That bar on the right of the graph represents projected FBI background checks for “Black Friday” gun sales. The Fibbies estimate “a huge total for November 27, spokesman Stephen Fischer tells The Trace. Bureau forecasts show this Black Friday shattering the single-day record with an estimated 190,000 background checks run in a 24-hour period — or slightly more than two background checks every second.” Oh the irony! The Truth About Guns quotes Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun agitprop propagators The Trace for a story revealing that Americans are tooling-up as never before. And why is that? (The buying spree, not punking The Trace). One reason stands out . . .
Needless to say, this could be a “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” post. I’d love to see a demo video of a gun owner reloading his handgun using the system. Under stress. Tap, rack, look at the idiot light! Hey! Look at the new round count! bloomberg.com reveals the man behind the biometric mags: 52-year-old Daniel Biran. The Co-founder of two-year-old, 15-employee startup Clipfort in Kfar Saba, Israel “previously made biometric memory sticks [and] began working on gun safety following the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.” Here’s some more ammo for biometric mag haters . . .
“Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle officially announced today her intention to pass the county’s first round of ammunition taxes during this Friday’s county board meeting,” the Illinois State Rifle Association reports. Yup, you read right: this is only the first
poll ammo tax planned for Cook County. “This initial tax will slap a penny a round on rimfire ammo and a nickel a round on centerfire ammo. According to Preckwinkle, the tax is being levied on gun owners in order to ‘…improve public safety.'” Ammo tax revenue will go towards unspecified “public safety programs.” TTAG is following this story. We’ll update you tomorrow.
The above screen cap comes from my Google alert on “ammunition.” You’ll notice that all of the media sources cited include the fact that one Darius Boodoosingh had both a gun AND ammunition in his dorm room. [Click here for the Boston Herald report.] The more salient fact: the cops found enough drugs to warrant a charge of possession with intent to distribute. But it’s interesting to note the hysterical tone of the reports. A gun AND ammunition! I wonder how often cops bust someone with a gun without ammunition. By the same token (so to speak), reporters love to report about a “loaded gun” – as if that makes it especially dangerous. As we know, a gun that’s unloaded isn’t much use to anyone. Just sayin’ . . .
The idea that every cartridge fired from a gun should later be traced uniquely and specifically back to the owner is an appealing one. Every week you see it happen on CSI: Miami — one casing left at a crime scene is analyzed and leads back to someone’s “registered” handgun — but the realities of matching the semi-unique markings left on the cartridge case to a specific firearm are mindbogglingly complex. That’s a hard reality that the state of Maryland has has finally fessed up to as they finally admitted that their multi-million dollar “firearm fingerprinting” system had become an expensive, useless waste of taxpayer dollars . . .
Press release via ammoland.com:
The team at Lucky Gunner just published a collection of handgun ballistic data that’s shedding a ton of light on pistol ammo performance for shooters. The handgun ammo tests, which cover 117 different handgun loads in 380 ACP, 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP feature penetration depth, retained weight, diameter, and velocity data. There are a number of high-resolution still photographs and high-speed video snippets detailing the performance of each load while entering a fresh block of synthetic ballistic gel after passing through four layers of fabric. You can access the ammo ballistic data by . . .
SIG SAUER set the standard at last year’s Texas Firearms Festival. Their huge demonstration bay at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill was a SIG shooter’s paradise: six shooting positions for ringing steel with SIG’s latest and greatest rifles and handguns, a wooden-floored retail area and face-time with top SIG execs. Not to outdone, this year SIG’s doing it again. Only this time, on November 14 and 15, the Anglo-German gunmaker’s bringing their A+ game. We’re talking the SIG MCX rifle above. But wait! There’s more! Lots more, all for sale, some at Festival pricing. Click here to buy your tickets. Make the jump to see the full line-up . . .
What gunco is the latest to get into the ammo biz? Jumping into the gun food game along with names like SIG SAUER and Browning, Sturm, Ruger & Co. has announced that they’re partnering with PolyCase Ammunition and will offer a Ruger-branded line of the most popular handgun calibers. The big difference here is PolyCase’s lead-free bullets that result in lighter weight rounds traveling at higher speeds, something that impressed our own ShootingTheBull410 when he put their .380 and 9mm rounds through their paces. Press release after the jump . . .
“RCMP said about half a dozen homes were evacuated around Canoe Road in southwest Airdrie Friday night,” or-politics.com reports. “A new homeowner was moving in, and saw a device that seemed suspicious in the shed in the backyard. Police said it looked like an ‘ammunition box.’ Police, fire crews and ATCO Gas officials are investigating, and had called in weapons experts to determine if the item is dangerous. RCMP and Airdrie officers were blocking sections of roadway at Canoe Road and Canoe Circle at around 5 p.m.” One assumes this “emergency” is over, if not the underlying anti-gun animus and ignorance that caused it.
I was a little surprised to walk into the Athena Gun Club in Houston and find this ammo pyramid. The sign on top of the pile offers Athenians a 5,000 round case of of hecho en Mexico Aguila .22 for $599. That’s .12 a round folks. Which may well account for the pyramid’s continued existence. How’s the .22 supply in your neck of the woods? Still rationed? And what of other calibers? Are you
“A global leader in offering quality and innovative firearms, Browning now introduces a new, full-line of superior performance ammunition for hunting, personal defense and target shooting,” Browning’s presser proclaims. “The development of Browning Ammunition will provide millions of men and women, including new shooters and hunters across the world, with ‘The Best There Is.™'” Ah, but is it The Best A Man Can Get™? We’ll have to wait and see. This much we know . . .
My brother – Duane Weingarten – recounted an interesting incident with gear that had been hanging in a closet for 30 years:
Back in the late 70’s Revolvers and leather duty gear was the norm. When I took my first LEO job it was with a rural department with six road deputies. I brought Bianchi leather duty gear, which I wore until I left that department and moved onward and upwards to a 500 man state LE agency. The state agency supplied all the necessary gear that they thought an officer needed. I went from revolver to a semi auto. In the last few months I have been moving from a house I lived in for 34 plus years to another. I was packing one of closets up when I found my old duty belt . . .