"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

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)