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  1. Gun store browsing

    Some cool guns I saw at the local gun stores.
  2. West point gun museum trip

  3. Astra A-75 Manual

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    Manual of the Astra A-75 Handgun in English language.
  4. my adventures in shooting

    essentially what i do in my free time
  5. Handgun help

    I got this email awhile back; I changed the name and the place to protect the persons identity. Hey john my names Joesph I am 20 years old and I live in Salt Lake City I am looking for something to put in my house for a home defense hand gun were as if a shtf situation were to happen it would be a fighting handgun. Many options have come my way in concerns from caliber size to certain brands of pistols. Most 45 hand guns besides a 1911 are too big for my hand. What would be your recommendations? My options have been the fn 9 glock 17 Springfield 9 fullsize and many name brands what do you think? well... I'm not a big 9mm fan, so I would personally recommend a Glock 20 or a Glock 22, which are a 10mm round( I personally like this one because it is a compromise between the extended range a 9mm has on a 45, and the stopping power that a 45 has over a 9mm) how big is your hand anyway? Honestly, I stick with my STAR Megastar, which isn't even made anymore, but it likely wont fit your hand if its unable to fit a 1911, but the compact alternative to that is the Star Firestar in 45acp as well, or 9mm, or 40s&w i think too, but it only holds 6 rounds for 45acp. Your best bet is likely a Glock or a SIG to be honest, those come in a variety of sizes, calibers, and magazine capacities. if you are looking for a high capacity magazine 9mm is the way to go, but as i said before it has more range, but less stopping power, now I don't know the layout of your home, but if its a standard 2 floor home, 10mm or 40s&w will do as good as a job, the reason I am highlighting Glock and SIG SAUER as my recommendation is because they are relatively cheap, Glocks come as cheap as $550, and they have extended magazines out the whazzoo(33 rounds! for some) and if you like steel framed tactical handguns SIG SAUER works well for that too, plus, they have an external decocking mechanism for an external hammer, which I personally prefer...I don't like the "safe action" glock has because I cant decock it manually, i always like a safety on my gun, and the external hammer offers that extra safety, even if it doesn't have an actual safety. hell, plus with both brands, even S&W...they offer tactical accessories that range from very bright tactical lights, to very reliable laser sights, I don't use them, but i have them....practice at the range with one of these weapons if you want without them, then if you like the gun...purchase it and a few extra magazines to practice tactical reloading, and get your accessories, then practice what you have been doing without them, you cannot rely solely on one piece of equipment for you gun except the gun itself, that's why I just explained that. I hope this helps answer some peoples questions that are similar to this guys. PM me anytime you need help or leave a reply on here!
  6. I wrote this in the tenth grade; two years ago and when I did not know as much as I do now, but the research I put into this piece not only impressed my teacher, but it also impressed the whole security staff with what I knew. That is why I am putting this up. Hope you learn something new! John Gianni A gun, one of Man's most controversial, but yet useful tools. It is used to hunt, to protect, for fun, and, unfortunately, to take lives. We are scared about them, but we would not really be here without them. This nation was won with the aid of these tools. And even more importantly we wouldn’t be here without ballistics-the bullet and its cartridge, and the barrel. In scientific terms, it is called Interior and Exterior ballistics. This paper will cover only the beginning of ballistics and firearms, because it is such a vast expanse of information and it varies with each firearm. I am interested in ballistics and firearms because I want to know more about them altogether, more importantly I want to know about the projectiles, the powders used to fire them, and the barrels of firearms. In the past 200-some odd years, the world of guns and powders has changed completely. We went from muskets and black powder with lead shot to high powered, high caliber rifle rounds able to travel many miles and go through very large walls, something we could have never imagined to do 200 years ago. What I already know about ballistics and firearms is that the grooves in the barrel are unique to each gun, that there are many different types of bullets, calibers, powders, and primers. And I know almost a drop of what the full expanse of what my research is going to have to cover. There is a lot to learn. What I want to know about ballistics and firearms in general is that how did we get the equations for external ballistics? How did the barrel of firearms change to what it is now? Why is there more fouling (dirt and gunpowder residue) of barrels that used black powder than in barrels that used smokeless powder? Why is gunsmithing almost disappearing as a trade? Why do people feel so tense and defensive about firearms? And how does forensics figure out the type of firearm a bullet has been fired from? History of Firearms and Projectiles Guns, how they changed I learned about muskets and black powder rifles when I was on a tour in Gettysburg. How firearms have changed in the past 200 years is that we have gone from muskets to really advanced pieces of highly refined hardware that can do its job very quickly and efficiently. Muskets, however usually have a hardwood stock (which is good, cheaper ones would have softwood) and their barrels were usually just a iron rod that was hollowed out. Some of them were rifled and had grooves in the barrels, but it wasn’t that common, and plus, the black powder they used really made it an effort to stick another round into the barrel after they had fired two or three shots. Black Powder leaves a lot of fouling in the barrel. People who made these muskets and such were called gunsmiths. Gunsmithing was-and still is, and exact science, if those gunsmiths 200 years ago messed up on the barrel of the musket they were crafting, it might mean that someone would not have food on the table because the bullet would not fire properly. Nowadays, everything is made and designed using computers and machines in mass assembly lines, but I know a few companies who hand make modern firearms with the help of modern machinery and those guns are some of the best ones out there-and the most expensive. Powders Black Powder, I'm pretty sure, is the earliest known explosive known to man. It is composed of mainly carbon, hence why it is black. Black powder is also notorious for its smoke when it is burned, it also tends to foul up barrels very quickly and makes them jam and unable to fire a round temporarily, the people who used the guns would have to clean out the fouling to fire again. In our modern times, almost all powders that we use are composed of some sort of nitrocellulose-type base. This almost produces no smoke and relatively no fouling, but you would still have to clean the firearm after every shooting session because you want your gun to be at its best. I learned about black powder and its qualities from actually using it and it is a very dirty powder to use, as I have said before, it fouls up your barrel. Barrels and Bullets I learned about the barrels and bullets is mainly from cleaning them and learning hands on about them and making inferences and such when I was working with them. As I said with how guns have changed, barrels are a key component to how firearms have changed people started putting rifling in their barrels to make the bullet spin and more accurate, and then they started changing from lead balls to lead pointed bullets- then they started putting copper jackets and stuff over them to make them even more accurate. After that they started putting variations in the bullets: like hollow points, wad cutters, round nose, full metal jackets, boat tails….the list goes on forever. They each have a different purpose which I will get into more depth later. Firearm Barrels Why this is first Gun barrels in modern times are the most important piece in the firearm. They are where the rounds are chambered, fed into, and were all the "action" happens. Plus, you really cannot understand internal ballistics and external ballistics without understanding the barrel and the bullets. Twist Rates and Accuracy What twist is really is the amount of lands and grooves inside of a barrel and which way they turn, as Robert Ogle has stated in his book: " The rifling consists of lands and grooves that are produced by scraping out grooves in the lands or by pulling a swage through the barrel which impresses them into the barrel"(223). No gun barrel is alike to another. Even the same caliber and gun, there will always be little "defects" which could enhance or inhibit the gun slightly, and it really isn't noticeable though. The rate of twist also varies with the type of gun too; obviously a snub-nose with a 2 inch barrel isn't going to have the same rate of twist as a military grade rifle. Twist plays a role in accuracy by helping to spin the bullet so that it will stay with the pointed side facing front. A concrete example of how twist plays a role in the uniqueness of each firearm is with the STAR "FIRESTAR" and the STAR "MEGASTAR". Both of these are semiautomatic firearms, and both have the same twist. The MEGASTAR has a barrel length of 4.56 inches, while the FIRESTAR has a barrel length of 3.39 inches. That’s an inch bigger! But bigger doesn’t always mean better, especially with firearms. Surprisingly enough the FIRESTAR shoots a little further than the MEGASTAR does, but this is an exception to the rules of most ballistics tables, the way the brass is ejected may have something to do with it, but I don’t exactly know why this happens so I still find this interesting. What caliber means in actuality When I was looking at the Robert Ogles’ book and his "caliber estimator,” I noticed that 40. Caliber and 10 mm was basically the same, aside from minor powder loads or anything. 10mm is 1 centimeter and there is 2.5 centimeters in an inch. That means if I had 2 40. Cartridge cases together they would be 0.8 inches long. That means that our "caliber" is a fraction of an inch.( 224-227) Ammunition and its Functionalities Types of bullets and what they do As I said before there are countless types of bullets, but the most basic ones are: the full metal jacketed, wadcutters, semi jacketed wadcutters, soft points, hollowpoints, and round nosed. They each have a particular purpose: full metal jacketed bullets are your run of the mill bullet, just general purpose; you can use them for hunting, personal defense, target shooting, just about everything. Wadcutters are your target bullets; they leave more circular holes in your target paper so you can see what you're hitting easier, same thing with semi jacketed wadcutters. Hollowpoints offer more expansion than most bullets and are usually reserved for personal defense or hunting, and round nosed bullets are another general purpose bullet. Usually it will say on the box what that type of ammunition is recommended for and what its properties are. Types of cartridge cases When I look at the case, I can usually tell what kind it is because their shapes are pretty easy to make out. There are three common types of cartridge cases: rimfire, bottleneck, centerfire. Rimfire cases have a rim and are usually for smaller calibers or revolvers. Bottleneck cases are always rifle or hunting handgun rounds. Centerfire rounds are handgun cases too. Bottleneck and center fire cases have variations in the bottom section of their case; they are rimless, semi-rimmed, rimmed, or belted. Revolver centerfire cases have a rim and can be classified as a rimfire round though they have a primer that is centerfire. Rimless and semi-rimless cases are common for semi-automatic handgun and rifle ammunition and automatic ammunition as well. Internal Ballistics Primers Primers are what the firing pin hits and causes the powder to ignite. When fired without a bullet or powder in the casing it sounds like a really loud cap gun. I learned this through reckless experimentation, which essentially means I fired a primer without powder or a bullet set in the casing to figure out how it works. I don’t recommend doing this because the materials in the primer ignite and burn at a fast rate and can cause fires and there would be little metal parts coming out of the barrel as well, which would ruin your week if someone got hurt. Powders Powder materials vary on what brand and may have different loads measured for each type for a particular caliber, but when they burn they produce a lot of pressure to push the bullet out of the barrel very fast. Just the sound of the bullet breaking the sound barrier from being pushed through the barrel because of the powder and primer is enough to back up what I am saying. What happens inside the Barrel When the primer is hit, and ignites the powder. the amount of pressure that is created from such a tight space and the rapid expansion of gases literally shoves the bullet against the lands and grooves to put spin on the bullet to make it more accurate when it exits the barrel. What length does The length of a barrel also plays a role in internal ballistics, in most cases it helps with accuracy, but if it is too long, it will start to lose speed and the bullet could jam in the barrel, which is not fun. a more reasonable and scientific explanation is provided by Fr. Frog, he states: As the bullet moves down the bore and the gas pressure behind it decreases, there will come a time-- with a sufficiently long barrel--that the bore friction and air pressure in front of the bullet will equal pressures behind it, at this point velocity will start to decrease.(Interior ballistics) External Ballistics What happens outside the barrel As soon as the bullet exits the barrel it slowly starts to go down, if your looking at just a foot from the bullet and its barrel, its almost unnoticeable, but there is 3 "zones" that the bullet goes through for itself, there is a specific name(s) that was mentioned in Speers reloading manual 12th edition. The first zone is called "Motus Violentus"(109), it is where the bullet sort of wobbles up and down and side to side trying to adjust the transition from barrel to air. The second zone is called "Motus Mixtus"(109), this is where the bullet "glides" or "sleeps". You can relate it to there is no one on the highway but you and you can travel in 1 lane. The 3rd and final zone is called " Motus Naturialias"(109), this is where the bullet tumbles because it lost all of its spin and is no longer accurate. And most, if not all, effective ranges measured for firearms are in zone 2. Fr.Frog says "an elongated bullet, as opposed to a round ball, is inherently unstable aerodynamically"(external ballistics). What he is saying is that it's like a raindrop in a way, to be controlled by the variables outside of the barrel while the forces that propelled it out of the barrel struggle a losing battle with gravity and nature. What point blank range actually means What point blank range really means for ethical hunting and is my guidelines for "point blank" altogether is that anything 40 yards and shorter is to be regarded as point blank. Because general knowledge allows you to see very well where your target is, and you most likely won't miss in this area. It varies with game and conditions. Ballistics tables and calculators When I was taking a glance at the tables and equations and the calculators needed I made an inference that it is extremely tough to calculate by hand. The equations for external ballistics are that complex that they made a very large program to calculate all of the external ballistics variables and equations. Honestly, if I were to try and calculate any condition for the ballistics equations it would probably take an hour or two just to get 1 minute of weather patterns down. Firearms Their components Because of looking and reading about firearms I learned about their components and what types of materials are used to make them. A firearm, or gun, is made up of a series of complex parts and pieces. A typical semiautomatic handgun has over 50 parts in it! Almost all are metal, excluding the grips, which are made usually out of rubber or wood. another type of frame for handguns is plastic, Glocks are made out of a durable plastic designed by the Austrian gunsmith Gaston Glock himself, but still, to me plastic is plastic, and I prefer metal for my firearms because the weight, heft, feel, and durability of steel alloys has had my trust forever, there is a deep conflict between generations of people who like the newer Glock plastics, and those who like to stick with their model 1911's. A bolt action rifle is actually less complex than a semiautomatic rifle or handgun, after all, there's the bolt which houses the firing pin, ejector, and it serves as the slide as well, which in an auto loading firearm may not be the case. Police identification How Robert Ogle says police identify from which gun fired a bullet is that they look at the striation marks left as the bullet was cut by the lands and grooves, they also test fire a round from a duplicate gun and line up the striations to see if they match (224-225). There is more to it than that, but that would be saved for another research paper. Another way Police officers identify firearms is through a large network of computer imaging technology. Most database files come from NIBIN or the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network. (Gilbert) Safety rules The safety rules of guns are pretty obvious. They are set up in every single gun range, gun book, gun site, in America. They are pretty straightforward and are in place to prevent the harm of ourselves and others. If they could be dumbed down to one rule, it is do not do anything stupid. Reloading ammunition Shooting can get expensive, and people who shoot a lot and want to pay a bit less can purchase equipment that can help them reload their own ammunition. This is a good money saver in the long run if you are a competitive shooter or looking to save a few bucks. Plus it helps you get to learn more about firearms and your powders and such, and knowledge is your best ally in my opinion for being a safe and alert firearm owner and user. Speers reloading manuals go into real depth with reloading and are a huge help. Gunpowder residue This stuff gets everywhere, on your hands, clothes, face. Police use tools to find it and figure out who fired a gun that killed someone, or if you aren't a criminal, you have to thoroughly wash your hands and face after shooting because it contains chemicals, if left on your skin without washing, that could get you sick. The Primer also contains residues that are found in the air, such as Antimony, Lead, and Bromine. If you’ve ever been to a range, you know how the residue gets on you almost immediately and tends to be a pain to get out…as with the stuff in the primer and all. Why guns have serial numbers Guns have serial numbers because it helps find out who owns a gun, if it was stolen or not, and just makes criminal investigations involving guns a bit easier with gun ownership. You have to register your gun anyway using the serial number to make sure that it will be found if it ends up in the wrong hands. Why each gun is unique Each gun is unique because each serial number is unique, each barrel is unique, and it is yours, after you shoot it for awhile, it will adjust to you and you will adjust to it. If you shoot with a particular type of ammunition and suddenly change ammunition types, they will shoot differently from your gun, and you will have to readjust to it. Another way a gun is unique is that sometimes the brand that your gun is made from goes out of business, essentially making the firearm a collector's piece to some people. Because ive fired various tyes of firearms I know for a fact that they all shoot differently…obviously a shotgun is going to shoot differently from a handgun. Gun Laws Why they are in place Gun laws are in place because of all the things people have done over the years. Whether it is with the recent gun threats to our school, or Connecticut. I think that people should understand that gun laws prohibit those types of people from purchasing those firearms. The way they got them was from illegal ways, straw purchasing….stealing…whatever. Criminals do not buy guns; they usually steal them and grind off the serial numbers. The reason they cannot purchase firearms is because they have to sign a paper stating that they are not criminals and are of sound mind and sound body, which all gun owners are. People who legally own guns obey these laws set in place of them and to limit what they can get from what has happened illegally that doesn’t involve them is really almost unconstitutional. If you looked at anti-gun advocates, they are afraid of people who own the guns usually, but if they learned about them and knew more about them, they would understand that if we made guns illegal it would be worse for our country because only criminals would have guns. This would mean if someone wanted someone else dead- and they were a criminal, it would be easier for the criminal because that victim would not have the option to defend themselves. Maybe if bulking up security and making mental aid more widely available to people who need it we could have less tension about firearms and how people feel about them. People are afraid of guns because of things that have happened, but what they should do is learn more about them and be safe with them because then they will understand that guns are not really the issue with these recent issues. It’s the mental health of these people that should be the issue. As the old NRA saying goes, "guns don’t kill people, people kill people". An add on to this is the two new shootings that just happened in California. To be truthful about this, I understand that these were accomplished by the use of firearms, but that does not change my opinion about them. The reason that people decide to do these things are; they are angry and want to screw everyone over, just because, video games….the list of probable causes is infinite. But, even as the newest NRA RTC documents state "a gun is just a tool…" that’s all. I think that if guns didn’t exist, instead of a few mass shootings and all there would be mass stabbings, mass bombings, people would just find other ways to kill each other. The gun just makes it easier. But, clay shooting, target shooting, defensive classes, action shoots, trap shooting, cowboy action shoots, and hunting are all excellent hobbies and sports!! Without guns, we wouldn’t have these excellent activities for families and individuals just to blow off steam with or compete in. What I learned I learned from doing my research that knowledge is my best ally for firearms, that ballistics is an exact science. And that gun laws are in place to prevent criminals from slaughtering the innocent. This research paper was probably the most difficult papers I have written because I have gotten some flak from my parents and a few people about why I am doing it when all these saddening things involving guns have been going on. And I had to tell them that I am doing this to inform people that maybe if they knew more, then they will become safe and alert individuals that are respectable and trustworthy with their firearms, because that is exactly why I started this research paper-to give knowledge to people who needed it. And my research has backed me up on why I have my reasons almost 100 percent. Researching this topic has led me to the reasoning that I may want to take criminal justice courses and forensic courses in high school or college because those are incredibly interesting to me. Works Cited Frog, Fr. "a (very) short course in internal ballistics." www.frfrogspad.com/intballi.htm. N.p., 24 2012. Web. 1 Jan 2012. Frog, Fr. "a short course in external ballistics." http://www.frfrogspad.com/extbal.htm. N.p., 24 2012. Web. 1 Jan 2012. Firestar manual. 1992. Print. Gilbert, mike. firearms and tool marks. Megastar manual. 1992. Print. NRA, "Right to Carry 2012", web doc Ogle, Robert. Crime scene investigation and reconstruction. 3. 2012. Print. Speer reloading manual. 12. 1997. Print.
  7. So you want to buy a shotgun? As with the previous things I have stated about handguns and rifles (which are in the handguns and rifles section, respectively), your shotgun should be something you actually want to buy and use. There are several types of shotguns so I'm going to get that out of the way right now; also, the smaller number on the gauge (think of it as caliber, but for shotguns) the bigger the shotgun shell. ex: 10 gauge is bigger than 12 gauge. Pump Shotguns: These shotguns are operated by a pump mechanism, the pump being pushed manually to the rearward position not only arms the firing pin(puts tension and locks the spring back, making it able to fire), but also ejects the spent shell if there is one in the bore of the shotgun, it also enables the elevator to retrieve a new shell from the magazine tube. Typically these are one of the most common types of shotguns people will buy, and they can be chambered to hold most gauges: the most common being 12 and 20, but in my experience I have seen a gauge for a shotgun as big as 8 on a pump and as small as a .410. Double barrel shotguns: this particular shotgun comes in 2 varieties; over-under, or side-by-side. Over under double barrels have both barrels on top of one another, you press a button to unlock the barrel to load new shells while the spent shells eject themselves. side by side is the same operating mechanic, except the barrels are side by side of one another. These can be offered up to 4 gauge(which is a rarity) and as small as 410. Single shot shotguns: these are pretty much the same as double barreled, except only hold one shell instead of two. Ditto for the gauges. Bolt action shotguns: these use a bolt to fire the shell, think of it as a bolt action rifle, because that's how it works. Semi auto shotguns: these, unlike pump shotguns, load and eject the shells automatically, as soon as you pull the trigger, the gas operated mechanism pushes the bolt back, ejects the spent shell, has the elevator grab a new shell and loads and locks it into place. They are offered in the same gauges as a pump shotgun is, pretty much. Revolver shotguns: the Kel-Tec Circuit Judge is the only revolver shotgun that I know of, it operates like a big double action revolver. Now that you know a little about how they work, what would you like to buy? Honestly it depends on your price range, but a good starter shotgun is probably a pump action or a single shot one. My recommendation for a pump action shotgun would have to be the Remington 870 in 12 or 20 gauge, I would suggest if you are new to shotguns to go with the 20 gauge version, not only does it have less buck to it, it is cheaper and more easy to shoot a lot more shells in a single day with. My recommendation for a single shot shotgun would be to check out Stevens Arms, they make very good single shot and double barrel shotguns. Once you get accustomed with your shotgun you can start adding chokes(how the spread of pellets is spread out) and attachments to the rails (if you have a rail on your shotgun). Your average shotgun is going to cost at least $750, but it will last you a lifetime if treated right. Well, That's about all I have to say about buying your first shotgun, as always, feel free to leave me a question or add on to what I've said if it is useful!
  8. Intro to buying your first rifle. (new gun owners)

    So...you wanna buy a rifle? Well, as I have stated before with handguns; your rifle should be a worthy investment. You're probably thinking a few things; "How much does a semiautomatic or bolt action rifle cost?"..."what is a good hunting caliber?"...."which is more accurate;semiautomatic or bolt action?" How much does a semiautomatic rifle cost? Well, truthfully, it can cost around $1.000, but there are some firearm manufacturers that go way beyond this price range, such as Wilson Combat. Wilson Combat AR15 models can cost up to and exceeding $6.000-without furniture!(furniture is accessories such as scopes, silencers, laser sights, flashlights...etc), but then again, you are getting a superior quality rifle. Now this is probably way out of most peoples price range, but there are many other brands to choose from that offer excellent quality at a more reasonable price; such as Colt, Winchester, S&W, SIG SAUER, and Primary Weapons Systems and many more. Honestly, my personal recommendation would be to go out to the range, rent a rifle, and see what you like(yes, this is my favorite part, but it also lets you know what you like, and what you don't like.) Once you get familiar with your semiautomatic rifle, you can add accessories, or furniture as I like to call it. A recommendation for something you might want to put on your rifle is a Free-Floating barrel, this is very difficult to explain, so I would seriously Google it. What a free-floating barrel does is make your barrel accurate by essentially making it "float", this seriously is one of the coolest modifications you can do to your semiautomatic rifle, with a serious benefit. There are hundreds of modifications you can do to your rifle, from the upper or lower to the charging handle; so...all of that is up to your personal liking; your rifle, like your handgun if you have read that, should be a reflection of your personality, don't be afraid to get a little fancy with it, as long as it is helpful to you! Bolt action rifles can cost as low as $200; such as a Savage Arms 22LR, which is literally a piece of junk in my opinion...to around $6.000 as well for a very high end bolt action rifle, but the average one will cost about $750. Many of the same brands that make semiautomatic rifles make Bolt action rifles, so see the above about that. What is a good hunting caliber? It depends on what you are hunting; if it is deer a 243WINCHESTER will do the job pretty good, now if you are hunting moose, elk or a larger game animal look for something that's a little bit bigger, such as a 30-06 or a 300Winchester, it just depends. 223 is a good varmint round, it works for deer pretty well too. Even a 22LR, one of the smallest rifle rounds out there is good for some hunting; but this hunting is called plinking, which mainly is very small game such as squirrels, rabbits, and groundhogs and other animals of that type. Which is more accurate; Semiautomatic or bolt action? Truthfully, it is probably bolt action, but in some cases you can out-shoot a bolt action with a semiautomatic. Accuracy depends on the shooter, no gun will make you accurate, you have to practice! Now, in my experience both are very accurate(yeah I'm bragging a little, I'm only good at 3 things, honestly! and shooting is one of them.), but I would recommend shooting both as practice, not only is this fun, you also learn a lot more that you would by just reading. Just remember to follow the ten commandments of gun safety! Well, that is a quick introduction to semiautomatic and bolt action rifles! Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to add onto the topic as long as it is useful to the topic at hand!
  9. Arsenal Firearms double barrel 1911

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    This is the manual for the notorious Arsenal Firearms Double Barrel 1911 in 45ACP.
  10. Gun Control, Pros and Cons

    Gun Control: Something us gun owners somewhat cringe to hear, why would anyone want to control what we have if we are entitled to it? Why would anyone restrict our access and second amendment right to own a firearm? And most importantly, how is the United States government acting upon us in this manner- how are they thinking? The reason people want gun control for firearms is just that, they're firearms. Guns have the capability of killing people, we all know this and accept it, that is why we go by our ten commandments of gun safety and should act very responsible and courteous to all other citizens of any country, because even though they may not totally understand, we should act reasonable and listen(when I mean listen, I just mean listen, we don't have to do a damn thing they say, but we do have to act kind to them.) to them even though they don't like what we sometimes do. One of the reasons I personally think we have gun control is just to prevent any person to get a firearm, that's why we have our firearms registered and get a background check, the reason they do this is just to make sure that you wont suddenly become another statistic in the news about another mass shooting. It's their way of saying "we've done our part, whatever happens now is their fault". Which is understandably so, we cant blame the government for our gun related problems. How do we stop all the shooting then? Take guns away from citizens who have their right to own and carry them because they MIGHT do a mass shooting? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! This is a bad idea! Why? Because in my experience and according to some statistics; firearms in the hands of responsible gun owners stops a lot of these mass shooting and gun related crimes. The reason the United States has the highest number of homicides with firearms is because we have the most firearms of any country. Now that kind of makes the statistics look pretty good for us, why? If you look at how many people were killed with a firearm via homicide.... We actually have surprisingly less per gun than you would expect. Less than a percent of the guns in the USA were used to kill someone. Which by a statistical standpoint is pretty damn good, a human life is a human life though-which can never be replaced. How do we stop it then? We could train more and be more alert of our surroundings. Look, I'm not saying that some of you reading this don't do exactly that, but if we all were armed, trained frequently until we became experienced with our firearm(which takes time, but anyone who has the determination can do it), and looked out for one another, the scum of this country who somehow got their hands on a gun(illegally, I might add) wouldn't stand a chance. The registration of firearms is ok, in my opinion, Just think of it like owning a credit card, they do checks on that too. We cant change the fact that we have them, but what we can change is how the people act around firearms. The media only shows the bad side of guns. You will never hear how a father, with his gun, stopped a kidnapper(who had a knife, by the way) from taking his little girl. If he didn't have a gun, that little girl wouldn't be with that father anymore. In the end, guns do more good than bad, its just we hear about the bad stuff more than the good. feel free to ask me any questions, I do appreciate you taking the time to read this.
  11. , Well, I Personally Would not know much About this Weapon, I Would Say That if it is still in condition and Functional Without much rust, May you make some money off of it, at Least 3.000 euros. I think it is likely worth more though but it depends on the market, if you are selling it online that's probably what it will go for, I would need to see more pictures of the firearm, such as where the hammer is and such on the gun, it is a very pretty gun though.
  12. So you want to buy a handgun... You're likely thinking "there's so many to choose from"..."I heard that Glocks/1911s are better than Glocks/1911s"..."How much does a handgun cost?" There are hundreds of models to choose from, I honestly think that your handgun matches your personality, your favorite handgun, that is. Your first handgun should be something you really want, not some knock off or cheaper gun. Lets say you like 1911s, there are hundreds..maybe THOUSANDS of different variations for this model of handgun, what should you pick? A Kimber?... A Wilson Combat?... A SIG SAUER?... A Colt??...etc. Honestly, it depends on your personal preference and your price range. Wilson Combat 1911s are by far some of the best 1911s I have ever shot in my entire life; they work perfectly (with proper maintenance, of course), they're fun to shoot, and more importantly; you can depend on them if you need them for self defense-or just want a gun that will last you a lifetime. You could also go with a brand that also dominates the handgun market; Glock. Why am I pointing this manufacturer out by itself? Because they were likely the first to successfully make a polymer framed handgun pretty safe to use, I have had about 2 Glocks blow up on me, it was not a pleasant experience and I am kind of biased to steel framed handguns, but anyways... this was with a Gen 1 and a Gen 2 Glock. The Gen 4 on the other hand, is a lot nicer and I trust them more than the previous generations of Glocks. Glocks are not only offered in a variety of calibers, but usually they cost a little less than 1911s. Honestly, I love both Glocks and 1911s and I do recommend shooting both of these and you should honestly see which you rather prefer. You could also go with Beretta; the manufacturer of the Beretta M9, which is used by the United States military since the late 80s if I am not mistaken. Beretta makes pretty reliable firearms, I haven't had much of an issue with them and they also make rifles, carbines, and shotguns. I do notice that the 92FS and the series within that are a tad different to take apart, but other than that they are a piece of cake to maintain. SIG SAUER offers a P-series that is similar to 1911s, but the P-series handguns are actually easier in my professional opinion to take apart, the P-series also holds more rounds in the magazines compared to a 1911 of the same caliber, why is this when they are just about the same size? Because the P-series offers a double stack magazine in their handguns. Essentially giving twice the magazine capacity. They also have a thumb-decocker for their external hammers, which I tend to like because I sometimes carry "one in the chamber" but I always have my hammer decocked and unable to fire a round unless I cock the hammer, please do not carry one in the chamber until you are familiar with your weapon and you must have a need to do this, I don't want you blowing your leg off or something because you want to try what I've done and such, so please don't. S&Ws are also a good choice, they offer a wide range of 1911s, have the M&P series...they make revolvers too, but mainly if you are looking for a handgun you're probably looking for a semi auto, there are some people who prefer revolvers though and I will get to that in just a second. the M&Ps are offered in all sized frames and are a polymer framed handgun, they are light, reliable, and pretty easy to maintain. I don't own one, but I have stippled a few of them and I might purchase one in the future. ...so you want to buy a revolver. The likely course to go for your first revolver is either S&W, Taurus, or ROSSI; you are going to have to see what you like, in my opinion, revolvers are all pretty much the same it just depends on your price range, the size you want, and what caliber you would want as well. That's pretty much an intro on what you need to know to buy your first handgun, let me know what you think and if you have any questions!
  13. Anshutz model 1827

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    this is the Anschutz Olympic model rifle. English version
  14. Intro to pistols.

    Handguns; Personally these are my favorite out of all the guns, they are easy to shoot, usually cheap to shoot (aside from a few pistol cartridges such as 50AE or 500 S&W, those are pretty expensive), easy to reload ammunition for. There are 3 main types of frames for Semi-Automatic handguns; Full-Sized(which can be broken down into Standard or Professional if you have a 1911, they offer that), Compact, and subcompact. Each of these types of semi-auto firearms has their own feel to them. I honestly prefer Full-Size and compact over subcompact. Full-Sized semi auto handguns typically hold more ammunition in their magazines than compact or subcompact, they also have a larger frame and slide, they also tend to weigh more, and can handle larger calibers quite well. Compact semi auto handguns are essentially that: compact. Compact semi auto handguns are pretty good for Conceal carry, though they usually have less magazine capacity. They also have a slightly smaller frame and slide, they tend to weigh less than a Full-Sized handgun as well, they do weigh more than a subcompact though. Subcompact handguns, or "pocket guns" as some may call it are the smallest semi auto handguns around, they hold typically less than either full-sized handguns or compact handguns, but they are meant to be a backup gun. they also are not offered in the larger calibers as often. Revolvers: revolvers are a little different from semi auto handguns, they don't have a magazine, they have a cylinder where you stick the ammunition in, revolvers typically hold 5-8 rounds in the cylinder. there are many types of revolvers, some big, some small. You can make most revolvers shorter by just unscrewing the barrel and sticking a snub nose barrel onto it instead, so.... there isn't really a way to classify a revolver that way, instead they classify it by frame; J frame, X frame..etc, they get confusing to me and I don't really feel like confusing you with it. To make reloading faster in a revolver and less tedious, they offer speed reloaders, moon clips, and many other ways to speed up reloading the cylinder in a revolver. Handguns are not only a fun thing to shoot, but they also are very effective at saving your life. Make sure you make an investment into yours if you purchase one for self-defense or even for just target shooting. A good starter handgun is either a Glock or a 1911, you could also go with SIG SAUERs P-series or a Walther or even a S&W and Colt; classic names in handgun manufacturing, it is all up to your personal preference. Let me know if you have any questions!
  15. Reloading ammunition

    Here is where we can discuss Reloading, what press do you use? Progressive or manual reloader? I use a Lee Press and have Lee dies and reload just about everything. Looking forward to learning what you guys use and reload!