SHOT Show: The Tao of the RONI Pistol-Carbine Conversion

Think of a scenario where a RONI Pistol-Carbine conversion could get you out of a tight spot . . . For a home invasion that turns into open warfare, I’d want both a handgun and a rifle. As in “a handgun’s main use is to fight your way to a rifle.” Would I want to take the theoretical five seconds required to convert my Glock into a Carbine? Nope. Grab ‘N Go would be my preferred modus operandi. Alternatively, if I’m out and about zombie-killing, a good-to-go short-barreled Glocked Carbine would be way cool and much appreciated. But at what point do I stop, open my righteous RONI, peel off that little plastic thing that goes over the sights (don’t lose it!), store my carbine suit (don’t lose it!) and switch to a handgun? In short, I don’t get it. Time to quote the brochure . . .

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Think of a scenario where a RONI Pistol-Carbine conversion could get you out of a tight spot . . . For a home invasion that turns into open warfare, I’d…

SHOT Show: NSSF’s War of the Words

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The SHOT Show is run by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Like our South African friend over at thefirearmsblog.com, the NSSF tries to avoid politics. As did the NRA…

Rules of Engagement, Massad-Style

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One of the things that bothers me about armed self defense is what happens after I kill or wound an attacker? What then? Do I get indicted? Get no-billed? Go…

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Question of the Day: John Dillinger Was Prepared for Zombies. Are You?

Image, idea and headline courtesy zombieplace.com

HMR stands for Hornady Rimfire Magnum. According to chuckhawks.com, “the .17 HMR [cartridge] is intended for hunting animals such as squirrels, rabbits, prairie dogs, gophers, marmots, and other small creatures. This is the same class of game appropriately hunted with a rifle chambered for the .22 Magnum cartridge. However, the superior velocity and flat trajectory of the .17 HMR extends the humane range..” Being a humane being, I’m down with that. Speaking of small creature you can kill with the round, this new Performance Center 647 17 HMR is a bit of an odd duck—fluted 18″ barrel, tripod and all. But I reckon it’s a real smooth shooter. The trigger reminded me of Marissa Miller, for some reason. Time to go home . . .

SHOT Show: New Smith & Wesson Performance Center 647 17 HMR

HMR stands for Hornady Rimfire Magnum. According to chuckhawks.com, “the .17 HMR [cartridge] is intended for hunting animals such as squirrels, rabbits, prairie dogs, gophers, marmots, and other small creatures….

SHOT Show: Steyr Arms SSG 08 Rifle in Lapua Magnum. What’s Not to Love?

Shooting a good rifle is a God-like experience. Oh sure, God can throw a thunderbolt, LOTS of thunderbolts, from 20,000 feet or so. And those bolts are BAD. But from what I’ve seen, His accuracy sucks. The accuracy of the Steyr Arms SSG 08 rifle in Lapua Magnum, on the other hand, is phenomenal. Spectacular. Awesome, as in the “standing mute in the face of God” (rather than the Valley Girl description of a strawberry smoothie sense of the word). I’m not the kind of shooter who can fully utilize the round’s extreme distance capabilities; my math skills are about as refined as Snookie’s manners. And I’m not prepared to pay more for a round than I would for a Venti cup of Starbuck’s Clover-brewed El Salvador. So an SSG 08 in .308 would do me. But I can understand the appeal. Oh yes. Yes indeed. Make the jump to see the rare rifle action in action . . .

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Shooting a good rifle is a God-like experience. Oh sure, God can throw a thunderbolt, LOTS of thunderbolts, from 20,000 feet or so. And those bolts are BAD. But from…

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SHOT Show: Exclusive TTAG Test of Advanced Ballistics Triple Threat Self-Defense Round

As the doorman helped me gather my belongings, he looked at the holes in the target flapping in the cold desert wind. “We were testing new ammo,” I told him….

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SHOT Show: StressVest Tests Police Perseverance

At the risk or suggesting that early encounters with corporal punishment left me scarred (and glad of it), there’s something slightly kinky about this product. “The StressVest has an adjustable…

As Karl Rohbaugh readied himself for iPhone immortality, the gunmaker shuffled the five pocket pistols on the glass countertop like a Las Vegas poker dealer. Within seconds all the guns were sitting dead center on their assigned black mats, all facing the same way. I realized that Rohrbaugh Firearms’ main man is a fellow OCD sufferer. Actually, I made the diagnosis even before I’d caught his attention, when I first racked the slide on one of his mini-marvels. It felt like all semi slides should: smooth, precise, solid, sexy. The double action-only trigger pull was as long as a midsummer’s night dream, but the R9 still felt like a lion amongst ladies’ guns. So, one mouse gun to rule them all? Well, that depends . . .

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SHOT Show: Rohrbaugh Firearms R9 is No Range Toy

As Karl Rohbaugh readied himself for iPhone immortality, the gunmaker shuffled the five pocket pistols on the glass countertop like a Las Vegas poker dealer. Within seconds all the guns were…

Guns: What would MLK Jr. Do?

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Given that Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and February has been designated “Black History Month,” I thought it might be interesting to turn to our (unexpurgated) history books…

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Show Show: SIG SAUER SIG50 = New McMillan TAC-50

“We needed an anti-material rifle for international customers.” How Tony Stark does that sound? Of course, the real world of military sales is not all Iron Man suits and Gwyneth…

Blue guns are not new guns but they are good for you guns. For self-defense defenders defending in a crusade that’s never ending, a blue gun is one of the few guns that’s totally safe for you guns. A model gun is another fun gun when there’s no battle to be won. But bad things can be done when faced one-on-one. What is to be done with the one with the gun who uses that gun to make people run? What would you do? What could you do? According to John Ring, blue guns are the thing! The repros are cool but Ring’s not a fool. He looks out for buyers who turn out to be liars so nothing bad can transpire. At least in theory.

SHOT Show: New Guns. Blue Guns. This Gun’s Not For You Guns

Blue guns are not new guns but they are good for you guns. For self-defense defenders defending in a crusade that’s never ending, a blue gun is one of the…