Shooting S&W’s Bodyguard Guns With Crimson Trace Lasers

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Life (and politics) may not be what they once were in Gun Valley, USA, but you wouldn’t know it from a visit to Smith & Wesson. I’m in Springfield with a handful of other gun media types where we learned that in the last five years, a full 75% of Smith’s business has been personal protection related — concealed carry, home defense…like that. Which explains why we’re here getting a look at their newly released Bodyguard .380 pistol and .38 revolver with integrated Crimson Trace lasers. First blush impression: they’re surprisingly impressive (I’m really loving the revolver) given the price point . . .

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Quote of the Day: Remembering the Guns Edition

Human Dementia Problems

“With an illness that’s progressive and impacts your [mind], there are all kinds of safety issues that actually come up, and the use of guns is a safety issue, not unlike driving, using power tools, and cooking. I think one of the biggest challenges for families is to sort out when that safety becomes a problem that could be dangerous to the person with the disease, whatever the issue is, whether it’s driving or guns.” – Beth Kallmeyer in Guns and Dementia [at webmd.com]

ShootingTheBull410 .380 Ammo Quest, The Sequel: Lehigh Defense Xtreme Penetrator

Finding a good-performing load for a .380 pocket pistol is tough. Really tough. That’s why I had to run over 30 different tests before settling on the winner, Precision One’s loading of the Hornady XTP bullet. But… even though that load met the penetration requirements and performed more consistently than any other, and has been loaded in my TCP ever since, I still keep an eye on the .380 ammo market to see if anything better has come along . . .

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Quote of the Day: We Know Best Edition

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“Police chiefs are in a very good position to make (a may-issue) determination. I understand the concern about it, but there needs to be someone that’s close to the community that can make the call.” – Former Boston police commissioner Edward F. Davis quoted in Senators pass an altered gun bill [via bostonglobe.com]

Question of the Day: What’s Your Favorite Video Game Gun?

“A strange off-shoot of my dislike of guns in real life is that I am a fanatic for ridiculous weaponry in video games.” So writes Jef With One F at houstonpress.com. In pursuit of what he calls gun centric overkill, mono-monikered Jef names what he considers to be the ten most ridiculously over-the-top firearms in the video game universe. Classics like the ever-popular landshark gun (above) from Armed and Dangerous and the ear-assaulting dubstep gun from Saint’s Row IV made Jef’s cut. So think back to all those hours wasted in your mis-spent youth (or just last night, as the case may be). What’s your favorite video game gun?

Quote of the Day: Yadda, Yadda, Yadda Edition

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“We will keep building on our strategy, putting more officers on the street in summer months, proactively intervening in gang conflicts, partnering with community leaders.” – Chicago police commissioner Gary McCarthy in 22 Shot, 2 Dead in ‘Unacceptable’ Chicago Gun Violence [at abcnews.go.com]

BREAKING: CA Gov. Brown Bans More Handguns By Signing AB 1964

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Press release from CAL-FFL:

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs New Handgun Ban AB 1964

Democrat-authored Assembly Bill 1964 will further criminalize the sale of handguns to law-abiding, background-checked Californians.

ROSEVILLE, CA (July 18, 2014) — In a Legislative Update issued earlier today, California Governor Jerry Brown announced that he has signed Assembly Bill 1964 (Dickinson), a measure that will eliminate the “single shot” exemption to California’s Roster of “not unsafe” handguns.  AB 1964’s changes to section 32100 of the California Penal Code, which will go into effect on January 1, 2015, will make it virtually impossible for law-abiding residents of the Golden State to acquire a “non-Roster” handgun in common use for lawful purposes, like self-defense . . .

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