Monthly Archives: December 2012

Flathead Valley Community College Builds Gunsmithing Program.

The Flathead valley has a long history of custom gun makers operating in the area as for back as the 1950’s.  Numerous rifle barrel manufacturers large and small have made the area home from time to time.  More recently, a large number of gun businesses have taken up residence.

FVCC Logo

In 2011 Chris Hyatt, of Whitefish, formed the Montana Firearms Institute as a 501(c)3 nonprofit along with state Sen. Ryan Zinke, and attorney Duncan Scott, seeing a need to foster communication between firearms businesses, and to help those small businesses compete for government contracts.  The MFI has been instrumental in drawing attention to the need for gunsmithing classes at the college level.

So, along with the MFI, local businesses looked to Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) to help improve the quality of perspective and existing employees in the valley by offering training.  The firearms trade requires a wide range of skills that are not readily absorbed from standard machine shop and wood working classes.  There are many specialized skills and tools that make the job of building guns easier and more efficient.

The next closest schools that offer gunsmithing courses are in Susanville, California and Denver, Colorado.  So a gunsmithing school here in the valley will have a large audience.  The first round of classes were held in 2012 and were successful by every measure.  FVCC is currently seeking NRA Affiliation for the gunsmithing program, which may make available a wider range of classes and support from the gun industry at large.

Gunsmithing Classes to be offered for Spring and Summer of 2013

AR-15/AR-10 Armorer /Customization Course  

Glass Bedding Rifles Course 

Basic Lathe

Designing Wildcat Cartridges

Checkering

1911 Handguns

Knifemaking

Alternative Metal Finishes

Barrel Relining

For more information on these classes visit the FVCC Web site, link below.

http://www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education/gunsmithing-program/registration-information.html

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Chiappa Firearms, Tell Me More…

Chiappa 1911-22Chiappa Firearm Company is an incredibly modern and progressive company operating out of Brusha, Italy. It employs high-tech types and old school traditional craftsmen to turn out a wide variety of high-quality firearms. Currently Chiappa makes over 70,000 firearms a year out of their new ultra-modern 108,000 square foot main plant which employs 80+ employees and exports to 62 countries world wide.

The company was started by Ezechiele “Oscar” Chiappa. In the early 1950s Oscar started in his career with Tanfoglio as a production line worker. But within four years at the ripe old age of 22 he was promoted to manager of all production which at that time was revolvers for the most part.

In 1958 the owner of Tanfoglio became ill and abruptly passed away; his wife decided to sell the company. In the process, Oscar was removed from his management position so he decide to resign and move on. His life-long love of firearms, along with his machining expertise, kept him in the industry.  He formed a new company to do subcontract work for other manufacturers. Eventually this new business lead to Oscar founding another company, Armi Sport.1887 Lever Shotgun

Armi Sport manufactured replica firearms such as black powder and early western models as used in America’s Wild West. These were and still are popular thanks to movies and television. And back then American westerns were very popular with Europeans. Eventually Oscar’s replica firearm business bled over into the huge U.S. market.

Oscar’s son Rino (pronounced Reeno) virtually grew up in the gun industry going to dad’s factory when possible. Rino learned early on how to make firearms at Armi Sport. By the age of 10 Rino was able to correctly operate most of the machines. Rino’s manufacturing education continued at the family business after hours, through high school and during summer vacation from school.

When Rino was around 19, that the old Tanfoglio Company that dad, Oscar worked in went bankrupt. This presented an opportunity to the Chiappa family to pick up more firearm orientated milling machines for their growing company. Rino pressed for the family to buy these machines–and to restructure the current Arim Sport. Imagine, the non-emotional and quiet family discussions these easy going Italians had around the dinner table… NOT.

In the mid-80s Rino took over management with dad Oscar watching to make sure he did not screw things up. But Rino had things well in hand and was growing the company and now granddad Oscar was teaching his young grandchildren how to make guns. In 2002, work was nearly completed on the new current super modern factory when Oscar took sick and passed away; he never saw the new factory completed later that year.

The company was growing very quickly and now with the name of Chiappa Firearms they expanded production further into modern firearms (some revolutionary like the Rhino Revolver). Production of their quality replica and blank firearms continued.

 Chiappa’s replica firearm unit reverse engineers vintage firearms and then using modern equipment creates accurate high-quality replicas. Chiappa machines all the parts and components from solid bar stock–no castings. All wood parts are hand oiled 3 to 4 times and hand polished. This is old country quality combined with modern day technology producing beautiful quality firearms.

1874 Sporting Deluxe

Rino is an active NRA member and he is not just a gun maker and designer; he is an avid hunter, shooter and President of SASS in Europe. 

 

www.mkschiappa.com

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Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock are Intellectually Bankrupt.

Just in case you have been living under a rock since last Sunday night…

NBC sportscaster, Bob Costas often provides commentary at halftime during the weekly Sunday night game. This week he addressed the weekend’s murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.

Paraphrasing and quoting from a piece by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, Costas said: “In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”

Belcher shot and killed the mother of his 3-month-old daughter, Perkins, on Saturday morning December 1st. A short time later he committed suicide in the parking lot of the Chiefs’ practice facility at Arrowhead Stadium.

Meanwhile in CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Community College instructor was killed in a senseless classroom murder-suicide Friday, November 30th. Police said James Krumm, 56, gave his students time to flee by fighting the attacker, his son, after the younger Krumm walked into the computer science class and shot James in the head with an arrow.

It was later learned that Christopher Krumm, 25, of Vernon, Conn had stabbed to death his father’s live-in girlfriend at the couple’s home prior to the on campus attack. When police arrived at the classroom after the attack, they found Christopher Krumm bleeding from self-inflicted knife wounds and taking his last breaths. James Krumm was dead at the scene, Casper Police Chief Chris Walsh said.

Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock are either intellectually dishonest or just plain morons. Mentally ill people sometimes make fatal decisions for themselves and occasionally they include others.

Is that fact tragic? Absolutely.

Does it affect the lives of family, friends, and even the community?
More than we will ever know!

Does it mean we need more laws and public policy?
In most cases I would argue the answer is a simple; NO.

Costas tried to use his job as a sports announcer to further his personal political beliefs. In so doing, he purposely overlooks the fact that a mentally ill person does not function from logic. They don’t say, “Oh, I can’t get a gun so I can’t exact my revenge.”

Instead they use a car, a bat, their hands, or as in this example a bow and arrow backed up by two knives. It’s not about the weapon. It’s about the violent act they wish to perpetrate on others.
Saying that Belcher and Perkins would be alive today if Jovan Belcher did not have a gun is intellectually bankrupt. In all likelihood he would have found a way to produce the same result. It’s easy to blame the weapon. Then you don’t have to deal with the people involved and analyze what really went wrong.

When a person tells you that a gun makes it too easy; that is a confession of the quality of their character. They don’t trust anyone but themselves to have good judgment or self control. Look hard at the person who blames the weapon and does not place responsibility on the perpetrator. They are dangerous to themselves and society, because they are pandering to emotions, either for power or to make themselves feel better.

Thank God for the mute button!
I will never again hear Bob Costas spew moronic opinions.

Read more:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/01/casper-college-attack-murder-suicide_n_2223580.html

http://www.ctpost.com/news/us/article/Wyo-campus-killer-near-genius-at-odds-with-dad-4087596.php#ixzz2E9NoRdRl

http://news.yahoo.com/costas-gun-control-commentary-gets-142107845.html

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