Help Make a top 10 Gun Facts

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Marthor, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. Marthor

    Marthor New Member

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    Give me some interesting gun trivia "facts" to help make a top 10 list.

    For example:
    Oldest Firearm Company in the world = Beretta

    We'll see what you can come up with and probably learn a lot of trivia too. =)
    What chu got?
     
  2. canebrake

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    Harry Brearley, chief metallurgist, of Thomas Firth & Sons of Sheffield, England, created Stainless Steel in 1913 while developing wear resistant steel for rifle barrels for the British Government.
     

  3. canebrake

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    On October 1, 1987, Florida's right-to-carry law became effective.

    * This law requires that concealed carry licensees be 21 years of age or older, have clean criminal/mental health records, and complete a firearms safety/training course.

    * As of July 31, 2010, Florida has issued 1,825,143 permits and has 746,430 active licensees, constituting roughly 5.4% of the state's population that is 21 years of age or older.

    * Since the outset of the Florida right-to-carry law, the Florida murder rate has averaged 36% lower than it was before the law took effect, while the U.S. murder rate has averaged 15% lower.
     
  4. neilage66

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    John Cantius Garand was a Canadian working at Springfield Armory in Massachusetts who had an ice skating rink in his living room.
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    He taught his kids to be riflemen and women.
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    He gave us the M1...see, something good does come from Canada in addition to milk in bags. :p
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  5. 303tom

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    The 7.62x54R is the oldest round still in use by a military.
     
  6. canebrake

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    The German chemist Christian F. Schönbein was experimenting with a mixture of nitric acid and sulphuric acid in the kitchen of his house in 1845. While his wife strictly forbade such experiments in the home, she was out at the time. Schönbein accidentally spilled some of his acid and, in a panic, he seized the first thing at hand, his wife's cotton apron, sopped up the mixture, then hung it over the stove to dry before his wife came home. When the apron dried, it suddenly burned, and so rapidly that it seemed simply to disappear. The astonished Schönbein investigated and found he had formed what is now called "nitrocellulose" or "guncotton". This was the beginning of the replacement of gunpowder on the battlefield.
     
  7. canebrake

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    A 1947 study found that during the Second World War, only about 15 to 25 percent of the American infantry ever fired their rifles in combat.
     
  8. c3shooter

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    The first nation to issue a semiautomatic rifle to members of its Army was Mexico, in 1887. The rifle was designed by Gen. Mondragon of the Mexican Army, was made in Switzerland, and chambered for 7mm Mauser. It was later used by German aircraft observers (backseaters) as a defensive firearm in flight.
     
  9. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Uh, too many people buy a gun for self defense and the majority cannot or will not practice on a regular basis. The thought of owing a handgun will make the normal person a "Superman" and no harm will come to them.
     
  10. MrWray

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    I just made a comment on a similar post like yours...

    Some people like tht buy a gun for a intimidation factor and one time they will pull it on the wrong person and get it taken away and used on them.. Or they will b in a situation where they just get scared and pull the trigger during a non life threatening confrontation.
     
  11. Bighead

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    The Smith & Wesson model 3 (Schofield) was largely considered a superior cavalry arm when compared to the Colt 1873 Single Action Army, but was not successful because of Smith & Wesson reluctance to chamber the gun in .45 COLT. Since the Army had a large supply of .45 COLT ammunition, they stayed with the Peacemaker because it could shoot both .45 COLT and .45 Schofield cartridge.
     
  12. TimL2952

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    Here's your top 10 right here...but...Just a warning...these are ALL about Browning....cuz He is amazing.



    John Moses Browning built his first gun at age 14 from scrap in his father's workshop...

    A couple years later he built his model 1878 and it soon became the most successful large bore breech loader of the time.

    Many of the guns you think as iconic to the west such as Winchesters' 1873, 1886, 1894, 1895, Model 12... were actually designed by John Browning.

    John Browning invented THE 1911.

    He also invented the colt 1895 "potato digger" gas-op machine gun without having any knowledge that Hiram Maxim had already invented a machine gun.

    Browning invented the first practical pump, recoil and gas operated shotguns, the Model 12, the A-5, and the B2000 respectively.

    He invented the Browning 1919 .30 cal and the M2 .50 cal and when the US Military wanted to buy his firearms..he sold them back to his nation at a cheaper than normal flat rate with no royalty fees.

    He is recognized as one of the greates firearms geniuses to ever live.

    Browning saved FNH when he moved prodcution of his guns to Belgium.

    Browning only went to Belgium because the Remington Rep. he was planning to meet died of a heart attack minutes before the meeting.
     
  13. towboater

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    During Word War II one of the reasons the Japanese were reluctant to invade the US was due to the number of firearms in private citizens hands.
     
  14. TimL2952

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    "I would never invade the U.S. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass." -Admiral Yamamoto.
     
  15. Marthor

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    Here's some production facts...

    The top U.S. firearms manufacturers in 2009 were:
    • Ruger: 933,559 (+55.8%)
    • Smith & Wesson: 666,670 (+19.42%)
    • Remington Arms: 612,572 (+22.83%).
    The top handgun manufacturers:
    • Ruger: 572,479 (+70.26%)
    • Smith & Wesson: 556,613 (+7%)
    • SIG SAUER: 216,603 (+75%).
    The top rifle producers:
    • Ruger: 360,005 (+37.58%)
    • Remington Arms: 288,728 (+79.37%).
    • Marlin Firearms: 269,276 (+35.84%)
    The top three shotgun companies:
    • Mossberg/Maverick Arms: 374,724
    (+10.24%)
    • Remington Arms: 323,814 (-4.12%)
    • H&R 1871: 46,365 (-19.15%).
    U.S. Exports, Imports
    The top three U.S. exporters for 2009 were:
    • Smith & Wesson: 54,692 (+1.58%)
    • Mossberg/Maverick Arms: 45,123
    (+8.45%)
    • Ruger: 32,489 (-7.85%).


    Stats from this site...
    Shooting Industry Magazine
     
  16. c3shooter

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    Oldest US gunmaker in business today is Remington.
     
  17. therewolf

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    There still is...


    The .22, due to it's apparently numeric popularity, and people's

    disregard for it's size and power, has killed more people than any

    other cartridge size.



    The 7.92 x 33 Kurz "intermediate" round, developed by the Germans during

    WWII, because research showed most firefights to be at distances of

    less,usually much less, than 400 yards. This highly successful, lighter round

    spawned the competitive creation of the Russian 7.62 x39 from the larger 7.62 X 54R,

    and from the Americans, the 7.62 x51 from the 30.06(7.62 X63).

    The 7.62 X39,which is chambered in the AK47, and SKS; and the 7.62x 51 (@.308), which are

    chambered in the M14 and M1A, are still two of the most popular rounds in the world.
     
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  18. Marthor

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    70% of the small arms used by U.S. Forces around the globe bear the FN name...according to FN's website. They manufacture M16s for the military and a variety of other small arms.
     
  19. ScottA

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    The largest gun fitted to an aircraft is a 105mm howitzer in the AC-130 gunship.

    Well who else is going to throw av-trivia in here. ;)
     
  20. Marthor

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    5 of the top 6 arms exporters in the world are the 5 permanent members of the UN security council.

    From movie Lord of War, but updated since Germany is also in the top 5. :D