Posts Tagged ‘ammunition’

Old School Fun – Smith and Wesson Model 41 .22LR, 5.5 inch heavy barrel

Smith and Wesson Model 41 .22LR, 5.5 inch heavy barrel

With the price and availability of ammunition at ridiculous levels, it falls to the lowly .22 caliber Long Rifle to satisfy the practice demands of a frustrated sporting public.  Pistol shooters have never had such a good selection of polymer framed revolvers and autoloaders in .22 to choose from.  But I like my pistols in steel and walnut, with hand-fitted parts and craftsmanship that companies can’t offer with today’s labor cost.  Let’s take a look at one of the best .22 handguns that Americahad to offer from the 2nd Golden Age of Firearms. I found this blued beauty sitting in Read More

Unintended Consequences of Gun Ban Talk

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I had the chance to visit “The Nations Gun Show” in Chantilly, Virginia the weekend between Christmas and New Years.  This was not my first time, but I went Friday evening after work and it was the first time I had to stand in line at that time of night.  I’ve never seen it so packed!  Friends visited on Saturday and Sunday and reported lines an hour long just to get in, and dealers being sold out of many commonly stocked firearms by Saturday noon. The administration and the anti-gun groups are pushing gun bans in light of the recent tragedies.  Unintended consequences include a Read More

Practice versus Carry Ammo?

Practice versus Carry Ammo

This question comes up a lot in classes, especially with new shooters.  Range, or practice, ammo is often a rounded bullet in a Full Metal Jacket (FMJ). It is available in all the standard calibers and the grains (the weight of the bullet) may vary. It is also less expensive than carry ammo. However, it can, and will, penetrate farther than what we think of as carry ammo, which is why, it isn’t recommended for personal defense. Carry ammo is generally a Hollow Point (or HP).  Again, available in all the standard calibers, various grains, etc. The HP bullet (which is the projectile Read More

Anti-Gun Sentiments in the Current Administration

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What is more frustrating than to read about yet another attempt to infringe on the 2nd Amendment?  I’ve come across a couple of news articles lately that all put together gave me pause. Ban on Assault Weapons! Apparently the Administration wants to ban “assault weapons”, but I can’t find a consistent definition of “assault weapon”, hereafter referred to as AW.  Some consider a semi-automatic pistol an AW, or a pistol with a capacity of more the 10 rounds.  Then there are the very popular AR-15 rifles.  Frankly, my ink pen is an AW in trained hands.  Where does it end?  Read More

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 8 in a 9 Part Series

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 8 in a 9 Part Series:    Right to Interstate Transportation of Firearms   Although the right to reciprocal carry comes from agreements between states to recognize the other’s licenses to carry, a number of important rights that allow reciprocal carry come from federal law. Specifically, there would be no ability to engage in reciprocal carry in other states without the federal right to interstate transportation. Precisely, if you had to traverse a state that did not have reciprocity, then there would be no ability to carry the handgun in a Read More