Changes in Lattitude, Changes in Attitude


August 10, 2006, 11:29 AM
Just a quick note to let my Brethern and Sistern in Arms that is have successfully relocated from Northern Virginia to Santa Fe, NM and have changed handles fro "Mike in VA" to "XLMiguel" (Big Mike).

It was a fairly easy and [thankfully] boring 4 day drive across I-40, SWMBO and Jake the Cat traveled well, as did gun collection & ammo (in U_Haul). We have a beautiful view of the Sangre de Cristo mtns out the front door, and I've found two gun shops (Big 5 and Tina's Range Gear) so far, and I've found listings for a couple more. Tina's has an indoor pistol range (< 10 min from the house), and there's plenty of BLM land to explore for shooting opportunities. Life is good.

NM is pretty cool (the Governor has a carry permit), and Santa Fe is really mellow compared to NoVA - people are friendly, traffic is easy, nothing is very far away. SF has a very artsy/cultural ambience, with a lot of 'diversity' (in a pleasant way, so far) but is pretty touristy, and there seem to be a lot of 60's/70's throwbacks (thought the real visitors from other planets are more prevalent up in Taos). WE're enjoying it a lot.

All in all, I'm diggin' it, and will be looking to hook up with some of y'all local shooters in a couple weeks after the house gets sorted out and I can find stuff again.

Cheers, y'all.:cool:

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El Tejon
August 10, 2006, 11:48 AM
Take care and let us know what happens with the Unsers.:uhoh:

The family that is arrested together stays together.:D

Essex County
August 10, 2006, 11:55 AM
My Daughter used to live in Los Alamos and we spent a lot of time in Sante Fa. Loved the area. Good Luck...Essex

August 10, 2006, 12:22 PM
Welcome to New Mexico. You will soon learn all about the Curse of Lews Wallace (

Even though that article is somewhat dated, things haven't changed. In fact, as my sig line states: Lew Wallace was an optimist, and couldn't even begin to comprehend the New Mexico of today.

Don't be fooled by the governor's CCW. This is nothing less than a thin veneer in order to attract votes for his presidential aspirations. If he was truly a friend of the 2nd Amendment, then John Denko would not be the head of the Department of Public Safety. He is one of the most virulent anti-gunners to ever tread the good soil of NM.

Watch out for Tina's. I have heard of some shady dealings. There used to be a half-way decent gun store in the DeVargas mall, but I don't know if it is still in business. I tend to stay away from Santa Fe, too many "bliss ninnies" for my taste, but Albuquerque has a couple of decent gun stores, most notably Ron Peterson's (Ron used to own the store that is now Tina's).

As to the earlier comment about the Unsers, what a hoot. It must have been a full-moon (which it was!), since both Al, Sr. and Bobby were arrested for the same offense 20 minutes apart. Both seem to think that they are above the law, but add to the local color.

Desk Jockey
August 10, 2006, 12:33 PM
Mike, as a fellow refugee from NoVA, I can relate to the new attitude. Things are a little more relaxed out here. IMO, the access to public land is a huge bonus. Just don't have much of that back east.

Enjoy the fresh air - with no humidity!

August 10, 2006, 01:48 PM
Thanks for the kind words & welcome.

I figured out Tina's pretty quick - they are selling used stuff for what I paid new in VA (I already miss Virginia Arms in Manassas), but their range time is only $10/day. The Shop in the DeVargas Mall is still there, now I just have tofind the place.

As far as the bliss-ninnies go, there's less than what there was in NOVA, and they really don't bother me. I look forward to all the explorations. . . .

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