My guess is that most non-shooters just don’t get why we enjoy the activity. They don’t understand that it really is like meditation to us.
Albeit, meditation that requires eye and ear protection.
Shooting isn’t about making lots of noise at the range. You may be there with a group of people and it’s loud, but eventually your world shrinks down to just a few things: You, the firearm, the target, this next bullet, and the air between you and the target.
You start to block out the world around you. You concentrate on the fundamentals; your stance, your grip, the sight picture. You inhale deliberately, and exhale. In that pause between breaths, you smoothly pull the trigger. The gun discharges, but you keep pulling the trigger. You pull it all the way back applying proper follow-through. You slowing release the trigger until hear it reset. You note where the bullet hit, but you’re already on to the next round. That last shot is over and done with; it’s no longer part of your world. The next shot is what matters. And then you do it all over again.
No, some people just don’t get the quiet that we find in all of that noise.
Hunters’ Guide to Complying with California’s New Lead Ammunition Restrictions
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2015
The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its affiliate, the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), are now distributing the Hunters’ Guide to Complying With California’s Lead Ammunition Restrictions. This helpful and important guide serves as a comprehensive resource for hunters who need to know about California’s lead ammunition restrictions. The guide will aid hunters in navigating California’s complex lead ammunition regulations especially when using traditional lead ammunition for hunting while it remains legal in certain areas for a limited time.
As previously reported, the new law will require the use of non-lead ammunition for all hunting statewide beginning July 1, 2019. In the years leading up to the total statewide ban, lead ammunition use for hunting will be incrementally restricted in phases. The guide explains each of the three phases in detail, and will help hunters comply with these patchwork restrictions as they take effect.
The guide’s centerpiece is the Phased Implementation Lead Ban Compliance Table, which can be used as a quick reference to determine whether a particular hunt will require using non-lead ammunition. Other portions of the guide detail the potential issues arising from using lead ammunition, as well as some of the law’s more subtle nuances that create legal traps for the unwary.
The NRA and CRPA have made the Guide available to the public free of charge. We recommend that you always consult the electronic, rather than a printed version of the guide because regulations may change and the guide may be updated. If you do not see the answer to a question you have or believe there is an error in this guide, please provide feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Some anti-gun types have expressed the belief that recreational shooting will eventually “whither on the vine” as established shooters get older. “They’ll just die off, and then we can ban their old guns” the logic goes. Younger shooters seem to have different thoughts on the matter…
That’s the bottom line — we need to make guns normal, and it has to be done in popular media. If we can have gay characters on TV shows and have it not be a big deal, why can’t we have characters open-carrying on TV shows and have it not be a big deal?
This is a common refrain from many conservatives. “If only the mainstream media would present our point of view.”
They never will.
So how do we make guns normal to the non-shooting public if none of the characters on The Big Bang Theory or Parks & Recreation will be packing heat anytime soon. We do this “IRL”; in real life.
The best way to make your non-shooting friends, relatives, and neighbors see gun ownership and gun use as normal is to take them shooting. Ask them if they’ve ever gone shooting. If the answer is “no”, ask them if they’d like to go with you to the range. If the answer is “yes”, ask them how long it’s been since they last shot, and then ask them if they’d like to go to the range with you. Whether their answer is yes or no, you still take the conversation to “Would you like to go to the range with me?”.
When you get them to the range, remember to start them off with a discussion of safety.We want them to see that we value safety. This contradicts the media stereotype of you as a drunken redneck waving a gun about. Pick a .22 as a first gun to try. As they get more comfortable, move up to something with a little more umph; like a self-defense handgun or a 5.56mm black rifle if you have one. Again, we’re trying to contradict those media stereotypes. We want them to see that the AR-15 isn’t a super-gun that shoots through schools and downs airliners flying at 30,000 feet. We also want them to see that your Glock or Sig is just another handgun. There’s no magic to it; no voodoo. After they’ve tried something a little bigger, if they really prefer the .22 then move them back to that and let them have fun. The idea here is to make this a positive experience and not the murder and mayhem that Hollywood would have them believe happens around guns.
Even if your friend turns down the chance to go shooting, you’ve still made an impact on their thinking. You just politely offered to involve them in something you think is fun. You just showed that your anything but the grunting Neanderthal that Michael Bloomberg wants them to imagine when the words “gun owner” are spoken. So whether you get them to the range or not, you’ve just made guns and gun owners “normal”.
Our Members’ Council spent yesterday at the Angeles Shooting Ranges hosting some first time shooters. The really cool thing was that we weren’t the only ones doing this. There were several groups of first-timers there being introduced to shooting by friends. More specifically, being introduced to shooting black guns. Those iron plates out at the 100m line were getting the snot beat outta them!
There has been a trend lately by the anti-gun lobby to claim that there are fewer gun owners in the US and that, somehow, the number of people exercising a right determines that right’s importance. Of course, the methods they’ve used to determine gun ownership are far from scientific. They rely mostly on polling. But ask yourself: If some random stranger called you on the phone and started asking about the number of guns you own, would you give truthful answers? Many gun owners will not. Thus the number of gun owners gets underreported. The stats the anti-gun lobby ignores are those on gun sales. NICS checks for gun sales have been increasing over each prior year for the past dozen years with over 21 million done in 2013. Since the program’s inception in 1998, there have been over 181 million checks; nearly 120 million in the last 8 years alone. They also don’t want to pay attention to gun manufacturing statistics. In those past 8 years, American gun makers turned out nearly 28 million new guns.
Add to this the fact that guns are “the ultimate in durable goods.” Tony Canales pointed out to our guests that there are grandfathers in places like Pennsylvania that took whitetail deer this season using guns their grandfathers shot. And they will probably pass those guns along to their grandkids. Those 28 million new guns made over the last 8 years weren’t replacing worn out old guns. Cars and washing machines wear out; guns don’t. These were nearly all additions to the American civilian arsenal. And the remaining 92 million NICS checks during that period weren’t all for sales between existing gun owners. As much as we like to joke that guns are like potato chips (You can’t have just one!), they’re expensive and many of our fellow gun owners do own just that one gun. Many of the 92 million used gun sales that went through the NICS system were cases where first time buyers were getting a less expensive used gun. And this may come as a shock to some Californians, but in the rest of Free America, not all private party guns sales go through NICS. Nor do inheritances. So again, the number of gun sales, and thus gun owners, is underreported. (And we’ll leave out the folks who make their own DIY guns, like those making AR-platform rifles from 80% lowers. While making guns ain’t rocket science, but for some people, talking about them is.)
Which brings us back to the notion that the number of people exercising a right has any bearing on its importance. Legally, this is false. Politically, however, it has some validity. Politicians are far more likely to ignore the Constitution in areas where they believe that there’s little interest among the voting public. This doesn’t make that behavior legitimate, but it’s still a political reality. And as far as gun ownership is concerned, the argument is, at this point, merely academic. It doesn’t make much difference to a politician if there are over 90 million gun owners in the US or nearly 90 million. In either case, you’re talking about roughly half of all adults. Even if the number of gun owners is declining, it will be generations before gun owners are a small enough minority for most politicians to feel safe to attack them.
That’s where you come in.
Do what we and those other gun owners were doing at the range yesterday: Take your non-gun owning friends out shooting. One of two things will happen. They may decide that they really, really like shooting and the next thing they’ll be asking is your advice on a first gun. That’s great for two reasons. The first is that you’ve helped them onto a path where they take responsibility for their own safety; where they stop looking to the Nanny State to do that. This is transformative. The American People have a reputation for a strong independent streak. That tendency in our people has been waning over the past 80 years. Some would argue that we no longer deserve it. By turning your friends into gun owners, you help to turn our people away from the path our cousins in Great Britain took. The other benefit is for all of us and it’s pretty obvious: That’s one more gun owner. Their choice to purchase a firearm can also create another generation of gun owners among their children. Your friend will make the community of gun owners that they join that much larger.
The other possibility is that you don’t help to birth a new gun owner, but instead, you inoculate your friend against the gun grabbers’ arguments. When they hear a Chuck Schumer or a Michael Bloomberg talking about what awful people gun owners are, they think back to that day at the range. They remember how friendly everyone was. How much fun they had. They remember how those folks at the range were just ordinary people. They saw conservative retirees shooting and talking shop with inked up 20-somethings. They saw young men and young women learning to shoot. They saw parents teaching their children to safely shoot. They remember how many times you used the word “safety”. Now when they hear gun owners demonized and called reckless, they think “What’s he talking about? Maddy isn’t like that.” Instead of hearing anti-gun rants and having nothing else to go on, they have their own very positive experience by which to judge those statements. When they hear a Dianne Feinstein talking about this or that new gun law that we “need”, they will no longer blindly accept what the news media tell them; they’ll ask your opinion. By taking your friend shooting, you’ve defanged the gun grabbers.
So the next time you’re planning a trip to the range, think about which of your friends you could invite. You will be doing them, yourself, and the rest of us a tremendous favor.
Vote To Ban Traditional Ammunition To Be Heard In Committee
AB 711 would make California the first state in the nation to prohibit the use of all lead ammunition for hunting. This bill’s next stop is the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, June 24, 2013, where it is expected to be brought up for a vote. We need a strong voice!
Extensive research has shown that traditional Lead ammunition does NOT pose a health hazard for hunters
HuntForTruth.org urges all hunters, recreational shooters and gun owners to actively oppose AB 711.
We strongly urge you to contact each member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Please forward this alert to your family, friends, fellow sportsmen and gun owners throughout California and urge them to do the same.
Important facts regarding AB711
1) The lead in ammunition is NOT the same as the highly toxic, chemical lead in old paint and gasoline.
2) Federal and state health department studies have concluded that lead ammunition is not a human health risk.
3) Studies have found that lead ammunition does not cause lead poisoning in wildlife.
4) Despite 99% hunter compliance, the AB821 lead ammunition ban has failed to reduce lead poisoning in condors.
5) AB711 fails to address the alternative sources of lead in the environment that are poisoning condors and other wildlife.
Be sure to check out HuntForTruth.org’s shocking new video opposing AB 711 and its recent hard-hitting rebuttal to the bill sponsor’s alleged “facts” sheet in support of the bill. This video and the rebuttal reveal the truth regarding lead ammunition, and expose the misinformation being spread by the ammunition ban proponents in their latest attack on hunters that is being disguised as a campaign to “get the lead out.”
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