Good People With Firearms #13: Man armed with machete killed.

10JAN2020, Sweetwater Florida, Man shoots man threatening him with a machete.  Dies in hospital later.

Man With Machete Shot and Killed During Music Video Shoot in Sweetwater: Police

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #12: Church member kills active shooter during services.

29DEC2019, White Settlement Texas, Man brings shotgun to church, begins shooting attendees, gets killed by armed citizen.

Armed congregants kill gunman who shot 2 at Texas church

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #11: Man uses home invader’s own gun to kill him.

12JAN2020, Manatee County Florida, after a home was invaded a resident was able to use the home invaders own pistol to kill the intruder.

Sheriff’s Office: Home Invader Shot Dead With His Own Gun By Florida Man

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #10: Man invades home, gets killed.

22 December 2019, Homeowner kills man during a home invasion.

Florida Man Kills Masked Home Invader In Gunfight

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #9: Armed citizen zip ties fleeing suspect

2DEC2019 Fort Lauderdale, FL Another reason the founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment.  Armed citizen catches fleeing suspect, zip ties him, police arrive.

“We had customers and employees out, that’s when I decided to pull my firearm and stop him,” Sandi said. “I wasn’t really thinking. Training and instinct kicked in. I just did what had to be done.”

Good Samaritan with gun stops car thief running from police

 

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #8: Robber points AK in guys face, gets shot.

26NOV2019 “and I am not going to go out like a punk. So I emptied my Glock in his chest. This man tried to get in my van while I was sleeping and he was surprised to see what I did.”

60 year old NRA member and concealed carrier kills man who stuck an AK-47 in his face.  Got to love living in South Florida.

Miami Man In Van Guns Down AK-47 Wielding Robber Because He Didn’t Want ‘To Go Out Like A Punk’

 

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #7: Constitutional Carry, Stillwater Police Dept PSA

The Second Amendment already guarantees the right to be armed whenever, wherever.  However unfortunate in these days of anti civil rights gun control zombies a public service announcement is a necessity.  All American citizens, police departments and serving officers need to understand and abide by what is presented by the Stillwater Police Department.  To those with an irrational fear of firearms or the desire to take away another human beings self defense capabilities, start here you need it.

What you need to know about the new Constitutional Carry Law

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #6: 24 Hours in South Florida

None of these incidents involve the use of a firearm for self defense.  They simply demonstrate what it’s like to live or visit here and why many of us choose to carry a firearm for self defense.

24 Hours in South Florida.  Why do over 2 million citizens of Florida have a concealed weapons permit?

SW Dade Man Carjacked At Gun Point By Two Masked Subjects

Cutler Bay Man Ambushed, Killed In Home Invasion

Elderly Man Robbed, Injured After Being Dragged On Suspect’s Vehicle At Bank Parking Lot

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #5 Pregnant mother defends home with AR-15, one dead

Family’s mother, 8 months pregnant uses AR-15 to drive out home invaders.  “…He made it from my back door to roughly 200 feet out in the front ditch before the AR did its thing.”

Florida Woman Uses AR-15 To Defend Family During Home Invasion

Victim of Violent Home Invasion Speaks; Credits Wife With Saving His Life With AR-15

Pregnant mom uses AR-15 to kill burglar, defend family during home invasion

Pregnant woman shoots and kills intruder with AR-15 during home invasion in Florida

A Florida man says his pregnant wife saved his life in home invasion – with an AR-15

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #4 Armed roommate stops home invasion

Armed roommate shoots one of two home invaders.  Why we won’t negotiate or compromise the U.S. Second Amendment.  Anyone suggesting it or advocating for it belongs in Guantanamo prison.

“She was collected enough to keep us all from getting hurt,” the woman’s roommate said. “You know that’s really what I’m thankful for, is that not everybody is ready to jump under stress.”

Florida, Pinellas County  Woman shoots intruder during early morning home invasion

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

The Florida Range Experience: Okeechobee Shooting Sports

The Florida Range Experience is a new project here on my blog.  I’m going to share my experience with the various shooting ranges I go to here in the state of Florida.  Most of the experiences will be here in the Broward and Miami-Dade county areas.  Some will be in the surrounding counties.

The need to sight in a couple of rifles led me to search for a range.  I wanted a range that I could set up my shooting rest and tools without interference.  There is an outdoor rifle range run by the county but the online reviews left me thinking I should go somewhere else.  More on that range in another blog.  During the online search I found Okeechobee Shooting Sports.

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The range is two hours drive from home.  After seeing the range’s website the distance didn’t matter, I wanted to go there to check it out.  They have various ranges to suit anyone’s needs.  The “Unlimited Rifle” range where a shooter can shoot in the “seated, prone, kneeling, standing” positions.  The “Gallery” where pistol shooters can practice drawing from a holster and rifle shooters can rapid or automatic fire if they want.  There are “Private” ranges that can be used in various ways.  Cost for each range varies.

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Shooters Cafe with shaded seating area

Then there is the “Pistol & Rifle” range.  The pistol range has a usable distance from 5 – 50 yards.  The rifle range has four marked distances, 25, 50, 100 and 200 yards.  It cost $15.00 for the day.  They also have an onsite gunsmith, a cafe, firearm rentals, memberships, and training.  Range hours of operation for non-members is Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

 

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Pro Shop, Gunsmith and eating area(right)

Here’s my experience.  After viewing the website I filled out and signed the required waiver online.  That makes checking a quick process.  Don’t forget to watch the safety video before you go.  When I arrived I went to the Pro Shop, told the clerk my name and within a minute and a half I was paid up and ready for the range.  Checking in was super easy.

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The 24 lane rifle range was well run.  George the RSO(Range Safety Officer) was the kind of range safety we all want watching over us.  He’s not the overbearing mother hen type he’s an easy to get along with, very nice guy.  He will make sure you know how the range is operated and hold you to it without all the fanfare.  Hope he’s there the next time I go.

There are 15 minute shooting time blocks controlled by an automated system that announces when to stop firing and prepare for target changes.  The RSO will insure all procedures are followed before allowing anyone down range.  Once the target changes are made shooters are given the all clear and allowed to proceed with shooting.  The procedures are more detailed that was the short version.

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Rifle lane

Each lane is equipped with a shooting rest, and two seats.  The early bird gets to use the spotting scopes on a table in front of the RSO station.  The target system is a pleasure to use.  Targets are stapled onto a system where cardboard is attached to wood supports that are attached to a metal base.  Staplers are provided.  Target removal or set up is very easy.  There are also concrete markers for each lane to help the shooter line it up with the shooting position.

There were maybe about ten other shooters on the rifle range.  They seemed equally divided by task.  Some were sighting or checking zero on hunting rifles, others were doing the same thing with AR15’s or similar.  Something to note about the lanes.  The divider between lanes is hardware fabric.  It will keep others brass out of your shirt but will not protect you from muzzle break discharge.

Visible in the rifle lane photo on the right is the muzzle break that gave me a strong blast every time the shooter next to me fired.  I’m not complaining, just making note so you’re not surprised.  I enjoyed the blast it helped me focus more on the task at hand and was a welcome test of my ability to ignore things that don’t matter.

Things that matter to me is staff attitude, how the range is operated and cleanliness.  All the staff were friendly.  The range was operated well, range participants know what to expect and what is expected of them.  The range was clean and well maintained.  My first experience at Okeechobee Shooting Sports was good.  I plan on going back to shoot on the other ranges in the future.  If you get a chance to go check them out I think you’ll have a good time there.  -13

The Florida Range Experience: A new project for my blog

The Florida Range Experience is a new project here on my blog.  I’m going to share my experience with the various shooting ranges I go to here in the state of Florida.  Most of the experiences will be here in the Broward and Miami-Dade county areas.  Some will be in the surrounding counties.

I’m not going to use a rating system there are too many variables.  I will make my opinion clear by stating whether I’ll go back for more or never return again.  All the reasons that form those opinions will be written here in this blog.

I’ll be basing my opinion on my overall experience and the other things that matter too me.  Such as how are the range staff?  Are they aloof, bullies, mother hens, know it all’s?  Or are they courteous, knowledgeable, helpful, easy to get along with?

How well the range is operated.  Does the range have standard operating procedures or is it a free-for-all?  Is there brass everywhere creating a trip hazard or are shooters and staff expected to keep the range lanes clean?  Condition of the restrooms.

Those are a few of the things I’ll be looking at when visiting the range.  I’m hoping that others like me want to know what a range is like before deciding to go there.  I want the information in the blog to be useful.  -13