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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:10 pm 
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This is truly saddening news. When I was new on this forum, Flatgate's posts were the ones I always looked for first, before everything else.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:47 am 
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Just saw this a few minutes ago. Rest in peace Carl and enjoy your glorious new beginning. We look forward to glad reunion.

While I never personally knew Carl he was the man I trusted to walk me through my very first firearms purchase over the net, here on the Ruger Forum. That was a long long time ago. His Ruger Blackhawk Flattop 4 5/8" shooter grade 357 Mag. still resides in my collection just as I purchased it from him. I'd planned on having Clements turn it into a 44 Special but when Ruger came out with the NM Flattop 44 Special I got one of those and left Carl's alone. I will keep it as it is... I've always thought of it as "Flatgate's Blackhawk"...

Prayers to the family and all who knew and loved him as a friend...

The Preacher


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:38 am 
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Damn.
Never met him, but did email back & forth a few times years ago.

Thanks, Terry, for letting us know.
Denis


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:54 pm 
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Preacher, Calling it "Flatgate's Blackhawk" is a really nice tribute to the man.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:20 am 
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As a newcomer to this Forum (much of his doing I understand) its truly a testament to Flatgates legacy to see how many of you he has befriended and mentored. Most all of you post here regularly and on other forums and I'm very sure he would be proud to know that you are now mentoring and befriending an entire new generation of Ruger enthusiast, shooters and collectors.
Rest in Peace Flatgate.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:34 am 
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Gene,, you would have liked Carl.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:10 pm 
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I only had one meeting with him face to face, Steve Adamson introduce me to him at Tulsa OK. I could have talked for hours with him, we sat at our tables and talked Rugers. Man he had some good ones....I'm sure he,'ll be missed as a fine man he was, and founder of this Forum....Scott


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:44 pm 
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i just read this,,he was always kind and helpful ,to all of us here..


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:51 pm 
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Flatgate and WMG helped me from the very first day I joined RF.

I bought a .44 Flattop from him. I had to send him the funds twice, as he misplaced the first MO.

Somebody needs to step up and use his phrase “RTFB” when required.

RIP


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:27 pm 
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SATCOM wrote:
Somebody needs to step up and use his phrase “RTFB” when required.


Yep, Carl was a strong proponent of "reading the books" to broaden one's knowledge of Ruger's history, features, and idiosyncrasies. I always thought he should have written a book himself. His observations on the scene would have made for another bit of "required reading" in the hobby.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:06 pm 
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R.I.P.
Flategate may be gone, but not forgotten...


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:37 pm 
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Sorry to hear this. I remember Flatgate years ago when I joined the forum. I'd say 10 years ago. Maybe longer. I have a job now that allows a little more leisure time and when I came back to the forum I couldnt remember my original name. I swear is was rugerp89dc or p89dc something. Of course I wouldnt have the same email anyways to recover it.

Flatgate was always gave very knowledgeable advice and for some reason I have always remember that name Flategate. Prayers go up to his family.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:23 pm 
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I'm sad to read this. TRF was the very first internet forum I joined way back in 2000 or thereabouts and it seems that Flatgate was there then.
I need to check in more often, I miss so much.

R.I.P. Carl, thanks for all the help you gave me.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:15 pm 
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Forgive me for just seeing this.. Carl made this forum what it is. The Best. I'm so happy to have been a part of the #100 guns deal. Wish we could have done more.
RIP Buddy. Eric


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:02 pm 
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Eric, I suspect that the #100 guns forum buy for Flatgate was unique to any gun forum. I no longer remember the exact amount of money we all contributed but it was significant, into the many tens of thousands of dollars, and was proof of how much we all thought of Carl.

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