Make Big Noise 2014

I recently had the chance to attend the inaugural Make Big Noise firearms demonstration at the  G4S International Training facility in Shackleford, VA.  The event was organized by Laura Burgess Marketing.  Various writers from around the industry were invited to the facility and met with various manufacturer representatives.  There were classroom demonstrations and range time.

Help Needed

One of our own lost all of his worldly possessions in a house fire.  Matt DeVito is a firearms instructor and Second Amendment advocate.  He’s also a stand up guy. His family is in need of everything from clothes to school supplies to food.  Another of our community set up a fundraiser page for him […]

Beretta Moves South – Welcome Y’all!

Beretta USA announced they will expand operations with a new manufacturing and R&D plant located in Gallatin, Tennessee. The new operation will be a $45 million investment that will include the addition of 300 employees. Beretta is moving fast, and expects to complete construction on the new facility this year. Gallatin is a commuter suburb […]

Obama Targets: An Idea Who’s Time Should Never Come

This is not a political website.  While I happen to think the golfer-in-chief is just about the worst person possible to hold the office, I didn’t much care for the prior three office holders either.  But, I would not want to see violence befall President Obama or any other elected official.  That’s just one of […]

Why So Many Guns – Long Guns

Ed. note:  This is the final part of a three part series called Why So Many Guns? This installment covers long guns such as rifles and shotguns.  Part 1 is here and part 2 is here. THE VENERABLE SHOTGUNS Having begun archery hunting 3 years ago, I have really come to appreciate the skill, difficulty, […]

Why So Many Guns – Handguns

Ed. note:  This is part two of a three part series called “Why so many guns?”  Click here to read part one of this series. PISTOL OR REVOLVER? Another consideration in handguns is that between revolvers and semi-automatic handguns.  Revolvers have been around since before the Civil War, but semi-auto handguns are only about 100 […]

Why So Many Guns?

The first time I shot a gun was when I was about 5 years old!  My family was visiting a friend in Alabama, and dad took his shotgun with plans to do some squirrel and bird hunting while there.  I was so enamored with the guns that my dad finally relented and helped me shoot […]

Walther is a “…shrinking piece of business”

Smith & Wesson and Walther have begun to part ways. According to information released by S&W in an earnings conference call on June 28, 2012, it is pretty clear why the split is coming: sales and margins. But the split is not a complete parting of ways. In fact, 2/3 of the current agreements between […]

S&W: Record Quarter, Record Year

Smith & Wesson announced a record quarter and record year for sales and income.  Here are the highlights: For the quarter ending April 30, 2012, S&W’s sales were up almost 28% year over year. For the quarter ending April 30, 2012, S&W’s income was $17.8 million. For the fiscal year ending April 30, 2012, S&W […]

Seems Like a Bad Idea…

Orion Entertainment is looking for a few, heavily-armed preppers for a new reality show. The new show would showcase preppers who are stockpiling weapons and “…their chilling motivations…”  Orion wants viewers to be “…wowwed by the collection” of guns, knives, NVG and other armament owned by the prepper. I obviously believe that guns should be […]

Guns of Total Recall

It looks like yet another Hollywood remake is rolling off the line.  This time it is Total Recall.  Watching the trailer I spotted a few different guns that I thought were interesting:  the Chiappa Rhino and the KRISS Vector TDI. The Rhino has that cyberpunk, retro-future look that seems to fit the mood of the […]

ATF Facts and Trends

There were some interesting tidbits of information in “Firearms Commerce in the United States 2011” published recently by the ATF. Manufacturing – There are 5400 licensed firearms manufacturers in the United States.  Going through my web browser’s bookmarks, I clearly have only a small fraction of that number on my radar. It stands to reason […]

Smith & Wesson Quarterly Report Offers Insights

The Smith & Wesson quarterly report for the period ending July 31, 2011 was filed yesterday.  Reading through these reports offers some amazing insights into the goings-on of a publicly traded company. The reports can also make your eyes glaze over, and suck the will to live from you.  So to help you avoid such […]