February is already gone and
March is looking us right in the eye. This first 2 months has gone
extremely fast. We have been very busy both at the gun shop and in
the machine shops. I had hoped we would be at least a little busy
these first couple of months of the new year but the actual orders
and walk in traffic have amazed me. Quite often if Colleen and her
help are swamped at the gun shop, I will be asked to come over and
lend a hand. Today I was over there almost the entire day.We have
had a large amount of out of state folks stop by since Christmas
asking about the new guns and wanting to look at them and hold them.
I have taken several of them back over to the 1st machine shop and
let them shoot one or two of the guns in the showcase.
Quite often when a customer asks about the bigger calibers, like 475
Linebaugh, 500 GNR, 500 Linebaugh or 510 GNR, I can tell they have
listened to the wrong people and are already very hesitant about
owning something this big. In cases like this I ask them if they
want to shoot one and the answer I get is often surprising. They
want to shoot the gun but have heard all the horror stories of the
round breaking wrists and hitting them in the nose. I usually put a
light load or at best a medium load in the gun and let them test
drive it. Even if I donít get an order out of it, at least I have
taken that fear of this monster cartridge out of their minds.
This last couple of weeks has been just like this several times a
day. We have had a large amount of folks in from out of state who
just want to see and hold the guns but if they like they are also
welcome to shoot them. My 510 Hunter has been a busy revolver since
Christmas. The 41 GNR, 257 Raptor, 378 GNR and 338 GNR have also
been popular cartridges the people have asked about and in most
cases have had a chance to shoot. Quite a few of them have picked up
a copy of our new 2nd edition reloading manual while they were here.
For those that havenít heard, our new reloading manual is out and
has been a very popular book since we released it last week. We have
sold well over a hundred of them in the last week and more orders
are coming in each day.
The new reloading manual is our 2nd edition of the manual. The first
featured loading data on 23 proprietary cartridges. The new one has
data on 45 proprietary calibers from 224 GNR up to our 610 GNR.
There are twice as many pictures in this new manual and is twice as
thick. The new reloading manual is bright red so you donít lose it
on your reloading bench and is priced right at $20 delivered. Either
e-mail or call us at 928-527-4100 to order yours.
Our next HHC, Handgun Hunterís Challenge is a week away. Kase and I
will be driving and will be leaving here late evening next Tuesday.
For us it is a 1700 mile drive and we space it over a day and a
half. We have about 26 to 28 hunters scheduled for this hunt and
several more say they will show up at the last minute. This is fine
too. At this stage of the game, if you can make the hunt, by all
means do so. Just show up at the lodge Thursday afternoon. There
will be plenty of room for you. The lodge holds nearly 50 hunters
and there is an extra lodge for another 22 hunters if we should fill
up the other two. So join us if you can. I guarantee you will enjoy
it. The prices are about one third of what the other preserves
charge plus there are no hidden fees. Your lodging and food, plus
your guide fee are included in the price of the animal hunted. And
this hunt is no gimme. There have been a couple of hunters on these
hunts that did not get anything. That is very unusual but it does
happen. But if you donít get a critter you only pay a small lodging
fee. But the animals are very plentiful and trophy sized to boot.
Many are gold medal animals. Join us if you can. If you have any
questions about this hunt, call me at 928-526-3313.
Letís see, what news do I have for you? You remember Charles Daly
firearms? They went under a few years back. The original company
started under Charles Daly about 100 years ago. After his death the
company continued under several other owners and became a brand that
several distributors handled. The guns were actually manufactured by
several makers but sold under the Charles Daly name. A couple of
years back the company that handled the Charles Daly line went
under. Now they are back under the distributorship of the same
person that had it before, Michael Kassnar, but with more financial
backing. The Charles Daly line up includes six modern sporting
rifles, three models of shotguns and several handgun models and more
to be added later.
Iver Johnson firearms is back. This company has been around for well
over a hundred years with various owners and distributors. They are
now back under new owners and the first two guns they are releasing
are 2 models of the 1911. I will give you more of a report on them
as soon as I get a chance to shoot them. A while back I told you
about the American Tactical Industries (ATI) 1911s. They are now the
best selling 1911s we have ever stocked. One of their models is a
plain Jane 1911 and is priced under $400. This one is perfect for
customizing however you like or leaving as is. The second model has
just about every bell and whistle you could ever ask for and is
priced right at $450. The third model is the Commander model, also
with all the bells and whistles and again it is priced at $450.
These guns are extremely well made and super smooth. The triggers
are smooth and crisp at about 4 pounds. The sights are of the Novak
style and perfect for the 1911. I have shot perhaps 10 of these guns
of all 3 models and each one was very accurate, averaging 1 1/2Ē to
2Ē groups at 25. If you are thinking of picking up a good 1911 but
donít have the scratch for a top end pistol, check out the American
Tactical 1911s. You wonít be disappointed.
I think 2012 will be a year of the new and innovative companies
kicking the old companiesí butts. Remington and Winchester guns are
sitting on the shelves doing nothing. But they very seldom are
priced under $850 to $900. It is as if they donít know we are in a
money crunch. I was very pleased to see the new Ruger American
announced a couple of weeks ago and already out in limited numbers.
This is a nylon stocked rifles that should sell for a bit under
$400, with a suggested retail of $450. It does not have all the
fancy frills and expensive walnut stock. What it is, is dependable
and accurate and does not break the piggy bank. Ruger will sell a
lot of these guns while their competitionís guns will sit stagnant
on the dealers shelves. Another gun that I have mentioned here
before is the Savage Axis. This rifle with scope mounted on it and
in a magnum caliber sells for under $450. The standard model with no
scope is under $300. Both these guns have Savageís lifetime
warranty, fully adjustable trigger, nylon stock and detachable
magazine. We sell them as quick as we can get them in.
Hornady is expanding their reloading line up. Lots of new gear for
the new year. They have added a new sonic brass cleaner, several new
features on their excellent Lock N Load reloading press, a new Lock
N Load Quick Trickle powder trickler, plus lots of new ammo. Some of
the ammo includes their new 17 Hornet, which will be a fun varmint
round. They also have a new 9mm Flexlock ad a 40 S&W Flexlock, which
is the soft rubber tipped bullet. Their Zombie Max ammo has done
extremely well for them. We canít keep it in stock. And excellent
ammunition it is too, but remember, only use it on Zombies. Speaking
of Zombies, everybody has Zombie targets out, but when the zombie
apocalypse hits, what about the animals? Champion targets had new
Zombie animal targets out. They include a zombie squirrel with his
nuts rotting off, a zombie rabbit with his ears and face rotting off
and a zombie prairie dog with everything falling off. Some of the
zombie targets on the market ooze a sickly green slime when hit.
Sounds appealing doesnít it?
Taurus has a new mini revolver out that shoots the 380 auto
cartridge using moon clips. The cylinder on this little mini is
about half the length of the 38 special cylinder. It has a bobbed
hammer and a barrel a bit under 2Ē long and weighs a tad under 1
pound. Not really sure what niche this little revolver fits into but
knowing Taurus, they will find a niche or if necessary they will
invent one. Taurusí new re-designed 22 and 25 caliber pistols are
out and selling very well. They are the old PT-22 and PT-25, the
little flip up barrel pistols. They have completely re-designed the
little guns and they are now more comfortable in the hand, whereas
before only a 97 pound blue haired old lady could hold one of them.
The trigger guard is larger now and it has a polymer frame. The
topstrap has sort of a fish scale pattern for those rare times when
you need to work the slide. The gun weighs a hair over 10 ounces and
makes for a perfect last ditch defense pistol. Taurusí little TCP
380 pistol is doing very well against a lot of competition. They
have a couple of models, one with an extra magazine and a
pouch/holster thrown in. The other model does not have the extra
magazine or the pouch and we sell these for just a bit over $200 at
our gun shop. These little pistols are as close to perfect as a semi
auto can be.
Those of you that remember the old Webley revolvers and who liked
the looks and feel of these old clunkers will be happy to know a
company called Victory Firearms is supposedly bringing the Webley
back. I got a picture of the new model recently. I thought the
original was very ugly and the new model ranks right up there with a
mustache on a fat girl.
CCI has joined a couple of other companies that have released a new
quiet 22 LR ammunition. This one is called the Quiet 22. It is 1/4th
the noise level of standard 22 LR ammunition and good to keep the
stray cats out of your yard. They are promoting it as safe to shoot
without hearing protection. Speaking of hearing protection, a
company called Just Plugs has new ear protection that looks like
spent shotgun shells that are inserted into your ears. The part that
goes into your ears is a soft rubber plug, but from the front or
side it looks like you have shoved 2 shotgun shells into your ears.
They also make plugs that look like 308 and 30-06 cases sticking in
your ears. These also have the soft rubber plugs that are not seen.
Just another goofy gimmick that probably works.
We have had several folks come into our gun shop and ask why we
donít carry the Rhino revolver from Chiappa. I have mentioned this
before but will do so again. Chiappa puts a chip in all their
firearms that they say will help it to be found in case it is
stolen. I figure if the gun can be found by police then it can be
found by our government. I donít trust our government at all when it
comes to our guns. The less they know about the guns we own the
better off we are. So no Chiappa firearms in my shop. Nuff said.
More and more states are introducing legislation to allow
suppressors (silencers) on your firearm while hunting. Arizona has
it on the books to be voted on later this year. Personally I think
this is a good idea. Texas and several other southern and western
states have it up for voting sometime this year.
Kaseís new Equalizer knife is doing well with several orders coming
in over the last week or so. It is a combat dagger style knife. Very
strong and very sharp. It comes in a black leather sheath and sells
for $300, which is a very good price for a full custom combat knife.
It has a two sided blade with brass hilt and black Micarta handles.
It is a very well made knife, not some of those flimsy ďcombatĒ
knives you see advertised. This one will last a lifetime.
With our hunt coming up in about a week, I have been going thru my
safe trying to figure out what gun and ammunition to use. If there
are still any bull elk in the herd that have their horns that may be
an option. Kase took his big bull elk last year with his 378 GNR. I
am thinking possibly a 41 GNR#2 revolver, maybe. Alan also has a big
bunch of those big ugly bearded hogs there. Those are very unusual
and big critters too. That is another possibility. For them, the new
401 GNR should work. Or maybe some big regular wild hogs and again
the new 401 GNR. One of my main guys, Nate Henning, will be going to
the HHC again and Nate has been working with his 401 GNR G-2 barrel.
He is also thinking of a big hog with it. I really enjoy hunting big
buffalo of various breeds and that is an option again too. Probably
with the 41 GNR as always. Kase has always had a soft spot for big
wild sheep and Alan has some big boys with 30Ē horns. Kase may have
to check them out. His choice of firearms is usually the 445
SuperMag Dan Wesson that he has hunted all over the world with, or
his 378 GNR that has taken more critters for him than any other
caliber. There are a lot of other choices and I never really know
until I get there what I will be hunting. Grab a buddy and join us.
Until next time, take a wife or youngster shooting. They are our