Relax, An Assault Weapons Ban Is Still Unlikely

  Would it be possible for a new AWB to see the light of day? Well, anything’s possible, but likely? Not really. In the senate there’s a small chance that they might move enough R senators to get it through (although there are Ds in the senate who come from pro-gun states and who are only in office because […]

Gun Review: Smith and Wesson Model 64 (DAO)

“A Revolver? Really?” Yeah, I’ve heard that a time or two over the past years. Now I don’t hate automatic pistols. Really, I don’t. I own a very nice Glock that serves as my primary CCW weapon. But as I’ve said here before, an automatic pistol is a machine. A fine revolver, on the other […]

The Wild, Wild West. Or Not

Years ago, when I was in college, Frontier Violence: Another Look was required reading for one of my Western American History courses. A portion of the book was called “The Myth of Frontier Violence.” The argument: while America’s western frontier could certainly be a violent place, it was no more so than any other part of United States […]

Does CCW Prevent Mass Shootings?

When gun rights supporters pushed “shall issue” concealed carry legislation through the majority of State legislatures, supporters claimed the move would make mass shootings less likely. CCW (Concealed Carry Weapons permits) would create an “invisible army” of permit-holders who could stop them. In fact, this anti-spree killing concept was The Mother of All CCW Arguments; deployed […]

GUNS of Anarchy?

[This is part 2 of a 3-part series on the intersection of gun culture and motorcycle culture in America. Click here for part 1] I’ve been riding motorcycles for 29 years. I’ve been a gun owner for 31. So it’s fair to say that guns and motorcycles came into my life at about the same time: […]

The M1911 is the Harley-Davidson of Pistols

(Note: This is part 1 of a 3 part series I will be writing exploring the confluence of Motorcycles and Guns, two of my favorite hobbies.) Alternate title: The Harley-Davidson is the M1911 of Motorcycles. Now that comparison can either be seen as complimentary or insulting to either marque, depending on your preferences, and in a way, […]

First Look: Lippard A2/Combat NCO and CQB pistols

Before I get into the meat of the article, let me start with the disclaimers. This is not a full test, for reasons which will be explained below. It is more an account of my meeting with Colorado gunmakers Karl Lippard and Charles Henderson, and my “first impressions” of their much-ballyhooed M1911 variants, the A2 […]

Apocalypse When?

I love a good “end of the world” story. The Road Warrior is my all-time favorite action movie. Lucifer’s Hammer,  The Stand and Earth Abides are amongst my favorite books. What’s not to like? The story of a lone hero (or a band of heroes) fighting against the forces of darkness in a post-apocalyptic world is inherently […]

Book Review: “The Gun” by C.J. Chivers

To some people, history is a big, indigestible lump. When you consider that “history” can be loosely defined as “everything that happened to everyone, everywhere, since the beginning of time” it’s easy to understand why that is. As a result, there are several methods for studying history. You can classify it by subject, you can […]

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