Forum Rules & Terms of Service
Family, Friends and Firearms. Registration to this forum is free! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below.
We are a privately owned, not-for-profit discussion forum and while we are open to the public, the Staff reserves the right to deny or revoke any membership for any reason at any time without notice. All contributions (INCLUDING private communications between members)
on this forum becomes the property of The Triple-F Ranch
for archival and display purposes on the Family, Friends & Firearms
website venue. Said content may be viewed, removed or edited at staff discretion. The
original authors retain all rights to their material outside of the Family, Friends & Firearms
website venue. Publication of any original material from The Triple-F
on other websites or venues without permission from The Triple-F Ranch
or the original author is expressly forbidden. External linking to images contained on this server is
also expressly prohibited.
The opinions, views and comments expressed by the members of this forum and website are their own and do not necessarily state or reflect those of
The Triple-F Ranch or any of it's Staff. The Triple-F Ranch does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of these messages and opinions, and does not perform an independent investigation to verify their truth or accuracy. All posted messages (INCLUDING Private Messages between members) are the sole responsibility of the person from which such post originated and are subject to edit, review and/or deletion at the sole discretion of the Staff at any time without notice.
The Triple-F Ranch assumes no liability in any way for the content of any posted message or opinion, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any posted message.
This board is for those “regular folks” who have a serious interest in firearms and the shooting sports. We’re a pretty laid back bunch, so feel free to pull up a crate and chat. We do have a few rules, in order to maintain the integrity of the board, and assure that each Member is treated with respect. These rules are:
Stay civil. No profanity, personal attacks, or flames toward a person or group. (If you can't say it on network television, we don't want to see it on the boards).
No discussion of illegal activities (like bombings, “getting” someone, etc).
No spamming - Stay on-topic and maintain mature, constructive conversation.
Use only ONE username. Use of multiple usernames will be considered spam.
Trolling is forbidden and Trolls will be banned on sight.
As a general rule, users are only allowed to post text and/or
images that they own. If you wrote it or you snapped the photo, then you are
within the rules. Reposting a cool image from another site that's relevant
here is not allowed.
Fair use allows limited reposting of others' content, but
this is an increasingly grey area in the online world. The US Copyright
Office has guidelines, but they are imperfect at best. While many of us were
taught that "a paragraph or two" was a reasonable use, there are instances
where even this may qualify as copyright infringement depending on the
length of the original publication.
Because fair use is such a grey area, we would strongly
encourage users who wish to refer to material owned by others to post the
links to other sites along with their own brief summary of the content they
are linking to. If appropriate, you may, as an alternative or addition,
quote a sentence or two from the site you are linking to, but this should
not exceed one paragraph of copied text.
By posting here, you are granting us a perpetual, irrevocable
license to post your comments on Family, Friends & Firearms
website. You are agreeing that we may edit your posts, allow others to quote
them in their own posts, and modify the format as necessary as this site and
technology mature. Once your posts are a part of the site they can be very
difficult to remove without destroying the value of the threads you
participated in, so you are acknowledging up front that we may refuse to
remove your posts should you ask us to do so.
All messages you post will include your "user name." This may be your real name or a "handle" (nickname or pseudonym).
If you choose to use a handle, it may not be the name of a living person or a name likely to be confused with that of a living person.
If you register using a real name other than your own, or if the user name you choose contains offensive or misleading elements, your account will be canceled and you will be banned from future participation at this site.
Messages posted to this board must be polite and free of personal attacks, threats, and crude or sexually-explicit language.
Inappropriate or offensive graphics, user names, or profile entries are not permitted.
Messages should be relatively short and to the point. Do not post lengthy replies (including replies that consist largely of quotes from an earlier message).
Do not view the discussion area as a vehicle for single-mindedly promoting an agenda.
Anti-Gunowners are welcome to participate but must be respectful of the beliefs & positions held by the pro-gunowners participating on the board since it it their board.
Do not post others’ e-mail addresses or private e-mail sent by them unless they give you permission to do so.
Do not post copyrighted material.
Do not post material from unapproved private revelations.
Do not post personal phone numbers and addresses.
Do not post anything that can be construed as spam.
Do not post anything that can be construed as a commercial advertisement or contains any form of commercial solicitation.
Messages posted to threads should be on-topic. If you wish to discuss another topic, start a new thread.
Do not pad your post count with chatty or off-topic messages.
If you have something to say to an individual member that is not of general interest to the board, use the private messaging system.
Inappropriate or harassing private messages are not permitted.
Private messages ARE subject to edit & review by staff at any time without notice - Just to clarify, like any other message in our forums, these messages are stored in the forums database. While these messages are considered private and personal, they are not considered secret from the staff. The administrators are able to view these messages if so required by law enforcement agencies or in cases where illegal activities or severe rule infringement is reported or reasonably suspected. The administrative staff will respect your privacy in the use of this function while at the same time insuring the safety and comfort of all members. If we need to see your PMs, we will be able to see them, if we don't need to see them, we won't. You have a reasonable expectation of privacy here, but not to the degree that it will become a risk or liability to the Staff or other members here. We will view your PMs under very serious matters and will only act on PMs directly related to the matter we are investigating. All others will be left alone. Your PM inbox is not going to be Sunday afternoon reading material for a bored Admin.
Reports of infractions of these rules should be submitted to the moderators by private messaging.
Material that violates the rules may be edited or deleted without prior notice.
Moderator actions are not open to public debate. Judgments by the Moderators can be discussed with the Moderators via private messaging but not on the board itself.
Users who persistently violate the rules will be banned.
The above rules are subject to change without notice. Violations of these rules will result in ONE warning. If that isn’t effective, the offender will be banned from the board. We reserve the right to ban immediately someone posting a flagrant flame or spam. The decision of the Staff is final. You may appeal for reinstatement. Such appeal will be discussed by Staff, and if merited, you may be reinstated. But only once.
Legal Stuff ... Please read & heed.
The Triple-F Ranch and its
Administrators reserve the right to refuse access to the Family, Friends &
website to anyone without explanation. The Triple-F Ranch in
agreement with its members displays its members copyrighted "Intellectual
Property" for display in an open forum like manner on the Family, Friends &
website and other Family, Friends & Firearms publications. The Family, Friends &
Firearms website is privately owned and operated. By
your continued use of the Family, Friends & Firearms website you
The use or posting of copyrighted material unless the
copyright is owned by you or you have prior consent is not allowed. Anyone
doing so is subject to removal from the Family, Friends & Firearms
website for a length of time to be determined by The Triple-F Ranch Administration.
You agree not to provide any Messages to
The Triple-F Ranch that (a) infringes any third-party intellectual property or publicity/privacy rights, (b) is
knowingly false, and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful,
harassing, obscene, profane, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise
violative of any law or regulation, (c) contains any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information, and (d) promotes piracy.
The posting or displaying of sexually explicit, adult
related content, pornography, or any illegal material or links to it will
result in your removal from the Family, Friends & Firearms
permanently on the first offense.
Purposely posting incorrect, misleading, or hazardous
information will result in removal from the Family, Friends & Firearms
website permanently on the first offense.
The Family, Friends & Firearms
website is a
Family Oriented site and the content of all post made on the Family, Friends &
Firearms website should be in a manner that reflects this.
We will not tolerate profanity and any post that contains profanity is subject
to deletion or edit by an Administrator or Moderator without notice. Continued
use of such language may result in removal from the Family, Friends &
Firearms website for a length of time decided by the Administration.
The Triple-F Ranch will not tolerate
"Flame Wars" if you feel the need to constantly flame people then you are at
the wrong web site and should leave now. Anyone violating this policy is
subject to removal from the Family, Friends & Firearms
website for a
length of time decided by the Administration.
Personal Attacks are considered unacceptable at
The Triple-F Ranch and will result in removal from the Family, Friends &
Firearms website, the manner in which these are handled
will be at the discretion of the Administration. In cases of continued
disagreements in open forum by multiple parties equal action will be taken
with all involved parties, no one member will be shown special consideration
in such cases regardless of membership status.
Moderators at The Triple-F Ranch are
volunteers and receive no monetary compensation for their time from The
Triple-F Ranch. These are members who wish to contribute to
the Family, Friends & Firearms website and therefore donate their
time, please respect them and understand that they too are members here at
The Triple-F Ranch and have opinions of their own and these
opinions may not be that of The Triple-F Ranch or the
Administration but as with any member deserves respect.
Administrators and Board Moderators at The
Triple-F Ranch are the only ones who have the power to remove
anyone from the Family, Friends & Firearms website, All actions
taken by an Administrator or Board Moderator is considered "Approved by
The Triple-F Ranch", Administrators and Board Moderators act on
behalf of The Triple-F Ranch and any action taken by an
Administrators and Board Moderators is beyond contestation.
Members at The Triple-F Ranch are bound
by the terms of this agreement and anyone who fails to comply with the terms
of this agreement in its entirety will forfeit their membership and any rights
to view or use the information located on the Family, Friends & Firearms
servers, any "Intellectual Property" owned by a member who has been removed
from the Family, Friends & Firearms website is still considered to be
copyrighted by that individual but The Triple-F Ranch
retains the right to continue displaying such "Intellectual Property" as
By posting content to the Family, Friends &
Firearms website you are giving The Triple-F Ranch unlimited,
unrestricted, royalty free use of your "Intellectual Property",
The Triple-F Ranch is in no way obligated to reimburse any member
for use of any copyrighted material posted on The Triple-F Ranch.
The Triple-F Ranch retains the right to use the
"Intellectual Property" posted on our site for any purpose it sees fit as long
as credit is given to its copyright owner. The Triple-F Ranch
retains these rights to all "Intellectual Property" posted on the Family, Friends &
Firearms website regardless of the copyright owners
current membership status.
MEMBER'S ASSUMPTION OF LIABILITY - All
The Triple-F Ranch
members assume sole responsibility for their use of the information that is
provided to them on the Family, Friends & Firearms website. No
claim is made to the accuracy or completeness of any of the information
located on the Family, Friends & Firearms website and therefore
should be considered opinion and not fact.
The Triple-F Ranch Classifieds are
provided free for the The Triple-F Ranch members. Any member
may post items for sale on the various classifieds forums provided the item
conforms to the rules of the forum it is being posted to and provided the
member is not acting on behalf of ANY company or business. Those wishing to
use the The Triple-F Ranch classifieds as a source of retail
or wholesale sales may do so but only after paying the yearly fee associated
with that advertising plan.
CLASSIFIED POSTING RULES - if you have an item on any
internet auction DO NOT post it on the Family, Friends & Firearms
forums until the auction ends and the item does not sell. Also each of the
Classifieds forums have a set of rules posted in them that will be the current
policy for that forum and must be followed. If an item posted to Family, Friends &
Firearms website Classifieds is moved to an auction site please
so note by editing the subject. It will be removed from The Triple-F
Family, Friends & Firearms
WEBSITE PHOTO ALBUM -
Currently all registered members are allowed access to the Family, Friends &
Photo Album and may post images to it to be used on the Family, Friends &
Firearms website or any other website on the internet. The
does not block remote linking of the images in the photo gallery but reserves
the right to do so in the future at any time without prior notice. By posting
an image to the Family, Friends & Firearms website server or by linking it
in a post located on the Family, Friends & Firearms website server you are
giving The Triple-F Ranch unlimited and unrestricted access
and rights to use and display the image in any manner seen fit by the
Administration. You retain sole copyright to the image but The Triple-F
has royalty free use of the image indefinitely if posted on the FamilyFriends&Firearms
website and for the period the link remains active on the Family, Friends &
Firearms website for those located off site.
MEMBERSHIP TERMINATION - The
reserves the right to terminate anyone's membership for any reason without any
explanation; though this may not be the practice of the The Triple-F
administrators they do have this right.
STALKING & HARASSMENT - A member who intentionally and repeatedly harasses another person by threatening to expose personal data about that person, without that person’s permission, with the intent of causing real harm, embarrassment or who makes a credible threat, either expressed or implied, with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear publication of their personal data, if preconditions are not met, is guilty of a major violation which
The Triple-F Ranch construes as similar to stalking or extortion and will result, immediately, in banning the offending member for life. Any other member who participates in the sharing of such personal data or information or aids or assists in the above prohibited acts shall also face banning.
NOT A PUBLIC ACCESS SITE - Family, Friends &
is not a public access site and is not governed by any laws other than those
set forth by the Federal Government. The Triple-F Ranch does
not recognize anyone's given right to use or access the information contained
on the Family, Friends & Firearms website, contrary to such all
information located on the The Triple-F Ranch servers is
considered to be copyrighted "Intellectual Property" and therefore its use and
access are subject to the author's permission. All The Triple-F Ranch
members agree to give the The Triple-F Ranch administration
sole discretion as to who can and can not view their material while it is
located on the Family, Friends & Firearms website servers.
The Triple-F Ranch retains the right to refuse access without
notice or explanation and for any length of time to include indefinitely.
Posting Links on the Family, Friends &
Firearms website is free to all, though the The Triple-F Ranch
administration reviews all links posted to our links database. No links
pertaining to adult or sexually related sites are allowed. Only links that are
related to topics discussed on the Family, Friends & Firearms
website or that fall into the predefined categories will be allowed.
SPAM - The Triple-F Ranch has a NO SPAM
policy; we will not tolerate spamming in any form, PM's Email, or open forum.
Break this rule and your account will be banned indefinitely.
TROLLS - The Triple-F Ranch will not
tolerate "TROLLS" anyone suspected of being a troll on the forums will be
dealt with promptly.
MEMBER PROTECTION - The Triple-F
wants to protect our members from any harm of any sort while at The
Triple-F Ranch therefore in order to insure honesty and
truthfulness in transactions conducted using the Family, Friends & Firearms
website The Triple-F Ranch reserves the right to release
any members known personal information to include, Name, Address, Phone
Number, Date of Birth, Aliases, IP Addresses, ISP, Activity history, email
transcripts, pm transcripts, open forum posts or any other information that
The Triple-F Ranch might have relating to the member to any law
enforcement agency or federal, state or local agency if fraud is reported and
proof can be provided. The Triple-F Ranch will attempt to
contact the member accused, and allow them to provide any proof that they
might have to the contrary. If the member fails to respond The Triple-F
reserves the right to turn over said members information to the above
mentioned agencies or The Triple-F Ranch may elect to assist
the accusing member in seeking legal actions or restitutions against the
accused member in which case the accused members information would be turned
over to the accusing member and/or their legal counsel.
FIREARM SALES - The Triple-F Ranch is
in no way responsible for the sale of firearms on its web site, any member
offering for sale a firearm must follow all Federal, State and Local laws that
govern the state in which the sale is being made from and to. Any member
buying a firearm posted for sale on the Family, Friends & Firearms
website must follow all Federal, State and Local laws that govern the state in
which they intend to have the gun delivered. The Triple-F Ranch
is not a "middle man" and no one representing The Triple-F
has any part in the sale of or the collection of the money for any item
located for sale on the Family, Friends & Firearms website nor do
we have any dealings in the shipping of the items.
EQUALITY AMONG MEMBERS - at The
we feel that all members are equal, and each and every one of you contribute
in your own way to make The Triple-F Ranch what it is. We
also understand that each of our members have their own ideas, beliefs and
opinions, and we respect that. We ask that every member of The Triple-F
always remember that we are all unique and we all have our own ideas, beliefs,
and opinions and respect those of your fellow members as much as you would
have them respect yours. Now if that is none and you feel as though you need
not respect the opinions of your fellow members, I expect you will not be
staying around here for very long.
BAITING MEMBERS - The Triple-F Ranch has
a zero tolerance policy for members who try to bait other members into
Firearms website. Those who bait other members while themselves trying to stay within the
letter of the rules are in fact in "violation of the spirit of the rules". As
such the member baiting another member is subject to the same actions by
Moderators or Administrators as the baited member should the member then
violate site rules in retaliation or in response to the baiting. This rule
applies to all members of The Triple-F Ranch regardless of
membership status or rank.
PRIVATE MESSAGE SYSTEM - The The
private message system is in place for our members to have a way to contact
each other and have discussions that should not be posted into the open
forums. The Triple-F Ranch Administrators will from time to
time prune the PM system to clean up the database. When this is done older
pm's in your inbox may be deleted. If you wish to save a pm you should move it
to your saved box. The Triple-F Ranch is not responsible for
any information lost in this processes nor can we retrieve it once it is gone.
When The Triple-F Ranch prunes, we prunes ALL messages by
age. Saved ones too. Put it on your computer if you can't afford to lose it.
Family, Friends & Firearms
E-MAIL SYSTEM - The Triple-F Ranch does not give out members email addresses,
rather we have an email system in place to allow members to send other members
email without giving the sender the email address. Any member who abuses the
email system or the pm system will be removed from the Family, Friends &
Firearms website indefinitely. ALL MEMBERS must have a VALID EMAIL address on file
with The Triple-F Ranch in order for the The Triple-F
Administration to contact them if the need should present itself. Failure to
have a valid email address is grounds for account termination. The
Triple-F Ranch does not send Mass email to our members unless
a change has been made to The Triple-F Ranch that members
should be made aware of.
Family, Friends & Firearms
MAILING LISTS - The Triple-F Ranch does not at current maintain any mailing
lists nor do we intend to in the near future. The Triple-F Ranch
may elect to do so at any point and any member wishing to be "included" not
"excluded" will need to contact The Triple-F Ranch at the
time such mailing lists come available. The Triple-F Ranch
will not send "junk email or spam" nor will we allow any third party access to
our members information intentionally except as stated in this agreement. .
Family, Friends & Firearms
POST NOTIFICATION SYSTEM - The Triple-F Ranch has a system in place to notify
members of new posts and/or PM' s if a member elects to use this system and
said member is found to have an invalid email address listed on their account
on the Family, Friends & Firearms website servers said members account may
be deactivated and or suspended and the members right to use the notification
system may be revoked at the discretion of the The Triple-F Ranch
AVATARS - The Triple-F Ranch allows it
members to use "avatars", these are small images the member chooses to
represent them and their user account. These images must follow the terms as
outlined here, NO adult related images or Sexually explicit images will be
allowed, nor will images that are intended to offend or incite other members
be allowed. Anyone not adhering to these rules is subject to having their
account deactivated or removed from the Family, Friends & Firearms
CHANGE WITHOUT NOTIFICATION - Though the practice of
agreement without notification we reserve the right to do so. Any changes made
to this document in whole or part are considered retroactive and thus are
instantly in force and are considered to have been in force since this
documents execution on 11-6-2000, this also means that a member who breaks the
rules prior to the change of the rule can still be held liable for such
MEMBERS ACCEPTANCE - any member at
The Triple-F Ranch
registered or otherwise is required to follow all rules and guidelines set
forth in this document, failure to do so will result in the member's removal
and access to the Family, Friends & Firearms website to be denied to
the member. The Triple-F Ranch in good faith trusts all of
our members to read and understand the terms as outlined in this agreement.
Any member who accesses the Family, Friends & Firearms
or after 11-6-2000 agrees to be bound by the terms of this agreement and
enters in to a contractual obligation with The Triple-F Ranch
to conduct themselves in a manner set forth herein for the length of said
members visit and each subsequent visit there after.
INFORMATION COLLECTION - The
will collect information about its members for the sole purpose of improving
the members browsing experience, The Triple-F Ranch will not
collect any information without your knowledge, The Triple-F Ranch
DOES NOT use ad ware or spy ware nor do we use Pop-Up Ads. You are here by
notified that The Triple-F Ranch collects information about:
your ISP, Computer Operating System, Display Resolution, Browser and Version
and other demographics related information, never will we collect
private/personal information without your consent. The Triple-F Ranch
stores all personal information on a secure server and therefore abides by all
laws regarding your personal information as set forth by the federal laws
which govern it also. The Triple-F Ranch will NEVER sell or
release any members information except where stated otherwise in this
CONTESTS & DRAWINGS - The Triple-F
will from time to time hold contests for our members, in such case the
contests rules and guidelines will be posted for the members to review, anyone
entering into a The Triple-F Ranch contest must provide
The Triple-F Ranch with all information requested. This
information will be of a private nature and can include Real Name, address,
phone number and other personal information. The Triple-F Ranch
urges anyone providing us this information to do so OFFLINE or through email,
NEVER post your private information in open forum. Winners of the contests
will be chosen according to the rules of each contest.
CONTENT AVAILABILITY - The Triple-F
makes no guarantee neither written nor implied as to the accessibility of the
content located on the Family, Friends & Firearms website servers due to the
basic nature of the internet and the possibility for problems that might
prevent members from accessing the information at The Triple-F Ranch.
The Triple-F Ranch also reserves the right to remove any
content that it sees fit for any reason without notice. The Triple-F
makes no guarantee to its members that their "Intellectual Property" will
remain on the Family, Friends & Firearms website server for any set amount
of time unless otherwise stated in writing by an administrator.
Although The Triple-F
Ranch has attempted to provide accurate information on the forum,
The Triple-F Ranch assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the
information. All information is provided "as is" with all faults without
warranty of any kind, either express or implied. Neither The Triple-F
Ranch nor any of its directors, members, managers, employees, agents,
vendors, or suppliers will be liable for any direct, indirect, general, bodily
injury, compensatory, special, punitive, consequential, or incidental damages
including, without limitation, lost profits or revenues, costs of replacement
goods, loss or damage to data arising out of the use or inability to use this
forum or any services associated with this forum, or damages from the use of or
reliance on the information present on this forum, even if you have been advised
of the possibility of such damages.
Your use of this site constitute an implicit acceptance of ALL rules and operating procedures outlined above. Additionally, you agree to defend, indemnify and hold
The Triple-F Ranch and our subsidiaries, parents, affiliates, officers, directors, agents and employees harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, costs and expenses INCLUDING Attorneys' Fees arising from or in connection with (A) your breach of this agreement; (B) your violation of any local, state, Federal, foreign or international laws, codes and regulations; (C) your violation of any third party's rights including, but not limited to, infringement of any copyright, violation of any proprietary right and invasion of any privacy rights. THIS OBLIGATION WILL SURVIVE THE TERMINATION OF THIS AGREEMENT.
This site is governed and protected by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act - §18 of United States Code ¶2510-2521.
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