Full auto shenanigans:
Want to see the hanguards on a M4 melt and start on fire?
Want to see the barrel on a M4 droop and then explode?
Those guys are having way too much fun at work
The M-4 carbine, one of the primary rifles used by the United States military, appears destined for a change. After concerns surfaced about rifles overheating in a sustained firefight in 2008 in Afghanistan, the manufacturer and the United States Army are close to agreeing on a modification to the weapon’s barrel that makes the carbine more resistant to the stresses of extended firing.
Full Article at the New York Times website – HERE
This is a continuation of my blog post on New York Times on the Making of the Military’s Standard Arms
December 21, 1972
In a five page letter to President Richard Nixon written while traveling on a plane to Washington, Elvis explains he loves his country and wants to give something back and, not being “a member of the Establishment,” believes he could reach some people the president can’t if the president would only make him a federal agent at-large so he can help fight the war on drugs.
President Nixon and Elvis Presley shaking hands in the Oval Office
(Oliver F. Atkins / White House / The National Archives / EPA / December 21, 1970)
Then it’s time for gifts. Elvis pulls out the commemorative Colt 45 he had taken from his wall and carried into the White House, to the dismay of the Secret Service. (“We’ve got a little problem here; Elvis has brought a gun.”) He presents it to Nixon.
The commemorative gun is on display at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California.
Makes me wonder what would happen if someone high profile like Jay-Z or Kanye showed up at the oval office with a commemorative gun for Obama
Read the full article over at the L.A. Times – HERE
I definitely recommend reading the full article. It has a couple other gun related anecdotes.
Bushmaster has their ACR (Adaptive Combat Rifle) website up with a countdown on it. It will be released on January 18th, which is 1 day before the SHOT show in Las Vegas starts.
Here is an ad that is going around (as usual click to enlarge):
I like guns for the same reasons I like mechanical watches:
- They don’t require batteries or cables
- Their function is simple and fairly easy (most of the time) to troubleshoot
- They require very little maintenance in order to keep running
- They can be passed down from generation to generation and still function perfectly
- They don’t require upgrades or the payment of a monthly fee in order to stay functional
- You don’t need to buy a new model every year because the one you own is now obsolete
- They have a certain peacefulness to them
Why do you guys like guns? Let me know in the comments!
Sandy Banks from the L.A. Times is gearing up for column this Saturday on America’s fascination with guns.
This initial article, Do you love your gun? Tell me why has a bit of a negative feel to it considering it is mainly about the recent NBA incident. Though there is a positive and optimistic feel to it:
I discovered that I’m a pretty good shot. That there is something thrilling about holding a gun. And that firing real bullets is nothing like playing Halo.
I don’t think guns are evil, but I’m trying to figure out the fascination with them for Saturday’s column. I’d like to hear from gun owners. Why do you love your guns?
I respect Ms. Banks for giving shooting a try and keeping an open mind. I am optimistic that the article on Saturday will not make us look like a bunch of right wing extremists. I believe she will find that people love their guns because they are a means for self defense, and because shooting is a fun hobby where you can enjoy the outdoors and time with friends and family.
We will see, come Saturday. Don’t let us down Sandy.
Picture source – Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes