Yet another very old gun club in New England is being hassled by the folks who live around it, most of whom have moved there within the last decade and now complain about the noise and “safety concerns.” The Spurwink Rod & Gun Club has been in the same place on Sawyer Road for nearly 60 years, but is now having to deal with a new ordinance, passed unanimously by the city council, that will require shooting ranges (note the plural) to be licensed and develop safety procedures (with accompanying audits) and have a site plan in place that covers future expansion and mitigation to the surrounding community. There will also be noise standards and requirements that all shots be contained within in the range. The plural is noted because although ordinances cannot be targeted against specific businesses . . .
there is and always has been only one gun range in the tiny town of Cape Elizabeth, and no future ones are currently foreseen. The 57-year-old club is clearly on what used to be the outskirts of town, and while some of the houses around it date to the mid-80s, many if not most of the others have construction dates of 2005-2010. “Long-running noise and safety concerns” indeed. The gun club will now also be operated under the purview of a five-member committee, of which only one member will actually have to come from the gun club (though more can). This ordinance is the kind of NIMBY nonsense that can put a gun range out of business, due to the inability to meet the revenue threshold necessary to maintain compliance.
Your Lockdown of the Day™ isn’t actually a lockdown, but it’s close. A girl’s softball game double-header in Knoxville, Tennessee was cut short Friday night after “a gun was spotted near the game.” That’s all the detail we get, but when it happened the second game had just started, and the umpires ordered both teams into the dugouts. They explained the situation to both teams, and the girls left the field while the coaches packed up the equipment. Coach Jessica Henry said, “My first thought was to protect the girls. … The most important thing for me at the time was to get them safe.” I cannot find any more information about this story anywhere, and while absence of evidence isn’t evidence of absence, I’d think that if there was a major issue with police response, I’d have found something. Meanwhile, Pigeon Forge Athletic Director Jim Lethco said, “It’s just bizarre. Luckily nobody got hurt. Luckily we had level-headed coaches to get everybody out safe.” Got them out safe? Out of what? It wasn’t a building collapse… He went on to say that while this was rare, “things like this could happen. You hope and pray that they don’t. There’s a possibility of this type of behavior happening anywhere.”
Richard Ryan asks, “Can beer stop a .50 cal bullet?” My answer is, “Who cares? Blow some stuff up!”
Happy St. Patrick’s Day (a little early).
A thief snatched a handful of gold bracelets from a jewelry counter in front of a customer a few days ago, not knowing that the woman he’d interrupted was Wellington, New Zealand’s top cop. Superintendent Sandra Manderson, who was off-duty and wearing a pencil skirt [I’m told those are hard to run in], promptly threw down her handbag and chased him into the street while screaming, “Stop that man, he’s a thief.” A crowd followed the man to his car, where Ms. Manderson and another man flung open the passenger door. Sadly, the story doesn’t end with the apprehension of the thief, because upon opening the door, Ms. Manderson said the thief put his hand on a gun on the passenger seat and then “wordlessly looked her in the eye.” Putting safety first, she retreated and let him go. “I would have liked to have dragged him out and made the arrest, but I wasn’t going to take the risk with a firearm. If only he didn’t have the firearm, I think I would have got him.” If only.
A few days ago, Demolition Ranch attempted to show what it would sound like to get hit by a .50 BMG, but it was a little anti-climactic because the sound of the bullet hitting the meatsack was a small explosion all by itself. This week, they attempt to show what a near miss sounds like, by shooting past a camera about 300 yards away, aiming for a target 100 yards beyond that. They start with a .308 out of an AR-10, and then bring out the big boy .50 BMG.
Still a little less awesome than I’d hoped. I was hoping for the “zip” sound you hear in the movies, but I guess this is just one more thing that isn’t like what you see on the screen. The last couple shots were pretty awesome though… sounded like thunder. Bonus for how the backblast from the .50 brake made the camera rotate a little more after each shot.
The Yankee Marshal on Proper Firearms Cleaning Schedule. Now that the caliber war is firmly decided in favor of .40 S&W, and the manufacturer skirmishes have ended with the Springfield Armory XDm the victor, I suppose how often you clean your guns is the only thing we have left to argue about. So?
He said “lube.” Giggity.