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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Archive for September, 2016

Massad Ayoob


Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The Gun Rights Policy Conference has broadened the diversity of both speakers and attendees since the first one I attended decades ago.  But the entire gun owners’ civil rights movement still has some distance to go on that.

I was happy to see Tiffany Johnson at the GRPC for the first time. Tiffany is an attorney, a person of color, and one of the best of the “younger generation” in the movement. Check out her insights here:

Massad Ayoob


Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Each year, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the Second Amendment Foundation sponsor the Gun Rights Policy Conference.  It takes place this week in Tampa.  If you can get there, attendance is free.

Hope to see you there.


Or click here to view.

Massad Ayoob


Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

One of the most popular backwoods home firearms is the simple, sturdy Ruger .22 caliber semiautomatic pistol.  Introduced in 1947, it was an instant commercial success, and became the core of what now appears to be America’s largest firearms manufacturing entity.

A few short years later, they introduced a target-sighted target model called the Mark I.  Over the years there evolved the Mark II with separate slide lock lever, the Mark III with a loaded chamber indicator, and now comes the Mark IV, introduced today and which the Evil Princess and I were shooting a few days ago at FTW Ranch in Texas.

If you ever owned a Ruger .22 auto, whether the classic steel guns or the later polymer frame versions, you know that they aren’t very easy to take apart, and are a nightmare to put back together after complete takedown.

Ruger fans, rejoice!  The new Mark IV comes with a hinged “upper and lower” which breaks open and can then be separated, rather like an AR15.  Hopefully, the new push-button takedown system will “take the worry out of takedown.”  I didn’t bench the gun, but it seems to show the same rock-solid accuracy and reliability we’ve come to expect from this handgun line for some 67 years.  Available in lightweight aluminum frame, too, as well as all-steel with long heavy target barrels.  More info at

The new Mark IV Has a push button in the rear for easy disassembly, then the rear pivots up to take apart.


The Mark IV disassembled.


View of the rear showing the disassembly button.


Another view of the rear prior to disassembly showing the button and the rear sights.


Massad Ayoob


Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

A hero did the right thing, and we’ll never know how many lives were saved by his skilled and decisive action.
And, of course, he was One Of Us.
From the National Review.

Massad Ayoob


Saturday, September 17th, 2016

FTW Ranch is awesome,   

More when non-disclosure agreements time out. 


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