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Open Carry of Antique and Replica Black Powder Pistols in Texas

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STUPID DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer. This is not legal advice. If you think reading this on the internet somehow makes me responsible for you and/or your action; you’re wrong and an idiot.

A quick lesson in the legality of Black Powder Pistol/Handgun Open Carry in Texas for those unaware.

No. 1) Texas Penal Code 46.01(5) “Handgun” means any FIREARM that is designed, made, or adapted to be fired with one hand.

No. 2) Texas Penal Code 46.01(3) “Firearm” means any device designed, made, or adapted to expel a projectile through a barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance or any device readily convertible to that use. Firearm does not include a firearm that may have, as an integral part, a folding knife blade or other characteristics of weapons made illegal by this chapter and that is:
(A) an antique or curio firearm manufactured before 1899; or
(B) a replica of an antique or curio firearm manufactured before 1899, but only if the replica does not use rim fire or center fire ammunition.

Put it together and….

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The Peach House Gunfight

The below story is courtesy of Dean Weingarten at gunwatch.blogspot.com.

The lack of hesitation and the composed response by Mr. Stacy is admirable. This is the good in people that can be so hard to see these days. An everyday man received a call informing him of a dangerous situation. Without undue reflection, Vic Stacy acted in an unwavering resolve that brought swift, biblical justice an evil man. It matters not that he was what some may refer to as simple, nor that he used what is one of the most iconic revolvers of the second half of the 20th century, which I routinely look for at gun shows and the like. The takeaway of this story is the triumph of good over evil, not by congressional decree or lengthy judicial proceeding, but because a good hearted man chose to act.

The draw and admiration of the old west isn’t lawlessness and reckless abandon, but the company of men that answer and act in the name of what is right and just in the defense of the innocent. Butch Cassidy isn’t the pride of the west, he was merely an inspiration to the true pride; men who seek justice without looking to others, that take action when necessary, and humbly return to their families and God.

I give you the story of Stacy Vic via Dean Weingarten:

One Year Later: The Long Range Peach House Gunfight

When I first heard the reports of a pistolero making a long shot, stopping a mass murder and saving the life of a police officer a year ago, I knew that I would work to find the details if the possibility were offered. I found that opportunity and was able  to answer many of the questions that came to mind at the time. After I had interviewed Vic Stacy, I told him that I would wait until the Grand Jury  delivered a no bill before writing about what happened. This is the story of the Peach House Gunfight . . . Read more…

Custom Bolt Action Precision Rifle Build (Part 4) | Jewell Trigger, JEC Muzzle Brake, and Accessories

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Thank you to everyone who has been following this series, your loyalty makes me smile 🙂

In this week’s post, I’ll cover a few of the ‘small’ (not necessarily cheap!) pieces of the puzzle that wrap up the component selection for the rifle itself: trigger, muzzle break, bipod, and some accessories. Then I’ll share a few photos of the build ‘mocked’ together so you can get a feel for the final product.

But first, a few links to the prior pieces for those that are joining us late.

Part 1: Rifle Purpose, Platform choice: Stiller Action

Part 2: Barrel Caliber and Reamer Selection: Brux Barrels, 6.5 Creedmoor, Reamer Specs

Part 3: Stock/Chassis Selection: Manners T4-A Stock with Mini-Chassis and Paint

Alrighty folks, I’m sure your getting antsy, as I am, so onward we go!

TRIGGER SELECTION

Along with your rifle stock/chassis and optics, your trigger selection and setup will be your direct line of interaction with the rifle. The trigger is the happy switch, the piece of the puzzle that makes the magic happen, and an integral part of your platform. There is no other piece of equipment that can so quickly ruin your accuracy potential than your trigger, so care must be taken in selecting it and tuning it for the role you need it to fit.

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Open Carry Texas Holds Rally at McAllen Police Department; Updates to the Horton Arrest

Open Carry Texas Members and Supporters Rally at the McAllen Police Department

Open Carry Texas Members and Supporters Rally at the McAllen Police Department

Open Carry Texas member and supporters rallied at the McAllen Police Department Saturday where member Zach Horton was arrested earlier in the week for what appears to be doing nothing more than following the law.

The rally, dubbed “Come and Take It McAllen,” brought a crowd of 75-100 people at it’s peak, many of whom were legally openly carrying rifles in accordance with state law. The event was peaceful and drew Open Carry Texas members from across the state, as well as local members and supporters in the Rio Grande Valley. There was also a noted lack of police presence at the peaceful event. Mr. Horton was in attendance himself as well.

Attendees later noted that they were carrying their firearms in accordance with the law and were doing so in the same parking lot in which Zach Horton had been arrested, and he never even took his rifle out from where it was secured behind the seat of his regular cab pickup.
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Open Carry Texas Member was Carrying a Bowie Knife? Not So Fast!!!

Zack Horton Legally Open Carrying a Rifle at the Brownsville Police Department.

Zack Horton Legally Open Carrying a Rifle at the Brownsville Police Department.

UPDATE: Mr. Horton has stated that the charge was based on the unloaded rifle behind the seat of his truck in the parking lot, not the knife. More details in my latest post here.

A lot has been in some circles here in Texas over the arrest of Open Carry Texas member Zack Horton in McAllen, TX. You can read the details of this case in my prior posts here and then here.

In my last post we dove into the details of the charge filed: “Carrying A Weapon on Places Weapons Prohibited,” a Third Degree Felony. The only way I could justify the charges at the time, were if Mr. Horton’s knife, a 5-1/4″ Ka-Bar was deemed a “bowie knife” by law enforcement, or if Mr. Horton had improperly measured the blade.

We’ll see if any of those hold up to scrutiny after the break. Read more…

Update: Open Carry Texas Member Arrest in McAllen, TX

UPDATE: More details in my latest post here.

UPDATE: Mr. Horton has stated that the charge was based on the unloaded rifle behind the seat of his truck in the parking lot, not the knife. This would make the charge 100% bogus under the state law definition of premises. McAllen does have a city ordinance that reads:

“The carrying of any concealed handgun by any person unless such person is a licensed peace officer under the laws of the state and is carrying a concealed handgun under the course and scope of his employment, is prohibited on all city-owned premises. It shall be unlawful for any person to carry a concealed handgun in violation of the provisions of this section. The city manager is hereby authorized to post notice of this prohibition at the entrance of all city premises. Any person carrying a concealed handgun in violation of this prohibition shall be considered to be entering the premises of the city in violation of Penal Code § 30.05, being the criminal trespass statute of the state.”

It is possible that the city could define ‘premises’ in relation to this ordinance differently than the state does. But given that Mr. Horton was not carrying a concealed handgun, the subject of this ordinance, and the charges for criminal trespassing have been dropped, the remaining charge still does not pass the sniff test.

UPDATE 8/10/13 12:03 AM -> Mr. Horton is out of jail and has his belongings back in his possession that were seized as evidence during the arrest. OCT plans an open carry event tomorrow at the McAllen PD. Full Post afterwards.

UPDATE: More commentary HERE

Earlier I outlined here the arrest of Open Carry Texas (OCT) member Zack Horton by McAllen, TX which was first reported by OCT themselves.

This afternoon more information is available via OCT’s facebook page. First, the morning judge did not arraign Mr. Horton (perhaps they need more time to fabricate a charge) and left it for the afternoon judge.

Sneed posted this update on Open Carry Texas's facebook page this afternoon.

Sneed posted this update on Open Carry Texas’ Facebook page this afternoon.

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“Criminal Trespassing”… At a Police Station?

More details in my latest post here.

UPDATE AVAILABLE IN FOLLOW UP POST. ONLY CHARGE FILED WAS “Possession of a Weapon in a Prohibited Place”.  CLICK HERE for more.

Open Carry Texas (OCT) is reporting that one of their founding members was arrested yesterday, August 7th, for “Criminal Trespassing” at the McAllen Police Department in the Rio Grande Valley.

OCT has the report like this:

He went to the police station to inform them that he was going to take a picture with his rifle in front of the police department as we have done in several other cities around the state. They immediately and illegally searched him and confiscated his legally possessed K-bar (only 5 1/4 inches long) and told him to leave, which he did. He then decided to return to file a formal complaint and called the police department to let them know he was coming back to do so. When he arrived at the police station, officers immediately drew on him, forced him to the ground, and arrested him. HE NEVER ONCE OPENLY CARRIED HIS FIREARM; IT WAS IN HIS TRUCK THE ENTIRE TIME.

McCallen Police Department Chief of Police Victor Rodriguez

McCallen Police Department Chief of Police Victor Rodriguez

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