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Firearms are the ‘peacemakers’: Ron Owen

RE LETTER to Editor, E. Rowe, July 30: One would hope that people who write to the newspapers would know something of the subject, or would naturally research the subject before taking an opinion. Readers should be able to conclude that the writer has really thought about what he has written, before it is sent to the Letters to the Editor, and the article should not be an emotional repetition of baseless, feel-good propaganda such as the comments by E. Rowe.

For example he must have a personal relationship with Martin Bryant, claiming that he was “Aggrieved”… “seeking attention, power and significance”. When in fact Bryant did not give evidence, as he pleaded guilty and there was no trial.

Maybe E. Rowe visits him in prison, but doubtful as E. Rowe states, “Pity he didn’t die”. These statements seem to indicate irrational, emotional rhetoric.

Then E. Rowe launches into a classic anti-gun harangue wrongly identifying the American Constitution instead of the American Bill of Rights as the home of the Second Amendment.

Not mentioning that the same right is included in our Bill of Rights of 1689 – “may have arms suitable for their defence”.

Most people can understand that the reason for the inclusion of those rights is so that individuals can defend themselves against attack, and in that way defend their whole community.

E. Rowe then presents an incoherent philosophy of ‘hoplophobia'(fear of firearms or the fear of armed citizens) suggesting guns have law making powers and decision making functions, with comments about the “law of the gun” and that “guns are not people friendly”.

Ancient religions empowered inanimate objects such as “tin gods” with supernatural decision making, but most people now have the power of reason and know that a firearm is like a surgeon’s knife, or a box of matches, like fire and water, it can save life and take life, it is but a tool of human invention.

E. Rowe must not be totally anti-gun, as he advocates the disarming of private individuals and advocates the arming of state employees, knowing that firearms are needed to disarm people.

So E. Rowe is very pro-gun, believing that only the government (which is, of course, so reliable, honest, moral and virtuous) should be allowed to have guns.

Proposing a society where only centralising gun ownership is in the hands of a small, political elite and their minions, or as history has taught us, in the hands of those who ignore all law.

Both sides hunting the disarmed, the helpless meat in the sandwich.

Imagine for one minute, if E. Rowe is in one of those gun free zones, where private ownerships of hand guns is banned, like Paris, and he is lying, maybe wounded, waiting 20 minutes for the police to come, or more likely to be finished off by a terrorist AK 47 before help is available.

Would he wish, for an armed citizen to appear, would he wish for a revolver on his hip, so he could at least fight back and maybe save the lives of others?

Would he be thinking that he would rather live in Chicago, New York, Manchester, Detroit or London where firearms are banned and have no chance of being saved by an armed citizen, or would he wish he was in Texas, Kansas, or Vermont where you can carry a firearm.

Most people in that position would hope that the person next to them was like the citizen in the Westgate shopping centre Nairobi (September, 2013) who had his licenced carry gun at the hip and saved 100 people when it was attacked by terrorists.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2430201/British-hero-mall-massacre-Ex-Royal-Marine-handgun-saved-100-lives-terrorists-ran-amok.html

E. Rowe should consider that the only chance that the weak have to defend themselves against the strong is with firearms; they are the equaliser, the inanimate peace makers.

Ron Owen,

McMahon Rd,

Gympie.

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Guess Who The Most Law-Abiding People in America Are?

A new report released by the Crime Prevention Research Center revealed concealed-carry permit holders are nearly the most law-abiding demographic of Americans. Yeah, we are! The report, Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States 2016, arrived at this conclusion by comparing permit holders to law enforcement.

“With about 685,464 full-time police officers in the U.S. from 2005 to 2007, we find that there were about 103 crimes per hundred thousand officers,” the report reads. “For the U.S. population as a whole, the crime rate was 37 times higher—3,813 per hundred thousand people.”

Additionally, the study used data compiled from 1987-2015 in Texas and Florida as a model to compare permit holders with police and the overall population. The data showed “that permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a sixth the rate for police officers.”

“Among police, firearms violations occur at a rate of 16.5 per 100,000 officers. Among permit holders in Florida and Texas, the rate is only 2.4 per 100,000.10. That is just one-seventh of the rate for police officers.”

Impressive, especially since Texas and Florida have over a million residents who are active permit holders…. each.

In conclusion, according to the report, “It is impossible to think of any other group in the U.S. that is anywhere near as law-abiding.”

Hey, who are we to argue?

Carry on, patriots.

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Handguns of The Great War: Lugers and Broomhandles

When Germany went to war in 1914, the standard sidearm was the P.08 Luger pistol chambered in 9 mm Luger. The iconic Luger, with its graceful lines, though, was not ideal for the mud and dirt of the trenches. But it wasn’t just the Luger.

 

Imperial Germany dug the archaic Reichsrevolver out of storage, as well as issuing huge numbers of Mauser Broomhandle pistols.

The Broomhandle, first introduced in 1896, was really the world’s most successful semi-automatic pistol. Know what a “Red 9” is? Better watch this episode of American Rifleman to find out.

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Mossberg Blaze .22 Semi-automatic Rifle

Every outdoorsman or woman should own a knockabout .22 rifle. You know, the kind of gun you can leave in the truck or loan to a friend for a camping trip. You don’t mind if you find a speck of rust on it or a new ding on its stock. You even laugh when your kid accidentally drops it in the creek. Yet the gun is capable of driving off a predator or putting game in the pot and it becomes the most used gun in your collection. In 2015 Mossberg introduced the Blaze .22LR semi-automatic rifle. Constructed primarily of polymers, the gun features a simple and robust design. Built to fill a myriad of roles, it should satisfy the demands of any user needing a lightweight, accurate and inexpensive gun.

Weighing in at an almost unbelievable 3.5 lbs. the Blaze is light enough for any hiker’s backpack. Mossberg engineers accomplished this amazing feat by constructing the rifle’s stock from two plastic shells which house the action, with its steel bolt, the steel barrel and the trigger group. The gun is blowback in operation and uses a small diameter action spring, wrapped around a guide rod, for the bolt to ride back and forth on.


Shown here are the bolt handle, bolt, action spring and guide rod and the polymer bolt cover.

My test sample came with a 25-round magazine, and will ship with a 10-round magazine where dictated by law. The curved or banana-style magazine is easy to use and has two buttons on either side of the follower to aid in loading. To load the rifle simply insert the forward portion of the magazine into the rifle’s magazine well and rock the mag backwards, AK-style, until it engages the magazine latch and securely locks into place.


The Blaze’s tang-mounted manual safety is conveniently located.

To chamber a round simply pull the bolt handle to the rear and release it. There is a conveniently located tang-mounted manual safety and pushing it forward exposes a red rectangle, alerting the shooter that the gun is now ready to fire. When the last round is fired the magazine’s follower acts as a bolt stop and holds the bolt open so the chamber can be visually checked. However, removing the magazine will allow the bolt to go forward unless the bolt is manually locked open. To accomplish this, pull the bolt handle to its rear most position and push in on it. Now the bolt is locked open and the magazine can be removed by pushing the magazine latch forward and rocking the magazine out of the gun.

Mossberg offers a variety of Blaze rifles differing in sighting options, finishes and even length of pull for junior shooters. I received a sample of the Blaze Rifle Green Dot Combo. A Dead Ringer green dot optic comes with the Blaze. It offers four different reticles: a simple crosshair, a dot, a dot inside a circle and a circle with a crosshair through it. To choose a reticle the user moves a selector at the rear bottom of the sight. There are 11 brightness settings available via a knob on the right side of the sight and it is powered by a 3V-CR2032 battery. The Blaze has a 3/8” dovetail on its receiver top for attaching rimfire scope mounts. This particular Blaze Combo has a cantilever rail attached directly to the barrel and it offers a very stable platform for optics of any kind. Even though this particular gun shipped with a Dead Ringer dot sight shooters may choose to replace it with a scope with magnification to take advantage of the rifle’s excellent accuracy.


Featuring a green dot, the Dead Ringer offers shooters four different reticle styles and 11 different brightness settings.

I did my accuracy testing on a bright, Arizona summer day and needed to use the sight’s highest brightness setting. I chose the simple dot reticle and tried to center the dot in the 3”Shoot-N-C targets I had set out at 25 yards. I chose this distance because the Dead Ringer Holographic sight does not magnify the sight picture. I shot my groups from a cement bench using a Caldwell Rifle Rest for support. I fired five shots to a group.

Blaze’s trigger breaks with about 4 lbs. of pressure. It does have a sluggish takeup and plenty of over travel, and I had to remind myself this is a budget gun with a suggested retail price of just $265. That being said I was able shoot some really nice groups. CCI’s Blazer 40-gr. ammo produced a nice tight group that measured just .62”. Even if we extrapolate to 100 yards this is a gun capable of 2½” groups. That’s plenty of accuracy for a gun that will probably end up in the back seat of a truck, in a barn, on a tractor etc. Certainly there are more accurate guns, heavier and, of course, more expensive than the Blaze. But I don’t know of any other rimfire rifles which weigh 3.5 lbs. and cost less than $265.

AMMO VELOCITY ENERGY GROUP
Winchester 37-gr. copper plated 1386 157 .73”
Blazer 40-gr. 1243 137 .62″
Aguila Super Extra 40-gr. 1270 143 .97”
Raptor 40-gr. copper plated 1247 138 .98”
Federal Auto Match 40-gr. 1209 129 1.19”

A PACT Chronograph was used to measure velocities which are listed in Feet Per Second. Energies are recorded in Foot Pounds of Energy. Temperature was 102 degrees with 27 percent humidity.

On my next outing I set up a couple steel targets at about 50 yards. The targets are about 14” x 18” and I was able to put rounds on steel easily and quickly at this distance. The Dead Ringer sight made target to target transitions easy and, shooting with both eyes open, was as easy as putting the green dot on the target and pressing the trigger.


The Dead Ringer green dot sight made shooting as easy as placing the dot on the target and pressing the trigger.

During my evaluation I fired about 400 rounds of various rimfire ammunitions. There were no malfunctions of any types and that is unusual for .22LR guns. Everything I used in the Blaze is considered to be a high-velocity round though Mossberg says standard velocity ammunition works equally well.

Rimfire rounds are notoriously dirty. In addition to the firing residue there is also the waxy bullet lube and lead shavings which can accumulate to choke a semi-automatic. Mossberg recommends cleaning the Blaze every couple hundred rounds. The details of disassembling the Blaze are lengthy and I’ll save you the step by step process. In a nutshell, the 16 plastite screws on the left side of the rifle are removed and the two plastic stock shells are separated.


To disassemble the Blaze there are 16 plastite screws on the left side of the stock which must first be removed.

 

 


Mossberg engineers designed the Blaze’s action to be housed within two plastic stock shells.

 

I found that I needed to remove the cantilever rail from the barrel to have enough room to remove the polymer bolt cover. The bolt can then be removed from its receiver housing for a good scrubbing and the inside of the bolt cover can easily be wiped down with an oily rag. The steel barrel can even be removed by unscrewing two 5/32 hex screws. It attaches to the polymer receiver using a V-block and once removed will allow it to be cleaned from the breech end.


Even the Blaze’s trigger housing/receiver is constructed of a high strength polymer/nylon.


A “V” block is used to attach the steel barrel to the polymer receiver.

Mossberg’s Blaze may well be the perfect knockabout or utility gun for sportsmen. It is incredibly light in weight, has plenty of accuracy and possesses unfailing reliability. Best of all, it is budget priced and offers shooters an incredible value for the money. For more information on Mossberg’s Blaze, visit mossberg.com.


Mossberg’s Blaze rifle may well be the perfect knockabout gun. It is lightweight, accurate, reliable and economically priced.

NRA Specifications
Manufacturer: Mossberg
Model: Blaze Rifle Green Dot Combo 25-round
Operation: Semi-automatic, Blowback
Caliber: .22LR, Standard and High Velocity
Capacity: 25-round magazine, 10 round where restricted by law
Barrel: 16.5”
Overall Length: 35.75”
Twist: 1:16”
Finish: Blue
Sights: 3/8” Dovetail Rail on Receiver Top, Cantilever Rail Attached to Barrel and Dead Ringer Green Holographic Sight
Stock: Black Synthetic with Sling Swivels Fore and Aft
Length of Pull: 13.5”
Weight: 3.5 lbs.
Warranty: Limited, 2 Year
MSRP: $265 as Tested, $196 for Iron Sights Model

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World’s Fastest Shooter vs Bump Fire! – Iraq Veteran and Jerry Miculek

Expert shooter Jerry Miculek is maybe best known for successfully transforming any quick firing gun into a completely automatic with just his trigger finger. Yet, there are items out there that promote the same, including “knock fire” stocks. These gadgets commonly recreate the fast shooting of a weapon by utilizing the backlash from every shot to constrain the trigger over into the administrator’s pointer, in this manner shooting the weapon once more. In this man versus machine challenge, Jerry goes up against Eric Blandford’s Fostech Defend AR-15 stock in an race of pace and exactness.

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Jack in the Box Has 5th Armed Robbery Since Asking for Unarmed Customers

On Saturday, armed men allegedly herded customers into a back room and robbed the safe of a Jack in the Box. This makes at least the fifth armed robbery of the restaurant chain since they asked law-abiding customers to refrain from carrying guns into the store. The incident occurred around 4 a.m. in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. According to Fox 23, law enforcement officials “said the two suspects are in their teens or early 20s.” They entered the restaurant in the early morning hours and “ordered everyone into a back room and forced the manager to open a safe.” They then fled the scene with an unspecified amount of money.

They left “in a silver Pontiac G6 without a tag number.”

On May 11, 2015, Breitbart News reported that Jack in the Box asked that law-abiding citizens not carry guns in their stores. Less than two weeks after making that request, two Jack in the Box restaurants were robbed — both in Houston — and a shooting occurred at a Jack in the Box in Nashville. In one of the Houston robberies, the suspects not only robbed the store but moved about the restaurant robbing patrons as well.

More recently, in April 2016, two Jack in the Box restaurants were robbed at gunpoint in Phoenix, according to Fox 10.

Now the Jack in the Box in Broken Arrow can be added to the list as another example of how a corporate anti-gun policy does nothing to deter criminals.

Breitbart News previously reported that Sonic announced a ban on law-abiding citizens carrying guns in their stores on May 30, 2014. On that same day, a Sonic in Topeka, Kansas, was robbed.

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For sale: Original German 88mm Flak 36 manufactured in 1942 – One of the rare surviving of Normandy Campaign

This weapon has a true Battle of Normandy provenance. It was painted in the standard “Dunkel Gelb” ordark and finish and supplied in 1942 to a Luftwaffe anti-aircraft division where it found its way to Normandy in early 1943. By June 44, it was positioned in defense of a German Command Center located in an occupied chateau near to Cherbourg.

When the Cherbourg pensinsula was over-run by the Allies in July/August, our weapon was captured intact by the Americans who, deciding it might be of some use, painted it olive drab green and presumably had some intention of using it.

 

As the Liberation of Europe continued, this 88 was left behind and was eventually destined to become a hard target on a firing range. To this end, it was daubed with great splashes of bright orange paint but, thankfully, was rescued after the war by the French Army who repainted it in their own color and who most probably used it for training and educational purposes. After all, it was a very advanced weapon for its day and possessed many innovative technical features.

Finally, our weapon left French military service and passed through the hands of scrap dealers until finally being shut away in a huge barn by an eccentric collector – it has to be remembered that back in the 1970’s there was not a great deal of interest in German WW2 hardware.

And so it languished, becoming covered in grime and dirt until 2014 – all the time the multiple layers of paint flaking and peeling and ending up a bizarre variegated hue. The Normandy Tank Museum rescued the weapon and placed it in the hands of their highly experienced German restoration expert who, over a period of 8 months, brought the sad relic back to the amazing condition one sees today.

Missing or badly damaged parts have been replaced with locally sourced original replacements – an example of which was a set of the 3 part “Trilex” wheel rims and locking ring which our restorer found amidst a load of farmer’s scrap dumped in a forest when walking his dog.

The 4 brand new wheels and cartridge cases came from the Finnish Army who used them as practice rounds up till the 1980’s. They are obviously empty but, interestingly, are dated June 1944. The fuse nosecones are 3 anti-aircraft and one anti-tank.

So a weapon with true Normandy provenance and a major rarity these days as many of the surviving and displayed “88’s” are of Spanish origin. This cannon is one of true German manufacture- a fact which adds significantly to its value.

This 1942 Flugabwehrkanone Canon “Flak” 36 88mm is being offered for sale for just 70,000 – 130,000 €. More information on Artcurial

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IDIOT THUG FATALLY SHOOTS HIMSELF IN THE FACE WHILE TAKING ANTI TRUMP SELFIE

Taking a selfie with a loaded gun ended tragically in Washington, when a man accidently shot himself in the face while taking a picture. His girlfriend was next to him when the gun went off. The man apparently had been greatly against Donald Trump, and many of his selfies included violence and profanities directed toward presidential candidate Donald Trump. According to his girlfriend the photo was supposed to be a joke about killing himself if Donald Trump were elected president.

As she told the police, this was not his first selfie with the weapon.

The fatal accident took place over the weekend, police in Skagit County said.

The man, whose name has not been released, thought the gun was unloaded and attempted to take a selfie while pointing the weapon at himself, the Skagit Valley Herald reported.

The man’s girlfriend said the couple had taken several selfies with the same gun on Sunday. Each time, he would unload the gun before taking a picture and then load the bullets back afterwards.

However, this was not the case with the man’s last selfie, as he apparently left one fatal bullet inside the chamber before the final photograph.

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A few things you may have missed in your concealed carry class

Dave Spaulding, you may have heard of him, goes over some essential tips and important information that a lot of teachers forget to mention in the typical concealed carry classes that are offered across the country.

 

 

A lot of this is helpful. If you did get all this information in your local class, go ahead and thank your teacher for being thorough.

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The 4210 Yard Shot (2.4 Miles) – NEW Record!(Video)

There’s a small group of Texans who are on a never ending mission chasing the world record for longest shot. Their obsession paid off again when Jim Spinella tagged a 3′ plate nearly 2.4 miles from his position using a high performance HCR 375 CheyTac rifle.  Not too long ago the team over at Hill Country Rifles could hit an objective that was 3800 yards out.

Well back on November 22nd, they exceeded themselves – Jim Spinella hit a 36″ plate at 4,210 yards, that is 2.4 miles.Every shot included another rifle work by HCR, all in 375 Cheytac.

New lessons were found out and the rifles developed into lighter, more valuable plans.A standout amongst the most fascinating perspectives to these shots is the building of custom mounts to abstain from coming up short on degree change. A 230 moment of edge  rail was machined for a 20 MOA Nightforce Unimount for an aggregate of 250 MOA.

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