Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, gather 'round for Ye Olde Carnivale of Cordite!
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First, two exciting things:
As those of you able to count can tell, this is Carnival of Cordite #27. That means there have been 26 before now. 26 weeks is exactly (well, really darn close to) half a year. That means we are now entering our second half-year of publication! Whoo hoo! Of course, all the thanks go to you, our readers and contributors.
One of the Deans of the law school, a former prosecuting attorney with a specialty in forensics, is writing a new textbook on the subject of forensic sciences and the law. She has asked yours truly to be part of her research and writing team! That means that, in a way, you could say that I will be writing the book on firearms ballistics! So, if any of you readers have a certain level of expertise on the subject, feel free to drop me an e-mail on my blog address (see right-hand sidebar) and we'll chat.
And now, on with the show!
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Right off the bat, via Kit, I am happy to share a wonderful new resource, The Survival Blog, from noted author and survivalist James Wesley, Rawles. This guy knows his stuff! There is info not just on guns and ammo, but personal and global finance, food and shelter, politics, and faith. Be sure to check it out.
By the way, Kit has some new photos... the new ones are mostly her shooting companions, but here's one of her:
Notice proper Glock safety technique... more on that later...
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Let's get right into an important, albeit unpleasant topic: gun bans.
New contributor (and excellently named!) ChuBlogga brings us Fear and Ignorance in Columbus, regarding yet another stupid "assault weapons" ban. On a related note, Publicola likes the way the NRA is responding. And while we're talking about putting your money where your mouth is, you may want to reconsider your account with AOL...
Speaking of Virginia, here's more from Kit.
What happens when your guns are banned? How far would you travel to shoot? Publicola has an answer.
For more on the international front, we turn to No Quarters.
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It's not all grim, though...
Guns in school. Guns and terrorism. Guns in the hands of children. No doubt we'll be hearing a lot about these topics throughout the fall and school year as those who seek to destroy the Second Amendment roll-out their new public-relations campaigns.
Of course, there won't be anything truly unique to the substance of their arguments – just new twists to the same old efforts to deny constitutional rights to freedom-loving Americans.
As usual, their information will be more akin to disinformation. The next time a school-related shooting occurs, all of America will be forced to endure, once again, the endless mantra about the "evil of guns," and how "guns kill children." We'll be treated to a barrage of demands for more restrictions on the sale and ownership of guns. And in all of the interviews and free air-time the mainstream media will give the anti-Second Amendment activists, I'm betting that not once will you see a reporter or journalist question their "facts."
Want to guess where this excerpt comes from? Would you have guessed PRAVDA? Who woulda thunk it?
Meanwhile, here in the good ol' U.S. of A., well, at least some of the red tape may be clearing up as the gummint gets into the digital age.
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Hot chicks, camo, high explosives, what more could you want?
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If you enjoy photos like that, then help a poor starving law student out! If you are going to shop on-line, shop Amazon.com via the search box on the left-hand sidebar. And if you see anything interesting in my ads, don't hesitate to give it a click. OK, enough shameless blegging...
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Also on the military front, here's an odd little tidbit...
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Hey readers! If you are anywhere near the Portland, OR area and are reading this before August 20, be sure to consider a trip to the Blogger Blastorama!
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As always, the Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog keeps us informed of lawful uses of firearms for self-defense in the news. This week, Memphis seniors fight back in a home invasion. Let's hear it for the good old guys!
What do you do when you are part of a small minority group that finds itself oppressed and even endangered by bigotry? Long-time readers remember Condi Rice talking about it. What about other minority groups?
Confused about ammo for self-defense? When in doubt, ask Chris, The AnarchAngel.
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Gun safety is always one of our biggest concerns...
What follows is a series of four interrelated posts on Glocks and Cops:
And now, my two cents: Glocks are excellent guns, but, perhaps more so than others, truly belong only in the hands of trained professionals who will practice, practice, and practice some more. I would happily issue Glocks to S.W.A.T., H.R.T., and military special forces. But I wouldn't put one in the hands of a beat cop, unless my department had a lot of mandatory training.
That's no attack on beat cops, mind you. It's just recognition of the fact that too many police departments place little value on marksmanship and firearms safety training, and without a healthy department budget for ammunition and paid range time, it's hard for most beat cops to put in a whole lot of practice. That needs to change!
But, as demonstrated in Kit's photo up above, the most important rule of Glock safety (actually of all gun safety) is KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT!
Mr. Completely also has words of caution about Numrich Gun Parts. Let me tell you: there are times when you can afford knock-offs, and times when you can't. Whenever lives may be on the line, do not try to save money with knock-offs! I would no sooner buy parts from Numrich than go to a factory-seconds store for a parachute or a fire-extinguisher! Thank you, Mr. Completely, for bringing this to light.
And here's one more visual aid from Blog Idaho. Caution: you will see rank stupidity in its purest form! Seriously, we need to find people like this and stop them before they give gun owners more bad press.
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What better way to hone your gun safety skills than through practical experience at the range?
Publicola gives you the scoop on high power matches. This one has lots of information, and lots of great links... well worth a full read!
Blog Idaho would like to introduce some of his shooting friends:
And both these young ladies are winning medals in shooting tournaments! I'm glad to see a new generation getting off to a good start. By the way, I hear this is an OREGON family! Maybe we can hook up some time?
Now before you readers get uppity about eye and ear protection like some of Kenneth Anderson's commenters did, read this reply:
To the Anon person who mentions the "professional" isn't wearing eye/ear protection, from the picture I cannot be sure if he is wearing eye protection or not, his head is turned away from the camera while wearing a ball cap, so he could be wearing shooting glasses. They don't have to be the bulky safety goggles a lot of people see. Also, as to the ear protection, he could be wearing ear plugs, which you couldn't tell from the picture as well. I happen to wear eye glasses when I go shooting and it's accepted as eye protection from the indoor range I go to. Also I tend to use ear plugs because those headphones get in my way if I'm shooting a sub-rifle.
It always pays to read all the comments before sounding off...
Here's some video of full-auto shooting at the range.
And let's not forget those postal matches!
Here's a target of a different sort:
Can you say "Robin Hood"?
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Fire electric stunning rounds out of a 12 ga!
Anyone know of a good laser grip for the Springfield XD40?
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OK, I've been saving the guns themselves for last...
Cowboy Blob loves his Sig...
But then he loves his Glock, too...
Read about these beauties and more!
This is probably illegal in California:
Finally, Shakey Pete has a new toy:
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Blog of the week, for sheer number of submissions, as well as the Browning-on-a-quad concept, is Mr. Completely!
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We are rapidly approaching big game season in most states. How important is hunting to you when you contemplate the nature of guns and gun ownership?
Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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That wraps up this week's Carnival of Cordite! Thanks for helping me to kick start the second-half of our first year! We'll be back here at Resistance is futile! again next week. Send in your submissions to our carnival address:
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Be sure to check out the official Carnival of Cordite information page for links to previous carnivals. See you next week, and in the meantime...
Keep your powder dry!