It’s been a long time since my last visit to this forum, for which I apologize, but what with maintaining my small arsenal, dealing with prolonged RA flares, plus my job – and that has left me severely fatigued, due to the RA – there’s been very little time or ambition for me to socialize. That said, the best I can muster for an update is all that’s new. Two more weapons have been added to the collection: a smaller .45 of Brazilian manufacture and an AK-47 of Serbian origin. I also purchased a Hi-Point 995TS which is now sitting at my FFL dealer’s place. When he called in to NICS this past Tuesday, they told him I couldn’t have the weapon until 8 August. For what reason, I haven’t a clue. If there had been anything negative in my background, it would have prevented the previous acquisitions. Or maybe they think I have too many weapons for an old man. Anyway, the FFL dealer has also been my instructor and range officer. He is a seasoned expert and has insisted that I target practice every weekend. He knows best and it has been a great blessing, because he also has a small personal range up against a well-wooded hillside…..lessening the chances of stray rounds. The Brazilian turned out to be the one with the kick and I’m still making efforts to get it under total control. Instructor has told me that I’m ready to carry and this will be the weapon for that purpose. The AK has less kick than anticipated and the sights are well-aligned. Ammunition is also less expensive, which is helpful at my pay scale. Am expecting this weekend routine to continue with a 2-3 week break in September while he goes west to hunt. Afterward, there’s fired round accounting to be completed and the ever-necessary weapons cleaning. The latter is the real chore. Prior to getting the JHP, I hadn’t cleaned a weapon since 1973. I put a lot of time and materials into cleaning and I don’t set the weapon down until it sparkles, patches coming out clean. The day I’m dreading most is when I have to disassemble the weapons. I used to be able to take an M-60 apart in 7 seconds, but I don’t harbor any illusions about my current ability. I’m afraid that once reassembled, I’ll be left with some spare parts. I’ve also become a member of NRA, but after some research, it appears they’re a bit weak-kneed when it comes to taking a firm stand against all the gun grabbers’ attempts. Will likely not renew my membership next year. So that’s where things are at. I came here originally for knowledge and tips from all you experts. There’s still a lot I need to learn and I hope that all of you will educate me.