Guns and a normal person

ATF Rule, NRA, Defense, Dementia, Dying Well, Industry News

You can’t fix stupid.  You can’t vaccinate it either.


If you let politicians break the law in an emergency, they will create an emergency in order to break the law

As expected, the ATF has proposed a new rule redefining what a “firearm” is, which is not the same as the definition in federal law.

A law professor says the new “ghost gun” regulation may be illegal. But since the underlying federal gun laws are unconstitutional in the first place, that’s hardly noteworthy.

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Ashley Hlebinsky: I ain’t afraid of no ghost.

Two federal bills, S 1373 and HR 2890, would lower the legal age for handgun purchasing to 18.


NRA bankruptcy case kicked out of Texas. NRA played the idiot card. Things don’t look good.

More about this issue on Gun Talk Radio this Sunday.


About those gun buyback (sic) programs (GBPs)

Researchers Toshio Ferrazares of the University of California, Joseph J. Sabia of San Diego State University, and D. Mark Anderson of Montana State University studied data from the National Incident Based Reporting System, National Vital Statistics System to analyze the effect of buybacks (sic).  The study was published as a working paper and has yet to be peer-reviewed:
“Using data from the National Incident Based Reporting System, we find no evidence that GBPs reduce gun crime.  Given our estimated null findings, with 95 percent confidence, we can rule out decreases in firearm-related crime of greater than 1.3 percent during the year following a buyback.  Using data from the National Vital Statistics System, we also find no evidence that GBPs reduce suicides or homicides where a firearm was involved.”


Guns and a normal person

We have a report that gun and ammo production is now almost meeting the demand. So prices should retreat, right? Got your ammo for next hunting season yet?

The number of privately held firearms in the United States, including the increase of 1.67 million last month, is about 471 million. The estimate is made using the method pioneered by Newton and Zimring, and extended by Gary Kleck in “Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America.”

The United States manufactures and imports about 9.1 billion rounds of ammunition a year, which is only about 19 rounds of ammunition per firearm in the country.

“Ammo prices are so high these days I can’t even afford to dry fire.” – Jim Kenzie

The most blatant way to flaunt wealth today is to shoot a box of 9mm at a plywood target.


Etsy is an American e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and craft supplies. These items fall under a wide range of categories, including jewelry, bags, clothing, home décor and furniture, toys, art, as well as craft supplies and tools. We have a report that Etsy has issued the following communiqué:

“As of May 25, 2021, we will no longer accommodate any gun parts or accessories that attach to a firearm. We take protecting our marketplace very seriously and work hard to balance the enforcement of our policies with the unique variety of handmade items our sellers contribute to the marketplace.”

The media. Pretty much all of it.

Islamic Terrorist Hostage Sieges

“The objective of taking hostages, would-be jihadists are told, is ‘not to hold large numbers of the kuffar hostage in order to negotiate one’s demands,’ but to sow terror with ‘the language of force, the language of killing, stabbing and slitting throats, chopping off heads, flattening them under trucks, and burning them alive, until they give the jizyah [tax] while they are in a state of humiliation.'”

If you get caught up in a terrorist hostage siege, you must fight or escape. You cannot wait for the police to save you. They aren’t coming.


About that “keys in your hand” trick

The reason to keep your keys in your (non-dominant) hand or otherwise deployed is to not have to fumble for them at your car or door, not to use them as a weapon.

Averting Targeted School Violence

A U.S. Secret Service Analysis of Plots Against Schools:

“The key findings of the study are clear and consistent: Individuals contemplating violence often exhibit observable behaviors, and when community members report these behaviors, the next tragedy can be averted.”

Mild hearing loss can DOUBLE your risk for dementia.

When the hearing section of the brain grows inactive, the change often results in memory loss and cognitive disorders.

The Science of Fawn Survival

(Leave them alone: it’s the law.)

You already know this.


Stryk Pay Offers Pro-Gun Friendly Means of Credit Card Processing


The Only Ones

U.S. Army soldiers Demarcus Adams, 21, Jarius Brunson, 22, and Brandon Miller, 22, all stationed at Fort Campbell on the Kentucky/Tennessee border, were arrested on charges they operated an illegal gun pipeline that funneled dozens of firearms out of state to Chicago. Some of the guns were found at the scene of a mass shooting in Chicago, leading to the arrests. The three soldiers have been charged with transferring a firearm to an out-of-state resident, making false statements during the purchase of a firearm, engaging in the business without a firearms license, wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.

Tiara Vinson, a 26-year-old female, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of another woman in Fayetteville, NC. Both women are active duty soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. The shooting happened off base.


LaGrange, GA, has lost its mind


Astounding kids’ art talent:

Anybody else feeling inadequate?

How To Die Well

Industry News

Field & Stream and Outdoor Life magazines have both gone digital only.

I dropped my F&S subscription in 1994 when anti-gunner David Petzal was the executive editor and wrote a column (copy available on request) supporting Senator Dianne Feinstein’s “assault weapons” ban bill while strongly condemning those evil black semiautomatic rifles. Petzal is still at F&S, perhaps now as only a “contributor.”)

December, 1982, “The Sixgunner” – Lovers of firearms minutiae may want to scroll down to page 6 and read the late Ken Waters’ article about the .45 “Long Colt” name.

Ruger reported a nearly 50% boost in revenue for the first quarter of 2021 over the same quarter in 2020. It also said its net income more than doubled for the same period.


The Remington 7188 Full Auto Shotgun. I learn something every day.



Free e-book: Shooting While Pregnant, by Julie Golob

Redding is holding its 2020 pricing through 2021. Yay.

The Escort Dynamax 12 Gauge Shotgun

A Glock AR?

Big Horn Armory has a big bore loading manual. Free download.

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