Saturday, March 19, 2011

If lefties want to be taken seriously about guns...

... they need to know what they're talking about. Case in point: Utah designating the Colt M1911 autopistol as their state handgun, due to the fact that it was designed by John Browning, a practicing Mormon and a native of Utah.

Read the comments at the above link. They're pathetic. Some people there apparently think John Browning is still alive and will somehow personally benefit from this endorsement (he's not -- he died in 1926). Some people there apparently think Browning Arms Company made the M1911 ACP (they didn't -- Browning Arms Company was formed in 1927 by Belgian arms manufacturer FN and Browning's survivors to finish the design of and manufacture the Browning Hi-Power 9mm handgun for the French and Belgian military, never sold 1911-pattern handguns, and has been owned outright by FN since 1977 when FN bought out the last of the Browning survivors).

Some people even think there's some "M1911 company" that is going to give kickbacks to the Utah legislature for designating the M1911 as their official state handgun. Uhm, who would this be? China's Norinco? Armscor, which makes them in the Philippines? PA, SA, STI, Taurus, Fusion, Caspian, Kimber, SAM? The thing was designed in *1911*, for cryin' out loud! It fell out of patent protection long ago, and can be made by anybody -- and is.

Come on, people. If you don't know what you're talking about, just keep your mouth shut when it comes to guns. It just makes you look ignorant and defeats any purpose you thought you had when you opened your mouth.

-- Badtux the Gun Penguin


  1. I wish lefties would also learn about the ins and outs of the financial system when they criticize it. Fractional reserve lending, the way the Federal Reserve system works, the fact that money is debt -- all of that is amazing, and expose the crooked nature of the pieces of paper we depend on. But our leftist friends, especially the San Francisco types, consider it too grubby and boring to delve into. Same feeling they have about guns. So Mrs. Bukko and I come off as pedants raving about obscure nasty facts when we're going on about the economy.

    Right whingers have the same blinders where it comes to topics they think are inherently nasty, like the lives of poor people, socialist health care systems, etc. They don't want to learn about something before they attack it; just fit their pre-concived ideologies into talking points.

    There's a lot of free-floating paranoia out there, such as the notion that some company that does not exist is going to get profits due to the vote of the Utah legislature. It exists on both sides of the political spectrum. I am more paranoid than 90% of the people out there, but I believe my paranoia is based on research. I'm willing to challenge my assumptions -- I see I was wrong to think that realPresident Cheney would impose martial law, because he did not need to -- he OWNED the law, so why overthrow it. But if people would find out how things work on the nitty-gritty, they would be MORE paranoid, just factually so.

  2. Actually, it was adopted in 1911. Browning went through a few iterations as the tests progressed.

  3. Actually, you can shoot it with either hand. Just remember, front sight and squeeze. (in fact, think I'll take my Gold Cup to the range tomorrow).

  4. True enough, EBM. Few things are designed overnight, as an engineer I know that all too well.

    Bearsense, methinks the folks who think there is a 1911 company that paid off the Utah legislature probably cannot find the trigger with either the left *or* the right hand ;).

    - Badtux the Snarky Penguin


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