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Dean Weingarten: Smart Guns Are Really Dumb

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Published on: May 9, 2016

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So, in a near laboratory environment, on Colt’s terms, at their range, without weather, blood, hand-to-hand combat, or long storage times, the reporter, Vanessa O’Connell, watched the demonstration. It failed. Spectacularly.

From NPR:

ROSE: The timing was awful. Just when Colt needed to convince potential customers they could trust this new smart gun, here’s a front-page story in The Wall Street Journal saying they can’t. Not long after, Colt pulled the plug on smart gun research. Seventeen years later, no American gun company wants to pick up where Colt left off. Joel Rose, NPR News, New York.

The fact is that “stupid” gun technology is a really stupid idea, virtually designed to make guns fail. It operates under the assumption that it is better for a gun not to fire than to fire. Proponents of the idea are either blissfully ignorant of real world problems or simply love the idea of making guns less reliable.

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Pat Rogers, Rest in Peace.

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Published on: May 8, 2016

Thousands of Americans were saddened this week to learn of the passing of one of the greatest patriots, greatest firearm instructors, and most dedicated professionals they have ever personally known. On Tuesday, Pat Rogers—a true legend in the firearm community—passed away from natural causes.

As explained in a wonderful tribute by his close friend, Paul Buffoni, of Bravo Company, Pat, in addition to retiring from active and reserve service in the Marine Corps, and retiring from officer and detective duties with the N.Y.P.D., and serving as a Rangemaster at the legendary Gunsite training academy for 12 years, and racking up a long list of other achievements, led his own firearm training company, E.A.G. Tactical, for 27 years.

Over the years, Pat trained an incredible number of private citizens, law enforcement officers, and military personnel in the finer points of marksmanship and tactics. He helped his students develop these skills during daylight and low light conditions, outdoors and indoors, with M16 and AR-15-series rifles, AK-47-series rifles, and semi-automatic pistols.

As many of us here at NRA can attest, and also by those who have flooded internet forums this week, Pat was beloved by people who trained with him. He loved life, loved his family, loved his country, loved the military and defeating America’s enemies, loved law enforcement work, loved telling his many stories, and, perhaps more than anything, loved motivating people and helping them excel. If you spent five minutes with Pat, you knew he was the consummate, no-nonsense professional, but that he also cared about the people around him and especially, his students. You left your first class with Pat knowing you had trained with one of the best, and made a loyal friend for life.

Due to his long familiarity with M16-series rifles, and the AR-15’s soaring popularity, Pat was one of the top “go to” instructors if you wanted to cut through the myths and really learn about those rifles’ capabilities and how to develop expertise with them. Pat showed, even to the satisfaction of skeptics, that they are the most accurate and reliable rifles of their type in history.

Pat was also an advocate for the NRA, helping the organization whenever and wherever he could. No doubt, he would have liked to have been with us, in the middle of the fight, as we go forward toward Election Day 2016. He had a very, very dim view of political candidates who support gun control.

From that big shooting range in the sky, Pat can rest assured that many of us not only learned from him, but will always derive inspiration from him. In the days, weeks, and months ahead, Pat’s presence will undoubtedly be felt by a legion of friends worldwide. And it will likely stay that way for a very long time.

April Capped a Record-Setting Year for Gun Purchases

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Published on: May 8, 2016

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While Hillary Clinton says (0:40) that, if elected, she would start going after guns on Day One of her theoretical presidency, Americans appear to be doing their level best to make sure Clinton would have a whole lot of guns and gun owners to tackle. The FBI reports that every month for the past year has broken a record for firearm-related background checks in that month. That is, there were more checks in May 2015 than in any previous May, more in June 2015 than in any previous June, and so on from month to month, through April 2016.

During the 12-month period May 2015 through April 2016, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) conducted 25.6 million checks, almost all of which were for firearm acquisitions, firearm purchase permits, and firearm carrying permits which, in some states, exempt their holders from being subjected to an additional check when acquiring a gun.

There’s even an increase in the rate at which the checks are increasing. There were nearly 2.2 million more firearm-related checks conducted during all of 2015 than in 2014, but there have been nearly 2.5 million more checks during just the first four months of this year than during the same four months in 2015.

NICS checks are not an exact measure of the number of guns acquired, but the increase in NICS checks over a period of years makes clear that the number is increasing. A more precise indicator of the increase in annual gun acquisitions comes from data published by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives concerning the numbers of new guns manufactured in the U.S. (and not exported) and new and used guns imported. These data show that the number of additional guns being acquired annually has doubled during the last seven years in which Americans have rightfully been concerned about Barack Obama’s effect on the future availability of firearms and ammunition.

Of course, the best of all outcomes will be if Hillary Clinton never has the chance to go after all of these guns and America’s 100 million gun owners.

Home Invasion Thug Stabs 75-Year-Old Man, 80-Year-Old Wife BLOWS THUG AWAY!

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Published on: May 2, 2016

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An intruder broke into a home in Monroe, Washington and began stabbing a 75-year old man. Fortunately for the victim, but unfortunately for the intruder, the man’s 80-year old wife was home. The woman grabbed her gun, walked in, and shot the man who was stabbing her husband.

The 25-year old intruder died at the scene.

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Police shooting of armed musician heads to grand jury

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Published on: April 28, 2016

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A grand jury will decide whether a former police officer should face charges in the fatal shooting of a legally armed black musician who was waiting on the side of the road for a tow truck, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said during a news conference that his office would continue its investigation of former Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja in the death of Corey Jones and present the case to a grand jury. Aronberg’s other options were to charge Raja or clear him.

Citing state law, he said he could not discuss what evidence investigators have collected.

“The goal is to do justice,” Aronberg said. “We have been as transparent as we are allowed to be under the rules.”

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Ammunition Disaster, Again

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Published on: April 22, 2016

Carry Life | Ammunition Disaster, Again

We’ve observed that the ammunition drought is waning—thank goodness. Joining the ramp-up of established suppliers are new domestic and offshore sources, all supplemented by healthy growth of, and interest in, handloading. Thank goodness, again. We can finally get back out to the range and not treat every cartridge like a gold nugget.

For reasons that remain a little murky, however, it seems as though we’re seeing more ammunition-related issues once we’re there. None of these—happily—have been serious, but it seems as though folks are treating cartridges as a commodity just a bit more than is truly wise. Despite being small packages, the little buggers are complex and powerful: It pays to know just what you’re feeding your firearm, and be hyperaware of how they function together.

We took a good look at the sorts of things that can go wrong on the back end of the cartridge. This is usually the stuff that prevents firing—bum priming of one type or another. Problems at the other end can be just as formidable, though they usually prevent feeding. Either—duh—can be a major nuisance on the range, but a genuine danger for the Carry Life: A stoppage is a stoppage, and most are preventable.

Bullet Damage

This one is easy, and we’ve partially dealt with it here. But take a peek at the front of every bullet you load, and especially for defensive purposes. Obvious flaws in symmetry or serious gouges are automatic disqualifiers.

We also perform a tactile check on “flaring” closure. This is a rare flaw in factory ammunition, but not, repeat not unknown. This occurs after the case mouth is slightly over-expanded to accept the base of the bullet without damage, and then closed (usually with a taper crimp) to a diameter intended to stop the cartridge at the correct depth against the “shoulder” at the far end of the chamber. Insufficient crimp/closure can lock your action up astonishingly tight, and is a bear (even dangerous) to clear. In the check for this, you’re looking for no “sharpness” at the rim of the case, and certainly no remaining visual evidence of the flare.

Be careful you don’t confuse the undesirable sharpness with a defined edge. If it’s too smooth, you have an over-crimp that can create ignition and accuracy problems, but it’ll feed as though greased!

The most reliable way to capture all these checks at once is the “thunk” test. Remove the barrel from your pistol, clean the chamber, and let each round fall into the chamber (don’t push it in). A properly sized round will “thunk” to a stop with the base of the case juuuuust clear of the feed ramp—we think you’ll know it when you hear it. Rounds that don’t do this can have a variety of problems—all are bad, some are dangerous. Discard and preferably disassemble them.

Bullet Profile

This is a more difficult assessment to make on inspection alone than you might think. Generalizations are certainly possible, but even these must be taken with a grain—or several thousand grains—of salt.

Round-nosed or conical bullets are generally the best for feeding reliability, and that’s why they’re so common as auto-loader target fodder. Their old name was “military ball,” or just plain “ball” ammo, and they’re everywhere in the .380 ACP, 9 mm and .45 ACP worlds. They aren’t foolproof, however: If overall length (commonly known as OAL) isn’t right, they can be very nearly as aggravating as …

… Truncated cones. Ours is a love-hate relationship when “TCs” are the topic of conversation: We’ve had both good and terrible luck with them. They aren’t all that common outside of .40 caliber (both .40 S&W and 10 mm). That’s for a good reason—they are generally malfunction-prone if OAL doesn’t fall in a very narrow range. This means they’re sensitive to feed ramp shape/collision angle, hence sensitive to slide speed, hence to recoil spring rate, and hence to grip mechanics. You get the idea. That said, if they work in your gun, they’re likely to work very well, as they allow more mass for a given profile, and this can make TCs seem softer-shooting than other shapes.

Hollow-points are the remaining major group of profiles. They’re widely and correctly associated with defensive use because of how they react on striking targets: The hollow nose is essentially a designed-in “fault” that causes the bullet nose to open (often dramatically) further on impact. Such “mushrooming” rapidly transfers bullet energy into the target and keeps the projectile from exiting what it hits and causing unintended downrange damage or injury.

Some varieties have rounded external profiles and feed with nearly the reliability of ball. Others are more slope-sided like truncated cones. These designs afford a bigger “hollow” and theoretically better expansion, but may not feed as well. These can be a big crapshoot from individual firearm to individual firearm. Though they generally feed much better in the last 10 years than they used to, before choosing anything for a Carry Life application, they require …

Testing, Testing, Testing

Anybody that “shoots for a living,” that is service members, law enforcement, etc., generally benefits from the work of professionals that do this for them. All the factors that go into the “big tent” called reliability are within their purview. They have the training, resources and facilities to exercise every aspect of ultra-reliability. They’re generally damn good at it too.

They have another huge advantage that often escapes notice—a comparatively tiny number of firearms that must rise to the vaunted levels of performance their environments (rightly) require. In consequence, manufacturers are also far more likely to pay close attention both to their needs and any issues—again, just as they should.

Mere mortals make their own version of the reliability equation both better and worse. On the positive side of the ledger, choices from a broader selection of firearms and ammunition can be tuned to very specific—even personal—needs/tastes. The downside should be equally obvious: Dramatically more potential variation in performance accompanies this huge variety.

Spare a little pity for manufacturers here: They try to meet everybody’s needs with all firearms and for every conceivable, legit purpose in a huge variety of calibers. That’s the job we don’t envy!

All of which brings us to our point: If you’re serious about the Carry Life, you dare not trust anybody else’s evaluation of ammunition for one reason—they don’t have your firearm.

While modern designs and manufacturing methods have substantially reduced gun-to-gun variation in the last generation or so, it is still less than perfect. You can probably expect that if your pal’s Model XYZ will run Ammo ABC, yours will too. But you probably cannot expect that if Company 123’s version of Model ABC will run given ammunition, your Company 789’s version of the XYZ will. (1911, Beretta/Taurus/SIG, CZ/EAA owners, are you listening?)

Nor should you expect that compact versions of full-size guns will behave as their bigger relatives do. This gets complicated in a hurry, but locking/unlocking geometry, barrel length, slide mass, recoil spring rates and your ability to keep operating energy “in the gun” as size changes are just a few of the variables that can turn your reliable workhorse into a finicky diva in nothing flat.

So how much testing of expensive self-defense ammo is enough, you gulp and ask? Well before you buy a single round, do some research. Firearm manufacturers are the best resource here: They may have military and or law enforcement contracts that they’ve tested for, and met. Cash in, so to speak, on this data if you can. More and more firearm companies are even making their own ammo; if this isn’t a recommendation, what would be?

The next best resource is local law enforcement. While Departments are likely constrained by liability concerns from “official” comment, use your imagination a little, and you can often find out what they load. If your luck is good, you may be able to connect the dots between your defensive firearm and a nearby agency, which is better still: Use what they use.

Failing that, we have a hard time recommending anything less than 100 rounds, and 150 or 200 is better.

<<Cue agonized groans>>

Yep: It’s a beating money-wise, but think about consequences. Even though your goal is to be so observant that you avoid altercations altogether, or so skilled that you play your own intimidation card, in the end a defensive firearm must be utterly reliable. And how that firearm behaves in your hands is the only test that really matters.

So inspect—and test—those cartridges, and Carry on.

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Published on: April 22, 2016

Surge in gun sales helped create tens of thousands of jobs last year

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Published on: April 18, 2016

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An unprecedented surge in gun sales created tens of thousands of jobs last year.

The gun industry added 24,763 jobs in 2015 for a nationwide total of 287,986, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

That’s an increase of nearly 10% from the year before in manufacturing and retail jobs for guns, ammunition and related supplies, like hunting gear.

Job growth in the last few years has been “nothing short of remarkable,” said the NSSF, which reported a job increase of 73% since 2008.

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Beretta is opening new gun factory in Tennessee (Adios Libscum…)

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Published on: April 12, 2016

Beretta executives decided to move its manufacturing when Maryland lawmakers passed restrictive gun control laws that applied to some of Beretta’s more powerful weapons.

Related: Why did Beretta move its factory out of Maryland?

Beretta USA lawyer Jeff Reh said a later version of the law made allowances for Beretta to make sure the company could still make guns in Maryland, but the company feared that “with the stroke of a pen our ability to manufacture products for the armed forces, or police, or even civilians, could be blocked.” The company maintains some offices in Accokeek, but no factory.

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At Least Five Gun-Purchase Records Set in March 2016

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Published on: April 12, 2016

“Hillary Clinton is making gun control a central theme of her campaign” for president of the United States, the Wall Street Journal reports. But whether this is a strategy that will win the White House is in dispute, or certainly ought to be. Based upon trends in firearm background checks conducted by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), opposition to gun control may be stronger than ever.

The number of checks conducted in March 2016 was the highest for any March since NICS’ inception. The 2,523,265 checks topped the previous record for the month, 2,488,842, set in 2013.

March 2016 also marked the tenth consecutive month in which the number of checks was the highest for the month in question. Stated another way, there were more checks in May 2015 than in any previous May, more in June 2015 than for any previous June, and so on for every month since.

Also, the number of checks for the 12-month period ending the 31st of March was the highest for any 12-month period on record. The number for that 12-month period, 25,179,245, was over a half million higher than the number for the previous 12-month high, set at the end of February.

Finally, March was also the 5th highest month for checks since NICS’ inception, behind December 2015, December 2012, February 2016 and January 2016. Thus, four of the highest five NICS months on record have transpired as Clinton has gone from tiresome to shrill in her advocacy of gun control.

Suarez: The Terrorist Versus The Criminal (Learn to Shoot to Kill Without Hesitation)

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Published on: April 8, 2016

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So here is the reality. You of course don’t have to agree. You can continue to think you can treat the Jihadist, or the Crazy Guy Bent On Killing Everyone In The Room in the same way you would handle the mugger in the parking lot. But I think if you try to do that, the bad guy will kill you and that will be that.

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Massad Ayoob – After The Shoot: 7 Real-Life Cases Imperative to Gun Owners!

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Published on: March 25, 2016

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In November of 2015, in Washington State, I had the pleasure and privilege of attending and presenting at the first Legal Eagles Gun Law Conference sponsored by Northwest Public Safety, with J.B. Herren and Glenda Edwards presiding. Judging by the excellent critiques I saw from the dozens who attended the six-day presentation, it won’t be the last. Those people paid $3,000 a piece to attend. The following touches on some of the most instructive learning points.

A powerful history of modern gun-related lawmaking and litigation from Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation on the first day was followed by Marty Hayes, the founder of the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network and, for a quarter century, a successful firearms/self-defense instructor and expert witness in the field. For much of the first day and part of the second, he shared advice he had gathered from that considerable experience.

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Massad Ayoob on Sizing a Handgun

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Published on: March 7, 2016

How do you test your defensive sidearm to the point where you can be confident in it?

How do you figure out the right car or computer or defensive firearm for your needs? You test it. You do so preferably before you buy it, but certainly before you trust something important to it, like your life.

Let’s look at some of the most important criteria in defensive handgun selection…

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Spetsnaz Lead Raid Into Syria’s ISIS land and Pile the Bodies Up for YouTube (Video)

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Published on: February 24, 2016

Rough translation from the Arabic “Syrian allies” eliminate scores of “ISIS” terrorists advancing near Khanasser.

AL: Armed Citizen lnvolved in Stopping Mass Shooting (Ammoland)

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Published on: February 22, 2016

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Another legally armed person has stopped a potential mass shooting in Hamilton, Alabama on February 10th, 2016.

The shooting occurred in the morning, a little over an hour before noon, over a distance of a couple of  blocks.

Two people, 67-year-old Donny Miller and 61-year-old Linda Cole were killed in separate offices.  The second victim was shot in an accounting office close to the bank pictured above.  A WVTM13 crew was on the scene less than two hours after the shooting.  Here is video from Marlei Marinez, from WVTM13.

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