There are laws against murder. People are still murdered every day.
There are laws against exceeding the speed limit. People still speed every day.
There are even laws against serving alcohol at bingo games. … Well, I got nothin’ on that one, actually.
The point of all of this is to observe, and hopefully educate, that laws do not stop crime. They cannot. They have not. They will not.
Take a look at the image to the left.
If your semi-automatic, .22LR-caliber handgun can happily feed the cartridge on the right of the image all day long without hardly a hiccup or a concern, but patently refuses to do anything useful whatsoever with the cartridge on the left, you are doing it wrong.
No, I have never designed a firearm. No, I have never really built a firearm; I have, however, assembled [...]
Hey, it is my site, so I can claim I said something worthy of note.
Regular readers will know that I generally try my best to eschew logical fallacies, not just because they are fallacies, but also because they are so often – and so ineffectively – wielded against us and our rights. With that in mind, the following quote may surprise people in that, superficially, it appears to be nothing more than a [...]
Just file this comment by Steve Wood on my post regarding New York’s draconian new "gun control" law under "wish I had written that:
In the “low points” section:
- All such existing “assault weapons” must be registered with the state within one year of the effective date, and registration is subject to “a review of disqualifiers by the State Police.”
I think they may have misspelled another word besides muzzle ‘breaks’. They misspelled [...]
I have an increasingly irrational, or perhaps irrationally increasing, desire to make a short-barreled, in-line muzzle loader rifle. Why? Because it would be fun.
So far I have determined that building one off a T/C Contender, T/C Encore, H&R 1871, Rossi S50, and a few other frames/actions would be a Very Bad Idea in the eyes of the government (at least, as I understand it, and it is probably always better to err on [...]
A (not so) recent post by Thirdpower reminded me of something I had been meaning to post about for a while now.
Consider every “poll” you see suspect until you can see the source data.
Yes, that is an unquestionably bold statement, but bear with me a moment. To begin with, only 9% of those people called actually comply with the pollsters. Nine percent. This problem compounds itself with the majority of the [...]
Any long-time participant in the ongoing debate surrounding "gun control" and the unjust abrogations of our basic, Constitutionally-protected human rights will be familiar with the phrase Reasoned Discourse, but for those newcomers to the field, allow me to give you a short-and-sweet summation of the idea.
Of late, and in the past, "gun control" supporters have been crying that they want to have a "debate" / "conversation" / "discussion" about the future of "gun [...]
Given the relative price / non-existence of pistol-caliber ammunition these days (up to and including, shockingly enough, .22LR), the rational behind these awesome little toys is somewhat more… lacking, but, still, want:
Converts 12 gauge single or double barrel (break action) shotgun to use 9mm Luger Rifled for accuracey Typically shoot’s a 1 inch or less group at 30 ft. Length of adapter is same length of a typical 12 gauge shell allowing to [...]
“Everything goes somewhere, and I go everywhere.”
Or, to put it another way, “the internet sees censorship as damage and routes around it.”
On 05MAY13, DefDist successfully optested their almost-entirely-3D-printed handgun, aptly named (for a variety of reasons) “The Liberator”. It looks like they also unsuccessfully optested it at least once, but that is rather besides the point; the proof of concept has been completed, now it is just a matter of polishing it [...]
Without even addressing the patent idiocy of "buying back" something you never really owned to begin with, I absolutely hate gun "buy-backs". Why? Gos-se like this:
That one image, borrowed from KOMONews.com’s appropriately anti-firearms news article, adequately sums up all of my reasons for hating this bit of governmental idiocy.
First, take a look at the right end of the table – those three large drum magazines and folding stocks? This quote [...]
If you can:
Katelyn Francis is all of 13 years old, and I have absolutely no hesitation whatsoever in admitting that she shot that stage far better than I could ever hope to at the moment.
Of course, that short video also neatly undermines a massive number of arguments put forward by your average anti-rights cultist – "assault weapons have no sporting purpose", "assault rifles have no sporting purpose", "children cannot be [...]
Unfortunately, the folks who are the ones who most need to read this easy-to-understand explanation of "shall not be infringed", the sources for this consolidated explanation of the Second Amendment’s intent, and the clarification of the specific language employed in the Second Amendment are also the folks who will refuse to do so because it challenges, undermines, and outright destroys their own preconceived notions about that particular sentence and the rights it protects.
So this question came up when we went out to visit my parents, and I could not provide a satisfactory answer: do striker-fired pistols (i.e. Glocks, XDs, M&P9s, etc.) offer any significant advantages over pistols that are able to be carried "cocked and locked" (1911s, etc.), aside from the whole "not having to disable a manual safety" detail?
I was able to explain how striker-fired pistols are arguably superior to double-action / single-action (DA/SA) [...]
One of the favorite tactics of anti-rights cultists is to loudly point to the differences in murder rates between the United States and once-Great Britain, and proclaim that the latter’s significantly lower murder rate is due to their draconian and oppressive "gun control"… despite the complete and utter lack of any evidence of causality (see "correlation != causation").
This is all good and well… except for the small detail that none of the released [...]
Speaking of building your own "garage-expedient" firearm, this may just be a trailer for a movie, and thus just a dramatization, but, yes, making a firearm-like device capable of grievously wounding / killing someone really is this simple:
Look at the tools and materials she used: wire snips, a block of wood, a knife, a short length of steel pipe, a file, the pipe end cap, copper wire, a small square of cotton [...]
I would like to take a moment and thank Brownells for being an amazing corporation. In addition to generously supporting the recent HAVA Fundraiser, I also emailed my contact there with a somewhat random question this morning, and he had amazingly comprehensive answers from two of the gunsmiths there to me before lunch. Given how busy you and I both know Brownells must be at the moment, what with the ongoing buying panic/craze, that kind [...]
This year, on account of some mathematical fumbles on my part, we unintentionally gave the federal government one hell of an interest free loan. Coincidentally, there is no penalty to you or the government if you overpay your taxes, but if you underpay your taxes enough, you can bet your ass there will be financial repercussions involved.
That disparity rather says everything about our current taxation / representation situation, does it not?
What’s this? There’s magic in the air…
Anywise, time for a game of “What is this?”
First up, we have… this:
So, aside from being annoyingly out of focus, what do you make of it?
Ok, that one is a freebie – it is a pile of the first eight HAVA fundraiser boxes to go out. Now, if I screwed anything up (and I am fairly sure I did), please [...]
Yes, dear readers, that is, in fact, a Chiappa Little Badger sporting a Gemtech Alpine suppressor and a Fraser-Volpe MARS sight.
Because race gun.
Or, to put it another way:
I did not get the chance to shoot the Little Badger, but I kind of want one now… if it were made by any other company, I would already have one. It is just the most elemental gun [...]
[This post is a recounting of the events surrounding my attempt to test-fire the USFA ZiP pistol as I perceived and understand them, and is based off my own experience with the firearm as well as conversations with knowledgeable friends, gunsmiths, and ammunition manufacturers.]
[The first half of this story is available here.]
At 1304 on 24MAR13, I sent the following email to Mr. Douglas Donnelly, the President, CEO, and founder of United States [...]