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KHSC Cleanup Day / Re: question- welding, is it 110V or 220V?
« on: December 09, 2013, 09:16:55 AM »
Depending on the day we can probably weld them up at my shop, then bring them over. Otherwise, I have 2 MIGs and a stick welder that are 110v that I can bring out to the range. No generator, though.

I have one of those walking wheel measuring things. The wheel is small but I've measured grass with it before. Goes up to 1000ft.

I also have a very old survey transit but no tripod or pole for it. I know I can see through it but I have no idea if it still works for measuring.
General Discussion / Re: Rifle range at Kokohead CLOSED
« on: December 07, 2013, 10:07:10 PM »
Ahh i guess I didn't make the cut oh KHON. Oh well.
General Discussion / Re: Rifle range at Kokohead CLOSED
« on: December 07, 2013, 02:04:07 PM »
Hopefully I'll be on KHON tonight and hopefully with few edits/spins. I know the news crews were having a hard time talking to people because many were military and not able to appear on camera.

Macsak, i volunteered with Mike to do some welding. You're now coordinating the volunteer effort so shoot me an email at

I think the important thing that came from this is that the mayor recognized that the range is THE most utilized city park and said that he would expedite the permitting process for the improvements.
The ATF was blocking Gas BlowBack M4s at customs and trying to seize them from people because of the way the gas blowback guts look:

notice the double-hook hammer and autosear

The rumor is that the ATF took one of the first batches of WE GBB M4s and was able to drill it out to take an upper, grind out the mag well until a mag fit, and got it to fire one round. It doesn't sound very far fetched considering the "testing" they did welding on Uzis, or the NFA shoelace.
Legal and Activism / Re: Gun Bill Hearing. 01/29/2013 @2pm
« on: January 30, 2013, 01:09:46 AM »
Chairman Rhoades tried to gut and replace the bill right before the vote, killing other exemptions to absolute liability. Thielen stopped him by asking for the amendments in writing and postponing a vote.

Ito brought up that the exemptions were only passed six months ago and it has not been tested by time yet, so even hearing the bill is a waste of time. Also that it is suspicious that the bill was referred only to JUD, and not public safety. Mr. Gerwig testified that the only result of the exemptions was to increase the number of LIFE instructors from 10 to about 30. This was very convincing for the committee.

Belatti was indifferent, and appeared to be playing a game on her laptop the entire time.

Vice chair Har spoke about her experience taking a course from LIFE and what a great job they do.

It was also brought up by Thielen and McDermott that the committee represents the people and the huge number of people that cared enough to show up and testify in opposition to this bill was the key influence in their deciding to vote nay.

Up until HB 426 came up, the room was packed! Standing room only. After testimony finished, there were only about 5 people in the room.

Vice chair Har said that there were more than 360 testimonies opposed and only one supporting.

To me, this means that packing the conference room when these bills come up for hearing is more important than packing the grass fronting the capitol. I also think they will try to make the more serious measures like HB30, SB36, and SB219 will go to hearing quieter, with less warning for people to get off work. Sending the bill to JUD instead of public safety will only be the beginning of the politico tricks.

I also got to hear an HPD brass testify about replica firearms right before the committee recessed to vote. He said that "any criminal in the right circle can buy a stolen glock for 5-600 dollars, whereas they could only buy a stolen airsoft gun for around 100 dollars." I can't believe HPD came to testify that gun control is completely ineffective. If anyone can FOIA the tape, I would love to see it again.
General Discussion / Re: Hi cap mags that can fit into a pistol choices
« on: November 14, 2011, 01:20:49 PM »
Arbitrary, indeed.

under Hawaii law, the difference between a standard capacity magazine that fits a pistol and a standard capacity magazine that fits a NFA SBR is super gray as well.
I asked him to bug his mom about it about a month ago when you mentioned it at the class. Ill bug him again.
Legal and Activism / Re: Question about building a AR from a lower up.
« on: January 22, 2011, 11:17:50 AM »
With respect to an SBR, do not be guilty of constructive possession either. Don't have a short barrel on an upper anywhere, period.
My friend says mayor wrights has no restrictions but he hasnt gone and bought a gun yet.
Legal and Activism / Re: Big Island - FOIA - Letter
« on: January 15, 2011, 07:50:57 PM »
i saw a case about this somewhere in the honolulu books that basically said...

long gun information is protected
handgun information is not
information about the gun owner (name, address) is protected
carry permits are protected.

as with any other FOIA, expect some major stalling, fees per page, lookup fees, blacked out pages, or simply that there are no records of anything, at all.
General Discussion / Re: hpd now takes your photo for long gun permit?
« on: January 15, 2011, 07:43:22 PM »
i've never even been asked for a photo
General Discussion / Re: Mall Ninja
« on: January 07, 2011, 02:39:31 PM »
General Discussion / Re: Another Must Have, MINI Ruger
« on: January 06, 2011, 04:18:31 PM »
Firearms and Accessories / Re: Mad Props to Craig at Go Gun!
« on: January 04, 2011, 07:43:48 PM »
I posted in the thread in legal.

Yes, foreign magazines are just parts until they are attached to the gun, at which point they are parts of the gun. Constructive possession is ATF mind reading. It never goes in your favor. So this letter states that owning a russian magazine and never using it in your 922(r) rifle is ok. Owning a rifle and a short barrel and never putting them together is possession with intent to construct an unregistered SBR -the same trip to club fed as if you were to have actually made it. 
Legal and Activism / Re: 922(r) Compliance!
« on: January 04, 2011, 07:26:25 PM »
It's not that you need to have a certain amount of american made parts on the gun,

You cannot have more than 10 foreign made parts on a rifle/shotgun with a pistol grip. This is the reason saigas were imported with the funky stock, and the reason norinco AKs came in with thumbhole stocks. Century and their family of WASRs are built 922(r) compliant using a bunch of US parts - i believe they stamp receivers in the US and assemble the guns out of buckets of parts kits - country of origin of furniture and stuff being the "country" of the gun.

The ATF technical department decides what the breakdown of the gun is, and what parts are parts and what parts don't even count. Kind of the same way they decide what half is the receiver on what gun.

I believe the AK family breaks down to like 14 parts
Trigger, hammer, disconnector, stock, pistol grip, bolt carrier, bolt, barrel, receiver, front handguard, magazine, mag spring, mag follower, gas piston

Interestingly enough, the saiga-12 has a piston and an op-rod, but the op-rod is not a separate piece. The puck piston is the piston.

Im pretty sure this is right, someone should google it though.

Out of this list of parts, if you make your gun subject to the 922(r) restrictions by adding a pistol grip stock- even one of those nonsensical tapco rearward pistol grips, you cannot have more than 10 foreign parts. The magazine has 3 parts, thats why you can't really use it after converting. Thats the same reason tapco took the time to stamp usa on their triggers and why century aks come with tapco triggers. Its ridiculously confusing
General Discussion / Re: Gun Permit question
« on: January 04, 2011, 04:39:53 PM »
Honolulu is a very strange place, in this respect. I heard about the intra-state FFL requirement from the guy that came to teach the instructor course. He is from Hilo and has a FFL and was required to send something (i cant remember if it was a gun or ammo, or both) to a Honolulu FFL. I personally haven't tried, so i do not know. I would recommend calling the firearms departments from both counties.
Legal and Activism / Re: Open Carry
« on: January 04, 2011, 01:55:46 PM »
It doesnt have to be one or the other. I'm for constitutional open carry with shall issue CCW permits.
Firearms and Accessories / Re: Mad Props to Craig at Go Gun!
« on: January 04, 2011, 12:52:59 PM »
I did not have to weld any holes. The tromix trigger guard with the integral grip screw nut covers the old trigger holes with the pistol grip. The MSAutoarms internal stock adapter covers the hole in the rear of the receiver with the mounting bolts for the stock and also bolts through the receiver using the two holes originally used to mount the rear fire control - you would have to weld them shut if you chose to weld the rear receiver plate on. It was honestly cake to do.

One important note: the magazine counts as 3 parts - magazine, follower, and spring. As far as i can calculate, you cannot remain 922(r) compliant, using the russian magazine, without having a US made receiver or barrel, neither of which exist. I see people at the range doing this, but i dont bother them because i dont know them.
They said theres an old guy that does this all the time. The make is "custom" model is "rifle". As far as they know, you may not sell it (ever?).

You must engrave a serial number and register it.

Nobody knew anything about building a handgun, however. They said to call the ATF.

I guess i am just a legal paranoiac.

Anyway! 2AHawaii AK build party! Who's down??? Blind leading the blind for the most part, i presume!!!!
Preparedness and Survival / Re: Good brand for a headlamp?
« on: January 03, 2011, 11:57:44 PM »
The surefire is nice, but pricy. The lowest brightness is usable and comfortable for close work after eyes have adjusted. The highest brightness could do well for miners and divers and does not get hot on your head. Also, the controls are natural and easily accessible. The fenix is also a very nice unit for a lot less. Different, but not very much better or worse.
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