We noted the Pioneer Airbow’s introduction when it was announced before SHOT. Crosman calls it a PCP (pre-charged pneumatic) airbow but its bullpup-like design makes it compact and easily maneuverable (though at seven pounds, it runs a little heavier than your average AR). I wouldn’t want to be a hog or a doe on the receiving end of one.

I had a chance to fire the thing last week in Montana.

RF may not have been a fan of its aesthetics, but this thing is two tons o’ fun to shoot. It’s also dead-on-balls accurate. I was shooting at 30 yards or so. The Pioneer packs 3000 PSI which gets you 8-10 full-power shots at a whopping 450 feet per second, giving it more range and making it a lot easier to charge than a crossbow.

At about $850, each one ships with three arrows, a standard 6×40 scope, sling and quiver. If you get a chance to try one, take it.

There’s a reason that Hickok45’s son is sitting in a chair with the camera towering above him for this rant. The man is taller than the tall tales anti-gunners tell to justify their crusade for civilian disarmament. One of the more popular counters thrown back at them: guns don’t kill people, people kill people!

The extravagantly bearded gun guy thinks that’s a dumb argument. No one — well hardly anyone — thinks a gun will kill someone of its own volition. Methinks he’s missing the point.

The expression reminds antis — and The People of the Gun — to focus on the killer, not the means. I don’t like it as much as “when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns,” but low information voters need easily understood slogans. I say GDKP, PKP stays. You?

I love me some recoil. Both the magazine and the force of a gun as it releases a bullet or pellets. When I shoot one of my Benelli 12-gauge shotguns, it’s like unleashing a thunderbolt. Ditto shooting my Stoeger coach gun. A sore shoulder is a small price to pay for the joy of harnessing such power. That said, I’m not sure I’d enjoy firing a 4 gauge shotgun. But, as someone who used to jump out of perfectly good airplanes, there are times you have to engage in some risky business, if you know what I mean. You game?

“Top Gun actress Kelly McGillis says she has been issued a conceal and carry gun permit after being assaulted during a break-in at her home on June 17,” people.com reports. “The 58-year-old wrote on Facebook on Thursday that she was ‘rushed’ through a conceal and carry course and is now “armed and ready.'”

The Witness star went on to write that she was gang-raped at age 12, later held up at gunpoint during college, attacked on the New York City subway, and then raped again by two men in 1979 – a horrific ordeal she’s previously spoken out about.

“I have been stalked by an ex-girlfriend who took great pains to try to poison my animals and wreak a swath of destruction of my personal property,” McGillis detailed. “After each one of these attacks I moved thinking I could find a safe place. Not. The incident Friday night has now pushed me over the edge. It has been my tipping point. No I am not a victim. I am a survivor.”

While I’m glad to see Ms. McGillis take personal responsibility for her security, perhaps she could now speak out about the importance of gun rights, so that other woman don’t experience the horrific attacks that led to her decision to carry. Especially women in New York City.

“All I have ever wanted is to feel safe. Safe in my own home…. I can’t think. I can’t eat. And I am terrified to be alone…That’s why I am going to start carrying a gun.”

Here’s hoping a self-defense firearm will alleviate these symptoms. And one more thing Ms. McGillis: home carry.