Or a fistful of £ Sterling, depending on what side of the pond you hail from.
That’s what you will require to purchase Wild Bill Hickok’s Smith & Wesson No 2 revolver when it comes up for auction. The .32 gun with a 6in barrel, blue finish and varnished rosewood grips comes with documentation proving its provenance. WILD WEST fans will need a fistful of dollars to buy the pistol Wild Bill Hickok was carrying With todays currency conversion, that’s $ 498,352-USD, or £ 320,000-Sterling. I would lay odds on that it stays on the $ side of the pond, which is where its true history sits. (it would have to be de-commissioned if it was brought into the UK, a gross act of legislative vandalism)!
Moms Demand Action is a little hot under the collar about Starbucks honoring state and local laws regarding the carry of firearms in their stores. Essentially the java joint matches their store policies with law. So they allow firearms in the coffeeshop if local law allows it. And to show appreciation, gun aficionados are staging a buy-in on August 9th. (I thought it was today and passed by one at the mall. We rolled in and bought three drinks to show support. None of the baristas had any idea about the buy-in, probably because I had the wrong day. But they were friendly to the idea. 2nd Amendment, one of them asked. Neat.)
I find the idea of concealed carry enticing, it’s a great privilege and responsibility. One day, when I’m finished with Navy deployments, I’ll explore a CCW license. In the meantime, I’ll just have to go here:
Welcome to the United States Concealed Carry Association, the Nation’s Ultimate Concealed Carry Resource
If you’re like me, you believe in the 2nd Amendment and that self-defense is a natural-born right. This website is for people like us, people who are willing to carry a concealed weapon to protect their loved ones.
Enjoy our collection of Concealed Carry information and stay safe,
Founder, US Concealed Carry, Inc.
Publisher, Concealed Carry Magazine
The beauty of the second amendment is that it helps guarantee the other amendments. For other gun news, do go visit the Gun Feed. It’s like a midnight buffet, minus the conga line.
Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley, also known as South Carolina’s governor Nikki Haley, visited the FNH-USA factory:
Nikki Haley at FNH-USA.
Just looking up information on the governor yielded some interesting results:
Her husband, Michael Haley, is a federal employee with the United States Department of the Army and an officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard and was sent on a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in January 2013. The couple have two children, Rena and Nalin. Haley’s brother Mitti Randhawa was an active duty officer who served in the U.S. Army for 20 years.
Every state’s governor should learn about firearms. They are our national heritage. The story of United States is interwoven with the development of guns. I’ve given up on California’s politicians, but I commend the governor of South Carolina for visiting the FNH plant (and getting a concealed-weapons permit.)
Bob Burns is an Army vet and a TSA agent who runs the TSA Blog. Here he shares a picture of a knife the TSA found at one of their little touchy-feely inspection sites:
The Perfect Knife to Bring to a Gunfight (CLE)
I am guessing the CLE stands for Cleveland. Hello Cleveland!!!
I know this may be wrong, but I ever time I see a picture of a mass gun turn-in, I scan the table to see if there is anything callin’ my name. (Be honest, I know you do too!)
I kinda got my eye on a coupla those handguns and I like that brass-barrelled long rifle.
Dear Dan, With the recent debate over gun control and protecting school children, should we arm schoolteachers to make schools safer? —Ron
Hard to know from the point of view of policy, but here’s one thing that is clear to me: If my own schoolteachers had been armed, I would not have survived middle school. -Dan Ariely
Coy Tolonen, from Clackamas County (and his neighbors in Jennings Lodge) use:
And they post fliers that read: This is a Glock block. We don’t call 911.
If you have an extra five minutes, go hustle your happy way over to this gun-grrrrl’s site to watch a video of Sarah Merkle.
She is a Maryland teenager, eloquent in her defense of the second amendment.
I can’t think of a recent clip I’ve seen that states the constitutional position with such clarity.
And I love how she brings up Chicago and compares the stringent laws the Windy City has with its gun deaths. (There were more gun deaths in Chicago than in the Afghanistan War during the same time period.)
Certain things attract me to blogposts; good titles, interesting content, and passion are at the top of the list. This article by Eric over at Gunmart has all three: Huff Post peeing themselves yet again over something gun related…
If you have some extra time on your hands and you are pre-disposed towards weapons and news about them, you really should go to the Gun Feed. It’s a site set up like the Drudge Report, but it is entirely based on guns. The top story, on the Tavor X95, is fascinating. And they have all the right advertisers: Glock, the NRA, Wilson Combat, Ruger. Somewhere, buried deep within its exalted pages, is a link to this blog. I have no idea which blogpost is generating the traffic, I just hope it is not this one.
Courtesy of America’s Sergeant Major, this next story is the millionth reminder of why self-reliance is important. And learning how to use a gun can save your life:
An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts.
Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.
“Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,” the 911 dispatcher told the woman. “You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?”
Time to cross Josephine County off the retirement list.
TrackingPoint is a gun company founded by John McHale. And their weapons are getting a fair amount of press right now, especially their Precision Guided Firearms or PGFs, which use Linux-powered scopes to assist in trigger-squeezing:
Austin-based startup TrackingPoint isn’t typical Ars fare, but its use of technology to enable getting just the perfect shot was intriguing enough to get me to stop by and take a look at the company’s products.
The TrackingPoint XS1, in a .338 Lapua Magnum, a 27-inch Krieger barrel, 300 grain match rounds.
TrackingPoint makes “Precision Guided Firearms, or “PGFs,” which are a series of three heavily customized hunting rifles, ranging from a .300 Winchester Magnum with a 22-inch barrel up to a .338 Lapua Magnum with 27-inch barrel, all fitted with advanced computerized scopes that look like something directly out of The Terminator. Indeed, the comparison to that movie is somewhat apt, because looking through the scope of a Precision Guided Firearm presents you with a collection of data points and numbers, all designed to get a bullet directly from point A to point B.
It would be fun to shoot ‘em. . .
When it comes to guns, I am easy to enthrall. I would not say I am obsessed, I’ve gone years without reading up on them or shooting. Rather, I look at my enthusiasm as a healthy respect and interest. Both in technology advances and in back history. And regardless of how they shoot, I’ve always found the bullpup to be an interesting design:
The F2000 carbine was developed in 1990’s as a new generation of military assault rifles. It was finally released in 2000 with updates and final modifications made in 2002. A highly innovative bullpup design offering a full-length barrel, the F2000 system is compact and modular, and can be readily adapted to meet specific mission requirements.
The FNH F2000 carbine
The gas-operated carbine is chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO and features an ambidextrous polymer stock. It may be fitted with a variety of optical or electronic sights and target designators, as well as tactical lights and lasers to meet the operator’s needs.
I imagine it is quite lethal close-in. . .
I am of two minds on Cody Wilson and his Liberator, built by a 3D-printable CAD file and ABS plastic on a Dimension SST printer from printing firm Stratasys. I doubt Cody will use his gun in a crime, but should this technology be widespread, malicious actors will. And I imagine the Liberator is untraceable:
Cody Wilson’s Liberator
On the other hand/mind, I like freedom, rugged individualism, and self-reliance. Still, I see laws banning this sort of activity in our future, notably from Congressman Steve Israel.
Did Jay Mohr and Olivia Wilde just use the Boston Bombing to make a call for increased gun-control? I would think it would be the opposite, no? Having a gun in the house as protection from two on-the-run thugs? Ach, what do I know. . .