From The Tactical Wire – Minneapolis, MN – Range Systems, a leading manufacturer of live fire shooting products for the military, law enforcement and consumer communities, introduces their newest complete line of steel targets called Dura-Steel. The new targets are manufactured from 3/8″ AR500 steel capable of handling calibers of up to .762 [yes, I know] at 100 yards. Dura-Steel targets are offered in 5 different target head silhouettes including: E-Target, M9, IPSC, 2/3 IPSC and Q-Target and contain no welds which weaken steel. The targets come standard unpainted making it value-priced and are reversible for added target life. Target prices range from $75.00 to $150 MSRP. The Dura-Steel Tripod Target Stand is made from solid steel rod . . .
and sheet metal and is designed to hold the Dura-Steel targets at a 20º forward angle to control splatter, reduce ricochet, and reduce the impact energy allowing for longer target life. The black painted stand also incorporates a pocket to hold an optional “Hostage” head target. The stand has an extra wide base radius for stability, manages easily for set-up and teardown for transport, and weighs just 33 lbs. MSRP is $150.00.
Black Hills Ammunition has worked with Barnes bullets to develop a Black Hills-specific variation of the Barnes TSX, an all-copper round that is designed to hold together while penetrating test barriers and still expand correctly when reaching a human target. Available in a full-power 5.56mm load, the Black Hills Ammunition 50 grain Barnes TSX round is claimed to be the first purpose-built police patrol rifle load. Jeff Hoffman, owner of Black Hills Ammo, found that this design is almost totally barrier blind in barrel lengths from 20 inches down to 8 inches. Black Hills also offers a lineup of pistol rounds loaded with the Barnes Tac-XP bullet, currently available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP, with a .380 ACP load coming soon. The full article is available at policeone.com.
You say gun control doesn’t work? Fine. Let’s ban guns altogether. That’s the headline of an opinion piece in last Wednesday’s L.A. Times. In what he acknowledges is a “decidedly minority viewpoint,” he says “ban them, with a carve-out for hunting weapons.” Hunters can own shotguns and rifles if they pass a safety course, and ammo would be tracked like OTC sales of pseudoephinedrine [sic, The drug’s actual name is pseudoephedrine]. But other than hunting weapons, sorry, you can’t have them. “As for handguns, assault-style weapons, etc., let’s have a flat-out ban … there is no defensible reason for such weapons to be a part of our culture.” Use in self defense is “impossible to measure because of a lack of trustworthy data.” The argument of protection from tyranny is, as always, dismissed, “the idea that a few well-armed patriots would be able to defeat the U.S. Army should the government turn despotic is, at best, a romantic infatuation.” Finally, he acknowledges that the Supreme Court upheld private gun ownership in Heller, but notes that “the Supreme Court has been wrong before,” citing the Fugitive Slave Law and Dred Scott. So, his personal opinion, “Ban the guns.”
Saturday night I told you that it was Los Angeles’ gun buy-up day (too late for some, sorry), so a quick followup. Nbclosangeles.com says that 950 firearms were surrendered over the weekend in exchange for grocery gift cards. There were no notable turn-ins listed among the 476 handguns, 273 rifles, 170 shotguns, and 31 “assault rifles.” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at a press conference Monday that, “This is not about the right to own guns, this is about getting rid of those guns that serve no useful purpose. Many of the weapons here are illegal on their face. They don’t belong in a civilized society.” That’s an interesting point of view, isn’t it? I’m struggling to think of how a gun can be “illegal on its face.” Matter of fact, I’m struggling to think of any tangible object that can be “illegal on its face.” Something that is intrinsically illegal based simply on its own existence. I’m drawing a blank. Anyone?
The Yankee Marshal wants to make sure we’re all aware of of an epidemic that’s sweeping the nation. The Handgun Epidemic. [Couple-three random discordant F-bombs]
You see it’s funny, but it makes you think. Gary the GLOCK cameo at the very end.
And just for fun, hickok45, a Winchester 1887, and some very explode-y watermelons. No tannerite required.