Sunday, August 31, 2014

I have no idea what I'm doing

It's true.  I have no idea what I'm doing.  I sit and think about something for months and years until i do something about it.  Last time was motorcycling... It's a passion of mine and very much part of me and who I am. Hell, it has helped shape me into the person I am today.

For years, I've been wanting to do some shooting but always found an excuse to put it aside.

I took the CFSC (canadian firearms safety course) earlier this year and passed both restricted (handguns) and nonrestricted (long guns) to get my PAL (possession and acquisition license).

Canada has a very large gun culture and many Canadians and foreigners alike do not realize this.  Many are afraid of guns in many countries, Canada being one of them.

Gun Education 101:
Let's start by saying this: guns are NOT inherently dangerous.  An unloaded rifle sitting in a corner is no more dangerous than a chair, an ottoman or mug of cold coffee.  It's an inanimate object that will do no damage. People have a deep seated fear of guns, which I believe media has a lot to do with it.

If i were to compare my motorcycle to a rifle, there are many similarities one can find, depending on their <usually> uneducated view.

Remember, law abiding citizens don't normally go on a rampage, and if they do the rifle is just the weapon of choice and an extension of themselves. If someone doesn't have a gun, they will use the next available weapon.

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people!" this is utter bullshit. it should be "Guns don't kill people, people with guns and bullets who are mental kill people".

It's just a tool. nothing more.

The hobby

I'll be honest... I don't know what I'm looking for in this hobby.  Precision? Mental discipline? Relaxation?
I'm not sure, but I will find out.  As with anything, you need tools to do the job.  Working on my toolkit now and had to buy my first set of tools.

The rifle:
Savage Mark II BGTVXP (.22LR rimfire)

I figured that this setup would help get me out of the gate with a dependable rifle that has been tried and tested. Also cost.  .22LR ammo is very cheap compared to a centrefire rifle.

I received a spotting scope through work for my 15th anniversary.  I bought a cheap hardcase  for storage and travel. 25x-75x 70MM. Not the best  but it was free!  I can also put an attachment for a digital SLR so i can shoot the moon. hah.

last but not least, the toy:
Henry U.S. Survival AR7 .22 LR semi-auto.

Compact little unit, no bigger than 16.5" when broken down. This will be able to fit in my motorcycle luggage.

Many will say this - "You don't need a gun in canada."
Need? that depends for what.

I don't need a gun for what most people think.  Many out there think that hunting should be illegal and we should all buy our meat in grocery stores.
Guess what.  They don't make meat, they kill it. stop deluding yourselves as to where the food comes from.

For the sport of shooting, you kinda need a gun.  I want to place a .22LR bullet consistently at 200 yards. it's my personal goal.  I can't throw a little piece of lead 200 yards.

Well, that's my new hobby  Will I be good at it? Will I even like it?  Time will tell.

for the haters out there:

haters gonna hate.