Now that you have finished reading our re-cap of "The Year in Cordite," let's take a stroll through two-weeks worth of new material! There's so much stuff here that it's hard to put it all into neat categories, so let's use the time-tested "in the order received" method, shall we?
One of my favorite blog divas, SondraK, notes the irony of a prominent anti-gun ninny getting busted for, you guessed it, illegal possession of a firearm!
While I was surfing various political blogs, I ran across the happy news that Viking Pundit is now one of us:
Second amendment diary – Well, I am a handgun virgin no more: today a friend of mine took me as a guest to his shooting club and I managed to get off about 80 rounds on my 9mm. Let’s just say that the targets indicate there’s room for improvement when it comes to accuracy.
Let's all encourage the Viking to practice, practice, practice!
In the Governor's race, none of the Democrats has a pro-gun record or ideology. Of the major Republican candidates, Kevin Mannix was the architect of the 1999 anti gun-show bill.
When he ran for Governor last time he actually claimed to have opposed this bill, which he WROTE, LOBBIED FOR, and CARRIED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. But the facts remain, he worked overtime to pass this attack on gun rights. His bill failed but was later turned into Ballot Measure 5 in 2000, by Ginny Burdick. That passed and gun shows have suffered ever since.
Ron Saxton has ties to Goldschmidt and has refused to give us any details on his position on gun rights.
That leaves Jason Atkinson. Atkinson did take time to meet with a representative of OFF last week. While OFF does not endorse candidates, it should be noted that Atkinson has a solid pro-gun record.
For a commentary on this, check out the podcast on our website. It's the first link on our Commentary Page.
Yet more evidence that we need to elect Jason Atkinson, the only true pro-gun candidate. Oh, and there will be still more on him later on down this post...
Do you carry a concealed handgun in a fanny-pack? Do you just wear a fanny-pack to carry around non-threatening items? Have you noticed people looking at you funny? Sarah has.
It's short notice (and I apologize: had this issue been on time last week, it wouldn't be), but the Revolutionary War Veterans' Association is in Kentucky THIS WEEKEND. Check it out if you can.
Do you like Mauser Broomhandles? Then you should hang out with the friends of Once More Into The Breach:
ROFA Six would rather have a new Beretta shotgun.
Do you want to know more about the .22? Then Fugger Nutter has a post for you. And this one is so detailed, it even comes with a table of contents! But then, what do you expect from a super genius? How about this?
Do not threaten a mother protecting her babies!
Welcome to the home of the hit Outdoor Channel show, SHOOTING GALLERY!
Sounds like my sort of show! And check out Bane's post on Derringers!
Life in the Great Midwest reports on one of my favorite revolvers:
Be sure to scroll through his posts for more good pictures!
Geezer didn't know if this one was even worth mentioning... but I am including it because I wholeheartedly believe good customer service should be rewarded.
Check out this interview with a gun owner:
I get asked a lot why I’m into guns. Some people contend it’s small penis syndrome. Some describe my hobby as ‘backward’. Some just don’t understand the appeal. And unfortunately most don’t understand the implications that one’s stance on gun control holds for the way they view the world and the way politics works. So I figured one way would be to have a fictitious interview between me and an ‘unbiased’ reporter who simply doesn’t understand the appeal, and who holds an opinion that certain gun laws are ’sensible’ *spit*. Today’s part will focus almost entirely on guns as a hobby, no politics.
Is the DOD finally going to go back to the good old .45 ACP?
Who is really responsible for the recent Denny's deaths in California?
But it isn't all tragedy. Some of us have reason to celebrate:
Here's some important advice for do-it-yourself types.
I went to Mr. Completely's blog and even though he has about 20 new gun-related posts since the last Carnival of Cordite, the first thing I see is this! Talk about humble... go scroll through everything, and let him know he is NOT slacking off!
* EVERY PERSON WHO EVER ADVOCATED A WAITING PERIOD SHOULD READ THE NEXT TWO ENTRIES *
The Ten Ring found a nice old text on shooting that has withstood the test of time:
You can click here to find a used copy.
You know, I can't think of a better thing to do on any random day than picking up 900 rounds of ammo!
Here's an interesting take on global events: we need MORE nuclear proliferation. I can't say I necessarily agree, but it is something to think about...
So I've been checking out the Springfield XD pistols as a possible graduation/buy-a-gun-day present. I sent a note to Springfield, asking if they had any plans to offer one in 10mm. The response:
Thank you for your interest in Springfield XD handguns! At the present time, there are no plans to produce a 10mm XD in the near future. However, we have been expanding the XD product line with models and calibers tremendously over the past few years. It may be possible in the future. Continue to watch our web page for announcements of future products as they become available.
Custom Shop Coordinator
420 West Main St.
Geneseo, IL 61254
Perhaps if enough others are interested in keeping the excellent 10mm alive in something more ergonomic than the Glock, Springfield will consider it down the road. Please e-mail and let them know there is a market for a high-capacity 10mm auto-pistol that fits the average hand.
In the meantime, it does sound like we might see some other great new XD products - maybe some match guns? Again, let them know what you want - it's the best market research tool they have.
Hmmmm... match-grade XD...
Or, maybe I just need a 629...
Just make sure you get a pinned barrel!
Whatever you get for buy a gun day, be careful if you pay with cash.
When in doubt, call the cops. Unless you are in the aftermath of a hurricane in New Orleans... So... what to do when the cops come collecting guns in the wake of a Katrina-like emergency? Claire thinks it might be a good idea to keep a cheap spare gun to hand over as a decoy.
But please, don't give up one of these... unless it is to me!
Meanwhile, gun pr0n goes to a whole new level:
I can't believe you guys are sending me penetration shots now... at least it isn't a TW25B shot...
(I won't even tell you what my old bud Darin calls TW25B...)
Countertop is at a loss to explain this...
Are you a fan of these?
If yes, then click here for more than you ever knew there was to know!
Technogypsy hasn't been blogging lately, but came out of his slumber over recent proposals to enact more bans on the .50 BMG. But it looks like an idea that came out of an earlier Carnival of Cordite is coming to fruition!
Can I get some sort of royalty?
Although I honestly don't know what the big deal is about the .50 BMG... it's just a child's toy...
Sometimes, people use the comments sections of blogs to have wonderful, long, in depth conversations. But most of the time, stuff like this happens.
XAVIER FINALLY GOT HIS HOLY GRAIL GUN!
This could be potentially good news about the Winchester plant closure. We'll have to see what develops.
Just like Mr. Completely, Of Arms and the Law has amassed a huge number of good posts over the last two weeks. You really need to just start at the top and keep on reading. Seriously.
OK.. that wraps up the submissions, but now I'd like to transition into what I promised a little earlier: more on Jason Atkinson.
Check out this post I found over at NW Republican:
Here is what Lee had to say:
Thanks for the notice about Jason at the gun show. Daughter Hannah and I volunteered for nearly four hours at the Atkinson for Governor table at the Portland Gun Show on Saturday morning. Saturday AM is the best day of any show. The next door neighbor-table never arrived, so we expanded into it as well. Eminent Domain! or was it Manifest Destiny?
As people would walk past, if they glanced at us or at the pictures and stuff on the table, I would immediately engage them with a cheery 'Hi! Are you an Oregon voter?' If yes, then, 'Do you know about Atkinson for Governor?'
Mostly the answer was no, so we would quickly explain that Jason was the only candidate with a consistent Pro-2A position. He didn't have to borrow the dogs in the photos!
If I had their ear, I rotated among several different 'pitches.'
1) Of the three candidates, Jason was the only one who wasn't from Salem, and didn't owe favors to anyone in Portland. Wouldn't that be nice to have a governor from the Other Oregon?
2) Jason is not one of the little guys who some times visit gunshows asking for votes. You know, the ones who can afford 20 bumper stickers and 2 lawn signs. (Usually got a knowing smile here) Jason is a real candidate, a real Second Amendment defender, and has proved it by being in the legislature for eight years.
3) I always ended with a Please vote for Atkinson for Governor in the upcoming primary.
Most of the guys listened and engaged us respectfully, usually with a promise to look over the information thoughtfully. Later as we strolled around the show, if we happened to talk to a vendor, I also gave him an info card and asked him to vote for Atkinson in the upcoming
I didn't really count the contacts, but I would guess that we got about 50 votes. Campaigning is hard work!
While Jason was at the show, we forgot to take any pictures with him. So we had to make do with a display. Here am I in my NRA Instructor's cap and daughter Hannah.
Jason really is an honest guy. When I asked him about one topic or another, he talked to us eye to eye without fluff answers. As a guy who has been in sales for 20 years, a snow job is easy to spot. He asked us for advice about how to reach a certain market niche. Hannah had the answer so she did the talking and Jason listened to every word.
Bottom line -- we had fun and we did some good. You can't beat that!
Jason Atkinson WENT TO THE GUN SHOW to meet and greet fellow shooters. And I heard from another person who was there: he wasn't just campaigning, he was shopping.
So in all seriousness: if you want to see the best pro-gun candidate Oregon has seen in a generation get elected, head on over to the campaign website. Make a donation. Spread the word! The primary is coming up in under two months, and we have a three-way dead heat. It will only take a little bit more help for Jason to break out and be our nominee. That help could come from you!
And now, to end with some humor...
One of my favorite things on the internet is Chris Muir's Day by Day cartoon. If you haven't been following, this week has had a "girls with guns" theme. Chris said I could reproduce the week here, but be sure to hit his website for all the archives:
Oh, and just so you know, Chris says there is more to follow in this series. Make sure you see how it unravels at his website!
That wraps up the end of our special double edition Carnival of Cordite! You can see our archives here for information on submissions, etc. And don't forget to use the handy submit form from Conservative Cat!