As I type this, it is Christmas eve. Tomorrow is the big day for youngsters
of all ages around the world. Before I go into the new Gun Notes I wish all
of you a Merry Christmas and hope the new year is all you have wished for.
You have been more than generous to Reeder Custom Guns and the Pistol Parlor
and for that I am eternally grateful. God bless and protect you in the
coming new year.
the know say this will be the busiest Christmas season in over 30 years and
we owe this to our new president. There are a lot of ignorant people that
still believe all the liberal newscasts (AKA fake news) that badmouth Trump
at every turn. These people are determined to destroy this country. I cannot
fathom why they are trying to do this. Where else in the world can they
enjoy the freedoms we have here in this country. We have to continue to be
strong and fight off at every turn their efforts to destroy our liberties.
Never give up and never quit working to defend our freedoms.
As we get close to the 2018 SHOT show I have
received a lot of flyers concerning new products, both guns and accessories.
Amazingly there are still more and more AR-15 companies emerging every
month. They are going to have to have some special something that puts them
over all the rest to be able to survive as the AR market is flooded and
priced are down to $500 or so for the base guns.
Another thing that I am not too thrilled about is
the trend of promoting cartridges that are “faster than any other cartridge
around”. Nosler started this with their proprietary line of cartridges that
promote ultra speed. Now Savage has come out with their new 224 Valkyrie
cartridge. This one is basically a 6.8 necked down to 224. Like the Nosler
line of cartridges they are pushing it as the fastest 224 bullet on the
market, still super sonic at 1300 yards and shot in Savages new AR-15.
Masterpiece Arms is also making a rifle for the 224 Valkyrie. It is the MPA
224BA Bolt Action rifle. With their good reputation it should be a good one.
My question in all this is simply WHY? How many of us shoot out past 1300
yards. There is a growing group of wannabe snipers out there that eat, sleep
and breath sniper guns, cartridges, shooting at excessive ranges etc. I am
not saying this is a bad thing. I just wonder why. How many of us plan on
taking a shot at a deer at 1300 yards? Hopefully not many. I guess my
problem with this is me being a handgunner I don’t see any usefulness in
these super hyper cartridges. Personally I hope they stay on the ranges and
not in the hunting field as we don’t need more wounded animals out there to
give the anti hunters more reason to try to stop all hunting.
Sort of on the same subject of WHY? There is a new
AR-10 and a new cartridge from Phoenix Weaponry. The new cartridge is the
45-70 Auto. It is simply a 45-70 with the rim turned down to 308/30-06
specs. The gun is a beefed up AR-10. That is all and well, but they promote
it as equaling the 45-70 with Ruger #1 loads. Now the Ruger #1 loads are hot
and the AR-10 type rifle has an alloy receiver. They say it is great for
these “over-pressure loads”. The rifles start at almost $5000 so not every
shooter will have one. I just hope those alloy (aluminum) receivers will
hold up to that range of pressures.
Those of us older than navel lint will remember the
great line of Ruger revolvers on a medium frame called the Security Six.
This little mid frame revolver was a great little gun in 357 Magnum. It has
adjustable sights and came in blue or stainless with barrels in the 4” and
6” range. Ruger also had the slick top fixed sight revolvers out in their
Speed Six and Service Six. Both of these were designed for the law
enforcement crowd or for those wanting a little 3” revolver in 38 Special or
357 mag for concealed carry. Now Ruger has their new Security 9. And if you
are saying, “damn, a 9 shot 357 Mag” as I did, no, it isn’t. It is a new
semi auto. This little beauty (beauty is in the eye of the beholder) is
Ruger’s new offering for those than can’t afford the $600 to $1000 range of
semi autos. This little 9mm in more than affordable and should hit the
dealer’s shelved at a bit over $350, give or take. The new Security 9 is a
15 round 9mm, with a double stack mag about halfway between a compact and
full size auto. It has a 4” barrel and weighs 23 ounces empty, perfect for
concealed carry. This one should be a sure winner for Ruger.
Have you noticed that camo is the “in thing” these
days. Whether in outwear, jock straps or guns and holsters various versions
of camo are everywhere. The ladies have handguns and longguns in the nasty
pig pen looking Muddy Girl camo. Even Weatherby has ladies rifles out is
their proprietary camo. Besides guns, many accessories are in the various
shades of camo and a new camo comes out every year. Lord knows you can’t be
seen in the field with last year’s camo. Even small handguns are camo’d
these days. One of the big gun distributors has camo Ruger SR-22, LCP and
LCP 2 all in what is called Moonshine Serenity camo. It is a mixture of
faded green and upchuck purple. To each his own.
Over the last few years more and more shotguns have
come out with the triple or dual tube magazines that hold 16 to 18 rounds.
Now Kel Tec, one of the innovators of the large capacity shotguns has come
out with their KSG-25. It holds a whole box of shotshells, that’s right, 24
+ 1 of 2 ¾” shells. It is the dual tube shotgun and if it is like most of
Kel Tec’s other guns it should be a good one.
I mentioned above that the many AR-15 manufacturers
are trying to come up with their little niche in the market that will help
sell their rifles. Anderson has their “never clean the gun” thing going
along with them showing them dipping the dirty gun in the nearby creek,
sloshing it around a bit and saying “it’s clean”. That appeals to me quite a
bit as I don’t believe in cleaning guns unless they really really need it.
There is no real reason for all the cleaning. So Anderson gets an “atta boy”
from me. Now POF USA, also a manufacturer of fine AR-15s is showing their
ARs dropped in thick mud, sloshed round, rolled over and then picked up and
shot. Again that appeals to me. I don’t use an AR much (hardly ever) in my
hunting but it is nice to know I can depend upon POF USA should I get in a
mud wrestling contest while carrying my AR.
Another niche I like and one that we are doing is
the camo dipped guns in larger calibers. We are set up to do the camo
dipping and have been doing quite a few 450 Bushmaster conversions on AR-15s
and then doing the camo dipping process. This is a great process and super
Several years ago, 25
maybe, Colt came out with the AR-15 in 9mm. Big time flop. Nobody wanted it.
Now several of those AR-15 manufacturers are chambering their ARs in 9mm as
their little niche in the market. With the new 9mm rounds these days being
head over heels more powerful than most 9mm ammo of years past, except for
Super Vel in the late 60s and early to mid 70s, this give some reason to
have a 9mm AR.
9mm, there are a couple of companies coming out with a special 9mm round
that is supposed to be devastating on bad guys. This design was originally
designed by a good friend back in the early to mid 80s who designed a
special S&W Model 39 converted into his ASP. His name was Charlie (we won’t
go any farther than that). He sent us a large amount of the special bullets,
all in 45 caliber, to test for him. We found out later that Charlie had been
selling his 9mm version of these rounds to some Arab bad guys. Apparently,
as the story was told to me, a couple of Mossad operators were found dead
with these bullets in them. The Israelis told Charlie not to sell any more
to them. Charlie, being a good businessman but not too smart, sold a bunch
more to them,. Charlie was found shortly afterward in a ditch outside
Atlanta with two 22 caliber holes in his head. We still have those special
45 caliber bullets and I for sure don’t plan to sell them to any Arabs.
Anyway, these new spiral shaped bullets are being sold under a couple of
names and are probably the most devastating 9mm bullets on the market today.
One of the companies is NOVX. It is a fluted 65 grain bullet, poly coated,
and does over 1700 fps in a short compact 9mm barrel. It has a bit over 400
foot/pounds of energy which is the same as a hot +P 45 ACP. On the effect on
a bad guy the round almost cuts the person in half. That’s a good reason to
carry a 9mm.
Many of you will
remember Charles Daly guns thru the years. They have been in and out of
business for a hundred years. Charles Daly is really just an importer and
distributor of fine guns. They are back and are importing some really
unusual guns, one being the new 3 barreled shotguns. It is one barrel on top
and two below, just like the drillings except reversed. We had one in here a
short time ago and the quality and workmanship was great. Built like an
over/under except it is 1 over and 2 under.
Speaking of shotguns, the Mossberg Shockwave is
another good one. It is really not a shotgun although it is. Mossberg
developed this gun on it’s own, not a cut down shotgun, and registered it as
a “firearm” with the feds so this way they can produce a 14” barreled
“shotgun” with a pistol grip and you don’t have to go thru all the special
paperwork to own one. You just walk in your local gunshop, do the normal
4473, pay for it and walk out. No waiting, no class 3 forms and no high
price as a “short barreled shotgun” or SBS. It holds 6 rounds and comes in
12 gauge or 20 gauge. And if you can’t solve your problem in 6 rounds, you
are in deep pucky.
speaking of shotguns, more and more companies are coming out with AR-15
style semi auto shotguns. One of the newer ones is Triple F shotguns. They
have a super slick 20” 12 gauge that has 5, 10, and 18 round magazines. It
comes with 2 five round mags. They have been the manufacturer of parts or
other AR style shotguns for a good while and finally started to make their
own full guns.
More and more
folks are entering the 6.5 market. That Reeder guy had a 6.5 GNR, then a 6.5
Raptor and now another one on the drawing board. Then the 6.5 Creedmore, and
now the 6.5 PRC from Hornady. That is the 6.5 Precision Rifle Cartridge.
Hornady says this one leaves the 6.5 Creedmore in the dirt. And if Steve
Hornady had anything to do with it you can believe it.
Hornady also has more in their DGX Bonded bullet.
That stands for Dangerous Game Expanding bullet. It is a copper clad steel
jacket bonded to a lead core. This gives them deep penetration controlled
expansion and high weight retention. These come as bullets only in 375, 416,
458, 470 and 510 calibers. We have our next African hunt coming in a bit
over 2 ½ months and we have 11 hunters going back to Africa. Of these 11
hunters these special bullets could come in very handy. In the 375 caliber
they have the 300 grain. In the 416 caliber they have a 400 grain. In the
458 they have a 480 and a 500 grain and a few others for the 470 Nitro and
500 Nitro. You can always depend upon Hornady to come thru for hunters.
Colleen just ordered me some in 375 caliber for my 378 GNR and some in 416
caliber, for my 416 GNR, both of which will probably be heading to Africa,
good Lord willing. She also ordered some of the .458 caliber for my 450 GNR,
as a stand by.
Not exactly a
dangerous game handgun but North American Arms has a new Ranger 2 revolver
out. This little palm size revolver holds 5 22 magnum rounds and unlike the
older guns where you had to take the cylinder out and poke the empties out
with the base pin, which is nerve wracking when the bad guys are shooting at
you, the new Ranger 2 has a break top barrel which ejects the empties as it
breaks open. Much better when the bad guy has his Uzi and KG-9 sending lead
your way. It also come with a 22 LR cylinder as an option.
We have had the 6 hole RCBS Turret press along with
the Lyman 6 hole turret press for many years. Then Redding came out with the
7 hole turret. Now Lyman, not to be outdone has a new press called the Brass
Smith with an 8 hole turret. Lyman products, while not as well known as RCBS
are as good if not better than any other press on the market.
Another new press for the shooters wanting match
grade ammo, is the Bald Eagle Heavy Duty Match Press from Bullets.com. It is
a very high tech single stage press designed for the match shooters or any
other reloader that is slightly anal.
Iver Johnson, a company that has been around for
over 100 years is back in business again after being gone for a few years.
They have actually been back for several years now but had not a whole lot
that I considered interesting, but now one of their newer products is
interesting if now sort of useless. It is their new 1911A1 carbine. It is
basically a 1911 in 45 ACP with a 16 ½” barrel and a wood stock. We had one
in the shop recently and looked fine if maybe a bit ugly. They also have a
new longslide 10mm and 45 ACP out called the Eagle XLC. It has a 6”
longslide barrel and slide. It is a chrome plated pistol. I wish it were
stainless but the satin industrial chrome finish looks fine too.
Speaking of 1911s, the military, under our new
president, is releasing a gazillion old world war 1 and 2 1911s to the
public. Obama tried to have them destroyed but ran into opposition from the
Secretary of Defense. Along with the standard 1911s will be some parts guns,
which are guns slapped together by military armors. My guess would be the
majority of these guns will be in that latter category. They will be sold on
a drawing process and you may only buy one gun per year. The only down side
of this is just like when they sold off a batch of Garands you have to be a
member of a Civilian marksmanship program and show proof that you have shot
in some CMP matches. For instance up here we have no ranges, indoor or
outdoor so showing that I have shot in some CMP matches would be hard if not
impossible. But if you are interested, stay tuned. When the info is
released, I will pass it along.
I think I hear some rattling in our chimney, so old
fatty might be coming down it. Not Al Franken or Weinstein or for sure not
Rosie O’Donnell. There is not enough KY Jelly to coat her and get her down
anyone’s chimney. Either way, I need to close for now.
In these next few months if you have a chance, take
a youngster or lady hunting besides being our future you will have a hunting
and shooting buddy for life.