Had dinner last night with Ken Jorgensen from Ruger and trainer Dave Spaulding. Dave and I did a presentation earlier in the day on the Ruger/GUNSITE Scout Rifle that was just mobbed. Dave said that later in the day he did a SR556 presentation...people stopped by, but generally moved on. Not an AR crowd, Dave said.
BTW, if you're still in Pittsburg, Dave and I will be giving the Scout Rifle presentation again this AM at 11 at the Ruger booth.
I did finally get over to Andy's Leather -- great stuff, as my regular readers know -- and also got to talk to my friend Doug Turnbull and his beautiful Ruger #1s in his proprietary .475 Turnbull cartridge and the equally beautiful Winchester 1886 45/70 clones. Heirloom guns.
The Rossi Ranch Hand, the little pistol version of the Winchester '92 rifle, is a bonafide hit...Rossi's working to get more of them into the pipeline, bt numerous people told me they were on waiting lists. SG got big thank yous from Rossi, who were quick to attribute our "Zombie" episode and the subsequent podcasts with driving sales.
Hornady's expanding the Lever Evolution line of ammo, which is good news for us lever gun fans (and especially after our running ballistic gelatin tests on the 30-30 Lever Evolution stuff). Dwight Van Brunt from Kimber showed me a Kimber Custom Shop version of the Solo 9mm, which has proven to be a huge hit for Kimber..2 tone, rounded and smoothed (even more than it already is) and the new CT LaserGrips...man, it is a nice pocket pistol! I told Dwight I'd shot the little gun and was surprised at how shootable it was.
Going over to Apex Tactical to look at their drop-in J Frame kit, plus N8 Tactical to look at some prototype holster designs!
Anyway, to take the temperature of the place, I'd say sunny with a 100% chance of rain...most people are pretty pleased with our success over the last few years, but nervous about the months leading up to the election and flat scared abut the prospect of another 4 years of Bho. There's an (justified, I think) anger at the Gunwalker Scandal and BATFE's and Justice's continued stonewalling. Lots of open carry as well as CCW...Brother Nugent bumped my pocket to make sure we weren't in a "gun free zone." I'll be talking more about this on Wednesday's podcast.
BTW BTW, I remain AMAZED at the depth of penetration of the DOWN RANGE Radio podcsst! Several new listeners have shown me their iPods with dozens (even one guy with a hundred) episodes they're working their way through. Thank you all!
And while I'm passing out thank yous, I had a wonderful autograph signing at the OC booth yesterday! The signing started at 3PM and I didn't leave the booth until 5:45 (the floor closed at 6)...we had hundreds of people come by, including lots of DRTV Forum regulars, which was super. I also got to spend a little time with John Richardson from the "No Lawyers Only Guns & Money" blog, which does a great job of keeping up with legislation. I ended up too overextended to make it to Breda from "The Breda Fallacy" blog gathering...need a clone.
Will be at Tactical Solutions this afternoon for you stragglers!!!