Microstamping, What’s the Point?

Microstamping, What’s the Point?

Microstamping, What’s the Point?

Microstamping is a crime stopping idea that won’t stop crime. For those of you who don’t know what microstamping is in relation to gun control, it’s the process in which a bullet casing is stamped with a unique identifier which is located at the tip of a firing pin. When the pin hits the primer, a small stamp (like the one seen in the photo) is imprinted onto the primer.

Various gun control groups and those who are supported by them argue that this process, which is claimed to only cost $0.50 – $6.00 per firing pin, will help investigators at crime scenes. What they fail to take into account is that even the dumbest of criminals can pick up their own brass or put a device on a firearm to collect the brass as it ejects. The smarter criminals could always change out the firing pin for another should the authorities be closing in on them. But of course, if the criminal is using a stolen gun to begin with, they just bought themselves some extra time as the authorities track down someone else.

If it is truly to catch criminals, then it’s about as well thought out as the whole Fast and Furious debacle. What is the point then of microstamping?

 

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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that don’t require taking your finger off the trigger, is it possible to envision a day that bolt-action rifles are an outdated concept?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the years, the M16 rifle has constantly been modified, but what would have happened to the M14 platform had it never been replaced by the M16?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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