Month: May 2013

My Next Firearm: Approved by Joe Biden

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-By Kevin G. O’Leary

Our super peculiar, super spontaneous vice-president recently gave America some good advice which does not happen very often.  Joe Biden appeared on CBS News and told a write-in viewer.

“You don’t need an assault weapon. Get a shotgun.”  “Get yourself a double-barreled shotgun.”

Nice work, Joe!   I could not agree more.  I personally love shotguns and do not care for the assault rifle class of firearms much.  He was specifically addressing the purchase of an AR-15 assault rifle.  Although, the rest of his rambling was nonsense, it was certainly great comic relief.  He mentioned that he advises the second lady, Jill that if she ever feels threatened, take a double-barreled shotgun out on the balcony and give two quick blasts in the air.  Feel free to take a break now from reading this and visit You Tube  and see the Biden Theory tested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW2I5LS08H8

Do not drink and watch!  You will spit your Dr. Pepper out all over the keyboard.  It is hilarious.  In truth, we Americans love old Joe.  He is harmless and doesn’t waste his time with silly high-tech things like teleprompters.  Everything we hear from him comes direct from his head.  We respect words spoken from the hip.  It gives us a chance to scratch our heads and let the settled dandruff release a bit.  President Obama tries his best to keep him on a short lease, but like a wiener dog in heat, he keeps getting over the white house fence and into trouble.

Now, up above at the top of this article you will see pictures of my next firearm of choice.  I would very much like to have my first double-barreled shotgun.  The Coach Gun Supreme made by Stoeger Firearms.  Incidentally, the parent company of Stoeger is Beretta.  The US headquarters are located in Accokeek, Maryland near where I used to live in the 1980s.  I think this choice fits my gun-owner profile nicely.

I am not considered an experienced shooter.  I have only owned firearms for about 6 years.  I rarely get a chance to shoot because I live overseas most of the year and cannot get back often to America.  Additionally, when I am home, I have a hard time finding places to practice.  The land I used to practice on in Stephenson County was sold.  Many skeet-shooters join a rifle and pistol club.  But I think they are expensive and you must almost always be a member of the National Rifle Association(NRA).  I am not the biggest fan of the NRA.  I like blowing up jugs of water and plinking cans for fun but am not a live game hunter.  My love for animals is too much and the thought of a novice shooter not taking the animal down on the first shot is morally objectionable to me.

The main purpose, practically speaking for my firearm ownership is home-defense while in Rockford, Illinois or any other area I am staying when I am not at home in the security of my own home in a gated community.  My first defense shotgun I purchased was the Mossberg 500.  A very powerful, dependable yet affordable pump shotgun.  Other than a powerful kick back or recoil, it is easy for me to point and fire.  I can have 6 shells in the gun ready to go.

Below is a pretty good comparison.  I do not own the “Persuader.”   I have the standard wood stock Mossberg 500 12 Gauge Combo which means I have  24″ ported fully rifled slugster barrel and a 26″ or 28″ ported field barrel.   I can’t really remember whether my field barrel is 26 or 28, but it is long enough to  smack things with unintentionally.

What is interesting is if you look at the chart below, you will see that Mossberg pictured with the 18.5″ barrel is considerably longer than the Stoeger Coach Gun with a 20″ barrel.   The first three are Mossberg and the last one is my future Coach Gun.  So, for my home defense needs, I am very happy to lose a few inches off my firearm as I try to negotiate through doorways in my home.   Of course, the other thing you have to worry about in home-defense with a long barrel is the intruder grabbing the end of the gun and taking it away from you.   With my current Mossberg,  I used to be envious of my friends who had a nice manageable 18.5″ barrel instead of the 24″ incher I am stuck with.  But, now I don’t care.  It really does not make much difference because with the standard wood furniture stock, the Mossberg is already a long gun.  I could cut the overall size by replacing with a collapsible  tactical stock or a pistol grip but I don’t really want to learn how to shoot an unfamiliar gun all over again.  Besides, a pistol grip is shot from the hip and not the shoulder.  I am not a 200-pounder so the thing would kick back and smack me in the face if I wasn’t careful.

shotguncompareThe only shotguns I consider are entry-level, affordable ones.  I like diversity and a 1500 dollar Winchester isn’t going to help me much.  So, a pump shotgun and a double-barreled and I am a happy shooter.  For a beginner, I am pretty pleased with my success in selecting my first Mossberg.  Other than an annoying 2 dollar trigger housing pin that falls out sometimes, it has never ever failed or misfired.  For a first shotgun, I would recommend the Mossberg 500.  For home defense, you would have 6 shots to neutralize the threat.  Of course, being a pump shotgun, you would have to chamber each shell between shots.  However, I have seen some really impressive guys on You Tube racking and shooting so fast, the gun looks like an automatic.

When I add the Stoeger Double Barreled shotgun to my collection, I will have two shots without the extra step in between to work with.  It will be a different shooting experience.  The Stoeger would be lighter and shorter, so I expect the recoil to kick a bit more.  If I get really good, a can be one of the elite shooters who can shoot two shells out at once using the double trigger.  That definitely takes practice.  I was wondering though if a 3″ shell produces 50 foot pounds of energy, if somebody managing to get both triggers to fire at the same time, would it be 100 foot pounds?  Well, I will probably never find out but if I do, I will definitely leave one heck of an imprint of my buttocks in the ground behind me.  The Stoeger Coach Gun Supreme is available in blued barrel and polished nickel.  Polished nickel would be so cool.  That is why I am leaning toward that.  I like a nice looking gun.  The walnut is AA satin grade versus the single A, so it will be nice wall piece when I am not shooting.

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Check out this nickel finish in the picture here.  I would be one cool cowboy at the skeet range.  I can keep it clean.   It is great to be a gun owner in America.  I hope we as a society take our responsibilities seriously.   Why did I write this article?  Well to get your input, by golly.  I need some good advice.

O’Leary Language Systems, the 22nd Year

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-Kevin G. O’Leary
EVP, Kebunsha-O’Leary Gaigo Systems

We operate our family business on good old-fashioned black principles. We are not black ourselves but since our founding in 1992, we have never had our business in the red. The company itself has never been in debt of any kind. We owe no one any money.

That said, the past 12 years have been very challenging. In 1999, we had 150 students and were supplemented by numerous outside English training contracts for local institutions and companies. The serious downsizing beginning in 1999 was painful to say the least. Family status changes and personal difficulties caused the school to head for an unclear future.

In 2002, I as the founder of O’Leary Language Systems moved outside the urban area of Kurume City and attempted to re-establish a quality language school in Tanushimaru. The results of many years of effort were dismal to say the least. We maintained a small office in Kurume until 2005 until it was no longer feasiable to do so. During this time, I personally refocused on making myself more employable. I returned to school for my Masters via distance learning through University of Leicester and earned most of my income working at universities and for other people. We kept our kindergarten contracts and a much smaller enrollment and survived by combining income from nearly a dozen sources.

In 2007, I officially gave up my title of president and managing director of O’Leary Language Systems. I stepped aside when my son came of age to let the organization be led by a new generation. Several years prior, I established Kebunsha Educational Institute. It was kind of funny how that turned out. Kebunsha is formed from my son’s Japanese name. I wanted to establish a business name for him that he could lead without my overbearing influence. But as it turned out over the years, I became the face of Kebunsha and he became the face of O’Leary Gaigo. Today, Kebunsha is my project and O’Leary Gaigo is under his control. I wished to become more flexiable and mobile and that was not compatible with being in charge of anything. In April 2007, I returned to the United States to work in the real estate business an also work for the Lowe’s Distribution Center in Rockford. It was a refreshing change from being locked in Japan for many years.

In 2008, I returned. Enrollments were still dismal, so I had to accept work as one of those underpaid, undervalued dispatch assistant language teachers at the local public schools. I really cherished the time I spent with the students and some of the teachers I met. But, as job it was very demeaning to my experience as a skilled teacher to be taking marching orders from unqualified staffing agency workers and very young inexperienced teachers.

In 2010, without the restrictions of being tied to running a company, I quit my job and took an interesting opportunity to be the project director of an English speaking village being created in a theme park. I took exactly one year and moved myself to Nagasaki alone. I wrote in other articles about the ups and downs there. Many years prior, clearly seeing the decline in teaching wages and my increasing age, I told my family the only future was through O’Leary Gaigo. Japanese certainly do respect age, seniority and experience, however those characteristics seem to apply to fellow Japanese. As male foreign teachers age, the likability and the hireability factors really go down. Female teachers get a little more mileage than crusty old fellers as I have learned.

So, since 2007 my personal income has declined significantly. At age 47, I was earning one-sixth of what I was earning when I was 33. If that doesn’t suck, I don’t know what does. We weren’t starving because my wife was working as a nurse-midwife and her income is quite good. In 2011, I returned and decided all focus should be on the family business run by my son. I am the EVP or known as the senmu in Japanese. I like being number two instead of number one. I think the future of O’Leary Gaigo is with the younger generation.

Finally, in 2012, the school recovered. For the first time in over 10 years, the school itself supports itself without us infusing money for operating expenses from out part-time jobs. The school did well enough, that we decided to open an office downtown and compete with the big boys. The Kebunsha-O’Leary Gaigo office is only 3 minutes walk from the major train station, Nishitetu Kurume Station.

The profile of the school has changed a lot from the school of the 1990s. We are a little perplexed by it but have ended up catering to what’s up in English now. We have extensive experience in teaching elementary school age children, but strangely enough, we don’t have good enrollments in that area. We teach mostly adults and business English now. Fortunately for me, I had just left a job which was based on travel and resort English and have a huge inventory of bilingual material which our customers really like. I have been teaching intensive business English courses for many years and now that is what is popular now. My preparation time planning both of these types of courses is minimal. It’s basically already done. One of the most difficult obstacles is my poor Japanese writing ability. But thanks to working in jobs recently that had bilingual Japanese, I have almost all of my concepts already translated ready for presentation to clients with just a little editing.

I found out that one of the best things I did to get the O’Leary Gaigo successful again was to leave for that year in Nagasaki. I was able to test most of my ideas when large groups came. The biggest problem I was having was I had lots of ideas but my enrollments were so low that I could not try anything out so I never knew what was good and what was not. I learned a lot while I was away and now we are earning a whole lot more income using the same activities I saw tested several years ago. We made an attempt when I working in Nagasaki to hold a teaching seminar for elementary school teachers. No one enrolled, but that basic structure was there. This past summer, for the first time ever I had an Empowering English Teaching Seminar sponsored by Kebunsha. Imagine that! People actually willing to listen to my ideas again.

We are back. We are in the black. 2013 is going to be the best year in a decade!