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Monday, January 31, 2011

Cat Shit One

Starting on Feb. 5th, the first episode with English dubbing will be up for a limited time on iDa Entertainment's site, and the first DVD & Blue Ray sets will be available on Amazon.

Cat Shit One - THE ANIMATED SERIES - DVD English Edition Cat Shit One - THE ANIMATED SERIES - Blu-ray English Edition

I'm pretty excited, I've seen the first episode with subtitles, and it was awesome, but it's nice to not have to read and miss the action.

(h/t Tactical Fanboy)

Not sure...

...if serious...

Sig 1911-22

So many little things that people seemed to have missed at SHOT, like Sig's .22lr 1911.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I'm moving...

Me, the person, not the blog.  I got a new apartment, so blogging may be rather light this coming week between that and work (8 on, 8 off, 8 on a couple times... about to crash for one of the "offs" right now...)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Question of the Day

What do ‘sporting purposes’ have to do with Second Amendment?
David Codrea talks about the recent ATF shotgun "study."

(h/t SayUncle)

Sig716

Sig also revealed their 7.62x51mm AR10 type rifle during SHOT.

Pic from CTD









I think it looks good, and has a lot of features I'd go with right out of the box.  Maybe I'll be able to get one in a few years....

On a more serious note, they're making them in a 12.5" SBR, 14.5" carbine, 16" patrol carbine, and 20" marksman package (pictured above.)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

It's Monday.

The ATF says so.  Actually I'm sure they were just recovering from too much A at their post-SHOT party.  They finally got their shotgun thing out that they referred to last week.

Just skimming over the begining, it looks like they tried to more narrowly define "sporting purposes," and decided that the only legitimate ones are the ones that have been around for 100 years and only use pretty shotguns that don't hurt feelings.  Oh, and "plinking" isn't a sporting purpose either, since you can do that with any gun.   So any "action shooting" like IPSC or three gun stuff is not a sporting purpose.

That's all sorts of crap...

Anyway, Uncle's got a better breakdown going, I'm picking up a few extra hours at work tonight, so I'm probably not going to be able to get through it.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

2011 Magpul Catalog

Is available for download here.

Twisted Industries .22lr Kel-Tec Conversion

I was contemplating keeping an eye out for a PF9, this may be the proverbial straw...

GFS.com Acquires TFB

Actually, Congratulations to Steve.  A good deal came at a perfect time to get him set up in a great way.  The Firearm Blog is one of the small handful of gun blogs that pushed me over the edge and into the abyss that is the gunblogospher, and it still remains one of my largest influences.

The "Guns, not Politics" policy is refreshing, and Steve promises that it will not change.  The sale only means he'll have more time to blog, and spend less time on the maintenance required to host your own site or however that works (there's a reason I use Blogger... I'm not too much of a computer person.)

Again, congrats to Steve, and best of luck in his future endeavors.

Knight's Armament

Angered the beast that is Gun Nuts Media.  I don't blame them though(GNM I should say.)

Who Can Carry

It looks like South Dakota is starting to revise things after the recent lawsuit. Between this and Wyoming's progress yesterday, it's good to see more of this going around.

Really, I find it difficult to really understand any viewpoint other than Constitutional Carry.  I mean if you can legally buy the thing, why do you need to jump through a bunch more hoops to carry it?  And why should it matter how you carry it?  But I'm preaching to the choir...

I'm not holding my breath either...

...but it sure would be neat for the CLEO Signature to disappear.

Hexolit 32

Funky looking super-expanding shotgun slugs.  The concept intrigues me, but I'll wait until there's more penetration studies done.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Deliciously Relevant...

...to my interests.

Good for them!

Wyoming Senate passes Constitutional Carry.  I hope it continues all the way to the top and provides an example of why my home state should be doing.

Neat. SD "Home Defense Package"

A former co-worker and friend has been picking my brain for a "home defense" and plinking gun, preferably in 9mm, and in looking for options I came across the Smith & Wesson SD9 and SD40 "Home Defense Package" MSRP'd at $499.























I've gotta say, that actually looks like a pretty sweet deal for a starter home defense package, for $40 more than the gun alone, you get a white light and a gun vault.  The gun also has a Tritium front sight, and simple white dots on the rear, which is great for a defensive gun.

"High Velocity Clips"

I think the only time I've had any of those is when I get in the groove with my reloads.  Oh wait, those are mags. Maybe somebody's throwing stripper clips off a really tall building?

Guns of Firefly

Possibly my most favoritest live action TV show ever, and I don't watch much TV to be honest.  Uncle linked to a good variety of the guns featured in the series.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Art of the Precision Rifle

They may not have had new products at SHOT, but they're certainly not resting on their laurels.

Just posted today-



0:30 mark is just plain sweet...

AKs Morally Outdated?

What does that even mean?  The story broke on Military Firearm a couple weeks ago, and we laughed.  I guess the story is gaining some legs, and I've seen it referred to on a couple blogs this morning.  I think my first response really sums up my feelings towards it pretty well though.

It appears that the Minister considers them to be evil rifles, because they are used by evil men.

"Terrorists from the Caucasus always use Kalashnikovs and SVDs,” Clussky said. “The funding, which they receive from abroad, gives them a very good opportunity to receive American and French small arms. They often use foreign-made communication systems at times, but they most frequently, if not always, use Russian-made rifles."
I think it has more to do with them being "cheap" and "reliable," rather than having any inherent "evil" in them.

Now, I'm not arguing that the AK and SVD platforms aren't outdated.  For once Ret. Gen. Scales may be on to something with his regurgitated gun-forum complaints about the system (seriously, this isn't the first time I've seen his name attached to some WTF military "analysis" on their site...)-
"The AK-47 is outdated because of it’s not an accurate weapon,”
However I don't see the Russian military just ditching the guns, let alone buying foreign made weapons, simply because bad guys use them.

Rhino stuff

Gun Nuts Media is hoping to get some in for testing and evaluation.  I'm looking forward to hearing what Caleb has to say, since he is a revolver guy.  I'm not, but I have a soft spot for "different" guns (my only cartridge revolver at the moment is a Nagant...) and I do like the looks of the Rhino, especially the short one.

Killing some time














Got a late start to the day, so really not any time to accomplish much before work.  At least I'll spend it doing something relaxing.

AAC MINI4

It's possibly the cutest can ever.
Photo from AAC's facebook page.
















Overall length is just 5.25", and it's only 13.5oz.  I think it would be great on an SBR to, you know, maintain the SBRness.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tis cold...


So of course I had to get out of my nice warm car too...

ETA: It got colder... I'm gonna nap a little before I go back in for another 8 hours.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

More on Hyperstealth

From Kit Up.  Seems they got to talk to Guy Cramer at SHOT, and he shed a little more light on the subject.

I first mentioned Hyperstealth late last month, and I'm still pretty excited to see how this stuff develops.

TJIC Meme

You may have noticed the new graphic over on the left column.  In case you missed the post the other day, the story is that TJIC, a gun blogger and Massachusetts business owner, posted something on his blog right after the shooting in Tuscon the other weekend.  It may not have been in the best taste, and his views may or may not reflect that of my own, but what happened next is simply disgusting.

Apparently in Arlington, MA, your constitutional rights are exclusive and singular.  You're not allowed to collect the whole set.  In exchange for exercising his 1st Amendment Right, TJIC was forced to give up his 2nd.

This has also lead to a boycott of his online comic book store, Heavy Ink.
His views prompted comic book writers like Paul Cornell to tweet his fans, “I can’t stop someone selling my books, but please don’t buy them from HeavyInk.” 
I'll have to check the books that I'm reading, but I'm pretty sure he doesn't write any of them.  If he does, they're getting dropped.  I don't like your double standard there Mr. Cornell, your bread and butter stems from your 1st Amendment Right, and calling on your minions to force any financial hardship on someone for doing the same is simply despicable.  (Also, I'd love to know of any other writers who have done likewise.)

Borepatch and TotC have countered with a Buycott.  I'll have to see what graphic novels I'm in need of and pick up a few.

Shotgun Drama

ATF Will Issue a New Ruling on Monday Regarding Shotgun Imports

As Uncle says, does that mean we should stock up on Saigas?  That would suck, I've been close to buying one a few times, and I'd hate to have put it off too long.  I may have to check the finances and hope they prices don't do something stupid by the show next weekend... (I'm sure if they do make them non-importable they'll be well out of my price range by then anyway though. Guns are like stocks... just a lot noisier and loads more fun.)

Since that first bomb, there's been a little glimmer of light in regards to what it's going to be:
...the new ruling is going to be akin to the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban, in that, shotguns with bayonet lugs, large capacity magazines…etc or commonly referred to as “evil parts,” will no longer be importable as they have “no sporting purpose.”
The issue we run into is that Saiga shotguns aren't imported with all the "evil" features.  They have to be converted "in country" and 922R compliance must be met.  All "high" capacity magazines are produced state-side, and not imported with the gun (they come with a 5 round box.)

The ATF claims the ruling affects more than just one gun, so another question is which ones. Caleb's got his money on the new 28ga version of the Taurus Judge and the Rossi Trail Judge, since they "have no sporting purpose" and twist the wording of the AOW and SBS rules (I can see that being the reasoning too... "How dare you defy me!!")

I hope it doesn't stop the import of Saiga 12s though.  Otherwise I'll be kicking myself in the ass for not buying those two at a show a year ago and selling one a month from now.  Still not buying a Judge though.  They're made of stupid.

SHOT 2011 Daily Linkness

USB rechargeable green laser for your pistol

S&W 1911s, "budget" Aimpoints, and another shot of the Arc'teryx Rigger's Belt are just some of the highlights on Military Times Gear Scout.

Steve claims there's a rifle in this post, I'm having trouble finding it (on a serious note, that is a sweet gun.) He also sums up my feelings towards the newest Ruger wonder-nine.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Travis Haley Leaving Magpul

On good terms and whatnot, just heading out to pursue other opportunities.

Cool...

That's actually quite B.A....

Wears flannel, and has issues with the letter "R"

At least those are the only kind of gun owners I can think of that might fit the bill.
We’re looking for a gun owner and 2nd Amendment supporter who is not opposed to the forthcoming McCarthy bill re: limiting magazine capacity.
More importantly, it really goes to show the bias free news you can expext from NPR............... ok, sorry, I couldn't get through that with a straight face.

More SHOT Link-age!

Kel-Tec KSG 14+1 12 Ga beast (Although Caleb found an oddity in the firing mechanism.  Hopefully that's ironed out in the production version.)
For those who think the Taurus Judge isn't ridiculous enough, you can just get the Raging Judge, chambered in 28ga ("The comfort of .410 buckshot apparently outweighs the gun by several pounds." That is gold right there.  No doubt the Raging Judge will allow you shoot even larger donut shaped patterns with slightly larger holes and mediocre velocity.  Should sell by the ton.)

Snap!  Not only is there a GSG StG 44 in the works, but an MP40 as well.

Sig 556 Russian (despite the name, the gun fires 7.62x39 from AK mags...) Sig 50 (which is a .50 cal.)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What's SHOT Without Booth Babes?!

Over at WEVO.

I am TJIC

Click here for the low-down.

SHOT 2011 3.5

A few more today, because there's some cool stuff.

GSG StG 44 (Yes, a .22lr StG Clone!) Semi-auto 37mm launcher,  and Polymer Cased Ammo

AAC's 2011 Spring Catalog is available for download

LRWC Ultra-compact PDW (Stubby AR, looks good though)

"Budget" Eclipse MOLLE Pouches (I'll definitely be picking some of these up when they're available, especially if they're in Multicam,) Ka-bar Zombie Killer knives (I do like this one.)

OC in the Snow

Hooray for somewhat awkward self shots!























I finally broke down and bought some actual "winter" boots (Colombia Bugaboot XTM), so I thought I'd got for a quick hike in my snowshoes.  The boots claim to be good down to -65F.  I'm not sure of that, but in the hour or so I was tromping through the snow in 15F, my feet stayed nice and warm. They've got a nice little ridge of rubber on the heel to keep your binding in place, and a D-ring on the toe to keep you gaiters from riding up (need to get some... tomorrow probably.)

Up till now I've been wearing some issue tan Gor-tex boots.  They still keep my feet nice and dry, but not as warm as I prefer.

SHOT 2011 3.0!

Umm... more links.

S&W Movie Guns (kinda cool,) and more on the Para 14.45 Tactical from Gun Nuts Media

Crye MagClips and new prototype Multitasker Tools (I like the idea behind the MagClips.  As for the Multitaskers, I'd known about the Series 3, but I hadn't heard about the Super Tube or the new Ultralight.  I like!)

Mossberg "Chainsaw" (it's for breaching! Honestly!!) and the Walther PPQ

Charter Rimless Revolver, Belt-fed AR

More M&P22 stuff

More "Day 1" stuff from GunsAmerica, including a torched safe full of guns

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

SHOT 2011 Day 2 (er, Day 1...)

Media Day doesn't count.  Anyway, more linkage!  (Wish I was there...)

Gun Nuts Media continues the fun with some Kriss SMG video fun.

Colt 1911 Anniversary Line

Kriss is now importing the Sphinx line of pistols (no word if Col. Hunter Gatherers approves)

Factory Ruger 22/45 threaded rail farm.  (Ok, it's not that bad, probably about time.)  Taurus couldn't stop at one shark, so they're jumping a whole tank full (I'll be watching for the 10ga. version next year...)

Ultimate cool: .308 rifle in a briefcase.

Noveske M249 in .300BLK.

Guns America sums up Media Day.

Kit Up has some more videos up from the last couple days- Surefire mags, Gerber helmet light, and a hydration system cooler deally.

Para 14-45 Tactical (I really like the idea of a railed double stack 1911.  I'm sure that'll offend somebody though.)

Quite a lot of stuff over at Guns Holsters and Gear as well.

Cali Ammo Ban Shot Down

Good to hear.

M&P22

It is actually here – consider this S&W’s apology for the Governor!
Ha.  Thankfully, it's the same dimensions as the M&P9/40, so it should be fantastic for training.

Arc'Teryx Rigger's Belt

As some of you may recall, I'm a fan of Rigger's Belts.  Arc'Teryx has released a new one that looks pretty sweet.  Although it may be a little too big to run through belt loops, it looks like it would make a decent gun belt, and may be a little more comfortable in a load-bearing situation.

Plus it's going to be available in Multicam, so bonus cool points.

2 years...

2 years ago I was having a very boring night at work, and with all the stuff going on with SHOT, I decided to start a gun blog.  Hard to believe it's been two years already, and at the same time, it seems like forever (and in internet years, it practically is!)

I kind of feel like I should make cupcakes or something.  With little guns on them...

Monday, January 17, 2011

SHOT 2011

In case you're trapped under a rock or something, today is Media Day for SHOT Show 2011.  Wish I was there...

Anyway, keep an eye on things, I'll try to get some links to whatever eye candy I can scrounge up as the bloggers return to their hotels tonight when I've got some downtime at work.  In fact, I'll just throw them all on this post, it'll be fun! (And easier to find I guess.)

Smith & Wesson Governor (.410/.45lc/.45acp revolver... face, meet palm...)

Crimson Trace 1911 grips (newer, slimmer & sleeker.  Work with ambi-safeties.)

Colt Piston M4 w/ folding stock (now with more video!)

H&K416C (I will say I like that stock better than the Colt) (video as well)

Colt Revolvers, new Trijicon Night Sights, Glocks, Springfields, the Colt CM/SP109, and new Surefire .22 cans; from Gear Scout (I'm liking those sights...)

HK45, H&K MR556, Random Photos, and some other stuff over at The Firearm Blog.

SHOT '11

Links to stuff added here.

Cool

Case earings.

I really like the idea.  I may have to adopt it myself.

Kimber Solo

The Kimber Blog has a whole slew of photos and information regarding Kimber's new little gun.

And I mean little.
Next to the LCP... yeah, that's small for a 9x19!
















I think some of the ability to get it so small is that it's an aluminum alloy frame, rather than polymer like most small autos these days.  I'd imagine the Al lets you get thinner parts and still retain strength.  That being said, it's still pretty light (17oz dry) even with an aluminum frame and stainless steel slide.

Despite the looks, the insides are nothing like a 1911.  It is striker-fired, has a captive recoil spring, but no barrel bushing or swinging link.  It does, however, use much of the ergonomics from the 1911; same grip angle, ambidextrous safety and ambi mag release in the "right" places, and replaceable grips, to name a few.  Crimson Trace has already announced laser grips for them as well.

The gun apparently only ships with one mag, but extended 8 rounders will be coming soon as well.

I don't know exactly why, but the little thing is appealing to me.  It's got nice lines, and great ergonomics with all the controls where they belong.  I'm quite partial to the "stainless" model (really still an aluminum frame, just finished in silver Kimpro.)  I could see my self with one and a couple 8 rounders if they hold up well.

Again, The Kimber Blog has a bunch of photos and a couple videos up, if you're interested, go check them out.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Matter of Months

Gov. Scott Walker said this week he expects a concealed carry bill to emerge as early as spring — after the Legislature tackles more pressing issues like job growth and the budget — and that he will sign it.
It's already passed twice, and former Gov. Doyle vetoed it both times.  Gov. Walker is adamant that he will sign whatever legislation is placed on his desk.  The main question is not if, but rather what that legislation will be.

Personally, I'm pretty torn.  Constitutional Carry is obviously the more "right" option, as it will not create more unnecessary bureaucracy or continue to limit the ability to carry through the added individual financial burden.  On the other hand, a permitting system could lead to a permit that is honored in other states (Michigan and Minnesota come to mind pretty quickly.)

(H/T: RTB)

Striker-fired 1911?

Kimber's got some new 9mm pocket-sized guns, and that's pretty much what they are, super-melted tiny 1911 frames with striker-fired top ends.



To be honest, I actually really like how they look, very reminiscent of the old 1908 Colts, but in a usable caliber.  Price ($725) isn't too bad for a Kimber either.

More M&P22 Photos and Info

I'm definitely going to have to get one of these...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Speer Lawman 9mm

Recently BulkAmmo.com kindly sent me a box of Speer Lawman 9x19mm 115gr. TMJ to try out, which is just a small sample of what they have available for bulk 9mm ammo.

The ammo is your typical 9mm ball, utilizing a 115gr. Total Metal Jacket, rather than the traditional Full Metal Jacket typically found in most 9x19mm.  FMJ, contrary to the name, actually leaves the lead at the base of the bullet exposed, whereas TMJ fully encapsulates the lead core.  Speer loads the Lawman with a lead-free barium or antimony primer, making the Lawman, as intended by the manufacturer, an ideal training round for indoor training alternative to their Gold Dot defensive ammo.  The rounds are brass cased and boxer primed, so they are reloadable.

The ammo is nicely packaged in the standard cardboard box and a plastic tray.  The rounds were nice and clean, with no corrosion or oxidation showing.


















I don't have access to an indoor range, something I constantly lament this time of year, so today I braved the snow and cold to get some range time and see how the stuff shoots.  It was about 18 or so degrees, completely over-cast and lightly snowing.  Yay.

I warmed up the M&P with a couple boxes of TulAmmo, starting at 25 yards off the bench, and quickly realized that my current lack of practice, my apparent inability to put the rear sight back precisely where it had been when I installed the Apex parts, and the inconsistency of the cheap Russian fodder was going to give me a pretty poor baseline to compare accuracy.  So I moved the target in to about 5 yards.  As anybody who's tried Dot Torture, this can still be a challenge for a pistol.  Also, did I mention it was a bit chilly?























The Lawman chambered smoothly in the M&P, and felt ever so slightly snappier than the TulAmmo (note to self... you really need to get one of those chrono deallies...) I'm not sure if it was going faster, or if the case material may have made a difference in felt recoil.  However the Lawman also shot much closer to point of aim, and the groups were about half the size as I was getting with the Russian steel cased stuff.  I'm a bit embarrassed to post this photo, but here is a typical group from the Speer Lawman fired out of the M&P.

Definitely a better rifleman...............













All rounds cycled with out an issue, and all felt very consistent.  The empties showed no more extra wear than any other rounds I've tried in this gun, and the firing pin had no issues with the primers.














All rounds fired at the first strike, whereas the TulAmmo did have one failure to fire (It did fire on the second strike.)  In fairness to the cheap Russian steel, I did fire about three times as much TulAmmo as I did Speer today, however I have had other issues with the TulAmmo in the past.

Overall, the Speer performed well, and is a great training cartridge, especially for indoor use.

Cold Pic of the Day

18 Degrees and Snowing

So I'm about to head to the range.  Contemplating grabbing the snowshoes to aid in setting up the targets.  Wish me luck!

Surefire Extended AR Mag Video

To round out the YouTube/Big Mag theme for the day, Surefire just put out a pretty good looking video showing several of the benefits of their 60 and 100 round extended AR magazines.



I'm still not too enamored by the John Holmes-esque 100 rounder, and the "ambush" section shows why.  The guy they show prone lucked out and has his gun set up with an offset MRD, so he can cant the rifle to clear the mag in the prone and still accurately place rounds on target.  However, I doubt the Army or Corps are going to shell out the money for a whole new mount and sight system, simply to use the mag.

They also could have included a third section in there with the competition use for these.  That's a pretty big chunk of the market they shouldn't ignore with this product.

I would still love to get my hands on a 60 rounder though, maybe in a few years when (hah) the price starts to look more realistic.

Well, technically X+2...

...if they jack one into the chamber and top off the mag, but Tam brings up a damn fine criticism of mag bans.

I also can't help but wonder what difference it makes that two of the victims were high profile federal officials.  A similar number of gang-bangers get shot in Chicago or something and I doubt there would be anywhere near the public outcry, even if a 9 year old girl was hit in the crossfire.

ETA:  Uncle also brings up another bit of absurdity in regards to "high-capacity" magazines.  In that case, the Army should Colt.  You know how many soldiers are killed or wounded by automatic weapons fire every year?

I... Want...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Multitasker Series 2 AR











Correia on the Classics

Larry kind of rips into high school English programs, mainly the required reading of "classics" and the absurdity of looking for some deep meaning in a simple story.

Having been one of those kids that, like so many Americans, had to go through high school lit. classes, I completely agree with him.  I will honestly say, I failed the basic level lit. class twice, and it wasn't until my senior year that a guidance counselor finally told me the school had a class where you could read whatever books you wanted, as long as the teacher said they were OK.

I love reading, but I despise being told what I must read, so most of the time I just didn't read the required garbage becuase it would have cut into my reading time with the books I actually wanted to read.  So, thankfully, I actually got to read a bunch of Heinlein and Asimov and get credit for it, and aced the class with no problem.  By the end of the semester the teacher was reading Starship Troopers for the first time (I consider that a bigger success than the A...) and I still love reading.

Huh?

Not to belittle the situation, but I'm a little confused about how what was a "probability" the first half of this week, is suddenly a "miracle."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

50k

At some point while I was running around taking care of stuff after work, someone from Winnipeg spent 53 seconds glancing through a few pages of the ol' blog, and caused the Sitemeter to roll past the 50,000 visitor mark.  Not bad for nearly two years in my mind.

Winter Driving

"Snow still on a rear window acts as an idiot warning system. Like how brightly colored animals are usually poisonous and you should avoid them."

CCW Carrier helped subdue Loughner

I had heard rumors of it before, but it's been confirmed now.  One of the individuals who helped subdue the shooter in Tuscon was carrying a concealed handgun, and made some great quick decisions.



 I believe this represents the vast majority of those who legally carry a firearm for self defense.  Great job by Mr. Zamudio.

Glocks, Reload Speed, Mag Capacity...

Obviously are all currently being heavily discussed due to the events this past weekend.  Uncle just put up a decent post relating to a couple of the issues, especially in regards to why mag capacity doesn't really mean squat in such situations.  (Although in the case in question, it was sloppy reloading technique that was the shooter's downfall by most accounts.)

Predictably, the sales of Glock handguns and "high-capacity" magazines for them have spiked in the last few days.  Just surfing most gun forums will get you a slew of threads asking where to get the big mags since everybody's sold out of them.  Personally, I'm not too worried about this causing a new mag ban just yet, and I'm not a Glock fan by any means, so an extended Glock magazine wouldn't do me much good (although there are some 9mm carbines that use them out there, and that could be fun.)  I'm not going to panic buy any though.

Just as much full retard debate has been flying around regarding the political rhetoric that some claim pushed Loughner over the edge.  That's pretty much all bull___.  I don't really make it habit of backing any single politician, I'm generally disgusted by politics at large, and the games the MSM plays with it doesn't make it any better.  However, despite what you're thoughts are on Sarah Palin, she brought up a pretty good quote in a recent response to the accusations being thrown at her campaign.
"We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” Ronald Regan

ETA: Larry Correia's also got a pretty decent post from a couple days ago that sums up a lot of my feelings pretty well too, and it's prettier than anything I can write, since writing's kinda his thing.

Sig Academy and 522 Commando

Jay G was lucky enough to go on a tour of the Sig Academy recently, and came back with some good pictures and lots of information.  Looks like a fantastic facility, and I'd  love to be able to go through the place.

The bloggers also got to look at and handle just about all of Sig's product line, and a couple things not out yet, including this 522 Commando-



















That's right, it's a cute .22lr, with a tacticool fake can to hide the 16" barrel.  That is massive amounts of cool in my mind, I may have to pick one up eventually.

(While we're on the subject, if anybody connected to Bravo Company or Lauer Custom Weaponry happen to read my blog... those guys are like a day trip away from here...)

KSG Video

TFB has a video of Kel-Tec's bullpup shotty.

I think a VFG of some sort is definitely the way to go on this one.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tube at the Front!

Not too long ago, Multitasker tools was kind enough to send out a sample Tube and expansion kit to G&C friend and contributor Cro, who is currently kicking ass and hunting IEDs in A-Stan.  Word is the tool was a fantastic item to have out on a recent range exercise for his platoon.
"I have been showing them to guys around here, and as soon as I show it to them they jump on brownelles and buy one"
Cro recently got a surefire helmet light, and when he went to set it up on his ACH, he found the screw driver on his issue Gerber multi-tool (a fine tool and one of my favorites) was too large for the attachment screws.
















The Tube came to the rescue, and one of the driver tips in the expansion kit was the perfect size for the mission.


















You don't find much better praise for a tool than that of front line soldiers who are tough on their gear.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Marines Looking to get Sweet M240 Upgrades

I've spent some quality time with the M240B, and thankfully never had any complaints. Granted I've also never been without wheels or tracks to carry it for me either.  That being said, the Army worked with FN to develop the M240L, which uses Ti parts to reduce the weight of the weapon system by about 5 lbs.

The Marines are taking a different approach.  Kit Up reports the Corps is looking to improve the barrel through various techniques to aid in cooling, negating the need to swap barrels in the middle of a firefight, and not really worrying about the overall weight.  They're also reportedly looking to develop a barrel with an integral suppressor system, as it seems the Taliban get extra scared when they can't tell where the shots are coming from (something I can agree with from personal experience.)

If they can get something along those lines, I'd be pretty jealous.  It sounds like fun.

Er, no?

One of the first bits of news I heard (or read, I don't remember) this morning is how Rep. Robert Brady wants to "introduce legislation making it a federal crime for a person to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a Member of Congress or federal official."  Brady links the bill to the existing law concerning this type of activity against the President, and since Congressmen and  Senators are "federal officials" too, they should get the same treatment.


I can't even begin to express how wrong of an idea this is to me.   I also disagree with law about directing it towards the PoTUS.  Sure, add their names to some list and that crap, but charging them with something is impeding on their 1st Amendment rights.  In the words of Peter Griffen, "I may not agree with what you have to say, but I'll fight to the death to defend your right to say it."   (ok, it was originally Evelyn Beatrice Hall, but I can't help but think of the Fish out of Water episode of Family Guy.)

Kel-Tec KSG Stripped

TFB has a photo from Kel-Tec of the new little bullpup shotty field stripped.  Neat.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cat's out of the Bag

McVee nailed it pretty quick, Dad and I picked up a couple Walther P1s through AIM Surplus last week, and they showed up in time for me to do my monthly Army thing.  I was finally able to get the box up and take some decent pictures tonight.

Here's the pair-

















More pics and words in a couple days.  Got a bunch of photos of this and some other stuff to process and to write up.

ARrrgghh!

Got out of drill early enough to hit up the gun show.  Thanks to the door guy for letting the uniformed soldier in for free, always cool.  Of course that also starts many random conversations with the standard slew of gun show personae.  On the upside, helped a guy with some coyote problems pick out his first AR, so bonus there, and my usual dealer cut me a deal on this-















I've always wanted one of the Jolly Rogers variants from Spike's.  Unfortunately the flag that's supposed to come with them was missing, but I do have a Calico Jack flag (skull and crossed cutlasses) stashed in a footlocker somewhere.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Arizona

By now I'm sure you know what happened, and all I can really say is that it sounds like a giant ball of suck for all involved.

From what I've read so far, it seems a rather crazy young man showed up with a 9mm Glock 19 equipped with a 30 round mag (amazingly the press actually reported it with correct nomenclature...) and opened up on the Congresswoman and her entourage at a public event, managing to kill a defenseless little girl along with the others.  That last little bit there is what bothers me the most.  No doubt this will, unfortunately, end up being used by the Anti's as a cry for a return to magazine restrictions.

I also noted earlier in the reports that a CCW carrier or possibly private security person may have returned fire, causing the shooter to attempt to flee. It sounds like he didn't make it very far before being stopped by bystanders until the police arrived.  Lessons to be learned reinforced this turns out to be the case.

Best of luck to the Congresswoman, and to the other wounded, and condolences to the families of those killed.

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Pistol

Unfortunately I'm in the Army this weekend, so I'll just leave this here as a teaser.


















Hopefully I'll have more up middle of next week on it.

The Judge...

Just won't go away.  Although Uncle wins with his comment today.
The big news here is not that someone used a gun to save their life, that happens all the time. The big news is that a Taurus Judge actually stopped someone.
Unfortunately the bad guy was only mildly inconvenienced and was able to run out of there.
 She fired back a shotgun blast at point blank range.
Are you sure you hit him? "Yes, I'm positive. I'm positive. I'm a good shooter. Definitely a good shooter. My husband taught me well."
The two robbers took off running, dropping her wallet and the knife.
Not quite the effect I'm looking for in a defensive gun.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Apex DCAEK

I installed an Apex Duty/Carry Action Enhancement Kit in my M&P9 last night, using the videos Apex has linked on their site.  Install took about 20 minutes, and aside from knocking out the rear site, without too much worry.  There are some pretty tiny parts to keep track of, but a magnetic parts tray is a thing of beauty.

End results are pretty sweet though.  Dropped the pull weight from the high end of 5 lbs, down to a consistent 5-5 1/4 lbs.  It's also a very smooth take-up, with all of the grit in the standard trigger gone, and no noticeable over-travel.  I'm pretty pleased so far.

Hopefully I'll get out to the range next week and see how things hold up.

More fun than it has any right to be.

I got a little Syma S107 micro helicopter, and it's all sorts of awesome.  It's gyro stabilized, so there's minimal learning, I've flown it like four times now, and I'm getting pretty good already.














The biggest downside is that, much like a real helicopter, the down time between flights is insanely higher than the actual time you get to fly.  About 40 minutes of charging to fly for about 5 minutes.


Maryland...?

Apparently a couple mail bombs(maybe) went off in a couple state buildings.  Fun times.  Unknown if it's related to the fish.

ETA: starting to actually show up on the internets.

Seems they "ignited" rather than "exploded."  A mail worker was possibly burned.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

More LC9

I'm also solidly in the the "meh, but they'll probably sell a lot of them" camp.  If somebody comes out with night sights I'll probably be a lot more interested though.  It does look good however, and I'd much much rather carry 9x19 than .380.

Down Range TV has a video out too.

Esstac Shotgun Cards

One of the most important things to remember when running a shotgun, is that 99% of the time, your system has a relatively small magazine.  Ask anybody who teaches tactical stuff, and they'll tell you that having an "on board" ammo supply is essential to success with the shotty.  One popular system is the "side saddle," a plastic or metal bracket that attaches to the receiver to hold extra shot shells.

A downside to the side saddle is that they are weapon specific, and often replace the gun's take down pins with through-bolts, and if over tightened, these bolts can bind up the operating system on top of being adding a step to cleaning.  Another problem (in my mind) is that they still only add about a mag's worth of extra ammo.  Better than nothing, but wouldn't it be great to have a quick change system when you want to top off your saddle?

Esstac has addressed these issues by designing the "Shotgun Card," a Velcro backed nylon and elastic 7 shell holder.  I recently picked up three of them from SKD Tactical to use with my Mossberg 930.  Another bonus is that they're nowhere near the price of a standard side-saddle, at $15 a piece.

Overall, the cards are pretty impressive.  They're nice and stiff, and only curl slightly when fully loaded and not on the gun.  There is a 550 chord loop at one end to aid in pulling them out of a pouch (two cards, back to back, fit in a 2 mag AR type pouch) or off your gun. The back is completely covered in the "hook" half of "hook and loop."



To attach to the gun, I simply cut out some "loop" tape to match the contours of the receiver, leaving a slot to expose the serial number and the take down pins.

This also gives your gun a larger "cuddle factor" for the ladies.















And then simply slap a card on there-














I can see more than a few advantages of the system.  Mainly in that you can simply rip off an empty card and slap a fresh one on, rather than fumbling with reloading each slot.  As mentioned, the cards are sized to fit in a double AR mag pouch, so you can carry plenty of spares.  Plus they're cheap enough to have plenty of spares. (You just need to watch the retail site like a hawk, they tend to sell out fast.)

The other major plus is that they are not weapon specific.  As long as the receiver is lined with the "loop" tape, it will work.  Great if you're taking a class and your semi goes down and you have to switch to your pump, or for when your buddy starts running low when the zombies finally come.  (I did not have any double AR pouches handy at the time of writing though, so how well they fit is yet to be determined.)

On the range they handle just like any other side saddle when you reload.  The shells stay in the loops even when firing-













-even if the card isn't completely full.













Reloading is no different from any other side saddle system.













The card stays firmly in place due to the amount of Velcro on the back even when doing speed reloads.

The only problem I could see with the Esstac Shotshell Card is that the elastic loops may be hard to reload in a high-adrenaline situation, but by keeping extra, loaded, cards on you that shouldn't be a major concern.  Just rip the empty off and slap on a fresh one.  Also the elastic will loose its stretch after some time if you store them loaded, and that may cause the shells to fall out when firing.  (I wouldn't call it a defect, simply something to keep in mind when using this type of system, as this can be an issue with the plastic and metal saddles as well.)

For the price, they're worth giving a shot, especially if you have an oddball model gun and want a side saddle (partially the case with the 930) or just looking for an alternate to a fixed saddle set up.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Open Carry Victory

For Immediate Release:

On Sunday July 4th, 2010, a law abiding Wisconsin woman, who was open carrying
for personal protection during her daily activities, was illegally stopped and
taken from her vehicle at gunpoint by Brookfield Police Officers after she was
leaving a church service.

As open-carry is perfectly legal in Wisconsin and the officers were aware she (a
Wisconsin Carry member) had threatened no one and caused no disturbance, the
officers had no reasonable articulable suspicion (RAS) which the law requires,
to stop and detain our member against her will. In addition, by drawing their
guns on a law-abiding citizen who had done nothing wrong, the officers used an
unlawful threat of deadly force during their detainment of our member. The
police proceeded to, without reasonable suspicion or probable cause that any
crime had occurred, conduct an illegal and unconstitutional search of our
member's person and car. Our member was then unlawfully arrested and taken to
the Brookfield Police Department for processing.  No charges were ever filed.

On October 7th, 2010 Wisconsin Carry, Inc. filed a federal lawsuit against the
City of Brookfield and 4 officers involved in the illegal arrest/search of our
member.

A copy of that lawsuit can be viewed here:

http://www.wisconsincarry.org/pdf/Brookfield/Doc_1_Complaint.pdf

Today, on behalf of Wisconsin Carry's thousands of members, in every county, all
across the state, and law-abiding citizens who legally exercise their right to
carry in Wisconsin we are pleased to announce that a judgment of $7,500 has been
entered in United States District Court against The City of Brookfield.  A copy
of this judgment can be viewed here:

http://www.wisconsincarry.org/pdf/Brookfield/Doc_09_Offer_of_Judgment.pdf

http://www.wisconsincarry.org/pdf/Brookfield/Doc_12_Judgment.pdf

This $7,500 judgment against Brookfield follows a judgment of $10,000 that was
entered against The City of Racine for a similar unlawful arrest of one of our
members and subsequent lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Carry, Inc. in January of
2010. A copy of that judgment can be viewed here.

http://www.wisconsincarry.org/pdf/GFSZA_Legal_Documents/JudgmentAgainstRacine.pd
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Wisconsin Carry, Inc. currently has pending federal lawsuits against The City of
Madison, Madison Police Chief Noble Wray, The City of Milwaukee, The City of
Manitowoc, and the City of Greenfield for actions that violate the
constitutional rights of law-abiding Wisconsin residents who exercise their
right to carry.  A copy of those lawsuits can be viewed here:

http://www.wisconsincarry.org/pdf/GFSZA_Legal_Documents/03_GFSZ_Complaint_A2.pdf

http://www.wisconsincarry.org/pdf/Madison/MadisonComplaint.pdf

Wisconsin Carry, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation
and reclamation of the rights of law-abiding Wisconsin residents to carry in the
manner of their choosing.  We believe that "open carry" and "concealed carry"
are choices to be made by law-abiding citizens based on their situation and
preference.  Wisconsin Carry, like many gun-rights organizations in Wisconsin,
is investing a great deal of resources to get Wisconsin law changed to allow
concealed carry this next legislative session by proposing Constitutional Carry.
Wisconsin Carry, Inc. will continue to use legal recourse to deter unlawful
treatment of law-abiding Wisconsin residents who currently exercise their right
to open carry, and soon will exercise their right to concealed carry in
Wisconsin.

Carry On,

Nik Clark
Chairman/President - Wisconsin Carry, Inc.
www.wisconsincarry.org
nik@wisconsincarry.org

Monday, January 3, 2011

Cool...

I used to mess around with jewelry design (mainly wire rings.)  But I never thought of anything like this.  Need to see the video to fully appreciate it.

Ammo Reviews?

If I were to do some, what would you guys like to know?  Let's get the comments rollin!

Whoa...

You can always tell when it's getting close to SHOT Show season.  Apparently the Kel-Tec KSG is the thing to talk about today, at least judging by the spike in Google hits on the blog here.  Even more so than the new Ruger (I guess I'm not the only one feeling a little 'meh' towards it.)

Found this over on ARFCOM too, thought I'd share-
























I'm still trying to figure out how you actually get the rounds into the tubes...

It Is.














Introducing the LC9™, a lightweight, compact 9mm pistol for discreet carry by law abiding citizens, or a full-power, no-compromise backup for off-duty law enforcement officers. This highly requested pistol was developed through Ruger's Voice of the Customer program and incorporates the features and rugged reliability desired by Ruger customers.

"On the heels of the overwhelming and on-going success of the LCP®, customers repeatedly requested a lightweight, compact 9mm pistol. Frankly, they wanted an LCP chambered in 9mm" said Ruger CEO Michael Fifer. "Delivering an American-made, compact 9mm that provides the same legendary Ruger reliability as the award-winning LCP, LCR® and SR9® became our focus. Meeting customer expectations is our goal and key to Ruger's continuing success," Fifer continued.
The LC9 is a double-action-only, hammer-fired, locked-breech pistol with a smooth trigger pull. Control and confident handling of the Ruger LC9 are accomplished through reduced recoil and aggressive frame checkering for a positive grip in all conditions. The Ruger LC9 features smooth "melted" edges for ease of holstering, carrying and drawing. 

As I mentioned before, it's nice to see more options out there.  The next ground breaking must have gun of the decade? Doubtful.  Kel-tec already has a couple similarly sized 9x19s, one of which has a double stack mag for a few more rounds.  Then again, the new Ruger has dovetailed sights, so (in theory) you'll be able to drop in some night sights, which is a great idea to me, and a finger extension mag included with the gun is a nice touch.

I guess I'm just let down by the amount of hype Ruger put out on this one.

What I'm really waiting for is some side to side comparisons with similar guns, as well as next to the LCP.  I'd much prefer a 9mm to a .380acp for carry, so I am interested, and I have a feeling CCW will be an option before the end of the year in these parts.

Is this it?

Gun Nuts Media has a picture and a link to the new Ruger LC9, a compact 9mm carry gun.  Is this what they've been making noise about the last couple days?

It's nice to see more carry options coming out, and eventually I'm sure we'll have CCW here in Wisconsin, but that seems like a lot of hype for a little 9mm.  Unless I'm missing something...

2010

As G&C quickly approaches it's second birthday, let's take a look at the numbers.  Keep in mind I only started running Google Analytics in April, so the stats may be slightly skewed.

38,102 unique visitors
64,732 page views
(As stated, these are actually only since April, so you can probably tack a couple thousand on there...)

Slightly under 26% of which were direct traffic (bookmarked or address entered manually)
63% were referred through links from other sites, with The View From The Porch beating out Google by 4% of the overall total.  (I really don't thank Tam enough, I sometimes think nobody would come here if she didn't occasionally link me.  I may have to go hit up her Amazon Wishlist.)
Those were followed by (in order), Hell in a Hand Basket, Facebook, and Say Uncle for the top five.

I am a Geography person in the grand scheme of things, so you get this-

Better.















As you can see, the vast majority of visits were from the US (34k), followed by Canada (864), the UK (348), Germany (249), and Australia (206).

The big hit posts were primarily the good ol' Rubber Band Extractor Spring, the first glove post, and my Battle Comp review.  Of course the main page itself got the most hits, but the most viewed post of 2010, and of all time to date, is (drum role and all that)...............................................

A little baby deer.

Kel-Tec KSG 12ga

Uncle's right, it does look incredibly cool, and I freakin' want one.

Double mag tubes with a quick switch near the grip too.  That should make for dang fast switch to slug drills.

A super-short shotty, with no tax stamp, and not a reduced capacity, but double what you'd get from a similar barrel length standard set-up.  Sweet.

Even more photos from Oleg here.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

I'm still here...

Appologies for the light posting the last few days.  I've been mired down with family gatherings, work, and now seem to be coming down with a wiked head cold or sinus infection of some sort.  Yay!

Hopefully I'll be getting some meatier stuff up this week, due to some much needed downtime and some cool products I've been beating up.

More Teasing...

Check www.Ruger.com Monday, January 3rd at 2:00 PM.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ruger... Tease...

Manufacturer of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Handgun of the Year
is starting 2011 with a bang!















Woke up to that email today...

Happy New Year!

From Guns & Coffee. 

I'm sure I'll be driving around watching for drunks, so it's set for auto-posting. Hopefully it works.

ETA: No, it didn't work.  Apparently it scheduled itself to turn into a draft.  Anyway, better late than never.