Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
Someone online, at my encouragement, asked me some gun questions. Her text is below. I’m more of a target shooter than a hunter. Please let me know what you all would say to her! Thanks in advance for your help.
“My current 5 year plan is to set up a small homestead in northern Minnesota. Moose, bear, wolves, deer and other such critters are commonplace.
As a nearly middle aged woman who has never held a gun – whats the best starter weapon for me? I’m thinking some kind of rifle, something that would be good for property protection as well as eventual hunting.
My husband was an expert marksman with the military, so I’m sure he could help me learn to use it well. That said, he never used guns before the Army and not since, so its not an area we know much about.”
Tags: Female Shooters, Girls and Guns, gun ownership, guns, hunting, rifles, self defense
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
The annual May Gardenerville Appleseed Shoot is coming right up Northern Nevada gun enthusiasts! I’ve gone to the last two Gardnerville Shoots and have learned a lot and had a great time. I hope to see you there!!
Here is some information about the shoot, copied from the Appleseed event page:
- Range: Private Property
- Address: 2449 Leviathan Mine Rd., Gardnerville, NV
- Website: none
- When: May 28-29, 2011
- Range Fee: none
- Camping available: Primitive camping on site. Potable water and porta-potties are available on site.
RV hookups available nearby at Topaz Lodge & Casino RV Resort.
- Carson Valley Inn (Hotel, Motor Lodge, RV resort), Minden, NV (800) 321-6983
- Holiday Inn Express, Gardnerville, NV. (775) 782-7500
- Topaz Lodge and Casino, RV Resort (800) 962-0732
- Directions: From Gardnerville take Hwy. 395 south approx. 10 miles to Leviathan Mine Road. Turn right to the range site at 2449 Leviathan Mine Road. Watch for signs.
- State Laws to be aware of: Check State laws.
- Misc: This promises to be an excellent shoot at a DAR site. With ranges out to 600 yds.+ bring the center fires. The firing line can handle 50 shooters with room for more easily added. No tracer or ammunition that is attracted to a magnet is allowed due to fire hazards.
- For More Information Contact: Private Message to “ChrisH” or “featherblue” on the Appleseed Forum. email NV@Appleseedinfo.org
- Registration Link: May 28-29: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1360865385
Tags: appleseed, guns, rifles, shooting range
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
The 2011 Nevada 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Training & Certification Spring Class is coming up! It will be held April 8th and 9th in Gardnerville, Nevada. If you’re local to Nevada, love shooting sports, are a responsible gun enthusiast and want to share your enthusiam and good, safe example of gun useage with youth in your community, please consider attending this training and becoming a 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer. To view the flyer and registration form, click here. Sorry for the short notice, but the registration deadline for this training is March 25th, 2011!
For more information on this training or University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Shooting Sports program, please see the Nevada 4-H Facebook page or contact your local University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office.
Tags: 2nd Ammendment, 4-H Shooting Sports, Activism, gun ownership, gun safety, guns, kids and guns, rifles, shooting, shooting range, training
Thursday, January 6th, 2011
SHOT Show is awesome. Unfortunately it is closed to many of the people interested in the things presented at the show. If you are unable to get credentials to get in, or if you’re like me and can get in but are just too poor to go, then you should check out the information in this press release I found in my email box courtesy of Allen Forkner over at Swanson Russell. I’ve underlined the juicy parts.
Coming Soon: SHOT SHOW Open to All Exclusively on GunBroker.com
Closed to consumers for more than 30 years, the Shooting and Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in 2011 will for the first time reveal many of its new and traditional products to the public immediately on GunBroker.com®, the world’s largest online auction of firearms and related accessories.
Through special arrangement with SHOT Show organizers and select exhibitors, the nation’s hunters and shooters will be able to get an exclusive look at new firearms, ammunition and other exciting innovations on GunBroker.com (www.GunBroker.com) at the same time they are announced to the trade. Starting on the show’s opening date of January 18, visitors to GunBroker.com will be able to learn about these products months before others may have a chance to see them.
“GunBroker.com has enjoyed a productive business relationship with the SHOT Show and with the National Shooting Sports Foundation for years, and we are extremely excited about this major expansion of our partnership,” commented Steve Urvan, GunBroker.com founder and CEO. “Also, we appreciate the tremendous support of our 1.6 million GunBroker.com users and three million monthly unique visitors in making our growth and success possible. We are pleased that we can bring this special service to our loyal supporters and new users in 2011.”
GunBroker.com’s special “2011 SHOT Show Product Center” will be open online from January 18 to March 1. Sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the SHOT Show has long been the largest display of firearms and other hunting and shooting equipment in the world. Because the SHOT Show is a professional trade show closed to the public, the actual exhibits can be viewed only by professional retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and members of the media. The 2011 SHOT Show will be held in Las Vegas.
GunBroker.com is an informative, detailed, secure and safe way to buy and sell firearms and hunting/shooting accessories. GunBroker.com promotes responsible gun ownership. Aside from merchandise bearing its logo, GunBroker.com sells none of the items listed on its website. Third-party sellers list items on the site and Federal and state laws govern the sale of firearms and other restricted items. Ownership policies and regulations are followed using licensed firearms dealers as transfer agents. For more information, visitwww.Gunbroker.com.
Tags: firearms, Gear, guns, handguns, rifles, SHOT Show, shotguns
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Oops. I wrote this awhile back and forgot to post it. Duh! It’s still relevant though.
For Marlin owners out there… What all would your do to your Marlin rifle if you had an unlimited product line from Tacticool22 to choose from? Please comment with your answers and if you’ve seen forum postings or other blogs asking this question, please send me the link to that as well.
Jody with Tacticool 22 has emailed me and ask me to make a list of everything I’d like to see them make for the Marlin, even the off-the-wall ideas. I need help making a list. This is what I’ve come up with so far, in layman’s terms. If there are technical terms for what I’m saying, please let me know.
- Adjustable stock (with sling studs and in several colors)
- Youth stock (with sling studs and in several colors)
- Folding stock (with sling studs and in several colors)
- Stock with weight in the front end (with sling studs and in several colors)
- Regular stocks (with sling studs available in colors and woods)
- Pistol grip stock (with sling studs and in several colors)
- Better bolt handle
- Better trigger guard
- Better mag release, ie actually drops the mag when you push it
- Trigger mods, ie make the trigger pull smoother and lighter
- Better mags, ie actually drop when you push mag release
- Bigger mags
- Clear mags
- Offset sight mounts
- Cheek rests
- Liberty Training Rifle Appleseed kit
- Left-handed shooter conversion kits
Tags: appleseed, gun mods, guns, Marlin, rifles, tacticool22
Thursday, December 16th, 2010
Last night, a friend of GB’s drove in for a visit. They haven’t seen each other in about a year and they’ve missed each other a lot. They stayed up late last night, talking and catching up. I couldn’t stay up with them because I had to get up early this morning, so I headed up to bed around 10 p.m. Before I turned in, I gave the guys a run-down of my guns so they could take them to the range with them tomorrow.
The Bersa’s out of the safe, there’s a box of mag for it in the mag dresser upstairs. The Walther, Marlin and Mosin are all in the safe. Ammo for those are upstairs as well. I only have one mag for the Bersa. Extra mags for the Walther are in its box with it. The Marlin’s extra mags are in my range bag. I figured if they’re going and I can’t, they might as well take mine with them. The more guns to shoot the better, right? I told them all goodnight and went to lay out my clothes for the next day when, GB hollered at me. “Honey!”
GB called me back from the bedroom to prove to his friend that although I just gave a run down of my collection and sounded like I’ve been a gun girl all of my life, that in fact I wasn’t gun-gung-ho until I met GB and even then he had to work me up to it first. He said to his friend, “Before she didn’t like guns, now she knows more about guns than I do.”
Aww. That’s so sweet. My baby’s bragging on me.
Tags: 2nd Ammendment, Activism, Bersa, Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range, CCW, firearms, Girls and Guns, gun ownership, guns, Marlin, Mosin-Nagant, rifles, shooting range, Walther
Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
Everyday, I read the gun news. To keep me informed and to get some content on the blog here for you all, even when I’m super-busy with final exams and Thanksgiving. I’ve been trying to keep my head in my school books so I can get good grades on my finals, but reading this article really got me all riled up. It’s an ask-me-for-advice type article from a site called Salon. In it, a woman who has left an abusive relationship writes in because her new boyfriend is afraid her ex will show up with a shot gun. This is part of her advice-seeking letter:
“I was on the receiving end of a physically, emotionally and verbally abusive relationship for almost 10 years. It wasn’t easy, but I got out and I’m happy… I disclosed the tip of the iceberg about the verbal and emotional abuse, just to explain why I avoid confrontation. My boyfriend was upset, naturally, and said that if he ever met my ex he would tell him off. I replied that I would do everything in my power to make sure that they never met, because my ex is a big, crazy dude. My boyfriend asked if my ex could “take him” and I answered honestly that yes, he could. Plus, he has guns… I guess I should have kept my mouth shut.”
The author of the article advised her to NOT keep her mouth shut and to do whatever it takes to feel safe again. From changing her attitude or taking self-defense classes to buying her own gun. He said, “I think you should get a shotgun. Wouldn’t you rather be the one with the shotgun? I’m all in favor of women having guns.”
I am happy that he advised her to arm herself. Often, an abuse victim is in more danger during the process of leaving or right after leaving an abusive relationship than she was when she was staying in the relationship. I know, I’ve been there.
Tags: abuse, domestic violence, Female Shooters, firearms, Girls and Guns, gun ownership, guns, rifles, self defense
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
Tonight, I’m stressing out about final exams, presentations and papers due. One of my economics papers is on ammunition supply, demand and the business cycle. Thinking of ammo, and wishing school wasn’t such a time-sucker in my life right now and that I could focus on more things ammo related, lead me down a reminiscent road tonight…
In May 2010, I attended my first Appleseed shoot in Gardnerville, Nevada. The most prominent thing I learned during those three days was trigger control.
In August 2010, I attended my second Appleseed shoot at the Sacramento Valley Shooting Facility, California. My breakthrough of the shoot was realizing that I finally could get my elbow under my rifle and that I achieved a natural point of aim in prone.
In October 2010, I attended my third Appleseed shoot again in Gardnerville, Nevada. This shoot was monumental for me because while my first two shoots were all about me, in this third shoot, I was able to help others: I correctly read a fellow shooter’s target, I learned how to be a Line Safety Officer and I was able to help a young female shooter with extractor problems get more shots downrange when I became her pseudo-extractor.
When’s my fourth shoot? I can’t wait.
Tags: appleseed, Female Shooters, firearms, gender, Girls and Guns, guns, Marlin, rifles, Sacramento Valley Shooting Center, shooting, shooting range