Here is the new Gun Notes...
As we get ready to hit May 1st, it looks like
most of our winter weather is behind us. I say MOST
of it as we had about a foot of snow this past
weekend and still may get more on thru May and into
early June. If we do it wonít last long as the
ground is too warm, but there is always the
possibility. Other parts of the country, especially
the South are struggling thru tornados and severe
thunderstorms. All this will pass and the long hot
summer awaits us. And as we get into the early part
of summer many of us here in the west find out if we
got drawn for Elk, Deer, Bear, Bighorn Sheep and
various other critters.
The draw system is good in one way but bad is a
couple more. It is not at all unusual for someone to
put in 10 to 15 years in a row and not get drawn.
And out here if you donít get drawn, you donít hunt.
The other bad side of this is it gets people so
upset that they get tired of putting in for the draw
and eventually get totally out of hunting, or at
least out of hunting big game. One of the western
states has what I consider the best draw system that
I know of. If you put in and donít get drawn for 3
years in a row, you automatically get a tag the 4th
year. I am one of the ones that hasnít been drawn in
about 10 years for elk or deer, so this past January
when we put in for elk, I didnít put in at all. I
get tired and bummed out not getting drawn so I just
didnít put in. And this is not good. If everyone did
this that didnít get drawn the state would be in a
bind for money for the game & fish commission. I
will probably put in next year but weíll see.
One reason I donít feel too bad about getting drawn
is our HHC (Handgun Hunterís Challenge) that is held
each March and October. Our next one is scheduled
for October 2-5, in Monterey Tennessee at the
Wilderness Hunting Lodge. We already have 9 or 10
people signed up and should, good Lord willing, fill
the lodge up to capacity. Consider this my
invitation for you to join us. if you need more
info, feel free to call me at 928-526-3313.
The shortages of everything continue to plague us.
We got a box of gun powder in a day or so ago and I
thought maybe the problem was easing up. I talked to
the distributor that sent the powder to us and he
laughed and said it wasnít easing up much at all. It
was just that one of our back orders came to the top
of the list. He said the problem was if they got
1000 pounds of powder in it really didnít help as
they have close to a million pounds of powder back
ordered, so the large shipment they got in was just
a drop in the bucket.
The good side of the ammo shortage is that more and
more folks are getting into reloading. The bad side
of that is they canít find powder or bullets, so
they may get disappointed and drop out before they
really get started. Every Friday and Saturday we get
almost a line of folks in from Utah, Nevada and
California plus New Mexico and from time to time
Texas, all looking for reloading supplies, and 22
rimfire ammo. They all say the same thing, that the
gun shops in the towns they live in have none of the
above. The bad thing is in most cases, neither do
we. So we canít help them much at all. I am sure
this shortage will ease up but it is going to take a
while, possibly as long as another year. With the
distributors being literally millions of rounds of
22 rimfire back ordered, it is going to take a good
while to catch up. With a million pounds of powder
back ordered they are going to take a good while
before we can call and say send me 10 lbs of 3031 or
4350. We got 100,000 primers in a couple of weeks
ago but they had been on back order for 8 months.
Like I tell everyone that I talk to over at our gun
shop, the best thing to do is make a list of the
calibers you reload for and in that list write down
all the powders that can be used with that caliber.
Then if you go into a shop that has powder and you
see one of the brands of powder that is on your
list, grab it. They way things are we canít be
On the topic of shortages, it is bleeding over into
other areas also. The company in California that
makes all our templates is running 4 to 6 weeks
behind due to a shortage of vinyl for the templates.
Another company in Ohio that we buy acid from for
the refinishing is 6 weeks behind due to shortages
in that industry also.
Some of the guns that have been promised are
beginning to trickle in one or two at a time. The
new Glock 41 and 42 are coming in fairly often but
go back out as quick as they come in. The Ruger rep
was in the shop today and said they had received a
ďlot of commentsĒ about their decision to drop the
Redhawk and it possibly would be added back in the
line up early next year. This is sort of like the
Red Label that was dropped and then brought back.
Unfortunately the Gold Label side by side shotgun
looks to be gone for good. That is a shame as there
are no really top of the line side by sides made
here in the states. I would have loved to see it
produced in 20 gauge or even (not in my wildest
dreams) in 28 gauge. Speaking of which I have been
on this 28 gauge kick for about 2 years now. I had
shoulder surgery about 3 years ago and have 5 screws
holding my right shoulder together so my big 12
gauges and even magnum 20s are out. I had been
bidding on several CZ, Ruger and Browning 28 gauge
over & unders on gunbroker and they all seemed to
end in the early morning hours when I was asleep and
I kept losing them. Finally a bit pissed off, I bid
on 4 of them, 2 CZs, a Huglu, and a Ruger, all 28
gauge, figuring I would at least get one of them.
Murphyís Law prevailed here as I got all 4 of
them. One of the CZs was the model they call the
Redhead, which being a true gentleman I told Colleen
that was hers. Unfortunately the 28 gauge bug still
has me by the cojones. This week I saw a special on
the Franchi Veloce 28 gauge, the Whoop De Do model
with the silver receiver and gold birds on it and
before any common sense could distract me I bought
it. I figure that makes one 28 gauge for each day
Monday thru Friday, now I just lack Saturday and
Quite a few of the Glock 21 slim frame pistols
coming in lately and they seem to be liked by even
those that are not enamored by the Glocks. The 21
Slim Frame is still hand filling but not overly so.
The old Model 21 was just too big in the gripframe
for me to be comfortable with. But the new 21 SF is
about as close to being perfect as they can get.
Recently Remington posted a recall of a LOT of
rifles. Rather than just give you the high lights of
the recall, here it is in itís entirety...
Remington Arms Announces Voluntary Recall, Urges
Model 700 and Model Seven Owners to Take Immediate
Madison, N.C. - Remington Arms Company, LLC
("Remington") today announced a voluntary recall of
Model 700TM and Model SevenTM rifles with X-Mark
Proģ ("XMPģ") triggers, manufactured from May 1,
2006 to April 9, 2014.
Senior Remington engineers determined that some
Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers
could, under certain circumstances, unintentionally
IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY, THESE PRODUCTS ARE BEING
Remington's investigation determined that some XMP
triggers might have excess bonding agent used in the
assembly process, which could cause an unintentional
discharge. Therefore, Remington is recalling ALL
affected products to fully inspect and clean the XMP
triggers with a specialized process.
Remington has advised customers to immediately cease
use of recalled rifles and return them to Remington
free of charge. The rifles will be inspected,
specialty cleaned, tested, and returned as soon as
possible. Do not attempt to diagnose or repair
Remington established a dedicated website and
toll-free hotline to help consumers determine
whether their Model 700 or Model Seven rifle(s) are
subject to recall:
ē Website: http://xmprecall.remington.com
ē Toll-Free Hotline: 1-800-243-9700 (Prompt #3 then
Prompt #1) Monday through
Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.
The website and hotline provide guidance on
returning recalled rifles free of charge.
A lot of folks get all ticked off at recalls, but
they need to remember this is just another way the
company makes the gun better. If a part breaks in a
handful of guns the company will often recall all of
that model and replace that part at no charge.
Recalls may sound like the company is making a
defective gun but every company can have a lemon.
Recalling the guns effected is the best way to take
care of the problem.
Women shooters are kicking a lot of butts in shoots
all across the country these days. Jesse Duff who
shoots for Taurus and shoots the Taurus 1911 has won
just about every match there is to win. And Maggie
Reese, who shoots for Colt has done just about as
well. Both shoot in 3 gun matches all over the
country, excelling in handgun, shotgun and rifle
I have mentioned this before but it doesnít hurt to
repeat it. The South is becoming Gun Valley as more
and more gun companies are moving out of the anti
gun Northeast and into the South where they are
welcome and where they can get away from the unionís
heavy hands easier. Ruger has a new plant in Mayodan
North Carolina that is already up and running.
Beretta is moving just outside Nashville, to
Gallatin Tennessee. Remington is moving to
Huntsville Alabama. PTR Industries has moved to
Aynor South Carolina. American Tactical is
relocating to Summerville, South Carolina. Some that
have already established plants in the South include
Glock in Georgia, Daniel Defense in Georgia, Steyr
Arms to Alabama, H&K to Georgia, Ithaca to South
Carolina, Masterpiece Arms to Georgia and Para
Ordnance to North Carolina. The rumor is still
rolling around that Colt plans a big move this fall
to somewhere in the South. It only makes sense to
move to an area that is firearm friendly and
welcomes new business with tax breaks, cheap
property and other benefits including in many
instances a break from the unions.
There are more new items coming to light in the next
week or two and I will cover them next time. Until
then, take a youngster or lady shooting. They are