Friday, November 6, 2009
“If you always caught fish then they would call it catching.” Very true Lindsey, very true. In the spirit of calling a spade a spade then salon fishing should be called “Remote hypothermic wading for a chance at a snagging a fish.” It’s not even fishing. There is no skill, no technique. It is so highly regulated that your only choices that matter are other rod, reel and line.
Moving forward, I had a great find the other day, Winchester 22 Long Rifle Dynapoint ammo. This ammo I have been looking for since before I owned my gun. At fifty yards they shoot twice as accurate as most ammo and they are renowned as having the least amount of jams. And I found them at K-mart. K-mart is known for many things, gun ammo is not one of them.
Hope was dead and now it is reborn. Last week I had given up on ever finding a target competition and had thrown in the towel at trying to find one. I had exhausted all of my efforts from fellow members at the Gun Club to the NRA website. I had even stopped shooting. But, while reading my NRA magazine I stumbled across the back section that announced local shoots. This led me to include that the NRA website doesn’t have an adequate search engine or list them on its website. It is awesome that I finally found a source for competitions. The next competition is Nov. 6… in NJ. It is quite unfortunate that the competition is in NJ as NJ legislators have outlawed my style of gun.
Gun insight: Gun Law
The right to bear arms. Federally granted right restricted on the state level. Before you get a gun or think about getting one must learn about the laws of your state and those around it. Gun owners, gun enthusiasts, constitutional enthusiast and even some people that become aware of the laws in effect are frustrated by state gun laws. To illustrate this point the laws that keep my gun out of NJ will be used. N J state legislation has a gun law that makes it unlawful for individuals within the state of New Jersey to have possession of a gun, as a firearm that does not have a butt stock, which is magazine fed by a magazine that loads outside of the pistol grip. So one is not forced to continually reread the entire phrasing used to address the law which keeps me as a Competitor Restricted Against Participation it will now be referred to as crap law. Understand that the magazine, also known as a clip, is the item that holds the extra rounds, also known as bullets, which feed into the gun as it fires. As for clarity, guns that crap law allows are what is most commonly thought of as hand guns, such as the Smith & Wesson 5946 of the NYPD, pictured in the top image above. Guns that crap law effect include, but are not limited to, both Olympic style hand guns and my Ruger Charger, as pictured in the bottom image above. Now one may ask what is the difference? and/or what does it really matter? The answer to both those questions is little.
The best way to examine the little difference crap law makes as well as how little it matters is through the justification that supporters of crap law and laws like it use. The main justification is that guns restricted by crap law have a higher potential for collateral damage that could occur if such a gun was used in a shooting incident. This supposed higher potential is thought to come from that these guns have larger high capacity magazines, a shorter change time for the magazine and larger caliper round. Magazine capacity is how many rounds, also thought of as bullets, a magazine can carry. But this justification doesn’t hold up as NJ law prohibits large capacity magazines under N.J. Rev. Stat § 2C:399h. A faster reload time is a reasonably sounding argument for justification, but non-crap law gun can be loaded in a heart beat as illustrated in this video. So being able to reload in half a heart beat would add a little more potential to a shooting spree. The last argument is that crap law guns could have a larger caliber then non-crap law guns. But there is no restriction to the size of the pistol grip on a magazine feed handgun in NJ so you could make a pistol grip large enough to any size round. So ultimately crap law does not effectively restrict the size of hand gun ammunition. So crap law is crap. It is an unjustified law. It shouldn’t be there. Hence the frustration gun owners, gun enthusiasts, constitutional enthusiast and even some people that become aware of the laws in effect experience.