Three Guns I'd Like To See At SHOT

Three Guns I'd Like To See At SHOT

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… but probably won’t.

  1. An AR-15 upper chambered in .22 TCM.
    Bonus points if it’s a “pistol length” upper designed for SBR’s AR pistols with a Sig brace.
    I love this cartridge. It’s everything you’d want in an intermediate, “PDW” size round, but right now, the only guns that use it are RIA 1911’s and one bolt-action rifle. The .22TCM is based off a .223 cartridge. It fires a .22 caliber bullet. It’s friggin’ made for the AR platform, let’s make it happen!
    Speaking of which…
  2. The return of the Ruger PC-9.
    Pistol caliber carbines are HOT right now. CZ is coming out with one, JP has one, Beretta has one, heck, even Citadel has one. Ruger had one and decided to not make it anymore. Re-issue it with a folding stock and rails and watch the money roll in.
  3. A defensive pistol chambered in a major caliber with an integrated light and laser.
    Why should the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard and Taurus Curve (both chambered in .380) have all the fun?

Ok, your three?

SO Did Not Need To Know About This.

SO did not need to know about this.

Ok, I do, but I just decided what my next gun purchase was going to be, and then this pops up in my feed today.

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Enter the CZ Scorpion EVO Pistol. A 9mm carbine that is sold in a pistol configuration and has all of the modern features gun owners are demanding, including a full length top rail for optics and multiple rails on the hand-guards for diverse configuration options. 

However, the best part about the new Scorpion? The price point. With an MSRP of $849 and a street price likely in the $700′s it’s far below the current market price of other competitive options.

So we’re probably looking at a retail price of $850-900 when we add in a SigBrace and adapter, meaning this hits the sweet spot of price/features in the pistol-caliber carbine world, and it’s a CZ to boot. 

Sigh. I wonder how comfortable the couch is to sleep on for decades at a time…

It’s The End Of The Year As We Knew It, Part Two

It’s The End Of The Year As We Knew It, Part Two

So, guns and stuff. 

A pretty good year for new toys, but not a good year for guns.

The only really gun-type thing I added to my collection this year is a Kel-Tec SU-16C that is my new favorite trunk gun.

More importantly, though, I passed the responsiblity of owning firearms onto a new generation and bought one of my sons a used Remington 514 at a charity auction for the family of Marty Kolodziej, doing a good deed for my family and someone else’s. 

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Cool. 

Happy New Year (Of The Horse) everyone. See you in a few days.

You Take On Faith, You Take It To The Heart…

You take on faith, you take it to the heart…

 … the waiting is the hardest part. 

About 6 months ago I popped $85 for an hunk of aluminum that’s vaguely in the shape of an AR-15 lower and a jig, hoping to do an article on what it’s like for someone who’s mechanically declined like myself to make a lower from semi-scratch. 

STILL waiting. Patience is not my strong suit. At this point, unless you’re wanting the thrill(?) of building it yourself or want to get a firearm without the .gov on your back, just go buy a lower and spare yourself a lot of trouble.

What, you think I’d do a post with that title without some Tom Petty? Surely you jest.

More About Trunk Guns

More about trunk guns

I’ve had a chance to play around with and test the Kel-Tec SU-16C for an upcoming article at Shooting Illustrated.com. Look for it next month sometime.

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The gun ticks all the right trunk gun/truck gun checkboxes:

  • It’s rugged: It’s almost all Kytel/plastic except for the barrel, bolt, trigger and action. All that plastic means it’ll be dent and ding free from now to whenever, and it’s piston action means it’ll stay clean while an AR-15 is pooping where it eats.
  • It’s inexpensive. Dude. $500 bucks for something that takes all your AR mags like well, an AR.
  • It’s light. Holy cow, is it light. It’s at least a full pound lighter than the AR I built specifically as a lightweight carbine. Not bad.
  • It takes stuff that people have. That’s my Vortex Strikefire red dot up on top, and the gun ran great with Brownell’s and Magpul 30 rounders I used with it.
  • It’s small. No, make that tiny. At just over two feet long folded, it’s smaller than any AR you can buy without a tax stamp. While it ain’t a “tackdriver” it shoots very well with the stock folded, making it easy to move around inside the cabin of your vehicle.

So I think this will be a keeper after the test is done: It just fits in too well with what I need from a trunk gun to send it back to Kel-Tec.

Sometimes The Reaction Is All The Action You Need.

Sometimes the reaction is all the action you need.

I agree with Larry Keane of the NSSF

While we are disappointed that the nicely-produced Daniel Defense commercial will not run on national television during the Super Bowl, we are very pleased to see the attention being paid to the decision of a major sport’s management that seems so out of touch with the pro-Second Amendment sentiments of so many football fans across the country.

The point of the ad was to make a point. Selling rifles was secondary, what this ad does what put Daniel Defense = Black Rifle, and it works for that purpose very well. 

And it’s had almost as much exposure as a Super Bowl ad, without the added expense of actually showing it during the big game. 

Genius. 

Update: Don’t get me wrong, I think the NFL is a bunch of hypocrites for running BUSHELS of ads for movies and games that feature hours and hours of irresponsible gun use and not an ad for one that does. I think the way Daniel Defense played this, though, turned it into a win-win situation for them.

More Than A Pistol, Less Than A Rifle

More than a pistol, less than a rifle

Let’s say you’ve embraced the idea of a car gun, something to have near you but not on your person that is there to deal with things that need more oomph than your sidearm.

You’re thinking of something that’s more portable than a 14.5″ barreled AR-15 with a collapsible stock, so something that’s under 31″ in length and costs less than a lower and dedicated pistol-caliber upper. You also don’t want to fork over more tax money to the Feds then wait for them and your local lawmen to grant you permission to own a short-barrelled rifle. So what are your choices? 

  1. A folding-stock AK. I kinda like this option as it gives you a heck of a lot of firepower in a small package that won’t break the bank to own, plus it has a folding stock if you need to extend the fight out to past 50 yards.
  2. An AR-15 or AK pistol. Again, lots of firepower, but you’re limited in range with this option to about 50 yards or so, maybe more with a steady hand and a good red-dot sight. 
  3. A folding-stock shotgun. 00 Buck and slugs speak with a voice all their own. A shotgun has an edge on other guns in that it can be used against varmints and small game as easily as it can by used to knock down a charging grizzly, but ammo weight and mag capacity are limiting factors with a scattergun, plus 100 yards is pushing things for a slug shot. Also, because I prefer Mossbergs, finding a folding-stock that works with that receiver-mounted safety can be a challenge.
  4. A folding-stock pistol-caliber carbine. Another way of saying this is “The Kel-Tec Sub2000”, as that’s about the only folding-stock subgun out there right now (hint hint, Ruger). 
  5. A folding-stock AR-15. There’s the Kel-Tec SU-16C and I think a couple of other ones out there like the old Para TTR, but true folding-stock AR’s are pretty uncommon.

Considered, but eliminated due to length restrictions: Pistol-caliber lever guns, full-size shotguns.

So what would you carry around in your vehicle if you wanted more firepower than what your daily carry sidearm provides?

After Action Report: ASRPA AR-15 101

After Action Report: ASRPA AR-15 101

Or, how to use an Evil Black Rifle for something other than evil. 

The Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association’s AR101 was, well, the basics of operating and shooting an AR-15. If you already own one, chances are you already know what they were teaching.   It was the very basics about how the AR operated, what the various controls did and how to use them, some dry-fire practice and a dozen or so rounds downrange. 

The best thing about the class was there were three people out of the eight in my rotation who didn’t own an AR: They were taking the class ahead of buying their first AR as a way to get familiar with the guns they were about to own.

Cool. 

And the other cool thing (in fact, the cooler thing) was that I got to meet a bunch of great people, including Noble C. Hathaway of the ASRPA, Chris “Sawman” Sawyer of Top Shot fame along with some of the owners of the CowTown Range (more on that tomorrow).

Speaking Of Being An Equipment Junkie: What Makes A Good AR?

Speaking of being an equipment junkie: What makes a good AR?

What makes a good AR?

Is the original still the best?

This thread over at Gun Nuts got me a-thinkin’ and ties in with what I saying and about being an equipment junkie.

“Don’t sell your Colt, because tomorrow morning all those guys with crappy rifles will wake up with crappy guns, and your rifle will still be a Colt.” 

Well that’s nice. And in the comments, of course, is the usual replies about, “No, don’t get a Colt, get a SuperBlastonator 3000!”, and similar airing of opinions, all of which is rather devoid of actual hard data with which to make an informed opinion for oneself.

So why is a Colt (allegedly) better than a (insert name of AR builder here)? What makes a good AR? Arguing over brand names is fun, but give me a reason why your particular cup o’ joe is better than mine, otherwise your opinion doesn’t sway me one bit. My AR’s are pretty much set up the way I like them, but all of them are frankenguns cobbled together from a different manufacturers (some of which ain’t in business no more).

We can argue brand names ’til the cows come home, but features and specs are data, not opinions. Given that an AR, any AR, can be customized with rails, stocks and whatnotto where it works best for the user, what should users look for when it comes what rifle they’re building their dream gun on?

I’m not talking barrel length, furniture, or accessories, but rather what basic features/building procedures/specs make one AR manufacturer’s rifle better than another manufacturer’s rifle with identical accessories?

I honestly don’t know this, and I’d like to hear from people who do. Aside from what you can put on it, what makes a good AR, and why?

Update: Michael Bane adds his thoughts. To sum up what I’ve learned from this, a good high-priced AR1-5 is just like a bottom-end AR, only moreso.

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