When Masterpiece Arms announced that they were planning on releasing a bolt action rifle at SHOT Show, I wasn’t all that impressed. Masterpiece Arms has a bit of a reputation for making odd firearms, and they’ve never really been known as a precision firearms manufacturer. That was before I took a trip down to Georgia to see their operation in person, and the impression I had of their products changed a great deal following that weekend. To make sure that their build quality wasn’t a fluke I asked to test one of their new bolt action rifles back in Texas and see if it was really worth the coin . . .
We reviewed Charlie Sisk’s STAR rifle a year and a half ago, but Charlie hasn’t been resting on his laurels. Instead of just running with his precision rifles and cranking out the same thing time and again, he’s been hard at work perfecting the stock system he designed and adding a few new bells and whistles. We recently got our hands on one of his latest rifles that is destined to be donated in support of HAVA, an organization that helps disabled soldiers transition back to civilian life, and the differences are night and day . . .
Shannon Watts, paid spokeswoman for Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action gun control campaign, had planned to continue her crusade against companies that white suburban soccer moms care about by demanding that Kroger ban firearms from their stores. She had seen some marginal success with the likes of Starbucks and Chipotle, and she expected to be able to roll right along and declare a marginal victory with Kroger as well. Unfortunately for her, Kroger wasn’t playing ball. In a statement released Saturday, Kroger essentially told Shannon Watts to go away and stop bothering them.
The AR-15 is a dirty, dirty girl. The gas expansion system it uses to operate sprays hot carbon all over the internal parts of the gun every time it cycles, leaving a baked-on layer of gritty, nasty gunk that can clog up your rifle and make it stop working. It sucks, and the traditional method to keep your gun running sucks even more: regular and thorough maintenance. I mean, this is 2014, surely there’s a way I can throw money at the problem and make it go away, right? That’s where Cryptic Coatings comes in with their new bolt carrier groups . . .
“Nope, sorry, not the fault of the instructor…this is the fault of idiotic parents who think there is nothing wrong will letting their 9 year old fire a f**king uzi…if you think your child needs to fire ANY weapon, let alone this one, you are not fit to have children. Your children should be forcibly ripped from your custody, in front of you, while you scream about the 2nd amendment or some such shit. Seriously…this is why gun nuts are worthy of pre-emptive detention. So incredibly sad. This child’s life has been forever altered because her parents thought it was important to teach her how to fire an uzi…because they are idiots. Period.” – Tim Wise [at facebook.com]
Word comes to us this morning that there are mixed emotions among the People of the Gun in California. Three firearms-related pieces of legislation have been voted on and while one is now taking a permanent dirt nap, two more have advanced to the governor’s desk for his signature. A bill requiring registration of people wanting to buy ammunition (SB53) failed to pass, but the much-dreaded “Gun Violence Restraining Order” bill (AB 1014) got the Assembly’s approval. That law would allow anyone at any time to drop a dime on any gun owner and get the police to confiscate his or her firearms. Also heading to governor’s office is a bill requiring the registration of homemande firearms (SB 808) As a quick reminder of why AB 1014 is a dangerous idea . . .
Following the most recent arrest of Will Hayden for the alleged rape of his twelve year old daughter, Discovery Channel has decided to stop production of the next season of Sons of Guns and cancel the series. That’s the news via Fox News, which posted the announcement earlier today. Discovery Channel still lists the program on its press website, but I’m guessing that will change before long. Filming of new episodes was put “on hold” following Hayden’s first arrest, but the latest statement from the network seems to officially put the brakes on the whole production . . .
There are some people who say the American gun culture is out of control, that gun owners are trigger-happy buffoons who don’t care for the safety of others and act with reckless disregard for the safety of others. But compared to these guys, even the worst offenders among us are saints. Apparently this display of firepower is a customary occurrence during weddings in the middle east, and while I do my best to respect the customs and beliefs of other cultures at some point it crosses the line into irresponsible. For example…
I’m a big fan of the 10/22 Takedown. The original 10/22 is one of those iconic firearms that lasts for generations, and the Takedown version adds a wonderful new twist on the concept. It makes the whole package much more compact and easy to carry around, raising fewer eyebrows among neighbors in apartment buildings and easily fitting into small compartments in vehicles. There was just one problem: it wasn’t small enough. So, with a spare $200 in my pocket and nothing better to do, I wanted to see if there was a way to make it even smaller. And cooler. And I think I have . . .
You might be thinking to yourself, “didn’t you report on this already?” And while there was a story a couple weeks ago about William Hayden (star of Discovery Channel’s TV show Sons of Guns) being arrested for child molestation, it looks like he’s being booked once more — this time for rape. Of a 12 year old . . .
A couple weeks back I participated in the third annual Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Invitational. This is by far one of the most fun 3-gun events in the United States, mainly because it takes place at a range in the middle of the Oregon desert in the pitch black of night. 3-gun is cool, but when you’re running suppressed firearms with lights and lasers on them and thermal optics, things just get exponentially more awesome. I’ll have an equipment breakdown at some point, but first I want to talk about the stages and how the light (or lack thereof) impacts your options as a shooter.
A couple weeks back we reported on a bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives by California Democrat Mike Honda to ban the sale of body armor to “civilians” in the United States. At the time the full text of the bill hadn’t been released, but a couple days ago it was finally posted to Congress’s official website. And yes, it really is as bad as you’d expect . . .