Monday, September 7, 2009

Fun with an M14

Summer neighbors from a state further south call police to report "someone shooting". An officer is dispatched, sees nothing wrong, lingers for a friendly chat. The neighbors come over to complain in person. They end up getting my 'short course', exploding a few old bricks as a finale. Now they're emailing me about what rifle they should buy. They're shocked to learn that both this type of rifle and informal plinking on their own land are illegal in their home state. I'll have them voting Libertarian before I'm done.

  • All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
  • Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)
  • Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for most inadvertent discharges. Keep your booger-hook off the bang-button.
  • Identify your target, and what is behind it. A tiny lawyer is attached to every projectile that you launch.


    Anonymous said...

    I know this is an older post, but good on ya for encouraging non-gunners to look at our "hobby" in a different light.

    The Paddy said...

    Which state? I am searching for land to buy, and would not want to look in a state where I cannot go plinking in the backyard.