A couple new discounts added

Be sure to check out the Discounts section as a few late year ones have been added that you might not have known about!





Hillary Duff buys a Glock

I haven’t done a surprising celebrity  with firearms post in a long time. Mainly because it is a forbidden subject in Hollywood but this one surprised me…Lizzie McGuire? The girl who sang the Laguna Beach theme song? 

From TMZ (I know lol): http://m.tmz.com/#article/2015/11/09/hilary-duff-buys-gun/


SHOT Show 2016 bound

Someone asked if I would be returning to SHOT next year (Jan). I am pleased to announce that I am! 

I do not have an Industry Day (range day) invite so I will not be able to test anything but it still promises to be a great Show! 

I will be selectively stopping at booths again this year. If you have a vendor that you would like me to stop at please let me know. 

I like to stop at lesser travelled spots or ask that oddball question.
If you are going too – let me know if you want to have a beer!

“The Australia Gun Control Fallacy” (linked article)

This article was very good about Australia and how they were able to confiscate guns and how something similar might look in the United States. The Australia “model” is popularly referenced by many folks as a result of recent shootings including the President.

I don’t link many articles requiring the reader to click but this one is worth reading from the source:



Why do you need an “arsenal”? What’s an arsenal anyway?

There has been a lot of discussion about people having a lot of guns – something that the media likes to call an “arsenal.” How many times have we heard “The shooter had x-number of guns…” with him or in his home. Not sure what it matters how many he has at home matters, but media seems to think it does. What’s worse is that often times “arsenal” equates to not very many firearms, sometimes as few 3 or 4. In the recent Oregon shooting the shooter had a total of 13 firearms, of which 7 were found at home. This has prompted some people to claim that there should be restrictions on the number that a person can have arguing that a person only has two hands and can only use two at a time. This is true – however, I do not see the reason to limit the number a person can have, after all we can only hold two at a time right?

I write this even as the President has spoken of requiring special licensing for individuals who may exceed an arbitrary number of firearms purchases, sells, or transfers. I didn’t see a number specified but Federal Lawyers and the ATF have previously expressed that such a requirement would be illegal and unenforceable. My guess is it will target people who might have an “arsenal.”

(Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-weighs-expanding-background-checks-through-executive-authority/2015/10/08/6bd45e56-6b63-11e5-9bfe-e59f5e244f92_story.html)

This prompted me to realize that a great number of people are NOT familiar with firearms and are grasping at concepts (any) that may help (in their mind) these tragedies. I was recently in conversation and pointed out that firearms are a tool – with specific purposes and functions. I pointed out that just for hunting that a person could potentially have:

1-goose shotgun, 1-duck shotgun (i’m not using a 10 ga for duck), 1-deer rifle, 1-elk rifle, 1-long range game flat trajectory rifle, 1-big game rifle, 1-Varmint rifle, 1- brush rifle (hog),  1-small game rifle, 1-hunting revolver (again multiple can be needed depending on game)

That’s *10* firearms! An “arsenal” according to some!

I haven’t even touched upon home defense, self defense (yes they can be different), competition (IDPA, 3-gun, trap, clays, etc), or just plinking.

And the 10 are just plain old hunting firearms. They are not even potentially scary looking (shotguns, bolt actions, revolver, etc) aka ‘military-style’ looking.
However, some of them certainly could be.

The AR15 that for some reason inspires fear in non-gun people can easily be used for deer, elk, long range game, big game, varmints, hog, and small game. The platform is remarkably adaptable (changeable caliber) and very accurate. Non-gun people might be surprised that the cartridge that the military uses was actually for VARMINT hunting. (Yes, gun people will be quick to point out the leade differences between 5.56 and .223 which is a technical difference that makes no difference for this discussion but I know someone will point it out).

I will also point out here that I was very explicit in using hunting firearms since they seem to be more accepted (by non-gun people) but that the 2nd Amendment, as the NRA slogan used to say: “Ain’t about duck hunting.” Remember, the Standing Army was DISBANDED after the Revolutionary War, but I digress.

I write this knowing that the average reader is a gun person and none of this will be new to them. However, it is my hope that someone potentially using Google to find out why a person has a gun “arsenal” might find it.

Messing with themes

Sorry, for the changes. I am currently trying to find a new theme for the site. I like the old one, but it is so old that it was missing a lot of functionality and I had lost control of my sidebars completely. I could manually code it, but every update would wipe them out.

I kind of like this one, but it is far from perfect. However, the sidebars at least work. Let me know if you hate the theme.


Taurus PT-22 Poly vs Beretta 21a Bobcat

My Dad recently confronted a burglar and wanted some very small and lightweight. He preferred a semi-auto, but it needed to be able to fit into a robe pocket. Since he is older I worried about his ability to be able to rack a semi-auto slide under stress or late at night. The first pistol I thought of was the Beretta 21a Bobcat because of the tilt barrel making loading/unloading simple. But, I couldn’t find one (he can’t have mine). He actually wanted a 25ACP. I personally prefer the 22LR but I thought the straight wall cartridge might feed better, especially if the pistol isn’t kept clean and well lubricated–something I find that the Bobcat requires. The Bobcat does not like to be run dry.

What I did find him is a Taurus PT-22 Poly. He is already a Taurus fan and a has a Taurus 85. Additionally he likes “features” like the internal lock and safety (on a DAO?) I have to remember it is not for me.

Here are some pics with my notes comparing it to my Bobcat.

  • I was genuinely surprised at the PT-22 grip. It is much larger than the Bobcat. The magazine also has an extended base plate that is wide and long
  • The PT-22 is a DAO pistol
  • The PT-22 has a magazine disconnect safety that also locks the slide
  • Both pistols have a locking safety. The Bobcat can be locked cocked and locked or with hammer-down DA
  • Disassembly is the same but note that the magazine must be in the PT-22 to move the slide
  • The PT-22 is supposed to be .8 ounces lighter than the Bobcat – they feel the same.


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The PT-22 in the box.


Comparison pic PT-22 (L) vs Bobcat (R)


Bobcat on top – pretty close in size overall


You can see how much wider the base plate is on the PT-22.


PT-22 baseplate lets you get an extra finger on the grip


PT-22’s feed ramp (right) is much more extended
The tilt barrel is cool – makes it easy to load/unload and requires no hand strength to function the slide


Bobcat vs PT-22 magazine. Size difference is immediately apparent


PT-22 front sight is taller


PT-22 rear sight groove is also larger. Note that the PT-22 has a bobbed hammer


Note the triggers are cut differently especially the bottom hook on the PT-22 (top). The material and thickness seem the same.
How do they compare? It is probably not fair since my Bobcat is 10-20 years old and very well broken in – it is smooth as butter in SA or DA.
The Taurus is of course safety heavy. It snaps clean though (remember to use an empty case or risk breaking the firing pin!)


For some reason the pistol comes with a bag as does the internal lock.
I am not a fan but my Dad likes them.


I included this from the manual because they have some very strong feelings on +P and +P+ ammo.
To be fair the manual also does talk about using the safety if you “must” carry it loaded whereas a lot of other manufacturers just say not to.



M&P9c vs XDS vs Shield

Updated: 09/28/2015

Resized pics. Sorry everyone, the mobile app does not do some things very well!

Disclaimer: All trademarks are registered to their respective holders. I am not affiliated with any of these companies or products in any way. The pics are not stock photos and are my own – all items are privately owned.

I had the opportunity to hang out with a couple friends and the conversation came up of what we were all carrying. As it turned out we were all carrying some popular subcompact pistols: a S&W ™ M&P ™ 9c, a Springfield XDS, and an M&P Shield ™  – all in 9mm. Too bad I didn’t have my new Glock 43, but unfortunately I haven’t broke it in yet.

So, naturally, I took a few comparison pics for the curious (since we were).

A couple of notes first: the Shield ™ had the longest grip. The 9c ™ had the shortest, at least with extended mags. All of the pistols were almost identical in thickness – except of course for the 9c ™ obviously double stack grip. The XDS had the best feeling trigger IMO and was the most streamlined, probably able to fit in any of the other two’s holster. One person found the XDS’ grip texture be a bit too aggressive firing. I thought it was fine, and although the XDS appears to have the highest bore axis, shooting it didn’t reveal any noticeable difference.

Anyway, on to a few pics. Order is the same: 9c ™,  XDS, Shield ™

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“Gun discounts for LAPD unit may have violated ethics rules” (quote)

Updated: 09/29/2015

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Article source: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-officers-gun-purchase-discounts-smith-wesson-20150925-story.html

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Gun discounts for LAPD unit may have violated ethics rules
Los Angeles police officers in a unit that evaluated Smith & Wesson handguns for a new department contract used their relationship with the gun company to privately purchase discounted pistols for members of the unit, a possible violation of city ethics rules, according to a report made public Friday.
The officers bought about $27,000 worth of discounted guns and magazines last year shortly after Smith & Wesson pistols became the LAPD’s standard-issued duty weapon, according to the investigation by Inspector General Alex Bustamante.
The Firearms and Tactics Section officers cut the deal with the gun company at a Las Vegas gun show even though Smith & Wesson had previously refused another request on behalf of the department for a similar discount for all LAPD officers who might want to privately purchase pistols, the report said.
The deal allowed the unit’s officers to make a “one-time, bulk purchase” of guns and magazines at a discounted price. Forty-two officers ended up buying 67 guns, Bustamante found, pooling their money into a single cashier’s check sent to Smith & Wesson.
Although the unit’s officers were allowed to purchase various pistol models and calibers, the report found that the average discount for Smith & Wesson M&P 9-millimeter handguns was about $125 to $130 off the already reduced price of $455 usually offered to law enforcement officers.
City ethics rules prohibit city employees from trying “to create or attempt to create a private advantage or disadvantage, financial or otherwise, for any person,” Bustamante’s report said.
In addition, employees who are required to file statements of economic interest are not allowed to solicit gifts or accept gifts of more than $100 from a “restricted source” —someone who has sought or signed a contract with the city employee’s agency. City ethics rules also prohibit “restricted sources” from offering or giving those employees gifts of more than $100.
Bustamante’s report said eight of the officers who privately purchased the weapons using the discount were required to file statements of economic interest. The report did not name any of the officers.
The Police Commission, the civilian board that oversees the LAPD, is scheduled to discuss the report at its meeting Tuesday and determine whether further action should be taken.
The Firearms and Tactics Section tested and evaluated different pistols for the LAPD before the Smith & Wesson M&P was approved as the department’s standard-issue duty weapon, replacing pistols manufactured by Glock.
LAPD officials told the inspector general that the private purchase orders were necessary for the section’s officers because the department’s new Smith & Wesson pistols were issued to recruits but not firearms instructors, the report said. Among the section’s responsibilities is providing firearms training to officers.
But Bustamante said recruits were issued only M&P 9-millimeter handguns, while the Firearms and Tactics Section officers were also allowed to purchase other pistol models and calibers using the discount.
Cmdr. Andrew Smith, an LAPD spokesman, declined to comment on the report.
“The department only recently received a copy of the report and we are in the process of reviewing it,” he said. “We will discuss it with the Police Commission.”
The commission’s vice president, Steve Soboroff, said he wanted to know why the officers requested and obtained the discounted guns and whether ethical and department rules were broken. He said it is possible that the officers did not know what the rules were.
Soboroff said he hoped any problems could be “solved in a positive manner.”
A spokeswoman for Smith & Wesson could not be reached for comment.
The inspector general’s findings were part of an investigation into the way the new pistols were tested and evaluated. Bustamante’s report said the LAPD’s Policy and Procedures Division should have coordinated and supervised the evaluation of the weapons the department could have chosen but was instead left out of the process.
Instead, the Firearms and Tactics Section officers tested three types of pistols in 2011: the Glock Gen 4, the Springfield Armory XD-M and the Smith & Wesson. The department initially recommended the Smith & Wesson, saying it “outperformed the competition in almost every single category,” according to Bustamante’s report.
Officials told L.A.’s General Services Department — which makes purchases on behalf of city agencies — there was no need for a competitive bidding process because the Smith & Wesson pistol was a “sole source” exception, meaning it was the only product that met the LAPD’s specifications.
Smith & Wesson signed a contract with the city, Bustamante wrote, but it was never executed. The General Services Department determined the Smith & Wesson pistol did not qualify as a “sole source” option because Glock was another viable choice.
In 2012, officers with the Firearms and Tactics Section met with Glock representatives, Bustamante found. Glock offered the LAPD some perks should the department continue its contract, including an enhanced maintenance package and warranty.
Officers then recommended that the Glock gun be used by the LAPD, according to the report. The LAPD told the General Services Department that it now considered Glock pistols the best option and again pitched the guns as a “sole source” option.
The city again rejected the idea of a “sole source” contract. The General Services Department ultimately decided the Glock warranty didn’t meet the department’s needs. The contract went to a Smith & Wesson dealer in October 2013.
Three months later, the Firearms and Tactics Section officers negotiated their discount deal with Smith & Wesson at the Las Vegas gun show.
The inspector general’s report said the “deviations” that occurred during the process — in which department personnel did not follow appropriate channels for evaluating and selecting the guns — “were not unique to the procurement of the Smith & Wesson pistol and had similarly occurred with several other equipment items.”
Bustamante outlined a series of recommendations, including making sure employees who evaluate products for the LAPD understand the city’s ethics rules and implementing better oversight of how equipment is evaluated before it is purchased.

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