BB guns

Signs Of The Time, Part 89

Nonsensical visions of a nationwide push for BB gun “control” and panic buying of Daisy Red Ryders came to mind as I read the following from David Chanen over at the Star Tribune (Minneapolis-Saint Paul) website yesterday.

What’s that? It’s the scary looking semi-automatic BB guns that are to be banned, not the lever-actions? Oh, okay.

Chanen wrote Monday:

A small BB gun found in a felon’s car has been ruled a firearm by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and its possession means more prison time for him.

Since 1977, the state’s two appellate courts have repeatedly agreed with the Legislature that a BB gun is a firearm when involved in various crimes, such as drive-by shootings.

As the result of a 2005 felony drug conviction, David Lee Haywood wasn’t supposed to have a handgun. The BB gun was found in his glove compartment during a traffic stop in 2013.

He was found guilty of a felony in Ramsey County District Court and received a mandatory minimum of five years in prison…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Chanen noted that Haywood owned “a Walther CP99 Compact .177-caliber BB gun.”

In other words, a BB gun powered by a CO2 (carbon dioxide gas) canister.

Funny. I thought firearms were defined as such if the projectile is discharged by an “explosive.”


Awesooome, but definitely NOT a firearm
“Walther CP99 Compact BB Pistol”
YouTube Video

I understand Haywood’s case is going to be appealed before Minnesota’s state Supreme Court.

In the meantime, I better head over to the PyramydAir website to “stock up” before their Fall Clearance Sale (100+ products up to 61% off) wraps up today.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Chanen, David. “Minnesota Court of Appeals rules BB gun is considered a firearm.” Star Tribune. 28 Sep. 2015. (http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-court-of-appeals-rules-bb-gun-is-considered-a-firearm/329832451/). 30 Sep. 2015.


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Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 Air Guns, Crime, Firearms, Hunting, Legal, Shooting Sports No Comments

Illinois State Rifle Association Annual Range Open House On June 20

The Illinois State Rifle Association is holding their 13th Annual Range Open House this coming Saturday, June 20. From the ISRA website before the weekend:

NRA Day at the ISRA Range 13th Annual Range Open House – JUNE 20, 2015
Directions: 1589 N 7000 W Road
Time: 10:00-4:00
Bring your family and friends!
FREE Admission!
FREE Parking!

The ISRA range is located in Bonfield (near Kankakee), and according to the open house flyer:

All law-abiding citizens are invited… even those who do not own a gun or have never fired a gun before.

Also from the flyer:

Factory representatives from major manufacturers will be on hand to answer your questions about your favorite firearms. You can test-fire the guns of your choice and try your hand at archery, too. A small fee for ammunition will be required.

A BB gun and an air rifle range will be set up for our younger guests—a great opportunity to get the whole family involved, RAIN or SHINE! Food and soft drink vendors will be on site to make sure you don’t go hungry or thirsty.

We will also have information available on a wide variety of ISRA and NRA programs. We encourage you to stop by and pick up a pamphlet on your particular area of interest.

The ISRA Range has numerous amenities to offer NRA Day attendees, including:

• Free safety orientation
• Covered firing points
• An opportunity to shoot a wide variety of firearms under the direct supervision of instructors. Shooting disciplines will include:
-Rifles
-Pistols
-Shotguns
-Muzzleloaders
-Airguns
• Covered picnic pavilion
• Indoor restrooms and showers


“Illinois State Rifle Association- NRA Day 2014”
YouTube Video

I also spotted this:

• Military encampments and reenactments for WWII, Vietnam and the French and Indian War.
• A variety of military vehicles and an MP guard booth will be on display.

Sounds like a fun time to spend a Saturday as summer kicks offs. For more information about the event, head on over to the ISRA website here where you can obtain the flyer (.pdf document) for the 2015 ISRA Range Open House.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Advertiser Spotlight: Pyramyd Air

Back in June 2011 I wrote this blurb about air guns:

Years ago, my father bought me an air gun. A BB rifle to be exact. Care to guess which one? It’s very popular, so much so that it’s appeared on the silver screen. If you guessed the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun, you’re correct. Apparently, he decided to pick one up for me for Christmas after seeing the movie A Christmas Story for the ten-thousandth time. While I appreciated that gift tremendously (even though I was in my mid-twenties when I got it!), there was a problem. You see, back then I lived in a suburb of Chicago where firing air guns was illegal.

As time went by, I’ve learned to appreciate air guns a heck of a lot more (although I still can’t own/possess/fire one in the Chicago city limits). One thing I’ve come to realize is that they just aren’t for kids. So much so that, with the price of ammunition steadily marching higher, a number of firearm owners are turning to air guns as training tools. J.I. Galan wrote in the August 2002 issue of Guns Magazine:

There are several important reasons for utilizing airguns as firearm training tools. Airguns are inexpensive to purchase and use, may be readily and safely used even in the home, and are exempt from most state and Federal firearms laws.

The matter of cost is, of course, the most obvious benefit to their use. Attaining (and maintaining) even basic shooting skills with firearms demands a great deal of regular practice. And ammunition — even rimfire ammo — isn’t exactly cheap. Just a few boxes of factory ammo for an afternoon’s shooting session can amount to a tidy sum.

Add to that the expense of driving to a suitable firing range — gasoline is not cheap these days, either — plus range fees and other incidental expenses, and the tab throws your budget into a deep dive real fast. The fact that most airguns can be used safely in or around the home, as well as in other places where firearms would be totally unacceptable to use due to safety concerns, is another key reason for their steadily growing use as training tools.

Seeing that firearms and ammunition are scarce and prices at the pump are pretty high these days, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that more gun owners are turning to air guns (and airsoft) as training tools.

Enter Pyramyd Air. You may recall me blogging about the Warrensville Heights, Ohio-based company back in June 2012 when I discussed their terrific Airgun Academy that can be accessed for free by anyone over the Internet. Anyway, from the “About Us” page on “the largest airgun web site in the world:”

Thanks for visiting Pyramyd Air. We love airgunning and our No. 1 goal is to make sure YOU have the right gun for YOUR needs. Whether we recommend a CO2 air gun for your son to go plinking or a .45 caliber air rifle that you can take on your next wild boar hunt, it’s our goal to help you enjoy your gun. We know that if we treat you right, you’ll be back!

Our mission statement is to grow the shooting community through delivery of stellar products, knowledge and service, ensuring safety and guaranteeing limitless enjoyment.

We stock airguns from the finest American, European and Asian manufacturers, including AirForce, Air Arms, Beeman, Beretta, Benjamin Sheridan, BSA, Crosman, Colt, Daisy, Evanix, Gamo, IZH, Smith & Wesson, Walther and Webley & Scott. This is the largest airgun web site in the world. Feel free to look around and ask our experienced knowledgeable staff for assistance.

Shop online or call us toll-free at 1-888-262-GUNS (4867). We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, live online chat with seasoned shooters, state-of-the-art tech department ready to help you and fix/upgrade/tune your gun, optional extended gun warranties, 10-for-$10 test to make sure your gun functions perfectly and you get what you paid for, and same-day shipping.


“Pyramyd Air – American Airgunner Commercial 2”
YouTube Video

In addition to instructional videos found in the Airgun Academy section, the Pyramyd Air website offers other valuable resources such as Paul Capello’s Airgun Reporter video series, an air gun blog, an air gun podcast, and an airsoft blog (Pyramyd Air sells airsoft guns and accessories too).

Subscribers to the Pyramyd Air mailing list receive information on upcoming sales and money-saving coupon codes on a regular basis which knocks down their already low prices even more.

Pyramyd Air has also been a Better Business Bureau accredited company since 2001, and currently shows an “A+” rating on the BBB website.

If you’re considering using air guns and/or airsoft guns for firearm training, click on the Pyramyd Air banner ad below to see what they can do for you. Please note that by clicking on the ad and purchasing a product, I receive a commission from the sale.


By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Links added to “Resources” page)

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Cyber Monday Sales From Pyramid Air And Food Insurance

Two advertising partners of Survival And Prosperity are celebrating Cyber Monday with sales.

First, there’s Pyramid Air, a popular online retailer of air guns (BB, pellet, and airsoft) and accessories. In fact, according to their website, PyramidAir.com is “the largest airgun web site in the world.” You may remember reading about the Warrenville, Ohio-based company in a June 22, 2012, post about their incredibly-informative Airgun Academy.

Second, there’s Food Insurance. I recently heard about this online vendor of long-term emergency food supplies (and non-food emergency supplies) from watching Glenn Beck’s The Blaze TV. From their website:

Food Insurance products provide a guarantee against hunger. We provide great tasting, nutritious meals with a 25+ year shelf-life, giving you the peace of mind that no matter what happens, your family has the essentials taken care of.

The Kaysville, Utah-based business gained national recognition after being endorsed by conservative talk radio show hosts Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.

While I still plan on doing more comprehensive reviews of each advertising partner, I understand they are both reputable companies, both being BBB Accredited Business with ratings of A+ (Pyramid Air) and A- (Food Insurance).

For Cyber Monday, Pyramid Air has a ton of “bargains, deals, discounts, and freebies” on air guns and accessories. Food Insurance is offering four great emergency food and supply specials for today’s event.

By clicking on the following ads, you will be taken to that company’s website where you can find out more information about their Cyber Monday specials. Please note that by clicking on these ads and purchasing a product(s) on either of those sites, I receive a commission from the sale(s).

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Resource Of The Week: Pyramyd Air’s Airgun Academy

Back on June 1, I talked about using air guns as firearm training tools. For those wanting to utilize air pistols and rifles as part of their training regimen, but don’t know where to start- enter Pyramyd Air’s Airgun Academy. Pyramyd Air, based out of Warrensville, Ohio, is “the largest airgun web site in the world,” according to their website. This vendor of all sorts and sizes of air guns established its “academy” to assist newbies. From the Airgun Academy home page:

Welcome to Airgun Academy

Discover a wealth of airgun resources that will help you become a better and more informed shooter. Whether you’re looking for advice to buy your first airgun or you’ve been shooting them for decades, we’ve got you covered! Get info about guns, gear, pellets, the latest shooting techniques, recent technology, collecting, airgun shows and lots more. Airgun Academy delivers what you need through instructional videos, podcasts and our famous airgun blog.

On the home page, “students” can select from three offerings:

• Instructional Airgun Videos
• Daily Airgun Blog
• Monthly Airgun Podcasts


“Introduction to breakbarrel air rifles – Airgun Academy – Episode 1”
YouTube Video

Pyramyd Air’s Airgun Academy is chock-full of information that should not only help the aspiring airgunner get up to speed, but benefit the experienced air gun aficionado as well. It’s a terrific resource.

You can access the Airgun Academy website here.

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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California Legislation Prohibiting Black Air Guns, Airsoft Guns, Moves To Committee

Years ago, my father bought me an air gun. A BB rifle to be exact. Care to guess which one? It’s very popular, so much so that it’s appeared on the silver screen. If you guessed the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun, you’re correct. Apparently, he decided to pick one up for me for Christmas after seeing the movie A Christmas Story for the ten-thousandth time. While I appreciated that gift tremendously (even though I was in my mid-twenties when I got it!), there was a problem. You see, back then I lived in a suburb of Chicago where firing air guns was illegal.

As time went by, I’ve learned to appreciate air guns a heck of a lot more (although I still can’t own/possess/fire one in the Chicago city limits). One thing I’ve come to realize is that they just aren’t for kids. So much so that, with the price of ammunition steadily marching higher, a number of firearm owners are turning to air guns as training tools. J.I. Galan wrote in the August 2002 issue of Guns Magazine:

There are several important reasons for utilizing airguns as firearm training tools. Airguns are inexpensive to purchase and use, may be readily and safely used even in the home, and are exempt from most state and Federal firearms laws.

The matter of cost is, of course, the most obvious benefit to their use. Attaining (and maintaining) even basic shooting skills with firearms demands a great deal of regular practice. And ammunition — even rimfire ammo — isn’t exactly cheap. Just a few boxes of factory ammo for an afternoon’s shooting session can amount to a tidy sum.

Add to that the expense of driving to a suitable firing range — gasoline is not cheap these days, either — plus range fees and other incidental expenses, and the tab throws your budget into a deep dive real fast. The fact that most airguns can be used safely in or around the home, as well as in other places where firearms would be totally unacceptable to use due to safety concerns, is another key reason for their steadily growing use as training tools.

It’s amazing how realistic some of the air guns being produced these days are when compared to their cartridge-firing counterparts. In terms of weight, look, and feel (minus the recoil- but that’s to be expected), a number of air guns- particularly air pistols- are practically indistinguishable from the firearm being emulated.

Which is something one California politician wants changed.

Back on May 13th, I happened to catch an article submitted by air gun vendor Pyramid Air on the shooting sports news site AmmoLand.com:

California Is Taking Away Your Black Airguns FOREVER

No more black airguns! If you enjoy shooting your Walther PPK/S or a Crosman C11, you better get used to them being ALL red or ALL blue or ALL green — or completely clear!

California State Senator Kevin de Leon thinks your black airguns are dangerous and has proposed CA Senate Bill 798 to stop you from having them. SB 798 states that all airguns MUST be painted brightly. No more black guns!

Some background

In December 2010, three boys were shooting their airsoft guns in a public park. It was dark, but their pistols had orange muzzles. The police confronted them and ordered them to put down their guns. Two boys complied but the third did not. He was shot and suffered severe injuries.

To prevent another such occurrence, Sen. de Leon had a knee-jerk reaction and wrote SB 798 to stop EVERYONE from buying, owning or shooting black airguns.

Apparently, the color change would apply to airsoft guns as well. From the piece:

It gets worse!

This new law also affects airsoft guns, which millions of people safely use for re-enactments, skirmishing and maintaining firearm proficiency.

If you hate orange muzzles on your airsoft guns, what are you going to do when the ONLY airsoft guns you can buy, carry or shoot are red, blue, green or completely clear?

California’s Penal Code prohibits the sale and distribution of imitation firearms. BB devices, which are listed as airsoft guns and BB guns, are specifically excluded from that law. HOWEVER, SB 798 adds airsoft guns and BB guns to the list of imitation firearms that are prohibited UNLESS those guns are brightly colored.

I didn’t think much more about this issue until this afternoon, when I happened to receive the following in my e-mail inbox. From Pyramid Air:

No more black airguns in CA… that could happen RIGHT NOW!

Things in California have gone from bad to worse!

SB798 has moved up to the Public Safety Committee.

They’re going to vote on it soon. Tell them to vote NO on SB798.

While some air gun and airsoft gun owners in California might be perfectly fine toting a brightly-colored gun, those against the legislation may want to consider the advice given in Pyramid Air’s AmmoLand.com piece, which said:

If California passes this bill, other states will get similar bills going. Whether you live in California or elsewhere, show your support for airsoft and airgun owners everywhere.

Click here to go to our Facebook page to download a letter that you can send to Senator de Leon and your own California representatives about SB 798.

Do it today — tomorrow may be too late!

Sources:

Galan, J.I. “Practical, affordable firearms training with airguns: no time to drive to the range? The author says your regular practice need not suffer.” Guns Magazine. Aug. 2002. (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BQY/is_8_48/ai_87564349/?tag=mantle_skin;content). 2 June 2011.

“California Is Taking Away Your Black Airguns FOREVER.” AmmoLand.com. 13 May 2011. (http://www.ammoland.com/2011/05/13/california-is-taking-away-your-black-airguns-forever/). 2 June 2011.

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