Wednesday October 9, 2013
You all probably heard about the death of Tom Clancy last week. He was the author of a number of bestsellers including Hunt of Red October and Patriot Games. Because of my love of weapons and my military background, I have always enjoyed Clancy's novels. Recently, I found a neat little wiki with a listing of all the weapons that appeared in Clancy's novels and films
I actually had the opportunity to meet him while he was writing Armored Cav and he struck me as both a true patriot and a great guy. Did you know that he started writing for the singular reason that he wanted to have his name in the library of congress? We are all very glad he continued his writing. God Speed, Tom!
Thursday September 12, 2013
So President Obama signed an executive order recently banning the import of all military style weapons. This sounds like a great idea, unless you are a collector of old weapons like I am. What this executive order does is dry up the pool of collectible weapons.
The big reason given for the action was that "we don't want the guns to fall into the wrong hands." Of course, if Operation Fast and Furious is any indication, the ATF and the Federal government would be the "wrong hands," but I digress). I would say that it sets a bad precedent to do an end run around Congress (who just voted down gun control), the American people, and the Second Amendment by using an Executive Order. Unfortunately, that precedent has already been set by this administration.
And besides, studies have shown that countries with greater gun control do not necessarily have less violent crime. In fact, this piece in the Harvard Journal of Law and Policy shows that there is not even a significant reduction in violent crime within those countries.
Gun control issues aside, this really is a blow to collectors. So go out there and get the guns you want while they are still available.
Friday August 16, 2013
After several months of widespread shortage, it looks like ammo is coming back. That's a good thing for those of us who like to collect and shoot. I've noticed an upswing in the number of sites that have all sorts of ammo available. For me, the .22 lr is a good gauge for the availability of ammo.
For as long as I can remember, .22 lr was always available at Walmart for $35 for 550 rounds. So while I was stocking up on 9mm, 7.62, and 5.56 I didn't worry about .22 lr. By the time I realized that all ammo was going to be scarce, I did a count and found that I only had about 2,000 rounds of it. Now that may sound like a lot but I like to plink with my .22s so I can easily go through 1,000 rounds per month. Now, though, this ammo is more readily available so I can replenish my supply.
I'm thrilled, of course, to see ammo availability on the rise. This means that I can spend more time at my favorite range. Maybe I'll see you there.
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Wednesday July 31, 2013
I'll admit it--I'm a geek. My day job is in IT, I can quote Star Wars
with the best of them, and I've always been a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien. What I love most about Tolkien's tales is that the world he envisioned was so much different than the one in which we live. Filled with fairies and goblins, elves and trolls, Middle Earth is a fascinating place in which to escape.
As a weapons aficionado, I have also always been captivated by the weapons of Middle Earth--particularly those weapons that are unique to this otherworld. For instance, some of Tolkien's swords glowed when the enemy was near. Another seemed to drink the blood of those it slayed. Yet another had the ability to slice through armor. Intrigued? Check out the unique swords of Middle Earth.