Gun Art

Bang

OK, my wife the painter has us watching Work of Art/Next Great Artist, a reality competition show on Bravo. They wheel out guest judge Andres Serrano, who is most famous for shock art like Piss Christ, as well as photos of klansmen, nomads and feces. I don’t need to be shocked that much, but many of his photos are decent, such as Objects of Desire, a handful of close-ups of a Colt D.A. 38, a Colt D.A. 45, and a Virginian Dragoon .44 Magnum.

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iPod Game Review: Shooting Range a Misfire.

I go to the range a lot where run a bunch of bullets through my Ruger 10/22. When I’m not at the range I spend a lot of time on my iPod, so naturally I want a target game for when I am away from the range. I want the game to be as realistic as possible. And I want one that is as much fun to play as it is to shoot my rifle for real. Shooting Range is NOT that game.

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Why Chicago Residents Need More Than One Handgun

After the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the Windy City’s 29-year-old handgun ban, Chicago is set to introduce one of the most Draconian gun control laws in the country. It’s widely expected that Mayor Daley will ask the City Council to enact legislation restricting Chicago homeowners to a single handgun (per household). Corporation Counsel Mara Georges says the new law would be constitutional; it passes the [new] test for reasonableness. Apparently, one gun per household is “sufficient for self defense.” Yes and no. Mostly no.

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VPC: Concealed Carry Killers Update

Press Release from The Violence Policy Center (VPC)

Washington, DC–A Florida mass shooting that resulted in the murder of four women, an innocent 17-year-old gunned down by a 61-year-old man in a case of mistaken identity, and a bass player from a cover band accused of murdering the female host of the party where his band was playing are among the June additions to Concealed Carry Killers, a Violence Policy Center (VPC) on-line resource that tallies news reports of killings by concealed handgun permit holders.

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Happiness is a Warm M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round

The U.S. Army has begun sending the new M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round to Afghanistan. In the next year and a bit, the U.S. Army will take delivery of some 200 million rounds of the improved 5.56×45 cartridge. Advantages? Better hard-target capability, greater dependability and accuracy, reduced muzzle flash and a higher velocity. That’ll do nicely for the M-4, M-16 and M-249. Oh, and the new round will eliminate up to 2,000 tons of lead from the manufacturing process each year (’cause you don’t want to kill people when you’re trying to kill people). Now how much would you pay? Over at abovetopsecret.com, a regular commentator is well pleased . . .

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TTAG Contest: Win This Mossberg HS 410 (One in Fifteen Chance)

Thanks to you and thousands of other TTAG readers, TTAG’s growing exponentially. In the big-league, razzle-dazzle, live-on-the-razor’s edge, take-your-life-in-your-hands world of professional blogging, eyeballs is where it’s at. And we’re getting ’em. We’re proud to say that our traffic has doubled in the last month. We’re getting over 2000 unique views per day. We’re just welcomed our 100,000th visitor (since our mid-Feb launch). That’s no mean feat for a blog whose growth is strictly organic; we’re not paying for leads or engaging in any SEO shenanigans to get the word out. To show our gratitude, I’m pleased to announce our very first TTAG Contest. The winner will receive an almost brand-new (fired less than ten times) model 50359 Mossberg 500® HS410 Tactical Shotgun. The rules are as follows . . .

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Video Review: Learn Gun Safety with Eddie Eagle. Or Not.

Small kids need to know that guns are not toys. That’s the message of the National Rifle Association video Learn Gun Safety with Eddie Eagle. It teaches kids who find a gun to leave it alone. Go tell an adult. Even if you think it might be a toy, just leave it be. Pro-gun and less-than-pro-gun parents will love Eddy; the gun safety lesson is about as vanilla as you can get when talking about deadly weapons. But I’m a 12-year-old. Does the NRA’s message fly with kids my age and older? Two words: Eddy’s grounded.

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Gun Review: Kimber Tactical Custom HD II

If you’ve been to your local gun emporium in the last year or so, you’ve probably noticed that there’s been a run on guns. Certain models are in short supply. Like all of them. Most of the better manufacturers are running at something like a six-month backlog of orders. Kimber has this somewhat enviable problem – they’re selling ’em faster than they can make ’em. A shortage of weapons for sale = a dearth of weapons to send out for review, which is why I’m reviewing a Kimber Tactical Custom HD II, instead of the Kimber Pro Crimson Carry II that I wanted to write up. Yep. The review of my dream gun will have to wait. Which was kind of disappointing . . . right up until the moment I squeezed the trigger on the Tac Custom.

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He’s Lovin’ It

I'm Lovin' It

McDonald and Chicago are celebrating the Supreme Court decision, but I’m wondering if anti-handgun bills in Baltimore and elsewhere will be struck down, too. I read that DC allowed maybe 700 additional purchases after Heller. The Baltimore Sun’s Second Opinion doesn’t clear things up very much:

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The Pros and Cons of Open versus Concealed Carry.

I’ve been thinking a lot about open carry lately. I have a conceal carry permit from the great State of Texas, which means I’m licensed to carry in around 38 states. Now, I don’t carry that often – which has more to do, frankly, with my lack of a easy-to-carry weapon (a full-size 1911 with a steel frame is waaaay too heavy and bulky for an every-day-carry gun).  But if I had a pistol more suited to conceal carry, I very likely would carry most of the time. So the question of carrying openly versus carrying concealed fascinates me.

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Root: Guns vs Gangs

“The Root is a daily online magazine that provides thought-provoking commentary on today’s news from a variety of black perspectives.” The publication interlinks with Washington Post, Newsweek, Slate and Foreign Policy articles. In Bad Luck for Chicago’s Bloody Summer, the Root reports the black perspective on guns and gun crime: Chicagoans need guns to defend themselves from the pervasive gangs. More than that, they need jobs and homes to give Chicago youth as an alternative to gang membership.

Just last weekend, a veteran Chicago law enforcement officer said he was hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court would strike down the city’s longstanding handgun ban because it would help address the city’s intractable gang problem.
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