If you plan to travel with firearms, please pay attention to this recent article from the NRA. It is important to follow the TSA rules, the airline rules for the particular airline on which you will be checking luggage, and also the suggestions in the article. Something I found interesting was the requirement to have a lock in every padlock hole as opposed to just a single lock. I checked on of my cases which has two locks on it and also found it had two padlock location so to fly with that case would require me to put two additional padlocks on the case. Not a big deal, but something which would certainly ruin your day if you showed up at the airport without the additional locks.
I was disappointed recently by a fellow instructor who discouraged a former student of theirs from pursuing a firearm which has not yet been released. It was obvious the student was drawn to the firearm which IMO is one of the first steps in deciding if you want the firearm or not. Sure if you are going to conceal the firearm you need to think about many, many other topics, but to discourage someone from considering a firearm you have not held, touched, read range reports on, and fully investigated is the equivalent of poor parenting. As an instructor you should assist the student to the best possible firearm for their budget and needs. Had this particular firearm been out on the market with substandard reviews then my opinion of the situation would be much different, but because the only tangible reports were tactile from Shot Show 2017 and the gun is not on the market, to tell a student to overlook it is bad form. I’ve actually had my eye on this particular firearm and believe it may turn out to be a winner. I’ve been wrong many times in the past, but this one looks to me to be on the right track to be a great firearm for IWB carry. Anyway, if you are an instructor and have a favorite manufacturer do not allow that bias to carry over into the decision making process for a student. Just because I am a Ruger fanboy does not mean I would tell someone to avoid an S&W, Bersa, or Taurus, I would fully research the firearm they are considering and would probably head to a large firearm store to put my hands on it and decide for myself before offering an opinion. There is no way I would tell a student anything about a firearm which is not yet on the market other than to read the articles out now and I will be glad to assist them with an evaluation once the firearm has been released.
Since the beginning of the blog we have had an NRA tab where you could join. The NRA brings much more to the party than what you frequently hear on the news. Training courses from the NRA are essentially to proper firearm handling and situational awareness. Often this training is overlooked by the media and the fact that almost every state has NRA training somewhere in their statutes whether it be for concealed carry, police officer training, or some other purpose such as range development. The best thing a firearm owner can do is join the NRA if for nothing else the firearm insurance. You can become an associate member for as little as $10 or can join as a regular member for $30.
Today is the fifth anniversary for the blog. When it started 1,827 posts ago the direction was unclear and with this post once again the direction is a bit of a mystery. Trying to post daily has proven difficult when a fresh topic idea isn’t forthcoming, for that reason the plan is to only post when there is something relevant or fun to say. That might be a reminder of a particular day to celebrate a drink or beverage of a discourse on how ignorant a politician is on the topic of alcohol or firearms. The goal will be for topics to concentrate on firearms and fermentation only occasionally coloring outside the lines. Thank you to everyone who receive the blog via email and to those who visit regularly to read what we have to say.
Cheers to you all!
On February 12 the blog will turn five. We generate about 1,000 new views per month and 135 people following our mindless banter. Every comment is considered and we appreciate you taking the time to read about whatever happens to come to mind that day. We may decide to post less frequent and with more focus after the 12th because some days it is difficult to find an interesting topic while other days it is difficult to stop typing. So if you start to see less posts do not become alarmed, we’ll post when we have something to say as opposed to saying something daily.
I received a notification of change for the National Rifle Association Facebook page. It is now the NRA Institute for Legislative Action and I must say I despise the change. I hated it when I would get all sorts of political notifications from the NRA before I opted out and in the American Rifleman magazine I skip all the political articles to read about firearms, ammo, etc. I’m not sure why the NRA has decided to make their Facebook presence all or nothing, but if I’m someone looking for Refuse To Be A Victim I would be turned off when I get directed to a Legislative Action page instead. Bad move NRA, don’t make everything political when so much good comes from training and programs.
I am starting to see a wish list of things develop including removing suppressors from the NFA list and Constitutional Carry. In reality the suppressor change would be a welcomed one, but in order to pass everyone must realize they are not silent, they only suppress sound. It would be great for hunters or at the range and while it would not negate the need for hearing protection it would greatly reduce the noise created. I’m not sure if it is a hot-button topic for most legislators, nor if the NRA is concerned about removing items from the NFA list. As far as Constitutional Carry I don’t see that this as something which will be tackled anytime soon. On the other hand it is important to realize there will never be another time when control is in the hands of those most likely to be against gun control. The gun control advocates see concealed as the wild west when the reality is those with permits are law-abiding citizens and those seeking Constitutional Carry feel it is already their right. I actually like a training element on the law, but would certainly support sweeping change to make it less cumbersome to obtain a permit. I recently renewed my permit and despite being an instructor in the state certified by the NCDOJ still had to complete the application and will have to wait up to 90 days for the permit to arrive. It is a system in need of a serious revamp when someone who has been fingerprinted and is an instructor cannot simply have their permit renewed on the spot. Anyway, I don’t see either popping up soon, but stranger things have happened. It will be an interesting period for a few years starting in January, hold on to your hat!
That’s right folks, this year if you are for gun control measures then you should vote on Wednesday November 9. All states are following this suggestion by the NRA so be sure to vote on your appointed day based on your gun control beliefs!
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Guns.com noted in their piece Americans for Responsible Solutions rebranding gun control the message is changing and gun owners should take note. I’m not sure what legislation might be proposed, but changing the message to take focus off the NRA and and Second Amendment would certainly make any message more palatable and appear more benign. Gun owners need to carefully critique any new legislation to be sure the measures are truly an effort to curb illegal guns and not an attack on on the rights of law-abiding citizens. Maybe the group will eventually even figure out common sense is two words.