Important Safety Recall – MARCH 2017 Walther CCP Pistols
Walther Arms has identified a potential condition in Walther CCP pistols that could potentially cause it to discharge if dropped whether the manual safety is engaged (on) or disengaged (off). The safety of our customers is our paramount concern so we have voluntarily initiated this recall because of the possibility of a drop-fire occurring.
Please do not load or fire your Walther CCP pistol and contact us immediately to arrange to have your pistol upgraded free of charge.
If your pistol has already been upgraded, there will be a dot milled onto the back side of the magazine opening.
The upgrade will be done at no charge to you. For free shipping, please enter your information here, and complete the online form, making sure to include the serial number. After completion of the form a confirmation email will be sent including shipping information.
Please note: The serial number is located on the right side of the pistol (circled in red below)
Please submit your information here – http://www.waltherarms.com/ccp-information-submission/.
Please check this website and all safety notices on a regular basis for current information about your firearms. You may also contact us by phone at 1-866-503-3389, by email at ccprecall@WaltherArms.com or by mail at Walther Arms, Inc., 7700 Chad Colley Boulevard, Fort Smith, AR 72916.
The current time to repair your CCP is approximately 3 weeks from the time we receive it.
We appreciate your assistance and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Delta Airlines Changes How You Fly with Guns
It seems Delta Airlines pulled a fast one on this writer, talk radio host, commentator, and more importantly, all of us as the flying public.
Last week on these pages I wrote about an emailer’s experience flying on Delta airlines out of Norfolk, VA to St. Louis with a checked firearm.
It seems he had been given some information he had never heard before, and the process was different than he had experienced in the past. He was told his bag would be zip-tied before he could pick it up at his destination. Not only was he told it would be zip-tied, but it would also not be on the baggage carousel with every other regular bag. While the bag was not zip-tied, it did have a large “CAGPT” sticker slapped on it.
“CAGPT,” otherwise known in Delta circles stands for “Check and Give Protection to” and below the letters, it states, ‘Do Not Place on Baggage Carousel Belt.” This is the label usually affixed to bags containing high-value or fragile items. He was also told it was their new procedure for checked firearms.
As I wrote last week, I called Delta, twice, to get an explanation for the man’s experience at their Norfolk, VA ticket and baggage counter and was told by two separate Delta employees that they were unaware of any changes. I chalked it up to some goofball or bonehead, as I referred to them, not knowing the TSA or company procedure. I now know I should have never trusted the folks I spoke to at Delta corporate. They were wrong, and by proxy, so was I.
You see, within a couple of days of that column and the subsequent on-air discussion of the topic, I began receiving other emails and photos of travelers bags with, you got it, stickers and zip ties.
I spoke to one letter writer, off the record confidentially, and saw the pictures of his bag with two large black zip ties crisscrossed around the length and width of the bag. The kicker? Those zip ties weren’t placed on the bag at origin after the declaration of the firearm and standard TSA inspection. No, they were affixed to the bag at the destination, before he could take possession of it and leave the airport. Unlike the first emailer whose bag only had the sticker, this one had both, but there was a difference. In the first case, the traveler had to obtain his bag at the baggage office, as the sticker says, “do not place on the baggage carousel belt.” It was not zip-tied. In the second case, the traveler waited for 20 minutes at the baggage office until seeing his bag, with the sticker only, circling on a nearby carousel.
He went to retrieve it and was followed by two employees who zip-tied his bag before allowing him to leave the airport. You read that right.
Needless to say, this time I called Delta with a little more information and some actual pictures to discuss what was going on. Initially, I was told by the employee that I was mistaken; there was no change of policy. I insisted on speaking to a supervisor who then informed me the process appeared to be for international baggage only. I then asked to speak to another supervisor who told me that on February 7th 2017, Delta had in fact instituted a new policy for those traveling with firearms that included placing the large “CAGPT” sticker on the bag. In this case, though, I was told they saw nothing about zip-ties, in fact, I was told that would be illegal. It didn’t seem to matter to him that I informed him I was looking at photographs, sent by two different flyers, in various airports, who had their bags tied.
He was very kind, apologized and read me the actual page regarding the change of policy. It said nothing about zip-ties, at least the parts he read to me said nothing about zipping ties to baggage.
Here’s the bottom line. Delta has, in fact, apparently changed policy on how you travel with your gun.
It is going to be a headache now as Delta admitted to me that it would take some time for every ticket counter to become familiar with the new procedures and implement them correctly. I can tell you from many years of personal experience, they will never get it right, it will always be a hassle, some of their baggage folks will harass you, you will be told untruths, and you will get angry from time to time. All of it will fall on your shoulders to act as the law abiding, responsibly armed American that you are.
Here are a couple of concerns. First, we all know that millions of Americans travel with firearms. That means that however many thieves work in the baggage handling of Delta, down below the world we never see; they too know the policy has changed and see evidence of it with many more “CAGPT” stickers identifying bags than they had never seen in the past. Of course those thieves will note the uptick means that most of these bags contain firearms. How stupid does Delta have to be to believe they will not see a rise in theft? My takeaway? When Delta lawyers and corporate big-shots huddled together to implement their new change, they apparently decided it would be worth the increased liability for stolen bags.
All of this because of one &^%#*& in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I’ll be flying them again on Friday, April 7th 2017 to Dallas. I’ll let you know how it goes, or for that matter, if I’m going to have to change my frequent flyer program to yet another airline. Yet another example of why we have to be smarter then the employees. God, I miss Airtran.
This article originally appeared at AmmoLand.com. Republished with permission.
Representative Wiggam introduces HB142 (Repeal LEO notification)
State Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster) has introduced a bill which seeks to reform, or "de-Taft," another portion of Ohio's concealed carry law.
House Bill 142 seeks to repeal requirements that, when detained for a law-enforcement purpose, a concealed carry licensee must "promptly inform" an approaching law enforcement officer that the licensee is a licensee and is carrying a concealed handgun.
In 2015, a study by ConcealedNation.org revealed that Ohio was in a vast minority of states that makes such a requirement of concealed handgun license-holders.
The idea for repealing the notification provision has been the subject of frequent discussion since June 2011, when Canton police officer Daniel Harless was caught on dash cam video threatening to execute a concealed carry licensee because he felt notification did not happen in time.
The case against the CHL-holder was eventually thrown out of court, and his civil rights suit against the City of Canton was settled out of court.
Harless was fired. He later tried to get his job back, and eventually was given $40,000 from the city, a neutral employment recommendation and a retired-officer ID in exchange for his resignation.
The notification provision isn't just objectionable because of this one case. This author has often told the story of the time when I was witness to an injury car accident and stopped to render first aid. Upon law enforcement arrival (several officers, one at a time, over the course of several minutes), I was forced to stop rendering aid to repeatedly inform each new officer on the scene of the fact that I was carrying, since I was a witness to the accident and being detained for a law enforcement purpose. One officer, finally recognizing the stupidity of my legal obligation, told me he would make sure anyone else who arrived knew.
The most recent attempt to remove the duty to promptly inform was introduced by Reps. Ron Maag and Andy Thompson back in 2011. Republicans in control of the legislature failed to move the bill.
HB 142 is co-sponsored by Representatives Becker, Brinkman, Conditt, Dean, Goodman, Hood, Keller, Kick, Koehler, Lipps, Merrin, Roegner, Seitz, Thompson, and Vitale.
Click here to read the entire bill.
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.
"Ohio Gun Owners," shadow group of NAGR (National Association of Gun Rights), is not here to help
by Chad D. Baus & Dean Rieck
Recently, a group calling itself "Ohio Gun Owners" has been sending fundraising emails to gun owners around the state. The emails are signed by "Executive Director Chris Dorr" and claim that the "Ohio Constitutional Carry Act" is about to be introduced. The email also directs recipients to a petition and a plea for donations.
Sounds great. We all want Constitutional Carry in Ohio. The problem is, a bill like this has been introduced (or promised) in each of the last several legislative sessions with no chance of being passed. But then, no one actually expects it to pass because these are not serious bills. The only reason they are introduced is to enable the sponsoring group to ask for donations.
These fundraising messages aren't new. In the last couple of years, we've seen direct mail letters presenting a similar sales pitch, also making claims about a pending bill (which did not even exist at the time) and asking the reader to sign a petition and donate money. This is a common fundraising tactic designed to build a database for future fundraising efforts and bank as much money as possible.
Which begs the question, who is this mysterious group claiming to be supporting a bill that will never pass or even come to a vote?
According to IAGunOwners.org, a website dedicated to exposing a similar group in Iowa, "Executive Director Chris Dorr" is none other than Christopher Dorr, brother of Aaron, who have operated in Iowa for several years as "Iowa Gun Owners," and who, along with Dudley Brown's "National Association of Gun Rights (NAGR)," are on record as having actively opposed legislation intended to improve gun rights.
According to IAGunOwners.org, the Dorrs have quite a record back in Iowa:
- In 2011, IGO opposed the NICS Improvement Amendments Act, supported by statewide groups as well as the NRA, and designed to restore gun rights to folks who had lost them for mental health reasons but had gotten better, chief among whom are veterans with PTSD issues.
- In 2012, IGO opposed a bill that had the support of statewide groups as well as the NRA, which would have legalized suppressors in Iowa. When it became apparent the bill might pass, they attempted to reverse course and position themselves to be able to claim credit if it passed.
- In 2013, IGO opposed a bill that had the support of statewide groups as well as the NRA, which would have made permit records private. Once again, they attempted to claim credit once the bill neared passage in the House. Angered by their duplicity, Iowa State Rep. Matt Windschitl called out the Dorrs and IGO on the House floor:
- In 2015, IGO opposed a large Second Amendment Rights improvement bill, which again had the support of statewide groups and the NRA, that again sought to legalize suppressors and make permit records private, among many other changes.
According to IAGunOwners.org, the Dorr's modus operandi is fear-mongering about legitimate pro-gun bills, and then fundraising on efforts to stop them.
"He spins the issues, draws inaccurate conclusions, and omits parts of stories, evidence, and facts in order to get people to think they will lose their Second Amendment rights. Of course he can protect you, if he has the money."
The Dorrs didn't stop there. According to pro-Second Amendment blogger Mitch Berg at ShotinTheDark.info, Chris Dorr started "Minnesota Gun Rights," and began the exact same havoc in the Gopher State.
The fact is, these types of actions, apparently all coordinated by the NAGR, are happening in many places. In Iowa. In Minnesota. In Indiana. In Colorado. In Mississippi. In North Carolina. In South Carolina. In Florida. In Kansas. In Virginia.
And now here in the Buckeye State.
We don't like to criticize other gun groups, even when we disagree with them on their strategy. But Ohio Gun Owners appears to be a false flag group whose only purpose is to convince honest gun owners to give them money. And what exactly are they doing with the money? Good question.
Unless you want to see the extensive progress made to improve Ohio's gun laws in the past fifteen years come to a screeching halt, you'll help spread the word about "Ohio Gun Owners" and the "National Association of Gun Rights." They're not here to help gun owners.
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.
Dean Rieck is Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association, a former competitive shooter, NRA Patron Member, #1 NRA Recruiter for 2013, business owner and partner with Second Call Defense.
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Legislative Leaders Set to Address Sportsmen at Reception
Senate President Pro Tempore, Bob Peterson and Speaker Pro Tempore Kirk Schuring will address Ohio sportsmen and women at the annual Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Reception on Tuesday, March 28, in Columbus, Ohio, at the Athletic Club of Columbus from 6-8 p.m.
All Ohio sportsmen are encouraged to attend! The event is free of charge. Food and refreshments will be served.
“We are honored to have leaders from both the House and the Senate lined up to speak to our members,” said Luke Houghton associate director of state services. “This is one event Ohio sportsmen and women cannot, and should not, miss. It’s your chance to make sure legislators know the top priorities of Ohio hunters, anglers and trappers.”
Lawmakers from across the state are scheduled to attend the reception to meet and speak with Ohio sportsmen.
The reception is only possible through generous donations from numerous sportsmen organizations, including: Buckeye Firearms Association, Ohio State Trappers Association, Ohio Conservation Federation Pheasants Forever , Safari Club International – Central Ohio Chapter, Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation, Associated Bird Dog Clubs of Ohio, Safari Club International – Southwest Ohio Chapter, Elkhorn Lake Hunt Club, Buckeye Brittany Club, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation and Ohioans for Wildlife Conservation.
RSVPs are encouraged. Call 614-888-4868 today!
Details and Directions:
When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Cost: No charge. Food and refreshments provided thanks to our sponsors.
Where: The Athletic Club of Columbus. Located: 136 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
Parking: Directions and parking can also be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.accolumbus.com/directions
Questions: Contact the Sportsmen’s Alliance national headquarters – 614-888-4868. or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
8 Red Army Female Snipers of World War II
EDITOR'S NOTE: March is Women's History Month. Women are the fastest growing segment in the shooting sports, and we continue to celebrate with another excellent article from regular contributor Michelle Cerino.
A sniper is defined as a highly trained marksman who operates alone, in a pair, or with a sniper team to maintain close visual contact with the enemy and engage targets from concealed positions or distances exceeding the detection capabilities of enemy personnel. They wait for hours, and sometimes even for days, to engage a target. When I searched the word "sniper" online, Chris Kyle (the subject of the Oscar-winning film American Sniper) fell in the top results; of course, he had 165 confirmed kills. Digging deeper, I discovered some famous female snipers: The Red Army female snipers of World War ll. The most common rifles for the Red Army during WWll were the sniper versions of the a .30-caliber (7.62mm) bolt-action rifle Mosin-Nagant, with a 5-round internal magazine. They were usually fitted with a 3.5X fixed-focus scope. Later in the war, some elite snipers received new semi-automatic Tokarev SVT-40 rifles, which fired the same cartridge but had a detachable 10-round box magazine.
Female Snipers of the Red Army
Lyudmila Mykhailivna Pavlichenko was born in the Ukraine in 1916. At the age of 15, while living in Kiev and working at the Kiev Arsenal Factory, she joined a shooting club and became a sharpshooter. In June 1941, when Germany invaded the Soviet Union, Lyudmila had completed her fourth year of studying history. She was among the first to volunteer for sniper training and requested to join the infantry. Assigned to the Red Army’s 25th Rifle Division, Lyudmila was credited with taking 309 Axis soldiers in just 14 months. After being wounded by mortar fire, she left the front line to train numerous other female snipers for the Red Army and become a public spokesperson. Amazingly, she later traveled to the United States during the war, and was the first Soviet citizen welcomed at the White House by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She also met with Eleanor Roosevelt and attended fundraisers, where she was awarded both a Colt 1911 and a Winchester Model 70. After the war, Lyudmila finished her education at Kiev University and began a career as a historian. She died on October 10, 1974, at age 58.
In June 1943, 17-year-old Klaudia Kalugina was one of the youngest females to attend sniper school. When asked in a recorded interview about the training, she said, “They taught us tactics: how to shoot, how to camouflage. Also ballistics, how the bullet flies. Here it flies, here it hits.” Klaudia was partnered with her best friend, Marusia Chikhvintseva, in the winter of 1944 as a sniper/scout team on the front lines. That summer, a German sniper killed Marusia from 200 meters away. Klaudia spent the rest of her life living for Marusia. She claimed an unconfirmed 225 kills.
Natalia Kovshova and Maria Polivanova were both born in 1920. Together, they attended training for snipers and volunteered for the front. They dug antitank trenches, took part in the defense of Moscow and trained. Less than a year later, in August 1942, during a battle in which many Russian soldiers were killed, Natalia and Maria were two of the few who remained alive, although wounded. They waited in their trench until German troops approached, and then detonated their grenades, killing themselves and their enemy. They were posthumously awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union commendation in recognition of their sacrifice.
Roza Georgiyevna Shanina volunteered for the military after the death of her brother in 1941, and chose to be a marksman on the front line. Nicknamed “The Unseen Terror of East Prussia,” she specialized in shooting moving targets and making doublets (two target hits by two rounds fired in quick succession). Roza became the first Soviet female sniper to be awarded the Order of Glory. She is recorded as taking 75 enemy soldiers. Sadly, she died at the age of 20, defending an officer of an artillery unit.
Nina Pavlovna Petrova, nicknamed “Mama Nina,” was born in 1893 and was nearly middle-aged (48) when the war came to Russia. Volunteering for service, she went to sniper school and took 122 enemy soldiers in the course of her duties. Unfortunately, she was killed in a car accident at age 53, just 7 days before the end of the war.
Nina Alexeyevna Lobkovskaya was born in Siberia in 1925. She joined the Red Army in 1942, after her father was killed. She commanded a company of 100 female snipers from Feb. 1945 until the end of the war, including at the Battle of Berlin. Her company of female snipers served not only in the Army, but in the Navy as well. She is credited with 89 kills.
Tatiana Ignatovna Kostyrina was just 19 years old when the war broke out. In 1943, she assumed command of an entire infantry battalion after the commander and most of the staff had been killed. Tatiana had more than 125 confirmed kills in her career on the Eastern Front.
Of the estimated 800,000 women that served in the Red Army during WWll, 2,000 were snipers. Of those snipers, about 500 survived the war. All told, these female Red Army snipers are credited with more than 12,000 kills. As far as I can tell through online research, women are not permitted to be snipers in the U.S. armed services.
Michelle Cerino is the managing editor at www.WomensOutdoorNews.com. She also is the author of the column "She Shoots 2," sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters. A mother of 2 teenage boys, Michelle has been right there beside them hunting youth deer seasons, plinking pop cans with .22s and being involved in Boy Scouts since 2004. Michelle is the president of Cerino Consulting and Training Group, LLC, a firearms training company she built with her husband Chris in 2011. Her path in the firearms and outdoors industries is ever progressing. She is writing, hunting, competing and doing contract work for major manufacturers. When not working, Michelle competes in prestigious shooting events, such as the Bianchi Cup in Missouri, and major 3-Gun matches nationwide.
Ohio Gun Laws Changed March 21 - Restrictions Removed for Concealed Handgun License Holders
COLUMBUS, OH - Buckeye Firearms Association is pleased that Senate Bill 199 takes effect today. It makes a variety of improvements to Ohio law that allow Ohio gun owners with a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) to more fully exercise their rights.
Beginning today, business entities, property owners, and public or private employers can no longer ban a person who has been issued a valid CHL from transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition when the items are locked in a person's privately-owned motor vehicle on company property.
"This is important," said Dean Rieck, Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association, "because, previously, if a business bans guns at work, including parking lots, employees are essentially banned from having their firearm all day, and are defenseless from the time they leave home in the morning until they return home in the evening."
In addition, the new law allows CHL-holders to keep their handgun locked in a motor vehicle on school premises; allows colleges and government bodies to decide for themselves if concealed-carry should be allowed; allows CHL-holders to carry on private aircraft, in the non-secure area of airports and in day-care centers, unless the day care posts a "no-guns" sign, allows active military members who have the same or greater training than CHL holders to carry a concealed handgun without a license; and allows the sale of firearms to active duty military members without regard to their age.
Rieck continued, "For well over a decade, Ohioans with a Concealed Handgun License have proven themselves to be overwhelmingly law-abiding and trustworthy. And SB 199 makes welcome improvements that citizens deserve."
A list of changes is available here.
Cincinnati.com- Changes to Ohio concealed carry law take effect Tuesday
Joe Eaton, with the Buckeye Firearms Association, said his group pushed for the changes in the law.
"It's currently a felony and that's where we ran into a problem because a lot of people don't know if their kids are going to be called sick from school," he said. "They may be at work, and they have their firearm, and they would have to go home first and dispose of the gun at their house before going back and picking up the kids. There was a lot of honest people just trying to stay in line with the law."
Eaton said these laws will bring Ohio in line with neighboring states like Kentucky and Indiana.
He said now his members won't get fired for storing their guns in their car to go hunting after work.
Cleveland.com - New Ohio gun law expands where people can carry concealed weapons
Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Association, said employees deserve the right to defend their lives.
"An employee's gun is their private property and their vehicle is their private property, and there's nothing that allows the employer to dictate what's inside that employee's private property."
Irvine and other supporters said the changes are intended to prevent law-abiding gun owners from accidentally breaking the law. For example, parents who have to unexpectedly pick up a sick child from school don't have to stop home first to store the weapon before parking at the school.
Irvine said some schools are considering allowing some faculty or staff to carry on campus. He declined to identify the schools.
"All of this stuff is all about protecting people's rights and protecting people's lives," Irvine said. "It's about safety and making the law work well."
Columbus Dispatch - Ohio laws allowing guns in parking lots, driving through red lights take effect
"This is important," said Dean Rieck, executive director of the Buckeye Firearms Association. "Previously, if a business bans guns at work, including parking lots, employees are essentially banned from having their firearm all day, and are defenseless from the time they leave home in the morning until they return home in the evening."
Under Senate Bill 199, today also would be the first day that guns could be carried on college campuses and in daycare centers, if trustees or center owners choose to allow them.
Rieck said he wasn't expecting universities to act quickly on the matter.
WCPO (NBC Cincinnati) - Big changes to Ohio’s gun laws take effect today
"When someone tells you, 'Guns in day care. Well, why do you want that?'" said Sean Maloney, a pro-gun attorney for Buckeye Firearms Association.
He says parents with concealed carry licenses face a quandary when it's time to pick up and drop off their kids.
"Think about how dangerous it is with us in the parking lot, arming and disarming ourselves, with people in the parking lot watching that happen -- with kids, potentially, in the back seat of the car, and us leaving a firearm in there," Maloney said.
Maloney hopes day care operators and others will embrace Ohio's changing gun laws, which create more places where legal firearms are allowed.
"Nothing that Ohio is doing is groundbreaking,” he said. “Every other state has already had it. So it just makes sense."
The revision to the concealed carry law affects more than day cares and airports. For more information on where concealed carry weapons license holders can potentially carry their guns, click here.
WLWT (ABC Cincinnati) - Ohio concealed carry holders can bring guns to work now, thanks to new law
Jim Irvine, chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association, argued that a company that bans concealed weapons is also liable for any crimes committed against employees on the way to and from work that could have otherwise been defended against with the use of a handgun.
“For any business that tells you they don’t like this, ask them, ‘Are you willing to take the liability for the 25-year-old single mother who gets car-jacked on the way home?’” Irvine told the Dayton Daily News. “There is no right to be free of guns. There is no right to be free of stupid people. We don’t have the right to be free of danger.”
WRGT (FOX Dayton) - New gun laws take effect today in Ohio
"Fear not, we've been in public carrying our firearms since 2004," said Buckeye Firearms Association Regional Manager Larry Moore.
That's the message Larry Moore hopes to get across now that there are new concealed carry gun laws.
"Every time they come in, there's a great deal of anxiety. Most of the time, two years later we don't think abnything about it," said Moore.
Starting today employers have to let CCW holders bring their gun on to company property.
"Locked in the truck or in a container inside the vehicle," said Moore
"I've had calls as a grandparent to go pick up a sick grandchild at school. I'd been out running errands. I had my handgun with me so I have to go home, drop my gun off and then go three or four more miles back to school," said Moore.
Gun owners said the new law gives them more flexiblity.
"I think it's a great step forward for Ohio gun owners," said Moore.
Moore said the Ohio Chamber of Commerce is against the new law.