Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Wish List

Well, I've almost assembled everything I need for a good foundation. I need to add a few accessories, but I really need more time at the range and a good supply of ammo. I've done away with a "B-List" since I'm just focusing on what I need right now.
    Next on the "Buy list"
  • Kel-tec Sub-2000 - 9mm Glock compatible model; for the car; companion for the Glock 17 to be kept in the car as well
  • optics
  • M1A optics mount
  • slings
  • holsters

Friday, December 12, 2008

Ammunition Accountability Act?

This is the first I've heard of this. And I can't believe this!

That's why the fact that the Assembly has bought into a national crusade known as the Ammunition Accountability Act is suddenly a legitimate threat. New York, Pennsylvania and 16 other states have already enacted legislation that would mandate the engraving of a unique serial number on the base of each handgun and “assault weapon” bullet, and an identical number on the cartridge's case. The act calls for dealers of this “encoded ammunition” to record the purchaser's name, birthdate, drivers license number, etc.

All non-encoded ammunition must be disposed of prior to Jan. 1, 2011. The database and other expenses involved would be paid for by a special tax of a half-cent per round of ammunition sold.

Folks, we gotta get together and do something about this. I can't even begin to think of how this would affect us. I'm a shooter and a reloader. This is totally bullshit!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

My Letter from Wayne

I hope you all have gotten one of these letters. If not you should join the NRA.

Dear Fellow NRA Member,

           In the next few days, you'll receive your new NRA membership card.

           The moment you receive it, I urge you to validate your new membership card as soon as possible. More than ever, we need you to stand with NRA and fight to save ourSecond Amendment freedoms.

Because Barack Obama's campaign promise
not to take away our guns is a lie.

           He's not even in office, yet he's fired the opening salvos in a war against the future of the Second Amendment, our hunting and shooting traditions, and YOU.

           Obama's FIRST attack on YOU: Appointing Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel to be White House Chief of Staff. In Congress, Emanuel earned an "F" rating from NRA, and while working in the Clinton Administration, he was known as the "point man on gun control." He is an avowed enemy of the Second Amendment and will wield enormous power in the battle for the future of our firearm freedoms.

           Obama's SECOND attack on YOU: If Hillary Clinton is confirmed as Secretary of State, she'll rip the Second Amendment right out of the Bill of Rights. She'll be our nation's top diplomat with the power to determine whether the United Nations will pass, and Obama will sign, a global gun ban treaty that will surrender our Second Amendment rights and our national sovereignty.

           Obama's THIRD attack on YOU: Nominating ex-Senator and former Majority Leader Tom Daschle-an avowed enemy of NRA-to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. NRA was responsible for defeating Daschle when he ran in South Dakota for re-election to the Senate. If Daschle is confirmed, he could hold the ultimate power to declare guns a "public health menace" and regulate away our essential liberties.

           Obama's FOURTH attack on YOU: Nominating Eric Holder to be Attorney General. As former Assistant Attorney General, Holder was a key architect and vocal advocate for the Clinton era's sweeping gun ban agenda. He supported national handgun licensing, mandatory trigger locks, and ending gun shows as we know them.

           Just recently, Holder opposed the District of Columbia's Heller decision that declared the Second Amendment an individual right. Holder also called for reviving the Clinton gun bans and, as Attorney General, would fight in court to prevent the landmark Heller decision from being made applicable to state and local governments.

           Worst of all, if Holder is confirmed as the nation's top law-enforcement officer, he would control BATFE and wield enormous power to harass gun owners and sue America's arms makers out of existence.

           Obama's FIFTH attack on YOU: In the job application for the Obama Administration, he made it clear that gun owners are second-class citizens and told 80 million gun owners not to even bother applying for a job. In the "White House Personnel Data Questionnaire" he asked:

           "Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide
           complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever
           lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has
           been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage."

           This chilling notice to gun owners-that they are not welcome to serve in his Administration-shows the deep hostility for Americans' Second Amendment Freedoms that Obama and his Administration have in their hearts.

           On its face, that question endorses gun registration-a mandate in only five states in our nation-and buys into the anti-gun premise that firearms are inherently dangerous and gun owners are prone to misusing them.

           That's an outrageous mindset, especially for the President-elect whose sworn duty will be to uphold the U.S. Constitution, including our right to keep and bear arms.

           Obama CLEARLY wants to make gun registration the law of the land.

           First for employees under his control...AND THEN FOR YOU.

           Working with a Congress dominated by gun haters like Nancy PelosiDianne FeinsteinJohn ConyersHenry Waxman, and Charles Schumer!!!

           Rubbing salt in gun owner wounds is the Brady Campaign, which just issued a completely bogus poll claiming that two-thirds of the Americans-including 60% of all gun owners-favor gun registration, licensing of firearm owners, and other sweeping restrictions on our firearm freedoms!

Add it all up and you have the potential
for a Second Amendment disaster that's unlike
any other NRA members have ever battled.

Is anyone surprised?

The story

Tonight, a call for a little more transparency from President-elect Barack Obama about what he did or did not know about the allegations against Gov. Rod Blagojevich in Illinois.

I will first re-iterate what we heard from U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. He said Obama did nothing wrong and there are no allegations of wrongdoing against the president-elect.

Then Obama himself said he never had contact with the governor about who should replace him in the Senate and had no idea any of this was going on.

Fair enough. But that is all Obama has said.

And what now looks pretty clear, at least based on these tapes and what the U.S. attorney is telling us, is that someone from Obama-world did have communication with the governor about this.

This is a great call for Obama and his team to live up to his campaign promise of being more transparent. Yeah right. Let the lies begin. How many people voted for Obama based on this kind of rhetoric. It's going to be a painful four years.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Going Hunting (I hope)

There's a guy at work, Dwight, I love shooting the shit with. We'll start off talking about work and in 15 minutes or so we'll finish up with business and begin going on about almost anything. We're both techies and Mac Users, so there's lots to go on about.

I was telling him how I had wanted to learn to hunt years ago, when I didn't even own a gun. There was a sales rep who used to come into a store I worked at and he offered me a trade. He'd take me hunting (muzzleloading) if I shared my wood-lore in return. I've always regretted not taking him up on the deal.

Back to today, Dwight said that he'll be going out soon with his father to go hunting during the flintlock season and I quickly invited myself along. He said OK and I've been amped all day today.

Now, I still don't own a gun, well a flintlock that is. Even if I did just get one, I wouldn't actually bring it in the field since I probably couldn't shoot it well enough to hunt game. I don't own any camo, so that I'll have to work on.

My wife is great. She was happy for me. We'll see how that continues.

Now I'll need to begin thinking about everything I'll need for a day in the woods. After I figure that out, I'll need to begin thinking of a rifle for next year.
  • I wonder what I should do in exchange for this great opportunity with Dwight and his father. It really means a lot to me.
  • What are the licensing laws here in PA?
  • What's up with the hunter safety course?
  • What kind of clothing will I need to get?
  • What kind of gear will I need to bring with me?
  • What kinds of rifles should I be thinking of for next season?
  • What are some good articles I should begin reading up on for the season?
UPDATE: I just realized that I'm traveling most of the hunting season. Crap.