Women Spark Economic Growth

Women Spark Economic Growth

A news clip on CNBC today noted stock market increases for both gun manufacturers and retailers such as Cabela’s. The stated reason for this, in large part, is the result of an increase in gun sales to women. A Gallup poll referenced stated that gun sales were up 14% last year nationwide, that 47% more women are now shooting than they were 10 years ago, and that 23% of all [US] women own a gun.

Some of the reasons credited to this increase in female shooters and gun owners include marketing toward a female audience as well as more training and safety awareness options made readily available and appealing specifically to women. Pink firearms, pink targets, female shooting instructors, and ladies’ night are just some of the strategies being employed by gun manufacturers, retailers, and firing ranges.

It’s my opinion that whoever came up with the marketing ploy of making their firearms and accessories also available in pink deserves a raise. The more adults, both men and women, who are interested in educating themselves regarding the safe and proper storage, handling, and use of firearms, the better off we’ll all be (even if it was a pink firearm that got them interested).

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Martin, Zimmerman, & Self-Defense Laws

Martin, Zimmerman, & Self-Defense Laws

The shooting death of Treyvon Martin by George Zimmerman has been exhaustively covered (often times without all the facts) by both the mainstream media as well as independent bloggers, so why would I want to weigh in on the subject when I could be reviewing firearms? Simply put, this case could ignite something much larger than a Zimmerman vs. Martin related trial.

Zimmerman’s innocence or guilt will be determined in court and will likely receive more media attention than anything else going on at the time. The side stories, which will be as sensationalized as everything else the media covers, will no doubt focus on racial issues and firearm laws.

The racial issues concerning this case have been debunked and NBC has already fired a staff member over the editing of 911 recordings that paint Zimmerman as a racist. This will result in an increased focus on firearms and the laws surrounding their use as the main culprit in Martin’s death. Bill Cosby as well as Bill Maher are two such high profile individuals who have already started advocating this theory.

During an interview on CNN, Cosby asked what Zimmerman was doing with a gun and who had taught him how to handle one. It’s already been covered by the press that Zimmerman was fully within his rights to be carrying the firearm he was and in the manner in which he was carrying it. Mr. Cosby fails to mention or recognize that the community Zimmerman was the community watch member for had over 400 calls to the police department in the last year including at least one prior shooting, which to me at least shows why Zimmerman might opt to carry a gun as a means of self-defense.

Maher made the statement on Dr. Drew’s HLN show that the Stand Your Ground law is “basically anyone who scares you, you can shoot law.” Such an assertion is absurd, to say the least, and destroys any professional credibility he might have once had at some point or another.

The comments of both of these gentlemen clearly underline the root issue relating to the broader discussion of firearms and the laws related to them. Specifically, they negatively sensationalize the issue by misrepresenting it due to a lack of specific knowledge or outright lies.

In time, we will find out if Martin was the victim of an overzealous neighborhood watch captain, or if Zimmerman was an assault victim who legally defended himself while protecting his community. We will also see if there comes to be another victim with this case; the law abiding citizens who defend their lives or the lives of others while outside of their home.


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Chris Costa Leaving Magpul Dynamics

Costa Leaving Magpul Dynamics

The other big name at Magpul Dynamics, Chris Costa, will be leaving Magpul Dynamics later this year to form his new company called Costa Ludus as reported by Rob Curtis over at the Gearscout blog on Militarytimes.com.
Some people have been speculating already that something is up at Magpul Dyanmics.  Earlier this year, former interim CEO and the other Magpul Dynamics frontman Travis Haley quit.  Combine the departure of the two faces of Magpul Dynamics along with the controlling interest purchase of Magpul Industries by BRS, it creates an atmosphere ripe for speculatio.  However, according to the Gearscout article,  they feel that all of the events are unrelated.  Magpul Dynamics’s Art of the Precision Rifle and instructional driving video are still going to be released as planned.

I honestly hope  don’t think there’s anything to worry about.  Magpul Industries has almost a lock on the magazine market for the AR-15 along with all of its other extremely popular accessories.  The name Magpul is now synonymous with quality and affordability and its the go-to accessory for any AR-15 owner.  Both Travis and Chris are extremely marketable, and it would only make sense for them to venture out to create something of their own.  Gunblog.com wishes them luck, and hopefully one day we’ll be able to attend one of their classes.

Below is the full press release from Magpul:

Chris Costa to Branch Out On His Own in 2012

Since 2007, Magpul Dynamics has trained thousands of professional and civilian shooters, and reached countless more through a comprehensive collection of instructional DVDs.  With an emphasis on real world techniques, consistency, and efficiency, Magpul Dynamics has brought tactical instruction to the forefront of the shooting community.  The application of these philosophies to high quality multimedia productions has helped propel the entire firearms training industry to new heights, garnering the attention of a larger audience than ever before.

The entire instructor cadre has been instrumental in the success of these endeavors, not the least of which has been Chris Costa.  Chris will be moving on in early 2012 to pursue new projects within the industry, including his own training company. Magpul will continue to explore future opportunities to work with Chris, and looks forward to these projects. It has been a privilege to work with Chris for the last five years, and Magpul wishes him the best of luck in the future. The fundamentals of Reality, Consistency, and Efficiency that Chris helped instill are central to the entire Magpul Dynamics instructor cadre, and will continue to drive their training philosophy and mindset.


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Sig Sauer Discontinuing the P226 Navy — Replaced by the P226 MK25

Sig Sauer will stop producing their Sig P226 Navy and will no longer offer the model after 2011.  Sig will be replacing the P226 Navy (NSWG) with the new P226 MK25.  The Sig P226 MK25 is identical to the pistol that’s carried by the U.S. Navy SEALs.  Expect about a $100 dollar increase over the P226 Navy which will bring the price for the MK25 to about $1,100.  Hopefully we’ll have full specs and pics of the Sig Sauer P226 MK25 very soon.

(Hat Tip:  SigSauerGuns.com)

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Sig Sauer POW MIA 1911

Sig Sauer POW MIA 1911 Pics

Sig Sauer has got a very special 1911 coming out soon, the Sig Sauer 1911 POW MIA.  This new commemorative 1911 pays tribute to all the brave men and women that have served in our armed forces and were unfortunate enough to become prisoners of war, or become missing in action.  We used to keep a table open at all of our events when I served in the military, dedicating such table for those POWs and MIAs to ensure they were never forgotten; now Sig has a pistol doing the same.

The new Sig Sauer 1911 POW MIA pistol is a traditional full sized 1911 that shares some attributes similar to the Sig TACOPS we reviewed such as an external extractor and SIGLITE Night Sights.  The real distinct features of the SIG 1911 POW MIA are on the slide, which has barbed wire engraved along its length, along with highly polished engravings of the American Flag and dog tags.  The feature that most stands out is the custom Hogue aluminum POW MIA “You Are Not Forgotten” logo grips.  But the real icing on the cake is that the Sig 1911 POW MIA comes with a custom Ka-Bar knife with the same logo engraved on it.  Along with that, the Sig POW MIA 1911 comes with a Pelican locking case and a certificate of authenticity.  Although this Sig 1911 has all the indications that it would be one helluva gun to shoot, I feel that most would keep it as a safe queen, or on a mantel (with a trigger lock on, be responsible guys) for all to view to remember our POWs, MIAs, and all the brave men and women that have served America.

Sig 1911 POW MIA review

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