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 [...]
A lot of people whinge about how useless Twitter is and what a waste of time it is, and, generally, they are probably right; however, personally, I have been using it as an exercise to try and condense my normal, verbose writing style, with occasional success. For example, I never would have written something nearly as concise as this on this weblog:
Apparently Vice President Joe Biden thinks women are too stupid to use [...]
The simple truth is that unless you placed your order for one at least three months ago, and if not six months ago, you are not buying an AR-pattern rifle in the near future. The parts simply do not exist, the companies cannot produce parts fast enough to even keep up with their direct orders, and I can only imagine how long the total backorder list is.
However, if the time were to ever [...]
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 [...]
I was going to include this with my previous post regarding New York’s obscene new laws and Connecticut’s desired idiocy, but I figured it deserved a post of its own:
That, fellow defenders of liberty, is a magazine fabricated on (I think) a stereolithography (SLA) printer out of (I think) an epoxy-based resin; the specifics are not entirely clear, but, frankly, I would rather the folks at DefDist spend their time ironing out [...]
But she wants someone else to do it for her, so that is ok.
Unfortunately, the following Twitter conversation will be somewhat disjointed and I will be unable to adequately link to all of the various tweets. Why? Because Lou Gagliardi is a spineless coward who, upon realizing what she said, Memory Hole’d the tweets I managed to keep screen captures of.
Why did she delete these tweets? Why do you think – [...]
A slightly different take on the previous design:
(Idea inspired by Skas182.)
Spent all day at a gun show. Do not have much content to show for it (might have something in the near future), but I did finally break even on my Russian Origami t-shirts… so, what do you all think of this:
This coloration (a good suggestion from MAJ Mike) is only available in not-made-in-the-USA t-shirts, but it does not seem as though that particular feature was as big a selling point as [...]
An AK-pattern-ish rifle that takes STANAG 5.56 magazines, and does so fresh from the factory? Where do I sign?
Unfortunately they are not likely to be imported any time soon, and will not be imported in general in that configuration (specifically the presence of the pistol grip, and possibly the existence of >10-round magazines), but, still, that is a very interesting development indeed. At least to me; my Saiga-12 has shown me that there [...]
Both the Second Amendment Foundation and the folks at Exile Machine (the folks who make the Hammerhead AR-15 grip I reviewed a while back) emailed me about this, so I guess I should probably say something:
Assaulted – The Fight To Bear Arms
When the subject of California’s gun control laws are discussed, rarely are they associated with the civil rights movement and the quest for equal rights for all. This film will compare [...]
So where should we really start this post series? Well, at the most-logical spot: the actual part of the gun that is legally the "firearm".
Without going too far down the rabbit hole of legalities and idiotic restrictions, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (hereafter referred to the BATFE when necessary) is really only concerned with one single part on your gun – the piece that carries the serial number for the [...]
It is a bit disappointing that the patent wars have finally arrived in the firearm community. This kind of thing has been going on for decades in the computer and cell phone industries, but, in short, one company has already abandoned making "monolithic" uppers for AR-15s, and countless other companies might have to as well, simply because one forward-looking company went and patented the idea.
While I congratulate the folks with the paperwork for [...]
Well, I managed to take my somewhat problematic Tactical Solutions AR-22 SBX Upper to the range today, and… well, the best I can say is that it does manage to fire and extract now, and that it is fairly accurate. When it wants to fire. Which is not often.
I was shooting Winchester Super-X Copper-Plated Lead Hollow Point .22 Long Rifle ammunition, and the best the upper managed to perform was four misfires out [...]
You know you have had a birthday party at Oleg Volk’s when you come home with a small box full of .22 ammunition of various types, flavors, and loadings. A big thanks to Oleg, Peter, Miss D., WizardPC, Mrs. WizardPC, everyone else who showed up, and, of course, Better Half for putting together what was a thoroughly entertaining party.
With regards to the title, it would appear as though my recent modeling has convinced [...]
Long-time readers know I love my M1A SOCOM II to death, even though I do not get to shoot it nearly as often as I might like thanks to steadily-spiraling ammunition prices and a distinct lack of ranges comfortable with it going off on them. However, there are times – rare, but still times – that I wish I had gone with a more… mainstream design of that particular platform.
As those old and [...]
There is no such thing as a “bad day at the range”, but some are less optimal than others. My new normal-capacity magazines for my Baby Eagle (review to be forthcoming when I get around to it) worked exactly as advertised/intended, but the Tactical Solutions SBX upper I purchased for Buy a Gun Day was a complete and total fail.
When the magazine was inserted, the bolt would not go all the way home, [...]
I am a fan of ENDO Apparel’s line of t-shirts, there is no doubt about it. The shirts he uses are just amazingly soft, the designs are delightfully poignant, and some of them definitely fall under the “winkwinknudgenudge” category.
So when the genius behind them hit me up a few days ago and asked if I wanted another one, my answer was pretty obvious.
And, yes, I am a member of that auspicious [...]
By now, you should be more than aware that the folks at Crimson Trace Corporation are, quite frankly, awesome – they were one of the largest supporters of my Soldiers’ Angels Fundraiser, and donated an honestly amazing amount of equipment to it.
With that history in mind, this news release, courtesy of their Media Relations Manager and Chief Head-Licker Iain Harrison, should come as no surprise to you:
Crimson Trace Partners with Camp [...]
Want. And not just for the name.
I could also "settle" for this one.
One thing I do not often mention here is that I used to be rather big into creating three-dimensional computer models… not on any "professional" software, or even any kind of software that let you grab individual pixels and push them around, but rather a piece of Japanese software that gave you LEGO-like building blocks from which you could [...]