The NRA Annual Meetings will be in Dallas, Texas, on May 27,28 and 29. There is a fight shaping up for the Executive Vice President for the NRA. That position is presently held by Wayne LaPierre. The challenger is LTC Allen West. How all this will shake out, I can’t say. Whoever gets the job is in for a rotten thankless experience. The requirements for the job are you must have a hide as thick as an elephant, are used to working under extreme pressure, be very smart, be able to command, and willing to argue with the mainstream press which is like explaining quantum physics to a bowling ball. We will know more the week after the Annual Meeting which is when the NRA Board meets.
Congratulations to Rock River Arms for winning the Golds Bullseye Award for their RBG-IS long range rifle. The rifle could be classified as a custom production rifle if there is such a thing. I have never shot one of these rifles, but I did get to handle one at the SHOT Show last January. I love the trigger and smoothness of the short action bolt. The rifle costs about $4500 and come in .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor. This rifle produces half minute accuracy with factory loaded match ammunition.
Reading some of the reports using factory ammunition, one 10 shot group was .3 minute of angle which is phenomenal. Other tests verified these results using factory ammunition. I can only imagine the groups a good hand-load could get by customizing the load for a particular rifle. All the tests were done using 6.5 Creedmoor caliber. When I was reading the accuracy reports, a vision of baseball announcer Harry Cary yelling “Holy Cow” popped into my head. I have shot lots of Rock River firearms over the years and I have found them to all to be very accurate. I think if Rock River made a slingshot, it would shoot 1 MOA.
Inflation has gone up 8.2% this year already and is bound to climb higher. Inflation is eating into everyone’s budget. I don’t think firearms, ammunition and accessories for hunting and target shooting are exempt. If you are interested in purchasing anything in any of these categories, I would do it now. The cost of fuel to deliver anything goes up daily. Later this summer, there are predictions of rationing diesel fuel. The way to relieve this inflationary pressure is to produce more but the political agenda of the left is preventing that from happening. I know it is only May, but hunting season is not that far away. I would stock up on shotgun shells as soon as you can. If you have some on hand, you don’t need to worry about it.
We have all been suffering from acute cabin fever, but we have finally made it outside. Of course, nothing is perfect. Waiting for us this year is the greatest infestation of ticks Illinois and the rest of the country has ever experienced. The cause is the wetter than usual spring. In recent years, more ticks are surviving because of a warmer winter. Last winter was cold here but not everywhere. Ticks’ main mode of transportation seems to be on migratory birds. Ticks are blood suckers and birds fill the bill quite nicely. While we are all happy to see that first robin in the spring, they also are bringing some unwanted guests to your yard.
The types of ticks in Illinois and other Midwestern states have increased. We used to have the deer tick and the dog tick, not that those weren’t nasty enough. They carry Lyme Disease which can be deadly. I knew a woman in Wisconsin who contracted Lyme Disease and it eventually killed her. Now we have new or newer species of ticks such as the lone star tick, black legged tick, the gulf coast tick, and now, the Asian longhorned tick is headed our way from the east coast. The Asian longhorned tick can reproduce without a mate. The black legged tick is associated with Powassan virus which can cause encephalitis and meningitis. Half of those who survived Lyme Disease, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and meningitis (inflammation of the spine) suffer from lifelong disabilities. A couple of tick species are hunters. Any of the ticks we have had in the past would wait on grass, brush, or drop out of low tree branches to get to you. Gulf Coast ticks and lone star ticks will actually hunt you. The lone star tick will give you a lifelong allergy to red meat, known as alpha-gal syndrome. Dog ticks belong to the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever group of ticks and carry all kinds of nasty diseases. While ticks are a problem, they can be avoided by always using insect repellent with lots of DEET. Remember, your pets can get ticks also and bring them home to you. Make sure they are protected. Ticks are becoming more common in people’s yards, so remember that. Ticks will be at your next cook out. If you find a tick, get it off you right away. Keep the tick for identification purposes so the doctors have an idea of what they are dealing with. Go to a prompt care if your own doctor can’t see you right away. A few years ago, I got back from the range and found a tick just in my hairline on the back of my neck. I called my doctor and she got me in right away. I was on antibiotics before I left her office. Always keep insect repellent with you in your vehicle and in your shooting bag.
Coyotes are an invasive species that have adapted very well to form urban and suburban environments. They are well known for eating small dogs and cats for some time. They have also been known to attack small children. Recently, in Dallas, Texas, a two-year-old was attacked while sitting on his family’s front porch. In Vancouver, British Columbia, 45 people were attacked by coyotes in 2021. There are those who like coyotes, but I am not on that list. I suggest a dose of buckshot or hollow point to thin them out.
A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit has struck down a California law that bans the sale of semi-automatic firearms to qualified citizens between 18 and 20 years old. The courts have ruled that a U.S. citizens civil right is fully vested at the age of 18.
The Biden Administration is using the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BAFTE) to attack Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL). According to the Second Amendment Foundation, license revocations are up 500%. The cause of these revocations are minor mistakes people have made filling out the 4473-firearm purchase form. The Biden Administration would have us believe these are rogue firearm dealers but that is not true. I expect a press conference one of these days claiming how tough they are on rogue dealers. No one is saying they want dealers who violate the law. The real purpose of all this is harassment and to make it harder to buy a firearm. If you are a dealer, be sure to check your paperwork. Many of the larger stores are using computer-based forms that won’t let you move on to the next question if you skip a box. I suspect this is what all this is coming to.