Be nice to range officers

Be nice to range officers

I have worked at a shooting range for a number of years. We get people from all walks of life. Some of the people who come in scare the living daylight out of me, and some are welcoming and sweet. On my lucky days,I would have a cool shooter come in that would actually teach me something new. But, on my “not so lucky days”, I’d have shooters, who would come in with terrible aim, and even worse attitudes. Having these combinations of people come in and out has left me with a lot of good and bad stories.
   It was mid-July and it has to be at least a hundred degrees. We just got the after lunch rush and I felt like I was melting. I barely got to eat lunch myself. There were at least fifteen people waiting to get on the line and the heat was making everyone a little cranky. Myself and one other range officer were in charge of running three bays. Every lane had at least one shooter and things were getting pretty chaotic. That day had me at the max on my “stress odometer.” On days like this one, I wouldn’t recommend talking smack about any R.O., and definitely not to a regular customer. One of the great things about building a relationship with the regulars that come in is knowing that they’ll have your back. On days like this one, this came in handy. Some rude guy decided to talk crap about me saying that I didn’t know what I was doing, and had no business being a range officer. Normally this wouldn’t bother me, but, due to the heart that was cooking everyone alive, I had no patience with this guy. I didn’t sugar coat any of my impatience when I told him, “I am not going to kick someone off because you think you’re special.” This guy got so mad! As far as I was concerned, it wasn’t my fault that he decided to come shoot at the same time as everyone else.
   After storming off, one of my regulars informed me that this gentlemen was saying rude things about me behind my back. Yes, I am a girl, but no, that does not make me any less knowledgeable about guns, or less capable to run my line. To teach this guy a lesson, I decided to act exactly like the “ignorant girl” he thought I was. “Silly me” forgot how much AR-15’s throw cartridges, almost right at the person next to them, and when it was finally time to get our new favorite person on the line, guess where I put him. That’s right! I put him at the very end, in the tactical bay. All the brass was attracted to him, it must have been karma. Ironically this guy had a big mouth, and a little gun. Let’s just say once he got on the line, he didn’t shoot for very long.
   The moral of this story is: Don’t talk crap about your R.O.’s, especially if it’s a female that knows what she is doing.

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Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Because I am such a loving slave driver boss Editor-in-chief that I want to take care of my staff and get them each a gift for Christmas. Since I like to do all my shopping early instead of the last minute I started  figuring out what everyone on the GEARS crew wanted and this is what they told me…

The Gun Bunny: M1918 B.A.R.  .30-06 Springfield
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Jailer Chris: M2 Browning Machine Gun .50BMG
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Sangreiti: H&K ump .45ACP
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SawGunner: Colt .45ACP
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CannonFodder: Barrett M107 .50BMG
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Panzerfaust: ARES-16 AMG-2 SHRIKE 5.56x45mm
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The Hammer: M1919 (Hip fired) .30-06 Springfield
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Old Man Lefty: Chey Tac M200 .408 Chey Tac
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Caleb: Thor XM408 .408 Chey Tac
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Wow, that would be a s#*! load of money.  Okay, so maybe I will  just have to figure out how to get them the chance to shoot them! 

On another note:

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Atticus: My Cleaning kit

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Saturday I was fortunate enough to have some spare time to take my .300 Savage out for some much need range time (on the rifles part not mine. I live out there on the range)

As I brought it home to clean I figured I would talk about my cleaning kit and why I have some things in my box and a few items I need to add

While out picking up some ammo before Christmas 2011 with my father I was looking at the cleaning kits at the store and told him I had liked the this wooden box kit that a dear friend of ours has and then went on and didn’t think about it again until I was spending Christmas with my family  and opened the gift from them with a name plate on top. (due to the fact it has my full name I will not be showing the plate)

My Kit
(4) Rifle and pistol caliber sectional cleaning rods (Apparently I collect them and still want one more)
(1) large bore/ black powder/ shotgun sectional cleaning rod
Leatherman Wave
7 Piece Screwdriver
Blade Screwdriver
Needle nose pliers
Patches
(13) Brushes
12 Gauge mop
SKS cleaning kit
(2) Tooth Brushes
(1) Worn Brass brush (needing to be replaced)
Q-tips
(13) Jags and patch pullers
(4) Jag Adapters
(6) Red cleaning rags
(2) old cotton shirts (not seen)
Flashlight
(2) Spray cans of Rem Oil
Large bottle of Hoppe’s Number 9 Solvent
Outers Nitro solvent
Outers gun oil
Magnetic bowl
Blue towel (this is what I do all my cleaning on not in the box like seen in the picture)
Special non marring hammer
59 Piece screwdriver set
Allen Keys 
 
Things I need to replace and add
Solid 36 inch cleaning rod
More caliber mops
AR Cleaning Stars for AR-15 Bolt Lugs
New Brushes
Pipe cleaners for AR-15 Gas tube
AR-15 Mag vise block
Bore Snake
Otis M-16 Chamber Brush

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The kit I have assembled is by no means the best or perfect kit but of the kind of care I do on normal day to day shooting rifles like the AR-15 this kit works for me.

For special guns I do use different chemicals and maintain them a little bit differently.

All of the parts of my kit are pretty basic and I would venture a guess to say that most of my readers will have different takes on chemicals and cleaning gear and methods and that  is great. Find the gear to best suit you and your shooting.

If you have any questions please feel free to shoot me an email about cleaning supplies and I will do my best to find the right answer or send you to the best person to find that out from.
 

[UPDATE] The cleaning kit is a DAC Gunmaster kit

Old news from Metal Storm

I’m sure most of you have at least heard of the company Metal Storm, and their exploits in stacked projectile weapon systems. The obvious awe factor of firing three bullets, all on target, in a single trigger pull is almost too much to handle. That’s why I watched the video about ten times the first time I heard about it. Truth is though, Metal Storm has a lot more potential than just the ability to put a wall of lead down range in no time flat. The M203 is a perfect example of the advantages of the stacked projectile firearm. Once modified to accept stacked projectiles, the M203 gains the ability to fire much more rapidly. Along with having very few moving parts and boasting impressive firepower and speed, the modified M203 will soon give its user the ability to fire less than lethal rounds, less lethally…

I’m all for destructive firepower, but not every shot is meant to kill. Law enforcement agencies the world over are faced with the delicate balance of protecting the civilians and themselves while not being seen as over zealous in their methods. This modified M203 gives all the discouragement to whoever may be acting rowdy, while not punching a hole in them if they get in front of the barrel. It will be equipped with a rangefinder which modifies the 40mm projectiles muzzle velocity with respect to how close the target is. This way, no matter what distance that round needs to travel in order to be its most effective, one gun gets it there without the potential of OVER-injuring those hippies down range.

Here is the official announcement of the development of the system.

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METAL STORM LIMITED
ACN 064 270 006
ASX: MST
OTC: MTSXY

METAL STORM, DSTO AND AIRTRONIC USA, INC.
SIGN AGREEMENT ON NEW NON-LETHAL WEAPON
SYSTEM 

Brisbane, Australia – Wednesday, 6 April 2011: Metal Storm Limited.

Metal Storm Limited is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and Airtronic USA, Inc to further develop and demonstrate a 40mm Managed Lethality Grenade Launching System (MLGLS). 

The prototype MLGLS, developed by DSTO, is a non-lethal 40mm weapon system that can automatically select the kinetic energy of its blunt impact rounds depending on the distance from the weapon to the target.  Conventional blunt impact rounds have a fixed kinetic energy, and can only be used safely in a very narrow range bracket – if a target is too close the rounds can be lethal, too far away and the ammunition has minimal effect.  

The MLGLS eliminates this issue by automatically sensing the range to target and selecting the muzzle velocity and kinetic energy of its projectiles at the moment of firing to provide an effective yet non-lethal impact from very short to longer ranges. 

The MLGLS attaches to a conventional grenade launcher and can also fire conventional 40mm grenade ammunition. It can be used as a stand-alone weapon, or underslung onto conventional assault rifles.

Metal Storm’s initial role is to contribute its extensive knowledge of electronic fire control systems and electronically initiated ammunition, together with  providing access to specific patented intellectual property. 

Airtronic USA, Inc. is the leading provider in the United States of M203 40mm grenade launchers.  It will contribute its mechanical interface expertise, manufacturing experience and the benefit of its extensive business relationships with all branches of the US DoD market. 

The initial objective of the collaboration partners is to present the MLGLS weapon and ammunition system at the North American  Technology Demonstration Non-Lethal  Capabilities Conference in Ottawa, Canada in October 2011.   

Response from this international event will be used to refine MLGLS requirement specifications, to engage potential early adopters, and to provide further data to quantify the expected global market potential for the product.  If market response meets expectations, Metal Storm and Airtronic intend to further negotiate with DSTO to commercialise the MLGLS for sale to international military and law
enforcement markets. 

Metal Storm CEO Dr Lee Finniear said that the  collaboration agreement offered Metal Storm the chance to leverage its existing expertise and IP in electronically initiated ballistics beyond the current Metal Storm stacked projectile systems.  

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“We have already developed  advanced electronic fire control systems and ammunition initiators for our stacked projectile weapons, and with minor adjustment we can integrate these existing systems to improve the performance of the MLGLS.”  Dr  Finniear said. “The MLGLS system and its unique ammunition represent a significant sales and revenue opportunity for Metal Storm.”  

Airtronic CEO, Dr Merriellyn Kett said that the MLGLS weapon system gives users of the M203, one of the most widely used grenade launchers in the world, the ability to escalate or deescalate force based on a perceived threat.  

“What excites us about this product is that our users don’t have to carry an additional weapon to get this enhanced capability” she said.  “With the M203 Managed Lethality System in place, the host grenade launcher retains its full capability to launch all standard 40mm grenade ammunition, but it can now also operate as an advanced less than lethal weapon system.  This is a vital capability for many of the current conflict zones around the globe”.

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information compliments of www.metalstorm.com

Product Reviews

We have a number of awesome product and firearm reviews coming up in the next few months as well as a book.

Here is a list of a few of the reviews we can mention

Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm Pistol
Kel-Tec SU-16 .223 REM Rifle
American Weapon Systems ZA-15
Rock River Arms Polymer Frame 1911

More names to come…

We have a few holsters coming in and a flashlight or two

We are hoping have the book release (The subject of which is TOP SECRET) in the next few months.

Stay tuned we have a lot coming our way in 2012.

Guns: A great way to say “I <3 u” on Valentines Day

With Valentines just around the corner you might be thinking what is something to get your sweetie who loves guns…

Here are a few fun (cheaper than real gun) ideas

Click any of the pictures for more info.

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Gun soap: For the person who feels the need to carry a gun on them at ALL times.

Pistol Ice Cube Tray

Pistol Ice Cube Tray: What do you do when you are sipping some nice ice tea on your porch when some masked robber runs up to you and demands all your money? Pour out your ice tea grab one of these ice-cube and tell him to “FREEZE!”

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Pistol coffee cup: CENSORED

 

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The Brass knuckles coffee cup: CENSORED

Caption this, Friday.

Caption this, Friday.

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“So you’d like to date my daughter?”

”So I am going to step out for a minute, the last one of you standing gets the promotion.”

“Whose my decorator? Oh, H&K, they enjoy little projects.”

If you have a caption for this picture please comment and next Friday we will posted what we feel is the BEST caption.

Good luck.

(The Heckler & Koch Gray Room, currently housed in HK’s Virginia facility, is a unique collection. The original HK Gray Room is located at Heckler & Koch’s Global Headquarters in Oberndorf, Germany. The German Gray Room also functions as a pattern room for the company’s design and engineering staff.)