Firearms Demystified
A no-bulldada guide to guns by Cancer Omega

"To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the
people always possess arms and be taught to use them."

Richard Henry Lee

See also
See also
See also
See also
 The Idiocy of the Gun-Grabbing Chimp (A brief and brutal lesson in the Constitution for the Left.)
 Forty Reasons to Support Gun Control (Apparently derived from an essay by Michael Z. Williamson.)
 Serious self-defense? There's no substitute for a handgun by Charley Reese, Orlando Sentinel.
 Gun Registration & Confiscation Defied by Brian Puckett.

"Isn't it funny that those who preach nonviolence are the
same ones who 'don't trust themselves' with a gun? Well,
if they can't handle it, that doesn't mean we shouldn't."

— Cancer Omega, 1997

This page is intended for firearms enthusiasts, new and experienced alike. It is also intended for those who are anti-firearm and anti-Second Amendment. It is my hope that this information will help otherwise well-meaning people overcome their prejudices about firearms and come to see firearms for what they truly are: simply tools that can be used or abused. It is only through education — and not through ignorance and fear-mongering — that people may truly master the firearm.

The gun is part of our American heritage. Love it or hate it, it's here to stay. And given its permanent place in our culture, the best course of action is to understand and adjust to this simple reality. Granted, it is a common human failing to kill what one fears. However, one cannot kill the Second Amendment without fundamentally compromising all other articles of the Bill of Rights. Destroy one right and you cripple all others.

With that said, enjoy the following tutorial on firearm ownership, use, disassembly, cleaning, and reassembly. (This document is under construction, so please be patient if the make and model information is not yet available.)

NOTICE: The tutorial provided here is for information purposes only and should be regarded as strictly secondary (and even tertiary) to the disassembly, cleaning, and reassembly instructions as provided by your gun manufacturer. By use of the information provided here, you absolve both myself and Attrition.Org of any harm that may arise by use of this tutorial. (I have to say this because there are always people out there whose utterly incomprehensible lack of common sense is ripe fodder for bottom-feeding lawyer types.)

With the above said, the following firearms are listed as examples:


Para Ordnance P-14 .45 ACP (Closed)
(Breech Closed)
Para Ordnance P-14
[ Preparation | Disassembly | Cleaning | Reassembly ]

The Para Ordnance P-14 is a .45 caliber semi-automatic firearm. It is based on the Colt 1911 model which was first produced in the early 20th century by Colt Firearms. This version of the 1911 frame features a double-wide magazine which can hold up to 15 rounds of ammunition. Most Para Ordnance P class firearms ship with only a 10-round capacity magazine (at least in California), but 15-round capacity magazines are available from the manufacturer (while supplies last).

The P-14 is a single-action semi-automatic firearm. The firearm must be cocked before it can be fired. Following the first shot, the firearm automatically reloads and re-cocks the firearm for continuous shooting. The standard P-14 has no "de-cocking" mechanism. It must be manually de-cocked. It does, however, have both a standard "safety" catch as well as a handle safety which prevents the trigger from being pulled (and prevents the firing hammer from falling) if the shooter's hand is not in contact with the firearm handgrip. This feature helps lessen the likelihood of accidental discharge if the P-14 is dropped when loaded and armed.

The .45 caliber firearm is a preferred method of home and self defense primarily due to this caliber's stopping power.


Para Ordnance P-14 .45 ACP (Open)
(Breech Open)
Mossberg 500 12-Gauge Mossberg 500
[ Preparation | Disassembly | Cleaning | Reassembly ]

The Mossberg 500 is a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. The shotgun must be manually cocked by sliding the pump-action.

This firearm has a great deterrence effect. By simply chambering a round, the action makes enough of a classic signature sound to let any intruder know that their presence is not only unwelcomed, but will be met with force. This often brings about their immediate departure without a shot being fired.


Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) Mark II Safari with Open Sights Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) Mark II Safari
[ Preparation | Disassembly | Cleaning | Reassembly ]

The BAR Mark II Safari is a 30-06 semi-automatic rifle. The Mark II Safari has a 22" barrel and is 43" long overall. Weighing in at just a little over 7½ pounds, this BAR is ideally suited for long-distance carry while hunting elk and other large game.

This firearm is best utilized for long-range hunting with a good scope. While most firearms listed on this page are identified as defensive in nature, this particular firearm isn't recommended for close-range engagement. Unless the United States is invaded by al Qaeda or another hostile force, I wouldn't classify this firearm as appropriate to home- or self-defense.


Beretta 92 Brigadier (Closed) (Breech Closed)

Beretta 92 Brigadier (Open) (Breech Open)


Beretta 92 Brigadier
[ Preparation | Disassembly | Cleaning | Reassembly ]

The Beretta 92 Brigadier is a 9mm single- or double-action semi-automatic pistol. This model is considered "Full" sized handgun by the manufacturer, but it is fairly compact in comparison to most semi-automatic pistols and can be readily used by individuals with small hands. (Which is the reason why this firearm is owned by my wife.) :)

The Brigadier comes with a comfort grip standard and is well-suited to left-handed shooters since its safety and de-cocker is ambidextrous (located on both sides of the firearm).

This firearm is ideal for those who are uncomfortable with the raw power of the .45 caliber sidearm. When used in concert with hollow-point hydroshock ammunition, this sidearm is ideal for self- and home-defense.


.45 Colt Anaconda Colt Anaconda .45
[ Preparation | Disassembly | Cleaning | Reassembly ]

The Colt Anaconda is a large caliber six-load, double-action revolver available in both .44 and .45 caliber. The model featured here is a .45 caliber. No cocking is required with this firearm, though manual cocking does enhance firearm aim control.

This is by far my preferred method of home protection. Unlike a semi-automatic firearm which can jam at inopportune times, the revolver type of firearm — when properly kept and cleaned as all firearms should be — is a completely reliable form of home protection and self-defense.

(I should note that guns retained for home protection should be blued steel instead of stainless steel. Stainless firearms are more easy for intruders to spot in low-light conditions. Home protection and self-defense firearms should afford you every tactical advantage, and stainless is a distinct disadvantage for this purpose.)


Ruger Security Six .357 Ruger Security Six
[ Preparation | Disassembly | Cleaning | Reassembly ]

The Ruger Security Six is a .357 Magnum caliber six-load, double-action revolver. No cocking is required with this firearm, though manual cocking does enhance firearm aim control. The Security Six, like any other .357 Magnum firearm, is also capable of shooting .38 Special ammunition.

See above regarding my comments on firearms for home protection.


Ruger Mark II .22 (Closed)
(Breech Closed)
Ruger Mark II
[ Preparation | Disassembly | Cleaning | Reassembly ]

The Ruger Mark II semi-automatic pistol is a durable firearm which utilizes .22 caliber Long Rifle rimfire loads. This firearm features a single-stack magazine capable of holding up to 10 rounds of ammunition. The Mark II is a single-action semi-automatic firearm. The firearm is cocked by the process of chambering a round into the breech. The firearm automatically reloads and re-cocks the firearm for continuous shooting. The Mark II has no "de-cocking" mechanism and a standard "safety" setting.

This firearm has little practical use in terms of home or self defense, but it is a great deal of fun for target practice. As the .22 has next to no recoil and the ammunition is very affordable (less than $10 will buy over 500 rounds at most any sporting goods store), this firearm is particularly useful for those who wish to simply improve their aim or engage in recreational shooting.

The Mark II can fire both lead bullet and birdshot, making it a fun and challenging alternative over the use of a shotgun when hunting small birds such as quail. I have personally used the Mark II on bird hunting expeditions and bagged more than a few birds with this firearm alone.


Ruger Mark II .22 (Open)
(Breech Open)

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