Did Buds Gun Shop Bungle Black Friday?

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We’re too hung over from a tryptophan-induced coma to engage in much serious Googling, but we’re getting lots of reports of unsatisfied shoppers who tried and failed to take advantage of Black Friday deals at internet mega-retailer Bud’s Gun Shop. Here’s a representative email rant we received:

I know that your website is all about getting the right information out there to people that actually want to be informed. But I feel that some of the online retailers are pulling badly managed Black Friday Deals or even bait an switch tactics to lure people to buy from them.

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RECALL: Remington 887 Shotgun Accidental Slamfire Issue

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Remington hasn’t done well at all this year. Starting with the recall of all Remington 700 rifles for a dangerous trigger system, followed by the train wreck that was the Remington R51, nothing has really gone right for Big Green in 2014. Now their annus horibilis continues with another recall of an entire line of shotguns. This time they are asking anyone who bought a Remington 887 scattergun in the last year (since December 2013) to send it back to the factory because it turns out that there’s a teeny tiny possibility that the shotgun will immediately discharge as soon as you put a round in the chamber, whether the trigger was pulled or not . . .

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Magpul Finalizes New Headquarters: Austin, Texas

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Magpul is without a doubt one of the most recognizable and widely admired brands in the firearms industry. Just about everyone uses their products (myself included), and they have done more to change the look and feel of AR-15 rifles than any other company in the last decade. When Colorado’s legislature went off the deep end in the post-Sandy Hook legislative fervor, Magpul announced that they would be pulling up stakes and leaving their home state for good. They wanted to show the legislature that their actions had real and lasting consequences, and Magpul is making good on that promise. Now, word comes that Magpul has finally decided on a new home for their corporate headquarters as well as a home base for manufacturing: Austin, Texas.

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Cerberus Stuck with The Freedom Group. For Now.

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About two years go, in the politically charged aftermath of the Sandy Hook slaughter, Cerberus Capital Group promised to sell The Freedom Group. Cerberus made the pledge to deep-six the non-synergistic agglomeration of firearms-related companies under pressure from the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). The teachers were mortified – mortified I tell you! – by the fact that a portion of their gi-normous pension fund was vested with the money men who owned the company that manufactured the Bushmaster rifle the Newtown killer used to murder 26 people [above]. Unfortunately for the educators, no one wanted to buy The Freedom Group. As time went on . . .

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Colt Teetering On the Brink of Bankrupcy

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When’s the last time a Colt firearm was on your wish list? Colt Competition has done some pretty cool stuff recently, but Colt’s Manufacturing Co. hasn’t really come out with anything “new” in quite a while. The lone exception is their line of rifles based on the Colt 901, which is a cool design concept that didn’t seem to be well executed at all. It seems like the only thing keeping Colt alive has been the massive industry-wide surge in sales over the last couple years, but now that’s over and Colt is struggling to pay its bills . . .

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US Optics and Eagle Eye Ammo Partner Up

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In the post-post-Sandy Hook environment, it seems like the only way to stay competitive is to get a bunch of companies together and team up — pooling resources, offering package deals, and generally supporting one another. Freedom Group was one of the first to hoover up large quantities of gun companies. There’s the ATK agglomeration, and McMillian and Armalite fell in with AWC, and now US Optics and Eagle Eye Ammunition are partnering up to make some magic happen as well. If they can get a rifle manufacturer in the mix as well some interesting things could happen, like perhaps offering a rifle and scope already zeroed from the factory, with the elevation knob pre-calibrated to exactly correspond to the ammunition it is shooting? That I’d like to see, and probably costs a ton less than a TrackingPoint gun. Presser after the jump.

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Courage Under Fire

We’ve mentioned Texas Armoring and their demos before. In fact Nick and Tyler toured their facility to see how the Texas coachworks makes vehicles that ensure the safety of third world potentates, oligarchs, and anyone else who may be a little bit gun-shy. This latest promo isn’t really any more impressive than say, this one other than the inside-the-SUV GoPro shot of the head honcho’s flinch-free performance under fire. You’ve got to really trust your glass supplier (or your pharmacist) to stay that calm, cool and collected while looking down the barrel of an AK. We probably don’t need to remind you not to try this at home, kids. But just in case, don’t try this at home.

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SIG SAUER Suspends Exports to US Over Colombia Cartel Concerns

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“The export of some firearms has been temporarily suspended by the German federal government,” the National Shooting Sports Foundation reported in yesterday’s email blast. TTAG has learned that SIG SAUER is the sole German manufacturer concerned (thank you, Green Party). The kerfuffle surrounds exports to Colombia, another South American country where “seepage” of legally exported guns to cartels is an ongoing problem. SIGs not the first German gunmaker to run into this “straw purchaser” issue . . .

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Firearms Technology: Take Nothing For Granted

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It’s an unfortunate facet of human nature to take for granted a great many things. That tendency has caused those who support the Constitution — particularly the Second Amendment — to have to fight many long, and figuratively bloody battles over what has only recently, in the 2008 Heller decision, been recognized as a fundamental, unalienable right to keep and bear arms. Even though this right, based in the equally fundamental, unalienable right to self-defense, is now acknowledged as the law of the land, taking it for granted would be a deadly mistake. Those who fear firearms, and actually hate those that own them, never rest, and are in the battle for the long term. Particularly statists, who want to rule all for their own good, understand that their desires will go unfulfilled unless they can deprive the common man and woman of arms . . .

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First Look: Eagle Eye Ammunition

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There are a lot of ammunition manufacturers out there that make some rather impressive claims about accuracy, but so far very few have been able to back those claims up with solid performance. We have been testing the big names in the ammunition world, and so far those tests seem to put Winchester on the top of the pack. Even then, they don’t make any claims about the accuracy of their ammo. Eagle Eye is a new ammunition manufacturer that not only claims to be the best on the market, but backs it up with a guarantee — 1/2 MoA accuracy from every box, every time. But it gets better . . .

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The Making of Magpul’s 2015 Calendar Shoot

For some reason ‘behind the scenes’ videos are de rigeur these days. Recently we’ve had the GLOCK 41 tactical shoot which was impressive in its scope. And God knows the Utah National Guard won’t forget the Hot Shots calendar shoot any time soon. So with the year winding down toward its conclusion, Magpul’s now putting together their 2015 calendar featuring some easy-on-the-eyes operators, too. The super-quick cuts employed here make your average music video look like a Fellini film by comparison, so if you’re epileptic, consider yourself warned. But the bluesy Blind Boy Fuller tune is worth pressing play on its own. Enjoy.

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First Look: Inter Ordnance (IO Inc) Rifles

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If you haven’t heard of Inter Ordnance, or IO Inc., they manufacture various models of AK-47s, AR-15s, a couple variations of 1911s and are working on more… Many of their AR/AK variations are 100% American made, with some having a combination of Domestic and Imported parts (mostly imported furniture).

We recently got to head out to their Palm Bay, Florida facility and check out their AK and AR lineups.
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