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Skinflint

Skinflint

Kahr Arms has been pursuing a 2-tiered product strategy for a few years now. When they entered the market, they sold high-quality pistols at pricepoints higher than Glock.  They now sell a high-end version of a gun, as well as a low-end version.  The potential benefit is access to a category of customers that normally wouldn’t be considering your product.  The risk in such strategies is that you might negatively impact the sales of the high-end gun more than you gain from the sales of the low-end gun; and that you might dilute your brand’s perception.  The vendor must be careful in designing their product tiers to clearly differentiate the tiers for the customer.

 

The Great .22 Rimfire Ammo Shortage of 2014

Wish I had some!

Wish I had some!

Well, most of the ammo shortages that we have experienced over the last few years are not a problem at the moment.

We visited Hoffman’s in Newington, CT over the weekend and they had virtually every handgun & longarm ammo conceivable.  Pallets, literally pallets, of .223, .380, 9mm, .40S&W and .45acp; both range ammo and defensive ammo, in multiple bullet weights for each caliber.  Every hunting caliber was available.  Even ammo for Tokarev and Nagant handguns was available.

Ammo Bingo

What caliber of gun to buy...

What caliber of gun to buy…

I have read a lot of articles about the ammo shortage.  Some on the internet, some in glossy gun magazines.  Lots of people claim to be able to explain the situation, but no one seems to be able to point to any proof that they are right.

2 weekends back I went to a major dealer in CT to see what ammo they had.

Pallets, literally, of .40S&W, .45acp, .223 and .380.  Enough hunting ammo to keep people’s rifles sighted in.  A little .38.  A single countertop display of match .22 for $12.99/50 rounds.  And no 9mm at all.

I personally bought a Ruger SR22 many months ago to address the lack of 9mm, but now there is no .22 to be had!  My .40 and .45 guns are getting more frequent workouts because I can replace any ammo I use in them.

If all you have are 9mm and .22 caliber guns, you’re pretty much out of luck.  At what point do you step up and buy a new gun in a caliber that you can feed?

 

The Experts Agree: The 1911 Sucks!

Mind...Blown

Mind…Blown

I promised Crapgame that I wouldn’t gloat.

But a very well-known gunblogger and 1911 gunsmith has come out against the 1911 design:

Hilton Yam: My Personal Path Away From The 1911

SaysUncle picked up the story, and it’s going to get a lot of attention.

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Connecticut Gun & Magazine Registration

Fool's Errand

Fool’s Errand

To those of you who reside in CT and own an “assault weapon” or a magazine that can hold 11 or more bullets: the deadline for registering them is December 31.  Meaning, your registration application must be postmarked by December 31, 2013.

Before you make a decision on whether or not to comply with Gov. Malloy’s Gestapo, you must understand that a separate “assault rifle” registration form must be completed for each gun you intend to register.  And that each of those forms must have your right thumbprint on it, and be notarized.  And each form must include a copy of the original purchase receipt or DPS-3-C form that was filled out at the time of purchase to prove that you owned the gun prior to April 4, 2013.  In the absence of those sale documents, you must include a signed & notarized affidavit with each form attesting to the fact that you owned the gun prior to 4/4/13.  Free advice: print extra forms and thumbprint the blanks until you get clear images, then fill out those forms.

For magazines, you can register multiple calibers/capacities on a single form, and no notary is required.  Once again, you are required to provide a receipt or affidavit to attest that you owned the magazines prior to 4/4/13.  But the affidavit must be notarized!

The forms you need:

dps-414-c  (assault rifle form)

CCDL_Assault_Weapon_Affidavit

CCDL_despp-0788-c_magazine_declaration_affidavit (form & affidavit)

The legwork required to complete this process is significant.  You must do an inventory (and it had better be accurate!).  Figure out which items are covered by the poorly-written law.  Fill out forms, do thumbprints, get them notarized.  And if you are smart, you will submit them by certified or registered mail.  So if you haven’t started, you had better start soon.

The decision to comply, or not comply, with this Nazi-inspired registration scheme is not one to be taken lightly.  I offer no advice on that topic.

I will say that the law states that you must keep the “assault weapon” certificate (which the DPS will return to you after they process it) with the “assault weapon” at all times (so you had better find a way to protect it from damage!).  And also that the State already has a database of DPS-3-C forms from the purchase of all guns.

And that the law says you are permitted to transport the “assault weapon” to a place of sale/repair or to a shooting range, but NOT to any other destination.  Which means that if you plan to stop for a burger on the way home from the range, you might become a felon.

Not sure whether to conclude this post by saying: Caveat Emptor …or: Arbeit Macht Frei.

 

.22 Ammo Reappears

Precious Metal

Precious Metal

I have been in 3 stores in the past week that all had .22 ammo in stock.

100-round plastic boxes of Winchester HP, bulk tubs of Remington Golden Bullet, 50-round boxes of Federal Target, 100-round boxes of Remington Viper, 50-round boxes of Fiocchi Official 320 and Remington Eley Match EPS.

All had limits on the quantity that a single customer could buy.

A friend found bulk boxes of 9mm at Dick’s.  Other than that one opportunity, I haven’t seen any brass-cased 9mm for sale for a month.

.30-30 ammo has been scarce too.

But I have seen plenty of .223.