price point IMO.
Nice looking hubs for sure. But I'm also in the camp that likes a little noise from my rear hub. Also, no boost hub options in 2017?
Agreed, very well laid out review. And the command post works like a Gravity Dropper. Make sure the speed bag is high and clear before mashing the button. It actually took me a while to get used to hydraulic posts, felt like they took forever at first.
It's a real shame you didn't get to ride it in SS mode Drew. I have a Stache 5 that's been SS since day one, with Duroc 40 wheels (the wheel swap and setting up tubeless dropped 2.2lbs of rotating weight), the Magnum pro fork, and a Bontrager Drop Line 125mm post. It's a helluva lot of fun for where I ride a SS. That being said, I'm not giving up my fully anytime soon.
Yeah, he strikes me as that type. Just really dedicated to the sport, and stoked to see others learn and progress.
I need too look into Ryan's program myself. I want to learn to manual so badly I can't stand it. And from what I've seen of Ryan, he's really a stand up guy, and someone I would not mind giving my money.
I will certainly keep my eye out for when your gear hits the market. Custom gear sounds really cool for sure. Thanks for taking the time to reply also, that shows involvement in the community, and to some, that means a lot.