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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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...

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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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Membership is live!

We are live. If you signed up in the last 3 years, and provided us with complete information such as name, address, email, and phone, you are already in the system. We will be dealing with the rest of you this week 🙂 Click membership to get started!

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I like ’em old and dead

Gun writers. They’re much better that way. At least they’re emotionally simpler for me. There are famous old writers and experimenters in the firearms field who are almost universally revered. They’re my favorites, but not always for the same reasons that they’re...

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Membership site

We're still sorting out importing people who have signed up in the last couple years and give you folks some credit for being staunch, long term supporters, but the new membership system is close to live. Some of you have volunteered to help test it, so you will...

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A Mechanical Moment

I’ve recently been lucky enough to come in to possession of a couple of guns I’ve been coveting for a long time. They are the 1897 Winchester shotgun and the 1896 Krag-Jorgensen. My Krag is actually an 1898 model, but that’s hardly important. Getting hold of both of...

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Liberal Gun Club: Isn’t that an oxymoron?

Personal experience has shown that people take one look at me on the range and think I'm a hard core, screaming right wing extremist. It might have to do with the firearm in my hand. Last week I discussed the stereotype that liberal = anti gun/right to keep and bear...

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“Don’t Shoot”

This was a very interesting 30 minute interview on Fresh Air the other day. Its about inner city violence and touches on the subject of gun control. Well worth a listen. http://www.npr.org/2011/11/01/141803766/interrupting-violence-with-the-message-dont-shoot "There's...

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Raffle Winners

Winners! Sadly, our  Annual Meeting is over.  But the good news is that we held the raffle and have a lot of winners to announce.  Below is a list of winners.  Each winner will be contacted by email shortly.  Winners that were not present will be mailed their prize,...

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Forum update

We are still working on the forums. Happily, we are a victim of our own success, and the database that stores the forum posts has reached it's capacity. Its full! So, we are moving to a larger server, thanks for being patient!

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Announcing the 2nd Annual Meeting of The LGC

We are proud to announce our 2nd Annual Meeting. The meeting is open to all members. Please join us! You can find out more information, as well as register for the event, at the meeting website: https://www.theliberalgunclub.com/meeting-2011/ Check back with that page...

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Twitter, Facebook, yeah we have ’em.

For those asking, we definitely have both and try to use both to update you on the club as well as post links to information that might be of interest to gun owners, liberals, and even liberal gun owners. You can find our Twitter feed here, and our Facebook page here....

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New Postal Match and Last Match’s Winner

Our last match, Shoot the Kiwi, is over and we have a winner - the new guy, 3rdchance. 3rdchance is a brand new member but ran away with the competition. Remember, these matches are open to everyone, even if you have never participated before. Also, we have a NEW...

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Info for registering a gun in Chicago

We now have a page with some tips to help Chicago residents navigate the new firearm registration process. We have also updated our Firearms Course page with a little bit of information about our Basic Firearms Course and new contact information for our Education...

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