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Tactical Chucks. There is a need.

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2010 at 5:33 am

I read on The Normanomiblog about these. They’re not in production, but according to correspondence Bryan of ITS Tactical received from Converse’s eStore, “Often times our Merchandising team will take old models or prototypes to shows like SHOT to get a gauge on whether or not there is interest in the shoe.”

Photo courtesy of ITS Tactical: http://www.itstactical.com


Senator Shoots Intruder

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2010 at 8:18 am

Thanks to World Examiner for the link. (Date: Aug 2009)

Date: Dec 2009.
State Senator RC Soles under criminal investigation.

Date: Jan 2010
North Carolina Senator R.C. Soles indicted.

*Editing note:  I couldn’t find any record of his voting on gun issues, so I don’t know if he’s anti-gun; I am also not sure why he got a one-star vote on that voter’s guide when I’ve seen elsewhere that NRA gave him an A. *baffled*  I also read that under NC law a person is allowed to use deadly force to prevent someone from breaking into his house.  So why would he go to jail for that?  I’ll dig some more and add what I find, if anything.

A couple of things bug me:

  • the assumption that he’s anti-gun –unless an A from NRA means–what?
  • the rumors about him being gay. Like this explains the molestation allegations.

Project Vote-Smart shows his voting record here.
The Chattanoogan has an Op-Ed piece about Soles, and the author states that the Senator was anti-gun, but I still haven’t seen any hard evidence.
I did find one (anonymous) comment that said, “Oddly enough, Soles is a long-time firearm rights supporter who has a consistent “A” NRA voting rating, but this doesn’t stop on-line papers and e-mails from calling him an “Anti-gun activist”. If fools passing that e-mail along succeed in electing someone else, they very might replace Soles with a “C” or even “F” NRA-rated senator.”

So an A vote from the NRA is a good thing.

Edit 2:  Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all candidates in 2008, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund assigned Sen. Robert Charles ‘R.C.’ Soles, Jr. a grade of A (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F).

I found it  here.

So now I’m completely disgusted with the blogosphere.  Seems like nearly everyone cuts and pastes without verifying claims.

And I’m disgusted with myself for initially following along.

Dear Sir:

In Buying guns, Dear Sir on January 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm

If you tell me that you like SKSs because you can convert them into AK-47s, and then, when I tell you that in California that’s a felony, you say, “Yeah, I know,” with a shrug—I’m not selling you a gun. Don’t even bother coming in.

*note:  this happened today as I was outside having a cigarette break.

Travel vest for gadgets and sundries

In Travel on January 27, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Everything in one place.  Might even eliminate your need for a carry-on bag. Only thing missing is a pocket for a book.

Walther P22

In Buying guns on January 25, 2010 at 8:35 pm

The Walther P22 is available with two barrel lengths, but I prefer the 3.4″ length. Here’s a picture of the 5″:

I prefer the 3.4″ because that extra inch and a half makes the pistol feel top-heavy to me.  You can see more here.

I recommend this gun to first-time shooters, particularly if they’re female because the grip is perfect for smaller hands, and because of the [small] recoil.  I think it’s important to learn to deal with something that’ll buck a little (and when you’ve never shot a pistol before, any recoil will be startling) because you have to learn not to flinch, not to anticipate recoil, and not to jerk on the trigger.  The P22 is also loud, and again, when you’ve never shot a pistol before, you have to learn not to react so that you don’t learn bad habits.  I recommend the P22 with the 3.4″ barrel because the longer one is a bit top-heavy.

Here are some things you need to know about the P22:

  • she’s picky about ammunition. Use CCI MiniMags. Try other ammo, of course, but I think you’ll find she jams more often with anything else.
  • keep your wrist stiff. If you have a loose wrist when you’re shooting, the gun will jam.
  • keep her clean. The ramp gets scummy with residue and that interferes with how the cartridge enters the chamber, resulting in a jam.

If you master shooting the P22 you’ll have no trouble moving on to the higher calibers. I remember when I first shot it that, although the combination of the noise and the little kick startled me, it was manageable and not intimidating.  And because it wasn’t intimidating I was also confident about taking the slide off and cleaning it. (It’s a bitch to put back together, though, so if you do this, make sure you have someone knowledgeable to help you till you get the hang of it.) Here’s a .pdf of the P22 manual.

Guys come into the shop and want to get their wives or girlfriends a gun, and they nearly always want to get her a 9mm or higher because they want her to have something for self-defense. I understand this, but I believe they should budget for two guns because what good is a pistol if she’s afraid to use it? It’s like buying a Harley when you don’t know how to ride a bicycle. Buy the P22 and she’ll fall in love with it. And put it in her name. There’s something incredibly cool about owning your own gun(s).

About that FBI Flyer that Worries Gun Store Owners

In Selling guns on January 25, 2010 at 1:53 am

The article is here

Thanks to SayUncle for the link to the article.

I haven’t received notification from the FBI that they’ve got a flyer for us, and I think it’s weird that FBI is doing this rather than ATF.  And if ATF was doing it, one would think they’d have sent us a bulletin.

“It instructs store owners to look out for certain customer characteristics, like insisting on paying with cash only, or purchasing large quantities of ammunition or other gun accessories. Store owners are also supposed to look for people with missing hand or fingers, chemical burns, or stains on their clothing.”

Purchasing large amounts of ammo? What constitutes a large amount? Here in California there was talk of only allowing a set amount each month (I think it was 100 rounds, but that could be wrong.) Two boxes of ammo. Geez.
In any case, that’s not a good indicator–target shooters go through tons of ammo in a single weekend.

Stains on their clothing? Really? Farmers and mechanics come in after work, and paying in cash–for crying out loud. You know how women are [sometimes!] guilty of buying clothes and purses and jewelry and then sticking them with their ‘older’ stuff?  Guys do the same thing [sometimes! lol] with guns. (sorry, guys, for outing you.) And they pay with the cash that they’ve been secretly stashing.  Again, not a good indicator of nefarious intentions.

We are always careful who we sell to. I recently had a guy come in who was kinda twitchy,  and he made the hair on my neck stand on end. He said he wanted to buy a gun, and pointed to a 9mm. Then he changed his mind and wanted to see a .40 (with no apparent aim in mind) then he changed his mind again and pointed at the far end of the rifle rack and asked to see one of the rifles.  Again, not particular.  Just a vague, “Lemme see that black one.”   I didn’t even know which one he was pointing at.  All I knew was that he wanted me zipping here and there, and then I got a whiff of alcohol.  That was the final red flag.  I asked him to leave.  Of course he argued and called me a bitch and said I would never sell guns that way.  Yeah, yeah, whatever.  OUT.

The main bogus thing about this flyer, though, is the preconceived notion that criminals are going to legitimate FFL dealers for their weapons.  Why would they want a paperwork trail? And why would this be the one area they do something legally?

Silat Suffian Bela Diri – 12 Essential Gun / Firearm Disarms

In Self defense on January 23, 2010 at 6:02 am


For information & enquiries, setting up a study group or classes in your area, instructor courses, for workshops, seminars or private instruction,
contact the guy who posted this at maul565@hotmail.com

Dear Sir:

In Dear Sir, Selling guns on January 22, 2010 at 9:31 am

If I hand you a gun and you:

  • point it at me
  • have your finger on the trigger
  • don’t know how to operate the slide
  • hold it sideways like a thug
  • ask me the difference between 9mm and .45 ACP

chances are I know more than you about guns, so how ’bout a little respect?

Just sayin’.

Buying a gun in California

In Buying guns on January 16, 2010 at 9:16 pm

If you’re a California resident, you have a couple of hoops to jump through when you buy a gun. It’s not as complicated as it may sound.

  • California driver’s license or ID/military ID
  • utility bill with your name and current street address
  • proof of handgun safety training
  • if you are military, bring your permanent orders

What can make it a drag for you is finding out that you have to get a certain type of utility bill if your address is not current on your driver’s license or ID.  Then you have to make an extra trip to bring the right one.  This is an ATF requirement–they want to verify that you’re who you say you are.  A utility bill that is from a government entity, such as the city, will satisfy this requirement, and the fact that it’s a utility bill will satisfy the state requirement as well.  ATF will also accept an address change card from DMV as long as it is stamped by DMV. (California still requires the utility bill, so bring both.)

If you are not in law enforcement or the military, you will need to take the handgun safety test in order to obtain a Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC).  You can read the HSC study guide on DOJ’s website here:  HSC Study Guide

The test has 30 questions, true/false and multiple choice, and most of them are common sense questions.  One that does stump people is about private party transfers–just remember that you have to transfer a firearm through a dealer whether you know the person or not, just like when you get a used car you have to transfer the title through DMV.

The HSC is $25, and it’s valid for 5 years.  If you lose your card, go back to the dealer where you took the test and ask for a replacement card, which will cost you $15.

You will also give a safe handling demonstration.  you will show the instructor that you know:

  • the safety features on the gun
  • how to load and unload the gun
  • how to put the cable or trigger lock on and take it off
  • what to do in the event of a jam

And while you’re demonstrating these to the instructor, you need to:

  • be aware of where your pistol or revolver is pointed
  • keep your finger off the trigger

In other words, treat the gun as if it were loaded and maintain this vigilance every time you handle any firearm.

Let me  know if you have any questions.  🙂

How does she vote?

In Women and guns on January 13, 2010 at 7:06 pm

These are posted on YouTube, and labeled as “Why Women Shouldn’t Shoot.”

My question:  How do you think these women–and others like them–are voting when gun control legislation is up? (According to America.gov, more than half of U.S. voters are women)

Teach her, don’t scare her.


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