Equipment & Gear (34)
This is ridiculous, she is suing under the guise of "consumer safety" on an item that cannot be legally purchased in her state!
The only good thing is that the judge told Glock to negotiate the scope of records with her. Her original request does not limit consumer records to just the state of Mass.
Please tell me what consumer personal information in any other state has to do with meeting Mass' consumer protection laws?
It appears that Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is attempting to make a name for himself in the Democratic Party by announcing an "assault weapon" ban and ban on "high capacity" magazines.
The proposed legislation will be proposed next year.
It is hard to say what form it will take since it will be modeled after other states "successful" [sic] bans and focus on new sales. Supposedly, existing firearms will be grand-fathered and there will be no provision for "registration." hmm...we have heard that before.
I guess we will have to wait and how they even define an "assault weapon" and if it is any closer to reality than the recent MA AG's interpretation: "I will know it, when I see it" ban.
Mossberg is joining the list of manufacturers leaving their well-established states due to their states restrictive gun control against its citizens.
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.
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.
Seattle Council votes to melt down SPD retired firearms to stop Seattle violence that has never occurredWritten by Reg Mathusz
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).
"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."
"...Is this really a problem for SPD?"
(paraphrasing) Guns bad...I am the Mayor...Blah blah
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. "
There is a lot of rhetoric going on regarding the Orlando Shooting that occurred yesterday.I don't think that I can add much to it, especially since it was just yesterday (didn't we used to take time to mourn prior to politicizing things?) and all of the facts aren't even in yet.
I don't often recommending anything posted by VOX but this is a (surprisingly) decent (honest) article from VOX titled:
Here's what Democrats want to do on gun control after the Orlando shooting
To me this is the most interesting line in the article:
"There aren't exactly policy proposals for Australian-style mandatory buybacks circulating among the progressive pundit class — largely because it's a nonstarter with the current Supreme Court, which has ruled that there is an individual right to own guns (a premise that many liberals still argue with). Instead it's more of an attitude: the sense that there is not actually any such thing as the "responsible gun owner" Trumble talks about, because it is irresponsible to own something so lethal."
and confirms something that I have long believed about a certain element of the gun control movement - they don't trust anyone with a gun, and that everyone is a potential criminal.
Let that sink in.
Think about that in terms of appeasement on gun control.
Are they going to be happy with just universal background checks? (which the shooter went through)
Are they going to be happy with just mental health checks? (which the shooter went through - he was employed by the largest security company in the world)
And exactly who is on this "watch list" that President Obama has said can be triggered by things such as visiting certain websites?
And how big is this "watch list" if there is "not actually such thing as the 'responsible gun owner"????
According to the VOX article above the watch list is already has over 700,000 people on it, and once included Senator Ted Kennedy!
It is the elimination of due process, and the easy targeting and punishment of anyone (or group's) political enemies.
If people can be prevented from travel ad hoc, and Constitutionally protected rights removed - why not put them under gag order too, and silence them?
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Any questions should be directed to Mr. George Orwell.
I am sure that we all have encountered that place where we cannot legally bring a firearm. I am sometimes forced to leave it in my vehicle or hotel room, etc. As a result I have been using a Gun Vault NV300 for about a year primarily leaving it in my vehicle, sometimes dragging it into a hotel room or even at home (when leaving a loaded firearm on the night stand may not be a good idea).
I have been happy with it, but decided to purchase a second lock box for the home so I can leave it there to use whenever I need it. I also had the idea that a 3-digit combination in the car was not a good idea since I can be gone from the car for hours - If you have the time, there are only 1000 possible combinations to go through. The box itself is also very small and light, so I thought maybe a bigger/heavier one might be better and hoped for a beefier lock mechanism.
I purchased the Hornady TriPoint for these reasons. They were both in the $30 range and use a similar setup: locking box padded with foam and both have a cable lock attachment (a hole drilled through the side) that you can loop it onto something stable to keep it secure. Basically it works like a bicycle cable lock.
The Hornady is definitely larger and heavier. This actually was a detriment in my case. It was noticeably harder to hide as the Gun Vault was able to slip under my front seat and be easily covered with the floor mat. The Hornady was very noticeable. I am going to try getting an additional floor mat and make it look like a part of the car (just another unexplained hump?). The big advantage to the Hornady for me are the three locking points vs the single latch of the Gun Vault (see pics below). Another plus to me is that it uses a barrel lock key. I think the pics will explain better than I can write.
Click on any pic for full-size
Here you can see the physical size difference and 3-digit combo vs barrel lock:
Here they are both opened up:
Another pic for size comparison:
Here is the Hornady 3-point latch system (aka "TriPoint" ):
Single latch of the Gun Vault NV300:
Hornady's 3-points locking points in the frame:
Closeup of one of the Hornady's locking points:
Here is a closeup of the Gun Vaults locking point. Not sure why there are 2 notches since it only has a single latch:
Here are both the units open. Notice that they hinge open on opposite sides (Gun Vault top, Hornady bottom):
Closeup of the Hornady cable. Notice that the side that actually goes in the lock box has a spacer:
Close up of the Gun Vault. The diameter of the 2 cables is about the same although the Gun Vault might be a little thicker. Notice that the loop-through loop is noticeably has a larger opening. This makes it much easier to attach it to things:
For fun here is a pic of the underside of my Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK) seat where I looped the cable through a bar:
Here is an alternate Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK) mounting point. Underneath the passenger seat. I then stretched the cable forward and placed the box under the driver's seat. Makes it easy to access from the rear passenger seat.
At home or hotels I attach it to anything that I can. I usually attach it to the bed frame. They can take the box but they will have to take the bed frame with them. I am going to see if I can hide the Hornady, I feel safer with it since it (appears) to be more pry resistant. If I can't however, I will just switch it out for the Gun Vault and keep the Hornady at home.
However, either of these boxes is a worthy investment at about $30. As always, safety first!
It has been about 3 months but my two M1 Garands have arrived from CMP! Only one is mine (the other is a gift for someone who deserves one). I am very excited as the M1 Garand is one of the finest weapons ever designed (as someone famous once said). The two that I ordered were H&R Service Grades. I was pleasantly surprised at the nice CMP stamped hard cases that they now come in.
My last Garand was a Springfield Service Grade. To be honest it (at least the wood) was in better shape. However, these two definitely seemed more broken in (smoother) although quite a bit more used. The foreends had a definite darker stain than normal. I am not sure if that is a CMP thing, but I like it.
Anyway, without adieu - some pics...
Now that AR parts are somewhat more available I am able to replace some stock stocks (haha). The M4 stocks work, but there are definitely better in terms of durability (or so I think) and especially storage. For my 6.8 I even would like to replace an M4 stock with a full A2.
So who builds the "best" one? Everyone has their opinion and favorite brand. Ever want to drop-test all of them and see which comes out ahead?
Well, GearScout.com did and it makes for a good read: http://blogs.militarytimes.com/gearscout/2012/02/01/buttstock-bashfest-gearscout-finds-out-just-how-far-tough-talk-goes/
The good news? It seems like they all did comparably. The bad news? The all broke.
Oh well, I still need some place to put extra batteries.
Glock Gen4s get a lot of flack for using a captive dual-recoil spring.
Ironically, Gen3s used them also but they were limited to their subcompact line: 26/27/etc. and also the much larger (although still called sub-compact) 29/30, etc. Other companies have quietly adopted them too, including S&W. I wonder how long until other companies adopt them for their full size pistols?
Now there have been some problems with the Gen4s dual-springs when used in the full-size pistols. It appears it has more to do with trying to use the same spring for multiple calibers. Something that Glock is famous for - instead of another part they slightly vary the mass/weight of their slides and use the same Recoil Spring Assembly (I will use Glock's acronym "RSA" here out).
The fix? A new recoil spring. According to Glock this was to reduce perceived/transmitted recoil to the shooter but also to reduce "battering" to their pistols. During their Armorer's course they specifically listed the 40 S&W as hard on pistols. They didn't say it but they implied that law enforcement guns had to be replaced/rebuilt mroe frequently than they would like.
You may have seen me refer to this captive system as the SeeCamp recoil system. SeeCamp was a pioneer in sub-compact pistols. They built a pistol and the dual-recoil system that actually works. I have attached their patent 4201113 from 1980. LINK to PDF: US4201113. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any actual pics.
The Glock 26 RSA from http://www.southernoutdoorlife.com/mouseguns/glockall/stripped.jpg:
But Glock isn't the only one. Let's take a look at a few others in no particular order...
Colt Defender from: http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc177/DoubleAction77/Defender/000_0005.jpg
Kimber (Aeigis, CDP, etc): http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i160/thegerk/Colt%20Automatics/Colt3inchDefenderRecoilsAssemblytopKimber3inchRecoilAssemblybottom.jpg
S&W 659: http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/zz62/prsabordo/smith%20and%20wesson/102_6394.jpg
S&W Shield: http://gunsgunsguns.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/8-disassembled-step-4.jpg
Springfield XDS: http://gunsgunsguns.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/10-disassembled-passive-safety-300x181.jpg
I include the S&W 3rd non-captive but still dual spring because it is similar (secondary spring is used as a buffer): http://www.vintagepistols.com/images/4506-4.jpg
Along somewhat similar notes Colt has been using dual springs for a while. Both the Delta Elite, Officers, and Mustang use dual springs of different weights and circumference so that one fits inside the other.
Colt Delta Elite: http://www.gunblast.com/images/Colt-DeltaElite/DSC05149.JPG
Colt Mustang: http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQjUzH8knvW6eFf7seTPqfZ1VtZjAvwOKWfuwbrVjzQIZI3VZG9uA
ParaOrdnance P10: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/sv1cec/reviews/POcarry9/IMG_1139.jpg
So you can see that Glock is not alone in using the SeeCamp as "inspiration." All from a design and a sub-compact pistol made over 30 years ago! Glock, AFAIK is one of the few to put them into a mass production full size pistol. One has to wonder too...the S&W M&P Compact uses a standard single spring RSA. However, the Shield as we can see uses a dual-spring. hmm..
Just compiling data that I have randomly on sheets of paper all around :)
J frame ------------------- 1.3125"
J frame magnum ------ 1.34"
SP101 --------------------- 1.35"
K frame ------------------- 1.455"
GP100 --------------------- 1.557"
L frame ------------------- 1.562"
N frame ------------------- 1.712"
Redhawk ------------------- 1.78"
X frame ------------------- 1.92"
X frame widths courtesy:
measured 7 guns, all fluted cylinders
end --------end ----gun
1.921 -----1.921---460 12"
1.924 -----1.925---460 10 1/2"
1.925 -----1.926---460 8 3/8"
1.920 -----1.920---460 5"
1.920 -----1.920---460 ES
1.923 -----1.923---500 5" JR
1.920 -----1.920---500 5" JR
GP100 and Redhawk courtesy of http://smith-wessonforum.com/s-w-revolvers-1980-present/291958-gp100-cylinder-overall-vs-k-l.html#post136963544 which pointed me here: http://rugerforum.net/ruger-double-action/17967-cylinder-diameter-sp-gp-six-series.html which in turn points you here: http://=http//www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=491314]I%20Gotta%20Tall%20Request%20-%20THR
CSP switching from P229s to P220s. Just interesting.