2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

NEw Poll!! How do you feel about the ACR?

Have you lost interest in the rifle once Magpul's claim of relative affordability was blown into tiny bits once Remington's MSRP was announced? I know in more than one instance it was....

HBO's The Pacific is growing on me...

Watched the last two episodes (7 & 8) of HBO's The Pacific on DVR last night that covered the savage fighting on the tiny island of Peleliu and its toll in both the lives and sanity of the Marines in the show. I have to admit coming in as the 3rd act of the Steven Speilberg/Tom Hanks salute to WWII ongoing memorial on film it had big shoes to fill. It has filled them admirably. It took me a while to get into the show. Maybe it was because it was about Marines and being from the Army side of the house it takes a while to warm up to those ego machines called U.S. Marines. More likely it was because the producers used very few well known actors in the series so it took a while to be able to get to know or readily identify the characters. I have to admit that even though he is not one of the primary characters focused on the show that I have become a big fan of "Gunny" Haney, the old grizzled veteran on the show who can shout down an officer on his range, conduct bayonet training by himself in the jungle, shower naked in the rain at camp in the middle of a road, apparently out smell a dog sniffing for Japanese soldiers and most importantly for the show break down just like any other man after extensive combat overwhelms him, showing both the viewers and the other marines in the film that they are all as capable as the next man for both greatness and humility. In the final scene of episode 8, after breaking down due to the stress of combat (in his 2nd world war) Gunney Haney is leaning against the railing of the ship taking the now battered marines to their next mission lighting a smoke with PVT Sledge (one of the main characters who is shown as young, idealistic and naive in the beginning of the show and develops into a respected veteran by the end of episode 8). When they both have their cigs lit Haney pauses and passes his treasured Zippo lighter with the 1st Marine Division patch on it to the younger Sledge.."Here, keep it" he says....symbolically passing on the corps to the younger men of his unit and Sledge in particular.

Overall, the production values of The Pacific are as high, if not higher than that of Band of Brothers, which is what this show is most compared too for obvious reasons. Given that the production had a much larger budget (based largely on the success of Band of Brothers) and they had not only the lessons of BoB to learn from but also massive advances in both CGI and special effects to work with, I would expect as much from this production.

The use of weapons in the show seems to be pretty accurate (most of the Marines are armed with Springfield '03 rifles early in the show and the 1919 .30 machine guns are water cooled models) and if they are using dummy weapons for many of the extras it is hard to notice. There does seem to be an abundance of M-1 carbines used in the show which I am not sure as to the accuracy of. The M-1 was designed to be used by non-front line troops and others whose duties did not involve directly using a rifle to fight (Sledge is issued one as a mortar man for example) but there seems to be an very liberal sprinkling of them among the cast. Take a look at the following picture taken on Iwo Jima in 1945..

Other being pure, awesome win - one thing I notice is that other than the Marine on the extreme left of the photo with a M-1 Carbine silhouetted against the see, all of the other weapons the Marines are holding look to be M1 Garands. Not that this is a statistically significant representation of all the Marines in the Pacific during WWII, but notable none the less in the argument of my observation.

Overall, after a slow "getting to know you" portion of the first few episodes, this series has more than managed to get my attention and has become a "must see" portion of my weekly schedule.

...and yes, it is no small coincidence that this series started and my interest in the M1 Garand peaked..

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

There’s strong, and then there’s Army strong….and then beyond that there is Mikey F., 3rd SFG…

This is Mikey F., 3rd SFG(A), who lost his leg on the last rotation in Afghanistan, the US Army kept him in and he is back here in Afghanistan taking it to the Taliban.  I guess he wasn’t going to let the loss of a little thing like his leg get in the way of having some more fun at the Taliban’s expense….happy hunting trooper…



God bless him and all of our troops serving in harms way far from home….

Monday, April 26, 2010

the hunger....

I mentioned the other day that I was really regretting getting rid of my old Taurus PT1911 .45, nothing like a 1911 feels or satisfies like a 1911. I have been window shopping 1911's the past few days just in case I can come up with some quick cash and get one and the Springfield line of 1911's has caught my eye. I would still own a Taurus in a flash based on my previous ownership experience with them, but with everyone and their Mom making 1911s these days why limit my choices.

From what I have read and gathered from online sources, Springfield makes a solid 1911 regardless of which model or price point in their line up you choose. Kev has a very decent stainless model and I would like to get something a bit more "upscale" myself, but the basic GI model would be more than enough to satisfy my craving for a 1911.

Here is a vid of some dudes doing some mud torture and testing on the GI Springfield 1911. Not as bad of a torture test as I have seen others done, but maybe more realistic than others in what most shooters might have to expect from it... (caution, some bad language ahead)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Review of the Glock 17M, a very rare gun…

Glock has made a stunning entry into the world of sub-micro-concealable pistols. The G17M is a 1 mm pistol that uses Glocks proven safe action system in what can only be called a very concealable package.

This is Kev fooling around with a souvenir that he got from none other than Glock’s own Dave Sevigny yesterday at a GSSF activity at Black Wing he went to. I spent the entire weekend with my family and didn’t attend myself.

Can anyone recommend a good Gunkata trainer?

Ever seen the 2002 movie Equilibrium? It takes place in a dystopian future where a single leader, the “Father” rules and all show of emotion is outlawed and people are forced to take drugs to suppress all feelings. Enforcing these laws are the Grammaton Clerics, a caste of deadly warriors trained in the fictional art of Gunkata. To make a long story short, the hero of the movie is a cleric who stops taking his meds and goes against the system he once enforced, Hilarity ensues…

The martial arts style they use in the movie is called Gunkata, it is extremely effective….as long as all your adversaries are choreographed stuntmen in black trench coats and motorcycle helmets wielding G36 rifles while you duel wield custom Beretta 92 pistols…


Anyway, the movie is good entertainment and has gained a cult following on DVD since its less than successful theatrical release.

So what’s this got to do with anything?….

A LONG time ago I took some martial art training while a young man. I do not practice it now nor do I rely on many skills learned from those lessons for personal protection, save some basic punch, simple kicks and holds. Now that I have finally completed my college classes, my kid is a bit older and I have the time I have thought about studying some form of martial art just to help get in shape and have a backup plan for self defense in case 1) I cannot be armed legally in some place that I find a need to protect myself or 2) the unlikely event that I need to draw and use my CCW and it fails to function…

The styles I previously studied were UKS karate (a proprietary style taught by an instructor at BGSU in the 80’s combining different styles of karate but based on the Ishin-ryu style of karate. I also studied Tae Kwon Do in Columbus as well as gained some grappling experience wrestling in high school. Now after doing some research and study I find myself drawn towards Aikido. It is not a old style of martial art, it was created in the 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba, aka Osensei (great teacher). It is based upon the principle of using an attackers force against them and advocates no permanent damage to your adversary.

While this may seem quite different or strange for someone who carries a firearm to want to practice it actually makes sense. I do not train to “shoot to kill” or “shoot to wound”, I train to “shoot to stop”. If I were to have to fire my weapon in self defense it would be to stop an attacker from advancing against me or another and nothing more.

Actor Steven Segal popularized aikido in the 80’s and 90’s with a slew of cheesy action movies that showed aikido in a more aggressive manner than I think Osensei would of wanted. Here he is on the Merv Griffin show in the early days before he was a “big” movie star..

…and in some of his action movies…

Meanwhile, back in reality this is more of the skill set I would like to obtain..

There are several schools for Aikido here in Columbus and one has classes on Monday and Wednesdays evenings, they have an open classroom policy, which means that you can observe their classes openly. I am going to check them out this week. If anyone in the Central Ohio area knows of a good school to check out before I commit to one style or teacher please let me know.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Oh hell no…now it’s official, EVERYBODY is making 1911s now….

Well, at least its the least likely weapon to be complained about at Starbucks…


And on a side note, I am sorry I ever got rid of my Taurus PT 1911AL, I want it back…nothing satisfies your .45 ACP craving like JMB’s baby…

..thanks to the Everyday, No Day Off Gun Blog for the artistic work…

Friday, April 23, 2010

The 'Nuge with the Police...That's a bad Sting...bad Sting!

Saw this picture of Ted Nugent with the Police, early 80's sometime, on Ted's FaceBook page today..

Pretty cool...but take another look, notice anything wrong?...

Holy crap!! Sting is holding a J-Frame to the Nuge's head with his finger in the trigger guard!!!!!


Obviously this was staged by the Nuge himself because:

  • A pacifist guy like Sting wouldn't be packing heat..
  • This is obviously Nuge's gun and he would never allow himself to be disarmed unknowingly..
  • And like Chuck Norris with a roundhouse kick to the head, if anybody would actually pull this on The Nuge he would probably promptly pull out his 10mm and ventilate them justly in self defense..

Seriously, a pretty cool pic of two of rocks greatest influences in their prime. Personally I like Sting's music and film roles (especially as JD in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, even if it was a secondary role) even though I have a pretty good idea politically we are not on the same page.

Sting Portraying JD in LS&2SB, thank God all of our fathers aren't bastards like this...

Synchronicity was one of the hallmark albums of my generation...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sometimes you don't need to ask why

Found this on YouTube (I spend a lot of time there if you haven't guessed):

This is humorous if you have ever looked up the Mosin Nagant and seen how many vids are posted of people shooting various objects with the 7.62x54R cartridge. They include:

  • Rocks
  • Bricks
  • water bottles
  • propane bottles
  • mellons
  • a 1 gallon can of nacho cheese sauce
  • armor plates
  • cars
  • and now a Wendy's Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger..

There is no doubt that the 7.62x54 is a serious round. It sits right there between the .308 NATO and the .30-06 rounds in terms of size and is pretty much on equal terms with both of them as far as power goes at most ranges.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Today was the best day ever! (well….pretty damn good anyway…)

OK, for those of you who don’t know me personally my employer implemented “cost savings days” this year to help balance our budget. Basically, employees had our pay reduced by 80 hours this year and in return we got 10 additional non-paid days off this year. The 80 hours was pro-rated and taken out of all pay periods so they are kind of considered extra vacation days by most of us now that we are used to the reduced bottom line in our paychecks. Anyway, today was looking to be a BEAUTIFUL Spring day here in Central Ohio so I got a hold of my boss early this morning and said “CSD me!”. After getting my kid off to school I began my odyssey of enjoyment…at the ranges!!

First off I hit up the state rifle and pistol range in the Delaware State Park (Delaware, Ohio…not the state) and got to put some rounds downrange in the “new” M1 Garand I got at the CMP store up in Camp Perry last week. It took me a couple of days but I finally managed to get all of the dried up and waxy remnants of the cosmoline that was used to store and preserve the rifle out of it the hard way….solvent, brushes, picks, swab and a lot of elbow grease. I really just wanted to get it shot and to verify that it would work correctly and it did not disappoint me. Even though the rifle did not recoil that bad into my shoulder (the weight of the rifle really helps with the .30-06 recoil) I did notice the front of the rifle did jump quite a bit. Probably the result of an uncompensated muzzle with the high powered rounds I expect. I would like to keep my rifle “pure” but I do see why guys get their muzzles threaded and add 4” long muzzle brakes to the M1. But again, it functioned just like I expected (and hoped) it would. I only fired 32 rounds (4 en bloc clips worth of ammo) but it functioned just as flawlessly as if it was right off the assembly line in WW2.


The initial portion of the cosmoline clean up of the M1, there were a lot more pieces and parts laid out before I was finished..

Accuracy was only so-so with it and me though. At 50 meters (approximate distance) I was not able to get any rounds onto a 8” shoot-n-see target…or the backing board to boot. Bringing the target back to the 25 meter line revealed that it was shooting low and to the left. I did not bring the proper tools to do a field zero on it because that was not the goal, but I thought with its reputation that I would be capable of hitting a simple circle at 50 meters. A little messing with the sights and by the last clip I was able to keep them in a 12” box shoot-n-see at 100 meters without much trouble other than having to apply some liberal Kentucky windage. I need to read up on the procedures for using the advanced sights on the M1, which are more complex than the setup on a typical AR style rifle.

Check out that sight picture, its like playing Call To Duty in real life….

“OK, 50 meters, M1 rifle, big black target circle…I should have at least half the clip in the 10 ring because I am awesome…..NOT!!!”

Speaking of AR’s, I took the “Black Mamba” up to stretch it legs and had fun with the Eotech XPS sights shooting out to 100 meters at targets and pieces of trash out on the backstop as well. It really does shoot well and impacts pretty much where you put the Eotech “dot-o-death” on the target.

This was about the best pic I could post of my AR shooting, you can’t see the “dot-o-death” in the picture..but needless to say, the sight and rifle shoot very well.

After I finished up with the M1 and AR I headed over the pistol ranges for some last minute practice with my Glock 34 (review on that in a few days) for steel plate shooting this Saturday. I also shot my S&W 22A .22 semi pistol that I may also shoot at steel plates this weekend. It shoots way better than I ever gave it credit. Matter of fact I had to double check my aiming point twice because I was dumping so many rounds into the same area at 15 meters that I started to lose track of the round impacts on the target and thought I had gone off of it. target1 8”x8” target shot at 15 yards with my Glock 34 at quick fire…yeah, I think they would all fit on a standard steel plate..

After the state range I headed South to Black Wing and shot 3 rounds of trap, didn’t do as well as this past weekend but the weather was so damn nice it didn’t matter. I had a great time. Afterwards I went into the store and bought a M1 collectors book to read and try and get “expertized” on my newest rifle. Here is some video from this past week of me and new Stoeger Condor Competition busting some clays.

What a great time on such a great day. Throw my family in the mix and it is damn near as perfect of a day I think I have had in recent memory. Hope you all can have one too soon!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Buying a M1 Garand at CMP sales, Camp Perry, Ohio

Last Friday I fulfilled my promise to myself to go get an M1 Garand from the CMP. The entire process was much more simple than I would have imagined and I will definitely be going back to check out M1 Carbines when I get some spare cash. Basically I drove to Camp Perry where the North location is at (the other is in Anniston, AL), picked out a rifle, filled out a form, paid and left. Simple. I don’t really know what I expected, but being a government run operation I expected it to be more of a red tape nightmare than anything else. The selection is not what I hoped it would be. Service grade rifles were few and far between, but there was an abundance of field grade rifles to chose from. Apparently from what I gather, the service grades are snapped up pretty quickly by locals when there arrival is known and many of the bastards turn around and sell them at inflated prices at gun shows. Bastards. My rifle will not be showing up at a gun show any time soon, that is for certain. The field grade selection was plentiful and some looked to be in decent shape so I thought I might as well look at those and save $100 over the price of a service grade while I was at it ($495 vs. $595). Also in plentiful abundance were M1 carbines…for another day, temping as they were sitting there.

The Camp Perry, Ohio CMP North store building.

I did not know a whole lot about M1’s in particular before I went up there. All I knew was basically what they had on the CMP website about gauging the barrel to check for accuracy potential. I knew anything less than a “3” on the muzzle side was desirable but most of the field grade models would have a “3” or more. I also read online that anything larger than a “5” on the chamber side was bad. So beginning from these two simple standards to work with I started out by checking out the muzzle gauge, which was simple because all of the rifles were in racks muzzle side up. If you don’t have a gauge, no sweat. You can trade your drivers license for a loner at the counter when you walk in. I simply started from one side of the racks to the other dropping the gauge in the muzzle of each rifle. Those that gauged less than a 3 I put at the end of the rack. I was pleasantly surprised that more than a few did indeed gauge significantly less than a “3”. I must of looked like a newbie to some of the folks there that were serious collectors that would carefully examine each specimen for proof marks, serial numbers and the like while I was just rushing through them dropping the gauge in each. I was not looking for a museum piece, and judging from the selection and my budget I was not going to get one anyway. What I wanted was an honest to goodness high powered rifle to hit the plates with at 500 meters the next time I went to Appleseed. Accuracy out of the barrel was my #1 priority.

Plenty to see in the racks..

My second priority was the overall “look” of the rifle. The rifles I was looking at were a hodgepodge collection of parts assembled to form a working rifle from the armorers at CMP. Wood condition of the stocks varied greatly. I found one that gauged a solid “2” on the bore at the muzzle and had uniformly dark wood. There were numerous dings, scratches and other imperfections on the stock, but it still looked solid and didn’t rattle like some of the others I looked at. The finish on the barrel was worn near the muzzle but the rest of it was in decent shape from what I could see without taking the weapon apart (a no-no that will get you kicked out of the store). Taking the rifle to the front counter I had one of the guys working there gauge the chamber for me…another “2”!! I was one lucky SOB according to the guy, and I agree!! As you can tell from the picture at the top of this post, the rifle looks good!! After adding him add 192 rounds of surplus .30-06 ammo (packed in a spam can on 4 bandoliers of 6 en bloc clips each no less), a new sling (just like the one I got for my Ruger 10/22 for Appleseed last year) he had me fill out a form to purchase the lot. The form is a lot like the standard ATF form I fill out every time I purchase a firearm at a store, the big difference is rather than having to check a bunch of boxes you sign a line saying that all of the above applies to you. After a few minutes they call your name and you pay. With tax my damage came in around $639. Not bad considering I went up there ready to pay $595 for a rifle in the same condition as what I walked out with anyway. The rifle is given to you in a green plastic bag with a smaller bag that contains a GREAT manual (better that what some manufacturers give you), a single en bloc clip and a safety flag. I stuck the chamber flag in the rifle and put it and the ammo in bed of my truck. The 2 hour ride home was TORTUROUS knowing what I had less than 8 feet behind me!!

The contents of the “goodie bag” CMP gives you when you buy an M1. Seriously, the manual is better than most you get with a current production firearm from the manufacturer!

The action still works like it did 60+ years ago, and the chamber gauges a “2” also!!

While there some serious wear on the external of the muzzle, its bore gauges a solid “2”..wonder if I can find a bayonet for that lug there?…

The wood was what I would have expected on a 50+ year old rifle, there was a sticker on the stock with Greek(?) writing on it, wonder what it means….

Various views of the spam can of surplus Greek .30-06 I bought, one of the bandoleers was dated Sept. 1952…I guess they will still shoot

Overall a beautiful rifle, especially given the context of the age of its parts and history of the design..

For anyone who has complained about having to “drag” around a M4, I offer this simple comparison, consider the rifle itself weighs more than a fully loaded M4!!

Once I got it home I started checking out my new buddy. I ran the serial number on the receiver against a known list of good dates and found out that it was made by Springfield Armory (already marked on the receiver) in December 1942!! Cool, this was definitely a rifle that was used during WW2!! The remainder of the serials and proof numbers on various parts on the rifle I need to look up, but the cartouche markings on the stock indicate that it (the stock) was made for Springfield sometime between 1952 and 1956. So there is a (slim!) possibility that the receiver saw use in WW2 and the stock in Korea!! The rifle is in fairly good condition and operation seems to be normal from what my limited experience with them can ascertain. I have been able to insert an (empty) clip in the magazine and have it eject with the (in)famous Garand ping so I think this will be a winner when I get it cleaned up and on the range. I still have some work to do with it and figure out how to get the sights set up, but overall I am as happy as a duck in water with it right now. I will have more info on the rifle itself after I get it stripped and cleaned up (waiting for the enamel paint on my workbench that Kevin and I made this weekend to dry!) and out to the range!

Camp Perry

The entrance to Camp Perry, Ohio off of SR-2 in Northern Ohio. This picture was taken in April in Ohio, it was in the 30’s and there were snow flurries there..love that Ohio weather!!

Just a few bits of info about Camp Perry, Ohio. Camp Perry is a military training facility run but the Ohio National Guard located just west of Port Clinton, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie. It houses not only the CMP, but also numerous Army and Air Guard units and other military activities and organizations. It is one of the premier training facilities for the Ohio Guard and is utilized year round for various unit functions. It is most famously knows as the home of the NRA national rifle matches held yearly there during the summer. During that event the “population” of the post swells immensely with shooters from all across the nation gathering to see who is the best of the best and earn not only trophies but also the distinction of wearing the “Presidents Hundred” tab awarded to the top 100 shooters.

There is a lot of history to Camp Perry other than the ranges themselves":

  • Each range is named after a Medal Of Honor recipient from the 148th Infantry out of Ohio, which I had the pleasure to serve in for many years.
  • One of the units that was stationed here before WW2 and was mobilized as part of the national call up in 1941 was in the Philippines during the outbreak of hostilities and participated in the ghastly “Bataan Death March” after their capture by the Imperial Japanese Army.
  • The small white huts dispersed across the camp were used as POW barracks during WW2 to house German prisoners. It was felt that keeping the prisoners so far inland would cause them to have no illusion of escaping back to Germany, but the local population consisting of a large amount of German immigrants would keep them from wanting to spread large scale damage if they escaped.
  • The industrial complex to the West of the post was once used for munitions manufacturing and they test fired many types of rounds into Lake Erie, some unexploded ordinance is still occasionally dragged up from the lake by some shocked fisherman who suddenly finds his life in danger in the pursuit of walleye.
  • Lake Erie itself is the impact area for the ranges. A line of buoys on the like mark the limits for boaters to avoid while range personnel keep an eye out from towers using binoculars and radar and occasionally coordinate with the Ohio Naval Militia (yes, there is such an organization) to intercept boaters that have strayed into the impact area during firing. I know this because I worked in one of those towers one summer!!

A static vehicle display on post.

These “40 & 8 cars” were given across the US by the French people after WW1 as a sign of gratitude for fighting in “The Great War”. They were filled with gifts of art and food and most large towns had at least one on display for most of the early part of the 20th century after the war. Many of them were used as scrap for the next great war and now they are rarely seen in town squares. The name comes from their intended purpose to transport either 40 men or 8 horses to war.

The US Army pop up IWQ range on the post used by units from across Ohio and the region to train on.

Another view of the ranges, the tower in the distance was my summer job one year…talk about boring and fun in the same sentence..

The “Bataan” Armory on post. The light tank and plaque are dedicated to the unit that was from that armory that served in WW2 and were taken prisoner on Bataan. Its been years since I have been inside, but they used to have displays of items from their captivity and pictures of their Japanese captors and their fates…a lot of “hanged” annotated on their pictures..The symbol is the State Area Command (STARC) patch for the Ohio Army National Guard, a patch I wore for a number of years.

If you do happen to make the drive to Camp Perry to buy a piece of history from CMP, take a few minutes and drive around a bit and see some of the static displays and plaques adorning the site and think about all of the history connected with that place and then think about the rifle you just put into your hands and its connection with that history…awesome.

Did some trap shooting on Saturday

Went with Kevin to Black Wing this past Saturday and bought us a couple of rounds of trap as my way of saying thanks to him for helping me build a pretty kick ass workbench for my man cave area (pics forthcoming) to use to clean and work on my firearms. Had a blast! Didn't do as well as I would of like to have, but didn't do as bad as I thought I would either!! The Stoeger shot great and I was just starting to get the hang of it when we decided to take off. Oh well, more fun at a later time. This truly is a fun sport, don't know why I haven't done this sooner..
Can you tell I was having a good time?

Kev shooting...

Me shooting...

Monday, April 5, 2010

Looks like I am going to buy a M1 Garand.....

A M1 Garand? Yes, a honest to God M1 Garand, a true rifleman's rifle. Probably going to take a day off of work and drive up to Camp Perry and get one this week.

Why? Well, here are some reasons:

  1. I have been lusting after a Springfield M1A ever since Appleseed last year when I was able to hit a steel plate a 500 yards with one. the M1 is the predecessor of this rifle and is just as accurate as the M1A at that range for about 1/2 of the price. For what I want to use it for it is more than adequate to fill that role.
  2. Its a piece of history. I am going to buy one through the Civilian Marksmanship Program up at Camp Perry. It will most likely be a reconditioned service rifle (if I can get one) that may have served my country in WW2, korea or even Vietnam. Now THAT would be cool. Even if I get one that wasn't used in actual combat, just having one brings a chill to my body anyway.
  3. It is a beautiful rifle. Long sleek lines, solid, wood and metal fused together with the rifleman to produce a single harmonious unit.
  4. Its an M1 Garand for crying out loud!

What does Iron Mike carry outside of the Infantry School at Ft. Benning...'nuff said!!

Again, I am getting the rifle through the Civilian Marksmanship Program, or CMP, up at Camp Perry, Ohio. The CMP program seeks to accomplish 3 primary goals in its mission:

  1. To instruct citizens of the United States in marksmanship.
  2. To promote practice and safety in the use of firearms.
  3. To conduct competitions in the use of firearms and to award trophies, prizes, badges and other insignia to competitors.

Now part of the way they do this is to offer surplus US military firearms to qualified civilians at or below market value. When I say qualified I mean you must belong to a group identified by them as promoting marksmanship and the shooting sport. They have a list of over 2,000 organizations, including veterans organizations, that qualify for purchase. I am a military retiree so that is how I am going to qualify. Prices start at around $495 for field grade rifles and go up from there. They have a full explanation of their grading system on their web site so I am not going to go into any detail here. I will say that from doing some research on the web a great many people are very satisfied with their purchases and that the grade of rifle they received was above what they thought that they were paying for. Flat rate shipping is around $23 and you only have to pay sales tax if you are an Alabama or Ohio (bummer for me) resident, since these are the locations of the two retail stores that they ship from.

CMP M1 Garand Page, links on the left to the main site and all relevant info..

In addition to M1 rifles they also have other surplus items to purchase:

  • M1 Carbines (my next purchase?)
  • 1903 Springfield Rifles
  • .22 target rifles
  • surplus Ammo
  • Rifle accessories (cleaning rods and such)
  • other misc. items as they become available.

I am really looking forward to getting a piece of history in the gun safe this week. I got rid of my Mauser K98 because it had become a safe queen and I had no connection to it. the M1 may find itself in the safe a lot (due to the price of .30-06 ammo) but it is the rifle that my preceding Infantrymen carried into battle and that is very cool....
YouTube click from The Military Channel's Top 10 Battle rifle show....

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Court Rules Concealed Carry Law Violates Workplace Safety Laws

001-1219142405-gun_control Court Rules Concealed Carry Law Violates Workplace Safety Laws

Today at 7:00am

By Ken Hanson, Esq.

A three judge panel today ruled that Ohio's concealed carry law impermissibly violates several provisions of the state's employment laws.

In what is sure to be a controversial opinion, the court held that "a person's so-called right to self-defense cannot infringe upon the right of a person to be free from violence in their workplace. The evidence before us is clear – allowing handguns in the workplace violates the fundamental right of Ohioans to work their trade in a secure environment."

The case arose originally out of a complaint filed with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation.

"Ohio's laws are well-settled in this area. The workplace cannot create an atmosphere of hostility, and must be free from recognized hazards," said the court. "Plaintiff has clearly established that allowing persons to carry hidden, loaded guns creates an overtly hostile, and dangerous, work environment for him. Guns are clearly recognized hazards."
The complaints were filed by Bob Smith, described in court documents as a "consultant specializing in small business economic loss." A review of Mr. Smith's complaint reveals that he has been shot during three different armed robberies since 2004, which is believed to be an Ohio record. Smith's complaint describes in vivid detail the slow deterioration of his workplace environment:

I started back in 2001 while I was on probation for drug trafficking. No one would employ a drug addicted probationer, so I turned to self-employment. Man, it was a dream. Throw on a ski mask, stroll into a liquor store, pistol whip a few people and I was set financially for the month. I was happy and fulfilled.

Then that damn concealed carry law passed, and within months my co-workers and I noticed an immediate chilling of our work environment. Ohio attempted to accommodate our special workplace needs by designating many 'no-gun' areas and making the carry laws so absurd that no one wanted to carry. Even so, we noticed an immediate increase in workplace hostility.

The court ruled that these original workplace accommodations fell short, as evidenced by Mr. Smith being shot for the first time in 2005:

The record reveals that Mr. Smith was engaged in his ordinary, everyday work functions when he encountered a shop owner who was legally licensed and armed. When confronted with Mr. Smith's transaction ('give me all the cash before I blow your damn fool head off'), this merchant instead unreasonably and irrationally chose to draw his firearm and shoot Mr. Smith. That is the very definition of a hostile work environment."

"The court notes initially that had the state invested sufficient resources in building Mr. Smith's self-esteem, and focused on his substance abuse recovery versus just sticking him in prison for 30 days (for the 2001 trafficking case), Mr. Smith would never have been in this situation to begin with. Mr. Smith's addiction requires that he carry a substantial 'pimp wad' to finance his disability. Fault for this lies squarely with the state; the prison system failed Mr. Smith when he needed it most.

As noted in a Dayton Daily News editorial about Smith's 2005 shooting, Mr. Smith (was) the victim, a good person in the wrong place at the wrong time. He did not deserve to be shot.

The court noted that this 2005 incident, in isolation, is not enough to establish a pattern of hostility in the workplace. But in looking at the big picture, the pattern of hostility emerges clearly between 2005 and 2010.

As if the 2005 workplace setting was not hostile enough, Ohio then passed 'preemption' of firearm laws, stripping the ability of cities like Cleveland to reasonably regulate Mr. Smith's workplace safety. Then in late 2008 comes sweeping liberalization of the concealed carry laws. This easing of carry laws led directly to a record number of licenses issued in 2009.

Mr. Smith is now facing a veritable epidemic of workplace hostility. Today this court takes the first step in battling this epidemic, restoring reasonable restrictions on citizens in order to promote a safer workplace environment for Plaintiff.

"Too little, too late," laments Mr. Smith. "I mean, damn, I was shot by a 78 year-old great-grandmother over the Social Security check she just cashed. Do you have any idea what that does to someone's business reputation? My jail cred is full of fail, as I am now known as the 'bitch that got capped by Mimi.' At least now with universal healthcare I will be able to get medical treatment for these pre-existing gunshots and in the future should I get shot a fourth time."

Asked during a deposition what it was like to be shot, Mr. Smith replied, "It sucks. Bad."

In an amazing coincidence of spontaneous journalism that was in no way encouraged or organized by the Ohio Newspaper Association, newspapers across the state today issued nearly identical editorials praising the court's ruling. Representative of the editorials is this one from The Toledo Blade:

This is not the Wild West. Just because a person with a lengthy criminal record is suffering from severe meth withdrawal while pointing a cheap, loaded gun at your head does not mean there is a threat. These "criminals" are victimized for simply working their trade, and concealed carry licensees are creating an unreasonable risk of harm in the workplace by "defending" themselves. Despite nearly 100 lawful uses of deadly force by licensees to date, with no bystanders injured, the majority of Ohioans want merchants to submit to the violence and just give the victims the money and whatever else they are demanding.

"We know a majority of Ohioans feel this way because a Blade reporter once had to write a story on a self-defense case, and did not have a Brady issued press release he could just rearrange and run as 'news.' He conducted research by asking the three other people in the newsroom how they felt about self-defense. They all agreed that the merchants should submit without resistance."

Ken Hanson, a gun nut attorney, was contacted for his feedback on this court decision. Hanson said, "The really sad thing is that there is enough in this story that mirrors real life that readers are still trying to figure out if the story is true or an April Fools joke."

Ken Hanson is a gun rights attorney in Ohio, and a candidate for the National Rifle Association's (NRA) Board of Directors. He serves as the Legislative Chair for Buckeye Firearms Association. He is the attorney of record for Buckeye Firearms Foundation, which filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court cases. In 2008, the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) awarded him with its Defender of Justice Award. He is the author of The Ohio Guide to Firearm Laws, a certified firearms instructor and holds a Type 01 Federal Firearms License.

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