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maintenanceguy last won the day on November 2 2016

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  1. I've taken a lot of new shooters to the range. I've taken a lot of teens who were new shooters to the range. I got my NRA instructor's certification because my teen daughter liked to take friends shooting. Moms were nervous when my daughter's friends asked if they could go shooting with me. It was an easier sell when they could add "Mr. ZZZ is a certified firearms instructor and offered to teach me gun safety." My advice is don't "introduce" him to shooting. That's heavy and has baggage. Just take him shooting. No lessons. Let him have fun instead of getting instruction and he'll come back. I always go over three safety rules before we pick up a gun. I show how we are going to walk behind the shooter and how we're going to keep the guns unloaded whenever anyone is at or in front of the firing line. Then we just shoot targets and have fun. The occasional tip is fine but don't worry too much about technique on the first, or trip to the range. Consider it a pickup game of basketball, not practice before the big game. And be sure to say "good job" when he gets one in the middle. And let him take his target home to show mom and dad. And let him decide what you shoot. 90% will want to start with handguns. Teens seem to always have fun shooting clays. I agree that rifles are a good way to learn the fundamentals but the first step is to let shooting be fun. Otherwise, the lessons are a drag and he'll never want to come back.
  2. I hope you're right. We won't know for sure until November 2021.
  3. and like NJ, the urban centers will make the rules for the rest of us. VA is done - just like NJ.
  4. Negotiated with the unions. None of the closed areas are staffed so there is no reason to close them at all. This is meant to cause pain to all of us so we'll resist the furloughs.
  5. My 13 year old grew out of his bike last year. We were planning to get him one this year and hauled his old one to the local dump. They have a scrap metal pile and I figured it was still in fair shape, somebody would grab it and another kid would get some use out of it. The next day, after we got rid of his old bike, we went bike shopping and found out that there are none. We found several out of stock options at different online sites and just checked websites every day for a couple of weeks. Eventually, one of our choices showed up in stock at Walmart.com. Only one in stock. We ordered it and figured that somebody else, somewhere in the country must have hit the order button before we did. I thought we'd get an email that the order was cancelled. But it showed up via Fedex a few days later. Don't give up. You might get lucky like we did.
  6. The gun needs to stay in PA. I suspect that gun was not specifically made to comply with NJ's laws and probably doesn't. So, most likely, just possessing it in NJ is enough to spend several years in prison. A PA dealer can transfer it to a NJ dealer where it can be modified to be legal here. You should get the specifics on the gun and talk to a dealer here to find out what modifications are necessary and if it's even possible to make it NJ legal. Since you say it has a 16" barrel, that may complicate things.
  7. It's a drive but we've camped at Ole Bull campground in Potter County PA. The area is very nice - just don't ruin it by thinking like you're from NJ. The campground is well maintained, they do a good job of giving each camp site privacy. There is a swimming area and very nice restrooms/ shower rooms. If you like being outdoors, you will like it here. You'll even get acquainted with some black bears. It's worth the drive to get away from NJ for a while.
  8. We once got 2,000 (maybe more) people to a hearing in Trenton. It was the first big pro 2A action in NJ that I remember and people came out. Then there was some infighting and things kind of fell apart for a while. I also think all of us who participated felt defeated when the legislature simply ignored all of us and voted against us anyway. I don't know what the next big thing should be but we need a next big thing - something to get us involved. And, although there are no guarantees, it needs to be a success this time. A grandiose defeat would leave us worse than we are now.
  9. I appreciate what the police do for us and that they put themselves in dangerous situations. But...police occupational mortality rates are roughly 1/7 that of the logging industry 1/6 that of commercial fishing 1/4 that of commercial pilots 1/3 that of roofers 1/2 that of garbage collectors 1/2 that of iron workers 1/2 that of truck drivers 1/2 that of farmers etc. etc. None of those groups get any special privileges when they retire. Not that I agree that the right to carry is a privilege.
  10. You just have to apply common sense because the law does not specifically address owning springs and I doubt that there has been any case law from the courts yet. So, the real answer is that nobody knows the answer. I would not hesitate to own 30 round springs if I didn't own the rest of the stuff to make them into 30 round magazines. If I owned "permanently altered" 30 round mags that were now 10 round mags - owning an extra 30 round spring doesn't make it possible to convert your magazine to 30 round unless you "permanently alter" them the other way.
  11. Yesterday - had a FEDEX delivery coming that I needed to be able to ship to one of our customers. It was going to be delivered Thursday but was delayed to Friday. Got a notice Friday morning that it was on the truck for delivery. Late in the afternoon, my wife said "there goes the FEDEX truck as it drove past without stopping. 10 minutes later the status changed to delayed again. I'm sure the driver already put in a long day and probably had to get to his daughter's birthday celebration. I don't blame the driver. I even understand why FEDEX can't keep up right now. But, at least, give us realistic delivery estimates. They certainly track enough data to know days ahead if there is a 10% chance of your package making it on Friday or a 90% chance. Just share the info and I'll plan around it.
  12. Two weeks ago, had a customer who paid almost $100 for next day air before 10:00am on a Saturday to Massachusetts. The package was picked up here at noon on Friday. She called Saturday morning to make sure it was on it's way. Package showed up for the first time in the UPS system on Monday and it arrived on Wednesday. This was pretty critical for the customer to close out a big job and we probably would have driven to meet them half way if we knew UPS couldn't get it done. No way to be reimbursed for shipping - no guarantees during COVID.
  13. It is an interesting coincidence which states are destroying their economies and which ones aren't.
  14. We have a warehouse at work. We just put them on the curb and they disappear by morning.
  15. I don't agree with it but I think I know the reason. Most "close" socializing happens in the evening. Drinking with friends, playing poker. board games over drinks, game night at church. By instituting a curfew, a lot of this is prevented. But, a curfew needs to include everyone for it to work.
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