The Sullivan Law Up-state
I happen to he a country resident of New \ork State, and I can tell you that getting a pistol permit under the Sullivan Law is a long drawn out process. There are at least five forms to be filled out; then the waiting begins. It takes at least 90 days, while the Judge, Sheriff, Chief of Police, and an official in Albany decide if you are qualified to have the permit.
The permit is worth waiting for though, if you live in the country, because you get a permit that is good for the rest of your life. At least it works that way in the section where I live. I now have three Ruger revolvers registered: a .44 Magnum, a .357 Magnum, and a .22.
I taught my younger brother to use a rifle and the pistols when he was 12, and allowed him to carry the 22 pistol whenever he went with me to walk the trapline or hunt woodchucks.
Chester G. Southwell Highlands, New Jersey
While looking through the statutes of Mississippi, hoping to get an idea for a bill for my students to submit to the annual practice congress sponsored by the various colleges of that state, I ran across something that would delight an enemy power, especially if all the states had it. This is a law requiring that all rifles with a muzzle velocity of 2,000 or more feet per second be registered. Since such a gun can be very useful in the national defense, fifth-columnists and fellow-travelers would know wdiere to look for them, in order to help render America defenseless.
Wm. H. Wilson Millington, Tenn.
Law Means "Can" /4s Well As "Can't
I read your magazine every month and enjoy it very much. I was especially interested in your article on the Sullivan Law, as we have just started a pistol club in our town. I would like to ask you why it is impossible to get a pistol permit for anything except target shooting in this state, as I cannot get a definite answer from any of the law officers around here.
Earl M. Richardson, Jr.
Few police officers are qualified to give opinions on legal matters. You need a lawyer. Each club should have among its members a competent attorney willing to go before a judge and get. a court order, if necessary, forcing police to issue licenses. The police duty to enforce laws means giving the citizen all the privileges to which he is entitled (such as gun licenses) fust as much os it means keeping from the citizen the things which the law prohibits. If your law provides for the issuance of handgun permits, police should be required to issue such permits to applicants who comply with the requirements set up by the statute. An active shooting club, through its members canvassing for desirable political nominees and acting to ensure their election, can increase its voice in public affairs. It takes a little work: liberty always did require some effort.— Editors.
As one of your readers, let me compliment cuns for an interesting job well done. I am a collector of firearms, not a shooter, but nevertheless find the publication far excels the job done by any of your competitor magazines.
I have a small problem that I am hoping you can solve. I am trying to locate a gun collectors club in my vicinity. Do you know of any, or could you refer me to someone who could give me this information? It's very frustrating to have a collection of arms, and not be able lo meet with fellow collectors. My vicinity is the Princeton-New Brunswick area of New Jersey.
John Wright Franklin Park, N. J.
".22's For Survival"
I found ".22's For Survival" interesting, but I question the selection of a single-shot for the survival gun. I think the clip-fed bolt-action repeater would be better. The Air Force's M-4 survival rifle (.22 Hornet) uses a clip (detachable box) magazine. However, if you already have a good .22 repeater, I think you would be better off with the gun that you know and shoot well.
For living off the countryside, the .22 is the best of guns; but if you expect to gun Reds, better get a high-power rifle. The best bet would be the 03A3 from the D.C.M. If your gun shoots .30-06 Springfield, the government might be able to pass out ammo to fit. If not, you might be able to obtain weapons and ammunition from invaders who won't be needing them any more.
John W. Rockefeller Grand Island, Nebraska
I have just read ".22's For Survival" by Alfred J. Goerg and my only complaint is, why doesn't it appear in more magazines?
Americans should be more defense-minded. Poland, England, and France didn't think it could happen to them in World War I. Americans don't think it can happen here. But (God forbid) if World War III comes, it could and I believe il will happen here.
iMore on the subject along with the guns, please.
Mrs. Thomas P. Wells Miami, Florida
Congratulations on priming Alfred J. Goerg's article ".22's For Survival." He is not alone in his beliefs, and I for one have already built up an arsenal in the past few years. My battery consists of several military rifles, pistols, and shotguns.
I, too, have friends interested in the idea. With the present crisis in the Middle East, the thought of enemy marines on our doorsteps doesn't sound too silly.
"A Minuteman" Massachusetts
I like your magazine. Guns have been my hobby. The article in the August number, ".22's For Survival," by Alfred J. Goerg, was wonderful. 1 wish it could be published in pamphlet form so one could afford to give it away.
I know what he means, for I was here. The Japanese could have come on from Pearl Harbor and landed on this coast; only by the grace of God they decided to go in another direction. If we should get into war again with any major power, 1 hope the same grace works again; otherwise we are sure to be invaded.
Everything the powers that be can think of to hinder us in the use of firearms is done. It is a violation of the law to practice shooting in the counties of California adjacent to the coast. While our armed forces are trying to get lo the moon, the training for survival on the ground is neglected, and that is where the battle will be won or lost.
I have sold all but one of my guns (can't use them, too many restrictions). I still retain a hand gun. Wouldn't go out at night without it, for with crime and violent deeds, it is more dangerous now than when the Indians were here. As soon as they can get around to it, I suppose they will relieve me of that too, so I will be an easy prey for the criminal.
Rev. Luther Arthur Huntington Beach, Calif.
I enjoyed reading the so-called controversy between Keith and Weatherby. However, I do not think there is much difference between the two. I do not think that Weather-by would go out lo kill elephant with a .220, or that Keith would go out to shoot a crow with a .470. Just as in everything else there is a point of diminishing return in regards to velocity vs. bullet weight. This is the point they have not agreed upon.
Velocity is very important in trajectory, but over a certain speed I do not believe it has too much to do with the killing power. I doubt if a deer can tell the difference in being struck with a 150 grain bullet at 2900 f.p.s. or a 150 grain at 3600 f.p.s. at 100 yds. Naturally, at longer ranges the 3600 f.p.s. will out-perform the 2900 f.p.s. You tell a bear that has been struck with an ultravelocity bullet in a non-vital spot that he is supposed to drop dead, and he will probably chew your head off.
It has always been my belief that any cartridge is capable of killing th« animal; that the killing power lies in the shooter. Dead is only dead, whether killed with a standard cartridge or the ultra velocity. I think that Mr. Bell proved this long ago. However, I do not recommend that your readers try the same!
Charles W. Leavell Sumter, S. C.
"Mr. Bell" was a world-famous hunter who killed all kinds oj African game (und many of them) with—if memory serves—a 6.5 mm Mannlicher and 7 mm Mauser.—Ed.
In your August Issue, page 6, "Guns In The News," paragraph one is quite a bit in error. As I am the instructor who taught this little wonder to shoot, and the one who witnessed the targets and sent them in to the NRA, 1 will attempt to straighten out the story for you. First of all, the little girl in question was Miss Meredee (not Joan) Marks, daughter of Capt. Theodore Marks. Post Signal Office. Meredee fired a perfect 300 over the NRA Ranger Course, using a M1922 Springfield rifle which is much too heavy and long for her. Meredee fired in the prone position with the rifle tucked tinder her arm pit. This little girl has been firing for a little over a year, has shown great promise, and we are very proud of her here at the club. She has been an inspiration for many of our aspiring young shooters.
I am a steady reader of your magazine, and would appreciate it if you would correct the errors in the story so that Meredee will have the story as a keepsake.
SFC. Ralph L. Matthews Sec'y Chuguch Rod and Gun Club Chugach, Alaska.
East, West, Home's Best
There is no "Exhibition Grade" made by James Purdey and Sons, London, though the guns shown in the September issue may have been made for an exhibition. They make one grade only—the best. Ornamentation fancier than the standard Purdey light scroll engraving costs extra, but the buyer receives I he same steel, wood and workmanship. Gold inlaid guns are sold mostly to Indian rajahs and the newer rich of the Western world.
The English consider all Continental guns inferior to "best London guns." I believe they are right. Purdey guns are especially noted for their shooting qualities. You get these and the best workmanship and materials the firm can obtain.
The Englishman figures the Purdey is like a chronometer made to Admiralty requirements and cased in solid gold. He figures you can buy abroad if you want an alarm clock in a jeweled case.
J. R. Balentine Carmel, California
It must be nice to be in England now that egos are in bloom.—Ed.
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