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  • Birthday 03/26/1979

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    Salem County
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    Shooting, Fishing, The Philadelphia Eagles, Formula 1 Racing
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  1. That video captures it perfectly! There is a name for what happened. It's called sympathetic muscle reflex. Most things we grab with our hands are made for us to close all of our fingers around it like a baseball bat, steering wheel, refrigerator handle, door knobs, etc. Its a motion we are instinctually born with. One of the Apgar Tests given to newborn babies within the first hour they are born is to see if they firmly grasp an object (typically your finger) when you place it in the palm of their hand. While nearly all holsters require you to grip the gun and leave the index finger extended, the Blackhawk Serpa requires you to exercise a fine motor skill of pressing that lever with your finger, which is causing your brain to activate the neuro-muscular connection that it would normally activate (and has been activating your whole life) to completely close your hand. Under stress of a shot timer or say maybe actually danger, higher levels of adrenaline cause fine motor skills to degrade. Under stress the fine motor skill needed to operate this holster becomes a gross motor skill as you over apply the pressure. We all know where the finger naturally lands and it then becomes a dangerous situation. The other problem is they are too proud and/or too stubborn to recall this holster.
  2. We all had to shoot to show proficiency to get our permit to carry and when we were all going through the whole process, people from different parts of NJ were saying they had different courses of fire when they were doing their live fire. I know I didn't shoot from a kneeling position and I don't think mine wasn't timed (i.e., 30 seconds for 3 shots at 25 yards). It looks like they have now standardize the course of fire. Personally, I don't think its a very hard course of fire, but I have 20 yrs military and 7 years LE experience. But I see this as a basic demonstration of ability to shoot. A little stress since its timed, but nothing hard like moving and shooting and communicating with other team members with multiple moving targets and non-threats mixed in, while in the dark. 2nd thing; what is everyone seeing that says we have to all go back and requalify to this standard? I see people on here and facebook talking about that, but I haven't seen anything saying our issued, in-hand permits are void until we reshoot. The instructor that did my shooting class contacted posted saying this will be the standard next time around, but since we already qualified and have permits, we are good until the permits expire. He is a firearms instructor for the NJSP and runs a side business as a firearms trainer/consultant. Also, the email I got from NJARPC said for current permit holders, we just need to review the "Use of force" and the "Safe firearms storage" slides that were attached to the email. They were put together by the NJ Attorney Generals Office. Nothing to fill out and no means provided to prove you reviewed it, but the use of force info was good to know. It looks like the AG wants this to be included in the classroom part of the whole thing you do when you go to demonstrate shooting capability. Again, looks like they issued a standard basic amount of info they want taught to all permit holders.
  3. I was a Deputy Sheriff for 7 years and have some experience with the Serpa Blackhawk. It was pretty popular when it first came out. Its light, comfy and appealed to the younger generation of officers and deputies who liked the kydex look better than the old-school leather. With the gun in the holster, your natural grip put your index finger on the release lever that you depressed to be able to draw the gun from the holster. You would draw the gun straight up (as apposed to needing to rock it slightly forward first, as with some holsters) and it automatically put the index finger along the frame for a safe draw without unintentionally fingering the trigger. The problem was with the release lever design. If the spring behind that release lever came off or something in there broke, or if debris got in there (there was space or stuff to get down in there) then the gun could not be removed from the holster without cutting the holster off. Once this was known, our office prohibited us from using them on duty. I have heard over the years of other Serpa models having the same problem so I haven't used that brand holster ever since.
  4. So I picked up my permit today. I applied Sept 7 of last year. In January the IT department at my job upgraded the phones to VOIP and my office number was changed at that time. My permit was ready last month on 2/23 (signed as issued on 2/19) and they called my old work number and I never got the message. No restrictions on the permit and no specific firearms listed on it either.
  5. Blade HQ has a Benchmade Mini Adamas on sale for $199 https://www.bladehq.com/item--Benchmade-Mini-Adamas-AXIS-Lock--137347.
  6. Last summer my car broke down on I-295. A trooper stopped to check on me. I had already called a tow truck so after it was towed, the trooper gave me a ride to where my wife was. Before getting in his vehicle, he asked if I have any weapons. I gave him my Benchmade Bailout that I carry. He didn't ask why I had it or say anything about it and he gave it right back when he dropped me off.
  7. The email you sent on March 17, was that to Totowa or Trenton?
  8. 9/7/2022: I dropped off my application to NJSP Woodstown station. 12/21/2022: References contacted. 1/26/2023: I emailed NJSP at Woodstown for update. They said since the Judges were taken out of the process on 12/23/2022, my app may or may not go to court, depending on when it gets processed in Trenton. No word since then. Today makes 190 calendar days since I dropped it off.
  9. I was a Deputy Sheriff in another State for 7 years. In most states, the state constitution names the sheriff as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in their County and gives him his authority and responsibility. Here is a quote from a Michigan Sheriff's website. The Sheriff has Jurisdiction across his entire county and is said to be the Chief Law Enforcement Official of the county and having the ability to be the “Buffer” between the People and Government. While Upholding the rule of law for the government, the Sheriff also has the ability to uphold the Constitutional rights of the People to protect them from Government Over-reach on a Local, State and Federal Level. In the PRNJ, the Chief LEO is the prosecutor. According to the state of NJ: Under New Jersey law, the county prosecutor functions as the chief law enforcement officer for the county. Each county prosecutor is charged with the obligation to use all reasonable and lawful diligence in the detection, arrest, indictment and conviction of people who violate the criminal laws of New Jersey. Also in PRNJ, the prosecutor is appointed by the Governor.
  10. Not sure where the OP is located but he said he reached out to JCP&L so he must be in their coverage area. I've used Green Power Energy out of Ewing before. They are licensed in NJ, Connecticut and PA. They came all the way down to Salem County to install my system. They do good work. Another resource to get multiple quotes to upgrade your system is www.energysage.com This website allows you to enter the property address and some simple information about the existing electrical system and contractors that service your area can put together a proposal and a quote. One of the main benefits of this site is that the contractors can only contact you through this site. To have them reach you by phone or email, you have to specifically select to have your personal info shown to a contractor who submitted a proposal. Once you accept a proposal, the other contractors can no longer contact you since their bid was not accepted. Another benefit is the contractors all provide a proposal based on the same set of criteria. That way you are comparing apples to apples. The attached is what the basic proposal info includes, but each one has much more detail once you open it. The site gives the contractor the ability to add photos, equipment specs and manuals, energy usage and production graphs, as well as financial charts, but it puts you in control and makes it easier to find someone to get your job done.
  11. Last I checked, a 20kw standby generator fueled by propane running at half load could run continuously for 30 days off of a full 1,000 gallon propane tank. I have propane for my furnace and water heater. The tank is underground but my brother in law has an above ground tank. Never heard of it getting cold enough in NJ to cause issues with it. Liquid propane vaporizes at -44 degrees. The temp would have to get under that to cause the propane to remain in a liquid state and cause you to stop getting propane gas into your house.
  12. If yours is in NJ, then state law requires that the system only produce as much power each year as what you used the year prior to purchasing the system. Since the days are longer in the summer, you typically make more power than you need in summer. Without batteries to store the charge, this excess power goes to the transformer that feeds your house, gets stepped up from 240 volts to line voltage (18k volts irc) and gets sent down the street to other houses. I live in Atlantic City Electric grid area so my excess generation shows up on page 2 of my bill as a credit. Every kilowatt extra I produce for them adds a kilowatt to my credit balance. Your bill is required to show you excess generation, but depending on your utility provider, the format of the bill may be different. Anyway, the utility companies fiscal year runs from March to February. So starting in March, the days slowly get longer and more importantly, the tropic of cancer is aligned directly with the sun for us in the northern hemisphere. This puts the sun at noon at the optimal 90 degree angle to your solar panels if they are installed with a tilt between 18 and 22 degrees (most are). So your system will began making a lot of power this time of year. As the earth continues to tilt through the summer, the angle to the sun becomes slightly less and less optimal, but the days get longer so it evens out and the excess power generation continues, especially if you have a well insulated house that doesn't need A/C running 24/7 through the hot months. Eventually, winter rolls around and the days are fairly short. You most likely use more grid power in December, January and February, but instead of them charging you for the kilowatts you are using, they deduct it from the credits you built up over the first part of their fiscal year. It should balance out to where you never pay. When the following March rolls around, what ever kilowatts of credits you still have gets wiped off your account and they send you a check to pay you for it at the rate they charge customers per kilowatt. So just because you don't pay a bill doesn't necessarily mean you produce enough in the dead of winter to be self sufficient and top off a depleted bank of batteries.
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