Viewers and readers who can’t remember the Cold War will find it difficult to identify with that troubled yet exciting time. Without getting all misty-eyed with nostalgia, it must be admitted that the lingering USA-UK-USSR contretemps was the cauldron that produced some exceptionally exciting books and fantastically entertaining movies. Alas, by the time of glasnost and perestroika, the espionage novels and movies based upon them were deemed to be as stale as month-old piroshki. When the Soviet Union finally collapsed of its own weight, the international espionage writers had moved on, leaving those damn commies behind and focusing on new villains who speak Arabic or Farsi . . .
Smith & Wesson performance shooter Jerry Miculek has plenty of guns, plenty of ammunition and plenty of Lose-ee-anna charm. So when the living legend caught wind that a reporter in Ferguson, Missouri mistook discarded foam earplugs for rubber bullets, Jerry decided why yes, they are! With a little modification. Entertaining as it is, the resulting video doesn’t prove much any reasonably knowledgeable shooter doesn’t already know. But it does leave me wondering if the Divine Mr. M knows the 10cc song Rubber Bullets or how the band got its name. I bet he’d get a kick out of that. [h/t VVV]
“Quentin Tarantino is moving forward with ‘The Hateful Eight,'” abcnews.go.com reports. “The Weinstein Co. says it will distribute the filmmaker’s latest project — a post-Civil War Western — next year . . . Weinstein Co. said production on ‘Hateful Eight’ would begin in January. Bob and Harvey Weinstein have a long history with Tarantino. They distributed such Tarantino films as ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Django Unchained.'” That would be the same Harvey Weinstein who appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight to declare that he’d swore off “gratuitous gun violence” after green-lighting a [currently stuck in development hell] film he claimed would “make the NRA wish they weren’t alive.” A boast excoriated by TTAG here. And above. [h/t MJ]
Ever since person or persons unknown executed FPSRussia’s business manager, Kyle’s videos have lacked that certain je sais quoi. Specifically, joie de vivre. Fun! Excitement! Post-modern irony! I’m not saying our Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day Hall of Famer is walking through his on-camera appearances. It’s more like he’s zombie-stumbling. Be that as it is, the Demolition Ranch dude has turned a simple party trick – catching a shotgun shell inside the action and firing it – into a proper shtick. OK, not this video. But the highlight reel at the end indicates that he’s no one-trick pony. More than that, his ebullient ‘tude is endearing. And there’s no faux accent to distract viewers from the firearms festivities. One to watch.
“A Louisiana firearms company at the center of the reality TV show ‘Sons of Gun’ distanced itself from the program’s star this week after he was arrested on charges of repeatedly raping a child,” foxbusiness.com reports. “Will Hayden was arrested Tuesday. As of Thursday, Red Jacket Firearms said that ‘with heavy hearts,’ it had legally cut ties with him but would continue to operate. ‘We are the heart and soul of Red Jacket and will remain steadfast in our commitment to quality and our customers, for years to come,’ a statement on its website said.” [Facebook statement after the jump.] foxnewsbusiness.com also provided some new details of the charges against Hayden . . .
Following the most recent arrest of Will Hayden for the alleged rape of his twelve year old daughter, Discovery Channel has decided to stop production of the next season of Sons of Guns and cancel the series. That’s the news via Fox News, which posted the announcement earlier today. Discovery Channel still lists the program on its press website, but I’m guessing that will change before long. Filming of new episodes was put “on hold” following Hayden’s first arrest, but the latest statement from the network seems to officially put the brakes on the whole production . . .
For some reason, FPSRussia breaks character to answer YouTubers Q&A. To say it’s jarring to hear Kyle speak in his normal (gently Southern) accent would be like saying Barbara Palvin is kinda cute. [Note to Kyle: Disney doesn't let actors remove their costumes in front of the public. Ever.] Despite claiming he’s got the best job at the world, Kyle/Dimitri’s chafing at the bit, creatively speaking. He says he wants to do “behind the scenes” videos. In other words, he wants to be a reality TV star. He also aspires to be the Dear Abbey of guns. [Note to Kyle: racking a pump shotgun may not send burglars running.] This video shows Kyle’s affinity with Nutnfancy, if you know what I mean. Shark jumped?
Thanks to my buddy, Matt, for linking me to The Gunfighter a few months ago. This hilarious short film should have gone up on TTAG then. Nine minutes of quality programming here, and a bit of levity in what feels like a rough couple months of serious news at home and abroad.
The Gunner’s Vault Facebook page is reporting that the Discovery Channel has put the hit show Sons of Guns production schedule on hold. The info comes from Glenn “Flem” Fleming, self-described “former welder for Red Jacket Firearms” and “one of the guys on sons of guns.” Fleming texted Producer Chris at Gunner’s Vault, telling our man that Discovery Channel is weighing its options for Season Six. If the show is cancelled, no doubt Will Hayden’s recent legal troubles will have triggered the move. Hayden was recently arrested on child molestation charges.
I’m deeply jealous of Kirsten Joy Weiss’s shoulder roll gun acquisition. It’s a move I perfected at the age of ten, back when Starsky & Hutch increased car wax sales exponentially (inciting millions of boys to perfect the art of sliding over car hoods). Those days are long gone. Although I wonder if there are some mad running, jumping and shooting skillz lurking in my ancient muscle memory. Anyway, for the record, KJ Dubs is a good egg – even if she’s not good to eggs. What’s up with that?
“Red Jacket Firearms and the Hayden family, want to bring their fans and general public up to date on the developments recently brought to attention by the tabloids and media. We acknowledge that allegations of child abuse were made against Mr. Will Hayden. This was reported by someone intent on smearing his reputation. The child in question was properly interviewed by child services and an arrest was made, as part of standard procedure, which is done routinely in many states. Mr. Hayden fully cooperated with law enforcement and the child was subjected to questioning, as is also routine at the child advocacy center. She was then . . .