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Robert Farago is the Publisher of The Truth About Guns (TTAG). He started the site to explore the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of guns.

[Really Old] NRA List of Orgs, Celebs, Business, Media Supporting Civilian Disarmament

The NRA-ILA has published the following list of organizations it consider antithetical to firearms freedom:

Organizations:

AARP
AFL-CIO
Ambulatory Pediatric Association
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Civil Liberties Union
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing
American Medical Women`s Association
American Medical Student Association
American Medical Association
American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
American Trauma Society
American Federation of Teachers

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New from ArmaLite: AR-10 Law Enforcement Carbine

 

Hey, if “they” only “let” you have a 10-round magazine, why not make every round count? And who doesn’t want that new, taller A2 front sight? Press release:

ArmaLite is proud to announce its AR-10 Law Enforcement Carbine. ArmaLite has long been known for its LE carbines chambered in .223/5.56X45mm NATO. Now comes an LE firearm with the added stopping power of the .308 cartridge . . .

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CCRKBA & SAF Team-Up for “Gun Appreciation Day”

 

Given the temper of the times it was only a matter of time before the gun rights movement moved from the virtual world to the real world. Leading the charge: the Citizens Committee Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and Second Amendment Foundation (SAF). Along with a growing coalition of gun rights orgs dedicated to defeating civilian disarmament, they’ve announced “Gun Appreciation Day” for Saturday, January 19, two days before President Obama is sworn in for his second term as President of the United States. The press release [after the jump] is a little vague on what you’re supposed to do for GAD. The website urges supporters to line up “around the block at gun stores, gun counters, gun shows, and gun ranges to protest the Obama administration’s post Sandy Hook assault on gun rights.” Methinks the concept is evolving, even as the battle to defend and extend Americans’ Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms intensifies. Watch this space . . .

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New from Del-Ton: DTI Evolution

 

This kinda stuff drives Nick crazy: “new” guns that are evolutions (or slight modifications) of old guns. In some cases it’s porcine make-up. In other cases it’s lipstick on Anna Bauman. I reckon Del-Ton’s DTI Evolution errs on the side of Israeli models, and not just because ANY AR you can buy or own is a babe these days. The $1300 Evo’s got everything I want in an AR and nothing more, save an optic, sling and a lower price. From the product page: “The DTI Evolution has a 16″ Mid-Length CMV chrome lined barrel with 1×9 twist and a lightweight profile. This rifle features Samson Evolution 12.37″ Free Float Rail over a Samson Low Profile Gas Block, Samson Front and Rear Folding Sights, to complete the rifle Magpul Moe+ Grip and Magpul CTR Stock.” YNMV (Your Nick May Vary).

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Question of the Day: The Beginning of the End of the Beginning?

Do not mistake me here. The fight to defend and yes, extend American gun rights is far from over. In fact, it will never be over. But this gun blogger spends an awful lot of time reading the electronic tea leaves. I reckon the sleeping giant has awoken. Hundreds of thousands of formerly politically inactive gun owners have joined the firearms freedom fray. The shock and horror of Sandy Hook has worn off—in a good way. American gun owners will never forget Adam Lanza’s crimes against humanity in general and 27 innocent souls in particular. But gun owners are no longer intimidated the left’s clarion call for civilian disarmament. The victory over Illinois’ unconscionably unconstitutional gun grab is a small but important milestone in the journey towards protecting gun rights and, someday soon, rolling back the government’s infringement. Am I reading this right?

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New from Ruger: 22/45 Lite Rimfire Pistol

 

“No other 22 LR pistol provides the feel of the classic 1911 pistol with the proven reliability and value of the Ruger® 22/45™ pistols,” the Arizona-based gunmaker asserts on the product page. I know I suffer from Late Onset Attention Deficiency Disorder but isn’t that a SIG SAUER 1911-22 in my gun safe? It’s been perfectly reliable and it costs $419 (vs. the Ruger’s $500 msrp). Never mind. It’s always nice to welcome a new newbie’s firearm into the fold, assuming, as we kinda somewhat have to, that this isn’t just a rejigged MK III. And, unlike the SIG, the Ruger 22/45’s slide doesn’t. Slide that is. And that’s a good thing: “Internal cylindrical bolt construction ensures permanent alignment and higher accuracy potential than conventional moving-slide designs.” Or a bad thing; if you’re shooting a 1911-style .22 to train how to run a more expensive .45-caliber 1911. Anyway, what’s not to like about an optic-ready 22.8-ounce .22 available with a threaded barrel [shown above]? Other than [maybe] the mag disconnect and the beer logo on the side . . .

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Occupy NRA? SHTF? Gun Prohibition? We Live in Interesting Times . . .

 

In the post-Sandy Hook slaughter political environment, gun control advocates are growing in both size and stridency. The newly formed Facebook page Occupy the NRA has 22,577 likes. However ad hoc, the group’s got it’s S together enough to organize protestors at gun shows like yesterday’s Stamford, Connecticut event. [NB: When TTAG reporters polled Occupy Wall Street protesters around the U.S., the vast majority were pro-2A.] More anti-gun Twitter sites are appearing, and they’re Tweeting like mad (MADD?). The group that was defining the “debate”—The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence—is being left in the dust, internet update-wise. No question: the campaign to infringe upon your constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is gaining momentum. Meanwhile, TTAG and dozens of pro-gun internet sites are mobilizing gun rights advocates. A small but highly active part of this coalition is already planning for defeat . . .

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Quote of the Day: FOPA Be Damned Edition

 

“A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.” – White House weighs broad gun-control agenda in wake of Newtown shootings [via washingtonpost.com]

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Bank of American to Spirit Arms Gun Dealer: FOAD

 

You may recall that McMillan Arms had a parting of the way (to put in mildly) with the Bank of America back in April of 2012. Since then we’ve heard other stories of BofA’s anti-firearms machinations. A midwest gun dealer reported that BofA gave them the old heave-ho in July, after 16 years of no-problem banking. Another tipster told TTAG that the bank was requiring telephone authorization for customers in Florida purchasing firearms at gun stores. And now this from American Spirit ArmsFacebook Page. The punctuation is bad but the story is even worse . . .

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Bass Pro Shops Out of Almost Everything Firearms Related

 

The Great Gun Buying Sales Surge continues. Actually, that’s not strictly true. The pace of ammunition and firearms sales has slowed to a crawl. The product pipeline has run dry. Bass Pro Shop in Foxboro Massachusetts is sold out of all popular ammo calibers: 9mm, .45, .38, .40, .223 and, get this, .22. As is every Bass Pro Shop in the Northeast. The sales guys report it’s now a case of just-in-time purchasing. “I put ammo on the shelves, I turn around and it’s gone,” a not-so-hassled anymore salesman told me. The firearm situation is no better. ARs? Nope. None. Smith and Wesson handguns are obvious by their absence. OK, there’s one S&W 460. Otherwise, you can have any handgun you want as long as it’s a Ruger revolver or a [very lonely] Walther. Anecdotal evidence suggest the Northeast is not alone. And the Foxboro sales manager reckons there’s no end in sight. Or, more precisely, no start point for attaining normal inventory levels. What are you guys seeing?

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