Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Them "killer" guns

So here's the situation. I know a guy who knows a guy who recently purchased an AR15. The poor man didn't exactly have a whole lot of experience with them (none at all, actually), and bought himself a 6.8SPC rifle. I helped the guy get it sighted in, showed him the disassembly procedures, etc and then advised him to buy a proper 5.56mm upper if/when he could find one.

In the meantime, a certain someone got on the phone with a close friend of hers to ask about reloading dies for said 6.8SPC rifle, since the rifle's owner had been saving his brass and the .270 projectile was relatively easy to find.

“I'm a hunter, I don't mess around with them 'killer' guns”.

Well, I'm sorry, Joe Bob...but even if you're hunting with a goddamned sling-shot, you're still hunting your game with something that was originally designed to kill a human being. Sorry, but that's just the way it is. The Chinese invented what we know as “gunpowder” for making fireworks, and it wasn't long after when someone decided to strap a bunch of rocks to it and make a missile.

From that point on, EVERY single technological advancement ever made by mankind involving gunpowder was made for the sole purpose of killing another human being. Your grandpa's bolt-action hunting rifle was descended from the Mauser, and his lever-action “cowboy gun” is invariably based upon the Winchester '94...if it isn't an actual Model 94. Both of these rifles were built by military contractors hoping to sell their designs to the armies of the world for no purpose but to kill human beings.

Can you kill a deer with these rifles? Of course you can. Were they designed to kill a deer? Nope, they were designed to kill a two-legged enemy on the battlefield at distances farther than a man could accurately fire a pistol.

EVERY modern hunting rifle using a brass cartridge is modeled after a weapon designed by a man trying to sell such a weapon to someone trying to kill his fellow man. The fact that they were inevitably adapted to what we refer to as “sporting purposes” is, of course, completely irrelevant to this discussion...except for, of course, bringing up the fact that sportsmen have adopted them.

At the end of the day, if you can put brass shells in it, it was designed to kill a man. Period, the end. Get off your high horse, cowboy.

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