by Michael S. Rosenwald
One of California’s largest firearm stores recently added a peculiar new gun to its shelves. It requires an accessory: a black waterproof watch.
The watch’s primary purpose is not to provide accurate time, though it does. The watch makes the gun think. Electronic chips inside the gun and the watch communicate with each other. If the watch is within close reach of the gun, a light on the grip turns green. Fire away. No watch means no green light. The gun becomes a paperweight.
A dream of gun-control advocates for decades, the Armatix iP1 is the country’s first smart gun. Its introduction is seen as a landmark in efforts to reduce gun violence, suicides and accidental shootings. Proponents compare smart guns to automobile air bags — a transformative add-on that gun owners will demand. But gun rights advocates are already balking, wondering what happens if the technology fails just as an intruder breaks in.
James Mitchell, the “extremely pro-gun” owner of the Oak Tree Gun Club, north of Los Angeles, isn’t one of the skeptics. His club’s firearms shop is the only outlet in the country selling the iP1. “It could revolutionize the gun industry,” Mitchell declared.
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by Cody Griffin
Most new gun owners can’t wait to get out to the range and start shooting. While practicing makes our list of top 6 things to do; there are some other equally important things to take care of first.
No matter whether you purchased a gun for sporting, hunting, or safety, doing these simple things will ensure your safety, and the long term usefulness of the gun.
- Get and Read the Owner’s Manual
If your gun didn’t come with an owner’s manual, get one from the manufacturer. They will usually send one for free. Most manufacturers have manuals on their website that you can download and print for yourself, or you can write to them and get a copy for free. Failing that, consider using one of the many books available on basic gun assembly, dis-assembly, and maintenance.
Once you have the manual, read it cover to cover to learn about the different parts of your gun and how it operates.
Firearms are complex and potentially dangerous weapons in the hands of those unfamiliar with the way they function. They are also just as dangerous in the hands of someone that takes advice from others that seem to think they know more than the manufacturer when it comes to suitable ammunition, breaking in the gun, and maintenance requirements.
Never take the word of someone else, even if they are a professional gunsmith over what you find in the owner’s manual. If in doubt, write to the manufacturer and ask for further clarification. Until you are absolutely certain that all your questions are answered, do not fire the gun.
- Don’t Assume Your Gun Is Clean and Ready to Fire
Once you’ve read up on how to clean the gun, you must take time to practice disassembling, cleaning, and lubricating it. These steps are vital to ensuring the gun will fire effectively, safely, and reliably.
Most new guns come coated with a protective grease to protect against rust and corrosion. Unfortunately, this coating is ineffective at lubricating the various internal moving parts of the firearm and barrel. The gun must be disassembled, lubed, and inspected for hidden damage.
Even if you bought a brand new gun, factory errors do occur, and damage can also happen in shipping. If you purchased a used weapon, you have no way of knowing what substance the previous owner may have used to clean and maintain the gun, or if he did at all.
If your firearm didn’t come with a cleaning/lubricating kit, you will need to purchase one. Choose a cleaner that removes factory grease, lead, copper, and powder fouling. After removing all of the factory grease, your firearm needs to be properly lubricated.
It should be noted there are many formulas on the market. Modern synthetic lubricants work best and are many times better than old oils.
Never use WD-40 or any other cleaning agent not specifically made for firearms. Doing so could cause damage to the bluing of the gun, or lead to serious injury to yourself and others around you once the gun is fired.
Before you go dropping any lubricants into the cracks and crevices of your firearm, be familiar with how to field strip and reassemble your firearm first. You should apply lubricant to each of the moving parts of your firearm such as the slide rails, hinge pins, recoil parts, and trigger assembly.
You may also use a thin coating of the modern synthetic lubricant on the outside of the barrel and other exposed metal parts as a rust preventative. Be careful to apply just enough lubricant to get the job done.
- Select Proper Ammunition
The barrel on most guns is marked with the type of cartridge recommended by the manufacturer. Most cartridges come in a variety of bullet weights, measured in grains, and styles.
Since there are redundancies in ammo types, one cartridge may be suitable for both hunting and self-defense, while others only for specific purposes.
Recently, specialty ammo has become more popular than broad range options. Do the research and consult with the manufacturer’s manual as to which bullet weight and style is best for your firearm and your intended purpose.
Varying from the manufacturer’s specifications in this area can substantially shorten the working life of the gun, lead to malfunction, may even cause the gun to backfire or injure you, and may also void your warranty.
- Fire the Gun Properly the First Time
Before loading a full magazine and firing, you need to break in the barrel and test fire the gun. Typically, both steps can be accomplished together. To begin, test fire the gun by inserting a single round and shoot the gun. Next, clean the barrel with the synthetic lubricant on a patch followed by one or two dry patches.
While not everyone agrees with the practice of single-shot test firing, it gives you a chance to experience the weapon’s recoil and other firing characteristics without another bullet being ready to fly from the barrel.
This is especially important if you have never fired a gun before and might become startled by the sound, shell ejection, or many other things that may cause you to drop the gun or otherwise lose control of it. Even seasoned gun shooters should follow this practice, since you never really know when a gun will stovepipe or do something else that causes you to lose control of the weapon before you learn what you need about how the gun will handle from a first test fire shot.
Variants of this process involve changing the number of rounds fired before each cleaning. For example, you fire one shot, clean the barrel, then fire two shots and clean the barrel again, then fire three shots and so on. Bear in mind that this initial effort, however inconvenient, will reward you with a lifetime of safe and reliable shooting.
- Practice, Practice, and then Practice
It’s recommended that inexperienced shooters enroll in some kind of training to educate them on proper gun handling and shooting techniques.
Unfortunately, most basic training classes only teach you how to point your gun down range, aim at a fixed target, and pull the trigger. This type of training won’t teach you how to stalk prey and hit a moving target for hunting purposes, or how to use your weapon in a home-defense combat situation.
For that reason, you should consider taking an advanced training class that teaches you how to use your gun for real survival purposes. Always practice what you learned as often as possible at a firing range so that your skills grow and develop.
- Always Know the Gun Laws in Your Local Area
Gun laws vary from state to state, and in some cases, from county to county. Although hotly contested, some require weapons and certain magazine types to be registered. Most states also require concealed carry permits, while others allow you to carry your gun in plain sight as long as you have the proper permits and registration for the weapon itself.
Check with your state and local governments to see what laws apply to you and the specific gun type you purchased.
Ultimately, everyone has their own idea of what steps to take after purchasing a firearm. Whether your gun is intended for hunting, home-defense, or everyday target shooting, safety should always be paramount.
The more familiar you are with your firearm, its parts, and its ammo, the more effective you will be when it comes to actually shooting, whether your target is a piece of paper down range, a deer in the woods, or an intruder on your doorstep.
by Lee Bellinger
Make no mistake, I like the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. But the gun grabbers are right about one thing: One of the more telling signs of the potential for social chaos is the fact that gun sales are at an all-time high. Especially the number of first-time firearm buyers.
If you’re shopping for your first firearm, these days you have lots of company. Let me help you here to avoid expensive rookie mistakes.
The first question you should ask yourself is what type of firearm best fits your needs? Should you buy a handgun, a rifle, or a shotgun? Should you choose a revolver, a semi-automatic pistol, or semi-automatic rifle?
Your choices don’t stop there. Once you decide which firearm type is best for you, the next thing to do is to determine what caliber of bullet is right for your defense needs.
Understanding the Basics: Shotshell vs. Cartridge Ammunition
Ammunition comes in two basic types – the shotshell and the cartridge. Shotguns use a shotshell, which typically contain a number of small projectiles. Less commonly, a shotshell may contain a single projectile, called a slug. Handguns and rifles on the other hand, use cartridges. Cartridges come in many different sizes – called calibers.
Both the shotshell and cartridge ammo are fairly similar; they both have the same basic components including the case, primer, gunpowder and projectile. When fired, the firearm’s firing pin strikes the bullet’s primer. This causes a spark, which ignites the gunpowder. Gas from the burning gunpowder forces the projectile out of the case and down the firearm’s barrel.
What Should You Consider When Selecting the Best Self-defense Round? Understanding Stopping Power
Whenever firearms experts or enthusiasts get together, inevitably the conversation shifts to stopping power (the ability of the projectile to cause enough ballistic damage to incapacitate the target on impact). Like anything else, everyone has their own preference. Some shooters prefer big, heavy bullets. Others prefer lighter, smaller, faster bullets.
Personal Defense Vs. Home Defense
When you’re considering what type of firearm to purchase, consider first all of the potential users of the gun, and ask yourself the following questions:
- What are the laws in your area? Are there restrictions on the type of firearm you can legally own?
-What is the purpose of the firearm? Is this firearm for personal defense, or for home defense?
-Is this firearm a size, weight, and style that can be easily handled by everyone who has access to, and relies on, the firearm for defense purposes?
-Is the user left-handed or right-handed?
-How many bullets or shotshells do you need or want to have access to?
Once you’ve begun to answer these basic questions, you’ll have a good idea of what to look for during your visit to your local firearms dealer or gun show.
The Pistol: A Popular Self Defense Weapon
Pistols are convenient, small, easy to carry on your person, and can be concealed in public. Semi-automatic pistols tend to be easier to shoot than revolvers, but they can be more complicated for some users. If your semi-automatic pistol malfunctions or misfires, it must be cleared manually. Revolvers have fewer moving parts, greatly reducing the chance of a malfunction in the field, but they generally hold fewer rounds.
Another factor to consider is how fast rounds can be fired out of the gun. For example, a .38 caliber revolver has one of the slowest rates of fire for any gun, due to long double-action trigger pulls. Pistols are available with double-action only (DAO), single-action only (SAO), and double-action/single-action (DA/SA) trigger pull configurations. With a DAO revolver, the hammer is cocked and released with each pull of the trigger. With an SAO revolver, the hammer is cocked manually and pulling the trigger releases it – this setup generally makes the gun easier to fire by greatly reducing the number of pounds of pressure needed to depress the trigger compared to DAO counterparts.
Most semi-automatic pistols are DA/SA. That means that the first trigger pull is double-action, cocking and releasing the hammer, and each subsequent trigger pull is single action, because the slide action of the previous shot leaves the hammer cocked.
The Shotgun: A Popular Home Defense Weapon
The shotgun is considered by many to be the ultimate home defense weapon, and they can be a very affordable option. Shotguns can have a large spread pattern depending upon what size shot is used. When selecting a shotgun, the first thing to consider is what gauge of shot is most appropriate for the desired use of the firearm. Popular gauges include 10, 12, 16 or 20-gauge. Remember: the smaller the number, the bigger the kick.
Shot sizes run from No. 12 to 000 buckshot. Keep in mind that the preferred combat round is the 00 Buck. Double-ought pellets are approximately equal to a .33 caliber bullet in size, and twelve of them fit in a 2 ¾” short magnum shell. You can also get these in standard and low recoil loads that are equipped with eight or nine pellets instead of 12.
Selecting the right type of defense weapon and ammunition is an important decision on your path to self-reliance. Taking the time and care to really consider what you want in a firearm is the best way to ensure that the firearm you purchase is both a useful and manageable choice.
The most important thing to consider when choosing a firearm is your comfort. Ask your local firearms dealer about the differences between trigger pull configurations, and don’t be afraid to ask any other questions you might have. Consider renting several different firearms at your local range to try out before you make your final decision. And once you purchase a firearm, practice with it regularly. In a crisis, you will automatically fall back on that training.
Something you won’t hear from the US major networks since the b.o. administration is anti-gun, but knife violence has increased substantially when guns ownership was banned.
from the BBC
Up to 450 people have been arrested during a London-wide Metropolitan Police operation targeting knife crime.
About 5,800 officers in 32 boroughs are involved in Operation Big Wing which is looking into crimes like robbery, burglary and gang crime.
Police are serving warrants, conducting stop and search and have installed search arches at transport hubs.
Temporary Det Ch Supt Gordon Allison, head of Trident which deals with gang and youth violence, said knife crime continued to have a “considerable impact” on London, hence “tackling weapon-related violence is a priority” for the force.
"In 2013/14, over 50% of murders were committed with knives in comparison with 12% involving a firearm and 43% of the UK’s knife-related offences taking place in the capital."
VA - As we have been saying for years. If someone wants to kill another person and they can’t get their hands on a gun they will use a knife or anything else they can get their hands on…even the jaw bone of an ass. Gun control will not stop murder. It will only shift it to another weapon of choice.