John Farnam: All Pistols Should Be Drop Safe!

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Gun guru and top trainer John Farnam writes [via Ammoland.com]:

Brazilian-made Taurus pistols have been with us for several decades, enjoying a spotty reputation. Their striker-fired “PT” line has represented, for most consumers, a low-cost alternative to Glocks, XDs, M&Ps, SIG 320s, Kahrs, et al. Over the past few years, Taurus PT Pistols have been implicated in a number of “drop-safety” incidents, both in the USA and Brazil. Taurus has paid out several substantial settlements as a result. However, the latest is a class-action matter in which Taurus has agreed to pay out a settlement of over thirty million dollars, plus agree to recall at least a half million pistols already in consumers’ hands . . .

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CMMG Mk47 Mutant Expansion: SBR, Pistol, and CA-Compliant Models

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I reviewed the original Mk47 Mutant and I loved it. Like most new firearms it had one or two things that could use a little polish, but overall if you’re looking for a good AR-15 that shoots cheap and reliable 7.62×39 ammunition the Mk47 is well worth a look. CMMG announced this week that they are expanding the Mk47 line to include shorter barrels and California-compliant versions, which is good. The only thing I’m complaining about is that they still don’t have the upper available as a standalone SKU. So because the receiver set is proprietary, you either need to buy the factory SBR and wait forever for ATF clearance or you buy the pistol and have a nearly useless range toy for a few months. Still, progress and all that. Presser after the fold . . .

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Confirmed: Barack Obama The Best Thing That Ever Happened to the U.S. Firearms Industry

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Time to light-up a celebratory cigar. “Gun production has more than doubled under President Barack Obama’s administration, according to a report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” al.com reports. “The ATF’s annual firearms commerce report includes the number of guns manufactured in the U.S. with data going back to 1986.” My J school professor told me to never to put stats in the lead ‘graph (one course, I swear). So you’ll have to click on the link or make the jump to savor the data. Suffice it to say, not only have gun rights advocates pushed back the anti-gunners on the national level and expanded gun rights in half a dozen states (though losing ground in the usual places), they’ve also . . .

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American, United and Delta Air Lines Ban Hunting Trophy Shipments on Aircraft

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When it comes to what an airline will and won’t carry on their airplanes they have pretty much free reign to dictate the rules. The TSA and FAA both have a general set of rules for what can be carried on US flagged passenger (and even dedicated cargo) aircraft, but beyond those general guidelines the individual airlines are in charge. Even if an airline thinks the cargo is OK, the captain of that specific flight can still “line item veto” any passenger or parcel being loaded on their aircraft for any reason. The wonders of § 91.3. Anyway, in the wake of the Cecil the Lion issue Delta Air Lines and United Airlines has decided to ban the shipment of certain hunting trophies, and is examining their policies on other species as well . . .

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Taurus Recalls Nearly 1m Pistols (PT-111 Millennium; PT-132 Millennium; PT-138 Millennium; PT-140 Millennium; PT-145 Millennium; PT-745 Millennium; PT-609; PT-640; and PT-24/7)

“Firearms manufacturer Taurus has agreed to a voluntary recall of nearly 1 million pistols as part of the settlement of a lawsuit that alleges nine handgun models had defects, including one that caused some to inadvertently fire when dropped,” al.com reports. “The settlement affects customers who bought the following models sold between 1997 and 2013 in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam: PT-111 Millennium; PT-132 Millennium; PT-138-Millennium; PT-140 Millennium; PT-145 Millennium; PT-745 Millennium; PT-609; PT-640; and PT-24/7. In a statement released Friday night, Taurus denied that there are any design defects in the models . . .

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Hackers Demonstrate They Can Remotely Shift Targets, Lock TrackingPoint Rifles

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When your life is on the line, the very last thing you want to worry about is the reliability of your equipment. Give me a good old fashioned carbureted engine with a set of magnetos and I’m a happy lad — you can keep your fancy fuel injection to yourself. Beyond the possibility of a glitch in the code causing a problem or your electrical system going dead another worry is that your fancy computerized gizmo can be altered without your knowledge to malfunction in subtle but deadly ways. A team of hackers at DefCon (one of the last few things on my bucket list to attend) demonstrated that they can do just that with TrackingPoint’s multi-thousand dollar precision rifles, making them either hit the wrong target or lock the user out completely. All without ever touching the gun.

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Gear News: Lone Wolf Barrels and Slides Blowout Sale

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GLOCKs may be “perfection,” but that hasn’t kept dozens of companies from making aftermarket, “upgrade” parts for them. One of the largest players in the game is Lone Wolf, located in my neck of the woods here in N’Idaho. In fact, now that Lone Wolf makes its own locking blocks, it officially has an aftermarket replacement for every single part of a GLOCK pistol. Including the frame. Indeed, right now I’m testing out what I’ve been calling “The 0% GLOCK GLOCK,” spec’d entirely from the Lone Wolf catalog. Anyway, while LW does manufacture many of its own parts, there has always been speculation about who makes its barrels and where [overseas] they are made. It looks like a new deal has been struck, and the answer now is. . .

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Question of the Day: What Gun-Related Item Made You Facepalm Lately?

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Let’s be honest – I’m a pedantic gun owner. I will be the first to admit it and I will proudly wear that title because I make a concerted effort to make certain I’m right whenever possible. As my friend Ralph likes to point out, I don’t suffer fools kindly – and he’s right to an extent. One thing that really aggravates me in the firearm industry is the ignorance of the industry itself. There’s also an attitude about it that embraces knowing less rather than more, which I find remarkably damaging long term since the people of the anti-gun movement pride themselves on academic knowledge. Some folks I’ve done business with can barely identify the difference between ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ when constructing a sentence. One of my customers sent me an email this evening with a cringe-worthy advertisement that made me roll my eyes so far back into my head that I’m pretty sure I detached my own retinas . . .

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Contest Entry: The Double Eagle and the Fate of Colt

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The Colt Double Eagle was Colt Manufacturing LLC’s attempt to get into the ‘service-ready DA/SA semi-auto market’ in 1989, but it was plagued by a few massive problems at launch. Problems like the lack of quality control, finicky parts, and in general Colt’s lack of caring. The first run of the Double Eagle, the Series 80, was a complete flop which was the main reason the gun gained a horrible reputation and sold poorly. They had almost no quality control, as Colt rushed them out the door in an attempt to beat the likes of SIG SAUER, Ruger, and the rest. The main problem . . .

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Help Decide How to Spend the Brady Campaign’s Money!

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As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the Brady Campaign’s ill-conceived attempt to extract funds from Lucky Gunner for legally selling  ammo via the Internet to the Aurora theater shooter was slapped down by a Colorado court with extreme prejudice. For filing the frivolous suit, the once-prominent civilian disarmament advocacy org was ordered to pay Lucky Gunner over $111,000 to cover their legal fees. While the Brady bunch is appealing the decision, but just to make the order sting a little more, the online ammo vendor has pledged to donate the funds to a pro-2A organization. And they’re letting you decide the recipient. Click here to tell Lucky Gunner how to spend the Brady Campaign’s cash.  [h/t GayGunOwner]

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Gun Store Drops F-Bomb On Small Wisconsin Town

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“(W)e don’t control how other people are offended…There are a lot of things that offend me in America, and I just have to deal with them.” That’s the pronouncement of the owner of a new gun store in tiny St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. A town where they got trouble. Right there in river city. And it has nothing even remotely to do with pool. The issue that’s riling the populace is the store’s name: F-Bomb Ordnance opened up on Main Street where everyone – even children! – can see their signs. At a city council meeting, Amy Klein – between whiffs of smelling salts – objected to the store’s phraseology: “The innuendo around it is enough that it really lowers the standards in this community…I just think that we as a community need to hold ourselves to higher standards.” . . .

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