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What Does FMJ Stand For?

I was recently at a store looking for some ammunition I needed when a young new enthusiast approached me and asked, “What does FMJ stand for?”  I politely told him that FMJ stands for Full Metal Jacket where they coat the outside of the lead bullet with a harder metal such as copper or brass.  That then prompted him to ask a follow up question, “Why do they do that anyway?”  I knew this was an opportunity to impart some knowledge and provide a little bit of education.

To be truthful, I did not go into as much detail there in the store as I could have, I just gave him the short answer, given that it really was not the proper forum.   But in so much as this might be a more appropriate forum; I am going to start at the beginning.

The birth of our country was won in a war we call the American Revolution.  We prevailed over soldiers of the English army using long rifles that used black powder to propel lead shot balls toward their target.  Black powder was the technology of the day and it served its purpose. In the mid 1800s we began developing cartridge based ammunition that encapsulated the gun powder in a metal casing that held the lead shot as well.  It revolutionized firearms making their use much easier and faster.

Then, near the end of the 19th century, smokeless powder was developed.  There were many advantages to the new smokeless gun powder, first and foremost is the extreme reduction in the amount of smoke it produced.  But along with that, smokeless powder generated much more perceived power through greater pressures.

Suddenly, the same lead projectiles that used to leave the barrel at 800-850 feet per second were traveling at 1100 to 1500 feet per second and more using the same amount of powder.  Muzzle energy and impact energy was nearly doubled.

One thing that was discovered as a result was that when muzzle speeds approached 1100-1150 fps and more, it actually was so fast that lead bullets would begin to melt from the friction as they traveled down the barrel.  That melting would cause small particles of lead to be deposited in the barrel.  As more and more lead residue was left behind, the accuracy of the rifle was greatly reduced.

Not all of these 9MM rounds have a "Full" metal jacket - only the round nose ones.

So in an effort to keep the lead bullets from melting, they came up with coating the bullets with another harder metal that would not melt so easily, such as copper or brass.  The bullets were then “jacketed” in another metal.   Fully covered it was a “Full Metal Jacket” or FMJ.

This allowed manufacturers to develop more powerful ammunition with muzzle velocities of 2000 -2500 fps.  Many rifles now are producing muzzle velocities approaching 4000 fps as with many .223 rounds.  This would never be possible without a metal jacket.

So after all that, FMJ simply stands for Full Metal Jacket, which means the lead bullet has been coated with a jacket of a harder metal, usually copper or brass.

GE

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Long Gun Protest Planned Protesting AB 144

California’s new ban on open carry of handguns which was signed this month by Governor Jerry Brown will go into effect on January 1, 2012.  In an effort to openly protest the new law Responsible Citizens of California is planning a meet-up this weekend at ‘high noon’ on Saturday, October 22, 2011 in two locations in California.  There will be two meet-ups – one in the Bay Area and one in the San Diego area of Southern California.

The Northern California meet-up will be in San Leandro at the corner of Hesperian Blvd and Bayfair Drive.  The Southern California meet-up will be in San Diego at the corner of Felspar and Ocean Front Walk on Pacific Beach with their long guns in hand (unloaded of course).

Both of these meet-ups are in response to the passage of AB 144 which removes our right to openly carry a handgun in public; something that has be legal in California since before it became a state.  But liberal legislators feel that we no longer should have this right, in spite of the fact that it is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution.  The purpose of these events is to gather Second Amendment supporters to express their frustration with that liberal State Legislature.  The events will also provide an opportunity for the attendees to discuss the new pending law and familiarize themselves with options that will remain available to all lawful gun owners in California, such that they will be able to continue to legally carry firearms for personal protection.

Organizers are inviting attendees to bring their long guns and rifles to these events as this represents the only means by which citizens of California can legally carry personal self protection.  At the same time the organizers are stressing that all attendees should remain in full compliance with law.  And if they are unsure if they will be in compliance with the law, they should err on the side of caution.  Open carry of handguns remains legal in California until January 1st, but after that time, only long guns will be legal to carry in the open in public places.

I should also stress that you are not required to carry a firearm to attend the event.  Your presence and support alone will go a long way.  All supporters of the Second Amendment will be welcome whether armed or unarmed.  However, should you plan to attend with a firearm, please make sure that you are in compliance with the law.

Organizers of the events, Responsible Citizens of California, have released a brief instructional video and message to law enforcement on lawful Unloaded Long Gun Open Carry for those who will be exercising this basic, fundamental, civil right for the very first time.

Contacts in Northern California: RCC President – Adnan Shahab, (510) 972-4044; RCC Press Secretary – Yih Chau Chang, (408) 515-2128

Contact in Southern California: RCC Chairman – Sam Wlanyk, (619) 887-6776

For more information, please visit the Responsible Citizens of California website

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U.S. Attorney General Lied to Congress

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing looking the controversial Fast & Furious scandal (also known as Project Gun Runner and Operation Gun Walker) last May, United States Attorney General Eric Holder told the committee members, that he only recently heard about Fast and Furious.  But according to a stories by both the CBS News and the LA Times, the Attorney General knew specifics of the scandal back in mid 2001.

New documents obtained by CBS News, show Eric Holder was sent briefings on the controversial Fast and Furious operation as far back as July 2010, On May 3, 2011, Holder told a Judiciary Committee hearing, “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.”  Yet internal Justice Department documents show that at least ten months before that hearing, Holder began receiving frequent memos discussing the Project Gun Runner scandal.

This is, for all intents and purposes, perjury.  Representative Darrell Issa, who is the chair of the committee investigating Fast and Furious, suggested on Fox & Friends that Holder may have in fact perjured himself.  The documents came from the head of the National Drug Intelligence Center and Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.  The Justice Department has publicly tried to distance itself from Operation Gun Walker but these new documents that high level Justice Officials knew guns were being “walked” into Mexico.

Two Justice Department officials mulled it over in an email exchange on October 18, 2010.  “It’s a tricky case given the number of guns that have walked, but is a significant set of prosecutions,” says Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division.  Deputy Chief of the National Gang Unit, James Trusty replied, “I’m not sure how much grief we’re going to get for “guns walking”.  It may be more like, finally their going after people who sent guns down there”.  The only thing is that they, the ATF are the people that sent the guns down there in the first place.  Furthermore, their ulterior motive for this botched scheme was to have a new reason for new gun control laws which they have already put into the works.

This is just another back door way that the Obama regime is trying to circumvent the Constitution.  This whole plan was just a way to try to fix the blame for the violence in Mexico on American gun dealers.  The President could then act all outraged and shocked when it was learned that so many guns had gone south into the hands of Mexican drug lords.  Then it would be logical for them to then say, “This is why we need more gun control laws”.

You have got to know that if this had been a George W. Bush plan to sabotage a liberal issue, the media would be talking impeachment right now.  Impeachment is what we should be talking about considering the fact that at least one Federal border agent has been killed as result of this scandal.  Obama’s fingerprints are all over this.

All of this attention on Eric Holder though, may be how he figures to deflect any focus on himself.  Obama might just want to offer up the Attorney General to take the fall which would then hopefully take scrutiny off of the President.  I am sure that it is not out of the realm of possible scenarios that they are considering.

Earlier today I learned that a congressional subpoena directed to Attorney General Eric Holder could already be going out as early as Tuesday next week, ordering him to turn over documents to lawmakers about when he was aware of a controversial gun smuggling operation know as Fast and Furious.  Again, CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson is reporting that the subpoena will come from the House Oversight Committee, led by Republican Darrell Issa.  It will ask for communications among senior Justice Department officials related to the Fast and Furious “gun walking” operation.

I expect that given how this administration sees themselves as “above the law” that they will ignore the subpoena. This shouldn’t be surprising given how they have repeatedly ignored judicial orders that strike down “Obama Care”. The Constitution is merely an impediment to this administration that will stop at nothing short of being voted out of office.

GE

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Governor ‘Moon Beam’ Signed AB 144 Into Law

Yes, over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill that removes Californian’s right to openly carry a firearm.  AB 144, the confusing bill authored by Anthony Portantino (D. – La Cañada), will now become the law of land in California in January, unless it is struck down as ‘unconstitutional’ before then.

Make no mistake, this bill will eventually be struck down by the Court as it is a blatant “infringement” of our Constitutional right guaran-teed by the Second Amendment.  We just don’t know how quickly that will come about. It’s probably not going to happen before January 1st when the bill will actually become law.  Californians will then have no means by which they can legally “bear arms” short of a carry concealed weapon permit, and it is nearly impossible to obtain a CCW permit in California as the law is now.

The only way that the Court may leave this new law in place is if the State changes its CCW law from a “may issue” to a “shall issue” methodology.  Currently, concealed carry permits are issued by the Sheriff of each county at his discretion.  They are rarely granted except in extreme need cases, or as the law states, where a “determination of good cause” is made.  The Sheriffs of more rural counties are usually a little more liberal in the grants than are those of high population counties with major urban cities where they are the strictest in their standards for granting a permit.  Funny thing is, politicians are usually granted a CCW permit without question – the same people who are telling us that they don’t want us to be able to carry a firearm.

If the State does change their stance on concealed carry permits, then the Court may leave the new law banning open carry of unloaded firearms in place, as the ability to carry a firearm will be satisfied if we simply obtain a permit.  Only thing is, the liberals are never going to change their oppressive CCW law either.  As arrogant as they area, they’ll just wait until the court tells them just how wrong they are.

GE

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