Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Gun nerds won't find this too exciting... Today was all about meeting with distributors, manufacturers, and getting the lay of the land.

A few sightings and a few cool booths visited, but nothing too "race" or tactical yet. I'll probably be walking those on my own or perusing those booths after the business of business has been concluded.

Gun-celebs and regular celebs sighted:
Todd Jarrett (gun GOD)
Taran Butler (3-gun GOD)
JJ Racaza (Top Shot and USPSA shooter)
Julie Golob (Team S&W captain)
Greg Littlejohn (from Top Shot)
Rich Franklin (UFC fighter)

Three Simple Reasons New York's Restriction to 7-Round Mags Won't Prevent A Single Crime

1 - any criminal with access to YouTube can teach themselves to somewhat-efficiently change mags.

2 - many common revolvers in .22 (and some larger guns) hold 8, 9, or even 10 rounds, instantly rendering them outlaw and giving criminals immediate and lethal advantage.

3 - criminals don't give a shit about magazine capacity bans.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

T-Minus 12 Hours

...or so, until I have to wake up, grab my bags, load a sleepy Mrs. Normal into the Stormtrooper and make chilly tracks to the airport.

We'll be attending SHOT Show in Las Vegas next week, hopefully reporting positive and upbeat news about products, training, and industry updates.

However, while this is the time when all the new high-speed guns, ammo, shooting gear, and training tools hit the market and those of us who hawk the latest wares start salivating, I anticipate an undercurrent of uncertainty and doubt to hang high overhead.

I'll be sure to report on any protesters that might try to get all up in my grill or any challenges we see on the streets of Las Vegas as we pile into the coolest gun show of the year.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Off To The Range

As it stands now, I'm going to be too busy strolling the hallowed halls of the SHOT Show to head out to a range on Monday for "Gun Appreciation Day."

Your Humble Narrator and his British Shooting Buddy are taking a couple folks who're new to the formal indoor range concept out for a morning of gunpowder and unrestrained celebration of our right to lock, load, and fire.

In related news, the STI came in sometime in the Fall and, in a word, DAMN, SHE FINE!

I wound up with a Dawson-accessorized Edge in standard blue finish and so far, so good. It definitely prefers long-loaded .40 ammunition but has been 98-99% reliable over 1,000 rounds of factory ammunition, with all minor feed issues attributable to the shorter factory stuff.

A few minor fitting issues aside, the thing's a definite shooter and I'm looking forward to running it in USPSA Limited Division in 2013.

Now, off to finish packing the bags and heading up north.


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Friday, January 11, 2013

Guns are NOT the problem!

I want to ask you all an uncomfortable question and I hope we can all look at it honestly.

How many people have been killed in spree shootings in the US in the past 15 years?
Now, how many people have been killed by gang violence, drunk and reckless driving, accidental poisoning, and drowning in that same time period?

Guns are not the problem, people.

As a gun owner and trainer, I weep for every life taken by a criminal madman and wish I could have been in a position to stop just one horrific killing.

But I also strongly contend the safety of our schools and malls and places of worship is NOT threatened by the prolific use and ownership of guns in America.

While they are imminently newsworthy, spree shootings are also so rare as to barely impact the number of criminal homicides. Furthermore, shootings make up less than 1% of the accidental deaths which occur within the home.

School shootings are NOT epidemic. They are NOT the most clear and present threat to our children, and banning America's most popular sporting rifle (used in fewer numbers than hammers and clubs per the FBI) as well as metal boxes with springs in them is just plain wrong.

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It's Been a While...

I've been told there are a couple people out there who do occasionally pop by to see I anything new has been posted...

and that is awesome!

Sorry I haven't been around here much in the past few months. Life, work, other work, shooting, reloading, and trying to rest have all conspired to keep me away.

I'll be at SHOT next week and will try to post a daily recap on what's cool, what's crap, and what's been going on.

Cheers! Check back soon!

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