Today I am taking a break from the 30 days of preparing series to pay homage to Ireland’s most famous gun maker, John Rigby.
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Revolver history is interesting. I am leading up to something because the revolver on my desk as I write this has me going back over everything I have learned about the revolver.
A Bit of Revolver History
The revolver is older than commonly believed. Double-barrel and combination barrels were common during the flintlock era, although they are not true repeaters. Revolvers with multiple chambers were not rare—they were expensive. The revolving-cylinder handgun dates back to at least 1540, so it was a case of the technology of the day not catching up with the thinking man’s dreams.
One might say that a designer larger than us created the art of camouflage. Though fascinating, camouflage is nothing innovative. Animals have been doing it forever. Their innate ability to adapt to their surroundings protects them from untimely death and conceals them from prey in order to snag dinner. We humans have been attempting to emulate this blending and concealing since the beginning of history. The purpose of manmade camo is to break up the human outline, and create less contrast between them and the background.
Dr. Stephen P. Halbrook’s new book, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State”, presents the hidden history of how the Nazi regime made use of gun control to disarm and repress its enemies and consolidate power. Countless books on the Third Reich and the Holocaust fail even to mention the laws restricting firearms ownership, which rendered political opponents and Jews defenseless. A skeptic could surmise that a better-armed populace might have made no difference, but the National Socialist regime certainly did not think so — it ruthlessly suppressed firearm ownership by disfavored groups.
Fifty years ago today, the United States suffered the loss the 35th U.S. President, John F. Kennedy. Since that time, the event has been the subject of thousands of movies, books, documents and articles. Major events often spawn conspiracy theories and Kennedy’s assassination is no exception; in fact, it could be reasonably argued that it is the king of all conspiracy theories.
The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month–that was when the armistice ending the hostilities of World War I was signed. Although the Treaty of Versailles would not be signed for many more months, we still recognize 11/11 as the day to honor all those served before WWI, during WWI and although it was believed to be the war end all wars, those who would later serve.
In terms of American military long arms, very little attention is given to a predecessor of the much-heralded M1903 and M1 Garand, the Springfield Trapdoor. Produced for over 20 years, the Springfield Trapdoor experienced many changes throughout its life. The rifle would take its place in history just after the Civil War—despite the justifiable hesitation of many military personnel who were all too aware of the superiority of repeaters and magazine fed rifles.
9/11 changed each of our lives in significant ways. We live in a world under a constant threat of terrorism. Each of us knows at least one person who has volunteered to serve our country fighting the war on terror. And, we have had 12 years to reflect on what it means to belong to this great country.
“Fresh, Historic, and Rare” is the potent combination of words Rock Island Auction Company owner and president Patrick Hogan has used to describe the RIAC upcoming September Premiere Firearms Auction.
In 2014, legendary firearms company, J. Stevens and Company will celebrate 150 years of making high-quality firearms. Now, a subsidiary company of Savage Arms, the company still brands shotguns and rifles under the Stevens name.
I can’t help pointing out how proud I am of my fellow leathernecks; four of the remaining seven All-Stars are Marines, but as a group, we’ll call them the Magnificent Seven—for now.
In 2006, Congress ruled the Senate must approve any nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) before taking on the role. The ATF is responsible for enforcing all federal firearms laws. Including firearms trade, issuing FFLs and tracing firearms, it’s also responsible for reducing gun violence. Naturally, 2A advocates are leery of any Democratic appointee or nominee.
With only eight competitors left, it is starting to feel like we’re getting down to the wire. Kelly’s shocking elimination last week was a wake-up call for the remaining shooters to bring their A-game from now on.
Jamie’s elimination last week kind of kicked things wide open for this week’s episode. The remaining nine shooters are all great shots, and the momentum of this competition may be shifting.
Son-of-a-gun. Wouldn’t you know it, the week after I pick my top four, one of them gets eliminated! That surprise elimination was about the only interesting thing about this episode though. Sometimes it seems the producers take a creative break and just throw something together, like, “Hey, let’s have them shoot tin cans off a fence this week.” Makes it feel like a placeholder while they’re building the really cool challenge for next week. I hope that’s the case.
Now that we’re four episodes into the season, let me comment again on the new format. My wife says it’s not the same show, that it’s lost a lot of the excitement. I agree with her; it’s not the same show, but from my perspective that’s a good thing!
There is a reason why the AR-15 is the best-selling rifle in the United States. For its versatility, flexibility, modular design, and ease of use, everyone from beginners to expert shooters love the AR-15—the modern sporting rifle.