"When some of my friends have asked me anxiously about their boys, whether they should let them hunt, I have answered, yes - remembering that it was one of the best parts of my education - make them hunters."

Henry David Thoreau, 1854


“A citizen who shirks his duty to contribute to the security of his community is little better than the criminal who threatens it.” - Robert Boatman


Saturday, May 31, 2008

The BIG lie

“We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measures that I think respect the Second Amendment and people’s traditions. I think there’s a lot of room before bumping against a constitutional barrier... I am not in favor of concealed weapons. There has not been any evidence that allowing people to carry a concealed weapon is going to make anybody safer... I wanted to make sure that local communities were recognized as having a right to regulate firearms. The notion that somehow local jurisdictions can’t initiate gun laws isn’t born out by our Constitution.”

—Barack Hussein Obama on “thoughtful” adulteration of our Constitution.


“I knew Obama during the mid-1990s. The first time I introduced myself to him he said ‘Oh, you are the gun guy.’ I responded ‘Yes, I guess so.’ He simply responded, ‘I don’t believe that people should be able to own guns.”’

—Professor John Lott, PhD, author of More Guns, Less Crime


Snaged from: Gun Voter Dot COM

Friday, May 30, 2008

Colorado State Shooting Association

About CSSA

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Colorado State Shooting Association is to provide shooting opportunities for law abiding residents of Colorado.

Goals

The goals of the Colorado State Shooting Association are to:

Unite shooters, hunters, sportsmen, collectors and all other law abiding firearms enthusiasts to promote the safe and responsible use of firearms.

Promote the development of the shooting sports and the facilities necessary to the shooting sports.

Provide a united voice to all levels of government to defend the shooting sports, hunting rights and firearms ownership.

Protect and defend the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Colorado against all foes, foreign and domestic.

Women & Junior Programs

CSSA works with NRA and the Friends of NRA Foundation to develop and promote youth programs including competitive sports and the Eddie Eagle children’s safety program. We also sponsor hunts and clinics to introduce women to the shooting sports in a fun and safe atmosphere.

Civilian Marksmanship Program

CSSA is also the official Civilian Marksmanship Program state affiliate organization. Membership in an official CMP organization is a prerequisite to purchasing (at a very reasonable cost) a surplus military M-1 Garand from U.S. arsenals or an AR-15 target rifle. CSSA works with numerous Colorado gun clubs to promote their program and encourage Colorado shooters to obtain these firearms and hone their marksmanship skills.

Partners with the National Rifle Association

We work closely with the NRA’s Grassroots Division and Election Volunteer Coordinators. While NRA focuses mainly on national issues, we concentrate our efforts on state and local concerns. Our Grassroots Network is a vital part of our legislative efforts and your membership and participation are crucial to our success.

Although we are the official state of Colorado affiliate to the NRA, we are a completely separate organization. The National Rifle Association does not provide financial support in any way for our organization. The Colorado State Shooting Association must raise 100% of its own funds. Your membership and support are much appreciated!

Leglislative Monitoring

We are working hard to protect your right to keep and bear arms. CSSA vigilantly monitors legislative activity at the State and local levels to protect the rights of law abiding Colorado shooters, hunters and firearms collectors. We work closely with members of the Colorado Legislature in writing and passing bills and often testify at legislative committee hearings to ensure that the collective voice of Colorado shooters is heard. The larger our membership base, the louder our voice at the State Capitol.

Log on to the CSSA web page

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Speak Up Now On Right-To-Carry In National Parks

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
From NRA-ILA

As we've reported over the last few weeks, the U.S. Department of the Interior has issued a proposed rule to eliminate the prohibition on Right-to-Carry in national parks and wildlife refuges. The National Rifle Association led the effort to change this policy and we are very close to winning this important battle.
However, the new rules cannot take effect until after a period of public comment. Our opponents will take advantage of this time to try to convince the Secretary of the Interior to reverse his decision. NRA members must take action now so that the anti-gunners are not allowed to sway this process.


It is always best to write in your own words. Here are some talking points to assist you:


* Rules on carrying and transporting firearms should be consistent—across the board—with the laws of the state that includes the national park or wildlife refuge;

* Law-abiding citizens should not be prohibited from protecting themselves and their families while enjoying America's national parks and wildlife refuges;

* The new rules should provide uniformity across all federal lands, eliminating the patchwork of laws that create confusion for gun owners;

* Current regulations fail to account for the significant change in state laws since 1984. 48 states now have laws that permit laws that permit carrying and 40 have strong Right-to-Carry laws. Federal regulations should recognize the change in state laws and follow their lead, and;

* The new regulations should restore the rights of law-abiding gun owners who wish to transport and carry firearms for all lawful purposes on most DOI lands, just as they do now on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

It is critical that gun owners and sportsmen submit comments during this process.

Comments can submitted by clicking on the link below:


Comment Here


Comments can also be mailed to the following address:


Public Comments Processing
Attn: 1024-AD70
Division of Policy and Directives Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222
Arlington, VA 22203

Remember, all comments must be received by June 30. Submit your comments today!




Monday, May 26, 2008

Alon Stivi’s Night Shooting Course

D M I
Direct Measures International, Inc.
The New Security Standard
Alon Stivi’s Night Shooting Course
The Night Fight program will teach you how to use darkness as an ally and your light as a weapon. This intense course teaches the most direct and effective skills to survive a close quarter confrontation in low light conditions.
You will learn:
• Use of typical lighting conditions and dominating with light• Less than ideal and alternative shooting positions
• Weapon transition and retention• Dynamic room entry and room extraction tactics• Engagement tactics for teams and partners • Low-light shooting and tactical illumination • Target isolation and weapons identification• Negligent discharge avoidance and safety • Engaging multiple and moving targets • Communication in low-light conditions • Stealth movement and vision control• Tactical reload and stoppage drills• Shoot/No shoot decision making• Shooting on the move • Failure to stop drills

This course is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on June 8, 2008. Call Linn Armstrong at (970) 464-5177 now to schedule your place in this course. This class is only open to Phase l Instinctive Shooting Class graduates, Please do not ask any one else to join this course unless they completed Phase l. Fee is $300.00. Check must be received by May 28, 2008. Send check to:

DMI
839 Rapid Creek Rd.
Palisade, CO 81526

For more information about Alon Stivi and his courses, visit www.directmeasures.com on the Internet

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

GunVoter.org

I ran across this web page (forum) the other day. It appears there is a wealth of information there and the potential for even more, as the user base develops.
Give it a LOOK

Friday, May 23, 2008

SCHUETZENFEST SHOOTER REGISTRATION

SHOOTER REGISTRATION

MAY 30th, 31st, June 1st, 2008

There will be four Sch├╝tzen 200 yard main matches. Iron sights, both
Bench-rest and off-hand (20 shots each for score) and any sight, both
Bench-rest and Off-hand (20 shots each for score) plus rimfire 100yd
both Bench-rest and Off-hand (20 shots each for score) and .25 Cal if
three or more shooters sign up. Also 300 yd. fun match.

Name:____________________________________________________

Address:___________________________________________________

City:______________________________________________________

State:_____________________________________________________

Telephone:_________________________________________________

Please circle the events you intend to enter:
IB IO SB SO RF 25 300

Regional Match Fees

ISSA Fee(Non ISSA members).......................$ 5.00 ________
One 200 yd. match................................$ 25.00 ________
Two 200 yd. matches..............................$ 35.00 ________
Three or more 200 yd. matches....................$ 35.00 ________
Rimfire..........................................$ 15.00 ________
.25 Caliber......................................$ 15.00 ________
300 yd.
match(entry fees returned 50,30,20)..... $ 5.00 ________

Ladies.......................................... $ 10.00 ________
Coach Required? Y( ) N( )
Youth............................................$ 10.00 ________
Coach Required? Y( ) N( )
Meal for guest.................................. $ 5.00 ________

....................................Total $$$$ enclosed $__________

Return Form to : Pat Weber
18205 Hwy 141

Whitewater, CO 81527

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Buy a Gun Weekend in South Carolina

Tax holiday ahead for gun purchases, appliances

COLUMBIA -- Whether you're shopping for a shotgun or an energy-efficient washing machine, S.C. lawmakers want to give you a tax break. This week, House lawmakers gave key approval to a bill that:

Exempts handguns, rifles and shotguns from state sales tax during the biggest shopping weekend of the year. "Second Amendment Weekend" is scheduled for the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving 2009.

Allows South Carolinians buying energy-efficient appliances to also forego the state sales tax. Dishwashers, dryers, even fluorescent light bulbs would be exempt from state sales tax from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. The tax-free Energy Efficiency Month also would begin next year.

The original article in the Herald on line

Alphecca -- The blog where this was found

This is a great idea! And look is happening back east and should be happening out here in Colorado, the genuine west.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Gun Week Recap

Gun Week Recap



And some ticklers to arouse your interest!!



Special Report: Senator McCain on Guns


My support for the 2nd Amendment By John McCain Glenn Beck fans, gun rights are an important issue, and I wanted to share with you some highlights of the speech I will deliver today at the National Rifle Association annual meeting. I think they will give you some good insight into my strong belief in the Second Amendment.




Special Report: 2nd Amendment Under Fire


'Safe Homes' or diminished liberty? By Bob Barr Most police officers with whom I have worked over the years, whether as a United States attorney, a lawyer in private practice, or a member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, are men and women of integrity and commitment to the communities they serve. The vast majority of those officers have a sincere respect for the constitutional rights of the citizenry. But then again, I've not worked with the Boston Police Department. The police department in that Massachusetts city launched an initiative recently that exhibits a cynical disregard for the rights of the citizenry, ...




Special Report: I am the NRA


like guns. I cherish freedom. That is why I am a proud life member and on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association (NRA). This coming weekend tens of thousands of like-minded Americans will come to Louisville to celebrate the 2nd Amendment guarantee to our right to self defense and all the various freedoms we as Americans uniquely enjoy. The NRA stands with all freedom-loving Americans. Indeed, ...


The link at the top of this post will take you to these and other articles. You will need to scroll down the page to read them in their entirety.


Gun Week Recap

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

American gun lovers feeling under fire

[snip]

It is the one freedom we've got," says Newton, who owns 68 guns. "All the world's troubles are because people have had their firearms taken away from them, they have no way to protect themselves and they're left throwing rocks at people with guns."
More than 6,000 of the 4.3-million-member NRA heard from their only hope here Friday, but Republican John McCain was usually referred to by rank-and-file members as the lesser of two evils.
While Barack Obama is seen as a real threat – his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton, is a positive abomination to those who want to protect the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

To read the entire article click here American gun lovers feeling under fire

Friday, May 16, 2008

U.S. Olympic Team

More than 170 rifle and pistol shooters from around the U.S. are competing for spots on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team scheduled for August in Communist China. Rifle slots available, completely blacked out by "news" outlets focused on political posturing instead of the competitions, include Men's Prone, Men's 3-Position and Women's 3-Position. Pistol shooters are competing in Men's Free Pistol, Men's Rapid Fire Pistol and Women's Sport Pistol. The trials are held at Ft. Benning's International Shooting Complex in Columbus, Ga., May 12-22.

For more complete information see: USA SHOOTING

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Concealed Carry Reciprocity In Congress!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has filed a pro-gun amendment to HR 980, and it> could be voted on as early as tomorrow!> > This amendment would protect the right of citizens to carry concealed> weapons (outside of their home state) in states that allow concealed carry.

Sen. Vitter explains that his amendment does not violate the rights of> states as it 'does NOT establish national standards for concealed > carry, nor> does it provide for a national carry permit.'

In other words, the Vitter amendment specifically says that state laws concerning specific types of locations in which firearms may not be carried shall be followed. 'My amendment will not federalize concealed carry permits but simply requires concealed carry permits to be recognized in other states that allow concealed carry permits,' Vitter said.

This is a real reciprocity provision which grants citizens the 'full faith and credit' protection that is guaranteed in Article IV of the Constitution. Section 1 of this article says: Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records, and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

Vitter says that this constitutional provision authorizes the Congress to pass legislation forcing each state to recognize the 'public Acts' of other states. So if states are not willing to recognize another state's laws, Congress has the authority to pass laws to require recognition of those measures.

It's just like with driver's licenses. If certain states refused to honor the driver's licenses of citizens in other states, Congress could pass legislation (under Article IV) to require every state to honor all licenses.

ACTION: Please urge your Senators to vote for the Vitter amendment to HR 980 to protect the right to carry concealed firearms outside of your home state.

Hunter Education

By Colorado statute, everyone born on or after January 1, 1949 who applies for a Colorado hunting license must have successfully completed an approved hunter education course.
Why? --To make hunting safer.

Colorado hunters experienced an average of nine fatal and 24 non-fatal hunting accidents each year during the 1960s. Noting this, the Colorado legislature took action and passed the hunter education course completion requirement in 1970. The effect? In the 90s, the averages went down to 1.3 fatal and 11 non-fatal hunting accidents. The latest five years, through 2004, averaged 1.6 fatal and 10 non-fatal hunting accidents.
Hunting is safer in Colorado. Since 1970, over 600,000 students have taken and passed Colorado's hunter education course. And hunting is now safer across the United States, too, as all states have hunter education programs similar to Colorado's. (Canada does, also.)

The most basic purpose of a hunter education course is to teach safe, responsible firearm handling in the field, in the vehicle, and in the home after hunting. Through lectures, hands-on activities, and videos, students learn about firearms and ammunition, firearm safety, shooting fundamentals, and firearm and wildlife laws.
While hunter education courses enable safer hunting, they also help hunters be more successful in their hunts—and emphasize ethical hunting behavior. Subjects covered include hunter responsibility, wildlife identification and management, game care, outdoor survival, and more. Students also receive introductions to hunting with bows and black powder firearms.
Hunter education courses are recommended for anyone who spends time in the outdoors, whether or not they intend to hunt. Basic outdoor skills acquired in a hunter education course can be invaluable during any outdoor activities. For example, survival basics can help you prepare for and deal with emergencies. And wildlife management lessons provide insight into how and why wildlife agencies manage the resource, particularly by using hunting as a management tool.

To cover these topics adequately, courses consist of at least ten hours of instruction (as mandated by the law). A Hunter Education Card (or sometimes called a 'certificate') is awarded to students who have attended all classes and who pass the final exam and 'live fire' exercise.

Courses Scheduled for Grand Junction Colorado—For course information use the link on the left side of this page.

255-6100 is a local number for the Division of Wildlife Grand Junction office.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Teuller Drill

How Close is Too Close? How fast can an aggressive person get to you before you can recognize a threat, decide what to do and then do it?

The Teuller Drill is a part of the NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home training course. This training exercise is given for a few reasons. The primary reason that I use this drill (Other than the fact that it is in the required curriculum) is to show how important practice is. Another reason is simply to overwhelm the student with the fact that a criminal intent on doing you harm can cover 21 feet faster than a new shooter (and even most seasoned shooters) can fire two shots at the center of mass. Without going into the mechanics of the drill itself I hope that I can explain what and how the drill works.
One Student is lined up on the firing line with a blank target 21 feet down range. Another person is set to run a distance of 21 feet. Once the Student shooter is alerted that the drill has begun he/she is to move from a ready position and fire two shots at the target. After the shots are fired the instructor points out to the student where the “runner” was when the first shot was fired and where the “runner” was when the second shot was fired. Then a quick look at the target to see where the shots hit (or not) is taken to show the student shooter how well (on not) the drill was accomplished.

I’ve known only one person who was able to draw and fire two shots to center of mass before another person (aggressor) could cover the 21 foot distance separating shooter and aggressor. Note: This person actually started with the firearm in his holster. Our students start with the firearm in a ready-rest position.

Want to try your luck at this drill…. Sign up for one of the NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home courses offered in the Grand Valley. Contact Sharon Armstrong at 464-5177 for information on upcoming classes.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

Happy day!

Did you buy your MOTHER a new gun for today?

Saturday, May 10, 2008

ORCHARD MESA GUN CLUB MAY, 2008 HIGH POWER MATCH

SCORES BY CLASSIFICATION

__MASTER_________________________

Jack Behrman
200 Yard Standing: 89-1
200 Yard Sitting: 98-3
300 Yard Prone: 94-2
600 Yard Prone 186-3
NMC Total: 467-9
%: 93.40%
Note: Match Winner
_______________________

Brian Barber
200 Yard Standing:88-1
200 Yard Sitting: 94-2
300 Yard Prone: 96-1
600 Yard Prone: 187-4
NMC Total: 465-8
%: 93.00%
Note: 1st MA
_______________________

Ethan Dow
200 Yard Standing: 85-0
200 Yard Sittaing: 94-0
300 Yard Prone: 93-0
600 Yard Prone: 187-2
NMC Total: 459-2
% 91.80%
_______________________

__EXPERT_________________________

Sam Fowler
200 Yard Standing: 87-0
200 Yard Sitting: 97-1
300 Yard Prone: 98-0
600 Yard Prone: 172-0
NMC Total: 454-1
%: 90.80%
Note: 1st EX
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Jack Cover
200 Yard Standing: 83-0
200 Yard Sitting: 93-6
300 Yard Prone: 92-1
600 Yard Prone: 168-0
NMC Total: 439-4
%: 87.80%
_______________________

John Bernard
200 Yard Standing: 83-0
200 Yard Sitting: 97-0
300 Yard Prone: 86-0
600 Yard Prone: 172-1
NMC Total: 438-1
%: 87.60%
_____________________

__SHARPSHOOTER___________________

Jerry Bush
200 Yard Standing: 92-1
200 Yard Sitting: 96-1
300 Yard Prone: 89-0
600 Yard Prone: 186-6
NMC Total: 463-8
%: 92.60%
Note: 1st SS
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Isaac Dow
200 Yard Standing: 86-0
200 Yard Sitting: 93-2
300 Yard Prone: 82-0
600 Yard Prone: 185-3
NMC Total: 446-5
%: 89.20%
______________________

Jeff Howard
200 Yard Standing: 80-0
200 Yard Sitting: 81-1
300 Yard Prone: 89-0
600 Yard Prone: 172-6
NMC Total: 422-7
% 84.40%
______________________

Kathy Exline
200 Yard Standing: 85-1
200 Yard Sitting: 87-0
300 Yard Prone: 87-0
600 Yard Prone: 153-1
NMC Total: 412-2
%: 82.40%
______________________

__MARKSMAN_______________________

Wade Pollard
200 Yard Standing: 84-0
200 Yard Sitting: 94-2
300 Yard Prone: 89-0
600 Yard Prone: 185-8
NMC Total: 452-10
% 90.40%
Note: 1st MK
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David Scherman
200 Yard Standing: 88-0
200 Yard Sitting: 89-1
300 Yard Prone: 84-1
600 Yard Prone: 178-3
NMC Total: 439-5
%: 87.80%
____________________

Floyd Suits
200 Yard Standing: 84-1
200 Yard Sitting: 60-0
300 Yard Prone: 54-0
600 Yard Prone: 136-0
NMC Total: 334-0
%: 66.80%
______________________
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C.D. Johnson (MU)
200 Yard Standing: 73-0
200 Yard Sitting: 87-0
300 Yard Prone: 69-1
600 Yard Prone: 179-3
NMC Total: 408-4
%: 81.60%
Note: 1st MU
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Larry Casley (MU)
200 Yard Standing 41-0
200 Yard Sitting: 43-1
300 Yard Prone: 50-1
600 Yard Prone: 124-0
NMC Total: 258-2
%: 51.60%

_____________________

__Classification Percentages____________

HIGH MASTER 97-100%
MASTER 94-96.99%
EXPERT 89-93.99%
SHARPSHOOTER 84-88.99%
MARKSMAN 0-83.99%

Monday, May 5, 2008

Three shooting prairie dogs give churchgoers a scare

One man and two male youths hunting prairie dogs with BB guns in an empty lot near a Grand Junction church tonight gave churchgoers a scare, when they thought the shooters were aiming at them.

Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department pulled their weapons on the three people, all under 20, when they arrived at the River of Life Alliance Church, 701 Road 24 1/2, at about 5:45 p.m.

The three people, who are parishioners, didn’t mean to threaten churchgoers and didn’t know it was illegal

GJ Sentinel article just a click away

I'm fairly sure that a BB gun is not the "weapon of choice" or for than matter "...of consideration" for use in controlling Prairie-Rats. One must consider the source however--one man's Pellet gun might just be a news reporters BB gun

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Virginia Man Killed In Civil War Cannonball Blast

,,,,in February, White's hobby cost him his life: A cannonball he was restoring exploded, killing him in his driveway.

More than 140 years after Lee surrendered to Grant, the cannonball was still powerful enough to send a chunk of shrapnel through the front porch of a house a quarter-mile from White's home in this leafy Richmond suburb.

Full story:

Cannonball

HIGH POWER MATCH AT ORCHARD MESA GUN CLUB TODAY

Match startS at 9:00 AM and shooters are asked to arrive at 0830 to help set up targets. There is a 15 minute practice period before the start of the match. Cost is $10.00 and includes the NRA match fee and OMGC shooters fee. Matches are usually finished by 2:00 PM.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Proposed rule change

Friday, May 02, 2008
The nation’s national parks and national monuments have long been off-limits to loaded firearms, but that could change under a proposed new rule under consideration by the Interior Department.
The department has opened for a 60-day public comment period the proposed rule change that would allow people with concealed-weapons permits to carry them on lands administered by the National Park Service under certain circumstances. They also would have to be eligible to carry concealed weapons on similar lands in the state that is home to the park or monument.
The proposed new rule followsof a letter in which 51 senators, including Wayne Allard, R-Colo., urged Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to update regulations that prohibit carrying firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges.
Supporters of the proposed change said they saw no reason for the ban in the first place.


(Link provided for the complete article)

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