18 thoughts on “Gun Advice”

  1. To be fair, they should probably have suggested the daughter trade in the .40 for a 9mm; less recoil, bigger magazine, cheaper to practice with, and just about as effective when using modern ammo.

    Interesting stat about the declining number of households with guns. I wonder whether that’s a real decline, or just a decline in the number of people willing to admit to it? My guess is more the latter than the former.

    1. My bet is on the latter. All the guns sold over the last decade are unlikely to have gone guys like me who already have a good collection. Most likely gun owning households are either lying or simply not responding to pollsters on the question.

  2. Maybe she should try telling her father that she’s coming out as a lesbian or transitioning to a man.

  3. The old white men who wrote Constitution never imagined semiauto pistols. People are only supposed to own weapons that were available two centuries ago. She should trade in her pistol for a battery of Congreve rockets.

    1. Even with the standard weapons of the day, I guess even the sturdiest goblin wouldn’t enjoy being shot by a .54 calibre Sea Service pistol. Or you could carry a pepperbox. Modern metallurgy would probably make it more reliable. (Maybe you could get away with electronic ignition instead of a flintlock?)

      Of later technology, there’s a scene in “Hell on Wheels” where the protagonist, armed only with a single-action cap and ball revolver, takes on a small army of bad guys and gets off 18 shots by swapping out two pre-loaded cyclinders.

      1. Yes. With a cap-and-ball Remington–and probably some other manufacturers whose guns I haven’t seen–you could swap cylinders in a few seconds and shoot nearly as fast as a modern revolver.

        Of course, once you run out of loaded cylinders, you’ll need all day to reload.

    2. Wasn’t there private ownership of cannon when the Constitution was written? Certainly armed merchant vessels were common.

      If they start the argument of what was in common use at the time of the founding, they may not like where the truth leads.

      1. Yes. Private cannon were fairly common.

        Load them with grape and I suspect they’d make pretty good home defense weapons.

        Heck, even here in Canada you can still buy a black powder cannon without any kind of license. I doubt the courts would look kindly on anyone using them against a burglar, though.

        1. “Load them with grape and I suspect they’d make pretty good home defense weapons.”

          As a matter of fact……..around 1773:

          “In August a town meeting was held, and Azor Orne, Jonathan Glover, John Glover, and Elbridge Gerry petitioned the town to build a hospital on Cat Island for the treatment of smallpox patients by inoculation, “or allow certain individuals to build it at their own expense.” The town voted not to build the hospital, but gave the desired permission to the petitioners to undertake it as a private enterprise, provided “that the consent of the town of Salem could be obtained,” and that the hospital should be so regulated that the inhabitants of Marblehead would “be in no danger of infection therefrom.”

          “The opposition to the enterprise, which from the beginning had been very great, now took the form of the most bitter and angry hostility. ….”

          “The Proprietors momentarily expected to be mobbed, and it is said that one of them, Col. Jonathan Glover, placed two small artillery pieces in one of the rooms of his house, fronting the street, intending to give the crowd a warm reception from the windows, should they attempt to molest him.”

      2. Yes, governments often hired mercenaries that had full armies and ships to fight their wars. Today, our military hires private contractors that own foreign fighter jets to work as adversaries to train our pilots. So it happens in times of war and peace.

        1. And the contractors who provide these aggressor services have to buy U.S. fighter aircraft from foreign governments, because the U.S. will only sell “demil’ed” jets (disarmed and literally cut in half) to private citizens. However, it’s perfectly legal to buy a fully armed F-5 from Jordan.

  4. “It would be interesting to see these morons respond to Charlie.”

    The “Comments” part of NR stopped working – for me, anyway – about a month ago. I, too, was interested in what people had to say.

    That’s a dreadful exchange between father and columnist.

  5. It is as retarded as if a person who never flew a plane gave piloting advice. Dunning-Kruger all the way down amongst the left.

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