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You need this
As promised, here are my first for sale grips. Get in on a piece of history with Serial number 0000000000000000001 (I left enough 0’s just in case this takes off!). Like usual, pictures can't really do them justice as the orange color is *deep*, something you really need 2 eyes to appreciate. They are for full sized 1911s and have a tough-as-nails gunstock finish on them that will endure for years to come. Only $45 + shipping.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/26/2017 8:17:33 AM | Feedback (1)
Now that I have the bandsaw, there was little reason to not try to make some 1911 grips. The grips on both my Para and my Colt Delta Elite are wrap around plastic (the Para has a Crimson Trace), so I had to make some ‘guesses’ as to how things should work. I started off with some walnut, which I happen to have a few scale-sized blanks laying around. They ended up a bit thin as 1/4” is nominal, I ended up… under that. Still, for my very first attempt, this was a raging success! The chisel work...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/13/2016 4:18:47 PM | Feedback (17)
Only missed twice! (both glances off the frame, nothing more than cosmetic). Been sitting in my closet collecting dust for the past 2 years, I figured I’d offer it here on ze blog if anyone is interested. $50 + shipping and it’s all yours.
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Not a bad prize!
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When you’ve been immortalized in a Lego figure! Dennis from Dragon Leatherworks has made, well, I’ll let him tell you You all by now probably know that I worked on the Jurassic Park movie coming out this summer, called Jurassic World. We were asked to create a knife sheath and multitool holster for the character that Chris Pratt portrayed. Well...the LEGO figurine of the Chris Pratt character is coming out, and if you look REAL close, the multitool holster on the belt of the LEGO figure is...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/22/2015 8:05:48 PM | Feedback (2)
To celebrate 1,000,000 likes* on the Bookface thing, Shooting Illustrated is having a giveaway (*this is the minimum amount of likes a person needs to get that kidney transplant)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/2/2014 8:59:09 AM | Feedback (3)
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)
A functioning M41A Pulse Rifle. To me, that is the epitome of “kick ass movie guns” that I’d love to whip out at a gun range. Doesn’t even need to be automatic, a semi-auto version would be perfectly fine with me. The 10mm caseless exploding ammo however, is nonnegotiable.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/2/2014 10:21:31 AM | Feedback (3)
I might even take up chess again just for an excuse to have this.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/3/2014 9:27:20 AM | Feedback (4)
So much for that
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I wonder if they make a 6.8SPC version of this? Because, nifty!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/20/2014 2:49:02 PM | Feedback (3)
An interesting gift idea for the gunnie in your life.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/26/2013 9:24:13 AM | Feedback (1)
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)
Linoge had patches made for Walls of the City. And damn, do they look good! High quality too.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/23/2013 7:47:19 PM | Feedback (2)
Looking to sell my Glock 20 (as seen on TV). 2 mags, Dave Sevigny sights, Minotaur Spartan holster from Comp-Tac. Asking $625 for the set. Act now and receive a personally autographed 8x10 glossy of me.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/29/2013 11:07:39 AM | Feedback (13)
Because this is the BEST ONE EVAH
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Seriously! FREE!  What’s not to like? I mean, you just need to like their FB pages!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/20/2013 7:20:20 PM | Feedback (1)
F*** YEAH!!!!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/7/2013 9:49:37 AM | Feedback (3)
I want one of these Real operators know what the red button is for and don’t need to ask.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/20/2013 8:15:57 AM | Feedback (9)
Now you can put a cameraman down range without the actual cameraman!
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Only 1000 tickets for two shotguns. Think about it, your chances are pretty good, especially if you buy multiple tickets. And if you win, you get (according to Joe Biden) the most awesomest home defense weaponry known to man!!!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/2/2013 9:40:41 AM | Feedback (2)
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)
I got an email this morning about Glock’s new line of footwear GASTON J. GLOCK style LP LAUNCHES NEW FOOTWEAR LINE SMYRNA, GA (February 2013) - GASTON J. GLOCK style LP, the purveyors of fine quality hunting and shooting sports apparel and accessories,is pleased to announce their new footwear line is now available for purchase. Made in Germany, the footwear line is currently composed of: Safety Leather Shoes, Safety Boots and SAFARI Camouflage boots. The extremely light Safety Leather Shoes...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/26/2013 10:29:51 AM | Feedback (7)
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)
But this weekend another light in my kitchen blew out. Incandescent spots are cheap, and the light they put out is perfect. The CFL spots? Expensive and shitty light quality, plus I’ve yet to get the lifespan out of a CFL that they promise. So instead, I spent $180 and bought 6 LED lights. WOW. Not only do the casings on these things look better than the contractor grade cans we had, the light is SUPERB. The color is perfect, it’s even a little bit brighter than the 65W incandescent lights we...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/21/2013 9:24:08 AM | Feedback (11)
And now that Cheaper than Dirt sucks, others are filling the gap they’re making for themselves. Dennis from Dragon Leatherworks is now starting to sell firearms as well as GunUp is getting into the action We are now selling guns at This is in direct response to a number of notable gun stores suspending the sale of firearms. While the shooting in Connecticut was a horrific, evil act by a mentally ill person, we do not believe that retailers should be abandoning gun owners in this...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/19/2012 10:00:33 AM | Feedback (3)
I received this email recently from Vector Tactical Hello Mr. Allen, I enjoyed reading your review of our fine brass catchers. I am happy you are satisfied with them! I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for buying one, albeit a few years ago, and to inform you and hopefully any of your subscribers that Vector Tactical is fully operational! Once again we are offering our brass catchers to the public. Since I completely understand the effects of our current economy on everybody's...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/17/2012 11:31:55 AM | Feedback (1)
HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina – October 15, 2012 – When the Balloon Goes Up! (, one of the most popular firearms blogs focused on training and gear for concealed carry, pistol competition and 72 hour preparedness, has launched a new online store to further serve that market. The When the Balloon Goes Up! store is organized into Gun Gear, EDC Gear, Preparedness and Range Gear sections, features select items from manufacturers including Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Crimson...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/15/2012 7:47:19 AM | Feedback (2)
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)
Crimson Trace releases a line of affordable, infra red lasers (Wilsonville, OR) Drawing heavily on technology developed in support of America’s warfighters by its defense division, Crimson Trace is proud to introduce a line of InfraRed (IR) laser sights for the civilian market.  Observable only through night vision equipment, these laser sights offer the user the ability to mark a target invisibly, which is a boon for predator control, security personnel or anyone involved in the growing...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/18/2012 4:09:10 PM | Feedback (6)
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)
From a press release VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (August 2012) KRISS® Arms, manufacturer of the revolutionary Vector line of .45ACP pistols, carbines, short barreled rifles and sub-machine guns,  is pleased to announce their continued sponsorship of Student of the Gun for season 3. Student of the Gun is a weekly web-based program hosted by veteran instructor and shooter, Paul Markel. Every Student of the Gun episode features education and entertainment from the world of firearms. Paul Markel looks...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/3/2012 10:05:40 AM | Feedback (0)
But I want it nonetheless.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/22/2012 8:34:02 AM | Feedback (1)
I am now the proud owner of a Crimson Trace CMR-201 Rail Master™. I am an unabashed fan of Crimson Trace products and have several of their lasers on my pistols. I’ve always preferred them over other companies’ lasers because of their philosophy of ‘positive grip = laser on’. Generally, this means molding their lasers to fit on the frames of the more popular pistols or replacing their handgrips altogether. However, there are times when the infinite configurations of every pistol & rifle...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/17/2012 7:15:00 AM | Feedback (5)
Crimson Trace is releasing green lasers. I spoke with Crimson Trace back when I was at Blackwater about green lasers. From my understanding, achieving light amplification by stimulated emissions of radiation in the green spectrum was inefficient since the diode based lasers emitted a much broader spectrum which had to be filtered (and thus losing some of the energy) to get green. I am curious to know if they’ve improved diode lasers or if the loss wasn’t enough to matter.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/20/2012 3:37:59 PM | Feedback (6)
Dragon Leatherworks was commissioned to built a Goth lunchbox for one of the characters. I don’t watch TV, don’t even have cable, so I’ll have to see if Hulu will have the show on after it airs.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/28/2012 10:24:45 AM | Feedback (5)
I can think of no better advertisement for why you need one than this.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/1/2012 11:59:27 AM | Feedback (5)
JayG talks about gun safes over at Shooting Illustrated. It’s a good read. Some day, I want a real safe. Something with fire and water protection that I can store more than just guns, but important documents and backup data. Luckily for me, both I and the Mrs. are not jewelry people. My safe is the Stack On kind. It keeps 100% of kids out and since a break in probably won’t see the thief bringing in a large prybar, most criminals. Still, something nice and thick with a big ass tumble lock...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/1/2012 10:52:03 AM | Feedback (6)
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)
For Christmas, my folks got us a ‘grow your own mushrooms’ kit. I love gifts like these because they’re fun and things you’d have never thought of buying yourself. The kit is from Back to the Roots in case anyone is interested. It comes in a box with everything you need. You remove a panel off the front, make a cross cut, take the bag out and soak it for 24 hours, then put it back in the box. In a few days, you start getting edible fungus! This is day 4 of growing, although our kit took...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/1/2012 8:37:04 PM | Feedback (8)
Will It Blend? They don’t think it will Why: For years now BlendTec, makers of the ultimate blender, has been blending iPads, pens and everything imaginable up to and including Chuck Norris to prove just how tough their handy kitchen appliance is and posting the videos all over the internet. We're convinced... almost. You see, for a few years now we've been emailing, Facebook posting and offering one of our pens up for the BlendTec "Will It Blend?" challenge and so far, nothing....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/1/2012 4:05:34 PM | Feedback (1)
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)
My Apex Forward Set Sear & Trigger kit showed up yesterday in the mail. Through the magic known as ‘rote memory’ I was able to uninstall the suck stock trigger and get the FSS put in. I have lots of pictures and will be doing a step by step write up for the betterment of all the Interweb tubes later on this. Once installed, I was in gun-nerdvana. My GOD, it’s as close to a SA trigger as you could ever expect from a striker fired pistol. And, just as I remembered, it’s difficult to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/12/2012 10:38:32 AM | Feedback (19)
Here’s the thing - I love the way the Apex AEK feels in my M&P40. It’s a glass-break and the lighter spring is smooth and easy. However, I didn’t realize that what I really wanted was the Forward Set Sear and Trigger Kit. I was under the impression that the difference between the two was the physical trigger, but that’s not the case. The sear is totally different. So, what I’m thinking is that I don’t want to eat $95 and then turn around and spend another $150+. I’d be willing to sell my...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/4/2012 10:22:56 AM | Feedback (8)
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)
A muzzle brake on a can Hat Tip Ry
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/22/2011 11:55:00 AM | Feedback (6)
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)
Sadly, no you don’t, because I don’t have a hat mounted camera to let me film my shooting stages. The more I think about it, the more I think it would be a good investment to look into. However, I’m picky and a spendthrift, so I’m hoping my dear readers can assist. Needs to be high-def, at least 1024x768 at 30fps Video taken must be able to clearly see a target at 25 yards. Sound is required, but not an important part of the video. Must be able to be placed in different positions....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/7/2011 11:35:27 AM | Feedback (18)
OK, maybe not that fast The third run of Gunwalker T-Shirts is going to close on Wednesday, 19 October. I will have shirts in hand on Monday the 24th. Those of you that ordered during this run will receive your shirts by next Friday, the 28th. Those of you that ordered in the First of Second run of shirts, you have a chance to order more now. You've worn the shirt already, so you've had friends and neighbors tell you how cool it is. Forward this email to them so that they have a chance...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/18/2011 8:35:04 AM | Feedback (1)
Woot has rail mounted photon generators. Next thing you know, there will be Living Social coupons for gun rentals and ranges.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/12/2011 8:49:35 AM | Feedback (4)
Dennis of Dragon Leather Works is moving from New York to the more-free state of Tennessee The family and I (wife and kids) are moving out of New York State. Its too expensive here...taxes are onerous, and the only places where the cost of a home approaches something that could be construed as reasonably affordable are so far from the population centers that pay on  the highest scales, that you need to live 70+ miles away, and commute to the better paying jobs. Which I have done for.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/15/2011 7:41:43 PM | Feedback (9)
Zombie head bowling ball!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/8/2011 8:29:52 PM | Feedback (1)
Feel free to load my ashes up in some ammunition. Works for me.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/28/2011 8:39:32 AM | Feedback (2) I like stuff like this. You plug in what you need and it figures out what’s available for you. Hoplocate was going to be that for guns, but GunUp kind of filled that niche before I could get it off the ground.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/19/2011 2:57:35 PM | Feedback (4)
via Tam, here’s a video of the new Aimpoint PRO and some of it’s features. The fact you can just leave it on and still get 30,000 hours of battery life is very, very sweet. ~$450 with the mount ain’t too bad.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/18/2011 9:11:12 AM | Feedback (2)
New Leupold HAMR: High Accuracy Multi-Range Mark 4 Tactical Leupold's newest tactical scope, the Leupold Mark 4 HAMR (High Accuracy Multi-Range), is aimed squarely at a product category dominated by Trijicon1 . The Leupold HAMR is a compact, lightweight, fixed 4x power scope designed specifically for the AR-15 and similar 5.56mm chambered rifles. Looks like they’re definitely going toward the Trijicon users. At a MSRP of nearly $1500, can’t say as I’ll be grabbing a few to compare them...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/12/2011 9:01:25 AM | Feedback (2)
When the blogging get slow, the slow simply steal other people’s ideas   Get yours here. Since it’s Sean’s idea and he has a printer he can use, I’ve given him the image and will direct people to him as soon as I find out where ‘there’ is. Plus, he can get it cheaper and probably much better quality than what Zazzle does. Update Sean has the shirts up for sale now
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/8/2011 8:44:56 AM | Feedback (3)
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, the bag has been removed from around the cat –’s giveaway for June is a Kriss Vector CRB. I don’t see the big deal, I have one of these. Here’s a picture Now, for those of you who say “Robb, that looks more like a kitchen”, you’d be depressingly right. I wanted a Kriss… Instead I got a leak in the sink that destroyed the counter and thus had to replace the entire kitchen instead. Admittedly, I don’t need one. Tam has some good points regarding the utility of the Kriss in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/2/2011 10:50:47 AM | Feedback (9)
Because I do work for ‘em, I can’t enter* this June's contest from But let’s just say I will loathe whoever does win it, because the prize is something I have lusted after myself. When Richard says “Prepare to be impressed”, I for one will have to agree. *Technically, I’m sure I could enter, but it would look really bad if I won both for as well as me. I’d be happy though… hmmm… Nah.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/30/2011 9:52:44 PM | Feedback (1)
A while back I reviewed the Smith & Wesson M&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)
Be vewwy vewwy qwiet – Mythbusters is doing a show on suppressors on May 11th. Now, I no longer have cable, so I won’t be able to watch it, but if you’re someone wealthy enough to be able to afford the luxury known as ‘cable’, then you can watch it for me From SilencerCo’s blog That’s right. Geeking out with Jamie and Adam about silencers must be one of the coolest things we’ve done. We received the call a few months ago by MythBusters asking us if we’d be interested in flying out to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/9/2011 3:46:12 PM | Feedback (6)
Dragon Leatherworks has ‘em. So far, I’ve truly loved my Talon and when OC is legal here in it will get a LOT more use than just the Open Carry Fishing Events.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/27/2011 8:24:13 AM | Feedback (0)
And you need this book to figure out why that is! Dale Franks sits along side Milton Friedman in shaping my views of economics and my belief in the free market. For $3, it’s a great read and you should buy a copy. I did years ago and loved every word.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/10/2011 6:19:57 PM | Feedback (0)
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)
Stupid ‘budgets’ and not buying stuff on credit. If it weren’t for Ramsey, my ass would be buying a Lamborghini Countach right about now. Hat tip Traction Control who probably has a few Ma Duce’s mounted on various Lamborghinis
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/8/2011 1:11:35 PM | Feedback (7)
Sure, I don’t need a .50 GI slide for my Glock 20, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t kill for the chance to get one. Because really, it’s not like shooting 10mm isn’t recoil and cost prohibitive enough. Ain’t gonna happen with the way you stingy people have been avoiding that tip jar*, that’s for sure. *Do not, and I repeat, do not ever give me money because you like my blogging. There are others who could use your coin better than I ever could.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/8/2011 10:01:17 AM | Feedback (6)
One thing that I’ve never really had was a decent folding knife. I’ve always carried my Leatherman Pulse which had a blade on it, but that one isn’t exactly substantial nor is it the easiest thing to get to when you need it. Today, that changed with my acquisition of a 5.11 XPRT Folder   It’s a sturdy knife, to be sure. Although it’s not assisted opening, it doesn’t take much more than a gentle nudge and a flick of the wrist to get it opened. I’m not much of a knife aficionado so I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/26/2011 4:56:41 PM | Feedback (10)
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) is giving away a free Ruger SR40. That’s right, you get one of these Well, technically you could get it, but as I plan on winning it, you’re just out of luck. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try though.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/1/2011 12:44:38 PM | Feedback (4)
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)
Les Jones talks about shooting the Tactilite .50 BMG Upper. Now, interestingly, I’ve never shot a .50 in rifle. When I was in the Marines, I got to shoot a Ma Duce and the thing I remember the most about it was how the air simply changed. The concussions were one after another and breathing was… interesting. I have shot Zel Custom’s .338 Lapua and the .416 Barrett but we weren’t able to shoot the 50 because there were other people present who wanted to keep their fillings. FTC / FCC / USPS /...
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For one of these! Just drop it in my gPal accou… oh… never mind.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/28/2010 11:20:58 AM | Feedback (2)
Got this from Crimson Trace. It's good to see them branching out into other fields. CTC Defense™ is Awarded Military Contract For HK45C Laserguard® Wilsonville, OR — CTC Defense, a division of Crimson Trace Corporation, has been selected by the Crane Division of Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane) to supply the versatile LGD-645 Laserguard infrared laser sighting system for the Heckler and Koch HK45C handgun carried by members of Naval Special Warfare. This contract represents...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/12/2010 3:09:03 PM | Feedback (0)
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)
An operational M41A (the gun from Aliens) Alas, it is not for sale, and even if it were, it would have been built after 86 and thus too dangerous for a mere citizen to own.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/19/2010 2:32:07 PM | Feedback (7)
Comp-Tac has a new line of holsters out call the Minotaur. I love my C-TAC holster and am going to be in need pretty soon for a new one, and I'm looking at the Minotaur Spartan. They have a 'finished' version where the leather is all pretty, but I'm too utilitarian to really care about how an IWB holster looks, and $20 is $20. The one thing that can be a little frustrating with the CTAC is that because it's only held on by those clips, going 'potty in public' can be a little difficult...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/11/2010 10:12:11 PM | Feedback (19)
Sold as of July 11th, 2010. Thank you, Robb I love shooting the 6.8, but alas, I truly have no need for two uppers. So it is with a heavy heart that I'm offering my Ko-Tonics upper for sale.   Click to enlarge 16" Chrome lined barrel YHM Front flip up site w/gas block Compensator Flat-top receiver Bolt / Bolt Carrier Group Flip up (and usually back down after each shot) BUIS. If you're nice, I won't include it. Around 100 rounds fired...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/23/2010 9:25:08 PM | Feedback (1)
One of the Gun Blog .45's is for sale on I believe this is one used by the Crimson Trace reps. Mine is nowhere near that condition.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/22/2010 2:17:44 PM | Feedback (10)
Venturing into the annals of Chuck Norris Level Awesomeness, some company has gone and produced a handheld, blue laser that operates at a full watt. Now, you may be saying to yourself "Only a watt? So what?" but then you'd be forgetting that's twenty times the power of the previous, most powerful hand held unit. 1 watt is so powerful it can ignite human skin pretty much on contact. So, what do you get when you announce a powerful laser at only $200? That's right! Full on Type 7...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/14/2010 8:48:05 AM | Feedback (13)
I really like their ad campaigns. We're never going to get suppressors off the NFA list until we raise awareness of them and make people realize that they're not some tool only used by assassins so they can shoot people during a professional golf tournament and nobody would hear them. I wish it were cost effective to have lots of billboards, though. It'd be a great way to get the message out.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/8/2010 4:24:34 PM | Feedback (3)
Double Tapper reviews the Zahal Fab Defense KPOS Of course, the US laws would consider this a Short Barreled Rifle (from Zahal's web site) US citizens : If you own a Glock handgun, and you are about to buy this product, your handgun will become a Short-Barreled Rifle . You must register your weapon with ATF. You can download an ATF1 form here. Oh, and I always thought Double Tapper would have a strong accent, but he apparently speaks better English than I do. Go figure.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/3/2010 2:53:12 PM | Feedback (4)
Have a need for a ballistic calculator? Wanna be a beta tester for a new one? Coming soon, BallistiComp, a portable handheld ballistics computer that measures the atmospheric temperature and pressure and provides instantaneous drop and windage corrections for your load and shooting conditions. BallistiComp provides a simplified interface to the proven JBM ballistics algorithms which gives you the information you need to make the shot with confidence. … Beta testers wanted! ...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/16/2010 6:02:50 PM | Feedback (1)
When it comes to guns, I'm pretty much a utilitarian at heart. For the most part, each firearm I have purchased filled a particular need and wasn't simply a 'want'. Part of that is my nature, the other part of course is finances (I simply do not have the money to buy fancy guns for no reason). There are, of course, exceptions to this rule. Certain guns, I just want for no other reason than to have. This list includes the KRISS Super V, a 50BMG upper for my AR, and a Wildey in .475 Wildey...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/11/2010 9:02:59 AM | Feedback (1)
As reported widely on FOX NEWS, MSNBC, Washington Post and other media outlets, Governor Rick Perry of Texas utilized a Ruger LCP with the Crimson Trace Laserguard to dispatch a Coyote that was threatening him and his dog while jogging outside of Austin recently. He told AP reporters after the incident that it only took one shot from his Ruger .380 handgun equipped with the Crimson Trace Laserguard to take down the menacing coyote. Perry said the laser helped make a quick, clean kill. “It...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/30/2010 9:44:45 AM | Feedback (5)
A MagPul Angled Forward Grip (AFG), that is.   I went ahead and picked one up this weekend as the rails are pretty rough on the hands and I have a dislike of vertical grips. Figured for $35 you can't really go wrong. Interestingly, they had a rifle at the store that had one installed on it and my first impression was that I wasn't going to like it. You can see a ridge in the first two pictures midway down that is there for your fingers. I didn't like where it was because it ended up...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/12/2010 8:42:24 AM | Feedback (14)
No. No you do not. And why do you not see that man over there? Because he's wearing a Ghillie Suit. Got an email last night from a gentleman who runs the Ghillie Suit Source and, being that I'm more than happy to help spread the word for small companies who sell products I can approve of, I figured I'd give them a link. FTC Disclaimer: The Ghillie Suit Source has provided no product in exchange for this link. Because Ghillie Suits can be considered 'pants' and we can't have that around here.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/4/2010 9:40:33 AM | Feedback (10)
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)
Todd Jarrett to leave Para USA and make his own line of 1911s.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/21/2010 9:14:26 AM | Feedback (1)
Yeah, plenty of others are covering it just fine. And I can't afford anything anyway, so sour grapes and all that.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/20/2010 9:23:47 AM | Feedback (0)
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)
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)
JayG takes his newly acquired lightsabers lasers out for a spin and has an astute observation One thing that jumped out at me as I was shooting with the laser sights was that it wasn't a panacea for shooting issues. I had expected to sight the laser in on the X-ring, then be able to chew out the X with boring precision. It doesn't work that way at all - things like smooth trigger control, sight picture, etc. are still important and can still wreak havoc with your shooting even with a laser..
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/9/2009 8:17:16 AM | Feedback (6)
The Firearm Blog has a post up regarding Magpul's new Angled Forward Grip. This is something that looks very interesting to me as I've never liked vertical grips on any rifle, especially an AR pattern. If you look at the picture of me from Blackwater using the Para USA TTR, you'll notice I completely forgo the front grip and grab pretty much in the same manner (however I had to grab much closer than I prefer mostly because the forward grip was in my way). Definitely something I'd like...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/2/2009 9:37:54 AM | Feedback (8)
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.  First, big thanks to the customers that have patiently allowed us to slip on our delivery dates.  Most were amazingly gracious and told me to go ahead and let this important order go through ahead of them.   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)
But dang it if I don't lust after an MBA Gyrojet. $2,550.00 for a gun I'd never fire is pricey. Wonder if they'd take a kidney in trade.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/15/2009 10:06:52 PM | Feedback (8)
When I was at Blackwater, I spoke with Patrick from Crimson Trace regarding green lasers. He mentioned the drawbacks of them (basically you have to filter the laser, making it somewhat wasteful on energy) as well as the plusses (visibility being one of them) and said they were working on some stuff at the time. Looks like that time has come. Awesome! Unfortunately, my evil plans to procure a KRISS turned into kitchen cabinets and granite countertops, so I won't be able to pick up a Crimson...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/3/2009 7:20:10 PM | Feedback (2)
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)
Yes, you can have it in Black on White or White on Black Either way, it's probably racist.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/13/2009 11:14:46 AM | Feedback (1)
{whisper}You can win a free Suppressor from Gemtech if you're a Facebook user. Plus, as a Facebook member, you get access to my amazing high school mullet!{/whisper}
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/6/2009 12:48:33 PM | Feedback (2)
95 caliber rifle. This is the beast it shoots  - the .950 JDJ The .950 JDJ has become something of an internet legend, and is frequently cited as an example of a "ridiculously large" cartridge, thanks to its overwhelming ballistic figures. The cartridge drives its aforementioned 3,600 gr (230 g) bullet at approximately 2,200 ft/s (670 m/s). This yields a muzzle energy of 38,685 ft·lbf (52,450 J). Even the recoil junkie in me cringes at the thought of lighting one of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/30/2009 8:31:27 PM | Feedback (26)
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)
Went to Dick's this weekend to sign the youngest up for soccer. While I was there, I went by the ammo counter. Outside of the one caliber I needed (.380 Auto), the shelves were packed. This is good. The prices had gone up, which isn't as good, but that is to be expected. They didn't have any large boxes of .22 that I like (Remington Golden Bullets work the best in my .22), but they had them in other brands, so that's at least good. Dick's has decent prices on #7½ shells too if you buy them...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/31/2009 8:33:22 AM | Feedback (0)
So… anyone have any thoughts on Stoeger? I was looking at their Condor Competition Over Under for sporting clays. $600 isn't ridiculous, especially considering the costs of many other shotguns, but I know nothing of Stoeger. If I were to get an O/U, I'm not looking at getting the top of the line model. My main concern is utility. I want to pull the trigger, have it go boom, pull the trigger again, and have another boom. Anyone have any experience with Stoeger or other suggestions?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/15/2009 9:49:49 AM | Feedback (14)
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)
AA15 Lower Receiver (Stripped) $100.00. Buy 5 or more for $85 each Anvil is who engraved my AR. I wish I had known about them before I purchased my lower, I'd have saved quite a bit of money.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/5/2009 9:28:04 AM | Feedback (1)
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 Chain SAW It was designed to have the ergonomics of a chain saw, and the firepower of a SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon). It’s based on the idea that heads up displays no longer require a gun to be held up to the face for aiming. Theoretically, this type of grip could be applied to many different weapons in the future. Somewhere, Josh Sugarmann just took a harder look at his nightstand.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/15/2009 10:15:18 AM | Feedback (6)
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)
Figured I'd put my shopping list online so I can remember it easier. Hoppe's #9. Brake cleaner 10mm bore brushes .45 caliber bore brushes. cleaning patches that actually fit. I'm getting tired of trimming down what I have to fit the .22 brass catcher for the AR 6.8SPC brass Fresh batteries for the Crimson Trace grips on the Para. some sort of brushes that help get in all the nooks and crannies. The Mark III 22/45 is as bitch to clean. a better range bag. Actually,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/6/2009 12:28:42 PM | Feedback (19)
M1 - Garand or carbine? You go help, now. Me? I'd take the Garand first, then when the wife was finished with the divorce papers, the carbine.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/30/2009 11:06:27 AM | Feedback (2)
Nobody needs a fully automatic, Gatling potato gun
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/26/2009 5:14:50 PM | Feedback (4)
Cameron's house, from Ferris Bueller's  Day Off is for sale. Being that my two cats are named Bueller and Sloane, it's pretty much inevitable that I purchase it. Anyone have $2,300,000 they can spare? Hat Tip Traction Control, who probably could buy it.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/27/2009 7:10:19 AM | Feedback (8)
Because I don't want to lessen my chances of winning. Wait… Damn…
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/22/2009 9:39:41 AM | Feedback (2)
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.   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)
I could shoot in my backyard with this thing.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/21/2009 8:23:34 AM | Feedback (0)
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)
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)
Creedmoor National Match Air Rifle *Built around an Anschutz 8001 Junior barreled action; a company known throughout the world for its accuracy. *Perfectly replicates the length of pull; sight radius; height of rear sight from the comb of the stock; the distance from the butt stock to the rear sight; distance from the butt stock to the front sling swivel; magazine dimensions (Delrin); and the height of the front sight. *An actual AR15 rear sight - 1/4 min elevation and windage....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/14/2009 4:29:29 PM | Feedback (0)
Bullet shaped ice cubes The tray is even shaped like an AK magazine!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/7/2008 3:02:57 PM | Feedback (9)
I was talking to Patrick Harlan over at Crimson Trace due to a comment left here the other day from Homer And, Robb, thanks for you and the other bloggers at Summer Camp. After reading all your reports I bought a couple Crimson Trace grips, one for my 1911 and one for my student CZ75. It's taking some time to learn, but with the laser as a learning tool I'm teaching myself to get the muzzle on target right out of the holster. Now I need to get one for the USP in the shoulder rig. While I'm...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/4/2008 6:58:56 PM | Feedback (5)

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