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aom22 02-14-2008 09:22 PM

Moderator Working O/T
 
For the last few weeks ....
Some of you may have noticed I've been, sporadically, absent from the the forum.

It is not that I've lost interest or that my commitment as a moderator is waining.
Rather, I've been working over-time
at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Transfer Facility in Fort Stockton, Texas.

As such, my participation at our forum will be proportionately limited.

For how long? I don't know.
The staffing shortage for TDCJ is system wide and persistent.

By the way, if anyone is looking for a job .... TDCJ has a spot for you.
Qualify for retirement with only ten years of service
(Annunity and Medical Plan for Life)

No Physical is required

No Age Limit

If you already live in Texas, relocation may not be necessary.
There maybe be a unit near you.
Or, if you wish to move,
there could be a TDCJ unit in the region you're moving to.
If you don't have a retirement annuity
or are looking for a second retirement
and a medical plan for life -
TDCJ might be worth looking into.


Incidently,
Just got off the phone with Marc Sheppard at Altius.
We were discussing a Larsen Recruit Rifle.
He should have some in-stock in March.
Hopefully, I will have one - soon.

ToxicSports 02-14-2008 10:22 PM

Quote:

Just got off the phone with Marc Sheppard at Altius.
We were discussing a Larsen Recruit Rifle.
He should have some in-stock in March.
Hopefully, I will have one - soon.



Moderator or not...Stay off the phone with Marc!!! He needs time to tune up my action while he waits for the Lilja blank!!!!:cuss: :D


That sounds pretty cool about the Recruit rifle....did he quote a price?


Scott

aom22 02-15-2008 01:48 PM

Larsen Recruit Rifle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ToxicSports (Post 1739970)
... Stay off the phone with Marc!!!
That sounds pretty cool about the Recruit rifle....did he quote a price?

We didn't talk for long .... I had just woken-up and my mind wasn't clear.
As such, I only had a few questions.
Was a rifle in-stock? No.
But, new inventory should arrive sometime in March.
New inventory, new price.
When his order arrives, I will know the price.

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...rms/altius.jpg
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...arsen_tiny.jpg
Izhmash Recruit Rifle
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...rients/632.jpg

j.r. guerra in s. texas 02-15-2008 02:08 PM

Man, I was on vacation at El Paso this past Christmas holiday and drove through Fort Stockton -- nice country out there. :bthumb: Saw a lot of dead deer on roadside - man, all that wasted meat. :(

CZ_in_Texas 02-15-2008 09:25 PM

if the price is right I might have to get one of those for silhouette

aom22 02-28-2008 02:13 PM

Biathlon 7-2 KO Version 05 (Model not being imported)
 
Sent this email to Altius on 22 February 2008.
I haven't received a response - yet.

So, I just finished calling Mr. Sheppard.
His answering machine took my message.
I hate speaking to answering machines - but, what are you going to do.

Mr. Sheppard was not in his workplace.
His answering machine announced that he will be returning
after 05 March 2008.

Quote:

----- Original Message -----
From: aom22
To: [email protected]
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2008 8:14 PM
Subject: Biathlon 7-2 KO Version 05 (Model not being imported)


Mr. Sheppard,
Would it be possible for you to import this rifle via Mr. Larsen.

Биатлон-7-2-КО исп. 05
"Biathlon-7-2-KO" ep. 05 "05"
Biathlon 7-2 KO Version 05 - (Биатлон-7-2-КО исп. 05)

I believe there is a market for this model that Russian American Armory is not serving.

And, to a lesser extent, the following models should spark some buyer interest.

Биатлон 7-2-КО
Biathlon 7-2 - KO
BIATHLON MODEL 7-2KO Hunting Rifle (BI-7-2KO)

Biathlon Basic 7-2 KO w/Dioptrical Sighting Device
IZHMASH Biathlon Basic

Биатлон 7-3 "Кадет"
"Biathlon 7-3" Cadet "
Biathlon 7-3 Kadet (Биатлон 7-3 "Кадет")

I think that these models that are not being currently imported do have a market niche
that is being overlooked or ignored by other Russian firearms importers/distributors.

Not for sale in the USA: Importable: but, EXCLUDED Russian Models & Varients

aom22 03-20-2008 06:56 PM

Recruit Rifle and Forbidden Fruit
 
Quote:

Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2008 4:53 PM

Incidental,
Just got off the phone with Marc Sheppard at Altius.
We were discussing a Larsen Recruit Rifle.
He should have some in-stock in March.
Hopefully, I will have one - soon.

Once again, Just got off the phone to Altuis ...
NO, the Larsen Recruit Rifles are not in - yet.

However, Marc said, that he would be in-contact
with Larsen in the next day or so.

As such, I asked if he would speak with Larsen about obtaining
other Izhmash rifles that are not being imported by RAA.

He agreed to do so.

This is the email I sent to Altuis shortly afterward.

Quote:

Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 5:14 PM

Marc,

If you can obtain this rifle from Larsen .
I want one. And, perhaps, others would be interested as well.

This is the rifle I'm most interested in buying:
Biathlon 7-2 KO Version 05 - (Биатлон-7-2-КО исп. 05)

This is another rifle would like to obtain:
BI-7-2KO Hunting Rifle
It is currently listed at the Izhmash website.

aom22 04-03-2008 02:36 PM

Another Call to Altuis
 
Once again ... again ... again,
Just got off the phone to Altuis ... 04 Apr 1334 CST
Got the answering machine, left a message.
Will call back again.

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...rms/altius.jpg
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...arsen_tiny.jpg
Izhmash Recruit Rifle
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...rients/632.jpg

aom22 04-03-2008 04:58 PM

Return Call from Altuis
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by aom22 (Post 1812082)
Once again ... again ... again,
Just got off the phone to Altuis ... 04 Apr 1334 CST
Got the answering machine, left a message.
Will call back again.

04 Apr 1556 CST
Marc Sheppard, earlier, tried to return my call.
I wasn't available to take his call
- outside with my precious Pekingese.

So, I called Altius ... again.
Marc told me Larson will be shipping the Recruit Rifles
with-in the next two weeks - maybe.
The wait continues.

However, Marc indicated he had conferred with Larson
about the other rifles I was interested in.

Mr. Larson said, he would look into it.
When? After he is finished with the biathlon competition
he is currently involved with.

Progress ... I'd like to think so.
At the very least, a European exporter and an American importer
are concurrently looking into the possibility of handling
an Izhmash model that RAA is not importing.

aom22 04-14-2008 06:46 PM

Larsen Biathlon Rifle - A few Germans compete with Izhmash rifles modifed by Larsen
 
Good article found by midwest swiss
Referring to Russian Biathlon rifles:

Interesting read: Russian Athletes to Dump 'Inferior' German Rifles

aom22 04-14-2008 06:49 PM

TDCJ: Overtime
 
For the last 10 days, I've been working overtime.
At least 14 to 15 hours daily.

As such, I've had to curtail my forum activity.

Today has been my first, full day, off.
And, no, I wasn't really off.
My wife had a prioritized list of "honey dos" that
I couldn't' put-off any longer.

It is late in the afternoon and most of my mandatory tasks are completed.
This is the first time I've been able to get-on the computer.

Tomorrow, I will begin another 10-day cycle of 14 to 15 hour days at the prison.

Fortunately, relief maybe insight.
Some temporary housing is slated to be transferred to
Fort Stockton for the exclusive use of transient TDCJ officers.

Hopefully, the availability of free housing for correctional officers will attract potential recruits.

Sometime tomorrow, I'll try to call Altuis - again.
Maybe the Larsen Recruit Rifle will have arrived.

Kursk 04-15-2008 01:29 AM

Not to hijack the thread so delete if you will, but I've got a few clients that work for the TDCJ down here in Sugar Land and in the gazillion units in Rosharon and agree with you that y'all have some awesome benefits. And the pay was better than I ever expected. Plus if there were a growth industry in Texas, corrections is it.
I can't imagine being a police officer but you guards (both the men and women I've met) are cut from a special kind of stone. Still, the only way I could imagine being there would be as a visitor.
Thanks for doing an awesome job keeping the guys with the ugly jumpsuits behind the fence.:bthumb:

aom22 04-15-2008 01:26 PM

Altuis: Answering Machine
 
15 Apr 1220CST

Just got off the phone to Altuis , - again, again ... etc.:o
Spoke to the answering machine - again, again ... etc.:o

Left a message to contact me by email to get an up-date on the
anticipated delivery of a Larsen Recruit Rifle.

Sure hope to hear from Marc - soon.

Right now, I need to get ready for work.

Bayard Thompkins 04-15-2008 02:08 PM

Altius Shop Hours
 
Having been to Marc Sheppard's Altius shop in the summertime his hours typically are Wednesday through Saturday from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm if I remember correctly. He is involved Biathlon competitions both locally and nationally and may be travelling at any time.
If you happen to get to West Yellowstone, MT (the west entrance to Yellowstone Park), you have to stop in and see the coolest little gun shop in the nation. In fact Marc is the only Biathlon shop in the nation.
Boy Howdy, he's got some cool guns.
B

aom22 04-16-2008 10:55 AM

Pictures - Please
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bayard Thompkins (Post 1828125)
Having been to Marc Sheppard's Altius shop ....

Bayard Thompkins;

The next time you're in Marcs shop, how about taking some pictures?
And, post them at our forum.
I'd love to see his shop

aom22 04-16-2008 12:20 PM

Wasn't thinking when I called Altuis - yesterday
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bayard Thompkins (Post 1828125)
Having been to Marc Sheppard's Altius shop in the summertime his hours typically are Wednesday through Saturday from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm if I remember correctly....

Yea, I called on a Tuesday ... wasn't thinking.
Can't call today, I'll be asleep.
Yesterday, I was notified ...
I've been assigned to third shift - starting today.

To visit Altius Handcrafted Firearms in person:
Quote:

Altius Handcrafted Firearms is open from Wednesday through Friday, 1PM-7PM, and Saturday 10AM-6PM Mountain Time (U.S.).

aom22 04-22-2008 10:43 AM

Response From Altuis
 
A few days ago, I received an email update from Altius.
I didn't post it right away because I just didn't have the time to do so.

Today, I was notified by phone at 0553H
that my scheduled over-time had been canceled.

A fellow officer, unexpectedly, was medically cleared to return to duty.
She needs to build hours to be able to receive a full paycheck -
does not have sufficient vacation or to medical leave "on the books."
So, she took my spot on the roster and my over-time by default.

Well, I needed the day-off anyway.
I'm burned-out working my regular 3rd shift.
And, then, trying to work over-time on day-shift - it's hard.

Here is the update I received from Altius:
Quote:

Larsen will ship rifles to me next week so I should see them in 2-3 weeks.
No word from him yet on the potential availability of the other models you were interested in.
I'll keep you posted on that.

I can get you the Sobol (LEGION) for $850 if you are interested.

Marc

Marc Sheppard
Altius Handcrafted Firearms
P.O. Box 1028/125 Madison Avenue
West Yellowstone, MT 59758 USA
406-646-9222 TEL
406-646-9433 FAX
[email protected]
www.altiusguns.com

midwest swiss 04-22-2008 11:33 AM

Ya overtime pay is great for a while but it does have its down side
about it to. I use to have a part time job helping out my old boss.
So I was putting in 40hrs plus my part time job of 10-15hrs a week.
Thats where I got the $$ to buy an new CZ-Varmint, BB, & CM-2 Cadet in
the same year. :D I hope you recieve your new Russian rifle soon.

Swiss

aom22 05-21-2008 04:24 PM

Email from Altius
 
Just got an email from Marc at Altuis.
Good news at last!!!

Quote:

Rifles have just cleared Customs so I will have them in the shop on Friday afternoon.
I will invoice you once I have inspected them.
Thanks for your patience,
Marc


Marc Sheppard
Altius Handcrafted Firearms
P.O. Box 1028/125 Madison Avenue
West Yellowstone, MT 59758 USA
406-646-9222 TEL
406-646-9433 FAX
[email protected]
www.altiusguns.com
I had decided to take the last few days-off from work
to get some tasks around-the-house done.

My wife has me planting shrubs, bushes and a tree - a lot of hole digging.
I still need to trim our pecan trees and hedges.
And, remove a bunch of weeds by hand - dandelions, milkweed and desert related tubers .
My wife is allergic to herbicides and pesticides.

aom22 05-21-2008 06:42 PM

Not So Good News
 
Quote:

----- Original Message -----
From: aom22
To: [email protected]
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2008 8:14 PM
Subject: Biathlon 7-2 KO Version 05 (Model not being imported)

Mr. Sheppard,
Would it be possible for you to import this rifle via Mr. Larsen.

Биатлон-7-2-КО исп. 05
"Biathlon-7-2-KO" ep. 05 "05"
Biathlon 7-2 KO Version 05 - (Биатлон-7-2-КО исп. 05)

I believe there is a market for this model that Russian American Armory is not serving.

And, to a lesser extent, the following models should spark some buyer interest.

Биатлон 7-2-КО
Biathlon 7-2 - KO
BIATHLON MODEL 7-2KO Hunting Rifle (BI-7-2KO)

Biathlon Basic 7-2 KO w/Dioptrical Sighting Device
IZHMASH Biathlon Basic

Биатлон 7-3 "Кадет"
"Biathlon 7-3" Cadet "
Biathlon 7-3 Kadet (Биатлон 7-3 "Кадет")
I think that these models that are not being currently imported do have a market niche
that is being overlooked or ignored by other Russian firearms importers/distributors.

Not for sale in the USA: Importable: but, EXCLUDED Russian Models & Varients

Quote:

Originally Posted by aom22 (Post 1812235)
04 Apr 1556 CST
However, Marc indicated he had conferred with Larson
about the other rifles I was interested in.

Mr. Larson said, he would look into it.
When? After he is finished with the biathlon competition
he is currently involved with.

Progress ... I'd like to think so.
At the very least, a European exporter and an American importer
are concurrently looking into the possibility of handling
an Izhmash model that RAA is not importing.

Just got off the phone with Marc at Altius about two hours ago.
I had just sent him an email about the Larsen Recruit Rifles he is about to receive.

I left-out an important question, whether there was any progress
on the importation of the other rifles I was interested in.

His answer was not encouraging.

Apparently, Mr. Larsen has not addressed the issue.
Seems, he maybe avoiding the question.

Marc stated he would be in communication with Mr. Larsen by phone ... soon.
And, the issue of importing other Izhmash rifles would be brought-up ... once, again.

aom22 05-25-2008 03:18 PM

Better News at Last
 
Quote:

I have 3 of the Recruit rifles in the shop now
but I left the camera at home.
I'll get some pictures tomorrow and send them over to you.
They all are basically the same but you can have first choice.

Marc

Marc Sheppard
Altius Handcrafted Firearms
P.O. Box 1028/125 Madison Avenue
West Yellowstone, MT 59758 USA
406-646-9222 TEL
406-646-9433 FAX
[email protected]
www.altiusguns.com
Quote:

Here is a photo of the Recruit rifle.
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...foraom22-2.jpg
It should have said "of (your) Recruit Rifle."

International Trade Fair for Hunting and Sporting Arms, Outdoor articles and Accessories IWA-2002
Quote:

Norwegian company Kjel Larssen has drafted a plan to introduce the rifle for junior and teenagers biathlon.

During the meeting with representatives of Arms Design Centre of Concern Izhmash
the company marked main specifications of that rifle and made a request to design one.

Olympic champion Kati Wilhelm has been appearing at all competitions
with Russian rifle "Biathlon" she bought it in Norway from Kjel Larssen.

Besides Kati Wilhelm, another German Frank Luck has won the gold in Salt Lake City.
He also competes with Izhevsk "Biathlon".

As a whole German biathlon team has four Izhevsk "Biathlon" rifles,
it evidences not only of domestic rifles quality
but of Izhevsk rifles competitive ability increasing as well.
By the way, as soon as I get images of the Legion Sobol, I'll post them.

aom22 05-30-2008 08:42 PM

More Pictures of MY Rifle
 
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...rms/altius.jpg http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...arsen_tiny.jpg

Just received the invoice ...
Quote:

Please send a check at your convenience,
along with a copy the license of the FFL
to whom you want me to ship the rifles.

Thank you for your business - we appreciate it very much.

Best Regards,

Marc Sheppard
Altius Handcrafted Firearms
406-646-9222
And, some pictures - Oh Boy!
They were included with the invoice.

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...DSCN4721-1.jpg

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...DSCN4722-1.jpg

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...DSCN4723-1.jpg

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...DSCN4724-1.jpg

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...DSCN4719-1.jpg

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...DSCN4720-1.jpg

Kevin6q 05-31-2008 07:47 AM

This is great news. The rifle looks like a 7-4 without all of the straps and harnesses. Enjoy the rifle.

mr_ouija 05-31-2008 12:15 PM

That is very sharp looking!

midwest swiss 05-31-2008 12:40 PM

That looks like a fun rifle.
Good luck.

Swiss


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