Like water in my boots said The closer the dog is to the edge of the pan notch the less movement that is required to fire the trap.
That is why I use a night latch on mine . Go to the archives and search it out in the land trapping section .
Ayn Rand: "We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
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