Connecticut-Legal AR-15

Sit & Spin, Malloy!

Sit & Spin, Malloy!

Well, the eagle has landed, folks.

The illogical and capricious nature of gun laws (I’m still waiting to hear what the problem with barrel shrouds is) renders them vulnerable to circumvention by engineering changes, or even cosmetic changes. Where there is a will, there is a way.

The development of bizarre AR-15 features like thumbhole stocks, fixed-magazines fed by stripper clips, bullet-buttons, single-shot operation, lever-action and pump action were driven by the need to circumvent specifically-worded gun laws.

In the wake of the SAFE Act in NY, Black Rain Ordnance created a snake-like stock to render their otherwise-stock AR15 NY-legal. Goofy-looking, but functional.

And now Ares Defense has redesigned the AR15 lower receiver to allow a traditional Monte Carlo stock to be attached (alas this particular shoulder thing will not go up), rendering the final product legal to own in CT without registering it as an assault weapon. They promised it back in April, but it is in stores right now.

Scout Rifles

Versatility

Versatility

Everybody likes new things. And the advertising practices of the past 50 years have deepened and solidified our hunger for new things beyond the limits of common sense.

How else to explain the mad dash to ditch a perfectly good smartphone when a new model (that is functionally 97% identical to the old model, and light-years better than the phones of 5 years ago) is released?  IT managers were not hallucinating when they observed an increase in broken phones when a new iPhone was released. You can’t have bread & circuses without the bread.

Guns are not immune to this trend. When something bigger/smaller/faster/shinier comes out, we all salivate a little. Senator Phil Gramm once described the size of his arsenal as “more than I need, but not as many as I want”.  A smart consumer should mitigate his/her urge to acquire new hardware with the knowledge of: budget priorities, how easy it will be to get ammo/parts/accessories, reliability of warranty coverage, and whether or not the gun is chambered for a caliber that he/she already supports.  No one is saying that those are rules to adhere to at all times.  But you need to weigh all the factors against your personal situation before deciding. Bullets without a gun to shoot them are as useless as a gun with no bullets.

Anti-Gun RINO Goes Down

Loser

Loser

Connecticut held its Republican primary for the upcoming election for Governor, to see who would face the embattled Democrat Dannel Malloy in the fall.

It goes without saying that Dan Malloy, the anti-gun, tax-happy, stuttering father of a drug-dealer armed robber has to get booted.  He ran Stamford into the ground as mayor, and then did his best to steer the entire state into a fiscal ditch.

But who to choose to oppose Malloy?  Businessman (and former Ambassador to Ireland) Tom Foley narrowly lost to Malloy 4 years ago, and was running for the nomination again.  His chances are said to be better this time, as Malloy’s reputation has fallen even lower.

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?