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May 24, 2016

From the NRA floor: SilencerCo’s Maxim 9

Seen on the floor of the NRA show, it grabbed my attention because it looks like Robocop’s gun. The SilencerCo Maxim 9:


It will be an integrally suppressed 9mm handgun. And it will take Glock magazines. The concept is interesting. Here’s a pic I snapped of a diagram of the internal baffles:


It was heavy and the grip was very thick. The guy working the booth told me they’ve already gotten the weight down and thinned the grip. It has a couple of bolts on the front so that you can remove the baffles for cleaning. They anticipate it to ship by the end of the year, with a retail at about the $1,500 mark. Even if this thing winds up being vaporware, they’ll make a mint selling it as a movie prop. Speaking of, at the show, they had the Maxim 9 photoshopped into a bunch of classic movie scenes for t-shirts (Pulp Fiction, Dirty Harry and others). I decided to snag the Deadpool shirt before they got a cease and desist.

Trump’s VP pick

Our state news is all abuzz about maybe, possibly our senator Bob Corker could be the Trump VP pick. Even though there is no evidence whatsoever that is the case. Even Bob Corker has dismissed these claims. It doesn’t make sense. Why would Trump pick a rather unremarkable senator from a state that will likely go 18 to 20% for Trump anyway?

Obama: The Greatest Gun Salesman Of All Time

He may soon lose that title.

On the NRA endorsement of Trump

From John Richardson. The fact is the NRA made a very practical endorsement. Hillary is absolutely not on the side of the righteous on this issue. She’d be a disaster in court appointments alone, much less any executive powers. I can’t fault them.

But I can fault a system that yields a choice between two shitty candidates.

Like you’re not already

Hawaii may be the first state to put gun owners in a federal database:

Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.

Most people entered in the “Rap Back” database elsewhere in the U.S. are those in “positions of trust,” such as school teachers and bus drivers, said Stephen Fischer of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Hawaii could be the first state to add gun owners.

This would seem ripe for a lawsuit.

The party of smaller government

Bailing out Puerto Rico.

Gun Porn

Golden Bullseyes Winners

Japanese Type 4 Garand Photos

May 23, 2016

Catching up

Lots of NRA pics coming. But, I’ve gotta catch up with the real world first.

What caliber for Carhartt?

I wear their jackets regularly. In NY, NYPD fired 9 rounds at some nutjob. Four rounds didn’t penetrate his Carhartt jacket. And it gets kind of amusing:

The bullets we have may be defective and thats very disturbing, one source said. When we fire our weapons, we want to make damn sure that our bullets hit our target neutralizing our target.

Emphasis added for the following bit:

Four of the bullets got lodged in Conrads Carhartt jacket, sources said, adding that he was not wearing a bulletproof vest.

Another shot grazed the wrist of bystander Lauran Code, a 46-year-old lingerie designer from California.

Ok, then.

At the NRA convention

Someone asked me why the Moms Demand crowd won’t announce their protest. And I said it was because they knew we’d show up to heckle them. And the insignificant number of people that showed would be photographed by us so they couldn’t use photographic tricks to make the crowd seem large. Well, that happened.

Meanwhile, the NRA had a draw of 80,452. Within 6K of their record.

Grassroots v. astroturf.

Well, why not?

Pre-schoolers believe that white kids can grow up to be black.

You wanna bet?

Kind of a fundamental thing for me, willing to bet on stuff. Annie Duke and life lessons from poker. Would you bet on your belief?

@BFLouBaylee : lying and the memory hole

Some journalist I’ve never heard of decided to accuse the NRA of editing a video to show Hillary barking like a dog. Except that Hillary did bark like a dog. She, using all of her journalistic integrity, just deleted the tweet.


Well, OK.

Fast and furious

The scandal in Washington no one is talking about. Yeah, blogs have been talking about it for years.

Obviously, compensating for the size of his penis

Wheelchair-bound Georgia veteran shoots, kills intruder

May 21, 2016

Never thought I’d see that

Blackhawk! right next to Uncle Mike’s:


Nighthawk Custom Korth Revolvers

Or I feel bad for actually wanting a $4,800 wheelgun

Nighthawk has teamed up with Korth to make some really slick custom revolvers. I handled them at their booth at the NRA Annual Meeting. The lower end of the spectrum is the Sky Hawk, a 9mm revolver:


And here’s the Mongoose, in 357:


And here’s the sexy looking Supersport, also in 357:


Given that I shoot almost exclusively plastic handguns, I’m amazed at how a lot of these metal triggers feel. The Korths definitely had a some of the slickest triggers I’ve ever dry fired. These are very expensive handguns, for what they are. But they are nice. I also snagged a video of the Sky Hawk’s internals in operation. I’ve understood, basically, how revolvers work for a while. But to see it in action made it clear:

May 20, 2016

Got wood?

AR furniture that is. Saw these wooden furniture sets for ARs from



I kind of want to do a 20 inch barreled, longish range AR in that.

Donald Trump on gun free zones

“We’re gonna get rid them”

While standing in a gun free zone.

Quote of the day

Donald Trump on the NRA convention: There are so many rifles. So many guns. Even I get a little concerned.

Donald Trump at NRA

Says Crooked Hillary wants to eliminate the second amendment. Go vote for him. He’ll put the miners back to work.

Listing the states he won.

He sees building blowing up. He’s bringing good things back and you’re gonna be happy.

Hillary unqualified and he’s looking forward to the debates.

At the NRA convention

Chris Cox just announced the NRA’s official endorsement of Donald Trump. The collective groans around me were audible. There may have been a few “are you kidding me”s.

M&P 45

Handled one just a bit ago, life as a hand model:


It has what appears to be cocking serrations. But I don’t see how you could use them one handed given barrel length.

Photo via Tam.

IWI Galil stateside

Seen at IWI booth:


Here’s a shorty:


And one in 7.62×51:


I was unaware they were importing them.

And I noticed a lot more Tavors with AR style selector switches.

End of an era

Every time I make it to the NRA convention, I always head to the Brownells booth first thing to say hello to the nicest man in the industry, Larry Weeks. This is the first year he wasn’t there. I guess he’s really retired now instead of retired and working when he wanted to.

Cobalt Kinetics: Looks like a ray gun

A shiny AR-15 from Cobalt Kinetics, as seen on the NRA floor:


What I found interesting about first was the 57% selector switch:


Not quite certain why but it was certainly interesting. But the thing that I found most intriguing was the double forward bolt assist:


But this is no ordinary forward bolt assist. This one actually acts as a bolt release. The release is proprietary and only available on their guns. They’ve taken the most useless AR-15 part (the forward bolt assist) and made it adequately useful. It took some thumb stretching but, with some effort, I could operate it with my right hand.

May 19, 2016

On the ground in Louisville

Let the festivities commence.

May 18, 2016

George Zimmerman Sold His Gun

For $120K, reportedly.

Gone to Louisville

I’ll be heading to Louisville, KY for the NRA Annual Meeting. So, as often happens at these things, blogging may be light. Or there may be a ton of it. I’ll get there tomorrow. If you’re there, look me up. And, other than a Thursday night thing, I’ve made no real plans for Friday or Saturday. Let me know if you have recommendations.

Remember, I do this to entertain me, not you.

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