Shot Show GunBlogger Meetup AAR

Shot Show GunBlogger Meetup AAR

Executive Summary: Wow. 

More later once I go through the cards and link back to everyone who participated. Suffice to say I’m SERIOUSLY impressed with you all: For a bunch of nobodies, there’s some smart cookies out there in the gunblogging world. 

Right now, I’m off to G-Lock with peeps from GunUp for a product demo, then later tonight it’s the 3 Gun Nation Shoot-Off, then more fun and games tomorrow!. 

Virtual Gun Nuts

Virtual gun nuts

Wolfenstein 3d

That’s a screenshot of one the very first 3-D First Person Shooter (FPS) games, Castle Wolfenstein 3-D. Since it was released twenty years ago, the video game industry has blossomed to into a bigger industry than Hollywood movies

Twenty years. That means if you were, say, 12 years old when Wolfenstein was released in 1992, you’re 32 now, are well into your career, have some disposable cash to spend, and you’ve been playing with (virtual) guns for twenty years. Chances are, you’re open to trying out the real thing now. 

I don’t think gun culture and the gun industry realizes just yet what that means. We can talk about anti-gun media bias all we want, but for the last twenty, people have been test-driving guns online: Now it’s time to safely welcome them into the real world of guns. 



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.


Cheap, Quick And Dirty

Cheap, quick and dirty

No, that is NOT the answer to “How does Exurbankevin like his women!”


I digress.

Caleb kicked over a hornet’s nest talking about his dislike of cheap guns. Me, I’m ok with them. Sorta.

  1. Yes, sometimes, a cheap gun is all you can afford. At the first Arizona Bloggershoot a few years ago, the benches to the south of us were occupied with a bunch of locals who were havin’ a grand ol’ time shootin’ things up with a half-dozen Mosins, a few HiPoints, a Mossberg Maverick and a Taurus PT145.
    They were being safe, so who am I to tell them not to have a good time just because their guns were cheap?
  2. Cheap guns are the gateway drug to expensive guns. Someone who shoots a cheap gun regularly will soon have it break on them, and that’ll be the end of cheap guns for them. Should they have bought an expensive gun in the first place? Probably, but maybe if they did, they wouldn’t have the money on ammo to make their cheap gun break: They’d have bought an expensive gun and never shot it. Which leads me to…
  3. Cheap guns allows for more training, and a good training regime can break cheap guns into little bitty pieces (ask Todd G about that). Given a choice between a newcomer buying a $300 Kel-tec, $100 of ammo and a $100 NRA Basic Pistol class versus a guy who buys a $450 Glock and shoots it only once a year, gimme the trained newbie with a cheap gun any day of the week.

There is a place for cheap guns, just like there’s a place for beater cars and cheap cameras.

If nothing else, a cheap gun is a life’s way of telling you that somethings are worth what you pay for them.