Our Monthly Meet up and Luncheon

We’ll be back at the Hong Kong Buffet (with their Pepsi products) on Saturday, January 18th, from 12:00 – 1:00. C U there!

NHLA training

Members of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (if you’re reading this, you should be a member) are invited to attend a free training session from 2:00 to 5:00 after the meeting. NHLA reviews bills each year that are introduced in the legislative session. It’s a huge job and you can help. Come learn how the system works.

One of the best tools for digging through all those bills is GenCourtMobile.com. The great creator of that tool will be presenting the ins and outs of its use. The basics are super simple and tremendously useful. There is much more available and he’ll guide you to getting even more out of it.

Space is limited for the training so DO let us know you are coming. E-mail mike@lakesregionporcupines.com or hit the Facebook event.

December’s Meet Up and Lunch


This month, we’re meeting at Patrick’s in Gilford (as an experiment). Folks who are helping to sort will meet at Deb’s at 9:00. We’ll do our lunch at 12:00. Then we’ll do the non-Santa deliveries afterwards. (Santa & Glen (and maybe Santa’s elf) will do their thing on Sunday afternoon at 1:00.)


LRP Litter Pickup on Sunday, October 13th

This will be our last pickup of the year. Bring your gloves, and if you have them, reachers, and a safety vest. Mike’s got bags, extra reachers, and vest.

If you would like to join us for breakfast, we’ll meet at Cafe Deja Vu (311 Court St, Laconia) at 8:00 AM.

If not, see you at Shooter’s on DW Hwy in Belmont at 9:00 AM.

Annual LRP Beach Day!

Well, you’re probably saying “It’s about time for someone to announce this year’s Beach Day”. Here ya go.

What: Annual LRP Beach Day
Where: Ahern State Park (not pictured), Laconia (off 106)
When: Saturday, July 20th from Noon – 4-ish.
Cost: $10 per adult, $5 per child (includes food and soft drinks–BYOB).
Beneficiary: St. Vincent’s Food Pantry (Laconia)

We can have a mini-meeting after our regular June 15th meeting to discuss details and what people would like to bring.

NOTE: This will replace our July luncheon/meeting! If you want Chinese food, you’ll have to bring your own.

Clean that Cannon, Claudette

dirty pistol

I mentioned in the last piece the jeweler whose daily carry pistol was so dirty it wouldn’t fire. So, let’s talk about cleaning. (Nooooooo!)

A firearm is a tool, a relatively simple machine, that should be maintained so as not to inhibit adequate function. I know of a police officer who doesn’t clean: he just keeps adding lube. (I had trouble breathing when he said that.)

The photo is of a Ruger LCP that I pocket carry around the house. It isn’t a stretch to see where the lint could continue to build up and mix with the lube, gumming up the action.

I recently bought a used revolver online. I asked the seller about function. He replied that everything worked as it should. I found that the cylinder was actually very hard to turn. When I got it home, I stripped the cylinder and found years-worth of dirt inside.

Adequate cleaning can be accomplished with a simple kit of basic equipment. A cleaning rod, correctly-sized jag tip, bronze brush, and patches, an old toothbrush, and an appropriate cleaner and lubricant.

You can get a long flexible device (e.g., Bore Snake) for the barrel and you can get a combination cleaner & lube. I’m not a fan of either. I like to see that parts are clean and then lube. With the “snake”, I can’t see that I’ve gotten the barrel clean, as the ones I’ve seen are dark-colored.

I admit to being somewhat obsessive and mildly compulsive, so typically clean after I shoot (unless I’ll be shooting that gun again in a couple of days). I prefer to store guns in a clean state, so I don’t have to deal with the build-up and thickening of dirt and oil and stuff. Or worse: RUST! That aforementioned had rust on the internal action. I’m guessing that the revolver had gotten wet and the owner never cleaned (or looked) inside.

A helpful tip to reduce gumming is to not overdo it with the lubricant. If lube is dripping out of the action, you probably used too much. I like to treat the contact and pivot points and I also use a patch to put a very light coat inside the barrel.

That’s it for today. Again, I’m open to topics, so leave them in the comments section.

“Happiness is a clean gun.” (Apologies to John Lennon.)

Holster That Hogleg, Hombre.

Hello fellow (and fellowette) Porcs (and Porcettes).

I have been asked to provide some firearms-related posts, so this is the first of “Rick’s Gun Tips”. (I’m still working on a cute or an alliterative title.)

The chief reason that handguns or any guns) discharge a bullet is that the trigger has been activated. So, logically, the best way to prevent a negligent discharge is to prevent the trigger from being pressed until you are on target and ready to shoot.

While I realize that certain handguns were specifically designed for pocket carry (e.g., Colt 1903, S&W Bodyguard M-49), pockets can have items in them that can work their way in front of the trigger causing it to move rearward.

Additionally, pockets (and purses) are lint magnets. Lint, when mixed with lubricant, can actually gum up the action and prevent the handgun from working when needed. (I read a story about a jeweler who took a defensive handgun class using a full-sized pistol. After class, he asked to shoot a bit with a Walther PPK that he had carried in his jacket pocket while working. The gun was so dirty that it wouldn’t even fire the first shot.)

There are many pocket holsters available to ft almost any pistol that you might carry in a pocket. Although I’m not a big fan of so-called “off body carry” (e.g., in a purse, briefcase, messenger bag), there are bags that were made to hold a pistol in a holster which would be available without rummaging. Additionally, there are nylon holsters available that can be attached to a bag that you already own. (I did this with a waist pack back in the day. The ones made for a pistol seemed bigger than a backpack, so I found a regular one and sewed a nylon holster inside. A perfect disguise.)

It is always recommended to remove the holster from your pants or jacket pocket, place the pistol in the holster, and then return the “package” to your pocket. Attempting to holster the pistol while the holster is already in your pocket  can result in a painful (and embarrassing) negligent discharge.

So, let me know what you think of my maiden column. If you have a subject or particular firearm that you would like covered, let me know. Thanks for reading!