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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Archive for the ‘Firearms’ Category

Massad Ayoob


Wednesday, March 18th, 2015


Forgive the sound effects.  That’s just me, bound for some time by a legal non-disclosure agreement scheduled to time out at 12:01 AM on March 20, 2015. Another publishing entity disregarded the NDA and released it early, so Glock took the time leash off the rest of us.

For many years now, the Glock has been the best-selling pistol in the United States, and the gun Glock fans have most demanded is a slimmed-down version of the 9mm with a single-stack magazine, the better for discreet and comfortable concealment.  Official announcement is now, official revealing to the gun owning public to handle will be at the NRA annual meeting and show in Nashville, TN next month.

See it here: click here for video.

Hear about it from the people who make it, here, at the ProArms Podcast (Scroll to the bottom for audio.)

Neat little gun. More in common with the little Glock 42 .380 that garnered enormous sales after its introduction in January 2014 than with the “baby Glock” G26 of 1996.  Shot straight and reliably during the time I had with it, though I hope to put my already-ordered test samples through more strenuous paces.

Massad Ayoob


Monday, February 16th, 2015

Ah.  People want training for police in recognition of replica guns.

I wanna see the syllabus.

I want to see how anyone who knows the meaning of the word “replica” is going to structure that training.

From the online dictionary:

 noun rep·li·ca \ˈre-pli-kə\

: an exact or very close copy of something

Now, let’s see. If it’s an exact copy, how is the officer (or lawfully armed citizen) going to be able to tell that it’s not the real thing, exactly? Does he or she wait for the first shot? Uh-oh, that could be a cap or a blank. Wait for the first bullet to hit, maybe, and make sure it’s not a BB, an air gun pellet, or a little Airsoft projectile?

News flash for those who need it: Bad guys use replica guns BECAUSE they are very hard to distinguish from real ones.  That’s why their victims give them money during their robberies. Why would a robber use a fake gun? Maybe he can’t access a real one that day.  Maybe he is under the (usually mistaken) belief that if it isn’t a real gun, he’ll be charged with something less than armed robbery if he’s caught.

Paint the fake ones bright colors? Please.  They’ll just paint them flat black, the way they remove the orange muzzles from Airsoft guns or paint them to match the rest of the gun, already.

And what about all the pink and other cute color REAL guns on the market today, an idea that goes back to the old High Standard Sentinel pastel .22 revolvers in pink, gold, and sky blue of the 1950s?  What about the real guns I see with Hello Kitty™ and such on them?

And what of the punks who take their REAL guns and paint the muzzles or the whole thing Day-Glo™ orange, in hopes of making an arresting officer hesitate long enough that the criminal can murder the cop?

I wanna see the syllabus.  This idea strikes me as a big, steaming pile of unicorn feces.

Massad Ayoob


Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

This is the week of the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show, where the lion’s share of new guns for the given year are introduced.  I was scheduled to be there and had to cancel at the last minute, darn it, but fortunately lots of news is emerging from there daily on the blogosphere.

Monday was “Media Day” when the writers and bloggers get to test-fire new products at the range.  One excellent report is here:

The new .17 caliber Savage rifle is the first semiautomatic I’ve seen so chambered. For the shooter who has lots of small, fast varmints and therefore needs rapid delivery of small, fast bullets, this sounds most promising. For hunting deer and such, I’m intrigued to learn that “the Christiansen Arms .308 with its carbon fiber barrel has almost no recoil, yet it weighs just six pounds, and its titanium muzzle brake does an outstanding job of keeping muzzle rise to almost nothing.”

The SHOT Show is in Las Vegas, and if I was there and they were taking bets on such things, I’d put my money down that the single best-selling new introduction mentioned in the dispatch from the front linked above will be Ruger’s drop-in trigger assembly for the incredibly popular 10/22 rifle.  Said to be light and sweet, affordable and easy to drop in, it’s going to be a huge hit with target shooters of all types. I expect a lot of them to show up at the great Appleseed events, which we at Backwoods Home enthusiastically support.

Massad Ayoob


Saturday, January 17th, 2015

One trend American gun dealers will see next week at their biggest trade show, the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, will be new 10mm Auto pistols by major makers.

The 10mm semiautomatic has a lot in common with the .41 Magnum revolver. Each had big name proponents behind it.  Elmer Keith and Bill Jordan were the ones who convinced Smith & Wesson and Remington to come out with the .41 Mag circa 1964; it was promoted as the coming thing in police service revolvers; it turned out to be too large and powerful to catch on there, but became a “niche” cartridge that held great appeal for hunters and enthusiasts.

Whit Collins and Jeff Cooper were credited with bringing the 10mm Auto cartridge to life in the 1980s, and it was predicted to become the new paradigm of police service pistols.  It didn’t…but “civilian” handgunners, particularly outdoor sportsmen, loved its ballistic potential combined with auto-pistol round count and shootability, and there it found its niche.

This year, SIG-Sauer is bringing out their excellent P220 all steel double action pistol in 10mm, both in service size (4.4” barrel) for general carry, and a long-slide (5” barrel) for those who want maximum velocity and/or sight radius.  The 10mm P220 was pioneered as a custom item by master shooter and gunsmith Bruce Gray, whom I had the privilege of shooting with on the HK factory competition team back thirty-some years ago.

Glock has announced their G40, which will be their sixteen-shot 10mm Glock 20 of 1990, but with a longer, slimmer slide and 5.3” barrel, identical in appearance to the .45 caliber Glock 41 introduced a year ago.  And mainstream ammo-maker Federal has joined small boutique ammo-makers like Buffalo Bore and CorBon in offering specific 10mm hunting loads.

The rationale for the outdoorsman is that, delivering ballistics between .357 Magnum and .41 Magnum revolvers but with way more than six shots, the 10mm with a deep-driving bullet gives more of a fighting chance against large bears, and perhaps faster follow-up shots on big feral hogs.

I’ve long been a fan of the 10mm concept, and I’m glad to see it making something of a comeback.  My only complaint is the name Glock gave their new one.  The company has long been overdue to make a factory .22 conversion unit for their popular pistols.  Since the Glock 22 of 1990 is .40 caliber, it would have seemed “fair and balanced” for a .22 caliber version to be the Glock 40…

Correction, 1/21/15:  Oops, the barrel length on the Glock 40 10mm is six inches, not 5.3. Sorry about that– Mas

Massad Ayoob


Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Feeling a desperate need for something upbeat in this column in light of recent news, and bearing in mind that this is a firearms column at a website that celebrates traditional American values, it seems time to ask…

What’s for Christmas?

Under the tree for my significant other are a couple of Glocks.  One is a G37 in .45 GAP (yes, there’ll be a case of ammo with it) for the large-bore Heavy Metal division she wants to try at the Glock shoots which seem to be her favorite shooting sport right now.  She has frequently come in high female (and recently, high non-Master) in the similar Major Sub division, shooting a .45 ACP Glock 30SF that’s a bit big for her smaller hands. Since stock format guns have to be used, she’ll benefit from the 37’s smaller grip girth. The other is a .40 caliber G23 RTF2, the variation with gill-shaped slide grooves and very Rough Textured Finish on the grip area. She fell in love with the RTF2 treatment on a full-size 9mm Glock 17 and wanted the same format, one size down, for carry.  The 9mm Glock 19 in that format is unbelievably scarce, and while a distributor has brought out a limited run with the RTF2 grip treatment, inspired by the great Larry Vickers, it lacks the gilled slide that she’s become fond of. Thanks to the good offices of my gun dealer buddy Ernie Traugh at Cedar Valley Outfitters in Marion, Iowa, I was able to score a 23 RTF2, and given how well she handles a .45, I expect her to wield the .40 with aplomb.

And she, bless her, got me a canopy for the shooting bench at my often rain-swept shooting range.

What guns (or gun-related stuff) are you hoping to receive?  What gifts in that vein will you be giving to others?  And why did you make those particular choices?

Please share here.  Your comments may inspire another reader who has one of those hard-to-buy-for shooters (or potential shooters) on their Christmas list.



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