I agreed with someone

Over on the USACarry.org forums, there is a thread about the meaning of the Second Amendment. In one the posts there was a link to an article by J. Neil Schulman, originally from 1991. It is a detailed breakdown of the linguistic analysis of the Second Amendment by a Professor Copperud, and in it is this interesting statement:

To the best of my knowledge, there has been no change in the meaning of words or in usage that would affect the meaning of the amendment. If it were written today, it might be put: “Since a well-regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged.’

Darned if that doesn’t look familiar. 🙂

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Categories: firearms, liberty

Another ePostal match — for June

JP over at Eyes Never Closed has opened an ePostal target match for June. Since I can’t compete in the May one set by ASM826 over on Random Acts of Patriotism, I think I’ll give this one a try, since it’s for “any rifle” and/or “any pistol”. The Mini-14 should be good to go for this, and with a bit more practice I’m hoping the XD will be too.

Categories: firearms

Memorial Day Weekend Trip to the Range

Went to my local indoor gun range today (Sandy Springs Gun Range) and ran some ammo through my limited collection.

First up was my Glenfield 25, manufactured by Marlin back in the 1970’s. A nice little bolt-action .22LR rifle. This is what I learned one way back when.

Glenfield 25

Glenfield 25

The good news: she still shoots pretty well, as seen in the picture (Shot at 7 yards):

Bullseye closeup

Bullseye closeup -- the Glenfield's shots are the six tiny ones in the red center and first back ring

The bad news — she still has a major failure-to-extract issue, so I won’t be able to participate in the e-postal match over on Random Acts of Patriotism (more info here and here). I had to use a small screwdriver to pull the spent casing from the chamber each time. I checked the bolt and extractor last weekend, and the extractor is pretty grippy, so either something is preventing the extractor from engaging, or I have a tight chamber.

Next up was my Springfield XD .45 ACP pistol. This was her first firing, and there are some shooter adjustments to be made. Here is the gun:

Springfield XD .45 ACP

My Springfield XD .45

And here is the target (shot at 7 yards):

Target, 7 yards, .45 ACP

Target after lots of .45 ACP rounds

Low and left, so I need to work on my trigger-pull and grip.

Next up was my Ruger Mini-14, which I have also not shot before. Here is a picture of her:

Mini-14

My Mini-14

I was pleased with how well she shot, especially because I forgot to to use the hasty-sling to stabilize:

Overall Rifle Target, at 10 yards

Overall Rifle Target, at 10 yards

The first group of five was quite nice:

Close-up of first five shots

Close-up of first five shots (the ones in the square; the ones to the upper left are from when I shot at that cross-hair

All in all, I enjoyed myself, and remembered how much more I have to learn.

Categories: firearms

Community Outreach — Interest in Atlanta?

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League has started collecting canned food for donation purposes at all their meetings and events (see here). And David Codrea suggested several additional outreach ideas here (and more suggestions in the comments), such as:

  • blood drives
  • adopt a highway
  • a women’s shelter Christmas gift collection

Any interest in the ATL gunblogger circles? Any other suggested activities?

Categories: community, firearms

First Atlanta Gunblogger Meet — A Small Success

The ‘first’ Atlanta gunblogger meet happened Saturday, organized by Borepatch. It turned out to be a great but small affair — myself and my wife Mary, plus Borepatch and the lovely Mrs. Borepatch.

We initially met at Sharpshooter’s USA in Alpharetta, as a common neutral ground. We were invited to share some lanes, and we tried out their 380 SIG and 1911. I found the trigger pull very long on the SIG, but it handled cleanly. I fired the 1911, which I haven’t touched one in 20 years, and did well. The 1911 trigger is short and crisp. Mary also tried both, and considering she had never (as in never) shot a handgun before, did spectacularly well, especially with the 1911. She only worked one magazine, but in 7 shots, got all 7 within the 8-ring or better, and one bulls-eye. This, firing left-handed and right-eyed, with a firearm she had never handled before, and only the second handgun ever. I was very impressed.

We then drove down to the “5 Seasons” brew pub in Sandy Spring, just inside I-285. We we arrived, we found a “Beer Festival” in progress, which caused us to spend 30 minutes looking for parking. We met up with the Borepatches, now with Number One Son in accompaniment. Regarding the 5 Seasons — service was a bit slow (possibly in overwhelm because the the Festival that day), the artisan beers spectacular, and food very good. The evening was filled with over two hours of great conversation on a variety of topics. It is always great to meet with like-minded folks — all too often liberty-minded folks find themselves isolated, and wondering “if I am the only one who thinks like this.”

I would pronounce the gunblogger meet a success, though I also want to meet more of the local crowd. Borepatch with handle the logistics of the next one as well, though we’re looking at a June timeframe (we’re both booked with work and other distraction through all of May). So please keep an eye on Borepatch’s blog about details for the next one, and I hope more of the folks in the region come out for the next one.

UPDATE: I finally got a picture of Mary’s target, and here it is:

Mary's target

The red portion is about 2 inches wide, for scale.

Categories: firearms, liberty

My take on the Second Amendment

First, some comments on the Second Amendment.

The Second Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights, which were a pack of ten amendments several states requested before they would ratify the US Constitution of 1787. Note that these amendments did not provide these rights to the people, but were intended to restrict the capabilities of government to interfere with pre-existent and ‘natural’ rights.

The Second Amendment reads as follows:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Now, by modern standards the wording is a tiny bit ‘irregular’. But if we add just one word, and change another to more modern usage, I believe the clarity of the amendment is greatly enhanced:

Since a well regulated militia being is necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Much more clear, at least to me — the first clause (before the comma) is not a restriction, requirement, or even a justification, but merely an explanation. My intent is not to change the meaning of the amendment, nor to twist it to my (or others’) nefarious re-interpretation, but to make it more clear without such alterations.

And according to the majority opinion of Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS), “well-regulated” does not mean an official state militia or the National Guard, but “the adjective ‘well-regulated’ implies nothing more than the imposition of proper discipline and training,” according to the Heller vs DC decision.

That’s where I stand, IMHO and all that.

Categories: firearms

Welcome!

March 27, 2011 1 comment

Welcome to my blog, about both the Second Amendment (and by interference shooting, sport and otherwise) and its relation to Liberty in the USA.

This will likely be a infrequent blog, with flurries of posts separated by periods of inactivity.

Who am I, and what do I have to offer? I, like a great many people, am new to firearms. I was taught the basics by my father many years ago, and did some small amount of shooting during college. But now I own my first handgun, and I am learning how different that is, and what is involved if want to use it for home defense.

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