In the firearms world, I have come to realize that you can either have a gun that is visually beautiful or mechanically beautiful. The combination of those two qualities is damn near impossible to find, but it looks like Benelli’s ETHOS shotgun may have just threaded that needle. Introduced at SHOT Show 2014 in grand style (above), the ETHOS quickly captured the attention of our readers. The field for “Best New Shotgun of 2014″ wasn’t particularly deep, but it was extraordinarily broad in terms of the styles and applications for the scatterguns. And of all the competitors, the ETHOS came out as the clear readers’ choice. Make the jump for their original presser. . .
Writing for ammoland.com, Major Van Harl USAF, Ret. came across Short Lane Chamber Adapters at his LGS. The product gave Major Harl a major you-know-what. Although he didn’t test it – and you know we will – I reckon it’s a solution in search of a problem. Who looks at their 12, 20 or .410-gauge shotty and thinks, hmmm, if only it could get it to shoot .22? And 9mm! And .45 Long Colt! Never mind the extra weight up front, I could be The Lord of the Gun! One long gun to rule them all! Make the jump for the relevant deets and links . . .
“Kalashnikov, Russia’s legendary firearms producer, has revamped its corporate image, unveiling a new ‘CK’ red-and-black logo – not to be confused with Calvin Klein – a new slogan, three streamlined weapons brands and its own survival gear,” rt.com reports. It’s good to know that Russian oligarchs are just as susceptible to branding B.S. as Cerberus’ fat cats (e.g., Remington’s 1816 lifestyle brand). Privyet? All branding starts with the product. Build a better AK and then worry about marketing. Ready for the new slogan? In English, it’s . . .
Earlier today we posted a piece reassuring readers that they can buy a SIG Brace for their AR pistol without risking ATF blowback. The post clarified a letter sent to Black Aces Tactical by the ATF, regarding their as-yet-unnamed SIG Braced Pro Series 5 short-barrelled shotgun variant (shown above and after the jump). The letter said the shotgun was legal – as long as the owner didn’t shoulder it. That was good enough for Black Aces’ owner and ex-Third Class Petty Officer Eric Lemoine. “We’ll send the gun out with warnings all over the place,” Lemoine told TTAG, “‘not to be shouldered’ will be in big letters and underlined, on the box, on a tag attached to the trigger, everywhere. And we’ll include the ATF letter in the paperwork” Lemoine insists that the warnings are not a legal work-around . . .
COULD THIS MEAN THE END OF THE SIG BRACE FOR AR PISTOLS? the headline at shootingsportsretailer.com asks. “In a letter to short-barreled shotgun manufacturer feds say shouldering an SB15 could be illegal,” the sub-head suggests. “No, it’s not the end of the SIG Brace for AR pistols,” SIG Brace inventor and manufacturer Alex Bosco told TTAG. “The author needs to learn how to read.” Indeed. The ATF letter above addresses an inquiry from Florida gunmaker Eric Lemoine (of blackacestactical.com) about using a SIG Brace on a short-barreled shotgun. And only that proposal. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the SIG Brace and AR pistols. As Bosco makes clear . . .
If you like your home defense shotgun you can keep your home defense shotgun. This article is not for you. I’m not going to convince you to ditch one of the — if not the most — lethal close-quarters combat firearms made by hand of man. An incredibly dependable gun that can fire everything from less lethal rounds to one-ounce slugs (delivering over 3,100 ft-lbs of energy). If you want a genuine conversation stopper, the shotgun is it. That said, the shotgun has a few dramatic shortcomings for home defense . . .
The other day I railed against co-branding. That’s because of a simple rule: the tighter a brand’s focus the stronger the brand. Branding is a form of mental shorthand that allows people to make easy choices. For example, Range Rover = luxury off-roaders. Not sports cars or urban runabouts. Holland & Holland = high-end shotguns. Not rifles or handguns. Holland & Holland has no more business making off-road vehicles than Range Rover has making high-end shotguns. And yet, as Edna Mode said to Bob Parr in The Incredibles, here we are . . .
“Reputed gang member shoots self with own sawed-off shotgun [not shown],” foxnews.com reports. So if you’re a “reputed gang member” (i.e. a gang banger) your gun doesn’t just “go off.” You actually shoot yourself. “It appears that Mcbride was in a home when he heard gunshots, put a sawed-off shotgun in his pants and went outside to investigate. When Mcbride tried to draw the gun, he pulled the trigger and shot himself.” Hey, what have we been saying about always using a proper holster? Which brings us to this revelation: “Police say Saturday night, another gang member accidentally wounded himself while threatening someone with a revolver.” Negligently! Sigh. So close . . . [h/t TP]
‘Man shot in abdomen by shotgun’, Iowa’s kcci.com proclaims. More promisingly – in terms of attributing the firearms-related injury to something other than a malevolent inanimate object – the lead reveals that “A man was airlifted to the hospital after being shot in the abdomen while pheasant hunting Saturday morning in Plymouth County.” Ouch! But don’t get to thinking that kcci.com’s crack journos would use this as an opportunity to warn readers about gun safety, rather than gun possession (in the demonic sense) . . .
“Last month Apple proudly announced it had hired Australian-born aesthetic guru Marc Newson [creator of the “embryo chair” above] to join the tech company’s legendary stable of designers,” businessweek.com‘s Paul Barrett reports. “He’s about to come out with a decidedly low-tech masterpiece: a high-end engraved shotgun to be produced by the Italian firearm manufacturer Beretta.” Specifically . . .
We’re big fans of Benelli scatterguns. Who wouldn’t be? RF goes practically gaga when discussing his M2. And don’t even get him started on his M4. Kirsten obviously had no trouble effectively wielding it when she got the chance to shred some Charmin last year. So while an Ethos currently resides in his gun safe, sadly, life has intervened and prevented him from doing it justice with a full frontal review. Good things come to those who wait, though. In the mean time, to promote the new-for-2014 gun, Benelli’s sending an Ethos on a 50-state tour to be shot by all kinds of shooters, everyone from schlubs to competition shooters and documenting the experience for all to see. Press release after the jump . . .
“A deadly DIY shotgun was harboured for years by a teenager who says he was given it to ‘look after’ when he was just 14-years-old,” manchestereveningnews.co.uk reports. “The 12-bore metal weapon was put together by an amateur gunsmith – but is powerful enough to kill.” Kill, I tell you, kill! Only 19-year-old Conor Tipler didn’t kill anyone with the homemade gun. Didn’t point it at anyone either. But that didn’t stop Manchester’s most senior judge, Judge David Stockdale QC, from locking-up young master Tipler for three – count them three years. If you think that’s bad . . .