Hello readers. Before we begin this week's Carnival of Cordite, I ask that we bow our heads in a moment of silence for the innocent victims of the cowardly attacks on London, attacks by barbaric terrorists.
Let us never forget 7/7.
And let us never forget that the terrorists choose to fight us because we are FREE, and FREEDOM is the enemy of tyranny and despotism.
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And now, on with the Carnival of Cordite!
First things first: gun basics and safety concerns! Boxing Alcibiades has a simple question, for which I have no answer: how hot can ammunition get before it goes off accidentally?
I'll leave it to the pros to answer; if law school taught me anything, it taught me not to give advice on potentially dangerous things when I don't really know!
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Next, we look at some hardware...
That one is extremely high on my list of "what will Gullyborg buy after he pays off his law school loans." In fact, it will probably be the very next gun I buy once I am flush with cash: .22 ammo is cheap; shooting the .22 is fun; and this model is made to approximate a model 1911 .45 in terms of fit, which means it will serve as an excellent practice tool when I don't want to shoot those expensive (and punishing, at least when shooting a few hundred) .45 ACP rounds. I would consider this pistol a MUST HAVE for EVERY shooter.
Speaking of kits and .22's, here's Kit with her .22!
OK, back to hardware...
Uncle also has some AR lowers to work on:
And in the last of our hardware posts, Kim du Toit waxes rhapsodic about the virtues of The Last Elegant Old World Military Rifle:
That's the FN-SAFN, available in both 8mm Mauser and, as Kim prefers, 7mm Mauser (pictured). Ah, Kim, you always show us things of beauty!
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We had a quite a few entries this week about range reports and matches:
Jerry the Geek is gearing up for the 9th Annual Single Stack Championship. His firearm of choice? Kimber:
Take a minute to appreciate the singularity of the original Kimber pistol design.
And take a minute to read Jerry's ups and downs of match preparation! By the time you read this, Jerry may have already finished the competition. But wish him the best of luck nonetheless.
Skip founded the FCSA and may have been the driving force in making shooting big 50s at long range a sport in the US. I never met him but his writings and the FCSA's magazine lead me to buy my own 50. Skip collapsed on the firing line at a .50 caliber meet in Raton New Mexico with a ruptured spleen last week. He died Friday from complications. May Christ God have mercy on him.
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David Hardy from Of Arms and the Law helps us segue from ranges to the legal front, by answering the question, Are All Federal Shooting Ranges Open to the Public By Law? As the name of David's blog suggests, it is dedicated to legal issues regarding arms. Be sure to read his many other recent posts!
Welcome to Massachusetts - where a law-abiding citizen shooting a brand new AR-15 at a paper target in a controlled environment is considered a bigger threat to society than some crackhead firing a handgun indiscriminately into a large crowd of men, women, and children.
Sad but true.
More from Mr. Completely, who reports the latest news on Brazil's gun ban.
In case you are living in a cave, we have had one Supreme Court retirement (Sandra Day O'Connor) and another (William Rehnquist) looms in the immediate future. There is much speculation going on, and while there have been no new nominations yet, the conservative blogosphere is already abuzz with one name Bush should NOT nominate: Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
This would be a disaster for conservatives in general, because they have long been salivating at the chance to overturn Roe v Wade, which Gonzales supports on a stare decisis basis. But it would also be a disaster for firearms rights, and it is on that basis that I oppose the nomination of Gonzales.
I, for one, will refrain from making my own comment until an actual nominee is chosen. While I appreciate the concerns of my fellow bloggers (and as you can see, I'm happy to share them with you), I want to hold off on the "slam Gonzales" bandwagon. He isn't yet a nominee, and has in fact stated more than once he is not interested in serving on the Supreme Court. I'm going to follow the advice of Ronald Reagan, whose 11th Commandment was "Thou Shall Not Speak Ill of a Fellow Republican."
At this time, Gonzales is doing a good job as Attorney General. The attacks against him, while well meaning, are only going to give ammunition to the Left in the never-ending war on President Bush and conservatives of all stripes. If Bush does indeed nominate Gonzales, then go ahead and dissect his qualifications for the Supreme Court. But until then, I ask you: let's maintain a united front against the Left.
Of course, it's all moot if Bush follows my advice and nominates Ann Coulter...
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From legal and political matters to self defense:
Sulfuric Attitude writes in this week about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from pedophiles, including a 50-state list of sexual predator databases. Thank you for doing the work to put that together for us!
There's plenty of news stories of firearms used for self defense at the Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog.
Here's a blog dedicated to general preparedness and self-defense: Paratus.
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Thank you for sharing these WONDERFUL 4th of July fireworks photos! They serve as a reminder that we are FREE, and FREEDOM is the main purpose of the Carnival of Cordite. I do this to help support the rights of gun owners here and abroad, because the most fundamental of all rights, the right to be free, depends on the right to defend one's self from tyranny. That's what the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is all about.
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That wraps up our posts this week!
Blog of the week award, for sheer volume of contributions, along with nice photos, goes to Mr. Completely! Thanks for doing a BANG up job! And next week, we hand the reigns over to El Capitan of Baboon Pirates, your next Carnival of Cordite host.
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In lieu of our regular discussion question, I leave you with a parting thought:
In less than one week we have gone from a Celebration of Freedom with our American 4th of July Holiday to an assault on Freedom with the barbaric 7/7 attacks in London. But we in America stand by our Friends in London. You terrorist bastards think you are breaking our morale, but you couldn't be more wrong. While the British have been a stalwart ally in our war against you, they have until now not suffered at your hands. But now you have awakened a sleeping giant. Just as the attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II, so too will your attack on London result in a turn of the tide among the leaders of Europe. You thought the Brits were fighting you hard alongside us before? You just wait and see what you have unleashed.