How far is it possible to shoot various rounds of ammunition (rifles, pistols, etc, not artillery shells), assuming one is firing for maximum distance, not impact velocity or accuracy (ie. at a 45+ degree angle). [more inside]
posted by tehloki
on Jan 10, 2014 -
I'm writing a story and I need to know any difficulties an army might have keeping guns in a jungle environment around the 1900s to 1920s. I know nothing about guns. [more inside]
posted by Nattie
on Dec 3, 2013 -
The other day we found a gun holster in our front yard by the street. This alone would not normally concern us, but in context of other activity that is going on, we are pretty freaked out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 23, 2013 -
My roommate accidentally "misfired" one of his guns in his room. How worried should my housemates and I be? How should we handle this situation? Advice please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 12, 2013 -
I am a newly single mother. I live in a small town that is fairly safe, but you never know. I do not want a gun in my house since it raises the chances of a gun-related accident with children. [more inside]
posted by SarahBellum
on Jun 4, 2013 -
So, this guy who has been stalking me for several years is not Brady-disqualified because we never had a domestic relationship, and he's not a felon. I already have a protective order. I'd like to know if he's disqualified from owning and buying firearms for some other reason related to his mental health or criminal history. Is there an easy way to find out whether or not somebody else is allowed to buy guns in the United States? I'm a lawyer but I don't know this.
posted by steinwald
on Feb 20, 2013 -
About 30 years ago my dad had a large gun collection (about 100 total). They were stolen and only about 10 of them were ever recovered. He had a list of models and serial numbers that he sent to local law enforcement. I still have that list. is there any chance of recovering more of the guns? How would I go about that?
posted by DaddyNewt
on Jan 27, 2013 -
If an individual sells a gun to another individual, how would the seller do a background check? Is the NICS database available to private individuals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 19, 2013 -
New York City resident looking for a near-ish game preserve to go firearm hunting - suggestions?
posted by ac
on Nov 21, 2012 -
Sex, guns, drugs, rocknroll, fashion blog site from a few years back? Link please? [more inside]
posted by varion
on Sep 5, 2012 -
When listening to the Open Yale Courses class The Psychology, Biology, and Politics of Food
I learned about another public-health issue: Firearm safety. The way the guest lecturer describes it, there's no good reason why firearms shouldn't have a loaded chamber indicator, but most don't. Ever since listening to this lecture a few years ago, I've periodicallyGoogled "child accidentally shot" and every time, I've found fresh news stories of children getting shot when somebody didn't realize there was a bullet in a gun's chamber. So why don't they have these loaded chamber indicators? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper
on Sep 3, 2012 -
In a video of Syrian street celebrations over the recent assassination, a gentleman is firing a machine gun into the air
. Are bullets fired into the air a danger to others? It seems obvious it would be, but I don't know the physics involved, or likelihood of a bullet hitting a person.
posted by stbalbach
on Jul 18, 2012 -
Statistical risk of being in situation where a firearm would be helpful and useful (assuming a command of the weapon) in defense? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman
on Apr 26, 2012 -
I need pet names for guns from movies and TV.
For example, "Winona" was John Chrichton's blaster on Farscape
, and "Vera" was Jayne's tricked-out assault rifle on Firefly
Please give me more examples. Thanks!
posted by ScarletPumpernickel
on Apr 24, 2012 -
News coverage of the Arab Spring routinely has reports (with audio-gunshots) of state actors shooting at crowds of demonstrators. Often it seems like very few people are injured/killed. Is this confirmation bias on my part, are there mass casualties, or are the folks "shooting" at the crowd (ie not at the actual people) ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user
on Apr 16, 2012 -
In almost every military video game that I've played, you are allowed to exchange your current weapon for a dead enemy's. Is it legal to do this in real life? More questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto
on Jan 24, 2012 -
Does a permanent resident (green card holder) living in California have the legal right to own a gun? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek
on Jan 7, 2012 -
My estranged uncle died and we're trying to figure out how to go about getting into his home and collecting/transferring property. The catch: multiple legal name changes and several aliases. [more inside]
posted by gally99
on Oct 19, 2011 -
What are some informative gun resources without the 2nd amendment politics? [more inside]
posted by LouMac
on Mar 24, 2011 -
Are these awesome posters in Japanese? If so, what do they say? Found them at an estate sale and the guy there thought they were from WWII. I don't think they're that old, but not sure. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile
on Sep 25, 2010 -
Where's the best place to legally buy rifles online? Specifically, I am looking to purchase a used .22 rifle.
posted by zzazazz
on May 12, 2010 -
GunFilter: What, if any, are the less-obvious ramifications of getting both a concealed-carry permit (WA state), and an alien firearms license (which is required in this case to get the permit)?
For example, I assume these licenses show up on police computers - might that change the way police interact with you under certain circumstances? Are there other aspects of life where these licenses, or the database entries created by them, might influence situations? [more inside]
posted by anonymisc
on Apr 22, 2010 -
Around 1984-85, about the time that "19" and "World Destruction" came out, MTV put in strong rotation a similar themed song. The video showed two guys, one white, one black singing about the proliferation of weapons while dancing with shopping carts full of guns and ammo.
What was the name of the song? Who were those guys?
posted by crumblydonut
on Mar 3, 2010 -
Looking for the best, most comprehensive book on the history and science of firearms, preferably with illustrations, preferably available in the UK. [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite
on Feb 21, 2010 -
I am a green card holder resident in the US. Am I allowed to buy a gun?
posted by Fiery Jack
on Dec 17, 2009 -
In a 1 on 1 standoff with guns pointed at each other's head point blank, the hollywood convention seems to be that neither party wants to risk shooting because there seems to be an assumption that although the person has just taken a bullet between the eyes, they would magically squeeze off a shot back at the other person and kill them also. Any real-life accounts or science of what would really happen if one person just took the shot? [more inside]
posted by dino terror
on Sep 3, 2009 -
Can one legally bring these into Canada as a Canadian citizen? If so, will customs "illegally" confiscate them?
posted by jayne
on Jul 28, 2009 -
- an antique, cast-iron, replica handgun. It's solid, with no holes to put bullets in.
- a transparent, plastic BB/airsoft gun (orange tip, fires 6-mm BB's at 304 ft/sec, 30.0 x 2.1 x 10.8 inches) bought at Walmart. (They're not bringing the ammo.)
Moving from Melbourne, Australia to Nevada, USA. Need to ship a rifle and some knives to collect when I get there. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate
on Jul 13, 2009 -
I have reliable second hand information regarding the in-transit theft and subsequent sale of weapons in the SF Bay Area, I would like to present this information anonymously, preferably to the press. How do I best do this so as to protect myself and the source of this info? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 1, 2009 -
Where can I go to purchase a Red Ryder BB Gun? The sale of BB guns are apparently restricted in New York and New Jersey so ordering one online and having it shipped won't work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 22, 2009 -
Pinpointing gunshot locations by triangulating sound waves: Would this be technically feasible? Would it be legal? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Aug 10, 2008 -
Has anyone here ever fired an 1850s pinfire revolver? Or a pinfire weapon of any sort? If so, could you describe the process of loading, firing, and unloading for me? The Google is not helping me, nor are any of my re-enactor sources. It's for
posted by Sidhedevil
on Jul 10, 2008 -