James Monroe Jones was one of the very few African-American gunsmiths working in 19th Century America.
Born as a slave in North Carolina, Jones’ father eventually purchased freedom for himself and his family and moved them to the free state of Ohio. Jones eventually graduated from Oberlin University in Ohio, and worked as a gunmaker in London, OH and later in Chatham, Ontario (Canada). He was renowned as the only African-American gunmaker in Canada during the period and even produced a pair of extraordinary gilt derringer pistols for the Prince of Wales (later King Edward the VII).
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Man, when I walk into a gun shop, I’ve pretty much made up my mind what I want. I’m just there to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, I’ll have them order it.
The quickest way for them to lose a sale is for a counterman start talking shit about my choice or try to sell me something else. I will thank them for their time, walk out and find somebody else to take my money.
A federal judge in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act on Friday night, ruling that former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation has fallen down like a losing game of “Jenga.”
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth sided with the argument put forward by a coalition of Republican-leaning states, led by Texas, that Obamacare could no longer stand now that there’s no penalty for Americans who don’t buy insurance.
A wise man once said, “There’s no free lunch.” In short, it doesn’t matter the situation, there’s always a price to pay. This not only holds true in the world of money but also firearms. In the case of the .454 Casull, the toll is recoil.
Despite its recent popularity, the cartridge generates so much recoil it’s generally considered unmanageable in all but the most dedicated big-bore shooter’s hands. By some estimates, it generates around 75-percent more recoil than the .44 Magnum, which is saying a lot. When the .44 was introduced in 1955 average shooters flocked to it and, equally as quick, they scuttled away after pulling the trigger and unleashing the angry mule. The .454 is a whole bunch more mule.
If you’re a little hesitant about dropping $800+ on a 454, you can always buy a Ruger Blackhawk in 45 caliber for about 600 bucks and load that sonofabitch up. I shoot 335 grain bullets out of mine.
While the recoil is a little snappy with magnum loads, it’s not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Matter of fact, before I even shot mine I went and ordered some padded fingerless gloves which turned out to be a total waste of money. I wore the right hand glove for 6 shots, shrugged, took it off and kept on shooting. I haven’t worn them since. Hell, I never even tried the left hand glove on.
The US Army charged Special Forces Maj. Matthew Golsteyn with premeditated murder and he could face the death penalty for killing a Taliban bomb-maker in Afghanistan.
The big guy who makes the naughty list just made the list himself.
A British Santa had a meltdown at an event over the weekend, leaving a lot of angry parents and distraught kiddies in his wake when he ripped off his beard and started cursing.
When it comes to .44 Magnum, the first gun that most people imagine is the Smith & Wesson Model 29, of course in the hands of Dirty Harry himself. The revolver is a huge part of American pop culture and is instantly recognizable, even to people who aren’t into guns. Today we are going to be taking a look at one of the modern variants of the old Model 29, the new Model 629 in stainless steel.
You will not hear me say one nice thing about the Smith & Wesson 629.
I bought one back in the 1980s and immediately had buyer’s remorse as soon as I opened the owner’s manual and saw where it cautioned against a steady diet of 44 magnum rounds. You have got to be fucking kidding me, the 29 is the gun the cartridge was designed for.
So, after I started shooting its steady diet of 44 magnum, I found that about once every hundred rounds or so, the cylinder failed to rotate. Upon further examination, I saw where the cylinder ratchets (on the front of the cylinder where the pawl engages it to rotate it) looked like it was finished with a hammer and a file. I mean, it was all fucked up.
I contacted S&W and they basically told me the cylinder failing to rotate was either my fault somehow or it was a figment of my imagination. The thing was, I wasn’t the only one having that issue – I started reading about other shooters having the same problem. S&W continued to deny the problem until some silhouette shooters set up a video camera and actually recorded it happening. At that point S&W issued a recall – or so I’m told. By that time I had sold the piece of garbage.
That one gun and S&W’s refusal to at least acknowledge the problem turned me off to that brand for many years.
And yes, before you ask, I told the buyer why I was selling the gun, 500 rounds of loaded ammo, a shitload of brass and 2 expensive holsters for the same price I paid for the gun not 2 months prior.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies say Lt. Tavoris Allen, who serves at the Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue Station #26 in Plant City, had a “botanical extractor” machine along with two marijuana plants inside the station, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The machine was being used Monday to convert the plants into cannabis oil — a concentrated liquid form of the plant —and Allen told deputies the device and its ingredients were his, Fox 13 reported.
The state of California is massively in debt. Middle-class jobs are leaving and taking California’s middle class along with them. With growing crime, it is more dangerous to live in California each year. After failure like that, California politicians call for higher taxes and more gun control. Why would politicians propose more of the prescriptions that failed in the past? That is a fascinating question. Let’s see if we can help.