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The Phalse Phable Of The Phantom’s Gun (And Other Tales)

The traditional narrative summary of American air-to-air combat in the 1960s and 1970s goes a little like this: Believing a new age of pushbutton warfare had dawned, the Americans designed their new fighter without a gun! This technological hubris resulted in American combat aviators being unprepared to face a brave, hardy foe flying “obsolete” cannon […]

Guns I Hate Part 2: The Springfield Inc. XD

nb: In the case of butthurts, please take a moment and reread this post. Also see Part 1: The Ruger SR. tldr: That your singular pistol works fine and you are happy with it is not a statistically relevant piece of information. Without the magnitude of numbers involved in police contracts or competitive pistol leagues, […]

There’s Always Free Cheese In A Mousetrap

Soooo, the SIG SB15 “Pistol” “Brace”. Clever end run around stupid and anachronistic legal hassles or this generation’s SWD Striker-12? Will the ATF demand we hand over the Pistol Brace units only or will they also take the gun it’s attached to?

A Turd By Any Other Name: Moore’s Machine Co. Is Now Bear Creek Arsenal

A year ago, my cousin made the mistake of buying a Moore’s Machine Co. AR-15 clone at the peak of the 2013 Great Panic. Fortunately, the retailer was kind enough to take it back unfired and let him walk out with the S&W M&P-15 he should have bought in the first place (which has continued […]

Remington Has Already Screwed Up The R-51

As I’ve mentioned previously, as both a founding member of the 3913 fanclub and a recovering C&R addict, I am unreasonably excited about Remington’s new R-51 9mm pistol. A rebirth of the unsuccessful Pedersen locking breechblock pistol of the 1920s, the R-51 looks art-deco Raymond Loewy awesome, and is something genuinely new and unique in […]

Duckface Bunny Cheesecake: We Must Demand Better, Guys

True to his job description, my friend Caleb brought the controversy on Facebook by questioning Melissa Gilliand’s photo shoot in Sure Shots Magazine, a digital website publication. I have a serious question for my lady shooter friends: Is this really the image you want presented of female shooters? No offense intended to Ms. Gilliland, whom […]

Operator, Please

So today the Firearms Blog gamely and politely reviews the $850 MSES AQC sight distributed by, of course, the leading importers of tactical derp, Command Arms Accessories. While appearing at first to be a fairly faithful EOtech clone, the AQC’s main selling point is that it offers three different reticules to the shooter, switchable at […]

Purity Tests

Over at my paying blog, I ask if people in the shooting enthusiast community are hypocrites by supporting art made by anti-gun artists. (Spoiler alert: NO). The idea that we should be going through movies and books and TV shows with a fine toothed comb looking for counter-revolutionary rhetoric just makes my skin crawl. Obviously […]

Just Can’t Help Myself

I saw a picture of The LAV in some BFG promo pictures for Shot Show 2013 and I knew I’d seen that look before… Grumpy Operator Cat. Should this become a thing? I think this should become a thing.

Oh Boy. I Can’t Wait.

So I got an email from Remington! You mean like the 710, 770, 887, 105cti and Versa-Max? Thanks but no thanks. [update!] Looks like it’s called the Remington 783. It looks less crappy than the 710 and 770, but that’s not saying much. I still think the Ruger American and the Savage-Stevens 200 are the […]