Weekend Digest: As Good As It Gets Edition

Masked robber courtesy dailynews.com
A rather daring and unusual string of robberies took place at three gun sellers in Mississippi last Friday night. A man (not shown) rammed his truck through the front door of Cook’s Gun Shop in D’Iberville (De-eye-berville), smashed several display cases and grabbed up several handguns. Minutes earlier, the man tried the same tactics at pawn shops in Gautier (Go-shay) and Ocean Springs (Oh-shun Springs). He got away with several guns in Gautier, but was unsuccessful making it inside the Ocean Springs store. One source told reporters that as many as 20 guns are now in criminal circulation. Click here to see the video, and note the guy’s not dumb; he used the back end of his truck. . .

A challenger for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) seat is going to use a gun to try to get it. State Sen. Lee Bright of Spartanburg will be raffling off an AR-15 in a drawing set for February 15th. Entries are free, but require entrants to provide their name, phone number, and email address as 2A-supportive voters. Bright said the giveaway is to raise awareness that “we are more pro-gun than Lindsey Graham.” (In my opinion, not a terribly high bar to step over.) The gun comes from Palmetto State Armory, and will be paid for with campaign cash. I assume you have to be a SC resident to win, but if you want to try your hand, go here.

AM-TAC Precision introduced their new .416 Hushpuppy round at SHOT this year, with the concept of having a suppressed round with a maximum point blank range of 200 yards on a man-sized target, and creating a wound channel larger than a 12 gauge buck or slug due to the yawing characteristics of the bullet when it encounters a soft target. The Firearm Blog has details and pictures on this stubby little round. It’s comical looking. Whether or not it’s effective, I guess we’ll have to find out.

SilencerCo goes night-vision hog hunting with their new Saker 762. The more videos I watch, the more I want one, which I suppose is the point.

 
The Washington Secretary of State’s office has officially certified one gun-related initiative to the Legislature, and is starting the review of a second. The certified measure, Initiative 594, would require universal background checks on all firearm sales in Washington. The second initiative now being certified, Initiative 591, would prevent Washington state from adopting background-check laws stricter than the national standard, which requires the checks for sales by licensed dealers but not for purchases from private sellers. It would also prohibit confiscation of firearms without due process. If you’re thinking those two are diametrically opposite, you wouldn’t be wrong. If the legislature takes no action, both proposals will be on the ballot in November for the voters to decide. I wonder what happens if they both pass…

Jerry Miculek hauls a S&W .500 Magnum out to the range, and rips off five shots in 1.14 seconds. My hand hurts just thinking about it.

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comments

  1. avatar Nathaniel says:

    See if we had mandatory gun registration, the criminal would be arrested when he tried to register the stolen guns.

    1. avatar NJDevils72 says:

      We have mandatory vehicle and driver registration. That worked out well in this case.

    2. avatar Rwoid says:

      If he stole them, why would he register them? Nobody would know that he had them, so he could either resell them to criminals who are not worried about registering, or he could simply keep them for himself. He already committed a major crime by stealing them, so whats one more crime? If he was so concerned about following the law when it comes to registering theme, then wouldn’t he have followed the law and acquired the firearms in a legal manner?

      1. avatar Citizen says:

        I’m guessing OP was kidding here.

        1. avatar Nathaniel says:

          Yup.

          Look at Michigan. Handguns must be registered with the local police. That doesn’t really seem to be helping Detroit with it’s crime problem.

      2. avatar Paladin says:

        I think your sarcasm detector may be malfunctioning…

  2. avatar ninjaTED says:

    …but, but there are LAWS against this guy possessing firearms! He broke into a store, how did he pass the NICS check?!? Doesn’t he know what the LAWS are? Oh, you silly criminal, not following the LAWS!!!

    1. avatar Jugrnot says:

      Aren’t there laws against breaking into buildings and theft? Sure stopped them. Words on paper mean precisely dick.

  3. avatar jwm says:

    Jerry can out Chuck Norris Chuck Norris. Leroy Brown, baddest man in the whole damn town, tips his hat and steps aside for Jerry. Superman offers to tug on his own cape for Jerry.

    How awesome would it be for Jerry to have a love child with KJW? Difi would probably try to ban such an event.

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      Jerry already has a bad ass family! Just look how much of his mitts are in contact with the revolver.

    2. avatar What A Guy! says:

      “Jerry can out Chuck Norris Chuck Norris”

      But can he out-ace Ace Rimmer?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXYfnWRp1Q0

      Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for breakfast.

      1. avatar benny says:

        Yes! +100000 for the double red dwarf reference.

        What a guy..

        1. avatar shawn says:

          Smeghead. Holy crap. I am speechless right now.

    3. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      Jerry would be the man, except that Chuck Norris can roundhouse kick 5 .500S&W bullets out of his way in 1.13 seconds. Quite a feat Jerry, but you’re going to have to step up your game if you want to take on Chuck.

      1. Except good ‘ol JM can go *under a second* with a *SIX* 50bmg… BOOM!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXEK7rcqO-Y#t=02m11s

        1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

          Throw in armor piercing rounds and you might have a point.

    4. avatar Have Blue says:

      Fun fact: Jerry’s right index finger has its own tax stamp.

    5. avatar Eric says:

      When Jerry Miculek tells Chuck Norris to do something, he replies “Yes, dad.”

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Now, that’s funny right there.

    6. avatar GGJB says:

      Jerry’s wife is Kay Miculek, a multiple world champion herself.

  4. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    The last hog doing the somersault was epic.

    1. avatar Sixpack70 says:

      Two of them did pretty good somersaults. Those little bastards run pretty fast.

    2. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only sick SOB that got pleasure in that…

      1. avatar Matt in FL says:

        You can add my name to the list. I’d also like to note that on at least one of them, you can see some of the hog get carried out the other side by the bullet. Lights out!

      2. avatar ensitue says:

        Saving the environment, one lead bullet at a time

  5. avatar JeffR says:

    Oh-shun. Thanks, Matt.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      I do what I can. Glad it helped.

      I didn’t know how to pronounce the first two, and it didn’t seem fair to leave Ocean Springs out of the fun just because they have a pedestrian name. And it made me laugh to write it.

      1. avatar crashbbear says:

        D’Iberville (Dee-berville) or super french (Dee-ber-vee-yay)
        Gautier (Go-tee-yay)

        Last one may be regional…
        Ocean Springs (Oh-shin Springs)?

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          I got my pronunciations from the folks in the video, who I presume are saying them correctly.

          Your example of Gautier is how I pronounced it in my head before I watched the video, but even as I did so I knew I’d turn out to be wrong.

        2. avatar Rich Grise says:

          In Southern Minnesota, there’s a town named “Faribault,” and on the billboards they spell it “Faribo,” or sometimes “Fair-bo.”

        3. avatar Matt in FL says:

          See, I’d have gotten that one right.

        4. avatar Rich Grise says:

          What English-speaking person doesn’t know how to pronounce “ocean?” Y’know, like Atlantic, Pacific, etc?

        5. avatar Pdog44 says:

          Ha, yeah, the names are definitely pronounced correctly in the video.

          Matt, I can tell you that we appreciate you sounding it out for everyone, seldom does anyone get it right if they’re not from here. Lots of culture makes for some interesting and unfamiliar names.

        6. avatar Mark N. says:

          this is my personalfavorite place…boy did I get it wrong when I drove through many years ago and asked for some info on my CB: Natchitoches. (Nack o tich to all y’all non Louisiana folk ). Then there is always Thibodaux… that would be “Ti bi dough” .

        7. avatar MarcusAurelius says:

          Makes me want to cruise through Faribault in a Renault.

        8. avatar Jessica Y. says:

          I’m from the area. It is Gautier (Go-Shay). 😀 Non-locals call it everything from (got-hur), (goat-her), (go-tee-air), ect.

  6. avatar tdiinva says:

    Lindsey Graham is the Arlen Spector of the South. However, he is solid on the Second Amendment.

    1. avatar Jim R says:

      ..He?

      If he’s anything like Specter he’ll turn on you in a New York minute. Get him outta there before he can do any more damage.

      1. avatar tdiinva says:

        You should have seen him last year during the hearings on Assault weapons and magazine limits. He took apart all the supporting witnesses.. Calling him the Arlen Spector of the South is a relative thing. His actual lifetime American Conservative Union rating is 89 out of 100. I don’t think Barry Goldwater was much better than that.

        1. avatar the ruester says:

          Yes, and i think his witnesses were the tipping point on some key votes. To me he’s about as good as it gets.

    2. avatar Rambeast says:

      Yes, on the 2nd, he is solid. He’s a RINO/Statist on every other issue, though.

  7. avatar cigr says:

    The guns from the robberies were recovered. Apparently the dude got scared and ditched them.

    http://www.wlox.com/story/24542786/guns-from-gun-store-robberies-recovered

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Thanks for that. I wrote that a couple days ago, and I did a quick check before I put it here, but didn’t find a followup.

    2. avatar PeterZ in West Tennessee says:

      Probably dumped them when he couldn’t find any ammo for them.

  8. avatar Rich Grise says:

    “Ocean Springs (Oh-shun Springs).”

    LOL! Like reading Dave Barry on a Saturday Night! 😉

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Heeeyyy, wait a minute.
      Isn’t Dave Barry from south Florida too?
      Coincidence?

  9. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    I hope the anti gun measure in Washington fails miserably. It would be nice if these antis would actually do something to combat real crime than screw over the general populace.

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Yes.
      If the newspaper survey Mr. Weingarten wrote about a bit back is true, it should fail miserably.

    2. avatar Eric says:

      “It would be nice if these antis would actually do something to combat real crime than screw over the general populace.”

      Then they’d be out of a job…

  10. avatar dwb says:

    It’s not just the fast shooting. Its not even that he did it double action and kept them all on target. It’s the chuckle at the end. His forearms must be made of steel.

  11. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    I still think if you need more than a .44 magnum you need a buttstock. But then I’m not awesome like Jerry.

  12. avatar S.CROCK says:

    this is way off topic, but things just got real in ca!! a friend of mine just tried to get a handgun in ca! the wanted a s&w 9c found out it was dropped from the list a week ago. he then tried to get a sr9c found out it was dropped. finally he settled on a lc9 and was told it was one of three in stock and it was the last three that the store/chain would ever sell! and just if anyone is interested, the store said they could only sell him the s&w IF HE WAS A LEO!!!!!!

    1. avatar Xanthro says:

      Law Enforcement can buy guns in California that are not on the approved California Firearm list.

      It’s one of the ways that certain competition handguns make it into competitors hands in California. Law Enforcement buys them, then pretends a sudden lack of interest in competition, and sales to the person it was really purchased for.

      1. avatar Rick says:

        Hmmm. Similar to a case in front of the Supreme Court right now…

    2. avatar Mark N. says:

      CA LEOs are exempt from the roster and can buy anything they want except NFA items. Thus once a handgun drops off the roster, the only way to legally purchase one is in a private party transfer or through the so-called single shot exemption. An FFL cannot sell a non-roster firearm to a non-LEO.

  13. avatar Yarburg says:

    I was wondering when the stolen guns were going to grace the digest. Such a shame they successfully stole from Cooks. Cooks has a very good staff with a decent inventory. The one in Ocean Springs…..not so much.

  14. avatar Rick says:

    “… note the guy’s not dumb; he used the back end of his truck.”

    You mean the end that usually has a license plate on it?

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Well, it was more about he didn’t use the end that had a chance of driving a piece of the front door through the a/c condenser and/or radiator and/or headlights and/or setting off the airbag.

  15. avatar Hannibal says:

    Knowing how people vote on initiatives they’ll vote for both and then Pat Buchanan somehow.

  16. avatar Rick says:

    Sixpack, I’m thinking that 594 is on the ballot but for some reason 591 “just won’t make the cut.” Punctuation or some such.

  17. avatar Bryan says:

    The stolen guns have been recovered after they were discarded in a knapsack in a front yard.
    The report of the thefts had been widely spread in the gun trading community leaving little chance that they could be sold quickly.
    The unknown suspect is still at large.
    $5000.00 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

    1. avatar shawn says:

      Are you saying that there is a gun trading community for known stolen guns? You make it sound so nice…can i join?

      1. avatar Bryan says:

        There is an active community here on the Gulf Coast that supports the 2nd amendment.
        Facebook has several pages dedicated to the interaction of like minded persons.
        The description an serial numbers of the stolen items was posted on them.
        This left few possible outlets for the disposition of the stolen guns.
        Add the $5000.00 reward that the criminal class would gladly give up the thief for, the thief was left with tossing the ill gotten gains out the window of his truck.

  18. Wait….he said “300 grain” … Wholleee krappp!

    Love Jerry’s YouTube channel.

  19. General Note to TTAG:

    Matt’s “round up” posts have become some of my favorite to read. I get a lot of info in short order with his short summary paragraphs and vids.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Oh crap, now he’s gonna want a raise.

      1. avatar peirsonb says:

        Reminds me of an old commercial…

        “What am I paying you now?”
        “Nothing.”
        “I’ll triple it.”
        “Ok” – walks out….

  20. avatar Frank McGhee says:

    Why isn’t the gun-grabbing community seeking to ban all Nissan Titans? I mean, that vehicle was used to commit a crime that resulted in guns being stolen. Possibly those guns could be used in nefarious activities, like redistribution.

  21. avatar GS650G says:

    “The round is designed to be marketed to the LE and hunting community, and would make a great hog or predator round.”

    2 legged or 4 legged, take your pick.

  22. avatar 1911A1 says:

    Paul Broun here in Georgia is running for Saxby Chambliss’ old seat. He’s giving away an AR away as well.

    Who’s copying who here, Huh?

  23. avatar Jonathan -- Houston says:

    Seems like we have a new scenario befitting the STFU approach: burglarized gun store owners. In the media interview, the rightly saddened gun store owner conveys how frustrated and violated he feels having been the victim of this crime. He then speculates on what purpose these guns will serve in this criminal’s hands and what future horrible crimes they might be used to commit. Then he says IT: that he’ll feel partially responsible for those crimes, since the guns used in them had been stolen from his shop.

    Would that be all it takes for some lawyer to try to sue him on behalf of some future crime victim whose attacker used one of these guns? Couldn’t they then come back at him and argue that he was negligent for his security being inadequate? I realize that anyone can sue anyone and argue whatever they like, but isn’t even a frivolous lawsuit given more unearned momentum when it can cite the defendant’s own “admission” of partial responsibility? Maybe, maybe not, but I wouldn’t talk to the media either way.

    1. avatar Gs650g says:

      You can hear the cameraman and reporter saying “good stuff” as they drive away.

  24. avatar BlinkyPete says:

    I’m surprised by the (lack of) reaction to the acceptance of Initiative 594. If it fails, you can count on the anti’s to keep on trying (though it would be a pretty staggering loss). If it passes, you can expect photo copies in other purple states like Maine, Nevada, Ohio and Michigan and truly vindictive legislation in Massachusetts. And you can expect them to pass, too.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Well, the acceptance only means that the SecState’s office has looked at the signatures they gathered and said that they have exceeded the number of valid sigs necessary to have it go before the legislature and/or be put on the ballot. So it’s something to keep an eye on, but it’s not exactly an “action item” at the moment. The SecState’s signoff is purely an administrative step, and has no bearing on nor passes any judgment on the validity of the issue raised.

      1. avatar BlinkyPete says:

        My understanding, and obviously I could be wrong here, is that the legislature’s choices are to pass the bill themselves or to hand it to the people for a vote in the next general election. Essentially, there’s no opportunity to kill it now. I’d call this an action item, but again, I don’t see a scenario where it doesn’t pass.

  25. avatar TheSleeperHasAwakened says:

    I thought criminals only purchased guns at gun shows because they don’t have to do a background check.

    I just hope that criminal can read so he doesn’t take those guns into any “Gun Free Zones”.

    1. avatar Rich Grise says:

      Apparently, you’ve awakened a day late – they found the guns abandoned in a backpack in somebody’s front yard. The guy probably saw himself on twitter or something.

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