April 26, 2019 Newsletter by Jeff Pittman
We’ve seen the storm clouds gathering for years and clearly heard the thunder with the NRA Carry Guard insurance and training debacle. Now Jeff Knox lays out the hot water NRA is in. Look for fireworks at the annual meeting underway at this time. This is not a time to give up on the organization, but instead to demand accountability, reforms and growth. Make sure you always vote in Board elections, but only for responsible, responsive candidates.
- NRA’s Future: Only Two Options, Can the BOD Save Us? [Ammoland]
- To NRA or Not to NRA [Ammoland]
- ‘When the Levee Breaks’ – NRA’s Untenable Position ~ VIDEO [Ammoland]
Recent federal court decisions. Note the Illinois case concerning nonresident CCW permits.
New Acting ATF Chief
US Attorney General William P. Barr has appointed Regina “Reggie” Lombardo to be Acting Deputy Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, effective May 1, 2019. Lombardo will replace Thomas E. Brandon, who will be retiring on April 30, 2019.
Why does one need an evil black rifle? For this (AK could mean “Anti Kriminal”):
- Armed 20-Year-Old Saves the Day During Home Invasion [Alloutdoor]
- 20-Year-Old Uses AK47 Against 5 Armed Crooks, Kills 3 in Home Invasion [Alloutdoor]
Why do you need a gun? Why not just call 911? Here’s why.
Coming to a church near you
You’ve heard about the Christian church bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. (I have news for the killers — the tomb is empty.) From the perspective of ISIS and its minions, places of worship as targets offer great symbolism and virtually no defenses.
We also have a report this week that church congregants tackled a woman — a former Navy sailor known to the church — who broke into the church and entered the service carrying a baby and a handgun and talking nonsense on Easter Sunday in a San Diego neighborhood.
“I could pass that CCW qualification test blindfolded.” Really.
About defensive handgun ammo ballistics
- Why Ballistics Gel Works and Caliber Arguments are Dumb [LuckyGunner]
Local news article about the state of carry in MS
Looks good but don’t take this as gospel or legal advice.
Baseline + Anomaly = Decision. Perceive. Process. Plan. Perform.
A message for anti-hunters
- The Message Anti-Hunters Need to Hear, But We Aren’t Willing to Give [Wide Open Spaces]
Ticks & Lyme Disease
The Only Ones
Two unidentified Elk Grove (CA) police officers (I’m guessing Larry and Curly) are recovering from gunshot wounds they accidentally gave each other while chasing down a suspect. One officer was on either side of the suspect, facing each other (just like on TV). The suspect then reportedly moved toward one of the officers with his hands near his waistband, and both officers started firing – hitting the suspect and each other, sending all three men to the hospital with recoverable wounds.
Denver PD (CO) “swears in” a horse.
French police are now protesting after 28 officers have committed suicide so far in 2019, which is double the amount recorded at the same time last year.
Earlier this month in MD, a fifty-ish retired state corrections officer who was legally and peacefully carrying a semi-concealed pistol in the waiting area of a medical facility was forcefully confronted by unidentified local police officers. Without warning, the man was physically grabbed by responding officers, thrown to the floor, and restrained, even though he had done nothing threatening or illegal. After viewing the man’s ID and CCW license, and interviewing bystanders, the officers released him, apologized, and departed without further incident. “Every single ‘man with a gun’ call I’ve ever taken contained very exaggerated and incorrect information.” — Greg Ellifritz
Former Palm Beach Gardens (FL) police officer Nouman Raja has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally shooting a stranded motorist in 2015.
Tweet of the week
“A German man just came into the pub and tried to ask for cutlery but ended up saying “I need some food weapons” and I will now be referring to them by nothing else.”
“A miscalculation by the Mississippi Department of Education has left a gap of $12 million to $14 million in funding for this year’s promised teacher pay raise.”
Must be that Common Core math.
What else is wrong?
According to a recent study by Bankrate.com, about half of parents with adult children reported giving substantial funding to their kids well into their late 20s or even 30s, and 17% of parents responding to the survey said their support had a “significant” impact on their retirement plans, with some reporting they have to delay their retirement to continue supporting their “grown” kids. Kids, I retired at age 56. You want to be grown up? Go be grown up. (I’ll be right back as soon as I change the locks…)
New Adjustable Army Tank Round
Technically, the sling David used to kill Goliath was a “weapon of war.”
CZ in Arkansas
CZ-USA, the US-based affiliate of Czech firearms manufacturer Èeská zbrojovka a.s. Uherský Brod (CZUB), is building a $90 million, 265,000 square foot, manufacturing facility in Little Rock, Arkansas, to serve as the North American headquarters for CZ-USA and will employ around 565 people. No word on which products may be made there. I presume that historically most of their US products were made overseas and imported. Initial start up is next year.
FN (FNS) pistols — accidental discharges
- Arizona DPS Releases Safety Bulletin Regarding FNS 9 Pistol Discharges [The Truth About Guns]
- FN Service Bulletin: FNS Family of Pistols [FN America]
The biggest news here, by far, is that Henry Repeating Arms has released the H024 “Cowboy Carbine” series of lever action rifles, all featuring a side loading gate like pretty much every other tubular magazine lever action repeater in existence. The Cowboy Carbine is initially available in .30-30, .38-55, and .35 Rem. with 20″ barrels. Henry is planning on offering firearms with the side loading gate in many other calibers, stocks, barrel lengths and finishes as well. Amen.
Marlin has announced the Marlin Dark series to include a Model 336 chambered in .30-30 and a Model 1895 chambered in .45-70. Both rifles feature a tough matte black parkerized finish and a black-webbed hardwood stock/forend, sling swivel studs, 16.25″ barrel, big loop lever, XS Lever Rail with ghost ring peep that also accommodates a wide variety of optics, and threaded muzzle.
Ruger’s new, inexpensive Wrangler is a Single Six style 6-shot single action .22 LR revolver featuring an aluminum alloy cylinder frame Cerakote finished in black, silver or bronze. These are the frame and barrel colors only: the cylinders and grips are black for all the versions. Fixed notch rear sight, 4-5/8″ barrel. The standard checkered black grip panels interchange with Single-Six grips, and it will fit in Single-Six holsters that accommodate 4-5/8″ barrels. 30 oz. $250. Not available in MA or MN.
Ruger has also introduced three rifles chambered in Winchester’s new .350 Legend cartridge: two Ruger American Ranch bolt rifles and one AR-556 MPR.
Starline has added rifle brass in .224 Valkyrie, .30-30 Win., .348 Win., .375 Win., 5.56x45mm, and .222 Rem. to its line.
Hornady has a new line of A-TIP™ Match very low drag bullets with a long aluminum pointy tip, boattail, and impressive Doppler-verified ballistic coefficients. Two each in 6.5mm and .30, and a 6mm. The bullets are sequentially packaged, meaning they are boxed in the same order they are manufactured and Hornady claims it will make for better consistency. Use of their new A-TIP™ seating stem is required for optimal bullet seating.
Sako (“Sock-O”) now offers bespoke Sako 85 rifles. You specify whatever you want, and they tell you if you can pay for it.
Federal Premium’s new Custom Shop will allow shooter to order up their own preferences in hand-loaded (by Federal) ammo for both shotshell and centerfire rifle offerings. Federal will provide a variety of bullet options to include Federal, Nosler, Sierra, Berger, Swift and more, and custom TSS Shotshells will be available for turkey, waterfowl and upland game. Custom Shop offerings will consist of products not listed in the catalog. The ammo will be loaded to meet SAAMI guidelines and safety standards. Coming later this summer.
Speer’s Impact component rifle bullets offer molecularly bonded construction with a high ballistic coefficient and Slipstream polymer tip ahead of a hollow core which initiates expansion at velocities 200 fps lower than comparable designs.
Speer’s Gold Dot G2, previously offered only to law enforcement, has a shallow dish nose filled with a high-performance elastomer. On impact, the material is forced into engineered internal fissures to start the expansion process to get extremely uniform expansion, better separation of the petals, and more consistent penetration across barrier types through full-size handguns. Similar to Hornady’s Critical Defense and Critical Duty, I suppose.
Ed Brown is producing a Jeff Cooper commemorative 1911 pistol package. It will be hard to beat that combination. $3170-$3420.
New from Blaser is a .22 LR conversion kit for the Blaser R8 straight-pull bolt rifle. The kit includes the barrel and newly designed magazine and bolt head, which will allow current and future R8 owners to easily change from larger calibers to the .22 LR. $1450 (kit only).
SIG SAUER, Inc. has introduced the American made P210 Standard pistol to the US Commercial Market featuring modern improvements, at a lower price.
Bergara has introduced its BXR 22 LR autoloading rifle series in two configurations: the base model (BXR001 – $565) has a 4140 CrMo fluted steel barrel with a Cerakote finish, with a stock that is green with black fleck and weighs 5.25 lbs. The upgraded BXR is a carbon fiber model (BXR002 – $659) with a carbon fiber barrel, a black stock with grey fleck that weighs only 4.75 lbs. Looks like a Ruger 10/22.
Citizen-legal flashbang grenades, $30. Cool.
“The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed — where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.
Fortunately, the Framers were wise enough to entrench the right of the people to keep and bear arms within our constitutional structure. The purpose and importance of that right was still fresh in their minds, and they spelled it out clearly so it would not be forgotten.” — US Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, Silveira v. Lockyer
The lawnmower has sold. Craigslist worked great.
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