Kirst Cartridge Konverter®

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 10 Sep 2004 12:00:00 GMT
From smith2004:
"Any citizen may propose a new law by placing his finger all the way into the hole of a 'law-proposal' device. All citizens may then vote instantly to uphold or discard the idea. If it loses, the device cuts the finger off and drops it into the sewer system." -- Raphael Aloysius Lafferty

# I created an End the War on Freedom Google Group, and changed the "Forum" link in the left column to point at it. It appears to mostly work, though new messages take a long time to become visible. Give it a try. [smith2004]

# Roger Waters - to kill the child and leaving beirut - two new anti-war songs by the artist of Pink Floyd fame. Free. Available in Quicktime, Real Audio, Windows media, and text. From leaving beirut: [unknown]

Are these the people that we should bomb
Are we so sure they mean us harm
Is this our pleasure, punishment or crime
Is this a mountain that we really want to climb
The road is hard, hard and long
Put down that two by four
This man would never turn you from his door
Oh George! Oh George!
That Texas education must have fucked you up when you were very small


Is gentleness too much for us
Should gentleness be filed along with empathy
We feel for someone else's child
Every time a smart bomb does its sums and gets it wrong
Someone else's child dies and equities in defence rise
America, America, please hear us when we call
You got hip-hop, be-bop, hustle and bustle
You got Atticus Finch
You got Jane Russell
You got freedom of speech
You got great beaches, wildernesses and malls
Don't let the might, the Christian right, fuck it all up
For you and the rest of the world

# Nicki Fellenzer at Armed Females of America - The Final Bell (Hopefully) - commentary on yesterday's last whine of the hoplophobes for restoring the ban on ugly semi-automatic rifles. Boo Hoo assholes! [publicola]

The Founding Fathers distrusted governments, believed government was equivalent to force, and fought to ensure that the populace had adequate weaponry to resist a government out of control. Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 28:
"If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defence, which is paramount to all positive forms of government..." Hamilton continues, "In a single state, if the persons intrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.
But Hamilton also realized that the people couldn't rush to arms to resist a despot if they were inadequately armed or trained, so he continued in Federalist 29:
"A tolerable expertness in military movements is a business that requires time and practice. It is not a day, or even a week, that will suffice for the attainment of it. To oblige the great body of the yeomanry, and of the other classes of the citizens, to be under arms for the purpose of going through military exercises and evolutions, as often as might be necessary to acquire the degree of perfection which would entitle them to the character of a well-regulated militia, would be a real grievance to the people, and a serious public inconvenience and loss."
Not only does Hamilton admit that the people's last defense against a tyrannical government is their ability for armed resistance, but he also insists that the people's militia must be as well trained and maintained as the military, but without government control over the people comprising said militia.

Further, Tench Coxe echoed Hamilton's sentiment in the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1788, "...Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American."

# River Junction - The Kirst Cartridge Konverter® is a drop-in cylinder that converts some black powder revolvers to fire Cowboy Action .45 Long Colt (or .45 Schofield). It is Kirst Cartridge Konverter available for 1851 & 1861 Colt Navy (uses .38 Colt ammo), 1858 Remington, and the Ruger Old Model Army. For the 1858 Remington (shown), it costs $250 for a Konverter™ ring and cylinder and $136 for a spare cylinder. It's slightly more for the six-shot Ruger model (the 1858 model holds only five shots to leave a guaranteed empty cylinder location for safe carry with the hammer down). As I've written before, this is one way to buy a handgun off paper. Get a black powder revolver and add a converter (not legal in all states or localities). Strangely, I found this via a Google Froogle search. I've linked to converter cylinders before, the R & D Conversion Cylinder is the old standard, but this is a new (to me) manufacturer. Walt Kirst, the Konverter's inventor and manufacturer, has a web site at From the River Junction FAQ page: [google]

Kirst Cartridge Konverter® are made in the USA on modern CNC machinery from SAE 4140 tool steel, and proof tested to SAAMI (Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturers Institute) specification by an independent laboratory. Konverters® are manufactured specifically for current manufactured Pietta and Uberti, steel framed, revolvers. They can be fitted to many older revolvers made by other makers by a competent gunsmith. We do not recommend them for original antique Remington and Colt revolvers. DO NOT use them in brass framed revolvers! The Kirst Cartridge Konverter® is designed to be used in steel framed revolvers with black powder or equivalent 'cowboy loads' as provided by manufacturers such as: Black Hills, Ultra Max, 3D, PMC, Zero, Ten-X, Winchester, Cabelas, and many reloaders. Cowboy ammunition must, by SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) definition, be loaded with lead bullets with a powder charge that will not exceed 1000 feet per second velocity.

Add comment Edit post Add post