St. Louis Post-Dispatch Letter to the Editor: Tax, License, Restrict Ammo!

Ammo! (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

This is not the first time gun control advocates have targeted ammunition. You may recall that New York’s post-Sandy Hook dead-of-night signed-into-law-as-an-emergency-measure SAFE Act contained a provision mandating ammunition licensing, shelved (but not eliminated) due to the fact that it would be insanely expensive, not to mention completely unworkable. Politicians in various gun control enclaves have also proposed adding tax to ammo. But Ted Schaefer’s letter to St. Louis Post Dispatch breaks new ground in ammo-flavored gun control fervor. Here’s his proposal . . .

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.50 BMG Ammunition at Wal-Mart. Winning?

I often stop by my local Wal-Mart ammunition counter to see what is happening. While .22 ammunition is starting to appear on the shelves of dedicated gun stores, it’s still absent from Wal-Mart in Yuma, Arizona. But I did find .50 Browning Machine Gun (BMG) ammunition. And why not?  The .50 BMG . . .

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9mm Ammo Quest: MagTech Guardian Gold and First Defense

In this latest installment of the 9mm Ammo Quest, I put three varieties of MagTech 9mm ammo through the 3″-barrel 9mm pistol. The tested varieties are the 92.6-grain First Defense, the 115+P Guardian Gold, and the 124-grain Guardian Gold. The recoil on the light 92.6-grain solid copper First Defense was noticeably mild. Velocities were all over the board, ranging from 1073 fps up to 1268. Three of the five bullets showed no expansion at all and two showed mild expansion. Overall penetration was excellent; expansion was minimal . . .

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TheTrace.org: It’s A Trap!

Ammo (courtesy thetrace.org)

Anti-ballistic billionaire bully boy Michael Bloomberg is the man financing thetrace.org. The site’s a thinly veiled attempt to “sell” civilian disarmament with “objective” reporting. In other words, it’s a Trojan horse. A trap. A way to lure unsuspecting firearms freedom fence-straddlers into the gun control fold. To that end, Bloomberg’s cracked open his checkbook for one Adam Weinstein. (Click here for TTAG’s greatest hits, Weinstein-wise.) Adam’s a professional anti-gunner with a difference: he owns guns! He’s the perfect anti to disguise his and his benefactor’s anti-gun agenda. But the girl can’t help it . . .

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Seattle Set to Tax Guns, Ammo

In Question of the Day: Are Gun Control Advocates Getting Desperate? I pondered the inanity of defrocked Doc and ex-con Linda Shelton’s Daily Kos editorial calling for bullet control. Who could be that dumb? Hello, Seattle! “Seattle is one step closer to a new gun tax a city council member says is needed to combat gun violence in the city,” kiorvtv.com reports. “A committee approved and sent an ordinance to the full city council Wednesday that if passed, would tack on a new $25 tax on sellers on every gun sold, plus a new 2-cent tax on every .22 caliber bullet and 5 cents each for all other bullets.” The chances that the gun and bullet tax would reduce “gun violence” are roughly the same that . . .

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ATF Re-Classifies Certain Flares and 40mm Chalk Rounds as Explosives, Begins Confiscation

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The ATF is on a bit of a hit streak when it comes to random reclassifications. First they arbitrarily and capriciously changed their collective mind on the pistol stabilizing brace. Then they tried to ban M855 ammunition by branding it as “armor piercing.” Now it seems that they are turning their gaze upon some of the less common items and applying their similarly capricious thought processes. The latest targets are types of projectiles which can be fired from 40mm grenade launchers, specifically parachute flares and chalk practice rounds. And their ruling could soon be expanded to include all ammunition bigger than 1/2 inch in diameter . . .

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TX Parks & Wildlife Test Lead vs. Non-Toxic Shot

By Reese Johnson via wideopenspaces.com

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has completed a two-year study of dove hunting, comparing the effectiveness of lead shot versus non-toxic shot. This was a “double-blind” study with neither hunters nor observers knowing what they were shooting to remove bias. Both hunters and and observers recorded data based on these hunts to determine the effectiveness of the loads. The results may surprise you . . .

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9mm Ammo Quest: Lehigh Defense Maximum Expansion

Ever since I published my first test of Lehigh Defense’s absurdly impressive “Maximum Expansion” ammunition, people have wanted to see it tested in other calibers.  Which I understand, but frankly, I haven’t been in that big of a rush to do so because — well, the .45 Colt version that I tested above is a unique and special situation.  It’s an exceptionally over-long bullet, made possible because of the exceptionally long chambers in the .45/.410 shotshell revolvers.  I didn’t test Maximum Expansion during my .380 Ammo Quest, because the manufacturer’s own specifications showed that it would only penetrate about 7″.  But the 9mm… now that’s a different story . . .

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22LR Ammo Market at a Tipping Point?

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Andrew Scott of A&A Ammunition writes [via ammoland.com]:

As a commercial ammunition reloader, I cannot, unfortunately, manufacture 22LR ammo (obviously). However I do get nonstop calls from people in my area looking for the all-popular cartridge, so I try to keep my finger on the pulse of the market and snag some up when I can find it, then resell it at a reasonable, not-gouged price. One would think that I would be able to pick up .22 more easily than the retail purchaser, but this hasn’t been the case for me for the last several years. I’ve had just as hard of a time picking it up as most. Today I did another customary search for in-stock .22 ammo from my standard suppliers, and something odd happened . . .

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Combat Medic: Army’s Hollow Point Ammo Switch Will (Or Should) End the Caliber Debate

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It appears that the US Army has finally decided to start using hollow point ammunition for the general issues service pistol. When RF called me and told me that, I was highly doubtful. But by all accounts, (and you heard it on TTAG first folks) this is the real deal. As a combat veteran, and as a medic, I couldn’t be happier. The standard 9X19NATO round nosed FMJ is now, and has always been, a grossly inadequate handgun round for combat. In my experience, it pokes fairly small, smooth holes in soft targets, with neat wound channels. I’ve never seen one break up in tissue, and I’ve seen patients shot multiple times with the round, and still be conscious and capable of continuing to fight. That’s the last thing you want out of your enemy in combat . . .

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BREAKING: U.S. Army Switching to Hollow Point Ammunition

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Sources tell TTAG that the United States Army is switching from ball to hollow-point ammunition for its next generation handgun. The Army dropped the bombshell yesterday at the Modular Handgun System Industry Day in Picatinny, New Jersey. The event was held as part of the Army’s procurement process to replace the Beretta M9 handgun and the ammunition used for the gun. After making the announcement, an Army lawyer mounted the stage to mount a defense for the switch hollow-points . . .

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