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General Discussion / Attn: New Members - Post Verification
Quite a few new members have issues posting on the forum for the first time.  This because in order to prevent bots and other idiots from bombarding the forum with SPAM, we require verification of the first 5 posts.  After your 5th post, the verification stops automatically.  In order for the verification to work, you can't have any popup blockers enabled or you will never see window asking for verification.  We know this is inconvenient, but it has helped us tremendously in preventing the forum from getting spammed. 
Forum Blog / Re: How can I make a donation to help the forum?
I have been asked many times for ways other than PayPal to submit site donations. We tried to use credit cards processors, but they refused to accept donation payments for this site because it is gun related.  The other option we now have is crypto currency.  This will be a manual process. If you send a donation using crypto, please send me a message so I can update your profile.  Here are the addresses you can send your donation to:

Bitcoin (BTC)

Ethereum (ETH)

Litecoin (LTC)

Dogecoin (DOGE)

As always, thanks for your support!
General Discussion / Re: NRA / 2A
I am a life member, and also enrolled a few members a long time ago. The NRA has good things and bad things like anything else.  I love their safety education programs.  I used Eddie the Eagle to teach my kids to stay away from guns, until it was time to teach them how to use them safely.  I became certified as a NRA instructor for rifle/pistol/shotgun/black powder, and also got their Range Safety Officer certification.  I used those certifications to teach Boy Scouts how to use firearms. To me that is the good side of the NRA, teach our youth about gun safety and they will support the 2A for life. The bad part is their constant request for money. A few of you approached me because of the sensitivity of this subject, and the concern that it could become a pissing contest. I hate censorship and don´t like enforce it here. I already deleted my Twitter and Instagram accounts because of their censorship BS, and and Facebook will be next. From the beginning this forum has been for the most part self-moderated. Please keep the discussion civil and we should be able to keep this post going.
Forum Blog / Small outage for updates
Our hosting company is having a small outage for updates:

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Time: 8:00PM – 10:00PM EST
Expected Service Interruption: 15 - 30 minutes
Forum Blog / Minor changes coming up
We are moving some boards around.  In the last 9 years we have grown way beyond the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge, and we feel it is time to make the site more "Creedmoor generic."  
Forum Blog / Re: Unexpected upgrade coming up
I had to log in also.
This thing is moving like a snail for me right now.
The best part about this forum so far besides the members is that I can navigate Ok with my dial-up and Windows XP.
I hope I don't lose this forum like I have lost LRH which does not work at all now with my setup.

There will be a small performance hit after the update while the site cache is rebuilt and while CloudFlare rebuilds their own cache.  After that the site will be just as fast as before, if not faster.
Forum Blog / Unexpected upgrade coming up
For security reasons, we need to do an unexpected upgrade to the site as soon as possible. :( I am sure a few things will break, but I will fix them ASAP.  The forum portal page may be down for a while, but the forum will continue to be operational.  Testing upgrade right now on sandbox.
Forum Blog / Small outage due to server move - 1/9/2018
I just got this from our service provider:

We will be relocating/moving the server on Tuesday, 9th January 2018 between 9:00PM to 5:00AM EST.  We will be moving the server to a new datacenter across the street. You may experience 45-60 minutes of downtime during the move.