On episode 95 of Gun Guy Radio Jake gives us a new perspective on thankfulness and a look at some old guns.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving many people focus on the direct blessings in their life, but fail to consider how they were put in the position to obtain the things for which they are thankful. Jake reminds us of the sacrifices that were made by those who came before us and laid the foundation for the relative freedom and prosperity that we all enjoy.
The listeners of GGR are thankful for their firearms and recognize that America’s firearms heritage extends back to the original Pilgrim settlers. Jake takes us through a retrospective of some of the guns of early America including the oldest known American gun, which is John Alden’s wheellock carbine, now housed at the National Firearms Museum, that arrived in America on the Mayflower.
Early american rifles came with a variety of actions including match lock, wheellock, and flint lock, with each creating improved reliability over its predecessor. These types of rifles were generally in use from 1620 when the Mayflower landed to the American revolution. All were, of course, black powder, muzzle loading, smooth bore muskets that are generally foreign to many modern firearms enthusiasts. Nevertheless, skilled marksmen could fire three shots per minute, especially if using paper cartridges. The settlers and colonists generally used them for all purposes including hunting and self-protection. The settlers and colonists might also have had a blunderbuss, but handguns were rare for the earliest settlers.
In this week’s Product Spotlight, Paul Levy of Brownell’s highlights the Streamlight TLR-1 Gamespotter. This light has a traditional TLR-1 body with a larger lens and a green LED that emits green light which does not typically spook game. Although the standard TLR-1 is generally thought of as a handgun light, this is much more practical for rifles. The TLR-1 Gamespotter mounts to 1913, Glock, Walther, and Beretta style rails. It provides up to 200 lumens which will reach as far as 400 meters.
Gun Guy Radio listeners will be happy to hear that the December 1, 2013 episode will be the first of four consecutive weeks of give away of $100 gift cards to Duluth Trading Co.
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