Category: NRA Convention

New from Daniel Defense: Precision Ammunition

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Daniel Defense has announced that they are entering the ammunition manufacturing racket, competing with Hornady, Remington, Winchester and others for the top spot in quality gun food. They had hoped to start combating the unavailability of 300 AAC Blackout sometime near the middle of the year, but with the current state of ammunition components and manufacturing tools (un)availability, it looks like their plans may be put on hold for a tad longer . . .

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Hands On with SIG SAUER’s Pistol Arm Brace

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Let me just sum it up this way: yes, it works as advertised. And yes, it’s also stiff enough to be used as an actual buttstock. I know a leather version of this passed ATF muster, but the stiffer plastic used in SIG’s version might be enough to give the ATF’s technology branch a fit.

Bloomberg Photographer at NRA Show: “Which One Was the Rifle Used in Newtown?”

There are a ton of writers and photographers from the national media floating around the NRA Annual Convention, and the reason is pretty obvious. With the increased fervor over gun control in the United States, the NRA is, naturally, a lightning rod for civilian disarmament advocates. And their celebration of all things gun related here in Houston is their first time to show off since the events of last December. Wanting to capitalize on that emotional response, a photographer for Bloomberg (pictured above in the light blue shirt) sidled up to me on the show floor in front of the Bushmaster booth and simply asked, “so, which one of these rifles was used in the Newtown shooting?” His next question – who else makes “assault rifles.” . . .

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Obscure Object of Desire: Elephant Trunk Holsters

The Andrews Custom Leather web site calls their gear that’s crafted from exotic leathers ‘wearable art’. Sam Andrews says his elephant hide holster is tougher than shit nails. If the thought of toting your .45 around in what used to be Dumbo’s nose causes you a twinge of guilt, as it did me, rest easy. Mr. Andrews assures us that all of his raw materials — whether it’s crocodile, cape buffalo, monitor lizard, tigershark or Indonesian frog — are ethically sourced. In the case of his pachyderm paraphernalia, it comes from deceased zoo animals. As Nick says, once it’s dead, it’s dead. You might as well put it to good use, no? There’s only one more thing you should never forget, though. Exotics aren’t cheap. So while an elephant hide holster for your prized 1911 will last you the rest of your life (and probably those of your grandchildren), it will run you a cool $500. But you only live once, right?

Question of the Day: Is It Time for Wayne LaPierre to Step Down?

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Wayne LaPierre is the executive vice president of the NRA and the main mouthpiece of the organization. I haven’t been much of a fan of how Wayne has handled the post-Newtown gun control fervor. Nevertheless, he was the man at the tiller when the storm hit and by all counts he has weathered it well. But now that the initial battle has been won and appears to have turned into a drawn out conflict, is it time to find a new face for the NRA? One that isn’t an old white guy? Especially after the NRA Annual Meeting, where he was lauded by the powers that be within the NRA, it would be a logical time for him to step aside, going out on top, and let a younger, fresher face take it from here. What do you guys think?