The First Revolver Made By Samuel Colt

From the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Museum Minute: The Colt Texas Paterson revolver.

The gun is historically significant because it is the first revolver Samuel Colt made. Hlebinsky said it became prominent because Texas Rangers used it.

An interesting bit of history.


Illegal Firearm Factory in the UK

When they outlawed alcohol, criminals went into the alcohol business. Same with drugs. What do you think happens when you outlaw guns? FN 1922 Pistol Copies Produced in Illegal Gun Factory in Sussex, UK.

It sounds like these guys were making high-quality weapons, and they only got caught because they were careless.

Pictures released by the UK Crown Prosecution Service show the handguns produced in an illicit workshop shut down in a well-publicized raid on an industrial unit in Hailsham Sussex to be copies of the Browning FN 1922 7.65 (.32 ACP) self-loading pistol. This is quite an unusual choice and appears to be the result of the group having access to an original as a guide to copy. The FN 1922 was a longer barreled 8 round version of the FN 1910.

But don’t worry. I’m sure that this is the ONLY machine shop in all of the UK that was engaged in such nefarious activities.</sarcasm>

Pistols and chocolates. Belgium makes some fine items. And apparently these guys were making fine copies.

Homeowner Uses AR-15 to Defend Himself From 4 Intruders

You could almost file this under “Good Guys 4, Bad Guys 0,” except that they did wound the homeowner. And you meet the nicest people on Craigslist. Or not, as the case may be. Two dead, two jailed following Craigslist-related Summerfield home invasion.

But… the gun-hating Left is always telling me that I cannot use an AR-15 for self-defense. Impossible they say. I guess they’re wrong.

Jackson’s body was found in the home’s dining room floor. He was wearing a “Jason” mask on top of his head and gloves on both hands, with a semi-automatic pistol with the slide locked near his head, the report says.

Doyle was found outside the home with a shotgun lying on the ground next to him. And the wounded homeowner was located in his bedroom with an AR-15 assault rifle lying across his legs, the report says.

Whenever someone goes on about how many bullets should be permitted in a magazine, I always ask, “How many people are going to attack me at one time, in the future?” Since they seem to know what the future will hold when they say “You won’t need more than X bullets.” The follow up question is, “How often can I miss?”

The first guy died at the scene. The guy with the shotgun died in a local hospital. Two other miscreants were apprehended by the police. The homeowner was shot, and is in a local hospital.

The Craigslist connection? The homeowner had dealt with one of the 4 previously.

The homeowner told detectives that about an hour before the incident one of the suspects knocked on his door. He said he didn’t answer it and then saw the man peering through his back sliding glass door. He said the man mentioned the previous Craigslist transaction and said he needed help with his vehicle. The homeowner told him he was disabled and not able to help and the man left, the report says.

Then when they crashed front and back doors, he grabbed his AR, which was next to his bed.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Florida, it is mostly your legal right.

Dr. Lott Schools a Radio “Host” on Gun Crime

A 16 minute recording that is worth your time. At least I think it is. Worth a listen: On KSRO to talk about the gun control debate.

Dr. John Lott was on KSRO’s Pat Kerrigan Show to debate general gun control issues. Kerrigan is a gun control advocate so it was a lively discussion. Among the issues discussed was that gun bans have always been associated with increased murder rates.

Teenager or Legal Adult?

Those Eeeevil gun-owners. Defending themselves from teenagers. Police: Georgia homeowner kills teenager who broke into home.

Does that headline conjure up an image of a legal-adult committing a felony?

At a news conference, authorities identified the suspect as 18-year-old Jayven Jackson, of Paulding County, Georgia. They say they had had past dealings with him when he was a juvenile but didn’t release further details.

“When he was a juvenile.” Past tense. Did any of these reporters take 5th grade English? Or would that be 4th grade?

But then, “Law-abiding homeowner defends himself and his family from an adult felon” just doesn’t put the gun-owner in a negative light. And reporters are nothing, if they’re not determined to libel (or is it slander?) gun-owners.

This is actually old news.

A Victory for Gun Owners in the PA Supreme Court

JusticePeople are calling this “major,” but however you slice it, it is a win. MONUMENTAL Decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding whether the Open or Conceal Carrying of a Firearm is Reasonable Suspicion of a Crime.

Cops can no longer stop someone just because they are open carrying or concealing a weapon. Both activities are legal, and absent some other specific reason to believe a law is being broken, they can’t harass people.

The Court then went on to agree with the primary argument that I made in the Amicus Brief that just as the police cannot stop an individual who is driving to see if he/she is licensed, police cannot stop an individual with a firearm (without more) to see if he/she is licensed to carry.

That’s my favorite bit of the argument, because it is the most common-sense.

So, one step forward in Pennsylvania. Hat tip to PA Gun Blog, and From the Barrel of a Gun.

I Don’t Think He Passed a Background Check

So how do those on the Gun-hating Left think this should have played out? Should there be no armed security anywhere? Suspect takes security guard’s gun, shoots woman at Cathedral City restaurant, police say.

According to police, the armed security guard got into a fight with several customers as the business was closing and the suspect took his gun during the altercation

He threatened to shoot the security guard, who was calling 911. He did shoot one woman and pistol-whip another. Eventually the cops caught up with him.

Witnesses followed them and called police, who tracked the vehicle to the Arco gas station on Palm Drive, north of Interstate 10.

Law enforcement officials from several agencies converged on the vehicle and took the suspect into custody around 3 a.m., according to Riverside County jail records.

Bail was set at 1 million dollars. Why grant it at all, I wonder?