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.

BloggerShoot! BloggerShoot! BloggerShoot!

BloggerShoot! BloggerShoot! BloggerShoot!

Yep, it’s that time of the year again: Time for the snowbirds to head to our state in search of warmer climes, and time for we natives to head out to the Elsy Pearson Range in Casa Grande and chat and shoot and eat and chat and shoot and…

You get the idea: Just relax and throw a few rounds downrange and talk and recover from the holidays. 

RSVP in the comments here or over at (the other) Kevin’s

See you there! 

Costas Must Go

Costas must go

I was not on the “Bob Costas Is A Pr!ck” bandwagon until tonight

There are so many things that could be said as a rebuttal to this sort of thing, but the other Kevin has said it best. 

There is no doubt that the philosophy behind those laws (of Britain – ed.) holds that there is no such thing as legitimate violence if it is committed by anyone other than agents of the State. There is no doubt that this philosophy ignores the historical and biological fact that young men are violent, and unguided will be predatory. Instead, that philosophy speaks of a “gun culture” – one of predatory violence without recognizing the other “gun culture” they have systematically been destroying for decades that teaches responsibility, safety, and protection. That “gun culture” does not exist in that philosophy, becausethat gun culture teaches violence, and violence is, by definition, bad. 

Unless it is done in the name of the State. 

Read, as they say, the whole thing

Walther Ramps Up Their Game

Walther ramps up their game

Well now this is interesting. Seems like Walther is looking to start their post-Smith&Wesson era with a bang. 

Yeah, that was a bad pun. Sorry. 

“Next year Walther will be selling an entry level ‘under $500’ 9mm & .40 S&W called the Walther PPX. The PPX looks to be a simplified version of the Walther PPQ. The PPX appears to be a hammer fired DOA (double action only), not striker fired like the PPQ. It does away with the “paddle” style magazine release of the PPQ and replaces it with a convention button magazine release. 

Well, cool. Nice to see them ditch that goofy paddle release and hit the market price point. I’ll admit I have a soft spot in my head heart for Walther pistols, and yes, it’s because of James Bond. 

And before you mock, how many of you want a Mare’s Leg simply because of Chuck Connors and/or Gina Torres

I rest my case.

Trigger Work

Trigger work

I am not mechanically inclined: I lack the patience to do detail work and I soon become frustrated and ask around if any has a hammer.

So the delicate task of installing an Apex trigger fills me with dread. Fortunately, Rob Karrob has produced an EXHAUSTIVE video on how to install an Apex trigger in the Shield from start to finish.

Unfortunately, I’m going to need to head out to Dane Armory to get things done, as it’ll require a vise, punches and heat gun to make it work.

If you’re like me (and I know I am), 52 minutes might be a tad long. Fortunately for us ADD-addled types, there’s a shorter version as well. And the results? Two pounds less on the trigger, and a 1/8th inch reset

I can dig it.