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The Browning version?


Utah becomes first in U.S. to designate official state gun

gbu browning 300SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – Utah has become the first U.S. state to name an official firearm, placing an automatic pistol on a list of designated symbols, right along with the honeybee and the cutthroat trout.

In your lead sentence, you call the M1911 an automatic pistol, which is dead wrong.

The M1911 is a semi-automatic pistol, just like thousands of other pistols. One pull of the trigger, one bullet fired.

I would think a news organization such as yours would hire more detail-oriented reporters. It should be corrected right away, or the story taken down, to protect the organization’s reputation.

Gunfire verbs…


Photos add bizarre twist to Tucson suspect’s frantic last night

USA-SHOOTING/CONGRESSWOMANLoughner is accused of spraying a crowd with a semi-automatic pistol outside a Safeway grocery store last Saturday, killing six people and wounding 13, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition at a Tucson hospital.

At 9:41 a.m., he took a cab up to the Safeway store, entering with the driver to get change shortly before 10 a.m. Ten minutes later, he pumped bullet after bullet into the crowd at a congressional meeting with Giffords.

Gross point blank…


An instructor aims his pistol during a shooting practice at the Academia Carioca de Tiro in Mesquita near Rio de Janeiro, October 21, 2005. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

The photo of an alleged firearms instructor pointing a pistol at the camera (and the photographer) is worse than stupid, it is outrageous.

How many gun shops in Houston?


Mexico cartels go bargain gun shopping in Houston

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Mexican drug gangs looking for weapons powerful enough to stop a vehicle, penetrate a bullet-resistant vest or confront an army detachment need look no further than the Houston area’s 1,500 gun shops, where merchandise is priced to move.

This article is incorrect. It states that there are 1,500 Houston area gun dealers. A simple check of Yellow Pages shows 84 entries.