Aha!

I knew that I had more .223 lying around. Turns out I had a .50 cal can filled with loaded magazines.
Why it was sitting on top of the UPS powering my tropical fish tank, I have no idea…

Woot!

The Arizona House of Representatives just voted to approve SB 1108, the “Constitutional Carry” measure that was up for voting.
Now, it goes to the governor. If she signs it (or it passes without her signature), Arizonans will be able to carry firearms concealed without a permit (e.g. Alaska/Vermont-style carry). I’m pretty sure the governor will sign the measure.
Big day indeed.

Ammo Shortage

When I went to the range a few weeks ago, I was dismayed to find my collection of AR magazines to be nearly devoid of ammo. My collection of Prvi Partizan M193 (my preferred general-purpose ammo) seems to have dried up, and I haven’t bothered buying more or reloading as of late.
Of course, I won’t be able to buy any ammo anytime soon (hooray for the upcoming expenses for the wedding+honeymoon) and I don’t have time for reloading (thanks to finishing up my last semester of undergrad; soon I’ll have a newly-minted B.S. in Physics).
For the time being, I’m down to three magazines of M193, a bunch of .22, a few boxes of 9mm and .45, and maybe 15 rounds of 12ga. Don’t even ask about .30-06.
Ah, the fun times of having no money, no time, and no ammo.

One Step Closer to Permitless Concealed Carry in AZ

From AZCDL:

SB 1108, the Senate version of the AzCDL-requested Constitutional Carry bill, passed in the Senate Third Read, by a 20-10 vote, on Monday, March 29, 2010.
From here, SB 1108 will be sent over to the House.? Since the House has already voted for an identical bill, HB 2347, during their Committee of the Whole (COW) debate, we are expecting SB 1108 to be substituted for HB 2347 during the House Third Read.? We are also expecting the House Third Read vote to be as early as Tuesday, March 30, 2010.? This will be “the” final vote on Constitutional Carry to determine if it will be sent to the Governor!

Things are moving quick on this.
Of course, I think it’s rather silly that so much legislative time (even as fast as things are going) is spent to make it legal for people to untuck their shirts while carrying (permitless open carry is already legal here) while people could carry without a permit so long as their shirt is tucked in. Permitless concealed carry should be a no-brainer.

Fun

It’s amazing how fun a suppressed .22 is.
While everyone around you is firing off fifty-cent-per-round .223 and .308 out of absurdly tricked-out ARs and M1As, shooting free (( Given to me as a gift from friends. Thanks Doug & Nathan! )) .22LR from a suppressed 10/22 (( The rifle, Trijicon red dot, and silencer probably cost less than a stock AR these days. )) is rather light on the wallet, not to mention an absurd amount of fun. Cheap, comfortable, quiet, and no recoil. What’s not to love?
I also fired a magazine through my 20″ AR today to make sure it was still holding zero since the last time I took it out (it was). It might be shooting a hair to the left, and I’ll have to check it the next time I go out. I’m thinking of scoping out my 20″ AR and suppressed 10/22 and moving the red dot from the 10/22 to the 16″ AR. Any thoughts on decent scopes for ARs? ACOGs are shiny, but spendy. I’d prefer something compact and rugged over longer and fragile, but so long as it’s rugged enough for regular use, I’m open to anything.
I need to get out to the range a bit more, and start pushing the range out. I haven’t shot further than 100 yards in some time and I miss it.

Vacation

I got back on Saturday after a week of skiing in South Lake Tahoe, CA.
During the trip, I taught my friend Louis how to ski. With only a few days worth of skiing, he picked up the basics really well.
I’ve also taught him how to ride a bike (how he missed out on this during his childhood, I’ll never know) and how to shoot.
I’m practicing my future fathering on my friends, and so far, so good.

Survey

My friend Doug (( Who is a fellow gun-owner, and has appeared numerous times in previous range trips that I’ve documented here. This survey is not some sort of sneaky trap. )) is doing a survey for his evolutionary psychology course at the university and is doing a paper on what reasons people have for becoming a firearm owner.
Although he would personally like to get several thousand responses and ask 30+ questions, the course requirements are such that he is only allowed to ask a few questions, and they are rather broad.
I would be very much obliged if some of my gentle readers would be so kind to go to his survey and answer the few brief questions.
He’s looking at closing the survey within the next few weeks, and so would appreciate answers sooner rather than later.
Thanks!