Now that I’ve had that Talking Heads classic stuck in my head for days, I’m going to recap some of the goings-on over the past week, day number whatever of The Pandemic™.
Heard of a van that is loaded with TP
Packed up and ready to go
Heard they got handwipes, stashed by the highway
A place where nobody knows
The state of Oregon went for reals with its “stay home, you idjits” order this past Monday, although there’d been enough telegraphing from the “people in charge” that one should have seen it coming from miles away. And judging by the scene outside the Fine Local Gun Shop last Sunday, a lot of folks were anticipating that firearms stores would be one of those “non-essential” businesses to be shuttered during a lockdown.
It turns out, much to my amazement, that gun shops are exempt from the shutdown order. Anyway, I joined the queue - note the social distancing in action - to pick up an online order of ammo that I’d placed the previous week. The weather was pleasant, the fellow shoppers in line were equally chill, and after about 45 minutes I got into the store (they were correctly limiting the number of customers in the shop), picked up my order, and headed back home in less than 5 minutes.
I’d venture there were quite a number of first time gun buyers in the line and in the shop, and I would like to think that those folks had done some research on safe firearm handling (at least read the fine manual). Judging by the number of cardboard boxes behind the counters at the store, there were a ton of online orders waiting to be collected.
Later in the week, after the shutdown order went live, the Liberal Gun Club hosted its first distance learning session. Scott “Enabler” Richardson, who led the AR lower class earlier this month (feels like last year, tho') demonstrated maintenance basics of disassembling, cleaning, and reassembling a striker-fired pistol and an AR-15 bolt carrier group. Here’s the recording for everyone who couldn’t make it to the Zoom meeting:
Now I know how to remove the back panel on a Glock slide to remove and clean the firing pin, which is something that isn’t covered in the manual (aside from the generic warning of don’t put oil in that part of the slide). I also intend to finally give the BCG a much-needed cleaning soon.
While I miss the regular trips to the range, I’m keeping up with dry fire (plus laser) practice at home, as well as continuing to make Thai curry a couple of times a week.