Guns for Beginners: Introduction

Hello all, what you’re reading here is the first in a series of articles I’ll be writing aimed at people who are just getting into guns, or thinking about getting into guns.  As such I realize what you see here is going to be old hat if you’re one of my regular followers.  My intention here is that hopefully, when someone is asked for advice on getting into guns, I can give a little advice here that can be used as a reference.  Feel free to share these articles.

Learning about guns from the Internet can be much akin to trying to take a sip from a fire hose.  There’s so much information out there, that it’s hard to decide where to even begin, and there’s also bad information out there as well.  While there are no one size fits all answers, what you’ll see here are my own opinions and suggestions for new shooters, and those who are considering becoming shooters, and will be based on my own experiences learning about firearms, and what I’ve absorbed about teaching others.

With that out of the way, welcome new shooters, young and old, male and female, and people of all shapes and colors.  I extend you a warm greeting to the world of firearms whether your interest be for self defense, shooting sports, or just plain natural human curiosity.

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Hit This Poll

http://edition.cnn.com/

Should children be allowed to learn how to shoot under adult supervision?

I am disappointed that in America no is somehow winning, even on a liberal mouthpiece like CNN.  Let’s get the tumblr gun community in on this.  The poll can be found at the bottom right of the page.

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Weird Gun Suggestions?

I’d like some more ideas for future entries in my Weird Guns series.  What sort of strange and impractical weapons would you like to see me cover?  It doesn’t just have to be something I’ve heard of.  I’m willing to do the research if need be.  In fact that would be best, as it gives me the opportunity to learn more.  So fire away with those suggestions.  Feed my inbox with weird guns.

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Reblogged from airgunsmith  106 notes
coffeeandspentbrass:

Nothing beats a pellet gun for cheap plinking.
No pinecone is safe.

Indeed.  Exactly what airgun is that displayed.  That looks similar to the Crossman 1377, but clearly is a different model, and I see it takes rotary magazines, and appears to be a PCP airgun rather than a multi pump.

coffeeandspentbrass:

Nothing beats a pellet gun for cheap plinking.

No pinecone is safe.

Indeed.  Exactly what airgun is that displayed.  That looks similar to the Crossman 1377, but clearly is a different model, and I see it takes rotary magazines, and appears to be a PCP airgun rather than a multi pump.

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Reblogged from rifleweeb  16 notes

rifleweeb:

cordeliasakamaki:

My dad said he’s going to buy a drone and have it follow me around in college

I’m requesting immediate assistance please send backup

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Welcome to Texas.

Them drone’s good eatin’.  You gotta slow cook ‘em so’s the glue loosens.

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Reblogged from rifleweeb  98 notes
rifleweeb:

gavinmillerart:

POSTER BORROWS FROM FINE SOVIET TEMPERANCE POSTER BUT IS NOW PAY HOMAGE TO WISE WORDS OF COMRADE CHESNOKOV
MAY BE GOOD POSTER PRINT FOR TO OWN YES?

Reblogging the original because it goddamned well deserves more than 5 notes considering how frequently I see it posted.

I’m going to put some rails on a Mosin just to make baby Stalin cry. :p

rifleweeb:

gavinmillerart:

POSTER BORROWS FROM FINE SOVIET TEMPERANCE POSTER BUT IS NOW PAY HOMAGE TO WISE WORDS OF COMRADE CHESNOKOV

MAY BE GOOD POSTER PRINT FOR TO OWN YES?

Reblogging the original because it goddamned well deserves more than 5 notes considering how frequently I see it posted.

I’m going to put some rails on a Mosin just to make baby Stalin cry. :p

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Rimfire is Actually Really Hard to Make

http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/Impossible-22-rimfire

The NRA published this article in American rifleman back in 2010, and it seems more appropriate than ever today.  Turns out rimfire cartridges are a huge asspain to manufacture. 

I wonder if anyone’s ever ever tried to make a centerfire competitor.  I’d like to see something with the same case dimensions, caliber, and pressure rating, but with a stronger case head and a centerfire primer.  Ideally such a round could even be loaded and fired in existing .22lr chambers if the firing pin were moved.

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Ferguson Opinion

Whew boy, I stayed out of this one for a while, and I still don’t think I have enough evidence to cement a solid position, buuuuut here goes.
  I’m going to say what I think about the situation given what I’ve learned so far. 

Right now I can’t really fall on one side or another, but I can gather this.

Micheal Brown did at least shoplift, and the security footage of him shoving the clerk made it robbery.  Does that justify shooting him?  No.  Additionally, he was clearly no child, in fact being over 18 he was legally (and physically) an adult.  In fact he was bigger than I am and I’m by no means a small person (6’2” 250lb here).  Does that alone justify shooting him?  No, if it did, we’d have police gunning down body builders and tall people all day long.

Did he assault an officer?  I don’t know.  The reports of the officer’s injuries circulating on the Internet aren’t confirmed, and likely won’t be until a full review and possibly a trial are completed.

Here’s what we can gather based on the information available about the actual shooting.  Micheal Brown was struck by 6 rounds, one of which was in the top of the head.  This sounds excessive, but police shootings often do involve quite a few shots.  Police are trained to shoot to stop, and this means, continuing to fire until the attacker goes down.  As bullet wounds are rarely instantly fatal, and a gun can be fired multiple times in a second, especially by someone with the proper training, it’s very easy to dump quite a few rounds into someone before the attack ceases.  That is one possibility.  A shot in the top of the head could be the result of Brown being shot while already on the ground, or it could be the result of being shot while charging someone.  Either is possible.  The direction of the shots would tell us more, but that information doesn’t appear to be released.  Bullets, and especially hollow points leave distinctly different entry and exit wounds.  It would clear up a lot if we knew whether he was struck head on or in the back.  As you can see the facts are still muddy, so I’m not really willing to condemn either party at this point. 

Here’s where my opinion enters the picture.  Brown did not have a weapon drawn.  While a civilian under attack by a larger and stronger individual could be justified in shooting due to disparity of force, police are held to a higher standard than that, which is the use of force continuum.  The officer is typically to go one step above the force they are faced with.  That means when dealing with an unarmed attacker, they’re to use less than lethal methods first before resorting to shooting.  This can be pepper spray, baton, or taser.  In this case, if the officer was under attack, unless he was pinned, and Brown was going to attempt to take his gun, a taser would have been a more appropriate response.

Why did the officer jump immediately to deadly force?  I don’t think it’s so villainous as people make it out to be.  I don’t think he got out of bed that morning saying “today I will hunt the most dangerous game of all, man.”  Here are a few possibilities.  The officer made a bad call under stress.  This happens to every human being at some point, and yes, if someone can’t make good snap judgments under stress, then they probably should be in another line of work.  The officer was poorly trained in the use of force, which is an issue for the entire department to deal with.  The officer simply did not care about the use of force continuum, and callously chose to escalate to deadly force immediately (which I think is the conclusion a lot of people are jumping to, and I won’t say it’s not possible).  The officer mistakenly believed Brown had a weapon (this happens a lot too.  Poor lighting and other conditions can cause errors in perception, leading to making a bad call about whether someone is armed).  Brown legitimately had the officer in a situation where his life was in immediate danger, such as pinning him and reaching for his weapon.

Ultimately I can’t say what happened any more than anyone else, and until there’s been a full review including all eye witness statements, and autopsy and medical reports, there isn’t enough evidence about the shooting its self.  A camera on the scene really would have helped to avoid this whole mess.

Now let’s talk about the popular response.  The officer in question was suspended with pay after the incident.  This has a lot of people angry, but what they need to understand is that this is normal procedure while a police shooting is investigated.  This happens every time a LEO shoots someone.  They’re suspended with pay while the incident is reviewed.  If ruled a good shoot, then they return to the force.  Otherwise it can go to trial.  The incident is still under review, so the response right now is excessive.  If it’s ruled a good shoot and evidence suggests otherwise, THEN there’s something to be angry about.

That’s not saying that you can’t protest the shooting.  It is your first amendment right to protest, so long as you do so peacefully, and MOST of the protesters are.  Those who are rioting, looting, destroying property, and threatening lives are inexcusable.  Being angry is not an excuse to victimize people who’ve done you no wrong.

On the police side, the use of force, even if is less lethal, against peaceful protesters is equally inexcusable.  I have no problem with law enforcement having the gear they need to combat modern criminals, and body armor to help make sure they come home safely each day, but there is a time and place for such things, and deploying such gear in a peaceful protest is far too extreme, and attacking protesters is even worse, and threatening reporters trying to learn the truth is outright villainous.  I really see no justification for going this far.  This is corruption and authoritarianism at work, and is only serving to escalate the situation rather than resolve it.

In the end I still have no opinion other than that both sides need to chill the hell out, and stop resorting to violence before the case is even reviewed.

In any event, this is a gun blog, so unless gun rights get mixed into this affair, I won’t be talking about it any further.

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