ANOTHER FOURTH OF JULY REFLECTIONS

July 19th, 2019

This year’s Fourth of July was quiet and less exciting than we’ve had last few years. It was with us all. We stayed home, no travel, no horse competitions, no hockey camps to attend or anything like that. I actually prefer it this way but life and responsibilities usually do not take calendar into the account. We spent the day and the long weekend just staying home and working on our little horse farm in beautiful northwestern Wyoming.

With little more time on my hands I made some new and not new observations. The Fourth of July and the long weekend of celebrating our country’s independence inspired me to take some notes and today I am “putting pen to the paper”.

How good is the life in this country where we have to manufacture drama or crisis like our politicians do? It does not happen once a month or couple times a year. They try to come up with a new one everyday. Media is major culprit in this “if it bleeds it leads” era of journalism. I do not want rehash what is wrong with our country(very little).
I would like to remind everyone how great this country is.

We are the economic leader in the world. As much as some would love our economy to collapse for their own benefit and benefit of the European Union or China.
If our economic growth slows down or even comes to a halt China and /or European Union will suffer way before we do. As AMERICA goes the world goes. I’m very sorry to you America haters but that is a fact proven many times over during every economic downturn the world has had since the WWII.

Unemployment might not be at all time high but it’s close. Capitalism is doing far more to fight poverty than any government program ever did. African-American unemployment is much lower than it has been, we have thousands of Latinos rushing across our unguarded border everyday not to live on welfare but to grab their piece of the economic opportunity’s pie. Yes there is very low numbers of them who would like to take advantage of our system (those folks are amongst all races) but majority of Latino migrants is coming to make a good living and support the rest of their families back at home. I am all for building a border wall but at the same time we need to create a system where these desperate, hard working people can come out from “underground economy” into mainstream. I am an immigrant and I had the opportunity to do that. These people might not play hockey for living but they work as hard if not harder than I ever did.

This country is not a racist country. First of all the Constitution makes it illegal to judge and treat people by the color of their skin or their religious beliefs. If America was racist why would we have so many non white people try to come here?
It’s not only Latinos but how about Indians, Pakistanis in the medical field and math technologies, Chinese and Koreans in science and engineering or Eastern Europeans in service industry. Last time I checked none of them are white Anglo-Saxon Protestants.
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What I’m trying to say is do not believe the politicians, media or the social activists. Believe your own eyes and see the great country of ours for yourself.

One “major beef “ I have with the social activists, social justice warrior etc.
Why is it most of these so called demonstrations, protests or marches are predominately attended by middle to upper middle class white people? Is it possible that everyone else is busy making living and these individuals are just looking for an identity in their nice but boring lives.

Last observation, before I return to the gun business, there is not enough young people wearing MAGA hats or Trump 2020 t-shirts. I see more and more people everywhere to express what they believe is better way for our country but unfortunately most of them are older. We have to do better job explaining what is truly the best path to freedom and self respect to young people.
Hard work, sacrifice, determination, ability to earn what you want from life, self reliance and the ultimate right is the right for self defense. You see it around the world on individual bases like our own Second amendment or as a nation like Israel. There is no prosperity without security and we all want to prosper in our own way.

Now that I had the option to vent little bit I want to mention couple of handguns I shot recently in side by side test.
I recently took a great shooting lesson from Shepard Humphries here in Jackson Hole. He is the owner of Jackson hole shooting experience. I have had lessons with him in the past and he always helped but this time his class improve my accuracy and consistency by a lot. Becoming better shooter I appreciate even more what CZ handgun have to offer.

The P-09 and the P-10 are polymer full size pistols. Both were chambered in 9 mm what is quickly becoming worldwide preferred caliber. The P-10 being slightly lighter and slimmer. The main difference is one being striker fired(P-10) and the other double action hammer fired (P-09).

The P-10 as one of my friends said to me is a perfect combination of a handgun for the broadest spectrum of shooters. Beginners will appreciate the simplicity, the shooters for home defense/concealed carry will embrace the high capacity and accuracy and finally law enforcement/military should reconsider their other striker fired guns and acquire the P-10 in any size they need. The reason is this gun is everything they’re used to much but better than what they have.
I was fairly late getting on the polymer frame handguns bandwagon and especially late getting on the striker fired one(what do you want? There was no striker fired CZ until recently). I’m all in now. Love the triggger,the reset made me much better at follow up shots and it is great for competition shoots and also great trigger as a teaching tool especially for people with smaller hands and shorter fingers. They don’t have to struggle to reach the trigger in double action mode and it’s so consistent. Most beginners I have been introducing to handgun shooting have heard of other striker fired guns and possibly shot some of them. Not many were memorable ones in a positive way. The P-10 makes their experience much better.

Then one quiet evening I drove to the range to shoot these guns one after another, same ammo and same distance(and hopefully same performance from me). The groups were very similar from one gun to another.

It truly comes down to what is your most comfortable system, striker fired or hammer fired, for you to rely on carrying or having it available in your nightstand or truck. I can not tell you at this moment what is mine because it will take “unfortunately” hundreds and hundreds of rounds for me to make the final decision.

But I already made the decision to keep them both.

Bobby Holik

Bobby Holik, Czech American NHL Legend teamed up with CZ-USA in 2011 to promote the CZ line of bolt action rifles, semi-automatic handguns and handcrafted shotguns. The ice hockey center began his U.S. career with the Hartford Whalers, won two Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils and went on to plan for New York Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers. In his 1,314 career NHL games, Holik scored 747 points (326 goals, 421 assists) and became of the the most productive Czech born players in the NHL.
Like his grandfather, Bobby treasures our outdoor heritage. At home on his ranch in Wyoming, Bobby understands our responsibility as custodians for the land and wildlife on a first hand basis.

CZ-USA

CZ firearms are imported to United States exclusively by CZ-USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ceska Zbrojovka, a.s. Uhersky Brod (CZUB) of the Czech Republic whose history dates back to 1936. CZ firearms have been available through distribution channels in the US since 1991 through independent importers and in 1997 CZUB recognized the need to control its own destiny and established CZ-USA with its headquarters in Kansas City, KS. All distribution, sales, marketing, warranty and parts support operates from Kansas City location. In 2005 a great opportunity came to CZ-USA by acquiring Dan Wesson Firearms, traditional American manufacturer of premium 1911 style handguns and unique revolvers with interchangeable barrels.