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We Are All Thankful

votingThis past election day gave us a surprising but grateful relief to our fear that it might go the other way. I immediately thanked God and Praised Jesus for the divine help in saving our nation from further decay into the depths of Liberal corruption and moral decay that would have been able to destroy the nation that once was the greatest on earth.

Constitution & GavelLet’s face it. This is the only country in the world that was founded with recognition of     Continue reading

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Obama Exposed – Incompetent

You Could Say He Was Qualified Only by Affirmative Action

By Matt Patterson

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages.  How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?

barack-obama-gangstaImagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League, despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer;” a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, less often did he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to   Continue reading

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WE WON! Trump To Be President

Well, we did it. We moved Donald J. Trump into the end zone with a near landslide election. The election of Donald Trump as President is a repudiation of the Liberal Democrat agenda and an overwhelming repudiation of Obama Care which is one of the main planks in his platform. This election was a repudiation of Democrats and Liberals in general.  People are just tired of stats that show 65 million people now on Food Stamps and 18 million of those are just since the Obama Presidency.  We have had the worst economic recovery since the 1930s.  Republicans won races all across the nation.  With Obama we have not had a GDP increase above 3%  for any year.

Donald Trump won an huge majority of the states excepting the Liberal northeast and the west coast.  California with the millions of illegal aliens allowed to vote came in with an unrealistic vote count of 61% to 38%, largely because of the registration system that now allows you register online with no proof of citizenship or documentation of any kind.

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9/11, Remembering Fifteen Years Ago

On this day of reflection, we are all drawn to memories of where we were fifteen years ago and just how we came to be aware of the incredible occurrences on the east coast.  I remember that I was up north in Sacramento managing construction of a new restaurant, but unable to leave the coverage on TV to go out to the jobsite.  Later, I remember telling my crew of the events as they had arrived for work early and missed the news.

Most of us assumed it was just an accident.  I of course was no different and remember   Continue reading

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Gun Free Zones Kill, Again – This Time 4 Marines in Chattanooga

This keeps happening and yet it is predictable, and to some degree preventable. Our lawmakers and politicians continue to believe that our society needs what they call “gun free zones”, ostensibly to keep guns out of the building, arena, or gathering place. But gun free zones are becoming known as “killing zones”.

A few weeks ago, we reported about a senseless shooting in Charleston, S.C. This time the location is in Chattanooga, TN where a Muslim man shot through the windows of a military recruiting station located in a strip mall. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a naturalized American citizen, born in Kuwait, with citizenship in Jordan, woke up in the morning and decided that this form of terrorism, shooting up two military centers with an AK-47, would be appropriate for his unknown cause. He paid for it with his life.

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An Armed Society is a Polite Society

The Liberal, gun grabbing society that we live in today shudders at the idea of guns in our communities. The idea of having even more guns among the peasants is absolutely abhorrent to the average big city dweller/liberal. But there is a saying that “An armed society, is a polite society”. On it’s face that seems to be fairly logical. When one ponders the concept, within seconds they can rationalize in their brain just how that might be true. One can easily see how “Manners are good when one may have to backup his acts with his life”. But it would require a majority of the people to carry guns.

After their initial realization in their head of how this concept might be true, today’s modern liberal would then realize that this idea flies in the face of their beliefs, and they can’t have that. They won’t stand for it. So next comes an argument such as, “Well, I suppose we should go back to the ways of the wild west with gun fights, blood in the street and near everyone carries a gun”. They think this is the ultimate bad idea that might come out of it.

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Expect New Calls for Assault Rifle Ban

Dateline: Aurora, Colorado, July 20, 2012 – A gunman dressed all in black and wearing a gas mask massacres 12 people attending a midnight premier showing of the “Batman, The Dark Knight Rises”, and injures at least 50 more at the Century Theaters in Aurora.  This was also in a place that is a “Gun Free Zone”, as Century Theater posted a “No Guns Allowed” sign on the front doors.

Yet another tragic mass shooting, this time involving what appears to be an otherwise sane person by all initial accounts, who for some unknown reason shot theater goers in the Rocky Mountain metropolitan city of Aurora, Colorado.

As usual the media jumped right in with its usual slipshod, inept attempt to investigate the incident and the shooter that only resulted in journalistic malpractice.  Early Friday Brian Ross with ABC News checks out the name James Holmes on his I-Phone and finds one of the James Holmes listed is an active TEA Party member, so he gleefully reports that he is the “Batman Killer”.  Oops!  Didn’t check his facts again.  Turns out he wasn’t the same guy.  Just the possibility that the TEA Party could be tarnished and tied to this was enough to send Brian Ross into a frenzy and report to the world that the Batman Killer is a major TEA Party member.  He later had to apologize.  But I digress.

The next words out of the reporters mouths was that the gunman was carrying an “assault rifle” thought to be an AR-15 that shoots high velocity ammunition along with a pistol and a shotgun, that were bought “legally”.  Now the word “legally” is added strategically.  Their agenda is to put blame on the guns that are ‘so prolific’ in our society – in their minds.  And the fact that someone could buy what they call an assault rifle legally is undoubtedly going to be brought the forefront in the media reporting in the next few weeks.  Journalists are no doubt chomping at the bit at the notion that they are going to be able to start calling for more gun control, more extensive background checks, new gun laws, waiting periods, gun limits and wait for it – a renewal of the “assault rifle ban”.

Yes, an “assault rifle ban” just like the one that expired in the ‘90s.  After all, their mantra is “let no tragedy be wasted”.  They’re not going to let this go unanswered.  In a press conference this afternoon, the Aurora Police Chief said that it now up to us to now start “pushing back”.  Pushing back??  What the hell does that mean?  I’ll tell you what that means.  They are going to start the call for more gun control laws.  Liberal legislators are going to be more than eager to answer the call.

So let’s just see how long before we see the first news report on calls for new gun legislation.  I give it two – three days tops.  After all, it is a weekend coming up.

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Competition Shooting – My First IDPA Match

Going to the local gun range is good but very limited.  Everyone should indeed visit their local gun shooting range periodically to maintain their skills and familiarity with their tools.  You don’t want to grab your gun in an emergency and have to spend time trying to remember how to make it go bang.  But as I said, a simple gun range is limited in that you may not use a holster at most ranges, you can’t move from your lane position with a loaded weapon, and it’s all very calm and relaxed while you fire at a static paper target with maximum accuracy.  As such, range shooting does not come anywhere close to a real life situation where you might have to defend your life or your family.

Enter IDPA which stands for International Defensive Pistol Association.  It was founded in the mid 90s to provide more realistic scenarios for competition and training. It simulates self defense scenarios and real life encounters to give participants active concealed cover training that goes beyond simply standing at a range bench and killing paper.  Now, no simulation is ever going to actually provide the anxiety of a real life gun battle but it at least gets you moving and using more of your brain to complete the scenarios.

I knew that I needed to be there by 8:00 AM to be able to attend a newcomer briefing, which I did.  However, there were a lot of people who showed up to participate which took a long time to get them all signed in.  Sixty six participants showed up which is the most they’ve had in several months.  In addition, there were 16 new shooters all wanting to try an IDPA match for themselves.  So as registration went long, so did the newcomer briefing.

At the briefing we were schooled on safety rules, protocol, safety rules, scoring, safety rules, garments (you are supposed to be dressed for concealed cover), safety rules, advice on how to approach the match as a new never been tested first time shooter, and more safety rules.

Did I mention that they discussed “safety rules”?  Safety is paramount at an IDPA match.  It is the first consideration in anything you do with your gun.  Here are just a few of the safety rules:

  • Your gun never leaves its holster except and unless directed by a “Safety Officer” (SO) to do so, or at the safe handling zone.
  • Your finger must never be on the trigger except when aimed and ready to fire at a threat (target), especially when moving to the next firing position.
  • Your gun must be unloaded at completion of each stage in the presence of the SO who must see the magazine ejected, see an empty chamber and witness the trigger pulled at which time he will declare the range ‘safe’ and instruct you to return the gun to your holster.
  • Never drop your gun.  It will result in a disqualification.
  • Never shoot at the ground, accidently or otherwise, within 6 feet of yourself or anyone else (disqualification).
  • The gun muzzle must not break the 180 degree rule.
  • And many more.

Needless to say, they take safety very seriously, as they should.  They want everyone to be able to walk out of there.  You are all playing with a potentially dangerous and lethal tool.  But after all of that, they want everyone to have fun with it – which I think is impossible not to do.  I mean, you’re going to have fun.  I don’t know how you can help it.

So, off we went to our respective groups for the match which had already begun.  There are 8 stages grouped in 4 locations with 2 each.  Each group of about 15-20 people went to one of the four bays where there are 2 stages.  As each group of two stages is completed, you move as a group to the next bay of two stages until everyone has completed all eight stages.  On this day, that took us over 6 hours.  They tell me that normally they are about 4-5 hours.

Now, normally I am a very good shot at a regular range or out at one of our fun shoots with the Big Thunder Gun Club in the desert, but this is a new dynamic.  You have a lot of things to think about and you have to move too.  Most of the stages required you to move either from one firing location to another or to move while shooting.  On my first stage, I think I completely missed two of the targets or at least scored a “failed to neutralize” (FTN).  Hey, it was my first time.  My second and third stages were a little better but not much.  However, by the time I got to my fourth stage, I had calmed down and was scoring much better as I took my time to aim, and some of the basics started to set in and become more natural.

The stages are set up with simulated walls as “hard cover”, sometimes with windows or doors, sometimes barrels as “hard cover” and cardboard targets, which are in a rough human silhouette, that represent a threat that must be taken out.  However, some of the cardboard silhouettes represent an innocent bystander or hostage, and of course, you’re not supposed to shoot those.  I’ve got to say though, some of the hostages had a bad day, although not by me.   I think I only shot one in the head on my first stage.

Scoring is fairly simple.  You are timed on each stage.  The SO asks for you to acknowledge when you are ready, says “stand by” and a buzzer goes off giving you the signal to go.  You draw you gun from concealment and proceed to attack the course and the threats.  After two shooters have gone and the range is declared “safe” by the SO, we all move up to the target area where the scores are read and the holes taped up for the next shooter.  The scoring is minus zero (-0) for a center of mass shot or head shot, minus one (-1) for the next ring, and minus three (-3) for the outer most ring.  If all shots land in the minus three zone you receive a “failure to neutralize” (FTN) which is a minus five (-5) added to your minus threes.  Any “procedural” violations such as not remaining behind cover will give you a minus five (-5).  Each of these numbers represents a half second that is added to your time.  They add them all up, multiply them by 0.5, and add that many seconds to your score.  Simple, right?  Well don’t worry.  They do all of the scoring.  All you have to do is shoot and help tape the holes in the targets.

Most of the stages require about 15 – 18 shots to complete and one took a minimum of 22 which required three magazines.  We live in a land of ten round magazines so that is the most you can have in any magazine whether it holds more or not.  Most of the threat targets are static but there are some moving targets thrown in as well.

They tell you how many shots you are to put in each of the threats.  It could two or three, or even two to the body and one to the head.  You may have to shoot each threat with two or three consecutive shots or in “tactical sequence” which would mean that you would give each of say, three targets one shot, and then follow with a second shot to each.

I found it comforting in that the Safety Officers and seasoned veterans are all very friendly and helpful in that they want you to have a good time and learn from the experience.  Several times the SO we had in our group coached me on some things I might want to work on or pointers on how to better do something.  They of course, knew that I was a first timer since they give all the newbies a name tag which tells everyone that it is indeed your first time.  There was never any condemnation, only encouragement, guidance and a sharing of wisdom that has come from experience.

In as much as this was my first time, I don’t expect I had a very good score, as I was walking through most of the stages just to get the hang of it, (in fact they advise that for newbies).  Although, I did pick up the pace a little near the end as I got more familiar with the concept.  I did notice some of the other newbies having a much more difficult time with it than I, so I doubt I will be in last place.  But more than anything, I was competing against myself – trying to see how I would do with something new.  I’m sure I’ll get better the more I do it.  So I think I would give myself a passing grade.  What’s more, I had a lot of fun doing it.  Can’t wait until next time.

My impressions were all positive.  If you are interested in developing your tactical skills I believe you really should try this.  It is an excellent way to provide you with some practical training that goes beyond simply standing and shooting.  The course scenarios at IDPA matches are designed to simulate potentially life threatening encounters and test the skills that would be required to survive such encounters.  In addition, you end up meeting some great people all the while you’re having a great time.

If you think you might be interested in trying an IDPA match, I invite you to visit their website by clicking here.  Once there, click on “Club Info”  and “Club Listings” in the left sidebar and find the range closest to you.  Then go have a blast.

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“American Guns” Returns in Two Weeks

After much controversy, and some speculation, we can announce that the popular Discovery show “American Guns” is returning for season two on April 25th. Many people have wondered if the show was coming back. I have been reassuring them that it was indeed going to have a second season and now it is here.

In late December of last year, we received notice from the producers that they were casting for the second season.  We subsequently posted a notice that the producers were looking for gun enthusiasts to become a part of the new season. You can read that post by clicking here.

Now the hit new reality show about an average family in the Denver area of Colorado, who just happen to own and operate one of the premier gun stores in the country, is starting its second season on a new night, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 9:00 PM on the Discovery channel.

Rich Wyatt and his wife Renee, own Gunsmoke, located near Golden, Colorado, where they buy, sell and trade guns – from hand cannons to hunting rifles.  And if you don’t see what you want, they’ll build one for you – from nothing more than a block of metal.  Gunsmoke has the largest and most experienced group of gunsmiths in the state.  When the Wyatts aren’t building or selling guns, they’re shooting them.  No gun leaves their shop without being test fired by the family first. They, and the one-of-a-kind and historic guns they make and sell, are featured in the hit series on The Discovery Channel.

And YES, Paige will be back.  For all of you ‘pervs’ who think their 17 year old daughter is hot (well she is), Paige Wyatt is also returning to the show.  I get a lot of people stopping by here just looking for pictures of Paige.  Well, here it is.

If any of you might be wishing that you could be the next custom gun owner – you may still be able to.  The producers are always looking for gun collectors, gun enthusiasts, buyers, sellers and traders of guns to include in the show, if not for this season, then for next.

For more information, or to apply for the chance to be featured on the seires, please email Sandy Mehlman at sandy.mehlman@gmail.com for more information, or log on to www.facebook.com/metalflowersmedia or call at Sandy at 323.600.4582

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Spike TV Casting New Gun Show

Metal Flowers Media has begun casting a new show to be aired on Spike TV.  It is not yet on the schedule but they are looking for groups of three gun enthusiasts who can speak with knowledge about guns to host the new show.  Metal Flowers Media is also involved with American Guns, Sons of Guns and The Colony.  If you are interested in a chance to be on a new show about guns, read below and contact the Casting Directors listed below.

A nationwide search has begun to find enthusiastic, energetic groups of friends who love everything about guns!  This new series will celebrate friendship, camaraderie, skill and technology.  These gun-slinging dudes will have their dreams come true as they get the chance to host their very own show!  If you eat, sleep and breathe all things firearms – if you are a “gun-tard”! – then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for!

Casting Directors at Metal Flowers Media (The Colony, American Guns) are currently seeking a group of guys who together become an encyclopedia of firearms.  This “A-team” of gun enthusiasts will have an amazing dynamic and the knowledge to blow your typical gun fanatic away.

If you and your friends appear to be between the ages of 30-50 years old, are able spit a wide range of “gun talk” and host a series all about GUNS, then we want to hear from you!

For more information or to apply for the show email janelle@gmail.com or log on to www.metalflowersmedia.com for details.

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“American Guns” Now Casting

Update:  The new season is starting.  See our post for more information.  Click here.

The Discovery Channel hit series “American Guns” is Now Casting for upcoming episodes.

‘American Guns’, Featuring a Colorado Family Business Dealing with Historic, One-of-a-Kind and Downright Cool Guns, Is Now Looking for New “Customers”

The Discovery Channel is currently casting for the show American Guns on the Discovery Channel.  They are looking for some gun enthusiasts (preferably in the Denver area, but we will consider candidates from anywhere in the US) who might be interested in being featured on the show.  They are looking for people, especially females or ‘twenty somethings,’ who are interested in a buy, sell, trade, or fix up.

The Wyatts are your typical suburban family… who just happen to own one of the premier firearms facilities in the world. Rich Wyatt and his wife Renee, own Gunsmoke, located outside Denver, Colorado, where they buy, sell and trade guns – from hand cannons to hunting rifles. And if you don’t see what you want, they’ll build one for you – from nothing more than a block of metal. Gunsmoke has the largest and most experienced group of gunsmiths in the state. When the Wyatts aren’t building or selling guns, they’re shooting them. No gun leaves their shop without being test fired by the family first. They – and the one-of-a-kind and historic guns they make and sell – are featured in the hit series on The Discovery Channel. And for anyone wishing that they could be the next custom gun owner – now is your chance.

The Discovery Channel and Gurney Productions are currently searching for gun enthusiasts who are in the market for a one-of-a-kind, specialized firearm. They are also looking for gun collectors, enthusiasts, buyers, sellers, and traders. Candidates must be U.S. Citizens, over the age of 18, and preferably live within approximately 150 miles of Denver, Colorado. They will consider candidates from anywhere in the United States.

For more information, or to apply for the chance to be featured on the seires, please email Sandy Mehlman at sandy.mehlman@gmail.com for more information, or log on to www.facebook.com/metalflowersmedia or call at Sandy at 323.600.4582

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More Women are Embracing Gun Ownership

In our previous article, Gun Sales at Record Levels This December, we noted how much gun sales have increased this year.  But wasn’t mentioned in that piece was how many of those new guns are going to women.  The percentage of guns going to women is growing.  What used to be considered mainly a men’s sport is becoming coed – especially in the competition sports.

According to a recent Gallop poll, 43 percent of women now have at least one gun at home, which is up 19 percent from the previous year.  Women are gaining on men in the purchase of firearms for both hunting and personal defense, according to several reports as well as the NRA.  Thousands of women are learning how to shoot, and learning how to take responsibility for their own personal defense.  Last month, a Sheriff from South Carolina held a press conference wherein he adamantly encouraged women to obtain and carry concealed weapons.

Take for example, the following video produced by a gun training academy in Texas.  It promotes what they can do for women who want to be able to defend themselves.

According to one local gun range instructor, “Interest has been so high that we have started holding women only classes”, in response to the increased interest by women.  And according to the NRA, their Women on Target program has seen a 20% increase in clinic attendance since 2010.

One woman who is an avid shooter but also happens to be a Yoga instructor put it like this, “Yoga’s Zen-like quality can be applied to shooting guns in a lot of ways.  Shooting guns takes focus, concentration, and it doesn’t always have to be about violence.”  She added, “When I cook, I use a chef’s knife.  You have respect for a knife as a tool that you use in your craft.  And I think guns can be used in the same way.”

The target shooting industry is now catering to female shooters.  There are pink pistols, and even purses with holster slots. Some local IDPA and USPSA chapters have even added women’s divisions to their competitions.  IDPA competitions especially, help to teach proficiency in self defense techniques in more real life situations.  They help to provide women with a venue to practice their skills to better be able to defend themselves.

As a blogger myself, I am finding more and more women who have their own blogs about guns and shooting sports. Here are just a few:

So here is a tip of the ol’ Stetson women.  Here’s to you.  Keep shootin’ and remember, more guns means less crime.
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