DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: How Much Bigger Can the Gun Industry Get?

According to this News Beat Social video — which regurgitates NSSF stats — the US firearms industry added another 25k jobs last year, a 10 percent jump from 2014. There are 288k people working at making “instruments of death and destruction” in jobs that average a very healthy $50k a year (compared to last year’s median household income of $53,000 p.a.). Even with an estimated 300 million guns in civilian ownership, NICS checks continue their upward growth track. All reports to the contrary, the US gun business appears to be extremely healthy. But how much more can it grow? How high is up? How much bigger can the gun industry get?

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: Support Your Local Police?

I’ve been binge-watching Longmire. While comparing Absaroka County with New York City (as above) is like comparing a lever action rifle to an AR-15, Walt’s not wrong that the character of their lawmen is one important difference between the two locales. Aside from the fact that Sheriff Longmire is a fictional character and Absoroka County doesn’t exist. And if it did, it would have one of the highest per capita murder rates in the United States. Anyway, when it comes respecting gun rights, there’s a huge difference between inner city cops and rural law enforcement. Are you urban, suburban or rural and how do your local cops figure on firearms-freedom-o-meter?

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: Would You Carry a Stun Gun?

It’s illegal to own a stun gun in, well, most of the usual suspect states. Places where diminishing the right to keep and bear firearms isn’t sufficient. States where they find it necessary to restrict virtually any method of armed self defense. Thankfully, for most of us, guns that go bang aren’t the only option available. And new CEW’s – conducted electronic weapons – like the TASER Pulse offer a light, packable, effective option for those who can’t or won’t carry a pistol. Would you carry one as an additional personal defense option? Have you?

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: How Much Fun Is Shooting?

TTAG’s resident war hero Jon Wayne Taylor recently read me the riot act: “you don’t shoot enough.” Copy that. JWT was [rightly] pointing out that my writing isn’t well enough informed by trigger time. I’ve got a lot of excuses: the need to fill these e-pages, single parenting, a kidney stone, the distance to the range and schnauzer maintenance. Yes, well, I never regret overcoming my lack of inertia to bust some caps. Shooting is the most fun I have with my clothes on. More fun than driving fast. More fun than writing (and that’s saying something). How much fun do you have when you shoot? How does it make you feel?

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: Is .40 Doomed?


I recently picked-up a T&E Baby Eagle. In .40 caliber. I hate .40. Nick Leghorn, our Testing and Evaluation editor, is also not a fan. “I think it’s useless,” he opined, semi-sarcastically; knowing full well that shooting someone [posing an imminent credible threat of death or grievous bodily harm] with .40 caliber bullet is a lot better than not shooting them. But .40 isn’t as controllable as 9mm or .45. So why bother? A quick survey of gun stores reveals that .40 is a dead caliber walking. If it weren’t for police sales – thanks to the infamous Miami FBI shootout — the caliber wouldn’t exist in the first place. Or now, presumably. So, got .40? Got rid of .40? Never bought into .40? Spill.

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: How Much Gun Training Does Anyone Need, Really?

Gun control advocates constantly slate the average American’s ability to defend themselves with a firearm. No surprise there. If you agree that people need training to safely carry a firearm, the state should regulate it (out of existence)! Some gun rights advocates bolster this argument by agreeing that everyone should have training. It just shouldn’t be mandatory. I reckon that hair-splitting argument befuddles gun muggles. The better approach: promote the idea that defending yourself with a gun is a no-brainer. Bullets face forward, point gun at bad guy, pull trigger if needed. All the operator operating operationally misegos – situational awareness, getting off the X, etc. – is Inside Baseball, best left out when discussing gun rights. Am I wrong?

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: Are You A Gun Collector?

When I was a little boy, my Dad and my brothers used to go clamming at the beach. It was messy work. One day, the old man gave me his Patek Phillipe to take inside. I lost it. My irresponsibility earned me some low-quality time with a leather belt. The watch turned up, eventually. Years later, I inherited the Calatrava – and a watch collecting habit. A pair of painful divorces cured me of that affliction, but I understand the collecting urge, especially when it comes to guns; sturdy objects that will easily outlive us. Are you a gun collector? If so, what’s your thing and what’s going to happen to your collection when you pass? “You never actually own a Patek Philippe,” the company’s slogan reminds us, “you merely look after it for the next generation.” Like that? 

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: How Do You Convince Your Significant Other to “Let” You Buy a $3k Gun?

STI DVC-3Gun (courtesy

Over on our post STI Guns: What Sales Slump? TTAG commentator Bob spied the Texas company’s DVC 3-Gun and remarked “I have no idea of how to convince the wife that I need a $3k handgun. The words don’t exist in any language I know. That’s what TTAG needs to do an article on.” Jeff the Griz had a recommendation: “Every time you visit the ATM take out an extra $20, hide it until you have 140 of them hidden away (important to remember where they are). Then use the credit card for the last $200+, tell her you got a hell of a deal on it!” Any other advice for our man Bob?

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: Do You Know When You’d Draw Your Gun?

“You’re never going to learn new skills in the middle of a gunfight.” Which is another way of saying, you have to practice, prepare, and think about what would make you draw your gun before you have to draw your gun. The “correct” answer: an imminent threat of death or imminent bodily harm. Short of that, drawing — let along firing — your weapon can and probably lead to a world of legal and financial consequences that no one would ever want. Have you prepared? Have you thought about it? Do you know when you’d draw your gun?

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: What’s the Biggest Change in the Gun World You’ve Seen?

When I test a new gun, I assume the firearm will work as intended. Generally they do. Thanks to advances in design, metallurgy and production, not to mention the enormous expansion of the firearms industry (competition improves the breed), the days of dubious reliability are, in the main, over. (Yes, even Hi-Points.) By the same token, I’ve lived to see self-defense training evolve and gun rights expand. As far as I can tell, more and more minorities and women are exercising their right to keep and bear arms. What’s the biggest technological and/or cultural change you’ve seen in the gun world since you started shooting?

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: What Ear Pro Do You Use?


Thanks to three shots from a “hearing safe” suppressed Remington 700, I suffer from mild tinnitus. I now sleep with active ear pro by the bedside and use Amazon’s Echo to generate white noise. Plenty of TTAG readers have it much worse, from combat or old age — being old enough to shoot when ear pro wasn’t a thing. Well it is now. There are plenty of excellent muff and in-ear devices to protect your hearing. And yet . . . I still double-up with non-active ear pro at Red’s, an old-fashioned cement range originally designed by the hearing aid industry (not really, but might as well be). How’s your hearing and what ear pro do you use/recommend?

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