Greetings fellow enthusiasts! It is time once again for the Carnival of Cordite. If you are new, this is a weekly round-up of blog posts relating to guns, shooting, hunting, defense, and the law and politics of the Second Amendment. It's also a fun way to help contributors find new readers, so if you like what you see, be sure to further explore the many fine blogs linked below (as well as this one!).
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None of our rights, including our right to bear arms, would matter were it not for the brave men and women who fight to keep us free. Mr. Completely would like to point out what's been happening at Walter Reed, where many of our finest are hospitalized:
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Another atrocity in New Orleans involves the beating of an elderly man by the cops:
If these attackers had not been cops, but Cripps, and Mr. Davis had pulled his Glock out and ventilated a couple of skulls, would he be held at fault? If not, then why are the police any different when they commit the same act?
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On to other matters legal, political, and such:
And of course, that paragon of virtue, 60 Minutes, is also suspect.
But then, maybe bias is a good thing...
Publicola has both sides of the Harriet Miers debate: she may sound like a friend of the Second Amendment, but there are reasons to remain skeptical. As for me: I give GWB the benefit of the doubt. After all, he, with the help of Miers, brought us people like Janice Rogers Brown and Priscilla Owen. I don't think he will make the same mistake his father did with Souter. And as for those who like to point out that Bush was "for" the assault weapons ban: remember, this is politics. When you know the House is going to let the assault weapons ban die, you can act like you supported the ban, knowing you won't have to sign it, in order to soothe the fears of your opponents on the left. I don't think for a second that, if the Congress were close to renewing the AWB, Bush would have been so blase about it. But maybe that's just me.
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For those unfamiliar with the concept, it's like a mini-FFL that helps you obtain certain antique and collector weapons. And since that includes many fine battle rifles, it is well worth looking into for hobbyist and survivalist alike. Here is a link to a Shotgun News article on topic.
This will definitely NOT be a cruffler:
Another great resource for collectors: pawn shops!
For some reason, the BDM just never caught on. But it is, in my not-so humble opinion, one fine pistol!
Overall, I was impressed. Very light, quite accurate, well-made, smooth action. As a carry piece, whether hiking or in daily wear, it would work quite well.
And while I haven't encountered the .45 ACP Tracker yet, I think the .357 Magnum version is one of the best "all around" handguns: powerful, accurate, affordable, versatile. I would choose a Taurus Tracker .357 Magnum as my first center-fire handgun.
Which is better, AR or AK (and I don't mean the states!)? Well here's an idea: get both!
Anyone know what the heck this is?
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Remember I told you Kit and her Darling John are the cover models for a new book on handgunning? Well, scroll down to the bottom of this post for some early-ordering information. While there, enjoy some fine Montana photography! Yes, I know there's no action shots of Kit...
Oh, fine... here's this:
Looks like the new stock she told us about last week is a good fit!
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On to safety matters:
Personal Protection Training & Firearm Instruction has information on the potential dangers of squib loads.
And clean your guns!
First, make sure the firearm to be cleaned is unloaded, with no cartridge left in the chamber. Not doing this could be noisy, and lead to more damage-cover problems.
Truer words are seldom spoken...
It's interesting how many on the left want kids to be required to learn about homosexuality at a young age; but when it comes to safety, ignorance is bliss. Sad.
And whatever you do, don't be this guy!
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Now that we are all feeling nice and safe, it is time to head to the range:
More results here.
Mr. Completely has a new sight for rimfire handgun competition:
Read his first range report on the C-More here...
Those are .22 holes and 3/8" bulls!
Here’s my suggestion for a rule of thumb: pay $1 for every yard you want to shoot your rifle at.
Good rule? Bad rule? Opinions? Educate me on scopes.
Well, I'll offer up my $0.02:
If you are a typical hunter, you probably do most of your shooting fairly close up; getting close is part of the thrill of the hunt. But you also want to be able to take a long shot, at least out to the maximum point-blank range of your rifle, or even a little beyond. For most rifles, that takes you out to about 300 yards or so. Beyond that range, you get into a new level of marksmanship, and the "average" hunter should consider getting closer before firing. So we are talking about $300 worth of glass for a 300 yard shot.
This gives you a pretty wide assortment of quality scopes, including many Leupold, Burris, Nikon, and other good brands. It keeps you out of the "high end" scopes from these brands. But for an average hunter, things look good.
Move on to varminting. The varminters I know tend to want to be able to shoot out to 600 or 700 yards. That's not to say that other varminters don't get more extreme. But the people I actually know limit themselves to these ranges at the extreme. In the $600-$700 price range, you can pick up some of the higher-end models from Leupold and Burris (my two favorites). Something like a Leupold Vari-X III 6.5-20x, or a Burris Signature 8-32x makes an excellent high-quality varmint scope, and will run you around $600. Things look good.
Move on to the more extreme shooters. I personally know exactly one shooter who routinely shoots 1,000 yard targets. He has a NightForce scope that runs about a grand. His word, and I neither endorse nor refute it, is that you need this kind of glass at that kind of range. So again, the $1 per yard rule seems to hold true.
So, I'll side with Wadcutter's theory. Your results may vary.
At what age should one start shooting? I say the younger the better!
As long as we are asking questions: what makes a handgun more or less "carryable" than another? Blogonomicon wants to know.
Do you like explosions? Me too! And I'll come right and say it: I believe the Second Amendment is meant to provide for the individual private ownership of devices like this! One of the aims of the Second Amendment is to allow a militia of free citizens to fight back against the oppression of a tyrannical government. And today's tyrannical governments have tanks. Plus, if a person can afford toys like this, why should he (or she) be prevented from owning them? We are innocent until proved guilty, yet we can be prevented from owning things that "might" be used for some unknown future crime; meanwhile, there is no "prior restraint" on free speech, yet there is on bearing arms... how is this consistent?
If live on or near Whidbey Island, mark October 30 down on your calendar!
And in case you are ever attacked by dinner plates, here's your guy.
Finally... this just in:
Its enough to make me do the happy dance nude.
Fortunately, there are no pictures of THAT!
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Time for the blog of the week! Once again, through sheer power of quantity, the blog of the week is Mr. Completely!
Either the rest of you slackers need to send more posts, or else I'll have to disqualify him!
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And now, this week's discussion question:
Are you a single-issue voter? Would you support a candidate (or a Supreme Court Justice) who had horrible ideas about most other subjects if he or she would play a pivotal role in protecting your Second Amendment rights?
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