A couple months ago TrackingPoint was apparently circling the drain. The guns were selling and things looked rosy, but some remarkable downsizing within the company gave the impression that they were looking to shed some dead weight in order to maintain their profit margins. It looked like TrackingPoint may have reached market saturation with the civilian population and the military and law enforcement agencies hadn’t fully bought in just yet. After a couple months without taking orders it looks like TrackingPoint is getting back on its feet and re-launching once more . . .
For about two years now, Amazon Smile has allowed you to select a charity or other non-profit of your choice — basically any public 501(c)(3) is available — and 0.5% of what you spend, with rare exception, is automatically donated to it. It doesn’t cost you a dime. My account has been linked to the Second Amendment Foundation since day one, but I’m not quite sure how much of the $11,858.86 total I’m personally responsible for (probably more than I’d like to admit). To start donating to the non-profit of your choice. . .
You have to give it to SilencerCo. They don’t scrimp on the production values. To wit, the teaser they issued this week for their new, well, what? A reverberating carbonizer with mutate capacity? M41A pulse rifle? Or maybe just a more elegant weapon for a more civilized age? Probably none of those. In their press release (below), they obliquely refer to “human augmentation devices.” And we assume they don’t mean holographic display night vision ski goggles. Or do they? Your guess is as good as ours. What will the big reveal reveal? . . .
We have been reporting on Germany’s break-up with the G36 rifle, and the initial indications were that the HK417 would be the go-to replacement gun. Apparently, much like the G36, that isn’t 100% accurate. The HK 417 is only a stopgap measure while a wider search for a permanent replacement weapon is found. There’s no word yet about which manufacturers will be in the running for the new guns, but as dw.com details it looks like the goal is to have something selected and distributed in three or four years . . .
German “anti-weapons campaigner” Jürgen Grässlin [above] is not happy that a Mexican murderer used an American-made SIG SAUER to kill a Mexican “social activist.” Grässlin’s filed a lawsuit against SIG SAUER Germany alleging SIG failed to keep tabs of its American subsidiary’s handgun sales. SIG counters that this “crime gun” – and the other SIGs south of the border – entered Mexico via a legal sale to a dealer (which could only be the Mexican government). Grässlin’s suit follows a German government ban on German SIG exports to the U.S. after “tens of thousands” of U.S.-made guns ended-up in Colombia without an export license. And a similar action against Heckler & Koch for the “seepage” of German-made G36’s to Mexican cartels. Borderland Beat has the story . . .
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence produced the video above (860 views at the time of writing). The following editorial from National Shooting Sports Foundation jefe Larry Keane [via Ammoland.com] debunks its claims:
After years of evidence that the vast majority of federally licensed firearms retailers (FFLs) are law-abiding business owners that comply with a complex regulatory system the government has created, the anti-gun crowd is again arguing that there are “bad apple” retailers that must be legislated or sued ( tiny.cc/4l2r2x ) out of existence. While this is an improvement from arguing our industry is comprised entirely of crooks and liars who want to sell as many guns to as many people as possible – even if criminals or mentally ill –their arguments are still rotten . . .
A gushing media report on the grand opening of Kings Gun Center in . . . wait for it . . . California. The TV station gets TTAG’s GHOTD for not saying word one about “gun violence” and doing what it can to bring attention to a state-of-the-art firearms facility in its proverbial backyard. Hey, it’s a five minute report! While we’re here, how about a shout-out for your favorite gun store/shooting range? Meanwhile, TTAG is proud to announce that we’re getting our own top flight home range in Austin next year. Details to follow.
TTAG reader NW was looking forward to doing a gun transfer via a Falls Church, Virginia FLL called “The Gun Dude.” “It’s a local shop with a great atmosphere and some of the friendliest salespeople around,” he writes. And then NW happened upon a blog post on the store’s website called Guns Don’t Kill People; People Who Shouldn’t Own Guns Kill People. Written by an Army vet, lawyer and self-professed “proud American” named Matt Randle. Mr. Randle’s rant goes a little something like this . . .
As we have been chronicling, Colt Manufacturing is bankrupt and going down the tubes. Top executives are grabbing for their golden parachutes while trying to weasel out of expensive contracts they made with their workers. No matter how the judge rules, chances are this won’t end well. In all likelihood, the brand will be sold off cheap with very little left behind save the storied name. Remington’s so deep in debt over their various and sundry failures and lawsuits that even the formerly rapacious artist formerly known as The Freedom Group can’t ride to the rescue. In fact, there isn’t so much as a peep about a potential buyer for the bargain-priced manufacturer. With things looking so glum, it was a surprise that we stumbled across . . .
The long saga of the German Army and their continual disappointment in the Heckler & Koch G36 rifle may finally be at an end. After months of reports about the astoundingly bad accuracy of the G36 when it gets hot (which is any time except for the five minutes around midnight in Afghanistan, it seems) the German army has made the decision to stop fielding the G36 rifle and replace it with something better. This much we already knew. Our suspicion was that the replacement would be the HK 416, a rifle in the same caliber as the G36. but more in line with the Stoner derivatives in use by every other modern nation. According to one report, though, the German army has apparently gone with…the HK417? . . .
Yesterday we broke the news that Walmart is dropping AR pattern rifles and “personal defense” shotguns from their firearms lineup. Walmart media relations confirmed the decision and told TTAG that the decision was based solely on sales data – no politics or outside pressure. The following is an email we received from a Walmart manager . . .