Weekend Reading Roundup

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Every week I post articles from across the web on Facebook and tweet about them on Twitter. These are articles that I think are pertinent to the topics we discuss on my blog. I thought I’d round them up for your weekend reading. Enjoy.

The Science of Hearing Protection – Good article on hearing loss / protection

Are 1911 Rail Guns Better than the Original? – Should the 1911 have rails?

Top 10 Reasons Why the U.S. Should Not Sign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty – Reasons we should say “no” to the U.N.

Harvard Study: Gun Control is Actually Pretty Counterproductive – Harvard study debunks gun control agenda

8 Examples of Guns & Government Oppression – Government gun oppression examples

Missouri to Nullify Federal Firearm Laws While Obama Offers New Gun Control Measures – Another state moving to nullify federal gun control laws

It Can Happen That Fast

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In a moment your life can drastically be changed by an accident with a firearm. This is especially true when children are involved.

Close to Home

Recently a young family that I am acquainted with has had a horrible experience involving their toddler and a handgun. The father apparently left a pistol out on a relatively high surface (like a table) and loaded for protection against a break in.

I’m guessing the parents calculated that the child could not reach the weapon, but for those of us who have had children, we know better. Curious, developing toddlers can reach places that seem physically impossible.

The Bullet that Can’t be Replaced

When the child pulled the gun off the surface, it fell to the floor and discharged. By the grace of God the bullet only struck one of the toddler’s limbs.

It could have been a lot worse. But the damage was done, and it was bad enough.

Consequences

Not only did the young child require emergency surgery, but the law also intervened (obviously). The police and Child and Family Protective Services quickly swooped in and did what they do.

Because the handgun belonged to the father, he was immediately removed from the home. He has to live with friends from their church.

Also the father is not allowed to see the child until a court hearing.

Just a Poor Choice

These young adults aren’t bad people, but they made a bad choice. I know that they love their child very much and did not want anything like this to happen.

I’m sure that if they could do it all over again, they would not have left the gun out on the “high” surface. But it happened that fast.

What Can We Learn

This hits close to home for me. Even though our daughter is 8, I never leave my handguns unattended even when they are unloaded.

My pistols are either on my person, or in our biometric safe. I would recommend that all of us take the precautions needed to ensure that we are responsible with the deadly weapons we own.

Question

What do you do to make sure your firearms are safe and out of reach from those who are young?

AR Ammo: .223 or 5.56?

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Since the “assault rifle” is such a popular platform in this day and age, I thought I would discuss ammo.

Ammo

The majority of civilian owned AR-15’s will shoot either the .223 caliber round invented by Winchester for the civilian market or the the 5.56 mm NATO round created for military use.

The .223 is considered a “varmint” round but does adequately in the area of self-defense. Some think the larger diameter .308 caliber is a better at stopping a man, while the .223 / 5.56 is easier to fire multiple rounds while staying on target.

I can personally attest to the last point. There is very little recoil on a .223 AR, and it stays on what you are aiming at. Little or no barrel rise.

Chambering

The chambering of the barrel is stamped somewhere on the barrel itself. It is actually better to pay attention to that rather than what is said on the lower / receiver (where the magazine is inserted).

Swapping

Now, here comes the tricky part. Part of the benefit of owning the AR platform can be the interchangeability of the 2 types of rounds. The problem is you have to do it a certain way, or there could be dangerous “boom” in the wrong place.

It is safe to fire both the 5.56 and the .223 rounds through a 5.56 barrel. It is not safe to fire a 5.56 round through a barrel stamped with .223. The reason has to do with the way the two cartridges are made and the length of the barrel chamber.

Reason

The 5.56 cartridge has a higher pressure. Therefore it is made with a thicker wall to handle that hotter load. The cartridge is also slightly longer.

Now we look at the chambering in the rifle barrel itself. Since the 5.56 is longer, the chambering in a 5.56 barrel is also longer. Conversely, the .233 chambering is obviously shorter.

The Wrong Way

When the longer 5.56 round is fired in the shorter .223 chamber, an unhealthy buildup of pressure can / will occur. This could cause the round to “rupture” in the chamber and could damage the gun and you

The Right Way

On the other hand, Shooting the shorter .233 round in the longer chambered 5.56 is not a problem. I’ve read that there may be a slight loss in accuracy if firing the .233 from a 5.56 barrel, but nothing major.

So there you have it. I’m sure there is more, but that’s all I know. Hope it helps.

Question

Do you shoot .223, 5.56, or both?

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The Gun: Just a Tool

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Today I used my saw to cut an angle at the end of a strip of wood to make a stake. I then used my hammer to drive that stake into the ground to make a barrier around my sapling peach trees. The deer keep eating them. I consider the option to use those tools a pretty good thing.

If I didn’t have those tools, I would probably be trying to cut a stake with my teeth and I don’t even want to discuss how I would drive the stake into the ground.

Tools were made to get a job done. They don’t possess a quality of good or evil, they just are.

The actions of the user define the quality of the situation. If I would use the hammer to commit murder, then that makes my actions evil, but not the hammer.

The Gun

A gun is also just that……a tool. It is neither good, bad, or evil. The actions of the user define the situation, not the gun. Let’s not blame it on the inanimate object.

If a gun is used to defend the innocent, then it is a good thing. If a gun is used to commit robbery or murder, then it is a bad or evil thing.

Ultimately, it’s up to the user to make responsible decisions with the tool. I need to know what my hammer is capable of, and how to use it responsibly and effectively. The same is true with my gun.

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Weekend Reading Roundup

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Every week I post articles from across the web on Facebook and tweet about them on Twitter. These are articles that I think are pertinent to the topics we discuss on my blog. I thought I’d round them up for your weekend reading. Enjoy.

There is a ‘Gun Control Playbook’ Versus Washington Gun Owners – Washington state author claims to have uncovered a playbook that gun control activists operate from

Is the Gun Control Debate Still Boosting Gun Manufacturers? – Gun control efforts caused gun sales to soar this year.

Gun Control: Arizona Ruling says Police Can Temporarily Take Guns – This is a little scary. An Arizona judge rules that police can temporarily take a person’s gun despite voluntary contact.

Arkansas School to Arm Teachers With Concealed Weapons – Clarksville, AK school arming teachers – scenario training with Airsoft pistols