I think my talk went well — I certainly wish it was to a bigger crown, but things are what they are. My focus was on Gun Culture Ver. 2.0, which was boistered this AM by the newest NSSF poll:
The first comprehensive survey to look at ownership and use of modern sporting rifles reveals that 8.9 million Americans went target shooting with AR-style rifles in 2009 and that participants using this type of rifle were the most active among all types of sport shooters.
"These findings underscore that modern sporting rifles are becoming commonplace in America and are among the most desired firearms by sport shooters," said Steve Sanetti, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, trade association of the firearms industry. "Those who want to ban these civilian sporting rifles simply because they look like military rifles must acknowledge after seeing this study that AR-style rifles are exceedingly popular with millions of Americans. These rifles are our industry's high-tech, cutting-edge product -- rugged, accurate, versatile, fun to shoot and easily accessorized -- and they're here to stay."Not a surprise to us, certainly, but glad to see it coming from NSSF.
Also — and I can't go into this just yet — there is very positive movement from the industry on allocating Pittman-Robertson funds specifically for range development. I brought this subject up today and got great response, so I think the fledgling industry initiative is very timely. There are also some very specific legislative remedies that are available to us, but I'd rather see the industry step up and lead.
Finally, the Remington 1911-R1 is now at least announced, in this issue of SHOOTING TIMES, a sort of GI version with a $699...looks like a nice pistol (I especially like the nubby vintage thumb safety and the classic diamond walnut grips). I should have one in my hands within the next few weeks, even if it's only for a limited time. We'll get it up on DRTV very quickly.