Tag: Ruger

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Tacticool22 May Make Marlin Gear

The people over at Tacticool22 make some great things for the traditional Appleseed Liberty Training Rifle (LTR), the Ruger 10/22, but more and more Appleseeders are coming to the firing line on limited budgets and so are turning to the more accurate out of the box Marlin 795. This rifle is cheaper and can be fired on the Appleseed line as is. It comes with studs for slings already installed on the stock and has sexier stock sights than the Ruger 10/22 does. Outside of Appleseed, shooters are falling in love with the Marlin for the same reasons. But the limited offering of aftermarket Marlin accessories is keeping current Marlin owners trapped into stock rifle items and may prohibit future Marlin owners from purchasing a Marlin. For example, someone with a shorter or longer length of pull might be steered towards the Ruger because more aftermarket stocks are available to customize the rifle to the shooter.

I sent a Twitter DM to the official Tacticool22 Twitter account asking if they sold items for the Marlin. They replied that they don’t, but that they were now thinking about it. If you’d like to see more items offered for you as a current Marlin owner, as an Appleseeder looking for a secondary LTR to loan, as someone needing an affordable rifle for a new shooter to learn on or as a future Marlin owner yourself, please let Tacticool22 know that they should manufacturer and sell Marlin items. Their Twitter name is @Tacticool22, they’re on Facebook and their web address is www.tacticool22.com.

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Gardnerville, NV Appleseed Shoot: Saturday After Action Report

Six a.m. came early on Saturday. I rolled out of bed, showered, dressed and threw the gear in the car that I kept inside overnight: my lunch and the rifles. After programming the Gardnerville DAR (dedicated Appleseed range) into my phone and reviewing the directions, I was all set to go! I was a bit nervous to be driving such a long drive. I tend to stay close to home, but for Appleseed… I’ll do it! The drive went smoothly because there were hardly any other cars on the road and it was a scenic drive.

I barely arrived before the end of the 8-8:30 AM morning registration period. I bellied up to the table, signed in and made my duct tape name badges. Then, I pondered my outfit. Before the morning safety briefing, I scuttled off to put on some long john’s under my clothes and add a jacket. Brrr. It was cold. 40 degrees maybe? Plus this evil wind that passed through even layers of clothes to bite the delicate skin underneath. After the safety briefing, we 19 shooters began the long day of instruction, history and shooting under the tutelage of Chris_H and Arashi. We moved through the material pretty slowly as we had a lot of new shooters on the line, some shooters with physical limitations and because it was just so darn cold that we were frozen into slow-motion mode.

Arashi speaking during the safety briefing.

Listening carefully.

Chris_H and Arashi explaining the Redcoat target.

We also had a couple of troublesome rifles on the line. One young lady was shooting a bolt action rifle that wouldn’t extract. I’d shoot my shots quick and in a hurry and then duck over to her mat to extract for her. She was having a hard time working the bolt at all, so I told her to really manhandle it and that she couldn’t break it by using it how it was designed to be used. It went a little more smoothly after that for her, but not much, so Chris_H switched her over to his Ruger 10/22 LTR. Another new female shooter on the line had rifle problems too, but hers was with the sights on the stock Ruger 10/22. Her friend had another rifle in the car and once she switched to using that one, her groups improved significantly.

At this Appleseed, we had a couple of reasons to celebrate. First, this shoot was the inaugural Northern and Southern Nevada simultaneous shoot. Some might argue this is a reason NOT to celebrate as it meant that our shoot had only 2 instructors, but even with only 2 of them, we all made it through the shoot happy, safe and full of new information to integrate into our shooting. The second cause for celebration is that we had three generations of shooters on the line. I shot in the midst of Grandma and Grandpa, Mom and Dad and three Grandkids. All were relatively new to shooting. This was Mom’s first time using a rifle and Grandma and Grandpa haven’t been active in the shooting community for very long. Grandma just passed her CCW course and had been shooting for less than a year. Good job Grandma and Grandpa leading your posterity to responsible gun ownership and to our Appleseed shoot!

Shooting off-hand.

We were able to shoot one AQT before Saturday finished, and I don’t think we received any Rifleman’s scores as a result of it. I ducked out at 4 p.m. to head back to Reno to shower, change and instruct small children in the proper shooting of zombies at my church’s Trunk or Treat festival, so I missed hearing the telling of the third strike of the match. I also missed getting my Appleseed T-shirt. :( The past two Appleseeds I haven’t gotten one. ::tear::

The drive home.

For more pictures, head on over to the Northern Nevada Appleseed Facebook Fan page. I’ve uploaded 200 pictures of the shoot there.

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Appleseed Prep

Time flew by since my last Appleseed back in August. It seems like only a moment passed since I prepared for, shot and documented that event and here it is the end of October and time to prep for the second and final 2010 Gardnerville, NV shoot.

My Marlin at my last Appleseed had a moment where it’s trigger stuck rearward. Fiddling with it then seemed to solve the problem, but just to be safe, I shot a loaner Marlin that an instructor had. I did some research online as to why my trigger would stick rearward and discovered it was my fault. I got it all gummed up by putting Hoppe’s on it and lube on it. The desert dust just was attracted to that film left behind on all of those tiny moving parts and just that bit of dust was enough to cause problems for me. I purchased some CLP and took apart my rifle, but hadn’t got around to CLPing it and reassembling it.

Friday my work closed in celebration of Nevada Day and I was able to dedicate it to preparing for Appleseed. I finally CLPed the trigger assembly and dried it off with patches and cloth. I was surprised at how much gunk I removed from the trigger group. The CLP dried nice and smooth. I felt a new soft feeling on the parts, but couldn’t detect any moisture. I ran it by GB who gave his approval before I reassembled the rifle. I asked him if I could bring along his 10/22 in case I ran into trouble again. It’d be nice to have a backup rifle available to me. He acquiesced on the stipulation I clean his rifle before I brought it with me.

He hadn’t cleaned it since he shot it for three days in the Nevada dirt back at the May 2010 Gardnerville Appleseed. Yikes! I had my work cut out for me. The rifle was filthy. I could hear the sand and dirt grinding in there. And that rifle was much more difficult to take down and reassemble than my Marlin. All in all, I spent an hour cleaning it. Then, just for fun, I took a look at the trigger group to see if it needed any CLPing too. It looked fine. But while I was poking around in there, I sent a spring flying. Hahaha.

I like it when I break things. It’s fun to figure out how to fix them. I like taking things apart and putting them back together again. But it’s more than a little disconcerting when your girlfriend disassembles your rifle for the first time without following any tutorial and then sends a spring flying. LOL. Poor GB; I almost gave him a heart attack. But we put the spring back in and it works just fine now. :)

Other Appleseed preparations I took care of on Friday included packing up the car with an entire load of laundry worth of clothes in varying warmth and waterproof abilities, a chair, the range bag and food and water for the weekend. I had a nagging feeling I was missing something and I realized later that I was missing my sling’s rear swivel. I tend to shoot with loop sling, so I was fine without it, but it’s going to drive me crazy wondering where that darn swivel got off to!

Preparing for an Appleseed can be just as exhausting as actually shooting in one! Whew! And when I got done prepping for Appleseed, my day wasn’t over. I still had to get my act together to run a shooting booth at my church Saturday night. I had made some plans as to what I would be doing, but I hadn’t solidified anything yet nor had I begun shopping for supplies yet.  Life is busy!

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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Gun Blogger Rendezvous: Swag

After our range adventures over the past two days, Saturday night left us Hungry with a capital H. Luckily, the organizers of the Gun Blogger Rendezvous anticipated this and worked with Bill Brassard of the National Shooting Sports Foundation to provide for us an all-you-can-eat pizza feed. First, Bill gave us an update on what the NSSF is doing in the world, including their work on helping people understand ARs and campaigning against the suggested lead ammo band. Then, Bill, Mr. Completely and I walked down to Gecko’s BBQ to order pizza for the crew and gluten-free ribs for me. I am grateful that Bill was so flexible for me in my diet. Thanks :) Bill provided tons of NSSF resources for the Gun Bloggers to use. Flyers, statistics, reporter’s notebooks, mouse pads, an illustrated guide (including a glossary) to help writers who pen gun-related articles to use the correct terminology. I will be using the writer’s guide as I blog; it is very helpful.

With our bellies full, we continued on down the agenda to a speech by the folks of Soldier’s Angels Project Valour-IT. I hadn’t heard of  Soldier’s Angels before the Rendezvous. It is a small mom-and-pop type nonprofit that started at home. A mother of a deployed soldier began sending a shoe-box full of useful items per day to her soldier son. Her soldier son asked her to send more. More? The soldier had been sharing with all of the men and women serving with him, many of whom didn’t receive packages. Mom organized friends, family, neighbors, etc. to “adopt” her soldier son’s friends. When she ran out of locals, she took it online and founded a non-profit.

One of the activities of this non-profit is Project Valor-IT which gives disability-friendly computers and software to injured veterans. As soldiers come home with amputated limbs, they often feel isolated from the world, but computers with transcription software are enabling soldiers who are missing arms to still email friends and family and even to look for jobs. Every year the Gun Blogger Rendezvous has a raffle with cool prizes offered from various gun and gun gear manufacturers. The ticket sales go to support Project Valor-IT. This year, we were able to send them $2,000. I’ve heard that it’s not much compared to what we usually send, but we’ve all been hit hard by this economy and we did our best.

Project Valor-IT presentation

Mr. Completely asked me to help sell the tickets and I did. I was super nervous because I’m new to Gun Blogger Rendezvous and so didn’t know the people I was harassing and because I never sold tickets before, but it was kind of fun! First time around, I asked people if they would like to buy raffle tickets, then I asked them if they needed more tickets. Need? Why yes! I do need that Glock, that Leupold. haha. Towards the end, I just gave people the look or shook the raffle ticket cup at them.

After the speech and the ticket sales, the fun began! First, we gave away the door prizes. It began with every registered participant receiving a computer bag from Ruger. Inside the bag were Ruger coffee mugs and hats. The bag has a Velcro covered pocket that I heard was for conceal carry but no one at my table knew how to use it. Then, we all received a range bag from Midway and t-shirts from GunUp. After that, we began drawing tickets from the door prize raffle. All registered participants had a ticket with their name on it and we drew names one at a time until the raffle cup was empty. Then, we dumped all of those names back in and drew some more until everything was gone.

Aunt Bea drawing the first name out of the bucket.

I received 2  Springfield XD hats (one of which was won by CS Tactical and given to me), shirt, pin, pen and holster which I gave to my boyfriend GB since his carry gun is a Springfield XD. I also got a Springfield XDCrimson Trace t-shirt for me. I had a very hard time picking prizes when it was my turn. Everything was so awesome!

All of the Springfield XD swag that I brought home to GB.

After the door prize drawing came the big drawing: the Soldier’s Angels Project Valor-IT drawing. Up for grabs was a Glock, a Leupold, an Air Rifle (courtesy of The Packing Rat), $200 scope rings from The Smallest Minority and tons more I can’t remember. I wanted the Glock, but then again, I think everyone did. Connie ended up with the Glock, Liz with the Air Rifle and me with the scope rings. I was way excited for the scope rings because I want to put a scope on my Appleseed rifle. What a perfect prize for me! Thanks The Smallest Minority!

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Friday, August 6th, 2010

How I Got Comfortable With Guns

Part 1:

Goal: Get GG to feel comfortable with guns in the house.

When I first met my boyfriend a year and a few months ago, I didn’t like guns. I didn’t hate them. I didn’t care if someone else, some abstract person I didn’t know, owned some. Hunted with some. Went to the shooting range with some. Even carried some. I just didn’t want that for me.

I had a touch of fear about guns actually. When my boyfriend tried to talk to me on the phone about guns, after the first five minutes or so, I felt uncomfortable, icky, sinking-stomach feeling inside. I was less than not interested. When I saw handguns and rifles in person, I felt quite cold inside about them.  I didn’t want to touch them.  I felt nervous and unsafe.

But when GB and I started talking about moving in together, we knew we had to figure something out because guns were important to him and it was important to me that I have nothing to do with them. He agreed to keep his firearms in a separate part of the house and out of all communal areas. This way I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable in my own house. I agreed to go to the shooting range with him, once. To just try it. If I didn’t like it, I could be done with it and at least he would know I had honestly tried to be a gun person.

Agreeing to go to the range was too big of a step though. What were we thinking? Before I could go shoot one, I had to be able to talk about one and touch one! He kept badgering me about guns and I kept balking at him because he wasn’t coming down to my level. I felt like he was trying to make me a gun professional by talking AT me, not TO me. Finally, I figured out a battle plan that worked for the two of us and talked to GB about implementing it. He thought it was a bit basic and he wanted more from me, but he was willing to try it.

This is how it went: after he moved in with me, I would go to the “gun room” in the evenings before bed. He would come too. We’d do a quick rundown of the guns that he had: their names, their safety features, how to tell if they’re unloaded, how to load them, which ammo they use, their various pieces and magazines, their slings, their cases, where they go in the gun safe, how big of holes they could make, weather they’re carry guns or plinksters or home defense guns, the times he’s been to the range with the guns, who he bought them from, why this gun is cool/needed/special, who of his friends also owns one like this, etc, etc.

That plan failed miserably. After awhile of doing this I felt no more comfortable about handling a firearm. There were so many guns and the information was coming in floods. Nightly monologues using verbage and props I didn’t understand. I couldn’t tell the guns apart, which ammo they took, and importantly, I couldn’t tell if they were loaded or unloaded before I handled them.

New plan.

This time, I picked a gun. ONE GUN. I picked the Ruger 10/22. It wasn’t too scary looking, I could handle it easily because it’s light and it’s controls are simple. It’s ammo was small and cheap. This one gun was all I wanted to know about. Then, every night we went to the “gun room” and I received a SMALL spiel on this gun, about 5-10 minutes. This worked! Instead of feeling overwhelmed, lectured, frustrated, bored, dumb under the previous plan which used waterfalls of information, I felt empowered. There was one gun in the house I knew about.

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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Appleseed After Action Report

This Memorial Day weekend, I spent my time honoring America’s veterans by laying face down in the Nevada dirt for three days straight. It was awesome! It’s called an Appleseed (see appleseedinfo.org). Below you’ll find a brief synopsis of my time in Gardnerville, shooting redcoats and learning about the Revolutionary War and the founding of America.

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Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Appleseed is coming to town!

The Appleseed Project, a group which holds events around the U.S. to teach people how to shoot like a rifleman, is coming to Gardnerville, a town not far from me. They’re holding a three-day event and it’s FREE for female shooters, so I registered. Here’s a link to their website if you’re interested: http://www.appleseedinfo.org/

Now all I need is something to shoot while I am there! 

They recommend a 10/22 for the first day and something that shoots longer distances for the second day. I’ve been looking around for .22′s. Safe Shot Indoor Range has a pink Ruger 10/22 for sale. Cute! And Scheel’s had a Savage 10/22 with scope and zippered padded bag for about the same price as the pink Ruger. Walmart is sold out of Ruger 10/22s, but has a Mossberg Plinkster for sale. The Plinkster gets great reviews online and is uber-cheap, only $107. Buying that would leave me some money left over for ammo!

I’m a bit nervous about going. I haven’t had any formal shooting instruction. I’ve just been mooching guns, ammo and lessons off of my boyfriend, GB. I’ve only been to the range four times and only two of those times have I shot a gun that actually belonged to me ( I told you I was a mooch!)

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Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Shooting Range Trip

GB and I went to the Washoe County Shooting Facility again last week. My third range trip and my first time shooting the Walther P22. Packing up went well because we put GP upstairs so she wouldn’t freak out. We packed up my Walter, GB’s brand new Springfield XD Subcompact, the Mosin-Nagant, the Ruger 10/22 and the Bersa Thunder .380. Plus the range bag of course. We had our hands (and the trunk of my little car) full!

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Second Time: Washoe County Regional Shooting Facility

GB took me to the range again, but this time instead of going to the Indoor Safe Shot Lead-free Range here in town, we drove out to the Washoe County Regional Shooting Facility on Pyramid Highway. We got a late start on our range trip, again—haha. This time because GB was meeting with a brother of our church for one of his after-baptism lessons. I hid upstairs and did my homework, munched on chips and read Ender’s Game while GB had his lesson. After he was good and learned, GB came upstairs and approached me with the idea of going out to the range.

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

My First Range Trip: Safe Shot Indoor Range

Monday, February 18th, 2010, my boyfriend GB took me to the gun range for the first time. I had planned to do the vacuuming, the laundry and then to head out to partake of my favorite hobby: shopping, but a little bird put the words “gun range” into GB’s brain and once he got started, there was no stopping him!
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