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. . .
I’ve been thinking for some time about joining the NRA. A friend at work is a lifetime member and if I piggyback off his membership (I’m not entirely sure how it works), I can get a lifetime membership for three hundred bucks. Why would I join now, especially when I don’t own a gun and am about to deploy to a foreign country? Well for starters, stories like what happened to eighth-grader Jared Marcum at Logan Middle School motivate me. Jared was suspended and briefly jailed for wearing a pro-NRA T-shirt. Jailed. . .
I am not a “stock guy” in the sense that I don’t go out and buy individual stocks. I leave that to the pros who manage an account I am a “member” of. And the geniuses at Motley Fool, like Salvatore Sam, advise that gun stocks are a wise investment. Not gun stock, as in the stock of the gun, but actual paper stocks:
Yet another blow was delivered to proponents of gun control on Tuesday, when four Democratic Senators opted to break with their party and vote against expanding background checks for gun purchasers.
The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey amendment was seen as the weakest of the proposals aimed at restricting gun ownership; with it failing, the regulatory threat facing companies like Sturm, Ruger (NYSE: RGR), Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ: SWHC) and Cabela’s (NYSE:CAB) has vanished entirely.
RGR on the RGR!
I don’t normally remark on politics, but I will file this post as both non-political and pro-2nd Amendment. There is an important movement underway to get gun folks into the national dialogue (in an operation called Command the Chief.) Eric at Gunmart has more:
Command The Chief is a new pro-gun project put together to send 1 Million actual letters (not emails) to the White House on one single day.
On average, the White House receives 40,000 emails per day, which is over 5 times the number of letters they receive. Our goal is to send 1,000,000 letters on a single day. The impact of physical mail will appropriately represent our growing concern regarding the state of our civil liberties.
Here is the form letter they will be sending… You can also make additions to it if there is more that you wish to say:
Dear President Obama,
People with no regard for human life are the problem, not guns. Our history has taught us that prohibition only affects law abiding citizens, and creates additional chaos throughout the streets of our nation. Please take the time to reconsider all legislation regarding gun ownership. I don’t want this nation to repeat our past mistakes.
I like this whole thing a lot…. I will be getting involved with this and use them to send a letter. I hope that you will too.
Update: Eric at Gunmart has taken down the link due to a possible shady business practice. Don’t send them money please. . .
Joe Biden said this about shooting guns and new gun owners: They like the way it feels. You know, it’s like driving a Ferrari, he said, raising his arms as if shooting a gun. Hmmm, is shooting a gun like driving a Ferrari? No. Maybe shooting a 50 cal is. But shooting a .22 is like driving a Honda Civic hatchback. Or popping a .45 1911 is like wheeling around town in a Mustang GT. I’ll stop there. . .
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Sgt M tipped me off to this picture of Gabby Giffords posing with an AR-15. You will notice that the target has a Berkeley (Cal) hat on:
Gabby Giffords with an AR-15
The face of the target was cut-out. To me, it looks like Ana Montes, no?
Doug MacKinlay, owner of Diamondback Police Supply, has cancelled the gun Mark Kelly ordered last week from them. He issued a refund and donated the rifle to the Arizona Tactical Officers Association. I personally don’t blame him, I don’t like being used either.
By now you’ve probably read about Shawn Moore’s son and his .22 AR-15. It has been all over the news how both the New Jersey child services bureau-weenies and the cops rolled in hot on the Moore household, because of this picture:
Shawn Moore’s son and his .22 AR-15
I got no problem with the gun, but does little Moore know he is mixing his major camo genres? Woodlands with urban? Don’t make me call the fashion police!
Fighting out of the red corner, my shipmate Captain Mark Kelly, who just bought an AR-15:
Noted anti-gun zealot err uhhh attention starved child, Mark E Kelly, was spotted buying an AR15…. you know, after testifying in favor of strong gun control in front of Congress and vilifying all those evil firearms and clip-magazines that only belong on a battlefield.
And in the other corner, the corner of freedom, Wild Bill for America (coming soon to a hotel near you):
March 23rd, 2013 Join Bill at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs to lay down the law to Colorado liberals who threaten American freedoms.
The state of Colorado is fast becoming a battleground state for the 2nd Amendment. Some interesting gun facts:
AR-15 by the numbers
- Invented: 1957
- Number of U.S. gunmakers who produce a version of the AR-15: 29
- Cartridge: .223-caliber
- Average weight: 8.6 pounds
- Legal magazine size in N.J.: 15 rounds
- Range: about 550 yards
- Numbers of AR-15s produced in U.S.: 1.626 million from 1986 to 2007
- Number of firearms in U.S.: 310 million, including 114 handguns, 110 rifles and 86 million shotguns
Sources: National Rifle Association, Violence Policy Center, and manufacturers’ statistics
Every crime has certain essential elements of information. I will give you two of them, Christie Dawn Harris and a Freedom Arms .22-caliber handgun. As for the other piece of intel, I will let you go here to read all about it. (I sure hope the safety was on.)
Wired Magazine has gone and asked the AR-15 question everyone was wondering:
Is the iPhone in this picture, taken at this year’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas, an AR-15 accessory, or is the AR-15 an iPhone accessory?
The gun is, of course, an accessory to the phone.
AR-15 toting Kate Ernest gets the nod for comment of the week: It was poor advice, and it comes off a little sexist. You probably even know whose comment she is talking about. . .
Supplies of AR-15s are low, one of my cubicle-mates is building one. But you can jump to the front of the line, courtesy of Joe Wurzelbacher, otherwise known as Joe the Plumber and his new organization, Joe for America:
HDX M4, Joe for America, Head Down Products, AR-15
No thank you needed. But if you win, you gotta share squeezie-squeezie time. One more contest, win a toxic green AR15 Rifle Magazine, complete with a Blade-Tech Revolution Mag Pouch with Tek-Lok.