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Need help with guns

jfurniss

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I'm a newbie with guns (I have an old .22) but I'd like to learn a lot more, especially about rifles. Does anyone know where I could look for BASIC info or if there is a forum like this one? For example, if a gun is rated to take 30-06Sprng, does that mean it can only take Springfield 30-06 shells?
 

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I would recommend a copy of the Shooters Bible too. Any good book store will have one. You can learn a lot by thumbing through the tables in the back section showing all the different ammo manufacturer's ballistic specs.

When you see a title like 30.06Sprng or .270Win, it is noting the company that originally developed the round. There are now dozens of companies that make ammo for the 30.06Sprng and the .270Win rifles. The new large handgun round is the .500S&W but Smith and Wesson does not manufacture ammo... to the best of my knowledge. Springfield Amory doesn't either, for that matter.
 

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Stop into your local gunshop they should be able to tell you where to go to take a hunter safety course. At the very least it will get you a general knowledge of the safety aspect of shooting. You can also pick up books and magazines for information as well. Remember the most important safety isn't the ones on the gun but the one between your ears.

 

Steve
 

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Ooops. Okie, if they aren't guns, what are they? You must have been in the Army! They must be weapons, huh?
 
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Firearms are cool. I gre up around them, although I dont own any now, except for a pellet pistol. Ive got 5 boys running around the house, aged 2.5 thru 15 yrs. The way I figure, Id have to lock the things up so tight, it would take me too long to get them out even if someone was kicking my door in. I feel safer without them with the kids. Although I had no problem when I was young. I knew the old man slept with a pistol under his mattress, and I didnt DARE even look at it if he wasnt around. We all hunted, and I had the hunter safety course when I was 12 years old. I knew to respect firearms. Its not that I dont trust my own children, it's just something Ill save for when Im older.

My dad has an arsenal these days. Not so much like these whackos you hear about on TV, who get busted with a dozen automatic weapons, but he's taken to restoring old guns. He's even gotten to where he can make his own stocks. His wife works at a furniture company, and he can get pieces of premium woods to work with. I visited over the holidays, and he showed me a double barreled 12 gauge that was 85 years old for which he made a stock. I was a mean looking mother! SOrt of what Farmer Brown would pull on you for messin with his daughter!
 

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... If they aren't guns, what are they?
Weapon and/or rifle! You call em guns and you better get yo'self familiar with the ground, private! :)
 
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^^^ Words obviously from a vet :)
"This is my weapon, this is my gun, this is for fighting, this is for fun ... "
 

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Guns?

Guns shoot BIG rounds. Big nasty rounds. :)

Weapons shoot bullets.
 

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you want guns join the navy.the ARMY calls em cannons.175 howitzer thats a BIG cannon.
if you want to learn about rifles go to a NRA shoot.they're listed at the NRA website.i'm a trapshooter/hunter so im partial to smooth bores.although i hunt deer with a bow and a muzzleloader.
 

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It's about damn time you came back thorman. :aj: Still racing, or was the retirement for real?

This is my weapon, this is my gun, this is for fighting, this is for fun ... "
Now don't make fun of me for referencing a movie, as I'm sure you've performed that march many a time. But wasn't that also on Full Metal Jacket, where in step they were rhythmically grabbing their..... ;) ? :laugh:
 
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That little rhyme goes back a lot father than the Vietnam war or the movie (a little Hollywood embelishment) FMJ.

It isn't marched to. If you called it a "gun", you were made to assume the push-up position, lay the rifle across the tops of your hands and knock-out 20 (if you were lucky).