Online sources for those seeking a firearm

With the current shortage of firearms for sale, caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the panic buying it’s sparked, I know some people really need a firearm, but can’t find one at a price they can afford. There are two major online sources I’ve used in the past, that aren’t seeking to profiteer from the current panic, and ask fair and reasonable prices for their goods (at least, they do at the time of writing).  They are, in alphabetical order: Buds Gun Shop   CDNN Sports There are many more online vendors, of course, but I happen to know these

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Vignettes from Wichita Falls this morning

I drove into our nearby “big city”, Wichita Falls, this morning to do some shopping and fill my vehicle with gasoline.  I took the opportunity to speak with folks I know there.  This is what they told me. Sams Club has been overrun with anxious shoppers buying everything they can get their hands on.  This morning, the queue of full carts and shoppers waiting to pay for their purchases stretched from the tills all the way to the back of the store.  It was taking up to an hour to pay and get out.  I didn’t want to wait that

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The pandemic leads to an explosion in firearms and ammunition sales

I’m frankly astonished at the sudden, huge increase in demand for firearms and ammunition as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  Gun shops are reporting land-office business, and ammunition vendors – even the largest online-only operations – are so swamped by sudden, massive orders that they’re running out of stock.  Some sample headlines: Fears Over Coronavirus Pandemic Driving Up Gun Sales It’s not just toilet paper: People line up to buy guns, ammo over coronavirus concerns Coronavirus triggers massive spike in firearms and ammunition sales Crime Craze: People are Buying Guns in Preparation for Coronavirus Violence It’s not just in

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A major enhancement to an already good pistol

Last year I wrote about the new Glock 43X pistol, and mentioned that it had supplanted my long-time favorite pocket carry pistol in 9mm Parabellum, the Springfield XDS. There were a lot of rumors last year about an aftermarket higher-capacity magazine for the 43X.  They proved to be correct.  After much testing, Shield Arms released its S15 model, increasing the magazine capacity of the Glock 43X and 48 to no less than 15 rounds – a full 50% improvement over the factory offering.  Click the image below for a larger view. Shield Arms did away with the polymer outer layer in which

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The snark, it burns . . . !

Readers will doubtless recall Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden’s mixed-up, confused harangue about assault weapons a few days ago.  Amongst other errors and inanities, he mis-identified the commonly available AR-15 rifle as the AR-14 – a weapon designation that doesn’t exist. Palmetto State Armory, never slow on the uptake (and with a sense of humor to match their business acumen), have rectified that situation.  You can now buy an AR-15 lower receiver labeled according to Joe Biden’s specifications! PSA “ANGRYJOE-14” AR-14 STRIPPED LOWER RECEIVER $ 49.99 *This is a Pre-order item.  Please expect lowers to start shipping within 8-10 weeks of order placement.* Fire

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A lovely toy for well-heeled shooters

I’ve always liked double-barreled side-by-side shotguns.  I recently came across this early-19th-century muzzle-loading example at Down East Trading Co. in Canada.  (Click the images for a larger view.) It comes in a lovely baize-lined case, complete with all original accessories. The shotgun is made of Damascus steel.  These close-ups show part of the patterning.  (Of course, it’s only safe to use with blackpowder loads.)   The company describes the shotgun as follows: We are pleased to offer an exceptional example of the work of Durs Egg who was one of the most famous London gunmakers of the early nineteenth century.  The piece is a

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New Marine Corps rifle qualification

I was interested to read about the new standards being applied by the US Marine Corps to rifle qualification.  The Corps has always had the motto “Every Marine a rifleman”, and it’s good to see they still take that seriously.  Their new standards offer a useful yardstick to evaluate our own weapons skills, and perhaps improve our training accordingly (if we’re young and supple enough to do so, of course!  I’m old and creaky now.  I daresay my days for such athleticism are long past.) As a combat veteran from a different service (and nation, and continent) I’m particularly interested to

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If you’ve got more money than sense . .

and you enjoy the John Wick movie franchise, Big Daddy Unlimited has a deal for you.  It calls this “The Continental Safe BDU“, and it contains an example of what appears to be every gun used by the main character in those movies so far.  (Click the image for a larger view.) It even contains a hidden bar, if you’re inclined to mix alcohol and firearms (never a good idea!).  All this can be yours for a mere $100,000 . . . and, what’s more, they’re only planning to build ten of them (if they can find that many suckers who

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Nikon is quitting the riflescope market – and there are some great deals to be had

A few months ago, it emerged that Nikon was planning to quit the riflescope market.  This was sad news, because Nikon has produced high-quality offerings in the mid-range section of that market;  but the company apparently wants to concentrate its efforts on consumer optics such as binoculars, camera lenses and the like.  One can’t argue with that tighter focus (you should pardon the expression). On the other hand, this means there are some great deals to be had on the company’s remaining stock of riflescopes, particularly those already in vendor’s stocks.  (No, I’m not being paid to advertise them, or receiving

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Exposing an anti-gun hoax?

Last week Dr. Joseph Sakran alleged, in an article in the Baltimore Sun, that an implied death threat had been placed on his car.  On Twitter he provided a picture of the printed threat, and another of it placed beneath a windshield wiper on his car.  (He’s since deleted the Twitter images.) Astute Twitterati observers analyzed the images.  They very quickly realized that the reflections in the windshield, and the surrounding environment, showed that the vehicle was parked in a domestic garage (presumably his);  and the photograph of the paper, taken in what looked like a normal home, showed his bare leg.  In

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