A Question for the Studio Audience

“Without the in-person transfer of firearms at a licensed FFL dealer mandated by the 1968 Gun Control Act, the local gun store as we know it would not exist today.” 

Now before you say, “Why, that’s poppycock! I know and trust the store around the corner and I will always go there!”, consider this. 

In the late 80′s, there were a number of locally-owned camera stores in the Phoenix area. Photomark, Wilson Camera, Foto Forum, Mesa Camera Shop, to name just a few. Most had more than one store, and you could usually find one near where you lived or worked.

Now most have closed down, leaving just a few stores scattered over the Valley

Why?

Well, at first came the big box stores who sold the same “prosumer” SLR’s like Minolta Maxxum’s and Canon EOS’s that undercut the prices at local stores. The small shops I worked at couldn’t compete on price, and we spent our time educating the people in our stores who would drive down the street to buy their camera for $20 less at CircuitCity, then return to us for accessories and film. That worked for a while as there was just as much money (if not more) to be made on a camera bag as there was on the camera itself.

Then came digital and Amazon.com, and everything changed again. Now customers had no reason to go to BestBuy because they could buy the camera at Amazon for less, and because they were making fewer prints, they had little to no reason to come to the local camera store for film developing.  An entire business market was wiped out in ten years, and even the big boys were affected. 

Now consider this: Without the need to pickup a gun in-person, would you go to a local gun store, or would you just buy something at a big-box store like Cabela’s or The Mountain Of Goose? Would you even bother doing that, if Amazon sold and delivered guns right to your door. 

Something to think about.

Detroit Glock City

Regular contributor Ed sends this one in.

DGCPolice: Break-in suspect shot, dies after crash

Detroit police say a break-in suspect who was shot by homeowner has died after crashing a getaway vehicle into a nearby home.

Sgt. Michael Woody says two people tried to break into the home on the 15000 block of Glastonbury early Thursday through a window and a third was sitting in the vehicle.

Woody says the homeowner shot at the suspects, who returned fire. He says the person in the vehicle was hit and the two other suspects fled on foot.

FOX 2′s Roop Raj reports a woman in the home that was crashed into was injured. Police didn’t immediately say whether the gunfire or crash killed the suspect.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that an overdose of injected lead didn’t exactly turn him into Parnelli Jones overnight.

Dead Goblin Count: 476 (Enfield)

Is It Time For A New Kind Of Gun Review?

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Grant Cunningham has the courage to notice the elephant in the room: Most gun reviews aren’t all that useful

The reports (on the Remington R51) were almost universally positive: raves were given for the gun’s feel, its accuracy, and even its reliability. It looked, according to the people who were there, like Remington had hit one out of the park.

Come mid-January, at the all-important SHOT Show Media Day at the Range, and the R51 was conspicuous by its absence. It was just a scheduling mix-up, everyone was assured, and when they got to the show proper the next day there were plenty of display models on hand. 

As guns trickled out to the public, a different story about the R51 emerged: the triggers were awful, the slides felt like they were moving in a sandstorm, and worst of all: the guns just didn’t run. People wrote of not being able to shoot a full magazine successfully, and accounts of broken parts and incorrect factory assembly were being pasted all over the ‘net. It was turning out to be a disaster of a new product. 

Grant has three reasons why there was/is a disconnect between what was fondled at GunSite and what showed up on the shelves of your local gun store, and they’re all very good ones.

One of the things I’ve noticed about gun reviews is they tend to exist in a vacuum, as if the gun itself had no purpose for being other than itself. This is true for art, but not so true for guns, because tools where meant to be used, that’s why they’re tools and not sculptures. 

Duh. 

So the question then becomes, what task was this tool designed to assist, and does it succeed in doing so? What is the job that an Remington R51 is designed to help with, and does it succeed in assisting a person to accomplish that task? 

Start with knowing what makes a good hammer, then review hammers and judge a hammer by how well it drives nails. Same is true with guns: I really like NutNFancy’s “Purpose of Use” approach to his reviews, and I’d love to see that idea spread to the traditional media as well. 

Wayne LaPierre To Announce He’s Breaking Up The NRA

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Faced with overwhelming and relentless opposition from Michael Bloomberg’s grassroots “Every Town For Gun Safety”, Wayne LaPierre will announce that he’s disbanding the National Rifle Association at the conclusion of this week’s NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis

“Look, everyone”, Wayne said at a press conference today, “We gave it a good run, but it’s over. We just can’t win against the dozens of people who have joined Michael Bloomberg on his new crusade. I mean, have you seen what they’re doing on social media to show how they can get people involved in gun safety and educate people about the realities of firearms? The NRA just can’t compete with that kind of know-how, so it’s time to call it a day and go home.” 

Michael Bloomberg was busy purchasing the entire state of Rhode Island as a location for his new mansion and was unavailable for comment.

Finding out what matters most.

My mother-in-law passed away last week at the age of 89. She had been going slowly downhill for the last two years because of a major stroke, so if anything, this was a blessing, as she is free from the pain of this world right now. She was smart, loved learning and had a deep passion for animals. She was very, very proud of her collection of books and would talk about her most recent purchases whenever we visited her house.

And now, almost all her worldly goods are either in a bookcase in our house or in the bins at the VNSA waiting to be sold.

Would we give up all of those books of hers we now own for 10 more minutes with her (pre-stroke) self? 

You betcha. 

Losing a loved one who took pride in the things of this world puts all the other things into perspective. Yes, we keep some of the books she owned and pass them on to her grandkids in much the same way that my sons will inherit their grand-dad’s M1903, Remington 870 and S&W K22.

But it’s not the same as having them around us. As with anything else in this world, don’t get too caught up in the WHAT, concentrate on the WHY. 

“You know, I wish I had time to buy a few more guns”, said nobody on their deathbed, ever. 

Pink Is The New Flat Dark Earth

jaci shooting a pink arMy Team GunBlogger.com co-blogger Jaci J. has some words of wisdom for her fellow female firearms enthusiasts: If you like your pink guns, you should keep your pink guns. 

Personally, I think a AR with the Black Watch tartan on it would be REALLY cool, but that’s just my inner Scotsman talkin’…

Go check out her story at Shooting Illustrated.com.

Can You Buy A Bad Gun?

bad-gunOn the Gun Show podcast this week, there was an interesting statement made about today’s guns to the effect that you can’t go into a gun store these days and buy a bad gun.

This got me thinking, can you?

I’m not talking about Lorcins or Jennings or HiPoints, I’m talking about Taurus, Glock, Kimbers or even Para-Ordance.

The fact is, as I’ve said before, we are in a golden age of handguns. The days when you bought a gun and then immediately sent it to a gunsmith to make it reliable are gone, even for the low-end brands.