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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 by Mas | 21 Comments »

Schedules are funny things.  Months ago, I knew that September of this year was going to be consumed by a wrongful death trial in Federal court on one coast and a murder trial on the other, with some days allotted for the Texas Bar Association’s annual Firearms Law Seminar, and the Gun Rights Policy Conference.  That left only a couple of days at the end of the month for a regular training class, which is what I’m doing as I write this.

When not one but both trials postponed (not an uncommon occurrence), I figured the Evil Princess and I might have a few rare days of free time.

No such luck.  Nature abhors a vacuum.  An opportunity came up to take a Ruger new product seminar, at the awesome FTW Ranch in Texas.  It coincided well with the Bar Association seminar.  An annual periodical I used to write was resurrected when a publisher bought the rights to the title from the original publisher, which had closed its doors earlier in the year…and the deadlines were coming up close.

There was also an invitation to lecture in the town where I live on how Stand Your Ground laws actually work, and to be guest speaker at a local Republican Committee meeting where I advised them not to take gun owners for granted because a whole lot of them were inclined to cast protest votes for a third party.

Each of those opportunities turned out to be useful and enjoyable, so I really can’t complain.

Christmas. Yeah, that’s it.  I’ll relax around…Christmas.


Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by Mas | 15 Comments »

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:


Friday, September 23rd, 2016 by Mas | 3 Comments »

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.


Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Mas | 18 Comments »

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.



Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 by Mas | 15 Comments »

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.


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