As I type this we are less than 48 hours from leaving for the next HHC in Monterey Tennessee. We plan to leave out about 8PM Tuesday evening. Good Lord willing, that will put us at the lodge sometime around lunch on Thursday. The March hunt is always a bit less filled up than the big October hunt. We have somewhere around 26 people signed up for this hunt and that is fine. I always enjoy the March hunt as it is cooler and we often have snow. So I am looking forward to it. It is a long drive, 1700 miles each way, but still it is good to get away for a few days. As soon as I get back Colleen has a hunt in Texas she is leaving on. So March is going to be a bit hectic for the Reeder clan.
Things are beginning to slow down after the SHOT SHOW, which from all I gather, was not a flop but close to it, in the way of actual new products. Lots of concept items, guns and such but very few that were actually going into production. Some of the more unusual things are on the slate to tell you about this evening, so here goes.
There is a new ladies turkey hunting shotgun out in hot pink. The makers say pink is OK as turkeys are color blind. Well, if that is so, why wear camo at all? Duh...
Another company is specializing in guns just for women and maybe some gay guys. The company is SYREN and they make really nice over/under shotguns designed especially for a ladies arm reach, and a ladies build. The guns look really nice and classy. If you have a lady that wants to get into hunting, have her check out the SYREN shotguns.
With the ammo shortage slacking up a bit, several companies have started building ammo to fill in the gaps. Sig started recently and now a company called Lehigh Ammo has announced they are picking up the loose ends and furnishing ammo at reasonable prices. Browning and Ruger are also making their own handgun ammunition. Speaking of ammo, a friend in the industry told me recently that a lot of police departments are going back to 9mm and dropping the 40 S&W. I had already heard that the 40 was not one of the most popular rounds ever introduced for the law enforcement folks. A couple of military units that were given the 40 S&W in the Glock have recently asked for their 9mm back. They have no confidence in the 40 it seems. And the 40 is not the only red headed stepchild out there. The Marines, who were given a large batch of very special Colt 1911s last year have asked for their Glock 9mms back, saying the Glock is more dependable, holds more rounds and with upper body and head shots does just as well as the 45 and with less recoil double tapping is easier. This all makes sense as the 9mm has really come around in the last 2 years. There are now some specialty defense loads in 9mm that have the “knock down” of the 40 or 45 and do so with a lot less recoil. I have said all along that it isn’t the bullets that kill, it is our minds. We get hit somewhere in the chest with anything from a 32 on up and we look down, see all the blood and think “Oh God, I’m going to die”. Our body goes into shock and we die, from a less than fatal wound. If the 40 caliber becomes last years news, it goes along with several others that have bit the big wienie over the last few years. Cartridges like the 45 GAP, the 6.8 SPC, and several others that were said to be the greatest thing since lubricated condoms, but turned out to be just a flash in the pan.
Another new cartridge to be announced recently is the new 6.5-300 Weatherby. Which obviously is the 300 Weatherby necked to 6.5. Right now Weatherby is the only one chambering it in their rifles.
Speaking of Colt, they are now out of chapter 11. They found some money men with lots of money to waste and pull them out of the hole. This has happened several times in the past but the end result has always been the same. Colt has been offered many acres of land in the past with an invitation to move to a right to work state in the South and they refused, opting instead to stay in the NE and kiss the butts of the unions. So if they go under completely I won’t lose any sleep over it.
Aimpoint recently beat out EO Tech for the military contract for red dot optics. This was a surprise as EO Tech has been the big boys in the red dot league for years. Aimpoint has been around for many years but never had a big military contract. But they do now. Recently I decided to wake up to the 21st century and put a red dot on one of my revolvers.I put one of the Burris Fast Fire red dots on one of my revolvers and struggled like a little girl trying to see thru a handgun scope. Finally I yanked it off and went back to the 2X scope. I guess I am just not ready for the 21st century.
Speaking of the Burris fast Fire, we are now making an all steel base for it. We build them one at a time and fit it to your revolver. Most of the bases are cheap aluminum and look like panty hose on a duck. Our new base sits tight on the frame of your revolver and uses the sight screw hole. For heavy recoiling calibers we drill one hole in the front of the base in the top strap. It is $100 fit to your gun and comes in blue or stainless.
A couple of companies obviously don’t believe in AL Gore’s BS about Global Warming or Climate Change as they now call it. These companies are developing special ammo for cold weather. Apparently they feel that the cold weather effects the ammo more than we thought so they are working on developing this special ammo for those that carry in cold weather. Hornady, Sig and Speer are some that are working on cold weather ammo.
Got a chance to see the new Hornady IRON PRESS recently. It is heavy and super strong. They use that as a selling point, saying it is the heaviest and most rigid press in it’s class. It is a great press and has several features attached to it’s top plate that come in handy for reloaders.
Those of you that hunt out of blinds should check out the website redneckblinds.com. They have a large blind that looks just like one of the large round hay bales. Same size, same color everything. It holds up to 3 hunters and is big enough to stand up in. It has openings on all four sides that can be closed up when not used. Leave it to some good old boys to come up with a great idea.
Every once in a while we have a lady come into our shop asking for a stun gun. She doesn’t like carrying a gun so she has decided to pick up a less than lethal stun gun. Lately there has been ads in several gun magazines about a new stun gun that looks like jewelry, with sparkly finish and contoured to fit a lady’s hand. Either Colleen or I try to set them straight about these stun guns. The one in question is right at a million volts. That is enough to kill a chicken and fry it too. Now visualize this. A bad guy with green teeth and a Don King hairdo grabs this lady by the arm. She grabs her stun gun out of her purse and hits ol’ green teeth in the chest with it. Now remember, old green teeth has this lady by the arm. So who gets that million volts? You got it. They both get zapped. Now that makes a lot of sense doesn’t it. Whereas if she had a gun, old green teeth would be lying on the ground, never to molest a lady again. Instead both are lying there having wet their pants and probably worse.
There is a company named Tactical Walls that makes a great addition to any house. One is a lamp that looks just like any lamp, except you slide back the panel in the front of the light stand and shazam!, there is a pistol sitting there ready to do harm to one of old green teeth’s buddies. They also make hidden gun holders in everyday things like TV stands, shelves, mirrors and even wall clocks. Some real neat ideas here. Check them out at www.tacticalwalls.com.
You have no doubt seem guys carrying a garment bag that you assumed held his favorite suit, right? Of course you have. But now that garment bag may hold an AR-15, 3 or 4 handguns, a knife and up to 10 magazines. The company, Skinner Sights, that makes the brass rifle sights has come out with this new garment bag. It is made of special material that will hold up to 200 lbs. You can see more atwww.skinnersights.com.
The company FLIR who make some great thermal sights and scopes has come out with a reasonably priced monocular called the Scout TK. It was designed as something for boaters to see what is out in front of them at night, up to 1200 yards away. But it also has many uses for hunters and those that live out in the boonies and need something to see what is out there making those bumps in the night. It sells for $500 which is a steal for a thermal monocular. Maybe they can adapt one like it to a rifle.
Last night I did the Black Chromex finish on a batch of guns. One of them is our new TRAIL GUN, which is the Ruger Single Six converted to centerfire and chambered in 32-20 or 327 federal or both. We also have a new longslide Browning Hi Power out, that is getting a lot of attention. More on both of those later.
A rock group called Stealer’s Wheel came out in the late 70s with a song called Stuck in the Middle with You. Some of the lyrics went..”Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right”. That sort of sums up our political situation these days. I received this note today from John Taffin, the #1 gun writer in the country and close friend who puts up with my antics. It doesn’t endorse any candidate but sure lays it out in front of us..it is a letter to the Republican Establishment who are pushing Jeb Bush or another weakling candidate for president...
There you go. That pretty much says it all. That is the main reason I am voting for Trump, for America.
Til next time, take a lady and youngster hunting and shooting. If our politicians allow us to have a shooting and hunting future, they are our future.