Guns. Lots of Guns.

My guns talk to me and tell me to do bad things like blog about things that go boom.
But I’m not THIS sadistic
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/22/2017 9:22:59 AM | Feedback (3)
I wonder if it’s feasible? Never really bothered with 80% lowers, but it’d kind of be interesting to see if I could do it. Anyone have any experience?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/8/2017 9:18:15 PM | Feedback (6)
But I kind of want a Tavor SAR in .300 Blackout. $499 seems quite reasonable too. Anyone have any experience with Tavor?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/13/2016 11:18:13 AM | Feedback (8)
But need desperately. *Sigh* The worst part is I know the 10mm is boutique and not necessary and that a 9 will serve me just as well with more capacity, less recoil, and good enough performance for the .0000001% chance I’d need to pull my gun but I still can’t help but love the 10 in ways illegal in most Southern states.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/13/2015 12:23:38 PM | Feedback (10)
Yeah, nevermind. It’s literally BENT. No thanks.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/18/2014 10:34:12 AM | Feedback (15)
The CURVE from Taurus. Being that there’s not much you can innovate with the actual functioning parts of a firearm, changing the outer shape for something that’s meant to be concealed makes a lot of sense. When I carry my P3AT (the P333AT is in the shop again), I usually have it in a pocket and to anyone who cares to pay attention, you can tell what it is, holster & all. The idea of the curves means less printing, but I bet it also has less snagging. An interesting concept, I’ll have to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/18/2014 9:35:42 AM | Feedback (3)
But I keep seeing new, 10mm guns popping up The 10mm Auto is one of the most underappreciated of the modern cartridges, though it does have a cult like following. Cult following? I’ll have you know these robes were hand-me-downs and the alter doubles as a reloading bench.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/13/2014 11:32:37 AM | Feedback (14)
Just a quick note – I do have a Dan Wesson Model 15 in .357 magnum. Again, it’s a DAN Wesson, not SMITH AND. The S&W Model 15 is a .38 Special, but that’s not the gun I have. This is the one I have I assure you, it eats .357 Magnum just fine.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/7/2014 12:21:53 PM | Feedback (12)
In fact, I only kinda-sorta-want this badly. I readily admit the 10mm is a ridiculous round. 9mm is fine, 40 works if that’s what you have, .45 is easier to find and doesn’t require 3rd mortgages. I just love the 10mm. It’s an emotional thing.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/1/2014 11:02:32 AM | Feedback (10)
Now there’s a .45ACP offering to boot! Which I’d love to take for a spin, but I’d still probably go for the 9mm. 7+1 vs. 6+1 capacity. Still, $1100 for a pocket pistol is pricey. I have no doubt the firearm is well made and worth the money and there’s a lot to be said for the longer barrel in such a small space. I’m just budget conscious (aka my wife would suddenly learn how to shoot it the minute I brought it home, using my noggin for target practice).
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/29/2014 8:30:59 PM | Feedback (7)
So, my daughter’s (and mine from time to time) guitar teacher is having a custom built guitar (you can follow it here) made. One of the things Todd complains about on guitars is that the side dots can be very difficult to see in low light conditions (which is what I figured the tape on his guitars indicated). I told him he should look at Tritium since it would glow in pitch black and can be encircled with white for lighted conditions. He thought that was a cool idea. The only problem – where in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/18/2013 2:36:20 PM | Feedback (8)
Not even kidding (Tam, call your office – you have a prayer answer from the Almighty it would seem). Now, these are ‘black powder’ guns, so they’re not really ‘guns’ according to the brain trust we call our government, but let me ask you this. Would you stand in front of me while I shot you with this? No? Why not? Ah, right, because it’s still a gun. It still spits out a chunk of metal at a rather brisk pace that, when it meets flesh, can do some fairly nasty things. It doesn’t matter if it’s...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/1/2013 9:01:45 AM | Feedback (11)
Before I send off my slide to get CeraKote’d, I need to remove everything that doesn’t need to get painted, and then mask off any area that shouldn’t get painted either. The question is – what parts should be masked? Does anyone have any experience with CeraKote and 1911 slides? Any pictures of how they masked it off would be helpful. I’m getting a good deal from a guy who does tons of firearms, but I gotta do the masking work. He’ll blast and paint but it’s up to me to mark off where it...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/18/2013 11:24:38 AM | Feedback (10)
So, I love the Colt Delta Elite. What I’m not a huge fan of is stainless steel. So, I’m thinking about doing a black / dark colored Cerakote on the slide, leaving the frame as is. Something similar to this Thoughts? Opinions?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/14/2013 7:51:06 PM | Feedback (11)
I got it. I fell in love. I couldn’t keep it. It finally came back to me.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/11/2013 5:58:39 PM | Feedback (9)
A pistol I wanted, then got, then had to let go, is soon to be back in my grubby little mitts.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/27/2013 1:27:09 PM | Feedback (18)
Which makes sense until you realize that automatics existed in the 1600’s Wheellocks first came to prominence in the 1500s. The Reader's Digest version on how it operates reads pulling the trigger causes a steel wheel spins against a piece of pyrite. That friction causes a spark which ignites the powder that fires the projectile. In this case, 16 of them. "The first lock fires the first ten charges in roughly one to two second intervals thanks to a superimposed charge," Wicklund explained....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/17/2013 3:18:29 PM | Feedback (5)
It’s sold. So I needed to give it a good rub down before it gets transferred. I noticed my biggest cleaning enemy wasn’t rust or un-burnt powder, but rather cat fur and lint. And using bearing grease, it captured and held said detritus quite well.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/9/2013 9:06:15 PM | Feedback (4)
I secretly desire a Beretta 92F/S. First handgun I ever fired. It was what I ‘cut my teeth’ on, so to speak so there’s a soft spot in my hard-heart for them.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/2/2013 12:45:19 PM | Feedback (13)
But the “OMG GUNZ IZ SCARY” angle gets tiring. This line is a chuckler "He had more firepower than the detectives who arrested him," Spota says. Cops could show up to my house carrying a shotgun, AR, and 6 pistols each, and I’d still have more firepower than they do, but only in theory. You see, I have two hands and can’t hold the KRISS with my feet, so at best I could have a medium powered rifle in one hand and the Mosin Nagant in another and not be able to hit the broad side of a barn with...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/22/2013 11:57:37 AM | Feedback (14)
I haven’t put up a price yet because, at the time I was going to sell it, I could actually buy the replacement pistol. Now, that’s not an option. Everyone is out. I hate to  be without a 10mm, but it looks like I’m going to have to go ahead and put it up, sell it, then just keep the cash handy for when something does show up. I’m probably just going to put it on and let everyone decide what their right price is.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/28/2013 10:11:49 AM | Feedback (6)
Yesterday I made a small joke about not being able to eat an AR-15 after the SHTF. It was really said tongue in cheek because… well, this comment from McThag sums it up nicely Might not be able to eat an AR, but there's lots of people without one who bought lots of food. Read that. Let it simmer in your brain for a little bit if you need. What good is all your work if you cannot defend the fruits of your labor? Come TEOTWAWKI, the police will not be there to arrest the man murdering your...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/26/2013 9:41:03 AM | Feedback (13)
I’m thinking about selling the Glock 20 with Sevigny Competition sights, Comp-Tac Minotaur Spartan holster, and two magazines (Boy’s Life and the 1974 Man of the Year issue of Time). I want a 1911 in 10mm. Hard to find now, but I want to shoot Single Stack at USPSA and 10mm would just be fun. I don’t ever shoot the Glock any more, not because I don’t like the 10mm, but the more I shoot my M&P, the less I like the feel of the Glock. Reliable as hell (minus the ONE FTF that happened to be...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/18/2013 9:58:29 PM | Feedback (7) Well done, fairly quick and easy, and would make a good site to send your friends who think an AWB is a good idea. I especially like pointing out that murders committed with rifles that fell under the AWB went down after the ban expired and more of them were sold.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/13/2013 2:29:46 PM | Feedback (0)
The Firearm Blog has pictures. Surprisingly, I find it… ugly. Yes, that’s right, the guy who think this is the sexiest thing on earth thinks the new model looks like 10 pounds of fried butt hair. At first, I saw K10 and thought “The Good Lord has listened to my prayers and they made a 10mm version” but alas, this was not to be.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/3/2012 11:39:17 AM | Feedback (6)
On a Facebook thread, there’s a discussion regarding “No Loaded Weapons” signs on the doors of one of the largest gun shops here in Florida. Underneath is fine print that says “We respect the rights of CCW holders. Please keep it concealed” which covers all their bases. Granted, that fine print didn’t always used to be there and I think that’s where the griping comes in. I understand that there is a big concern in a gun store with people continually handling guns and that the goal is to do the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/28/2012 9:11:35 AM | Feedback (14)
One of the more popular (if not Valu-Rite vodka soaked) right leaning political websites out there – Ace of Spades – is now having a weekly gun and hunting post. I assume many left leaning sites have a “Gun Control Tuesday” feature, right?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/21/2012 1:55:00 PM | Feedback (2)
In my previous post, I spoke of “rust” and how it pertains to not practicing shooting. Turns out, the same thing happens if you don’t practice your guitar. Now that I have the Paul Reed Smith, I realized that I had gotten away from the boring, repetitive practice of doing the 1st position, pentatonic scale all the way up and down the fret board, moving only as fast as I could without making a single mistake, which is now like 8 bpm. Go figure. Another parallel with guns is that the minute...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/19/2012 9:53:18 AM | Feedback (12)
When it comes to gun reviews, I’ve started to shy away from them. With the Wrath-Of-Tam hanging over my head, it’s difficult to avoid phrases like “combat acceptable accuracy” and honestly, there are people out there much better suited to understand the important details of a firearm so that people can argue over full length guide rods and whatnot. However, when I was approached to T&E the Colt Delta Elite, I couldn’t say no and now my write up is finally online. Let me say that the only...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/16/2012 9:14:41 AM | Feedback (4)
Sure to ruffle many a feather, I’ve come to the conclusion that one of two things needs to happen. I need to get a better trigger for my Glock 20, or I need to sell it. I *can* shoot it just fine, crunchy trigger and all. I’m not a fan of having to modify a gun before you can accurately shoot it. However, I’m not adverse to modding a gun to make shooting it enjoyable. I hate my KelTec P3AT with a passion, but I can shoot it accurately at <15 yards without a problem and I strongly believe...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/24/2012 9:25:12 AM | Feedback (10)
The Boberg calls to me. I’d much prefer a 9mm for a pocket pistol, especially one with a longer barrel in a shorter frame. Tam seems to be a fan, which speaks volumes for me. The wallet, on the other hand, speaks other things that I shan’t repeat here.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/19/2012 9:22:03 AM | Feedback (6)
However, it is interesting to see that there are 3 different recoil events when firing an AR-15 and not the single, sharp kick backwards. I do want to say one thing about Volkswagen Vuurwapen’s blog – it’s top notch. I consider Sharp as a Marble to be primarily infotainment. I hope my little rants and what not entertain you most of the time, and get you thinking the others. I like to focus on the theories behind gun ownership rather than the physical items themselves. Andrew is one of those...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/17/2012 8:54:36 AM | Feedback (2)
I have a soft spot in my heart for .357 Magnum. It’s what I cut my teeth on, handgun wise. I love my Dan Wesson, and after nearly 2 decades, it still shoots like a dream. For years I said that if I ever purchased a Deagle, it would be in .357, not .44 Mag or 50 AE. I made the mistake of signing up for Coonan’s mailing list. I’d take a Coonan over a Deagle any day. Now I see they’re having one as a prize at some place I’ll never make it to. I don’t understand why having one in an autoloader in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/11/2012 2:15:05 PM | Feedback (11)
Robb: You have any contacts at S&W I can yell at to get them to make an M&P 10?Caleb: actually I know their head of pistol developmentCaleb: and it's never going to happenCaleb: 10mm is dead, its fire has gone out of the universe. You my friend are the last of their religion Dammit. I’d buy that in a heartbeat too. I seriously wonder if there would be a way to convert the M&P 45 into 10mm. I know my .40 couldn’t physically handle it. Magazines would be a bitch too. *shakes a tiny...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/23/2012 10:50:28 AM | Feedback (24)
So, one of my long time reads on the Interweb Tubes (as well as my inspiration to the mindset of importance of intent), Jeff Goldstein, is picking up a home defense rifle With that in mind, I narrowed my choices down to the M1A or the SCAR-H (17s is the civilian version) — and after much consideration, have decided on the SCAR 17S, particularly now that magazines are starting to show up with some regularity.  A modular 308 with very manageable recoil at just under 8 lbs just seems like...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/6/2012 8:33:31 AM | Feedback (13)
Whoa! I was tweaking some Ansible code (adding search capabilities if you must know) and I ran up on this post from 2004. I’d wager to bet this was my very first gun related post (well before I was a gun blogger). Copied in its entirety here because… well, it’s my blog, ain’t no fair use issues stealing from myself I own two firearms - A Dan Wesson .357 Revolver with 6" barrel and a .22 made out of old M4 parts. Yeah, I know it's a .22, but it's a mean looking .22! Anyway, I can't conceal the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/13/2012 3:24:17 PM | Feedback (6)
I’ve got a new meme for you. What is the most fun firearm you own and why? Which boomstick puts a smile on your face every time you take it to the range? If you have another gunnie coming over, which piece from your armory to you ensure you pack in the bag to show off? Mine is almost cliché – It’s the KRISS. Most people seem to enjoy its exotic looks and when they shoot it, they’re impressed with its total lack of recoil and minimal muzzle rise. It’s just a neat gun. The next in line would...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/16/2012 9:08:34 AM | Feedback (31)
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/4/2012 12:42:44 PM | Feedback (4)
They’re not quite “Blister Pack” ready for Tam, but it sure does seem that lots and lots of people are coming home with M&Ps.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/1/2012 6:58:37 PM | Feedback (3)
A 10mm pistol I do not want.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/24/2012 9:12:31 AM | Feedback (9)
Since the gun industry is dying according to the anti’s, these numbers are probably on the low side.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/16/2012 11:41:49 AM | Feedback (1)
So, in another long series of This is the {physical item} I’ve invested my money and my ego into and thus is the One and Only True way, we’ve got some banter back and forth regarding how the Ugly, Plastic Gun is better than the other Ugly, Plastic Gun. I carry both a Glock and a Smith &amp; Wesson M&amp;P. I compete with the M&amp;P. In my opinion, the M&amp;P fits my hand better, the stock trigger, while mushy, was much better than the Glock trigger (which needs work), and I shoot a HELL of..
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/9/2012 11:09:03 AM | Feedback (11)
Gun owners love their guns, fathers love their daughters*. Take a picture of them together and there’s just something awesomely cute about the whole affair. Here are some excellent examples of little girls and guns. Putting on my devil’s advocate hat, would we have the same reaction to a picture of a cute, little girl hugging a table saw, dead blow mallet, roofing nailer, or any other tool? We constantly harp on the fact that guns are tools and nothing more, yet there’s something that hits us...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/4/2012 10:45:34 AM | Feedback (10)
Caleb narrates a pretty nifty video on the beginnings of a 1911. This could be a very interesting segment. I look forward to more of it.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/30/2012 1:35:55 PM | Feedback (1)
Let’s go to the range! I’ll bring some friends!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/21/2012 5:59:36 PM | Feedback (17)
But sometimes a man simply must elicit a high pitched sound worthy of a middle school girl meeting Justin Beiber. Daaaaaamn… That’s a nice acquisition.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/13/2012 4:01:11 PM | Feedback (3)
Seems everyone is drinking the Kool-Aid.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/11/2012 4:50:22 PM | Feedback (12)
That would be from me squeeing again. Look what just followed me home
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/29/2012 8:14:38 PM | Feedback (19)
I must be dreaming…
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/17/2012 7:58:23 PM | Feedback (12)
Was me checking the UPS site and seeing “Our for Delivery” for the first of my T&E guns. It’s not the Colt, either. I have it for 90 days and then…
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/17/2012 9:10:51 AM | Feedback (1)
Because Gun Control is dead. It just doesn’t know it.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/15/2012 2:00:45 PM | Feedback (11)
Love at first boom This is the first time I have ever heard about this weapon, so, of course, it was the first time I shot one. LOVE IT!!! I love everything about this gun. I love the look, I love the history, I love how it felt in my hands and I loved the power against my shoulder. If she’s not careful, she’s going to develop smile lines.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/6/2012 10:35:14 AM | Feedback (4)
Tam shot hers and has good things to say I still can't get over how mild this gun is to shoot. Tiny, lightweight nines tend to be vicious; the Kahr PM-9, for instance, is not the kind of gun with which you'd want to spend an afternoon plinking soda cans, but you could shoot the Boberg all day. I hate shooting my Kel-Tec P3AT. It’s uncomfortably small for my hands, the recoil is unpleasant, the trigger sucks in a way that probably violates an Orek patent, but it fits in a pocket and even...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/2/2012 9:10:33 AM | Feedback (2)
A lever action styled like an AR. For some reason, that tickles my GOTTA HAVE THAT bone.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/27/2012 9:08:27 AM | Feedback (11)
Those who know me know that I am a utilitarian person by nature, especially when it comes to guns. I don’t all misty eyed and nostalgic for classic 1911’s and wheel guns and I’m the last person you want to own something of historic nature. Because Imma gonna shoot the damned thing. That isn’t to say I don’t have… yearnings. I think we all do. However, my frugalness (read – broke ass) generally prevents me from spending money on things that would be more  akin to toys than real gear. But...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/26/2012 12:52:13 PM | Feedback (41)
Coonan .357 1911 style pistol. Because… well, just because. Update – Now with moving pictures!
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/20/2012 8:54:13 AM | Feedback (12)
I’m proud of myself. Today, I took this And successfully swapped out the parts in my M&P40. It’s no longer the same gun. This isn’t the forward sear set, but the competition action enhancement kit (which I just realized are two different kits). Uptake is still long, but smooooooth. Breaks like glass too, there’s hardly anything to it at all. Installation was a breeze, even for my first time taking apart a pistol to that degree. More later…
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/30/2011 7:50:45 PM | Feedback (8)
Local fun-store is still awaiting on their shipments of Apex Tactical triggers. Going to call them again today to see if the Brown Truck of Happiness delivers the goodies, then I’m going to break the sound barrier getting there to drop off the pistol. Doubtful it’s a ‘while you wait’ kind of thing so it will probably be next week before I can take it out for a spin, but I’m dying to get this thing.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/23/2011 8:31:01 AM | Feedback (8)
Last weekend at USPSA, another shooter had an M&P with an Apex trigger system in it. I hadn’t put much stock into pistol triggers, assuming the nicer ones acted more like a single action where the break was ultra-crisp and that eventually I’d get one but it was down on my list of things to do. However, after trying the trigger on an M&P 9, I now know there is no way I can ever shoot this gun again until I get that system into my 40. I have never felt such an amazing trigger. Once you...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/9/2011 1:17:28 PM | Feedback (23)
The KelTec KSG Maybe it’s because my current shotgun is 9’ feet long, but I like the bullpup design. Most of the negative things I’ve heard about the gun were pre-production issues or from people who don’t like bullpups to begin with. The reviews I’ve read from people who’ve had them for a while seem to generally be positive. I can’t help that I like the looks too.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/10/2011 2:05:39 PM | Feedback (9)
When it comes to guns, I am very utilitarian. I want to pull the trigger, have the mean gun go boom, and a hole appear where I was aiming. If I can’t shoot it, I don’t want it, so pretty guns or firearms with historical value have no place in my gun safe. However, when it comes to the KRISS Vector, I go full retard – I don’t need it, it’s not practical, I can’t own the ‘fun’ version anyway, but none of this matters. I want it like Michele Obama wants ranch dressing for her deep fried fajita...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/4/2011 9:00:40 AM | Feedback (4)
Miguel over at Gun Free Zone has a twitter conversation with one of the Occupy Wall Street goons. What said goon tells him is nothing short than chilling -@anarcosocialist You guys want to tax “the rich” 90% of what they make. So what happens when “the rich” stop generating revenue? -@GunFreeZone the vast majority will fall in line the others will be forced to keep working. its very simple -@anarcosocialist what do you mean they can’t? How are you gonna force them if they don’t...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/14/2011 8:49:24 AM | Feedback (31)
Wow, check out THIS modified gun!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/5/2011 10:22:59 AM | Feedback (5)
So, a few weeks ago I was carping about how I couldn’t afford a rifle I had had my eye on for ages. It was an $1800 rifle that I could have gotten for almost 1/3rd the cost but, being debt free, it wasn’t something I had budgeted for and thus was unable to get it. Now, I realize why they were going so cheap Pineville, NC – PARA USA announced today that it was exiting the rifle market to concentrate on its core competency in handguns. CEO Thanos Polyzos said, “PARA has some exciting new...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/29/2011 8:30:35 AM | Feedback (3)
Some pretty cool looking slow motion shooting From Insight Visual Media Productions, who happen to be readers which is kind of cool!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/26/2011 4:00:00 AM | Feedback (1)
So I open this email from Cheaper Than Dirt and this is what I see   Needless to say, I told Dave Ramsey where to stick it in the back of my mind and started reaching for the credit card until I saw this Well… shit.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/6/2011 11:44:00 AM | Feedback (8)
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/23/2011 12:38:54 PM | Feedback (4)
I love my wife. Utterly and endlessly. It’s a sickness, yeah I know. As a married man I’m supposed to do nothing but complain about her, but that just doesn’t happen. I love her even though we don’t see eye to eye on the whole gun thing. My wife was solidly in the neutral camp when I started getting all gun-nutty. When she met me, I had a rifle and a pistol and that was it, and that didn’t bother her at all. She wasn’t anti, but she surely wasn’t “pro”. She went with me a few times to the...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/10/2011 11:31:28 AM | Feedback (14)
Remember when I said I wanted a Rhino? Not any more. Not only are the initial reports of reliability far from promising, but Chiappa has decided to go the RFID route during the manufacturing of their firearms. Let me say something first about RFID – I don’t have a general problem with it for inventory control. Not having to open and close boxes and to be able to inventory and entire pallet of goods just by walking around it is a technological time and money saver that cannot be discounted....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/29/2011 8:45:58 AM | Feedback (26)
A few weeks ago, Caleb told me he’d be down in Frostproof, Florida to shoot the 2011 Pro-Am Shooting Competition so I met up with him for dinner on Friday, then went to watch him shoot on Saturday. His squad featured a few other well known shooters like Jessie Abbate, Randi Rogers (Randi, call me! I can make you a website!), and Brad Engmann of Top Shot Season 1 fame (Brad, call me! I can make you a website!). As I’ve not shot anything more than from a lane in over a year, there was no way in a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/17/2011 1:37:24 PM | Feedback (14)
Discussing the 30mm Avenger The bullet for the 30x173 Avenger has an aluminum jacket around a spent uranium core and weighs 6560 grains (yes, over 100 times as heavy as the M16 bullet, and flies through the air at 3500 fps (which is faster than the M16 as well). My God, a projectile that is just south of a pound, moving at 3500 feet per second. 178,427 foot pounds of energy / 242,661 joules. I guess if I have to be shot, I want to get hit with one of those as there would be no pain, nor...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/21/2011 1:35:47 PM | Feedback (15)
So, as far as a gunnie goes, I’m pretty well covered in firearms. I have long arms, .22’s in both rifle & pistol, a wheelie, and handguns in both common and not so common calibers. I have range guns, carry guns, a BUG, and really the only thing I don’t have is a hunting rifle, but then again, I don’t hunt. Yet. I sold my 9mm the other day because I need something with a larger frame, but I’m not sure I need another 9. A 9mm is a great pistol for teaching newbies, but .40 isn’t too shabby...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/17/2011 10:38:59 AM | Feedback (13)
What was that crash downstairs? Remember, the Brady’s and their ilk want people like Meryl here to have nothing else at their disposal in these instances rather than a phone and maybe a baseball bat. Hat tip Bill Quick
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/10/2011 12:23:34 PM | Feedback (1)
A while back I reviewed the Smith &amp; Wesson M&amp;P 40 and on the third or fourth shot, managed to shatter the round, plastic insert in the front sight. Total fluke, I’m sure, and it didn’t really bother me mostly because it was a bright day anyway so the black post was easy enough to see and I had seen plenty of things on the Interweb Tubes that illustrated how to fill in the front post with paints. I made it to a craft store last Friday and took a good 30 minutes to find the Tester’s...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/30/2011 5:42:30 PM | Feedback (5)
They’re so cute when they’re that small!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/27/2011 8:40:50 AM | Feedback (0)
Anyone local selling one? Heck, doesn’t really have to be local. Used is acceptable.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/16/2011 3:51:57 PM | Feedback (7)
From a friend on Facebook Hi, I just got a few hundred dollars of credit at my favorite local gun store! I'm wanting to put the credit towards a new 1911. I want to keep the purchase price no higher than $1,000.... Do you have any recommendations or warnings? btw - don't bother warning me about the Citadel 1911... I already learned that lesson. Thanks. I’m too much of a plastic-fantastic guy to be much of a help with 1911’s. For pete’s sake, my only 1911 has an LDA so in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/4/2011 6:57:19 PM | Feedback (21)
I got to man-handle your fancy, shmancy M&P45 today. Luckily I didn’t have my brass punch set & the Leatherman with me or I’d have taken the tritium sights. I have to admit, the M&P’s are very comfortable to hold. I’m going to try to take mine out tomorrow.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/3/2011 8:40:22 PM | Feedback (4)
But I think it turned out pretty good for a self portrait
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/16/2011 7:53:10 PM | Feedback (7)
Welcome home little buddy, welcome home. More later when I have time.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/15/2011 1:34:20 PM | Feedback (12)
Glock – An empire in decline part II I’ll toss in my 2 cents (which, adjusting for inflation, you probably owe me) because it’s my blog and talking about gun stuff is what I do. My first CCW piece was a Glock 29. Yes, the 10mm is a ridiculous, boutique cartridge, but it works for me. I had shot Glocks for years and years an until recently, I had NEVER had a single failure that wasn’t directly attributable to the ammunition (my G20 has choked on 2 rounds and had FTFs). Literally a decade of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/5/2011 10:03:13 AM | Feedback (8)
A cliffhanger. I’m intrigued. Although I’m sure Glock will do just fine. Too many fanboys to let them ever decline ;)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/4/2011 8:31:39 AM | Feedback (4)
I readily admit that I’ve often considered giving up my quest for a 50 BMG and going with the .416 Barrett. Shooting that thing was like holding two or three 12 gauge shotguns and pulling the triggers all at once. Ammo is just as ridiculously expensive so I’ve got that going for me too.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/8/2011 2:22:45 PM | Feedback (2)
First and foremost – Fully automatic 10mm Glock. I may be talking to my doctor in 4 hours if you get my drift. Second, can’t own this here in the states because we’re free people and free people are only free when there’s hundreds of thousands of laws restricting them from doing what they want. Third, let’s talk about full auto handguns. That guy looks around my size-ish. Notice how maybe his first shot would have hit its target but the following 14 or 15 actually post more danger to low...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/7/2011 9:23:07 AM | Feedback (2)
MikeW picks up a Dan Wesson 1911 and some beer, for only one kidney. *Sigh* It’s a shame I mortgaged  my kidneys a while back for that nice unicycle I never learned how to ride.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/4/2011 8:53:09 AM | Feedback (1)
Richard has a look at some of the latest trends. I admit I like the look of the KelTec, but the price tag puts me off. Plus, I’d like to see it around for a while to get the bugs out of the system. I know Caleb has a hate-on for KelTec, but he pointed out a pretty good deal killer with the trigger not resetting. I hear they’ve fixed that.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/24/2011 8:06:58 PM | Feedback (4)
From Richard at Guns, Holsters, & Gear That annoying buzzing sound you’re hearing right now? Yeah, that’s me seething with jealousy. Like I said in the comments WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANT but cannot haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaave..
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/17/2011 9:11:54 AM | Feedback (6)
I’m getting sick and tired of every time I see that damnable Chiappa Rhino, I go crazy with lust. Can we please stop posting sexy pictures of it? Please? My willpower is weak as it is, I don’t need such temptations. I also don’t have $800 (mostly because you cheap bastards like to come here and laugh at me without hitting the tip jar).
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/27/2011 1:53:51 PM | Feedback (11)
MJ Mollenhour tries out the Chippendale’s ChiaPet Chiappa Rhino I got to fire the Chiappa Rhino revolvers today at the SHOT show’s Media Day at the Range.  This review is short because what I wanted most to experience was Chiappa’s claim of “drastically” reduced recoil.  I mean, really, to refer to a .357 magnum revolver as “tamed” is quiet an assertion. I’ve seen the videos. Muzzle flip seemed .38 Special more than .357 Magnum. But was it hype and selective editing? Read MJ to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/18/2011 8:17:42 AM | Feedback (9)
40 Super? Are you kidding me?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/14/2011 3:48:06 PM | Feedback (8)
The Kool-Aid is delicious Had cause to celebrate and what better way than a new handgun? Picked up a Smith and Wesson M&P9 at Coal Creek Armory. Been wanting one for a while, even though I’ve never shot one. Snagged a CrimsonTrace Lasergrip to go along with it (damn you CCA for having them in stock!). A couple boxes of ammo, since I was currently sans 9mm of any kind. No luck finding extra mags. First gun purchase I’ve made in a while and I remembered something: guns are expensive. ...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/5/2011 8:20:59 AM | Feedback (15)
I’ve been working on some ‘glamor shots’ of my pistols. Literally my setup is a Nikon D5000, an SB-800 flash, a desk lamp and some printer paper. With a bit of Photoshop, I've gone from this To this (click to embiggenate)    My poor Dan Wesson is starting to show its age. Bluing is starting to fade, the endless nicks and scratches from 17 years of handling it, but still it’s a fine shooting firearm. Basically, I shoved a gum eraser behind the firearm to raise it up just a bit...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/31/2010 9:25:17 PM | Feedback (13)
So in the comments of a previous post, an interesting thought experiment was posed It'd be interesting to see what would happen if a 1st-rate industrial design studio took on re-designing the defensive handgun, and what affect that may have on firearms training. That got me to thinking, which was painful enough, but honestly I don’t see any monumental shift in how a gun could be redesigned. For a quick experiment, pretend you’ve lost your vocal cords in a horrific badminton accident and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/29/2010 10:53:22 AM | Feedback (19)
Very little assembly required. The congregation of the Church of John Moses Browning will not be pleased.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/28/2010 9:19:05 AM | Feedback (27)
Strictly speaking handguns, what makes a particular caliber good? What makes them useful for self defense? What criteria should you look at when selecting a firearm insofar as it’s caliber is concerned? Here’s the trick – Discuss why you should choose a particular caliber, but you are not allowed to mention any caliber by name / size / Dewey Decimal Number / etc. You must describe the properties of the round that makes it useful for self defense, period. Can you do it? I will get all japete..
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/12/2010 7:28:16 PM | Feedback (33)
Cops are complaining the .40 S&W is too wimpy and need something with a bit more oomph. What really happened is some cop shot a 10mm and decided the entire department should have that kind of awesome on their belts. As a side note (before I get pdb in here showing me pictures of jello with holes in it), I am well aware that it’s a handgun round and woefully underpowered for dispatching goblins effectively. My view is you carry the most gun you can shoot accurately, has enough capacity,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/9/2010 9:56:23 AM | Feedback (15)
Plastic cases for ammunition. Shotguns use them albeit with a brass base. Seems like a strong enough plastic could be a heck of a lot lighter, cheaper and easier to make. Now, heat transfer is a bonus when it comes to brass cases. A lot of the heat gets dumped with the casing as it exits the firearm. I don’t know how much that affects the firearm or if it’s significant enough how you would counteract the heat buildup while using plastic. If I recall correctly, that was one of the big issues...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/8/2010 9:19:28 AM | Feedback (15)
Really. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on your perspective) my addiction is kept in check by a lack of funds. I can’t tell if I should be thankful I wasn’t a gun nut when I was single or not.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/18/2010 9:28:32 AM | Feedback (1)
Anyone want to buy a kidney? I have one for sale or trade for one of these. Decent kidney, should have healed by now from all the abuse it took back in the 90’s. Matches the other one, which I’ll need to keep.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/26/2010 9:42:08 AM | Feedback (4)
Because it is just too damned beautiful to risk scratches from shooting it You may recall that our own Mike Mers and his buddy Neil traveled to Nebraska to visit with Dave Erikson ( and build a 1911 pistol. Good news the frame of the beautiful pistol they worked on came back from Hard Chroming yesterday! Below are the pictures and as you can see, the Nighthawk Custom frame looks spectacular. Totally drool worthy. Of course, I feel that ache in my soul that I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/26/2010 11:24:50 AM | Feedback (1)
From their news release Tactilite T2 Offers Affordability, Accuracy and Capacity ODESSA, FL (August 22, 2010) – Zel Custom Manufacturing introduces the Tactilite T2, a magazine-fed, bolt-action .50 BMG conversion for AR-15 style rifles. The T2 utilizes a side-mounted magazine design (similar to a Sten gun) on Zel Custom’s unique steel billet upper receiver. As a “firearms accessory”, the Tactilite T2 .50 BMG conversion kit requires no special paperwork, background check or waiting...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/25/2010 3:58:12 PM | Feedback (10)
Some info here. I, for one, am glad to see the 6.8 SPC platform going a bit more mainstream. Of course, if you're wanting to get into the 6.8 SPC platform and already have a standard .223 lower, I highly suggest Bison Armory. FTC Disclaimer – I've been sitting all day and my rear end is nice and warm and totally kissable by anyone at the FCC.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/25/2010 3:43:17 PM | Feedback (5)
Modding a Glock 20 to have the grip size of a 29. It's like the worst of both worlds, but only to me. I switched from the 29 to the 20 because I needed the bigger grip. Yes, the extra barrel length is nice to have, but the tiny grip was annoying. I almost considered simply extending the grip and keeping the shorter barrel, but I figured I'd just get a whole new gun instead. However, it would appear that's not the case for this guy.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/9/2010 8:47:43 AM | Feedback (2)
Now that I've had it for a bit and gotten to carry the Glock 20, I figured I can give a brief synopsis of the change. As you can see from the following photos, the Glock 20 is considerably larger than its subcompact brethren Surprisingly though, it carries much, much better. The difference in comfort is substantial and it's all about the shape. The 20, with holster and 15+1 rounds weighs in at 2lb 13.35 oz while the 29 with holster and 10+1 is 2lb 6.4 oz (a difference of only 6.95oz). The...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/31/2010 11:57:06 AM | Feedback (5)
Finally got to head out to the range tonight with the new Glock. I had loaded up 150 rounds a few nights ago and wanted to put at least 100 through the pistol to make sure I was comfortable with it before I started carrying it. My shooting with it was very, very rough. Part because the trigger is the standard Glock trigger and I was used to the 3 lb. one, the second was because of the 7th shot.     Yup, I had a case blow. Felt like someone slapping my hand as hard as they could. I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/23/2010 9:47:15 PM | Feedback (22)
Agent Franks, Internet. Internet, meet Agent Franks Click to Embiggenate &quot;Bad werewolf,&quot; Franks said from the entrance. &quot;Sit.&quot; The werewolf swung her head to assess the interloper. I slammed the jagged end of the pool cue into her throat. It was like a blood explosion. She howled in sudden agony, claws flying to the would. Franks raised his Glock and calmly put a single round of silver 10mm through her brain, ending the scream forever. She collapsed. .
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/19/2010 8:00:05 PM | Feedback (6)
The Gun Source has guns practically at cost. This is good until the 13th. I ain't got no cash right now, so it's a moot point to me, but from what I can tell, the prices are really, really good.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/7/2010 8:03:17 AM | Feedback (4)
Tactilite T2 It's been a long, slow journey, but we're almost there.  The late-stage Tactilite T2 prototype is coming along great and exceeding our very high expectations.  The design includes several major improvements over earlier prototypes, particularly in the ergonomics.  The fit, finish and operation of the action has surprised many, myself included.  I'll look to post pics, later today.  So, here's a heads-up.  This thing will be a big hit.  We will...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/18/2010 12:03:21 PM | Feedback (1)
I just got an email from a friend asking about suppressing a .45 for home defense and my thoughts on it. I'm conflicted in my reply, so I thought it best to open it up for discussion here. First and foremost, I'm not a fan of handguns for home defense. The advantage of handguns is that they are portable, concealable, and can be taken anywhere with you that isn't protected by a magical No Guns barrier (said barriers only are effective against the law abiding, alas). Their disadvantages are that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/3/2010 10:27:54 AM | Feedback (27)
As everyone knows, I'm a 10mm guy. Call it a soft spot for a round that's expensive and tends to cause wormholes to open up due to the blast, I just love my 10mm. I bought my Glock 29 because I assumed that concealing a subcompact would be easier than a full size. After doing so for years, I've realized that the biggest hurdle to concealing is the width of the firearm. I'm 6'3", medium build so a longer firearm isn't as much of an issue as it would be for someone of a smaller stature. My...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/19/2010 11:58:11 AM | Feedback (6)
Tam has lovingly decided to play devil's advocate in my rant about illegal chunks of metal. The general consensus from the infringers (JUST KIDDING) is that some part of the system must be considered the firearm in order to have any laws that are effective. Laying aside my feeling about firearms laws, this is why I disagree with that sentiment To define a gun based on a single part makes as much sense as defining an egg as a cake. Eggs are an integral part of cake. Oh sure, there are...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/9/2010 10:35:24 AM | Feedback (23)
This much More on my completely awesome, shoulder punishing day later.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/3/2010 4:05:28 PM | Feedback (3)
OK, now that I have a few minutes I can talk a bit more about my new upper from Bison Armory It's an 18" model (already had a 16") in 6.8 SPC. The receiver is from Tactical Machining and the hand guard is the T9 from Midwest Industries. Flash hider is a VC301 from Vltor. Flip-Up sights are both Yankee Hill and are very, very nice. Last and not least is the dead sexy chrome bolt carrier from Young Manufacturing. I LOVE the way it looks. It's absolutely stunning. ...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/2/2010 8:36:20 PM | Feedback (6)
My new upper from Bison Armory has arrived! More later!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/1/2010 6:51:07 PM | Feedback (7)
I'm getting one of these. A hell of a lot cheaper, to be sure!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/25/2010 8:37:41 AM | Feedback (2)
Why is it I want both a Smith & Wesson Model 500 and a 50 BMG? What is it about firearms with exotic, expensive, and recoil-intenseness that appeal to me? Not too long ago, I was going a little YouTube surfing and ended up on a whole mess of S&W 500 videos that just made me drool. I'm just finishing up a web site design that I can't wait to show the world and I did it via bartering for equipment. I'd do the same for a 50 / 500 too. Dunno why I enjoy the thought of breaking my wrist...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/16/2010 10:28:11 AM | Feedback (5)
Yes… Yes I am I wonder if this is anyone we know. If not, I'd like to friend them. Hat Tip Random Nuclear Strikes
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/22/2010 7:28:42 PM | Feedback (6)
THIS is reasoned discourse Hi Readers — Here’s another question that arrived in th email. It began,  ”Can we talk about gunplay for a few minutes?” Happily, by “gunplay” they writer didn’t mean, “What’s the upside of random shootings?” But rather, “Is it okay for kids to play around, pretending to shoot each other?” While it drives me crazy when one of my sons puts his hand up to his brother’s temple and pantomimes “Pow!”, I totally love it when they get out their Nerf guns and run...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/20/2010 12:44:40 PM | Feedback (2)
I see things like this Up for sale is a Colt 1911 made in 1916. All original and in excellant condition. This is a piece of American history and only going up in value every year. And I feel nothing. Now, I'm not 1911 savvy enough to know if that's the real deal or not, but when it comes to collectibles or rare firearms, I couldn't give two shakes of your ass. I feel bad when I'm on #Gunblogger_Conspiracy IRC and people are discussing a great historical find at the gun show or...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/14/2010 6:54:19 PM | Feedback (16)
Reading about that horrible accident with a 50 BMG upper, I was reminded that Zel Custom Manufacturing recently had to recall some of the 50 BMG uppers they make. I emailed Michael Brendzel about them because I was curious to know more about the issue they were having. Michael was kind enough to respond We discovered that ours, too, could bind when (1) the bolt handle is threaded longer than nominal, (2) the bolt is narrower than nominal and (3) the operator overtightens the bolt handle...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/11/2010 8:16:36 PM | Feedback (0)
EVER. Yes. Your eyes are not deceiving you. That really is a Smith &amp; Wesson J-frame revolver (a.k.a. a snubbie) with a laser sight, a flashlight, and a bayonet. Heretofore unseen, I have created the tactical snubbie. This is the Rooney of snubbies. Snub-a-rooney. You gotta see the picture. It's a sight to behold. JayG has really outdid himself on this one.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2010 6:55:17 AM | Feedback (5)
Michael Brendzel of Zel Customs (makers of the Tactilite uppers for your AR) asks Tactilite - The Affordable Fifty I wrote earlier that my goal for 2010 is to mainstream the .50 BMG.  I've gotten a few questions about that and a few folks got defensive, so I thought I'd clarify.  I think most people would agree that most shooters view the .50 BMG as an exotic caliber.  For many of those people, it's something that they would like to try.  Maybe even own.  But the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/4/2010 9:35:56 PM | Feedback (11)
So, I've already complained about last year's dearth of firearms purchases. This upcoming year doesn't look to be any more promising. One of my biggest issues is that technically speaking, I've got all my 'needs' covered. Shotguns, Evil Black Rifles, .22s for training, CCW pieces, revolvers, competition rigs, etc. I don't need anything. So, considering that I might only get one chance at purchasing a firearm this year, what should it be? Here are some things to consider. First and foremost, I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/29/2009 3:06:57 PM | Feedback (24)
This year saw only ONE firearm purchase. So far, 2010 doesn't look to 'purchase happy' either.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/28/2009 1:08:22 PM | Feedback (9)
US Citizen is looking at a Dual Ma Duce. I couldn't afford to feed that thing for 10 seconds.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/15/2009 8:32:15 AM | Feedback (2)
Tactilite has shipped their first pallet of 50BMG upper conversions Last week, we shipped our first pallette of Tactilite T-1 .50 BMG conversion kits.&#160; First, big thanks to the customers that have patiently allowed us to slip on our delivery dates.&#160; Most were amazingly gracious and told me to go ahead and let this important order go through ahead of them. &#160; Oh, the amount of compensation one could do with several of those… Update – Had to modify the image because of..
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/30/2009 1:07:52 PM | Feedback (1)
Nothing beats barely clad women shooting a .50 BMG. When you really need to get those hits up, try posting two videos!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/30/2009 8:13:24 AM | Feedback (2)
This guy named all 36 of his firearms. I like 'Birthmark' and am very curious to know the story behind 'Hymen'. Or maybe I'm not or at the very least, shouldn't be.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/23/2009 8:21:18 PM | Feedback (14)
Mad Duck got the Para TTR. My thoughts on the weapon can be found here. Had I the money, I'd pick one up. I don't, so I'll live vicariously through the Duck.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/22/2009 9:15:03 AM | Feedback (2)
Maxim, the magazine geared to young, trendy, metrosexual males is advertising Evil Black Rifles. The fifth of Jack Daniels and the 30 count bottle of Ambien on the nightstands of anti-gunners everywhere just started looking even more attractive.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/21/2009 11:36:01 AM | Feedback (8)
A 20mm bullpup. Sure, I could just shoot you twice with the 10mm, but that takes extra effort.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/18/2009 9:24:48 AM | Feedback (7)
In the blogroll, I've added a new category of industry links. These are companies that manufacture firearms and firearm related gear. These are businesses that I have dealt with, manufacturers of products that I have used, or companies I generally think make decent products. Links to these companies are not paid links nor do they confer any sort of endorsement. I know there are weasels out there who think I'm some sort of paid shill, but the link section is simply for those companies I wish to.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/12/2009 4:59:30 PM | Feedback (1)
The Micro Tavor. Looks a bit funky, but it does appear to get the job done.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/31/2009 9:00:56 AM | Feedback (3)
What is 'tactical'? I never think in terms of tactical. I think in terms of utility and reliability. Will the firearm put the round where I need it each and every time? That's the first thing. Any doodads I can hang off the side that might assist me in those endeavors are secondary in nature, and rarely make it past the "Man, that looks cool. Too bad it costs money" stage. I don't have anything besides the standard plastic hand guards on my AR. Sure, rails would look cool, but...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/24/2009 9:09:08 AM | Feedback (11)
Glenn tells us a tale SCENES FROM A NEW AMERICA: So I dropped the girls off at a movie, and — since the Insta-wife was lunching with her mom — stopped at a Sonny’s Barbecue for lunch. A man — late 40s, big, with a wife and a daughter — came in with an empty holster on his belt. As he sat down at the booth next to mine, the manager came by and asked him if he’d left his gun in the car. Yes, said the man, who had a permit but thought he wasn’t allowed to carry in restaurants in Tennessee.....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/15/2009 4:23:27 PM | Feedback (6)
Recently I've blogged about Tactilite and their 50BMG upper for the AR. Well, they've gone and made an upper in .416 Barrett (the only known caliber capable of making Chuck Norris flinch) ODESSA, FL (August 9, 2009) – Due on the success of the Tacilite .50 BMG, Zel Custom Manufacturing has released,today, a new line of Tactilite that convert a standard AR-15 into a .416 Barrett bolt-action rifle. The Tactilite, a complete upper assembly that allows a user to quickly convert an AR-15...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/10/2009 8:34:56 AM | Feedback (4)
So, in my fantasy world where I actually have some cash to spend on toys, I've been thinking about what I would get if I had a few grand sitting around and could purchase a nice, new gun. Sure, I'd love a BMG and some year I think I might do it, however I'm still locked into the more practical mindset – I want something I can shoot the heck out of and would have a good use for. I don't hunt, although I'd really like to, so a nice hunting rifle would do nothing but collect dust. So, I've...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/24/2009 8:20:06 AM | Feedback (14)
The Vicodin assisted unconsciousness kicked in before the show started, but on last night's Gun Nuts show Caleb and Breda had Michael Brendzel of Zel Custom Manufacturing, makers of the Tactilite .50 BMG AR upper on the show. Not only did I apparently miss a good show, I missed this priceless quote A .50 BMG upper makes Josh Sugarmann look at his bottle of whiskey and sleeping pills and think "maybe tonight is the night" I'm telling you, I need to find a bit of extra outside...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/15/2009 7:45:20 AM | Feedback (2)
The other day I was talking about possibly switching the Para USA Gun Blogger 45 for a 1911 style pistol in 10mm. Enough people chimed in that the Para is special and I'd hate myself for letting it go, and I've put a lot of thought into that. After my range trip last night, I'm not only positive I don't want to trade it, but I've actually realized the more I shoot the 1911, the less I like my Glock. At 10 yards last night, the Glock stayed on target, but there was nothing approaching a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/12/2009 9:39:31 AM | Feedback (18)
Got an email yesterday from the makers of a nifty little AR-15 accessory. It's the Tactilite, a .50 BMG conversion for the AR-15 rifle ( It's a single-shot, bolt-action .50 BMG upper that fits right on top of the standard AR lower. Helooooooooo sexy! Let's look at some of the awesome features of this thing of beauty It's a 50 BMG. I could stop here, but it keeps getting more awesome It fits right on your existing upper From the email I received, their midrange...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/10/2009 8:10:34 AM | Feedback (11)
So, just random IRC conversations has brought up the fact that someone might be interested in trading a 10mm 1911 for the Gun Blogger .45. While it's just talk at the moment, it really got me thinking. I'm dying for a 1911 pistol in 10mm. I love my Glock 29. I love the 10mm platform. Shooting 10mm in IPSC would be good for several reasons. Easy to make high power and don't have to worry as much about the old farts stealing my brass. Plus, ammo interchangeability with my carry piece is also...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/9/2009 9:35:17 AM | Feedback (22)
Tennessee apparently had someone at a state park with a gun. We had a similar incident today. Apparently, a man entered a local, small zoo while carrying a large handgun and from initial reports,  even proceeded to hand feed a flamingo Interestingly enough, the flamingo didn't receive several 10mm bullets to the brainpan upon biting the man with the gun. A faulty mind-control chip in the firearm would appear to be at fault.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/13/2009 8:14:36 PM | Feedback (15)
This will be something you see in each room of the mansion Hat tip Murdoc, who is a sad panda because that's not his safe.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/5/2009 3:21:50 PM | Feedback (10)
And nobody came? I think that's what just happened over at Brigid's with her latest post, Hooked on Plastic. I mean, she brought up the whole Glock vs. 1911 thing and so far, the hating in the comments is nowhere to be found. I mean, seriously, that's perfect flame war material right there. I'm a Glock guy because I am all about function over form. I entrust my life to that thing practically every time I step out of the house. The Kel-Tec gets tucked away here and there, but my primary piece...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/5/2009 8:12:28 AM | Feedback (9)
It's a rare thing, but every here and there a blogger I generally respect goes and does something that pisses me off so bad that I take the drastic measure of cutting them off my RSS feed and delinking them on the blogroll. Countertop has just crossed that line Stupid lucky bastard…
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/18/2009 8:26:36 AM | Feedback (0)
Ruger's new product? A gas piston AR. A little underwhelmed, especially given we saw the bolt a few days ago and it was clear it wasn't a DI system. Look for the recall in 3…2…1… Maybe it's decent, I don't know. All I do know is that after firing the Para TTR, I wanted it with a passion. If I'm going to spend 2k on an AR, it would be that. But let's hope Ruger does well in this regard. It's a saturated field, to be sure.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/15/2009 1:25:06 PM | Feedback (5)
The Big Brown Truck Of Happiness showed up today with a package from Crimson Trace. Inside the packing peanuts and receipt was, lo and behold, a laser sight for my Kel-Tec P3AT. &#160; Inside was everything I needed to help bad guys make informed decisions. Batteries, swabs, Allen wrenches, and of course the laser unit itself. The laser clips onto the forward portion of the trigger guard in two halves. Here you can see the innards of the light amplification through stimulated emissions of...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/14/2009 5:58:24 PM | Feedback (4)
Surprisingly, it's my new Kel-Tec P3AT. I got a chance to shoot it this weekend and all I can say is that if you force me to have to shoot you with this thing, it will piss me off so badly that I will beat you to death with my shoe. Holy crap on a cracker, Batman. I literally had to put my left thumb in the trigger guard to try to keep it from leaping out of my hands. I'm not sure a follow up shot is going to be feasible unless I aim for your toes first, then maybe, the second shot will part...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/4/2009 9:13:06 AM | Feedback (21)
Brigid finds a piece of art for a song. Man, I'd love to have a side by side for sporting clays as nice as that one. And in the bargain bin? Why can't I ever luck out like that?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/2/2009 3:53:04 PM | Feedback (0)
So, Boomershoot appeared to be a big success this year. Looks like everyone had fun and there were plenty of 'splosions to entertain those of us who like things like that. I really would love to make it to one some year, however there are some pretty big hurdles I'd have to overcome. Outside of travel and lodging, my biggest thing is that Boomershoot appears to cater to the long range shooter, something I am most definitely not. I appreciate the dedication and skill it takes to bolt a firearm..
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/1/2009 1:47:10 PM | Feedback (5)
As in, you'll need one before looking at this 1911. Xavier has Ugly Guns, Oleg has the polar opposite.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/27/2009 1:28:11 PM | Feedback (1)
I could shoot in my backyard with this thing.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/21/2009 8:23:34 AM | Feedback (0)
Looked at a few places for ammo. I swear, they had sold the shelves the ammo used to sit on as well as the little tags that told you how much per ounce things cost. Several places had handwritten signs that said "WE DO NOT HAVE ANY 9, 380, 45, 40, OR 357". Nobody had any large boxes of .22LR either (and the 100 count boxes aren't cost effective). Guess shooting the .380 will have to wait. Thankfully, hand loading allows me to keep 10mm, .45ACP, and .357 Magnum in my stock pile as...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/19/2009 9:54:53 AM | Feedback (11)
My Glock 29 is considered a sub-compact pistol. It ain't tiny by any stretch of the imagination, but I've found it to be relatively easy to conceal with my CTAC holster. Of course, sometimes shorts and a t-shirt are called for in the Florida sun, so its bulk becomes easier to notice. Hence the purchase of the KelTec P3AT. Here's a bit of comparison of them for scale (each picture allows the depression of the left most mouse button in order to facilitate image enlargement. For image enlargement...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/13/2009 7:19:06 PM | Feedback (6)
I mentioned that I was back in the running for a mouse gun since a store down the road from where I worked was going to have 2 KelTec P3ATs in stock tomorrow. Being the anal-retentive guy I am, I called today to not only validate that they were still getting them in but to also see if I could put a hold on one (via prepayments of promises of firstborns). Turns out, the owner was opening the boxes as we spoke. I informed her I'd be there in 20 minutes. By the time I got there, one was already...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/13/2009 1:42:37 PM | Feedback (15)
So, there's a local gun store that's really an office with a shelf with a few guns on it. I guess when you get used to the department store feel of massive shops like Shoot Straight, these places seem 'quaint'. But, I'd not been to this particular store since they moved a while back and being that I'm in the shopping spirit, went to see what they had. First off, unless you call and get GPS coordinates, good luck finding the place. It's in a strip mall, but in the back inside beside insurance...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/11/2009 4:58:10 PM | Feedback (8)
Caleb has to pick a new side arm and asks for your opinion as to what he should get. No H&K… That should piss off the fanboys.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/10/2009 10:49:06 AM | Feedback (1)
Well, I think my quest for a mouse gun has come to an end. Weighing the pros and cons of each model, I'm either going to pay out the ass for a heavy, very reliable, brick that is in stock, or I'm going to pay out the ass for a light, semi-reliable pistol that's rarely in stock. And over $350 for a .380 pocket pistol is just not what I consider to be worth my money. I prefer the slight discomfort of my normal carry piece for the prices these people are asking. $400 for a pistol with an MSRP of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/7/2009 11:35:53 AM | Feedback (33)
Picked one up today to see if I liked the way it felt. I did. A little more heavy than the Kel-Tecs, but from reputation a bit better made. Anyone have thoughts on 'em?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/6/2009 12:47:33 PM | Feedback (15)
Bill Quick If you had to choose between them for a self-defense carry handgun, would it be a .45 ACP, or a .357 revolver of some sort? 10 Print "Begin Flame war" 20 GOTO 10 Run
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/27/2009 8:30:33 AM | Feedback (16)
No, not tax day, but National Buy a Gun Day. Went to go look at the PF-9 at Shoot Straight since when I called earlier, they had one albeit at a little bit higher than I was wanting to pay. Figured since they sold it at the gun show for $299, they'd be willing to come down to that price. Apparently, while I'm confusing the PM9 for the PF9 (two different brands), whoever I talked to heard "P11" which sounds very much like "pee eff nine". So, they didn't have it. Here's a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/25/2009 7:08:01 PM | Feedback (3)
When calling gun stores looking for prices on the right firearm, it is good to remember that Kahr makes the PM-9 and Kel-Tec makes the PF-9. One runs $800+ for some reason and the other $300'ish. If the PF-9 fits for me, that's going to probably be my choice for the mouse gun, Kel-Tec haters be damned. If the size difference between the P3AT and the PF-9 is negligible, I prefer the strength of the 9mm offering better.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/25/2009 3:56:18 PM | Feedback (10)
Called a gun store yesterday that told me that had he a case of Kel-Tecs, he'd not sell me one because they were junk. I've read more message boards and forums than I care to admit regarding the P3AT. The vast majority of P3AT owners are happy with their investment, even with the few that had problems. Most people talk of a fluff &amp; buff treatment to get it up to par, and that's something I can deal with. The Ruger would be fine if I could find one at a non inflated price. It's a mouse...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/24/2009 2:26:02 PM | Feedback (19)
Since I'm well endowed, it behooves me to purchase a small firearm since there's simply nothing to compensate for (they're talking about feet size, right?). The only consolation to missing the Bash is I can use the money to purchase a gun, and the only need for my collection is a mouse gun. Here in the sunshine state, shorts are practically mandatory for 3/4ths of the year and lugging around a Glock, even a sub compact 29, can be difficult at times. So, a mouse gun would fit the role nicely. ...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/23/2009 2:34:15 PM | Feedback (30)
I'm not a tacticool kind of guy. I've always put function well over form in practically everything I've owned, from cars to guns. I don't care about pretty shotguns, I want one that works. I don't need 65 attachments hanging off my AR-15 because it's what all the cool kids are doing, I just want to be able to place shots on target (a laser? That's acceptable). However, there are times when my sense of "If it doesn't have a use, I don't need it" can be overridden. The KRISS Super V...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/20/2009 9:20:54 AM | Feedback (5)
LDA triggers Love mine. Love the way it feels. I realize it's Satan's work, but I'll sell my soul for a smooth pull with a crisp break. (and yes, it's all Caleb, all the time today apparently here at SaaM)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/19/2009 9:30:31 AM | Feedback (1)
Seriously. A gun should cost around $300, max. Why, oh why, are all the pretty 1911's $1k or more? Besides, I either can get a new gun or go to the Second Amendment Bash but not both. Curse you Law of Economics!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/14/2009 4:37:43 PM | Feedback (12)
Bison Armory is almost ready to roll. Too bad I don't need another 6.8SPC upper, but if I ever do, I know where I'll be going.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/9/2009 7:25:11 AM | Feedback (3)
Close down this page and stop looking. Good lord, I hate people with lots of money that can buy that much armament. I need some of that bailout money so I can have a collection like that. Of course, my problem is that I'm a shooter. I refuse to own something I can't take to the range whenever I want. So historical items should never be left in my possession. Hat Tip Say Uncle
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/5/2009 10:59:43 AM | Feedback (9)
So, the Mrs. and I have been discussing the Second Amendment Blog Bash. Money's tight, time is tight, yadda yadda yadda. Going to be a tight fit if I get to go. This would probably be a bad time to start thinking about my next gun purchase. Yeah, there's going to be one this year if I can wrangle up a little business on the side. Because twice this weekend caught me without a firearm. I need a pocket pistol. Sometimes the Glock is just too much to carry, especially if I'm going to be running...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/2/2009 8:43:39 AM | Feedback (15)
There's a Smith & Wesson Model 500 for trade on Tampa Gun Trader. Part of me wants to try to trade off the Gun Blog .45 (although it's commander length and he stated he wants it in full size) only because the 500 is one of those pistols I've always wanted. There is no logical reason, much like my desire for a Desert Eagle in .357 Magnum, it's just something I'd love to have. I've never shot one because none of the ranges near me rent them which is sad because I probably could satiate myself...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/13/2009 11:36:19 AM | Feedback (7)
J.D. give a run down on making your own firearms. If I weren't so mechanically inept I might think of doing something like this, but it's amazing I've been able to reload my own ammunition as it is. Now, if I could program a new gun!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/10/2009 7:51:23 PM | Feedback (1)
I'd definitely buy this For sale is a very rare MBA Gyrojet Rocket pistol. There were only 250 of these presentation models manufactured prior to 1968. This rocket pistol production ended due to the 1968 GCA. They were over 50 caliber and that was restricted by the act. This is an original 13 mm Model B in it's Walnut Presentation Box with the 12 Rounds and Bronze medallion to Goddard. (the father of the rocket). There will be a book published soon on the Gyrojet and I think after that the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/9/2009 8:18:00 AM | Feedback (4)
I'm not talking to you guys any more... I mean, you tease me with this Perfection Gets An Upgrade The Laserguard series for GLOCKTM pistols introduce an even more compact housing than traditional lasergrips, and provides instinctive grip activation while leaving the best attributes of GLOCK guns unobstructed and unaltered.  The LG-436 fits most holsters for sub-compact GLOCKs, and is our first GLOCK model to offer a master on / off switch so you can train equally with the laser on and with it...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/29/2009 8:20:40 AM | Feedback (4)
'Cuz I want want want want want. Me and my stupid love of the 10mm cartridge will be the end of me. Update - A 10mm offering I don't want!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2009 9:28:29 AM | Feedback (4)
Because, yes, I'd want this.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/16/2009 10:04:14 AM | Feedback (2)
Definitely a good firearm to own. Unless, of course, you're a shoulder.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/9/2009 8:56:07 AM | Feedback (5)
From everyone's favorite Uncle, a list of the 10 manliest firearms. #10: SMLE - No. Want one, though #9: Mosin-Nagant M44 - Duh! Took it out this weekend! #8: GLOCK - Tis my carry piece #7: Swiss K31 Carbine - Nope. #6: AK47 - Nope. #5: Smith & Wesson Model 29 - I'm going to say that my Dan Wesson Model 15 works here #4: AR15 - Don't Panic! #3: Remington 870 - The Mossberg 500 makes this one a yes #2: Colt Model 1911A1 .45 ACP - Again, I gotta...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/7/2009 2:16:09 PM | Feedback (14)
Other gunnies are talking about the 5 things they want for Christmas from Gun-Santa. I've been a really bad boy this year so I'm not even getting a lump of coal, but if I were to get a chance to sit on St. Nick's lap, this is what I'd request A nice gun safe that's fireproof. The cheap ones only deter the really stupid criminals and in case of a fire, only leave a nice molten lump to remind you where you should have had a quality safe. A Knox SPECOPS Stock from Blackhawk. A 12 gauge is brutal...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/16/2008 7:14:42 PM | Feedback (13)
Looks like a fellow blogger is now a death dealer Bison Armory is go! As a wholly owned subsidiary of Fudge Enterprises, Bison Armory will be selling AR-15 barrels in 6.8 SPC. This is a little side venture on my part in order to fill the gap left by Tim Hicks at Ko-Tonics/Cardinal Armory since he went out of business. These barrels are made by E.R. Shaw, the same company that made Tim's barrels, and they will be made to the same specs. We're going to benefit from Tim's effort, and I'm passing...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/12/2008 1:08:33 PM | Feedback (4)
Michael Bane gets a look. I'm interested in the pistol as well. I hope some day I can take one out for a spin.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/11/2008 12:03:25 PM | Feedback (0)
I got to shoot a gun!!! And it was awesome!!! It's a shame though that, being Canadian, this isn't as easily done on a regular basis, but it just goes to show guns aren't quite as scary as they seem.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/10/2008 10:23:48 AM | Feedback (1)
A buddy of mine bought his first handgun ULTRA-PORTABLE-DEATH-MACHINE and takes it to the range. But my pattern did give me a happy inner glow, more confidence in the weapon, and some 'strange satisfaction'. I know of that feeling. I'm not sure I can describe it in words, but it has a lot to do with the realization that you're not powerless.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/2/2008 4:37:02 PM | Feedback (3)
The Para just showed up. Need to figure out how to hit the range this weekend somehow, although I don't think the schedule is going to allow for it.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/28/2008 9:58:40 AM | Feedback (0)
I'm not going to lie, I don't need a Desert Eagle. You can't conceal them, they're too heavy and bulky, but dammit you can shoot a .357 Magnum out of them and what red blooded American doesn't love the .357 Magnum cartridge? It's all about the WANT!!! Granted, most people would get the DE in 50AE or 44Magnum, and I can't blame them. But there's a soft spot in my heart for .357 Magnum and if I ever hit the lottery and finally get my fill of 1911's in 10mm, the Desert Eagle will be next on my...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/22/2008 9:46:19 AM | Feedback (11)
Bring me back my Para! Just got notice it should be on its way Monday, meaning I'll have it on Tuesday. So, I definitely have to get some range time in before the next IPSC shoot. I may skip December in order to get a bit more practice time in being that I may have come in last place due to malfunctions, I definitely didn't shoot as well as I should have nonetheless. 20% tighter grip - that's my training goal for the next time.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/21/2008 2:28:32 PM | Feedback (0)
Sig229R. I love Sigs. Every one I've handled felt right and the ones I've shot were wonderful. Personally, I love the .357 Sig cartridge although that'd be a bear to reload.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/21/2008 7:31:36 AM | Feedback (6)
Another WANT SO BADLY BUT CANNOT AFFORD - STI sent me and email informing me The Two: The first is called the "Perfect 10" and is a knock off of a gun that we created for a movie a while back. Pretty big pistol! Think 6" Tactical in 10mm with Unique slide and full length dust cover cut for multiple tactical accessory catches. This is the only pistol that we plan to chamber in 10mm. I love the 10mm. I want so badly a 1911 in 10mm that I can taste it. Unfortunately, I've yet to find a 10mm 1911...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/20/2008 11:44:26 AM | Feedback (15)
4th Generation Glocks - Same gun, different pattern on the grip! OOOH, maybe they can come in different shades of black and be called 5th generation! Seriously, when I consider a different model of a firearm, I want it to have major changes, not just a different stippling pattern. Heck, change the grip angle since that seems to be the #1 complaint about Glocks. I love my G29. Reliable, ugly as a brick, and conceals nicely. Uncomfortable to shoot more than a half hour. Feels like an extension of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/18/2008 1:03:48 PM | Feedback (4)
Earlier this year, I made a good call on purchasing an AR style rifle, knowing the election could easily put them out of reach. My fears seem to be well founded as stories of gun shops selling out of gear and long waiting times on receivers and the such are popping up left and right. Make no mistake about it, Barack Obama is an enemy of the Second Amendment. While he may not have as much time to go after guns since he'll be too busy trying to explain why everyone isn't getting their ponies and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/7/2008 11:04:59 AM | Feedback (8)
Just want to make sure everyone is clear on the situation with my pistol. Para has a lifetime warranty. So, they will fix it no matter what for as long as the pistol is... well, a pistol. They are paying for the shipping of the gun back to the repair shop and the shop has been instructed to include an extra Power Extractor, just in case. Para USA called me at home to discuss the problem. They're going out of their way to ensure I have a working pistol. In fact, the specific breaking of the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/5/2008 3:49:58 PM | Feedback (7)
I do some technical work for Anvil Arms, the company that engraved my AR receiver. The owner asked me to update their calendar to cancel this week's gun show appearance *Due to the current political climate and the massive panic buying for the last 2 weeks we have sold out of almost everything we have to sell. We are currently taking back orders via email at With the current price of fuel, hotel rooms and tables at the show with us not having any meaningful inventory to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/4/2008 6:11:34 PM | Feedback (2)
My wife wasn't raised around guns. Her family never really had any, she remembers her father had a shotgun and that was about it. Boy was she wrong! The other day, we were over at the in-law's house for dinner and her father brought out his collection. And kept bringing them, and bringing them, and bringing them. I've known the man for nearly a decade and only assumed he had a shotgun and something about a pistol. He had several shotguns, several rifles, and a few pistols. Both the Mrs. and I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/1/2008 9:38:41 PM | Feedback (8)
Dale Franks of Q&O fame resists the temptation to buy an M1 Carbine.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/25/2008 9:13:03 AM | Feedback (0)
Tanya picks up the Ruger. Like I said, on the list of firearms that actually have some sort of reasoning behind owning them, a small .380 is definitely on it. Last, and not financially feasible unless someone wants quite a bit of web design, at least not until the girls are in college. A mouse gun makes sense in Florida, especially when you're as adverse to wearing pants as I am. I hate shooting the damnable things, though. My XXL-sized hands just aren't good at holding onto the tiny grips....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/21/2008 2:44:49 PM | Feedback (5)
Jan 1. 2008 had me posting this It's going to be a shitty year. The Mrs. has decreed that I shan't be buying any firearms this year since I bought 3 last year. It's going to be hard to figure out how to get around that one. Today, gun #3 arrived at my doorstep. I have to admit, this ain't a bad haul for having the above declaration hanging over my head.   Click to embiggen From bottom to top, that's the Gun Blog .45 from Para USA, the EBR in 6.8 Rem SPC, and on top my newest addition, a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/20/2008 6:53:19 PM | Feedback (7)
Greg hits another funny one Her Glock will function properly upside-down, packed with sand, loaded with the wrong caliber, and being held by Stephen Hawking. Outside of the jokes, he has a legitimate request. He wants to upgrade his carry gun. Go give him a hand in making the choice even more confusing than it needs to be.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/14/2008 11:48:26 AM | Feedback (2)
1840s Colt auctions for $920,000 An anonymous bidder paid a record $920,000 for a historic .44-caliber revolver owned by a Libby man. And the buyer got a bargain, said auctioneer James Julia. The Colt Walker pistol made for U.S. marshals in the 1840s belonged to University of Maine graduate John McBride's great-great-uncle. That must be one hell of a revolver.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/9/2008 3:54:18 PM | Feedback (3)
OK. I think I've calmed down enough to write a better blog post that doesn't use foul language every third word. Here's the story - When I received my Gun Blog 45 from Para USA, I was ecstatic. I only had a few glitches with the pistol at Blackwater and I primarily assumed it was just being a newbie when it came to the 1911 platform. However, when I first took it to the range, I discovered there was actually something physically wrong with the pistol itself. With the (superfluous IMHO) safety...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/9/2008 8:33:47 AM | Feedback (11)
Get them all. Because the best choice is the one you don't have to make.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/2/2008 11:53:00 AM | Feedback (1)
This was my first outing with my new Para USA Gun Blog 45 since I picked it up yesterday. Joe Huffman will be glad to actually see his famous lock up happen in this video. I know what it is and it only took doing it once twice before I finally got it into my thick skull that you have to allow the trigger to fully reset else you'll lock up the pistol. On the second set of shots (same target @ 15 yards) you can see the laser is slightly off to the left. Even then, the grouping turns into...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/25/2008 8:38:56 PM | Feedback (6)
And I think he'll be quite happy with it.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/16/2008 8:13:41 AM | Feedback (2)
I've got 499 rounds just itching to be tossed down range at 1150 fps. She's in the process of getting inspected and cleaned then shipped. She's all paid for too, so the last part is proving I'm innocent since I'm already presumed guilty when the pistol arrives at the FFL.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/15/2008 9:37:21 PM | Feedback (0)
Which has no bearing on the quarter million the taxpayers have to spend to show exactly how stupid it is The Department of Justice has awarded a $254,889 federal grant to the New Jersey Institute of Technology so the Newark university can continue developing its child-proof "smart gun" technology, members of New Jersey's congressional delegation announced today. NJIT has spent the last nine years on a "dynamic grip recognition" technology that can identify gun owners based on how they squeeze...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/11/2008 8:12:24 AM | Feedback (7)
So, the Big Brown Truck Of Happiness™ dropped off my Crimson Trace grips for my Glock 29 today. It was packaged quite nicely in a sturdy box with a small towel to lay your firearm on while installing. There were a set of batteries in there (the grip requires 2), a punch for removing the holding pin, some cleaning Q-tip things for the laser, two adjustment Allen wrenches, instructions, and of course the grip itself Installation is a breeze. Using the punch provided, you push out the small pin...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/5/2008 9:24:55 PM | Feedback (1)
Caleb buys more things that go boom. Lucky bastard.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/2/2008 8:16:43 AM | Feedback (0)
Why do I have the feeling the weapon in question was not automatic in nature? Sheriff's deputies records show the victims called 9-1-1 sometime around 9:30 p.m., telling emergency operators they had been robbed at gunpoint. One man held the victims at bay with his sub-machine gun, while the other suspect pistol-whipped the man with a Desert Eagle .45 caliber handgun and demanded his jewelry, the victims told deputies. Being that machine guns are highly regulated and these two oxygen wasters...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/15/2008 9:28:41 AM | Feedback (12)
Standing on my driveway with my father, looking at each other's carry pieces while he had a smoke. That, and being secure in the knowledge that if any of my neighbors saw us, they'd have come over to check them out as well. (Yes, we followed the 4 rules).
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/2/2008 2:24:44 AM | Feedback (0)
DoubleTapper delights with women of the IDF and their armament. I mean, seriously. I look at that first picture and simply start drooling. The word "beauty" doesn't even begin to describe it. I'm in love. I mean, that Trigicon paralex sight is simply gorgeous! The women aren't half bad either ;)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/22/2008 8:09:52 PM | Feedback (0)
So, I watched this video yesterday and took the guy's advice about getting some high temperature wheel grease for the Glock. I've generally used basic gun oil to lube all my pistols and rifles, but as Mr. Yeager said in the video, the oil is loose and runs out of every nook and cranny which invariably collects dust and gunk. My Glock definitely shows wear on the barrel, so I figured for $3.19 for a tub of it at the local automotive chain, if it didn't work I could use it for my car or...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/21/2008 9:09:25 PM | Feedback (0)
Thanks to Caleb, the ammo fairy dropped this off today on my doorstep Being 10mm, that's something like $6.2 bajillion in ammo.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/18/2008 12:35:15 AM | Feedback (0)
Yesterday was range time. I decided to not abuse my shoulder as much and left the M44 at home. It was a good move too as the 12 gauge was simply brutal. I did find some reduced recoil slugs that were quite a bit less painful, so I can practice with those next time. Range time was good. I shot the Ruger for pistol time, but the battering of the shoulder took a toll on my accuracy so I only shot about 100 rounds before I stopped. It's still funny that at 15 yards I get ticked if I hit the 8 ring...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/14/2008 1:48:50 PM | Feedback (0)
Uncle and Michael Bane both are talking about the Para AR that we might get to see at Blackwater. I like the idea that the spring is forward rather than in the stock. That 'twang' is actually so annoying I'm thinking about moving to a hydraulic piston system instead.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/7/2008 11:45:22 PM | Feedback (0)
So, being that my pistol still reeks of solvent, I decided to test the rust removing abilities of Hoppe's #9 out on the reloading bench. My Wilson trimmer had started to show a bit of rust in places, and the Hoppe's & a wire brush cut through it like it was nothing more than dust. Now the trimmer, the calipers, the dies, and several rusting parts on the press are shiny and new looking. I gave them all a nice coat of oil to help keep that look for a while. And of course, I smell like I just...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/24/2008 1:21:40 AM | Feedback (0)
Traction Control has some sweet deals. I shot a buddy of mines a few months ago and it was a joy. Some day I wouldn't mind picking one up.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/10/2008 8:54:12 AM | Feedback (2)
As many of you may or may not know, I have been diagnosed with a fatal case of a rare, Hawaiian disease - Iwannawinapara. This disease causes me to beg uncontrollably for you to go vote for me to win a trip to train with Para Ordnance's own Todd Jarrett at Blackwater. It is a horrible disease, which leaves me as nothing more than a shell of my former self, barely able to look at my own face in the mirror as I plead with you to click on this link and vote for Sharp as a Marble By voting for me,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/9/2008 7:19:31 PM | Feedback (17)
The designer of the gun had clearly not been instructed to beat about the bush. "Make it evil," he'd been told. "Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally clear to anyone standing at the wrong end that things are going badly for them. If that means sticking all sort of spikes and prongs and blackened bits all over it then so be it. This is not a gun for hanging over the fireplace or sticking in the umbrella stand, it is a gun for going out and making...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/7/2008 12:34:20 PM | Feedback (5)
A little known fact about me is that I'm a huge fan of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. All my computers and network things here at home are named after various characters and props. Zaphod, Marvin, Heart of Gold, etc. So, I think I've finally nailed down what would not only look good on the lower receiver, but also have something meaningful in regards to me. Made it myself, in vector format, so I should be able to convert it over to what the system needs. Opinions? Thoughts?...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/4/2008 9:59:59 PM | Feedback (29)
So, this weekend I plan on taking the lower to the gun show to get it laser etched. I'm trying to come up with a few design ideas. I like this one   Honestly, I like the humorous aspect. I could do a Brady Campaign logo with FAIL stamped across it. Still, my favorite idea is something like this Needs typography work, but you get the idea. I'll try to throw a few more ideas up. I'd like to hear any suggestions. You can see some of the work this place does here.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/3/2008 3:57:12 PM | Feedback (15)
And this looks like just the thing to give them what they want I can't tell you how awful it is to load the Ruger's magazines. I think I've honestly shied away from shooting a few times because I didn't want to kill my thumb holding down that damnable tab while I try to somehow jam grain of rice sized cartridges into it the magazine in the correct direction. I'm getting one (uh... well, with the Mrs' approval) and I'll put up a video review. Hat Tip Yuri at The Real Gun Guys
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/29/2008 1:52:00 PM | Feedback (9)
Chicks and guns. Two great tastes that taste... ah, I won't go there.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/29/2008 11:43:04 AM | Feedback (3)
My father just picked up a Beretta PX4 Storm and is looking for a decent, inexpensive, paddle holster. As a single holster kind of guy, I don't have much experience. He's looking for OWB and something that's comfortable. Keep in mind he's fat pulled towards the earth harder than most people. Anyone have any experience?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/28/2008 2:22:16 PM | Feedback (4)
My friend Ted needs some help tracking down a particular 1911 model. I know the basics behind the 1911, but I'm nowhere near an expert. Heck, I'm nowhere near a novice. If you know anything about them, please drop by and lend a hand. Or, if you'd like, blog about it to cast the net a little bit further. Thanks,Robb
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/24/2008 9:38:34 AM | Feedback (3)
I won't lie. I have an addiction. I want more guns. No matter what new purchase I make, I'll still want more. In fact, I'd pretty much like at least one firearm in every caliber known to man with the possibilities of backups for the more popular ones. Fiscal reality dictates, however, that the closest I'm going to come to a new gun is if I win, inherit, or find one. Actually, fiscally I could purchase another firearm, but I've grown attached to my wife and kids and I'm pretty sure if I came...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/22/2008 10:07:39 AM | Feedback (9)
No no no! Not those guns! Really! The guns that was giving away! Please! Put away that rolling pin! Photo by Uncle
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/21/2008 10:22:57 AM | Feedback (5)
Yankee Hill Machine has a pretty good reputation when it comes to forends for the AR platform. I simply love this design I saw on the floor. Now, before you all rush out and buy me one, remember I have a 16" barrel and require a midlength forend.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/20/2008 8:51:56 PM | Feedback (1)
Godfribbinjegglemontockabijulistchm!!!!!! DAMN YOU LARRY!!!! I placed an order for a bunch of STI pistols a little while back.  That order is now ready to ship to me.  I ordered a bunch of extra Spartans as part of that order.  These are excellent 1911s, especially for for the price.  Regular retail is $660, and they absolutely smoke anything else in that price range.  I have a mess of these, and need to move them quickly.  If you’re interested, please e-mail me at...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/20/2008 6:35:49 PM | Feedback (2)
One comment made by our group during the convention was that there really isn't much you can do that's new an innovative in the firearm industry outside of cosmetics. TDI's Kriss Super V is definitely not in that category. The Kriss is relatively well known in the gunny circles, but for those who might not be as familiar, here's some info from TDI's website The KRISS system overcomes the shock-creating effects of the recoil gas by re-directing the gas’s energy down and away from the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/19/2008 5:02:41 PM | Feedback (1)
Anvil Arms is a local company to me and they do a pretty kick butt job of laser engraving firearms, generally AR lowers. Check out their gallery here. For $15 (and since I can drop it off and avoid shipping fees), I am seeeeeriously thinking about doing something to mine. I can't erase the Bushmaster .223 / 5.56 markings, but on the other side I definitely could have some fun. I was thinking something like a warning (similar to this one) that says CAUTION: Proper use of this product may induce...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/5/2008 12:42:59 PM | Feedback (14)
I'd be personally melting the ice caps by myself. I mean, I'm scraping change from the couch in an attempt to buy a simply BUIS while U.S. Citizen of Traction Control has this Barrett BORS Ballistic Computer and Leupold Mark 4 - 8.5-25 x 50mm LR/T Long Range Tactical Mil-Dot Scope. The software is for changing ballistic charateristics for different ammunition. This is the only sighting system I know of that has an integrated USB port for ballistic data right on the rifle. GAAAAAHHHH!!! From...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/4/2008 9:26:58 AM | Feedback (2)
From Greg, commenting on the 6.8 I have to say, I was honestly expecting the 6.8 to feel significantly different from a .223. Other than the sound, there really isn't that much difference. Well, that's a lie. The difference you feel is just in your wallet instead of your shoulder.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/2/2008 1:04:21 PM | Feedback (0)
Bullet efficiency from a coroner's perspective. Here's a sample I see an average of 8.2 autopsies per day/365 days per year, and I can tell you that when the chips are down, there's nothing that beats a 12-gauge. As for handguns, the name of the game is not only shot placement but how a properly-placed bullet acts once it gets there. I've seen folks killed by a bb to the eye and others survive after being hit by several well-placed rounds with a 9mm. As for me, I'll take a slow-moving .45 to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/30/2008 6:27:17 PM | Feedback (6)
And 'prolly really, really loud. Countertop speaks of his latest conquest. Never shot .280 before but I sure wouldn't mind!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/28/2008 6:44:02 PM | Feedback (2)
She's here. Let the PSH begin! (click to embiggen) Ko-Tonics (soon to be Cardinal Armory) 16" Upper Grunt. YHM flip front sight (no BUIS as of yet). Bushmaster lower and collapsible stock. PSH-tol grip. Generic, no name brand red dot sight. C Products 10 round magazine, which, by the way, it costs more to put ammo IN the magazine than it does to buy the magazine. So far, no urges to go downtown and spray fire the homeless shelter, but I've only had her for a few hours.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/24/2008 9:59:59 PM | Feedback (8)
Because their victim might take their gun and use it against them.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/23/2008 2:33:37 PM | Feedback (0)
Just got shipping notification for my upper. Should be here on Friday. But then again, this is me we're talking about. If there's ever been an issue with shipping, I've experienced it in spades.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/22/2008 11:37:20 AM | Feedback (5)
She'd cry until I gave in. Maybe next year I can do this for the Buy a Gun Day.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/16/2008 9:55:14 AM | Feedback (2)
I already bought my gun. Now I'm just waiting on the #$^@ parts to get in so they can get assembled and then sent to my happy ass. Patience is highly overrated.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/15/2008 12:19:50 PM | Feedback (1)
I just found out it'll be at least 3 more weeks before they work on my upper. Plus shipping time. I can't tell you how stressful that is. It's not Ko-Tonic's fault, per se. They're selling uppers faster than they can keep the parts in stock. My only complaint is that should have been noted at the time I ordered it so that my hopes and dreams wouldn't have been dashed ;) They're out of 16" barrels. Part of me wants to switch to the 18" because I'm impatient... But then there'd be some other part...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/25/2008 1:12:06 PM | Feedback (3)
Just ordered the upper. Went with the grunt version with flip up front sight. Slick handguards to come later, just couldn't put them in the budget right now. In fact, I got a browbeating over the phone from the Mrs. for going so far over budget. Apparently, my wife is an expert telebrowbeater. Tim from Ko-Tonics was a pleasure to talk to. I informed him that is was his outreach to the bloggers at GBR II that made the sale. No harm in rewarding good behavior. Should get built some time next...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/14/2008 11:36:11 AM | Feedback (9)
It's not the Vltor stock, but honestly I couldn't tell the difference. Bushmaster lower, marked in .223/5.56, but oh well. I'll probably be ordering the upper some time next week from Ko-Tonics. Uncle, damn his black little heart, insists that I (a) go with a railed handguard and (b) get a front sight. I wanted to avoid the railed handguard because I didn't want to get caught in the trap of "Hey, this attachment would be cool. And I just happen to have a place to put it!" It's bad enough I'll...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/13/2008 12:37:20 PM | Feedback (8)
It's official. The Mrs. has been nagged into submission finally understood my desire to pick up an EBR before McHillBama gets into office and has given me the green light. I have decided on a Ko-Tonics KT68 16" inch SPR w/ Specter Tube Forend in 6.8SPC, mostly due to Sebastian and Uncle's recommendations. I was planning on going the cheap route, but even the most precursory reading told me that what I was looking at was junk and would have cost more in the long run. To this I'm adding the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/11/2008 9:31:07 PM | Feedback (8)
I admit it. I've got EBR fever. I want an AR-15 but not in .223. Either .308 or something more esoteric like the 6.8 SPC or 6.5 Grendel. However, I need to be able to buy ammo in bulk. I'm more for function over form kind of guy. If I can shoot 5" groups offhand at 100 yards, I'm more than perfectly happy with it. However, like always, I'm broke. So I was looking at kits from Model 1 Sales. Anyone have any thoughts about kits like this? I found Ko-Tonics had a lower for $150 for the 6.8, but...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/5/2008 7:34:15 PM | Feedback (5)
Small town, large arsenal Until recently, the Blue Lake Police Department had a chief, a sergeant, two officers and 27 submachine guns. ... An investigation report by the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office in Gundersen's case file includes a list of firearms reportedly taken from the Blue Lake Police Department and, law enforcement experts say, the numbers are staggering. Among the 46 weapons listed, 27 were submachine guns, according to the report. Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/5/2008 3:49:52 PM | Feedback (1)
My name is The Mad Rocket Scientist, and I carry concealed. Especially poignant given my previous article. Packing heat comes with a lot of responsibility and those who undertake it aren't your average citizen.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/26/2008 2:06:00 PM | Feedback (2)
All of a sudden, when you move to a neighborhood known for crime and realize the police aren't going to be at your house 24x7, self defense starts becoming something you think of. In light of the problems in our neighborhood, my husband brought up the subject of gun ownership. Guns make me nervous petrified, when I think about them being in our residence. When it comes to owning, operating and storage protocol, I will readily admit that I’m in the dark. I’ve never had to ponder the idea of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/21/2008 6:23:17 PM | Feedback (3)
Just LOOK at this quote from an amicus brief filed by the Montana Secretary of State, Brad Johnson, and a some Montana lawmakers A collective rights decision by the court would violate the contract by which Montana entered into statehood, called the Compact With the United States and archived at Article I of the Montana Constitution. When Montana and the United States entered into this bilateral contract in 1889, the U.S. approved the right to bear arms in the Montana Constitution,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/20/2008 7:51:37 PM | Feedback (11)
Apparently, the Ruskies keep a loaded firearm in their little spaceship. While I doubt there's much of a need for one up there, I don't begrudge them for having it. However, guns and Zero-G don't make a lot of sense for me. Here on Earth, I use the friction generated by my feet against the ground (which are held together via gravity) to stay in one place when I shoot. The amount of force pushing against my body is not enough to overcome the friction of my soles. In space, if you shot a gun,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/14/2008 1:46:49 PM | Feedback (17)
Good job Sebastian! The "bows" are an absolute stroke of genius!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/9/2008 6:06:53 PM | Feedback (0)
Because this sounds like something our resident librarian might do An alert clerk at a Wallingford UPS Store was preparing to ship the plastic-wrapped books on Jan. 31 when she noticed that one of the hardbacks rattled, according to police reports. The woman shook the book and spotted a gun part slipping through the pages. The clerk phoned police Monday, after attempting to contact the sender. Searching the books, officers found a disassembled Beretta handgun, three loaded magazines and two...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/8/2008 3:26:42 PM | Feedback (6)
I've pretty much resolved myself to a very gun-hostile government for the next 8+ years. HillBama, McRomney, it doesn't matter who takes the helm, we're all pretty much screwed. The AWB will come back, but I'm betting the scope is much greater with a lot of "no longer ownables" thrown in for good measure. For the children, of course. My poor wife doesn't get riled up like I do, and she doesn't quite get the "I want an EBR because the motherf*ckers don't want me to have one" attitude I've got....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/4/2008 3:15:07 PM | Feedback (21)
I love mine.   I am in no way a Glock fan boy. Come to think of it, I never really liked the way Glocks shot until I fired a friend's Glock 29. Now, it is my carry piece, and I'm glad I have it. It's accurate, solid, and the 10mm platform is a hoot to shoot as well. Like the old saying goes - 10mm. All of the fun of 20mm with half the recoil
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/29/2008 2:19:41 PM | Feedback (5)
We find the defendant guilty of failure to utilize the appropriate caliber. The charges against Taylor were considered to be serious. He is a retired Special Forces Weapons Sergeant with extensive combat experience during the wars in Korea and Vietnam. "Charges were brought against him under the premise that he should have saved the county and taxpayers the expense of a trial," said Chapter XXXIII President Bill Long of Asheville. "He could have used a .45 or .38. The .22 just wasn’t big...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/24/2008 9:49:01 AM | Feedback (2)
Squeaky hears gunshots It’s amazing, the sort of safety (real or imagined) that you feel when you know that it would take you approximately 10 seconds to obtain and aim your weapon, should someone succeed in getting past the 3 locks on the door. She's actually in a better situation than I am most of the time. With children, one has to balance their continual safety with the threat. It's not every day someone tries to break into our house, but every day the girls are running around, getting...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2008 10:55:53 AM | Feedback (1)
Armed Canadian shows us what happens when "common-sense gun control laws" are put into place. When you're done chuckling at the whole thing, sit back and let it sink in that, had he not done this, he'd be a felon.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/16/2008 8:04:58 AM | Feedback (2)
If she sees this I don't think I'd be able to withstand the whining if I didn't buy it for her.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/31/2007 2:17:14 PM | Feedback (3)
I like this turn of phrase A gun is a joy of engineering.  It is a nifty machine that throws a rock in a straight line.  It is classically civilized. It's an interesting (albeit a bit morbid) article that talks about the difference between knife and gun fights. It's actually a good read to understand why personally I think crimes committed with a knife are worse than those with a firearm. With the knife, it's personal.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/19/2007 7:50:52 AM | Feedback (1)
That someone being Greg. Here is my .22lr rifle that I own, brand new. I've had it for so long and it's some company I had never heard of, so I assumed they were defunct. It's good to know I can get some more magazines for it. I wonder how much for a new stock since mine is scratched up?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/17/2007 8:50:33 AM | Feedback (4)
Remember the "gun buy back" I talked about? Seems like out of the 270 million firearms in the US, they got 20. What a great way to spend $1000 of taxpayers' money! Especially when you read things like this "It is silly for us to think that the bad guys are going to bring their guns in,” said Jay Frank with the Sarasota Police Department. “We know that that they are not going to do that." [emphasis mine] And yet you hold these "symbolic" gestures that cost us money and quite often destroy...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/17/2007 8:40:55 AM | Feedback (1)
So, the oldest walked in when I just happened to see this And of course instantly claims she wants it. Great, my daughter will probably get an AR before I do...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/15/2007 10:48:15 AM | Feedback (6)
In a town, not too far away, some idiot has decided to host a "gun buyback". Buyback? Did the city actually own the gun in the first place? How can you buy something back that was never yours? The rules as I see them are Up to $250.00 in cash will be paid for handguns, long guns and assault rifles. The guns must be in working condition and unloaded. Anyway, I'm thinking I could turn in Sasha. I only paid $80 for her, plus $50 for a new stock, but for $250 I could pick up a nice, used rifle at...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/14/2007 2:18:04 PM | Feedback (5)
Anwyn writes Gun Advice Question, and sorry for the somewhat off-topic: I really like shooting the Ruger 22-45. But I'm guessing the 22 isn't really a good handgun to keep in your closet to use on intruders, eh? A 22 only slows bad guys down, is the general wisdom? So assuming that's true, what do you get for a bigger handgun that will stop an advancing thug but that is user-friendly without a ridiculous amount of recoil? Recoil is the main reason I don't just plan to buy a Glock 9mm, although...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/12/2007 2:25:38 PM | Feedback (7)
Jeanne Assam is a hero. There is nothing I can laud upon this woman that makes what she did any greater of a feat. But I don't want to focus on her right now, I want to focus on this (from the Smallest Minority) If what I heard on the radio this afternoon is correct, there were three armed security people at the church in Colorado Springs. Only one willingly engaged the shooter, calmly walking towards him, firing the entire time. Jeanne Assam fired approximately twelve rounds, and took down...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/11/2007 11:35:45 AM | Feedback (4)
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Second Amendment Challenge to D.C. Gun Ban Washington, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear the case of Heller v. District of Columbia, and decide whether the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the right to own guns.  At issue is a 31-year-old Washington, D.C. law banning handguns and requiring that all shotguns and rifles be kept unloaded and either trigger-locked or disassembled at all times.  There is no exception for...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/20/2007 1:32:38 PM | Feedback (0)
I've said this before, but I'm going to say it again because it bears repeating. Thanks to Greg, my blood pressure has permanently gone up by quite a few points. Greg lent me his copy of Florida Firearms Law, Use & Ownership by Jon H. Gutmacher and I've almost finished it, but I've learned that if you want good law made, never leave it to the legislature. I am a programmer. I understand how to push buttons on a keyboard that will tell the computer to do what I want it to do. It is a major...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/19/2007 7:54:17 AM | Feedback (3)
Holy shit, batman. The BATF is nothing more than a clusterfuck of power hungry dipshits who's only purpose in life is to make it damn near impossible to not be a criminal. I mean, if I want to build a silencer, I need to get permission. Then anal probed, fingerprinted (again, like they don't have my $#*& fingerprints at least twice already. Talk about "efficiency"), raked over the coals by the local constable, re-probed, and possibly fingerprinted for a fourth time, just because. Then I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/14/2007 7:39:00 PM | Feedback (5)
In a month, they may be standing by your side defending our rights. I am glad to be a small part of this story. Greg & I went to the range for the first time together with his wife and a friend who is a teacher and had never shot before. Now look at this email to Greg from her: "Thought you might find this interesting... there is a student who wants to do her senior project on gun safety... she wants to do a video of herself demonstrating proper procedures... she has her father's...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/22/2007 10:32:51 AM | Feedback (0)
Just doing my part to keep America the most armed country in the world. Meet my new friend, Ugly Betty Betty is a Mossberg 500A 12-gauge shotgun. I bought her used, so there's a few small scratches here and there, but let me tell you, she's damned effective I'm not going to lie to you. The last shotgun I fired years ago was a 20 gauge. I forgot how much kick a 12 gauge has. My shoulder was already sore from shooing Sasha the other day, but 5 shells was all I could do to test her out. And...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/20/2007 1:39:02 PM | Feedback (15)
I've tried desperately to get my picture on People of the Gun but apparently either my emails aren't getting through or I pissed of the right person at the wrong time. I HAZ GUNZ AND LIKES TO SHOW DEM OFF
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/7/2007 2:10:32 PM | Feedback (6)
Being a Person of the Gun, I take pride in my armament. I was getting all my gear together for a photo op so I could have my picture on the PotG web site and decided to get the whole group together for a photo. (click for full size) Top is Sasha, my Mosin Nagant M44. Middle Left is the Dan Wesson .357 Magnum, to its right is the Ruger Mark III 22/45. Lower left, Glock 29 and the odd looking rifle is an Assault .22. That flash suppressor is deadly, I tell you and that black paint job helps when...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/27/2007 7:44:34 AM | Feedback (6)
Next week my mother goes in for her surgery, so I'm flying up to Atlanta to take care of her for a week. Of course, my Glock 29 is going with me, and I'm even thinking about taking the Ruger for a little plinking. There's a range not too far from my mom's house, and since my aunt is going to be there as well, I'll have the opportunity to get out a bit. My mother even asked me to shoot her snub-nosed Rossi 38 special. Eeek. I hate that gun. It's like a Jack Russell terrier on crack. My mother,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/24/2007 9:32:26 AM | Feedback (6)
You can never have enough Gun Bloggers, so say welcome to The Gun Shots. We now return you to your complete lack of blogging already in progress.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/17/2007 12:59:27 PM | Feedback (0)
If I were to actually make this shirt and wear it. Seriously though, I wonder if this would even be legal?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/14/2007 1:24:27 PM | Feedback (8)
A thought occurred to me the other day when poking fun at the "enlightened" who think that one day, man will be a peaceful being and that there will be no more need for weapons. I don't know exactly where this goes, but indulge me for a moment. In a totally peaceful world, what would be the harm if every single person carried a gun? If they're peaceful, there would never be a use of the weapon. It would be for all intents and purposes like jewelry, non-utilitarian and for decoration. But a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/10/2007 12:45:24 PM | Feedback (9)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/29/2007 9:50:13 AM | Feedback (0)
They're not that scary, are they? Awhile back, I made a list of things I want to do that I have never done. On this list, I included “shoot a gun.” This weekend, I did it. The reasons I wanted to shoot a gun included: I had never done it before, I wanted to see what the big deal was, I wanted to do something that was scary/tough, I like Charlie’s Angels, I wanted to be able to judge action adventure movies better, I wanted a new experience, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about issues like gun...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/27/2007 1:52:31 PM | Feedback (5)
Or, to shoot things that could be used to kill people Sniper ONE Shot - video powered by Metacafe Nice shot indeed.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/20/2007 4:05:08 PM | Feedback (2)
This cop doesn't agree Having been a police officer for 20 years, I give all due credit to the first responders. You must be reminded, however, that paramedics, firemen and law enforcement cannot immediately resolve your emergency or protect you from a violent criminal because it takes time to proceed from Point A to Point B, even when the 911 caller provided crystal clear directions, which seldom occurs. There has been some talk among the wizards on TV in regards to "improved procedures."...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/16/2007 8:56:54 PM | Feedback (1)
August 28th, the Brady Bunch is calling for protests nationwide On August 28, activists in cities across America will hold a national day of protest to focus attention on the scourge of illegal gun trafficking. The interesting thing is that they will be doing this by not protesting around those who actually do the illegal trafficking, but by harassing law abiding, legal businesses. Because in the anti-gun world, nothing is harder than actually trying to focus on the real problem. Anyway, David...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/16/2007 11:07:35 AM | Feedback (2)
Went to the range last night with Greg. Had a damned good time shooting .22, 10mm, 7.62x54R, and 7.62x39. The SKS is fun to shoot as the 7.62x39 is nowhere near as punishing as the 7.62x54R. However, before I hit the range, I needed some more .22LR. Since I seem to go through a brick of it in less than 3 weeks. The guy at Wal-Mart had to ask if he heard me right. Yes, I wanted 5 550 round boxes. If it wouldn't have pissed off the Mrs., I would have cleaned them out of the 20 boxes that were...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/16/2007 9:59:43 AM | Feedback (7)
So, today I'm sporting a rather lovely burn above my right eyebrow from an errant .22 case over the weekend. It's real noticeable and I've been asked repeatedly about it. So I tell people the truth, that it happened at a gun range while shooting a pistol. However, I don't stop there. I go on to show them the 2 other burns on my arm, the hole in my left hand where the action caught me, and if appropriate, I peel back my shirt off my shoulder to show the bruising left by firing Sasha. I also tell...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/13/2007 1:53:49 PM | Feedback (0)
That's how far the bullet will travel. I think I have a slight case of turgidity. Thanks Sebastian!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/9/2007 11:03:19 AM | Feedback (0)
So, I've learned that I can't hit the broad side of a barn with Sasha if said barn is 100 yards out. 50 yards is no problem, and at 25 I'm actually semi-accurate. So, I need to put a scope on her. M44's don't really have a place for a scope so there are two options. One is to buy something like the B-Squared kit that requires a lot of tapping and drilling as well as a new bolt handle that bends out of the way. Not my favorite choice, but it does allow you to use copes that don't require long...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/9/2007 10:34:07 AM | Feedback (4)
Liberal writer goes to gun club. Assumes that people who would join a gun club are "must be some kind of militant, gun-toting, camoflauge-wearing guy resembling the offspring of Ted Nugent and G.I. Joe". Not so, it would appear. ...Not a single gun club member looked anything like G.I. Joe or Ted Nugent. In fact, most of the members I met on that second visit were children, and well-behaved children no less. I was amazed at how seriously the kids took the competition. They were careful with...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/31/2007 8:06:04 AM | Feedback (3)
He's got a stick, and he's going to use it! If I were given only one thing to change about our government, it would be that everything that doesn't involve national security to require complete and unfettered transparency. All records should be open to the public. All of them. Every invoice, every bill paid, every bid for a contract, salaries (although I could see generalizing that), everything. A government that fears transparency has something to hide. Kudos to David for not letting the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/26/2007 12:31:38 PM | Feedback (4)
Would you deny this man the ability to protect himself? Jim: "When I was diagnosed with cancer I found myself and my family in need of protection. I was too old to fight, too sick to run and since cancer took my vocal cords, I couldn't yell for help. I purchased my first-ever firearm." You see, his handgun gives him a fighting chance against criminals. He can't run, but he can hold a handgun and apply 3 to 5 pounds of pressure. He will probably never need it. But it affords him true security...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/24/2007 3:30:06 PM | Feedback (0)
I've lucked out and managed to get a meeting with the manager at gun store & range to go over the possibility of me redesigning their web site. It's not a big site, and I'm sure that redesigning it won't be very time consuming for me since it is something I do for a living, but the payment is going to be in firearms (not directly, see below) so I can't complain. The law states that they cannot barter weapons, and I'm cool with that. So, depending on what they need, we'll work out a deal...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/24/2007 1:19:25 PM | Feedback (1)
“When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away.” Emphasis mine. From Pro-Gun Progressive and you should read the rest.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/20/2007 8:21:22 AM | Feedback (0)
So, here's the Ruger after range time (and before breaking it) and the associated hemoglobin spots. By the way, did you know that Hoppe's #9 doesn't remove blood very well?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/7/2007 10:07:15 AM | Feedback (4)
I'm not enjoying my new, $500 paperweight. I picked up the Ruger Mark III 22/45 Hunter last night. The very first thing I did was slice my finger open on the bolt and bled all over the damned thing before I had put a single round through it (I have pictures for later). I purchased some high falutin' CCI ammo from the store, but it wouldn't feed worth shit. I'd say 1/3 of the ammo crumpled on the feed ramp and half of the others wouldn't even eject. When they did fire, I was literally hitting 1...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/6/2007 10:05:21 AM | Feedback (7)
This will be mine by the end of the day. It's a Ruger 22/45 22LR pistol with 6 3/4" fluted bull barrel and Hi-Viz sights. The sight is simply amazing - it's a fiber optic that gathers light and shines almost like a red dot. I want a plinking pistol that I can practice on for hours at a time for cheap. I also want something the Mrs. can fire without flinching that will also help her start shooting better - something I honestly believe would make her want to go shooting with me more. The...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/5/2007 8:34:54 AM | Feedback (4)
If they're so inclined and want one, this absolutely rocks It's a single shot, bolt action .22 from Crickett Rifle. And it's PINK! How cute would that be to have my daughter at the range, plinking away with a pink rifle? Heck, I'd even pay extra to get Hello Kitty engraved on the butt stock.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/28/2007 3:37:49 PM | Feedback (3)
Gun Owners Against Violence. Consider me one. I'm totally against violence if it can be avoided. Guns do not equal violence, and it's good to see a site that is going to make that point. Please give a visit. Hat Tip Armed and Safe
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/28/2007 2:48:39 PM | Feedback (3)
And then some. Short story. A lady in California goes into a gun shop because her ex boyfriend is hassling her and she's afraid for her life. She tells the clerk “I can't believe I'm here. I've been against guns and violence my whole life.” She's then told how long it takes and all the hoops she has to jump through to purchase a firearm “Ten days?” she cries. “First you have to take a test, here in the store, a written test. They'll give you a booklet to study from. Then you get a certificate...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/27/2007 5:12:02 PM | Feedback (3)
Knowing that these pictures of your 5 year old little girl helping you clean your Mosin Nagant M44 is going to cause several members of the Million Mom March to suddenly moisturize their Depends. Update: The bolt has been removed from the rifle, rendering it useless and impossible to fire. Hence why the muzzle placement isn't a major concern. However, Rule #2 is still important to remember (Never aim the muzzle at anything you are not willing to destroy). *Sigh* I'm just sad she's too small...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/20/2007 10:34:20 AM | Feedback (10)
One can never have too many guns, in my opinion. However, one must balance needs versus wants. I'm not at that point yet, so I'm just compiling a list of firearms that I want. I need to put them in order and I'd like a little help in determining brands if anyone has any advice. Used is probably what I'd look at to save some dough. The .22 pistol - I'm thinking about getting a nice .22 with a red-dot sight for accuracy shooting. With the ,257 Magnum, 10mm, or the 7.62x54r, all I care about is...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/18/2007 9:08:44 AM | Feedback (7)
I meant to link to this video a few days ago, but like everything else in my life I forgot about it. Oleg Volk takes Jennifer out for her first time ever shooting Now, this video makes me sad in a way. Actually two. One, I don't own enough guns. Two, the guns that I do have are not suitable for introducing someone to firearms. Jennifer here starts off on a .22 pistol. I have a .22 rifle, and that's a nice start, but I have nothing in a handgun caliber that is isn't guaranteed to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/13/2007 12:46:48 PM | Feedback (1)
So, last night I had bath duty for the two girls. Usually the Mrs. and I swap days so that the other can get 25 minutes of time away. Normally I bring a book with me. The girls are old enough to play without drowning each other, so our presence is just in case of "soap in eyes" or a "sharing incident". However, last night I had no book. So I cleaned my rifle. The best part was Georgia commenting on how she liked the new synthetic stock and asking me what the bolt was and how it worked. She even...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/13/2007 12:05:29 PM | Feedback (0)
No, not Paris Hilton getting dragged back to the clink (although that did give me a warm and tingly sensation for quite some time). The Brady Bunch isn't doing as well financially. The Bitch Girls give us this So we can see that the two major divisions of the Brady Bunch did see a combined loss of $2,310,000 in revenue from 2004 to 2005.  With losses like the passage of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act that took several of their big legal challenges off the table, it’s not a shock...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/10/2007 8:56:14 PM | Feedback (1)
From Joe Huffman's blog Henderson's second insight was that despite the right belonging to "the people" in the amendment, it actually belonged only to the militia as an organized military force. To believe this, you have to believe that the United States is the only nation on Earth that felt a need to guarantee its government, in writing, the right to have an army -- which is possible, I suppose, if Jefferson foresaw the attitude of the modern Democrat party towards the military. The Second...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/5/2007 10:01:26 AM | Feedback (5)
Well, today I went out for dinner and when I came home, lo and behold there was a package waiting for me on my doorstep. I think the UPS guy kicked over a plant on his way out for making him lug this package to my house. After peeling off 40 layers of cardboard and several nautical miles of packing tape, I was graced with this kick ass wood crate. Inside, there were 800 7.62x54r* rounds just dying to meet me. And I was dying to meet them too! I broke the seal and checked out the contents. To...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/1/2007 10:04:15 PM | Feedback (7)
Sebastian tells his journey into Gun Nut territory. Here's my tale. If you've been a reader of SaaM for any time, you'll notice that I rarely talked about guns even a year ago. What happened? Well, unlike Sebastian I grew up around guns. My father always had one in his nightstand. My cousins hunted and sometimes I'd go with them. When I got a bit older, my dad would take me to the range with him on a regular basis. So, growing up, guns didn't hold any magical properties to me. They were just...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/1/2007 10:48:28 AM | Feedback (8)
Using state-of-the-art forensic technology (i.e. the "Next Frame" button), I got some screen grabs of the fireballs from last Monday's shoot. These are the best ones.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/30/2007 10:03:26 PM | Feedback (2)
Yeah, yeah, yeah - It's becoming all Sasha, all the time here at SaaM. But I can't help it. I purchased an ATI Monte Carlo synthetic stock since the wood on the M44 was a bit on the rough side. Here she is all decked out in her new outfit I showed the Mrs. my handy work last night, and God bless her, she said "I much prefer the wood". I do too. But the wood needs some work. It's in rough condition, and I'm not a great wood-smith. I'm not sure it it's even repairable. What I really want is a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/30/2007 10:10:27 AM | Feedback (0)
In my post regarding the purchase of my M44, commenter DC decries the only thing guns are good for, is putting holes in things ( and people ) In reply, I said: Actually, that's one thing they do. They're also good for the enjoyment people get out of target practice. They provide a good hobby for some of us reloaders to try to get the best ammunition possible. They provide an equalizing force for people like my 98 pound mother who can take on a 300 pound linebacker. They provide an extra bit...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/30/2007 9:59:21 AM | Feedback (4)
For $80, I couldn't pass her up. She's a bit rough in the wood, but everything else is in damn good shape. Spent an hour cleaning the cosmoline our of her this evening and even had Georgia help me a little. Won't be able to get to the range until some time next week. My shoulder is happy about that, but I'm not ;) More later.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/25/2007 10:22:43 PM | Feedback (25)
Last night I got the sheer pleasure of meeting Greg from West, By God along with his wife and a friend of theirs. This is the first blogger I've ever met face to face so that was kind of an event. We met at Shoot Straight for a night of poking holes in paper and making Sarah Brady soil her Depends. Since I had to deal with the little ones last night, we couldn't get there until 7:45 PM and they closed at 9. Unfortunately, the rifle range was full so we shot pistols. Greg liked the 10mm, but...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/25/2007 9:47:38 AM | Feedback (2)
Say hello to my friends. All 100 of them. Click for full size
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/24/2007 8:56:53 AM | Feedback (1)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/16/2007 9:58:15 PM | Feedback (5)
Dear Gun-Grabbers, I am not you. When discussing firearms and gun control with me, it would be in your best interest to remember that small detail. What you would do in a certain situation is not necessarily what others would. If you carried a weapon and someone scared you by shouting "Boo!", you might turn and shoot them, but I would not. For I am not you. If someone takes your parking space, that might be all the justification you need to commit murder, but not me. For I am not you. You might...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/8/2007 3:30:54 PM | Feedback (1)
Help me. Please. I readily admit that I am a handgun guy. I've shot rifles and shotguns, but I always came back to my handheld machines of death. The only rifle I own is a .22lr that I could poke out the eye of a crow from 100 yards with and when he turned around to try to see what happened, I could shoot the other one out. But other than that, I am rifleless. And that absolutely needs to change. I love these But honestly, when it comes time for the poop to hit the air spinner, I'd like to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/7/2007 1:35:55 PM | Feedback (49)
What the hell is this thing? I can't even come up with something snarky it's so friggin' weird looking.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/1/2007 10:17:04 AM | Feedback (3)
Over at the HuffPo, some dimwit broad tries to argue for gun control. Carnaby simply eviscerates her 'logic'. Go over and read his post, then come back. I'll wait. Anyway, this moronic bint gets 99.9% of her facts completely and totally wrong. Eddie Eagle does not teach kids to shoot guns - he teaches them to avoid a gun if they find one and to tell an adult. She lies about the federal government's role in the VT shooting - She has BSD and pins it on a single man (Bush), but technically she's...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/1/2007 9:54:37 AM | Feedback (0)
My father-in-law runs his own printing business, so I'm having him print out a ton of targets for me. I like shooting a single magazine then replacing the target. Since I'm a cheap bastard, I usually reuse for at least two magazines. However, since I can get these cheap (so far he keeps saying he wont charge me, but when I order them by the 1000 I'm hoping he'll change his mind) I should be able to use them the way I like them. Here's my design - The big circle is 10" and the smaller ones are...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/29/2007 5:29:30 PM | Feedback (3)
Well, the Mrs. was supposed to go the range with me today, however due to this and that, we had to reschedule for this Friday afternoon. I loaded some Hornady XTP 155 gr. with 10.4 gr. of TiteGroup which I didn't think I liked. After today, that has changed. It's definitely got a snappier feel than the Longshot, but the 10.4 grain loads just seemed to fit in my hand. I also took some advice from some of my commenters and dry fired like hell throughout the week. Turns out, there's nothing wrong...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/28/2007 3:13:03 PM | Feedback (6)
Loaded the first .357 Magnum round (just a dummy round - no powder or primer) tonight and thought it'd be a fantastic time for a little Gun Pr0n! Click for fullsize. Amazing how massive this firearm is and just how much fun it is to shoot.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/24/2007 10:02:18 PM | Feedback (0)
This is a riot. Senator Carolyn McCarthy wants to ban guns with barrel shrouds. The problem is, the stupid twit doesn't even know what a shroud is. In her little incompetent world, I assume she'd outlaw these things too. I mean seriously, we can't have protective covers to keep from burning our hands now, can we Carolyn?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/20/2007 12:36:10 PM | Feedback (0)
We license people to drive, right? Why not to own guns? According to Law Dog, that's not a bad idea!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/18/2007 1:28:39 PM | Feedback (0)
The fact that he didn't immediately receive several dozen extra holes in his body might explain why I no longer go to this 'range' From TBO TAMPA - A 10-hour hostage situation at a shooting range came to an end about 3 a.m. when Jeffrey Lane Dudney, 42, killed himself. Dale Mabry Highway, which was closed during the tense standoff, is open for the morning commute. ... Gee said that there were three customers and two employees taken hostage. Two others in the store were able to flee before...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/13/2007 8:32:30 AM | Feedback (4)
But I'm going to continue to beat this horse, no matter how dead it is, because there are too many people out there that simply can't get this through their thick heads. This is from Philidelphia's Chief of Police in an editorial from the Philadelpha Inquirerer We have to stop pointing the finger everywhere but at the very people who prey on us each day. Over time we have allowed our value system to erode. We refuse to hold people accountable for their actions and constantly make excuses for...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/12/2007 10:44:50 AM | Feedback (1)
Gah. An unnamed, opinion piece in the St. Petersburg Times get's my blood boiling. But what do you expect from a leftist rag like that? Onto the fisk NRA power play stomps on safety Ahh yes, the whole "The NRA = All Gun Owners" lie. I own several death-toys firearms and am not an NRA member. Strike one. Who says the Florida Legislature doesn't look out for the working stiff? A bill (SB 2356) that so far is breezing through the Senate would stop employers from banning guns in their parking...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/2/2007 2:13:37 PM | Feedback (3)
Jim Zumbo not only learned from his mistake, he's actively working to correct it! March 28, 2007An Open Letter to theUnited States Senate Dear Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen: It recently came to my attention that one of your colleagues, Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, has chosen to attack firearms owners using remarks I wrote in mid-February as his launch pad. As you probably know, Sen. Levin has been making anti-gun speeches every week for the past eight years because of a promise he made to the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/30/2007 11:30:24 AM | Feedback (3)
I have always said that civilized people are not incapable of violence but rather choose reasoning when possible. A civilized person will recognize when civility and reason no longer work and use force, overwhelming at that, to ensure his or her safety is paramount. Marko, though, 'splains it much better than I.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/24/2007 9:03:30 AM | Feedback (3)
It's a bad time to be a whiney, gun-grabbing, Brady Campaign weasel, isn't it? Paul Helmke calls a ruling he doesn't like 'Judicial Activism'. Paul Helmke must live a very, very sad and confused life. *from comment #34
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/15/2007 2:54:12 PM | Feedback (1)
I figure the 2 pounds of gunpowder in my car at this very instant should be enough to take out the drive through windows at the local drycleaners. Isn't that nutty? 1/10 the amount that idiots thought would take out an entire retirement villa and I'm driving around like the stuff is less dangerous than gasoline or something. I might even shake the containers ever so slightly! You know, just to piss off Atropos. Don't even get me started on the thousands of explosive primers in the same bag.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/5/2007 1:09:44 PM | Feedback (1)
I'm only linking this out of sheer jealousy. It's not fair I can't wake up the dead with a single pull of the trigger.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/3/2007 12:05:22 PM | Feedback (0)
Gad, this article makes me sick Stockpiled inside, authorities say, were 60 rifles, multiple handguns, a million rounds of ammunition and 20 pounds of gunpowder -- enough to level several houses in the quiet neighborhood. An eight-foot deep tunnel led 30 feet from the middle of the garage -- where canned and dried food was also stored -- to a spot beneath the main house. OMG!!!! IT'S LIKE A NUCULAR BOMB OR SOMETHING!!!!! Criminy, 20 pounds of gunpowder isn't going to level anything but a room...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/3/2007 11:36:03 AM | Feedback (4)
 Call this   a clip. It's not. It's a magazine. This is a clip However, the term has been so misused that the connotation is becoming interchangeable with the denotation. Me? I use the term correctly but I don't bristle when someone says clip. Plenty of other gunnies' hair stands on end, though, when you confuse the two.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/2/2007 11:19:30 AM | Feedback (2)
What many in the anti-gun movement are trying to do is to get one to believe that if you put racing stripes and decals on your dad’s Oldsmobile you can take it out to the NASCAR track and compete equally. Rick Schwartz, discussing how most 'assault rifles' are simply cosmetic in nature. Read the whole comment, it's very enlightening.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/26/2007 2:44:55 PM | Feedback (0)
If you want to see why Zumbo and his fellow quislings are fucking idiots, look no closer than the comment left by John here. I have followed Zumbo carrier for many years and there is not one of you that deserves to lick this mans boots. He is allowed to have his opinion if you and I agree with it or not. How many of you are the idiots that hunt Northern Wisconsin fire 50 to 70 shots between 6 guys and never get the deer let alone see my 13 year old son laying on the ground because he thought...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/24/2007 10:06:48 PM | Feedback (3)
From a USA today article discussing the need for the Police to buy more military style weapons WASHINGTON — Law enforcement agencies across the country have been upgrading their firepower to deal with what they say is the increasing presence of high-powered weapons on the streets. Scott Knight, chairman of the Firearms Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, says an informal survey of about 20 departments revealed that since 2004 all of the agencies have either added...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/20/2007 11:47:50 AM | Feedback (9)
Dear Glock, I recently purchased a 10mm Glock 29 and I am sad to say that your reputation for producing "quality firearms" is undeserved. Since my purchase, your firearm has completely failed to live up to its promise. I have been told time and time again that easy access to firearms is the number one cause of violent crime in today's society. Well, being a concealed weapons permit holder, your so called 'gun' is always within reach and to this day, I've yet to shoot anyone over a parking...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/19/2007 3:04:34 PM | Feedback (4)
As I write this, I'm opening boxes of Post-It Notes in the main store in southeastern Wyoming with Freddie Svenson, Dayshift Manager for 3M, Grant Vennison, who is senior research engineer for 3M, and several other stock boys. We're testing Freddie's keys to his 1978 Pacer on several boxes of the new, hot-pink Post-It Notes. I must be living in a vacuum. Grant tells me that the use of 'box cutters' have a rapidly growing following among stockmen, especially office supply workers. I had no...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/19/2007 8:56:42 AM | Feedback (27)
The tragedy in Trolley Square Mall, Utah should be a clear wake up call to all anti-gunners out there. How many law abiding citizens followed this sign's instructions? One guy didn't*, and he helped pin down the killer. If more people were armed, the return fire could have reduced the damage that kid did. Hat Tip - The War on Guns *Yes, the guy was an off duty cop, but that doesn't change the fact that he was armed with a concealed weapon. Just as the cop is a law abiding citizen, so are most...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/16/2007 10:35:42 AM | Feedback (0)
Since I honestly believe that the 2nd Amendment protects all the others, any politician who does not respect the Right to Keep and Bear Arms by default does not support the rest of the constitution. John explains in detail why Rudy is not fit to hold the office of President. A choice quote: The Second Amendment isn’t about guns or hunting anymore than the First Amendment is about typewriters Hat Tip Alphecca
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/16/2007 8:34:08 AM | Feedback (8)
How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of. — Representative Suzanna Gratia Hupp (TX)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/16/2007 8:24:47 AM | Feedback (1)
From West Central Tribune Kenneth Englund, 74, was armed with a shotgun on Oct. 15 when he confronted Christian Harris Smith and a woman at a vacant farm near Englund's home as Smith was taking gasoline from a vehicle. Englund chased down the thieves and called the police. Smith was captured and admitted to guilt in court. Sounds like a pretty cut and dried case, right? Think again. From the first paragraph: A retired farmer who was charged with felony assault for wielding a shotgun near a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/16/2007 8:18:30 AM | Feedback (2)
You cannot arm slaves and expect them to remain slaves, nor can you disarm a free people and expect them to remain free. Don Cline - USCCA Member
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/7/2007 1:52:39 PM | Feedback (0)
Two things, both from David C over at War On Guns. First, this little doozy from the NY slimes U.S. Set to Begin a Vast Expansion of DNA Sampling The Justice Department is completing rules to allow the collection of DNA from most people arrested or detained by federal authorities, a vast expansion of DNA gathering that will include hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, by far the largest group affected. The new forensic DNA sampling was authorized by Congress in a little-noticed...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/5/2007 7:00:34 PM | Feedback (3)
Many, many times. Before Adolph Hitler came to power, there was a black market in firearms, but the German people had been so conditioned to be law abiding, that they would never consider buying an unregistered gun. The German people really believed that only hoodlums own such guns. What fools we were. It truly frightens me to see how the government, media, and some police groups in America are pushing for the same mindset. In my opinion, the people of America had better start asking and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/1/2007 1:46:49 PM | Feedback (2)
Why is it that you always see stories like this? The Mecklenburg County District Attorney will now decide if a McDonald's employee will face charges for shooting and killing a robbery suspect. The employee did shoot, but the robber is only suspected. Why don't they write "A McDonald's employee is suspected of shooting and killing a robbery suspect"? Why is someone walking into a store, pulling a gun and demanding money considered a suspect yet the person who shoots the criminal is practically...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/26/2007 10:54:09 PM | Feedback (2)
To be civilized is to restrain the ability to commit mayhem.To be incapable of committing mayhem is not the mark of the civilized,merely the domesticated. – Trefor Thomas From my new found friend Kevin over at The Smallest Minority This is something that I think is wrong with our society as a whole. Pacifism is a self-defeating premise. There will always be someone willing to take advantage of the weak. I'm not saying violence solves all problems and I'm definitely of the mindset that it...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/26/2007 1:51:21 PM | Feedback (0)
I hear it all the time. "If you have guns in your house you're only adding to the guns in the streets since your weapon could be stolen". This is a major argument for removing the right to bear arms in the U.S. I guess the hoplophobes are going to start requesting the FBI disarm themselves for the same reason. Seven weapons, including two submachine guns, were stolen last weekend from an FBI agent's vehicle in Southwest Washington, the agency said yesterday. Also taken were ammunition, a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2007 12:31:40 PM | Feedback (2)
Banning guns works, which is why New York, DC, Detroit & Chicago cops need guns. Washington DC's low murder rate of 69 per 100,000 is due to strict gun control, and Indianapolis' high murder rate of 9 per 100,000 is due to the lack of gun control. Statistics showing high murder rates justify gun control but statistics showing increasing murder rates after gun control are "just statistics." The Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban, both of which went into effect in 1994 are responsible...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2007 12:05:18 PM | Feedback (2)
No more Mexican carry for me! Got the C-T.A.C. in on Friday and it's a hit! Very comfortable. I'm attempting to wear it at 3:30 - 4:00 ish position if I'm going to sit anywhere, but I might try a more 'upfront' position to include crossdraw to see if it works. Not all of my clothing support it as they're getting tight as it is. When I got it, I put it on, tucked in my shirt, and had my wife try to see if she could tell where it was. She couldn't see it and she knew it was there. The funny...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/15/2007 9:42:14 PM | Feedback (2)
Just purchased a C-T.A.C. holster from Comp-Tac. I've seen one in action and it looks nice plus it has a lot of adjustability which, being new in CCW, could make the difference between buying one holster versus a dozen trying to find the right fit. Even though the Glock 29 is considered a sub-compact, it's a bit wider than many other handguns. The C-T.A.C. doesn't add hardly any thickness (in the mm range) so I've heard it made it much more comfortable. I will be in a transition period for a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2007 1:07:06 PM | Feedback (2)
Went to Knights Shooting Sports on Saturday to put a few rounds through the new Glock. The very first shot took out the X (@ 20'). The remaining 9 stayed within either the bullseye or the inner most ring. So, I'm confident I can handle the recoil of the 10 with no problem. The funny part is that since I've been practicing dry firing, there was 0 flinching for that first pull. I can't say as much about the next few ;) One thing that is really cool about the Glock 29 is that the rounds are...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/1/2007 9:50:06 AM | Feedback (0)
Apparently, the MSM's vaunted editorial checks aren't quite as vaunted as they like to pretend. Let's look at this little gem GULFPORT - Johnathan Barfield had gotten used to answering the door at his FEMA trailer with a Glock pistol in his hand. Scary gun story. But when Tiffany Talley knocked Wednesday, the gun somehow fell from his grasp and to the floor, discharging a bullet that struck the Gulfport High standout student in the face and killed her. Just to clarify something, this is a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/31/2006 4:12:02 PM | Feedback (1)
Because they're just so pretty One day I'll get a shot of the rifle too. Can't wait to take the Glock out to the range.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/28/2006 10:44:00 PM | Feedback (2)
3 days. To make sure I have enough time to cool off, in case I'm mad or something. Then, I get to pick up this My new Glock 29 10mm Auto. I originally was wanting a Sig 229 (with both .40 and .357 Sig barrels) but Sigs, as nice as they are, are pricey. I decided on the 29 because I am so used to shooting .357 magnums that I've simply grown accustomed to massive rounds. Full load 10's can snap your wrist off if you're small of frame, but at 6'3" and ...ummm 200+ pounds...or so..., that's not...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/14/2006 2:14:18 PM | Feedback (7)
I am in the process of getting my Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit. At the same time, I'm planning on purchasing a new handgun that is more suitable to concealment than my Dan Wesson .357 magnum. I'm looking at a Glock-29 (10mm) which I'm taking to the range tomorrow to ensure it's comfortable for my hands. Now, I was just talking to a coworker of mine. The guy's fairly left leaning. The subjects of guns were broached and I mentioned I was getting my permit. This, of course, was totally...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/12/2006 1:47:59 PM | Feedback (3)
From Q&O, discussing the horrible fact that concealed carry permits have lowered crime instead of turning the states that have them into Wild West 2.0 Sometimes the truth hurts, but not as much as a well-placed bullet.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/26/2006 10:24:24 AM | Feedback (5)
One caliber I've not fired before is .10mm. After last weekend at the range, I realized that while I'm no Hercules, my ability to handle larger caliber weapons far outstrips my wife's. Because the 9mm was about as much as she could handle, recoil wise, I didn't even let her fire the .40. Now, I liked the Glock 27 enough, minus the trigger, but a buddy of mine let me see his Glock 29, and it was much more comfortable in my hand, even with only a 2 finger grip. His trigger safety was a bit more...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/12/2006 12:24:35 PM | Feedback (2)
The Mrs. finally, after 7 years together, let me take her to the range. I brought a 9mm, a .22 rifle, a .357 Magnum (loaded with .38 specials), and a .40 Glock 27. I started her up with the .22 rifle. She did fantastic. 2nd shot was a bullseye, and she managed to put a rather large amount of the rounds close together. Then we switched to the 9mm. This was a little more of a challenge for her as a 9mm has slightly more kick than a .22, and being a pistol it scared her a little. But she managed...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/3/2006 2:45:27 PM | Feedback (2)
John Stossel on gun control myths Talking to prisoners about guns emphasizes a few key lessons. First, criminals don't obey the law. (That's why we call them "criminals.") Second, no law can repeal the law of supply and demand. If there's money to be made selling something, someone will sell it. {emph. mine} Gun laws have no effect on those who chose to not obey the law in the first place. Anti gun nuts just cannot seem to grasp this basic concept. Making it hard for law abiding citizens to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/19/2005 2:23:00 PM | Feedback (1)
So I was looking through my referrals, and I reread a comment I made on guns. Just not a 9mm type of guy. I want stopping power over piercing power. When I have enough cash to purchase extra handguns, yes, I would get a 9mm simply because ammo is cheap and the range calls. But for personal protection I want a round that says "Hey! Your left lung and most of your pancreas is behind you on the floor" rather than "Excuse me, just passing through". Man, I crack myself up…..
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/8/2005 2:30:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Went to the ‘local’ gun range yesterday. I say ‘local’ because even though it’s in Tampa, it’s like a zillion miles from me. Anyway, the weeks stress had really bothered me, so I figured punching holes in paper would be a good way to relieve some of it. I took both my .357 Magnum and my .22 rifle. The small holes are from the .22 at the full length of the range, the larger from the .357 at ~25’. The holes at the bottom are me shooting offhand. So, if...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/6/2005 12:26:00 PM | Feedback (0)
So yesterday, my wife calls me to tell me there’s some strange guy just waltzing around our backyard. We’re having an addition built onto our lanai, which will now become a ‘porch’, and this guy was just out early to see what he needed to do. The problem is no one ever called or knocked or anything, which reminded me that we don’t own a shotgun. Now, for me, I am comfortable with my .357 Magnum. Since I hit the range on a semi-regular basis, I can hit my...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/19/2005 11:30:00 AM | Feedback (27)
Love this picture!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/21/2005 11:29:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Why is it to gun control advocates that these phrases: "right of the people peaceably to assemble," "right of the people to be secure in their homes," "enumerations herein of certain rights shall not be construed to disparage others retained by the people," and "The powers not delegated herein are reserved to the states respectively, and to the people" all refer to individuals, but "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" refers to the state? From Evil White Guy and his 40 reasons...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/5/2005 9:20:00 PM | Feedback (4)
So here in my lovely home state of Florida, land of hurricanes, hanging chads, and feeding tubes, Jeb Bush* is preparing to sign into law a bill that allows me to protect myself if attacked. This is akin to signing in a law that allows me to shit after a good meal. Seriously. The current law states that, in the case I am attacked in public, I am to make like Brave Sir Robbin and run away. Which is a good idea if you’re Superman and can outrun a speeding bullet but a rather silly notion...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/7/2005 9:05:00 AM | Feedback (6)
Father called me today. Informed me he just got issued his Sig 226.Just rub it in why don't you? Asshole.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/14/2005 1:53:00 PM | Feedback (0)
But I want this mailbox.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/11/2005 12:34:00 PM | Feedback (2)
Seriously. I love my Wesson .357 but concealment is an issue. I'm dying for a Sig 226 / 229 but the costs just are too much right now. Come to think about it, the only thing I can afford right now would be a pistol someone lends me for a while. With ammo.Concealment isn't the only issue. We all know that guns talk to you and tell you to do evil things. My gun has stopped speaking to me since I fired some .38 specials at the range the other day. I tried to explain to him that someone had given...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/9/2005 2:22:00 PM | Feedback (7)

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