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Friday, July 25, 2014

Remington R51 Recall...

The full text of Remington’s announcement is as follows:
“Earlier this year, we launched the innovative R51 subcompact pistol to critical acclaim. During testing, numerous experts found the pistol to function flawlessly. In fact, they found it to have lower felt recoil, lower muzzle rise and better accuracy and concealability than other products in its class.
However, after initial commercial sales, our loyal customers notified us that some R51 pistols had performance issues. We immediately ceased production to re-test the product.  While we determined the pistols were safe, certain units did not meet Remington’s performance criteria. The performance problems resulted from complications during our transition from prototype to mass production. These problems have been identified and solutions are being implemented, with an expected production restart in October.
Anyone who purchased an R51 may return it and receive a new R51 pistol, along with two additional magazines and a custom Pelican case, by calling Remington at (800) 243-9700.
It had to happen. Remington was catching a boatload of crap for being too slow and not necessarily because they came out with a gun that was not reliable as that will happen to any gun company.
I hope there has been a serious shake up within Remington as people are complaining not about theR51 but many of their other guns plusthey are also recalling their two models of their most popular rifles.
Time to step up.
h/t Miguel at Gun Free Zone.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

R.I.P. Maura

She was deathly afraid of guns. Told me that she would turn around if she walked down a grocery store aisle if there were a uniformed police officer there with a gun on his hip. When I told her about my interest in guns she was shocked.

But we were dear friends. She trusted me. I coaxed her into the world of shooting. She bought a Walther P22.

She even blogged about it as a guest blogger on the old "North" blog. She supported me starting North and then starting the Gun Blog Black List. She became an advocate for gun rights.

My friend passed away this morning.

I love you and I'm going to miss you terribly.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Plot Thickens or Sickens...

Depending on your point of view...

More is coming out on the Tactical Firearms deal down in Houston...

But KHOU learned of a new twist. Alcede, the same man accepting donations online is being sued by his business partner Coe Wilson for allegedly taking money from the business an using it for personal purchases like a Caribbean vacation and jewelry.
“He’s blamed the President of all people for his problems, when he should be blaming himself,” said Richard Nguyen, who represents Coe Wilson. “Jeremy has mismanaged funds to the detriment of the company.”
Full article HERE.
This one seems to get stranger by the day...  And NOT what we need right now...
h/t Daniel for the link.

Monday, June 23, 2014

"Games" are being played...

Thanks to Gruel Dog for the heads up on this one...

When you read the link below, you will probably need to grab the BP medicine, and/or the duct tape...

Weblink HERE.

I can only say I TRULY hope some people go to jail over this one...  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Four Rules

Rule #1: All Firearms are always loaded at all times. Even if you just checked it. If you set it down be sure to check it again. And visually and physically inspect that the chamber is empty.  Never hand a firearm to someone without checking to ensure it is properly safed and unloaded.

Rule #2:  Never point a Firearm at anything you do not intend to destroy.  Notice Gunny and I did NOT say do not intend to shoot.  This is to make you and others T-H-I-N-K about just where the muzzle of your firearm points.  A firearm is not a toy.  There are no take backs or do overs if you have a ND/AD (Negligent Discharge/Accidental Discharge).  Firearms can do more than just kill.  They can wound, maim, paralyze, scare and a whole host of things.  Unless you intend on "Destroying" what you are pointing your firearm at, keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times.  And no horseplay either.

Rule #3:  Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.  If you cannot positively and absolutely identify your target AND what is behind your target.  DO NOT FIRE. In case you miss, or your rounds fully penetrate and exit the target.  Is it a wall which could stop that round?  Is it an open field?  Is it a play ground full of children or a street full of passenger vehicles and pedestrians?  You know Innocent Bystanders.  You need to determine if it is safe for you to take the shot, without risking the lives of others EXCEPT your intended target.

Rule #4:  Keep your finger off the trigger until you are sights on target and ready to fire.  I'll borrow this from Tam who I heard it from first.  "Keep your booger hook off the bang switch."  Until you are ready to fire.

And here is my personal Rule #5.

PRACTICE.  It does you no good to have the top of the line gee whiz bang super dooper master boomer bangety bang bang, if you cannot put all of your rounds on target.  Not one or two rounds with the rest flying over the targets head.  ALL of them.  How else will you know that your firearm will do the job you ask it to do?  Do you have too much gun?  Too much recoil?  If you do have to reload it quickly, can you?  Have you practiced it enough that it is comfortable?  Unless you practice, you will never know.  And someone may die.  Possibly you.  Possibly a child who was not your intended target.  Could you live with that if it happened?

Practice like your life and the lives of your loved ones depends on it.  Because it just might someday.