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Of Bathrooms, Religion and Donald Trump

"Cognitive dissonance - Volume 2" Ok, conservative pro-gun folks, your turn. Yesterday, I had some things to say to my fellow liberals. I was sarcastic, possibly unkind, and invoked Godwin's Law in all but literally naming the psychopath with the mustache. Now, some...

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Of Walls, Watch Lists and Donald Trump

"Cognitive Dissonance- Volume 1" A tragic event happened on Sunday.  Our friends and families were attacked and killed by a hateful man, bent on destruction for reasons still not entirely clear. But terrorism and homophobia are not mutually exclusive, so I'm not sure...

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Peruta v City of San Diego

On June 9, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an en banc decision in Peruta v. San Diego finding, based on history and precedent, that “there is no Second Amendment right for members of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public.” Immediately, the NRA declared the decision to be outside the mainstream. The Peruta decision, however, follows at least four other Circuit court decisions that reached essentially the same conclusion. Unfortunately, this means the case is, in fact, well within the mainstream of modern court decisions.

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That Guy at the Range

My Marlin had a seven round magazine, his Ruger a ten with a ten power scope as well. We pretty much swapped shots, settling into an unspoken rhythm. He sat on my right, so his brass flew away from us, and mine just plopped down. Paddle rang “pink” when we hit it.

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Oregon Range Day!

Submitted by Oregon LGC: Sunday, April 24, 2016 was range day for the Oregon LGC.  Not just any range day, this was the first outing since we organized into an official local chapter of The Liberal Gun Club! The day was scattered with showers and sunlight and ranged...

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Upcoming CMP matches

Remember, as a dues paying member of the LGC, you are a member of a CMP affiliated club. So in addition to being able to buy surplus rifles and ammo direct from the CMP, you can also participate in CMP sanctioned matches and list the LGC as your club of record. More...

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Rocky Mountain Chapter June Meet-up

The Rocky Mountain Chapter the Liberal Gun Club has scheduled a meet-up for Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the Rocky Mountain Gun Club in Grand Junction, Colorado (http://www.rmgcgj.com).  The meet-up will begin at 12:00 noon at the club. There will be a business meeting...

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Media as the threat to rights?

On a whim, I recently asked 10 of my fellow gunsmithing students what they believe is the biggest threat to private firearms ownership with the expectation they would blame “liberals” for the onslaught against gun rights. Instead, eight out of ten identified the...

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LGC Postal Match 10 – Mad Minute

  In this match we’re reenacting a bit of history, so let’s take a moment to savor the background of the British Army’s famous “mad minute.” Download the full rules Some form of rapid-fire drill was already in use by the 1880s, but the true “mad minute” was an...

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Updated Press Primer

Just an update to the press primer we usually send to reporters. Probably warrants a more detailed post, or event just a cut and paste, but if you want to see what we say when asked, this is a good place to start. lgcprimer-oct2018 Thanks!

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Working Safely with Lead

I have to lay out my lead cred first. The day I began building organs in 1983, my blood was tested for lead. When we'd finished two organs by 1992, my blood was again tested for lead. Though they both tested positive for beer, before and after results were exactly the...

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Irrational Fear

On the heels of another kid getting shot by police for having a replica firearm, I figured it was time to revisit this. “Who is that guy over there?” “What is he doing?” “Should we call the police?” As it happens, nobody pictured above is breaking the law at the time...

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Year in Review – 2015

By all accounts, we started the year strong. Membership was up, we had a new membership card system, we were in good standing with the CMP and USAS, we had a strong blog showing. We had key positions filled, our non-profit status was secured. In 2015 we saw solid...

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Dealing with power, part II: Recoil.

Yesterday I took advantage of the unseasonable warmth to get out to the range and have a bit of fun & practice: Yeah, those cans jump pretty good when popped with .45 Super rounds, particularly out of my Cx4 Storm. Which, this time out, was a lot more fun to shoot than when I last […]

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They aren’t coming for your guns?

You know, the slippery slope argument gets invoked a great deal, and honestly, its not exactly resonating with anyone. It feels tired. I am not entirely sure what to do about that without getting a dog whistle out, but that's not the point of today's post. As often as...

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Range Report – 11 Dec 2015

I'd forgotten how loud .357's are indoors—made the concrete walls sing: boooonnng. I'd been to this range's shop many times, but this was the first time shooting there. I'd been looking for a range closer than the one 40 minutes south, the outdoor public range. This...

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So, how about that no-fly list?

By senorgrand: _______________________________________________________________ Open Letter on the No Fly List President Obama, Dianne Feinstein and other noted opponents of civil liberties have been advocating that we use the No Fly List to keep "terror suspects" from...

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Dog whistles and more statistics

Someone at the HuffPo recently penned this article. The premise? Even if the bullet button loophole did not exist and possessing assault-style rifles of any kind had been illegal in California from the get-go, the shooters could have easily acquired even more powerful...

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Four Reasons it is not about Gun Control

Four Reasons More Gun Control Wouldn’t Have Stopped Recent Mass Shootings 1) We Don’t Even Know What Happened: What kind of gun was used? Where was it acquired? Did the shooters pass a background check? We still don’t have answers for some of the most basic questions...

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If we could just save one life…

I read this piece the other day, and its been gnawing at me. Under Ceasefire, police teamed up with community leaders to identify the young men most at risk of shooting someone or being shot, talked to them directly about the risks they faced, offered them support,...

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The LGC’s New Bullseye “Club”

The LGC has  expanded our postal match  program to include an ongoing series of Bullseye (precision pistol) competitions with divisions for rimfire and centerfire shooters. Each match will be open for six weeks. The format is a user-friendly variant of the...

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It’s about Gavin, not guns.

“It’s clear that the proposals put forward by gubernatorial hopeful Gavin Newsom are less about guns and more about Gavin,” says Eric Meyers, President of the Liberal Gun Club’s California chapter.   With his Oct. 16, 2015 announcement, Gavin Newsom is following...

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Let’s do something!

Another publicity murder has taken place, and the usual digging in on both sides has started. I’ll start this with this. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. I also applaud those (few) news outlets who are not repeating the name of the murderer, but...

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Dirty laundry and publicity murders

We got the bubble headed bleached blonde Comes on at five She can tell you 'bout the plane crash With a gleam in her eye It's interesting when people die Give us dirty laundry --Don Henley Another day, another publicity murder.  At least that's the way it's beginning...

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Intellectual Honesty?

I have spent a fair amount of time recently talking to reporters. "Where do you stand on gun control?" is a variation on a question I get asked a lot. My answer is usually nuanced, but I often will turn the question around.  My counter is: "What problem are we trying...

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MA in the news

As you may remember, we relocated the club headquarters to MA after a leadership change, and the local paper picked up the fact we existed. So they ran a story: http://newton.wickedlocal.com/article/20150813/NEWS/150818099 Its a good article, and its gotten some...

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Bernie Sanders

I like the guy, I really do. I am with him on greater than 90% of his positions. However, recently he did an interview with NPR, to "clarify" his position on guns, and it sounds like he got himself some DNC party line advisors to write his position, rather than think...

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Tragedy in Charleston, SC

Another tragedy, dare I say terrorist attack, and we are treated to another series of hand wringing by pundits and politicians all around. I won't summarize, it was a terrible day for 9 families and a much larger community. The Charleston mayor said this, which...

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Liberal Gun Owners Assoc. Update

It has been a busy time for the Liberal Gun Owners Association. Here’s what we did in recent weeks: 1) San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed Our editorial appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on December 11th and was mentioned by the San Jose Mercury News on December 12th....

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Liberal Gun Owners Criticize Gun Buybacks

The Liberal Gun Owners Association (LGC's advocacy sister organization) has just published an op-ed in today's San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/open ... 951235.php  (note: paywalled, but the text of the op-ed appears below.) If you want to...

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Unicorns

It seems not a week goes by where someone says, “A liberal gun club? Isn’t that an oxymoron?” Despite repeated encounters with the press, explaining we do indeed exist (SFC, Pacific Standard, Good, there are many more), despite polls and survey data (fivethirtyeight...

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Book Review: Gun Guys: A Road Trip by Dan Baum

Today's blog post is by senorgrand.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily those of the herd of cats known as the Liberal Gun Club: _____________________________________________________________ Choose the most adamant anti-gun...

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LGC Instructors Wanted!

The Liberal Gun Club is looking to expand our base of qualified instructors, as well as getting our curriculum approved in YOUR state! Admit it, watching the grin crack on someone's face the first time they pull the trigger and hit the target is satisfying. Knowing...

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Existing and Better than Microstamping

The following post is by CDFingers. Disclaimer: Blog posts do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the LGC, the LGOA, and their minions, nor do the blogs necessarily reflect the opinions of LGC members, their families, or of the mildew in anonymous showers. That...

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2014 Annual Meeting Report

The 2014 Annual Meeting took place in Austin, Texas, this past weekend.  Kudos to the Texas LGC members for putting together an excellent meeting! People began gathering Friday for lunch, drinks, trips to the gun store to pick up ammo for Saturday morning, etc.  There...

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Ebola! Also, guns!

So by now you have all probably heard that MSNBC is blaming our current lack of a Surgeon General on the NRA.  Which means we don't have a reassuring, kindly father-figure appearing on national TV to reassure us, in a kindly, father-figure sort of way, that Ebola...

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This Week’s Signs of the Apocalypse

Sports Illustrated has a recurring feature called "Sign of the Apocalypse."  In this feature, SI brings readers mind-boggling vignettes from the world of sports in an attempt to show that the End Times are, indeed, upon us.  Recent Signs of the Apocalypse include:...

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Kids and Guns: The Upside

After last week's horrific incident in which a Las Vegas-area range master was killed when a 9-year-old child lost control of a Mini-Uzi, the usual suspects are crying out to Keep Guns Away From Our Children!  A strong argument can certainly be made that full-auto...

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LGOA San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed

Law would discourage gun owners from seeking needed help Eric Wooten Published 7:18 pm, Monday, August 18, 2014 Assembly member Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat, says AB1014 provides a "gun restraining order" that keeps guns out of the hands of those too dangerous...

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Firearms Litigation Update

Earlier this week, I had a couple other topics in mind. Depression and mental illness, highlighted by the untimely passing of beloved comic and actor Robin Williams; open season on young black men, highlighted by the killings of a young man in suburban St. Louis –...

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The Snubbie

Why does a 145 year old concept keep hanging around? Snubbies have been around since the 1870's, and have proven to be a resilient seller in the face of 20 years of plastic fantastic autoloaders. That seems impossible, given the small capacity and relatively weak...

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Connecticut – an Editorial

A GOP appointed judge over in CT just upheld the idiotic gun control passed by the legislature. First, the decision (PDF) and then some select quotes. What the Heller court did make clear, however, is that weapons that are “in common use at the time” are protected...

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National Concealed Carry – an Editorial

Currently, if you have a concealed carry permit from your state, it's only good in so many other states. There are multiple problems with this. There's the legal side: a state issuing a license should have that license recognized in all other states and DC (just like...

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LGC CA Chapter on front page of SF Chronicle

As you hopefully know by now, the CA Chapter took a reporter to the range last year. They are also gearing up to register as their own 501c and dive headlong into CA gun politics. The article is decent, though seems to miss that the group is a subset of the national...

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Straw purchase? Or not?

I buy a firearm from a dealer. Say I found a pretty awesome deal online (gunbroker, ar15.com, the LGC Trading Post, wherever). I buy the firearm and gift it (or sell it) to someone I know who can legally own a firearm. Say, my father. I transfer the firearm to him...

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LGC NoCal responds to Governor Brown

The Northern California Chapter of the Liberal Gun Club has released the following: October 14, 2013 Press Release -- For Immediate Release The Northern California Chapter of the Liberal Gun Club Applauds Governor Brown’s Veto of SB 374: Senator Steinberg’s Gun Ban...

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Buying an NFA Item

Hey, what's an NFA item? It's an item covered by the National Firearms Act of 1934. These include any select fire firearm (think burst fire or full auto, like a machine gun), suppressors/silencers, shotguns with short barrels (less than the legal limit), destructive...

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Pod People, Episode 001

You have found the home of the internet's irreverent look at gun culture. There are no serious discussions here, this is a podcast for gun owners who are not easily offended and want to chuckle a little on their way to work while listening to fellow LGC members...

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History of Firearms – Matchlock

The matchlock rifle, often known as an arquebuses, improved on the handgonne by automating the ignition system with a "lock" that held the burning slow match and actuated by a trigger. WEhen activated, the slow match lowered onto a priming pan, igniting a priming...

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History of Firearms- The Handgonne

Regarded as the first real hand held firearm, the Hand-gonne consisted of a cast metal barrel with a smooth bore, affixed to a wooden staff, and a touch hole that could be primed and ignited by a red hot poker or slow burning match (or even the equivalent of a cannon...

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Thanks for your patience

We finished the maintenance, so things should be back to normal, nothing to see here 😉 Come tell us on the forums if you think we missed something!                                 -...

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An homage to the Ruger P90

From forum user "Doc" The Ruger P90 is a much misunderstood and often overlooked pistol with remarkable virtues. It operates with a similar firing mechanism to the 1911A1, but with a SA/DA slide-mounted safety/decocker. It was initially developed to accommodate the...

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An homage to the Ruger Blackhawk

Continuing our series of member opinion highlights with a classic single action pistol by forum member eelj I really hate internet threads about if you can only have one handgun what would it be. I've never been in a situation where I could only have one handgun. But...

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An homage to the Browning HP

Enjoy, come say hi and look at the pictures of this gorgeous weapon! The G1935 Hi Power (or HP) pistol was initially designed by American legend John Mosses Browning, who brought us such iconic firearms as the Winchester 1892,Colt 1911, Browning machinegun and...

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An homage to the Beretta PX4 Storm .45

And another forum spotlight, this time with pictures! Beretta PX4 Storm .45 ACP First thing I'd like to say is the overall feel and look of this firearm is exactly what it looks like. State of the art looks and feel with smoothe egronomics with a solid feel and the...

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An homage to S&W 38 special J-frames

We are going to be highlighting some forum members thoughts on their favorite guns. Here's our first installment from "Simmer Down" in Texas: The snub nose. 38 specials with a 2" barrel. A very small package with no frills. Its like the trial size aspirin or the...

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Membership System Payment Oddities.

There appears to be a problem with recurring payments for those of you generous enough to do that. The system may tell you your membership is suspended. You can do a couple of things while I work with the vendor to figure this out: 1) Switch your membership to Basic,...

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Membership questions

If you have signed up for membership, please check your PayPal account. It seems that some people aren't actually clicking through to the payment screen. The system will nag you until you pay. If you have trouble, contact us on Facebook, or on the forums.

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CMP Eligibility Information

You asked for it, here it is! Edited from the CMP page on Eligibility By law, the CMP can sell surplus military firearms, ammunition, parts and other items only to members of CMP affiliated clubs who are also U.S. citizens, over 18 years of age and who are legally...

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Low Tech Elegance

I have just learned about a beautiful low tech solution to measuring the hardness of a lead alloy. It is the pencil test. Many folks cast their own bullets from lead scrap. As you can imagine, folks search where they can for the scrap. This results in all sorts of...

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A Wedge Issue

A couple things before I get into the Wisconsin/Walker/recall stuff: I am not a Wisconsin resident. I was born in Janesville back in '83 and I have a LOT of family living there now. With the exception of my dad and sister, they all work in the public sector too. I'm...

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Mosin Nagant Stripper Clips Part II

Guest post courtesy of: Here is part II, how I've found the ejector and interrupter system works best.  This is not to say this is the only way, but rather what I've found to work 100% by experiment. First, the parts in which we're interested: The ejector retains the...

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People fear the unknown (or RKBA: Exposure)

This was originally cross-posted over at Daily Kos. I have permission from the author to reprint the article in full. The KV in the story below is me. For this week's story, I was invited to do a guest writing. For my diary here I will focus on exposure to firearms...

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More on the Mosin Bolt

Guest post courtesy of: A detailed coverage of the Mosin bolt, based on my experiences and research. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ4qDrAiQJo Discuss here! Guest post courtesy of:

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Mosin Nagant Stripper Clips Part I

Guest post courtesy of: It's no secret that a lot of us are frustrated to use stripper clips in the Mosin-Nagant. The causes vary, but can usually be narrowed down to any combination of four items. 1. Improper stripper clip loading. Though in theory the rounds can be...

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Armed Liberals…another group?

There are various groups that are both liberal and supportive of the right to keep and bear arms. On our home page, we have a list of them underneath "Progressive Gun Sites" that includes Blue Steel Democrats and Amendment II Democrats. Now we can add one more....

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