Remember back before the whole open carry at Starbucks thing blew up, back when there weren’t any ARs and AKs, just a bunch of guys and gals with their BBQ guns and nice holsters? Back then, part of their “impact statement” was to pay with $2 bills. Hornady Manufacturing had the same idea when distributing their annual bonuses, handing out $61,000 worth of $2 bills as part of the employees’ bonus package, with a request from management that they spend the money in Hornady’s hometown of Grand Island, Nebraska. Hornady employs more than 300 people in Grand Island, and they want the town to know that the Hornady employee family supports the town . . .
and spends money there. The $2 bills were only part of the employee bonus package, which also included a “nice check” and a deposit into their 401(k)s. Hornady also did the $2 bill bonus thing last year, giving out $48,000 in cash bonuses, and vice president Jason Hornady attributed the increase to “unprecedented demand” for ammunition, and employees’ hard work to meet that demand.
The Daily Caller had an article last week (filed under Womens Outdoor News) titled 5 Things You Need To Know About Personal-Defense Ammunition. It’s a very basic primer on ammunition, but it’s clearly aimed at those unfamiliar with firearms in general and personal defense specifically, so basic is OK. The fun part for me was venturing into the comment section. It leads off with this gem from “The_Old_Geezer:” I think I’ll just stick with three basic known truths: (1) a 230 grain round from a 1911a .45 ACP is going to stop just about anyone… A couple comments later, he answers a question from a self-proclaimed “newbie,” and his answer is good, up until the last sentence: You don’t have to be an expert marksman with any .45 ACP weapon only good enough to hit an intruder somewhere as they will be going down even if you fail to hit a vital organ area. Good to know I only have to hit them “somewhere.”
Here’s how you know when your rules are approaching ridiculous. It’s when a police officer can’t buy a gun or ammunition because of something that happened when he was a juvenile, something that didn’t preclude his becoming a cop. Jeremy Quate is an officer in Hillsdale, Missouri, but lives in Illinois. When he was 16 he was arrested for burglary, and given probation. He was told that obeying probation guidelines was his “shot at a clean record.” He completed his probation without incident, and his juvenile record was sealed. However, because the arrest was for a felony charge, he is being denied a FOID card. He wants to buy a “secondary gun” for off-duty use, but he can’t do that without an FOID, nor can he buy ammunition for his service weapon so he can practice. So he’s stuck, no doubt just like thousands of others.
One of the guns I’ve not yet been lucky enough to get my hands on is the BAR. I don’t exactly know why, but it’s always been one of the most intriguing guns I’ve ever seen. I will eventually shoot one, and maybe I’ll someday even be lucky enough to own one. In the meantime, I just have to live vicariously through folks like hickok45.
That’s the short and exciting version. If you’re like me and need more, here’s his full 20+ minute shoot ‘n show.