Book The Face

Book the face

Yeah, I’m on Facebook now. I figure it’s high time I put all that l33t internet marketing stuff that I do for a living to use on this blog and get some more revenue page views.

I won’t just foist off the RSS from the blog onto the page so you can read posts there that you could be reading here. Instead, I’ll be mixing new content for just the Facebook page on a regular basis. 

Oh, and I’m on Pinterest as well, and unlike most other Pinterest accounts, I promise to never post pictures of shoes I want to buy. 

I’ll join Friendster, MySpace and Google Wave at a later date.

MUCH later date…

Who Needs An MP7A1 Or Recoil Magazine?

Who needs an MP7A1 or Recoil Magazine?

This is what set this whole brouhaha off, the Heckler and Koch MP7A1 PDW (Personal Defense Weapon).

Recoil Magazine's CopKiller of the Year

It weighs a bit over four pounds empty, is about 16 inches long with the stock extended and fires an .18 caliber round at about 2400 feet per second or so. Right now, we civilians can’t buy one because of the Hughes Amendment (which bans sales of new full auto weapons to the public), so even if we could get one (which Recoil Mag says we shouldn’t) it would be in a semi-automatic version only and either have its barrel length more than doubled (increasing the weight and decreasing portability) OR be for sale as an SBR, or short barreled rifle, which would require an additional $200 tax stamp and whole lot of paperwork. And that’s not counting the fact that Heckler and Koch product are spendy (sorry HK fanboys, they are. Deal with it.).

So what else is out there?

FN PS90

This is an FN PS90s. It’s semi-automatic with a 16″ barrel, which mean’s it’s fully legal to buy in most free states, fires a .22 caliber round at about 2100 feet per second, weighs about 7 pounds, is about 23 inches long and you can get one without have to beg the government for extra dispensation. Nice, but still a bit expensive at about $1500 out the door.

And now let’s go the wildcard.

Rmr 30 Carbine

The Kel-Tec RMR 30 has been announced for some time now, but I got a chance to play with one at SHOT this year, and I’m seriously impressed. It weighs about 4 pounds, is about 22 inches long with the stock collapsed (30 inches with it open), and shoots a .22 caliber cartridge at about 2000 feet per second.

It’s (still) not readily available, but I suspect it’ll sell for about $450-500 dollars when it hits the shelves… whenever. I’m a big fan of this gun because it ticks all the PDW checkboxes: It’s inexpensive, light, small, easy to handle and fires commonly-available .22 Magnum ammunition versus the more exotic 5.7x28mm ammo of the PS90 and ridiculously expensive 4.6x30mm round that the MP7 uses.

And we still haven’t talked about short-barreled AR-15’s or pistol-caliber submachine guns.

So why get an MP7? Damifino. Recoil magazine sure picked a silly hill to die on, that’s for sure. It’s not that the MP7 is a bad gun (it’s not), it’s just that there’s already alternatives out there for we civilians. Sure, I’d like to own one if I could afford it, but laying my hands on one isn’t a priority for me: Getting better with what I already own is my priority.

Recoil Magazine Learns How To Lose Friends And Gain Enemies

Recoil Magazine learns how to lose friends and gain enemies

There’s another brouhaha developing on teh gun interwebs (wow, when was the last time THAT happened?), this time over a statement made about the H+K MP7A1 PDW. 

Apparently, Recoil Magazine (a cross between Guns and Ammo and Wired) published a review of the MP7A1 which declared it was a good thing that mere mortals like we civilians not get ahold of such devastating H+K made weaponry

“Hey guys, this is Jerry Tsai, Editor of RECOIL. I think I need to jump in here and clarify what I wrote in the MP7A1 article. It looks like I may not have stated my point clearly enough in that line that is quoted up above. Let’s be clear, neither RECOIL nor I are taking the stance on what should or should not be made available on the commercial market although I can see how what was written can be confused as such.

Because we don’t want anything to be taken out of context, let’s complete that quote and read the entire paragraph:

“Like we mentioned before, the MP7A1 is unavailable to civilians and for good reason. We all know that’s technology no civvies should ever get to lay their hands on. This is a purpose-built weapon with no sporting applications to speak of. It is made to put down scumbags, and that’s it. Mike Cabrera of Heckler & Koch Law Enforcement Sales and veteran law enforcement officer with SWAT unit experience points out that this is a gun that you do not want in the wrong, slimy hands. It comes with semi-automatic and full-auto firing modes only. Its overall size places it between a handgun and submachine gun. Its assault rifle capabilities and small size make this a serious weapon that should not be taken lightly.”

Let’ also review why this gun should not be taken lightly. In the article it was stated that the MP7A1 is a slightly larger than handgun sized machine-gun that can be accurately fired and penetrate Soviet style body armor at more than 300 yards. In the wrong hands, that’s a bad day for the good guys.

As readers of RECOIL, we all agree that we love bad-*** hardware, there’s no question about that. I believe that in a perfect world, all of us should have access to every kind of gadget that we desire. Believe me, being a civvie myself, I’d love to be able to get my hands on an MP7A1 of my own regardless of its stated purpose, but unfortunately the reality is that it isn’t available to us. As a fellow enthusiast, I know how frustrating it is to want something only to be denied it.

Its manufacturer has not made the gun available to the general public and when we asked if it would ever come to the commercial market, they replied that it is strictly a military and law enforcement weapon, adding that there are no sporting applications for it. Is it wrong that HK decided against selling a full-auto pocket sized machine gun that can penetrate armor from hundreds of yards away? It’s their decision to make and their decision they have to live with not mine nor anybody else’s.

I accepted their answer for what it was out of respect for those serving in uniform. I believe that we as gun enthusiasts should respect our brothers in law enforcement, agency work and the military and also keep them out of harms way. Like HK, I wouldn’t want to see one of these slip into the wrong hands either. Whether or not you agree with this is fine. I am compelled to explain a point that I was trying to make that may have not been clear.

Thanks for reading,
– JT, Editor, RECOIL”

Here’s the problem, Mr. Tsai. H+K hates the civilian market. They’d much rather let the military and police have guns and leave us with a smattering of carefully-regulated shotguns and .22’s (because hey, look how well that works in Britain!).

And Jerry, you fell for H+K’s message hook, line and sinker (although to your credit, your magazine hasn’t featured a cover photo like this. Yet.) .

There is no such thing as “sporting purpose”: That same tricked-out AR-15 that does sub-MOA at Camp Perry is kissing cousins with a soldier’s M4. The Remington 870 I use for quail is a barrel change and a magazine extension away from riding around in a police cruiser. 

And don’t get me started on 3 gun or USPSA. 

H+K sucks, and they hate you. Once you realize that, Jerry, you can begin to walk back your “only one” -esque statement about who should and should not have access to guns. 

Guns don’t need a “why”: Guns are what they are; it’s the people who use them that provide the “why”. 

TV Is Dead. Long Live TV.

TV is dead. Long live TV.

Robb points out the chilling news for the cable / satellite TV industry: Their current business model is *dying*: The days  of charging customers a flat fee for dozens of channels they don’t want for the two or three that they do is ending, and ending soon.

So what does that mean for Outdoor Channel/Sportsman’s Channel/Pursuit TV/etc. ?

Well, the same, only different.

Shooting shows have what every marketing person craves: A committed audience niche. The people who watch shooting shows are interested in the shooting sports, and we’ll watch good content on any platform, not just TV. Hickok45 has 221,143 subscribers and nutnfancy has 203,875, and then there’s the walking cluster of suck and fail that is FPSRussia, whose unsafe antics have over two million subscribers.

To put that in perspective, if he were a cable TV show, he’d be in the Top 10 for any given weekday.

So the viewership is out there, it’s the platform that’s changing. Whether or not the same formula of “Find a sponsor, send the host far off to shoot something whilst talking about the sponsor’s stuff” will work in online environment remains to be seen. Me? I’d be glad to pay $1.99 each for episodes of Shooting Gallery or Best Defense. Heck, I’d pop of the entire run of ALL of Shooting Gallery, all seasons. And then there’s the quality shows out there on channels I’ve never had, like Personal Defense TV or Student of the Gun. I’d love to give those shows a try, but I’m not willing to pay $100+ a month in order to do so. Give the shows I want, in a format that I can watch when I want to.

We arm ourselves because we believe in personal empowerment, and we flock to the Internet because we can decide what news is important to us and not have a TV news anchor tell us what we need to know.

Sometime soon, we’ll also have shooting shows that accept that fact that we, the consumer, want their content, but without paying for cable or satellite to get what we want.

CZ-USA And IDPA

CZ-USA and IDPA

Neat. Glad to see that my favourite firearms manufacturer is making some noise on the national scene

Firearms maker CZ-USA will be a gold level sponsor of the upcoming International Defensive Pistol Association’s 2012 National Championships taking place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., according to an announcement made today by IDPA officials.

“With shooters from across the country preparing for this year’s IDPA National Championships, we’re pleased to have such a strong response from the firearms industry and are particularly grateful for the generous support of CZ-USA, a company whose products are well known within the global shooting sports community,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

And Matt Mink will be there shooting and representin’ as well. CZ pistols are very popular in IPSC, semi-popular in USPSA and not really a force in IDPA yet. 

Now can we get a CZ Custom Shop CZ P07 setup for IDPA, please? 

Product Review : The Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network

Product Review : The Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network

At the end of last year’s post comparing of self-defence insurance policies, I wanted to make signing up for one of the plans a priority for me once my employment situation settled down.

It has, and I did.

After talking with a local attorney who’s known nationwide for firearms-related legal matters, I settled on The Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network, for the following reasons.

  1. Quality of available expert witnesses. If Massad Ayoob be for us, who can be against us?
  2. Performance. If the initial deposit and legal firepower behind the network isn’t enough, there’s the legal defense fund that’s available if warranted.
  3. Price. $85 a year versus $127 a year doesn’t seem like much, but it’s easier to justify to Mrs. Exkev (aka The Office Of Planning and Budget), and some is better than none.

And the icing on the is the DVD series they provide.

I just finished Disc Four, “Pre-Attack Indicators” with Marc MacYoung, and it’s fantastic. I shared some of the tips from it as I watched it with Mrs. ExKev, who’s a middle-school teacher so she could watch out for troublemakers in her classroom, and she suggested I teach what I told her to the other teachers at her school. This one DVD alone would be worth the $85.

I’m very happy so far with what The Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network has to offer. For about the same price as 400 rounds of 9mm, you’ll get the backup in the courtroom that your pistol can’t provide you.

Hey! Did You Hear There’s A New Gun Group In Town?

Hey! Did you hear there’s a new gun group in town?

Yeah, me neither.

If you subscribe to The Outdoor Wire, you may have seen last week that Todd Jarrett, Steve Hornady and others have formed “The Armed Citizens Alliance“. 

And I got to be honest, I’m a little underwhelmed. I am SMACK dab in the middle of the target demographic for this organization, and here’s what my $25/year gets me

– ACA members will have access to the “Members Only” sections of the ACA website, which will include:

– “Practice & Confidence Scenarios” that can be run at members’ own shooting venues or local clubs and ranges.

– Links to providers of authorized concealed carry permit classes nationwide.

– Links to other organizations and individuals who offer structured firearms training nationwide.

– Access to the ACA Members Store for exclusive ACA logo merchandise and concealed-carry garments and equipment.

These website sections will grow and develop over coming weeks and months.

ACA members will also have access to the website’s ACA Forums, where they can discuss and receive feedback on:

– All things relevant to concealed carry

– All things relevant to practice, training, and preparation for personal & home defense.

– All things relevant to the Armed Citizen Alliance in general.

– Only ACA members may access the ACA Forums, post messages, ask questions, start threads, or make replies.

That’s nice. This differs from The High Road or anyone of ten thousand Internet gun forums and blogs… how? 

If Todd or representatives of their partner organizations are going to show up on the forums as experts or something similar, than yeah, maybe $25 a year is worth it because that’s something I can’t get anywhere else, but message boards on concealed carry and personal defence ain’t exactly a scarce commodity these days. The ACA is going to have to dig deep to come up with reasons for people to dig into their pocketbooks and join up, and I hope they’re successful in doing just that. 

Remember: Google Hates Guns

Remember: Google Hates Guns

Gonna be a LOT of marketing people at Cabela’s, Midway and just about every other online firearms store that’ll be PO’d over this

We do not allow the promotion or sale of weapons and any related products such as ammunitions or accessory kits on Google Shopping. In order to comply with our new policies, please remove any weapon-related products from your data feed and then re-submit your feed in the Merchant Center. 

And as much as I loathe Microsoft, the fact is, Bing! is VERY frearms-friendly: Here’s just a part of the search results for “5.56 ammo” in their shopping area. 

Bing likes guns.

I just switched to Bing! as the default search engine for my primary browser, and you should switch too.

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