Sticking Point

Sticking Point

The afterglow from the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association banquet is starting to wear off (and I don’t mean hangover, either. I was open-carrying (more on that later) so I wasn’t drinking), and a good time was had by all, thanks to the generosity of the peeps at Great Satan Inc

Besides the aforementioned satanic hosts, we had Mrs. ExKev, Danno and wife and son from SandCastleScrolls and Kevin from the Smallest Minority, all doing our best to prove that gunbloggers aren’t just a drooling, boorish bunch of yobs and (mostly) succeeding in that task. 

Memo to ASRPA: If you must have politicians speak at a banquet, make sure they’re from down under. Nick Adams had more personality and more charisma than all three of the local politicians who spoke put together. 

The other highlight of the night was the raffle and auction, where a VERY nice Sharps rifle, a coach gun and a levergun/revolver combo were up for grabs. Capitalist Pig came prepared, but sadly, his obsessive compulsiveness planning and forethought came to naught, as no one at our table won any guns. We did okay in the auctions, however: CP picked up a Creedmor shooting mat for half-price, and Danno got a choice little anemometer for next to nothing. 

I managed to win a raffle, picking up a sweet little blade courtesy of Knife

Blind Horse Patch Knife

It’s a Blind Horse Knives Frontier Valley patch knife, and holey krep is this thing sharp. I’m not a knife guy, but even someone like me can tell an outstanding piece of work when I see it, and this little sucker is almost a work of art. 

Thanks again to Great Satan for the table, and thank you to the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association for all the work they do to keep Arizona free. 

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

As I try to keep the content of this blog focused on firearms, let this serve as my post for today. 

And if you know a veteran, thank him or her today for their service to your country. 

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Ya Got Trouble

Ya got trouble

Mothers of Waterbury!
Heed the warning before it’s too late!
Watch for the tell-tale sign of corruption!
The moment your son leaves the house,
Does he buckle on a thigh holster above the knee? 
Is there a powder stain on his index finger?
A Combat Handguns mag hidden in the corn crib?
Is he starting to memorize jokes from
Are certain words creeping into his conversation?
Words like ‘Glock?”
And ‘so’s your .45!?” 
Well, if so my friends,
Ya got trouble,
Right here in Waterbury!
With a capital “T”
And that rhymes with “P”
And that stands for pistol range!
We’ve surely got trouble!
Right here in Waterbury!
Remember the Maine, Plymouth Rock and the Golden Rule!
Oh, we’ve got trouble. 
We’re in terrible, terrible trouble. 
That range with it’s guns is the devil’s tool!
Oh yes we got trouble, trouble, trouble!
With a “T”! Gotta rhyme it with “P”! 
And that stands for pistol range!!! 

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Limits To Growth

Limits to growth

Reading this story about a couple who decided to downsize their home to just 204 square feet got me thinking: What if you decided to become mobile and live out of an RV? What guns would you chose, and why? 

What if space were the limiting factor on your gun purchases? You can’t just buy a new gun safe in an RV and living space is at a premium, so eight or more guns are out of the question. 

What would you take with you? 

My choices: 

1. An 18″ AR-15 in .223 with a low-power (1-6x) scope and a .22LR conversion kit. 
Good for predator / hog hunting, 3 gun competition and general fun, plus the .22 conversion kit doesn’t take up much space and provides cheap thrills. 

2. A compact 9mm service pistol 
Something like a Glock 19 or a SR-9c with four or so spare mags and a pancake OWB holster. This lets me shoot USPSA / IDPA / 3 Gun and carry it for self-defense, and 9mm lets me shoot cheaply enough to make it almost a plinker.

3. A pump action shotgun with a short (18.5″) barrel and a 24″ barrel. 
Good for protection and hunting and good enough for 3 gun. 

The only thing I might add would be either a .22LR conversion for the pistol or a dedicated .22LR pistol and maybe a slug barrel for the shotgun. 

Those three guns will allow me to shoot most of the stuff I already participate in and can easily be stowed under a couch or in a more secure location in an RV, yet still allow me to enjoy a wide variety of shooting sports. 

Fast Cars And Freedom

Fast cars and freedom

Ya gotta love the Phoenix metroplex. We’re just a couple of hours away from GunSite, and we’re home to the best driving school in the nation

I’ve wanted to take classes at the Bondurant School since they moved here, but the class I want to take costs upwards of five grand

So this will have to do for now

Given much time do we spend in our cars, spending a few moments on “What if X happens in my car?” makes a whole lot of sense.

Toronto Needs It. So Does Ottawa. And Montreal. And Moncton.

Toronto needs it. So does Ottawa. And Montreal. And Moncton.

Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, (heck, any place between Sudbury and Kamloops)? Not so much. They already have one.

What is it? 

A gun culture

Firearms safety — safe storage, proper handling of ammunition, never putting your finger near the trigger until you’re prepared to fire — is not just part of the training course every citizen must take to obtain a firearms licence, necessary to buy a gun or ammunition. It is also a fundamental part of Canada’s shrinking gun culture, which understood that firearms were a useful tool for entertaining and enriching hobbies. With tragic (and rare) exceptions, the sportsman is not the threat. The thug who obtains their gun illegally and keeps it explicitly because they don’t respect the law, is the person we have to worry about.

Canada had a gun culture once. Toronto, too. Those days are long gone and won’t be coming back. But that’s still no excuse for (“downtown white”) politicians to direct their fire — pun semi-intended — at lawful citizens. Every such effort simply wastes time and energy, better spent making sure that Toronto’s youth have better options for their future than dealing drugs with a gun on their hip. 

“The days of a Canadian gun culture won’t be be coming back?” Says who!?

The only other thing I’d add is that it isn’t just “sportsmen”: Legal gun owners commit less crimes than cops. If Toronto (and the rest of Canada) was serious about stopping violent crime, they’d take the steps necessary to make violent crime a high-risk occupation

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