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The U. S. A. is Number ONE – in Gun Ownership

Proof Positive for the Liberal Left Antis that we need to Ban Guns.

Every time there is a horrific mass gun killing like we had in Orlando, the rabid left wing of our countries political governance, starts immediately crying for more gun control. They pull out their arsenal of agenda topics, their most favorite rant, Gun Control. House Sit-in (3)This time the Liberals in the House of Representatives weighed in, apparently thinking they were back in the ’60s, as they staged a meaningless and embarrassing “sit in” on the floor of the House.  They point to our sick, twisted obsession with personal gun possession in this country, our fanatical gun culture that is embarrassing to them when compared to their socialist European friends with highly superior gun control laws. We must be the most murdering country in the world, especially after Orlando.

So if we look at the statistics you would expect to find us at the top of the list. And yes, according to statistics for 2014, the United States tops the list in Glory. We are indeed ranked number 1 in the world with gun ownership at 90 guns per 100 people or .9 per person.  Foam FingerIf you had a random gathering of 1000 people, and you got an honest tally of how may guns they own among them, according to the statistics you would find 900 guns in the crowd. Amazing. The next country does not even come close with almost half as many guns at 58.2 guns per 100 people and that would be Serbia. Even Switzerland, where gun ownership almost required, is ranked fourth behind us with only 45.7 guns per 100 people.

There you have it. Something of which Rick Wyatt, Paige Wyatt and the entire crew at Gunsmoke Guns would be proud.  It is proof positive that the United States with their fanatical obsession with guns tops the list by far and we have far too many guns. This is surely evidence to the Progressive Left that they surely do live in the murder capital of the world with 90 guns per 100 residents. We must be the most murderous country in the world with those numbers.

So using Liberal gun thinking, all we have to do to prove the left wing Progressive case for banning guns is look at the Per Capita Intentional Homicide statistics for the murder rate in the world. Surely we must top that list as well. We should be number 1 again. Right?  Wrong.  We are      Continue reading

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How Much Do You Train At Shooting?

I have a friend and fellow gun enthusiast who has a very clear statement about firearms training:   Every round you fire should have a training value attached to it.

I love going shooting.  I could just plink away all day long with a .22 and a bucket of ammo.  But shooting is not training.  Training will save your life.

I was thinking about this the other night as we were talking about our day of shooting at our bi-weekly IDPA event.  In teaching shooters to perform the “One-Hole Drill,” one needs to remind them to focus intently on all their marksmanship fundamentals – focus on the front sight, press the trigger until you get that surprise break and so on.  But practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.

2012-04-21_11-38-30_721So, when you head to the range do you shoot or do you      Continue reading

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Gun Control – Do We Really Need It?

I couldn’t believe it the other day when someone whom I thought knew me, asked me, “So how do you feel about Gun Control?  Don’t you think we really need it?”  As if she didn’t know my answer to that!?  Looking back I now think she was just trying to get me going, but that’s OK too.  But as for Gun Control, let me put it this way.  Another great blog that I link to here, Extrano’s Alley, has this prominently displayed on the top of his front page and it pretty much sums it up.

There are more than 22,402 restrictive gun laws in force.  Of those, not even one has ever reduced crime. In fact, crime has increased after each of these laws, and the amount depends on the severity and level of enforcement of the law.

The fact is, (borrowing from the great movie with Humphrey Bogart, “Sierra Madre”) we don’t need no stinking badges – to carry our guns.  I added the last four words, but what I mean is we shouldn’t need no stinking permit to carry a gun, concealed or otherwise.  We shouldn’t have to show good cause to be able carry a gun, concealed or otherwise.  Let’s face it, criminals certainly don’t feel they need a permit to carry a gun when they are a committing a crime.  They’re already breaking the law.  Why should they worry about a stinking gun permit.

We already have the only permit we should ever need in the Second Amendment. Our Founding Fathers gave us the right to carry guns and they recognized that it was a right that should never be taken from us lest we see ourselves as subjects of a tyrannical government.  Our Constitution was written to restrict what Government can do – not restrict what citizens can do.

Just what part of “shall not be infringed” do you not understand?  And yet, every year, legislators devise some new way to infringe upon law abiding gun owners and restrict their gun right.  These same legislators took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States”.   But with every new Gun Control law they are further destroying the Constitution.  With every new Gun Control law they are violating that sacred oath and deliberately shifting the balance of power into THEIR hands and into the hands of the criminals.

That quote I placed above is probably a little old in that there are many more than 22,402 restrictive gun laws in these United States.  There are more laws every year, especially in California and New York – and Illinois, and Massachusetts, but I digress.  But not one of those Gun Control laws has ever stopped a murder, a burglary, armed robbery, car jacking, sexual assault – again I could go on.

Gun Control laws do absolutely no good to anyone but the criminals, because they actually make their job easier.  They only restrict law abiding citizens from being able to effectively defend themselves from others who have made crime their career choice.

New gun laws do accomplish one thing in that they secure the liberal legislators in their seats.  They appease their liberal base such that they will vote for them next time, confident that the same liberal hacks will continue to support ridiculous Gun Control laws.

I used to think that these new laws they write and pass must at least make them feel good in that they must feel that they have done something positive to protect society and keep them safe.  But any more I can’t believe that they could possibly continue to be that stupid.  When all of the evidence flies in the face of that notion, how can they really believe something so ridiculous?  Gun Control laws actually work to increase crime in every area or state they are tried.  Every large population center that has strict gun control laws, has violent crime that is out of control and on the rise every year.  It has gotten so bad that the crime statistics that they are reporting are deliberately cooked to try and show decreasing crime so they can continue support their absurd notions that Gun Control laws are working.

Gun Control laws are against the law in my opinion as every one of them goes against the Constitution of the United States and the Second Amendment.  Guns should always have a place in our Society or we will cease to be a free people.   The only laws we should even consider might be restricting those who have mental disabilities and violent criminals, although the latter does absolutely no good anyway.  But guns should never be in the hands of the mentally disturbed.  Although, there is another problem, how do you find those people before they commit some insane act?

Other than that, I believe the Gun Control laws we have now should be repealed.  Every law abiding citizen should be required to own a gun and know how to safely use it.  Crime in our country would amazingly become so much more infrequent that news bureaus would have to look other places for their news stories.  Of course they are doing a lot of that now already by making up new false issues in order to further liberal bias.  But that is another rant altogether that perhaps I will have to take on another day.

A society that does not trust its citizens with guns does not trust its citizens.   When citizens live in a society where only the police and military have guns, they are living in a police state  –  Anonymous

GE

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Spike TV Casting New Gun Show

Metal Flowers Media has begun casting a new show to be aired on Spike TV.  It is not yet on the schedule but they are looking for groups of three gun enthusiasts who can speak with knowledge about guns to host the new show.  Metal Flowers Media is also involved with American Guns, Sons of Guns and The Colony.  If you are interested in a chance to be on a new show about guns, read below and contact the Casting Directors listed below.

A nationwide search has begun to find enthusiastic, energetic groups of friends who love everything about guns!  This new series will celebrate friendship, camaraderie, skill and technology.  These gun-slinging dudes will have their dreams come true as they get the chance to host their very own show!  If you eat, sleep and breathe all things firearms – if you are a “gun-tard”! – then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for!

Casting Directors at Metal Flowers Media (The Colony, American Guns) are currently seeking a group of guys who together become an encyclopedia of firearms.  This “A-team” of gun enthusiasts will have an amazing dynamic and the knowledge to blow your typical gun fanatic away.

If you and your friends appear to be between the ages of 30-50 years old, are able spit a wide range of “gun talk” and host a series all about GUNS, then we want to hear from you!

For more information or to apply for the show email janelle@gmail.com or log on to www.metalflowersmedia.com for details.

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Ruger SR9 Gun Review

Sometimes you come across something that you just know is right even before you have a chance to hold it or see it up close, as it was for me and the Ruger SR9.  I first saw a television commercial about the Ruger SR9 that intrigued me.  I soon thereafter read some pieces on the gun.  I finally found one in a favorite gun store and I got to handle it.  I knew then that this would be my next handgun.  It wasn’t until almost six months later that I was finally able to take mine home from the gun dealer to enjoy because I still wanted to look at some others.

I looked at a number of guns including, the S&W M&P, Springfield XD, and the Glock.  I have shot Glocks a number of times also, so I am very familiar with them.  Therefore, most of my comparisons in this review will be comparing the SR9 to the Glock 17.

What struck me first about this gun was the ergonomics.  It just seems to feel so right in my hand.  I have a medium size hand and some larger guns can sometimes feel like I have less control.  It has a reversible back strap that once I turned it around to expose the flat side, it fit perfectly in my hand.  And even though the magazine is a double stack magazine, the handle is slightly slimmer than other similar double stack handguns such as the Glock 17.

Another thing that appealed to me is its look.  The SR9 is a sexy looking gun, with its shiny brushed stainless steel slide, softer corners, rounded top on the slide, and the SR9 logo prominently etched on the side of the slide – unlike the Glock which simply looks like a block of steel painted black and some grip serrations cut into the side.  I know the Glock is liked by many, but I also hear from people that say it’s not a sexy looking gun.  After all, it doesn’t need to be if it’s going to be carried by law enforcement on a daily basis.  But the general public wants something that looks cool too, in addition to its prime reason for existence, firing bullets.  But how a gun looks or fits in your hand is not the only criteria by which you should judge it.

When you first get the SR9 home, you open the injection molded carrying case, which is typical for most Rugers, and see that it comes with two magazines and a magazine loading tool.  Standard equipment is two 17 round magazines, which is just like the Glock.  However, some states, such as California, require that it be shipped with 10 round magazines.  Either way, you get two of them.  It also comes with a long bolt padlock, similar to the old style bicycle locks I had when I was a kid.  And of course, there is the Owner’s Manual and other pertinent documentation.

Speaking again to the ergonomics, which is one of the things that first sold me on this gun, the SR9 fits the web of my hand perfectly.  The overall width of the gun is 1.27” wide.  But that measurement is taken at the ambidextrous safety levers – not where you grip the gun.  The width at the thumb/finger channel at the top of the grip is closer to 1.00”.  Lower on the grip where your fingers wrap is 1.18”, making the grip very comfortable even in smaller hands.

As I mentioned above, SR9 has an ambidextrous safety, meaning there is a safety switch lever on both sides.  The safety is conveniently located at the rear of the gun just below the slide making it easy to engage and disengage with your thumb, regardless which hand you shoot with.  The slide lock is on the left side only however.  I like the position of the slide lock as I can reach it easily with my thumb and release the slide, rather than racking the slide and allowing it to spring forward.  I find that method easier, unlike with my 1911 that I have to rack as I can’t easily reach the slide lock.

To hold the gun is one thing.  Now you want to fire it – send some lead down range, so to speak.  But first you need ammunition, so to loading the magazines.  I found that when loading ammunition into the magazines, the magazine loading tool is a handy thing to have.  For some reason, the tension on the magazine spring is substantial, and trying to load those last few rounds into the magazine can be difficult without the tool.  The tool definitely helps.

Slide the mag into the handle grip firmly and you hear a definite click when it is seated.  The magazine seats easily negating the need to slap it hard, but a friendly slap or bump with the palm of your hand wouldn’t hurt.  If the slide is locked back, you need only to release the slide lock with your thumb which will seat a round into the chamber.  If the slide is at rest in the firing position, you will need to rack the slide, as with any semi-auto, to charge a round into the firing chamber, which brings us to another minor concern.

The tension of the recoil spring in the slide is pretty strong.  My girlfriend has some problem with pulling the slide back.  But then she can’t rack my 1911 at all, unless the hammer is cocked.

The angled serrations on the slide are deep and sharply cut.  After a while I see a slight build up of dirt and skin in the grooves.  But at least you know you won’t slip your grip.  Rack the slide, seat a round and you are ready to go.  If you are not going to fire the pistol immediately, push the Manual Safety up with your thumb, and acquire your site of the target.  The Manual Safety can only be engaged when the gun is “cocked”, which in the case of the SR9 is really only “half cocked”, as I will describe below.

Acquiring your site is easily done with the three dot adjustable sites. Of the three dots, the front site is the largest allowing you to put your focus where it should be – at the front on the target.  Actually, when the site is properly aligned, all three dots will appear to be the same size because of distance from the rear dots.  The rear site is adjustable for elevation and windage.  The front site can be adjusted for windage only.  Out of the box, I found the sites to be right on for 7 – 10 yards, eliminating any need for me to adjust the sites.

Firing the SR9 will require that you release the ambidextrous safety and depress the Trigger Safety to squeeze the trigger.  Squeezing the trigger fully cocks the striker, and ultimately releases the striker, causing the firing pin to strike the ammunition, thereby firing the gun.  This cannot be done if the Manual Safety is engaged.  What is more, the trigger will only travel back when the Trigger Safety is depressed.  This Trigger Safety system was something that came about in response to a brief recall on the pistols that was in October and April of 2008 to fix a drop issue.  It actually resembles the trigger safety on the Glock.

The SR9 is considered to be a double action pistol, unlike the 1911 and other hammer fired pistols which are single action.  As I mentioned above, squeezing the trigger is what completes the cocking action started by the slide racking.  Racking the slide either with your hand or through firing the pistol resets the trigger system.  The striker still needs to be cocked and pulled back by the action of pulling the trigger.  Therefore, there is a approximately 3/8 of an inch in take up before the trigger breaks and fires the gun.  The trigger pull is relatively light for a double action pistol at 5.2 pounds.  Accurate rapid fire is no problem with this pistol.

I have actually had my SR9 for several months now.  I wanted to run a few thousand rounds through the gun before I wrote about it.  I’ve actually put about 2800 rounds through the gun and in that time, I have not experienced even one jam, malfunction or stove pipe.  I can’t say that about the Glocks I have fired.  Twice in shooting Glocks I have gotten a ‘stovepipe’ requiring me to clear the gun before it would fire again, and two misfires.  The misfires could have been faulty ammunition though, but could also be the striker.  I did not own the Glocks so I really didn’t know the last time they had been cleaned or what abuse they may have seen.  So far though, my SR9 has performed flawlessly.  I have cleaned the gun four times in this period which also speaks to the fact that cleaning after every shooting event is just not necessary to keep it happy, although a reasonable amount of cleaning is good for any gun.  Looking at mine now, it could probably stand to be cleaned again.

Another safety feature of the SR9 is the Loaded Chamber Indicator.  When a round is in the firing chamber, a lever pops up on top of the slide with red paint each side and the words “LOADED WHEN UP”.  This little feature is even detectable in the dark since you can feel it’s presence in the dark, when you can’t otherwise see it.

Field stripping the SR9 is fairly easy.  To begin you need to remove the magazine, and lock the slide back.  At this point you can either reach inside and press the ejector down or pull the trigger.  Press the take down pin on the right side of the gun above the trigger guard and pull it out on from the left side.  The slide will now pull forward and off the polymer frame.  Take the recoil spring and rod out of the slide and this will enable you to remove the barrel.  The gun is now disassembled for cleaning.

Impressions:

As I stated above, I have fired somewhere in the range of 2800 rounds through this perky little gun using many different kinds of ammo, and so far I love it.  I say ‘little’ but this is a full size gun and I have shot several different brands of new American ammo, foreign ammo and reloads and so far not one jam.  A lot of people I know shoot Glocks and they say they think the Ruger SR9 is sub-par.  On the other hand, I see them having feed issues, stovepipes and other misfires such that they have to tap and rack to get to the next round.  I have even had them myself on the Glock and I have not shot Glocks nearly as much as I have my SR9.

The SR9 is a full size gun that fits nicely in my hand.  It is comfortable to handle and comfortable to shoot.  First time out of the box I cleaned a good size hole out of the ten spot on a target at 7 yards so I find it exceptionally accurate.  At 26.2 ounces, it’s not as light as the Glock but I still find it comfortable to carry all day.

I do have one minor complaint in that the magazine release on mine sometimes seems a little hard to activate.  Other guns, including my 1911 release very easily.  This could be a problem if you were to use this in competition or even need it in an actual gun fight when your life is depending on it.  I am thinking of taking it in to my favorite gunsmith and having him look at it.  What is odd is that is not difficult all the time, especially when the slide is locked back.

Overall though, I would recommend this saucy gun to anyone who is looking for a reliable 9MM.  The Ruger SR9 is certainly one of the more newsworthy additions to the polymer frame, striker fired, service pistol line that is of significant value.  If sales are any indication, this is a popular gun.  I have sometimes had a hard time finding it in stock in the stainless steel option at some gun stores.  Gallery of Guns has even had it on allocation until just recently.  It could be that Ruger is picking up production because lately it has become a little easier to find.

Check one out the next time you’re in your favorite gun shop. I think you’ll like it.

Specifications:

Caliber:   9 x 19mm Parabellum (9mm Luger)

Action:   Double Action Only Semi-Automatic (Striker fired)

Finish (slide):   Stainless Steel or Black Nitride

Grip:   Black, High Performance, Glass-filled Nylon

Weight:   26.25 oz

Length:    7.55”

Barrel Length:   4.14”

Twist:   1:10″ RH

Grooves:   6

Sites:   Adjustable 3-Dot

MSRP:   $529.00

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Gun Sales At Record Levels This December

Remember Ralphie from the classic movie “A Christmas Story”?  Well I guess all of the Ralphies of years past have grown up and are still wishing for fire power, only now it’s the real kind.  According to the FBI who runs the background checks for gun sales, December 2011 is proving to be the busiest month for gun sales ever.  Apparently electronic toys and gadgetry is not the only thing topping Christmas Wish Lists because Holiday shoppers are also flocking to gun dealers and purchasing guns in record numbers.

FBI statistics show that this December Holiday shopping season is topping the last record setting month which was only last month – November.  With only a few days left in December, the number of background checks has already topped last month.  The NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) has received 1,534,414 requests from gun dealers in order to complete gun sales across the United States.  Almost half a million checks were performed in the last six days before Christmas.

Two days before Christmas, the NICS ran 102,222 background checks, which was the second-busiest day in history.  The one-day record was set this year on Black Friday, the shopping day following Thanksgiving this year, with 129,166 searches.  By comparison, the previous one-day high was set November 28, 2008, when gun dealers made slightly more than 98,000 requests for background checks.

I know that I was one of the half million and probably part of the one day record, as I caused one of the checks when I purchased a shiny new, stainless steel, Smith & Wesson, 1911 to add to my own collection.  Unfortunately, since I live on the ‘left coast’ I was unable to take mine home before Christmas because of the 10 day waiting period we must endure, thanks to the “well meaning” liberals (sarcasm intended) in charge of our government.  It’s amazing just how long ten days can seem when you’re waiting to bring home a new member to your family.  Oh well, it’s just extending Christmas for me.

The FBI had no explanation for the sudden jump in gun purchases but it’s easy to surmise that more and more people are feeling the need to be in charge of their own self protection and are thereby exercising their Second Amendment rights.  Every day the main stream media features news stories of people who have become victims because of their inability to provide for their own defense.  While the intent of news organizations is to show guns in a bad light, people are realizing their importance as a tool to have in their possession.  Afterall, the police and the news reporters only show up after you become a victim. 

And with the Governor of our state opening up the prisons because of supposed “overcrowding”, it is becoming more and more important to be able to defend your family.  Our “wise” judges have ordered a reduction in the prison populations saying that the overcrowding must be reduced.  Of course, the liberal Governor is jumping on the idea of releasing criminals instead of fighting to build more facilities.  Frankly, I don’t see why we can’t erect some tents to house those who choose crime as a career choice.  It seems to work fine in Arizona.

Happy New Year Gun Enthusiasts, and remember – More Guns, means Less Crime.

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Top Shot Casting is Underway

With Season 3 now over and production of Season 4 gearing up, the History Channel is NOW CASTING THE NEXT SEASON of its electrifying marksmanship competition show.  Producers are looking for anyone with unrivaled shooting skills and a big personality to take on exciting physical challenges with multiple guns and mystery projectile weapons.  If you are skilled with a pistol, rifle or any other firearm, you could win $100,000 on TOP SHOT 4.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a professionally trained shooter or a self-taught average Joe or Jane.  As long as you’re in good physical shape, have mastered a firearm and can adapt to new weapons and demanding physical situations, you could be America’s next Top Shot.

APPLY TODAY!

This is an ongoing casting call. Currently there is no deadline for submissions or schedule for the final casting process and production of the next season. Still, they’d like to hear from you!

To apply, email TopShotCasting@gmail.com with your name, city/state, phone number, a recent photo of yourself and a brief explanation of why you should be on the show.  For more information, visit PilgrimStudios.com and click on “CASTING” or call 818-478-4570 for more information TODAY!

* Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, a resident or citizen of the United States and reasonably proficient with shooting and marksmanship

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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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Is a Clip the Same as a Magazine?

To answer that question right off, I will say that Clip is not a Magazine. There seems to be a lot of confusion on the matter. In a recent episode of CSI they said, “We found a print on the clip he left when he pushed the rounds in the clip”. Hollywood writers, like so many handgun owners, are using the term “clip” to refer to the gun’s magazine. While both a magazine and a clip hold ammunition for deployment into a gun, they are very different in appearance and application.

A magazine is basically a rectangular tube that fully encloses a quantity of cartridges that is inserted into the weapon to supply the ammunition for firing. They are designed for use in semi automatic weapons and fitinto the grip of a semi automatic pistol. Magazines vary in width and length, load cartridges in either single or double column, and while the latter hold more cartridges, they can also make the grip thicker. Some magazines are made entirely of metal, while others are a composite of metal and polymer. Nearly all magazines are spring loaded to force the next round into the action.

However, clips are usually made of thin metal that snaps into the groove of the case of the cartridge and they are primarily designed for a revolver. A clip will hold the cartridges as a unit that is dropped over the ejector as the cartridges slip into the cylinder holes. They do function as a magazine though in that they enable fast reloads. But clips are more easily damaged and are easier to lose than magazines.

So when it comes to clips and magazines, Hollywood may not know the difference, but now you do and can call them on it in the same way I know you now count the number of rounds they shoot. Just remember that clips are for revolvers, and magazines are for semi-automatic pistols (rifles too).

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Safety Checklist for Keeping Guns at Home

The decision for people to keep guns at home for personal defense is a personal one.  It is a serious personal matter to weigh as whether to maintain guns at their residence for personal protection.  It is important to consider all factors as to how they will keep their family safe with guns on site that can potentially harm someone if handled improperly.  Improper handling can most obviously happen if young children get hold of the firearms.  Any added safety benefit added by keeping a weapon at home depends in large measure on the owner’s having appropriate and clear understanding of safe gun handling and storage rules.  Factors to consider include; the members of the family, their ages, their knowledge of safe gun handling, availability of the weapons for emergency use, what to do in an emergency, and support of other members of the household for keeping firearms in the home.

If you decide that it is important to keep firearms in the home for personal family protection, it is important that safety rules be strictly enforced.  After all, if the firearm is not immediately available in an emergency, than it has little value for personal protection.  On the other hand, if keeping a firearm at home puts family members at risk, than that risk could outweigh the benefit.  But it makes no sense to keep a weapon for personal protection if you cannot access it quickly in an emergency. There is another rule that applies to self defense, and that is “keep your gun handy”. That is why many people choose to keep their self defense weapon holstered on their side, even at home.

You all have heard of home invasion robberies, where thugs simply break through the door with you right there. If that happened, and your gun is at your bedside; how will you get to it? I have also read stories of people who were attacked at home but had their weapon handy and skillfully handled the situation. Each person needs to understand the risks with keeping guns at home and just how they will be stored.

If you choose to keep a firearm at home for your personal protection, it is imperative that you follow some safety rules to keep all members of your household and visitors safe.  Below is a checklist that can help you maintain that safety.

Make sure that:

  1. Firearms kept for security reasons are fully controlled at all times. This may include having their personal protection gun locked in quick access safe or worn in a holster.
  2. Firearms are securely stored in a location inaccessible to children and other unauthorized persons at all times.
  3. Sporting firearms are unloaded before they are brought into the home and never loaded in the home.
  4. Sporting firearms are immediately cleaned and placed in secure storage when they are returned from hunting or target practice.
  5. When firearms are removed from storage that they are carefully checked to confirm that they are unloaded.
  6. Ammunition is stored under lock and key away from the firearms.
  7. The owner’s manual that came with the firearm must be read and understood.

Adherence to these simple rules can help to ensure the safety of yourself and loved ones.

Gun Enthusiast

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Some Gun Enthusiast Words of Wisdom

  • The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.
  • Never pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just shoot you.
  • I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy
  • When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
  • A reporter did a human interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 pistol the Ranger was carrying and asked him, “Why do you carry a 45?” The Ranger responded, “Because they don’t make a 46.”
  • An old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. She commented, “Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?” He replied, “No Ma’am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my shotgun as well.”
  • Beware of the man who only carries one gun. He probably knows how to use it.

And my personal favorite:

  • I was once asked by a lady who was visiting, if I had a gun in the house. I said I did. She said, “Well, I certainly hope it isn’t loaded!” To which I said, “Of course it is loaded, it won’t work without bullets!” She then asked, “Are you that afraid of someone evil coming into your house?” My reply was, “No, not at all. I am also not afraid of the house catching fire either, but I have fire extinguishers around, and they are all loaded too”.

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Top Shot Begins Today on History Channel

The History Channel’s surprise hit “Top Shot” begins it’s second season today.  Gun Enthusiasts discovered this sharp shooting series last season that pitted ordinary shooters against one and other with different weapons, in different scenarios, competing to win the title of “Top Shot”.  What made the show interesting was all of the different types of guns they got to use each week to test their ability.  From muzzle loaders, to early lever action rifles, early revolvers and state of the art semi automatics and full automatics, they shot in different scenarios at different distances, losing at least one competitor each week.  

This season looks to be even better with even more challenging competitions and some great firearms that are sure to please the Gun Enthusiast.  From what I saw, some of the guns will include a 1911, the first military sniper rifle – the Sharps Falling Breech load rifle, a Thompson sub machine gun, ARs and many more.  Sixteen competitors from different walks of life will compete until one is left.  

Top Shot is on the History Channel Tuesday nights at 10 PM Eastern, 7 PM Pacific.  I am looking forward to it.  Let me know what you think.

 GE

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