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.
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".
I've gone through quite a few new shooter students in my classes now and it's clear that one of the hurdles encountered by many of those new to firearms, and specifically handguns, is the act of loading the magazines (don't call then "clips"...I beg you).
While not a difficult concept, nor is it hard to get used to, the act of loading mags for any shooting purpose can eventually take it's toll on the hands and fingers until such a time where about a quarter-inch of calluses have formed on all fingers involved and one's hand-strength has become formidable enough to crush a cinder block. Some purists will disagree but I say...
Let em use the loader.
Because with this simple tool that requires no batteries, recharging or maintenance of any kind, a shooter--any shooter-- can throw 15 rounds down the throat of a magazine in seconds. Literally seconds.
The use of the loader is simplicity in itself:
Place the loader over the mouth of the magazine, facing you.
Squeeze the loader closed.
Push down on the loader so it moves the magazine's follower down.
Drop in a cartridge, also facing you.
Release the squeeze on the loader.
Lift the loader back to step #1.
Absolutely nothing to it. Think I'm sold on it? I own two of them so yeah, I believe in the product. Can I load the "old fashioned" way? Sure, but why? Easy to use, takes up no space in the range bag, high quality, saves your fingers and works every time. That's what you want in any firearms accessory. The loader works with calibers from as small as .380 up to .45ACP (but NOT .45 long colt).
These have been around for awhile and no one has improved on them yet. So why don't you own one? Click the picture above if you want to order one.
This Jew Shoots Guns... and reloads magazines with ease.
A few years back I wrote a post about where to get stuff for the shooting sports--be it hunting, competition shooting, or just plain plinking around. The article was well received and I was thanked for it.
Now it's a few years later, a lot more readers, and a steadily growing number of corrent and former students emailing, texting and calling--"Where do I get (insert specific firearm related thing here)?"
Well now, you can get it from me.
I have updated my website with a "shooting store" where you can purchase the most commonly asked for items from readers and students. Everything from firearm maintenance, safety, cleaning, optics, transport, storage, targets, books and range gear---and I am adding products every day.
Wherever applicable, I have been adding comments and tidbits about why I recommend or have purchased a particular item. Any questions about any of these recommendations should be freely communicated to me.
This Jew Shoots Guns... and will donate a portion of every sale to the Jr Shooting League at Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club to help with the cost of ammo, new guns and to help them get to Camp Perry this year.
Any new or inexperienced handgun shooters out there in the middle to southern New Jersey area interested in taking an official NRA certificate shooting course can sign up for the classes I am teaching in South/Central New Jersey around the area of Manahawkin, NJ at several different locations. I am offering courses in Pistol, Rifle and Shooting Sports introductions. All shooting is done at a private range facility in Tuckerton.
Classes offered monthly in all weather conditions. All shooting in cold weather months are toasty warm from a heated outdoor bunker.
These are shooting courses. Please bring eye and ear protection if possible. Coffee, donuts, firearms and ammunition provided.
Questions welcome via comment or email.
What you can expect:
These courses are at least 8-14 hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot firearms (some courses are 2 days but most are one day classes). Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; firearm parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the various shooting positions, cleaning and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guides to the Basics of shooting handbooks, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of fiorearm Shooting Student Examination, and get course completion certificate (NRA courses only).
I'll spare you all the claptrap about living a healthy lifestyle and how much sugar, caffeine, soda and cigarettes you should consume on a daily basis. You've already got Bloomberg to do that for you. However, I will tell you this--if you're a complete couch potato getting zero exercise for fifty weeks a year and then decide to go out hunting. You may be in for a potentially deadly surprise.
The unhealthy body is not prepared for the physical demands of hunting. What physical demands? You mean because all you do is sit in a treestand for a few hours solid and then come back down? Yes, that is exactly what I am talking about. All too often we hear the news reports of hunters injured or killed while hunting--not by animals--but from falling or collapsing.
Overweight, underweight, perfect weight--if you are unused to physical exercise then you run the risk of overexertion due to the stresses of wearing/hauling your hunting equipment and firearms/archery equipment. Even a simple stroll of fifty yards to a treestand or hunting blind can take its toll if you are not prepared for the exertion. You've also got to climb the treestand. You've got to haul the equipment up. And then...you get to sit there.
A sitting position for hours on end without allowing blood flow to circulate puts you at the risk of developing blood clots.
Setting up for your early morning hunt is most likely not what your body is used to. Hauling, walking, climbing in the pre-dawn hours can be a source of stress on the heart, especially since most of us wake up somewhat dehydrated and purposely do not drink liquids to avoid having to urinate while on our hunt.
Those same pre-dawn hours can also result in nodding off in the treestand. Are you wearing your safety harness?
It's estimated that the unhealthy hunter is at 40% greater risk from sudden health issues during the first few hunts of the season. As serious as heart attack or stroke to the most inconvenient sprained ankle or dislocated shoulder.
The solution? Work up to your hunt.
Walk - Four weeks before your first hunt, get off your ass and start walking. Walk every day a little further than the last day, but the time you get to your first hunt, you should be up to about 1/2 a mile to a mile.
Lift - Three weeks before your first hunt, when you come back from your walk, add an additional 20-30 pounds of weight to your body and then put it back down a few times. Whether you are lifting weights or slinging a knapsack full of books or donning your actual hunting equipment, get used to the feeling of weight again and let those muscles stretch.
Climb - Two weeks before your first hunt, climb a ladder. Climb a treestand. Climb something to remind your body what it will need to do in a few weeks. Climb up, then climb down. Then do it again with the additional weight on you (if possible). This will take you 5 minutes, tops.
Stretch - One week before your first hunt, start doing some simple stretching exercises first thing in the morning. Lay on the floor and twist your body. Feel the stretches and save your muscles. This will take you five minutes, tops.
Get up early - Two days before your first hunt, get up the same time that you will on the day of your hunt. Help reset your body clock for the early pre-dawn hours that it will need to do the day you go out.
Of course, these are the simplest and most basic of exercises that any doctor will tell you is necessary for any cardiovascular health in the slightest. Maybe you'll continue to do some of them year round--but probably not. We are who we are, but without judgement or prejudice, If I can at least convince you to do enough to keep from dying on your hunt, I've made my point. If I can do it, you definately can.
This Jew Shoots Guns... and avoids throwing a blood clot while hunting.