Friday, November 29, 2013

Kids in the home, secure that handgun!

Something like this product is a must have for all who have children in the home....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Have you decided where your going to put the gun safe?

If you have been doing any reading lately the anti-gun crowd is pushing "child access prevention" gun-safety laws.  A fancy name that the left came up with instead of using the term Gun Control.

The latest push is for you to store your firearm in a safe. You don't need a firearm to defend yourself, no need to leave it out.  The police will protect you. Call 911, they will be there in 10 minutes, 20 minutes the operator says as you hear the 17 year old armed punk from down the street breaking down your door looking for a quick score!

Those pushing such laws don't believe in self-defense, nor guns in general and are looking for any means to take firearms away from law abiding citizens or limit there access. Many are from the same stock who 25 years back advised women to not fight off a rapist.  Believe it or not, some women went along with that way of thinking. Not any more, but just to think their was some who thought that way and advised others to not resist....

What of the Supreme Court Ruling, you know, the one that struck down the District of Columbia's portion of the gun regulations act that required all firearms including rifles and shotguns be kept "unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock." The ruling that made it legal to have a firearm in the home that was unencumbered by a trigger lock, not locked in a safe, loaded and ready to go.

Time for lawful gun owners and the NRA to take a stand!

How many guns are to many?

Are you a danger to society because of the number of firearms you own?  Should the government limit the number of firearms you possess?

I'm seeing more and more headlines stating so and so had five guns in his home, or six guns, or more.  You may also see somewhere in the headline that he had 300 rounds of ammunition or more.

Must be a nut to have more then one firearm and more then a box of ammunition, right?

Such headlines are not an accident, they are on purpose!

The headlines are antigun headlines meant to make those not into firearms and various hunting and shooting sports think anyone that possess more then one firearm and a box of shells is a danger to society. They are meant to scare the general public and rally support for so called SAFE gun laws!

Are you a danger to society because of the number of firearms you own?

Other then a self defense handgun (at home or carry) what other firearms an active sportsmen may posses; a firearm for bird hunting, a firearm for deer hunting, a firearm for plinking, a firearm for trap shooting, a firearm for sporting clays, a firearm for skeet shooting (4 gauges).  I'm sure you can list several more firearms required for other type of shooting activities not listed. Those not into shooting have no idea and the press is not going to educate.

In regard to ammunition.  Someone attending a weeklong trap shoot may require a minimum of 1000 shells, a skeet shooter 500 shells.  Having 500 shells or more at home is not an unreasonable number, and for many that are into serious shooting, two cases of shells stored at home most likely doesn't even meet there needs but for a few weeks of shooting, if that.

And, for those who reload.  The news can make possessing an 8lb container of powder and 5000 primers look like your getting ready to start a war.

Next time you see the headline, are they reporting the news or do they have another agenda?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Support Renewing the Plastic Gun Ban

The federal law banning undetectable plastic guns expires in two weeks and Congress is on a Thanksgiving vacation, making it likely the law will lapse — and opening up at least a temporary problem.

Gun control proponents say the search for a solution is even more urgent with the expanding capabilities of 3-D printers, which can manufacture plastic guns that can be untraceable through traditional means.

Washington Times


Many Gun Free Zones (Kill Zones) especially in court houses and airline passenger terminals depend on scanning technology to detect firearms.  No matter if you support Gun Free Zones or not, they are here to stay!.

A plastic gun defeats the most simplest of such scanning devices.  Someone will take advantage, it's just a matter of time.

Will a law stop a determined terrorist?  The answer is no, but it will slow down the mentally disturbed and the so called cowboy terrorist who acts on his own.

Support the ban....


Monday, November 25, 2013

Annual Remington 1100 Maintenance

Every year around this time the 1100's get disassembled and I give them a thorough going over.

One of the 1100's was purchased used in either 1972 or 1973 and still going strong. My wife and I were out shooting sporting clays a few weeks back and they worked as if new.

I always replace the Action Spring ($5.99).  Not a part that needs to be replaced unless you start having problems, but for what they cost, and as I already have the gun torn apart, it just one less thing that I have to consider if I start having problems.  To access the Action Spring you need to take the stock off.

Through the years I had a Feed Latch ($19.99) that has fallen out a few times after removing the trigger.  I have a re-staking tool, but after taking a good look at the latch I saw it needed to be replaced, as pretty beaten up where it had been re-staked in the past (likely I didn't do a good job the first time).  I used one plate pin (holds the trigger in place) and a small (maybe 3 inch) C clamp to hold the latch in place while installing. Any gun smith can re-stake the latch if you don't have the tool.  I have read where some just use glue to hold the Feed Latch in place and forgo using a re-staking tool.  It will work, as if you can get the trigger installed the Feed Latch is not going to fall out. 

A butt plate screw needed to be replaced. It was loose and wouldn't tighten. A quick run to the hardware store and I went with the next size up.

The last few times I removed the recoil pad I had a hard time with one of the hex screws holding the pad in place and feared it was stripped.  I pushed it out of the pad and found a piece of rubber had lodged in the opening where you place the hex key to tighten or loosen.  An easy fix.

I pull the Magazine Spring and give the tube a good cleaning.   A few years back I replaced the Magazine Follower ($5.29) on my 1100's when I was having a problem.  My feed problem went away with a new follower on one, and as I have older model 1100's, I replaced them all.

The Barrel Seal gets replaced.  I can't remember the last time a barrel seal was the cause of my 1100 not working properly. As long as it doesn't look torn or beat-up, most likely good to go, but there cheap enough. If you purchase from Remington they will charge you an Arm and a Leg. Visit the local hardware store or do a Google search.
Viton O-rings, size 21 for the 12 gauge. Viton is the material you want. 20 gauge O-ring is #19 Viton. 
Many years ago I purchased a package of 50 via the internet for a very good price. I think I gave away half of them through the years to shooters that needed a replacement.

I use Break-Free to clean.  I use the plastic squeeze bottle.  Tried the spray can and did not like, as no control.  A small dose goes a long way.  Put on and leave overnight.  Wipe off and your set to go. No need to oil and not recommended if you use Break-Free!

I use Rim Oil on the outside of the barrel and receiver when putting the gun away when at the range.

Watch those fingers when reaching around inside the receiver, sharp edges.  I use a Q tip when cleaning the rail the Link slides on.

This is also the time that all the chokes get a good soaking in whatever at the time is my favorite choke cleaning solvent.  I put them in a pickle jar with solvent and let sit for a few days.  A bore brush at the end of a drill finishes the job.  Make sure you crease the threads before you insert the chokes.  Should be part of your routine, using choke crease.  Doesn't take much.  A pain in the butt to remove a frozen choke!

Also, a good time to check your supply of spare parts. 

I own a tubed O/U and use for skeet, but prefer the 1100 for both trap and sporting clays!  Saying that, will have to think about using the 1100 for FITASC, as only allowed one malfunction!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Federal Target Shotshells @ Cabelas

Through December 4, 2013, Federal Field & Target Shotshells for $56.99 per cases.

1-1/8 oz, 1145 fps.

Free ammunition shipping on orders of $99 or more.

Firearm parts to Canada ($500)

In recent searches I failed to find any businesses that have updated there international shipping rules in regard to shipping to Canada and the $500 limit.

§ 123.17 -- Exports of firearms and ammunition (Revised 2013)

(a) Except as provided in § 126.1 of this subchapter, District Directors of Customs shall permit the export without a license of components and parts for Category I(a) firearms, except barrels, cylinders, receivers (frames) or complete breach mechanisms when the total value does not exceed $500 wholesale in any transaction.

The old standard was $100. 

Don't get confused by the inclusion of the word ammunition, as exports of ammunition require an export permit, as well as ammunition components (primers and powder).

Exemption can only be used and claimed by a DDTC Registered Exporter (not just any business, nor a foreign individual traveling in the US).

Does not apply to any parts/components related to Shotguns (these are regulated by the U.S. Department of Commerce rather than the U.S. Department of State, and there is not equivalent exemption for shotgun parts in the Export Administration Regulations).

Not all U.S. businesses will ship to Canada.  Check posted shipping rules before you shop.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Wind Mills & Solar Panels kill more birds then lead, but, no big deal!

Imagine the uproar if dead birds were found on the grounds of your local gun club?

Fines, lawsuits, condemnation in the local press, unending town council meetings, and even being threatened with closure.

But, if your gun club was a political correct activity as defined by the left and animal rights groups.

California Wind Farm Seeking First Permit to Kill Protected Golden Eagles – A wind farm in the Montezuma Hills region of Northern California is seeking a permit to legally kill up to five golden eagles over the next five years even though the raptors are currently protected under federal law and an international migratory bird treaty.

Birdwatchers flock to see rare bird, then watch it killed by wind turbine

There hasn’t been a sighting of a White-throated Needletail in the United Kingdom for 22 years, so nearly 80 birdwatchers flocked to Scotland to get a look, the Telegraph reported.  But instead of enjoying the world’s fastest flying bird soaring, they watched it fly into the small blade of a wind turbine and die.

California solar power plants singeing bird feathers

Of 34 birds reported dead or injured at Ivanpah in September, 15 had melted feathers. Dozens of other bird carcasses, not singed but with critical injuries, have been found in recent months at two solar projects about to go online on public land between Joshua Tree National Park and Blythe, Calif., a town of 20,800 on Interstate 10 near the Arizona border.

Last month, 19 birds, 16 of them water fowl or marsh birds, were found dead at Desert Sunlight, a 550-megawatt photovoltaic plant about 50 miles east of Indio, Calif. The carcass of a Yuma clapper rail, a federally endangered, medium-sized marsh bird, was found at the project in May.

About 600,000 bats killed by wind turbines in 2012, study shows

More than 600,000 bats fell victim to the turbines in 2012, according to a new study. The turbines spin at up to 179 miles per hour, rising hundreds of feet into the air.

While many Americans consider bats to be pesky or scary, they serve a vital ecological role. They eat a tremendous number of flying insects and they help pollinate crops, such as peaches and avocados.

 "Dead bats are being found underneath wind turbines across North America," wrote biologist Mark Hayes. "This estimate of bat fatalities is probably conservative."

Should Wind Industry Get a Free Pass on Bird Deaths?

Study: Feds underestimating the number of protected bird deaths at all the wind farms they aren’t prosecuting

Feds go after big oil for 28 bird deaths; ignore 400K deaths from wind turbines

Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths; 83,000 hunting birds killed each year

Sea eagles being killed by wind turbines

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Shipping Ammunition

As of January 1, 2014 you MUST use the Striped Diamond shipping label when shipping ammunition.

The label (required 2014) was on the box of a recently UPS delivered case of ammunition.

Ground Limited Quantity Marking

A visit to several talk boards finds that some receiving clerks are requiring private shippers (you and me) to write the words Ammunition or Hazardous materials or some other such wording on the box. 

This is not required. If requested, ask to speak to a supervisor.


Diamond Labels Will Replace ORM-D Labels on Ammo Shipments

The Dept. of Transportation (DOT) is phasing out the current ORM-D ammo labels, replacing them with a larger striped diamond label that does not mention “Small Arms Cartridges”. This change is designed to harmonize U.S. shipping rules with United Nations standards.

“The good news is the new label doesn’t have any indicator that the package contains ammunition. The bad news is the new label is gigantic compared to the old ORM-D label. You are required to use one of the larger labels on one side of any package containing ammunition. If the package is too small for one of the larger labels then you are permitted to use one of the smaller labels instead. Because of the size requirement in the regulations, you only get two of each label on standard piece of printer paper.”


Shipping Firearms (and ammunition) - Lost Target Information Page

Friday, November 01, 2013

Cabela's $5 Shipping (Ammunition)

Through November 5, ammunition ships for $5 per order.  They have a few brands going for $59.99.

Looking around at the on-line box stores it looks like $59.99 is the new norm when offering sales on the cheaper brands of ammunition.

If you miss the shipping opportunity, check the site often, as the shipping offer pops up several times a year.  Be careful, free or reduced shipping does not always include ammunition.

You may find matching in store deals (or better) on Remington Gun Clubs at Walmart and Dicks.  I suggest you take a look the next time your near one of there stores.

I saw a nice price on Remington Gun Clubs at Walmart a few weeks back, but the Federal Value Packs sitting on the same shelf were overpriced!