Record Wisconsin Rat Hunt in 1957

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Most rat hunting is done with dogs, commonly with varieties of terriers that catch and kill the vermin. The human hunter’s job: flush the rats from cover. The rat hunting record for that method supposedly occurred in England in the 1820’s, when a rat terrier killed an incredible 2,501 rats in seven hours in a barn infested with the rodents. The dog was the renowned Billy, whose career was legendary. I haven’t found contemporary records of the 2,501 rat killing, but they may exist. Most of his records are for killing 100 rats in a rat pit against the clock. Billy’s best was 100 rats in 5 1/2 minutes. I haven’t seen any records for human hunters killing rats . . .

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Maj Toure: Black People with Guns Matter

Black Guns Matter

Maj Toure is a 29-year-old black activist in Philadelphia who wants black people in urban centers to exercise their Second Amendment rights. “Toure is a young African American man who grew up in North Philadelphia watching the destruction caused by gun violence, but who nonetheless was attracted to firearms,” philly.com reports, “and became an official, dues-paying NRA member and legal gun owner.” . . .
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A Cheap Gun is Gun Enough for One Homeowner

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The RG23 is the quintessential cheap handgun and never had a good reputation. Many owners have claimed a lack of reliability, so I suspect that quality control wasn’t in the same class as the old Smith & Wesson revolvers. The rough trigger makes accuracy difficult, even for experienced shooters. The steel inserts in Zamak alloy construction are corrosion cells waiting to happen. The revolvers are so inexpensive, they are not economically worth repairing. They sold, in 1969, for 19.95.  The current price on the used market is around $50. But, they are guns . . .

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How New York Became a Nexus of Second Amendment Infringement

Timothy_Sullivan (courtesy wikipedia.org)

After the American Revolutionary War, New York legislators didn’t include gun rights in their state constitution. They considered firearms freedom too obvious to include. And any legal protection redundant, thanks to the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. And so it was — until 1911. That’s when the Empire State legislature passed the infamous Sullivan Act to protect organized crime from armed citizens . . .

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Battle of Gate Pā Replica Maori Shotguns for Sale

“To mark the 152nd commemoration of the Battle of Gate Pā exact replicas of the shotguns used by Maori warriors will be available for history fanatics and gun enthusiasts to own,” nzherald.co.nz reports. “The Pukehinahina Charitable Trust has decided to sell its collection of 20 handcrafted tupara, or double-barrel shotguns, which were manufactured in Italy and assembled in New Zealand.” With “carvings on the butt” from Thailand. Kidding. As for the battle itself, the Brits got their you-know-whats handed to them. wikipedia.org:

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The Untold History of the Maxim Silencer

How could this be the “untold history” of the Maxim Silencer when someone’s telling it? I know: previously untold. But once anyone watches the video, that’s it. Told ya! In fact, this brace of AAC employees told this untold history some five years ago. (Does untold ever get old?) The most amazing bit: Maxim sent the silencer through the mail. Would that we had such “easy access” to guns and silencers. These days, Hell would be cold.

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Demorest, GA City Council Restores Employees’ Right to Bear Arms

Employees Concealed Firearms Demorest GA

Earlier this month, the Demorest, Georgia city council voted to restore the right to bear arms to city employees. “Demorest officials say they have passed a groundbreaking personnel policy amendment believed to be the first of its kind in Georgia,” accesswdun.com reports. “The city council voted unanimously to amend the city’s personnel policy to allow city employees with a valid concealed carry permit to carry their weapons during the workday.” The restoration of gun rights to public employees may be a first for a Georgia city, but it’s a growing trend in the United States. As wsls.com reported, on January 26th, Bedford County in Virginia enacted a very similar policy. As the right to keep and bear arms is being restored across the United States . . .

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Christie’s Hammers Simón Bolivar’s Pistols for $1.8m

Simón Bolivar's Pistols (courtesy christies.com)

“These intricately decorated, the pistols were made by Nicolas-Noël Boutet, the gunsmith to Napoleon,” Christie’s Specialist Becky McGuire reveals. “In 1825, [Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de] Lafayette presented the pistols he had brought with him to another revolutionary: Simón Bolívar, who had dedicated his life to liberating six South American countries . . . These are treasures of a kind that we see really rarely. These men shared a real zeal and a commitment to their ideals, which changed the world forever; these pistols are an embodiment of that.” Uh, OK. Actually, that was more than OK for an unnamed collector . . .

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JR’s Gun [Content Contest]

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By Steve Wilson

We like to describe our guns as tools as implements to complete a job. This is true at face value. However for many of us, shooting runs in the family whether it be competition, hunting or the military. We’ve inherited a gun or two that may have been just another mundane tool to an ancestor, but has become a tangible (and audible) link to our ancestors for us. Most of us can’t help but attach a little emotion to these guns. After 27 long years, I’ve finally gotten that gun, and a little emotional . . .

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Texas Firearms Engraver Otto Carter Completes Aesthetic-Style Cabot 1911 TTAG Project Gun

Otto Carter Cabot 1911"Pandemonium" (courtesy ottocarter.com)

The art of engraving dates back to the dawn of human history. Archeologists have unearthed engraved stones from the Serengeti Plains of Africa carved some 500,000 years ago. Since that time, as civilizations rose and fell, artisans have used “push engraving” (using a hand tool to carve out material) or “chase engraving” (using a hammer or other tool to strike the carving tool) to add value to objects, ranging from the sacred to the profane. Specifically, firearms . . .

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English Gun Law: a Colonial Import

Destruction of the Magazine at Delhi During the Indian Mutiny 1857-58

Gun control — restrictions on gun ownership — was not a common or popular phenomena in Europe until after the First World War. One of the most influential gun control laws was instituted in England and Wales in 1920. It has been the basis for a great deal of restrictions on the private ownership of firearms around the world, both in the Commonwealth countries and in Europe. These restrictions were not designed to protect the public from criminals. Rather, they were designed to protect the ruling class from revolution . . .
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