Saturday, January 19, 2013

Gun Appreciation Day

Today is Gun Appreciation Day. We should all do something that will show our appreciation for the good things that guns have done for us as a nation. Here is a short list of things we can do to help promote the positive aspects of firearms.

Contact your state and federal legislative representatives to pronounce your pro-Second Amendment thoughts.

Join a Second Amendment friendly organization like the NRA, Second Amendment Foundation, or Georgia Carry.

Give a friend or family member the gift of a membership in a Second Amendment friendly organization.

Support a firearm related business by purchasing a firearm, ammunition, or accessories.

Take a new shooter to the range. Show them that firearms are not evil objects when handled by safe responsible people.

Be safe.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New York State Gun Owners Infringed Upon

Today, New York State passed some of the strictest gun laws in the country. The bill had some good points to it, from what I read here. Some of this just totally bumfuddled me with the legalese, but I think I managed to get some good information out of it. In typical NY fashion, they addressed measures to make schools more secure and mental health issues regarding firearms licensing.

There are a couple of good YouTube videos of NYS Senators explaining why they did not vote in favor of the bill. One good video is of Senator Kathleen Marchione. But the best one in my opinion was Senator Greg Ball. He references last week’s self-defense shooting in Loganville, GA. I especially like the way he stood up to Governor Cuomo. This guy has guts. They both seem to have their heads on straight.

Do you have the guts to voice your opinion to your legislators in Washington? It’s easy to do. Here are two links to help you find who to write to. Just find their email links and let them have it. You don’t have to worry about getting on some government watch list, you probably already there if you’re a gun owner.

Senators                    Congressmen

When you write to your reps in Washington, remember to be firm and decisive, but courteous. Don’t resort to name calling or threats. Remind them that they work for you, the voter, and if they support any anti-gun legislation, you’ll vote for their opponent next election.

Be safe.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sound Off!!

Here is a link to the Ruger website. On the right side is a button that will get a prepared letter off to all of your government representatives at both the state and federal level. It takes two minutes to fill in your information, so no excuses. Just go to the website and click the button that says, "Take Action Now!" If you prefer to contact your reps directly, there is a button below that with bring up your state and federal reps.

Please take the time to let your voice be heard. Remember, they work you!

Be safe.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Gun Confiscation: Lessons Learned

There’s a lot of talk around the web of the government confiscating our guns. I hope and pray this never happens, but I remain guarded on the whole situation. There is a picture floating around Facebook with a story about the Wounded Knee Massacre. It sounded like something I wanted to share, so I figured I’d check the facts before sharing it.

Now, I’m not a big fan of Wikipedia, but I will resort to it for things like this. Sure enough the facts were accurate in the Facebook story, so I went ahead and shared it with everyone. While I was reading though, I came across a quote from a former Pine Ridge Indian agent, Valentine McGillycuddy when asked his opinion of the hostilities of the Ghost Dance movement. He said,

"As regards disarming the Sioux, however desirable it may appear, I consider it neither advisable, nor practicable. I fear it will result as the theoretical enforcement of prohibition in Kansas, Iowa and Dakota; you will succeed in disarming and keeping disarmed the friendly Indians because you can, and you will not succeed with the mob element because you cannot."

"If I were again to be an Indian Agent, and had my choice, I would take charge of 10,000 armed Sioux in preference to a like number of disarmed ones; and furthermore agree to handle that number, or the whole Sioux nation, without a white soldier. Respectfully, etc., V.T. McGillycuddy.”

We need to remember that this letter was written a month after the killing of Chief Sitting Bull, 2 weeks after the battle of Wounded Knee. He might have known Sitting Bull, but in the day of slow communication, I’m sure he didn’t know about Wounded Knee. To me, this speaks volumes. McGillycuddy knew the Sioux well enough to know disarming them would lead to hostilities. He knew that he was better off with them being armed and hence on his side, rather than disarmed and mad at him and others.

Can you see how this applies to what is going on today? This is only one example. There are more from around the world, but this one struck me as special. Our government could learn a valuable lesson by reading their history lessons.

Take a few minutes to give your representatives in Washington a history lesson.

Be safe.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Shooting Drills

With everyone in the “Panic Buying” mode, I keep hearing folks talking about buying and hording as much ammunition as they can. I can’t say I blame anyone. I wouldn’t want to waste any ammunition, but my attitude is that training isn’t wasting ammunition unless you don’t have a plan when you hit the range.

I found a list of handgun drills that can help you use your precious ammunition more effectively. It’s broken down into three files. Some of the drills have the same name; there may be only slight differences.

Handgun Drills - Links to parts 2 and 3 are inside the linked PDF. 

It’s also best to run drills with a friend that knows what you want to accomplish. Your friend can watch what you’re doing and critique you. You can then do the same while your friend runs the drill. An alternative would be to use a video camera to record your drills. It’s best to review each drill and make necessary corrections so you don’t create any bad habits. Remember, only PERFECT practice makes perfect.

Many of the handgun drills can be run with a rifle. You’ll just have to adapt the ranges and times accordingly. I couldn’t find any documents like these for rifle drills, but if you Google “rifle drills”, many listings will come up. I personally like the Viking Tactical videos on YouTube. I don’t really care for their malfunction drills, because at the time the videos were made at least, they didn’t advocate visually checking a rifle malfunction before starting into the “fix”, but that’s another post down the road.

So grab some targets and ammo and head for the range with a training plan, then stick to that plan. You'll come away at the end of the day with a great sense of accomplishment.

Be safe.

Conversation starter - What's your favorite drill and why? Share your comments below.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everybody!

Happy New Year everyone! 2012 is gone. It was a very exciting year for the gun community, and 2013 is shaping up to be even more exciting. I didn’t make any resolutions at midnight last night. I never do, anymore. Instead, I made some conscious decisions in the last couple of weeks that will carry me through 2013 and beyond.
With all the talk of Assault Weapon Bans and gun control, it’s going to be a busy year for activists on both sides of the arguments. I’m already drafting letters to my representatives at both the state and national levels to voice my opinions on the matters. It won’t stop there, either. I plan to stay “in their faces” until they know me by my first name. And if I can manage to arrange it, we’ll sit down face to face and talk about it. It’s time to mentally arm myself and become a more involved citizen.
Training has come to the forefront of my personal firearms agenda. I believe I have the basic equipment that I need, and the rudimentary knowledge to function with it. Now I need to build on my mental and physical skills with this equipment. I already know there will be modifications and adjustments to myself and my equipment as a result of that training, and I’ve accepted that. I also know that some of it won’t be easy, and I’ve accepted that as well. I’ve always wanted to be a better shooter, and now is the time to act on that.
With any luck, I’ll be able to keep you all up to date on my progress through posts here. Please feel free to comment below.
Be safe.