Bolt-Action or Semi-Auto?

Bolt-Action or Semi-Auto?

At one point in time it was a given that a bolt-action rifle was a more accurate choice over a semi-auto rifle. It could be argued that caliber choices were once more limited for semi-autos than they are now, or that a bolt-action rifle seated the bullet better than a semi-auto. Weigh in with your thoughts after the video from Future Weapons.

 

With time comes innovation, and the AR-15 platform has played a large roll when it comes to advancements in semi-auto rifles.

Now that the AR platform has the ability to put 6.8, .308, and .50 Beowulf rounds down range with incredible accuracy and quicker follow up rounds that don’t require taking your finger off the trigger, is it possible to envision a day that bolt-action rifles are an outdated concept?

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Full Automatic M14 Rifle

Full Automatic M14 Rifle

The M1A/M14 Rifle has a very long history, and yes, it was eventually replaced by the M16. Over the years, the M16 rifle has constantly been modified, but what would have happened to the M14 platform had it never been replaced by the M16?

A fully automatic M14 would be difficult to control, which is why the military made the M14 a semi-automatic. That said, check out the video below!

So, we have to ask… if you were given the option, could you handle a full automatic M14 rifle?

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Vortex Guns

Vortex Guns

I was browsing the web and came across this little gem.

 

Now besides being a cool party trick, there are other more advanced practical applications for a real vortex gun; welcome to the future.

Battelle has filed a patent for their vortex gun that fires electrically charged gas rings at up to 90 mph and 60 mph over a distance of 150 feet. Ok, sounds cool, but where is the “practical” in that?

The practical application will be in clearing smoke filled hallways for fire fighters (the smoke is attracted to the electrical charge) and crowd dispersal for police (tear gas).

 

Now after seeing the above video, who else is going to make a vortex “cannon” for use at their next party?

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Australia’s Anti-Gun Bias

Australia’s Anti-Gun Bias

I’ll start by saying that in general, I’m a big fan of Australia; beautiful beaches and geography, friendly people and culture, and the fact that Australians step up and help out with military matters are all reasons I like Australia so much. One thing I don’t like about Australia, however, is their overzealous political anti-gun bias.

Case and point, Australia’s Olympic swimmers Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk recently visited the U.S. and now find themselves in trouble with Swimming Australia for having posed for pictures (and posted) with firearms. Swimming Australia issued a statement saying it became aware of “inappropriate photos” and “instantly contacted the athletes involved to ask for them to be removed.”

The Australian Olympic Committee said it would wait for the Swimming Australia investigation into the latest episode before considering sanctions for what it described as “foolish and clearly inappropriate for members of the 2012 Australian Olympic team.”

“This incident serves as a warning to all athletes … about the dangers of social media,” Nick Green, Australia’s chef de Mission for the London team said in a statement. “We say again to our athletes, do not put anything up on social media that you would not share with your mother or your grandmother.

The only thing I find to be troubling with the above photo is where the firearms are pointing and that fingers appear to be on triggers. Short of that, the pictures are fine and what I would expect to see from people who live in a culture that heavily restricts firearm access. What is of far more concern to me, and should be for the Australian public, is the past brushes with the law both of these two young men have. If you want to have a public image black eye, you need go no further than that. To make a big deal out of posing with guns just looks silly in retrospect.

 

 

 

 

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Firearms, Children, and Birthday Parties

Firearms, Children, and Birthday Parties

I read a short article about Eagle Gun Range in Lewisville, TX that is offering birthday parties for kids. The owner, David Prince, is marketing the state-of-the-art, air conditioned, and indoor 24 lane gun range as a place for family-friendly fun. The requirements for allowing your kid(s) to shoot there consist of them being at least eight years old, tall enough to get over the shooting table, and that each child shooting have an adult present, either a parent or a safety officer.

I can see how some folks would be immediately alarmed at the notion of having a bunch of excited children at a gun range, but once the overly sensationalized media headlines fade from your imagination, it actually seems like it could be a really cool way to further teach kids how to safely handle and shoot guns; the most important lesson being to never touch a gun without an adult being with them. It will be interesting to see if Mr. Prince’s business model takes off and we see a trend of other ranges offering similar family fun.

I’m not sure about a birthday party setting (though already having hearing protection on hand would be nice), but I know I would definitely take my daughter to a gun range at eight years old if it were available to us and she had an interest. Who else thinks this is a good idea, or who thinks it’s a bad idea and why?

 

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