Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday Round Up

What had been a somewhat quiet week on the gun scene changed this morning with the latest attempt to instate a so-called “assault weapon ban” in Washington. My take is posted below.

There’s still a huge discussion going on over at Northwest Firearms about the NRA. Right now I’m in a bit of a death match over how a 501(c) should work and what the NRA does with its money.

Another interesting thread details an order for being filled by Winchester for 40 million rounds of .40 S&W ammo for the Department of Homeland Security. Wish they’d send me some. My poor Glock is hungry!

Speaking of Glock – the Glock Talk fundraiser results have been announced. Congratulations to all of the bast... errr... lucky winners. I was skunked again!

Just received the stuff I won from Greg Martin Auctions. I’m pleased overall. The Arisaka turns out to be matching. It was a “take a chance” gun, as GMA still has problems properly describing Japanese firearms. I’ll post pictures just as soon as I get my camera back.

Until next time!!!

Lies, Damn Lies, and Washington Ceasefire

If you have a strong stomach, go ahead and check out the press release by Washington Ceasefire on their efforts to pass the Washington Assault Weapon Ban detailed earlier today. Some of the “highlights”:

“Semi-automatic assault weapons are designed and intended for military purposes to kill as many people as quickly as possible in a designated area. These guns can fire over 200 bullets a minute. Even avid hunters acknowledge that semi-automatic weapons have no sporting purpose other than target practice which this bill would accommodate within designated shooting ranges. Significantly kits are readily available that can convert semi-automatic weapons to automatic “machine gun” status in just a few minutes. The risk of assault weapons is made worse by the so-called gun show loophole which allows gun purchasers, as young as eighteen, to purchase unlimited quantities of these dangerous weapons without a background check, record keeping or waiting period at various gun shows held almost weekly in this state.

“Both national and state polls show overwhelming support for the ban by similar 5 to 1 majorities. But passage for this common sense gun control measure is by no means guaranteed. Former Police Chief Norm Stamper said recently the people are far ahead of the politicians on this issue. Last year the U.S. Supreme Court validated the right of individuals to own handguns and sporting rifles but specifically gave the green light to state regulation for things such as mandatory background checks or a ban on military assault weapons.”

I actually hit the “add a comment” to the announcement, but doubt it will get published. So here’s my take:

How many lies can you tell in one article?

1) Conversion of a semi-auto into a full-auto is neither "simple" nor are there readily available conversion kits. The BATFE must approve all receivers for semi-automatic weapons, and they do so with this in mind.

2) I’m an avid hunter, and the AR-15 is a spectacular hunting platform with a wide array of cartridges available

3) I seriously question 5 to 1 support for an assault weapon ban. Please cite source.

4) The Department of Justice found that the 1994 Federal ban had no effect on crime because so-called “assault weapons” were used in a small portion of crimes

Go ahead and admit that this is the tip of a larger wedge to invalidate not only Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution, but the Second Amendment as well.

I stopped there with my comments, but I could have gone on for quite some time. It also wasn’t my most “politic” response, but there’s a time for civility and there’s a time for directness. This seems to be a case for the latter rather than the former.

It seems to be commonplace for these anti-civil rights groups to simply heap lies and distortions as high as possible in the smug belief that either no one will check their “facts”, or won’t be able to refute all of their “facts” in a seven second sound bite. The hubris of these groups knows no bounds, nor does their hostility toward the right to keep and bear arms. Given these groups are attacking our civil rights, I personally consider them to be hate groups, and I long for the day when we can prosecute them as such.

Until next time!!!

Washington Semi-Auto Ban Proposed

The forces of tyranny are hard at work in the state of Washington. A new statewide semi-auto ban is being proposed by three Democratic representatives (Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina; Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle; and Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle). The proposed legislations, called the “Aaron Sullivan Public Safety and Police Protection Bill, would prohibit the sale of such weapons to private citizens and require current owners to pass background checks.” The excuse this time is one murder allegedly involving an “assault weapon” and the slaying of one police officer with a .223 caliber “semi-automatic rifle”. The gun banners hit all of the normal talking points, so let’s look at their “arguments” one by one:

“The ban would cover semiautomatics designed for military use that are capable of rapid-fire and can hold more than 10 rounds. Semiautomatics designed for sporting or hunting purposes wouldn't be banned.

“"If they're used in the army, used in the war — that's what this ban is about," said Ralph Fascitelli, the board president of Washington Ceasefire.”

How many glaring issues can you see at this point? First off, what is “rapid fire”? There is no such term outside the twisted ignorance of the gun banner mentality. All semi automatic weapons, whether they are magazine fed or internally fed fire at exactly the same rate – i.e. just as fast as you can pull the trigger. Furthermore, virtually NONE of the semi-automatics available for sale today are “used in the army” as they aren’t capable of fully-automatic or burst fire. It’s interesting that under this definition, the World War II vintage M1 carbine would also be illegal in Washington since it WAS actually “used in the army”, “used in war”, and is a semi-automatic designed for military use. Ironically the Federal Government has supplied M1 Carbines to the general public through DCM and now CMP for decades. Of course, this also ignores the fact that the Second Amendment ISN’T about hunting, which is the most common mistake made by the anti-gun crowd.

Representative Hunter states:

"We don't allow people to own tanks or bazookas or machine guns, and very few people think that that's an unreasonable restriction."

Well, that’s not entirely correct. First off, you CAN own a machine gun in many states as long as it is registered with the BATFE. You can also own many “destructive devices” again, if they’re registered with the BATFE. However, the capability of a fully automatic machine gun or large caliber gun outstrips the capability of a semi-automatic firearm by orders of magnitude. Another fact that’s interesting to note is, for example, the M1 Garand would be allowed under this ban, and in terms of stopping power, the M1 Garand completely outstrips the semi-automatic AR-15 and AK-47. So this clearly isn’t about the level of effectiveness of the weapon.

“Kohl-Welles said the lawmakers are trying to be practical and aren't suggesting guns be taken from current owners.

"What we're trying to get at is there's no place to have sales of military assault rifles or weapons in this state," she said.

“She also said she doesn't believe such a ban would violate the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms.

"Did the framers of our Constitution ever envision something like a semi-automatic weapon?" she asked.”

Perhaps not, but the framers of our Constitution did envision corrupt politicians seeking to disarm the populace to ensure absolute control over their lives. THAT’S what the Second Amendment was all about. The Framers feared government run amok, and saw an armed populace as the surest bulwark against that eventuality. Kohl-Welles’ comments demonstrate the hubris of those opposed to our right to self defense. She clearly sets herself up above the populace by deeming what does and does not have a “place” in the state of Washington. Her half-hearted “we’re not trying to take away anyone’s guns” comment also reeks of deception and hypocrisy. That is, quite frankly, exactly what they’re trying to do.

If you live in Washington, I strongly urge you to stand up to these petty tyrants first by encouraging your state representatives and senators to vote this legislation down. Second, I urge all eligible voters to begin a recall campaign on all three of these individuals as they are in criminal violation of Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution. It’s clear to me that the only way to end the abuses of these "officials" is to ensure that there are consequences for their illegal power grabs. To those of you in Washington, I wish you all the best as you ward off yet another attack on your inalienable rights.

Until next time!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hunters Feed Hungry – PETA Cries Foul

The Washington Post recently ran an article on how hunting groups are donating deer meat to feed the hungry at homeless shelters. Unfortunately they felt compelled to include the opinions of so-called “animal rights” extremists as a counterpoint into an otherwise excellent example of hunters giving back to the community. With the Department of Agriculture reporting that upwards of 50 million people are struggling with hunger in America, I think it’s a credit to hunters everywhere that these organizations are donating meat.

According to the article:

“One doe can feed up to 200 people," said Richard Satterfield, a hunter and supporter of the food ministry. "They are high-protein, low-fat, very nutritious. And there are plenty of them, so there's no reason for anyone to go hungry in this country."

In fact, much of the donated meat comes from hunts approved to reduce out-of-control deer populations in urban and suburban areas. PETA argues that sterilization would be more ‘humane” and “effective” – though numerous reports have shown that such measures are not only ineffective, but prohibitively expensive as well.

It just goes to show the sort of unbalanced extremist mentality espoused by the “animal rights” groups. In their mind it’s okay for millions of human beings to go hungry, but it’s not okay to kill a prey animal. I honestly wonder if they realize how many rabbits and other 4-legged pests have to be killed for their “organic” and “vegetarian” diets to actually reach the table. Something tells me they have no clue. . . period.

Honestly, there is no group that has done more to preserve wildlife and preserve wildlife habitat than the American hunter. When the wild turkey was nearly extinct, it wasn’t legislation that brought it back – it was hunters - not the WWF, not PETA, not the Sierra Club. At some point these groups are going to lose their ability to fool people, but until then the American hunter will continue to act as steward of the land.

Until next time!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My Letter on McDonald

Just in case you’re wondering – here’s the letter I’ve sent to my Representatives and Senators on McDonald:

McDonald v. City of Chicago, a pivotal civil rights case, is coming before the Supreme Court in March 2010. The Framers recognized that the right to self-defense is as fundamental a human right as freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Unfortunately, years of misguided legislation has led to that right being infringed upon in many parts of our nation. McDonald provides a unique opportunity to restore this inalienable right to all Americans.

Several briefs have been filed in support of incorporation of the Second Amendment under the Fourteenth Amendment. One of these has been submitted by the NRA, and it is currently backed by an overwhelming bi-partisan majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Unfortunately, I do not see your name as a supporter of this critical brief. I strongly encourage you to join your peers and make a strong stand in support of the Second Amendment by signing the amici curiae brief.

This issue is incredibly important not only to me, but to America as a whole. Your stance on this issue will factor heavily in my electoral choices in 2010 and beyond.

Until next time!!!

Merkley “Responds” on McDonald

Further cementing my opinion that Merkley is merely a party mouthpiece with absolutely no business being in the Senate, I’ve received a response to my email regarding the upcoming McDonald case. Unlike Representative Wu who actually responded to the issue, this is what Merkley’s automated system mailed back:

“Recently, I received the email you sent to my office through a third-party organization. I appreciate you taking the time to get in touch and please be assured that I closely review the thoughts expressed in such emails. I know that these third-party emails can be a useful tool to communicate your opinions.

“If you would like to expand on the email I received through the third party, please feel free to contact me directly by using the webform at http://merkley.senate.gov/contact to send me an email. I value your personal stories and insights into the issues facing our state and the nation.

“You can also visit my website at www.merkley.senate.gov for more information about my positions and to learn how my office can further assist you.

“It is an honor to serve as your Senator, and I look forward to hearing from you again in the future.”


Translation – I didn’t read your mail. I don’t care about what you said. I don’t care what you think. I’m not beholden to you or your views.

I have a half mind to resubmit the letter using his form and see if I get a different response. It’s clear that Merkley filters his mail and only accepts emails from sources that are deemed ideologically pure by his party masters. Quite frankly, I’m disgusted.

Until next time!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Police Shootings Up in 2009

According to a recent article on MSNBC, the number of police officers killed in the line of duty by individuals wielding firearms has risen roughly 24% from 2008. The actual raw numbers are, thankfully, still fairly low. To date 47 officers have been killed in 2009 as compared to 38 at this time last year. Given the article was from MSNBC, I expected the rest of it to be a hit piece calling for sweeping gun-control legislation, but I honestly was pleasantly surprised. According to the article:

“The availability of guns compounds the problem, criminologists say. But Pennsylvania, the state with the most gun-related officer deaths so far this year, has among the strictest gun laws in the country, according to a ranking by the pro-gun-control Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Other states, like Louisiana, Oklahoma and Kentucky, have very little oversight and had few, if any, officer gun deaths this year.”

I honestly don’t believe that those numbers are an aberration. Time and again we see the worst murder and violent crime rates in areas with the strictest gun control. Strict gun control only emboldens violent offenders. The article goes on to state:

“Kevin Morison, a spokesman for the Officers Memorial Fund, which keeps the statistics, said he sees people on both sides of the gun debate using the numbers to prove points.

"But folks who are willing to intentionally target police officers seem to be able to find a way to accrue guns regardless of what the laws in those state would be," Morison said.”

That’s a refreshing dose of honesty, and it underscores the point that criminals do not, have never, and will never care about the law. They see themselves as above the law, at best, or simply use the law to further their aims.

The article credits bulletproof vests and other life-saving techniques for the general decline in police officer fatalities over the past several years. The police have a very dangerous job, and hopefully this year’s increase in fatalities is an aberration. The current state of the economy with rising unemployment can’t be helping the situation either!

Until next time!!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Wu Responds on McDonald

As I indicated in a previous blog, a bipartisan majority of the House and Senate has signed on to the NRA’s amicus brief in the McDonald vs. Chicago case. Unfortunately neither my Representative (David Wu) nor either Oregon Senator (Merkley and Wyden) had signed on to the brief. I wrote letters to each of them urging them to stand up for the rights of Americans and sign the brief. Thus far I’ve only heard back from Representative Wu, but the response was surprisingly positive:

“Thank you for contacting me to urge me to sign onto an amicus curiae brief in the McDonald v. City of Chicago case scheduled for Supreme Court consideration in 2010. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

“The amicus brief you reference asks the Supreme Court of the United States to hold the Second Amendment applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause. The Fourteenth Amendment provides that portions of the Bill of Rights are applied to the states. Over many years, the Supreme Court has incrementally applied the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights to the states through a process called incorporation. For example, the First Amendment currently applies to states, as has the Fourth Amendment, concerning unreasonable search and seizure. As of yet, the Second Amendment does not apply to the states.


“I have long held that the Second Amendment does indeed give individuals the right to bear arms. Therefore, I will keep your comments in mind and will give serious consideration to signing the amicus brief.”


He’s still missing the point that the Second Amendment affirms / recognizes the individual right to bear arms rather than granting it, but this at least appears to be a step in the right direction. Given that he has repeatedly stated on the record that he supports the individual right interpretation of the Second Amendment – it’s going to be hard for him to not sign on to this brief. I’ll continue to check the NRA’s page to see if he has signed on.

Until next time!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Suomi Update

I got same day turnaround on the Suomi from the guys in Vernonia. They ended up replacing the bolt on it. In terms of just cycling the action, it seems to work a lot better at this point. Hopefully that will translate into fault free functionality at the range. It’s been too dang cold in the evening to take it out, so I’ll try and drag it out this weekend.

The manufacturer indicated that this is a light oil weapon. I’d ended up slathering it to get it to work, but it didn’t work dry either, so that really wasn’t the issue. Now I just have to figure out how to properly field strip this thing. Most of my rifles aren’t blowback, but this one is. Always a learning experience!!!

Until next time!!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

December 6th Roundup

I’ve just got a few various notes for today. First, the 2009 annual addition of Surplus Firearms from Guns and Ammo magazine detailed earlier this year has been re-issued and is on shelves now. If you missed it the first time, don’t miss it the second time.

I won a couple of auctions recently. I even broke my own rule and bid on something from Greg Martin Auctions. They seem to have cleaned up their fee structure a bit and are no longer including a “packing fee” on top of normal shipping and the 15% buyers premium. Shipping is still fairly spendy, but given one of the firearms is a handgun, those are usually expensive. Will post more when I get them in.

The Suomi is going to have to go back to Vernonia for some work. I just can’t get the action to cycle cleanly whereas others are not having any issues. Hopefully I’ll get it back by the end of the week so I can take it out plinking.

Empire Arms recently acquired some mint condition Webley Mark IV revolvers. These are the post-war variant with the cross bolt safety, but I just couldn’t say no to one. I need to get mine cleaned up, it’s a cosmoline baby at this point, and once I do I’ll post a feature on it.

I’ve also been working on a couple of AK builds. I nearly have a plum stock AK-74 together – just in time for AIM to come out with them at a bargain price. No good deed goes unpunished I guess! Look for a feature in the next couple of weeks on that one as well.

Until next time!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Date Set for McDonald!

According to a recent article on CBS News online, McDonald v. City of Chicago will be heard on March 2, 2010 with a decision expected in late June or early July. Mark your calendars!!!

The article also touches on some of the briefs. They’re all posed at the Second Amendment Foundation’s chicagoguncase.com site. The site also makes a few predictions:

“If I had to handicap the outcome of this case, there seems to be a reasonable chance that Alan Gura and the McDonald plaintiffs will win. But a technical win may not have much of a practical effect -- as long as lower courts can figure out a way to justify as constitutional local restrictions that differ only slightly from Chicago's. This may not matter in gun-friendly places like Idaho; it certainly matters to citizens of California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey and New York, all of whom lack a right to keep and bear arms in their state constitutions.”

A lot of this comes down to not only winning the battle, but winning the war. Even if we get a strong victory in the McDonald case, there remains a mountain of anti-gun legislation on the books. Depending on what standard the Supreme Court sets in its case, there may be many more trips through the courts for further clarification. Don’t for an instant expect that the forces who want to limit or eliminate the right to keep and bear arms are just going to sit back and admit defeat. They’ll use every legal trick in the book to limit our rights, and we’ll have to keep fighting them every step of the way!

Until next time!!!

Bipartisan Majority in Congress Signs NRA Brief

As reported earlier, the NRA has filed a brief in support of incorporation of the Second Amendment under the Fourteenth Amendment, thereby making it apply to state and local laws just like the rest of the Bill of Rights. The NRA has now stated that an “overwhelming, bipartisan majority of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate” have endorsed their brief.

The exact numbers are 251 Congressional Representatives and 58 Senators – and the full list can be found at the end of the PDF version of the brief. Of the 251 Representatives signing the brief, at least 81 of them are Democrats (32%), so we are indeed seeing some bi-partisan support in the House. The story is almost identical in the Senate with 19 Democrats signing the brief (also 32%).

I encourage everyone to go read the list of names to determine if your Senators and Representative are on the list. If they’re on the list, please take the time to write them and thank them for standing up for your rights. If they’re not on the list, then please write them and ask that they uphold the Constitution and sign onto the amicus brief.

It’s encouraging to see a strong majority supporting our Second Amendment rights in the House and Senate, though it’s still amazing to see how far we’ve come from Framers’ intent, and how many of our representatives are hostile to our basic rights as Americans. The decision next year will have wide-reaching implications for laws across this nation, and could be the death knell for the “collective right” interpretation of the Second Amendment. If the Court rules for incorporation, expect bans from Massachusetts to California to be challenged – and for the first time in many decades the overwhelming body of precedent would be on our side.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanksgiving Weekend Range Report

I went out plinking with a friend of mine on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I took three of my “recent” acquisitions with me (6.8 Rem spc upper AR-15, my AMD-65, and my Suomi) along with my Glock 27 carry pistol. My only disappointment was the Suomi as it’s having feeding issues. This means I either don’t have enough lubricant in it yet, or I need to take it over to the manufacturer in Vernonia and get the recoil spring replaced.

As I’d just had the new sights put on the Glock, I wanted to try it out again. I could regularly hit milk jugs with it at 20-30 yards. Not half bad for a sub-compact. It gave me yet another reason to REALLY like the Glock.

I’d had the AMD-65 finished by Salbo Arms, but hadn’t fired it since the refinishing. It’s not as accurate as some of my other AK’s, but it’s a complete BLAST to shoot. With the shorter barrel (with the welded muzzle brake to bring it to legal length), it’s also LOUD! You could literally hear the concussion echoing through the woods after every shot – even with solid ear protection.

My 6.8 AR-15 was just amazing. I need to get the scope sighted in properly, but from the first shot I was on paper roughly where I thought I should be at 50 yards. I’m going to add a bipod to the rifle to help stabilize prone and sitting shots to make it a better long-range platform.

Overall another great day at the range. Of course, getting ready to go out highlighted that I’m woefully short .30 carbine ammo (5 rounds). I’m going to have to fix that – my poor Underwood is getting lonely.

Until next time!!!

November Rose City Gun Show Report

I am WAY behind on blog entries at this point, but with the Thanksgiving holiday (I hope everyone had a great one), things tend to get reprioritized. I went to the November Rose City Gun Show – overall it was a decent show. I was hoping it would be a touch bigger, but there were some decent deals to be had if you looked around enough.

One thing that made this particular show special was I took a buddy who’d never been to a gun show. He’s interested in getting his concealed carry license and wanted to look at the various sidearms to see what worked for him. I really enjoyed taking him around the show and pointing out some of his options.

I ended up getting some night sights for my carry pistol, a Glock 27. I really enjoy the small frame Glock as a concealed carry pistol. It’s got decent stopping power with the .40 Smith cartridge, but isn’t as large as the 10mm or .45 ACP sub-compacts. It makes my XD-9 sub-compact look bulky by comparison.

Overall, yet another good show.

Until next time!!!