Archive for November, 2010

Thanksgiving Bachelor Party

November 29, 2010

The weather gave us a respite for a bachelor party we hosted.

The clients were all new to shooting so we started out with 22 caliber rifles and introduced them to the basics of shooting. They all caught on very quickly.

From there we went with the usual. AK 47, AR 15, and the famous AUG.

Targets ranged from just a few feet to 100 yards. With the weather being questionable and wet, we went with steel rims and plates, two bowling pins and a dozen of ice filled bottles. Our new shooter did really well.

After the rifle section, we introduce them to the 454 Raging Bull. This was a big band. After that was the 357 and then the 38 special.

For the semi auto, we went to the FN five two. It was fast and accurate.

We finished up with the full autos which include the MP 5 and the Mac 11.

The final note was blowing up the paper target with a 12 gage bullpup Moss berg riot shotgun. They did a real number on the target.

The whole gig lasted for and hour and a half. Everyone was happy.

If you are thinking for something different for a party, give us a call at Nevada Gun Rental. 775 741 0735. We can arrange anything to meet almost any budget.

Shooting is family fun.

November 20, 2010

Want something to do different while at Tahoe or Reno? Take your family shooting.

You would be surprised how many requests we get from moms and dads asking if we will give their children an introduction to marksmanship. Of course we will.

Requirements? Be able to listen and be safe.

We will start out with safety, then move on to shooting 22 caliber pistol and rifle. By the time I get done, everyone will beable to hit a target. It is great fun as well as learning a great skill.

Next time you are in the Reno / Lake Tahoe area, give us a call at 775 741 0735. We would love to take you out shooting.

We have discounts for childern and ladies.

Name your own Discount on Learning to Shoot at Nevada Gun Rental

November 16, 2010

Hey, want to learn to handle a firearm or try something new? Money tight? Well try this out!

Take a look at our armory list.

Select the guns you want to try.

Give us a call and tell us your budget. We will try to make it work for you. We at Nevada Gun Rental, understand that everyone has an opportunity to learn how to use a firearm safely.

Times are tough. We know this. We can tailor you wants with your budget. Give us a try.

Coming from out of town? Lets us help you with your hotel room. We have arrangements with several casinos in the Reno/ Lake Tahoe area. In fact, we will even pick you up, take you shooting and return you to your hotel.

Give us a call at 775 741 0735 anytime. Really, anytime. Nevada does not sleep and neither do we.

Chris and Heather. A couple of our regulars.

Looking for a good instructor?

November 14, 2010

When looking for a good instructor, look for someone you can connect with and is excited to be there with you.

In addition, look for someone who can shoot as well as instruct and has actual experience in the field he is teaching.

Not all instructors can shoot and not all shooters can instruct.

At Nevada Gun Rental, it you do not learn and enjoy your instruction with us, we will refund your money. Who else will do that for you?

Give us a call. We know what we are talking about. You will have a great time and learn alot.

All of our instructors have experience and love what they are doing.

Josh Ketcham, Owner and instructor for Mountain Survival Inc. and Nevada Recreation.

Tactical Firearms Training for the Real World

November 10, 2010

More individuals than ever are signing up for tactical firearms training and other types of self defense to learn some of the different tactics and procedures that might come in handy one day. One top reason is the confidence level that this will give you during the training process and beyond. This also gives you a chance to learn your gun inside and out along with different tips and tricks to keeping it working effectively and cleanly.

Give us a call at 775 741 0735. We can train individuals or groups. All types of weapons from handguns to Full Auto Machine Guns.

We have practical experience and have been teaching for over 40 Years. If you are not happy with your training, we will refund your investment or make it right.

Josh Ketcham, your instructor when he was 5. We not only talk the talk, we walk the walk

Veterans Day Special at Nevada Gun Rental in Reno or Carson City

November 10, 2010

What a better way to celebrate Veterans day than to come out and shoot with us.

We have a special. Shoot a M1 Garand, M-14, AR 10, AR 15 and a 45 cal pistol for $99.00 per person. This includes ammo and 1 exploding target.

Give us a call at 775 741 0735 and make your reservation now. Spaces are limited.

We will meet you at the Carson City Range by appointment.

Come shooting with us this Vets Day.

When is a short barrel rifle illegal?

November 8, 2010

You are in violation of federal law if you are in possession of a rifle (with any type of shoulder stock) that has a barrel of less than 16 inches, unless you’ve applied for, and received, an appropriate tax document. (The length measurement has been construed by ATF to include any flash suppressor or muzzle brake that is permanently attached.) The same is true of any shotgun with a barrel of less than 18″.

How to select a folding knife.

November 8, 2010

The folder you choose for personal protection needs to possess a few basic attributes: (This article was reprinted from another blog. I agree with the information here. I could not say it any better. )

1) Strong Lock/Hold Open Mechanism- It is imperative that whatever folder you choose, that it stay open during interpersonal defensive use. You may be thrusting the blade into hard surfaces such as bone which could cause a weak lock to collapse. Various locking mechanisms are available to include traditional lock backs, liner locks, rolling locks, lock-pins, mono-lock and the axis lock. Most commercial grade “Tactical Folding Knives” feature one of these type locks and they are all suitable on a personal protection folder. One caution; carefully test out any lock-back knife if considering it for ElocksDC for personal defense. Depending upon where the lock mechanism is placed along the spine of the folder, one of your fingers could depress the lock causing it to close when gripping the knife tightly such as during a critical life or death situation under extreme stress.

2) Fit in Hand when Closed- Preferably with some impact surface available at the top and bottom. You may have to access the folder while under attack when accessing of the folder is possible but not deployment of the blade. The exposed portion of the folding knife (out the top and bottom of the hand when gripped) can provide an effective impact tool until the blade can be deployed.

3) Tip Up Carry- Look for a folder that allows tip UP carry when in the pocket. This carry method eliminates having to rotate the folder into the hand when drawing from your carry position. Tip down carry requires rotation of the knife in the hand prior to deploying the blade. Under the stresses of a close range confrontation this adds another fine motor skill to the accessing process. This is largely user preference. Dedicated, consistent practice will allow some to access the knife from tip down carry rapidly. Just be aware that possession does not equal proficiency.

4) Robust Opening Mechanism- Research the different opening mechanisms such as the stud, hole, disc, auto opening, wave, assisted opening etc… Some guys (who can own them) love the auto opening knives but remember that under stress you may hit that button and open that knife when you may not want it opened. Waved knives like everything have pros and cons and do require proper training in indexing and deploying the blade.

I recommend the stud mechanism or hole like on a Spyderco or Benchmade TFK. These mechanisms are simple to deploy and will not open without me. Assisted opening knives often compromise the grip on the knife in order to actuate the assist mechanism which could lead to major problems during standing grapple and in-fight weapon access.

5) One Hand Opening- The folder you choose must allow you to open it one handed. During a critical incident your primary or support hand may be tied up fending or striking your opponent. You need to be able to access and deploy your TFK with one hand (either hand) and under the pressure and stress of an attack.

6) Non-Slip Surface -The grip or handle scales should be a non-slip texture such as a checked or stippled surface made of G10, zytel osurfacer ABS plastic. Hands may become covered in sweat or blood making anything you grasp slippery and difficult to retain. No stainless steel or polished wood scales for a personal protection knife if you intend to possibly defend your life with it.

7) Blade Design- Different blade designs offer different advantages. For me, it is more “methodology” driven. If you have trained or follow a school of thought that teaches slashing as a primary defense then a curved or drop point blade may be for you. If you follow a more point driven methodology then a needle-point or tanto type blade design known for penetration is more applicable.

8) Blade Length- Laws can vary greatly depending upon what state, city or county you reside in depending upon who you speak with. For example, NYS law says nothing about blade length. However I have spoken to numerous Law Enforcement Officers and district attorneys from different counties that say four inches is the legal limit. It has also been stated to me that blade length is measured from where the sharpened blade starts or what is referred to as the choil or on a fixed blade where the ricasso ends; essentially the edge or sharpened surface of the blade. Another individual told me blade length is measured from where the “metal starts coming out of the handle” to include the choil and ricasso. What this means is that you could have a 4″ length sharpened edge according to knife manufacturer specifications (which is what manufacturers go by) but when you add the unsharpened choil and ricasso you have 4.25-4.50″ of blade. This may or may not make that knife illegal in your jurisdiction. Because of this obvious lack of clarity or uniformity I recommend folders that are spec’d out at 2.0-3.5 inches for every day carry.

9) Pocket Clip- Finally, when selecting a tactical folding knife careful attention should be paid to the method in which you intend to carry. The most common method found on TFK’s today is the pocket clip. With this clip the TFK can be clipped inside a pant pocket, waistband, shirt lapel or a myriad of other locations. Look for a strong metal clip which can be attached to either side of the knife for left or right hand carry. Some folding knives such as older Cold Steel models first came with plastic clips which were prone to breakage. Choose a knife with a clip that is dark in color, the idea is to remain low profile when carrying any personal protection tool. Some TFK’s come with a bright silver clip which draws attention and/or reflects light. A dark clip will blend in with clothing and not stand out.

Selecting a folding knife for personal protection is a highly individual process. Go to a good cutlery store and handle several knives prior to purchasing. Similar to handguns, a knife that fits my hand and is comfortable for me to carry may not suit your personal likes and needs.

Dana, one of our range masters

Dana, One of our range masters.

Auto Triggers

November 7, 2010

At the Reno Gun Show, I bought a device that is to turn any semi auto gun into a look a like full auto firearm. It works on a “bump fire” premis.

For $40 you get a small metal clip that fits on the trigger guard of your firearm and you must adjust the device to fire in a full auto mode.

My thoughts?

First, it is a waste of money. This is a bump fire method.

Second, it requires a lot of time to adjust the trigger assist and I was told by the distributor, it took him a month to make it work.

Three, It is not user friendly. It will take practice to use it if it works out.

It is better to buy a full auto and pay the tax stamp then to pay with this silly machine.

Full autos are only good in suppressing hostile fire, aiding in organized withdrawal, making a lot of noise, and wasting money.

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