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Trump, Enemies, Headlines, New Products

February 2, 2018 Newsletter by Jeff Pittman

John Lott on the KY school shooting

Same thing. — “Gun-free school zones will not protect kids: A painful but honest lesson after last week’s school shooting in Kentucky


From fellow blogger John Richardson:

“This is how I heard President Trump’s first State of the Union address:

‘Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans:

blah, blah, blah…

Working with the Senate, we are appointing judges who will interpret the Constitution as written, including a great new Supreme Court Justice, and more circuit court judges than any new administration in the history of our country.

We are defending our Second Amendment, and have taken historic actions to protect religious liberty.

blah, blah, blah….

Thank you, and God bless America.'”

More on why we voted for Trump


The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association has sued the state police in federal court, challenging a state law that prohibits gun owners from carrying firearms in public for self defense without a permit which is only granted upon presentation of “proper cause.”  The NY government doesn’t consider self defense as “proper.”

New Yorkers Sue Police for Right to Carry Guns in Public


Rising country singer Maren Morris says we need gun control.

Rochelle Hathaway, a 28-year-old corporate flight attendant, Instagram personality and “professional” shooter sponsored by Taran Tactical (Taran Butler, the movie gun trainer guy), said in a Glamour Magazine interview that the government should take away all but 3 of our guns and we shouldn’t have semiautomatics or suppressors. Taran Tactical reportedly has since dumped Ms Hathaway.

The Only Ones

Actual Headline: “Baltimore Cops Kept Toy Guns to Plant Just in Case They Shot an Unarmed Person

Cops are charged with racketeering and other corruption, accused of robbing citizens, making illegal arrests and filing for thousands of dollars in overtime they never worked…

Former Butte County, CA, sheriff’s deputy David Martin, 60, was arrested last week after 23 illegal firearms were found in his home and seized by federal authorities.  Martin, who last worked for the sheriff’s office about 17 years ago, is charged in Butte County Superior Court with 23 state felony counts of possession of an “assault weapon.”  Apparently the BATFE got involved after a creditor’s tip in a federal bankruptcy case led authorities to plan the raid based on an investigation of Martin’s online gun purchase activities.

Ness County, KS, Sheriff Bryan Whipple was arrested in December on suspicion of perjury, making false information, criminal distribution of firearms to a felon and official misconduct.  He was arrested a second time this week for allegedly contacting a person associated with his initial case.


A Canadian man has admitted to smuggling handguns from the US into Canada, including some that were left in a library that straddles the border of Vermont and Canada. It’s funny the things I never thought of.

Record 3-mile shot

Industry news

Otis Technology has acquired Shooter’s Choice.

Army guns

A recent Pentagon report revealed that testing of the Army’s new Sig Sauer M17 and M18 handguns (Sig P320 design) — first fielded in late November — found several deficiencies, including firing when dropped, ejecting live ammunition (only the XM1152 Ball 115 grain truncated nose FMJ), and low reliability with traditional ball/FMJ rounds. Not good. Must be that new special drop-safe military trigger. Apparently testing and fixing is ongoing.


Liberty Safe claims the failure rate for its biometric access storage products is about 1 in 100,000, while the industry average is about 1 in 3,000.  We don’t know if the 100,000/3,000 number is number of uses or number of products.

CCI’s .22 Long Rifle Patriot Pack is a 300-round box featuring bullets coated with red, white and blue polymer coating.  Looks like roundnose.

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Boyd’s Stocks has laminated adjustable stock sets for include Remington and Mossberg pump shotguns in its At-One line.  Hard maple, in colors.  Around $200.

Taurus has a new line of TH-series of duty pistols to replace the 809 models. They are hammer fired with a safety and Glock-style takedown widgets.  $360.

Taurus’ new 6.5″ Raging Judge Magnum 513 is chambered in .454 Casull/.410.  $1,120.

Ruger’s SR1911 is now available in 10mm, as is Sig Sauer’s P220.

Lyman has a geeky reloading tool consisting of a replica 20mm Vulcan round which the projectile unscrews from to reveal a set of primer pocket reamers and cleaners, which in turn thread into the 20mm’s “primer pocket” for use.  Kinda like one of those hollow-handled screwdrivers with bits inside.  $30.

Lyman/Pachmayr also has some new polygonal-shaped aluminum speedloaders for .38/.357 Ruger LCR & S&W J/K/L revolvers.  $20.

Check out Elite Survival Systems’ new Mainstay hybrid holsters.  $25.

Black Hills has three new Honey Badger loads with Lehigh Defense engineered bullets:

  • .44 Special 125gr @ 1250 fps
  • 9mm 100gr @ 1300 fps
  • .45-70 325gr @ 1900 fps

Safariland’s new 1911 ALS OWB holster fits 1911 pistols with or without a rail and uses the Safariland 3-hole pattern that enables modularity in mounting to belt loop, drop leg, etc. The new model 557 is a pancake holster that can be used with pistols with or without a weapon mounted light, either the Streamlight TLR1 or the Surefire X300.

Bulletsafe affordable personal armor.

Ithaca Model 37 non-shotgun firearms.  Ithacas are already slick and light.

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