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suppressors

I endured the expensive and long process currently required to gain permission from our rulers to own a sound suppressor for my rifle. Over 9 months and $1,000 for a hundred dollar part that enables your neighbors to go about their business without noise pollution should you choose to sight in or practice with a firearm. Darn near a year for some faceless apparatchik to affix a rubber stamp and signature to my papers. Precious few of us bother. Therefore one person’s shooting is an entire neighborhood’s disturbing the peace. I repurposed a .223 AR-15 rifle into a 300 AAC Blackout, mounted the scope without proper tools, or any experience for that matter, and got help mounting “the can”. […]

Suppressor Deregulation Bill Gains Momentum in the House

Suppressor Deregulation Bill Gains Momentum in the House Click on the Take Action button to urge your congressman, , to cosponsor H.R. 327, the Hearing Protection Act.   Put the Second Amendment on offense by becoming a GOA Patriot member today!   Suppressor Deregulation Bill Gains Momentum in the House Dear Ted: A year ago, amending the provisions of the overbearing and unconstitutional National Firearms Act would have been considered “a long shot.” And yet, here we are.  A free-standing bill to remove suppressors from the act — dubbed the “Hearing Protection Act” — has 146 cosponsors, including several Democrats.  That bill is H.R. 367. Now Representative Jeff Duncan (R-SC) has included the Hearing Protection Act in a larger […]

analog calculators

In this age of converting everything to digital, bits, bytes and button pushing, my recent trip to a beginners’ long-range shooting school (see my first 1K) brought the power of slide rules back into my world. I am also [re-]discovering the beautiful metric system of measurements. The normal, average, mundane, commonplace answer to everything today is “I have a computer that does that”. Substitute “smart phone”, calculator or other electronic alternative to knowing how to actually do stuff and you have the answer to 99.9% of the computational questions asked today. I am not going to conjure up ways in which that dependence on electronics could fail us. Needless to say there are times, places and circumstances where it could. […]

rifle sale

Years ago my dream rifle was an M1A. I ended up with an AR-10 scratching that 30-caliber semi-automatic rifle itch. But the M1As are still respectable rifles. I was the spotter in the course he mentions below, and can vouch for the shots he claims. That is also my handwriting in the data book where I logged the shots as he made them. You don’t often get a rifle with every shot written into a data book… warm, cold, 100 yards, 200 yards, 300 yards … 1,000 yards. While you might not shoot exactly like he did, you can be darn close simply copying the scope settings we put into that book. I notice he includes the ammo used for […]

Paper Poppers

I don’t usually shoot this well… I don’t think I do, anyway. This one felt good. Hmmm … so did the rest of the stages I shot Sunday. Maybe I’m improving??? I parked “HITS” in my head and proceeded to do almost exactly that. Running on the assumption that I got hits enabled me to complete it quickly. It certainly helped that I made up my mind to shoot EACH ONE ONCE on the metal targets… that is, to go slow enough to GET HITS reliably… while pushing myself just a bit. I also was prepared to find someone standing after my first pass. Being prepared to ‘improv’, made him fall quickly in succession. My videographer may have been […]

my first 1K

I thought of myself as a 600-yard rifleman. In DCM, CMP and NRA High Power competitions, the 600 yard target we shoot at is labeled “MR1”. That stands for “medium range”, standard target. Thus I don’t get an inflated ego from hitting that sucker on a known-distance course of fire. Upon selling The Gentleman Farmer business I owned/operated for 22 years, my gold watch was a nice trombone and a nice rifle. Two tools I had long wished for but never afforded (best boss I ever had). My AR-10 and I are awesome at a known distance of 200 yards and quite clearly effective at measured and marked 600 yards. Of course only paper targets are going to present themselves […]

reloading 300 Blackout

I had to knock a couple years’ worth of dust off my reloading gear and a lot of cobwebs out of my reloading brain, but I reloaded a test batch of 300 AAC Blackout ammo up today. This is a new cartridge for me. It is somewhat young to the shooting world, but hugely popular already. Wildcatters cut down a .223 case, opened it up to .30 caliber and stuffed various weights of bullets into it. As often happens, gun and ammo factories saw a good thing and adopted it for commercial production. It is definitely a strange thing with big, fat, long bullets filling the top half of shortened little 5.56 cases while the bottom half is full […]

when low is high

I do not take it seriously … certainly when compared to those for whom Practical Pistol is LIFE. It is a great sport. It has wonderfully useful real-world application. And I do admire those folks who can SMOKE the course. A handgun you do not practice shooting is not much better than a pocket full of stones you don’t practice throwing. If you expect your pistol to be useful in a dire self-defense scenario, you dang-well better shoot it often enough to KNOW you can hit what you want to hit with it, and not hit what you want to not hit with it. It is fun. It is a great skill set to have in your quiver. But I […]

Bull* vetoes

Bullock again proves himself ignorant and incompetent to hold an office representing the people of Montana. Twenty states have “Constitutional Carry” – that is, no law against carrying weapons regardless of whether your coat falls over it or not. There are absolutely no related problems in any of them. With a strong, knowledgeable gun culture, Montana is no more at risk than any of them, particularly including the most recent addition to that list, New Hampshire. Both houses of the state legislature agreed. King Bull* disagreed. His second idiotic move Thursday was vetoing legal carry into Montana Post Offices. Over a decade ago a couple of US Postal Service employees “went postal” and shot some co-workers. From postal service […]