Shooting $7 of Freedom…

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I hope you all had a good 4th of July.  Aside from the somber importance of this day to the American readership, I thought you all could appreciate some gun porn.  Nothing really new here, but wanted to share how I spent some of my day.

BMC Tactical sponsored a 4th of July family day shoot and I was given an invite to come out and play.  Walt (the owner of BMC) contributed over twenty weapons to the day (and somewhere a little south of ten-thousand rounds, plus 3 cases of diet coke for the Can-Cannon), and most attendees brought some of their own.  We had everything from single shot .22lr rifles to a suppressed MP5 to a Barrett M82A1 (in .416).  There were also dozens of different targets to pick from; paper up to AR500 steel gongs.

Some of the ammo that was consumed today...

Some of the ammo that was consumed today…  Including 58 rounds of .416 all donated by BMC.

BMC occasionally sponsors a day like this as a “thank you” for supporting a local shop.  Which is really something that I strongly believe in–support as local as you are able, wherever you are.  It is easy (and in a lot of cases, cheaper) to buy things online, but an online cart cannot replace the knowledge base and expertise local shops provide.  And keeping local shops alive allows them to invite you out to shoot a $7.00 .416 round from a Barrett M82A1… 🙂

A Barrett bringing a smile to yet another shooter...

A Barrett bringing a smile to yet another shooter…

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Even though it wasn’t sighted in (because the cost to zero is, ahem, a little high), it was a blast to shoot.

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Wives, husbands, and kids were all present. Shooting can be a fun family event. There were plenty of knowledgeable people on hand to provide safety instruction.

It was, after all the 4th, which means flag clothing was evident.

It was, after all the 4th, which means flag clothing was evident.

And for the highlight of the day, there was a vehicle course set up in an dry wash.  Who here has ever got to shoot full auto from a moving vehicle?  If not, just pretend you were in the vehicle… 🙂

Again, nothing new or noteworthy here.  Just some pics and videos on a great New Mexico day shooting with friends and family.  Hopefully most of you were able to get out and support our great sport and heritage!



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • Paul White

    I’d love to support a good local shop but we really don’t have a good local brick and mortar shop. I get that B&M stores will cost more, but charging full MSRP for every new gun you sell, and having a truly crappy selection on top of that? Nope

    • Budogunner

      I try to find a friendly local dealer who truly doesn’t mind handling receiving transfers. I buy from the cheapest source then pay their fee for the convenience of doing the transfer locally. I usually offer them the opportunity to match the price first, too. Sometimes they can, sometimes they can’t. Either way, they make money and I get a good deal.

      • John

        I find the cheapest source, then check with my local store to see if they can come close to matching it AFTER shipping and FFL fees are added in. I have been able to give my business to the local shops because I am willing to pay a few extra bucks to keep them in business. I got a lot of info from my local guys and I like talking to them and handling the guns I buy. If everyone buys off the Internet, eventually, you will ONLY be able to buy off the Internet.

      • Kivaari

        It works well. Some times a local dealer just can’t match the price. If you treat the customers right, many will still give you the business. Even if the price is $20-50 more, a loyal customer will help you stay in business. You treat them right every where you can.
        Don’t back stab them, don’t say bad stuff about the competition (the customers already know who the turds are) and you will do fine. If my health were OK, I’d run another store. It’s hard work keeping up with paperwork. Some of your “best customers”, are also the ones that shoplift. It teaches you to not trust many, but you keep a closer eye on them and they don’t get as many good deals as they would have had they not stolen a box of bullets.
        The most shoplifted item I had in the store was RCBS de-burring tools. I wrote “most shoplifted item” on each package. I don’t remember if I ever sold any, but I sure had a lot of them come through the shop.

    • Ben

      My local B&M store (Tracy Rifle and Pistol) has a great selection at competitive prices. There are definitely some good gun stores out there.

  • Bal256

    Everytime someone mentions local shops, I think of mine and get pissed. I’ve been in good stores in other cities but in mine the owner sporterizes EVERY WWII bolt action he can get his hands on, even rarer ones that would be far more valuable in their original condition. He says he’s really not interested in historical guns. Who the hell is so lazy they won’t even look up the value of a historical rifle yet will butcher it up for deer season? Also MSRP prices and gun store rumors and all that jazz.

    Also I asked for a Benelli M2 one time and he kept trying to get me to buy a Weatherby. Don’t know what that was about but I just ended up going elsewhere.

  • USMC03Vet

    I don’t think I’ve been to a good gun store before. The differences between them are so huge people can really be put off by firearms from having bad experiences at these stores. You see this when the whole gun store discussion is brought up. It’s not consistent by any means and can just be a downright horrible experience.

    My first experience of buying a firearm I was insulted by the workers there because I had purchased a “plastic” Sig Sauer.

    • KestrelBike

      At my latest LGS there’s this idiot that gave me a hard time for not filling in my social sec # on the 4473, saying “yeah all these guys think big brother’s out to get them”. Obviously the gov either already knows everything about me, or can find out whatever they want.

      What I don’t want is an identity thief’s convenient to-go cheat sheet on anything and everything about me with all the security of a filing drawer pull handle to stop him. I’ll go ahead and wait the extra 1hr that fud cop-wannabe thinks that it takes when you don’t put the socsec down.

      • USMC03Vet

        Sadly with how often supposed secure government information database are hacked anything personal you try to do would be irrelevant. Its basically now a luck of the draw if you become a victim with little you can do about it.

      • Kivaari

        The stores I visit, suggest NOT putting the SSA number on the form. When still working as a cop, our court wanted that number on the tickets. After so many angry drivers refused, I would just ask dispatch and they would give me the number over the air. So much for keeping it secret, when name, DOB and SSA is broadcast in the clear.
        I finally stopped asking the cited people and just took it from the dispatcher.
        On the 4473s, it just isn’t needed, unless you have a very common name and there are dozens of people with the same name, that have criminal records.
        People would be surprised at how many John Smith that exist, half of which are wanted for some crime. A buddy fits that group and he was constantly talking to police.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I’d love to patronize a good local shop but the closest one to me employs a bunch of ex military gun snobs who act like its a waste of time talking to me if I wasn’t in Delta Force or something.

  • Pastor Dan

    Gosh, Tom! You should called us! All of us!

  • Pastor Dan

    Shoulda. Period. Love automatic spell check, don’t you?

  • Squirreltakular

    I’m pretty jealous of that white Stormtrooper rifle.

  • El Duderino

    The Barrett wasn’t zeroed???

    “Only accurate rifles are interesting.” – Townsend Whelen

  • DAN V.

    Nice pants! ????

  • Grindstone50k

    My LGS is also a decent indoor range. Unfortunately, there’s a real shortage of good outdoor public ranges that don’t require $300+ membership. We also have a fancy new range that include an alcohol-serving bar (they have a safety system to keep you from going from the bar to the range).

  • Brian Blevins

    This local gun shop BMC Tactical is a great example of a customer orientated shop. The staff is always ready to help you and provide assistance with every type of shooting activity from reloading, tactical, competition, repair or custumization. I have bought a rifle from there and also go in to pick through there range brass buckets.

  • Denny Symes

    We have a couple of great gun stores in Fort Collins, Co. Rocky Mountain Shooter’s Supply, and Liberty Arms. Awesome owners and employees. All knowledgeable, and friendly.

  • Noel Gusa

    I know what you mean, it seems like alot of gun stores hire cocky dicks. I especially hate being mocked for buying Wolf ammo for example. But I’ve found a few where the guys are great and enthusiastic. It helps to try a little humor, like I refer to myself as a “mall ninja”. I thought the guys who were dicks probably already labelled me that, but found I usually have to explain the term to the guys who will engage in friendly bantor.