Archive for January, 2014:

PARTING SHOTS: THE 2014 SHOT SHOW, GETTING AMMO NOW! FROM TRAJETECH TECHNOLOGIES, Inc

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For the better part of a year, all shooters who train on a regular basis have observed the commercial firearm and ammunition supply line dwindle to a trickle, particularly on consumable ammunition. Now in a market anomaly, the US ammunition supply is returning to normal, except for .22 LR. I went to the 2014 SHOT show in hopes I could figure out some of mystery of ammunition supply, from price to supply. Well I didn’t, except ordinary rumors, war and fear and supply and demand. So like gas prices, no one seems to know–or will ever know. Dear readers, I at least tried. All was not Read More

PARTING SHOTS: THE 2014 SHOT SHOW, SILVER STATE ARMORY AND ITS DIVERSE 6.8 MM SPC ROUNDS

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The old adage, “necessity is the mother of invention,” is probably as true in the battlefield as anywhere. The 6.8MM Remington Special Purpose Cartridge (SPC) was developed by Remington and the special forces community based on the .30 Remington cartridge for a specific need–terminal ballistics at longer ranges than normally encountered by our troops. The 6.8MM SPC is essentially a mid-range cartridge between the light 5.56 round and heavier 7.62. The length is the same (57.4 mm) as a 5.56 to be adaptable to the M-16 platform and its magazines.  In short, un-technical terms, the Read More

PARTING SHOTS: THE 2014 SHOT SHOW, OTTE GEAR

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Every year at SHOT, I have at least three goals. The first is to actually understand the layout of the show and see everything in detail. I always fail. The second is to see some much-awaited introduction, like the Glock 42 in .380 this year; and third locate some piece of new tactical nylon usable for everything I do, from flying a long-haul flights to a new foreign locale to shooting a tactical class in terrible weather. It is long after the fact when I figure out if the piece is perfect and will be on every flight, such as my Eagle E&E bag that I have had for a number of years (still Read More

Sitting Ducks

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Straight from the headlines, school shootings, mall shootings, grocery store shootings…  These often occur in places that ban firearms.  Like a restraining order against an abusive spouse, gun bans are just paper to the bad guys.  Many of us take for granted the right to defend ourselves against random acts of violence but it isn’t that easy.  Many states make it almost impossible to get a carry permit, and even if you have one, local businesses can ban carry. Most recently a gunman opened fire at the Columbia Mall in Maryland, killing at least 2, the police are still sorting things Read More

PARTING SHOTS: THE 2014 SHOT SHOW, WHAT’S NEW AT TONY’S CUSTOM, LLC

Bryan Ciyou (Ciyou & Dixon, P.C.)  with Tony Aleo (Tony's Customs)

The long running battle between Eastern and Western worlds on the capabilities of the AK-47 and M-16, had a final chapter written in the debate on December 21, 2013, the date of inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov’s death. In memory, the January, 2014 SHOT Show in Las, Vegas paid tribute to this legend by having a memory book signed by all willing attendees to send to the Kalashnikov family. As I reflected on his death and the great debate, while walking the “miles” that make up SHOT, I realized there is one area where Eugene Stoner’s —16 could be objectively said to be far better in the Read More