Some Gun Stuff

Updated on March 26, 2021 in General Stuff
7 on December 17, 2020

I’ve been thinking about joining the Eastern Nebraska Gun Club for years. 

Lane, you remember Trenton, right? He was a member back in the day. Used to go down there with him fairly often. They have a nice setup. Multiple ranges, going out 600 yards.

I’ve got a friend with some property in Elkhorn where I can shoot. But it’s limited to maybe 50 yards, and it’s right next to his house, so you have to be a little careful about when you go there. 

Anyway, one of my resolutions going forward is to take my grandsons shooting more often, so I’m in the process of joining the ENGC.

Their membership process is no joke. You have to 1) have a current NRA membership and 2) pass a federal firearm background check. 

In Nebraska, you have to have a specially issued permit in order to buy handguns. The permits are issued by the sheriff in your county. The sheriff’s office will run the federal background check before issuing the permit, so having the permit is evidence that you passed the background check. All of which is to say, in order to join the ENGC, you need a purchase permit in order to prove you passed the background check.

(Active duty military and LEO can bypass that requirement by showing their credentials)

I haven’t had a current purchase permit in years. My last one probably expired 15 years ago. (IIRC, they are good for three years at a time.) 

So my effort to join the ENGC started with me going to the Douglas County Sheriff’s office this morning and picking up a purchase permit application.

In the past, getting a permit was an “on the spot” deal. But they are all covid’d up, so you have to file your application by mail for the time being.

I go through all that because I read Biden people talking about how they want “common sense gun laws” and such. One of the things that always annoys me about such talk is that it completely ignores the mountain of gun laws that we already have.

To wit: This is the instruction sheet I received in my packet:

And this is the instruction form that came with it:

And this is the application form itself:

Note that the application needs to be notarized, which is something of a PITA.

In addition to spending time with my grandsons, I also have the idea of pursuing precision, long range riflery. That’s something that has long fascinated me, and it seems like it might be fun. And I assume it’s a total rabbit hole. The ENGC has a “High Powered Rifle F-Class Match” scheduled for Saturday morning. I think I’ll go down and check it out.

 
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0 on December 18, 2020

I’ve had great fun shooting guns over the years (Boy Scouts, Blackwater, a buddy’s MP5 machine gun with my boy out in the woods, etc) but could never find enough interest to warrant a serious hobby. Similarly, I’ve never tried to get a permit or anything else. Never been opposed to it, just never found the interest (the idea of self defense has never struck me as all that big a threat). But it is reassuring to know that it actually takes some effort.

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0 on December 18, 2020

RE: the precision game, that is an absolute rabbit hole, lined with hundred dollar bills. It’s something that I nonetheless wish to pursue. Fortunately one of my cop buddies was an international youth competitor, and then a Marine Corps sniper before he became a LEO. I’ve already learned a ton from that guy. I’ll need to catch up on some other things first, though; the glass alone will kill the average wallet.

That said, clever shopping for, say, a Tikka, and a discontinued Nikon can get one going for about 3 grand.  My guy’s scope is worth 4 Grover Clevelands, before putting a rifle underneath though.

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0 on December 19, 2020

Went down and observed the F-Class match at the ENGC this morning.

That was cool. Some guys with some serious hot-rod rifles, too.

Turns out they went to an electronic target system about a year ago. Never seen anything like it. Forget spotting scopes. The system has an internal web server, and you just bring your tablet, point it at the server, and you can see your shots in real time, right on the screen. Including bullet velocity. This is probably old hat to guys who’ve been in the sport for the last 10 years, but for me (who’s last period of regular shooting was something close to 20 years ago), I was impressed.

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0 on January 9, 2021

My ENGC application is submitted.

Meanwhile, took Sunnie out this morning for some target shooting at my buddy’s acreage. Too bad ammo is so spendy right now. I’m limiting these sessions to 100 rounds.

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0 on January 13, 2021

J, if you get a chance, check out the new Savage impulse, eg. the predator hunting version in 6.5 CM.

https://www.outdoorlife.com/story/guns/review-savage-impulse-straight-pull-hunting-rifle/

 

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0 on January 13, 2021

“12,000-acre shooting facility in the beautiful mountains and rugged valleys of the South Texas Hill Country that includes 35 shooting bays, ranges out to 3,600 yards

Impressive!

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0 on March 26, 2021

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but Sunnie and I just attended the new member orientation session for the ENGC. I am now an official, card-carrying (literally) member.

The most impressive thing I learned during the session is that the club has 2,500 members. No idea it was that many! 

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