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  1. I can't find anything in the statutes under the exemptions that would allow a retail licensed gun store employee to carry a loaded firearm. Actually I can't find anything that would allow them to handle any firearm other than transporting them under 2c36-6 subsection g conditions (unloaded in a fastened box, etc). Same goes for a customers fondling retail guns. This is the same twilight zone are of law like letting your friend hold your gun at your home makes both of you felons. While technically illegal, it goes against the spirit of the law to go after. It seems unofficially the govt overlords consider gun shops as gun ranges even if a physical range doesn't exist. Just file it under the selective enforcement section. Just like the AWB is still on the books in full force yet is just not prosecuted provided people play the evil feature game. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. I'd take a look at aimsurplus's NiB BCG's. I have one of their versions and it runs great. I'm sold on the nickel boron coating for its innate lubricity and ease of cleaning. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Since moving to NC, which has open carry, I have observed zero issues with the law. I don't see people walking around OC'ing anywhere I've been. For the most part it seems people here get it, and they will get it in Texas eventually. I did see the bottom of a guy's 1911's holster extending down past his jacket at a park, without OC laws he'd be in the danger zone. Its this reason as to why OC laws are important. Just like anything it is a situational thing. Just like it is your 1st amendment right to go screaming around at the top of your lungs that turkey is the best meat, if you do it in the middle of a busy mall it will get you into trouble. IMO same goes for OC. There is a time and place. Sure if you decide to parade your AR around the mall with a tacticool vest full of loaded mags, it will cause problems. You won't be charged with any gun related issues, but you will be removed one way or another as its private property. Even if there are no signs posted, a property owner can ask you to leave, same goes for anyone for a myriad of other legal reasons not related to guns. I saw on the news here that one guy did pull a stunt like that, and the only follow up was that he left with the cops. No charges or anything after that. Otherwise, it seems here that the gun community gets it here. Sure a tasteful rights rally with people OC'ing is one thing and would be pretty much accepted, but standing on street corners OC armed to the hilt 'just because' does nobody any good. What OC laws do protect are things like... - Getting out of your vehicle and holstering your CC handgun in the parking lot - Adjusting your clothing for comfort while CC'ing and you expose some of your holster/gun accidentally - Reaching up on a shelf for something, wind blows your jacket, squatting down and printing, etc etc - OC'ing while camping/hiking etc. Basically it prevents the anti's from using their eagle eyes and phone cameras for snagging people up in technicalities.
  4. Take a look at areas where you can commute using Amtrak, around philly. 1:20 train ride
  5. The crux of the problem with these cases are that they are being heard by circuit courts smack dab in the middle of renegade states with whome do not recognize the 2nd Amendment. In fact it is clear that the court ruling has thrown out the baby with the bath water when it comes to applying the proper level of scrutiny that a civil right demands. The "public safety" argument was weighed heavily in McDonald and was rejected under the premise that many of our rights enumerated in the bill of rights have "contriversial public safety implications" (Scalia). That does not mean that states can simply discount them and brush them off. In particular, the anti's use the public safety argument for banning semi auto sporting rifles, when they are used in ~.05% of all gun related murders. I guess they already lost the fight on handguns (Heller) which are invovled in something like 85% of gun related murders so they have to go after something. Another example... My argument is our wonderful news media outlets which deifies people who commit attrocities, particularly when the tool used was a firearm. This application of free speech is responsible for these recent heinous actions. Many times the killers mention in their notes that their goal is to be forever burned into pop culture, of course facilitated by media. Guess what, don't give that to them. Ban reporting on murderers of any kind. It won't be worth it for them and the nut jobs won't do it. Alas we can't because of that pesky 1st amendment.... The other issue is that free states can't file a case to challenge once and for all what are the boundaries of what are considered protected arms under the 2A and have them tried in additional Court of Appeals circuits for additional rulings which most likely would be contradictory to the fascist circuit rulings. Instead , cases filed in civil rights repressed states have to follow a trail of destruction up to the Supreme court, which for the best hope is apathetic over what kinds of guns the 2A protects.... at least they'd have an open mind.
  6. For me, standardizing on ammo for guns you will shoot a lot was a lesson learned. I don't mean everything has to be the same, but trying to keep consistent makes life easier. Example, for me I settled on 9mm for most of my pistols that I shoot a lot. It means I can stock up on good deals, expensive defensive ammo works accross my collection, can grab any pistol and I know I'll have ammo for it, and reloading is easier not having to stock up on different components and press configs.
  7. Bottom line... if a cop wants to search your car that badly, it will happen, and it will happen in a "legal" manner no matter what the circumstances. Its just a matter of how much time the cop wants to spend. If they can't find PC in the way of things like some crushed leaves or dust laying around that looks like "drug residue", the option to call in the 4th amendment silver bullet remains, aka the drug sniffing dog. Yes, the drug sniffing canine instantly vaporizes your 4th amendment rights when used in an unscrupulous manner. Its a perfect system really. The handler subjectively interprets the dogs actions for a "hit", and on top of that can provide a subtle cue to the dog to trigger the hit response. Once that hit has been interpreted by the handler they have PC, you can tear up your 4th amendment rights and throw them in the fire. Try defending against this in court... its pretty tough to question a dog on the stand. You'd have to spend 10's of thousands to hire expert witnesses to scrutinize over the dash cam vid to try to find incorrect usage of the dog. I've seen vids where they let the dog jump up on the hood of the car scratching up the hood. After they had their fun, you are now left with a scratched up car with a jacked up interior. If there is damage, good luck pursuing restitution for any damages. Key take away is: Your 4th amendment rights are but a mere inconvenience to cops when it comes to searching motor vehicles, perhaps with the exception of a mobile home that you are living in. Always respectfully assert your rights, no need to make it easy for them. After that, don't give them a reason to not like you, and most likely they will not go through the trouble.
  8. I just went with an Interlogix (ex-GE) Simon XTi wireless system. I bought it through http://www.home-technology-store.com I went the GSM connectivity route. Home technology store will set you up with an alarm.com and nextalarm.com account. Alarm.com is for all the home automation and notification stuff, and Nextalarm for dispatch monitoring. It comes with Z-wave built in with the GSM module. Its great. I have some exterior and interior lights upgraded to zwave switches. I also have a Schlage front door keypad lock and two thermostats that all integrate with the panel over Zwave. I can view the status of all sensors, activate lights, unlock the front door, control thermostats, and program macros and schedules for activities. It logs every activity in real-time. I even have it set up that when our mobile phones are both 3 miles away, the thermostats go into energy saving mode. They then reactivate when we are back within the 3 mile radius. It comes to $39 a month for everything. I used to just have basic $14 Nextalarm monitoring for dispatch, but I thought the extra $24 for the alarm.com GSM+home automation stuff was worth it for me. There are lots of good options out there, this is definitely one to check out.
  9. Make sure you grab up some extra lower common spring and detent parts! You will inevitably loose one or the other during a build. It kills the build buzz if you don't have spares around. Have fun!
  10. Just a note on using the Hornady Dry Lube spray as a spray down for the press and parts... I used to do the same thing but I learned that it doesn't really protect the metal well , as in formation of surface rust. I'm in the unfortunate position of having the press in the garage, so its exposed to exterior temps and humidity. Not optimal, but I have to do what I have to do. I've switched to using Eezox as a cleaner/lube for the press and parts. It works great on the internal die parts. It doesn't leave behind any sticky residue and offers great protection against rust and corrosion. The carrier is a solvent, trichloroethylene, it's potent one at that so watch the fumes and glove up. It's a probable carcinogen and it will give you a case of dry skin in no time flat. All the bad has some good...the solvent makes it great as a cleaner in the wet-phase. Once it evaporates, it leaves behind the active components. It's not a great lube, but leaves a great foundation to add a wet lube or grease to in areas that need it. If I'm using the press a lot, and just a general wipe down/clean up, I'll use Ballistol in between Eezox treatments. Its decent at corrosion protection just by itself. It works great as a general wipe/wet lube for light duty areas of the press. The added bonus is that is good for the skin and non toxic. Big pluses when you have your hands all over the equipment.
  11. Remember the IO AK boondoggle? http://njgunforums.com/forum/index.php/topic/19115-io-inc-rifles/page-2 Just like with the M1 carbine clones, if enough people call into the NJSP asking "mother may I", NJ will drop the hammer. Status quo is for the state to turn a blind eye to the statutes as long as people comply with the NJAC evil feature game. You can still be arrested and charged for possession of a AW based on the "substantially identical clause", but at least can use precedent and NJAC as a defense (still not guaranteed). Add to that prosecutors are supposed to follow NJAC guidelines when pressing charges. Its loose protection , but at least its there. Since it is not rule of law, anytime people call in to the NJSP and make a stink asking about legality of xyz gun, it draws unwanted attention and scrutiny and the State will always default to the unconstitutional statutes still on the books and administratively ban that particular gun. Nothing stops them from continuing this practice until someone challenges the state in court and hopefully wins. Both sides have a lot to loose if they lost that battle, so NJ continues to move forward in this bazaar status quo condition when it comes to the AWB and the "substantially identical" definition.
  12. I wonder if the "no lone, first time shooters" covers anyone who brings their own HG to pop off some rounds and gets a gold star sticker that they are now permitted to rent stuff moving forward. I would think this demonstrates that the person has access to a personal firearm and wouldn't need to rent one for purposes other then punching holes in paper.
  13. I'd love to know the details of this case other then anti-gun PRNJ.com. The only other information I could find was that the cops said he gave "inconsistent reasons" for being there and he and his mother said he was there for "job related purposes". Sure the equipment he was carrying was odd, but perhaps he's just a paranoid mall-ninja type... if something were to happen perhaps he'd feel he'd be prepared as a first responded type before the police could arrive. The way I see it, I would think they would throw the book at him with a 20+ year sentence (which they easily could do with all of the laws broken) if they thought he was that much of a threat.... Especially in anti-gun rights PRNJ. I'm sure we're not getting the full story. Whats funny is that in a different state, this would have been a non-issue. Only states like NJ have people brainwashed to think that someone with body armor and handguns is immediately a crazy nut and a threat to society. In my new home state, I can walk out the door wearing a vest and 3 handguns loaded with hollow points and walk down through a busy shopping area without a problem. I won't be arrested or paraded in the media as being a nut.
  14. I can't agree more. Like Slip EWL, my fav gun oil. It's synthetic hydrocarbon based and probably shares most of its chemistry with other synthetic hydrocarbon industrial lubricants like synthetic motor and gear oil. Where things differ is the blending of the base oils and the additive package. What makes sense for an engine in terms of blend and additives may not make sense for a gun and visa versa. Some examples are anti foaming agents and viscosity modifier additives. The less chemicals inevitably in contact with my skin, the better.
  15. Doesn't surprise me at all. Plant based lubricants have been around for a long time, even in modern formulations and uses. Here is an example that I found http://gemtek.com/products/safe-lube/product-line/safe-lube-industrial-lubricants/ . Ballistol comes to mind which uses a blend of mineral and plant based components. Mineral oil is petrol-chemical derived, but is fairly inert and even used in pharmaceutical grades for ingestion as a laxative. Plant based oils used for industry are typically processed, e.g. hydrogenation, polymerization. This improves qualities desirable as a lube, and also extends its shelf life tremendously. What do you know, Crisco is a blend of fully and partially hydrogenated soybean and palm oils. Its no wonder they may share some chemical similarities with FC.
  16. We're very happy with the area. It is being built up , but no high density development like condo or apartment complexes.
  17. Just make sure you have all permits closed out before you list. I had an old permit I was not aware of from when I had the furnace replaced. Caused a crazy amount of drama up to our closing. I learned a valuable lesson this time around. Anything that requires the government approval involves getting screwed over most of the time.
  18. Move is now completed to NC. It was painful, but the benefits make it all worthwhile, including of course actual 2A rights being recognized.
  19. It indeed makes one sick to think about these things. I'm fully aware of Abbott districts, corruption, and the pension disaster in NJ... these are some of the facts that contributed to my decision that it is not worth trying to stay and fight to fix things. In many cases the corruption runs from local right up into state levels. At this point is is a hobby of the FBI to sweep in to NJ every 10 years to attempt to clean things up by arresting the obvious corrupt government officials. The thing is for every one they put behind bars, there most likely 10 others.
  20. AugustWest, I'll give you credit. To my knowledge, you are the first to offer counter-points to stay in NJ other then the argument of "stand and fight for your home state, together we can make a difference". I get it , NJ was my home my whole life, and I for over a decade subscribed to the mentality that I will stay and fight, while making the best of the situation as I can. If you are happy and have your reasons for staying, that's OK too. To apply some of your logic in terms of a defensive situation where you are threatened that you would rather run then fight or use a firearm to defend yourself... I chose the run away option when it comes to NJ. After years of fighting the fight, I decided that running was the better strategy. Also don't get me wrong, I do also agree that sometimes running in a real self defense situation could be the best option depending on the situation even if you are armed. In fact, tactically retreating while using a firearm to further assure your withdrawal is even better.
  21. You are really over-simplifying here. I feel there are a myriad of reasons for the flight out of NJ. BTW its not just gun owners either. NJ leads the country in people moving out. Personally for me : Better weather Lower taxes Twice the house both in size and amenities for what I'm selling mine for here, and its brand new Gorgeous neighborhood and area compared to what I can afford here in NJ Highly rated schools, which are only a few years old with all of the high tech amenities. School infrastructure investment continues and actually makes the schools better instead of a bottomless money pit like it is here in NJ. I'd have to move to an area in NJ with $15-20K property taxes to approach the schools where I'm moving to where I'll pay $4.5K. Easier and less expensive commute to work. Charlotte's downtown area is really nice like a park with big buildings compared to the cesspool that is NYC. (I get some people like NYC, more power to them but its not for me) 2.5 hours to the mountains, 3.5 hours to Myrtle beach. Political environment more aligned with my views And of course gun rights and living in a free state. This includes simple things like having an adjustable stock on my AR and standard capacity mags. Will I get a CCW, yes. Will I carry everywhere I go, most likely not. Having the option is all that matters. You make it sound like as soon as you CCW you are now going to 100% going to get into a gunfight and it will ruin your life. I don't even know where to begin with that one.
  22. Leaving NJ behind for Charlotte on June 15th , can't wait.
  23. It's a complete and utter trap. They'll scrap it for now, make deals with other nanny state's legislators to not enact tough smart gun laws. Instead they will enact laws that promote smart guns to be sold in stores, like tax credits or rebates. Pro gun civil rights folks will rejoice and life goes on. After there are a half dozen makers of smart guns being sold in stores... boom the wave of smart gun control laws will come forth similar to the one on the books now, except there will already be smart guns being sold in gun shops around the country. Sure it will take 10-15 years to happen, but the anti's are in it now for the long term investment potential....
  24. I see what you are saying, and the debate on which brand or type of part is better or comparable quality versus value is a discussion that can go on until the sun burns out. It still doesn't help the OP understand what he should offer his friend for the rifle. I'm not going to comment on the parts you list as I want to avoid that rat hole. My whole point was that the OP was looking for a fair price to offer his friend , and the only way to do that is to add up the parts the rifle is made from to get an understanding on where to start. If he is not interested in the fancy parts or name brands, then he has the option to walk away and look for something else like building a new a rifle as you suggest as an option. I based the CHF barrel off of PSA and BCM's FN CHF barrels which run around that price. Again, are they worth the money over a custom stainless solution? I'm not going to debate that either.
  25. So many people think that every AR should cost $500-750. Sure you can build or buy one in that range, but you have to look at the sum of an AR's parts to determine value. If those parts are not important to you, then yea, a 500-750 AR may be your cup of tea. Just like anything else... everyone loves to use the car example. I can buy a Subaru WRX for $29K or a STi for $37K. Both cars drive great and are high quality. Are the aesthetics, parts, and improved specs from the WRX to the STi in my mind justified? Same applies to the $~500 AR versus a $~1500 AR. Take a look at the rifle in question above. Vltor forged upper $170, Mega forged lower $125, CHF barrel $240, battlecomp $150, diamondhead rail $170, magpul furniture $75, Colt BCG $120, diamondhead aluminum front and rear sights $200, lower build kit with tube $90. I tried to err on the lower side with these prices, but you are looking at a ~$1300 rifle here to build new. If you really like the parts list compared to what you can build for $400-750, it may be worth taking a swing at it. There is no way you can build a clone of this rifle for that price range. That being said, it seems a 50% discount is a good starting point at $650. Depending on how much you want the rifle, a ~40% discount over retail new at $750 seems fair. Personally I wouldn't go higher then that since as many said, there's a lot of AR's floating around out there after the panic buys of the past few years. Also , after getting above the $750-800 mark, it would be more fun to just start buying the parts you want and slowly amassing them over time to make it affordable. You would end up with a new rifle, have fun with the building experience, fun with the research, and have exactly what you want in parts over someone else's decisions.
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