Centerfire Pistol Silhouette Shoot

It was a very nice sunny morning as the shooters arrived and set up of the steel animal targets was completed at the Lower Range on the morning of March 19, 2017 for the scheduled Centerfire Pistol Silhouette shoot.  The targets in the centerfire pistol silhouette event consist of metal chickens set at 25 meters, javalina (pigs) set at 50 meters, turkeys set at 75 meters and rams set at 100 meters.  The targets are 1/2 scale duplicates of their full size high power rifle target counterparts.  Each shooter, when their turn came, took their centerfire handgun and forty rounds of lead bullet ammo to the line and fired ten shots from each of the four shooting positions in an attempt to knock over as many steel animals as they possibly could.  With each squeeze of the trigger there was either that satisfying clang of a bullet on steel and the animal toppled over, or only the sound of the shot fading away into the distance and the animal still standing tall.  That is what makes silhouette shooting so much fun.  There is no waiting for a target to be recovered and checked before you get your score.  You know in an instant whether of not you made that good shot.  Each shooter made two rounds through the animals for a total of eighty rounds fired during the event.

When the shooting was over and the animals toppled from their stands were tallied, shooting honors for the morning’s fun went to:

1st Place          Tim Delgrosso

2nd Place         Tim Brown

3rd Place          Jim Krehmke

As always, my thanks to those who came out and enjoyed this fun and challenging steel toppling event.  And as always, as has been said before, silhouette shooting – whether shot with a rifle or a handgun – is not only fun and challenging but will definitely improve you shooting abilities.  And you don’t have to be a crack shot with a fancy gun to get started.  All you have to be is willing to give it a try.  So grab your shootin’ iron and come on out and join in.  The fun will be waiting for you.

Tim Brown…………Match Director

Rimfire Defender Pistol Shoot Scores

It was a full house turn out of shooters at the at the Indoor range on the evening of

March 14, 2017 for the scheduled Rimfire Defender Pistol shoot.  As the shooters took to the firing line and looked at the targets in front of them they found three colored paper bulls-eye targets and one 11 bull target.  As instructed by the match director each shooter loaded the announced number of rounds and fired at the targets in the order given – round and round and up and down, side to side, back and across, etc. – until they had gone through their first fifty rounds.  Each time they came to the 11 bull target they had to remember where they had shot before as, except for one bull, there could be only one bullet hole in any bull for score.  After the first round of shooting was concluded, the targets were replaced, the shot ones scored, the range light turned out, and the shooting fun continued for another fifty rounds in the dimly lit range.  When all the targets scored, and the range cleaned up, shooting honors for the evening’s fun went to:

1st Place        Allen Freeman

2nd Place       Jim Garges

3rd Place       Tim Brown

As said so many times before, my thanks to those who came out and enjoyed the evening’s shooting fun and challenges.  And as said an equal number of times before, those of you who stayed home missed out on a lot of shooting fun, great pistol practice, and really good fellowship.  So mark your calendars as this shoot is held every month.  Come on out and join in the fun.

Tim Brown…………Match Director

Tim’s Tidbits

Once again our old world kept on a turning and the stars, sun and moon stayed in their places so here we go again.  Each month in these pages, I try very hard to find and pass on information about your rights, legislation, and the whacky things that go on around us.  Some months I find a lot to pass on and some months not so much.  But there is always something going on that is worthy of note.  So let get going.

Let’s start with this.  In the last issue it was reported that in February 2017, Maryland’s ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons and its 10-round limit on gun magazines were upheld by a federal appeals court in a decision that met with a strongly worded dissent.  In the 10-4 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., said the guns banned under Maryland’s law weren’t protected by the Second Amendment.  “Put simply, we have no power to extend Second Amendment protections to weapons of war,” Judge Robert King wrote for the court, adding that the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller explicitly excluded such coverage.   

Judge William Traxler issued a dissent. By concluding the Second Amendment doesn’t even apply, Traxler wrote, the majority “has gone to greater lengths than any other court to eviscerate the constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms.” He also wrote that the court did not apply a strict enough review on the constitutionality of the law.

“For a law-abiding citizen who, for whatever reason, chooses to protect his home with a semi-automatic rifle instead of a semi-automatic handgun, Maryland’s law clearly imposes a significant burden on the exercise of the right to arm oneself at home, and it should at least be subject to strict scrutiny review before it is allowed to stand,” Traxler wrote.

In doing a little more research on this case an interesting fact was uncovered.  Back in February 2016 the same issue came before a three judge panel of the same court.  In a 2-1 decision, the justices held that the Maryland law does violate the Second Amendment.  As to the ban on high capacity magazines, the justices also voided that portion of the law stating that such magazines are so common as to be the norm.

So let’s take a look at Maryland’s gun ban law.  Here is a list of guns that are currently banned in Maryland.  It is an extensive list containing some 85 guns to date.  Remember though that it is not set in stone.  At any time more may be added without consent of the people. 

MARYLAND BANNED GUNS LIST

A: AA Arms AP 9 semiautomatic pistol; American Arms Spectre da Semiautomatic carbine; AK 47 in all forms; Algimec AGMâ 1 type semi-auto; AR 100 type semi-auto; AR 180 type semi-auto; Argentine L.S.R. semi-auto; Australian Automatic Arms SAR type semi-auto; Auto Ordnance Thompson M1 and 1927 semi-automatics;

B-C: Barrett light .50 cal. Semi-auto; Beretta AR70 type semi-auto; Bushmaster semiautomatic pistol; Bushmaster semi-auto rifle; Calico models M 100 and M 900; CIS SR 88 type semi-auto; Claridge HI TEC C9 carbines; Claridge HI TEC semiautomatic pistol; Colt AR 15, CAR15, and all imitations except Colt AR 15 Sporter H BAR rifle;

 

D-F: D Max Industries semiautomatic pistol; Daewoo MAX 1 and MAX 2, aka AR 100, 110C, K 1, and K 2; Dragunov Chinese made semi-auto; Encom MK IV, MP 9, or MP 45 semiautomatic pistol;  Famas semi-auto (.223 caliber); Feather AT 9 semi-auto; FN LAR and FN FAL assault rifle; FNC semi-auto type carbine; F.I.E./Franchi LAW 12 and SPAS 12 assault shotgun;  Steyr AUG SA semi-auto;

 

G-I: Galil models AR and ARM semi-auto; Heckler and Koch HK 91 A3, HK 93 A2, HK 94 A2 and A3; Heckler and Koch semiautomatic SP 89 pistol; Holmes model 88 shotgun; Holmes MP 83 semiautomatic pistol; Ingram MAC 10/11 semiautomatic pistol and variations including Partisan Avenger and the SWD Cobray; Intratec TEC 9/DC 9 semiautomatic pistol in any centerfire variation;

 

K-R: Avtomat Kalashnikov semiautomatic rifle in any format; Manchester Arms Commando MK 45, MK 9; Mandell TAC 1 semi-auto carbine; Mossberg model 500 Bullpup assault shotgun; Sterling Mark 6; P.A.W.S. carbine; P.A.W.S. type semiautomatic pistol; Ruger mini 14 folding stock model (.223 caliber);

 

S: SIG 550/551 assault rifle (.223 caliber); SKS with detachable magazine; Skorpion semiautomatic pistol; Spectre double action semiautomatic pistol (Sile, F.I.E., Mitchell); AP 74 Commando type semi-auto; Springfield Armory BM 59, SAR 48, G3, SAR 3, M 21 sniper rifle, M1A, excluding the M1 Garand; Street sweeper assault type shotgun; Striker 12 assault shotgun in all formats;

 

U-W: Unique F11 semi-auto type; Daewoo USAS 12 semi-auto shotgun; UZI 9mm carbine or rifle; UZI semiautomatic pistol; Valmet M 76 and M 78 semi-auto; Weaver Arms Nighthawk semi-auto carbine; Weaver Arms semiautomatic Nighthawk pistol; Wilkinson Arms 9mm semi-auto Terry; and Wilkinson semiautomatic Linda pistol.

See any on the list that you own????  The “list” can be enacted here in Oregon if we are caught sleeping.  Stay vigilant my friends. 

Now let’s look at the Maryland magazine ban.  It is illegal to purchase, sell, or manufacture any magazine with a capacity greater than 10 rounds within the state.  However, possession of a magazine with a capacity of greater than 10 rounds is legal if that magazine was purchased out of state.  Now that is really confusing.  One can’t possess a large capacity magazine made in the state, but one can drive to a neighboring state and buy a large capacity magazine and bring it home and posses it.  What sense does that make.  The answer is none.

A little more research on magazine bans uncovered the following.  Eight states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws banning large capacity ammunition magazines – California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.  All, except Colorado, also ban assault weapons.

A note here:  The Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Boston challenging the so called ban on “assault weapons”.  GOAL is one of the most active gun rights organizations in New England.  Attorney Jay Porter, representing GOAL and other co-plaintiffs, asserted that “The level of hostility to the gun owning public in the state of Massachusetts has grown to be intolerable.  At this point, it has grown to the level where litigation has become necessary.  At some point, if you have a fundamental right, you have to protect it.  He also commented that the state lacks the authority under the Second Amendment to ban commonly owned firearms (such as the AR-15 and similar firearms).  Massachusetts enacted its ban in 1998, but did not allow it to expire.  It was renewed in 2004. 

A short one here.  Just over a year ago the state of Washington enacted a tax of $25 on every firearm sold and five cents a round on all ammunition sold.  The proceeds were supposed to go to a fund for education and prevention of gun violence.  Several individuals with the media have asked for an accounting of those funds – how much has been brought in, where is it being spent, etc.  So far, the powers that be have refused all requests.  Will let you know if anything changes.   

Let end this issue with these.

“Good friends don’t judge you or ask a lot of questions.  They help you move the body and never speak of it again”.

Hillbilly Advice

1) Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

2) Forgive your enemies, it messes with their heads.

3) Don’t corner something meaner than you.

4) Don’t skinny dip with snapping turtles.

All sound advice.

Well, that is all for now.  More maybe next month if the world keeps turning and the sun doesn’t get too close to the earth.  Until then, shoot straight, keep em in the ten ring, be safe on the range, be vigilant and protective of your freedoms, and God bless the USA.

Tim Brown

Singing or Crying

At each general membership meeting, the member number of a member is drawn from the BIG barrel. If that member is current on his/her dues and present at the meeting, then they are rewarded with money. The amount is based on what has accumulated in the POT-OF- GOLD up to that time with a maximum of $500.00. If they are not present then they get the crying towel. At the March meeting, member number 2621 belonging to Ronald Keyt was drawn. He was not in attendance at the meeting and so lost out on collected a check for $500.00. So, Ronald, it is boo hoo and the crying towel to you. The pot for the next meeting will remain at $500.00.