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Burris Optics Update

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 1 day ago

A reader sends this from the SHOT show regarding my wondering which optics are made in the USA.

I followed through at SHOT Show like I said I would.
I spent about 25 minutes speaking with Joshua who told me, obliquely, that all the high end stuff was CNC’d in Colorado. Everything else came from Philippines or Germany though their Steiner division but was made on machines they had designed and built.

It looks to me like interesting optics, including one or a couple that have reflex red dot optics mounted on LPVOs.

It would still be nice to know which models are built in the US.

Rossi USA Expands R95 Rifle Lineup with R95 45-70 Government Models

BY Herschel Smith
3 weeks, 6 days ago

Read it at All Outdoor.

Here is Rossi’s image of their gun.

R95 lever action 45-70 Govt

I chose the 20″ version because that’s the one I would get. I like the looks of the gun – I consider it to be aesthetically pleasing.  Now, they just need to incorporate this same updated design into their .454 Casull model and I’d buy it. I think their current model looks awful.

I also question the depth of the drop of the comb.  Perhaps the .454 Casull model has such a deep drop because of the lack of a pistol-grip design.

Having said all of that, their price point is right in the pocket for market competitiveness.  Never having owned a Rossi USA, I have no idea about reliability and good performance.

If they would send me one I’d be happy to review it.

Smith & Wesson Releases .44 Magnum Lever Action Rifle

BY Herschel Smith
1 month ago

I’m sure that SHOT show just around the corner has nothing to do with the timing.

It’s a nice looking gun, but polymer furniture and currently only in .44 magnum.

There is a very much nicer version of this in what looks to be AAA fancy walnut, but of course, for $3499, and it’s a limited edition which means it was a limited run of inventory.

Nice job. Now do a less expensive walnut version of your lever gun, and do .454 Casull.

Image of S&W® MODEL 1854 LEVER-ACTION RIFLE 44 MAGNUM

I Screwed Up, Concealed Carry “Insurance” Is Useless

BY Herschel Smith
1 month ago

You’ve got to give him credit for honesty and integrity.

Some time ago I looked into the caveats and stipulations and decided the same thing myself.

How Scopes Are Made in the USA

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

This is the Burris factory. It’s a cool video that shows some of the details, perspectives and machinery used in the manufacturing of their scopes. They’re good folks.

It’s nice to see scopes made in America. I wish there was more of this.

It was made clear, however, that not all Burris scopes are made in America, only their high end scopes. I would like to see a list of the scopes made in America versus overseas. I guess at the moment, the business model doesn’t support making lower end scopes in America.

If some enterprising reader wants to give us a list of the Burris scopes made in America, that would be much appreciated.

Sig Builds a Red Dot Sight Made Out of Pure Gold

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

Or it may as well be.  $3899.

I don’t care one whit about the ability to have two dots programmed into the sight.  I also don’t care one whit about the other features.

For $3800 you can buy a Night Force scope and have enough money to buy a rifle to use with it.

I just can’t fathom why Sig would spend the effort to put out a RDS for $3899.

And in all of that discussion, you know what’s missing in its compare and contrast with EOTech?  It’s not holographic like the EOTech.

Why on earth would anyone spend $3899 on this?

For The Peace, Good And Dignity Of The Country And The Welfare Of Its People

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 3 weeks ago

Long ago I posted on Jeremy Bryant who hitchhiked with a .357 magnum wheel gun openly carried.  He did it “For the peace, good and dignity of the country and the welfare of its people.”  I respect that. Unfortunately, the URL changed and the link went dead (the embedded video wouldn’t respond).

I quite accidentally stumbled across this video again, and I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year than to commit to making gun carry commonplace among gentlemen of good character.

Do Not Shoot A Revolver This Way

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 3 weeks ago

Stupid Getty Images.

Gun ownership among women has skyrocketed over the last few years. MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP via Getty Images

Get your thumb away from the forcing cone and cylinder gap, lady.

Gaston Glock Dead

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 3 weeks ago

Source.

Gaston Glock, the man responsible for developing the namesake weapon, died on Wednesday at the age of 94.

Glock developed the famous handgun in the 1980s, when the Austrian military was looking for a new, innovative weapon. Until then, the Glock company had made military knives and consumer goods including curtain rods.

Glock assembled a team of firearms experts and came up with the Glock 17, a lightweight semi-automatic gun largely made of plastic. The revolutionary design – with a frame made of a high-strength, nylon-based polymer and only the slide made of metal – beat several other companies’ blueprints and secured his upstart outfit the contract.

The easily assembled weapon became a global hit, with the Austrian winning loyal followings among police and military across the world.

The Glock has been referenced in numerous films and rap songs, including Snoop Dogg’s “Protocol” and Wu-Tang Clan’s “Da Glock.”

U.S. soldiers found toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein hiding with a Glock in a hole in the ground in 2003. They later presented that weapon to U.S. President George W. Bush.

Glock faced criticism from gun-control advocates who complained that he popularized powerful guns and made them easy to conceal and hold more ammunition.

Glock himself was reclusive, rarely granting interviews, and shunned public debate. In 2000, he refused to join other weapons manufacturers in signing a voluntary gun control deal with the United States.

At the age of 70, he survived an attempt on his life when an investment broker who managed his assets hired a former wrestler to attack him with a rubber hammer, a court heard.

Glock had grown suspicious of how the broker was managing his affairs and had flown to Luxembourg to confront him, lawyers said. He suffered seven blows to the head but fended off the assault. The broker, Charles Ewert, and the attacker, Jacques Pecheur, were both jailed.

His 49-year-old marriage with Helga Glock ended in divorce in 2011 and the pair embarked on a lengthy legal battle over alimony. Soon after, he married his second wife, Kathrin, more than 50 years his junior.

He owned a lakefront mansion and a state-of-the-art equestrian sports center in the province of Carinthia, where celebrities showed up for parties.

With divorce, alimony disputes, theft and attempted murder, it sounds like he lived a troubled life. But there’s no question as to the fact that his gun is ubiquitous.

I don’t own or shoot Glocks or any other striker fired handgun.

Federal judge denies request to block Massachusetts assault weapons ban

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 4 weeks ago

Source.

A federal judge in Massachusetts shut down an attempt to block the state’s assault weapons ban Friday, arguing that the law does not break with recent Supreme Court precedent that has severely shaken gun control legislation.

District Judge Dennis Saylor said the state ban keeps with “historical tradition” of gun control regulation, after the high court ruled last year in the landmark New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen decision that all gun control legislation must keep with that tradition.

“The relevant history affirms the principle that in 1791, as now, there was a tradition of regulating ‘dangerous and unusual’ weapons – specifically, those that are not reasonably necessary for self-defense,” Saylor wrote.

The judge added that the assault weapons in question are “not suitable for ordinary self-defense purposes, and pose substantial dangers far beyond those inherent in the design of ordinary firearms.”

And that, dear folks, is all it takes to prove yourself an idiot.

Not suitable for ordinary self-defense purposes.  Substantial dangers far beyond those inherent in the design of ordinary firearms. Now, try to reconcile those two passages.

No, you can’t. Because that 30-06 or 700 Rem Mag sitting in your gun safe will do far more damage than a 5.56mm round. And there were no precedents in 1791 regulating weapons, and there is nothing unusual about AR-15s when so many tens of millions of people own them.

And you know what I see after Heller, McDonald, Caetano and Bruen? I see the supreme court running away from this issue like cowards, especially Barrett. I don’t care whether the court wants to see a full stack of prior decisions on this issue. There is nothing more necessary to make this decision. All the facts are in and have been for decades.  It could be a single paragraph long. Or even shorter.

“AR-15’s are not unusual weapons in America. Therefore, they cannot be banned.”

There, I did it for them.  No muss, no fuss. It wasn’t hard. But it must be hard for them.


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