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June 23, 2013

Gun Thread (6-23-2013)


First, as I said yesterday, John E.'s work on MAIG's website has been picked up by, basically, everybody. Here's CBS (web).

What prompted this research was the stupid MAIG rally in New Hampshire where they listed Speedbump Tsarnaev as a "gun violence" victim.

Now, the reaction to the Speedbump thing was swift and MAIG apologized for being insensitive ... or whatever ... but I think this episode is really instructive for the pro-gun side. When your opponent has to include justifiable homicides, suicides, etc. on their list of "gun violence" victims to pump up the stats, they're pretty clearly not winning.

"Knock-down" power revisited

CDR M linked this piece in Friday night's ONT, and it's a must-read.

I've shot lots of deer with high-powered rifles and handguns at point-blank range. The number of immediate incapacitation events could be counted on one hand. They usually run a pretty decent distance after they're dead (as described at the link) and if they had a gun (and fingers), they'd most likely have time to get off some return shots.

The immediate-incapacitation-in-one-shot wound is as much the stuff of Hollywood as the exploding gas tank is. You can't depend on it.

Bottom line: if, God forbid, you ever have to use a firearm in self-defense, shoot and keep on shooting. When you go to the range with your carry piece, don't practice hitting dead center of the bullseye so much as putting 5 rounds in the black quickly.

Also, this is why "high capacity" magazines are a must. All the anti-gunner "who needs 10 rounds?" crap is belied by the fact that you most likely need to put at least half of them into a single attacker.

Gun Of The Week


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Gun Of The Week - Answer

That's the Mosin-Nagant, a Russkie bolt-action rifle designed late in the 19th century and used in WWI and WWII. It's very popular today due in no small part to the sheer numbers produced (17.4 million by the end of WWII according to the link) and the availability of surplus 7.62x54R ammo.


If there are topics you're interested in seeing in the gun thread, please send them to AoSHQGunThread at gmail. You can also send them to me on Twitter at @AndyM1911.

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