I've long perused this forum and figured it was finally time to actually join. I'm a retired US Navy Chief Petty Officer, Parajumper (intel guy). Lived in Northamptonshire, UK for 15 years and was the only Yank I knew that had a full Firearms Certificate. Everything from skeet guns to 375 H&H. Wife worked in London and had a 2-hour commute so when she wanted to move back stateside to Houston, the answer to any relationship question in Texas is, of course, "Yes dear!" She followed me around the planet for my career so it was certainly my time to follow her. Two years later she tells me she has a large promotion if she goes to the refinery (Chevron oil) in El Segundo. "El Segundo, why, where is that my dear?", I ask. I'm thinking; Dallas, Beaumont, Midland/Odessa... Imagine my surprise when she says, "Los Angeles." I barely squeaked out "Yes dear...". And here I am now in the City of Angels. Right down by the water overlooking LA harbor with a view of the Battleship Iowa and the Queen Mary. Have to admit, this place is ground zero of Crazy Town, and I do miss Texas, but I do love this here weather! I have spent many years training our partner nation military allies all over Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and, best of all, Africa. I absolutely love the place. I have off road rally raced a Hummer H1 in Morocco and hunted in Namibia. I have trained forces in Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and have dear friends who are Rhodesian exiles. I'm planning my next hunt for 2020 or 2021. Going after the only thing that gives you the "I hate you" stare ;-) Big fan of double rifles even though I can't afford a good one. My "go to" hunting rifles are a 416 RM Mauser M03 Africa, and a Marlin 45-70 guide gun that is slicker than warm butter. I also shoot a Savage 112 300RUM in a tactical chassis for extreme long range shooting. I have not really shot it since moving to L.A. though. Simply nowhere close to shoot that kind of distances. I'm seriously thinking of taking the lever gun on my next safari. I'm all ears to anyone who has done it! I'm a big fan of long dogs, long guns, long gin and tonics, long desert races, long books, and just one damned-fine long legged woman.