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Start your day off dumb...

So I went up to the Frontiersman this morning to finish paying for my Makarov, now that my student loan has come in ("What could be more educational than guns?" - Prime Minister Ikk, in Keith Laumer's Retief's War) and discovered after I'd paid off the remaining balance that I needed to stop by the Bloomington PD and fill out an application for a purchase permit. I had totally forgotten about this, and of course the BPD doesn't have Saturday hours, so...I'll have to take some time off next week and go fill out paperwork to prove I'm not a loony or a felon before I can bring Masha home.

The purchase permit is not the same as the carry permit, BTW. After I buy the pistol, I'll still need to take classes from an accredited, approved instructor (say, Joel Rosenberg) before I can file paperwork for the carry permit. I figure once I get through the hurdle of being allowed to buy, though, the carry permit ought to be easy.

It could be worse. In Maryland, it wouldn't matter if I'd been raped, was currently being stalked by a vengeful ex, and had a job that required me to carry cash & valuable jewels around in crack-infested parts of Baltimore - the odds of my getting state approval to buy a pistol, much less carry one concealed, would be slim and none. Well, it used to be called the Free State once, but that was a long long time ago.

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(Anonymous)
May. 1st, 2004 04:24 pm (UTC)
carry permit is straightforward
actually, if you lived in virginia, your DD-214 would be acceptable proof of competence with a firearm. minnesota wants a little more, but it's not unreasonable, and any NRA instructor (or training counselor (instructor-trainer)) can teach an unspecified curriculum that must cover at least the points covered at http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/stats/624/714.html subdivision 2a.

the makarov, while not high on stopping power (carry a spare mag!) is not a bad deal at all, particularly for the money. carry carefully, and may you never have to use it.

---rs
wombat_socho
May. 1st, 2004 11:42 pm (UTC)
Re: carry permit is straightforward
Which is one of the reasons I'm moving to Virginia and not Maryland after I've wrapped up my remaining business here. The reason I mention Joel Rosenberg as a potential instructor is that he has (IIRC) five of the six intructor qualifications mentioned in the MCPPA - and I'm a big fan of his books. I figure since I've bought most of those used, the least I can do is take advantage of his classes to direct some of my cash his way.
huladavid
May. 2nd, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC)
Sometime I've gotta show you...
...the photo of me in Buckskinner garb shooting a blackpowder rife. (Shooting, I will admit, in this case means "missing the target by a mile.")

Any idea how much shooting lessons cost? There's still part of me that wants to learn, just for the pure perversity of it (but not a perverse as dancing with the devil with a blue dress on...)

Sorry, I’m not sure if I’m making sense. I’m sick - with a cold.
wombat_socho
May. 2nd, 2004 03:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Sometime I've gotta show you...
I'm not sure. If you follow the links from my LJ you'll find Joel Rosenberg's website, which has all kinds of info about that sort of thing, including links to other web sites which might could have the specific information you're looking for. Which would be black powder weapons lessons, right?
(Anonymous)
May. 3rd, 2004 05:35 am (UTC)
Re: Sometime I've gotta show you...
Shooting fundamentals (sight alignment, sight picture, trigger press, stance, etc) are the same for black powder and modern firearms. You should be able to take the NRA basic pistol course for $60-$70 (perhaps less where you live) and the NRA basic rifle course for about twice that (it lasts about twice as long).

Once you've got the fundamentals down, time to add the black powder. You can think of black powder shooting as both a shooting and a reloading course at the same time.

My $0.02.

---rs
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