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    Mingus:

    Mingus hasn't been on the spin lately. I hope he isn't ill.

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    Yes we miss mingus. I hope he isn't in jail.
    Secretary,
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    Not in jail, I have been busy. I gave away a million dollar idea & did not even get credit for it. That would piss off anyone.

    But I finally found where someone gave me credit for it
    http://www.surplusrifleforum.com/vie...hp?f=28&t=8165
    My grandson Fred from Gordon, Texas was the nuke specialist on the USS Wyoming at the time.

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...30&FORM=IQFRBA
    The picture of the stocks in the pickup bed is mine. I used the black liner as a heater in the hot sun. The picture is one of the first ones posted on line.
    The idea spread like wildfire on the Gun Forums with the so-called purest screaming loudly.

    http://www.surplusrifleforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=23776
    After posting this online every thief on the internet started saying it was his idea.

    The old saying about keeping your mouth shut applies here.

    If you have any birch wood around it gives it a beautiful finish. And on treated pine wood decks it gives you almost a lifetime deck.
    Some examples of pine tar finishes from Google
    https://www.google.com/search?q=Pine...15%3B724%3B254
    Last edited by mingus108; 07-10-2014 at 11:33 AM.

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    A great source of small amounts of pine tar is this web address for sports medicine.

    http://www.ambercity.com/pine-tar-16...676166025.html

    You will find references to a Toms pine tar mix good for gun stocks.

    The man did not have anything new at all. Pine tar Ski wax is better & is the real deal.
    http://xcski.gearwest.com/product/sw...FTJn7AodMUUAgg
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post
    Mingus hasn't been on the spin lately. I hope he isn't ill.
    Mentally ill.
    Ne obliviscaris

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    Quote Originally Posted by salty45 View Post
    Mentally ill.
    Almost as bad as you, turkey!

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    I posted this on another gun forum years back.

    To be honest about the love for a product that works for me is this & using pine tar for stain & refinishing other wood products military Gun stocks

    I got to playing with a couple hundred Aussie LIA1 butt stocks & handguards a few years back.
    I had bought out Tapcos inventory that came from Century Arms.

    Sorting out the genuine blonde ones that sell good for Joe Poyer lookalikes for a really classy look for the L1A1 FAL. At 40.00 bucks a piece

    Most of the coachwood stock sets sold off pretty fast, even the hundred or so British laminate walnut handguards went super fast. The Brit. handguards went for $40.00 bucks each set.

    That left me with some dogs, believe me I tried every thing in the book to get the stocks looking right.
    Every thing, clean them, stripped them, steam them & heated them.

    Leather stain all colors, minwax stain, BLO, & even bleach.
    I had all colors of the rainbow plus just a bunch of gray fence post.

    Finally as a lark I took the stain-free best of the stocks & dumped them in a tray of pine tar.
    I let them soak for 4 or 5 hours then wiped them off, the stocks had the look of new Aussie coachwood stocks.

    The small hairline cracks at any either end of the wood were closed up & the overall med dark color was as even as could be. The former dents in the wood were hard to spot.

    So in hindsight I got a completely new outlook on treating stocks before ever putting BLO on one.
    Before you knock it, try it you just might like the idea.
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    Knowing both British writers & authors Ian D Skennerton & David Cook from New Zealand.
    I had near 10 years of success in selling anything in Common Wealth Arms & equipment.
    Mainly the Inch FAL parts kits, from Aussie Heavy barrel L2A1, L1A1, Canadian C1A1 and British L1A!s.

    Joe Poyer a wealthy writer had the Lithgow arsenal build some custom Aussie L1A1s for sale here in the States. The rifles were distinguished by their blonde coach wood stocks.
    The rifles were instant collectables commanding high prices, of which I had a truckload of blonde stocks for.
    Importing rare FAL inch parts from New Zealand of all places I had the market cornered on tangent rear sights for the L2A1 HB. Running 4 to 5 shows in Dallas, Tulsa & Houston 3 & 4 times a year we stayed busy.
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    Selling a several hundred FN FAL parts kits over the years I had a ball.
    Selling all types of the FAL from metric to the inch versions to the poor Indian copies of the Belgium FN metric.
    The demand was there at the shows, having their pick of the kits brought the buyers to the shows.
    Keeping 2 tables at the big twice a year show in Tulsa we sold a truck load 2 times a year.
    Getting an early start on Israeli Heavy barrel FALs & Belgium HBs the other dealers were hot on my trail.
    It got so bad at the Houston Gun Collectors shows they took my tables away from me.
    Buying a container near full of early Belgium walnut butt stocks from Northridge of California, I had a pretty good mail order business with the other parts. With the early walnut handguards selling for over a hundred bucks each it was lucrative.

    Being a 3 day show at Tulsa we soon learned to go up on Thursdays to get rest & come back on Mondays to avoid the bad weather around Central Oklahoma. I had 3 near wrecks on account of bad weather.

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    A real party boy ain't ya' mingus?

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    Well grossing 6 to 7 thousand dollars a show back then, it keeps you going. 7 was the best show at Tulsa just in Parts kits and antique rifles made before 1898.
    For a individual I did good, but grew so tired of it I dreaded any show.
    The ADs would worry you, a couple of those nearby behind you would have you reconsidering the business you are in. Just 10 ft away 2 dummies shooting into the floor with a AR15. A dealer with a hangover setting up blasting another pistol off his table with a loaded weapon. A pistol smith at Market Hall shooting a hole into his toolbox with a unloaded Glock. The constant rude haggling, from idiots that do not know how to haggle.
    The Market Hall Show I did fire myself from every going back, after the show on Sundays you had to run a gauntlet of Illegals on the parking lot trying to buy your pistols while loading up.

    To do any good you need to buy as well sell, it is a two way street.
    I helped one dealer that got sick and he knew me & asked if I would lend a hand now & then. My wife & both helped out when we could along with another couple.
    I found out $30,000 was normal for the Tulsa Show on what he sold.
    The Houston bunch was just greedy, they would see you doing good at certain tables.
    When you try to renew your tables for the next show, sorry club members said no they want them.
    It is now just a small show for the Houston Collectors club. I think the Spring, Texas Show is way bigger.

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    Well since this is about me I will confess about a little deal I cooked up before the fourth of July. And it has gone downhill every since then.
    I bought the used fireman uniforms from the City of Mesquite at auction along with a nice Panasonic 50 inch plasma with Dolby Sound and it is a nice way to go. But the uniforms has been a hassle. I was going to give the VFD their choice just to take them off my hands. I gave 35.00 dollars for lord knows how many pounds of shirts pants & Gore tex jackets with liners. I wound up with 20 work shirts new & like new shirts for myself & that many for one on my sons. The thing about this they are uniforms for the Paramedics of Mesquite. The shirts are in 2 different colors union made mid blue & white. And not one white shirt my size.
    I finally got everything sorted out in 4 large boxes & 9- 42 gallon bulk trash bags. I bet there were 30 or so new shirts with ripped off sleeves trying to remove the shoulder patches of Mesquite. I think I will give my civic duty a rest for a while.
    https://www.renebates.com/a_lot.php?...&lot=98&cat=19
    I have some fancy work shirts enough for a life time.
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    The last web address is about Joe Poyer L1A1
    Making up blonde stock sets I could duplicate the Poyer look on L1A1s.

    [ This brought back some old memories.
    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...2-14&sp=-1&sk=
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    There is a lot of things that need to be said about pine tar.

    First it is a wood preservative, with that it will bring old wood back to life. A natural preservative with wood oils & rosins it will actually close small cracks in the ends of stocks.
    Small dents will become less noticeable in wood, plus after drying I notice the finish is harder.

    And now this
    The first thing you notice after you start assembling the rifle back into the stock, it has a closer fit at all points.
    Small screw holes need to be re-drilled because the wood has soaked up all it could. That dried up beat to hell stock is not that way anymore.

    Edit to post a old post made in 2006;

    http://www.falfiles.com/forums/printthread.php?t=170523

    I was banned from this forum by a lawyer with whom I had disagreed with.
    Last edited by mingus108; 07-30-2014 at 10:47 AM.

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