Firearms

Changes

I sort of fell off the face of the blog almost a year ago. NRAAM got interrupted by…life, of all things (not mine, but the bf’s), which caused us to cut the weekend short and return home for a family emergency. I was busy helping him try to deal with things until I went out to Washington to see my brother and his family (so much fun!!!), but at the airport on the way back, my dad fell and hurt himself pretty bad. He even ended up having surgery on his “fake knee” (as my nephew calls it) to drain the hematoma from the fall, and I’m still not sure that he doesn’t have some residual pain from the broken sternum when he sneezes too hard. My mom started to get sick shortly thereafter, and we’ve spent months trying to track down exactly what was going on with her, because rheumatology nonsense never gives up the answer easily, but at one point, she could barely even walk for a couple of weeks.

In the midst of all of this, what was supposed to be a fun-filled last summer up north with the bf and my other friends turned into an “all hands on deck” 6 months of putting out fires everywhere I could, never having enough time in any one place to get much accomplished.

Oh, and I was building my new house at the same time.

So I’m finally in my new house (only a few weeks late). LOVE IT. Mom and Dad are slowly doing better. Nephew is absolutely over the moon that I’ve moved to town, because I know how to play Pokemon, and because I have a spare bedroom for him to come have “sleepovers at auntie’s”. Still surrounded by boxes, but the kitchen and dining rooms are all unpacked. Get my new closets put in tomorrow, so I can start hanging clothes (and quit wearing the same clothes I’ve had on for two months…thank you, baby brother, for noticing THAT fact). And I can start dragging all of the firearms and ammo out of all the nooks and crannies that they’ve been stored in and go shooting.

There are some nice ranges down here that I’m looking forward to trying out, to see which one seems the best fit for me. My brother and nephew go to one that’s a little further away for me, but on paper, it seems to be the nicest one around. Oh, and the least expensive as far as a membership goes. I have high hopes for that.

The other neat thing about where my house is is that it’s really right in the middle of everything, yet it’s not on a busy street. The big road right behind my house runs parallel to the main drag where all the shopping is located, and there are supposedly 50 restaurants within 2 miles of my house. I think I’m going to start going to one new one a week and putting up some pics and reviews here. (Of course, that 50 includes places like McD’s and such, but hey…one a week for a year.)

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Con Food

Between medicine and firearms, as well as renaissance faires and sci fi/comic cons, I’ve attended a lot of conventions (both mundane and otherwise) in my time. One of the biggest things on many people’s minds at any sort of con is the food — where to find it, what sort will be available, how much it will cost, and what the quality will be.

Where a con is located will have a major impact on the availability of food. If located at a downtown convention center, all sorts of restaurants will be within a few minutes walk, while most renaissance fairs are located in more rural locations, so the faire food is all there is. The Kentucky Expo Center is fairly isolated, with nothing within walking distance.

Yesterday, while wandering the halls of the Kentucky Expo Center while it was still mostly empty, I saw a variety of food trucks and other food booths. I’m not certain how they’ll stand up to the onslaught of the tens of thousands expected through the doors over the weekend, but they’re well-spaced throughout the center, provide a good variety of choices (from Mexican to bbq, sandwiches to salads, and a few other more uncommon options, as well), and don’t seem to be exorbitantly expensive.

So far, I can wholeheartedly recommend Lil’ Orbits donuts. They’re tiny donuts, freshly-made and rolled in cinnamon sugar. They’re so light and fluffy and just melt in your mouth.

The one food truck that I wish was here was one that I saw broken down on the side of the freeway last night. It said on the side, “Waffles Worth Dying For!” and was called something along the lines of “Bacon Waffle Truck”. After we’d gone by, I kept wanting to go back and rescue it and bring it to the NRAAM with us.

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Gun Gurus

At this time, all that I am allowed to say is a “minor non-derogatory remark that acknowledges my appearance” on Gun Gurus.

*SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!*

Ok. There. That’s minor and definitely non-derogatory.

Oh. And both Mr. Schreier and Mr. Supica are very cool.

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In Which Hyperventilation Occurs

And in which I find out that I’m no better than any other fan-girl out there…

I just got a call from NRA HQ in Virginia. My submission to the Gun Gurus, to bring a firearm for them to oogle the Thursday of NRAAM in Louisville got chosen! I get to dig my daddy’s shotgun, given to him when he was just a tyke, to take with me to show off to them.

I am seriously dancing around the house and *squeeeeeeeee*ing!

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Reach Out and Touch It

Been a bit since I wrote anything on here… Been busy… Had some stuff come up… Sometimes hard to know how much to spill without it being too much information, stuff people don’t want to know, or too hard to talk about just yet.

But yesterday, after a round trip drive of 5+ hours in the truck, in the pouring rain for most of it, dodging the big rigs and stupid drivers, I made it home with my remade rifle. I took my Savage .308 11/111 and brought it to Fred out at Sharp Shooter Supply. He turned it into a custom long-range bench rifle.

6Br Savage

It now shoots 6Br, so it’ll definitely reach out there. The barrel is 26″ with an integral muzzle brake and a 1:8 twist. The stock is walnut that he carved himself. And the bolt has fishnet fluting on it. I still need to find a scope for it, as the one sitting on it is the scope that came on the .308 when I bought it.

Can’t wait to get to the range!

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Please Don’t Fling Me in that Brier-patch!

The culmination of one of the classes I’m currently taking is a formal debate on a current topic in public health. We were given a long list of topics to choose from, to rank our top four or five choices, as to what our interests would be for debate topics. From there, the professor was going to pick the top four and assign each of us to a topic and to a side of the topic (affirmative or negative). And she had warned us ahead of time…NO SWITCHING.

Needless to say, I ranked all of the topics to do with firearms as my top choices.

The list of topics and teams was handed out yesterday.

The topics are:
— Community programming and education should be increased to address overweight/obesity;
— School-based violence prevention programs should be used to prevent bullying;
— Texting and mobile phone use while driving should be banned; and
— Firearm registration and licensing of firearm owners should be restricted to reduce firearm deaths.

I’m on the team which is to debate on the negative of the firearms topic.

Please, please, don’t fling me in that brier-patch!

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BAG Day 2015

I was just a bit early with my BAG Day gun this year, but it seems to have become a tradition to stop at Big Green Sporting Store on the way home from NRAAM to see what they have in the way of guns. Last year, I found a S&W Performance Center 15-22 on the Clearance rack; got it for a very nice price.

This year, the BF and I got to BGSS just about 30 minutes before closing. I figured there was no way either one of us would find something in time to get the paperwork done before store closing, but looking at guns is never a waste of time, and even if there’s nothing pretty on the used long guns rack, there’s always the Library to peek into.

But I got stopped at the Clearance rack again this year. I’m a lefty, and left-handed bolt guns are hard to come by, at least without waiting months and months for a special order gun. Finding a lefty-bolt sitting on a rack anywhere makes me smile, and seeing one on the Clearance rack about made me dance. (Yes, right in the middle of BGSS!)

I ended up walking out with a Remington 700 in .30-06 (yet another new caliber for me) with the X-Mark Pro adjustable trigger (which does not need recall work) in a lefty-bolt for a very nice price. And I got the paperwork done and the rifle paid for just as the store closed!

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Behaving

I often joke that I always behave…that sometimes, I just behave badly.

Over the weekend, though, at the NRAAM, I was witness to one of the more egregious episodes of truly bad behavior that I’ve seen in a while. Most people seem to understand that they need to keep their clothes on in public situations, especially when removing them (either partially or completely) will reflect poorly not only on them but also on others, but it seems that there is at least one person who has not gotten that memo.

In the Press Room at NRAAM, I was sitting at one of the tables near the middle of the room when I looked up to see Robert Farago, from The Truth About Guns, stand up behind the table in the far back corner of the room. He lifted his shirt, unbuckled his belt, unzipped his jeans, and pulled his jeans about halfway down his hips. He then tucked his shirt in, pulled his jeans back up, zipped them up, and buckled his belt once again.

When confronted about this, he was unrepentant and didn’t seem to care that he had just partially exposed himself to a roomful of people. As a female, I was very offended by this, by his callous disregard for anyone else in the room at the time. As a blogger who is very much for gun rights and the 2nd Amendment, I was horrified by his actions; had there been anyone in the press room at the time who was looking for something to negative to write about, his choosing to act like that in public could have provided exactly what they were looking for. And as a member of the NRA, I was insulted that someone would be so ill-mannered as to do that in a room full of people.

Given who it was, however, I supposed I shouldn’t be surprised by his bad behavior and lack of concern for anyone other than himself. He certainly has a past history of misconduct in the blogging world, to the point of being boycotted by many bloggers. This latest little trick of his will certainly earn him no new friends.

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Day #3 NRAAM

So I’ve made it to day #3… My feet are tired but still game, and I’ve still a few more things I want to make sure I see, but it’s been a great weekend!

Benchmade is making custom knives! They don’t have a choice of blade tip, but you can pick your blade coating and the colors of the sides and back. They’ve got someone sitting there who will make it for you while you watch, even, if they’re not too backed up, or you can come back later and pick it up.

I spent a bit of time yesterday talking with Remington. They have a new pocket pistol, the RM380. It fits into my hands well enough, but the trigger pull is so long that my finger has to curl almost to the point of discomfort to hit the break. It does have a heavy trigger pull, as well, but not heavier than some of the other guns that I already own.

I also handled the R51 and spoke with one of the Remington guys about it. It’s been redesigned since the problems last year, and production will start soon at the Alabama plant. They’ve redesigned the part that was sticking, and they’ve replaced the trigger with a polymer one so that it won’t scratch. I like the trigger pull on this one; the ones that I handled had a nice, crisp break with a reset that can be felt. The slide still feels a bit rough, but I’m looking forward to seeing this one when it comes out over the summer.

I spent some time at Yankee Hill Machine booth, too. I already have their .30cal Ti suppressor, and I wanted to see what they had in other calibers. They have a very nice pistol-caliber suppressor, the Sidewinder, available in 9mm, .40, and .45, and their suppressors are user-servicable for maintenance. Now I just have to see about finding something to shoot that needs one of those new cans!

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Shooter Self Care at NRAAM

Halfway through 2015 NRAAM… Feet are doing ok so far, I haven’t run out of batteries for any electronics yet, and there’s still lots to see!

I spent this morning taking Ambulance Driver’s Shooter Self Care course for the second year. AD is an amazing teacher; he isn’t one of those who simply reads his PowerPoint slides. He fills in the didactics with stories from his day-to-day experiences, as do the other instructors (each of whom comes from a slightly different realm medical or law-enforcement background).

This course teaches the basics of what to do when something goes wrong while shooting. He approaches it from a very factual and necessary point-of-view, with lots of examples of what to do or what not to do, and a lot of what he mentions are things that are definitely worth planning out ahead of time.

I realized that I know the name of my local gun club and even what street it is located on, but I’m not sure I know the street address off the top of my head, were I to need to call 911 and request an ambulance to be sent.

I know where the AEDs are located in each club building, as well as the first aid kits, but most of what we have is outdated. I was put in charge of updating everything medical at both club locations just last month, but I need to get busy and get it done.

I need to remember to take my blowout kit with me to the range every single time I go, not just when I think about it.

The course this year also had the benefit of a segment from LawDog talking about Critical Incident Stress, including what it is, how and why it happens, and how to get through it.

If AD continues to give this course as a yearly tradition at the NRA (or if he makes it available at another time), I highly recommend it for all shooters.

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