Historic Firearms and Self-Defense

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

Earlier today, I head that Governor DeSantis, of Florida, had just signed a bill, making Florida the 26th state in the Union to adopt Constitutional Carry. That’s pretty impressive, considering that less than 15 years ago there was only one state with Constitutional Carry on the books, the state of New Hampshire.

Obviously, things are going our way, when it comes to the law and our Second Amendment rights. So, why does that make me nervous?

Looking back, the Democrat party has a horrible tendency to bypass the legislative process, when that process goes against their will. The last major time that happened was when more than half the states passed laws defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. Their response to that was to go around the legislative process, getting the Supreme Court to write an opinion stating that homosexuals had an equal right to get married as anyone else.

While it’s not supposed to work that way, the Supreme Court’s “legal opinions” aren’t supposed to immediately become law, as if Moses had carried them down from Mount Sinai, graven on stone, that’s the way things are being done now. That legal opinion superseded the laws of something like 27 states and made same sex marriage legal from coast to coast.

There’s not much worry about the current Supreme Court nullifying the Second Amendment, but the Biden administration and the Democrats in Congress have already been talking about increasing the number of justices seated on the Supreme Court, allowing them to pack the court in their favor. If that should happen, we could probably kiss our liberties goodbye, including our Second Amendment rights. For that matter, they’d probably find a way of making the Republican party illegal too.

Back when former president Obama was in office, he became the best salesman in history for the firearms industry. His constant comments about wanting to outlaw guns and strip us of our Second Amendment rights made a lot of gun owners nervous, myself included. That led me to looking at other options, should things get sticky.

One of the things I discovered is that historical firearms aren’t included under most US firearms laws or even state laws, especially guns manufactured before 1898 or reproductions of those firearms. Since Samuel Colt patented the first practical revolver in 1836, this means that there are a number of models of black powder revolvers and even revolvers that used cartridges, which are classified as antique firearms or antique firearm reproductions, which are unaffected by most firearms laws.

What that means, is that if the anti-gun crowd ever does manage to upend the applecart and make it difficult to own firearms, it will probably still be legal to own these historic firearms and reproductions. Better yet, we can buy them now, without them being firearms, so that we will have them when and if that day comes. Since they are not considered firearms, they will not be tracked like firearms are, keeping them off the books.

Okay, so does that help us?

While I can’t see an 1836 Patterson Colt as an equivalent to a modern Glock, I’d much rather have the Colt than not have anything at all. It wouldn’t be as accurate as the Glock, wouldn’t be as easily reloadable and probably wouldn’t be anywhere near as effective. But at least I’d be able to shoot back. Assuming I’m good enough, I might even stand a chance at defending myself and my family against someone shooting at us.

That’s the point, isn’t it; being able to defend home and family? There’s nothing in the rule book of life that says that we’ll get an even break, if we ever have to defend ourselves. All we have, is the legal principle that we are allowed to use deadly force in self-defense; and to be honest, there are places in the country where that principle is wearing mighty thin.

With that being the case, I’m glad that historic firearms have fallen through the crack and that we can still buy them without any record of them as firearms. It’s at least one more way that we can defend ourselves, if they try to take what we have away from us.

Just be sure to keep your powder dry. Those old black-powder firearms are where the idea of keeping your powder dry came from in the first place. Oh, and don’t forget to keep your survival gear close at hand either.

Dr. Rich

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