The Trop Gun Shop is a Pennsylvania-based Internet gun seller. They recently sent an email blast to their customers advising them that GLOCK had “terminated” Trop’s participation in their Blue Label Program. That’s the discount deal (around $75 to $100 off msrp) Gaston’s mob offers sworn law enforcement officers; EMT’s, fire fighters, volunteer fire fighters and paramedics; military personnel; corrections officers (including Parole and Probation Officers), state licensed security companies; court judges, District Attorneys and Deputy District Attorneys; and LE Academy Cadets. Trop reports that GLOCK demanded a look at their customers’ 4473’s. Here’s their announcement . . .
“(T)hat’s why Doug has to be so hush-hush. If his last name were made public, people would try to put him out of business and, perhaps, threaten to kill him. That’s what happened to the last two gun dealers who tried to sell this gun.” Doug is the proprietor of DB Guns & Smithing. And according to a fortune.com article, he’s been selling the Armatix iP1 “smart gun” since January, apparently on the down low. You may remember that dealers in both California and Maryland had planned to sell the iP1 .22, but backed off when they received, um, negative feedback from gun owners. So you can probably understand Doug’s reluctance to ID himself . . .
Reading this report from a local news source, a cold shiver ran down my spine. Read on, and see if you understand why.
“A man was shot by a sheriff’s deputy Thursday evening after he severely injured another deputy with a Samurai sword, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were called to a home on Quail Roost Drive in Navarre [Florida] about 5:40 p.m. for a report of a man with a knife trying to break in a door, according to Sheriff’s Capt. Bob Johnson.
When they arrived, they found a man armed with what was described as a Samurai sword and tried to use non-lethal force to subdue him, Johnson said . . .
The single stack STI Duty One 4.0 in .45ACP with an aluminum frame [not shown] is my everyday carry gun. That firearm changed my mind about the accuracy and reliability of sub 5″ 1911s in general, and the reliability of aluminum-framed guns in specific. Despite my faith in STI’s ability to build a smaller. lighter 1911 that puts lead where I want, when I want, every time I want, I’ve never shot an STI double stack in 9mm. I was put off by the idea of a gun with a big fat grip on a 4″ slide. But so many people I know – good shooters and highly competitive shooters – deploy an STI double stack in 9mm as their workhorse gun. So when TTAG asked me if I would put the STI Tactical DS 4.0 9mm through its paces, it was deja vu all over again . . .
“More than 70 percent of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods experienced gun-related crimes last month,” WCPO reports. “Westwood, East Price Hill, Walnut Hills, Bond Hill and Over-the-Rhine (in that order) topped the list of 37 neighborhoods impacted by 170 gun-related incidents reported in March, according to an analysis of data provided by the Cincinnati Police Department. Shots were not fired in every case.” Other than the headline’s use of the term “gun violence” . . .
Rapper Nelly was in Tennessee this weekend. A state trooper pulled his tour bus over for failure to display the appropriate U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association stickers (a.k.a., a busted taillight). Guess what happened next? Correct! “The trooper was about to conduct an inspection of the bus, a Prevost motor coach, when he ‘noticed an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle,'” cnn.com reports. “Two troopers then searched the bus, finding ‘five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia,’ the statement said. The search also turned up . . .
“In the gun world, there are obvious women’s guns,” wkrn.com pronounces, without revealing which firearms qualify for the double-X chromosome set. It’s a good question: what IS a woman’s gun? We asked our readers that very thing last month in Question of the Day: Is There Such a Thing As A “Woman’s Gun”?. Some 98 members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia weighed-in without obvious consensus, and a lot of obvious snark. Our friends at Remington hit the NRA convention in Nashville in search of answers . . .
We happened to run into some of the Remington boys at dinner last night, including one of the guys responsible for their new RM380 pocket pistol. And a nicer group of guys they could not have been. Even to us! So when the doors opened to the NRA exhibit hall this morning, I made my way to their booth to check out the new pocket pistol. Yes, it’s a little late to the .380 party. More than a year later than the G42, which was almost universally dinged for being late when it intro’d last year. But maybe that’s because they took the time to get this one right . . .
I attended a special GLOCK event last night where I got the opportunity to put some rounds through the brand new GLOCK 43. Like I’ve said, on spec, the handgun looks like it fills a much-needed hole in my personal arsenal — a handgun that can be either a pocket pistol or a holstered sidearm depending on the weather. Something I can slide in my pocket and forget about…until I need it. Now that I’ve actually had some trigger time with the gun, I think I can make a more informed decision. And that decision is . . .
Alabama currently bans possession of handguns by minors under the age of 18. No exceptions. That’s right, no exception for parental permission, training, or engaging in hunting or other shooting sports. Banned, plain and simple. Many states have similar laws, but they tend to make exceptions for parental supervision and the like. It’s funny that in the popular imagination, the states of the old Confederacy are seen as gun-owning paradises where there are few legal obstacles to owning and carrying a heater. The reality, while improving in recent years, is far different . . .
Five years ago, gun guru Gabe Suarez predicted “there will be many naysayers, but watch, in ten years – every EDC gun will have red dot sights.” Well he would say that, wouldn’t he? Suarez International sells red dot sights for handguns. Maybe that’s because he believes they’re better than iron sights and such. One thing’s for sure: we’re not there yet. My local gun store Sportsman’s Finest has hundreds of handguns in their display cases. Not one has a red dot sight sitting atop the slide. Do you have a red dot on any of your pistols (target, home defense or everyday carry)? Why or why not? [h/t SS]