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Well folks, we have finally broken through the 100,000 post milestone… It took nearly 18-years to do it, but we got there!  Some of you have contributed more than others, but we have all contributed to what I strongly believe is the single best firearms forum on the entire internet… Well done to all who have helped make the WACA website what it is today SmileSmile

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Congratulations Bert. You provide all of us with a wealth of information. See you in Cody

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That works out to an average of slightly over 15 posts per day to get to 100,000 in 18 years.  So then, how long until the 200,000 milestone?

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Bert H. said
Well folks, we have finally broken through the 100,000 post milestone… It took nearly 18-years to do it, but we got there!  Some of you have contributed more than others, but we have all contributed to what I strongly believe is the single best firearms forum on the entire internet… Well done to all who have helped make the WACA website what it is today SmileSmile

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Sincere thanks to you Bert and the Administrators and Moderators who have made this forum . . .

“the single best firearms forum on the entire internet… Well done to all who have helped make the WACA website what it is today.”

And those other members who have contributed significantly to its success.

Pretty hard to beat and I’m looking forward to another 100,000 posts.

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That works out to an average of slightly over 15 posts per day to get to 100,000 in 18 years.  So then, how long until the 200,000 milestone?  

The daily post rate has grown each and every year, and it is currently more than double the lifetime daily average… so in answer to your question, I suspect that it will be reached in slightly less than half the time it took to get to the 100K mark.

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Bert H. said

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That works out to an average of slightly over 15 posts per day to get to 100,000 in 18 years.  So then, how long until the 200,000 milestone?  

The daily post rate has grown each and every year, and it is currently more than double the lifetime daily average… so in answer to your question, I suspect that it will be reached in slightly less than half the time it took to get to the 100K mark.  

That’s what I was guessing.  Exponential growth.  Before you know it, there will be a million posts.

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That’s what I was guessing.  Exponential growth.  Before you know it, there will be a million posts.

Might have been a million by now, were this not a “pay to play” site; only one I’ve ever encountered, as a matter of fact.  That is what makes the 100,000 tally remarkable.  “Guest” privilege?  Not the same thing at all, though better than exclusion.  Even such experts as John Kort & Brad Bell remained “guests,” because to many, $50 is not lunch-money.  (Incredible, yes, I know.)

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Clarence. as a WACA member I get 4 magazines, a calender and free admission to WACA shows and access to many smart Winchester people. All for $50. I also belong to Colt and Marlin forums (which are free) but I get nothing from them. As an aside I belong to a sportsmans club which has a $250 initiation fee plus $150 annual membership fee. Being a gun nut is not cheap. Don

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Clarence. as a WACA member I get 4 magazines, a calender and free admission to WACA shows and access to many smart Winchester people. All for $50. I also belong to Colt and Marlin forums (which are free) but I get nothing from them. As an aside I belong to a sportsmans club which has a $250 initiation fee plus $150 annual membership fee. Being a gun nut is not cheap. Don

  

Fine if you want those benefits, but what if you don’t?  I requested my mags not be sent; don’t need more paper in a house already crammed to the rafters with it.  And I prefer the free antique tractor calendar I’ve been getting for decades.  What you get from your Colt & Marlin forums is the most important benefit of all, unhampered access to the info available therein.

There are cheaper clubs; mine charges $35/yr.

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Quite the milestone considering the size of the group. An amazing amount of valuable information. I’m a WACA member first, forum is just one valuable benefit. I also understand that a website doesn’t run for free. If members don’t pay the costs the host may elect to sell ads. That opens up another whole can of worms. As I understand it the website is owned by WACA for the benefit of its members, as it should be.

 

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That’s what I was guessing.  Exponential growth.  Before you know it, there will be a million posts.

Might have been a million by now, were this not a “pay to play” site; only one I’ve ever encountered, as a matter of fact.  That is what makes the 100,000 tally remarkable.  “Guest” privilege?  Not the same thing at all, though better than exclusion.  Even such experts as John Kort & Brad Bell remained “guests,” because to many, $50 is not lunch-money.  (Incredible, yes, I know.)

  

Clarence,

You are being very short-sighted and close-minded in your comment above. 

For your benefit (and for the benefit of all others who may read this), there is a very valid reason we have a “play to pay” membership system.  The primary reason is that WACA is a Non-profit organization, and it costs serious $$$$ to create and host a website…  nothing in our world today is truly free!  We do have people on a payroll that have to get paid to help run the organization and website (I am not one of them).  The relatively small annual membership dues/fees we charge are what allow us to publish a very classy magazine and calendar, and to pay for & operate this website. 

In my opinion, you are missing out by declining the magazines, though as a member, you can read them online.  In addition to the magazines and full website access, your membership also entitles you to additional (extra) free serial numbers searches through the CFM records office, and free entrance to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center of the West (museum).  While you may not personally take advantage of that benefit, the majority of our membership does. 

Finally, this website is not truly a “pay to play”, as anyone is able to register as a Guest member and post comments or questions on our forums for FREE.  By limiting the access (User permissions) of all the non WACA members, it also allows me to prevent the Chinese, Russians, and all other Spammers out there from inundating our website with all of the non firearms related crap that they attempt to post on an “open” website.  Most of you may not know or understand how frequently websites are attacked by malicious entities, and the effort that goes into keeping this website free from that sort of activity.  I freely do all of this for the WACA organization because I can (and have the requisite know how), and more importantly, because I fully believe in and support the purpose of the WACA.

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This is very cool.  I very much enjoy having such frequent contact with others who share the same interests I do.  Over the years I have been a member of many vintage firearms-related internet forums.  I am often disappointed as for the majority of these sites, there is very little happening.  It is helpful that, “Winchester” has such wide appeal.  An example is the Vintage semi-automatic sporting rifles forum.  I’m a member – hadn’t been there in a while.  I just went to have a peek.  There’s a large variety of topics (including the Winchester semi-autos) but the very last time anyone posted anything on any topic was April.  Even the Marlin forums don’t receive much action – and when they do – it’s usually focused on much more modern Marlin rifles.  Yup… this is the best firearms forum on the internet Cool

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  Over the years I have been a member of many vintage firearms-related internet forums.  I am often disappointed as for the majority of these sites, there is very little happening.  steve004 said

  

Steve, appears you don’t visit the Colt, S&W, Cast “Boolet,” Milsurp, forums–all very active.  Probably some others I’m unaware of; it’s a big world out there if you take the time to look for it.  Ditto for Rim Fire Central, if the heavy-handed censorship doesn’t offend you.  (Very interesting that 2A proponents expect those, the majority, having no interest in guns, to respect the 2A, but when it comes to the 1A, we can take it or leave it.)

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Finally, this website is not truly a “pay to play”, as anyone is able to register as a Guest member and post comments or questions on our forums for FREE.  Bert H. said

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  Over the years I have been a member of many vintage firearms-related internet forums.  I am often disappointed as for the majority of these sites, there is very little happening.  steve004 said

  

Steve, appears you don’t visit the Colt, S&W, Cast “Boolet,” Milsurp, forums–all very active.  Probably some others I’m unaware of; it’s a big world out there if you take the time to look for it.  Ditto for Rim Fire Central, if the heavy-handed censorship doesn’t offend you.  (Very interesting that 2A proponents expect those, the majority, having no interest in guns, to respect the 2A, but when it comes to the 1A, we can take it or leave it.)

  

You’re correct Clarence.  I don’t visit the Colt, S&W or Milsurp forums.  I’m not surprised they see a lot of activity – those three subjects cover tens of millions of collectors out there.  But, I’m not one of them.  For several years, I created and hosted a Whitney-Kennedy/Burgess rifle website/forum.  I ultimately abandoned it due to lack of participation.  Yes, it is a big world out there and there’s lots of nooks and crannies.  Many of my interests are in the much less traveled areas.  There’s not a lot of interest in some of these areas but for those that are interested, they are often extremely interested.  

I’ve also hosted rossrifle.com for the past ten years.  I had a couple year period of some heightened interest but it fell off.  Part of this was due to the challenges faced when operating a website.  Originally, I had a self-registration process and I was inundated with thousands of spam registrations.  I had to switch to a system where prospective members would e-mail me their information and I would manually register them – vetting each registration.  Then there’s the hackers, spiders, bots and all the other chicanery the internet is famous for.  It’s a lot to deal with.  My own experience has provided me with particular appreciation for the work that goes into keeping this site going.

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You’re correct Clarence.  I don’t visit the Colt, S&W or Milsurp forums.  I’m not surprised they see a lot of activity – those three subjects cover tens of millions of collectors out there.  But, I’m not one of them. steve004 said

Buy my one remaining M1903, & you can join the Milsurp club.  While you’re thinking about it, please send me the Semi-Auto site link.  Of minimal interest, but first rifle was a Rem M24…which I still have. 

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You’re correct Clarence.  I don’t visit the Colt, S&W or Milsurp forums.  I’m not surprised they see a lot of activity – those three subjects cover tens of millions of collectors out there.  But, I’m not one of them. steve004 said

Buy my one remaining M1903, & you can join the Milsurp club.  While you’re thinking about it, please send me the Semi-Auto site link.  Of minimal interest, but first rifle was a Rem M24…which I still have. 

  

I’ll send you the link via pm.  

The only problem with your suggestion is I don’t have any interest in owning a Colt M1903.  

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steve004 said The only problem with your suggestion is I don’t have any interest in owning a Colt M1903.    

Neither do I!  Talking the greatest rifle ever conceived (well, one of them, at any rate) the SPRINGFIELD M1903!  Will take a good used 4X4 in trade.

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Neither do I!  Talking the greatest rifle ever conceived (well, one of them, at any rate) the SPRINGFIELD M1903!  Will take a good used 4X4 in trade.  

Greatest rifle ever conceived based on Mauser patents.  The U.S. had to pay .75 cents per rifle royalty to Mauser for the M1903 patent infringements until 1914 ($22.80 per rifle in todays dollars).  That is somewhat embarrassing……..

And don’t even get me started about the rod bayonet……thank god we had a president (Teddy) in office that knew what a battle rifle and bayonet was supposed to do.

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Alright, an improved Mauser.  But Springfield designers never really concealed their debt to Peter Paul.  After all, it was the US Army’s acknowledgement of the superiority of the Mauser Model 95 to the Krag during the Span-Am War that led (quickly) to the ’03.

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