Tag: firearms

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Remembering Operation Red Wings 11 Years Later

Although this is not a firearms-related post, it is relevant both within the firearms industry and because it is a point of respect – and pride. June 28, 2016 is the 11th anniversary of Operation Red Wings. The nation at large became far more aware of it thanks to [Read More…]

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Operating Systems 201: Rotary Locking

We introduced you to the concept of locking in a previous one of our 201-level posts on how firearms work, and today we’re going to talk about what has become the most common locking mechanism for rifles: Rotary locking. If to lock an action, you need to create [Read More…]

This short-recoil operated SIG P220 uses a tilting-barrel locking mechanism. You can see how the slide is prevented from moving rearward by the front surface of the barrel in this image. Image courtesy of C&Rsenal NLmpDT6 Prepper-Guns-Cover-JPEG001

Review: “Prepper Guns” Asks if You’re Ready for Potential Disaster

Yes, I am a gun writer – or an outdoor writer, to use the proper term. If you assume this means I read quite a bit, you’d be right, but not every gun writer out there is also a reader. For me, reading is paramount. The only thing capable of fighting my [Read More…]

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Terminology 101: Yes, it Does Matter (Even When You Comment)

Let’s talk about the importance of words, a little terminology 101. After all, you never know when you might learn something new – or find something worth passing on to a newbie (or even if it isn’t exactly new, it might serve as a gentle reminder of its [Read More…]

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Firearms Food for Thought: The Coming Ammo Rush

Many of us remember the ammo shortage of the early 00s with a combination of horror and perverse pleasure. If you happened to be one of those gun owners with a pre-existing ammunition stash so spectacular it rivaled the warehouse of a major manufacturer, it wasn’t [Read More…]

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Gun Control 101

Whenever anyone, regardless of their political views, asks me about guns, I talk to them openly and empathetically, and then I offer to take them shooting – and emphasize that we’ll do it safely. Out of those I’ve offered range trips to, most of [Read More…]

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If You Could Launch An Ammo Line…

A hypothetical question: If you could launch your own line of ammunition, what would you do? Considering the sheer number of ammo lines out there and their varied applications, is there really anything that can be improved upon? Or if not improved upon, perhaps simply [Read More…]

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Smart Guns: Are They Practical?

Discussions about smart guns have been underway for some time now and has, in recent years, been actively pursued by a handful of tech companies. In fact, Jonathon Mossberg who is indeed part of the almost 100-year-old O.F. Mossberg and Sons company, started his own [Read More…]

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Average Gun Owner Now Owns 8 Firearms

Here’s a number to be proud of. The Washington Post is reporting that according to Wonkblog, the average number of firearms in a “typical gun-owning household” has increased to 8.1 firearms. This is a  nearly two-fold increase from data in 1994 which [Read More…]

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Saturday Whatsit

Here at TFB, we were doing a little evaluating this weekend, and had a lot of interesting gun parts laying around the shop, so I thought “why not have a little fun?” So, below is an image of a rifle part, and I am tasking you, our readers, with guessing [Read More…]

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Gun Buyback Program issues IOUs

Springfield, IL, has just overspent by $40,000 on their gun buyback program. Funds are to come out of community development and drug forfeiture. Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin admitted that he had only expected the event to take in 100 guns, so they had to issue IOU cards [Read More…]