Colion Noir tackles the fractured gun community and the need for a unified front against the anti-gun agenda. As the season comes to a close, Colion reflects on the conversations he had and the minds he changed, and discusses what it means to identify as a gun owner with Farran, Kandace, Richard Ryan and the town hall participants.
Below is my review of the FS2000, which is a bullpup rifle chambered for .223/5.56x45mm.
I have written about the pointlessness of bans on so-called “assault weapons” before, and have also discussed how such firearms are rarely used by criminals anyway. The video clip below reinforces those points quite nicely:
Below is an excellent series of video clips by nutnfancy, addressing the reliability/durability, ballistics, firepower, ergonomics, weight, operation, accuracy, accessories/versatility, optics, value, and track records of the AK-47 and the AR-15:
I recently received an email from a gentleman who asserted that long guns (rifles/shotguns) are more effective for self defense than handguns, and that it therefore stands to reason that a handgun ban is reasonable so long as citizens are permitted to own long guns. This is a viewpoint that I’ve heard before, espoused by those note that criminals use handguns more than any other type of gun, and believe that a handgun ban is therefore the appropriate governmental response. … Continued
I’ve previously discussed how bans on so-called “assault weapons” are irrational, and based upon the use of fear tactics by disingenuous politicians. One myths is that these so-called “assault weapons” are more powerful and lethal than ordinary hunting guns. As the video clip below shows, the rounds fired by “assault weapons” tend to be less powerful than those fired by ordinary deer hunting rifles that have been around for decades:
Below is my review of the Microtech Small Arms Research (MSAR) STG-556:
Below is my review of the lead-free Corbon DPX ammunition:
Below is my review of the Ruger Mini-14:
Below is a great video clip about AR-15-pattern rifles, which is produced by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The video clip does a nice job explaining how an AR-15 is properly called a “modern sporting rifle,” rather than an “assault weapon.”
I would like to point out an excellent article entitled “Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo.” That article is the result of extensive testing of various self defense rounds, for handguns, rifles, and shotguns. I would say it is one of the all around best self defense ammo reviews I’ve ever seen.
Below is my review of the Magpul PMAG polymer AR-15 magazine:
I’ve generally been quite happy with the gun stores and ranges I’ve been to, both in the Chicago and Quad Cities areas. However that streak came to an end today, with a trip to B & B Shooting Supplies. The story is below, and I’m curious what other people think of the situation and my reaction.
Below is my review of the Rock River Arms Entry Tactical AR-15.
I recently purchased a Rock River Arms AR-15. To be specific, this model
Below is my review of the Ruger PC4, which is a carbine rifle chambered for .40 S&W:
Since Obama‘s election, there has been a nation wide ammunition shortage. The Chicago-area gun stores where I bought ammo raised their prices about 25%, and would only sell me 3 boxes at a time, but they always had ammo to sell. I’ve read about more severe shortages in blogs, and seen discussions about it on various forums, but until recently I didn’t really experience the shortage myself. That changed yesterday:
A couple of gift ideas for this holiday season:
Before each of the major hurricanes this year, I’ve seen people arrive at this site after searching for “hurricane gun”, and similar terms. At first I attributed this to people worried about the wrongful gun confiscation after Hurricane Katrina, but upon further review it seems that was not what people were looking for:
The Beretta CX4 Storm is a pistol caliber carbine that I’ve come to like quite a bit. My review of this rifle is below:
Having a gun that is comfortable for the user to hold and fire is important. A gun that doesn’t fit the user will be unpleasant to shoot, and accuracy will suffer. This article addresses such considerations when selecting a gun:
Cleaning one’s firearms is important to ensure that they will function safely and reliably for years to come. Strange as it may sound, however, it is sometimes important NOT to clean a gun:
In many areas, anti gun rights politicians and organizations have mandated waiting periods before a gun can be purchased. They argue that his will provide time for an angry person to “cool off” so that they don’t go buy a gun and commit a crime, and that this time is needed to run a background check. These arguments may seem persuasive at first, but are in fact rather weak and poorly reasoned; failing to prevent crime and instead leaving citizens … Continued
The question of which gun cleaning solvent, protectant, and lubricant to use is one that comes rather often. This article addresses my thoughts and recommendations insofar as gun solvents/oils/protectants are concerned:
Joe Biden, the running mate of Barack Obama, is one of the most anti gun rights politicians in Government, although Biden falsely tries to pass himself off as pro gun:
As I’ve previously mentioned, crime in England has skyrocketed since their passage of strict gun control laws. The criminals still shoot innocent citizens, and gun smugglers bring illegal guns into the UK just as illegal drugs are imported. The criminals who are willing to commit violent crimes such as murder are just as willing to violate a relatively minor gun control law. Tired of seeing law abiding citizens at the mercy of criminals, Graham Showell decided to do something:
The video clip below shows how quickly a magazine can be reloaded, even by those who are relatively new to firearms (such as these cadets). Further proof that the “assault weapons” bans are ineffective and simply another way to whittle down the Second Amendment.
I’ve seen that some people, most of whom have never fired a gun, are opposed to parents teaching their children to fire guns. I disagree, and feel that children who are interested in firearms should be taught to shoot under responsible adult supervision, once they are mature enough to do so safely.
As Press Democrat reports, depressed Iraq war veteran Corporal Matthew Jensen called 911 for help. The police arrived and eventually took him to the Veteran’s Administration for treatment. However, the officers discovered a deactivated 1940’s-era SKS rifle on floor, which Matthew had taken from a dead Iraqi sniper and brought back as a gift for his father. The rifle’s firing pin and mechanism had been removed, rending it inoperable, however the California state prosecutor decided to charge Matthew with a … Continued
This video clip demonstrates the steps to disassemble and reassemble your AK-47, for cleaning.
Proper cleaning is important to keep all firearms functioning reliably, however it seems to be especially important for the AR-15. This video clip demonstrates the steps to disassemble and reassemble your AR-15, for cleaning.
As the Indy Star reports, a Franklin, IN man took his bolt action, .22LR caliber rifle and confronted a burglar. The burglar wrestled the gun away from the home owner, James Duncan, and shot him in the shoulder. Mr. Duncan survived, and there are important lessons to be learned here:
I’ve seen increasing talk about the “benefits” of making gun manufacturers liable for criminals that misuse their guns, and thought it would be a good topic for an article
Purchasing a gun now is a prudent choice, given the fact that when you actually need the gun, it will be too late to buy it. I am not speaking of the world ending or other unlikely events (no, I don’t believe society will collapse any time soon) but rather about events that can and do happen, when it helps to have a gun:
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has declared the Second Amendment protects the right of an individual to keep and bear arms, striking down the (failed) District of Columbia handgun ban. This article discusses what exactly the court held, and what that means for American gun owners:
The pros and cons of pistol caliber carbines, which are rifles that have a relatively short barrel and are chambered for pistol cartridges, are discussed below:
Everyone is welcome at the 6th Annual ISRA Range Open House! Just west of Kankakee, IL on Saturday, June 21st 2008 – 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM FREE PARKING! FREE ADMISSION! RAIN or SHINE!
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is proposing several anti-gun rights laws as the answer to gang violence. These laws won’t affect gang members, who are already willing to break the laws against selling drugs, committing murder, and being felons who unlawfully possess guns.
Gun control laws, especially the bans on so called “assault weapons“, tend to be highly technical in nature. Such laws include arbitrary limitations on the length of barrels, the number of round a magazine can store, cosmetic features of the gun, etc. This leaves the average law abiding citizen unaware that they might be violating the law, until they are arrested. Worse yet, some laws are rather vague, leaving even the most diligent and well educated citizen unable to determine … Continued
In response to my articles on selecting a gun for home defense, taking a friend shooting for the first time, and facts about recoil, I have been asked how one can get used to the recoil generated by more powerful guns. Getting used to recoil is not too challenging, as this article explains.
The Streamlight TLR-2 is a combination tactical light and laser, which mounts on the accessory rails of handguns, shotguns, and rifles. My review of this well built tactical accessory is below:
I have previously discussed how the bans on so called “assault weapons” only ban cosmetic and safety features of guns that are not true military style guns anyway, while not reducing crime or even being rationally related to crime. Now I’ll address the fact that criminals simply don’t tend to use these so called “assault weapons”, which makes banning them even more pointless.
Chicago Alderman Richard Mell owns a variety of shotguns, rifles, and pistols, but forgot to re-register them, which makes the handguns permanently illegal and unregisterable under Chicago law. Since he wants to keep his handguns, he is proposing a 1 month registration amnesty period. The catch? It would only apply to people who happened to have failed to re-register in the same time frame as him. Chicago’s Mayor Daley endorses this plan, which is designed to benefit an influential alderman, … Continued
Shooting is a great sport for everyone. I say that not just because it is fun, but because it does not have to have the same physical requirements as many other sports. This allows a lot of people to participate and excel at shooting, even if they could not do the same in other sports. Shooting is also great for the most physically fit among us, who are seeking a new challenge.
Pump action shotguns and rifles are well suited to home defense, due to their reliability. An added benefit of pump action is that it makes storing the firearm in a relatively safe yet ready to use fashion easier. While this practice is likely obvious to those experienced with pump action firearms, it may not be as obvious for those more familiar with other action types, or those new to firearms. This article describes how to store a pump action firearm … Continued
The Remington 7600 is a pump action rifle, available in a variety of calibers. Its action is similar to that of the Remington 870 series shotgun, making this rifle easy to transition to for those familiar with pump action shotguns. The pump action nature of this rifle also exempts it from some of the more stringent gun bans, which is (sadly) something that must be considered by some law abiding gun owners these days. My review of the Remington 7600 … Continued
The Ruger 10/22 is a great gun for target practice. It is inexpensive but of high quality, and the ammunition it fires, .22 long rifle (.22LR), is just a few cents per cartridge. My review of the Ruger 10/22 is below.
Guns ownership and sporting use is a special hobby like no other. And I’m not only speaking about the unique fun and physics that go along with responsible firearms use – Whether you are interested in hunting, target practice, or collecting, firearms as a hobby require something that almost no other hobby requires:
Lawfully purchasing a gun online requires only a little bit more work than purchasing most other items online, and this extra effort can be worth the price savings. Other times, the exact firearm that the buyer wants might not be available locally, especially when the gun in question is no longer in production, or is a high demand item that is in short supply. This article describes the relatively simple process of legally purchasing a gun online.
In response to the shootings of over 30 people in a 48 hour period, Chicago’s Mayor Daley will arm the police with M4 Carbines. These machine guns’ rate of fire is upwards of 700 round per minute in 3 round bursts.