Shooter’s Log Weekly Wrap Up—November 1-7,2015

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Has the race for the Democratic presidential candidate come down to gun control? If so, Martin O’Malley might give Hillary Clinton a run for her money with his new gun control plan. More states’ politicians are introducing more gun control laws, while the rest of America is buying guns in record numbers. It seems like our representatives aren’t really representing us…Read all about it in this week’s gun news headlines.


Martin O’ Malley Unveils Gun Control Plan

Presidential Candidate Contender Martin O’ Malley wrote a memo describing what he would do about gun control if he were elected president. The memo stated that O’Malley would change the “gun industry immunity law,” develop a monitoring system for those who fail background checks, require gun manufacturers with federal contracts to put “hidden” serial numbers on all firearms for tracking, ban “cop killer” ammo, and enforce “federal safety standards” on gun locks and gun safes.

Everytown For Gun Safety Fails in Virginia

Despite Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun organization Everytown for Gun Safety’s hefty $700,000 ad campaign to get votes for Democrat Daniel A. Gecker in Virginia, Republican Glen H., Sturtevant still won the majority vote for 10th District Senator on election night.

Record Number of Background Checks Performed in October

The FBI reports the highest number of background checks performed for any October last month at 1,976,759. October is the sixth month in a row to reach record numbers for requests for background checks to purchase a firearm. So far in 2015, 17,584,346 background checks have been done. The highest record of all was set in 2013 at 21,093,273 background checks.

Los Angeles Votes on New Handgun Storage Law

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to enact a new handgun storage law. All handguns must now be kept in locked containers or have trigger locks on them when not in use—cleaning is considered use under the law. Paul Krekorian, an LA council member said, “It’s unacceptable to live in a country where it’s more dangerous to be a preschooler than to be a police officer.” Retired and reserved law enforcement are exempt from the new law.

Albuquerque City Councilor Wants to Change New Mexico’s Constitution to Enact Stricter Gun Control Laws

Albuquerque, New Mexico city councilor Diane Gibson has introduced a resolution to change the state’s Constitution so that individual cities in the state can enact its own firearms restrictions and laws. As it stands now, New Mexico’s Constitution does not allow separate cities to enforce local gun laws. When referring to that 1986 Amendment residents of New Mexico voted on, Ms. Gibson said, “They were different times, that was nearly 30 years ago. I think it’s time that we had the discussion.” She has expressed interest in exploring “assault weapons bans” in parts of New Mexico.

North Carolina Legalizes Hunting with Short-Barreled Rifles

North Carolina has legalized hunting with short-barreled rifles (SBR). The state’s Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that SBRs must still meet all federal licensing and registering requirements.

Coos County, Oregon Passes Pro-Gun Initiative

Regardless of its legalities, Coos County, Oregon voted to pass the 2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinance, which allows the Sheriff to determine if federal or state gun laws are unconstitutional. If he finds certain gun laws unconstitutional, then he would not be allowed any of the county’s resources to enforce those laws. County officials and employees will be fined $2,000 if they violate the new initiative. Charlie Hinkle, a lawyer from Portland said, “”Of course local officials can’t decide what laws are constitutional. That’s why Kim Davis went to jail. Even the president can’t decide what’s constitutional—that’s why a federal court enjoined his executive orders regarding immigration.” When asked about the initiative, gun-right supporter Coos County Sheriff Craig Zanni said, “I’m not sure the courts would agree with that concept.” Oregon’s Wheeler and Wallowa counties have passed similar initiatives.

Wisconsin Politicians Introduce ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

Three Representatives in Wisconsin introduced a bill banning “assault weapons” in the state. One of them, Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) said, “No Wisconsin community should ever have to face such a tragedy at the hands of someone armed with a semiautomatic assault weapon. I can conceive of no legitimate reason that any citizen should need to own or use a semiautomatic assault weapon.”

NICS Extended Holiday Hours

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) announced extended holiday hours in anticipation of a rush on requests for background checks to purchase a firearm on Black Friday. On November 27, the NICS will be available beginning at 4:30 a.m. Further, beginning November 6, NICS will extend its operating hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Through until December 26, NICS will start at 6:30 a.m. on the weekends.

Knife Rights Action Alert

If you live in New Jersey, Knife Rights is asking you to attend the hearing on S3416, the “Big Five African Species ban.” This law, if passed, would ban anything made from over 11,000 animals. The hearing will be held on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in Trenton, New Jersey. If you can not attend, Knife Rights is requesting that you contact your lawmakers and tell them to opposed S3416. For more information, visit

Product News

Beretta Shipping M9A3 Handgun

Beretta’s new pistol, the M9A3 was originally designed to bid for the United States Army’s replacement for the Beretta M9. However, the Army rejected the pistol and it is now available to the public in a commercial model. Beretta’s Vice President of Military Marketing and Sales Gabriele de Plano says, “The M9A3 represents the next generation military handgun utilizing the best of the legacy M9 combined with proven commercial off-the-shelf modifications that increase performance and durability.” Look for it soon! You saw the Beretta M9A3 first on The Shooter’s Log.

Aguila Ammunition Introduces Shotshells

Aguila Ammunition introduced its new line of shotshells to the U.S. market last week. The line is available in 12, 16, and 20 gauges, as well as .410 bore and includes skeet, trap, sporting clays and pigeon loads.

Trijicon MRO Wins “Optics of the Year”

Guns & Ammo magazine awarded Trijicon’s MRO (Miniature Rifle Optic) “Optic of the Year.” G&E editors citied the American-made MRO’s high quality, price point, location of its control buttons and various other features the reasons for it winning this year’s optic category.

SIG Sauer P225 Pistol Reintroduced

SIG Sauer introduces a redesigned and enhanced P225. The reintroduced 9mm pistol is designated the P225-A1 and has an enhanced double/single-action trigger, stainless steel slide with black Nitron finish and a hard-coat anodized frame.

In case you missed them, here are the top 10 read blog posts this week:

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Comments (24)

  1. O’ Malley is a piece of garbage. I spent one miserable year as a resident of Mary.and, and that will never happen again.

    He is as pathetic as the rest of the Democrat candidates.

  2. Regarding Trijicon, After doing a quick search on CTD, I just don’t see why I should pay approx $600 (average price) for a red dot or reflex sight when you can get so many under $100. I mean it’s just a simple red dot. I wish someone who bought a Trijicon would reply here and tell the truth if they noticed any difference at all with other red dots and reflexes they have used.

    And right now on CTD the “Trijicon SRS 1.75 MOA Red Dot with Colt Style Flat Top Mount Matte Black Finish SRS01” is selling for a whopping $1,147.50. OMG the .308 assault rifle I want is selling for that much. This hyper expensive Trijicon has a solar cell, but who really needs a solar cell when you can carry an extra battery.

    1. @ ss1.

      Hey Sam. Have you considered Trilux H-3 Sights. Trilux H-3, use a Extremely Low Radioactive Tritium Gas Source (aka BETA Lights). That STAY Illuminated of ~12.3-years and cost less then $40.00 USD. I suspect even CTD have them in stock. SEC…

    2. @Secundius:

      No I’m not looking for any kind of sights or red dots right now. Yesterday I just wanted to smack Trijicon upside the head because CTD is touting this ridiculously expensive brand (also touted in another article last week). How ironic…..Trijicon is NOT cheaper than dirt. It’s like the opposite!!

      You talk about Trijicon winning an award? How about the award for the smallest, ugliest, most expensive item on the entire CTD website. Just look up the “Trijicon SRS 1.75 MOA Red Dot with Colt Style Flat Top Mount Matte Black Finish SRS01″ and you will see the award winner, LOL.


    3. @Secundius:

      I’m not looking for any sights or red dots. I was just making a commentary on Trijicon.

      Yesterday I tried to reply to you with more thoughts about Trijicon, and my comment got deleted by the moderator. Wow if this forum has gotten to the point where I can’t have a little fun busting Trijicons b**ls, what has become of this forum? Will this post be filtered too? I’d rather have Hilary enter my home and take all my guns and strip search me than have my Trijicon posts be deleted 🙂


    4. @ss1

      Whoa, Dude!

      The thought of that Clinton . . . woman anywhere near anything that matters makes me cringe. Of course, I’d never have to worry about it since my wife is pure bad a** so she’d never get near me. 😉

      But seriously, for a moment at least, if your comment got deleted I suggest you ask Suzanne about it. She’s awesome and always answers me.

      How about it Suzanne . . . help us out here.

    5. @Mikial:

      No we don’t need Suzanne’s help. My Nov 8th post got approved AFTER I wrote my Nov 9th post. It was delayed 24 hours.

      What is your comment about Trijicon products? I was expecting some expert to reply and tell me all these technical details about why he bought a red dot for over $500.

      Regarding ALL OPTICS, the big thing with me that I will spend a little more money for, is one that stays together and doesn’t break on an AR/10, and one that doesn’t strip threads easily when you try to tighten it. I admit that I have bought some junk optics at gun shows, but still, there’s got to be something really good that’s much cheaper than Trijicon.

      I’ve got a “NCstar Euro Series 3-12X50 Ill P4 Sniper Reticle 30mm Generation 2” scope on my AR-10 right now that I bought very affordably from CTD, that seems to be doing well. But I’ve had lots of drama with optics in the past.

    6. @ ss1.

      Hey Sam, Don’t feel bad or “Bent Out of Shape”. I tried to answer you comment on the Trijicon Solution Problem, but it Looks Like My Answer’s to your Question were ALSO DELETED. It’s Frustrating Sometimes on These Websites, I Know. I Must of Had AT LEAST, 200 or More Comment’s Deleted Since Joining “The Shooter’s Log” Website in 2012. SEC…

    7. @ss1

      My apologies, Brother. I certainly didn’t mean to say anything that might upset you or make you feel like I was dissing you. In truth, I think my response got posted to the wrong comment of yours. This is all too common on this blog because they do not have a “Reply” function that actually takes you to the comment you want to reply to. Something I have brought up on several occasions, but their explanation is that they “outsource” the web function so they can’t really do much to correct it. This is odd since every other blog I participate in can do it.

      As for Suzanne, she does try to the extent that she has emailed me personally to address my concerns. Consequently, I asked her to please try to help with this issue of the moderation and comments being deleted., We’ll see how that goes.

      Finally . . Trijicon. On previous contracts when I was offered my choice of optics, Trijicon wasn’t the one I would choose. For high end items, I always went with EOTech. Their Holographic Weapon Sights were much more reliable and durable in the environment of Iraq and Afghanistan than any other. My standard daily weapon in extreme circumstances was a Colt M4 (selective fire) with an EOTech Holographic sight and a 100 round drum mag when in vehicles and a standard 30 round mag when on foot.

      But, there are much less expensive sights out there that perform well and will hold up under the kinds of conditions we are likely to put them through. You just need to do some research and decide what other actual users have had good experiences with.

    8. @Mikial:

      You don’t need to apologize, I wasn’t upset with you.

      What I have obviously noticed on the CTD forums in the past month, is that EVERY post goes to moderation. It used to be only if you included a web link or typed some 4 letter word or other controversial word on their filter list. But now every post get moderated. The result, from what I can see, is less interest in the entire forum. Less posts. It’s unfortunate.

      Thanks for your viewpoint on holographic sights. And you’re right, I need to do some more research to seek understanding, because right now I don’t even know the true definition of a holographic sight.

      What I do know is this. I bought 2 Centerpoint Tactical Open Reflex Sights at a doorbuster sale last year for $29.95 each. I mounted one on my 8mm Mauser and it worked just fine at 100 yards. Until I learn about some special capabilities of Trijicon or EOTech, I personally put these in the same category as my $29.95 reflex sight that has 4 different reticles to choose from.

      Yet still, both my reflexes are sitting right here in my desk drawer. I like scopes better. As far as I know, the only uses for them is 1) if you want to make your weapon lighter and less bulky, and 2) as a possible answer to a night sight if you don’t want to buy an infrared scope.

      If you have other viewpoints about what I have written, please let me know.

    9. @ss1

      Scopes are much better for long range shooting, especially for deliberate shots where you have time to get a nice picture and you want to put the round right into your target’s ear. 😉

      Red dots, holos and reflex sights, at least in my own experience, are better for quick target acquisition under pressure, in low (but not no) light since you don’t have to try to align the sights, and CQB.

      If you are looking for long range performance, I would recommend sticking to a scope. Just remember that target acquisition with a scope will be much slower than with a dot or reflex. It’s all in the task, Brother.

    10. @Mikial:

      Thanks for your expert analysis. Plus, CQB was a new term to me, so I just now learned about it on the web.

      I’m interested in finding the proper gun to mount my reflex sight on, and I’m going to keep thinking about that. It may be a gun I don’t own yet.

    11. Now THAT’s the way to look at it, Brother! 😉

      Any reason to buy a new gun is a good one.

      Reflex, Red Dot and Holos are designed to provide quick target acquisition under duress. Quite often, we had to acquire targets while riding in a moving vehicle (frequently one doing evasive maneuvers) and if not actually neutralize the target at least suppress it until we were out of the kill zone.

      They will never replace scopes for deliberate, aimed shots but they excel at close quarter and shooting on the move. Whichever gun you choose really is entirely up to your personal preference, although it would be a bit of a waste to mount one on a magnificent long range gun like an M1A, Moisin, or 700. My thoughts would be an M4, AK (including a Draco), MP5 , tactical shotgun or even a Model 94 lever action, or any other CQB platform.

      I have dots on my ,45 cal M4, a couple of my 5.56 M4s, and my wife’s Hawk 12 gauge pump tactical shotgun. I still like iron sights on some guns, but with the option of a scope when the circumstances dictate.

      I guess my philosophy is that dots and reflex sights are tools, just like scopes, but above all else learn to shoot with plain ol’ iron sights because when it comes right down to it, you can always use an iron and everything else is gravy.

    12. @Mikial:

      As you are already aware (from your letter to mgmt), I didn’t see your reply until today.

      But because you actually started giving me ideas on which guns to put a reflex sight on, I pulled my Zastava M92 AK pistol out of it’s case, and fitted my reflex sight on top of the aftermarket metallic quad rail that I bought for it. I was shocked (because I had been too lazy before to even test it) that the reflex sight had clear vision above the iron sights.

      So I think I have found my gun to place one of my reflex sights on……HOWEVER, the iron sights are great in the daytime. This past weekend I hit the 100 yard target with every shot while standing. So my plan is to get the reflex sight sighted in, then carry it in the side pocket of my M92 carry bag (it’s the shorter Colt model that has 4 magazine holders) FOR LOW LIGHT AND NIGHTTIME USAGE.

      So thanks for your reply!!

    13. @ss1

      No idea when you will actually see this comment, since they seem to take a long time to moderate them, but . . . .

      Outstanding! I am very happy to hear that. And good work on your part. I am always impressed by your comments when you describe the things you are doing to customize your firearms and constantly improve your shooting skills.

      Never discount your iron sights. They will save your life in situations where the high speed optics just aren’t working for one reason or another. When I install sights on my guns, I always try to include BUIS that you can see through to use your optics.

      As for TSL blog, I am pretty much at the end of my rope with them. I have brought it to their attention several times that is is very difficult to actually reply to a comment through an email notification because hitting “Reply” takes you to the general conversation and you have to scroll through all the comments to find the one you wanted to respond to, but they don’t seem inclined to do anything about it.

      I also tried to explain why the long delay in moderating comments really takes a lot of the fun out of exchanging ideas on the blog because it may be days before your comment is actually posted. Again, they don’t seem to care about that.

      So, keep the faith, Brother! And we will adapt, improvise and overcome.

    14. @Mikial:

      Thanks for mentioning Back Up Iron Sights. It reminded me that I really need to buy an iron front and back sight for my AR-10. It’s one of those things that’s been bugging me for a long time.

      Plus, I’d like to ask your advice about another upgrade I need on my AR-10. My scope mounts only have a single screw on each side. I absolutely believe I need to upgrade to 2 screws, but what about 3 per side? I also want to try to find some high quality stainless steel scope mounts instead of cheap aluminum that strips if you tighten it too tight. Do you have any type of comments regarding buying high quality scope mounts?

    15. Check out Magpul for the BUIS. They’re solid and come in a range of prices.

      As for scope mounts, there are probably others on here who know a lot more than I do about scopes since I don’t use them a lot. I have set-ups for my Ar15 varmint rifle, and a couple of syand-bys for other guns. I do completely agree with you that a single screw hold down isn’t adequate, particularly on an AR-10.

      While there are a lot of Gee Whiz high speed modular mounts out there, I have found that plain old Weaver Tactical Four Hold 30mm Rings work pretty well. About $30 from CTD.

      You just mount them on the scope, lock them down with some Uncle Mike’s Gun Tite (Loc Tite Blue) and then attach to your rail. That way you have two locking screws to your rail and they are pretty solid, although they are aircraft aluminum but I’ve never had a problem with anything stripping.

      Honestly, Weaver has just never let me down with their quality for as long as I’ve been shooting, and that’s a long time.

    16. @Mikial:

      Late last night before your message came through, I ordered some Accushot weaver style rings for only $13.27. They were listed as the most popular rings on the website. They have 2 screws on each side, so 4 per ring that hold the scope in place.

      I already have some blue loctite which I hardly ever use, but I may take your advice and place it on the bolts that fasten the rings to the rails. I’m sure if there’s a problem, with it being blue I can get them off with my crescent wrench.

      Thanks again and I hope you’re doing well, and don’t forget to contact me if you’re ever visiting in the Phoenix area.

    17. Hey, there ya’ go! Great minds think alike.

      I use the Gun Loc on all my optics mounts and it works great.

      I hope your rings are awesome.

      And I will look you up for use. I have been to Phoenix and Mesa several times, and it’s great country.

    18. @ ss1.

      If you OWN a iPhone, iPod Touch or Android. You might try Inteliscope, the Inteliscope Pro is a Electronic Sighting System that uses either “IOS” or “OS” Phone/Information systems as a Digital Viewfinder Scope. I have one, because of my Eyesight. It’s worth “considering”, but it’s your CHOICE. ALSO NOTE, EOTech is having a production problem. Someone got caught, producing “Unregistered” Sighting Systems to a Third-Party. So production has been Limited Drastically for the Foreseeable Future. And Prices are Expected to GO UP. Just thought you might like too know. SEC…

    19. @Secundius:

      Thanks for your ideas, but really this week I was just having some fun with the Trijicon news.

  3. thanks for helping us keep up with all this treasonous laws of the world order gang / we will be sorry like Germany if we the people let freedom not ring

    1. @ Ron Stewart

      And what “Treasonous Laws” would that be? You “Elected Them”, so they CAN’T BE “TREASONOUS” as you claim!

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