Quote Of The Day, 12/19 Edition

Quote of the Day, 12/19 Edition

“This is not our last stand, it is theirs. If we beat them back now, if we deny them their agenda and keep the lawmakers in line, we will sweep these people from the field.” 

Sebastian 

 Or as somebody said a long, long time ago, “All things be ready if our minds be so.

After-Action Report: Kate Krueger Talking Guns

After-Action Report: Kate Krueger Talking Guns

Kate and Me.Short report, I had a blast. 

Longer report, Kate made it easy and fun. 

I mean, it’s talk radio, so it’s not like you can stay up late and do a lot of homework for it. There’s a zen to this sort of thing, where you let the conversation guide the show, and in that sense, I just sat back and Kate and I talked about Connecticut and SHOT and the USPSA Area 2 Championship and the Arizona Bloggershoot and guns and why the world WON’T end on Friday. 

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Open Mouth. Insert Foot On Landmine.

Open mouth. Insert foot on landmine.

WTF CTD

Cheaper Than Dirt! is suspending online sales of firearms effective immediately.

We are reviewing our policy internally, and will continue to be the leader in the outdoor industry with our full line of gear and accessories.

Michael Tenny, CEO

As I said in the original post, if it was because they can’t keep up with sales volume, then you says something like, “Hey, look, we’re up to our @sses in orders right now and we’re going to hold off selling more until our our search and rescue team makes contact with the shipping department,” they should say that. To suspend gun sales right after the show they were sponsoring (3 Gun Nation) gets yanked off the air gives the appearance of craven cowardice in the face of adversity.

How long did it take Colt, Ruger and Smith and Wesson to recover from waffling on civilian firearms rights in the 90’s? Will it take a longer or shorter time for CTD! to recover from this, now that we are so active and involved online? 

Stand by us, and we’ll stand by you once the storm has cleared. Abandon us, and we will remember your actions when things get better. 

Bring Back The Ruger PC-9

Bring Back the Ruger PC-9

Ruger Pistol Caliber Carbine

And the Marlin Camp-9 while we’re at it.

Why?

A few reasons.

  • There are very few inexpensive but nice 9mm carbines. There’s the Beretta CX4, and then my choices are pricey (9mm upper), average (Kel-Tec Sub2k) or charitably low-end (Hi-Point).
  • Caracal’s coming out with one, so is Tavor and Saiga’s got a new one too. If there weren’t the demand for them, they wouldn’t make ’em. Speaking of which…
  • “Tactical Carbine/Shotgun” matches are popping up all over the place, allowing people shoot 3 Gun-style matches without having to deal with rifle-strength targets or have a 300+ yard range nearby.
  • A 9mm Carbine makes a dandy home-defense long gun, giving you the increased control and added thump of more muzzle velocity of a long gun without the over-penetration worries of a rifle-caliber carbine.
  • And it makes a dandy bug-out gun, too. Having to carry around one kind of ammo and carry one set of magazines makes a lot of sense when you’re dealing with limited space and weight. A 9mm carbine maxes out at about 100 yards, but that’s all you’ll be likely to need in anything other than a complete and total “SHTF” scenario.

Memo to Ruger: Take the PC-9, slap on the furniture from your tactical Mini-14, and you’re there. And Marlin, same goes for you.

And feel free to hire me to write your ad copy for you. Again.

Sweet Meteor Of Death For The Dinosaur Media

Sweet meteor of death for the dinosaur media

Rather than be part of the growing, popular, multicultural world of firearms, NBC Sports and Discovery have chosen to become even more irrelevant by cancelling 3 Gun Nation and American Guns

I’ll confess I never watched American Guns (no cable, duh), but 3 Gun Nation is/was a fantastic show that really presented our sport as exciting, challenging and safe. 

So naturally, NBC Sports cancels it.

FPS Russia has millions of subscribers, Hickock45, NutNFancy and others have thousands and thousands of viewers, and NBC Sports thinks they’re going to change our culture by “not showing gun programming”. 

No word on whether they’ll cancel all the shows on NBC with cops who carry guns, because as we all know, they’re the only ones qualified to carry a Glock .40… 

Yesterday’s News

Yesterday’s news

They still don’t get it

But even though the public might not overwhelmingly favor gun control, there’s reason to believe that Democrats can again feel comfortable fighting for gun control after a decade of keeping it on the back-burner. After all, they’re less reliant on rural, gun-owning voters than at any time in the history of the party. 

The problem with that idea is the idea that gun owners today are rural hicks interested only in hunting. 

We’re not. We’re urban (exurban, in my case), well-educated and we’re more interested in self-protection and living safely than we are in bagging that perfect trophy critter. 

But hey, if the anti-gunners want to push gun control onto us, let them go right ahead. 

We’re the NRA. And we vote. More than they do. 

TV On The Radio

TV on the Radio

Talking GunsI’ll be on the Kate Krueger Talking Guns radio show this Sunday around noon, <dj voice> that’s 1100 AM on your AM radio dial </dj voice> or um, something on your smartphone. 

I’ll be talking about the 25th annual USPSA Area 2 Championship, where local shooters did spectacularly well (it helps if you have spectacularly good local shooters…), the upcoming Arizona BloggerShoot and online 2nd Amendment activism. 

My secret recipe for orange chocolate Drambuie bundt cake will wait for the next show. 

And yes, it’s time for a TV on the Radio song. 

Shooting Star

Shooting Star

Hey, look who’s also got a new DVD out from Panteo
Yamil Sued

Shooting a match is great, but capturing that action can be equally challenging with equal satisfaction. In this video, Yamil Sued prepares you for capturing those amazing images. Yamil is a graduate of the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photographic Arts and Sciences in Santa Barbara, CA with a Major in Illustration Photography and Color Technology with over 27 years of professional experience. Yamil reviews camera options, camera settings, which lens to use, support gear, range etiquette, positioning and composition, shooting in low light, shooting staged shots, post-production, and much more. If you like to photograph the action at a shooting match, this video is truly a must have.

Yamil’s a great shooter and a good friend. Speaking as someone who’s spent many an hour on the sidelines of sporting events with a camera in hand in my previous career as a (photo) shooter, the tips you’ll learn in the video won’t just make your shooting match photos turn out better, they’ll make your kid’s soccer match photos turn out better or the basketball game photos better or… 

You get the idea. 

Hmmmn, Michael Bane has a Panteo DVD, Yamil’s got one, and a bunch of other people do, too

Hmmmn. 

Not just marketing, but TACTICAL marketing

I like it!

DVD Review – Make Ready With Michael Bane

DVD Review – Make Ready With Michael Bane

CCW DVDWhen I went through my CCW class (back when a CCW class was required for discrete carry in Arizona), our class instructor told us that only one in three of us would take this CCW thing seriously and make it a part of our everyday lives. Getting those other two people to take their guns out from under the bed and carry them in the real world is the point of the Make Ready with Michael Bane – Concealed Carry DVD.

Michael Bane is a gunwriter and the host of several shooting shows on The Outdoor Channel. His DVD doesn’t start out with a bunch of tacticool “Rex Kwon Do” talk, but rather, it starts out with the fundamental question of concealed carry: Are you going to carry a pistol with you whenever and wherever it’s permitted? If not, then this DVD isn’t for you. But if you’ve decided that the safety of your loved ones is augmented when you carry a gun on a regular basis, then this DVD is an excellent primer on living with concealed carry.

If you’re a regular listener to his podcast, you’ll recognize a lot of the tips and techniques in the DVD. Michael’s not a fan of inside the waistband (IWB) holsters for concealed carry (I am), he likes compact/mini 9mm semi-autos for concealed carry (me too), and pays particular attention to training and the legal aspects of concealed carry (good).

The DVD is just under 3 hours long and is chock-full of good tips for people who’ve chosen to carry a sidearm everyday. If you know someone who’s just got their CCW and are wondering what’s next, it will help them get up to speed quickly on what’s out there to help them carry safely and consistently. If you’ve been carrying for awhile, you’ll find some good tips and be reminded again of what you already know.

There’s not a lot of “my way or the highway” advice here: The recommendations are either backed up with facts (stopping power vs. the followup shot) or clearly presented as a matter of opinion and it’s up to the viewer to decide what’s best for him or her. Compared to other DVD’s that I’ve watched where the hosts make sure you know just how hardcore they are, Michael’s presenting style is calm, laid-back and funny and his depth and breadth of experience do the talking for him.

The Make Ready – Concealed Carry DVD does an excellent job of giving people the information they need to begin to make decisions about how they are going to carry concealed. For the same price as a cheap holster, you’re going to get information you’ll need to save money and stay safe with a concealed handgun. At $40, it’s a great value and definitely recommended for shooters of all persuasions.