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The Most Wanted Gun in America (NY Times article on the AR)
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Posted on 02/05/2013 5:37:52 PM PST by Red in Blue PA

THE phone rings again at Pasadena Pawn and Gun, and a familiar question comes down the line: “Got any ARs?”

The answer is no. Pasadena Pawn and Gun, a gun retailer and pawnshop 15 miles south of Baltimore, is pretty much sold out of America’s most wanted gun, the AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. Since the massacre in Newtown, Conn., in December, the AR-15, the military-style weapon that the police say was used in the shootings, has been selling fast here and across the nation.

Before Newtown, the rifles sold for about $1,100, on average. Now some retailers charge twice that. At Pasadena Pawn, on the wall behind glass counters of handguns, are three dozen or so AR-15-style rifles. Dangling from nearly every one is a tag that says “Sold.”

“The AR-15, it’s kind of fashionable,” says Frank Loane Sr., the proprietor. His shop has a revolving waiting list for the rifles, and a handful of people are now on it. “The young generation likes them, the assault-looking guns.”

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Another feature of the AR-15 is that it can be easily personalized and accessorized.

“You can take the whole gun apart and replace any part you want to without special tools, without knowing a whole lot,” says Tim McDermott, a range officer at the Personal Defense and Handgun Safety Center in Raleigh, N.C. “They are Legos for guys.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


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1 posted on 02/05/2013 5:38:04 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA
Okay, I get it, an AK is not an AR. But it's still an appropriate photomeme.


2 posted on 02/05/2013 5:40:57 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Why do I “need” an AR-15? Why did Rosa Parks “need” to sit down on the bus?


3 posted on 02/05/2013 5:44:02 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Since the massacre in Newtown, Conn., in December, the AR-15, the military-style weapon that the police say was used in the shootings, has been selling fast here and across the nation.

Military-style.....how frightening!

4 posted on 02/05/2013 5:45:53 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
I read it said something like this “ I need my guns just as much as Rosa Parks needed to sit at the front of the bus”.

Both versions work I think.

highpockets

5 posted on 02/05/2013 5:52:03 PM PST by highpockets
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To: Red in Blue PA

To bad many Americans waited until any purchase of an AR type weapon was recorded and tracked by the feds and state!


6 posted on 02/05/2013 5:53:15 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

And to think, in the 1970s no one wanted one except me. You could not get people interested in them.

Their words were...”Will it kill a deer?” “It costs too much”!
“Too small”. “Too plasticky”. “What good is it?”

Even the gun magazines panned the AR-15 as too small for deer, not accurate enough for varmints, blah blah blah.

Then Mel Tappan wrote his book on SURVIVAL GUNS, then started writing a survival column in GUNS AND AMMO MAGAZINE. Suddenly Ars were hot! Add to that Jimmy Carter’s total incompetence in the Iran situation and Americans started arming with ARs, early AKs, AR-180s,
H&Ks. Korean, Australian, Austrian, The .223 took off like a rocket.

Yet they were still so far off the anti-gun radar that HCI still issued a statement that they “Only wanted to control handguns! Long guns would not be affected”.


7 posted on 02/05/2013 5:54:07 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I went out yesterday and stopped at Wal-Mart. A couple of weeks ago they only had a couple boxes of rifle cartridges and some shotgun shells.

This time they had about half filled their ammo display. I still didn’t see any .22 LR, or 9mm, .223 or .45 auto. They did have about all the other common ones such as .270, 30-06, .243, 40 S&W etc.

I think the shortage is not going to last all that much longer for ammo. This is a small wal-Mart and their long gun display was full. I did notice no ARs and they had 4 of various makes on display for months.


8 posted on 02/05/2013 5:55:04 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
"With ads celebrating the rifle’s military connections, they lured a new and eager audience to weapons that, not long ago, few serious gun enthusiasts would buy. "

Oh B.S.
Those that had one before 'the craze' did so because, like most rifles chambered in military calibers,
ammunition was easy to find & relatively cheap.
And most of the buyers were familiar with them from military service...
9 posted on 02/05/2013 5:58:21 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: Travis McGee

***Okay, I get it, an AK is not an AR. But it’s still an appropriate photomeme.***

I got a nice AK in .223. Shoots fine. How did I get it? I had a junk AR-15 that turned it’s bullets sideways made of salvage parts by SGW, now OLYMPIC.

When Clinton started with his AW ban I took it to a gunshow and traded it for a real nice AK. I bought lots of ammo for it, then after I was home I saw it was in .223, not .30 RS.

Oh well, I just had to find something to shoot up that Russian short ammo in so I found a real nice SKS.

I still wish I had my HOWA AR-180! :-(


10 posted on 02/05/2013 5:59:59 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

It would have been so much better if he had murdered those 6 year-olds with a 12ga pump loaded with 00 buck. /s


11 posted on 02/05/2013 6:01:55 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
WOW! What a talent you have!

Now, being 'down heah' in tha South,
most of the artwork I buy has cabins surrounded by pine tree's...kinda like...my house/cabin :)
12 posted on 02/05/2013 6:03:28 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I still subscribe to the statement of General Laney of Motor City Sportsman’s Association.

“When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best fire hose is an AK-47.”(or an AR)


13 posted on 02/05/2013 6:03:28 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

.223 AK’s are not that prevalent.
Siaga makes a hunting version as does Molot.
Other than that they are pretty scarce.


14 posted on 02/05/2013 6:07:26 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Travis McGee

Every time I see those pictures it really bothers me. I have no idea if they are guilty or not but seeing soldiers shooting what looks to be little more than children, in the back of the head just makes me think of the SS, Stalin’s execution of the entire Polish officer corps at Katyn etc.

It is good to also remember that the U.S. supported the Russian lies until fairly recently.


15 posted on 02/05/2013 6:09:07 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Didn’t the idiot murderer use pistols?????


16 posted on 02/05/2013 6:09:33 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I don’t get it. I got a tanker M1A with a scope, infra red, laser pointer, and night vision and just as happy as a clam. I saved up from the Clinton BS years. Why would I need an AR 15?


17 posted on 02/05/2013 6:10:49 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Red in Blue PA
The Most Wanted Gun in America

So who caused that?

Are his initials Jug-eared Lying Communist?

18 posted on 02/05/2013 6:13:32 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: mylife

I had a Valmet M76 in .223.Shot OK,traded it after a few years.


19 posted on 02/05/2013 6:15:17 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Frank needs a refresher on trigger discipline.

At the Pasadena Pawn and Gun Shop in Maryland, customers can join a waiting list to buy an AR-15-style rifle. “It’s kind of fashionable,” Frank Loane Sr., the shop’s proprietor, said of the gun.
20 posted on 02/05/2013 6:16:42 PM PST by TSgt (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.)
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To: mylife

***.223 AK’s are not that prevalent.***

I know. Try finding a magazine for one! They are worth their weight in gold!


21 posted on 02/05/2013 6:17:18 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: Farmer Dean

I wish I had that Valmet.


22 posted on 02/05/2013 6:21:04 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I know it!
East Germany made steel ones, I think Bulgaria made plastic ones.


23 posted on 02/05/2013 6:22:36 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ogen hal
Didn’t the idiot murderer use pistols?????

I've read he did and I've read he didn't.

The victims of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy were all shot with a Bushmaster .223-caliber semiautomatic rifle — a rifle that is legal to own in Pennsylvania. The gun is a civilian version of the military's M-16 and often seen at marksmanship competitions. It's similar to the weapon used in the...

philly.com/philly/blogs/dncrime/Point-counterpoint...

24 posted on 02/05/2013 6:22:49 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: vetvetdoug

Here’s why. (I’m a FAL guy but I had to pick up one after a while.)

1. Combat chatter.
2. Ease of ‘borrowing’ ammo and mags.
3. For the weight of your tanker M1A and one mag, you can carry an AR that reaches out just as far and ten fully loaded mags.
4. Barbie for men.
5. Familiarity with operation of the most common rifle on the continent. You might have to ‘borrow’ in a hurry one day.
6. Because liberals don’t want you to have one.


25 posted on 02/05/2013 6:27:25 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

At this stage of the game, it doesn’t matter. The American citizens have become a standing army without even realizing it, thanks to all the panic-buying and civilian ammo stockpiling since Newtown. And the gun-grabbers never even see it coming.


26 posted on 02/05/2013 6:28:11 PM PST by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: yarddog
Every time I see those pictures it really bothers me. I have no idea if they are guilty or not but seeing soldiers shooting what looks to be little more than children, in the back of the head just makes me think of the SS, Stalin’s execution of the entire Polish officer corps at Katyn

Bronco's current litmus test for top military officers apparently is "will you shoot Americans if ordered?"

27 posted on 02/05/2013 6:28:38 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

28 posted on 02/05/2013 6:28:54 PM PST by rabidralph (http://www.cafepress.com/westernwis)
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To: ogen hal
Didn’t the idiot murderer use pistols?????

I've read dozens of articles about the shooting. Some say he left the rifle in the car trunk, some say he used it in the shooting. We may never know the truth.

29 posted on 02/05/2013 6:29:10 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: yarddog; Lazamataz; CodeToad; Dead Corpse; Lurker; archy; Jack Black

A new idea sprang forth today, when an email arrived in my box with some Katyn movie video links, so I looked at this again. 9 minutes, I dare you to watch, again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Geu0R4xGAi4

You know the many subtitled versions of the Hitler bunker scene from the old movie? We’re going to recaption the Katyn video with references to bitter clingers and gun control. Not understanding what “fundamental transformation” was about.

Gloves are off, we fight hard or go home and cringe.


30 posted on 02/05/2013 6:30:35 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: ogen hal
Didn’t the idiot murderer use pistols?????

Only on himself.

31 posted on 02/05/2013 6:32:43 PM PST by Drew68
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To: yarddog

Last week, my Wife and I went to the Sportsman’s Warehouse just to see if there was anything in the place worth getting.
The reloading isle was almost completely empty.
After sadly wandering about 2 isles away, we saw 2 bags of 9mm brass just sitting there.
I quickly grabbed them and headed to the registers to buy them. The lady was like, “WHERE on EARTH did you find those?!”

And I don’t even reload yet. Gonna buy a press and all the other goodies in about 2 months.


32 posted on 02/05/2013 6:33:01 PM PST by RandallFlagg
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To: 45semi

Remember, to the NY Times, “serious gun enthusiast” = Fudd with maybe three guns, all high dollar custom pieces.


33 posted on 02/05/2013 6:35:43 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr

I’m a FAL shooter myself, but my 72 hour kit has an AR carbine as part of the loadout. For all the reasons you’ve specified.


34 posted on 02/05/2013 6:39:25 PM PST by Noumenon (One individual with courage, determination and a rifle can change the course of history.)
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To: Travis McGee

“Katyn” was a much better than average movie. The director’s Father was one of those murdered at Katyn. Showing the execution sure gave me a bad feeling almost as if you were watching the real thing.

I can’t afford to buy many movies but my Daughter likes to give me 3 or 4 month subscriptions to Netflix. I rented it a couple of years ago and I have noticed they often recommend movies based on my liking “Katyn”.


35 posted on 02/05/2013 6:53:49 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: yarddog

That’s good, more people understand history, the better. Another low budget but superb anti-tyranny pro-RKBA movie is “Escape from Sobibor.” The entire plot for overwhelming the guards revolves around making, hiding and stealing weapons, from homemade knives to Mausers. It’s all on youtube for free.


36 posted on 02/05/2013 6:57:04 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: null and void

One thing which bothers me about those pictures is the Chinese soldiers do not appear to be sad or even happy. They just look like they are doing routine work.

I would bet you anything that a lot of Americans would do the same thing. I sure hope not as high a percentage mainly due to our Christian (and Jewish) heritage.


37 posted on 02/05/2013 6:59:11 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Duh, I thought the “most wanted Gun” in America was the Obamadrone.

It says right on the label that Gun-Guy Holder printed up that “with an Obamadrone, it is perfectly legal to kill any American bully in the schoolyard.”


38 posted on 02/05/2013 7:00:16 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Red in Blue PA

BS

I want an M-14 (just can’t afford it) it has great sentimental value and it is what I consider the ultimate weapon of protection.

There are many I can’t afford, many I may pick up from the field... a few that I just want... because I want them.

TT


39 posted on 02/05/2013 7:01:31 PM PST by TexasTransplant (This needs to go viral http://vimeo.com/52009124 please watch it)
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To: mylife

Bulgarian circle 10 mags....very expensive if you can find them.

Here’s a conversion for stanag ar mags in your .223 ak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAjidZr5D7o&list=UUZ-qxagOkAmCEP-Tu6YliUQ&index=1


40 posted on 02/05/2013 7:01:50 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Travis McGee

41 posted on 02/05/2013 7:01:50 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Coincidentally, I was shopping for an AR on that day, but before the news reports started, and decided against the Colt AR at Walmart for $1,200, thinking I could get a better deal.

Should have bought it when I had it in my hands. No going back to that moment in time now.

42 posted on 02/05/2013 7:06:03 PM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: yarddog

***** “I think the shortage is not going to last all that much longer for ammo. This is a small wal-Mart and their long gun display was full. I did notice no ARs and they had 4 of various makes on display for months.” *****

Shelves are bare here ... bought their last box of 22 short just because they had them. They had a few random 12 and 20 GA (Target) and (1) box of 7mm... and that was it period.

TT


43 posted on 02/05/2013 7:06:09 PM PST by TexasTransplant (This needs to go viral http://vimeo.com/52009124 please watch it)
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To: Graybeard58
I've read dozens of articles about the shooting. Some say he left the rifle in the car trunk, some say he used it in the shooting. We may never know the truth.

We know the truth. He used an AR in the shooting and left a shotgun in the trunk. The articles saying he used pistols were all based on one media mistake.

Try applying some critical analysis skills rather than just throwing your hands up in despair.

44 posted on 02/05/2013 7:11:10 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: Red in Blue PA

Sorry... Clarification

***** “I want an M-14 (just can’t afford it) it has great sentimental value and it is what I consider the ultimate weapon of protection.

There are many “OTHERS” I can’t afford, many I may pick up from the field... a few “OTHERS” that I just want... because I MAY NEED or want them.” *******

I may have been vague in my earlier response

TT


45 posted on 02/05/2013 7:13:02 PM PST by TexasTransplant (This needs to go viral http://vimeo.com/52009124 please watch it)
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To: 3Fingas

I have several Wieger’s


46 posted on 02/05/2013 7:17:48 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Strategerist

***** “I’ve read dozens of articles about the shooting. Some say he left the rifle in the car trunk, some say he used it in the shooting. We may never know the truth.

We know the truth. He used an AR in the shooting and left a shotgun in the trunk. The articles saying he used pistols were all based on one media mistake.

Try applying some critical analysis skills rather than just throwing your hands up in despair.” *****

Don’t give a crap ... the piece of metal, the tool, the object called an AR did “NOTHING” ... it was the Libtard that murdered... and that is a subject that will be discussed in the very near future... “What is the difference between Killing and Murdering of a Human Being”

MSM will distort and end up defending every POS murderer... just to help Zero Confiscate all Guns... wait and see

TT


47 posted on 02/05/2013 7:21:34 PM PST by TexasTransplant (This needs to go viral http://vimeo.com/52009124 please watch it)
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To: mylife

I have a Century Arms Golani sporter in .223. The Israeli Galil was a refinement of the Valmet which grew from the Kalashnikov and the Golani is the semiauto version.

I love it. All steel, machined rcvr, a little weighty but Tapco mags help. I must be an `AK snob’. The AR just leaves me cold. First qualified on the M-16A1 in 1970, last qualified on the M-16A2 in 2010 before I retired (long story). Pure personal preference, nothing more.

Maybe it’s the AR charging handle, like a toothbrush. Forward assist afterthought. Tap, tap, pull, tap. Rotate selector to semi. Watch...your...lanes.

But grab the AK op handle & you’ve got that bad boy under control.


48 posted on 02/05/2013 7:24:07 PM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: 3Fingas

Sure looks pricy LOL


49 posted on 02/05/2013 7:29:17 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: elcid1970

I wish I had grabbed one of those back in the day.
And a Daewoo too.


50 posted on 02/05/2013 7:32:31 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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