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Reloading / Re: Best Places on Oahu for Powder?
« on: August 29, 2018, 12:47:41 PM »
He should do that outside
I assume those guys have studios with enough adequate ventilation and fire safety equipment. I plan on doing it on my back porch with some ply wood wind blockers and a fire extinguisher on hand.
Thanks for the suggestions guys,  I'll check out the stores this weekend.
Reloading / Re: Best Places on Oahu for Powder?
« on: August 29, 2018, 12:23:37 PM »
Security Equipment is probably the best.

Gun powder art? Have any examples?

This is probably my favorite work I've seen.

This guy does a lot of good wildlife and landscapes too.
Reloading / Best Places on Oahu for Powder?
« on: August 29, 2018, 10:20:10 AM »
I was wondering where the best places on Oahu to get powder are. I'm mainly interested in cheapest price and keeping powder regularly in stock. I don't really care about the quality of the powder,  as I won't actually be reloading with it. I'm wanting to learn to make gun powder art.
Strategies and Tactics / Re: Instructors chat
« on: March 24, 2018, 10:43:52 PM »
So this is an idea I just had. I don't think it'd be something I actually want to DO, but I'm curious if I could.
Does the classroom portion of handgun course for the affidavit actually have to be in person? Could I give a four hour course over Skype or something? I don't actually see anything in the text of the law prohibiting it, and it would eliminate the need of finding affordable class space.
Events / Re: 2018 HHA gunshow 3/17-18
« on: March 16, 2018, 07:02:26 PM »
What times are the show usually busiest? Want to get there with as many people as possible.
Recruitment and Advertising / Re: Pink Pistols
« on: March 09, 2018, 08:25:03 PM »
My friend back in WVA is doing this and offering up free training sessions to them.
I was planning on doing something like that. Once we get the word out and get some interest,  have the first meeting being an at cost (IE pay for your own ammo) class and give affidavits to those wanting to get a handgun. If there's serious growth over time, I would consider making it an occasional thing.

Ill help.  No clue how to get it started though.

I'm not familiar at all with the local LGBTQ scene,  so getting the word out is my main concern. I do have a gay work associate that I believe is active in the community,  but is currently on a training deployment for the next couple months. When he gets back I'm going to attempt to recruit his help in getting the word out to the community,  and have that be the start.
After that,  we can have any willing instructors give the occasional free or discounted classes as I talked about,  but the regular meeting would probably just be more of a monthly meet up. Go to the range and shoot,  the more experienced give tips and advice to the newbies,  maybe grab a bite after and chat.
Political Discussion / Re: The NRA Must Die
« on: March 09, 2018, 08:16:51 PM »

First of all I'd like to apologize for posting a thread then ghosting, life's been hectic from just about every angle lately.

To each their own.

My take is the NRA is doing a good job overall and you can't satisfy everyone as a large organization.  They have a large membership, 5 million, that is very diverse and they have to try and meet the needs of everyone from hunters, youth groups, action shooters, instructors, self defense etc along with members from both ends of the spectrum - liberals and conservatives, antigun and progun, complacent to extreme.  Some people say NRA is too aggressive, others say it's not aggressive enough, and most probably don't care.  They're usually good at staying out of other politics and they shouldn't have gotten involved in net neutrality.  The Charlton Heston "Cold Dead Hands" was a great marketing move.  It got people involved and will be a remembered slogan for decades.  You're not going to win if you can't get people involved, and you can't get people involved without getting them excited.

Also NRA does way more than SAF and GOA to further the 2nd amendment. SAF and GOA have an advantage being small organizations where they can adapt quickly and are able to target a specific clientele.   I believe building the community is as important, or more important, than winning 2a cases and legislation.  From what I know, this is comparing the three.

1.  Judicial cases - NRA, SAF, GOA
2.  Legislative - NRA (National and State), SAF (National and minimal State), GOA (National and minimal State)
3.  Elections - NRA
4.  Firearms Training - NRA
5.  Law Enforcement Training - NRA
6.  Military Training - NRA
7.   Range Development - NRA
8.  Youth Training and Programs- NRA
9.  High School and College programs - NRA
10. Hunting and conservation - NRA
11.  Community development - NRA
12.  Competition programs - NRA
13.  Business support - NRA
14. Local club support - NRA
15. Firearm history - NRA
and so on.

The cold dead hands thing made the NRA, and by extension,  seem like a heartless organization that doesn't care about people's lives,  which is the exact damming image that's hurting us so much.

Of course the NRA does more,  but only because its the big name everyone knows. If the other groups got more support, they could grow. And while there may not currently be any other organization that does all of that, there are multiple organizations for any one of those topics. I'd also add that,  on a personal note,  I never liked NRA training curriculums. I only got my instructor certificate so I'd have a piece of paper to show I know what I'm talking about.

Well since you brought up the LGBTQ community they haven't been so nice either. They've attacked religion, faith, parental rights and private business. Their campaign went from tolerance to in-your-face policy and regulation. Don't want to bake a cake for them? They'll sue and harass you out of existence. You want to raise your kid as a heterosexual? No you can't. So much for free speech and religion.
Granted I respect the LGBTQ people but they need to respect us as well.

 I've been around PLENTY of LGBTQ people,  from casual associates to MANY of my dearest friends. I have never once actually met a LGBTQ person who cares if your kid is straight or gay, as long as you let the kid be who they are. And the cake thing? How was that any different than diners refusing to serve Dr King and Co. during the civil rights movement. All they want is equality. The ones who try to force kids to be LGTBQ or say straight people are evil are a very vocal minority giving the whole community a bad name, which is exactly my point with the NRA.

The NRA is not a biological organism.  As such, saying "it must die" implies a more emotional, visceral feeling toward the NRA as an organization than a logical opinion of its stance on issues.

You're welcome to start your own NRA-like organization, or to give all your money to another group.  But, just because YOU don't like the NRA, you want it to "die?"  That's a very Extreme Left-Wing, Liberal, Fascist attitude. 

If you think anything you "need" is a right that the government must pay for, and anything you don't like should be banned or boycotted out of existence, there's no maybe about it -- YOU ARE A LIBERAL.

You're taking rhetoric far too literal.
And as for me being liberal? Political viewpoints are FAR to varied and complicated to try to apply a binary scale to everyone's view  (liberal vs conservative,  left vs right,  Republican vs Democratic, ect.) Trying to apply these titles to others accomplishes nothing. Many of my views would be considered liberal,  many conservative,  and many in between. But this isn't about something I just don't like,  it's something that is giving our community a bad image and thus actively hurting the very cause they claim to support.

No organization is perfect. There's a bunch of stuff I don't like about the NRA as well. I think they enjoy playing both sides of the fence when it comes to politics and actually welcome the media feeding frenzy after every mass shooting because it boosts their numbers. Most importantly for an organization that is supposed to be about protecting the second amendment they sure don't seem to understand why it was written. In order for the militia to be effective is necessary for private citizens to have access to affordable recently manufactured automatic weapons. FOPA was a huge sell-out that made possible this endless back-and-forth debate on banning models, parts, and accessories that constantly keeps the PAC coffers full and professional lobbyists fat and happy. I won't give the organization a dime until Wayne LaPierre is gone.

NRA is definitely not the only game in town, and the more people support alternative organizations the more they will get the message that it's not okay to keep jerking the fear chain to make the money rain.

It would be a shame if NRA disappeared, though. I'd much prefer if they just grew up a bit.

You were kinda all over the place, but I'll just say that the NRA is far from perfect.  Yes, change doesn't happen quickly, or maybe even at all in many cases with respect to the NRA.  I have seen some changes here and there.  Like any large organization, some good and some :facepalm: worthy.  You seem to have many bones to pick with many things and I don't really follow where you're going most of the times.  That said, I'd shudder to envision what gun rights would be like without the NRA. 

If other organizations gained the support the NRA lost,  and thus had the resources to do everything they do but better,  what would be lost? Like you said,  change isn't quick,  there's no way the NRA will disappear over night. As long as we as a community help the other groups grow at the same rate the NRA falls, there shouldn't be much problem.
Political Discussion / The NRA Must Die
« on: March 03, 2018, 01:22:59 PM »
I know this is going to be a very controversial topic in this community, and many of you will passionately disagree with what I'm about to say. I hope that despite these disagreements,  we can keep the conversation cordial and stay friendly and supportive of each other on other matters.
That being said,  the NRA must die.
I've long since disliked the NRA. From their history of anti -LGBT comments ( ), to they're complete lack of empathy and tact  ( ), I have always felt they put a bad face on the gun industry and community.
But this:
is the last straw.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the net neutrality issue, I highly encourage you to learn more from sites such as Save the Internet and Battle for the Net. It is a very serious issue that,  if passes,  could entirely destroy the internet as we know it,  and small sites like this would completely vanish from existence. I have yet to talk to a SINGLE person who had actually looked into this issue more than the blatant lies the ISPs are spreading and not know it to be an atrocity.
And after the FCC,  and specifically their chairman Ajit Pai,  pass the vote to kill net neutrality, the NRA actually has the audacity to give this man an award?
This is unacceptable, plain and simple.

Now I know that this situation is a little more complicated for us. For those of us who ate instructors,  NRA certification is a requirement in this state. I even got my pistol cert before I moved here, but I did it only because I needed a piece of paper that verified I knew what I was talking about,  not because I liked the NRA curriculum (which I don't.) So renew your certs as needed,  I know I have to renew mine next month,  but don't give them another cent otherwise.

Yes,  the NRA has protected gun rights more than any other group out there,  but that is only because they are the most known with the most money. But if we instead give our support to other groups such as 2AF, GOA, and NSSF, then they can become bigger and fight for our rights without making is look bad and supporting  asinine policies that have nothing to do with what we donate to them for.

I know it won't happen quick or easy,  but it's time to start the process. The NRA must die.
Legal and Activism / Re: Assault Weapons Ban of 2018
« on: March 01, 2018, 09:20:31 AM »
Oh my god,  they're trying to ban Hi Point carbines by name?
This is the most ridiculous bit of legislature I've ever seen,  no way it'll pass. My wife and I are still writing our congressmen this weekend though, just in case.
Preparedness and Survival / Re: WWIII Starts...what do you do?
« on: February 28, 2018, 05:17:06 PM »
Just a hypothetical here, but lets say any one of a number of scenarios starts to play out and ultimately ends up moving towards WW3.

Any changes to your daily life in prep?
What would your short and long term plans be?
Would you stay in Hawaii or "get out of Dodge"?
Be deployed.
Preparedness and Survival / Re: Orienteering
« on: February 28, 2018, 11:03:02 AM »
GoRuck, close and coming to Honolulu in September.

You'd have to pay me to ruck outside of work.  Its miserable,  at least the way we do it in the army.
Strategies and Tactics / Re: Instructors chat
« on: February 23, 2018, 03:41:19 PM »
KHSC silhouette range is $5.  It's where I do all my classes.
Who do I contact for that? I thought KHSC didn't ren't class space for instructors.
Strategies and Tactics / Re: Instructors chat
« on: February 23, 2018, 03:13:42 PM »
Honolulu Firearms charges $50 per student for classroom use which includes the range fee.

Just got off the phone with them if anyone is interested. Apparently someone signed an exclusive contract with them,  no one else can rent out the class room,  but anyone can still use the range.
Recruitment and Advertising / Pink Pistols
« on: February 23, 2018, 12:34:43 PM »
I've been entertaining this idea recently to help get more people into guns,  or even just help get people less afraid of them.
Why don't we start a Hawaii chapter of the Pink Pistols?
For those who aren't familiar with the Pink Pistols (, it's a shooting club intended to teach gay people how to safely and effectively use a gun to defend themselves. "Armed gays don't get bashed, " as they say.
According to some quick Google fu, Hawaii has the second largest LGBT community per capita in the nation, giving us a large demographic to try to recruit. I'd be willing to organize it (if no one more qualified is up for it), but a few instructors to help volunteer to teach, or some people who have been in this state longer than me and know how to reach the community better would be most helpful.
What do you guys think? Would such an organization help our community grow in numbers and strength?
Strategies and Tactics / Re: Instructors chat
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:32:38 PM »
Yes, but they are not "open enrollment."  Some are LE/Mil and those that include the private sector are not easy to get involved with.  It would be easier to find instructor level courses on the mainland, but unlike the NRA that may only require a basic level course as a pre-requisite, followed with simple testing, other reputable organizations will often have more stringent pre-requisites to go with it or much tougher standards in order to pass.   
No, not anytime soon.  I might also suggest that expanding your knowledge base and functional skills should come first even via non-instructor level courses.  These courses may also offer valuable certifications for successful completion of the course itself.

I'm mil, I haven't found any special training, other than the minimal training I get as a part of my job.
And I do go to as many training courses as I can afford, instructor or not, but I am still wanting to  expand my instructor certs if possible.
Health, Fitness, and First Aid / Re: First Aid course
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:48:12 AM »
The big problem with this type of trading with certification is cost. The insurance/liability risks are huge for anyone saying I certify that this person is trained to do this, that and the other.
Which is why I'm getting an instructor cert before teaching, so I have some sort of official paper to point to that I know what I'm talking about.
And I don't plan on making the training very expensive. I'm doing it more as a passion project than to make money.
Health, Fitness, and First Aid / Re: First Aid course
« on: February 20, 2018, 10:04:25 AM »
Would anyone have interest in a first aid course that DOES give a certification at the end? I spend a lot of time learning from  my medics,  even had the opportunity to train with an SF medic,  and have private sector training as well. Not offering it yet because I have no certification as a first aid instructor yet,  but plan on getting that as soon as finances allow,  and am trying to gauge interest.
Strategies and Tactics / Re: Instructors chat
« on: February 19, 2018, 08:12:43 PM »
So is there any instructor certification classes taught on this island (or even in this state) other than NRA basic pistol, shotgun, and rifle? NRA or not.
Even stuff other than firearms, all I can find is Red Cross 1st Aid/CPR instructor, nothing else related to guns, self defense, or first aid.

Also, does anyone know of any shotgun or rifle instructor classes coming up soon? I really want to expand my certs.
Events / Re: Hawaii Shooting Calendar and Directory
« on: February 17, 2018, 03:48:00 PM »
Directory has been updated and cleaned and now sharable from google docs

Google Docs:

I feel like training and stores should be separated,  even if some business appear on both.
Events / Re: Hawaii Shooting Calendar and Directory
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:46:37 PM »
Directory has been updated and cleaned and now sharable from google docs

Google Docs:

So what's the deal with Hawaii on Target? I was looking into getting some training from them a while ago, and they never once responded to any of my several emails or few phone calls. I eventually just assumed that they closed down, but if they're on you're directory then I assume they're still in business?
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