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Hi all. From TX originally, been in HI nearly half my life (20yrs). Grew up in TX around firearms, grandfather was a skilled gunsmith, never got into em too much at the time other than learning firearms safety at a very early age, practicing and hunting with his rifles as well as my fathers and uncles, and I always owned and plinked around with airguns, and in my teens a .22 Marlin auto-loader that I bought from a neighbor for $40. Firearms were as common to us as rakes and shovels around the home and at our family's places in the hill country, just very respected, well stored and cared for rakes and shovels. I suppose for that reason (they were just always around, basic part of life) I never got into firearms (and firearms rights) more deeply on my own until the last few years (although I've always owned a few firearms myself for the past 20 years, and slowly add to my collection as I can afford it). I hunt in HI occasionally, used to hunt here quite a bit but health has slowed that down. All of that said, I am no FUDD, never have been. For the past few years now I'm very active on firearms rights compared to in my younger years when I kind of took it all in stride. I stay in touch with my local representatives, state and federal, on rights issues (they know my name well by now, probably on a few lists ;) ), and I'm a lifetime member of several firearms rights groups. So I'm not deeply, technically knowledgeable, or broadly/deeply knowledgeable about a-very many types of firearms, so always looking to humbly learn from those who have more experience and expertise. I have a number of modern firearms currently, but what brought me here this time (and got me to finally register) is that I'm getting interested in simple, practical modern flintlocks of late, as well as simple, practical modern black powder revolvers, for fun and for practical backup if/when times get hard and ammo is in short supply, as it can easily be in the islands, especially the smaller neighbor islands. Also black powder long guns nor handguns need be registered in Hawaii, and can be mailed direct of course, so big pluses there. Although I've looked around the site from time to time (quite a long time ago), I decided to go ahead and register this time. Thanks for the opportunity.

(Apologies if my use of tags in the way I did is obnoxious or not proper etiquette, I'm not quite sure how all that works on this site, and I don't do too much social media, what little I do I never use tags so it's a bit new to me).
 
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A Texas Welcome to ya, form Deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas!
 

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Hello and welcome from Tennessee.
Thank you. I like you signature. A very wise man (Asperger high level genius, in addition to wise) recently told me that those who make heavy use of analogy to explain a concept (among scientists, philosophers, academicians and the like) simply don't know how to tell you truthfully (operationally, functionally, testimonially [Truthfully]) what the concept or function/process is, a clear sign that they don't fully understand what they are talking about, or that they suppose you are too simple to understand it and so take a discount in the conveyance of useful information. Usually they simply don't know exactly what they are talking about. Same concept more elegantly expressed, and in a lot fewer damn words! ;)

Welcome to The Firearms Forum from Georgia.
Thank you Sir (or Ma'am), and thank you for your service to our country.

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Thank you very much, glad to be here.
 
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Welcome to the forum... We have close friends living in Hawai'i
Nice, and thanks for the welcome. What island are they on, if you don't mind me asking (pure curiosity)?
 

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If I might ask, what island do you live on? My daughter lives in Kehei, on the Island of Maui.

By the way mine is Sir, what about you?
 

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A Texas Welcome to ya, form Deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas!
Many thanks, as a kid I lived in the Piney Woods, or thereabouts, Tomball, Navasota, Magnolia, Dogwood Hills, Spring. We moved around a lot, my father was a foreman for Blume Tree Services and sometimes Asplund, trimming trees for the power companies, we moved all over Texas, kinda like bein an army brat; "arborist brat". Spent a lot of time running around in those woods with my half feral dog "Pooch" and Red Rider BB gun, dodging copperheads and water moccasins, catching sunfish/perch and bass in the ponds (I caught a little striped drum once in one of those sandy creaks way back in the woods, heck of a long way from the ocean!) and setting out salt-pork mini "trotlines" for the crawdads at creek culverts way out on those little country roads (aka: Feeding raccoons bacon). You just brought back some memories compadre. My dads people are all East Texas people.

Thanks for the welcome Sir, and thank you for your service to our country.
 
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Welcome aboard, from SC!
 
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Welcome from Northern Ca.

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Many thanks neighbor. California: I think I may know how you feel (Hawaii/Cali gun laws, pretty terrible). It's awfully beautiful up there though, spent some time in North and Central Cal in the early '90's, hitchhiking with a surfboard, 6 mil wet-suit and a 60 pound duffle on my back, crashing with surfers I met on the way (and some I had met in Alaska at the beginning of the journey, was working up at Prudhoe Bay,/Kuparuk and decided to just do a whole west coast surf trip after the summer oilfield work was done, crazy). We're "bulletproof" when we're young, hard to believe it myself now that I did such a thing.
 
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If I might ask, what island do you live on? My daughter lives in Kehei, on the Island of Maui.

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Yep, I'm a Sir, need to fix that in my account settings. I'm on Lanai, my sister lives in Kihei, wouldn't be a stretch if your daughter knows her or her husband, or knows of her husband, he's a paper server/court officer, owns Maui Process Servers, and used to own The Wave Water Park and Skateboard Shop as well. He's pretty well known over there, Maui's small. If she's into firearms she probably knows Sally and Dave over at Handley's Equipment Rentals/Handley's Gun Supply, great folks, my favorite gun shop on Maui, despite them being about the size of a closet, they're the best, brought in some amazing firearms I inherited from my grandfather and held em for me for months in their tiny crowded "seven by nine" (not really, but pretty tiny) shop, it's basically a little trailer or portable building, but they keep things tight and squared away. I couldn't come get em at the time, long story on that one, was in bad shape health-wise. But they were very understanding, despite having no storage space to spare. Your daughter will know the place I'm sure. Sally & Dave are my sisters neighbors, and her husband hangs around and talks with old Dave all the time at the shop. I used to live on Maui, 3 1/2 years, rat race, had to get outa there.
 

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Welcome aboard, from SC!
Thank you very much, glad to have finally signed up, I've come across the site many times over the years (I tend not be a joiner,as loquacious as I am) but what the heck, that's how we learn, exchange knowledge and organize to work for our best interests, marketplace of ideas. Thanks for the welcome.
 
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Yep, I'm a Sir, need to fix that in my account settings. I'm on Lanai, my sister lives in Kihei, wouldn't be a stretch if your daughter knows her or her husband, or knows of her husband, he's a paper server/court officer, owns Maui Process Servers, and used to own The Wave Water Park and Skateboard Shop as well. He's pretty well known over there, Maui's small. If she's into firearms she probably knows Sally and Dave over at Handley's Equipment Rentals/Handley's Gun Supply, great folks, my favorite gun shop on Maui, despite them being about the size of a closet, they're the best, brought in some amazing firearms I inherited from my grandfather and held em for me for months in their tiny crowded "seven by nine" (not really, but pretty tiny) shop, it's basically a little trailer or portable building, but they keep things tight and squared away. I couldn't come get em at the time, long story on that one, was in bad shape health-wise. But they were very understanding, despite having no storage space to spare. Your daughter will know the place I'm sure. Sally & Dave are my sisters neighbors, and her husband hangs around and talks with old Dave all the time at the shop. I used to live on Maui, 3 1/2 years, rat race, had to get outa there.
When we visited my daughter back in 2010, we (daughter and I) did go to that gun shop and it is as you described but it is more like 8x10:D. From what I remember, he didn't have very many, if any, guns on display but I stood and just talked with them for a little while about the difference in GA and HI gun laws. My daughter has had so many different jobs there and to be honest I don't even know what she does now other than manages a couple of houses that people on the mainland own.
 
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