Mainers Eschew The AR15? Say It Ain't So!

Discussion in 'Maine Gun Forum' started by Vikingdad, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    Saw this article. Lots of strange claims in it. What do you Mainer's say?

     
  2. Vincine

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    "It was my friend's, and he left it for me when he died," Trahan said. "It's a hunting firearm. I don't like semi-automatics, but I use it once a year when I go duck hunting in his memory."

    Duck hunting, with a 5.56? Wha?
     

  3. c3shooter

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    First- no one has a CLUE how may AR style rifles are in Maine.
    Second- what is a single action rifle?

    Oh- Vincine-
     
  4. Vincine

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    Ah, right. I thought he was stating that he used the AR his friend left him when he went duck hunting. :eek:
     
  5. Jpyle

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    Nice article but filled with mostly anecdotal hearsay to support the press meme that only rightwing crazies own ARs
     
  6. Vikingdad

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    Yeah C3, I caught that too. I think they meant bolt-action rifles not single-action. Just showing their ignorance!

    I wonder if that reporter is from away? Somebody from away shows up at a range in Maine I expect they are not going to get a lot of straight answers to questions about what guns Mainers own.
     
  7. JD1969

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    As a former Maine resident I can say that there are plenty of people that I know/knew that owned AR's and AK's. I owned both when I lived there and I also had a knock off Uzi in 9mm. When I was in college, my friends and I would shoot all the time. This article was probably written by some hippie douche bag that lives south of Portland.
     
  8. therhino

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    She's full of it. The whole article seems constructed to make AR-style rifles sound like secret ninja assassins waiting in the shadows of someone's closet to jump out and murder you and molest your dog.
    I know several people who own AR-style rifles, and see (or hear) them being used for target shooting all the time in the spot I go to. From the piles and piles of spent Tula casings left behind, plenty of folks have them out here.
    Now, it IS true that bolt-action rifles outnumber AR-style in the state, because folks don't hunt deer with .223 rounds.
     
  9. therhino

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    Of course, on a reread of the article, it can also read like a "don't get your panties in a twist, folks. Not every gun owner in the state is carrying secret ninja assassin weapons that are waiting to jump out of the closet and murder you."
     
  10. trip286

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    I've known quite a few "Maineacs", and they've always been very personal people. The ones I've known don't tend to appreciate people asking them questions that ain't none of their business.

    Not rude. They just held their info close to the vest, even with people they knew well.
     
  11. bluez

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    I wrote her a (what I thought was) friendly email poiitng out the problem with the "AR-15" at the massacre and the fcat that only pistols where found inside.
    I was hoping she might use it to investigate further but got a somewhat defensive reply.
     
  12. Vikingdad

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    If you were not born in Maine then you are "from away". Some Mainers will set that standard a couple of generations back. In much of the state there is no way to become a true Mainer. You either are or you are "from away".

    That is typical of reporters. If you are not a major advertiser with the paper the only way to get through to them that they were wrong about something is either through a lawyer or through their editor. Good luck succeeding with either one of those though.
     
  13. therhino

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    The reporter was born in Bronxtown, NY. That qualifies as "from away."
     
  14. Vikingdad

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    Ya think???
     
  15. therhino

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    ;). Understatement is a skill I enjoy and hope to one day master. lol
     
  16. sparky80

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    I call BS! Every time we are at the range or pit you see ar's and ak's or at least they are talked about.( Lot's of guys only shooting 22's right now).For economic reasons. Sounds like them trying to make it seem that no one cares if they are banned here.
     
  17. Mosin

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    Uh...yeah. As a current Maine resident, they probably don't have a single clue what is owned up here by their residents.

    Maine has a very strong gun culture, and I've seen NO respect towards ANY federal law displayed up here.

    Maine's "go screw yourself, were selling pot now" mentality applies to gun owners as well.

    Hell...I bought my first AR this summer...in Maine.
     
  18. Mosin

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    Bing bing bing.... thats the sound of steel on target.
     
  19. Vikingdad

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    So can you get pot in stores there like you can here in CA? (actually they call them "clinics").
     
  20. Mosin

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    I dont know i think its medicinal or something. My school drug tests, so I have no interest in pot right now...