Last Friday I grabbed lunch at Booby’s restaurant in Niles, Illinois. Niles is right next to Park Ridge, where Hillary Rodham Clinton grew up, and it has been said that Booby’s was one of her favorite hangouts in her younger days. No argument here: food and service were excellent.
Booby’s is a place for ordinary neighborhood folks to eat. As Mrs. Clinton, who for decades has surrounded herself with exemplars of wealth and power, attempts to reinvent herself as a champion of the middle class, her contact with mainstream Americans doesn’t seem to go a whole lot farther than having eaten at Booby’s.
Mrs. Clinton, quite possibly the most anti-gun Presidential candidate in memory, is traveling the country in a van she calls “Scooby,” whimsically named after the Scooby-doo cartoon. I for one see more irony than whimsy. As I understood it, most every episode of Scooby-doo involved someone pretending to be magical, fantastic, and marvelous, only to be revealed as a villainous fraud portraying themselves for their own benefit to be something they were not.
What would Scooby say? Probably, “Ruh-ro.”
As Oscar Wilde once said, “Life imitates Art more than Art imitates Life.”
The 2015 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting is done. According to The Shooting Wire, attendance – which had been estimated at 70,000 in the newspapers – was actually somewhat in excess of 78,000.
Nashville, generally seen as a blue island in a red state, proved to be extremely welcoming to the NRA influx. A great many of us in attendance were carrying guns, some openly, which is legal there. Any untoward incidents would have been trumpeted to the skies by the national media. Apparently, none took place, proving once again the truth in the Heinlein quote popularized by Jeff Cooper: “An armed society is a polite society.”
Some interesting guns were seen. The long-awaited Glock 43 slim-line 7-shot 9mm was introduced to the public. I previewed this gun in these pages last month, and now have my own which is well into testing phase. My time with it on the 25 yard bench was brief, but it gave me five shots in 2.10” at that distance with Federal 9BP 115 grain hollow points, and I know I pulled one of those shots a little bit. You have to make sure the magazine is seated all the way, kinda like with an AR15, but I’m not finding any other quirks with it yet.
In rifles, I’m intrigued with Nosler’s new high performance 7mm round, the .28 Nosler. A 160 grain AccuBond bullet at 3300 feet per second has a lot of potential.
In working shotguns, Mossberg’s hugely popular Model 500 is now available in a left-handed version. With ambidextrous top-tang safety, the Mossberg has always had appeal for southpaws, but one that ejects spent shells off to the left instead of distractingly across the shooter’s field of vision has definite appeal to those who shoot from the left shoulder.
Next year, the NRAAM will be held about the same time in Louisville, Kentucky.
Hope to see you there.
With Mr. Colion Noir, the face of the new generation of gun owners.
The new left-handed Mossberg 500 slide action shotgun.
Speaking on self-defense pitfalls at the National Firearms Law Seminar at NRAAM.
The National Rifle Association Annual Meeting saw streets in Nashville closed for the NRA’s massive country music street festival as hordes teemed through the Music City convention center. The Evil Princess was at the Moms Demand Action anti-gun protest on Saturday, and noted that the predicted turnout of 400 appeared to be a lot smaller than that. She observed several of our NRA people there at one point, having cordial discussions with some of the Moms. Our friend Miggy Gonzalez channels Bob Owens and applies his own take on it, here: http://gunfreezone.net/wordpress/index.php/2015/04/11/mom-demand-in-nashville-it-is-all-in-the-angle-and-sometimes-not-even/ .
The newspapers are estimating 70,000 NRA members in attendance, by contrast. When I attended the NRA’s annual Firearms Law Session, a small “break-out session” by NRA standards, there were some 310 attending.
Our side has the numbers.
The meeting continues Sunday.
Overview of the “Crowd” of Demanding Moms
Below: Some of the NRAAM attendees engage the “Moms” in “reasoned discourse.”
What does Shannon Watts, mouthpiece for the Bloomberg anti-gun front group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, have in common with the New York Daily News? They both recently told the world that the National Rifle Association is a bunch of hypocrites because they want their members to be able to carry on the streets, but won’t let them pack heat at their own annual conference later this week in Nashville, TN.
Speaking of Ms. Watts, last year she held a tiny “counter-demonstration” to oppose the NRA being in her home town, which in 2014 was Indianapolis. Significant Other and I went over to see it, and found that the Bloomberg folks had had to bus in people. They also had Ms. Watts surrounded with armed bodyguards of Men In Black motif. We outed them here and elsewhere.
Ms. Watts has announced that she’ll have another counter-demo in Nashville this weekend, but the location has not yet been announced. Perhaps it’s “by invitation to bused-in Bloomberg minions only.” Or maybe they’re wondering whether or not to have it in a gun-free park…and how it will affect their armed bodyguards if they do.
As the FX channel’s well-crafted series “Justified,” based on an Elmore Leonard short story, winds toward its finale, there has been a boo-boo. Senior citizen crime queen Katherine fought rival gangster’s bodyguard Mikey to mutual destruction. She emptied her revolver into him but didn’t stop him from beating her to death before he died in the arms of his boss.
Thing of it was – and perhaps only a gun geek would notice – she fired one shot more than she could have in real life.
Her revolver was clearly a J-frame Smith & Wesson .38 Special, with an obviously visible five-shot cylinder – a Model 60 Chief Special, it looked like to me – and she shot him six times without reloading.
Things like that make the aficionado roll his or her eyes: it’s like spotting a wristwatch on a character who’s supposed to be playing Robin Hood. Gets in the way of that “willing suspension of disbelief” we all need for enjoyment of fiction.
Sure ain’t the first time something like that has happened. A couple which come to mind:
In “Tombstone,” Val Kilmer’s character starts the central shootout armed with a double barrel shotgun (2 shots), a Colt Single Action Army revolver (would have probably been carried with 5 rounds, but could have held 6) and in the actual gunfight near OK Corral used as backup a Lightning model double action .38 Colt (again likely 5, but 6 tops.) That’d be 15 rounds at most without reloading, but in the movie he gets three shots out of the double barrel, and with a revolver in each hand (he used them sequentially in the actual gunfight) fired over 20 shots total before I lost count.
On AMC’s popular zombie series “Walking Dead,” the firearms foul-ups were so frequent I lost count there, too. I found myself yelling at the screen, “There’s no rear sight on that rifle!” “Get your finger off the trigger, there’s nothing to shoot at!” It was Significant Other’s turn to roll her eyes and say with her patented long-suffering sigh, “You don’t accept a rifle with no rear sight, but you DO accept animated corpses?”
In the pilot episode of “Walking Dead,” the Rick Grimes character tells his brother officers to take off the safeties…on their Glock pistols, which normally don’t HAVE safeties. (Glock has produced the G17-S with manual safety, and I have and like Joe Cominolli’s patented thumb safety retrofit on one of my Glock 17 pistols, but the ones on the show weren’t so equipped.) Another fiction favorite is “I flipped off my revolver’s safety.” MOST revolvers don’t have manual safeties, but I have a left-handed Frank Murabito safety on one of my Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolvers, and the right-handed version works off the cylinder release latch.)
Gun people, what is YOUR favorite (or perhaps, most teeth-grinding non-favorite) firearms faux pas on TV and movie screens?