Bank of America: just say “no”.

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In case you’ve missed the flap, last week Kelly McMillan (of the companies which bear the family name) posted to Facebook that he’d been visited by a senior VP of Bank of America, the company that’s handled his company’s banking needs for more than a decade. Seems that they no longer want his business because he makes evil guns. In Kelly’s words (which I copied from his FB page, but I don’t think he’ll care):

McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, McMillan Firearms Manufacturing, ...

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The shake-up at Taurus: Mark Kresser takes over.

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Yesterday The Truth About Guns published a piece about the new Taurus CEO, Mark Kresser. I found his avowed commitment to change at the company interesting, especially since reports are that he replaced quite a number of the “old guard” folks when he took up his new position. To quote a line from my favorite movie, “that could be either good, or bad.”

Good if it brings new thinking and new dedication, bad if it ...

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Ed Harris on metallurgy for firearms.

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(Editor’s Note: Ed’s back with an incredible article on firearm metallurgy! This originated as a reply to an email from a “DG”. Ed gives some phenomenal information on the metals used at his employer, Sturm Ruger, to build their guns. I think you’ll find it very interesting, if a little complex!)

DG: A toolmaker friend wants to know what types of metal are used in a revolver. Having read your posts, I figured you would probably have the answers. Please feel ...

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What I did at SHOT Show 2012, Part Five.

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In the last installment I bemoaned the current fad of attaching AR-15 buttstocks to anything that doesn’t move. I’d like to have the adjustability, mind you, but without the wobble and general unsightliness of the AR stock. I was passing by the ATI booth, and found that in addition to their AR-style collapsible stocks (they’re big in that market), they also make a more traditional looking collapsing stock that incorporates both a cheekrest and a very thick recoil absorbing pad.

Called ...

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What I did at SHOT Show 2012, Part Four.

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More of the 2012 SHOT Show!

It seems that I’m always looking at new riflescopes. I’m pretty particular about image quality, and given how I tend to treat field gear (roughly!) I also need a scope that will stand up to abuse. In past years I’ve been happy with the price/performance balance of the IOR/Valdada and Leupold scopes I’ve owned, but their optical quality isn’t as good as the more expensive brands. I’ve had the privilege to use a Schmidt & ...

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What I did at SHOT Show 2012, Part Three.

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One of the booths I wanted to visit was Elzetta. I’ve mentioned before that my flashlight of choice is their ZFL-M60 with a (discontinued) Malkoff MC-E module. This combination gives 500 lumens (!!) of pure flood light, enough to light up a room no matter which direction it’s pointed. The beam is so soft that it has no hotspot and thus produces no glare when pointed at anything short of a mirror. It is, I contend, the ...

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What I did at SHOT Show 2012, Part Two.

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As it happens, this year’s SHOT was a record-breaker: more than 61,000 attendees, with 2,466 of those being media (including yours truly!)

I’ll start today with what I didn’t see: any big introductions from the major revolver manufacturers. Smith & Wesson had a couple of Performance Center variants (I’d not seen the Model 647 Varminter before), Ruger was showing the previously announced four-inch SP101 in .38/.357 and .22LR (the smallbore having vastly improved sights), while Colt didn’t show ...

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What I did at SHOT Show 2012, Part One.

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For those of you who might have wondered, I spent last week at the annual SHOT Show in sunny Las Vegas. It was a busy week for me, as I had several meetings lined up and those meetings generated still more meetings, all of which turned out to be for the good. In fact, I was so busy meeting and talking with other people that I didn’t get to see as much of the show as I’d wanted!

That actually fit ...

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The blog of Massad Ayoob.

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Those of us who know Massad Ayoob chuckle at his self-proclaimed aversion to technology. My favorite “Mas-ism” is his oft-repeated line “to you it’s a computer…to me it’s a typewriter with a suppressor.” Yet his supposed technophobia hasn’t stopped him from writing a pretty good blog over at Backwoods Home Magazine.

(I’ll digress just a bit to tell you that he also writes a monthly column for BHM. BHM is a magazine about country living, but without the ...

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Multi-caliber revolvers: why you don’t see them on gun store shelves.

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Every so often I get an email asking about the feasibility of building a multi-caliber revolver along the lines of the short-lived Phillips & Rogers Medusa. There have been several attempts to build and market such a revolver over the years, and none of them succeeded. The Medusa was probably the most successful of the efforts, and even it didn’t last long.

Aside from the general silliness of the concept (you can’t get .38 Special during the Zombie Apocalypse, but you can ...

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Man and machines: the tools that made your gun aren’t terribly important, except when selling a bill of goods.

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I don’t know if this qualifies as a rant, but I’m annoyed when a gun is advertised as being “built with [insert well known firearm brand] machinery.” Depending on the gun being peddled, you’ll hear Colt machinery, S&W machinery, even Beretta machinery.

It’s horse excrement.

Colt doesn’t make machinery, and neither does S&W. The machines they use are produced by machine tool manufacturers; in the old days, before we allowed our basic manufacturing capabilities to be decimated, that would have been companies ...

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RFID, PR, and SHTF: are the feds really implanting tracking chips in your guns?

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You’ve probably heard about the flap MKS Distributing caused last week. MKS, a former promoter of Charter Arms, is the primary distributor for Chiappa guns – including the Rhino revolver.

Chiappa disclosed that starting in 2012 all their guns would carry an RFID chip. The chip is attached at the time of manufacture, and presumably contains information such as the gun’s serial number, place of origin, lot number, and that sort of thing. Because it’s applied at the factory, it can’t ...

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Mixing units, or how not to make buying decisions.

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This popped up on my radar this morning, and I was so annoyed by the misuse of scientific data that I bumped today’s post to comment.

The advertisement, from a European maker of flashlights, claims that the sun produces 6,000 lumens; which, conveniently, is less than their flashlights at a claimed 10,000 lumens. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt (though as you’ll see I don’t think they deserve it) and accept that their product does in ...

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Competition: it’s what’s for breakfast. Too bad I don’t eat breakfast.

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I’ve been chided just a bit for ignoring the growing field of revolver competition. It’s not that I dislike competition, it’s just that it’s not my focus these days; self defense topics are what I’m most interested in and tend to write about.

Still, I do occasionally like to see what’s up with the standings; when I want to know what’s happening in the world of revolver matches, I read Paul Erhardt over at DownrangeTV. This link will ...

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Doing good work: Larry Potterfield supports the shooting sports. Again. Still. Big-time.

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I’ve never been much on television commercials; I routinely ignore them, and the most annoying I mute. Such is the case with Larry Potterfield’s ads for Midway USA. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a satisfied Midway customer and will no doubt continue to be, but it’s just that Mr. Potterfield’s ads are, well, annoying. He’s a nice fellow (I’ve met him), but I can’t stand his commercials.

Regardless of what I think about his television performances, though, it’s worth celebrating ...

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More on ‘new’ Dan Wessons: some background and predictions.

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I received a bunch of emails from last week’s story on the reintroduction of the Dan Wesson Model 715 by CZ-USA.

Some of them centered around the gun’s MSRP, which is reported as being $1200. If the gun is of superb quality, that’s not an unreasonable figure. Think of it this way: Freedom Arms has no trouble selling their high-end single actions, and the S&W Performance Center – despite putting out some embarrassingly bad ...

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Here we go again: the Dan Wesson rumors arise from the grave.

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Got an email recently from a fellow who noticed that CZ-USA is once again illustrating new Dan Wesson 715 revolvers on their site. As you may recall, this is an old story; you can read it here.

When CZ-USA acquired Dan Wesson in 2005, the first thing they did was promise that revolvers would be an important part of their business. They even showed a prototype “new 715” at SHOT that season. Time passed and nothing more ...

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Monday pot-stirring: how to tell when you’re being fed a line of bull.

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I’ve mentioned that my father was on a bomber crew during World War II. I didn’t mention that a few years before he died he trolled the gun shows looking for a decent M1 Garand (I eventually found one for him, which my brother and I gave to him as a birthday gift.) I asked him why he wanted one, and he animatedly exclaimed “I carried one during the War, and it was the best weapon ever made!”

“Ummm, Dad?” I ...

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Hey, I made the ProArms Podcast!

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Last year Gail Pepin interviewed me for the ProArms Podcast, and it finally got released this week!

I’m pretty sure the delay was due to the amount of editing required. We were up at the Firearms Academy of Seattle, and Gila Hayes had insisted that I try a dessert she’d made – some sort of brownie mocha torte. Near as I can tell it starts with a 55 gallon drum of concentrated chocolate extract which ...

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An accident at Gunsite. Who’s at fault?

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According to AZcentral.com, a man was shot in the abdomen at Gunsite a few days ago. If you’ve seen pictures of their facility, you’ve seen the shoothouse with catwalks above which allows observation of the proceedings. Apparently a man was on the catwalk and silhouetted by overhead lights; the student saw his outline and shot it. Luckily the man survived the incident and is recovering.

Gunsite says that students are instructed not to shoot toward the catwalk, but ...

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What are the top-selling pistol cartridges? Winchester tell us.

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The Firearm Blog reports that Winchester recently released their top five (even though there are six listed!) pistol cartridges. The 9mm is not surprisingly in first place, and that favorite of law enforcement, the .40 S&W, is justifiably in the number two slot. Coming into third place is a bit of a dark horse – the venerable .38 Special.

What’s most curious is the .380 ACP in fifth place. According to a Federal rep I talked with a ...

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What I did during Spring Break: a short Combat Focus Shooting Instructor Development course review.

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I just returned from a visit to Virginia Beach, where I attended the Combat Focus Shooting Instructor Development (CFSID) course. It was 4 days and just shy of 60 hours learning the ins and outs of Combat Focus Shooting so that we could accurately and efficiently communicate the program to students. It was easily the most intensive course I’ve attended in the shooting world.

We spent the first of those day on the range…no, that’s not quite right; for ...

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Attack of the clones: proprietary cartridges and their open-source cousins.

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It comes as no surprise to long-time readers that I’m a fan of the 6.5mm rifle caliber. Though I’ve only owned a single such rifle – a 6.5-284 screamer – the ballistic advantages of this particular diameter intrigue me to no end. It seems to be a “sweet spot” in rifle calibers, where drag coefficients and sectional densities combine to make extremely efficient cartridges. Their stability in flight, ability to resist wind, and deep penetration are the stuff of legend.

I’ve ...

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Vintage gun ads. How many do you remember?

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The SHOT Show, that yearly orgy of all things that go ‘bang’, starts next Tuesday. The products shown there will be arriving on dealer’s shelves over the coming months, but the ads will show up almost immediately. That’s how commerce is done.

It was serendipitous, then, that I recently ran across a site called Vintage Ad Browser. The site collects images of old ads for all kinds of products, including guns and ammo. Just like the SHOT Show, ...

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What safety standards? Is there anything like an industry standard for firearms safety?

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On occasion I’ll get feedback on  my articles on safety, and some will opine that anyone who doesn’t teach ‘industry standard’ rules opens himself (or herself) up to liability problems. I’ve heard this argument more than once and it makes less sense each time I hear it – on several levels. I’m sure this view is quite common, so let’s tackle the subject head-on.

First let’s address the very notion that there is such a thing as an industry standard for firearm ...

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Gas piston rifles are all the rage. What value are they, anyhow?

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Last week’s arrival of Ruger’s SR-556 rifle has a certain segment of the shooting community swooning with delight. I’m not at all certain the hoopla is justified.

There are those with the opinion that a gas piston system has merits over the direct gas impingement operation used in the standard M-16/AR-15 family of rifles. There are perceived shortcomings in the impingement system, but in my experience, over many rifles and uncounted thousands of rounds of ammunition, most of the complaints are ...

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Yes, I’m repeating myself: women are people, too. How about the people in the gun industry treat them like they are?

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I’ve written about this before, but it’s getting worse. All across this country are people standing behind gun counters who need to be taught that women are people, too.

I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve run into a woman who was sold (as opposed to deciding to buy) a revolver for self defense. Now it should be pretty clear to even the densest web denizen that this ...

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Are ammo prices keeping you from learning?

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Lately I’ve been hearing from people who’ve decided against attending training courses because of the cost of ammunition. If I may, I think that this is a shortsighted attitude!

Yes, ammo prices are the highest they’ve ever been. Yes, the number of rounds necessary to complete a decent shooting class is a significantly higher expense than it used to be. It’s still worth it, and it’s a bargain that you should take advantage of.

If you plan to carry a handgun, or ...

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It’s time for someone else to make revolvers.

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Well, it’s more precise to say that it’s time for someone else to make double-action revolvers!

With Colt out of the revolver business, Taurus showing no signs of moving past the low end of the market, Dan Wesson functionally deceased, and Smith & Wesson producing mere shadows of their former greatness, it’s time for someone else to step up to the plate. It’s time for someone to take over the badly-served upper end of the revolver market.

It’s time for Freedom Arms ...

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