Atlanta Motorcycle & Handgun Schools
Ken and JoAnna Murray
Newsletter Volume 12-2010
Motorcycles and Makeup, Skincare and Scooters, Guns and
Greetings Fellow Motorcyclists!
Wow, fall does arrive quicklyespecially in north Georgia.
We hope all of you are enjoying some refreshingly cool mornings
and days that are enjoyable as well!
This weekend, (17 through 19 September) JoAnna and I will be in
Dillard, Georgia for the S.E. Regional STAR Rally. Click on SE
STAR for more information. We may see some of you there.
The following paragraph is an excerpt from an excellent article
that appeared in the BMW Owners News pertaining to Rider Education.
The writer wrote in part:
He feels the future of motorcycle rider training will follow the
current dichotomy: MSF (state programs) will handle the lowest-level
training: enterprising experts will then teach advanced skills and
concepts. The difficulty is that there are so few private experts
available to teach the higher level street skills and concepts in
this country. Note that I purposely exclude track oriented classes.
Why is it that our motorcyclists find no problem spending $7,000.00
to $30,000 on a new motorcycle, but expect training to be free,
cheap, or not at all necessary??
JoAnna and I recommend recurrent classes every 18 to 24 months
to retain these perishable skills. Every class you take will result
in either learning a new skill/technique (mental or physical), refreshing
a forgotten bit of information, or gaining a more complete understanding
of a concept.
As mentioned in a previous update, we now have two locations
for motorcycle training. The Dawson County Sports Complex
near Dawsonville and the Fannin County Recreational Center
near Blue Ridge.
Recently we scheduled a special session for a long time street
rider who has never ridden with a passenger. His request is
that we provide instruction for him and his new bride to assist
both to better enjoy riding together. If you have need of
a specialized course tailored to your riding, contact JoAnna
and me at (770) 573-9902.
Ribbon Cutting at Fannin County Sports Complex
Basic Handgun Safety
Do you have a firearm at home that you do not know
how to operate safety?
Are you thinking about purchasing a gun for personal protection?
Would you like formal instruction on pistol shooting fundamentals?
Are you considering getting a concealed handgun permit?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, then the Basic Handgun
presented Ken and JoAnna is for you.
NRA Certified Instructors
On site classroom and shooting range
Handgun shooting exercises
Timing is Everything
Q. Can you tell me what is meant by "Timing", pertaining
to a revolver? I had purchased a revolver some years back and was
told the "Timing" had to be adjusted.
A. Timing refers to whether the cylinder has turned and precisely
lined up the chamber that is going to fire with the forcing cone
on the rear of the barrel, BEFORE the hammer falls and fires the
round. If the timing is slightly off (not uncommon with inexpensive
or old guns) the bullet will be jumping across the gap before the
barrel is lined up and some of the bullet is likely to be scraped
off and blow out the side of the revolver. It's kind of a small
shower of lead to the sides of the cylinder. It's actually somewhat
dangerous if you have somebody standing to the side. Obviously bad
timing, that's scraping bullets, is not good for accuracy since
you're re-shaping the round bullet as you fire.
The fix calls for a skilled gunsmith to adjust the ratchet and
pawl mechanism at the rear of the cylinder that turns the cylinder
when you pull the trigger (pull back the hammer on a single action).
And he may adjust the cylinder stop, under the cylinder, that drops
into the detents on the side of the cylinder to lock the position
each time for firing.
It's definitely professional work.
For those of you who are revolver affectionatoes, call Ken for
information and discussion on this subject.
Daytona Biketober Fest
Don't forget that Daytona is hosting the annual Biketober Fest
on October 9th through the 17th. Weather is usually much better
than the spring Bike Week. The event includes tons of venders and
manufacture demonstration rides. For the most fun, attend some of
the races at the various tracks.
The "Friction Zone" is an essential tool and technique
at a motorcyclist's fingertips. Many riders have the impression
that a clutch serves only two purposes - getting the motorcycle
moving and getting it stopped without stalling. A clutch is much
more versatile than that. Used properly, the friction zone will
smooth throttle roll-on at low speeds, improve your low-speed maneuvering
capabilities, and make for seamless shifts Those of you who have
been in our Course 201, remember the "Slow Ride" exercise?
Judicious use of the rear brake, throttle and FRICTION ZONE make
this maneuver a piece of cake!!
Many riders, particularly those with small hands, may have problems
reaching and holding onto the clutch lever throughout its entire
travel. This may be due to an adjustment issue with the lever, not
enough muscle tone in the forearm, a lever that doesn't "fit,"
and even nervousness. In addition, riders may not have a good understanding
of a smooth and controlled clutch release and the advantage this
For you scooter riders, not having a clutch can result in "jerky"
slow speed maneuvers. Try using a little rear brake with the throttle
to smooth out your slow speed travel.
2010 World Superbike Schedule
Consult your TV listing for the schedule
Clip verses Magazine
Q: Can you explain the difference between a clip and a magazine
A: A "clip" is a bent piece of brass or steel that holds
rounds to speed load a military rifle. For the '03 Springfield,
30-06 rounds came in 5 round "stripper clips" that perched
up above the open bolt so that 5 rounds could be quickly pushed
down into the receiver of the Springfield.
For the M-1 Garand, 30-06 rounds were gripped by a steel clip and
sent to the soldiers in bandoleers holding a number of "clips"
of ammo. The Garand is loaded by shoving a full clip of ammo down
into the receiver. The Garand fires the eight rounds and ejects
the now empty clip with the last shot, clearing the receiver to
accept another loaded clip of 8 rounds.
The Germans and the French also packaged their cartridges in stripper
clips to speed load their bolt action rifles in WW-1 & 2.
A clip does not have an internal spring forcing the rounds up.
That is the design of a "magazine".
Many modern rifles and all modern semi-auto handguns use "magazines"
They are frequently referred to as "clips", especially
by gangster rappers, but they are magazines, with an internal spring
and a follower to move the ammo up as the rounds are loaded and
Upcoming WOW Motorcycle Education Events:
Each month, WOW
Motorcycles offers excellent educational events at their facility.
These events start at 7:00pm but arrive early to enjoy your snack.
Reservations are required as these events fill up quickly!
|| Final Seminar! Basic Motorcycle Maintenance
presented by WOW Motorcycles. Missed the first one? Don't miss
CALL to reserve your seat! (770) 424-8804
Our Concealed Carry and Motorcyclists seminar took place at World
of Wheels Motorcycle in Marietta, Ga in July. The attendance was
the largest turnout (RSVP) in the two years of presenting seminars.
Close to 170 attendees. The seminar lasted about an hour and a half.
We had a Marietta police office represent the law enforcement side
of citizen carry. Chuck Watwood, a local motorcycle attorney and
of course JoAnna. JoAnna also has her license to carry and does
JoAnna and I frequently conduct Concealed Carry presentations for
ladies and civic groups. Please call us if you have an occasion
for us to present this seminar.
Concealed Carry Blog to view a summary.
JoAnna's Mary Kay Special of the Month:
New Fall styles are Metro Chic and Mary Kay's new catalog has all
the greatest looks! And you can have them, too! Call or email me
to schedule your complementary make-over! Check out these looks
and Limited Edition products in the new Fall and Holiday Catalog.
And, if you buy $40.00 in the Metro Chic line, you can also buy
the Metro Chic clutch with clip-on gloss for $5.00. My specialbuy
$60 total and the clutch is FREE! The Limited Edition Vanilla Sugar
Satin Hands makes a wonderful gift (but you will want one for yourself,
One AMS/Mary Kay customer is holding a party and donating her hostess
gift to the Fannin Regional Hospital Auxiliary (Pink Ladies). Another
customer is donating her hostess gift to the Alzheimer's Memory
Makers. Both are examples of Mary Kay and Mary Kay customers doing
GOOD! If you would like to host a party for your favorite charity
(and YOU could be your favorite charity :-), just let me know!
Visit my website
and enter "AMS Special" in the comments, call (770-573-9902)
Check out the Mary Kay Fall
and Holiday Catalog!
Ride Smart, Ride Safe, Ride Home!
Ken and JoAnna
|As always, we encourage you to submit observations, evaluations,
and experiences relating to the benefits of appropriate rider gear, good
street education, and skill enhancement opportunities. Email your thoughts,
comments, questions, and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ride smart, ride safe, ride home! As always, feel free to call us at (770)
Visit Atlanta Motorcycle & Handgun Schools and Mary Kay websites:
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