Sunday, April 26, 2009

Join the NRA

Membership application.

This included a pretty good magazine and a number of benefits like:

  • Official NRA members - only shooter's cap *
  • Your choice of monthly NRA magazines
  • Membership card and decal
  • Insurance for you and your guns
  • Invitations to "Friends of NRA" dinners, other special events and more...

The biggest benefit you get as a gun owner is showing the politicians in Washington that we are a big enough demographic to warrant their attention.

There are a lot more firearm owners than members. And if Washington has it's way, I believe we won't have either any more.

I don't understand

From the NRA Institute for Legislative Action:

"This week, in a typically misleading move designed to bolster their political agenda rather than reduce violent crime, the Brady Campaign released a report calling for background checks on "all gun sales in America, including at gun shows." The Brady report was intentionally designed to correspond with, and bolster, a "gun show loophole" bill (S. 843) introduced this week by fanatical anti-gun Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). In fact, the Brady report was released at the press conference Lautenberg held earlier this week.

Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign, said in the group's press release, "We can do this. It will have no impact on any law-abiding gun owner in the country." Of course, that is absolutely false-the proposal will ONLY impact law-abiding gun owners, including any law-abiding person selling a firearm to a law-abiding buyer. Does Helmke really think that criminals, drug cartel members, and violent gang thugs are going to start legally purchasing firearms and submitting to a background check? Law-breakers, by definition, break the law. They are criminals; they are predatory, they operate outside of the law. You know that, we know that, Lautenberg knows that, even Helmke knows that."

I can't even begin to imagine the mindset behind getting rid of guns. Oh wait, yes I can. They somehow think they can eventually make enough laws to where they can get rid of guns altogether or make it so hard to own one, you won't bother and the criminals' supply will magically dry up.

This is a misguided attempt to control the tools criminals misuse. They only problem is that the tools in questions have legitimate uses, including protecting you from the bad guy who didn't turn in his gun when the law was made to tell us all to do so. Oops.

Firearms will gradually be taken away or regulated to such a degree that only criminals will have them, and guess what, formerly law-abiding owners will be legislated to criminal status if they don't turn them in.

This has happened to other countries, and it will happen here IF WE LET IT. Don't fool yourself into thinking it can't.

Let's look at some death rates. These are from the Center for Disease control. I found them at this link.

This is the death rate per 100,000 people. Both sexes, all races.

Transport accidents 16.3
Nontransport accidents 23.4
Accidental discharge of firearms 0.3
Assault (homicide) by discharge of firearms 4.2
Assault (homicide) by other and unspecified
means and their sequelae 1.9
Events of undetermined intent 1.6
Discharge of firearms, undetermined intent 0.1
Complications of medical and surgical care 0.9
Intentional self-harm (suicide) by other and
unspecified means and their sequelae 5.3
Intentional self-harm (suicide) by discharge of
firearms 5.7
All causes 825.9

You're roughly 4 times as likely to die in some sort of accident as you are to by firearms. And that's INCLUDING suicide by firearm. Again, this also ignores the fact that firearms can be used like any other tool, and in the absence of that tool, people will use something else for suicide or homicide. For suicide it's roughly 50/50 for firearm or not, and 1/3 of homicides do not involve a firearm.

So, that firearm death rate is starting to look figuratively small.

So what do most people die of? Heart disease or cancer.

Major cardiovascular diseases 288.8
Malignant neoplasms 188.7

By my math, that's 470+ which is roughly 47 TIMES greater than the firearm related death rate (figured at 10.3 for all firearm deaths, even accidental). Where's the big push to spend money on preventing those? Not as exciting as 'guns are bad, mmm-?' I guess.

You really wanna save lives? Outlaw McDonald's and tobacco products.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Century CETME Current State of the build Review

This is a Century built CETME in the 5xxxx serial number range. My FFL's CETME is in the 4 digit range by contrast. Mine is engraved .308 while his says 7.62.

On the whole it's a nice looking weapon. Let's dig in.

From a checklist:

1. Bolt gap: .010 to .011 inches. I'd prefer a little higher, but it's right in the middle of the range. Rollers mic'd at between 8.01 to 8.02.
2. Ground Bolt- "Take the bolt off the carrier and look at the rear of it. Make sure it hasn't been ground. An unground bolt should have a nice clean chamfer around the edges." Looks good to me! Chamfer edged looks regular all the way around.
3. Sight alignment: Looks good, feels good. One of the photos has an optical illusion.
4. Bolt carrier is not resting on the cocking tube stop. Slight bit of space in mine between the carrier and stop. But not much! Less than 1mm when the bolt slides home in a normal release.
5. Ejector: Looks ok, I'm not sure what 'riding high' in the above post means?
6. Barrel looks clean and shiny.
7. Bolt parts look like they have very little wear. Shiny unfinished edges here and there.
8. Fire Control Group is either new or just has shiny unfinished bits from metal to metal contact.

The stock and trigger/handgrip assembly fit tightly but not excessively so to the receiver. I used a hammer knocking on a bit of PVC pipe to get the stock off after removing the retaining pins. It only shaved a little plastic off the pipe a bit, so not much force required at all. Hitting the pistol grip a few times with the heel of my hand removed the trigger housing. The stock retaining pins pressed out easily.

Gripes: a small bit of rust and pitting on a thick portion of the firing pin. Nothing that will affect it, but I might see if I can get a replacement. It didn't have any cosmoline on that area.

To me so far, everything looks pretty good for what I paid considering the current environment.

To the pics!

Looks canted but it's an illusion. Don't make fun of my LSU socks.

A little grinding here and there for fit, but just a little.

Please comment or ask questions! And yes, I need to clean the dust bunnies up.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I like this rough quote regarding the .308 (7.62x51) caliber:

"It turns cover into concealment."

Wednesday, April 15, 2009