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Celebrate Independence Day Like a Founding Father…With Guns…Big Ones

BY PGF
1 day, 15 hours ago

 

A little history and a good point; go to the range!

Even the first celebrations of the Declaration of Independence involved firearms. Five days after the Declaration’s signing, it was read aloud in New York City in front of General Washington and his troops.

The reaction was as stunning as it was fitting. Soldiers and citizens went to Bowling Green, a park in Manhattan, and promptly tore down a statue of King George III on horseback. To add insult to injury, they melted the statute for musket balls, 42,088 of them to be exact.

Guns, and often big guns, were used to mark America’s independence. July 4, 1777 saw ships’ cannons fired 13 times in honor of the colonies, along with fireworks. George Washington celebrated in 1778 with a double ration of rum for the troops and an artillery salute. In 1810, the War Department established the “national salute,” of firing one gun for each of the states, which was 17 at the time.

Do what you can while you can.

How Does Barrel Length Change Velocity

BY Herschel Smith
6 days, 13 hours ago

I love that Dan Wesson Pistol Pack.  As best as I can tell, they don’t manufacture this any more, or at least, I can’t find it.  If readers know better, weigh in with comments. CZ currently owns Dan Wesson.

This is another great presentation by Paul.

What H&K Thinks Of Gun Owners

BY Herschel Smith
6 days, 13 hours ago

H&K can go pound sand.  I don’t want any of their products.

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My Everyday Carry Gear and Why It’s “Wrong”

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 1 day ago

Chris takes a wise approach to most things.  I’ll make a few comments regarding the things he said as it relates to me.

First, concerning listening to “experts” criticize you for what you carry, that’s silly beyond belief, and I concur with Chris.  I literally couldn’t care any less than I do at this moment what a trainer or “expert” says about me or anything I do or don’t do.

Second, like Chris, I have a very low tolerance level for anything on my body.  I don’t wear necklaces, rings, watches, or anything else like that.  If I’m sitting, my phone comes out of my pocket.

I do find that one unobtrusive way to carry is in an ankle holster (a revolver, of course).  Beyond that, I find that if I have to carry IWB, a commander size 1911 frame is narrow enough that it doesn’t cause too much hassle, at least, for a while.

Finally, this is one reason I would rather openly carry, regardless of what other people think about it.

Comparing The AR-15 5.56X45 With The Sig Spear 6.8X51

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 5 days ago

Tim makes the comparison and contrast.  I really like Tim and have exchanged email with him, with Tim being helpful with advice in a purchase I wanted to make.

But I think they are wrong in their conclusions on almost every account.  First, don’t shoot practice ammunition when you can shoot the real thing.  No, .38 Spl versus .357 magnum isn’t a good comparison.  If you intend to carry .357 magnum, you’d better be shooting .357 magnum at the range.

Next, I think the high pressures this cartridge generates is going to be problematic, including scorching the chamber and throat.  Also, until you see this gun running its high pressures in hot environments for years, you have yet to see what sorts of problems will develop.  Next, I think the weight is going to be problematic, both for the gun and the ammunition.  Next, I think no one is ever going to shoot this in full auto – it will be completely uncontrollable.  I could go on, but I think you get my main points.

What to do then?  The Stoner platform is great, and so is the 5.56X45 for distances short of about 400 yards.  For those who need to shoot further than that, they should have considered the 6mm ARC.  No, they shouldn’t have considered it, they should have purchased upper receivers chambered for this cartridge as fast as they could.

The upper receiver will fit an AR-15 lower.  The cartridge fits within the AR platform.  Weight stays the same.  Operation stays the same.  A new upper receiver and new magazines is all that is required.  For that, you get a 6mm bullet that weighs almost twice what the 5.56X45 does (103 grains, 105 grains, 108 grains) with the velocity of the 5.56X45, and a long bullet that has the ballistic design for effectiveness at 1000 yards. You do all of that with only 1 – 2 pounds more recoil.

Leave it to the DoD to make stupid decisions and waste money.

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Injury Potential From Revolver Cylinder Gap

BY Herschel Smith
3 weeks, 1 day ago

I think it’s fairly common knowledge that you cannot grip a revolver the same way you do a semi-automatic pistol.  You cannot put your finger near the gap between the cylinder and the forcing cone.

But some newer gun owners may not be aware of this.  If you cannot get some one to teach you to do it the right way, read articles and watch videos to teach yourself.

Wheel guns are awesome and every man should have one or more.  But like any firearm, they come with warnings on their usage.

Apparently Trijicon Still Hates The Common Man

BY Herschel Smith
4 weeks, 1 day ago

TFB.  They’ve released the new compact ACOG.

  • Model: 1.5x16S (TA44 Series)
  • Magnification: 1.5x
  • Objective Lens: 16mm
  • Eye Relief: 2.4 in. 61.0mm
  • Exit Pupil: 0.42 in. 10.7mm
  • Field of View (in degrees): 7.4°
  • Field of View: 39.0 ft.@ 100 yds. 12.9m @100m
  • Adjustments (Per in. @ 100 yds.): 2 clicks
  • Dimensions (L x W x H) w/o Mount: 4.0 x 1.6 x 2.1 in. (102 x 42 x 53mm)
  • Weight w/ Mount: 5.1 oz. (144.5g)
  • Illumination Source: Fiber Optics & Tritium
  • Reticle(s): Circle Dot, RTR .223 Reticle, RTR 9mm PCC Reticle
  • MSRP: $1,357

I put the MSRP in bold.  Yes, you read that right.  They’ve released an ACOG that doesn’t have the magnification of the classic ACOG, and increased the price.

Ha!  And I had the audacity to recommend to Trijicon that they consider their pricing and whether they really want a share of the American market!

Why on earth would anyone buy this for $1357?  It isn’t a 1X so both eyes open downrange will see some oddball things, and it isn’t powerful enough to really be an LPVO or legitimate prism scope.

The Walther WMP Pistol in .22 Magnum

BY Herschel Smith
1 month ago

Good.  It’s nice to see someone has come out with a .22 magnum pistol that’s reliable.  I dumped my KelTec because I couldn’t make it go more than a magazine without a FTF/FTE.  I wrote them and suggested that they reengineer the magazine to be aluminum rather than polymer, and they ignored me.

This one is polymer coated on the outside, but aluminum in the inside.  Also, I had found one link which suggested that the pistol was striker fired in spite of what he said in the video.  But TFB confirms with confidence that it’s a hammer fired gun.  The hammer is a bit hidden but the pictures are good.

That checks the other box for me.  I don’t shoot striker fired guns.

Finally, I like the availability. I hate to read about a new firearm and then find that nothing is available and no one knows when there will be.

Jerry Miculek – One Gun for the Rest of His Life?

BY Herschel Smith
1 month ago

His answer was the same thing I said not too many months ago if you recall.  Although I have to say that the idea of unreliability of semi-automatic firearms is very dated and incorrect now with shotguns like Beretta makes.  I’d prefer a semi-auto shotgun to a pump action for a number of reasons, including recoil management and the breakage of sight picture to work the pump.

But I do like the idea of reliance on a wheel gun.

Sig’s Rattler Will Be U.S. Special Operators’ New Tiny Rifle

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

From a reader, this report on new weaponry for SOCOM.

It has a 5.5″ barrel.  The propaganda at the link says, “One was to roughly match the ballistic performance of the Soviet-developed 7.62x39mm round, retaining accuracy and power when fired from a weapon with an extremely short barrel. The other includes a heavier bullet that is subsonic and ideal for suppression and close-quarters combat.”  It will “blast out of tight spots with a wallop similar to a full-size assault rifle.”

No it won’t.  It shoots the 5.56X45 and the 300 BO rounds.  The 5.5″ barrel will cause a tremendous loss of bullet velocity.

SOCOM released a statement: “After years of continuous market research, USSOCOM HQ has concluded that Sig Sauer is the only vendor that can fulfill USSOCOM’s need for the commercial PDW requirement.”

The only vendor.  Sig is the only vendor who could fabricate a PDW that shoots a bullet.  Any kind of bullet.  Pistol caliber or rifle caliber that behaves like a pistol round because of reduced muzzle velocity.

The only vendor.

My question is this.  Who at Sig has what on SOCOM?  What is this love affair with Sig and why does it exist?

I wouldn’t want to go into a gun fight with that thing.  Guys, make your rifles rifles, and your pistols pistols.  Stop trying to marry the two.


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