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Thursday, January 16, 2020

CCRKBA ALERT: VIRGINIA GUN OWNERS SHOULD OVERWHELM RICHMOND MONDAY


BELLEVUE, WA – The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is encouraging gun owners from across Virginia to gather Monday in Richmond as a show of opposition to the extremist gun control agenda put forth by Gov. Ralph Northam and his Democrat majority in the General Assembly.

Events begin at 8 a.m. with committee meetings starting at 9 o’clock. The rally on the Capitol Steps begins at 11 a.m. Speakers include Stephen Williford, the Texas hero who shot the Sutherland Springs church gunman two years ago; Dick Heller, Bearing Arms Editor Cam Edwards, Jan Morgan, founder of 2A Women, State Sen. Amanda Chase, Delegates nick Freitas and John McGuire, and many others.

CCRKBA also stresses the importance of being vigilant in the wake of rumored potential for confrontation with provocateurs who may show up in an attempt to create an incident to discredit law-abiding gun owners.

“With more than 100 counties, cities and smaller jurisdictions having declared themselves to be ‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries,’ we concur with our friends at the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) that the eyes of the nation, and maybe the world, will be on Richmond,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.

Virginia gun owners have been gathering peacefully every year in Richmond to support their Second Amendment rights, and this year must be no different, CCRKBA said. A much larger-than-normal crowd is anticipated, so this will be a good opportunity for gun owners to meet like-minded fellow Virginians, and to deliver a unified message to the General Assembly about gun control proposals such as reviving the failed one-gun-per-month law and other extremist proposals.

Information about the rally, and about scheduled bus transportation from many locations around the state may be found here, at the VCDL website

 “We’re suspicious of Gov. Northam’s temporary ban on firearms in and around the State Capitol,” Gottlieb noted, “but we’ve been saying for a long time that Ralph Northam is a gun-banner, and now he’s proving it.”


With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the Internet at www.ccrkba.org or by email to InformationRequest@ccrkba.org.

Monday, January 13, 2020

RISE IN SEATTLE SHOOTINGS, FATALITIES PROOF OF GUN CONTROL FAILURE, SAYS CCRKBA


BELLEVUE, WA – An increase in the number of shootings and gun-related homicides in Seattle during the past year is more evidence of the failure of gun control laws adopted in recent years, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

Shootings were up a reported 6 percent over 2018, and there were 18 fatal shootings in the city, the highest number since the city adopted a “gun violence tax” on the sale of firearms and ammunition, according to Seattle Police data. The numbers also show more reports of shots fired in the years following passage of Initiative 594 in 2014. Prior to that year, incidents of shots fired never topped 300. Since 2015—the first full year following passage of the “universal background check” measure championed by the Seattle-based gun prohibition lobby—the number of shooting incidents has not dropped below 300.

“We find it beyond ironic,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “that the exact opposite of what gun control proponents predicted has occurred. Their extremist agenda has failed to reduce gun-related crime as was implied when they pushed through their various measures.

“More people were wounded in Seattle shootings last year than any year in recent memory,” he continued. “While there were fewer overall shooting incidents, they can’t really declare a victory because 73 people were wounded and 18 were killed, and that’s more injuries and fatalities than any time since 2012, when the city also logged 18 gun-related homicides.

“A check of the FBI Uniform Crime Reports shows the number of gun-related homicides statewide has crept upward since 2016,” Gottlieb added. “In 2016, there were 127 firearm-related slayings and in 2018, the most recent year for which FBI data is available, that number had risen to 138. That’s not what we would call a success story where restrictive gun control measures are concerned.

“These revelations are especially important as the Washington Legislature opens to consider even more gun control proposals,” he observed. “We’re not sure the Evergreen State can stand many more of these so-called ‘gun safety’ efforts. It hasn’t gotten safer in Seattle or elsewhere around Washington with passage of these laws, but the gun prohibition crowd simply won’t admit their gun control crusade has failed miserably.”


With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the Internet at www.ccrkba.org or by email to InformationRequest@ccrkba.org.


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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

My first shooting range session for year 2020 was Monday 01/06/2020 at 5 Star Firearms in Zion, Il; I have long needed to proof-test some 12-round factory mags for my Glock 26

(3 very thin wire-ties strung together serve as an empty-chamber flag)
Glock makes 12-round mags for the G26; I have accumulated 7 of them but (until now) never got around to doing live fire with any of them. Initially, it is a pain in the ass to get the full amount of ammo into these mags; patience is required; load as many rounds as the mag will take and let it sit for a while (days / weeks / whatever) then strip the rounds from the mag and reload; repeat as needed.  The spring on these mags requires some exercise before taking the full dozen. I found that a mag-loader is not requisite but it does help.


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The G26 original flat bottom 10-round mag is on the right.  The middle mag is an original but with an after-market "pinky finger" extension.  The mag on the left is the factory Glock 26 12-round mag; it is designed to give a bit more of a grip to the shooter as well as offering a couple of extra rounds.


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I haven't been shooting since September 9th of last year (just under 4 months ago) so I was looking forward to some trigger time to shake some of the mental and physical cobwebs loose. Nothing fancy was attempted; just a typical strong side reasonable facsimile of a Modified Weaver stance.  Each of the 6 targets on the above sheet received the contents of a single preloaded magazine (12-rounds).

The top pair of targets were fired at 15-feet (5-yards) (4.57-meters).
The middle pair of targets were fired at 21-feet (7-yards) (6.40-meters).
The bottom pair of targets were fired at 30-feet (10-yards) (9.14-meters).

The targets on the left were fired cross-dominant (right handed using my better left eye).
The targets on the right were fired using my natural dominance (right handed but with my less acute right eye).

The targets are 10'' across the outer red edge to edge.
........................  8.5'' across the outer white edge to edge.
......................... 7.5'' across the blue edge to edge.
......................... 1.5'' across the white center 10-ring.
......................... 0.75'' across the dead center X-ring for the true Zen Masters of Blasters among us.


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Well, that was fun enough and I still had 1 full mag and 1 target left.  Sooooo I decided to proof a pair of the now empty mags with 12-rounds each of some hollow point personal defense ammo.


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I rolled the final target out to 36-feet (12-yards) (10.97-meters) and attempted 12-rounds to the head with the final mag of ball ammo; I missed the noggin 3 times and neck-shot the target with the balance of that magazine; not a very good showing.  I decided it was a higher percentage option for me at this distance to attempt to center punch the target with the 24-rounds of +P+ ammo.  



108 rounds of ammo were fired during this range session.
7 x 12-round mags of 115gr (NON+P) Aguila FMJ
2 x 12-round mags of my G26 carry load, Federal's erstwhile 115gr 9BPLE +P+ hollow points

All of the mags passed.

I reloaded the 2 magazines that I also proofed with the hollow points; each with 12-rounds of the 9BPLE; one of them is to reside inside the pistol (after the requisite post range time cleaning) and the other is to be the concealed carry reload.  


It was great to be back at the range but my arthritic right hand has returned to constant aching.

Hat tip to 5 Star Firearms of Zion, Illinois.  Thanks for being there for us. 



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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Monthly Weigh-in 12/31/2019 = NO CHANGE from last month, still at 180-lbs; Wishing you all HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dear online diet diary.  My self control has suffered a crash and burn; I've been eating wholesale amounts of Christmas gift chocolates.  That will end, I promise, as soon as the clock chimes in the new year.






I still am not up to benching equal to how much I weigh but I am getting closer; maybe I'll hit that mark before this time next year.  I swear that weightlifting causes me to crave milk, eggs, bacon and peanut butter; not exactly stuff that is high up on the senior citizen diet recommendation list.  Some of the guys I used to train with swore that lifting caused them to crave beer ...

ONWARD!  Forever onward ...

Again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!



BIDEN DESERVES BRICKBATS FOR EARLIER CRITICISM OF TEXAS GUN LAW, SAYS CCRKBA


BELLEVUE, WA – Former Vice President Joe Biden deserves every brickbat being thrown in his direction in the aftermath of Sunday’s church shooting incident in Texas for declaring in September that the state’s new law allowing guns in churches is “irrational,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

But Biden should not be alone in the hot seat, said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.

“The deafening silence from Biden’s fellow Democrats still in the presidential race is equally telling,” Gottlieb observed. “Not one of them has stepped forward to offer even faint praise for the courage of Jack Wilson, who used his legally-carried pistol to stop the shotgun-wielding killer from wreaking more havoc at the West Freeway Church of Christ. “The gun control crowd has been predictably silent,” he continued, “because the use of firearms by private citizens in defense of themselves and others—especially a large crowd of worshippers in a church—just doesn’t fit the extremist gun control narrative.”

Sunday’s tragic incident was ended in six seconds after the gunman, identified as a man with a criminal record in at least three states, fatally shot two members of the church congregation. Wilson’s quick action and accuracy prevented further carnage.

“Within seconds,” Gottlieb noted, “video of the tragic incident revealed at least seven more church members with drawn guns carefully closing in on the downed killer. Their responsible use of firearms to defend their fellow congregants is exactly why Texas enacted its new laws. At the very least, Biden should apologize for his earlier criticism.

“Biden’s trash talk in September symbolizes everything wrong with his party’s increasing hostility toward law-abiding gun owners and the Second Amendment,” he said. “This year, we’ve already heard proposals for mandatory buybacks, registration and licensing, gun bans and Beto O’Rourke’s outright threat of confiscation. If anyone has been irrational, it’s Biden and his fellow Democrats for their demagoguery and anti-rights hysteria.

“What happened Sunday in Texas,” Gottlieb concluded, “reminded us all of individual heroism, and that actions always speak louder than words, and that brave people act while politicians pontificate.”



With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the Internet at www.ccrkba.org or by email to InformationRequest@ccrkba.org.


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