“My parents taught me that a dollar is not given to you, it is earned or paid back and that dear readers is the problem with my generation. Not all of course, but most. It’s the open hands that bother me. Entitlement is a disease, no, an epidemic and as far as I can tell, there’s not a cure in sight.”
by J. C. Fiske


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assault weapons are not assault rifles

This is an assault rifle: 

This is an “assault weapon”: 

Can you spot what makes one an “assault rifle” and one an “assault weapon”?  I will give you a few hints: it is not the stock, the pistol grip, the sights, the barrel length, or the fact that the top one has a flat-top upper receiver. 

Nope, the answer is quite simple: assault rifles are capable of fully-automatic fire, while […]

so you want to assemble your own 10/22, the barrel

[See Part 1 for receiver options, Part 2 for a documentation of the fiddly bits, and Part 3 for a discussion on bolts.]

Everyone knows that if you take a football and just huck it in the air, it will spin out of control and come down Lord-knows-where. So what do you do? You impart a bit of spin to it as it leaves your hand, and the nose stays forward and it goes more-or-less […]

and this is why you wear eye protection at the range

No, thankfully, that is not mine, but there is a story. 

I was at Coal Creek Armory sighting in Better Half’s new Magnum Lite rifle (more on that tomorrow) when Gunsmith Shannon emerged from their shop to test-fire another Saiga-12 short-barrel shotgun* (I wonder if I helped with that sale…).  He cranked off a few appropriately noisy rounds next to me, and then disappeared again, only to re-emerge as I was wrapping up.  […]