Guns and Kids

Pretty good report on the subject from the local CBS station






Our gun club also helps out with several area school clubs; I think we are up to 3 – maybe 4 clubs using our fields for practice. So it is good to see a positive report on the subject.

One of the things not mentioned in the report is how much family involvement goes on behind the scenes. Just like band or other school activities, it takes a considerable number of parents to make it work. We see a large number of parents helping out, working with the kids and learning about the sport.

And joining the club   :)

Wish I Could Take A Day Off…

…just to recover from the weekend. Its been a while since I’ve had a weekend this good. Tiring but good.

Saturday was another wedding; this time my” niece” Samantha and her new hubby Jason. Great ceremony and good times but made for another long day.

Then up on Sunday for church and –prepare yourselves — a few hours of actual shooting goodness !

Yes, your humble scribe remembered that he can actually use the range for target practice. My buddy Cliff was in town for Sam’s wedding and we spent about 3 hours running a pistols and our .22 rifles through their paces. Good news is both of us can still shoot even though some rust shows on the skills.

I would have taken pictures, prepared reviews (shot his Ruger 10/22 for example) but was having too much fun just shooting. Maybe next time.

In the mean times, here is a pic of the bride and groom.


Hope your weekend was as fun as mine.

Main Stream Media Catching On


If you’re a woman, and you’re licensed to shoot, then your skills are in hot demand.

The market for female gun instructors is booming as more women want to learn to shoot — both for self defense and for sport, said Tina Wilson-Cohen, who owns She Can Shoot, an all-women firearm and self-defense training business in Fairfax, Va.

The National Rifle Association, noting the burgeoning market opportunity, is trying to boost its ranks of 8,000 NRA-certified female instructors, said spokesman Andrew Arulanandam.

In 2009, the NRA organized 280 “Women On Target” training clinics nationwide, and 8,000 women signed up. In 2013, the group held 450 clinics for 12,000 women


Yep, CNN’s financial pages posting about the demand for firearm instruction and instructors…..just a few years after everyone in the gun blog community discussed it.


Hidden deep in the article is a really salient point:

Now, Babes with Bullets conducts 24 camps a year (a mix of three-day intensives and one-day sessions), and has over 4,000 alumni ranging from 24 to 74 years old. “80% of them have never touched a gun,” said Ferns. “They’re professional women, real estate agents, nurses and young divorcees.”


Just one data point but probably very reflective of the overall trend; new people learning to shoot in large numbers. Kinda lets the air out of the antis claims support and popularity of firearms is declining, eh.

What Would the Antis Suggest?



Okay…middle of the day; no apparent attempt to determine if the house was empty; dude just breaks a window and starts climbing in.

The home owner protecting at least his property; if not his life investigates the noise and sees the criminal breaking in. Shoots and kills the criminal breaking into his home. That is how it went down.

What will continue to go down is the police will finish their investigation, the District Attorney will present the case to a grand jury, and they’ll decide to bring charges or not. Still a costly process but one I don’t expect to end with charges brought. Especially not with the mom saying “yeah, this sounds like something he would do”.

But let’s turn the clock back and ask the antis what would they rather have the home owner do?

A.) Call the police and wait?
B.) Run out his house, leaving possessions – including a firearm behind for a criminal to steal and use for illegal drugs?C.) Fight him hand to hand after the criminal has gotten inside the house?
D.) Meekly stand there and let an unknown person with unknown intentions do what ever he wants to him?

3of those possibilities would have increased, not decreased, crime. One would still be violence but puts the home owner at a disadvantage. Either not used to physical violence, due to age, etc.

In contrast, the home owner’s actions not only stopped this crime but put an end to a long (some said 18 page rap sheet) career of crime.  Based on the recommendations of the anti-rights cultists; it is almost as if they want MORE crime to occur not less.

Please join the discussion.


Tales From The Great Ammo Shortage of ’13

Academy Sports Stores have an unwritten and unannounced exception to their “2 Boxes or 1 bulk pack per caliber” policy.

If you purchase a firearm, you can buy 3 boxes in the appropriate caliber.

Details on how I know this to follow.

Imagination Not Needed

One of the anti-rights cultists often used canard is “Our Founding Fathers couldn’t imagine the semi-automatic or automatic weapons we have today”.

Well, as usual, the antis are wrong but more importantly the Founding Fathers didn’t need to imagine; they just had to extrapolate from what was already invented. Repeating firearms have were attempted at every age and major advancement through out history. I came across these two firearms reading “The History of Military Small Arms” on my Kindle.

One of the earliest models of repeating firearms was the Ribauldequin:

A Ribauldequin, also known as a rabauld, ribault, ribaudkin, infernal machine or organ gun, was a late medieval volley gun with many small-caliber iron barrels set up parallel on a platform, in use during the 14th and 15th centuries. When the gun was fired in a volley, it created a shower of iron shot. They were employed, specifically, during the early fifteenth century, and continued serving, mostly, as an anti-personnel gun. The name organ gun comes from the multiple barrels with the likeness of pipe organ.

As an early type of multiple barrel firearm, the ribauldequin is sometimes considered the predecessor of the 19th century mitrailleuse.[1]

The first known ribauldequin was used by the army of Edward III of England in 1339 in France during the Hundred Years’ War



A firearm that the Founding Fathers were probably aware of — the Cookson Repeating FLINTLOCK — a 12 shot repeating rifle

The Cookson flintlock rifle, a lever-action breech-loading repeater, is one of many similar designs to make an appearance on the world stage beginning in the 17th century. The revolutionary mechanism at the heart of the Cookson repeater dates from 1680 and was originally known in Europe as the Lorenzoni System, named for Italian gunsmith Michele Lorenzoni of Florence. Long arms utilizing this system were produced in other European nations and in the United States until about 1849. The Cookson rifle dates from 1750 and features a two-chamber horizontally-mounted rotating drum.




Isn’t a little bit of hubris to assume the people who experience changes in technology, who studied knew the march of technological progress through history would not be able to imagine further changes?

Isn’t also absolutely besides the point? They didn’t enshrine the right to a printing press like the one Ben Franklin used; they protected the right to free speech and a free press. They didn’t enshrine the right to own muskets, flintlocks or even Kentucky Rifles; they wisely protected the right to keep and bear arms.
They could have limited the rights to particular items or technology; they had a blank slate to work with after all but they didn’t.

I type this on a system of technological advances the Founding Fathers would marvel at but be able to comprehend fairly easily. More importantly, they could grasp the direct connection to the rights they fought so hard to preserve and protect.
So Mr./M(r)s. Anti-Rights Cultist; we have enough that we can legitimately debate but saying the founding fathers couldn’t imagine changes in technology isn’t one of them. It is very hard to have an open debate if you continually shade the truth about such basic truths.


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D.A.B. III Longer Recap

Sorry for the brief posts but I have simply been wiped out this weekend.

I wish I would have taken pictures but when I’m behind a camera I feel too much of an observer and I definitely wanted to be a participant in the activities. So, I’m stealing some and will ask others to send me the ones they took. KX59 has some up at his blog along with his recap.

So the day before the blog shoot I loaded up the ammo, some targets and other items. Bright and early (way too early) I got up and finished loading the car with the firearms. Between the ammo and the firearm cases; the back of the Jimmy was full. I got out to the range at 8:00 and soon after that Nick the Blogless showed up. Followed soon afterwards by others.

Shamelessly stealing this pic from KX59; I think only one of those isn’t mine.

I want to thank some folks who made this day possible. First and foremost my lovely bride, She Who Lets Me Make Her Coffee Every Morning. Not only did she cover all the action in the pavilion, she didn’t complain when I spent money on ammo and way too many hamburgers. She actually had the idea of throwing me a bash like this before she found out I was already making plans. After that she actively supported the idea and helped make the day a great success.
I also need to thank the rest of my family who showed up and helped out, came out to shoot or brought food. Too many to name without leaving someone out so I’ll thank everyone for all you did.
And the club had several people who came out to help; Bill (a long time friend), Paul (blog reader, friend and club member), Byron (talk about crazy, the man is Club President this year), Gary (couldn’t shoot much since he messed up and scheduled himself as Range Officer), Matt, and especially Frank. Frank was there bright and early so he could set up the rim-fire steel targets that got a lot of use ! Thanks folks for everything.

People kept coming to the shoot all through the day; that was one of the better things about the shoot and one of the biggest problems. The late arrivals didn’t get to shoot long enough and it kept me hopping to greet everyone. The good thing was people showed up even if they couldn’t be there the whole day.
Would like to know what every one thought of the ‘come and go’ style of D.A.B. III.

I was having a blast and even shooting a little bit in between talking to folks and helping new shooters. The two young ladies in the picture below took their first shots ever at the Blog Shoot. Another young lady also shot for the first time using the Browning Buckmark; you know who you are and I want a picture of your target to post here. You did great !

The young gentleman was kind enough to share his Cricket rifle with many others that day. Thanks Little Man!

We had several ranges to spread out and everyone took advantage of that; we had people shooting on the 100 yard range*, the 50 yard range, the 25 yard rimfire only range, the 25 yard cowboy action (where the steel plates were) and the 25 yard range.

We had a large family turn out; John and his son, KX59 and his 2 kids and many others. That was one of the aspects I really wanted to see succeed. So do you think the family/age aspect overcame the limitations of the range rules?

We also had a terrific lunch with an absolute incredible amount of food. I was worried we wouldn’t have enough but it turns out between everyone’s generosity and people not being able to make it; we had too much. Thanks Cormac for helping get everything to the house!
I thought the idea of a late lunch would work out like it did; lots of people shot for several hours, enjoy a brief respite of sitting down eating and then would either shot more or head out.

There was more than enough food for everyone to graze through out the day. I haven’t heard a single report of anyone going away hungry. Thirsty, tired, sore (some people need to learn to love recoil, right KX?) and sunburnt but not hungry**.

About 3 o’clock everyone seemed to run out of steam or had to head back home. Some folks had a ways to drive or get back to sick folks. We missed quite a few people due to illness this weekend. Please know your absence was felt; several of the original crew couldn’t make it. We tried to carry on the tradition though.

I finally drove though the gate on the way out about 5 p.m. or so. Made it home and had help unloading; many hands made it quicker then loading. Didn’t really want the day to end so a couple of us sat around talking and arguing philosophy until 2 in the morning.

What an incredible way to celebrate my 50th Birthday and to keep the tradition of friendship and fellowship alive. I don’t know about you but I think Dallas Area Blogshoot III was a success.

Please join the discussion.


*  — The 50 yard range will be closed for 2 to 3 weeks for the demolish and reconstruction of the new 100 yard range. Construction starts today; the board was kind enough to keep it open through the weekend for some reason.


** – Not only did both Range Officers report no issues with rules violations, nobody has report any injuries. Amazing how many people can get together and safely use firearms, isn’t it?