I’m Changing My Mind…

I’m changing my mind…

I’ve defend Sons of Guns in the past, but the episode I’m watching now has the crew of Red Jacket Firearms casually converting a semi-auto Tommy Gun to selective fire for a local sheriff, without explaining that doing this without the proper Federal permits will get you tossed in jail for a long, long time. 

This is not good. I think the Hughes Amendment is a load of hooey, but it is (currently) the law of the land, and it must be respected. 

Discovery Channel needs to step up here and set the record straight about what you can and cannot do with firearms in this country. 

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Don’t Be THAT Guy

Don’t be THAT guy

• Don’t wear head-to-toe MOLLE gear and ACU’s to a three gun match if you’re not active military or law enforcement.

• Don’t put enough optics on your rifle to give the Hubble telescope a run for its money and then miss a one hundred yard shot from a rest.

And don’t think that just because something is a right, it’s something you can flaunt in people’s faces

If some guy walks into a restaurant with an AR-15, I’m going to have my hand on my own pistol, figuring there’s a very strong likelihood I’m going to have to draw it in self-defense. Why? Because I can’t think of any reason a reasonable person is walking into a restaurant with an AR-15. Even if the guy with the AR is wearing a police uniform, I’d be quite nervous, because police don’t generally walk into restaurants carrying AR-15s unless serious trouble is afoot. 

The First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech, but if you come into my son’s daycare and start dropping F-bombs, I will ask you to calm down and clean up your language. Even if you’re a cop (or maybe ESPECIALLY if you’re a cop, you carry an AR into a restaurant, I will take notice and go to Condition Orange and be VERY attentive to what you’re doing. 

Our Own Worst Enemy

Our Own Worst Enemy

Sons of Guns is a half-hour show weekly show on Discovery that’s essentially “American Chopper” with AK’s, showing the operation of Red Jacket Firearms in Baton Rouge which specializes in Saiga conversions.

And if you read Ar15.com, you’d think it was the worst thing to hit the firearms community since the assault weapons ban.

“I watched the first episode and all i could think was how bad it made the industry look to the average uninformed joe. Even that f******* Morgan Spurlock show made us look better than this.  Also, imho, some of the stuff about our ‘gun culture’ is not for mass consumption.”

“They had to find some shop that specializes in saiga’s class III conversions? Why not a custom 1911 smith. Or a custom doubles shop? Something with some art and history behind it?? Nope lets make it about billy bobs house of SKS & Waffles.”

“I hope they cancel that show.”

Two million people watch this show. Two million people watched a show where suppressors aren’t used by assassins or poachers, where AK’s and Saigas are commonplace, where normal everyday people from all walks of life buy guns.

Two million people watch a gun show. Two million voters. Two million people who think a show about guns is a good idea.

If we want firearms to become part of our culture once again, like it or not, it’ll be shows like Sons of Guns and Top Shot that lead the way.

If You’re Not Part Of The Solution, You’re Part Of The Precipitate.

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.

A little chemistry nerd humour there for you… 

Honestly, I am not a fan of open carry. A open display of a firearm is a display of potential deadly force, and that is just not my style. I want people to interact and form their opinions on the basis of me alone, not with me and the gun on my hip. 

But. 

Open carry is a big part of the reason why we now have permit-less concealed carry here in Arizona. Carrying a firearm openly may change how people interact with me on a personal level, but on a larger scale, the open display of firearms helps normalize society towards the idea of carrying a gun for personal protection. There is no difference to society between a law-abiding citizen carrying a sidearm openly and a citizen carrying a pistol under a concealing garment. Therefore, I support Florida’s efforts to regain open carry for its citizens

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FLORIDA CARRY, INC. LEGISLATIVE ALERT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 12, 2011

SB 234 – FL Senate Committee on Criminal Justice

Hearing scheduled for 2/22/11

SB 234 is on the agenda of the FL Senate Committee on Criminal Justice on Tuesday, February 22nd at 9:00am. Florida Carry, Inc. urgently requests that you email via the members of the committee in support of Senate Bill 234.

This NRA authored bill comprises several separate initiatives. These include the option for CWFL holders to carry openly; a provision to authorize carry at career centers, colleges, and universities; the right to store a firearm in one’s vehicle wherever it may be lawfully parked; the authorization for the Department of Agriculture to take fingerprints; the repeal of Florida’s ban on long gun purchases in most other states. Quite simply put, this is the most comprehensive carry rights bill since shall-issue concealed carry was passed twenty-four years ago.

Florida is one of only seven states where open carry of firearms is generally forbidden, excepting under certain circumstances. Arguments against open carry generally consist of concerns regarding the fearful reactions of the general population. Some have suggested that an open carrier becomes an instant target, having his firearm snatched by a criminal in line at a convenience store. The facts simply do not support those allegations. In states where open carry is lawfully practiced, citizens have become accustomed to the understanding that a holstered weapon is a danger to no one. There have been no wholesale attacks on open carriers, nor have open carriers been shot with their own weapons. Police officers are not fearful of open carriers as they know that a 5-year FBI crime study has shown that criminals do not open carry, nor do they carry in holsters. Criminals shun attention, something that the open carrying of a firearm invariably draws to some extent. Not a single state that has legalized open carry in recent years has repealed the right.

In 1987, open carry was outlawed primarily because of the predictions of wild west shootouts, blood in the streets, gun battles over parking spaces, and normally law abiding people indiscriminately becoming homicidal maniacs. The main opponent of open carry was Janet Reno, then assistant state attorney. She was able to rally support from a vocal group of police administrators with the doom and gloom scenarios. Amazingly enough, the exact same arguments were heard against “shall-issue” concealed carry. Twenty-four years later, and none of the rampant bloodshed predictions about concealed carry have come true.

With regard to carry on colleges and universities, it is not coincidence that most of the mass shootings in the U.S. occur on the campuses of educational institutions. To believe that a potential assailant would be dissuaded from committing mass murder simply because there is a law forbidding him to bring a firearm on campus is pure folly. Rape, robbery, assault, and murder have all occurred on campuses across the country.

College and university administrators continue to deny the reality that by prohibiting students, faculty, staff, and visitors from defending themselves promotes an unsafe environment. Often ignored by opponents is the fact that only concealed weapons/firearms license holders would be permitted to carry on campus, and the minimum age requirement to have a license is 21. Those students under 21 would not be permitted to carry on campus. Once again, the potential criminals do not care about minimum age or having a license. After all, there are no barriers to access on most campuses.

Florida Carry, Inc. supports SB 234, and encourages all gun owners/carriers to join us in contacting the senators on the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Please tell them 24 years is enough.

We urgently need you to email the committee members NOW!

Include “Support SB 234” in the Subject Line

 E-mail Helper (feel free to cut, paste, and edit to suit)

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dean.charles.web@flsenate.gov

dockery.paula.web@flsenate.gov

margolis.gwen.web@flsenate.gov

smith.chris.web@flsenate.gov

 

SUBJECT: 

Support SB 234 – Support the Second Amendment

Dear Senator, 

This e-mail is to express my support for Senate Bill 234, Firearms. As a member of the Florida Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, you will be hearing this bill on Tuesday, February 22nd. I respectfully ask that you wholeheartedly support this bill.

The predictions of doom and gloom that preceded the adoption of “shall-issue” concealed carry have been proven to be fiction. For twenty-four years, Florida concealed weapons/firearms license holders have proven themselves to be responsible to the extreme. Since 1987, only 168 of nearly two-million licenses have been revoked due to misuse of firearms. It is time to recognize that responsibility by giving those licensees the option to carry their firearms in the manor that is most appropriate to their situation, openly or concealed. In the 43 states that permit some form of general open carry, not a single state has repealed that right.

It is also time to recognize that criminals have discovered a target-rich environment at colleges and universities. Rapes, robberies, assaults, and other violent crimes continually occur at and near campuses on students, faculty, and staff alike. Concealed weapons/firearms license holders should not have to relinquish the ability to defend themselves because of a mistaken belief that criminals obey campus restrictions.

Please support SB 234.

Respectfully yours,

 

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About: Florida Carry is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental civil right of all Floridians to keep and bear arms for self defense as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I Section 8 of the Florida Constitution. Florida Carry, Inc. was organized by a group of Florida gun rights activists in order to better coordinate activities, effectively lobby the state legislature, and to provide a legal entity capable of filing suit to demand compliance with state and federal law. Florida Carry stands only to represent our members and the over 6 million gun owners of Florida. We are not beholden to any national organization’s agenda that may compromise that mission. 

Florida Carry works tirelessly toward repealing and striking down ill-conceived gun control laws that have been proven to provide safe havens to criminals and be deadly to law abiding citizens.

Florida Carry

www.FloridaCarry.org

Phone: 850-270-7486

Fax: 678-359-9816

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Rio 3 Gun After-action Report

Rio 3 Gun After-action report

The results are in, and I placed 54th out of 70 shooters and 8th out of the 11 Tac Limited shooters in the 3 Gun match yesterday.

A few thoughts… 

– Rio defines “Limited” as iron-sighted rifles and rifles with red dot or 1x optics. Considering my rifle has plain ol’ A2 sights on it, eighth out of eleven ain’t that bad.

– Stage 1 was the long-range stage with pop-up targets from 100 to 230 meters. I really need to spend more time on my long-range shooting, ’cause I blew it, badly. 

– Stage 2 was a shotgun-only stage and my first-ever stage with my new 930 SPX: I pooched reloading it big-time, plus I missed 4 of the 5 flying clay pigeons on the stage. Time to head down to the trap and skeet range…

Even though I sucked with it at first, I am 100% in love with the Mossberg 930, and I’m really pumped for the Mystery Three Gun next month. 

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Full Auto Fun

Full Auto Fun

Some shenanigans from the end of today’s three gun match. The timer had some trouble picking up the sounds of the shots. 

And the funny thing is, he missed 5 of the 25 yard downrange targets

Lil’ ol’ me, with my semi-auto, unsuppressed, iron-sighted rifle, hit everything I aimed at. 

Of course, he probably had a bit more fun that I did. 🙂 

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Public Spectacles

Public spectacles

I like this. I like this a lot

SB 1201 would scrap the existing policy which presumes that these buildings are off limits to weapons once the operators post a “no guns” sign at the door. Instead, any government that wanted to keep out guns would have to have armed security guards and screen all entrants with metal detectors. 

In other words, if I want to go to the state capitol and visit my lawmakers, I can do so without surrendering my right to self-protection. 

Nice. 

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Maybe I Was Wrong After All

Maybe I was wrong after all

I wanted to go up to the range and run through my practice drills, but the near-freezing temperatures in Phoenix last week talked me out of it. Instead, ExurbanSteve and I went to Caswell’s and shot on their indoor range, and ended up I working on my strong hand and weak hand only shooting. 

I also wanted to see if there was a noticeable difference in accuracy and controllability between my compact (-ish) 9mm CZ P07, my subcompact Sccy 9mm and my .380 Kel-Tec P3AT. The range rules at Caswell’s don’t allow me to draw from a holster, so instead I ran through three Mozambique drills each from low ready with each gun. 

And son of a gun, but the little 9mm Sccy was significantly harder to control and less accurate than the even-littler (but less powerful) P3AT, even though the sights on the P3AT are, at best, limited (actually, “pitiful” would be the word I’d use). 

I won’t know until I get out on the range, shoot from a holster and time my runs, but my first impression is that if you’re looking for a compact, easily concealable CCW gun, skip the subcompact 9mm and get a pocket .380.