The realities of a Jewish shooting enthusiast having been told by other Jews that "We (Jews) don't shoot guns".
Sharing experiences as well as reviewing and testing equipment related to shooting sports.
Predator hunting season is technically here, but the "special" season allowing the use of rifles as well as shotguns rapidly approaches.
This is also the time of year where all the would-be predator hunters realize that they have not done anything to prepare themselves for predator hunts other than watch Outdoor Channel and spend hopeless amounts of money at Cabelas on gear and accessories that they have no clue how to use.
The modifier in all this is the fact that New Jersey is experiencing an explosion of growth in the coyote population...again. Moon dogs are everywhere--probably right under your nose. What's my point?
Guided predator hunts are selling like crazy, but the ratio of hunts to actual harvests of animals remains frustratingly distant. While I have indicated many times that uninformed, uneducated, inexperienced hunters are the main reason, I can't understand why these same hunters cannot simply heed the word of their guides and follow direction. I even wrote a book about predator hunting; "Howling The Moon Dog: Coyote Hunting East Of The Mississippi", keeping it simple, easy to read and short, to the point, but still get questions from readers who ask things like; "How many moon dogs can I expect to get on any given night?".
Now don't get me wrong--I am NOT putting down my readers by any stretch of the imagination. I have quite a few who have thanked me profusely for what they have learned and applied out in the fields and nothing pleases me more than hearing of their successes. It's the silly mistakes that confound me. I've written about them before. Yelling, making noise, standing up out of a blind, urinating, eating, and my all time favorite--taking a "sighting in shot" with a rifle about one hour into a hunt.
Please... I beg you... If you're going to take a guided hunt and pay good money--understand that your guide WANTS you to succeed. Listen to him/her. Do what they say and learn something that doesn't come from a tv show or a product ad. Predator hunt the right way.
I'll leave you with this one comment I received recently from a potential hunter who stated; "Just you wait til I'm out there. I'ma shooting everything that moves, like rapid-fire, y'know? So if I shoot the tail off a fox...I get to keep it, right?"
Hence the name of this article (you dirty minds, you), and buddy.. If you can shoot the tail off a fox, you can absolutely keep it. Until that day comes, many years from now, when that fox comes back looking for his tail and finds you asleep in your bed. Ooooooooo... the horror.
Years back when I received that first certification from the NRA that stated I was now a certified instructor, I was so proud of the title and so excited to get started teaching. I had instructed before, but now it was official. I was sanctioned. All I had to do was find a range or property owner that would let me teach and I would be set. Heck, I might even be able to quit my day job and teach shooting exclusively--I mean, how many other instructors could be out there, right?
Fast forward several years.
Not only am I still working my day job (while admittedly supplementing my income nicely as an instructor), I hear things on a regular basis, on a variety of subjects as follows:
On partnerships: "You've been teaching in my store for 2 years now... I want more money from each class. No, I won't take on any of the expenses that you incur for each class, I just want more than half."
On students: "How come you don't buy us lunch?"
On private ranges: "If you're going to be the junior pistol coach, you have to teach more than just Precision Pistol."
More on private ranges: "If you're going to be the junior pistol coach, you have to only teach Precision Pistol."
More on students: "We discussed it amongst ourselves and decided that for what we pay for this class, you should pay half the cost of our first guns."
On private property: "You can instruct on our property provided you cut the grass, maintain the landscaping, let my kids and their friends shoot whenever they want to and oh, yeah--pay us 70% of each class."
Even more on private ranges: "Yeah, the kids he coached came in first and second at the nationals, but lets see what happens next year--coulda just been luck, y'know?"
On students after class: "Can you buy a gun for me? I'll never pass NICS."
I have discovered that it is literally impossible to make everyone happy. Sure, I knew that already just by becoming an adult and working with multiple clients at once, but it's truly astounding that even in a field where you have the absolute end-all say in a persons firearm instruction, you still have to take crap, eat it and smile like it's cake.
People become extremely strong-willed and stubborn with regard to their opinions on performing these activities, and the burden lies upon me to not insult anyone while maintaining my course. Not always easy.
My advice to potential and new firearms instructors out there--not everyone who passes the course requirements to become an instructor should instruct. There's definitely a certain mindset that you have to have and a level of patience that gets tested again and again. And that's just the beginning. When you then start moving up the ladder of responsibility--even when volunteering your time and expertise--the politics of teaching shooting can weigh heavily upon anyone.
This Jew Shoots Guns... and warns you to be careful of what you wish for...you may get it.
(P.S. - I got married last weekend. A moot point, but yay.)
Well, Walter Palmer, you've found yourself in a peck of trouble again, haven't you? Killing Cecil the Lion has managed to not only remove a beloved symbol of perfection in a species, but also completely renew and reinvigorate (not to mention really piss off) the entire anti-hunting movement that exists in the world today.
Thanks to you, the billions of dollars (yes, "billions" with a "B") that are generated by law-abiding, conservation hunters around the world, who's funds are used to improve habitats, fund research, plan long-term ecosystem improvements and pay officers in fish and wildlife enforcement, will now once again come into question and teeter on the edge of extinction as more anti-hunters ignore the facts and scream for local politicians to impose even more restrictions and drive more hunters away from the very thing that has increased animal game populations from record lows in the 1960's to record highs today.
Because you had to have a trophy lion mounted amongst your other "look at the size of my penis" trophies, conservation hunters like me will now most likely get to pay more for a license, have shorter seasons and greater restrictions as we sit back and watch our natural resources and wildlife become even more pressured by development, city planning, trash, poachers, and all the other little things that contribute to the incremental deforestation of our nation and ultimately the demise of our wildlife species.
I've made my views on trophy hunting more than clear in the past--but at its most desiccated level--so long as you are following the laws around your hunting activities, no one looses. This is not a debate about the individual animal--no more a debate than that fish or chicken you had for dinner last night--this is a debate of ethical treatment of multiple populations of animals who, unfortunately, now rely on the very people who would rape the land for another shopping center or housing development, to protect them. Anti-hunters don't protest parking lots. They don't protest theme parks. They don't protest when thousands of animals are killed or displaced due to "capital improvements", they protest when one hunter kills one animal, literally not seeing the forest for the trees--even after they are clear cut.
I can only hope that because you had to kill a lion, the rest of us don't have to watch our other game species disappear. Bravo and enjoy your trophy.
This Jew Shoots Guns... after a moment of silence for Cecil.
At the closing of the week long National Pistol Matches at Camp Perry in Port Clinton, Ohio, our Jersey Junior 2-man teams really pulled out all the stops and took the first AND second place slots for the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) matches. Can I take credit for their win as their coach, mentor, rock, and provider of moral support despite the fact that I did not pull a trigger even once?
Hell yeah. It was all me.
Truthfully, my boys (I claim rights but no ownership) did an incredible job out there. Not only in the accomplishment of the CMP matches but on personal levels as well. Stats have shown that each and every one of them set personal bests in one form or another, and one shooter in particular, Josh Rotondo, shot personal bests IN EVERY MATCH HE FIRED. Yep, proud is not the word for this coach. It somehow doesn't do it justice.
Here's Josh at his most excited for the upcoming course of fire!
Of course now I've got to live up to this level and prove that it wasn't a fluke. Luckily I get to keep my spoon in the pot after having been officially named head coach of the Junior Pistol League at Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club starting in September after the retirement of the legendary Mike Westock, who has earned his retirement from coaching after 643 years. Of course, I will welcome junior shooters from all over New Jersey--we currently have juniors collected from ranges in Jackson, Old Bridge, Somerset, and more on the way.
Will one of these shooting boxes belong to YOUR junior at next year's Nationals?
We've got a hell of a schedule to live up to before next years championships and a lot of both official and unofficial matches to shoot during that time. It's going to take a lot of hard work but more fun than you can point a pistol at. If you are a resident of New Jersey and have a junior shooter (or wanna-be junior shooter) in your life, girl or boy, 11-20 years old, bring them on down and let's get them trained up to be on the team. You never know.
Juniors usually take my coaching style of "Stay Relaxed" to a new level.
Trevor displaying his award for "Most Obvious Crossfire" of the matches.
This Jew Shoots Guns... At the National Pistol championships while trying to coach New Jersey Juniors. Notice how I cleverly avoided talking about MY scores?
By trade I am an e-commerce consultant and developer. Basically that means that I teach and help clients make money on the internet. Doing this gives me a unique perspective on some of the financial ins and outs of small, medium and large businesses--particularly when it comes to businesses involved with firearms.
CJN Casting is a small business making competition grade, hard-cast bullets for reloading. The owner, Carl Nill, does a great job and is really focused on customer service and offers more than competitive pricing. At the same time, his website at www.cjncasting.com is dated and lacking some of the more modern and expected features in an e-commerce website. So, I offered to help him redo it.
A few weeks later... new website ready to launch... new features in place...shipping and inventory system ready to roll...all that has yet to be done is to set up the new merchant account.
I'm sorry, Sir. But I'm afraid we cannot do business with your company.
Why is that?
Because your industry is firearms.
No, it isn't. The business makes little reshaped pieces of lead alloy.
You make bullets.
The actual projectiles, yes, but not the completed bullet cartridges. This product cannot be used without first going through an additional manufacturing process.
Regardless, Sir. It's not us...really... it's the banks. They refuse to do business with anyone who produces anything to do with firearms.
Can I quote you on that?
Undaunted, I proceed to contact another payment processing company. And another. And another. Finally we get one who is willing to take the application. Success, right?
Whoops! Sorry. You're a bullet maker. We can't process your transactions.
Tell me which banks are stating that so I can write about them.
Can't do that, Sir.
So, there's nothing you can do?
Well... we might be able to push this through since you don't sell actual guns... but it will cost an entire percentage point more per transaction, plus an additional monthly fee.
So what you're telling me is that the banks who "morally reject" doing business with any part of the firearms industry will reconsider their moral position in exchange for more money?
Yeah, that's what I thought. Never mind. I'll remember this conversation when there's a Republican in the White House.
Now I was able to get Carl a solution to the payment processor problem and the setup is currently moving forward. More than likely his website will be chugging along with a gun-friendly payment processor and all with be right again for his little bullet business, but what a process in getting there--and he doesn't even sell guns!
We had better wake up when it comes to who we elect to put pressure on the IRS and the DOJ, who puts pressures on the banks, and so on, and so on...
Carl's new website should be up and running by Mid-April. I'll tell you more about it when it does.
This Jew Shoots Guns... Does that mean my bank account is unwanted business by most banks? Sure looks that way.
I've been shooting Bullseye competitions for about five years now. In that five years, I have noticed five things worth mentioning:
The average age of the average bullseye shooter is over 50 years of age (I myself am 45).
There are very few junior-level shooters joining local bullseye jr leagues (BUT...there are some, and this is important).
There is NO RECRUITMENT advertising, promotion or chatter by the NRA about the sport.
Bullseye for the shooter is challenging, exciting and fun. Bullseye for the observer is slow, repetitive and boring.
The greater percentage of current bullseye shooters are overweight and generally out of shape (myself included), lending further to the unappealing nature from the point of view of an observer.
However, all is not lost. Especially with regard to my point #2. I have been appointed to the position of Jr. Pistol Shooter Coordinator for the New Jersey Pistol Teams going to Camp Perry this year and we have got some GREAT shooters in our juniors for 2015. More would be better--but it looks like we are setting up to have the largest team of juniors this year than ever before. That, my friends, is good for the sport. Really good.
I just read a really nice article about the topic of the sport by Caleb from "Gun Nuts Media" (see the article here) as well as some compelling commentary about it. It is a difficult climb we have ahead of us in terms of representation. You're not likely to see an Outdoor or Sportsmans channel show on Bullseye shooting--even I know that would be a snore-fest--but that does not mean we (all shooters) should give up on the sport. The practice has some amazing benefits to the shooter in terms of technique and trigger control alone--but also lends itself to be a great way to enter the world of shooting competitions.
I for one, will not take this lying down. Those kids going to Camp Perry this year deserve the full force of support from all shooters--bullseye competitors or not--and we can keep this sport alive and vibrant.
I have some ideas and will report back as they come to fruition. In the mean time please help us out by donating to our New Jersey Junior Leagues. It's expensive for a team to go to Camp Perry and we need all the help we can get! You can learn more at NJ Pistol.com or feel free to contact me here or donate using the Paypal donate button on the right side of this page. 100% of all donations between now and July go to our New Jersey Juniors.
This Jew Shoots Guns... despite being 45 years old and out of shape.
...In other news, another round of governmental left-wing facism rears it's ugly head and this time attempts to take away our ammunition through a new recommendation of policy brought forth by the second district congressional mph double-talk, double-talk, double-talk.
So, yeah. Another uproar about the gun-grabbers coming after .223 and 5.56 ball ammo for the reclassification of these common bullets as "armor-piercing". And, of course, we are to be outraged and get on the email or better yet--on the phone to call our congressman, congresswoman, representative and dog-catcher while on our way to Cletus' Gun Supply to buy up all the ammo we can in a panic... right?
Well, fair readers of the gun-owning variety, I submit to you the following question:
Shouldn't the Goddam representatives already know by now that this measure is unconstitutional and that they should fight against it?
I mean, why the hell do we need to even pick up the phone? Why are they not already doing everything they can to fight this kind of bullcrap instead of leaning out an open window with a hand to their ears, waiting to hear from us? Didn't we already elect them based upon the last round of grabber-nonsense?
And yeah, I get the fact that some of those representatives are liberals/democrats/anti-gun/martians, but if they are representing us and they saw what we did with votes during the last election--don't you think they would get the point by now?
Do any of us really think that this "reclassification" will happen? Sure, the NRA and about a dozen other organizations are using it for a good soaking of new money to rally for and send us tons of solicitations (We need more of your money to stop this from happening! Open your wallets for Christ's Sake! GIVING US MONEY WILL SAVE YOUR GUNS!!!).
To me the equation is a simple one. Representatives of all shapes and sizes should get off their assess and send us all email and simply worded letters in the mail that state, quite coherently, that they are already on this. There is no need to call. They understand that unless they put a stop to the nonsense, we will vote them out too. They are on the job and they remember that we pay them to anticipate our needs when no debate is necessary.
This Jew Shoots Guns... and vows to never shop again at ANY store that raises prices of .223 or 5.56 even a penny because of this latest "crisis".