Tag: Firearms

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Our own Sam Jacobs sat down with Matthew Larosiere. Matthew Larosiere is the Director of Legal Policy at the Firearms Policy Coalition and an unashamed supporter of the Second Amendment without exceptions. He is also an early adopter of the 3D printer, something that he has become very skilled at using to make full firearms, […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. John Garand: The Forgotten History of the Man Who Invented the Iconic M1 Garand Rifle

 

“In my opinion, the M1 rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised.” — General George S. Patton

Today is John Garand’s Birthday! Any gun nut – er, “firearms enthusiast” – worth their salt has heard of the M1 Garand (it rhymes with “errand,” by the way). This .30-06 semi-automatic rifle is one of the most iconic American firearms of all time, and was the standard-issue weapon for American infantry troops during World War II and the Korean War. Drill teams and honor guards continue to use this in the present day, such is its role as a symbol of the American military.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Operation Fast and Furious: The Forgotten History of the ATF’s Notorious Gunwalking Scandal

 

The ATF isn’t all bad. In fact, they had a policy of letting illegal gun purchases go between 2006 and 2011. It ended up getting US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry killed on December 14, 2010, and let Mexican criminals get enough guns that they were found at over 150 crime scenes where Mexican citizens were either killed or maimed. And some of the guns were used in the November 2015 terrorist attack in Paris at the Bataclan. But other than that, it turned out just fine.

(In case you’re not picking up on it, we’re laying on the sarcasm very thick right now.)

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Today is the birthday of Eugene Stoner – one of the most underappreciated American firearms designers of the 20th century. Eugene Stoner was born in Gosport, Indiana, in 1922. After attending high school, Stoner enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; he served overseas in both the South Pacific and northern China. […]

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Americans are constantly bombarded by the statistics “gun violence” here in our country, but what’s missing from the conversation is what those numbers really represent. The vast majority of deaths involving guns aren’t due to violent crime or school shootings or accidental discharges, the problem is suicide, and it’s a very big problem indeed.

Since 2008, the rate of gun suicides has risen 22 percent and is driving the increase in gun-related deaths. (Suicides make up almost two-thirds of all gun-related deaths.) Among children and teens in particular, the gun-suicide rate is up more than 76 percent. Although only a small percentage of suicide attempts are made with a firearm, more than half of all suicide deaths are carried out with one. The primary victims are older white men.

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In a few short months, gun owners have gone from counting votes in the Senate to get CCW reciprocity passed nationwide to fighting for our Second Amendment lives.

Gun owners are in a culture war and we’re losing. The forces of civilian disarmament are using the techniques of the anti-smoking movement against the private ownership of guns and they’ve had more success curbing civilian gun ownership with this tactic than they’ve had fighting a political war over the previous 10 years.

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“Right now, America is in a state of fundamental moral conflict. On the one side, we have a group of people with incredible power available at their fingertips. Most of them have no desire to hurt anyone and simply wish to be left alone. A relatively minor few have abused that power and caused catastrophic […]

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Promoting a legal, non-lethal firearms training product that uses no ammunition and is in fact safer than a child’s water pistol in today’s extreme anti-gun culture has its challenges  We’ve gone from a culture that for the better part of two-hundred years, children played with toy guns and adolescents and grown women were encouraged to […]

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I’ve been a Ricochet member since June of 2010 and never really approached the site as a place to connect with other members to pursue business opportunities. But I’d certainly recommend that now to anyone who thinks that Ricochet is only a discussion site to hash out political or cultural issues.

In December of last year, I received a message from the owner of a firm that I had commissioned product design work from over the last couple of decades for some of the high-tech companies where I had worked. The owner conveyed to me that they had a client who was working on developing an interactive, safe gun-training system to be launched on a crowdfunding site and that the inventor/engineer needed some marketing and product launch help and would I be interested? I was, but I knew that I would need the help of someone who was an expert on firearms, knew the gun industry, had marketed firearms products before, understood the various vertical markets within the gun industry, trained people on gun skills and safety and wrote regularly about guns, gun training, the Second Amendment and gun rights. I reached out to Ricochet Contributor, Kevin Creighton (@kevincreighton).

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I’m in Tampa, Florida this weekend for the 31st Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, put on by The Second Amendment Foundation. Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to kick things off at 8:15 am or so, and then there will be speeches and seminars by notable figures in the Second Amendment movement such as Alan Gottlieb, Alan Gura, and John Lott.

This year looks to be especially interesting, as Florida Open Carry, the NRA and others are on verge of enacting some new gun laws that are being blocked in the Florida Legislature, (by a “Republican”, no less). And having an conference like this in Florida, where the revolution in concealed carry began over 20 years ago, will help advance the cause of freedom and get our laws on-par with other, more gun-friendly states.

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shutterstock_39383All across America, interest in the shooting sports is booming. Gun sales set new records month after month, and target-shooting is one of the biggest reasons why people are buying guns, along with competition and self-defense. Safely shooting guns is a very enjoyable activity, which is one big advantage we gun owners have over those who seek to take away our guns. After all, have you ever seen anyone smiling at an “Everytown for Gun Safety” meeting?

Me neither.

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Remember the hat I told you about a couple of months ago? The one that gave me access to those space alien messages? Turns out that wasn’t the only potentially devastating situation the hat knows about. There are others, and I thought this one might be of interest to some of you – especially if […]

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When posing this question back in December, I had no idea it would be so tremendously influential </sarc>….or even possible? In an environment where one’s means to provide for his/her own safety and personal protection are demonstrably curtailed by State Law or even Local Ordinance, and since police apparently have no such duty, who retains […]

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I’m starting my nine-year-old daughter shooting (yes, it’s a bit late, but better than never). I’ve promised her that I’d get a rifle with a pink stock, and we’d put Hello Kitty decals on it. I’ve checked out a number of junior-sized .22 rifles, and what I’ve wound up with is a Remington model 581, […]

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“That Gates is a damned fool. Going muzzle to muzzle in the open field with redcoats—it’s madness.” With these words, Benjamin Martin, played by Mel Gibson in the (I think outstanding) 2000 film The Patriot voices much of modernity’s scorn for the warfare of the past, as well as general sense of American superiority over […]

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I originally signed up to write about teaching kids to shoot, but after skipsul ably handled that topic on the 10th, I decided to shift to something that might be of general interest – where to find ammo, guns and related supplies on the net. The following is based on my own experience, and more […]

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  This is the .45 Schofield – originally developed as a variant of the Smith & Wesson Model 3 .45 as modified by Maj. George W. Schofield of the 10th Cavalry. It became very popular in the army and cavalry according to historical sources because it could be re-loaded more quickly than the black powder […]

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shutterstock_406864429Author’s Note: One of the nice things about being a member of Ricochet is participating in the robust discussions in the Member Feed and joining in on the activities there, such as topic-specific group writing projects. This month, the topic is guns, and this is my contribution. If you like this sort of thing and want to add something the conversation, please consider joining Ricochet.com.

I recently attended the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting, and given the title of this post and the NRA’s reputation, I’ll bet you’re expecting me to write a long missive about why gun ownership is for everyone and you’re crazy if you don’t want to own a gun.