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Range Day 4FEB18

Posted: February 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

Spent about three hours at the range on Sunday, this was from the first hour or so.  Keeping a rifle steady seems easier without a scope 🙂27540473_10215825339011600_6883476896844914375_n

Heavy Shit

Posted: January 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

I have not been to a LARP since this time last year, which was Shadow Accord.  I sold off my fancy foam weapons other than the boffers my friend Brittany made for me.  My costumes are in storage bins.  My friends often ask me when I am coming back to Oz, when I am coming back to Shadow Accord, or if I am still going to try Alliance or Legacies.  I have a difficult time making any sort of committal statement.  LARP is something I really enjoy.  Most of my hobbies dovetail nicely into LARPing and I would have a significantly smaller social circle, not that it is very big, if I had not got into the local games.  So why am I so reticent to keep going?

The short answer is Bleed.

LARP can be intense.  You may find yourself experience epic highs and lows and just like a good book or movie this can cause catharsis.  People can become depressed when their character suffers a setback or worse still is killed off during a game.  Anger, sadness, joy are all common during a weekend of playing pretend out in the woods with your friends.  That emotion can bleed into your real life, color your perceptions and drive your actions.  For many people the drive home after the game is plenty of time to chill out, normalize their emotional levels and move on with the task of getting ready for the next work week.  Some people are effected more, maybe they need to take some time out during game and go off alone.  Maybe it takes them days to process things, maybe they need to examine what caused the actual emotional upset and talk to someone about it.  Whatever the case may be a healthy group and a healthy game community can usually handle it.

My problem is not game bleed, but RL Bleed.  Since November of 2016 I just feel like there is a constant assault on sanity and emotional security.  Civil rights are being stomped on, the global community is being dismantled and the advances, what few there have been in the last eight decades feel like they are being demolished.  We live in a country where a civil authority can decide to detain whomever they want for arbitrary reasons.  Law enforcement officers who commit abusive acts of power are not prosecuted despite overwhelming evidence against them and ethno centric white nationalists do not fear spewing hateful rhetoric or advocating violence because the reactions and attitudes of the current administration not only seem to support them but actively refuse to disavow them.

I know people will say that maybe LARP will provide some escapism and for many people it may do that but to me it feels like actively adding to an emotional burden.  I already have anger, sadness and occasionally a bit of joy.  I already have intense emotional reactions to the things I am seeing on the news, I do not want to go simulate those things.  I do not know what the solution is for me personally but it is something I think about often.

A Letter to My State Reps

Posted: January 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

Given the civil and political climate of this country, my wife and have become firearms owners over the last year.  In the process of getting proper instruction and learning to safely and responsibly, handle a gun I find that I have a whole new set of thoughts and reactions to firearm legislation.  Below are my thoughts concerning recent proposed legislation in the state of Washington.  I am sure that common sense can prevail and that you, my chosen representatives will spend just as much time on the far more important civil rights issues currently at stake.  I personally feel that it is far more important to address issues of inequality and systemic institutionalized racism than to concentrate efforts on how many bullets are in the magazine of my firearm.  I would like to see efforts tooth and nail put toward combating the casual destruction of the environment and halting the growth of nationalist ethno-centric fascism currently be encouraged by the highest political office in this country.  I am a liberal democratic firearms owner and I thank you for your time and consideration as you read this communication.

Legislative concerns:

The regulation of firearms by local governments, specifically city governments and the removal of state preemption will likely create more inadvertent criminals tax the already over stressed resources and training of local law enforcement.  The obvious caveat being that if you criminalize the possession of a firearm within city limits then only criminals will have them.  A law abiding, tax paying citizen and resident may choose to comply with the law and not carry a firearm within a defined boundary, despite WA being an open carry state and a shall issue state with regards to concealed carry permits.  However, the criminal element, who by definition regularly breaks the law, is not going to stop at the mystical city boundary and relinquish their firearm to the nearest law enforcement officer.  That person is going to go merrily about their business knowing that the general population has been disarmed.

Similar considerations must also be taken into account when addressing legislation that covers carrying a weapon, concealed or otherwise, in a given specific location such as licensed childcare center premises, childcare center-provided transportation, or areas of facilities being used exclusively by a childcare center:

(1) Any firearm;

(2) Any other dangerous weapon as described in RCW 9.41.250;

(3) Any air gun, including any air pistol or air rifle;

(4) Any portable device manufactured to function as a weapon and which is commonly known as a stun gun, including a projectile stun gun; or

(5) Any device, object, or instrument that is used or intended to be used as a weapon with the intent to injure a person by an electric shock, charge, or impulse.

By enacting the legislation you are creating a pool of victims and invalidating not only, a state right but also a constitutional right.  The provisions above would serve only to endanger care providers and their charges.  While it is true that disturbed individuals have targeted schools and childcare facilities those same individuals would have proceeded with their heinous acts even if these provisions were in place, where as an immediate armed response on the site of the incident would likely have mitigated the situation and prevented further tragedy.  Preventing a law-abiding person from carrying a firearm is not going to stop a criminal or disturbed individual from perpetrating damage and destruction of life.  Unless the point is to have these locations hire armed security, not a bad idea, though it is an expensive solution which many such facilities may not be able to afford, this should be re considered to address the possibility of providing/requiring training to interested child care providers so that they may intern assure the parents of their charges that the children will be in a safe environment, protected in actuality and not just on paper.

Concerning the prohibition of “large capacity magazines”, I must only conjecture that people who believe this will make a difference in the safety of victims know nothing about the use of firearms.  Agencies across this country have shown that the size of the magazine makes no difference in the ability of the aggressor to do harm, nor does it aid people in stopping that person from wreaking mayhem.  There are exceptions of course.  Someone using a double-barreled side-by-side shot gun will take more time to reload than someone using a weapon with a larger capacity takes, however I urge you go to you tube and look up the various cowboy action shooting sports and multi gun shooting sports.  With very little practice, a shooter can vastly reduce the actual reload time of the weapon.  You cannot ban a person’s physical ability to use a tool effectively.  Once more people who think that reducing the amount of ammunition a firearm can hold, legally, are not paying attention to how gun violence is being committed.  Criminals using handguns can easily carry multiple handguns, simply drop the empty, and quickly draw another.  Rifle users can easily and quickly change the magazine in a rifle.  That is true for any rifle not just the feared AR platform.  Some people seem to think that firearms built to military specifications are also more concealable.  Anyone who believes that needs to look at what a fully equipped soldier carries into battle.  Which brings up the phrase “assault rifle”.  This is a buzzword used by fear mongers who do not know anything about firearms.  Every rifle made since the matchlock of the 14th century was made for military use. The addition of physical, often cosmetic elements does not make that rifle more or less dangerous.  A powerful bolt-action hunting rifle in the hands of a practiced user can be far more deadly than an unfortunately disturbed individual with a semi-automatic rifle.

There are obvious modifications to a firearm, which are valid to prohibit.  Items such as a bump stock, which vastly increases the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle, is an excellent example of something that should never have been allowed to be easily obtained.  They should have been NFA items from the outset.  Yet people seem to think that making a suppressor easy to get is a bad idea.  An item, which protects the hearing of the user and those around them, is somehow more devious than an item designed to make a firearm more dangerous.  Personally, I also feel that bump stocks are a danger to the user, anyone who disagrees should look up tolerances for rifle barrels and how hot they can get.

Trigger modification devices also seem to put the uniformed populace on edge.  Many of the safest and most common handguns currently for sale and in operation in the country have modified triggers.  They have a built in safety feature.  Now I am certain that this type of modification comes up because people believe that the modification of a trigger assembly can somehow make the weapon more deadly.  This is possibly a valid point, but the gun still fires one bullet with each trigger pull no matter what existing modifications are possible to implement.  Given that the plethora of shooting sports, up to and including Olympic shooters often employ modified triggers, perhaps this subject requires more consideration.

Prohibitions on a person purchasing a firearm unless, at the time of the purchase, presents to the seller proof that they are covered by a qualified liability insurance policy must have been penned by someone in the insurance industry.  While it does make sense to have insurance to cover not only your firearm as well as the possible defensive use of that firearm, it should be optional.  Given the long standing and, I believe, innate corruption in the insurance industry all that this would do is inspire people to cheat, lead to expensive lawsuits, and lining the pockets of some insurance agent somewhere who suddenly has the ability to choose for whatever reason not to cover someone.  As for FFL holders, they already have an FFL, they have been approved by federal law enforcement agencies to conduct their business.  Requiring expensive insurance options would likely put many out of business, which would have a detrimental effect to local law enforcement as well as private owners.

Licensing!  Finally legislation that makes some common sense.  Yes, this country should have a national level firearms license.  It should work just like a driver’s license.  Every state in the union requires education, training and testing in order to gain the privilege to drive a motor vehicle and if you want to drive something bigger, you need more certification and training.  I see no reason that this same paradigm should not be applied to ownership of firearms.  While it does not do anything to limit criminal possession of firearms, something that cannot even through prohibition be controlled, it means that you have a much more educated gun culture.  I personally have been at a firing range and seen people with little or no training allowed to operate a handgun.  Needless to say that I do not go to that range anymore.  It is my firm belief that legislation of this type will also limit the number of people casually buying firearms and if it is administered at the national level then all questions of reciprocity and educational standards more easily enacted.  Barring that, I would love to see legislation of this type enacted at the state level.  On a similar note, state and federal backed educational resources would vastly improve the existing gun culture in this country.  I personally despise the NRA-ILA and will go to great lengths not to give them any money.  Even though I value the education that their instructors can impart, I have no control over what that money does once it is in the coffers of that organization.  I would much rather pay into the state coffers to get similar instruction.

On a related note, I feel that legislation which prohibits the creation of an active gun registry or a database of firearms owners is a complete no brainer.  I want law enforcement to know what firearms I own and when I bought them and if I sold them.  I want homicide detectives to be able to quickly and easily acquire the providence of a weapon used in a murder or crime.  I want people to be accept responsibility for these useful yet very dangerous tools.  If my car is used in a crime, the DOL can give pertinent information to the police to help them solve the crime.  I see no reason why firearms should not be treated the same way.

 

With respect,

Andrew MacEwen

The Answer to Your Question

Posted: January 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

I know that of the seven of you who read my blog at least three of you probably wonder why my interest in firearms has exploded, no pun intended, over the last year or two.  Here I give you a slightly succinct answer, as it occurred to me this morning.

I won’t say that my total motivation to become armed and educated was the fact that there are extremists who have shown that they are not only ready for violence but actively planning for it, but it was a big factor. I have always loved target oriented sports/games firearms just were not in the picture when I was a youngin other than “those things you don’t touch”. My mom is a hippy pacifist (though I think that is changing, I talked her into having a SHTF kit) But anything powered by my own arm was fair play, so archery, darts, knives(i spent countless hours in the back yard with a moderate collection of throwing knives), ax’ etc etc. Guns were just, in my brain, an interesting machine/tool that I hadn’t had much use for beyond general curiosity. I used to be in the crowd who was wary of the scary AR-15 “assault rifle” too.

Fast forward to 2016. Before the orange turnip was even inaugurated we saw a marked increase in violence against women and people of color and an explosion of rhetoric from assholes like Spencer is suddenly getting far more air time as he and his fellow cockroaches no longer fear vigorous retribution. My wife and I signed up for our first pistol class as soon soon as we could, we both have our concealed carry permits. Now my general interest in hitting things with other things REALLY kicked in. I seriously dislike and distrust the NRA but the certified instructors who taught my basic pistol class were knowledgeable, attentive and very positive pleasant people. I have no clue as to their political leanings and very carefully never inquired. I want the training. I want the knowledge and sometimes that is more important to me than the personal political stance of the person whose signature I need on the piece of paper. But learning of all the different shooting sports? Yeah that pretty much sealed the deal for me and inspired my instant love of firearms in general. I am not even afraid of those scary rifles anymore (I am actively shopping for one suitable for a beginner interested in multi gun competitions )

I am also planning on getting a lot more training this year with the end goal being that I want to be able to put myself out there as an instructor for people who do not want go wade through the mire of right wing taint in order to get the training to be confident and skilled enough to defends themselves, their family and their friends.  I also want to learn fabrication and C&C use with the end game being armorers courses and becoming certified gunsmith.  That also played a huge role in my desire to become a firearms instructor.

I spoke to a friend who I knew had an interest in fine machining, telling her that I want to learn that skill and eventually become a gunsmith.  Now she does not use social media so was not really aware of “sudden” interest because she had not seen my posts of guns and gun leather and what not.  She immediately asked me why I wanted to be a gunsmith and sent me link to many videos of “gun fails”.  I watched the videos and realized that this person in my social circle, my very liberal social circle, knew next to nothing about firearms.  None of the videos had anything to do with gunsmith fails but were all mistakes made by ignorant firearms users doing stupid things.  She was afraid for my safety.  A little light went on in my head and I asked myself, “How many of my friends are afraid of firearms because they lack any real knowledge of them?”

I am not saying that the seven of you faithful readers are ignorant about firearms or the laws relating to them which are so often in question in this country.  But I know that I once thought I had my finger on the pulse when in fact my finger was up my own ass, figuratively speaking.  So my goal is to become a safe source of information and hopefully enlightenment on the subject.  Oh yes and to become skilled enough to be dangerous to any who would threaten or harm my loved ones.

 

I Made Pews!

Posted: January 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

Ok I know I already made some ammunition at my friend’s place a couple of weeks ago, but this weekend I made my own .357 from start to finish.  Reloading is seriously satisfying and unless the load turns out to be crap (shouldn’t be I followed the recipe) I only screwed up one round.  I forgot to back the seating die out far enough so one round is not so awesome.  I still have about 100 rounds of .38sp to reload and about 200 rounds of .45 Colt.

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1st bit of new bandolier

Posted: December 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

45-70 just h as an undeniable charm.

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