Happy Holidays from all of us at NY Firearms! We wish you and your families a very happy holiday season and prosperous new year. Thank you so much for being part of our community and we look forward to bigger and better things in 2010!
Mike & Jeff
Here is our first monthly e-Postal match. This match is for .22 rimfire pistols and revolvers only. Because we are starting mid-month, this match will go for 1 1/2 months, through the end of January. Future matches will go from the first day to the last day of each month. We will mix up pistols, rifles, rimfire and center fire matches to include everyone as we move forward. If you would like to participate, download the .pdf file below and print the target on standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper. Feel free to print several and shoot as many targets as you would like. Email a clear photo with good resolution of your best target to the address listed in the rules before the end of the day on January 31, 2010.
For this match you will place your target at 50 feet and fire 5 rounds at each of four targets on the page without using a rest or other support. Scoring zones are indicated on each target.
I have some prizes in hand for the top three scores:
1st place – Hoppe’s Bore Snake for .22 caliber pistol
2nd place – Hoppe’s Cleaning Rod Accessories:
3rd place – Swiss-Tech Micro-Tech stainless 6-in-1 screwdriver/pliers keychain tool
Download the match rules and target here.
I was taken aback by an email I received today. It included a proposal from SCOPE that supports renewable pistol licenses. In the email SCOPE justifies the view by saying “Based on the high probability of the passage of one or both of these bills, which we feel it is not realistic to blanketly oppose, we are working on proposals designed to protect our interests while meeting the stated objectives of the sponsors.”
Their proposal includes a 2 tier licensing system. A possession license would require a 5 hour lecture which, according to the proposal, would cost $75 to $100. This training is similar to the NRA first steps course. An optional concealed carry permit would require 16 hours of training in defensive tactics and laws and according to the proposal would cost $150 to $200. This training is similar to the NRA personal protection outside the home I, II and III.
Renewal fees would be limited to actual cost which would be under $50.
The proposal does include some good points such as a provision in the penal law to allow hands on training during the training and removal of the “proper cause” clause for issuing a permit.
I think this proposal creates unnecessary added costs to an already expensive application process. It also adds more burden on licensing agencies that are already months behind and although permit holders will fund the renewals, it does not address funding the added cost of vetting candidates under the two tier system. I don’t think this is a good starting point for a pro gun organization to accept regarding this legislation. I would rather support NYSRPAs position of opposing any renewable pistol license legislation.
Last fall I was admiring knives at the Rochester gun show when I ran across this small knife. I passed on it so I could do a little research on the internet having never owned an Emerson knife before. It got a lot of praise so I decided to pick it up the next day. The next weekend I was at the Syracuse gun show and got to see how Chris Fry has his La Griffe set up for carry. Chris got rid of the neck chain and rigged his kydex sheath up for belt carry, a much more accessible location. I wanted to write a review of the knife but knowing that my defensive knife knowledge is limited I sought out someone who could write an intelligent review of it. Chris Fry of MDTS Training was kind enough to do just that. You can read the review on Chris’ website here.
Every year the New York Senate Majority Conference has an “anti-gun day” in Albany. This year Senate Minority Leader Brian Kolb and NYSRPA are sponsoring an outreach day to advocate the Second Amendment. New York’s sportsmen are invited to participate in the outreach day on January 12th, 2010 . NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre will be the keynote speaker. The event will be held from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
For more details, including contact information to make an appointment with your representative is available in the flier from NYSRPA here. Please schedule an appointment with your representative beforehand. Also please let Senator Kolb know you will be attending. NYSRPA has driving directions on their site.
Kirsten Gillibrand’s website has a press release regarding proposed legislation to curb “illegal gun trafficking” into New York. The press release has quotes from a lot of public officials in New York including the mayors of Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Binghamton and Buffalo and Monroe County DA Mike Green.
Take a look at this blog post on the Snowflakes in Hell website which has a nice summary of their proposal with some thoughts on each point.
Yet another proposal that addresses actions that are already illegal and has as much gray area as any law we already have.
There are five main points described in the press release.
It looks like #5 is a lame attempt to appease legal gun owners while not really accomplishing anything.
NYFirearms.com was invited to co-sponsor a great cause by NYSRPA. Please consider donating to support the members of the 10th Mountain Division who are putting themselves in harms way to defend our freedom. Click here for the full sized banner promoting the fundraiser.
Originally posted by “DirectAction” fron NYSRPA:
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, in conjunction with AR15.COM, MDTS Training and the Warriors Legacy Foundation (www.warriorslegacyfoundation.org) will be adopting the forwardly deployed units of the “10th Mountain Division,” in a program we are calling “Operation: Support their “Climb to Glory!”
In essence, the NYSRPA will be the monetary collection point for any and all donations made for the purchase of needed items that the “10th” may need to make their deployment just a little easier….We will be sending them personal items, gun cleaning supplies and whatever they decide that they would need to keep them in the fight….
If you are interested, please feel free to send a check in whatever amount – please know that all contributions are welcome!
New York State Rifle and Pistol Association
P.O. Box 1023
Troy, New York 12181
Please include ” Climb to Glory” in the memo portion of your check.
A Rockland County man surrendered 3 handguns, 3 rifles, a shotgun and shooting accessories to the sheriff’s department pursuant to a temporary order of protection as he went through a divorce in early 2002. When he returned to claim his property in mid-2006 he learned that his property had been destroyed. Last week the appellate division of the court overturned the previous judgement that the property had been legally destroyed. In the decision the court ruled that the shotgun, rifles and shooting accessories were illegally destroyed because they were not considered “firearms” as defined in penal code 265.00. The plaintiff conceded that the handguns were legally destroyed. The decision also states that the Sheriff’s department is open to suit and not exempt by immunity because the department had a policy allowing illegal destruction of property.
The full text of the decision is available here.
Apparently the Ulyanovsk ammunition plant located in Russia had an explosion as soldiers were trying to decommission munitions in one of their arsenals by means of controlled detonations. The Ulyanovsk plant is the manufacturer of Brown Bear and Silver Bear ammunition. This is not supposed to disrupt the manufacture of ammunition because the plant was in the process of being shut down as part of a planned decommissioning. One person was killed and 35 injured in the blast. 3,000 people were evacuated form the area. RTE news has an article on the event.
The 7th annual National Ammo Day is just one week away. Head to your local gun store and pick up 100 rounds of ammunition.
In a typical year Americans buy between 7 and 10 billion rounds of ammunition. In the past year they have bought 12 billion rounds. It’s no secret that ammo is flying off store shelves faster than factories can produce it but it’s nice to see a number put on the hoarding. That equals about 150 rounds of ammunition bought by every gun owner in the United States or about 47 rounds of ammunition for every privately owned firearm in the United States. Not very much when you put it into that perspective.
Allstar Tactical is running a group buy for the Century Arms WASR-10 AK-47 on our forum. These are the locap models with the narrow magwell. The magwell would have to be modified in order to fit the preban double-stack 30 round magazines. They are working on a price to have this modification done locally. The price will be $399.99 plus tax if 10 are ordered or $449.99 plus tax if 5 are ordered. The price includes shipping to your FFL or transfer to you if you pick it up in person.
The group buy ends on December 1st and details are available in the forum thread.
Precision Tactical Shooting
Presented by: Kevin Mussack and Curt Drewel
Sponsored in part by Rochester Personal Defense, LLC., AR15.com, and NYFirearms.com
Date: Thursday, December 10, 6:30 to 9pm
Location: The Genesee Conservation League lecture room, 1570 Old Penfield Rd, Penfield, NY
Cost: FREE and open to anyone to attend
What is precision tactical shooting? What equipment do you need in order to participate? How do you get training and practice for this sport? Where are there competitions? What calibers and platforms are the best to use? What scope is best? How do I get involved?
This presentation will answer all of those questions and more. Both Kevin Mussack and Curt Drewel are highly experienced shooters and instructors for this very sport and we are lucky enough to have them both, together in the same room, for this highly informational seminar.
In addition to being a participant in many of the pistol events here at GCL, Kevin Mussack spent 19 years in the US Army (Major), is a licensed pilot, a SCUBA diver, NRA Life Member, and a certified NRA Instructor. He attended the National SWAT Sniper Symposium in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, where he presented seminars on “Counter Sniper Technology”. He has also been to Storm Mountain in WV for many classes and instruction and has a long list of other training he has participated in! (much more than we can fit here)
Curt Drewel is also a SCUBA diver, a NYS Bow Hunting Instructor, spent many years in the US Marine Corp in a Sniper/Scout Platoon, and taught their Marksmanship program at Stone Bay Camp Lejune in North Carolina. He has competed in “Special High Angle Rifle” at Thunder Ranch, The Snipers Hide Cup in Texas, and the Allegany Snipers Challenge in WV.
These two Subject Matter Experts are bringing you a lot of information about the what, why, how and where in regards to the sport of Precision Tactical Shooting. We’ve all seen the movies and read the stories about it, now come listen and talk to a couple of the guys that do it.