Welcome to the 14th edition of the Carnival of Cordite.
Peter White at the Revolutionary War Veterans Association blog has the schedule for the Memorial Day Extravaganza in Ramseur, North Carolina.
Yosemite Sam at The Ten Ring looks at anti-gun bias in the media, and in particular the anti-NRA stance at the Houston Chronicle.
SayUncle speculates on what the military might use for a semi-auto sniper rifle. He also expands on what he’s dubbed Ravenwood’s Law: “As a discussion about guns grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Dodge City or the Wild West approaches one.”
Analog Kid tried to upgrade his SKS to 20 round magazines and had a bad time. That’s consistent with what I’ve heard about after-market SKS mags. The best advice I ever got about the SKS was to appreciate it for what it is rather than spending a lot of time and money trying to turn it into something else.
The Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog tracks the under-reported stories of the defensive use of guns. Cabinboy sends in this story of an Oklahoma City woman who shot a home intruder who asked to use the phone and then tried to force his way in. The intruder is a two-time ex-convict.
Gunner notes that if Carolyn McCarthy’s bill – allowing the right to keep and bear arms to be taken away for foreign convictions exceeding one year in prison – had gone through, you could lose your right to own a gun if you gossiped in Colombia, which carries a maximum sentence of four years.
Jeff Soyer’s Weekly Check on the Bias focuses on Condi Rice’s recent statements of support for gun rights.
Kim du Toit has his report from Boomershoot 2005.
John Ross’s sage thoughts on concealed carry. “My definition of the difference between preparation and paranoia is the degree of disruption of your life in comparison to the likelihood of the threat.”
Head, always the go-to guy for information about Communist bloc firearms, wrote a feature-length post on the Romanian PSL.
Barry at Model 29 is bloging about efforts to repeal the Wahsington, DC gun ban.
Anthroblology is blogging .50 machine guns on bombers.
Mr. Completely is sponsoring a different kind of postal match.
Discussion of the Week
Here’s a tradition I’d like to start with the Carnival of Cordite. I’d like to ask the host to start a discussion about guns or gun rights in comments.
Here’s this week’s topic. You’ve probably heard the expression “the only thing better than a boat is a friend with a boat.” Which gun would you like to be able to shoot that you probably wouldn’t buy for yourself? It might be a gun that’s very expensive, or it might be a gun that you just don’t have any practical use for. To go back to the boat analogy, if your best friend asked you to go shoot his new gun, what would you most hope that gun would be?
To make things a little more interesting, leave off Class III weapons like fully automatic firearms and silencers. My pick is in comments.
Gun Pic of the Week
From Head’s Romanian PSL post. According to Head, even though it looks a lot like a Dragunov, it’s actually a different design and is internally closer to the PRK version of the AK.