My Sweetie is in California visiting relatives, so I'm batch'ing it...that means I'll probably lock myself in the basement and pull the lever on the Big Blue Machine. When we landed in Denver this AM, it was warm and sunny, and I momentarily entertained going to Cheyenne to shot tomorrow's cowboy match, but a quick glance at the weather app convinced me I was wrong. I hate to shoot any match when I might inadvertently touch the gun and stick to it.
We hammered ut some ground rules for SHOT Show TV while I was out in Cali braving the freeway system. I'm also really excited about a couple — actually 3 — of Internet projects for 2011, which I'd rather not go into in detail until all the "i's" are crossed and the "t's" are dotted.
This week we also started filming for GUN STORIES...every one of our interviews went great. We're working out the logistics of posting the entire interviews on-line when the series starts running.
Interesting piece in a Texas paper on the boom in suppressor sales:
"Nationwide, more than 22,000 of these noise suppressors were sold this year -- 9 percent more than last year -- and the most were sold in Texas for at least the third year in a row, according to statistics released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation..."
Suppressor manufacturers are telling me there's more interest than they've ever seen before, both from LEOs and civilians. I think that's great...more and more people are catching on that America is the only country with a psychosis about mufflers. I've noticed, however, that in New Zealand rimfire suppressers have "soared" in price to as much as $100. I'm going to push NSSF pretty hard on calling for suppressors to at the very least be moved from the $200 transfer tax, same as machineguns, to the $5 AOW tax. In a sane world, suppressors would be immediately "decriminalized" and promoted heavily as the safety device they are. I'm also going to talk to the big suppressor manufacturers and see if we can come up with a common campaign.
I'm setting up a "house carbine," a la Ed Head's flattop AR, suppressed and sighted dead on at 15 feet with an Aimpoint Micro. It is a dedicated tool for home defense. I've got a SureeFire suppressor in the works.
Since I'm Home Alone, Ill catch up on THE WALKING DEAD — my Sweetie is a "ZA," zombie-adversive. I'm definitely going to miss SONS OF ANARCHY, which had it's season finale Tuesday...hell of a piece of television! I watched it twice.
I got in a bunch of 180-gr RNFP .44 bullets for the .44 Russian experiments. I'm going to Trail Boss powder and fiddle around with some light loads for the S&W Break-Tops. That'd be fun to do tomorrow if the predicted snow materializes!