Friday, October 23, 2015

In the Midst of the B-S Tsunami, Some Good Gun News!

So a couple of years ago as the SHOT Show was winding down, I ran into my old friend Gary Ramey, who wanted to talk about concealed carry. Gary and I have an interesting history…when he was at USA Shooting as their media guy and I was working with NSSF on some events to raise the visibility of the U.S. Olympic shooting team, Gary and I cooked up the idea to get a major arms manufacturer to do a special USA Shooting version of a popular gun, with some of the proceeds going to the perpetually cash-strappped Olympic team. The results speak for themselves — Kimber's special edition 1911 led that company to become the largest contributor to USA Shooting in history, and many other gun companies followed suit.

Yes, I know everybody and his dog Fred have taken credit for concocting that deal…Gary and I are certain they're all 100% right! LOL!

I worked with Gary when he headed up Beretta in the U.S., and we've remained good friends over the year.  So that day at SHOT Gary asked a simple — and odd, to me — question:

If you had a blank slate, what would your ideal carry gun look like?

About the same time, I saw Rob Pincus and waved him over. Gun guys love stuff like this! So me and Rob and Gary blue-skied a single stack 9mm, available with or without a redundant safety (that's me), available with the option of a longer slide, since the length of the slide is not so much a determining factor for CCW as the length and shape of the grip, striker-fired, polymer-framed, east to disassemble (without pulling the trigger), etc. Gary took notes.

At the end of the conversation, Gary said, "What would you guys think of me building that very gun?" Great idea, but I believe I was honest about the long string of barriers to successfully bringing an independent gun to market.

Gary just kept smiling.

At NASGW next week Gary's Honor Defense will premiere their line of CCW 9mms. I am not only very excited for my friend, but I'm impressed as all get-out with the gun. He assembled an advisory board of experts and —get this! — listened to them!

After a long conversation yesterday, Gary did a quickie iPhone video of the disassembly and sent it to me. I've asked for his permission to post it here.

Marshal's and my plan is to get a full video report up as quickly as possible.

Congratulations, Gary! Great job!

Another great sign and milestone in the path to normalizing silencers. From the American Suppressor Association, the industry lobbying group:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the introduction of the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) by Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05). This historic piece of legislation will remove suppressors from the purview of the National Firearms Act (NFA), replacing the antiquated federal transfer process with an instantaneous NICS background check. The HPA also includes a provision to refund the $200 transfer tax to applicants who purchase a suppressor after October 22, 2015.
This is a very important step, because it shows how far the drive normalization has come. As you know, SHOOTING GALLERY has been on the forefront of this drive since Season 1, when we called for all LEOs issues AR-15 pattern carbines to have access to silencers.

I suspect this first initiative won't succeed — it should, since we voted this clown car full of fools into office, but hey, they haven't done anything else — and should it actually succeed, the Other Fool will veto for certain. But is it s very important start!


_DonWorsham_ said...

Very, very interesting. Keeps us posted on this development.

MB, check your inbox.

Bryan Munson said...

The Gun Stories Silencer Episode is my favorite out of everything you and company have done (I recall you had a similar sentiment) and I believe it is an excellent vehicle to educate the masses on both the history and application of silencers/suppressors. Either way I hope to see this legislation make it through the gauntlet of both bodies intact, let's do it for the children! :D

jerry from pcola said...

we need to start now to pull the pro gun community together and get ready for this election! If the Clowns win we could loose everything this time as you said in your podcast it's never too early ask shotgun Joe!

Anonymous said...

Now THIS is the sort of gun company innovation to profile and promote, not that Suarez ego, wanna-be crap.

I'll be interested to see more of these pistols.

Anonymous said...

".....since the length of the slide is not so much a determining factor for CCW as the length and shape of the grip,..."! Yes, yes, yes! Finally, Michael, someone has said it correctly. It isn't that "bobbed-butt" on a full-sized 1911 either. It's the length AND thickness of the grip that "gives the gun away"!

I'm a 1911 fan and the ideal carry gun for me is a "Commander-length" slide on an "Officer's" grip-frame. It's also a single-stack, which works on other guns as well.

You can tell who really carries and who doesn't!

Life Member

Gunner Jacky said...

Thanks for the post. All we need to do is to make people more aware about the harm they by killing an innocent one, and also explaining them about the moral duties that they must follow while they are having guns in their hand. In America it is very easy to get the licensed gun by simply joining the Firearms safety training classes that has increased the number of guns in America. So we need to train the people well before giving guns in their hand.

pigpen51 said...

This is a very interesting looking firearm indeed. Good takedown procedure. It will make it more likely to be done by those who are not that mechanically inclined.
Also, the idea of actually listening to people who know what they are talking about when designing a pistol? How innovative can you get?
Now if we can just get it at a reasonable price point, which it would seem to me should be doable, I think they have a winner.
The semi customizable design, for different tastes, should interest many new and current ccw's.

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