Ever Wonder If Obama (and other Dems) Want to Tell People In His Administration “Shut Up!”

Attorney General Eric Holder states that the administration will seek a permanent “assault weapons” ban and other gon control measures.

The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.

“As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons,” Holder told reporters.

I will pick apart some of the things that he is attributed as saying in the article:

  1. The AR15 is now one of the most common rifles in the USA. Part of the Heller decision was that firearms in common use can not be banned. Thus, this would fail the test. The same can probably said for other firearms they seek to ban.
  2. The infamous “cop killer” bullets – This usually refers to ammunition designed to pierce body armor, which is already illegal to sale to civilians. The only other thing I can think they are referring to is rifle ammunition. Except for SWAT teams, police officers generally don’t wear body armor that can stop rifle ammunition. The reason is simple, it is extremely unlikely that a street cop will face rifle fire. The only other round I can think they would be wanting to ban is 5.7x28mm round. This round is often called a “cop killer” round because it was originally offered in an armor piercing configuration. Before the law changed, they stopped selling the armor piercing version of the round.
  3. The gun smuggling to Mexico – This has repeatedly been proven to be a red herring. The vast majority of weapons in the drug cartels’ hands are stolen from the Mexican military (these were sold to them legally and with US government support). So, of course they show up as coming from the USA. Their is weapon smuggling. But, it is not the major source of cartel weaponry.
  4. The “gun show loophole” – There is no loophole for gunshows. This is the right of every day citizens to transfer property between each other without government interference. These transactions are still illegal if the seller knows, or even has reason to suspect, that the buyer can not legally possess the weapon. Any firearms dealer at a gunshow has to still perform background checks on any buyers. Just because they are not in their normal storefront location does not change the law.
  5. Right now many Second Amendment rights supporters are willing to give Democrats the benefit of the doubt right now. If the administration and/or party leadership manages to strongarm the Democrats in congress into passing this legislation. The next elections will make the Republican take over of Congress in 1994 look mild by comparison. Most likely, unless the Republicans completely screw up their choice for President, the next Presidential election would also go to them. The fact is, the majority of people in this country do now see gun control measures as being useless and strongly object to them. The Democrats who have been elected to Congress recently have largely been put there with understanding that they will not pass gun control. If it passes, it might destro the Democratic party for a long time.

A not inconsequential side note. The companies that produce the assault weapons (and all of the side gear), employ a good number of Americans in well paying jobs. In the current economy, passing a new AWB will hurt the economy.

Review of the Stevens 200 .223 Caliber Rifle

Stevens 200 Rifle in 223

Yesterday, I ran across a deal I could not pass up. Academy had a Stevens 200 rifle in 223 for $229. This is $70 less than the normal price just about everywhere. The rifle is manufactured by Savage Arms with the main difference between it and their much higher priced tifles being the lack of their accutrigger system. To give you an idea, I can buy an aftermarket trigger for less than $100 and still come out at least $100 less than the equivalent Savage rifle. I mounted my Vortex Crossfire 4-12x40mm scope on the rifle and took it to the range today after giving it a good cleaning. Being that it was raining, I chose to go to the local indoor range which limited my shooting distance to 50 yards.

At 50 yards I was getting 4 shot groups that quite literally had the holes touching each other with Hornady 55grain VMax ammunition and Ultramax remanufactured 55grain full metal jacket ammunition. Unfortunately, my reloads of 75grain Hornady VMax bullets over 22 grains of Ramshot TAC powder were all over the place. I believe this is due to the 1 in 9 twist of the barrel. To solve this problem, I plan on eventually changing the barrel for a 1 in 7 bull barrel when funds allow.

I plan on eventually replacing the stock with either a Boyds Featherweight thumbhole stock, or a Richards Tactical thumbhole stock. Though the first thing I need to do is replace the trigger. Its pull is extremely heavy. I might try using some of the tricks I’ve seen for lightening the trigger online. But, I think I will be happier with a good adjustable trigger.

Stock FlawI am also looking at dremeling a bit of the stock away from the barrel. The barrel is free floated in the stock. But, the left front of the stock is touching the barrel.  I am also probably going to try my hand at painting the stock. Though, I am happier with the tan color of the plastic over the standard Stevens gray color you usually see.

This is going to be my project rifle. Some guys rebuild cars. I am going to try my hand at rebuilding rifles.

Overall, if you are looking for a cheap bolt action, I heartily recommend the Stevens.

Review of Harrington & Richardson 30-06 Handirifle

(I know there are no pictures, and this post is worthless without them. I might have pictures this weekend.)

With trading in a rifle and pistol I don’t particularly care for, I found myself able to purchase a Harrington & Richardson Handi-Rifle combination package with both a 30.06 and a 20 guage barrel from Davidson’s. This is a single shot rifle that I can easily convert switch out calibers by changing barrels.

First thing – Davidson’s needs to check their pictures and descriptions. They had this pictured so that you think the 20 guage barrel has a scope mount, it does not. Because of this, I am looking at mounting a scope rail on the 20 guage barrel. H&R says to not drill & tap their shotgun barrels. So, I am thinking I will try what Have seen others on a forum have done, glueing the rail to the barrel where H&R normally drills& taps for scope mounts.

Second thing – Fit & finish. I own another Handi-Rifle from before Remington bought H&R and moved their production facilities. IMNSHO, it is a better made rifle. The new rifle has a lot of visible machine marks and the extractor on the 30.06 barrel does not always work properly. I understand the people at the new factory might have ramp-up time to learn. However, I expect the same quality since I am paying the same price.

I was a little worried about the recoil, since this rifle has a synthetic stock. The recoil is the same as every other 30.06 I have ever fired. I fired 60 rounds before I decided to stop shooting.

Accuracy is something I’m still not sure on. Toward the end, I was getting better groupings. However, due to the low mass of the barrel, I would have to let the barrel cool for a few minutes ever 4-5 rounds.

Overall, I am giving the rifle a 7 out of 10 stars.

Patting myself on the head.

I decided to change out the stock on my AR and went looking for my AR armorers tool. I looked all over my workbench (no luck, and knocked over a stack of ammo boxes). I then went and looked in my toolbox for something to make do, and found it in there (DOH!). It then took me about a minute to switch from fixed stock to collapsing stock. Now, I need a carbine length upper.

The Republican Party Has Signed its Death Warrant

The Republican party has elected Michael Steele as the new party chairman. He epitomizes what is wrong with the party. As an example:

Q: Should people have access to buy assault weapons?

A: Society should draw lines. What do you need an assault weapon for, if you’re going hunting? That’s overkill. But I don’t think that means you go to a total ban for those who want to use gun for skeet shooting or hunting or things like that But what’s the point of passing gun laws if we’re not going to enforce them? If you want to talk about gun control, that’s where you need to start. We’ve got 300 gun laws on the books right now. At the end of the day, it’s about how we enforce the law.

The Second Amendment is not about hunting. It is about defending yourself and your family from others, including a government that is stepping all over our individual rights.

If you are supporter of smaller government and increased personal freedom instead of “group rights,” do not send a dime to the Republican party. Contact them and let them know what a mistake it was to alienate such a large section of their base. Contact Republican politicians and suggest they switch parties to a party that more accurately reflects their values, or they lose your vote. If you are a member of the NRA, you need to contact them and let them know that they need to withdraw support from the Republican party.


And, so it begins.

A US House Representative from IL has submitted a bill (H.R.45) requiring the licensing of all firearm owners and registration of all firearms. Contact your US House Representative and let them know you want this stopped. I will be calling mine.

Links to the bill: Link1, Link2

Range Report: Smith & Wesson M&P Compact 9mm

Range Report: Smith & Wesson M&P Compact 9mm

We recently picked up a Smith&Wesson M&P 9mm compact for my wife. She likes how it fits her hands with the small backstrap. And, I like that I can try out and M&P for a personal carry option (though, I will probably go for the M&P compact 45). It comes with three different sized backstraps, two magazines, and no magazine disconnect. The reason I like the lack of a magazine disconnect is that it is one less thing that can malfunction. Like a Glock, its safety is the trigger. But, since the best safety mechanism for firearms is between your ears, I don’t have problem with this.

The one thing that I find disconcerting with the pistol is the grip angle. Since I am life-long 1911 shooter, the pistol does not point naturally for me. I really wish Smith&Wesson had matched the grip angle on the 1911.

We went through about 200-250 rounds of 9mm through the pistol. The brands of ammunition it liked were:

  • Black Hills
  • Lawman
  • Federal American Eagle

The other brands we tried that it did not like were:

  • Silver Bear
  • Winchester White Box

Compared to my Star BM, I found the recoil to be a little snappier. I also liked how easily it is to take down for cleaning. The only tool needed for disassembly is the pin that holds the backstrap in place.

New Rifle

Last weekend, my wife and I went to put on layaway a new pistol for her (S&W M&P 9mm Compact). While at the store, I saw that they had an Eddystone M1917 Rifle. This rifle had been reblued with the trigger guard, bolt, and bolt release all chromed. Also, the stock had been sporterized. They wanted $225 for this rifle. Well, I put it on layaway too.

Yesterday, I took it out of layaway and to the range. It shot better than I did. At 25 yards, I was getting shots dead-center overlapping. At 50 yards, it was much worse. I blame this on my eyesight. I was shooting at a 10″ circle. My shots were all over the circle. This is obviously my shooting. Overall, I am very please with the rifle. When I got home, I took a look at the rifling. It looks brand new.

My future plans for this rifle are:

  1. Get an S&K scope mount. This can be added without drilling and tapping the receiver.
  2. Install sling swivels.
  3. Get a non-sporterized stock to dress it up for Armistice Day.

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