So -- do you have one yet?
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Now the questions...how does this work, what are the laws, what can/can't I buy?
For someone (like me) who wasn't brought up with anything other than a Red Ryder BB gun...buying my first handgun was an experience.
2006...specifically Fall of 2006...October to be precise. I'd had an experience. We were doing a fairly drastic remodel of the house we'd just purchased, without living there at the time. Due to space at the in-laws, where the fam was camped, I was working out of a small 2nd story office (which was the only part not being worked on) in the house.
I'd come over to the house one evening after dark to work for a few hours, and I'd found muddy footprints (not my own) extending into the basement from the unlocked door. After determining no one was in the house (in hindsight not the brightest course of action), I'd gone up to work in my office. It was later I decided that, had there been someone there, it might not have ended well for me. This drove me to hit Gander Mountain the next day - again, not the best choice for overall value or experience, but HEY, I was learning.
Now, I knew enough to have what Minnesota calls a "Permit to Purchase a Handgun" that I'd gotten from my local police department after going in person, filling out a form, and waiting ~7 days. You'll need one of these before you can buy anything from a licensed dealer in Minnesota. You could also go all out and get a Minnesota Carry Permit as well -- those will also function as a purchase permit.
I hit Gander one afternoon after everything was done for the day. Walked back to the gun counter, and the conversation went something like this:
"Hey, can I help you?" - GM guy
"Yeah, I'm looking to buy a pistol." - Me
Well, there was the question. I'd shot a friends 9mm Hi-Point (don't judge me) and his Jennings .22 (again with the not judging). I knew those were crap (sorry Jay) - so I asked for something "better than a Hi Point".
"Polymer or steel frame" - GM guy
"Um....what?" - Me
Yeah, I didn't know the difference just a little over 5 years ago...I ended up being sold on a Springfield xD9. A pretty nice little semi-auto, and in hindsight, something I never should have sold, since it turns out I shot it best of all.
"Lets do the paperwork, have you got your permit?"
A review of my permit, driver's license, filled out Form 4473, and call to NICS (with a "proceed"), and I was out the door with my new toy, a box of hollow point Winchester white box, and no idea what to do next - I went to the range, by myself...thats another story.
The moral of this story:
1) Learn firearm's safety (MN DNR has an excellent course).
2) Take a "Intro to Handguns" class at a local range.
3) Get comfortable shooting handguns, know what works for you, and how they function.
4) Get your Permit to Purchase (or go all out and just get your Carry Permit, it works as a Purchase Permit too).
5) Go buy it (and a safe place to store it as well).
...and for heaven's sake, don't go to Gander Mountain to buy it!
In her tweet, Joan points out that this bill (to which they apply the cute monicker of "Shoot First") would make it easier to kill cops. Really Joan?
I'll point out MN Statute 609.06 Subd. 2:
Subd. 2.Deadly force used against peace officers.
Deadly force may not be used against peace officers who have announced their presence and are performing official duties at a location where a person is committing a crime or an act that would be a crime if committed by an adult.
The language very clearly prohibits a person from murdering an announced Police Officer. There is nothing in HF1467/SF1357 that would change this language.
Lies again Joan...shame on you!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
So, one of my Uncles introduced me to the world of Curios and Relics. I was struck.
It led to me acquiring a series of the US M weapons (M1, M1 Carbine, M1903, M1917, M1903A3) - by the way, if you don't have an M1 Garand from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), what are you waiting for????