Liberty Hill, Texas (September 2014) – The inaugural Texas International Firearms Festival (TIFF) is going great guns! Exhibitors to the two-day “come and shoot it” event (November 8th and 9th at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Austin Texas) now include Advanced Armament Corporation, ArmaLite, Beretta, Barrett, FNH, Henry Repeating Rifles, Lapua, McMillan Firearms, Noveske, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Slide Fire, SilencerCo, Silencer Shop, TrackingPoint, Underground Tactical and Winchester Ammunition. With more to follow! According to says NRA smallbore champion and TIFF spokeswoman Kirsten Joy Weiss . . .
Hey Sharp Shots! Just nine weeks to go until the first annual Texas International Firearms Festival at Best of the West Shooting Sport in Austin, Texas, November 8 and 9. I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the gun industry’s best brands for this try-before-you-buy, the ammo’s-on-us event: Advanced Armament Corporation, ArmaLite, Beretta, Barrett, FNH, Henry Repeating Rifles, Lapua, McMillan Firearms, Noveske, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Slide Fire, SilencerCo, Silencer Shop, TrackingPoint, Underground Tactical and Winchester Ammunition. They’re all coming! Click here to buy tickets – while you still can. Do it before September 15 and you’re automatically entered to win an $2495 Underground Tactical Bacon Maker. Official press release tomorrow.
Hey Sharp Shots! Kirsten Joy Weiss here for the Texas International Firearms Festival (TIFF) at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Austin, Texas November 8 and 9. I’m getting emails asking questions about the event. “How will the ‘try and buy’ function? Will attendees need to purchase and/or supply their own ammunition to try vendor firearms? Will there be any other cost associated with this activity?” For one fee, visitors can try any gun from any exhibitor. There’s no charge for the ammo; it’s provided by the gun makers. If you want to buy a gun . . .
Hey Sharp Shots! Kirsten Joy Weiss here for the Texas International Firearms Festival at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Austin, Texas November 8 and 9. Yesterday, a few readers claimed they were tired of seeing my face in these sponsored ads. As if! So I asked my good friend Texas Governor Rick Perry to take over for today’s post. [Full press release after the jump.] There’s only one way to stop these ads: click here and buy tickets! Sales are strictly limited to 5k (per day). Once they’re gone, my work here is done. So come and shoot guns from FN, GLOCK, Taurus, SIG SAUER, Mossberg, Barrett, Beretta, McMillan Firearms, Springfield Armory, Henry Repeating Arms, Armalite, Underground Tactical and Tracking Point for one low price, ammo included. See you at the show! . . .
Hey Sharp Shots! Kirsten Joy Weiss here with an update on the Texas International Firearms Festival at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Austin, Texas on November 8 and 9. After you get done shooting guns from FN, GLOCK, Taurus, SIG SAUER, Mossberg, Barrett, Beretta, McMillan Firearms, Henry Repeating Arms, Springfield Armory, ArmaLite, PWS, Underground Tactical and Tracking Point; after you sample suppressors from SilencerCo and The Silencer Shop; after you let loose with a SlideFire bump stock; after you test new ammo from Winchester, or before, you might want some food. The best of Austin’s legendary food trucks will be there! Specifically, Burro Cheese Kitchen, MMMpenadas, Stony’s Pizza, Schmidt’s BBQ (with their 30′ smoker), The Evil Wiener (keep it clean guys) and Fishey Bizness. No alcohol, of course, but plenty of water and a shady tent where you can kick back and listen to the sound of lead clank on metal. Bliss! Tickets are strictly limited to 5k per day. Click here before they’re gone.
Hey Sharp Shots! Kirsten Joy Weiss here with an update on the Texas International Firearms Festival at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Austin, Texas on November 8th and 9th . . . Yesterday’s official announcement went really well. TIFF tickets – strictly limited to 5k per day – are already selling briskly. And why not? TIFF’s the only place you can shoot the latest guns from FN, GLOCK, Taurus, SIG SAUER, Mossberg, Barrett, Beretta, McMillan Firearms, Henry Repeating Arms, Springfield Armory, ArmaLite, PWS, Underground Tactical and Tracking Point for one low price ($59 for one day, $95 for two days). Guess what? That includes ammo! Winchester’s providing the gun food to the exhibitors, who are eating the cost for you. So click here to buy your ticket now. See you there!
“Don’t be scared of hanging out of the helicopter to get a better shot, you’ll have a harness.” the helicopter pilot over the blades whipping above us. “You mean this?” I held up a floppy black seatbelt, looking no more secure than the belts in the old Jetta I hoped to blow up. Well, here we go. I shrugged my shoulders internally, and locked into go mode . . .
Fate recently decided that I’d get the chance to shoot the gun that makes experienced shooters obsolete. Allegedly. I was at The Best of the West Range during off-hours helping lay the groundwork for the 2014 Texas International Firearms Festival. The TrackingPoint technical team rolled-up in their blacked-out SUV. RF made contact. The next thing I knew I was behind the trigger of the TrackingPoint’s Precision Guided Firearm, the .300 Win Mag XS-2. [Click here to read Nick Leghorn’s review.] Well it works as well as they say it works . . .
Except she isn’t in distress. She’s wearing blue jeans. Oh wait. The egg. The egg is the damsel in distress. Except the egg isn’t wearing a dress either. But the egg clearly was in distress because SPOILER ALERT she committed suicide. Oh well. You gotta crack a few jokes to make a Kirsten Joy Weiss intro paragraph. Or something like that. [Click here to see more KJW trick shots at her website. Omelette you go now.]
When Kirsten Weiss began her trick shot career a few commentators harrumphed. They reckoned shooting targets in the Kingdom of Far Far Away with a $3k Anschutz competition rifle was, well, cheating. So we arranged for Kirsten to shoulder a Volquartsen. Think golf clap. So then we contacted Anthony Imperato of Henry Repeating Rifles for a lever gun to help Ms. Weiss get in touch with her inner Annie Oakley and shoot something more relatable. Impresario Imperato is kindly providing not one but two samples: a $340 H001 and the $430 H001T octagon barrel. How accurate are they? How accurate will Kirsten be with them? Watch this space, and make the jump for Kirsten’s pre-take take on her new long guns. Oh, and Grizzly Custom Guns is modifying a Marlin for extreme accuracy, but Lew takes his sweet time with these things. Don’t ask me how I know . . .
Kirsten Joy Weiss doesn’t know the name of the Pilates pose from which she shot the balloon in the video above. “All I know is that my Pilates instructor told me to do it, and before he could say ‘slowly’ I was in it,” Kirsten texted me. “Freaked him out cuz he can’t do it. I’m terrible at some other stuff though.” Having grilled Ms. Weiss on her expertise on a range of activities I can report that she sucks at hypnotizing race car drivers. But only because she hasn’t learned how. Nor am I going to teach her, lest TTAG’s resident sharp shooter “convince” a hot shoe to let her fire her gun from a NASCAR racer at full chat. On second thought . . . [Click here to visit Kirsten’s website for more trick shots ‘n stuff.]
Blogger Lexi calls exclamation marks “the cheap whore of punctuation.” (Does that make semi-colons high-class hookers?) I deploy exclamation marks from time to time, using italics to signal my ironic intent. But some writers can get away with straightforward spear throwing. People like Kirsten Joy Weiss, whose middle name-branded enthusiasm for shooting is as pure as it is infectious. The video itself is all the “excuse” KJW needs for using an exclamation mark. OK, sure, a close-up shot of the blue balloon wouldn’t have gone amiss (GoPro no go). But Miss Weiss’ reactions tell us all we need to know about her target’s deflation. And her elation. As I’ve said many times, The People of the Gun need to show more positive emotion; it’s the best way to spread the truth about guns! [Click here to visit Kirsten’s website for more trick shots ‘n stuff.]