You doubtless heard that a “silencer” was used in the recent Virginia Beach mass murder. Do not use the word “silencer.” The correct term is “suppressor.” I have yet to see a suppressor that made a gunshot silent; at best they make gunshot less obnoxiously loud. Only in Hollywood do “silencers” exist which made a firearm sound like a pellet gun. As Dr. John Lott observed, the only reason a mass murderer would use a suppressor is to make the noise less deafening to him. The use of the term “silencer” makes it easier to justify bans that will have no impact on nearly every Read More >>
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What is in a Name? click on pictures to enlarge What is in a name? For people who know and appreciate firearms, just the name makes a statement. So many names that in and of themselves, speak of quality, of history.You tell someone you bought a gun, and you get interested. But to certain folks, you say. "I bought a 1911", or I bought a "Browning" and you get some attention. Just the word "Colt" makes ME blush like a schoolgirl. The sciences were my subjects in school, and walking through an excavation, through a field, I can name things: trees, plants, animals. Acer diabolicum, canas Read More >>
Modern ammunition comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but generally exists in one of two forms: rimfire and centerfire. In this guide, we'll explain the differences between rimfire vs centerfire ammo, while explaining the pros and cons of each option. So what's the difference? Rimfire vs Centerfire The answer has to do with the location of the ignition primer on the head of each round. Both rimfire and centerfire cartridges consist of the same four parts: a primer, a propellant (e.g. gunpowder), a bullet, and a case to hold them all together. Every cartridge also works in Read More >>
If you're looking to buy a handgun, the first step is determining what caliber you want to purchase. In this guide we'll be covering a variety of common pistol calibers to help you make your decision. What Does Caliber Mean? Caliber refers to the internal diameter of a gun's barrel and consequently the diameter of the bullets that can be used by the gun. Bullet calibers can be a bit confusing, because some bullet diameters are measured in inches, while others are measured in millimeters. It's also important to understand that the bullet only refers to the actual projectile (see diagram to Read More >>
The last thing I saw was a disk of golden sun through a haze of smoke. In the few months I've been here, the sun and duty's risk are the only constants. The last thing I heard was the report of fire. Just one last wild spurring of colors made sound, shaping the hot blind earth into darkness. The last thing I felt was an intake of breath, air drawing in deep. It lays warm in me, then stills. I thought nothing could reach me. I never felt what hit me. I think that was close, surrounded by the savage heat that no longer burns, the fecund odor of sand and earth that reaches not Read More >>
When looking for a handgun, the choice between a revolver or a semi-automatic pistol is one of the most important decisions you need to make. Whichever option you choose, it will come with both advantages and disadvantages. In this guide, I'll explain the pros and cons of revolvers vs pistols to help you make an informed decision. Revolver vs Pistol Many use the term pistol and handgun interchangeably, but the majority of handgun experts make the distinction that pistols are a subset of handguns with an "integral chamber-barrel assembly." Pistols have one (or more) stationary integral Read More >>