Should M855/SS109 Ammunition Be Banned?

Green Tip AmmoThe fact that the BATFE wants to ban a particular firearm or type of ammunition is nothing new and, by now, most people have heard of their plan to ban M855/SS109 type ammunition. For those who are not familiar with this “green tip” ammo, it is the standard rifle cartridge used by the U.S. Military for 5.56 NATO platforms. It is a 62 grain, full metal jacket round denoted by a green tip. The part that is under question though is what is under the jacket. Like most FMJ type rounds, it has a lead core. Unlike most rounds however, it has a portion of its core made of steel.

It is the steel in the core that has the ATF calling this round “armor piercing.” According to the Gun Control Act Definitions, Armor piecing rounds are:

Armor piercing ammunition 18 U.S.C., § 921(a)(17)(B)

  • A projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium; or
  • A full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile.
  • The term “armor piercing ammunition” does not include shotgun shot required by Federal or State environmental or game regulations for hunting purposes, a frangible projectile designed for target shooting, a projectile which the Attorney General finds is primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes, or any other projectile or projectile core which the Attorney General finds is intended to be used for industrial purposes, including a charge used in an oil and gas well perforating device.

M855So, why include M855? It was designed for rifles, not handguns, and it is a popular sporting cartridge. Well, with the large presence of AR 15 type pistols, the ATF is saying that M855 is now a pistol round and is armor piercing. In order to protect police, the ATF claims it must ban this ammo, now that there are a number of pistols chambered for it.
There are a few problems with this logic though. Number one, this round does not meet the definition, as quoted by the ATF, as armor piercing. The core is a combination of steel and lead with a copper jacket that is less than 25% of the overall bullet weight.

The round should be on the exemption list due to its popularity in the sports community. Being a surplus round, it is cheap and easy to find and is a bullet design that works in the vast majority of 5.56 compatible firearms.

On top of all of that, it will not protect police in the slightest. The vests that police wear are designed to help protect from pistol rounds. These rounds are generally slower, larger, and more rounded than rifle rounds. 99% of rifle rounds will go through this type of vest. It doesn’t matter if it is 5.56, .30 caliber, full metal jacket, or if it is depleted uranium. It will go through a pistol-rated vest.

So, not only does this round not meet the definition of armor piercing, it is a common sport round that and the banning of it will not make our police safer. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, this action would open up a door we need to keep closed. If M855 is banned on these grounds, any pistol chambered in a rifle cartridge will mean the banning of that family of bullets in the future.

This is not about keeping police safe. The ATF is not confused and believes that M855 poses a real threat to law enforcement. They are not under the impression that this round poses a bigger threat to pistol rated ballistic vests than any other 5.56 round. After all, there job is to understand firearms and bullets. This is about backdoor attack on gun rights designed to open a door that cannot be closed.

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Tips for First Concealed Carry Weapon for Women

Weapon Tips for First Concealed Carry for Women

Concealed Carry for WomenIt is common knowledge that more women are now carrying concealed weapons than ever before. The primary reason for this increase is self-protection. With violent crimes on the rise, it only makes sense that women want to be able to protect themselves and their families. For many women, however, knowledge of what type of pistol to carry may be lacking. This article looks at some of the most important issues all women need to address before they purchase their first concealed carry weapon.

Concealed Carry Site and Size

Before you purchase your weapon determine where on your person you will carry the weapon. Where you carry the weapon will determine the best size of weapon for you. For instance, if you plan to carry your weapon in an ankle holster, you will not want to purchase a large-frame pistol or revolver. By that same token, if you plan to carry your weapon in a shoulder holster, you will want to avoid very small frame weapons as these can be difficult to remove from most shoulder rigs.

Concealed Carry Weapon Weight

One of the most common mistakes both men and women make when buying their first concealed carry weapon is buying one that simply weighs too much. Carrying a large-frame .45 with a full magazine, for instance, can become a burden for many people. What generally happens when a woman buys a weapon that weighs too much is she stops carrying her weapon. If your heart is set on carrying a heavier weapon, then take your time selecting the best type of holster for carrying that amount of weight. A shoulder holster or hip holster will make carrying your weapon much easier. Also, there are a many purse holsters available today that include an interior holster that is easy to get to, as well as being perfect for those who want to carry a heavier weapon.

Best Caliber for a Woman’s Conceal Carry Weapon

The old adage “bigger is better” does not necessarily apply to concealed weapons in terms of caliber. A well-placed .38 bullet will drop an assailant as easily as a well-placed .45 bullet. The key to any caliber being effective is aim. A large caliber round is useless if you cannot hit what you are aiming at. For this reason, it is highly advisable that women spend some time actually firing a variety of calibers before selecting one. Most of the better gun shops have access to firing ranges where customers can fire off a few rounds from different types of pistols before having to make the actual purchase. This is time well invested.

Concealed Carry Weapon Feel

It is imperative that the weapon you choose as your carry gun feel right in your hands. Knowing how a weapon feels in your hands is part practical assessment and part intuition. In other words, you “know” when a particular weapon feels right and when one does not. In practical terms, the grip of the weapon should fit comfortably in your hand. You should be able to grasp the grip with your fingers solidly wrapped around the grip. If the grip is too large for your hand size, you will not be able to properly control the weapon when it is fired. This could cause the weapon to jump from your hands altogether; something no one wants to experience. If the grip is too small for your hand size, it will be hard to aim properly. Ask any experienced female shooter and she will tell you that you simply “know” when a weapon is right for you or not. Trust your instincts.

Spring Cleaning for Your Weapons – Weapon Cleaning Kits

How to Clean a Weapon

The Importance of a Clean Weapon

Whether you are active duty, prior service, a gun enthusiast or simply a person that carries a concealed firearm for personal protection, every situation requires that your weapon is in top form should you need to use it. While selecting a quality weapon is certainly important, maintaining the weapon is of even greater importance. Part of maintaining the weapon is regular cleaning sessions to ensure that the firearm is in proper working order and free of contaminants that can damage the integrity or cause a misfire. In this article, I will show you the proper way to clean a firearm for safe storage between uses.

To clean your weapon, you must first take a few important steps that will help with the cleaning process. First, you will need to have a proper cleaning kit to effectively clean your weapon. Most cleaning kits include various rods and brushes that fit the majority of weapons, as well as accessories such as cleaning patches and mops. Next, you will need to purchase high quality gun oil to ensure effective lubrication of the moving parts within the gun. It is often useful to have a flashlight on hand as well to see into the barrel and other small areas.  Once you have all of the necessary items to clean the gun, you are ready to move on to dis-assembly.

Always Clear the Chamber

Always clear the chamber before cleaning your weapon.Before doing anything to your weapon, it is important to first unload it. Simply removing the magazine is not enough, so be sure to clear the chamber as well to free any bullets within the gun itself. Use your flashlight to look inside the barrel, from the rear, to be sure there are no live rounds lodged inside. Once you are certain that the gun is not loaded, you need to begin disassembling the gun according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not disassemble the weapon more than the manufacturer recommends as this could damage the gun or make it difficult to reassemble. When the gun is safely unloaded and disassembled, you are ready to start the cleaning process!

Step by Step Instructions for Cleaning Your Weapon

Before opening or using any of the cleaning materials, be sure that you are working in a dry, well-ventilated area. The fumes from the chemicals are very strong and you do not want to inhale large amounts as they can make you sick. Be sure than you are using clean rags to rest the firearms on while cleaning to avoid outside dirt or grime from collecting on the weapon parts. Once your work station is established, begin by cleaning the barrel with the proper size rod and patch. Generally, you will want to clean in the same direction that the bullet travels out of the barrel (back to front), however some weapons can be difficult to clean in this manner, so if you opt to clean front to back, be sure to use a muzzle guard to prevent damage.

Cleaning the barrel of the weapon.Push a patch soaked with cleaning solvent through the barrel and then use the bore brush to scrub loose any debris inside. After several front and back motions with the bore brush, shove the cotton patches through the barrel and remove them once they have passed through. When a patch comes out clean, the process is complete and you need to run one final patch through the barrel to dry any moisture. Next, attach the cotton mop to the cleaning rod and apply the gun oil. Pass the mop through the barrel to coat the interior with oil and you have completed the barrel cleaning.

Wiping down your weapon.Next, apply the cleaning solvent to the brush and scrub the action. After it is clean, wipe the action with a clean cloth and then lightly lubricate the action with the gun oil. Be sure to apply only a light coating as a heavy coating will only attract debris and jam the gun. After the barrel and the action have been cleaned and lubricated, reassemble the weapon and wipe it down with a luster cloth. Now that your weapon has been properly cleaned secure it unloaded in a dry environment so it is ready to go the next time you need it!

A clean gun is a happy gun!