Any clues out there that you want to share?
Of course that was back when before Nixon took us off the Gold/ Silver Standard. As you could of gone to the bank and gotten US coin in either gold or silver.
Now the money is ugly and worth less & less every day. Because the Federal Government just prints or just adds some zeros to the National Debt.
Just another hidden tax that you did not know about!
Editor’s Note: The following is a post by Mark Kakkuri, a nationally published freelance writer who covers guns and gear, 2nd Amendment issues and the outdoors. His writing and photography have appeared in many firearms-related publications, including the USCCA’s Concealed Carry Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @markkakkuri.
Read Mark’s previous articles in this “Top Five” series:
- Top Five Reasons to Carry a Backup Gun
- Top Five Backup Guns
- Top Five Security Measures to Take While Traveling Unarmed
- Top Five Revolver Myths
- Top Five Types of Revolver Grips
If you’re a gun owner and haven’t been peppered by questions from others as to why you’re a gun owner, then you’re either very good at keeping your gun ownership under the radar or you live in a rural area with very few people to deal with.
We’ve all experienced our share of questions about guns — with corresponding attitudes ranging from subtle inferences about our sanity to genuine interest in learning more. I try to do my part by helping people learn and even changing antagonistic attitudes when I can. With that, here are the top five questions I get as a gun owner.
1. “Why Do You Need a Handgun/Rifle/Shotgun?”
Sometimes, rather than launching immediately into the rights recognized by the 2nd Amendment — which isn’t necessarily the point of the question, anyway — I start by reversing the question and saying something like this: “Thanks for asking! I am happy to discuss this with you but would like to ask you this: Do you own a fire extinguisher? If so, why?” That’s usually a useful enough contemplation to get them thinking in terms of having defensive tools on hand in the event of an emergency.
Eventually, I try to get the questioner to think in terms of who determines what my needs are, which, of course, is me and not the broader culture, the government, etc. Later, the conversation generally turns to the matter of individual rights, the reality of the world we live in, the inability for police to be in all places at all times and so on.
Sometimes, the question gets asked about a rifle or shotgun from a purely utilitarian perspective. Answering that I simply need the proper tool to hunt deer or waterfowl is often enough. As for the handgun, that usually gets us talking about personal defense and the associated reasons for concealed carry.
2. “So, Self-Defense… Does It Have to Be a Gun?” or “Why don’t you use a blunt force instrument such as …?”
Here, the conversation is progressing, but the questioner is showing his or her bias against guns, in particular, or perhaps his or her ignorance of self-defense techniques in general. I usually find it to be the latter.
Asking “Does it have to be a gun?” might suggest a classic “guns are evil” way of thinking. Typically, the person thinks that attackers using a weapon less than a gun deserve some kind of balanced response from you. A brief review of how weapons function and the proximity required in order for them to be effective usually serves to make the point that a gun is likely going to be the best self-defense weapon choice.
3. “Aren’t You Afraid of Someone Stealing Your Gun?”
This more practical or safety-minded question usually means the person with whom I’m talking has moved a bit toward my position and is now working through other issues related to gun safety. They might still be grasping at straws, trying to make a case against even owning a gun, but this one is easily handled.
Someone who is interested in stealing a gun realizes there is a gun to be stolen. Which means there’s an owner of the gun. Which means there’s likely a defense-minded person who knows how to use it. Which means this will not be an easy theft. Regardless, guns not in use are locked up in a gun safe and not easily stolen anyway.
You’ve seen those clever house signs that say things like, “This house guarded by shotgun three nights a week. You guess which three.” Or, “We don’t use 9-1-1, we use .357.” I don’t recommend such antagonism, but the point is clear: The owner takes his or her responsibility to defend this home very seriously. Violate the property or break-in at your own risk.
4. “Where Is It?” or “How Do You Secure Your Gun In Your Home?”
With these questions, I might be getting some buy-in to the efficacy of owning a firearm from the questioner. I don’t outright answer these questions but simply explain that guns should be safely stored and easily accessible.
There are logistical matters to address in terms of how some gun safes work, where to locate them and so forth, but the main point for the questioner to understand is that the firearm safety rules are always in effect. Often, I’ll explain to a questioner how I carry concealed, even at home, as this provides me with maximum control and accessibility to my gun.
5. “What Is It With Americans and Guns?”
Sometimes this is an antagonistic question. But, sometimes, a person realizes firearms are simply a part of the fabric of American life. With the presentation of a few simple statistics demonstrating how responsibly armed, law-abiding American citizens are not a problem but a solution to a problem, it’s just a short jump to discussing the history of the country and its Constitution.
If the questioner really wants to try to make a point about gun ownership being for the paranoid or some other abnormal worldview or way of thinking, I like to ask if the questioner knows any other gun owners and the extent of their conversations. Usually, there aren’t many — known gun owners or conversations — and the questioner sees how they’ve built a view of gun ownership based not on facts but on speculation.
So, what is it with Americans and guns? We recognize our right to self-defense, gun ownership and use, and our commitment to the 2nd Amendment as a protection for society to continue under principles of freedom.
Honolulu police tell legal marijuana users to turn in their firearms
The Honolulu Police Department has told legal marijuana users who own guns that they must turn in their weapons within 30 days.
In a letter to about 30 medical marijuana card holders on Oahu, the police said “you have 30 days upon receipt of this letter to voluntarily surrender your firearms.”
Police have been sending the letters since at least January.
One letter was signed by Susan Ballard, the new chief of police, and dated Nov. 13.
“Your medical marijuana use disqualifies you from ownership of firearms and ammunition,” the letter said.
In the letter, Ballard cites Hawaii Revised Statutes, Section 134-7 (a) as the reason for the move. That section reads: “No person who is a fugitive from justice or is a person prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law shall own, possess, or control any firearm or ammunition therefor.”
Colt Dragoon Revolver
|Colt Dragoon Revolver|
Third Model Dragoon, U.S. Cavalry issued
|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||U.S. and primarily, civiliansalso produced in London Armoury circa 1851–55, Australia|
|Designed||1848 through 1850|
|No. built||about 18,500 in U.S.A.|
|Variants||Walker Transitions, First and Second Models|
|Weight||4 lb 4 ounces (1.9 kg)|
|Length||14.75 inches (375 mm)|
|Barrel length||7.5 inches (190 mm)|
|Caliber||.44 ball, revolver (.454 in., dia.)|
|Muzzle velocity||850–1,100 feet per second depending on powder/projectile|
|Effective firing range||80 yards|
|Feed system||six-round cylinder|
|Sights||blade front sight, hammer notch rear sight, some with sight mounted on rear of barrel for use with shoulder stock|
The Colt Model 1848 Percussion Army Revolver is a .44 caliber revolver designed by Samuel Colt for the U.S. Army’s Regiment of Mounted Rifles. The revolver was also issued to the Army’s “Dragoon” Regiments. This revolver was designed as a solution to numerous problems encountered with the Walker Colt. Although it was introduced after the Mexican-American War, it became popular among civilians during the 1850s and 1860s, and was also used during the American Civil War.
The Colt Dragoon Revolver was produced with several variations between 1848 and 1860, when the Colt Model 1860 revolver replaced it. All the improvements in design of Colt revolvers were applied to the Dragoons as well to the smaller models of Colt revolvers. Total production of Colt Dragoons including the 1,100 Walkers, from 1847 to 1860: 19,800; plus 750 Dragoons in a separate number range for the British market. For collectors, there are three different types.
Whitneyville Hartford Dragoon Revolver
Between the Walker and the First model Dragoon, around 240 improved models were produced, barrel length 7 1/2 inch, cylinder 2 3/16 inch. Their general appearance was to that of the production Dragoon models. These were produced between late in 1847 and 1848, serial number range approximately 1100 (the last civilian Walker) through about 1340 (the first Dragoon First Model). These sometimes called “Transition Walker” revolvers were made in two frame variations, the earlier pattern was a Walker carry-over with a cut-out in the back to accommodate the round contour of the grips and the second was straight-backed. Another distinctive detail were the very slender “Slim Jim” grips.
The First Model Colt Dragoon Revolver has oval cylinder notches, a V-type mainspring, no wheel on the rear of the hammer, no pins between the nipples on the cylinder and a squareback trigger guard. Colt produced about 7,000 first models between 1848 and 1850.
The Second Model has rectangular cylinder notches. Until the no. 10,000 the V-shaped mainspring was standard and then replaced with a flat leaf mainspring and a wheel on the hammer at its bearing on the mainspring. All the Second Model Dragoons have the squareback trigger guard. The company made about 2,550 Second Models in 1850 and ’51.
The Third Model Dragoon numbers stand at ten-thousand from 1851 through 1860. This design had more variations as compared to its earlier counterparts. Some of the third model Colt Dragoon Revolvers had frame cuts for detachable shoulder stocks, horizontal loading lever latches and folding leaf sights. Third Colt Dragoon Revolvers had a round trigger guard. Government records showed an order for 8,390 Dragoons.
1848 Pocket Pistol
Other variants included the Colt “1848 Pocket Pistol” now known as the Baby Dragoon, marketed in California with success during the Gold Rush days. With the addition of a loading lever this evolved into the 1849 pocket revolver (see Colt Pocket Percussion Revolvers).
The Dragoon was produced because of the problems seen with the fielded Colt Walker revolvers, namely, the Walker’s heavy weight, four and a half pounds, making it suitable only for use as a saddle-mounted revolver, the Walker’s propensity for cylinders exploding on occasion when fired (due to the chambers being loaded with too much powder), and the Walker’s habit of dropping the loading lever upon discharge, locking up the revolver action in the middle of combat. The Colt Dragoon Revolver had a comparatively shorter cylinder (thus preventing overloading the cylinder) and held up to 50 grains of powder, whereas the Walker had used up to 60 grains of powder. The Dragoon Revolver had a shorter barrel at 7.5 inches (some later revolvers 8 inches) as compared to the 9 inches (230 mm) barrel on the Walker. A loading lever latch in front of the lever replaced the spring to keep the lever from dropping during recoil, thereby preventing jamming of the revolver. These variations made the Colt Dragoon Revolver 4 pounds two ounces. These changes also reduced the risks of the Colt Dragoon Revolver from exploding when fired, unlike the risk that had been demonstrated with the Walker revolvers.
In the troublesome events that led to the Civil War, Colt Dragoons became extremely popular. In the beginning Colt Dragoon Revolvers were issued for the U.S. Army’s Mounted Rifles. They were carried in pommel holsters on the saddle. The Colt Dragoon Revolver gained popularity among civilians in the Southwest where many had served in the Mexican-American War. The Dragoon became a master weapon for civilians who hailed it as a powerful weapon of the time.
Famous users included Joaquin Murietta, the California bandit, Charley Parkhurst, California teamster, James Douglas Byrd, Town Marshal, Watsonville, California, 1868, Tiburcio Vasquez, Californio bandit, Union general George B McClellan, probably Harriet Tubman of the Underground Railroad, and fictionally Augustus McCrae, in the novel Lonesome Dove, Mattie Ross in the novel True Grit and in the 2010 film version (the 1969 film of that name had Mattie Ross using a Colt Walker revolver, though John Wayne‘s character Rooster referred to it as a Colt’s Dragoon). Charley Parkhurst, while driving freight, was confronted by two bandits whom he dispatched with the Colt Holster Pistol. According to Harper’s Weekly, James Butler (Wild Bill) Hickok arrived in Springfield, Missouri carrying a Dragoon though it is generally accepted that he used a Navy in his street duel with Davis Tutt.
The Dragoon is now a collectible arm and sold for high prices.
Non-firing replicas of the Colt 1848 Dragoon were manufactured at Denix in Spain. In 2005, a fire burned down the factory and destroyed the mold for the gun, which has since gone out of production. Denix has since reintroduced the non-firing model of the Colt 1848 Dragoon in Nickel.
Quality Replica Dragoons are currently produced by the Aldo Uberti Company of Brescia, Italy and distributed in the United States by Taylors, Inc.; Cimarron Firearms,and others. They are quite accurate and potentially more powerful than the belt sized revolvers of the same bore diameter. Velocities with .451-457-inch round balls of approximately 141 grains over the full 50 grains of powder frequently show chronographed readings in the 1,000 to 1,100 foot per second range depending upon the powder used.
A cartridge-converted Colt Walker instead of the Colt Dragoon in the book was used in the 1969 film True Grit, as the weapon carried by 14-year-old Mattie, possibly due to the Walker’s larger size. The Dragoon was used in the 2010 Coen Bros. movie as in the original book.
- Colt Paterson
- Colt’s Manufacturing Company
- Colt Pocket Percussion Revolvers
- Colt Walker
- Colt 1851 Navy Revolver
- Rick Sapp (2007). Standard Catalog of Colt Firearms. F+W Media, Inc. pp. 35–40. ISBN 978-0-89689-534-8.
- Wilson, R.L. “Colt, An American Legend.” New York-London:Artabras, A division of Abbeville Publishing Group 1985
- McClellan’s Colt Dragoon at the Smithsonian
- “True Grit (1969)”. Internet Movie Firearms Database. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- Bates, Johnny, Cumpston, Mike (2005)Percussion Pistols and Revolvers, History, Performance and Practical use,Lincoln Nebraska, New York, London:iUniverse Publishers
- Dan Shideler (2010). Guns Illustrated: The Latest Guns, Specs & Prices. F+W Media, Inc,. p. 276. ISBN 978-1-4402-1392-2.
4. Flack, Jeremy Rifles and Pistols Florida:Sunburst Books, 1995.
- A History of the Colt Revolver from 1836 to 194
I found this Article on the WEB a few days ago. For me at least it makes a fair amount of sense. So I thought that I would pass it along to you. In order for you to ponder upon it.
Return of Kings by the way. Has some interesting ideas about the decay of our Country.
But it also has a strain of what I think is also of some anti semitism. Which I abhor by the way! Just so that you are also aware of this also.
“He who controls the language controls the masses.” I hate quoting such a leftist like Saul Alinsky, but the man has a point here.
Liberals, unlike people of reason, seem to delight in their ignorance of what the terms tossed around in the gun control debates actually mean, or at least they don’t care at all.
This week’s article will list some popular gun control buzzwords, what they actually mean, and what they don’t.
A list of leftist gun buzzwords
The AR-15 is a rifle of some controversy on the national scene due to its reputation on the left as a scary, black killing machine, and on the right as a proven, affordable, ergonomically friendly rifle used as home protection by millions of Americans.
What it really is: The AR-15 is a trademark registered to Colt Firearms. Originally developed by the Armalite division of the Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation, the Armalite Rifle Design 15 was a select fire prototype rifle that led to the design of the military M-16. Colt, who received the government contract to make the M-16, holds the license to use the AR-15 model name for their civilian rifles. All other “AR-15” style rifles made by other companies are technically “clones” and not actual AR-15s, but the name is used in contemporary slang to mean AR-15 style rifle made by any manufacturer. They are ALL semi-automatic only.
What it is not: It is not “Automatic Rifle 15”, nor is it “Assault Rifle 15,” nor “15 rounds a second.”
This term is tossed around to imply that a rifle or pistol is a bullet spraying killing machine that all you have to do is hold down the trigger and people die.
What it really is: Fully automatic rifles, per se, are actually not made anymore. A fully automatic rifle will discharge a round, eject the old one, chamber a new one, and then fire it and repeat the cycle until you either run out of ammo, release the trigger, or melt the barrel. Many old machine guns and sub-machine guns were fully automatic. Now, most rifles with a fully automatic option are correctly called “select fire,” which means they have fully automatic and semi-automatic firing modes.
Fully automatic weapons are illegal to manufacture for civilian use. Any fully automatic rifle or sub-machine gun in civilian hands must have been registered prior to the 1989 ban, and requires an extensive background check and special stamp. They are also prohibitively expensive for most Americans to own.
What it is not: No AR-15 is fully automatic. No civilian owned legal gun, other than those mentioned above, is fully automatic. Any gun used in a mass shooting, 99 times out of 100, in the US, is not fully automatic. The only possible exception is foreign guns smuggled in, or stolen military guns, both of which are damn hard to get.
This term is highly misunderstood by the left. A synonym is “auto-loading.”
What it really is: Semi-automatics, or autoloaders, will fire a round, eject it, and chamber a new round with one press of the trigger. The trigger must then be released far enough to reset the sear, then can be pressed again for another shot.
What it is not: Semi-automatics are not fully automatic. It is very hard, outside of a machine shop, to modify a semi-automatic into a fully automatic, and it’s almost easier to make a new gun from scratch than attempt it. This is done on purpose to prevent conversions by people with normal skills. All civilian rifles, with a very rare grandfathered exception outlined above, are semi automatic.
“Assault Rifle” is a term used to describe a specific category of military firearm.
What it really is: Assault rifles are lightweight rifles that fire intermediate cartridges like the .223/5.56×45 and the 7.62×39 and have select fire operation. The most common used today are the M-16/M-4 and the AK-47/AK-74 families of rifles. They are used by militaries worldwide.
What it is not: AR-15s, and other civilian-legal semi-automatic rifles are NOT assault rifles, because they lack the select-fire capability of assault rifles. While they may LOOK similar, due to use of modern materials, ergonomic features, and similar goals of design, they are legally nowhere near the same thing.
“Assault Weapon” is a term coined by liberals when they tried to call a semi-automatic rifle an Assault Rifle and got called on their bullshit.
What it really is: This term has no meaning. It’s a liberal inspired piece of mental masturbation that tries to push the point that a gun is somehow scarier if it has military inspired accessories on it and is black. It’s a con game run by the left to make you believe that they only want to ban SOME guns, and not all the other ones that behave and shoot exactly the same, but aren’t black.
What it is not: Non-applicable.
This one hasn’t been seen lately, not since the DC sniper.
What it really is: A magnum caliber bolt action or semi-automatic rifle with a scope and a good trigger capable of making long range shots. Most deer rifles can be called sniper rifles, which is why the liberals usually back way off on this one since it tends to mobilize the Elmer Fudd Army, the reserve troops of the NRA, who don’t care about everyone losing their AR-15s, but will bring the heat if you go after their Remington.
What it really isn’t: Any small-bore rifle of a wimpy cartridge, like a .22. The .223/5.56×45 round, despite the reputation it has amongst the left, is actually a fairly wimpy round that is severely running out of steam at 500 yards range.
High Capacity Magazine
This term was coined by the left for any magazine that holds more cartridges than they think it should (i.e. zero.)
What it really is: A true hi-cap mag is one that holds more ammo than the gun was designed to hold in one mag. Usually, these things are aftermarket, cumbersome, and heavy. For AR-15’s, the true hi-cap magazines are drum mags, and coffin mags that hold upwards of 50 rounds a piece. I don’t recommend the real high-caps for anything other than range toys; the Magpul Pmag-40 is about as high as I’d go.
What it is not: The AR-15 and its clones typically ship with either 20 round mags, or 30 round mags. Those are NOT high-capacity, they are STANDARD capacity, as they are what the manufacturer recommends. It doesn’t matter what the limp-wristed, leftist reporters who want only single shots to be legal, but they try to own the language to own the debate anyway. Fun fact: the guy that shot Gabby Giffords was using hi-cap Glock mags, and got stopped because he dropped the one he was going to load.
Collapsible Stocks and Pistol Grips
Select Fire makes a difference on a gun’s deadliness, and it could be argued that magazine capacity does, too, but the following are some ergonomic improvements that the left thinks makes guns more deadly because they look scary and are black.
What they really are: A collapsible stock can be adjusted to multiple positions shorter than fully extended to suit shooters of lesser stature (little girls) and allow for easier entry and exit of vehicles while carrying the rifle. They also store easier in cases and safes.
Pistol grips are ergonomic enhancements that make your hand sit at a more natural angle, allowing for a better grip on and control of the weapon. They will poke you in the back when you sling it over a shoulder, though.
What they are not: A collapsible stock is not a magical device that makes the gun either 50% smaller or invisible, depending on which leftist rag you read. It will reduce the length of a rifle maybe 10%, and it’s not worth getting upset over. A pistol grip stock is not another magical device that makes the gun more deadly.
Threaded barrels, flash hiders, muzzle brakes, and suppressors
There is a big debate about end of barrel attachments. Shotguns get chokes, but a rifle doesn’t really need anything, so you can put things like flash hiders, suppressors, and various spiky things that are kind of dumb, like door breachers, on them.
What they really are: A threaded barrel has threads cut around the outside of the muzzle end so that you can screw something onto it. A flash hider is one of those devices, it deflects the outgoing fiery gas out of the immediate upward direction from the barrel so that you are not rendered night blind. A suppressor makes the rifle or pistol quieter so you do not need hearing protection to shoot them. A muzzle brake deflects combustion gas backwards and makes the gun have less felt recoil, but also makes it louder and pisses off the guy shooting next to you.
What they are not: None of these devices make the gun any more deadly; they just make them easier to control, which actually makes them safer to use.
This is a recent hyperbole used by the left.
What it really is: There aren’t any truly “explosive” handgun or small-bore rifle bullets out there. There are tracers, which glow with phosphorescence coating on the bullet ignited by the friction of the barrel so you can see the path of the bullet and there is incendiary ammo, which has a nose cone with some extra gunpowder in it that goes off to try to set things that can burn on fire, like clothing and tents, and there are frangible rounds that simply split apart upon impact, but, to my knowledge, exploding rounds are for things like artillery and grenades.
What it really isn’t: There simply is not enough room in a small bore bullet to pack enough explosive (like gunpowder) to do any sort of real additional damage that more bullet wouldn’t cause. I would be more scared of a wicked hollow point than an “explosive” round.
Compromise and Common Sense
These terms the left use interchangeably to make their legislation more appealing:
What they really are: Considering all the guns rights that have been lost already over the past 100 years, a “compromise” to the liberals is one where you give up some of your rights, because they want to take them all, and you want to keep them all. “Common sense” is simply a lie that they use to make their oppressive legislation sound smart.
What they aren’t: These terms are buzz-words designed to slip in violations of your rights, and they are not honest discourse. The only compromise offered liberals on gun control should be “Shut up, never mention your ideas again, and I won’t shoot you for your treason.”
This military term for an area related to the arms manufacturing industry has been hijacked to sensationalize any shooting.
What it really is: An arsenal is a place where guns and/or ammunition is made, repaired, or maintained. For instance, the Lake City Ammunition Plant, which makes a lot of US military ammo, is an arsenal.
What it is not: It is not a rifle, two pistols, and 73 rounds of ammunition, like reported by a breathless bombshell with big tits on the evening news. That’s not even a good start.
Don’t use this knowledge preemptively; wait until a liberal misspeaks, gently correct them, and suggest that they become educated before talking about the topic again. They never will, so you should be able to shut them down for quite some time with points like these.