Apr 222013
 

I like it.

The Four Fundamental Firearms Safety Rules – Revisited.

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Feb 012013
 

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Jan 292013
 

Outstanding.

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Jan 272013
 

All linky – no thinky…

Homeland Security: AR-15 Suitable for Personal Defense

John Lott: The Facts About Assault Weapons and Crime

JediRanger T-shirt

ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Challenge Coins

Sorry, I couldn’t resist…

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Jan 272013
 

It’s awfully easy for someone in their ivory towers and gated communities with armed bodyguards to decide what’s right for the rest of us.

“The gun control controversy is only the latest of many issues to be debated almost solely in terms of fixed preconceptions, with little or no examination of hard facts.”

The left as always approaches  gun control from their bastion of nanny-statism – “We are so much smarter than you little people – we know how you should live your lives…”

“Anyone who faces three home invaders, jeopardizing himself or his family, might find 30 bullets barely adequate. After all, not every bullet hits, even at close range, and not every hit incapacitates. You can get killed by a wounded man.

These plain life-and-death realities have been ignored for years by people who go ballistic when they hear about how many shots were fired by the police in some encounter with a criminal. As someone who once taught pistol shooting in the Marine Corps, I am not the least bit surprised by the number of shots fired. I have seen people miss a stationary target at close range, even in the safety and calm of a pistol range.
We cannot expect everybody to know that. But we can expect them to know that they don’t know — and to stop spouting off about life-and-death issues when they don’t have the facts.” 

RTWT

What he said.

Thank you for taking a measured look at things, Dr. Sowell.

 

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Dec 302012
 

An excellent campaign – please note item 3 and comply. This means you Mr. President, Minions and Members of the House, Senate and Supreme Court.

More images here

Original post here

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Nov 242012
 

Gun-related violent crimes drop as gun sales soar in Va. – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Central Virginia:.

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Nov 142012
 

h/t Tam

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Nov 102012
 

Thank you all for your service and sacrifice.

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Aug 162012
 

…actually, range trip, happy new gun day, and ammo test (courtesy of Lucky Gunner)…

A while back – I’m embarrassed to say just how far back – Russ from Lucky Gunner contacted me to see if I’d be willing to do a test and evaluation blog post on some of their ammo. Over several emails we discussed what I shoot and what I’d be interested in testing…

We decided on .30-06 Sellier and Bellot. Two days later a small package arrived at my office. Everyone here knows the FedUps guys rarely bring me work related packages, so there was quickly a gathering of interested onlookers. No disappointment here – nicely packed and protected – with no shipping damage. When I opened one of boxes of Sellier & Bellot .30-06 Springfield HPBT Match ammo , the first comment was, “My Precious!” Beautiful stuff – it looked like premium handloads.

Ed chimed in with “What are you gonna shoot this with?” My original plan was to test them using my 1944 1903-A3 Remington – original iron sights only. After reading the ammo specs, I decided to go with something more modern with optics – 53-year-old eyes ain’t what they used to be. Ed agreed to loan me his Winchester Model 70 – “My favorite rifle, the one I killed two deer with one shot with!”, he said. His next trip to the office he brought it to me. The weather didn’t cooperate that weekend and the next was a trip home (I work out-of-town).

In the interim, I decided I wanted a modern .30-06 for my safe, too…it’s a sickness, I tell ya! I didn’t really want to spend big bucks, so I started reading up on “entry-level” guns. I ended up getting a Mossberg ATR from the local Wal Mart – $276.28 out the door. In the interest of staying “budget”,  I mounted up a Simmons 4-12×40 scope I had lying around. Things I like about the ATR – the bolt and the overall feel of the gun – polymer stock and all. Very nicely done. Things I dislike – polymer molded-in swivel mounts and trigger guard – might have to go with a Boyd’s stock at a later date. That kinda goes against the budget concept, though.

Fast forward to range day – a couple of friends (Rick and Hope) from the apartment complex I stay at when away from home came along for the day. We arrived at Moss Knob mid afternoon – the higher elevation knocked about  12° F off of the temperature – it was a very pleasant 84° F with very little breeze. Moss Knob is in a mountaintop amphitheater/hollow which makes it an ideal range site. We set up our targets on a corrugated backer board to save on trips to the 100 yd stands.

After we got all set up, we started off with Ed’s Model 70 with some Winchester .30-06 180 grain I had on hand. We set up on bench bags and got to work play. All three of us shot the Model 70 with pretty good results with the Winchester ammo – we didn’t fuss with Ed’s scope at all – just used “Kentucky windage and elevation” to zero in. We also shot some Korean .30-06 surplus I had in the ammo box with similar results. When we changed over to the S&B ammo it was surprising how much our groups tightened up. Very nice!

Rick with the Model 70 – click to enlarge…

Hope with the Model 70… – click to embiggen…

We repeated the same test sequence with the Mossberg ATR  - it took a bit longer since the scope was newly mounted. The night before I had sighted in using a .30-06 Springfield 7.62x63mm Cartridge Laser Boresighter - great for getting you on paper, but not “dead on.” At this point we have shot about 20 rounds apiece – a recoil pad is starting to seem like a really good idea! (note the towel – improvised pad).

Rick with the Mossberg ATR – click to biggerate…
No pics of me – I was the guy with the camera.

So…on to the targets – click on any of them to view larger…

 

In a nutshell? Lucky Gunner’s service is outstanding, Sellier & Bellot .30-06 Springfield HPBT Match ammo is amazingly accurate and I don’t believe you can go wrong with a Mossberg ATR. It’s accurate as well and inexpensive enough that I can afford to buy some more S&B ammo!

I have to include this last target for posterity:

FTC Disclaimer: I purchased the Mossberg ATR and the Simmons scope with my money. Lucky Gunner provided me with two 20 round boxes of ammo for testing and evaluation purposes. I thought it might be worth writing about…while I had fun, I received no wheelbarrows full of cash for writing this review.
(…and bite me).

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