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Assault rifles: more ammo for antigunners to use to divide and conquer.

Assault Rifles: More Ammo For Anti-Gunners To Use To Divide & Conquer

Well, they're at it again--the divide and conquer anti-gunners, I mean. They had a tough time trying to convince the American public of the evils of the "Saturday Night Special" because there ain't no such animal -- even the august courts of Maryland couldn't define it when they held that the maker of such a gun was responsible for injuries caused by it.

And now they have taken up the cause of the "Assault Rifle" as another sexy name, to try to fool the public and eliminate those guns, where they have failed with the Saturday Night Special label. And they are having as much trouble trying to come up with a sensible definition as they have had with the Saturday Night Special, "plastic guns", "cop-killer bullets" and other attempts to substitute catchy names for sensible consideration of the problem and the solutions.

This all came about because of a couple of well-publicized shootings by "insane" people using the semi-automatic AK47. Although the AK47 is made and used by many military services in the full automatic or machine gun version, it is little known in the hands of law-abiding U.S. citizens, due to the many restrictions on full automatic guns in this country.

According to my information, the crazy man who shot all those school kids in California with an AK47 and then shot himself with a Taurus 9mm pistol had, no less than five (5) times, obtained handguns legally in California after going through California's 15-day waiting period/police investigation which is supposed to screen out the mental incompetents and those with criminal records. I understand this particular person had a lengthy record of arrests and convictions, including drug violations and for making an illegal machine gun. A police psychiatrist had found him a danger to himself and to the public, and he was reputedly drawing $692.00 per month from Social Security for being mentally disabled.

So much for waiting periods and background investigations!

But the point remains, that a couple of insane shootings have given the anti-gunners a new rallying cry, while at the same time, putting to rest their cries: "we're not after your good long guns, we're only after the bad handguns used in crimes."

The Attorney General of California sent a letter to law enforcement officials throughout the state saying that he intended to draft legislation outlawing "assault rifles" and asking for statistics to justify such a ban. His definition of "assault rifles" included a large percentage of all long guns made in this country, most .22 autoloaders, many centerfire autoloading hunting rifles and practically all shotguns with basic 5-shot capacity.

A definition of "assault rifles" used in last year's proposed U.S. Senate's amendment to the drug bill said:...any shotgun or semi-automatic rifle patterned after a military firearm." Most of the repeating shotguns made in the U.S. have been used as military firearms in various conflicts since WWI, so where do they stand in such a definition?

Now is the time to keep a sharp eye on your legislators. They may get caught up in the enthusiasm, as has happened in the District of Columbia, where the council has been considering a law which would make all gunmakers responsible for any damage done by their products. The fact that they are considering such a bill is tacit acknowledgement that the gun laws in the District simply do not work -- and they are among the most restrictive in the country while at the same time DC has one of the highest homicide rates in the country.

Hornady Changes

Ammo Packaging

It seems to me that it takes a lot of courage to change the packaging of your product after you have been selling it for many years. But that's what the Hornady folks have done to their ammunition packaging. They have replaced their familiar white box with one that is largely gray and black. And they have added one useful feature -- a ballistic table printed on the back of the box. The photo they forwarded to me was one of a rifle ammunition box, and by closely examining it, I find that it shows the external ballistics of some 16 rifle cartridges, from the 6mm Remington to the .30-'06 180-grain load.

Since the Hornady rifle ammunition line includes 45 loads in 16 calibers, and 37 pistol loads in eight calibers. I'm not sure what the tables on the other boxes will include. Anyhow, it seems like a useful feature. I seem to recall that Browning likewise printed ballistic tables on their boxes, back when they were in the business of selling ammunition.

On The Matter Of

All Those Shotshells

Last month I mentioned the many varieties of shotshells now on the market. At that time, I couldn't remember very many details, but have since been wading through some of my books, looking for more definite information. Alden Hatch's fine book, Remington Arms -- An American History, has this to say, talking about Remington after WWI: "The manufacture of ammunition was greatly simplified and improved from the "twenties on, by the simplified practice recommendations of the United States Department of Commerce. The Simplified Practices Division of the Department was organized by Herbert Hoover when he was Secretary of Commerce. It applied to all industry, but was particularly valuable to the sporting arms and ammunition manufacturers. Its recommendations to this industry were drawn up in consultation with the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute, in the organization of which Remington officials played a leading role.

"S.A.A.M.I. (familiarly known as Sammy) has as its basic objects the safety and convenience of the consumer and establishment of uniform fair standards in the industry. The first consideration of the Division of Simplified Practices recommendations--to which all leading manufacturers of sporting arms agreed to adhere to -- was safety. For this reason, rigid requirements were set for all cartridges on pressure and bullet-weight combinations. Standards on sensitivity were imposed for safe handling.

"Next came the matter of simplification in order to make the process of manufacture less costly and more efficient. As a result of the cooperative effort in this direction, the number of different shotshell loads manufactured by Remington was gradually reduced from 4,067 in 1925 to 117 at the present time." (The book was written in 1956.)

I'm sure that the number has grown up considerably from 117, but I don't think it has reached the ridiculous extreme as in 1925.
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