Baltimore PD Commish: “I’ve seen bigger tables. I’ve seen smaller tables. I’ve seen more guns.”

There are, in fact, 76 seized guns in the big parade. According to the baltimoresun.com, Baltimore police confiscated all the weapons on display during the last ten days, swelling their illegal arms cache to 1,164 weapons. So far this year. All the usual suspects attended the pop-po’s annual illegal gun show-and-tell: Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and the unidentified local head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. At some point in the pistol and pony show, Bealefield Three Sticks forgot to mouth the party line . . .

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Gun Optics Maker Leupold Names Calvin Johnston New Prez and CEO

Optics makers Leupold & Stevens have named Calvin Johnston as the company’s new president and CEO, effective July 19. Before taking the helm of “America’s Optics Authority,” Johnston had dealings with The Sports Authority, as group president/CEO of Russell Athletics. Before mastering the zen and the art of corporate politics, Jonston got his educational foundation from The Foundation of the Gator Nation: the University of Florida. Johnston then showed his commitment to acquiring business acumen by leaving the nation’s top party school (2008 – 2009) for frigid Michigan, earning a master’s degree in marketing and business strategy from Northwestern University. To quote Johnny Nash, Johnston can see clearly now the lawsuit’s settled (with Bushnell). Under new leadership we fully expect the “repurposed” company to find a kick-ass sight for TTAG’s test AR-10.

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Wilson Combat: Say Hello to the New X-Tac

Question: what’s a “working operator”? Google search, fifth entry: How to Find Home-Based Phone Sex Operator Jobs. Wilson X-tac press release, first sentence: “Enhanced grip texture, Enhanced sight picture and Wilson Combat’s legendary attention to detail add up to a unique new offering destined to be a top choice of working operators everywhere.” Oh baby!  “The new bi-directional, X-Tac frontstrap and slide treatment offer enhanced grip and improved durability over traditional checkering in severe and hard-use environments.” I’ll have whatever she’s shooting. There’s more?

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Daley Strikes Back!

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s handgun ban. Three days later, Mayor Daley announced his plan to make it as difficult as possible for law-abiding citizens to own a handgun. His legislative package bans gun shops from the Windy City. Aspiring handgun owners have to attend a mandatory four-hour firearm safety classes and an hour of range training, followed by a proficiency test. They have to register their handgun with the police. They’re only allowed to register one handgun per month; they have 90 days to register any illegal weapons or face a $5,000 fine and 90 days in jail. So far, so New York. Here’s the kicker . . .

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Game Review: GunShot for the IPod/IPhone

My quest for the perfect gun range game continues with the iPod Touch/iPhone game GunShot. I’m looking for a game that gives me the look and feel of a real gun range, re-sized for my iPod. Something that provides the same kind of fun I have shooting holes in pieces of paper. In that respect, GunShot misses the target. It’s an OK way to practice but it doesn’t really have the wow factor yet. It costs 99 cents – about average for an iPod game. And it has a lot of things that some of the other gun games don’t have.Read More

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Reid’s NRA Endorsement Imminent?

Full disclosure: I’m a Life Member of the NRA. Full(er) disclosure: that could change, if the NRA keeps doing incredibly stupid things. Case in point, the idea that they might well endorse Harry Reid’s re-election campaign for the U.S. Senate in Nevada. Yep. That’s right. On the heels of their bailing on opposition to a bill that would effectively muzzle political dissent (except for Unions, AARP, and the NRA) simply because “it doesn’t affect them,” now comes word that Really Soon Now, the NRA plans to endorse Harry the Horse’s Ass for another term in the U.S. Senate, and presumably as Senate Majority Leader (unless the GOP retakes the Senate in November).

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Gun Review: Springfield XD-9

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The Glock is a legendary gun. And rightly so. Its simplicity, reliability, corrosion resistance, magazine capacity and accuracy have assured its place in the Firearms Hall of Fame. Personally, I’m not a Glock guy. Despite my best efforts to let the Austrian pistol woo me with its minimalism, I’ve never felt that “love connection.” Every time I hold a Glock, the ergonomics put me off. It’s too big, it’s too small; the trigger’s too far, too weird . . . it just doesn’t feel right. By extension, I developed an aversion to all polymer pistols. Until the day a friend introduced me to a little Croatian sweetheart known as the HS2000; marketed to U.S. shooters as the Springfield Armory X-treme Duty 9x19mm or XD-9.

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