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RE: Firearm lovers. - Sat, 02/25/12 8:24 PM
Beautiful piece Al.  It always amazes me how you can create something beautiful like that.
 
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RE: Firearm lovers. - Sat, 02/25/12 8:39 PM
Nice. Flush is a good idea for hunting.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Fri, 03/2/12 4:53 PM
guys, I really enjoy the pics here; thanks!
 
my latest toy is a Savage bolt action .17 HMR with a 3 x 9 scope; I wanted a rimfire to add to my collection, and I'd heard great things about the .17's.   It should be fun to shoot!

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Fri, 03/2/12 6:26 PM
That Savage/.17 will be a great combo for chucks.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Tue, 03/27/12 7:52 AM
Anyone in the market for a matched set of "bird pistols"?

http://www.christies.com/...pistols-en-1422-3.aspx

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Sun, 04/8/12 7:10 PM
OK, After several tries to get Janet 'comfortable' with her Hog-Hunting Gun and a good scope for it, we finally got the right combination to make things work the way we want them too.
 
Here are a couple of photos to update the status of the Ruger Mini-30, it's Barska 3x9x42 illuminated crosshairs scope, now ready for service.

 

 
Michael...Get a shot of Lisa with her rifle and we'll post them together to set the tone for the upcoming Hunt !!
 

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Sun, 04/8/12 7:24 PM
Ha! If I knew how to post a photo I'd have done it long ago. I can't upload my photos tomy computer. But that's a nice looking outfit Al.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Mon, 04/9/12 2:34 PM
Michael,
  If you can email them to me I can insert them into a post you make describing them...or you can edit the post you just did, after I add the photos you send to me.
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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Mon, 04/9/12 3:03 PM
Al, on the off chance lleechef would be willing pose for a photo, the only way I could e-mail it to you would be if I shot it with my cell phone camera. For some reason, though, I think she's a little gunshy when it comes to photos that might ever show up on Roadfood. I, of course, have no idea what that might be about, although I seem to recall a dog being involved.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Wed, 04/11/12 1:25 PM
I understand !  Janet cranked off about 30 rounds of 7.62 this morning shooting water-filled milk jugs at about 40 yards. She is beginning to get used to handling the Ruger.... but has a long way to go to be ready for "Hog  Thursday" in September !

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Mon, 04/23/12 6:25 PM
Michael Hoffman


That Savage/.17 will be a great combo for chucks.

 
Finally had a chance to shoot this at the range over the weekend.  A bit of fine tuning the scope, and I was shooting 1-1/2" groups at 100 yards, 1" groups at 50 yards.   Look out chucks!  (I'm not that good of a shot, either)
 
Trying to decide if it has enough power for coyotes.  I think it may be on the light side; although some reviews say they are fine with the .17 HMR for those.  The high velocity helps the lighter bullet pack the wallop.


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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Mon, 04/23/12 6:26 PM
Mr. Mayor, I saw that Winchester is coming out with a hog-specific load for .223 and .308; not sure about other calibers...

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Tue, 04/24/12 6:46 PM
Yeah I read about the 308 version ! I don't have any 223 rifles, but will try the 308 when I find some locally.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Wed, 04/25/12 1:37 PM
Here is the latest addition to the Bowen Armory.   A Stainless Steel  Ruger 10-22 with a Mannlicher-style Laminate stock. I got it at an auction last weekend.  New in the Box !!
it will soon have a Weaver rail and a nice scope to match..photos coming .
Here it is as it came from the Box.


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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Wed, 04/25/12 3:35 PM
Well, it sure is prettier than my plain 35 year old 10-22 carbine.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Wed, 04/25/12 4:31 PM
Thank You Michael. Coming from an expert like you, that is a great complement.
 
Today I installed a Weaver Silver rail on the rifle, then put my 1.5x6x38mm pig scope on it to see how it shoots.
 
Here is the finished version--

 


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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Wed, 04/25/12 4:48 PM
Very nice Al. Doesn't your 10-22 have an integral scope base?

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Wed, 04/25/12 5:38 PM
MH-
  They included a silver 'Dovetail' scope mount with the rifle (in the box), but it was not installed. I got a Weaver Rail on Ebay, so the "standard" scope rings would fit without having to alter the mounts.  The Mini-30 I got had a Ruger dovetail mount installed, which I replaced with the Weaver mount also.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Wed, 04/25/12 7:08 PM
I see. Mine, and I thought all of them, came with grooves in the top of the receiver for the attachment of scope rings.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Wed, 04/25/12 10:41 PM
Al that is a lovely 10/22.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Thu, 04/26/12 6:22 AM
MH,
  The top of this SS 10-22 was smooth as can be..drilled and tapped, and filled with small screws, but no mount.
MIKE S- Thanks. it is fun to shoot this little guy !

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Thu, 04/26/12 12:00 PM
Interesting. I know what youmean aboout it being fun to shoot. I even bought a couple of 30-round magazines to save time and effort when out plinking.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Thu, 04/26/12 10:29 PM
A nice entry way welcome sign to greet "Spam Labeling folks" when they drop by---

 

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Fri, 04/27/12 1:09 AM
Perfect!

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Fri, 05/4/12 11:33 AM
Fine Tuning the Ruger 10-22 a bit. I took off the scope as the open sights seem to be just fine for the Spinner targets and water bottles we are practicing on...
  We installed an extended Magazine Release latch, a $10 aftermarket SS lever that allows my insensitive finger-tips to easily feel and release the mags from their 'internal-bombay' in the carbine.
  Also picked up a couple of 30 round mags. The factory 10 rounders are fine, but this allows me to waste a lot more ammo before stopping the carnage.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Fri, 05/4/12 12:14 PM
I hope Janet doesn't blame me for mentioning the 30-round mags.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Fri, 05/4/12 1:32 PM
No problem, Michael, She's the one who complained about having to reload after 10 rounds ran thru the 10-22 when she tried it out.  This weekend we will let her play with the 30 rounders. I can assure you there will be no gripes after that. The little mag-loader thing sure makes pushing those little 22 rounds into the magazine an easy task.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Fri, 05/4/12 1:40 PM
Good psychology there, Al.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Sat, 05/5/12 3:08 PM
OK, We backed-up a step with the Ruger 10-22. The adjustable open sights work better for what we are doing..Spinner Targets and water jugs, than the heavy scope did.
 
Here is the normal operating 10-22, with a 30 round mag inserted, and if you look closely, the SS extended mag release that we put in to make it much easier to change magazines, is visible.


 
 

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Sat, 05/5/12 4:31 PM
The extended mag release is a good idea. I have trouble sometimes, myself, with the standard release.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Sun, 05/6/12 11:53 AM
It was a $12.00 part found on ebay...and five minutes to remove and replace the latch  in the rifle.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Sun, 05/6/12 12:09 PM
Five minutes for you. For me it would take seven hours, and then I'd have to take the 10/22 to a gunsmith for repairs.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Mon, 05/7/12 8:16 AM
VERY nice mr. mayor!
 
I'm always a bit jealous when I see >20 round magazines that are verbotten in Maryland (unless you drive across the border and buy them and bring em back home, which is stupidly okay with Maryland).

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Mon, 05/7/12 9:48 AM
Thanks for the nice comment  Eruby !!
MH- I cheated and had my former-Marine Gunnery-Sgt. neighbor do the alteration. He is not a gunsmith, but is close in his skills, and ,more importantly, has the sensitive touch that my chubby and semi-numb fingers don't have when working with small items.
 
BTW Janet is going to the auction in Indy with me this weekend. It should be interesting to see her reaction to that type of activity. I have earmarked 29 items on an agenda of over 700 for my attention...and some for bidding. Many firearms, but lots of ammunition, cleaning supplies, and gun cases to examine.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Mon, 05/7/12 1:54 PM
I recently purchased this "little" gem from Bond Arms in Texas. American made and not exactly your Grandaddie's derringer. I bought it in the .410/45 Colt config. And subsequently added the .38/.357 barrel. It won't replace my Glock 27 as my regular carry piece, but for "anti-car-jacking" protection, it would be very effective. I took to the range and, after about a dozen each of .410 and .45 LC, my hand was a tad sore. The next day was worse. Check it out: http://bondarms.com/bond-arms-guns/snake-slayer

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Mon, 05/7/12 2:13 PM
That's a neat little tool. I've fired one in .45, and when I think about it my hand still hurts.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Mon, 05/7/12 2:15 PM
Aha! Now I can stop being jealous of you being able to make the magazine release switch.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Wed, 05/9/12 9:33 AM
While we are on a roll here... Arriving yesterday from New Hampshire, via UPS to my local FFL dealer, then to me... is a beautiful Ruger 44 magnum carbine.  Feather light, Janet immediately made it her Deer Rifle for the coming season.
 
    The 7.62x39mm Ruger Mini-30 will do great for the Hog Hunt in Missouri, but can't be used for hunting in Indiana, but a 44 magnum can !!!!
It is a 1974 production, in pristine condition.


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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Wed, 05/9/12 10:25 AM
Al, that's a great hog killer, too.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Wed, 05/9/12 9:45 PM
Here is the Person in charge of my Armory getting familiar with her new Ruger Carbine.
We will add a recoil pad for her comfort, however, she did 'explode' a couple of gallon water jugs from the back deck this afternoon.


 

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Thu, 05/10/12 8:38 AM
Nice. Looks as if you might want to add a cheekpiece to the stock so the person in charge of your armory doesn't have to bend her head so much.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Thu, 05/10/12 6:08 PM
The upcoming scope mount will lift her "Point of View" an inch or two. What you see in those photos is the first time she picked up the rifle and 'aimed' it.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Thu, 05/10/12 6:23 PM
Oh, right. Adding a scope will certainly work. At any rate, Janet doesn't look as if she'll let you have that carbine back.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Fri, 05/11/12 4:11 PM
Michael,
  We are also adding a slip-on recoil pad to help her keep the Carbine pointed down range when she fires it. The recoil for that light-weight rifle is noticeable...but not as heavy a the Mini-30. Janet has, indeed, taken over this one.
 
   Tomorrow there is a major Gun, Ammo, and Accessories Auction near Indianapolis. I have been planning to attend for a long time. Janet will go also, her first firearms auction ! Grandson will come along to divert the Boss's attention when the bidding begins to get intense. There are 700+ items on the auction list, and I have an interest in several of them !!  We'll see how this works out !

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Fri, 05/11/12 5:11 PM
A recoil pad should help a lot. You're trip to the auction should be fun. But I'll tell you how to get a spouse to want you to buy a firearm, or want to buy one for you.
 
Here's what I did. I took my wife to the Grand American Handicap national trapshooting event that used to be held on the grounds of the Amateur Trapshooting Association in Vandalia, Ohio. (It moved to Illinois a few years ago.)
 
At the Grand Am, which was held on a mile-long trapfield on the south side of the Dayton airport, there was a good half mile of vendors lined along the way. After seeing row after row of $40,000, $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000 shotguns for sale at various vendors my wife spotted in the Browning tent a new Browning side-by-side in 20 gauge that I'd been yearning for for quite a while. When she looked at the $300 price tag she was surprised and said, "Look how inexpensive this is!"
 
Two days later she went out and bought a BSS for me at a local gun shop and gave it to me as an early Christmas present.
 
I had another method that worked really well for a few years, but it's really sneaky so I'll wait to tell you about it in person.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Sun, 05/13/12 9:30 AM
Happy Mother's Day to all  !!!
 
  My Mother's Day gifts to my lovely wife are several major additions to the Bowen Firearms Collection, and enough ammunition to hold the fort against all forms of "Criminal" attack.
 
We did pass on the two-hand broadsword with 36" heavy blade ($15), the hand Club-Mace and Battle-Axe (22.50) and several Klingon-style daggers and other implements of exotic cutlery.
 
The auction we attended was amazing. I have been to many other auctions in the past , but this company really put on a show. They covered 704 items in 6.5 hours. I got some major bargains, and watched as the "auction-fever" struck several times and the bidding went absolutely crazy...example an old Mosin-Nagant Russian military rifle, sold in many gun stores for @ $100, climbed a three-bidder fight to an amazing $425. A second one went for over $300  and later in the agenda, a third barely made $125. All were in reasonable condition and the same basic model !!! Go Figure.
The only item I missed thru slow thinking on my part, was a Weatherby O/U 12 gauge "deluxe" shotgun. The bidding paused at $750, I was watching, not bidding, As I thought it was going to go much higher....specially engraved etc give it a book valuse of $12-1500. I could have bought it for $775, as the crowd froze at the $750 point.  But I missed the chance. Even Janet remarked that it was well-worth the investment and a beautiful gun.
  So We got home at 11 PM, tired and seat sore from hours in a folding chair...but with several items, some of which will be displayed here later today.
AL

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Sun, 05/13/12 10:45 AM
I have enough trouble walking through a gun shop and keeping my wallet in my pocket. I'd never make it out of a firearms auction alive.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Sun, 05/13/12 11:17 PM
 
  First off, we had some real luck of the bidding to be able to restock our ammunition supply. Bought a bunch of 7.62x39mm, 357 and 44 magnum, and 9mm, as well as a few bricks of 22 LR.

 
A couple of our better selections from the handgun inventory... a Taurus 38 Special with beautiful Gold Trim (NIB)

 
Here's a Smith & Wesson 22 LR target gun.

 
And finally a group shot of the nine guns we brought home.
1 380 back-up
3 9mm semi-auto
1 22 target semi-auto
1 38 Special
2 357 revolvers
1 44 Special revolver


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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Tue, 05/15/12 12:18 PM
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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Tue, 05/15/12 3:47 PM
Oh, Lord-there is Janet again-good for you all buying her guns-she is ruthless! (I remember last year's kill!)

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Tue, 05/15/12 9:37 PM
Deer tracks in the garden this morning and several "cropped" strawberry plants.  Looks like Bambi is gonna get what's coming to him/her !
Meantime, both Janet and Chris are using our kitchen window as a Sniper Position to shoot at Crows in the garden.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Thu, 05/17/12 9:33 PM
    The comment on the quantity of ammunition was not the issue...The discussion that polarized around the proposed legislation is what took the posts off the board.
 
Any further questions of this issue should move to PM rather than thread posts

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Mon, 05/21/12 5:42 PM
Look what's opening up just down the road from where we live:  https://www.friscogun.com/ .
 
They also offer to rent pretty much any legal weapon you'd care to try, including suppresed versions.
 
Truly, the most dangerous "profesion" in the world is (attempting a) home invasion in Texas. 
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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Mon, 05/21/12 7:37 PM
Looks like business will be "Booming" shortly. !

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Mon, 06/11/12 4:29 PM
Addition to the Arsenal for home defense..
One 12 Gauge SxS External Hammer Coach shotgun. I traded the two cheapie 9mm's I got at the auction last month for this "cowboy" gun and a handful of cash. While this is a Chinese copy, it is very smooth and well-balanced...AND it is a very destructive home defense shotgun !!


 

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Mon, 06/11/12 4:53 PM
Yep, that's a Cowboy Action shotgun. Nice! So, which barrel will have the slug and which the double-ought?
 

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Wed, 06/13/12 1:17 PM
I believe I have the same Coach gun Mr Mayor.  Got it a few years ago for $179.00 at Dunham's Sporting Goods.
 
Seems fairly well made, and easy to tote around.  Firing both barrels at once gives one heck of a kick. Doubt I'll ever do that again.

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Thu, 06/14/12 9:20 AM
Hehehe, I tried that off my back deck and paniced a whole bunch of crows.  It did push me backwards a step !  Very impressive scattergun !

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RE: Firearm lovers mailbox - Sun, 07/1/12 10:02 AM
July 1st Update-  Yesterday I attended another auction in Indianapolis. No A/C in the Auction 'Barn', but several large fans kept the air moving and provided a measure of comfort in the 100+ degree weather.  Turnout was pretty good with a little over 250 folks registering for bids.  I took Janet and Grandson Chris to the last one and purchased 9 handguns, most of which I have parted with as of now....This time Janet declined the honor, and stayed home. I wish she had come along, as the whole pricing/bidding structure of this auction was quite a bit "Lower" than the one two monthes ago. Many items went quite 'cheap'.
I will add some photos of the "Good Stuff" later today or tomorrow, but I will tell you I came home with 17 (seventeen) new additions and one very nice 6-gun oak gun cabinet.... and spent less than I did on the May Auction.
Details to follow but here are a couple of the "Highlights"
1. Ruger Blawkhawk 44 magnum, 4 and 5/8" barrel, Chrome Plated, Fake Pearl Grips with John Wayne image in each grip.
2. The "Yellow Rose" 22 caliber revolver, single action, 6 shot, 24 karat Gold Plated, 4 inch barrel, has 22 magnum extra cylinder, Italian.
3. Hawes (German), Chief Deputy, 44 magnum, 7.5 barrel, case-hardened frame, Single Action "Cowboy" style, w/  western-style cowhide belt and holster-(doesn't fit me!)
4. Four 22 revolvers of various types, 2 Mossey 500's, a 12 and a 20 gauge, one with slug barrel and smooth bore, 2 Escort Home-defense 12 gauge pump shotguns, one Ruger 10-22, and a few others of interest to me.
It was a real fun day. I even got an oak gun cabinet that matches - pretty well- our bookcases.   So it was a great day and very productive.

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