Archive for September, 2012

Mitt Romney at campaign stop

Sit Down: Mitt Romney and the NRA-ILA

By Chris Cox, NRA-ILA

This year’s election is going to define the future of our freedom, perhaps more than any other in our history. For gun owners, there are a number of areas crucial to the survival of our Second Amendment rights. That’s why I took the time to visit with Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, to find out precisely where he stands on the issues of concern to gun owners.

M97 Trench gun with Bayonet

Firearm of the Week, Winchester Model of 1897 Shotgun, M97 Trench Gun, Trench Broom

Here is a firearm that when introduced to the battlefield, an outcry arose from the German high command. They claimed it was too dastardly for combat. This from the same country that chose to use lethal gas on its opponents and said, “It is especially forbidden to employ arms, projectiles, or materials calculated to cause unnecessary suffering.” While I disagree with the hypocrisy, I do agree that this gun will cause suffering. Say hello to the Winchester Model 1897 12-gauge shotgun, or simply the M97 Trench Gun.

20ga rifled slug fired into gelatin

Smoothbore Surprises

Conventional wisdom of defensive shotgunning says that larger projectiles penetrate more. So loading birdshot guarantees absence of overpentration, while slugs will sail through the foe and possibly hit bystanders. But shotguns are sometimes unpredictable, and this theory only holds “all other things being equal” which they seldom do.

Zombies are so 2011, boring and played out.

Zombies are Dead! So What will be the Next Big Thing?

I know plenty of you never want to hear or read the word zombie again. Even though the fad seems to have passed, gun gear companies are still releasing zombie-killing related items. However, the idea is tired and played out. The first wave of products were actually pretty cool—exploding zombie targets, Black Dawn Magpul zombie AR-15 furniture, and EoTech’s illuminated biohazard reticle. This second wave where companies are slapping zombie green on anything has me wondering me if their marketing teams have joined the walking dead. Some of those companies missed the boat. We’re just not buying into it anymore.

Jeff Cooper

The Legend that was Jeff Cooper

Along with John Moses Browning, Mikhail Kalashnikov, Eugene Stoner, Dan Shideler, and Elmer Keith, another man made huge waves in the firearms community with his life’s work. If you are new to the gun world, or if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t bothered to learn read up on some history, let me clue you on whom I’m talking about. Most gun experts recognize Jeff Cooper as the father of the Modern Technique of handgun shooting, and one of the 20th century’s foremost international experts on the use and history of small arms.

CZ 75

The Overlooked CZ 75

I like gun stores. I like being in them, browsing through them, and buying from them. Trust me, I do plenty of business outside of my workplace, just as my competition does with us. In a recent trip to look at some handguns, I saw a new guy working behind the counter. I was curious about his recommendations and told him I was looking for a full-size duty pistol chambered in 9mm. He showed me the usual Glocks, Springfield XDs, and Smith & Wesson M&Ps. When I mentioned that I was possibly looking for something in the double-action/single-action family, he walked me right past the CZ 75s and straight to the Beretta 92s. When I asked him about the CZs, he said, “Oh, you wouldn’t want one of those, nobody ever comes in asking about them anymore.”

Gustave Young Engraved 1851 Colt Navy Revolver

The 19th Century Master Engravers

It’s not often the owner of a firearm featuring the work of one of the 19th Century master engravers is willing to let it go. It normally happens through some human calamity—death, divorce or financial crisis. No matter the reason when one of these pieces of history does hit the open market, the demand is high and the bidding is frenzied. If you plan on adding a piece of work from a revered engraver such as Gustave Young, Conrad F. Ulrich or Louis Nimschke, you might want to start by making sure you have up to $100K in spare change lying around.

Biometric safes offer easy access, but prevent children from getting to your handgun.

Where to Keep Your New Gun

If you are a brand new gun owner, you might be wondering where is the best place to store your new firearm. Don’t be embarrassed if you took the gun home and stuck it in the nightstand. Many of us did that the first time around, but it isn’t a secure location. There are many different opinions and options on this subject. Everyone’s situation is different and depending on your state’s laws, there are various appropriate and even possible restrictions on how you store your gun. It also depends on what type of firearm you purchased and why.

C. F. Ulrich Engraved Model 1866 Winchester

Julia’s Extraordinary Fall Firearms Auction Could Eclipse Its World Record Spring Sale

The Firearms Division of James D. Julia Inc., consistently conducts some of the highest-grossing firearms auctions in the world. On March 12 & 13, 2012, James D. Julia, Inc. established a new high-water mark in the world of Firearms auctions. That spectacular sale grossed just under $18 Million which made it the highest grossing single event Firearms Auction ever conducted (a record previously set by Julia’s in 2008 at $12.8 million).