Monthly Archives: October 2014

Choosing the Right Trigger – Geissele Automatics and ALG Defense

This extensive video will help clarify which trigger is right for the way you prefer to shoot.

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Thoughts on WA i-594

by Woodsbum

Being an avid outdoorsman, hunter, shooter, and all around woods kinda guy I have been very scared of the way that groups are pushing their personal agendas on the rest of us and calling it “for our own good.” Since I got my voting packet in the mail yesterday I thought I would post a few things about what is being pushed down the throats of Washingtonians. Although I am very against measures such as this, I wanted to point out a few things.

  • I am personally against having my name in any government database because of the proven track record of abuse. This information from Freedom in Information Act queries where reporters post firearm permit holders information publicly, lack of security on such information (how many ACA Exchange breaches so far?), and persecution by government employees (IRS anyone?) just reeks of danger to law abiding citizens. The 594 really, truly creates a large firearm ownership database ripe for the plucking.
  • Virtually every firearm TRANSFER (putting the firearm into another person’s possession such as “hold this while I climb over this fence”) – with very few exceptions – would require a licensed firearm dealer to complete. SO…  If I was teaching a hunter’s safety course, I would have to hand the shotgun to a licensed dealer to perform the background check, wait the required time, have the student transport the firearm back to the shooting area, have them shoot, then repeat the process so that I could get the firearm back. If the firearm was handed back or forth before this check was done it would be a felony. No more handling firearms at a gun store either. Buy it, then touch it……
  • 594 doubles the waiting period for handgun sales also. Like this really accomplishes anything. Law abiding people don’t go to the store to buy firearms to kill or rob other people. How does this make any sense?
  • Again, 594 will specifically regulate transfers, not sales.  Under the language of I-594, in virtually all cases, a person merely handing his or her firearm to a family member (other than immediate family) or a friend cannot do so without brokering the transfer through a gun dealer with the accompanying fees, paperwork, taxes and, in the case of handguns, state registration. All of these transfers are obviously creating a registry to begin with even though only the “handgun” transfers are supposedly kept by the Department of Licensing. How could they not be if it has to go to the same place?

I highly recommend that you read the whole initiative. I cannot stress enough how the language of this initiative is based around transfers and not sales. There are some sections to try and mitigate the potential for people to get in trouble for letting someone else touch another person’s firearm, but again it is in normal “political” language that is very open to abuse and interpretation. If you doubt what I just said, take a look at the Washington laws regarding drinking in a bar. This law states that all people consuming alcohol must have a valid ID. There are no age restrictions so a 100 year old person that goes into a bar, by law, cannot enter and drink unless they have a valid ID of some sort. Common sense is gone and there is a $500-$2500 fine even if the 100 year old merely forgot their ID In the car and has a beer.

Although I know the NRA has their own agenda and doesn’t want any sort of registry, I have to agree that this is a bad initiative. Their statistics on how this would only catch less than 1% of the legal sales that end up in the hands of criminals says a lot. These guys get their own guns from the Justice Department so why would they want one from Cabela’s?

Anyway, here are a few videos from the NRA. I am not sure if this really meant that much to you or was helpful. It is an important thing to think about, however. How willing are you to give up all your rights as a citizen even though over 99% of the criminals out there are not affected?

This would affect more cops and law enforcement than it would criminals. Even they would have to go through this whole process if they were trying to even borrow a firearm….. Think about that.

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Looking Back at Hurricane Irene

by Gunguy

I used to live several blocks away from Zone A in NYC. When Mayor Bloomberg issued a mandatory evacuation for Zone A before Hurricane Irene came ashore my lady and I decided to go upstate to the Catskills to avoid any potential flooding. We were located at ground level and we had little faith that our apartment would not get flooded. As luck would have it our apartment was fine when we got back. Unfortunately for a lot of residents in the Catskill Region they were on the receiving end of Hurricane Irene.

After we got to our destination we went to the Fresh Town in Margaretville, NY to do some groceries and stock up on water before the hurricane hit NYC. We expected some rain and some wind. I have been going to the Catskill region with my family for 26 years and we never thought that a hurricane would cause any damage at all. Unfortunately I was severely wrong. It started to rain around 1 pm or so in the afternoon on our way back from the store on Saturday.

When we got home we turned on the TV and watched the reports along the East coast. We were hopeful that he storm would slow down and not hit New York State too hard. I kept calling my family in the city to get periodic updates. They said everything was going ok and that it wasn’t that bad. When I called on Sunday the 28th they said that everything was great. There was no flooding in their homes and the sun was out.

Meanwhile in the Catskills the rain was relentless and showed no sign of stopping. Previously it rained all night and through out the day on Sunday. We heard local radio reports that some local towns were flooding but we didn’t know how severe it was. We were loosing power intermittently and finally around 5pm on Sunday we lost the power all together. I cooked our dinner on a gas grill in the rain while wearing my water proof boots, jacket and pants. After dinner we listened to the radio by candle light and played monopoly. We decided to go to bed early and wake up in the morning and get a fresh start on our journey home to NYC.

When we woke up we were surprised that the power was restored.  We quickly realized the day before that we were really fond of electricity and flowing water and we were very happy to have it back. While watching the news we saw video of a river raging through Margaretville. We saw the CVS Pharmacy and the Fresh Town adjoined to it being completely ravaged by water. It was heart breaking. Fresh Town came in a short while ago and took over for the A & P that was in town previously. The company did an outstanding job in renewing the building and having a great selection of produce and beer. Now the whole building was destroyed by the worst natural disaster that I ever personally witnessed in my life.

After witnessing the flooding in Margaretville, NY and the near complete annihilation of Prattsville, NY on TV I started to get seriously concerned regarding our departure from the Catskills. The irony wasn’t lost on me and my significant other. We went to the Catskills to escape the potential damage in NYC to only find ourselves in the middle of a serious natural disaster with almost no way out.

We packed up our things and closed up the house and headed out on route 30 to find that it was closed. After speaking to a NY State Trooper we found out that Route 23 north of us was closed too, as well as parts of the NY State Thruway. He suggested we head back home and hunker down till the roads were cleared. Both of us had work the next day so we decided to take the long way home. We traveled west through the mountains to Oneonta, NY and then towards Binghamton, NY before catching route 8 south and then onto to 86 west to the Palisades Parkway south bound into NYC. The total trip time with rest stops and traffic was 7 and 1/2 hours, which is about 4 and 1/2 hours longer than it would take usually. We got home safe and sound and we learned some lessons which I will go over shortly.

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A Bit Off Topic – Officiating Weddings

by Woodsbum

I know the whole concept of officiating a wedding is a bit off topic considering everything else that is posted on this blog, but I decided to post this for the following reasons:

  1. This whole blog is about doing things yourself and self reliance.
  2. Officiating your kid’s wedding saves money and adds to the special day.
  3. You get to do and say what you want within guidelines of the law.
  4. It’s my blog and I think this is important if you don’t like being at the mercy of others.

This last weekend I performed the wedding ceremony for my daughter. It was a simple, beach wedding that was not very formal or elaborate. As a matter of fact, I made the bouquet and the veil that attached to my daughter’s Cabela’s ball cap…..  I know. A bit redneck, but it was how she wanted it. Just to show you how easy it can be to make a wedding bouquet I have included a picture of what I made for her. This was before I did the camouflage ribbon bow and dangle things off the handle.

Daughter's Bouquet

Daughter’s Bouquet

The whole thing cost me about $55 for the flowers, ribbons, green foam handle and cone shaped base that the handle slipped through. My daughter loved it and I was happy to have been able to make it for her.

Back to officiating the wedding……

Many might not know it, but it only takes a few minutes and about $25-$30 to become an ordained minister with an online church. As far as the state we live in is concerned there are only a few requirements for the ceremony.

  • Someone with a certain credential must officiate, such as judge or minister of any kind.
  • Both parties must verbally agree to the marriage with witnesses present.
  • A license must be purchased.

That is it. If you can get those particulars covered, you can officially marry people. I went through Universal Ministries when I got my ordination. At the time that I got mine there was a few question quiz thing, but that is now gone. You just sign up and order your wall certification. Since there is a physical location for the church, this will actually pass as a regular ordination in most states. Some states don’t care. Just make sure to check your local laws.

After the ceremony I did have to have some signature boxes filled in and will have to mail off the certification of ceremony completion. Seriously, it was so easy that I almost feel like there was something missing.

The hardest part was figuring out what to say. What I did was go over the different lessons and advice that had helped make my marriage as strong as it is today. My wife and I will be married for 20 years this year and we have seen many marriages fail for any number of reasons. Having had the chance to council the kids before they did the wedding and then highlight the important pieces during the wedding is what I feel is a very important piece to their potential success. Marriages are so hard now a days that getting them off on the right foot and with realistic expectations is very important. I am hopeful and confident that I did get that across to them.

For those of you who have ever considered conducting a wedding ceremony for someone, I really do recommend it. It was great to have been the one that stood up and married my daughter off to a great guy. I really was honored to have been able to do it, even though I was nervous as all get out!

I wish my daughter and son-in-law the very best and really do suggest you step up and do something like this for your loved ones. It really will make the day that much more special.

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Contact! A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival

by Gunguy

This manual is the result of a detailed consideration of a societal collapse and the civil shift and aftermath that would impact individuals and families who are intent on survival. The purpose of this manual is to provide information to enhance the security, tactics, and survival skills of law-abiding citizens who are faced with civil disorder, lawlessness, violence, and physical threat in a post-collapse environment. The information in this manual is derived from training and experience gained from service with special operations forces (SOF) and subsequent employment as a security contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is a distillation of tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) adapted to the threat and environment anticipated in this type of scenario, in order to provide the knowledge needed to survive in a world turned upside down. It is no longer just survival of the fittest but survival of those prepared.

The manual will take you from self-defense as an individual, team and family, and on to tactics, techniques, procedures and training that can be used by tactical teams that you may need to form in order to survive or to resist tyranny. In a serious post-event scenario, one of total collapse with several months or years before recovery, families, groups and communities may be forced to create such tactical defense forces to protect personnel, loved ones and resources against hostile forces. There is something in this manual for both the tactical newbie and the military veteran.

Contact A TActical Manual

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