“The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops.”
by Noah Webster


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graphics matter, year the sixth, part two

This post’s predecessor addressed the theory of “more guns = more deaths” and demonstrated it to be factually incorrect.  However, it included all possible “gun deaths” – suicide, self-defense, justifiable homicides, murders, etc. – while this post will focus exclusively in crimes committed with the assistance of a firearm, and specifically murders, robberies, and assaults where firearms were employed.  As before, this series has been around for a while, so if you have questions, they […]

graphics matter, year the sixth

Alright, if you do not know how these work, you have not been paying attention for the past five years.  I get tired of repeating myself, so we are just going to launch into the details. 

The number of firearms in America is extrapolated from the lower bound of the Small Arms Survey of 2003 by adding or subtracting the domestic production and importation of firearms as recorded by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, […]

i almost feel bad for the blood-dancers

Let’s run through the list really quick.  Alison Parker’s and Adam Ward’s murderer…

– was black.

– was apparently gay.

– passed a background check when he purchased his firearm.

– bought the gun two whole months before the attack.

– used a layaway-style purchase to actually procure it.

This one shooting manages to even perforate the arguments for waiting periods… no wonder the anti-rights cultists are pretty much hanging all their hopes and dreams […]


I am very happy to announce the official launch of the #FirearmsAreFun IRC channel. 

In response to public demand and an apparent need, a group of friends got together and decided to field an IRC channel dedicated to helping the firearms-related community grow by maintaining a friendly, festive environment.  This is a public channel, and is open to anyone and everyone – gun owners, people looking to buy their first gun, competitive shooters, hunters, […]

the pro-rights community has won the war!

… Or, at least, that seems to be what some of its members subconsciously believe. 

A few weeks ago, while someone who claims to be allergic to conflict was busy trying to pick fights in my Facebook feed, Erin Palette hit me up with the following questions: 

So another similar question: is the gun community starting to fragment and divide? Or has it always been thus and I’m only now noticing it because […]

public service announcement: usfa / zip factory

In my humble, not-professional opinion, if you intentionally spend money on, or make a trade of any value for, a “ZiP Gun”, you are an idiot.  This is not to say that RandoAtReddit “deserved” what happened to him or whatever – far from it, in fact – but I think it is safe to say that the “science is settled” by his situation. 

You can read about my own experiences with this “firearm” (and […]

national firearms museum

Last weekend, I had the chance to visit the National Firearms Museum at the National Rifle Association’s headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, and let me just say this upfront – if you ever are in the area, you should definitely make the time to stop by. 

I am not going to say that I am the world’s leading expert on firearms, but the number of things I saw that I had never heard of before […]


Apparently Robert Farago of The Truth About Guns recently tried to refer to Mr. Colion Noir as the “James May of guns”, or so a friend of mine recently brought to my attention.  Honestly, I do not watch Top Gear, and have not watched many of Mr. Noir’s videos, so I am not going to wade into what amounts to a schoolyard “he smells bad!” screaming match*, but my friend provided this counterpoint: 

Is […]

this time, i was successful

In that I did manage to give myself a procedural error at last night’s Wake County Action Pistol Match. 

One of the stages ended with proceeding down a short hallway, stopping at a foul line, and engaging four targets hiding behind no-shoots and barrels.  By the time I took care of the targets and was preparing to show safe and clear, I suddenly realize that I had both feet well over the foul line […]

wts: unfired/unissued CZ-52

Yes, you read that right.  I have a completely unissued, unfired CZ-52 (more accurately known as a vz. 52) pistol for sale.  How, you ask?  The good folks at CzechPoint stumbled across them a few years ago, and I will let them tell the story: 

How are these unissued vz. 52 pistols made available?  While opening boxes of ‘very good condition’ pistols that were sold previously, CzechPoint discovered a very limited quantity of unissued […]

i was not dead last

… And not because of people disqualifying themselves either. 

So regular readers will know that I have shot in all of two competitive shooting events since first taking up firearms – that shindig at Gunny’s Range in Tennessee where I managed to walk away with a shotgun, and a demonstration of Caracal pistols at ORSA (though I have heard rumors that Caracals are dead in America for the time being).  Not exactly a stunning […]

weld your cheek on that

As I said in a previous post, there are always workarounds for governmental idiocy: 

To give you a better frame of reference, here are the “before” pictures of my AR pistol. 

In a beautifully coincidental turn of events, a package from Thordsen Customs arrived in the mail the same day the BATFE reversed their previous decisions and concluded that shouldering the SB15 is a Very Bad Idea™.  In any case, the SB15 […]

well, that is that

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives, and Screwing Up a Good Time decided to go ahead and make itself clear regarding “stabilizing” “arm braces” on pistols.  The takeaway you should take to heart is as follows: 

The pistol stabilizing brace was neither “designed” nor approved to be used as a shoulder stock, and therefore use as a shoulder stock constitutes a “redesign” of the device because a possessor has changed the very function […]

sadly, not a new concept

A little while ago, I posted this quote on the Twitters: 

Quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit: occidentis telum est.

To which Robb Allen responded: 

That quote was from the National Sword Association, bought & paid for by the swordsmith lobby!

On the surface, that is an all-too-appropriate characterization of how anti-rights cultist treat any argument that boils down to “blame the person not the tool”, but think about the larger concept for a second.  […]

in light of recent events

In case you have not heard, 12 people were murdered today by a couple of undereducated, over-indoctrinated, violent radicals who got their lace panties in a twist over a couple of cartoons depicting their chosen messiah in less-than-flattering ways. 

And even without me specifying the religion of the attackers in that sentence, I bet you can figure out which one the murderous assholes adhered to without clicking through the link.  Which is part of […]

quote of the day – noequarter

A separate discussion of my last post has cropped up on the Book of Faces, wherein NoeQuarter mentioned something I kept meaning to inject into my previous posts and completely forgot about: 

Well the Atf have probably been losing money over people choosing the sig brace and not filing for the sbr tax form.

As of 2013, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was processing 200,000 NFA-related applications a year, which was […]

addition to my last

It seems the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives wants to make itself abundantly clear on the topic of “pistol braces”, this time in the form of a letter to Thordsen Customs, a company that makes “buffer tube covers” that allow for saddle kits to be attached to them. 

As Mr. Adam Krout, Esq. says, the takeaway you want to pay attention to is this: 

However, if a pistol assembled with an […]

back behind the trigger again

For those keeping score at home, the Remington 700 has been sold, to someone who was even aware of the whole story, no less. 


While I was waiting for Remington to unscrew themselves, I concluded that a Savage Model 11 Long Range Hunter in 6.5 Creedmoor would be my next choice for a Boomershoot-able rifle, and went ahead and ordered one from Dragon Leatherworks. 

Oh, did you not know?  Dragon Leatherworks […]

aaaaand… meme-ified

(See here for the explanation.) 

delivered straight to your doors, no questions asked

I realize I may be telling you something you already know, but I want to highlight this quote from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives:

Based on Section 921(a)(3), air guns, because they use compressed air and not an explosive to expel a projectile, do not constitute firearms under Federal law — unless they are manufactured with the frames or receivers of an actual firearm. Accordingly, the domestic sale and possession of […]