I’ve been busy.

I have been very busy the last few weeks.  I started on March 28th when I took the NRA-NMLRA Instructor Muzzleloading Rifle Class with Charles Provenzano at the Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation in NJ.  I had a great time and it was a very good class.

From April 9th to the 12th I spent my annual 4 day weekend at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Reservation.  I gave a BIT class on Friday, a Muzzleloading Rifle Class on Saturday and on Sunday I gave another BIT class.  It was a little cold but it was not quite as wet as it has been in the past two years but we had snow on the ground and the lakes were still frozen.

Sunday April 19th I took the NRA Instructors CF Reloading class with James Boyle at the Delaware Valley Sports Center, 101 Geiger Rd, Northeast Philadelphia, PA.  It was a good class and I had fun even though I was a little under the weather.  James is a great instructor and gives several classes including instructor classes because he is an NRA Training Counselor.

I have added Muzzleloading and Metallic Cartridge Reloading to my ratings.

April 25 and 26 I went to NYSRPA’s U. S. Service Rifle Small Arms Firing School at the Peconic River Sportsman’s Club in Manorville, NY.  I got to shoot a legal, registered AR-15 A-2 as part of the CMP program at 200 yard targets with iron sights.  I did good in prone, fair at sitting and “forget about it” in standing.  About 59 people attended and it seemed that they had almost that many people who volunteered to help in many ways including instructors, coaches and safety officers.  The volunteers all did a great job.  If you get a chance to go you should do it and bring your kids and better half’s also.  I saw many father/son and husband/wife students students.  It is worth it just to see the club grounds that the club purchased in the 70s from the Woolworth family.  The purchase also included some of the original animal mounts including a large elephant head.  The building was nice but not fancy, it looked like a typical hunting lodge but on a grander scale.  If you go I  suggest that you book a hotel room early for a cheaper price and to be closer to the club.  I waited and ended up having to spend $175 a night for a nice small two room suit with kitchen but I was not there to enjoy it and it was 20 minutes away from the club.  The cheapest hotels are still around $115 + tax if you book early and they are much closer and that helps because Saturday they start at 8 AM and Sunday they start at 7 AM.   Don’t forget to include the bad traffic on Long Island, it takes about 2 1/2 hours for a 1 1/4 hour trip Friday evening going and Sunday afternoon leaving.

200 yard prone with iron sights

50 foot 22 cal group prone.

50 foot 22 cal group prone.

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I forgot to update the information in January but here it is now.  The total number of new handgun licenses in Orange County was 1,601.  That number represented 134 fewer new licenses or a 7.8% reduction from the 2013 total number of 1,735.

Some interesting numbers:

Total number of new licenses from 2008 – 2014, (7 years,) is 8,547 for a 7 year average of 1,221.

Total number of new licenses from 1993 to 2007, (15 years,) is 6,690 for a 15 year average of 446.  This includes a large spike in 2001 and 2002 caused by NYC police officers who retired after 9-11 and live in Orange County.

That means that in the last 7 years Orange County has issued 1,855 more licenses that were issued in the previous 15 years.

While I don’t expect the numbers to stay this high over the long term, I do expect the numbers to stay around the 7 year average for  the next few years of between 1,100 to 1,400.  These numbers dispel the RECENT REPORT that the number of gun owners are on the decline at least in Orange County.  One of the few advantages of the NY handgun regulation is that we can tell how many new handgun owners apply for a license.  In most states anyone can go out and just buy a handgun but will need to apply for a license for a Concealed Carry License so you can’t tell from those numbers how many people are new handgun owner there are.  In NY we know by the number of new licenses how many new handgun owners there are because they could not have legally owned or purchased a handgun without a license.

  • 2014            1,601
  • 2013            1,735
  • 2012            1,346
  • 2011             993
  • 2010            1,170
  • 2009            1,000
  • 2008            700
  • 2007            508
  • 2006            454
  • 2005            446
  • 2004            422
  • 2003            431
  • 2002            600  (LEO retirement after 9/11)
  • 2001            508  (LEO retirement after 9/11)
  • 2000            374
  • 1999             326
  • 1998             308
  • 1997             432
  • 1996            341
  • 1995            463
  • 1994            508
  • 1993            569
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Make sure you attend the local Friends of the NRA Dinner on March 14.  Get your tickets on line at orangecountyfnra.org/

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World Fishing & Outdoor Expo in Suffern, NY MARCH 7 & 8, 2015

I will be at the World Fishing & Outdoor Expo in Suffern, NY on Sat. and Sunday at the NRA booth (#828.) Stop by and say high. Saturday: 9:30am-7:00pm Sunday: 9:30am-5:00pm Show Admission Adults: $13.00 Exhibitors and Seminars

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The Orange County Sheriff’s department has now taken control over all Handgun Safety classes.

    In 2014 the Orange County Sheriff’s Department started offering a three hour “safety course” of their own design and the Undersheriff is now in charge of deciding who else is allowed to be instructors. The Sheriff department’s “approved instructors” are allowed to give a class but they must use the PowerPoint lesson plan that the Sheriff’s department created without any changes and they must issue a Sheriff’s department approves “Safety Class” certificate. THIS IS NOT AN NRA CLASS.
After January 1, 2015 all safety classes given for pistol applications in Orange County must comply with all of the new requirements that the Undersheriff has created.  Only approved Orange County Sheriff’s Department “Safety Class” certificates will be accepted when applying for a pistol license in Orange County.
Because I object to the new system and how it was implemented and submitted a 6 page letter outlining my concerns to the Safety Committee of the Orange County Legislature, the Undersheriff has decided that I am not a team player and will not be allowed to be an “approved instructor” so I will no longer be able to offer the class that I used to offer.
I contend that the Sheriff’s Department has no legal or moral authority to take over the list or even require a safety class for any pistol license applicant to be issued a handgun license.  The class that the Sheriff’s Department will not be accepted in any state that I know of, to meet the requirement of a safety class as part of getting an out of state license.  Normally only an NRA class or a class given by an instructor approved by that state are accepted to meet that state’s requirements so if you want to get a Florida license you will have to take an NRA class.
I will post links to the letter that I sent to the Safety Committee of the Orange County Legislature and minuets from the Committee meeting when they become available.
The Undersheriff has been very heavy handed in this.  When he had the original meeting with some of the Board Members of the Orange County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and myself, he told us what he would do and when he would do it.  At a second meeting at the Sheriff’s Department he did agree that he would not regulate how much we could charge and people who lived in Ulster and Sullivan county could apply to be approved instructors in Orange County.  The Undersheriff has never published all of the rules and regulations even to the instructors who took his required class.

I will still offer NRA Pistol classes to people or groups who have a pistol license and want or need the NRA class.  Please email to set up a class or for more information.

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Big news on the FOIL request for number of registered “Assault Weapons”

I put in a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIL, to the NY State Police on June 19, 2013  to find out how many so called “assault weapons” had been registered as of that date.  I was denied that information, … Continue reading

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I am going Guest Host on WTBQ, Sat. 9/20/14

David Dirk is on assignment and has asked me to cover for him on Saturday, 9/20/14, while he is away.  The show, “Dirk’s Outdoors Radio Show” on WTBQ, is the only outdoor radio show in NY. WTBQ is a locally owned AM/FM station that is “Radio Worth Listening To”, and broadcasts a mix of local and national talk, news programs and music all night long!

You will have to tune in early to catch the show because it is on from 7 AM to 8 AM.  It is a call in show so if you want you can call in and ask a question.  (845-651-1110)  You can find WTBQ at 1110 AM and 93.5 FM dial or you can listen on the internet or go to their website and down their APP to your Cell or Tablet.  I listen using TUNEIN RADIO.

Upcoming events and other topics.  The recent Orange County Federation Dinner, hunting season, and The FLEA MARKETS AT SHAWANGUNK FISH AND GAME
37 Denman Rd., Middletown, NY 10940

New ATF Form 4473 you now have to say what race you are.


My first guest will be Dennis McConnell from the Westchester Retriver Club, Inc.  and member of the Board of Director of the Orange County Federation of Sportsmen’s clubs, Inc. and the Westchester Retriver Club. The Westchester Retriever Club hosts weekly retriever field training sessions for WRC members and their guests at Stewart State Forest, Newburgh.  Dennis is going to talk about what dog training and what field trials are and how you can get involved. Dennis and his wife have owned and trained golden retrievers for 25 years and he has been active members of WRC for close to 20 years. Dennis is a past president of WRC and the Garden State Golden Retriever Club, Inc. and they have focused on trying to encourage golden owners to keep the original “breed purpose” alive in goldens.

My second guest will be Tom King, President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the NRA.  We are going to talk about some of the hot topics from the recent BoD meetings and what’s going on in NY with the unSAFE act, the elections and other topics.

Listen in and catch the show and a big thanks to David Dirks for letting me guest host the show and to Frank Truatt and the WTBQ gang for having such a great radio station.

Post a comment if you want to ask questions.

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Washington DC CCW on Armed American Radio

Armed American Radio has great coverage of the Washington DC decision on 7/26/14, that requires DC to adopt a “shall issue” license and allow non residents to carry concealed in DC.  The Judge did issue a “stay” that delays the implementation of the decision for 90 days to give DC the time to appeal and to come up with new laws, rules and regulations.  The main point is that this is a summary judgement so that means that the judge said that the law banning CCW, no matter what level of review you use, is so unconstitutional on its face that a trial is not even needed.

AAR 7-27-2014 Hour 1
AAR 7-27-2014 Hour 2
AAR 7-27-2014 Hour 3

HUGE Victory in Washington, DC!  Alan Gottlieb from the Second Amendment Foundation joins me to discuss the latest court decision in our favor.  Dr. John Lott follows up Alan’s appearance with discussion of the case.  The Roundtable, fun as usual with David Codrea and the return of The Mad Ogre, George Hill, Grilling While Armed recipe and and Seanto!  Enjoy!

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Guillain-Barré, Miller Fisher Syndrome, my story.

I have taken all of the blog post off the blog about my experience with  Guillain-Barré, Miller Fisher Syndrome and I have made a page just for it at this link, http://ocshooters.com/blog/?page_id=1153.  It is a little long at almost 6,000 words and not a great story but if you are looking up Guillain-Barré or Miller Fisher Syndrome this is some of what I went through.  If you have read it, please leave me a comment even if it is just to say that you read it.  I have seen many stories over the past few years and all I can say is I have not seen two that are the same other than the major symptom of paralysis and even the degree of paralysis can vary from person to person.  Recovery is the same with some people only needing a few months for an almost total recovery to those who never recover.  I don’t really think that everyone recovers 100% but some people come close but it might take a while.  A few constants have been everyone has a problem with fatigue, memory and mental focus but for how much and for how long is different for everyone.  I know that everyone would like this to be an illness like many others where you can predict with a high degree of certainty what will happen and what to do and what to expect.  This just ain’t that type of illness.

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WTBQ Sat. 7/26/2014 from 7am to 8 am. I will be the guest host.

I am going to be the guest host on “Dirk’s Outdoors Radio Show” with David Dirks dirksoutdoors.com on WTBQ, www.wtbq.com , this Saturday.  If you go on the WTBQ website you will find the link to the streaming audio.

My guest will be:

John Wydner, President, Hunter Safety System, to talk about safety when hunting from a tree stand, platform or climbing stand and other high locations.


Randy Wood Vice President of Sales: TenPoint Crossbow Technologies, to talk about crossbows, what to look for, what you get and safety.

Crossbow Safety: North American Crossbow Federation has some great information for those just starting.

I will also be talking about the new DEC regulations and other stuff.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28182.html: It is illegal to discharge a firearm, longbow or crossbow:

  • so that the load or arrow passes over any part of a public highway,
  • within 500 feet (for a firearm), 250 feet (for a crossbow) or 150 feet (for a longbow) of any school, playground, or an occupied factory or church,
  • within 500 feet (for a firearm), 250 feet (for a crossbow) or 150 feet (for a longbow) of a dwelling, farm building or structure in occupation or use unless you own it, lease it, are an immediate member of the family, an employee, or have the owner’s consent.
  • You may hunt waterfowl with a firearm or longbow, over water, within 500 feet of a dwelling or public structure as long as neither are within 500 feet (for a firearm) or 150 feet (for a longbow) in the direction you are shooting. You may not hunt waterfowl with a crossbow.

Dwelling houses — a permanent place where people live and sleep. Excluded are temporary residential units including camping trailers, motor homes or other portable shelters. Also excluded are abandoned dwellings, detached garages, tree houses, “playscapes”, decks, pool areas, storage sheds and out-buildings – even when/if they are temporarily occupied. A permanent camp or cabin may qualify as a “dwelling house”.

NY DEC Crossbow regulations:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/68802.html


  • Crossbows may not be used in any season until DEC has adopted regulations specifying how and when they may be used. Crossbows may be used to take unprotected wildlife at any time.
  • Crossbows may not be used for hunting any wildlife in Suffolk, Nassau, or Westchester counties.
  • Crossbows may be used only by licensees who are 14 years of age or older.
  • Without landowner permission, crossbows may not be discharged within 250 feet of any home, school building or playground, public structure, farm structure in use, or occupied factory or church.
  • A crossbow may not be possessed in or on a motor vehicle unless it is un-cocked.
  • While on lands inhabited by deer or bear, and in or on a motor vehicle using artificial lights, a crossbow may not be possessed unless it is unstrung or taken down or securely fastened in a case or locked in the trunk of the vehicle.
  • A module on crossbow safety will be incorporated in all Standard Hunter Education courses offered by DEC after April 1, 2014.
  • Anyone hunting with a crossbow must have:
    1. completed a Standard Hunter Education course offered by DEC on or after April 1, 2014; OR
    2. completed a DEC-approved on-line or other training program (e.g., material provided on the annual hunting guide). Hunters must carry a signed self-certification in the field when hunting with a crossbow as proof of compliance.
  • Crossbows may not be used to take carp or any other fish species.

Crossbow Specifications

  • A legal crossbow consists of a bow and string, either compound or recurve, that launches a minimum 14-inch bolt or arrow, not including point, mounted upon a stock with a trigger that holds the string and limbs under tension until released.
  • The trigger unit of such crossbow must have a working safety.
  • The minimum limb width of such crossbow shall be 17 inches (outer tip of limbs, un-cocked), have a minimum peak draw weight of 100 pounds and a maximum peak draw weight of 200 pounds.
  • The minimum overall length of such crossbow from butt-stock to front of limbs shall be 24 inches.

Big Game

  • Crossbows may not be used to take deer or bear in WMU 4J in Albany County, WMU 8C in Monroe County, or any part of Suffolk, Nassau or Westchester counties.
  • The new law essentially treats crossbows as a muzzleloader. Hunters must possess a muzzleloader hunting privilege to legally hunt with a crossbow during any muzzleloader season OR during open portions of the early bowhunting seasons. Muzzleloader privilege is not required when hunting with a crossbow during the early bear season or the regular firearms seasons.
  • Crossbows may be used to take bear during the early bear season, early muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone, regular firearms seasons in the Northern and Southern Zones, and the late muzzleloader season in the Southern Zone.
  • Crossbows may be used to take deer during:
    • early and late muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone and late muzzleloader season in the Southern Zone using Bow/Muzz tags, DMPs, DMAP tags, or an unfilled Regular Big Game tag (late season only);
    • regular firearms seasons using a Regular Big Game tag, DMPs, or DMAP tags.
  • Crossbows may also be used to take deer or bear during limited portions of bowhunting seasons as follows, provided that the hunter possesses the muzzleloading privilege:
    • During the last 14 days of the early bowhunting season in the Southern Zone (i.e., November 1 – November 14, 2014);
    • During the last 10 days of the early bowhunting season in the Northern Zone (i.e., October 15 – October 24; this includes the 7-day early muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone);
    • Only Bow/Muzz tags, DMPs or DMAPs may be use during these times.
  • Junior big game hunters (age 14-15) may not use a crossbow to take a deer during the Youth Deer Hunt weekend (October 11 – 13, 2014). Adult mentors who accompany a junior big game hunter on the Youth Deer Hunt weekend may not possess a crossbow (or firearm) while afield on those days.

Small Game

  • Wild turkey – crossbows may not be used to take wild turkey during the 2014 spring season, but DEC is aiming to adopt regulations allowing use of crossbows for hunting wild turkey by fall 2014 and all subsequent spring and fall seasons.
  • Crossbows may not be used to take waterfowl or other migratory game birds.
  • Crossbows may not be possessed afield in the Northern Zone when hunting small game (except coyotes) with the aid of a dog or when accompanied by a dog.
  • Crossbows may be used to take any other small game or upland game birds during their respective open seasons (once regulations are adopted), or to take unprotected wildlife (e.g., red squirrels and woodchucks) at anytime.
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