Certifiable.

Certifiable.

There was an interesting little tidbit on last week’s “The Remnant” podcast, where Jonah Goldberg interviewed Charlie Cooke. Charlie is the editor of NationalReview.com and is a former subject of Her Majesty who now lives in the U.S. and is also a gun nut.

Why does that seem SO familiar?

In the midst of a discussion about the impact that 3-D printed guns would have on gun manufacturers, Jonah mentioned the impact that Indian casinos have had on Vegas: None at all. What happens is that people who start gambling in a low-rent dive eventually want to take their game (and the experience of playing) to the Nth level, and so that means a trip to Vegas.

Which got me thinking: Why don’t gun companies do more to improve the shooting experience at a gun range? They have a vested interest in getting people out to the range and shooting guns more, so why is the NSSF the only one who certifies ranges as being a cut about average?

Look, I like, nay, LOVE the NSSF, but let’s face it, the average gun owner knows nothing about them other than they’re the ones who toss in an Operation Childsafe pamphlet into the box of their new gun.

What would happen if, say, Glock certified ranges? Or Sig? Would people who own Glocks want to shoot on a range that they knew had the stamp of approval from their favorite brand of gun?

Something to think about.

Gunwriter’s Blues.*

Gunwriter’s Blues.*

From a comment I left about this article by Tam

I knocked out a review of a compact 9mm earlier this month, just got back from a range session for another 9mm compact and I have yet another 9mm compact being shipped to me as I type this. They are all from 1st-rate, brand name manufacturers and they are all REALLY GOOD GUNS, far better than anything built in the last 500 years.

So how do I come up with a way to say “Um, it’s a gun. A 9mm gun. It shot 250 rounds without a hiccup, and it’ll work just fine for 95%-99% of gun buyers who want something to make them ‘feel safe’ and go to the range with their friends?”

We are in a golden age of guns: Pretty much everything from every major manufacturer (with certain exceptions like the R51 and the like) will do a crackerjack job for the average consumer.

Jeremy Clarkson has said that his car-buying advice these days is just “Get a VW Golf. Want something for your family? Buy an estate or a 5 door Golf. Want something sporty? Buy A GTI,” because a Golf fits the bill for pretty much everyone who is not going to make their car a primary element in their life.

So it is with guns, especially pistols, these days. Glock, Ruger, Beretta, SIG and S&W all make a range of guns from full-size service pistol to tiny little pocket rocket, and every single one of them will be a terrific gun for pretty much anybody. Picking the winners from the losers is getting tougher and tougher because there are so few loser guns these days.

 

* And yes, that title is a Soul Coughing reference.

Colt Competition .45 ACP 1911 2000 Round Challenge: Rounds 1001 – 1150

Colt Competition .45 ACP 1911 2000 Round Challenge: Rounds 1001 – 1150

I shot another match at Louland with the Colt, and well, pretty much nothing happened except the pistol went BANG and 230 grains of copper and lead went out the barrel.

Boring, I know, right?

The gun did fail go into battery a couple of times, but I am blaming that on me. Thanks to the short slide height of my CZs, I have a bad habit of resting my thumbs on the slide of a pistol as I shoot, and I’m pretty sure that was the cause of my problems. Just to make sure, though, I shot the 40-odd rounds I had leftover the match yesterday, paying particular attention to keeping my thumbs off the slide, and nothing happened except loud noises and holes in the target.

Colt Competition 2000 Round Challenge

Rounds Fired:
150 Rounds Federal Premium American Eagle .45ACP FMJ

Total Rounds Fired To Date:
1150

Results:
No issues.

Thanks again to Lucky Gunner for providing the ammo for this test.

Flash Site Pictures

Flash Site Pictures

Three Concealed Carry Myths Debunked. The Sheriff speaks the truth here. Read it.

What, a guns of the 80’s retrospective WITHOUT the classic Witness Protection shorty 870? For shame! 🙂

Tam does a good job elucidating what you want and don’t want in a carry holster (two guesses which holster shown in that article wasn’t one that she had in mind when she wrote it…). 🙂

Some nice little drills for the indoor range. If you can’t adapt your teaching to work on a “bowling alley” indoor range, you are setting your beginning to intermediate students up to fail.

Lessons from a daytime home invasion. A few years ago, we lived in a neighborhood in Chandler, Arizona that was, um, in transition, and the townhouse next to us had it’s door kicked in and ransacked, while ours wasn’t. Why? We had an external security door on both entrances, and they didn’t.

I really liked the iDryfire and Sharpshot EZ dry fire training apps. You can easily set up a dry fire dojo inside your bedroom or garage for under $100. Just do it.

This is actually a pretty good list of books about America’s gun culture. I see some that I’ve read, and some I need to read.

College students learning about guns. More of this, please.

All The Laws That Are Fit To (3-D) Print

All The Laws That Are Fit To (3-D) Print

Coming around to this bit of news again, let me explain why this is a big deal.

Significantly, the government expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber – including modern semi-auto sporting rifles such as the popular AR-15 and similar firearms – are not inherently military.

Heller vs. D.C., the Supreme Court case the secured the right to keep and bear arms for the foreseeable future, wasn’t won because a team of lawyers marched up the steps of the courthouse waving Gadsden flag and yelling “MUH RIGHTS!!!!!.” Rather, it was won because a team of smart lawyers used legal precedents to make it clear to the court (well, MOST of the court) that the right to keep and bear arms was an individual right of the citizen, not a collective right of the state.

Now that the DOJ has ruled that AR-15’s and 1911’s are not inherently “military” weapons, there is precedent to go after “assault weapons” bans that are based on getting “weapons of war” off our streets.

This ruling, along with the nomination of the guy who (rightly) stated that AR-15’s are in common use and should not be banned, foretells of great things to come for the gun rights movement.

Let freedom ring!

Would You Like An AR With Your AR?

Would You Like An AR With Your AR?

An interesting article on how augmented reality (AR) and “digital immersion” is changing the world of theme parks.

Which tripped a few switches in my skull.

  1. Movies based on video games pretty much suck, because there is really no way to replicate the non-linear environment of a video game.
  2. Entertainment companies are sitting on a metric buttload of intellectual property related to video games, and all they can do with it is make more video games.
  3. The closer an experience is to the real thing, the more fun it is. This is why driving fast on the Nurburgring is more fun than driving fast on Main Street.

So why not take augmented reality, mix in a few pistols, and build a gun-based theme park based on, say, Resident Evil? You’d use augmented reality built into your eye protection to turn that paper target into a zombie, and then scores and times would be tracked and compared. It would be, in essence, an escape room where you’d need to fight your way out.

As anyone at Battlefield Vegas or Lock and Load Miami will tell you, gun tourism is a real thing. Why not combine gun tourism with theme park tourism and take it to the next level?

Witness Me, 3D Printed And Chrome

Witness Me, 3D Printed and Chrome

Thinking more about this, how long will it be until a major player, a la Ruger, et al, or someone releases plans for their new pistol as a downloaded 3D printer file rather than an actual pistol?
I’m thinking something along the lines of Brownells 80% Glock lowers or a unique pistol design that’s based on an existing modular trigger group. The great thing about the AR is, once you have the lower, the world is your oyster. That’s not happened yet with pistols, but it will.

It doesn’t have to be a major player, either. Because of the wacky patent laws around Soviet-era gadgetry, the CZ75 design is just SITTING there for everyone to use. Someone coud easily create a new pistol that took an existing barrel for a CZ or CZ clone and built their design around the CZ, then releasing that design as a digital download.

Building on the CZ75 design is how we got the EAA Witness. If it worked once, why not do it again?

Upgrades

Upgrades

I have a few new products in for review for Shooting Illustrated, and so far they are three-for-three in the winning department.

The new Primary Arms 1x PRISM scope with ACSS reticle is simply terrific for people like me who have astigmatism. I had been running an admittedly cheap Bushnell red dot on that gun, but the clarity of the prism optic make for a much, much better shooting experience than either a conventional red dot or holographic optic.

I’m also reviewing the Timney Targa AR-15 trigger. Yes, it’s a 2 stage trigger, but it’s a really, really good one. I’d feel completing comfortable running this at a three gun match (and I’m doing that this week, as a matter of fact).

I’ve also got in a Sharpshot EZ dry fire trainer, and I really, really like it. It’s a bit more than other dryfire training devices, but unlike everything else, you don’t need to hike back and forth to your phone between strings. Plus it has a lot of great features like a shot timer and drills and can be used with a bunch of standard targets, putting it at the head of the class of dryfire training aids.

And speaking of upgrades, a little birdie told me that the new owners of the training complex formerly known as Altair have some big plans for that site, backed up with a decent amount of capital to make those plans happen.

Good. It’s a nice facility and it deserves to be used to its fullest potential.

Clawing Back From The (Media) Abyss

Clawing Back From The (Media) Abyss

Well this looks interesting.

“In a challenge of American craftsmanship, this high-octane competition pits master craftsmen and apprentice duos from rival shops against each other in a head-to-head battle for supremacy.”

I said awhile ago that a gunsmith version of “Forged In Fire” was a no-brainer. Looks like History Channel figured that out as well, and they even brought in Doug Turnbull as one of the judges.

Cool.

Oh, and History is also doing another special on snipers, which is cool, but if they can do that, why not do something on it’s competitive equivalent, the Precision Rifle Series?

Yes, You DO Need To Worry About That Little Guy.

Yes, You DO Need To Worry About That Little Guy.

NRA Instructor QualAs I mentioned earlier, I shot the NRA Instructor Qual with the Colt Competition 1911 that I’m running through a 2000 Round Challenge.

I had (*had*) been doing dry fire up to the day of the test with one of my tricked-out CZ75’s, in anticipation that shooting the qual with a gamer gun that has a wonderful single action trigger would give me a little edge, but seeing how I had a bunch of ammo left over after the Louland match, I went with the 1911 instead to shoot up the extra ammo. I did ok, right up to the point where I had five shots outside of the eight-inch circle at 15 yards, over the maximum of four that the test requires. To make matters worse, that one shot I pulled low and left not only DQ’d me because it was the fifth shot outside the circle, it was outside the six-inch max group size required by the test.

Whoops.

Look, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the 1911 platform itself: It’s a gun that wins bullseye matches year after year after year, and it wins them because it’s stupid accurate. However, my experience with the 1911 is pretty much limited to the 1000 rounds I have through my test gun, while on the other hand, I passed the 1000 round mark with a CZ75 long before we had smartphones.

Lesson learned.

I’ll shoot the qual again, (probably next week) because I want to get my certs re-upped and start teaching CCW (more on that later) so I’ll shoot it with something I already know how to use accurately, not something I’m learning to shoot.