New BOOM industry…

Women’s high fashion designer wear for concealed carry …

https://shine.yahoo.com/fashion/gun-concealing-fashion-is-latest-trend-in-chicago-180623038.html

 

 

Published in: on May 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

CNN Reports Gun Sales Plunge

But reading the article, it notes that gun sales are still higher than preceding President Obama’s re-election. (Which for those unfamiliar, were still far higher than just a few years before).

So apparently, the plunge is merely a leveling off after a 25% hike that coincided with President Obama’s re-election, which was shortly followed by a 40% hike after the Newtown tragedy.

Sounds more like things are just leveling off and stabilizing. The article notes that “ammo” is returning to shelves, while coincidently, the Department of Homeland Security has reduced their ammo purchases due to budget constraints.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/14/news/companies/guns-ammo-sales/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Published in: on February 17, 2014 at 11:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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New Ammunition Design: This time I’m excited!!!

Several times I’ve pointed to an historical example of ammunition, and questioned whether we were perhaps missing out on an effective munition type. In the 18th and 19th century of naval warfare, cannons would be loaded with a number of different type of shot. 
 
Primarily there was the cannonball. Big round heavy ball. Sometimes heated “hot shot” so that it could cause fires. This is essentially the typical bullet.  Then there was “grape” shot. Smaller ballers packed in.  The result did miniscule damage to a ship but was devastating to its crew.  This type of munition was often used prior to boarding an enemy vessel. Essentially, this is the same concept as a modern day shotgun shell.
 
The last common munition was used to slow down the vessel. Chain shot…picture a chain strung between two balls. The resultant effect was particularly damaging to sails, masts and yardarms. By damaging those areas of a ship, you slowed it down, providing an opportunity to overtake and board her.
 
Many times I’ve pondered and raised the question, would a modern chain shot design be effective. Especially for unusual handguns like the Taurus judge. Which will donut shotgun pellets.
 
Advanced Ballistic Concepts
has innovated a new round that is essentially based on the chain shot concept. It has a primary core, and three satellites that are tethered (chained) by fiber.
 
Why is this advantagous? It has a wider area of impact (14″ for handguns, 24″ for shotgun). While maintain a larger more effective impact than pellets provide. 
 
I may have to pick up a box and take them to the range. I’d be curious to know what effect the tethering has when only one unit impacts on a target of ballistic gelatin or water (rather than paper).
 
Article on CNN.com
 

Reloading in the News

Yahoo covers the hobby (or is it necessity these days of continued ammunition shortages) of reloaders. Article details the booming trend, classes, and even shortages of reloading materials.

http://news.yahoo.com/reloading-booming-gun-hobby-could-mean-ammunition-industry-122212211.html

Nice to see guns going mainstream in the news.

Published in: on July 18, 2013 at 11:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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Defense Distributed finally nails it…

John McClane’s mythical plastic gun has finally arrived. Defense Distributed has test a 99% plastic firearm. The firing pin being the exception; and for that they utilized a nail from a hardware store.

Please note, before you get up in arms, today’s X-ray machines and scanners will detect a plastic gun. That is because such scanners detect hardness, and plastic is still fairly hard/dense.  While a detector which only detects metal may not succeed in detection of such a firearm.

One does have to love how the media describes the founder of Defense Distribute: “Wilson, a law student at the University of Texas and a radical libertarian and anarchist”.

Mr. Wilson chose to name this first generation Wiki Weapon the “Liberator”, a tip of the hat to a cheap WWII one-shot firearm that was made by the Allies and dropped in enemy territory to aid insurgents.

Right now, the design is limited to low powered cartridges. The attempt utilizing a .380 (often referred to a 9mm short) succeeded. But the higher charge of a 5.7×28 exploded; destroying the firarm. That said, I believe this is not the end, but merely the beginning.

Apparently, Mr. Wilson was distraught by the fact they had a failure to fire due to pin alignment.  I am sure that he and Defense Distributed will seek to improve upon the design.

The success has led some legislators like the our beloved Chuck Schumer and New York’s Steve Israel to exclaim silly statements like “Security checkpoints, background checks, and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print plastic firearms at home and bring those firearms through metal detectors with no one the wiser”.

The point Defense Distributed is making is that such devices will in the future be as common astoday’s color printers. In the future, you won’t buy a bowl or plastic fork for your kids from Walmart. You’ll simply print one at home.  And yes, in the future, obtaining a gun will be as easy as printing a large color document is today.The point is, only a legislator would be dumb enough to believe that passing a law will prevent criminals from doing this in the future.The only thing this law will do, is stop law abiding citizens from doing so.

Interesting to note that after much pressure to stop them, and being booted from two workshops, crowd sourcing sites, they have utilized Bitcoin for fundraising.  (Perhaps Sebastian might consider donating his bitcoin harvester’s crop to Defense Distribued.)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/05/05/meet-the-liberator-test-firing-the-worlds-first-fully-3d-printed-gun/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/05/03/this-is-the-worlds-first-entirely-3d-printed-gun-photos/

Congratulations to Defense Distributed for silencing naysayers who said it just couldn’t be done. Well, one barrel withstood 11 rounds. And I bet with further designs and reinforcements that the barrel could last longer. I think a honeycombed matrix of buttresses similar to those used to build the giant cathredals might enhance the strength of a plastic barrel. Similar to how an egg’s design distributes the pressure.I also must add, that I was thinking one would still need to bend some wire to make springs. But it’s clear from the photo showing the parts build out, that is not the case. Mr. Wilson has engineered his own springs made from polymer. Excellent…

Shame that these peaceful anti-gunners keep expressing themselves by making death threats toward Mr. Wilson. Perhaps that is why they are so anti-gun. Because they know the evil that lurks in their own hearts.

Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=drPz6n6UXQY

What 5 million guns sold look like?

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Rumor has it that in the last 2-3 months that approx 5 million firearms will have been sold. Freedom Armory tends to be one of the more well stocked firearms dealers in the area. And I do not think I’ve seen the shelves ever this bare.

More from NBC
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/18/16570552-gun-stores-running-low-on-weapons-as-sales-surge-owners-say?lite

 

Published in: on January 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Bullet Resistent Material

A clear looking material based on the photo in the article. Is this a potential windshield/helmet faceplate material?

Interesting stuff, not only did it stop the bullet. But sealed it. Potentially, provided a bullet resistance while possibly maintaining chemical/biological resistance as well. There is no failure, no cracking, the material sort of liquifies and re-solidifies. (Kind of like the inverse of a non-newtonian fluid such as corn starch).

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/super-material-stop-speeding-bullet-181133971–abc-news-tech.html

Published in: on November 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A proposed solution to friendly fire…

CNN.com had an article on a company trying to resolve the age old issue of friendly fire.  Since before firearms, this has been an issue on the battlefield.  In fact it has been the demise of many soldiers, even generals such as Stonewall Jackson, or more recent headlines regarding the death of  Pat Tullman.

This proposed solution utilizes a laser, and a reflective unit.

http://whatsnext.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/09/could-lasers-solve-the-militarys-friendly-fire-problem/

I am skeptical as to whether such technology would be successful. And quickly wonder what would prevent an enemy from merely collecting fallen soldier’s helmets and stripping the reflector off. But I am glad this is being researched.

I think the only effective solution would have to incorporate some sort of code capable technology. So that the code would be updated periodically to prevent the use of recovered technology by the enemy. 

Still, I wager that nothing is quite capable of overcoming the “fog of war” and all the casualties it brings.

Published in: on August 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Unsafe Safes

Safes are one of the most commonly purchased accessories for firearms. Be they full size rack safes or small hanging units.

When gun owners purchase a safe, they do so usually for one of two reasons.

1) To protect their firearm from theft.

2) To protect young family members from gaining unsupervised access.

But how would you feel as a gun owner if you found out that your gun safe could easily be opened by a 3 year old or a thief?

Uncomfortable yet?

This article details an investigation into a number of safes which were easily opened by small children. Often with such simple endeavors as just trying to lift one end of the safe and dropping it. Imagine if that was all that kept your toddler from wielding your loaded handgun?

As a father, that thought makes me very very uncomfortable.

Story here with video

The story above features a video which is disturbing in it’s simplicity at times. Sadly, this investigation was inspired in part from the tragic death of a 3 year old son of a law enforcement officer. Who was trusting the Stack-on safe to keep his family safe.

What is more disturbing, when the investigators approached Stack-on for comment, they were very dismissive. This is something I experienced when dealing with a potential design issue for a DeSantis Nemesis holster. In which the retort was “We’ve sold thousands of those holsters and haven’t ha a problem.” But when it comes to guns, one problem is enough to feed our enemy’s cause for years. And maybe you have more than one problem. You’re just not listening because you’re arrogant twits. And are missing all the warning signs for a potential tragedy.

A few things I would recommend when it comes to small safes based on the above article:

1. Do the drop test. The lifting one side up and dropping as demonstrated in the video. This is something you could do with a store display model. If it fails, show the store manager. Manufacturers will change when they start receiving merchandise back.

2. A lot of these techniques are eliminated if the safe is securely mounted. Consider bolting the safe to a structural element.

3. Consider a larger higher end safe when feasible.

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I do want to ad that I differentiate between various locksmithing techniques used in the authors videos (such as determining combination of combination locks via slips of plastic) vs inherent failures of security as simple as raising and dropping a safe and moving the solenoid mechanism.

The former requires some level of training and is expected to be beyond the means of a toddler. Where as the latter requires zero training or insight and is easily achieved via basic toddler play activities.

Published in: on July 28, 2012 at 6:41 am  Comments (4)  
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Future Arrives Sooner… 3D Printed Firearm

Extreme Tech is covering what it’s calling as the “World’s First 3D Printed Gun”, an AR style pistol firing .22 LR.

 

Some caveats, the firearm is using a standardized upper and a real barrel.  So it’s really more so the actual use of a home manufactured lower. Which for an AR is in fact the “registered component” of the firearm. The schematics are available for download. This is just even more evidence on the fire that my post just the other day exclaiming magazine capacity bans and the like is ineffective. 

http://blog.nugun.org/2012/07/23/why-gun-control-advocates-just-dont-get-it/

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For those who look at 3D printing and duplication as a future Utopia. I highly recommend reading “The Lord of Uffts” (Duplicators) by Murray Leinstar, found in the collection of short stories titled A Logic Named Joe, also a fun read for IT folk as it models computers and the internet quite well considering it was written in the 1940′s

BTW, Baen books has A Logic Named Joe as a free download along with many others including 1632. (A fun read if you’ve ever pondered the effect a shotgun would have in warfare in the 1600′s.)

Published in: on July 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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