"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

Monday, December 14, 2009


The National Shooting Sports Foundation is raising an alarm about a House bill reauthorizing and updating existing federal rules relating to transportation of hazardous materials. The bill, H.R.4016, has the potential to cause some problems for manufacturers of small arms ammunition. With supply already being outstripped by demand, anything that might cause delays for manufacturers is a serious concern.

Representative Sam Graves (R-MO) has an amendment which addresses the industry's objections, but there is no guarantee that he will be able to attach the amendment. NSSF is asking GunVoters to contact the Chairman of the House Infrastructure and Transportation Committee, Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN) to urge him to work to include the Graves amendment. It would also be helpful to contact your own Rep. And ask that they also support the Graves amendment.

It is expected that there will be more information on this bill and the Graves amendment Monday or Tuesday so check out the Firearms Coalition web page for updates.

Firearms Coalition web page located HERE

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Schuetzen rifles for sale

I have a friend in AZ with 3 Schuetzen rifles for sale, a Martini, a Ruger #3 and a Ballard. If anyone is interested, let me know and I will get he details, caliber, price, etc.

Contact: Pat Weber

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Night Shoot scores RSC - IDPA NIGHT MATCH - November 21, 2009


Scores are listed [HERE] by division and classification, with winners in each class/division highlighted in bold (except for the laser/light assisted division.)

A couple shooters reflect a score of DNF, which means they did not finish, for whatever reason. One shooter has "no score" because one stage had no raw time recorded. Remember: all shooters need to not only sign off for each stage, but be sure your time and all other information is correctly recorded.

Apparently a couple sets of hearing protectors were left behind after the match. See Terry Veldboom to claim yours.

Once again, no one completely made it through the "House of Death" but a few came pretty close. Notably, Dave Hatch (who saw it for the first time...and in the dark, no less) came especially close to making it. Not only that, he won the match with the fastest time, had one of the lowest points down and did it all with no penalties.

One more thing:

RSC's Precision Rifle Division will be hosting a match on Saturday, December 5th. Particulars include:
Sign-ups at 8:30 am; match starts at 9:00 am. Entry fee is $20.00 per shooter.
This will be a "poker" match. Standard poker rules will apply with regular size playing cards and 5x7 cards.
Cards will range from 200 to 500 yards. It will be a team effort with a maximum of 20 shooters. Pre sign-up is a must and we hope to see a full slate of 20 shooters to make the team numbers work out correctly.
As a team effort, the goal is to shoot a winning hand.
The event is open to all calibers. Standard equipment includes at least 60 rounds of ammo, a spotting scope, range finder, shooting mat and (obviously) warm clothes.
Sign up with Shawn Christenson. His email is christenson308@hotmail.com.
Call him at (970) 309-9772.

Best regards...and have a great Thanksgiving.

Ken Andrews

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Annual Night Shoot at Rifle Sportsmen's Club


The Annual Night Shoot at Rifle Sportsmen's Club is scheduled for this Saturday , November 21st.

Here's some vital stuff to know:
There will be three stages plus the infamous "House of Death."
Cost is $20.00.
Sign-ups start at 5:30 pm; match begins at 6:00 pm with a safety meeting.
There will be NO classifier.
Bring a concealment garment and dress appropriately. It will probably be cold!
There will be a special "open" class for those who want to use laser or gun mounted lights. Be advised holstered pistols with lights attached prior to the stage(s) will not be allowed. In other words, you will be required to mount the lights after drawing your weapon. Obviously, special safety considerations will apply and you will be instructed as to procedures at the safety meeting.
And, an important special notice:

Inexperienced and/or non-IDPA shooters are encouraged to NOT attend this shoot! Regular attendees are also encouraged to NOT invite inexperienced or non-IDPA shooter. These will be very challenging stages, and all the more so because they will be shot at night.

If you have any questions about lights, lasers or those who will be allowed to participate in the Night Shoot, please contact Match Director Terry Veldboom immediately. His phone number is (970) 379-0237. You can email Terry at terob3@sopris.net.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Ft. Hood Shooter Shouldn't Have Gotten Gun

The all wise Charlie Schumer tells us again how smart he is. ???

Sen. Charles Schumer says a hole in federal gun laws allowed the man charged with a shooting rampage in Fort Hood, Texas to purchase a gun. Read more

VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: What stops mass murderers? A gun

From Reviewjournal Dot Com

Early in the morning of Dec. 5, 1999, off-duty Las Vegas police officer Dennis Devitte was one of the customers at Mr. D's Sportsbar & Grill, at Rainbow and Oakey boulevards, where he and some pals had gone to hear the band Pigs in a Blanket

A little after 1 a.m., three armed robbers charged through the back door with guns drawn and their faces covered with T-shirts or bandanas. "I'd only been in the bar a short time and was talking to friends," Mr. Devitte later told an interviewer for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. "I saw a ruckus at the end of the bar. ...

Mr. Devitte dug the handgun out of his pocket and approached 19-year-old Emilio Rodriguez, who was firing into the crowd with a .40 caliber pistol. "I went straight at him.....(snip)

On Nov. 6, America found reason to honor another brave civilian police officer, as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. army psychiatrist about to be deployed to Afghanistan, reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar!" and opened fire at a soldier readiness facility in Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13 people and wounding 28.

Police Sgt. Kimberly Munley and Sgt. Mark Todd responded separately within three minutes of the report of gunfire. Sgt. Munley was hit by the mass murderer's rounds in her wrist and both thighs while returning fire, standing her ground. Sgt. Todd then delivered the rounds that ended Hasan's brief career as a jihadist -- providing the current White House doesn't intervene to commute his pending court-martial sentence to singing three rousing choruses of "Kumbaya."

To read the entire article click HERE

Saturday, November 14, 2009

End Clinton-era military base gun ban

From the Washington Times

Time after time, public murder sprees occur in "gun-free zones" - public places where citizens are not legally able to carry guns. The list is long, including massacres at Virginia Tech and Columbine High School along with many less deadly attacks. Last week's slaughter at Fort Hood Army base in Texas was no different - except that one man bears responsibility for the ugly reality that the men and women charged with defending America were deliberately left defenseless when a terrorist opened fire.

Among President Clinton's first acts upon....

Everyone wants to keep people safe - and no one denies Mr. Clinton's good intentions. The problem is that law-abiding good citizens, not criminals, are the ones who obey those laws. Bans end up disarming potential victims and not criminals. Rather than making places safe for victims, we unintentionally make them safe for the criminal - or in this case, the terrorist.

Click here for the full story

Friday, October 30, 2009

Get the Facts About AR-15-style Rifles

Here are the facts:

Click nearly anywhere in the above post to go to Ammo Land dot com

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


It was reported to me that this (what appears to be a gun) is in fact not a gun but a collection of used car parts assembled in such a way as to impersonate a gun. I guess we could call it the CLUNKER GUN

Bumper sticker for the ladies!

Here is a sticker just for Second Amendment lovin' ladies! Fuchsia and purple, this sticker measures 7" x 3".

You can order this sticker for your personal use HERE

Monday, October 5, 2009

So, what's the concealed-weapons law?

Article from GJSentinel.com [CLICK HERE]

A traveling salesman, Jim doesn’t need his concealed weapons permit where he spends most of his life: on the road.

State law prohibits possession of a firearm anytime someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and the weapons can’t be brought onto property at schools, universities or colleges.

Handguns in full view on a hip holster are legal, but not the most sensible option, Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said.

“If you’re really interested in personal protection, you’re not going to draw attention to yourself,” Hilkey said.

Because of confusion about self defense the responsible clubs offering training for a Colorado Concealed Weapons Permit offer as a part of their classes 3-hours of Colorado State Law pertaining to self defense, "make my day" and other issues that pertain.

Friday, September 18, 2009

CULTURE & POLICY (from "The Patriot Post")

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Around the Nation: Guns, Crime and Prison Population
According to new data released by the FBI, violent crime in America continued its downward trend in 2008, proving once again that criminals -- not more guns -- are the problem. While murder, manslaughter and rape have all been on the decline since an all-time high in the early '90s, killings dropped 3.9 percent between 2007 and 2008 alone, even with millions of guns purchased during that time -- especially those scary "assault rifles" that give liberals such heartburn. "These are rates we haven't seen since the 1960's, even though the change from year to year has been rather small," said Alfred Blumstein, a criminal justice professor at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Of course, despite the drop in crime (or the fact that none of these crimes even require a gun), liberals continue to push for stricter gun control laws in the interests of our "safety," and the Leftmedia (expectantly) points out that crime usually rises during recessions and that the bulk of this data was gathered before the height of the economic crisis.

While government is trying to deprive us of our Second Amendment rights, courts are advancing the rights of criminals. When presented with a class-action suit brought by California inmates, a three-judge district court panel found that prison overcrowding is robbing them of their constitutional rights and decided to free 46,000 criminals in order to make incarceration more comfortable. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay on the ruling, arguing that the safety of Californians would be at risk if the prisoners are released, but the Supremes refused.

So, if the Left has its way, we should all turn in our firearms and pray that Big Brother will protect us from the thousands of newly released criminals prowling the streets. Another attempt to pay lip service to the Constitution while trampling it.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Action Pistol IDPA September 12 Results

Results are posted HERE for all to see!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

1,000,000+ Guns Added to American Homes in August

Data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,074,757 checks in August 2009, a 12.3 percent increase from the 956,872 reported in August 2008.

So far that is roughly 9,076,205 guns bought this year! The total is probably more as, NICS background checks may cover the purchase of more than one gun at a time.

Full Article HERE

Thanks Gene

Who Needs a Gun in the Forest?

A confrontation with a bear had a happy ending for a man in Alaska but one with a violent criminal had a tragic ending for two Virginia Tech students.

Greg Brush of Alaska used his .454 Casull to stop an angry 900-pound bear from ripping him to shreds.

Fortunately, Brush put a couple well-placed rounds in the right places to stop the bear from tearing him to pieces.

Guns do in fact save lives. That is why police carry them and why law-abiding Virginians should not be disarmed in criminal safe zones.

Of course, Sarah Brady doesn’t want you to have the ability to protect yourself in the wild. According to her and the rest of the gun control lobby, you surrender your right to life when you enter a National Park or other “gun-free” zones.

She’s probably crying at a memorial service for the bear.


Thanks Gene for the TIP!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The hunt is on for more ammunition U.S. Supply can't keep up with demand, a trend that began after election

From the review journal dot com)

The scarcity of ammunition is part of a trend that began immediately after the presidential election, retailers say.

Gun enthusiasts, concerned with perceptions that Barack Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress would increase gun control measures, began buying firearms and ammunition at an astounding rate.

According to the Department of the Treasury's most recent Firearms and Ammunitions Excise Tax Collection Report, firearm and ammunition manufacturers paid $109.8 million in excise taxes in the first quarter of 2009, up 43 percent from the same quarter in 2008.

All manufacturers are required to pay a 10 or 11 percent excise tax on firearms and ammunition produced, which makes the tax one of the most reliable ways to track firearm and ammunition sales in the United States, Novin said.

A second key indicator is the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS Checks.

In November, NICS checks were up 41.6 percent versus November 2008, and have been up month-to-month since the election, indicating that firearm sales are still booming.

"Those numbers are beyond outrageous when you consider the recession," Novin said.


Although demand is extraordinarily high, and manufacturers are running at full capacity, more plants haven't been opened to supplement the need.

The reason, analysts say, is because manufacturers don't believe the demand is being driven by natural economic need, but something else.

"It's customer paranoia," Rainey said, "in our new president."


Even with a nationwide shortage, retailers and manufacturers say they haven't seen a drastic increase in prices.

Lowrie and Rainey said prices in their stores have remained stable over the past eight or nine months, and Russo said Remington hasn't raised prices.

The only place costs have skyrocketed have been at gun shows, where sellers have jacked up prices to take advantage of the paranoia, said Robert Smith, president of the Nevada State Rifle & Pistol Association

Click in the above excerpts to go the the full article ar the The Review Journal. com

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"We are from the Government . . .
we are here to collect your guns."



SEPTEMBER 12, 2009
Signups start at 8:30 a.m.
On the range by 9:00 a.m.

Bring the Girls out. They need to show us a thing or two and still get the
practice they need to safely and effectively carry their last resort.

The shoot for September will not be on Labor Day Weekend. It will be on the
following weekend,


Another month, another chance to be challenged by some great stages
Saturday, JULY 11th at the Action Pistol Group IDPA Whitewater Range match.
Here we go with the details:
* Four stages with a $20.00 entry fee
* Sign-ups at 8:30 am; match starts at 8:30 am with a brief safety
meeting. (Please come early enough so we get everyone signed up by 9:00 am)
* Bring proof of current IDPA membership. (Does not apply to
first-time shooters.)
* Bring a concealment garment. You will be required to use it.
* It is also expected you will bring gear appropriate for an IDPA
match. Check your rule books. After all, this is an IDPA match!
* Bring insect repellant. The gnats are still a bit "gnasty."
Sunscreen would be a good idea too.
Start your presses! Roll yourself some serious target punchers and clean up
the old magazines and speed loaders. We expect great weather and a super
stage foursome.


September 12, Char Stuart will offer a classification match in the event at
least six people sign up, for those who want or need to shoot it. You are
greatly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity if you are not IDPA
classified, or if you are ready to move up in classification. You must be an
IDPA member to shoot it.

The cost to shoot the classifier is $20.00, and you will not be able to
shoot the regular match if you opt to shoot the classifier. Char is the
"Queen of the Classification Match" and really enjoys helping you through
it. So, if you want to be counted in the classifier Saturday September 12,
email her and let her know you want to shoot it. Her email is
iskater@rof.net. Notifying her now will be a great help in planning! When
she receives your $20.00 payment she will set you up for the classifier.

Keepin' 'em all in the Zero


Joseph W. Olt, Jr., Director
Action Pistol Group IDPA
P.O. Box 1421
Grand Junction CO 81502

(970) 243-1155
(970) 243-1177 FAX

joltlaw@fone.net E-mail

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Alon Stivi’s Night Shooting Course

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 September 13, 2009 in Durango, Colorado. Call Linn Armstrong at (970) 234-0444 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 $350.00. Send check to:

839 Rapid Creek Rd.
Palisade, CO 81526

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

Friday, August 7, 2009

AND this from Mark Udall

Dear M Dean,

Thank you for contacting me regarding my recent vote (vote #237; S.Amdt. 1618 to S.1390) in favor of an amendment concerning concealed firearm permits. I appreciate your taking the time to express your specific views on this important issue.

This vote involved a fundamental Constitutional right, and thereby required carefully balancing states' and individual interests, especially in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent holding that individuals have the right to keep and bear arms under federal law.

During the consideration of this proposal, it was argued that since states have different laws governing concealed firearms, it would have swept away Colorado's concealed firearms law and thereby opened the door to illegal activity and created unsafe conditions for our citizens. These were not trivial concerns, and I considered them carefully.

My final judgment was influenced by our experience in Colorado. Colorado passed a law in 2003 that allows Colorado to recognize out-of-state permits from other states that recognize Colorado's law and only requires permit holders to be at least 21 years old. That's it. There are no additional restrictions. Since this law was passed, Colorado has established reciprocity with 27 states - including some states that have less restrictive guidelines and standards for issuing permits. If there were any data suggesting Colorado's law has resulted in an increase in criminal activity or endangered public safety, I might have been concerned. But there is no such evidence, and, surprisingly, Colorado does not keep data on whether crimes have involved the use of firearms secured with out-of-state concealed-carry permits.

This legislation would not have affected any restrictions related to acquiring a firearm or any other law related to firearms and illegal use. Even if a state has a different concealed-carry law, the amendment would not have blocked any fines or penalties - or enforcement against - anyone who might use their firearm illegally or carelessly. It was further suggested that Colorado should not be required to accept out-state permits by 18-year-olds. But federal law restricts the sale of hand guns to individuals who are at least 21 years of age and also restricts possession in cases of mental instability and a host of other categories. There is an exemption in federal law for 18-year-olds who are on active duty or honorably discharged military personnel or law enforcement officers. States that allow concealed-carry permits for 18-year-olds do so in accordance with this federal exemption.

Balancing all these factors and considering my responsibility to give voice to Colorado's own experience, I voted in favor of this amendment, which failed to gain enough support for final passage, and therefore, was not adopted. Looking forward, I will continue to carefully examine each piece of legislation and ask that you continue to share your thoughts and concerns with me.

I will continue to listen closely to what you and other Coloradans have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing Colorado and the nation. My job is not about merely supporting or opposing legislation; it is also about bridging the divide that has paralyzed our nation's politics. For more information about my positions and to learn how my office can assist you, please visit my website at www.markudall.senate.gov.

Warm Regards,

Mark Udall
United States Senator, Colorado


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

IDPA--Rifle Sportsmans Club August 15th 2009

Here we go again...start planning for another great day on the range at the Rifle Sportsmen's Club, Saturday, August 15th for the monthly IDPA match.
At the risk of redundancy...or repeating over and over again...here's the scoop:
  • Match starts at 10:00 am with a brief safety meeting; sign-ups at 9:30 am. Please be on site and signed up before 10:00 am so we can get underway in a timely manner.
  • Cost is $20.00.
  • Three stages are planned along with another run (or stumbling) through the "House of Death." The twisted scenarios will again see if somebody can actually beat the stage.
  • Bring a concealment garment. You most probably will need it.
  • Bring proof of IDPA membership or proof of application to join. (Does not apply to first-time shooters.)
  • Per the rule instituted last month, new or first-time shooters will be required to shoot the Instructional Classification Match. First-time shooters (or others who desire to shoot the Classifier) should contact Char Stuart by Wednesday, August 12th, to reserve a place on her schedule. You can email her at iskater@rof.net or call her at (970) 384-0417. Please do not call her after 8 pm!
  • If you are planning to bring a first-time shooter to the match, please have them contact Char about the Classifier. It will be a big help to her.
Ken Andrews

More seek concealed weapons permits

Some states and counties report a surge in applications for concealed weapons permits since the November election. All states but Illinois and Wisconsin allow concealed weapons, but requirements differ.

Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, fears that violent confrontations will increase as more people carry concealed guns. "When someone's carrying a gun around and they're not fully trained, oftentimes they'll use it just because it's there," he says. (what does he know?)

Click in the article to read the entire article at USA Today.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

This from Mike Bennet

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Thune-Vitter Amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill. I appreciate hearing from you.

My philosophy on guns is based on my respect for the Second Amendment to our United States Constitution, which ensures the right to keep and bear arms. I also believe that in order to prevent gun-related crime, we need a healthy respect for firearms and vigorous enforcement of our existing federal, state, and local gun laws.

The Thune-Vitter Amendment to the Defense Authorization Fund (S.AMDT.1618 to S.1390) would have allowed citizens who have concealed carry permits from the state in which they reside to carry concealed firearms in another state that grants concealed carry permits, if the individual complies with the laws of the state. While I voted in support of this amendment, S.AMDT.1618 was subjected to a supermajority requirement. It needed 60 votes but it failed 58-39.

My vote in favor of the Thune Amendment was consistent with existing Colorado law. In our state, law-abiding gun owners have the right to apply for and receive a concealed carry permit. Colorado already recognizes the concealed carry permits from a majority of states, and generally grants reciprocity to states that recognize the permits of Colorado gun owners. Any concealed carry permit holder from another state must follow our criminal statutes, and that would have remained the law if the Thune amendment had passed.

I value the input of fellow Coloradans in considering the wide variety of important issues and legislative initiatives that come before the Senate. I hope you will continue to inform me of your thoughts and concerns.

For more information about my priorities as a U.S. Senator, I invite you to visit my website at http://bennet.senate.gov/. Again, thank you for contacting me.


Michael Bennet
United States Senator

Monday, August 3, 2009

Palin gives 'stirring' gun rights speech at NRA dinner, says group

She’s gone Twitter-silent since leaving office last week – but former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has spoken out publicly for the first time since her resignation, according to the nation’s largest gun rights group.

FULL ARTICLE HERE at CNN Political Ticker

Looking forward to seeing a transcript (Hope, hope)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Obama Regulatory Czar's Confirmation Held Up by Hunting Rights Proponent

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's nominee for "regulatory czar" has hit a new snag in his Senate confirmation process -- a "hold" by Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who's says he's not convinced that Harvard professor Cass Sunstein won't push a radical animal rights agenda, including new restrictions on agriculture and even hunting.

"Sen. Cornyn finds numerous aspects of Mr. Sunstein's record troubling, specifically the fact that he wants to establish legal 'rights' for livestock, wildlife and pets, which would enable animals to file lawsuits in American courts," the Republican's spokesman, Kevin McLaughlin, said in a statement to FOXNews.com.

In a 2007 speech at Harvard, Sunstein also advocated restricting animal testing for cosmetics, banning hunting and encouraging the general public to eat less meat.

Martosko said there are plenty of ways to pursue a "stealth campaign" on any one of these fronts -- guns or animal rights -- by putting pressure on the regulatory heads of the different agencies.

"He is the gatekeeper between the president and the secretaries," he said, noting that "as a regulatory czar, he won't be a judge or a legislator, so he cannot make laws. ... What he can do is nudge the departments in the direction of his philosophy," which is very much in line with "hard core animal rights zealots."

Click anywhere in the above post to got to the original article at Fox news.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Basic Firearms Instructor

Monday, July 13, 2009

Grand Valley Training Club will offer instruction for candidates to become certified in the following disciplines.

Instructor Basic Pistol
Instructor Basic Personal Protection in the Home

For information on how to enlist in this class Call Linn Armstrong 464-5177

Class Dates are as follows

July 24, 25, 26

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Colorado Attorney General Signs Amicus Brief Supporting Second Amendment Incorporation

Please Thank Attorney General John Suthers!

Two-thirds of the nation’s attorneys general have filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari in the case of NRA v. Chicago and hold that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This bi-partisan group of 33 attorneys general, along with the Attorney General of California in a separate filing, agrees with the NRA’s position that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental individual right to keep and bear arms, disagreeing with the decision recently issued by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Attorney General Suthers was one of the many who agrees that the Second Amendment is a fundamental individual right and signed the amicus brief. Please call Attorney General Suthers at (303) 866-4500 and thank him for standing up in support of the Second Amendment. You may also e-mail him at attorney.general@state.co.us.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Guns, God, words and crowds

Paul Danish, frequent speaker at the Pro Second Amendment Committee Awards banquet, pens an accurate and insightful essay pointing to the dangers that the American "Bill of Rights" protect for its citizens.

Guns are dangerous things. But the qualities that make guns dangerous are the same ones that empower people and make them free...

The kindergarten assertion that “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me” is demonstrable rubbish...

LINK to the article published by the Boulder Weekly.

Also at the link below is an article by Pamela White. This is a follow up article to "Pamela White Takes the Gun Challenge" and "Uncensored--Lock and Load".

The break-in
A personal evolution of opinion on gun-ownership rights.

...there’s my obligation as a mother and a neighbor, not to mention my obligation to myself. Suffering martyrdom for a noble cause is one thing; allowing myself to be raped and killed in order to show compassion to violent criminals is another.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Quote from John Adams

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

-John Adams

Sunday, June 28, 2009

A New Sheriff in the County ?


Be sure to scroll down and catch the vid.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Whoever said "Next they will come for our knives" was / is right!

Switchblade law opponents cut in Hill fight

This article from the WASHINGTON TIMES

Full article HERE

"Everyone from our first responders, law enforcement officials, Boy Scouts and hunters will be affected by this regulation," said Rep. Bob Latta, Ohio Republican, after the House Rules Committee rejected his bill to block the change. "It is unacceptable to think that we as citizens cannot carry a pocketknife for work or recreation purposes."

Critics of the regulation - including U.S. knife manufacturers and collectors, the National Rifle Association, sportsmen's groups and a bipartisan group of at least 79 House members - say it would rewrite U.S. law defining what constitutes a switchblade and potentially make de facto criminals of the estimated 35 million Americans who use folding knives.

The new knife rules proposed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would affect the interpretation of the Switchblade Knife Act of 1958 to include any spring-assisted or one-handed-opening knife.

The law defines a "switchblade" as any knife having a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button or other device in the handle, or by operation of inertia or gravity.

Customs officials dismiss fears that the new language will outlaw ordinary pocketknives, saying the change was issued to clear up conflicting guidelines for border agents about what constitutes an illegal switchblade that cannot be imported into the United States. The rule could be imposed within 30 days if not blocked.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

NRA Members Must Oppose Sotomayor

by Sandy Froman

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama’s first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, has a narrow view of the Second Amendment that contradicts the Court’s landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.


[T]he Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pointed out that although her record on the issue is “fairly scant,” she has twice stated that the Second Amendment is not a fundamental right.


The next question the Supreme Court will decide is whether the Second Amendment is a “fundamental right” that applies to cities and states, thus preventing them from restricting gun rights. Even the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held earlier this year in Nordyke v. King that the Second Amendment is a fundamental right, yet Judge Sotomayor disagrees.

When Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, it belied his flowery rhetoric about respecting our constitutional gun rights. Out of almost 200 federal appeals judges in this country, Judge Sotomayor is one of only six to weigh in (after the Heller case) to hold that the Second Amendment only limits federal actions. If your state or city chooses to ban all guns or take away the ones that you already have in your home for hunting and self-defense, Sonia Sotomayor says the Constitution can’t help you.

There is a great deal more of this article by Sandy Froman published by Townhall.com.

Click here for the complete article.

U.S. Rep. Salazar's email contact page is HERE

Email Senator ME Bennet's email contact page is HERE

Mark Udall's Email page is HERE

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Instinctive Shooting Course and Night Shooting Course


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 August 2, 2009. 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 $350.00. Check must be received by
July 8, 2009. Send check to:
839 Rapid Creek Rd.
Palisade, CO 81526
For more information about Alon Stivi and his courses, visit
www.directmeasures.com on the Internet.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Gun Rights Groups Plan State-By-State Revolt

Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, is one of the leaders of a new grassroots movement that's seeking to invoke the principle of states' rights -- including states' own authority to regulate firearms -- to thwart what he and his allies view as an increasingly overreaching federal government.


This modern-day federalist revolt began with a Montana state law recently signed by Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer. It says that firearms, ammunition, and accessories manufactured entirely inside Montana are not subject to federal regulation, including background checks for buyers and record-keeping requirements for sellers. They would remain subject to state regulation.


But a series of subsequent court cases have, in the eyes of the federal judiciary, narrowed the Tenth Amendment so it now has little legal force.


The states "never gave the federal judiciary permission to erase the Tenth Amendment from the Constitution," Marbut said. "We need to reacquaint them with the Tenth Amendment."


I have posted the entire 2-1/2 page article on Scribd and can be located


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pastor Organizes Gun Celebration at Church (Thanks Gene)

Gun Control Advocates Oppose Pastor Ken Pagano's 'Open Carry Celebration'

June 5, 2009

Source of article HERE

A pastor in Kentucky is redefining the tradition of wearing your Sunday best to services by encouraging his congregation to strap on holsters and bring their weapons to church.

Pastor Ken Pagano has organized an "Open Carry Celebration" in late June where he encourages members of his Christian church to bring their handguns to services.

More PhotosPastor Ken Pagano of New Bethel Church in Louisville, Ky., says that he organized an "Open Carry Celebration" to promote responsible gun ownership.

"As a Christian pastor I believe that without a deep-seeded belief in God and firearms that this country would not be here," Pagano told ABCNews.com. "I'm not ashamed of that fact. I'm proud of it."

The celebration scheduled for Sunday, June 27, will feature YouTube videos promoting gun safety and will ask congregants to join in singing patriotic songs, according to Pagano.

A $1 raffle to win a free handgun will also be part of the festivities.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Lowering Hunting Age to 10 (Thanks Jennifer)

In an effort to keep hunting alive in Wisconsin, state senators were scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill that would allow children as young as 10 to hunt with a rifle.


In Wisconsin, hunting is a $1.4 billion annual industry, with at least 600,000 deer hunting licenses sold each year, Holperin said.

"Hunting is a big deal in Wisconsin," he said. "A third of the state is forest land and the other two thirds are rural areas. The entire state is just good wildlife habitat — hunting is part of our culture in Wisconsin. I'm pretty confident [the bill] will pass."

If the state Senate passes the bill, it would then require approval from the Assembly and Gov. Jim Doyle.

To Read the entire article at Fox News click HERE

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Liberals ask how they lost gun, Guantanamo votes

Also Wednesday, the House voted overwhelmingly to join the Senate in letting people carry loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges. More than 100 House Democrats and 174 Republicans voted for the gun measure, which was attached to an Obama-backed bill imposing new restrictions on credit card companies.
Earlier this year, gun-rights supporters derailed a bill to give the District of Columbia voting rights in Congress by adding a provision that would repeal the city's strict gun regulations.
The gun votes were less surprising to many Democrats than were the Guantanamo developments. The NRA remains among the most powerful lobbies, and many lawmakers take care to stay off its political enemies list.
"People do not want to be on the wrong side of this particular cultural divide," said Rep. David Price, D-N.C., who supports tougher gun controls. "It's too bad there's not a more responsible national organization" to counteract the NRA, he said.
In some ways, the gun-control lobby is choking on Democratic success in congressional races. "The seats we're picking up come disproportionately from those more conservative areas," Price said, where linking the Democratic Party to gun control can be dangerous at re-election time.
Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California is another Democrat frustrated by the gun debate. When she asks colleagues why they don't support tougher restrictions, she said, they reply, "You just don't get it, Woolsey. You don't have our districts."
"It has to do with being afraid they'll lose their election if they stand up against guns," she said

Click anywhere in the article to see the entire article

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ritter shows True Color

Colorado: Governor Vetoes Pro-Gun Reform
Please Contact Governor Ritter!

On Friday, May 15, Governor Bill Ritter (D) vetoed House Bill 1180

Sponsored by State Representative Steve King (R-54), HB1180 would have exempted Colorado concealed handgun permit holders from the background check requirement for the transfer of a firearm.

Please contact Governor Ritter at (303) 866-2471 and express your disappointment in his veto of House Bill 1180. Thank you to all those who contacted their legislators during this process.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Rifle Sportsmans Club IDPA Match May 16, 2009

May 16 Match results Here
Time to gather up your gear and join us for another IDPA match at the Rifle Sportsmen's Club this Saturday, May 16th.
Things you should know:
  • Four stages with a $20.00 entry fee.
  • Sign-ups at 9:30 am; Match starts at 10:00 am with a brief safety meeting.
  • Bring a concealment garment.
  • Bring your IDPA membership cards. Please have them in hand and be prepared to show them at the sign-up table. (Does not apply to first-time shooters.)
  • New shooters will be given a special safety meeting prior to the start of the match.
A chance to shoot the classifier will again be offered this month. You must be an IDPA member to shoot the classifier. Up to six (6) shooters will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Fee will be $20.00 and those who shoot the classifier will not be able to shoot the match. And, conversely, those who shoot the match will not be able to shoot the classifier.
Char Stuart will again conduct said classifier. At least 90 rounds are required for the classifier...more is a good idea to have on hand. If you are shooting the classifier, please tell us at sign-up so we know who goes which direction.
Any questions can be directed to Terry Veldboom at (970) 379-0237 or email terob3@sopris.net.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Colorado House Bill 1180

On Monday, May 4, the Colorado State House concurred with the Senate version of House Bill 1180. HB1180 will now head to the desk of the Governor Bill Ritter (D) for his consideration.

Sponsored by State Representative Steve King (R-54), HB1180 will exempt Colorado concealed handgun permit holders from the background check requirement for the transfer of a firearm.

Please contact the Governor at (303) 866-2471 and urge him to sign House Bill 1180.

Interesting New Law in Montana


HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Gov. Brian Schweitzer has signed into law a bill that aims to exempt Montana-made guns from federal regulation.

House Bill 246 was sponsored by Republican Rep. Joel Boniek of Livingston. It applies only to guns made and kept in Montana.

Text of the New Law Here!

Thanks Bill for the heads up!!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Is this real?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Proposals on gun restrictions rev up rumor mill

So How much do you trust the Main Stream Media of which I am sure the Idaho Statesman is in league.

Fears that Obama wants new restrictions spark a run on firearms and ammo in the Valley.

Two months ago, an Illinois Democrat introduced a bill to prohibit gun ownership without a license nationwide. But experts -- and Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick -- say House Resolution 45 (the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act) is a political statement, not a serious initiative that has any chance of passing.

Minnick, a conservative freshman Democrat, has broken with the Obama administration on budget and stimulus bills in his first two months in Congress. He said Obama will rein in Holder and other Cabinet members who have advocated stricter gun controls and the administration will soon deliver a more consistent message.

Full Article HERE

Link to a list of additional articles HERE !!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Western Colorado Pro Second Amendment Committee

The Grand Junction Pro Second Amendment Committee unveiled its "New and Improved" web page this week. With a new look and new easier to find information this makes this new web page a valuable asset to all persons interested in the preservation of the Second Amendment to our United States Constitution.

Check it out at www.prosecond.org

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Ann Coulter his another one (way) out of the park.

Here are two paragraphs from the commentary!

To read the whole article (please do) Click on underlined text.

Liberals tolerate rallies on behalf of cop-killers, but they prohibit law-abiding citizens working at community centers in Binghamton, N.Y., from being armed to defend themselves from disturbed, crack-addicted America-haters like Jiverly Wong.

The demand for more gun control in response to any crime involving a gun is exactly like Obama's response to North Korea's openly belligerent act of launching a long-range missile this week: Obama leapt to action by calling for worldwide nuclear disarmament.

WOOPS I have to include this gem as well.

Fortunately, our sailors didn't wait around for Obama to save them when Somali pirates boarded their ship this week. Stop right now or I'll ask the U.N. to remind the "international community" that "the U.S. is not at war with Somali pirates."

Friday, April 3, 2009

IDPA April Match @ Whitewater


It appears we will not be shooting tomorrow April 4, 2009. The rain has come to haunt the safety conscious.
It would, in the opinion of many, be unsafe to slog around in the clayey mud that builds up on your shoes and other gear, so I am calling the game off.
In the event something changes by this evening, I will get back to you for an improbable re-start.
Sorry. Perhaps more of us could redouble our efforts in requesting the Man upstairs give us a decent day to shoot next month May 2, 2009.
Onc again, I would like all to start signing up no later than 8:30 so we can get in to the shooting. I expect we will have quite a few new shooters and the safety meeting may be a bit longer as this will be the first shoot of the year for APG IDPA Whitewater.
I just re-checked and there is a 60% chance of rain tomorrow - unfortunately, as we have many coming from the East, we have to call the game off.
I'll recontact you soon.

Keep paracticing, we have a great match planned.
Keep 'em down range

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Gun owners can get a "Win" in the Colorado Legislature... if you act NOW!

This Friday the Colorado State Senate may hear House Bill 1180, which is the Brady Bypass bill.

This legislation would allow a concealed handgun permit holder to show an FFL (a gun dealer) -- or private seller at a gun show -- his or her permit and could then SKIP the Brady Registration check (sales through a dealer would still require the BATFE's 4473 form).

Yesterday on KCOL radio, sponsor Senator Greg Brophy (Rep. Steve King is the House sponsor) called this bill a simple "pre-approval" measure to buy a gun.

Though this bill was gutted in the House Judiciary weeks ago, Brophy managed to have the bill reinstated to it's original form, and the bill could pass the State Senate... but only if you act ASAP!

There is one danger: some law enforcement are claiming they need a statewide database of permit holders to administer this and to be able to verify that permits are real (that's ludicrous, since no one can even produce a case of a fake permit in Colorado).

It's vital we keep any amendments off of this bill.

We need a handful of Democrats to support this pro-gun legislation, so they need to hear from you.

Call these Senators and courteously ask them to support this common-sense legislation, House Bill 1180, without amendments:

Senator Morgan Carroll - 303-866-4879
Senator John Morse - 303-866-6364
Senator Chris Romer - 303-866-4852
Senator Gail Schwartz - 303-866-4871

Of course, it's worth your time to call your own State Senator, regardless of party, to urge his/her favorable vote.

You must act as soon as possible, though. Leaving a message with their office is fine, but make that call today!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

SAF Sues Eric Holder over Gun Rights of Non-Resident American Citizens

Business Wire 2009
2009-03-30 23:11:03

The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Attorney General Eric Holder, seeking an injunction against enforcement of a federal law that makes it impossible for American citizens who reside outside the United States to purchase firearms while they are in this country.

SAF is joined by two natural-born citizens, Maxwell
Hodgkins and Stephen Dearth, who have been denied the opportunity to buy firearms because they do not currently reside in the United States

Click in the article to go to PR inside.com

Gun and ammunition sales way up in Southern Colorado

Story By: Bill Folsom
Source: KOAA

A lot of the discussion is based on the president's involvement in stricter gun legislation in his home state of Illinois. Gun dealers think if an official plan from Washington surfaces there will be even more of a run and even higher prices.

Click in the article to go KOAA-dot-com for the full article.

A Gun Ban Gets Shot Down

Michael Isikoff
From the magazine issue dated Apr 6, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the second member of President Obama's cabinet to get shot down by the White House over the politically sensitive issue of assault weapons. After meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderón, Clinton said that reinstating the U.S. ban on assault weapons—which was passed in 1994 and expired in 2004—is one step this country could take to curb the flow of guns to Mexico's drug cartels.

Click anywhere in the article above to be transported to the complete article at Newsweek online.

A different article about HC and her gun banning bent.

Are You Hoarding Ammo?

by: Ross Kaminsky 03/31/2009

It’s not just a couple of stores seeing a run on guns and even more so on ammunition. From local gun shops to WalMart to sporting goods stores, the story is the same: When the store gets a shipment of ammo, particularly .45, 9mm, and .38 handgun ammunition, “people come in and they buy it all.”

Colorado is several months behind in processing concealed carry permits because of demand. Last month, it was reported that Florida “is buried under a backlog of 95,000 applications for concealed-weapons permits and it needs to hire a lot more people to handle the paperwork.” In Georgia, firearm permits were up 79% in 2008 over 2007. In Oklahoma, the number is around 90%. In Ohio, the number of concealed carry licenses issued in the 4th quarter of 2008 was 111% higher than the 4th quarter of 2007.

In his 2004 Senate campaign, Barack Obama said he would like to ban concealed carry permits. Now that Obama is President…“People are petrified…afraid for their rights that Obama is going to attack. And while Obama says he doesn’t support banning guns, a 500% tax would effectively be a financial ban on both guns and ammunition.

“Barack Obama is right about one thing. We are clinging to God and our guns, and I defy him to try to take either one from us.”

Read the full article Here: CLICK

Monday, March 30, 2009

Colorado Weapons Permits Issued by County Sheriffs

In 2004 Colorado enacted Senate Bill 04-24, a law which established clear guidelines for the issuance of concealed weapon permits by sheriffs. One of the requirements of the law is that each sheriff submit an annual report to the legislature listing the number of permit application received, the number of permits issued, the number denied and the number revoked.

This is that report compiled by County Sheriffs of Colorado.

Link to this years report (2008)

Link to last years report (2007)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Results from the Saturday, March 21st IDPA match

Thanks Ken for getting these to me. Find them posted at


As usual, results are posted first by division and then by classification. Top shooters in each division/classification are highlighted in bold.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Justice Dept. Defends Bush Rule on Guns

But Interior Is Reviewing Measure, Which Allows Concealed Firearms in Parks

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 17, 2009; Page A03

It is our old Buddy Ken that is obstructing freedom in our country.

In its reply, the Justice Department wrote that the new rule "does not alter the environmental status quo, and will not have any significant impacts on public health and safety."

But Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has asked for an internal assessment of whether the measure has any environmental impacts the government needs to take into account, Interior spokesman Matt Lee-Ashley said yesterday.

Click in the above paragraph to be transported to the full article in the Washington Post.

Judge Blocks Rule Permitting Concealed Guns In U.S. Parks

Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, March 20, 2009; Page A09

A federal judge yesterday blocked a last-minute rule enacted by President George W. Bush allowing visitors to national parks to carry concealed weapons.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by gun-control advocates and environmental groups. The Justice Department had sought to block the injunction against the controversial rule.

The three groups that brought the suit -- the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the National Parks Conservation Association and the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees ...,

So much for freedom in these United States...Click anywhere in the article to go to the full article in the Washington Post.

Environmental Impact??? Someone has got to be kidding...But the Judge says:

She noted that the government justified its decision to forgo an environmental analysis on the grounds that the rule does not "authorize" environmental impacts. Calling this a "tautology," she wrote that officials "abdicated their Congressionally-mandated obligation" to evaluate environmental impacts and "ignored (without sufficient explanation) substantial information in the administrative record concerning environmental impacts" of the rule.

It won't be long until the anti-rights groups rule this land.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Rifle Colorado IDPA Match March 21-09


Spring is almost here - and will be by the time the March 21st IDPA Match gets underway this Saturday at the Rifle Sportsman's Club.
Some important particulars:
  • Sign-ups at 9:30 am; match starts at 10:00 am with a brief safety meeting.
  • Bring a concealment garment.
  • Four stages are planned with a $20.00 entry fee.
  • Be prepared to show proof of IDPA membership. (Does not apply to first-time shooters.)
But wait, there's more!
Per Match Director Terry Veldboom, an extra bay will be set up for the Classifier, and up to six shooters will be allowed to shoot for classification. Those shooting the Classifier will not be able to shoot the regular match, and will also pay the $20.00 fee. Terry will choose shooters "eligible" to shoot the Classifier based on either your likely ability to shoot at least a Marksman classification or likely ability to move up in your classification. (If you are not able to reasonably demonstrate a Marksman's level of proficiency, there is no reason to shoot the Classifier. You are essentially a Novice level shooter.)
By the way, you must be an IDPA member to shooter the Classifier!
If you would like to shoot the Classifier and need more information, feel free to call Terry at (970) 379-0237 or email him at terob3@sopris.net.
Best regards,
Ken Andrews

Monday, March 9, 2009

Gun Makers and Retailers Post Strong Sales Increases

Despite the weakest holiday season on record, outdoor-products retailer Cabela's turned in strong fourth-quarter sales, largely as a result of an increase in firearm and ammunition sales.

On the manufacturing side, publicly traded firearm manufacturers, such as Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. are enjoying strong sales and relatively steadier stock prices. Smith & Wesson said aside from the 40% growth in pistol sales in its most recent quarter, tactical rifle sales soared 308%. Sturm, Ruger & Co. reported an 81% increase in firearms revenue. In a message on its website, Rock River Arms, which specializes in custom rifles and pistols, cites an "overwhelming increase in orders" in explaining why it can no longer provide estimated delivery dates, and notes that it is increasing production.

Link to the complete article by clicking on this sentence.