Field & Stream: We Don’t Tell the Truth About Rifles

I know: it’s one thing for Field & Stream to kow-tow to gun manufacturers by sending back defective or just plain awful test rifles. It’s another to actually admit it in print. Pixels. Whatever. “Over the past four years or so I’ve gotten at least four rifles from one of the major companies that shot so poorly I had to send them back and could not write about them.” That’s bad enough. But to bitch and moan that you can’t get free guns—an honor and a privilege for which many enthusiasts would donate their right testicle—is well out of order. “And then there is the maker of very expensive custom rifles who has promised me three times, twice to my face, to send me a rifle and never has. But that is another issue entirely.” True dat, as the very first comment points out: “Is it any wonder that the general public distrusts gun reviews from the main stream media? We want to know when a manufacturer produces guns of such inferior quality that they have to be sent back. I think any reviewer who has to send a gun back before getting one that he can actually test is under an obligation to report that fact in his review if he wants to be a credible journalist.” If you want the truth about guns, well, here we are. (email robertfarago1@gmail.com if you’d like to review guns for us)

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USA TODAY Asks: “What Does the 2nd Amendment Mean?”

Well. Sort of. What the Newspaper For Those Who Find People Magazine a Challenging Read asks in their “Quick Question” online is, “Does the Second Amendment give Individuals the right to bear arms.?” I’m guessing “Yes,” based on the Supreme Court’s decision in the landmark Heller case. But there’s been a spirited discussion surrounding another 2nd Amendment-related article I penned here on TTAG. Anywho, you have a chance to vote your own self. The poll (link provided by a TTAG reader) is, as far as I can determine, as unscientific as they come, meaning that, since the Nattering Nabobs of Negativism aren’t getting the results they want, you should expect to see the poll results buried in Section W (for Wastebasket), or thoroughly discredited by the very paper that hosted the poll. Still, click here to add your voice to the muddled asses yearning for free brie.

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Unidentified Blacks Creek Teen

“The boy told deputies he was walking and then tripped,” nwcn.com reports. “As the boy began to fall, he said he accidentally discharged the .22 pistol he was carrying. The father was hit once in the stomach. The father was airlifted to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center with what appeared to be a non-life-threatening injury. Detectives investigating the incident say that all information and evidence gathered indicates the 15-year-old unintentionally fired the pistol. No charges are expected to be filed and police are urging the public to be aware of firearms safety and to follow it at all times.” Once again, we don’t know who actually owned the .22. Like father, like son, one imagines. In the sense that neither end of this gun knew WTF they were doing. My six-year-old knows not to walk with a loaded gun, and to keep the safety on and her finger off the trigger until she’s ready to fire. And, once again, why no charges? Here’s the relevant Idaho statute:

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ArmaLite: Case Ready, Dealer Deficient?

ArmaLite wants you! Not just your money—although the family firm wouldn’t mind exchanging some of your hard-earned cash for their new M15A4 “Case Ready Carbine.” They want you to become an ArmaLite dealer. While ArmaLite’s Communications Director won’t say exactly how the Illinois-based company selects their dealers (an ffl license would be extremely helpful), Arthur Steadman says the call to arms reflects the manufacturer’s “ongoing success.” He’s equally sanguine about the hard numbers involved. “We’re pleasantly happy about it,” the former newsman doesn’t reveal. One thing’s for sure: the small arms maker isn’t so small (is it Mr. Bond). “ArmaLite is a complete firearms company with our own Engineering, Quality Assurance, Machine Shop, Assembly, Warehouse, Marketing, Sales, and Finance divisions,” the Germanically-capitalized press release boasts. “ArmaLite’s broad customer base includes private gun owners, police agencies including the Illinois State Police, federal agencies in support of the Anti-Terror Assistance Program, and international customers.” Such as? [crickets chirping] Never mind. What of that Case Ready Carbine Carmine?

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The Other Side of the New Orleans Gun Confiscation Issue

When the New Orleans Police and Louisiana National Guard disarmed New Orleans citizens at the point of a gun (or a hundred), the news of the event reverberated throughout America’s firearm fraternity like the original “shot heard ’round the world.” The law enforcement action stoked the fires of those who’d long been warning of the threat of official gun confiscation—from mainstream NRA members to extremist militias. The scenes also added fuel to the pyre for restrictive gun control laws. In retrospect, disarming post-Katrina citizens was an enormous strategic blunder by bone-headed bureaucrats drunk with power and bereft of respect for the Constitution. On the other hand, ProPubica reports that New Orleans was home to a band of shotgun-wielding racist vigilantes with a shoot-to-kill mentality.

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Gun Safety: How NOT To Do It

Back when I was in the Navy and stationed in South Carolina, I would on occasion shoot recreationally with a buddy of mine [neither of us shown]. Let’s call him Mike. Mike is a brilliant man. He has a B.S. in Physics. He runs a small biochemistry lab out of his kitchen just for his own amusement. And before he joined the Navy, he was an EMT in the Bronx—which takes a very special kind of person. Having a thorough knowledge of Mike’s street and academic cred, I can confidently tell you that Mike is not a moron. He does, however, have a tragic flaw that lead to the most epic gun safety fail that I have ever witnessed . . .
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Editorial: The Case Against Handgun Licensing Procedures

OMG! You couldn’t let just ANYONE own a handgun could you? What about training? They might shoot someone with that thing! You know: a child. Think of the children! Not to mention the handgun’s effect on urban crime. So what if the gun buyer’s not a criminal? The more guns you introduce into an area suffering from gun violence, the more gun violence you’ll have, right? And what of a cooling off period? Someone who’s really angry could buy a handgun and shoot someone, just like that. Here’s the thing: gun control makes perfect sense. Anyone with an ounce of common senses wants all gun owners to be educated about their weapon’s operation and general firearms safety. Any worthwhile member of society wants to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Ditto a pro-murder stance. But it’s one of those “should society protect its citizens from themselves” deals. On the one hand, gun licensing laws prevent some of the problems associated with handguns. On the other hand this, from fox59.com.

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Incendiary Image of the Day

Okay, for the record, this came in over my electronic transom via www.the-912-project.com, a website that supports the 912 Project, something Glenn Beck started over a year ago, that’s played a seminal role in spreading the word about the Tea Party movement. Again, for the record, I think the “Rapist with AIDS” is over the top (strike that…WAY over the top). I have friends that are HIV-positive, and AIDS is not the automatic death sentence it was back in the 80s. I think the point the person that created this graphic is trying to make here (in an incendiary fashion) is dramatic enough when you put the words “rape” and “daughter” in the same sentence. They could have added “with a sexually-transmitted disease” and it would have been as sensational – and less blatantly insensitive. Or they could have said “rapist/murderer” – and the effect on “Your daughter” would have been largely the same.

None of the sensationalism, incendiary nature, nor the choice of a big-ass handgun with a 5 inch barrel do anything to invalidate the rhetorical question posed – which would protect her health best?

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Gun Review: Norinco SKS

It’s often said that the enemy of the good is the great. In situations where continuous improvement is a “do-or-die” way of life – for example, a Cold War military-industrial complex – the life of a merely-satisfactory design is nasty, brutish and short. Such was the case for the U.S. Air Force’s B-36 Peacemaker bomber. The Soviet equivalent? Comrade Sergei Simonov’s “Samozaryadniy Karabin Simonova, 1945,” known to the world today as the SKS carbine.

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Editorial: “The Speech Sarah Palin Should Give to the NRA”

The following editorial was written by Aaron Zelman, Founder and Director of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.

Dear Sarah: Here is the speech you should give to the NRA when you address its national convention on May 14th. I sincerely invite you to ask me for any and all evidential material you might need to make you confident in these declarations.

Fellow NRA members, thank you for inviting me here today.

How does it feel to be part of what our deceitful adversaries sarcastically call “the gun culture”?

Did you know that we are also part of an even larger group? It’s a not-so-secret society. It’s called “The Freedom Culture”.

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Pigeon Shot by Air Rifle in Little Basing, UK [Not Shown]

See that headline above? I only added “UK.” That’s it, I swear. So why, you ask, is this pigeon so special that it warrants its own news story? No, this particular flying rat doesn’t warrant a public eulogy by dint of the fact that basingstokegazette.co.uk has sweet FA to report. I think. The pigeon’s untimely demise is newsworthy because . . . wait for it . . . it was shot. By a BB gun. Yes, IT’S A GUN CRIME! “PC Nick Beech, from the Basingstoke Targeted Patrol Team said: ‘I would like to hear from anyone in the Little Basing, Lychpit or Norton Ride area who has seen or heard someone using an air rifle. Air rifles are firearms capable of discharging missiles. The use of an air rifle on your own land is not illegal, but discharging the missile, such as a pellet in this instance, beyond your boundary is illegal and could cause damage to property or injury to a person.'” Or, in fact, a pigeon. And because TTAG is committed to public service: “Anyone with information about the incident should contact PC Beech at Basingstoke police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.” If calling from outside the UK (as say, a BB gun felon who managed to escape the Sceptered Isle who’s experienced a crisis of conscience, or someone who wants to drop the dime on the unrepentant pigeon killer), call the po-po direct on 44 8450 454545. Business hours. GMT.

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Editorial: Arm This

The AP reports that “In the ongoing financial crisis in Ashtabula County [the largest county by area in Ohio], the Sheriff’s Department has been cut from 112 to 49 deputies. With deputies assigned to transport prisoners, serve warrants and other duties, only one patrol car is assigned to patrol the entire county of 720 square miles.” And then, as reported by TTAG, the money shot: “Ashtabula County Common Pleas Judge Alfred Mackey was asked what residents should do to protect themselves and their families with the severe cutback in law enforcement. ‘Arm themselves,’ the judge said.” While the story certainly sounds compelling, and has gone out on AP, I’m a strong believer in scanning the comments section for the (often hidden) truth of the matter. Some folk agree with the judge while others see this as –surprise!– a bald attempt to restore funding to the Sheriff’s office.

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