Muzzleloading Under Socialist Rule ...
Nearly 200 countries on planet Earth have a "Constitution". Only three of those "Constitutions" include a right to bear arms: Guatemala ... Mexico ... and the United States. Of these three, only the last does not include explicit restrictive conditions.
Right here, before you read much further, I want to warn you that in this post, I will share some personal thoughts and feelings about the "State of the World" we now live in ... some of which are sure to anger a few of you. If that is the case, so be it ... at least if what I have to say angers a few of you, it has made you think about what's being said.
Take a good look at the two photos directly above. To the vast majority of you reading this, on this website, there is a huge difference in the two rifles. The upper rifle is clearly a "Modern" bolt-action Winchester Model 70 center-fire hunting rifle. The bottom rifle is a near exact reproduction of an "Antique" circa 1840's-1850's percussion ignition half-stock muzzleloading rifle. This one being the .54 caliber Rocky Mountain Hawken rifle built by Davide Pedersoli & Co.
As much as I hated the "Gun Control Act of 1968", back when it was enacted, and still enforced today, at least this "National Gun Control" effort differentiated between these two "firearms". Here in the U.S., to purchase a "Modern" firearm of any type from a federally licensed dealer, now requires a federal background check and the filing of mandatory paperwork. Except in just a small handful of states, a pre-1898 "Antique" firearm, or a modern-made muzzle-loaded firearm can be bought without any such paperwork or background check. Muzzleloaders like the one shown here can even be bought through the mail, or via internet, and it can be shipped right to your home ... In most states.
I was just 18 when the 1968 Gun Control Act was signed into law, and even at that young age, I saw it for what it really was - socialism and communism rearing its ugly head in the United States. I still feel the same way today, and feel it needs to be repealed. In my opinion, it is a direct violation of the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution - "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." I also feel that any state or city which imposes even more harsh or strict gun control is in violation of our Constitutional Rights.
As good as muzzleloading shooters and hunters may have it here in the United States, others around the world are being ruled by far more stringent regulations and restrictions. Here in this country, there are now an estimated 3 1/2 to 4 million shooters and hunters who own a modern made muzzleloader (maybe 3 or 4)
... of either traditional 1700's/1800's design or of modern in-line ignition design. The United States is definitely Earth's number one "Muzzleloading Nation" - with every state in the Union scheduling a "Muzzleloader Season" or "Special Muzzleloader Hunts" for hunting big game - plus freely allowing hunters to use a muzzleloader during any other firearms hunting season. Ironically, the one state which had somewhat turned its back on the muzzleloading hunter was Montana, which has not specifically schedule a "Muzzleloader Season". However, earlier this year legislation was passed for the first ever Montana Muzzleloader Season ... shortly after the close of the 2021 general firearms season.
A couple of years back I learned from a good friend in South Africa, that muzzleloader hunting there was being severely restricted due to the poor selection of muzzleloaders available - along with an even poorer selection of muzzleloader powders. Both situations are due to harsh government regulations which practically eliminate the importation of modern manufactured traditional reproduction and in-line ignition muzzle-loaded hunting rifles - and especially the importation of today's advanced muzzleloader propellants or powders. Currently the muzzleloading hunter there is limited to shooting the black powder produced by a South Africa powder facility - Obatex.
In that country, before one can buy black powder, and obtain a permit for the purchase of black powder, he or she must first pass a "competency" test. Without passing that test, the shooter/hunter cannot obtain the permit to buy the powder ... or for that matter a muzzleloading gun. Thanks to the monopoly situation created by the South African government, a half of a kilogram (just a little over a pound) of black powder could set the muzzleloading hunter back in the neighborhood of $180! (In South Africa, a percussion cap-n-ball revolver must be registered, the same as a modern cartridge handgun.)
Following the publishing of a report on shooting .475" diameter bullets out of .50 caliber in-line rifles several years back, I also heard from another good friend, Pierangelo Pedersoli (shown above left), who heads Davide Pedersoli & Co. in Brescia, Italy. He was interested in obtaining some of the big bullets which had shot so well out of the .50 Rolling Block Muzzleloader produced by his company.
I asked, "Do you have any FFFg Triple Seven or Blackhorn 209? If you don't, the bullet is simply not going to perform the same ahead of black powder."
He shared that those powders simply were not available in Europe. According to him, the best powder available across most of Europe is Swiss No. 2 or No. 3 black powder. The regulations imposed by the so-called "European Union" or individual countries make it impossible for any shooting supplier to offer the more efficient North American produced "black powder substitutes". Across Europe, the United Nations is clearly in charge - implementing their "Small Arms Treaty" regulations and conditions to make it impossible for the average citizen of member countries to own a firearm ... or ammunition for a firearm ... OF ANY SORT!
Pierangelo shared with me that the only country that actually conducts a "muzzleloader hunting season" in Europe is Hungary. He also pointed out that in Germany ... it is illegal to hunt with a muzzleloader.
Now, if you are snickering to yourself ... maybe shaking your head a bit ... and wondering ... "Why in the world would the United Nations intervene in something as low key as shooting with muzzleloaders and muzzleloader hunting?"
IF YOU ARE ... YOU'VE BEEN ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL!
That is even more true if you honestly don't have a clue about what Agenda 21 really is ... or have never even heard of it. In a nutshell, the goal of the United Nations is to rule Earth ... to become the "One World Government" - where all will live under Socialistic Rule. What you eat ... where you sleep ... what you do ... will all be determined by the United Nations. That "World Organization" will totally control your life, if you are still alive. Another goal of Agenda 21, as outlined at the UN's "Earth Summit" in 1992 ... is to reduce the planet's human population by as much as 90-percent.
If you think all of this sounds like a Stephen King novel with a ludicrous plot, you need to begin brushing up immediately. Here's a link to a good place to start, with many links to many other aspects of Agenda 21 ...
HMMMM! Just perhaps that world wide Covid-19 Pandemic is just a trial run...
This summer, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California have been literally on fire ... and so far this summer, the region has lost somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,500,000 acres to devastating wildfires - and they are still raging. In just Western Montana where I live there have been more than a hundred different fires which have destroyed prime habitat for elk, moose, deer, bear and bighorn sheep - not to mention wild turkeys, grouse and snowshoe hares, plus a variety of furbearers. The lucky among those animals escaped, but a number, maybe the majority, probably perished.
Wildfires are a natural part of nature, but the fires are now burning hotter than ever. All across the West, human lives have been severely impacted, forcing people to leave their homes - and many of those homes were consumed by the flames. So, what do these fires have to do with the United Nations?
A major part of Agenda 21 is to push people off the land and into "Sanctuary Cities" of a different sort. The goal of the United Nations is to return a vast majority of Earth back into humanless wilderness - establishing major core areas where apex predators manage game populations ... not human hunters. Never forget, the organization also plans to depopulate the planet by nearly 90-percent - and the United Nations looks to become the one and only World Government of a socialistic society where humans only have what the U.N. allows them to have, and do only what the U.N. allows them to do.
See those "contrails" in the photo above - they are over the wide open plains of Eastern Montana. These are not "contrails" ... they are "chemtrails" which are purposely sprayed as part of the United Nations driven "geoengineering" of the atmosphere to change and make weather. The condensation of a contrail from a high flying jet will typically dissipate within 5 or 10 minutes, these chemtrails, plowed in the sky to intersect one another, are laden with a variety of powdered metals - which eventually settle to cover everything below. Those microscopic particles can also be breathed into our lungs ... into the lungs of every breathing life form.
Those dust like particles are also extremely combustible, causing accelerated burning and a much hotter flame. A few summers ago, there was one fire that burnt off 273,000 acres in Eastern Montana ... that was directly beneath an area which had been heavily chemtrailed just about every day, and was practically unstoppable. Fire fighters claimed they could extinguish a line of fire ... and minutes later it would spring back to life. That same fire season, it probably was no coincidence that while firefighters risked their lives and some 21.5-MILLION dollars was spent to try extinguishing the flames of another huge fire on Lolo Peak, just 12 miles from where I lived in Missoula - high flying jets were still spewing out those chemtrails ... directly above the fire area.
And ... about all those protests to tear down all those statues, to burn police precincts, to destroy and loot stores, and to ruin American lives last year ... rest assured that the United Nations was behind that idiocy as well. A number of those arrested at protest clashes, like the one shown in the above photo ... to destroy a Confederate statue ... commented that they were a part of a World-Wide push for Socialism. For a free nation, like the United States, to allow that to happen first requires the U.N. to destroy any pride citizens have in their country and its history - and that's exactly what these protests are all about.
Likewise, the push for "Open Borders" ... where Earth's ethnic populations can freely move from one country to the next is another accelerator to force a "One Planet...One Race...One Government" ideology down our throats. Forcing all of those "refugees" from around the world on this country has absolutely nothing to do with providing "Humanitarian Aid" ... again, it's all about eliminating pride in who we are as Americans ... it's all about destroying our identity!
As you can see ... there's one hell of a lot more to lose than just our right to hunt with a muzzleloader. So, before getting lost in a squabble about which muzzleloaders should be allowed or banned during the special "Muzzleloader Seasons" ... let's all first fight together to take this country back. Right now, we have the two most dangerous Anti-America individuals to ever hold the top two offices in Washington D.C. Both are admitted Socialist-Communists ... and their only goal is to destroy the United States of America. Removing them from office ... deporting them ... and permanently banning them from ever setting foot on U.S. soil again would actually be far less than what they truly deserve. - Toby Bridges
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