Friday, 22 July 2016 11:30

Remington R51 to return August!

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I know that a lot of people are not excited about the Remington R-51, especially with the defective launch and continued problems. To make matters worse Remington said it would be fixed, recalled them and then went silent. 
All references were removed and even at SHOT 2016 when I asked it was definitely the 'elephant' that they didn't want to talk about. They did confirm that it wasn't dead, but people were skeptical - how many times have we heard that before? Recent in my memory is the VLTOR Fortis/BrenTen, which I didn't even bother asking them about. But I digress.

I received an email that the new R51 will be launched August 12th and there is a big page presence on their web page:
https://www.remington.com/handguns/remington-r51/remington-r51?utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Image%20-%20Learn%20More&utm_content=THE%20PERFECTED%2051&utm_campaign=Remington%20Newsletter%E2%80%94%20R51&_bta_tid=25753419951054721914114673946897400905042185745505745581141958729401856

I am a big fan of the original R51 and the Pederson action. Yes, I understand that it is antiquated and scaling it up to 9mm +P was a tall order to begin with. However, kudos to Remington for even trying something out of the box, and at least in theory should reduce the felt recoil. I like big rounds, but quite frankly have you shot a Ruger LC9? Not horrible, but not exactly fun either.

At Shot 2014 I was super impressed with the sample R51's that they had (and they had a lot). I was suspicious at the time when they said that they were not ready to be SHOT MEDIA Days. In hindsight, it was a bad sign.
The pistol size, thinness, grip, etc. were very well designed and I said that if they worked I would get one. I guess we will see this time.

Incidentally, original MSRP (2014) was supposed to be $399. It looks like they are up $50 to $450. Still not too bad. 

 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 17:09

Mossberg leaving CT due to gun control

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Mossberg is joining the list of manufacturers leaving their well-established states due to their states restrictive gun control against its citizens.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/frankminiter/2014/07/11/americas-largest-shotgun-maker-shifts-more-jobs-to-texas/#337260a01e55

 

Here is another article: http://www.weaselzippers.us/193177-shotgun-maker-mossberg-moving-operations-out-of-connecticut/
"Mossberg follows Remington Arms, Kahr Arms, Les Baer Custom, Lewis Machine & Tool, American Tactical Imports, Ruger, Colt, Stag Arms, PTR Industries, Magpul, and Beretta in moving operations out of anti-gun states."

I have been remiss in reporting this but the new Nevada CCW Reciprocity List is up (updated and effective every July). Due to legislative changes it now, once again, includes Florida and Utah.

Source: http://gsd.nv.gov/FeesForms/Brady/CCW-Permit-Recognition/

I don't have time at the moment but I will post more details shortly. The complete list is available in a link in the link above. 

Source: http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/kiro-7-questions-mayor-over-30000yr-plan-to-melt-down-old-police-guns/368653215

 

So, the Seattle Council voted unanimously to destroy Seattle PD firearms instead of allowing them to be sold to legal background checked buyers. The rhetoric on this topic was high and the anti-gun (all guns) agenda was clear when KIRO7 questioned the Mayor about it. They asked why give away the $30K/year that was projected to be lost (not to mention the cost of destroying them). 


Mayor Murray:
"You know what costs this city? Is violence. Is gun violence. Is crimes involving guns." he said "And it's costing this nation an incredible amount of money."

 

KIRO7:
"...Is this really a problem for SPD?"

 

Mayor Murray:
(paraphrasing) Guns bad...I am the Mayor...Blah blah

 

KIRO7:
Asked for examples of any cases in which police guns got into the wrong hands

 

"The mayor said he does not have data specific to Seattle but believes guns sold out of state could easily come back to Seattle or other areas.

"Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said in his 12 years with the department, he could not recall any former Seattle police guns being used in a crime."

 

Rhetoric over substance, and more costs to tax payers. 

"KIRO 7 asked Seattle police how many guns would likely be melted down a year. The department has not yet released the number, or the potential cost of melting them down."

This is a good article from the Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2016/0623/Why-Australia-isn-t-a-model-for-US-gun-control

 

This particular paragraph, I find significant because it is something that I have been saying but find it rarely in print.

"The sheer number of firearms in America today – an estimated 300 million – would also present practical and financial obstacles. If the US were to collect and destroy the same proportion of firearms as Australia did, it would require a buyback of 90 million weapons, according to one Australian researcher, as compared to only 640,000 firearms bought back by the Australian government. Paying full market value for the guns could cost the US billions of dollars. "

 

 

It seems like that a lot of people have no idea of what the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban entailed. I know that a lot of new shooters were simply not old enough to remember the 10 year ban.
For those of us who do we are quick to point out that the authors had no idea what they were talking about - like the legislator when asked what a "barrel shroud" is, she said she had no idea. She was a co-author of the bill in question! That's a good way to write and pass legislation.


This was a mainly cosmetic ban of offensive features because they couldn't get what they actually wanted - a ban on semi-autos. Baby steps, they thought. Remember Sen. Feinstein has said in the past that if she could get enough votes to pass, she would pass a bill going door-to-door to collect everyone's guns. 

Since there is a lot of ridiculous conjecture on social media about so-called "assault weapons" I thought I would make this post showing a couple of post-1994 rifles. They are the alleged "assault rifles" AK47 and AR15 that had been "sporterized" to meet the new requirements. A lot of people have been pointing to the AWB as if it was some sort of magical template fix but don't know, of have forgotten, what the original AWB actually did. Or perhaps, supporters just don't care (baby steps, right?)

The pictures are not mine, so of course, I will remove them if asked. Or, if anyone has any of their own pics that I could use - I would be most appreciative! I never had any post-1994 "compliant" rifles.
Big differences? Thumbhole stock, no flash hider (although muzzle breaks were ok), no bayonet lug. Apparently much less deadly. Feel safer?

 

MAK90 "Sporter" 

MAK90

 

AR15 "Sporter"

AR15

 

 

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