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From conversation elsewhere...

OOCQOTD: “I forget that Europeans prefer their firearms homicide wholesale and industrialized, rather than artisanal and retail.” — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) February 18, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, History, Tam, Boomsticks, Life In The Monkey House, Tamara K


Background Checks Stop Nothing

So, a dude with a previous conviction for a violent felony managed to pass a background check for an Illinois Firearm Owner ID card, and managed to pass a NICS check to purchase a handgun, and it wasn't until they ran his prints when he was applying for an Illinois toter's permit that the previous conviction turned up.So they denied him the permit and sent him a letter asking him to pretty please hand the gun over.Instead, he took the gun to his job and shot up the meeting where they were firing...
Tags: News, Guns, Illinois, Tam, NICS, Boomsticks, Ignorance is no excuse for a law


It's true...

For good or ill, revolvers are on the wane. They were replaced as duty/service guns wholesale in the 1980s, and their strongest holdout niche, the 5-shot concealable snubby, is being eclipsed by the tiny pocket .380 pistol.And it's not like Millennials are going to develop a sudden affection for revolvers (or 1911s) when they turn 40, either, any more than they're likely to suddenly develop an interest in Harleys with their first gray hair.Elsewhere I predicted that in ten years the shrunken rev...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Sass, Boomsticks, Revolvers


Battleground State

Illinois gun owners had fought hard for years and made hellacious headway in the battle to get CCW and at least a measure of preemption passed, so it's especially painful to see all that hard work threatened by their new Future License Plate Craftsman in Springfield, J.B. Pritzker.The war never ends. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: News, Guns, Illinois, Tam, Springfield, Boomsticks, Ignorance is no excuse for a law


19°F on the banks of Eagle Creek...

Cold enough at the range that I was loading a mag in the car, hopping out & shooting a 10rd chrono string, recording data, and hopping back in car to reload the mag for the next string. — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) February 8, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tamara, Eagle Creek, Tam, Whining, Boomsticks, Shouldn't we talk about the weather


Straw Gun Training

From an older post at Gun Culture 2.0:"...Keller argues for a combat proven approach to training that focuses on the constants of gunfighting. The post-9/11 essence of gun training is spending time on a square range mastering the basic techniques that apply in every gunfight: getting the gun up, getting sight picture, and pulling the trigger....[Y]et, he observes, many of his peers who have the same operational experience do not train in this manner. Instead, they are “getting wrapped up in the ...
Tags: Guns, Joe, Keller, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Gun School, Derp Sells, Slurs And Rumors


Tab Clearing...

Gun CuriousThe Newspaper Death Spiral For those who aren’t quite sure why these media layoffs keep happening, or think “it’s the internet!” or “people don’t pay to subscribe,” there’s a lot more going on. Though that is part of that. Here’s a cliffs notes version - not exhaustive but it hits the highlights: — Jeremy Littau (@JeremyLittau) January 24, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: News, Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Bread And Circuses, Money Makes The World Go 'round, Jeremy Littau


You know what they say about opinions...

From the WML column, Marlon Rando has an opinion! Well, I believe I will consider the opinions of dudes like Darryl Bolke and Chuck Haggard over Rando Calrissian and his fifty-year-old shoes. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Tacticool, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Marlon Rando, Chuck Haggard, Gear Ho, Darryl Bolke, Rando Calrissian


Meanwhile, in American-Occupied America...

Via the NRA-ILA, Indiana pro-RKBA bills advance out of committee...House Bill 1284, sponsored by Representative Jim Lucas (R-69), passed from the House Committee on Judiciary by a vote of 9-2. It would provide immunity for a justified use of force in certain instances to help prevent frivolous lawsuits. Victims of violent crime shouldn’t be subjected to unnecessary civil suits, therefore being victimized twice. This bill would also require a court to award, in certain instances, reasonable at...
Tags: Politics, Guns, House, Tam, Hoosiers, Ben Smaltz, Boomsticks, RKBA, Horton hears a Hoosier, House Committee on Judiciary, American Occupied America, NRA ILA Indiana, Jim Lucas R, House Committee on Public Policy


A systemic failure...

I thought regressive taxes that made it harder for low income people to exercise civil rights were a bad thing? I’ve introduced HB 5700, a 50% tax increase on ammunition. It doesn’t apply to military or law enforcement. I’m hearing push back about the need to protect one's home... but how much ammunition does someone really need to do that? #gunsense #enough pic.twitter.com/NZjkWBrpjC — Jillian Gilchrest (@Jilchrest) February 4, 2019 There is a systemic failure to get folks to understand that ...
Tags: Politics, News, Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Ignorance is no excuse for a law, A walk on the slippery rocks, Jillian Gilchrest


Weapon-Mounted Lights and You!

"First, seek out some training in the proper use of a weapon-mounted light. This is important in learning how to use it to illuminate your surroundings while moving with the gun in either a high or low muzzle-aversion carry position, using the “spill” from the beam as well as the “bounce,” or reflected light, off the ceiling or walls to light a room. (Hollywood tends to have everyone running around with WMLs held horizontally at eye-level, in a “what-not-to-do” fashion.)" [Author: Tam]
Tags: Hollywood, Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Gun School


Pet Peeve...

You know what's a pet peeve of mine? People who use "smooth" to describe the way a handgun shoots. "I love my Beretta nine! It shoots so smooth!"Dude, an explosion just went off in your hand. If you were to hand me a list of all the adjectives in the English language and ask me to put them in order from "Most describing a gunshot" to "Least describing a gunshot", then "smooth" would be way down there somewhere between "turgid" and "moist". . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Surliness


Paranoia strikes deep...

So the Military Arms Channel guy has apparently decided that there's some deep NRA conspiracy to take him down. The meme backlash has been savage. Share and enjoy! I only wish that the NRA had that level of skill at skullduggery and manipulation! . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, Guns, Nra, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Memeishness


SHOT Show stuff...

Bond Arms 2019 products...Black Rain Ordnance Ion 9 9mm pistol/PCC...CompMag Cali-legal mag hack... View this post on Instagram LOL A post shared by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on Jan 25, 2019 at 8:51am PST [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, Tamara Keel @tamarakeel, SHOT Show 2019, Black Rain Ordnance Ion


SHOT Show stuff...

Professional-grade gun securityNew stuff from VZ GripsMossberg MC1sc [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, SHOT Show 2019


SHOT Show stuff...

I'm covering SHOT for RECOIL Magazine again this year.PTR 9mm MP5 cloneSeismic Ammo 185gr 9mmSig Sauer P229 SAO & Grayguns 10mm P220 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, SHOT Show 2019


Day Whatever of the Shutdown...

It has finally affected me, in that a gun I'm supposed to be reviewing for a magazine is pending approval for importation by the BATFE. Apparently there's only the one copy in the country right now, the one that had been sent for review by the feds. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Boomsticks, Ignorance is no excuse for a law, Writing, Tam


Good shooters...

Whenever I post a target and mention that I wasn't happy with my performance, I get a bunch of people telling me that I shouldn't be so hard on myself, that it was *good enough*.Good enough isn't good enough; I want to be better than good enough. I doubt Lena Miculek goes to the range and thinks "Eh, that was good enough. I don't need to get better." . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Gun Games, Lena Miculek


That's odd...

So, the decocker levers and spring for the CZ P07 arrived courtesy of a Facebook friend the other day and, in preparation for swapping them in, I watched the YouTube installation video a couple of times.As a result, I had such a detailed and involved dream about the task last night (including some weird oopsies, like the hammer inexplicably falling out, which is an impossibility during the procedure) that when I woke up this morning I was disappointed to find out that I hadn't actually done the ...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Livin' In Dreamland


Penetrating Facts

.45 Colt 250gr LFP.45 Colt 225gr STHP.44 Spl 200gr GDHP.44 Spl 200gr LSWC-HP.38 Spl 148gr Gold Medal Match HBWC9mm 124gr +P GDHPAll were stopped by the first layer of denim on the far side of the block. All but one look like they could be reloaded. Incidentally, I'm really falling out of love with the Federal .38 Spl +P 130gr HST... There's a bunch more stuff, photos, thoughts, observations, and even discussion at my Patreon page. (As well there should be, since it was Patreon funds that pai...
Tags: Guns, Tam, LFP, Boomsticks, Revolvers


Meet the Contenders...

So the auditions for the polymer-frame DA/SA carry gun project have started.When DA/SA guns meant "frames machined from aluminum forgings" and striker guns meant "the well-amortized Gen3 Glock design" there were huge differences in cost and weight that weighed on the pistol-buying decision.However a trip to Gunbroker today shows that whether your choice of pistol is a Gen4/5 Glock, a Smith & Wesson M&P9 2.0, or one of the polymer traditional double-action pistols below, the street price is going...
Tags: Guns, Malaysia, Smith Wesson, Tam, Todd, DA SA, Gunbroker, Boomsticks, Range Notes, Grayguns, Year of TDA, Langdon Tactical If


Auditions have started!

View this post on Instagram It begins @indyarmscompany ... #czp07 #berettapx4storm #grayguns #sigsauersp2022 #hkp30l #indyarmsco #pewpewlife #igmilitia A post shared by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on Jan 4, 2019 at 8:49am PST [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Range Notes, Tamara Keel @tamarakeel, Double Action Autumn


Unhappy New Year...

Sebastian's pretty dour regarding the RKBA prospects in the near future:"I’ll offer some observations for 2019, because I think this is going to be a challenging year for us. In my mind gun people are suffering from a number of maladies..."I don't disagree with him. You should RTWT. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, Guns, Tam, Sebastian, Boomsticks, Ignorance is no excuse for a law


A new year brings a new blaster.

From December 2015 until the first day of January 2018, I was carrying Glocks. First a Gen3 19 that was pretty quickly supplanted by a Gen4 19, and that gun remained my carry gun until replaced by a 19X for the last few month or so.The Year(ish) of TDA is finally off the ground, however, and I'm carrying the long-term test Langdon Tactical 92 Elite LTT until I determine my preference among the plastic fantastic below: Off to the range this morning to get this party started... . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, TDA, Boomsticks, Double Action Autumn, Year of TDA


It is finished...

Pistol: Ruger P-89Caliber: 9x19mmAmmunition: 800 rounds of MagTech 124gr FMJ, 550 124gr Blazer Brass FMJ, assorted other FML to include Remington, Federal, Sig Elite, S&B. Also some Sig V-CrownDates of testing: 13 November 2018 - 2 January 2019Total rounds fired: 2000Stoppages: 0Malfunctions: 0Breakages: 0Comments: Lubed with FP-10 before starting. Visible FP-10 still weeping from rails today. Awkward to shoot. Crazy reach to trigger for DA first shot. Vague single-action trigger. Massive slide...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Ruger, Boomsticks, Range Notes, Remington Federal Sig Elite


Going the distance (for a given value of distance.)

The U.S. military has a gun cleaning fetish that is a holdover from the days of corrosive primers (and black powder before that.) Boiling water cleaning and "white glove" intolerance for carbon have probably resulted in more guns being cleaned to death than shot to death.In reality, most modern firearms just need lubricant, and even that's to a varying degree. Current polymer-framed guns like the Glock, where the "frame rails" are tiny little tabs with hardly any bearing surface that mostly exis...
Tags: Guns, Wolf, Tam, Todd, Ruger, Pat Rogers, Boomsticks, Range Notes, Gun School, Todd Green, Gun Games, Practicality, Uncle Pat


Plans afoot!

Just got some Clear Ballistics gel blocks in. While I have other plans for two of them, tomorrow is supposed to be a nice day for a range trip, and so I'm probably going to try something out...I haven't shipped the Charter Arms Bulldog XL back yet, and so I'm going to take it, my 296, and maybe my 629, along with a 2" .38 Special and my 9mm CCW gun and shoot some jello for shade-tree science.I have some of the popular self-defense loads for each and, while I'm pretty sure of the results, it'll b...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Revolvers


Danger Signals

Here's a bump for a fantastic piece Kathy Jackson wrote a while back that lays out a pretty good toolkit for identifying dangerous products in the CCW firearms industry.Number seven on her checklist is one of my personal top "DANGER WILL ROBINSON" red flags:"If the company founder begins their pitch by explaining that they designed the product just a few weeks after they bought their first firearm because they “couldn’t find any other way” to carry the gun, they might be a nice person – but they...
Tags: Guns, CCW, Tam, Robinson, Kathy Jackson, Boomsticks, Gear Ho


"$5 says that's not an AOW..."

OOCQOTD: "If that mope had a tax stamp for that thing, I'll eat my hat. Dude wouldn't know "subtle trolling" if you strapped him in that Clockwork Orange chair and made him watch a 24-hour @radicaleb video marathon." — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) January 2, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Clockwork Orange, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Ignorance is no excuse for a law, T'hee, Tamara K


Nearing the finish line...

This P89 was cleaned (by which we mean it had a bore snake pulled through it) and lubed (by which we mean FP10 was glorped onto the rails, chamber hood, and muzzle) back around the first of November.1,870 rounds later with zero maintenance, it has experienced zero malfunctions. I'll note that these were big goofy mag dumps at seven yards, shot entirely at a sub .5-sec split pace, decocking for the first shot. I feel bad for having put in enough trigger time to shoot this dumpster fire adequate...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Range Notes