What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Chipped Guns and Smartphone App Edition

Inventor Mark B. Barron's arsenal  (courtesy vice.com)

“Los Angeles-based entrepreneur named Mark B. Barron [above] has created a new app called Lockdown, which he believes could decrease the country’s number of gun-related crimes,” vice.com reports. “The app works with a ‘clip’ containing a GPS chip that a user can attach to his gun. The owner leaves his gun in designated areas and enters a code when he wants to remove his weapon. If someone removes the gun without entering the code, the smart chip sends a notification to the owner’s smartphone. The gun owner can then cancel the alert, or forward it to police, family, neighbors, or anyone else he’s chosen as an emergency contact on the app.” What could possibly go wrong? According to Vice writer Justin Glawe . . .

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Israel Exporting Ammo to Federal as U.S. Releases Ammo to Israel

(courtesy federalpremium.com)

You may recall that America released ammunition supplies to the Israelis during their recent “police action” against Hamas in Gaza. You may be surprised to learn that Israel has been making and exporting ammunition – albeit pistol rounds as opposed to 120-mm and 40-mm rounds – to America for Federal Premium. That’s the revelation unearthed by an investigation into the Israeli-owned shipping company Zim, the target of recent port blockades organized by Palestinian solidarity activists in California (don’t ask). According to truth-out.org . . .

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Smith & Wesson’s Stock Tanks

Smith & Wesson rode the post-Obama II, post-Newtown gun sales surge like surfer Serena Brooke rides a Gold Coast roller. Smith racked up historic profits and increased their already impressive market share. They made so much money, in fact, they dodged the bullet of their bone-headed brand extension into the security business. The party’s not over, there’s plenty of cash to be made in the new normal, but the Cristal has run out. “Gunmaker Smith & Wesson [stock price] was down more than 11% in early trading after the company slashed its full-year sales expectations for the second time in two months,” businessinsider.com reports. Guess what Smith pumped out during the surge that’s dragging them down now. . .

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NY Gov. Cuomo: Don’t Blame Me for Lost Remington Jobs

Andrew Cuomo

Is it just us, or does New York Governor Andrew Cuomo seem just a little defensive when answering questions about the latest job cuts at Remington? “I know we tend to think we’re New York it must be about us. Sometimes it’s not about us.” Unless it is. Sure, Big Green’s Ilion plant is a little long in the tooth, but as lohud.com notes, “The company has been critical of New York’s SAFE Act, the gun-control law championed by Cuomo in January 2013.” You remember the SAFE Act. That’s the knee-jerk, never-let-a-crisis-go-to-waste RKBA assault the Gov and Empire State legislature shoved through without input or hearings in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings . . .

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U.S. Army Kills Rifle Replacement Program After Competitor Bests Existing M4A1

SCAR 16S, c Nick Leghorn

Over the last couple years, the U.S. Army has been holding the Individual Carbine competition — a program designed to evaluate if the M4A1 rifle is still the best firearm for our soldiers over 50 years after its introduction, or if there is anything better out there. The project has been under fire from the start, and they canned the competition back in June of last year claiming that everyone failed to meet the specifications. According to new information acquired by the Washington Times, it sounds like that decision to cancel the project may have been for other reasons . . .

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First Look: SilencerCo’s “Salvo” Shotgun Silencer

SilencerCo Salvo Silencer, c Nick Leghorn

Silencers are gaining popularity in the United States. In addition to the “big names” in cans it seems like every mom-and-pop gunsmith in the US now makes them as well, and as a result the market is flooded with inexpensive rifle and pistol suppressors. What the market doesn’t have, though, is a commercially available shotgun silencer. There have been a few one-off cans produced and short runs from smaller shops, but none of the “mainstream” shops have done a commercial run since silencers really started taking off. That all changed when SilencerCo introduced their Salvo shotgun silencer last month.

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The Customers We Wish We Never Had


They say that the customer is always right. I disagree. I won’t go so far as to say the customer is always wrong but let’s face it – not everyone is right one hundred percent of the time. I personally strive to achieve the highest rates of perfection. Sometimes there are customers who give us joy when they enter and then there are those who give us joy when they leave. Here’s one I wish had never walked in my door . . .

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Disabled Marine Denied Admission to Six Flags Great Adventure


“I thought it was great, I loved it. The shirts fit my personality perfectly. They’re military and they’re patriotic. That’s my thing. I wore them to all over the place, to my kids’ baseball games – everywhere. And I got nothing but compliments about how great they were. No one ever said they were offensive, because it’s obvious that they’re in support of the military and the United States.” That’s Marine Mario Alejandro describing shirts his family had given him that they’d bought from The Marine Reconnaissance Foundation which supports Marine recon operators like him and their families. There’s only one thing the leatherneck didn’t take into account. He was in New Jersey . . .

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NSSF: Current Gun Sales “The New Normal”

10 Year NSSF-Adjusted NICS checks (courtesy nssf.org)

Press release from the National Shooting Sports Foundation:

Last year was an extraordinary one for firearm sales, a year unlike any other in the industry’s history. That’s a fact to be mindful of when comparing estimated sales through the first seven months of 2014 with those of the previous year, notes Steve Sanetti, President and CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry . . .

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Gunwatcher Shows You What Ammo is In Stock at Walmart Before You Go


One of the more ingenious inventions to come out during the Great Shooty Things Panic of 2013 was GunBot — a handy little website that trawled through all the online stores to find who had ammo and how the prices compared across different sites. I used it constantly that year, and still use it when I need to find ammo. One website trying to replicate and improve on that site is Gunwatcher. But it’s more than just being a GunBot clone. They’ve gone and done something particularly slick: give them your address and they will tell you if your local Walmart has ammo in stock . . .

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St. Louis Cabela’s Protects Guns From Looters


Here’s a TTAG Eyewitness News report from our local correspondent, Dirk Diggler, who sent these phone pics. After last night’s looting in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis Cabela’s store (which is located about five miles west of Ferguson in nearby Hazelwood) has taken precautions to protect its firearms inventory. The store is located in a large shopping center called the St. Louis Outlet Mall. Dirk reports that every entrance to the mall has at least one squad car on prominent display and there are policemen posted both at Cabela’s front door and inside the store . . .

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