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New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« on: May 29, 2016, 04:06:55 PM »
Hi, everybody!

I'm a new guy on this forum and I'd like to introduce myself. I'm a 46-year-old man, who was born in the USSR and moved to the US 10 years ago. I've been a gun enthusiast for all my life, but due to the policies of the country of my origin and to the fact that I have muscular dystrophy disease starting the first year of my life, I had very limited access not just to firearms (clearly speaking, I had no access, at all, as well as millions of people over there), but even to the information about guns – until the Internet came. I was never able to shoot due to the weakness of my muscles.

Courtesy of this forum's administration, I am going to do Ask Me Anything. I will post an update about day and time. Thank you!




Meet Yuri Sivitski

Check out the GoFundMe page to help Yuri get the equipment he needs to go shooting - http://gunl.ink/HelpYuriShoot

- GL
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Re: New guy entering
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2016, 04:21:32 PM »
Meet Yuri Sivitski
http://gunl.ink/MeetYuri

How One Disabled USSR-Born Shooting Enthusiast is Chasing the American Dream

...Given the nature of the Soviets’ harsh restrictions on firearm ownership by the general public and Mr. Sivitski’s condition, he did not have much opportunity to enjoy the shooting sports that he dreamed of, or even to go to a library to learn more about the subject that he loved.  For years, a meager selection of a few books and magazines were his only source of information on the topic, so he read and re-read them over and over.  And then… the internet came.  With this nearly limitless supply of information and knowledge now available to him via the internet through the use of assistive technologies, Yuri described himself as a “dimensionless sponge” to soak up information.  He was finally able to pursue knowledge about his passion, even if he was not able to put it into practice on the firing line... (continue reading at http://gunl.ink/MeetYuri)

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Re: New guy entering
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2016, 04:39:35 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forums.  Good luck getting what you need to get out and go shooting!  It's a great pastime filled with a lot of great people.

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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2016, 05:03:26 PM »
Yuri - you mentioned in our correspondence that your real dream is to go hunting. 

Do you have a particular type of hunting that you wish to do?  Small game (rabbits, squirrels), larger domestic game (whitetail deer, turkey), an African safari?  There is some good upland game bird hunting near your area, is that something you are interested in?

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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2016, 05:17:35 PM »
Well, African safari seems a little bit unrealistic :) deer and turkey are definitely on the list. Actually, turkey looks even more exciting. And, of course, there is feral swine – and there are no seasonal limits.

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Re: New guy entering
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2016, 05:45:41 PM »
Thank you!

Hi and welcome to the forums.  Good luck getting what you need to get out and go shooting!  It's a great pastime filled with a lot of great people.

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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2016, 05:49:42 PM »
Welcome.

What is your dream firearm?

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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2016, 06:03:31 PM »
Depending on application. For hunting that would be Browning BAR 30-06 (that would be non-practical for hunting deer in Ohio, though – there is a very limited list of guns allowed for hunting deer over here). For fun – some Barrett :)  and I can go on for hours about old (and not so old) military guns.
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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2016, 06:37:03 PM »
I made my first 1000yard shot with a Barret in 7mm. It was pretty awesome.

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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2016, 06:40:09 PM »
I have a ton of questions for you by the way.

Whats your biggest concern for the USA currently?

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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2016, 06:58:28 PM »
There is a bunch. I don't even know what to start with. The situation with presidential election, for example: a couple years ago my friends and I were discussing and agreeing that after Obama administration there was no chance that the next president would be a Democrat. Here we go: it looks like a bad dream –both candidates on democratic side can compete, who can do more harm to America; nevertheless, both of them have great chances of winning in general election. And, unfortunately, on the Republican side is a total mess. I was so hoping that Ted Cruz would make it to the convention. Well… The future we have ahead of us is so murky.

I have a ton of questions for you by the way.

Whats your biggest concern for the USA currently?

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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2016, 06:59:39 PM »
Good for you! :)

I made my first 1000yard shot with a Barret in 7mm. It was pretty awesome.

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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2016, 01:10:30 PM »
Happy Memorial Day, everyone!So, no more questions for me? I've been just getting started :)

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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2016, 03:08:27 PM »
How do you shoot the AR in your picture with out the special equipment now?

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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2016, 03:34:45 PM »
There is a bunch. I don't even know what to start with. The situation with presidential election, for example: a couple years ago my friends and I were discussing and agreeing that after Obama administration there was no chance that the next president would be a Democrat. Here we go: it looks like a bad dream –both candidates on democratic side can compete, who can do more harm to America; nevertheless, both of them have great chances of winning in general election. And, unfortunately, on the Republican side is a total mess. I was so hoping that Ted Cruz would make it to the convention. Well… The future we have ahead of us is so murky.


You must have just been around 20 or so when the Soviet Union dissolved.  Having lived under that system, though the transition, in a post USSR country, and then in the US, what's your take on Sanders?  What about all the millennials who are nuts about him?  There's another thread about how to talk to his supporters to "correct" them.  Input? 

I'm sure you've seen Garry Kasparov's take, who has a similar background by now.


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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2016, 04:25:00 PM »
I don't - my wife does. The picture shows the first cleaning session after she shot it for the first time.  I was surprised that it wasn't bad, at all.

How do you shoot the AR in your picture with out the special equipment now?

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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2016, 05:33:34 PM »
I was 21. It was a great excitement. Real changes started. Then, three years later in 1994 Alexander Lukashenko was elected the first president of Belarus. A populist, ignorant man. and he took everything into his hands soooo well that he still has been an "elected" president - I kid you not.  At least five of his political opponents has vanished or died under... hmm, strange circumstances. I have to admit, that economically Belarus wasn't too bad, but democracy has been choked to death.

About Sanders: not a single person known to me, who moved to the United States from former Soviet Union (and, believe me, I know a lot of people) will vote for Sanders. Because we know oooh so well, what socialism is. What "free stuff for everybody" means. It hurts like hell when I see young people going crazy about Sanders and his proposed "political revolution". I will check out the thread you suggested and see if I can make some input. And, yes – Kasparov  is a very smart man, and he put it just perfectly. I read that article and I could not said better than he did.



You must have just been around 20 or so when the Soviet Union dissolved.  Having lived under that system, though the transition, in a post USSR country, and then in the US, what's your take on Sanders?  What about all the millennials who are nuts about him?  There's another thread about how to talk to his supporters to "correct" them.  Input? 

I'm sure you've seen Garry Kasparov's take, who has a similar background by now.


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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2016, 08:59:37 PM »
hi, how did you get interested in guns if you can't have them in ussr?  did anyone u know have guns?

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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2016, 09:05:27 PM »
I'm assuming you still have family and friends in Belarus. What's your biggest concern for Belarus? Does the Ukraine/Russia situation worry you at all?

I was pulling for Cruz too
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Re: New guy entering :: Yuri Sivitski - Ask Me Anything
« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2016, 08:30:36 AM »
Well, as you know, forbidden fruit is most desirable :) the only time I had a chance to touch a real gun was when we visited our relatives in the remote village. My second uncle showed me his double-barreled shotgun and let me hold it for a couple of minutes. It was so heavy I couldn't hold it so I put it in my laps. I was 12 or so at that time. that's all experience I had by then.
How my interest started… As I said, I cannot remember that's exactly. I believe, a lot of that came from my father: he served in Soviet Army as an aircraft weapons mechanic. There wasn't gunsmithing involved, but weapons loading/unloading and maintenance on warplanes. He told me a lot of stories. Also, from him I first time I heard about SKS carbine – before that I was sure that only AKs were issued to soldiers. Also, lots and lots of movies about WWII also affected my imagination.
Nowadays it's a little bit "simpler"  over there to get a hunting license and buy a shotgun.  a person just has to bring to police:  certificate from a psychiatrist that he is not a cuckoo; certificate from an ophthalmologist that he has good enough eye vision; certificate from a doctor that  he is not an alcoholic or drug addict; regular physical exam from primary care physician; also having a safe or metal locking box is mandatory. if you are a good boy, after five years you can get permission to buy a hunting carbine with a rifled barrel.  to buy or sell a gun, you have to get permission from police and register the sale or purchase with them. When some governmental event is going to occur, all gun owners are obligated to go to a local police and leave their guns over there to be stored until further notice; after that you can go and pick it up (or not, haha).



hi, how did you get interested in guns if you can't have them in ussr?  did anyone u know have guns?