I really dislike February. The 2 or 3 days shorter month always grabs me by
the short hairs when I am busiest. This last week or two have been extremely
hectic we we are trying to get the guns that were ordered at the last March
HHC ready to bring to the hunt coming up in less than 2 weeks. Then Colleen
mentions off the cuff, “got the Gun Notes done yet?” I started to say “nope,
got another couple of days” then realized this is February. Crap. I
mentioned the next HHC, which is coming up March 13 thru 16th. I have had
quite a few folks tell me they will not make this one but will make the
October hunt. Remember, none of us are promised tomorrow. I really believe
2014 will be a very important year for us. With the November elections
coming up, the liberals will be trying every dirty trick in the book to
discredit the conservatives running for office. I believe we will pick up a
lot of seats in the house and the senate, BUT that is more of a hope than a
strong belief. I don’t trust any Democrat as they are flat out evil people
who will do anything to get their way. If you can make this hunt, then join
us. Consider this my personal invitation to join us for a great weekend.
Some of the new products that were promised to us last fall are actually
showing up at the various dealers across the country. We have had the new
Glock 41 and 42. Both of these live up to every expectation we had, but then
again they are from Glock. What more would we expect from them. The guns
feel great and shoot even better. On the other side of the coin, I will have
to mention this. More people are asking for the Gen 3 than the Gen 4. Having
shot both generations I have to agree. The Gen 3 feels much better to me
than the new Gen 4. The rough texture of the gripframe is just not for me.
And I don’t feel the need for the interchangeable gripstraps. I have watched
Noodle hand folks a new Gen 4 and a new Gen 3 Glock and in almost every
instance they say they like the feel of the Gen 3 better. Both generations
are excellent guns, about as close to perfect as any semi auto can be, but
to me the Gen 3 just feels better. Nuff said.
Speaking of customer’s preferences, I still hear folks bad mouthing Taurus.
This is strange in that the Taurus semi autos are rated higher than several
of the bigger more well known gun companies as far as dependability and
company backing is concerned. Plus you have Jessie Duff, the lady shooter
that has been called “one of the finest shooters in the world today”. She
has reached the very top platform in the shooting industry, that being Grand
Master, and is the only woman to do so. And her handgun? The Taurus 1911.
One other thing, Kase doesn’t work on the Taurus 1911. Not because it is
inferior or any of that. It is because the Taurus 1911 already has all the
special features a custom 1911 should have.
Speaking of Beretta, the company is moving to Tennessee, getting away from
anti gun Maryland. Several gun companies also have plans to move into the
South, to a right to work state and a state that still has the freedoms we
are granted thru our constitution. Some are moving out of the northeast to
get away from the unions, while some are just looking to move to a state
that respects their freedoms. Colt has just bought our Lowery Firearms,
another AR-15 maker and is talking strongly about moving everything to the
South. Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and Arkansas all have
recently become home to various gun companies or gun accessory companies.
The anti gunners will be working especially hard this year to get guns and
ammunition banned. Over 100 cities in the country have introduced extreme
anti gun ordinances, but on the good side, over 200 have introduced pro gun
ordinances. The list of cities and states that are allowing hunting with
suppressors is increasing every week. To be honest with you, this surprises
me. I agree with it but felt the stigma of a silencer on a gun would bring
up the image of the bad guy with his silenced pistol. Apparently this is
wrong as something like 30 states have approved hunting with suppressors.
Also the last few states that have banned Sunday hunting are beginning to
swing into line with most of the other states that allow Sunday hunting.
Some are saying Sunday hunting is OK as long as it is on private land, but
not state land. That’s OK as that is at least a step in the right direction.
Here in Arizona, thanks to a pro gun governor, we can take a silenced 308
“assault rifle”, put a 100 round drum magazine in it and go deer hunting.
And there are a lot of other states that allow this too.
The trend of optics, especially red dot type sights, on rifles and handguns
is increasing weekly. With videos of the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan
with their rifles with the high dollar red dot type sights on their weapons
the average shooter is thinking more and more about putting some type of
optical sight on his or her rifle or handgun. The list of rifle proven red
dot sights a few years ago could be counted on one hand. The one trend I see
that I don’t care for is the gun magazines trying to convince it’s readers
that the amount of money you pay is in direct proportion to the quality of
that item. They seem to say that the average shooter that can’t afford a
$1000 red dot sight, a $3000 scope or a $2500 set of binocs is just out of
luck, that he will have to settle for second rate. Thank goodness a lot of
shooters are finally realizing that this is pure BS. A set of Swarovski
binocs is not any better than a set of Leupold, or Redfield or Nikon. Just
recently we got in a set of binocs from Redfield. They are 10X42 power and
called the Rebel. I opened up the box and looked thru them and was
pleasantly surprised. They were extremely clear and bright. I handed them to
Kase, who is very picky about his binocs. He looked across the street and
down the street and all he could say was “boy these are really clear”. I
bought them on the spot. At our gunshop we have had Zeiss, Swarovski,
Leupold, and several other brands of binocs and scopes. This pair of
Redfield binocs I would put up against a higher priced set any day of the
week. Everyone’s eyes are different. For a company to say their binocs or
scopes are superior to everyone else’s is pure BS. The new Leupold binocs
are excellent also. To me they are very clear and bright also. Do you know
the things Leupold and Redfield binocs have in common? They are both priced
well under $350. Now I know a lot of guys with large bank accounts will
argue with me because they like to tell folks that they paid $3000, $4000 or
even $5000 for a pair of binocs. They feel they are superior to the rest of
us peons in that they can afford these high dollar items. Just like paying
$3000 to $5000 for a 1911 that is a standard off the shelf pistol. They are
simply paying for the name and it makes them feel superior to us. The gist
of this is don’t feel you have to buy a Zeiss, Steiner, or Swarovski scope
or binocs to have a good one. There are a lot of excellent brands out there.
Go to your local shop and look thru them. Take a buddy along and have him
pull the item out of the box for you so you don’t see the price tag. Buy the
item that best matches your eyes. If it is the high dollar ones, that is
fine too. but I would bet it won’t be.
It is sort of interesting that a lot of shooters have discovered that a
rifle or shotgun with a shorter barrel, like 20” on a shotgun or 22” on a
rifle is a lot more handy and surprisingly they don’t lose any power with
them. Shotguns with 28 to 30” barrels are absolutely not necessary these
days, nor are 26” rifles, with a few exceptions. Look at the handgun hunters
that are taking game at 250 to 300 yards with 15” pistols. And add to that
most game is taken at ranges well under those ranges, with rifle and
handgun. Up until just a few years ago if a rifle didn’t have at least a 26”
barrel on it, it was a piece of junk. Not so these days. There are very few
standard calibers that even require over a 20” barrel for full powder burn.
Admittedly there are a few, but only a few. A 20” barrel rifle is much
handier, easier to carry and just as accurate as that long barreled rifle.
One of the gun writers wrote a few years back that the short barreled rifles
are more accurate than the long tubes. I have to agree with him. The short
barrels are thicker without that long pencil thin last 6 or 8”. They have
less whip. They hold steadier and are more compact so less weaving when you
look thru the scope.
There were several new turkey shotguns at the recent SHOT SHOW and the
similarity between them was that each one had a shorter than normal barrel.
Same reasons as the rifle. The shorter barrel burns all the powder and is
steadier than that long tom tube. If you see a new rifle or shotgun that you
like the looks and feel of, but worry because it has a shorter barrel, rest
assured it will do anything as good if not better than those long barreled
guns will do.
A handgun to watch out for, in a negative way, is the so called “smart
guns”. Several states are really pushing these guns. One has a ring that
goes with it and if you are not wearing the ring, the gun can’t fire. The
other company uses a watch and the same thing. If you are not wearing the
watch the gun won’t fire. Not surprisingly these new Smart guns are being
pushed by the anti gunners. If they can get all of us to switch to these
smart guns, then it would be a lot easier in the long run to shut them down
and take them away. If your state looks like they are thinking of trying out
these smart guns. get on the horn with your elected representatives and let
them know you are not a proponent of these guns. If states went with these
guns, it would be no problem for the government to mandate that all guns
have this feature, and at $2000 or more per gun, a lot of folks wouldn’t
have a gun at all. It is just another sneaky way the Feds are using to have
back door gun control.
I have folks come in the gun shop every day and ask for 22 LR ammo and 22
Mag ammo. When we tell them it is still very hard to get, they all say the
same thing, that they were told the shortage was about over. That is simply
not true. Some shops have the ammo at exorbitant prices ranging from $8 to
$16 for a box of 50 rounds of 22 LR. The 22 Magnum can easily run 3 or 4
times that. Unfortunately some distributors are not as honest as they should
be. They have some ammo that is supposed to be sent to several gun shops.
Instead it all goes to one shop and ends up being sold at 3 to 4 times
retail. It is just something that happens and something we can’t do anything
Powder is also in very short supply. I was told by one distributor that
about 5% of the powder made in 2014 will go to the gun shops. The rest will
be going to the ammo manufacturers due to them being many millions of rounds
behind. The same distributor told me that Remington shipped well over
100,000 rounds of 22 LR in December. The problem is that the distributors
already had back orders for all that ammo and the gun shops already had back
orders for it. So the day it came in, it all went out the door. So Remington
didn’t catch up or gain ground at all. I have no idea if this is true or not
but it sounds logical so I have to assume it is. This shortage is a lot
worse than any we have had in the past and will continue for a good while,
probably at least a year. And try to ignore the doomsayers that harp on the
government buying up all the ammo to keep us from getting any. The Feds are
buying a lot of ammo but the contracts are spread over a 3 to 5 year period.
It is me and you that are buying the ammo. We have literally dozens of
people come in the shop every day asking for ammo, or gun powder. The minute
we get some in, it goes out the door. people are afraid Obama is going to
clamp down on ammo or powder or primers so when they see some they buy it.
They really don’t need it, but it is there so we better get it while we can.
About 2 weeks ago we had a little blue haired old lady, probably in her
early 80s, come in the shop right at opening time. She looked around and I
could tell she was not familiar with a gun shop. She looked at me and in a
whisper said “all my friends tell me I need an AR-15. What does one look
like?” We sold her a 20 gauge home defense shotgun. Not having any idea what
an AR-15 was, she surely didn’t need one. The shotgun would be a lot easier
and safer for her to handle. I have had older gentlemen in suits and ties
come in and tell us their friends told them they needed a Glock. They then
pointed to a revolver. They have no idea what a Glock is. The meaning of all
this is, everyone is buying guns, any gun. And on the other side of the coin
they are also buying as much ammo as they can get. One of the gun magazines
I get in had an article in it saying that “everyone should try to have 5000
rounds of 22 LR on hand”. My question is, where in hell are they going to
find 5000 rounds of 22 LR. I do good to have 50 rounds for them. but it is
articles like that that keep the buying frenzy going. It will probably ease
up, but not any time soon. The only thing readily available right now are
AR-15s. They are a literal glut on the market and can be found at prices
near half of what they were a year ago.
About once a year I tell myself that I should go over a few things that
bother me or that I feel need to be talked about. This is that time. All
these things I have mentioned are things I have wanted to go over but had a
lot of other things that needed to be brought up first. Being in the gun
manufacturing business along with being in the gun shop business I see
things that need to be brought up from time to time. These things are my own
personal feelings and opinions. if you disagree, that is fine. We all have
Our next HHC is March 13 thru 16th. If you are thinking of joining us, call
931-839-2091 and put down your deposit and join us. You will be glad you
did. Til next month, take a youngster or lady shooting. They are our future.