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General Discussion / Guns as film props
« on: April 02, 2021, 09:29:46 AM »
Aloha all!

i've always kind of wondered about this. There are no shortage of tiny indie films featuring guns. I know this crowd, and I know the budgets involved, and I don't believe they're buying realistic props. I believe they're using actual firearms. Which, ok, with accommodation for state laws (handgun owner on set, for example) and safety training, why not?

Now I find myself running sound in one of those films. I volunteered to conduct some basic training, even to take members of the cast shooting, if anyone was unfamiliar with firearms. So far, so good.

They've put out a call in the community, looking to borrow guns for the film. Aha! Belief confirmed! They're looking for a couple of Glocks, a matched set of rifles (which aren't specified, but should be contemporary military-style), a couple of grenades, and some affiliated tac gear.

Here we finally come to the question: how comfortable would you be letting someone use your guns to make a film? What would be your requirements, were you to agree?

General Discussion / What's the range like these days?
« on: March 27, 2021, 09:23:13 PM »
I've got a small group of people who I want to take shooting for their first time. If it happens, it needs to happen before April 16.

First, what's open? Pistol? Rifle? Silhouette? The website says silhouette is closed, but it's still got the warnings about the "upcoming" lead remediation project in November.

Next, what's the time protocol? I know that for a brief time, windows were scheduled and of short duration. What's the sitch now?

Lastly, "groups." If I show up with 3-4 people with the intention of us sharing a shooting station, is that still ok? Or are there limits on the size/composition of groups due to covid?

Tom G
Off Topic / Looking for a defamation lawyer
« on: December 29, 2020, 05:09:50 PM »
Aloha all!
As sad as it is, I need to bring suit against someone for defamation of character (libel). Any recommendations?
Off Topic / Anyone here who works with Kydex?
« on: August 01, 2020, 10:20:29 PM »
Aloha all!
I want to make a couple of custom holsters for some audio gear. It's an inline headphone amp and a wireless transmitter for a boom operator.

It's a little tricky in that both items have to have open bottoms for cable access. Oh, and the 9v battery which powers the amp is external, so it needs a pocket as well.

Who here wants to do a little arts and crafts in thick plastic?
Off Topic / Car A/C service
« on: July 27, 2020, 08:48:09 AM »
Aloha all!
My 99 Ford Ranger has had a tiny refrigerant leak for years. I'd put a can in each summer and be fine. This year, though, it's upped its game... a can of refrigerant only lasts about a month.

I'm looking for a reputable and affordable A/C repair service. Where have you had good experiences? Also, where should I avoid?
Firearms and Accessories / Local FENIX service?
« on: February 11, 2020, 09:50:11 AM »
Well, my trusty Fenix E11 is getting iffy. Sometimes I have to switch it multiple times before it comes on. Sunday, I couldn't get it to work at all when I needed it. Is there anyone local who can help me with this? I vaguely remember meeting someone at a get-together who said they were the Hawaii rep for Fenix.
Years ago, Friend 1 bought a couple of handguns here in the state. All very straight-up, properly documented and registered.

She and Friend 2 were, as they say, an "item."

Recently got a call from Friend 2. Turns out Friend 2 and Friend 1 parted ways. Friend 1 moved away to the mainland, but left the guns here with Friend 2.

Assuming that the guns are still registered to Friend 1, but Friend 1 won't be returning to the islands, how can Friend 2 sell the handguns to an appreciative buyer?
General Discussion / Old video I made for Hunting & Fishing Day 2005
« on: January 07, 2019, 09:00:35 PM »
Back during my Olelo days!

Legal and Activism / Black powder for prohibited persons
« on: August 31, 2018, 03:21:59 PM »
There's a common belief, which I've seen here, that someone who loses their right to firearms has black powder as a legal recourse. But looking through the statutes, I don't see how that conclusion is reached.

Pivotally, it seems that black powder devices count as firearms:
Quote from:  §134-1  Definitions.
"Firearm" means any weapon, for which the operating force is an explosive, including but not limited to pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, automatic firearms, noxious gas projectors, mortars, bombs, and cannon.

There's specific language for antique firearms:
Quote from: §134-1  Definitions
As used in this chapter, unless the context indicates otherwise:
     "Antique pistol or revolver" means any pistol or revolver manufactured before 1899 and any replica thereof if it either is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition or is designed or redesigned to use rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition that is no longer manufactured in the United States and is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.

One is supposed to have a permit to acquire, even black powder:
Quote from: §134-2  Permits to acquire.
  (a)  No person shall acquire the ownership of a firearm, whether usable or unusable, serviceable or unserviceable, modern or antique, registered under prior law or by a prior owner or unregistered, either by purchase, gift, inheritance, bequest, or in any other manner, whether procured in the State or imported by mail, express, freight, or otherwise, until the person has first procured from the chief of police of the county of the person's place of business or, if there is no place of business, the person's residence or, if there is neither place of business nor residence, the person's place of sojourn, a permit to acquire the ownership of a firearm as prescribed in this section.

However, registration is not required:
Quote from: §134-3  Registration, mandatory, exceptions
(d)  Registration shall not be required for:
     (1)  Any device that is designed to fire loose black powder or that is a firearm manufactured before 1899;

If you've been bad, no firearms:
Quote from: §134-7  Ownership or possession prohibited, when; penalty.
(a)  No person who is a fugitive from justice or is a person prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law shall own, possess, or control any firearm or ammunition therefor.
     (b)  No person who is under indictment for, or has waived indictment for, or has been bound over to the circuit court for, or has been convicted in this State or elsewhere of having committed a felony, or any crime of violence, or an illegal sale of any drug shall own, possess, or control any firearm or ammunition therefor.
     (c)  No person who:
     (1)  Is or has been under treatment or counseling for addiction to, abuse of, or dependence upon any dangerous, harmful, or detrimental drug, intoxicating compound as defined in section 712-1240, or intoxicating liquor;
     (2)  Has been acquitted of a crime on the grounds of mental disease, disorder, or defect pursuant to section 704-411; or
     (3)  Is or has been diagnosed as having a significant behavioral, emotional, or mental disorders as defined by the most current diagnostic manual of the American Psychiatric Association or for treatment for organic brain syndromes;

shall own, possess, or control any firearm or ammunition therefor, unless the person has been medically documented to be no longer adversely affected by the addiction, abuse, dependence, mental disease, disorder, or defect.

Anyone know where the "Get out of jail and use black powder" idea is substantiated?
Legal and Activism / SuperPAC pipedream
« on: August 06, 2018, 08:00:56 AM »
I get a lot of ideas. Zippz' recent discussion of a new non-profit got me doing a little research, and I bumped up against the concept of the SuperPAC.

Unlike a PAC, a SuperPAC doesn't contribute money directly to candidates or campaigns. Nor does it coordinate with campaigns. But it can run its own political advertising. So, rather than campaigning for Bob or against Ted, it could simply run an ad that said "Bob voted to restrict the rights of vegetarians 37 times during his last term." Or "Ted voted against five separate bills to remove sidewalks from downtown Honolulu."

Something like "Protect Our Rights, Hawaii." I haven't spent much time on a catchy title yet. But funding (assuming there were any) would go to pay for media. I have pro tools and pro skills to develop some of the actual content (TV & magazine/newspaper ads). Shouldn't be hard to find someone to help with a snazzy web presence.

Probably a pipe dream. Someone would have to actually go looking for money. But setting it up is alarmingly easy.
Off Topic / Any hams out there?
« on: August 05, 2018, 02:07:35 PM »
Hurricane season always gets me thinking about prep. And somewhere in that cycle, I come up against amateur radio. I start doing a bit of research, discover that it's more than a weekend's worth of effort, and set it aside.

Probably, just like us, there are groups of enthusiasts out there who would love to help me fall down the rabbit hole. Any one of you an "overlapper?"
Firearms and Accessories / New smokepole
« on: July 21, 2018, 06:03:13 PM »
Well, not even new. Dad bought this when I was in my early teens, I think. Maybe younger. I believe it was a kit gun and he did the finishing. Anyway, .45 caliber Jonathan Browning Mountain Rifle.

Given the decades it's sat at Mom's house, it's in remarkable shape.

I have the rifle. I have .440 balls. I have patches. I've even got some FFFg Triple 7. I need #11 caps.

Who is the best LGS for BP supplies? Last time, I ended up having to visit 3 places to get my Dragoon running!
Hunting / First boar
« on: July 14, 2018, 06:21:23 AM »
Took him at about 200 yards. He crossed the road while I was reloading, having emptied my rifle engaging a sounder moments before.

General Discussion / Incident in Palolo
« on: March 04, 2018, 06:19:32 PM »
Was awakened a little before 6:30 this AM by the echoing sounds of a police bullhorn. Couldn't understand it all, but heard "Sir, we need you to come out" several times. Also "We need to be sure your wife and kids are ok" Was still going on when I left a bit before 8 for teh revolver shoot.
Off Topic / FLIR and the sun
« on: January 21, 2018, 08:38:01 AM »
Those of you who have had the chance to play with IR devices...

Would positioning yourself directly between a sunrise/sunset and the device interfere with its ability to "see" you?
Off Topic / Convoy behavior
« on: January 20, 2018, 05:33:38 AM »
If a small military convoy were underway, and one of the vehicles in the middle were to explode, what would the the remainder of the convoy do?
General Discussion / Rust-scrubber-not-steel-wool
« on: December 07, 2017, 12:13:32 PM »
Aloha all!

A few years back at the gun show I picked up...something. It looked for all the world like very coarse steel wool, like a Scotch-Brite scouring pad. But it was soft, and didn't harm finishes. I used it, liked it, and at the next gun show, bought several more. Now, years later, they're all gone, and I can't for the life of me find the product again.

Does anyone know what I'm talking about? If I just had a name, I'm sure I could find it online. However, searching for "not steel wool" and the like hasn't worked.
Firearms and Accessories / Baby Dragoon question
« on: December 04, 2017, 12:14:41 PM »
For Christmas this year, my boo has asked for a Baby Dragoon to keep her Dragoon company.

As I start looking into this, though, what seems like a simple request gets murky.

The Baby Dragoon came out in 1848. It didn't have a loading lever, which is kind of a deal breaker. Then here's where it gets confusing. Some sources claim that the Baby Dragoon was made with a loading lever. A percentage of those sources say that this was called the Wells Fargo model, but that seems to be inaccurate, as I find pictures of authentic Wells Fargos without levers. Other sources say that the addition of the loading lever was one of several evolutions that came to fruition in the 1849 Pocket Revolver.

So, at the end of the day, was there a Baby Dragoon made with a loading lever? And, if so, is anyone making a replica of it today?
Legal and Activism / AAUP idiocy
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:59:59 AM »
As a university professor, it probably comes as no surprise that I am a member of the American Association of University Professors. They are the 800 lb gorilla of protecting academic freedoms in colleges and universities. And, much like the NRA, they are often idiots.  For your perusal:

The AAUP filed an amicus brief last night supporting a challenge to a statute and policy in Texas that compel faculty to permit concealed handguns in college classrooms. We argue that the policy violates faculty members’ academic freedom.

Texas passed a “campus carry law” that expressly permits concealed handguns on university campuses, and in 2016 the University of Texas at Austin issued a policy mandating that faculty permit concealed handguns in their classrooms. Several faculty sued, challenging the policy and the law. The lower court dismissed the case, holding that the faculty had not proven that they been harmed by the law or university policy. The faculty appealed and the case is now before the Fifth Circuit federal appeals court.

The AAUP joined with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in an amicus brief supporting the challenge. We argue that college campuses are marketplaces of ideas, and that the presence of weapons has a chilling effect on rigorous academic exchange of ideas. Students and faculty members will not be comfortable discussing controversial subjects if they think there might be a gun in the classroom. The brief argues that the policy (and the law pursuant to which the policy was created) requiring that handguns be permitted in classrooms harms faculty as it deprives them of a core academic decision and chills their First Amendment right to academic freedom. The brief cites decades of social science research supporting these apprehensions.

The brief argues that the “decision whether to permit or exclude handguns in a given classroom is, at bottom, a decision about educational policy and pedagogical strategy. It predictably affects not only the choice of course materials, but how a particular professor can and should interact with her students—how far she should press a student or a class to wrestle with unsettling ideas, how trenchantly and forthrightly she can evaluate student work. Permitting handguns in the classroom also affects the extent to which faculty can or should prompt students to challenge each other. The law and policy thus implicate concerns at the very core of academic freedom: They compel faculty to alter their pedagogical choices, deprive them of the decision to exclude guns from their classrooms, and censor their protected speech.”

To support the AAUP's continued legal work, donate to the AAUP Foundation's Legal Defense Fund now.
Thank you,
Aaron Nisenson
Senior Counsel, AAUP

Sigh. As luck would have it, my membership is expiring.
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