This Is Not Your Father’s AR-15

Offhand Gear I know this is coming off like an ad, but I promise, it isn’t. Do you know how much drek is marketed to women? (We’ll come back to that.)

I love black rifles. But sometimes, you wish there was something a bit more stylish. Offhand Gear has got you covered.

Usually at some point in a product cycle, some executive, will say to either marketing or product design, “Figure out how to sell more [Fill in the blank] to women.” At that point a product designer, who apparently knows not a single woman he can ask about what she might want in a product, decides to paint it pink. I have seen pink guns, and pink hammers, and pink tool boxes. I don’t own any of them. The grandmother of all stupid pink marketing ideas, might be the Dodge La Femme, from 1955. I have never seen one in real life.

Thankfully, Offhand Gear, gets it. (Not surprising that a woman started the company.)

We get that you have class, you have sass, and you’re an all-around bad-ass woman.

We’re just like you, and we’ve spent our fair share of time sifting through poorly conceived women’s gear that was made for…you guessed it…MEN! You’re not a man, you don’t need men’s gear; you need something made specifically for you, made for the glorious, bad-ass woman that you are!

The AR-15 hand guard in the photo is “Floral Stag.” Though I think my favorite might be “Kiss My Brass.” And as for the other gear, it is NOT in pink. (Unless, of course, you want it to be.)

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back so you’ll never have to wear
that pink camo again. (Unless you choose to).

And guys, just so you don’t feel left out, Unique ARs has a bunch of hand guards for you. Death-heads, Molon Labe, “We The People”… I’m sure you can find something that expresses who you are.

And where has Gun-Candy been hiding? I love this stuff!


“It’s not really about saving kids”

There isn’t much to add. CRUZ-MISSILE: Ted Cruz just NUKED Chris Cuomo for gun-control subtweet and it was BRUTAL –

It’s not really about saving kids, if it was they’d defund Planned Parenthood. Nope, it’s about having some issue to run on in the fall because they know otherwise their platform is a big ol’ stinker. Sure, run on the fact you voted against tax cuts that are putting millions of dollars back into the pockets of Americans.

See how that works out for you.

CNN won’t air an interview because there are interesting “how to prevent gun violence” points that don’t include gun control.

That’s funny, I spoke to CNN for 15 mins yesterday about proactive solutions to prevent gun violence (like passing the Grassley-Cruz bill—which Dems filibustered—that would add $300 million for school safety) yet CNN has aired NONE of it. Why not air the (entire) interview?

It’s a Bit Surprising This Is Still An Olympic Sport

Biathlon includes shooting, and cross country skiing. (You would think the “international community” wouldn’t want to encourage shooting.) Biathletes battling difficult conditions at Winter Olympics | Lexington Herald Leader

Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier took the Gold in Women’s Biathlon Sprint, being one of only 3 shooters to hit not miss a single target.

As if the biathlon — a sport that mixes the endurance and speed of cross-country skiing with the focus and precision of shooting a rifle — isn’t already difficult enough, it just got tougher. Biathletes at the Pyeongchang Games will have additional challenges to contend with over the next two weeks at the Winter Games, including shooting under floodlights at night when temperatures are colder and the wind gustier.

Silver was won by Marte Olsbu of Norway

.22 caliber rimfire is not easy at 50 meters in good conditions.

The best American finish was by Emily Dreissigacker at 51st place.

Guns as Art: Engraving Alive and Well at SHOT

Guerini’s Invictus seriesThere is so much info coming out of Las Vegas, that it is hard to know what to take in and what to ignore. (Even Glamour magazine had interviews with 12 women at the show.) The beautiful guns on display at SHOT Show (PHOTO heavy)

So click thru the link to see some beautiful examples of engraving. (Though engraved 1911s strike me as a little “off” somehow.)

The image above is from Guerini’s Invictus series, which is available in four different grades with prices starting at $6,995 and going up from there. Click for a larger view.

Weatherby Leaving California

I know I’m behind the curve on this story, but between the joys of owning a home, and helping out a friend, I am only just getting caught up. And the stuff coming out of SHOT Show is always interesting. Weatherby is Moving to Wyoming.

After more than 70 years, the changing business climate in California has pushed them out.

“Back in the late ’30s, before my father started the company, he lived in Kansas, and he absolutely hated the weather in Kansas, and he wanted to get out of there,” Ed said. “So he kept going west and ended up in California. And he found some really beautiful weather in California. And almost seventy-five years later, the weather’s still beautiful in California. But along the way, in seventy-five years, a few other things have changed, and its gotten to the point that we needed to make a change.”

“About three years ago, after being in California for seventy years, it was our seventieth anniversary,” Adam Weatherby said as he took the mic. “We began a search amongst a number of western states to find a new home for Weatherby.

Wyoming has one of the best tax setups for small business, it’s beautiful, and they have the most guns per capita. And other stuff.

Meanwhile, California hates guns more and more.

Semi-automatic Pistols of the 1800s

An interesting bit of history, with some great photos of the early attempts to build auto-loading pistols. (The photos are worth your time.) American Rifleman | In The Beginning: Semi-Automatic Pistols of the 19th Century

There is no doubt that the entire industry was changed with the invention of smokeless powder in 1884 by Paul Vieille. Until then, it had been impossible to create a reliable self-loading arm, for the foul-burning blackpowder would jam even the finest action after only a few shots. [snip]

Smokeless powder opened the door to a different world. The quicker-burning material yielded higher chamber pressures, the burn-off was more complete so there was less residue to clog the mechanism and, as an added benefit, the powder was much less corrosive.

The names of the companies involved are mostly European. Mauser. Luger. Mannlicher. And others. Including Fabrique Nationale, which produced a few firearms from designer John Moses Browning.

Anyway, click through and take a look at some of antiques.[Hat tip Say Uncle]

Understanding The Real Gun Culture

The vast majority of gun owners are law abiding, and their guns are never used in crimes. This is always a surprise to the gun-hating Left. Understanding the Social Life of Guns.

A sociologist delivers a paper to a sociology conference.

While some sociologists call for a shift in the national narrative surrounding guns from freedom to control, I continue my effort to shift the sociological narrative on guns from deviance to normality. It is an uphill battle, but I credit the editors of the newsletter for allowing me the opportunity to contribute.

70 percent of American adults have fired a gun at some point in their lives. But that number doesn’t include very many sociologists. Apparently.

Anyway some good statistics at the link, and a very well written article. Go take a look. [Hat tip to The Freeholder]