Real Men DO Read Directions!

Let me start by saying that we recommend to everyone that they read their owner’s manual before they use their new gun.

We see it all the time. People buy a new gun, take it home, load it up, shoot a bunch of paper and have a little fun. That’s all well and good, but then what?

Well, now comes the moment of truth. We’ve got to take that baby apart, clean it, and put it back together. After all, we’ve spent a pretty penny on this pistol and we want it to last. In fact, we may be staking our life on the fact that it goes BANG the next time we pull that trigger, right?

Why Are We Stating The Obvious?

So many times we get customers who bring in their guns so that we can show them how to field strip or reassemble them. And guess what? There’s a handy little book that comes with all new guns. It’s called your Owner’s Manual!

And if you purchased a used gun which didn’t include one all is not lost. You can usually call the manufacturer and get one for free, or you can download an electronic copy online. Even out of production guns usually have digital copies of their owner’s manual available.

Why is this important?

Well, when you’re dealing with an object that has the capability of spewing lead faster than a speeding bullet…well, okay, as fast as a speeding bullet…and something intended to contain small explosions while being held in your hand. So you want to make sure everything is in working order, right?

Well, I used to own one of these guns, or I owned a previous model, so…..

Yeah, that doesn’t always count. New models have, well, new features. SOME of those new features can change how the gun works. There may be some important new safety items added and they may require special attention. Take the series 70 vs. series 80 1911. The series 80 has a firing pin disconnect, or a drop-safety if you will, added to the mix. It also has a quarter cock safety instead of the half cock safety. These are important differences, not just for assembly and disassembly, but for function checking your pistol. For instance, the half cock safety would not let the hammer fall when you pulled the trigger, even with the thumb safety off and the grip safety depressed. By contrast, the quarter cock safety would let the hammer drop under the same conditions.

Other important features may be the ability to fire +P or +P+ cartridges…or the inability! Using overpowered ammunition in a firearm can have catastrophic consequences and really ruin your day! We had one customer bring in a revolver which was chambered in .45 Long Colt and 410 gauge. He neglected to read that the gun would only accept 2 1/2 inch 410 shells. The 3 inch shells would fit in the cylinder, but once shot, they caused the firearm to lock up with live rounds still in the chambers. He had to bring it in for us to fix because he couldn’t clear the firearm or remove the spent shell casing. This would have been avoided if he had only read the manual and followed a few basic safety rules like checking the markings on the firearm. Our intent is not to embarrass anyone, but to illustrate a point.

It bears repeating, we always recommend to our customers that BEFORE they go to the range they take their new gun and the owners manual and sit down in a room WITH NO AMMO and practice taking the gun apart, putting it back together, and while you are at it, go ahead and clean it. Many firearms are packed in special oils for shipping which should be removed before use.

So the moral of this story

Real men worry about protecting themselves and others from potential danger. When you purchase a car, you learn where the controls are, how they work, what the safety features are, and how to maintain it correctly. This keeps you and your family safe and extends the life of your new prized possession. The same goes for your new firearm. And the best source for this knowledge is your owner’s manual.

So as you see, real men really DO read directions! At least the smart ones do!

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Divide & Conquer: The Danger of Us vs. Them Thinking

It’s easy to stand together with others who are the same type of person as you.

That’s why we’re members of political parties, fans of sports teams, members of special interest groups, and proud alumni of our chosen schools.

We like to be part of the team, standing together with others who are like us.

Here’s the thing, though:

What makes a person the same “type” of human as you?

What makes them different?

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Journalistic Integrity

On September 13, 2016, the Virginia Citizens Defense League (“VCDL”), Daniel Hawes, and I filed a defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric and other makers of the anti-gun advocacy film Under the Gun. Filed in the Richmond Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the lawsuit seeks $12 million in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages. The film contains false footage purporting to show us sitting silently and avoiding eye contact for approximately nine seconds after a question about background checks. An unedited audio recording of the exchange reveals that, in reality, we had immediately begun answering Couric’s question and had explained the bases for our opposition to background checks for nearly six minutes. To manufacture the false and defamatory exchange, the filmmakers deleted all of our responses and spliced in silent footage from another part of the interview to make it appear as though we had been stumped and have no basis for our position on background checks.

To compare the edited video to the unedited audio recording or read the lawsuit, go to: http://clarelocke.com/our-cases/katie-couric/

If you agree that deceptive journalism is a breach of the public trust and that journalistic integrity is something that should be held sacred, you can help in this fight. VCDL is accepting donations to help defray the cost of this lawsuit. If you would like to take an active role in defeating deceptive journalism you can make your monetary donations here:
www.VCDL.org/Donate
And you can join the organization here:
www.VCDL.org/Join-VCDL

Rest assured that the VCDL and I will defend freedom to our last breath. Thank you to all who have offered support, whether it is a kind word or a kind donation. We appreciate all that you do and will stand with you to defend your right to defend yourself.

Patricia (Pat) Webb
President, Gadsden Guns, Inc.

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Firearm Confiscation in the United States

Firearm confiscation isn’t something that only happens on foreign shores.

We’ve had more than a couple instances of firearm confiscation within our own borders, and every example follows a disturbing trend:

The US Government has used (and continues to use) gun control as a way to wield power over racial minorities and those with inconvenient political opinions.

It’s time for a history lesson.

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Escape Vehicle Ban of 2016

Recent reports are creating a frenzy over the increasing numbers of motor vehicles used in crimes.

We all know that these reports are total BS because the item used to commit a crime is not the real problem, but they make exciting news stories and prompt citizens to feel important by choosing which of the 2 clearly defined “sides” of the “issue” they support, so they continue to proliferate.

Repercussions are largely as expected.

The American public has resumed its cries of “why doesn’t somebody do something?” while simultaneously intending to do nothing more strenuous than posting an emotionally charged status on social media.

*Note: “somebody” in the above context can be assumed to mean “somebody else” and “something” can be assumed to mean “something that doesn’t involve any action, discomfort, or minor irrelevant changes in my own personal routine.”

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Evidence of the public danger presented by escape vehicles

As usual, politicians have espied the opportunity to seize upon the vague, general fear, and use that widespread unease to sign their name on yet another piece of feel-good legislation.

The proposed legislation will, of course, not actually provide any security.

But at least the aforementioned politicians can claim that they’ve taken some kind of action on your behalf, and will certainly remind you of this during the next election cycle.

The proposed Escape Vehicle Ban legislation is as follows:

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1,300 Americans Died Today from Preventable Causes, And You Weren’t Told

822 people were killed today, and the majority of people in this country are fighting to make the killer more acceptable in our everyday lives.

365 more people were killed by machines that anyone over 18 can buy without any kind of purchase restrictions.

150 more died from something we have all experienced, and we don’t even worry when it strikes our children.

And another 11 kids lost their lives, either at home or at a friend’s home, by a dangerous object that any family can own without any regulations at all.

What Killed Them, and Why Wasn’t It On the News?

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the illusion of safety and security is a dangerous thing

Do you FEEL Safe?

There has been a lot of focus lately on public safety. In the wake of the horrific massacre in Orlando there has been a renewed public outcry to DO SOMETHING to ensure our safety.

We wanted to weigh in on the subject, given that we have a professional focus on safety issues.

How to Respond to an Emergency Situation

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Human Rights are Non-Negotiable

Many of us will pick a particular cause to champion, with various human rights being a favorite topic of most.

Some people fight to squash racial prejudice.

Others fight for the rights of those with unconventional sexual orientation.

Religious freedom, free speech and the right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) are other worthy causes.

However, we would be remiss if we didn’t point out that all of these things are interrelated.

For instance, we could not defend our right to practice our chosen religion (or choose NOT to practice one) without being able to voice our preference.

We could not influence laws covering religious freedom without the right to petition our government.

Without the ability to have an impartial jury of our peers arbitrate our grievances, we would be at the mercy of a dictatorial government.

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GunGate – Katie Couric Alters VCDL Responses in “Documentary”

Katie Couric has been exposed as a fraud over the current GunGate debacle, and since Gadsden Guns owner Pat Webb was one of the parties whose answers were altered in the so-called documentary, we feel it’s our duty to speak out and share the truth about what really happened.

GunGate – How it Happened

Under the guise of documentary journalism, pro-gun activists were interviewed by Katie Couric in order to “provide varied viewpoints.”

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