2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

First Range Day of the Year

Had to stick around the house this afternoon and wait for some roofing guys and insurance folks so I decided to just say to hell with work today and head to an outdoor range for the first time this year. It has been pretty cold and wet up to now and has kept me away. As normal, I traveled North to the state range at Delaware State Park in Delaware County, Ohio to do some shooting. Nice day for it, middle of the week so it was not crowded at all, overcast and cool so it was comfortable as it could be to shoot for a bit. Troy the range attendant was there per normal but there have been some changes due to the huge increase in persons utilizing the range.

1. Each time you go you are now required to go over the range safety rules, no matter how many times you have shot there.
2. There is a "cease fire" line consisting of some engineer stakes and rope behind the rifle line that all persons must go if they declare a cease fire. A line for the pistol range is in the works.

This is all due to the sheer stupidity that Troy has had to put up with because of the bum rush on gun sales since Obama time. Hey, I am strongly for the right of all Americans to bear arms, but some people have no common sense. You wouldn't buy a car without learning how to drive, why would you think owning a firearm would be different. Some of the stories he related:

  • People lock and loading and sighting in down range while others were still down there placing or pulling targets - bad
  • Woman who never owned a weapon before went out and purchased a $2,000 AR style rifle and then proceeded to look down the barrel with her finger in the trigger guard, bolt forward and magazine in the weapon - really bad
  • People trying to force the wrong sized ammo into their weapons because they bought "what was available" at Wally World instead of the correct type. - stupid
  • People just being generally ignorant and rude to other - irritating
  • An "expert" who has a NRA instructor certification is conducting a CCW class out there and bringing a bunch of students out there and tying up the ranges. He even makes them pay for their own range passes in addition to their class fee. Hey, I'm all for education, matter of fact this is what my rant is about, educating yourself before you own or carry, but come on, inconveniencing others at the expense of taxpayer money - obnoxious.
Come on folks, we're all shooters. Respect each other and do you part not to help promote the misconception of the gun owner as an ignorant rube. Learn how to safely shoot and be mature and respectful around others at the range.

In more cheerful news, there are new benches installed that have plastic tops attached to the tables and seats. This should go a long way towards making shooting more enjoyable for everyone there. The benches were made by Boy Scout Troop 507, Good job scouts!!


Here I am zeroing in my AK from a few posts ago. Notice in addition to all of the black furniture I put on it, I have also acquired a UTG side mount rail for it and also am using a BSA red dot optic on it. I got the iron sights (Mojo brand rear aperture) and BSA zeroed in at 25 meters (battle zero range for 7.62x39 in an AK) and 100 meters, respectively.


Shooting the M91/30, big boom!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Do As I Say AND As I Do, Part Deaux

Last month I sent an email to my congressman, Pat Tiberi, urging him to vote against HB45, aka the Blair Holt Bill. I posted a copy of my letter in his blog here.

What do you know, I got a response:

April 28, 2009

Mr. Peter Stanford
XXXXXXXXXXXX
Lewis Center, OH 43035-8934

Dear Mr. Stanford,

Thank you for your letter regarding the Blair Holt's Firearm
Licensing and Record of Sale Act. I appreciate this opportunity to
correspond with you.


As I am sure you know, I support a law abiding citizen's right
to bear arms. This right is enshrined in the Second Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution, and I do not support laws that would impede the use of firearms
for hunting, self-defense, sporting, or other legal
purposes.


As you may know, H.R. 45 was introduced by Representative Bobby
Rush (D-IL) on January 6, 2009. I do not support this bill. The bill
would expand restrictions of the licensing and registration process for gun
owners. If enacted, the resolution would make it illegal to own a handgun
or qualifying rifle without a federal firearms license, even for those who have
obtained a hunting license. It also establishes criminal penalties for
each violation. In order to be issued a firearm license an applicant would need
to submit to the attorney general a current photograph, their name, address and
date and place of birth, fingerprint, and a statement that the firearm will be
safely stored.


This bill has been referred to the Judiciary Committee in the
U.S. House of Representatives. Although I am not a member of this
Committee, please be sure that I will follow this bill closely. I have not
been made aware of any decision to actually address this bill in the near future
in the U.S. House.


Thank you for sharing your views with me. Please don't
hesitate to contact me in the
future.


Sincerely,


Patrick J.
Tiberi

Representative to Congress

PJT/kb


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Don't F*#$ With William Shatner

Still being lazy getting some of my own original posting going on around here. But enjoy this clip of the right to bear arms as it applies to William "The Shat is the Shit" Shatner. You don't screw around with Captain Kirk!



Now let's see where he could have improved..

#1. He tried to be funny with the "black guy shoots white guy comment", never, never joke with your assailant, self defense is serious business. This isn't a hostage situation and you're not trying to win over your captor. He has the upper hand here and he could just as likely shoot you for your insolence thinking he can make a clean escape.

#2 Shot placement. From that distance he should have been able to put all 3 of those rounds center mass instead of trying to shoot his knee and feet (small targets). He's an actor and knows exactly what the outcome is so he isn't nervous. The majority of us will have our adrenaline gland pumping full speed, probably be in tacacardia (heart rate above 100 beats per minute) and generally be stressed to high heaven during the event. Small muscle control and precise movements are some of the first things to go. Did you notice the entire time that he was being shot the assailant kept the gun in his hand until he actually hit the ground? He could still of fought back. That is why the popular misconception of "shoot to wound" or "just aim for the gun arm" falls short. Center mass is what you aim at.

#3 He didn't separate himself from the danger once he had an escape route. Again, did you see the gun lying on the ground next to the mugger? He could of still reached over and grabbed it to shoot while the Shat was standing there making his funny comment about gun control. If possible you should be evacuating the area to a safe place and calling the police. What if this guy has an accomplice nearby? What then? The first guy didn't know you were armed, the second guy will and will most likely just open up on you at this point. At the very least Shat should have moved to either kick the weapon away safely (it looked like it may of been cocked and unlocked), secured it, or moved to a place between the assailant and the weapon.

#4. Laughing at your target. It may look cool, but this guy goes to the hospital, goes to jail and then sues your butt off in a civil case because you stood over him arrogantly proclaiming your coolness and a jury interprets this as if you were out looking to bait somebody into mugging you purely for the opportunity to shoot them. If you aren't carrying the number of a good defense attorney in your wallet with your CCW licence to call before the police arrive, you are wrong. Got get one. Actually after the shooting the first thing you should be doing is again, evacuating the area, scanning for other threats, calling the police AND the emergency squad for the target.

#5. And of course, he showed an intent to support Obama, which will eventually result in the inablilty to carry the weapon to defend yourself in the first place and make us all sheep walking around for the slaughter.

This clip has been circulating around the internet for a while. Although it is purely fiction, you can always learn from it if you know what to look for.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Just a couple of pics today

Working on a couple of actual articles for later this week, photos are what are really keeping me from posting them. Found some pics either on line or on my computer and decided to post them as some "fluff" until I can get the real stuff posted later this week.

This goes along with my Mosin-Nagant post a few weeks back. Yes, the Mosin does have a 2,000 meter sight on the 91/30.

I always like to joke about the Navy, but truth be known, I always wanted to join them growing up. Something about the teamwork required to make a large piece of metal float while going 30+ knots seemed really cool.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

30 Days: Gun Nation

Found this on Hulu.com and thought it was pretty interesting. Morgan Spurlock, who climbed into the limelight with his documentary Supersize Me, has a show called 30 Days on F/X in which he or somebody else spends 30 days experiencing a different life sytle or environment. His first episode was filmed right here in Columbus, Ohio as he and his girlfriend tried to make it 30 days on minimum wage. This episode from July, 2008 places a young woman who's life has been altered by gun violence in the home of a single dad and his son from Leesburg, Ohio (I guess he likes us Buckeyes) who are were very pro gun. Given what I thought I knew of Spurlock's politics, I was pleasantly surprised with the way it turned out in the end. A bit long and with some ads, but worth the time spent watching it.

Another 2nd Admendment Victory in Ohio

Here's the link to the original article that generated the one below. Chalk one up in the win column for common sense. The fact that there was even a proposal out there to tell you what you can and can not do in your own vehicle is ludicrous. Whether a state worker or private sector employee, this was going way to far. I guess they forgot that as a state we passed a "Castle Doctrine" law not even a year ago that legally extended your right to defend yourself without fear of over zealous prosecution to your vehicle. I have a friend that is a real estate appraiser for another large Ohio county auditor's office. He often goes into "less desirable" areas of the city after hours for his job duties but is prohibited from carrying a firearm to protect himself. I hope that this type of reasonable thinking eventually makes it way east from Akron to his area for his sake.

Summit County drops proposed worker gun ban

4/14/2009 8:06:24 AM

AKRON -- Summit County is stepping away from a plan to bar many of its employees from carrying guns when they're working.

Summit County Executive Russ Pry yanked the proposal before it could be considered by county council members at a meeting Monday in Akron.

He says the idea is probably dead.

Members of Pry's administration had said that for liability reasons, county workers other than law-enforcement officers should be prohibited from having guns while on the job.

County leaders say most of the public feedback to proposal was negative.

Critics said it was unnecessary and would violate the constitutional rights of Summit County employees.

Ohioans for Concealed Carry President Jeff Garvas says he's pleased officials decided to drop the measure.

© 2009 The Associated Press


Monday, April 13, 2009

Suzanna Hupp Lays It Down

Argue with this lady on 2nd Amendment rights, I dare you.

And please ignore the part at the end with the blue helmets, I do not advocate deliberate violent actions against those who do not intend to harm or oppress myself, my family or others that cannot defend themselves. Her testimony before congress and the clip from Penn & Teller's "Bullshit" is why I chose this clip.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Embedding

If you haven't noticed I've discovered that I can embed videos on this blog, cool! Here's one of me firing my M-44 Carbine I reviewed last week!

M-44 Video


comments I put on Youtube for it:

A Mosin-Nagent M44 Carbine in 7.62x54. A lot of fun to shoot. I know I mispronounce "carbine" in the beginning (joke). Goggles are WileyX prescriptions I had for OIF, they work but look a bit strange here with long(er) hair.

Manufacturer Recalls Hollow Point Bullets That Fail To Explode Inside Targets

OK, this is funny, even though it makes fun of gun owners, this is some funny stuff.

This does point out how that the average gun owner is depicted by much of the opposition. Sad. Their basic misunderstanding of how hollowpoints work is especially disturbing. If rounds were designed to shatter and shred like that (like frangible rounds are) you would have very little penetration, unlike in their dramatization graphic.

Though, those inferno rounds have got me thinking........

One Good Man Among a Few Good Men

Found in the news

History Channel host finds cash on Montana street

  • Wed Apr 8, 6:56 am ET
MISSOULA, Mont. – Actor R. Lee Ermey is living up to the Marine Corps' mantra: "A Few Good Men."

The former Marine drill instructor and host of The History Channel's "Mail Call" was in Missoula on Monday to film a segment for his upcoming series, "Locked and Loaded," when he said he found some cash. A lot of cash.

Ermey, best known for playing the drill instructor in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," said he was driving with crew member Harlan Glenn to a museum when he spotted a black object on the road.

Ermey stopped the car and picked up the bag, which contained cash and checks that looked like they were meant for deposit in a Native American fund.

"Just on one deposit slip alone was, like, $3,700, and another one for $2,800," Glenn said. "There was easily $8,000 in cash and the rest in checks."

Ermey told the Missoulian newspaper he thought: "Some poor guy right now is probably getting fired, probably having the worst day of his life. So what we did was we went right down to the Wells Fargo bank and deposited it for him."

Don Luke, a business expert at the Wells Fargo branch, said he was surprised to see "The Gunny" stroll in.

"We weren't sure if it wasn't 'Candid Camera,'" Luke said.

~~~~~

I had the opportunity to meet "The Gunny" last year at an appearance at Vance's Guns in Columbus. While he was a bit brief with anyone who wasn't wearing Marine apparel, he never less took the time to thank you for coming and sign autographs, take pictures and the like. He seems to be a genuinely nice guy and lives up to his bigger-than-life reputation in person. I have no doubt that he would of done the same thing if he had found the money and not been a celebrity.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Some PT845 Videos (not mine)

I have been meaning to get a video together on the Taurus PT845 that I reviewed last month. I guess I have been too lazy to really get it together. I did bring my camera to the range last time but the batteries were dead. Seeing how this has been the most viewed and commented post of mine (probably because, as I pointed out before, Taurus itself has pitiful little mention of it on their own website) I will try and get it done soon. Here are a few vids I found on Youtube to tide you over until then.

Mad Ogre's gun store counter review

For anyone who doesn't know the Ogre, he's a vet that works in a gun shop in Utah and has a pretty interesting site, www.madogre.com. He has plenty of good vids on Youtube. Matter of fact, this is the video that initially got me interested in the PT845.

Notice at 0:41 in the video that he retracts the slide slightly to check that a round isn't loaded before he pulls the trigger. He does this despite the fact that he has worked the action without a magazine in previously and cleared it. He is a professional to be sure. Good safety habits stay with you even when you aren't on the range.

Range video of the PT845 in action by JonWhipple.

Good video of the PT 845 firing. This guy humbly admits that he is not a great shooter, I'll take his first grouping from 7 yards any day of the week.

BTW, getting a hold of Taurus this week to address my issues with the slide that I outlined in the review. I am really loving this pistol after the last few trips to the range!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ammo Shortage? No Crap Karnak.

Read the following article and then come back:

The Columbus Dispatch, Running Out Of ammunition, April 2, 2009

Thanks to the Dispatch for pointing out the blatantly obvious. Although the normal reader wouldn't of been aware of this, those of us in the hobby of shooting have known for quite some time that this was a problem.

I lucked upon some .40 S&W 180gr. FMJ target ammo at the Wally-World for $12.50 a box. They had six boxes but I only had the funds to buy three of them. They are headed to the safe for storage now. I got a good deal on some Winchester XP Silvertip and Ranger Law Enforcement ammo a while back at Vance's and stocked up on them. .38 and .380 ammo for my J-Frame and Bersa are hard to find. I have been fairly lucky with .45 but I am sure after this article gets circulated that there will be another run on the shops. Even .22 is in short supply for crying out loud.

The problem here is that in order to stay proficient with our firearms and shoot them efficiently, and hence safely, we need to practice. Practice entails shooting. Shooting entails ammo.

No ammo = no shooting
No shooting = no practice
No practice = no proficiency
No proficiency = no safety

Stock up when and where you can afford to.