Good news, it has been a while since we have seen the Aimpoint program and it looks like it is hosted internally now rather than through a select distributor.
You can signup at: aimpointstore.com
where it appears that they have access to verify your credentials online.
With the President's new initiative on "common sense gun control" he has beginning pushing the development and adoption by the military and law enforcement.
Source: http://www.inc.com/will-yakowicz/president-obama-smart-guns.html (Google 'Obama smart gun' and you will get a plethora of reactions)
It seems that "smart guns" has become the new gun control catch phrase.
The truth? They don't work. Would you trust your life to your Smartphone's ability to recognize your fingerprint? Or how about your laptop facial recognition? The one that exists (Armatix) has failed miserably in tests and costs $1800. The company is in bankruptcy.
But the anti-gun media won't tell you that. In fact, they are trying to convince you that people do want them and that the Armatix is failing due to "activists" and "threats" against the company!
From the second article above:
"Around 40 percent of gun owners say they would trade their current weapon in for a smart gun, according to a poll released last January by Penn Schoen Berland polling. "
Sure. They know that "trade" means free, right?
Ask ANY gun owner if they think that that an $1800 .22 pistol that works sometimes is a good idea and how many they would like to buy. Seriously.
And if someone says "yes" ask them why they haven't bought one yet - because no one has.
The lack of reliability and reluctance for LE to adopt them was made abundantly clear this year at the "International Smart Gun Symposium" held here (surprise) in Seattle last year.
Noticeably absent was ANY gun manufacturer or trade or interest group. Why operate in the real world?
Although cited in press releases, what is never mentioned is what the KC Sheriff Urquart said:
"I’m probably the only person in this room who has zipped kids into bodybags," Urquhart told the crowd...Any tech to make that better is a good thing. That being said, [smart gun technology] is not ready for my officers yet. If it worked 110 percent of the time, I’d be interested."
My take away? So, if they don't want them...force them.
This will be my first attempt at reviewing pistols, accessories and just basically telling you all what I think about certain products.
First, a little about myself. I'm from the Western Maryland area. You know, the good area of Maryland. The area of Maryland where the rest of Marylanders come to defragment. The mountains of Allegany and Garrett counties. I am a Secondary High School teacher in training, NRA Pistol Instructor and Dad. My upbringing included mass quantities of firearms and hunting of all types so I have an idea what works for me and has worked for many others.
Obviously, I don't know it all and welcome your input on what I find....I've previously held an 01 FFL, sold bows but now focus on training new shooters for their Maryland Handgun Qualification License certification. We'll talk more on that subject later. My first review will be next Friday and will be the Glock 23, Gen 4. If you have something you would like reviewed tell me and I'll do my best to make it happen.
It's not often I am planning for the season ahead but I found myself with the opportunity to buy a S&W (tm) model 640. It was an original series pre-lock original J-Frame 38SPL only.
They are not the rage any more so I got it a fair price at my local LGS.
I am also a fan of Kydex holsters. They are lightweight and thin. I was surprised to find that not a lot was available for an original J-Frame. My old favorite IWB CompTac (I think it was called a ShirtTucker) is no longer made and my favorite ankle holster company Renegade had gone out of business. But, I am pleased to see that Wilderness has picked up the line.
So, for IWB it seems that there are very little variances in the available holster designs. The first one that I tried was a Concealment Express that I found on Amazon for $40 shipped. (http://www.amazon.com/Concealment-Express-IWB-KYDEX-Holster/dp/B00UFEIHAQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460577320&sr=8-1&keywords=concealment+express+642). How could I go wrong? It was a basic holster design with a large clip attachment in the center. Very common, very simple.
Their ad says that it fits a 442/642 - basically Airweight versions of my (older) 640. I emailed them to see if their holster would fit my 640. They replied that it was for a J-Frame. hmm. I clarified and they responded that they had not tried one specifically. Response was very quick. I decided to try one. It fit perfectly.
Well, to be honest I didn't like it. The clip was huge! My belts were simply dwarfed by it. I have an 1.5"-width super-thick Galco leather belt that is too thick for the majority of holsters - especially those with Kydex or synthetic clips. However, on this holster my belt was tiny. Wearing the holster it slid around in between the loops and my revolver's butt pivoted forward and back. I am also not a fan of putting the clip at the thickest part of the holster body and firearm.
The quality of the holster was good. The clip looked like it was one-size fits all holsters. Perhaps that is how they get the price so low. I emailed them about the clip and they never responded.
I think it would be fine for someone looking for an inexpensive holster that they would not be wearing for a long period of time or frequently. For me, I would rather pay additionally to get something that I could wear all-day, all the time. I sent it back. No use in having it sit in a drawer.
So, that was my first try. lol
Here is a pic of the holster's clip:
While $10 may not seem like much, when was the last time that you can think of that a government issued license went DOWN in price?
This is welcome news to those with FL licenses as it is one of the more expensive licenses (in my case my most expensive license) to have.
"The 80-page appropriations bill dealing with Commerce and Tourism for the state was crammed with everything from exempting water-related amusement rides to authorizing tax collector offices and passed the state legislature without a single “nay” vote in either chamber. Relating to concealed carry permits, it reduced the license fee from $70 to $60 on the initial application and from $60 to $50 for renewals."
This is an incredibly well written (dare I say perfect?) response from a sheriff when asked if "guns are the answer."
I quote it here:
was a result of the old (Wordpress) site being hacked - yet again.
It is one of the reasons that I moved to this new site.
Unfortunately, when my host detects malicious files they shut the whole domain down.
If you are wondering why it is still running, it is because all the legacy posts have their images hot-linked to it.
I will be working on a way to freeze the old site so that we aren't impacted here again.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley at the Future of War Conference had some specific and strong opinions about the selection of a new standard sidearm. Some people may not like what he said.
'Shaw said soldiers don't like the M9 and would much prefer some type of .45 caliber handgun.
“If I had to pick, I would lean towards a Glock 17 or 19 or their .45 model," he said.
"They are easy to maintain and you can beat the hell out of them.”
Shaw also says that another replacement for the M9 would be the one that it originally replaced.
“The 1911," he said. "The .45 caliber is a much better weapon now.” '
Revised 4/1/16: Governor Inslee signed SB6165 into law! It goes into effect in 90 days after the session that it was passed. Since this was passed as part of the regular session I believe that will be June 9.
This gives folks who want to do a Form 1 prior to the ATFE 41F changes a window that they can file (have to submit prior to July 14th) .
There was a glitch in the Legislature's fix for allowing SBRs. Unfortunately, the ATF interpreted it to disallow Form 1's from non-licensed individuals.
The wording has been fixed and awaits Governor Inslee's signature.
CORRECTION: Speaker signed the bill 3/9/16 and has been delivered to the Governor.
UPDATE 3/10: Governor has signed 10 bills and vetoed 27 as a result of a budget debate with the State Legislature. This bill does not appear on the signature or vetoed list (http://www.governor.wa.gov/office-governor/official-actions/bill-action). If not vetoed or signed it becomes laws in 20 days (not counting Sundays).