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2nd Amendment

With the latest mass shooting in Orlando the gun control debate is back with a vengeance.  One common argument is that the 2nd Amendment was meant only for muskets and did not apply to modern repeating rifles.  By that logic we should only be allowed to exercise our 1st Amendment rights with a quill pen and ink pot, right?  That’s […]

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What is a safe direction

What is a safe direction

What is a safe direction?   When we speak of keeping a gun pointed in a safe direction, it means that you point the gun in a direction so that if it were to fire it would not cause injury or damage. This is the first and most important rule of gun safety.   Many of us when first learning […]

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Court Upholds Tough Ammo Ban

Court Upholds Tough Ammo Ban

Court Upholds Tough Ammo Ban  – Federal Court upholds San Fran’s tough ammo ban, gun laws March 26, 2014 The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed San Francisco’s tough gun control laws Tuesday, ruling that they fall within the scope of the 2nd Amendment. “The Second Amendment protects ‘arms,’ ‘weapons,’ and ‘firearms,’ ” continued Judge Ikuta, “It does not […]

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Is a gun as a defensive weapon a myth

Is a gun as a defensive weapon a myth?  Emeryville, California Police Chief Ken James said at a recent press conference that the idea of a gun as a defensive weapon is a myth.  He said the idea of a gun as a defensive weapon “boggles his mind”.  This statement was then followed up by the statement that police officers do […]

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Gun Free Zones

Gun Free Zones We see time and time again that deranged mass murderers choose so-called “Gun Free Zones” to carry out their atrocious crimes.  Unfortunately, it happened again on April 2, 2014 at Fort Hood, Texas.  The shooter killed 3 and injured 16 before taking his own life.  Sadly, this is the second time that soldiers at Fort Hood were targeted.  […]

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GLOSSARY GUN TERMS BEGINNING A

ACP – AUTOMATIC COLT PISTOL Colt’s proprietary designation for a type of rimless cartridge design, such as .45 ACP. ACTION The working mechanism of a firearm. Various types exist, including single-shots, multi-barrels, revolvers, slide- or pump-actions, lever-actions, bolt-actions, semi-automatics and automatics. ADL – A GRADE DELUXE AND BDL – B GRADE DELUXE Suffix designations used by Remington to signify grades […]

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GLOSSARY GUN TERMS BEGINNING B

%BLUE Bluing is a thin surface coloring, induced either by heat or by polishing and the repeated application of an acid solution to form a type of blue-black rust. Bluing reduces the reflectivity of polished steel parts and helps inhibit further rust. BACK ACTION A side lock action where the mainspring is mounted rearward towards the butt. The back action […]

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GLOSSARY GUN TERMS BEGINNING C

CALIBER The nominal diameter of a projectile of a rifled firearm or the diameter between lands in a rifled barrel. In this country, usually expressed in hundreds of an inch; in Great Britain in thousandths; in Europe and elsewhere in millimeters. CANNELURE A crimped or knurled groove, rolled onto a bullet or the neck of a cartridge case, either to […]

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Glossary Gun Terms Beginning D

DAMASCUS BARRELS Barrel tubes built up by twisting alternate strips of iron and steel around a fixed rod (mandrel) and forge-welding them together in varying combinations according to the intended quality and the skill of the maker. DEELEY FOREND RELEASE A latch for securing the forend to the barrels of a break-open gun, operated by a short pull-down lever mounted […]

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Glossary Gun Terms Beginning E and F

EJECTOR Fitting inset into the breech end of a barrel that kicks out fired shells. ELEVATION Adjustment of the point of impact of a firearm in the vertical plane; the knob used on an iron sight or telescopic sight to raise or lower the point of impact. ENERGY Capability to perform work. As measured in foot-pounds, the amount of force […]

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Glossary Gun Terms Beginning G

GAPE The degree to which the barrel(s) of a break-open gun drop down; the size of the opening space—which should be sufficient to allow for ease of loading, unloading and properly-functioning ejection. A good gape is easier to achieve on a side-by-side than an over & under where the bottom barrel is well-enclosed by the action body. GAUGE The bore […]

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Glossary Gun Terms Beginning H

HALF COCK A middle position for an external hammer that effectively provides a safety function. With a firearm with non-rebounding hammers, when on half-cock, the firing pin will not rest on the firing-pin. And, whether rebounding or non-rebounding, an inadvertent pull of the trigger should not release the hammer and fire the gun. HAMMER The part of a gun lock, […]

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