As I type this we are 3 months from our next HHC (Handgun Hunterís Challenge)
and I am really looking forward to it. For some reason it has been a very
stressful couple of months in this business. I am sure a psychologist would say
it is worry or stress over the coming election. That is probably true as this
election is absolutely the most important election in the history of the United
States. If another liberal Democrat gets elected, as John Taffin says ďwe are
doomedĒ. We stand to lose everything we have worked for for the last 240 years.
Our freedoms, and not just the right to bear arms, but all of them, will be
gone. And even with this looming over us, there will be a fair percentage of
conservatives that will not vote. Some saying they donít like Trump, some saying
their vote doesnít count. Well, I can understand both feelings. Trump is crass,
rude, egotistical and loud, but he is the only man that can pull us out of this
mess. Anyone else is just another politician, looking for a free lunch. Trump
recently loaned his campaign 50 million dollars and then said it didnít need to
be paid back. What other politician would do that. The others would be stashing
some of that in their pockets, if not all of it. He doesnít feel the need to
kiss ass. All the others do that on a daily basis. They say 3 things motivate
man, power, money or sex. He already has more money than he could spend in his
lifetime. He has more power than any other businessman I know of (at least those
that are honest). And finally he is an older man so he doesnít think of sex 8 to
10 times an hour like a younger man does. So to me at least he is the only
chance we have to pull out of this quagmire. Again to me, anyone that wonít vote
for Trump (if he ends up being our nominee) is a fool. If we end up with Clinton
or Joe Biden in the White House, it will be due to the fools that refuse to vote
for some childish reason. The same as when many refused to vote for Romney
because he was a Mormon. Again only a fool would be guilty of this, and look
what it got us. And even worse, look where it got us. Trump has several
characteristics that I donít care for, but he is our only chance.
And all that was not paid for, and you can call me names and say bad things
about my Mother, but this country is all we have and I am not going to roll over
and give it up freely to a bunch of crooks in the Democratic party nor am I
going to kiss the asses of a bunch of whining pussies in the Republican party
that just want another good olí boy that they can control. Nuff said.
Now back to the real Gun Notes. As I mentioned above, our next HHC is now 3
months away. In fact 3 months from today, good Lord willing, we will be on the
road to the hunt. If you are interested in joining us, give Sandy a call at the
lodge and put down your deposit ($250 if I remember right) and join the Misfits
for a great weekend in the Tennessee foothills. Sandyís phone number is
Stag Arms is back in business under new ownership and one of the first things
they are bringing out is a new hybrid AK/AR. It is a cross between an AK-47 and
an AR-15. Chambered in 7.62 X 39 the new AR looks exactly like a standard M-4
AR-15 except for the long curved magazine and a slight beefiness. If it works as
they say it will, it should be a good seller for them.
The AR-15 outlook has gone from a glut on the market to being scarce again and
as usual the prices have gone up a bit, not as much as the last scare 2 years
ago but enough to notice. Colleen called to round up some for the gun shop as
hers sold out in one day. All our distributors were sold out of guns, uppers,
lowers and 30 round magazines. Now if you are slapping yourself for not jumping
on the AR bandwagon when they were super cheap a couple of months ago, let me
slap you a couple of times too. Just remember olí Uncle Gary told you to buy one
when they were at rock bottom. I even followed my own advice and picked up an
Armalite AR-15 and it has turned into my favorite. I think the prices will drop
down a bit between now and the election but expect them to go back up just
before the election, along with the other AR items.
Another new one I had a chance to play with recently is the new Ruger American
in 45. Many of the polymer framed guns feel light in the hand, almost not solid
enough. The new Ruger American is just different. It feels as solid as an all
steel gun, just not as heavy. It has a very comfortable feel in the hand, yet
not blocky and cumbersome like some of the other new semi autos. I have to give
the new American a thumbs up. In fact I may own one in these next few days if
one stays in our showcase long enough.
On the topic of Ruger, we have had a run on folks ordering the new Ruger
Precision Rifle. It is a very solid bolt gun with the looks of an AR. It is
heavy but a good heavy. I am hearing nothing but good words from those that have
bought them. All we have sold have been in 308. At least in this area the 6.5
Creedmore isnít setting the woods on fire, so to speak.
We were talking recently about all the gun companies coming out with their own
line of ammunition. Well, we can add Browning to that list. They are now
releasing their new BXR Rapid Expansion Matrix Tip ammo. That sounds like a
mouthful but it apparently does exactly what they say it does. It is intended
for deer and Antelope and comes in calibers from 243 to to 300 Winchester
Magnum. The bullets are light for caliber which helps give it the speed required
for rapid expansion.
Coonan Arms has finally come into the big caliber ballgame. They had some of the
finest 357 Magnums on the market starting back over 20 years ago, dropping out
for a few years then coming back stronger than ever. Now they have a new semi
auto out in 45 ACP. The Coonan is one of the smoothest 1911s I have ever owned.
And to me it is really not a true 1911. It looks like one but that, to me, is
where the resemblance ends. It has a linkless barrel, a pivoting trigger and
external extractor, none of which a true 1911 has. Nevertheless, it is a fine
45. Suggested retail will be somewhere near $1400 and if the new 45 is anything
like their 357, worth every penny.
With the ammo shortages we have had for the last 3 years, several ammo and brass
makers are ramping up their production lines to put more product out the door.
Remington has a new plant in Lonoke Arkansas strictly for ammunition production.
We pass by it every trip to the HHC and it is a huge plant. The plant is
actually 3 plants, two old ones and a new one. They produce over 2.6 billion
rounds of loaded ammo per year, which leads me to ask, where in hell has the
rimfire ammo been??? But I shouldnít complain as the 22 LR ammo has been more
and more abundant over the past couple of months and we have actually seen some
22 Magnum ammo come in the door. One day, maybe, they will catch up. But donít
expect the prices to back to 2005 levels.
An old American company that was known for their pump shotguns is now making a
name for itself in 1911s. That company is Ithaca. They are making what they call
the finest hand fit 1911s at a fraction of what the well known companies charge.
Their main selling point is they are Pro Fit and no MIM or plastics parts are
included in their guns. They have a Government and a Commander model at this
time with more to come.
An unusual red dot sight is the new Leupold Delta Point Reflex Sight system. It
is a red dot sight that can detect movement in front of it, which automatically
activates the sight. Very surprising is this sight retails for about $800 while
their Carbine Optic red dot sight without the movement detection feature runs
One of the best selling AR-15 rifles for us over the last couple of months has
been the Bushmaster QRC (Quick Response Carbine). What makes this one a bit more
desirable is it comes from the factory with a red dot sight mounted on itís
flattop upper. For guys confused about which red dot to buy can now just buy the
rifle and get the red dot ready to go. This is, to me, the best buy on the AR
market. At around $700 for the package, you canít beat it.
Mossberg has one of the neatest shotguns on the market and it is just one of
their model 500s, a model that has been around for close to 50 years. but it is
how they package it that makes it neat. It is named the 500 ATI Scorpion. It has
a full heat shield 18ĹĒ barrel with piccatinny rail on the action and tan forend
and stock. The stock is a semi M-4 type stock. Nothing really unusual but just
enough to set it apart from all the others and priced somewhere around $490 or
Another shotgun, intended for hunting, is the new Savage Stevens Model 320. It
is a pump gun with lots of great features. Their newest model is a new turkey
shotgun in a full camo pattern. It has the dual slide bars, a rotary bolt,
synthetic stock, 5 round capacity mag tube, extended full choke tube, fiber
optic sight and drilled and tapped for scope or red dot. And all this at a bit
over $250 and that includes Savageís warranty. There is no way to beat that for
a great hunting shotgun.
One of my favorite shotguns is a side by side. I canít hit diddly with one, but
I still like them. Merkel has a new SXS 12 gauge shotgun coming out called the
Model 40E. The E stands for English stock, the straight no pistol grip stock
which many favor. The gun is one of the classier looking SXS shotguns on the
market. It is a field grade box lock gun aimed at the average upland game
hunter. And knowing Merkel it will be priced right.
It looks like Remington is going to try to beat their ill fated 9mm pistol (that
they just couldnít seem to get to work) with a new 380 auto. This one is the
RM380 Micro Pistol, re-engineered to work....hopefully.
Our new Ultimate 10 Longslide 1911 and the new Hog Hunter Longslide are
garnering a lot of attention these days. Several orders for each over the past
couple of weeks. The 10mm is finally reaching itís peak in the hunting fields
and with the longslide and longer barrel it helps to burn all the powder and
give you that extra added punch for hogs or deer.
Over this past months we have developed new wider thumbpiece hammers for the
Redhawk and Super Redhawk. We take the factory hammer from the customerís
revolver and completely rework it to a lower sitting wider thumbpiece hammer
that is easier to get to and with deep serrations in the thumbpiece it makes
cocking the gun, even with wet hands, much more positive. The modification on
your hammer is $125. You can see more on the front page of the web site.
A couple of years back due to an extreme shortage of large caliber barrels, we
dropped our AFRICAN CLASSIC, built on the Ruger #1. With the shortage easing up
a bit from 2 years delivery on the barrel blanks to about 3 months we have
brought back the rifle. Chambered in your choice of calibers like 416 Rigby, 404
Jeffrey, 470 Nitro, 500 Nitro, 458 Lott and several more, you can now have that
classic African rifle for a fraction of the cost of one of the original brands.
The new revised AFRICAN CLASSIC is $1995 built on your Ruger #1. About 4 to 5
month delivery in most cases.
Our Flattop Tool is doing very well, selling about as quick as we can get them
made. This is the tool that converts your plain lead funky 22 LR round into the
power of a 22 Magnum. The tool converts 3 rounds of 22 LR at a time and sells
for $75 plus shipping.
That is it for this time. Hopefully the next time we will have some more
positive news for all of us on the coming election. Until then, take a lady or
youngster shooting and hunting. They are our future.
Til next time,
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