Remarks by The Honourable Neil J.Turner, Speaker of the Queensland Parliament, on the Bill that would implement Australia’s gun-control measures in the State of Queensland
Hon. N. J. Turner (Nicklin) (3.51 p.m.): In answer to the honourable member for Ashgrove, I put myself before the House and was quite happy not to speak in the debate if the House so chose. I would then have followed the precedent set by the honourable member, if need be, and spoken during the debate on the clauses.
I thank the Parliament for granting me leave to speak as the member for Nicklin on the legislation before the House. It gives me no great joy to take this action. However, my conscience dictates that I do so. I believe that what I have to say today will strike a chord in quite a few members in this Chamber and, were it possible to …
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A Ballistic Spreadsheet
Using BallisticSS – a ballistic spreadsheet (notes by J. S. Andrew Dec. 2009)
This public domain (free) spreadsheet file is made available for download by Owen Guns. The Ballistics Calculator will give a lot of answers to questions by shooters who have a computer with either Excel or OpenOffice.org installed. To obtain a copy of the FREE Ballistics Calculator, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Ballistics Calculator”.
By entering values for any practical combination of MV (or velocity at a nominated range), Ballistic Coefficient, Bullet Weight, Sight Height (scope axis above bore axis), a desired Zero Range, and the actual target ranges you are interested in, the spreadsheet will instantaneously display ballistic predictions at those ranges. Remaining velocity and kinetic energy, drop from line of departure, bullet path above or below line of sight, and the bullets time of flight are given …
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A Loaded Muzzle Loader
“I didn’t know it was loaded”
“I didn’t know it was loaded” is the stock expression used by those who are rudely awakened by an explosion when they pull the trigger of a any loaded firearm. Muzzle loading firearms seem to be even more prevalent in this due to the lack of observation of the chamber. They seem to be always presumed empty.
An old muzzle loader is more likely to be loaded than would at first be thought. One reason lies in its slowness of loading. This resulted in many muzzle loaders being kept loaded habitually, as the only way of keeping them ready for use. Another reason lies in the difficulty of unloading, which caused many users to put off that tedious operation and finally forget it.
It was usual to leave the cap (or priming charge, depending on the type of ignition) off …
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