Although this is not in New York State, a lawsuit was brought against New Jersey’s pistol permit laws. The laws in New Jersey are very similar to New York City and some other counties in New York. Their permit laws, which require a “justifiable need” to be issued a concealed carry permit are being challenged as a violation of civil rights under the Second Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment. The suit is brought by six New Jersey residents as well as the Second Amendment Foundation and New Jersey Pistol & Rifle Clubs, Inc. It names several issuing authorities as defendants. Included in the plaintiffs are a man who was kidnapped at gunpoint and beaten, a part time Sheriff’s Deputy, an ATM machine owner/service provider that carries large sums of money and an FBI employee who is also a Coast Guard warrant officer.
This is a case to watch since it may eventually affect laws in New York State.
Read the complaint here.
Today Remington contacted NYFirearms.com with a response to CNBC.
“For nearly fifty years, the Remington Model 700 rifle has been the preferred choice for millions of hunters, shooting sports enthusiasts and military and law enforcement personnel. For Remington’s response to CNBC, visit www.Remington700.tv.
Remington Arms Company, Inc.”
One video from the site listed above describes testing and safety at the factory:
Bob Kosty, a resident of Batavia, NY is one of 580 competitors that will be heading to Las Vegas, NV to compete in the 2010 Smith & Wesson United States Practical Shooting Association Championships from October 9-16 at Desert Sportsman’s Rifle & Pistol Club.
Mr. Kosty shoots a .40-caliber Para-Ordnance P-16 Limited and competes in B Class in the limited, open sight category.
Read more about him at The Daily News website.
To learn more about the USPSA nationals please visit their website.
NY Firearms has teamed up with ihatestickers.com and they’re offering 25% off all firearms-related stickers on their site. They also carry NYFirearms.com stickers in various sizes in colors, and they support the site with the sales from them! Grab some stickers!
That’s right, our first ever Firearms Appreciation Month. What’s that mean? Being the #1 blog and forum in New York, we want to start an annual tradition to help get people involved in the second amendment and firearms. It also means we have some fancy new t-shirts for you guys, tons of great blog posts, and some of our vendors are offering some great discounts on products! I’ll be posting up the specials as they let me know, or they can do it themselves. We’ll also be giving away some gift certificates that some of our vendors have graciously donated to us! Stay tuned for more info!!!
Here’s a sample look at the tshirts. I have some last minute tweaking to do on the designs and then we’ll be sending them to the printers! Let me know what you think. I think they’ll be $10 each, but I need to confirm.
There is an ongoing discussion in this thread on our forum regarding ER&G and some new restrictions on their shooting range.
According to the club’s website:
In an effort to reduce noise leaving the club grounds, all semi-automatic medium to large caliber rifles are to use the upper range. Only two shooters at a time and no more than 10 rounds in 30 seconds per shooter with a 1 minute pause between shooters/ magazine changes. We are trying to be proactive about the noise before it becomes an issue. Your support is greatly appreciated.”
Many of the club’s members are unhappy with these new rules and question the validity of the reasoning.
There is a club meeting on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 7pm. The club’s address is 6275 Laird Road, Jordan, NY 13080. Click here for a map. If you’re a member of the club and would like to find out more about the new rules and share your opinion on them you are encouraged to join some other NYFirearms.com members who will be attending the meeting.
NYFirearms.com is holding a raffle! We will be giving away a Mossberg 930SPX Shotgun for a good cause. All proceeds will be donated to the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. Only 500 tickets will be sold! Tickets are available for $5 each and the drawing will be on July 6, 2010.
Mossberg 930SPX Specifications:
Tickets sales are now closed.
The winner can redeem the shotgun at Allstar Tactical in Webster, NY after completing a background check. There will be no fee for the transfer. If you live out of the area you can make arrangements to have the shotgun shipped to an FFL of your choice. We will pay to ship the gun to your FFL where the winner will be responsible for any fees associated with the transfer at their FFL.
Four students at Cornell University designed a shotgun in 2001 and it’s finally going into production after Ithaca Gun had some financial troubles and had their assets sold. It’s a 28 gauge custom gun, Ithaca model 37, and was designed by the students for their masters of engineering project. Read the story on Cornell’s website here.
Thanks to The Firearm Blog where I found this.
I recently attended the Northeast Shooter’s Summit in Pelham, NH. This is an event featuring several instructors teaching various training blocks. Here’s a wrap up of Day 1.
The first event for my relay was presented by Southnarc of ShivWorks. The block was entitled “Confined Space Shooting” and covered the physical mechanics required to defend yourself with a handgun in small spaces and at close proximity to both threats and innocents. The first part was the basic steps of drawing from a holster. While the pistol draw is something most shooters have a pretty good handle on, Southnarc has some very targeted specifics that keep the gun very close to the body and enable rounds to be accurately fired as early as possible. The focus here was being able to access your handgun while minimizing the opportunities for an opponent to interfere with the draw. We practiced each step of the draw and fired from both the compressed ready and extended positions. We covered the “nose over toes” stance that I’m familiar with and conducted several drills. One very enlightening drill was where we practiced engaging a target while surrounded by innocent bystanders, literally shoulder to shoulder. The mechanics of Southnarc’s draw stroke proved effective here as we were able to draw and fire in these very tight confines without sweeping any of the bystanders with our muzzles. Southnarc is very attentive during these drills, always right there to intervene if there is any hint of a safety issue as well as offering corrections. The session concluded with an overview of how to both shoot from, and properly exit a vehicle. The mechanics of this are way more complicated than you would think. Being able to exit a car without sweeping yourself or any of your (presumably friendly) passengers with your muzzle requires lots of forethought.
The entire Confined space block was very educational. Most of the techniques were small tweaks to what I’ve already learned in various other courses, but these small changes have big results. The only downside of this session was that I managed to slam my holster hard on the seatbelt latch when entering the car and I broke one of the screws. Having a pinwheeling holster isn’t conducive to range safety. Thanks to Chris for stealing a screw from one of his spare holsters and getting me back online!
The next block was presented by Chris Fry of MDTS Training, and I had the pleasure of assisting him. The class was based around dealing with carbine malfunctions. We started with a diagnostic test that shows basic gun handling at very close range. We then covered what to do when your carbine stops functioning at various ranges from contact distance to 25 yards. This included muzzle strikes as well as both one and two handed pistol transitions. Finally Chris described and demonstrated all the common (and a few not so common) carbine malfunctions as well as his simple system to handle them without some of the problems of more traditional methods (like SPORTS). The culmination of this block is an exercise where students get a chance to handle multiple malfunctions under some induced pressure.
During a great lunch provided by the club, we enjoyed a lecture from Andy Langlois about Dealing with First Responders. Some good insights into what will be going through an officer’s mind if they are responding to a defensive shooting. Biggest takeaway from that, when an Officer says “DROP THE GUN!”, do it … now.
After lunch we had an overview of some of the many hardware options available for the AR platform. There are a lot of them.
After this I assisted Chris again with his carbine block for the 2nd relay of shooters, this meant I had to miss the block on Tactical Medicine, but I will be looking for more opportunities in that area.
Overall, it was a great day of training. The blocks of instructions were somewhat compressed, but there is a lot of information to be learned, and the opportunity to train with many instructors is a welcome one.
Thanks to the organizers and all the help from Pelham Fish and Game Club, which, incidentally, is a beautiful club.
I have noticed several questions on the forum recently focused on lubrication and maintenance of the carbine. So, I thought I’d post some generalized guidelines for maintenance, cleaning and lubrication. If followed, these guidelines will keep your carbine functioning optimally with minimum time expenditure.
The AR15/M4/M16 family of firearms has gotten a poor reputation due to the bad experiences and poor information provided to operators in the past. This weapon platform is highly reliable when maintained properly. Some general guidelines to follow to insure reliable function and life time service from your firearm:
1. Attempt to field strip and quick clean your carbine after each shooting session. Even if this only means you have time to de-grease the bolt carrier, bolt face and clean out the chamber and bore. This will go a long way toward maintaining reliability.
2. Soak small parts such as the charging handle, bolt carrier, bolt and its small parts in a Tupperware container of Hoppe’s #9 overnight. This will make cleaning these small, hard to reach surfaces much easier and save you time and trouble in the long run.
3. Attempt to fully field strip, inspect and thoroughly clean your firearm after every 3000 rounds. Note “witness marks” or where metal has rubbed on metal wearing away finish. These are important lubrications points. Look closely at the gas key on top of bolt carrier and make sure it is still tight.
4. Keep a close eye on components that are critical to the proper operation of your carbine such as the extractor and spring, ejector and spring, gas rings, firing pin and buffer spring. It is a good idea to have back ups for all of these essential parts in a range bag or kept at home.
5. Inspect the extractor claw making sure there are no cracks where the metal is thin or chips and that the claw is not filled with carbon or debris.
6. When lubricating remember that “less is more”. Your bolt and carrier do not have to be soaking wet. Extra lubricant will attract dust, dirt and debris when firing your carbine. A light coat or sheen is all that is needed.
7. Make sure the charging handle is not bent. Lateral stress is put on the charging handle during aggressive cycling and over time they will bend and the finish will wear on one side creating witness marks.
8. Utilize a q-tip, tooth pick or dental pick to clean carbon or chunks of debris out from around the trigger group. Visually verify the legs of the trigger spring are the same length and not broken.
9. During dedicated field stripping remove the action spring/buffer spring from the receiver extension and inspect. Remove the buffer from the spring and degrease along with spring. Lightly lubricate the spring before replacing buffer and spring into receiver extension.
10. Learn and understand the “Cycle of Operation” for your carbine: Feeding, Locking, Firing, Unlocking, Extracting, Ejecting, Cocking, Chambering. Understanding this cycle will aid in recognizing and diagnosing any malfunctions or problems experienced while firing your carbine.
Recommended Cleaning Tools, Solvents & Lubricants
Listed in the order I use them. No fancy cleaning tools are necessary to maintain a carbine. Field expeidient items found at any small mini-mart or box store can be utilized for 99% of carbine maintenance. However, good cleaning kits such as those manufactured by Otis are a good investment and can make the job easier. http://www.otisgun.com/
There are numerous degreasers and lubricants available on the market today ranging in price. Over the years I have tested/used pretty much all of them. The best degreaser I have found is Mil-Comms MC25. http://www.mil-comm.com/. For lubricants I now use and recommend Mobile One motor oil found at any box store, if these motor oils work in high performance vehicles and motorcycles they will certainly work in my carbine. A single container of Mobile One ($2.oo) will last several years. Use sparingly, apply a very small amount to the tip of a finger and then apply to common lubrication points.
About Chris Fry
Chris is the owner and director of training and curriculum development for Modern Defensive Training Systems in Utica, NY where he conducts courses in reality driven practical combatives skills, extreme close quarters physical defense, tactical folding knife and edged weapon combatives and combative pistol, carbine and shotgun skills. Chris has been an active instructor with Progressive F.O.R.C.E. Concepts in Nevada since 2003, servicing law enforcement, military and select government agencies. Chris is a certified AR15/M4/M16 and Glock armorer, contributor to various online firearms resource websites and a frequent presenter at national and international personal protection and small arms training conferences for both citizens and law enforcement.
For more information or to locate carbine, shotgun or pistol training in your area see: http://www.mdtstraining.com
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.
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.
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