Bigger isn’t always better. There are definitely circumstances where a 24x scope with a Horus reticle isn’t the right tool for the job, and something smaller (and cheaper) will suffice. Especially for close range targets and lightweight rifles, having a small red dot mounted on the gun instead of a scope or even an EOTech sight might be a better idea. Meopta is a European optics manufacturer who has been in the business since 1933, and they’ve come out with a new red dot specifically for those times when a scope is simply overkill: the Meosight III . . .
Over the course of the last week, TTAG asked our Armed Intelligentsia to vote for their favorite new products of 2014. Over a thousand readers responded to our call. So now we’re proud to announce TTAG’s Readers’ Choice Award winners for 2014. Our first winner is in the new-for-2014 ammunition category: Winchester’s W Train & Defend ammo. W T&D won the award by an impressive 30 percent margin. And for good reason . . .
“At least four people are dead after shootings in three communities near Philadelphia in what a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation says appears to be a domestic dispute. The gunman shot and killed his former wife and then shot and killed other members of his family at a different location Monday morning, the official said.” That’s from CNN. Other reports differ in the details and indicate the shooter may be barricaded. As always, known knowns and unknown knowns will be mixed with speculation and unadulterated bovine byproduct until long after the situation is over. Stay tuned.
The Laura Croftian model above is Laura Elizabeth Gomez, a Facebook friend from Barcelona. Laura’s worked at Zona de Airsoft.com; she knows a thing or two about gun safety. And yet, there she is, with her fingers on the trigger. Some photographers demand trigger finger placement on the go-pedal; they believe it gives the resulting image immediacy. But I’m a safety first, sexy second kinda guy. I swear. What’s your take: trigger finger on the slide for models or what are you kidding who gives a damn and why are you putting sexist clickbait on a serious Second Amendment website when you swore you weren’t going to?
(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details – enter by December 26th!)
By Donald Urbatsch
When dad suggested that we take a trip to Africa for some hunting I had to find an appropriate caliber rifle for the task. There are plenty of big game rifles to choose from on the market and if I wanted to have any money left over to pay for my hunt, I had to find the economy option. This brings us to the Hawkeye African from Ruger with an MSRP of $1199 and a street price about thee hundred dollars less, making this an attractive buy when compared to the big money commanded by some other rifle makers . . .
I hope this image is incendiary to all the citizens of Australia who enabled civilian disarmament, leaving themselves defenseless against criminals, crazies and terrorists. I hope it’s incendiary to the American antis who use any example of “gun violence” to lobby for limitations on Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. But no, it won’t be. Not in the way I’d like. Now that the attack is over (police stormed the Sydney cafe), the American and Australian antis will use this incident to continue their crusade against common sense armed self-defense. So I find this image and its inevitable aftermath incendiary. You? [h/t PetitionForRedress]
“Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 9500 block of Wayne Avenue around 1:25 a.m. Friday for reports of a man with a gun,” Cincinnati’s wlwt.com reports. “According to investigators, Orlando Lowery, 23, was found in possession of a loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun that was painted red to resemble a toy gun.” Nope. As TTAG commentator bryce pointed out, “the Cobra or Lorcin FS 380 comes in that color from factory.” Besides, if the criminal really wanted to fool the cops into thinking he’s carrying a toy gun . . .
“You will find guys who are doing firearms trafficking, or knuckleheads who come down here from other places and acquire guns and steal guns and take them back up North and dispose of them there because you have places like New York, New Jersey and D.C. where the laws are restrictive.” — ATF spokesman Gerod King in SC remains a top exporter of stolen guns [at wltx.com]
“At least one offender took hostages at the popular Lindt chocolate cafe, in Martin Place, just before 10am. Some members of staff could be seen wearing their shop aprons and standing with their hands up at the windows. There is also a black and white flag being held up in a window. It is believed to be the Black Standard, a jihadist flag.” This, in certifiably gun-free Sydney, Australia. “We don’t yet know the motivation of perpetrator, we don’t know whether it’s politically motivated although there are indications it could be,” said Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Yes, well that black standard now hanging in the window should provide a clue . . .
According to reuters.com, you’re looking at “an undercover police officer, who had been marching with anti-police demonstrators” who “aims his gun at protesters after some in the crowd attacked him and his partner in Oakland, California December 10, 2014.” That’s the caption to the photo and that’s all the information they provide on this incident. Which is ironic. Because this post is about guns, undercover cops and limited information . . .
“Grand Rapids police expect to move to a 9mm handgun next year and trade in the department’s .40 caliber guns,” mlive.com. “Police say the decision was made, in part, because many of the existing guns were approaching a service milestone, typically involving replacement of springs and possibly barrels. Grand Rapids police officers now use a SIG Sauer P229 DAK that takes .40 caliber bullets.” Yes, but that’s not the real reason they opted for nines over fo-tays: “The 9mm weapons are expected to have less recoil than the current handguns.” And there you have it. Hey! Let’s crunch some numbers . . .