The next e-Postal match is upon us. This one will run through the end of March. The match is for any center fire handgun shot off hand at 50 feet. Open sights and non-magnifying (red dot, reflex) sights are allowed. Prizes are being distributed a little differently this time. The winner will get their choice, second place will get their choice of the two prizes left after the winner chooses and third place will get whichever prize is left. Prizes are:
Prize #1 – Gunslick cleaning tool kit.
• .38 and .45 bronze brushes
• .38 and .45 brass jags
• .38 and .45 cloth mops
• .38 and .45 brass patch holders
• Plastic case
Prize #2 – Hoppe’s Quick Clean rust and lead removal
Prize #3 – Hoppe’s Bore Snake in your choice of pistol
caliber. (Will be purchased after the match
is over and the winner chooses a caliber)
This months target is a bit different in that brings a lot of luck into the equation. A preview of what you’ll be shooting at…
Remember, shoot often and shoot safely.
Rules and target may be downloaded HERE.
Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, was nominated for reelection to the NRA board of directors. He is an experienced lobbyist and has done a lot for firearm owners in New York State. See his website here.
Below is a list of Tom’s accomplishments taken from an email I received.
If you bought a GSG-5 SD model rifle with a fake suppressor on it you should read this. The ATF now says the fake can is regulated and must be replaced. From what I can gather by reading online the SD model shroud is hollow whereas the smaller carbine shroud is solid with a hole drilled through it.
“To all retail customers:
On January 2010 American Tactical Imports Inc received official notification from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives that the original barrel shroud (aka: fake suppressor) supplied with your GSG 5 SD model must be replaced. It has been determined that this shroud is regulated under the National Firearms Act. American Tactical will provide a replacement shroud at no charge for each GSG 5 SD model sold or currently in inventory.
Consumers in possession of a GSG 5 SD model with the original shroud in place on the firearm are now in violation of the NFA. To avoid continued violation of the NFA, ATI asks that all persons in possession obtain a replacement shroud as soon as possible. We anticipate arrival of the new shrouds to begin by the middle of February 2010.
IMPORTANT: THE ORIGINAL SD MODEL SHROUD MUST BE RETURNED ACCOMPANIED BY THE FIREARM SERIAL NUMBER BEFORE A REPLACEMENT SHROUD IS ISSUED. THE DIAMETER OF THE SD SHROUD IS 1-9/16″. DO NOT RETURN THE SMALLER CARBINE SHROUD.
WHAT TO DO:
If possible return your old shroud to the dealer where purchased and show him this notice. The shroud will be returned to ATI along with a list of serial numbers from the guns that the shrouds were removed. ATI will send replacements to the dealer for pick up at your convenience; ATI will be sending replacements as fast as logistics allow. If your dealer is out of business or difficult to reach, or you purchased your gun used, from a consumer, return the shroud directly by US mail or UPS to American Tactical Imports Inc. 100 Airpark Drive Rochester, NY 14624.
PLEASE TRY NOT TO CALL US. We will provide comprehensive information on our web site or by e-mail to email@example.com
REMEMBER, INCLUDE THE FIREARM SERIAL NUMBER WITH EACH SHROUD OR A REPLACEMENT WILL NOT BE ISSUED.
This action IS NOT being instituted through any fault and is strictly due to NFA compliance. American Tactical will assume the responsibility to satisfy the requirements in an effort to minimize the impact on our customers and protect your investment.
We at American Tactical Imports Inc. sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this unfortunate situation.
I first found this info here and a google search turned up the same info on many other site. However, it does not appear on the ATI website so it’s probably best to contact ATI via email if you own one.
Crossbreed Holsters – SuperTuck Deluxe
By Chris Fry
Several months ago I noticed a different holster design a student in a class was utilizing. Brofro is a member of a couple N.Y. based firearm forums and a good guy and shooter so I approached him and inquired about his holsters unique design and how much leather there was for the sweat guard. He told me the holster was the SuperTuck from Crossbreed Holsters out of Missouri and commented on how comfortable it was. In retrospect, I realized I had seen advertisements for Crossbreed in gun-rags such as S.W.A.T. and on a couple internet forums. The next day I got on the Crossbreed website and ordered one of the SuperTuck Deluxe inside the waistband holsters for my Glock 19 every day carry handgun.
Read the rest of the review here:
After Action Report – Combat Focus Shooting Course
Instructor- Rob Pincus, I.C.E .Training
Date – January 30+31, 2010
Location- Oneida, N.Y.
Review by- Chris Fry
On January 30+31 MDTS had the good fortune to co-host a Combat Focus Shooting course from I.C.E. Training taught by Rob Pincus. Rob is the developer of the Combat Focus Shooting system. For those who don’t know who Rob is, he is former Military, former Law Enforcement and the former director of operations for Valhalla Shooting Center in Colorado. Rob is currently the host of the NRA’s Personal Firearm Defense DVD series, host of the “The Best Defense” and “SWAT Magazine TV” shows on the outdoor channel and current director of I.C.E. Training.
The Combat Focus Shooting course is the first of several training classes M.D.T.S., AR15.com and the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association have teamed up to bring to NY in 2010 and 2011. This “Tactical and Practical” training series is an effort to introduce New York state shooters to some of the best and most progressive training available on the market today at an affordable price.
Here is our second monthly e-postal match. This match is for .22 rimfire rifles only. To participate you must be a member of our forum. This match is pretty wide open. Any type of sights, any shooting position and any type of rest that does not clamp the rifle in are all fine to use. Download the .pdf file below and print the target on standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper. Shoot the target as many times as you like and email a clear photo of your best target to the email address in the rules before midnight on the last day of the match.
Prizes are similar to last months match.
1st place – Hoppe’s Bore Snake for .22 caliber rifle
2nd place – Hoppe’s Cleaning Rod Accessories:
• .22 Hoppe’s Elite Brass Jag
• .22 Hoppe’s slotted patch holder
• .22/.270 Hoppe’s cotton bore swab
• .22/.270 Hoppe’s cleaning patches (Qty. 60)
3rd place – Swiss-Tech Micro-Tech stainless 6-in-1 screwdriver/pliers keychain tool
I wrote a blog about the lawsuit H&K filed against ATI a while ago where ATI was determined to be infringing on H&K’s design by importing their GSG-5 .22LR H&K clone. Well, it looks like there is an alternative on the market and this time it’s licensed by H&K. The Umarex rifles come in clones of the MP5, 416 and 416 pistol. Umarex is the same company that makes the Colt .22LR tactical rifle. See the Umarex website for more info.
H/T to the Gun Nuts Media blog where I saw this.
NYSRPA, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, is having a membership drive with some great prizes including a custom made CQC-S exotic skin holster from Alessi Gun Holsters. For each person you sign up you’ll receive a chance to win. NYSRPA is a great organization that looks out for our interests as firearm enthusiasts. Now is the time to get your friends to sign up if they are not already members.
I recently picked up this book to get me by through the long nights when our newborn cannot sleep, and found myself not being able to put it down! The book is Tactical Pistol Shooting by Erik Lawrence. Despite some simple editing errors in the book, it was very informative, had accurate and helpful pictures, and was an easy read.
“Mastering the basics is the only way to shoot faster or more accurately, and this goal can be achieved only with proper instruction and critiques. This consolidated, easy-to-read handbook provides a base knowledge that offers laymen and/or professional operators the references to learn/maintain their skills with their pistol, thus raising their level of competence. Whether you carry a pistol for a living or for defense, this book will help you attain the level of training desired.”
The book address concepts like mindset, body mechanics, fundamentals, tactical reloading, and even shooting while wounded. There were many times where it made me go “Well, what if this happened to me??” Additionally it gives you some drills to work on your skills, and even includes a progress worksheet. Unfortunately for Jeff (darkvibe), the entire book is written for the right hand dominant shooter, but it does have a small chapter towards the end for some information on left hand shooting.
The book is concise and to the point, and it gives the feeling of being written by an author with years of real-world experience. Many shooting books and guides are very much like textbooks, and teach great theories but do not offer practical applications to the concepts taught. This is not the case with Lawrence’s book.
After finishing this book I feel I have a much better grasp of the concepts and something to work on at the Tuesday night defensive pistol shoots with Rochester Personal Defense. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who wants to refine their skills or learn some new ones.
Title: Tactical Pistol Shooting, 2nd Edition
Author: Erik Lawrence & Mike Pannone
Price: US $24.99
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.