Small Mobile Payment Business Fills the Void Left by Square’s New Anti-Gun TOS

Earlier this week, gun owners looking to use mobile payments for their gun purchases got some depressing news.  The mobile payment company, Square, recently altered their TOS (Terms of Service) purposefully to prohibit anyone from using their service for a gun purchase of any kind.  Their new TOS specifically forbids the sales of firearms, firearm hardware, ammunition and parts, and also blocks the sale of weapons in general.  Here’s the new add-on to their TOS,

“(23) sales of (i) firearms, firearm parts or hardware, and ammunition; or (ii) weapons and other devices designed to cause physical injury”

This is just another example of a long string of companies who discriminate against firearms and their owners/vendors in the current polarized political environment.  This obviously created a small void for vendors and consumers looking to facilitate a firearm product purchase using a mobile payment.  Square is one of the larger options in that market, and now that it is gone, it makes it tougher to purchase guns using mobile payments.  Luckily, the spirit of free enterprise is alive and well in the world and this created an opportunity for small business to step up and fill that void.  A new company called OurPhoneSwipe.com has answered that call.

OurPhoneSwipe noticed how much extra business they suddenly started getting after Square changed their TOS. The company wisely made the move to double down on this opportunity.  They immediately reached out to gun merchants and websites in an effort to get the word out that they will not abandon gun vendors and owners.  OurPhoneSwipe even signed up as a supporting vendor on a number of gun related fan websites including XDTalk.com, DefensiveCarry.com & NationalGunForums.com.  OurPhoneSwipe also has better rates than most of their competitors, so that is a big extra plus.

Interestingly, this at first caused a bit of confusion on many of these sites.  Some folks (including forum moderators) assumed they were spam and promptly called out to ban them because they are not directly firearm related.  This was before they had a chance to read their introductions.  Luckily, things were worked out and now that everyone knows who they are and why they are there, they have received a warm welcome.  It’s great to see companies like OurPhoneSwipe step up to the plate and support the exchange of legitimate products in the free enterprise system.

 

Disclosure: OurPhoneSwipe.com is a paid supporting vendor on some of our sites. They did not pay for this article. We felt it was news worthy and that all gun owners should know the companies who choose not to do business with them (Square).

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MPA57sst-ATACS Defender

MPA57sst-ATACS Defender

When a press release comes to us, and it’s something interesting enough to share, we do so. Sometimes I’ll just put up the press release as it’s sent to us. Other times I’ll do my own write up and include important bits of information. For this one I’m going to post the press release first and then comment on it.

Press Release:

MasterPiece Arms Introduces New MPA57sst-ATACS Defender Semi-Auto

Carrollton, GA (July 2012) – MasterPiece Arms, manufactures of the MPA MAC Line of semi-auto submachine pistols and carbines, is pleased to introduce the new MPA57sst-ATACS Defender semi-auto. Based on the successful, standard MAC design, the new MPA57sst-ATACS is available in a 5-inch fixed barrel pistol with A-TACS hydrographic coating. Available in 5.7x28mm with 20-round magazines standard, the MPA57sst-ATACS features a threaded barrel with ½ x 28 threads making it suppressor ready.

The MPA57sst-ATACS Defender Semi-Auto will come with adjustable sights, a side-cocker, scope mount and muzzle break and features all the accuracy, low recoil and performance expected from the Masterpiece Arms Defender series. MSRP will be $659.99.

 

 

My Thoughts:
Let me start by saying I’ve only seen what was shared above relating to this gun. I’ve never seen, held, or fired one in person.

With an MSRP of a penny under $660 this gun doesn’t look like something I would envision from a company with “masterpiece” in their name. The lines of this firearm are far from beautiful. The trigger guard doesn’t attach to the grip, which looks cheap to me. It looks like they skimped on the texturing for the grip, furthering the look of something not well thought out. The cocking mechanism is located on the left side of the gun, which effectively eliminates all lefties from being able to easily handle their firearm.

When I buy I firearm I’m looking for value. At the price they’re asking I do not see value in comparison to other $660 firearms. Am I just too caught up on the looks of this gun? What are your thoughts?

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WRAL-TV Misfires

WRAL-TV Misfires

One of the joys of writing for GunBlog is that every now and then I get to share something of importance you might not have heard of. In this particular case it’s an article over at ammoland reporting on a NC news outlet, WRAL-TV, that published addresses of concealed carry permit holders.

As the character Walter says in The Big Lebowski, “This effects all of us Dude!”

I would ask that any of you who are also concealed carry permit holders stand up in support of those in NC whose information was made easily accessible to criminals. The link provided below goes to the full story and offers suggestions as to how you can help.

Does this type of topic matter to you? Let me know for future blogging purposes.

http://www.ammoland.com/2012/07/17/north-carolinas-wral-tv-publishes-identifying-info-of-nc-concealed-carry-holders/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ammoland+%28ammoland%29#axzz20zB9X200

 

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Checkpoints and You

Checkpoints and You

I just watched the below video, and although it doesn’t directly relate to guns, it does have to do with knowing your rights, and as gun owners it’s a good thing to stay up on.

I’ve never had to deal with checkpoints other than at the boarders, but apparently this guy got fed up with them throughout California.

What are your thoughts?

 

 

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Chiappa Rhino

Chiappa Rhino

Every trip to the gun store is a chance to see something new and different. Although I’ve seen the Chiappa Rhino a few times before, the design of this self-defense handgun has been stuck in my mind for the past few days.

One of the first things you’ll probably notice about this gun is that the bullet is fired from the bottom of the cylinder, not the top, and that the barrel is therefore located lower than you would expect from a revolver. This design, according to the manufacturer, helps to reduce muzzle flip, recoil, and increases “natural point ability.”

I haven’t had a chance to try one of these at the range, but next time I do I’ll be sure to try out all three available calibers (.357 mag, .40 S&W, 9 mm).

My only concern with this revolver is that the grip seems more artistic than practical. I like to have a solid grip when I’m shooting, and at a glance I’m not sure I would. Does anyone have any experience with the Chiappa Rhino?

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NEMO Ti1

NEMO Ti1

Is it possible that a gun is too pretty to shoot? New Evolution Military Ordnance has posed this question with their largely titanium .308 AR. With a price tag of $100,000.00 it might as well be made of unobtainium, and in my opinion qualifies as too pretty to shoot.

If you were able to own this truly one of a kind rifle, would you shoot it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Capacity or Concealment

Capacity or Concealment

Often times the more concealable handguns require a single stack magazine or a shortened double stack, which in turn means less ammo available should you need to use it to defend yourself.

How many people favor a more concealable handgun at the expense of ammo capacity when they concealed carry?

 

 

 

 

 

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