Meet Your Neighbor: Tim McNamara
August 20, 2008
Name: Tim McNamara
Occupation: Firearms dealer
Neighborhood: Prosser Lake
How long have you lived in Truckee?
I’ve been in the Truckee/Lake Tahoe area for 15 years.
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What do you do up here?
I worked at a ski resort for almost 10 years, and about two weeks ago I opened a firearms dealership called Ricochet Firearms.
How long have you been involved with firearms?
I’ve been in shooting sports for 46 years. I always wanted to have a gun shop and was waiting for the right timing. There were three other dealers in Truckee, but they’re gone now so I’m trying to fill the void.
What type of guns do you sell?
Everything that’s legal in California.
Are the laws on firearms strict in California?
California laws are different than any other state. It’s illegal for California residents to purchase outside of the state, so that’s why I started a business so people could legally purchase firearms from say Nevada where I have a license with five Reno gun dealers, including Cabela’s.
Was it hard to obtain a dealer license?
Yes ” there were six different licenses I had to obtain to open the business. I had to obtain a federal license first, a state license, a city license and I had to go through the Department of Justice shooting academy to qualify as a Handgun Safety Certificate Instructor.
What type of sport shooting do you do?
I started shooting with the Junior NRA at age 13 and over the years I’ve tried all kinds of different shooting sports. I found Cowboy Action Shooting to be the most exciting.
What is Cowboy Action Shooting?
The main organization is called SASS ” the Single Action Shooting Society. All the guns and clothing are period correct from 1866 to 1898. There’s a minimum of four guns on each stage ” two pistols, a rifle and a shotgun, so it’s real guns, real bullets, but we’re shooting at steel targets.
Is it dangerous?
Firearms sports are one of the safest sports out there because there are so many safety rules in place. There are about 81,000 Cowboy Action shooters and there’s never been any serious accidents.
Is it a popular sport?
In the shooting world, yes, but I’m surprised more people haven’t heard about it. When I shot at the International Championships there were 965 competitors from six countries, there were over 200 vendors, bands, barbecues and horse shows.
What are some of your other hobbies?
I’ve done a lot of fishing, snowmobiling, and I like quads.
What are some of your goals for the future?
Next June, my goal in the shooting world is to place in the top 10 at the International Championships. There will be over 1,000 competitors from six countries so it’s a high expectation.
How often do you practice?
I shoot at the range in Boca three to four days a week and I drive-fire practice six days a week and shoot three different club shoots three days every month.
What do you enjoy most about it?
The challenge. It’s as challenging as any other sport to stay at a certain level of competition. It takes perseverance and an ongoing practice routine. It’s not just shooting at targets, it’s speed shooting. So, on a normal stage I’ll fire four different guns, around 26 bullets from three different positions while trying to stay in the 24-second range.
Is there anything you want people to know about firearms?
Safety takes priority over everything. I’m going to be teaching a Handgun Safety Certificate Program for Californians at Cabela’s starting in two weeks.
Are you married?
Yes, I’ve been with my wife for 28 years.
Any thoughts on the upcoming presidential election?
I think Obama isn’t quite ready to run this country and McCain ” although he would be my first choice ” I’d like to see who’s going to run with him.
What do you like most about living here?
The environment of course and I meet so many nice people.
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