A Virginia reminder: Election day is tomorrow, and it’s crunch time for Ken Cuccinelli (left above) and Mark Obenshain (right above). Clinton bag man Terry McAuliffe has outspent Cuccinelli (thanks to Bloomberg) by 10:1. As a result, he still holds a slim margin in the polls. Projected turnouts are as low as 30 percent, and the campaigns have 40 percent as the goal, so with numbers that low, every vote makes a big impact. With both sides concentrating heavily on health care in the last couple weeks, the gubernatorial election is seen by some to be a referendum on Obamacare, and as such could have influence well into the 2014 elections. Make your vote count, if not for you, then for the momentum it could give to the rest of us.
If it wasn’t there already, add Geissele Automatics to your good-guy list. Last Wednesday I told you about the efforts of ar15.com members to support one of their own in his fight with cancer, including a cash fund that has topped $50k, as well as people picking up mortgage payments and the kids’ Christmas lists. Late Friday night, a Geissele representative posted that they would be doing something special for the effort. They put together 50 copies of their SSA-E trigger engraved with “Cancer Sucks” and “x of 50.” They put them on sale for $200 ($30 off retail), and for payment would only accept checks made out to Jeff. Geissele is donating the trigger packs and shipping, and the family gets all the money. With all 50 sold (and they have) that’s $10,000 to Jeff and his family. Nobody asked them to do this, they volunteered, and that’s pretty awesome.
Here’s YouTuber tnoutdoors9 and a few friends making me jealous with a little Mosin-Nagant fun. L to R, a 91/59, a pair of 44s (one with bayonet), and a 91/30.
If you’re looking for discreet transportation of firearms and accessories, you may want to take a look at the new Diversion line from BLACKHAWK! Decidedly un-gun-bag-looking and with a complete lack of BLACKHAWK! logos and MOLLE webbing on the outside, inside they have useful features like loop patches, long-gun muzzle retainers, and gun/magazine pockets. Currently the lineup includes the Courier Bag, Workout Bag, Slingpack, Board Pack, and Racquet Bag (seen holding an IWI TAVOR here).
A firefighters union in the suburbs southwest of Chicago is holding a raffle, and since you’re reading it here, you know what the prizes are. Two guns a month, including a Smith & Wesson AR-15, as well as gift cards to a local gun store. The local civilian disarmament movement is up in arms, as you’d expect, though I found it interesting that the executive director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence pointed out that most gun deaths are due to accidents or suicide. Since they normally lump suicides in with their numbers while screeching about loopholes and “illegal guns,” I found the honesty somewhat refreshing.
Jerry Miculek puts the Barrett M82A1 away for this video, where he demonstrates his trick-shooting skills with a Smith snubbie. At 200 yards. One-handed. Upside down. Pulling the trigger with his pinky finger.