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Maybe she should have done her homework?

by Paul C / May 26, 2008 9:13 AM PDT

The Congresscritter here is a D, but I've seen equally breathtaking displays of ignorance from the R's as well. Remember: this person came on the air to press for the legislation she introduced into Congress.

So, just what IS a barrel shroud, anyway?

BTW, I DO know the answer to the question. My point is this: Isn't it about time we the people try to elect folks to represent us - irrespective of ideology - who at the very least have a clue, or know where to go to get one?

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I had to look it up.
by Angeline Booher / May 27, 2008 12:30 AM PDT
A barrel shroud is a ventilated covering attached to the barrel of a firearm, that partially or completely encircles the barrel, that allows the bearer to hold the firearm for stability.

Slides, extensions of the stock that do not fully encircle the barrel, and the receiver (or frame) of a firearm itself are generally not considered barrel shrouds. Barrel shrouds are commonly featured on heavy machine gun barrels, along with a carrying handle, as to better allow the firer to swap barrels.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrel_shroud

I see the shrouds have no effectiveness on performance, which could be why I don't recall these having been mentioned before. Probably experienced hunters are familiar with them.

I wonder if the reporter was.

Seems like the large capacity clips are more important.

Angeline
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It does something else...
by J. Vega / May 27, 2008 2:12 AM PDT
In reply to: I had to look it up.

The wikipedia definition leaves something out that is very important. Some rifles are "gas operated". This means that they use gas from the fired cartridge to operate the bolt. Take the M-16 or semi-auto AR-15. That gas is taken from an area near the end of the barrel and is piped to the bolt thru a small tube that is on top of the barrel. The shroud covers and protects this tube, which a reasonable hit will dent, blocking the gas. That wikipedia article may be an attempt to link heavy machine guns to some rifles, but that link does not hold up. You don't change the barrel of an M-16 or AR-15 without a gunsmith and a well equipped shop.
Who cares about the reporter conducting the interview? The important thing is that the member of Congress who introduced the bill had no idea what the thing she was trying to limit actually was or what it does.

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Nobody's mentioned one very important reason.
by James Denison / May 27, 2008 11:28 PM PDT

Machine gun barrels get very very hot during combat operations, sometimes red hot. The shroud allows the person firing the gun to keep using it under those conditions which might be seconds between life or death. Also in same conditions since it's attached at the front and back of the barrel it helps against heat warpage during that time. Although it's not wise to fire a gun while the barrel's red hot, (really starts wearing out the middle of barrel quickly) when all hell is breaking loose around you, you want every last bullet you can fire at the enemy and having the gun fail completely on you at a critical moment under critical conditions, or be too hot to handle and shoot anymore, is the last thing you want.

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I think you can be quite sure that the reporter knows
by Kiddpeat / May 27, 2008 4:30 AM PDT
In reply to: I had to look it up.

what a shroud is. He would not have asked if he didn't. Also, when she guessed what it does, he knew she was wrong.

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I think that the Wikipedia article's half right.
by Paul C / May 27, 2008 8:29 PM PDT
In reply to: I had to look it up.

To call that part of of a rifle a "barrel shroud" is sort of true. I would call it the forend of the stock, and all rifles have one for the non shooting hand to grasp the weapon.

What I and most knowledgable people would associate the phrase with refers to an extension of the frame of a revolver that covers the barrel and is joined to the barrel by a bushing screwed into the muzzle of the gun. Such a shroud aids in cooling the barrel by giving a larger surface area from which to radiate heat and stiffen the barrel; both these things have a positive effect on the gun's accuracy.

In addition, a barrel shroud on a revolver gives the user a place to mount a light or laser sight if the shroud incorporates a mounting rail.

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=45916&langId=-1&isFirearm=Y

Yes, the reporter knew; just as the clip ends, he clearly says "that's wrong" when the Congresswoman makes an absurd guess as to what a barrel shroud is.

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Nah. She doesn't need a clue.
by Kiddpeat / May 27, 2008 1:52 AM PDT

Choose a likely target, and try to ban it. No one will question her effort to preserve civilization by requiring that she actually know anything.

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I wonder.....
by C1ay / May 27, 2008 4:51 AM PDT

If we made a good effort could we get her to introduce legislation banning dihydrogen monoxide. In addition to all of its other dangers it is also used by gangs so it really should be banned shouldn't it?

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Strange how corporations
by critic411 / May 27, 2008 11:42 PM PDT

are held responsible and accountable under Sarbanes-Oxley , but the people passsing the laws aren't.

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RE: but the people passsing the laws aren't.
by JP Bill / May 27, 2008 11:51 PM PDT

Elections?

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