Weekend Digest: Aggressive Rabid Bobcats Edition

Scott Hoffman's S&W 629 .44 Magnum, courtesy John Woike, Hartford Courant

The owner of this one-of-a-kind S&W 629 .44 Magnum is putting the gun up for sale. Asking price: $100,000. Scott Hoffman, owner of Hoffman’s Gun Center and Indoor Range in Newington, Connecticut, is selling the gun in support of gun rights. He says that the money from the sale will go to support candidates for political office who are committed to overturning the gun legislation passed in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown. “I’m giving up something I love to fight those laws,” Hoffman said. If you’re interested, the gun is listed on Gunbroker. . .

Corpus Christi, Texas would like to remind residents that live ammunition (even .50BMG) is not recyclable through the municipal system, so please discontinue putting it in your recycle bins. (What’s the headstamp on the other one?)

The Thurston County, Washington Sheriff’s Department held a firearm and drug takeback day (their name) which netted seven guns, 150 pounds of prescription drugs, and several thousand rounds of ammunition. The interesting part of this event, to me, was the disposition of the weapons. According to Sgt. Ray Brady, one of two things can happen with the firearms: they can be destroyed at the owner’s request, or the owner is asked whether the Sheriff’s Office can trade them to a firearms dealer in exchange for ammunition for deputy training. I still disagree with buy-ups, but in this case they’re not paying for the guns, and more training is not a bad thing.

A few weeks back, RF wrote about the Gun Box, the RFID-enabled gun vault for storing your goodies. A few days ago they announced that they’d surpassed their $100k IndieGoGo funding goal, raising nearly $140k, and that the first 400 units would begin shipping December 12th. So if you kicked in, there’s that to be excited about.

I’ve been saving this for a weekend post, because it’s long, but it’s worth it. Well, it’s worth it if you like Carnik Con. If you don’t like Carnik Con, well… sorry. (P.S. NSFW language, but what are you doing at work on the weekend?) (P.P.S. Full minute of gag reel if you hang on to the end.)

Don’t use your thinking brain, just use your doing brain.

If you don’t like Carnik Con, I don’t want you to miss out on your video fix, so here’s Richard Ryan tapping a beer keg with det cord.

I hope it was cheap beer.


  1. avatar Ralph says:

    Hey, would it be okay at the next “firearm and drug takeback” event in my town if I set up a table outside the venue and offered to pay more for the drugs?

    Or would the police be upset at me because they have their own buyers?

    1. avatar Christian says:

      I had friends in Atlanta who went up and down the line of a gun buyback program, offering $105 ($5 more than the ATL PD were offering) for any gun that was actually worth it. Mostly they were inoperable rusted out relics, but THEN they found a P226 .40 with some slide wear and a break open 12 gauge that was in good shape. Don’t know if the cops had anything to say about it, but everyone went home happy.

      I’m not sure if they’d let you do that with drugs though xD

  2. avatar Danny says:

    That revolver was sold for $80,000 in 79 is now worth $258,015.43 in today’s dollars. He selling it at a loss if you ask me but I guess no one would buy it at that price.

  3. avatar JoshinGA says:

    Who in their right mind throws away .50 bmg? That stuff is like 3-5 bucks a round!

    1. avatar Nine says:

      That was my first thought actually.

    2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      I’ll set up a box where people can dispose of ammo!

      Matt, the smaller one is a toughie. 194? Was about all I could get.

  4. avatar C says:

    If you don’t like Carnik Con then f**k you.

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      Well, that sort of sums it all up, doesn’t it?

    2. avatar jwm says:

      Never heard of it. But then there’s this new gadget out the youngsters are using that I’m not to sure about. It’s called fire.

      1. avatar Jay1987 says:

        Really?? Cool… what do you think of this whole revolution against the British?? Do you think the colonies might actually win?

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Not a chance. The British have brown bess on their side and them spiffy red coats.

        2. avatar Jay1987 says:

          Yea but the French and Spanish are threatening to help the colonies and all the British have are Prussians and them there red fellers.

        3. avatar C says:

          Smart money’s on the British.

        4. avatar Taylor Tx says:

          Man I just sure do love an under dog 😀

  5. avatar Jeh says:

    Why the hell would you sell such a revolver? Good cause or not id have something that beautiful buried with me.

    1. avatar Samuel Leoon Suggs says:

      I would kill you again and take your gun if you buried that thing. It’s a work of art and you body juices might corrode the metal, destroy the grips and strip off the gold inlays and we sure hell can’t let that fly now can we?

  6. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    I really like det cord.

    1. avatar Piet Padkos says:

      Who doesn’t?

      1. avatar Jay1987 says:

        Communists… oh and liberals.

        1. avatar Craig says:

          Liberals are communists, why do you think the Communist Party USA doesn’t run their own presidential candidate and just endorses whoever the Dems pick?

    2. avatar Taylor Tx says:

      Did you see the RR video in which they detonate pumpkins using a string of detcord? AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME

    3. avatar Jim R says:

      Everybody likes detcord. If it wasn’t such a pain to get hold of…actually maybe it’s a good thing it’s hard to get hold of. I don’t think it’d end well if I had ready access to stuff like that. 😀

    4. avatar Cliff H says:

      He’s gonna play hell getting his deposit back on those kegs.

    5. avatar DisThunder says:

      Detcord really is the handyman’s little helper.

  7. avatar Stinkeye says:

    “Also, knives and chainsaws could end up hurting someone or stopping up the machines. Officials are asking that everyone stop throwing those items in with their recyclables.”

    What the hell is going on in Corpus Christi? Ammo and chainsaws in the recycling bins?

    1. avatar Jay1987 says:

      If you think that’s strange I have a piece of advice for you, do not take a job working at the local dump or landfill… I still have wtf moments over what I found when I worked there back in high school.

    2. avatar John E> says:

      I guess the zombie apocalypse is finally over…

  8. avatar Craig says:

    Honestly, donating the proceeds from that gun’s sale to a CT pro-gun politician is like throwing all the cash down the toilet bowl and flushing. No single candidate is going to change CT, they voted 90% for Obama or more in the last election.

    If I were going to sell a gun “for the cause”, I’d donate the money to the NRA or a local gun rights group that gets shit done.

    1. avatar John L. says:


      At least he’s doing something and not just talking about doing something.

    2. avatar Pascal says:

      Not sure where the hell you got your facts, but 90% DID NOT vote for Obama. Just like in many states, the urban centers have a large number of votes, but if you look at many of the counties and towns, it was not 90%. It was enough to get the electoral votes. My town specifically did not vote for Obama and we are in the heart of a liberal county and right next door to an urban center of waste and corruption.

      I am not which way it is with the auction. First it was for the legal defense fund, now it is to elect the correct politicians, I have no idea any more

      We do have a governors race coming, and even Malloy is thinking of not running because he may go work for Hillary as soon as she announces. There are some key seats we can win that could at least prevent future gun bills. If we remove the current AG, that could help our cause in the courts as well.

      Regardless, I will say this till I am blue in the face, if you want to make change, you first have to govern. Even if you do not like the guy completely, if you can block the guy you 100% know will be against your guns, your are better off. It will take a lot of money wasted on politics to get our gun rights back. This is done by design.

      1. avatar R82997 says:

        Assuming a sale, it will be interesting to see where the proceeds end up. CCDL or politicians? $20k or $100k?

  9. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

    So, has that revolver ever been fired? I hope that it has at least once.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      According to the article, no, it hasn’t.

  10. avatar MadLarkin says:

    Crocodile tears from a 120lbs fake cowboy. Hoffmans stood by and said nothing while things were going to hell, alienated the community and only took action once the writing was on the wall. While other local shops were rallying the troops, he sat back and counted money. We saw more action and help from Cabelas.

    Scott Hoffman has shit on the local community time and time again and gets away with it purely by virtue of size. This is too little too late.

      1. avatar MadLarkin says:

        Hah, I see what you did there…

    1. avatar R82997 says:

      I certainly agree Hoffman’s could and should have done more.

  11. avatar Paul McCain says:

    Wow….that is a beautiful piece of workmanship. I would not pay a dime over $99,500.00 for it, so I’m guess I’m out of the running for it.

    ; )

  12. avatar Not So 1337 says:

    So uh, does anyone know where I can go to fish with a bow? This looks like a frikin good time.

    1. avatar Pascal says:

      Delaware and Washington D.C area. The go after invasive snake fish using a bow. I believe in parts of the Great Lakes as well for similar invasive fish. Also seen it in parts of Louisiana.

    2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Plenty of fat carp in the slack water of the Columbia river here. I’ve also shot them in lake Shasta in nor-cal.
      It’s great fun

  13. avatar Jess Banda says:

    Hoffman is trying to get back in the good graces of the CT firearms community…immediately after Newtown, his gunshop immediately stopped all sales of those evil, black assault weapons…and many of us boycotted his store.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      That’s an interesting twist to the story that non-locals would be unaware of. Thanks for that.

      1. avatar MadLarkin says:

        They also:
        Stopped sales of scary black rifles to those without a pistol permit.
        Had zero involvement in the run up to the 4/4 bill.
        Arbitrarily enforced the new ammo laws prior to the effective date.
        Refused to sell to legal, by-the-books permanent resident aliens.
        Mocked Mark from Stag Arms for trying to innovate new products into a restricted marketplace.
        The staff is frequently rude, condescending and unhelpful. At worst they tend to be outright discriminatory and racist.
        Hoffmans is the Walmart of gunstores in CT. They get away with a lot of crap due to size/price. If they went out of business tomorrow I would probably pour myself a happy drink.

    2. avatar R82997 says:

      I don’t know if sales were immediately stopped or not but less than a month later on Friday morning January 11th 2013 they put together a package and sold 100 M&P15 Sport AR’s with MagPul 30 shot Pmags and two boxes of .223 ammo.

  14. avatar Michael says:

    I think CT is a lost cause. They should take the money and move south, just like I did.
    Bought several guns from these guys, including two AR15s. The last time I visited the store, over a year ago, they were packed. I looked around for over 30 minutes, all the staff were busy selling guns.
    Now with the crazy new laws I cannot imagine why they are staying in New England, follow other companies and move South.

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