Gun control advocates’ fight to degrade and destroy Americans’ right to keep and bear arms on many fronts. They cry for “universal background checks” to “close the gun show loophole.” They call out for “gun violence restraining orders” to confiscate guns without due process. They seek a ban on “military style assault rifles” and “high-capacity magazines.” Even though they’re coordinated by Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety (a.k.a., thetrace.org), the antis [thankfully] suffer from anti-gun ADD. They flit from front to front. Here’s an oldie but a baddie . . .
The world’s most popular firearms website says “the next great gun and ammo sales surge is on” and wouldn’t cha know it? It’s on. Yes and no. Yes, the pre-Hillary presidency firearms industry sales surge is already under way. But no, we didn’t start the fire. Ms. Clinton struck the match by labelling the NRA and its members extremists. Then she set pro-gun passions aflame by admitting that Australian-style gun confiscation “is worth looking at.” You know; to her. If Ms. Clinton manages to survive the Benghazi hearings, if the Committee can’t prove that . . .
One of the things that makes the SCAR series of rifles so cool is the ability to easily swap out all its major components. When it was first introduced the plan was to have a conversion kit for the SCAR 17 that would allow it to shoot not only 7.62 NATO ammo but 5.56 NATO as well, easily swapping out the barrel in just a few minutes, with more calibers coming online in short order. That has yet to appear on the civilian market, but hope springs eternal. In the meantime other manufacturers have created 300 BLK kits and other conversions, but now it looks like FN is getting back into the game with a 7.62×39 Russian conversion . . .
The National Shooting Sports Foundation would like it to be known that they – not the NRA – are the industry shills the anti-gunners are looking for. In fact, the NSSF is the firearms industry lobby group, the Newtown-based org that wants to Fix NICS (not my favorite idea) and puts on the SHOT Show Media Day at the Range (my very favorite idea). They keep data on firearms sellers’ mandatory use of the FBI’s background check system, deduct NICS searches for concealed carry and such, and come up with the chart above. And the survey says . . .
Lancer Systems invited a handful of gun writers to join them at Virginia International Raceway to learn about the company and put its products through the paces. Full disclosure: I joined in part because I’m a fan of the firearms-related Lancer products that I had used thus far and I’m surprised they don’t have more traction in the market. Additionally, I also wanted to find out a lot more about Lancer’s other business units and, hey, who could turn down the opportunity to shoot at one of the nicest outdoor range facilities in the country? A few posts will come out of this trip, so stay tuned, but first I’ll take you through a run-down of Lancer Systems as a company and share some of the 2-day experience. . .
No doubt NBC‘s editors charged their researchers with researching the U.S. firearms industry to prove that the lack of gun control is all about the money – seeing as its filed under “Oregon College Shooting” and all. The New York-based news net doesn’t say so, but c’mon. I was born on a Tuesday. Not last Tuesday. If the peacock’s media moguls thought that the stats would bolster the anti-gunners civilian disarmament campaign, they’re right! But, at the same time, the numbers clearly and unequivocally reveal that the desire to exercise the natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is alive and well and living in America. Make the jump for the good news . . .
By Bud Harton
In 1994, I was a senior Infantry NCO on active duty with the US Army and assigned to an Illinois Army National Guard infantry unit in Elgin, Illinois. Bill Clinton was the President and with the able assistance of the Democratic controlled 103rd Congress, the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was passed and signed into law. Along with many other Americans, I was desperate to get an AR before the ban went into effect and I rushed to a local gun shop, R Guns of Carpentersville, Illinois. I quickly selected and paid for a Colt A2 Sporter and was amazed that it was still listed at and sold at the same every day price without any price increase. That was when I first met Roger Krahl of R Guns . . .
Inter Ordnance makes AKs and AR15s on Florida’s “Space Coast.” The company boasts that its new locale helps business because “we have been able to hire top quality engineers and assembly personnel, who worked before for NASA and defense contractors.” Meanwhile, IO hired Eduardo Debarros to be their VP of Production. Debarros worked for Taurus for more than 20 years, expanding Taurus’ production from 100 guns a week to more than 5000 guns a week. IO Inc is hoping that Eduardo can help expand and optimize their product lines, reduce waste and improve quality. Here’s what he’s working with . . .
Alex Bosco’s pistol arm brace is a game-changer. Not only does the device help disabled Americans defend themselves, it makes pistol versions of modern sporting rifles useful for all. But utility is only half the reason for getting a brace. It also makes the firearm look complete . . .
Beretta recently introduced the ARX-160 (and civilian ARX-100). One of our readers liked the ARX-100, but I think it’s pretty much terrible from stem to stern. The design isn’t visually appealing in the least, the furniture feels like it was made by Mattel, and the ergonomics just don’t work (for me, anyway). Still, to each their own. The Italian armed forces picked up the gun (surprise!) and the American civilian market seems to be somewhat receptive, but very few others are jumping on board. Following on that resounding success Beretta has decided to roll out a similar looking 7.62×51 NATO based rifle that lacks many of the features that were selling points on the ARX-160 and it isn’t really any prettier . . .
Colt has been teetering on the brink of disaster. They recently filed for bankruptcy, and they have been frantically trying to cut their losses while preserving their executives’ golden parachutes. Colt had been relying on military contracts to carry their balance sheet after ignoring the civilian market for decades, but when FN Manufacturing came along and snagged the contract from Colt (under-bidding and out-performing the old prancing pony) the last cash cow for Colt finally keeled over. Word comes today that the Army has re-awarded the M4 and M4A1 contract to both FNM and Colt, and some media outlets have jumped on this as a “new” thing that might save Colt. Here’s the thing: it really isn’t . . .