I should state up front that although I am not new or inexperienced with firearms, I am however new to the world of handguns. Ever since I can remember I’ve had a distinct fascination with guns in general and pistols are no exception.
I had the privilege of growing up around firearms, primarily rifles and shotguns. I remember the first time I heard the report of my Dad’s .30-30 Winchester Model 94 lever gun…I was probably five years old and was hooked! I shot .22 short as a young kid at camp and had a .177 cal AR-15 style air rifle from about 10 years old. I had toy guns galore and I used to shoot my air rifle with great enthusiasm as a young fella.
I purchased my first Remington at the tail end of last winter. I wasn’t sold on one manufacturer or particular model of firearm. I was looking to upgrade from my old right hand Savage Model 340 in 30-30 Winchester to something left handed, faster, flatter shooting and a more modern style. I inherited the Savage from my wife’s grandfather several months before he passed away from cancer in the mid-90’s. It always was and still is more of a sentimental hand-me-down than a useful hunting rifle due to the fact it’s the wrong hand for me.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the 30-30 cartridge. In fact, if you were taking a deer under 200 yards, which is more the norm than the exception I understand, then 30-30 is the perfect round. It has much less recoil than larger caliber rifle cartridges (that I can verify) and has more than enough kinetic energy due to the 150 grain or especially the 170 grain bullet to take a large buck in one shot…even with a poorly placed shot. Sounds like my kind of cartridge!
Updates to my thoughts on the High River gun grab
I had previously published some softer thoughts on the flooding in Alberta and the High River gun grab. I still don’t want to make this into the usual cop-bashing “right to bear arms” rant, but I am more troubled by this than I was before.
What has changed in me?
Well first I want to say that we are allowed to change our minds, or even just allow our opinions to evolve somewhat. In fact, I encourage it. Not being open-minded and just sticking to your opinion because you’re afraid to keep looking at facts is just plain bad. This is what leads to bigotry.
I definitely feel more negative about this RCMP gun grab than I did in the past. Mostly because I have taken the CFSC & CRFSC – Canadian (Restricted) Firearms Safety Course. The rules surrounding firearm storage are exact and easily understood.
Here is a short video I posted to YouTube of me Shooting the Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum.
On my first trip to a shooting range, we finished up the session with a few shots of the big 500.
It sure was a blast and I’m definitely looking forward to getting a shot at some of the other big boys they have there: .460 and the .454 Casull, along with the famous Desert Eagle 50.
It is time for me to get a PAL
Yes I could use more friends, but that isn’t what I meant. No, the PAL is the Possession and Acquisition Licence and you require this to purchase firearms or ammunition in Canada.
Formerly know as the FAC (Firearms Acquisition Certificate), obtaining a PAL is an involved process. Here I will outline what I know of it before going through. Later I will write the definitive process for you to also get your licence.
Thoughts from my second shooting range visit
On Halloween I ended up with the evening free to myself. I could have gone to the gym, watched movies, or even eaten candy. But instead, I decided on an indoor shooting range visit since it was over a month since I had been there. Plus there was a great deal on at the time that I couldn’t resist.
As you may have read, my first visit to the shooting range was a real eye opener. I came out of it with both confidence and respect.
Below I report on the firearms I used and my thought on each for this shooting range visit:
For a first firearm, you must compare the Mossberg 500 vs Remington 870.
In the USA it is easy for people to buy handguns, so they often do for their first gun. Plus they are able to carry it with them if they are in the right state and have the correct permit. But in Canada, pistols and revolvers are more difficult to get. So your first gun should likely be a shotgun.
For my first firearm, I will likely be getting a Mossberg 500, Mossberg 590 (HD military verison of the 500), or a Remington 870. These are such versatile weapons, allowing you to hunt and protect your home from intruders. Load in a 1 oz slug and you can take down a deer. Bird shot will take down birds. Buck shot will take down medium game and two legged rats (i.e. home intruders). Finally, you can have a heck of a lot of fun shooting targets or skeet with a shotgun.
The following videos will help you to decide the eternal battle of Mossberg 500 vs Remington 870. But a couple of the points that I noted were:
Is it even possible to have personal liberty in Canada?
Mr.Nobody was kind enough to leave the following comment on my post about a day at the shooting range:
“A firearm (or many) is pretty much a prerequisite to self-reliance and personal liberty. Which is why you can’t and don’t really have either in Canada.”
So that brings up the question, is it even possible to have personal liberty in Canada? Can we really be free?
I grew up listening to Ted Nugent, Metallica, AC/DC, Guns’n’Roses, and Aerosmith.
Being a teenager in the 1990s, I think I was the last of the generation to do so too.
However, I had an extra special bonus growing up in southwestern Ontario: I was in radio reception to Detroit and listened to ZRock 102.7, which later became ‘The Bear’. Ted Nugent was a morning host for what seemed like a couple of years, and I enjoyed listening to him getting ready for school.
The flood may be old news, but the RCMP gun seizure in high river is still an ongoing concern.
Essentially, the story is that police were going door-to-door during the High River, Alberta floods in June of 2013. They say it was to search for possible victims, injured people, elderly, and other people requiring help. However, when they were in the houses, any firearms they saw improperly stored (their interpretation) they seized for “safe keeping”.