May 26, 2017: Buckhorn Firing Blanks

 

The May 23, 2017 issue of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Tampa Mayor Bob Ruckhorn apologized for a joke about firing .50 caliber blanks at local reporters. He reportedly has told this story several times before.  It received applause when told before more than 1,000 attendees at the Special Operations Industry Conference last week.  This week it has received widespread condemnation from reporters.  Continue reading

April 26, 2017: S&W M&P Shield 40

At the Gun Store:

The fish scale cuts at the rear of the slide, the curved cut grip panels on the frame, the slide release, the take down lever, and the cut of the slide all identify this as a Smith & Wesson Military & Police. The Shield was introduced in 2012 as a sub-compact extension of the M&P line of striker fired, polymer frame, semi-automatic pistols.  Slimmer, lighter, shorter than the MSP 40C, the Shield has become a popular concealed carry and backup duty gun. Continue reading

December 22, 2016: Kel Tec Sub 2000 Gen 2

 

At the Gun Store: The Kel Tec Sub 2000 Generation 2 was released this year.  The original was released in 2001 and was itself an update of the SUB 9. 

 The unique characteristic of this pistol caliber carbine is its’ ability to fold in half. Pulling the trigger guard down releases the breech so the forend and barrel can be pivoted 180 degrees.  The chamber has to be empty to do this.  If there is a round in the chamber, it will bind the bolt and breech.  The barrel will unlock from the receiver but will not pivot. Continue reading

July 30, 2016: S&W SD9VE Review

At the Gun Store: The SD was introduced by Smith & Wesson in 2010.  At that time it was a mid-tier between the entry level Sigma and top line M&P.  It is available in both .40 S&W and 9mm Luger.   Two years later the Sigma ceased production and the SD was reintroduced as the SD VE.  With the absence of the Sigma, the SD VE line became the entry level full-size, polymer frame, DAO, semi-automatic pistol from S&W.  S&W also lowered the MSRP on the VE line compared to the original SD.  Continue reading

June 11, 2016: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision

While not shocking, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision on the case of Peruta v. County of San Diego is telling.  What it tells us is that only four of the eleven judges understand that some California’s counties requirement to show “good cause” or “valid” reasons is tantamount to a total ban on the right of an ordinary citizen to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.  Individual counties requirements for “good cause” or “valid” reasons combined with California’s “may issue” approach are used for denial of permit requests.  A general desire for self-protection and protection of family does not constitute “good cause.” Continue reading