Corey307 t1_jdqyhm5 wrote

Reply to Costco rant by [deleted]

It’s normal OP, retail theft is a severe problem these days and if it’s bad enough a store can close. You aren’t being singled out, shitty people caused this situation.


Corey307 t1_jdfsnyu wrote

This is long but I’m pretty deep into collecting and shooting firearms.

Assuming you are not a privileged person buying a gun in Vermont is as simple as going to the gun store, telling them what you want and filling out paperwork. The background check process is usually quite quick, mine go through in about 10 minutes. Parro’s is the best gun store in the state, they have a really nice 25 yard indoor range and all the handguns, shotguns and rifles are out on display so you can handle them without having to ask. Obviously do not point them at anyone because they may respond badly to that.

The most popular option for home defense these days is an AR15 chambered in 5.56. It’s much easier to shoot a rifle with proficiency that handgun, you’ll be surprised how difficult it is to hit a target at 7-10 yards with a handgun when you’re new by hitting targets at 100 yards with a rifle is something I can teach someone in a half hour. 5.56 is extremely effective at stopping human threats and the ammo isn’t that expensive. Get a S&W M&P Sport II or Ruger AR556, they are both trustworthy budget options. Aero, Windham and Del-Ton are also trustworthy budget options.

If you want to hunt deer something like a savage axis I.O.I or Ruger American would be a good budget option. .308 Winchester Is the ideal cartridge because it is the least expensive full power cartridge that will take anything from small deer to big moose pending on bullet construction.

If you want to hunt turkeys 12 gauge pump with a 28” barrel will do the trick. Türkiye loads cost more than what you use for dove or squirrels but they are worth it. I recommend a Mossberg 500, if you can get one that comes with both of 18.5” and 28” barrel it’s even better because you can switch between two in seconds. Longer barrel is for hunting birds, the shorter barrel is effective for self defense with buckshot or hunting out to about 75 yards with rifled slugs. A full power rifled slug throws 1 oz of lead at 1,600 fps, that will take any game animal in North America especially if you purchase loads meant for large and dangerous game. Please never use birdshot for self defense or hunting anything bigger than burdens, it will not get the job done.

If you plan on carrying you have tons of options these days. I tend to carry full size pistols, namely Berettas and CZ’s. That said they’re big and heavy, pretty much the best subcompact carry option these days is a G43x or Smith and Wesson Shield Plus. I’m old fashioned and prefer a safety on my carry pistol because I’m going to carry it for decades and probably never have to draw so I like the peace of mind but if you have a good retention holster you really don’t need a safety. Don’t buy a crappy generic holster, avoid leather go with Kydex.

If you plan on shooting please always wear hearing protection, for some reason a lot of people seem to think they don’t need to when they’re shooting outside and they do permanent catastrophic damage to their hearing. It’s best to use both properly inserted ear plugs and earmuffs at the same time, from an old man with tinnitus I can promise you you do not want tinnitus.


Corey307 t1_jd8rfae wrote

Exactly, it only benefits people who already have jobs that are not physically demanding and where they’re only spending 40 hours a week at work because that’s what is expected. Trash haulers, cooks, nanny’s, carpenters, security guards, EMT’s, retail staff etc etc. won’t benefit.


Corey307 t1_jd8bm3l wrote

This is the problem, most people would be moved to part time and lose 20% of their pay. It works for folks with cushy office jobs that have real downtime and can get “40 hours” done in 32. It doesn’t work for everyone else. Most jobs don’t have real downtime, even when you’re idle you’re waiting to work in uniform.


Corey307 t1_jd21ap4 wrote

Not long ago a border patrol agent was moonlighting as a serial prostitute murder, he got past the polygraph too. I know people who passed their polygraph despite having done some really messed up stuff in the past like drug dealing and I know other guys who are choirboys and the person running their polygraph accused them of being murderers, drug dealers and pedophiles. The problem is twofold, polygraphs don’t work and the people administering them are incompetent and often biased.


Corey307 t1_jckisef wrote

These laws would not give you federal protection but look at states that have legalized recreational marijuana, it doesn’t seem like state and local police are cooperating with the feds to go after people. You’d be in the clear at the state level and the only way the feds could do anything is with state cooperation. Considering the FBI isn’t staking out every dispensary in states that have legalized pot I’d say you’re pretty protected.


Corey307 t1_jc91lfn wrote

There is a serious shortage of healthcare practitioners in this state largely because doctors and nurses don’t get paid much here. This is something you should factor in before moving, jobs pay for shit here. If you and your partner don’t have any serious medical conditions you’ll probably be fine but this is not a good state to move to if you have serious health problems and intend to receive treatment in state.


Corey307 t1_jc8sj6w wrote

A lot of people move here assuming it’s going to be a postcard when the state does have plenty of problems. There’s a lot of poverty, drug abuse, it’s very difficult to find a doctor and the roads are often shit during winter. It is a genuinely rural state, too many stories of people moving here during the pandemic and freaking out because they smell cow shit or their neighbor target shoots. Seems like you’ll probably be fine with the second if you move someplace rural.

Real quick since we’re on the topic of guns state law allows people to hike fish and hunt on private land unless you specifically post it otherwise per state regulations. Let’s say you move here and buy some acres, somebody being on your land is not illegal. the most you can do is ask them to leave because it’s not even trespassing until you do. It’s the opposite of Texas where are you sure shoot first ask questions later.

I came here before that and made an effort to integrate, if you’re looking to do so you’ll be fine or if you never leave Burlington you won’t encounter any of this anyways. but don’t be like my new Masshole neighbors who call the cops on people doing legal things on their rural property and who death glare at you instead of waving. It’s easy to fall in love with the place when you’re a tourist. It’s more difficult when it’s six months without sun and plenty of subzero nights. If that doesn’t bother you you can probably find peace and happiness here. It is a genuinely beautiful state and the people here are kind although not super quick to you become best friends if you feel me. If you love the outdoors there’s few better places to be.


Corey307 t1_jbd4611 wrote

It’s a combination of fearing food shortages and enjoying gardening and raising trees. We don’t have long growing seasons but that can be mitigated by starting your garden inside. I learned the hard way that it’s smart to put extra mulch on young fruit trees and to wrap them for winter after losing some.


Corey307 t1_jbd1ghc wrote

I’m sure they exist it’s just not a common thing. I do think it’s funny because I wanna know shit about people move here thinking they’ll be able to ride out the future without realizing right what about food production is going to be a real problem with bizarre weather causing crop loss worldwide. We’ve already seen it last year in the US, most of Europe and China. That’s why I am want to get more land, to prepare for food insecurity.