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SHOT Show & More

January 12th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in News
Shot_ShowWe just got back from the SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, & Outdoor Trades Show), and our annual buying show, both in January. We saw lots of new stuff, and we ordered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ammo & firearms for this year. We hear from all over the trade sources that handguns will only be harder to get in California, as time continues. Delivery times for MSR’s (Modern Sporting Rifles) are increasing, and anything self-defense is harder to get. We encourage you to buy now while you still can, but please understand that longer wait times are not because of us! Suppliers are getting inundated with orders, beyond their normal January expectations.

Also – we ordered new range guns from Glock, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Beretta, and Sig Sauer. As these come in, we will cycle last year’s range guns out of the range program to sell. We always let the members know first, so if you’re not a member, you should sign up now!

Get a $250 Gift Card!

November 23rd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in News
Our friends at Pacific West Development like our range so much they want to share it with you! Check out this special deal from a great home builder!

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New Sheriff In Town

May 7th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in News
410344-ar-p.e.pWell, not exactly a new sheriff, but a new manager! Please welcome Don Mannarino to the range, as our new General Manager. Don comes to us with a wealth of experience in retail, firearms, and customer service. Already, he added scope mounting services, bore sighting, and laser sighting to our services available. He’s having a sale on all our folding knives (10% off our already low price), He’s giving $3 off any rifle case just for asking, he put the handgun vaults on sale, and has a “Clearance Corner” with many items sale priced as low as 50% off retail!

Holiday Hours

December 11th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in News
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We’ll close early Christmas Eve & New Years Eve, at 2 pm. We’ll be closed all day on Christmas & New Years Day. Otherwise, we’ll be here, ready and anxious to help you for all your shooting needs.

List of California-Legal Handguns Shrinking by the Day!

March 1st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in News
Because of the actions of California’s Democrat Attorney General, many handguns which were previously legal to purchase are becoming illegal to purchase from gun stores like ours. Popular handguns like all Ruger pistols, including the great series of LCR, LCP, CA9, and the very popular M&P series of handguns by Smith & Wesson have all either been “decertified” for sale, or will be decertified in a few days or weeks. Click here for the most recent list of guns that were previously approved for sale, but now, with the signature of a pen, are no longer legal for sale in California. If you purchase one in a different state, you won’t be able to ship it legally to yourself in California, either. Guns by Taurus, Rossi, Walther, Colt, Sig, Charter Arms, and more are all on the newly decertified list.

If you are thinking of purchasing a handgun, you need to do it soon! We’re not sure exactly when, but by the end of the year, most of the popular handguns currently for sale will be illegal to sell in California.

Glock Armorer’s Class A Sellout!

January 24th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in News

We had a sellout Glock Armorer class here at the range last week. Prospective armorers came from several different states to attend, and all students received training from Glock factory instructors on the fine art of taking care of Glock pistols. Each attendee also received genuine Glock gear to assist them in their efforts to maintain Glock pistols. As a Stocking Dealer, we have employees on staff who are certified by Glock as pistol armorers, and we can help you take care of your pistols. We’ll be offering another Armorer class towards the end of 2014. Watch this newsletter to sign up when the opportunity arrives, this last class was a sellout, with a waiting list, that several people had to be turned away from.

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Raffle Tickets Available At The Range Now!

February 4th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in News

Christmas Shopping for the Shooter

December 2nd, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News

Your shooting range is well stocked for the Christmas season, with gifts from a few dollars to a few thousand! We have some very nice embroidered pistol rugs, and we can personalize these with the recipient’s name embroidered on it for a truly one-of-a-kind gift. Rifle & shotgun bags are a nice gift, flashlights are low priced but highly valued, and our Leatherman tools and SpyderCo knives are always appreciated. Cleaning kits, holsters, mag pouches are another idea for the shooter.

The newer style “MSR’s”, or Modern Sporting Rifles, are very popular this year. We’ve been selling quite a few of these chambered in .22, but we have them in .223 and other calibers as well. Revolvers and pistols are available, and don’t forget gift cards. With a gift card, your friend or loved on can pay for guns, classes, instruction, DROS fees, or any other item we sell here at the range.

Thinking of a .22 rifle, or .410 shotgun, for a youth shooter for Christmas? The last day to purchase a gun and actually be able to have it under the tree on Christmas Day is December 12th!

We’ll be open from 8 am till 8 pm Monday through Saturday until Christmas, and we’ll even be open every Sunday noon till 6 pm, but we’ll close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve (closed Christmas & New Year’s Days).

Long Gun Registration Begins in California

December 2nd, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News

Be ready for Long Gun registration, starting January 1st! Until now, when you purchased a rifle of shotgun, the state did not keep a record of your purchase after you passed the background check. However, the Democrat-led state legislature passed a new law beginning this January 1st, where the state will now keep a permanent record of the serial numbers of the long guns you buy, just like the handguns have had for the past several years. If you want another long gun, but don’t want the state to know about it, you have to purchase the gun before December 16th (to allow for the waiting period)! If you’ve been on the fence about this, now’s the time to buy and still be able to maintain your privacy! (Of course, our local legislators, V. Manuel Perez and Juan Vargas, voted in favor of this new law. Merry Christmas).

Another new law starting January 1st allows the state to raid the fund established for DROS fees (the fee you pay to register your gun with the state), and use that fund for general state expenses. This means the fee to register a gun in California will get more and more expensive every year, so purchase your firearms sooner, rather than later. This long gun registration program is the exact duplicate of the Canada long gun registration, that after ten years and two billion dollars, never solved a single crime. Canada finally scrapped that program earlier this year.

 

Report Shatters Myth of Mexico’s Gun Supply

March 17th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News

A new report calls “The 90 Percent Myth,” which refers to the number of illegal guns in Mexico coming from the United States, “more political rhetoric than empirical fact.”

We couldn’t agree more. NSSF has been trying to stamp out “The 90 Percent Myth” ever since ATF misstated the number in testimony at a congressional hearing in 2009. A prompt clarification issued by ATF couldn’t put the proverbial genie back in the bottle. Unfortunately, “The 90 Percent Myth” has been widely promoted by Mexican officials and wrongly cited in U.S. news stories, although a Fox News study of the “90% statistic” noted “that number’s just plain wrong.”

In a report issued last week, the independent research group STRATFOR has corroborated what NSSF has been saying for some time about firearms recovered from drug cartels in Mexico: that it is erroneous and grossly misleading to say that 90 percent (a rounded up number) of the firearms recovered in Mexico came from the United States.

The truth is that less than 12 percent of the guns Mexico seized in 2008 have been verified as coming from the United States. The proof can be found in the U.S. government statistics that the STRATFOR report explains below and that the pie chart clearly illustrates:

    According to a June 2009 U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, “some 30,000 firearms were seized from criminals by Mexican authorities in 2008. Of these 30,000 firearms, information pertaining to 7,200 of them (24 percent) was submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for tracing. Of these 7,200 guns, only about 4,000 could be traced by the ATF, and of these 4,000, some 3,480 (87 percent) were shown to have come from the United States.
    “This means that the 87 percent figure relates to the number of weapons submitted by the Mexican government to the ATF that could be successfully traced and not from the total number of weapons seized by Mexican authorities or even from the total number of weapons submitted to the ATF for tracing. In fact, the 3,480 guns positively traced to the United States equals less than 12 percent of the total arms seized in Mexico in 2008 . . . .”

NSSF urges media outlets to use the accompanying pie chart to help explain this confusing issue.

Yes, nearly 90 percent of firearms that were recovered and able to be successfully traced by ATF were found to have originated in the United States (that’s 3,480 out of 4,000), but why should that surprise anyone? The United States has a very good system for tracking firearms through serial numbers and purchase records (some countries don’t track them at all). Mexico submitted for tracing only those firearms that it believed, due to their serial numbers, would likely trace positive. The vast majority of guns recovered in Mexico are not sent to the U.S. for tracing at all because their markings, or lack of them, show they do not come from here.

A number of handguns—the top three are 9mm, .38 and .22 caliber—and other sporting firearms have been smuggled across the border, but the STRATFOR report notes that the drug cartels increasingly prefer military weapons instead of sporting arms. Military-grade equipment such as hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenades, automatic rifles and light machine guns are certainly not readily available in this country from firearms retailers. These types of firearms and military ordinance are coming from someplace other than the United States.

The STRATFOR report points out where the guns are flowing from:

  • “Most of the military ordnance used by the Mexican cartels comes from other sources, such as the international arms market (increasingly from China via the same networks that furnish precursor chemicals for narcotics manufacturing), or from corrupt elements in the Mexican military or even deserters who take their weapons with them. . . .
  • Some of these seizures have included M60 machine guns and hundreds of 40 mm grenades obtained from the military arsenals of countries like Guatemala. . . .
  • Latin America is awash in weapons that were shipped there over the past several decades to supply the various insurgencies and counterinsurgencies in the region. When these military-grade weapons are combined with the rampant corruption in the region, they quickly find their way into the black arms market.”

While Mexican president Calderon is to be applauded for cracking down on the drug cartels and the rampant and systemic corruption in his country, blaming the United States and its Second Amendment freedoms for Mexico’s violent crime will not help solve Mexico’s problem. STRATFOR’s report argues that Mexico’s political leaders have attempted to deflect responsibility for dealing with the cartels: “According to the Mexican government, the cartel wars are not a result of corruption in Mexico or of economic and societal dynamics that leave many Mexicans marginalized and desperate to find a way to make a living. Instead, the cartel wars are due to the insatiable American appetite for narcotics and the endless stream of guns that flows from the United States into Mexico and that results in Mexican violence.”

This argument, of course, implies that U.S. guns laws and the firearms industry, specifically firearm retailers along the border, are to blame, yet it’s those same retailers who cooperate regularly with ATF investigators by providing information that can help bust the illegal firearms traffickers. Also, the idea that there’s a steady flow of newly purchased firearms bound for Mexico doesn’t square with the fact that in 2008 the firearms successfully traced to the United States were, according to ATF, originally sold at retail, after a background check, on average 14 years earlier.

We urge you to read the full STRATFOR report, which ends by dismissing “The 90 Percent Myth”: “It is important to recognize that, while the United States is a significant source of certain classes of weapons and ammunition, it is by no means the source of 90 percent of the weapons used by the Mexican cartels, as is commonly asserted.”
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