Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Remington Shotshell Quality Control

I was shooting trap and a lady on the line was having a problem loading the shells she was using.  She asked if she could borrow a few shells.  Not a problem!

After we were done shooting she handed me one of the shells that she was having a problem with, factory new, out of the box.

She had three or four just like this and a few more, not so bad.

A few weeks later I was shooting skeet and a shooter shows me several Remington STS shells he had set aside.  All with a few bends in them as above, and one had a crimp that was torn up and you could actually see a piece of plastic coming out of the crimp, a two inch hanging plastic thread.

I suggest you save the shells and the box(s) they came in and contact Remington Customer service if you run into this problem.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Camera test: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

My Panisonic camera had to go in for warrenty work.

It was decided a second camera was needed for "just in case," as not fun having a camera go down when needed.

I purchased a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS with 50x Optical zoom. A point and shoot camera.

A few test photos using continuious shooting and testing the zoom lens.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Building Permits, Change of Use, and Gun Clubs

I've lost count of the many news articles regarding the lack of Gun Club building permits and change of use permission I've come across through the years, but the Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club in New York is the latest.
About 100 people turned out to a Ghent Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Wednesday, as a public hearing was commenced on the Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club and its application for expanded uses and structures.

The board’s review has been going on for several months. It was initiated by an Oct. 25, 2012 letter from Code Enforcement Officer Gilbert Raab, informing the club it was in violation of the town code.

“The club needs to apply to the ZBA for a permit for the expansion that has taken place,” Raab stated in the letter. “Also, building and use permits for the various buildings added since 1974 need to be obtained.”


Now, the club has a lawyer and jumping through hoops.

If the local golf course, dirt bike track, or ski slope has to apply for building permits and make sure they have approval for change of use, why not your gun club?

- Adding a sporting clays course or 5-stand.  You may have a change of use conflict.    

- Adding a trap field to existing fields.  At a minimum, building permit.

- Storage garage. At a minimum, building permit.

- Changing operating hours.  Going from three days a week to five days a week.  You may have a change of use conflict. 

- 100 members when founded, now has 1000.  You may have a change of use conflict. Some clubs have had to defend membership growth (increase in traffic, noise).

- Club has a kitchen.  Does it meet state and federal safety standards.  Range hoods and fire suppression is a standard requirement.

-  Pot Luck Functions.  In some states it's against the law to have food prepared at home and brought to a function. New York is one!

- Beer sales.  Beer permit?  Donations to purchase is not going to cut it if a formal complaint. Will your insurance cover the club if an accident and no beer permit?

By the way, your club is not letting lead leave the property?

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

How's that Gun Control compromise working for you?

If a convicted felon, not eligible to own a firearm, and those with criminal intent, need not read any further, as these laws are not ones you would follow anyway. 

Around the nation:

You may also see this listed as Gun Safety (formally know as Gun Control).

- Mandatory firearm liability insurance policy.  No insurance, no gun!  I gather if your on food stamps you will be able to receive funding assistance from the government to purchase insurance.

- Background checks on each purchase of ammunition, to include that box of .410 shells used by skeet shooters or the box of steel shot used by duck hunters.

- No mail order ammunition purchases.  All purchases must be face to face.
- State-issued eligibility certificate needed to purchase any rifle, shotgun or ammunition. To get the certificate, a buyer would need to be fingerprinted, take a firearms training course and undergo a national criminal background check and involuntary commitment or voluntary admission check.

- Ammunition tax. A dollar a bullet seem right to you or how about an additional 25% tax on each purchase?

- Registration of magazines.

- Only seven (7) bullets in a magazine.

- Limit magazine size to ten bullets.

- Additional firearms sales tax. 15% of the purchase price sound reasonable?

- The old standard, if a firearm looks dangerous, outlaw it.

- Additional gun free zones (kill zones).

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

U.N Arms Treaty (BEWARE) It's not what's in it NOW!

If your not concerned about what's in the Unite Nations Arms Treaty and the portions to be implemented before a vote takes place in the U.S. Senate, and also believe published reports from main stream news organizations that tells guns owners no need to worry, BEWARE!

Article 20


1. At any time after the entry into force of this Treaty, a State Party may propose an amendment to this Treaty.

2. Any proposed amendment shall be submitted in writing to the secretariat, which shall then circulate the proposal to all States Parties, not less than 180 days before the next meeting of the Conference of States Parties. The amendment shall be considered at the next Conference of States Parties if a majority of States Parties notify the secretariat that they support further consideration of the proposal, no later than 120 days after its circulation by the secretariat.

3. Any amendment to this Treaty shall be adopted by consensus of those States Parties present at the Conference of States Parties. The depositary shall communicate any adopted amendment to all States Parties.

4. A proposed amendment adopted in accordance with paragraph 3 of this article shall enter into force for all States Parties to the Treaty, upon deposit with the depositary of the instruments of acceptance by a majority of States Parties at the time of the adoption of the amendment. Thereafter, it shall enter into force for any remaining State Party on the date of deposit of its instrument of acceptance.



If this treaty is approved by the U.S. Senate, all further (future) changes to the treaty will not be submitted to the Senate for approval. 

At a future date the world body by simple majority vote can change the rules, even if the U.S. United Nations representative votes No and the senate objects!

Countries like China, Russia, Syria, Mexico, Iran, and Bulgaria and other like minded countries that could care less about the U.S. and the 2nd Amendment, can at some point in time dictate (change) what the rules are once the initial treaty is approved by the U.S. Senate.

Who do gun owners think a divided Supreme Court and one that only needs one additional liberal judge will side with, U.S. Gun Owners or a World Body?