AR-15 Ammunition And Barrel Twist Rate

Herschel Smith · 19 Feb 2017 · 6 Comments

There are a lot of articles and discussion forum threads on barrel twist rate for AR-15s.  So why am I writing one?  Well, some of the information on the web is very wrong.  Additionally, this closes out comment threads we've had here touching on this topic, EMail exchanges I've had with readers, and personal conversations I've had with shooters and friends about this subject.  It's natural to put this down in case anyone else can benefit from the information.  Or you may not benefit at…… [read more]

Katie Pavlich Advocates For More Gun Control

BY Herschel Smith
6 days, 20 hours ago

Fox News:

On “America’s Newsroom” today, Katie Pavlich said it’s a “no-brainer” that congressmen and women should be allowed to carry a firearm in D.C. if they have the proper permit.

She pointed to Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) comments that if armed Capitol Hill police had not been present at the baseball field last week, “it would have been a massacre.”

“The only reason why that shooting stopped is because two people with firearms were able to take out the assailant,” Pavlich said.

She said that everybody, members of Congress included, should be able to carry a concealed weapon in these currently restricted areas.

Mary Anne Marsh said she’s not in favor of this change, but she said if it does happen, then there should be one uniform standard for concealed carry across the nation.

“If you want to do this, then let’s have one uniform national standard, because people come from every state, every city and town, capital,” March said. “Let’s have everyone have one standard.”

Pavlich agreed that there should be a national standard. She argued that should include D.C., so that members of Congress and regular citizens can take responsibility for their own safety.

Do you want more gun control?  Because this is how you get more gun control.

Good Lord, Katie.  With constitutional carry either passed or under consideration in many states, the very last thing we want is for some allegedly pro-gun girl to argue in favor of putting the fedgov in charge of “uniform standards” for anything, most especially guns.

And worst of all is if the fedgov made carry not only subject to CLEO regulation, but some sort of law or federal code.

Good grief honey.  Think before you speak.

CNN Downplays ‘Good Guys With Guns’ Capturing Dangerous Escaped Convicts

BY Herschel Smith
6 days, 20 hours ago


In an honest report, armed citizens saving the day would have been the headline.

You have to go 30 paragraphs down into the story to find out the homeowners didn’t “help capture” the fugitives, they captured them. And while it’s fine and proper to credit the man and his neighbor with being brave, it was the fact that they were armed – with guns – that enabled them to successfully act on that bravery.

Yes, and there is even more to this story.

The 35-year-old father said he decided to make a run for it rather than hole up in the panic room in his home. He called 911, grabbed his daughter and headed out to his car.

As he started to pull out of the driveway, Hale noted how much closer the suspects had gotten.

“They began to take off their shirts and start waving at us as if to slow us down,” he recalled.

But he continued to back his car up and “for some reason they started to surrender and laid down on my concrete driveway.”

[ … ]

Hale said he never had to use any of his weapons and suspected the pair mistook his car for a police cruiser.

Regardless of the reason for the surrender, with what this pair had done already, I can see yet another dead man (and little girl since she would have been a witness) if he didn’t have weapons with him.

But CNN wasn’t the only stupid ones.  Here is what Georgia Tennessee Governor Nathan Deal said.

Gov. Nathan Deal released a statement, “Rest assured, justice will be served. My sincere thanks to our local, state and federal law enforcement officers who assisted in the manhunt. Because of their tireless efforts, the public is safe.”

What a goober.

Stupid Reactions To The Alexandria Shooting Of Congressional Members

BY Herschel Smith
6 days, 20 hours ago

Rolling Stone:

“This is a horrible aberration, and it makes us fear for our security,” says a visibly shaken Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, who has cuts and scrapes on his arms and knees from hitting the dugout floor to avoid the bullets. While he talks to reporters, he’s still in a dirt-covered jersey emblazoned with the word “Republican.” The morning’s tragedy is just beginning to dawn on him. “Just a horrible … experience. And actually, now thinking [about] the magnitude of the shots that were fired and the carnage that was there, I’m still in a state of shock.”

[ … ]

“It’s about the person. We have people in this country, sadly, who have just a horrific value system – somebody like this, today, who would do that, people who engage in terrorism. They will unfortunately find their weapon of choice,” Fleischmann tells Rolling Stone. “What we need to do is focus on keeping Americans safe. But I am, and will always be, a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Put it this way: If we had had more weapons there, we’d be able to subdue the shooter more quickly. Thank God that the Capitol Police were there and were armed, because otherwise we’d have had a situation where there’d be a lot more damage.”

Party leaders also canceled other proceedings, like a hearing in a House Natural Resources subcommittee on a piece of legislation that would ease restrictions on buying silencers for guns. Currently, getting a silencer requires purchasers to submit to being fingerprinted and produce a photograph that’s kept on file, and the waiting period can last as long as nine months. The bill being proposed by Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan would do away with those restrictions.

“It’s one of the things that makes you feel more normal – the camaraderie that we have in the mornings,” Republican Rep. Pat Meehan, who wasn’t at practice Wednesday morning, says to a group of reporters before being overwhelmed with emotion and tearing up. “The camaraderie that we have in the mornings when we are there is such a change from the pressures that we all feel on a regular basis, and is kind of a return to the fun things. You know, Scalise is the Whip, but when we’re out there we kind of treat each other like we’re in high school again.”

[ … ]

Other Republicans are avoiding specifics too. Rep. Rodney Davis, who represents the shooter’s home state of Illinois, was up to bat when the shooting began. “I heard a loud noise and thought it was a construction site dropping a large piece of metal, and then the next thing I heard was, ‘Run – he’s got a gun!” he says, still in his cleats and uniform. Davis gets heated mad when I ask whether there could have been greater carnage if the shooter had employed a silencer during his rampage.

The number one most stupid thing after this shooting is asking if suppressors would have made this worse.  The second most stupid thing is acting like high schoolers playing ball.  I don’t want you to build camaraderie with anyone.  I want you to go to the mattresses and stop the drunken advance of government power.

The third most stupid thing is acting as if you alone are victims of shooting rampages.  You want guns?  Fine.  Make them available for everyone for self defense.  And don’t act as if you have PTSD when you send sons of America on every stupid foreign misadventure known to man in your quest for global imperialism.

And if you care about PTSD and young boys whom you have sent to war where the real shooting is, then fix the VA.  There.  I’ll bet you didn’t expect that from this event.  Did you, you gaggle of pricks?

Australian Government Says It Wants To Confiscate Weapons From Peaceable Citizens

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 3 days ago

The Guardian:

Australia has announced a sweeping national firearm amnesty that will allow owners of illegal firearms to hand in weapons for the first time since the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania in 1996.

The amnesty was one of the measures agreed as part of the revised 2017 National Firearms Agreement by the state and territory governments.

The amnesty has been precipitated by a steady increase in the number of unregistered firearms in Australia, which law enforcement and intelligence agencies now believe to number approximately 260,000.

My expectation is it will probably not be the case that we will have hardened criminals who have made a big effort to get a hold on illegal guns would necessarily hand them in. The purpose is to reduce the number of unregistered and illicit firearms in the community”.

He couldn’t have been clearer.  He doesn’t expect that criminals or terrorists will hand in weapons.  Only peaceable citizens will turn them in, making them less able to defend themselves.

The security situation in Australia is degrading with an increase in both gangs and the potential for Islamic terror, and yet there are still those in America and around the world who embrace the false Australia gun narrative.

Michael Savage Beclowns Himself On Guns

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 3 days ago

Via Codrea.

Drums are notoriously unreliable for AR-15s, and only really effectively used for belt-fed weapons like the open-bolt FN SAW (which by the way, I should be able to own under the second amendment).

Notwithstanding that, why should I listen to some clown in California, a world away, who doesn’t know how to pronounce his R’s (I can’t stand to hear someone try to say “more” and end up saying “mowa”).  Learn to use your R’s Michael.  It sounds annoying and cranky when you don’t.

So who’s going to do the collecting of all of those armaments, Michael, you or LEOs?  Any LEOs around my neck of the woods, if they really care about their own safety and health, would refuse to obey such orders.  So are you going to do all of this yourself?

Any time you feel froggy.

Gabrielle Giffords On Gun Safety

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 3 days ago


“We need the courage to face our gun safety problem now …”

I’ve got my safety issues worked out deary.

Should Members Of Congress Carry Guns?

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 3 days ago


As Bloomberg News reported Thursday morning, some Republican members of Congress responded to these events by proposing that lawmakers carry their own guns for protection. Representative Dave Brat of Virginia told reporters that Congress should consider allowing members to arm themselves for the sake of safety. At present, firearms and other dangerous weapons (except those carried by law enforcement) are prohibited on the U.S. Capitol grounds.

Representative Chris Collins, a New York Republican, said he now intends to carry a firearm at public events, according to television station WKBW. “I can assure you, from this day forward: I have a carry permit. I will be carrying when I’m out and about,” Collins said. “It’s going to be in my pocket from this day forward.”

Sorry Chris, you can’t, unless the D.C. police grant you a dispensation because you’re more special than other people.  Go back to New York and solve your own damn problems.  Your state has some of the most restrictive firearms laws on earth, just short of Hawaii and South Africa.  Don’t come crying to me until you fix your state’s problems.

Dave, instead of arguing for Congressional members being armed, why don’t you give us a national carry law?  Oh, I see.  Because you can’t get that passed, but the congresscritters will arm themselves for their own protection.  Got it.

Assessment Of The Usefulness Of Pistol Red Dot Sights

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 4 days ago

KR Training:

Did shooters using the slide mounted red dots shoot better than those using irons or lasers? No.

Many, regardless of experience level, had a hard time finding the dot on initial presentation of the pistol from ready, with the most difficulty occurring when no backup iron sights were available.

Those using the green laser (in bright daylight, much of it during summer months in Texas) had no trouble using it to shoot scores very close to what they could with iron sights.

There was not time in the testing to give participants significant training time to learn the red dot or the laser. They were allowed 10 or less dry fire presentations before testing began. Red dot advocates insist that finding the dot on presentation improves with training, and I found that to be true during summer 2016, when I put in the time to earn a Grand Master ranking in USPSA’s Carry Optics division.

It would be interesting to see this study performed with more time to practice with the red dot sights.  But I’ve heard this about green light lasers and their usefulness.

With red dots you’re searching for the dot.  With the green light laser you’re looking down a line of light.  It just seems that it would be easier to sight.  It also seems like it might be a useful thing to have for folks like me who wear glasses and may not be able to find them in the middle of the night.

Readers with experience using pistol red dots and green light lasers are welcome to weigh in with their own experiences.

D.C. Gun Carry Reciprocity For Congresscritters?

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 4 days ago

The Libertarian Republic:

Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk said concealed-carry reciprocity should be considered for members of Congress looking to protect themselves from future acts of violence like Wednesday’s attack on lawmakers practicing for the congressional baseball game.

While the shooting– which left four injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise — took place in Alexandria, Va., where individuals have the right to carry guns, members were headed to Capitol Hill following practice, which falls under the jurisdiction of Washington, D.C.’s stricter gun laws.

Loudermilk, a member if the GOP’s baseball team, said the situation could have been worse had it not been for Scalise’s security detail that went after the shooter. Leadership members are provided with security, but rank-and-file members are not — leaving many wondering how to best address security threats.

“I think we need to look at some kind of reciprocity for members here, but also we need to look at security detail if Scalise hadn’t been on our team it would have been really bad,” Loudermilk told reporters. “You know, at what point do you have a congregation of members — and we’re not any more special anybody else but we are targets — do you have a security detail with you then.”

Well, apparently you feel that you are more special than other people, and listen to me Congresscritter, everyone is a target.  Everyone.  There are no exceptions.

I’ll say the same thing for you I said over reddit/r/guns to the California LEOs who wanted to keep their service weapons because … ahem … they are more special than everyone else.

No, and a thousand times NO!  If you want reciprocity, then do it for everyone.  The California LEOs over reddit/r/guns were flabbergasted that someone could actually think the way I do.  I hope you’re flabbergasted too.  So do something about it, or continue to be a target.

Choose wisely.

8 Reasons To Invest In A 9 mm Pistol Caliber Carbine

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 4 days ago

Gil Horman writing for American Rifleman gives us eight reasons to invest in a 9 mm pistol caliber carbine.  It’s an interesting article that ends with this.

Whenever possible, it makes sense to invest in firearms that can fill multiple roles instead of just one. The 9 mm PCCs fall into this category. These platforms are ideal for informal plinking, target shooting, home defense or riding along as a trunk gun. I’ve heard that a good sized part of what is driving the new interest in these guns are the new divisions in 3-Gun and other competitions that allow the use of 9 mm carbines. Imagine spending a day honing your shooting skills at a match, getting home, giving your carbine a quick cleaning and then staging the gun you know inside and out to defend your home in case of an emergency. That’s about as flexible as a carbine gets.

Now here’s one gigantic reason not to.  I don’t shoot 9 mm.  For those of you who do, I would certainly consider investing in a 9 mm carbine, but when all the pistol rounds in your safe are .45 ACP, .357 Magnum or .38 Special, it makes no sense to invest in 9 mm.  Another way of saying it is that I’ve tried to begin minimizing the number of calibers in my safe while maximizing the total count.  I think this will pay dividends in the future.  Actually, I lied.  I also have 5.7 mm, but that’s my special vice, something to which I treat myself, sort of like a little bit of “Maker’s Mark” on rare occasion.

Now, if you want to talk about a .45 ACP carbine, that’s another story.  I’ve got my eye on one, but at the moment it’s too pricey.

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