American Built Arms Company 3rd Annual Media Day

The folks at American Built Arms Co. have never failed to impress. Though the past years have been more humble in their setting, the gear has always been impeccable. In year one, we traveled to hidden start-up range to shoot the Mod X rifle platform at 300 yards. The rifles were great. The technology in the Oakwood Controls Target systems blew us away. Dead Air silencers opened our eyes to the wonders of multi-caliber suppressors. You can see that article here. In year two, we returned to returned to the least populated part of Virginia to shoot the Mod X Gen 3 chassis at a whopping 600 yards. The day seemed as hot as the inner most ring of hell but we still had a great time. AB Arms had managed to improve on a rifle design that I already found to be unstoppable in it’s ease of accuracy. They set us up at 600 yards and we knocked them down. The rifles were awesome, Oakwood Controls provided instant feedback and we were introduced to the devastation that is Gorilla Ammunition. Read more here. This year AB Arms outdid themselves. The 3rd Annual Media Day took place in northern West Va. I had a bit of a drive and practically no cell service. I wasn’t sure if my GPS would even get me to the location. The address and facility name were a complete mystery to both Mapquest and Apple maps. Where was I going? Luckily, Google maps found the […]

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Walther and the market today

The Walther PPQ line is fantastic as a whole and I think it is somewhat representative of the entire company and it’s time to take a look at Walther’s success or lack there of…   In the last 2 years Walther has made some seriously good moves and stepped up to bring very high quality to the market at a reasonable price. The M2 version of the PPS is a big success, the PPQ line and as of 2017 the Q5 and Creed. All of these guns are doing great things in different portions of the market. So why is it that Walther isn’t the name at the top of the list of ‘gotta have it’ guns? Why is it that Glock, Sig, Smith&Wesson and others top the list and leave Walther in place as an afterthought? It isn’t function. I think it’s sex appeal. We’ll get back to that soon.   First, let’s take a look at the Walther heritage. Post WW2, the PP and PPk lines were great shooters and a little heard to get as they were made in Germany and weren’t as readily available to the American market as other options and at the time revolvers were more popular. Later, Ian Fleming’s novels began to make their way to the silver screen and James Bond introduced the PPK to movie going American audiences in a way that made it exotic and sexy. The PPK became popular and was a great little gun in it’s time. If […]

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Medical Records Mean Nothing

In case you didn’t know, releasing medical records will mean nothing. Here’s why… Amid concerns for the health of political candidates it seems people think medical records will clear up the issue. It won’t. Whether you worry about Trump’s weight or Hillary’s collapse, a friendly peek into a doctor’s file will mean nothing. The simple fact is doctors have tunnel vision (maybe the candidates are counting on it). I can tell you from years of experience doctors only make documentation of conditions they are treating at that visit. As an example, you may look at the records of an orthopedic treating a broken arm; you will learn more than you imagined possible about that break. However, nowhere in the file is it mentioned the patient is a paraplegic in a wheelchair. That’s a big part of the person’s overall condition, but it’s not the condition being treated. So, records from a single doctor may explain pneumonia but never mention other chronic underlying neurological conditions. In fact, with computerized records, anything not filled in by the doctor may autofill as normal. In this case, the official record has false information. This is a regular occurrence. Doctors are human, they take shortcuts like everyone else. So what about getting the records from a primary care doctor? The PCP isn’t treating any serious problems. For those, the patient is sent to a specialist. The PCP may or may not get a copy of those records and will likely ignore the conditions since he/she […]

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Our Wedding Ring Curse – Broken?

Our Wedding Ring Curse   This may be off subject but when I see amazing service I want to share that business information so that others my benefit and so that those that do things the right way can thrive.  Thus my story appears in the blog section of this website. Our sad luck with rings in the past… When we got engaged and married, our rings were unique.  The diamond set I found for my wife was tension set in a bridge design like nothing I had seen before.  My ring was Tungsten with spikes around the band in such a way that they looked painful but were just short enough to be comfortable.  In our wedding, we passed the rings around the congregation to be blessed by everyone.  Those rings were irreplaceable to us.  So after a while of wearing a wedding ring I began to develop a divot in finger and my ring became too loose to wear.  I had to set about replacing it.  I ordered the same ring in a new size because Tungsten Carbide is too hard to cut and size, and it would have ruined the symmetry of the ring.  My new smaller band arrived and I wore it about 1 week before I found out that I am in the incredibly small percentage of people that are allergic to Tungsten.  Contact dermatitis made it impossible to wear.  So my unique ring was gone.  I was trading out cheap replacements while searching for something […]

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GUNVOTE 2016

I don’t know about you but I am afraid. I am afraid of the coming elections. The republican side is down to a choice of 4 possibilities. I can only say I am sure of the stance of 1 of those 4 on guns. 1 of those 4 has never changed his opinion on guns and the 2nd amendment. 1 of those 4 has never supported an “assault weapons” ban. 1 of those 4 has fought to protect your gun rights in the supreme court. Please research the past of the candidates before you vote. It matters more this time than ever. Why is it a bigger deal this time? Because the next president will likely be the person to add the deciding vote to the supreme court roster. That means one of the 6 candidates from the 2 parties will set the rule of law for the next generation. Recent gun cases have been split 5 to 4 in our favor. It can swing the other way in the blink of an eye. This is the time to stand up for a single issue … protect your guns or you will lose them in time to policies and laws like those implemented by England and Australia. I have watched for years as the culture of the land I grew up in has eroded away like sand through my fingers. I won’t survive losing my rights too.

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Why the gun industry needs Twitter

When discussing internet advertising, it’s clear that Facebook is the largest and most successful social media outlet available. Every computer and smartphone on the planet seems to have an account connected at all times. Facebook outlasted and replaced previous mega-site and rival MySpace leaving them in relative obscurity. The social leviathan continues to expand and if another popular social media application or site begins to gain market share Facebook simply buys them. The most recent and relevant example would be another wildly popular application; Instagram. So with Facebook being at everyone’s fingertips the obvious answer for business marketing personnel is to create and nurture a business page on Facebook. More recently, the use of Instagram to market with high impact visuals has proven to be quite effective. These tools are even more effective than most commercial television advertising because people follow the pages showing an active interest in the brand they follow. So, Facebook and it’s subsidiaries are the best alternative marketing available to businesses… Unless your business is weapons. Gun and knife manufacturers noticed a long time ago that their posts on Facebook weren’t being seen with any regularity by the fans that followed them. One day a post may be seen by 25% of a page’s audience while the next post only gets a handful of views. If seemed as if somehow Facebook was impeding reach of pages to their own audiences. The next logical step for weapon related pages was to attempt to boost posts buy paying […]

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Ruger at SHOTShow 2016

Ruger at SHOTShow 2016   So Ruger came to SHOT this year with a mixed bag in my opinion.  As you may have already seen on the YouTube channel, my opinion may be a little controversial.  I am a big fan of Ruger and I am still very happy with some of this year’s offering, but if my opinion isn’t completely positive about each and every product so be it.  I feel that you came to a review site to read opinion after all, and if it’s not 100% happy, you can chalk it up to honesty. So let’s just jump into the controversy.  The Ruger American Pistol was revealed at the show and I am not a giant fan.  Is the American Pistol a big story, of course it is.  Ruger appears to be going after government contracts.  That’s fine by me the company has always provided an overbuilt, supremely safe product.  The problem for me is, it’s boring.  As far as shooting this gun goes,  I barely remember it.  I shot it in 45 and 9mm at shotshow and there was nothing that impressed me.  The gun’s styling is average.  The trigger is fine but when compared to the Walther PPQ it’s not as good.  The size seems a little bulky.  It doesn’t fit my hand as well as the Ruger SR9 does… It just feels like an “also ran” situation.  As in, not a winner not a loser, just one of many in the middle.  Sorry, it […]

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Jesse James Firearms Unlimited

When I travel to ShotShow each year I go to work. I’m not there as a star gazing fan boy. The celebrities I see are there to do a job and I’m there to cover the show and get information on the industry. That being said, there are exceptions to every rule. I occasionally see people that really get me excited and if I am lucky, I may have legitimate reason to meet them.   This year I was very lucky to meet a man that is a bit of an icon for me, Jesse James. I have been following his work for well over ten years. When I first saw Jesse he was building custom motorcycles at his West Coast Choppers shop on television. The styling of his work was like nothing I had ever seen. The choppers had an aesthetic that was unique and beautiful. Every time I saw a bike finished it seemed to be the pinnacle of motorcycle achievement and then he would make a new bike that surpassed it. Needless to say anything that Jesse was doing became appointment television and a miniature of my favorite bike to date had a spot on the shelf nearby.   James is an artist and like most artists his creativity was later channeled into a new medium. The show Jesse James Outlaw Garage documented a little of his vision on four wheels.   Later, I was enthralled by his quest for more creative knowledge as he learned a […]

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Active shooter response?

(If you are a LEO I would ask that you chime in on this discussion and let the public know what the reality may be.) I am listening to local talk radio discussing the story of the 12 that was shot with the realistic toy gun. I am not interested in discussing that case. Rather, I am interested in discussing comments made about police response. The host stated the police responded to this situation as an “active shooter” scenario. In this case the gun was a toy, there were no shots fired (nor could there have been). If someone has a gun (the child had it tucked in his belt at the time) and the police are called, does that make it an active shooter scenario? A short while ago I complained loudly about a news story reporting an active shooter on a Kansas campus. In reading the story, toward the end, I learned no shots had been fired. It was just a situation where police were called because a man was seen with a gun. If it is standard procedure to treat everyone with a gun as an active shooter scenario, I’m in trouble. I carry everyday. I do so legally. I have a permit to do so. But even if I didn’t, I can carry a gun in Virginia openly with no permit as protected by the Second Amendment. So, if I follow my constitutional right to carry a weapon and someone freaks out and calls the police. […]

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Wake Up NRA

NRA Sitting on hold for over 35 minutes waiting for the NRA member line to let me speak with someone to set up the automated payment for my life membership. Tips for NRA: The left already believes gun owners are a bunch of stupid hillbillies, let’s not perpetuate that stereotype by having some guy that doesn’t read smoothly give the same info over and over while on hold. Each time the recording repeats the poor reading is accentuated further. If you have a member calling in to pay money to you, don’t make them wait 35 minutes to do so. Stop with the free gifts for joining. If someone believes in the principles the NRA stands for, they will join whether you bribe them or not. The free gifts actually have a negative effect on your members. In my case you offered a pocket knife for joining. In the photo it appears substantial and handsome, plus it’s emblazoned with the NRA logo! It took months for the “gift” to arrive (I had actually forgotten about it). I saw what was in the package and my thought was, “Wow, that’s a lot smaller than they made it look.” But not a big deal, right? Then I got to the plan brown box in the envelope and what did I see, a white stick with “Made in China” on it… Really, you market to patriots and then send Made in China gifts???? Then there’s the knife itself, not just small, its rattling […]

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