Opportunity is knocking

Or,

Alas, poor Remington. I knew them, Horatio: a company
of infinite accuracy, of most excellent shotguns: I hath
borne them on my back a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination they are!

The Firearm Blog noticed the big grey elephant in big green’s SHOT show booth: Where is the R51, and what happened to Remington Defense?

Let’s face it, Remington has not been on a roll as of late. The Tracking Point rifles where… whelming, and the 700 recall mess-up is tarnishing the reputation of what once was the gold standard in precision rifles. There’s been recalls with their shotguns as well, the purchase of Para-USA, the elimination of Para-USA not going over that well, the iffy quality control on Marlin rifles and the fact that the ACR failed to live up to expectations, and you can see why the execs at the Freedom Group might be gulping down Xanax by the handful right now.

So why not sell to Sig Sauer?

Okay, aside from the fact that Sig probably doesn’t have a billion or so in spare change in the sofa cushions, selling most of (if not all) of Remington to Sig makes a lot of sense, and by “Remington”, I mean Remington as it was five or six years ago, before it went on a buying spree. Sig’s product lines and Remington’s core product lines intersect but lightly. Sig doesn’t make shotguns or bolt guns and their ammunition production pales in comparison to Remington’s, so the two brands wouldn’t cannibailze each other that much. The Remington 1911’s do conflict somewhat with Sig’s 1911’s, but if they cut Para loose again, that problem would solve itself. There’s also the question of Remington’s AR line, but again, Bushmaster is just sitting there, waiting to be turned loose from under Freedom Group’s thumb.

Sig benefitted greatly when Freedom Group snapped up AAC: Sig’s new silencer line and the MCX are just two of the items hatched by John Holister and Kevin Brittingham since they left AAC, and I’m sure there’s more to come. Will Sig snatch up Remington as well? Only time will tell.

Empowerment to the people, y’all

The world’s largest bookstore, Amazon, has no stores, and the worlds largest armed force, the American gun owner, has no generals, ranks or chain of command.

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What do Uber, AirBnB and the other elements of the “sharing economy” have in common? They allow people to create income using their pre-existing consumer goods.

Just like the armed, responsible gun owners of Gun Culture 2.0, who are creating “safe spaces” for themselves and others by using their previously purchased firearms to defend what is near and dear to them.

That’s change we can believe in.

Follow up question: When (if ever) will the firearms industry feel the effects of this quote from my friend and marketing expert, Don Giannatti:

“Owning the audience is better than owning a factory.” 

Discuss.

 

The Middle Child

Tam’s work with the P250 is showing that a locked-breech, subcompact .380 is a great choice for people who can’t handle the recoil and slide manipulation of a 9mm. When I worked behind the counter, I’d recommend the very-similar Ruger LC-380 and the not-so-similar KelTec PMR-30 to people who didn’t think they were up to using a 9mm effectively (and there were a LOT of them here in the well-upholstered corner of Heaven’s Waiting Room).

Which got me thinking: There’s good defensive .380ACP ammunition out there that comes close to the FBI standard of 12″ of penetration through gel and four layers of denim, so I’m quite comfortable carrying a .380 on a regular basis, but a little more oomph would always be nicer.

So why doesn’t someone make a locked-breech, striker-fired compact (or subcompact pistol) that has a little more power than .380 and yet is more controllable than 9mm?

Something in 9×18 Makarov, perhaps?

There’s a wide range of inexpensive ammunition out there for that caliber, and some rather respectable self-defense loads as well. The Makarov round has less pressure and less velocity than 9mm, and yet we still think of 9×18 = blowback action, not locked breech.

Look, if we can make a semi-auto gun in a wheelgun caliber like .357 Magnum, we can make a locked-breech gun in a blowback caliber like 9×18 and sell the crap out it to the people with physical limitations that make their need for armed self-defense more urgently than the rest of us.

Ok, Kel-Tec, you’re not afraid to break the rules, let’s make this happen.

Ozymandias, USPSA GM.

Take a few moments to read about the rise and fall of this niche sport, and ask yourself if there are any comparisons to practical shooting.

Practical shooting hasn’t reached the point where there’s million-dollar payouts, and Lord knows it’ll probably never be shown on network TV, but if something like bowling can catch the country’s attention for a few decades, why can’t USPSA?

He Went Full Metcalf. Never Go Full Metcalf.

To be honest, the only reason I can come up with why a “Gun Culture 1.0” writer like Dave Petzal would write something like this is because he doesn’t understand that his love of the outdoors and desire to put food on the plate is pretty much identical to my love of competition and desire to stay safe as a member of “Gun Culture 2.0”.

It’s not one or the other, it’s BOTH.

If You’ve Got a Niche, Scratch it.

I find it very interesting that one of the foremost manufacturers of semi-custom 1911’s stepped back, surveyed the firearms landscape, with years and years of experience building semi-auto guns….
came out with a pocket six-shooter.

That says a lot about the pistol market right now. Aside from an SA/DA sub-compact 9mm, what is there left to do in the pistol market but fill niches that already is being served by some other manufacturer’s product?

And don’t EVEN get me started on AR’s…

Pausing for a moment.

It saddens me that I’ve not done this before, but not going to SHOT this year reminded me just how cool the people in the gunblogging biz can be.

So I’d like to take a moment to thank, in no particular order, Jay, Kevin, Bitter, Sebastian, Scott, Ben, Luke, Jaci, Robert, Michael, Unc, Marshall, Jeff, Phil, Ron, Larry, Allen, Ed, Dan, Richard, Tom, Bob, Jon, Tam, Alf, Grant, Anthony, and a whole lot more.

For a bunch of nobodies, you all are really something.

Alright, CZ, Let’s Get With The Program

The Evo 3 Scorpion was/is a runaway hit, thanks in no small part to leveraging the cool factor that Colion Noir brings with him, and the P07/P09 is rapidly becoming the gun of choice for the new “Carry Optics” class in USPSA. You’re better than you were two years ago, but you still need help. Aside from the new Tac Sport, your new pistols at SHOT this year seem a little… whelming.

Let’s face it, your options for concealed carry suck. Yes, there is the new Omega Man Trigger version of the P01, but we’re still talking about a gun that’s heavier and thicker than similar polymer striker fired guns, and when it comes to concealed carry, heavy and thick are not good. Polymer, striker-fired mini 9mm’s (Glock 19 and smaller) have been the new hotness for at least the past three years, and in response, you come out with… a gun that’s even BIGGER than the P07.

Uh huh.

What’s one thing that all these sub-combact, single-stack (ish) mini 9mm’s have in common? They’re all striker-fired. One may argue (and I have) that striker-fired guns are great for beginners, but all the XD-‘s and 43’s and Shields and whatever are starting to run together. You know what’s not offered in a small, slim, 8 round (or so) capacity pistol? A traditional single-action/double-action trigger.

In a world where a seven pound pull and a break not unlike a staple gun is considered great and long ten-pound DAO triggers are not unheard of, a polymer gun with a nine-pound first pull / five pound second would become a shooter’s best friend. Team that up with a spring system that allows for easy slide manipulation and the ergonomics you’re already known for, CZ, and you’d take over the market.

The pieces are there with the Rami-P and the Omega Trigger. Now make it happen. And send me a T&E when you do.