Saturday, February 26, 2011

The air rifle used by Lewis and Clark that won the West

Friday, February 4, 2011

NC Silencer Blog says read the latest from one of my favorite blondes, Ann Coulter:
Posted: 03 Feb 2011 09:39 AM PST
Make sure you read this great article by Ann Coulter. It's too good not to share.

The pro-gun people among us (hopefully, that includes you) often make the mistake that other people think and rationalize the same way we do with regard to the relationship between guns and crime. So, we tend to keep our thoughts to ourselves and don't actively promote gun ownership because, well.... the virtues of gun ownership by American citizens are obvious... right? The problem is, despite the massive amount of evidence indicating that more guns (carried by law-abiding citizens) equals less crime, there is still an amazing amount of ignorance out there. People in positions of power and influence, i.e. politicians and purveyors of mass media, often have an irrational fear of inanimate objects like guns, and they tend to shout the loudest when forcing their opinion on us. So, unfortunately, the ignorant masses only hear the loudest voices; the voice of the anti-gun zealot.

So, that is why it is important that we, as informed pro-gun citizens, make our position known. A good way to do that is to share articles like this with everyone you know. Don't assume your friends are as rational as you.

Be sure to subscribe to this blog and visit the NC SILENCER website often. We will help arm you with the tools needed to defeat any anti-gun rhetoric aimed your way. Not to mention, help arm you with real guns and silencers when you're ready to join the ranks of the elite, informed, and armed citizen.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Browning joins ever-growing list of 1911-style .22LR pistol makers

With several makers now offering 1911 full-size pistols in .22LR, Browning has upped the ante with a new line of Commander-size and compact .22LR pistols with all the functional features of the original 1911. I've been holding off so far on adding a 1911 .22LR to my modest collection, but that 3 5/8″-barrel compact just might be the straw that breaks this particular camel's back.
Browning 1911-22When Browning set out to celebrate 100 years of John Browning’s 1911 pistol, she certainly could have done the predictable thing and offered just a commemorative version in .45 ACP. Instead, we got a very nice, scaled-down 1911 A1 in .22LR. That means this is one 1911 you can afford to shoot — lots!

Ideal for target practice and making training affordable, this one will be a classy addition to anyone’s gun collection. Like I said, it’s scaled down to 85% of the full-size 1911, which makes it a joy to hold.
Depending on which version you’re talking about — the A1 sports a 4 1/4″ barrel; the Compact model a 3 5/8″ tube — the weight comes in between 15 or 15 1/2 ounces respectively. The barrel has a target crown and the slide is aluminum with a matte blued finish. I really liked the dark brown grips; they gave the pistol an old-fashioned golden-age charm.
 Stolen from Gun Digest.

Browning Arms Co. is a "she"!? WTF!

BATFE wants to protect U.S. shotgun makers from foreign competition?

Saw on Gun Digest where the BATFers want to ban the import of "military style" shotguns. Bet the American manufacturers of tactical shotguns are all pleading, "Please, please Brer' Wolf, whatever you do, please don't throw me in that mean 'ol briar patch" (and save us from H&K, Beretta and other foreign competitors).

End result of that would be not the same as the Clinton ban of importing assault rifles: creation of an entire new industry of assault rifles made in the good 'ol USA, with thousands or even millions of new jobs created.

But since we already have many U.S. companies alive and prospering in the home-defense and tactical shotgun business, relieving them of the competition of foreign companies really wouldn't create many new jobs here.

And the BATFE import-ban attempt likely won't survive the sure NRA court challenge of any such new law. But use the link in the story below to file your protest anyway. Stop the BATFers! Here's the facts:
A report just released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), “Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns,” has proposed that, “military shotguns, or shotguns with common military features that are unsuitable for traditional shotgun sports” be prohibited from importation.
This ban would apply to all shotguns—not just semi-automatics.  As a press release by the National Rifle Association (NRA) noted, “as in previous ‘working group’ studies on rifles, the study fails to give proper credit to the widespread use of these guns in newer shooting sports, or to their adaptability to hunting.”

Under current federal firearms law concerning imports, the Attorney General has to first approve the importation of any firearm “generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.”  The problem with that?  As the NRA explained, “This ‘sporting purposes’ test was imposed by the Gun Control Act in 1968, a time when the right to self-defense with a firearm was not as widely respected by the courts as it is today.”

This section of the Gun Control Act, the NRA argued, needed to be changed.  “Clearly, the main reason to change the law is that the Second Amendment—as the Supreme Court said in District of Columbia v. Heller — protects our right to keep and bear arms for defense, not for sports.  In its 2008 Heller decision, the court observed that ‘the inherent right of self-defense has been central to the Second Amendment right’ and ruled that the Second Amendment protects ‘the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation,’ particularly within the home, where ‘the need for defense of self, family, and property is most acute.’”

Click here to read the 34-page study
“NRA members and other concerned gun owners can submit comments on the study until May 1, 2011.  Comments may be submitted by e-mail to or by fax to (202)648-9601. Faxed comments may not exceed five pages. All comments must include name and mailing address.”
SOURCE:  NRA 1/28/11:

Valerie gets ice for her champagne -- plus a bucket for her big head

Another true classic Day by Day cartoon about Obama aide Valerie Jarret's disrespect for our nation's military troops.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Shooting pistols and M1 Carbine from seated position: Lesson 1

Best range buddy and I went to Sandhills Rod & Gun Club on the banks of the Pee Dee River on Friday, Jan. 18 for my first range trip since release from the hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Range is on the upper end of Blewett Falls Lake in an area known as Grassy Island here in Richmond County. No towns nearby, but closest one is Ellerbe, NC.

It was time for my first outing to learn how to shoot from a seated position my new Sig P239 SAS Gen. 2 .357 Sig subcompact, my new NAA Black Widow .22 Magnum single-action 5-shot derringer and my Auto-Ordnance M1 semi-auto carbine.
First up is sight-in of P239 from seated rest, attempting to remove human error from slow-fire shooting, usual average social-encounter distance of 7 yards. I was shaking like a dog passing peach pits, so the targets weren't pretty. More like patterns than groups. But all were on paper of the 8" targets, so good enough.

This is me seated in my new Cadillac wheel chair, letting the P239 rise way too much in recoil, but gotta start somewhere in adjusting to new circumstances. I wasn't using my usual two-hand grip in order to get as much of the front end of the 239 on the improvised rest. Next time I'll have my genuine pistol rest with me.

Next up is NAA Black Widow. Same deal, bad shakes, but all shots on paper.

Finally, after sighting in my Carbine with new adjustable rear sight installed by best shooting buddy, time to try it out with stock folded in rapid fire. All shots into the berm at 25 yards. Good enough. Day done after some 4 hours.

Good Lord it felt good to get out in the sun, mid-50s, another beautiful day on the top side of God's good green earth!

After 4 hours, I felt like Nixon in '68 as he launched his return to politics: "Tanned, rested and ready!"

Many more range trips lie ahead as I learn to refine the new skill of firing handguns and long guns from the seated position.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

North Carolina Silencer Blog: Useful stuff about guns & silencers

A new blog, North Carolina Silencer Blog, offers "Useful stuff about guns & silencers." It's about a  business in Matthews, NC, run by a new friend I recently made. He doesn't have his name on his blog, so I won't give it either. His blog is already on my blog roll and you can sign up an email from him daily if you like.

Why in the world do you need a silencer? Aren't they.... evil?

We've been really wanting to publish a post extolling all the virtues of silencer ownership and usage... and then we came across this great article on silencers by Jim Dickson in the Feb. 2011 edition of Gun World magazine. Just in time! We figured that since he made such a good argument for silencers, why try to improve on it? Since there is no digital version that we can link to, we've scanned it into an easy-to-read PDF... right from the magazine, and uploaded to It will be like you're reading the real article! Enjoy. (And after you read it and discover that you really, truly NEED a silencer now, just shoot us an email. We'll be happy to help you out.)
 Be like Mikey. "Try it, you'll like it!"