GunsAmerica Meets The Streisand Effect

GunsAmerica meets The Streisand Effect

As a) the person who left the comment over at Unc’s who started all of this, b) a friend of the bloggers who wrote the initial post, c) the organizer of the Gunblogger meetup at SHOT, d) an internet marketing profsayessional and e) a gunblogger of no note whatsoever, I have sympathy for all sides of the argument. 

No one who does something for love (gunblogging, in this case) likes to be told “Your passion and your love doesn’t matter. It’s all about the money.” 

Try doing that with your significant other and see what happens. 🙂 

But. 

I also help organized the 2A Blog Bash at the NRA Convention in 2009 and got to know a bunch of bloggers. Lord Almighty, we can be annoying, so I get Paul’s point. 

But. 

Just because something is TRUE, doesn’t mean you should say it. How long before all the blog posts deriding GunsAmerica popup on page one of Google? Will that affect his business? You betcha. 

To use a SHOTShow-friendly metaphor, the reality of new media is that the deer now have guns. And when the deer have guns, the best thing to do is get into the ammunition business. Rather than do that, GunsAmerica has chosen to make themselves a target. 

Bad move. And now they’re reaping the consequences.

Carbind

Carbind

Tam has less-than-flattering words for the Hi-point Carbine, Capitalist Pig loves his.

Me, I keep wondering why there aren’t more pistol-caliber short guns out there on the market.

There’s the Hi-Point which suffers from being a Hi-Point, there’s the Kel-Tec Sub2000 which suffers from being a Kel-Tec and also cannot be found for purchase within the lower 48. There’s also the Taurus CT G2 which has yet to hit our shores, the Beretta CX4 Storm (which costs about the same as a dedicated 9mm AR), and all manner of lever action guns in all manner of calibers.

The Ruger LCP and LC9 proved that there was a market for upgraded and “name-brand” versions of guns inspired by Kel-Tec guns, and with the utter unavailiability of the Sub-2000 and the lack of competion in the carbine marketspace, maybe it’s time for Ruger to take a another look at the Ruger Police Carbine and update it for the 21st century with some rails and a folding stock.

And then steal their tagline from me again, of course.

I promise not to complain this time.

Much.

SHOT Show GunBlogger Meetup

SHOT Show GunBlogger Meetup

The votes are in, and when our accounting firm tallied up the votes (they’re the same ones Enron used, so you KNOW you can trust them…), one thing became clear: 

The bloggers wanted to get together on Tuesday night, and the industry people wanted to meet on Thursday night. It’s like there was a big dinner for the industry people on Tuesday night or something…

So, why not do both? 

Bloggers:

Let’s meet at the Grand Lux Café in the Venetian on Tuesday at 7pm.

We won’t have Larry The Cable Guy, but we will have a Best “Git ‘er done” impersonation contest, the winner DOESN’T have to lick Jay G’s head.

The Café Lux has good food and because it’s not a “name” restaurant, decent prices. Since a lot of us haven’t met before, this is what I look like. Scary, isn’t it? If you need to get ahold of me, email is best, (kevin at exurbanleague.com) or follow me on twitter.

Then we’ll figure out what to do on Thursday night from there. 

Looking forward to meeting all of you, some again, some for the first time! 

Update: Larry Weeks from Brownells will be there, and Paul from Safety Solutions Academy as well.

 

SHOT Show

SHOT Show

Atter taking a long, hard look at my schedule, frequent flyer miles and budget, it looks like I’ll be able to make it to SHOT show and train for four days at Front Sight next month.

Looking forward to both.

SHOT, from everything I’ve heard, is gun nut Disneyland, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s coming down the pipe this year. I won’t make the Media Range Day, but I might just be at a special 3 Gun Nation event that week… 

Aside from NRA classes, i’ve not had any formal firearms training, and while Front Sight ain’t Gunsite (what is?), I’m excited to go and learn something new. 

The Good, The Bad, And The TTAG

The Good, the Bad, and the TTAG

I’ve tried to stay neutral on the Truth About Guns v. Gunblog battle because I try to stay neutral on internet spats in general. 

Yes, TTAG stole content. Yes, some of the people there pick fights when they don’t have to. But let’s face it, who amongst us isn’t also guilty of similar actions? To quote Mark Knoeffler

When you point your finger ’cause your plans fell through
You got three more fingers pointin’ back at you

But. 

I left this comment over at TTAG as a response to an incendiary article about who should and should not have the right to defend themselves. 

“Short version of this article: “I’m ok, you’re seriously messed up”.

Slightly longer version of this article: “Look, I’ve had 20 people look at me cross-eyed, so I know I can handle a gun in an emergency. The rest of you can’t, and I know this because I am better at this than you are. Just ask me, I’ll tell you. And even though I give a great example of someone like you who handled things correctly, he’s the exception to the rest of you brain-dead schmucks. And he’s the exception because I say so. The rest of you guys can’t handle things as well as he did. So there.

Look, I understand that this site needs a certain amount of, ah, stimulating conversation, but some editorial oversight is necessary, lest TTAG become TMZ with guns.”

The problem is, that’s not how the article appears on the site: The critique (offered up in good faith) was edited out

Bad form.

Editing out critical comments is a no-no. That’s Blogging 101. Heck, that’s covered in Remedial Blogging 090. Blogs are only effective when they listen to and respond to user comments. Blogs that don’t do this are echo chambers, not centers of honest discussion.

One of three things will happen in the next few days…

  • I’ll get a profuse apology from the site owner, claiming that it’s not their policy to do such things and it happened without their knowledge and gosh darn it all we’re sorry. 
  • There’ll be a flame post show up that steals my banner graphic. 
  • This post will be ignored. 

I’m ok with any of that. I do this for me, for the love of shooting, not to pay people and stir up hornet’s nests.

Update: Already got an email saying it was to halt any “digression” in the comments.
Sorry, but blog posts are for blog owners, the comments belong to we the readers. 
For the record, blast away at me in the comments. I’ll only edit out harsh language, as I want to keep this PG-13. 

They rely on pageviews, links, and search results to drive traffic. As such, I’m not visiting there, not commenting there, they’re gone from my blogroll, this is the the last time I’ll talk about about them and the link in this post is the last link TTAG will get from me.

I encourage others to do the same. After all, the best way to neutralize an SEO whore is to ignore him altogether. 

 

Poor Showing

Poor showing

Hi, my name’s ExurbanKevin, and I don’t like going to gun shows.

No, really.

I bought my CZ75 at a gun show, and I went to another a few years back to drum up some side jobs, but other than that, I don’t particularly enjoy gun shows.

Why?

Guns are tools, and I can’t really see going to a show to look at tools. And no, I don’t like “Home and Garden” shows either. Also, I don’t like looking at things I won’t ever, ever, own. And although I’m as gergarious as the next ENFP, I don’t like the crush of crowds. And with the wide variety of online gun and gun accessory stores, there’s no real reason (for me) to go to a gun show. I’m not a collector and I’m not in the market for anything right now, so I don’t have an o’erwhleming need to go to gun show, both now and in the future.