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Bushmaster Carbon 15 Follow up Review.

18 Feb

I bought my Carbon-15 on Halloween of 2012. Its no surprise that when I bought it I wasn’t the only person buying an AR at the time. But I didn’t know anybody else with one of these. In fact until about a week prior to buying it I didn’t even know that anybody made a rifle with a carbon/polymer receiver.

 

All the review that I read on line were terrible for the “1st generation” and pretty solid for the second gen rifles. Well I have now had the rifle for about a year and a half and although I have only put about 12oornds through it. So far it is perfect. One of the debates that happens with this rifle as well as many AR-15 style rifles is that you aren’t supposed to run steel cased ammo through it. Well I am here to say that at least 500 of the 1200 I have but through the gun have been steel. While I understand that it is harder on the gun it has yet to choke and if I experience a FTE I will certainly post about it.

The rifle came with a pretty cheap reddot scope that actually worked really well BUT its still a 1x reddot so I want to put a better scope on it for some longer range shooting because frankly I suck without a little magnification. The rifle also came with a hard sized rifle case that is virtually useless because it doesn’t actually hold the rifle with the scope that they provided mounted. Also although the rifle came with 2 steel 20rnd mags I run pretty much exclusively Pmag-30’s.

So a 16months later the rifle is performing great and as soon as I put a better optic on it should be set up as a nice predator gun. Of course my long term plan is to get a nice .300blk upper and use it as my deer gun but that may take a few more days of overtime to accomplish.

 

My perspective on the Starbucks thing.

18 Sep

When this whole Starbucks appreciation day and I love guns and coffee thing kicked off I was tepid in my excitement for it. (Feel free to look back on my archives if you want some proof). I thought it was good that a major company like Starbucks was supporting our freedom but I thought that people were going way overboard.

So now the CEO of Starbucks has posted and open letter politely asking us to stop openly carrying firearms in his stores. When I read the letter basically what I see is that he didn’t ask for his stores to be used as a basis for anyone’s political organization activities and he doesn’t want to participate in the debate. I’m fine with that. He also states he is not posting his stores with “gun free zone” signs. So those of us that carry concealed are still legally just fine to drink coffee armed.

I love the gun community but we do have a habit of overdoing it. When people started carrying long guns into Starbucks and when others made it a point to redesign the Starbucks logo into a pro-gun logo I knew this would eventually happen.

To my fellow advocates that are bashing Starbucks and saying you wont buy their coffee. Well so be it your welcome to eat and drink overpriced coffee anywhere you want but I really don’t see this as an anti-gun move by Schultz I see this as him politely asking us to stop using his private property for our political demonstrations.

 

Appaently there is nothing else on Obamas agenda.

16 May

So myself and MANY others emailed the bejesus out of our congress critters on the topic of gun rights in the last 6 months. And in exchange about a month ago the bills in congress died and we haven’t heard much about how evil I am for owning a firearm so evil and cutting edge that it was designed just 50yrs ago.

So imagine my surprise when I got this in my email today.

Dear (Xxxx:)

Thank you for taking the time to write. I have heard from many Americans regarding firearms policy and gun violence in our Nation, and I appreciate your perspective. From Aurora to Newtown to the streets of Chicago, we have seen the devastating effects gun violence has on our American family. I join countless others in grieving for all those whose lives have been taken too soon by gun violence.

Like the majority of Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. In this country, we have a strong tradition of gun ownership that has been handed down from generation to generation. Hunting and sport shooting are part of our national heritage. Yet, even as we acknowledge that almost all gun owners in America are responsible, when we look at the devastation caused by gun violence—whether in high-profile tragedies or the daily heartbreak that plagues our cities—we must ask ourselves whether we are doing enough.

While reducing gun violence is a complicated challenge, protecting our children from harm should not be a divisive one. Most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale. Most also agree that if we took commonsense steps to curtail gun violence, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown. We will not be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing we can do to reduce gun violence—if even one life can be saved—then we have an obligation to try.

That is why I asked Vice President Joe Biden to identify concrete steps we can take to keep our children safe, help prevent mass shootings, and reduce the broader epidemic of gun violence in this country. He met with over 200 groups representing a broad cross-section of Americans and heard their best ideas. I have put forward a specific set of proposals based off of his efforts, and in the days ahead, I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality.

My plan gives law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals, and the public health community some of the tools they need to help reduce gun violence. These tools include strengthening the background check system, helping schools hire more resource officers and counselors and develop emergency preparedness plans, and ensuring mental health professionals know their options for reporting threats of violence. And I directed the Centers for Disease Control to study the best ways to reduce gun violence—because it is critical that we understand the science behind this public health crisis. From improving mental health services to looking more closely at a culture that too often glorifies violence, we must leave no stone unturned when working to keep Americans safe.

As important as these steps are, they are not a substitute for action from Congress. To make a real and lasting difference, members of Congress must also act. As part of my comprehensive plan, I have called on them to pass some specific proposals right away. First, it is time to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun. Second, Congress should renew the 10-round limit on magazines and reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban. We should get tougher on those who buy guns with the purpose of selling them to criminals, and we should impose serious punishments on anyone who helps them do this.

These are reasonable, commonsense measures that have the support of the majority of the American people. But change will not come unless the American people demand it from their lawmakers. Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love. We owe the victims of heartbreaking national tragedies and the countless unheralded tragedies each year nothing less than our best effort—to seek consensus in order to save lives and ensure a brighter future for our children.

Thank you, again, for writing. I encourage you to visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/NowIsTheTime to learn more about my Administration’s approach.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

That’s right folks in the middle of at least 2 major scandals the Obama administration pushes out form letters to correspondence written months ago.

Frankly it would have been better to get nothing. I am not so naive as to believe that Obama is actually busting out this email to me personally. It’s a form letter and that’s all I expected. Frankly the only reason I would ever email the president is to be counted as one more “vote” on a certain side of an issue. If I contact my local state rep I can call him on his cell phone (done it) if I want to contact my federal legislators I know the response is still pretty formulaic if not just a policy statement. But I’m pretty confused on why the administration would send out this form letter when both sides see that further gun laws are not politically viable. I’m especially confused as to why the email still talks about a new assault weapons ban when that provision didn’t even make it into the final bill.

 

Sorry I can’t be there.

03 May

Sorry I can’t be in Houston with all of you guys for the NRA Convention. Houston is a city that I have always wanted to visit and the NRA con would have been a fun experience.

It didn’t quite work out this year but I am enjoying all of the Facebook posts from people at the show.

 
 

A background check bill I could support.

18 Apr

Yesterday’s headlines were all about how the so called “compromise bill” failed to meet the 60 vote requirement in the Senate and thus failed.

Even within the gun rights community the idea of background checks on private sales is a divisive issue. Some gun owners who want to see every transaction go through a federally licensed dealer and others who want guns to be treated like just about every other consumer good and sold off the shelf no questions asked.

I am nether. First let me explain my position so you can see what my potential bias may be.

We already have a system where guns bought from a dealer go through a background check. In most states this is done by using the NICS database. I’m fine with that. Also in most states I can legally sell a firearm to another private party as long as neither of us are prohibited from legally possessing a gun and we reside in the same state. ( this is what the anti gunners refer to as the gun show loophole )

Also right now gun purchased through the Internet on such sites as Gunbroker MUST BE SHIPPED TO A DEALER and then transferred to the buyer just as if they bought that gun from that dealer. So the recent arguments that Internet purchases arn’t currently being checked fails as well.

So here is what I propose and I’m pretty confident that it would pass congress.

1. All dealers continue to sell firearms just like they have except we remove the field on the form 4473 that asks for the guns serial number. This prevents a registration database from being created.

2. Anytime ownership of a gun is transferred from one individual to another the seller must run the buyers name through a new expanded background check system. The system would consist of an online or phone based check using the same information as the form 4473 has. Each transaction will be given a unique transaction ID. This id number is good for the transfer of up to 5 guns between the same to people within 7 calendar days. This provision will cover the vast majority of inheritance and gift transactions. I’m ok with saying this receipt with this ID number needs to be retained for 1yr from the purchase.

3. If more than 5 guns need to be transferred (such as a collection being inherited ) the transaction goes through a dealer who can list up to 100 guns on the same 4473 form.

4. If a state issues their concealed handgun permit/ concealed weapons permit / whatever your state calls it and that permit meets a basic set of requirements namely that it has a picture and your vital stats on it and that it’s issues by a city, county or state government then it is deemed valid in all states. This reciprocity treats your CHL like a drivers license. If you go to a different state you have to obey their laws just like driving. But it fixes the issue with so many of us having to maintain multiple permits and with states refusing to issue non-resident permits.

They way I see it this bill will calm the current political fears will update the system to be more in line with modern technology and will give both sides something that they would have a difficult time accomplishing otherwise.

Yesterday I saw a lot of “we won the fight is over ” mentality on the pro-gun side. I think that view is wrong at the moment I believe the political left still wants this and they might be beaten up now to accept national reciprocity as a barter tool.

Of course the problem with any legislation is that the original text and the version that gets voted on are often worlds apart. But let this serve as an outline for a bill that would garner support from both sides.

 

Fun with search results.

28 Mar

A long time ago in an old episode of vicious circle Stingray brought up that he was proud of the fact that he was the top search result in google when you searched “HS precision”. If you know the history of either stingray or HS that will fill you with glee.

Since then I have kept an eye on what I might be the top result for.

Right now I am the top text search result for “Bushmaster Carbon 15 review”. While its a bit of a long search string it directs a lot of traffic to my blog since the carbon 15’s have been some of the first AR’s to occasionally show back up on store shelves.

I’m glad that people are visiting that specific page because I do love my carbon 15 and if I could find some extra ammo for it I would show you how much I love it with a more detailed review.

 

I’m glad nobody saw my face during this

22 Mar

Gun geek moment of the day: while reading a facebook post from a gun shop down in Portland I see a gun with the model M&P 10 referenced. I immediately assume that smith and Wesson decided to make 10mm version of their popular M&P pistol. I then get sad to find out that instead it is a reference to the AR-10 so it’s a cool rifle chambered in .308win. Neat but not particularly interesting to me right now.

 

What ammo sales guys do when they are out of ammo?

22 Mar

Got these videos in an email today from the fine folks at www.ammoforsale.com 

All three of the videos had me laughing very hard at work and I had to show them off to a few of the other guys that were around today.

Each video makes a case for why that caliber is the greatest caliber in the world.

 

WHY 9mm is the greatest http://www.ammoforsale.com/9mm-ammo-for-sale#video

 

WHY .40S&W is the Greatest http://www.ammoforsale.com/.40-s-w-ammo-for-sale#video

 

WHY .45acp is the Greatest http://www.ammoforsale.com/.45-acp-ammo-for-sale#video

 

Watch the videos and then go off and argue why your choice is the best.

 

 

 

 

A Review of How I Spent My Sunday- Washington Hunters Education Class

18 Mar

I grew up camping, hiking and fishing. Mostly through Scouting but my father made sure that I had a fishing pole in my hand by about the time I could walk. However one aspect of the outdoors that I had surprising little exposure to was hunting. This is for a variety of reasons but mostly it was just about not having any adults in my life whom hunted. Then about 5yrs ago I was invited to go hunting with a few buddies of mine. It was a pretty simple task, I packed up my Mosin M44 (the only center fire rifle I owned) bought some cheap Walmart camo and hit the road with them. I learned a lot that weekend, mostly that I am not by nature a quite person. Its amazing how easy it is to make a lot of noise when nothing around you is making noise. I also learned that the ability to nail a 100 yd paper target from a bench really has very little to do with shooting with your rifle resting on a half-rotted stump while your leaning in between two other tree’s.

So in short I knew almost nothing about hunting other than what was legally required. I knew my gun safety from years of shooting but I kept looking at hunting as a shooting sport which it is not. I knew my hunting rules/regs but that was more out of a sense of not wanting to lose my license or gear.

Then a little over 2yrs ago I moved to Washington and become fast friends with a man that is essentially my wife’s grandfather. He is a great guy whom I spend a lot of time with at the trap range, he and I see eye to eye on pretty much everything and I have learned a lot about a lot of things from him. To say that he hunts is an understatement. The proper way to put it would be that he has an unbroken track record of something like 35yrs of continuously having a hunting license and has hunted everything from moose in Alaska to pests around the property. But mostly he is a deer and elk hunter. Logic would have it that if I want to learn how to hunt, this would be a damn good source to learn from. Only one problem, in Washington I need to attend a hunters ED class to buy my license. Again this should of been simple spend a weekend in a class take the test and be done with it. Well except for the fact that the vast majority of my work hours come on weekends. So last year I decided to take the online Hunters-ed course, that WA state offers. Frankly it was VERY boring. Each of the slides has a minimum timer on it and the timers are LOOONG so you end up reading each slide and answering the questions and then having a few minutes to do anything else before you can click, NEXT. Because of this and because I got bored with it for a while since about 1/2 of the online course is identifying parts of a firearm and firearms safety I plugged away at that online course here and there but never just busted it out until last December.

After the online course you are required to do a 4hr field skills evaluation, essentially the practical test of what you learned. No problem, except for that WA state has way too few of those classes so they fill up FAST. Its very difficult to get into one and about 90% of them happen on Saturday’s which normally means losing a days pay to take the class.

But I got lucky I found one class that was offered on a Sunday (my day off), it happened to be about 75miles away from my house but that’s ok it was worth the drive. An added bonus was that it was hosted at a Boy Scout camp. For me there is something special about spending time at a Scout camp. Many of my best memories were formed at camps like that.

So this morning I drove out to Camp Pigott Boy Scout camp and attended the field course. The first half of the course is a 2hr review of the printed material mostly centered on basic firearms safety and basic hunting rules/regs. Actually a very good fundamental firearms safety course in itself. Then we moved out into the field where each student is handed a firearm, you properly show how to load/unload the gun and how to maintain proper muzzle control. You then take the gun and group up with 2 other people and 2 instructors. The 5 of you walk around a trail course of decoys set up as animals. As you come to each animal you have to determine if they are safe, legal, and ethical to shoot. I liked the fact that there was a big variety of setups. We practiced everything from how to cross a fence with a firearm to how to get in and out of a boat with the firearm. We even spent some time talking about animal ID and shot placement.

Overall the class was informative and I regret stalling to long to take it. I will definitely be sending my future children to it even just for the fact that it is one of the best firearms safety classes I have seen in a long time. It was informative and had a lot of actual gun handing, we did fire 3 rounds each from a .22lr rifle where you had to show basic order of operations and how to load and unload. I was pretty happy with myself putting all 3 rounds into the same hole but then again I was using a scoped .22lr at 20yds so it wasn’t exactly a sniper shot.

I want to give a big thank you to the 15 instructors of the course, all of whom where volunteers they did a great job at running a really well organized class with very few hiccups over the course of the day.

Also I wanted to add 2 unrelated notes, first all the guns we handed where Mossberg brand rifles and shotguns fitted with bright orange  stocks. It was very interesting to see how different people react to different guns. Because the students in the class ranged from an old man who has hunted for many years but not in WA and never took a hunters ed course to an 8yr old girl who looked like she weighed about the same as the Mossberg 930 I selected to carry around. Many of the students where not “gun people” but ended up asking a lot of good questions about the guns that they were holding, my thought is that this could turn into some really good marketing for Mossberg since they are the ones offering this 5 gun set specifically for Hunters-ed classes.

Secondly, after talking with a lot of the other students MANY of us had driven quite a distance because this really is the only Sunday class offered within quite a good geographic area. I will be bringing this up with the guy that runs Hunters Ed at my local range and see if we can get a Sunday Class scheduled since this one seemed to be very successful.

 

Because you asked

07 Mar

A while back when I did my initial review of my Bushmaster Carbon 15 somebody asked if it took standard carbine rails.

I assumed it did but about 8 weeks ago sent an email to bushmaster just to ask. Yesterday I got my response.

We apologize for the lengthy delay in our response. As you can imagine, we have been inundated with emails and orders.

Standard hand guards that mount using the hand guard cap, and delta ring assembly will work fine with the Carbon 15. Yes, you will need carbine length.