Tuesday, December 27, 2011
For Christmas this year, I took some of my own advice (from my post back on Dec 11th) and gave my niece and nephew their very own Daisy Buck carbine air rifles, which are smaller lighter versions of the Red Ryder Carbine, perfect for smaller kids. My nephew, I had no doubt, would take to his own rifle, since he has always enjoyed shooting my .22 rimfire rifles, but I was concerned about how well my niece would take getting an air rifle for Christmas. Much to my pleasant surprise, she was as thrilled, if not more,as my nephew. She could hardly wait for us to finish our Christmas meal so we could go out and test them out. So out we went, and we sat up some soda cans and they began plinking away. I was surprised to find that while my nephew's form was good, he was impatient and tended to pull his shots. My niece, whose form needs some work, concentrated on her shots, took her time, and in the end was making better, far more consistent shots than my nephew. I believe that with practice and help, she will become quite the little marksman, or markswoman.
I want my niece to understand that just because she is a girl, does not mean that she can't shoot, she is just as capable as anyone else. So many parents have sheltered their daughters from things they consider to be dangerous. The world will not care that they have been sheltered as children and it will show them no mercy. So it's up to parents to teach their daughters the skills they need to take on the world. And learning firearms is one of those skills. Girls in many cases develop faster than their male counterparts, and that actually gives them an advantage, and they by all means should take it.
If your daughter shows interest in the shooting sports, instead of telling her "girls don't shoot" and turning her into a prissy froo froo princess, help develop the traits that will make her into a strong independent woman when she grows up.
Besides, if you nurture those skills, she might grow up to be the next Julie Golob, and then she can buy you a new car.
Shooting Champion Julie Golob: Deadlier than most men I know.
I plan on doing some stuff of my own about weapons lights in the near future, but until then, here is a great video by Sootch00 on weapons lights and their applications in the dark.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
I have been extremely busy, and haven't really had a chance to add much to the blog, but hopefully that is going to change soon.
A few weeks ago, I was rambling on about the AR-15 family of rifles, and I mentioned the eternal argument between AR and AK owners over which one is the better rifle.
Well, Sturmgewehre over at Military Arms Channel throws his gauntlet into the fight with this video.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
With Christmas (and to my Jewish friends, Hanukkah) fast approaching, I'm sure that many of you are searching for the perfect gift for the children in your life. With all the things that appear on the wish lists, i.e. iPods, Playstations, XBoxes, maybe something you should consider for the responsible older children is their first introduction into firearms.
Project Appleseed is an activity of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to teaching every American our shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills. Our volunteer instructors travel across the country teaching those who attend about the difficult choices, the heroic actions, and the sacrifices that the Founders made on behalf of modern Americans, all of whom are their “progeny.”
Our heritage program vividly portrays the Battles of Lexington and Concord with the kind of care and immediacy that is absent from most formal schooling. Modern listeners are confronted with the danger, the fear, and the heartbreaking separations that arose out of the choices made on April 19th, 1775. They are also reminded of the marksmanship skills and masterful organization that ultimately helped set the colonists on the path to success. Those who attend gain a better understanding of the fundamental choices faced by our ancestors as they began to set the stage for the nation we now enjoy.
You can learn more about Appleseed by visiting them at http://www.appleseedinfo.org .
This year, don't give the kids some crap they won't care about in a month. Give them something that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Give them a piece of their heritage, a link to their past. Give them something that may save their future. Don't be afraid to let them branch out. Teach them proper safety, teach them respect for dangerous things,but by all means teach them. They are our future. Without them, hope is lost.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Well, boys and girls, hope you're ready for another week.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Hello everyone, I hope your week was a good one. Mine was a long,busy gauntlet, and I am glad to be on the downward slope.