Can’t Stop The Signal, Mal.

Good thing my home and (still) native land has such ridiculously strong gun laws, or else people would be able to carry around submachine guns, or something.

Machine Shop MACs

Two fully automatic submachine guns believed to be manufactured at a machinist shop just west of Edmonton were just several prohibited firearms seized following an eight-month investigation by the province’s integrated police law enforcement unit.

The two MAC-11 guns, capable of firing an entire magazine of 30 rounds in seconds with a single pull of the trigger, were also outfitted with suppressors and oversized magazines, police said in a Wednesday news release.

And to make matters worse, they were probably built by and used by Oilers fans. That there is a hanging offense, in my book.

As Tam is found of saying, you can find 90% Sten Guns in the plumbing aisle at your local hardware store, and it looks like somebody did just that.

Conflict Of Interests

First off, kudos to Glock for turning the fifth time they’ve had to update Perfection™ into a major gun event.

It’s a good idea, and a great way to get the fanboys excited for something outrageously innovative, like sights that are actually useful or getting rid of those STUPID finger grooves.

But.

It’s also the same night as the Macgregor-Mayweather fight.

Think that a large part of Glock’s target market is going to more interested in the fight than being the first to shoot a new gun?

Me too.

Update: We have photos of the new gun! It’s, umm, well, a Glock! Without finger grooves! And with a high-tech innovative feature called “an ambidextrous slide release”.

Something that other guns have had for decades prior to this, but now, they’ve perfected it!

Perfect 5th.

Odds And Sods.

I spent a bunch of my ill-botten gooty from the Amazon links on the site and bought a few things to make my life easier. Thanks for your support, everyone, now on to some quick first takes:

SOG Folding Entrenching Tool 

I’ve been needing to get shovels for the back of our family’s cars, so when these came on sale, I snatched up two of them for just just over fifteen bucks.

Not bad.

It’s a basic aluminum entrenching tool, with a twist-lock handle and saw-blade edge and pick on one side and shovel on the other. Nothing fancy, but it’s a tool that infantrymen have been using for decades now, so it should work for us civilians, too.

Gosky Universal Cell Phone Mount

I bought this because I thought it looked cool, and hey, you never know, it may come in handy someday. Because it’s a “universal” mount, however, it’s a little awkward to use with my spotting scope, and it doesn’t work too well with my rifle scopes either because the eye relief is too long.

Image quality from the mount is below par, probably because the optics needed to make a clear image on the back of the eye are different than the optics needed to produce an image on a camera sensor. Still, for just $19, it’s a lot of fun to play around with.

Esbit Folding Stove

I love these little stoves. No, they are not going to cook up a five-course meal for fourteen, but they’ll heat up water for coffee or a freeze-dried instant meal. I’ll have a more in-depth look at this stove when I test it out with this gadget, but for now, I likey.

Well This Is Nothing But Good News.

The ATF has updated their NFA processes to use a technology first pioneered in the early 60’s!

What will they think of next?

Buy a silencer, any silencer from anywhere (or any NFA item):

When it comes time for your local dealer to transfer your NFA item(s) to you or your legal entity, they head over to one of the three websites setup to generate barcode enabled NFA forms: available now at Silencer Shop and coming soon to Dead Air Armament, GEMTECH and silencer wholesalers. There are no costs or fees for either the consumer or the dealer.

The bad news is, this process got put into place RIGHT before I bought my can, so I’m going to have to tough it out and wait (and wait) for it to be processed by Special Agent Bartleby until I can get ahold of it.

But I am planning on buying more cans in the future, and they’ll be processed using this new format. This will work until the Hearing Protection Act passes and we don’t need to do this silly song and dance anymore.

And Another Shoe Drops.

Ruger’s Q2 2017 sales were BRUTAL.

That'll leave a mark.

Meh, it’s not like I saw this coming, or something. There are a LOT of people out there in the firearms business who bet the wrong way on the 2016 election, to the tune of millions and millions of dollars. Now they’re sitting on a mountain of inventory and an even larger mountain of accounts payable. Now the distributor channels are stuffed to the gills, and they’re dumping product into discount houses, shafting the local gun store.

Nobody ever said that surviving the flood was going to be easy.

Update: Remington is getting clobbered, too. Part of that is the “meh” quality of their recent offerings of late (R9, R51) and part of that is because everyone’s getting pasted these days. But an almost 1/4 sales drop? Yeouch.

Three Books Every Firearms Trainer SHOULD read…

Bad email… but most won’t.

Why? Because they’re too busy trying to be a good gunslinger, not a good businessman.

A quick story.

The email at the right here is a perfect example of why I still try to help out the gun industry with marketing. This is an email from Bass Pro Shops, one of the biggest names in firearms retail, and it sucks. Someone in their marketing department decided that making everything look pretty was more important than getting the message across, so they designed what I assume is a pretty-looking .jpg image that had all their content on it, dropped that image into a basic .html message, and voila, out it goes, and the money comes POURING in.

Except, of course, that images in an email are turned of by default in most email clients these days. This means people will have to REALLY want to read your message and turn images on for you before they have a clue what you’re trying to say. Also (and even worse), emails that are nothing but an image get clobbered by spam filters, which means chances are that email never got to their inbox in the first place, and if it did, because it was nothing but an image, it’s going to hurt the deliverability of your emails for months to come.

So what three books should a firearms trainer read to help avoid a rookie mistake like this?

Seth Godin: Permission Marketing

Modern-day marketing begins with this book. Written when email marketing was in its’ infancy, it’s the book that secured Seth’s position as the internet’s leading marketing guru.

The Non-Designer’s Web Book

No, we can’t erase bad design from the web altogether, but we can make it less frequent. This book is easy to read and helps even the most left-brained of nerds get in touch with their inner Paul Rand.

The Yahoo! Style Guide

Avoid the ongoing AP vs. Chicago style gang war, and instead, concentrate on writing for your audience. Learn what an upside-down pyramid is, and why it’s so important to reading comprehension. This is a great book on how to keep your blog posts short, and keep your audiences coming back.

A few evenings spent with these books will help you gain more students than a month spent on learning how to do a faster tactical reload.

Nothing Is Over Until WE Decide It Is!!!!

It’s interesting that the reaction to this post assumed that I was talking about giving up the fight for gun rights.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The fight MUST go on, but the tactics must change to fit the times.

We are winning. 42% of Americans say they own guns, and over half of the people who don’t own guns say they could see themselves owning a gun in the future.

That’s two-thirds of America who either own guns or want to own guns.

That’s winning.

Fear is not a motivator for the majority. Fear is what the minority uses to close ranks and hold ground.

We’re not losing ground anymore. We are the majority now. Let’s act like it.

Bearing Arms Shouldn’t Be A Burden

Gun writer and bon vivant Jenn Jacques was let go from BearingArms.com last week, and from what I understand, the site itself might be going away very soon as well.

Not all that surprising. They won. We have a pro-gun President in the White House, nominally pro-gun Republican majorities in Congress, and the balance of power will be maintained (or improved upon) in the Supreme Court. The future that BearingArms wrote about happened, and now they (along with a host of other gun companies) are not really sure what to do next.

This has happened before. I was a subscriber to WIRED magazine since issue #2, a time when the Internet pretty much consisted of email, USENET and FTP.

The web? The web existed on a server in Illinois, and that was about it. A few years later, when the digital future that WIRED was predicting would happen actually happened, they didn’t know what to do. WIRED morphed into Inc. for the dot-com crowd, then after that bubble burst, it was more about movies and geek culture until finally, today, they’re little more than Vanity Fair for the Silicon Valley crowd.

We haven’t hit that “dot com bubble” yet with gun culture, because since 1994 (or even earlier…) our culture hasn’t been based around expanding our rights and welcoming new people into the fold, it’s been built on fear and defensive warfare that bitterly clings to what few rights we had left.

We’re on the cusp of something truly wonderful here. Let’s not let past fears ruin it.

 

Not For Sale: Mossberg 930 SPX Shotgun

Well that was fast: I originally wrote this article over weekend about the 930SPX that I had for sale on Armslist.com. I listed the darn thing on Saturday, and it sold on Sunday, making this post rather redundant.

So instead, just enjoy these pics of a gun I no longer have.

Buy now

Mossberg 930SPX for sale

custom made