Costa on “Costagate”

We demurred on posting the above YouTube video of Chris Costa quasi-lasering an audience in Japan with an Airsoft rifle because, well, ho-hum. The gunblogosphere didn’t share our Costa-related ennui. The gun guru’s antics went viral amongst the four rules set. In retrospect maybe we should have joined the critics’ chorus, what with our ongoing Facebook campaign to shame models displaying poor trigger discipline (and little else). Anyway, Mr. Costa felt obliged to respond to those who saw this as a major WTF moment. Here’s this morning’s Facebook mea culpa . . .

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MAC Launches Full30.com Alt Gun Video Channel

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Once upon a time, YouTube gunnies could make a living at their craft. Then, without warning, the don’t-be-evil subsidiary slashed their cut of the ad bucks by well over 50 percent. Recently, they cut it some more. Tim Harmsen of the Military Arms Channel and his video compatriots have decided that they’ve enough and they formed a new platform for their creative content. full30.com launches with an all-star team: The Military Arms Channel, 22Plinkster, IraqVeteran8888, and InRange TV form the basis of this new venture, promising “family friendly content.” It works like this . . .

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Question of the Day: How Can Gun Rights Lose If It Wins at the Box Office?

thewrap.com reports that Taken 3 beat the bejesus out of Selma at the box office this weekend, grossing $40.4m. American audiences love their gun-toting heroes, and have done since they were in short pants. While gun control advocates go on and on about the dangers of guns, Hollywood heroes beat bad guys with ballistic aplomb. How can gun control fight that? Well . . . Taken 3 raked in another $40m overseas, where governments deny their citizens and subjects their natural right to armed self-defense. So big screen pro-gun “propaganda” and anti-gun animus can co-exist. But do gun-heavy flicks resonate differently here in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave? Does it mean we’re winning here?

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Happy New Year From TTAG

“Looks like Amax bullets,” TTAG tipster TP observes. “Tough to be accurate with the Barrett. I’ll take my McMillan over it all day long.” I’ll say this about that: regardless of the gun or ammo, shooting the cork off of a bottle of expensive champagne without harming the surrounding glass is an impressive feat. Pouring a portion of the bodacious bubbly onto the desert floor, less so. Not to mention all the other bottles sacrificed for this demonstration. Still, you have to do something dramatic when you set gunfire to NFL Films background music. From all of us to all of you, have a happy and a healthy 2015.

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Joerg Sprave Has Lost His Marbles

If super villain Joerg Sprave didn’t exist, Ian Fleming would have to invent him. Oh wait. He already did. Rumor has it that Sprave will play the bad guy in the next James Bond film, deploying a drill-powered gun that takes out U.S. and U.K. spy satellites (that officially don’t exist). That said, the Sony hacking attack may have altered that plan. So don’t blame me if it doesn’t happen.

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Adam Savage Builds Barbarella’s Space Rifle

Jane Fonda (courtesy gizmodo.com)

I’m sorry, but you’re going to have to make the jump to see Myth Busters’ Adam Savage recreate the prop rifle Jane Fonda modeled for LIFE magazine to mark the opening of Roger Vadim’s 1968 camp classic Barbarella. ‘Cause no matter what you think of “Hanoi Jane,” the actress was the hottest thing to hit the screen since Raquel Welch, who may have been the hottest thing to hit the screen ever. And they’re both in a different universe than lovable old Adam. Click here to see a clip of Barbarella. Again, make the jump for that boring faux rifle building thing . . .

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: There’s a Snake in the Art Department! Edition

Woody (courtesy pixar.wikia.com)

TTAG reader KWK recently (belatedly) spotted an annoying anomaly at pixar.wiki.com: a disarmed tea-oh-why-TOY. Specifically, Woody. And it’s not just this image either. All of the films, pics and costumer version of Pixar’s cowboy character show him toting an empty holster. Why? Because he doesn’t have one. Now you could say it’s because Woody’s gun was lost. Or you could say Pixar PC demanded disarmament. Or both. Or . . .

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CounterStrike Virtual Gun Collection Selling for $7k – $9k

Dahn's guns (courtesy kotaku.com)

I’m not much of a gamer; gun games are WAY too addictive. I couldn’t run this blog and game. Or take care of my daughter. Or the dogs. Or myself. Not to mention the fact that video games can be a tad expensive. kotaku.com reports that a gamer named The Dahn “managed to painstakingly amass a glittering arsenal of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in-game items that total out to a real money value of between $7,500 and $9,000. And now he’s getting rid of them all.”  . . .

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MTKL Apparel Reveals Israeli Army Girl Calendar

Israeli soldier calendar (courtesy amazon.com)

Quick! Name those weapons! ID that gear! The weapons! The gear! They’re right there! Have you no eyes in your head, sir? But seriously folks, “MTKL’s calendar features Israeli soldier women celebrating their freedoms and life loving culture,” the self-proclaimed “cheeky new street fashion outfitter from TLV” proclaims, “in contrast to the violently negative anti­ Israeli propaganda which surfaced in light of Israeli military activities in the Gaza strip last summer.” I think they mean in contrast to Burka-clad female ISIS soldiers, who’d face a gruesome death for showing a bare midriff in public. Wait. Yes. Yes that’s exactly what they mean. Here’s how MTKL’s presser put it . . .

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Obama Orders Gun Confiscation. In A Cartoon.

Yes, it’s an anti-gun cartoon. But this episode of Cyanide & Happiness is fun! And there’s some pro-gun stuff in there as well; like the chaos that ensues when the world’s firearms are removed by the President’s gun magnet. Anyway, in their business as in ours, you don’t cut funny.

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This is the Clothespins Steel Dart Machine Gun Video You’re Looking For

This video caught my eye because of the caption above: “Dangerous . . . useless . . . ridiculous . . . but pure fun.” Joerg’s maniacal laugh certainly gives credence to his description of his crazy Clothespins Steel Dart Machine Gun. It also highlights one of the key strategic advantages enjoyed by gun rights advocates: guns are fun. They’re a hoot. They tap into our instinctive desire to . . . hunt? Blow sh*t up? Multiply our personal force by several orders of magnitude? Dunno . . .

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