Reader Comments of the Week — September 23, 2017

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Reader Comments From Previous Weeks

Video: How to Mount a Rifle Scope

I use levels and torque wrench on both rifle and scope. MAKE SURE TARGET BULL IS AT SAME DISTANCE FROM GROUND AS BORE CENTER at no matter distance when bore sighting, at 25 yards and under I sometimes use laser boresight.
Always check after second tightening that scope is perfectly aligned to bore.
The closed eye to find proper head height is a bit awkward for those who keep both eyes open when firing, but it does work.
Darn good article!!!!

~Hide Behind

Can The Government Confiscate My Firearms During a Disaster?

@ Stan,

When I read someone make such outrageously inaccurate of a comment as you have here, I have no choice but to correct the disservice you do to the true history of what really occurred and the people that actually suffered the severity of a contrasting reality.

Nothing could be further from the truth in what you wrote, and I quote:

“In New Orleans, they were not ransacking peoples houses, they were just asking if there were any firearms in the house, and people complied due to the fear of breaking the law.”

As a law enforcement officer I do have internal access to more accurate reports and firsthand knowledge as to what really transpired, but it doesn’t take much for the general public to research and find that confiscations in New Orleans went far beyond the mild manner as you’ve claimed.

Law enforcement did in fact proactively go door-to-door entering and searching vacant and occupied houses to specifically confiscated firearms. There were claims filed for damages made later which does constitute “ransacking”.

Many people in transit under evacuation submitted claims after having their weapons destroyed by law enforcement who had confiscated and then smashed them against the curb to disable them because there were too many already confiscated and nowhere else to store them.

One of the most widely known videos is by a local news crew that was trying to do a story on an elderly woman who decided to stay in her home. Her home was high and dry and she was showing off her stockpile of food and her unloaded revolver when several law enforcement officers who had also been invited in suddenly and violently tackled the elderly woman to the ground and punched her until she released her gun.

There are scores of stories by military personnel who were assigned to accompany law enforcement on rescue patrols and later spoke out about how they got into conflicts with local law enforcement when they realized they were unlawfully “ransacking” homes to confiscate firearms. This is all documented in reports that went up the military chain of command.

There are far more horror stories than I can offer in one post. So below I‘ve provided a link to one of many videos that should help to re-orient you into the reality of what actually did occur:


What to Do with Firearms and Ammunition Affected by Flood Waters

I survived the recent record breaking floods in Houston that weee the direct result of hurricane Harvey. ALL of my guns and munitions survived as well.

I would suggest that anyone who has questionable ammunition consider learning to reload ammunition themselves or contact someone who does reloading for assistance.

There is absolutely no logical reason the brass and lead be donated to local law enforcement or other disposal site. It is very easy to remove the bullet from questionable rounds and almost just as easy to reload those rounds although you will need some basic equipment. You don’t need anything more than a single tool to remove the bullet from questionable rounds. A powder burn test it pretty much just as easy.

Testing a random sampling of primers from you most questionable ammo is what I would suggest. If there is water damage you will find it safely and know the lot needs to be stripped and reloaded.


Range Report: Rock Island M206 .38 Special

I have a M206 in my collection. For the most part I enjoy shooting it. My one complaint are the grips. The wood grips that Armscor ships are too small for my hands and the plastic grips are uncomfortable. There are, to my knowledge, no aftermarket grips for this revolver. I’ve tried re-shaping a set of older Pachmayr grips that were designed for the Colt. They work better but not as well as I’d like them to.

~Edward Hazzard

Range Report: Rock Island M206 .38 Special

I carry, in my pocket, a SW Airweight .38 +P. I hate firing anymore than I have to.. Even using wad cutters, after about 10 rounds, the web in my hand hurts like He**. Even at that, before I finish shooting, I will fire 5 rounds of 165 gr +P hollow points. Just to remind me that I carry this weapon for self protection, and not for plinking. It is light, no hammer to hang up on anything and easier to get at than a waist mounted weapon. For fun shooting, I will stick with my Taurus PT .40SW, and my big Ruger Blackhawk 357 mag. My last rounds in these are heavy hollow points.


Can The Government Confiscate My Firearms During a Disaster?

What most people don’t understand is that this law only prohibits confiscation by FEDERAL officers/employees/contractors/military it doesn’t prohibit city or states from confiscating weapons during a disaster. The local sheriff or police department can still confiscate your weapons based on a city ordinance or state law or order from city or state authorities. Telling people that they don’t have to worry about confiscation during a disaster might make them feel better now, but they’ll be in for a shock when the local police start confiscating guns during a disaster.


Range Report: Rock Island M206 .38 Special

I picked up a 206 a couple of years ago as an addition to my collection and was taking it to the range on Saturdays for the next month, during which I found it to be not only very enjoyable to shoot, but also accurate enough to add it in to my concealed carry rotation. I highly recommend one of these as an addition to anyone.

~Chris Kelly

Can The Government Confiscate My Firearms During a Disaster?

This is nonsense. There is no issue of “Rights” that an NRA lawsuit needs to settle; this is because the U.S. Virgin Islands is in-fact already one of those territories in which Congress has made the Second Amendment inclusively applicable through legislation.

The “Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands” signed by Congress in 1954 authorized the Virgin Islands to have a Bill of Rights called “Rights and Prohibitions”. While it only admits partial articles, sections and clauses from our Constitution, it specifically extends the entire “first to ninth amendments [as] inclusive”.

Simply put, there is no ambiguity or exceptions where the Second Amendment applies within this specific territory.

Thereafter, it is absolutely preposterous that anyone would even look to this GAO report as some form of legal bases to question whether the citizens of the Virgin Islands have Second Amendment protections – given the matter was clearly already settled back in 1954.

Furthermore, even if their Second Amendment rights were in question, this product produced by the GAO is merely an ad hoc report-by-request and has no legal legislative enforcement authority whatsoever.

Any lawyer or judge would simply refer to the “Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands” as the final legal say on the matter. They would easily find that Second Amendment rights flourish in the Virgin Islands.

Moreover, the absence of any mention of the Second Amendment in the “75-page report” is equally inconsequential given the limited scope and purpose under which the House Committee on Resources requested the report to begin with.

Specifically Congress requested the GAO compile information containing updates to a previous GAO report from 1991, but only asked for specifics on “judicial and legislative developments concerning the political or tax status of these areas”.

Such a limited request could easily explain why the Second Amendment was not mention in their report.
But why exploit the absence of only the Second Amendment when there were 24 other amendments that also were never mentioned in the report either? Many of those amendments are also actively in force within the several territories in some form or another.

The only 2 amendments mentioned in the report were the Fifth and Sixth Amendments. But the only reason they were even cited to begin with was to offer examples of amendments that had come before the Supreme Court and resulted in a determination as to whether each were considered a “fundamental” right. Otherwise they served no other purpose in this report.

And finally, even the GAO report acknowledges that in the absence of written legislation or court rulings, the Constitution provides that all territories will automatically enjoy the “fundamental” personal rights and protections offered under the Constitution, of which, overwhelmingly includes the Second Amendment. So even without legislative approval, their Second Amendment rights were never in question.

Whether back-peddling or not, the Governor of the Virgin Islands later clarified his order by publicly stating he does NOT have the power by Virgin Islands’ law or the Constitution of the United States to seize weapons from citizens.

As much of a stretch as it appears, the Governor instead said his order was intended to authorize his National Guard to skip normal procurement procedures to quickly purchase arms and ammunition at local outlets should the urgent need arise.

However, any reasonable person reading his order would beg to differ. Nevertheless, no rights were violated and no weapons were ever confiscated. The NRA can now stand-down. That is, unless they want to sue over him writing such an order to begin with and force him to retract it in writing.


Can The Government Confiscate My Firearms During a Disaster?

Am not afraid or too proud to admit that if a scenario of well armed and body protected officials came to confiscate my weapon , I would calmly hand them over,
Gramps raised no fool and in such an Instance commiting suicide over inanimate steel, Aluminum, plastic should not enter the picture.

If it was a blatant National Program I would comply, and live to fight on another day and in my own way.

I Don’t care if you live in a reinforced bunker there is no way you can win against the armed might of military or some of our now fully militarized police.

It isn’t hard to talk of cold dead fingers if you speak out of a half brain dead head.

You fight to live not die. Unless you are an Islamic fanatic driving a Toyota truck full of explosives while wearing a suicide vest.

Hell even a redneck knows there are hardly 70 virgins within the U.S.

~Hide Behind

Choosing the Right Caliber for Deer

Was reading thru the comments and just wanted to make the observation that on average 95% of the majority of hunters in the US make their shots within the 150 yard engagement envelope. For most that’s a long shot for the once a year hunting trip guy or gal.

The discussion about Long Distance hunting is an entirely different subject. Calibers, platforms, bullets, … everything is a different conversation.

We’re talking about deer and Elk rifles and calibers here and primarily hunting in the lower 48 states I think.

I think most hunters with a .308 who knows his skill set and ability will not chance a 1000 yard, or longer, shot at a Mule Tail or Elk let alone a White Tail. Not even sure that most would take one at 500 yards for that matter. I know there have been those claims and in as sure that even a few of them are true but that’s just not the normal hunting envelope most hunters preform in.

I don’t hunt with a .300 WinMag because I always take long shots. I hunt with a .300 because it performs well on the animals I hunt and am challenged by here in Alaska. It works as well on Sitka Black tail (head or neck shots) as Moose, Caraboo, or Muskox. It’s also got the power for Southeast Brown Bear, Grizzley, Kodiak or large Black Bears if needed.

I’m just thinking that it may be a good idea to stay on point with what Bobs writing about. Not Magnum platforms but the bread an butter of rifles in the deer hunting world. 6mm thru 30.06 maybe 7mm. Just think it’s important to remember were many of our hunting brother and sisters actually find themselves as the skill level, ability, and the best options in platform and caliber for their type of hunt and area.

I like to hear good hunting stories as much as the next hunter. The ones I like to hear most are those of first time hunters and what a thrill it was an the good time they had. Let’s not spoil it for them by handing the a .300WM for their first time out is all I’m saying. Been at this hunting for 57 years now, mostly as a subsistence hunter. It’s been my pleasure to bring along another generation or two of hunters as well. Want to see that continue.

So, tell me more stories and facts an information on these bread an butter platforms and calibers! Ones never to old to learn, information is power, and I like to empower those who I can.

~Pete in Alaska

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